Sunday, April 5, 2009

OPEN POSTS WEEK TWENTY

A 14% turnout is a bit low but it was good enough to have Sapataro ousted. IMHO the “Cheap Seats” comment did him in as posters and bloggers seemed to pounce on that. Word does get around. Congratulations of the winners, best efforts by the losers and a thank you to Steven Spataro. You may continue your observations of the recent election on week twenty.

The BOS is always a target and now two new victims start Monday.

I wonder how close the write-in campaign did?

Is Roger Brunelle our local answer for Marian Walsh? The article in the Enterprise on Saturday showed we are getting little bang for the buck unless you add in his 298K Let the body of work speak and that is the PTWS that was developed by a high school kid and has not been updated. Bumpkin managed to bang out a respectable looking site in a short time and that was rejected. I have no idea if outsourcing would be cost effective but I can think of a savings of around $85,000 right away.

WOW spent a few days in Europe and it turned out rather well for him. The big news was another nuclear reduction with the Russians and the Europeans tossing a trillion of their own funny money towards the financial mess. Obama did his best to act statesman like and did a commendable job. But controversy did follow him as the other side of the partnership met with the Queen of England. No - not Elton John - the real Queen. Seems like what stirred the pot was the informal greeting by The First Lady. Bravo to her as the Queen seemed to enjoy it and probably secretly wishes TFL was part of the royal brood. Be quite an upgrade IMO.

Post away.

146 comments:

Hal Brown said...

I added my post-election impressions on Heckuva Blgospot.

Reading a week 19 post about how Jessie and our newest selectman don't agree politically and how this was demonstrated on the Middleboro Review comments, I looked at her blog and see they can't get off flogging me for something I didn't say.

I just found Hal Brown's comment mentioned earlier.

The man is clearly out of touch.

Everyone else gets this issue except Hal.

Can someone explain it to him?


My comment on The Enterprise:

Could The Enterprise follow-up on how other similar town's IT departments compare to Middleboro's. According to our IT director it seems as if ours would cost the taxpayer only about $18,000 for 2010.

I don't follow this reasoning since he seems to be deducting the $298,000 billed to other town departments from his own proposed 2010 budget of $316,000.


I may be many things to some of them, but do they think I am utterly stupid too? Of course I understand that the taxpayers end up footing the entire IT budget. My comment is clearly addressed to The Enterprise and asks them to follow up on getting Roger to explain his reasoning.

Hal Brown said...

I noticed on Middleboro Review that Jessie Powell has no concern about respecting copyright and posts entire articles copies from newspapers.

anonymous said...

Hal

You just noticed this about Jessie? LMCAO! Her and Steve are on opposite ends of the political spectrum and they only issue they possibly agree on is anti casino.

I look at the votes and I can still see that anti/pro trend but a lot closer. Rullo is a independant voice but my understanding was he's a pro. Stevens lost by about 50 and Wayne won by about 50 but the one that goes against that trend is McKinnon. IMO it was the Spataro comment that swung enough votes.

Both McKinnon and Rullo have a financial background so maybe Mimi can sit between them?

bogofree said...

Same as my thoughts, Anon. Disappointing turnout.

Cheap seats comment lost me. Certain folks may be a pain week after week but sooner or later it could be you or I facing the same situation and getting the same treatment.

I see the state police have impounded the ballots so that the write-in count is well observed.

Ready to catch a Fish said...

Week 20 I've changed my name I'm "ready to catch a fish" now..

You have got to love the saga in the media and on the blogs.. everything is about the casino. As I see it until steel is in the ground or The tribe says its over this casino debate will just linger on.

BOGO if you will let me tag along, I would like to go to a baseball game this year. I have not gone in a very very long time.. It might be a good change.

On another note I won't post a picture without someones permission but I have to say she is a beautiful woman when seen in person.

I always had this nasty creature like vision of her. I made up in my mind.

I stood 50 yards from her yesterday and I couldn't get over how attractive she is.

