Saturday, April 25, 2009

OPEN POST TWENTY-THREE

The Dal and Bogo show were in full bloom with constant pounding of Jessie and her personal binky - The Great Shunner - over a variety of questionable “information” posted by Jessie. Clark was constantly being mentioned with various links to Clark’s that could be found. Bumpkin demonstrated his programming skills by having Clark replaced by Anywhere. This is the following result:

“Senator Joe Biden, General Wesley Anywhere, New Mexico Governor Elliot Richardson, who each have extensive foreign policy experience. “

That was by a post by Jessie. Ah….Roger could not have done better! No wonder the town didn’t want the web site. We have not located General Anywhere but have located General Clark. A great moment by the self professed “Best site in town!” LOL!

The Legislators will give in to all the public pressure and increase taxes. Well…if you consider the unions representative of “public pressure.” Remember - “It’s for the children.” Naturally they will find the most regressive taxes possible to keep all those assorted nephews and nieces in the trough.

With a potential increase in sales tax it will be even more attractive to shop in New Hampshire. Maybe Limo can organize bus trips? Doesn’t seem his Middleboro casino gig is going anywhere.

Hal continues to delight all with his astounding forays into areas that should be investigated, shut and sealed by the EPA.

Post away

116 comments:

Hal Brown said...

I'll start of with some pictures I took in 2005 in Newport, mostly of yachts belonging to FOGWB*, but third from the bottom is another great butt crack photo.

See photos here, click to enlarge* friends of George W. Bush, as if you didn't know.

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bogofree said...

Screw up...sorry.

I can see what Hal concentrates on.

Hal Brown said...

I have a series of pictures my fingers couldn't help snapping of a shapely woman sunbathing on the grass in the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park in Boston. Her bikini left very little to the imagination.

I'm not posting them because someone desperate for something actually true to accuse me of might say I'm a flaming heterosexual who sometimes gawks at a surprising public display of distaff near nudity.

Oh, and so you don't have to ask, I was walking with my wife when I took the photos.

I do think the male butt crack photos are amusing but taking them has become a cliche because lots of amateur and professional photographers have done this.

Suo Mynona said...

Priceless first three paragraphs Bogo.

At least there are no claims of superiority here. So what's happening at the swamp (ooops I mean nemasket.net) these days? LMCAO

Dog, Bounty Hunter said...

Haven't ventured into the Great Murky Swamp lately. Too afraid I'll have my bones crushed then be swallowed whole by the moonbat anaconda hiding in the weeds. Poor Hal barely escaped with his life when he tangled with her.

Hal Brown said...

I read the first three paragraphs and most of it flew over my head. What week of posts is this all about?

As for claims of superiority by one or another blogger, our local blog swamp isn't the Everglades and our alligators are more like salamanders. The quest for number one isn't the Olympic Gold or the Super Bowl or World Series (of baseball or poker).

My sage advice to bloggers is to use the medium to espouse causes you believe in or to have fun or both.

Who knows, maybe you'll be discovered and be the next Susan Boyle.

How Do We Recycle Computers BB? said...

Dear Bumpkin:

Please do a follow up article on disposal of these ghastly electronics that have become out dated dinosaurs. It would be a real service.

Maybe you Bogo and I can have a cup of coffee and discuss the dilemma? I will even pick up the tab. 50 bucks is nothing.

bogofree said...

I'm tossing my old electronics on Tispiquin Street. Hal has provided some excellent possibilities with his snapshots. Thanks, Hal!

Swamp? LMCAO! We are the inferior site! "We're #2! We're #2!" Oops...no Hal will compalain. "We're #3! We're #3!."

Dog... I have no idea about this death wish by Hal. Like the "Don't Mess With Jim" song.

Two for two against the yankees.

Did 2 miles said...

Good Morning,
You are nothing until your site is called a Toxic waste dump.. LOL!

I think about business, 28 years, driving, 7 years as an owner and Yesterday 5 hour drive with a bunch of drinkers, watching porn and carrying on, dropped them off, I slept in the back of the Van, Took a bird bath in a sink, changed in a toilet stall and had my breakfast prepared by a bunch of people I couldn't understand, smoked a fake ciggerette and at 10:30 AM I'll pick them up for a 5 hour ride home.

Going to take a ride over to Ground zero and I'll say a prayer and just thank God I can write on Bogos blog this morning..

God , I love what I do..

Hal Brown said...

