In Sanity We Trust

The Fortnightly Rant for April 8, 2011, from The New Hampshire Gazette, Volume 255, No. 14, posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011. Lots of people have been talking lately about the Founding Fathers and how they thought this nation should be run. This is a topic fraught with peril, as any Supreme Court ruling written by Justice Scalia will clearly demonstrate. Despite the risk, recent actions taken by Congress and a number of state legislatures have emboldened us to venture onto that thin ice. Conservative [?] Occultism Before we do, though, let us note for the record that it’s a bit odd for so many …

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Fighting Back for a Change

The Fortnightly Rant for March 25, 2011, from The New Hampshire Gazette, Volume 255, No. 13, posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2011. For many a fortnight now we have used this space to report on the unrelenting efforts of the rich and powerful to gain control over those small scraps of money and influence that have as yet eluded their grasp. We have taken that approach for a couple of reasons: there is never a shortage of material because they are always up to something, and you cannot cover the defensive side of a Class War unless someone is fighting back. Now that neo-feudalism looms …

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Charging Into the Past

The Fortnightly Rant for March 11, 2011, from The New Hampshire Gazette, Volume 255, No. 12, posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2011. Nearly three million American families went into foreclosure last year. The figure would have been even higher if the foreclosure processing system weren’t jammed up due to the heavy workload. But don’t complain — at least there are jobs in the foreclosure racket. The employment rate is at nearly nine percent and that’s good news, because it had been higher for so long. Still, for every available job opening, five people are looking for work. The national economy is so shaky that a …

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On, Wisconsin

The Fortnightly Rant for February 25, 2011, from The New Hampshire Gazette, Volume 255, No. 11, posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2011. About forty years ago, when Richard Nixon was scheming in the Oval Office and conscripted teenagers were fighting Commies in Vietnam and Ronald Reagan was threatening to unleash a bloodbath on protestors in California, there was an ongoing debate in certain circles about whether a Second American Revolution was approaching. Considering that nearly 100 kids were being killed every week in the war, and the National Guard was killing unarmed students in Ohio, the question was not entirely fanciful. Out of untold hours …

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The Latest News on the Vietnam War

The Fortnightly Rant for February 11, 2011, from The New Hampshire Gazette, Volume 255, No. 10, posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. What’s that you say? You thought the Vietnam War was over? Far from it — it’s just getting its second wind! Yes, incredible but true: die-hard conservatives* are itching to fight America’s most divisive Twentieth Century war all over again. And this time, by God, they’re planning to win! Ancient History Since a generation or two of our readers were born after it ended, let’s have a little refresher. The Vietnam War was the Great Patriotic Struggle that came before … let’s see …

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The Party of Noh (and Kabuki)

The Fortnightly Rant for January 29, 2011, from The New Hampshire Gazette, Volume 255, No. 9, posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Friday, January 28, 2011 — The gavel that symbolizes control of the House of Representatives passed from the Democratic Party to the Republicans earlier this month, when the 112th Congress was sworn in — a thing that has happened only five times over the past century. The historical nature of this event made us wonder what a little research might reveal. Recent history, though, such as Newt Gingrich’s takeover in the 1990s, shed no light. Our answers came from a long time ago, …

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