My Constitutional Rights are not trumped by your perceived right to feel safe, or any other “social contract” faux right.

Fears vs Rights

(H/T: Liberal Logic 101)

 

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The founding ideal of this republic is that we are the who and government is the whom, a necessary evil that is to some degree necessarily evil. On the right scale and in its proper place, that necessary evil is bearable. But when it oversteps, we are under no obligation to bear it — in fact, we are morally obliged by our particular American patrimony to resist. That is why the usual progressive taunt, “If you don’t like it, why don’t you move to Somalia?” is foolish and shallow: The American government exists at our sufferance — we do not exist at its sufferance. George W. Bush was mocked for talking about an “ownership society,” but if you want peace, that’s precisely what you should be trying to build. The alternative is to have 50 percent + 1 arbitrating the uncomfortable question of who in effect owns whom.

You want a less polarized politics? Consider that the God of the Old Testament asked only for 10 percent, and had Ten Commandments, not ten thousand.

- Kevin Williamson, writer and speaker

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Gadsden FlagFrom Glen Reynolds, a pithy observation:

2014: GOP Counting on ‘Motivated Base,’ Courting ‘Low-Propensity Voters’ to Win This Fall. They’ll do better if the Republican apparat — I’m looking at you, NRSC — doesn’t piss off the base with racial attacks on Tea Party candidates. You know?

Indeed.  So I followed the link:

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I’ve been blogging about Dover, NH and the concerns and eventual outcomes that injecting (either by resettlement or the later chain migration that will happen) up to 3,000 Congolese refugees into a city with merely 30,000 residents.  An Obama “fundamental transformation” to be sure.  I caught this over at Instapundit who quoted Eugene Volokh (law professor and blogger) on the nature of open borders / and a “no constraints” immigration:

I think, though, that the “Pilgrims = Illegal Aliens” equation illustrates the exact opposite. The whites immigrated to America — and took over the place. (I’m glad they did, but I can surely understand why the Indians might have disagreed.) Likewise, Jews immigrated to Palestine (adding vastly to the numbers already present), sometimes illegally — and eventually there were more Jews in some parts than Arabs, so Jews started running the place. Now Israelis are sensibly objecting to Palestinians’ asserted “right of return” to their and their parents’ homes, because if enough Palestinians are allowed to immigrate into Israel, they’ll start running the place.

The bottom line is that for all the good that immigration can do (and I’m an immigrant to the U.S., who is very glad that America let me in, and who generally supports immigration), unregulated immigration can dramatically change the nature of the target society.

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Town-of-Campbell-police-carLocal Tea Party holds protests on an overpass.  Local chief gets town to ban signs on the overpass.  Tea Party leader asks the internet to call the chief to complain, chief doesn’t like that so he resorts to…identify theft.

In retaliation, (Campbell, Wisconsin Police Chief Tim) Keleman used Luce’s personal info to sign up for a bunch of sites he thought Luce wouldn’t like. Because identity theft is just like calling somebody and asking if their refrigerator is running.

Leftist projection is hilarious. If this fine lawman wants to put porn, gay dating, and Obamacare all in the same category, good for him.

Keleman has been placed on paid leave. So, if you work in Wisconsin law enforcement and you want some extra taxpayer-funded vacation days, just steal a teabagger’s identity because you don’t like him.

If history is our guide, New Hampshire Police Chiefs could expect similar “paid vacations.”

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Well, maybe.  Right now, the White House / President Obama is making noise that all of these illegal alien kids that have been violating our border aren’t “illegal immigrants”, they’re not even “migrants.”  Based on his say so, they are ALL deemed to be “refugees from crime, violence, and drugs” even as they face the same pressures and ills of, oh say, two thirds of the planet’s populations.  Not to add fire to the pile, but that seems to also describe Chicago under his sidekick’s reign as Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel.

