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Thurs, Sept 30

The New Hampshire Gazette

2016—N.H.’s Attorney General reports that ex-Rep. Kyle Tasker [R-Nottingham] sold pot to five other State Reps. for medicinal purposes. 2011—U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki is smote by a drone in Yemen. Trial? We don’t need no stinkin’ trial! 1998—The GAO reports that Ken Starr had spent $40 million in a failed effort to nail Bill Clinton. 1962—César Chávez founds what becomes the United Farm Workers.

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September 30th 2021, 3:53 am

Wed, Sept 29

The New Hampshire Gazette

2008—The Dow drops 777 points. 2006—Anti child-porn crusader Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) resigns after his lurid e-mails to young males leak. 2002—George W.[MD] Bush claims Iraq has WMDs, al-Qaeda terrorists, and a nuke coming soon. 1980—The Washington Post publishes Janet Cook’s Pulitzer-winning story about a fictional eight year-old junkie. 1976—The Hyde Amendment gives Congress the power to make...

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September 29th 2021, 12:24 am

Tues, Sept 28

The New Hampshire Gazette

2014—Future President D.J. Trump tweets, “Every time I speak of the haters and losers I do so with great love and affection. They cannot help the fact that they were born fucked up!” 2001—To avoid further scorn in these pages, Fleet Bank removes its 18-foot tall green, illuminated sign from the middle of Pleasant Street’s sidewalk. 1964—U.C. Berkeley students protest free speech restrictions.

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September 28th 2021, 12:38 pm

M0n, Sept 27

The New Hampshire Gazette

2018—Brett Kavanaugh whines, weeps, and shouts while badgering the Senate Judiciary Committee. 2002—Donald Rumsfeld says a phony link between al-Qaeda and Iraq is “accurate and not debatable.” 2000—Frank Wills, the guard who discovered the Watergate burglary, dies at 52, of a brain tumor, in poverty. 1994—On the Capitol steps, 350 GOP candidates led by Newt Gingrich take out a Contract on America.

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September 27th 2021, 2:54 am

Sunday, Sept 26

The New Hampshire Gazette

2016—Two days before Jim Comey says the Clinton email investigation’s been re-opened, Giuliani says, “We’ve got a couple things up our sleeve that should turn this thing around.” 2001—The CIA invasion of Afghanistan begins: six or eight spooks in a Soviet Mi-17 helicopter, toting 66 lbs of $100s in three cardboard boxes [$3M]. 1983—Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov disregards Red Army computers...

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September 26th 2021, 12:07 am

The Taliban Took Us By Surprise!

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: Why didn’t anyone predict that Texas would fall to the Taliban so quickly? The Taliban have launched draconian measures in Texas to keep women in their place and armed men in charge. They are paying rewards to informers to turn citizens in so they can be hauled before a judge. They have issued edicts drastically restricting voting rights, particularly for minorities. And...

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September 25th 2021, 6:16 am

The New Hampshire Gazette Digital Edition Volume 266, No. 1, September 24, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

September 24, 2021 — To download this issue of our paper, just click on the image at right.

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September 25th 2021, 6:16 am

Life’s Persistent Questions

The New Hampshire Gazette

Dear Editor, On this 20th anniversary of 9/11, we remember what happened in order to heal, and also to learn from the experience to avoid future catastrophes. We’ve learned about our strength in unity and also the dangers of rigid group-mind thinking. We’ve learned about the limits of our power and the power of division. Still, we haven’t learned enough. We need answers to these questions: Why...

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September 25th 2021, 6:16 am

A Timely Revision

The New Hampshire Gazette

E Pluribus Unum? As if…. Clearly, in this day and age, our national motto meaning “Out of Many, One” is no longer operative. So, it’s time for a new one. We could go on at great length here, supplying one example after another to support this thesis, but why sift through the mountains of evidence just to insult our readers’ intelligence? Res ipsa loquitur.* Our proposal: “The Beatings Will...

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September 25th 2021, 6:16 am

Why Did Sununu Go to Kentucky?

The New Hampshire Gazette

Dear Sir: In today’s Portsmouth Herald [September 7th], there was a guest column from Governor Sununu and Health and Human Services Commissioner (HHS) Shibinette. The column, “New Hampshire Leaders learned a lot about COVID in Kentucky,” highlighted some of the actions Kentucky has taken during their recent COVID surge. While I credit the Governor for trying to learn from others...

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September 25th 2021, 6:16 am

Puppet Politics

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: Those of us long enough in the tooth to remember black-and-white TV may recall Edgar Bergen and his top-hatted sidekick, Charlie McCarthy. Charlie may have been a mannequin, but he was no dummy when it came to whipping out snappy one-liners guaranteed to pull his boss up short. If only Charlie’s twenty-first century namesake Kevin McCarthy were so adept! Unlike Charlie...

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September 25th 2021, 6:16 am

Sanitizing American History

The New Hampshire Gazette

by W.D. Ehrhart In September 1814, as Francis Scott Key stood on the deck of a British warship watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry, he was inspired to write a poem that eventually became the “Star-Spangled Banner.” We hear that song a lot these days: at every football game from middle school to the NFL; at NASCAR races and hockey games and commencement ceremonies, and, well, at just about any...

