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New Hampshire politics: Andy Martin’s endorsement in a close congressional race – Chris Pappas is my cousin; I’m voting for Eddie Edwards

New Hampshire conservative GOP leader Andy Martin explains why he is enthusiastically voting for Eddie Edwards for Congress. Andy got to know Edwards during the recent primary campaign and explains why he supports Eddie. Andy is a cousin of Democrat Chris Pappas, and grew up knowing all of the Puritan Restaurant’s founders and owners, making Andy’s endorsement of Eddie Edwards even more significant.

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Andy Martin supports Eddie Edwards for Congress

(Manchester, NH) (November 5, 2018)

Dear New Hampshire Voter:

Tomorrow is likely to be a close election. As a candidate in the primary, I did not want to seem like a buttinski during the general election. So I kept my mouth shut. But because of the closeness of the election, I feel honor bound to provide my input. I don’t want to remain silent when every vote counts.

Chris Pappas is my cousin. I am voting for Eddie Edwards.

Let me explain why.

1. Family connections

Chris Pappas’ great grandfather, Arthur Pappas, married my grandfather’s sister’s daughter. Growing up, we “lived” at the Puritan Restaurant when we came to Manchester. My mother had worked there as a high school and college girl. The Puritan had two major founders, Arthur Pappas and Louis Canotas. Canotas baptized my mother; he was her godfather. Charlie Pappas, who created the modern Puritan Backroom, was my mother’s favorite cousin and vice versa. My memories of Charlie are still vivid.

Arthur owned a property at 1040 Elm Street, where his son Charlie lived on the first floor and Cousin Theo lived on the second. I stayed there every time we came home to Manchester. A few times I even baby sat Chris’s father. I know so much about the family because I was the first born, and thus got to see and hear things for years, alone, as I was dragged from family event to family event. (I am the only one who is fluent in Greek.)

I flew back for Charlie Pappas’ funeral, as well as that of his wife Mary. I cannot really explain and express the love and warmth that existed among our families. (I could go on with more details, but enough. You get the point.)

I bore you with these historical facts – my family has been in Manchester over 100 years – because you can now understand why it is so difficult for me to endorse Edie Edwards over Chris Pappas.

Although I have never met Chris Pappas – we bumped into each other on the campaign trial – I haven’t been close for a long time. Charlie’s kids grew up and I lived in many places around the world. But I’m certain Chris and his dad are both fine people and my support for Edwards is not a slur on the family.

2. The 2018 primary

I am in a strange place vis a vis the September primary. My work with the Right to Know law really defined the primary. My campaign efforts ended up choosing the winner; unfortunately it wasn’t me.

During primaries, candidates often get to know each other and by election time they are sufficiently friendly – if still adversarial – they can support each other after the election. That is essential in New Hampshire where there is only a small gap between the primary and general elections.

Unfortunately, the evil leadership of the New Hampshire GOP did everything it could to sabotage my campaign. They were sending me solicitations for contributions, to use my own money against me! The party leadership supported Andy Sanborn but, with my Right to Know litigation driving the news, Edwards emerged the winner.

3. Eddie Edwards: why he has my vote

I have not spoken with Eddie since the primary and he has not asked for my endorsement. But I give it freely.

I did get to know Edwards during the primary. We are not close; but I have a lifetime of experience analyzing and observing individuals and assessing their potential. Despite the efforts of the evil clown man, Wayne McDonald, to separate the congressional candidates, I gradually got to know Edwards and eventually to like him.

I have also been close to African-Americans all of my life, from my days in primary school. I was recruited to play Big Ten football in part because the coach wanted someone who would break the color bar. Whites and Blacks roomed separately; during the turmoil of the civil rights era the coach wanted someone to break that disparity. My roommate was an African-American. Today I belong to a church with somewhere around 50% African-American membership. I worked in a U. S. Senator’s office during the darkest days of racism and bigotry in Chicago. I know the handicaps African-Americans have faced, and still face every day.

My relatives came to New Hampshire over 100 years ago and achieved the American dream. Eddie Edwards came as a navy recruit and he has achieved the American dream. He did so despite handicaps that make his success all the more extraordinary.

Chris Pappas has been a career politician since graduating from Harvard. So he is glib and conversant with the Democratic Party playbook: higher taxes, more spending, open borders, blah, blah, blah. Pappas will be a Nancy Pelosi clone if he is elected. Sad but true. Just look at who is supporting him. And who is behind him.

Eddie Edwards’ biggest challenge is that he is not a politician. He sometimes says things that Democrats exploit. Edwards is not going to abolish Social Security. Since, like Eddie, I am a weight lifter, I am the only guy who could punch him out if he even tried. Both parties have “think tanks” that put out psychobabble (to justify their own existences) and almost all of their output will never see the light of day in Congress. Like dumb elephants, Republicans always walk in their own doo doo and permit Democrats to engage in Mediscare. Medicare has been on the books for over 50 years and is going nowhere. President Trump understands that.

Here is where Eddie will stand out in Washington. He will stand up for what is right. (I’ll be there to help him if he wants my help.) His pre-primary refusal to endorse Andy Sanborn was one of the most courageous gestures I have seen in over a half century of political involvement.

