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Green CarThe US Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released its 2015 Energy outlook.  This report shares details on the nations existing energy positions and projects a wide range of positions out to 2040.  It’s a dry read–that’s actually an understatement–but there are a few highlights.

It turns out that, despite years of Democrats protestations to the contrary, you can drill your way out of high gas prices and foreign energy imports.  From 2005 to 2013 domestic production reduced foreign imports from 30% to 13%. Long rage estimates suggest we could be free of foreign import altogether in as early as 15 years.

Another revelation could harpoon people’s impression of the value proposition of owning a hybrid or electric vehicle.

Read the whole thing!

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Wednesday there will be a vote on a bill to make it easier for the state to back private projects with taxpayer money.  We explore what this might do to the bond rating and debt service, who this serves, and what future boondoggles we might expect should it pass.

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I wanted to share with readers the response I received from Jennifer Horn and the state GOP to my post of Friday:

A big ole goose egg

 

 

 

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H/T Robert Boilard

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Full day, fun discussions! Except for the beginning when our streaming PC decided that some vital parts could continue to sleep instead of getting the show on the cyber-road (it may be time to rethink some of the technology).  Anyways, a full GrokTALK! today:

  • Groksters Steve, Mike, and Skip start things off with Odds and Sods: winter weather, weather for California Gov. Moonbeam and how environmentalists are responsible for their woeful water infrastructure
  • BH State Rep Max Abramson comes on for a long Legislative Update due all the important bills flowing the NH House & Senate (among them, SB30 (“Balsams Bailout”) and SB116 (“Constitutional Carry”)
  • Greg Klein, a blogger at Red Maryland, comes on to talk about Baltimore: the incident, the riots, and the politics
  • Ron Moore – storm chaser – updates us on weather and climate.  Note: if you liked the last two winters, you have something to look forward too!

  

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Greg Kline from RedMaryland.com gives us an in-state look at the Baltimore Riots. We’ve also got a weather/climate update from Ron Moore, updates on casinos and concealed carry, and the NHGOP gets the WTF of the week. (Plus you get about 90 seconds of pre-show before the program actually begins..)

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Live stream for Saturday May 2nd, 2015 from 9 am to 11 am EST . (Look for updates on Twitter @nhstevemacd or #GrokTALK)

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Today on GrokTALK!;

    • Greg Kline from RedMaryland.com will joins us with an in-state report on the Baltimore Riots
    • We’ve got the week in legislation - and it was a busy week
    • Storm chaser Ron Moore returns with a climate update
    • We’ll find out who won the WTF of the week
    • And, or course, our take on whatever else caught our attention this week

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Jennifer Horn, I know you read this blog and I am calling you out on your shameless attempt to raise money off the extraordinarily hard work of TRUE 2 Amendment advocates who drafted, got sponsored and shepherded SB 116 through both houses of the General Court.

In all those months, neither you nor the state GOP lifted a finger or offered a penny to help in that work. Neither you nor the state GOP contacted any of us and said, “Hey, can we give you a hand?”, all the while trotting pathetic and weak anti-Second Amendment pretenders through the state. I doubt you give a d@mn, but I am beyond outraged.

How dare you stand on the shoulders of true activists and call your self tall!

 

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As many of you know, I am big supporter of Sen. Ted Cruz.  After reading some alarming statements here in New Hampshire regarding his political record, I decided to do some digging!  Here are the fruits of my labor…

FICTION:  “Essentially, Cruz’s wife Heidi once worked for Merrill Lynch and is a Goldman Sachs Regional Manager, which is a little concerning, given, you know, the massive bailouts and their involvement with the Federal Reserve in deflating our currency and killing our economy.”

FACT:   Read the whole thing!

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This week on GrokTALK! May 2nd, 2015, 9am – 11 am EST

  • Greg Kline from RedMaryland.com will joins us with an in-state report on the Baltimore Riots
  • We’ve got the week in legislation - and it was a busy week
  • Storm chaser Ron Moore returns with a climate update
  • We’ll find out who won the WTF of the week
  • And, or course, our take on whatever else caught our attention this week.

