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Saturday, June 6, 2009—We celebrate the 65th Aniversary of D-Day by introducing our new method of bridging the gap between our newsprint edition and these here Intertubes. It is now possible for you to read our paper in your web browser. (We’ll continue posting links to download whole pdfs, too. Here’s the 3.5 MB pdf for this issue.) Click on a thumbnail, and you will get a larger version of the page. Click again on that image, and you will get an even larger, quite readable image. The quoted texts to the left of the thumbnails are taken from that page.

Page One

“As the administration authorized harsh interrogation in April and May of 2002 — well before the Justice Department had rendered any legal opinion — its principal priority for intelligence was not aimed at pre-empting another terrorist attack on the U.S. but discovering a smoking gun linking Iraq and al Qaeda.”

This passage, along with a host of other well-known facts, leads almost inescapably to the conclusion that Vice President Dick “Still Dick” Cheney†* and his flock of pet chickenhawks tortured several hundred people, killing at least fifty of them in the process, to “prove” things that weren’t true, and strengthen the false argument that America must either invade Iraq, or put its own survival at risk. The success of Cheney’s scheme led to the deaths of more than four thousand Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, reduced the nation’s international reputation to ruins, and hastened us along the road to bankruptcy.

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Lest We Disremember

Tuesday, May 26, 2009—Portsmouth celebrated Memorial Day yesterday. As it has been for at least six out of the last ten years, the weather was superb. (It was partly cloudy in 2000. For 2001, 2003, and 2005 we have no data.) Our Wandering Cinematographer caught the Portsmouth Middle School and High Schol Marching Bands, and Jack Kimball’s comments at the close of his New Hampshire Patriots’ Rally. We could be wrong about this — Mr. Kimball will no doubt think so — but it appeared to us that his Rally wasn’t so much about Honoring the Fallen, which was obviously being well taken care of …

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Please Help Us Build a New Chickenhawk Database

Thursday, May 14, 2009—You might think that after being shown to be dead wrong on an issue of the utmost national importance — and with the most tragic consequences — a reasonable person would say “I’m sorry,” and shut the hell up. Chickenhawks, though, are not, by nature, very reasonable. The Bush administration is over, but not gone. And the notorious chickenhawks who provided cover for them by running their mouths on television still seem to be on the Rolodexes of the producers who run the talk shows. In fact, it almost seems like the Iraq War never happened. Unless, of course, you lost a …

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Portsmouth Gets “Street View”

Friday, May 8, 2009—From today’s paper, with minor edits: “Google Maps added Street View to its coverage of Portsmouth a few weeks ago. The photos appear to date from last fall, judging from the ‘Going Out of Business Sale’ signs on the Klines Furniture building. We assigned our Wandering Photographer to take a virtual tour of the town and look for familiar faces. He found the bicyclist shown in the screenshot at right. In his yellow and black spandex, he looks an awful lot like Christ Svetanoff. In the lower photo, Dino Pappas may be sitting on the right hand bench in front of Caffé …

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It Was Twenty Years Ago Today!

Friday, May 1, 2009—Seriously. It was twenty years ago today, on May Day, 1989, that Bill Gardner, New Hampshire’s Secretary of State for Life,* officially assigned the legal right to publish The New Hampshire Gazette to the current editor, publisher, &c., &c. This brief video, created by Dan Freund and Jason Tublewicz, of Kinney Hill Media Partners, contains the short version of how that came about. We’ll add a few details after the show. * OK, we’re kidding about “For Life”—but he has been in office since 1976. The pamphlet in question was titled, The Monster of Monsters, by the pseudonymous “Tom Thumb, Esq.” It …

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Memorial Bridge Makes the NTHP’s 11 Most Endangered List!

Monday, April 28, 2009; 12:20 a.m.—Memorial Bridge, between Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has been named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The placement of Wentworth-by-the-Sea Hotel, in New Castle, on the 1996 Most Endangered Historic Places list, is widely credited as a pivotal moment in its survival. Since 1988, 211 sites have been placed on the “Most Threatened” list. Only six have been lost. If that was a batting average, it would be .971. A rally in support of the Memorial Bridge, and its up-river companion the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, will be …

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