Monday, November 30, 2009
This part kills me:
“I’m absolutely thrilled,’’ said Fowler, who is the rector of St. John’s Church in Jamaica Plain. “Now when we say we’re an inclusive church, we truly, fully, sacramentally are.’’
Of course the Church's prayer books contain the language "man and woman" so Shaw suggests that priests refer to the internet for prayers and rites. Ahhh, that's one heck of a Church - getting its sacred rituals from the world wide web. So holy. So blessed.
He’s in love with the man in the mirror
No one becomes president without a fair share of what the French call amour propre. Does Obama have more than his share of self-regard?
It’s a common theme of Washington buzz that Obama is over-exposed. He gives interviews on his sports obsessions to ESPN, cracks wise with Leno and Letterman, discusses his fitness with Men’s Health, discusses his marriage in a joint interview with first lady for The New York Times. A photo the other day caught him leaving the White House clutching a copy of GQ featuring himself.
White House aides say making Obama widely available is the right strategy for communicating with Americans in an era of highly fragmented media.
But, as the novelty of a new president wears off, the Obama cult of personality risks coming off as mere vanity unless it is harnessed to tangible achievements.
We're at the point now that you can't even watch an NFL game without seeing him. Have you see the Play 60 commercial with him playing football with kids at the White House? Give it a rest Mr. President.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I have no doubt that if Kennedy were alive, he would be making the same argument. Kirk is simply doing Kennedy's bidding, be it on health care, the war, or being NIMBY on Cape Wind.
How long until this hack is out of office?
Today's Lowell Sun reports that the Wilmington Teacher's Union is angry at the town for hanging up Christmas lights!! They say that money should be spent on the town's employees like them. What a bunch of crooks. These bums make a ton of money for working 9 months a year and what is their response? Give me more.
The unemployment rate in the state is 8.4%, people are being laid off left and right and these people have secure, high paying jobs and they're asking for more!!! Not only that, they want the people of Wilmington to sacrifice things like Christmas lights so the teachers can get more money.
The union recently rejected a contract which would have given them no raise this year but a 2.25% raise next year. Are you kidding me? This the problem with government workers. They have no concept of the real world and just want more and more and more. Michael Widmer agrees, telling the Sun:
Massachusetts Taxpayers Association Executive Director Michael Widmer said many unions don't believe municipal officials when they tell them that the situation is only bound to get worse.
"There is a misunderstanding that some things will return to normal in fiscal 2011. That's just not the case," he said. "The unions have been slow to understand that we're talking about fundamental changes. Collective benefits always increasing, 3 to 4 percent raises, step increases -- those are products of an era that is ending. But eras don't end placidly."
Widmer predicts the union's continued resistance to changes in the financial landscape may worsen budgets in the long run, especially in communities that will seek to raise new revenue through Proposition 2 1/2 overrides.
"There will be resistance and resentment from taxpayers that the unions haven't done more," he said. "In terms of public support for local government, it's a problem."
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Well, Kirk has repaid the favor to the Kennedy family for pushing for his appointment. Kirk has now come out against the Cape Wind Project and has called upon President Obama to delay it.
Gee, which prominent family lives on the Cape?? Which late senator fought against this project??
Friday, November 27, 2009
The Globe has a interesting story on increased border control up in God's Country - Northern Vermont. See that here and a photo essay here.
1. One on FDR changing the date of Thanksgiving to help out retailers - and the year in which there were 2 Thanksgivings
2. Did Norman Rockwell get Thanksgiving wrong?? Blasphemy but see here.
3. The Pilgrims arrive.
Kevin and I started the day by going to the Dracut-Methuen football game. We got there just as the first half ended so we watched the halftime show and caught most of the 3rd quarter. Kevin was running around with this carriage and I was afraid of some carnage so it was time to leave. The good news is that Dracut won and is the Merrimack Valley Conference champs (again) and off to the playoffs.
Today Lynn, Kevin, and I are heading to Brookfield, NH to visit with our friends the Nelsons and we're thinking of going to Lowell's parade tomorrow night. During the day the Lowell National Park's trolley will be doing the "Polar Express" thing so we may hit that as well. We're doing another big Polar Express trip next month out in the Berkshires.
