Thursday, October 19, 2017

Part of the problem in this town is

we are suffused with a sense of provincial inferiority along with a pervasive declinist vibe that emanates from most of our local opinion-makers. And when those emotions are in play its no wonder everyone marks out hard for a shiny noisy solution to all our problems in the form of becoming "Amazon's Second Headquarters"...somehow that is supposed to strengthen us all in some ineffable way such that we can bust our backwater shackles like Hercules.
Never mind the whole Amazon thing is blatant invitation to gentrification, housing shortages and a toxic widening of the income gap....nope it'll make a lot of columnists feel better thats all thats needed....
We have a lot of problems in this state, I'll admit it, but self administering a placebo like Amazon is not gonna cure anything and will likely make all the issues described above ten times worse.
We need to create "transmission belt jobs" from out the working class into the middle class and beyond, if we want a bigger tax base we have to stop robbing the poor, working class & middle class cohorts and grow all those sectors simultaneously.We've got to innovate up and down and laterally as well from the resources we have at hand...just sayin'.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"Panning for Gold in the Charles River"...

The current fandango about luring "Amazon's Second Headquarters" to Boston, pretty much leaves me cold.  I mean, isn't Amazon at the end of the day a company dedicated to transferring the industrial output of the People's Republic of China to waiting customers in an an ever more rapid fashion?  The jobs such a "get" would create would be the usual cubicle gigs with little positive wage pressure being created on the working-class end of the scale to say nothing of redressing the widening income gap in the USA.
It will bless Boston with a pretty skycraper with a nice big sign, the sort of display politicians love along with a giant ass ribbon to cut that'll all come at an as yet untotalled cost in tax breaks and public giveaways.
But thanks to provincial self hatred and irrational declinism, we fall for this nonsense every time, or almost every time, "for every 2024 Summer Olympics there is a GE" I guess is the best and most delicate way to put it.
There are a lot of things wrong with the Commonwealth but acquiring "Amazon's Second Headquarters" will solve almost none of them, other than giving certain columnists and politicians a false sense of elation there is little else on offer here.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Senator Warren endorses Mayor Walsh in

In the Hub's Mayoral race, down at "democrat ground zero in Boston" ergo "Doyle's Pub"...which is only natural Walsh's Spartans got out a big vote for Warren back in 2012. This is a mere quid pro quo and likely cements useful political alliance as well.  It tells me that Warren is being sane and sensible about her reelection race next year, taking nothing for granted even if the GOP is rocking what will likely be a loud disorderly four way primary.

AG Jeff Sessions....

(normally the "Transphobe in chief") is apparently sending a DOJ Lawyer to Iowa to try and make a hate crimes case out of a transgender person's murder.
Now...Occam's Razor suggests this is mere grandstanding from someone who viscerally hates gay people and bad publicity...on the other hand he might be doing all this simply to get himself fired by President Trump.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Somewhere down on the South Shore

A craft brewery named a beer after Governor Charlie Baker...which an innovatve way to respond to our ongoing "opioid crisis" to say the least.  Bottoms Up Governor....you've got narcotics addiction on the run....

Thursday, October 12, 2017

My Big Takeway from

President Trump's farcical and empty threat to "revoke NBC's broadcasting license" is the sheer idiocy of getting into any sort of business partnership with developer Donald J. Trump....NBC put Trump on the map via "The Apprentice" after a disastrous series of bankruptcies and other business fiascos. Hell 90% of his name recognition comes off of that show....and yet here he is, turning on the very corportate entertainment empire that virtually put him in the White House.  Ya just can't do honest business wif dat guy....

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I don't know what the Future Holds in Store for

Harvey Weinstein, one hopes that a courtroom can dispence justice with respect to the mounting accusations of grotesque sexual battery against the famed Hollywood Producer.  I just think it's grimly hilarious to note that Donald Trump has a sexual rapsheet that goes on & on to say nothing of taking money & assistance from Vladimir Putin. Weinstein is headed for a courtroom, Trump is in the White House...anyone else sense some irony here?

Monday, October 09, 2017

Personally

I give Doug Jones long odds down in Alabama with respect to stopping Roy Moore's election to the US Senate. That doesn't mean we shouldn't support Doug Jones and make resources available to him as Abraham Lincoln put it back in the day "Those not skinning may hold a leg" so to speak.
But if I was me, running I'd "give em' heaven", "Government as good as all of us" to paraphrase Jimmy Carter...because its for damn sure Jones will never "Out-Hell-n-Damnation" Roy Moore.  Jones can't let the narrative degenerate into "strong and wrong" versus "weak and right" thats the downfall of democrats every time. No...Jones has to transform the race into "crazy and inept" versus "sane and able", he has to make "crazy" (which is "Brand Moore" in a nutshell) into an electoral liability, promise hard work on behalf of all Alabamans (whether they vote for him or not) and fervently assert the desire to remain sane in challenging times. Don't play the apocalypse card at all, it doesn't work down there, affirm always we face our common difficulties but they are no more vexing than the problems we have overcome in the past.
DON'T Get drawn into a debate about Roy Moore's many many imaginary enemies...affirm, assert and remain optimistic about our ability to overcome....and Good Luck Doug Jones!

Common Sense
Common Decency
for the
Common Good
Jones for the U.S. Senate!

Thursday, October 05, 2017

I'm still wrapping my mind around

The fact that some mysterious "millionaire" in Nevada can sneak 27 firearms into a Las Vegas Hotel room WITH a comparable supply of ammunition without anyone the wiser...
So much for the airtight security in Las Vegas.
And as usual its being credited as a"lone wolf attack" which is somewhat questionable as we've clearly become a society that actively and passively enables this kinds of mass-annihilation attacks, given all that enabling its a wonder I'm alive to post this blog entry quite frankly.

This is otherwise natural selection at work at least as a metaphor, its a target rich environment, one that enables the acculmulation of annihilatory firepower, that and the element of surprise is all you need to kill dozens upon dozens.  "Lone Wolves" don't need to conspire or ingather others into their plans they've already perfectly adapted to an environment that favors them to an extraordinary degree.
But this is society we are talking about, an artificial creation in every way, we can change that environment and thus the rules any time we like...but why go on? "I grow lyrical" to quote the Late Mencken.

Friday, September 29, 2017

A Manifesto at Lunchtime

(I'll likely revisit and revise this one ere' I am done with it...)

Only democracies can regenerate themselves.

Tyranny has a terrible width and depth, it may last too long for anyone oppressed by it, but the historic phenomenon of tyrannical governance is always on the wrong side of history and as such is on the thin edge of decline at any single moment.

Democracies self regenerate because the people govern themselves, they can do this because they act upon their inalienable rights as catalogued by Thomas Jefferson.  In this country, the preferred form by which we live and act on those rights is our current imperiled constitutional order.  We have thus "self sovereignty" a literal bequest from generations that have gone before fighting within and without this nation on behalf of those rights.
It is self evident that those rights and that constitutional order is imperilled by certain rampant personalities within the US Government.  They have "nothing to declare but their bad intentions", a full catalogue of the dangers they embrace will have to bide awhile.
Suffice to say for the moment that in the last eight months the USA has acculumulated a vast reserve of frightening challenges, and yet one of our most important initial tasks is to decline fearfulness & embrace "being equal to our times".
The goal of this manifesto is a frank appeal to the citizenry and the people of the United States on behalf of those rights and that precious constitution, a statement of what we want to do and more importantly why we want to do it.
Because if we wish to regenerate, then we can only do it as a free people aware of their inalienable rights and in the name and spirit of our constitutional order.  We seek unity, order, freedom, honesty transparency, the rule of law & equality before that law.
We ask for nothing more, we will accept nothing less.
The crisis is acute and the challenges complicated, I ask the American People But One Thing did they truly believe that their alloted portion of American History would pass thru their lives without incident or crisis or fearsomeness?
If you answer that yes, read no further and depart in peace, the rest of us have work to do under the harsh light of a sobering realization, that democracy and our right are imperiled and only we ourselves may correct these problems.
25% of the electorate may not rule the other 75% unless that majority says and does nothing whatsoever...and if docility becomes a habit then the outrages will increase in scope and frequency.
Our opponents the malovent and misguided love to threaten violence, we should take pains to separate the mere threat from the actuality, we will as much as is possible pursue a constitutional and lawful line of resistance but it should be stated plainly that our antagonists will not be allowed to allocate violence sans recourse.
We will permit no delays or cancellations of elections under any circumstances whatsoever.
We will not allow the voting lists to be "examined, reviewed or purged", the fear of voting fraud is nothing but an attempt to subvert democracy in the name of a despotic minority.
We will resist any attempt legal or otherwise to abrogate our constitutional rights.
Organized violence will be met with mass resistance, we will not be ruled by fear in any way.
We will make our decisions based on facts and the paramount need to protect our democratic inheritance and pass it along unsullied to our progeny.
The power of wealth to "vote" in elections will be ended, either thru legislation, constitutional amendment or the light of transparency and the vigilance of a free press.
This is not a platform is a cause and indeed a veritable requirement for survival. We are a free people who chose their own fate, our choice to continuing being proud and free and to pass all this along to posterity. THAT is our sacred duty in these troubled times.

Monday, September 25, 2017

I'm not gonna get too deep into the whole "Taking the Knee" controversy

the argument over police brutality has predicatably and swifty generated into a race to grab off the shaming power of the "moral equivalence" baton ...nothing new from that perspective.
Moreover this is the NFL we are talking about, not the smartest people in their world with little in common with the polity when push cometh to shove. I strongly suspect that the whole thing blew up yesterday largely because the President was tweeting away the usual threats and the players (who are themselves acutely sensitive to "domination politics") simply responded in kind lest they look like punks by their own estimation.
That having been said, this is about police violence aimed at young black men, the counter argument that no one protests when cops get killed in the line of duty...but then protests aren't necessary in that case, cop killers generally get hunted down and face a jury for their crimes.  What do those dead young black men have? A couple of NFL players....just sayin' thass all.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Thought Experiment...

If the PRC really wanted to resolve this current Korean Krisis....all they'd have to do is find some pretext by which to summon Comrade Kim to a summit in Beijing and simply place him under arrest on a charge of "right deviationism" or whatever tattered Marxist rubbish they can dredge up.  I doubt anyone in Pyongyang would blink an eye or raise a hand to defend him once he was safely sequestered in a allied socialist state.
Now...in order for this to work, the PRC needs a candidate lined up for the succession one who can keep North Korea viable as buffer state which is that nation's sole value to Beijing at this point. I doubt they have anyone that deeply imbedded in the Korean Leadership, but ya never know....

