This week we’ve got Kimberly Morin from Examiner.com, Senator Bob Smith–candidate for US Senate, and former Rep Jerry DeLemus will talk with us live from the Bundy Ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada.

GrokTALK Live Stream April 19 2014

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“There is nothing more dangerous than a resourceful idiot”—Samuel Adams

Michael Bloomberg launched his Everytown USA for Gun Safety site this week. Most understood this as a retooling of the anti-gun, anti-second Amendment advocacy and a retooling and remarketing the same old tired anti-gun message. Seizing an opportunity the Nation’s PRO-GUN, PRO-2ND contingent all over the nation have jumped in making Facebook pages so entitled, “Everytown for Gun Safety” Be sure and like Everytown for Gun Safety New Hampshire!

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buhbyeAlternate headline.  Bob Odell – “My work here is done.”

After trashing New Hampshire by guaranteeing a future broad-based tax to pay for his embrace of Medicaid expansion (see also ObamaCare), too-long term State Senator Bob Odell has reportedly announced his retirement– days after JP Marzullo announced he would challenge Odell in a primary.

(Happy Dance)

I wonder if he plans to “retire” retire– as in out-of-state?  “Yeah, New Hampshire just isn’t New Hampshire anymore.  I think I’ll go screw up Florida some.”  Or maybe he can get a job working for the New Hampshire Democrat Party.  He’s been advancing their agenda, might as well get paid for it.

So one down, about a half-dozen or more to go…and that’s just on the Republican side.

Now,  Who else wants to primary a Republican State Senator?   This is the year to do it.

 

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Free speech is under attack by thuggish left-wing operatives  Graphic Michelle Malkin


Graphic – Michelle Malkin.com

Thursday the New Hampshire House held a workgroup session on Senate Bill 120 – an effort to institutionalize political speech within the ruling class.  Read this if that concept or this bill is new to you–or even if it is not.

The result of that was a decision to hold another session next week. ( Thursday, April 24  at 1:00pm – 2:30pm.)

Insiders who were at the hearing noted that there was enough dissent to give the committee chair pause.  My gut feeling tells me that proponents of the bill want a few days to call in some backup.

Read the whole thing!

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Big Brother CallingThe “But We Have To Do Something” Lobby has successfully ushered a hand-held cell phone ban through the New Hampshire legislature, sort of.  The NH Senate voted to pass the legislation with an amendment that will send it back to the House before it can make its way to the governor; who will have to wipe the drool from her lips to keep it from soiling the thing in her eagerness to sign it.

The bill would continue to allow adults to talk on cell phones while driving if they use hands-free phones, devices built into the vehicle and two-way radios. The House-passed bill also would ban all cell phone use by minors behind the wheel. The ban would apply while drivers are stopped temporarily, such as at a red light, but not if they have pulled over and stopped. The bill doesn’t apply in an emergency.

Does the Bill outline what an “emergency” is?  If evil is subjective to the left, an emergency could be anything or not, depending on the will of those engaged in enforcement.

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GrokTalk PodcastingAndrew Hemingway joins us to talk about his campaign for governor of New Hampshire. We touch on some issues important to the state and before he joins us — his new primary opponent, Walter Havenstein–with some filler about money and speech.

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Caption by @MonicaCrowley
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It has taken a few years but blogs (like GraniteGrok) have slowly crept into the mainstream.  While many of the bloggers have crept into the MSM and most of the MSM outlets have incorporated blogs into their offerings, there has always been a pecking order.   Many have derided bloggers as “not journalists” and certainly early on, “journalists” sniffed at and looked down upon these “mere bloggers”.  No longer (although most bloggers still dwell near the bottom of the media totem pole – or political one for that matter).  However, with the disintermediation of the Internet, journalism seems to be returning to the realm of “what you do” rather than “it is how I get paid”.  Journalism is now longer just a profession but an activity to which millions of “amateurs” now practice and some of them that go payless are far better journalists than those that do.

However, the legal status in terms of liability has been sketchy at times as the law and law practice has been outpaced by the technology and the embracing the public has given to this “disruptive technology”.  But thanks to a case in Florida, we bloggers (at least in FL) have legal status (emphasis mine):

…it is hard to dispute that the advent of the internet as a medium and the emergence of the blog as a means of free dissemination of news and public comment have been transformative. By some accounts, there are in the range of 300 million blogs worldwide. The variety and quality of these are such that the word “blog” itself is an evolving term and concept. The impact of blogs has been so great that even terms traditionally well defined and understood in journalism are changing as journalists increasingly employ the tools and techniques of bloggers – and vice versa. In employing the word “blog,” we consider a site operated by a single individual or a small group that has primarily an informational purpose, most commonly in an area of special interest, knowledge or expertise of the blogger, and which usually provides for public impact or feedback. In that sense, it appears clear that many blogs and bloggers will fall within the broad reach of “media,” and, if accused of defamatory statements, will qualify as a “media defendant” for purposes of Florida’s defamation law as discussed above.

