November 2013

I bet this version of “Tell your family about O’care” wasn’t quite what was expected

by Skip November 30, 2013

As Steve pointed out, there WERE plans by Democrat entities (only the DNC, DCCC, OFA, et al) to have Obama supporters act as mere political shills  for Obamacare: talk to your kids, take on your crazy TEA Party uncle, have your guests bring SS cards and income statements, pull them aside and in soft tones […]

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An Object Lesson in the Right to Private Property: The Pink House

by Skip November 30, 2013

There is an old Victorian house in the next town over – it and the plot of land on which it sits was purchased by a Dunkin Donuts franchisee a few years ago.  They really didn’t want the building, just the land located in what I call “Fast Food Alley” where a number of restaurants […]

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This sounds about right. Problem is, some Repubs are the same way

by Skip November 30, 2013

“We are above that old, dusty, old-fashioned piece of parchment…..right?  So we’ll say that we love it – but ignore it when it becomes “inconvenient”. Yet, for only insisting that Government follow its own Fundamental Law, we’re the bad guys?

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Er, what was I saying?

by Skip November 30, 2013

(H/T: Mac)

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Guest Post by Mac Kittredge: “Apex Predators, Social Synergy & Culture”

by Skip November 30, 2013

Random Thought for the day:  Apex Predators, Social Synergy & Culture Statism doesn’t work, because it can’t. It leads inevitably to tyranny and, as Thomas Hobbs would have it, lives that are “nasty, brutish and short!”  But why is this so?  Are there fundamental and inescapable aspects of our essential nature that ordain these results? […]

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Unelected Bureaucrats Gone Wild

by Steve MacDonald November 30, 2013
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Big government begets big bureaucracies with budgets the bureaucracies want to see made bigger.  To that end these tin-pot dictators of their pencil-pushing fiefdoms exercise power to whatever extent they can, to the misery of everyone else.  It is what Jefferson meant in the Declaration when he wrote “He has erected a multitude of New […]

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NH State Senator Nancy Stiles (R) – there’s a contract for that (already, right)?

by Skip November 30, 2013

I read this article in Pravada-on-the-Merrimack about a “Senior Citizens Bill of Rights” being sponsored by NH State Senator Nancy Stiles (R) and two Democrats, Reps. David Borden and Tom Sherman, read it again, and still can’t reason it out to any kind of a logical form.  No, not necessarily the piece itself (although it […]

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ObamaCare Was Never About Insuring People – It Was Always About Power and Control

by Steve MacDonald November 29, 2013
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A Cancer patient loses his plan because of ObamCare Rules. He reports this publicly and the news gets broad coverage.  He is going to pay the fine and do without and let nature take its course. An insurer sees his plight and  tries to help him.  They manage to arrange coverage he can afford so […]

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Another Thanksgiving Note to the NHGOP

by Steve MacDonald November 29, 2013
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Skip reminds us that GraniteGrok is becoming the scape-goat of choice for NH-GOP failures.  Just like Democrats Republicans to blame someone else for their own shortcomings.  But I’d like to remind the NH-GOP that GraniteGrok covered the Jeanne Shaheen letter to the IRS story more than a year before the state and national party even […]

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Illegal Voter Anmesty For New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald November 29, 2013
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Republicans often promote the idea of supporting amnesty for illegal aliens but the numbers are not in their favor.  Over 70% of Hispanics in the US legally already vote Democrat and have for years.  Amnesty would just make it easier for the 30 million or so illegal immigrants to emerge from the shadows to add […]

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Just in case you missed one of the real meanings behind yesterday: Freedom vs Free stuff

by Skip November 29, 2013

Which one is the real value? And just in case you are of the obtuse Ruling Class, Big Government is all about control to give out Free Stuff; Big Government can NEVER give out Freedom. Socialists love to give out “free stuff’ – stuff they must first forcibly take from others.  Ask yourself – where […]

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Million Paid to Group to Find Happy ObamCare Enrollment Tales – And That Group has Ties to NH

by Steve MacDonald November 29, 2013
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Families USA is an ultra-partisan left wing advocacy group and one of the largest health care lobbying organizations in the country.  Until the Democrat party sidelined its rheotric on a national single payer health care program, Families USA was it’s biggest fiscal and vocal supporter, pumping millions into states to advocate for it.  When the […]

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Now that we are all stuffed, a quick note on GMO food

by Skip November 28, 2013

A few days ago, this topic came up at a meeting I was at – Cafe Hayek reminded me of it so it gives me a chance to comment: If I am interested in buying GMO-free food (I’m not – I’ve eaten plenty but have friends who care deeply about it), shouldn’t there be a […]

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The real reason for the success of Thanksgiving – Property Rights

by Skip November 28, 2013

Now, I will take a bit of an issue with Reason  – Thanksgiving was given to God in a celebration and not the fact that the Pilgrims went from Communism to Capitalism for the basis of its economic.  However, that historical lesson presented here is quickly summed up here: While there are some that will […]

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Wicked Cold Thanksgiving in the South

by Steve MacDonald November 28, 2013

That’s right.  Wicked cold.