Friday, September 22, 2017

I wonder who is tasked

in the White House Situation Room to update either Messr's Mattis, McMaster or Kelly if any "unusual" military orders are issued by the President? Whatever the set up is, given the military caste of the President's current advisory regime it's likely a simple set up.  Allegedly in the run up to August 1974, then SecDef Schlesinger told the JCS to accept no orders from Richard Nixon unless countered by the Defense Secretary...mind you, I used the a-word as the historic record is sketchy on this point.
This is worth contemplating as we swing from sanctions to bluster with respect to North Korea....

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Paul Sagan Has Got to Go!

If that sneaky bastard has a half million to spend on charter schools and other Putinistic Fantasies of Privatization then he CANNOT be a good faith advocate for The Commonwealth's Public School Students in any way. As such he owes it to the polity (assuming he thinks said polity even exists) to resign and lobby on bahalf of his crackpot privatization cult as a private citizen.  He has demonstrated a crippling and blatant bias in public office.  The state board of education requires a willingness to stand above politics...and Sagan can't do that, he is an infiltrator not an administrator. The fact that he still has a job is proof positive that Charlie Baker is himself a privatization cultist and no moderate by any means.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Boy not since the Fabled Days of Nikita Khrushchev

and the "Shoe Incident" has the UN seen a more degrading spectacle than Donald Trumps' heralded speech yesterday...nothing but threats animated by a childish need for dominance or else a definite "yer on yer own" vibe.  Keep in mind over the short term this is what Pyongyang wants, the more Trump threatens the less chance he'll back it up...so far most of his threats have proven hollow.  That having been said, the President is systematically backing himself into a corner where he'll need at some point to either lash out or cave in...nothing else seems to be in the pipeline. Oh and He is back threatening Iran as well....the pro nuke faction in that country must be high-fiving itself, Trump is gonna eighty-six the nuclear deal give them a free hand....
If I was Netanyahu I'd reconsider all that clapping and nodding...Trump has three Generals at his elbow telling him how tough a nut to crack is North Korea to say nothing of Iran.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

As Trump rants and raves at the U.N. Today...

Its important to remember some context, its the U.N. Security Council that in the summer of 1950 sanctioned the use of armed force against North Korea (and by extension her patrons in Moscow and Peking) clearing the way for a half dozen or so member nations to participate on the battlefield.
"Make the U.N. Great"...Indeed.

Likely all this is a historic fact lost on the President, he can of course ignore history to his heart's content, but that doesn't mean history is gonna ignore the rest of us one bit.

Monday, September 18, 2017

In response to North Korea's Latest Missile Test

The President tweeted out this weekend a video inflicting some humiliation on Hillary Clinton, today at the UN that same President opened a major speech on North Korea's continued intransigence with a virtual commercial for a nearby Trump Property.
Seriously is this any way to win a war? Even a cold war??
I wonder who Trump will send to Pyongyang to Get The Best Deal They Can for the American People? My money is on Tillerson....it seems like it'll be his turn by then.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Its important to remember

that North Korea is fecklessly testing ICBMs over the South Pacific in part because President Trump has such a sketchy commitment to the USA 's Military Alliance Structure....so the question might need now to be asked "Are South Korea and Japan Paid Up?"
Keep in mind, North Korea only knows "what it reads in the papers", they know nukes "work good" at deterring overwhelming conventional challenges. They also know they are all but bereft of serious allies internationally, at best they can be described as the PRC's nuclear armed mendicant. So if the President of the United States can't decide if "NATO has a right to exist" then just possible a small nuclear power can deter intervention with enough threats and bluster....because rationally speaking that is whats on the table for them, regardless of their twitchy bloated Supreme Leader Komrade Kim.
Its a problem that requires caution, patience, cunning and resolution none of which is present in the Oval Office at the moment, which puts Pyongyang in the Driver's Seat Policy Wise. Komrade Kim keeps testing strategic weapons, we keep threatening and doing nothing, he concludes that his policy is working and then keeping testing and pushing the envelope.
I'm not Stephen Kinzer I'm not a "peace at any price" man by any means, at best in this situation we need to keep our powder dry, lines of communication open and make sure all and sundry understand that our word is good. If we draw a line we have to honor it sans bluster or dithering...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Granted...

This is an indifferent likeness of Nathan Bedford Forrest (to say nothing of Braxton Bragg)....but surely even this lot Have First Amendment Rights Yes?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

One of the few bright spots on election night 2016

was that the charter school expansion ballot question went down to defeat in Massachusetts. Now today we find out that two of Charlie Baker's Cabinet Secretary's donated well north of a half million dollars to some shady dark money "privatize education" outfit that spent big bucks in this state in favor of said initiative.  Let this be an object lesson to all those democrats & Boston Globe Columnists out there who still think Charlie Baker is some sort of Kumbayah singing GOP Moderate.  Nope the man is a libertarian sky-grifter, granted he is passive aggressive about it, but his collaborators and his big political projects all inevitable revolve around some species of dubious privatization of public functions. This is simply another case in point, and let me further assert that unaccountable privatization is no way compatible with Jeffersonian Principles of Local Governance and Small Government...it simply seeks to create an nice new shiny autocracy for the few and the many can go to hell in a handbasket.
This is the eschaton that Charlie Baker is always trying to immanentize...its utopian unworkable and thoroughly dangerous in every way and the fact that the electorate said no to it loudly and definitely won't register with his passive aggressive temperment one damn bit, we'll get more of this sneaky ideological nonsense going forward unless of course Charlie gets turned out of office next year...and that depends in part on democrats waking up.
Everyone awake yet?

Monday, September 11, 2017

Memorials Amidst Disasters...

Its a beautiful day today in Boston, skies clear, warm sans oppressiveness....just a perfect "kiss of a day". Of course I recall, 9-11-2001 was a beautiful day as well...Like all Fraught Anniversaries on Social Media the range of commentary will careen from Wise to Wanton...my main taeaway these days is that shocks and surprises and all, we have to adapt to history, history shows no sign of adapting to us.

Friday, September 08, 2017

For The Love of God

Everyone in Hurricane Irma's Path please stay safe this weekend and beyond.  Down the line we need to have a discussion in this country (insofar as we can have a discussion anyone) about rethinking what constitutes good civil defense preparations in an era of superstorms and sundry catastrophic weather events.  Maybe we need a sort of "Domestic Rescue Division" something than can be airlifted in to start up on a moment notice or the like.  We can always couch it as a national security issue, its what got federal monies freed up for highways and education in the 1950's...Congress loves its national security issues after all.
But for the moment, everyone stay safe as best you can!

Thursday, September 07, 2017

I see in the paper that

Charles "The Bell Curve" Murray managed to get thru a personal appearance at Harvard without the Riot Squad Getting Called Out.  Props to Harvard for standing by the First Amendment Rights of a Primitive Eugenics Obsessed Weirdo...Big Red enacted my long spouted dictum when it comes to provocative on campus speakers, "Politely Received, Fully Engaged, Peacefully Protested".

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Make no mistake about it, ending DACA

Is tantamount to conducting ethnic cleansing on cohorts least capable of resistance, it is bullying by way of presidential executive order and largely to satiate the Base of the GOP's lust for reprisal.
Dumping it in congress' lap is simply Trump's Way of Evading Responsibility for the inevitable news footage to come depicting weeping children being forcibly expelled to countries they don't know from a cord of wood.
This is disgraceful, its Dred Scott all over again, and I'll stand by Abe Lincoln in this Dark Hour and assert that I'd just as soon move to some outright despotism like China where vileness isn't alloyed with passive aggressive hypocrisy.
And as for local resistance a'la the UnderGround Railroad, Bring It, I can think of no other more Patriotic Tradition than standing by our own Inalienable Rights.
Oh if someone wants to ask Charlie Baker what he thinks of all this, be sure to get the video footage of him hiding under his desk with a weak scream of fear.....

Friday, September 01, 2017

President Trump donated

one million dollars of what is alleged to be his own money to Hurricane Harvey Relief. Given however, the deliberately murky and tangled nature of Trump Inc.'s finances, whatever charity is the recipent of the President's alleged generosity is advised to check the exchange rate on Russian Rubles...and watch Trump's hands as they used to say in East Texas.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

I don't know if Joel Osteen's Palacial

"Lakewood Church" nestled in the inland sea former known as Houston Texas is a fit and viable shelter for flood victims...I will grant that much.
I Do Know However, that Osteen is supposedly worth some fifty six million dollars and is further alleged to live in a mansion worth some ten million USD. Fifty Six Million USD and all from preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ...or some variant thereof.  I am gonna make the blunt assessment that if you are down on your knees on your respective Sabbath, doesn't matter if its Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim...and the guy up at the pulpit is a MULTIMILLIONAIRE then you need to get out of that congregation PRONTO.  My next door neighbor's cotton poodle has more love of God in her than the wealth worshipping likes of Joel Osteen.  Time and again we are confronted by an ancient truth, we can never rely on mere wealth to do the right thing in a crisis, they are almost always centered solely on preserving & protecting their own privileges and power....and the rest of us can go swim for it...quite literally.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

It goes without saying

That I'll vote for any democratic sonofabitch on the books if he or she proposes sane preparations to blunt the effects of climate change in the Commonwealth's Coastal Areas.  We've got to start prepping for rising sea levels, asset preservation, a whole new weather disaster preparedness regime and all like that.  And yes that means regional outreach etc....climate change is, for the moment an issue where the Feds will be the Last Entity to Take Notice, which mean the states and individuals have to start getting ready now and the hell with whatever happy horseshit the President is eructating.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Historically the Federal Government

was literally the very last entity in the USA to get hip to the menace of slavery...and only when the US Capitol was all but under the guns of secessionist soldiers.  So too is the case with climate change, until and if the Feds catch on it'll be the duty of the states and individuals to either explain or prepare....states with any kind of coastal exposure at all, need to figure the problem out quickest I think based on how events in Texas are unfolding.

Monday, August 28, 2017

First and Foremost...

Everyone in Texas, please stay safe....right now the sole emphasis is rescuing the imperiled and safeguarding the public during the floods, wind and blackout conditions.

