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Notable Quote – Ian Underwood

Yep, Grokster Ian gets a two-fer Day today; this one “Why Liberty?” and gives a perfect answer: Every other organizing principle for society begins by denying this fundamental truth about humans:  You don’t know what’s best for me, and I don’t know what’s best for you.   And so every other organizing principle is doomed to the kind of failure that …

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SDGANH: “Preparing for the Future of Schooling” – Ian Underwood (Part 4 and the entire speech)

Saturday, 1/19/2019, the School District Governance Association of NH (SDGANH) held a seminar called “Preparing for the Future of Schooling. Change is constant – technological, demographic, economic, and political) and School Board (and Budget Committees) must be aware of these changes and localize these national and State level factors. This video is Part 4 of …

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SDGANH: “Preparing for the Future of Schooling” – Ian Underwood (Part 2)

In this seminar, presented by the School District Governance Association of NH (“SDGANH”), the topic of  what will schools and education look like in the future was discussed  and what school board members need to know NOW about the changes (technological, demographic, economic, and political) that they will be facing and ways to view potential …

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SDGANH: “Preparing for the Future of Schooling” – Ian Underwood (Part 1)

In this seminar, presented by the School District Governance Association of NH (“SDGANH”), the topic of  what will schools and education look like in the future was discussed  and what school board members need to know NOW about the changes (technological, demographic, economic, and political) that they will be facing and ways to view potential …

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“Three Graphs and Two Jokes” – Ian Underwood’s Testimony on HB356

Well, at least the Committee chuckled at Ian’s jokes – most of the audience, with sour pusses on their collective visage, was not amused. Why? Given that one was Laurie Melanson (Superintendent SAU 23/Haverhill and with whom I had a light “jousting match” before the meeting). SideNote: She made it clear that she felt that …

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Notable Quote – Ian Underwood

Yes, the guy who makes my head hurt – on the politicization of SCOTUS: The politicization started with Marbury v. Madison, when the Court declared that the Constitution says whatever they want it to, and no one challenged them on it. Since then, although the FORMAL amendment process (outlined in Article V) has been used …

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Suggestion Box – How to Make ‘Legislating’ Easier c/o Ian Underwood

“Anyway, until we stop combining common law and statutes, it seems to me that there is very little point in creating new statutes, or in trying to amend constitutions. In fact, it would save everyone a lot of time and trouble if the legislature, instead of drafting a bill and holding hearings, would just write …

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What Ian Underwood said

which was (in part): But I urge the committee to consider a couple of deeper, less obvious consequences, not just of passing a bill like this, but of even bringing it up for consideration. The first is that a bill like this undermines respect for the very rule of law itself. After all, if the legislature …

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Sorry Ian Underwood – SCOTUS just declared that words no longer have meanings

ScotusCare: The Judge has a few choice words. Ambiguous.  Steve put up one of Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s words of dissent from today’s King vs Burwell decision – I agree.  Former judge Napolitano, a strict Constitutionalist who, due to his attitude and oratory is a favorite speaker on the conservative trail (I have heard him …

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Ian Underwood – “Dear Rep. DiSesa…Which Rights, Exactly?”

Ian Underwood | GrokWatch News Desk Dear Rep. DiSesa, As you point out, the New Hampshire Constitution does say: [Art.] 3. [Society, its Organization and Purposes.] When men enter into a state of society, they surrender up some of their natural rights to that society, in order to ensure the protection of others; and, without …

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