It is the job of economists to point out trade-offs; it is the job of politicians and Planners to deny that trade-offs exist.

- William Easterly (The White Man’s Burden)

 

(H/T: Café Hayek)

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Dennis SenibaldiFollowing up with my Streisand Effect post is to now provide some details.  Mid-day, I get this call from a Dennis Senibaldi DEMANDING that I take down some posts.  Not that I had written but posts that Kimberly Morin had posted both here and at Examiner.com covering the Windham School Board circus of which he seemed to be Clown-in-Chief (actually, not so true as another decided to really out do him, but I do like that turn of phrase). He said that they were inaccurate and that she was lying about him in those posts.  I was rather quite puzzled as I have generally found her posts to be well resourced and with links to foundational material (yes, I do require that of the Groksters to always let our readers to go to that material for background and to make sure we’re not just blowing smoke when we talk about things).  We chatted for a bit was it was clear that there was an intimidation fact going on.  After all, he “leaned” on my by stating that since the Examiner.com had complied with his takedown request, I HAD to as well.

I don’t cotton well to someone’s demand to do ANYTHING just because someone was told to do such; you see, I learned my lesson well from Mom when she kept telling me “well, if everyone else was jumping off a bridge, would you?”  Yeah, telling her that if it was a real hot day and the water down there was wet and cool, it probably would be a great idea (just like when I didn’t clean my supper plate and she said “Children in China are starving!!” and I answered back smartly “Name two” – yeah, that didn’t go over well and I did learn a lesson about corporal punishment.  So, if the Examiner.com wants to wuss out and knuckle under, well, not a terribly good reason to join that cowering.

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hillaryphotoThere seems to be a lot of faux outrage over Indiana passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  Not only do 19 other states have similar laws but Bill Clinton passed the RFRA in 1993 when DEMOCRATS were in the majority in Congress. Read the whole thing!

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Iran-Map-22-620x350We all agree with Dennis Lintz (see his letter of 3/18/15 in the Laconia Daily Sun, laconiadailysun.com) that we don’t want war with Iran, or anyone, and that we hope for a wise treaty with Iran that prevents them from ever getting nuclear weapons.

Everyone should have learned that preventing an aggressor from becoming powerful is a much wiser and less costly course than not taking small threats seriously.  Consider the consequences of our refusal to believe that radical Islamists were at war with us before 911 or the world’s refusal to believe the threat that Hitler was becoming.

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Sqaw WarrenIdeas from Bat-s**t crazy progressives like Larry Lessig should not be supported under any circumstances and here’s more proof.

Dear MoveOn member,

I’m Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard professor and the founder of MAYDAY Super PAC—the “SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs”—which many MoveOn members helped launch. I’m writing to you because I want Elizabeth Warren to run for President, and I’m asking you to join me.

“Many MoveOn members helped launch.” Ding ding ding!  That’s because it is on the Progressive punch-list and far too many Republicans and L & F folks latched on to MAYDAY’s campaign finance wagon.  (As a Reminder One Campaign is also advancing the Progressive agenda so get the hell away from that too.)

Lessig will not pursue anything that does not somehow advance the progressive agenda.  He did not help funnel billions in campaign dollars into politics to get special interest money out of politics.  He did it to give the government more power to control speech.

And he is not supporting Liz Warren for any other reason than that she is ideologically to the left of Obama, if you can even imagine that.

 

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letiziosenibaldibulliesAs you have probably seen in other posts, I have written extensively over the past few months about the Windham School Board and then added more posts regarding the school board elections. Dennis Senibaldi is a member of the Windham School Board. Al Letizio is a Windham Selectman. Both men are elected officials who hold public office. Read the whole thing!

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Live stream for Saturday March 2815, 2015 from 9 am to 11 am EST . This week the show comes to you live from the Seacoast Republican Women and the Rockingham County Republican Committee Brunch at the Portsmouth Country Club located in Greenland, NH!  The keynote Speaker is US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX


Live broadcast by UstreamIf you don’t see it here, you can always watch it at USTREAM.tv here.

Today on GrokTALK! (9am normal start delayed due to travel time/set up time.  The event starts at 10:30am but will go live well before that).

