Benjamin Tasker
Benjamin Tasker 11:22am Oct 21
I have an open forum with Shurtleff tonight 7-7:30 at Penacook Community Center, 76 Community Dr. Please come if you can!

 

Also, from Citizens for a Strong NH -  (Sign waves and protests)

Tuesday- 5:00pm Shaheen Protest Captial Center for the Arts-Concord

                5:00pm Shea Porter Protest WBIN-Concord

Wednesday- 7:00am Maggie Hassan Rivier University, Outside the traffic circle next to Hayward’s

                     7:00am Carol Shea Porter, NHIOP

                     5:00pm WBIN Maggie Hassan

Thursday- 5:00pm WBIN Shaheen

Friday- 7:00am  Maggie Hassan Derryfield –Manchester

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Michelle Obama - Jeanne Shaheen Vote with Obama percent of the timeJeanne Shaheen’s political legacy will be built on making health care more expensive and more difficult to get.  What she did to New Hampshire was bad enough.  But then Democrats sent to her Washington so she could double down on failure.  Aaaannnnd She did.

Patricia Wanderlich, a Chicago-area resident, experienced a life-threatening brain hemorrhage three years ago and has an aneurysm. Her (ObamaCare) health plan, however, comes with a hefty $6,000 deductible. Rather than pay for a much-needed yearly brain scan to monitor her condition, Wanderlich is going without. “To spend thousands of dollars just making sure it hasn’t grown?” she told The Times. “I don’t have that money.”

Read the whole thing!

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And read the post about the WTF winner here.

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Unions - Proud Owners Of The Democrat Party

Unions – Proud Owners Of The Democrat Party

On Union Discipline and Employee Rights

Unfortunately, most employees do not know or clearly understand their choices and legal alternatives vis-a-vis the union. On the one hand, it is common knowledge that employees have the right to join and assist unions. Less well known, however, is employees’ right to refrain from supporting the union. This “right to refrain” includes: a) the right to refrain from joining the union in the first place;(3) b) the right to resign from union membership at any time, and thereby escape any post-resignation internal union fines or discipline;(4) and c) the right to stop paying full union dues and instead pay only a reduced “financial core fee” which excludes the union’s political and non-collective bargaining expenditures.(5) Unfortunately, many employees are misled into believing, either tacitly or through outright misrepresentations, that they are required as a condition of employment to join the union and pay full dues as a condition of employment.(6) Read the whole thing!

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Fallen Messiah? (Hudson NH Republican Comittee)

Fallen Messiah?
(Hudson NH Republican Comittee)

You can’t make this stuff up – as we discussed in our opening segment on Saturday, Senatorial Candidate, Alison Lundergan-Grimes (D, KY) denied her messiah more than three times during an editorial board interview, refusing point blank to answer whether she’d ever voted for Obama!

Oh, how far the mighty have fallen! It is rumored that the “inexperienced” Palin still draws and holds a good crowd, six years after she exploded onto the conservative scene, but but “The One We’ve Been Waiting For” wasn’t even worth waiting out as he began his stump speech in Maryland yesterday – the crowd of Democrat faithful began leaving as soon as he began speaking!

Hey, Barry, care to come and stump for Jeannie or Maggie??

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“A charlatan makes obscure what is clear; a thinker makes clear what is obscure.” — Hugh Kingsmill

Chief Ron Boisvert, Facebook Voyeur

Chief Ron Boisvert, Facebook Voyeur

Watervliet, NY Police Chief Ron Boisvert asks applicants to logon to their facebook accounts, then peruses visited pages…  New York…The “Empire State.” Known to be one of the most restrictive and confusing places to own, possess firearms. A place where the second amendment is tenuous.

Robert Farago, writing for, The Truth About Guns, called Chief Boisvert. Boisvert told Farago he uses the form to gather the applicant’s Facebook deets  Read the whole thing!

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Careening off the beaten path of conservatism.

Careening off the beaten path of conservatism.

Sorry, but here at the ‘Grok, if you tell us one thing during your campaign for office (adamantly anti-Illegal Alien Amnesty) and then flip on the issue for no discernable reason (other than what the picture shows to your left) (yes, she was then for it after being against it), we tend to take notice – and are keeping our flashlights on.  You see (like we are trying to educate Ed Mosca about), Principles matter to us – a LOT!  What IS the principle for you, Kelly?  Is it a strong one, resting on Granite?  Or the wind of political expediency?  After all, strong words AGAINST before election against, then strong words FOR a bit down the track.

