AmmoFolks like Kimberly Edson (or Zandra Rice-Hawkins, for that matter) would find absolutely no humor in this whatsoever.  I thought it amusing:

You may have heard on the news about a Southern California man who was put under 72-hour psychiatric observation when it was found he owned 100 guns and allegedly had 100,000 rounds of ammunition stored in his home. The house also featured a secret escape tunnel.

By Southern California standards, someone owning 100,000 rounds is considered “mentally unstable.”

In Michigan, he’d be called “The last guy still living in Detroit.”

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As in “we’re all in this together”.  Voluntarily being part of a group is one thing if it is voluntary but Progressives / Socialists / Collectivists brook no dissent - you WILL be made to be all in (with them in charge).  This article at Bearing Arms lays out the contradiction that is tearing apart the American polity as these two philosophies are diametrically opposed.  There CAN BE NO COMPROMISE between the two.  While Individualists are fine with anyone who just wants to be left alone, Collectivists DEMAND that this cannot be allowed to happen (reformatted, emphasis mine).  The story is of a father who carries and a mom who demands that only the State has the ability for violence (reformatted, emphasis mine):

At a very fundamental level, individualists and collectivists see the world in a very different way.

Individuals look at a problem or issue and think, “what can I do about it?”

Collectivists look at a problem and think, “what can I do to get someone else to do about this?”

And that is the major difference between those of us  Read the whole thing!

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Speaker Candidate Rep. William O’Brien’s Statement on the Investment Group Motley Fool Identifying New Hampshire as the Worse State for Young People in the Nation

Contact:               Rep. William O’Brien
Tel. (603) 620-8710

On the surface it is a paradox that the Democrat Party, which claims that it is the party for women, minorities, young people, and whatever other group it can conceivably define as aggrieved, invariably harms each of them.  So after years of pandering and false claims of racism and wars on women, under Democrat control in Washington and Concord, labor force participation for women is at more than a 30 year low under the Obama Adminstration. Unemployment among black Americans, especially among young people, as well as their rates of poverty, are at levels not seen since the Great Depression.

In Concord, we have listened to this rhetoric for three of the last four legislative terms and it has always lead to more spending.  And it is in that fact – the growth of Government generated by ever increasing spending by Democrats – that lays the solution to this paradox in New Hampshire.  When government grows, the economy stagnates and it is the most vulnerable among us- the young, minorities, the historically disadvantaged, who suffer first, suffer the most and suffer the longest when the economy isn’t growing.
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James Madison on transparency

Which means Transparency – something that is in short supply from the Obama Administration.  But as the Groksters have found out personally here in little NH, it is oft not to be found here either.  Obfuscation, delay, intolerance for NH Citizenry – and an attitude of “who are you to ASK ME to justify Govt actions” mixed in with the tincture of “Who really are the Public Masters?” means has meant an unwillingness to be that transparency that Henry so said was so necessary to our Republic.  However, in our RTK (RSA 91-A, Right To Know), there are no teeth for Citizens to use to force our Public Masters to comply with the Law.

It IS time to remove “qualified immunity”Read the whole thing!


Friday Oct 24th: At a meet and greet breakfast in Nashua for Marilinda Garcia (NH CD2), Governor Mike Pence of Indiana, and his wife, Karen, Mingled with the crowd, and Pence addressed the gathering. He’s a good speaker, and I was very pleased to be there to meet him and record the speech. The video opens with a few photos, and then proceeds with Pence’s address.

I’ve long admired his conservatism and his speaking style – what do you think?


I bookmarked this a few days ago (a long time in politics, but still applicable) – see where NH is?


The magic number is six….we are 14th above.  Some newer polls are showing either a close or dead even race and one showed Brown with a slim lead.  Will that latter condition remain?