But...down the line, there is going to be a discussion about why Houston wasn't evacuated given the magnitude of the storm predictions.  Fair enough, but that's likely gonna devolve into a partisan slanging match given time. My question is, what city in the USA has credible mass evacuation plans on the books with the necessary funds & resources allocated for a weather driven eventuality?

My guess is...none.  Just the jurisdiction issues alone have to be nightmarish, where does Texas put two million internal refugees?  These are questions were haven't considered in detail since the mid 1950's but all those nuclear civil defense preparations fell by the wayside simply because the Bombs Never Fell on our cities.  Now we've got "once a century" weather events hammering our coastal cities two and three times a decade we may need to revisit civil defense as a public policy...and when I say we I mean us'n here in Massachusetts, sooner or later some category four blockbuster is gonna tear us up and we're gonna want to have done some planning and prep believe me.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Charlie Baker has walked past likely a dozen

Better qualified candidates and instead appointed one Luis Ramirez as MBTA General Manager, who prior CEO gig "Global Power Equipment Corp" hovers on the brink of bankruptcy due to wildly innacurate SEC filings....
A known "bankruptor" in charge of a lumbering public agency with chronic revenue, physical & administrative challenges...smells like passive aggressive privatization to meeee!
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I doubt Baker is going to campaign for privatization of the MBTA or anything so controversial next year, he just wants the right people in place against the inevitable day when the T finally has a catastrophic meltdown and he can make that privatize-it-all argument as a quick simple cure-all. Its pretty cynical from Charlie Baker but then the Governor is a profoundly cynical man as only someone who is chronically enabled thru his public career can be. It also goes without saying that we can expect none of the desperately needed investments in the T's physical plant to go thru any time soon and again I stress the only thing that can change this is an alliance between the ridership and the captioned Unions...but I doubt that'll ever happen at this point.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

On the other hand...

Let us always remember that Robert E. Lee is also one of the few "Epic & Historic" Losers that President Trump has felt obligated to defend in public. Now I could snark on about Lee's status as a slaveholder and a honor bloated state's rights warrior...but I prefer to recall Marse Robert as the alleged military genius who got his Ass Kicked at Gettyburg by what amounted to a Military Temp who'd been on the job for 48 hours.
Ah but there are few statues out there to the military Genius of General George Gordon Meade USA maybe because he had the ill fortune to be fighting on behalf of a winning cause.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Problem with Afghanistan is...

we went in all those years ago in pursuit of a rational-realist agenda that mostly revolved around "Getting Bin Laden" and smashing up his enablers in the Taliban.  Well, we blew the Taliban to hell (as much as we could find anyway) and sent Bin Laden to sleep with the fishes but all these years later we are still tied down in Afghanistan out of very real fears that a departure will only bring back the same old crowd of barbaric wowsers to power.
Somewhere along the line we crossed over the "fact-value nexus' and made ourselves responsible for delivering The Afghans from the clutches of a new class of oppressors....some of this comes from guilt some of it from overweaning ambition. But all the same it's gotten tangled together to create a perfect storm of procrastination, it's NEVER the right time to exit Afghanistan from a policy perspective.
The Kabul Government is never gonna be strong enough, or have enough popular support to perpetuate itself, four thousand more troops and who knows how many money grubbing contractors can't really change that.
We could stay thirty more years in Afghanistan and never get the right conditions to terminate that war, maybe we should start planning a right and proper "declare victory and get out" exit.
I hate to pull a "Stephen Kinzer" like this, but this comes from a sure knowledge that the manpower and resources dedicated to Afghanitan are gonna be needed elsewhere sooner or later....

Just Sayin'

I doubt any of this will come to pass under the present admin, but we should at least start the necessary logistical and diplomatic planning....

Monday, August 21, 2017

Nice work this weekend

The anti alt right march went off well...fewer arrests than at a Patriots Victory Parade...granted the president's tweets were ignorant & churlish but that is how he reacts to things that scare him....remember that going forward.
And I suppose while we are at it that Charlie Baker will get a pass for what amounted to clapping Mayor Walsh on the back lasty week and offering him nothing more than a hearty "Good Luck".

Friday, August 18, 2017

As for Robert E. Lee

that drawing Christ-Like Man on Horseback can Cordially Kill My Fat Irish Ass.  He all but looked Abraham Lincoln in the eye and declined to command the Union Armies in 1861 in their mission to put down the Confederate Rebellion. He blubbered something about "Honor" and "Conscience" and then rode off to Richmond and the Command of the Army of Northern Virginia, CSA conveniently forgotten that long ago oath he took to "Defend the US Constitution".
Let me also point out that almost the entire Confederate Leadership DIED IN BED after the Civil War was lost for the South...with malice towards none indeed mah friends.
The fact that there are statues erected to the memory of Robert E. Goddamned Lee is nothing but proof positive that the USA is the most generous forgiving nation on Earth....frankly they can melt the lot down and sell it for scrap as far as I am concerned.
Don't give me that "Washington & Jefferson owned Slaves, Woodrow Wilson was a negrophobe etc etc " shit either. Washington started this nation and defended it against all comer whatever his flaws, Jefferson loved this country so much he trebled it's size, neither man was ever a disunionist in act or word.
As for Woodrow Wilson, his predecessors and successors were equally negrophobic....no traitors among them at all though...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Looks like the Alt Right's Rally is a GO This Saturday

On the Common, the kid who took out the permits though, sounds like a passive aggressive little dupe quite frankly.  And I reiterate that the Governor is well within his rights to call out the National Guard, one to protect the citizenry from a very obvious threat of political violence and unrest and secondly to protect a variety of monuments & statues on the Common that are accutely vulnerable to counter vandalism.
But this is Charlie Baker after all, you can wait on real leadership from him until senility makes it all a moot point.
As for Statues of Robert E. Lee...I got short shrift indeed for that whole phenom, Lee looked Lincoln in the eye back in 1861 and declined to lead the Union Armies against the confederate rebellion...the fact we didn't hang him (a commissioned officer in the US Army sworn to defend the US Constitution BTW) after the war and that we've tolerated statues to his bony ass for a hundred plus years is PROOF that this nation is built on charity & tolerance!
But then these mooks down in Virginia didn't show up to venerate Lee's alleged military genius it was to affirm symbolically solidarity with apartheid...hence the guns and violence as well, since you can't successfully segregate sans violence.
I would also point out to Mayor Walsh & Governor Baker (not that they read this dire political remnant) that the Streets of Berlin fell to the Nazis in 1930 because the Government ceased prosecuting and imprisoning NSDAP street thugs, it was a failure of law enforcement, mainstream conservatives panicked, started negotiating with Hitler and the heat came off the Brownshirts as a consequence. Thus then Berlin Gauleiter Josef Goebbels could rack up a victory that was largely due to political cowardice, until the government caved, the Nazis were making little progress in the Capital.
And if indeed, a Synagogue in Charlottesville was menaced by armed Nazis last Saturday, then I can safely save these bastards have a taste for blood now, and thus sterner measures must be taken next time...it'll save us all trouble later on believe me.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I wanna take a moment admidst the ongoing Crisis of the Republic


To congratulate CongressPerson Tsongas on her retirement from the US House...71 is old enough I think to stop and smell the roses I think, especially in these perilous times.  I recall with much fondess my "political debut" as lowly volunteer on her Late Husband's Presidential Campaign, would to God I had done ten times as much for him, win or lose.
I suspect this is a congressional race that Charlie Baker and the GOP will contest, but you can never ever tell with that guy...shifty ain't the word for him....

Monday, August 14, 2017

When in the History of the Far Right in the USA

Have the Klan and the Nazis EVER shown up for a demonstration without the intent to incite or initiate violence?
Thats the main lesson from Charlottesville...those guy show up and riots follow they are good at that sort of thing.
Allegeldy a similar "demonstration" is planned on Boston Common for the 19th, if I was Charlie Baker I'd call out the National Guard, but this is Governor Spreadsheets leadership in the face of far right provocation isn't his strong suit.
Some strong leadership now, might prevent violence later, just remember Dr. Goebbels' streetfighters made little progress in Berlin until the national and city leadership essentially fell for the Nazi Bluff and started negotiating with the NSDAP.

Friday, August 11, 2017

What a Minute...

A scant ten months ago at the third presidential debate, didn't Donald Trump groan into the camera "Our Nuclear....It's the Worst!!"  What happened to our strategic forces since then to give the president the confidence to promise North Korea "Fire and Fury"?
:)

All snark aside the modalities behind this crisis are relatively simple, Kim wants keep his Plantation Overseer Hold on North Korea, he saw what happened to East Germany when the Socialist Bloc lost interest in the Cold War and wishes to avoid the same fate...chiefly because Komrade Kim is such sketchy little freak he's have few flight & asylum options. To do that he needs nukes, "nukes keep out troops" is his mantra. Its not lost on him that Israel's minimal nuclear arsenal has an outsized affect deterring Arab Agression against the Jewish State in Middle East.
The USA on the other hand, is desperately trying to shore up a nuclear non proliferation regime in the region sans much help from Moscow or Peking, NK's acquisition of nukes compromises our whole "active forward defense" posture in Asia & creates fear among our own alliance structure...it may even contribute to a pro Peking swing among said allies...who can say? Then again our president is an amateur who may think playing nuclear chicken with a vastly underestimated "pipsqueak Asian Despot" pushes Robert Mueller off the front pages which may well be Trump's sole goal here.
Well as Adlai Stevenson once observed "We are about to discover if this magnificent civilization of ours can create the statesmen necessary to prevent it from being blown sky-high".