Silver hair,big glasses and that roundish figure Oooh! la la...

OMG! Way to much diet coke last night LOL!

bogofree said...

Mike

Maybe we can try a Rox game? Much cheaper and the beer is just $3. I'm had a ticket via my daughter for 4/8. Yeah...nightgame at Fenway Dump in early April. Forget that.

The new members of the BOS have a lot more to deal with than a casino that is years away - and maybe never. The state is already whining about a 3.5 Billion dollar cut - please don't touch hackerama! The loss will be absorbed locally and all the smoke and mirrors of Bailout/Stimulus will not make it evaporate unless the economy goes 180 degrees. Don't count on that.

The BOS has contracts to deal with and that health care will be a nightmare.

Ready to catch a Fish said...

Would you go out on a boat? I'm throwing in a $$$ share to help out with the expence of putting a boat in the water this year. In return I get to go out and fish the Newport area anytime..

If you like fish a good way to fill your freezer for "FREE"

Ready to catch a Fish said...

My Lifes dream when it comes to fishing.

To be able to go a Great White Fishing charter.

I would even settle for a charter where you get in a cage and feed them while being filmed..

As a diver that would be the coolest experience.

Fishing

Hal Brown said...

Maybe I missed something but I have no idea who this is:

On another note I won't post a picture without someones permission but I have to say she is a beautiful woman when seen in person.

I always had this nasty creature like vision of her. I made up in my mind.

I stood 50 yards from her yesterday and I couldn't get over how attractive she is.

Silver hair,big glasses and that roundish figure Oooh! la la...


I do want to remind anybody and everybody that if you are in a location where you don't have a reasonable expectation of privacy, your picture can legally be taken and published without your permission.

Most of us have been photographed by the media and many of us have been shown in group shots in newspapers and on TV. I even had this picture of me published by the Globe when I went with Mike to the anti-casino rally at the statehouse.

This practice of not using names when referring to people, especially those who are well known, on blog posts is just a convention. It makes no sense since regular readers know who the initials stand for and new readers are unnecessarily confused. There are no hard and fast rules of "netiquitte" despite what Mary Tufts aka Glady Kravitz says, and in any case they are always evolving

Pictures and references to people using their names are two versions of telling it like it is.

Ready to catch a Fish said...

Hi my name is catch a fish and I'd like to do this..

Cage Diving

Hal Brown said...

Beating a dead horse department

I just noticed a change in Blogger. If you click on the photo of someone who has enable access you see an enlargement of the picture along with their profile, rhe same with if you click on their name.

It used to be that for those who didn't enable access Blogger would just show a message that access was disabled.

Now Blogger says:

Profile Not Available


The Blogger Profile you requested cannot be displayed. Many Blogger users have not yet elected to publicly share their Profile.

If you're a Blogger user, we encourage you to enable access to your Profile.


Note that you still can enable access to your profile without revealing your true identity.

Family Guy said...

OK the election is done and not much to talk about except fishing. LOL!

Suo Mynona said...

I am back from my covert undercover assignment.

Hal Brown said...

As someone not bright enough to understand the complex accounting of the IT department, my opinions should be consumer with a mouthful of salt cod.

However I do think on Mondays we will have oodles of issues to opine upon once the post- coital tristesse from our vicarious participation in the orgy of BOS acrimony meeting wanes.

LMAO said...

Adam Who buttons! LMCAO!

Rocky said...

Did the State Police impound the ballots? Don't mess with an old guy.

Hal Brown said...

Whoops, I've been posting on week 19 and wondering why nobody else was!

I noticed Jessie's Middleboro Review is after me again.

I wrote a response on
Heckuva Blogspot.

The more I'm blasted for taking and publishing pictures the more I wish I could afford my dream camera, the $8,000 professional Nikon D3x.

At 24.5 megapixels you don't even need a telephoto lens to crop a close-up from 50 feet away, and it's so sensitive you don't need a flash for indoor pictures.

bogofree said...

