Richard Barnes

A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government. – Thomas Jefferson


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Thoughts on Teddy's Passing

Its interesting how Teddy Kennedy's death is being discussed by different groups.

For instance look at the distinct differences between Blue Hampshire and Red Hampshire web sites.

Red Hampshire posted a very tasteful letter from Senator Gregg discussing his friendship with Teddy Kennedy.

Senator Gregg stated, “Today America lost an extraordinary leader, a legendary political force, and the patriarch of one of the greatest families in American history."

Blue Hampshire however took a different approach.  Rather then remembering Teddy and honoring him in death, they used his death as an oportunity to attack Republicans.

Here's Senator Kennedy on raising the minimum wage in 2007 and blasting the GOP's death-by-amendment procrastination strategy.


You may recall that Judd Gregg's and John E. Sununu's solution to this problem was to vote for an amendment abolishing the federal minimum wage.

Its times like this that Democrats show how little class they have and how low they are willing to sink for partisan politics.

As for myself, well I was all set to write about Mary Jo Kopechne but her death is well known and well documented already.  There is no reason now to rehash old wounds, Teddy died and with that his past deeds good or bad died with him.  Instead I leave you with a link (HERE) to his voting record to allow you the ability to form your own opinions about his legacy and 10 quotes made by or about Teddy.

1) "Well don't throw anything now, because we're not talking about philosophy or party. The finest legislator I ever worked with was Ted Kennedy. He had a magnificent staff, he even had a parliamentarian on that staff of his. So when you were in the legislative arena and you were bringing your lunch and staying late, you wanted to get Ted on your side or least use some of his expertise. I would go to him sometimes early on and say look, you'll have to trust me, what the hell do I do right now to move this bill? Boy I'll tell you he had ways to do it and as you can see he uses those skills on issues in which I was totally on the other side. I can't remember them all there were so many. We were never on the same side. But he is a legislator." - Alan Simpson Republican Senator from Wyoming

2) "[W]ords are fine, but it has to be what a generation reads into those words." -- Ted Kennedy speaking of the US Constitution at Boston Latin, April 29, 2002

3) "Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law?  Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?" - Ted Kennedy 1973

4) "He's a brilliant actor, but what makes Republicans think he could do well in politics? Of course, it's hard to argue with Arnold when you're hanging upside down by the ankles. " -- Senator Ted Kennedy (democrat-Mass) on his family's Republican.

5) "When the Founders wrote the Constitution and gave the Senate the power of advice and consent on Presidential nominations, they never intended the Senate to work against the President, as this Senate is doing, by engaging in a wholesale stall and refusing to act on large numbers of the President’s nominees." -- Senator Ted Kennedy (d-MA) speaking in defense of President Clinton's nominees in 1999

6) “It's better to send in the Peace Corps than the Marine Corps.” - Ted Kennedy

7) “Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed.” - Ted Kennedy

8) “On issue after issue, they have moved brazenly to impose their agenda on America and on the world, ... They have pursued their goals at the expense of urgent national and human needs and at the expense of the truth. America deserves better.” - Ted Kennedy

9) “I think there's enormous potential in terms of solar power and wind power all along the coastal areas and I think we ought to take advantage of it.” - Ted Kennedy

10) “I don't know what to say. I'm happy and sad all at the same time. It was only a matter of time before conservatives reared their ugly head. These are banner days for Democrats. Oil and gas prices are up. The elderly are starving. It's great news and it's become clear that we're the ones in touch with real Americans. These flag waving braggarts have to go!” - Ted Kennedy



Carol Shea Porter Town Hall Meetings FINALLY!

Carol Shea Porter has finally crawled out from her rabbit hole to hold a public town hall meeting.  Very nice touch in her picking locations that hold 100 people or fewer, once you fill the seats with the press, the paid shills and the democratic loyalists and party insiders there might actually be room for 10 or 20 actual constituents.

What really amazes me are the people who are shocked by this.  If you look at the town hall rallies around the country its the same no matter what town you go to, in fact if you look close at some of the youtube videos you'll even see some of the same faces popping up again and again showing their "support".

I predict you'll see much of the same.  Outside will be the real people protesting while inside the shills and insiders will take turns with their prepared questions so Carol can ramble off her prepared statements.  The media will focus more on the people who dared oppose her then anything she actually has to say.  And should any of the opposition actually get in and dare raise a negative word you'll see them booed and hissed at and Carol will give a dismissive answer not addressing the question.

The meetings are scheduled for Saturday the 29th:

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Norris Cotton Federal Building
275 Chestnut Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thomas J. McIntyre Federal Building
80 Daniel Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Doors open at 1:00 p.m.

See you all there!



Protecting Molesters Over Children

When Democrats changed the state abortion laws to allow children to get abortions without their parents ever knowing about it many of us, myself included, argued that this was protecting criminals.  If an adult molested a 13 or 14 year old girl he would be able to cover his actions by taking her for an abortion should she get impregnated.

