Friday, October 31, 2008
Nothing could wipe the smile off of my face right now.
After the New Yorker did a spoof of Barack and Michelle Obama on their cover (although it was meant to be sympathetic to them), reporters from that magazine were banned from Obama's plane. Last week, a news anchor at an Orlando TV station asked tough questions to Joe Biden and they were banned from interviewing the candidates going forward. A radio show in Chicago was intimated to not have on a guest who was going to question Obama's ties to terrorist Bill Ayers.
Now, Drudge reports that the Obama campaign has banned reporters from the New York Post, Washington Times, and Dallas Morning News from its plane. What do these three papers have in common? They endorsed John McCain.
This appears to be Barack's MO - punish those who criticize and who dare speak out. Chilling.
Now, Blue Mass Group, a hyper-liberal blog about Massachusetts and national politics, highlights an interesting shot from Barack Obama's recent infomercial. Take a look here and ask yourself, where is the outrage from the media now?
Yesterday I saw a sign with the exact same color scheme and background but it said something to the effect that by voting for Sununu, you are voting for President Bush. It looked like a sign that Sununu did as it was just like his other signs. I couldn't believe it and I looked closer and saw at the bottom that it was paid for by the Democratic Party.
Now, if a Republican had done something similar to Shaheen's signs, there would be an uproar.
Case in point: Newsbusters is reporting that someone in Virginia sent out an "official looking flier" that said "Republicans Voters November 4, Democratic voters November 5." This is obviously an attempt to confuse voters who would vote for Obama. NBC, the house organ of the Democratic Party, went crazy over the flier saying just that. If an Obama supporter did something like this, NBC would have never mentioned it.
You can see the whole report here.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
This could not have come at a better time. It will help those of us who have been screaming about Question One. This question is less of an attack on the state income tax and more about the culture of Beacon Hill. Eliminating the state income tax sends a message to these crooks and hacks and lets them know that the people are watching and have had enough.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
As they are sitting in the gondola talking, a wind starts up and blows the Pope's hat into the water. Palin looks around and realizes that no one is going to do anything about it, so she calmly rises, takes off her her high heels, and steps off the side of the boat.
Instead of diving into the water, however, she walks across it, to the hat, picks it up and walks back across the water to the boat. She climbs in, hands the Pope his hat and continues discussing whatever it was they had been talking about.
The Cardinals are open mouthed in astonishment at what they have just seen. The news media, in nearby boats are busy discussing among themselves how to report it.
Headlines the next day at the New York Times, The Washington Post and the networks all blare: "New Revelation: Sarah Palin Can't Swim."
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This lady has made a career out of dishonesty and she will finally get her comeuppance.
This is the second Democratic state senator to be arrested this year - earlier this summer it was Sen. James Marzilli who was arrested on sexual harassment charges.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Of course, what they won't tell you is that the Anchorage Daily News did not endorse Palin when she ran for governor in 2006. Furthermore, they have endorsed the following men for president: John Kerry, Al Gore, Bill Clinton (twice), and George McGovern. Sense a pattern here?
I am convinced more and more that the "mainstream media" is dead. I blogged earlier today about the decline in circulation for the rag Boston Globe. People are sick to death of the media's BS and Democratic spin and they're moving to blogs, talk radio, and the internet as an alternative. The media continues to pretend they are objective and fair but the numbers do not lie.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
When will Hollywood learn? The Oliver Stone movie "W." (a biopic about George W. Bush) has absolutely tanked. This of course is despite the assist from the media which did all it could to prop up this piece of crap. The movie cost about $30 million to make and so far it has only pulled in about $23 million. I am sure it will make its money back on DVD sales but I am quite pleased to see Stone and Hollywood fall flat on their faces.
The Boston Globe has an interesting article today on the state of the Massachusetts GOP. I may sound like one, but I am not a Republican (although I vote mostly Republican). The article states that the number of Massachusetts residents who are registered Republicans are a paltry 12%. They have a young and aggressive Communications guy named Barney Keller (son of WBZ's Jon Keller) but that won't be enough.
The problem with the Mass. GOP is that it has nothing compelling to offer. Their leaders are nothing more than warmed over Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei is a liberal and House Minority Leader Brad Jones tries hard but is pretty ineffective. The party has even come out against Question 1 - the ballot question that would eliminate the state income tax. Why would people bother with this party if all they are are Democrats with a different twist?
