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first thought was a club. Then, to his horror, Durant realized he was being beaten to death with the severed arm of one of his comrades. He knew his death was imminent and then he heard a gunshot.

BERLIN BOY Forty years ago Mike Durant boarded a ski bus in Berlin to head north on Route 16 and then west on Route 26 with dozens of other youngsters to ski at the Wilderness Ski Area in Dixville Notch. “I loved skiing,” Durant recalled in a recent interview. “I loved the snow. Like so many other North Country boys, I also loved getting out into the woods and hunting. And yes, I also played hockey.” See durant on 15

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It’s now been twenty years since that October day in Somalia when Mike Durant saw what hell looked like. A Black Hawk helicopter pilot, Durant was shot down during the battle for Mogadishu. All the members of his crew were dead. A rescue team moved him away from the aircraft and placed him next to a wall. But now they, too, were all dead. Durant had a broken leg,

a broken back and was out of ammunition when a horde of Somalis descended upon him, intent on beating him to death. Durant helplessly endured the blows. A Somali fighter smashed Durant’s face and broke Mike’s nose and eye socket with what Mike


Berlin native Mike Durant (right) with fellow crew members of Black Hawk Super Six-Four (l-r) Winn Mahuron, Tommy Field, Bill Cleveland and Ray Frank. On October 3rd, 1993, it would be the second Black Hawk shot down by hostile Somalis during the battle of Mogadishu with Durant the sole survivor.

The 15th Annual “Gathering Of Marines” presented by the Lakes Region Detachment of the Marine Corps League will take place on Saturday, November 9th at the Margate Resort, in Laconia. Opening ceremonies slated to start at 7pm followed by a Western Style Buffet. The traditional cutting of the birthday cake with the first slice being offered to the oldest Marine present, the second slice to the youngest Marine in attendance. This year’s event is being marked as very special in that the LR Detachment will be recognizing all NH veterans who served during the Korean War period. Dress code for the evening’s activities is military uniform, tuxedo, gown, formal dress or business attire. Reservations at $45.00 per person can be made through Bob Patenaude, Detachment Commandant at 603-253-7970.

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Danbury. Hall opens at 4:30pm, dinner at 5pm. During the presentation, “Recycling in the Home”, learn how to dispose of electronics and other products in an environmentally safe manner. 744-2332

Thursday 7th Arlo Guthrie

The Flying Monkey, 39 Main Street, Plymouth. 536-2551

Sevendust & All That Remains

Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach. 9294100 or

Lakes Region Camera Club Meeting

Trinity Episcopal Church, Meredith. 7pm. Photographing people with Maundy Mitchell. Persons of any experience level are welcome. 3402359

Ski and Skate Sale

Kingswood Regional High School. 9am-2pm. The sale will include items from Piche’s, The Nordic Skier, Ski Works, Rodgers Ski Outlet and Plymouth Ski and Sport along with items from private individuals. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Wolfeboro Area Children’s Center. 569-1027

15th Annual Gathering of Marines

Wolfeboro Public Library. 7pm. Presented by Edie Clark. 569-2426

The Margate Resort, 76 Lake Street, Laconia. Opening ceremonies slated to start at 7pm. Western style buffet to follow. Dress code for the evening is military uniform, tuxedo, gown, formal dress or business attire. $45pp. Reservations can be made by calling 253-7970

Franklin Historical Society Program

Dirty Deeds – AC/DC Tribute Band

Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines a Region

Franklin Historical Society, Webster Place, Franklin. 7pm. Bonnie Randall discusses the book she coauthored with Carol Stone and Doug Evans, “Around Tilton” as part of the Images of America series of books.

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Martin Sexton

Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord. 225-1111 or

Jandee Lee Porter Band Franklin Opera House, 7:30pm. 934-1901


Stanley Yerlow and Tajci

Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester. $28pp. 335-1992

Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company

Smith Recital Hall, Plymouth State University, Plymouth. 8pm. 535-ARTS

Mountain Lake Chorale Patriotic Benefit Concert

Sanbornton Congregational ChurchUCC, 21 Meetinghouse Hill Road, Sanbornton. 7pm. Freewill offering and refreshments. 934-5717

Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester. 8pm. $22pp. 3351992

Cornerstone VNA Centennial Celebration Dinner & Silent Auction

The Oaks, Somersworth. 6pm. There will be a social hour followed by dinner and music. Silent auction will be featured throughout the evening and all proceeds will benefit the many grateful patients who receive care from the Cornerstone VNA. 332-1133 ext. 115 for reservations.

Holiday Craft Fair

Bessie Rowell Community Center, 12 Rowell Drive, Franklin. 9am3pm. Proceeds from this event go to support important initiatives at Franklin Regional Hospital. 934-2060 ext. 8780

Harrison R. Thyng

Aviation Museum of NH, 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry. 1:30pm. Harrison thing, New Hampshire’s ace fighter pilot in WWII and Korea. See and hear his story. 669-4877

Youth Auditions for A Christmas Carol

Moultonborough Central School, Moultonborough. 10:30am. Local veterans who would like to attend should contact the school at 4765335. General public welcome.

Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover Street, Manchester. 10am. The show will run from December 5-22 and each week there will be a different cast of children. Ages 8-18. Bring a headshot and a resume if you have one. 668-5588

Carrie Rodriguez

Neil Simon’s “Rumors”

Veterans Day Assembly

Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth State University, Plymouth. 8pm. 5352787

Fri. 8th – Sun. 10th Harvey

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, 50 Reservoir Road, Meredith. or 279-0333

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The Capitol Steps

The Flying Monkey, 39 Main Street, Plymouth. 536-2551

Chicken Pot Pie Dinner and Presentation

Danbury Grange Hall, North Road,

New Hampton School’s McEvoy Theatre, Dr. Child’s Road, New Hampton. 7pm. 677-3567

Glad Tidings Christmas Fair

First United Methodist Church, Rt. 11A, Gilford. 9am-3pm. 524-3289

Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra Concert

Inter Lakes High School Auditorium, Meredith. $15/adults, $8/students.

Annual Christmas Fair

Tilton-Northfield United Methodist Church, 400 West Main Street, Tilton. 9am-3pm.

Merrimack County Artisans Craft Fair

Bektash Shrine, 189 Pembroke Road, Concord. 9am-2pm. Free admission and parking.

Turkey Dinner

St. Charles Church Hall, 577 Central Ave, Dover. 4-6pm. $9/adults, $8/ seniors, $5/children. Take out meals available. Tickets available at the door.

Sat. 9th – Sun. 10th Tuftonboro Holiday Open House Festival

18 events locations to inspire your holiday décor and gift giving. Maps available in advance at Tuftonboro General Store, Pine Cone Country Store, GeezLouise and Spider Web Gardens.

Sunday 10th ABBA Mania

Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord. 225-1111 or

Gathering of Music

First Baptist Church of Sanbornton, 17 Church Lane, Sanbornton. 3pm. Free will donation will be taken for the Hospice Program. 934-3454

Monday 11th Tosca

Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord. 225-1111 or

Tuesday 12th Informational Event for Veterans to Eliminate Post Traumatic Stress

Wolfeboro Inn, 90 North Main Street, Wolfeboro. 3pm and 5:30pm. 5151780

Informational Event for Veterans to Eliminate PTSD

Wolfeboro Inn, 90 North Main Street, Wolfeboro. 3pm and 5:30pm. Source Transformation is a fast and very effective process to eliminate the effects of trauma, commonly known as PTSD or Post traumatic Stress Disorder. It is a natural and effective way of working with sufferers of PTSD that can produce permanent results. At this free informational event you can get more information about this unique workshopand can sign up for the next Source Transformation workshop. For more information contact Liesbeth Gronski at 515-1780 or

Wednesday 13th Denny Laine

Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord. 225-1111 or

Lakes Region Poets - Reading

Laconia Public Library, Laconia. 6:30pm. Charlotte Cox and Barbara Bald will offer a contrast in poetic experiences.