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No flames, no jet fuel – but 4 fans on a pole, a battery backpack to drive them.

80.6 kph is 50 miles per hour.  With electric jets.

(H/T: DreamScience)

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Rick has the news of Nanny Stater & billionaire gun grabber (“nobody needs those”) Bloomberg’s newest group, Everytown.  Well, take a listen to these protesters try to persuade Dan Joseph of MRC that, pretty much, no one needs guns; no where no how and no one.  It is both amazing and sad to see the views expressed and not one person brought up the real problem.  No, not the hunk of metal and plastic that is channeling the chemical reaction encased in a brass casing – the human that is holding it.

It seems it will always be – the Progressive Left, in their race to keep everyone safe from absolutely everything (which will result in pretty much taking everything away from everyone to accomplish it (badly)), never seem to mention the true meaning of the word Freedom.  “Don’t do that, don’t be there” is their rally cry to “prove” that guns aren’t needed – at some points, it almost sounded like the arguments that would rouse Leftist feminists into a fury (“don’t dress that way!”) but there they were, making a similar arguments.  Even Dan looked amazed at these lines of defense.

(H/T: Independent Journal Review)

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“A closer look makes it clear that these busy critters are in fact man-made. Wong-Foy, a senior research engineer at SRI, has built an army of magnetically steered workers to test the idea that “microrobots” could be a better way to assemble electronics components, or to build other small structures.

Wong-Foy’s robotic workers have already proved capable of building towers 30 centimeters long from carbon rods, and other platforms able to support a kilogram of weight. The robots can work with glass, metal, wood, and electronic components. In one demonstration, they made a carbon truss structure with wires and colored LEDs mixed in to serve as the lab’s Christmas tree.

“We can scale to many more robots at low cost,” says Wong-Foy, who thinks his system could develop into a new approach to manufacturing. Many electronic components are the right size to be handled by his microrobots, he says, and teams of them might prove a good way to lay them out onto circuit boards.”

(H/T: MIT Technology)

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These interviews are from Tuesday, but it’s nice to hear Jerry in his own words:

For those who don’t know Jerry, he’s a leader in the Rochester 912 movement, and ex-Marine, staunch conservative, and all around good guy, who put his neck on the line to resist tyranny. Huzzah!
Next – Stewart Interviews NV Legislator…

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“I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom.” —NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg-Honors-Boston-BomberWhat do you call a 5-foot-eight manicured, billionaire with an ego as big as Montana and an agenda that blatantly ignores the U.S. Constitution? Michael Bloomberg.

A few days ago, Bloomberg retooled his anti-gun efforts, huffing and puffing how he is going to take on the National Rifle Association. Bringing his disgraced, No More Names Tour, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and Moms Demand Action under one umbrella, with a cash influx of $50 million dollars. Nice. Read the whole thing!

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Seeing as I posted one of these for Senator Bob Smith today, seems only right to do the same for Jim Rubens…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2014
Contact: Brian Tilton, Communications Director
603-504-2753
brian@jimrubens.com

Rubens Campaign Announces Policy Initiatives

Energy independence, reducing gun violence among issues highlighted on newly designed website

This week, the Jim Rubens for U.S. Senate campaign unveiled the new JimRubens.com  featuring additional policies and bold ideas.  Two major initiatives unveiled involve steps toward American energy independence and ways to reduce unlawful gun violence.

Rubens’ plan to restore American Energy Leadership includes three steps: reduce government red tape, phase out all energy subsidies and use the budget savings from terminated energy subsidies to boost pre-commercial energy research and development. 

Last month, Jim Rubens unveiled the “2nd Amendment Protection Pledge”.  Today, JimRubens.com adds six things that can work to reduce gun violence:

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Was AL gore near South DakotaWND has an article that explores the solar energy connections surrounding the Bundy Ranch standoff, Harry Reid, his family, and some high-ranking Democrats.  It’s quite an interesting read.  Or did I mean Reid?