The Massachusetts Democrats have a good motto: Ideas in Action. The Mass. GOP would be wise to try to mimic some of the Democratic tactics and inspire people to get involved. They need fresh ideas and new people - something that is a clear alternative to the Democrats. Moving to the left will not win elections (or people).
One more thing - compare the websites for the Mass. GOP and the Mass. Dems. The GOP website is bland and boring with few updates (the last news posting was October 2 and the last event posting is September 16). The Dems, however, have a slick site with fresh content. Any wonder they always win? They seem to want it more.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I find these findings to be very suspect. I have been to the March for Life in Washington, DC four times and I would say that 75% of the people there are under 25. Before the March, the Archdiocese of Washington holds a Youth Mass and Rally in the Verizon Center. Tens of thousands of young Catholics gather there to pray and rally around the pro-life cause. It is one of my favorite days of the year! At the March itself hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the country swarm Washington protesting abortion. I will concede that some may be there just to hang out with their friends and to get away from home for a few days but not all of them.
The school I teach at typically sends 300-350 students to the March - the largest contingency of any group in our state! Furthermore, this past week we did some projects on being a Faithful Citizen and the students did amazing work highlighting the importance of voting pro-life (among other issues).
I would venture to guess that the young Catholics who were polled were not exactly Church going Catholics. Rather, they are CINO (Catholic In Name Only). Young Catholics are overwhelming pro-life and supportive of Church teaching. They are part of the JPII generation and are literally transforming this nation and our Church.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
You don't agree? Then why did the Dracut Housing Authority recently give its director Mary Karabatsos a 6.7% pay raise this year with automatic 3% pay raises over the following two years? In addition, why did Middlesex Community College give President Carole Cowan a raise of 7.1% retroactive to July 1 - raising her salary to over $208,000?? Oh yeah, she also gets use of a state car and an $18,000 housing allowance. Cowan lives in Manchester-By-The Sea. If you've never been to this seaside town, let's just say Madame President isn't exactly slumming it.
Next time they tell you the state is broke, remember this.
You know the drill: vote yes on question one.
This man is dangerous. I will lose any and all respect for any devout Catholic who after watching this video still votes for Obama.
If one assumes Joe is a serious man, we have a right to know.
Instead, what we got was Obama's airy dismissal of Joe's words as a "rhetorical flourish" and a media – rather than demanding that Joe hold a press conference – acting as Obama surrogates parroting the talking points that Joe was just saying that new presidents always face tests.
Had John McCain made that hair-raising statement, he would have been accused of fear mongering about a new 9/11. The media would have run with the story rather than have smothered it.
Contrasting McCain with his hero, Joe declared a few weeks back, "When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and ... said, 'Look, here's what happened.'"
Nice historical reference. Except when the market crashed in 1929, Hoover was president, and there was no television.
Can one imagine what the press would have done to Sarah Palin had she exhibited such ignorance of history. Or Dan Quayle?
Joe gets a pass because everybody likes Joe.
Fine. But Joe also has a record of 36 years in the Senate.
Has anyone ever asked Joe about his own and his party's role in cutting off aid to South Vietnam, leading to the greatest strategic defeat in U.S. history and the Cambodian holocaust? Has anyone ever asked Joe about the role he and his party played in working to block Reagan's deployment of Pershing missiles in Europe, and SDI, which Gorbachev concedes broke the Soviets and won the Cold War?
In the most crucial vote he ever cast – to give Bush a blank check for war in Iraq – Joe concedes he got it wrong.
Is Joe's record of having been wrong on Vietnam, wrong in the Cold War, wrong on the Iraq war, less important than whether Sarah Palin tried to get fired a rogue-cop brother-in-law who Tasered her 10-year-old nephew to "teach him a lesson"?
"I've forgotten more about foreign policy than most of my colleagues know," says Joe humbly. Given his record, it is understandable Joe has forgotten so much of it.
Saturday, the New York Times did a takeout on Cindy McCain that delved back into her problem with prescription pills. Yet when Hillary's campaign manager, Mark Penn, brought up Obama's cocaine use on "Hardball," he was savaged by folks for whom the Times is the gold standard.