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Streisand_EstateWell, we have two “gentlemen” from the southern part of the state who obviously do not understand Free Speech and how blogs work.  They have also decided to raise a fuss given actions in the last election.  What is “The Streisand Effect” you ask?  Well, as these two are about to find out, it is a blogger’s delight:

The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet.

It is named after American entertainer Barbra Streisand, whose 2003 attempt to suppress photographs of her residence in Malibu, California, inadvertently drew further public attention to it. Similar attempts have been made, for example, in cease-and-desist letters to suppress numbers, files, and websites. Instead of being suppressed, the information receives extensive publicity and media extensions such as videos and spoof songs, often being widely mirrored across the Internet or distributed on file-sharing networks.[1][2]

So, I received a phone call from one this afternoon demanding I take down posts from one of my authors.  I subsequently found out that at another site (which shall remain linkless for now) did accede to their demands and did the takedowns.  Then I started to receive a series of emails from another “gentleman” absolutely demanding I do such – and has threatened legal action. Read the whole thing!

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Hopefully the livestream will keep up as Ted Cruz is the featured speaker at an Event being hosted by the Conservative Business League of NH:


Live streaming video by Ustream

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joanisrekartsenibaldiDuring the recent Windham School Board elections there was a photo posted on Mike Joanis’ campaign Facebook page at the Windham Transfer Station that shows he and Jerome Rekart campaigning with a photo of Dennis Senibaldi. No big deal right? Read the whole thing!

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windhamschooldistrictthepatchAlthough Cenergistic has pulled its proposal out of the Windham School District for consideration, there is other interesting information that was discovered through a Right-to-Know request.  If you recall, Cenergistic proposed a $577,000 contract to “change energy behavior” in the Windham School District.  The proposal was literally shoved through the Windham School Board without the members reviewing the contract and without public input. Read the whole thing!

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NOTE: This is being added to GraniteGrok due to the bullying of Dennis Senibaldi and Al Letizio.  This post was removed from Examiner because Senibaldi complained.  Of course, everything in this article is linked back to factual documentation. 

Last night Windham voters decidedly voted to rid the school board of Chairman Jerry Rekart and member Mike Joanis. Tom Murray and Daniel Popovici-Muller were the winners of those races. If you recall, the race became quite sleazy over the weekend when Windham Selectman Al Letizio Jr made outrageous accusations against Murray regarding an endorsement. Apparently sleaze and corruption aren’t what Windham voters are looking for in school board candidates. Read the whole thing!

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stop global warming campaign signAs we near the end of the first full week of Spring 2015–I still have at least a foot of snow in my yard–I thought it would be nice to take a stroll down memory hole lane…

“In New Hampshire, we are already seeing the effects of climate change.  Winters are warmer; snowfall is declining (although I know it doesn’t seem that way after this winter); and spring is arriving on average a week earlier than at the turn of the 20th century. As a result, our forests are changing and our wildlife habitats have been affected.

“This isn’t just an environmental issue for our state, it’s an economic imperative.  For a state where tourism is our second largest industry, we simply can’t afford to lose our ability to offer snowmobiling, hunting and fishing, or our first-rate skiing – a $650 million annual industry alone.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen – 2009

Did you notice?  It didn’t seem that way in 2009.  It didn’t seem that way last year, or this year either. It doesn’t seem that way more winters than not.  But why should Senator Shaheen care?  She doesn’t have to shovel snow.  She just has to shovel…

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Love Hate America Iran IsraelNice to see, with yesterday’s announcements, that we are now Iran’s Air Force going after the folks that the rest of the Middle East supports.  And now Saudi Arabia is now not going to rule out getting their own nukes now that Obama’s “Deal at any cost – no ‘trust but verify’ here”!  Typical Community Organizer – throw a grenade into a situation and then sit back.

We’re in the BEST of hands!

(H/T: Liberal Logic 101)

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A few years ago I hosted gay activist attorney Andrea Ritchie on my radio program and asked her whether she believed the homosexual lobby could peacefully coexist with traditional Christian morality. After a very pregnant pause, she responded pointedly: “Sure, if Christians will give up their resistance to our cause.”

