Steven J Connolly

Friday
Oct242014

To Respect Florence. New Endeavor. 

I'm sure there won't be a heck of a lot of NH political content in this blog, but I'm still going to move forward. This morning I got up early and left New Hampshire for an out of state job interview. I'm pleased that it went well.

There are still a few details, but at this point it looks like I'll be working outside of New Hampshire in about a month and a half. 

After the interview I ended up finding an interesting art/coffee shop which was right up the road from my new perspective employer. For whatever reason I decided to stop, hopefully the coffee would be of Starbucks or Kureg quality... in this world how could it not be!Florence, Italy

In any case I went into this place and other than an some people huddled intently around a laptop the place seemed deserted. There wasn't anyone behind the counter, but they did have a really good selection of coffee and...

Some really cool art/paintings on the walls of Florence, Italy. Most cool."Can I help you" I hear a voice call out, I'm assuming it's for me. I think the laptop commandos are more or less preoccupied, at least this is my sense. I'm still looking at Florence, Italy and I turn around to a lady who reminds of 1960s Woodstock, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, and "I'm looking for a coffee and espresso shot." Ask And You Shall Recieve. Espresso Goes Good In Coffee

"What size she says."

"A medium" I respond, and believe it or not I'm not even thinking about the sales tax I'm going to have to pay as the result of this decision, and it was good coffee indeed.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Oct232014

It's Not Bad. It's Politics. 

I'm just finishing watching the Shaheen vs. Brown debate on CNN with Wolf Blitzer. I don't know where politics is going in this state but I'm starting to think these "debates" are nothing more than an agreement between the networks and the respective campaigns for reduced advertising space in exchange for 45 minutes of reality tv which in turn, sells merchandising and advertising.

I think Scott Brown fell mostly on his face. Especially when he was asked "yes" or "no"whether he supports raising the minimum wage. He responded by telling a story about working at Dunkin Doughnuts. His comment(s) about outsourcing the second amendment to the UN deserves some scrutiny as well.

I'm not defending Shaheen either. However, as I've previously reported on this very board is that Shaheen has been in politics long enough to know to come prepared to a debate, especially with her short, pointed answers.

One of them actually floored me. The question was about health care and she stated that "90,000 had signed up for Obama care and that they were better off." This is interesting, I wonder if this statement can be independently verified?

Do you know of anyone in New Hampshire that has signed up for Obama Care? Are they better off?

I was going to use the rest of this blog to outline what my own adventures have been with signing up for Obama Care. So far it has been alot like this U.S. Senate debate and what politics in this state has become.

Everything has been outsourced including the future.

 

 

Wednesday
Oct222014

To Rule From The Top. 

This probably won't be the most organized blog I've ever done but here I go!

I haven't been in elected office since 1998 but I'm still on the mailing list for the NH Challenge newspaper which is a small newsletter dedicated primarily to individuals that face challenges in New Hampshire, whether this is Downs Syndrome, Autism or an accident victim in a wheelchair facing years of rehabilitation.

The elections are near and this month's issue is about the candidates which, I think says alot about their true characters. Let's start with the gubernatorial race. The candidates were asked about their position(s) and policy about issues like disabilities and moving forward in New Hampshire. Gov. Hassan Position On Disabilities Is Quality. It's Too Bad That She Can't Run Other Issues This Way.

Gov. Hassan gave some really good answer(s). Much of what she stated had to do with personal empowerment and giving individuals a chance to lead an "independent life." Hassan talked about various policy issues such as Medicaid II and an attempt to "delay it's implementation"for strategic reasons. I'm not a Gov. Hassan supporter, but on this issue she is getting something right.

Walt Havenstein didn't even bother responding to the question(s) poised. The authors at NH Challengedid some research into the Havenstein campaign and from what they've said, Havenstein has never taken any type of position or made a statement about anyone that has a "disability."

The State Senate candidates didn't do much better; a majority of them didn't respond, even some like Sen. Jeff Woodburn, District #1 that were contacted at least three (3) times to find out what his position(s) were on issues described in NH Challenge newspaper.

Three times.

Sen. Woodburn seems to have endless time to babble and fluff in the Coos County Democrat with 3/4 page interviews and he seems to love to talk into the microphone and listen to himself talk at WLTN radio in Littleton but, he can't respond to a question that has been asked three times?

Political affiliation regardless I think politicians like Havenstein, Woodburn are individuals that essentially want to rule from the top. Issues and people that aren't convenient simply don't exist.  

 

Wednesday
Oct222014

Garcia Should Lose. 

I'm really disapointed in both campaigns for the Second Congressional District. I tried to start watching Rep. Annie Kuster and her Republican opponent Marilinda Garcia, and their "debate" if it even can be called this.

To me it was more like a small minded, petty cat fight. This Is What The Kuster-Garcia Debate Reminds Me Of.

Garcia should lose this race simply because not only could she not "rise above it."she hasn't done anything to prove her critics are wrong in their statements that she isn't experienced enough to be a member of Congress.

An example: Garcia made a gaffe in her statement about the possibility of the capitol corridor rail project. "I'll have to get back to you on this she said." She never got back.If Garcia Can't Run A Political Campaign How Can She Be An Effective Member Of Congress?

Instead one of the Garcia paid staffers issued a press release stating that "Garcia supported the rail project."

This isn't leadership especially since there are literally reams of information readily available. Ranging from academic sources like MIT to railroad companies that have studied the very same issue. Except Garcia isn't interested in substance her presentation shows this.

I'm not defending Annie Kuster either, but she is the incumbent and has the political experience and battle works around her as a defense. This is what has to be attacked and it wasn't.

I'm ready to call this race as well. I think a substantial number of "undecideds won't even bother voting" in this congressional race. I'll go with 45% for Garcia and Kuster 53%. And it not that Kuster will have a good night, it's because Garcia is not running a campaign that goes anywhere.

Literally. And I don't care how much she pays herself.

Saturday
Oct182014

Fury Movie Review. 

It was opening night for the movie, Fury staring Brad Pitt and Shia LeBouf. I wanted to do a review while it's still fresh in my mind.

This movie is worth seeing just for the special effects, battle scenes and a graphic demonstration of the brutality and violence of the closing days of World War II. (And it is brutal).

I wasn't planning on even watching this movie after reading some of the reviews in the Boston Globe and other places, it seemed that this was another Hollywood-revisionist action history movie designed to sell tickets.

Not the case.

History, to me really wasn't an issue. It takes place in the closing month of the war as a defeated Nazi Germany breathes it last desperate gasps of air. This is an action movie. Brad Pitt is a hardened battle sargeant leading a Sherman Tank platoon to various rescue missions as an advancing U.S. Army has underestimated the fighting capabilities of small pockets of a defeated German army. This movie takes place inside of a tank named fury on the various missions...

This movie does something else that I haven't seen in any World War II movie including "Saving Private Ryan."which would be somewhat comparative. Deep character development here. Not only is the character well explained, but after some time I think the viewer can see the difference between right v. wrong and why things in war happen the way that they do. It is basically what can become unleashed.

My favorite line was when Brad Pitt is leading the tank platoon along a road in the rolling countryside toward a nearly destroyed town with refugees on both sides of the road. Pitt is small talking with his crew and looks at the scene and says, "I wonder if Jesus loves Hitler."

Perhaps the real fury has been defined.