February 2009

Meet The New Press – Podcast for 02/28/09

by Skip February 28, 2009

Meet the New Press Podcast  The MTNP Podcast page is brought to you by: .                                                                               Meet The New Press Radio at the speed of the Blogosphere! WEMJ 1490 Saturdays 9am-11am (EDT) Streaming Live! To play (or "stream") a clip now, just click on it.  To download it to your PC, right click on it and […]

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Tea Party in DC

by Doug February 28, 2009

This is a video from one of the "Tea Parties" held yesterday– this particular one in DC. One of the speakers is Deroy Murdoch, who has some very good to say about the use of incentives to help fix the economy & create jobs. The vid runs some 19 minutes, but is indeed very exciting […]

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MTNP Radio: It’s a happening…

by Doug February 28, 2009

Starting Saturday morning at 9 am! As usual, this week’s broadcast version of GraniteGrok and AnkleBitingPundits brings an array of items and guests for your consideration– ALL STARTING AT 9AM! As always, thanks to the technical wizardry and analytical skills of Skip, if you are beyond the broadcast area of Newstalk 1490 WEMJ, simply click here […]

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Class warfare – Courtesy of Obama

by Skip February 27, 2009

Bumper sticker courtesy of the Tennessee Republican Party: Will you pay for mine, now? (H/T: Powerline but I had received this via email from somebody as well)

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OUCH! Obama and the enviro-wackos really DO hate carbon!

by Skip February 27, 2009

  Man, they DO HATE oil – they want us all back up to $5 / gallon gas.  Jake Tapper at Political Punch reports on some of the new taxes $5.3 billion – excise tax on Gulf of Mexico oil and gas$3.4 billion – repeal expensing of tangible drilling costs$62 million – repeal deduction for […]

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Obama: Government does own your income-hates the poor and sick too

by Skip February 27, 2009

Well, Obama is certainly showing that he believes that Government owns all your money and will allow you to keep only what it wants: Obama is going to let the tax rate cuts from Bush rise at the end of 2010.  We knew that going into his Imperialism.  Now, there’s more for details (details….really?  Finally?) […]

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Obama – refusing revenues and refusing to create jobs

by Skip February 27, 2009

  Yesterday: WASHINGTON — The Interior Department on Wednesday blocked a Bush administration plan to open parts of the Mountain West for oil-shale development, announcing that it would first study the water, power and land-use issues that complicate one of the nation’s most abundant but controversial untapped sources of power. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar coupled […]

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The Obama Administration – seeking to reduce your choices

by Skip February 27, 2009

  It is well known that Obama is in love with FDR’s take on the Bill of Rights – instead of focusing on what how the Bill of Rights commands the Feds on how to leave citizens alone, he wants to concentrate on FDR’s 2nd Bill of Rights of what Govt HAS to be able […]

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Obama the Magician – Campaigning on supporting 2nd Amendment; acting to destroy it

by Skip February 27, 2009

I think that this is going to be the theme of the Obama administration: say one thing, do another.  Say what he has to to mollify and comfort the Center and Right but act like the card carrying ultra-Progressive / Liberal / Socialist that he really is.  Remember, he did say as much in his […]

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Friday Humor – out of the mouths of babes

by Skip February 27, 2009

Just received this from our friend Em (who blogs over at American Princess – she sometimes lets me sit at the foot of the throne and tap out a coupla guest posts there) So I’ve been visiting friends in Louisiana for the last few days, partly to catch up because I haven’t seen them in […]

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Guest Post: You don’t own the view, nor do you control it.

by Doug February 26, 2009

STOP THE UNJUST VIEW TAX by Frank Handibode     Like most people, I have an aversion to injustice. Here in the “Live Free or Die” state of New Hampshire, a glaring example of injustice is the levying of an odious view tax on property owners who have views from their property. It matters not to […]

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There is a price to Free Speech – and a cost for Censorship

by Skip February 26, 2009

  One of our favorite phrases around the "Grok is "the answer is more speech, not less"; we also are avid backers of the free marketplace, especially when it is free from government distortions. What we see, however, is the indoctrination of "equal outcome" being pushed by Progressive /Socialists vs the "equal opportunity" pushed by […]

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Depends on the definition of “stimulus”…

by Doug February 26, 2009

A nice load of "plums" for the educrats that helped elect him… This is a press release just in from the White House media team. Does this plan for education (laughably part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, AKA "stimulus") sound like it will do anything to help the economy… other than that of […]

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In depth analysis and some quick reaction to Obama’s big night

by Doug February 25, 2009

The National Journal Online has an interesting interactive feature analyzing the full text of Obama’s speech to Congress using a mixture of bloggers, pundits, members of Congress, and a descriptive note about each applause (only Democrats stood, both Democrats AND Republicans, etc.). Readers can click higlighted sections for reactions based on accuracy, campaign promises kept (or […]

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NOW, Obama wants to reign in spending – will he veto 9,000 earmarks?

by Skip February 25, 2009

After the last couple of days of listening to Obama, you’d get that impression with that Fiscal Responsibility Summit on Monday and last night’s speech.  But, as with all things Obama, there is seemingly always an expiration date.  This one, not so much (dodge: "well, this is left over business from Bush!). $410 Billion Omnibus […]

