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Fri, July 23

The New Hampshire Gazette

2014—Arizona authorities experimenting with new poisons find Joseph Wood’s execution takes 12 times longer than the expected 10 minutes. 2001—Bank robber Gary Sampson calls the FBI to turn himself in, but a clerk disconnects him. Over the next week he murders three people, including a man in New Hampshire. 1970—The last clash between the U.S. & NVA ends in futility: the 101st Airborne evacuates...

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July 23rd 2021, 12:08 am

Thurs, July 22

The New Hampshire Gazette

2003—Ratted out by a cousin for a $30 million reward, Uday and Qusay Hussein are shot dead by the 101st. 2001—“I know what I believe,” says G.W.[MD] Bush. “I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe—I believe what I believe is right.” 1991—Milwaukee police arrest Jeffrey Dahmer, infamous cannibal. 1975—Owen J. Quinn parachutes from the top of the South Tower of New York’s...

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July 22nd 2021, 4:17 am

Wed, July 21

The New Hampshire Gazette

2007—George W.[MD] Bush invokes the 25th Amendment, making Dick “Dick” Cheney President while Bush gets his colon inspected. 2000—Long-time Texas voter Dick “Dick” Cheney registers in Wyoming to skirt a Constitutional proviso. 2000—The FBI and ATF are exonerated for killing 80 religious fanatics during a 1993 siege in Waco, Texas. 1954—As the Geneva Accords free Vietnam from French colonial rule...

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July 21st 2021, 11:03 am

Tues, July 20

The New Hampshire Gazette

2017—Secretary of State Tillerson states the obvious to other Administration officials: Trump is “a moron.” 2002—The FBI arrests three former NASA interns for stealing a 600 lb. safe holding moon rocks. 1984—Famed runner and fitness fanatic Jim Fixx, 52, dies of a heart attack while jogging. 1973—Martial artist and fitness fanatic Bruce Lee, 32, drops dead. 1971—William F.

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July 20th 2021, 3:09 am

Mon, July 19

The New Hampshire Gazette

2020—“I’ll be right eventually,” says Dolt #45. “I’ll say it again. It’s going to disappear, and I’ll be right.” 2011—As her husband Rupert is being grilled before Parliament about phone-hacking, his wife Wendi deflects a flying pie aimed at his head. 2010—Terrified by a malignly-edited YouTube clip, Sec. of Ag. Tom Vilsack has USDA employee Shirley Sherrod pulled over by the side of the road and...

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July 19th 2021, 2:04 am

Sun, July 18

The New Hampshire Gazette

1985—Doped up after cancer surgery five days earlier, Ronald Reagan OKs an arms-for-hostages deal with Iran. 1984—James O. Huberty tells his wife he’s “going to hunt humans,” then kills 21 and wounds 19 at a San Diego McDonald’s. A sniper gets him. His widow sues Mickey D’s for poisoning his mind with MSG, but to no avail. 1981—Norman Mailer’s protege Jack Abbott, on work release after a stretch...

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July 18th 2021, 3:01 am

Sat, July 17

The New Hampshire Gazette

2020—Asked if he’ll concede if he loses, #45 says “I’ll have to see.” 2015—Portsmouth cops grill Mike Thiel at his office about a letter in which he complains about helicopters. 2014—Detained for selling loose cigarettes, Eric Garner, 43, suffocates as he tells NYPD cops, “I can’t breathe.” 1979—Anastasio Somoza flees Nicaragua for Miami, bringing family caskets and much of the national treasury.

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July 17th 2021, 12:31 am

Afghanistan: The Graveyard of Empires

The New Hampshire Gazette

by W. D. Ehrhart I’ve never taken any pride in my service to my country in Vietnam back in the 1960s. When people thank me for my service, I think about what I did in Vietnam and want to tell them to go see a priest. But I’ve always taken a perverse delight in having participated in this country’s longest and stupidest war. Kind of like being a pre-2004 Boston Red Sox fan or a post-Jim Brown...