Despite his TV ads, I don’t know what the state of Eddie’s muscles really is; weight lifting is a chore. But I can tell you he has one of the strongest backbones I have seen in many, many years. That is why I will vote for him Tuesday with enthusiasm. I know I will be proud to do so.

I hope you will also vote for Eddie Edwards. You’ll be proud you did.

Andy Martin

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Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-nine years of background in radio and television and with five decades of intelligence, investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, military and intelligence matters. For a full bio, go to: http://www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also http://www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; http://www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at http://www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire over 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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New Hampshire Republican leader Andy Martin backs Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U. S. Supreme Court

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Hon. Chuck Grassley
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Dear Senator Grassley:

Because I believe your somewhat inept leadership of the Judiciary Committee is doing incalculable damage to the Senate and to your own staff, I am writing to express my opinions and to ask that you take strong leadership in the continuing matter of the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

1. My background and experience

I have litigated cases in the D. C. Circuit going back forty-nine (49) years with a surprisingly strong average of success, so I am familiar with that court. I was a witness concerning another nominee in a hearing before your committee in 1974. I worked for Senator Paul Douglas, worked with Senator Everett Dirksen’s office and served as an outside consultant to Senator Phil Hart. I am not a partisan ideologue although I am a conservative Republican.

I first went to the Senate as an intern in 1965, working on a senior thesis in the Parliamentarian’s office. I served as an informal background expert for the Church Committee regarding the CIA.

Until recently, I maintained an office on Connecticut Avenue where I did consulting, research and analysis.

2. Culture analyst

As a student writer, I wrote an unpublished novel titled the “Orphans of Suburbia,” which dealt with adolescents and college students such as Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanagh. That experience was woven into my analysis, research and profiling over the decades. So, I think I am somewhat unique in understanding the culture of Georgetown Prep and Yale. I was a football player and honor student at the University of Illinois so I toggled between the “jock culture” and the “nerd culture.” When I express analysis and opinions they are premised on a deep reservoir of experience and observation.

3. Similar incident experience

I have observed and participated in situations where students were acting out, and where someone exposed to a traumatic situation could not remember the episode a couple of hours later. (Seven years later the victim still did not have any awareness of the incident and the danger to her life.)

4. The witnesses

One witness, Dr. Ford, was a child, and has never been analyzed with a focus on her status as a child of fifteen (15) at the time her accusations arose. The perceptions of a child differ materially from those of a mature adult. The other “witness,” Ms. Ramirez, was a young adult at college. She can be expected to have greater awareness and cognition.

Unfortunately, they have been lumped together as “accusers” despite the fact that their emotional experiences were very different and should not be conflated. I do not believe either witness should be attacked. But even under the looser standards of a senate hearing the testimony of every witness must be tested for accuracy. The bizarre claim by some of your colleagues that any accusation, however undocumented, must automatically be believed is sheer nonsense.

A. Dr. Ford

I have an intuitive sense that Dr. Ford was exposed to something unpleasant. But I am challenged to believe her story about Judge Kavanaugh. Initially I thought she was at some large, raucous party. Today I became aware that the “party” may have been much smaller, a factor that has to be carefully weighed in evaluating the credibility of her testimony. I have been in fraternity parties at Wesleyan University where people were indeed out of control and probably were not aware who was doing what to whom (one reason I chose to attend the U. of I.).

We also have not seen any awareness of the guilt trigger. If someone is guilty about what happened to them in an incident, they will inevitably repress, suppress and distort memory of that event. With all due respect, there is a greater likelihood that Dr. Ford was failed by her parents than failed by Judge Cavanagh. A fifteen year-old girl (child) should not have been sent unsupervised to a “party” with a bunch of older boys. The conflicts and confusion that arose from an unspecified experience at some unspecified location at some unspecified date and time make her recollection of events tenuous even though there is a genuine core to her trauma.

I know we are in a senate hearing, and not a court of law, as some people seem to forget. But I doubt a prosecutor would take a case to a grand jury where the victim’s recollections were so highly selective and opaque.

I also find Dr. Ford to be highly manipulative. We seem to forget she has a Ph.D. in psychology and has been a researcher and faculty member for many years. So, when she claims she is an ingenue in public, seeking special treatment, her explanation seems somewhat hollow.

A person who is seeking to stay anonymous does not start by contacting a newspaper and “requesting confidentiality.” Whether she knows it or not, Dr. Ford’s initial contact with the Washington Post psychoanalytically was an effort to become public and to be drawn into a public arena. Like Bre’r Rabbit asking not to be thrown into the Briar Patch, constant protestations of a desire for confidentiality, all made to public officials, taken in totality are not the way an experienced college professor advised by an experienced attorney would protect her anonymity.

Dr. Ford’s constant confidentiality demands amount to a desire to enter the public sphere. That is why I believe she is a highly manipulative individual and, with an increasingly prominent cadre of attorneys to assist her, her uncompromising demands have successfully made the Senate into a laughingstock.

