Ed Naile, CNHT

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Taking The Lead In Hiding The Lead

I have been following the news accounts of illegal lead paint chip dumping by NH DOT employees.

Since I was introduced to the goings on with the NH DOT, specifically the Bridge Dept., back in 1991 when they covered up the bait and switch of materials put into a bridge in my town I feel I am somewhat of an expert on how they handle controversy.

I met during that 1991 bridge fiasco in my town, then and now again, Commissioner Mr. O’Leary and his assistant Leon Kenison, so to me this illegal lead paint chip dumping ordeal makes perfect sense.

All you have to do is follow the story:

It comes to light through what seems to be a disgruntled DOT employee’s complaint that DOT workers have been dumping lead paint on NH DOT property—specifically tons of materials buried under a floor of a DOT building on Range Road in Franklin. This has been going on, off and on, for about 18 years.

DOT Commish Charles O’Leary, who was Commissioner during some of the alleged dumping time period is now in charge again - appointed by the little Governor himself.

June 2007, the dumping comes to light. O’Leary states that mistakes were made and that one employee was fired and others disciplined. The NH Attorney General’s Office declared that they had completed a 15 month investigation related to this matter.

They vow to clean the mess up. Meetings are held — can’t have a situation like this without powerful people at meetings. Right?

The DOT gets “fined” some $330,000.00 by the DES? (Haven’t figured that one out yet.)

And the “clean-up” has a price tag of $1.5 million. Boy that’s tidy—and quick.

It was reported by the AP on June 23 that the “testing” of properties near the Franklin dumping site were cleared of lead pollution. So far so good. Tons of lead paint get buried for a twenty year period and there is no trace to be found in adjoining properties. Amounts in the 50 parts per million range are found but the threshold for clean up is 400 parts per million. But then more “testing” needs to be done.

Some “testing” has been coming in though.

August 1, “The Citizen” reporter Gail Ober quotes State Rep. Jim Ryan in her lead paint story that the Governor himself wants to keep a “bright light” on this. That should prove interesting.

And farther along in August 1, The Citizen article is says that one third of the famous floor of the Franklin, Range Road DOT building was dug up and only two pieces of epoxy the size of a thumb were found. Not only were just two tiny pieces of possibly lead paint bearing epoxy found, it looks as though no dumping occurred. Other test pits were “equally unremarkable.”

Now it all makes sense to me.

An illegal lead paint dumping scandal hits the DOT.

The new Commissioner, just appointed by Mr. Popularity, takes charge.

The AG’s Office steps in.

Anonymous state employees get sacked and disciplined. Even though there is as of now no trace of any illegal dumping those anonymous state employees stay quiet, fired, and disciplined.

The DES gets a $330,00.00 windfall.

The NH DOT has $1.5 million in fresh cash to spend “cleaning up” the mess.

No lead is found.

The Governor takes credit for being on top of the whole thing.

So far, so good!


All "They" Have To Do Is Hold Up A Mirror, That Will At Least Slow Him Down

John Edwards has a new video release of a rant he gave at some liberal function about how "they" are trying to shut him up. Here is a quote from his new campaign theme:

"This stuffs not an accident. Nobody in this room should think this is an accident. You know, I'm out there speaking up for universal healthcare, ending this war in Iraq, speaking up for the poor. They want to shut me up. That's what this is about. "Let's distract from people who don't have health care coverage. Let's distract from people who can't feed their children.... Let's talk about this silly frivolous nothing stuff so that America won't pay attention."

They will never silence me. Never.

If we don't stand up to these people, if we don't fight em, if we don't beat them, they're going to continue to control this country. They're going to control the media. They're going to control what's being said. They do not want to hear us talking about health care for everybody."

This from the guy who was caught in an unguarded moment on a microphone he thought was off scheming with Hillary to get the lesser "not serious" candidates out of Democrat debates. 

Yep, he's a lawyer all right.


My Other Life, Part Two

This year the Stihl Timbersports Series finals were in Stillwater, Minnesota. The event had pole climbing and log rolling, also known as burling, along with boom running, a competition involving running across a pond of floating logs. They even had a black Lab that could do it.

I work for Granite State Lumberjack Shows and we handle all the “heavyweight” events like chopping and stock racing saws as well as monster saws made from snow mobile engines. We ran our events between other shows.

This gave us time off during log rolling and climbing events to roam downtown Stillwater. I put it to some “political” use you might say.

Three of us hit several used book stores. John, the Barrington school teacher, and Garrett our Renaissance Man from Maine dived into the racks with me. John is a classic liberal and Garrett is a Libertarian/Free Thinker, if I can pigeon hole him at all.

