Culture

Chin up, bucko! It may not be as bad as it seems

by Skip April 16, 2014

Andrew Breitbart said that politics is downstream from culture – in other words, the culture changes the mores of the population which changes political leanings.  We on the Right oft bemoan the capture of the educational system, the Hollywood movie / TV industry, the music industry, and the media in general, by the Left.  One […]

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Every Device – Every O/S – No Excuses

by Steve MacDonald March 10, 2014
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GrokTALK! is on iTunes, so you can listen now or listen later.  Just navigate to the iTunes, got to the podcasts page, and search for GrokTALK!, or click the iTunes link or on the iTunes logo. Every device – Every o/s – Always Free – No Excuses. Please listen responsibly.   Individual segments will now […]

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Data Point – A culture of Black Death

by Skip February 20, 2014

Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood and hater of blacks, would be proud. US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), too. from NYC 2012 stats: Black babies born alive: 24,758 Black babies killed via abortion: 31,328 A throw away culture – a segregationist’s delight if the words of Margaret Sanger are to be believed.  Let me paraphrase: […]

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Notable Quote: Jonah Goldberg – Culture Contradictions From the Left

by Steve MacDonald February 14, 2014
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Jonah Goldberg has another G-File out, and as usual, it is worth quoting… Not surprisingly, the further left you move the more the attitude towards American culture becomes hostile; that it needs to be changed, reformed, broadened, folded, spindled, and mutilated. Meanwhile, the conservative view is that American culture (i.e. traditional culture, broadly speaking) is […]

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Noteable Quote – Edward Gibbon

by Skip February 2, 2014

Promoted from the comments on Steve’s post on “Self Indulgence vs. Basic Rights”: “The five marks of the Roman decaying culture: Concern with displaying affluence instead of building wealth; Obsession with sex and perversions of sex; Art becomes freakish and sensationalistic instead of creative and original; Widening disparity between very rich and very poor; Increased […]

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Notable Quote: Dalrymple – The Modern Liberal Intelligentsia…

by Steve MacDonald January 28, 2014
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One might extend La Rochefoucauld’s famous maxim that neither the sun nor death can be stared at for long, by saying that no member of the modern liberal intelligentsia can stare at a social problem for very long.  He feels the need to retreat into impersonal abstractions, into structures or alleged structures over which the […]

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GrokTALK! Januray 25th, 2014 with Senator Bob Smith

by Steve MacDonald January 27, 2014
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New Hampshire Senator Bob Smith has entered the Republican Primary to challenge Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.  See what Bob has to say about the race, the party, DC,  Senator Shaheen, term limits and the problem with DC staffers, why he’s the guy for NH in 2014, and what he thinks is important for New Hampshire. Segment […]

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Victor Davis Hanson: The strand of civilization

by Skip January 20, 2014

“A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot…” – Robert Heinlein One of my most favorite folks to read is VDH – a California Professor who speaks of today’s disintegrating culture in […]

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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

by Steve MacDonald January 14, 2014
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In England, the dissolution of the Monasteries by the State resulted in an increase in public begging.   The monasteries, you see, acting as private, voluntary charities,  had long tended to the needs of the truly impoverished and downtrodden at their discretion.  Which is to say, they took an interest in the care of the truly […]

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Notable Quote: Theodore Dalrymple – ‘Civilization’

by Steve MacDonald January 9, 2014
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“The word Civilization itself rarely appears in academic texts or in journalism without the use of ironical quotation marks, as if civilization were a mythical creature like the Loch Ness monster of the Abominable Snow man, and to believe in it were a sign of philosophical naivete.  Brutal episodes, as are all too frequent in […]

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Notable Quote – John Phillip Reid

by Skip November 10, 2013

Long before the era of the revolutionary controversy, the centrality of property to the definition of liberty, to the rule of law, and to constitutionalism had become established British legal dogma. John Brown, in one of the most widely read books of the day, detailed the decline of morals in Great Britain, yet found three […]

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“FCC: Lifeline Program Fraud and Abuse Surpasses Two Million Subscribers “

by Skip November 5, 2013

I wrote back in 2009 about the Lifeline (aka Obamaphones): Once again, we see that the line at what Big Government defines as the “needs” of those needing “welfare” always seems to go ever upward over time (in addition to what the definition of what “poor” is). I saw an ad on TV the other […]

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Palate Cleanser – PhotoShop; 37 Seconds to “That’s Not What She Really Looks Like.”

by Steve MacDonald October 30, 2013
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PhotoShop is ubiqutious at this point, but seeing it in action will open your eyes.  You decide to what.

