Obama gives himself a medal

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Ahmed-Mohammed-Clock

Clockhmed’s dad sued, and now his family is screwed

Do you remember Clockhmed? Ahmed “Clock-Boy” Mohamed brought a ‘device’ to school that had the see-something-say-something crowd thinking bomb. He was arrested and suspended, and became the talk of the nation. Was it a misunderstanding or a ploy to tease an anti-Muslim narrative?

Whatever the plan was Ahmed’s father Mohamed Mohamed launched a series of defamation lawsuits against local officials and the media and that’s not going the way he’d hoped.

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rtwhearing

Last Tuesday, Senate Bill 11 (SB 11), AN ACT prohibiting collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union, was heard in the senate committee at the State House. This is a bill that will end the forced unionism in New Hampshire and finally allow workers to have a choice about unions in the state. The hall was filled with Massachusetts union members. They are always bused in for New Hampshire union events. For some reason there never seem to be enough New Hampshire union workers to protest. Either they aren’t interested or they aren’t paid by their unions to miss a day of work to be there. Read the whole thing!

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Instapundit:

Slate Carson is not Mad DogN

Boy, I know that I am getting up in years, but I’ve talked with Ben Carson.  That really doesn’t look like him at all.

Wrong guy, wrong department.  And we are supposed to rely and trust the MSM?

#FakeNews or #DumbEditorsAtSlate ?

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coolidge tax quote
Really!  Because you are successful, the Concord Monitor judges you to be EEEVVVIIIILLL simply because INCOME INEQUALITY!  Yep, just go that Marxist route of just because your ability is there, it must go to someone else because of their need (reformatted, emphasis mine).

Editorial: Tax reform must target inequality
Sunday, January 15, 2017

First, they start off with a joke (it HAS to be a joke, right?)

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Meet The PressAll of these Sunday talk shows have a panel discussion during their shows – and that’s pretty much why I watch.  This time, quite the reveal.  Beside the host of Meet The Press, Chuck Todd (who pretty much stayed out of this back and forth), the people involved in this discussion were:

  • “The Atlantic” [a very Left leaning magazine] Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg
  • Danielle Pletka, SVP for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institution [a right leaning think tank]
  • Helene Cooper, Pentagon Correspondent for the  NYT (a very Left leaning newspaper and a reporter to match)

Sidenote: I really hadn’t heard Pletka before – hopefully we’ll see her more often

The discussion swung to the topic of the President-elect (and soon to be President) Trump’s penchant to use Twitter as a communications tool.  It is clear that the MSMers (Todd, Goldberg, Cooper) are all aghast that a person in that office would speak out, speak out often, and (their real ax grinding) going around them. Cooper starts it off with a slight against Trump (emphasis mine):

Cooper: …The idea that the President of the United States is going to be having tantrums on Twitter whenever someone gets under his skin I think is frightening to a lot of people…

This is the paranoia of TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome). He’s not even Prez yet and he’s absolutely driving the Left to bed-wetting. It has to be the leftovers, in part, of KNOWING that Hillary should have been The One – and isn’t. But that bit about a “tantrum” – it will return in a moment.

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“Acting is a way of living out one’s insanity.”  -Isabelle Huppert

Rosie-ODonnell-Straight-JacketXanax. Rosie O’Donnell is insane. She is completely off the rails. And what’s not to enjoy? Trump Derangement Syndrome is on the rise, increasing to epidemic levels. The media, the arts and croissants crowd, the Hollywood left and the limousine liberals are all off the rails. If this rate of meltdown holds steady, this is going to be a most entertaining, comedy-filled era of the Donald Trump Presidency.

We are seeing this nuttiness at all levels of society. We see it in our State Houses, our local governments, In our schools, and in public. I am poised just waiting for somebody to nail a live chicken to his or her own head to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration.

If anything we should be galled when we see Hollywood lining up to tell us how to vote…how to think…where to stand on an issue..or issues.  Read the whole thing!

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Meet The Press

“…he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed

Diane FeinsteinAs always, I try to struggle to watch the Sunday talking head shows as there are sometimes some decent nuggets to be heard (remember, most of the people on here are Progressives and Liberals – I listen to see how they actually think).  In one of the middle segments, Chuck Todd is talking with US Diane Feinstein (D-Californistan / Mexifornia) and this popped up about the impending Inauguration of Donald Trump:

Feinstein: …and there is so much fear in this country. I come from the biggest State, get 10s of thousands of phone calls, and emails, from people that are fearful of what is going to happen.  It is the job of this new President to reassure people that he is just not the President of his base but he is the president of everyone and that means a coming together.