Rocky

I'd never mess with you. Ballots have been transfered to a secure government location - GITMO, I understand. I spoke to someone who spoke to someone whose hairdresser has an uncle who has a friend on the State Police and I have a scoop! It's not the BOS or SC or even TM that is the issue it is all about fraud possibilities on the write-in for FinCom. This is even bigger - much bigger - than any Town Meeting From Hell ballot stuffing. This is bigger than hanging chads! They reported a large set man riding a bike and wearing a turkey feather was stuffing ballot boxes with Vote Baldwin stickers.

anonymous said...

Hal. All MR's anonymous comments are written by her. Nobody listens to her anymore. She pushed the envelop too far with that Clark thing.

Tick on my Dog said...

Hal,

Don't let that stuff get to you. just take the source for what its worth.

Sad!

On another note are ticks out this time of year?

Dog, Bounty Hunter said...

Jessie Who? LMCAO

Ready to Fish said...

Is it fishing season yet? LOL!

Dog, Bounty Hunter said...

Baldwin trounced BB.

anonymous said...

Did someone just hear a bign sigh of relief from Moulton St.? Be nice to see BB in the crosshairs. Easy to judge in the past tense.

Good luck to Mr. Baldwin.

Suo Mynona said...

Good luck to Mr. Baldwin and presumably Mr. Phillips will apply for McKinnon's vacated seat.

They are both people that want to participate on a less glamorous board. We need more people of that ilk.

Hopefully Mr. Stevens will apply for appointment to the Fin Com as well.

One of the hardest things to figure out is what things your board has control over. Town Meeting Rules the roost on most issues.

bogofree said...

From BB. Another failed campaign! His campaign manager is posting here and needs to explain exactly why this effort failed.
________________________

"My anonymous coward fans out there on the 'Net staged a write-in campaign to elect me to FinCom. The idea was that if I was busy on FinCom I wouldn't be sitting around complaining about town government. These people are mostly the refugees from the defunct pro-casino Middleboro Casino forum and are well known to me. These guys generally hang on my every word and discuss/dissect every post, comment, and column that I publish. On the weeks that my Gazette column appears, they're in a tizzy for days in anticipation.

All this attention simply because I oppose a project most of them stand to gain from personally.

As the election approached, a Mr. Don Baldwin also staged a write-in campaign for himself. I endorsed him and announced that I wouldn't accept the FinCom seat if I won. Well, the results are in and I have to say that I'm hurt. The unwanted write-in campaign for the uncontested FinCom seat resulted in only 5 votes for me!"

Ready to Fish said...

"All this attention simply because I oppose a project most of them stand to gain from personally."

I am so confused. I thought he went Pro if they give 30 zillion dollars or something?

Ready to Fish said...

someone is playing games on topix.
so a name change is forthcoming.

Suo Mynona said...
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Suo Mynona said...

HUH?

"All this attention simply because I oppose a project most of them stand to gain from personally."

Is BB going to make this accusation more clear. Who are "Most of them" that will gain from it personally?

I honestly could not care less if someone is pro or anti. It is completely irrelevant. The types of things that get my attention are:

*generally agreeing that Middleboro citizens are third rate d*psh*ts

*Saying the CPA is an IQ test for the town

*Trespassing for really cool turkey feathers and saying you missed about two hundred signs three times.

*Saying we have no idea what sacrifice is (maybe he is lucky not to be walking in other’s shoes)

*Saying "In the meantime, it's clear the CPA opponents, at least the ones at the BOS meeting don't actually want discussion of CPA, they want it stopped." AND “more video to come”

What happened to the more video?

The list goes on.
_______

It is great that people both opposed and supported the casino. That is democracy. Most of us are very sick of people relating everything in the town to the prospect of casino.

LMAO said...

LMAO! Sorry. LMCAO!

