Friday, December 28, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The blizzard was brutal in many places, and the recent cold is severe.
But who cares when we can hunker down and enjoy (or dream about) holiday delicacies like this?
Sunday, December 16, 2007
An icy wind whips across the ocean tonight
And I wonder if you feel it
My heart beats time with a symphony of waves
And I wonder if you hear it
The sky is ablaze with a hue of fool’s gold
And I wonder if you see it
A storm hangs heavy in unsympathetic air
And I wonder if you smell it
Salt stings a trail below raw stained eyes
And I wonder if you taste it
I think of place that is you, that is me
And I wonder if you know it
I call it elsewhere; it’s neither here, nor there
And to you, one day soon, I will show it
Better on black
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Almost 10pm and the storm is over?... WTF? I want more! View On Black
And what a road it was tonight! Travel was hazardous during rush hour, especially in the southern part of the state. Personally, it took me 2 hours to drive 5 miles, and I love driving in the snow!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
View from the treeline on Mount Washington, New Hampshire. Tree line, the elevation above which trees do not grow, is about 4400 feet in the White Mountains, nearly 2000 feet below the summit of Mt. Washington.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Uploaded with plasq's Skitch
A 40ish man with salt and pepper hair walked right into the Hillary Clinton campaign headquarters in Rochester, NH. He supposedly has a bomb strapped to him. He forced everyone to the floor. There was a woman with a small child that he made leave. The left and called 911 from a neighbouring business. There are two other people left in the office and are hostages.
SWAT teams and the bomb squad are on hand. The downtown of Rochester is totally shut down. Local school are in a soft lock down. Barak Obabma's office is virtually next door. 20 to 30 businesses are totally locked down in the downtown area.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Freedom will never be Free.
I am proud to be an American: not an Anglo-American or a German-American or any other type of politically correct terminology for living here in the United States of America. I am an American, period.
Our country is the greatest nation on Earth. We were founded 230 years ago from the determination and principles of stout men who believed in basic human liberty. Today, men and women of the same character and conviction continue to defend our freedoms. Every day they willingly stand, for all of us, against enemies that would do us harm as well as destroy our way of life. Every single day they risk their lives to ensure that ours are safe. We can never thank them enough. As a nation we uniquely hold the most generous of liberties in our hands at all times. These liberties come with a price. They are not to be taken lightly. For generations now men and women have answered the call to preserve what we all too often take for granted. It breaks my heart to hear of fallen soldiers who never again will see their families and loved ones. It further breaks my heart to know they will never again enjoy the liberties that they died for. And yet, I am so very, very proud of them.
Our beautiful flag represents all of those who have fought for and defended it. They command our respect for their past commitments and their continued sacrifices. Take pride whenever you see our flag, but be particularly proud this weekend. And, if you can, thank a veteran. They earned it.
I salute all those who served before me; I am proud of all those who have served since.
I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:
one Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Grave-Robbing Could Be Linked To Ritual Beliefs
Hole Found By 1820s Headstone In Hillsboro Cemetery
HILLSBORO, N.H. -- A grave that was dug up in Hillsboro on Halloween may have been disturbed by people engaging in a ritual, police said.
Police said the grave of Sarah Symonds, who died in 1821, was dug up in the Bible Hill Cemetery. Whoever dug up the grave also took the body, police said.
"The body's certainly missing," said Lt. Darren Remillard.
A caretaker discovered the hole behind Symonds' headstone. It was 5 1/2 feet deep and perfectly rectangular, with mounds of dirt on each side. No trace of the body was left behind.
"We're looking into the reasons why, to see if there's any background that Miss Symonds had in relation to why she would have been taken," Remillard said.
One theory that police are considering is whether it might have been the work of someone who believes in witchcraft.
"With it being Halloween night and the fact that the hole was dug so perfectly, we don't believe it was grave robbers, because the way it was done and the way the dirt was positioned," Remillard said.
Police said that some believe that if a skull is stolen on Halloween night, it will grant powers to a person who holds it. Remillard later backed away from a direct link to witchcraft and apologized for making the association.
Many practitioners of witchcraft, Wicca or paganism contacted local media to protest the link, saying that there is nothing in their beliefs that would call for digging up a grave.
"We believe it's something other than someone digging it up to steal jewelry, so to speak," Remillard said.
Investigators said they have collected evidence and are looking into all possibilities. A monument in the graveyard was also tipped over that night, but it was put back in its place.
Town historians said the Symonds family was well respected, and don't know why her grave would be targeted.
Anyone with information was asked to call Hillsboro police at 603-464-5512.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Oh, the Anticipation!
October 24, 2007, 1:21 PM
Levin: Michigan Could Set Same Date For Nominating Contest As New Hampshire
Posted by Brian Montopoli
Sen. Carl Levin has a problem with the Granite State.
The Politico reports that the Michigan Democrat is threatening to hold Michigan's presidential nominating contest on the same day that New Hampshire holds its primary.
