Free Speech

The Word ‘Free’ in Free Speech, has Nothing To Do With Money

by Steve MacDonald February 13, 2016

The image above, from an email I referenced here, is the exercise of political speech by people trying to get money out of speech. I don’t believe that is desirable, so naturally, I have some questions. Who paid for the poster board, the stick, the staples, the markers, the smartphone he is (probably) using to tweet the […]

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NH Rebellion’s Many Progressive Bedfellows

by Steve MacDonald December 26, 2015
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NH Rebellion is a magnet for useful idiots. Rule #1 – If *Democrats want it odds are good it’s bad for freedom, individual liberty, State sovereignty, the Constitution, and the country. Stay away. (*We’re talking about the progressive variety running the party and setting the agenda and those that keep them in power.) Rule #1a […]

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It seems this is a feature, not a bug: Yalies sign petition to repeal First Amendment

by Skip December 20, 2015

Absolutely gobsmacking!  Here ARE the Elites-in-waiting at one of the most prestigious school in the world and here in America.  One would expect that these wonderkids would “get” our history, given how many Presidents, Congresscritters, and Supremes (and others in lofty places in American society) it has graduated. Micro-aggressions, safe spaces, ability not to be […]

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Guest Post by Brian “Bulldog” Tilton for NH Rebellion

by Skip December 8, 2015

Here at GraniteGrok, we relish the debate.  I recently put up a post on NH Rebellion’s time on WMUR’s CLOSEUP – Bulldog has asked to put up a rebuttal which I provide below completely but with some reformatting to make it more “bloggish”: I am writing in response to Skip Murphy’s post of December 6, […]

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CLOSEUP last week: NH Rebellion attack on Free Speech

by Skip December 6, 2015

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. [Art.] 22. [Free Speech; Liberty of the Press.] Free speech […]

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Notable Quote – George Will

by Skip November 18, 2015

On what Progressivism and its tool, political correctness / cultural Marxism, has wrought in the Ivory Tower (emphasis mine): But whatever responsibility attaches to the parenting that produced those brittle Yalies, a larger portion of blame goes to the monolithic culture of academia. Where progressivism reigns, vigilant thought police will enforce a peace of wary […]

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Do They Get A Brown Shirt When They Sign The Petition?

by Steve MacDonald September 25, 2015
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  “There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running around with lit matches.” – Ray Bradbury Ken White at POPEHAT has a nice piece on the brouhaha at Wesleyn. The school paper arranged words in a manner that displeased some in the college community. The […]

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Read the First Amendment much, Democrats?

by Skip September 6, 2015

Freedom of Speech, Right of conscious – two pillars of American Exceptionalism that ideas matter and that the Federal Government was PROHIBITED from restricting individuals from their God given and natural law rights.  Yet, it looks like the Democrats in California have both forgotten that little aspect and are all too willing to trample it […]

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UNH Prez. Mark Huddleston – Run Away! Run Away!

by Steve MacDonald July 30, 2015
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Thanks to ‘Axel’ for adding this update on Facebook. (Here is the link to the quote in the Concord Monitor) Statement from UNH President Mark Huddleston on Bias-Free Language Guide July 29, 2015 “While individuals on our campus have every right to express themselves, I want to make it absolutely clear that the views expressed […]

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Proving Andrew Klavan’s “liberals are going fascist” is this gem – Speak with words I don’t want you to say, Government should shut you up

by Skip July 28, 2015

““just not going to call people by their names, and that they’re going to misgender them, just because they can.”” Ah yes, the Liberty provided by the First Amendment to the US Constitution (and, I might add, from our very fine NH Constitution): [Art.] 22. [Free Speech; Liberty of the Press.] Free speech and liberty […]

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Notable Quote – Andrew Klavan

by Skip July 28, 2015

concerning the Left’s embracing their censors when they hear speech they do not like; it is insufficient to debate those of us on the Right.  Instead, they refuse to debate, thinking us beneath their dignity, but fully within their “dignity” to use any and all tactics to silence those that disagree with their politically correct […]

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“Now the contest begins to see who’ll be the angriest winner.”

by Skip July 10, 2015

OF OBERGEFELL AND OSTRACISM: After the Supreme Court’s decision on Same Sex Marriage, Dan McLaughlin of Red State was quoted as saying, “Now the contest begins to see who’ll be the angriest winner.” Last week it was George Takei of Star Trek making racist slurs against Clarence Thomas. This week, Max Lindenman of Patheos spots […]

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Notable Quote – Kurt Schlichter

by Susan Olsen June 27, 2015

“I damn sure didn’t go to war for this country twice to come home and be told by a bunch of homely chicks with daddy issues, effete literary fops scandalized by the notion of resistance to Third World pathologies, and nimrod sons of politicians playing at journalism what I can and can’t say. And I […]

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Free Speech Is A Dish Best Served…

by Steve MacDonald June 10, 2015
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Jeffrey Clay of Alton was arrested by the Alton Board of Selectman last February after being accused of character assassination and disorderly conduct, which most of you would recognize in it’s actual exercise as ‘speech intimidation.‘ The judge agreed. (Union Leader) In what the state’s American Civil Liberties Union legal director called “a powerful statement on […]

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The Manufacture of Consent

by Steve MacDonald June 10, 2015
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From How to Escape the Age of Mass Delusion A lot of people are scratching their heads today, wondering how life got to be so surreal, so fast in the United States of America. Based on the silencing tactics revealed by the LGBT lobby, many observers are likely now thinking: “Gee, I thought marriage equality […]

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The Benefits of its Restrictions on the Government Outweigh the Costs.

