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Post Trump, Democrats Flip A State Seat From The Republicans In Blood Red Wolfeboro, NH — The First!

by Anura Guruge


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from WMUR.

Click here to access full WMUR coverage.


Symbolic, encouraging and hopefully, with a TON of luck, a harbinger of things to come.

What is most significant is that is BLOOD RED Wolfeboro — where Mittens Romney has one of his many mansions (and a few of his many wives).

Trump won Wolfeboro by a 7% margin. It is one the REDDEST towns in New Hampshire.

This win make NO difference at the NH House. The Democrats lost a seat in Hillsborough County and the GOP margin in NH is HUGE.

But, a small victory for us.


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‘Jesus Had 2 Dads’ Sign By Buffalo, NY Catholic Priest — Fr. Roy Herberger (73).

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Related Posts:
>> Pope Francis trips.
>> Pope Francis album.
>> Pope Francis Single.

>> Pope Day.
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Click here for the U.K. ‘Daily Mail‘ original,
with a lot of pictures and a video.

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When I saw the picture and read the Daily Mail headline that said “Catholic priest” I had no doubt that this was meant to be an anti-Francis endorsement of gay-marriage. Even if it referred to kids of DIVORCED families that would still be somewhat against Church teachings. Obviously the 73-year old priest was making a statement and looking for a reaction. Well he got one.

That Catholic priests troll the Web looking for ‘funny church signs’ is rather disturbing IF not sad.

Jesus having two dads has always bothered me. That he is from the line of ‘David’, through his mother’s husband Joseph, always confused me. Jesus is NOT of Joseph’s bloodline UNLESS we take the macro view that we are all descended from Adam & Eve — or that IF your Dad is indeed God then you are related to everybody (Christian or otherwise).


Did Watson Use AI To Pick Bob Dylan For The New IBM Commercials?

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Punch-drunk IBM, 40% layoff.

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>> Hursley’s John Fairclough …
>> Mainframe 50th.
>> Gene Amdahl & I.
>> IBM Hursley pictures.
>> Malaysia flight 370: And ‘Poor’ IBM.

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Click either image to access the YouTube video of the commercial.

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This commercial was on CNBC this morning around 10 am (Eastern). Deanna called me out of the bathroom to (rewind the DVR) and watch it.

Inspired!

Cute.

In my eyes Bob Dylan can do no wrong. I am a huge, ‘life long’ fan. We saw him, at ‘Meadowbrook‘, 2nd row seats, c. 2004. Deanna hates him with a passion. And that could be the issue with this commercial.

It will resonate with folks of my vintage — and most of those do have ‘C’ titles. That is good. But the problem is that 95% of corporate IT is now being done, time never standing still, by folks of Deanna’s age and younger. Dylan doesn’t mean much to them. And that really is the BIG problem that has besetted IBM for the last decade. Never mind Dylan, the name ‘IBM’ holds no significance, let alone reverence, to the current crop of IT professionals.

Think IBM “Think” signs sits in front of my keyboard even as I now type. It was given to me during my first week at IBM in August 1974. One of the FEW things from that era that I still have. But I also have one of my original S/370 reference cards and a few IBM flowcharting templates!

The days of ‘you can’t get fired for choosing IBM’ are long gone and in reality it is now a case of ‘you can most certainly get fired for choosing IBM’.

I have to confess, though he does smile, Dylan does look scary in this commercial. Deanna opined that she was not surprised that he looks so bad that ‘given that he must be in his 80s’! How unkind. I said I didn’t think he was that old and that he has to be in his 70s. I just looked. Born May 24, 1941, Robert Allen Zimmerman, in Duluth, Minnesota. So he is 74.

Bob Dylan is 17 years OLDER than IBM (which came to be known by that name as of February 14, 1924). THINK about that.


Jane Cormier’s House In Alton Foreclosed?

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 Use link below to access “The Baysider” original.

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Click here to access “The Baysider” original — page A15.


FNMA = Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae).

I could be wrong BUT a house being ‘purchased’ by FNMA usually means that they have foreclosed on the house.

Hhhhmmmm.

FNMA is a Federal Government sponsored entity. Funny that. So push comes to shove Cormier obviously has no compunctions about BIG government bailing her out.


New Hampshire As Of June 4, 2013 Has An Official State Vegetable — The White Potato.