I told them what I was looking for and that was some extra classic conservative books to fill out my collection. Garrett was interested in a book I told him about last year called, A Treatise On The Constitution, by John Story, one of our first US Supreme Court Justices.  Garrett had it online but wanted a hard copy. We could not find that book but it did lead us to the section I would love to own.

Human Action by vonMises in hard back cost me $25.00. I was happy to have it. I snagged a book on the history of tax revolts in America and a great book of photos of American Indian artifacts I am sure I had seen years ago at a neighbor’s house in Pa. when I was a kid.

Then I spotted what I thought was a real gem, The Correspondence Of Adam Smith. There were two copies.

There in that book were all the existing letters Adam Smith wrote to and received from the people of his time such as David Hume in the late 1700’s. I read some Hume last year but did not finish the book I had.

Since we were in a USED book store I had visions of loading up on several rare items. Wrong!

The Adam Smith book - $100.00! - so I left without it. On to the next used book store.

This store had for sale a set of books I own called, A Biographical Dictionary Of The Left, by Francis X. Gannon. My luck, they had no price so I could not find out what they are worth on the used book market. I own vols. I, III, and IV, and now that I know they are worth saving I guess I will keep them.

So I am content with the books I bought in Stillwater and I am encouraged that the ones I found interesting are still worth a few dollars.

That makes me ready for Matt Simon’s NHInsider.com reading challenge I would assume.


Genius Of All Generals

So Her Highness Hillary is agitating for a public disclosure of the Bush administration retreat plans for Iraq.

But didn't she ask to see them back when she voted to go to war with Iraq in the first place?

Hillary did vote to send troops to Iraq. Remember how it was thought to be a bold and calculated move to take the "Democrats are weak on defence" theme away from Republicans?

I remember how helpless the Republicans looked having to sit by and watch Hillary show how tough a socialist/progressive/liberal could be when our country was attacked.

Back then it was political genius on her part.

What happened?


My Other Life, Part One

My lack of posting is the result of working on the 2007 Stihl Timbersports Series held this year in Dubuque Iowa, Decatur Alabama, and last week in Stillwater Minnesota. It will air sometime in November on ESPN II.

Except for a representative from each country going to Germany in October - I won’t - the season here is over for this national event – and none too soon - as I am beat from driving the truck back here 1,400 miles from Minn.

My “job” at the series is, along with driving the wood and stage materials to the event is to set up and tear down, along with all things chainsaw. I don chainsaw chaps and make all the cuts to any competition wood. I also set up a staging area and bunk for the Stihl technical guys to adjust the competition saws before each race.

This year I could not cut a straight line to save my soul. When it goes down hill it just keeps going. And no one else wants anything to do with taking this particular job. I can’t blame them. A chainsaw never makes a perfect cut like a cross cut saw can.

There is only so much competition wood available at an event so my job is to square up each saw race block with minimal loss. What is normally a simple task ended with small crowds surrounding me offering advice on what was going hay-wire. Add to that a thousand people in the stands watching along with two boom cameras and a multitude of shoulder-operated cameras staring at you as well. And on top of it my “receiving criticism” skills need some brushing up.

No pressure there.

I put on a new saw chain, cleaned the bar, tightened the chain, filed the chain, moved my feet, I even tried several stances and grips. There was no problem cutting straight lines in the warm up wood we had plenty of, which was baffling. I eventually borrowed a new model 660 from the Stihl guys, cranked that chain as tight as possible and ran that. It helped a bit but by then I had tried so many solutions everything was out of sync.

And then what happens?

With eight competitors we wound up with a tie for first place and between fifth and sixth place. Each competitor gets four inches to make two cuts and we only had two blocks of matched wood left - short blocks at that. Ties are broken by stock saw races with a Stihl 660 saw on 16" wood.

This means two more races in the type of wood I was using up trying to cut a straight line. We had to, in the end, toe nail the remaining competition wood, which was now in short pieces, to dummy blocks set up in the standard holders. Each time a race begins the judge makes a chalk line on the wood using the cut face I make as a template.

The last cut I made had a small tilt in at the bottom you could see from my side, which was the side the competitor was looking at. The tie was between David Bolstad and Jayson Wynyard, both competing out of New Zealand. Bolstad looked at the block I just cut and said he would take it, sparing me having to make another cut. The stocksaw race was for $18,000 and first place and a new Dodge pickup truck. Bolstad won by a hair so I lucked out.

Now it is back to the drawing board to find out what the heck was making me cut crooked.