I think it is terrific that you are getting into running. Bogo used to be a damn fast marathon runner but he probably won't brag about it here. I used to run but d stopped when the Australian Shepherd dog who kept me motivated even during blizzards in Michigan died.

Two pieces of advice I think Bogo will agree with.

One is not to skimp on quality running shoes and if possible buy them from a store that has a salesperson who runs. Best bet is to go to Boston's Bill Rogers store.

Also, they wear out slowly but surely, you don't notice, so keep track of how many miles you put on them.

The second is that while there is the danger of cars on roads, on trails one small rock or root and you can hurt yourself badly enough to put yourself out of commission for a long time.

It's good to have a back-up exercise like an elliptical machine or stationary bike.

P.S. Nothing personal with the avatar but I couldn't resist it.

Hal Brown said...

For those who haven't tried, you can click avatars to enlarge them, so to read the writing on the one above click it.

As for computer and other electronic device disposal, the Plymouth County Conservation District has one coming up on May 2 (click here for charges per item).

It's too bad there's a cost involved since this idea is to prevent tossing them by the side of the road obviously some people not only want to wait in line at something like this but don't want to spend $10 -25 per item.

(I'm glad Bogo is going to throw his on Tispiquin, not Tispaquin, street).

Hal Brown said...

On my so-called death wish...

One of the things that led me to becoming a therapist instead of a doctor (aside from hating the two terms of the first rote memory course, zoology, which I had to take for pre-med) was curiosity about how the mind worked. This included how people used the various defense mechanisms to avoid anxiety, cognitive dissonance and to keep traumatic memories repressed.

The same time I was considering medicine I was taking undergrad psychology courses and found that not only were they interesting to me but there weren't any five syllable terms to memorize.

I knew if I went to medical school I'd have to learn words like Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis and Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism.

With clients understanding how their thought process works is important.

Unlike in political discourse, persuasion from me is meant to help them not to engage in harmful behavior and thought patterns.

I am often fascinated by how the people I engage in online debate react to my trying to get them to, at the very least, write something back that shows they understand my perspective.

It is interesting how clients never attack me personally when I try to help them if they insist I'm wrong about how they engage in risky or self-defeating behavior (drinking and dating abusive men are two common examples in my practice).

Online with the local blogs it is quite different.

bogofree said...

2 miles

Sounds like you were at a Grogfathers function only quieter.

Inserts are always good for running shoes. Probably the best shoe you can buy is the New Balance 990 - if it is still called that. New Balance was in and still is in the ortho market so the technology was transferred to their shoes. I used them for training and that was 25+ years ago and they were $100 back then. Bought a pair that I think was called 992 a few years ago and it is a heavy shoe. Excellent for road or trails. Have or had (not sure) an outlet in Brighton. I used Nike Terra's for road races. These were ultra light shoes that weighed just a few ounces each. Had a great feel to them. Not a fan of Nike shoes or company but that was the best racing shoe I ever had and they discontinued them years ago.

As Hal said watch the wear. Most shoes break down at 500 miles. Look at the toe of the shoe as the wear pattern will give you an idea of how you are running. Like tires on a car can tell if you need a wheel balancing.

I have been using Reebok Classics for years. Real cheap shoe but wears well. The last batch I bought was at the outlet store and ended up with 3 pairs that cost $14 a shoe. Had a buy two get one free and my AAA card gave me another discount. These shoes are also easy to modify for me. I have to have a special lift inserted at a tapered 1/2 inch angle. Cobbler does it and it costs $85. So the shoe ends up costing $100. Have New Balance sneakers that the same work is done on. Use them as casual shoes.

Running has an obsessive quality about it - much like some obsess over this site, Hal, Suo and so on. I ran some distance races such as the marathon and it physically broke me down. I got into running to maintain basketball cardio and ended up over training. The combination of running 60-100 miles a week and basketball daily broke my Achilles down. After my first surgery I just ran for fun since I knew I could never approach the performance level I once had. So today I might grab the dogs and head down to Freetown for some trails I know that represent New England nature at its best.

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Hal Brown said...

Here's another piece of running shoe advice. Go to Bill Rodger's Running Center (link) for your next pair of shoes - which I recommend because I think he only hires runners.

Be sure to wear or bring the shoes you have been running in.

The staff can look at them and determine what kind of runner you are by the wear pattern, and suggest the best new pair of shoes for you.

The proper shoes can make an amazing difference. You will probably feel it the first time you use them if the previous shoes weren't right for you.

Dog, Bounty Hunter said...