(H/T: IndyStar)  Yes, we expect you to just totally abandon closely and strongly held Biblical beliefs – just give up.  The innuendo from Ritchie, with that line, was “Or it will go poorly for you” – and we have seen just that. We have seen it (“go poorly”) in the aftermath of Prop 8 in California and recently in the news as gay militants have used Government in forcing small biz Christians to either choose between their livelihoods and their beliefs.  And must I have to remind you of Mozilla’s Brendan Eich who was forced out of his CEO position simply because he donated to Prop 8 supporters?

This in a country that was founded on religious liberty and made explicit in our First Amendment. We have also heard similar things from NH’s Tyler Deaton, who has been vehement about Republicans like Rick Santorum not being allowed to speak at Republican events because HATE SPEECH as they support traditional families!  And NH GOP Committeewoman Juliana Bergeron, along with several other NH GOPpers have signed onto an amicus brief at the Supreme Court stating their opposition to the gay marriage bans in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.

From the NH GOP PlatformRead the whole thing!

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The eating of our own has begun at a pretty good clip, I would say. Welcome to Election 2016.

The ultra conservative Wall Street Journal, ok, I fib, has a very revealing story, from private sources, that Governor Scott Walker is flip-flopping on illegal immigration.

This flip-flopping tidbit is from Republican sources at this secret meeting. My senses say, “Hold it right there!”

Were these Republican sources Republicans the likes of Shawn Jasperite Republicans?

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From The Corner:

Much more serious than Bergdahl’s desertion is our commander-in-chief’s decision to hand the enemy a victory to retrieve a likely deserter, compounded by a decision to celebrate this serious defeat at the White House, and then to clumsily attempt to cover their political tracks by trotting out Susan Rice to deceive the public about Bergdahl’s service record. This is dishonor, from the highest levels of American leadership. And that kind of dishonor is much more grave, much more difficult to absorb and overcome than any given soldier’s decision to desert. Our culture — especially our military culture — is remarkably strong. It can (and has) withstood incompetent and corrupt leadership. It can (and has) faced and overcome dishonor at every level of leadership. It can and will withstand and survive the Obama administration’s grotesque incompetence, dishonesty, and political opportunism. However, if the Obama administration is in fact setting an enduring precedent for American leadership, where leaders hand our enemies military victories to score political points at home, where leaders lie to the public to conceal those mistakes and confuse the public about the facts, and then wax indignant when called on those actions, then our culture — including our military culture — will fray and crack at a fundamental level.

– David French, a US Military Combat vet

One of the reasons, I believe, that the Left hates the military is EXACTLY Read the whole thing!

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“I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.”
— George Mason, in Debates in Virginia Convention on Ratification of the Constitution, Elliot, Vol. 3, June 16, 1788

“Whereas civil-rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as military forces, which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”
— Tench Coxe, in Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution

“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
— Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 184-188

Translation: the militia is ALL of us and it is to protect the country from Tyranny (especially our elected & appointed officials).  This militia is to be considered as a legitimate military force and thus need arms proper to such a force.  Thus, the people are to have military weapons as Government shall surely not be supplying them.

I’d like an A-10, please…  (H/T: Sean O’Ceallaigh III via PackingNH)

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NH Gas tax payerSo yesterday, the Republican Leadership trick of stripping out most of a bill (HB 357) and make it a DOT funding bill / Gas Tax increase was severely shamed – the NH House Republicans trounced the attempt of foisting twice the level of the gas tax passed last year (yes, by Republicans, first started in the NH Senate).  For all the talk of helping the Middle Class, raising a regressive tax is totally screwing over that talking point.  And it seems that the Republican Leadership in the House may be ready to take another run at it, if we are to read a little into the words of a rueful (but unbowed?) Gene Chandler (with an R after his name, denoting in his own words, that he is a good Republican (even if he failed in raising taxes)); today’s Laconia Daily Sun 3/26:

“It was a non-starter today,” said Deputy House Speaker Gene Chandler. “This early in the process, at least, it was clear that Republicans weren’t ready to vote for a gas tax increase”.

What, you expect them to be ready – laterRead the whole thing!

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taxOn March 11th, HB 673 made it’s way to the floor of the New Hampshire House.  The legislation has one sponsor, Rep Gilman Shattuck, (D-Hillsborough 1).

