Tokelau: AtafuTokelau Web Warning Tokelau is one of the tiniest countries, with three coral atolls and 1500 people, but Tokelau’s web presence is the third largest in the world, and it’s mostly malicious

Work proceeds apace on our new faster, sleeker ‘Grok, and our sincere thanks to all who helped make it possible, but the problems with the old site had become too intrusive to live with. Our hosting company had already rolled back the website to an older time, and Skip had to re-post a bunch of articles, but that was not enough, because, as Skip said, the older version of WordPress had vulnerabilities which were too easy to exploit.

After hours of poring over HTML and packet traces looking for the redirect to .tk domains, and a few more hours reading about common exploits, we found that core WordPress files were most likely corrupted, and that a commonly run JavaScript was the primary suspect for sending the instructions for your PC to travel to the South Pacific.

Good fences make good neighbors….

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s300_endingfgm-govukThe New Hampshire legislature passed legislation last week prohibiting Female Genital Mutilation of a minor in the Granite State. Governor Sununu is expected to sign it. Maine’s majority Democrat House decided not to support similar legislation.

This week, Maine House Democrats sent a clear message that female genital mutilation (FGM) performed on young girls should not be a crime in their state. So much for child abuse prevention.

Will FGM advocates in New Hampshire be taking day trips to The Pine Tree State? Not legally.
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NASA-LogoJames Hansen has been the boy who cried global warming wolf for three decades. Being an actual scientist at NASA seems to have something to do with giving him credibility but not much else can. He’s been wrong about just about everything.

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henry-nicholas-777x437Very wealthy people from California are working hard and spending big money ($27 million+) to pass an amendment to our NH Constitution. This is known as Marsy’s Law. They are working to amend the Constitutions of at least 13 states – and very emotional arguments are being raised in support of it, centered around victims’ rights.

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padlock-322494_960_720Marsy’s Law changes the definition of a victim to include potentially so many other individuals that it effectively erases any right to privacy the actual victim might have.

Marsy’s Law effectually diminishes a victim’s privacy. Currently, a victim is the actual victim with some exceptions. This amendment proposes to expand that definition to include any person who is “directly or proximately harmed” by offense or act. This expanded definition includes giving rights to family, friends, and non-human entities such as corporations and businesses.

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Staffing costs HB628As the New Hampshire Senate prepares to vote (down) HB628 the effort to hide the purposeful expansion of government under cover of a lousy Family Medical Leave Insurance “plan” goes unreported.

WMUR had an opportunity here but “opted out” which, by the way, is a lot easier when it comes to reporting on HB628 than it is if you try to avoid the tax on your payroll.

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Henry T Nicholas III political givingDemocrats like to talk about “keeping money out of politics.” Well, meet Henry T. Nicholas III, a wealthy Corporate baron. One of those ‘Big’ corporation guys the left ‘hates’ so much.  He’s also the brother of Marsalee, the woman for whom Marsy’s Law is named, and the money behind the push to amend the NH Constitution under the cover of “victims rights” reform.

Henry T. x3 has spent several million in New Hampshire already to advance his pet project to the detriment of victims, the constitutional protections of the accused, but that’s peanuts compared to the $29.49 million he has spent on political initiatives over the past nine years.

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missing in actionWhen our aging site first suffered the ill effects of a link hijacker we did a restore that required backing up a week’s worth of published posts. When it was over I discovered that through no fault but my own (for failing to confirm the exact restore date) we lost days worth of content.

March 26th was erased.

Well, I found them.

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NH Dems Whine - Blame Koch Brothers

I think it’s kind of cute that the NH Democrats continue to pretend this had anything to do with offering Family Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI) to New Hampshire Families. Or that Governor Sununu would accept “FMLI” in any form the legislature coughed up.

Here governor, sign this thing that happens to have family medical leave insurance in the name or else we’ll call you names and blame the Koch Brothers.

He didn’t so that’s what they did.