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September 25th 2021, 6:16 am

Never Again

The New Hampshire Gazette

by Paul Nichols Samrawit Silva’s powerfully impassioned letter in the Concord Monitor of September 6th describes the ongoing slaughter of citizens, including some of her family members, by government forces in Ethiopia. She ends the piece with references to the phrase, “Never Again.” But never again is happening again, this time in her home country! History matters. History repeats itself...

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September 25th 2021, 6:16 am

Sat, Sept 25

The New Hampshire Gazette

2008—Somali pirates capture the MV Faina, a 500-foot freighter with a cargo of 33 Soviet tanks. 2007—Texas kills Michael Richard on schedule because Judge Sharon Keller refused to work overtime. 2003—An early draft of an interim report from weapons inspectors in Iraq says no WMD have been found. 2002—George W.[MD] Bush says nonsensically, “You can’t distinguish between al-Qaeda and Saddam when you...

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September 25th 2021, 6:16 am

Horses, Whips, and Haitians

The New Hampshire Gazette

The week got off to an instructive start. Few Americans probably imagined that men on horseback in this country still use leather lashes to control defenseless Black people. Live and learn. Most Americans must have been deeply disturbed by the sight of Haitian refugees being subjected to this brutal treatment. At least, so one would hope. Extrapolating from polls showing continued support for a...

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September 25th 2021, 6:16 am

Fri, Sept 24

The New Hampshire Gazette

2007—A plane previously used for “rendition” flights carrying alleged terrorists to Gitmo crashes in the Yucatan carrying 3.3 tons of cocaine. 2006—The New York Times reports that our spies think the Iraq War makes Islamic terrorism more likely. 2006—George W.[MD] Bush says, “When the final history is written on Iraq, it will look just like a comma.” 1981—CIA boss Bill Casey says the Freedom of...

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September 24th 2021, 8:32 am

Thurs, Sept 23

The New Hampshire Gazette

1999—The $328 million Climate Orbiter crashes on Mars because Lockheed forgot to use the metric system. 1998—The New York Fed bails out broke hedge fund LTCM, establishing a suicidal precedent. 1990—As Dan Quayle speaks at a $2,500-plate fundraiser in Portland, Ore., the Reverse Peristalsis Painters protest by vomiting red, white, and blue mashed potatoes. 1975—Already fired for spying on citizens...

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September 23rd 2021, 4:01 am

Wed, Sept 22

The New Hampshire Gazette

2003—“A year from now,” Richard Perle says, “I’ll be very surprised if there is not some grand square in Baghdad that is named after President Bush.” 1987—Navy Reserve Capt. Timothy J. Dorsey shoots down a Navy plane during a training exercise. Its crew survives with injuries. Dorsey’s career is unscathed: daddy’s an Admiral. 1975—Disabled ’Nam vet Oliver Sipple deflects Sarah Jane Moore’s shot...

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September 22nd 2021, 2:46 am

Tues, Sept 21

The New Hampshire Gazette

2014—A spokesman for the Islamic State calls U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry an “uncircumcised old geezer.” 2001—CIA chief George Tenet tells the V.P. his Iraq/al-Qaeda link appears to be fiction. Dick “Dick” Cheney continues to repeat it. 1989—The Chase Manhattan Bank accepts for deposit a check sent as a prank by Spy Magazine. Endorsed by “short-fingered vulgarian” Donald J. Trump, it’s for $0.13.

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September 21st 2021, 12:30 am

Mon, Sept 20

The New Hampshire Gazette

2006—“The devil came here yesterday,” says Hugo Chavez at the UN, “and it smells of sulfur still today.” 2001—George W.[MD] Bush declares a War on a noun, viz., Terror, before a joint session of Congress, which somehow takes him seriously. 1968—A U.S. military spokesman in Saigon says Agent Orange has no harmful effects on human health. 1958—A deranged woman stabs Martin Luther King, Jr. while he’...

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September 20th 2021, 2:30 am

Sun, Sept 19

The New Hampshire Gazette

2014—Iraq War veteran Omar J. Gonzalez jumps the White House fence and runs into the East Room. 2001—George W.[MD] Bush tells CIA chief George Tenet to look for links between S. Hussein and al-Qaeda. Lacking credible evidence, he suggests Dick “Dick” Cheney as a source. 2001—The U.S. goes to war against Afghanistan—what could go wrong? 1991—Alpine tourists discover 5,300 year-old Ötzi the Iceman.

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September 19th 2021, 12:16 am

Sat, Sept 18

The New Hampshire Gazette

2001—Five journalists receive letters laced with anthrax. Five people die, the perps remain unknown. 2001—Complying with a White House request, EPA head Christine Todd Whitman says it’s safe to breathe the air at “Ground Zero.” It isn’t. 1987—The N.Y. Times reports the FBI’s been spying on public library patrons. 1980—Cuban Arnoldo Tamayo becomes the first Black person in space...