The people apparently had a "right to know" of Bush's old DUI arrest a week before the 2000 election, but no right to know about how and when Obama was engaged in the criminal use of cocaine.
The media cannot get enough of the "Saturday Night Live" impersonations of Palin as a bubblehead. News shows pick up the Tina Fey clips and run them and run them to the merriment of all.
Can one imagine "Saturday Night Live" doing weekly send-ups of Michelle Obama and her "I've never been proud" of my country, this "just downright mean" America, using a black comedienne to mimic and mock her voice and accent?
"Saturday Night Live" would be facing hate-crime charges.
How do we know? When the New Yorker ran a cartoon of Michelle in an Angela-Davis afro with an AK-47 slung over her shoulder, New Yorker editors had to go on national television to swear they were not mocking Michelle, but the conservatives who have so caricatured Michelle and the Messiah.
Is there a media double standard? You betcha.
So when Pew Research came out with a study that John McCain has received more negative press than Barack Obama, I had the same reaction as Steve Martin. Big shock!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The discussion between Frum and Schrum was excellent and very civil. I don't normally watch C-SPAN but they were both fascinating. Frum made an interesting point: Republicans are always looking for the next big person to step up and run for president, another Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan. He said their focus should be the next big idea, rather than the person. If you have the ideas, the people will emerge.
One of them also said Republicans typically nominate their presidential candidates based on who is "next in line." Cases in point: Nixon in 1960, Ford in 1976, Bush in 1988, Dole in 1996, etc. Bush 43 was an exception but it does seem to be the case that their candidates are simply guys who have waited in line and now have their chance. It is a recipe for disaster: Reagan was the better candidate in 1976, Dole was a disaster in 1996, and now McCain looks like he will be blown out of the water (although I am still holding out hope).
If the Republicans lose the White House and seats in the Congress, I think it will give the party time to sit back and reflect on what went wrong and how they can regain the hearts and minds of the people. I think the Democrats did an incredible job rebuilding their base and their party after the 2004 election and the Republicans would be wise to follow their model.
His Honor feels that you and I should be paying more in state taxes as last year he filed legislation to raise the state income tax to 5.95%. So he wants you to shell out more of your money but he is being sued by his bank because he has refused to pay his mortgage. In addition, he was found guilty last year of spending $50,000 of campaign money for his own personal use! To top things off, he divorced his wife and is now dating a 27 year old woman. Did I mention that Rep. Spellane is the vice chair of the Financial Services Committee and his girlfriend just happens to be a lobbyist for the insurance industry?
Send these guys a message on November 4!!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Well, if that is the case then why don't NYC police have the same perk? For those who have never been to Peabody, it is the furthest thing from New York City. It is a city with a mall, maddening traffic jams, and a downtown that floods everytime it rains. Why then would Peabody's boys in blue, who have NO connection to the men who died on 9/11, (other than a common profession) have a holiday that no other police officers in the nation have?
My initial thought was that the city caved because the police are losing detail work and they had this worked into their contract to make up for lost wages. But, the city agreed to keep using them for details. Then it dawned on me - Peabody is surrounded by two major state roads: Routes 128 and 114. Any road work done on those roads will be performed by the state, not the city and thus, flagmen can be used and not Peabody cops.
All together now: vote yes on question one.
Gee, why would he say that on Ellen's show? This man and his running mate will say anything to get elected.
Monday, October 20, 2008
There they go again! Anyone who follows the mainstream media knows by now that Sarah Palin is the dumbest person to be nominated for national office. Or so goes the narrative.
Which brings us back to this year. For all of the celebration of Barack Obama as an Ivy League intellectual, we know nothing of his years as an undergraduate at Columbia - indeed, his campaign refuses to produce a transcript.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Yesterday morning I took a group of my students to Strawbery Banke (sic) in Portsmouth, NH. It is a neighborhood on the edge of the city that has been preserved. It has about 40 homes and businesses that have been salvaged and restored - some dating back as far as the 17th century and the most recent being from World War II. It is a beautiful place to spend a day and the kids really liked it (I think).
