Politics

As Grok Prepares To Take it to the Next Level It’s Time to See Where We Rank With Alexa

by Steve MacDonald June 18, 2018

Before we were hacked in April GraniteGrok climbed up the Alexa Rankings (for Online news or media sites in New Hampshire) to do battle with the top 5. The redirect did some damage to that, and we almost dropped out of the top ten. That was not great, and we’ve written about the redirects that plagued readers, but […]

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Democrat’s Hypocritical Reaction to Gas Prices Revisited

by Steve MacDonald May 28, 2018

On March 20th, 2014 I produced (what I thought was) a useful visual aid. It demonstrated the truth about Democrat “feelings” and “concern” for the impact of average US retail gas prices on “Working Americans” and or “American Families.” They don’t care. It showed how, when George Bush was President, it was a huge issue. Democrats […]

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NH ACLU: A School “Walkout” is NOT Protected Speech

by Steve MacDonald April 21, 2018

I wonder where this handy bit of information was when the Marxist Women’s March folks were pouring outside money into their national campaign to waste taxpayer dollars. It says that School Walk Outs are NOT protected by the first amendment. However, a school walkout is not considered the same type of speech as wearing a […]

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FB Doodlings: No, kids playing in the political arena voluntarily are fair game

by Skip March 28, 2018

Letter: Senators condescending in debate on gun amendment Sometimes for a conservative blogger, the Concord Monitor can’t be beat for finding fodder. The above was from yesterday concerning the Amendment that would allow local School Board make decisions on our Right to keep and bear arms (Article 2-a in the NH Constitution). What Democrat NH […]

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“If you wouldn’t be swayed by a 17-year-old’s passionate advocacy for a lower drinking age”

by Steve MacDonald March 19, 2018

A little more perspective on the political “wisdom” of yutes. …[E]ven if students really were disproportionately likely to be victims of gun violence, that would not be a good reason to give special credence to their policy views. Personally experiencing a horrific event or being at disproportionate risk of suffering one, doesn’t necessarily give you […]

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Democrats – the egg nog of Politics?

by Skip December 26, 2017

From Kurt Schlichter at Townhall: When we gather together this Christmas, it’s going to be super-awkward since everybody is dead because Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Scam, repealed net neutrality, and cut taxes. The depredations of Genghis Khan, the Black Plague, and the repeal of the Obamacare mandate – these are pretty […]

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What Book(s) Would You Give?

by Ellen Kolb December 17, 2017

The recent Granite State Taxpayers party ended with a Yankee swap of the best kind: books, preferably from one’s own bookshelf, on politics or economics. We had an interesting mix by the time all the packages were claimed. Every holiday gathering should end with books for all, as far as I’m concerned. So, readers, I’m […]

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A Quick Note About ‘Cultural Appropriation’

by Steve MacDonald September 4, 2017

Just a reminder that the next time you whine about cultural appropriation the American Constitutional Republic and the Western Political culture and protections that it affords is the product of a bunch of White Europeans. Happy Monday.

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She’s wrong

by Skip August 10, 2017

LEGISLATOR TO ANDREW CUOMO: ““You look at me, Mr. Governor, but you don’t see me. You see my black skin and a woman.” No, he doesn’t see your black skin and that you are a woman.  After over a decade of watching politicians evaluating situations, you know what he sees? He sees you in terms of […]

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UNH Employees Cannot Appropriate University Resources to Express Partisan Political Views

by Steve MacDonald April 28, 2017

The New Hampshire, the UNH system student newspaper, is reporting on a dust-up over some posters displayed on a wall at the Memorial Union Building (MUB). The ‘We the people’ posters were placed by an employee without MUB management approval. While the article focuses on the various reactions to them going up and coming down, the unrecognized gem […]

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Pine Tree Ramblings (Vol 1)

by Tom March 15, 2017

For a few years, I was a regular, rabid contributor to this blog.  Over the past year or so, for a number of lame reasons, I haven’t been able to make the time to write more than once every few months.  My issue is that I try to make every posting a masterpiece of sociopolitical […]

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Dispatches from the Deliberative – Part 1

by Skip February 9, 2017

“…if you can’t bother to do your homework” BTW, sorry for not posting the last couple of nights – just had nothing on Tuesday and last nite was my town’s SB2 Deliberative Session for the town’s budget and other issues (all called “articles”).  For those that don’t live in NH, it is Town Meeting time. […]

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Notable Quote – Arnold Kling

by Skip January 14, 2017

There are several fundamental concerns with the presumption of a wise, benevolent policy process. It treats the knowledge embedded in an economist’s simplified model as though it were complete knowledge. It ignores the ways that markets adapt to solve problems. And it presumes that when the political process goes to work on problems, it arrives […]

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Gene Simons : Celebs Should Shut Their Pie-Holes

by Steve MacDonald December 8, 2016

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Not to be celebrated but truly is an indictment of our current culture: Post-Truth

by Skip November 21, 2016

Andrew Breitbart famously said “Politics is downstream from culture.  Keep that in mind…and just sigh… ‘Post-truth’ chosen as Oxford Dictionaries word of year LONDON (AP) — Oxford dictionary editors have chosen their word of the year: “post-truth,” a term sometimes used to describe the current political climate. Oxford Dictionaries said Wednesday that use of the […]

