Drug Addiction Recovery – a source of government rent-seeking?

by Skip April 6, 2018

What does it say about the marketplace when startups turn directly to government for launching? And then get P.O’d when they get a “no”? Nonprofit startup scraps plans for recovery center in Concord A startup Manchester nonprofit has abandoned plans to open a recovery center in Concord after a discouraging meeting with state officials, the […]

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Prager U: Was America founded to be secular?

by Skip July 6, 2017

Nope The Founding Fathers believed that a secular government is key to preserving liberty. But they also believed that without a religious society, liberty would devolve into tyranny. (H/T: Liberty Unyielding)

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Just for Susan The Bruce: Liberals just don’t like real equal protection

by Skip March 22, 2015

The Cognitive Dissonance is strong with this one.  Over  at Steve’s post (“NH Democrats Put a Price-tag on Rape“), well known NH Progressive blogger Susan the Bruce decided that she wanted to start a flame war with the premise that women should NOT be able to protect themselves against bigger, stronger male n’err-do-wells with what the […]

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Why how DARE Rich Lowry bring personal responsibility into a Liberal talk on racism!

by Skip December 1, 2014

THAT was absolutely SO fun to watch!  While the Meet The Press liberal press roundtableres were talking about racism and the tension between “communities of color” and law enforcement yesterday, I noticed that one thing was REALLY missing – any talk concerning individual decisions, actions, behaviors, and accountability. And then Rich Lowry started in – talk […]

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Individualist vs Collectivist mentality: the Leave Me Alone Coalition vs “You WILL be forced together”

by Skip October 25, 2014

As in “we’re all in this together”.  Voluntarily being part of a group is one thing if it is voluntary but Progressives / Socialists / Collectivists brook no dissent – you WILL be made to be all in (with them in charge).  This article at Bearing Arms lays out the contradiction that is tearing apart the American polity […]

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NH1 Debate between Guinta & Shea-Porter: the Progressive “everyone’s a victim including shoplifters”

by Skip October 23, 2014

To be free to choose implies acceptance of the results of choices made, which means, in turn, that there should be no assignment of blame to others, including the state, if these choices turn out to have been wrong.  – James Buchanan I think I may be shifting over to WBIN / NH1 (Bill Binnie’s nascent […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. David Corbin & Matt Parks

by Skip April 15, 2014

From a longer piece at The Federalist (go read the whole thing, emphasis here is mine): …Americans, Madison argues, are natural republicans–republicans in their heads and in their hearts, determined to show the world that “self-government” is possible. The republican principle, as Madison defines it later in the essay, requires “a government which derives all its […]

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Why is it so many people want to outsource this?

by Skip March 13, 2014

‘Grok friend John Hawkins (of RightWingNews and Linkiest)  has it right! So ask yourself: why is it that Democrats and Progressives WANT you to outsource this to others (especially them)? Seriously ask yourself why SHOULD you depend on someone else for your well being?  And if you subscribe to that idea that you should, PLEASE […]

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Prager U – The Bigger The Government The Smaller the Citizen

by Steve MacDonald March 7, 2014
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In every society throughout human history the following relationship has held true: as government grows, human freedom and happiness shrinks. Best selling author, Dennis Prager puts it this way: “The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.” This has been true in Europe for decades and is becoming ever more so in the United States. […]

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Rolling Stone – Socialist Bastion? “Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For”

by Skip January 5, 2014

Rolling Stone – the aging paper of record for the 60s hipsters.  Now it  is advising the Millennials the generation already more narcissistic than the Boomers, by dint of the “self-esteem” movement in the culture and education, that they deserve more.  In fact, much more – not only should the obligatory “I merely attended my […]

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GrokTV: Alton Business Association / Workforce Housing Forum – Ric Perrault and Sylvia French

by Skip September 29, 2013

While Ken Eyring did use most of the time allotted for speakers, he was by no means the only speaker: Alton taxpayer and conservative activist Sylvia French also spoke at the Alton Business Association’s Workforce Housing Forum (again, kudos to them for being willing to host such a forum – generally businesses steer wide of […]

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Observation: an example of Progressive repudiation of an American virtue: self-responsibility

by Skip August 1, 2013

And the continued push for acceptance and assimilation of the Progressive value that is a 180: eternal victimhood.  From George Will comes the example (in talking about Detroit, emphasis mine): Steven Rattner, who administered the bailout of part of the Detroit-based portion of America’s automobile industry, says, “Apart from voting in elections, the 700,000 remaining […]

