Notable Quote – Ammo Grrrll

by Skip May 23, 2016

From Powerline on why Obama is so insistent on LGBT rights and now, the transgender bathroom war – and it isn’t necessarily what you think but Ammo Grrrll nails it (emphasis mine, reformatted): And so, in a spectacular example of Life imitating Art, we see the Great Revolutionary Obama, lowerer of oceans, healer of the […]

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Notable Quote – Tom Bethell

by Skip May 20, 2016

The classical-liberal conception of rights is likely to be discomforting to any ruling class, no matter how constituted, because it reliably subtracts power from those who rule, or hope to, and distributes it among the people. Decentralized private property has had precisely that effect. -Tom Bethell (The Noblest Triumph) (H/T: Cafe Hayek)

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John Kasich: “I got into politics…to change the world”

by Skip March 30, 2016

From that screenshot, can you tell him apart from any run of the mill Democrat (much less Hillary or Bernie, who share those values)?  Go here to see which NH politicians share those values by their endorsements (like Judd Gregg and John E Sununu). He was quoted on WMUR on that line a couple of […]

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Absolute Power corrupts absolutely – and then rots from within

by Skip March 21, 2016

Shot:  It’s all about the power A.J. Spiker, past chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa and a former senior advisor to Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign, said the RNC is against Trump because he has not taken any special interest money, which would secure RNC influence over the president. “He is not beholden to […]

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Notable Quote -Auberon Herbert, Prof. Don Boudreaux

by Skip March 10, 2016

T]here is no region of human thought which is so disorderly, so confused, so lawless, so little under the rule of the great principles, as the region of political thought.  It must be so, because that disorder and confusion are the inevitable consequence and penalty of the strife for power.  You cannot serve two masters. […]

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Hillary Clinton, Income Inequality Warrior: Made More In Twelve Speeches Than Most Americans Will Make In Three Lifetimes

by Skip January 10, 2016

Hypocrite multiplied. Panderer Magnificent.  RedState:

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Notable Quote – David Boaz

by Skip December 25, 2015

It’s the exercise of power, not the exercise of freedom, that requires justification. – David Boaz (The Libertarian Mind (H/T: Cafe Hayek)

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Update to “GrokTALK! Off Air Due EPA Regulations….”

by Skip December 6, 2015

Yes, we were about to start our GrokTALK! show yesterday when we had the lights flicker twice and then all the lights on our equipment went dark.  Mike put up this quick “tongue in cheek” post but the the Union Leader had the real reason: Hawk takes out power to 13,000 CONCORD — A hawk […]

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So, WHO is the racist one? All one has to do is take a look

by Skip July 17, 2015

Just like a Progressive – if it can be “used”, use it until its usage is over.  Then act like General Sherman on it (Sherman’s march to the sea in the Civil War).  Obama took full advantage of the Confederate battle flag when it was useful to gain power – and to trash it, again, […]

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Hillary Clinton’s Stacked Deck

by Steve MacDonald May 17, 2015
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NOEMIE EMERY at The Weekly Standard, has a great historical look at Hillary Clinton’s Stacked Deck.  It closes with this. Nobody knows about stacked decks better than Hillary Clinton, who found the deck stacked slightly in her favor 40 years ago and has spent her whole political life stacking it further, to the benefit of […]

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US Education Secretary Arne Duncan issues a thinly veiled threat against parents?

by Skip April 26, 2015

Who owns your kids – you or the Education system?  I’ve blogged about this more and more, it seems, as more stuff keeps popping up.  This latest one surrounds what Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education said upon the news that up to 184,000 kids in New York will not be taking the standardized tests […]

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Former Speaker Bill O’Brien was excoriated for this – devolve Power back to Individuals

by Skip November 11, 2014

BUMPED: First posted on 2/17/2014 And that is why the Left here in NH HATED Bill – he believed that political power should not reside in the State Capital and certainly not with politicians (note: some harsher words from Glen Reynolds from Instapundit about this: “Deny them that, and make it painful for them whenever […]

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Trouble Ahead…Administration has Its Head in the Sand

by Steve MacDonald October 28, 2014
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 ICECAP Trouble Ahead…Administration has Its Head in the Sand By Joseph D’Aleo, CCM Hudson Litchfield News In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle that his cap-and-trade proposal to control greenhouse gas emissions would mean higher energy prices for Americans. “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket,” Obama […]

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Fundamental Concepts-What Does Government Produce?

by Susan Olsen October 26, 2014

Some things are just better presented in their entirety. “The one and only product of government is power. Government produces (or more accurately, projects) nothing other than power. Look at anything that government does, and once you strip away all the rhetoric, you’ll find that all it’s doing is projecting power, and that it has […]

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President Obama Should have Met With Senator Obama About The Failure To Prepare For Epidemic Emergencies

by Steve MacDonald October 3, 2014
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Senator Barack Obama, floor of the US Senate – 2005: Mr. President why aren’t we prepared for an Avian Flu pandemic? The failure to prepare for emergencies can have devastating consequences. We learned that lesson the hard way after Hurricane Katrina. This nation must not be caught off-guard when faced with the prospect of an […]

