Culture

“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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Guest Post by Susan Carroll, Rochester 912 – “Lie after Lie”

by Skip March 1, 2013

Yes, tonite is Guest Post nite – and can be almost any night.  We try to have new and interesting content on the ‘Grok each and every day – but we Groksters all have full time jobs and full time families (to whom are are grateful in allowing us to soldier on in the fight […]

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This is just Cool…

by Steve MacDonald February 10, 2013

Make sure you stick it out, it’s worth it. H/T Mashable

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Palate Cleanser – Little Wing

by Steve MacDonald January 27, 2013

I’ve been quiet this weekend– Bathroom remodel,  closets, floors, and much more on the way.  I expect with but a few exceptions it will consume my spare weekend hours for several weeks.  So I have not had my finger on the pulse of politics and culture but I find myself no worse for wear.  And […]

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Liberal Policies and Culture Increased Newtown Death Toll

by Don December 15, 2012

What horrible events occurred today! The parents and Newtown Connecticut community must be wondering if they can endure the pain. Obviously our hearts go out to the families and community. Already leftists are crying for more gun control. A rational person would look at the number of murders in Washington, DC or New York City […]

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GrokTV – Panel Discussion: Making your vote count – Q&A Part 2

by Skip December 9, 2012

Continuing on with the Q & A session from yesterday’s Panel Discussion: Request to GraniteGrok: can you do some video lessons on how to do”voting stuff”? Frustration with the NH GOP Losing the vote due to the culture in the Government schools A shoutout to GovernmentOversite.com which is doing yeoman’s work on covering the Federal […]

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The New Up and Coming Scourge of Our Nations Youth: The Bouncy House?

by Steve MacDonald November 26, 2012

The number of U.S. children hurt while using inflatable bouncers, such as bounce houses and moonwalks, is 15 times higher than in 1995, according to a new study. That’s the lead from Reuters. I didn’t look past the dead link at the bottom of the article but I’d love to know who the ‘researchers’ are […]

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Obama’s New Rules For Golf

by Steve MacDonald November 21, 2012

(I received this in my email this morning.  It’s a bit clunky but you’ll get the point.) President Obama’s new Golf Czar has announced that Major rule changes in the game of golf will become effective December 1,  2012. The new rule book, estimated to weigh in at roughly 2716 pages is still being crafted […]

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Oz The Great and Powerful

by Steve MacDonald November 15, 2012

Having just mentioned The Wizard of Oz here, and a different franchise prequel here, I guess we might as well share this;  It is the Wizard of Oz prequel.  Yes dear readers, there is a prequel.  And it looks half good and then some. The movie is due out next March.  It tells the tale […]

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Red Box Review: PROMETHEUS

by Steve MacDonald November 14, 2012

Prometheus is Ridely Scott’s ostentatious pre-boot prequel of the Alien franchise and if you had $1.20 and were not sure whether to buy 0.32 gallons of gas, one-third of a box of cereal, 0.15 pounds of steak, pay full price for a compilation of every Pauly Shore movie ever made (weasel!), or to rent Prometheus…Prometheus […]

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Medal of Honor: Warfighter – Trailer

by Steve MacDonald November 8, 2012

Here’s the single player launch trailer for Medal of Honor: Warfighter.   It looks good.  May life imitate art.

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Starbucks War On Women?

by Steve MacDonald November 2, 2012

I’ve never been to Starbucks but they must have some darn good coffee there. Police were summoned to the Bradenton business “by the staff at Starbucks regarding a female that was in their lobby and was masturbating.”  – Smoking Gun The woman was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia after a police officer, summoned by the […]

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