I assume it is still OK to say  Allahu akbar!?

From: Carlos Van Meek 
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 10:06 AM
To: AJE-Newsdesk; AJE-Output; AJE-DC-Newsroom
Subject: Terrorists, Militants, Fighters and then some… 
 

All: We manage our words carefully around here. So I’d like to bring to your attention some key words that have a tendency of tripping us up. This is straight out of our Style Guide. All media outlets have one of those. So do we. If you’d like to amend, change, tweak.. pls write to Dan Hawaleshka direct who is compiling the updates to the Style Guide and they will be considered based on merit. No mass replies to this email, pls. 

EXTREMIST – Do not use. Avoid characterizing people. Often their actions do the work for the viewer. Could write ‘violent group’ if we’re reporting on Boko Haram agreeing to negotiate with the government. In other words, reporting on a violent group that’s in the news for a non-violent reason.

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abcSo reading is actually fundamentalist?

(The Alphabet versus the Goddess) “Of all the sacred cows allowed to roam unimpeded in our culture, few are as revered as literacy. Its benefits have been so incontestable that in the five millennia since the advent of the written word numerous poets and writers have extolled its virtues. Few paused to consider its costs. . . . One pernicious effect of literacy has gone largely unnoticed: writing subliminally fosters a patriarchal outlook. Writing of any kind, but especially its alphabetic form, diminishes feminine values and with them, women’s power in the culture.”

Who is going to call the producers of Sesame Street?

H/T Ace

 

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Rep. Victoria Sullivan is our guest to discuss House Bill 332.  HB 332 would require school districts to provide advance notice to parents and legal guardians about course material of sexual or explicit nature involving human sexuality or human sexual education.

 

 

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UberI’d call this a win for Dan Innis.

(SeacoastOnline) PORTMOUTH- In response to Uber ride-sharing drivers now working in the city, the Taxi Commission on Wednesday recommended the elimination of taxi medallions, regulation of taxi fares, city taxi inspections and the Taxi Commission itself.

The commission voted unanimously to send a memo to the City Council outlining its recommendations to lift many regulations currently imposed on drivers-for-hire.

Cataldo said if commercial drivers are deregulated, there will be no need for the commission and he recommended that it be abolished in six months. Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine, the council’s representative to the commission, said he’d like to revisit that suggestion at a later date. 

How often does a commission suggest its own dissolution?

 

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Become a citizen Journalist

Become a citizen Journalist

I mentioned in our interview with Greg Kline from Red Maryland last Saturday that their new citizen journalism project had inspired me to duplicate something similar here in New Hampshire.  In Maryland, as in New Hampshire, media is pulling the plug on political reporters, not just at the state level, but locally as well.  Fewer stories are being reported, with many important local stories being overlooked.

And no, the Patch sites don’t really do the job and when they do they often apply the same liberal media tactic of controlling what the news is by not reporting some stories, like the no-bid contract in Windham.

The cure?  Citizen journalists. We want You! to write for GraniteGrok.  Here’s how it works.

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5 Rules For Facebook Relationship Etiquette

 

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Take some money and give it themAt various school districts in NH there is a growing trend to have elected school board and budget committee members pay thousands of dollars for access to public documents. The NH AG will not get involved and stop this abuse of office by offending superintendents, no surprise. And who in their right mind trusts any NH judge with doing the correct and proper thing? What school board member has the money for lawyers to get existing public documents anyway?

I think I have a solution for all the school superintendents who, in the process of administering million dollar budgets, do not have the time or patience to comply with citizen or even elected school board or budget committee member’s requests for documents – let the voters decide.

Here is a sample Warrant Article to be placed on any school district ballot:

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taxmanDemocrats may not admit this but they believe it all belongs to the government.  All of it.

“You didn’t build that” is the bumper-sticker slogan of Marxists everywhere.  You can’t do it without them, you didn’t do it, to which we could add ‘How dare you do it.”  And for the record, any little bit they let you keep is either a privilege or an accident whose shelf life could depend on how appreciative you are of this indulgence or your tolerance for being lorded over by your self-proclaimed betters.

Modern Progressive governance bears a striking resembles to Feudalism.

The latest evidence that this is how the left thinks comes to us from New York Times Blogger Josh Barro.

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I see dumb peopleICYMI

(AoSHQ) A recent survey by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics finds that over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” about the same number as support mandatory labeling of GMO foods “produced with genetic engineering.” Oklahoma State economist Jayson Lusk has some additional details on the survey. If the government does impose mandatory labeling on foods containing DNA, perhaps the label might look something like this:

“WARNING: This product contains deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The Surgeon General has determined that DNA is linked to a variety of diseases in both animals and humans. In some configurations, it is a risk factor for cancer and heart disease. Pregnant women are at very high risk of passing on DNA to their children.”