Main Entry: wank·er
Pronunciation: \ˈwaŋ-kər\
Function: noun
Date: circa 1961
1chiefly British usually vulgar : a person who masturbates


Okay, Hal finally crossd the line and should be flogged 40 times while in the public pillory while swishing his mouth with draino. Hal, I'm so shocked. I feel a new Gladys Kravitz post coming on, with 7,398 anonymous comments by Jessie. LMCAO!!!

Dog, Bounty Hunter said...

I'm a wanker, you're a wanker, let's all wanker now.....

OMG, My sides are killing me from laughing.

Dog, Bounty Hunter said...

Hal said it first, Bogo, and I can't help it if I'm a follower and don't think for myself.........

mildly said...

Dog

The secondary meaning of "wanker" in Webster's dictionary is JERK---you know, sort of like what you're being! Grow up!

bogofree said...

My goodness....next thing you know we'll have various definitions for "schmuck." At least no sheep have appeared - yet.

Hal Brown said...

As an undergraduate I used to carry a copy of "Auto-eroticism: A Psychiatric Study of Onamism and Neurosis" by one of Freud's earliest followers, Wilhelm Stekel. (The avatar is a reprint edition.)

I did it of course to shock anybody who might actually known what the words meant.

mildly said...

I laughed so hard at the line form the movie "Frost/Nixon" when Nixon asks Frost (before they go on air) if he was out "fornicating" the night before. Then he looks disdainfully at Frost's Italian leather loafer style shoes and remarks that was what he thought "fags" wore. In the end (after he pummels him on Watergate), Frost gives the ex-president a pair as a gift.

Hal Brown said...

You can look up schmuck in any Yiddish dictionary and on Wikipedia; but in practice when I was a teenager a day didn't go by when we didn't we use the word. None of these definitions really fit except jerk.

Mostly we used it referring to each other, as in "don't be a schmuck" or "you're a schmuck". The meaning was similar to "doofus" which we also used a lot.

Only when we referred to someone we didn't like did it take on the negative meaning which mostly was more like being jerk without the redeeming features of the jerks we liked.

Contemptible is one of the listed meaning. We were so innocent and mostly forgiving in those days even if contemptible was in our working vocabularies (and it wasn't) I can't think of a single kid we'd use it to describe.

How Do We Recycle Computers BB? said...

Pat's draft board is looking good.

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bogofree said...

Here is an interesting list of NFLplayers

Dog, Bounty Hunter said...

Need a new PC. Can I get one that uses Windows but not Vista? All my friends complain that Vista is riddled with problems and that Microsoft had something new coming out on the market.Can't seem to buy WINDOWS XP anywhere.

Hal Brown said...

Dog,

Even if you can find a new PC with Windows XP you should consider that the company has said they will be phasing it out by the end of the year See article here.I have two Macs and suggest you getting one. Most objective experts consider them better overall even if they are more expensive.

You have to ask yourself how much is your time and frustration worth if you get a PC and it has problems.

If you must get a PC I'd go with VISTA even with the glitches because eventually Microsoft will get around to fixing them.

They don't have much economic incentive for continuing to support Windows XP for very long.

How Do We Recycle Computers BB? said...

Make sure you get vista 32 bit and not 64 bit if you use a Palm Pilot and synchronize it with your PC.

Dog,
what in the Clark are you going to do with your old PC? Do me a favor and ask BB over in the Swamp. He has not taken me up on coffee.

Hal Brown said...

As for waiting until Microsoft replaces VISTA with the next operating system I'd say it probably doesn't matter because you can probably upgrade for about $100.

The tech press has been speculating about what Microsoft is up to ( this article of many examples).

All this uncertainty can be bypassed if you just get a Mac.

Hal Brown said...

Plus, you get to say to other Apple users "I'm a Mac person". You don't here anyone saying "I'm a PC person" when they talk tech.

The current Mac operating system is Leopard (link). I case you haven't followed their naming scheme it is always wild cats.

It is an excellent system.

In a year it is due to be replaced with Snow Leopard about which Apple says:

... Mac OS X changes more than its spots, it changes focus. Taking a break from adding new features, Snow Leopard — scheduled to ship in about a year — builds on Leopard’s enormous innovations by delivering a new generation of core software technologies that will streamline Mac OS X, enhance its performance, and set new standards for quality. Snow Leopard dramatically reduces the footprint of Mac OS X, making it even more efficient for users, and giving them back valuable hard drive space for their music and photos."More on Snow Leopard.

Hal Brown said...