Thursday, August 10, 2017

"Fire & Fury"

The history of bombastic empty threats is a rich one.  Mussolini was an absolute master of the art, he referred to the Mediterranean as "Our Sea", threated to invade islands already under Italian Control & his territorial demands at the armistice talks with France in 1940 are as funny as any work by P.G. Wodehouse.
Achmed Sukarno (once the top swank in Indonesia in the 1960's) wanted to rename the Indian Ocean "The Indonesian Ocean" as soon as his poverty wracked nation Got The Bomb of Course.
The late Gamal Nasser used to threaten to push Israel "into the sea" on a daily and sometimes hourly basis, The Late Colonel Ghadaffi used to howl imprecations at the US Seventh Fleet....its all very bloodcurdly and usually impotent.
Because these are threats that are uttered largely for domestic consumption or to rhetorically deter certain international threats, they are the recourse of international actors with limited resources.  Komrade Kim v.3 in Pyongyang makes all sorts of crazy threats to forestall the very real possibility of a US Backed Invasion while spending scarce resources to a crude nuclear deterrent he thinks will somehow keep the wolf from his door.
Thats the main reason he is building those nukes to keep us out, he can't really do much more with them at all given North Korea's small size and stagnant economy.
In other words to quote my late father "threats are the lexicon of weaklings", and its worth noticing that Asia's top threatener, Komrade Kim hasn't yet made good on a single one of his voluminous of international carnage.  Thus for Donald Trump to get down to Kim's Level and counter threaten all sorts of merciless mayhem, it isn't so much a sharp rebuke as a confession of a similar degree of weakness.
But remember, the weak make bad decisions on the fly so all this palaver of mine can go up in smoke pretty instantly.

Monday, August 07, 2017

I am gonna break with orthodoxy and

Take Senior Senator Elizabeth Warren at her word when she says she is NOT running for President in 2020?
Indeed why should she? She has a safe seat (that she should not of course, take for granted), she is a noted fundraiser, she has a line of the Senate Leadership and should the democrats take congress next year she is poised to Do Big Things.
Why give all that up for an uncertain flyer in a volatile race?
Besides we could all be radioactive ash drifting the stratosphere by then, I mean anyone out there checked twitter this morning??
All morbid humor aside, Potomac Fever is being ritually transmitted by the Boston Globe these days, they were ginnin' up Seth Moulton in 2020 earlier this summer and last week it was Deval Patrick's turn, you watch they'll be talking up a primary challenge to Trump by Mitt Romney ere long.
Well I'm glad Senator Warren has stood thwart this process and howled "STOP!" Massachusetts has a few too many unsuccessful presidential candidates on the books, why add another?

Sunday, August 06, 2017

I think its hilarious

that down in DC Jeff Sessions and Mean Ole' Boss Donald Trump are trying to enact a sort of Anti-First Amendment Fatwa against "leakers", meanwhile someone up at the Manchester NH VA Facility had the fortitude to drop a dime on the dilapidated conditions therein to the Boston Globe! And thank ghod too...because the Globe went big with that article and now the DVA is taking "stern measures" to fix the situations. NOTHING would have happened unless someone spoke up..."leaked" in other words.
Ironic...but at least the combat veterans of NH will get the care they deserve.

Congress has Adjourned without Accomplishing Anything

save squabbling with the Administration. Normally I'd be "up in arms" about this Do Nothing Congress of Ours (dominated by aging corrupt GOP time servers) but their actual agenda is pretty much alt right torture porn, so for once we are likely dodging ourselves a bullet.  For however long it lasts anyway....my guess is, Trump will take out his frustrations on the debt ceiling...watch that process closely y'all.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Health Care "reform" Goes "BOOM!"

The GOP's scheme to impoverish millions and destroy the social safety net once and for all failed last night in the US Senate when John McCain the "GOP Moderates" and impressive democratic unity all beat back Mitch McConnell's best shot for a nice hot place in Healthcare Hell.
Meanwhile North Korea just tested another ICBM so if I was the Secretary of Defense I'd be on the alert for any tantrum driven orders to the Pentagon emanating from the Oval Office....and no that is not snark.  Hopefully Trump will steer clear of the red button and just fire some people....

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kid Rock...

Wants to run for the US Senate in Michigan in 2018, currently he is polling well, but that is likely by high name recognition at this point. From what I can gather he is running as a sort of "MiniTrump" blusterly about the ACA and the Second Amendment in other words.
Get used to more of this by the way, Trump has fatally "made it look easy" with respect to twitchy weirdo celebrities taking a flyer in politics, that seems Kid Rock's real motivation here.
I'm gonna take the counterintuitive view that simply tarring Rock with the brush of "Trumpism" may not be enough to keep the seat in democratic hands.
I think, Trump has already polarized the electorate as much as it can be polarized, but with no diminuation of his appeal to the GOP Base.  So slagging Kid Rock as a Trump acolyte is likely to be counterproductive....no I would take three issues in hand come the general election in 2018;
1.) "Health Care", The GOP promised to make you pay more for less coverage, and by ghod they've delivered.   They've managed to keep an entire nation sleepless and anxiety ridden on this issue in just six short months, I'd hammer away on this whether ACA is reformed or abolished....they promised chaos and misery and they delivered.
2.) The Second Amendment, Kid Rock is gonna Claghorn his ass off on this issue, his rallies will be de facto gun shows...fine let him get as crazy as he wants about firearms. But don't forget to point your finger at him and remind the electorate that every gangster and cop killer in Detroit is armed to the teeth thanks to Kid Rock and the NRA. And if Detroit is a war zone, its a war zone because a bunch of lobbyists & zealots like Kid Rock in DC decided "an armed society is a peaceful society".
3.) "Chaos in Government", don't hammer Trump hammer the anxiety, uncertainty, fear & ineptitude his governance has created, vote for a congress that will do it's damn job.

Start with these three sez I....

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Congrats to Cindy Friedman

on her election to the state senate yesterday, we expect great & good things from her in the months and years to come.

In other news, President Trump is defagging the military, tossing out all trangender soldiers (much to the amazement of the far more tolerant Pentagon), he's making loud belligerent (and impotent noises) about Hillary Clinton's "crimes" and fitfully attacking his own Attorney General trying to jawbone Sessions into resigning.
Oh and that meltdown in front of the Boy Scouts....epic yo.

Y'know I think given the peak decibelage dementia currently issuing from the White House I think all that would be necessary to provoke a complete Presidential Fugue State is for Former Secretary Clinton to quietly suggest that the President is "off his meds".
:)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

There is a Special Election Today in

In the Fourth Middlesex State Senate District to fill the seat of the Late Senator Ken Donnelly, I urge all my readers in Lexington, Arlington, Burlington, Billerica and the requisite wards in Woburn to get out and vote for Cindy Friedman, an eminently qualified democrat and someone who will "have the district's back" in every way. I had some cause to experience her zeal and ability with respect to a personal matter and they are qualities that will serve this district well...Vote for Cindy!

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BTW on an unrelated note, that robocall Sunday, had no "paid for" outro as required by law, making it a sort of vile political prank perpetrated by exactly who no one seems to know...but disgruntled democrats might be in the mix....might. All the more reason to vote freely and boldly today sez I.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Per the Lowell Sun

Ian Jackson the Rainbow-Green Party Candidate for State Senate in Tuesday's Special Election has raised about $2,500.00 mostly thru a alleged self loan. Now he has chosen apparently to spend that cashola on a robocall to the district slagging democrat Cindy Friedman via an alleged elderly Billerica Resident who carps about a Friedman for State Senate Sign being placed on her lawn sans consent.
Its not quite "If Elected, I Shall Go to Korea" by any means, but it is a kind of a low desperate act....

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Sun Shines Down Like a Blessing on

Charlie Baker's seventy percent approval rating, little stands in his progress towards a "Big Sure Win" in 2018 per Joanie Vennochi in Today's Globe.
I mean we are knee deep in cheap smack despite an election night promise to get a handle on the "Opioid Crisis" from Citizen Baker....no matter, "seventy percent".
An Oxcart is generally more reliable than the MBTA's Red Line or the Green Line or the Orange Line etc etc etc, despite the Governor's assumption of complete financial authority over Mass Transit....a trifle, "seventy percent".
A kid seeking to start over in Boston can find nothing safe or reasonably private to rent anywhere in Greater Boston for less that $1,500.00 a month push utilities and first born. Ho Hum..."Seventy Percent".
Nobody seems to know where to start when it comes to solving a murder case....just chant to yourslf "Seventy Percent!"

And then there is the Governor's utter abdication of any leadership role in the National GOP, either as a gadfly, loyal opposition or whatever in the face of a semi mad chronic adolescent in the White House....just groan aloud "Seventy Percent"....

Enjoy that Seventy Percent while it lasts sooner or later it'll become seventy percent of misery & chaos....

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

BTW kudos to Chuck Schumer

for holding his senatorial caucus together during the entire repeal ACA mishaugas, not one defector so far, forcing that old impotent golem Mitch McConnell to continually canvass his own factured majority for the votes necessary to F*ck Over the American People.
NORMALLY there are at least two twitchy specimens among the senate democrats, pouting out their lower lips and oozing fake regrets as they bow down to the GOP in abject worship "I Luv You Doctor Zaius" they groan...but so far here, nada.  Like I said, this speaks well of Schumer's skillset....its also something of an underreported story, but then I suppose the other shoe could drop at any time.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I love How Senator McCain's All Expense Paid Blood Clot

is delaying Mitch McConnell's master plan to gut ObamaCare...good thing McCain is on "the public option"  huh?  At least he won't be worrying about what vital treatments are or are not covered by his plan..."Deductible, What Deductible, I am a US Senator!"
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Not for Nothing, but Mitch McConnell looks all the world like a busted Sunday School Principal who flagrantly torments his students then belligerently lies about it....

All this is akin to the high noon of the Emperor Commodus in Rome, the senatorial order and the overclass in general became completely disengaged from the polity, ne'er to return. Ah but the USA is a democracy, and a true function democracy can always regenerate itself...and right now we need to start regenerating on the quick....


Monday, July 17, 2017

Last Week The President

Idly mused (indeed ALL the President's thinking at this point is idle unaccountable whimsy) that his notional "border wall" with Mexico should be "transparent" so that law enforcement can spot Mexican Drug Dealers "heaving bags of contraband" over the barrier.
Never mind the mirthful image of the Cartels all busily engaged building medieval catapults....I am unalternably opposed to a transparent border wall.  Such a wall would give the Mexicans a front row seat on the decline of the Estados Unidos into mental spiritual & physical barbarism. This loutish spectacle will no doubt lead to a decline in church attendance all over Mexico...in sum "Bad Form" as the English Say.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

On the other hand...