But then when our Southern Border started looking like chicken wire, your Amnesty words fell silent.  You see, Kelly, we promised to watch – and listen.  Silence SHOUTS loudly.

Fast forward to today and the news that President Obama is granting Executive Illegal Alien Amnesty to 100,000 Haitians that aren’t even here yet – but will be soon based on Chain Migration.  Is this the kind of droids Amnesty you are looking for, Kelly?

Oh, and the news that President Obama is about to grant green cards to ANOTHER 34,000,000 Illegal Aliens?

USCIS Contracting will be posting a solicitation for the requirement of Card Stock used by the USCIS Document Management Division. The objective of this procurement is to provide card consumables for the Document Management Division (DMD) that will be used to produce Permanent Resident Cards (PRC) and Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards. The requirement is for an estimated 4 million cards annually with the potential to buy as many as 34 million cards total

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Changing the Paradigm: not just for a “win” but as an extremely valuable part of Speech concerning one’s values

Winning is merely a precursor; it is what is done afterwards that is most important

How often, as we stroll through life, are we insistent that things be “just barely good enough” or are willing to settle for even less?  Do we step up to the shopkeeper’s counter and roundly demand “give me something that doesn’t rise to excellence – sorta ok is swell with me.  Oh, and spare no price in doing so”!  Hardly.  We do not willingly settle for that which does not perform up to the task – or breaks under pressure.

No, we expect things to work, function, or taste to high standards (and if one is very well off, that “spare no price” really comes into play).  No, we do demand and expect the best that we can. Our standards in our personal lives (for most people)  are that once having expended time, talent, and money, that what we obtain will actually do the job for which it is specified.  It should work well, wear well, or taste well.  We expect our relationships with friends and acquaintances be healthy and satisfying.

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Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”

- John Quincy Adams, President of the United States

Stark and LangdonBut then again, Ed Mosca is also one that is rhetorical screaming that some of us are valuing our votes more than he (no, I’m not going to link to his badly done satire).  While his post takes a whack at us and our friends seems clever on one level, it shows clearly how “Republican Republicans simply for the sake of the Republican Party” have fallen off the wagon.  They fail the important test:

Winning is merely a precursor; what is done afterwards is the most important

If any group (outside of, perhaps, sports) concentrate on winning, they have hollowed themselves out.  How’s those actions doing for us, eh Ed, – where Republicans WON and and then pushed FORWARD! Democrat agenda issues?

  • Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion – sponsored by and voted into force by NH State Senate Republicans .
  • Broad based gas tax raised (instead of doing the hard work of fixing the Highway Fund) – sponsored by and voted into force by NH State Senate Republicans.
  • And adding to the difficulty (and thus silencing) political speech (SB120)  – sponsored by and voted into force by NH State Senate Republicans.

Yeah, that’s what happens when Republicans win and then operate without principles.  You want more of that, Ed?  You just vote for that Republican that voted with the Democrats 62% of the time his last year, who has made it quite clear, time after time, that he will be “Independent” from the Republican Party.  And remember, this NH Senate race isn’t even considered that important to winning back Senate control - coming in well out of the top 10.

 

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GrokTALK!Segment one, in typical GrokTALK! fashion, touches on a whirlwind of topics in rapid succession.  Obama’s disciples deny him three times, at least.  How the Diversity officer at Wellesley can’t be too diverse, Grabby Giffords, the Communist endorsement of Shaheen, Shea-Porter ad Komrade Kuster, Village Idiot Carol Shea-Porter’s opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline and the left’s curious investment in trains (which would not be moving oil if Keystone were built.  It’s on to Al Gore’s daddy and his dirty energy millions, Al Jazeera, Obama doctrine, and cleaning up after Ebola.

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droughtCalifornia’ ‘experts’ have been wasting money on bullet-trains and solar farms, when they should have been building desalinization plants.  But how could they know?  The science and computer models the liberals in politics, the education establishment, and media insist are gospel contradict themselves if they don’t just get it wrong…

So some climate models say that daily precipitation intensity (in California) will increase and others say it will decrease. In other words, the climate science community is clueless about what the future might bring for west coast precipitation.

Some might say that climatologists for the State of California and other west coast states have been hampered by climate science. It’s tough to make recommendations to state and local governments for long-term planning when the climate science community provides them with nothing to work with.

Is California prepared for a drought that lasts multiple decades or even centuries?

The history suggests that this is very possible, and just as likely, and the obvious answer to the question is, Hell no!

