North Korean RocketThat’s the headline over at DCWhispers and they make a point worth considering, given how chummy the two regimes have been in the past. The operative question is this How did North Korea’s Nuclear Tech Get So Good So Fast? (Reformatted, emphasis mine):

$33.6 BILLION. That is the amount then-President Barack Obama had shipped under cover of darkness to the world’s #1 state sponsor of terrorism. It was literally pallets of cash and gold that was part of the shockingly one-sided nuclear agreement between Iran and the Obama administration. That amount was nearly 10% of Iran’s entire economy paid out between 2015 and 2016, an unprecedented cash windfall for what had been up to then an economically struggling Iranian regime.

Now consider this. Prior to 2016 North Korea’s missile testing capability was sporadic at best and prone to high failure rates. This was due in great part to budget constraints. The isolated military nation was cash poor and couldn’t afford a more expansive nuclear testing program. And yet just two years after Barack Obama’s nearly 34 billion dollar cash and gold payment to Iran we see this headline:

How did North Korea’s Nuclear Tech Get So Good So Fast?

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Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal sums up these micro-totalitarians, perfect examples of the Progressive  philosophy: “The essence of modern Democratic Progressivism is: You will participate in what we have created for you, and you will comply with the law’s demands.” One used to believe that before pen was set to legislative paper, our elected officials WOULD contemplate “is this Constitutional”?

Self-avowed communist, Van Jones (former inner circle of President Obama’s advisors as the “Green guy” on ABC’s this week trashing Trump over “sabotaging” (THE Democrat word of the week!) Obamacare and attribute malice aforethought:

Listen, I’ve never seen a president of the United States willing to hurt Americans to get his way. Willing to have Americans be sick. Willing to have Americans, you know, possibly lose their lives, watch their children with conditions, because he wants to get his way.

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guncontrolpartnershipRight after the Las Vegas murders, almost before the bodies had cooled to ambient temperature, Democrats were falling all over themselves about banning bump stocks and a number of folks on the Right started to agree with them.  And then of course, they just couldn’t help themselves – the Democrats couldn’t just leave it at that. Like a tiger who can’t change their spots, the Progressive Civilian Disarmament crew decided that given that inch, they were going to take more.

House Democrats have introduced a number of new gun control measures in the wake of a deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas. Among the proposals are HR.3962 to ban online ammunition salesH.R. 4025 requiring gun dealers to report the sale of two or more rifles to the same person in a five-day period, and HR. 4052, which would ban magazines able to hold greater than 10 rounds. “Several of my colleagues and I have introduced commonsense legislation that, if enacted, would reduce gun violence and the tragic impact it has on our communities,” said U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, the New Jersey Democrat sponsoring the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act.

Yep, the tired litany of stuff that the Dems peddle all the time.  While these get trotted out after almost every mass shooting (except after a typical weekend / month in Chicago), two things are clear:

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Unless you are living in a land of make-believe or “hey, this sounds like a stupid idea – let’s roll with it!”

(H/T: Powerline)

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Bearded 'lady' HillaryCornerstone has another update for us on the effort to approve a rule change that would make gender reassignment a covered expense under the Medicaid rules.

The Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) will consider at its October 19 meeting a rule proposed by the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that would make “gender reassignment” a covered service for minors and adults under New Hampshire’s Medicaid program.

The meeting on Thursday, October 19, is open to the public. It will be held at 9 a.m. in rooms 306-308 of the Legislative Office Building in Concord. Contact information for members is at the end of this post.

Shouldn’t the government stay out..of the bedroom? Will gender reassignment on Medicaid result in them getting off…Medicaid? Since”Gender” is fluid from moment to moment what if our investment in ‘redecorating’ isn’t the look that they’ve waiting for and are we on the hook for the remodel of the remodel? Are there plans to put taxpayers on the hook for other elective surgeries?

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Scott PruittScott Pruitt’s EPA is the first Executive agency to abandon the questionable Obama-Era practice of “Sue and Settle.”

