As expected, tolerance for different viewpoints cannot be tolerated by the liberal elite! All voices of opposition must be silenced! In this case with a half-assed blue spray paint job on our Trump sign! If you can believe it, this miscreant actually defaced the sign on Easter at approximately 9:30pm! However, our security camera caught the perpetrator red handed (or should we say blue handed?). The Hampstead Police have been notified. Let us know if you have seen this individual. Check the Bernie rallies first!
Islam in America: Is there a cause for concern?
Is Islam compatible with American values? This is a very tough question that needs to be discussed in a fair and balanced way. However, due to the lack of objective journalism in the U.S. the issue is rarely discussed nor fairly analyzed. Instead we have only the two most extreme views presented by liberals and conservatives. These generally center around two the two extreme concepts that either Islam is a curse to America (e.g. Trump’s proposed ban on all Muslim’s entering the country) or the liberal view there is no problem at all, and you are a “Racist” for even considering otherwise. As with most issues, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Since the media can’t be trusted to fairly explore this concept, I had to go to the source to find my data. Probably the best, least biased, and most comprehensive surveys on the views of worldwide Muslims was conducted in 2013 by the Pew Research Center.
I would encourage everyone interested in this topic to read the final report entitled: The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics, and Society.
“This report examines the social and political views of Muslims around the world. It is based on public opinion surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center between 2008 and 2012 in a total of 39 countries and territories on three continents: Africa, Asia and Europe. Together, the surveys involved more than 38,000 face-to-face interviews in 80-plus languages and dialects, covering every country that has more than 10 million Muslims except for a handful (including China, India, Saudi Arabia and Syria) where political sensitivities or security concerns prevented opinion research among Muslims.”
Reading through this report, there were some items that struck me as concerning:
- There are huge groups of Muslims that want Sharia Law to be the “law of the land”. This is clearly incompatible with American values. There is one legal system for everyone here, and it is based on fairness, freedom, and equality. Can we say the same of Sharia?
- As an extension of Sharia, there are huge groups of Muslims that feel stoning is an appropriate punishment for adultery. Let’s think about this. An adulterer (almost always woman by the way) is buried in a pit up to her neck and the entire village stands around and throws rocks at her until she is dead. Is this an appropriate punishment? Literally millions of Muslims feel it is.
- There is a smaller minority, but still a shocking total number of Muslims that feel suicide bombing is “Often or Sometimes” justified in defense of Islam. Let’s take Egypt as an example. 29% of Muslims feel suicide bombing is justified. There are 80 Million Muslims in Egypt. Therefore there are 23 million people that think suicide bombing is “often or sometimes” justified. That is the nearly the population of Texas (25 million)!
- The majority of Muslims seem to feel that homosexuality, drinking alcohol, and abortion are immoral. I wonder how liberals would react to Donald Trump saying this? He would fall under intense scrutiny, but somehow Muslims dont seem to fall under the same scrutiny when they judge these personal decisions as ‘immoral” without any comment by the media. I am not sure how compatible these views are with our free society.
- Huge groups of Muslims feel that woman should “obey their husbands.” This clearly runs afoul of our free and equal society. Again, if Donald Trump said this, universal condemnation would result. But again, this slips past quietly without much discussion when the topic of gender equality in Islam comes up.
Now I cherry-picked some of the “worst” of this report, and I would encourage everyone to actually read this, as the overall report gives a bit more balanced view. For example, the majority of Muslims (but not all) feel Sharia should only apply to Muslims, etc. However I for one am not very interested in the majority, as it only takes very few suicide bombers to cause mayhem. This small, but exceedingly violent minority is cause for my concern along with the broader trends in less violent stances on issues incompatible with freedom in my view.
If we want to take queues from History, only about a third of U.S. citizens supported the war of Independence from Britain. The other two thirds were either against it or neutral. Yet this minority population was able to instigate a war across the entire continent and plunge all citizens (regardless of their stance) into its chaos. The same can be said of Nazi Germany, and also Imperial Japan during World War II. It didn’t matter that the vast majority of Germans were not Nazis…. The rest were plunged into the conflict with them, as the “neutrals” stood by idly. While I don’t think any reasonable person could consider that we are on the cusp of a war with Islam on U.S. soil, it is an interesting concept to consider how few radicals it takes to stir the pot with consequences for all
Why Liberals continue to ignore all these stances that are diametrically opposed to their liberal social agenda. This I will never understand. For me, I suppose the crux of the issue is this. Do Muslim’s come here to “be in America”, or do they come here to “be Americans.” If it is the latter, then I would expect them to adjust to our values (freedom, equality, and justice) and not the other way around. If they did adapt and assimilate, I don’t see an issue with Islam at all. The real questions is do they want to do this? Only time will tell.
