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Wed, June 23

The New Hampshire Gazette

2016—Memorializing W.Va.’s worst flooding in 100 years, a burning house is filmed as it floats down a creek. 2008—James Hansen warns Congress about global warming—again. 2005—Roller coaster safety expert Richard H. Brown, 64, dies of injuries received in a fall in his own driveway. 2001—“Dark Winter”—a war game simulation of a smallpox outbreak in the U.S.—shows lack of preparation for pandemic...

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June 23rd 2021, 2:25 am

Keeping Up With the Loonies

The New Hampshire Gazette

We do our best to keep up. In theory, that’s most of the job: try to keep up, and write about the stuff that really matters. These days that boils down to tracking dangerous outbreaks of authoritarian lunacy. This can be unnerving—especially in the context of a formerly-natural environment whose expiration date seems to be getting a fortnight closer every dang week. In a perfect world we’d be...

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June 22nd 2021, 5:55 pm

Tues, June 22

The New Hampshire Gazette

2009—A spokesperson explains the conspicuous absence of South Carolina’s GOP Governor: Mark Sanford is “hiking the Appalachian Trail.” 2005—Undeterred by futility, the Republican-led House passes a Flag Protection Amendment.® 2004—On the floor of the Senate, Veep Dick “Dick” Cheney tells Sen. Pat Leahy, “Go fuck yourself.” 2004—Yet another cash-laden C-130 lands in Iraq; this one carries the...

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June 22nd 2021, 5:55 pm

It’s Time to Dump the Filibuster

The New Hampshire Gazette

by W.D. Ehrhart Let’s take a look at the Republican Party this spring of 2021. We have Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, who pumps a raised fist on January 6th in support of the MAGA insurrectionists. We have Representative Andrew Clyde of Georgia, who likens smashing windows and beating police with American flags and hockey sticks to a “normal tourist visit,” and insists that the supporters of...

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June 22nd 2021, 5:55 pm

Betsy Ross to Gov. Sununu

The New Hampshire Gazette

CONCORD—In her rocking chair, and sewing stars on the makings of new nation’s flag, Betsy Ross worked and greeting visitors on Flag Day outside the New Hampshire State House. “Betsy,” portrayed by Derry resident Corinne Dodge, spoke with tourists, chatted with legislators, and posed for pictures, but the person she came to see, Governor Sununu, never came down for a visit. She had intended to...

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June 22nd 2021, 5:55 pm

Sun, June 20

The New Hampshire Gazette

2005—Veep Dick “Dick” Cheney explains to Larry King that the insurgency in Iraq is “in the last throes.” 1970—Off Kamchatka, the Soviet sub K-108 loses a screw to the pursuing U.S.S. Tautog, the sail of which picks up a permanent 2-degree bend. 1965—Navy Lts. Clinton B. Johnson and Charles Hartman, flying prop-driven Douglas A-1 Skyraiders, down a MiG jet fighter over Vietnam. 1963—The White House...

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June 22nd 2021, 5:55 pm

“The People vs Agent Orange,” the PBS Documentary

The New Hampshire Gazette

by Paul Nichols Formidable advances in technology have generated various long-term health problems for US servicemen and women. And likewise, to opposing forces and the general public who reside in the war-torn countries, including the unborn. History provides too many examples: Ionized radiation exposure during nuclear testing in the 1950’s in Nevada and South Pacific Islands caused numerous...

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June 22nd 2021, 5:55 pm

Does systemic racism exist in New Hampshire?

The New Hampshire Gazette

By Dan and Sindiso Mnisi Weeks According to Republican leaders in Concord, systemic racism does not exist in New Hampshire and talk of it should be banned in our schools, state agencies, and private entities that contract with the state. Even Governor Chris Sununu, who has pledged to veto the so-called “divisive concepts” language now in the state budget, recently denounced the term “systemic...

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June 22nd 2021, 5:55 pm

Sat, June 19

The New Hampshire Gazette

2011—On the HBO show “Game of Thrones,” George W.[MD] Bush’s decapitated head appears on a pike. 2006—Publisher and Bush appointee Phillip Merrill is discovered shot and weighted down in Chesapeake Bay where the CIA’s Bill Colby and John Paisley ended up; all suicides, though. 1969—Tobar, Nev.—named for a sign pointing to a saloon—is dealt a death blow by an exploding railroad car full of bombs en...

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June 22nd 2021, 5:55 pm

Want Socialism? Try the U.S. Military.

The New Hampshire Gazette

by Mike Lofgren America’s love affair with lunacy continues undimmed. Along with flat-earthers, anti-vaxxers, and fans of perpetual motion, according to a May 21 Ipsos poll, 53 percent of Republicans now assert that Donald Trump is the current President of the United States. There is a tendency in the reality-based community to regard these folks as obscure lunatics who yell at their TVs in...

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June 22nd 2021, 5:55 pm

Mon, June 21

The New Hampshire Gazette

2006—Fox News, citing Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), reports that WMD have been found in Iraq. 2005—Edgar Ray Killen, 80, is found guilty of manslaughter in the case of Schwerner, Goodman, and Chaney. 2004—SpaceShipOne reaches an altitude of 100 kilometers; Mike Melvill becomes the first civilian astronaut. 1989—The U.S. Supreme Court rules that it’s legal to burn the U.S. flag.

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June 22nd 2021, 5:55 pm

Sat, May 15

The New Hampshire Gazette

2002—The White House admits it knew before 9/11 that al-Qaeda had plans to hijack U.S. airliners. 2001—Two engineers in a locomotive chase and stop an unmanned train full of hazardous chemicals after it rolled 66 miles across Ohio at high speeds. 1991—The Pentagon confirms: Manuel Noriega was on the CIA payroll. 1975—Some Marines retake the abandoned Mayaguez. Others, green, chopper to Koh Tang...