As I write Tuesday morning, she has “accepted” an offer to testify” without any announced criteria for her testimony. How can you accept an offer without accepting all of the offer? A partial acceptance is a counteroffer, not an acceptance. The Senate has looked feeble while Dr. Ford has now been “believed” by senators and members of the public who have never seen her, never heard her and have no idea what her detailed accusations or evidence are. Such “belief” is more akin to a cult that a confirmation proceeding.

B. Ms. Ramirez

The differences between a fifteen year-old child and an eighteen year-old woman are considerable. Thus Ms. Ramirez’ testimony can legitimately be held to a much higher standard. Unfortunately, she offers an even less credible platform for her accusations. If you have to caucus with a lawyer for several days to arrive at a “story,” no prosecutor would take such a claim seriously. If you are still not clear on who did what, decades later, there is little prospect that even the loser evidentiary standards of a senate proceeding can rescue such an insufficient body of factual information from irrelevance or disbelief.

5. Your somewhat bizarre leadership of the process

A. The ridiculous “witness” process

The clown show where “witnesses” pop up long after the committee’s investigation and hearings have been completed, and members of the Committee claim such witnesses “must be heard,” is nonsense. The Committee should adopt strict, public procedural rules for processing future nominations, so that the travesty of closing a hearing and a background check, only to face claims of a need to reopen, must be avoided.

The Committee looks incompetent, feckless and out of control. No one has a right to obstruct or disrupt the Senate. Orderly process is essential. Because you appear to have weak control of the committee, you have been forced to tolerate the regrettable process where people are popping up, demands are made for “investigations” and the abuse keeps repeating itself, all in an untimely manner. Every area of government, legislative, judicial and executive, routinely sets timetables and deadlines and adheres to them. Your committee is out of control. Constant deadlines, all of which were then ignored, undermine the credibility of the Committee. That is not negotiation; it is capitulation.

B. Your failure to defend staff

I have observed staff up close for over half a century. The senate has some of the most competent investigators and analysts in Washington. But when have you defended your staff and said their investigation can be the functional equivalent of an FBI background check? Instead we hear a constant chorus of demands for an “FBI investigation,” when agents would only do what your staff is doing, try to locate witnesses, listen to stale recollections and record them in some coherent manner. You need to stand up for your staff and not let your employees be bullied by blustering attorneys who do not hesitate to make exorbitant demands and posture for the media.

When the Church Committee staff was investigating allegations of CIA misconduct, the evidence was less than a decade old. I am not sure that FBI background checkers could do a better job than your staff in evaluating what are now 35 year-old matters, but nowhere have you stood up to say “enough of this FBI demand.” I can’t say for sure, but I suspect that your experienced staff members could do an even better job than the FBI, because they would be more relaxed and informal than agents.

C. Who runs the Committee?

While I realize that in most hearings senators want to ask the questions and posture for the cameras, when you are dealing with allegations of criminal conduct due process demands a more coherent interrogation process. I endorse the proposal that a female attorney ask the questions. That way the process will not be interrupted every few minutes as you switch from senator to senator, and counsel can ask follow-up and probing questions without the necessity of yielding every five minutes or so. Who should make the decision as to how questioning should proceed?

In what is one of the more bizarre, and suspicious, demands by Dr. Ford, she wants senators to interrogate her, because such questioning would be far less organized and coherent than an inquiry presented by a single staff attorney, preferably a woman. If you don’t have someone on staff that you believe can conduct a thorough examination of the witness, there are many, many very competent women who are former prosecutors and defense lawyers in Washington who would handle the job with ease. (I do not believe former Senator Ayotte is a strong enough interrogator to fill this role.)

Dr. Ford’s accusations have to be subjected to serious, searching inquiry. That is not possible with a rotating panel of twenty-one senators. Even if the Democrats will not agree to route their own questions through a single attorney, Republicans absolutely must employ a single questioner, preferably a woman. Don’t bungle the inquiry by using the traditional approach to more routine proceedings.

6. An offer of assistance

Your staff is free to pick up the phone and call me. I would be happy to offer insight and analysis. As you can see from the foregoing I am something of an “all-in-one” expert with experience in several areas of concern to the Committee.

7. Judge Kavanaugh deserves a scrupulously fair process, not a one-sided circus

Watching members of your Committee pontificate on their “belief” that Dr. Ford is telling the truth has been a very disappointing experience. I do not want to name names, but some senators are an embarrassment to themselves and the states that sent them to Washington. There is no way you can “believe” a witness you have never seen, who has never spoken and whose testimony remains secret. Rather, to use Justice Thomas’ eternal comments, you are allowing Judge Kavanaugh to be subjected to a “high-tech lynching.”

Judge Kavanaugh deserves better. Let’s see if you provide it, or if the Jell-O-like leadership of the Committee persists.

Respectfully submitted,

Andy

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Chicago news conference: New Hampshire congressional candidate Andy Martin, a strong supporter of veterans, focusses a national spotlight on the decrepit Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy where veterans are dying unnecessarily because of Legionnaire’s Disease

Andy Martin, a New Hampshire congressional candidate, will hold a news conference today in Chicago to charge that Governor Bruce Rauner has been ineffective in preventing Illinois veterans from dying of Legionnaire’s Disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. “I know I speak for New Hampshire’s veterans, and for veterans across the United States, in condemning the mismanagement of the Illinois Veterans Home and the mistreatment of Illinois veterans who belong to all of us, from coast-to-coast,” Andy says.