IF the Kremlin wants to reduce this proud country to abject vassalage, then they are going to have to recruit better more effective stooges than Donald Trump Jr.  In a family of entitled dumbasses he stands out as utterly incapable of tying his own shoes without a team of lawyers and forensic accountants to walk him thru the process.
But...he took the Russian Bait Last Summer and seems proud of his actions and baffled by the outcry, entitled dumbass indeed.  In a larger sense if we conceptualize Russia as having returned to its ages old role as "Europe's reserve army of reaction" (to quote Karl Marx), then it follows that the reactionary class (ergo "the rich") are being targeted for recruitment by Putin's Regime. But they have a long way to go in creating a subversive cohort within the overclass if they are starting with the useless likes of Donald Trump who is useless as an asset and just stupid enough to get his father thrown out of office....

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

This is the face of a Russian Asset

He isn't some twitchy grad student, some scruffy would be revolutionary...nope he is an heir to a great fortune and as privileged and entitled as a man can be in the USA circa 2017. Likely his whole family including his Father are Russian Assets, they went hat in hand to Moscow for help in taking over the USA and clearly got it. The fact that the Russians helped the Trump's out is almost but not quite secondary to the disgraceful spectacle of soliciting help from a foreign power in a US Presidential Election.  We are on a collision course with Destiny in this Country, and We Must be Equal to Our Times.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Yesterday in the pages of the Boston Sunday Globe

Columnist Jeff Jacoby threw his hands up in the air and blamed ALL of Donald Trump's morbid excesses on the bad example set by..."Bill Clinton".
Normally this is where I jump ugly on Jeff, the Globe's resident conservative and the Local Punditariat's own laughing Young Senescence but today I'm gonna try and break it all down factually.
This column succinctly illustrates the hopeless inability of movement conservatism to organize itself as any sort of opposition to Donald Trump. Let me be clear they hate and fear his feckless pseudo populism, they justly fear his connections to Vladimir Putin and they all have first hand experience with his ineptitude and untrustworthiness....they know but won't admit sooner or later all this will bring down some terrifying crisis on the USA from within or without or likely both.
BUT as long as Trump holds the pen that'll potentially sign into law the privatization of social security, toxic tax cuts and a repeal of ObamaCare, they'll go on making a bad bargain with a bad and unreliable US President. To oppose him, means sacrificing either control of congress or the White House, their unwillingness to put either asset in play is a simple and eloquent confession of intellectual corruption i.e. "Placing ideology ahead and above The Nation".
Now, Jeff Jacoby knows this, insofar as Donald Trump is concerned he is not particularly intellectually corrupt, but he cannot confront these forces in any meaningful way, so in and the Orwellian sense of the term he retreats into complete stupidity there to sit until the storm passes or else sweeps him and his away.
Therefore given all this, waiting the GOP to "do something" is fruitless, if the issue is to be forced it must be done by others, no help can be expected  from "principled conservatives" like Jeff Jacoby.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Bipartisanship on Beacon Hill...

Consists of de facto collusion between the legislature and the governor to stiff the private sector lawyers who contract with the Commonwealth to advocate for the poor & indigent. THAT particular line item's budget ran out last month and with no new budget passed & signed, the program goeth unfunded.  This is a smoke and mirrors attempt to ease the pain of balancing the budget before years end, and it stinks as it amounts to a plethora of well heeled well connected attorney's in the legislature  decline payment for services rendered to the lawyers who still actually practice law on behalf of the vulnerable.
Like I said, it stinks.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

The Federal Parliament in Germany has concluded a

"review" that indicates that there is no "legal" barrier to prevent Berlin from negociating for "alternate nuclear umbrella" under. Dual Key Control System.
This is per today's New York Times, I'd provide a link but we all know that can't be breached unless $$ is in play.
The whispers about an independent nuclear deterrent for the EU started in Poland last year concurrent with the still mysterious deployment of brand new cruise missiles in Eastern Russia by our old friend, Vladimir Putin.
The proposal is still mightily controversial, likely at the moment a majority would oppose it in Germany...but elections are looming therein and the debate and consquent agenda can change with the speed of a Donald Trump Tweet.
And there is something Teutonically thorough, about checking to see if it's "legal" to subcontract with Paris for a new independent nuclear deterrent for the EU.
I take this as a general indication that institutional confidence in Donald Trump in Europe is already quite low and likely to go lower, and if it starts rubbing up against the sanctity of our strategic guarantees to NATO then heaven help us all.
Meanwhile the President is meeting Vladimir Putin tomorrow solo, Trump's aides are likely in a lather about what he'll say to the Russian Leader or what obligations he'll undertake. Thats a worry and real one, but I'm more concerned with what Putin is looking to get out of that meeting, does he want his consulates & diplomatic retreats reopened in the USA or is he looking to leverage Trump to further destabilize NATO?
I'll bet Macron & Merkel would like to know that themselves....

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Monday, July 03, 2017

The President's Latest Tweet is plainly nauseating...

(he is depicting wresting "CNN" to the ground this derived from ye Olde WWE Footage) copped as it was from anonymous racist on line tirader.  The truth of the matter is, the President has been threatening CNN in the most diresome terms for a good two years no with entirely ineffectual results and there is something plainly ridiculous about a grown ass man using footage of Vince McMahon jobbing himself out to Trump to illustrate his "triumph" over cable news.
In a fair fight, Vince McMahon would wipe the floor with Trump....and that is my only take away here that the President is belligerent, ineffectual and mentally twelve years old.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Every couple of weeks...

President Trump tweets out some bloodcurdling message hinting at imminent war with Iran, Isis, North Korea or whatever....and the internet and opinion industry explodes with either joy or terror...and then...Nothing.
The trail goes cold then the Presidents tweets out something else and the cycle starts up again...so this leads me to the inevitable conclusion that the President lacks the requisite adult attention span to follow thru with any of his saber rattling....which is a bad thing should he ever be cornered in foreign affairs and sooner or later he will believe me.

This contrasts starkly with the laser like focus brought to bear by President Bush, VP Cheney and SecDef Rumsfeld in the lead up to the disastrous Iraq War II.  So I guess over the short term, there may be some safety in chaos...til that gets put to the test.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Revenge of the PUMAs....

Two weeks ago, if you had asked me on the down low, I'd a said that Middlesex 04 special election was Rep. Sean Garballey's to lose, it looked like he had a lock on the Arlington vote, and as Arlington goes, so goes the district.
Then I started seeing all sorts of "Friedman for State Senate" lawn signs in obscure parts of Lexington, which I foolishly attributed to Jay Kauffman's almighty reach in his home town.  But last night, Seemingly against the very God's Themselves, Cindy Friedman battled back to win the democratic nomination for state senate in Middlesex 04!
She lost Arlington by a thousand votes, and carried the district by about a thousand votes! No small achievement because on paper primary turnout along in Arlington can determine the nomination in the 4th Middlesex.  Friedman did it by having disciplined cadres in the dozens who worked a relentless voter ID model all over the district, they then executed. Ruthlessly on primary day. Their plan was, to hold Sean's Lead in Arlington to single digits if at all possible, make up the loss in Lexington and run the board everywhere else, and that exactly what happened. Hell, the woman carried Billerica, a town that Trump carried back in November!
The other big winners last night were Jay Kauffman & Bob Peters up in Lexington who turned the vote out with a six to one margin for Friedman, they can credibly claim to be "QueenMakers" in every way.
Clearly Garballey was relying on his immense personal popularity in Arlington to tip the district, but that might not have been a good call in a special election with unreliable turnout in play in five cities and towns.  Garballey got into the State Legislature nine years ago on a special election, he must have felt himself on familiar ground and sometimes that can be a source of faulty decisionmaking.
However, he is young and will likely try again for this seat when it opens up down the line nothing went down here to harm his prospects going forward.
Mary Ann Stewart on the other hand, ran poorly all over the district and did no business whatsoever in her home town of Lexington, if she wants to try for higher office again its hard to see how she gets that done given her numbers.
Anyhow, the PUMA faction in Arlington put some serious skin in the game yesterday and finally came up winners,  many tears of joy were seen last night at the Masonic Temple in Arlington....

Monday, June 26, 2017

In the 4th Middlesex Special State Senate Primary Tomorrow...

The Chimes at Midnight heartily endorses Arlington. Democrat Cindy Friedman.  Its said with much justification that there is little ideological difference between the candidates in the democratic primary, so the decision gets inevitably based on other factors, experience, personality, stamina....a host of datapoints.  But for sheer zeal, ability, compassion and a rare capacity for hard work, none exceed Cindy Friedman, she has been training for this job all her life, and ought to have the opportunity to Make Her Mark in the State Senate.
Without trafficking details I've had some experience with her willingness to go the extra mile on the part of a departed relation, Friedman has indeed a range of virtues that ought to be working on behalf of everyone in the district...this I can affirm without demure.
"Friedman in 2017!" & please vote in tomorrow's primary!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Another outcome of GA 06...

I suspect Handel's victory slightly emboldened the Senate Leadership to release an "All or Nothing at All" anti ACA Health Bill to the public...clearly McConnell & Ryan don't fear consequences at the polls in 2018.  Make no mistake this is a bad bill that will deny healthcare to millions, force those who do have it to pay more for less coverage.  Nothing drives this save a nigh autistic devotion to the twin conservative myths of rugged individualism & small government...but the "debate" (if I can call it that) is largely driven chimerical ideological notions. A lot of people may well end up suffering intensely and needlessly because the leadership of this country can't deviate from their fixed hysterical notions about public policy, to the point where they literally deny there is any "debate"  at all to say nothing of grounds for compromise.
I don't know what else to tell any of you, the wrong people have too much power and are deaf to discussion, under these circumstances saving some radical alteration in the composition of congress likely the ACA will be repealed and a veritable "health care recession" will fall upon the American People...
And when it does, this blog will be a loud loud voice for high taxes and a single payer system, we may as well "go for broke" if this thing works out as I think it will.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A note on GA -06

I wanna take a moment to reach past all the gloaters and social media bullies and pay unashamed tribute to the democrats of Georgia's Sixth Congressional District, they fought this thing down to the last ballot, the last voter, maybe they didn't win but they sure as shit were not defeated last night.  I've passed thru a few heartbreakers of my own and it must be special disappointment to come so close in such a challenging district.
All I can advise is, Don't Listen to the Haters, they are all as useful as tits are to a bull, The Just always sleep easier when they know they have executed their Duty Come What May.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mirror Imaging the Tactics of Your Opponents....

Especially when you have imputed vast and imaginary powers to said opponents, is almost always a bad idea and complete confession of impotence.