Tune in here at 9 am for the Live Stream. *Pre-show could begin as early as 8:30am
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Greg Kline from Red Maryland is going to join us tomorrow on GrokTALK! to discuss the Baltimore riots.  I was doing some reading in preparation for that interview and came across an article by another contributor at Red Maryland, Brian Griffiths.  In the course of questioning the city’s failure to address issues of poverty, he observes that while there was plenty of investment in Baltimore, it was all very much one-sided.

Huge economic development projects, whether you are a fan or not, were focused away from the places that actually needed the most help.

Maryland is a small state so Baltimore looms large.  New Hampshire doesn’t have a Baltimore but we do have those who fancy bonds for private ventures.

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“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

This is a most disturbing (emphasis mine):

A Houston-based federal judge ruled that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration does not owe the owner of a small Texas trucking company anything, not even the cost of repairing the bullet holes to a tractor-trailer truck that the agency used without his permission for a wild 2011 drug cartel sting that resulted in the execution-style murder of the truck’s driver, who was secretly working as a government informant…“She [the judge] is basically saying you can’t sue the feds,” he said by phone.

The Houston Chronicle story

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Baltimore riot“Never let a crisis go to waste” and certainly we are already seeing that coming out of the Baltimore riots (emphasis mine):

As noted here parenthetically, the president of the Baltimore City Council, Jack Young, apologized a day after calling the looters in his city “thugs,” suggesting that “misdirected youth” was a more appropriate label.

Yeah, once again we can’t call things the way they really are – the euphemism marketplace’s stock price has soared as the Political Correctness (aka, Cultural Marxism) industry has worked overtime to take words (and thus, the ideas and things they stand for) out of usage.  Consider it the slow moving thought police. I don’t care what color you are, if you act like a thug, you’re a thug.  If you act in ways counter to The Rule of Law, you’re a criminal and not “socially maladjusted”.

Sidenote: have you ever noticed that Political Correctness always seems to want to replace plain one or two syllable words with phrases with lots of syllables?  It’s like they go out of their way to cover over and sugar coat bad behavior and decisions with a bucket of letters so as to obfuscate the actual thing.

Fortunately the author of the post is having none of it and shows a bit of reality – and pushback:

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The Rev. Jamal Bryant, who gave a rousing eulogy at Freddie Gray’s funeral, says Baltimore’s poor people must make demands on themselves, not just on government.

“If you’ve ever rented a car, you’ll notice, no time when you’ve rented a car did you ever take a rental car to the car wash. Why? Because you didn’t feel like it was yours. As a consequence, so many people in public housing don’t really feel like that’s theirs,” Bryant told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.

Er, if it is “public housing”, isn’t it the Public’s (er, Government)? Thus, “don’t really feel like that’s theirs” would be a correct feeling”?

Hate to nit-pick but…

(H/T: CNSNews)

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Bernie SandersActually, the official designation is US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for “Independent” but he certainly caucuses with the Democrats.  However, this from Town Hall reminds us what he truly is, on this day that he announced that he is running for the Presidency of the United States (emphasis mine):

“I am a socialist and everyone knows that,” Sanders said, responding to an ad that tried to link him to the regime of Fidel Castro.

He continued: “They also understand that my kind of democratic socialism has nothing to do with authoritarian communism.”

Well, if he is to the Left of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and both of them have declared by words and deeds that they believe Government should determine your conscience and religion (e.g., his HHS’ individual mandate that abortifacients should trump one’s conscience and Hillary’s “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”), I am very leery of his distinction between the two.  Given the trend we have seen the last few years, that tipping point won’t have far to go.

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Trickle Down Economics versus Trickle Down Socialism

…Ronald Reagan’s economic plan saw GDP surge at a 3.5% clip – 4.9% after the recession. That’s a 32% bump.

The US economy has grown an anemic 9.6% during the Obama years (excluding today’s dismal number).”

