On American Exceptionalism:

Ironically, the human-rights community understands a basic truth about the American historical and spiritual condition that too few others do—which is that while other states have survived and even prospered by a ruthless realpolitik of sorts, America, because it was born as a geographic bounty and also as an ideal, is nothing without both. Other nations may only represent themselves. But America must, to a certain reasonable extent, represent humanity—or at least aspire to. There have been periods where America has not done so, and there have been periods where it has tried too hard to do so. But what counts is the preservation of the tension between those two extremes. If the United States ever truly decided that its own good was no longer bound up anymore with the good of the world, then America’s reputation for power would begin to disintegrate in a way that it would not for another country. This is why the liberal world order that the United States has built in Europe and Asia since the Second World War signifies the culmination of the American experience. Though extending that world order much further might be beyond the capacity of the United States, simply retreating from it must lead to American decline. For while the interests of state, properly defined, lead to peace by respecting the interests of other states, alliances are much harder to maintain without declared values, and thus our values themselves are part of our strategic advantage.

Robert Kaplan

(H/T: Instapundit)

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Seacoast Online Caption Photo-Rich BeauchesneThe media has a thankless job for which we give them endless grief, almost all of it deserved. No, it’s not just the bias. Sometimes it’s the stupid stuff like this.

Hampton Beach is holding another Go Topless Day on August 26th. The picture leading the story has two women and a man in the foreground with the caption, “Women were supported by men around the shoreline of Hampton Beach on during Go Topless Day 2016.”

You nailed it. Men were at the beach “supporting women” who were topless.

I’m no expert, but I’m going to predict similar support again this year. I’m also predicting a surge in the sale of sunglasses.

The second goof up comes with a strong language warning. Something the editors at the Union Leader should heed because it is their screw up.

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Just leaving this here: food for thought, courtesy of a story in today’s Union Leader about therapeutic gene editing using human embryos.

“The way they have dodged some ethical considerations is that they didn’t go on to have that embryo grow into a person.” 

Perhaps that sentence doesn’t set off any alarms for you. It sure does for me.

Full article here.

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“I think the gap in the country right now is that deep and that real. I think the people on the left have a radically different vision of America’s future than traditional Americans. And I think there’s a small element on the right – which has been there for a long time – which is genuinely crazy.

And let me say this, as a historian, Nazism was an anti-Christian, totalitarian, anti-Semitic evil. Any person who tells you that they are a neo-Nazi is telling you they’re signing up for evil. And I think we have every right as a country to decide that we’ll do everything we can to make it impossible to have an effective Nazi movement in this country, just as we should have an effective anti-Ku Klux Klan movement, which is focused, in a way, against Americans.”

-Newt Gingrich (former Speaker of the US House, Professor, Historian, author, speaker)

(H/T: Fox News)

Always remember, Nazi  was the abbreviation of Nationalsozialist – National Socialism.  A creature of the Left and not the Right.

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Any movement that burns tiki torches but doesn’t serve Mai-Tais is clearly on the wrong track.”

(H/T: Instapundit)

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“Mr. President, do you want the support of these white nationalists groups that say that they support you? Mr. President? Have you denounced strongly enough?”

– Female report at Presser, Meet the Press 0:07

Industrial workers of the world flagIt takes at least two sides to create a conflict. Not one, two.  Watching the Sunday shows you might believe that only one side was in Charlotteville, VA this past weekend.  The reporting concentrated on the KKK as a whole and neo-Nazis from whatever groups they happened to belong.  Just one side.

On This Week with Georgie George Stephanopoulos, there was not one mention of AntiFA or as you can see with the flags the Industrial Workers of the World group; one of a number of Socialist groups from the Left that ALWAYS seem to have a presence when violence is around.  Yet, he and his reporters and panel member just called them “counter protesters.” I guess Georgie forgot all about the Berkeley riots, the Oakland riots, and the Portland riots, eh?

Whitewash much?

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Jim Kofalt and Diane Bitter on GALJim Kofalt and Diane Bitter of the 603 Alliance joined me on Girard at Large this morning to talk about Initiative 18, an ambitious program to recruit and train candidates for the New Hampshire House for the 2018 Elections.

We talked about tools, training, and coordinating with other groups, as well as some of the challenges the program hopes to overcome on the way to securing future Republican Majorities in the New Hampshire House.

Part 2 …
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Lisa Benson, Climate, Global Warming, HumorWarmists and Cultists will pshaw.

In 1999, the National Academy of Sciences, the research arm of the National Research Council, released a study expressing concern about the accuracy of the data used in the debate over climate change. They said there are,

“Deficiencies in the accuracy, quality and continuity of the records,” that “place serious limitations on the confidence that can be placed in the research results.”

Watts Up With That has the list of scientists who came to this conclusion decades ago, many of whom then proceeded to rubber stamp IPCC conclusions drawn from the same data.

There’s plenty more at the link, not that any of it will dissuade the true believers.

