Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tomorrow or Saturday we are going to make our annual trip to the LaSallette Shrine in Attleboro. Lynn and I have been going there every year, since we've been married (or almost every year) to see their Christmas light display, it's one of our traditions.
Other than that, I am going to be on the radio Saturday morning (980 AM WCAP) at 7am to discuss Dracut politics, watch some sports, and start doing work again the rest of the weekend. I have a ton of papers to correct and classes to prep. The good news is that mid-terms are the week after we get back so the next week or so will be a lot of presentations, tests, and house keeping stuff.
I am also going to try and finish a book I got for Christmas - David McCullough's "The Path Between the Seas." The book is about the creation of the Panama Canal, a topic I admittedly don't know a lot about. Thus, I am flying through the 600 page book (half way there) as I love reading books on topics I know little about. After this I am going to read "Theodore Rex" by Edmund Morris. This is part 2 of a biography on Teddy Roosevelt. Part 1 is "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" which I read last year. Part 1 is about Roosevelt's life up until he becomes president in 1901, part 2 is about his presidency, and I think Morris is writing a part 3 on his post-presidential life.
Speaking of books, I added a new feature to the old blog on the right hand side called Library Thing. It's a way for people to catalog their books, learn about new books, get recommendations for other books, etc. It's pretty neat, see their website here.
Looks like this weekend won't be all that quiet after all!
Happy New Year everyone.
The Democrats, of course, turned it into Brown trying to "compare" himself to JFK. One of Ted Kennedy's former aides told the Globe, "Does Scott Brown really want voters to compare him to JFK?’’ asked Scott Ferson, a former aide to Edward M. Kennedy. “Really?’’ You're a moron Mr. Ferson. He's not comparing himself to JFK - he's showing how him and JFK share similar views and highlighting those similarities. You're a freakin' idiot.
The Democrats are going after the ad because it highlights how far their party has gone to the left since JFK. Kennedy would be considered a fanatic by today's party and never be elected to national office. Like Ronald Reagan once said, "I did not leave the Democratic party, the Democratic party left me."
And I love how the Democrats say no one can use images of JFK because it implies that the Kennedy family is endorsing Brown. Do you really think people are that stupid? Nope, you just are.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
PRESIDENT Obama’s manner in responding to the attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 was a statement in itself. He was unruffled, focused strictly on the facts, and conveyed his commitment to locating the plotters in clear, unmistakable language.
The message to the world, communicated in Obama’s serious but measured manner, was that America is concentrating on preventing terrorism, not changing the world.
Gag me. Can you imagine what the Globe would be saying if this breach happened under President Bush?
“The heated dispute about how to pay for health care has been brewing both nationally and locally for many years,’’ she wrote. “. . . Plaintiffs have waited until the very eleventh hour to seek to disrupt the new status quo by means of injunction.’’
The union's lawyer said in response to the ruling:
“To have the state, just by fiat, eliminate most of that without knowing the bargaining history and what most of those particulars are, we don’t feel is right.’’
That I don't buy. Public unions do not agree to anything that takes away something from their benefits unless they get something in return.
You can see the whole article here.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
“I’ll do better,’’ my student told me, leaning forward in his chair. “I know I’ve gotten behind this semester, but I’m going to turn things around. Would it be OK if I finished all my uncompleted work by Monday?’’
I sat silent for a moment. “Yes. But it’s important that you catch up completely this weekend, so that you’re not just perpetually behind.’’
A few weeks later, I would conduct a nearly identical conversation with two other students. And, again, there would be no tangible result: No make-up papers. No change in effort. No improvement in time management.
I can't tell you how many times I get this. Kids want to make up their missed work and end up passing in a portion. Or, if they get caught up they go right back to their old habits.
We’ve got a knowledge gap, spurred by a work-ethic gap.
Which brings me to another grade-challenged student, who once sprinted across campus to talk to me.
“I’m really sorry I missed office hours,’’ he said. “Do you have time to talk?’’
“I have a meeting in a couple of minutes,’’ I said. “But you can walk with me.’’
“OK,’’ he said. “I really enjoy your class, and I think I can do better. How can I improve my grade?’’
I looked at him sideways. “Well, you might start with staying awake.’’
“Yeah,’’ he grinned, looking at his shoes. “Sorry about that. There’s always stuff going on in my dorm late at night. I have to learn to be better about time management.’’
Of course, he had it exactly right. Success is all about time management, and in a globalizing economy, Americans’ inability to stay focused and work hard could prove to be a serious problem.
Nowhere, sadly, is this clearer than in the classroom.
See the whole thing here - it's good stuff.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Some propose overturning laws that made schools gun-free zones even for teachers who may be licensed to securely carry concealed firearms elsewhere. They argue that barring licensed-carry only ensures a defenseless, target-rich environment.
But as a progressive, I would sooner lay my child to rest than succumb to the belief that the use of a gun for self-defense is somehow not in itself a gun crime.
What a moron. This fool is actually teaching our young people.
