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Brown announcement: Ray Buckley 1, Jack Kimball 0

Plans by gun rights advocates to “crash Scott Brown’s campaign kickoff” fizzled.

New Hampshire House candidate Harrison deBree organized the protest and created a Facebook event to promote it.

"Anti-Gun and Bloomberg endorsed Scott Brown is officially kicking-off his campaign at the Sheraton Hotel in Portsmouth, NH," he wrote. "Lets all dress up (suits, sport coats and slacks, or at least a button down shirt please) and bring SIGNS letting gun grabber Scott Brown know he is not welcome in New Hampshire politics."

It was not to be. Dozens of Democrats showed up to “welcome” Brown’s announcement — but the gun protest never materialized. The Democrats “way out numbered us,” deBree wrote in an online forum. We were “beaten” by the Democrats, he concluded.

One Republican protester who did show up was former state GOP chair Jack Kimball, who made a brief appearance on the sidewalk outside the Sheraton.

"Jack Kimball did show up but he quickly left as Ray Buckley the NHDP chair was there," wrote deBree. "Jack Kimball was telling me he didn’t want to be associated with Ray Buckley protesting Brown."image


Jack Kimball: Put Obama in an orange suit and ‘drag his butt out of that White House’

At a gun rights rally in Connecticut on Saturday, former GOP chair Jack Kimball didn’t promote his plan to recruit thousands of Granite Staters to help overthrow the U.S. government — now he wants Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to do it:

I am, by the way, an advocate of having one of my favorite sheriffs in the United States of America, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, to take some posses and go down to Washington, DC and put this man in an orange suit — in fact pink is his suit, pink would look better, sorry — and drag his butt out of that White House. . . . 

Video recorded by Mert Mefa on April 5, 2014 in Hartford, CT.


Jack Kimball’s plan to overthrow the U.S. government

Jack Kimball, former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party, is attempting to recruit thousands of Granite Staters to join him in an effort to overthrow the U.S. government. “We have an opportunity on May 16th with Operation American Spring in Washington, D.C.,” he told gun rights activists who rallied in Concord on Sunday:

This effort is to get 10 million-plus Americans to show up and demand that the entire leadership, all of it including the Republican leadership, step down. All of them, step down and we won’t leave until that happens.

This is an aggressive effort but we should go and make sure that we take back this government and this country. If we can get 10 million people there, and most of us stay until we win the battle…

And by the way, you saw what happened in the Ukraine. You saw what happened in Egypt. You’re seeing what’s happening in Venezuela. And they don’t have what we have. We have the Second Amendment, they do not…

Operation American Spring is the brainchild of retired U.S. Army Col. Harry Riley. His plan calls for millions of Americans to assemble “in a peaceful, non-violent, physically unarmed (Spiritually/Constitutionally armed), display of unswerving loyalty to the US Constitution and against the incumbent government leadership, in Washington, D.C., with the mission to bring down the existing leadership.”

After the president and congressional leaders are removed from office, his plan envisions Congress will “take appropriate action, execute appropriate legislation, deal with vacancies, or U.S. States will appoint replacements for positions vacated consistent with established constitutional requirements.”

"Those with the principles of a West, Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, Lee, DeMint, Paul, Gov Walker, Sessions, Gowdy [and] Jordan," will then lead a tribunal and "recommend appropriate charges against politicians and government employees to the new U.S. Attorney General appointed by the new President."

Clip from GraniteGrok video removed at copyright holder’s request.


National Memo highlights ‘New Hampshire’s not-so-proud tradition of deranged politicians’

Our ‘not-so-proud tradition of deranged politicians’ made National Memo’s “This Week In Crazy” (again):

Following Stella Tremblay and Jack Kimball in New Hampshire’s not-so-proud tradition of deranged politicians, state representative JR Hoell (R-Dunbarton) expressed his opposition to a potential Scott Brown Senate run like any good Tea Partier would: with a Second Amendment remedy. […]

Hoell’s enthusiasm is admirable, but he probably shouldn’t waste his ammo on a reliable Republican vote like Scott Brown. After all, you never know when United Nations soldiers could come flying down I-95.


National Memo: Kimball wins ‘this week in crazy’

“This Week In Crazy” is National Memo’s weekly update on the five “wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing.” Our own Jack Kimball topped the list this week for his paranoid email warning friends of a possible U.N. invasion:

Jack Kimball, a Tea Party leader and the former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, “wins” the week for a conspiracy theory that helps to explain why the Republican Governors Association reportedly thought $100,000 was a fair price to get rid of him.


Jack Kimball explains paranoid email: ‘There’s a lot of things going on that are very suspicious’

The paranoid fantasies of former GOP chair Jack Kimball made news yesterday. In an email to 50 or 60 "select friends," the Tea Party leader warned of a 60 vehicle convoy heading to New Hampshire. “Don’t know what they were doing or where they were going,” he wrote in a message first reported by NH Journal, “but the white vehicles sound more like UN trucks:”

Just a quick heads up. This morning my Daughter and Son-in-Law were on Route 95 headed North to Maine where they observed 40 – 50 unmarked white trucks and humvee type vehicles headed South toward NH. There were also some cammo painted military type unmarked vehicles. All of these trucks were being driven by Military personnel. Some of them were clearly carrying fuel or water. Others were carrying other types of supplies. There were also some white buses interdisbursed in the group. A bit later they encountered an additional ten 18 wheeler’s that were being driven by military personnel but were, once again, unmarked. That’s roughly 60 vehicles. Don’t know what they were doing or where they were going but the white vehicles sound more like UN trucks. Be alert.

