I guess this happened a while ago during the NHL’s outdoor game in NY in one of the tunnels at the field.  Nice – out of the limelight, a chance encounter between Lee Greenwood and the Army Chorus.  Even with the abysmal acoustics there, it still is worth a listen:

(H/T: Newsbusters)

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“One of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals must support tactical lying, or lying on principle. Perhaps it is a variant of Alinsky Rule 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” I infer that the left loves it. Lying is one of their greatest hits.

I will formulate Alinsky Rule 6(a): “Lie when you have to, the worse the better. Your supporters will enjoy it, while others will be fooled by it and be reluctant to conclude that they were hoodwinked. Still others will remain sufficiently inattentive to suit your purposes.” – Scott Johnson

 

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Takei: Clarence Thomas is “a clown in blackface” .  Interesting… but let’s put this in perspective:

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Yes, from one of Steve’s favorite movies – Galaxy Quest.  But it is true – as I have quoted here before (re: “deeply held religious beliefs”), many secular humanists just don’t understand that those same deeply held beliefs are not “just” beliefs – those beliefs are just as real as the bones and sinews that hold our moral bodies together.  There is no separation as these folks just blithely think they are – they are as “core” just as much as one’s heart and lungs.  An example:

So when both Obama and Hillary demand that we simply shuck them just on their say so?  And make no mistake, it will be a demand and not an “asking” for they will use, are using, the force of Government just as King Nebuchadnezzar and others did back in history, we will see a falling away of nominal Christians.  There will be those that will refuse to bend a knee to these mortal tyrants – those that really do hold to their faith.

(H/T:  CNSNews on will the “church” cave on marriage?)

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Yes, I am the guy who called out the reporterette from the Daily Beast during the media panel during the 603 Alliance Grassroots Summit for not reporting the stories that really matter – just tell us the truth, unvarnished and without bias. Not the gotcha questions or the constant ambushes of politicians.  It’s a bit different, though, when politicians throws themselves at the media (reformatted,emphasis mine):

Scott Brown - diet pill hucksterThe short-lived senator from Massachusetts wants the world to know about his new weight-loss scheme via some very strange supplements. Last night, shirtless pictures of former Senator Scott Brown appeared in my inbox.

He sent them.

In one, he stood sunburned on the beach, his belly protruding over his khaki shorts and his arm around his sarong-wrapped wife, Gail. In another, he stared down at ripped, tanned abs, dressed in nothing but American flag-printed swim trunks and sneakers.  “Olivia … Thanks for emailing me about your interest in Advocare,” the message began.

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This is one of those Life Magazine ‘Year in Pictures’ moments.  Where life imitates…well, life. A physical representation of ‘controlling the message.’

Hillary Clinton, incapable of unscripted dialogue, has her staffers march the parade route–at a safe distance–with ropes to keep the press from getting too close while her highness mingled with a few peasants.

As Twitchy reported earlier, candidate Hillary Clinton was hit with some pretty tough questions at a campaign event in New Hampshire yesterday during a vulnerable moment while she was waiting to be served some ice cream. TheBlaze’s Oliver Darcy even reports that a photographer asked Clinton what her favorite flavor of ice cream was.

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Young blood in the GOP – another enthusiastic and committed youngster running as a Republican for the NH house.

After the success of Yvonne Dean-Bailey recently, the party has recognized the value of getting fresh faces in Concord, and I was very pleased to see Matt Mayberry from the NHGOP out pushing Rio Tilton’s candidacy at the Rockingham County GOP meeting this week.

Your Grokster was also attending the Rockingham Country GOP meeting, and took the opportunity to interview the youthful Mr Tilton, who is also endorsed by a conservative teacher from his high school.

If you live in District 20, vote for Rio, or if you live nearby, come out and help – he’s worth it, and every victory helps to demoralize the rats, DEMOC-rats, that is 😉

Learn more at Rio’s blog, or see his statement of principles.

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Emphasis mine:

About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.

– Calvin Coolidge, past President of the United States, July 4, 1926

Yet, those folks in the post title assume that we can “progress” further.  I had not known that Silent Cal had said such but I have been saying EXACTLY that for years now.  The Democrats, Progressives, and others of their ilk wish to do exactly what Silent Cal warned us against – their talk is false, their actions regressive, and they wish to take us back in time but instead of a monarchy and its aristocracy, they are trying to claim that position for themselves.

Always, ignore their words and see what their actions have been and are now.  Extrapolation forward is trivial and you will easily see the long march backwards for they desire to be our new Masters and no longer allow us to be our own masters of our own fates.

(H/T: Powerline)

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The governor attended a cookout at the home of Air Force pilot Rob Hampton and his wife Terry on Big Island Pond yesterday. Your scribe (and Mar-Mar) got invites, and were treated to a very good speech, as well as skilful answers to a couple of questions. (When the question is “what are you going to do about Christian Extremists”, the answer has to be skilful.)