Common Core Forum

Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, Laconia. 7-9pm. Sponsored by the Belknap County Republican Committee. Free event. Seating is limited. RSVP

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Meredith Veterans Day Program Monday, November 11th 10:30 – 10:40am Meet At Post 10:50am – March To Library, Honor Guard & Scouts 11am – Come to order in front of library. Prayer by Rev. Robert Lemieux Pledge Of Allegiance. Speeches by veterans and representatives 11:11am – Playing Of Taps 11:30am – Honor Guard marches to POW/MIA rock in Hesky Park for ceremony Back to post for lunch

Carrie Rodriguez Performs In Plymouth Singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Carrie Rodriguez will perform at Smith Hall at Plymouth State on Friday, November 8th at 8pm. Her most recent CD Give Me All You Got was one of the strongest debut albums of 2013 appearing in the top ten right off the bat. A mix of roots, rock, blues, jazz and country in her signature sultry voice, Rodriguez has has appeared on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, A Prairie Home Companion and World Café. She’s shared the stage with Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Bruce Hornsby, Los Lonely Boys and was a featured member of the Jeff Bridges Band “The Abiders.” Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at

Christmas Fair in Gilford Enjoy a wonderful start to the Christmas season by attending the Glad Tidings Christmas Fair, Saturday November 9th, at 9am at First United Methodist Church in Gilford. Browse through various tables to pick out Christmas gifts for everyone in you family. In the Fireside Room will be handcrafted gifts from knitted goods to quilted items. Enjoy the antiques and collectibles that include many pieces of fine china., silver, linens and needlework. On the jewelry table you may find pieces that range from funky to enchanting. Need Christmas decorations including ‘village houses‘, come and see a wide variety of items. First United Methodist Church is located on Rt. 11A near the Laconia-Gilford Rt. 3 by-pass. Hours are 9 to 3. Church office phone number is 524-3289.

Concord To See Abba Mania The world’s number one touring Abba tribute concert comes to Concord’s Capitol Center for the Arts on Sunday, November 10, at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $20 . This show has toured the world in its quest to bring the music of the Swedish supergroup to their millions of fans, old and new! Abba’s timeless songs were written to be enjoyed live and Abba Mania gives you exactly that – 2 hours of uplifting, dance-inducing and sometimes heartbreaking songs, fully live with fantastic staging, lighting and effects. The show recreates Abba’s sound not only perfectly, but respectfully too. Call the Capitol Center box office at 603-225-1111, visit the box office, located at 44 South Main Street, Concord, NH, or visit Ticket info: Front Orchestra/Mezzanine $45, Rear Orchestra/Balcony $35, Rear Balcony $20.

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Mike Culver has recently been selected to be the new Executive Director of the Wright Museum of World War II history in Wolfeboro.

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The search for an new Executive Director for the Wright Museum of World War II history came to an end this past October with the selection of Mike Culver. The Wolfeboro Museum, one of the gems of the Lakes Region, has been without a full-time Executive Director for awhile, the position being handled by museum board member, John Warner who, as one of the selection committee was eager to turn over the reins to a full-time director who will be able to give full attention to the growth of the museum along many avenues. “Mike comes to us with a background as director and curator of art museums,” said Warner. As did the selection committee, you too are probably wondering how the director of art museums

can step into the role of a museum with a focus on history. “It really doesn’t matter what the museum is,” said Culver. “All directors have the same problems. It’s just a different scope.” Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Culver was more recently the director and curator for the Oqunquit Museum of American Art in Oqunquite, Maine. Then, after a short stint at the Naples Museum of Art in Naples, Florida, he took a couple of years off to focus on his own work as an artist, painter and photographer. Nudged to apply for the Wright Museum position, Culver came to the museum and took a tour on his own and was moved by the emotion of it. Different than an art museum, he felt that it touched a more practical part of people’s feelings. “I came in expecting to


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This newspaper was first published in 1883 by Mathew H. Calvert as Calvert’s Weirs Times and Tourists’ Gazette and continued until Mr. Calvert’s death in 1902. The new Weirs Times was re-established in 1992 and strives to maintain the patriotic spirit of its predecessor as well as his devotion to the interests of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Cocheco Valley area with the new Cocheco Times. Our newspaper’s masthead and the map of Lake Winnipesaukee in the center spread are elements in today’s paper which are taken from Calvert’s historic publication.

neighbors. Or that many people suffer headaches, dizziness, vertigo, nausea and other health disorders because of them. Forget about the fact that they’re so unreliable they require other traditional forms of energy production just to supplement the meager amount of power they produce. Forget that a large portion of wind energy is produced when we don’t need it (at night or in lower-use seasons). Forget that New Hampshire wind energy is being sent to southern states. Or that NH rate payers will pay more for their electricity because of it. Forget all of it. Just remember this: Industrial wind turbines make absolutely zero economic sense.. Hopefully now, the reality is starting to sink in... Get informed, ask anybody in the affected towns what they think about it. But wait there’s’ more Newfound Lake residents, Cardigan Mountain residents and surrounding towns all consider themselves “NOT WILLING HOSTS�. The majority oppose them - and that’s a fact. These projects will be a huge disaster for our pristine ridgelines. Ask questions, demand answers and pound the table if you don’t get them! The time to get mad is now. Ray Cunningham Bridgewater, NH

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Busy Man

by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

I’ve been a very busy man lately. Besides travelling around parts of the country (most of which were in Central New Hampshire) doing book signings for The Flatlander Chronicles as well as trying to organize a team and my message for my next run for governor, I have also been hard at work in anticipation of a new and, hopefully, successful season of F.A.T.S.O. F.A.T.S.O. , in case you don’t know (and you would already if you had ready my book) stands for Flatlanders Adjusting To Solitary Oblivion. It is a winter support group for recent transplants to New Hampshire in coming to grips in surviving their first few winters here. It’s always interesting when this time of year rolls around. F.A.T.S.O. has gone through many ups and downs over the years, but this year we are facing some new challenges, some which are causing us some headaches. When I say “we� I mean my friend Vinnie and myself. Once we get things up and running for the season, Vinnie mostly takes over. This year will be especially nice when that happens as my run for governor is filled with its own set of problems as well. But that’s for another day. New this year was something imposed upon us, and others, by the New

Hampshire legislature, it’s the acronym tax. These kinds of thing never make the front pages, or even the back. Everyone is so wrapped up in things like Obamacare and whether or not we should have a casino in the state that these little nuisances sneak on by without the blink of an eye. It seems that if you are a business or organization that uses an acronym for a title, then you have to pay a fee (that is the Greek word for tax) for each letter. We haven’t heard what our fee will be yet, but we are anticipating it will cut into our budget a bit. We have also been dealing with the backlash from the whole Washington Redskins controversy. Just as people want to see the storied football team change its name so as not to offend anyone. (In my opinion, the truly offensive part of the name is Washington, but that’s just me) many also want to see us change our name. In response to this, another group has appeared on the scene. They are promoting themselves as an alternative for new transplants in winter as well. A more sensitive group. They are calling themselves T.H.I.N. which stands for Transplants Hiding Inside Nervously. Obviously, they were formed solely to play on the political correctness aspect of all of this. Their organization is shabby and unorganized. Vinnie, wearing a beard, infiltrated one of their meetings as a possible member. He found that their agenda was simply in putting F.A.T.S.O. down and offered no real help in adjusting to winters. It is one thing for us to make this claim against T.H.I.N but quite another when they have the power of the local media on their

side and against us for our resistance to change our name for the sake of sensitivity. Rumor has it they will get a waiver on the acronym fee...hmm. Still, we will stand our ground and keep making our case. We may not survive, but we will never compromise our principles. There are some positives in all of this too. Our new website www. fatso.ugh is finally up and running despite some initial glitches and our new smartphone app is now available where members can find the answers to their most pressing questions. (eg: how many extension poles do I really need to use on my roof rake if I have a one story cape? Will I die if it gets below freezing?) We are also in the final stages of planning our first annual F.A.T.S.O. Fair. Vendors and experts from around New England will be there to help F.A.T.S.O. members with the latest in winter survival equipment as well as informative seminars that will cover everything from the proper way to buy firewood to new techniques in winter driving. Of course, the odds are great that it will be too damn cold that day and no self-respecting F.A.T.S.O. member would dare leave their house to attend, but we will take our chances. As you can see, there is a lot going on this season. Me and Vinnie truly have our work cut out for us in getting things going. There are many obstacles to overcome, but we feel confident that we are up to the task. The whole idea for F.A.T.S.O. in the first place was to help others persevere and what kind of examples would we set if we just gave up? Bring it on.