Andy is a New Hampshire congressional candidate.

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New Hampshire congressional candidate and conservative columnist/blogger Andy Martin demands that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner protect Illinois veterans at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy

What:

Andy says that Illinois authorities have allowed a serious public health challenge to fester, causing over a dozen deaths of Illinois veterans

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Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash Streets, Chicago (weather permitting; otherwise indoors)

When:

Friday, February 23, 2018; 4:00 P.M.

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Andy Martin says that every veteran, from New Hampshire to California, is outraged and incensed at the maltreatment of Illinois veterans by state authorities

Andy says that Illinois authorities have neglected basic public health protocols for protecting veterans from Legionnaire’s Disease

Andy calls for Governor Bruce Rauner to take emergency action to prevent any further deaths from Legionnaire’s Disease and to protect veterans who are being housed at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy

(Chicago, IL) (February 23, 2018) New Hampshire congressional candidate and corruption fighter Andy Martin has gone to Chicago to demand that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner stop neglecting veterans housed at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

Andy will hold a Chicago news conference today to charge that Rauner’s efforts to provide a safe environment, free from Legionnaires’ disease (please see link [1] below), have been a dismal failure. Veterans continue to die from the infectious condition.

“Every veteran in America is outraged by the incompetent care being provided to Illinois’ veterans in Quincy,” Andy says. “In New Hampshire, we take protecting veterans seriously. The idea that the State of Illinois can’t protect veterans from a serious public health menace is preposterous [please see links [2] – [4] below).

“President Reagan spoke of the ‘Boys of Point Du Hoc’ who stormed the cliffs on D-Day. I was a friend of General Ray Davis who saved the ‘Frozen Chosin’ in what was one of the most brutal battles of the Korean War. I have seen our men and women at war from the Mekong River to the DMZ, from Iraq to Afghanistan. Are we to forget their sacrifices and consign them in their final years to negligent administration at the hands of incompetent politicians and bureaucrats in both political parties?

“Rauner is the governor, but the Democrats, who hold a stranglehold on the legislature, are also culpable. No veteran in Illinois or anywhere in the United States should die because of lack of proper care in a federal or state facility,” Andy says. “In New Hampshire we had a horrible VA facility; but we raised our collective voices to demand reform. Nationally, Congress has tried to reform the Veterans Administration, with mixed results. In Congress, I will be a strong advocate for veterans and for providing proper care for those few who bear the burden of protecting the many, us.

“With all due respect, if a private hospital neglected patients the way the State of Illinois has, the directors would be sent to jail. The hospital would be closed. But in government there is no accountability, there are no consequences for failure.

“I speak for every veteran across the United States [please see Link 5] in demanding that Governor Rauner take emergency action to end the preventable and avoidable Legionnaire’s Disease crisis in Quincy that is a disgrace to the people of Illinois.”

Andy is a GOP candidate in New Hampshire’s First Congressional District.
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[1]

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/legionnaires-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20351747

[2]

https://www.illinois.gov/veterans/homes/Pages/Quincy.aspx

[3]

https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/legionnaires-disease-quincy-illinois-veterans-home/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-bruce-rauner-legionnaires-quincy-20180220-story.html

[4]

http://interactive.wbez.org/legionnaires/

[5]

http://www.andymartin.com/cert.htm

http://www.andymartin.com/bio.htm

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ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With fifty years of background in radio and television and with five decades of intelligence, investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, military and intelligence matters. For a full bio, go to: http://www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also http://www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; http://www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at http://www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire over 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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GOP counterterror expert Andy Martin predicted a potential Hawai’i missile meltdown – in a November, 2017 Honolulu news conference

Counterterrorism expert Andy Martin, who over the past several years has repeatedly warned Hawai’i officials they do not take counterterrorism and critical infrastructure management seriously, told a Honolulu news conference on November 18, 2017 that the Governor and his staff were guilty of “pakololo politics” and charged that state’s residents are endangered by lackadaisical preparations for a threat. Saturday, January 13th, Andy’s predictions came true and Hawaii’s officials issued a “missile attack” warning that was not withdrawn for 38 minutes. Islanders were left in panic and there was an “emergency management meltdown” in the Aloha State.

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In a November, 2017 Honolulu news conference, GOP counterterror expert Andy Martin predicted that an episode such as Hawaii’s “missile meltdown” Saturday, January 13 was likely to happen

Andy has repeatedly warned Hawai’i officials that they do not take emergency management seriously

Andy says Hawaii’s lazy media do not act as a check on the incompetence and mismanagement of Governor Ige’s administration

Andy says because of the “insular” and “arrogant” attitude of Hawai’i leaders, President Trump should appoint an independent commission to investigate emergency management and counterterror preparation in Hawai’i

Over the past several years Andy has repeatedly warned Hawai’i officials of serious counterterror risks to the Aloha state

Andy says an air of “pakololo politics” pervades counterterrorism and emergency management preparation in Hawaii

(Manchester, NH) (January 14, 2018) Counterterrorism expert and current New Hampshire congressional candidate Andy Martin warned at a Honolulu news conference on November 18, 2017 (please see links below) that Hawaii officials were repeatedly failing to take counterterrorism and emergency management seriously. Andy said he was “concerned that a spirit of ‘pakololo politics’ pervades the state, with officials from the governor on down not taking counterterrorism seriously.