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May 15th 2021, 2:25 am

Tues, May 11

The New Hampshire Gazette

2012—The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission finds George W.[MD] Bush, Dick “Dick” Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Tony Blair and others guilty of war crimes. 2009—Ex-Gov. J. Ventura says, “You give me a water board, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I’ll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders.” 2006—USA Today reports that the NSA is tapping U.S. phones. 1975—In New York, 80,000 celebrate the end of the...

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May 14th 2021, 12:51 am

Wed, May 12

The New Hampshire Gazette

2015—An FEC report says that after denying wrongdoing for years, Rep. Frank Guinta [R-N.H.] has agreed to repay an illegal $355K campaign loan and pay a $15K fine to boot. 1996—Sec. of State Madeleine Albright tells Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes” that sanctions killing 500,000 children in Iraq is “a very hard choice, but … we think the price is worth it.” 1987—News reports say Oliver North lost a...

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May 14th 2021, 12:51 am

Sat, May 8

The New Hampshire Gazette

1979—Salvadoran police maintain order in a cathedral; 23 KIA, 70 WIA. 1970—With flags at half mast for Kent State kids shot by National Guardsmen, students protesting in NYC at Wall and Broad streets are attacked by 200 “hardhats” organized by AFL-CIO leader Peter Brennan. Nixon will make him Sec. of Labor. 1970—At the University of New Mexico, 11 people protesting the Vietnam War are bayoneted by...

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May 14th 2021, 12:51 am

The New Hampshire Gazette Digital Edition Volume 265, No. 17, May 7, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

May 7, 2021 — To download this issue of our paper, just click on the image at right.

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May 14th 2021, 12:51 am

The Good, The Bad, and the Absurd

The New Hampshire Gazette

We have good news, and bad news. That, in itself, is not news, of course; the news is always good and bad, commingled. Such is the human condition. Limited by the subjectivity of our own perceptions—not to mention the disorientation caused by an unending current of events frog-marching us into the future—we lack the chutzpah to declare whether this fortnight’s mix trends towards one pole or the...

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May 14th 2021, 12:51 am

Mon, May 10

The New Hampshire Gazette

2017—President Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office. He divulges classified info, exposes a foreign agent, and says firing the FBI Director relieved “great pressure” from him. 1945—New Hampshire adopts the Stark motto, “Live Free or Die.” 1919—In Charleston, S.C., white sailors foment the first of 33 U.S. race riots over a...

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May 14th 2021, 12:51 am

Here Comes the Judge

The New Hampshire Gazette

Judge Amy Berman Jackson started the week off with a bang. Because hardly anyone seemed to be listening, and because the Memorandum Opinion she signed on May 3rd explained a matter of great import exceedingly well, and because it suggests that there is some slight possibility that justice—real justice—might someday actually prevail, we’ll quote her memorandum below, at considerable length.

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May 14th 2021, 12:51 am

Sun, May 9

The New Hampshire Gazette

2017—D. Trump fires J. Comey. 1999—At the University of Chicago, two students competing in a scavenger hunt build a plutonium-producing reactor. They come in second. 1991—White House Chief of Staff John Henry Sununu is told to quit using military planes for visits to his Boston dentist and ski trips to N.H. 1989—“What a waste it is to lose one’s mind,” says Veep Candidate Dan Quayle...

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May 14th 2021, 12:51 am

Fri, May 14

The New Hampshire Gazette

2015—The Union Leader’s editorial, in full: “Frank Guinta is a damned liar.” 1992—The George H.[H.]W. Bush administration opens up 1,400 acres of spotted owl habitat for logging. 1987—Robert “Bud” McFarlane tells Congress that if he’d objected to arming Central American terrorists, “Bill Casey, Jeane Kirkpatrick, and Cap Weinberger would have said I was some kind of commie.” 1975—The Khmer Rouge...

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May 14th 2021, 12:51 am

Thurs, May 13

The New Hampshire Gazette

2015—The day after eight die in a Philadelphia derailment, Congress votes to slash Amtrak’s budget. 2005—A Pentagon commission recommends closing the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. 1985—A Philadelphia police helicopter bombs MOVE headquarters, killing 11 and leaving 250 homeless. 1971—President Nixon tells his flunkies to get a new IRS head: “a ruthless son of a bitch … who will go after our enemies...

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May 14th 2021, 12:51 am

Tues, May 4

The New Hampshire Gazette

1990—Six-inch flames shoot from Jesse Joseph Tafero’s head as Florida’s “Old Sparky” takes three jolts and seven minutes to kill him. 1989—U.S.M.C. Lieut. Col. Oliver North is convicted of four felonies in the Iran-Contra scandal, but a Congressional screw-up lets him skate. 1970—In Haymarket Square, Chicago, a new cop statue replaces one destroyed by a bomb months earlier. This one gets blown up...

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May 4th 2021, 12:35 am

Mon, May 3

The New Hampshire Gazette

2020—Dolt #45 desecrates the Lincoln Memorial with a campaign event. 2016—Lindsey Graham tweets, “If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed…and we will deserve it.” 2016—After accusing Ted Cruz’s father of being tied to the JFK assassination, Donald Trump wins Indiana and clinches the GOP nomination. 2003—The Old Man of the Mountain is busted by the Law of Gravity. 1995—Alabama Governor “Fob”...

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May 3rd 2021, 2:33 am

Sun, May 2

The New Hampshire Gazette

2011—After outliving the Administration of G.W.[MD] Bush, Osama bin Laden is whacked by its successor. 2006—With stereotypical inefficiency, state workers in Lucasville, Ohio jab Joseph Clark 19 times over 86 minutes to kill him by lethal injection[s]. 2003—Richard Perle, its architect, writes that the Iraq War “ended without the Arab world rising up against us, as the war’s critics feared...