One is struck by how vastly superior, on almost every point, the House bill is. Stupitts is of course a glaring exception, but aside from that, my goodness. On the public option, employer mandate, antitrust exemption, illegal immigrants -- right down the line, the House bill takes the far more sensible approach; the Senate bill takes the approach dictated by the foolish, petty demands of individuals empowered beyond reason by Senate rules.
That's the whole point of our bicameral Congress. The House has more people and the elected officials are closer to the people (1 per every 650,000 citizen) whereas the Senate is smaller and has longer terms. The idea behind the House and Senate make-up was very deliberate. The Senate is to be more deliberative and wary of factions. James Madison said in Federalist #10:
The inference to which we are brought is, that the causes of faction cannot be removed, and that relief is only to be sought in the means of controlling its effects.
You're a smart guy, David, you know better.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
As a Catholic school teacher myself, I was happy to see this. I was accused on my other blog of being critical of Dracut teachers refusal to take a pay freeze because I was jealous of the higher pay they receive. Please. While I will never say never, I don't think I will ever teach at a public school. Yes, the pay is MUCH higher, the benefits are better, and I could retire with a generous pension. But there is something different about teaching at a Catholic school: less red tape, more local control over the school, small class sizes, community feel, and, most importantly, Catholic values permeate all aspects of the school.
The author of the column agrees - see it here. Below is a taste:
Yet even Youniss applauds Holland’s key insight: “The features he noted . . . would bring about successful learning in any school - public, non-religious private, or whatever. His analysis, then, is useful for education in general, and insofar as Catholic schools function this way, they ought to benefit students. . . . It is not what public schools fail to do, but what many Catholic schools have been able to accomplish.’’ Touring Cambridge public schools, my wife and I have seen some fine institutions embracing strategies used in Catholic schools. But nationally, Youniss’s observation doesn’t always take, as demonstrated by a recent New Yorker article on New York City’s school system. Teachers’ unions protect toxic, no-talent teachers as much as they exalt gifted instructors.
Spot the hypocrisy, Round 1:
As a candidate for Massachusetts attorney general in 2006, Martha Coakley refused to debate a candidate who had no chance of winning - Cambridge attorney Larry Frisoli, the GOP’s sacrificial lamb and Coakley’s only opponent that year. But as a candidate for the US Senate in 2009, she insists on debating an opposing candidate with no chance of winning - Libertarian Joseph Kennedy, a State Street Corp. vice president.
Said Coakley in 2006 - when a debate with Frisoli might have cost her some votes - “I’m not going to waste my time’’ debating a little-known candidate. Yet Coakley says now - when increased visibility for Kennedy could siphon support not from her, but from the GOP candidate, Scott Brown - “I think it’s very important . . . that everybody on the ballot be involved in these debates.’’
Spot the hypocrisy, Round 2:
In her campaign to win the Democratic Senate primary, Coakley was adamant: She would absolutely vote against any health care bill that restricted abortion coverage. “It’s personal with me,’’ she said in one debate. A matter of being “principled,’’ she asserted in another. She even called her refusal to budge on the issue “a defining moment’’ in the campaign. Yet with the primary over and her prochoice base locked up, Coakley’s line in the sand has suddenly vanished. Now, she says, she supports the bill she had promised to oppose.
Bay State voters are on notice: When Martha Coakley says something, she means it. Until she doesn’t.
New Hampshire finally falls, irredeemably, to the moonbats, and all the apprentice Hodeses and Shea-Porters in Concord begin imposing onerous income and sales taxes. Now there is nowhere to flee.
New Hampshire has already changed a lot...this will just be the icing on the cake.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Kevin and I slept in on Christmas morning but got to the presents around 8:45 (Lynn was up early thanks to being 8 months preggers). Kevin is just understanding the whole Santa/presents thing but he took forever to open his gifts. I had to beg him to open my favorite - a set of Fireman Sam figures! He still has some unopened gifts which he'll get to over time I suppose.
We headed to my parent's house in Melrose around noon and spent the afternoon there opening more presents, eating dinner, and enjoying each other's company. My parents got me an iPOD Nano and I spent last evening playing with it and downloading podcasts - it even plays FM radio, takes videos, etc (Lynn already used the video function taking some of me snoring on the couch this afternoon). We also stopped by Lynn's sister's house (also in Melrose) and visited with some of her side of the family.
We were up early this morning to meet up with some friends at IHOP in Quincy. Our friends John and Rita were up visiting from Pennsylvania as was our other friend Mike who now lives out in the Berkshires. Faithful blog readers may recall our visit to John and Rita's house in Pennsylvania last December.
I didn't know Mike was joining us until the last minute, it was a great surprise. Mike is living and working at Gould Farm in Monterey, MA - "a unique and successful psychiatric treatment program for adults with mental illness."
I met Mike when I was in the seminary (neither of us made it obviously!) and he has always been interested in helping people with mental illness or rehabilitation from drugs or alcohol abuse. He is also someone who wants to live a very simple life and eschew technology so this job is perfect for him! He is part of the farm team and literally does stuff like milk cows.