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Obama – embracing the philosophy of Deadbeatonomics

by Skip February 25, 2009

I had written here: "Atlas Shrugging, Atlas Fighting, and here are some Protesting!" In Ayn Rand’s book Atlas Shrugs (which my copy just arrived from Amazon), she tells the tale of how the "producers" in society finally react when forced to always care for those that refuse to care for themselves and their familes. When […]

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Like I said, with the Race Baiters, it is never enough

by Skip February 25, 2009

No, it is never enough.  While there are those that want race to no longer be an issue, as soon as any "prospect" of raising the race card comes up, there they are, looking for any and all media attention they can get. I wrote a post called We Americans are All Racial Cowards when […]

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Tweets from Obama’s speech

by Skip February 24, 2009

GraniteGrok is on Twitter – for this speech, instead of live blogging here, I just decided to tweet as Obama spoke.  Tweeter allows for looking backward at what one does, so here’s what I said during Obama’s time at the rostrum.  Entries are in reverse chronological order (latest first). You can follow us in Twitter: […]

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Hmm, should hope spring eternal?

by Skip February 24, 2009

I have been saying for a while that two words that Republicans should be highly contemplating bringing back into use are "accountability" and "discipline"; you also cannot have one without the other.  You cannot use one without the other.  As noted earlier, Republicans in TN and CA have used both (I do need to do […]

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The HOT Seat

by Doug February 24, 2009

  . The race to fill the vacated Senate seat in NH’s 3rd District with a special election will be anything but dull. Given the hot contest between the now-resigned Republican victor Denley and flaming-liberal former-Judge Willard "Bud" Martin just a few short months ago, there is no doubt that the interest shown then will re-appear. […]

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Aw, c’mon – how much Big Government is between him and her??

by Skip February 24, 2009

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, 1/20/09 Or how about "talks with itself"?  Yup, the phrase that keeps […]

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“One month down, 47 more to go”

by Skip February 24, 2009

As I wrote here, ShamWow, there’s a problem.  And this may be showing more Sham than wow… Given the Stimulus Bill (aka, the Pelosi-Reid-Obama Generational Theft bill), I’m not surprised.  As time passes, more and more "stuff" keeps getting called out for items that will "transform" America – but items that did not undergo the […]

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ShamWow – the Progressive / Liberal version!

by Skip February 23, 2009

Sham, no Wow   No other comment is necessary or needed. (H/T: Barking Moonbat Early Warning System via Michelle Malkin)

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A milestone – 750,000 visitors

by Skip February 22, 2009

At 1:40pm today, we received our 750,000th visitor to the ‘Grok; we are now also over 1,000,000 page views since we started. The visitor came in through Comcast from Chicago, IL (uh-oh, is that a good thing for a conservative – the home grounds of uber-liberals and the Political Machine?) via via a Google search […]

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So, Arlen is looking for help – from Dem voters? Guess he got the message…

by Skip February 22, 2009

Just saw and Tweeted this: ‘Benedict Arlen’ plots with enemy Arlen Specter appears spooked. At a town hall meeting at Point Park University Thursday, the U.S. senator acknowledged his long political career was in jeopardy because of his vote supporting President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package. Noting that he barely squeaked by former U.S. Rep. […]

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Notable Quotes – From the Founder of the ACLU

by Skip February 22, 2009

“I am for socialism, disarmament, and ultimately for abolishing the state itself as an instrument of violence and compulsion,” wrote one particularly ambitious contributor in his 1935 Harvard 30th anniversary classbook. “I seek social ownership of all property, the abolition of the propertied class, and sole control by those who produce wealth. Communism is the […]

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Obama – embracing the philosophy of Deadbeatonomics

by Skip February 22, 2009

I had written here: "Atlas Shrugging, Atlas Fighting, and here are some Protesting!" In Ayn Rand’s book Atlas Shrugs (which my copy just arrived from Amazon), she tells the tale of how the "producers" in society finally react when forced to always care for those that refuse to care for themselves and their familes. When […]

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Obama: “Personal Responsibility”

by Skip February 21, 2009

Are ya getting the idea that Obama has been all about the smoke and mirrors?  Once again, he says the things that most Americans want to hear like being responsible and doing the right thing.  Problem is, he’s running into that age old problem of words not meeting up with the actions: Chicago has yet […]

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We Americans are all racial cowards

by Skip February 21, 2009

Update:  So, being against the Stimulus Bill is now racist? See what I mean!  Do or be against anything the Liberals want and it gets you labeled as a racist….sheesh! The highest-ranking black congressman said Thursday that opposition to the federal stimulus package by southern GOP governors is "a slap in the face of African-Americans." […]

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Meet The New Press – Podcast for 02/21/09

by Skip February 21, 2009

Meet the New Press Podcast  The MTNP Podcast page is brought to you by: .                                                                  Meet The New Press Radio at the speed of the Blogosphere! WEMJ 1490 Saturdays 9am-11am (EDT) Streaming Live! To play (or "stream") a clip now, just click on it.  To download it to your PC, right click on it and tell […]

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