Hence James Hodgkinson shoots up a collection of GOP Congresspersons practicing for a Baseball Game and some Jobber in London tries to drive his car thru from Muslims exiting a Mosque.

It almost never works, especially when you consider the motives which are usually driven by rage, reaction formation, suppressed envy etc.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Thought for the Day

Forgive me if this is repetitive:
"We must be Equal to Our Times".

I do not expect our national nightmare to end any time soon, in fact in many ways things will get worse before they get better.  Nonetheless our progeny are depending on us to stand the watch with all the vigilance of FDR's Myrmidions or Abraham Lincoln's Dauntless Legions.  We live in a Free Republic, Republics are inherently self regenerating therefore we are collectively responsible for our own safety and our own betterment.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Jeff Sessions' Testamony Amounted to...

"I Probably Did Nothing Wrong, But If I Did, Then I Don't Remember It".

Is it me or does this entire vile rabble exude the sheer pathetic terror of miscreants with something very serious to hide?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"We. Are all Targets Now"

And we have been so, for a very long time despite a pathological refusal to admit the truth. THAT is my big takeaway from today's shooting in Virginia. We've saturated our society with firearms and poured motivational vitriol into the ears of every twitchy weirdo from The Aleutians Islands to Cutler Harbor. Its a wonder this doesn't happen more often...oh wait IT DOES.
Congress ducked and ran like rats in a firestorm when one of their own Gabby Giffords got plugged in the head, they did less than nothing when Sandy Hook was turned into a pre teen graveyard...and it'll do nothing now believe me.
I'm repeating myself ad nauseum but the problem has become so widespread that I don't think any congressional action at all will even begin to resolve it. Like cowards we've waited too long and now we reap the whirlwind...whats the answer? Not sure, maybe we need to start building bulletproof redoubts in our homes or something.
Meanwhile succor to the victims....

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

If Trump's reciprocal summit with Theresa May in London

is suddenly "in doubt" it can only stand as a defacto admission that the PM's coalition stands on ver shaky ground indeed.
Hell I think a few good belligerent tweets from the So Called US President and May's Government could well fall.  I don't think Corbyn et al, want Theresa May's government to fall anytime soon, I suspect they'd like the country to get alittle rest from all these election whilst May and her Ministers get worked over well and thoroughly.
But Trump could upset that timetable, at the very least he could RUIN the Brexit Negotiations beyond hope of recovery, Theresa May already has so little work with, the wrong tweet from Donnie could compel her to "Sue for Peace" from the EU.
Hence the current indecision about Trump-in-London....

Monday, June 12, 2017

I want to take time to THANK Governor Baker and his

"Picked Finance Board at the MBTA" for holding my Green Line Commute between Park Street and Boyleston Station to an entirely manageable SIXTY MINUTES.
I thought for a while there that I'd finally kidnapped by the MBTA in a vain hope that the ransom might purchase a new and hopefully more reliable signals system for the Green Line.
Thankfully I was able to disembark and was only seventy five minutes late for work today....NICE GOING CHARLIE!!
The trouble with Charlie Baker is that he is a cowardly blockhead, he knows the MBTA's problems require revenues, maintenance and new equipment cost $$ after all.  But he persists in substituting administrative solutions to deal with systemic budget issues. In short he doesn't wanna solve the problem because that will cost money he simply doesn't want to spend.
Is anyone gonna hold him accountable for Epic Failures like Today's Red and Green Line Commutes?
Probably not...who are we kidding here after all?
Just please...DON'T give me that "we could do worse than Charlie Baker!"Rubbish,  Because right now an MBTA transit time that compares unfavorably with an ox cart seems a pretty dismal state of affairs....

Friday, June 09, 2017

Wow , from a twenty point lead to a Hung Parliament in the U.K.

I used to think you'd have to go a long long way in England to find a bigger chump in politics than David Cameron but by Ghod Theresa May surged right past him!
She went from a serviceable majority in the House of Commons to going Hat in Hand to Belfast to Preserve her Administration from dismissal. Now she clings to power at the behest of a collection of weirdo Orange Falangists in the North of Ireland who, irony of ironies are entirely PRO EU in sentiment.
If I was Jeremy Corbyn I'd promise the UK no vote of confidence over the intermediate term (unless "forced by irrevocable events") and just let this malfunctioning robot they got for a PM completely break down all by herself.
My Ghod Theresa May lost the youth vote by 44%, did she have NO IDEA those cohorts were laying for her after the Brexit referendum? Those kids a mere two years ago were beguiling themselves with the happy notion of working in start ups in the South of France now they've got to tote their resumes up and down Desolation Row in Liverpool, THE HELL they weren't gonna take that out on the Tories!
May broke an important unwritten rule in democratic politics never break a promise that the electorate is counting on, the voters in the UK were counting on a little peace and quiet in the voting booths after Brexit and Scottish Referendums...and Dumbass Theresa couldn't give them that....and they very nearly gave her "The Shove" in brute retaliation.
In other words her party's popularity depended on her pledge not to call an irritating snap election, she broke her promise and reaped a harvest of disaster, Instead of being fortified for the upcoming Brexit negotiations the UK is badly weakened.
Epic Fail All Around.
Frankly I think she'd a lost outright but for the last two terror attacks in England.  There I said it...if the conservatives wanna do any business going forward they are definitely need some new different and above all smarter cadres at the top...cuz there is blood in the water in the UK and certain cadres therein are developing a taste for it.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

4th Middlesex State Senate Democratic Primary, Candidate's Forum, Arlington Town Hall 6-5-2017

Internet or no internet it still take ninety minutes of your life to discover there is almost no ideological differences between the three current democratic aspirants to the late Ken Donnelly's seat in the State Senate.
Where do Cindy Friedman, Sean Garballey and Mary Ann Stewart disagree....exactly nowhere folks.
Sentencing Reform a loud yes from all three, universal health care They are all all for it (but tellingly provide no plan to get there) nobody wants to raise the Charter School Cap and everyone wants to fix the funding issues at the MBTA.
This is not a field given to dissent from the broad range of concerns within the democratic party's base...neither were a lot of new ideas bruited about. If newness is in play it comes from everyone's desire to be a fresh perspective in State Senate.
Given the broad range of consensus in this particular race, I suspect a lot is going to determined by personalities, shoe leather politics, signage, mailings, name recognition and the willingness to spend money somewhat heedlessly.
So as such let me assert that Mary Ann Stewart seems a little more sure of herself behind the podium but her experience is limited to the Lexington School Committee (which admittedly isn't a bad place to start as the schools in that town seem very well run) and a lifetime of activism. In short she seems to understand a lot of the issues in this race from a point of view of the marches she has gone on and the petitions she has signed.
On the other hand, Sean Garballey has been in public life more or less since the day he graduated high school, not sure what his last private sector job was, I suspect it was literally scooping ice cream somewhere. Given that he is a very polished presence on the podium and can quote literally dozens of pieces of legislation he has either "gotten passed" or is "working on"....to hear him tell it, Sean Garballey is a One Man Great Society in the State House of Representatives. Tellingly though, how much of this legislative cataract is gonna be signed by Charlie Baker remains a silent sacerdotal mystery.
Which brings us to Cindy Friedman the Late Senator Donnelly's Chief of Staff a woman with a varied. Resume within and without the private sector, she has a strong insight into the legislative process and the mores of the State Senate in particular. She is funny and honest but very new to the game in terms of being up at the podium out in front so to speak and sometimes that shows....both her opening and closing remarks last night were read off of 3x5 cards, spiels like that ought to be memorized from the git-go.
Those are the choices in the Fourth Middlesex, given the degree of consensus this race may well come down to intangibles like name recognition, "likeability" and just plain luck.  Word on the street is, the race is very wery close with a lot of undecideds, (which is to be expected) last night's forum was thankfully well attended which might start turning some of those undecided numbers a bit.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Anyone who knows me,

knows I don't think much of off-year state democratic conventions, nothing much gets affirmed and more often or not the party ends up making obligations it can frankly so without.  So it comes as no surprise that this years's confab failed to impress me, granted a lot of anti-Trump rhetoric got aired, but everyone seems to be suffering from "gubernatorial aphasia" a weird inability to utter the name "Charlie Baker" let alone criticize him vociferously.
Listen, I yield to no one in criticizing Donald Trump, beating him up in front of the State Democratic Convention keeps the newcomers and activists charged up and thats usually a good thing....but ghod guys save some ammo for Charlie Baker, running him out of office next year is one of our tasks at least.
The sad thing is, Charlie is getting a pass from certain democrats they are resigned to perpetuating him in office as long as he doesn't interfere too broadly with our domination of the legislature or Senator Warren's tenure in office.  So its no wonder Trump gets beat down at convention time, he is he biggest broadest target.
The sad thing is, there is a case to be made against Charlie Baker, exactly what has he done about the opioid crisis, the transportation crisis, the budget shortfall and the attending revenue crisis?
To say nothing of his lack of leadership where Trump himself is concerned,...
These are all good places to start but so far no one wants to start there...


Thursday, June 01, 2017

Ah The "Trump Bump"...

Just enough prosperity for just enough of a limited cast of multinational billionaires to start exporting US Jobs to a semi despotism called the Phillipines.  But...we were warned, Paul Tsongas said a service economy could never create the transmission belts beltween the lower classes and the middle class to keep said middle class in the business of keeping the Republic Strong.
But at least we are an Exporting Nation Again, even if our Chief Export seems to be mid level financial jobs to any overseas wage sinkhole the Board of Directors can Unearth.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Well it sure looks like

Trump has gravitated back to his notion of busting up NATO either by judicious neglect or else overt action whenever the coast is clear. Why else lecture the German's about the trade deficit & yet remain silent on Article Five of the NATO Covenant?
For all intents and purposes this is a de facto withdrawl of the formerly rock solid American Nuclear Guarantee from NATO, so it's no accident that virtually the day after the summit German Chancellor Merkel went straight to Dusseldorf and told all that they could no longer rely on the USA in all things.
THAT is not good news my friends, not with a proposal being bandied about in Brussels to arm the EU with nuclears weapons (French warheads on persumably German financed and sourced missiles)...for fifty plus years the US and NATO have kept the peace in Europe, dismantling said alliance largely at the behest of a Despot in Moscow has grave and immediate consequences for all of us.  Put it simply we don't want Germany to feel itself free to make its own way in Europe, either by capitulating to Moscow or deploying it's own cruise missiles, and we certianly don't want Paris and Berlin cooking up their own set of strategic rules in Central Europe. But as of last week we've all but gotten up from that table...I've said it before, ISIS has dynamite, Moscow has Nukes, which horde of "Barbarians" poses the closer threat?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

You have to go a long ways in Massachusetts Politics

To find a politician more bereft of ideas than Charlie Baker.  Faced with a budget deficit, the usual infrastructure challenges, his mule-like status with the National GOP, looming cuts, revenue shortfalls, The Governor's Answer to EVERYTHING is raise 30 million for his reelection campaign, play to the center , leave the legislature unchallenged & run on his "Bipartisan Accomplishments"...