I guess the Chinese are out, and have been for a while, but there is a consortium of domestic interests that link to Clinton era insiders, Al Gore, and others.  They all have ties to solar farm projects looming in Clark County and want to suckle on the taxpayer incentives before the milk runs dry.

A close inspection of the project reveals why there is so much interest in the area and why the BLM, presumably at Reid’s urging through his former aide, Kornze, is so intent on getting Bundy off the land.

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I just found this in my In-Box…

For Immediate Release
Contact: Peter Schweitzer
727-421-0718
Friends of Senator Bob Smith
www.bobsmithforussenate.com
peter.schweitzer@bobsmithforussenate.com

Scott Brown Supporter Mayor Michael Bloomberg Will Spend $50 Million to Fight NRA and Gun Rights

Tuftonboro (April 17, 2014)-Former NY City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the same mayor who wholeheartedly endorsed Scott Brown in 2012 for his US Senate campaign in Massachusetts, has announced that he will spend $50,000,000 to fight the National Rifle Association and gun rights groups.

Bloomberg said of the NRA,

“We’ve got to make them afraid of us.”

In 2012, when Mayor Bloomberg announced that he would host an elite fundraiser for Scott Brown, a Bloomberg spokesperson commented, “The biggest reason the mayor is supporting Senator Brown is the senator’s help on one of our biggest gun issues: opposing concealed-carry reciprocity that would let people with gun permits from rural states like Arkansas and Kentucky carry hidden handguns in New York City.”

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“He was charged with a variety of schemes that defrauded the city of Bell of millions of dollars, including writing his own employment contracts that were never approved by the City Council, the DA’s office said.”

Sound familiar?  No?

Then how about the now convicted City Manager of Bell, California, the illustrious Robert A. Rizzo? He would be the five foot tall and six feet around soon to be resident of a Federal prison until he can do his 12 year State term in California.  Ring a Bell?

Here is some of his story.  City Manager Rizzo used every aspect of his position to steal from the small, mostly Hispanic, L.A suburb. The short story is, he used the City Council as lap dogs who lapped up the enormous benefits and pay increases he shoveled their way – for years. Nice deal if you can get it.  But eventually Rizzo and the “Rizzo Six” were caught and now Bell has to pay back all the money he bonded and stole to pay off his City Council and self.  Not being a chick magnet, Rizzo obviously has extra expenses living his lavish lifestyle of race horses and such.  Girls like horses.

Ok, ok, how does this relate to New Hampshire?

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Putting the nation on alert against what it has described as a “highly credible terrorist threat,” the FBI announced today that it has uncovered a plot by members of al-Qaeda to sit back and enjoy themselves while the United States collapses of its own accord.

Multiple intelligence agencies confirmed that the militant Islamist organization and its numerous affiliates intend to carry out a massive, coordinated plan to stand aside and watch America’s increasingly rapid decline, with terrorist operatives across the globe reportedly mobilizing to take it easy, relax, and savor the spectacle as it unfolds.

“We have intercepted electronic communication indicating that al-Qaeda members are actively plotting to stay out of the way while America as we know it gradually crumbles under the weight of its own self-inflicted debt and disrepair,” FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano told the assembled press corps. “If this plan succeeds, it will leave behind a nation with a completely dysfunctional economy, collapsing infrastructure, and a catastrophic health crisis afflicting millions across the nation. We want to emphasize that this danger is very real.”

“And unfortunately, based on information we have from intelligence assets on the ground, this plot is already well under way,” he added.

- The Onion

And it is funnier because it’s not true but then it kind of is…  So does the Democrat destruction of the nation count as aiding and abetting Terrorism?

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jp_marzullo Candidate NH State Senate Dist 8

Photo: NHGOP

Like many of us in Liberal Bob Odell’s State Senate District 8, I am disappointed that our Senator is devoting so much time trying to find new ways to raise taxes on the hard-working people in New Hampshire.  You’d have thought that voting to expand Obamacare was enough.

It was not.

In his never-ending quest to grow the size of State Government Bob Odell continues to search for new taxes, fees, penalties, and assessments to further burden us.  In a statement today Odell said, “one option lawmakers could explore is to expand the tax to health care providers such as private laboratories, radiology services and ambulatory surgery centers.”

Those additional costs would inevitably be passed on to those who need these services. 

We need a Senator that knows whose money is being spent.  A State Senator who understands that in times like these we should restrain state spending and state programs not look for more ways to milk small business owners and family budgets.

