Jeh JohnsonJeh Johnson (former Obama Secretary of DHS) (emphasis mine, reformatted):

Johnson argued on CNN’s “New Day” that Trump’s tone toward illegal immigrants has made those in Central America and Mexico afraid to enter the U.S., and the people would rather stay in their home countries instead of risking an illegal entrance. “Through his rhetoric, he scared off a lot of women and children in Central America who’d rather stay in their desperate circumstances or just migrate to Mexico and stop there,” Johnson said. “But these are really desperate women and children, women with babies in their arms, who are trying to flee the poverty and violence in the countries they left.”

Oh, the horror!  And the lie.  The Obama Administration basically said “Olly olly in come free” to just about anyone coming across our southern border (e.g., Alinsky’s taking for the Have-nots).  What else can you say that they’d take unaccompanied children and ship them off to relatives / friends / predators somewhere in the US?  Or bring others in front of an immigration judge, get issued a date to appear in court – and then scamper off never to be seen again?

Yessir – that word got around real quick – the carpet is rolled out, the door bell is working, and the door is wide open.  No, sir, they DIDN’T just stop in Mexico as we saw a tide of illegal immigration rivaling that invading Europe.

I also dryly note the old hackneyed Democrat propaganda of using

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“When a culture is invaded and occupied, the first thing the occupiers do is take over the education of children (sometimes by force), the means of disseminating news (there is a reason we joke about invaders taking radio and TV stations first), the cultural life of the country including entertainment. All of these mechanisms are turned to giving the children of the occupied land the idea that their occupiers are in fact redeemers, and that the old culture was not only weaker but objectively worse than that of the occupiers.”

Sara Hoyt (writer, blogger)

And if you don’t “get it” from the above, go read the ENTIRE post at the above link.

(H/T: Instapundit)

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Spineless-GOP

Sorry, trick question; they are all the same.

(H/T: Powerline)

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“When a huge set wave nearly trapped the safety boat in the impact zone at Jeffreys Bay, they skillfully skirted disaster by ripping their way across the big green wall. #WSL #jbay”

This boat just “drifted” across that wave face!

(H/T: LIKECOOL)

 

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Papa JohnsYeah….er no, the Democrats aren’t going into the pizza business.  But can Papa Johns’s go after them for “re-purposing” their corporate tagline: ?Better Ingredients, Better Pizza”?  I remember when that came out – after a slump in their business, they went back to basics, back to the beginning, to improve their product.

So what did the Democrats come up with?  Well, like the socialists they are, they “borrowed” the form (if not the substance) of Papa Johns:

“A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages”

I guess it was a tad touch better than what the DCCC came up with (really!): “Democrats 2018: Have you seen the other guys?”.  Well, seeing that the Dems lost the House, lost the Senate, lost the Presidency, lost most of the governorships, and the vast majority of the State legislative seats, it seems that We The People looked – and saw Zombies coming at them and reacted.

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bjorn-lomborg-wsjBjorn Lomborg is a warmist. He’s a climate change guy who buys into the CO2 and man are warming the earth thing, and he’s convinced it matters. But he’s also about doing things that have value to address “the problem, ” and if you’ve been paying attention, he thinks the entire Paris Climate Accord is a nothing-burger PR stunt that will waste trillions of dollars over the next decade and a half for no measurable gains. Money better spent on useful things that might produce “results.”

To that end, he’s got a message for California Governor Jerry Brown that’s just as relevant to the mayors around New Hampshire who are clinging to the useless climate accord. Read the whole thing!

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New Hampshire Map - Cropped

People from New Hampshire are often referred to as Granite Staters. This is the Granite State, so that makes sense.

People from New Hampshire in the constant pursuit of expanding government power and spending more and more of other peoples money–those would be Progressives in general, Democrats specifically, and the increasing number of radical leftists running that party–could be referred to as Grabbit Staters.

It’s a more viable option than greedy plunder-monkeys, d-bags, or #$%!!)*%#!!#@,  which doesn’t always go over well in polite company but is what you want to say. Let’s just call this the same thing.

If you want to be more specific, call them Demorrhoid Grabbit Staters which differentiates them from RINO Grabbit Staters.

Or don’t, I’m just throwing it out there on an otherwise slow content day here at the Grok.