I remain pessimistic – and the reason is: Catalist.  And a bunch of other big voter databases that the Dems are running, adding to, and using all that Big Money to do one simple thing – get one person at the door and in the face of a potential voter.  All that high tech to improve the lowest tech – and the most effective: one person talking to another and why to vote in a certain way.  Who knows if the above will hold and be just like the faux bravado of 2008 where Rs thought that there was NO WAY that Romney would lose to an Obama Administration that had governed so badly.

(H/T: RedState)

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“I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government and more for themselves.  I want them to have the rewards of their own industry.  That is the chief meaning of freedom.”

- President Calvin Coolidge (“Silent Cal”)

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Here’s what “our betters” want us to believe:

EPA chief: Public tired of debating climate change

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday that the public does not want more “debate or discussion” about climate change, but government action.  “First, people overwhelmingly consider climate change to be a problem—and they want action, not more debate or discussion,” McCarthy said in a speech at Georgetown University.

And the reality?  The actual people paying the bill don’t want to pay for it:

PowerPoint Presentation

But as you can see above, And you KNOW that ANY Government action is going to require US to pay more.  Always, always, always. Bottom line: it really isn’t about what is important to US but what Progressives “know” what is best for us (and we should just bow down and take it).

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There were 60 of us!”

Jeanne Shaheen Wicked WitchI missed this line when I listened to the debate on WBIN / NH1 between US Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown.  Never, ever, ever will Progressives EVER take responsibility (er, shouldn’t THAT be a clue to the hollowness of their philosophy?) for failing programs.  After all, shouldn’t Jeanne Shaheen, one of the biggest backers of Obamacare, be running on her past action and vote on Obamacare front and center?  Typical Progressive  (and just like the NH State Senate Republicans) in running away from that which she created.  SB711 – her bill that decimated the healthcare insurance industry here in NH when she was a State Senator – she ran away from that as well.

From the Washington Examiner is this summarization:

“She was the deciding vote,” former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown said during the Thursday debate.

There were 60 of us!” the incumbent Democratic senator interrupted. “Everybody was a deciding vote!”

Brown continued: “Every Democrat voted. And yes, every Democrat was the deciding vote for a terrible bill that’s crushing businesses.”

DON’T BLAME ME – I’M A VICTIM OF THOSE OTHER DEMOCRATS!  Always the politics of victimhood, these Progressives, and all too willing to envelope themselves in that same mantle simply for their own self-interest.  Courage?  None present at all in this one.  It shows an unwillingness to stand up and take personal responsibility for her actions.  Do we really want a Representative that is all too willing to hide in a crowd, deflect responsibility, and shift blame onto others?  That seeks to hide in a crowd so that the political mud won’t spatter?


I was not in my usual seat at GrokTALK! this morning so I’m listening to it here on iHeart radio and just after the start of the show (7:34), Steve says something I need to quickly expand upon:

Keep in mind that their argument was that they didn’t have a choice that there were Republicans who were going to vote for it anyways and they were trying to soften the blow but doesn’t make a difference.

NH Senate Republican Majority PAC logoRight….these “Republican Establishment Elite have to provide themselves with an out (NH State Senator Chuck Morse, NH State Senator Jeb Bradley, NH State Senator David Boutin, NH State Senator Bob Odell and the other cast of usual suspects) and a scapegoat – as one of those that would was going to do an unRepublican type vote was NH State Senator Nancy Stiles.

So the utterly political wail from these spineless ones is “Don’t blame us - blame HER!”. Just like Obama, very willing to charter a bus under which to throw her. Except they have one really big problem concerning NH State Senator Nancy Stiles!

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That’s what we hear from Progressives – guns kill!  Thus, no one should have them.  Or “reasonable gun laws” (better translated “reasonable is what we say it is, which is no one should have them”).  No matter what you hear from the anti-Constitutional Progressives, Liberals, Socialists, Pacifists, and those that emote and not think, the Founding Fathers said what they meant: plain speaking and plain writing that enumerated a Right that pre-existed our country.

“Tired of listening to Progressives tell you that the Second Amendment only allows people in militias to keep and bear arms? Or that the Founders would have never intended the Second Amendment to apply to modern weapons? In his latest FIREWALL Bill recounts a remarkable conversation about the precise wording of the Second Amendment, and sums up why the document says what it means and means what it says.”