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September 18th 2021, 5:25 am

Fri, Sept 17

The New Hampshire Gazette

2011—Wall Street gets Occupied. 2002—President George W.[MD] Bush says, “… fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me…you can’t get fooled again.” 2001—President George W.[MD] Bush gives the CIA secret authority to do…secret stuff. It’s classified. 1980—“Operation Reptile:” in Paraguay, a team of Sandinistas whack Anastasio Somoza with an RPG. 1967—The Mount Washington Cog Railway train derails...

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September 17th 2021, 10:26 am

Thurs, Sept 16

The New Hampshire Gazette

2016—MSNBC, CNN, and Fox treat Donald Trump to a free 1.5 hour infomercial consisting mostly of a live shot of an empty podium. 2001—Dick “Dick” Cheney vows to work on “the dark side.” His only side. 1976—Unelected Vice President Nelson Rockefeller is photographed giving “the finger” to students at SUNY Binghamton, N.Y. 1975—After winning by 355 votes, losing a recount by ten votes...

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September 16th 2021, 5:40 am

Wed, Sept 15

The New Hampshire Gazette

2008—Lehman Bros. drops 90 percent; the Dow is down 500 points. 2007—Laura Bush condemns Myanmar’s crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. Hours later thousands march in D.C. against the Iraq War; 190 are arrested, many are Iraq vets. 2004—D.C. cops on a 911 call find Cynthia Ore, 28, in the bathroom of Rep. Don Sherwood (R-Pa.), 63. 1982—Israeli Defense Forces surround Palestinian refugee camps...

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September 15th 2021, 7:25 pm

Tues, Sept 14

The New Hampshire Gazette

2019—Thieves steal a solid gold toilet from Winston Churchill’s birthplace. 2008—At his gym, Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld gets punched in the face by a complete stranger. 2005—At the UN, during the World Summit, the Leader of the Free World passes a note to his Secretary of State saying, “I think I may need a bathroom break. Is that possible?” 2001—In Manhattan, standing in rubble his failure...

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September 14th 2021, 3:11 am

Mon, Sept 13

The New Hampshire Gazette

2010—After calling for civility in the Primary, ex-Gov. John H. Sununu tells the N.Y. Times, “I came in [as N.H. GOP Chair] to clean the vermin [Democrats] out, then I’ll leave.” 2005—Two weeks after the catastrophe, George W.[MD] Bush admits the Federal response to Hurricane Katrina was less than ideal. 2001—Reverend Jerry Falwell says “The ACLU’s got to take a lot of blame for [9/11].

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September 13th 2021, 7:09 am

Sun, Sept 12

The New Hampshire Gazette

2008—Former Goldman Sachs boss Hank Paulson tells Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers execs the Fed will leave them twisting in the wind. 2004—WSCA-LP goes live. 1994—Frank E. Corder, 38, dies at 1:49 a.m., crash-landing a stolen Cessna on the White House grounds after a day-long beer and crack spree. 1983—Puerto Rican nationalists Los Macheteros rob a Well Fargo depot in West Hartford, Conn. of $7...

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September 12th 2021, 6:39 am

Sat, Sept. 11

The New Hampshire Gazette

2016—The GOP nominee for President tweets “best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th.” 2012—Benghazi!!! 2006—At Ground Zero, for a photo op, President Bush and the First Lady stand on an American flag carpet. 2001—Four American airliners are hijacked by Saudies and crashed; thousands die. George W.[MD] Bush scurries to safety, Donald Rumsfeld looks for...

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September 11th 2021, 3:24 am

It’s Kind To Be Cruel, In Theory

The New Hampshire Gazette

“Be kind,” someone* once wrote, “Everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden.” Could anyone possibly object to such a sentiment? Viewing it from a religious perspective—as is so fashionable these days—it would seem to pass muster right across the board, from Abrahamic to Zoroastrian. It would be impractical and probably unwise to pass a law mandating kindness. Surely, though...

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September 10th 2021, 6:37 pm

Democratic Dereliction of Duty

The New Hampshire Gazette

by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Worker justice advocates are growing increasingly furious over the national Democratic leadership’s refusal to act after more than nine million people across the U.S. were thrown off unemployment insurance earlier this week, an unprecedented aid cut that took effect in the middle of a surging pandemic and persistent economic crisis. The Biden administration and...

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September 10th 2021, 6:37 pm

In Opposition to the Air Show

The New Hampshire Gazette

On September 11th and 12th, the New Hampshire Air National Guard at Pease will host an aerial acrobatic display by the Air Forces’ “Thunderbirds” which consist of six F-16 Fighting Falcons. Moreover, visitors will be able to board the new transport and aerial fuel tanker, the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus. And, folks can view up close other planes such as F-35A Lightning II’s, F-16 Fighting Falcons...

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September 10th 2021, 6:37 pm

Afghanistan: Who’s Responsible?

