Archive | April 2013

Alton, NH: Board Of Health & Alton Central School (ACS) Board ‘Special’ Meeting On Monday, April 29, 2013.

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Alton School Board Committee Assignments
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I wasn’t sure what to expect from this meeting, but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by the incisiveness, diligence, acumen and forthrightness of the Board of Health (a.k.a. ‘selectman’), in particular Loring Carr, David Hussey and Cydney Johnson. Having got used to the imperious manner in which some of the ACS Board members treat the tax paying plebs of Alton, it was amazing to hear Town officials that seem to actually care about what the citizens have said, are saying and have voted. This was a good meeting, though I am sure some on the School Board and in the ACS administration did not think so. Credibility was very much at stake. I urge people to watch the video recording. I did not see any newspaper reporters, though they might have come in disguise. I would love to see this very forum meet more often. Not sure how that can be made to happen. But, I have to say, today was good.

Alton Central School (ACS) District Appears To Be Cavalier, If Not Lax, When It Comes To Contracts Paid For With Taxpayer Funds.

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Alton School Board Committee Assignments — Apr. 28, 2013.
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I was given this letter this evening at the ‘special’ (Selectman)/Board of Health/ACS School Board meeting held at the Town Hall.


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Click to ENLARGE.


This is the second time I have heard that the SAU is having trouble providing a contract for what are financial transactions.

This to me, coming from the corporate world, seems strange. I guess compliance nor accountability is a big issue to an SAU. Hhhmmm.

A New Oxymoron: ‘George W. Bush Library’.

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Simply stated an ‘oxymoron‘ is a combination of words that don’t really go together in one sentence. Some classic examples include: ‘army intelligence‘, ‘almost pregnant‘, ‘demilitarized zone‘ etc. You can find a fairly large list here.

Well, I think even his mother (whose picture (honest) has pride of place in our house (but maybe because whose sitting on her lap) would admit that a library is not something that you would normally associate with the ‘Shrub’ — though, of course, I know that his long suffering wife trained to be a librarian. Conan O’Brien, speaking at the ‘White House Correspondents’ Dinner‘ on Saturday night, had this to say: “the new facility has hundreds of documents from the Bush-era, and if you go you can be the first to read them“. Boom, boom. Letterman was more blunt: “The Bush Presidential Library is beautiful, and they have a huge section devoted to weapons of mass destruction, but nobody can find it”.



The sad thing is and I often cringe about this, is that I used to be a staunch supporter of him. I desperately wanted him to win in 2000 and sat in front of my TV, day in and day out, sacrificing my then very lucrative high-tech consulting practice, rooting for him to beat Gore — by any means, legal or otherwise.

I have to grant that he did wrought a miracle when it came to me. I used to be a rabid, ‘to-the-right-of-Margaret-Thatcher‘, ‘Reagan-worshipping‘, conservative. Bush turned me into the Obamaite democrat that I now am. Just for that I am grateful to the ‘shrub’.

It is interesting that the family also realized that it would be embarrassing to have a library associated with the man best described as ‘lacking any intellectual curiosity’. So, they actually do NOT call it a library. Notice, no mention of the word library or books! I rest my case.

More Recent, Non-U.S. April 2013 Google Doodles — Including A Pleasingly Artistic One For St. George’s Day & An Eye Catching One For South Africa.

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Not sure why St. George is portrayed with a noticeable grimace. Are they trying to take the mickey? St. George is normally shown calm and composed as he does battle. Click to access the Doodle in Google’s archive.


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Click to access Google's Doodle archive.

Click to access Google’s Doodle archive.



Typical depiction of St. George, this one by the incomparable Italian Renaissance Master, Raphael, now at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


Alton Prospect Mountain School: School Board Committee Assignments Are Beyond Ironic Or Even Incongruous! Talk About Chutzpah.

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On April 14, 2013, I flagged that some of the Alton School Board members may have some germane, financial matters related issues, already in the public domain, that they might want to disclose so that we are all on the same chapter so to speak.

Suffice to say that no such disclosures have been forthcoming.

Then, I saw the School Board committee assignments for Prospect Mountain High School (PMHS) in ‘The Baysider‘. That was beyond a joke.


Click to access the April 25, 2013 'The Baysider' with the relevant article as the front page cover story.

Click to access the April 25, 2013 ‘The Baysider’ with the relevant article as the front page cover story.


There are a number of words that come to my mind to describe some of these assignments. Shameless is high on the list.

Contrary to what some people think I have no real desire to muck rake or embarrass folks. That is why I urged that the relevant folks make their own disclosures — given that all the pertinent information is already in the public domain. So, I am not going to call out the specific, grossly inappropriate assignments. But lets just say that they had a committee for ‘nutrition and exercise for kids‘. Well it would be like assigning a school board member with a BMI of 35 to that committee. Enough said. At some point this stuff will have to come out. There might even be some legal requirements for disclosure. But, I will let others worry about that, for the time being.

President Obama Gives GoDaddy An Enormous (‘Free’) Plug On TV At The “White House Correspondents’ Association” Dinner Last Night.

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Click to access video coverage from CNN.

Click to access video coverage from CNN.


That they picked Danica Patrick’s GoDaddy NASCAR car, with the GoDaddy logos clearly emblazoned, could not have been a coincidence. Great publicity for GoDaddy, and I am glad given how they helped me out during the papal transition.

Not sure how GoDaddy pulled off this coup. I don’t think (but I could be wrong) that my President would just succumb to the charms of a GoDaddy wet T-shirt girl. That would have, of course, worked with Clinton.

So I have to think that some real mulla, in the millions, was involved in this — either as campaign donations in the past or as a direct payment for this priceless ad.

That is what confuses me. I could be wrong. GoDaddy could be an Obama supporter, which would make me very happy.

GoDaddy, in the end, is Bob Parsons company; he being the founder and now the Executive Chairman.

I have never had the honor of directly interacting with Bob.

But, I have had exceptional service and support from his staff in his office. Which is more than I can say about TDS and its CEO’s staff.

When GoDaddy was pulling out all the stops to help me deal with the huge spike in hits I was getting on my pope blog, I was told that Bob had heard about my problem and was personally monitoring my blog to make sure that it was coping with the traffic demands. I was very grateful. I was going to write a thank you note but was told, explicitly, that it would not be necessary.

Bob Parson is a true maverick and I do admire his style and tastes (and what real, hot-blooded male wouldn’t). So, for all I know, he, like so many high-tech moguls, Hollywood megastars and Warren Buffet could be an Obama supporter. That would neat.

Either way, I loved seeing the GoDaddy plug.

I thoroughly enjoyed the President’s speech and that of Conan O’Brien. Very clever. Very funny. This repartee by Conan had me in stitches: “Speaker Boehner and President Obama are still struggling to get along. President Obama and John Boehner are kind of like a blind date between Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow. In theory, they understand each other’s positions, but deep down, you know nothing’s ever going to happen“. [In case you don’t get it, they are both gay.]

If you just want the quick highlights of the jokes, try this link.

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