Notice how she slips in that false premise.  That aside, what IS the job of the President?  Most of our readers know this

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“Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.” -Edmund Burke

President-Elect Donald J. Trump

President-Elect Donald J. Trump

The Hypocrits are talking again. President-Elect Donald J. Trump got it wrong..So say the Democrats, Neo-Conservative hacks and other less-mentioned moonbats.  These idiots are convinced in their own minds, they are right.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we as a people need only look to history for the standard-bearer of American politics and governing. After all, we elected President Trump.

We cannot overlook the fact that President-Elect Trump has broken new ground. We’ve entered uncharted territory. In the history of our Republic, the people have NEVER elected a non-politician to this higher officer of POTUS. Certainly not one as wealthy and successful as Donald Trump.

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‘CADILLAC PRICES FOR YUGO RESULTS’

school-choice1The more things don’t change…I said similar things during my time on my hamlet’s Budget Committee while evaluating our School District’s budget – it was always a case of that old joke “Go ahead, find the boots”*.  I’ve been off the BudComm for a few years now but nothing has changed – lower enrollements and higher costs.  As I said during a BudComm meeting last week, it seems that the School Board is not working for the taxpayers and protecting their tax monies but an active agent for the teachers union.

Anyways, that above quote is from the current BudComm Chair Norm Silber – and I agree with it totally (and glad he’s one of our NH House Reps):

Gilford Budget Committee chairman criticizes amount spent on schools
By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — Gilford spends $22,000 a year on each of its students, but ranks in the middle of the state on standardized tests, and that’s made Budget Committee Chairman Norman Silber unhappy.

It SHOULD make every taxpayer unhappy – including slobberin School Board sycophants (and educators) Joe Wernig and Debra LaLiberte (who revisted her political sashaying and posturing (I gotta resurrect that video of her literally impolitely sashaying and berating the BudComm) – I guess NO BudComm Chair or member is every good enough for her.  It is either “give the School Board all that they want” or the highway. That haughty arrogance both abounds and suffuses through the whole Edu-Industrial Complex.  And then you wonder how they have public school costs the same or much higher than private schools?

And here’s the Yugo part:

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Keith Ellison

Congressman Keith Ellison

Both of them were Democrats.

Keith Ellison is the US Rep from Minnesota and the first Muslim elected to the House.  He is now in the running to become the Democrat National Committee Chair (as his two predecessors were caught red handed throwing the Dem Prez Primary to Hillary over Sanders). His campaign rhetoric is certainly lacking in historical accumen

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, who once proposed a black-only nation and is now a leading candidate to be the next Democratic National Committee chairman, told supporters Friday that President-elect Donald Trump is bringing white supremacy back to the White House.

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Avg surface temps above 70 all US Stations

Looking at Avg % of US days over 70, and 2016 still isn’t the second hottest anything.

Most of the headlines claiming that any recent year is the ‘Hottest on Record’ are fake news. Fake climate news that is. It’s all spin.

First, the ‘record’ they refer to is the satellite record. The satellite record is 46 years old, beginning around the same time experts promised us a new ice age, falling crop yields, global hunger, peak oil, and nuclear winter. So, the hottest year ever schtick is an ironic turn for a class of people obsessed with pointing out how wrong the Old Testament is about the actual age of the earth. Read the whole thing!

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Er, not so much.

Er, not so much.

From Breitbart, we see that one thing has not changed during President Whiny Pants’s term in office – he’s never to blame (emphasis  mine):

On Friday’s broadcast of “Dateline NBC,” outgoing President Barack Obama reflected on his past eight years and why he was unable to accomplish as much as he had set out to accomplish after being sworn in as president in 2009.

As he has had in the past, Obama put some of the blame on conservative talker Rush Limbaugh and some host at the Fox News Channel, which he said made it difficult for Republicans to go along with some of his policy proposals.