“Over the past several years I have repeatedly exposed and criticized lax security procedures in Hawai’i,” Andy says.

Here is what Andy said on November 18:

“I have seen how some states and cities respond, and others ignore the perils (of terrorism and emergency management). In Hawai’i, external threats are not taken seriously.

“Do state officials and local emergency management officers know where their infrastructure is exposed? Is there an inventory? A management plan? I blame the governor, I blame state officials and I blame city officials for lack of planning, lack of management and lack of a coordinated response. This time [the infrastructure meltdown] disruption was manageable. Next time the city may not be so lucky.”

Saturday, January 13, 2018, less than two months later, Andy’s prediction of an emergency management meltdown became real as Hawai’i officials bungled a “missile attack” and took 38 minutes to issue a clarification. Island residents and visitors were in a panic.

“Saturday afternoon, January 13, 2018 I was almost out the door to lunch when my phone rang. I went back and saw the call was from Hawai’i. My Honolulu station chief was very excited and said he had just received a warning the state was under missile attack. I told him I would check out the report but it took Hawai’i officials 38 minutes to issue a correction.

“Hawai’i is an increasingly one-party state where there is no opposition, virtually no oversight and absolutely no concern for emergency management. Hawai’i media likewise provide little oversight and do not act as a serious check on local corruption and mismanagement.

“Looking like the proverbial deer caught in the headlights, Saturday Governor Ige said the missile reporting disaster ‘would not happen again.’ But that is simply not true. The system is broken, not just the panic ‘button.’ Ige presides over an arrogant and incompetent administration where national security and emergency management threats are simply viewed as ‘haole hysteria.’ While Hawai’i no longer has pineapple plantations, there is a pineapple-like mentality in the state capitol.”

“The time has long since passed when Hawai’i officials should stop pretending they are an independent nation and start acting like one of the fifty states. They need to rejoin the real world. Because of its location in the mid-Pacific, Hawai’i is at the top of the terror target list. I have been making this case for years, with officials steadily rejecting any connection to unfolding events and risks facing the United States from North Korea, radical Islam and others.

“How could someone ‘make a mistake’ and ‘press the wrong button?’ Is that the way emergency management is structured in Honolulu? Did it really take them 38 minutes to figure out how to correct their mistake? Who was on duty? We need complete transparency, not flatulent promises? Was one person able to make such a serious decision without consulting anyone? Was there really a button that someone could press to warn of a nuclear attack? Who is responsible for this system? Who designed it? Are there no checks and balances? No fail-safe procedure? I have been warning about lax emergency management for years and years and no one in stat government takes the issue seriously. The result: Hawai’i leaders look like a bunch of incompetents.

“Adding to the incompetence of local officials is U. S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard’s effort to shift blame for Hawai’i incompetence to President Trump. Neither North Korea nor Trump are responsible for the mess in Honolulu. I have been exposing emergency management failures for years. If Gabbard really believes what her blubbering peacenik remarks reflect, she should zip it because her remarks only enroll her in Ige’s college of incompetent jerks.

“I call on President Trump to appoint an independent commission to investigate Hawaii’s incompetent emergency management and counterterror preparation. Hawai’i officials are neither capable nor competent enough to investigate themselves,” Andy says. “Governor Ige has made Hawai’i a worldwide laughingstock. That’s the unpleasant truth.”

Andy is also congressional candidate in New Hampshire’s First District.

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ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-nine years of background in radio and television and with five decades of intelligence, investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, military and intelligence matters. For a full bio, go to: http://www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also http://www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; http://www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at http://www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire over 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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New Hampshire GOP Congressional candidate Andy Martin writes about the lost art of talking

Are we losing the simple art of “talking?” A routine inquiry from a newspaper prompted GOP congressional candidate and columnist Andy Martin to give some thought to why society is becoming so “quiet.” Airliners, once noisy, today are virtually silent. People strap on their electronic gear and zone out. Public spaces, even on colleges, are becoming quiet zones. Andy takes time off from his campaign to ponder if today’s increasingly “silent” world is really an improvement over the past. He remains a “talker,” with a career in radio and TV that in 2018 will span 50 years.

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Andy says his response to an inquiry from the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette motivated him to look more deeply into the vanishing art of ordinary conversation

Andy is a radio and TV pioneer who will celebrate fifty (50) years in broadcasting in 2018

(Manchester, NH) (December 29, 2017)

Dear Granite Stater:

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a good time to rest and relax. This year we have an added incentive: the weather is brutal and expected to remain so into the New Year. I have been catching up with correspondence, requests and working on ideas for the coming congressional campaign.

A few days ago I received a request for some reflections on my years at my alma mater, the University of Illinois.

I grew up on the campus of a small, elite New England university, and expected to attend the University of New Hampshire as my mother and uncle had. I first visited Durham in 1955.