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July 16th 2021, 7:47 pm

The New Hampshire Gazette Digital Edition Volume 265, No. 22, July 16, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

July 16, 2021 — To download this issue of our paper, just click on the image at right.

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July 16th 2021, 7:47 pm

Big Weekend Gets Off to a Weird Start

The New Hampshire Gazette

The Fourth of July weekend started early in Los Angeles this year. On Wednesday, June 30th, the L.A. Police Department blew up two blocks in the middle of Historic South Central. Unfortunately, this was not a controlled fireworks display, intended to entertain the local residents and thereby create lasting bonds of amity and goodwill. It was more like the opposite of that.

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July 16th 2021, 7:47 pm

Tossing N.H. Under the Bus?

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: A civil engineer by training, Chris Sununu has apparently completed his survey of New Hampshire’s political landscape and concluded he needs the blessing of Trump’s big-lie machine in Washington more than the support of this state’s moderates to secure his political future. Some still question if Chris will run for Senate, but his willingness to sign New Hampshire’s Free-State...

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July 16th 2021, 7:47 pm

Beyond Politics

The New Hampshire Gazette

by Jean Stimmell As Christianity’s hold on America has weakened, many pundits believed our politics would become more ecumenical and rational, less tempestuous and back-biting. But the opposite has happened: We are now more polarized: in danger of being torn apart by two diametrically opposed ideologies about what America represents. One party I will call “Woke;” the other, “Trumpy.

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July 16th 2021, 7:47 pm

So Much for Progress

The New Hampshire Gazette

The American Conservative Union (ACU) boasts of being “the nation’s oldest conservative grassroots organization.” * Born in December, 1964—one month after, and in response to, Barry Goldwater’s epic electoral humiliation—the ACU is now 56. People used to say that’s “old enough to know better.” Now that folk wisdom has been supplanted by a line of movie dialogue: “stupid is as stupid does.” In ’64...

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July 16th 2021, 7:47 pm

The Cost of Under-Taxing the Super-Rich

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: We often hear conservatives say that government should “live within its means.” I agree. As a nation or a family, we have the option of living within, above or below our means. Living either above or below our means has negative consequences on both a family and a nation. Since the 1980’s, America has been acting like a family whose primary earner has decided to work less than part...

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July 16th 2021, 7:47 pm

Fri, July 16

The New Hampshire Gazette

1991—The Trump Taj Mahal files for bankruptcy 467 days after opening. 1979—A dam, badly built on shaky ground, collapses in Church Rock, N.M. It spills 1,100 tons of radioactive mill waste, 93 million gallons of effluent, releasing as much radioactivity as the Three Mile Island meltdown. 1973—Nixon aide Al Butterfield reveals he’s been bugging the Oval Office at the behest of The Man himself.

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July 16th 2021, 1:16 am

Thurs, July 15

The New Hampshire Gazette

1995—A derecho sends hurricane force winds through New York and New England, toppling thousands of trees and killing three people. 1979—President Carter delivers his infamous “malaise” speech, which does not include the word “malaise.” 1974—In Florida, on live TV, newsreader Christine Chubbuck pulls a loaded pistol from a shopping bag and shoots herself dead. 1971—Nixon says he’ll go to China.

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July 15th 2021, 2:49 am

Wed, July 14

The New Hampshire Gazette

2004—The GOP tries to ban gay marriage but can’t rise to the occasion. 2000—Five tobacco companies are ordered to pay $145 billion in damages, but they wiggle off the hook. 1989—Alabama tries twice, 19 minutes apart, to electrocute Horace F. Dunkins, who’s Black and developmentally-disabled. The first try fails because the chair is wired wrong. 1981—New Hampshire businessman Max Hugel’s stint as...