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John CornynFamously said by then US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.  I guess this is fair – if the Democrats did it, then so can the Republicans (said no one – EVER!), so US Senator John Cornyn decided to go there.  Seriously – no sense of history?

The Texas Republican said that members should vote for the motion to proceed to debate because there can be endless amendments to the bill. The senator was then asked if senators should know what the plan is before they vote on it.

That’s a luxury we don’t have,” Cornyn responded.

For years, the Republican base has thrown that back at the Democrats and Pelosi. Great going, Cornyn, you’ve just memed yourself.

For years, the Republican base has cried out “Read the bill!  Read the bill!” – and Democrats excoriated those of us that simply said “Do your job – read the bill”.  Hey, if you are a legislator, aren’t you SUPPOSED to know what you are voting on???

Sheesh.  This seems about the capability of the Rs right now – proving the “doomed to repeat it” is true.

(H/T: Washington Examiner)

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hater app MapHere’s a dating app for you. It’s called Hater. It operates under the premise that people who hate the same things are more likely to form a strong bond. So much for NOH8, right, because dollars to doughnuts says the overwhelming majority of users are probably those enlightened, progressive, hate-filled inclusive diversity morons who preach a life without hate. The ones who increasingly find that pouring milk into a bowl of cereal is too much work.

Yeah, them.

Hater asks people to give their thoughts on a wide range of things so it can work its dark magic. In doing so, it has collected a glimpse of what the app’s users in each state “hate the most.”

Most of Massachusetts hate Eli Manning while the Cape and the Islands hate Middle America. Mainers hate ‘Boys Night,’ Vermont “hates waiting in line,” and in New Hampshire, they hate God the most.

Given that the Granite State is about as Godless a place as you’ll find in America, that doesn’t surprise me.

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We know we are violating numerous constitutional rights here, but if you do not comply, we will remove the boy from your home,” the judge said.

we the people - ConstitutionThis comes home to me – it’s very personal as I am living this same story.  I can’t go into detail (at least right now) for fear of being charged with a misdemeanor (yeah, a gag order), but I know EXACTLY how and what this prior Marine, who simply is continuing to be a Marine in trying to do the right thing, is going through right now.  But imagine that – a JUDGE, for God’s sake, an officer of the Court, knowingly stating that he doesn’t care about Constitutional Rights.  Blatantly, as the story goes, the State is all too willing to use a young child as a political battering ram simply for an anti-gun animus. As I have said over the years, I generally never just repost someone’s entire post but this one mirrors my life the last two years (and it takes that long) but here it is (reformatted, emphasis mine):

On Monday, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) filed a lawsuit against Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) for impeding on foster and adoptive parents’ Second Amendment rights. SAF filed the lawsuit on behalf of two couples: William and Jill Johnson and Brian and Naomi Mason.

The Johnsons were going to take custody of their grandson to keep him from going into foster care. When they went to pick up their grandson, William, a retired, disabled Marine with a Concealed Pistol License (CPL), was searched for a firearm. He was not carrying a firearm at the time. At that point, agency officials told the Johnsons that they would be required to provide all firearms’ serial numbers to the agency as part of a registry. When Johnson questioned agency workers, he was given a surprising response.

If you want to care for your grandson you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights,” a MDHHS worker retorted.

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O’Sullivan’s First Law:

Any institution that is not explicitly right wing will become left wing over time.

Well, the GOP isn’t explicitly right wing and too often we are seeing it isn’t even right of center.  Again, my favorite worst hobbyhorse is that Republicans instituted Medicaid Expansion – a major part of the Democrat process of turning us Socialist.  And now from California we see a similar action in which the Republicans are not only aiding the Dems but giving them “bipartisan cover” in a massive take over CA’s energy sector that is doomed to fail and kill lots of industry along the way (reformatted, emphasis mine):

Stockholm Syndromed CA GOP Partners With Jerry Brown To Continue Funding High Speed Rail

Goodbye, California GOP. At the conclusion of the 2016 GOP Presidential primary crapfest, I decided I was done with the party on a national level. And while not a fan of the state party for numerous reasons, I stayed a member, hoping I could help effect change here. After all, I’m one of the few Californians whose elected officials – from city council to congress – are almost exclusively Republican.

