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I had the privilege of meeting "Ted" on more than one occaison. The first was when he spoke at my high school graduation more than 3 decades ago. At the time he was involved in a bitter dispute with his constituents over desegregation and the issue of forced busing. Most of his constituentcy was opposed but "Ted" knew that the moral road demanded an end to the absurd idea that segregation was good for Boston. I can still hear the groans from the audience when he referred to my school (Boston College High) as "South Boston High". I though there (13 comments)
politics: Palin, Sanford and Ensign or three ways to name why the party of no is no longer relevant - 07/10/09 11:08 AM
Seems like just yesterday that the party of No was touting these folks as just what America needs. I think if you get scrape the bottom of the barrel a little bit more you just might find someone worse but I admit it will be difficult. Maybe we could get Peter King I suppose that he would be a good choice for the party of No. No wonder people are actually electing the Al Frankens of the world. Seems we need a little comedy if this is the best that the Republican party can tout. (6 comments)
politics: If Sarah Palin is the future of the Republican party then we must be entering a time of a one party system. - 11/14/08 08:16 AM
Sarah "it took 5 schools and 6 years to get a journalism degree" Palin is the hope of the party? Take a look at her SAT scores Take a look at how she handled real journalism majors along the campaign trail! She must be an even better actress than Marilyn Monroe at playing a bimbo because I have not seen one iota of evidence to suggest that she is remotely ready for the national stage. Frankly she couldn't even impress the McCain aides that spent all their time prepping her instead of focusing on getting their man John McCain elected. (7 comments)
politics: Diva Palin going rogue on McCain campaign advisors? - 10/27/08 07:45 AM
Sarah Palin is apparently going out on her own after complaining of the mishandling of her and her image by the McCain campaigns advisors. Well, I will say this about her, she has no problems with self esteem. She actually thinks she knows more than her running mate. Here I was worried about what would happen if Dubbya went down for the count and we had to put up with Dick Cheney. Palin would make Cheney look sane. McCain sources say Palin has gone off-message several times, and they privately wonder whether the incidents were deliberate. They cited an instance in (2 comments)
politics: Voting is a lot like trying to decide which house to buy. It is often an emotional choice - 10/23/08 10:41 AM
You know the story about the head and the heart. Sometimes you can't please both. As I was working on my clients late last night to help them decide on which property best suited their needs it all started to become clear. One could choose to vote for the old fixer upper. After all it does have some charm. It was well built but has had some deterioration over the years. It's a bit cranky now but still has some good views. Maybe the electrical system needs updating. The plumbing runs a liitle weak. The roof has a few missing shingles. (9 comments)
politics: It is very expensive to own a Pit Bull today. - 10/22/08 09:42 AM
My apologies to Stewart for borrowing his Pit bull photo! Besides the obvious cost of lipstick (which Rudy Guiliani tells me cost $16.00/tube) there are so many other costs like boarding especially if you bring along the pups. For instance Alaskans paid $21,012 dollars for their Pit Bull to take her three pups along for 64 one way flights and 12 commercial flights since she took office in December 2006. Now Alasks does not specifically address expenses for a Governor's children, but allowsfor payment of expenses for anyone conducting official state business. Alaskan State Finance Director Kim Garnero has told the (15 comments)
politics: "Joe Sixpack" and " Joe the Plumber" seperated at birth? - 10/20/08 10:33 AM
Well the first one is totally fictional so I am not sure. But wait, the second one also seems to be pretty fictional too so maybe? Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher, 34, who confronted Obama recently at a campaign stop in Holland, Ohio is in fact not a plumber, Thomas Joseph, the business manager of Local 50 of the United Association of Plumbers, Steamfitters and Service Mechanics, based in Toledo, said Thursday that Mr. Wurzelbacher had never held a plumber's license, which is required in Toledo and several surrounding municipalities. He also never completed an apprenticeship and does not belong to the plumber's (2 comments)
politics: Will people please stop talking about wealth redistribution. - 10/15/08 12:25 PM
The Reagan years between 1980 and 1988 to be sure had created over 19 million new (low paying)jobs, exploding technology, unprecedented prosperity and had rekindled national pride. It also led to firing of 10 million high paying manufacturing jobs as corporations received tax incentives to move their operations overseas. In fact in the 1980's so many millionaires had been created that the term essentially had become meaningless. By 1988 it was estimated that there were over 100,000 decamillionaires. But critics of the time saw another America were the 1980's were one last national fling with credit card economics one filled with (26 comments)
politics: John McCain's new 401k plan idea will cause untold misery for America - 10/15/08 12:05 PM
John McCain has finally lost his senses. His latest attempt to come up with a plan to help our financial crisis will drive the economy even further down. He has proposed that the tax rate on money that seniors withdraw from IRAs and 401(k) retirement plans be dropped to the lowest rate -- 10% -- which now only applies to the lowest income tier. Under current law, income from these retirement funds is taxed at standard personal-tax rates. This would apply to the first $50,000 withdrawn from such accounts in 2009 and 2010. The McCain camp estimated it would help nearly (0 comments)
politics: Palin roundly booed at Flyers game. Not the first time she's dropped the puck! - 10/14/08 07:58 AM