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My 1st shift volunteering at the State House — May 13, 2013.
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We visited the NH State House … — Dec. 29, 2012.
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Granite State Ambassador photo montage — Nov. 21, 2012.


NHpotatoIt is amazing what you learn when you spend a few hours at the State House. Today, I learned that on Tuesday, June 4, the Governor, in front of a group of kids from Derry, who pushed for the bill, created the white potato as our official State Vegetable. I now need to go update my ‘NH Facts‘ page. I must confess that I thought it was kind of incongruous that the Granite State and potato cultivation would go hand-in-hand. Like all true Brits, of at least all true Brits pre-1990s, I had hands-on experience growing spuds. It is something that all British men were expected to do, like going to the pub. I used all sorts of stuff to soften the clay soil. I think it is basically plaster of Paris that you dig in, water causing the plaster to expand ‘cracking’ the soil. So, I am thinking, it was hard enough growing spuds in England where the soil isn’t that bad, BUT in NH where we have solid ledge poking through the soil.

I myself immediately thought of Virginia (no, no, NOT the Director of the State House Visitor Center). The State. Also thought of MA. But, as the WMUR article states Virginia (the State) has conceded — though I, as a hostorian, think that they might have been a tad too rash. I checked my favorite first source for all such matters. Wikipedia. They don’t mention NH. Never mind. We have a State Vegetable. Pity I don’t eat potatoes anymore. Very fond of them, but they are so, so high in carbs.


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New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony (May 17, 2013) & My Second Shift Volunteering At The Concord State House.

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A Few Related Posts:
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My 1st shift volunteering at the State House — May 13, 2013.
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We visited the NH State House … — Dec. 29, 2012.
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Granite State Ambassador photo montage — Nov. 21, 2012.


policememmay17I am real glad that Virginia Drew and Debbie Rivers at the State House Visitor Center asked me to come back on Friday, May 17, 2013 so that I could see the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony. I had never been to it before. It was special. Definitely going to add it to our annual list of events. I wish I had taken the kids. I also did not take my camera since I was supposed to be ‘on duty’ and I don’t like to look like a tourist when I am volunteering. But, I will rectify this next year. It was good to see all the different branches of NH law enforcement in their full glory.policememmay17bThere were two mounted police officers, on two beautiful horses, from Dover. There were about 30 motorcycles in the motorbike parade (and it was kind of poignant and cute to see two bikes fall, though I felt real bad for the officers). Officer Sullivan, from Alton, who works at the school was there on his bike and I got to go and shake his hand. I never realized that the ceremonial uniform for our ‘Fish & Game’ officers is bright red. They look much sharper than those Mounties up north.

The Londonderry School Marching Band was very impressive as was the children’s choir that sang. The ‘NH Police Association Pipes and Drums‘ were there with their bagpipes and decent bagpipe music always makes my day. To me any day that includes a bagpipe marching band, is a good day, by definition. I know them well from their perennial presence at the Highland Games. I think they were classed a ‘Grade 5 Pipe Band‘ in 2012, but I think they sound as good as most ‘Grade 2’ bands. So altogether a very impressive showing behind the State House this morning at 10 am. Not counting the ‘invited guests’, who probably numbered around 200, and all the Law Enforcement officers,there was, at best, only about 100 (if that) spectators — and that included 2 school groups that we had brought out to see the ceremony. I think with more publicity more people will and should attend. I will give folks a heads up next year.

My 2nd shift was a load of fun. Did something I have never done in my 59-year old life. I have never used a cash register! I have never worked in retail. So having to ring up some souvenirs, under supervision, was kind of cool.

Met some real neat folks. One State Rep. from down ‘south’. We had a nice chat. Some folks from Canada. A couple from Albuquerque who are trying to visit all 50 State Houses. NH was their 18th. It was educational to chat with them. So, it was a good day.



'New Hampshire Police Association Pipe and Drums' in action from YouTube. Click to access video.

‘New Hampshire Police Association Pipe and Drums’ in action from YouTube. Click to access video.



VIPs from Primary Seasons at the Visitor Center.

VIPs from Primary Seasons at the Visitor Center.



I Did My First ‘Granite State Ambassador’ Shift At The New Hampshire State House Concord This Afternoon. It Was Neat.