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tax policiesWell, I do have to admit, the Concord Monitor does get a large diversity of commenters on posts sometimes.  No, not the skin-color-deep-facial-features kind of diversity where only looks count.  I mean the only diversity that really counts – intellectual and philosophical differences.  Dick Lemiuex  riled up frequent Progressive CM and Grok commenter, Bruce Currie who wrote (emphasis mine, reformatted):

Mr. Metzger believes, “(New) Hampshire citizens know at a gut level that a property tax is not an equitable way to tax people.” But somehow, he seems to believe we will accept the notion that a car tax IS an equitable way to spread the cost of schools. If equity is the objective, how about “if towns were freed to set their own” head tax? Then, at least a family of 4, with 2 kids in school, would be paying twice as much as a retired couple without kids. That would create at least some link between costs and benefits. Maybe THAT would have more of a “gut level” appeal. Of course that idea wouldn’t appeal to heads of large families. Similarly, Metzger’s idea wouldn’t appeal to owners of high end cars.

The question is, who’s ox is going to be gored? Every tax creates winners and losers.

And Bruce wrote back:

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Thank you with FireworksYep, we couldn’t do it without you all!  We’ve reached the $5,000 goal needed to start setting up ‘Grok 3.0.  I am humbled that so many of you gave us donations – each and every one of you.  Whether it was a small amount or a big amount, we thank you.

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HB628 killing the NH AdvantageSince late 2017, leading up to today, we’ve written or shared at least twenty-three articles opposing HB628, the so-called Family Medical Leave Act. This makes (at least) twenty-four. Why so many? Until very recently neither the governor nor Republican Majority leadership had made a noise that wasn’t fawning.

And while a recent joint committee vote to ITL the bill has people singing praises, until the floor vote adds a final stake (at least for this session) I’m not convinced it’s dead with good reason.

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AK-47

…thing that Socialism is REALLY good at is violence.

(H/T: Powerline)

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Maura Sullivan CD-1 Fake Twitter

Check out this twitter account and some of the tweets.

Why are the New Hampshire Young Republicans getting involved in a Democrat primary in this manner?

Especially when attacking Maura Sullivan now helps Chris Pappas who would be the strongest Democrat candidate in Congressional District 01.

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Mariann Letarte - Image Credit WMUR

Mariann Letarte – Image Credit WMUR

The mentality of “We are a team with special status” pervades all.

This is what you are up against when it comes to keeping government accountable. One look at “The Swamp” in Washington, DC shows definitively how power, money, and influence alter the way people come to think and behave when they join the team. Even the smallest amount of government power corrupts if you are not careful.

Take the tiny Town of Dummer, NH for instance.

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StudentWalkoutI wonder where this handy bit of information was when the Marxist Women’s March folks were pouring outside money into their national campaign to waste taxpayer dollars. It says that School Walk Outs are NOT protected by the first amendment.

  • However, a school walkout is not considered the same type of speech as wearing a political slogan. A school may take corrective action if you miss school without an excused absence, even if you were participating in a political protest.

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heart-attack

“Thank you. Thankyouverymuch!”

The first priority after surviving a cardiac event is to prevent another one. The cardiac cocktail is a manifold of meds designed to decrease stress on the heart. It’s a muscle, albeit the most important one in your body, but like any other muscle, it needs room to heal. The cardiac cocktail is designed for each patient to optimize both desired outcomes.

Blood thinners, Blood Pressure (BP) meds (lower it), Asprin (another blood thinner), and in my case something to keep the foreign objects (stents) where they belong and something to lower the cholesterol levels in my blood.

That is not a lot of chemistry, but it’s a good bit so what could go wrong?

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big cannabis marijuana plant detail

I could write about the Union-paid-for anti-gun rally at the NH statehouse today, or how they are protesting alongside the 420 pot rally folks who will also be there, but I decided to post this instead.

Researchers sought to learn whether there was any added risk of driving on April 20 – a recognized day of celebration in the United States among pot enthusiasts – when marijuana use is trumpeted and encouraged and legal sales are noticeably higher. And after examining 25 years of traffic crash data, what they found was a 12 percent increased risk of a fatal car crash taking place that day after 4:20 pm, the unofficial kickoff time of the drug’s holiday.

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Diversity Speech policeYesterday, by a vote of 14-10, the New Hampshire State Senate passed HB587, a lawyer-up bill so badly written that it will not just compel speech. It will place a gag order on therapists, counselors, nurses, clergy, coaches, and anyone who might be consulted (even tangentially) for guidance on the issue of sexual attraction, even as Amended.

In fact, as amended, all it does is increase the odds of lawsuits and fat happy lawyers raking in fees.

