June 2010

First Prayer of the Continental Congress, 1774

by Skip June 30, 2010

During his address to the Candidates and crowd at the Word of Life Christian Fellowship Church, The Patriot Paster, Garrett Lear, read the first prayer that opened up the Continental Congress.  With his permission, that material is presented below:   The Congress opened in prayer led by the Reverend Jacob Duché, a local minister from nearby […]

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Why should Christians be involved in government and politics?

by Skip June 30, 2010

Last night, I was at an event at the Word of Life Christian Fellowship Church (Senor Pastor Thomas Peetz, Rev. Ed carnahan, Associate Minister) where we may have seen the rebirth of the Black Robed Regiment.  This was the name given to the clergy at the time of the Revolutionary War that provided much of the intellectual, […]

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Goofiness is hitting the ‘Grok – if you are seeing a very small page in your browser….

by Skip June 30, 2010

If you are seeing the ‘Grok but with VERY small type, especially if you are using the latest FireFox 3.6 upgrade, click on the "GraniteGrok" text in the upper left of the banner.  The page should "expand" and then appear to be a more normal size.  We are looking into this (never seen this happen before….).

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Drop Dead Fed

by Steve MacDonald June 30, 2010

In the most recent issue of National Review Gary Wolfram, Professors of Economics and Public Policy at Hillsdale College wrote this in regard to Mises and Hayek’s Austrian business-cycle theory.   ""This theory emphasizes the role of the interest rate in bringing together the plans of producers and consumers. The interest rate is the price of loanable funds — in […]

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LIVE BLOGGING- Candidate Forum at the Word of Life Christian Fellowship church in Concord, NH

by Skip June 29, 2010

Yes folks, we are here!  A much different setting than normal – a church!  Yet, back in the Revolutionary Days, it was the Black Brigade, the clergy, that were among the main progenitors of the Revolutionary war. We come first circle – just as the churches were among the main places for politics of that […]

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Things might look goofy around here – especially during weekends

by Skip June 29, 2010

Well, with Steve, Tom, and Tim arriving on scene, I’m going to be doing a bit less blogging and a bit more tinkering with the site for a while – which means things may go screwy around here from time to time (‘gosh durn it, what did I do THIS time???  THAT wasn’t supposed to […]

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Notable Quote – Ann Althouse “Bite Me!”

by Skip June 29, 2010

On Vice-President Jo Biden calling a shop manager a "smartass" for simply asking for lower taxes: Bite me. When the powerful seek to work their will upon us and demand that we be nice about it, that’s the right response: Bite me.  Even if he were the one being nice about it, we shouldn’t have […]

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“Social justice”: Not the moral philosophy on which the Constitution was fashioned

by Skip June 29, 2010

A response to Kip Allen’s Letter to the Editor in the Daily Sun: To the Editor, Kip Allen in his Letter to the Editor (Daily Sun, P7) wrote: "Social justice and moral obligation are not just words but ideas that a great nation was upon" Methinks you forgot about a couple of words – but […]

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INSANE CRETIN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDING MONSTERS!

by Tim Condon June 29, 2010

Have these people no eyes to see what they are doing? Have they no ears to hear? LISTEN, YOU INSANE CRETINOUS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RUBES. Or are you continuing to destroy the American economy because you INTEND to? From over at the Hot Air blog: "As both a tea-party battle cry and a succinct summation of […]

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No Gadsden for You!

by Tom June 28, 2010

Quoting "State Flag Flying Parameters", the Connecticut Capitol Police are not allowing a Gadsden flag to fly over the State Capitol on July 4th.  The group of retired Marines, who are trying to make this happen, are escalating their request to the State Attorney General.  The Democrat Connecticut AG is none other than, Richard Blumenthal. […]

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NH Politics with John Burt – Gubernatorial Debate on July 1st in Manchester

by Skip June 28, 2010

And the ‘Grok will be there!  Tweeting and live streaming (as possible) as always!     Contact: John A. Burt                                                                                                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETel. 603-624-5084Email: […]

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Church and Candidates…

by Tom June 28, 2010

In what is purportedly a first, the Word of Life Christian Fellowship Church, in Concord, a non-denominational church, is hosting a NH Candidate Forum, for NH CD-2 and the NH US Senate seats. This event is being held TOMORROW NIGHT. According to their announcement, candidates "will speak on their reason for running and how they […]

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Hey, Mr. Pindell – if I singled out the Swett campaign, why should I ignore you?

by Skip June 28, 2010

Over at NHPolitical Report (warning: $400 / year subscription required – pretty much all of it Google-able, btw, from other sources if you wait a tad), Jim Pindell has a weekly feature called Political Standing. This week, I see that he "used" information from GraniteGrok without attribution: Frank Emiro: When you are a Republican running […]

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“You Betcha!”

by Skip June 28, 2010

In response to a Letter to the Editor from Tim Sullivan in the local paper,  Daily Sun (P6): To the Editor, Tim Sullivan, in his Letter of 6/25/10 wrote the following: "Hopefully the selectmen and Budget Committee members of Gilford are not so busy…that they don’t have time to actually read the newspapers and either […]

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GraniteGrok on the Radio

by Skip June 28, 2010

I will be on WGIR 610 AM (Manchester, NH) with Jeff Chidester for a quick discussion of Hot Topics for a single segment starting around 6:10am and lasting until 6:20am (or thereabouts). Scheduled (tentatively) for tomorrow and Wednesday of this week, and Monday through Wednesday of next week!