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Anura Guruge


Couple Of Related Posts:
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We visited the NH State House … — Dec. 29, 2012.
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Granite State Ambassador photo montage — Nov. 21, 2012.


When we visited the State House in December I told the excellent Director of the State House Visitor Center, Virginia Drew, that she should get the Granite State Ambassadors (GSAs) to help out. I am delighted that she heeded my advice.

I don’t check my GSA schedule that often. But, on Friday we all got an e-mail from Virginia Drew asking for volunteers to sign up for this week. How could I resist. Today, Monday, was a running day so I signed up for the afternoon shift, noon to 3 pm.

It was real neat. I got to accompany two 4th grade school groups on half each of their tours. With the second group I got to be with them when they met the Governor, Maggie Hassan. That was the first time I have seen the Governor in person. She is impressive. Very good with the kids. I was impressed. I didn’t get to speak to her.

Spent the rest of the shift in the Visitor Center with Debbie Rivers who works for Virginia Drew who showed me some of the stuff I need to come to terms with to do this gig successfully. It was all a lot of fun. A lot to learn but I am looking forward to that. I think our State House is way cool. And everybody is so pleasant and friendly. Just a sheer joy to be there.

This Friday, May 17, 2013, at 10:00 am is the annual ‘New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorialceremony. It is going to be a busy morning. I was asked if I would come and volunteer. I was only going to do 1 shift a week – and even that is a huge improvement on what I have done in a long time – but I could not refuse. So I am doing Friday morning too. Two GSA shifts in a week!

I have to say, this is fun. I signed up to be a GSA for opportunities like this. Stay tuned. I am sure I will have more to say.

I live to learn. I want to learn at least one new thing a day. So, today I learned, from Virginia Drew, who is an oracle of such knowledge, two things. The first was how to read a NH State Representative’s car registration plate. The other was that in bygone days the NH legislatures were even more superstitious than some are today, and as such they eschewed the number ’13’. So there are no seats in the NH House Of Representatives Hall with number ’13’ though there is a ’13’ in the 24-member Senate Chamber.

I always suspected that the numbers, e.g., ‘4-54’ in the image here, in some way reflected seniority. The numbers represent the seat number in the Hall allocated to that member by the Speaker of the House. The 400 seats are divided into 5 sections as shown in the seating diagram below. So the first number of a seat number is the section number, in this case ‘4’. The second number is the seat number within that section. So in this case it is seat 54 in section 4. The speaker gives the best seats to the VIPs.

I found this in the 'New Hampshire Youth Network Advocacy Handbook' at breathenh.org. I couldn't find it on a State Website. Notice the absence of number '13' seats. Click to ENLARGE.

I found this in the ‘New Hampshire Youth Network Advocacy Handbook’ at breathenh.org. I couldn’t find it on a State Website. Notice the absence of number ’13’ seats. Click to ENLARGE.


Same handbook as previous seating chart. Thanks. Click to ENLARGE/

Same handbook as previous seating chart. Thanks. Click to ENLARGE/

Belgium (An European Country) Starts Selling Chocolate Flavored Stamps — For Real. Kid You Not. April Fools Is Next Week.

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Click to access original at the U.K. BBC.

Click to access original at the U.K. BBC.



They take chocolate very seriously, as they should, in Belgium.


Since I look like I am made out of dark chocolate I have always been ultra partial to all things chocolate. This is a hoot. Belgium actually is quite famous for its chocolate. All in all it is a fun place. I used to go to Brussels often on work; had a great gig doing 5 day training sessions for Philips sales folks. Just off the central square in Brussels they used to have a ‘Russian Tea Cafe’. They served brown ‘tea’ in Pyrex, see through mugs. There was only one thing that made this tea different — it was highly inflammable, and waiters would invariably hold a lighter to them and catch them on fire before they left you table. In reality it was all vodka with a perforated spoon with tea leaves dipped into it for color and a bit of flavor. So you were consuming vodka in the quantities that people drink tea. It was a riot. A few times I saw women being carried out, horizontally. They were totally stiff. Like cardboard cutoffs. Typically two men would carry them out like carrying a carpet. I guess that is what the vodka would do. Never bothered me. These training sessions were from 9 to 5 and I was on my feet for all but 75 minutes of that. But, I would party till 2 or 3 in the morning and still be fine for the next day. So, I am quite fond of Brussels and Belgium. Even thought about moving there at one point.