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Feminist Rules

by Ed Naile October 15, 2016

Since it is October and the Clintons are running for president again it might be time to re-visit how this running for office deal really works. Take Gary Bauer for instance, circa 1999. Mr. Bauer Had his “October Surprise” courtesy of the Washington Post. It was a no-win deal for him. Gary Bauer was caught, […]

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If Democrats Really Wanted to Get ‘Money Out of Politics’ They’d Tax It

by Steve MacDonald September 29, 2016
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If Democrats REALLY wanted to get money out of politics, they’d tax it. I don’t know, let’s say 90%. Unions, candidates, so-called non-profits, anyone spending money to advocate for or against a candidate, or issue or measure, directly, indirectly, via lawyers or lobbyists, etc., etc. shall pay the tax on those expenditures. If 90% is […]

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Eric Estevez is a Sleazebag not fit for ANY Political Office

by Kimberly Morin July 10, 2016

Eric Estevez is a current New Hampshire State Representative running as a Republican in the Congressional District 2 primary. Some colorful and interesting and downright sleazy things have come to light about Estevez that are important for voters to be aware of.

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Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Need Your Money

by Steve MacDonald June 25, 2016
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Yesterday I observed that there was a high probability that Republican Executive Councilor Chris Sununu was going to vote to fund Planned Parenthood retroactively with your taxpayer dollars. As a Republican and the deciding vote, this has attracted some attention but not necessarily for the reason that it should. Regardless of how you may feel […]

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Climate Model True Believers are the Ones Taking an Unscientific Approach

by Steve MacDonald June 7, 2016
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Guest Post by James Ring IPCC Third Assessment Report Chapter 14 Section 14.2.2.2 Last paragraph: “In sum, a strategy must recognize what is possible. In climate research and modeling, we should recognize that we are dealing with a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore that the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible.” […]

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LGBT Politics in the Waning Days of Obama

by Steve MacDonald May 23, 2016
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Dr. Michael Brown joins us to talk about LGBT politics, the Transgender bathroom edict, and the course of cultural politics in the waning days of the Obama years. (Download this segment) (Full Podcast) Podcast RSS Feed  

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Data Point: Don’t bet against the NRA

by Skip May 20, 2016

(H/T: The Truth About Guns)

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WTF

by Steve MacDonald May 10, 2016
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What the…”fudge” happened in the past week that deserves the WTF classification? More than we could ever cover in 15 minutes, but here are a few recent examples, just to get you started.  

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The Delegate Rules Differ From State to State

by Steve MacDonald April 9, 2016
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You’d think that Federalism loving voters would get this, if not understand it. Rules (some laws, customs, habits) will and should differ from state to state, including how delegates are elected by state parties and how they are expected to behave. And they do differ! Jim Geraghty wrote about it, and shared some more thoughts […]

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CloseUP – Jeanne Shaheen and WMUR’s crappy transcript

by Skip April 3, 2016

Yup, another Sunday, another CloseUP and this week, Josh McElven had US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (or better described as the Federal Government’s Ambassador to New Hampshire) and perhaps Candidate-To-Be Rich Ashooh for US Congress in CD-1 (he formally announces tomorrow).  She said a couple of things that caught my ear so I figured, per normal, […]

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Is Senator David Pierce “Suitable”?

by Susan Olsen March 27, 2016

The people of this country have shown they are fed up, they’ve had enough of politicians’ lies and deceitful ways.  But never has a NH politician shown just how bad it is before Senator David Pierce entered the competition to become the nation’s worst offender. Senate Bill 336 is a piece of legislation written to […]

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Tomorrow on GrokTALK! – March 26th, 2016

by Steve MacDonald March 25, 2016
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Join us tomorrow morning with special guest John Zmirak, Senior Editor of The Stream. Our guest host this week is Max Abramson. We’ll talk about Mr. Obama’s managed photo-op in front of the image of Che Guevera, lots of recent legislative news, the Republican primaries continue, and all the conservative commentary we can fit in between. Join […]

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Trump Populism, Why Cruz, Apple, Morality, and More…

by Steve MacDonald March 22, 2016
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ICYMI – From Feb 20th, 2016, Trump populism, why you should vote for Cruz, Apple vs. privacy, moral equivalency and more… Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Supreme Court Nomination is All About Politics

by Steve MacDonald March 18, 2016
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From one of my favorite opinion journalists, Wes Pruden – Washington Times. “…the politicians, Barack Obama first among them, talk of politics as something an honest justice must rise above, when politics is why and how Washington and the republic exist at all. You might as well expect a cook to rise above groceries, a […]

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The Pre-Show…

by Steve MacDonald March 17, 2016
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When we get done prepping for the program on Saturday morning we often turn the recorders and cameras on and talk until the show starts. If you happen to be on the site already you’ll catch it on UStream. If not, here it is. The pre-show is available in a (sort-of) limited release; it is only published […]

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