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Sister Mary LaHood – No Talking in Cars

(Originally posted Oct 11th, 2010 – Seem relevant to re-post this given that NH HB 1117 went to executive session yesterday.) Bloomberg reports that Transportation nanny Ray ‘Sister Mary’ LaHood believes that all cell phone use in motor-vehicles, including hands free, are distracting.  Well, no kidding Mr. Einstein.   Prior to the invention of the cell …

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Public Financing of campaigns – what, you can’t persuade people to give you money?

Just like Steve, I’m going back through “posts that never were”; drafts that either never got finished or I forgot to punch PUBLISH.  This was was back from Jan 1, 2008 and given the recent “Campaign Funding Walk” that just occurred, this old bag of words is like some of my clothes now (sigh) – …

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Notable Quotes: Frederic Bastiat – “The Extra-Legal Parasite vs. The Lawful Sponger”

“…when John Q. Citizen gives a hundred sous to a Government officer and receives nothing for them unless it be annoyances, he might as well give them to a thief.  It is nonsense to say that the Government officer will spend these hundred sous to the great profit of national labor; the thief would do …

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Grover Norquist Shills for Obama Crony’s Wireless Boondoggle

I got an email – below – from Grover Norquist at ATR requesting the recipients take action and sign a petition to free up spectrum for wireless expansion. All well and good, but the thinly veiled subplot was to demand that Congress force the FCC to permit Obama cronies Lightsquared to use spectrum adjacent to the GPS …

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CPAC: Myron Ebell of Competitive Enterprise Institute

Grokster Mike, and Pete DaTechGuy interview Myron Ebel of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Their chief areas of focus are energy policy and regulatory overreach. On the regulatory side, that includes both EPA silliness, and the regulatory uncertainty which prevents new businesses from starting up in the USA. CEI has also been at the forefront of …

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New Film Project from Ann+Phelim: FrackNation

“FRACKING BRILLIANT” Say the T-shirts advertising the new venture of anti-envronmental wacko film makers Ann McElhinney, Phelim McAleer, and their colleague Magda. See also the panel discussion at CPAC on overcoming the obstacles to utilising the nation’s energy resources. [jwplayer mediaid=”17524″] Update: here is their request for funding on KickStarter ; GasLand got $750K from …

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Town of Durham Seeks to Inspect Rentals

“College is a refuge from hasty judgment.” —Robert Frost Owning rental property is a daunting endeavor. With ownership comes financial challenges, legal exposure, and responsibilities not traditionally endured with single family home ownership. Add to that facet renting to college students and the task becomes a head-snapping endeavor. Years ago, I found myself dealing with …

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Professional Licensure: To Eliminate Or Expand?

“None can love freedom but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license, which never hath more scope than under tyrants.” —John Milton The Union Leaders‘ opposite editorial page give Erica Bickford, a licensed massage therapist from Wolfeboro, ink today not only arguing against House Bill 446, but actually advocating for its’ defeat. To advocate …

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Jeanne Shaheen: “Porking” Those Tax Increases Down Our Throats

  “If Thomas Jefferson thought taxation without representation was bad, he should see how it is with representation …” —Rush Limbaugh Today’s Union Leader Editorial, entitled, “Free Cops!” points once again to the ills of  having a big-government Democrat like Jeanne Shaheen serving the Granite State in the U.S. Senate. Like her liberal counterpart, former Congressperson …

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