Tomorrow we're going to visit my childhood friend Richie who is in town from Washington state. I love this time of year - great time to catch up with folks.
But nope, this governor would never cut the jobs of hacks. You know what he will cut though? Care for veterans. That's right, hacks keep their jobs but veterans in Western Massachusetts can no longer go to the Soldier's Home in Holyoke for outpatient care thanks to Patrick. But don't worry, his neighbor, Dana Harrell, still has his $120,000 a year job.
If ANYONE votes for the guy in November...well, you know where I'm going.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wow - so simple yet very powerful.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
But, now that she has secured the votes of the moonbats, she can now move a little to the "center."
She's so predictable. What a loathsome woman.
Looks like Menino may have wished Michael Flaherty beat him last month. It's going to be a looooong 4 years, Mumbles, as this is only the beginning. Howie Carr agrees - see here.
Today my in-laws are coming over to bring Kevin's big boy bed (going to hide it until Christmas), then going to a Christmas party at Kevin's daycare, and then need to so some last minute shopping and go to the gym.
I was telling someone last night that I don't really get into Christmas until Christmas Eve because of all the running around and shopping. I am more annoyed than anything during this week! But, come Christmas Eve all of the shopping and running around is done and one can finally enjoy the holiday...unless you're cooking which, thankfully, I am not! We do stay home on Christmas Eve and do some cooking but nothing huge. We try to go to mass at 6pm and then come home and make some shrimp, scallops, and steamers (a sort of 7 Fishes). On Christmas we go to my parent's house in Melrose. Always a fun couple of days!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
There are several other debates planned next month, but one - a League of Women Voters forum Jan. 13 in Faneuil Hall - was canceled yesterday because Coakley had yet to agree to participate.
Yes, she will do debates like an hour on the radio on Christmas week and on the Sunday morning after Christmas but not in the middle of January at a prominent location.
Coakley is such a coward and a loser. I loathe her.
Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal had a lenghty editorial about Obama Care. Calling it reckless and thrown together, the WSJ destroys the bill. You can see it all here but below is a taste:
The tragedy is that Mr. Obama inherited a consensus that the health-care status quo needs serious reform, and a popular President might have crafted a durable compromise that blended the best ideas from both parties. A more honest and more thoughtful approach might have even done some good. But as Mr. Obama suggested, the Democratic old guard sees this plan as the culmination of 20th-century liberalism.
So instead we have this vast expansion of federal control. Never in our memory has so unpopular a bill been on the verge of passing Congress, never has social and economic legislation of this magnitude been forced through on a purely partisan vote, and never has a party exhibited more sheer political willfulness that is reckless even for Washington or had more warning about the consequences of its actions.
These 60 Democrats are creating a future of epic increases in spending, taxes and command-and-control regulation, in which bureaucracy trumps innovation and transfer payments are more important than private investment and individual decisions. In short, the Obama Democrats have chosen change nobody believes in—outside of themselves—and when it passes America will be paying for it for decades to come.
Monday, December 21, 2009
I then had a doctor's appointment at 1pm. Let's just say that the things the doc was saying to me were pretty bad so I left there and signed up for a gym. I belonged to this gym when I first moved to Dracut but quit soon after I began teaching as I was never going. But, I am pretty motivated now and I have a better handle on the old teaching thing so I will go now often.
So, I needed new sneakers as my current ones were in so bad shape that I couldn't give them away to a homeless person. Luckily I got a $100 gift card to Target from two of my students (twins) so I picked up a pair this afternoon as well as some shorts.
Lynn gets home at 7pm and the gym is open until 9:30 so I will heading out for my first go round tonight. Should be interesting.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
But, if my wife and I lived in Virginia and she gave birth to our unborn child and killed it before the umbilical cord was cut, I could say nothing.
Don't believe me? See below:
A loophole in state law is preventing Campbell County investigators from charging a woman they say killed her newborn baby.
Deputies were called to a home in the 1200 block of Lone Jack Road in Rustburg about 11 a.m. Friday. The caller said a woman in her early 20s was in labor.
When deputies arrived, they discovered the baby had actually been born around 1 a.m., about 10 hours earlier. Investigators said the baby was already dead when deputies got there.
Investigators told WSLS the baby’s airway was blocked. They said the baby was under bedding and had been suffocated by her mother. Investigators said because the mother and baby were still connected by the umbilical cord and placenta, state law does not consider the baby to be a separate life. Therefore, the mother cannot be charged.
“In the state of Virginia as long as the umbilical cord is attached and the placenta is still in the mother, if the baby comes out alive the mother can do whatever she wants to with that baby to kill it,“ said Investigator Tracy Emerson. “She could shoot the baby, stab the baby. As long as it’s still attached to her in some form by umbilical cord or something it’s no crime in the state of Virginia."
The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office worked unsuccessfully to get the law changed after another baby died in the county in a similar case. Emerson said they asked two delegates and one state senator to take the issue up in the General Assembly. He says the three lawmakers refused because they felt the issue was too close to the abortion issue.