by Steve MacDonald May 23, 2015
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UNITED STATES v. STEVENS April 2010 Since its enactment, the First Amendment has permitted restrictions on a few historic categories of speech–including obscenity, defamation, fraud, incitement, and speech integral to criminal conduct–that “have never been thought to raise any Constitutional problem,” Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, 315 U. S. 568, 572. …But the First Amendment’s free speech […]

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Quoting Professors About Law is Particularly Risky

by Steve MacDonald May 22, 2015
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When Courting opinion in the Free Speech Debate…. Quoting professors about law is particularly risky, if your aim is an accurate and informative discussion of free speech law. If you call a physics professor and ask them what will happen if you drop your pencil, and why, he or she will say “it will fall, […]

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Breaking News: NH Senate Tables Buffer Zone Repeal -Taxpayers Will Now Pay

by Steve MacDonald May 14, 2015
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Republican Senators Jerry Little and Nancy Stiles sided with Democrats in a  12-12 vote on the buffer Zone repeal bill in the NH State Senate.  Jeb Bradley (a co-sponsor of the unconstitutional law this would repeal) immediately moved to table the repeal bill which will send a signal to the judge that the lawsuit against […]

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A Message In a Riot

by Steve MacDonald May 11, 2015
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The media has overwhelmingly blamed Pamela Gellar for the violence that resulted in the deaths of two terrorists in Garland Texas. The thesis is thus: knowing full well that Islamic terrorists could be offended by anyone drawing a picture of their prophet any gathering to further promote or celebrate that end should be expected to […]

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Free Speech – No Compromise

by Steve MacDonald May 9, 2015
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Speech is speech, and shooting people is shooting people. Everyone who lives in a Western society should understand the distinction. Nicole Gelinas  – City Journal

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Comic Has To Defend Tweet

by Steve MacDonald May 9, 2015
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(DC Clothesline) Comedian Evan Sayet is getting a bit of blowback because of a Tweet following the death of two terrorists in Garland, TX. The attack on a cartoon event failed after a security guard killed the heavily armed individuals who were reportedly seeking revenge for insults against the Muslim prophet Muhammed. The event had offered a $10,000 […]

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What Happened in Garland, Texas?

by Steve MacDonald May 5, 2015
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Forget all the media Hype and pictures of SWAT teams; a uniformed traffic officer working security at the event took out the two ‘Alleged’ terrorists with his duty sidearm before they could even get a few feet from their vehicle. Bearing Arms The two Islamic terrorists who attempted to attack the building opened fired from […]

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Free Speech In Peril

by Steve MacDonald April 23, 2015
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These are his closing remarks.  It is worth your time to read everything before it. (City Journal) So for just over a century, American politics has been a contest between the Founding Fathers’ vision and the Socialist Labor Party’s, most recently expressed by President Obama’s false and supercilious taunt to entrepreneurs that “you didn’t build […]

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Silence the dissenters over 50 years old? Naw – just deport them!

by Skip April 8, 2015

I watched this on Sunday – seemingly innocuous line but wrought with meaning.  Or, given the discussion just before it, rot in the Party. Once again, we see the Elitist view of a discussion and free speech – it never seems to be MORE speech but less speech.  Can’t deport all those illegal aliens but […]

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Democrat appointed Speaker of the NH House Shawn Jasper (R) – threatening Free Speech in the House?

by Skip March 22, 2015

Once again with Spring, the little birdies start tweeting again – even if Spring is measuring 11 degrees outside and this is pretty good one.  So, one would think that the NH House Speaker Shawn Jasper (Democrat appointed, if you don’t already know) would be a fine upstanding supporter of Free Speech.  After all, not […]

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GrokTV Event: US Senator Ted Cruz – Q&A for questions 1 & 2

by Skip March 16, 2015

Sure, US Senator Ted Cruz took some hard questions after his talk. Question 1 – As President, what would you do to get money out of campaigns and kill the Citizens United Supreme Court decision?  Ted Cruz’s  answer is a pithy and well answered defense of Free Speech – a complete takedown of the premise of […]

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I don’t think I’ve seen Chan this torqued up in a long while…take my 1st Amendment, I’ll show you my 2nd!!!

by Skip March 3, 2015

From his “Thoughts on a Sunday“: The totalitarians-in-training at Clemson University are calling for stripping everyone on campus of their First Amendment rights, making sure no one can voice opposing viewpoints they may find offensive, or worse, true. What shocked the Clemson community was the professors’ support of the students’ first demand, which called on the […]

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Free Speech: Guardians and Vassals

by Rick Olson March 2, 2015

“The Framers of the Constitution knew that free speech is the friend of change and revolution. But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny.”   —Justice Hugo Black Vassals of the Feifdoms…oh how they love to rule and oh how we love to let them! Periodically, we hear the din […]

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HB320 Followup – Relative to the Removal of Certain Campaign Materials From Polling Places

by Steve MacDonald January 26, 2015
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On January 22, I reported on h House Bill 320, an “Act Relative to the Removal of Certain Campaign Materials at the polling place.”   I’m happy to report that two of the Bills co-sponsers responded to my email. The motivation for the legislation was, as many speculated to me after the original report, the result […]

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“a form of totalitarianism called Islamism—politics as religion, religion as politics.”

by Skip January 11, 2015

We don’t fight against “extremists” or “terrorists” – that in itself is an indication of weakness. Terror is a tactic, used by an enemy to change political wills, but not the enemy itself. We do fight against a political ideology as authoritarian that in Shar’ia Law, wishes to control every aspect of your life in the tiniest […]

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