Democrats claimed this was about choice and not about protecting criminals, well that argument went out the window with the bill introduced by Strafford State Representative Jennifer Brown.  Rep Brown introduced a bill to have the least dangerous sex offenders de-listed so they would no longer have to register.

Now I'm no fan of sex registration lists because I feel they give most people a false sense of security because they incorrectly feel that by preventing people who are on the list from living in certain places that those places are safe.  That said, if we know someone is a sexual criminal we should keep an eye on them.

What on earth would make Rep Brown think we should just turn our backs on sexual predators?  The fact her son is one.

Rep Brown's son went on line and entered a graphic sexual conversation with what he thought was a virgin 14 year old girl.  Her son, who was a grown adult of 20, persuaded to meet this young woman for the purpose of sex.  When he arrived on the scene he was meet by police officer who arrested him.

I'd like to share a couple quotes about this story from the Telegraph:

"He didn't meet anyone," Brown said. "He got there, turned around and left so fast. . . . He went to the meeting, then said, 'I'm just leaving,' and that's what our state calls a criminal."

What Rep Brown fails to understand here is that he didn't meet anyone because there was no one to meet.  It was a sting set up by the police to catch perverts like her son who would otherwise have molested a child.

Brown said her son has graduated college with a degree in finance but cannot get a job. Brown said she has talked to other people on the registry who have had consensual sex with a person who lied about their age. She knows of young men who were caught in stings or lied to, she said, who "cannot speak for themselves and have no advocates."

Now here's an interesting statement, she likens what her son did in attempting to molest a 14 year old virgin little girl to someone who meet a woman who looked mature and lied about their age.  I'm sorry but there is a world of difference between the two.  If you go to a college party for instance you can reasonably assume that the women you meet are 18 or older.  If you go online and talk to a girl who says she's 14 and you continue the discussion, you are knowingly pursuing someone underage.

Rep Brown is putting criminals before children.  She's saying its ok for adults to seek after 14 year olds for sex and if they get caught in a sting they should be able to cover up the fact they did what they did.  She is proving the allegation against Democrats when they allowed children to cover up their sexual encounters without abortions without parental knowledge as being nothing more then attempts to cover up molestation is well founded.


Democrats Defense?

I've been witnessing a strange occurrence here in NH.  Democrats control all branches of the state and federal government.  They are 100% in control and have the ability to get all the things they claim this country has needed put into place.

With their being 100% in control of every level of government they also are running out of ways to blame Republicans.  Sure we'll see Democrats continue to blame Bush for every problem for the next four years but how long before people say, enough with the blame, where's the solutions?

Look at NH.  When Benson left office NH had a surplus in the state budget, we had a decent economy and life was good.  People had little to complain about however Democrats found ways to complain anyway.  They complained the state wasn't property funding its infrastructure and education.

Since Lynch has taken over and Democrats gained control of both houses, we've seen our surplus disappear and our state government has gone into crisis mode because of deficit spending which is due mostly to the double digit spending increases Democrats have implemented.  And while it's no longer the front page story the education funding "crisis" has yet to be fully solved.  The poor, whom Democrats claim to help, are getting shafted now more then ever with the state having increased meals taxes to 9% and several other fees across the board.  The increase in minimum wage implemented last year has directly corresponded to a decrease in the number of minimum wage jobs available.

Obama admittedly had an economic meltdown already started under Bush (and the Democratic house and senate) but he assured the American public that his stimulus package would give us the boost needed to turn things around.  Not only has he failed to deliver but things have gotten worse then he said they would be if he did not act.

Democrats have meanwhile pushed legislation that continues to fail and create bigger and bigger problems.  They passed a law requiring kids under the age 18 to be kept in school even if they do not want to be there and cause disruptions for those trying to learn.  This was an attempt to curb drop out rates which it hasn't.  They continue at around 4%.

Democrats passed legislation that now allows children, little girls, ages 14 or 15 to walk into a planned parenthood and get an abortion without their parents even knowing about it.

And while all this is happening they continue to point the finger at the republicans saying see they caused the problems we're trying to fix.  And yet the problems continue to grow.  At what point will they say, the Democrat solutions aren't working?


Democrats Fear of Open Carry Part 2

Is there any logic to the fear most liberals have of guns?

The citizen who open carried this week at a health care event in Portsmouth has sparked national debate about the concept of open carrying a gun.  The discussions I've had and read have two parties objecting to the behavior.