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From The State House Dr. Marc Tucker – Mr. Smarty Pants On October 29, legislators and guests were invited to a Common Core rally, “Perspectives on Education Reform ” at the Legislative by Rep. Jane Cormier Office Building Belknap District 8 in Concord. The keynote speaker was Dr. Marc Tucker, from the National Institute for Education and the Economy. (Economy?) Dr. Tucker has a colorful past and I have to say, he is a slick progressive bureaucrat who knows how to stack the deck in his favor. But, after sitting through his hour long presentation, I was amazed at what Dr. Tucker COULDN’T tell us. When I asked Dr. Tucker about FERPA (Federal Educational

Rights and Privacy Act) and the Dec. 2011 regulatory amendments which replaced parental consent with that of “authorized representatives” to include nongovernmental agencies, trade unions, and companies who develop educational products and services, his response was “… well, I would not be in support of that…but I don’t know anything about it…”. Really? I find that most difficult to believe. When I asked Dr. Tucker about specific information regarding the so-called “testing” and “benchmarks” of the Common Core Standards, he again said he “didn’t know which countries were included in the testing”. I may believe this because I do not believe the Common Core standards were EVER benchmarked. It doesn’t matter how many times the “Powers That See cormier on 27

First Crony Michelle Obama’s Big Business Bonanza While her husband’s signature health care law goes up in flames, first lady Michelle Obama is reveling in the success of her East by Michelle Malkin Wing pet projSyndicated Columnist ect, the “Let’s Move” initiative. But ignore the do-gooder dressing. Mrs. Obama doesn’t care about your children. What we have here is a textbook case of Washington influence peddling, which the Obamas so vigorously condemned a long time ago and far away. On Wednesday, Mrs. Obama announced an agreement by the Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) to join her nonprofit Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) in a two-year agreement to help promote fresh fruit and vegetable consumption to kids. Among the corporate interests Mrs. Obama has wooed to her cause: WalMart, Nike, Reebok, Nickelodeon, Walt Disney and the administration’s former Public Enemy No. 1, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. notes that trade groups including the American Beverage Association, the International Bottled Water Association, the Food Marketing Institute, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the National Restaurant Association are all working with the first lady behind closed doors. Her related initiative “Drink Up” is supported by the American Beverage Association, water filter companies BRITA and SOMA, and bottled water brands Aquafina, BEVERLY HILLS 9OH2O, DASANI, EVIAN Natural Spring Water, Hint, Voss, WAT-AAH!,

Nestle Waters North America’s Arrowhead, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Nestle Pure Life, Ozarka, Poland Spring and Zephyrhills. Joining her for the rollout of that initiative: Hollywood actress Eva Longoria, who gets paid to promote sugary soda pop Pepsi when she’s not standing by Michelle Obama telling the rest of us to drink more healthy water. Mrs. Obama’s nonprofit reportedly has assets of $4.5 million. It doesn’t have to disclose its donors. So much for the “most transparent administration ever.” Even left-wing watchdogs are irked. “This is a classic case of the game of influence peddling by lobbying associations,” Craig Holman, who works for the liberal watchdog group Public Citizen, told Politico. com. “Lobbyists and corporations with business pending before the federal government invest in such charitable causes as a means to buy access and favor from the White House.” In 2008, candidate Obama preached: “We need a president who will look out for the interests of hardworking families, not just their big campaign donors and corporate allies.” In 2013, first lady Michelle Obama is busy signing up as many corporate allies as she can. As I’ve reported previously, Mrs. Obama has profited handsomely from the very same processed food industry she now demonizes. In June 2005, a few months after her husband was elected to the U.S. Senate, Mrs. Obama was named to the corporate Board of Directors of TreeHouse Foods, Inc. Despite zero experience, the food-processing company put her on its audit and nominating and corporate governance committees. For her on-the-job training and the privilege of putting her name

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Human Rights Abuses Shadow Iran’s “Reformist” Presidency UNITED NATIONS—A host of “systemic and systematic violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights” by John J. Metzler c o n t i n u e t o Syndicated Columnist plague Iran despite the election of the purportedly reformist President Hassan Rouhani. That’s part of a stinging assessment of the current human rights landscape according to Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Despite the Tehran government’s new “softer image” to the outside world after the aggressively confrontational era of former president Ahmadinejad, and the seemingly diplomatic flexibility on the country’s embryonic nuclear weapons program, there’s little question that this country of 76 million people suffers from widespread human rights abuses based on gender, religion, and obviously political opinion. Ahmed Shaheed’s report to the UN General Assembly focuses on key issues such as gender discrimination. The UN rights Rapporteur retains “considerable concern about laws and regulations used to perpetuate discrimination against at home, in education and in the workplace, and about the governments continued failure to reconsider policies in this area.” For example, the document states that the regime “restricts female access to higher education, while…all 30 women who registered as candidates for the June 2013 presidential elections were disqualified.” Equally the report focuses on the “plight of journalists” where some 600 reporters are what is defined as an “anti-State” network, fifteen journalists have been arrested since January 2013, up to five million websites are reportedly blocked. During Iran’s disputed 2009 presidential elections, a upsurge of domestic pro-democracy sentiments known as the Green Revolution, was largely ignored by the Obama Administration. In a separate report the media watchdog group Reporters with-

out Borders listed the Islamic Republic of Iran at near bottom of the list for press freedoms. Of 179 countries surveyed in the Press Freedom Index 2013, Iran ranked 174 just after Cuba and Mainland China. The report adds that Iranian authorities also harass relatives of suspect media. Religious persecution continues in the Islamic Republic as well. Minority groups including Baha’i, Christians and even Sunni Muslims “continue to face severe restrictions of their rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association. Ethnic minorities also face rights violations both in law and practice.” Prison conditions remain harsh as expected. The Report states that the Islamic Republic continues to use widespread executions as a way to intimidate the population. “Some 724 executions took place between January 2012 and June 2013, including a number of public executions,” according to Dr. Shaheed. There have been reports of secret executions including those of “hundreds of Afghan citizens.” As would be expected, Iranian diplomats scoffed at the report as a “non-objective and counterproductive exercise.” The Teheran regime views the document as “unfair allegations and accusations.” Dr. Shaheed, a former Maldives Foreign Minister, despite his UN mandate, has predictably been blocked from access in visiting Iran. The UN Rapporteur stresses, “The sober reality of human rights in Iran presents a powerful reminder that human rights reform must be a central aspect of the new government’s legislative agenda and of any dialogue between the new government and the global community.” He adds that while the Report focuses on a domestic reform program, “any renewed or revitalized dialogue between Iran and the international community, must include and not seek to sideline the issue of human rights.” This emerges as a key point as U.S. and Western negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program are expected to focus on policy modalities and are likely to conveniently overlook the wider context of the Tehran’s regime’s domestic abus-

es. Such horrific human rights transgressions, part of the Islamic Republic’s political essence since the rule of the Ayatollahs , have been a stain upon the Persian people.