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Eva Castillo-TurgeonIn one of several great segments from my stint guest-hosting Girard at Large this morning Eva Castillo-Sturgeon tells us about how Venezuela, which is her native country, has transitioned from the only thriving Democracy in South America to the crumbling socialist wreck it is today.

Susan Olsen and Bob Clegg guest-host with me. Please, take a few minutes to hear what Eva has to say.

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SHOT: (WMUR) former US Senator Gordon Humphrey (then R-NH)

“I think the man, frankly, suffers from mental illness.  I think he is unfit to be President”

Humphrey is calling for the president to be declared mentally incapacitated by a panel of doctors and stripped of his executive powers under the 25th Amendment. “I think the man, frankly, suffers from mental illness,” Humphrey said. “I think he is unfit to be president.” The former Republican senator fears Trump is putting the U.S. on a course toward nuclear war with North Korea. “This man is dangerous to our safety. He could cause the deaths of millions by his recklessness and his insane conduct,” Humphrey said.

CHASER: Charlie Martin:

Donald J Trump is President. Really. Won it fair and square, he was inaugurated seven — almost eight — months ago, and very probably is going to be President for another three and a half years.

Minimum.

So, now, children, let’s calm down. All of you people over there saying Trump is unqualified and should be removed? Give it up. He’s qualified by the only qualification that matters: he is over 35, he is a native US citizen, and he won the damned election. The Constitution doesn’t have a clause in it for removal by vote of the media, or because his political opponents don’t like him. The only reason he can be removed Constitutionally is if someone finds high crimes and misdemeanors.

I am getting the impression that we could be at Nov 7, 2020 and the No-Trumpers like Read the whole thing!

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Kevin KervickA quick laundry list of methods by which leftist’s try to silence speech they oppose.

Follow Kevin on YouTube

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Binge_Drinking_College_Students_HAPPIER_Study_Did you know that New Hampshire law forbids initiating sex with someone under the influence of drugs and alcohol? That’s what it says on the “About Alcohol” header of the UNH Consent and Bystander Intervention” page, which reads,

Alcohol or drugs are often used as a tool for sexual assault.  UNH policy and New Hampshire law forbid initiating sex with a person who is incapacitated by the use of alcohol or drugs.

The first statement is very true; the second one is a bit misleading.

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girard-at-large-logo-p300-2011-trans (1)Tomorrow morning from 6-9 am Eastern Time I will be guest-hosting the Girard at Large Radio Program on 90.7 FM, WLMW.

Susan Olsen and Bob Clegg are along for the ride with Guests Eva Castillo-Turgeon (The ins-and-outs of Immigration), Jim Kofalt and Diane Bitter (603 Alliance -Initiative 18), Kimberly Morin (Politically Buzzed), and whatever else crosses our minds in between.

Please make time to check us out as we kick off two weeks of guest-hosts on Girard at Large.

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Kevin D. Williamson -- Credit his Twitter feed.

Kevin D. Williamson — Credit his Twitter feed.

In one of my favorite podcasts “Mad Dogs and Englishmen”, Kevin D. Williamson said something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time but could never quite get out very well. So, of course, Kevin being Kevin, voiced it in a much more succinct and intelligent way than anything I would have come up with. He’s going to write an essay on this at some point, and I can’t wait to read it.

A lot of people, including conservatives, put a big premium and a lot of value on things like unity, on things like having a strong sense of national purpose. I’m not sure I like any of those things. I’m not sure society needs to be unified. I think that we’re a big country with a lot of different kinds of people. There’s a reason we had thirteen different colonies to start with because the puritans up in Boston weren’t very much like the quakers down in Philadelphia. And we’re much more different than we were then. And we don’t need this, you know, magnificence. We don’t need this unity and this sense of grand historical purpose. What we need is a government that basically defends the borders, collects the taxes, adjudicate disputes, keeps the peace, and runs an army to the extent that it needs to. And you don’t need a great national mythology, a great national sense of purpose, a great movement of social unity to get any of that stuff done. — Kevin D. Williamson

 

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womans-hands-on-prison-cell-barsFat Studies or Weight-Based Oppression could be the new Social Justice Belle of the Ball.

At Princeton,

This seminar investigates discourses and politics around the fat body from a performance studies perspective,” the course description states. “How does this ‘f-word’ discipline and regulate bodies in/as public? How do dancers reveal these politics with special clarity? How might fat be a liberating counter-performance?”

What about the adverse social effects of the war on obesity?

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Empty football fieldJonah Goldberg provides a glimpse into one of the better reasons for perseverance at this often-thankless blogging hobby. It’s our frick’n culture too.

I’ve been arguing for 20 years that conservatives need to give up on the idea that we should set up a “parallel culture” for the simple reason that it’s our frick’n culture too. Ceding the commanding heights of our society — Hollywood, universities, journalism, etc. — to the Left is exactly what the Left wants us to do. But at least that argument was about tactics, not ideology. Now the new nationalists are taking this argument to its natural conclusion. And in the process, they’re shedding anything that can rightly be called conservative.  –Jonah Goldberg, G-File

Nature abhors a vacuum so if we don’t make a case for constitutional conservatism and conservatarianism in New Hampshire someone else might. And that might not be constitutional conservatism at all.