“The days of regulation through litigation are over,” EPA chief Scott Pruitt declared in a statement. “We will no longer go behind closed doors and use consent decrees and settlement agreements to resolve lawsuits filed against the Agency by special interest groups where doing so would circumvent the regulatory process set forth by Congress.”

Pruitt’s order would also end the practice of paying out “tens of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees to these groups with which we swiftly settle,” Pruitt added.

Mr. Pruitt has found a form of climate change the environmental groups don’t believe. “Regulatory Climate” change.

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Diversity Speech policeUniversity speech guides, free speech zones, microaggressions, and the entire campus thought-police culture is programming future generations to accept that those in “authority” cannot only define where and when ‘speech’ may occur but who may participate and what words they can use.

The first of two recent examples is an op-ed by a student at Princeton who wrote,

“when conservatives appeal to ‘free speech,'” it is safe to ignore them, since “they are appealing to a right that does not exist.”

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Back in June 2014, New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen took her Obama-Party talking points to the press and announced that she was grateful for Bowe Bergdahl’s courage while we (and many others) were reporting that he was a deserter and a traitor.

Two years later, in August of 2016, she didn’t have anything to say about his being charged with treason, even though we (sort of) asked.

So I’m going to go out on a limb here and say, she isn’t going to call his pleading guilty to treason ‘courage’ either. Read the whole thing!

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Steve on GAL 8-7-17This morning, after a slew of technical problems, I managed to get about six minutes of my new segment in with Rich Girard. We very quickly discussed (5′ 16″) the LSR submitted by Newmarket Democrat Ellen Read that I wrote about earlier today.

You can listen to the entire segment, including the parts without me, here.

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Meet The PressYesterday, Meet The Press (MTP) was no better than the Concord Monitor on the insurance bailouts, and it was quite clear, right from the start, that this was going to be nothing more than a Trump bashing and it was clear why.

MTP shows its journalistic bias just as clearly as the Concord Monitor. Chuck Todd is the host/moderator as well as the starting narrator/voice-over (former Democratic staffer to Senator Tom Harkin; married to Kristian Denny Todd – a former communications person for the Democratic Party):

This Sunday, trying to undo the Obama presidency. On Obamacare, President Trump moves to eliminate subsidies to help low-income Americans.
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Treehuggers want Government to use force to get the rest of us to get in line. They are just blind to the fact that they keep proving the phrase Watermelon Environmentalists – ostensibly “green” on the outside but Red on the inside (the old political version for communism/socialism):

Why plastic straws should be taxed

Plastic straws.  In this case, over plastic straws and a failure to persuade (emphasis mine, reformatted).

A small charge has helped people move away from plastic shopping bags, so why not the same approach for straws?
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baby in wombThis is going to push the “all abortion all the time” Democrats over the edge. It is from the HHS 2012-2022 Strategic Plan.

Mission Statement

The mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to enhance the health and well-being of Americans, by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services.

Organizational Structure

HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception. 

Here’s a link to the HHS PDF. THe document is also embedded below.

H/T NRO

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Newmarket, NH Democrat Ellen Read has proposed we add a ‘Community Rights Amendment’ to the New Hampshire State Constitution. What is that, you ask? According to its proponents it, “…would guarantee local communities the authority to protect the health, safety, and welfare of individuals, communities, and nature.”

Authority to protect Nature?

Danger Will Robinson, Danger!!!
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Boston T Green line TrolleyAh yes, the technocratic Administrative State “experts” that get bewildered when we Normals blow them off? Once again, a sterling example of the wide divergence of opinion of Who Is In Charge from Treehugger – that bastion of Environmentalism crossed with Big Government:

Eric Reguly on how self-driving cars will kill cities, not save them

I lived in Boston for 7 years as I went to school and I also have family in Southie.  However a “walkable” town it may have been, I have no compulsion to return – too noisy, too dirty, too smelly; country folks are nicer, the pace slower, and the wide open spaces allow for, wait for it….., quiet.  The woods, the lakes, the mountains, and the open fields – sorry, city folks and Treehuggers!  Anyways, this was a post about autonomous cars that would wreck ALL of the “urban planners” that know better than we do are now seeing their vaunted transportation plans for the rest of us about to go out their collective tailpipes (emphasis mine):