Take a look at his failed site.
Clark
ESL teachers
+30 Foreign languages
His posting of a giant....
the beastiality.

That is just the beginning. It all starts with the mod. He ramps it up on Limo when he allowed and personally posted a lot worse. He allowed false info to be consistently posted since it was "for the cause."

There are those who put it on the line by running for office, serving on appointed boards and on regional committee's. All he's done is take his shots. LMCAO!

. said...

Suo,

Aids and whorehouse can't be good for a campaign.

. said...

someones is looking for ideas for a shirt.

I say put this picture on it.

LMAO said...

Hey, BB, I just wait every other week for your column. Clarking waste of space. Maddigan should be each week. WTC was JL thinking?

Hal Brown said...

Ever since I started the local blog nobody reads, fans have been able to show their supported by buying a t-shirt here.

There are many other items from buttons to women's panties, and of course, coffee cups, available here.

anonymous said...

Maybe Suo will buy a 3XXX pair of those panties for BB.

. said...

In wool.

Hal Brown said...

I'm watching the BOS meeting and Steve McKinnon.

I am surprised. I don't think I ever knew what he looked like. I must have been confusing him with someone I chatted with holding a sign in front of the post office.

He looks older than I thought he was by 20 years.

anonymous said...

Without your permission, Bumpkin? Is that like "No Trespass?"

North Slope Rigger said...

on Yankees lose 10-5! Tex leaves a load on base and CC gets the loss!

What's with The Dark Knight?

bogofree said...

Yes....it was an enjoyable game and I "watched" it on MLB.com.

You saw that? Dark Knight. We had a poster here who used it so I captured the name for that very special board! Thought it was a great name to use for the fans of convicted felon Steinbrenner. Just started it today.Board is closed one so I'm sure I'll get a message about "switching" names. I'll go back to OJ after awhile or they dump me.

Fish Tales said...

BB,

Wants BOGO to take posting privledges away.

No problem I won't post here anymore.

It would seem, do as I say, not as I do kind of logic coming from over there.

Hal Brown said...

I follow Wareham news because we have good friends there. Want to see what another town is dealing with...

Their town elections are Tuesday. Here's a quote:

That’s no exaggeration. The stakes really are that high. By Tuesday night we will finally know if the will of the people is stronger than the will of special interest groups.
It may sound a bit dramatic to call this the battle for Wareham’s soul, but it’s not. So much is riding on the outcome of Tuesday’s local election that it could hardly be overstated. Time is running out on the power elite, and they know it. This is their last chance to end the investigations into the deep-rooted corruption that wounded this wonderful town for so very long. This is the last chance for them to sweep the sins of the past under the rug once and for all.


Think there's controversy here. In Wareham the police chief sued the newspaper for defamation. It was just dismissed as a SLAPP (strategic litigation against public participation) lawsuit is "a lawsuit that is intended to intimidate and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition.)

They also just fired their town accountant for "issuing a $35,000 check to former town administrator Michael Hartman without proper approval."

LMAO said...

LMCAO! Bratbird....TheRealRaven...Bogofree....and now you have different names on baseball boards. Damn, Bozo, you are worse than Jessie!

Fish Boy. Stay. BB wants you out so you will leave? WTC! This is not the BB site.

bogofree said...

LMAO and it should be changed to LMCAO! I used different names on most boards which is just plain dumb. Should consolidate. Maybe anonymous unless it's been taken.

I had the original ojdidit on AOL but when I went to use it on sports boards it was gone except for my own site. Someone gets a name and it will get pillfered or with so many now on the 'net you have to add to it so you can use it. Some of the sports chats you don't even have to register and ten people could sign on as Suo or Hal.

There is a way on Google to change you name when you sign on but I have not figured that out. Hal will probably tell me how.

Fish monger. I sent MB a comment a few hours ago that sums up my position.

Fish Tales said...

This is his pattern, He knows its my busy season, He knows I have to walk in the Little league baseball parade soon, They did the same thing last year.

