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The small business website Thumbtack.com surveyed 17,633 small business owners across the United States and asked them about the friendliness of their states and cities toward small business. Jon Lieber, Thumbtack’s chief economist, joined me for an interview to discuss those surveyed and the results.

“This is a population of very small service providers, so 90 percent have five or fewer employees,” Lieber says. “These are people who are making a living by running a small business so these small changes in policy can make a huge difference to them.”

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Prominent Democrat donor, Obama buddy, Ray Buckley Associate, NH election buyingmember of the DNC Terry Bean has made an investment in his self-proclaimed innocence.  He paid $200,000.00 dollar to put an end to charges he raped a minorThe scandal no one covered has come to a close. Or has it?

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U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell went too far in affirming punishment of the Super Bowl winning quarterback. Brady has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season’s AFC championship game.

The written decision frees Brady to prepare for the Sept. 10 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The NFL can, and is expected to appeal the ruling.

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Snowflake writes anti gun-rant. Rick Olson writes scathing take-down of snowflake. Snowflake has to take down his blog and make it by invitation only. We talk about the rant and Rick’s response, and Rick has a shout-out to the City of Concord that is not to be missed.

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Methinks (and a lot of others) believe that the Trump phenomena is really starting to flush out the horror, tears, and sackcloth rendering within the Smart People of the Party.  When it all comes down to it, however, it is all about the slipping away of power from the Establishment as they just can’t control The Donald.  They understand the surge that is his followers and understand that it is they that can throw the real monkey-wrench into all their well laid plans (like the plans of President Ford, Dole, McCain, and Romney).  So we have this stupidness rising again:

The Republican National Committee on Wednesday privately reached out to GOP presidential campaigns to ask whether they’d be willing to sign a pledge stating they would not run as an independent candidate in the event they fail to win the Republican nomination in 2016.  “I [name] affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is,” the pledge reads. “I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.”

At least two campaigns reported they received a call from Katie Walsh, RNC chief of staff, asking if they would be willing to sign such a pledge.

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From Commentary Mag:

Leaving aside the terrible damage the deal does to U.S. security and the stability of the Middle East, the most far-reaching effect of the deal is that from now on Democrats own Iran. From this moment forward, every act of Iranian-sponsored terrorism, every instance of Iranian aggression and adventurism as well as the Islamist regime’s inevitable march to a nuclear weapon can be laid at the feet of a Democratic Party. With a few exceptions, the Democrats fell meekly behind a president determined to prioritize détente with Iran over the alliance with Israel and the need to defend U.S. interests. By smashing the bipartisan consensus that had existed on Iran up until this year, the Democrats have, in effect, become the hostages of the ayatollahs. This is a decision that will haunt them in the years to come.

Indeed.  There is a reason why the Democrats have not been

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In addition to my last post, there is the work by Secular Progressives / SJWs to have all chaplains that actually preach their faith thrown out of the military and replaced, I guess, with only that that preach a social gospel.  You know, a gospel that isn’t based on The Gospel but on Political Correctness of the day (is an OMG! appropriate here?) (emphasis mine):

Following the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling, an activist is calling for the removal of “all homophobic military chaplains” who openly share their biblical views about sexuality, pushing back against claims that gays and lesbians are “sinners” for “choosing” their lifestyle.

Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a group that the monitors perceived violations of the separation of church and state, originally proclaimed in an op-ed published following last month’s gay marriage ruling that chaplains vocally opposed to same-sex nuptials and homosexuality should voluntarily vacate their role, or be terminated by the Department of Defense.

That was said even with the First Amendment AND with this:

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27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”

First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances

Now we see the promotion of sexual proclivities, now a form of “social religion” and an overt discrimination of religious belief:

It wasn’t so much a choice as it was a demand.Chaplain David Wells was told he could either sign a state-mandated document promising to never tell inmates that homosexuality is “sinful” or else the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice would revoke his credentials.  “We could not sign that paper,” Chaplain Wells told me in a telephone call from his home in Kentucky. “It broke my heart.”The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice revoked his volunteer credentials as an ordained minister– ending 13 years of ministry to underage inmates at the Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

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ICYMI – We sat down with Thumbtack.com chief economist Jon Lieber to talk about their 2015 mall Business survey. We discuss small business owner sentiment, what they view as the biggest barriers put in place by government.  Suggested alternatives to remove those barriers.  And NH’s A+ rating and #2 ranking nationally in the 2015 Survey.