You don't HEAR it either...

anonymous said...

Bozo

Are you an offensive site? LMCAO!

If Jessie was concerned about the environment she'd scap that environmental disaster she drives.

anonymous said...

How many jobs would be created for say two years with casino construction? Plumbers, pipe fitters, iron workers, forms, interior work, exterior work. This would be a billion dollar local stimulus.

How Do We Recycle Computers BB? said...

Don't count on it. Large scale contracts have a way of working differently than intuition or expectations would dictate.

I am not getting into a casino debate. Just speaking on construction contracts in general. Much more money flows out state than one may think.

Massachusetts has higher construction costs than do some surrounding states -- or even distant state contractors.

On public projects things go to the lowest bidder. The bidder has to pay prevailing wages, not true union wages.

On private jobs things are "valued engineered." Frequently it is a euphemistic phrase.

Then again I could suffer from misconceptions about which I need to be educated.

Hal Brown said...

"Then again I could suffer from misconceptions about which I need to be educated."

One of the things I like on bogofree is that we're willing to admit we might be wrong when we aren't sure of something.

On some blogs if you own up to not being an expert on some matter you can expect that some opportunistic know-it-all will ambush you with a "you ignorant rube" grenade.

Family Guy said...

If you know it all you will be called JP and BB. Insufferable.

Voters spoke loud and clear on her antics and as far as BB? Think CPA.

Hal Brown said...

I you haven't already, check out Mike Maddigan's "Recollecting Nemasket" blog.

anonymous said...

Mike Maddigan is a find writer and it does represent a stark contrast to the other hack writer who will go unmentioned. His columns should end up in the composter.

Ten in a row, Bogo, and a sweep of the Yankees.

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Hal Brown said...

Sometimes you have to risk rousing Internet Avenger from dormancy into high dudgeon, but it is worth the risk because this needed to be "out there" : it is on Heckuva.blogspot.com.Now where did I put the garlic, holy water and trusty wooden stake?

bogofree said...

.....and Hal will once again do his weekly adventure into the Land Of The Lost.

Hal Brown said...

Let's see if he's awakened from his slumber, has torn off the threads that the Lilliputians thought would hold him and is flexing his McMuscles by proxy on the north end of the BOS table tonight.

LMAO said...

Adam Who? LMAO! Sorry, LMCAO!

Did 2 in 30 said...

Here is a question,
The online addition of the Brockton Enterprise freezes up all the time when I try and read it, takes forever, its like this on 3 computers that I own, It dosn't happen on any other websites, I was just wondering does anyone else have this problem?

Hal Brown said...

Try The Patriot Ledger and see if you have the same problem. It is a similar page. Both have a fair amount of script on them that may slow the loading.

Then go to your Preferences panel and find the menu which has checkboxes for plug-ins, java, javascript and pop-ups. Check all of them and try The Enterprise again.

If it loads faster then that was the problem.

The go back and uncheck all the boxes except for pop-ups.

You need java and javascript for lots of the other websites you use including this one.

Hal Brown said...

Here's a simple way to just check the speed you can open a website page that doesn't have any fancy code on it but does have many pictures.

It takes me a few seconds with a new laptop to download this page because it has some many images.

It takes my laptop one second to open Cute Overload.See how long it takes on your computers.

Did 2 in 30 said...

Hal and Bogo,
An open invitation for lunch Today, I'll cook steaks on the grill.

Anyone else that wants to come over your more than welcome.

Going to be an excellent day out..

Let me know..

Dog, Bounty Hunter said...

Ahhhhh, grilled steaks and a nap in the sun. To die for.

Unfortuately my boss is one of those b**tards who makes me work for a living. So I'll be dining on stale BLTs and coffee in the cafeteria today.

Hal Brown said...

Dog,

I can write a note for your boss seeing that you're so stressed out.

Did 2 in 30 said...

Ah! working from home has its benefits.

The menu has been set.

Steak
Chicken
Hot Dogs
Shrimp and Sauce.

Potato salad
Garden salad

Chips and Dip
Cheese and Crackers

Chilled Hieneken, Bud light, Reg Coke and diet.

Pool is officialy open..

drive-by said...

Hal
I think you're overestimating Adam's ability to bounce back politically. All along people have suspected that his theatrical exit was a staged part of an overall strategy and became skeptical when BB suddenly became his main man. Give us all a little credit. Most of us aren't that easily duped. Adam has a history of making dumb remarks and mistakes that will follow him. And folks in this town have long memories.

bogofree said...