John J. Metzler is a United Nations correspondent covering diplomatic and defense issues. He is the author of Transatlantic Divide; USA/Euroland Rift? (University Press, 2010).

Throw the Rascals Out? Polls indicate that the public is so disgusted with Washington politicians of both parties that a surprisingly large proportion of the people would by Thomas Sowell like to get rid Syndicated Columnist of the whole lot of them. It is certainly understandable that the voters would like to “throw the rascals out.” But there is no point in throwing the rascals out, if we are just going to get a new set of rascals to replace them. In other words, we need to think about what there is about current political practices that repeatedly bring to power such a counterproductive set of people. Those we call “public servants” have in fact become public masters. And they act like it. They squander ever more vast amounts of our tax money, and still leave trillions of dollars of national debt to be paid by our

children and grandchildren. They intrude into our private lives with ever more restrictions, red tape and electronic surveillance. And they turn different groups of Americans against each other with class warfare rhetoric and policies. None of this is inevitable. In fact, this pattern is largely the culmination of political trends set in motion during the 1930s, and reaching a climax today. During the 1920s, the national debt was reduced and the role of government scaled back. Unemployment went as low as 1.8 percent. President Calvin Coolidge, with every prospect of being reelected in 1928, declared simply: “I do not choose to run.” Later, in his memoirs, he explained how dangerous it is to have anyone remain too long in the White House, surrounded by flattery and insulated from reality. What a contrast that attitude is with the attitude of the current occupant of the White House! The contrast extends beyond See Sowell on 26


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Yours truly and Charlie in the forefront of the lookout tower located in Stratham Hill Park. The Park was given to the Town of Stratham in 1905 by Edward Tuck in memory of his father, the Honorable Amos Tuck. Amos Tuck was strongly anti-slavery and won office as an independent after being cast out of the pro-slavery Democratic Party. He is considered by many to be the father of the Republican Party. Amos Tuck is also the namesake of Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. rock with a bronze plaque that reads, “Robert T. Lincoln, a student of Phillips Exeter Academy, son of Abraham Lincoln, read the Declaration of Independence on this rock July 4, 1860.” Hmmm, we wondered what the occasion might have been but I was unable learn anything See patenaude on 24

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Liberals, Amoeba GOP, Cannot Defend Their Actions During Advocates Radio! The Advocates Saturday version was billed as “Differences All Over the Room�. I knew going in that I may be the by Niel Young only perAdvocates Columnist son who will take the “TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY� aka The Tea Party position. So catch the live show 8-12 or listen later in the day/week at wezs. com podcast Hour by Hour. From a portion of Jennifer’s speech. In this week’s National Tea Party Address, JENNIFER BURKE, the National Outreach Director from (and TPNN contributor), addresses the Left’s recent vicious racial attacks against the Tea Party: “He (Obama) has created an environment in this country where it’s okay, and even celebrated, calling those good men and women in the Tea Party movement, the American Taliban, terrorists, political arsonists, even suicide bombers. “This jealousy explains the hours between the end of the filibuster and the beginning of the government shutdown. Whereas those crucial hours could have been used to seize the momentum and expose the failures of Obama’s policies, moderates instead spent that time strategizing about how to punish the honest mavericks of the party. Then, with the momentum lost and defeat assured, they blamed Ted Cruz and

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GOP needs a chess master. Cruz ain’t it. “...broadening the circle of engagement...and making a policy item hard to ignore� is only a “win� if you have a realistic path to victory. Otherwise, you’re just the head of a mob that will quickly disperse after the fires die down. The GOP needs strategic thinkers grounded in Constitutional principles, not attention-seeking firebrands. This is not about “moderates� vs. the TEA Party. It’s about a political party that hasn’t figured out how to play the long game against Progressives. Thanks to Cruz & Co., the GOP missed a great opportunity to take a step in the right direction and start to build a cohesive, logical alternative to gov’t control of the health care and insurance industries. My question to my colleague: With the Tea Party hating republicans who are there, do you honestly believe anything will save our USA? The answer cannot be yes. Here in NH our two senators and congresswomen are useless on the big issues. These four women do not mirror those who are on my side “For America�. Barack and the RINOs must be gone. Any incumbent who is not with us - vote for the challenger! “If Fran Wendelboe just said that the average American doesn’t wake up worrying about who’s getting abortions or who’s marrying who, then why are you drawing a line in your See advocates on 23

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months or years in captivity. Though in terrible pain and fear he was constantly thinking about the men who had tried to save him and his crew, about his mission, about his duty and loyalty to his country and his family. In the Company of Heroes was a good book to read. Admittedly not the sort of diversion I usually seek, but the sort of book we all should read from time to time. Reading Durant’s account didn’t make me feel his terror, his pain, his loneliness or his hope. Never having been even remotely close to his sort of circumstances there is no way I could, but having read Durant’s record of his days in Mogadishu, and his days as a defender of our country in Korea and Panama and wherever and however he was l e a h ic eroes – M 003 called to serve, H f o y n a 2 mp ay In the Co h Steven Hartov, M I can certainly it w t n better appreciate the brave J. Dura might relate to me or and honorable men and how the events of a biog- women who do. raphy affect my times and Loyalty, duty, honor, and my appreciation of history. love. Durant wrote about In the Company of Heroes them in In The Company does all of that, but it Of Heroes but more than goes deeper. Mike Durant that Michael J. Durant exwas the pilot I saw on the emplifies those four qualinews twenty years ago, ties: loyalty to his crew, the soldier who was cap- duty to his office and sertured during an operation vice, honor to his beliefs called “Restore Hope,� the and his training, and love American pilot, husband of country, family, and and father held for eleven friends. Durant may not days in a city whose in- call himself a hero, but habitants had dragged the to me he is and the time I dead bodies of Durant’s spent in his company was fellow soldiers through the good, good for reminding streets and torn the limbs me of all that our soldiers from our soldiers’ bodies. sacrifice so that we can Durant tells how he feels live free. And I’ll rememabout his captors, about ber Durant’s account for his fears as he laid in his a long, long time to come cell with a broken back, and say a quiet thanks to leg and eye socket, not our veterans and troops knowing whether the cap- for their bravery and their tors could keep him safe sacrifices. from the mob or whether he would spend weeks,

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His dream realized: Mike Durant (left) in the cockpit of an MH-60 “Black Hawk” helicopter courtesy Photo in Somalia with his friend Dan Jollota beside him.

Durant had dreamed of becoming an Army pilot and soon after graduating from Berlin High School he enlisted. Photo taken from the school’s 1979 class yearbook. courtesy of kelly ross

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That Durant played hockey was no surprise, Berlin being “Hockey-Town USA.” As that ski bus headed for the slopes Durant’s friends in adjacent seats surely had no inkling that in 1993 their buddy’s face would be the first one featured simultaneously on the covers of TIME, NEWSWEEK, and U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT. That bruised and bloodied face became the face of an American military encounter that would change the country and the world—the first battle with Al Qaeda. AMERICAN HOSTAGE The gunshot was meant to quiet, not to kill. A Somali leader with some authority saw that Durant had more value as a hostage/prisoner than as a corpse. Dirt was thrown into Durant’s face and a rag was stuffed down his throat. His agony became excruciating when his captors kicked his broken

bones and then he realized he was “being carried aloft on the thundering wave of a mosh pit from hell.” It was October 3, and Durant would face 11 days of agonizing captivity as followers of Somali warlord Mohamed