Will someone please tell this "hockey mom" to stop saying that she did not do anything "unlawful". She most certainly did. She was found by a bipartisan committee made up of 12 members, 8 of whom were republicans, that she abused the power of the office she was elected to. She will still be facing another inquiry into the matter by the personnel board. She seems to suffer from the same delusions as Dick Cheney regarding the laws of the land. News flash Ms. Palin the laws apply to you too! Though Palin claims the report has exonerated her, that's (5 comments)
politics: Anyone else see a sign in John McCain saying "my fellow prisoners" comment? - 10/09/08 11:50 AM
I have had the misfortune in life to have watched a loved one die from Alzheiner's disease. I am also old enough to have watched one President Ronald Reagan suffer from it as well. The signs have been steadily increasing as the campaign has worn on. Is John McCain starting to exhibit signs also? It could just be stress. Then again I don't want to take the chance do you? Some have questioned his "erractic behavior" already. We all make mistakes from time to time so I am willing to let a lot of his slips go and explain it away as (6 comments)
politics: Tom Brokaw anal timekeeper moderates the most dreary debate of all time. - 10/08/08 08:48 AM
Where is all the indignation! When Gwen Ifill was lambasted for not being impartial she went out and proved herself to be a very good moderator who remained impartial whatever her personal opinions may be. Tom Brokaw (personal friend of John McCain) went out and proved that all he cared about was going to another gig. When he wasn't looking at his watch he was favoring his good buddy by constantly letting him ramble on past his allotted time. Then he let McCain get the first and often times only rebuttal period. The good news is that John McCain offered (0 comments)
Obama was eight years old when Mr. Ayers was a member of the Weather Underground. When they first met Obama didn't know who he was. He hasn't spoken to him since 2005. So to say they are pals is more than misleading it is an outright lie. Using her reasoning(such as it is), she should be on trial next to Ted Stevens. Certainly they were far more chummy than Barack Obama was (16 comments)
I am sure that there are a bunch of comedians in training out there! Katie Couric found out which news print she favors, or did she? Maybe we should ask her why she can't say a word ending in G? Anyway let's have some fun. What would you ask her? (15 comments)
politics: I thought politicians had thick skin! - 09/30/08 12:30 PM
Boy was I wrong! At least I admit it! Eric Cantor still can't unbunch his panties because of a comment from Nancy Pelosi. Oh my! We are so sorry to have hurt your feelings Mr. Cantor. Maybe if you weren't running away from George Bush's taint so hard you would have realized that we don't care if you get yourself re-elected, we only care that our economy stays alive! People think we should elect John McCain to keep America strong! If we have no economy how is that going to work?
politics: Sarah Palin Katie Couric Redux - 09/30/08 12:25 PM
After watching Sarah Palin repeat her inept performance in an interview with Katie Couric I am even more scared of the possibility of her ascending to the position of Vice President. How sad that John McCain had to be there to hold her hand. How appalling that they seem to think it is "gotcha politics" when a voter not a reporter asks a question of Ms. Palin and she gives the contradictory response of her running mate. Should we attack targets inside of Pakistan? Sarah said yes, John said no, we shouldn't ever say this out loud. Right here is the (15 comments)
politics: Republican leadership Oxymoron! - 09/30/08 12:10 PM
Let's just give a giant thank you to all those who pass themselves off as leaders of the Republican party! Here's what they have done for us the American People. First they scare us into a war with Iraq over manufactured evidence that they can't even dispute now. Then with a republican congress and senate majority in place for the first 6 years of the Bush Presidency they spend us into an historic deficit. Then they have the audacity to ask us the "paying public" to bail out our economy that they destroyed. Now before anyone thinks that I am just (6 comments)
politics: McCain reaches across the aisle at a time of crisis. - 09/26/08 10:32 AM
And what does he do? He sits silent for 43 minutes without proffering a postion or solution to the financial crisis that faces us. He will go down in histrory as one of the most self serving Senate members ever. Let me make this clear. No One is in favor of this bail out but all rational human beings recognize that something must be done. John McCain thought that by showing up and injecting politics into an already volatile situation was a good thing? John McCain has been approached by Harry Reid and others serving on the Senate and Congressional leaders (6 comments)
politics: McCain disregards the experience of America's most seasoned statesmen. - 09/25/08 10:11 AM
During a recent forum at George Washington University, Henry Kissinger, James Baker ,Warren Christopher, Madeline Albright and Colin Powell all agreed that the United States should open high level talks with the Islamic Republic of Iran. These five former secretaries of state have no illusions about the disrespect shown by Iran towards human rights or it's sponsorship of militant groups like Hezbollah or Humas. They are also certainly aware of the possible nuclear threat, yet the distilled wisdom of their experience can best be summed up by a quote from Albright "You have to deal with countries you have a problem (4 comments)
politics: John McCain's latest irrational decision is to suspend his campaign. Your kidding right? - 09/25/08 07:58 AM
John McCain has tried and he just can't do it. He is incapable I guess of handling two or more things at once so he is trying to skip the scheduled debate on Friday. He wants to focus his expertise on economics to help congress with the proposed bailout bill. Too bad he hasn't made a vote in congress since April. Too bad he isn't a member of the finance committee. Too bad he even admits that he doesn't know anything about economics. Too bad that he thinks we all must be stupid. Sticking your tongue out and refusing to debate (4 comments)
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