After that I headed to my parish, Saint Francis, for our first annual Harvest on the Hill. Our church is located in East Dracut which has been spared from a lot of new homes and sprawl. The church is on top of a hill surrounded by rolling fields and farms. There were some many people that we had to park about 1/2 mile away at Farmer Dave's - I didn't mind though, it was a beautiful walk. Farmer Dave is a farmer (obviously) and a parishioner who also runs Brox Farm stand on Route 113. At Harvest on the Hill, they had a ton of food, live music, games for the kids, book sales, candy sales, raffles, etc. It was a real nice event and I think it will become an annual celebration of the fall. Kevin was a little cranky and didn't have a good time really - he would not even go on the bouncy things. We hung out with our friend and fellow parishioner Rebecca and her daughter Julia. Julia is about a month younger than Kevin so we always joke that they will be each other's prom dates. I watched her for a few minutes while Lynn, Kevin, and Rebecca went to look around and she was an angel - she sat there eating her goldfish and even offered me some. I wish my boy was as stoic.
Lynn met up with her friend Jen today to help her register for her baby shower (Jen's, not Lynn's) so it was Kevin and daddy today. We headed back to Farmer Dave's for a hayride and a walk though his corn maze. As we were riding on the hayride, I thought about how lucky I am to live in Dracut. As I have mentioned before, I grew up in Melrose and never really heard about Dracut. In fact, I didn't even know where it was when we decided to look at condos up here. I just kept on seeing it come up when we would search so we went for it. Dracut has struck a nice balance between growth and preservation. We have about 4 or 5 operating farms and tons of open space. The town just did a survey and we urged them to do even more to preserve space and to create parks rather than homes.
Kevin wasn't too big on the corn maze so we left that and went over to pet the goats and to look at the pumpkins. We then drove to Brox for some apples and after that Kevin was asleep in minutes. I was pretty tired too so I was glad he fell asleep. However, once we got home and I put him in his crib, he woke right up. I could not keep my eyes open so I put him in his room while I napped on the couch. I got about 20 minutes in which was great, I really needed it. The flip side is that Kevin went to bed at 7:30 tonight - he was exhausted.
Now, I am going to eat some dinner, watch the Red Sox and get some school work done for tomorrow. Another wonderful weekend.
Howie Carr exposes one such liberal today - State Rep. Ben Swan of Springfield. Said State Rep. owes over $33,000 in property taxes to the city of Springfield (and they could sure use the money!). You can see Howie's column here.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Now, the DA will not prosecute those off-duty police officers who were "protesting" at a work site in Woburn earlier this month. One of the officers drove down the wrong way of a street and others distracted the flagmen from doing their job.
I respect the officers first amendment rights but police arrest people for much worse acts of "civil disobedience." Whenever a sports team in Boston wins the championship, dozens of college students are arrested for disorderly conduct. I would contend that intentionally driving down the wrong way of a street and distracting a safety official is much worse than acting drunk and stupid in Kenmore Square.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
WRKO (680 AM) and WTKK (96.9 FM) have been going down different roads the past couple of years. In my mind, WRKO had the best line-up and I always had it on in the car. In the last year or so, thanks to bonehead moves by Jason Wolfe, WRKO has moved from live and local shows to syndicated and/or taped shows. Today they fired mid-morning guy Reese Hopkins so they only have two local shows left: Tom Finneran from 6-10 and Howie from 3-7. Finneran is a complete bore which only leaves Howie. They also eliminated all their weekend shows and replaced them with financial shows that pay to be on the air.
WTKK, on the other hand, has moved to make its lineup almost all live and local, even on weekends. The only syndicated shows they have is Imus in the Morning and some syndicated show overnight. They tried to get Howie Carr to do mornings but WRKO sued to keep him. Now they are live and local from 9am-1am and live all week!
As such, I now only listen to WTKK expect when Howie and Rush are on. But, I never get to listen to Rush because he is on 12-3. WRKO used to be something - now it is a pathetic shell of its former self. One can only hope that Howie gets to flee to WTKK someday - it will mark the end of WRKO.
Do yourself a favor and check out savewrko.com someday. It is a good look at the decline of talk radio in Boston, especially at WRKO.
In a speech, he said that the layoffs would come from the "muscle" and not the "fat" and he warned that people would experience delays at the RMV, there would be deferred maintenance at parks, and longer waits for permits.