Hope everyone had a good holiday!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I didn’t plan on writing a column today. In fact, I had no intention of writing the rest of the year.
I’m still working, mind you, and expect to be paid. I simply didn’t plan on writing any more formal columns. Sort of like how all the State House pols aren’t really taking the rest of the year off. They’re just not in formal session.
I was going to work the phones, meet people for lunch, put my feet up on the desk, and read the paper. You know, like, informal journalism.
Unlike taxpayers - who have a terrific sense of humor and put up with Beacon Hill “rules’’ that allegedly force the Legislature to adjourn after the third Wednesday of November in odd-numbered years - my boss is a humorless slave-driver. He ignored a perfectly reasonable argument, didn’t look up, and simply said, “Please leave my office.’’
If you’re keeping score at home, here are a few things that will have to wait until at least January, when, fresh from almost two months of informality, the overworked, underpaid members of the Legislature return to formally doing the state’s business.
First, and I’m sure you’ll find this shocking, the Great and General Court never got around to getting rid of the Suffolk County paid holidays of Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day. Patriots and historians all, they put this off for a day also known as the 12th of Never.
They didn’t have time, they said, to get to the education and criminal justice reform packages.
And, of course, they put off doing anything about retesting elderly drivers. There’s been a lot of jive thrown around as cover - that it’s unfair to single out the elderly, that setting an age for retesting is arbitrary. Blah blah blah
I agree but I'd also add this - Coakley and Capuano are nothing more than liberal, wack job moon bats who bow at the altar of left-wing extremism. They are very, very dangerous.
See Jacoby's column here but below is a taste:
Congress is filled with permanent members of the political class, government lifers addicted to the influence and prestige that come with high office. In a setting that glorifies politics and fawns on public “servants,’’ the air is thick with the arrogance of power, a narcotic that deludes politicians into thinking not only that they are capable of exercising authority over others, but also that they are uniquely qualified to do so. Rare is the senator or congressman who hasn’t heard of Lord Acton’s warning that power tends to corrupt; rarer still - perhaps nonexistent - are the members of Congress who believe it applies to them. The longer they remain in public office, the more certain they are that they belong there, and the more willing to bend their principles to make sure they remain there.
But the problem with career politicians isn’t just their fondness for the perks and privileges of government life, or the sense of entitled superiority that those perks and privileges induce. It is also how readily they dismiss or circumvent the ordinary standards of the private sector.
ABC News recently reported that to secure the vote of Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu for his health care bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid inserted a provision funneling an extra $100 million to her state. Instead of clearly saying so, however, the added language - which provides an “adjustment’’ for “certain states recovering from a major disaster’’ - does the opposite. According to ABC’s Jonathan Karl, the new section spends more than two pages defining which states qualify for the “adjustment,’’ pages of dense legislative verbiage drafted to avoid what could have been “written with a single word: Louisiana.’’
1. They accepted a 5.5% pay hike
2. Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi was overwhelmingly re-elected despite a major ethical cloud hanging over him, then resigned 2 weeks later, and is now going on trial for corruption
3. Changed the Senate vacancy law...again...to solely benefit their political party...again
4. Passed 72 laws in the fall...66 of which were mundane home rule petitions and sick bank requests
5. They are making their staffers take a a 5-day furlough but they're not
6. Refused to extend their formal session and actually work in December (oh the horror) despite a major budget deficit and a deadline to apply for federal education money
So, after all these wonderful accomplishments, what do these people come up with this week? They are clocking out today at 1pm and are taking Friday off.
Yes folks, this is your Great and General Court.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Some called it the "hottest ticket in town" and "exciting" and others wondered what "magic" would happen at the dinner. Read this goo from CBS and then compare it to the media's coverage of President Bush's state dinner in 2001.
Just as well, I would not have been very charitable.
Monday, November 23, 2009
From today's Globe:
When Martha Coakley was the Middlesex district attorney, her office prosecuted the Rev. John J. Geoghan based on an allegation that he squeezed the buttocks of a 10-year-old boy a single time at a public swimming pool. The highly publicized 2002 conviction won Coakley widespread praise for bringing the first successful criminal case against the widely accused pedophile, a priest many had called “Father Jack.’’