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There are no rational means of predicting the ‘future of humanity’ over a long period or foretelling the nature of ‘social formations’ in ages to come. The idea that we can make such forecasts ‘scientifically,’ and that without doing so we cannot understand the past, is inherent in the Marxist theory of ‘social formations;’ it is one reason why the theory is a fantasy, and also why it is politically effective. The influence that Marxism has achieved, for from being the result or proof of its scientific character, is almost entirely due to its prophetic, fantastic, and irrational elements. Marxism is a doctrine of blind confidence that a paradise of universal satisfaction is awaiting us just around the corner. Almost all the prophecies of Marx and his followers have already proved to be false, but this does not disturb the spiritual certainty of the faithful, any more than it did in the case of chiliastic sects: for it is certainty not based on any empirical premises or supposed ‘historical laws,’ but simply on the psychological need for certainty. In this sense Marxism performs the function of a religion, and its efficacy is of a religious character. But it is a caricature and a bogus form of religion, since it presents its temporal eschatology as a scientific system, which religious mythologies do not purport to be. . .”

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Here’s a CBS News photo slideshow of the definitive (and diverse!) faces of climate change:

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Unfortunately, no byline was given for this groundbreaking expose. Now that I think about it, (but this is just my skepticism talking here), maybe CBS News is hoping that most of us rubes won’t even bother to question the author about his stunning climate change photos. Why bother to question it? It’s on a NEWS website and this is “settled science”, right? Furthermore, our Commander in Chief has repeatedly said that climate change is the single largest threat facing our nation. That pronouncement alone should be enough for all Americans to dutifully jump on that solar-powered, responsibly-sourced, 90%- post-consumer-waste, zero-emission, global-climate-change bus. Read the whole thing!

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“As for gun control advocates, I have no hope whatever that any facts whatever will make the slightest dent in their thinking – or lack of thinking.”   Thomas Sowell

Gun ControlGun Control. Few of the GOP Presidential Candidates are meaningfully addressing the forward push by progressives to implement gun control. We hear snippets that might cause us to think they are headed in the right direction, but is it enough? I say no. This is Chris Christie’s Gun Control Challenge.

Americans elected a Republican controlled Senate and House, a clear message that the direction of things has run amok. And…they do nothing. No wonder those candidates leading in current polls are of the non-political establishment. This also, is Chris Christie’s Gun Control Challenge. Read the whole thing!

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One of our resident NH Education Gurus, Jorge Mesa-Tejada, explains why a lawsuit filed by two towns against their School administrative Unit was doomed from the start; and it had nothing to do with the merit of the case they brought (and the taxpayers still have options…)

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The old metrics to determine participation placed candidate Carly Fiorina far down in the ranks but,

WaPo | How Carly Fiorina Earned a Spot…

“CNN reevaluated its criteria and decided to add a provision that better reflects the state of the race since the first Republican presidential debate in August,” the network announced. “Now, any candidate who ranks in the top 10 in polling between August 6 and September 10 will be included.”

She certainly deserves a place on that stage, and as long as her poll numbers continue the way they have she will be there.

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Along with doing a quick interview with Senator Ted Cruz, we also did one with Dilson – the college student that wanted to know where Ted Cruz stood on “free” education like what Socialist Bernie Sanders has promised, what Democrat Hillary Clinton has promised, and now, Republican Jeb Bush has promised the same free ride (and went FURTHER with “colleges to pay them back if they don’t graduate” – yeah, that’s Free Market, huh? – shucking the cost, eventually, onto taxpayers):

After the jump is the short “pre-event” and the intro ceremonies for the event.  And yes, I did everything “backwards” because, well, just because.

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Is it just me, or does that server look ‘wiped’?

So if the emails aren’t classified….

In this July 2010 e-mail, for example, the entirety of Hillary Clinton’s message was redacted prior to its public release under the federal FOIA law. The redactions of the material were provided pursuant to a provision of law protecting national security information. The printed redaction code“1.4(D),” cited next to the redaction and at the top of the document next to the official classification date, pertains to information on “[f]oreign relations or foreign activities of the United States, including confidential sources[.]”

 

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A disgrace to the Profession  - Mark SteynBuy Mark Steyn’s new book – it was officially released today!  And Look what else happened c/o SteynOnline

Today has been proclaimed by His Holiness the Pope as the first International Day of Prayer for Climate Change. Getting into the spirit, the President of the United States took a 9,000-mile round-trip by private wide-bodied jet to give his usual calm, measured, prudent environmental speech:

Obama On Climate Change: Act Now Or Condemn World To A Nightmare

Keep reading at SteynOnline.

 

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ICYMI – Last week, the fallout from the hacking of dating cheating site, Ashley Madison, claimed a ‘victim’ close to the throne, to wit (if wit is the right word), Hunter Biden, son of Joe the Gaffer.

From Breitbart, Via ZeroHedge, we learn that:

  • Hunter claims that Russian Agents “set me up”, because he was on the board of a Ukranian gas company
  • Hunter’s staff told People Magazine that the IP address traced to Jacksonville, FL
  • BUT

  • [The] Ashley Madison [account] was used and likely created on the Georgetown University campus while [Hunter] Biden was teaching there.
  • The IP address used for the registration, and confirmed with a credit card purchase last year has Lat/Long coordinates matching an administrative building at Georgetown University, where Hunter was teaching at the time

From Russia with love, my [donkey]!!