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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.  http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/ 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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GrokTALK! Guest Segment – SNHU Sociology Professor Kevin Kervick

by Steve MacDonald September 18, 2013
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Author and SNHU Professor Kevin Kervick joins us in segment three to talk about problems with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and why he is leaving that group after decades, being called a Free Stater, the culture within the professional Therapy and social worker community, how that community and the culture […]

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GrokTALK! 9-7-2013 Segment Four – Chasing Squirrels: Poland, Debt Crisis, Cloward Piven, Federalism and More…

by Steve MacDonald September 8, 2013
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In the final Segment Skip, Mike, Ed and Steve set the squirrels loose in an open format discussion that touches on Poland’s debt crisis and their decision to confiscate pensions so they can buy more debt; how the US is likley to play a similar hand to deal with its likely fiscal collapse; Cloward Piven; […]

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GrokTALK! 9-7-2013 Segment Three – Ed Naile: Vote Fraud Holes, Lack of Enforcement, Etc…

by Steve MacDonald September 8, 2013
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Ed Naile fills in for the third segment with an update on the hot topic of every week; Vote Fraud. We thank the Democrats for uncovering a potetntial Republican whose implicated voting history exacerbates the holes in our current “lack of enforcement” regime. Mike Brown, John DiStaso, Ray Buckley, Neil Kurk, Molly Shaheen, Sebastian Bradley, […]

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GrokTALK! 9-7-2013 Segment Two – Ellen Kolb: Common Core & Health Care

by Steve MacDonald September 8, 2013
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Ellen Kolb joins us to discuss the upcoming Cornerstone event on Common Core at St. Anselms (Sept 17th) then talks about what Democrats (and Democrat Care) are doing to New Hampshire. The conversation shifts necessarily to fascism, corporatism, and a sole provider trying to survive the burden of central planners from DC. Listen Here Download […]

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GrokTALK! 9-7-2013 Segment One – Demonization and Hypocrisy / Syria & The Middle East

by Steve MacDonald September 8, 2013
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The Groksters get serious over Syria, Libya, Egypt and the Middle Eastern fallout of the Obama Administrations foreign policy–if policy is the right word, then segue into an “as of the podcast unrelesed parody ad” about a made up product that address a very real truth: the demonization by the left of anyone who does […]

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Notable Quote – John Haywood

by Skip August 26, 2013

This commentary on Miley Cyrus’s “performance” on the VMA show caught my eye, with Andrew Brietbart’s words of “politics is downstream of culture” floating in my head (emphasis mine): …Also, Ms. Loring, I would advise you not to underestimate the importance of the pedophile edge to Miley’s routine.  Sexualizing young people is an important mission […]

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Coming Up This Week on GrokTALK! – August 17th 2013 Edition

by Steve MacDonald August 16, 2013
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On this week’s program GrokTALK! will be recording at the Nashua Steak Out on Friday evening (Aug 16th) so the list of “guests” is a bit fluid.  Just about anyone who is at the event could be on the program, and they are all welcome, but one guest we know we can tell you about […]

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Anal Hazing

by Steve MacDonald June 23, 2013

You read that right.  Anal hazing.  Another phrase for it might be the” backdoor-rape” of high school age boys (or younger) with inanimate objects, and apparently it is all the rage.  (If this was India would they be legally married now?) At any moment we should expect Joe Biden to step up to a microphone […]

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Can You Imagine If a US Court Ever Said This?

by Steve MacDonald June 20, 2013

I have a sneaking feeling that the cultural liberals on the left will not be all that happy to hear about this… UK Daily Mail If an unmarried couple have sex they are considered husband and wife – and would have to ‘divorce’ if they split, an Indian court has ruled. When two people of […]

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California Anti-Obesity Campaign Photoshops Skinny Kid to Look Fat

by Steve MacDonald June 10, 2013

An anti-obesity ad campaign being run by the California Children and Families  Commission digitally altered a little girl to make her look fatter.  This is something anyone with a smart phone or iPod can do with the free fattify App.  It takes your picture and plumps you up like a Ball Park Frank without the […]

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Palate Cleanser – Iron Man 3

by Steve MacDonald April 11, 2013

This is a featurette that is making the rounds.  There’s some actor commentary, a few clips, things blow up….good stuff.  (And for my progressive ‘friends’  no–I do not require that you watch it.)  

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Red Box Review: Battleship

by Steve MacDonald April 7, 2013

Let’s keep it simple.  Battleship is only good when there are ships and there is a battle.  So skip to just before the combat begins, anything that happened in the first 30-40 minutes or so you can work out for yourself by the end, and the battle sequences are a lot of fun to watch.  […]

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Gun manufacturers leaving Colorado – now Connecticut’s turn to lose jobs and tax money?

by Skip April 3, 2013

Good title – but this might be just as applicable: Is the US stratifying / splitting over culture and values?  Are the gun grabbers making this go faster? After all, what good is it to stay in a State that has made it illegal to sell, transfer, or effectively transport your wares?  Or that your […]

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Riffs off Laura Ingraham’s opening monologue – social issues and the Republican Party.

by Skip March 30, 2013

I like Laura Ingraham, a Conservative talk show hostess, and I do listen into The Factor when she guest hosts.  I had DVR’d the program for a different segment, but this morning upon playing it back, her opening monologue caught my attention even more: The question of what sort of culture our children are going […]

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Discover Has a New Credit Card. It’s Called ‘it’

by Steve MacDonald March 27, 2013

Discover has a new Discover Card called ‘it.’  The moment I saw it I couldn’t resist…um…messing with it?

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Reality Television. Documenting our Cultural Race to the Bottom…

by Steve MacDonald March 10, 2013
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