Read the whole thing!

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A short policy perspective that gives a definitive answer to the question: Who Are the Racists: Conservatives or Liberals?

Prager U

 

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Not that long ago, when given the opportunity to keep hundreds of millions of dollars annually from leaving New Hampshire, Jeanne Shaheen, Barack Obama’s Senate envoy to New Hampshire, voted to back the plundering pirates from Washington over state and local control…of transportation dollars.

Which party is it that demands a steady increase in taxpayer-tithing to the “Crying Temple for Crumbling Roads and Bridges”?  That would be Democrats.  But given the opportunity to pump hundreds of millions back into the hands of state and local government (year after year) to address transportation infrastructure based on local priorities, Jeanne Shaheen sent a message; she does not trust you with your her money.

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Obama last shred of credibilityAnd these are just a few recent examples.  From Patterico…

We saw recently that Obama is mad about how the feds are handling Ebola:

“It’s not tight,” a visibly angry Mr. Obama said of the response, according to people briefed on the meeting. He told aides they needed to get ahead of events and demanded a more hands-on approach, particularly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “He was not satisfied with the response,” a senior official said.

I thought I would review some other stuff he’s been mad about.

He was mad about the IRS Scandal:

Americans have a right to be angry about it, and I’m angry about it,” Obama said.

“It should not matter what political stripe you’re from. The fact of the matter is, the IRS has to operate with absolute integrity,” the president said.

He was mad about the ObamaCare rollout: Read the whole thing!

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Ebola USMeet President Obama’s Eblola ‘Flack’ jacket.

Ron Klain is a sharp-elbowed Democratic political operative with no medical expertise. Tapping him as “Ebola czar” may not be the president’s best move when, as it is, no one can believe a word the Obama administration says. And that’s not just because Mr. Klain is yet another lobbyist recruited despite Mr. Obama’s vow that his administration would shun lobbyists.

Klain was also a central player in the president’s Solyndra fraud, which soaked taxpayers for over half a billion dollars for the benefit of Obama cronies.

His only purpose is to do speeches and interviews so Obama can go back to fundraising and golf.  He is just another policy ‘bodyguard’ who will create another budget, which will be grossly over-funded, wildly mismanaged, and that could never be large enough to meet the task at hand because the task at hand is not defeating or contain Ebola.  The task at hand is containing the damage that Ebola could do to Obama and Democrats.

 

NRO

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H/T Powerline

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ScottBrown4We’ve talked / blogged that we at GraniteGrok keep getting yelled at for not being behind the NH GOP push for Scott Brown.  Look, we just don’t think that he’s the right Republican guy for the job simply because he’s wishy-washy on OUR important issues – and those are not fringe ones but main stream Republican ones.  Simply hearing him proclaim that he’s the “Anti-Shaheen” and the only one that can beat her doesn’t make it – we’ve grown weary of listening to politicians whose words don’t match their actions.  We demand Champions, not second / third / fourth losers.  We have researched his voting records and they simply come up real short.

We also keep getting told that we HAVE to vote for Scott Brown to get rid of Harry Reid as the US Senate Majority Leader.  Read the whole thing!

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Harry Reid ObstructionistThe Democrats always point to the Republican controlled US House of Representatives when they utter the words “Obstructionists!!!”.  In this, they absolutely depend on the LIVs – Low Information Voters whose knowledge of current political events is as deep as the last 30 second sound bite that passes through their right ear and out their Left one.  The Dems absolutely are sure that none of them would actually stop and go “Really”?  If they did, well:

(H/T: Liberal Logic 101)

 

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CheGuevaraCoolWe see his face on T-shirts all the time (especially on college campuses) as examples of “Communist Chic”.  Viva la Revolucion! Problem is, he words quite pithily sum up the Left’s philosophy and THAT we should never forget:

“We reject any peaceful approach. Violence is inevitable. To establish socialism, rivers of blood must flow.”

- Che Guevara, Communist / Socialist, Cuban murderer

Unfortunately, our “Liberals” have gone illiberal with respect to true Western Liberalism theory – instead, they drift evermore towards the foundation expressed above.  All one has to do is see how speakers that vary from the political correctness orthodoxy (e.g, Cultural Marxism) are treated on campuses – yelled at, screamed at, disrupted and otherwise not allowed to enjoy Western Liberalism’s pillar of Free Speech (and on what used to be the norm, the display and discussion of varying ideas) if not outright kicked off campus before speaking.  And we see the Militant Gay Agenda in full force against people that disagree with them (e.g., Brendan Eich as just one example).

