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The obligatory post: Sebelius resigns

by Skip April 11, 2014

At that level of any organization, one never knows in looking from the outside in and bottom up whether is was pre-ordained, self-determined, or “quit or be fired”.  In any case, HHS Secretary Sebelius has handed in that resignation.  $700 million and four years for a website that still doesn’t work (front end mostly, but […]

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ObamaCare Surge? Cue Queue The Failures!

by Mike March 31, 2014

Surprise! The enrollment (sort of) deadline generated the expected surge of traffic, especially by people trying to get registered so they could take advantage of yet another “extension” available to people who had made a good faith effort. So, naturally, the contractors running HealthCare.gov pulled out all the stops, laid on extra capacity, and were […]

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No, they DIDN’T take it off the table – they just gave them ANOTHER club

by Skip March 6, 2014

This will be the gift that will keep on giving – the Kiss of Death, that is.  To the Republicans, that is.  They just didn’t realize it, all those Smart People in the NH State Senate with Rs after their names that voted to implement Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion (even though they tried to call it […]

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Will Jeb Bradley Care If We All Call It “BradleyCare?”

by Steve MacDonald March 3, 2014
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The Merrimack County Republican Committee has joined the ranks of Republican Committee’s scross the state that oppose the Bradley/Morse plan to expand Medicaid in New Hampshire  (SB413).  And they did it after he spoke in support of his plan at their meeting. Over on the Grok Facebook page we got an update from Susan Olsen […]

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So, why do Democrats want the AFP ad that is Zandra Rice-Hawkin’s fave silenced??

by Skip February 26, 2014

Democrats hate alternative ideas – and time after time we have seen their efforts to silence their opponents.  Steve briefly addressed her trite concern here and in the comment section, a commenter named “eastergrass” put up a paltry demonstration of Progressive parley in trying to turn the tables on us.  That’s the problem with Progressives; […]

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This, Obama has done to himself and his legacy

by Skip January 20, 2014

(H/T: Resistance New Hampshire)

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Another incoherent answer by CongressCritter Annie Kuster “on the Middle East” – Negotiating with Palestinians? Really?

by Skip December 15, 2013

When I first listened to this, I had no idea what to post about it – absolutely incoherent of an answer.  At least on her Benghazi answer, she had the good sense to say pretty much nothing.  Here, you can tell that what’s she believes is not what she can say to this audience (or, […]

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Blogline of the Day – the Al Gore effect

by Skip December 15, 2013

Instapundit: #NARRATIVEFAIL: Five Years Ago Today: Al Gore Predicted the North Pole Will Be Ice Free in 5 Years… And Grokster Mike (and Steve) brought us news that it had snowed in Egypt.  As I write this, I have 4″ already of an 8-14″ snowstorm that is now blanketing New Hampshire.  15 years of no […]

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Common Core – C’mon, this REALLY is supposed to improve educational outcomes?

by Skip December 8, 2013

Yeah, and the NY Times keeps claiming that they are to be believed because of the “layers of fact checkers & editors” they have – we’ve seen how that’s worked out, huh?  Well, tell me, how is this real math problem going to make our kids better prepared to complete against others?   See #15, […]

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Harrell Kirstein – an Object Lesson in INconsistency

by Skip December 5, 2013

Exactly what I have been writing about one lesson that Republicans have to learn: being consistent.  It really isn’t that hard to grasp, really – all it takes is the ability to stick to your Principles.  Do that, and it wipes the political table clean of mistakes (and often keeps you from making future ones).  […]

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“Socialism: it just hasn’t been implemented by the right set of people – yet”

by Skip November 6, 2013

Certainly not in the late Chavez’s Venezuela – last time it was foreign currency black markets, rotting food on the docks, and toilet paper hording.  Socialism – the promise of a Utopia for Everyone!  I guess that 130 years, in lots of countries world-wide, not ONE set of folks has gotten it right yet!  Small […]

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The Con’s Detonation

by Scott Morales November 3, 2013
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The idol burst and sprayed angled shards and fragments over the podium and media landscape, burrowing sharply into the souls and hearts of his acolytes. Puncturing dreams and deflating hopes quicker than a set of Michelins backing over a spike strip on a quick get away. You can see it everywhere. On the lefty shows. […]

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Sure the Democrats and Obama are gonna fix this GLITCH! in a couple of weeks!

by Skip October 24, 2013

Healthcare.gov isn’t gonna get fixed – this fustercluck needs to be burnt at the stake, flayed and quartered, buried at sea, and redone from scratch.  Obama keeps comparing this monstrosity to an Apple product roll-out – THEY would have killed their own product if it was this bad – it would NEVER have seen the […]

