Progressives and The Proper Role of Government – and your subservience to it.

by Skip October 18, 2017

Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal sums up these micro-totalitarians, perfect examples of the Progressive  philosophy: “The essence of modern Democratic Progressivism is: You will participate in what we have created for you, and you will comply with the law’s demands.” One used to believe that before pen was set to legislative paper, our […]

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Bias: Concord Monitor burying the lede on Trump’s action on Obamacare?

by Skip October 16, 2017

The headline over the weekend on a post about Obamacare: Trump’s blow to Obamacare jolts health consumers, politics President Donald Trump’s abrupt move to cut off federal payments to insurers jolted America’s health care and political worlds alike on Friday, threatening to boost premiums for millions, disrupt insurance markets and shove Republicans into a renewed […]

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The NFL’s Kneel-a-Palooza Isn’t What They Think It Is and They Don’t Even Know It

by Steve MacDonald September 29, 2017

The NFL’s Kneel-a-palooza is beginning to grate on my nerves. Team owners and players think they are doing something meaningful, but they’ve been shepherded into advocating a false-narrative that feeds the progressive mission to kneecap the culture, and most of them don’t even know it. Much like the hands-up-don’t-shoot meme, (which was a complete fabrication […]

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Patriot fans tell the Patriot players who took a knee what they think of them

by Skip September 26, 2017

Boston is a patriotic place – this is the area of the country where the “Shot heard ’round the world” was fired when the British Redcoats were sent to disarm the colonials.  A ragtag militia of 70 odd ordinary male citizens stood up to a mass of 700 British regulars – the finest army in […]

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Politics – the Left has succeeded in politics everywhere but will they lose the politco-cultural war they started?

by Skip September 25, 2017

I just had a micro-rant towards TMEW (The Most Esteemed Wife). No, not AT her or ABOUT her – but this headline: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Cast Takes a Knee After Show’s Premiere I really wish I had been taping myself – I realized I had a few good lines of ire and now I can’t […]

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Truth be told…they do hate us for wanting to make our own decisions for ourselves

by Skip August 21, 2017

No matter how you slice it, Totalitarians are all about telling you how you will live your life – and not you. (H/T: Powerline)

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Notable Quote – Victor Davis Hanson

by Skip July 23, 2017

The Fifth American War …Progressivism. It has an insidious appeal to human nature, offering contexts and arguments for dependency — which is defined as the consequence of some sort of prior unethical exploitation (rather than chance, bad luck, or personal pathology, perhaps in addition to exploitation) and therefore deserving of proper recompense. Progressivism promises a transcendence […]

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An interesting proposition

by Skip July 9, 2017

D. Hawthorne over at American Greatness has something on which to contemplate given the trajectory this country is following when compared to what the Founders intended: The American Founding: The Declaration’s Natural Rights ? Individual Character Formation to Create Good Citizens Capable of Self-Government ? Culture with Vibrant Mediating Institutions ? Limited Government versus Today’s […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Randy Barnett

by Skip May 2, 2017

Likewise, Justice Brandeis notwithstanding, progressives have never been content to “experiment” at the local level and be judged by the results.  In every way they can, they seek to push all policy decisions to the national level.  There, with only the meager voting power to constrain them, they can impose their one-size-fits-all, “comprehensive” policies on […]

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Rally for Jerry – Skip Murphy of GraniteGrok

by Skip April 30, 2017

“How did we get into this mess?” I haven’t gotten out much this last year and a half and to be sure it was fun yesterday (don’t worry, Jeff, I took real good care of your equipment!) especially seeing faces I hadn’t seen in a long time.  It was also satisfying to see all of […]

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Funny, after spending 10s of thousands of $$$ for my major in Biology…

by Skip April 24, 2017

…I never saw “Social Construct” staring back at me from the other end of my microscope(s).  Frankly, Saturday’s “March for Science” was dumb, unscientific, and completely devoid of any Principles that were drilled into my head as to how REAL science operates.  That line of that shirt is a complete nullification of hundreds of hours […]

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We can thank the Progressives for the “Deep State”

by Skip April 6, 2017

Although I have called it the Administrative State since the beginning of the ‘Grok.  A quick history: “As a political movement now over a century old, progressivism was founded on the belief that new knowledge of human nature and behavior required a revision of the American political order. This faith in “science” was embraced by […]

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Blogline of the Day – True Dat!

by Skip March 31, 2017

We keep being told that Trump represents the specter of fascism and violence. But all of the violence and threats of violence are coming from the left.” But as we saw just a bit ago, the Left is starting to find out that the Right is no longer willing to bend over and is willing […]

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A promise kept – and Joseph Plaia and Zandra Rice-Hawkins go on lying about SB12 – Part 3

by Skip February 24, 2017

And now back to Zandra Rice-Hawkins – Mrs. FUD herself (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt).  Except in the case of SB12, the Constitutional Carry bill that Governor Chris Sununu promised to sign and did, she’s outright lying about what it does and what it says.  Typical for this Socialist that’s funded by outside-the-state-Progressives that want to […]

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Zandra Rice-Hawkins – leaving out the truth again.

by Skip February 5, 2017

A deliberate lie by omission, IMHO.  Here in NH, SB 12 (e.g., “Constitutional Carry”) is an anti-discriminatory law that would allow LAW ABIDING citizens, to lawfully conceal a firearm without the obligatory “Nanny Government, may I?”. Eleven States already have this in place – they TRUST their LAW ABIDING citizens to be responsible.  Vermont does, […]

