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Notable Quote: Machiavelli

Saturday was Machiavelli’s birthday (May 3rd, 1469). While much reviled by some as a ruthless political animal, there are many that believe him to be the master of political observation and strategy– based on the realities of human nature as it exists, not fanciful utopian wishes. His best known work, The Prince, is a book about the attainment and preservation …

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Sure – I’LL let the IRS do my taxes for me….

From the Union Leader: Shaheen, Sununu propose tax changes on filing deadline MANCHESTER – Democratic senatorial candidate Jeanne Shaheen proposed a simplified, one-page tax return yesterday, while her Republican rival — U.S. Sen. John Sununu — called for a simpler, fairer tax system. The two made comments yesterday, the deadline for filing federal income tax …

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We give thanks to Almighty God…

…who has blessed us, our families and friends, and this Nation.  Even as there are those that believe that our Nation is stumbling and will never achieve their version of utopia (and never cease to kvetch to the rest of us), we have much to be thankful for in this country.  We are financially the …

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Hey Dennis Kucinich, today is YOUR day!

On this date, August 27th, in 1928, the treaty making war "illegal" was signed: The Kellogg-Briand Pact. That’s right, that treaty, still considered to be in effect on this very day, officially outlaws war. The website http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1485.html tells us Relations between the United States and France had cooled in the aftermath of World War I. …

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Failure to learn

I recently posted on Washington State trying to surpass the "San Fran values" in a big way.  Well, Betsy’s Page has another story about socialism…and its failure.  Once again, socialism that supposedly was started "the right way".  Once again, the inevitable failure of such, no matter how good the intentions. Why?  The lack of not …

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Meet the New Press airs today…

Live in Central NH: It’s Meet the New Press on NewsTalk 1490 WEMJ at 2:00PM- 4:00PM EST and later on the podcast page. . Today: Question– Now that the NH Senate has passed a bill banning smoking in all bars and restaurants, Do you agree? Disagree? Does it go far enough? Guest Robert Shibley of …

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Don’t they know war is illegal?

On this date, August 28th, in 1928, the treaty making war "illegal" was signed: The Kellogg-Briand Pact. That’s right, that treaty, still considered to be in effect on this very day, officially outlaws war. The website www.u-s-history.com tells us Relations between the United States and France had cooled in the aftermath of World War I. …

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Is competition really that bad? Apparently some think so.

We’ve all heard the stories of children’s sports leagues where there are no winners and losers- a perfect, utopian world where everybody is a winner and everyone gets a trophy. There’s even places, we’re told, where scores are not kept, because determining a "winner" is not as important as everybody having fun. Usually this stuff happens …

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More signs of moral decline…

Ever since the sixties, there can be little doubt that America has been heading further away from the cultural and moral foundations that made us a strong people. Every day we read about the latest tragic and disgusting action perpetrated by one person against another. People in positions of responsibility abusing their power with nary …

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