Its like Bill Weld Never Resigned....
If Charlie Baker was a sitcom he'd be "Thats so Weld!"....Nothing seems to echo in that cubed shaped head of Charlie's save the search for an opportunity to swan dive into the Charles River.
But ya know what its a proven model and it works, so far the democrats are underfunded and at loggerheads with the usual image problems, but then again a good part of Baker's plan on us doing exactly what he wants us to do....so lets at least agree not to do that eh?

Monday, May 29, 2017

4th Middlesex Special Election Forum....

The Arlington & Lexington Town Democratic Committee are hosting a candidate's forum, Monday June 5th at 7pm at Arlington Town Hall, 730 Mass Ave Arlington Ma. Doors will open at 6:30pm All three democratic candidates will be in attendance, Cindy Friedman, Sean Garballey & Mary Ann Stewart, the primary is June 27th, so this is a priceless opportunity for all three to outreach to the party's base.  Likely this will follow the standard non-League of Women Voters format, written questions from the audience and moderation regarding time limits. The forum itself will be moderated by Charlotte Golar-Richie...

Meanwhile someone spent some cashola this weekend on a phone poll in Arlington a legit phone poll at that...

Friday, May 19, 2017

Sources close to

both the Garballey & Friedman State Senate Campaigns tell me that no Republican has pulled papers or collected signatures to contest the special election for the Late Ken Donnelly's Seat. This means that no Republican will be on the General Election Ballot come July....
A couple of thoughts come to mind, this special election is pretty much "The Only Game in Town" for the GOP until next year, you'd think, given that Trump DID carry Billerica that they'd make a pro-forma effort at least even if its a notoriously safe democratic seat.
I assume that if Charlie Baker wanted a candidate in the 4th Middlesex, he'd a gotten one. Maybe he thought this meant he'd have to make a deal with some neophyte Trumpist...or else the Governor is defaulting to "Reelection Mode" and wants to discourage stirring up the democrats thus to encourage ticket-splitting come November of next year.
Of course this doesn't rule out some sort of write in campaign but those are doomed efforts in the Bay State and a pretty blatant confession of defeat.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Roger Ailes is dead

The Diabolical Founder of Fox News was seventy seven.  In his memory at 9pm at Fox News Headquarters there will be a "twenty two gam salute" with ceremonial short skirts and then a memorial women's dash around the late Political Pontiff's Desk.
Rest in Peace....

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

It'd be funny if James Comey...

simply concocted this story about a memorandum indicating Trump asked him to drop the Flynn Investigation....because he knows disproving said story would implicate the adminstration in an illegal wiretapping felony. Ironic given the President's irrational insistence Obama bugged his phones.
Besides the mere hint of said memorandum seems to have detonated the pyrobolts holding Trump's delicate psyche together...payback is a mother ain't it?
But truly these stories are moving very fast I don't expect the crisis to end soon either....so keeping up is gonna become arbitrary and capricious around here....

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

According to the Washington Post...

Alt Right PostBoy Richard Spencer (think of him as a sort of local "General Eon O'Duffy" sans brogue) led a march in Virginia this weekend decrying the iminent removal of a Confederate Statue. "Dozens" showed up to protest bearing torches and placards which read (among other things) "Russia is Our Friend!".
Didja read that one? The Racial Right in the USA suddenly has a hard on for Moscow, I don't doubt Vladimir Putin spends a nice chunk of the Russian Taxpayers Money on all sorts of noisy freaks like these in hopes to sparking something nasty.  So clearly, Putin's Russia is back playing the part of "European Reaction's Reserve Army", to quote Karl Marx, a status that predates the Crimean War and persisted as Russian Policy right up until Nicholas & Alexandra were placed under arrest.  Up until fairly recently the Racial Right in the USA had a burning hatred for the Russians in part out of CounterMarxist Frenzy as well as antipathy for the "Vile Slavic Hordes of Muscovy."  Signs like "Russia is Our Friend" at a Racial Right Rally just tells me, someone somewhere is spending big money to make twitchy weird friends in far off places....
And that dynamic "Russia as Reaction's Firewall" is something well worth keeping an eye on....I'd love to know how far something like this goes, if indeed it is happening at all.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Comey Outski

I suppose I'm in the minority when I say I'm not surprised hat Trump found a reason to fire FBI Director James Comey he must have reasoned anyone willing to interfere in a US Election (the famous "letter to congress" the week of the election) is probably more than willing to terminate Trump's administration in due course via a thorough investigation.
I can't fault the President's "Corleonesque" logic, his honesty, goodwill and ability, yes but his logic is lowbrow and irrefutable.
That having been said, these are the actions of someone who THINKS they have something to hide, they may well not know for sure, but the possibilities are endless and frightening hence last week's example of Trumpian "Frightfulness".  We can expect more of the same because I doubt firing Comey quieted any of Donald Trump's fears...he'll make worse decisions in due course count on it.
It might be a good idea to take a giant step back here and recall we've been interfering with our own elections in deed and in spirit for quite some time now, we've been letting jobbers in rotten boroughs "vote for their own constituencies" for a generation now, we've permitted funny money to become the deciding factor in most elections and now we are experimenting with outright voter suppression. So it should be no big shock when a foreign tyrant and some Hillary hating FBI agents decide to sway the election by any means necessary.  Hell we all but beckoned them to "come on down".

Thursday, May 11, 2017

"Let All the Poisons That Lurk in the Mud, Hatch Out"

Since nuclear war initiated by the present Administration will come as no surprise to me, James Comey gettin' the old heave-ho by Trump is hardly any shock at all. Comey did his level best to help Trump into office last October and his reward was to get shown the door allegedly by Trump's personal bodyguard no less...but then Comey went into business with Trump last October and got screwed over thoroughly like ALL of Trump's private sector creditors, partners and investors...why should Flynn or Comey or possibly General McMaster's fate be any different?
What surprises me is that people are surprised....y'all were warned in no explicit terms this would happen....
But let me put this out there, Trump is no clever three dimensional chess player, he is impulsive and secretive, and truly based on this latest outrage, he has a lot to hide.  But that isn't a confession of strategic genius by any means I don't think Trump understands truly the danger he has brought down on himself, I think he believes that his own luck and impulsive wits will master any situation. ANd if that is the case "Hubris" is really in charge of the USA down to custody of the nuclear launch authority and no that is not a good thing.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Gruesome Prediction...

In the wake of the Fields-Bolanos murders down in the Seaport District we are gonna hear a lot of loud advocacy in favor of the death penalty from Governor Baker.  All you democrats out there be prepared for a lot of tepid but insistent demagoguery from our tepid insistent Governor....
Just remember the last time it was before the legislature in the 1990's it lost by a single vote, and election years tend to make people crazy around here.
I tell you I can just see the TV commercials with Texeira's battered zombie face all over them....

Monday, May 08, 2017

Just as I suspected

The Firefighters Local 1297 endorsed Sean Garballey for State Senate today, their absence was pretty conspicuous at the Friedman kick off yesterday, so I am not surprised.
Its ironic because the Late Senator Donnelly was fire chief in Lexington and whatever commitments he undertook on behalf of First Responders were probably in the main executed by his loyal chief of staff, Cindy Friedman.
But at any rate firefighters were a good chunk of Donnelly's "ground game" back in 2008, no doubt they'll loom large in Garballey's calculations now.
Its a seven week campaign plus a few days not much time to do thorough voter ID a lot turns on big billboards, endorsements, mailings etc...its given the exceptional and truncated nature of the race the outcome could well turn on quaint retrograde factors such as that.
So its "game on" most definitely....

Off & Running

Cindy Friedman piled into the democratic state senate primary for the Fourth Middlesex at a well attended event at Arlington's Venerable Elk's Club.  There were a lot of young people in attendance which is fairly unusual for an Arlington off election year event but then the Spartans have been murmurring about "Trump Multiplier Effect" for several months now.  Lexington's well tenured State Rep Jay Kauffman is acting as co-chair of the campaign, State Senator Will Brownsberger is apparently doing a Friedman fundraiser, Anne Paulsen, Jeff Thielman, Jim DiTulio, Local Chair Aimee Coolidge and numerous other notable Spartans were in attendence, their common trait they are excellent political organizers. Citizen Friedman clearly has some outreach into the incumbent class of politicians...If there was a theme to the announcement it was "Revenge of the PUMAs", they clearly absorbed their setback from Last November and are rested and ready for new adventures.  Hillary Clinton's Local Imperial Guard should not be dismissed lightly they've won some lost some but their drive, determination and SKILL is undiminished. Clarissa Rowe and Company will run Sean Garballey a very close race when all is said and done.
I didn't see any representatives of the public sector unions at this event, that is significant, Friedman is running as Ken Donnelly's personally approved sucessor and part of Ken's electoral success was built around a strong volunteer base among police/firefighter.
Politically I think the plan is simple close to within three points of Sean Garballey in Arlington and then sweep Lexington, that mayb well be enough to tip the nomination. The presence of Mary Ann Stewart, a former Lexington School Committee on the primary ballot is a sure sign that someone wants to keep the vote in that particular town divided and unconcentrated.
As for Citizen Friedman, she is personable enough, even funny at times, but she is new to being at the podium so to speak, she needs to cut down her tendency for multiple examples and tighten her pitch a bit.  The debates ought to be spirited affairs, as a campaigner Garballey is no slouch he is one of these "up at six am run all day long and into the night" type politicians.  What ideological points said debates will turn on is unknown at the moment, Garballey & Friedman probably agree on much and disagree on little in the Main, their two way debate may well hinge on questions of gravitas and experience....
The Game is Afoot!

