Free Speech

SB 120 – “Hey, Anyone In NH Mind If They Lay The Foundation For A Speech Cartel?” (Updated)

by Steve MacDonald April 21, 2014
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Update- The Hearing is now: Thurday , April 24, 2014, at the Legislative Office Building–I beleive it is room 308 The sponsors and supporters of SB120 are creating a political protection racket. Think about it.  These politicians are spending our money, to enact a law that will be enforced using our money, whose purpose is […]

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GrokTALK! April 12th, 2014 with Andrew Hemingway – Candidate for Governor of NH

by Steve MacDonald April 18, 2014
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Andrew Hemingway joins us to talk about his campaign for governor of New Hampshire. We touch on some issues important to the state and before he joins us — his new primary opponent, Walter Havenstein–with some filler about money and speech. Listen to Segment Four Listen or Download this segment here Here Listen to the […]

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SB 120 – Speech Limited In NH By Those Most Threatened By It (Updated)

by Steve MacDonald April 15, 2014
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I have been following the New Hampshire Political ruling class efforts to stifle political speech for years.  It is a bipartisan effort to erect barriers to free speech.  So what do you call that?  Almost free speech?  Sort of Free speech?  Selective Free speech?  Speech that’s free but only during the calendar days defined by […]

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The Progressive definitions of “Free Speech”

by Skip April 13, 2014

(H/T: Powerline)

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Shame, Shame, Brandeis University

by MullahFoe April 13, 2014

For decades, I have been sounding the alarm about the ever-increasing menace Islam is posing to America and our way of life. Apathy, political correctness, and massive Islamic lobbying have successfully prevented the public from truly grasping the pervasive Islamic assault. Freedom of speech, a right greatly cherished by a free people, is an area […]

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Me Vs The “Pro Selective Use of The First Amendment” Bruce

by Scott Morales April 5, 2014
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I’ve had an exchange with a commenter on the Steyn post I updated last week. I’d like to cite a few bits because I think it’s illustrative of the issue at hand and why Steyn needs to be defended and must win. If you’re not familiar with the Mark Steyn battle against Silence Enforcer Mann […]

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Support a Fellow New Hampsherite Fighting For Free Speech–Support Mark Steyn [Updated & Bumped]

by Scott Morales March 28, 2014
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Update:  This is just a reminder to keep New Hampshire’s very own “scary conservative with a hidden agenda” in your thoughts. And to persuade you to consider wandering over to, home of entertaining edification, to help fight for free speech.  We need all the fighters we can get these days.  Too many are seeking […]

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Chuck Schumer’s ‘Shield Law’ Makes Some “Journalists” a New Protected Class

by Steve MacDonald March 27, 2014
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Chuck Schumer’s shield law is meant to protect journalists from being dragged into court or intimidated by the legal system into giving up their confidential sources (among other things).   In reality, this is nothing more than the closing chapter of a ‘drama’ by which Democrats create statute that allows the government to define who gets […]

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Notable Quote – Steve Mac Donald

by Skip March 12, 2014

…Neither you nor I, nor any small business owner, or interested local grass-roots group, will ever have the time or resources to risk tangling with complex “speech” laws, loaded with trip wires.  Speech becomes a luxury commodity protected for the wealthy and well-connected, at the exclusion of a majority of the populace. If and when […]

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Notable Quote – George Will

by Skip March 10, 2014

The idea that politicians should write laws restricting people critical of them is as perverse as the idea that the sprawling, opaque IRS bureaucracy should be assigned to construe and apply such laws. It is bad enough that there is the misbegotten Federal Election Commission to do what the First Amendment forbids — government regulation […]

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Where I disagree with Steve on SB 120 – the NH Republican State Senator Incumbent Protection Racket Act

by Skip February 9, 2014

No,  Steve, it is NOT “not… intentional“: I’m not saying that any of this was intentional, by the way.  I’m saying that the sponsors are probably too blinkered by their own arrogance, trapped in the tunnel-vision of their own circumstances, to realize the destructive power of what they are trying to do. I believe SB120’s […]

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NH SB 120 The Democrats Long Sought ‘Wall Of Separation’ Between “Free” and “Speech” (Sponsored by Republicans)

by Steve MacDonald February 9, 2014
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Rumor has it that the NH Republican majority Senate is ready to dust off Republican sponsored SB 120, and push it through the legislature.  The democrats could not be happier. SB 120 is a bill that redefines what a committee is, and what classifies as an expenditure for the purposes of political speech.  And it […]

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GrokTALK! February, 8th 2014 – the Videos

by Skip February 8, 2014

As always, Steve beat me to the posting (er, it takes a while to get the videos into the right shape for editing and then posting).  Also nice to report that with figuring out how to work with the UStream files (created during our livestreaming of our events), we’ll be posting the video of the […]

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Dana Loesch…to Guest Host on ‘The View’

by Steve MacDonald February 2, 2014
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Dana Loesch on the View?  That should make the Super Bowl look like a debutante’s ball. From Joe For TheBlaze TV’s Dana Loesch will be guest hosting ABC’s “The View” on Monday — that is, if the anti-gun group Moms Demand Action doesn’t get its way. Additionally, the far-left Media Matters has also come out of the woodwork […]

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Notable Quote – Stephen Carter

by Susan Olsen February 1, 2014

  “I am old-fashioned enough to believe that the cure for bad speech is good speech. Yes, it’s a cliche. But it’s also a useful reminder. Nobody  is forced to enter public debate. Once you’re there, it’s rough and tumble. Unfair attacks are as common as dew and sunshine, and everybody’s reputation takes a beating. […]

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Court Rules: Bloggers Same As Journalists

by Steve MacDonald January 19, 2014
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And so are you, for that matter. The three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held unanimously that there is no difference between a journalist for a media outlet and another speaker when it comes to First Amendment protections. … “The protections of the First Amendment do not turn on whether the defendant […]

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Even in our jammies…

by Susan Olsen January 18, 2014

Attorney and professor Eugene Volokh is a tireless and ferocious warrior for liberty.  He wins another one for the good guys.