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Another reason why Trump won – Liberal moral preening rejected

by Skip January 29, 2017

“if you want to be an obnoxious slob, you have a right to be one” Again, Progressives truly believe that they hold the moral high ground in politics and in having such, can be “bossy” (remember when that was a liberal pejorative?).  Looking down their noses, on their high horse, nose up in the air; […]

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Riffing off of Ellen’s post on the so called “Womens March”…

by Skip January 17, 2017

Ellen’s post here.  In other words, “you have to be one of OUR special kind of women”….and that depends solely on their own special definition of “inclusive” (which doesn’t seem to be that to most people). I guess you have to be a “Progressive” to “get it”.  But do they “get” the optics of what […]

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Concord Monitor – we DEMAND Govt take more of your money away!

by Skip January 15, 2017

Really!  Because you are successful, the Concord Monitor judges you to be EEEVVVIIIILLL simply because INCOME INEQUALITY!  Yep, just go that Marxist route of just because your ability is there, it must go to someone else because of their need (reformatted, emphasis mine). Editorial: Tax reform must target inequality Sunday, January 15, 2017 First, they […]

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Economic Moron: Philly Mayor Jim Kenney

by Skip January 14, 2017

When you lay down policies that would have adverse results on a given business, Democrat politicians get upset when it’s shown that these same Democrats: Keep failing the Law of Unintended Consequences Can’t do math Don’t understand that almost all businesses are going to act in their own self-interest. So, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney was […]

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Yeah, a lot of us on the Right are with this lady

by Skip January 11, 2017

If the Hollywood set wants to churn out movies that make sport of my interests (“Miss Sloane”), campaign for someone (Hillary) that stands for NOTHING that I believe in, and then decides to browbeat me simply because my political outlook does not match mine, that their “patting ourselves on the back” celebrations become Leftist political […]

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Kellogg keeps forgetting that their customer base is not just those on the Left…

by Skip November 30, 2016

Shot: “We regularly work with our media-buying partners to ensure our ads do not appear on sites that aren’t aligned with our values as a company,” said Kellogg’s flak Kris Charles. “We recently reviewed the list of sites where our ads can be placed and decided to discontinue advertising on We are working to […]

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Heck, we ask the same of “immigrants to NH”!

by Skip October 25, 2016

You know, like Zandra Rice-Hawkins (head of that out-of-State-supported Progressive operative coven called Granite State Progress) or NH State Rep Cynthia Chase (transplant from Rhode Island). If you REALLY don’t like what our State motto (“Live Free or Die”)  really stands for, why the heck did you move here?  And I include all those others that […]

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BlogQuestion of the Day – about the anthem or about you?

by Skip October 13, 2016

Just saw this great question at the Daily Caller that asks THE question that I should have in my post when I went from the NFL to the NBA.  The Question: And if you take a knee while you’re actually singing the National Anthem in front of a crowd… why did you agree to sing it in […]

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A complaint about Obamacare hits the problem on the head

by Skip October 8, 2016

Via Powerline comes a complaint from Facebook – and the underlying shafting of American deliberately by Democrats (emphasis mine): Before Obamacare, we paid $481 per month for decent health insurance. Just got notice that we will have to pay $1140 PER MONTH next year!!! I am not kidding and yes you read that right…..that’s a […]

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Do you think the NFL hears us now?

by Skip October 6, 2016

I was not happy when politics intruded into one of my favorite sports when Colin Kaepernick decided to inject Black Lives Matter into the game.  As a political junkie, I certainly have discussed much these last 10 years at GraniteGrok. However and unlike Progressives, I don’t bring politics into areas “just because I’m there” – I […]

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Progressivity in our income tax system is UNFAIR

by Skip October 5, 2016

“Is the U.S. tax system fair? Are the rich paying too little or too much? What about the middle and lower class? New York Times bestselling author Amity Shlaes answers these questions, and offers a tax solution that most Americans could get on board with.” It seems fair that people who make more money should […]

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“Politics Has Ruined Everything Fun”

by Skip October 4, 2016

This post by Peggy Ryan over at American Thinker pretty much has the right of it – the Progressives, with their constant shoving of politics into everything, are basically ruining everything.  They can’t just leave well enough alone and have to constantly be screeching at us from their positions.  You name it but there’s hardly […]

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Really think about this one

by Skip October 2, 2016

Strange, I just can’t seem to recall where this is actually happening….give me a few minutes, it’ll come to me (or REALLY come to me, making it a real bad hair day.). (H/T: Powerline)

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Well, I guess I ticked off Treehugger again….banned

by Skip September 29, 2016

Here’s what I left as a comment: This is one of the really big reasons many on the Right sneer at environmentalists – EVERY problem seems to require getting Government involved to achieve their wants. Make it bigger (hardly ever better) and more intrusive in making the rest of us hew to your idea of […]

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Progressivism – born of a foreign political ideology

by Skip September 5, 2016

So when Progressives talk “improving” America and American Society, ask them: Forward / progressing to WHAT (as in “what IS you end goal and does that square with our Consitution”)? Why do they rejoice in a foreign political ideology and reject our American one? Here’s a good post from the Daily Signal on one piece […]

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