The 2016 election was a bit of an oddity in New Hampshire because while we sent all Democrats to Washington the Republicans won big time on the state level. In addition to winning the governor’s seat for the first time in 12 years the Republicans have a big majority in the House and a majority in the Senate and Executive Council.
The ramifications are already being felt with a balanced budget that includes no new taxes or fees, and as usual no sales or income tax, while at the same time spending more money on education, healthcare, nursing homes, and the opiate crisis.
And now the State House has approved constitutional carry and it is headed to Governor Sununu’ desk for his signature. Here is more:
New Hampshire is on the verge of repealing a state law that requires Granite Staters to have a permit to carry a concealed firearm.
The House of Representatives voted 200 to 97 Thursday to pass Senate Bill 12, which previously passed the state Senate.
Gov. Chris Sununu, R-Newfields, has endorsed such a repeal. The legislation now makes its way to his desk.
“Constitutional carry is now a done deal,” Rep. John Burt, R-Goffstown, said after the House vote.
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium
We all remember the fake news story Buzzfeed and CNN ran a short time ago about a Russian dossier–which Buzzfeed admitted when released it was not confirmed–which supposedly contained very damaging information about Donald Trump, including what he allegedly paid a Russian prostitute to do on a bed he believed Barack Obama once slept in.
Well CNN is back at it again in an article entitled US investigators corroborate some aspects of the Russian dossier. Here is more:
For the first time, US investigators say they have corroborated some of the communications detailed in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent, multiple current and former US law enforcement and intelligence officials tell CNN.
Between the title of the article and the first paragraph of the story it would like like on the surface as if this was going to be very damaging for Donald Trump but then the story continues thusly:
It is now being reported in this story that Donald Trump will not appeal the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal decision which upheld the temporary restraining order on the President’s travel ban. Here is more:
The Trump administration is not currently planning to appeal a temporary hold on his travel ban to the Supreme Court, a White House official said Friday.
But the White House said it will forge ahead on the broader battle against a lawsuit challenging the executive order.
The administration plans to continue its defense of the order on the merits, which is playing out in a Seattle-based federal district court, the official said.
Donald Trump has apparently decided to defend the travel ban in the Seattle court case instead. With the Supreme Court likely to tie on the issue 4-4 the restraining order would have remained in place while the lawsuit played out anyway so this seems like the proper way to go–why waste more time on a battle which does not seem to be winnable?
House Oversight Committee sends a letter to the Ethics Office about Kellyanne Conway’s possible ethics violation after she endorsed Ivanka Trump’s clothing line
There are many people who have concerns about the potential conflicts of interest that might arise due to Donald Trump’s business ventures. Of course the left did not care about Hillary Clinton’s conflicts of interests while she was running for President so this is more than a little hypocritical but still the problem does exist so we must put aside the hypocrisy to delve into this post. After all we would also be hypocritical if we ignored this story after we attacked Hillary Clinton’s conflicts of interest while she Secretary of State and the potential that it would continue if she won the Presidency.
Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox News earlier today and while apparently in her official capacity as councilor to Donald Trump she used the opportunity to endorse Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, offering what she called “a free commercial.”
We thought when Donald Trump won the election that the talk about cap and trade and carbon taxes were dead issues, but apparently they are not because according to this story top Republicans and business leaders are trying to convince the administration a carbon tax is the way to go in return for regulatory cuts.
Here is more:
A group of prominent Republicans and business leaders pitched a tax on carbon dioxide to top White House aides Wednesday, selling the plan as an economic win that could drive job growth and yield environmental dividends too.
Former Secretary of State James Baker and other members of the new “Climate Leadership Council” pressed the case in a 45-minute meeting in the Roosevelt Room that included President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior aide Kellyanne Conway.
“The signs were very encouraging,” Ted Halstead, who founded the council, said after the meeting. “Two weeks into this new administration, we have positioned our solution as the most promising climate solution — if they want to go there.”
And they had a brief meeting with Mike Pence:
In an attempt to prove the lie that 97% of all scientists believe that global warming is not only real but also man-made a couple of controversies have come to light. Or rather they should have come to light but they were ignored by the mainstream media and the global warming alarmists. There was Climategate in which the IPCC and colleges were fudging the global temperatures in order to “hide the decline” and there was the fact that NASA was changing historical global temperatures to exaggerate the impact of global warming and hide the global warming pause.
There were also rumors that NOAA was also manipulating the data and now according to a whistle-blower we have confirmation NOAA manipulated the data prior to the United Nations conference on global warming back in 2015.
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Here is a unique duo that calls themselves Twenty One Pilots performing their hit single “Stressed Out” live last year. For more information on this one of a kind act check out this story and you will learn the reason behind the dark makeup on the singer’s hands and neck as well as the subtle Christian message behind many of their songs.
I think my favorite lyric from Twenty One Pilots comes from the song “Car Radio.” In that song he sings about his car radio being stolen and because of this he has no distraction and is forced into thinking: “There are things we can do but from the things that work there are only two. And from the two that we choose to do peace will win and fear will lose, it is faith and there’s sleep.We need to pick one please because faith is to be awake, and to be awake is for us to think, and for us to think is to be alive. And I will try with every rhyme to come across like I am dying to let you know you need to try to think.”