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July 14th 2021, 10:03 am

Tues, July 13

The New Hampshire Gazette

1999—Senator Bob Smith [R-N.H.] drops out of the Republican Presidential primary race—and the Party, to boot. Delusional, he’ll run for President as an Independent. 1987—Senator Warren B. Rudman [R-N.H] sets Ollie North straight during the Iran-Contra hearings: “The American people have the constitutional right to be wrong.” 1977—During a heat wave and a financial crisis, with Son of Sam on the...

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July 13th 2021, 12:16 am

Mon, July 12

The New Hampshire Gazette

1982—FEMA pledges that the mail will get through, even in a nuclear war. 1979—The White Sox are forced to forfeit on Disco Demolition Night: the field was damaged by explosives. 1973—A fire in St. Louis, Mo. destroys the service records of 16 to 18 million Army and Air Force veterans. 1917—After 30 hours in cattle cars without food or water, 1,286 striking copper miners are left stranded in the...

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July 12th 2021, 3:15 am

Sun, July 11

The New Hampshire Gazette

2003—Condi Rice lies about White House knowledge of Joe Wilson’s Niger investigation; Ari Fleischer outs Valerie Plame as a CIA officer; Karl Rove lies to Time about Wilson’s wife, Plame; and CIA head George Tenet takes the rap for the White House’s lies about Iraq buying uranium. 1991—A defective heater sets a loaded ammunition carrier afire at Camp Doha in Kuwait. It explodes...

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July 11th 2021, 1:47 am

Sat, July 10

The New Hampshire Gazette

2007—China executes its Director of the State Food and Drug Administration for taking bribes that resulted in 40 deaths. 2001—A Phoenix FBI agent sends a memo to FBI HQ warning of “an inordinate number” of suspicious characters in local flight schools, possibly as part of a bin Laden plot. It’s ignored. 2001—CIA boss George Tenet tries to warn George Bush and Condi Rice about Osama bin Laden and...

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July 10th 2021, 12:16 am

Fri, July 9

The New Hampshire Gazette

2004—“I trust God speaks through me,” George W.[MD] Bush tells a group of Amish people. “Without that, I couldn’t do my job.” 1993—To prove it’s unbreakable, Toronto lawyer Garry Hoy hurls himself against a 24th floor window. It pops from its frame; he falls to his death. 1986—Ed “Meese is a Pig” Meese publishes a 1,960-page report on pornography packed with obscene titles.

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July 9th 2021, 1:12 am

Thurs, July 8

The New Hampshire Gazette

2016—Police in Dallas use a bomb-armed robot to kill a man suspected of having murdered five officers. 1976—The State of New York yanks Richard Nixon’s law license. 1969—The U.S. begins withdrawing troops from Vietnam. 1962—The U.S. detonates a nuke 250 miles up, knocking out phones in Hawaii, 900 miles to the east, and crippling seven satellites. 1959—Viet Cong forces attack Bien Hoa air base...

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July 8th 2021, 12:42 am

Wed, July 7

The New Hampshire Gazette

1986—Reagan’s A.G., Ed Meese, attains quasi-legislative status for Presidential Signing Statements, which previously had had little impact, merely by persuading West Publishing to include them in law books. 1972—Near Danang, Battery B of the 82nd Field Arty. takes out four men from the 196th Inf. Bde. in the last major friendly fire incident of the war. 1967—His Tet Offensive plan OK’d by the...

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July 7th 2021, 12:10 am

Tues, July 6

The New Hampshire Gazette

2013—A runaway fuel train derails and burns, destroying half of downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec. 2001—Ex-FBI Special Agent, devout Catholic, patron of strippers, and exhibitionist Robert Hanssen pleads guilty to selling U.S. secrets to the U.S.S.R., then to the Russians. 1971—President Nixon sets up a “Plumbers Unit” to stop leaks. 1962—To test its dirt-moving capacity, the AEC sets off a buried...

