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Sunday, November 23, 2014
 
James Webb in 2016?
Word comes to us, that Former Virginia Senator, Democrat James Webb is forming a Presidential Exploratory Committee. He has an abundance of advantages...on paper at least, having been Secretary of the Navy, NASA Administrator, US Senator and a decorated veteran of Viet Nam. I'm gonna assume he is gonna run as a centrist, if he runs....Which is fine I guess, not sure how much "Centrists-hedging-our-bets-on-Hilary" money there is out there to be raised but Barack Obama was a long shot once too so yez never knows. No Webb's chief drawback as a candidate is both intangible and sad, to date Two Combat Veterans of Viet Nam have been nominated by both party's neither man (John Kerry & John McCain) was elected. I suspect the electorate thinks valiant service in that war is no great qualification for office and here for once, I try to choose my words carefully. It is a shame and I hope I am wrong about that, is all I can say.

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Friday, November 21, 2014
 
I'm liking the New Improved President Obama...
A few facts followed by some sensible suggestions and capped with an executive order & viola, Instant Transcontinental Wingnut Fugue! It is Inspiring to say the least and it nicely hijacks the narrative for the coming weekend and pretty much calls a halt to GOP's post midterm victory lap. Looks like a Hat Trick....the sheer sanity and modesty of the President's current proposals on immigration are demonstrated by the fact that nearly ever out-and-proud belligerent teachable in the Nation is, even as I write this, shrieking for Blood & Dynamite.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
 
More Good News...
The IOC is in town looking into Boston's Very Serious Bid to Host the 2024 Olympics. This is utter madness on a cosmic scale. The city is too small, public transport far too run down and unreliable and the cost utterly prohibitive. Hosting the Olympics though is just the sort of insane vanity project that appeals to egos across the political spectrum. The fact of the matter is, the people who want it NOW, are not the cadres who will be called upon to administer this mishaugas come 2024....this is what made the Big Dig such an expensive,frustrating, heartbreaking spectacle. Does anyone out there really think the State Legislature and the Executive Department will EVER spend the necessary money to upgrade the Red Line to meet the spike in demand congruent with hosting the Olympic Games? To say nothing of Commuter Rail, The Orange Line or any of the rest of it? HELL NO THEY WON'T!! They will just hope and pray to ghod their patchwork fixes will hold up til the tourists leave and THEN the Red Line can implode in peace!! Sick Demented Typical!!!
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
 
Congrats to Steve Kadish
Baker has tapped the Northeastern University COO (who is a democrat) to be his new Chief of Staff. The bad news is, the Chief of Staff's job is the most miserable thankless burden in State Government short of being AG. So of course, Charlie Potatoes pulls a dem for the job...it's no rebuke the State GOP to slot in a democrat who will have to make countless enemies IF he is doing the job right. Well....I guess the best we can hope for is that Kadish has got some horse sense and can tell who is a liar and who is a boodler, useful insights on Beacon Hill. Good Luck yer gonna need it, Deval Patrick has gone thru something like a half dozen chiefs of staff in eight years....like I said, its a damned-if-ya-do, damned-if-ya-don't sinecure.

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Monday, November 17, 2014
 
I see in the news that Richard Taylor
(Bill Weld's DOT Secretary) has resigned from Charlie Baker's transition team amidst allegations of evictions, liens on households, unpaid taxes and a host of other embarrassments...and yet this jobber could still pony up a 5k campaign contribution to the Baker-Polito Committee. I think Charlie lost himself a sterling GOP stalwart this time, the very epitome of Republican Rectitude, truly the Grown Ups are In Charge Once Again. But to the root of the matter, we can probably look forward to more of this sort of thing as Baker selects his cabinet and sundry appointees, as a republican he has a very limited bench on which to draw, chiefly hacks and pay-triots from the Welducci Admin and whatever can be scraped up from the bottom of Mitt Romney's stave barrel of sheer talent. Look for it is all I can say...

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Friday, November 14, 2014
 
Wow...
In the past week the President has secured cooperation from the PRC on climate change (thus making the entire GOP caucus in the US Senate look like idiots...which ain't hard admittedly), banged the pots for Net Neutrality and sent the US House and the furtherest reaches of Tawk Radio into screeching shit fits promising an executive order on illegal immigration. I mean, so much for impotence and irrelevance huh? I wish the President well on all these endeavors and any others he cooking up for next week...because taken together this week's initiatives make for a good head start on a 2016 platform, if the democrats are willing to listen that is...(which IS NOT a foregone conclusion believe me). BTW, I wanna congratulate Secretary of State John Kerry for making Boston into an Unlikely Diplomatic Venue...per the Globe he was discussing climate change with a Chinese Diplomat all over town prior to the announcement last week. Nice work Mister Secretary, now if only you'd take the Israeli Foreign Minister to The Hong Kong that would be too precious for words.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
 
Over at Methuen High yesterday
they used the holiday to good advantage testing out "active shooter" technology that will help the police track down a school shooter ever more quickly and reliably. This is grim but good news since the wave of school shooting shows no sign of abating. On the other hand if the detection technology becomes sufficiently widespread it'll only cue potential shooters to target less well protected events and locations....kid's soccer games or Little League for example. I know that is NOT a pleasant thought, but we have to start thinking this way since we've embarked on a generation long social engineering experiment to sire a peaceful crime free society thru firearm saturation.

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