As your State Senator, I will not raise taxes on the hard-working people of New Hampshire.

JP Marzullo
Candidate for NH State Dist. 8
Jp4nh.com 603-660-1403

 

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The Democrats are now not just ”the bad guys” but ”the petty guys”.Court Order – Gulick vs Cormier

That is from the judgment of Judge James D. O’Neill, III in Belknap Superior Court in the case of NH State Rep Ruth Gulick et al vs NH State Rep Jane Cormer, Clerk, et al. where the former sued the latter in what I considered to be a frivolous, political theatrical stunt with all the intentions of a SLAPP suit using the pretext of a RSA 91-A:2 violation that I knew to be absolutely false.  It was simply one way for the out-gunned Democrats of the Belknap County Delegation (aided and abetted most of the time by one Republican, NH State Rep Dennis Fields – but that is fodder for a future post) getting back at the Republicans, especially the Conservatives that made up the majority of the Republican members.  I did not attend all of the Belknap County budget meetings but it was clear that the Democrats were stymied at that lack of ability to block the Conservatives in protecting the taxpayers’ wallets.  They were not allowed to grow Government.

So, they lashed out in the only way they could (and the refuge of the scoundrels that having fairly failed to win Legislatively, turn to the Judiciary to subvert the democrat process) – they sued for a remedy that they could not get using a twisting of the statute that would not hold up.  Read the whole thing!

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Progressive view of The Proper Role of Government – and your subservience to it.

by Skip April 16, 2014

Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal sums up these micro-totalitarians, perfect examples of the Progressive  philosophy: “The essence of modern Democratic Progressivism is: You will participate in what we have created for you, and you will comply with the law’s demands.” One used to believe that before pen was set to legislative paper, our […]

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Taxes – I screwed up yesterday

by Skip April 16, 2014

That’s right.  On April 15th, I messed up big time.  Actually, I figured it out on Monday, the 14th, as I did my taxes on a vacation day.  How badly had I booted it the previous year? Yeah, I’m getting a refund.  Which means that I failed – I just gave Obama an interest free […]

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Chin up, bucko! It may not be as bad as it seems

by Skip April 16, 2014

Andrew Breitbart said that politics is downstream from culture – in other words, the culture changes the mores of the population which changes political leanings.  We on the Right oft bemoan the capture of the educational system, the Hollywood movie / TV industry, the music industry, and the media in general, by the Left.  One […]

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Here’s some of yer global warming right here…

by Skip April 16, 2014

Imagine my surprise when I went to put Mieka outside this morning: Yeah, snow.  Middle of April.  Temperature was 17 degrees when I got up and when I went to pick up the Youngest after work, the temp by the car’s thermometer was 30. Normal temps this time of year are supposed to be in […]

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Look At the Picture And Write The Headline….

by Steve MacDonald April 16, 2014
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House Republican Alliance Midterm Scores Are Posted

by Steve MacDonald April 16, 2014
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The New Hampshire House Republican Alliance (NHHRA) has posted their midterm grades.   And this is a great report (Link -PDF Sorted by Score).  It grades votes based on the New Hampshire Republican platform.  And while there are plenty of Republicans who vote like Republicans, they are not our concern.  Our concern is the bottom of […]

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GrokPOLL! Name Your NH CD-1 Poison

by Steve MacDonald April 16, 2014
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This week our poll question is…If the election were today who among these New Hampshire Candidates would you vote for in Congressional District One.

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Fawning, Photo-shopping, and Choices

by Steve MacDonald April 16, 2014
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Never miss an Opportunity to observe Democrats engaging in intellectual fraud… President Obama and the Democrats celebrated “Equal Pay Day” last week. Failing to note that discrimination in employment based on sex has been illegal for decades, they trumpeted the thoroughly-debunked claim that women earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. In […]

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Dark Money Hillary And The NH Connection

by Ed Naile April 16, 2014

Do you think Hillary is prepping for a run for president? You might want to know who she has hired and who they are working with for a simple clue. But then again, we may not know until it’s too late. And that seems to be the plan two years out. Hillary is working with […]

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The Democrat Party War on Truth

by Steve MacDonald April 16, 2014
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Just wanted to remind everyone that as the IRS scandal begins to unravel some more–Lerner, Cummings, OFA, etc–we need to remember the lefts admonition early on about “a few rouge IRS agents in Cincinnati.” They lied about that, just like they lied about left-wing groups being targeted. They lie a lot, those Democrats in leadership, […]

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