Friday, May 05, 2017

I have friend

(I do have them, the wiser of this small cohort never ever read this blog)....and he is a cancer survivor, he vociferously asserts that the ACA (aka "ObamaCare") saved his life, covered his chemo, his extensive and ongoing rehab, got him the special nutrition he needs to live, all of it.
Now yesterday with the weary connivance of many many GOP "moderates" in the US House (a group that is as useful as tits are to bull in the patois of my youth), Paul Ryan FINALLY rammed thru a ACA "repeal and replace" bill and dropped it on the US Senate for good measure.
The bill is by all early indications a disaster that'll likely shorten my friend's life by many many years if the US Senate has the temerity to pass said measure.
So my question is, can we get the Middlesex County DA to indict Speaker Ryan for attempted murder? Because thats what AHCA is, murder in the last decree, higher premiums, less care more dead citizens....
Failing that since Ryan resolved the US House into a Huge "Board of Medicine" then can we sue him for Malpractice? Making medical decisions without a license ought to be actionable in a Civil Court I would think...besides you know the twitchy sumbitch doesn't have medical malpractive insurance (his insolent and vile aides likely have never thought of it)...so we could potentially clean him out but good.
All kidding aside I have a friend whose life hangs in the balance and there had better start being some dire electoral consequences for such a pretty pass....

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Word on the Street is...

that Lexington School Committee Member, Mary Ann Stewart has pulled papers to run for the democratic nomination for state senate in the 4th Middlesex special election.  She joins the Late Senator Donnelly's Chief of Staff Cindy Friedman and Arlington State Rep Sean Garballey in vying for said sinecure, so far no republican has pulled papers, the deadline to pile in is May 16th.
At a first glance, Stewart likely impedes Friedman's ability to build an out-of-Arlington coalition to counter Garballey's name recognition, & alleged fundraising edge.   I think it likely the Friedman campaign was hoping the endorsement of Lexington Rep Jay Kauffman would help bind said community to her cause, its also a pretty transparent division of the "women's vote" leading me to wonder exactly how a Lexington School Committee Member is gonna raise the 100K+ needed to be credible in this race and who encouraged her to run?
Otherwise Stewart's issues seem decorously boilerplate, climate change, education, infrastructure a woman's right to choose....etc etc, nothing new but quite frankly the three candidate so far differ in very little save perhaps their utterly intangible and unmeasurable leadership potential.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

As if there is nothing else going on in the world...

worthy of a front page berth, The Boston Globe piles in ginnin' up Congressman Seth Moulton for President in 2020. They cite his youth, energy, articulate style, anti-Trump bona fides and his status as a....(sound the forlonr hunting horns) moderate.
Waaa-al Ah Swan before we git all misty eyed over Moulton's Moderation, just remember he is a "Massachusetts Moderate" and that is, at the end of the day, nothing that would pass as a middle-of-the-roader in Alabama or Florida.
But lets face it, Seth isn't dumb enough to run against Charlie Baker next year and Ed Markey's plans for 2020 aren't clear yet, so by process of elimination the Globe came up with "Moulton in 2020"...
Of course his office officially denied any such ambitions (for what that is worth which is nothing really). Nonetheless this does spotlight the Boston Globe's enduring status as a newsdaily in favor of restoration really any restoration at all when push comes to shove. Dealey Plaza went down fifty four years ago come this November but Morrissey Blvd goes on searching for a Presidential White Knight from Massachusetts, someone who'll bring the Big Job Back Home where they can keep an eye on it....to that end they've hyped everyone from Mike Dukakis to Mitt Romney.  Its a little sad like an aging Uncle's eccentric diet or something, to me, it seems clear that a Massachusetts Home Address is TOXIC for a serious presidential candidate but the Globe just goes on pretending it's 1962 and we are all Equals in the Sight of the Electoral College...
Seriously they need to stop flogging this equine skeleton, and get going on a nice thorough Spotlight Series expose, like maybe why the roads in wealthy antebellum Belmont are universally abominable...rutted & potholed like the Sea of Tranquillity?

Monday, May 01, 2017

I guess Trump's Plan to get rid of Kim Jong Un

is to alternate bellowing and cooing until he sues for peace.  This morning we were on the brink of war, this afternoon the So Called President called Comrade Kim a "Smart Cookie" someone with whom he might be able to negotiate....oh sure cuz Japan, South Korea, China et al really want those two in a room alone making commitments....
But I digress, nothing will come of the threats or the entreaties, Trump will get rid of Kim's Bandit Regime the way he got rid of the ACA....oh...wait....

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sorry Folks

but you can't compromise Ann Coulter's First Amendment Rights without Compromising Your Own. Listen, I hate the bitch as much as the rest of you, she is particularly detestable since she makes such good money being a "controvore" (ergo a deliberate exuder of mental excrement)....but be that as it may, she has a right to speak on the Campus of UC Berkeley.  I realize college students think they have so much more to lose in the current political environment, and indeed they do, but shutting her event down doesn't effect Coulter in the slightest...only rigorous peaceful engagement Can alter that equation...And that is what has gone missing here.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Trump got schooled this week

He tried to force the democrats to help fund his "AntiMexican Wall" with the threat of a Government Shutdown, Pelosi & Schumer didn't fall for it, and predictably Trump folded.
Kudos for the democrats for hanging together in face of adversity, we could all use more of that I am sure.  Otherwise this yet another historic lesson, Congress can Blackmail a US President if that body is sufficiently determined or the issue is important enough, but it remains difficult for a sitting US President to do likewise and the same to Congress...even the so called much buffetted minority party.
Trump doesn't get that, because he has almost no discernable political skills and he isn't gonna develop any either if I am any judge.
No, he'll retaliate by ramping up enforcement in cities and localities, more round ups,  more punishment of those what can't fight back, more mayhem and maybe a nice tasty stand off with a sanctuary city. In that way, he will build his wall and it'll be a nasty one, look for it.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I can infer from Today's News

That the Governor put 78 million in the current budget to help fix UMass Boston's dangerously dilapidated underground garage as proof positive he is gonna track back to the Center in Campaign 2018. A mere year ago news that The Boston Campus had a public safety danger that put coeds in mortal peril of plunging thru the Earth's crust would have ellicited no reaction from Charlie Potatoes other than the admonition that UMass "slender down" and "live within its' means" etc.
But that was pre-Trump and the Governor wants to run as a split-the-difference moderate so badly he is practically lactating the milk of human kindness....
So pay heed though, Baker is never going to be much of an anti-Trump factor in the National GOP, but he'll play the centrist card to the last deal of the deck.  As democrats we need to remember how much of this is truly a feckless pose as we go forward into Campaign 2018.

Monday, April 24, 2017

If I read the rags rightly

Rep Lombardo (GOP Billerica) is not running for State Senate in the 4th Middlesex Special Election, all that money spent on a push poll fer nothing...is Charlie Potatoes gonna give this one a pass? If I was the GOP I would not, the potential for mischief on the cheap seems too tempting. Then again the State Senate is getting to be a costly venue for a two year term on Beacon Hill, there are those who can't raise the money or simply don't want the mishaugas.
Will the General Election be contested ? Stay tuned folks!
Meanwhile CIndy Friedman (The late Ken Donnelly's redoubtable Chief of Staff) has piled in for sure and racked up the endorsement of Lexington's State Rep Jay Kaufman...thats important because with the democratic vote seemingly divided in Arlington the importance of racking up good totals in Lexington Burlington, Woburn & Billerica becomes paramount. Normally sweeping the democratic vote in Arlington & Lexington is tantamount to nomination and theoretically sufficient turnout in Arlington alone can get you the State Senate Nomination, but that likely won't be the case in this go round....like I said, stay tuned!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Marine Le Pen

an alleged blonde and pronounced falangist, has made to the Presidential Run Off in France come June on a platform calling for a public ban on hejabs and yarmulkes. Apparently the yarmulke must go because everyone must make sacrifices in the our common apocalyptic death struggle with "Islamic Terrorism".
So I'm wondering, is she gonna ban the Nun's Habit as well? Commonality of Sacrifice and all, and what about turbans, the Papal Mitre or will she force Shaolin Monks to start growing their hair again? So if the Pope visits the Elysee Palace "President Le Pen" will snatch the white skullcap off his noggin eh?
I know I'm going for laughs here but it's sort of inevitable, the one thing serious authoritarian populists always lack is a sense of humor...remember that.

Friday, April 21, 2017

The rumor is....

That Cindy Friedman Ken Donnelly's uber - able Chief of Staff is about to pile into the Middlesex Four Special State Senate Election. This is per State House News and thus a rumor (til some one calls me  at least). This would be Friedman's first campaign "out front" after years of either managing campaigns or assisting governance in the State House so she at once, fresh and yet experienced as well.  She is also "in good" with the local PUMAs who are still growling around their fires and sharpening their assegais looking for a fight to win.  Eight years ago the quote I heard on a State Senate Fight was 110K, likely that has gone up and if Friedman is a serious candidate it comes with a mute indication that she too can raise the cash and quickly for this race....key word their quickly since the timeline terminates on all this next summer.  This also means that the fabled "Arlington Vote" will likely be divided on primary day, which in turn may embolden potential democratic candidates from Lexington-Burlington-Billerica-Woburn.

Let the games begin!

Scott Brown cashes in his Chips

and gets nominated US Ambassador to New Zealand....Initially I guffawed because I just knew that the famously unintelligent Scott Brown probably needed an embassy that didn't require him to hire translators or perish-the-thought, learn a new language.
But then I thought supposedly there is a mute trend among the overclass to secure real estate in New Zealand due to its relative distance from notional radioactive fallout should nuclear war break out.  Who knows maybe Scott knows something we don't....and if he does can he please take his best and most loyal local apologist, Howie Carr with him....and let me go down with the ship with dignity while they cower in the Murdoch Family's palacial bunker?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

O'Reilly Outski at Fox News

for apparently being far too salacious a bully for a conservative "news" network built and administered by salacious bullies who select their leggy newsreaders on the basis of their photographs.
As I' ve said before hypocrisy is a cumbersome unreliable weapon indeed, especially in these post hypocritical times we live in....but O'Reilly has been driven out and largely because he preached patriarchy and puritanism and lived prurience and perversion 24-7, so yay us.
Nonetheless, discourse and debate are dead in this country (and whats worse they died before this internet thingie got big as well) so rest assured "the din will continue"....with different voices but even louder to be sure.