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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    07-25-2017, 06:54 AM
    Yeah, no kidding! Was that mechanic also on meth?! *Note to good Samaritans: If you're going to show up government, at least do it right. This just makes government look good. (I wouldn't be surprised, though, if some contractor awaiting the contract was getting tired of the city dragging their feet. So he hired this "mechanic" and a homeless guy to make a bigger mess to kick the city planners in the ass.)
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    07-24-2017, 12:55 PM
    Do you realize that currently "on the borders" means within 100 miles of the US border? So there's your Constitution-free zone.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    07-24-2017, 11:31 AM
    Ha ha... Good one. You know as well as I do that the only way to fix a government problem is by MOAR spending - not less. We need to beef up enforcement! Maybe give the government more power and money... then, like magic, the problem is solved! And if not, we can always spend more. Rinse, repeat.
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  • brushfire's Avatar
    07-24-2017, 10:29 AM
    Too bad they didnt have a bunch of oil reserves... oh wait... Socialism must be the key ingredient in this epic fail.
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    07-24-2017, 10:22 AM
    Dont you know there's gay people getting married!!!? A US citizen that has ties with Russia met with Trump's son... There's election manipulation going on here!
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    07-24-2017, 08:57 AM
    Hilarious. And sad.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    07-24-2017, 08:30 AM
    Oh, now this is really going to creep out many on here... https://www.fastcodesign.com/90134144/disneys-next-movie-it-could-be-watching-you Pretty soon the world in which we live will be entirely formulated to trigger a specific response in humans. And they will LOVE it!
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    07-24-2017, 08:22 AM
    So, Reagan was a military officer (albeit the film division), SAG president, and was very politically active for years prior to running for Governor. In other words, he wasn't merely cashing in on his celebrity. I can see the similarities, but I think it really began with Ventura and Franken in Minnesota.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    07-24-2017, 07:34 AM
    Yeah, I'm not concerned about this one particular race. But what DOES concern me is that there is a growing sense that people can cash in on their celebrity and turn it into political power. :eek: Politicians suck, but it can get worse. When the people desire to be led by entertainers, they had better not be surprised where the entertainment leads them. I suppose you could argue that we've already turned this corner... :(
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-23-2017, 11:56 AM
    Even if Gov. Sununu isn't reelected, we get to keep Frank Edelblut, probably the most pro-liberty Commissioner of Education in the nation, for another 2 and 1/2 years so there will be 2 gubernatorial elections before another Commissioner of Education may be appointed ;) When Edelblut was a state rep., the libertarian New Hampshire Liberty Alliance gave him a 91% score. That's a higher score than the official Libertarian Party legislators receive in NH. When he ran for governor, he was the first candidate even endorsed by the NHLA for governor. Commissioner Edelblut recently spoke at the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers Annual Picnic and was the keynote speaker at the NHLA's annual Liberty Dinner. Yes, though, I hope and expect Sununu to be reelected :)
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-23-2017, 09:56 AM
    Right, any of those tests are options for this requirement: - Parents have to do something in the form on an assessment every year. This could include having a private school teacher look at the portfolio, a standardized achievement test, or any other method acceptable to both the parents and participating agency (a private school the parents work with for paperwork purposes). $50 a year in compliance costs isn't bad considering a NH parent can get $500 a year to cover the homeschool costs, including this cost. Of course, having a teacher review a portfolio is another option and may be done at no cost. Even if a parent chooses to not get the free homeschooling scholarship, no one would argue that $50 and 90 minutes a year in regulation to homschool a child is a difficult undertaking for a homeschooled parent. The truth is, I've never heard of a homeschooled family anywhere that didn't already keep some type of portfolio. So it would be nice to get rid of that, and if you move to NH as part of the Free State Project, and work towards that goal, I'll help you. Let's me know :) We can do this together ;)
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-23-2017, 09:52 AM
    - There is a one-time notification to the school district or a private school in which the child lives. - Parents have to keep a portfolio on what a child did each year, for two year running. The government doesn't look at the portfolio. - Parents have to do something in the form on an assessment every year. This could include having a private school teacher look at the portfolio, a standardized achievement test, or any other method acceptable to both the parents and participating agency (a private school the parents work with for paperwork purposes). So, if you are asking does NH require both a one time notification and a professional to look at a portfolio for a few minutes (or whatever else the parent and an organization the parent partners with for paperwork purposes decide to do), than yes. 1 to 2 hours per year of state compliance is required in NH if a parent decides to follow the laws of the state. Of course, NH has been on the news for the large unschooling community here. You may have seen it on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil, CNN, Nightline, Wife Swap, or Fox News. Millions of people around the nation are aware of the NH unschooling that has seen zero people arrested for ignoring federal and state law as far as I'm aware. People complain that we are too free, that our unschooling is going too far, yet we persist. We maintain the freedoms that we've won, we continue to increase education related freedoms, and we ignore bad laws.
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-23-2017, 09:20 AM
    I bumped this to remind William Tell that even posters on RPFs were somewhat complaining about how free New Hampshire is with education freedom. I've known multiple families that have or do unschool in NH and have never heard of any of them being prosecuted for violating state or federal law. I am not worried about the lawless nature of education in the NH unschooling community. Most of these children will end up doing much better than their government school peers. Despite over 10,000,000+ people learning on TV that unschooling movement leader Dayna Martin followed no education laws, she managed to unschool her kids in New Hampshire without major concern. She leads a 17,550 members my Radical Unschooling group and has actually graduated kids. http://daynamartin.com/
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-23-2017, 09:08 AM
    While homeschool is just one part of education freedom, you bring up a good point that NSLDA should update their map. Some in the NH homeschooling community don't like that organization because it is a bit statist, like how the NRA is on guns and the ACLU is on civil liberties. Because of that, I'm not really concerned to try to correct NSLDA. The map also doesn't mention that there is a business tax credit scholarship program that covers homeschooling expenses in NH. The program used to only be open to a limited number of homeschoolers, but the percentage of homeschoolers that qualify was greatly expanded, so long as the private scholarship program is able to raise the needed funds. When the program started, NH was the only state where homeschooling expenses were covered with what would otherwise be tax dollars via a program. NH had no problem expanding the great scholarship program, so maybe that also means other states are copying our freedom in this area? I can only hope so, because it is for the children.