The first are the liberals who object to all guns and would see to ban all guns if they could.  These are the same people who also attempt to claim the 2nd amendment does not apply to citizens or that the Constitution is out dated and needs to be rethought, or worse yet the ones who consider it a "living document" that should be reinterpreted over time.  There isn't much to debate with that group as they are fixed in their ways and will never see eye to eye with those who feel we do have a right to own and carry a gun.  They are the ones who do not understand that gun laws wont take away guns from those seeking to break other laws but instead only disarm those seeking to protect themselves from those criminals.  Not to get off focus but a perfect example of this is the fact there is no discussion about the SECOND person who showed up at the Obama event in Portsmouth with a gun.  The difference between the two is this second guy had his gun and a knife hidden and attempted to sneak into the forum where Obama was.  He didn't alert or panic anyone because he hid his gun, the only reason there was any alert at all was because he was caught going where he wasn't allowed and from what I understand his gun was illegal.  But I digress.

The second group are more reasonable people who do agree that we have the right to own and carry guns but they feel there are places that are not appropriate.  This is the group I hope to reach out to here.

The event that started debate is that the gun was open carried at a political event which was attended by the president.  The same argument is used to prevent guns from school, government offices and a number of other locations.  But is this logical?  Should rights be limited to certain locations or prevented from others?

Let's start with the idea of law abiding people legally carrying a weapon near or around an event where the president is attending.  If you search the web I would be willing to bet $100 that you will find pictures of not only Obama but Bush I & II, Clinton, Reagan, Carter and other presidents surrounded by US citizens carrying guns.  Of course these citizens are wearing either military uniforms or police uniforms but they are armed citizens of this country never the less.  They are citizens first and working men and women second.  No one fears the military or the police yet there have been cases of police officers and military personnel attacking the innocent yet there are numerous cases of people impersonating police who in turn cause harm to others.   Just because someone is in a uniform does not mean they would not harm you.

Now let's go further, if we do over all trust the police and military with a gun on their side while in uniform then what changes when they retire or take off the blue shirt and badge for the day?  If someone is wearing jeans and a tee-shirt while walking down the street with a gun at their side we don't know if they are a police officer by day.  Is there logical reason to fear that same police officer who was handing trading cards to kids in the park earlier that same day with the same gun because he's no longer in his uniform?

It would make no sense.  If someone can be trusted with a gun then it doesn't matter if they are in a uniform or wearing jeans and a teeshirt.

Going even further think about this... when you walk down the street and pass 100 people do you have any reason to fear them?  When walking in the mall do you panic over people passing you?  It is very plausible that at least some of those people walking past you were carrying a weapon.  Most who carry do conceal so you aren't even aware of their doing so but it doesn't change the fact they have weapons.

The key difference is when someone carries the same weapon where you can see it.  Then suddenly people panic.  Police are sometimes called in and in at least a few cases in NH the people who have done nothing wrong are stopped and questioned by the police.  Why?  That same person could walk by you in the same way or attend the same political event with the same gun but somehow your knowing about it makes it wrong?  We've become conditioned over the years to trust police and distrust our fellow American.  That is wrong and we need more peaceful, lawabiding people to show that Americans can be trusted and that simply walking down the street with a gun is not something that should cause panic.

I'd like to leave you with this short piece that can be found HERE:

Hoplophobia, n. Irrational, morbid fear of guns (c. 1980, coined by Col. Jeff Cooper, from the Greek hoplites, weapon; see his book Principles of Personal Defense). May cause sweating, faintness, discomfort, rapid pulse, nausea, sleeplessness, nondescript fears, more, at mere thought of guns. Presence of working firearms may cause panic attack. Hoplophobe, hoplophobic.

Hoplophobes are common and should never be involved in setting gun policies. Point out hoplophobic behavior when noticed, it is dangerous, sufferers deserve pity, and should seek treatment. When confronted about their condition, hoplophobes typically go into denial, a common characteristic of the affliction. Sometimes helped by training, or by coaching at a range, a process known to psychiatry as "desensitization," a useful methodology in treating many phobias.

Hoplophobic behavior is often obvious from self-evident irrational responses to real-life situations, and is frequently seen in the news media and public debate. When a criminal commits a crime using a gun, hoplophobes often seek to disarm, or make lists of, innocent people who didn't do anything, an irrational suggestion.

The idea of creating an enormously expensive government-run 90-million-name database of legitimate gun owners -- which by definition would not include armed criminals -- is a prime example of an irrational hoplophobic response to the issue of crime. How the writing of your name in such a list would help stop crime is never even addressed. (See, "The Only Question About Gun Registration")

An effort is underway nationally to have hoplophobia recognized in the DSM, the official directory of mental ailments. Resistance from elements in the medical profession suggest this may be quite difficult, but that does not reduce the importance of recognizing a widespread, virulent, detrimental mental condition commonly found in the populace. The actual number of undiagnosed hoplophobes is unknown, but believed to be in the tens of millions.

Read Dr. Sarah Thompson's brilliant essay on the medical nature of this afflicition, the article that got the ball rolling on serious medical study of a condition affecting millions of Americans.

Hoplophobes are dangerous. They should not be involved in setting public policy.
Hoplophobes are victims. They are sick and need help.
Hoplophobes deserve sympathy. It's not their fault they are afflicted.
Hoplophobes should seek treatment. Help shoot for a cure.