Then last night I watched in disbelief as party leaders joined forces with the Democrats to extend the state’s cap and trade program, which has a lot of partially-related items contained within, and that was the last straw.

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Parrots in a cageYou have to hand it to the Democrats – when somebody says “Speak”, they do.  Just like their followers that send in the exact same email or letter when urged.  I know this because I get the Democrat emails that say to send an email.  And Guess Who has fallen right into line?

US Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY): Uncertainty

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Tuesday that President Trump’s threat to let Obamacare collapse was actually an attempt to sabotage the country’s health care system and use Americans as political pawns. “The president would not be ‘letting Obamacare collapse,’” said the New York Democrat. “He is actively trying to undermine the heath care system in the county, using millions of Americans as political pawns in cynical game.”

He said the president was creating uncertainty that was undermining the health care system.

US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH):  Uncertainty

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, accuses President Donald Trump of deliberately sowing uncertainty in the health insurance market, which prompted a sharp rebuttal from the Senate Majority Whip.   Shaheen took to the Senate floor today to request unanimous consent in an uphill bid for consideration of her “Marketplace Certainty Act,” legislation for cost-sharing reduction payments under the Affordable Care Act. The GOP leadership in the Senate has blocked two previous efforts to move the bill forward.

 

…“We can address the uncertainty by being clear that we’re not going to replace the Affordable Care Act,” she said.

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Millennials Spending Comparisons

(H/T: Business Insider)

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Tim Gill: "We're going to punish the wicked."

Tim Gill: “We’re going to punish the wicked.”

Tim Gill is a major donor to Democrat’s, the backbone of the gay-lobby, and has been at the forefront of funding gay marriage and other LGBT initiatives across America. What’s his next target?

Anyone who intends to hide behind their first amendment right of association, free speech, and religious liberty are in his crosshairs. He’s prepared to spend every dime in his foundations, and this is a quote, “to punish the wicked.”

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burning-money“Doomed to repeat” and all that, it seems.  Back then, I just couldn’t understand why people were not just using their houses as ATMs but as slot machines in always betting that the housing market prices would continue to just climb out of proportion that was normal – the NEW Normal, they called it.  I knew what some of these people were making for income – my eyes just bugged out at the mortgage amounts (and rates) they were carrying!  They just knowingly nodded their heads at me when I refused to follow along as if I was just a doddering financial moron.

I’m still in my house – they ain’t.  Who was the fool (ok, I can be a fool for OTHER reasons, just not this one). But a new twist on this has come up that really has my head wanting to be scratched – what, you all want to lose a ton of money AGAIN??? Emphasis mine, reformatted:

Subprime car loans have been around for ages, and no one is suggesting they’ll unleash the next crisis. But since the Great Recession, business has exploded. In 2009, $2.5 billion of new subprime auto bonds were sold. In 2016, $26 billion were, topping average pre-crisis levels, according to Wells Fargo & Co. Few things capture this phenomenon like the partnership between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Banco Santander SA. Since 2013, as U.S. car sales soared, the two have built one of the industry’s most powerful subprime machines.

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What I seek to rule out here, or at least for a sufficient number of interacting persons in the social order, is the ‘arrogance of ignorance’ as exercised through ill-advised collective actions. The perfectibility [of human understanding] threshold for the viability of classical liberalism requires that persons eschew romantic ideals about the potential perfectibility of society itself. In other words, the viability of classical liberalism depends critically upon persons ‘keeping their feet on the ground.’

-Nobel Laureate Prof. James Buchanan (Economics,  Why I, Too, Am Not a Conservative: The Normative Vision of Classical Liberalism)

Ah!  A member of the “Just leave me alone!” coalition.  But Progressives just can’t help themselves – they will continue to try to “evolve” and “perfect” the rest of us even if it kills us.

(H/T: Cafe Hayek)

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dumpster fireThere’s a gathering of Democrats this evening at the Exeter Inn, 90 Front Street. They’re having a panel discussion on the left’s so-called ‘Resistance’ and the “Indivisible Movement.” Seriously? The Democrat Party is a divided hot mess in a dumpster fire, and they have a “grassroots group” called the indivisible movement?