Why? The present, "cockamamie" primary system isn't in the best interest of America.
“No state should have that dominant a role,” Levin said at a breakfast with reporters, Politico reports. “New Hampshire has a hammerlock, folks.”
Levin's plan would entail holding a caucus for Michigan Democrats on whatever day New Hampshire decides to hold its primary. (That date still up in the air, because New Hampshire has been biding its time in order to protect of its traditional role as the state that holds the nation's first primary.)
As Politico points out, New Hampshire is very good at organizing its primary quickly once a date is set, and that might make things tough for Levin. New Hampshire Secretary of state Bill Gardner is threatening to hold the primary as early as December 4.
Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is saying he wants New Hampshire and Iowa (which holds caucuses, not a primary) to maintain their front of the line position in the nominating process, the Associated Press reports.
But he also says that he wants all Republican delegates seated at next year's GOP National Convention. The Republican National Committee is threatening to punish a number of states, including New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida, for setting their primaries in January or earlier by stripping them of half their delegates. (Iowa, despite its early caucus, formally selects its delegates later.)
``I would like to see all the delegates seated, but I also want to protect the Iowa first, New Hampshire second process,'' Romney said in South Carolina.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark (and the media) watch as Sen. Obama signs his papers.
Wanna feel like you were there? Watch the audio slide show I put together.
OCTOBER 23, 2007, 7:59 PM
On the Road: New Hampshire Filings
By MICHAEL COOPER
CONCORD, N.H. – Behind the imposing granite Statehouse here, a crew of workers were sweeping piles of red and gold leaves into a contraption that looked like a giant vacuum cleaner. Inside, down a hallway lined with oil portraits of governors with names like Person C. Cheney (1875-77) and Moody Currier (1885-87), a small but steady stream of presidential aspirants has been making the way to a second-floor office to pay a $1,000 fee to get on the ballot for the New Hampshire primary.
A man named Albert Howard, 41, flew in from Ann Arbor, Mich., to enter the primary. Mr. Howard, a father of eight who gave his occupation as “family man,’’ said he was running as a Republican on a platform of shutting down the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Reserve, and withdrawing from the United Nations. He said he was heartened to be getting more hits on his website, alberthoward.org. The site quotes him thus: “The Angel of the Lord told me in January of 1992 that Hillary Rodham Clinton and I would meet and be running against each other and that she would lose.’’
Some New Hampshire reporters asked him a few questions, to be polite.
Then there was a rumble outside: Rudolph W. Giuliani was on his way up. Cameras and boom microphones sprouted, and a few elbows were thrown. One of the women who works in the office, Room 204, stood on a desk to make sure she should get a snapshot over the commotion.
Mr. Giuliani made his way behind an old, ornate writing desk, believed to be the only piece of furniture that was original to the Statehouse when it opened in 1819 (it cost $16 back then), and signed a poster known as the “Notice to the Voters,” which is posted in every town to tell the voters when and where the primary will take place.
Of course this year, with New Hampshire trying to guard its first-in-the-nation primary against leapfrogging upstarts, no one knows how early the primary will be held.
“Notice to Voters,’’ the sign reads right now. “The Presidential Primary will be held in the voting plan in __________ on _________.”
One member of the Giuliani entourage, Paul Celluci, the former governor of Massachusetts, asked, “Can he fill in the date?”
The inscrutable New Hampshire secretary of state, William M. Gardner, who has spent 31 years defending New Hampshire’s primary, and who has the sole discretion over setting the date, just laughed.
“Can you give us a hint?’’ Mr. Giuliani asked.
“Not quite yet,’’ Mr. Gardner responded, with a patient smile.
Mr. Giuliani signed the Notice in a large, slightly looping hand, and handed over his check for $1,000. “God Bless America!” he wrote with his signature.
The Notice looked a bit like the poster for a high school play, slowly filling up with autographs. “It’s time for real change!” Senator Barack Obama wrote. “Keep N.H. First,’’ wrote Senator Christopher J. Dodd. “Thanks for being the first in the nation and giving America hope!” Mike Huckabee wrote.
Senator John McCain, who won the primary in 2000, may have been channeling “Poltergeist” a bit when he wrote “He’s BAAACK!” over his signature.
Mr. Gardner, a student of history who wrote a book on the New Hampshire primary with Hugh Gregg, the late former governor, paused to spend a little time chatting about the state’s primary traditions between filers. He cracked open a 1906 biography of Edward H. Rollins, a senator from New Hampshire, which gives a century-old account of New Hampshire which, literary style aside, still sounds remarkably current.
“The intensity and excitement of these campaigns have never been exceeded in any state,’’ it read. “The voter who was not willing to make his vocation or business subsidiary to politics was regarded as unpatriotic.’’
It went on to describe the campaigning. “Men of national reputation on both sides, leaders prominent in other States, distinguished members of Congress, took part in the campaign, speaking upon the stump,’’ it said. “The state was visited by correspondents of leading metropolitan newspapers, who gave their readers thrilling accounts of the campaigns, forecasting the result.’’
