day1summitbanner2Yesterday was a full day at the Jackson Hole Summit. The conference took place at the Diamond Cross Ranch in Moran, Wyoming and featured many speakers and several panels of discussion. The main point that came across today was the truth about monetary and fiscal policy. Read the whole thing!

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Today on GrokTALK!
This months Education Segment with Jorge Mesa-Tejada
NRA stickers and Hoplophobes with Richard Olson
The Veto override vote on HB603 with Max Abramson
Kimberly Morin from the Summit at Jackson Hole, WY
..And senior Writer from the Federalist Stella Morabito.

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Maggie Hassan Discriminates

(H/T: Susan)

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…the deliberately politically misnamed Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable.  A few examples (abtracted, abridged, reformatted):

  • Alaska -state regulators approved a 39.6% rate increase for Moda Health
  • Alaska – state regulators approved a 38.7% hike for Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Tennessee  – BlueCross BlueShield asked for and got a 36.3% boost in premiums.
  • Oregon – approved a 25.6% increase for Moda, the biggest insurer on its ObamaCare exchange.
  • Oregon – commissioner told Health Net to raise its premiums by 34.8% instead of the 9% the company had in mind.
  • Kansas – ObamaCare enrollees will face increases of up to 25.4%.
  • New Mexico – refused Blue Cross Blue Shield raising premiums enough to cover its costs; Blue Cross decided to pull out.

But then, it was NEVER to be affordable – it was always about control (as well as using an offshoot of the Cloward-Piven strategy to crash capitalism and replace it with a Socialist one).  I laugh (and then cry) hysterically any time the feminists and Democrat politicians say “nothing should get between a woman and her doctor!”.  For starters, Obamacare defines EVERYTHING that goes on between those two, and with increasing costs of healthcare, these folks have made sure, over time, that nothing will get between the two for the woman will not be able afford to even enter a doctor’s office.

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The principle of spontaneous order – or of “undesigned order,” as it might more properly be called – can be viewed as the first principle of economics.  Indeed, James Buchanan has recently gone so far as to suggest that it is the only principle of economics.  The principle is, in any case, a cornerstone of modern economics, whether we trace modern (i.e., post-mercantilist) economics back to Adam Smith and the other Scottish moral philosophers, or to the Physiocrats.  With this principle, scholars for the first time could see economic phenomena as interdependent events.  Indeed, this principle made it possible to reason systematically and coherently about economic phenomena.  Much of nineteenth century economics can be seen as consisting of developments of this principle (along with minority criticisms of the principle and the systems of thought deduced therefrom).

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“Transit advocates will be quick to point out that transit ridership has grown faster than driving. But actually, it depends entirely on which years you pick. Preliminary information suggests that urban driving grew faster than transit in 2014. Since 2004, transit grew faster than driving in about half the years, and overall transit ridership grew by 12 percent while miles of urban driving grew by only 6 percent.”

DrivingvTransit70-14“If you go back much before 2004, however, the view of transit is much more bleak. Since 1994, transit grew by 35 percent while urban driving grew by 39 percent. Since 1984, transit grew by 21 percent while urban driving grew by more than 100 percent. Go back to 1974, and transit grew by 55 percent while urban driving grew by 190 percent. Overall, since 1970, transit grew faster than driving in about one out of three years. Even if transit were growing faster than driving in every year, driving has such a head start that it would take transit many decades if not centuries to catch up.”

An object lesson for the NH choo-choo trainers.

(H/T: The Anti-Planner)

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GrokTALK Live Stream panelTomorrow on GrokTALK!  – August, 29th, 2015, (9:00 am to 11 am EDT)

This months Education Segment with Jorge Mesa-Tejada
NRA stickers and Hoplophobes with Richard Olson
The Veto override vote on HB603 with  Max Abramson
Kimberly Morin may join us from the Summit at Jackson Hole, WY
& senior Writer at the Federalist Stella Morabito may call as well.

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jhssignLast night kicked off the first ever event to discuss monetary and fiscal policy at the same time as the Central Bankers are discussing policy. Annually central bankers and others who influence monetary policy gather in Jackson Hole to discuss conditions and what if any possible changes should be made to policy. The Jackson Hole Summit, sponsored by American Principles Project; co-sponsored by Atlas Society, Young America’s Foundation, and the Cobden Center, has come together for the same reason only they discuss policy from a more realistic view and one that concerns a free market. Read the whole thing!

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In yesterday’s Granite Status, Dan Tuohy advertised the NO LABELS Problem Solver Convention. (Someone is still paying their freight, what a joke).

