Why New Hampshire’s ‘hurried’ Internet Sales Tax Solution Had to Die

by Steve MacDonald August 2, 2018

The recent scramble to “do something” after the Wayfair decision said states could tax internet sales was big news. When the New Hampshire House killed the ‘bipartisan’ draft language that was big news. What should be even bigger news is that the language the committee used to draft the proposed legislation could hand some measure of “tax administration […]

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Picking “Internet” Nits…

by Steve MacDonald July 20, 2018

A legislative committee met to iron out a remedy to the Wayfair Decision. That Supreme Court ruling could require New Hampshire businesses to collect and remit taxes for other states. No one, regardless of party, seems to want that at least and until New Hampshire Democrats find a way to institute a tax they could […]

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Supreme Court ruling on State Sales Taxes – It Hits Home. Badly

by Skip June 22, 2018

Some new and nice things will soon be happening to GraniteGrok, chief amongst them being a new site with better security, newer features for authors to better get our message to you, better ways for readers to get feedback to us – lots of things to look forward to including items not in cyberspace (but […]

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SCOTUS Upholds South Dakota’s Right to Tax Online Sales From Retailers Outside the State

by Steve MacDonald June 21, 2018

Yuck. The Commerce Clause must not prefer interstate commerce only to the point where a merchant physically crosses state borders. Rejecting the physical presence rule is necessary to ensure that artificial competitive advantages are not created by this Court’s precedents. This Court should not prevent States from collecting lawful taxes through a physical presence rule […]

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Senator Shaheen’s Selective Defense Of Small Business Owners

by Steve MacDonald April 16, 2018

New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation is unified in its defense of the Granite State from efforts to make online purchases taxable. Their primary objection, and I’ll use Senator Shaheen as my whipping donkey for this, is the burden it puts on small business owners. As a former small business owner, I know that most small businesses […]

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All the Rage: Laws That Allow a Government to Ban Speech it Decides Is ‘Hateful’

by Steve MacDonald March 16, 2018

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it dozens of times and more likely hundreds, there’s no such thing as hate speech. It doesn’t exist but in the minds of people looking for an opportunity to create a legal precedent to ban speech with which they disagree. Speech they hate. The Democrats proved this repeatedly by […]

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California Democrat Wants To Tax Energy Consumption from Bitcoin Mining

by Steve MacDonald February 18, 2018

Is anyone surprised that a California Democrat Wants To Tax Energy Consumption from Bitcoin Mining? Bitcoin transactions require an enormous amount of energy. Dutch bank ING estimates that a single transaction consumes enough electricity to power a home for weeks. The expensive and energy-consuming verification process of transactions, otherwise known as mining, is meant to deter […]

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The End of Net Neutrality Means Less Than Nothing

by Steve MacDonald December 16, 2017

Originally posted at The New Media The FCC just tossed Obama’s attempt to regulate the Internet. When my daughter asked my opinion I told her, “remember back in antiquity (circa 2015) before Net Neutrality? When the internet was a thriving, growing, thing looking for every way possible to get as many eyeballs on its […]

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FCC Votes to End Obama’s Net Neutrality Rules

by Steve MacDonald December 14, 2017

Washington Times. The Federal Communications Commission has voted on party lines to undo sweeping Obama-era “net neutrality” rules that guaranteed equal access to internet. The agency’s Democratic commissioners dissented in the 3-2 vote Thursday. What are your thoughts?

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Grok Review – ZyXEL HD Powerline Adapter

by Steve MacDonald September 21, 2017

When the WiFi didn’t reach the corners of the house with enough oomph to handle a couple of online gamers I went looking for solutions. Several presented themselves. Run cable. Add a router or router booster. I could even suck up the pain and pay for more bandwidth. But the solution I settled on was a powerline […]

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U.C. Irvine Prof. Calls For Selective Censorship to Reign in ‘Cheap Speech’

by Steve MacDonald August 30, 2017

In an August, 18th Los Angeles Times Op-Ed, Richard L. Hasen, the Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at UC Irvine, offered his insight into the problem of “cheap speech.” Framing the context in an opening paragraph that fingers White Supremacists in Charlottesville, President Trump’s twitter feed, and Facebook, Hasen warns, The rise of what […]

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The New Media Militia On Girard at Large with Guest Host Chief Nick Willard – In Defense of Free Speech

by Steve MacDonald August 21, 2017

This week on the New Media Militia segment of Girard at Large; Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard (the guest host) and I discuss human nature (from policing to running a restaurant). Then we explore the long-term ramifications of the Mob protest in Boston that suppressed free speech and its greater implications for First Amendment expression […]

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Idiot Kerry Didn’t Consult with Idiot Gore

by Steve MacDonald September 30, 2016
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Not long ago Secretary of State John Kerry told us that Air conditioning was a bigger threat to the world than ISIS. I’m guessing Idiot Kerry failed to confer with Idiot Gore before making this claim. You see, Idiot Gore’s “invention” (the Internet) requires computers and servers (wiping cloth sold separately) that cannot function unless they […]

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Did FCC Internet Ruling Hit a Statutory Wall In NH?

by Steve MacDonald April 19, 2015
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How much is New Hampshire taxing residents for phone or Internet service and what efforts are underway to expand or repeal these taxes? … What I discovered while seeking the answer was a regulatory history that not only sought to roll back taxes on internet access but that may also have codified language in state […]

