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Out-Of State Group Behind Portsmouth Bag Ban Will Keep Pushing Their Agenda

by Steve MacDonald April 5, 2017

Monday we reported on an attempt by elements in the City of Portsmouth to advance another plastic bag ban. Yesterday, the Portsmouth City Council postponed a vote on the ban pending review by the City Manager. It is unclear what the city manager can do. There is no legislative support or enabling legislation. Correspondent Kimberly Haas from […]

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Portsmouth Looking at Plastic Bag Ban Again- Council Meeting Tonight.

by Steve MacDonald April 3, 2017

The Portsmouth, New Hampshire City Council is meeting tonight for the second reading of a proposal to ban plastic bags in the city council chamber, City hall, starting at 7 pm. This is not the Council’s first dance with a proposed bag ban. Back in the spring of 2015 a Blue Ribbon Committee on Sustainable […]

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Portsmouth Drops Plastic ‘Bag Ban’ For Now

by Steve MacDonald June 6, 2015
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We’ll probably talk about this today on GrokTALK! so as a primer, the city lawyer indicates that, … While we maintain that the city might have the authority to adopt the plastic bag ordinance under the purview of solid waste regulation, without a clear source of enabling legislation, we are inclined to conclude that it […]

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Proposed Plastic Bag Ban Will Be Bad For Portsmouth

by Steve MacDonald April 6, 2015
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Portsmouth has a Blue Ribbon Committee on Sustainable Practices and like any good committee it must forever practice things that sustain the committee.  To that end the busybodies have identified the next great environmental evil.  Single-use plastic bags are bad for Portsmouth (and the world!).  They plan to submit a proposal to the City Council […]

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Bette Midler California Bag Ban – No, It’s Not About Plastic Surgery

by Steve MacDonald June 6, 2013

If ever you needed proof that some celebrities are dopes then the recent effort by a cast of millionaire limousine liberals to help pass a state wide bag ban in California should serve.  No, it’s not a bill to require plastic surgery, it would make the misnamed single use plastic grocery bag extinct across the […]

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The Human Cost of Plastic Bag Bans… (Updated – new link added)

by Steve MacDonald August 18, 2012

What are the unidentified costs of banning disposable shopping bags?  I’ve been speculating for months. In this video PERC Lone Mountain Fellow Jonathan Klick argues that the presence of harmful bacteria (in reusable grocery bags whose use is mandated after plastic bag bans are put in place) creates a health cost that has not been […]

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L.A. Plastic Bag Ban – By The Way…Reusable Bags Might Be Worse For The Environment

by Steve MacDonald June 13, 2012

This is almost a palate cleanser but then it is not.   Apparently the LA plastic bag ban was motivated by celebrity goobers with green thumbs. Egged on by actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and an array of environmental groups, the City Council voted 13 to 1 to phase out plastic bags over the next 12 months at an estimated […]

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Happy “Dependence Day” Seattle – Your City Just Banned Plastic Bags

by Steve MacDonald July 4, 2012

Nothing says freedom like telling your citizens or local businesses what to do.  But Seattle is not exactly a bastion of Freedom and liberty.  And today is no different. The Seattle City Council has voted to ban plastic grocery bags. This is another win by so-called environmental groups that claim the bags fill up landfills […]

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L.A. City Council Votes 13-1 to Ban Plastic Grocery Bags

by Steve MacDonald May 24, 2012

  The Los Angeles city council voted 13-1 to ban plastic shopping bags in grocery stores.  There is a lengthy review and implementation process to follow but if all goes to plan within about 10-12 months the ban will be in force.  Paper bags will still be available for a ten cent fee.  I like […]

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Use That Organic Cotton Shopping Bag 20,000 Times or It’s Worse for the Environment

by Steve MacDonald August 9, 2018

“Our assumptions about what is environmentally friendly don’t always stand up to scrutiny.” Recent research by the Ministry of Environment and Food in Denmark, published by the DEPA (Denmark Environmental Protection Agency), – Executive summary in English begins on page 13 – reinforces claims I’ve made here for years. The replacement for plastic shopping bags are […]