But I wanted to play college football and Illinois offered me a unique opportunity. And so I packed my humble belongings in a simple suitcase and headed for Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. The trip was to change my life.

When the local newspaper in Champaign, the News-Gazette, sent me an email I said I would compose a few lines remembering the university. The editor asked for memories of a specific place or building, and I answered the question easily and quickly. The student union building cafeteria had played a pivotal role in my life.

The newspaper and I have had a love-hate relationship over the past half century. One of the first stories about me appeared in print in the Gazette in 1965 when I visited lonely nursing home residents. The following year I was part of a team that defeated a corrupt state legislator and my picture appeared once more in the Gazette in an iconic photograph for a mere student. But the owners of the newspaper didn’t like me and the owner/publisher would occasionally bash me in print.

I would occasionally read a hostile story but learned to pay no attention. Nevertheless, the paper never forgot my presence at the university. Recently I was mentioned in a “fifty years ago” column. And so with the passage of time I became more amused than concerned with the ups and downs of the paper’s coverage.

The simple request to focus on memories of a specific building or triggered a much broader and deeper set of feelings.

Here’s what I sent to the Gazette for my college comments:

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Remembering my favorite place at Illinois? That’s easy. The Illini Union cafeteria in the basement of the building.

Today everyone seems to live in a silo, cocooned by their smart phones, head phones and maybe even head trips. It wasn’t always that way. The Union cafeteria was where you went to meet friends and meet new people. People actually talked to and with each other a half century ago! We didn’t text or email or use some other form of impersonal communication. We were face-to-face and unafraid.

The food at the Union cafeteria was mediocre, but the community and company were world class, a great Kasbah of conversation. There was the main cafeteria, where “everyone” mixed, and the Tavern where people who wanted a little more privacy hung out.

I met the love of my life in the cafeteria and though she passed many decades ago she is still alive in my heart. I met many friends who helped change the course of my life. Conversation was alive in the cafeteria. You could meet people.

Today the cafeteria is more desultory. As in life generally we are cordoned off from each other. Communication is strained and boxed in by concerns over a myriad of limitations, not to mention fears over possible sexual harassment. We are poorer for our enhanced virtual “communication” and the loss of actual human communication. Society allows us to take fewer risks today, but we are not safer for our endless rules and regulations.

I remember the Illini Union cafeteria as it was, and not for what it has become, not for what we have become. The cafeteria was a plebian, proletarian common area, open to all and available to all, a mixing bowl, a free and open space. Perhaps today’s cafeteria reflects what we have also become as a society, isolated, fearful, self-contained and unavailable to each other. Obsessed with our “smart phones” that ultimately make us dumber and dumber.

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As I have been moving around during the holiday period I have thought more deeply about how we have lost the simple art of talking with each other.

If you watch the cable TV bobbleheads screaming at each other on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC you know what I mean. These people are paid to pretend they live in parallel universes. The hostility they generate on Main Street and Elm Street is incredible.

But the problem goes much deeper. I have been flying for sixty years. I’ve flown in just about every commercial plane there ever was. People used to talk on airplanes. Small planes, large planes, short hops, transatlantic flights, you could hear people talking. Today airplanes are virtually silent. People board, take their seats, put on their headphones or ear plugs and connect to their computers, smart phones or games, and isolate themselves from people sitting next to them. There is no talk.

Myself, I’ve been a talker all of my life. I enjoy meeting new people, learning about their lives, hearing their concerns.

As I look back on decades of deep relationships I see they were based on talk, on exchanging thoughts, sharing experiences and sometimes just passing the time away. The headmaster at prep school in England said I was a good talker. I was once arrested in a foreign country and accused of being a spy; the guy turned a rifle on me. Thankfully, I talked my way out of that one as well, or I wouldn’t be writing these remarks. A dozen people died that night in the most dangerous and insane experience of my life. Talking saved me.

I used to occasionally talk with then-builder, now-President Donald Trump after he moved into my building and became a neighbor. Johnny Cochran of OJ Simpson fame was once a neighbor and we talked too. Fred Howard, a man who became like a big brother to me, liked to talk. We talked and talked. As a local radio talk show host I built a worldwide audience in the early days of Internet talk radio.

Today we talk less and less and communicate through electronic grunts and groans, texts and emails, postings on Facebook and similar platforms. Is it any wonder we don’t hear each other, and don’t want to come together as a nation? We say we do, but we don’t, and probably won’t. No surprise to me.

I’m one of a large number of Democrats and Republicans running in the first congressional district. But, amusingly, the local newspaper, the Manchester Union Leader, once again controlled by a third-rate family owner, doesn’t want to talk to me even though I am clearly the most qualified and experienced candidate. A half century ago some people at the Gazette wished I didn’t exist; today another newspaper pretends I don’t exist. The more things change…

Well, I do exist. And I won’t stop talking. It has made all the difference in my life. It can in yours as well. If I talk my way into the U. S. House of Representatives, watch out. New Hampshire will have a strong voice. I’ll talk to everyone and anyone who can help us Make America Great Again and help New Hampshire prosper. I can probably even outtalk Donald Trump. Those people in Illinois taught me well.