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Laptopless “Dancing”

by Steve MacDonald January 15, 2015
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It has been an interesting week.  The power jack on my laptop coughed up its connecter pin last Thursday.  A bit of ingenuity and some copper tape later and I kept it powered up though GrokTALK! last Saturday and long enough to get the show edited, segmented, and the full podcast published.  But that fix […]

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Don’t Hold Up Signs On The Internet Or People Will Change What They Say…

by Steve MacDonald May 12, 2014
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Michelle Obama was recently pictured on the internet holding up a sign.  The Internet noticed, and it is having its way with her sign…and so am I… There will be more of this so stay tuned…

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Data Point – Internet Speeds across the US

by Skip September 8, 2013

(H/T: Gizmodo)

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GrokTALK! July 13th, 2013 Guest Segment – Max Abramson

by Steve MacDonald July 14, 2013

In segment Four Max Abramson jumps into the guest-seat to share his court case details, a 911 call, on the prosecuter (not) sharing evidence, juries, the court, and provides some very specific details about the law with regard to self defense, brandishing, lethal and non lethal force, and how, sometimes, the prosecutor doesn’t care about […]

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GrokTALK! July 13th, 2013 Guest Segment – Joe Mendola / Max Abramson

by Steve MacDonald July 14, 2013

Joe Mendola  stays with us into segment three, as we continue the discussion from segment two.  Guest Max Abramson joins us as well (after getting free of heavy traffic heading to the race track).  More on reaching college kids, the only way a 99%er can ever become a 1%er,  garage based capitalism, the American Dream and […]

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GrokTALK! July 13th, 2013 Guest Segment – Joe Mendola

by Steve MacDonald July 14, 2013

In Segment Two the conversation continues on energy, oil, battery operated cars, and the Middles East, then Guest Joe Mendola joins us to talk about sharing the conservative message with college kids, student loans, debt, slicing the pie vs. growing the pie, producers and those who won’t produce, and how to frame the American Dream. […]

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GrokTALK! July 13th, 2013 – Ruger, RTW, RINO Chess, Fiscal Clowards, and More…

by Steve MacDonald July 14, 2013

Skip, Mike and Steve open the program with Sturm Ruger, Unions, Right to Work, Teaching gun safety to first graders, RINO Chess, Fiscal Clowards, Arbitrary Justice, George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, the DOJ, Anti-Gun nuts, Rule of Law, Power tools, and the abuse of executive authority. Listen Here Download This Segment here You can get links […]

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In the looking glass…

by Susan Olsen May 24, 2013

Obama has met the enemy and this time, it may be the Internet?

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Data Point: The Internet of Things

by Skip April 29, 2013

Or, as the post said: “What Happened When One Man Pinged the Whole Internet A home science experiment that probed billions of Internet devices reveals that thousands of industrial and business systems offer remote access to anyone” And he found some disturbing stuff about security, too.  Larger picture if you click twice (and go to […]

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Google Gives Us A Hint About Warrentless Electronic Searches

by Steve MacDonald March 6, 2013

  From CNET Google today became the first Internet company to shed light on a highly secret — and controversial — warrantless electronic data-gathering technique used by the FBI. The technique allows FBI officials to send a secret request to Web and telecommunications companies requesting “name, address, length of service,” and other information about users […]

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Will Video Almost No One Has Seen (About Mohammad?) Be Used to Control Internet?

by Steve MacDonald September 14, 2012

Attacks on 9/11 we knew were coming, a video no one (inflamed) has or will ever see that inflaming Islamists, dead Americans on foreign soil, and repeated claims that in America, the government can’t control everything that goes up on the internet… Sounds like an excuse for Democrats to argue that the US government Should. […]

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Oh, And By The Way…The Government DID NOT Create The Internet

by Steve MacDonald July 24, 2012

Mr. ‘Spread-the-Wealth’ “You-didn’t-build-that” Obama is having another bad week after reading a bit too much off the left side of the TelePrompTer.  His Divine Luminance seem to have forgotten what country he is trying to lord over.   When he tried to tell actual business owners that their success can only be the result of the […]

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Meet Another State Employee Wasting Taxpayer Time Online

by Steve MacDonald April 7, 2012

We thought DickNH was trying to set a record for a state employee posting comments at the Concord Monitor on taxpayer time.  He was posting comments and promoting his Democrat union agenda during office hours.  But since our discovery and the ongoing effort to pursue a 91-A Right to Know Request to determine just how […]

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Isn’t it Time We Enforced the State’s IT Policies

by Steve MacDonald March 15, 2012

Democrats like to manage society, ever more so when they believe it has misbehaved.  So here’s an idea the left ought to embrace with both left arms. Because it is against state policy to use state computers for activities outside their intranet, like reading online news or–heaven forbid whiling the day away commenting on news […]

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Internet Pirates ‘Aaarrrrgh!’

by Steve MacDonald December 19, 2011

Is the Federal Government’s move to pass the Stop On-line Piracy Act, intentionally or not, putting another foot in the door for federal censorship of the online universe? Here’s the actual text of the thing. (No, I have not read it yet.) As with all Federal legislation intent should be considered irrelevant.  Potential is what […]

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Great Plan Dick

by Steve MacDonald April 24, 2011

Dick Durbin, Richard, Rick, Ricky, Dicky, Dickard, The Dickster Durbin is suggesting an intervention for his state of Illinois. Apparently the tax and spender state implemented an internet sales tax on retailers. They were thinking that it might help them with their budget problem; I guess they left Terie “Billion Dollar Deficit” Norelli in charge of spending over there as well.

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