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Man Does Something Stupid – Suffers For It.

by Steve MacDonald July 8, 2013

Doubleyouemyouare News Nine in NH is reporting an incident in which a 48 year old Tilton, NH man had to be hospitalized after (unintentionally?) stopping a firework with his face.  While details are sketchy–was he sober, did he lose his balance, was he pushed, did a YouTube video make him place his face over the […]

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So, you going to let Obamacare spend YOUR property tax monies? Ask your Selectmen, Mayor, City Councilors – I did!

by Skip July 1, 2013

Given that this is happening in the Schools and the libraries, I decided to start asking “What’s going on in MY town”?  Certainly, I cannot go and ask you all, ‘Grok Readers, to do something that I wouldn’t do myself: From: Skip Sent: Friday, June 28, 2013 10:52 PM To: <redacted> Subject: Gilford Library to […]

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On the news that US Senators Manchin and Reid will be trying to grab for gun control again this year….

by Skip April 28, 2013

After all, it was not US DHS MRAPs, the FBI SWAT teams, MA State Police, or the Watertown Police (and all the others) that found that 19 year old Bomber. Once again, with a single, solitary Citizen finding him, it could have been a case of “when seconds count, the police are only minutes away” […]

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“Honor Your Oath” Rally – Skip Murphy, co-founder GraniteGrok

by Skip April 14, 2013

Yeah, they let me speak as well and I was asked to speak on “self-responsibility” in terms of “Honoring Your Oath”.  Unlike most that spoke, I gave mine as a locally elected official in my town – and yes, I paid attention to it twice and I still do today.  I tried to do what […]

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Guest post by Penny Dean, Esq. – HB135 “Stand your ground” must be defeated

by Skip March 25, 2013

HB 135 NEEDS TO BE ITL’D If the proposed changes to RSA 627:4 in the form of HB 135 are adopted (i.e. the return to the previous version of the law-see below), the affirmative defense will no longer be available to those who are forced to defend themselves or others at places other than their […]

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Biden: “If it only saves ONE life!”. Yo, Joe? This count?

by Skip March 23, 2013

It also seems to reinforce the meme that those bad guys that use ILLEGAL weapons are often cowards when confronted by good guys standing up to them: If you’re a woman, imagine being home alone in a rural area when you hear someone rattling your front door. You don’t recognize who they are. You call […]

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Humor with a lesson: Where would you rather be: California or Texas?

by Skip February 9, 2013

CALIFORNIA:  The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks the Governor’s dog, then bites the Governor.  1. The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie “Bambi” and then realizes he should stop because the coyote is only doing what is natural. 2. […]

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GrokTV – Panel Discussion: Making your vote count – Q&A Part 1

by Skip December 9, 2012

I have chopped up the videos of the Question and Answer period into different posts (as there were a number of topics on which there were questions).  Please note that sometimes the video title “might” not be quite accurate in that often, as these things go, the discussion of the original question quickly morphs to […]

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Obama’s move to a more Socialistic state – a warning from someone who grew up in a socialist state

by Skip October 13, 2012

“America’s wealth comes from the efforts of people striving for success. Take away their incentive with badmouthing success and you take away the wealth that helps us take care of the needy. Yes, in socialism the rich will be poorer — but the poor will also be poorer. People will lose interest in really working […]

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Lakes Region Porcupines, Free State Project, Liberty, Freedom, and self – responsibility

by Skip July 24, 2012

A while ago, a now former NH State Representative Seth Cohn urged me to come to a meeting at the New Hong Kong restaurant to, as he said, “talk some politics with folks that are involved”.  Little did I know what I’d be getting into – and that was fine!  Many of the folks that […]

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This fits with my previous post:

by Skip June 22, 2012

Feel free to substitute “man” for “woman” and “her” for “him”: (H/T: Liberal Logic 101)

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Rebuttal to Alison Therriault – No, there is no extreme jeopardy to women’s right to control their lives in NH

by Skip March 25, 2012

I submitted this in rebuttal to a Letter to the Editor in the Laconia Daily Sun (P. 7, March 23, 2012) (slightly expanded here): It used to be that becoming an adult meant becoming independent and being self-responsible for their own well-being. Economic dependency on family was left behind along with the toys of childhood. […]

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