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Chicago Taxes Plastic Grocery Bags to Save the ‘Environment’ (wink-wink)

by Steve MacDonald November 29, 2016

Chicago recently instituted a new $0.07 per bag tax on plastic grocery/store bags. No price is too high to save the environment, right? What if the “environment” is the city budget? Roughly 70% of that green-tax will go directly to the city to plug holes in the municipal budget. The stealth tax does not quite […]

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I’ll See Your Cuban & Raise You A Flowers!

by Mike September 24, 2016

Hillary Trolls Trump – Gets Epic Smackdown! You can’t make this stuff up! Hillary thought she could get under The Donald’s skin by inviting Mark Cuban as her front row guest for Monday night’s debate. REALLY?? With so much baggage in your life and you’re trying to score cheap points? Welcome to bimbo eruptions 2016! […]

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Cruz Bags A Duck (Dynasty, That Is)

by Mike January 14, 2016

Another Great Endorsement Which Will Drive Liberals Wild Via Breitbart, Duck Commander Phil Robertson issued the following statement on his endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz for president (emphasis added):     The root of the America’s problem is a spiritual problem. History has proven that the abandonment of God brings with it certain consequences, such […]

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TEA Party member asks for apology for Walt Havenstein’s teabagger remark, Havenstein refuses

by Skip July 10, 2014

Update: this will be topmost for a while – newer posts after this one Nice.  As Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit says – punch back twice as hard.  Here is the video: Here is the background:  I am a co-founding member of the NH TEA Party Coalition and I believe in the TEA Party’s three (and […]

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Exactly What They Were looking For…Federal Judge Uses Gay Marriage to Repeal Ban on Polygamy

by Steve MacDonald December 16, 2013
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The people driving the gay marriage movement have, for years, been very honest about their intentions.  End marriage as an institution.  Demanding marriage rights for homosexual couples was always just a step toward that greater goal. Sorry gay couples who thought “they” really cared about your feelings or believed you had a right to marriage.   […]

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Did You Know It Was Banned Books Week?

by Steve MacDonald September 24, 2013
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Banned book week began Sunday, September 22nd, and runs until Saturday the 28th.  They even have their own web site. I’m always a bit cautious when people start tossing the censorship thing around and the “banning books” crusade is as likely as any to declare the refusal of a group (school, library, whatever) to […]

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Feinstein lets the cat out of the bag: Progressives want to take away ALL semi-automatic firearms

by Skip April 21, 2013

I spent this afternoon at a gathering of good friends where the purpose was to get out of the house, have a chance to yak, consume some good comestibles – and shoot guns!  Handguns, long guns; small calibers and larger ones (not quite .50 cal, but long range); semiautomatics, revolvers, and bolt action.  I’ve shot […]

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We must ban guns to stop the violence!

by Tim Condon January 9, 2013

I just received this list, ostensibly from the World Health Organization, involving the latest murder statistics for various countries in the world. I haven’t cross-checked the statistics and information, but the list would seem to logical and only common sense….

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Will Terie Norelli And The Democrats Try To Ban My Refrigerator?

by Steve MacDonald December 24, 2012

I think it is appropriate to add this picture (right) to Susan Olsen’s post.  The one with the ‘Journalist’s Guide To Firearm’s Identification.’ This is my refrigerator door.  It was modified by the manufacturer to accommodate an extra magazine capable of holding all manner of ‘lethal’ ordinance.  Soda.  Beer.  Water, in those earth destroying plastic […]

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But You Are Still a “D”-Bag

by Rick Olson August 4, 2012

douche bag:  (noun) “An individual who has an over-inflated sense of self worth, compounded by a low level of intellegence, behaving ridiculously in front of colleagues with no sense of how moronic he appears.”  —Urban Dictionary