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First and foremost we need to control our border.  A great nation needs to control its border.  Not just at the border, which is hugely important, but also the 40 percent of the people that have come here illegally came with a legal visa and overstayed their bounds.  We ought to be able to figure out where they are and politely ask them to leave.”

We need to use State and local enforcement.  State and local law enforcement should be a partner with the federal government to make this done effectively and in a “compassionate” way.

I don’t even know that that means – “ask”?  “Compassionate”?  “Partner”?  Sorry, but when you are using the phrase “law enforcement” Read the whole thing!

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You trust her with delivering your needs?

You trust her with delivering your needs?

When David Corn, a far Left Progressive writing at  Mother Jones, said that Mitt Romney was (in so many words) a closet Progressive, it left me rather unenthused. After all, a Progressive wanting Mitt – this is what I as a “base” Conservatarian, wants to hear about a guy that I resignedly voted for in the last election (more an anti-vote against Obama versus a throat rendering roar of approval for Mitt).  Extremely nice guy, successful guy, but one who leans more towards Big Government than what I’m comfortable at all with (the epitome of the “Big Government but just slower than the Democrats” kind of Establishment Republican).  And now, Nancy Pelosi???

Pelosi: I hope Romney is the GOP nominee

Mitt Romney has attracted an unlikely supporter in his possible 2016 White House bid: Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).  Asked if Romney has any shot at defeating Hillary Clinton in 2016, Pelosi told The Hill, “No, no. I mean, he might be a nice person — no offense, no offense — [but] let’s save you time.”. A smiling Pelosi added, “Let me put it this way — I hope he’s their nominee.”

Now obviously this could be a Brer Rabbit / briar patch moment – after all, the Democrats beat him the last time (and frankly, I think he beat himself the first time in the Primary).  Do they think Read the whole thing!

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Markets teach or encourage at least three virtues: tolerance, honesty, and compassion.

- David Henderson (author,  The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey)

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Blogger and podcaster Greg Kline joins us from Red Maryland.com to talk about former governor and Democrat presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley. We also discuss their new Republican governor, being a conservative in a blue state, the Red Maryland Radio, and their citizen journalism project.

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Why didn't we address this during the session? Uhh...Ummmm..

Read my lips, “Fiscally Responsible.”

The UL had an article recently on HHS taking $7 million away from nursing homes. This is $7,000,000.00 million that was approved in the 2014-2015 budget but that HHS had gone over in other areas. NH should protect life in all of its stages and regardless of the condition. People whose medical condition require nursing home treatment are still people.

HHS Commissioner Nick Toumpas says there are not any other options and Hassan says that taking money away from caring for seniors and the disabled in nursing homes is “fiscally responsible.” What would be fiscally responsible is to stop subsidizing abortion clinics and use that money to care for people in nursing homes.

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Bryan Sikes and the Bag of Donuts

This has to be one of the best replies to the idiocy that is Michael Moore.

Green Beret sniper, Bryan Sikes, takes poseur Moore to the mat with this Clash Daily write-up (also found here at Weasel Zippers).

“Good afternoon there sweetheart…It seems you’ve found time between licking the jelly off your fingers and releasing your grasp of a bear claw to tweet some junk about snipers being cowards.”

I saw Moore’s comments before I went to see American Sniper.  Obviously, I think that anything that comes out of Moore’s extensive pie hole is a waste of CO2.  But after seeing the movie, I have a new appreciation for the vileness that lives within that Macy’s Day float of a human being. Read the whole thing!

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San Diegans say, “Absolutely.”

Mark Dice interviews San Diegans, saying Obama wants to repeal the Bill of Rights and asks what do you think about it? You for it?  Alas, most said, “Stimmt!”

Obama Supporter: “Whatever he [Obama] wants to do, is probably best for the country.”
Mark: “Repealing the bill of Rights is probably best for the country?
Obama Supporter: “Yes, totally, totally…go for it.”
Mark: “Go Obama”
Obama Supporter: “Go Obama”

Thank you Obama supporters.

H/t InfoWars.com. Mark Dice

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Medicaid Maggie Hassan Budget MemeThis season on New Hampshire Democrat Governors,  last seasons only ‘legislative victory’–Medicaid Expansion–forces our “hero of the people” to make a difficult decision.

The budget is a problem so what is a “fiscally responsible” governor to do?  Sell grandma down the river and hope rain.