Here’s indivisible for you. Put neo-feminist leftists in a locker room shower with penis-bearing trans men. Or arrange for Black Lives Matter supporters to sit in the same room on campus with white SJW..wait, sorry. The whites won’t be allowed in.

Indivisible my…

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Single-Payer-Health

And since Government has no money of its own, it must first take from some before it gives it to others.  And there is never enough to go around – it must be rationed one way or another (as we here in NH are now seeing with the Single Payer system of the Federal Government known as the VA). Nothing is as expensive as when it is “free”. TANSTAAFL

(H/T: Powerline)

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“What Does it Mean to Be a Republican?”

by Skip July 18, 2017

Alternate title: John Thune: Health care debacle makes Republicans look ‘dysfunctional’ Look?  Really, you had the stones to say “look“, Senator?  Are you freakin’ serious?  Is there ANY doubt left? You must be delusional to think that we are SO delusional to even think of accepting that lame spin. But given what Congress has done lately, […]

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Bipartisan Obstruction

by Ed Naile July 18, 2017

RINO US Senator from Maine, Susan Collins, is holding up repeal of ObamaCare so she can have “bipartisan” support. Along with this RINO is another usual suspect, Alaska Senator Murkowski. Camera Hog and failed presidential candidate Lindsey Graham is in the same boat. How about this: Let’s all have a daily countdown until one of […]

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Oh, that pacifist Religion of Peace – such a fine institution of tolerance!

by Skip July 18, 2017

That is, only tolerance for itself and not for others.  Especially, it seems, when seeking asylum in a foreign land. Dogwalker Hospitalised After Attack By Somalian Migrant Who Said ‘Dogs are Unclean’ A middle aged woman had to be hospitalised in Vienna following a brutal beating in broad daylight by a veiled Somali asylum seeker […]

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Notable Quote – Peter Kirsanow

by Skip July 18, 2017

The Republican agenda is stuck in neutral in part because of the tendency by Beltway Republicans and some conservatives to play by the rules established by the media and progressives, the flouting of which were a contributing factor in Donald Trump’s electoral victories. The health-care fiasco, though not foreordained, was eminently predictable once Republicans essentially […]

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Democrat Senate Dist. 16 Candidate Kevin Cavanaugh’s “Drug Problem”

by Steve MacDonald July 18, 2017

On July 25th voters in New Hampshire State Senate District 16, will go the polls in a special election. The Democrat in that race is Manchester Ward 1 Alderman Kevin Cavanaugh.  Kevbo is on record in support of making Manchester a Sanctuary city. Seeing as the Kevinator is an elected official in the largest city in […]

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GOP – deliberately made promises it had no intention of keeping

by Skip July 17, 2017

“I didn’t expect Donald Trump to win. I think most of my colleagues didn’t. So we didn’t expect to be in this situation.” That was US Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) a couple of weeks ago at a town hall committing a gaffe – inadvertently admitting to a truth that none in the GOP elite (and […]

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Government Can’t Fix Healthcare

by Steve MacDonald July 17, 2017

This is a nice explanation of first, second, and third party payer systems and why the government can’t fix healthcare.

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(Not Unexpectedly) Haiti Official Set to Testify Against The Clinton Foundation Found Dead

by Steve MacDonald July 17, 2017

Zero Hedge is reporting that Klaus Eberwein a former Haitian government official who was expected to expose the extent of Clinton Foundation corruption and malpractice next week has been found dead in Miami at the age of 50. No one should be surprised by this. Or this, According to Miami-Dade’s medical examiner records supervisor, the official cause […]

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The Progressive Inheritance: Snowflakes Triggering Snowflakes Triggering Snowflakes

by Steve MacDonald July 17, 2017

A professional snowflake admits to having to self-censor her own speech to avoid triggering other snowflakes, among other things. A circumstance ripe with opportunity.  I self-police what I say in activist spaces. I stopped commenting on social media with questions or pushback on leftist opinions for fear of being called out. I am always ready […]

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Blogline of the Day: Breaking news from CNN!

by Skip July 17, 2017

CNN Report: Millions Of American Voters May Have Colluded To Elect Trump. We’re not fair, we’re not balanced, and we don’t care. Heh! (H/T: Instapundit)

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