Hi folks, the political season is in full swing, so we took some time this weekend to put up our sign in support of Trump! In anticipation of vandals, this years sign is up on ten foot posts. Most liberals don’t own ladders (as these are generally tools used for work, so are deemed unnecessary), so this should be some deterrence to defacement. The whole ensemble is accessorized by a two foot tall Trump head, that really makes it pop! This is undoubtedly the most ambitious Trump sign in all of Hampstead!
The New Hampshire House recently became the first legislative body to pass a bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. The bill was modeled on the laws passed by ballot initiative in Washington and Colorado. New Hampshire’s bill would legalize up to an ounce of possession, tax and regulate distribution (at $30 per ounce), and allow individuals to grow up to six plants.
Maggie Hassan, however, has pledged to continue the fight against marijuana. In her response to our inquiry (see below), Governor Hassan cites high marijuana usage as a reason to continue dumping millions into law enforcement/legal costs and forgoing any tax revenue, apparently because New Hampshire’s prohibition on pot is working so well (snicker).
Governor Hassan, time to wake up and smell the roses! People are smoking pot everywhere, even the majority of your own constituents want it legalized. Instead of getting ahead of the curve and getting some revenue (How much do those state run liquor stores, conveniently cites on the Massachusetts border pull in?), we will continue to keep marijuana on the black market to enrich criminals and gum up our legal system. Our prediction is that in 10 years, marijuana will be legal virtually everywhere… and this will be seen as one of Maggie’s biggest blunders.
The anti-second amendment group “Mayors Against Illegal Guns,” headed by Nanny Bloomberg, the multi-billionaire Mayor of New York, has a bone to pick with NH’s own Senator Ayotte. It would appear that they are extremely upset with her “no” vote on the recent, and completely ineffectual. “universal gun background check” bill. Bloomberg’s group released a new TV attack ad Monday aimed at Ayotte. Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns has vowed to hold events in targeted states “every time senators are home on vacation” in an effort to put pressure on Senators that don’t vote their way.
Well, this really boils my clams. I was already fed up with Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-freedom antics in New York. However, now the same man that declared (and I quote) “I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom” is fresh off his failed attempt to control New Yorker’s soda intake and is now trying to tell New Hampshire what is good for it. This is the man that thought limited soda sales to a 16 oz. maximum size, but still allowing someone to purchase a 64 oz milkshake (for example), would actually help curb obesity rates. He is now applying his same failing logic to gun control.
Well, sure universal background checks, sound like a good idea, but let’s look at some facts as explained to me by Senator Ayotte via email today:
It’s clear that criminals who attempt to illegally purchase firearms aren’t being prosecuted as they should be – and have not been for years. For example, in 2010, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms screened 76,142 National Instant Criminal Background Check System denials. Of those, charges were brought in only 44 cases – and resulted in just 13 successful prosecutions. This sends the message to criminals that there won’t be any consequences when they try to get their hands on guns.
Some of my colleagues want to expand the broken background check system we have now. In my view, we shouldn’t be expanding a flawed system. The focus should be on fixing the existing system, which criminals are flouting. We need to make sure we are enforcing current law and prosecuting those who attempt to illegally obtain firearms. And we must ensure that NICS includes records currently not being entered in the system, including mental health adjudications where an individual is found to be a danger to themselves and others.
There are no easy answers. Even if the proposed expansion of background checks had been in place, it wouldn’t have prevented the Sandy Hook tragedy – where the perpetrator obtained the firearms he used by killing his own mother, who owned them lawfully.
This is a position I can agree with. Why should we expand the existing system, which is clearly broken ,and would do nothing to prevent the kind of tragedies we have seen in Sandy Hook? I humbly call on all New Hampshirites to support Senator Ayotte and tell Nanny Bloomberg to mind his business.
Since the murder rate of New York is more than triple that of New Hampshire (4.0 per 100,000 citizens as opposed to 1.3, per 100,000 citizens), I personally would ask Mayor Bloomberg to fix his own violent crime issue before telling New Hampshire what it needs to do.
PS. I know how much soda I need to drink too!
The Boston Herald broke this shocking story recently that was completely ignored by the liberal-leaning Boston Globe.