Steak

Chicken

Shrimp

Free refills on Diet Coke!

Thanks, Limo!

Suo MyLanta said...

**TIMES ARE STILL GETTING TOUGHER**

Who does not know someone that is laid off or in fear of loosing their job? Many people are forced into making hard choices.

Thank goodness families do not have to pay another 50 bucks for an imposed tax that is considered by some to be "a no brainer."

50 bucks buys allot of macaroni and cheese, frozen turkey, beans and rice. Good staples for basic healthy calories.

bogofree said...

What about tubers?

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Hal Brown said...

It looks like the state will be raising the sales tax to help with revenue shortfalls. At least that doesn't tax food. Like a gasoline tax it still hits everyone. People of average means may buy less and thus slow down economic growth.

I have always thought that the fairest tax was the graduated income tax so the rich pay proportionally more.

Of course the loopholes they exclusively use need to be eliminated.

Investment tax credits and ways to encourage small should remain.

I can see a case for totally eliminating the gas tax because even those who don't drive pay for it as it is added into cost of just about everything they buy.

bogofree said...

Hal

I have always viewed the sales tax as very regressive. I have been the old line "flat taxer" for years. Flat tax with a huge upfront exemption. As far as extreme wealthy I'd be ticked off if I was a member of the seven figure club. No worry at that.

National tax codes are a disaster all across the board. Reform is a no no since every group with even the remotest special interest exerts their infuence.

As far as the situation in Massachuseets it is totally out of control. Talk about a system in need of a strip down and rebuild. Why even highlight the abuses? Too many.

bogofree said...

I should really check spelling? Or is it spulling? I'll ask Limo.

Suo MyLanta said...

Blame it on the BOS
Where is a good DOR report when needed?

Family Guy said...

There was a message that could have been sent with elimination of the state income tax. The voters fell for the sob story from the politicans, labor unions and too many in the media.

Jessie and her DOR. As though that is the bible to be followed.

Hal Brown said...

You noticed the spelling mistakes in my first two attempts to post this morning.

I don't know about the ramifications of a graduated vs. a flat income tax. I just believe taxation ought to be fair for all.

I can't see scrapping income tax and just replacing it with other kinds of taxes and more fees.

I can see a few usage fees but sometimes they create more problems. An example I've discussed with Bogo is dump fees. The more the dump charges the more it seems people dump illegally.

Some things just don't make sense. It costing $.79 to collect every dollar on the Mass Pike is an example. While toll may seem like a reasonable usage fee as case can be made that all our state highways and bridges benefit everyone even if they don't personally drive on them.

I'd suggest as an experiment adding all the other fees and taxes together, subtract the savings in collection costs, and see how much you'd have to increase the income tax to equal them.

bogofree said...

Fees are backdoor taxes and they hurt everyone. I just don't see the necessary reforms coming out of Beacon Hill nor do I expect any. The abuses have been gone over and over and changes are few and far between. As long as this state is populated with public agencies and quasi agencies that have excessive amouts of connected "employees" expect little change.

As business small or large would be nuts to stay in the state.

Need New Nikes said...

Bogo,
I started a personal blog, When April goes into May does the blog auto archive into months or do you do it? How do you do it if this is the case?

Hal??

Hal Brown said...

Where's the new blog?

If it is on Google blogspot you can set when it is archived and how many posts are shown on the opening page. Go to setting and then to archiving.

I have Heckuva set to weekly.

Need New Nikes said...

My BlogJust an online personal journal.

I found the archive in settings thanks..

bogofree said...

I went to pick up my car yesterday and ran it. 2.3 miles and the first time I have run on a road that far in 25 years. Torture. And this cold is still bothering me. Wheezing when I got home. Hat being on pavement. Did it in 24 minutes or a 10:43 pace.

This use to be part of a course for a training run I use to do when I was 25 pounds lighter and 25 years younger. At this point I had usually done it in 15 minutes. I'd just continue down route 105 and head towards Long Pond Road onto to Marion Road and back to Mboro. I have trouble doing that in a car now.

Hal Brown said...

Rick,

Look this over if you have time or just take my "I'm not really a doctor and I don't play one on TV" word for it and see the doctor.

This is the only way to rule out the causes of your symptoms not going away being that the rhinovirus weakened your immune system and you ended up getting a bacterial upper respiratory infection.

It that's the case antibiotic should know it our in short order. That plus some rocket fuel for the Vette and you'll be at peak performance.

Common Sense said...