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May 2nd 2021, 7:03 am

Sat, May 1

The New Hampshire Gazette

2003—G.W.[MD] Bush says “major combat operations in Iraq have ended.” U.S. death toll so far: 140. 1999—The New Hampshire Gazette resumes regular (fortnightly) publication in Portsmouth. 1989—“Bill” Gardner, Secretary of State for Life, assigns rights to the trade name New Hampshire Gazette to a collateral descendant of the founder. 1977—Seabrook: 1,414 Clams busted. 1975—Tom Polgar sends CIA’s...

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May 1st 2021, 12:18 am

Fri, April 30

The New Hampshire Gazette

1993—The first website goes online. 1977—The Clamshell Alliance assembles at Seabrook to fight the nuke. 1975—Saigon falls. 1973—Rabid Nixon supporter Rev. Sun Myung Moon gets a green card. 1973—Announcing their resignations, Richard Nixon calls felons-to-be John D. Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman “two of the finest public servants I have ever known.” 1971—Medal of Honor recipient Dwight H.

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April 30th 2021, 4:04 am

Thurs, April 29

The New Hampshire Gazette

2014—Despite nine tries, Okla. prison officials miss Clayton Lockett’s veins; the poison goes into muscle. Without enough left to kill, they discuss options as he writhes. He ends their debate by dying of a heart attack. 2006—During the Correspondents Dinner, Stephen Colbert performs the first autopsy of a sitting President. 2004—The Commission “investigat­ing” 9/11 allows George W.[MD] Bush and...

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April 29th 2021, 12:47 am

Wed, April 28

The New Hampshire Gazette

2011—During a speech in Las Vegas, Donald Trump drops about seven f-bombs, promising to tell the Chinese, “listen you mother______s, we’re going to tax you 25 percent.” 2006—Rush Limbaugh’s lawyers announce that their fine work will keep their dope-addled client out of prison. 2004—The SEC says banks can risk more money and keep less on hand. 2004—Frank Lautenberg [D-N.J.] says on the floor of the...

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April 28th 2021, 2:15 am

Tues, April 27

The New Hampshire Gazette

2017—“This is more work than my previous life,” whines Dolt #45. “I thought it would be easier.” 2016—Calling Sen. Ted Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh,” former Speaker John Boehner tells Stanford students he “never worked with a more miserable son-of-a-bitch in my life.” 2011—On the worst day of the largest tornado outbreak in history, 324 people are killed from Texas to Ontario. 1994—In South Africa...

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April 27th 2021, 11:34 am

Mon, April 26

The New Hampshire Gazette

1986—Murphy visits Chernobyl: Ukrainian real estate values plummet, northern Earth is irradiated, and thousands are condemned to death. 1970—Someone dynamites the Louisiana Senate Chamber; a pencil remains stuck in the ornate ceiling. 1953—Radioactive rain falls in N.Y. 1952—The captain of the U.S.S. Hobson, disregarding an underling’s advice, takes his destroyer across the bow of the U.S.S. Wasp.

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April 26th 2021, 6:04 am

Sun, April 25

The New Hampshire Gazette

2005—Charles Duelfer, the CIA’s man in charge of finding WMDs in Iraq, says there are none. 2003—George W.[MD] Bush fires his Secretary of the Army for saying we don’t have enough troops in Iraq. 2002—George W.[MD] Bush and Saudi Prince Abdullah play kissy-face at the President’s Texas “ranch.” 1984—Asked if he’s ever been to a communist country, Reagan Chief of Staff James A. Baker III replies...

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April 25th 2021, 1:59 am

Sat, April 24

The New Hampshire Gazette

2020—The lead item on all news broadcasts: the manufacturer has announced that, contrary to what the President has said, people should not inject themselves with Lysol. 1980—Eight Americans die and five are wounded trying to get American hostages out of Teheran. 1967—“The military situation [in South Vietnam] is favorable,” says Gen. Wm. C. Westmoreland, but protests at home might lose the war.

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April 24th 2021, 5:42 am

The New Hampshire Gazette Digital Edition Volume 265, No. 16, April 23, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

April 23, 2021 — To download this issue of our paper, just click on the image at right.

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April 23rd 2021, 8:11 pm

What’s New On the Republican Family Values Front?

The New Hampshire Gazette

When last we checked, Rep. Matt Gaetz [R-Fla.] was still slated to be the featured speaker at the Nashua Republican City Committee’s annual “Steak Out,” scheduled for August 27. We’re worried, though, that Nashua Republicans might give in to the Governor’s pleas and disinvite him. If they do, we’ll lose our news hook. So, let’s check in on this Florida Man. On March 24th, Fox’s Paul Steinhauser...

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April 23rd 2021, 8:11 pm

Rediscovering Who We Are

The New Hampshire Gazette

I’ve written about this before in this space: We think we act rationally with the cold logic of a computer, but beneath, we remain mere animals driven by instinct, habit, geography, time, and mystery. Toward that end, there’s even a new book entitled How to Be Animal. We are not solitary but social animals, though not always the cuddlesome creatures seen on “Animal Planet.” We can get swept up in...

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April 23rd 2021, 8:11 pm

Monopoly Is What’s For Dinner

The New Hampshire Gazette

No longer just a parlor game, monopoly is what’s for dinner. Practically every commodity and every step in producing our families’ most essential consumer purchase is in the tight grip of four or fewer global conglomerates: Four chemical giants control more than two-thirds of the world market for commercial seeds. Tyson Foods and three other meatpackers control 60 percent of the U.S.

