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January 11, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 7+1) [Note: Sorry about that absurd "7+1" business, but we can't use the proper numeral for "eight" in this location without upsetting the demons that reside in our database.—The Ed.]
In the Fortnightly Rant—A Post-Mortem on the New Hampshire and Iowa Presidential Primaries. A mob of Ron Paul supporters hounding FOX News’ Sean Hannity, dirt-poor Mike Huckabee trouncing wealthy Mitt Romney in Iowa, bigshots like Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson turning in deplorable performances … and people wonder why we love this racket so. Also: another look at the The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, William Marvel on the Ethanol Scam, and Rodman Philbrick on Political Comedies.
January 25, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 9)
In the Fortnightly Rant—An Insider Spills the Beans on a Criminal Organization. We take a look at Allen Raymond’s tell-all book about the New Hampshire Repubican Party’s infamous 2002 phone-jamming scandal, How to Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative. William Marvel writes on The Cross of Gold. Our Moving Picture Reviewer Rodman Philbrick screens The Walker.
February 8, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 10)
In the Fortnightly Rant—A look at the Presidential Primary process immediately after Super Duper Tuesday With Added Fiber™. In News Briefs—Bush Administration Integrity—The New Phlogiston?; Winter Soldier Investigations. Nottingham votes on Water Rights.
February 22, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 11)
In the Fortnightly Rant—Another War President? With a lot of help from VoteVets.org, we scrutinize what John McCain really said over the past several years about the war in Iraq. It’s not what he said he said. In News Briefs—Sioux Manufacturing Corporation’s record of screwing the troops.
March 7, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 12)
In the Fortnightly Rant—Taxing Our Patience. We report on The Foundation for the Defence of Democracies, which (a) receives funds from the State Department, (b) runs ads on television attacking first-term Democratic Members of Congress, and (c) is ignored by the mainstream media.
March 21, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 13)
In the Fortnightly Rant—Catastrophe Averted(?) Our report begins with the extraordinary response of the Federal Reserve and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. to Bear Stearns little spot of trouble, and ends up wondering why, if money were ever to go from the top down, that would be a pernicious redistribution of wealth, whereas when the money goes from the bottom up, that’s simply prudent finance.
April 4, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 14)
In the Fortnightly Rant—Peace Through Violence. Vice President Dick “Dick” Cheney celebrates the 5th Anniversary of the start of an unnecessary, illegal war by visiting the scene of his crime. We also note the loss of Sergeant David S. Helmat, 27, of Littleton, NH. Sgt. Helmat had, in 2003, received a general discharge from the Regular Army after laying down his weapon in defiance of his superior’s order. He went back to Iraq as a medic with the New Hampshire National Guard, and was killed March 22 by a roadside bomb. In News Briefs: New Improved Pentagon Spying—Now With Fewer Calories.
April 18, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 15)
In the Fortnightly Rant—Heck of a Legacy, Bushie. We contrast the Bush Administration’s assertion that “permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq” have been ruled out, with Brown University professor Catherine Lutz’s observation that the administration has begun characterizing our military bases abroad with the euphemism “enduring.” In News Briefs, we attempt to pull alleged President and certified chickenhawk George W. Bush up short on his attempt to characterize himself as an “old war horse.”
May 2, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 16)
In the Fortnightly Rant—Can’t Anybody In That Party Play This Game? In which the Editorial Department expresses its angst over the possibility that the Democratic Party might manage to lose the Presidential election. In News Briefs, we take note—as virtually no one else did—of former Rumsfeld aide Joseph J. Collins’ assessment of the Iraq War. We also dig into the feast that is the Pentagon’s habit of using retired officers as propagandists.