Adam is talking about common sense. LMAO

mildly said...

Tsk..tsk..bogo!! If you're wheezing---time for a chest x-ray. Chances are you have either bronchitis or pneumonia. Colds just don't last that long. But you know that! Do you have White Coat Syndrome? CVS has a new minute clinic in the Roche Bros. Plaza in Bridgewater with PAs and Nurse Practioners who can write scripts if you ndon't like MDs. No fun to have a collapsed lung caused by growing areas of atelectasis.

mildly said...

OTOH, Bogo, you could make things more exciting by waiting a couple more weeks so you could develop a pleural effusion. They take about a 10" needle and insert it through your back into the space between the linings of your inner and outer lungs and drain out a quart plus of yellow pus, then keep you on antibiotics and oxygen. Sound like fun?

Maybe I could be your private duty nurse for $65/hr. Insurances usually don't pay. But for you...I'll do it for $64.95. Oh, did I tell you how much I enjoy inserting syringes and IVs? Then I get to cup my hands to get some real suction going for chest PT...5 minutes of beating each lobe.

No mercy!!! LMCAO

mildly said...

Oh yeah...stay off all dairy products. They increase and thicken secretions.

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Hal Brown said...

Bogo,

Don't listen to just me, the make-believe medical professional, but heed the real Nurse Mildy who knows what she's talking about.

Spring is almost here and you'll want to take those trail runs and jaunts in the Corvette with the top down and not be having a 10 inch needle stuck into your lungs to drain the disgusting putrid rotting fluid.

So get your chick poop butt down to a medical clinic.

bogofree said...

Maybe a nice sponge bath would help? Are you on Craig's list, Mildly? Hal can film it or just "gawk."

Off to Dr. Strangelove tomorrow at 9AM. Will get the usual meds. Have had bouts with pneumonia in the past. This thing did feel better over the weekend and had a nice run with no negative reaction. But yesterday? Oh well.

Then again, I was over at Limo's stall the other day. I just hope he translated all those food handling instructions from the pancake breakfast over to his own place.

I think there is a 24/7 clinic in Clark, CT.

LMAO said...

Been real quiet on the blogging front. We need someone to make an idiotic comment. Wait, the Bumkin column is next week! OK, one more week to wait.

Got New Sneaks said...

Just listen to WXBR on Thursdays..

Got New Sneaks said...

From CST,

"Thursday April 30, 2009- We have Charlie Lincoln to discuss pension reform"

anonymous said...

Maybe Charlie will discuss ethics and public employees?

Hal Brown said...

You mean this Charles Lincoln:

Lincoln -- as the state inspector general calls him in his own scathing new report -- is ``a master manipulator." You almost have to admire the guy's genius in playing the system -- if we weren't picking up the bill.

That bill comes in the form of a lifetime pension of nearly $140,000 a year -- or $11,648.9 2 a month. That is an extraordinary payday for a retired a cop -- 55 percent higher than any pension ever paid in Plymouth County -- but the most stunning part is how Lincoln allegedly ``earned" that pension. The inspector general, Gregory Sullivan, calls it ``one of the most significant abuses in the expenditure of public funds and abuse of employment benefits in the history of the Commonwealth."

According to Sullivan, Lincoln fattened his pension by working two jobs at once -- as a Brockton police lieutenant and director of security at the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office -- for three years before he retired in 2004. Just a hard-working guy, you say? Try again. Lincoln is a hack's hack, the Barry Bonds of the Hack Hall of Fame. Two words: sick leave.

from "Putting a face on the need to reform"

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anonymous said...

Obama sys "We don't torture people." Does this mean the Gazette will drop Bumpkin?

anonymous said...

How does someone work a job and call in sick to work another one and do it hundreds of time and everyone looks the other way? Seems like the real issue is in Brockton and with the sheriff.

Suo MyLanta said...

Bogo:

RE: "I think there is a 24/7 clinic in Clark, CT"

The problem with the Clark Clinic is that it is over run with immigrants and ESL teachers.

The good thing about the clinic is that the doctors are required to speak at least 6 languages and are required to be proficient in in the use of mapquest.

Suo MyLanta said...

*****NOW HIRING****

This was in the Help Wanted section of THE CLARK TOWN CRIER:

Wanted:
The influx of swine flu requires Clark Public Schools to hire ESL teachers that are fluent in Pig Latin. Job will entail teaching and interpreting delusional topics.

mildly said...