Emerson said there is a double standard with the law. If someone other than the mother harms a baby still attached to the mother, that person can be charged.
The baby’s grandmother was home and was the one who called 911. Police said she will not be charged because the baby was born in the middle of the night and the grandmother did not know until late morning. Investigators said the baby’s father was upset when he showed up at the home after deputies.
“He was very upset. I think the grandparents were upset. I believe everyone was upset, except for the person who should have been upset, the mother,” said Emerson.
Emerson said the woman knew she was pregnant and had received prenatal care. He said the baby was full-term, due Tuesday. The medical examiner says the baby was born healthy. An autopsy is being performed. The baby’s body will then be released to the family.
It must be something new to this area as the stores today were mobbed, people were scared to leave their homes this evening, and the second people see this alleged white stuff they flee for their homes.
You ever hear of snow??? In New England?? News to me.
See more here about French Toast Alerts, the new feature on this blog.
Our last day of the year is always fun. We have 10 minute classes and then head to a local church for our Advent/Christmas mass. This year it was at the cathedral. After mass, we head back to school for a mega Christmas party in the gym. The kids feast on a ton of goodies served by parents and teachers as Christmas music blares over the speakers. It's a wonderful way to head onto to vacation.
After cleaning-up, I headed home to get Lynn's snow tires put on her car and to meet my father who was doing some work on our toilet. Later that evening I went back to school for our boy's basketball game (we won) and then to a local watering hole to catch up with a former colleague who was visiting. Today I am doing my monthly volunteer stint at the Dracut Food Pantry and then Lynn, Kevin, and I are heading to Middleboro for Lynn's family's Christmas party.
The first part of my vacation will be devoted to my Christmas shopping. Like most I always wait until the last minute. I have no idea what I am getting people so hopefully the muse will come to me soon!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Case in point. Gov. Deval Patrick had a forum in Melrose last night and an attendee said:
"Please raise my taxes." The article said this "prompt[ed] applause from about a third of the 100 or so guests, as well as a straw poll from the governor."
God help us all.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
You thought he was different????? Ha ha ha ha
While the Democrats appease Senator Lieberman, they still have to worry about other recalcitrant Democrats including Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson. Though Lieberman has been out front in the fight against the public option and the Medicare buy-in, Nelson was critical of both. Now that those provisions appear to have been stripped from the bill, Lieberman may get on board, but Nelson's demand that taxpayer money not be used to fund abortion has still not been met. According to a Senate aide, the White House is now threatening to put Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base on the BRAC list if Nelson doesn't fall into line.
Offutt Air Force Base employs some 10,000 military and federal employees in Southeastern Nebraska. As our source put it, this is a "naked effort by Rahm Emanuel and the White House to extort Nelson's vote." They are "threatening to close a base vital to national security for what?" asked the Senate staffer.
Indeed, Offutt is the headquarters for US Strategic Command, the successor to Strategic Air Command, and not by accident. STRATCOM was located in the middle of the country for strategic reasons. Its closure would be a massive blow to the economy of the state of Nebraska, but it would also be another example of this administration playing politics with our national security.
Christians call Him God, Jews call Him Yahweh, and Muslims call Him Allah. Thus, the following story is just absurd:
An elementary school in Indiana reportedly removed a mention of Allah in its holiday show after protests from a national conservative Christian group.
Lantern Road Elementary Principal Danielle Thompson told IndyStar.com that school officials in Fishers, Ind., attempted to teach inclusiveness through the second-grade program that included portions on Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Las Posadas and Kwanzaa.
"It went off last night without a hitch," Thompson told the Web site. "Several families thought it was a nice program."
Thompson said officials removed the phrase "Allah is God," however, after the American Family Association complained about the program on its electronic newsletter. The alteration was made because no other deities were named in the program.
Um, morons...there are no other deities, Allah IS the One deity.
This is why some people think Conservatives are Neanderthals. These idiots give the rest of us a bad name.
Now House members want there to be an audit of the expenses (almost $400,000) and DeLeo is balking. So, four members of the House are holding up legislation as the House is in informal session. They still meet but any one member can put a hold on bills which effectively stops everything. Good for them.
Viva la Revolution!!
Coakley will fit in perfectly in the Senate. Go along to get along, do whatever the leadership tells you, and be a spineless coward.
Michael Graham says it well:
OK, ya got me. The crucifixion of Christ certainly was violent. So were the battles of Lexington and Concord. Does little Johnny get suspended for drawing them, too? And how clueless is a teacher who sees a drawing of Jesus on the cross and goes “Hey, wait a minute…you’re drawing that guy as DEAD! Oh, no! You’re gonna kill Jesus!”
Of course he’s dead. That’s the point. It’s not like the kid drew Santa dead, or a parent or classmate. And even if he had—it’s a drawing. Does everybody have to get a mental evaluation every single time they do anything that doesn’t involve butterflies, rainbows and calls for a cap on CO2 emissions?