May 16, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 17)
In the Fortnightly Rant—Yearning for the Shore. A succinct anecdote first told to the alleged Editor by an old swamp Yankee many years ago, which may or many not have resonated with the electoral chances of the Loyal Opposition in early May, 2008. In News Briefs, we note that the House of Representatives has finally made it possible for Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela to enter the U.S. without having to suffer the indignity of soliciting a waiver from the State Department. Other more profitable news organizations reported the same news item, but we may have been the only one to couple that with William Blum’s account of a CIA officer’s role in sending Mandela to Robben Island.
May 30, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 18)
In the Fortnightly Rant—Out of Gas. Like the rest of the nation, we reel at the suddenly staggering cost of the fluid on which our lives seem to depend. In News Briefs, we go through George W. Bush’s Memorial Day addresses and find that Dubya may do more recycling than he has been given credit for. We also mourn the loss of Geoffrey Coughlin, a wonderful guy gone much too soon.
June 13, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 19)
In the Fortnightly Rant—Over a Barrel. As the price of gasoline continues to amaze those who must use it if they wish to continue their habit of consuming food as well, we note an obscure but authoritative report indicating that without George W. Bush’s optional war in Iraq, oil might be selling for less than one-third of the current price. In News Briefs, we report with enthusiasm on Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s bill for the impeachment of George W. Bush, and note the similarities between the “off the table” position of Speaker of the House Pelosi, and the “knuckle under” position of a certain Junius, whose January 9, 1766 article in this paper got founder Daniel Fowle in a heap o’ trouble.
June 27, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 20)
In the Fortnightly Rant—It’s a terrible dilemma: what to do when a beloved family member—say, your lovable old Uncle Sam—becomes a depraved dope fiend? The situation becomes more complex, of course, when his legal guardian is a known associate of Unc’s pusher. The dismal situation might improve, if only the folks in the news racket were a little less squeamish. In News Briefs, Portsmouth’s own Valerie Cunningham is finally recognized for the national treasure she is.
July 11, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 21)
In the Fortnightly Rant—We know we’re supposed to maintain an air of scrupulous impartiality, but when Dick “Dick” Cheney set foot on the deck of the U.S.S. Constitution and “Old Ironsides” did not sink to the bottom, we began to feel some hope for the nation. George W. Bush’s less-than-fullsome reception at Monticello is also noted, as are the White House’s bowdlerizing of a Thomas Jefferson letter. In News Briefs, we congratulate, sort of, our colleagues over at the Award-Winning Local Daily on their newfound job security, even as we console them for their peonage under News Corps Oberstgrüppenfuhrer Rupert Murdoch.
July 25, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 22)
In the Fortnightly Rant—Thinking the Unthinkable. Is it possible that John McCain could really be elected President? Let’s take a closer look at this guy … Dear God! In News Briefs, since Sheldon Adelson is telling New Hampshire’s First Congressional District how to vote, shouldn’t we know a little more about him?
August 8, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 23)
In the Fortnightly Rant—Countdown to Infamy. We begin to allow ourselves to imagine a post-Bush world, and speculate about #43′s “legacy.” For some reason this requires a footnote on the “Mendoza Line,” which leads us right back to George W! In News Briefs, giving credit where it’s due, we note that according to Seymour Hersh, during a meeting in Dick “Dick” Cheney’s office During a meeting in Dick “Dick” Cheney’s office back in January, “the participants decided against dressing U.S. Navy SEALS in Iranian uniforms, putting them aboard American-made boats disguised to look like Iranian Navy vessels, and ordering them to open fire on U.S. Navy ships in the Straits of Hormuz.”
August 22, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 24)
In the Fortnightly Rant—Sewage By Another Name. We ask and answer the questions, “How does a man earn the name Dr. Evil,” and “What’s Dr. Evil doing in New Hampshire poisoning our political debate with lies benefiting Sen. John E. Sununu?” In News Briefs, we find that a brief study of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy seems to shed some light on the Bush administration, and perhaps the conflict between Russia and Georgia.