But seven years earlier, Coakley, then the head of the Middlesex child abuse unit, had Geoghan in her sights and took a dramatically different approach. Back then, three grade-school brothers told investigators that Geoghan had inappropriately touched them during numerous visits to their Waltham home, and had made lewd telephone calls to them. Rather than prosecute, Coakley agreed to grant Geoghan a year of probation in a closed-door proceeding that received no media attention at all.
Because of the deal, Geoghan faced no formal charges and no criminal record.
"And they wonder why people stop going to church. As far as I’m concerned, they haven’t written me. Maybe they’ve just written me off, I don’t know.”
And you wonder why you're going to lose in this special election, Rep. Capuano. I've never heard a politician say something like this about a church. Have you ever criticized radical Muslims for when they've said something negative about America and in turn say, "And they wonder why people stop going to mosque."
I think we know the answer to that question.
I have a lot of things I can say about this man but I will hold them.
Coakley, who invites priests to her swearing-in ceremonies, said:
“I also disagree with the institution and the role they played in hiding pedophile priests for years,” he said. “It seems to me a little bit ironic that a church that was willing to overlook the victimization of many, many children over several years is now turning around and saying to people who are good Christians, good Catholics, that, ‘You can’t join this.’”
So, you still going to try to portray yourself as a good old Catholic girl from North Adams, Mrs. Coakley? You've shown your true colors, madam.
I am seething right now.
I grew up in Tisei's district and he was always good in responding to letters and constituent concerns. He'll do a nice job if elected.
The one concern I have, however, is that with Tisei running for lt. governor and State Sen. Scott Brown running for some other constitutional office, the Republicans risk reducing their numbers in the Senate even more (they currently have 5 members). I doubt another Republican will be elected in Tisei's district so count that as a Democratic pick-up. The hope, I suppose, is Republicans picking up a seat somewhere else in the state.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I am also slogging through "The Civil War." I've seen most of it but only in pieces. It's nine parts so it takes time to watch it all. This means that all I have left to watch is "Unforgivable Blackness" and the rest of "Jazz" (I've seen some of this 10 part series). Maybe these will be my Christmas vacation viewing as Kevin is napping.
She's a very boring to me. Very boring, and a very, to me, kind of a, a dangerous person. I mean, to, she's dangerous.
Sarah Palin is dangerous?? Here is a multiple choice question. Which of the following women has spent time in federal prison?
A. Sarah Palin
B. Martha Stewart
If you guessed B, you're correct! So, an ex-con who spent 5 months in federal prison is calling someone else dangerous?
I guess this means Stewart didn't vote for the McCain/Palin ticket in 2008. Oh wait, she can't vote, she's a convicted felon!
Vennochi sum up the liberal hatred for Palin perfectly:
The conventional answer is that liberals hate her conservative, prolife politics; have contempt for certain elements of her family history; and either don’t like her
But, Vennochi also says there is more to it than that. Mike Huckabee is similar to Palin politically but he doesn't get any flack from the media. Using Hillary Clinton as an example, Vennochi makes the argument that the media's hatred of the media is something deeper - sexism.
See her thoughts here.
Howie's column here but below is a taste:
We now have a system where most public-sector jobs pay infinitely better than comparable positions in the DPS - the Dreaded Private Sector. Despite the occasional photo-op layoff, the majority of local hacks have no fear of ever having to go out and actually do a day’s work for a day’s pay.
And behind it comes the pension.
Look how hard the layabouts fought to protect their two hack holidays. And they won. Sorry Charlie, but there’s a better chance of convicting Sen. Galluccio of drunken driving than there is of prying the snouts of any of these vermin out of the public trough.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Less you forget, this is the same legislature who accepted a 5.5% pay raise in January.
As Howie Carr says, don't let this impact your faith in the Great and General Court.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Now, with a chance at securing millions of dollars in education money from the national government, the House refused this week to vote on a major education because of turf wars between Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo and Patrick (and, I am sure, because of intense pressure from the teacher's unions).