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April 23rd 2021, 8:11 pm

Complete Streets Good for Home Values

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: As the State Representative for Ward 3 in Portsmouth, which includes the Peverly Hill Road, I have heard from many residents over the years regarding their need for a sidewalk on that street. That is why I am very happy to learn that they are finally getting the sidewalks that will make their neighborhood safer. I live only ¼ of a mile off of Peverly Hill Road and have often walked...

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April 23rd 2021, 8:11 pm

SitRep on The Battle to Save Forest Lake

The New Hampshire Gazette

Dear Editor: On Friday, April 9th, an historic moment took place with the passage of HB177 in the New Hampshire House. Despite HB177 coming out of the GOP-controlled Environment and Agriculture committee as ITL (Inexpedient To Legislate), along party lines 10-9, representatives from both parties worked behind the scenes, on the last day of the House session, to overturn the ITL and PASS HB177 with...

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April 23rd 2021, 8:11 pm

The Cultured Meat Campaign Continues

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the editor, In order to help meet our obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement, the United States should invest public funds into cultured-meat research. For those who don’t know, cultured meat is grown from cells, without slaughter. This revolutionary protein will have a dramatically smaller environmental impact than conventional meat. “Industrial livestock agriculture—raising cows...

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April 23rd 2021, 8:11 pm

A Nation in Crisis

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: The Washington Post recently published an article pointing out that trust in institutions—government, media, the law—has plummeted, and is having a measurable effect on Americans, especially young Americans. For many close observers, the Post reported, “a direct line can be drawn from today’s civics crises to a long-standing failure to adequately teach American government...

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April 23rd 2021, 8:11 pm

Democracy Must Grow in Every Town

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: We the People have our hands full! We’re dealing with a pandemic, climate change and drought, unending wars, millions of people lacking health care, refugees at our borders, extreme income disparities, no affordable housing for the next generation, and a corporate-controlled media telling us what to think. Where do we go from here? The answer is to get organized where we live...

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April 23rd 2021, 8:11 pm

New Hampshire’s Energy Future — A Path Forward

The New Hampshire Gazette

by Peter Somssich and Ken Wells Today, energy costs New Hampshire residents a lot of money! The annual amount we pay for electricity and heating fuel for our homes is $1.9 billion, more than $2,000 per adult. [U.S. Department of Energy, 2018.] But that only accounts for part of our yearly energy bill. Our annual average energy bill goes up to $4,500 when we include transportation fuel...

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April 23rd 2021, 8:11 pm

Fri, April 23

The New Hampshire Gazette

2018—U.S. President #45 says, “If [George Washington] was smart, he would’ve put his name on [Mount Vernon]. You’ve got to put your name on stuff or no one remembers you.” 2017—Proud papa Dennis Dickey, a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona, reveals the gender of his pending progeny by firing a gun at an explosive target surrounded by dry grass. The resultant fire burns 70 square miles.

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April 23rd 2021, 11:42 am

Thurs, April 22

The New Hampshire Gazette

2004—U.S. Army Spec. and ex-NFL star Pat Tillman is shot by his own side in Afghanistan; a cover-up ensues. 2002—Dick “Dick” Cheney, fundraising in Florida, says “The Taliban is out of business permanently.” 1987—Just because the death penalty is applied in a racially biased manner, the Supreme Court rules in McCleskey vs. Kemp, that’s no reason for states to stop killing Black convicts.

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April 22nd 2021, 4:41 am

Wed, April 21

The New Hampshire Gazette

1999—NRA president Charlton Heston says that to honor those massacred at Columbine the day before, the gun lobby’s Denver convention will be shortened by one whole day. 1992—Robert Alton Harris is strapped into San Quentin’s gas chamber at 3:00 a.m. Twelve minutes later he’s taken back out amid legal wrangling. At 6:00 a.m., he’s put back in and successfully gassed to death.

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April 21st 2021, 12:09 am

Sun, April 11

The New Hampshire Gazette

2007—Auf weidersehen, Kurt V. 2006—At the Washington Nationals home opener, the ceremonial first pitch is thrown by Vice President Dick “Dick” Cheney, who is greeted with jeers and catcalls. 2002—Venezuelan generals replace elected President Hugo Chavez with CIA-approved Pedro Carmona. 1985—Press Secretary Larry Speakes says Ronald Reagan will lay a wreath at Bitburg, where American and German...

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April 20th 2021, 8:16 pm

Mon, April 12

The New Hampshire Gazette

2007—The George W.[MD] Bush White House says official emails about the dubious firing of eight U.S. Attorneys—among five million sent via private RNC servers—are “lost.” 2001—Veep Dick “Dick” Cheney files his 2000 return; 14% of his adjusted gross came from Halliburton. 1937—Sixty thousand U.S. students demonstrate against war. 1933—In Oakland, brothers George and William Besler test fly a Travel...

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April 20th 2021, 8:16 pm

Tues, April 13

The New Hampshire Gazette

2002—Venezuelans overrule the generals and their CIA advisors; Hugo Chavez is restored to the Presidency. 1981—Rep. Jon Hinson (R-Miss.) resigns three months after being arrested for attempting to commit oral sodomy in a House restroom. He becomes an advocate for gay rights. 1970—The Apollo 13 moon shot lives up to its numeral. 1962—Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring is published. 1953—CIA boss Allen...

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April 20th 2021, 8:16 pm

Wed, April 14

The New Hampshire Gazette

2006—Six retired generals sign an Op-Ed calling on Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to resign. 2004—Attorney General John Ashcroft blames Bill Clinton for terrorist attacks that took place seven months after Clinton left office. 1999—Dan Quayle throws his little propeller beanie into the ring. 1994—Over Iraq, U.S. fighter jets shoot down two U.S. helicopters. 1988—An Iranian mine nearly sinks...

