Thursday, September 19, 2013

No, the responsibility is all Jennifer Horn’s…

by Skip September 19, 2013

I’ve been meaning to get back to this for a while; from WMUR’s Political Standing from 9/6/2013: Kelly Ayotte: She takes the down arrow on behalf of all New Hampshire Republicans. All these problems are now her problem. They are too big, even for NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn. Now there’s a declaration that is about […]

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Party Über Alles: Dems Flee Benghazi Hearings To Avoid Testimony From Families of Victims

by Scott Morales September 19, 2013
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What else would you expect from the “compassionate” party?  You know the one, the Democrat party.  Filled with all of those deplorable, execrable, cretins who are only “compassionate” when it serves their higher interest: Democrat power.  The latest exhibit of their wretched impulse was on display today during the House Oversight and Government Reform hearing […]

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Data Point – Sustainable?

by Skip September 19, 2013

101,493,000 people in the United States got health-insurance coverage through government-run programs, including Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, military-related health-care programs, the Indian Health Service, and state-government-run health plans.  97,180,000 people who worked full-time in the private sector And with Obamacare, the first number will skyrocket.  That second number is decreasing – and […]

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Obamacare goes LIVE in 1.5 weeks. How’s that gonna work for us?

by Skip September 19, 2013

Through serendipity I’ve ended up working in HIT (health information technology). I take 50 calls a day with independent insurance agents/brokers to navigate the hoops to qualify to sell on the FFM (Federal Facilitated Marketplaces). The Government websites they need to access to register are riddled with random error messages, and simply attempting to log […]

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GrokTALK! Guest Segment – NH House Rep Jane Cormier

by Steve MacDonald September 19, 2013
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New Hampshire House Rep Jane Cormier joins us in the final half-hour to discuss how the New Hampshire left treated the death of Republican Robert Kingsbury, David Huot, the Belknap county Jail, uncivil county commissioners, exposing the Delphi technique, and how to mess with the pre-determined outcomes at your next NH Listens “listeing” session. (With […]

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GrokTV: Cornerstone Common Core Forum – Question and Answer session

by Skip September 19, 2013

It went right up to and a bit after 9pm – I have chopped up the session into five parts – not for content or “editing down” but simply because few people want to sit and watch long videos. Part 1: Part 2 et al after the jump

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Data Point – with no “stop N ‘frisk” in NYC for 30 days, how did crime go?

by Skip September 19, 2013

No surprises here.  Even in the short time (28 days since a judge all but outlawed most stop and frisk contacts) crime is up: 13% increase in shootings: 140 vs 124 same period last year. 9% increase in gunshot victims: 164 vs 150 same period last year And yes, most cops have “walked away” from […]

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GrokTV: Cornerstone Common Core Forum – Williamson M. Evers

by Skip September 19, 2013

The final speaker for the evening was Williamson M. Evers of the Hoover Institute at Stanford University where he specialized in research on education policy especially as it pertains to curriculum, teaching, testing, accountability, and school finance from kindergarten through high school.  Evers was the US assistant secretary of education for policy from 2007 to […]

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GrokTV: Cornerstone Common Core Forum – Jane Robbins

by Skip September 19, 2013

The third speaker of the night was Jane Robbins.  She is a Senior Fellow with American Principles Project. Her works includes education policy, student privacy and parental rights issue and has drafted state legislation on educational transparency and sovereignty. Ms. Robbins began her career as a labor lawyer for an Atlanta firm, after which she […]

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GrokTV: Cornerstone Common Core Forum – Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Ed.D

by Skip September 19, 2013

The second speaker of the evening was Dr. Stotsky who was a professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas and held the 21st Century Chair in Teacher Quality.  She retired in December 2012.  She served as Sr. Associate Commissioner at the MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education from 1999-2003 where she was […]

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Perhaps Common Core needs to adopt the ‘Grok’s Rule #1?

by Skip September 19, 2013

I have two rules for the folks that write at GraniteGrok: Rule #1: Adult themes, kid friendly I do not want to hear that Janie and Johnny ran to their parents and asked “Mommy, what does this mean?” and then the parents come to me and ask “Oh REALLY!!!” Rule #2: Write when you can […]

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GrokTV: Cornerstone Common Core Forum – Jamie Gass

by Skip September 19, 2013

Jamie Gass (Director of the Center for School Reform at the Pioneer Institute) spoke first.  Provided by Cornerstone: At Pioneer, he as framed and commissioned over 60 research papers on education reform topics.  Jamie has more than two decades of experience in public administration and education reform at the state and municipal levels.  Previously, he […]

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GrokTV: Cornerstone Common Core Forum – Intros

by Skip September 19, 2013

This past Tuesday, the ‘Grok was invited to cover Conerstone Policy Research’s Common Core Forum.  Four nationally known educators and education consultants gathered to speak to an overflow crowd at St. Anselm College’s Institute of Politics.  Topics ranged from standards to privacy to its purpose (er, not what you think it is) and data mining […]

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I Didn’t Know San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Was in Hanover New Hampshire?

by Steve MacDonald September 19, 2013
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From Doubleyouemyouare In a letter to parents, Hanover High School officials said (High School Football) team members met at a player’s house on Aug. 24 after practice. Freshman players were asked to perform skits meant to roast senior players. The Valley News reports the school said the themes were of a sexual nature that objectified […]

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If We Had Ammunition, We Could’ve Cleared that Building…

by Steve MacDonald September 19, 2013
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I keep looking for something else to write about, but life keeps giving me the Navy Yard Shooting.  Tactical team minutes away told to stand down.   Alexis’ a liberal Obama supporter, and now this…  (Note: prior to the quote below they were discussing the Texas Bell Tower shooter.) ‘If We Had the Ammunition, We Could’ve […]

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Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis – Prius Driving Liberal Who didn’t like Bush and Supported Obama.

by Steve MacDonald September 19, 2013
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Ruh-roh.  Aaron Alexis was not you typical Tea Party Radical.   In fact, he probably didn’t like the Tea Party at all. “Aaron wasn’t conservative like I am. He was more of a liberal type; he wasn’t happy with the former administration. He was more happy with this administration — as far as presidential administrations,…” Here’s […]

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What Anti-Self Defense Democrats Want For Your Town

by Steve MacDonald September 19, 2013
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Chicago has some of the strictest anti-gun laws in the nation because they can pass whatever laws they please with little or no opposition from anyone with even a lick of common sense.  It is a laboratory for their anti-gun policies.  And it is a ‘labratory’ with the the highest murder rate in the nation. […]

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IRS Political Targeting Scandal Still Alive…

by Steve MacDonald September 19, 2013
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This isn’t going away… Internal Revenue Service employees were instructed to flag political groups seeking tax-exempt status if they touted literature containing “anti-Obama rhetoric” and “emotional” statements, according to recently uncovered agency documents obtained by USA Today. … “As prominent politicians publicly urged the IRS to take action on tax-exempt groups engaged in legal campaign […]

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