Not waiting for our “national discussion on immigration” to happen (especially as it pertains to Congress and, you know, creating actual LAW!), as he is wont to say (or stealing from his other minion, the impeached head of Obama’s DOJ, AG Eric Holder, who called us all cowards when it came to talking about race – nice way to set THAT discussion), it looks like Obama has already put another set of wheels in motion in pre-deciding how that “national discussion” is going to end up…
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GrokTALK!Next Up on GrokTALK! we do not have Walt Havenstein.  He was scheduled but he didn’t show up.  I can’t say I blame him.  How does refusing to apologize for calling us tea-baggers help his campaign?

But we expected as much, and Kevin was happy to fill in.  We discuss the culture and its effect on civil society, families, fathers, marriage, gender-feminism, and how Big government expands its power to fill the voids the progressive culture creates.  (And our next guest, Doris Hohensee joins us mid way into the segment!)

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radical feminists insist on regarding transgender women as men, who should not be allowed to use women’s facilities, such as public rest rooms, or to participate in events organized exclusively for women. . . . Anyone born a man retains male privilege in society; even if he chooses to live as a woman—and accept a correspondingly subordinate social position—the fact that he has a choice means that he can never understand what being a woman is really like. By extension, when trans women demand to be accepted as women they are simply exercising another form of male entitlement.”Only the twisted Liberal Identify Politics Culture could create a problem like this.

“…radical feminists insist on regarding transgender women as men, who should not be allowed to use women’s facilities, such as public rest rooms, or to participate in events organized exclusively for women. . . . Anyone born a man retains male privilege in society; even if he chooses to live as a woman—and accept a correspondingly subordinate social position—the fact that he has a choice means that he can never understand what being a woman is really like. By extension, when trans women demand to be accepted as women they are simply exercising another form of male entitlement.”

So, I’m confused.  Is this #WarOnWomen vs. #GenderRights?  How about that #NOH8 thing?  Doesn’t that apply here?

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Welcome to DoverWell, that went fairly well – or badly, depending on your point of view.  It seems that my posts on the subject…

…got quite a lot of attention, especially in Foster’s Daily Democrat (reformatted, emphasis mine): which was brought to my attention by one of the ‘Grok commenters.

Congolese refugees to resettle in region: Mayor says cities have no say in the matter

DOVER — Misinformation has surfaced this week regarding the relocation and settlement of Congolese refugees to Tri-City communities; however, one aspect of the program through the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success is true — the communities of Dover, Somersworth and Rochester will have no say in the matter.  Dover Mayor Karen Weston said Friday that the notion of 3,000 refugees being resettled in the Garrison City is not accurate and also the GraniteGrok.com report by Skip Murphy that a meeting scheduled with ORIS Aug. 13 will not allow for residents to ask questions is a total fabrication. Read the whole thing!

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NH flag state - Image from Facebook page 'Women for New Hampshire"You may not be a Drudge fan, but they’ve been curating content since before it was cool, and they link to everyone.

A casual reading of stories paints a dismal set of circumstances for the nation and the world.  Allies now hate us.  The civil and military unrest.  We have nothing short of a foreign invasion and border war in process.  Ebola is just a plane ride away, then there’s MERS, and a few others.  A rising China and Russia.  We have been divided domestically and told to hate each other by our ‘leaders.’  Disease, poverty, and higher tax burdens are being spread with plane loads of illegal immigrants.  The false inflation of the stock market is teetering, the dollar is likely to crash with it, the re-inflated housing bubble, the debt bubble, the student loan bubble, and all of it under Obama, shall soon burst in an avalanche of fiscal ruin.

A sovereign state with strong leadership could be our only defense, but here, in New Hampshire, we’ve just learned that there is no state sovereignty in the Granite State any more.

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h/t John LaRosa

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GrokTALK!Next Up on GrokTALK!  professor, craft brew seller, and political activist Kevin Kervick join us to talk about craft beer in New Hampshire, and how craft beer is a liberty issue, enjoying good beer as opposed to guzzling the swill from the huge brewers, and growth in the craft brew industry in New Hampshire.

In the back half of the segment we squeeze in a discussion about immigration, the national identity, progressive Republicans advancing the Democrat agenda, how the Marxist multiculturalists use identity politics to create division so they can accumulate power.