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confined to a small room to be interrogated and indoctrinated by select Somalis who knew some English. His wounds were not treated, but he was given water and allowed to live, as negotiations continued between Somalis

and Americans. Though the Americans did not know Durant’s location and could not rescue him, they knew he was alive. Helicopters flew over Mogadishu with loudspeakers blaring: See durant on 16


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The crash site of Durant’s Black Hawk where his crew of three, Bill Cleveland, Ray Frank, and Tommy Field, were killed along with two A Black Hawk helicopter in flight. Delta Force snipers (photos below). durant from 15

“Mike Durant! We will not leave without you!” The messages gave Durant hope, but he knew he was dying from his wounds and was running out of time. “If you guys are preparing a rescue mission, you’d better hurry,” Durant thought. “Or else you’ll be rescuing a corpse.” The pain worsened by the hour as Durant suffered in the brutal African heat. When he could, he’d drift off into a semisleep and dream of skiing at Wilderness and of white Christmases in New

Two elite Delta Force operators, MSG Gary Gordon (left) and SFC Randy Shughart, both received the Medal of Honor posthumously for volunteering to be dropped in to Durant’s crash site to attempt to rescue the crew, who had survived the crash. The two men fought off the advancing Somalis, killing an estimated 25 Somalis, until they ran out of ammunition and were overwhelmed and killed.

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Hampshire—and then awaken to his agonizing reality. It never snows in Mogadishu. DREAMS OF FLYING Durant’s father was a sergeant in the N.H. National Guard and Mike always respected the military. After a pilot named Joe Brigham took Durant for a flight over Mt. Washington, Mike dreamed of becoming an army pilot. He enlisted after graduating from Berlin High School in 1979. He survived basic training and follow-on schools and eventually flight school. After earning his wings he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and soon qualified for The United States Army’s elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Air-

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borne), also known as the Night Stalkers. Durant’s career took him to Korea, Panama, and the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Storm. During that 1991conflict Durant flew missions deep into Iraq, looking for SCUD missiles, eventually finding a site and firing it up. He also experienced the pain of losing comrades. “Flying in combat can be an adventure,” recalled Durant. “But when you lose people it brings you back to reality and you remember how so many people pay the ultimate price in war.” SURVIVAL Durant’s best-selling 2003 book “In the Company of Heroes” provided material for this story. It chronicles his Somali ordeal. **Read a review of this book on page 14.* “October 9, 1993. On my seventh day as a prisoner of war, I found religion …. Literally …” Durant’s captors allowed a “Care Package” to be delivered to him and among its items was a Bible. Not only did Durant draw inspiration from certain passages, but he wrote coded notes in special places, thinking that his captors would let him keep the Holy Book when he was released and the notes might prove invaluable in piecing things together later on. Negotiations continued while Durant lay a prisonSee durant on 17


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er and American officials conveyed to Aidid’s people that very, very, very bad things would happen to all of them if Durant didn’t survive. Finally, on October 14, with the help of the International Red Cross, the Granite Stater and his Bible were placed on a stretcher and transported to an exchange point where he was reunited with his countrymen. Mike Durant had escaped from hell. A HUMANITARIAN MISSION American involvement in Somalia came about

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BACK TO AMERICA Given the severity of his wounds and injuries, Durant’s rehabilitation took a long time, but he still dreamed of flying again.

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ally a major mission was planned for October 3 to capture Aidid and his top lieutenants. While many of the targeted individuals were indeed captured, the mission was disrupted when a Black Hawk helicopter was shot down by a rocket propelled grenade. Later, Durant’s helicopter was also shot down. The battle resulted in 18 American deaths, with 80 wounded. Estimates of Somali casualties range from 1,500 to 3,000.

He was told that the prospect of rejoining the Night Stalkers in a flight status was doubtful, but he persevered. In 1995 he ran the Marine Corps Marathon to prove his fitness and eventually he did again fly Black Hawks. In 2001 Durant retired from the Army and married Lisa desRoches, the widow of a helicopter pilot who was killed on a training mission. The two have worked together to raise six children. They live in Huntsville, Alabama, where Mike runs his own company, Pinnacle Solutions, an engineering and training services business that develops flight simulators and the like. Durant received the “2013 Vetrepreneur Award� for his company’s efforts on behalf of veterans. Pinnacle Solutions has grown steadily and now employs


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Cover stories: A Hero’s Odyssey from the chilling image taken during his captivity in Mogadishu to his recent recognition for “Vetrepreneur” of the year 20 years later. durant from 17

81 people. During an October 29th interview, Durant explained that the events from October of 1993 are always with him. He speaks candidly about American policies and policy-makers. “Looking back, I wish that the Clinton administration would have been

more responsive to the requests they received from the leaders on the ground in Somalia,” said Durant. “Three things in particular would have made us more successful. An aircraft carrier would have been a huge plus. As it was, we were sleeping 50 yards from the bad guys on the ground. Requested AC-130 gunships would

have come in handy on Oct. 3 and 4. And even our commanders requested we have tanks and armored vehicles which were never delivered—which is why we suffered so many casualties.” Secretary of Defense Les Aspin took the fall. He resigned in December of 1993 and died in 1995. “I met Secretary Aspin at

Durant giving a presentation about the Battle of Mogadishu and the experiences he had in captivity. He is now owner, president and CEO of Pinnacle Solutions, an engineering services company based in Huntsville, Alabama. a memorial ceremony at Fort Bragg,” said Durant. “He could see the consequences of his decisionmaking on the faces of the families there. I think it contributed to his death.” Meeting the families of Gary Gordon and Randy Shughart was especially poignant for Durant. The two soldiers were Delta Force operators who

jumped from a helicopter to try to protect Durant and the crash site. Both were killed and each received the Congressional Medal of Honor. “When I first saw Gary and Randy I thought I’d been saved,” recalled Durant. It was the greatest feeling. Then I realized it was only those two, against See durant on 19


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at White’s Park. How did he do? “Well, I’m proud to say that my team was the ‘Over-40 B-Division’ champs,” said Durant. You can take the man out of Hockey-Town, but you can’t take HockeyTown out of the man! Michael Moffett is a Professor of Sports Management at NHTI, Concord’s Community College. He recently co-authored the critically-acclaimed and award-winning “FAHIM SPEAKS: A Warrior-Actor’s Odyssey from Afghanistan to Hollywood and Back” —with the Marines— which is available through His e-mail address is

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hundreds of Somalis. They never had a chance.” Durant treasures a letter he received from Randy’s widow, Stephanie, which thanked him for giving Randy’s death a purpose. “I can look at you and see that his efforts were not in vain… Because of your bravery and refusal to give up while captured, I can sleep at night.” Durant likens the Somali experience to the Vietnam experience, in that American forces were hamstrung by politics. He added that he has been asked repeatedly about the 2012 Benghazi fiasco where four Americans died in Libya. “Benghazi was like Somalia in that our people didn’t get the support they deserved and they paid for it with their lives.” Naturally Durant has seen Ridley Scott’s movie “Black Hawk Down.” Actor Ron Eldard played Durant in the movie. “Ron seemed like a good guy,” recalled Durant, who met many cast members. “Although he really didn’t

look, talk, or act like me. They mostly seemed like good guys, although Jeremy Piven was an ass.” Piven played Cliff Wolcott, the pilot of the first Black Hawk shot down. TODAY Today Mike and Lisa Durant live in Huntsville. Three of their six children still live at home. The youngest, Michael, is an ice hockey player. In Alabama? “Yep,” said Durant. “We have ice in Alabama. And Michael’s on a travel team, decisively engaged in ice hockey operations. The problem is that the trips can be long ones. Like a 7 ½ hour drive to Columbus, Ohio.” Durant often thinks of New Hampshire and savors his visits “home.” “Of course I was excited to see the Red Sox in the World Series,” said Durant. “But it broke my heart to hear that Wilderness Ski Area closed.” Durant was in the Granite State last winter to play in the Concord Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament

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seum’s doors for the first time, but to get those who have visited before back again and again. Already on tap for next year are two exhibits that should do well in accomplishing that. From July through early September “Snapshots of D-Day” will be at the Wright Museum. It is a travelling display that will be on loan from the World War II museum in New Orleans. 2014 is the 70th Anniversary of the invasion that changed the war. The display will contain 60 photographs about the Normandy Invasion that have never been seen by visitors to the Wright Museum. “We will also be using some of our permanent collection to highlight this most important of anniversaries of World War II,” said Culver. It is just the beginning of what Culver sees as collaboration with other World War II museums around the country, From the middle of September until the end of October “Anne Frank –History For Today” will be the featured exhibit. On loan from the Anne Frank Museum in New York City, it will be an exhibit that will also invite schools to come and see.