Now, what the governor is not telling you is that he is cutting the "muscle" (i.e. those people on the front lines who deal with citizens everyday) so the people of Massachusetts will become so affected by the cuts that they will line up in droves to vote no on Question 1. He wants people to feel pain so they will beg for mercy and practically ask for a tax increase to restore all services.
What is the governor not cutting? Hacks. Bloated, entrenched, political appointees who makes over $100,000 and do little to no work. Why not? We never see them, we don't have to interact with them on a daily basis. Let them keep their meaningless jobs and 2-hour lunches, who will know the difference? But, cut a few workers in the Registry of Motor Vehicles and stop cleaning parks and people will notice that and think twice about the state income tax.
Also, notice he is waiting until after the election to propose any changes to state pensions and the Turnpike. If you believe that one...
This is all a shell game, once again do not be fooled.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Parlee Farm is located about 1 mile off of 3A (not far from the Nashua line). They have a store, apple picking, a mini-petting zoo (mostly goats), and a haystack for kids to climb and run on. Kevin loved the animals and was able to pet their noses (thankfully he didn't notice the rabbit that was trying to get some love from another). He also ran around on the hay stack but there were too many big kids so he didn't last long.
The highlight for all of us was the mini apple cider donuts. These things must have crack in them because they were incredibly addictive. We bought two bags of five - Kevin had two and Lynn and I devoured the rest. They were warm and so very tasty. They're only open for two more weeks so get them while you can!
We left around 11:15 or so and Kevin was asleep within minutes. It is now 1:00 and he is still in bed (Papa is all curled up on the couch too, I should get a nap in before the boy wakes up). It is an unbelievable day today so after he wakes up, I think we'll head to the park and then find something else to do outside. Lynn is working until 9:00 so it's just the boys today.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
On CNN this weekend, Rick Sanchez asked three black men, who are all voting for John McCain, if they are "sellouts" for not voting for Obama?
So let me get this straight - if you don't vote for Obama because he's black and you're not, you are a racist (and rightfully so). But, if you're black and don't for Obama, you are a sellout to black people. Which way is it media? If skin color should not matter for one group of people, why does it matter for another?
It drives me crazy when people call for more "regular joes" to serve in office but scoff at Sarah Palin or who do nothing but complain about politicians yet never vote.
Unfortunately, it is hard to get people to run for office. Some years ago the State G.O.P asked me to run against Dracut State Rep. Colleen Garry. Despite the little issue that I am not a registered Republican, I was not interested in launching a campaign, especially against Garry. She may be a Democrat but she is fantastic: pro-life, in favor of traditional marriage, votes to cut taxes, etc. Who has the time these days?
But, when there is an option on the ballot, take it, vote against the establishment, stop beating yourself up by electing the same people over and over again. Vennochi quotes former U.S. Representative Peter Torkildson who said, "'There's a disconnect' between what Massachusetts voters say they want and who they elect..." Tis true.
See the column here.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
If you think people hated Comcast before, it is about to get worse. See the article on Cousy's firing here.
Want to register your disgust with these hacks? Click here for their "contact us" page. Let them have it...I did.
Jen and Marty are expecting their first child this February so tomorrow will be a practice run. Ha, they'll be begging for mercy after a couple of hours with Kevin! He is such a handful and a bundle of energy. We decided to go to mass tonight and as usual, Kevin was a maniac. We actually have a system down now - I take him to the foyer of the church from the beginning until the Nicene Creed and then Lynn comes and watches him until the end of mass. I usually have to take him outside for a bit when he gets a little crazy and spends too much time pouring water out of the water cooler.
After mass we headed to my school's homecoming football game. There was a tailgate before hand and Kevin ate close to 2 hot dogs and chased after his ball in the parking lot. We stayed at the game for about 1 1/2 quarters before we both got sick of chasing after him.
Good luck Jen and Marty, you'll need it!!
Saint Francis sits on 15 acres of former farmland. The church was built in 1996 but I believe the parish had owned the land since the 1960's. Apparently the pastor at the time bought the land because he knew the parish would some day need to expand. The former church was a tiny little mission church about a mile away from the current location.
Now, our church and rectory sit on a beautiful patch of land with rolling hills and incredible views of foliage and local farms. Next Saturday, October 18, the parish is hosting the Harvest on the Hill festival to celebrate the fall and the beautiful location. If you're in the area, stop on by, it will be a great fall event.