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NH Senate Republican Majority PAC: TC nails it-$100/yr salary means Cronyism

by Skip August 20, 2014

On Kimberly’s post on the NH Senate Majority PAC spending 4 digits on a mailer for incumbent NH State Senator Dave Boutin (which said PAC seems to only wish to spend money to keep incumbent NH State Senate Republican incumbents butts in those seats – an exclusive Good Old Boy club), commenter TC had this, […]

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Observation on the nature of a Progressive and Progressivism: Jeanne Shaheen

by Skip July 30, 2014

Steve has a most important post up today where he brings up that Jeanne Shaheen, regardless of her campaign ads or sound bytes, is not really interested in the people of NH (but gets it very slightly wrong).  Emphasis mine, a bit of reformatting: I can’t say it often enough.  We need to elect Senators […]

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ObamaCare, ObamaZone – The Big Lie: ” It was disguised as something that would be almost completely voluntary”

by Skip July 27, 2014

NH State Rep Leigh Webb (D): “The role of government is to legislate behavior“ And that is not the expression of one that values or cherishes Freedom; instead, it is THE  seedling of Totalitarianism.  Obamacare, ObamaZoning – different facets of the same evil – those that have the hubris of incomplete knowledge that feel they have the right […]

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Weasal Words from Sportsmen’s Act (S. 2363); Senator Kelly Ayotte complicit in yielding US Senate power to President Obama with flowery words?

by Skip July 3, 2014

From Tom’s post about our Jr. Senator Kelly Ayotte signing up for this bill, Sportsmen’s Act S. 2363, that is being sponsored by known Democrat anti-gunners Senators (some of which are also Democrat illegal alien amnesty Senators), it mentioned: The Sportsmen’s Act is, substantively, largely a “nothing-burger.” People could hunt on federal lands — unless Obama didn’t […]

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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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Obama is behind the IRS Scandal to silence Liberty & Freedom / Free Speech

by Skip June 11, 2014

The IRS was weaponized by the Progressives, chief among them the Community Organizer Obama.  Being an Alinskyite, he TAUGHT the lessons that the end justifies any means, and the end is just pure power (aka, a Totalitarian government).  Quacking platitudes that Free Speech matters only until they believe that can destroy it.  With Lois Lerner […]

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Dogs and Guns and Democrats…Oh My!

by Steve MacDonald February 4, 2014
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People who are unfamiliar with dogs or have never owned one, are more likely to be intimidated or even afraid of them.   While people who are familiar with dogs, grew up with them or own a dog, understand them, know how to read their signals, and have the sense to have some respect for what they are capable […]

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Something to think about – The Left’s view of “The Noble Savage” and “End of Empire”

by Skip January 12, 2014

Emphasis mine: In boring fact, Empire keeps the peace and spreads civilization. The end of the Roman Empire introduced the Dark Ages. The end of the Habsburg Empire was the prerequisite of European war and revolution. Various lands and populations were destabilized at the fall of the Mughal and Ottoman Empires, and again at the […]

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It is a time of choosing

by Skip January 1, 2014

More and more, I see this sentiment boiling up from those “in the movement”.  More and more, they are feeling used (“thanks for 2010, now go away) If Republicans were as concerned as they say with winning in 2014 and 2016, the GOP establishment in Washington would get out of the way and let the […]

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Notable Quote – Dr. Thomas Sowell

by Skip December 1, 2013

Those who want to “spread the wealth” almost invariably seek to concentrate the power.  It happens too often, and in too many different countries around the world, to be a coincidence.  Which is more dangerous, inequalities of wealth or concentrations of power? – Dr. Thomas Sowell, professor of Economics, author, syndicated columnist The prototypical example […]

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Liberalism and progressivism are addictions

by Susan Olsen November 3, 2013

Think of a couple of Progressives that you know here in NH and see if this doesn’t fit… ‘It’s as powerful as heroin or cocaine. It supplies a terrific high: all sense of personal failure, betrayal, guilt, ineffectiveness, irrelevance, of being nothing and nobody, disappears in a flash. Instead our hero feels extraordinarily good about […]

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Data Point – Americans believe Government has too much power

by Skip September 24, 2013

The most Americans who think their Government has become too powerful – EVAH!  When the People have realized that Government has inserted itself into every nook and cranny of their lives, either controlling them by law and regulation or spying on them to the point of feeling that the Land of the Free has become […]

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If doctors are already not taking Medicare patients, will they opt out of Obamacare?

by Skip July 30, 2013

Or is that the reason why Obamacare was structured the way it was – political and policy decisions that effectively force doctors to sell out their practices to hospitals, and for hospitals to merge with others simply to better scale up to deal with lowered payments?  Why would this be happening?  Simply the penchant of […]

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An answer to Radical Moderate on Unions

by Skip July 22, 2013

As the sysadmin for GraniteGrok, that means I get (have ?) to review all the comments.  A relatively new commenter, Radical Moderate, has left a couple of serious questions for Steve on his post “The Public Unions vs. the Public — Prager University“.  I figured that even though Steve will have his own thoughts, they […]

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Freedom is Sexy

by Steve MacDonald July 5, 2013

Skip linked to this post (from here) and it seemed worth revisiting.  It remarks on how the Constitutional Republic is what is new and sexy and that what the progressive Democrat wants for your government is not new at all.  What they want is old and tired; a game used to deceive and control you. […]

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