And you know what the boy was doing? The teacher instructed them to draw something that reminded them about Christmas!!! He had seen the Christmas lights at the shrine in Attleboro so he did exactly what he understood. And what happens -he gets suspended and evaluated.
The school is the Maxham Elementary School. You can contact these messed up nut jobs here.
Monday, December 14, 2009
On Saturday I was up bright and early to join the boys from "Saturday Morning Live" on 980 WCAP. They had a special broadcast in that they did the show from 5 different locations (they traveled during long commercial breaks) to promote their annual Salvation Army Radiothon. I was at their first location at M.L. Shaw's Country Kitchen in Dracut from 6:30-8:00 along with a number of other folks.
After that, Lynn, Kevin and I went to my school for our annual Breakfast with Santa. They had great food, time with Santa, cookie decorating, and crafts. Kevin likes the idea of Santa but not talking to him. He did give him a high five but that's about it. But, he did have a good time dancing and running around.
After that Kevin and I went to a Model Train show in Lexington. It was pretty simple - a big track with different backgrounds and a ton of trains going around. Kevin nearly had a stoke when we got there and I practically had to drag him out of there (as well as the gift shop which had more toy trains).
Yesterday I caught an early mass and we then headed west to the Berkshires. Lynn dropped me off at the Norman Rockwell Museum and she and Kevin went to downtown Stockbridge to walk around and have a cookie. After we headed to the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum in Lenox for a ride on the Polar Express! Our friends Jay and Pam are volunteers there and we took a ride on the train back in the fall and decided to come back for this event. The place was mobbed (260 people) and the three of us had to share a seat. They read the story on our way to the North Pole and we then stopped at a station in Stockbridge (sorry, the North Pole) for cookies and hot chocolate. The station is kind of small so they only let one car off at a time so it got a little chaotic as we waited for our turn.
On the way back to Lenox Station Kevin was a maniac and did not sit still. We had to wake him up from his nap earlier in the day so he was all messed up already. Santa came through on the train passing out a silver bell (if you've read the story you'll understand why) and we then got a chance to chat with Jay. Jay let Kevin wear his conductor hat which made his day. After we mercifully arrived back at Lenox, Kevin played with the toy trains for a bit and we then headed to dinner in Lee. The restaurant, Arizona Pizza Company, was good but Kevin was a BEAR and we simply scarfed down our food and left. The food also took a while to arrive which didn't help the situation.
Once back in the car Kevin calmed down but he didn't fall asleep until we got to Worcester. Surprisingly, we got home around 9:45pm. I was driving like an old lady because of the rain and cold and I get nervous in those Berkshire hills. But, I think we made it home in about 2 hours which is pretty good time.
Anyway, Kevin acting up notwithstanding it was a nice weekend. I think we're going to lay low the rest of the month as we've done a lot the past few weekends and I think Kevin likes to stay home every now and then.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
I guess on a recent episode of SVU, a character said "Limbaugh, Beck, O'Reilly, all of 'em, they are like a cancer spreading ignorance and hate...They've convinced folks that immigrants are the problem, not corporations that fail to pay a living wage or a broken health care system..."
These people are a broken record. Bill O'Reilly fought back - see here.
Mark at Mr. Mill City destroys Lantigua in a posting from earlier this week. I don't follow Lawrence politics all that closely but I guess during the campaign, Lantigua refused to debate his white opponent and would only speak to Spanish speaking media outlets. Can you imagine the outrage if this was a white person pulling this?
You can see Mark's thoughts here but below are some tastes:
I said it on the radio right before election day. Willie Lantigua is a race baiting disgrace. See other people wish they could say that, but can’t so I will for them. I don’t live in Lawrence and the only “Chief” I come in contact with is Ned’s dog and my homeslice Brutus would eat him as a snack. So I don’t sweat Willie Lantigua. If you listen at all to “Paying Attention” with Tommy Duggan (like I do when running errands on a Saturday morning) you’d know that when he ran against Dave Abdoo in the last Mayoral election in Lawrence he refused to debate Dave Abdoo and only did interviews and press for SPANISH outlets. Essentially he ran a Spanish only campaign. He’d then go on to make all kinds of wild accusations against Mr. Abdoo that were all false and didn’t even pretend to want to represent the city of Lawrence. He secured the Latino vote and figured the rest of you non-speaking spanish residents of Lawrence would just have to fend for yourselves. Nice huh? That’s the new Mayor of Lawrence for you. No commute and a $40K raise right? Wrong.
Willie pick a f’n job and do it. I know this may come as a shock because you fancy yourself as the King of Lawrence and the fact that all the Latinos backed you last month might make that so- but you’re not the King of Massachusetts. You hold no sway over me so I’m not afraid to call you a greedy pig. If I met you in person I’d call you a greedy pig to your face as well. I’ve croaked Tom Golden on this site before, and admittedly we’ve talked about why he’s voted certain ways. I respect him, and I think he respects me because I don’t bull sh*t him when we speak. So it’s only fair that I trumpet something like this that he nails on the head so very nicely in this quote-
“I think it’s outrageous. And I would hope in the next 20 days he will come to his senses and resign. He’s making the rest of us look bad for what, quite frankly, appears to be greed,”- Rep. Tom Golden (D)- Lowell
Home run.One party rule leads to little political fiefdoms like this. Lantigua knows the Lawrence Latinos will back him so he thinks he can get away with whatever his greedy little heart desires. Because no one can challenge him at the polls there is ZERO accountability.