Want a sponge bath? I use brillo pads and Dakin's solution. Then a long soak in ice water. An ECT could be fun if you want a little spark in your life.

Oh, did I mention that Dr. Hannibal Lector was one of my professors? Shall I arrange a consultation for you?

bogofree said...

Do I have to pay extra? This is beginning to read like a BB blog.

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bogofree said...

Thank you for taking the time to contact me via email. Please know that I welcome your input and appreciate the time you have taken to contact me.

Due to the large number of emails I receive, I am generally able to respond only to those who live within the 12th Bristol District and identify themselves by including their name, address and telephone number.

Should your situation require immediate attention, please contact my office at (617) 722-2460.

Sincerely,

Stephen R. Canessa
State Representative
12th Bristol District
Freetown, Lakeville, Middleboro, New Bedford and Taunton


Yeah, you will certainly welcome my input when you read it. Thanks for the vote on the sales tax.

anonymous said...

Good luck with that, Bozo! Strauss also voted in favor of screwing us over with more taxes. Like BB it's only a few bucks! These characters are clueless.

Rocky said...

Bye Bye Patrick.

From the AP:
"Some of the names that have been circulating (as possible Supreme Court nominees) include recently confirmed Solicitor General Elena Kagan; U.S. Appeals Court Judges Sonya Sotomayor, Kim McLane Wardlaw, Sandra Lea Lynch and Diane Pamela Wood; and Leah Ward Sears, chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. Men who have been mentioned as potential nominees include Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Harvard Law professor Cass Sunstein and U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo of Chicago"

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Rocky said...

I figured that would get you going Bogo

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bogofree said...

Just got a call from Canessa who explained how "difficult" it was for him to vote on tax increases without reform being done prior. Has filed several pieces of legislation that center on reform. Our differences are apparent - he is optimistic and I am pessimistic about this happening. At least he had the you know what to call. Bravo for him! Field the ticked off voter calls gets him points in my book.

Thanks, Rocky. I figured that Diane Feinstein should be on the list but she is too conservative. You don’t have to be a lawyer to be on the Supreme Court. Wonder if Adam could get on it?

Hal Brown said...

I hope he chooses a woman with experience as a high court judge.

A case can be made to try to balance the Supreme Court to reflect the ethnic and religious makeup of American, but it never has come close to mirroring the male/female balance and it should.

That's because men are more different than women than men of one ethnic group are from men of another.

If he can find a black, Asian or Hispanic woman that would be a bonus.

drive-by said...

Hal said, "That's because men are more different than women than men of one ethnic group are from men of another."

I'm not so sure that is so once people reach higher education, professional levels. Knowledge is a great equalizer.

bogofree said...

Just my opinion but our society is making a huge mistake attempting this constant balancing of diversity. Now starting to get to the point where it is becoming absurd. Good ideas run amok.

Hal Brown said...

Since when was "society" trying to balance institutions with diversity?

Decision makers have been trying to achieve a balance but in my opinion the white male dominated society at large has been resisting this.

It's like Lorina Bobbit's is trying to get into their locker room with a meat cleaver or Denzel Washington wants to take their wives on a Hawaiian vacation.

bogofree said...

Hal

I find it offense and downright silly that the current administration is looking under judical rocks to find someone that is "representative" for the SC. Why not just do away with all the stupidity since you have nine members and break it down according to census. Then a sitting president can choose within each segment someone that represents his/her political doctrine? Heck...we now have a position that is slotted for "Black" and we have slots slotted for "women" and, of course, the traditional ones for White males. Open up one of those for a Hispanic and another for an Asian and another for a Gay.

In the meantime I can just sit back and laugh at the absurdity of it all.

drive-by said...

Hal. Have you investigated the hiring and promotion policies of most companies now? Diversity is such a big issue that the most qualified doesn't necessarily get the job. The new minority is becoming the white American male.

I believe that all forms of affirmative action were essential in the last three decades of the 20th century. Minorities and women needed an edge to become equally competitive in the marketplace. But this is 2009 and the days of special consideration should be over. The best person for the job. Period.

Hal Brown said...

Okay drive-by

I'll put investigating the hiring and promotion practices of companies on my to do list along with everything else I dare express an opinion on. I'll have to finish completing my masters in journalism and bachelors in fine arts photography degrees first.

I believe that population growth studies have shown that 100% Caucasians, male and female, will actually be in the minority a few decades from now. However I also think that the notion that white males have suffered to any great degree because of affirmative action is an anecdote fueled myth.

bogo,

looking under rocks, somebody hit you with the hyperbole stone this morning?

