Politics

Our just STELLAR Educational system – only one college student knew who won the Civil War. One??

by Skip November 6, 2014

This is really starting to get wicked bad – one of the most seminal events in our US history and it is clear that these “college” students don’t have the actual history knowledge that was required to be rock solid by the end of elementary school back in my day.  After all, how HARD is […]

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GrokTALK! – The Politics of Access

by Steve MacDonald October 27, 2014
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Plenty of topics in segment one, as always, but you can’t run away from the theme; the folks who stand on principle are the bad guys while everyone else capitulates and tries to cover it up by claiming it’s bipartisan.  Should we pronounce it like Courtesans? Then there’s Jebola, this weeks Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, angry […]

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Pastor Rafael Cruz – A Gentleman And A Scholar

by Mike October 11, 2014

Prior to his address to a gathering of NH conservatives at the home of Diane Bitter, Granite Grok caught up with Pastor Rafael Cruz, the father of “Fearless Ted” Cruz. Rafael told me that his interest in the founding era and Constitution is hereditary – he got it from Ted (!). As a Cuban refugee, […]

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GrokTALK! – Can We Save New Hampshire!

by Steve MacDonald October 8, 2014
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Anarchists, Conservatives, Boris and Natasha viss Moose und Squirrel, government “drug” money,  Big L vs Small L Libertarians, differentiating government from the country, why libertarians should infiltrate the Democrat party, and what should we expect from an ex-president Obama?  We also squeeze in borders, Ebola, pissing off the CIA, the need for another peaceful change […]

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GrokTALK! Sept. 6th, 2014 with Ambassador Francis Rooney, Jim Lawrence, and Keith Ammon

by Steve MacDonald September 6, 2014
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This week on GrokTALK! we are joined by Ambassador Francis Rooney – US Ambassador to the Vatican under George W. Bush to discuss his book The Global Vatican. Candidate for the NH House,  Keith Ammon joins us to talk about his race to represent New Boston, Wilton, Mount Vernon and Hollis. And NH CD-2 congressional candidate […]

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Scott Brown’s Specious NRA Rating

by Rick Olson August 14, 2014

“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.”   —Otto von Bismarck And not too long ago, after this video was made, Scott Brown went to Rindge New Hampshire and made that same bold statement. It would appear that wherever he goes, he will continue with that […]

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Democrats Obsessed with “Impeaching Obama”

by Steve MacDonald August 7, 2014
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This will not surprise anyone who spends time inside the sausage factory, but the majority of talk about impeaching President Obama is coming from Democrats.  They are obsessed with using it to fund raise, rile up the base, scare independents away from the GOP, whatever it takes. But this is a lot like a media […]

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NH Christie Event Host Committee Member Endorsed a Democrat In 2012

by Steve MacDonald July 16, 2014
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Chris Christie is coming to “town” again on July 31, 2014.   One of the big names on the Host committee for that Big Republican NH Christie event, is Bedford NH (r)epublican Bill Greiner. Bill Greiner is many things, most of them bad if we are talking politics, but he was also a Co-Chair for […]

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CORRECTION: One of these is not like the other

by Susan Olsen June 26, 2014

I am advised that the owner of the Hooksett, NH property on which Jane Cormier’s campaign sign was placed is the person who removed the sign.  As of this writing, the sign, its stakes and screws have all been returned it to her. NH RSA 664:17 states in part:  “….  Political advertising may be placed within state-owned rights-of-way as […]

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40-60 is the New 80-20

by Steve MacDonald June 22, 2014
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Republicans as a party, the establishment variety in particular, are like awkward children of privilege who get upset when their money isn’t enough to make them popular. They stamp their feet and whine, even threaten. How dare you do this, you’ll rue the day that. It’s all very annoying. But more than a few Republicans […]

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“I just don’t know where their politics end”

by Skip June 5, 2014

Gilliam said he was concerned that “the real objective of this fight has turned into politics, and we’ve lost our mission objective.” “I just don’t know where their politics end and their legality and their war-fighting start,” he said. This from a post where Jonathan Gilliam, a former Navy SEAL and an FBI special agent was commenting […]

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SCOTUS Strikes Down Aggregate Limits On Campaign Contributions

by Steve MacDonald April 2, 2014
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Tom Steyer must be ecstatic.  He can now donate the max limit to every Democrat from here to his Environmental Nirvana and it’s not illegal.  But then so can everyone else.  That would be because SCOTUS just struck down the aggregate limit on total donations by an individual to all candidates on free speech grounds. […]

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“Shhh….be quiet…..don’t make waves……go with the flow…”

by Skip March 17, 2014

“…and then you might have a chance to do something”.  That was the advice by an NH House Rep from my town (whose name now escapes me) I was given when I first became politically active with the upshot of that being that IF you sit and learn, and IF you sit and shut up […]

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Every Device – Every O/S – No Excuses

by Steve MacDonald March 10, 2014
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GrokTALK! is on iTunes, so you can listen now or listen later.  Just navigate to the iTunes, got to the podcasts page, and search for GrokTALK!, or click the iTunes link or on the iTunes logo. Every device – Every o/s – Always Free – No Excuses. Please listen responsibly.   Individual segments will now […]

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But should it BE that way? Is it too late to change it?

by Skip March 9, 2014

From This Week With George Stephanopolous about Obama’s latest unilateral Unitary President proclamation changing Obamacare saying that if you have a plan you can now keep it for another two years Sidenote: (to be repeated as often as the MSM brings up old news as well) You know, Bill Clinton’s wonderkid who now masquerades as […]

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GrokTALK! Januray 25th, 2014 with Senator Bob Smith

by Steve MacDonald January 27, 2014
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New Hampshire Senator Bob Smith has entered the Republican Primary to challenge Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.  See what Bob has to say about the race, the party, DC,  Senator Shaheen, term limits and the problem with DC staffers, why he’s the guy for NH in 2014, and what he thinks is important for New Hampshire. Segment […]

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“Whale Wars” Republicans? Yes – but which one?

by Skip December 15, 2013

Or “why does the Republican Party keep acting like Captain Luis Manuel Pinho?” Translation: “Are you willing to die to save the life of a whale?” So which Captain do we see in the Establishment Republican wing of the Party? I have to admit that I’ve been watching this “reality show” for quite some time.  […]

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The Higher the Pedestal…

by Steve MacDonald November 22, 2013
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…The further the fall. And, “used to walk on water?”  Maybe in your office.  No.  He never could ‘walk on water.’  He never accomplished anything.  In fact he manged to diminish the accomplishment of getting elected president.  To diminish the office, and nation along with it.