Since the recession began two years ago, there has been an increase of 46% of federal government employees who make over $100,000!!! There are been a 93% increase in those who make over $170,000.
Now, we cannot blame President Obama for all of this. President Bush gets some of the blame. The article said Bush approved across the board pay raises of 3% in January 2008 and 3.9% raises in January 2009. Did you get raises during this period????? Nope. Me neither.
This weekend should be a good one for all of us. Tomorrow my school is having its annual Breakfast with Santa and I am going to take Kevin. It was cancelled last year because of snow but Kevin did go the year before. He was too little to know what was going on then so hopefully this year will be better for him. After that I am going to take him to the National Heritage Museum in Lexington for a model train show. Kevin LOVES trains (or woo woos) so this should be amazing. I just hope they have trains he can play with otherwise he may get frustrated. We took him to a model train museum in Pennsylvania last Christmas and he got very annoyed that the trains were behind glass!
The highlight of the weekend should be Sunday when we head out to the Berkshires for a ride on the Polar Express. My friend Jay and his wife Pam are volunteers at the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum and they've been having Polar Express trains for the past few weekends. We luckily got the last seat - good to have friends in high places! I am hoping to also make a quick run to the Norman Rockwell Museum as I haven't been there in a year and it's my favorite places in the Berkshires.
It should be fun!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
We've had three masses this year (well, 2, the last one became a Communion service because the priest had car trouble) and tonight is our Christmas concert. I tend to sing softly unless I am confident in the harmony - don't want to throw other people off who are much better than me. It should be good though, our director is amazing and has us sing some great stuff.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
“I’m very disappointed,’’ said Maria Tomasia, an election official in New Bedford, which had anemic early turnout. “I thought it would be large turnout, considering it’s Kennedy’s seat. I thought in his honor, his memory, they’d go out in larger numbers, but they’re not.’’
So, people should come out and vote because of Ted Kennedy?!??!?!? They should excercise their constitutional rights because of Kennedy?!?!?!?!? They should vote for Kennedy's seat?!?!?!?!? Is this the U.S. Senate or the House of Lords??
How about they vote for MASSACHUSETTS' seat and vote because this is a democracy and that's what we do.
That kool-aid must be really good.
On his show last night Carr said he voted for Alan Khazei so Paglicua would finish last. A friend of mine had the same idea and I considered doing that but wanted to vote for Scott Brown.
Anyway, see Howie's column here but below is a taste:
When he claimed he was inspired by Kerry’s 2004 reporting for doody - I mean duty - speech, you knew he would say absolutely anything to get elected.
Yesterday morning, I heard one final Pags radio spot: “I’ve met so many people whose lives were turned upside down by this recession. . . .”
And Bain Capital does what to people’s lives when it buys a company? But Pags wants confiscatory taxes on those evil robber barons - now that he’s made his bundle.
See ya, Steve.
So, it's me and the boy today. Lynn took my car to work today as she couldn't get her car up our parking lot "hill" and mine is stronger (it got up no problem). Her car is actually stuck in the parking lot and I keep on looking outside for the plow to come so I can move it. We had a hell of a time getting her car out with me pushing (with little success). Poor Kevin was all alone inside but our neighbor came out to stay with him.
I don't like the way Lynn's car drives so I don't think we'll go anywhere today. Once the plow comes, we'll go outside and play as Kevin loves the snow. Other than that, I think I am going to do some cleaning and try my hand at making some Irish bread.
Some professor from Boston College told the Globe:
“The seat is Kennedy’s, and a lot of Brown’s positions are to the right of the Massachusetts electorate,’’ said Marc Landy, a political scientist at Boston College, who said that Brown “won’t win.’’
Another reason Coakley will win is because of the short election season (6 weeks or so). Plus, the middle of the campaign will be during Christmas and New Year's so people won't really be paying attention. The Democrats have good organization and will get their people out to vote (union workers, government workers, etc). That will be enough to counter Brown's voters.
So, once again Massachusetts will send a clone to the Congress. Coakley is so liberal she makes Chairman Mao look like a conservative. You get what you pay for, Massachusetts.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Q. Which political party supported slavery?
Q. Which political party called Republicans the N Word Party?
Q. Which party excluded blacks from state legislatures and expelled duly elected black members of southern legislature?
Q. Which party led the filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act?
You get the point.
I really have no take on this but the Globe editorialized today that Patrick made the right move. They then said this:
No one would flinch if Patrick spoke to a women’s political or business group. But there are substantial differences between a club that literally perpetuates an old-boy network and an organization formed to encourage networking among underrepresented groups.