Massachusetts Liberal has some great thoughts:
After returning from summer break, the House and Senate spun their wheels during the fall. Sure they passed about 60 laws and counting since Sept. 1, but they were the mostly of the sick leave bank, land-taking and bridge-naming variety.
And when it came to the crucial issues at hand -- a reeling economy -- the silence was deafening.
I take that back -- lawmakers have once again risen to the defense of the Quinn Bill and hack holidays as off limits in the budget-cutting process.
As for the one significant reform piece of legislation -- on that carries the potential of increased federal funding -- well, sorry Deval. The Senate was just too preoccupied to take it up until the last week of the session and the House didn't want to rush it through.
Besides, there's plenty of time in January before the federal funding deadline looms. And that way Patrick will have no choice but to swallow what lawmakers put before him or face the prospect of being blamed for the loss of federal dollars.
By many accounts, Patrick is a less than skilled executive, one who doesn't push hard for his objectives. It is his weakest selling point to an electorate looking for a leader next year and a theme that has been and will continually be hammered upon by his gubernatorial rivals.
But count me as one of those who think it is the performance of the Great and General Court that can and should be the focus of attention. The legislative foot dragging while the commonwealth is reeling from the recession is appalling.
Throw that into the context of DiMasi, former Sens. Dianne Wilkerson and James Marzilli and current poster child Anthony Galluccio and you have the image of an out-of-control band off politicians who equate taking away Evacuation Day with taking away Christmas.
Thousands are out of work and here's a chamber that works part-time, protects its perks (and its own) while everything around it crumbles.
Or that's how Patrick's campaign commercials will say it.
Sadly, there's no real solution in sight. The Republican Party's continued slide into irrelevancy makes it unlikely the local branch will be able to field a credible slate of candidates to challenge incumbents and change the nature of the branches. Maybe they are working hard behind the scenes, but I doubt it.
A new governor? If you really belief a new man or woman will change the dynamic that has existed on Beacon Hill for the last 20 years, you are eagerly awaiting the rival of the jolly fat man in the red suit next month.
There are myriad problems facing the Commonwealth and few solutions. The ones that exist are not easy. But in the face of this reality, members of the Great and General Court will no doubt be proudest of this headline as reflective of their "accomplishments" in 2009.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
In 1944, the esteemed senator from West Virginia said:
I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side... Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.
If Byrd were a Republican would we see the same type of coverage? You know the answer to that.
These are 2 of 131 recommendations a board made to Patrick about reforming immigration laws in the state. Good luck getting the Legislature to vote on these initiatives in an election year, governor. They've already made horrible votes on tax increases, re-electing Sal DiMasi as speaker, retaining hack holidays, weak pension reforms, etc, etc, etc. They are loath to make another unpopular vote, especially since you're as popular as a skunk at a party.
I've said it a million times - if you vote for Patrick in 2010 you are the biggest sucker.
Monday, November 16, 2009
The official White House website on the stimulus package says that 2,873 jobs were created in the 00 NH Congressional District, 3.2 jobs in the 6th District, and 2 in the 27th district.
Last I checked New Hampshire had two congressional districts.
h/t to NRO Corner
UPDATE: Looks like a widespread problem. See here.
Looks like another fine senatorial career is coming to an abrupt end.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Um, folks, this is Boston, it is frappe. Also, why make the Common a commercial place?
The Hub Blog has a great post on this:
Not to sound too provincial, but do we really want a N.Y. chain-wannabe on Boston Common? I tilt toward Jeff Miller’s plan, if only because it at least strives for a local flavor. But you just know the same types who think “SoWa” is such a cool name will go with the “beloved” Shake Shack – and then they’ll lecture us about having an inferiority complex while they’re off aping everything Manhattan. They’ll never understand that it’s not about New York – or Kansas City. It’s about losing a little local character every time they plunk an out-of-state chain or name on an historic area.
If anyone ever says SoWa in my presence, they will regret it!!