The New Hampshire Gazette

by W.D. Ehrhart Surprise, surprise! Fox News and the Republican Party are blaming President Joe Biden for the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the horrific scenes of terror and confusion at Kabul Airport in the final days. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy—born in 1965—calls the evacuation “the biggest U.S. failure in my lifetime” (Saigon fell in 1975. Well, I’m just sayin’.)...

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September 10th 2021, 6:37 pm

The New Hampshire Gazette Digital Edition Volume 265, No. 26, September 10, 2021

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September 10, 2021 — To download this issue of our paper, just click on the image at right.

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September 10th 2021, 5:53 pm

Fri, Sept. 10

The New Hampshire Gazette

2008—Lehman Brothers execs say the firm has all the capital it needs, five days before it declares bankruptcy. 2001—Donald Rumsfeld admits the Defense Department can’t account for about $2.3 trillion dollars. One day later, no one remembers—or cares. 1980—“Approximately eighty percent of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation,” says GOP candidate Ronald Reagan.

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September 10th 2021, 12:22 pm

Thurs, Sept. 9

The New Hampshire Gazette

2013—Two out of of three lanes to the George Washington Bridge are closed without warning in Fort Lee, N.J., delaying commuters and emergency personnel. 2009—As President Obama addresses Congress, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) yells at him, “You lie.” 2008—Lehman Bros., the nation’s fourth largest investment bank, loses 45 percent of its value. 2005—“You know,” says Glenn Beck, “it took me about a year...

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September 9th 2021, 6:50 am

Wed, Sept. 8

The New Hampshire Gazette

2018—Secretary of the Army Mark Esper posts an anti-suicide message on Facebook. It features a photo of Army SSgt. Robert Bales, then doing life for murdering 16 Afghan civilians. 2002—The N.Y. Times publishes lies about tubes based on a White House leak; the White House cites that story as proof Iraq plans to build nukes. 1988—Dan Quayle says, “Republicans understand the importance of bondage...

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September 8th 2021, 3:46 pm

Tues, Sept 7

The New Hampshire Gazette

2003—Warren Zevon sleeps. 2000—[“When I am President, we] will not have our veterans standing in line waiting for benefits that they’ve been promised,” George W.[MD] Bush falsely asserts. 1996—Two women walk into the Norfolk (Va.) Naval Base with a banner reading “Love Your Enemies.” They’re promptly arrested. 1988—“Today is Pearl Harbor Day,” says George H.[H.]W. Bush. 1974—R. Nixon, irate that G.

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September 7th 2021, 12:32 am

Mon, Sept. 6

The New Hampshire Gazette

2010—Alabama prison officials ban the reading of a Pulitzer-winning history of Black forced labor. 2006—Entering her Portland, Ore. home, Susan Kuhnhausen is attacked by a man with a hammer. She chokes Ed Haffney—custodian at her husband’s porn shop—to death. Her husband is convicted and dies in prison. 2002—George W.[MD] Bush Chief of Staff Andy Card says, “From a marketing point of view, you don’...

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September 6th 2021, 3:31 am

Sun, Sept 5

The New Hampshire Gazette

2005—Barbara Bush says Hurricane Katrina was “working very well” for thousands of homeless refugees. 2002—Portsmouth loses Jay Smith, creator of the Press Room, Patron Saint of The Music Hall, &c. RIP. 1991—The D.C. home of Sen. Jesse Helms [R-N.C.] is covered by a giant condom, courtesy of ACT UP. 1990—L.A. Police Chief Darryl Gates tell the Senate Judiciary Committee that “casual drug users...

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September 5th 2021, 4:01 am

Sat, Sept 4

The New Hampshire Gazette

2019—Showing proof that his Hurricane Dorian prediction was perfect, Donald J. Trump displays a fake map. 1992—Ex-South Vietnamese fighter pilot Ly Tong hijacks an Air Vietnam Airbus out of Bangkok. As it flies low and slow over Ho Chi Minh City, he drops revolutionary propaganda, then safely parachutes—but into captivity. 1976—George W.[MD] Bush is arrested for DUI in Kennebunk, Maine. 1973—R.

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September 4th 2021, 1:16 am

Fri, Sept. 3

The New Hampshire Gazette

2003—Because life is sacred, Florida poisons Paul Hill, who shotgunned Dr. John Britton and his bodyguard because life is sacred. Rinse & repeat. 1991—Locked doors, dead phones, and a lack of fire alarms kill 25 workers in a North Carolina chicken plant. 1971—As Richard Nixon speaks at a Milk Producers’ convention in Chicago, an aide pockets his fee: a $5,000 bribe, which will pay the Plumbers who...

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September 3rd 2021, 1:16 am

Thurs, Sept. 2

The New Hampshire Gazette

1983—Mississippi’s execution of Jimmy Lee Gray goes badly, possibly because executioner T. Berry Bruce is drunk. Eight minutes after the poison gas is released, officials clear the witness room because Gray is still gasping, moaning, and banging his head on a steel pole. 1945—VJ Day—Japan surrenders to General “Dugout Doug” MacArthur aboard a battleship named after Harry S Truman’s home state.