NO LABELS will be giving its “Problem Solver Seal of Approval” to presidential candidates who commit to a set criteria: 1.) Embrace a “National Strategic Agenda” 2.) If elected, agree to begin work on at least one of the four agenda goals within 30 days and work in a bipartisan process to achieve the goal(s). The goals are: Read the whole thing!

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“I think it would be very foolish not to take the irrational seriously.”—Jeanette Winterson

NRA-stickerNRA Stickers evoke an emotional reaction…Carter Gaddis is a newspaper reporter who has a blog called, DadScribe, a blog over-focusing on parental anxiety.

Early this morning, as I sit with my German Shorthaired Pointers, Chloe and Gemma, a friend sent me this link, What Your NRA Decal Says About You

Sipping my coffee, I read the rant…And then I read it again…and I chuckled.  Now, I’ve been at this a very long time, so my personal paradigm insulates me from the visceral emotional reaction this rant likely evoked within my friends at large in the second amendment community. Read the whole thing!

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“Once again, we’re left to the wolves,” said one patient.

There are more videos here.  Regardless of party… oh forget it, I’m really speaking to you Democrats. You know you’d be screaming, jumping up and down in a tantrum if the President had an R next to their name, can you just put it aside for now and help these people? Please? Just once, call Shaheen and do something.

I can already hear it… whaddaya mean? Obama just said last month:

“The safety measures now in place are some of the strongest in the nation, and patient safety is a top priority at VA hospitals — because we have to prevent anything like that from ever happening again… Veterans continue to tell us that once they get through the door, the care is often very good.”  (h/t Jim Geraghty)
How could both be true?  They can’t.  Obama’s a delusional fool who believes his words are magic, if in reality they’re utter Bullsh*t!  And we must remember, while holding a big smile, he once told a reporter, “You know, I actually believe my own bullsh%t.”  So ignore that and contact Guinta, Ayotte and yes, Shaheen, and Kuster.

 

 

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Socialists / Statists believe that charity begins and ends with Government; if Government doesn’t do it, it’s not worth it nor is it charity.  If you have examined, oh say Joe Biden’s tax return, you see how miserly he is (even as he and his wife are part of the 1%).  We’ve blogged about many others (like John Kerry) who believe it is a checklist item only and only in context in winning political races (versus conservatives who give more of their time in addition to money directly to good causes). A cultural virtue where Conservatives refuse to outsource personal responsibility to Government.

Here’s a video that goes a bit more into it:

(H/T: Café Hayek)

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41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents.

Like I have said for years, the Left has been arguing for almost any reason why parents should leave their offspring with government institutions: half-day kindergarden to full day mandatory kindergarden, Pre-school,  before and after school daycare, breakfast, lunch and dinner – all year round.  And for the kids’ kids too – daycare provided for middle and high school kids (except when, of course, these middle and high school girls are brought to the school health clinic and then a free taxi ride to Planned Parenthood where upon leaving, have left their kid for medical science (re: StemExpress and “intact fetuses”).

And now a Progressive Democrat wants your kids 24/7 (emphasis mine, reformatted)

Rep. DeLauro Pushes for Gov’t Assisted 24/7 Child Care

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) has been promoting federal government child care assistance “that expands with need,” focusing on 24 hour availability and pay of at least $15 an hour for child care workers.

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16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

Sure, this may not involve the courts, but it certainly lives up to the spirit of the assault on American institutions.  She’s right – this is an assault on the most American of institutions – The Rule of Law.  Her rant is against the Huntington Park City Council for appointing illegal aliens to commissions.  Not citizens, not even legal residents, but illegal aliens.  So these two illegal alien men will have the voting power, as members of those committee, to dictate how legal residents and citizens will live their lives.  This is the American way, this is following The Rule of Law?

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After all, how many political operatives, especially one that is not well liked by the Establishment Republicans (especially here in NH) get to prove the latter wrong and is the campaign manager for the guy leading the race – who also is holding up a digit to said Establishment by leading in the polls by double digits? How many political operatives in the country EVAH get the opportunity to do this?  And having a lot of fun all the while?  Corey Lewandowski had a few bon mots with Brietbart (emphasis mine, reformatted).

Sunday night Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager, Corey Lewandowski, lambasted the GOP establishment consultant class,when he joined Breitbart’s senior political investigative reporter Matthew Boyle on Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot radio, channel 125. Lewandowski explained that what most infuriates the establishment consultants is they don’t have any say in Trump’s campaign or platform. “It drives them crazy. They want to say ‘I’ve run a campaign in the past. Pay me for my knowledge. I’ve been involved with previously failed presidential campaigns,’” he said.