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And You Were Worried About Bag Fees?

by Steve MacDonald May 25, 2012

  A woman was kicked off a plane for wearing a shirt that read, “If I wanted the Government in My Womb I’d F*** a Senator.” There are plenty of things wrong with this. First, it assumes that the Senator in question would be both male and adequately equipped to achieve the implied destination.  While […]

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Norovirus Source – Reusable Grocery Bag

by Steve MacDonald May 10, 2012

Remember when I wrote about LA looking to ban paper and plastic grocery bags?I included this quote… Coliform bacteria, suggesting raw-meat or uncooked-food contamination, was in half of the bags, and E. coliwas found in 12 percent of the bags. Running the bags through a washer or cleaning them by hand reduced bacteria levels to […]

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What could go wrong? LA Set to Ban Paper and Plastic

by Steve MacDonald April 17, 2012

Democrats don’t think things through.  (Progressive Republicans are no different, to be fair.)  They enact policies in response to the echo chamber of voices in their ideologically isolationist heads, all the things Edmund Burke warned us against centuries ago.  The result is almost always bureaucratic nonsense, another small loss of freedom, massive expense with little […]

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The Garbage Police

by Rick Olson October 25, 2011

“Law, without force, is impotent.”  —Blaise Pascal The City of Manchester, in its infinite wisdom, seeks to enact an anti-scavenging ordinance prohibiting the scavenging of recyclable items from curbside bins. Under the new measure, violators would be slapped with a fine.  If this ordinance is enacted, the homeless and ‘ner-do wells’ who scavenge cans bottles […]

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Is John Edwards a Scumbag?

by Steve MacDonald May 19, 2011

It should be a rhetorical question but after Tweeting John Edwards latest declaration of Ass-hattedness to Twitter and Facebook ( -sorry the Grok link plug in is glitching) the question was asked:

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Harrell! Quick! Whaddya say about this: Democrat State Senator Husband caught in the act!

by Skip October 31, 2010

(Picture courtesy of NH GOP – Elliot Lasky caught in the act) Seems like Harrell Kirstein, NH Democrat Party Communication dude, has some ‘splainin’ to do.  OK Harrell – where does "getting caught absolutely red handed and in the act" appear on your Political Correctness scale? So, yet another incidence of theft by high ranking […]

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Dragon Soup– Baghdad’s Christians: An island in the sea of Islam (Part 2 of 3)

by ArmedWordSmith December 23, 2007

Major Kirk here- back with the second part of my series on Christians in south Baghdad. (Part 1 here) The truth is- I can’t tell the story in just two parts, so here is the penultimate chapter in my tale, with the final installment to come before you open presents on Christmas morning. . The author […]

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Dragon Soup– Baghdad’s Christians: An island in the sea of Islam (Part 1 of 2)

by ArmedWordSmith December 19, 2007

Major Kirk here with another edition of Dragon Soup… . Babel Pontifical College (seminary) which became Coalition Outpost Amanche in March ’07 but is now known as COP Blackfoot Christmastime in the Granite State…I don’t know about you, but some of the happiest times of my life have been spent celebrating the holidays in New […]

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Major Luedeke– Live from Baghdad on Meet the New Press radio!

by Doug December 15, 2007

  PRC-1 "Suitcase" spy transmitter (WWII era) Starting Saturday morning at 9 am! . ….                    ..Pat Hynes                                Skip Murphy                          Doug Lambert . Once again, 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 […]

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Climate Alarmists – Portsmouth Naval Shipyard at Risk from Sea Level Rise

by Steve MacDonald July 28, 2016
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Local media is reporting claims that the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is in imminent danger from sea level rise. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), is asking local communities to prepare for the worst. What is “the worst?” More than a quarter of the shipyard’s land area, including places currently key to operations, will become part of the tidal […]

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