So, since it was pouring out Kevin and I decided to head to a local Catholic school's Christmas Fair. There wasn't much that interested us really - lots of crafts and stuff. Kevin was more interested in the dancing Santa Claus. We each did enjoy a donut and I bought some apple cinnamon bread and we then took a ride to the library. We didn't do a whole lot there, it was mostly me chasing after Kevin and asking him to be quiet! It was then nap time and that evening we did the grocery shopping.
Today Lynn met up with some old college friends down on the Cape. She was going to bring Kevin but I knew she wouldn't be able to have a good time with him running around so I told her to leave him. So, Kevin and I went to the 11:30am mass at our Church and then to my school's championship football game (which we won!). Kevin was uncharacteristically good at mass as I had him pretty occupied the whole time with a coloring book and pretzels.
Now he's eating some leftover pasta and then it's off for a bath (he got into mud today at the game). It was fun to spend time with him, good old fashioned daddy/son time! But, hopefully it's an early bed time as I have a lot of work to do tonight. Lynn will be home late as she had to go to mass at 5pm and then had a meeting afterwards.
See the column here but a taste below:
It’s time to flip a coin. I’m serious. Heads or tails. The winner runs for governor, and the loser gets to be the other guy’s running-mate on the Republican ticket. If both of you get together right now, you can begin planning the transition in January 2011.
Not even ACORN will be able to pull it out for Deval. Or even the Globe - assuming there still is a Globe next November, that is, after all the layoffs next January.
No way Deval Patrick can be reelected in 2010. Let me rephrase that - no way he can get over 50 percent of the vote. But if two candidates are on the ballot against him, then he only needs 34 percent of the vote. Sadly, despite his disastrous term, he could still conceivably get 33 percent-plus-one. There are that many moonbats infesting this benighted Commonwealth, that overly medicated, guilt-ridden, non-working trust-fund crowd living off the monthly check from either their parents or their uncle (Sam, that is).
Under state law, the Legislature appoints an interim AG if the current one resigns. Howie throws some names around like State Reps. Charlie Murphy and Jim Vallee but he thinks neither of them will get the nod. Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo has already said he doesn't want the job.
Whoever gets the job will have to go up against State Sen. Scott Brown who is running for the U.S. Senate on the Republican side. He will not win the Senate race but he is getting his name out there.
Anyway, see the article here but a portion is below:
It’s imperative for the Democrats to hang onto the AG’s office. So here’s one solution being bandied about. Have DeLeo order his minions to elect Bill Galvin AG. If Galvin is no longer the secretary of state, the Legislature will have to fill that vacancy too, and it could go to . . . DeLeo.
DeLeo can’t survive a high-profile race. But secretary of state . . . maybe.
It would be the perfect golden parachute for him. Even if Bobby loses next November, he gets in a year at $130,000, which will boost his kiss in the mail.
Galvin’s already run statewide five times, and he was around the last time a GOP tidal wave rolled in and wiped out the Democrat party. Running for treasurer in 1990, he got washed out to sea too, but now at least he knows enough to check the weather forecast before going near the beach.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
In other words, Bush inherited the regular "stuff" that confronts most presidents when they take office. What is strange is that Obama has established a narrative that he, supposedly unlike any other president, inherited a mess.
At some point, Team Obama might have at least acknowledged that, by January 2009, Iraq was largely quiet; Libya was free of WMD; Syria was out of Lebanon; most of the al-Qaeda leadership had been attrited or was in hiding; a homeland-security protocol was in place to deal with domestic terror plots; European governments were mostly friendly to the U.S. (unlike during the Chirac-Schröder years); and the U.S. enjoyed good relations with one-third of the planet in China and India.
The fact that in the Bush years we were increasingly disliked by Ahmadinejad, Assad, Castro, Chávez, Kim Jong Il, Morales, Ortega, and Putin, may in retrospect seem logical, just as their current warming to the U.S. may prove to be cause for alarm, given the repugnant nature of these strongmen.
Bottom line: Obama's second year as president is coming up, and it is long past time to move on and let historians judge the Bush years.
“As America's first Pacific president,” said President Obama in Tokyo, “I promise you that this Pacific nation will strengthen and sustain our leadership in this vitally important part of the world.”