No problem.

anonymous said...

From the BB blog. How are each of you going to prosper with this project? Maybe Rocky will get lower taxes?

"All this attention simply because I oppose a project most of them stand to gain from personally."

Hal Brown said...

UPDATE ALERT - UPDATE ALERT - Heckuva.blogspot.com

Tell your friends. Tell your enemies. Write the URL on bathroom walls. Wrap dead fish in it.

bogofree said...

We have friends? I know you have enemies, Hal, but I am universally loved by all.

Maybe Suo can provide a list of boards that have openings for those who wish to get their hands dirty in town functions.

Hal Brown said...
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Hal Brown said...

I know. During one of my photographic stalking forays into the nether world of Middleboro politics, I saw certain camera shy local power broker singing to you, up close and personal:

You think I'm gorgeous,
you want to kiss me...
You want to hug me...
You want to love me...
You want to hug me...
You want to smooch me..

Unfortunately my camera battery was dead.

Hal Brown said...

I really love this scene. No way could I have done what Benjamin Brat did at the end... I would have turned to jello.

Hal Brown said...

Anybody want to go to lunch? Meet me at the Y at 12:45.

If I'm not in the lobby I'm still in the pool or locker room.

Hal Brown said...

So far the response has been - well - let's say at least one other person besides me will be there.

Come on. Make it a coming out party.

Hal Brown said...

If you come at noon and want to swim and aren't a Y member I'll treat you to a day guest pass.

Hal Brown said...

Mark, I can't wait to see you in the pool....

anonymous said...

Hal

Some of us work.

Some of us like anonymous.

Some of us are lazy slugs who could care less about the "Y."

Some of us are anti social.

Some of us are not paper trained.

anonymous said...

This from Smoking Owl on the BB blog.

"What is the signifcance of 5? Does that mean there is only 5 in that group of fans you spoke about? Are there only 5 town residents in that group who could vote? Are there only 5 rats left on the sinking ship? "

Let's see your little group of residents - "1623,"CC and Gladys. LMAO! You are the same character that called those who don't agree with you Third Rate Dips**ts.

As far as fans most, like myself, would not vote for BB under any circumstanes just based on his attitude, his behaviors and the simple fact he is incapable of running a site let alone a town.

My assumption - SO - is that you are also not a resident.

Yeah, third rate dips**ts says it all.

Hal Brown said...
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Hal Brown said...

I just looked at Mark's bog and noticed that some posters could use a lesson in good online manners.

Smoking Owl (is that Jessie?) is calling people here "rats on a sinking ship". "Anonymous" takes the insults a step further and calls people who wrote in the other FinCom candidate "miscreants".

Of course this isn't new on the local blogs. People that are nice to each other in person hurl insults with abandon online, especially when they're hiding behind phony names.

Thinking about why some posters can't seem to resist calling people they don't like and/or disagree with names they'd never tolerate from their own children, I looked up flaming on Wikipedia:

I thought this, from Wikipedia, was interesting:

Causes of flaming

There is no general agreement on the causes of flaming, although a recent study has led to somewhat conclusive evidence.

Some common hypotheses are:

Some forms of flaming can be attributed to deeper social or psychological weaknesses, probably from lack of exposure to a broader spectrum of disciplines that result in self-control issues.

It is noted that Internet users are more likely to flame online than insult others in the real world, as the latter can lead to embarrassment and physical altercations, which online "anonymity" can avoid.

Those guilty of flaming may justify it as getting even for having had their feelings hurt initially, so they see it as doing justice by inflicting serious emotional distress on another.[citation needed]
Some flaming may be done with no stronger motive than to get a reaction from the target of the flame, or for the feeling of power or moral freedom of causing emotional distress to another.

bogofree said...

Anon:

Smoking Owl deleted that comment and apologized for it. Old news.

Our five posters are by far the most literate and informed in Middleboro. A very egalitarian group.