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April 20th 2021, 8:16 pm

Thurs, April 15

The New Hampshire Gazette

2015—Ex-postal worker Doug Hughes lands a gyrocopter on the White House lawn with 535 letters to Congress: overturn Citizens United. 2015—In Zimbabwe, big-game hunter and Texan Ian Gibson is crushed to death by an elephant. 2013—Two bombs explode near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. 2003—George W.[MD] Bush installs Gen. Jay Garner to administer Iraq “until an Iraqi government can be formed.

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April 20th 2021, 8:16 pm

Sat, April 17

The New Hampshire Gazette

2013—A fertilizer plant located next to a middle school in West, Texas, uninspected since 1985, blows up. Fifteen are killed, mostly volunteer firemen, 250 others are injured. 2002—G.W.[MD] Bush flip-flops again, vowing to rebuild Afghanistan. 1986—Peace is declared between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly, ending a bloodless 335-year war. 1981—The Supreme Court rules a law banning...

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April 20th 2021, 8:16 pm

Fri, April 16

The New Hampshire Gazette

2008—“Thank you, your holiness,” George W.[MD] Bush says to Pope Benedict, “Awesome speech.” 1992—Afghanistan’s commie President Najibullah resigns, making way for a more enlightened government. 1992—The House Ethics Committee—no laughing, please—releases the names of 303 check-kiting Reps. 1969—Rev. Billy Graham advises Nixon: bomb North Vietnam’s dikes; estimated casualties: 1 million.

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April 20th 2021, 8:16 pm

Tues, April 20

The New Hampshire Gazette

2017—The remains of South African hunter Scott Van Zyl are recovered from a crocodile in Zimbabwe. 2010—Deepwater Horizon explodes and burns; 11 die and the world’s largest oil spill ensues. Wrists are slapped. 2008—The New York Times reveals that many “independent military analysts” appearing on TV are really Pentagon puppets. 2001—The Peruvian Air Force, with some help from CIA “contract workers...

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April 20th 2021, 8:16 pm

Sun, April 18

The New Hampshire Gazette

2002—A U.S. F-16 pilot on “go pills” drops a 500-pounder: Four are KIA, eight are WIA in Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry regiment. 1986—“[W]hen you meet the President,” says Henry Kissinger, “you ask yourself, ‘How did it ever occur to anybody that he should be Governor, much less President?’” 1985—President Ronald Reagan says Waffen SS troops buried at Bitburg were “victims...

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April 20th 2021, 8:16 pm

Mon, April 19

The New Hampshire Gazette

2004—A government spokesman reveals that NORAD had run a training exercise based on a hijacked airliner crashing into a building. 1995—A Right Wing “militiaman” murders 168 souls in Oklahoma City. 1993—For the good of the children—who end up among the 80 dead anyway—the FBI attacks David Koresh’s Waco, Texas compound. 1989—The U.S.S. Iowa’s Gun Turret Two explodes, killing 47.

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April 20th 2021, 8:16 pm

Wed, March 24

The New Hampshire Gazette

2004—A-list broadcast journalists crack up at a black-tie dinner as President George W.[MD] Bush jokes about “his” failed search for WMDs. Less amused: families of the 691 GI’s killed in his pre-emptive war. 1989—Exxon delivers an important message about its commitment to the environment via the Exxon Valdez. 1985—Shot by a Soviet sentry while peeping at an East German tank shed, U.S. Army Maj.

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March 24th 2021, 1:09 am

Tues, March 23

The New Hampshire Gazette

2016—Tay, a Microsoft AI chatterbot, is released on Twitter. She’s pulled 16 hours later for being a Nazi. 2004—In a Senate office building, 19 Members of Congress watch a golden crown being placed on the head of convicted tax cheat and Washington Times owner Rev. Sun Myung Moon. 2003—A lost U.S. Army convoy is ambushed near Nasiriyah, Iraq: 11 KIAs, five WIAs, & six POWs, including Pvt.

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March 23rd 2021, 12:39 am

Mon, March 22

The New Hampshire Gazette

2006—MV Queen of the North, a Canadian ferry four miles off course, hits an island at 17 knots and sinks with a loss of two lives. Union reps deny crewmembers were having sex at the time. 2003—The chief officer of RMS Mülheim, getting out of his chair while on watch, catches his trousers on a lever, falls and hits his head, losing consciousness. The ship runs aground at Land’s End in Cornwall...

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March 22nd 2021, 1:07 am

Sun, March 21

The New Hampshire Gazette

2006—Twitter takes flight. 2003—Richard Clarke, top counter-intel cop since Bush#41, says Bush#43 ignored al-Qaeda until 9/11. 1995—Mississippi OKs the 13th amendment, outlawing slavery—except it goes unregistered, so, no dice. 1981—In Mobile, Ala., two Ku Kluxers conduct the last recorded lynching. RIP: Michael Donald, 19. 1973—“There is a cancer on the Presidency,” says White House Counsel John...

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March 21st 2021, 12:50 am

Sat, March 20

The New Hampshire Gazette

2017—FBI Boss Jim Comey tells Congress the Trump campaign and Russia may have colluded. 2012—One of the two loaded .45 pistols Rep. Kyle Tasker [R-Northwood] legally carries in shoulder holsters drops to the floor of a packed hearing room in the N.H. State Capital. 2003—U.S. troops invade Iraq to protect The Homeland from Saddam’s innumerable WMDs. 1992—UN weapons inspector Rolf Ekeus says Iraq...