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SB116 NH Senate Democrats

I guess it is because they believe that Government should have a monopoly on Force…

(H/T: Susan)

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(H/T: CNSNews)

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“BLACK, GAY REPORTER MURDERS STRAIGHT, WHITE JOURNALISTS — MEDIA BLAME THE GUN”

(H/T: Big Government)

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cheating-spouse

The hacking of Ashley Madison, the cheat on your spouse “dating” site, was a  badge of honor for whomever “cheated” the system and shared the data on millions of registered users. I think it’s a frikkin riot, myself, since the site tag line is, ‘Life is Short. Have an Affair.’

For more than a few of them, “Life just got a lot longer,” and sadly for some, a lot shorter if suspicions are correct.

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Have you heard the one about the Old Dominion University college fraternity that got suspended for expressing their heterosexual interest in women? Apparently it is not sexual bigotry to oppress those who “can’t help loving” college age women.

But wait! That’s not all. Could it be that this ‘policy’ does not apply equally to heterosexual women on the same campus?

Here is the now famous “offensive” ODU Frat-Boy banner invite…

And here is something similar “reportedly” from an ODU sorority, just down the road a piece…

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GrokTALK! – The Seattle Stomp

by Steve MacDonald August 27, 2015
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If your municipality has pay-to-throw bags then you’ve got hippies cramming them to the gills. There’s a term for that. Rick also tells us about his one-on-one with Gov. Chris Christie. Get the entire podcast here! Please follow us on YouTube, USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter listen on iTunes, iHeart Radio, Spreaker, TuneIn, Stitcher, and The Rock  …and of course right […]

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Can’t Trump This?

by Kim Gilbert August 27, 2015

Since its launch in June, Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign has been nothing short of a full-on, in-your-face, verbal onslaught, the shockwaves felt in the bellies of those of us who live and die by the politics of the minute. On any given day, Donald Trump can be seen on the campaign trail–almost exclusively covered […]

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Remember when DWS couldn’t say the diff ‘tween Democrats and Socialists?

by Skip August 26, 2015

Remember, Progressives are just incremental Socialists and Communists believe that Socialism is just a way station to Communism.  Also remember that US Congresswoman (and head of the Democrat National Committee) Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was either unable or unwilling to say on national TV (Chris Matthews, Meet The Press) what the difference was between her Party and […]

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Political Correctness gets skewered by Colin Quinn absurdly

by Skip August 26, 2015

As a national comedian, he should know – the SJW and Political Correctness crowd are about as humorless as it gets.  There is a saying that conservatives like comedy and we know that being politically incorrectness HAS to be a part of it.  But the Humorless People?  I just don’t get it – if you […]

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Palate Cleanser – Pop goes the Propane!

by Skip August 26, 2015

Yup, flying quadcopters spouting fire into bags of propane – what POSSIBLY could go wrong? I will say, watching the slo-mo underwater explosions were fascinating. (H/T: Popular Mechanics)

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GrokTALK! – The Regal Cinema Gender Bias

by Steve MacDonald August 26, 2015
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Regal Cinema doubled-down on their bag search policy which specifically targets women. We discuss the policy, its alienating effect, alternatives, and did you realize that every mass shooting in recent memory occurred in a gun free zone? It’s true. Get the entire podcast here! Please follow us on YouTube, USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter listen on iTunes, iHeart […]

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Informal Eyeball Poll –
AFP Defending The Dream Videos

by Mike August 26, 2015

This morning, I took a quick peek at our YouTube Video Manager, and saw some surprising numbers, along with this message from the Analytics page: “AFP Summit – Perry: This video got more views in its first 2 days than your other videos from the last 6 months!” This is how the videos of the […]

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GrokTALK! – Defending the Dream

by Steve MacDonald August 26, 2015
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AFP- NH State Director Greg Moore joined us from the Defending the Dream Summit in Ohio. The topic is economic freedom in America, the New Hampshire State budget (the lack there of), and the need to make the economic freedom of small business owners a priority. Get the entire podcast here! Please follow us on […]

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Unite or Die

by Steve MacDonald August 26, 2015
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On Saturday October 17th, 2015, represent your county and your constitutional values by voting at the 603 Alliance GPS Caucus. Be a part of New Hampshire political history and join us to unite behind a Free Market Constitutional Candidate for the New Hampshire Republican Primary, then stay with us to continue the fight at the […]

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