It is true that the president was born in Hawaii (sorry, birthers), lived from ages six to ten in Indonesia, and attended a Honolulu prep school. But he is not our first Pacific president. Richard Nixon was born in California in 1913, and spent much more of his life in the Pacific region than the current president has. Moreover, while Barack Obama made his career in Chicago and Springfield, Ronald Reagan made his in Los Angeles and Sacramento.
And the incumbent is hardly the first chief executive to have lived in another Pacific Rim country. William Howard Taft was governor-general of the Philippines. Dwight Eisenhower had military postings in the Philippines and the Panama Canal Zone. Herbert Hoover worked as a mining engineer in Australia and China; he even learned to speak Mandarin. Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Bush 41 all served in the Pacific during the Second World War. What they did as adults was perhaps more consequential than what Obama did as a child.
At the start of his presidency, Obama seemed to content himself with the royal “we’’ - “We will build the roads and bridges. . . . We will restore science to its rightful place. . . . We will harness the sun and winds,’’ he declaimed at his inauguration.
But as the literary theorist Stanley Fish points out, “By the time of the address to the Congress on Feb. 24, the royal we [had] flowered into the naked ‘I’: ‘As soon as I took office, I asked this Congress.’ ‘I called for action.’ ‘I pushed for quick action.’ ‘I have told each of my Cabinet.’ ‘I’ve appointed a proven and aggressive inspector general.’ ’I refuse to let that happen.’ ’’ In his speech on the federal takeover of
At this rate, it won’t be long before the president’s ego is so inflated that it will require a ZIP code of its own.
Then again, how modest would any of us be if we were as magnificent as Obama? “I am well aware,’’ he told the UN General Assembly in September, “of the expectations that accompany my presidency around the world.’’
In 1860, writes Doris Kearns Goodwin in her celebrated biography “Team of Rivals,’’ an author wishing to dedicate his forthcoming work to Abraham Lincoln received this answer: “I give the leave, begging only that the inscription may be in modest terms, not representing me as a man of great learning, or a very extraordinary one in any respect.’’
Obama has often claimed Lincoln as a role model, but it only goes so far.
I love Bishop D'Arcy. He is a Boston native and a fellow graduate of Boston College High School. He is not afraid to stand up to people (and for the truth), most notably Fr. John Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame, for granting President Obama an honorary degree this past May.
I met D'Arcy a couple of times when I was in the seminary with the Holy Cross Fathers at Notre Dame and he was very friendly and easy to talk to. I hope he comes home to Massachusetts for his twilight years and contributes to the Church of Boston - it will be nice to have him back!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Today DeNucci announced that he will not run for re-election. He has been auditor since 1986 and he said he wants to move on.
This may be a good opportunity for the Republicans to pick up a constitutional office. The Globe says since the 1960's they've only held one constitutional office other than governor and lt. governor. They didn't say which one but it has to be treasurer - Joe Malone held that job in the 1990's.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
A flier sent home with students for the gift shop, which will run from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4 and benefits the school's PTO, states no Santa, candy canes, stockings, Christmas, Hanukkah or other "religious items" are welcome.
Hmmm, so they're having a "holiday" event but the students cannot mention the "holiday" they are celebrating.
It's funny that a Massachusetts public school is banning any and all mention of "holidays" when the state Department of Education lists the public holidays in the states and bolds statewide legal holidays. What is one of those bolded public statewide legal holidays? Christmas.
Will there no mention of George Washington on Washington's Birthday at Byam Elementary School? Will the children of Byam Elementary School ignore Christopher Columbus on Columbus Day? Guess poor old Martin Luther King is going to lose out at Byam Elementary School, huh?
Here's what I suggest. If Byam Elementary School is going to ignore a statewide, legal, public holiday then people should ignore their fundraiser.
See why I teach in a Catholic school?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Yesterday when Attorney General Martha Coakley said she would vote against the health care bill if it banned funding for abortion, Capuano said Coakley had a "lack of understanding of the legislative process" and that a legislator must "have the skills to build consensus and the courage to make difficult decisions, and the wisdom to know when to choose progress over perfection."