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September 2nd 2021, 12:07 am

Wed, Sept. 1

The New Hampshire Gazette

2019—Meteorologist-in-Chief Donald J. Trump tweets that Hurricane Dorian will hit Alabama hard. 2005—New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin calls for George W.[MD] Bush and FEMA to “get off your asses and do something” about his flooded city. 1989—Narcs trying to score crack near the White House for a George H.[H.]W. Bush presidential photo-op get the drug on their third try but not the film—their camera...

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September 1st 2021, 5:10 am

Tues, August 31

The New Hampshire Gazette

2019—Portsmouth’s Daniel Street Post Office closes for good. Thanks a lot, Councilor, Congressman, Governor, and Senator Judd Gregg. 1973—The Gainesville Eight, antiwar veterans charged with conspiracy to riot at the 1972 Republican National Convention, are acquitted. 1965—President Johnson signs a bill making draft card burning illegal. 1963—Robert Bork publishes an article in The New Republic...

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August 31st 2021, 1:53 am

Mon, August 30

The New Hampshire Gazette

2011—The Federal Election Commission awakens and OKs an investigation of Rep. Frank Guinta [R-N.H.]. 2007—Unbeknownst to the pilots, a B-52 takes off from N.D. with six live nukes onboard. In La., it sits unguarded from noon to 10:00 p.m. 2004—To milk 9/11 for all it’s worth, the RNC convenes in New York City. Attendees mock John Kerry and wounded vets in general by wearing “Purple Heart” band...

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August 30th 2021, 12:54 am

Sun, August 29

The New Hampshire Gazette

2013—Americans learn, thanks to Edward Snowden, that the annual “Black Budget” of the “Intelligence Community” is $52.6 billion a year. 2007—Due to careless accounting, an Air Force B-52 at Minot AFB in North Dakota is loaded with six live nukes, then left unguarded overnight. 1996—President William J. Clinton wins re-nomination, but loses advisor Dick Morris. His $200-an-hour prostitute’s-toe...

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August 29th 2021, 11:09 am

Look Behind the Curtain

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: It’s no wonder that out-of-state corporate control of the New Hampshire legislature spawned a state budget that not only undermines public education, human services, adequate wages and progress toward addressing the climate crisis, but also includes language that perpetuates systemic racism and removes the right of women to make decisions about their bodies. Over the years the...

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August 28th 2021, 6:24 pm

It’s Biden’s Fault For Doing the Right Thing

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: President Biden’s incompetent withdrawal from Afghanistan demonstrates a shocking disregard for the lives of others. Withdrawing troops without first withdrawing the 5,000 to 40,000 American civilians and our allies’ civilians working on behalf of our government’s goals is shameful, unpardonable, and displays Biden’s moral bankruptcy. Biden’s incompetence was not surprising...

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August 28th 2021, 6:24 pm

The Virus Mutates…

The New Hampshire Gazette

Dear Editor, The shortest LTE that I have ever written! A wise reader’s response to an excellent August 18th New York Times article by Sarah Mervosh and Giulia Heyward, headlined, “The School Culture Wars—‘You Have Brought Division to Us.’” “Covid 19: It started as a virus, and mutated into an IQ test.” Herb Moyer Exeter, N.H. Herb: Too true. Thanks for sending this—and special thanks for citing...

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August 28th 2021, 6:24 pm

Gerrymandering is Election Fraud

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: Gerrymandering is election fraud. Its effect is to intentionally defraud. Yet, in 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court’s “conservative” majority, in an anti-gerrymandering lawsuit brought by Common Cause, failed to recognize government was established For the People, not political parties, when it ruled that prohibiting partisan gerrymandering was beyond its reach. The ruling is expected to...

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August 28th 2021, 6:24 pm

Hungarian Goulash

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: Tucker Carlson and the folks at Fox News have taken up cooking and the current dish du jour appears to be Hungarian goulash. Guess we shouldn’t be surprised because, in a world where the U.S. is threatened by authoritarian regimes such as China, Russia, and North Korea, it only makes sense to fight fire with fire. Really, we should not underestimate the appeal of a strong-man leader...

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August 28th 2021, 6:24 pm

Wild and crazy thoughts to save the world

The New Hampshire Gazette

by Jean Stimmell Today, we navigate through our lives, autonomous contestants in a national gameshow called free-market capitalism, where winners live in mansions and losers on the street. Community, ethics, and our non-human neighbors don’t matter much. How do we break out of this amusement park before it is too late? Let’s try by thinking outside the box. What if our thoughts and imagination don’...

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August 28th 2021, 6:24 pm

From a Sad Reader

The New Hampshire Gazette

Hi Friends, I am sad because I used to pick up my favorite fortnightly newspaper at our local health food store and that has just closed. I ask you, what good is a town without a health food store? We have also, over the 41 years I have lived here, lost our downtown drug stores, hardware and stationary stores, our art supply store and many more that make a downtown worthwhile, at least to those of...