We’re on a watch for stuff like this,” Kimball explained to Patch. ”We’re all concerned about what’s going on with Obama. We’ve all been talking about what’s happening. We’ve got Chinese troops arriving in Hawaii… and Kansas. There’s a lot of things going on that are very suspicious.”

Kimball’s fears were unfounded. The trucks were a convoy of National Guard medical units returning from a training exercise in Maine.


Chuck Douglas: Attack of the constitutional illiterates

In a scathing Union Leader op-ed, former Republican congressman and state Supreme Court Justice Chuck Douglas says the attempt to have 189 lawmakers removed from office and prosecuted is an embarrassment to his party and to the state.

If the gambit by former state GOP chair Jack Kimball were to succeed, writes Douglas, “every losing vote would result in some kind of a constitutional petition to throw out everyone who voted the other way:”

That is not the way a republican system works in the Anglo-American tradition.”

Our New Hampshire Constitution has served us well for the 200 years before Jack Kimball and the three legislators misread it.

It is a shame that we do not have a GED program for constitutional literacy. Pulling bits and pieces out of the constitution to create criminal charges reflects gross constitutional illiteracy, not an attempt at good government. It is this type of craziness that cost 120 Republican seats in the House last year.


This Week in Wingnuts: N.H. GOP makes us proud

New Hampshire Republicans earned two of the three top spots in The Daily Beast’s This Week in Wingnuts wrap-up:

New Hampshire: ‘Children and Vaginas’
State Republican Representative Peter Hansen got the “shock value” he initially sought with his comments, when he was forced to apologize after calling women “vaginas.” Rep. Hansen, who once restrained an intruder who broke into his own home using a gun, was discussing the idea of retreating in an email when he uttered the phrase that got him in trouble. A day later a number of local groups called on him to apologize and resign but Hansen refused, saying his comments were blown out or proportion. But with pressure continuing to mount from both sides of the isle, a day later Hansen caved for his “blatantly offensive, insensitive, and frankly, stupid language.”

New Hampshire: Coming After You
Jack Kimball, the former Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party-turned leader of the state’s Tea Party, looks to have developed a new way of political fighting: mass impeachment. Kimball filed an “emergency verified complaint” for “breach of oath of office” against all of the 189 house members who voted to repeal New Hampshire’s stand-your-ground law, which passed and is now due in the Senate. Saying the vote violated fundamental principles of the state’s constitution, the New Hampshire GOP have since distanced themselves from Kimball’s actions, while Democrats have called the act a “shameful embarrassment.”

Both stories first appeared in the state’s progressive blogs. Susan Bruce broke the story of state Rep. Peter Hansen’s “children and vagina’s" email. The attempt to have 189 lawmakers removed from office and prosecuted for voting to repeal the state’s “stand your ground” law was first reported by yours truly.


Telegraph condemns ‘cockamamie’ redress petition

Today, the editors of the Nashua Telegraph joined the Union Leader in condemning Republican lawmakers and activists who are seeking to have 189 lawmakers removed from office and prosecuted for voting to repeal the state’s “stand your ground” law:

[T]here is room for a legitimate policy debate on the critical issue of self-defense without resorting to cockamamie calls for the removal or prosecution of those who disagree with us.


Union Leader: Rantings should not be taken seriously

An editorial in today’s Union Leader complains that the leaders of last week’s Honor Your Oath pro-gun rally have embarrassed Granite State Republicans, conservatives and libertarians:

On Saturday, many well-intentioned activists rallied at the State House in Concord to defend 2nd Amendment rights that were not threatened. They were led, as usual, by legislators and activists who spoke with certitude about imagined dangers, as though the demons of their fitful dreams were swooping down on leathery wings, talons shining in the cold light, and snatching away our freedoms before our very eyes,

The usual suspects were there, tilting their lances at the State House. There was Jack Kimball, Tea Party leader turned state Republican Party chairman, turned ousted former Republican Party chairman. There were Reps. Dan Itse and John Hikel, two legislators whose admirable love of liberty is energized with such zeal that they sometimes labor with great difficulty to discern real threats from the benign laws necessary to the functioning of any civil society.

The editorial calls on the right’s “more responsible leaders” to disavow the fear-mongering rhetoric. “The rantings of Hikel, Itse and Kimball should not be taken seriously.”


Quote of the day: The Saul Alinsky crowd

Remember, this is the Saul Alinsky crowd. It’s what they do best. Who the hell cares what these people think.

Jack Kimball, former New Hampshire Republican Party chair, on Miscellany Blue.


Why voters think every member of GOP is a ‘nut job’

When former state Republican Party chair Fergus Cullen complained that voters think every member of the GOP is a “nut job,” he was referring to the antics of another former Republican Party chair, Jack Kimball.

Cullen was specifically reacting to a criminal complaint Kimball filed against 189 state House representatives, in which Kimball claimed the lawmakers participated in an illegal conspiracy to deprive him of his constitutional rights by voting to repeal the state’s “stand your ground” law.

Kimball’s speech during the Honor Your Oath gun rally in Concord on Saturday did nothing to counter Cullen’s characterization:

You know, we’re here today because of our oath of office and also of course, supporting our Constitution and taking people to task for violating their oath of office.

But Barack Obama? He has violated his oath of office so many times I can’t count. And he’s doing it right now, campaigning across the country to take away, in fact, not only take away your right to keep and bear arms,  he wants to eliminate and gut the Second Amendment.

Why? Because he knows he can’t complete what he set out to do, which is to completely bring this country down, as long as we are armed. And as long as we are armed, by God, we are not going to let that happen. Come and get them!

This man does not let a good crisis go to waste, does he? He’s using children as props. He’s using the parents of the dead children from Sandy Hook as props. What a disgrace.

Note: Video and audio are out of sync due to technical issues. Kimball’s full speech is available from GraniteGrok.


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