(Note to readers: are you thrilled yet?)
Mr. Gardner – who can talk knowledgeably about New Hampshire’s role in creating the modern national political convention system, or the way Eugene J. McCarthy’s strong finish in the 1968 New Hampshire primary was followed closely by President Lyndon B. Johnson’s decision not to seek reelection – said that New Hampshire was notable for its inclusiveness. He said that anyone who cannot afford the $1,000 filing fee can get it waived, and mentioned that the state invites all the candidates – even the lesser-known ones – to participate in a debate late in the fall.
Then the Giuliani entourage decamped. Mr. Giuliani, who never officially announced his candidacy with a big speech or anything, may have been feeling even more of an official candidate. At the next stop, a town-hall-style meeting with employees of the Lincoln Financial Group, he drew nervous laughter by beginning his speech with what sounded obvious: “I’m running for president of the United States.’’
Back at the Statehouse, the windy side streets began to fill with people wearing pins and stickers that proclaimed them supporters of Representative Ron Paul of Texas.
He was on his way to file for the New Hampshire primary.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
ANTI-WAR VOTERS PLANNING IOWA/NEW HAMPSHIRE SURPRISE?
by John Adams
Saturday Oct 20th, 2007 8:17 PM
Anti-war voters throughout Iowa and New Hampshire are acknowledging the inevitability of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee. “I’ve never seen anything like it!” says Richard Stanton of the California based POLLS’R’US, “Every major poll across the country is indicating the same outcome for the Democratic presidential primary race! Zogby, USA Today/Gallup, Harris, CNN, ABC/Post, you name them, Hillary Clinton wins them by a comfortable margin over Obama and Edwards. The race is going to be over before Super Tuesday even happens!”
Major pollsters across the country have been predicting for some time that the Democratic primary race would be a blowout, while the Republican contest would be the real horse race. “The Republican field is still wide open”, says Stanton. “Guiliani, Romney, Thompson and McCain are all viable, and then there’s the surprise anti-war candidate, Ron Paul.”
Stanton points to some underlying polling data which suggests over a quarter of Republican voters are unhappy with the Iraq war. “The numbers are pretty steady”, according to Stanton. “The pro-war candidates are splitting the pro-war vote, while nearly all the anti-war Republicans are supporting Ron Paul. The methods being used by the major pollsters seems to drop this data completely out of the mix. It’s not being fully reflected in their polls. Ron Paul could be the next Iowa/New Hampshire surprise.”
Anti-war voters in Iowa and New Hampshire seem to be getting the same message. They are turning their sites toward impacting the Republican caucus/primary races in their respective states. “I would have preferred Kucinich. He would have ended the war immediately!” says Barb McClintock of Iowans Against the Iraq War. “But, I’m not going to waste my vote. I’m going to register as a Republican and vote against the pro-war Republicans in their caucus, then I’ll be voting for Hillary in the general election. I have lots of friends who are doing the same thing.”
Bill Moore, a New Hampshire shop owner, says he’s been a staunch Democrat all his life. “I’ve been voting Democratic since John Kennedy ran in 1960! And, I’m so mad about this war I could spit!” Bill says he doesn’t follow the polls very much. “I have a feel for these things and I think Ron Paul could win this state! There’s a bit of Libertarian in all of us up here, Democrat and Republican alike. Besides, I like the idea of throwing a wrench into the Republican pro-war machine!” Bill laughs.
He might just have his way. Ron Paul has finished first in 17 of 36 Republican straw polls around the country, and in second or third place in another 12, far exceeding any other candidate. Successful fundraising, through the internet, has placed him in a solid position to compete with pro-war candidates through Super Tuesday, according to many campaign analysts.
Richard Stanton says Paul may have another distinct advantage over his pro-war rivals. “He’s definitely an underdog, but that can be a big plus. Thompson, Guiliani and the rest need to win Iowa or New Hampshire outright. It’s expected. But, if Ron Paul were to only come in a strong second or third, then he’s off and running, because it would be a huge surprise. The longer the pro-war candidates all stay in the race, the better he will do. Even if he doesn’t win the nomination, I could see him taking the anti-war message straight to the podium of the Republican convention. I’m sure that would make the anti-war folks very happy!” Stanton said.
Can Ron Paul pull it off? The majority of voters ages 18-30 seem to think so, and their media of choice is cyberspace. The internet is awash with Congressman Paul’s supporters. Meetup, one of the internet’s most successful e-forums, reports Paul supporters out number their nearest Democratic and Republican rivals by more than thirteen to one. I spoke with a number of them and the war was always high on their list of issues. They also wanted to remind everyone to register as a Republican and vote for Ron Paul in the caucuses/primaries.
I don’t know who’s correct, the pollsters or the cyber-gurus, and I can’t predict how the races will turn out. But, in the world of boring, big money presidential politics, it’s nice to think that a Cinderella can still make it to the ball.