Recently, Skip started a post with this charming thought:  ‘The job of a journalist is to report facts, add context where necessary, and leave it to the consumer to decide what he thinks.’

I would have agreed with that before I read Neil Postman’s excellent book How to Watch TV News.  But Postman helped me understand that it’s a fairy tale version of the actual job.

The job of a journalist — what journalists are hired to do — is to get people’s eyeballs pointed in a particular direction (or their ears tuned in to a particular source of sound), so that advertisers can try to sell them things. Once you understand that, a lot of otherwise incomprehensible things about journalism start to make sense. Read the whole thing!

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I stand with NH Taxpayers

Press Release

Cormier for Executive Council 4
502 W. River Road, #127
Hooksett, NH 03106
603.781.5695
www.janecormier.org
July 16, 2018

For Immediate Release

As you may know, the New Hampshire Executive Council has voted in the past to approve funding for abortion clinics here in the Granite State.

Although Planned Parenthood advertises itself as an organization promoting health care for women and families, it IS the nation’s largest abortion provider and has been repeatedly plagued by scandal and abuse. It is a private organization that shouldn’t be funded by taxpayers.

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UBMy interest in this decision is two-fold. First, no small amount of effort has been expended on these pages to highlight the abuse of rights on college campuses or the culture that facilitates it. Second, I attended the University of Buffalo, which was just dope-slapped by a New York State Appellate Court for its banana-republic-like judgment against a student.

In response to their disciplinary process, the court said,

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This is NOT The Onion but we don’t take ourselves too seriously

Vlad+Donald Appearing on camera together after their private summit in Helsinki (or was it Yalta?), the two leaders came out to take questions from the press, and were all jovial and smiling: “My friend Vlad and I may have different styles, but we both believe in efficient government,” said Trump “I like to cut government and trust the citizens…” “And I prefer a more direct style of rule, without all the layers of bureaucracy,” interjected Putin.
A better solution for Europe?…

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Africa at nightPaul Driessen, writing at Townhall, explains Carbon Colonialism.

Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) use manmade climate change alarmism to justify lending policies that reject funding for fossil fuel electricity generation, promote expensive and unreliable renewable sources, and thereby help keep impoverished nations poor.

But something is changing.

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As the Democrat party drifts closer and closer to Orwell’s dystopia in their governing philosophy, it is clear that independent thought is forbidden.

Elon Musk - Tesla He donated to the GOP – gasp! Shock! As American Thinker notes, planet-saving darling of the left, Elon Musk, has been caught donating to the GOP, and so he’s this week’s poster boy for the “Two Minutes Hate!” Never mind that, as Nate Silver points out, he has donated far more to Democrats and their causes, or that:

This is SOP for the rich, who tend to hedge their bets by donating to both parties. But in this rabidly partisan age, we see more and more pushback from the left when their “clients” don’t do as they’re told.

Same SOP that Trump, doing business in heavily Democrat New York had to follow – you donate to, and make “friends” with, the folks who could hurt your business.
In olden days, it was called the protection racket: “Nice little business you have there – shame if Andrew Cuomo were to find some wrongdoing…”

Where will the Eco-Greenies turn for their fix? Is saving the planet (in their minds) more important than destroying Elon Musk for trying to protect his subsidies? This could get very interesting indeed.

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Dogs a democrat

No, not my dog, well, maybe. I’d like to think our “relationship” is voluntary on my part. I chose it.

But back to the music. This song by Bryan Lewis was sent to me by Jim. It’s amusing and as Jim notes, light-hearted…to brighten up your Sunday Morning. See if you agree.

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UNH CampusI was in Concord Yesterday. The car in front of me on Main Street, a Honda Fit, had a Clinton-Kaine bumper sticker and another from the ACLU that said something like ‘Let Them Vote.’

The ACLU and I get along swimmingly on issues of free speech but not so much on their false-flag, straw-man student voting rights agenda which, in New Hampshire, has a laser-focus on making excuses for letting non-residents steal local elections. A narrative that took a knee to the groin this past week with the State Supreme Court decision on House Bill 1264. 

As a public courtesy, I feel compelled to revisit this at least one more time, because the Liberals won’t stop kicking the dead horse of ‘student voting rights’ which, if considered in the proper context, may constitute vote suppression by New Hampshire Democrats.

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“One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.”

-Prof. Thomas Sowell

We owe them, as opposed to “gee, thanks for helping me”.  This is what happens with those whose only socially redeeming value is the ability to win one more vote than the other guy has a shot at other peoples’ money in which they had no role in earning.

Such is the naked force of Government and those that believe “We know what is best for you – and how to spend your money better than you want to”.

(H/T: John Hawkins)

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Democrats Don’t Fear Brett Kavanaugh. They Fear the Constitution.

OK, let me try to write short on this one for a change: Do I really need to explain why? When the Left is reduced to calling him a “frat boy” because of his first name, you KNOW they got nuttin’ and he isn’t the real target.  It is that decisions will no longer be decided on enamations, penumbras and “hey, we just found a new Right”-isms, and what is the PC issue of the day.