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March 20th 2021, 1:05 am

Fri, March 19

The New Hampshire Gazette

2011—The U.S. and France attack Libya—for its own good, of course. 2004—USA Today admits that its Pulitzer-contender Jack Kelley ought to have competed in the fiction category. 2003—George W.[MD] Bush starts his pre-emptive war; 40 Tomahawk missiles hit residential Baghdad. 1987—Ed “Meese is a Pig” Meese endorses drug testing for schoolteachers. 1983—On “Diff’rent Strokes,” Nancy Reagan tells “a...

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March 19th 2021, 4:31 am

Thurs, March 18

The New Hampshire Gazette

2004—At Gilley’s, Portsmouth narcs and off-duty cops hold round two of a fight begun at Paddys on St. Pat’s Day. 2003—“Why should we hear about body bags and death and how many?” asks Barbara Bush. “It’s not relevant…why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?” 1997—Two L.A.P.D. undercover cops have a road rage shootout; one, Kevin Gaines, ends up dead in a big SUV that belongs to...

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March 18th 2021, 6:32 am

Wed, March 17

The New Hampshire Gazette

2017—Arguing Apocalypse Now in the Oval with ’Nam vets, Dolt #45 confuses Agent Orange with napalm. 2008—His high-priced hooker habit exposed, N.Y. Gov. E. Spitzer resigns. 2007—Navy Times: before he was a U.S.M.C. Cpl. and Fox News reporter, Matt Sanchez was a gay porn star. 2004—To honor St. Patrick, narcs and off-duty cops duke it out in Paddy’s parking lot at the Tradeport. 2003—George W.[MD]...

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March 17th 2021, 2:30 am

Tues, March 16

The New Hampshire Gazette

2008—JPMorgan buys Bear Stearns, with the New York Fed’s $30 billion. 2003—On “Meet the Press,” Dick “Dick” Cheney claims that Saddam Hussein “has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons,” and that“we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.” 1993—“The Storm of the Century” kills 318 on the East Coast. 1990—GOP race whisperer Lee Atwater “repents” on his deathbed; no lie detectors are present...

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March 16th 2021, 1:02 am

Mon, March 15

The New Hampshire Gazette

2018—Six people die and eight are injured in Miami by the collapse of a bridge designed by the same firm as the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge. 1999—Geophysical Research Letters publishes the “Hockey Stick” graph; corporate liars get a career boost. 1989—To flatter veterans without incurring actual additional expenses, the Veterans Administration is elevated to Departmental status.

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March 15th 2021, 2:00 am

Sun, March 14

The New Hampshire Gazette

2018—Hoping not to get shot like their late peers, a million American students walk out of school to demand gun control that works. 1977—RIP Fanny Lou Hamer, organizer of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, who said, “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.” 1965—“Except for Vietnam,” the AP reports Richard Nixon saying, “U.S. foreign policy is in a shambles.” 1964—We still don’t know who...

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March 14th 2021, 12:35 am

Sat, March 13

The New Hampshire Gazette

2020—Dolt #45 states the obvious: “I don’t take responsibility at all.” 2019—Gambino family mob boss Frank Cali is whacked in front of his Staten Island home by a QAnon follower who thought “he was enjoying the protection of President Trump.” 2002—George W.[MD] Bush says of Osama bin Laden, “We haven’t heard much from him…I don’t know where he is…I truly am not that concerned about him.

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March 13th 2021, 1:20 am

Neoliberalism’s Latest Offering

The New Hampshire Gazette

A recent headline out of South Carolina compels us to drag the term neoliberalism out of the closet; our apologies to the reader. Whenever we use this term we meet with some pushback from certain quarters—and rightly so. It’s one of those abstract, obscure, multi-syllabic terms that is rarely if ever taught in school. It would be downright rude to just throw in on the page and expect everyone to...

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March 12th 2021, 6:32 pm

A Blizzard. A Power Outage. A Failure of the Heart.

The New Hampshire Gazette

by Rivera Sun A continent-wide snow storm swept across the United States last month. From Seattle to Baton Rouge and from Dallas to Minneapolis, people grappled with road closures, shutdowns, power outages, and freezing temperatures. From sea to shining sea, ordinary people stepped up to take care of one another. My brother volunteered to snowblow the Seattle offices of an autism support center.

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March 12th 2021, 5:16 pm

Let’s Take Piercy’s Low Road

The New Hampshire Gazette

Bye-bye, former guy. We are now seven weeks and change into a new era. You can tell things are different now; it’s actually quiet enough to think. This is not to say, of course, that everyone will take advantage of that opportunity. It’s just to say that one of reality’s fundamental switches has been reset to the default position: no longer is the most powerful position on the planet being...

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March 12th 2021, 5:16 pm

The New Hampshire Gazette Digital Edition Volume 265, No. 13, March 12, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

March 12, 2021 — To download this issue of our paper, just click on the image at right.

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March 12th 2021, 5:16 pm

Kill the Filibuster

The New Hampshire Gazette

Dear Editor, Can a minority party, intent on supporting partisan corruption by repeating the Big Lie as gospel, win future elections? Yes, if they limit the Democratic Majority’s votes with 253 “election reform” laws, being proposed in 29 states. The proposals would limit voting by mail, reduce voting days, and enable legislatures to select Electoral College electors irrespective of the popular...

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March 12th 2021, 5:16 pm

The GOP’s Shameful War on Voters

The New Hampshire Gazette

After looking into one of their main issues, I have to agree with Republicans: Our elections are being rigged. Anyone who takes an honest look can see that the electoral process is being stolen in broad daylight. By Republican lawmakers. In state after state, GOP governors and legislators are on a rampage to rig the system so you can’t vote. By “you,” I mean you African-Americans, Latinx voters...

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March 12th 2021, 5:16 pm

Gerrymandering: Enemy of Democracy

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: Each state goes through the process of redistricting every ten years, based on the census data. This process is supposed to ensure that every citizen is properly represented, regardless of political party, but politicians play with boundary lines to try to win state and federal elections. The New Hampshire Republican Party, which currently has a small majority in Concord...