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You’ve heard the characterization of those serving in the National Guard as weekend warriors or Harley Riders as weekend warriors.  Now, the Washington Post gives you: Anarchists as weekend warriors!

I’m not kidding. I’ll start with a tweet by satirist @iowahawkblog:

I just read the Wapo article. The funny thing is the tone of the peace is so tender and gentle, as if they were stroking a cute wittle kitten. Even though they’re talking about, you know rioting, setting stuff on fire, brawls. But it’s all in the name of anti-Trump that it’s, like, cool.

But outside their 9-to-5 jobs, they call themselves anarchists — bucking the system, shunning the government and sometimes even rioting and smashing windows to make a point.

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Burning USS Raleigh on NH State FlagBreaking news from Girard at Large,

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has proposed to eliminate the Medicaid rule that prohibits the program from funding sex reassignment surgeries.  Disturbingly, while the proposed rule change hasn’t even been heard yet, Girard at Large has obtained a letter sent by the department directly to a minor child enrolled in the NH Healthy Families program.  The child to whom this letter was addressed is 11 years old.

According to information contained on the department’s Rulemaking Notice Form:

This proposal amends the rule, by deleting paragraph (g), to remove the categorical prohibition of coverage of gender reassignment surgery.

Taxpayer funded sexual reassignment surgery. I wonder who’ll get behind that?

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Media Noise Ignored

by Scott Morales August 11, 2017

Sleep was just another opportunity to feel like a Bolshevik. But that is what they want, the believers, the steely ones, that is what they live for: the politicization of sleep. They want politics to be going on everywhere all the time, politics permanent and circumambient. They want the ubiquitization of politics; they want the […]

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White student wins vindication at Evergreen State College

by GrokWatch News Desk August 11, 2017

Contributor: Kevin Kervick A white student at Evergreen State College filed a bias report against the university after he was asked to change his seat because he is white. The bias investigator recently ruled that his case had merit. This is a victory for common sense. Follow Kevin on YouTube

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Poll: Gov. Chris Sununu Has New Hampshire Pointed in the Right Direction

by Steve MacDonald August 11, 2017

The University of New Hampshire Survey Center’s most recent Granite State Poll shows Governor Chris Sununu with high approval ratings after his first seven months in office. And,  “Nearly three in four Granite Staters feel the state is headed in the right direction, the highest percentage in a decade.” …

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Even in a faux “marketplace”, people can still vote with their dollars

by Skip August 10, 2017

Given that I just came home from the Americans For Prosperity NH’s (AFP) Tax Reform meeting at Pittman’s Freight Room in Laconia, this is appropriate.  I’ve said for years now that a free marketplace is one where people make decisions that benefit their own self-interest; if something does not add value to their lives, they […]

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She’s wrong

by Skip August 10, 2017

LEGISLATOR TO ANDREW CUOMO: ““You look at me, Mr. Governor, but you don’t see me. You see my black skin and a woman.” No, he doesn’t see your black skin and that you are a woman.  After over a decade of watching politicians evaluating situations, you know what he sees? He sees you in terms of […]

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Notable Quote – Lt. Col Ralph Peters (ret.)

by Skip August 10, 2017

On a piece titled “Here’s how to take out North Korea’s nukes“, this caught my eye.  I believe it to be true (emphasis mine): …I fear we’ve forgotten what war means. That fear reached a peak a decade ago when American generals blithely repeated the indefensible claim that “counterinsurgency is warfare at the graduate-school level.” […]

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“Former NSA experts say it was an inside job by someone with access to the DNC’s system.”

by Steve MacDonald August 10, 2017

From The Nation, a little bait for the big fish to nibble on, with a huge hook in it. There was no hack of the Democratic National Committee’s system on July 5 last year—not by the Russians, not by anyone else. Hard science now demonstrates it was a leak—a download executed locally with a memory […]

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Dems Got Friends In Low Places…

by Mike August 10, 2017

…And they’re not big on social graces*… The old saying “can’t see the woods for the trees,” well, Mueller can’t see the swamp for all the corrupt Dems in it. Comey getting himself fired so his handlers could insist on appointing his even more corrupt friend, Mueller as Special Counsel was designed to keep “The […]

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Why Colin Kaepernick Doesn’t Have a Job

by Steve MacDonald August 10, 2017

New Hampshire Public radio has a lengthy “report” about why former Quarterback Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job. They quote players, experts, and none of them ever gets to the actual point of the problem. A situation that anyone who has every worn a uniform as part of their job ought to understand. You can’t just do […]

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Hiring Freeze Results in 9,000 Fewer Federal Employees in First 6-months

by Steve MacDonald August 10, 2017

The Washington Times is reporting that President Trumps’ hiring freeze has resulted in 9,000 fewer Federal employees in the first 6-months. Mr. Trump ordered the hiring freeze on his first day in office and embarked on the most ambitious agenda to shrink government since Ronald Reagan. His early success, although modest, is a testament to […]

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