Well, what a difference a day makes. Now, Capuano says he too will vote against the bill if it restricts funding for abortion. Gee, Rep. Capuano, what happened? You said Coakley lacked "understanding" and one needs to "build consensus" to pass legislation. Do you now think differently or was it that all the radical abortion groups pounced on the anti-abortion provision and you risked losing the vote of the precious baby killing lobby?
I think the latter.
Rep. Capuano. A true man of his word...except when it will hurt him politically.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Well, Deval Patrick can something similar today about his base as two liberal bloggers, Dan Kennedy and the Outraged Liberal have criticized him for the increase in the hacks and the funding of a bridge for Foxboro Stadium.
Kennedy said the following:
I will only disagree with Mr. O.L. to this extent: Patrick has now been governor for nearly three years. Yet Mr. O.L. still refers to the governor’s actions as “screw-ups” and questions “whether anyone in the Corner Office is paying attention.”
No. At this late date, the only reasonable conclusion is that this is who Patrick is.
He shoots, he scores!
You've got to be a hard core, wack job, ultra liberal to say you would vote against one of the biggest Democratic bills since Medicare because of a provision on abortion. Coakley is clearly outside of the mainstream in America and needs to be stopped in the primary or the general election.
This is just too much...Martha Coakley is dangerous.
I confess that I am not much of a Civil War buff. I actually am more interested in the events that led up to the war rather than the battles. Case in point: on Saturday I went into Boston for a talk on John Brown at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Anyway, see a snip of the article below:
“The mindset on other parts of the country is so different. History is the Civil War. You knew about the American Revolution, but it didn’t happen in your town,’’ said Richard Dobbins, founder of the Duxbury-based American Civil War Research Database, the largest online searchable American Civil War database.
Julie Marin, a Groton Civil War event organizer, said she was frustrated that state officials had not made more public land in Eastern Massachusetts available for large-scale living-history activities. Her group, she said, has liability insurance and has worked well with local police, fire, and town officials to enjoy smooth reenactments in the past.
Marin doesn’t blame anti-Civil War bias for her group’s trouble in Groton. She chalks up the difficulties to skyrocketing land prices and the housing boom of the past decade, along with people “still learning what we’re about and what we have to offer people,’’ said Marin, who often portrays General Grant’s wife, Julia, wearing homemade skirts with stiff petticoats.
Tom Higgins, recruitment director of the Attleboro-based 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, said his reenactment community is planning smaller events at mostly private venues farther afield.
He concurred that many New Englanders are desperately in need of a crash course in Civil War history, to balance out local fervor for that “other war.’’
“You can see that when you go to some events [in costume] and people ask where the Redcoats are,’’ he said wryly.
I visited the Lowell National Historical Park yesterday for a talk and picked up a nice pamphlet on walking tours of Lowell. Perhaps we will check some of those out. I've been trying to walk more too so I think a walk is on the agenda (went for a 90 minute walk last night around Dracut).
So many possibilities...
Capuano spent nearly $12,000 over the past two years wining and dining a total of 67 times at posh restaurants such as Sonoma wine bar and Charlie Palmer Steakhouse, both in Washington, D.C.
The dining spree includes:
Sunday, November 8, 2009
How did the esteemed representative from Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District vote? No.
She couldn't disappoint her gal pals over at Emily's List, you know.
Not that this is a surprise but you can now officially call Rep. Niki Tsongas an ultra-liberal.
This despite the fact that Patrick has promised major cuts and reforms in the transportation departments.
I've said it a million times now...Patrick is nothing more than a snake oil salesman whose promises of reform and change were nothing more than hollow campaign pitches.
Hmmm, kind of sounds like someone else we know.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
But some yuppie over at the Charlestown Navy Yard is complaining, saying the noise is too loud and disruptive. Screw you yuppie (pardon my French). These idiots have infiltrated Boston over the past 10-15 years and now expect 200 plus years of tradition to change because their chi-chi friends get jumpy.
Move back to Weston if the city is too loud for you.
Case in point. In 2007, the House passed a bill that would have lifted the cap on resold tickets for places like Ace Ticket. The bill was pushed by Speaker Sal DiMasi because his buddy, Richard Vitale, met with him privately and asked DiMasi to push the bill through. Vitale was paid by a ticket group to meet with DiMasi which would count as lobbying but Vitale did not file statements saying he lobbied DiMasi as required by law. Vitale is currently facing charges.