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March 12th 2021, 5:16 pm

The Fight for Fair Elections in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Gazette

By Betty Tamposi and Dan Weeks In a democratic republic like the United States, voters are meant to choose their politicians, not the other way around. Like many of our fellow Granite Staters, we take this bedrock principle of free and fair elections personally. One of us served for years as a Republican leader in the N.H. House of Representatives and later as an Assistant Secretary of State under...

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March 12th 2021, 5:16 pm

Learning Opportunity for Texas

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: Though the final death toll of the Texas winter storm will take months to determine, at least 80 people have died so far. People are still dealing with water shortages, broken pipes and water damage to their homes as well as job and wage losses. Recovery costs are expected to exceed $50 billion, the most costly storm in Texas history. Much has been written about the lack of...

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March 12th 2021, 5:16 pm

Nine Decades of Progress

The New Hampshire Gazette

by James A. Haught I’ll be 90 on my next birthday. My long life is sinking, shrinking, slip-sliding away. My wife is worse: bedfast, under Hospice care. Soon, our world will end, not with a bang but a whimper. Looking back over nine decades, I’m proud and pleased because secular humanism—the progressive struggle to make life better for everyone—won hundreds of victories during my time.

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March 12th 2021, 5:16 pm

Fri, March 12

The New Hampshire Gazette

2014—Austin Ruse, head of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, says on American Family Radio, “the hard left, human-hating people that run modern universities…should all be taken out and shot.” 2013—Jim Clapper, Dir. of Nat’l Intelligence, swears to Congress citizens aren’t being spied on. He’s lying. 2009—Frank Gaffney says Saddam Hussein may have been involved in the Oklahoma City...

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March 12th 2021, 1:18 am

Thurs, March 11

The New Hampshire Gazette

2020—Dolt #45 announces a travel ban; infected U.S. citizens turn airports all over into super-spreader sites. 2012—Freedom, Maine’s Town Meeting votes to amend the Constitution, nixing corporate “personhood.” 2011—An earthquake knocks Earth 10 inches off its axis, brings Japan four feet closer to the U.S., causes a tsunami that kills 15,850 people, and triggers three nuclear meltdowns.

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March 11th 2021, 1:14 am

Wed, March 10

The New Hampshire Gazette

2020—“Just stay calm,” says Dolt #45. “It will go away.” 2004—Pres. George W.[MD] Bush is surprised to learn his Terrorist Surveillance Program expires that day, his lawyers won’t renew it, and his A.G., who will, has been in the ICU for a week. In a bedside standoff, Bush’s team loses. 1993—Showing his respect for the sanctity of life, a Floridian puts three slugs in Dr. David Gunn’s back.

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March 10th 2021, 12:30 am

Tues, March 9

The New Hampshire Gazette

2007—Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich admits he committed adultery while impeaching Bill Clinton. 1992—Donald Trump files his second bankruptcy in eight months. 1986—Divers locate the crew compartment of the Shuttle Challenger. 1982—It’s revealed that the Contras have gotten $19 million in covert aid. 1969—Terrified CBS execs nix the Vietnam drama “Sticks and Bones.” 1969—Terrified CBS execs...

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March 9th 2021, 2:11 am

Mon, March 8

The New Hampshire Gazette

1985—A joint U.S./U.K./Saudi operation detonates a 440 lb. car bomb in Beirut; 83 innocent civilians die. The target—also innocent—is unscathed. 1983—Ronald Reagan runs the phrase “evil empire” up the flagpole. 1973—President Nixon gripes to Al Haig, “What the hell’s Agnew doing? He’s never spoken up once on this Goddamn [Watergate] thing.” 1971—The Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI...

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March 8th 2021, 2:41 am

Sun, March 7

The New Hampshire Gazette

1981—Stabbed at Disneyland, Mel C. Yorba becomes the Magic Kingdom’s first murder victim because Disney employees feared the consequences if they called an ambulance. 1965—Civil rights marchers en route to Montgomery try to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. They’re mercilessly beaten by law enforcement officers and deputized goons. 1953—Newark, N.J. officials publicly burn allegedly lewd...

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March 7th 2021, 2:25 am

Sat, March 6

The New Hampshire Gazette

2011—The Hooksett water treatment plant disgorges two million two-inch plastic discs into the Merrimack after heavy rains. By August they’re at Campobello Island and Rhode Island Sound, in 2014, the English Channel. 2007—The Vice President’s Chief of Staff is found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice. 2003—President George W.[MD] Bush claims Saddam Hussein has “biological and chemical...

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March 6th 2021, 12:09 am

Fri, March 5

The New Hampshire Gazette

2007—In Bloomington, Ill., Dee Riddle is startled by a meteorite crashing through her bedroom window. 2003—Dixie Chick Natalie Maines says she’s ashamed that George W.[MD] Bush is a Texan. 2001—A Nor’easter begins which will dump 40 inches of snow on New Hampshire’s Rockingham County. 1963—Patsy Cline, singer of “I Fall to Pieces,” dies when her plane crashes. 1960—Alberto Korda takes a...

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March 5th 2021, 1:22 am

Thurs, March 4

The New Hampshire Gazette

2001—Fox broadcasts a “Lone Gunman” show in which U.S. agents remotely hijack an airliner and try to crash it into the World Trade Center. 1987—Ronald Reagan admits trading arms to Iran for hostages. 1964—FBI agents stake out Frank Wilkinson’s home in Los Angeles; they expect the activist to be assassinated, but do not warn him. 1960—La Coubre, a French munitions ship, explodes in Havana harbor.