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A Rafter Of Turkeys

by Mike November 28, 2013

      Click to enlarge any ‘toon. Chuckle while you gobble, folks 🙂

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Thanksgiving: Vision vs Reality

by Mike November 28, 2013

Happy thanksgiving anyway, and don’t let the government turkeys get you down!

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What’s Another Name For A Government Monopoly

by Steve MacDonald November 28, 2013
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Hard to resist. Apparently the ObamaCare enrollment blitz envisioned by Organizing for Acorn Squash–aided by media allies like the Huffington Post–with a launch date of your Thanksgiving table, has been scuttled.  And it is both a launch problem and a design problem.  (The site still doesn’t work and no operators are standing by.) While that […]

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Postscript: We are SO Thankful that Jennifer Horn is the NH GOP Chair!

by Skip November 28, 2013

Yeah, there’s a few typos in here and the grammar could be tweaked as well.  C’est la.  In re-reading this (and thanks for the comments folks!), what I thought was the operative phrase was this one  (“you have brought us upon yourselves“) when I first wrote this has turned out not to be.  Instead, it […]

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We are SO Thankful that Jennifer Horn is the NH GOP Chair!

by Skip November 27, 2013

Why? Because we just love that she is talking about GraniteGrok more often lately (like this past Saturday at a hilltop meeting) – and each and every time she does, we get new readers!  Best of all, they keep coming back.  Frankly, she’s one of our best salesmen (er, where have you heard that logic […]

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GrokTALK! Guest Segment – Jeff Chidester

by Steve MacDonald November 27, 2013
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Skip and Steve are joined by Jeff Chidester for an energetic discussion of New Hampshire politics, Medicaid Expansion, how the Grassroots saved the NH-GOP (again?), why the Conservative approach is right, as well as the dynamics of failure in both parties on Medicaid expansion and who lead the charge to failure by having the worst […]

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Sratch That! The DCCC Is Still Going To Do Its Part To Ruin Thanksgiving

by Steve MacDonald November 27, 2013
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Organizing for Acorn Squash is not alone this holiday season in politicizing the Holiday dinner table.  The DCCC is back with its most recent installment of the DCCC Cheat Sheet.  Emphasis on Cheat.  Why? You hate the TEA Party, so let me count the ways. Let’s face it: we all have a crazy Tea Party […]

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Progressives, In Practice, Cling To The Antiquated

by Scott Morales November 27, 2013
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Progressives are regressive. They are people that are truly mired in ideological bog, unwilling to adapt to the world that is. Anyone whose had the pleasure to read the Grok for any stretch of time is surely to have noticed the word “regressive” mordantly used in place of “Progressive” when referring to those that characterize […]

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Guest Post- Jane Cormier: “Rep. Sullivan and Twitter – What a Team!”

by The Editors November 27, 2013
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The Democratic Attack Machine is officially in motion. Manchester Rep. Peter Sullivan’s recent attack on 2nd Congressional Candidate, Rep. Marilinda Garcia, Salem, is proof of that fact.  After Rep. Garcia threw her hat into the political ring against Annie Kuster, the silliness began – via Rep. Sullivan’s sexist comments regarding Rep. Garcia on Twitter. @katbeep: […]

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Sustainable Communities Initiative Punched In the Face?

by Steve MacDonald November 27, 2013
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The Sustainable Communities Initiative, part of Agenda 21, and locally known (in New Hampshire) as Granite State Future, uses Regional planning to con communities into signing on to a host of mandates with the promise or rewards.  The Faustian bargain separates taxpayers from elected decision makers who get cut out of the process and are […]

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Organizing For Acorn Squash Takes Over Democrat’s “Ruining Thanksgiving Tradition”

by Steve MacDonald November 27, 2013
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The DCCC has been sending out holiday cheat sheets for years, proof that Democrat voters really are too stupid to know what their own talking points are or how to articulate them.  That’s doubly funny because I know what they are without even looking. Well this year OFA (Organizing for Acorn Squash) has an instructional […]

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The Obama “Job Approval” Rating Chart – With Notes

by Steve MacDonald November 26, 2013
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And this is with the Media covering for him…anyone notice a ‘tend?’ c/0 Conservative Action Network

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GrokTALK! Guest Segment – Stephen Halbrook

by Steve MacDonald November 26, 2013
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Stephen Halbrook joins us to talk about his new book,  ‘Gun Control in the Third Reich.’ <——Buy the Book Here! Mr. Habrook is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, has argued and won constitutional cases before the US Supreme Court, testified before Congress, and is one of the nation’s leading experts on the Second […]

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Paul Mirski Endorses Marilinda Garcia For Congress

by Steve MacDonald November 26, 2013
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  I support Marilinda Garcia for NH’s Second Congressional District seat 110%. She’s a social conservative – but, I would judge, pragmatic on libertarian issues – leans libertarian but only leans. She’s honest, very bright, articulate, attractive in demeanor, very accomplished, a very good speaker, a hard and absolutely reliable worker. She has lot’s of […]

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Data Point – It isn’t Obamacare driving down medical costs

by Skip November 26, 2013

“How can anyone looking at this data possibly argue that Obamacare has anything to do with the reduction? In fact, one wonders if the rate would have dropped further without the adoption of the law. There is some evidence that it might have; I mentioned yesterday that Chuck Blahous, a public trustee for Social Security and Medicare, […]

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