“There is not a lot of history being taught in school nowadays,” said Culver. “That is also such an important part of the purpose of a museum like this. Those who served and were on the home front of World War II we are losing by the thousands everyday and the history needs to be kept alive. We are guardians of a cultural heritage.” Another significant event will be the Wright Museum’s own 20th anniversary in 2014 and plans are already underway to make it a memorable occasion and to use the opportunity to expand the museum’s exposure. Another project that will be started in January and is expected to take about 12 months to complete is an exhibit on the regular army during World War II, something that hasn’t been fully focused on yet at the museum. Culver also understands the importance of fundraising and knows it is an integral part of the Executive Director position. “You can have the greatest museum in the world,” Culver said. “But if you can’t afford to turn on the lights it’s all for nothing.” 2014 should prove to be an amazing year for this great museum.

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hesive are bad jujumagumbo. The dust is selfish and steals all the adhesive for itself. The wall surface could have been irregular, with humps and dips in it. This, in conjunction with skinned-over adhesive, is the root cause of your tile failure. As ceramic tile gets larger, the wall or floor surface must be flatter and flatter. Since the tile is flat and in the same plane, the wall surface must also be a perfect match. If the wall See builder on 23

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has humps, the back of the tile will touch the hump and then not contact the wall where there is a dip. This is why my tile job failed all those years ago. When I pulled my tile off the wall, you could clearly see bare spots on the tile where no adhesive even touched the tile. I’m glad you’re able to salvage the tile. Your job now is to remove any organic mastic that is stuck to the tile backing. If you soak the tile in water, the mastic will almost always soften. You can scrape it off with a flat spackling knife or a chisel. It’s now time for the hard part. You may be able to scrape off any mastic from your walls using the same method. You’ll have to spritz the mastic on the wall with water from a spray bottle. You may discover that using a paste paint stripper is an easier way to soften the adhesive, as paint is nothing more than colored glue. Once the mastic is off the wall, it’s time to use a straightedge to determine if the wall surface is perfectly flat. If there are low spots and humps, you need to skim coat the wall with cement-based thinset to get the wall surface flat and in the same plane. Thinset is a blend of fine silica sand and Portland cement. It’s imperative the wall is dust-free and slightly damp advocates from 13

sand that your candidates must stand up for those two issues??? This is why conservatives lose and this is why there will be a third party. I am anxiously waiting to join it!” When looking for principles and character in a candidate, or someone I just met, I can tell a lot about that person by saying I believe a baby in the womb with a beating heart is alive, therefore to abort that little being in my opinion, that is murder. Of course that procedure and infanticide are protected by less than bright US Supreme Court back in 1973. They found that somewhere in the US Constitution the act is permissible. Interpreting the Constitu-

when you apply the thinset. You want the thinset to bond very well to the existing wall surface. You’ll use the same thinset to adhere the tile to the wall. Do what the master tile setters did nearly one hundred years ago. Install the tile the day after you flatten the wall with the thinset. The microscopic crystals of the hydrating cement in the thinset already on the wall will interlock with the fresh thinset you trowel onto the wall creating a lasting bond. Only apply as much thinset on the wall as you can cover with tile in five minutes. Use cold water to mix the thinset to retard the setting time. Do NOT add water to the thinset if it starts to get hard in the bucket before you spread it. Only mix enough thinset as you can use in one hour or less. Use the correct notched trowel to apply the thinset. Visit a real tile store and obtain written instructions for similar sized tile. Use the size trowel they recommend.

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and face on their literature, the company forked over $45,000 in 2005 and $51,200 in 2006 to Mrs. Obama -- as well as 7,500 TreeHouse stock options worth more than $72,000 for each year. TreeHouse, a leading supplier to WalMart, sells cheese sauces, Cremora non-dairy creamer, instant soup, puddings and powdered soft drink mixes, and pickles for McDonald’s. Eat as she says, not as she deals. Mrs. Obama has moved on from TreeHouse to much fatter “partnerships.” The alliances between big business and big government, marketed as a public service “for the children,” have been a bonanza for the first crony. They scratch her back, her clout and popularity increase, and she’ll have a cornucopia of board of director slots to choose from after her hubby’s term is up. Make no mistake: Michelle’s fruits and vegetables are served on a heaping platter of progressive hypocrisy.

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About halfway to the tower the trail reaches a rock with a bronze plaque that reads, “Robert T. Lincoln, a student of Phillips Exeter Academy, son of Abraham Lincoln, read the Declaration of Independence on this rock July 4, 1860.” with arrows pointing the way and listing the distance to major landmarks. The foundation read 1881 and in center of the table it reads Warren L. Lane, Stratham, NH. This table was built long before the tower was constructed. Today the trees are certainly much too high to see anything from ground level. From the table we learn we are only 88 miles away from Mount Washington! Charlie and I look forward to stopping by here again and hopefully on a clearer day. Have fun.


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these two presidents. What we have today that we did not have in the early history of this country is a permanent political class in Washington -- a Congress and an ever growing federal bureaucracy composed of people who have become a permanent ruling class. The United States was not founded by career politicians but by people who took time out from their regular professions to serve during a crucial time in the creation of a new nation, and a new kind of nation in a world ruled by kings and emperors. In the nineteenth century, there was a high rate of turnover in members of Congress. Many

people went to Washington to serve one term in Congress, then returned to their home state to resume their lives as private citizens. The rise of the permanent political class in Washington came with the rise of a vast government apparatus with unprecedented amounts of money and power to control and corrupt individuals, institutions and the fabric of the whole society. The first giant steps in this direction were taken in the 1930s, when the Great Depression provided the rationale for a radically expanded role of government that Franklin D. Roosevelt and his followers had believed in before there was a Great Depression.

There are now people in Washington whose entire adult lives have been spent in government, in one role or another. Some begin as aides to politicians or as part of the sprawling empires of the federal bureaucracy. From this they progress to high elective or appointed offices in government. Turnover in Congress has been reduced almost to the vanishing point. Political alliances within government and with outside special interests, as well as the gerrymandering of Congressional districts, make most incumbents’ reelection virtually a foregone conclusion. The ability to distribute vast amounts of largess to voters, at the taxpayers’ expense -- President

Obama’s giving away free cell phones during an election year being just the tip of the iceberg -further tilts the balance in favor of incumbents. This kind of government must constantly “do something” in order to keep incumbents’ names in the news. In short, big government has every incentive to create bigger government. Throwing the rascals out will not get rid of this political pattern. The first step in limiting, and then scaling back, government itself must be limiting the time that anyone can remain in office -- preferably limited to one term, to make it harder to become career politicians, a species we can well do without.