“Well what is true is the ability of Republican leaders to rile up their base, helped along by folks like Rush Limbaugh, some commentators on Fox News I think created an environment in which Republican voters would punish Republicans for cooperating with me — that hothouse of back-and-forth argument and really sharp partisanship I think has been harmful to the country.”

In other words, our “I have a pen and a phone” President, who famously said that he was better at the jobs of everyone that worked for him, can’t admit that he LOST in the Arena of Ideas.  So put it another way – Rush and perhaps four other people at Fox blocked him and his policies?  Really, the most powerful man in the free world was stymied by people who just TALK for a living?  What does that say about Obama’s:

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thinktbposterBreitbart: Tuberculosis: Refugees Produce 29 Percent of Active Cases in New Hampshire.

When asked if the state of New Hampshire has a plan to effectively deal with this refugee TB issue, the spokesperson for the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services did offer a response.

 

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New Hampshire Right to Life sponsored another successful March for Life in Concord on Saturday. The annual event brings hundreds of pro-life Granite Staters together to rally and march in defense of the right to life. Bold stuff, for Concord.

Gathering on State House plaza before March for Life 2017. Ellen Kolb photo.

Gathering on State House plaza before March for Life 2017. Ellen Kolb photo.

Opponents waited near the Equality Center down the street (the name “Feminist Health Center” has been retired from active duty). There were permits all around. Concord officials have adopted an every-other-year policy for use of the sidewalk in front of the Center during the march: last year, pro-lifers got to march in front of the building while abortion advocates stayed off that segment of sidewalk; this year, it was the other way around, with pro-lifers shifting off of Main Street for a block to stay within the terms of the permit issued by the city.

Participants in the March for Life are usually directed not to block the sidewalks while marching from the State House to St. John the Evangelist Church half a mile away (site of a post-march program). Permit holders of any persuasion are supposed to leave enough room to allow passage by people not involved in the demonstration du jour. Or so I thought.

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Men-Potatosd

(H/T: Powerline)

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There are several fundamental concerns with the presumption of a wise, benevolent policy process. It treats the knowledge embedded in an economist’s simplified model as though it were complete knowledge. It ignores the ways that markets adapt to solve problems. And it presumes that when the political process goes to work on problems, it arrives at solutions flawlessly.

-Arnold Kling’ ( Specialization and Trade: A Re-introduction to Economics)

(H/T: Cafe Hayek)

Nope, nope and nope

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Upon receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama, Joe Biden was trying to make nice in return.  Kinda missed the mark, dontcha think?

“I never once doubted that your judgement was flawed. Never once.”

Heh!

(H/T: RedState)

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MoneyTreeWhat I don’t get about Socialists / Progressives is that they hold two beliefs at the same time:

  1. We can give anything we want to everyone.  Because we have the ability
  2. Economics is a zero sum game and there’s not enough for everyone.

Must be hard going though life stupid.  And then vicious when they want to fulfill #1 and run into #2.  Dan Mitchell, an economics guy that I have quoted from time to time (note: must do more often) has this to say that they are going to get worse: The Left’s Siren Song of Coerced Equality (reformatted, emphasis mine):

Traditionally, folks on the left favored a conventional welfare state, which revolved around two components.

  1. Means-tested programs for the ostensible purpose of alleviating poverty (e.g.., Medicaid, food stamps, welfare, etc).
  2. Social-insurance programs for the ostensible purpose of alleviating sickness, unemployment, and aging (e.g., Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, etc).

This agenda was always a bad idea for both macro and micro reasons, and has become a very bad idea because of demographic changes [i.e., fewer workers to support those not working -Skip]But now the left has expanded its goals to policies that are far more radical. Instead of a well-meaning (albeit misguided) desire to protect people from risk, they now want coerced equality. And this agenda also has two components:

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Bloomberg soda ban blocked

“I have to go back for the Burrito”

When you lay down policies that would have adverse results on a given business, Democrat politicians get upset when it’s shown that these same Democrats:

  • Keep failing the Law of Unintended Consequences
  • Can’t do math
  • Don’t understand that almost all businesses are going to act in their own self-interest.

So, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney was all aflitter about “saving his city’s citizens” from the most WORST plague imaginable:

Soda

Pop, Fizzies.  Or, as they used to say when I was growing up – tonic. Yep, after solving all of his city’s problems of great import, he decided that he had to save them all from themselves. Regardless of whether they thought that they “needed” to be saved.  Once again, the Progressive “tell” of “You don’t need that.” From Reason the sad tale of “I will social engineer you to make you better”:

Philly Mayor Blames ‘Price Gouging’ for Outrage Generated by City’s New Soda Tax
Businesses are passing along the cost of the tax to consumers, because that’s how taxes work. Someone get Jim Kenney an economics textbook.

After driving up the cost of soda and other sugary drinks with a new tax, the mayor of Philadelphia is now trying to blame businesses for charging higher prices (and for the outrage those prices have generated).

Funny, I thought he was elected to run the city – not their lives.  But that’s what Progressivism is.

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65 Million Dollar Hole Appears in New Hampshire’s DHHS Budget – Unexpetedly

by Steve MacDonald January 14, 2017

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is reporting a $65 million dollar hole in its budget. The only people who didn’t see this coming were lawmakers who supported and expanded Medicaid and DHHS. Everyone else, you, me, us, knew that this expansion would create costs that would threaten the New Hampshire advantage of no […]

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GT Flashback Jan. 11th, 2014

by Steve MacDonald January 14, 2017

This week we travel back to our conversation with Rep. Jane Cormier on a bill to undercut the abusive power of un-elected regional planning commissions. We’ve also got Rep. John Burt, and Max Abramson joins us to discuss charges of police brutality. Listen to “GT Flashback Jan. 11th, 2014” on Spreaker.  

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NH Should Follow UNH Non-Resident Tuition Rules – for Voting Purposes

by Steve MacDonald January 13, 2017

The new Legislature is looking at election law again so now is as good a time as any to revisit something I’ve suggested before when it comes to figuring out who can and can’t or should or should not be voting in New Hampshire. Here it is, plain and simple. To qualify for In-State tuition status […]

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FBI: Fake Backstabbing Investigations

by Ed Naile January 13, 2017

The current national narrative, usually as fake as any national news lead, is that we have problems with the FBI. Imagine discovering that the FBI was involved in politics, not doing its job of investigating crime and violations of the specific laws under its purview. But wait! I am old enough to remember Watergate. And […]

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When They Came for Fox, Where Was CNN?

by Scott Morales January 13, 2017

Neil Cavuto calls out CNN in a righteous throw down. And he is totally right. Where was CNN when Fox was getting hammered for the last 8 years by the delusional, self-absorbed, petulant, petty pansy who polluted the Oval Office? Nowhere. The prigs were mocking and joining in. Now it’s different, isn’t it? And I’m […]

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Great Ideas to FIX Washington DC

by Steve MacDonald January 13, 2017

A commenter over at The Deplorable Climate Science Blog offered a well thought out list of changes for Federal agencies after January 20th. This suggested shakeup would re-focus the responsibilities of many agencies move others under different departments, and eliminate others. It’s so brilliant I’m sharing the entire comment with you. GeologyJim January 11, 2017 at 5:26 […]

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The Definition of Insanity – New Hampshire Style

by Ed Naile January 13, 2017

Deep in the bowels of the New Hampshire State Constitution is a word, one single word, that the activist NH State Supreme Court used to try and impose a broad-based tax on its citizens – because the NH Legislature will not do it. God Bless our citizen legislature. Behold the word “cherish.” Cherish is the […]

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ObamaCare ‘Repeal’ Myths

by Steve MacDonald January 13, 2017

Investors Business Daily. Democrats say repealing ObamaCare will strip millions of Americans of insurance, leave people with pre-existing medical conditions unable to find coverage, increase the budget deficit, and be a political nightmare for Republicans.

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Trump Thrives off Media Hostility

by Steve MacDonald January 13, 2017

It’s going to be a fun few years. Trump thrives off of media hostility, and the more hostile — and the less defensible — the better. It allows him to portray himself as the victim of a stilted establishment. It fires up his supporters. It keeps the debate on terrain that is familiar and favorable […]

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“Standing” Room Only – Abortion Buffer Zone Appeal Denied

by Steve MacDonald January 12, 2017

An appeals court has upheld a state law from 2014 that creates a 25-foot buffer zone around New Hampshire Abortion clinics, but only because it has never been applied or enforced. Interesting. Democrats write and pass a law nearly identical to one in Massachusetts thrown out by the US Supreme Court for violating the first […]

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