You can see the column here but I love the conclusion:
What’s as disquieting is the go-along culture under the Golden Dome. It’s unchanged. House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo wanted a sales tax hike instead of a gas tax hike. Lawmakers went along with his desire, even those who saw it as Band-Aid over a still-festering wound.
“I have long felt and even included in my seconding speech for Sal DiMasi, that we have not gotten to the point of collaborative leadership,’’ said Kaufman, who, under DeLeo, chairs the committee on revenue.
Voters send representatives to Beacon Hill. Once there, institutional leaders vie for their loyalty.
That’s when the people’s lawmakers start turning into the leader’s sheep.
But, don't worry folks. One of the richest men in New England is getting a bridge built on your dime so his customers can get to his multi-million dollar stadium even easier so they can pay $10 for a hot dog even faster.
The Catholic bishops made a huge push on this matter and my parish had bulletin inserts last weekend. Let's just hope it actually passes.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Anyway, tonight is one of those rare nights when there are number of things I want to watch.
1. Election results on CNN
2. Frontline on PBS
3. HBO documentary on Obama's 2008 campaign
The good thing is that I can DVR the last two and, even if I missed them they will be re-run a number of times. The Obama documentary will be a fawning love fest I am sure but as a politics junkie I am looking forward to seeing it.
I still have a ton of other stuff on my DVR that I haven't gotten to: American Experience episodes, Herbert Hoover documnentary, Curb episode, etc, etc, etc. Thank God for the DVR, gives me something to look forward to.
Monday, November 2, 2009
- Big mayoral race in Lawrence between State Rep. Willie Lantigua and City Councilor David Abdoo. Will Lawrence elect their first Hispanic mayor?
- City Council and School Committee races in Lowell. Will embattled CC Alan Kanzanjian lose?
- Governors races in New Jersey and Virginia. Is the Obama magic over?
- Boston mayoral showdown between Mayor Tom Menino and CC Michael Flaherty (no relation). Is this Menino's last hurrah?
But, of course this is Massachusetts and all it seems that happened is a new name. Patrick named 3 hacks to the department's 5 member board and they're now saying this merger won't save the promised $6 billion (over 20 years). Rather, it will realize no savings. This is in part because the MBTA union is refusing to switch to the state's health insurance plan.
Welcome to Massachusetts.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Since taking over, the school's enrollment has increased dramatically, he has raised a ton of money for scholarships, the university purchased a hotel in Lowell and turned it into a conference center and dorm, they purchased a rarely use boat house on the Merrimack River, and just this weekend they purchased the Tsongas Arena.
Lowell is now becoming a college town and the students are transforming the city. Yes, they cause traffic and their buses block a lane on University Ave. during rush hour but I am very happy to see the changes the university is bringing. They are quickly becoming the premier (and most important) organization in the city.
Between UMass Lowell and the Lowell National Historical Park, the area is becoming a hotbed of culture, events, lectures, history, etc, etc, etc. Things are looking good.
One of the biggest hacks in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is David Balfour. He has been sucking from the state's teet for 30 years and now at the age of 56....yes, 56, he is retiring. Howie estimates that this bum, who has done nothing but have lay about, do nothing, no show jobs, will receive a pension of about $70,000 a year.
So, while you struggle to pay your bills, think about your unemployment, and worry about putting food on the table remember that David Balfour will be sitting pretty collecting $70,000 at the age of 56 for DOING NOTHING. This guy is such a hack that when he ran for Mayor of Melrose some years back (after being fired by Gov. Mitt Romney from some hack job), he lost like 75%-25%. Even my father said, "That guy is nothing but a hack!"
This comes around the same time that Gov. Deval Patrick is making $600m in cuts to the state budget and laying off 1,000-2,000 state workers. Who are being laid off you ask? Fat cats like Balfour or Patrick's Milton neighbor who do nothing all day? Nope, front line people, social service people, people who actually make a difference.
If you vote for this man in 2010 you are nothing but a sucker.