During the Herald’s investigation, state agencies “flatly refused” to provide detailed information regarding the taxpayer-funded lifestyle of the Tsarnaev brothers (aka the Boston Bombers). However the state welfare department did let it be known that the Tamerlan Tsarnaev along with his wife and family did receive benefits that ended in 2012. For all we know, he purchased the pressure cookers with his EBT card. Did he use his “Obama-phone” to detonate the explosion? It appears that Governor Patrick doesn’t want you to find out.
This is just another scandal in the ridiculously corrupt Massachusetts benefits system. I don’t understand why the people of Massachusetts continue to tolerate the rampant abuse and corruption in the state/federal benefits programs. Other issues that have surfaced as of late:
- During a mass mailing (about 500,000 letters) to all Massachusetts welfare recipients explaining how they could register to vote (another long, ridiculous scandal) , 19,000 of the recipients could not even be located. However, I bet the checks were still being cashed!
- Governor Patrick has vet the state legislature’s attempt to ban the use of EBT cards to purchase tattoos, porn, jewelry, and bail. Now to be fair, his argument was it would be very difficult to enforce bans on specific purchases. Agreed. However, the little known secret of EBT cards is that you can withdraw a portion of benefits in cash. Ostensibly, this is used for things like cab fare to job interviews (snicker), but in reality it is used for all the aforementioned ridiculousness.
- Market Basket (a local area Supermarket chain) employees report that EBT wielding customers are irate that they cannot buy cooked lobsters (as EBT benefits can’t be used for prepared foods) and instead must settle for uncooked lobsters.
- Reports of folks with huge ($7,000 ) balances on EBT cards that carry over indefinitely. If you need assistance…. why is it piling up into the thousands of dollars?
Governor Patrick continues to downplay these issues by crying: “I’m not going to do anything that makes vulnerable people beg for their benefits. This notion of humiliating poor people has got to be separated from how we make a program, and frankly separated and disposed of, from how we make a program work and work well.”
I fail to see how preventing my tax money from being used in casinos or to purchase firearms constitutes “making people beg.” Apparently the majority of Massachusetts residents agree with the Governor as they continue to re-elect him. Maybe now they will think twice since their tax money may now actually be funding terrorists.
From the NRA: The U.S. Senate is currently scheduled to vote on several anti-gun bills during the week of April 8. One, the so-called “universal background check” bill being pushed by Senator Chuck Schumer, would criminalize the private transfer of firearms between law-abiding citizens. This legislation would make it illegal for a family member to transfer a firearm to another family member without the federal government’s approval. According to a recent Department of Justice memo, the effectiveness of a universal background check system “depends on gun registration” — which is illegal under federal law. In addition, no background check system will ever be truly “universal”, as criminals do not submit to background checks.
I urged NH Senator Jeanne Shaheen to oppose this legislation (via her website) and received a prompt response. But alas, it was simply a form letter probably auto-generated and sent to me by a staffer.
Why is it that our elected officials continue to respond to constituents with such claptrap? I took the time to navigate through your website and ask you to perform your duty to represent me… Why do you think I would be the slightest bit happy to receive a response that doesn’t even clearly state your position? Ugghh…. So I wrote back and asked her to clearly provide a firm stance on the matter. As of this writing… I am still awaiting that clear response. If I ever get one, I will post it immediately.
UPDATE: Senator Shaheen has not as of yet responded to my inquiry. I am a bit upset that I can’t get a simple answer to a simple question. However, I see her facebook page has been updated expressing her regret that the gun control legislation failed. So, I guess we all now how she votes.. 96% solidly with the Democrats and against the Constitution.
Here is a great little story about how a government can completely ruin an economy and wipe out the savings of the entire population. It doesn’t get a lot of press around here (probably because our government is doing quite similar things, and most Americans have never heard of Zimbabwe).