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August 28th 2021, 6:24 pm

Afghanistan: Vietnam Redux

The New Hampshire Gazette

by W.D. Ehrhart Way back in March and April of 1975, I watched with profound sadness but absolutely no surprise as the South Vietnamese army (ARVN)—with only a brief exception at a place called Xuan Loc—turned tail and retreated without a fight in the face of a North Vietnamese offensive, and the government the U.S. had installed, paid for, and supported for two decades collapsed like a house of...

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August 28th 2021, 6:24 pm

Get Serious, Governor

The New Hampshire Gazette

Dear Sir: Last week there was a front page headline in the Portsmouth Herald that read, “Sununu’s COVID plea: ‘You gotta get the vaccine.’” In the body of the article the Governor stated, “We know our fall surge in October, November could be worse than anything we’ve seen. We want to make sure we prepare for that.” I agree totally. Not only do we need to prepare for what the Governor admits is...

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August 28th 2021, 6:24 pm

Sat, Aug 28, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

2005—Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans and the levees break. 1969—Judith Love Cohen completes the Abort Guidance System—later used to bring Apollo 13 back to Earth—while in labor in the maternity ward, then gives birth to Jack Black. 1968—Police preserve disorder at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. 1963—At the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. calls for freedom to ring from the...

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August 28th 2021, 12:08 am

Our Shattered Porcelain Anniversary

The New Hampshire Gazette

A fortnight from tomorrow, the nation will mark a twentieth anniversary of great historical importance. It would be lovely to think that we are all prepared for it, but there is no evidence of that. Customarily, the head of the Executive Branch would lead any national commemoration. Fairly or not, though, recent events on the other side of the world have lowered most people’s expectations from...

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August 27th 2021, 5:39 pm

DeJoy: “Run the Postal Service? I Thought You Said ‘Ruin the Postal Service.’”

The New Hampshire Gazette

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you are facing more catastrophes than you can count. Where do you even begin? This disagreeable sensation, once confined to an unlucky few, is now widespread among those who read the news. Our policy for staving off catatonia: expect the worst, hope for the best, and deal with one thing at a time. At the moment, because it’s dear to our ink-stained heart...

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August 27th 2021, 5:39 pm

The New Hampshire Gazette Digital Edition Volume 265, No. 25, August 27, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

August 27, 2021 — To download this issue of our paper, just click on the image at right.

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August 27th 2021, 5:39 pm

Fri, Aug 27, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

2014—Arthur T. Demoulas gets the OK to buy and run Market Basket. 2012—New Hampshire “wasn’t a battleground state in 2010,” says Executive Councilor Chris Sununu on C-SPAN. “We swept the vermin out and it’s now a solid Republican state.” 1991—An ABA panel rates Clarence Thomas. Two members find him “not qualified” for the Supreme Court; none find him “well-qualified.” 1984—Ronald Reagan announces...

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August 27th 2021, 12:22 am

Thurs, Aug 26, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

2016—Colin Kapernick registers his protest against racial injustice by sitting as the National Anthem plays. 2005—The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard gets a stay of execution. 1980—Ex-Luftwaffepilot John Birges, trying to recoup his gambling losses, plants a half-ton bomb at Harvey’s Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nev. 1969—Five men from New Hampshire’s 197th Field Artillery are killed days before leaving...

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August 26th 2021, 2:08 am

Wed, Aug 25, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

1999—The FBI admits, six years after the fact, that the tear gas canisters it fired into David Koresh’s compound in Waco were incendiary—but still denies they started the fatal fire. 1995—Zany Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) announces his innovative new policy, sure to win the drug war: execute “27 or 30 or 35 people at one time.” 1985—Ronald Reagan admits that, as head of the Screen...

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August 25th 2021, 3:18 am

Tues, Aug 24, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

1970—Graduate student Robert Fassnacht is killed and three others are injured when peaceniks blow up a physics lab at the U. of Wisconsin. 1967—Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin scatter 300 one-dollar bills on the floor of the Stock Exchange. Bedlam erupts as greedy capitalists scramble. 1964—I.F. Stone reports the U.S. government and press “have kept the full truth about the Tonkin Bay incidents from...

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August 24th 2021, 2:05 pm

Mon, Aug 23, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

2010—Gareth Williams, money-laundering investigator for MI6, is found dead inside a locked gym bag in a London “safe house.” Metropolitan Police rule he died alone by accident. 2000—The 2nd Circuit Court rules that aspiring cops can be denied a job on grounds that they’re too smart. 1985—San Francisco cops wince as Mayor Dianne Feinstein reveals their evidence in the “Night Stalker” case.

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August 23rd 2021, 12:20 am

Sun, Aug 22, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

2016—The lift span of the Sarah Long Bridge is raised for the last time. 2008—On a tip from an Afghani, a U.S. AC-130 gunship shoots up Azizabad. The Afghani’s rival is among the 91 dead; the rest are mostly civilian women and children. Embedded in this bloody fiasco is Fox’s Ollie North, who calls it a great victory. 2002—The Bush Administration announces trade sanctions on North Korea...