(H/T: Bearing Arms)


The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.”            – President Barack Obama, Inauguration, 1/20/09

Works means it accomplished something worthwhile with little waste and a good return on our investment.  Yeah, President Obama, this is YOUR Government “working well” (reformatted, emphasis mine):

Millions of dollars worth of television news trucks are sitting under tarps in Kabul years after the State Department bought them as donations for Afghan broadcasters, a letter from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said.  One of the three trucks, which together cost the government $3.6 million, was damaged en route to Afghanistan in July.  Purchased to help Afghans cover live sporting events, the satellite trucks are “still covered by shipping material.”

July.  Which means this year.  Which means the Obama Administration.  So, even as we are blowing up and scrapping other expensive gear that costs taxpayers tens if not hundreds of dollars – what, you couldn’t repurpose some of those vehicles?  After all, they’re just setting around, too!  But wait – it gets worse:

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CDC losing its missionEvery bureaucracy wishes to do more and more – and public sector ones are no different.  As we have seen with the Ebola scare, the CDC is a prime example of  a Govt bureau that pretty much worked itself out of a job (when is the last time we had a real massive GERM / MICROBE epidemic?) and instead of shutting down, took on more stuff…

…and then WE discover that after all the billions of taxpayer monies that have been shoveled their way, they can’t even do their own primary mission anymore:

THey are REAL good at their new one, though – annoying and hectoring we who pay their salaries!  Makes ya wanna join the Just Leave Me Alone coalition.

(H/T: Overlawyered)


New WMUR logoI guess Pindell is having an off week – scanning through his questions of the week, I was rather disappointed with the offerings.  Oh well, c’est la – go with what’s there, laying on the street.

Will Republicans come home to Scott Brown in the final week or sit on their hands?

Oh sure:

Stark and Langdon

Will the Fairpoint strike become a bigger political issue in the final week of the campaign?

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This week we are joined by candidates David DeVoy, Christine Ivinjack, and Guy Comtois.

There’s also this weeks Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Elections right around the corner. And we’ve always got plenty of commentary on the news of the day–with a conservative New Hampshire perspective.  And…we might even have some special guests stopping by.

If you don’t see it here, you can always watch it at here.

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Kinda like New Hampshire, only bigger.

The reason it is so important to control government is because government is the source of enormous power,” Stein continued. “One president in this country, when he or she takes office, appoints…5,000 people to run a bureaucracy, nonmilitary nonpostal service of 2 million people, who hire 10 million outside outsource contractors–a workforce of 12 million people–that spends $3 trillion a year. That number is larger than the gross domestic product of all but four countries on the face of the earth.”

“So the reason we’re doing what we’re doing…and the way we get progressive change, is to control government,” Stein said. “That’s what this is about.”


Pretty much

Pretty much


GrokTALK WaterThis week we are joined by candidates David DeVoy, Christine Ivinjack, and Guy Comtois.

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National observers noticed Shaheen's slavish droning for Obama Jerru Holbert, Oct 22nd

National observers noticed Shaheen’s slavish droning for Obama
Jerru Holbert, Oct 22nd


Those who know me know I don’t care much for federal politics, but I guess Jeannie’s still spreading it….

Read by Senator Carl Johnson:

State of New Hampshire
By Her Excellency, Jeanne Shaheen, Governor
A Proclamation Biosolids Recycling Day May 16, 2000

Whereas, this day shall be recognized as Biosolids Recycling Day in New Hampshire in recognition of the environmentally beneficial practice that has been ongoing for over 25 years; and Whereas, Biosolids Recycling in accordance with state and federal regulation is protective of public health and the environment; and Whereas, Biosolids Recycling has been a cooperative effort by the municipally owned wastewater treatment facilities, farmers, landowners, and the citizens of New Hampshire; and Whereas, Read the whole thing!