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Senator Ted Cruz spoke at the home of Mike and Mar-Mar Rogers yesterday. We were there to live stream and record the event. Here are his remarks…(updated audio to Spreaker widget)

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“A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.” Theodore Roosevelt

   Senator Avoidance Avoidance. Where is Senator Ayotte? In the past couple years I’ve attended numerous events. The events vary in scope and content. The entire congressional delegation is always invited. I’ve seen Senator Shaheen, Representative Guinta, Representative Kuster. I’ve never seen Senator Ayotte. Who is seen is a nondescript staffer reading monotonously from a sheet of paper. The Staffer apologizes and says, “Regretfully, Senator Ayotte was unable to be here today due to pressing commitments.”

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GrokTV: Ted Cruz at Grokster Mike’s – Talk / Questions and Answers

by Skip September 1, 2015

The one thing you have to say is that Ted Cruz can hold an audience’s attention!  He certainly hit on most of the topics that are driving the conservative interest in this Prez Primary cycle.  After the jump is the section from the livestream where he did a goodly time answering questions. The Talk: The […]

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So, Taxpayers are Paying for “Access” To Abortion Services

by Steve MacDonald September 1, 2015

  Planned Parenthood uses taxpayer dollars to stay open longer hours… Planned Parenthood cuts its hours…As a result of losing some New Hampshire tax funding, Planned Parenthood has announced fewer hours of operation. To which I asked, Why are clinics that “don’t use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions” making abortions less accessible to women […]

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If A Moral Objection is Enough to Override the Contraceptive Mandate, What Else..?

by Steve MacDonald September 1, 2015
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Hot Air | Moral Objection Enough to override Contraceptive Mandate: In a stunning decision, a federal judge permanently barred the Department of Health and Human Services from enforcing the contraception mandate under ObamaCare against an employer for moral rather than explicitly religious grounds. Permanently, until another court reverses it. But the premise is something of a right-back-at-you to […]

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GrokTV: GraniteGrok interviews Ted Cruz

by Skip August 31, 2015

Radical Moderate (Guest): No flies on you guys at GG! Great meaningful and probing questions. Such a pleasant change from the sophomoric questions posed by the Legacy Media. Thank you. You’re quite welcome, Rad Mod!  Being Conservatives with libertarian leaning activists, we ask the questions WE want answers to – and hopefully those wanted by […]

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Democrat Presidential Candidate: Illegal Immigration is to get Democrat voters”

by Skip August 31, 2015

Who would have EVAH thought this? Democratic Presidential Candidate: More Immigration Means More Democratic Votes Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee said Friday that support for increased immigration will result in more votes for the Democratic Party. “We’re right on immigration,” said the former Rhode Island governor and senator, during the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting […]

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“Is it open season on law enforcement in this country?”

by Skip August 31, 2015

In response to the execution-style murder of  Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth, who was shot multiple times at a gas station in Cypress, Texas, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. strongly criticized what he called the “black lies matter” movement and stressed that President Barack Obama himself had “started this war on police.” […]

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Notable Quote – William Marina

by Skip August 31, 2015

Intellectuals and politicians enjoy the idea of power and control.  Like the mandarin, whose long fingernails demonstrated his distaste for, and ability to evade, physical labor, many politicians and intellectuals have an inherent dislike of the market economy with its emphasis on work, entrepreneurial risk, and money. – William Marina (in The Politicization of Society) […]

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Ted Cruz Interview at Hollis, NH House Party

by Steve MacDonald August 31, 2015
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Skip and I had a chance to ask Senator Cruz a few questions after his remarks at Mike and Mar-Mar Rogers house party Sunday evening. Here’s the interview. (8 min.)

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Gun Control By All Other Means

by Rick Olson August 31, 2015

“Do countries with strong gun control laws have lower murder rates? Only if you cherry-pick the data.”  —Thomas Sowell New York Anti-gun liberal Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney is leading the charge on HR 2546, a measure if enacted, forces gun owners to buy liability insurance or face a $10,000 fine. The Firearm Risk Protection Act […]

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Planned Parenthood Prioritizes Politics Before “Women’s Health.”

by Steve MacDonald August 31, 2015
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Alternate headline: Abortion Cult Cuts Hours at New Hampshire Shrines – Blame Taxpayers who Oppose Government Enforced Tithing. Life News | Planned Parenthood cuts its hours… As a result of losing some New Hampshire tax funding, Planned Parenthood has announced fewer hours of operation.  They say this will hurt women, but New Hampshire Right to […]

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