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August 22nd 2021, 1:49 am

Sat, Aug 21, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

2017—As an aide tells him, “Don’t look,” President Trump takes off his protective glasses and stares at the sun as it is being eclipsed. 2017—The Navy destroyer U.S.S. McCain collides with a freighter in the Gulf of Molucca; ten sailors die. This, 65 days after the destroyer U.S.S. Fitzgerald hits a freight ship off Honshu, killing seven aboard. 1992—Samuel Weaver, 14, and U.S. Marshal W.F.

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August 21st 2021, 3:04 am

Fri, Aug 20, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

2018—Greta Thunberg strikes, demanding action on the climate crisis. 1998—Days after admitting he’d lied about sex with an intern, Bill Clinton throws 13 Tomahawk missiles at Sudan’s only pharmaceutical factory. 1965—Keene, N.H. seminary student & civil rights worker Jonathan Daniels is murdered in Nayneville, Ala. White jurors acquit his killer. 1945—Charles de Gaulle is warned by his ex-puppet...

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August 20th 2021, 12:18 am

Thurs, Aug 19, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

1999—The FBI puts the name of James “Whitey” Bulger—its partner in crime—on the Most-Wanted List. 1997—Anti-regulation fanatic Carl Drega murders two cops, a selectman, and a judge in Colebrook, N.H. The carnage inspires Vin Suprynowicz, future Signed Member of the Free State Project, to write an essay and a book sympathizing with the killer. 1953—Despite setbacks four days earlier, the CIA’s coup...

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August 19th 2021, 12:17 am

Wed, Aug 18, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

1996—The U.S. prison population hits 1,600,000, double what it had been just 10 years earlier. 1988—Accepting the GOP nomination, George H.[H.]W. Bush solemnly vows, “Read my lips: no new taxes!” 1960—Kindly old Ike OKs a CIA plot to assassinate Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of Congo. 1959—Sailors aboard the U.S.S. Wasp bring a severe fire under control, barely averting the need to flood the...

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August 18th 2021, 1:19 am

Tues, Aug 17, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

2008—Maudie Hopkins dies in Arkansas at 93. She married Confederate States Army vet William M. Cantrell in 1934; he was 86, she was 19. 2002—U.S. Generals admit that the U.S. assisted Iraq during its war against Iran knowing that Saddam Hussein would “use chemical weapons against his own people.” 1998—“It depends,” President Clinton tells a Grand Jury, “on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”...

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August 17th 2021, 11:19 am

Mon, Aug 16, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

2017—Free State reject Chris Cantwell posts a video online which earns him the moniker, “The Crying Nazi.” 1977—Elvis allegedly dies. 1971—John Dean writes his boss, Richard Nixon, a memo on how to “use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies.” 1968—Armed guards subdue—temporarily—228 rioting Marines in the brig at Danang, wounding seven. 1966—Chaos erupts as HUAC tries to...

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August 16th 2021, 2:32 am

Sun, Aug 15, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

1980—The rising popularity of skyjackings prompts the FAA to put more gun-totin’ sky marshals on airplanes. 1977—Ohio State’s “Big Ear” radio telescope records a 72-second burst suggesting there may be intelligent life…out there, somewhere. 1971—With the U.S. budget busted by the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon reneges on the gold standard. 1969—Half a million half-naked, drugged-up baby boomers begin...

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August 15th 2021, 1:34 am

Sat, Aug 14, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

2019—The New York Times publishes “The 1619 Project,” arguing chattel slavery was central to the nation’s creation. Conservatives freak out. 1966—“As long as the United States and our brave allies are in the field,” says LBJ, “[a Communist takeover of South Vietnam] is impossible.” 1945—President Truman announces Japan has surrendered. Enlisted sailors in San Francisco celebrate their reprieve...

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August 14th 2021, 1:34 am

God, Guns, & Ginny

The New Hampshire Gazette

Well, of course it was righteous. Bear any burden, pay any price, what you could do for your country. Godless communists, after all. You may have been only seventeen, but you’d seen them already in Hungary, Cuba, Berlin. Something had to be done, and someone would have to do it. There is something about a thatched-roof hut in the middle of rice fields, burning, a mortally wounded woman softly...

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August 13th 2021, 7:32 pm

The Two Faces of “Conservatism”

The New Hampshire Gazette

Dear Sir: At the conclusion of the 2021 legislative session, Governor Sununu signed two very controversial and dangerous bills, HB 220, and HB2. The relevant sections of these bills are as follows; HB 220 states, “Every person has the natural, essential, and inherent right to bodily integrity, free from any threat or compulsion by government to accept an immunization. Accordingly, no person may be...

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August 13th 2021, 7:32 pm

It’s Brass Knuckle Time

The New Hampshire Gazette

Hi Editor. Listening this morning to a bit of discussion on whether Trump might be called to testify in the House investigation of 1/6. It was acknowledged as a theoretical possibility, but thought unlikely for two reasons. First, it might set a “dangerous precedent”…where, for instance, a future Republican Congress might haul Joe Biden in to question him about Hunter’s laptop. Personally...