Back in 1980, Zimbabwe gained independence from the UK. At that time, the Zimbabwe dollar was worth about the same as the British Pound. However, the new corrupt government started an ever spiraling inflationary meltdown. Almost immediately, the government started printing money to finance a war with the Congo and their economy took a down-turn through general government mismanagement (sound familiar?). The inflation rate started creeping up and up. In 1981 it was 7%, In 1982 it was 14%.. by 1999 it was 56%. Then a series of completely ridiculous land reforms in 2000 caused a virtual collapse of the entire agricultural sector of Zimbabwe. In order to make ends meet.. they just ran the printing presses. Inflation eventually hit 231,000,000%. That is correct, 231 million percent! The money was devaluing by the hour. This caused quite a few interesting situations with the populace like for instance:
Before the Zimbabwe government could start printing “Quadrillion Dollar Bills” they officially threw in the towel and declared that Zimbabwe had no currency. This made no difference at all, as most of the population had already switched to the U.S. Dollar, the Euro, the South African Rand, or simply went to a barter system. The 100 Trillion Dollar Bill actually became a sought after curiosity to foreign tourists! Although this might appear to be somewhat humorous to those in the U.S., we should think about this carefully. How quickly did the savings of the average Zimbabwean disappear during this fiasco? Inflation of this type could wipe out a lifetime of savings in hours.. literally. How did people cope with prices of goods changing drastically, multiple times per day for months on end? Could this happen here? I am no economist, but I understand the way we print money in the U.S. is different than Zimbabwe. Of course we have controls and this will never happen here… right? I mean, all the other things the government tells us are true, like for instance Social Security is secure and the benefits will be there when we need them, and spending trillions of dollars of stimulus will fix the economy, etc. All I am saying is, don’t think the U.S. is immune to spending problems. Although the U.S. economy dwarfs Zimbabwe (the GDP of New Hampshire alone is 6 times that of the entire country of Zimbabwe!) know that our spending also dwarfs Zimbabwe in similar fashion… Think about how much longer we can go on like we are…..
The latest rantings of Obama and his followers regarding restricting gun ownership has caused a complete panic across the entire United States. Millions of law abiding gun owners are hoarding virtually any type of ammunition they can find. This has caused a complete and comprehensive nationwide shortage. Ammunition manufacturers are working ’round the clock but they simply cannot keep up with demand.
It is estimated that U.S. gun and ammunition manufacturers have already produced more of both of these items in the first two months of 2013 than in the entire year of 2012. Of course, this is a story the liberal media doesn’t want you to hear about. They continue to want to label and marginalize law-abiding gun owners as a small minority of citizens among the vast majority that think the 2nd Amendment should be ignored. However, skyrocketing NRA membership and these huge increases in gun and ammo sales seem to tell a different tale.
This morning, we canvassed most of southern NH. We shopped Walmart in Epping NH, Stateline Guns Ammo and Archery in Plaistow, NH, Shooters Outpost and Riley’s Gun Shop (both in Hooksett NH). All of these stores were completely out of 9mm of all types! All of them were also out of .22LR except for Riley’s. They only had a few boxes of massively overpriced .22LR ($16.95 for about 25 rounds). 12 gauge slugs and buckshot were also extremely limited. Most of these stores limited purchases to 3 or 4 boxes per person per day.
Strange how this story isn’t in the news. When Hostess’ bankruptcy threatened the supply of Twinkies, that was on every channel, yet a nationwide shortage of ammunition doesn’t even get a casual mention. Manufacturers seem to be saying this shortage will last at least until the summer. Until then, you are on your own.
The internet is awash with this latest story…. It would appear the Department of Homeland Security just purchased 2,717 mine-resistant, armored trucks (complete with machine gun ports) for use WITHIN the United States. Just to be extra clear.. these are not going to be shipped to Iraq or Afghanistan… nope. These will be used right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. So, I guess it is anticipated that the machine guns ports will be used to point automatic weapons (which YOU shouldn’t have, of course) at American citizens.
Now I have a few questions about this:
1) Why is President Obama threatening that the recent sequestration budget cuts will force the TSA to cut back on airport staff (and thus longer lines for you). Yet the Department of Homeland Security (the parent of the TSA) has enough cash to buy these things at $430,000-$900,000 each (depending on features). Even if they bought the base “no frills” models… we are talking about $1, 168, 310,000. Yet the first place we want to cut the budget is on the 12 dollar and hour TSA clerks at the airport?
2) Can anyone please tell me why we need almost three thousand armored tanks designed to resist mine explosions, rocket-propelled grenades, and other ambushes INSIDE the U.S.? I could imagine we might want a few armored cars or something like this if we do get in a crisis situation… but how many IEDs are we expecting along route 95?
3) Why are none of the major news networks carrying this story? I bet if George Bush bought this crap… we would be hearing about it.
Perhaps there is a good explanation for all this, but I have yet to hear a definitive answer. Although I have read a few sources that state these are actually for the Marine Corps and not the DHS. I am really not sure who I believe at this point. One thing is clear, I haven’t heard enough people really asking questions about it. I will leave you with a historical picture of another “Department of Homeland Security” patrolling their country with armored cars.