You know – real judges and not a super-sized (and unaccountable) Legislature. Which is how Democrats have viewed SCOTUS for decades (along with the rest of the lower level Judiciary).

(H/T: Daily Signal)

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Democratic-Socialist-posterYet, they are supposed to be the “nice” brand of Socialism? Believe that and I’ve got a whole LOT of bridges that I’d like to sell you. They ARE the lipstick on the pig and the only freedoms you’d have are only ones they’d deign to give to you.  On a good day. If they feel like it.

Which there never is one and they never feel like it. New wannabe Overlords same as the old Soviet ones.  Or the current ChiCom ones.

But then again, our education system is such that the young have no idea.

(H/T: Powerline)

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Dan RatherSHOTCNN Sports Says Social Justice Warrior Athletes Seen as Less than Human

CHASER: Wrong.  It’s not “…Less than Human“. It IS “More annoying than Humanly possible

Again, I used to watch as an ESCAPE from politics rather than being preached at from a Socialist viewpoint.  Why would I lend my eyeballs and money in supporting people that, as an entire movement, would love to shut me up because they view me, and others like me, as nothing more than a Deplorable, Irredeemable, Xenophobe, Jingoist, Misogynist, Homophobe, older White cis-gender male?

And they scream at me that *I’m* intolerant?

 

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Diversity Speech policeProgressive arguments for campaign finance reform (see also, the false getting money out of politics narrative) have nothing to do with transparency or money. They are about exposing donor lists to intimidation by left-wing thugs to suppress donations, and the speech they would afford political opponents.

Alternately or should I say Alt-Lefternately, Antifa, one of the Progressives thug armies hides its identity while actively suppressing speech Democrats (coincidentally) oppose. They attack people, destroy property, and use intimidation to suppress actual speech. Some GOP lawmakers have proposed legislation to amp up the penalties for those who actually commit certain crimes while “masked.”

Antifa is not happy.

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America earned its independence and standing in the world. American Presidents do not bow to foreign rulers. Not even The Queen!

You bow to no-one
Cue the liberal outrage, but real Americans don’t care. Trump was right to shake the Queen’s hand.

Cartoon by Ben Garrison
And a sampling of the outrage and responses on Twitchy.com

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New Hampshire FlagTo: New Hampshire State Supreme Court
From: Coalition of NH Taxpayers Chairman, Ed Naile
8 North Main St. Concord, NH 03301
Re: Court Review of NH Election Law Legislation
Date: May 29, 2018
M E M O R A N D U M O F L A W

Statement of Facts:

New Hampshire has a practice of allowing citizens of other states to vote in New Hampshire during our General Elections, which includes elections for Federal office. This practice has increased in volume since the adoption of same day registration in 1996. Any person, from any state, who has attained the age of 18 can simply show proof identity to register to vote in New Hampshire, including a current, valid, out-of-state driver’s license. The registrant simply signs an affidavit as per RSA 654:12. It is known as a: QUALIFIED VOTER AFFIDAVIT.

The Attorney General’s Office, Elections Division, is tasked with enforcing election laws as per RSA 7:6 c. This office may prosecute – at its discretion.

There has been a decades old state of confusion regarding the terms “domicile” and “resident” which has been the source of several lawsuits regarding out-of-state college voters and transient campaign workers who choose to vote in New Hampshire instead of their legal residence in their home state.

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CNHTFive (out of the possible 24 NH State Senate District) candidates showed up (listed alphabetically):

  • Gary Daniels is running for NH State Senate District 11.
  • Carla Gericke is running in NH State Senate District 20
  • Dan Hynes is running for NH State Senate District 9.
  • Bill Kuch is running for NH State Senate District 16.
  • Ruth Ward is running for NH State Senate District 8.

Here is Gary – the others are after the jump.

There were a number of no-shows (although Bob Guida (District 2), while absent, at least sent in a Letter to be read).  Which left the following no-shows:

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GrokSignalAs we try to ramp GraniteGrok to the next level, one of the things being contemplated is doing Meetups – instead of you coming here, we Groksters would come out and meet with you folks.  Purpose?  Just to yak, talk, converse – you know, share a bit of fellowship.  So, I’d like to find out IF our loyal readers think this might be a good idea, and if it might be, where should they be held and how often?  Completely ad hoc or with a bit of an agenda?  Just yak, or as Steve said, perhaps have a “GrokThink!” component (yes, I will keep you in suspense).  As always, I read all the comments.  But I do want to do a couple of polls after the jump (if I can figure this thingy out as I’ve never used the plugin that Steve has been using lately) so each poll might get adjusted as I correct mistakes.

OK, first question: how often?

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Burning USS Raleigh on NH State FlagThe State Supreme Court has ruled (in its analysis of HB1264, which the governor then signed yesterday) that out-of-state college students do not have more rights than actual citizens of New Hampshire. They are not entitled to a special exclusion from the responsibilities actual residents accept including registering vehicles in the Granite State or obtaining a New Hampshire driver’s license. And asking these things of them is not a poll tax.

This is as it should be but New Hampshire Democrats have been stealing elections from Granite Staters for years and in spite of the court’s opinion they are ramping up to try and rob you of at least one more.