In comparison to Reagan, Obama has shown to be a far worse manager of the US economy.  (H/T: Gateway Pundit)

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Hillary Clinton sadAmbassador Stevens would agree – you broke your trust with him and it cost him dearly:

“We must urgently begin to rebuild the bonds of trust and respect among Americans. Between police and citizens, yes but also across society. Restoring trust in our politics, our press, our markets, between and among neighbors and even people with whom we disagree politically.  This is so fundamental  to who we are as a nation and everything we want to achieve together. It truly is about how we treat each other and what we value.”

Like Benghazi, those 1,000 unreported foreign donations that your Foundation lied about, those cattle futures, White Water, lying about lawyers records,  having us believe you were really broke, Read the whole thing!

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How about a judge giving legal rights to Chimpanzees in a US court of law? “Where would you stick it?” Cigars for Hillary.  Kelly McAyotte rubber-stamping the Loretta Lynch nomination.  And while we’re there, we revisit why Republican leadership in congress is shaping up to be the GOP’s worst enemy.

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Bogus pistol license poll used by Democrats mocks their constituents

by Kimberly Morin April 30, 2015

Yesterday Senate Bill 116 aka ‘Constitutional Carry’ was passed in the New Hampshire House by a vote of 212-150. Even though this bill was passed by both the Senate and house, Governor Hassan said she will vote against the will of the people and veto it. In her statement she states “citizens across New Hampshire, […]

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GrokTALK! – David Bozell From ForAmerica

by Steve MacDonald April 30, 2015
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David Bozell from ForAmerica joins us, to talk tax policy, Republican Primaries and DC politics. David Bozell: “The president can declare whatever the heck he wants. He can declare that they sky is green and grass is blue. And it is up to the congress to determine whether or not they are going to appropriate […]

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Proper Sight Picture: And this holds true in politics, too!

by Skip April 29, 2015

Must always have a Proper Sight Picture when looking down range and in politics.  (H/T: Soldier Systems)

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Here are those Republican faces that voted against SB116 “Constitutional Carry”

by Skip April 29, 2015

Yep, she’s one – top row second from the Left: NH State Rep. Debra DeSimone (R): “The Constitution is a guideline” And obviously, a guideline that was disregarded.  And Harold, I am very disappointed in you.  And yes, Spanos is from my county (good grief!). Previous posts on today’s SB116 news here and here.  (H/T: […]

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Which Straw Will Break The Hildebeast’s Back?

by Mike April 29, 2015
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That teacher should be fired.

by Skip April 29, 2015

The Blaze: A Georgia middle school teacher has reportedly been removed from the classroom and forced into retirement after parents complained about controversial classroom comments she purportedly made about President Barack Obama back in February. Nancy Perry will leave her educational role at Dublin Middle School in Dublin, Georgia, at the end of the school […]

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‘But I “FEEL” Black’….so get out of his face ’cause he’s just a malleable kinda guy

by Skip April 29, 2015

‘Grok friend Warner Todd-Huston has a giggly post snarking out on all the of Left’s complete dismissal of what people really are but otherwise believing they are something they are not (a good contemporary example being Bruce Jenner) or those precious snowflakes that seem to want to be whatever they wake up being – burly […]

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Gas Tax

by Skip April 29, 2015

(H/T: The Hill via Instapundit) – reformatted, emphasis mine: A gas tax hike is dead on arrival in Congress, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Tuesday. Transportation advocates have pushed to increase or index to inflation the 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax as lawmakers scramble to come up with a way to pay for an extension of an infrastructure […]

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Ian Underwood – “Dear Rep. DiSesa…Which Rights, Exactly?”

by GrokWatch News Desk April 29, 2015

Ian Underwood | GrokWatch News Desk Dear Rep. DiSesa, As you point out, the New Hampshire Constitution does say: [Art.] 3. [Society, its Organization and Purposes.] When men enter into a state of society, they surrender up some of their natural rights to that society, in order to ensure the protection of others; and, without […]

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GrokTALK! – Balsams And Bailouts And Boondoggles, Oh My!

by Steve MacDonald April 29, 2015
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Senate Bill 30 makes changes to state law that could allow a never ending series of taxpayer backed bailouts of private ventures.  The first of these, which is what motivated the legislation, is the Balsams Bailout- a time-share resort / Money pit.  Kimberly Morin sat through the hearing for the bill and gives us an […]

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