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Notable Quote – John Phillip Reid

by Skip November 10, 2013

Long before the era of the revolutionary controversy, the centrality of property to the definition of liberty, to the rule of law, and to constitutionalism had become established British legal dogma. John Brown, in one of the most widely read books of the day, detailed the decline of morals in Great Britain, yet found three […]

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ICYMI – GrokTALK! Nov 2, 2013

by Steve MacDonald November 7, 2013
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We just wanted to remind you that there are a lot of ways to listen and download GrokTALK!  Spreaker.com allows you to do both.  We are also available on iHeart Radio, iTunes, and at AC Nation.com,  so you can listen to current or past programs on your schedule, at your desk, in your car, or […]

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GrokTALK! 10-26-13 Guest John Hikel and Gus Breton

by Steve MacDonald October 31, 2013

In the final half-hour…John Hikel joins us along with Gus Breton to talk about Constitutional Redress, NHRedress.info, some history and examples of Redress, what happened to previous committee of Redress in New Hampshire, Petitions for ObamaCare and Common Core, and how to sign them online at NHRedress.info Listen to segment Four with John Hikel and […]

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GrokTALK! 10-26-13 Part II With Guest Rich Girard

by Steve MacDonald October 30, 2013
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In segment Three Skip, Mike, and Susan continue the conversation with Rich Girard; Healthcare premiums and deductibles go way up, In Manchester – who is going to pay the Obamacare Cadillac tax; what will towns do about wages and benefits for public employee ‘part-timers,’ and Rich wants a free market: supply them with stipends then […]

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GrokTALK! 10-26-13 Guest – Rich Girard

by Steve MacDonald October 30, 2013
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In segment Two Rich Girard, from Girard at Large, joins Skip, Mike and Susan to talk about Common Core, how Social media has killed call ins, Locals re-taking control, Unfunded Mandates – and in NH, what about Article 28-A? and the “Expert deference” syndrome by citizens and elected officials alike. Listen to segment Two, with […]

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GrokTALK! 10-26-13 Guest Susan Olsen

by Steve MacDonald October 29, 2013
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Susan Olsen joins Skip and Mike to talk about wood stoves, Healthcare, the NH Union Agreement for SEIU local 1984 (obligatory Orwell reference), welfare, GuideStar and the 990 for NH SEA, the Fundemental Transofrmation, US Marine frippy hats, and more. Listen to segment One with Skip, Mike, and Susan Download or listen to Segment One […]

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GrokTALK! October 26th, 2013

by Steve MacDonald October 26, 2013
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This week on GrokTALK! Skip and Mike welcome Grokster Susan Olsen (via phone) and  in-studio guests Rich Girard (of Girard at Large), NH House Rep John Hikel, and Gus Breton a petitioner for redress of Grievance after being jailed by the NH Court system. Some of the Topics, in no particular order…Wood stoves, Healthcare, the […]

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GrokTALK! 10-19-13 Segment Four – Traps, Pre-K, And The Push to End Local Control of Education

by Steve MacDonald October 25, 2013
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In segment Four we continue with Ann Marie and Max…on Common Core; redesigning public education, universal pre-k, the move to digital education, re-empowering parents in education, the push to eliminate local school boards, the curriculum trap for local districts in New Hamphire, and how Common Core affects private schools and Home Schoolers, and what College’s […]

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GrokTALK! 10-19-13 Guest Ann Marie Banfield on Common Core

by Steve MacDonald October 23, 2013

In segment Three Ann Marie Banfield, from Cornerstone Policy Research, joins us to talk about Common Core,, a recent win in Manchester on curriculm, and then…more on Common Core. We can’t talk about this enough. We cover testing, parents, activism, how teachers and administrators are affected, and most important–what it does to our kids. Listen […]

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GrokTALK! 10-19-13 Guest Max Abramson

by Steve MacDonald October 22, 2013
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In segment Two Max Abramson, Secretary for the Libertarian Party in New Hampshire, stops in to give us an update on his court case. We talk about the judicial system in general as well as in New Hampshire.  We also touch on who votes libertarian, what kind of advice you get from anti-self defense advocates […]

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GrokTalk! 10-19-13 Segment One – The Philosophical Split in the GOP

by Steve MacDonald October 21, 2013
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Skip and Steve open the show with a conversation about the philisophical split in the GOP between the liberty and freedom side and the Establishment wing.  Between the principle-based conservatives and the surrender caucus. And about the NH-GOP ignoring big-picture problems just in case they sweep up a Republican or two on the road to […]

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BlogQuestion of the Day: about Obamacare treating 26 year old adults as children….

by Skip October 21, 2013

Glenn of Instapundit: “If ObamaCare needs twentysomethings to sign up in order to be a success, why did Obama support letting them stay on their parents’ insurance?“ Good point – this whole Obamacare ripoff is another Ponzi scheme to redistribute wealth from the poor but healthy young adults to sick old farts like the Boomers […]

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