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There is not even a shadow of moral equivalence between the two entities: one is to protect its citizens and the other uses its citizens to protect itself.

(H/T: Liberal Logic 101)

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Unions are Special interests whose primary interest if growing the union.  (I think I may have pointed that out recently, here.)

How has this affected public Education in America?  Hear what Professor Terry Moe has to say about that.

There is a dilemma in American education. On the one hand, teachers are essential to student achievement. On the other, teachers unions promote self-interests of their members which are antithetical to the interests of students. So, how do we fix this problem? In five minutes, Terry Moe, Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, delineates this quandary and offers solutions.

Prager U

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Right to work is rightRight to work leads to higher wages in Michigan…  Ruh – Roh

Michigan’s per-capita personal income increased from $38,291 in 2012 (before right-to-work became law) to $39,215 in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. That increase was the ninth highest in the country. (snip)

“The dire predictions of right-to-work detractors have not come true — Michigan has been a leader in income growth since passage,” said James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

A study released this week by Richard Vedder, a distinguished professor of economics at Ohio University and an adjunct scholar with the American Enterprise Institute as well as with the Mackinac Center, found that “incomes rise following the passage of RTW laws, even after adjusting for substantial population growth that those laws also induce. RTW states tend to be vibrant and growing; non-RTW states tend to be stagnant and aging.”

Emphasis mine.

So the brain drain problem and economic flat-lining we hear so much about in New Hampshire could probably be resolved if we just passed right to work?  Excellent!

Hot Air!

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NH Democrats fleece taxpayers againThe Union leader is reporting the Democrats abrupt 180-degee-Kabuki-Dance-Walk-Back of the Hassan Administrations Tax grab.   Long story short–the Hassanistas have “pulled their request off the table,” and Democrats are trying to spin it.

Allow me to cut through the Democrat BS for you.

Hassanista Bureaucrats claimed the existing rules for ground leases have expired.  They are just (innocently?) “going to the legislature” with their proposal to “clarify” the rules for taxing ground leases, you know, because they expired.  That is what they are supposed to do,  mmmm-Kay?   And they say the rules were poorly constructed.

Poorly as in, they didn’t tax as many people or tax them as often as Governor Hassan and the Democrats would have liked?

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She may be new to running for office, but she’s spent more time in Concord that some elected state representatives!

Meet Michelle!

Meet Michelle!

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David Marmet

David Marmet

Hayek calls this utopian vision The Road to Serfdom.  And we see it in operation here, as we are in the process of choosing, as a society, between Liberty – the freedom from the State to pursue happiness, and a supposed but impossible Equality, which, as it could only be brought about by a State capable and empowered to function in all facets of life, means totalitarianism and eventual dictatorship.

- David Marmet, author (from the The Secret Knowledge), playwright

It is also the case, in this time,  that Freedom must diminish for greater “Security and Safety” – again, being used as a pretext by those in favor of a larger and more controlling Government simply from the arrogance that they know what is better for us than we do.

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Andrew Hemingway For NH GOP Chair!From the Union Leader comes this Editorial on Andrew Hemingway who is competing with Walt “No Apology for Teabagger” Havenstein for the NH GOP nomination for NH Governor – couple of snippets (reformatted, emphasis mine):

Republican candidate for governor Andrew Hemingway will have to read this column online. On Wednesday afternoon he flew to San Francisco to participate in the Coin Congress, a gathering of Bitcoin advocates. Its slogan: “A culture of individuals ready to break the mold.” Hemingway presents his campaign the same way.  Gov. Maggie Hassan, whom he hopes to unseat, “has no plan, no agenda,” he said in an interview on Wednesday. “Her State of the State speeches are all Skittles and rainbows.” Read the whole thing!

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As I have stated before, I rarely put up the entire posts of others but there are times that it is hard to abstract snippets without destroying some of the meaning.  This post by David French over at The Corner,  is such a post.

We have posted much on how Federal Agencies, especially during this Obama Administration, have shown that the Party of Government has become the Government for the Party of Government.