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July 6th 2021, 4:06 am

Mon, July 5

The New Hampshire Gazette

2009—Terry Herbert finds a spectacular hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ornaments on Fred Johnson’s farm in the West Midlands. It makes both men rich—and bitter enemies. 1968—The US. Congress effectively tramples on the First Amendment to ineffectively “protect” the flag. 1968—The Marine base at Khe Sanh is abandoned 90 days after the lifting of a 78-day siege which cost 737 lives.

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July 5th 2021, 9:39 am

Sun, July 4

The New Hampshire Gazette

1994—Nye County, Nev., Commissioner Dick Carver re-opens a Federally-closed road with a bulldozer, reigniting the Sagebrush Rebellion. 1975—Eleven years after Goldwater got the GOP nod there, the Ant Farm’s “Media Burn” crashes a customized Caddy into a wall of burning TVs at San Francisco’s Cow Palace. 1970—At “Honor America” day in D.C., Billie Graham and Bob Hope preach and joke...

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July 4th 2021, 6:39 am

Sat, July 3

The New Hampshire Gazette

1994—The Mayor of Boulder, Colo. declares this “Allen Ginsberg Day.” 1993—In just leather jacket, dog collar, and jockstrap, punk rocker G.G. Allin is laid to rest at St. Rose Cemetery in his hometown, Littleton, N.H. 1988—The U.S.S. Vincennes, in Iranian waters, shoots down an Iranian airliner ascending within a commercial air corridor; 290 civilians die. 1979—President Carter OKs covert aid to...

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July 3rd 2021, 5:21 am

Sununu Will Destroy the N.H. Advantage

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: [Governor] Sununu has signed HB 154, another bill that allows your tax dollars to go to crony developers to fund their pet, low-income/high-density projects, which then get tax deferred up to nine years, while aforementioned developers reap the profits from the rentals. Single-family homeowners get to pick up the extra tax burden when police, fire, EMT, and school services need...

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July 2nd 2021, 6:36 pm

Whatever Happened to Chance?

The New Hampshire Gazette

by Jean Stimmell Today nothing happens by chance: It’s always someone’s fault. Even illness is now seen as personal failure: We blame the victim, saying it is their fault because of what they ate or didn’t eat, the amount they drank, or whether or not they exercised. Absurdly, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, the architects of the World Trade Buildings were threatened with lawsuits...

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July 2nd 2021, 6:36 pm

The New Hampshire Gazette Digital Edition Volume 265, No. 21, July 2, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

July 2, 2021 — To download this issue of our paper, just click on the image at right.

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July 2nd 2021, 6:36 pm

Wealth Hoarding Endangers Democracy, Report Says

The New Hampshire Gazette

by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams The growing concentration of wealth in fewer hands—including among corporate robber barons’ descendants who continue, after multiple generations, to wield the “financial, political, and philanthropic clout” afforded by enormous inheritances to “advance their dynasty-building agenda”—intensifies working-class suffering in the U.S. and poses a threat to society and...

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July 2nd 2021, 6:36 pm

A Lack of Progress Report

The New Hampshire Gazette

Come Sunday it will have been 245 years since the U.S. of A. told King George III, “Thanks, we can handle it from here on our own.” So, how’s that working out? Let’s be optimistic and call it a mixed bag. We’ll begin with the meta-news. This will be our third paper since we resumed our traditional practice of manifesting on a substrate of newsprint. The distribution of said newsprint—always the...

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July 2nd 2021, 6:36 pm

Fri, July 2

The New Hampshire Gazette

2003—George W.[MD] Bush says, “There are some who feel that the conditions are such that they can attack us [in Iraq]. My answer is, bring ’em on.” 1982—Vietnam veteran “Lawn Chair Larry” Walters, 33, ascends to 16,000 feet in a lawn chair buoyed by 45 helium-filled weather balloons. 1980—The Supreme Court rules that OSHA must consider corporate profits when protecting employees’ health.