However since that time a lot of skepticism has crept in. Being seriously into walkable urbanism and cyclable cities, I began to worry about how self driving cars will interact with pedestrians. Whether they would promote sprawl. Whether they will be the worst thing to hit our cities since, well, the car. Whether Jon Orcutt is right: a car, whether uber or self-driving or electric, is still just a car. Others are worried about the same thing; Patrick Sissons talked to a few planners for Curbed. Don Elliot, a planner in Denver, tells him:

“I’ve seen the blood run out of people’s faces,” he says when talking about the impact of automated vehicles on transportation, land use, and real estate. “For years, planners have been fighting for a 1 or 2 percent change in transportation mode [getting more people to use transit or bike instead of drive]. With this technology, everything goes out the window. It’s a nightmare.”

Sissons worries that “the convergence of three new technologies—automation, electrification, and shared mobility—has the potential to create a whole new wave of automation-induced sprawl without proper planning and regulation.”

Oh God spare us a future without the guiding hand of Government experts (many of which reject the guiding hand of God, or so studies show)!

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The headline over the weekend on a post about Obamacare:

Trump’s blow to Obamacare jolts health consumers, politics

President Donald Trump’s abrupt move to cut off federal payments to insurers jolted America’s health care and political worlds alike on Friday, threatening to boost premiums for millions, disrupt insurance markets and shove Republicans into a renewed civil war over their efforts to shred Obamacare.

Defiant Democrats, convinced they have important leverage, promised to press for a bipartisan deal to restore the money by year’s end. That drive could split the GOP. On one side: pragmatists seeking to avoid political damage from hurting consumers. On the other: conservatives demanding a major weakening of the Affordable Care Act as the price for returning the money.

The American people will know exactly where to place the blame,” declared Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., all but daring Trump to aggravate what could be a major issue in the 2018 congressional elections.

Makes it sound that Trump just decided, on a whim, just lashed out against Obamacare and that ONLY Democrats can ride over the crest of the hill to save the day, right?  Hey, why is Pravda on the Merrimack all that surprised – or complicit?

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“It is human nature that what starts as gratitude, becomes dependency and ends as entitlement.”

-Cicero

Hey, instead of overdosing on “self-esteem”, can we get schools to push gratitude instead of cutting out the middlemen and gong right to entitlement?

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rich GirardOur democratic Republic depends on a number of things and one of the major ones is that elected officials will (GASP!) follow the law themselves.  They are role models, like it or not, and what they should be modeling at the very least is adherence to The Rule of Law.  But it seems that Manchester wants to be like Chicago’s – law?  What law – it just gets in the way of “getting things done”.  Sorry, but the means NEVER should justify the end.  Without transparency, there can be no Trust and without that, well, anything goes.  ‘Grok friend Rich Girard as a take on the Progressives on the Board doing a “taking” of their own:

Another View — Rich Girard: Breaking the rules, and getting away with it

It is with some sense of amazement that I write this. On Monday, Sept. 25, the Manchester Board of School Committee did two things that actually made my jaw drop.

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 Apple VP Of Diversity Apologizes For Suggesting Diversity Of Thought Is Important.

Except their hatred for people like me – then it goes bone deep.

(H/T: Instapundit)

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candidate TrumpIn a piece over at The Hill.com, two writers outline why Mr. Trump’s Iran Speech matters. The Obama deal was a sham with a payoff.

President Obama promised that on his watch Iran would not get nuclear weapons. Obama achieved this by cutting a deal that effectively paid off Iran upfront to delay a nuclear breakout until after he left office. He did this at the cost of greatly fortifying Iran’s predatory, Islamist regime, without ending its nuclear program. That is what Trump has inherited. As he accurately summed it up: “We got weak inspections in exchange for no more than a purely short-term and temporary delay in Iran’s path to nuclear weapons.”

