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Cops Blocking Road Work, Breaking Laws

Universal Hub points out the ongoing stupidity of the police unions on the civilian flagger issue.  NECN has video of “off duty cops harassing the flaggers, driving into oncoming traffic. . . the worksite temporarily shut down.” I can’t say I’m unhappy about these incredibly stupid protests.  If the police unions were playing this smarter, […]

Police Unions Win Battle While Losing War

Massachusetts is the only state that doesn’t have civilian flaggers at road construction sites.  It is the only state that has police for all street work.  Many have tried to change the policy, only to be thwarted by the unions’ clout in the legislature.  Governor Patrick forced a policy change through a regulation, avoiding the […]

Why I’m Voting for Jack Hurd

I’ve had the opportunity to both work with Jack Hurd and watch him from a distance. He’s a good person, an excellent listener, a good communicator, and wise in his decisions. I’m proud to support him for State Senate. I first watched Jack when I was new to Town Meeting, the spring of 2002, and […]

The Politics of Hypocrisy

Three different items today, all about hypocrisy. It’s one thing to change your mind. I respect it. We’ve all changed our mind at some point. Maybe it’s because of personal experience, or a compelling argument, or learning new facts. Whatever the reason, I respect the evolution of personal opinion. But what about taking a position […]

RNC Protesters

My friend and former Tabblo colleague Dave St. Germain took the week off to go Minneapolis.  He’s been running around with the protesters and taking pictures.  I think his commentary has been fascinating. RNC Day 1 RNC Day 2 RNC Day 3 Click the links to see the pretty pictures.

A Little Known Fact. . . .

Shortly after John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his running mate, a little riot erupted on Twitter. Little Known Fact: Sarah Palin once bit the head off a live Osprey snatched from the air as it tried to fly off with a fish she caught. I have no idea where it started, but it took […]

See You At the Debates, Bitches

I’m pretty much the last person in the world you’d expect to put Paris Hilton on my blog. But this is actually funny. See <a href=”http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/64ad536a6d” mce_href=”http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/64ad536a6d”>Paris Hilton Responds to McCain Ad</a> and more <a href=”http://www.funnyordie.com” mce_href=”http://www.funnyordie.com”>funny videos</a> on <a href=”http://www.funnyordie.com” mce_href=”http://www.funnyordie.com”>FunnyOrDie.com</a>

Ghost Voting

Earlier this spring, Rep. Charles Murphy gave seven roll call votes – even though he was in the Virgin Islands. I haven’t heard of consequences of the deception, nor have I heard of any changes in the state house. Give credit to Robert David Sullivan and David Bernstein for refusing to let the “ghost voting” […]

Boarding the Sinking Ship

Today’s Globe had a note about a slew of Massachusetts politicians who were demanding that NARAL retract its endorsement of Obama. House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, Senate President Therese Murray, and Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston, and other legislators said that Obama wasn’t pro-choice enough for them, in part because he voted “present” on […]

You Lost $80,000 How?

The quarterly newsletter of the Office of Campaign Finance is often a good read. The stories themselves are boring, but the “Recent Rulings” section is often full of gems. That’s where you see which candidates lost track of the details and which ones are more likely to run afoul of the law. (I was particularly […]