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July 2nd 2021, 1:23 am

Thurs, July 1

The New Hampshire Gazette

2020—“I think we are going to be very good with the coronavirus,” says the oaf in the Oval, “at some point, that’s going to sort of just disappear.” 1981—Irish Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich descends in a helicopter for a mass on London’s Clapham Common, bearing the head of Oliver Plunkett. 1973—The U.S. military draft ends. Henceforth, the ranks will be replenished by economic coercion. 1968—A DC-8...

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July 1st 2021, 3:52 am

Wed, June 30

The New Hampshire Gazette

2014—The Supreme Court rules in Hobby Lobby that people who are corporations have religious rights, too. 2003—The Army Times reports that the Bush administration wants to cut combat and family-separation pay for troops in combat zones. 1984—GOP Chairman Frank Fahrenkopf proposes adding Ronald Reagan’s face to Mt. Rushmore. 1980—The Supreme Court rules that a woman’s right to a federally-funded...

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June 30th 2021, 12:03 am

Tues, June 29

The New Hampshire Gazette

2016—The 477-foot tanker Chem Venus runs aground off Goat Island, damaging itself and three boats at the Kittery Point Yacht Club. 2006—“It was not always certain,” says President George W.[MD] Bush, “that the U.S. and America would have a close relationship.” 1989—The Washington Times reports that high officials in the Reagan & Bush I administrations are under investigation for involvement in a...

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June 29th 2021, 1:15 am

Mon, June 28

The New Hampshire Gazette

2018—A Trump supporter with a grudge and a shotgun kills five in the Capital Gazette newsroom. 2009—Stephen Hawking throws a party for time travelers. No one shows. 2005—Operation Red Wings goes sideways: 19 U.S. special operators die in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, including Daniel R. Healy of Exeter, N.H. It’s the greatest single loss for U.S. special ops since WW II. 1994—The Department of...

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June 28th 2021, 9:44 am

Sun, June 27

The New Hampshire Gazette

2018—Donald Trump’s banker’s father announces he’s creating a vacancy on the Supreme Court by retiring. 2015—Ten days after the Charleston Massacre, Bree Newsom scales a pole at the South Carolina State House and removes the Confederate battle flag. 2006—Pinkos in the Senate block a Flag Protection Amendment.® 2003—The “Do Not Call” list signs up 735,000 people on Day One. 2000—“Until I’m the...

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June 27th 2021, 3:13 am

Sat, June 26

The New Hampshire Gazette

2015—The Supreme Court puts an end to marriage discrimination. 2013—Byron Low Tax Looper [his legal name], imprisoned for murdering his political opponent, dies at 48 of a heart attack, hours after assaulting a pregnant prison guard. 2006—As Rush Limbaugh returns from the Dominican Republic—a tourist sex-mecca—customs officers confiscate his illicit stash of Viagra. 2002—A Federal court edits...

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June 26th 2021, 12:43 am

Fri, June 25

The New Hampshire Gazette

2013—The Supreme Court rips the guts out of the Voting Rights Act. 2005—“I could kill someone with this,” says Vladimir Putin putting Bob Kraft’s Super Bowl ring in his pocket. 1998—The Fed OKs the Travelers/Citicorp merger: the fuse is lit. 1996—Al-Qaeda kills19 U.S. servicemen in Saudi Arabia and wounds 372. Saudis and the CIA blame Iran. 1973—Ex-White House Counsel John Dean, on live TV...

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June 25th 2021, 1:15 am

Thurs, June 24

The New Hampshire Gazette

1994—U.S.A.F Lt. Col. Arthur Holland, hot-dogging during air-show practice maneuvers, crashes a B-52 at Fairchild AFB in Washington State. 1982—All engines fail on a British Airways 747 en route to Australia after flying through a cloud of volcanic ash; 14 minutes later, pilots re-start the engines and land successfully. 1971—Nixon’s Special Counsel Charles Colson circulates the first White House...

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June 24th 2021, 12:10 am

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

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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
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