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Take a look at some of the more interesting parts of the 2014 Guare v. NH case that was meant to codify out-of-state, unqualified voter’s participation in New Hampshire elections. You can see how this case, in my opinion, was never meant to be won by “our side.” My comments are in parenthesis.

Supreme Court of New Hampshire.
Annemarie Guare & a. v. State of New Hampshire
No. 2014–558
    Decided: May 15, 2015

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Rick NotkinRecently I was asked why I was running for NH State Representative. The easy answer would be that I was corralled into it. Really, there was an open seat as one of the reps was not running for re-election so I had an opportunity to “put my money where my mouth was”, so to speak.

One of the main reasons that my wife and I moved to New Hampshire was the lower level of government intrusion into people’s lives. My overall view is supporting free-markets and individual liberty. I believe that when people have the freedom to engage in capitalism, the free market can solve many problems that arise. I also believe people should be able to run their own lives, as long as they don’t interfere with the rights of others.

Proponents of government programs and projects usually proclaim that given problems will be solved. “Leave it to us” actually seems to mean “you can’t handle it yourselves”. More insidiously, the actions (or inactions) of bureaucracies that are put in place to run the program often can’t reach the goals that were set.

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Sununu Signs HB1264 – Clarifying Residence and Domicile for Voting Purposes.

by Steve MacDonald July 13, 2018

Ed Nail has been all over this, naturally but I just finished reading the decision so while you should read all of Ed’s remarks I want to try to use the court’s judgment to clarify what just happened when Governor Sununu signed HB1264 into law. An excerpt from the State Supreme Court’s decision will help us […]

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CNHT Taxpayer Family Reunion Picnic – NH’s Executive Council candidates: Jane Cormier and Jim Beard

by Skip July 13, 2018

To be honest, I would have thought a few more prospective Republican candidates would have shown up at the CNHT Annual Taxpayer Picnic: Like my Exec. Councilor, Joe Kenney who has a primary with Kim Strathdee in District 1 (yes, my personal “please vote for Joe Kenney”) Russell Prescott (who went to the Dark Side […]

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CNHT Taxpayer Family Reunion Picnic – “Send us your stuff!”

by Skip July 13, 2018

No, I wasn’t on the roster of speakers but I decided to try anyways – and Keith Hanson of WNTK, the MC for the CNHT Annual Taxpayer Picnic, allowed me a few moments.  As I pointed out here, I’ve been making this offer for a while: So, knowing the reach of GraniteGrok, why not use […]

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#BrettKavanaughScandals

by Steve MacDonald July 13, 2018

The left is so unhinged about the nomination of (XX) that the progressive monkeys are “digging deep” for any bit of poo to throw. This has ignited the Twitterverse with a new hashtag. #BrettKavanaughScadals. As you might expect, the denizens of said ‘verse’ are having a blast owning that hashtag to make fun of the left. Carrie […]

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Here is the problem with crying “poll tax” in a crowded dorm.

by Ed Naile July 13, 2018

After decades of accepting non-citizens votes as equal to a qualified citizen’s vote, the New Hampshire State Supreme Court has acknowledged in its recent opinion that one must be domiciled in New Hampshire to vote here. This means that being domiciled in our state carries certain responsibilities – the same responsibilities as that of any […]

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The Last Straw

by Steve MacDonald July 13, 2018

Sometimes you feel like a win, any win, is enough. Hey, what about banning drinking straws? They’re easy to use, convenient, people like them, but something about the environment. Starbucks, the same company that very briefly brought us the opportunity to discuss race relations with their counter-people (pompously branded with the label barista), is leading a […]

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Use An Out of State License to Vote? We Punch a Hole In It!

by Ed Naile July 13, 2018

The circular logic New Hampshire courts use to let unqualified out-of-state residents vote in our state goes on and on. In 2012 a Superior Court judge, now retired because he let other stupid opinions he had about female attorneys be known, issued an injunction against an attempt by the NH Legislature to stop out-out-state voters […]

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New Hampshire State Supreme Court: HB1264 is Constitutional, And Then Some…

by Ed Naile July 12, 2018

I see two of the New Hampshire State Supreme Court have almost put an end to our policy of letting out-of-state, unqualified voters determine our Federal elections. The two others, Gary Hicks and Jimmy Bassett, should be removed from office for lack of enough common sense to be on any court. The majority found that […]

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603 Alliance Update and a Special Offer if You’d Like to Attend the NHLA Liberty Dinner

by Steve MacDonald July 12, 2018

The 603 Alliance is working to help elect more Constitutionally Driven Republicans to New Hampshire House. In their latest email update, they’ve got news on that front as well as an offer to get 10% off tickets to the NHLA Liberty Dinner this Sunday, in Bedford, New Hampshire. They’ve also got info on an upcoming SDGANH Event.

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Why judges shouldn’t be lawyers

by Ian U July 12, 2018

We seem to take it for granted that, when it’s time to pick a new judge for an appellate court, we should look at people who are already serving as judges on lower courts.  And when we’re filling vacancies on those lower courts, it seems natural that we should look at lawyers who have been […]

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