David is sounding the caution alarm that even if a Republican is elected President this next go round is no guarantee that we will have a Conservative government because what used to be mere political spoils by a winning Party has calcified into a “Government for the Government and by the Government”; his two main points: Read the whole thing!

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Congolese Refugee Resettlement & Dover City Council “…where…citizens demand answers…”

by Skip July 27, 2014

“…but they won’t move them to new communities where its citizens demand answers to the all important questions“ BREAKING – I got a little birdie singing in my ear that the planned meeting with the Dover City Council has been called off: “…GraniteGrok has moved the needle again“.  From my earlier post comes the above line […]

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“Congolese Americans: Finding a Home in New England” – Congolese Refugees

by Skip July 27, 2014

Well, it seems that the notice of the Federal government, probably via some “Social Services Organization” (formerly a charity that has lost its way and has been “captured” by the lure of taxpayer money) trying to move up to 3, 000 refugees into Dover (10% of the population – you think that amount of folks […]

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Dover and a link from Refugee Settlement Watch

by Skip July 27, 2014

In response to our post on Dover having to receive 3000 “refugees” being plopped here courtesy of our kind, caring Federal Government (that Democrats said that “Government is the only thing we all belong to” (no choice at’all)), a new blog to me sent a link:  Refugee Settlement Watch and they did a commentary on our post - […]

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ObamaCare, ObamaZone – The Big Lie: ” It was disguised as something that would be almost completely voluntary”

by Skip July 27, 2014

NH State Rep Leigh Webb (D): “The role of government is to legislate behavior“ And that is not the expression of one that values or cherishes Freedom; instead, it is THE  seedling of Totalitarianism.  Obamacare, ObamaZoning – different facets of the same evil – those that have the hubris of incomplete knowledge that feel they have the right […]

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Doctor Who Shot Spree Killer Gets His Job Back

by Steve MacDonald July 27, 2014
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Dr. Silverman stopped a spree killer by choosing to exercise his second amendment rights, despite a Delaware County hospital campus policy prohibiting firearms.  Dr. Silverman shot Richard Plotts after Plotts chose the victim zone and opened fire, killing a case worker.  Plotts just assumed he would have a force monopoly.  Turns out he was wrong. Silverman, […]

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Cell Phone Ban Nothing More Than An Arbitrary Tax – New Evidence Confirms

by Steve MacDonald July 27, 2014
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Let’s assume for a moment that the members of the NH Legislature that voted for HB 1360 (Restricting the use of cell phones in motor vehicles) are almost, but not quite as smart as they think they are. Even under these more than gracious circumstances, voting to ask law enforcement to randomly fine people in […]

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The NEA Exists To Be The NEA

by Steve MacDonald July 26, 2014
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Susan shared this earlier today on Facebook.  It is the 2012 IRS 990 for the NEA – the humongous Teachers Union that is “all about the teachers and the children.” If you’d like to get an accurate sense of what the NEA is really about follow Susan’s directions from Facebook.  Take a look at page […]

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Heh! Boutin, nothing if not consistent

by Susan Olsen July 26, 2014

And a loyal reader snapped a photo of Boutin’s campaign call center:  

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GrokTALK! July 26th 2014 with Kevin Kervick and Doris Hohensee

by Steve MacDonald July 26, 2014
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This week on GrokTALK! we are joined by Kevin Kervick and Doris Hohensee.  (Walt Havenstien was schedule but pulled a where’s Walt-o and never showed up.)  Kevin talks about immigration, the culture, marriage, but first–and foremost Beer.   Doris joins us to talk about education, commerce, taxes, and Betty Lasky, the Democrat State Senator she is […]

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GrokTALK! 7-26-2014 Live Stream

by Steve MacDonald July 26, 2014
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This week our guests are Kevin Kervick and Doris Hohensee and maybe…as unlikely as it sounds, Walt Havenstein. If you don’t see it here, you can always watch it at USTREAM.tv here. Live broadcast by Ustream

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