Happy New Year,

Andy

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ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-nine years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: http://www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also http://www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; http://www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at http://www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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Honolulu News Conference Monday – Obama expert Andy Martin says the University of Hawai’i should renew its efforts to become the host of the Obama Presidential Library, which will be legally and physically distinct from the “Obama Presidential Center” in Chicago

Obama expert Andy Martin, who came to Hawai’i a decade ago to begin independent local research into President Barack Obama’s family history, will hold a Honolulu news conference Monday to encourage the University of Hawai’i to renew and reopen its efforts to host the Obama Presidential Library. Andy says recent developments in Chicago have created, at a minimum, confusion as to where the final repository for the original records of the Obama presidency will be located by the National Archives and Records Administration. Andy says UH still has a chance to be the host to Obama’s original records, which will be administered by NARA, because that center will not be located in Chicago.
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Announcement of Honolulu news conference Monday, November 20

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Attention: Hawai’i, national daybook/assignment editors

November 20 Honolulu news conference details:

Who:

Obama expert and conservative columnist/blogger Andy Martin encourages the University of Hawai’i to renew efforts to become the host of the actual Obama Presidential Library

What:

Andy says confusion as to where President Obama’s original presidential records will be housed reopens the door for Hawaii to host that center

Where:

Corner of Kalia Road and Ala Moana Boulevard, by Fort DeRussy sign, Honolulu

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When:

Monday, November 20, 2017; 11:00 A.M.

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Andy Martin says the fact that President Obama’s original presidential documents will not be housed in Chicago reopens the question of where they will be maintained

Andy says the repository of original documents will become the “real” Obama Presidential Library

Andy says the people of Chicago and Illinois may have been bamboozled by Obama into believing his “Center’ on the South Side of Chicago would be the “library” mandated by federal law

(Honolulu, HI) (November 20, 2017) Obama expert and conservative columnist/blogger Andy Martin will hold a Honolulu news conference today, Monday, November 20th to encourage the University of Hawaii to renew and reopen its efforts to house President Barack Obama’s original presidential records (“library?”).

“I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say I was President Barack Obama’s original researcher,” Andy says. “I wrote the first critique of his ‘biography’ in 2004 and I came to Hawaii a decade ago and began the first independent scholarly research into his family history. My efforts became the foundation of later work by other writers who, ironically, made my original research ‘controversial.’ My writing was later distorted both by Obama’s supporters, who wanted to control what was the approved version of Obama’s family history, and by Obama’s opponents, who wanted to create am imaginary presidential birthplace in Kenya.

“But unlike President Trump, I never suggested Obama was born elsewhere. I always stated that my research and evidence pointed solely to his birth in Honolulu. I got it right; Trump did not.

“However, I must confess to a ‘conflict’ that existed within me. On the one hand I had to adhere to scrupulous standards of scholarly research for accuracy and impartiality. I think I met those standards. All of my commentary and analysis about Obama has been vindicated.

“On the other hand, I was a political opponent of President Obama’s policies, and that created an inherent tension. But while President Obama’s political mojo is being enhanced by the current collapse of the Clinton dynasty, Obama is no longer in office and the tension between my scholarly research and my political advocacy is now largely dissipated. My scholarly research on Obama, however, continues.

“And I am once again on the cutting edge of pointing to the discrepancy between the ‘appearance’ and ‘reality’ involving Obama, by raising questions concerning the ultimate and ‘real’ Obama Presidential Library (“OPL”) and an imaginary one which is supposedly being created in Jackson Park, Chicago and which has been named the “Obama Presidential Center” (“OPC”).

“Up until President Obama, the federally-mandated presidential library contained the original documents and the artifacts concerning a presidency (please see link [1] below). President Obama has chosen to depart from that model (please see link [2] below) and in doing so has created serious ongoing confusion. He says the OPC will not be the federally-mandated OPL.

“Some time ago the University of Hawai’i (“UH”), Columbia University in New York and the University of Chicago ‘competed’ to host what was thought to be the OPL. We now know that was not the case. The OPC which is being created in Chicago will not be the federally-mandated repository of the original documents and materials maintained by law by NARA (private funding is used to construct the physical library building). NARA’s ‘original’ records are currently housed in a warehouse in suburban Chicago. But where will they ultimately and finally be housed? That location will become as a matter of law the ‘real’ OPL.

“Because NARA has not announced the final location that location is apparently still an open issue or question. Obviously, the voluminous presidential records are not going to remain in the suburban warehouse forever. Federal law mandates that the original records be made available. But where?

“I encourage UH to renew and reopen its efforts to house the original Obama records since they will become in reality the genuine OPL. Of course others, such as Columbia University and even new institutions are also free to ask NARA to house the original records at their universities.

“I return to what I said a decade ago when I first arrived in Honolulu to study Obama. Scholarly research is scholarly research. We try to find the facts and search for the truth. Scholars deal in original documents and materials, not facsimiles of originals such as will be available in Chicago at the OPC.

“To some extent the people of Chicago and the University of Chicago were bamboozled, because the city was led to believe it was surrendering valuable parkland as the site for an actual presidential library, not a ‘presidential center.’