Earlier in the editorial they said:
And as time passes, such clubs look ever more like quaint anachronisms than secret seats of power.
So, which is it Globe? Are these types of groups OK or not?? If you follow their logic, the Globe wants single sex groups to go away but has no problem with women's groups.
No one ever accused liberals of being logical.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Brown is my dream candidate - pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, believes in small government...but isn't a wing-nut conservative. Do I think he has a chance in the general election? No but I think we need to support this guy to make a statement to whomever the Democratic nominee is (most likely Martha Coakley - God help us).
So, vote Scott Brown on Tuesday!
Anyway, of the 14 top moments, I only saw 1.5 of them - both having to do with the "Sopranos." I guess it shows that I don't watch a lot of scripted TV anymore. The only show I watch regularly is "The Office." Other than that, I can't think of one.
Anyway, see the list here.
1. Gingerbread house competition (you could also decorate your own gingerbread man cookies)
2. Saw Santa at the fire station (although we watched from the outside, line was too long to wait)
3. Saw the tree lighting at the school complex with another visit from Santa
4. Had our friend Rebecca and her daughter Julia come over for dinner and joined us at the tree lighting (her husband Dave was sick).
We all forgot mittens for the kids and it was snowing at the tree lighting. Kevin and Julia started crying around the same time saying their hands hurt! Luckily this came at the end of the ceremony (which was very brief) so we were back in the car quickly to warm up.
Because of the dreary weather, I was in the cooking mood so I got an Ina Garten cookbook from the library and made orange yogurt cake (the recipe called for lemon but I prefer orange). It was darn good and we all (the adults and kids) ate most of it last night - it was moist with a great orange taste.
Today will be a quiet day I think. I actually have to read at two masses at church as I agreed to read for somebody at the 5pm mass not realizing I was scheduled to read at the 11:30am mass! I'll just go twice, no big deal. Other than that, I think Kevin is sick of running around so we'll just stay in today, maybe go out and play in the snow but that's about it.
Happy Sunday all.
See it all here but below is a taste:
“Lovey, I’m going to stop making charitable contributions for a couple of years. That should save us at least $10.”
We know he’ll insist on retaining his own Gulfstream, the Flying Squirrel. No way Kerry can ever go back to the D.C. shuttle, especially not now that everyone has a camera in his cell phone. It’d be only a matter of time until grainy videos would be posted on YouTube showing Liveshot cutting in line, bellowing the eternal question: “Do you know who I am?”
“Lovey, I do hope this doesn’t mean you’ll be reneging on that new windsurfing kit you promised me for Christmas.”
“Lovey, do we still have a phone number for Bob Jaffe? Do you remember that marvelous chap he was telling us about at the Somerset Club who absolutely guarantees your return on investments? That’s who we need. What was that fellow’s name – Madoff?”
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Is it over yet?
No wonder the Democratic Senate primary has been such a dud. With the exception of the occasional ad featuring fixed-income seniors or blue-collar diner waitresses, the candidates have sent a clear signal to most potential primary voters who are not way-out lefties that this race isn't about them; it's about who can pander the hardest to the folks who think abortion is a sacrament, that "war is not healthy for children and other living things" constitutes a workable foreign policy, and that we shouldn't even consider the death penalty for some lunatic who blows up the Pru Tower.
Why would the 75% or so of the state's Democrats and independents who are not to the left of Howard Zinn be compelled by this display of group-think? If the campaign plods to the conclusion predicted by polling since day one, a relatively easy Martha Coakley win (five points or more) with a torpid turnout, it'll be testimony to the depression of an electorate that's electing the least-powerful member of the Senate (with less seniority than Roland Burris, ack!) to succeed one of the most powerful.
And it should leave at least a few people kicking themselves for blowing an opportunity. If ever there was a race with a path to victory for a moderate, this was it. Even after his union brethren bailed on him in an eyebrow-raising avalanche of pique and ideological frenzy (how dare he want to see the details of the health-care bill before backing it?), Rep. Steve Lynch would have had an excellent, uncontested shot at social moderates and blue-collar voters, if he could draw them to the polls. Ditto UMass Chancellor Marty Meehan, with a better record of congressional leadership than "Mr. Passion" Mike Capuano and a far more attractive personality. (Then again, any given UFC fighter has that.) And if I were Steve Pagliuca, I'd dock the paychecks of any of his 3,189 advisors who told him to play the me-too game on issues like abortion and capital punishment. You can't risk coming out for parental consent for minors seeking abortions, or for putting mass murderers to death? Profiles in Courage, Part 2. (By the way, it wouldn't surprise me to see Alan Khazei finish fourth. He's re-running Deval Patrick's 2006 campaign at a time when Deval Fatigue is pandemic.)
If he can summon adequate funds and a pitch-perfect game plan, there might be a glimmer of hope in all this for Scott Brown, if he can overcome Jack E. Robinson's startling radio-ad revelation that Brown is really a cross between Dennis Kucinich and Andrea Dworkin. But beware the first post-primary poll. If it's one of those 71-12 outcomes hapless local Republicans often encounter, Brown will struggle to be taken seriously, fairly or not.