You can see the entire column here but this is the money part:
I'm not going to debate the fine points of this ballot question, which has been created by Carla Howell's Committee for Small Government. I am voting yes for one reason: It's the only protest game in town.
I've noticed that when government is out of control, concerned voters fall into one of two categories. 1.) Those who "get it," who understand that politics is a game and we need to learn to play it, too, or we get the booby prize; and 2.) The boobies, who think it's all for real, debate the fine points, and enable bad behavior by refusing to become combative about it.
The enablers are told by The System that they aren't like those "mindless tax-cutters"; but rather they are good people who care about children and community. Then these "sensible" (not "reckless") people are patted on the head and sent on their way to vote against tax cuts, while The System laughs at them all the way to the bank, to the next political office or an early pension.
Here is the choice on Question 1: Vote
The election of 2008 is getting ugly as well but the race for Massachusetts Senator just got ridiculous. Republican Jeff Beatty, a former Delta Force officer, was photographed in 1983 wearing a Yankees hat aboard the USS Guam. John Kerry's campaign actually used this picture to smear Jeff Beatty saying it is proof that he is a Yankees fan.
Now, I am going to assume that Kerry's campaign was joking around but to even bring this up is absolutely inane. Beatty said that he had just been bandaged up after having taken part in the Invasion of Grenada and a doctor gave him the hat to protect the treatment.
Even so, what if he is a Yankees fan - who the hell cares? Just because John Kerry wears a Red Sox hat does not mean he is real a Sox fan. Remember in 2004 when he referred to "Manny Ortiz" (while pronouncing Ortiz like Ortez)?
Democrats should not get into baseball allegiances - just ask Ted Kennedy who in 1998 referred to Bill Clinton and Al Gore as the "Mike McQwire and Sammy Sooser of politics." Of course, he meant Mark McQwire and Sammy Sosa who at the time were in a race to break Roger Maris' single season homerun record.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The column, titled "A shame on the shield" is here but some snips:
Apparently, these cops have taken the new movie "How To Lose Friends & Alienate People" way too literally.
What happened Tuesday was nothing short of thuggish intimidation. And it is not going to endear the aggrieved police officers to whatever segment of the population they think these publicity stunts are going to win over. News organizations, including the Globe, have been getting e-mails from cops looking for us to cover these confrontations. They actually think this is helping their cause....
You can say that was wrong, and that Massachusetts shouldn't have been the last state in the nation to have flaggers working construction sites instead of cops, but it doesn't change the fact that cops' lives were constructed on a paradigm that has been suddenly, unilaterally, and unfairly changed.
Rick Jolly, president of the Woburn Police Patrolman's Union, engaged in not a little hyperbole at Tuesday's protest when he complained, "They're taking food off our table."
Look, nobody's going to starve because the state will save $6 to $7 million a year by having civilian flaggers work details on some roads. But lifestyles will change. You might say, too bad. You wouldn't say that if you had gotten a mortgage, or were able to take your kids on vacation, based on the money you were able to make working details.
But here's where the cops lose the plot. They keep saying this is primarily a public safety issue. They are absolutely right to say a cop with a gun working a detail is a greater asset to public safety than some unarmed civilian waving an orange flag.
There are more than a few cases of police making arrests or saving lives while working details.
But that's precisely what made Tuesday's protest so patently offensive. Some of the cops who congregated around that work site endangered public safety. Calling the poor working stiff holding the sign a "scab" might score some points with their buddies, but it doesn't play quite as well with the people who pay cops' salaries. It was ugly, and it demeaned the officers who shouted the abuse more than the flagman.
Don't tell us this is primarily about public safety and then go out and flout it. Don't say it's about dignity and then go out and act undignified. Tell the truth: Money you were entitled to earn is no longer there. And that's not fair.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Also, when you watch the video, take note of the police officer who is complaining that he has a bunch of kids at home and needs the money. But wait a minute, I thought the protest was about public safety???
Need another reason to vote yes on question one this November?
See them here.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
If police unions feel that these tactics will sway voters and the governor to change their minds on police details than they are sorely mistaken. I feel that the unions will overplay their hands and will infuriate people so much that there will be a push to get rid of police details all together. This is thuggery at its worst and these guys are only hurting themselves and their cause.
