November 2011

MSM sharks – the “press avail” (or should that be “shark tank”) with Channel 9 WMUR’s Amy Coveno

by Skip November 30, 2011

Tonite was a great “teachable moment” in how the MSM can make anyone appear in a bad light – all it takes is an uppity attitude, a whiny voice, a TV camera, and a pre-determined narrative. I made it downstairs it to the press availability (already in progress) after the event – it was CLEAR […]

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Live blogging – Herman Cain’s event in Manchester

by Skip November 30, 2011

Well, I got here what I thought was very early as I had been told that the “Volunteers” part of the evening was to be around 7:30pm. So, I arrived about 6:20 – and all of the street parking was already taken. Three satellite trucks (Channel 9 from NH, NECN for New England, and MyFox out of Boston) had already set up camp and running cabling. While the campaign office was pretty empty when I first arrived, it is since (as at 7:30pm or so), it has pretty much filled up with almost as many volunteer as media (a camera is trained on me as I type as they are getting B-roll).

The volunteers, for the most part, are rather angry – not at Herman but what seems to be the media and the “dirty tricks” that seem to go along with every major campaign. One lady came down from Augusta, ME to be here to show support – her mood was as red as her jacket. Another, a teacher, was also here in support not happy with the current events.

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“Ending Slavery” versus “Stopping Washington’s Growth”

by Tim Condon November 30, 2011

Hmmm! From a letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal on Nov. 30, 2011: "In 1860, zealous, right-wing Christian conservatives found a home in the Republican Party and helped elect Abraham Lincoln. Stopping Washingon’s growth today should be a great deal easier than ending slavery (and absolutely no moral equivallence is implied or appropriate […]

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Crossposted from TheOtherMcCain – Ginger White’s Business Partner

by Mike November 30, 2011

Posted under the heading “As If the Campaign Wasn’t Weird Enough” By our friend R S McCain, AKA “The Other McCain”. Just check out her take on Ginger White (after the jump), and especially the pull quote that White never mentioned Cain once to Ms Vay. Hmmm Say hello to competitive bodybuilder Kimberly Vay, whose […]

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Republican Defectors

by Steve MacDonald November 30, 2011

Unfortunately for New Hampshire we’ll have to wait until next year to fix the problem of worker choice but in the mean time, we can enjoy the benefit of the roll call vote, posted on the Jump.

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Report from Statehouse – Right To Work blogging

by Mike November 30, 2011

Override vote: Roll call vote to override on HB474: 240:139 FAILED 11:57 Rep from Manchester. I’ve done a lot of research. We teach our kids good ethics and the importance of a job. We can’t say for sure if RTW will bring jobs, but we can say that passing it won’t kill any jobs, so […]

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Repost: You Can’t Be A “Republican” And Vote Against Right To Work

by Steve MacDonald November 30, 2011

Supporting forced unionization is the same as supporting mandatory campaign contributions to the Unions and the Democrat party. There is no conceivable way to separate the two. Unions are funded by dues. Democrats receive millions of dollars from unions to promote their agenda. And in some cases to promote it violently.

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A note on the Herman Cain news

by Skip November 29, 2011

Well, we all know what the latest Prez Primary news is – another allegation concerning Herman Cain.  Yes, GraniteGrok endorsed Mr. Cain (before all these allegations started).  Knowing that, someone asked me, last nite, what I thought about them; my response (edited to add additional thoughts): Boy, SOMEbody wanted him out of the race BADLY.  […]

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Data Point – Income of “the 99%”

by Skip November 29, 2011

For all of the hootin’ an’ hollerin’ and “mic check!” of the the Occupiers, we see that incomes of “the 99%” has actually been going up despite what they have been saying: (H/T: The Enterprise Blog)

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Republican State Representatives and the Right-to-Work Vote

by Tim Condon November 29, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 29, 2011 Contact: Carolyn McKinney, chairman, RLCNH, 603-769-4264, chair@rlcnh.org RLCNH will target Right to Work opponents for defeat A Right to Work law is fundamental to the freedom to associate CONCORD, N.H.—Because the right to freely associate is fundamental to liberty in a free market economy, the Republican Liberty Caucus of […]

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The Shrill Kathy And The Birthers

by Rick Olson November 29, 2011

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” —Benjamin Franklin Kathy Sullivan is not only dishonest, but she is also a rank charlatan. The Shrill Kathy is the epitome of moral bankruptcy when it comes to New Hampshire politics.  In the UL today she quips, Why does Speaker O’Brien not […]

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Be Pro-Choice: Vote For The Right To Abort The Union.

by Steve MacDonald November 29, 2011

If unions were abortions everyone would have the right to chose not to be party to it. Some liberal justice would have long ago ensconced that “right” into the US Constitution. And we would not be having this debate in New Hampshire. Workers could decide if they wanted to abort the union. But Democrats are hypocrites and choice shall not be permitted in the workplace. You will not, cannot be permitted to choose for yourself.