Medicaid Maggie Hassan proposes $58 million cut from NH DHHS.

She is, to borrow from the appropriate Democrat narrative,  tossing the elderly and mental health patients under the budget bus.

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“I, too, have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe. But, unlike her, I’ve actually accomplished something.”

(H/T: Carly Fiorina at the Iowa Freedom Summit via National Review)

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Shot: they will normalize you downward because you are excellent:

Words of Wisdom from Mike Pannone

Chaser: they will normalize you upward simply because…er, I’m just shaking my head:

A Tennessee school district has voted to set the minimum failing grade in its high schools at 60 percent, making it easier for students to pass. Read the whole thing!

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This won’t make House Speaker John Boehner’s life any easier.

Nine of the most conservative House Republicans are forming a caucus to push policy further to the right, the group announced Monday.  The birth of the House Freedom Caucus reflects frustration among some that the Republican Study Committee, once the concentrated nerve center of the House GOP’s right wing, has ballooned in size and taken a less confrontational approach with GOP leaders than some of its members would like.

…The new Freedom Caucus is likely to take a more in-your-face stance with GOP leaders. Its aim is to promote “an agenda of limited, constitutional government in Congress,” the group said in a joint statement Monday.

This, too – what a concept!  Read the whole thing!

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“Inside many Liberals is a totalitarian…”

by Skip January 26, 2015

(H/T: Liberal Logic 101)

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And we wonder why they are spineless?

by Skip January 26, 2015

“Attention Congressman Gosar! You took an oath about protecting the Constitution. Remember? Amazing short video that reveals what Congress really thinks about the Constitution. He doesn’t get off the hook however without being informed in no uncertain terms why  Liberty must be supported.” The most telling part are the couple of interactions with Congressman Gosar […]

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Global Warming? Er, it might be the Big Chill if this happens

by Skip January 26, 2015

Big Chill indeed – no power during a major blizzard? “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is putting out word that 17 nuclear power stations, with a total of 26 reactor units, could shut down if the historic blizzard smashing into the East Coast carries high winds, as expected.  “If wind speeds are in excess of specified […]

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Here in in the northeast, are you ready for your dose of Global Warming?

by Skip January 26, 2015

Yup, I guess our Global Warming decided to go south from the winter for the next coupla days; two feet of here in my hamlet by Wednesday AM.  Yup, it is hot, it’s Global Warming and if it’s cold and snowy, it is Global Warming! You know, if this keeps up, it’s gonna push duct […]

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January 24th Education Update

by Steve MacDonald January 26, 2015
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In this education update Jorge Mesa-Tejada helps taxpayers grasp their school budget by explaining what it is they need to look at and how to tell what it really means. Follow along with some reading material here.     You can listen to the entire podcast here. Follow us on YouTube, USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter […]

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New Hampshire embracing anti-Obamacare policies amid its own health care failures

by Steve MacDonald January 26, 2015
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By Steve Mac Donald | Watchdog Arena New Hampshire has a long history of implementing Obamacare-style policies, but now the state may be looking to the free market for reform. The Granite State’s foray into health care reform started with United States Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who burnished her progressive health-care pedigree long before she […]

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HB320 Followup – Relative to the Removal of Certain Campaign Materials From Polling Places

by Steve MacDonald January 26, 2015
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On January 22, I reported on h House Bill 320, an “Act Relative to the Removal of Certain Campaign Materials at the polling place.”   I’m happy to report that two of the Bills co-sponsers responded to my email. The motivation for the legislation was, as many speculated to me after the original report, the result […]

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See, even President Obama believes Government regulations suck

by Skip January 25, 2015

From the UL: President Obama has threatened to veto a bill that would require federal regulations to be cost-effective and receive more public input. He said it would be too burdensome on the federal government. This is not a story from the satirical news site “The Onion.”  The House passed the Regulatory Accountability Act last […]

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Billionaire tells the rest of us “You don’t need that!”

by Skip January 25, 2015

Again, the “tells” that someone is a Progressive: You don’t need that I don’t know of anyone who says they need that It’s about the quality of life“ It is the cost of civilization Right. Jeff Greene, who owns 5 mansions and flies a private jet (family + nannies) to the elitist Davos meeting, has the […]

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I understand why she did it but isn’t this just copycatting Democrat identity politics?

by Skip January 25, 2015

And we will LOSE every time that we ditch our principles and adopt them – even if it is just to show different shaped faces and skin colors.  From the UL (reformatted, emphasis mine): During the fever pitch of last year’s elections, one of Renee Plummer’s friends made an off-the-cuff comment about Republicans being a […]

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