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From Big Government (reformatted, emphasis mine):

A new Gallup poll reveals that Barack Obama’s efforts to diminish pride among Americans in their heritage have resonated among Americans.  The poll, conducted from June 2-7, showed only 54% of respondents agreeing that they were “extremely proud” to be Americans, the lowest percentage in the 15 years Gallup has asked the question. In 2001, before the 9/11 attacks, the percentage rested at 55%, rising to 70% by 2003, but the percentage has vacillated between 58% and the current 54% ever since Barack Obama took office.

Twenty-seven percent of respondents claimed they were “very proud,” 14% only felt “moderately proud,” 45 asserted they were “only a little proud” and 1% boasted they were “not at all proud.”  Predictably, the percentage of Republicans who asserted they were “extremely proud” to be Americans was much higher than Democrats’; 67% of GOP adherents loved America deeply, while less than half of Democrats, a disappointing 47%, felt extremely proud of their country.

In another non-surprise, the older Americans were, the more likely they were to feel extremely proud of their country; 64% of those over 65 felt that way; 58% of those aged 50-64; 52.5% of the 30-49 age group, and only 43% of youngsters ages 18-29.

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H/T: Visual Bible Alive

(re: Bluto).  From Andrew Klaven: “Cowboy Up, Conservatives – And Happy Fourth

Recently I’ve been hearing a lot of conservatives saying things like, “It’s over. The left has won. This is no longer America. I’m not even going to celebrate the Fourth of July this year.” I confess this disturbs me. I expect feminists to squeal like hysterical little girls.

Second Kings, Chapter 6, contains one of my favorite Bible stories. The King of Aram (which was more or less Syria) is waging war against Israel. But every time he sets up an ambush, the prophet Elisha tips off the Israelites and they get away. Because Elisha is a prophet! So he knows what the Syrians are planning. Mightily ticked off, the Syrian king decides to take Elisha out. So he sends his army to surround the city of Dothan where Elisha is staying.

The next morning, Elisha’s servant steps outside, looks up and sees that the city is surrounded by Syrian horses and chariots. Panicked, he cries out to Elisha, “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?”

The prophet answers calmly, “Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

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 When Law Students Distrust The Police: “And here a peculiarly ironic dissonance arises. My students, for the most part, are a liberal bunch. That makes them, among other things, enthusiasts of the regulatory state. But if they increasingly mistrust the police, it’s hard to know who’s supposed to enforce all the shiny new laws they hope to enact.”

And given what we are seeing in Baltimore, New York, and other cities where the Progressive politicians are hindering, handcuffing and otherwise disparaging their police forces, who will indeed enforce the overarching and overgrabbing State of which is supposed to our glorious Utopia (of someone else’s design)?

(H/T: Instapundit)

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The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.

– John Adams,  Founding Father

 

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of the Constitution?I just read this piece by Myron Magnet at National Review – a short history of why self-government was so important to our Founders.  What struck me after reading is how fragile our Liberty is even with the SO high of an expense with which it has been bought through the centuries.  Yes, we consider it our birthright – but even with payments already, it demands even more.  These are the most salient ‘graphs from the post (emphasis mine):

The Founders believed that the purpose of government was to protect life, liberty, and property from what they called the depravity of human nature— from man’s innate capacity to do the kinds of violence that slave-owners, to take just one example, did every day. But government, they recognized, is a double-edged sword. You arm officials with the power to protect you; but those officials have the same fallen human nature as everyone else, so who is to say that they won’t use that power to oppress you, as European governments had oppressed the colonists’ forebears? From Pharaoh to Nero to the Stuart kings, history teems with examples of such despotic governments. Even the democratic republic the Founders created had to be run by imperfect men, and thus even it could turn into what Richard Henry Lee called an elective despotism. So the second great Founding idea is this: The mere fact that you elect representatives to govern you is no sure-fire guarantee of liberty. Or, as Madison saw it in Federalist No. 10: Taxation with representation can be tyranny.

Even if it is done with the “best of intentions” – elective despotism is still tyranny if it oversteps it bounds in “helping people” by taking away others’ freedoms.

This danger worried the Founders constantly,

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No show this week (Happy Independence day!) but if you missed this from last week…Regional AFP Director Mark Lucas joined us to discuss the Road to Reform, the Export-Import Bank, disappointment in Republicans after the elections and how and why you need to hold these elected officials accountable.

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GW A free people should be armed

After all, it was armed citizens that laid down their lives so that we could reap the benefits of Liberty.