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March 4th 2021, 1:32 am

Wed, March 3

The New Hampshire Gazette

2016—Donald Trump feels the urge to assert on live television that his genitalia are of adequate proportions. 1991—A troublemaker videotapes Los Angeles Police officers vigorously chastising motorist Rodney King. 1969—An under-manned company of the 4th Division is sent after a crack NVA battalion west of Kontum; result: 47 percent end up KIA or MIA. 1934—John Dillinger busts out of the Crown Point...

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March 3rd 2021, 12:02 am

Tues, March 2

The New Hampshire Gazette

2004—UN weapons inspectors report that Saddam Hussein didn’t have any WMD after all. Oops. 1991—At Ramaila, Iraq, under future-MSNBC military analyst Barry McCaffrey, the U.S. 24th Infantry Division kills about ten percent of the 7,000-man 1st Hammurabi Armored Division, two days after the Gulf War cease-fire. 1965—The U.S. begins a bombing campaign over North Vietnam, under the brand name Rolling...

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March 2nd 2021, 2:14 am

Mon, March 1

The New Hampshire Gazette

2002—U.S. forces in Afghanistan begin Operation Anaconda, aimed at capturing or killing Taliban fighters in the Shah-i-kot Valley. The mission starts badly, then gets worse. 1985—President Reagan insults the Founding Fathers, saying the Contras are their “moral equivalent.” 1978—The late Charlie Chaplin’s tomb is raided by corpse-nappers. 1971—The Weather Underground bombs the U.S. Capitol.

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March 1st 2021, 12:07 am

Sun, Feb 28

The New Hampshire Gazette

2003—An ex-gay male escort begins attending White House press briefings with an official pass issued to him under the pseudonym “Jeff Gannon.” 1997—That blue dress gets soiled. 1993—The ATF tries to serve a warrant on a religious community in Waco. It does not go well. 1991—“By God,” says President George Herbert [Hoover] Walker Bush, “we’ve kicked the Vietnam Syndrome once and for all.

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February 28th 2021, 3:06 am

Sat, Feb 27

The New Hampshire Gazette

2019—“I fear that if [Trump] loses the election in 2020,” says his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen, “there will never be a peaceful transition of power.” 2014—Senate Republicans block a bill to fund veterans health care because it would cost too much. 2001—Rep. David Vitter [R-La.] skips a House vote honoring 28 Desert Storm KIAs to take a call from the D.C. Madam. 1975—The FDA recalls a batch of 1...

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February 27th 2021, 3:36 am

Is This the Beginning or the End?

The New Hampshire Gazette

I strive for idleness. My best ideas come to me not from hard work but from being unfocused, just lolling around. My creative life, such as it is, coincides with what Mark Taylor tells us in “Idleness Waiting Grace:” “Many of the most important thoughts are unintentional—they can be neither solicited nor cajoled but have a rhythm of their own, creeping up, arriving, and leaving when we least...

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February 26th 2021, 7:21 pm

PEN Condemns Anti-Semitism

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: The N.H. Palestine Education Network (PEN) condemns anti-Semitism. We are shocked that some State Representatives have used social media to spread this prejudice. Representatives Spillane (R-Deerfield) and Dawn Johnson (R-Laconia) have utilized social platforms that promote harm and discord. Another State Representative, Terry Roy (R-Deerfield) has used “Gab...

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February 26th 2021, 7:21 pm

Catalonia And Spain At Loggerheads In The Catalan Elections

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: On February 14th there will be elections to the Catalan Parliament. [ Note: We received this letter on February 11th, too late for inclusion in our paper of the 12th. – The Ed.] These are not normal elections in a regional parliament but are yet another chapter in the confrontation between the Catalan independence movement and the Spanish state. The European institutions are hoping...

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February 26th 2021, 7:21 pm

Keep the Help Homeless

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor, The legislature is coming at New Hampshire with numerous Republican-sponsored bills that would “urbanize” the state faster than Joe Biden and Kamala Harris can revive Obama’s AFFH. These bills should be opposed because they reward developers with your tax money and promote the building of apartments everywhere. Single-family homeowners beware. Your taxes will go up...

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February 26th 2021, 7:21 pm

Republicanism Is Morphing Into Fascism

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor; The election of Joe Biden engendered optimism among some Progressives that Trump’s control over Republican legislators would diminish, facilitating a return to a more rational politics based on a respect for Constitutional principles and democratic processes. The hope was based on the assumption that most if not all Republicans continued to honor traditional Republican values such...

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February 26th 2021, 7:21 pm

Why No Mention Of Plutonium In Media Coverage Of Mars Rover?

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: I am disheartened that the media shows little inclination to mention the words “plutonium” or “probabilities of accidental release” in their so-called reporting of the Mars rover arrival. You have to question who they work for. A “1 in 960 chance of a deadly plutonium release” is a real concern—gamblers in Las Vegas would be happy with those odds. We daily hear the excited...

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February 26th 2021, 7:21 pm

Pro-Independence Parties Win The Catalan Elections

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: For the third time in a row, the Catalan pro-independence movement wins with an absolute majority in the Catalan elections. It has won resoundingly with 74 seats, more than the 68 that establishes the majority (in the previous elections it had won with 70). This time also with 51.22% of the votes, making it the majority among the voters. The elections were due next year...

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February 26th 2021, 7:21 pm

Should New Hampshire Sheriffs Arrest Gun-Grabbing Feds?

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: I agree with the conclusions made by the author of [ an article at RedState.com, headlined “Wow—Missouri County Passes an Act Empowering Sheriffs to Arrest Feds Who Try to Confiscate Guns”] and add one thought. If the other states follow this lead, and state law enforcement and/or other state resources, like their National Guard units, have to be used at any time to stop federal...

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February 26th 2021, 7:21 pm
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