I’ve Got A Ram

Just in case anyone thinks I might lack the passion to make happen what I say I will make happen (end domestic poverty and the war on drugs together with all its bad effects, for starters), here is this link to my youtube channel and a song I sang for the Bel Canto benefit concert (sorry in advance for the poor video focus. The sound should be okay).


You can also see me directing the University Chorus of the Upper Valley and plenty of other things on my channel pudge1954.


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Reluctantly campaign fund-raising begins for “Farnham for US Senate”

Plan A was that social media would erupt in response to my proposals for a guaranteed minimum income for persons legally in the country (which costs about the same as the controlled dole method we currently use but leaves far less than the current 12 million plus Americas in deep poverty) and to impoverish the drug lords and take profit driven marketing out of recreational pharmaceuticals by ending the drug war and making everything legal.

(If you haven’t heard me speak about why those both work, look to this blog. My son is getting married this weekend, but I’ll have detailed posting on each of my key proposals by the end of next week. I look forward to addressing your comments and questions.)

But Plan A is not in evidence.

So, reluctantly, I have filed notice of a campaign committee with the state of NH (and I will file with the FEC within the allotted time if I cross the $5,000 aggregate contribution limit). I’ve also cleared my paypal account at mwf@rsiz.com down to zero dollars so I can immediately begin accepting donations electronically without co-mingling funds.

The name of the campaign committee is “Farnham for US Senate”.

If you want to send physical checks, send them to:

Farnham for US Senate
c/o Mark W. Farnham
36 West Street
Lebanon, NH 03766

 The feds have different levels of identification required for different sizes of contributions. For consistency and transparency, I am going to ask that you give me the full identification for any contribution (and expect this to be posted to the feds, the state, and on my reports). I think the voting public has a right to know who has sent me money even though that does not imply they agree with me or I agree with them about anything.

“For contributions exceeding $200, the complete identification of the contributor (full name and mailing address, occupation and employer), as well as the amount and date of receipt of the contribution.”

I’ll know the amounts and dates of receipt. But please include your full legal name, mailing address, occupation, and employer if you send me a check.

I’m not going to deal with cash coming into the campaign coffers. If I get cash, it will be recorded and immediately donated to the Lebanon United Methodist Church simply because that is the easiest rule to comply with about anonymous cash receipts. (Any legal purpose not related to the campaign.)

If you want to send money to the campaign via paypal, again, the mwf@rsiz.com account has been set aside for that purpose. Please use the subject line “Farnham for US Senate” and include your full legal name, mailing address, occupation, and employer in the comment space.

I will be returning funds I cannot identify.

Now – how do I plan to use the funds?

First, what I will *not* do:

1) Litter the roadsides with banners with my name. If you’re swayed more by how many times you see a name than my ideas and what I will push in the Senate, you are probably not going to vote for me.

2) Phone calls, robot dialing, push polls, or a bunch of post cards in your mailbox or hangers on your door knobs. These are apparently all great on the ground tactics, but I just cannot stand being associated with making those interruptions and generating that waste and litter. (The only phone calls I plan to make are to editors and the like to schedule interviews and see if any reporters want to directly ask me questions. Those will all be me, in person, and not some recording.)

3) Spam mail (e- or snail). Possibly by request I’ll have available printed hard copy of my principles, polices, and proposals available, but I hope to minimize my campaign’s footprint on the environment as much as possible.

4) Anything else that seems to me like an unwanted intrusion.

Now, what I will do:

1) Buy those cute little text boxes “transaction ads” and classified advertising in newspapers featuring the url to this blog and specific posts on this blog and my youtube account “pudge1954.”

2) Travel expenses and reception type food and beverage to any gathering that will have me (probably first come, first served, with a preference for places I get to talk at least a half hour and then answer questions over “debates” where I get one twelfth of the elapsed time and might end up spending 90 minutes for an aggregate of 8 minutes of communication. If we get to the general election, I suppose getting half of the time when the moderator is not speaking will be sufficient.) Still, I’m not saying no to any debates, just a preference for me getting to give folks a serious overview of an issue instead of a calculated sound bit.

3) Keeping my campaign finance transparent and in compliance with all the rules. (The State of NH online campaign finance guide is so big I have yet to successfully download a full copy.) Once the fund raising total reaches $500 I need to report to NH. And once it reaches $5,000 I need to report to the Feds.

One more thing – I do not want aggregate contributions exceeding $1,000 from anyone. Anything in excess of $1,000 will be returned as soon as I figure out that it was over $1,000 in aggregate from one source.

If you think my ideas are good or if you just think they should get a full airing whether or not you agree with any or all of them, please consider a contribution.