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Candidate Forum tomorrow night!

by Skip June 28, 2010

An event that the ‘Grok will be attending:   Please also note: in the upper right hand corner, we now have the ‘Grok Calender!  Click on it and see the different events that we think that you should be aware of OR that someone from the ‘Grok (Tim, Tom, Steve, or I) will be attending. […]

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Ray’s Gay ATM

by Steve MacDonald June 28, 2010

 Ray must think people are stupid.  Well of course he does.  Just days after he worked hard to get Carol Shea Porter and Paul Hodes selected to receive out of state gay lobby money;  just days after a June 23rdfiling showed a prominent Gay millionaire funneling money into the NHDP through HRC New Hampshire; not long […]

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Notable Quote – Woody

by Skip June 28, 2010

A reason for the "wealth or income gap": Smart people keep on doing things that are smart and make them money while stupid people keep on doing things that are stupid and keep them from achieving. People who get an education, stay off of drugs, apply themselves, and save and wisely invest their earnings do […]

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The Great New Hampshire Blogger Weight Loss Challenge – Week 23 results

by Skip June 28, 2010

Week 25 – getting better (again) Previous weeks after the jump:

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TEA Party – racist? Misogynist?

by Skip June 28, 2010

From Powerline, a poller who worked with Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, and Mike Lee has a report: In my primary polling, I have taken to asking this question: "Do you consider yourself to be more closely aligned with the traditional Republican Party, or with the Tea Party movement that has arisen in the past year?" […]

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You Must Claim To Have Balance Daniel-san

by Steve MacDonald June 28, 2010

State Senator Maggie "the red" Hassan had a puff piece in the New Hampshire Sunday News to defend the NH democrats “balanced Budget.”  We can tell right away that Ms. Hassan is going to take us on a fanciful journey because of her opening clause.  “Scarce resources make for difficult budgets…”  It is from this […]

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Ovide Lamontagne house event – Q & A session

by Skip June 28, 2010

As I said here, one of the staples of the campaign trail for any candidate is doing house events – talking to small groups of people and getting the message out.  This is quintessential NH retail politics; some there for a first meeting and a few there for the Nth time in their attempt to […]

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Why differentiation matters…”

by Skip June 27, 2010

And no, I don’t mean differentials in terms of either calculus or or drive trains.  In politics, the differences between candidates can count (those between Parties do as well but are generally more easily seen).  Often candidates make the decision to move Right or move Left to simply and merely appeal to more voters with […]

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Speaking of this morning’s Closeup show

by Skip June 27, 2010

If I’m going to correct a Republican, you KNOW I would be a hypocrite not to do the same to the Democrat on same said show.  Ann McLane Kuster, running to be the Democrat nominee in NH’s Second Congressional District, was also on- albeit, a different segment.  While Sean merely slipped up (but yes, an […]

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Ovide Lamontagne house event – the talk

by Skip June 27, 2010

As I said here, house events are an absolute necessary activity if you wish to gain political office here in NH – the old saw hangs true: "whatdoya think about so-and-so?  Dunno, only met’im twice". I also mentioned that Blip.TV was having a hissy fit – let’s see if it will play the video of […]

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Sean Mahoney got it a TAD wrong this morning on WMUR 9’s Closeup

by Skip June 27, 2010

Closeup is WMUR‘s (Channel 9 here in NH – effectively, the only state-wide commercial channel) Sunday morning show – and the vast majority of the time, it is political in nature. Sean Mahoney was the guest in the first segment (I am watching this on the DVR now) and he said to the host, Josh […]

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Ovide Lamontagne house event – former NH Senator George Lovejoy endorsement

by Skip June 27, 2010

Yesterday, I was at the Rochester, NH home of Warren Groen (NH House of Representatives and running for re-election) for a house event for Ovide Lamontagne who is running to be Republican nominee for US Senate where there was a good assemblage of folk.. One of the staples of the campaign trail for any candidate […]

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Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house

by Skip June 27, 2010

And if you do, you may learn that your actions may have consequences: So says Mr .22, Mr. .380, Mr. 9mm, Mr. 45, Mr. 5.62… and Mrs. .357

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Live Blogging – Ovide Lamontagne house event

by Skip June 26, 2010

  Ovide Lamontagne invited GraniteGrok to his house event in Rochester, NH (hosted by Warren Groen who is running for re-election for the NH House of Representatives).  These events tend to be much smaller than the regular campaign event, much lower key, and more of a meet and greet than the regular, much more involved […]

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Really? Unexpected? GDP revised downward – again

by Skip June 26, 2010

In its final estimate on the first quarter on Friday, the Commerce Department said gross domestic product expanded at a 2.7 percent annual rate instead of the 3 percent pace it reported last month. (H/T: Big Government) So much for the cheery pronouncements of "things are getting better!  Happy faces all around!" With all of […]

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