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I was just in shock (ok, perhaps not really) but to see it so front and center was rather different. Juan Williams on “The Five” (glad to see it’s back on at 5pm again, fwiw) made it clear that the Government has every right to take money from you when you die after it has already taxed. After all, it only affects very Americans, so what’s your beef and because: BOOTSTRAP NATION.

Meanwhile, Greg Gutfield is making the “it was already taxed” and it isn’t the Government’s. Gutfield IS correct – it IS immoral for the Government to take money simply because you are dead. It’s YOUR money, not the Government’s.

“You’re stealing from them because they’re rich!” and “uou’re stealing from them because they’re DEAD!”

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Former Bush Lawyer on guns: DO SOMETHING! POLICE NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE!

by Skip October 15, 2017

JUST DO SOMETHING! No, that is, in a lot of cases, the WRONG thing to do. The only knock that I have on Tucker Carlson as an interviewer is that he allows his guests to talk over him especially when they are refusing to answer a pointed question that they know will ruin their narrative.  […]

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This is why real men don’t marry feminists

by Steve MacDonald October 15, 2017

Suzanne Venker, writing at Fox News, makes a very sensible case for (another example of) what is wrong with modern feminism. Feminists teach women, above all else, to stand up for themselves against the evil men of the world. Even harmless husbands fall into the category of ‘evil men’ since they supposedly long to lord over their wives. Thus, the knee-jerk […]

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Climate Totalitarian, Al Gore.

by Steve MacDonald October 14, 2017

Climate Totalitarianism might be when the false notion that science can ever “be settled” in the first place becomes, well, this. Al Gore recently had a telling altercation with a journalist. The Spectator’s Ross Clark wanted to ask him about Miami sea-level rises suggested in the new film, “An Inconvenient Sequel.” The reporter started to explain […]

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Using tweet as cover, Trump is remaking the Judiciary?

by Skip October 14, 2017

Frankly, he’s doing better than any other modern era Republican.  Didn’t hurt that Dirty Harry (Reid) paved the way for the destruction of the Liberals hold on the judiciary.  Emphasis mine – and note that at the bottom of this quote: The media remains so caught up with the president’s tweets that it has missed […]

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Have the Democrats thought through their civilian disarmament enough?

by Skip October 14, 2017

It would mean that only Government had the guns.  If the British redcoats HAD disarmed the Patriots at Lexington and Concord (like the Democrats want to do), would we even have a United States of America? Note to Democrats: ask yourselves this question. Would history repeat itself?  You keep saying that the US Military would […]

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Gov. of ‘Sanctuary State’ Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak State of Emergency

by Steve MacDonald October 14, 2017

Governor Moonbeam Jerry Brown’s open borders, sanctuary state is in the news again. California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a state of emergency to control a hepatitis A outbreak. Last month, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency declared local outbreaks in September. The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency began issuing health […]

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So are NH Democrats pistol-whipped on Abortion?

by Skip October 13, 2017

After all, there is no “middle ground”, NH State Senator Jeff Woodburn, on the part of Democrats on abortion is there?  Either an innocent unborn baby is alive – or it is dead.  Yet there is NO allowance by the Democrats for compromise on this issue – it is either full on on-demand abortion at […]

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WAIT! I thought NH’s Constitutional Carry was “Settled Law”?

by Skip October 13, 2017

.@marchandsteve tells @nhpr he would move to reinstate concealed carry permit requirement, push for universal background checks #NHpolitics — Michael Brindley (@MBrindley_NHPR) October 9, 2017 So, Marchand wants to overturn Constitutional Carry? Does that mean that gay marriage and abortion isn’t really “settled law” and thus is fair game? Good to know, Steve, good to know […]

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Notable Quote – President James Garfield

by Skip October 13, 2017

Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national […]

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Quick thought: Hollywood – All that glitters is really nothing more than a crypt. A really bad one.

by Skip October 13, 2017

Glitz. Glamor. Red Carpets. Money galore. A reality all of its own.  And more money.  Power. Privilege.  Klieg lights. The Beauties. And the strand has been pulled from this ball of ugly yarn. A story land where Life is all fantasy and now we see that those Beautiful People who have been lecturing us Normals for […]

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