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describes me as a Socialist, an advocate for federal control of education in the US‌â€? He begins his presentation by demonizing the opposition – you know, good ole Alinsky tactics. (This is supposed to shut down dissent, but mostly, it just makes me more determined to have my say.) Actually, I agree with the Tea Party. Mr. Smarty Pants Tucker is indeed a Socialist. He believes in federal oversight in education. He has suggested the government “Bypass all elected officials on school boards and in state legislatures by mak-

ing federal funds flow to the Governor and‌ appointed boards.â€? In his hour at the podium, Dr. Tucker spoke almost constantly of a “globalâ€? world and of America being behind other countries with regard to education. His presentation was tinged with fear – oh, no ‘the sky is falling’, except it really isn’t. Dr. Tucker has suggested we need “to remold the entire American systemâ€? into “a seamless web that literally extends from cradle to grave and is the same system for everyone.â€? But the quote I love most in my research was, â€œâ€Ślocal control is the

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Clear-Cast on a window pane and run autoscan. It works on virtually any model TV and is easily hidden out of sight behind a curtain or window treatment. Thousands of Weirs area residents are expected to call to get Clear-Cast because it just doesn’t make any sense to keep paying for TV when you can get hundreds of

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How to get Free TV: Listed below are the Weirs area zip codes that can get Free TV channels with no monthly bills. If you find the first two digits of your zip code immediately call 1-888-752-7147 beginning at precisely 8:30am this morning. Today’s announcement photo above shows just a handful of the major over-the-air broadcast networks you can receive with Clear-Cast for free. It saves a ton of money by not picking up expensive cable only channels like ESPN so there’s never a monthly bill. This is all possible because a U.S. Federal Law makes TV broadcasters transmit their signals in digital format, which allows everyone to use Clear-Cast to pull in Free TV channels with no monthly bills. CompTek is giving every U.S. household a 50% off discount to help cover the cost of Clear-Cast. Clear-Cast, the sleek micro antenna device is a one-time purchase that plugs in to your TV to pull in Free TV channels in crystal clear digital picture with no monthly bills. Each Clear-Cast normally costs $98, but U.S. households who beat the 48-hour deadline are authorized to get a 50% off discount for each Clear-Cast and cover just $ 49 and shipping as long as they call the Free TV Hotline at 1-888-752-7147 before the deadline ends or online at Trademarks and programs are the property of their respective owners and are not affiliated with or endorsing Clear-Cast. SXS1477 Alabama 35, 36 Alaska 99 Arizona 85, 86 Arkansas 71, 72 California N/A

Colorado 80, 81 Connecticut 06 Delaware 19 Florida 32, 33, 34 Georgia 30, 31, 39 Hawaii 96

Idaho 83 Illinois 60, 61, 62 Indiana 46, 47 Iowa 50, 51, 52 Kansas 66, 67

Kentucky 40, 41, 42 Louisiana 70, 71 Maine 03, 04 Maryland 20, 21 Massachusetts 01, 02, 05

Michigan 48, 49 Minnesota 55, 56 Mississippi 38, 39 Missouri 63, 64, 65 Montana 59

Nebraska New York Oregon 68, 69 00, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 97 Nevada North Carolina Pennsylvania 88, 89 27, 28 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 New Hampshire North Dakota Rhode Island 03 58 02 New Jersey Ohio South Carolina 07, 08 41, 43, 44, 45 29 New Mexico Oklahoma South Dakota 87, 88 73, 74 57

Tennessee 37, 38 Texas 75, 76, 77 78, 79, 88 Utah 84 Vermont 05 Virginia 20, 22, 23, 24

Washington 98, 99 West Virginia 24, 25, 26 Wisconsin 53, 54 Wyoming 82, 83 Washington DC 20

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Magic Maze presidential anagrams

Do you have a clever caption for this photograph? Send your captions with your name, phone number and home town to us by mail to: Attn: Caption This, The Weirs Times, P.O. Box 5458, Weirs, NH 03247, online at or by email to or by fax to 603-3667301. Weekly winners will be chosen by our editorial staff and will be entered into a prize drawing for a new Digital Camera courtesy of Spectrum Photo. For all your digital photo needs stop by their store in Wolfeboro, call phone 877-FILM PRO or visit them online at The prize winner for the 07/04/13-12/26/13 contest period will be selected by random drawing. All captions become property of The Weirs Times and may be used for marketing and promotional purposes. Photo #463 - 11/07/13 - entry deadline 11/21/13

Salome’s Stars Horoscope ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Keep your feelings to yourself as you work through an awkward circumstance. Complaining is useless, and also unwise since your words could come back to haunt you. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A sudden flash of Bovine practicality shows you how you might be able to turn your artistic pursuits into a profitable venture. A spouse or partner offers some sage advice. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Be prepared with several “Plan Bs” that you might have to use as backups just in case you encounter some troublesome complications with your carefully constructed schedule. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You might think you’ll never have a free moment again with the demands of the workplace piling on. Cheer up. The pressure eases as holiday time nears. An old friend brings good news. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your Leonine pride might make it difficult to offer an apology to a co-worker you unintentionally

ACROSS 1 Peter the Great, e.g. 5 Actor Haas 10 Illuminated like 1890s streets 16 Criminalize 19 Make sharp 20 Carne - (Mexican steak dish) 21 Mysterious matters 22 “So that’s it!” 23 Senior Manilow? 25 One looking for Bridges? 27 Monte -, Monaco 28 Not difficult 30 Car grille protector 31 “Goodness!” 32 Dillon in a headlock? 37 Head of monks 39 “My gal” of song 40 Stu of early TV 42 Magazine printings 45 Pepsi, e.g. 49 “CD” part 52 Severinsen living in San Francisco? 54 Inner self, to Jung 56 Cartoonist Addams 58 Pod veggie 59 Off. aides 60 One jumping over Rains? 63 EMT’s treatment 65 Uses 66-Across, say 66 Dental care brand 67 Gets rid of while snoozing 73 Melodious Murray 74 Brought before Crane? 77 Pastry bag wielder 78 Gain much knowledge 80 Felt regretful about

offended. But a quick and sincere “I’m sorry” could prevent problems down the line.

perception. Things become clearer by the week’s end.

VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This is a good time to tackle those backed-up chores that have kept you from moving into other and potentially more worthwhile projects. A personal matter needs your attention.

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) The trusted colleagues you relied on earlier continue to offer support with your project. But you take more control, and by the week’s end, you should be in full command.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You usually have no problem rushing to the defense of someone you perceive as being treated unjustly. But perceptions could be deceiving this week. Check the facts before you act.

AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Rely on your practical side while exploring investment possibilities. Caution is still your watchword in these matters. Your social life takes a gratifying turn by the week’s end.

SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Before you point fingers at who might be to blame for the unexpected change in your plans, take a few moments to reflect on how this turn of events might be a blessing in disguise.

PISCES (February 19 to March 20) An already confusing situation appears to grow murkier during the first part of the week. But it all starts to clear by the week’s end. Plan to spend the weekend with someone special.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) You seek out advice in the first part of the week. But be careful not to let counsel from others overshadow your own sense of

BORN THIS WEEK: You have a passion for life that inspires others to follow your example. You could be a motivational speaker.