The Great Howie Carr turns it around today and says, "I can't believe John McCain is losing to this guy."
See it here.
Of course it is all a canard and the media has been very happy to play along. Now of course Bush is being blamed for the financial crisis. The media, which simply parrots Democratic talking points, has fallen in line and refuses to assign any blame to the Democrat and their ilk (i.e. Barney Frank).
There is a new video out on the web that helps explain who really is to blame for the current economic crisis. It's long and fast paced but stick with it. It was on You Tube but it was taken down (of course). I got it off of eyeblast.tv thanks to Newbusters.org. See it below:
However, the actions of some police officers in regards to Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to eliminate police details is shameful and their tactics are reminiscent of the mob.
Last week in Everett and Revere, police blocked workers from the MWRA from doing work because the sites were deemed "unsafe." The crew was stopped from doing work on a manhole in Everett and was then followed to Revere where they were also prevented from working. They placed a bumper sticker on the manhole that read "Police Details Save Lives Governor Appointed Flagmen Won’t."
This is nothing more than intimidation and a shakedown. The police officers say they're worried about safety and don't have the guts to admit that it is really about the money they're losing. They should be ashamed of themselves and it begs the question, if you can't trust the cops anymore, who do you go to?
Monday, October 6, 2008
Don't be fooled by all this. This news is timed to intimidate voters and to scare them into not voting to repeal the state income tax on November 4. Mark my words: if Question One fails, the state budget will all of a sudden be healthy again, hack jobs will skyrocket, the Massachusetts Turnpike will still raise tolls, and police details will return.
The only thing lasted about 5 minutes but he looks like a completely different person. Before his haircut, he had super long bangs and his hair was always unkempt. Now, he looks like the boy from Dutch Boy paint (at least his bangs do). I could not stop laughing when I saw the finished product - he looked so different. I took a ton of pictures and the lady gave us some of the hair for a scrap book.
On the cover of this week's issue it says "She's one of the folks (and that's the problem)." How often do we hear about how we need outsiders, men of the people, people from outside the Beltway, people who have not been "corrupted" by Washington to serve in office? It is all well and good if it is a Democrat but if it is a Republican well then that person is just a mindless drone and is too inexperienced.
I have never questioned Barack Obama's experience. The Constitution has two requirements to be president and vice president: 35 years old and a natural born citizen. The only other consideration is that the president and vice president cannot be from the same state. That's it. There is no IQ test, no prerequisites, no prior experience needed.
I pray to God that John McCain and Sarah Palin are elected for a number of reasons but the biggest would be so the media would implode. Let's hear one for the common man!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Dan recently bought a second home in Maine so after the game, we're all going to head over to his place to spend the night. This will be my second Saturday away from home, I am starting to be spoiled! Lynn has graciously not put up a fight...I have been telling her that she should go away with some of her friends for a night so I think she may finally take me up on the offer.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Biden does come across as a good guy, I must concede. I actually like him as a person but I would rather vote for my cat.
Watching some post-debate coverage on Fox and CNN and they're giving Palin high marks. Works for me!
There is a great line about voting in Ohio at the end, take a look here.
I thought Palin sounded nervous at the start and was a little too generic at times. But, surprisingly she is very strong on foreign policy/Middle East. Somebody did her homework.
Biden is doing fine - notice he always refers to Palin as "the governor" but John McCain as "John." He is trying to show her "respect" so he is not accused of talking down or lecturing to her. He almost said "my opponent" but caught himself and said "the governor."
Dan Kennedy over at Media Nation thinks Biden is intentionally being dull. Interesting thought.
I did the same thing a few years ago. For years, I worked in the financial services industry. I had a good job, made decent money, and had career potential. But, I knew I wanted to do something more with my life. Financial services is a fine career choice but it just wasn't me. I rediscovered my passion for being a teacher and thanks be to God, I got a job teaching in 2006. I have never looked back, not even for a second.
Kandra mentions a wonderful quote by Thomas Merton which sums up the feelings I had leaving a comfortable job and becoming a teacher. I hope it inspires those of you who may be looking to do something different but are a tad hesitant to leave the nest:
See it here.