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Breaking News: RLCNH Forum to feature Speaker O’Brien

by Tim Condon November 29, 2011

The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire (RLCNH) has just confirmed that it will hold an RLCNH Forum featuring Speaker of the House Bill O’Brien at St. Anselm College’s Institute of Politics on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. If you want to know how the New Hampshire Republicans rescued the state from the $1 billion budget […]

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“Eurocrats, however, have insisted on taking Italy and Greece’s problems and making them everyone else’s”

by Skip November 28, 2011

The post from where the above came from is about the European Euro mess – first Greece, now Portugal and Italy are on the brink (with Ireland having already taken its fiscal medicine).  In all cases, the pols there did what the Dems (and Repubs to a bit lesser degree) have done for decades – […]

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The Obligatory “Hey, Barney Frank will soon be gone!” post

by Skip November 28, 2011

I first saw the news at Hot Air ("Exit stage left"): Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) will announce later today that he will not run for re-election. So, we see yet another example of a politician not being held accountable for what he (or she) has wrought.  Bahnee Fwank will take his decades of service (and […]

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Where David Frum threatens to leave the Republican Party

by Skip November 28, 2011

My response to his threat of "Romney, Huntsman, or bust"? Thank you, and that whole swinging door and butt schtick Frum is a talking head ensconced well within the GOP Beltway mentality.  Just the fact that his number one guy (seemingly) for the Republican Prez candidate is the same pick (also seemingly) that the mainstream […]

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Say it ain’t so….Joe??

by Skip November 28, 2011

“I am asking independent-minded voters to imagine what we could accomplish with this ticket,” Roemer wrote. “Americans are justifiably frustrated with their politicians and parties. Joe and I could change that. To me, it’s a dream team.”

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Gingrich is forgetting the fourth leg of the GOP’s conservative alliance…

by Tim Condon November 28, 2011

On Monday Newt Gingrich was quoted in a New York Times article as follows: “We think there has to be a solid conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. I’m the one candidate who can bring together national security conservatives, and economic conservatives, and social conservatives in order to make sure we have a conservative nominee.” He […]

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Invitation to AFP Rally in Favor of RTW This Wednesday

by Mike November 28, 2011

  Dear Grok readers,  I hope you can join us this Wednesday at 8AM for our Right-To-Work rally and reception at the Statehouse in Concord. New Hampshire workers need your support. Show up and send a message that you want the House to override the Governor’s Right to Work veto. We will meet at 8 […]

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SWAT Raid Takes Down Innocent Marine in Tucson

by Mike November 28, 2011

Too stupid to knock and show a badge, too incompetent to shoot straight. May 5th, a SWAT team broke down the door of a Marine at home in Tucson, where Jose Guerena Ortiz had heard a commotion outside and grabbed his rifle for self-defense. Showing the admirable restraint which was not exercised by the police, Guerena […]

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9-9-9 The Movie – Slaying the Tax Monster

by Mike November 28, 2011

A dececnt explanation of how 9/9/9 increases transparency and boosts economic activity:

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The statist game plan: It’s just so simple….

by Tim Condon November 28, 2011

Victor Davis Hanson nails it, as always, with just a few words (from a column at PJ Media): [A]lways higher taxes fuel bigger government, which fuels an expanding recipient class which pays homage by reelecting more big-government statists who further fuel government for sympathetic dependent voters. For the conservative, who sees dependencies and overregulation everywhere, […]

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Newt Gingrich compliments Ron Paul

by Tim Condon November 27, 2011

Speaking about American military bases in Europe and elsewhere. Why are we still here, there and everywhere in the world?

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Bachmann’s Contrdiction

by Steve MacDonald November 27, 2011

Speaker Gingrich is taking heat for statements about immigration reform, mostly from people campaigning against him. (But then, that’s what makes a big primary so much fun.) Congressman Michele Bachmann, on PBS NewsHour of all places, took it to the hole with this remark…

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Will Libertarians Help Obama Win Re-election?

by Steve MacDonald November 27, 2011

(A) Johnson third party run presents some interesting possibilities, including the likely reelection of Barack Obama and the knock out punch to the America the Libertarians swear they are defending.

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A Classic! Sowell & Friedman vs Francis Fox Piven

by Skip November 27, 2011

I had never seen this clip before, so this was fun to watch.  Coming from free market economist Milton Freidman’s PBS Free to Choose series, this featured one of my favorite political pundit / economist, Dr. Thomas Sowell who argues the points as a conservative black commentator when white socialist Dr. Francis Fox Piven (she […]

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Notable Quote – Donald Boudreaux

by Skip November 27, 2011

Like too many western aid experts, Samuel Loewenberg misses the fundamental reason famines still ravage developing countries (“The Famine Next Time,” Nov. 27).The reason isn’t drought.  Yuma, Arizona, gets vanishingly little rainfall, yet denizens of that city aren’t ever threatened with starvation. Nor is the reason a lack of Well-Researched Plans designed and implemented by […]

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Do Nothing Democrats

by Steve MacDonald November 27, 2011

It has been three years since the Democrat party produced a federal budget. The Democrat Senate has blocked repeated efforts by the Republican controlled House to ‘do something’ about that. President Obama, Senate leader Harry Reid, and the Democrat leaderships contribution (including their media homunculus) has been to demand compromise without giving any.

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UNION LEADER ENDORSES GINGRICH

by Tim Condon November 27, 2011

For those who haven’t seen the Union Leader yet today, according to an early online story in USA Today: WASHINGTON (AP) – The New Hampshire Union Leader endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in Sunday editions, signaling that rival Mitt Romney isn’t the universal favorite and that the state’s largest newspaper could reset the contest […]

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NM Gov. Gary Johnson (R-NM) to jump to the Libertarian Party for Prez?

by Skip November 26, 2011

Politico is reporting that Gary is thinking from bolting from the Republican Primary and going to the Libertarian ticket: The former Republican governor, excluded from all but two debates this year, tells the Santa Fe New Mexican that he could seek the Libertarian Party nomination for the general election: But in an interview Wednesday, he […]

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