The failing of BB are well documented and legendary. Unlike me - he has flaws. My only possible flaw has been using my good looks to coast by in life.

BB would not have made a good member of FinCom. A disaster and he has just about said so. I would not vote for a candidate with such a limited financial background as Baldwin. His statement of “Being good with numbers” as a qualification I just found troubling. I have had students score 260+ on MCAS because they were “good with numbers.”

I assume I am being classified as a rat? I don’t support a casino so that must not be it. Maybe it is the title of this blog? Don’t know as Smoking Owl is welcome to post and explain why I am classified as such? So in that case I have no ship to jump. Nor do many on this site who are pro, anti and neutral. Maybe Smoking Owl is discussing Middleboro casino.com? Site is up and running as is Casino-friend. The only failed site was the CFO site that died a painful death. Self-inflicted.

Again, Smoking Owl and others who limit themselves to a mutual back slapping society are welcome here. Do war with Limo or Hal.

This article was in The Herald today. I found the quote by Rich Young of interest since he is not disputing the findings.

anonymous said...

Sorry Hal. I couldn't possibly have lunch with a bunch of miscreants. I might learn new ways of being vicious. LMCAO

The internet is what it is.

Hal Brown said...

Sorry more couldn't have had that decadent Dave's Dinner special, a cowboy burger for lunch. Dave's great burgers smothered with mushrooms and onions and with two big slices of bacon.

On a serious note, the issue of racism has come up again and I've been called "patient zero" for the animosity in Middleboro.

Read my response here.

anonymous said...

Hal-
Most of us are anonymous for good reason and want to keep it that way.

For example, in anonymity I can say that IMO you borrow many of your own problems by putting yourself out there.

Do I care about your snitty little spats with BB? Not one bit. It's the same old same old regurgitated over and over again. YAWN! I don't pay attention to little games of semantics. Both of you need to grow up.

Hal Brown said...

I am sorry you think I ought to "grow up" and don't see why you and I can't meet in person to discuss why you think I am immature.

Did you read what I just wrote about racism?

Do you think it is childish to address this issue now that Mark has brought it up and said he considers me "ground zero" in the animosity in town?

How in my addressing this directly being anything less than grown up.

I don't know how to differentiate you from others whose post name is the same.

I beg to differ with you on your reasons for being anonymous. I think there's more to it.

I think in fact you are hiding like this to post your sarcastic and snide remarks ("YAWN") because you are afraid to man or woman up and do it directly to me.

Michael said...

Hal,

I can not write.
I can not write.
I can not write.
I can not write.
I can not write.
I can not write.

Hal Brown said...

Anonymous - another thought:

I think of my exchanges with Mark as debate, not little games of semantics. If they are such, I suggest these are adult and potentially illuminating games.

Semantics is, of course, the branch of linguistics and logic concerned with meaning.

Logic and meaning on a blog. What a concept.

The saying that a rising tide lifts all boats may not apply to blogs, but it doesn't hurt to try to elevate the level of discourse.

anonymous said...

Hal. This is between you and Mr. Bellanger. It is not debate. It is personal bickering. He is the one you need to settle this with face to face. Why don't you invite HIM to lunch?

Hal Brown said...

I've already met with him and expect I'll meet with him again soon. I don't see that as the point. The ongoing exchange I'm having with him (the latest comment this morning) demonstrates this goes well beyond a personal dispute I'm having with him.

anonymous said...

"The ongoing exchange I'm having with him (the latest comment this morning) demonstrates this goes well beyond a personal dispute I'm having with him." Hal Brown

I guess that is the point. That ongoing discussion is between you and Mark. No one else here is participating in it. That should tell you something. Non issue to most.

Family Guy said...

Anon

I see their bickering as a win-win situation. Like a soap opera.

anonymous said...

Good point, FG. I shall sit back and be entertained by all the pathos and drama. LMCAO

The Easter Bunny said...