September 5, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 25)
In the Fortnightly Rant—McCain: Gambler in Chief. We try to wrap our editorial mind around the idea of Sarah Palin as the nation’s spare Commander-in-Chief, without a whole lot of success. For some reason, Sen. McCain’s gambling habits and short-lived paternal ancestry both seem worthy of inspection. In News Briefs, McCain’s self-ascribed “support” for veterans is given the gimlet eye.
September 19, 2008 (Vol. CCLII, No. 26)
In the Fortnightly Rant—An Avalanche of Lies. When Fox News’s Chris Wallace avers that “McCain has gone in some of his ads … one step too far, and sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the 100% test,” you know it’s time to dig into a big steaming pile of lies and check ‘em out. In News Briefs, we assess the credibility of the assertion by Lynn Forester de Rothschild, who resides at Ascott House, a 400-year old mansion situated on a 3,200 acre estate near London, and whose ecorations include Chinese ceramics from the Han dynasty, and paintings by Gainsborough and Tiepolo, that Barack Obama is an elitist.
October 3, 2008 (Vol. CCLIII, No. 1)
In the Fortnightly Rant—Wall Street Showdown. You know times are tough when the scariest guy in town is the head of the Treasury Department, who is warning of economic collapse unless the taxpayers fork over $700 billion. Unlike some media outlets more interested in maintaining their “access,” we, who have none, felt quite comfortable throwing this stray fact into our coverage: Paulson owns $634,000,000 worth of Goldman Sachs, which by some odd coincidence stood to be “among the biggest beneficiaries” of Paulson’s bailout.
October 17, 2008 (Vol. CCLIII, No. 2)
In the Fortnightly Rant—”Bigger Hammers, Please.” We report on the thrill of watching the global economic system collapse in real time, and, with it, the unshakable conviction of free marketeers that government intervention is wrong. In News Briefs, we churlishly note that Jim Wilkinson, the man appointed by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to “oversee the creation of a Treasury command center to track markets world-wide and serve as an operations base in a crisis,” had, earlier in his career, helped originate the lie that Al Gore claimed to have invented the Internet. He had also been the spokesman for the Congressional staffers who conducted the “Brooks Brothers Riot” during the 2000 Florida recount. And later he stage-managed the Pvt. Jessica Lynch “rescue.”
November 7, 2008 (Vol. CCLIII, No. 3)
In the Fortnightly Rant—Surveying the Wreckage. In the wake of our deliverance from Republican misrule, we take a look at what went wrong for the GOP. In News Briefs, we take a lok at Jeb Bradley’s last, desperate effort to pry the First Congressional District from Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s capable hands, which stirred a number of our readers to rise to her defense. [Note: The three-week gap between this paper and the preceeding one was scheduled to avoid conflict with the holidays.—The Ed.]
November 21, 2008 (Vol. CCLIII, No. 4)
In the Fortnightly Rant—A Tale of Three Bridges. We compare the vast sums wasted on two absurd bridges in Alaska, with the relatively paltry sum required to rehabilitate a lovely, graceful, historic, and eminently useful bridge—which doubles as a War memorial, for Pete’s sake—right here in River City. It brings to mind Mark Twain: “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
December 5, 2008 (Vol. CCLIII, No. 5)
In the Fortnightly Rant—Another Great Victory. As the days of the Bush maladministration dwindle down to a dismal few, we attempt to nail down for the record their recently-revealed role in the de-railing of regulations which would have at least mitigated the current catastrophe. In News Briefs, we take a look at those cuddly, critters, the Sea-Smurfs. Can you spell Posse Comitatus? The Bush administration can’t.
December 19, 2008 (Vol. CCLIII, No. 6)
In the Fortnightly Rant—We compare Henry Paulson’s willingness to roll over for the financial industry—an employer of prima donnas who seem to create nothing but chaos—with his “buzz off” attitude towards the nation’s last bastion of well-paid (read “union”) manufacturing jobs. A look back at his history, and that of Goldman Sach, his former employer, seems revealing, if not encouraging.