Some signs of the times from the NH Legislature, Michael Graham and the Right Wing Granny

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Some signs of the times from the NH Legislature, Michael Graham and the Right Wing Granny

I was very busy yes­ter­day so I didn’t have time to do much with this story:

Six GOP law­mak­ers want the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion to erect signs along every unmarked road lead­ing from New Hamp­shire into Mass­a­chu­setts, stat­ing: “Warn­ing: Mass­a­chu­setts Bor­der 500 Feet.”

This is actu­ally more legit than it sounds as there are sev­eral laws that rad­i­cally change once you cross the bor­der con­cern­ing seat­belts, guns, fire­works etc that can get you pinched in a hurry but Michael Gra­ham had a field day with it yes­ter­day:

They’ve got a point. If you’re a ratio­nal per­son who believes you have the right to pro­tect your­self and your fam­ily from crooks; or that the US Con­sti­tu­tion applies in every state, includ­ing its 2nd Amend­ment; or that adults should be able to buy adult bev­er­ages from stores that want to sell them; or that decid­ing whether or not to wear a hel­met or seat belt is a deci­sion for a grown-​up cit­i­zen to make; etc., etc. — You’re going to find Mass­a­chu­setts a very dan­ger­ous place.

And unfor­tu­nately he’s not just mak­ing a joke as this story indi­cates:

First police charged his brother for assault­ing a thief allegedly break­ing into his truck.

Now Ken McKay Jr., of Swamp­scott says police told him he risks being arrested and up to a $5,000 fine and or a year in prison for sup­port­ing his brother by hold­ing a protest out­side Lynn Dis­trict Court.

You have peo­ple protest­ing mil­i­tary funer­als, have peo­ple hold­ing Ku Klux Klan ral­lies and, really, you’re going to pre­vent me from protest­ing some­thing unjust?” Ken McKay Jr. said dur­ing a recent inter­view. “They are throw­ing any­thing and every­thing they can at us to stop us, and I’m just not going to let that happen.”

Gra­ham notes the dou­ble standard:

How, in the era of the Occu­pod, does some­one get arrested for stand­ing around out­side a cour­t­house for a few hours hold­ing a sign?

That’s a really good ques­tion, I don’t have an answer, but I do have an effect that goes with this cause from Right Wing Granny:

I will admit that when my hus­band retires, we will prob­a­bly relo­cate. The tax pol­icy of a state will be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion at that time. Tax poli­cies in Mass­a­chu­setts (and the cost of liv­ing in the state) make it a less than ideal place to retire.

She quotes a Daily Caller piece that notes

If weather mat­ters more than taxes, then why is Alaska per­form­ing so well com­pared to Cal­i­for­nia and Hawaii? Alaska may have the worst cli­mate in the coun­try and Cal­i­for­nia and Hawaii arguably have the best, but Alaska has out-​performed both states on nearly every mea­sure, accord­ing to Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-​Laffer Eco­nomic Com­pet­i­tive­ness Index, a report from the Amer­i­can Leg­isla­tive Exchange Council.

and don’t for­get the North Dakota winters.

Me, I advise both of my boys to leave this state as soon as they are able.

I was very busy yesterday so I didn’t have time to do much with this story:

Six GOP lawmakers want the Department of Transportation to erect signs along every unmarked road leading from New Hampshire into Massachusetts, stating: “Warning: Massachusetts Border 500 Feet.”

This is actually more legit than it sounds as there are several laws that radically change once you cross the border concerning seatbelts, guns, fireworks etc that can get you pinched in a hurry but Michael Graham had a field day with it yesterday:

They’ve got a point. If you’re a rational person who believes you have the right to protect yourself and your family from crooks; or that the US Constitution applies in every state, including its 2nd Amendment; or that adults should be able to buy adult beverages from stores that want to sell them; or that deciding whether or not to wear a helmet or seat belt is a decision for a grown-up citizen to make; etc., etc.—You’re going to find Massachusetts a very dangerous place.

And unfortunately he’s not just making a joke as this story indicates:

First police charged his brother for assaulting a thief allegedly breaking into his truck.

Now Ken McKay Jr., of Swampscott says police told him he risks being arrested and up to a $5,000 fine and or a year in prison for supporting his brother by holding a protest outside Lynn District Court.

“You have people protesting military funerals, have people holding Ku Klux Klan rallies and, really, you’re going to prevent me from protesting something unjust?” Ken McKay Jr. said during a recent interview. “They are throwing anything and everything they can at us to stop us, and I’m just not going to let that happen.”

Graham notes the double standard:

How, in the era of the Occupod, does someone get arrested for standing around outside a courthouse for a few hours holding a sign?

That’s a really good question, I don’t have an answer, but I do have an effect that goes with this cause from Right Wing Granny:

I will admit that when my husband retires, we will probably relocate. The tax policy of a state will be taken into consideration at that time. Tax policies in Massachusetts (and the cost of living in the state) make it a less than ideal place to retire.

She quotes a Daily Caller piece that notes

If weather matters more than taxes, then why is Alaska performing so well compared to California and Hawaii? Alaska may have the worst climate in the country and California and Hawaii arguably have the best, but Alaska has out-performed both states on nearly every measure, according to Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer Economic Competitiveness Index, a report from the American Legislative Exchange Council.

and don’t forget the North Dakota winters.

Me, I advise both of my boys to leave this state as soon as they are able.