81 El - (Cher’s California birthplace) 83 Java, for one: Abbr. 84 Fisher standing atop a stack of sacks? 86 Exit an egg 90 Java locale 93 Stepped on it 94 Boat-lifting device 95 Pickford acting too quickly? 98 Perplexed 100 Fiddle duet? 101 Prophecy giver 102 Grinders 104 3-D med. scan 106 Sour plums 108 Endeavor by Borgnine? 115 Motrin target 117 It glistens on grass 119 Choir part 120 Bugle sound 121 Bitingly sarcastic Williams? 125 Henning further down? 128 Hightail it, oldstyle 129 Hun head 130 Radical sort 131 Crooner Campbell 132 What to call a knight 133 Bunkmate 134 Mexican money 135 Urges DOWN 1 “Gossip Girl” network 2 - plexus 3 Poet Breton 4 Fishing line holders 5 Chem class

component 6 D.C.’s country 7 Crooner Carpenter 8 “What -!” (“How boring!”) 9 “I declare it, that’s who!” 10 Chatter idly 11 “My hands - tied” 12 Picket line crosser 13 Actress Linney 14 Dwell within 15 Greek letter after sigma 16 Fixtures to soak in 17 Subtle “Yo!” 18 - a one (zero) 24 Deteriorates 26 Loops with slipknots 29 .9144 meter 33 Stripling 34 Peter - Tchaikovsky 35 - more (at least a couple) 36 Mite’s cousin 38 Note that sounds like C 41 Hide-hair connector 43 Chow down 44 The “S” of TBS: Abbr. 45 Kind of nerve or vertebra 46 Over the Internet 47 “Glee” actress Agron 48 Toy, to a tot 50 Wisconsin-based retail store chain 51 Coated pill 53 Person confronting 55 Fruity beverage 57 Year, e.g. 61 “C—mo -?” (Spanish “How are

you?”) 62 Accessory 64 Chain for dogs and cats 67 Himalayan guide 68 Peeresses 69 “Arabian Nights” sailor 70 Eight-note interval 71 Black Eyed Peas singer 72 Decorates, as a cake 75 Mosque God 76 “- is not to reason why” 79 Ex - (from nothing) 82 Stop 84 Provide the spread 85 Plant swelling 86 Med. plan option 87 Bern’s river 88 More sleazy 89 Rode a bike 91 Used a tuffet 92 “Got it” 96 Must 97 Volcano near Catania 99 Monet works 103 Delayed 105 “Let - Me” 107 Brief quarrel 109 Filched 110 Tipsters 111 Lamentation 112 Sappy tree 113 Get all prettied up 114 Shore fliers 115 Oohs and 116 Nero’s 202 118 Caprice 122 Cup handle 123 “Y” student 124 “Norma -” (Field film) 126 Miracle- - (plant food) 127 Bonn article

Photo #460 Winning Captions:


Runners Up Captions: The Not Nice Capades. -Marvin Dale, Bristol, NH. How the “Cold War” was won -Bernie Rodier ,Rochester, NH. Sometimes it takes a little bit of persuasion to get hockey players into the penalty box -Jack Ryan, Woburn, MA.

“I could have sworn Sarge said we were going SKEET shooting.” -Jim Robertson, Dover, NH.

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Rochester Opera House It’s THE PLACE to be! Rochester Opera House


Nov 8, Stanley Yerlow & Tajci

It’s THE PLACE to be!

Rochester Opera House It’s THE PLACE to be! It’s THE PLACE to be!

Nov 9, Dirty Deeds - The AC/DC Tribute Nov 15, Gibson Brothers


Nov 8, Stanley Yerlow & Tajci Nov 16, Rave On! - The Buddy Holly Experience Nov 9, Dirty Deeds - The AC/DC Tribute Nov 22, Country Jamboree - Grand Ole Country Music NovOpry 15, Gibson Brothers

Dec 6-7, Veterans in the Performing Arts: An Evening on the Home Front Nov 16, Rave On! - The Buddy Holly Experience Dec 13 & 14, Nutcracker

Dec 17-22, A Christmas Carol

Nov 22, Country Jamboree - Grand Ole Opry Country Music

Dec 6-7, Veterans in the Performing Arts: An Evening on the Home Front Dec 22, Strafford Wind Symphony - Holiday Concert Dec 13 & Pops 14, Nutcracker Jan 11, Half Step - Grateful Dead Tribute Dec 17-22, A Christmas Carol Jan 16-26, The Great American Trailer Park Musical Dec 22, Strafford Wind Symphony - Holiday Pops Concert Feb 7, Motor Booty Affair Jan 11, Half Step - Grateful Dead Tribute Feb 14, The Spirit of Johnny Cash Jan 16-26, The Great American Trailer Park Musical Feb 15, Comedian Juston McKinney Feb 7, Motor Booty Affair Feb 20 & 21, The Vagina Monologues Feb 14, The Spirit of Johnny Cash Feb 22, R-rated Hypnotist Frank Santos Jr. Feb 15, Comedian Juston McKinney Feb 28-Mar 2, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Feb 20 & 21, The Vagina Monologues March 6-16, The Diary of Anne Frank Feb 22, R-rated Hypnotist Frank Santos Jr. March 9, Celtic Nights Feb 28-Mar 2, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat March 25-30, Hamlet March 6-16, The Diary of Anne Frank April 4, Brooks Young Band March 9, Celtic Nights April 5, Dance Northeast March 25-30, Hamlet April 10-27, Wizard of Oz April 4, Brooks Young Band May 2, Lottery Cocktail Party April 5, Dance Northeast May 3, Bon Jersey April 10-27, Wizard of Oz May 10, Motor City Fever - Motown Music May 2, Lottery Cocktail Party May 16, Strafford Wind Symphony - Thrilling Melodies May 3, Bon Jersey May 22-25, Freckleface Strawberry The Musical May 10, Motor City Fever - Motown Music May 31, Corvettes Doo Wop Revue May 16, Strafford Wind Symphony - Thrilling Melodies June 1, Sole City Dance Annual Recital May 22-25, Freckleface Strawberry The Musical June 5-8, Cat in the Hat May 31, Corvettes Doo Wop Revue June 13-21, Veterans in the Performing Arts: Follow Me June 1, Sole City Dance Annual Recital June-August 2014, Summer Theatre Camp June 5-8, Cat in the Hat



June 13-21, Veterans in the Performing Arts: Follow Me June-August 2014, Summer Theatre Camp

www.RochesterOperaHouse .com Rochester Opera House t City Hall t 31 Wakefield Street t Rochester, NH 03867

Tickets: (603) 335-1992 t M/W/F t 10 AM - 5 PM

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Rochester Opera House t City Hall t 31 Wakefield Street t Rochester, NH 03867

Tickets: (603) 335-1992 t M/W/F t 10 AM - 5 PM


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Hearing Enhancement Centers Receives Training & National Recognition At The NuEar Technology Summit

Hearing Enhancement Centers hearing care specialists were one of the first to receive continuing education about NuEar’s latest technologies at the recent NuEar Technology Summit in Eden Prairie, Minn. “We are so excited to offer NuEar’s latest technologies and advancements in hearing healthcare, ” said, Al Langley, CEO, with Hearing Enhancement Centers “The Technology Summit gave us the opportunity to learn from industry experts in hearing healthcare about the newest technologies and applications that will offer our patients incredible benefits.” Courses during the weekend included detailed training on NuEar’s SDS/Intro Classic hearing aid technology, retail marketing best practices, and continued education on how to provide individualized attention to each and every patient. The NuEar Technology Summit is one of a number of trainings that Hearing Enhancement

Al and Carla Langley (center) receive The Hearing Angel Award from Bill and Tani Austin of The Starkey Hearing Foundation. Centers leadership and staff have attended so they may continue to grow in the hearing healthcare profession. Hearing Enhancement Centers and its staff have been recognized

#1 nationally by NuEar in patient care and service. They have also accepted the Hearing Angel award by Bill and Tani Austin of the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Hearing Enhance-

ment Centers offers a variety of hearing care services including hearing evaluations, video ear inspections, and a large variety of hearing instrument fittings. With five locations in Gilford, Rochester, Gorham, Bedford and Concord NH, Hearing Enhancement Centers provides patients with a number of convenient options to find out more about their hearing health. For more information or to set up an appointment with Hearing Enhancement Centers, please call 524-6460 or visit NuEar is an American-owned company based in Minnesota. The company is a leader in digital hearing instruments, distributing products through a network of exclusive, authorized dispensers. The company focuses on delivering high-quality digital hearing aid technology to enhance the active lifestyles of hearing impaired patients. For more information about NuEar, visit









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