OK Hal. I've dropped the "anonymous" moniker that so offended you. Going out today to raid the candy counters while you post away on more "worthy" subjects. I mean, what do you expect froma 3rd rate d*ps**t?

Hal Brown said...

I am disappointed that you seem to find this trivial, at best.

Bickering, soap opera, entertained, pathos, drama...

I suggest that you are reading selectively and looking for something that isn't there.

The sidebar of Heckuva Blogspot is meant for the quick read. The actual blogs and comments on them in this case are written to be read more carefully.

Of course anyone can choose to read them casually, but if they do they aren't being fair if they engage in mockery or criticism.

bogofree said...

I found these two quotes from a recent exchange on Hal's bog interesting. They were written by Mark Belanger. Comment on them if you wish. I certainly hope the second is not directed at this blog.

"The town leaders and prominent citizens were out to assassinate our characters and we felt that we were under seige."

"And BTW - your participation in the sites that I consider to be the worst offenders of the manners you espouse - is a breach of etiquette of a more subtle kind - but that's a different discussion"

Hal Brown said...

You can always ask him.

Hal Brown said...

Dear Easter Bunny,

When you use the posting name anonymous you don't make it possible to tell whether you and all the others who post under anonymous are the same or different people.

I don't know for sure who you are even now.

I do know that you can change your thumbnail pictures. I suggest you do what I do. Decide on one posting name and use it all the time and be creative by finding and using thumbnail pictures.

Dog, Bounty Hunter said...

Mark Who?

The Easter Bunny said...

If you really want to know who I am, dash off to WalMart and you'll find a big white rabbit scoffing up the Cadbury eggs. Later.

LMAO said...

No way, Bozo, as he was writing about CF and MC. He has too much baggage on his own site to condemn any others. Hal, Bogo sees him all the time. Knowing Bogo he’s stirring something up.

LMAO said...

Almost forgot. The real news. Bozo, they looked great yesterday and you called it on Okie! LMAO! 100+ wins? NCW! You will have me in the crow market if they do.

anonymous said...

BOGO,

I can not write.
I can not write.
I can not write.
I can not write.
I can not write.
I can not write.

The Easter Bunny said...

Little dark Dove chocolates....to die for.

Suo Mynona said...

All of this stuff is trivial for many of us. That is the joke! This is nothing more than mental distraction (sorry BB and Hal) from everyday life. A chance to laugh.

Some people take themselves wayyyy tooo clarkin' seriously with this stuff. This is not life or death.

If Nemasket, BB, Middleboro Matters, and Heckuva are the NY times and Boston Globe then this is the Herald.

Hmmmmm, The NY Times and Globe are going bankrupt. LMCAO

Suo Mynona said...
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Suo Mynona said...

Hey BB is into farming now!

Old MacBB had a blog
E-I-E-I-O
And on that blog he had a Poster, E-I-E-I-O
With a clark, clark here
And a denial there.
Here a clark, there a clark, Everywhere a clark, clark
Old MacBB had a blog
E-I-E-I-O.

anonymous said...

I will not write.
I will not write.
I will not write.
I will not write.
I will not write.
I will not write.
I will not write.
I will not write.
I will not write.
I will not write.

Suo Mynona said...

Old MacBB can develop organic blogging.

No poisonous comments about going to whorehouses and getting aids.

Suo Mynona said...
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Suo Mynona said...

***NEWS FLASH***
LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE

World renowned ClARK GENERAL HOSPITAL has just completed a 1.5 year study on the effects of reading the Bellicose Bumpkin blog. The hysterical laughter caused extends the life of “d*psh*ts, miscreants and third rate citizens”

A debt of gratitude is in order to Old MacBB.

anonymous said...

Adam is taking questions on Bumpkins Blog.

Thats not a real fair way to answer questions being able to Screen questions and having a chance to work the answers.

No he needs to sit in a very public seat and be asked the hard questions.

How about doing it in an open televised public forum. Would Mr. Bond be willing to do that?