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Sorry, but the good judge got one thing really wrong – the word “allow” (emphasis mine):

To be sure, many Americans of good faith bemoan the amount of money spent on campaign contributions and political speech. But if you don’t like big money in politics, then you should oppose big government in our lives. Because the former is a necessary consequence of the latter. When government grows larger, when regulators pick more and more economic winners and losers, participation in the political process ceases to be merely a citizen’s prerogative—it becomes a human necessity. This is the inevitable result of a government that would be unrecognizable to our Founders. See, e.g., NFIB v. Sebelius, 567 U.S. 519 (2012).

So if there is too much money in politics, it’s because there’s too much government. The size and scope of government makes such spending essential. See, e.g., EMILY’s List v. FEC, 581 F.3d 1, 33 (D.C. Cir. 2009) (Brown, J., concurring) (“The more power is at stake, the more money will be used to shield, deflect, or co-opt it. So long as the government can take and redistribute a man’s livelihood, there will always be money in politics.”).

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It’s called the “White Coat” syndrome

by Skip April 20, 2018

Here’s why you need to start asking your doctor to check your blood pressure twice. “Patients who had their blood pressure (BP) checked a second time at their primary care doctor’s office often have a lower number, according to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association this week. The truest blood […]

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Ah yes, the bully Progressives are always trying to make themselves…

by Skip April 20, 2018

…the victims.  Race card, Gun card, Bully card, Victim card…where would they be without them? Projection. (H/T: Powerline)

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Abortion is Not about ‘Choice’

by Steve MacDonald April 20, 2018

The argument goes something like this. Women don’t have to have an abortion. They can choose what’s best for them. Their body, their choice. This is a rare indulgence in a progressive realm whose agenda revolves around the State (meaning Democrats and the ruling class) deciding what you can and can’t do with your body. […]

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Consider this your Emergency PSA for the evening

by Skip April 19, 2018

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Civilian tourniquet use associated with six-fold reduction in mortality. I carry one in my car. They’re not expensive. Also Quik-Clot gauze. Me too. (H/T: Instapundit)

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Blogline of the DayHow about a REASON for “their base turns out”?

by Skip April 19, 2018

The GOP’s best hope for salvaging their congressional majorities is hoping their base turns out. Democrats are worried that their activists could make the GOP’s challenge easier. While the Right had a lot of reason to vote against Obama, I think 2016, in voting for Trump, was a vote against the Democrats AND a vote […]

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The US Govt gave up, the Russian Govt took it, and the US Private Sector took it back

by Skip April 19, 2018

And another Blogline of the Day (ok, a slap at the Democrats and NeverTrumpers at the end). OK, so the private sector, a la Elon Musk, did it by getting paid a lot by the US government.  But Musk’s SpaceX cut their costs dramatically with a radically new idea: In the past, Russian space officials have […]

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Blogline of the Day – when they act like spoiled brats, TREAT them as such

by Skip April 19, 2018

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How to Rein In Student Mobs. “At NYU, administrators threatened the protesters’ financial aid, and the woke warriors went back to their rooms.” It’s about time that the adults in the room actually act like adults because the kids refuse to become adults and act accordingly.  It’s one thing to protest (and it […]

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So, who are the most well-liked Governors in the US?

by Skip April 19, 2018

Voila! (reformatted, emphasis mine):  Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker(R)  Approval/disapproval – 71/16 Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan(R) 68/17 Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (67/17) Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (65/21) New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (63/21) South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (62/24) Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (61/25) Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (60/23) North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (58/22) Nevada Gov. […]

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if Pelosi wants to keep calling this a “tax scam”, then keep scamming me all day long!

by Skip April 19, 2018

I speak of the Tax Reform passed at the end of last year in which the Republicans (FINALLY doing something aligned “with our values”) fought the Democrats to do one simple, easy to understand idea: you get to keep more of your hard earned money.  Why is that so anathema to Democrats?  Oh, because they […]

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So, who was it you voted for to get all these “Laws”?

by Skip April 19, 2018

That would be “Administrative Law” – laws created and legally enforced (sometimes as felonies) by unelected, unaccountable, and unassailable bureaucrats.  The Competitive Enterprise Institute has a report on how large of an impact this “extra-Constitutional” process of “legislating” has on the average American citizen who, if you haven’t been educated in government schools lately, our […]

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