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Thursday, December 18, 2014
 
Yanqui Come Back....
I gotta say I am loving post-midterms In-Your-Face Barack Obama...he has caught on to the manifest utility of "The Jacksonian Vertical Stroke", ergo swift surprising decision that acts in the Public Interest. In this case, he extended diplomatic recognition to Cuba and confounded three generations of Wingnuts All over the Nation...Marco Rubio could hardly sputter out the word "Munich" and Jeb Bush looked like a deer in the proverbial headlights... I LOVE IT! More Mister President MORE!!! The plain necessity of extending diplomatic recognition to Cuba has been obvious for years, this improves our position thru out Latin America and even gives the Monroe Doctrine a good shot in the arm. And besides Castro's socialist plantation regime can't last forever whatever comes next in Havana I'd rather our diplomats were there to broker the process than our troops.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
 
So Jeb wants in....
Look like Jeb Bush is gonna run for President in 2016, all signs point to it including that irritating look of baffled self righteousness her perfected as Governor of Florida. This is gonna be a biiiiig reality check for Mitt Romney and to a lesser extent Chris Christie. Romney in particular has been floating little trial balloons all year long via his various paid toadies...but Jeb piling in means La Famiglia Arbusto is gonna call in every one of Romney's markers from 2008 AND 2012....by the time they are done with him he'll leave that room with his suit in tatters and his pockets turned out. I think we can pretty much stick a fork in Brand Romney at long last. Mitt might make an interesting Vice Presidential prospect for Bush...(he'll never actually get selected, the Bush Family isn't that stupid), or Secretary of Transportation or maybe Mitt will end up a bootblack in Jeb's notional West Wing. Some of the other GOP prospective candidates have to weight the Bush family's notorious fundraising prowess and just possibly move their own timetables up...assuming they have the guts to take Jeb on and I suspect more than a few won't jump in when push comes to shove. I urge my readers NOT to buy into any columnista fantasists who gaseously assert that the Tea Partei Base will come out hard against Jeb Bush when the time comes, they may well make some noises or back another candidate, but La Famiglia Arbusto has been manipulating conservatives with consummate ease for decades now. There have been a few bumps on the way notably Pat COUGH Buchanan in 1992....but the tea partei will be properly leashed when the time comes for Jeb's apotheosis never fear. Anyone who does run against Jeb is strictly warned to forget about attacking him on character issues or the like, The Bushes are one and all gymnasts when it comes to dodging allegations and then using said charges as an excuse to unleash all sorts of attacks on their opponents. This is another move they have down to a science believe me. No...you have to engage them on the level of ideology, which because the are so transparently selfish is inevitably their weakest link. But even there, they are slippery...with Jeb like his brother you have to go after concrete things in a simple stark way, remind auds incessantly that the Bush Brothers have caused more problems than they can ever hope to solve in ten presidential terms. Keep it simple keep it real in other words.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
 
Kudos to the US Senate
For confirming Dr. Murthy as US Surgeon General, after only a wait of One Full Year...This is Democracy in Action!! The Good Doctor enters his office just in time for the Ebola Outbreak to Kill Us All, oh wait...that was the "October Apocalypse" per Fox News....never mind. *** Mitch McConnell is no doubt fuming because the confirmation can about due to some botched procedural shenanigans from Senator Ted Cruz....allegedly that sort of thing will come to an end come next January....allegedly. *** Frankly if was Mitch McConnell (a pompous humorless senatorial gasbag who makes Hiram Johnson look like Richard Pryor) I'd watch my back...lotsa GOP radicals in the US Senate with very safe seats who luv to play to the base and they'll do it at his expense...

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Friday, December 12, 2014
 
Serious question for all seven of my readers...
Doesn't Former Governor Bill Weld rate a pension from the Commonwealth of some type? Feel franchise to respond factually in the now open Comments Field. If Weld doesn't get a pension then maybe the State Legislature should intervene because Bill has come back to Massachusetts with empty pockets and time on his hands & has registered as a LOBBYIST on Beacon Hill! What he drank up all his money on the Upper West Side of Manhattan...or did Susan Roosevelt rook him good in the dee-vorce? What ever it is, there is something distinctly gamey about a Former Governor of the Commonwealth Lobbying the Commonwealth on behalf of any private entity. Bad enough ex state legislators do, you can make an argument though it's mostly what they did when they were in office anyway... But a Former Governor is supposed to uphold certain standards yo'. Ah but this is Bill Weld we are talking about, a famous enabler of the Bulger Crime Family and the Beloved Favorite of Boston Globe Columnists near and far. If Bill Weld announced for Public Exploder in Cambridge Ma, Morrissey Blvd would shudder, endorse his boney ass and flop over on it's stomach within twenty four hours. The man's Svengali like hold on the imaginations of certain local journalists is as firm as ever despite all those gin martinis.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
 
So if Jeb Bush runs for President in 2016...
The American Bishops will all Get On His Case about his Loud & Profane Advocacy of the Death Penalty...right? Or does the RCC's "Respect For Life" meme really end in the parking lot of Planned Parenthood? I mean Jeb IS a Catholic after all, a convert seemingly aware of all the ins and out of Catholic Doctrine, you would thing the Bishop's might have a problem with the Former Governor of Florida's stance on capital punishment. Well we all know the answer to that one, pigs will fly before the Bishops mete out to Jeb ONE TENTH of the ration of shit they served up to John Kerry in 2004. Still...I'd like to see it...just for the spectacle of Jeb's self righteous mealy mouthed excuses....

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
 
The IOC...
has officially upgraded surfing and skateboarding to the level of Olympiad Sports come the 2024 Olympics, which by coincidence is the very Olympics Boston is so foolishly bidding on. Now...Skateboarding I can see...there is a dandy skatepark over by Lexington High School with plenty of room for teevee cameras and bleachers for the aud. But Surfing? Where the hell are they gonna catch the appropriate waveage CARSON BEACH? That will be a long wait for any board worthy swells believe me. Serious surfers laugh at the boomers on the East Coast, I myself have rarely seen any surfers at all in all my beach travels of fifty two years save at Hampton Beach NH and that was in October. Add these potential indignities to the lengthening list of reasons why the Olympics should pass on Boston. B
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
 
Torture Reportage...
This is the sort of blog post I know I will live to regret...but kudos to the Senate Intelligence Committee for releasing today's six hundred page report on the use of torture in the US lead "war on terror". Probably this will prove an intolerable provocation world wide....but a functioning democracy intent on perpetuating itself must be rigorously honest with respect to it's actions and policies. Said torture report falls squarely within the necessity for democratic honesty and transparency. Nine tenths of the ills of this republic stem from the desperate need to maintain secrecy over fallacious and self destructive projects and initiatives...I agree with Senator Feinstein when she asserts the release of the torture report will make it more difficult for the US Government to take this malevolent shortcut in the future. Likely all this High Mindedness will come back to haunt me, (or it would if anyone read any of this mishaugas). Then again, there are people in this country who cannot be reconciled with the Government's power of taxation who themselves have not problem one with the the Government's power to torture....

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