Both Ryan and Obama benefitted from special programs. So we can talk about "entitlements" that benefitted both. Somehow those that benefit minorities merit scrutiny from the right while those that benefit them escape such scrutiny. ...(full comment)
Comparing the Bush administration statements that knowingly lied this country into a 3 trillion dollar war with a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 with Obama's claims about Obamacare is bizarre. The Bush administration cooked the intelligence on Iraq--and hid that fact from the nation and from Congress. Condoleeza Rice's claim that the 'smoking gun of proof might be a mushroom cloud" was only the most outrageous of the hundreds of misstatements and distortions--let's not call them lies-- told by the administration.http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=complete_timeline_of_the_2003_invasion_of_iraq_1124 ...(full comment)
I was unaware that Pembroke Academy has a polished, high academic reputation that draws students from all over the state. This is a program that has a serious culture problem of bad sportsmanship since Coach Alosa has arrived. In addition, what other program at Pembroke has drawn top level talent from other towns in NH to the Academy? The answer is none. The baseball, football, soccer, hockey, etc... are not drawing top athletic talent to their programs because of the "good academic and athletic environment". Winning is fine - do it the same way everyone else does. I am not impressed by a high school coach who needs to recruit talent to win. I am more impressed by the coach who wins with what they are given. Clearly the NHIAA and the Principals, Athletic Directors, etc... have enough information and suspicions to take action. Since the suspicions are there, why not come out publicly and clear the air Pembroke? Why not approach the Monitor with the proof that the NHIAA is wrong? Why not provide the information that proves this is a "conspiracy"? Why not? Then, you clear your name, you clear Coach Alosa's name. you stand behind them as you claim. Then, you can hit the NHIAA with a lawsuit for slander or liable. There is a reason that has not happened. You fill in the blanks. When other administrators advise the Headmaster at Pembroke to fire the coach, it IS the job of the Academy to clear the air. Do it. Come public, with the proof of innocence, Clearly there is evidence of guilt thus the NHIAA would not be taking action. ...(full comment)
So you don't like the father and the only way to inflict whatever makes you happy on him is to attack his son. You speak conveniently in generalities. If this has gone on "for over two decades" where has the NHIAA been? Now that Pembroke is winning again, no one likes it. Pembroke Academy serves four towns.and has won the most class I/DII championships. Will Bishop Brady, which now has a great coach in Mr. Yeaton and draws from anywhere and everywhere with no residency requirements or limitations, and has become a bball program to be reckoned with come under the same scrutiny? I think not. It's all about Frank. By far, the vast majority of the players who have gone through the Raiders program go back to their high schools as better players and help their teams each year. If some families have to move for whatever reason, why not move to an area that has a good academic and athletic environment? It someone has fact based information on specific students, bring it forward. If it can stand the bright lights and is proven to be accurate, then let the chips fall where they may. To punish the son, the players and the school because its the only way to get at the father misses the real issue. We want all schools operating within the same set of rules. The fact a few work harder at it than others is just a reflection of life in general.
Further, and unfortunately, you can see examples of poor sportsmanship in just about every gym on any given night if you attend the games and really pay attention. From the students and parents/fans in the stands to the players on the court. This page isn't big enough to list all the taunts and trash talking I personally witnessed during the last bball season.
Good luck Matt and PA. Stay home Frank. ...(full comment)
It was not a "tax" when Shaheen was governor, it was a shell game to get money from the Feds, O"Brien made it into a real tax by keeping the money. I don't expect any apology from you because if you started you would never be able to stop for all the mistakes you make. ...(full comment)
I will not get into the 90% figure, that has always been discredited. The evidence that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction was faked and many politicians relied on that evidence as witness Colin Powell at the UN who later felt he had been duped and used as a pawn. There is no doubt that Saddam was an evil dictator but he was not involved in 9/11 (another lie) and the fact is there were no weapons found and that can not be disputed and it is more than political differences. I assume you are saying that Bush and Chaney are being slandered while Obama is being slandered daily on these pages. ...(full comment)
Ayn Rand considered herself rational as well. What kind of nonsense is this: "20 percent of the population supporting the other 80 percent..."? Is it the working poor's fault that their employers (in many cases the only employment they can find) require them to work for wages that drive them to public assistance in order to survive? And as for "my very left-wing leaning friends," you have ignored the clearly observable fact that there is no more left wing. Just more libertarian twaddle posing as rationality. One last point: President Obama did "win an election." Twice. And he still has a multi-year backlog of open positions because the Republican MINORITY in the Senate blocks his nominees. Dan, don't fall for Ken's seemingly sensible ideas. I always thought you were smarter than that. ...(full comment)
Public opinion can be a fickle thing. The scientific data on global warming is a matter of belief--it's cold, hard facts. Had you polled southerners in 1960 about civil rights, what would you have found? Or polled Germans in 1935 about Hitler and his Reich? The deniers are using the same Big Lie tactics, as perfected by the tobacco lobby 40 years later: repeating lies and half-truths, to sow confusion and doubt. No amount of back-filling or counter-claims can change that fact. ...(full comment)
The fact that DII & DI schools have both agreed that there is enough evidence to warrant this action speaks volumes. Frank Alosa did the same thing at Trinity that he and his son are now doing at Pembroke. The only thing Coach Matt Alosa can hang his hat on that he has accomplished by himself is his high school and college stats as a player. Otherwise, his father has done the work for him. Anyone - ANYONE who has been involved with basketball in the state of NH in the last 25 years will tell you that the Alosa family has been at this for over two decades. Now, Frank funnels the Raider players to Matt at Pembroke. Shame on the Pembroke administration for even considering what has happened to be legitimate. I have watched Pembroke basketball over the past 4 years and the culture there is now sick. I witnessed a Pembroke player intentionally making contact with opposing player in the groin at Windham - In fact the player for the Spartans was suspended for it for 1 game. Intentionally dunking in warm ups in spite of technical, running up the score at Kingswood, and the list goes on. Keep your banner & wins. Good for Pembroke. It has been done in the spirit of win at the cost of the dignity of the sport and character of the Academy. If I were the superintendent I would fire Alosa, the AD for allowing this farce to occur, and headmaster Reardon. ...(full comment)