“I question and will continue to question whether the bankrupt City of Chicago and bankrupt State of Illinois should be funding a Potemkin ‘library’ which is not the real federally-mandated library and merely a ‘center’ where facsimiles of originals are available. But entirely apart from how the OPC will function over time, the documents are a physical reality that have to be housed somewhere by NARA. NARA cannot remain mum indefinitely as to the final location of the Obama records. Until the final location is determined, I assume it is an open question where that will be and I encourage UH to reopen and renew its efforts to host what apparently will become the ‘real’ OPL,” Andy says.

“Stay tuned. My relationship with Barack Obama and reality, now fourteen years old, continues. As usual, I continue to seek to find the facts and search for the truth”

To contact Andy in Honolulu: (917) 664-9329

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[1]

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[2]

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/obamacenter/ct-met-obama-archives-20171004-story.html

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ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-nine years of background in radio and television and with five decades of intelligence, investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, military and intelligence matters. For a full bio, go to: http://www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also http://www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; http://www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at http://www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire over 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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Honolulu News Conference Saturday – Counterterrorism expert Andy Martin charges that Hawaii officials repeatedly ignore risks to critical infrastructure

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Announcement of Honolulu news conference Saturday, November 18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Attention: Hawai’i, national daybook/assignment and emergency management editors

November 18 Honolulu news conference details:

Who:

Counterterrorism expert and conservative columnist/blogger Andy Martin criticizes Hawai’i officials for repeated failures to protect critical infrastructure

What:

Andy says Governor Ige’s emergency management and counterterror protection teams are either incompetent or ignoring risks to Hawaii’s critical infrastructure

Where:

Corner of Kalia Road and Ala Moana Boulevard, by Fort DeRussy sign, Honolulu

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Saturday, November 18, 2017; 10:00 A.M.

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Andy Martin says a routine fire Wednesday in Honolulu was “yet another wake-up call” to Hawaii officials that their emergency management/counterterror preparations are deficient

Over the past several years Andy has repeatedly warned Hawai’i officials of serious counterterror risks to the Aloha state

Andy says an air of “pakololo politics” pervades counterterrorism and emergency management preparation in Hawaii

(Honolulu, HI) (November 17, 2017) Counterterrorism expert and current New Hampshire congressional candidate Andy Martin, who is in Honolulu as part of a round-the-world reprise of his original 1967 efforts as an independent national security and intelligence analyst, will hold a Honolulu news conference Saturday, November 18th to accuse Hawaii officials of repeatedly failing to take counterterrorism and emergency management seriously.

“Several years ago we conducted a risk analysis of an Al Qaeda wannabe who was arrested in Manoa,” Andy says. “He was operating in a neighborhood not far from the University of Hawaii. Police took the matter casually. Little changed.

“Two years ago we helped expose a boat that was sitting abandoned in Honolulu harbor for years while it was being used for improper purposes. The Coast Guard and Honolulu harbor officials were asleep. The Coast Guard was irritated we pointed out their deficient port security measures but they responded to my demands to expeditiously remove the boat. Mission accomplished. I think my local associates do a better job of flagging potential risks than public officials and agencies.

“Fifty years ago I began a career as an independent national security and intelligence analyst. In sections, I am going back around the world as part of my annual threat analysis and assessment, revisiting some of my stops a half century ago before I have to devote full-time to my congressional campaign in 2018.

“I was excited to arrive in Hawai’i fifty years ago, and I am excited to return and see close friends. But I am concerned that a spirit of ‘pakololo politics’ pervades the state, with officials from the governor on down not taking counterterrorism seriously.

“Ever since I began to study terrorism and revolutionary war movements seriously in 1965, and opened what may have been the first counterterror office at the World Trade Center in New York in 1974, I have seen how some states and cities respond, and others ignore the perils. Several Sundays ago I was at a luncheon in lower Manhattan and I said to a colleague, “we can’t ignore the counterterror risk to our facilities…’ Two days later, a terrorist struck New York. In Hawai’i, external threats are not taken seriously.

“Last Wednesday a routine fire disrupted critical infrastructure in Honolulu (please see link [1] below). Cause of the fire? Unknown. Possibly because of a ‘homeless encampment.’ Do state officials and local emergency management officers know where their infrastructure is routed? Where it is exposed? Is there an inventory? A management plan? The HFD was totally unaware that in responding to a ‘routine’ fire it was in reality addressing an attack, knowingly or unknowingly, on critical infrastructure.

“If a homeless person can disrupt serious communications assets, think what even a wannabe terrorist could accomplish. This is not good enough. I blame the governor, I blame state officials and I blame city officials for lack of planning, lack of management and lack of a coordinated response. This time the disruption was manageable. Next time the city may not be so lucky,” Andy says.

To contact Andy in Honolulu: (917) 664-9329

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[1] http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/11/17/hawaii-news/officials-havent-pinned-down-cause-as-fire-disrupts-phones-internet-cable/

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ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-nine years of background in radio and television and with five decades of intelligence, investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, military and intelligence matters. For a full bio, go to: http://www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also http://www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; http://www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at http://www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire over 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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