Here's something else I'd like to assign to my personal trash heap of mythology. It's that there is actually a best person in the entire world for any job.

l'd like to see a study done to see how many people actually believe this. I bet the results would show many do because they suffer from the Lake Wobegon Effect (link), you know, the town much like Middleboro where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.

drive-by said...

Hal. Please don't take a difference of opinion personally. There are many things we do agree on. You just happened to strike a nerve because in my company I have seen many much more qualified men passed over because of the quota system for women managers. That practice takes away incentive and puts some people in charge who lack the natural apptitude of others.

Hal Brown said...

drive-by,

I don't take it personally and I don't disagree with you. I expect there are lots of examples where someone was promoted or hired to fill a quota over someone equally or more qualified.

I just think that in total if we could look at all examples we'd find that there was something of the Lake Wobegon Effect. How much I don't know.

The most glaring cases come when someone virtually everyone who knows him or her agrees they are unqualified bounces someone else out of a well deserved job.

When it comes to women getting jobs over supposedly more qualified men I'd want to know whether the bosses truly thought they had some needed skills like empathy, ability to listen, creativity and an analytic mind that the men not hired didn't have as much of.

I'd also want to know whether the bosses thought the women's past performance indicated a greater capacity for growth in the position.

All this being noted I am sure there are instances where totally inept women are promoted, just as there are when the bosses nephew or son-in-law is.

drive-by said...

Empathy and diplomacy are not considerations in the cut throat high tech world where competing with other companies for contracts is the game. Management is done by spreadsheet all too often, not by leading. It's a numbers/quota game and is more apparent in companies who do work directly or indirectly for the government as opposed to companies who are competing in the commercial marketplace.

There's a consequence of putting people in lead positions significantly based on some quota mechanism. They tend to manage by numbers and official procedures. They tend not to lead because they haven't spent time in the trenches, don't have the appropriate technical background to be able to lead effectively. Leaders are needed to solve problems, not "managers".

bogofree said...

The biggest problem with inclusion is exclusion.

How many have been denied adavancement in education, Business and government over race, gender and ethnic background?

Sometimes the solution is as bad as the problem.

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Hal Brown said...

bogo ---

"The biggest problem with inclusion is exclusion."

Did you actually make that one up?

Do you mean how many have been denied adavancement in education, business and government over race, gender and ethnic background because they were white males?

If so, good question... just how many are there?

Hal Brown said...

drive-by

All good points to ponder - there are so many kinds of situations and skills sets needed to excel in vastly different jobs that it's impossible to generalize.

Filling positions with unqualified people based on a quota shouldn't be done. I believe Clarence Thomas is one of the most egregious examples of this.

I can only speak from my own experience and common sense. I'll have to put getting an MBA on my to do list to say I'm an expert.

I do see examples of people moving through the trenches and doing a greta job in management, and others who actually get an MBA without such experience.

Isn't the military based on a system where most officers are supposed to jump into positions in charge of small units as second lieutenants after being trained to be leaders?

Hal Brown said...

The bumblebee queen, born in the spring come late fall having mated hibernates in shelters spaces, in tunnels in the ground, behind loose rock walls, or inside various structures. In the spring she starts a new colony - usually less than 50.

Bumblebees only live a year.

bogofree said...

Hal

Yes....I made that up. I also stand by what I stated. Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease or at least the equal.

I believe your opinion of Thomas is clouded by ideological issues. Mine is not. Personally, I think the lot of them should be sent out to pasture.

When a qualifier becomes more an issue of race, gender and ethnic background rather than ability the end result - IMO - will be a negative.

I don’t believe the path to personal guilt and subsequent redemption that inflicts a good portion of our population is via exclusionary practices.

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Hal Brown said...

"When a qualifier becomes more an issue of race, gender and ethnic background rather than ability the end result - IMO - will be a negative. "

Of course. I never meant to oversimplify. I never would endorse an unqualified person for a position because of any kind of quota.

I tried to make it clear that there are generally many equally qualified people for all positions and sometime someone with certain less than obvious abilities rooted in their background and life experience may bring something along with the needed job requirements that the standard issue white male doesn't.

This is more than filling a quota for the sake of filling a quota.

I am not a legal expert, law school will have to go on my to do list. But I do not think my views of Thomas are clouded by his conservatism. I just don't see him as much more than a mediocre justice.

bogofree said...

Hal

Is one of your endorsements for a casino tied to previous injustices against Indians?