Mark W. Farnham

New Hampshire Republican for US Senate


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Mark W. Farnham, New Hampshire Republican for US Senate

Watch this space as I ramp up my primary campaign in July. You should already be able to get a sense of who I am from the existing posts on this blog. But I’m sure you will want to know more before you line up to vote for me on September 9th in the primary election.


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Want Peace in the Middle East? The Palestinians CAN Cause it to Happen

Want peace in the Middle East? It is actually pretty simple, but the best solution requires the Palestinians to unilaterally do something BOLDLY PEACEFUL. I promise you this will work: Get your folks together. Talk them into disarming and being the model of civility beyond any requirements of Israel for commerce, border crossing, WHATEVER. Invite their security forces in, all the way to your borders to protect you from external issues. Challenge your people to be easy to protect and civil and challenge Israel to protect you. Israel will relish the extra territorial distance from attack and the cost of providing security will pale compared to its value. Then make a long declaration of tolerance. Absurdly long. Let’s say 49 years. Challenge your people to suspend any and all aggressive acts for 49 years and to just play ball. Forgive each other all that is past, but do not demand prisoner releases. That will come.

Before long I promise you the improvement in life and the passage of time will enable you to relinquish mutual hate. Your children and your children’s children will look back on you as the historic makers of peace.

The challenge is to do it now, as soon as you can, even though mutual hatred still burns all around you.

Choose peace. It is the most honorable thing you can do and it is the way to achieve the best possible outcome in the long run. Sooner than you currently believe you will become fully trusted partners in a civil society.

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Rose-Marie Davidson passed away March 31, 2014

Rose-Marie Davidson, 87, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014 at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, FL. She was born April 30, 1926 in New Rochelle, NY, the daughter of Ernest H. and Rose (Bormann) Vogel. She grew up in Larchmont, NY, Fairfield, CT and Fort Wayne, IN, where she graduated from South Side High School. She attended Indiana University and was a member of Alpha Chi sorority.  She received her BFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI.


At Cranbrook she met her future husband, Robert Edwin Davidson, and they were married December 20, 1947. Robert’s career as a painter and art professor took them to Oregon, Canada, western New York and Mexico, and they raised four children along the way. In 1975 they moved to Redington Beach, FL, so that Rose-Marie could care for her elderly mother. After her husband’s death in 2000, Rose-Marie lived in Madeira Beach and Seminole before moving to her son’s home in Palmetto in 2006.


Rose-Marie loved animals of all kinds. Her life revolved around her family, and she taught her children to appreciate art, books, and the natural world. When she lived in Redington Beach, she volunteered at the Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores. She was a familiar sight riding her bicycle around town and enjoyed walking on the beach early every morning.


She is survived by her four children, Owen Davidson of Amherst, MA, Andrea Farnham of Lebanon, NH, Robert Davidson of Palmetto, FL and Brian Davidson of Tampa, FL; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and eight nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband and her brother Ernest. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date. Image

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In response to Jim Kim’s question about how to end poverty

The effective theme of the long term sustainable solution to poverty is to focus on the gap between the poorest and the poverty level within each sovereign area and ask each sovereign area which has minimized poverty to then wage prosperity on its poorest neighbor. Below a certain level of destitution it is impossible to “fish.” Given a baseline my bet is that enough will work hard that we can tolerate any long term self selected parasites as long as we do not spend money and resources trying to manage them.

In the US, for example (even with its very high definition of the poverty level as compared to desperate people around the world facing a real possibility of near term starvation) we could very nearly eliminate poverty for the persons legally resident here for the amount we already budget if we simply stopped trying to evaluate who “deserved” help and issued funds as a negative income tax along the lines agreed to by the surprising trio of pre-Watergate Nixon, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Milton Friedman.

If no barriers or “welfare traps” are erected and you get to keep in net about 75 cents on each dollar earned the side effect savings (such as elimination of crimes of desperation)would generate huge increases in funds available to help Mexico. Reducing the prosperity gradient at sovereign area borders is key to ending illegal immigration as a criminal enterprise. In the very long term, low country to country prosperity gradients make international relations easy. (Consider the US and Canada.) This may sound a bit Utopian, but we can actually make this happen if we simply stop trying to regulate who deserves the poverty level. And we should start this right here in the US and the sooner, the better.

We miss you Jim, but my classmate Phil seems to be doing a great job.

As for the World Bank, I would suggest you use some of your resources to calculate for various countries whether they are spending too much trying to regulate the distribution of baseline support and whether it is practical to experiment with just giving it. My hunch is that this is applicable in many sovereign areas, but I don’t have the resources to do comprehensive data gathering and calculations. I’m supposing that you do. It is likely even profitable to determine the current beneficiaries of the slices of foreign aid that are taken by corruption and pay them off above the table to just not interfere.

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