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And it requires that Congressmen and Senators, you know – as role models, show that they respect the Constitution themselves

by Skip January 14, 2014

Last time I looked, “Speech Intimidation by US Senators” was not in the Constitution or Bill of Rights.  This is this, however (the First Amendment): 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 […]

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If Universities Can Regulate Away A Second Amendment Right…

by Steve MacDonald December 29, 2013

Yesterday Rick reported on a gun rights ruling in Florida that overturned a Florida State University ban on students storing firearms in their vehicles. Judge Clay Roberts wrote, “Restricting recreational activities is a far cry from restricting a fundamental, constitutional right to keep and bear arms for self-defense…” … Judge Scott Makar wrote “… If […]

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Jared Marcum Will Not Be Charged

by Steve MacDonald July 1, 2013

The West Virgina Student, Jared Marcum, who was suspended for one day for wearing an NRA T-shirt to school and refusing to take it off or turn it inside out, who then wore it to school again after his suspension and was then charged with obstruction by a local prosecutor…will not be charged. So get […]

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Hey, I thought Dems were against Corporations making political pronouncements!

by Skip June 30, 2013

Johnson & Johnson, Ascension Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, H&R Block, NFL, NBA, PGA, NASCAR, MLB Who else?  Who DON’T we know about? As I mentioned here, it seems that the Federal Government has such a vested interest in Obamacare that they are willing to go after “the most vulnerable amongst us” – […]

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Muslims who use Twitter….Are Going to Hell

by Steve MacDonald May 16, 2013

Sheikh Abdul Latif Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh said Wednesday that Muslims who use Twitter or other social media have “lost this world and his afterlife,” as quoted byBBC News. Lost in the next world…they’re going to hell. But I bet…and I’m just guessing here..that if it is OK to lie, cheat, steal, kill, or do anything […]

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Well, for one thing you could have had an assault rifle with a high capacity magazine at hand….

by Tim Condon February 21, 2013

Less than three weeks ago an Islamic assassin attempted to murder Danish journalist and free speech advocate Lars Hedegaard. After missing at point-blank range, the would-be killer and Hedegaard scuffled, after which the guy with the gun ran away. The reaction of the Scandinavian mainstream media is interesting. It included denouncing Hedegaard and wishing the assassin […]

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The Bill Wouldn’t Cover Bloggers, He Said.

by Steve MacDonald February 14, 2013

Jeb Bradley is a primary sponsor of New Hampshire Senate Bill 120. Senate Republican Leader Jeb Bradley is proposing changes to New Hampshire’s election laws so voters will know who is paying for negative television campaign ads and material mailed to their homes. That’s the sell for the low information voter, but the article even had […]

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Hey! Dufus! Why the Hell Aren’t You Covering “This!?”

by Steve MacDonald February 12, 2013

Shawn Millerick, the head of the political fiction section at NH Journal, wanted to know why we at GraniteGrok were not covering the real world story about Ann McKluster Kuster not paying her property taxes.  The appropriate response was to provide a link to the story I actually wrote on February 5th about how Ann […]

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What Steve just said..

by Susan Olsen February 4, 2013

H’T Patheos

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SB 0120 – Bride of HB 1704 (2012) Political Speech For The Privelaged Few Makes A Come-Back

by Steve MacDonald February 4, 2013

SB 0120, sponsored by three New Hampshire Senate Republicans, a House Republican and a House Democrat, is nothing more than the free speech killing bride of the amendment to HB1704 proposed last year. It is the same language, placing the same similarly complex, overly demanding, ambiguous bureaucratic horse collar on political speech, which last May […]

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Tyranny #1 – Where Steve Vaillancourt decides to make it about himself…and approves of overt threats of Tyranny

by Skip February 3, 2013

“They may as well attack me as well.”   OK, battle joined – you asked, we’ll oblige: You’re an arse of a Libertarian for siding with Statists that promote promise threaten Governmental Tyranny against fellow citizens simply for holding opposing political views. This is the first of a series of posts about Governmental Tyranny (or […]

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David Lang Wins Free Speech Award…Say What?

by Steve MacDonald December 10, 2012

David Lang is the President of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire (PFFNH).  The PFFNH has a mission, beyond the obvious one of representing fire fighters, and that is to elect Democrats and progressive (r)epublicans, the latter in places that are unlikely to vote for a ‘D.’ This is a union that has invested […]

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Blogline of the Day: on Free Speech

by Skip September 26, 2012

Glen Reynolds of Instapundit (emphasis mine): DOES THE U.S. “OVERVALUE” FREE SPEECH? No, I think we undervalue kicking the ass of people who oppose it. Indeed – the response of our President, our Secretary of State, and the others in the Obama Administration (and the Democrat Operatives with bylines in the MSM) have been on […]

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