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Who knew Shaheen was for brown. Not Brown, brown.

by Scott Morales October 24, 2014
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After I read the report I’m about to cite, I was going to steal its headline: “Jeanne Shaheen: Onetime Sludge Queen” It’s a good one isn’t it?  It’s from TheDailyCaller report by Patrick Howley.  The “Onetime” refers to sludge, literally.  But to those who have observed the political machinations of Senator/Governor Shaheen, the figurative “sludge” […]

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Inoculations Must Begin Now To Prevent the Spread of Jebola

by Steve MacDonald October 24, 2014
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I do not agree that Mittens can stop the spread of Jebola, but between the two I’d prefer a third option. I’m also giddy with myself for coming up with Jebola, if you couldn’t tell… Jebola? RT .@allahpundit: If we don’t make this Romney 2016 thing happen soon, people, we’re going to end up with […]

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Remember Vote and Sign Thief Geoff Wetrosky?

by Ed Naile October 24, 2014

Notorious sign and vote thief Geoff Wetrosky of South Dakota is still out there lurking around politics. At The Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers we keep track of him, especially because he came here from out of state and stole NH votes – twice. In 2005 he was an errand boy sign stealer for John […]

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Genderless Gingerbread Figures? Happy Holidays!

by Steve MacDonald October 24, 2014
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NRO A deli in Melbourne, Australia is apparently selling genderless, organic, vegan gingerbread cookies for those who may be offended by the phrase “gingerbread man.” A picture of the quintessential Christmas cookie next to a sign that reads “organic, genderless gingerbread figures” and “vegan” was posted on Reddit this week. The ‘Great taste’ of forced […]

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I can tell you, Drew Cline, why Republicans are unloaded and silent about guns and speech

by Skip October 23, 2014

From the Op-Ed that Drew Cline wrote over at the UL about the Republican reluctance to go after Dems lack of support on the Constutition: …It is a little surprising that Democrats have dropped the issue, given that they are using so many other distractions to avoid talking about President Obama, and that certain gun control […]

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Jeanne Shaheen – lies in her debate with Scott Brown over Medicare cuts due to Obamacare

by Skip October 23, 2014

Look, as any regular ‘Grok reader knows, we are not enamored with Scott Brown but as you just saw with my bumping of our Walt Havenstein posts on Expanded Medicaid, we don’t care WHO you are and WHICH Party you are in – lie to us (the electorate) and we (the ‘Grok) will call you on it.  […]

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A question for Walt Havenstein – lying which time?

by Skip October 23, 2014

Update: Originally posted 8/19/14.  I won’t accept it from Dems so I CERTAINLY am not going to accept from a Republican.  Once again, Havenstein has flipped on this issue and he said it again during the NH1 / WBIN debate earlier this week.  “Veto” said to Rs, “fix it” to other audiences.  Trust? ***** He said it […]

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Walt Havenstein Flip Flops on NH Medicaid Expansion Veto

by Steve MacDonald October 23, 2014
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Update [ by Skip] : Originally posted 8/19/14.  I won’t accept it from Dems so I CERTAINLY am not going to accept from a Republican, so I have bumped this post as well.  Steve rightly comments on the flip-flop ******************* Walt Havenstein is confused. On WMUR’s Close Up this past weekend, with regard to Medicaid […]

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How About Gun Safety Classes In NH Public Schools?

by Steve MacDonald October 23, 2014
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Robert Forsythe is running for the New Hampshire House, and this is a segment the Democrat trackers should love. Pro second amendment- he wants to start a gun safety, hunter safety class in public Junior High or High Schools, and he explains why.  And why every firearm owner should open carry.  We touch on right […]

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Sam Wang Promises To Eat A Bug

by Steve MacDonald October 23, 2014
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Tempting… People. Please. If Jeanne Shaheen (D) loses to Scott Brown (R) in NH-Sen, I promise to eat a bug. — Sam Wang (@SamWangPhD) August 22, 2014 Can we pick the bug?

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