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More on the “Ayotte Booing” – and not just because it is almost Halloween

by Skip October 18, 2013

As I reported from the First Annual Strong New Hampshire Conference, I was not expecting the reaction that the crowd had when Howie Carr asked them what they thought of Kelly Ayotte’s behavior lately.  Go here if you have forgotten.  One of our loyal readers sent this Letter to Ayotte’ s office and gave us […]

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Good enough for Government work?

by Skip October 1, 2013

Yeah, crash. 8:19am  I just tried to log into Healthcare.gov website as that is where NH  residents are supposed to sign up for taxpayer subsidized programs in Obamacare.  My low expectations were not exceeded.  #FAIL Update (Noon):” The administration has said that the glitches consumers are encountering will be ironed out by Tuesday afternoon.”  Sure […]

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Taxpayer Overcharged Again? Fisker’s Default Of $168M Mostly Written Off – Part Two

by Skip September 23, 2013

But WAIT!  There’s MORE!  Mike had this post concerning the demise of Fisker Automotive – one of the failed “green” attempts of the Obama Administration in trying to show that his Smart People could pick industries and anoint individual winners better than the venture capital pros who do this for a living.  Of course, they’ve […]

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Oh Goody – we’re all about to play Obamacare Roulette!

by Skip September 21, 2013

Spin that screen and see what prices come up for you!  Sheesh…. An Obamacare software glitch is now incorrectly tabulating how much people must pay for health insurance, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. “There’s a blanket acknowledgment that rates are being calculated incorrectly,” a senior health insurance executive told the WSJ. […]

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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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What Can Brown Do For You?

by Steve MacDonald August 21, 2013
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It’s an old UPS tag line, What can Brown Do for You, but now it has so many meanings I’m not sure where to begin.  Maybe we’ll just go with this:  UPS is a Teamster shop, their pilots and their mechanics are all in unions.  Unions pushed hard and spent much in blood and treasure […]

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US Senator Kelly Ayotte – “Our Republican”?

by Skip June 27, 2013

National Review: Fourteen Republicans joined every Democrat in support of the bill: Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Jeff Chiesa (N.J.), Susan Collins (Maine), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Dean Heller (Nev.), John Hoeven (N.D., Mark Kirk (Ill.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Marco Rubio (Fla.). […]

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Johnny can’t read? Janie can’t add? Well, here’s another reason why.

by Skip June 19, 2013

My feeling is that the most significant factor behind a student’s success in school are engaged parents.  I remember Mom having me sit at the kitchen table and watching me do homework AFTER she had gone over the material herself.  It wasn’t until I hit subjects like finite match, calculus, and programming and AP biology […]

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Biden: ” ‘You don’t need an AR-15. It’s harder to aim, it’s harder to use…”

by Skip March 3, 2013

Joe certainly doesn’t like AR-15s and has been telling folks “You don’t need that” (which is one of the tell tale signs of a Progressive / Nanny-Stater: “You don’t need that, I don’t know of anyone who says they need that, and it’s about the quality of life“).  Especially the ladies – “git yourself a […]

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Blaming the need for Generators on tax cuts? Income Inequality??

by Skip November 24, 2012

“It’s manifestly silly (and highly polluting) for every fine home to have a generator. It would make more sense to invest those resources in the electrical grid so that it wouldn’t fail in the first place….So time and again, we see the decline of public services accompanied by the rise of private workarounds for the […]

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Notable Quote – Jerry Bowyer

by Skip November 22, 2012

As my friend Reuven Brenner has taught me, history is a series of experiments: The Human Gamble. Some gambles work and are adopted by history and some do not and should be abandoned by it. The problem is that the human gamble only works if there is a record of experimental outcomes and if decision […]

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If I Wanted America to Fail…

by Steve MacDonald May 17, 2012

 

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Money Not So Well Spent – 71% of NH Schools Fail to Meet Adequate Yearly Progress

by Steve MacDonald April 3, 2012

Hat tip to NH Watchdog first and foremost, for reporting this story. (CONCORD) 71% of New Hampshire schools failed to meet improvement benchmarks in the latest annual progress reports released today by the New Hampshire Department of Education. Over 66% of New Hampshire school districts failed to make the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is either […]

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GrokTALK! (Special “Equipment Failure” Edition)

by Steve MacDonald March 26, 2011

The problem with having the Fail Gremlin on the program is that you can’t have anyone else on the program because there is no live program.

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