Anyway, the whole sad business is a nightmare for our state. We've lost the Kevin Garnett of our delegation, the one indispensable player who kept the wolves away from our crucial federal funding. All I can say to those similarly depressed is, if you even think one of these folks has the potential to grow into the role, get out and vote on Tuesday. The perennial admonition that every vote counts was never more true.
As a father of a 2 year old, I am always home on Saturday night and while I can usually find something to watch, sometimes there is nothing on, especially after college football season. I don't mind watching reruns but I wish, for example, that Food Network would show reruns of good shows instead of something lame like "Good Eats" and that TBS would show Seinfeld, Family Guy, etc. Stations seem to just use Saturday nights to dumb lame shows on.
I think there are plenty of people like me home on a Saturday night and would kill for decent shows to watch. I usually find something else to do if nothing is on but it would be nice.
Just my thoughts.
"Why would you ride the ref when he’s calling all the plays for you? What’s he out there bashing the media for?”
The defense rests.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The threats right now in the inappropriate interest that we're seeing is the same level as it has been for the previous two presidents at this point.
Good to know. Now, maybe the media can stop saying racism is worse off.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Interesting story - see the video and story here.
This is why our inept governor practically bribed legislators to vote against putting gay "marriage" on the ballot here in Massachusetts. He knew damn well that voters reject this wholeheartedly and would have overturned the Supreme Judicial Court's 2003 ruling.
What a pathetic party. In order to be considered viable for public office as a Democrat, you have to an extremist on abortion.
These people are disgusting human beings.
If we had wanted Bush’s wars, and contractors, and corruption, we could have voted for John McCain. At least we would have seen our foe facing us, not felt him at our back, as now we do. The Republicans are given a great boon by this new war. They can use its cost to say that domestic needs are too expensive to be met—health care, education, infrastructure. They can say that military recruitments from the poor make job creation unnecessary. They can call it Obama’s war when it is really theirs. They can attack it and support it at the same time, with equal advantage.
I cannot vote for any Republican. But Obama will not get another penny from me, or another word of praise, after this betrayal. And in all this I know that my disappointment does not matter. What really matters are the lives of the young men and women he is sending off to senseless deaths.
Yikes - see the rest here.
Some of the highlights:
Martha Coakley: She is woman, hear her roar, or is it purr? But she does have male supporters - every lawyer in the Legislature who wants to succeed her as attorney general.
Steve Pagliuca: Oh, and by the way, Pags has apparently never heard of DVR. Most of the people in his campaign’s target demos don’t watch TV ads anymore. They fast-forward through them.
Michael Capuano: The only candidate who’s running against Dick Cheney. Has full-blown Potomac fever, boring everyone with committee-assignment talk and his votes. Endorsement from Barney Frank should be good for at least a dozen votes.
Alan Khazei: His theory of victory, such as it is: If you give Democrats a choice between a moonbat and a moonbat, they’ll pick the moonbat every time.
See the whole column here.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Also, two excellent points from National Review's Kathryn Lopez on Twitter:
the bush blaming is getting old
i dont know that west point cadets needed to be reminded that their commander in chief opposed the iraq war
But I'm confused. The firefighters of North Andover get holiday pay for working not only on Christmas but also on Christmas Eve (see page 18 here). If the town cannot honor a "particular religion" with a sign, then why do the firefighters get paid for said holiday???
Not only the firefighters but the clerical workers of North Andover get Christmas off and a half day on Christmas Eve.
In addition, the North Andover dispatchers, library workers, patrol officers, police lieutenants, and public works employees all get Christmas as a paid holiday too.
You know who else gets a paid day off on Christmas? Town Manager Mark Rees. The man who says the town cannot recognize Christmas.
DIANE SAWYER: Also this morning, the Palin Express, as we know, we’ve seen all the pictures of the Sarah Palin bus tour across the country. But, some of the people watching her saying that you don’t see the very expensive, $4000 an hour private plane that she has been taking. And we’ll tell you more about that story coming up.
SAWYER: Well, Sam, as we know, Sarah Palin had an extraordinarily successful book tour, still going on. And frequently can be seen photographed in front of the bus that she took on the road. But people have been watching her, say you don't often see photos of her in front of a very expensive private plane that she's been taking. And our David Wright took a look.
WRIGHT: But, while her fans camped out in the bitter cold, just for the chance to meet her, the former vice presidential candidate was quietly traveling in style, aboard this Gulfstream II private jet. Price tag, $4,000 an hour.And how the hell is this different from any other politician?? How do most people on that level travel? When a Democrat does book tours, does GMA do a piece on their "lavish" travel?
Of course at the very end they said:
But, one company representative told Good Morning America, Harper Collins paid the tab for the jet. And that Palin took it only for three legs of the journey, when it was logistically necessary. The bus drove all night to meet them. In fairness, that's not all that different from many stops on campaign trail last year.
Complete and utter sellouts.