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August 13th 2021, 7:32 pm

The Delta Blues

The New Hampshire Gazette

This pandemic has been going on for so long now that it feels like we’re living in “Groundhog Day”—without Bill Murray to entertain us. Worse yet, there’s a sequel coming: “Dumb and Dumber.” According to a study published last month in The Lancet journal EClinical Medicine, “People who had recovered from COVID-19, including those no longer reporting symptoms...

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August 13th 2021, 5:03 pm

The New Hampshire Gazette Digital Edition Volume 265, No. 24, August 13, 2021

The New Hampshire Gazette

August 13, 2021 — To download this issue of our paper, just click on the image at right.

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August 13th 2021, 5:03 pm

AMOC Amok, or, Species Bites Environment

The New Hampshire Gazette

This fortnight began with terrible news about the climate. It went downhill from there. The Guardian reported on July 27th—too late for us to deal with properly in our paper of July 30th, too important to leave out now—“many of the key indicators of the global climate crisis are getting worse and either approaching, or exceeding, key tipping points as the earth heats up.” “Overall, the study*

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August 13th 2021, 5:03 pm

Delayed Recognition is Better Than None

The New Hampshire Gazette

by Paul Nichols I read recently about the only battalion of Black women to serve in Europe during World War II, the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. This all-female Army Corps unit was deployed on missions to England and France during 1945 under daunting conditions for the purpose of processing undelivered mail to U.S. troops and Red Cross workers. The importance of their work cannot be...

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August 13th 2021, 5:03 pm

Fri, Aug 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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August 13th 2021, 1:18 am

Thurs, Aug 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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August 12th 2021, 12:30 am

Wed, Aug 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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August 11th 2021, 10:26 am

Tues, Aug 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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August 10th 2021, 12:26 am

Mon, Aug 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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August 9th 2021, 7:55 am

Sun, Aug 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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August 8th 2021, 2:54 am

Sat, Aug 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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August 7th 2021, 2:25 am

Fri, Aug 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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August 6th 2021, 12:09 am

Thurs, Aug 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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August 5th 2021, 6:37 am

Wed, Aug 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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August 4th 2021, 1:02 am

Tues, Aug 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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August 3rd 2021, 5:48 am

Mon, Aug 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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August 2nd 2021, 7:33 am

Sun, Aug 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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August 1st 2021, 4:48 am

Sat, July 31

The New Hampshire Gazette

2001—Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld sends a memo to Under Secretary for Policy Douglas Feith: “We ought to have on our radar screen oil—Venezuela, the Caucasus, Indonesia—anywhere we think it may exist and how it fits into our strategies.” 1999—Eugene Shoemaker becomes the first Earthling to have his cremated remains interred on the moon. 1996—Gerald Ford and George H.[H.

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July 31st 2021, 12:47 am

Governor Sununu’s Budget is Cruel and Dangerous

The New Hampshire Gazette

by Peter Somssich The recent state budget and some individual bills, agreed to by both the N.H. Republican House and Senate and signed by Governor Sununu, but opposed by Democratic Representatives, are cruel and dangerous for the welfare of the residents of New Hampshire. Even if it was not intentional, that is the consequence of these actions. Also, don’t be fooled! Tax cuts at the state level...

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July 30th 2021, 9:47 pm

Sununu Signs Memory Hole Into Law

The New Hampshire Gazette

Dear Sir: There has been a great deal of debate and confusion regarding the prohibition of teaching of so-called “divisive concepts” by schools, state agencies and state contractors. The “divisive concepts” teaching prohibition was included in the budget trailer bill (HB 2) signed by Governor Sununu. In an attempt to clarify and provide guidance to educators, state agencies and contractors...

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July 30th 2021, 6:32 pm

Military Justice

The New Hampshire Gazette

To the Editor: In a July 7th report on the PBS Newshour the following statistics for sexual assault in the military were given. “Approximately 20,000 U.S. military members are sexually assaulted annually. But only 7,816 reported those cases, and only in 350 cases were perpetrators charged with a crime.” The report added that 64 percent of those who reported assaults faced retaliation. Clearly...

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July 30th 2021, 6:32 pm

Hope Lies in Our Entanglements

The New Hampshire Gazette

by Jean Stimmell For most of human evolution, the cosmic forces of the universe were magical, beyond our feeble understanding. We were humble and kept our heads down, acutely aware that we were the lowest denominator in a vast galactic mystery. Unfortunately, over the last few hundred years, we humans have become smug and arrogant, thinking we are lords and masters of Planet Earth...

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July 30th 2021, 6:32 pm

The Grand Inquisitor’s Mistress

The New Hampshire Gazette

On July 12th, Judi Hershman posted an extraordinary 2,600-word document on Medium. In it, the self-described “former professional partisan” laments what she accurately calls, “our country’s biggest existential crisis since the Civil War.” It has come about, she writes, because “too many people like me stuck our heads in the sand, swallowed our doubts, [and] let the unacceptable slide, [having]...

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July 30th 2021, 5:03 pm
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