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It’s July 4, 2015, and today’s festivities have a disappointing bittersweetness. Instead of a genuine celebration, they seem like more of a wistful memorial to the freedom that we once enjoyed. Just 239 years ago we won a hard-fought war of independence, but now we find ourselves under the thumb of globalists, statists, and internationalists. It is time to pluck a few chickens and warm up the tar pot. “

– James Rawles

(Via PackingNH)

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No GrokTALK! this morning but given the scheduling snafu we had with Rick Perry last week (we thought then, he thought today), we traveled down to Bedford for a real quick interview  with Rick Perry as he was getting ready to march in a couple of July 4 parades.  We (Mike and I) had the chance to meet up with him at his hotel:

He agreed to a longer, more detailed question oriented conversation on GrokTALK! a little bit down the campaign trail:

 

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In the tradition of the DCCC ruin Thanksgiving cheat sheet – the annual talking points memo from the “People’s Republic of Never Leave Anyone the-F Alone”, the HHS chapter of same has issued a 4th of July Fatwa to community organizers everywhere. “Tips for Talking to Your Family about the Affordable Care Act this Fourth of July.”

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(Hot Air) Hillsdale College sings America the Beautiful

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Revolt Against Nature

by Steve MacDonald July 3, 2015
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The Federalist | Gnostic Mysticism Grounds Modern Progressive Ideology … Marriage institutionalizes the reproductive system in the same way a restaurant or dinner table institutionalizes the digestive system. Again, cultural variances are granted, but the basic natural order of male sex organ depositing seed into female sex organ in order to propagate the species is simply […]

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Does Gov. Hassan Support the UCC Resolution Against Israel?

by Steve MacDonald July 3, 2015
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New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan is a proud member of the United Church of Christ (UCC), as are many New Hampshire Democrats. They are “proud” because the UCC functions primarily as a social justice community organizer, promoting left-wing dogma. Their on-line presence lists priorities that could just as easily be a bullet list of talking points […]

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And Obama, the Dems, and the Left

by Skip July 2, 2015

Note to the readers: trust me, Greece is just what the picture is showing.  Part of the fundamental transformation is turning the US into the same picture – expecting that someone else is going to take care of you from money taken from them by a Government that knows best how to allocate your wealth.  […]

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GrokTALK! – Conservative Business League of NH

by Steve MacDonald July 2, 2015
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In this segment we address some of the challenges and benefits of holding a caucus, then Jim explains what the Conservative Business League of NH does (CBL-NH), and its relationship to the 603 Alliance. Listen to the entire program here Follow us on YouTube,USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter …and take us with you oniTunes, iHeart Radio, […]

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Is Clinton Using Shaheen Ground Troops For Oppo on Sanders?

by Steve MacDonald July 2, 2015
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Seven Days Vermont is reporting on increase in traffic at the University of Vermont Library. Special Collections has a wealth of material on Bernie Sanders and “people” have been  expressing an interest in seeing it. Two individuals in particular spent some time prowling through the material. One of them, according to the article, was wearing […]

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Blog Observation – Now we know what our new Religion is

by Skip July 2, 2015

This from Ben Shapiro at Townhall (emphasis mine): No, the gay rights movement and the broader American left celebrated the same-sex marriage decision in wild fashion because the decision established two fundamental notions: First, that government has replaced God in the moral pantheon of the United States; second, that the new god-government has the power […]

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Blogline of the Day – unusable

by Skip July 2, 2015

“Apparently the only thing a women’s studies degree prepares one for is working for a university admissions office to promote that degree to other gullible students.” (H/T: Instapundit) Heh! The STEM techie and consultant bunch of bloggers at GraniteGrok concur.  Course, these precious snowflakes to tend to attack STEM folks for some perceived set of […]

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Speaking of being unusable, we’re back to the DC Republicans again

by Skip July 2, 2015

We’ve commented before that the Republicans CHOOSE not to attack the Democrats the way that the Democrats attack them – or are they just incapable of defending themselves (and, er, us) because they are just the equivalent of the proverbial 98 lb dorky schmucks who haven’t figured out how “lead” to save themselves?  Case in […]

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Notable Quote – Aaron Clarey?

by Skip July 1, 2015

Understand one simple thing about “socialism” “leftism” “liberalism” “communism” or whatever you want to call it. It is nothing more than the lazy of society demanding the hard working and industrious be their slaves. It is NOTHING more complicated than the parasites of society demanding the producers support and pay for them. I don’t care […]

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Bruce, Bruce, Bruce….how can you deny them??

by Skip July 1, 2015

It seems that commenter Bruce Currie took offense to my post that spotlighted Ted Olsen ( gay marriage lawyer), kept refusing to answer Chris Wallace’s question of does this Supreme Court decision open the door for polygamy (emphasis mine).  His comment was: “Polygamy is historically a feature of patriarchal societies in which women are treated as […]

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