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-23-2017, 07:37 AM
    AFP put up a page about the Score Card with an explanation and link to it. https://americansforprosperity.org/new-hampshire-legislative-score-card-2017/ https://americansforprosperity.org/new-hampshire-legislative-score-card-2017/
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-23-2017, 07:18 AM
    While NH moved from average to above average over the last few years when it came to education freedom, NH legislators realize that was difficult to accomplish those achievements because before Governor Sununu, the last 12 years were under Democratic governors. Given 4 years, Gov. Sununu will be able to replace everyone on the Board of Education, but those appointments only last for 4 years. So legislators wrote SB 44 to make it clean that the executive branch would understand the limits to the role it plays in education, just in case another Democrat becomes the governor of NH at some point in the future. To those ends, SB 44 - prohibits the department of education and the state board of education from requiring the implementation of the common core standards in any school or school district in this state and - prohibits the state board of education from amending any existing academic standards or approving any new academic standards without prior review and recommendation of the legislative oversight committee States elect governors independent of the legislature as notoriously Democratic leaning states and notoriously Republican leaning states frequently elected governors from the other major party. You can never be too careful when it comes to protecting the children ;) Below is from a previous article about this bills after they passed the NH Senate.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    07-22-2017, 09:30 PM
    Interesting. With him on economics, but he loses me when he steps outside of his area of expertise. still good for the economics, which is most of the appearance.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    07-22-2017, 08:20 PM
    That wasn't a swipe at you, it was a broad statement. (a la, "you might be a redneck" doesn't mean YOU.)
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    07-22-2017, 08:18 PM
    Hmmm... Not sure about the down-voters... I guess there's a whole "climate change" aspect to solar power that automatically ticks some people off. However, it makes perfect sense that China would be the leader in solar power. In fact, I'd be sad if they weren't. Their government directs their economy and their skies are dirty because of it. Of course, they'd want to cover their asses by trying to generate power by other means. It's a natural response by government. The reason why it won't fly in the US is because solar has to enter into a completely regulated environment. Regulations that were written by utility companies. Solar is not as economical as other fuels anyway, but even if it was, the other fuels gain the subsidies. And the way our government "evens the playing field" is not to remove the subsidies, but to give them out to the other side of the coin - in this case, solar. And when those happen, so-called "conservatives" suddenly think it's bad. Here's a hint: It's always bad. It's bad when it happens for solar companies and bad when it happens for other fuels - whether that be coal, gas, nukes, or wind or water. If you really want solar to "float to the top" in the US, the answer is to fight ALL subsidies. I totally agree that what China is doing is a "gift to the world." If solar can become a more efficient means of generation, that'd be amazing. But until they get it to work economically, without government intervention, we shouldn't try to get our government to do it.
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    07-22-2017, 08:03 PM
    "They did this to themselves!" You might totally misunderstand the nature of government, if you're wondering why a powerful nation would meddle with a weak nation. It's the same reason a lion takes the injured gazelle.
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-22-2017, 12:21 PM
    A Tripartisan Breakdown of the Americans For Prosperity New Hampshire 2017 Legislative Score Card NH House: 12 bills dealing with subjects such as reducing the cost of health insurance and improving the quality of education Tripartisan breakdown 100% Scores Republicans – 49 (Not voting wasn’t counted against the legislators so even though Speaker Jasper only voted once, he had a 100% score as he voted to increase worker freedom) Libertarians – 2 Democrat – 0
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-21-2017, 03:25 PM
    Some quick thoughts on the just released AFP-NH 2017 Scorecard NH House: 12 bills dealing with subjects such as reducing the cost of health insurance and improving the quality of education Tripartisan breakdown 100% Scores Republicans – 49 (Not voting wasn’t counted against the legislators so even though Speaker Jasper only voted once, he had a 100% score as he voted to increase worker freedom) Libertarians – 2 Democrat – 0
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-21-2017, 12:47 PM
    Here is a follow up article with a lot more details. It is all positive toward Gov. Sununu and his plan to cut government regulation. It is long so only half of the article is posted here. Sununu signs executive order in Winchester, scrapping or phasing out regulations By Steve Whitmore Sentinel Staff http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/sununu-signs-executive-order-in-winchester-scrapping-or-phasing-out/article_10bca088-ca12-53a2-9b68-c1dccde7fe57.html
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    07-21-2017, 07:18 AM
    :D ISWYDT +Rep
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    07-20-2017, 09:52 PM
    Additional details about the new store. Website http://freestatebitcoin.com/
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    07-20-2017, 09:46 PM
    Sununu to Cut 1,600 Regulations Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is heading to a hair salon do to some cutting, but not hair. July 20, 2017, at 5:13 p.m. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-hampshire/articles/2017-07-20/sununu-to-cut-1-600-regulations
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-20-2017, 08:53 PM
    Totally agree. As a region it is certainly not. Neither region does well when considered as a whole. I never meant to suggest that. Sorry for any confusion :)
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