“This day brings awareness to the negative effects of socialism and what the ultimate goal of socialism is—conformity or death.”

(H/T: Townhall)

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“In other words, the safety of the American people takes second place to the goal of helping people overseas.”

“…may be overlooking the possibility that he has different priorities than the protection of the American people and America’s interests as a nation

To recap: Erick Erickson’s Obama theorem:

  1. The world will be more safe if the United States is less safe.
  2. The world will be more stable if the United States is less stable.
  3. Act against one and two only when polling demands it and only then in a way that does not actually undermine one and two.

Professor Thomas Sowell (Ph.D Economics), a well respected economist and political commentator (e.g., not someone given to wild antics)  goes into a bit more depth using this worldwide scare of Ebola that we now find ourselves (reformatted, emphasis mine):

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is both a danger in itself and a wake-up call for Americans — about President Obama, about the institutions of this country and, most important, about ourselves.There was a time when an outbreak of a deadly disease overseas would bring virtually unanimous agreement that our top priority should be to keep it overseas. Yet Barack Obama has refused to bar entry to the United States by people from countries where the Ebola epidemic rages, as Britain has done. Read the whole thing!

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Non-Resident Democrat Voters Trash Keene, New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald October 19, 2014
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Keen State College, one home of the out-of-state non-resident Democrat vote machine, practices left-wing, anti-globalist tactics, then does it again. While the afternoon portion of the Keene Pumpkin Festival was going on downtown on Main Street, Winchester Court became the gathering place for hundreds of KSC students and their friends. See also: out-of-state tuition paying […]

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We Need Your Help

by Steve MacDonald October 19, 2014
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We offer several ways for you to listen to GrokTALK!, but we appear to have been under-promoting our association with iHeart Radio, and we’d like your help. Please follow this link to the iHeart Radio page for GrokTALK! (it comes up as the Steve MacDonald show – long story but I never figured out how […]

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NH’s Exec Branch Does Its Impression of Dr. Carl Sagan With Your Money

by Steve MacDonald October 19, 2014
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Charlie Arlinghaus Instead, right now – before the election – everyone who wants to help control the budget and our current spending problem should tell us their target for spending. Last fiscal year was $5 billion. Do you intend to increase that amount? Will the current tax rates support any increase or do you have […]

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Her Radiance THINKS

by Susan Olsen October 19, 2014

Contrast and compare…. “I think people have a Second Amendment right to own weapons and defend themselves and understand that people enjoy the recreation of hunting, and so I think it’s really important as we respect that right to also think about ways consistent with the Second Amendment rights where we can make our communities […]

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We must be in Disneyland, right?

by Skip October 19, 2014

Sure feels like we’ve been Mickey Moused…. (H/T: Powerline)

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Remember: Obamacare was supposed to SAVE us $2500 in premium cost per year…

by Skip October 18, 2014

Expired: Gosh, maybe there WAS a reason why Seattle raised their minimum wage – but doubt that will help much    

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From this morning’s GrokTALK! – readings from the blogosphere Part 2

by Skip October 18, 2014

I also brought this up during GrokTALK! this morning: Be honest — which guy do you really feel would do a better job protecting us from a viral epidemic? pic.twitter.com/lesxAkxs8a — Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) October 17, 2014

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LA Governor Bobby Jindal lays the smackdown on Obama

by Skip October 18, 2014

Four Tweets to do a COMPLETE Flaying and dismembership of “Obama-ism.  This will be a classic for quite some time to come: Stage 1 of Obama Crisis Management: Don’t worry, I got this. — Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) October 18, 2014 Stage 2 of Obama Crisis Management: I'm so mad. — Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) […]

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From a lesbian mayor suing Pastors for their sermons; now Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is suing Ministers for practicing their faith??

by Skip October 18, 2014

There is no “tolerance” in the militant gay movement – there can only be acceptance (even if forced). President Obama’s Obamacare Mandate is forcing Christian companies to provide abortifaciants in their healthcare policies against their religious beliefs and conscious – this is Tyranny in which Government decides what thought is allowed – and what is […]

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From this morning’s GrokTALK! – readings from the blogosphere Part 1

by Skip October 18, 2014

The base reference was here: Oh Goody – Obama wants to import Ebola diseased illegal immigrants (and have us pay for them?) that I put up last night.  This morning I ran across this post from Erick Erickson at RedState that explains it – and a lot of other actions as well: Remember My Obama Theorem […]

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