It would impose a sales tax, a use tax, most certainly require DRA to expand at taxpayer cost to manage it all, and add costs to business owners who would be required to keep records of everything for which they are required to collect or pay taxes.

HB 673

…imposes a 2.25 percent retail sales tax. The bill also imposes a 2.25 percent use tax on the use or storage of property in New Hampshire when no sales tax has been paid. Use tax is imposed, for example, when a New Hampshire business buys property out of state tax-free and uses it in New Hampshire. It also applies when a business makes personal use of property that it has purchased for resale or has manufactured for sale.

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Betsy McCaughey: Hillary is no glass-ceiling shattering pioneer

by Skip March 25, 2015

Betsy McCaughey was on our show recently and mentioned that she had this column coming on Hillary Clinton and give us permission to host it here: HILLARY CLINTON’S expected presidential run is being hailed as a chance to shatter the glass ceiling. That’s nonsense. Hillary rose to power solely on her husband’s sleazy coattails. She’s […]

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Dean Joseph Scaffido (Assistant Dean for Students) at Cornell: ISIS student group? Care packages to Hamas?

by Skip March 25, 2015

NO PROBLEM!  This is a great example of “Being so open minded, your brains are falling out” – sure thing, we can have these extremists (and for all of the throwing around of that word by Progressives, let’s face it, these Islamic Jihadists ARE extremists) on our campus; doesn’t matter that they hate everything that […]

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Federal Budget – Obama’s version didn’t fare well, again

by Skip March 25, 2015

Senate clobbers Obama’s $4 trillion budget plan in 1-98 vote — Here’s the one guy who voted ‘yes’ The Senate on Tuesday destroyed any lingering hope President Barack Obama might have had for passing his budget plan through Congress this year, by voting down Obama’s plan 1-98. The only senator to vote for the plan […]

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MIN WAGE FEE – What’s wrong with telling folks “This charge brought to you by your Government”?

by Skip March 25, 2015

There are times I bookmark a post and then promptly forget about it because lots of other stuff is going on.  I ran across this post last year and never got around to it – but it still rings true. If Government mandates higher taxes through one means or another, why shouldn’t a business let […]

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Chivalry is “oppression” only in the vacuumed head of the perpetually aggrieved

by Skip March 25, 2015

Honestly, these days incompetent beings who require protection is a pretty good description of feminists (Image H/T: Liberal Logic 101) Frankly, I grow weary of people who can find darkness 360 all around them all the time.  These are people who just can’t get over the fact that, by definition, life isn’t fair.  And when you take away manners […]

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Gun Free Zones DO work!!!!!!

by Kimberly Morin March 25, 2015
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GrokTALK! Legislative Round Up

by Steve MacDonald March 25, 2015

Max walks us through some legislation, including Poker, a bill to control abuses by child and family services, who voted for a 2.25% state sales tax, the Judiciary committee bailing on oversight over the judicial system, a tax on marriage to fund a domestic violence program, and the rhetoric on cutting expansions to the budget. […]

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Right-to-Know inquiries help uncover corruption in Windsor, NH

by Steve MacDonald March 25, 2015
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By Steve Mac Donald | Watchdog Arena A group of residents in Windsor, New Hampshire became suspicious of the way the tiny town of roughly 200 residents was handling its finances.  Property taxes were the primary source of income, so the best way to uncover any irregularities was to request the most recent tax records. […]

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Political Lessons in the Granite State

by Jane Cormier March 25, 2015

It has begun.  Presidential candidates are flooding our state in hopes of bringing their message forth for 2016.  Vetting these candidates can be a daunting task.  It is true that politics can be a trying thing. I myself awoke to the political world here in New Hampshire about four years ago.  When I saw the […]

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HB 357 Amendment And the Jasper Gas Tax – Just Died in the NH House

by Steve MacDonald March 25, 2015

The good news of the day is that the scheme to amend HB 357 into the NH DOT budget plus gas-tax-increase has failed.  The full House rejected the amendments 365-3. Spec Bowers c/o Facebook The vote was closer than expected: 3 in favor, 365 opposed. BTW, Kurk spoke against his own bill. The gas tax […]

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