That would be my question..

Hal Brown said...

I hope Adam is unflinchingly honest in his answers and unfetters himself from the chains he describes...

This is what I wrote Adam's Chains.

Family Guy said...

They are a matched set at this point. Adan and BB is a return of the Liar's Club.

Family Guy said...

Even MR has a comment on the AB blog. She can also join the club. LOL!

anonymous said...

I'm confused where are the questions supposed to be posted?

BB Blog?

Hal Brown said...

The questions are posted HERE on his blog.

I don't see any MR question. Where is it?

anonymous said...

MR was confused as I was I posted my question on Glady's blog.. LOL!

anonymous said...

Adam did this a year ago on nemasket and then disappeared. Questions in advance so he can pick his spots which is like a leopard.

Bogo asked a few question on the AB blog and he answered them.

Maybe Adam can have a column in the Gazette? They waste space with Bumpkin so why not Adam?

anonymous said...

Post your questions here

anonymous said...

This is a quote by nocasino on Bond and it sums up everything. Bond came into Middleboro to make a name for himself and he certainly has. Look at his track record. LOL! I may disagree with nocasino and Gladys but they have had this guy pegged from day one.

"This mans ego knows no bounds. I would post on his site but it doesn't get posted unless you agree with his position.

Where was all this talk when he was the point person? This is Monday morning quarterbacking, by the starting quarterback.

An opportunist. The ultimate braying mule."

bogofree said...

Adam Bond has answered questions I have asked so I submitted the following two.

When you enter a billion dollar plus deal you have to know your partners. You know that from your days on The Street. The flags were already up on the Tribe management. There were internal issues and accusations that would lead any savvy investor (town) to dig a bit deeper - especially on the financials. Why was no investigation done on Glenn "The Raven" Marshall?

You were reported to have made some negative off-handed comments at the TMFH that were reported on various blogs. Is that correct? I believe it went something like "They are idiots if they don't accept this."

Sorry - two questions. Answer both or pick one.

anonymous said...

My one question,

Why is CST tracking everyones IP's?

Hal Brown said...

He's enabled the display of the poster's own IP and may be able to see the IP address of everyone who logs onto the blog.

In that case, for example, If he knows my IP, he can see when I read his blog. He'd also be able to tell how many hits his blog gets.

He can't tell how many people listen to his radio show. This give him another measure of the audience for his opinions.

I don't do that on any of my personal websites or blogs, but that is a built in function on the Middleboro Matters message board whether I show IPs or not.

I don't think there anything unusual about wanting your blog to be read and paying attention to hits. I follow this on Capitol Hill Blue to see what subjects people are interested in and to see when I need to write a new column.

I don't assume without evidence that anyone has a nefarious motivation for being curious about who is reading their blog.

Rocky said...

Bogo, if the lead lawyer negotiator on any big deal did not do their homework and put their client in a bind or to cause money loss, the client would sue.

So either the town's "lead negotiator" did his homework and knew about bad things and chose not to tell the public (but possibly others) until now or he didn't do his proper research or call the cape cod times and the client should be mad at the possible malpractice.

The stuff about Marshall and about the tribe was all public. Hal had a link to something about how the cape cod times had the information years ago.

Now he blame others.

Oh yeah Bogo, as a retired person I resent the comments about retired people should go fishing or what ever that idiot said. If Bond hates old people that's his problem. Stay out of Oak Point.

bogofree said...

Rocky

Didn't Bond make a big push at OP when he ran for office?

I hate fishing. Hate it. But I like retirement.

I agree on the info. I found "stuff" on Raven with just my limited search skills. There was enough to question.

Revisionist history at work, Rocky.

Rocky said...

He pushed at Oak Point. Pander is more like it. Tell the people what they want to hear and then let the real feelings show when he tells someone they should stay retired because they are too old.

LMAO said...

Hey, Bumpkin, you left out confirmed liar in your JP quote.
LMAO!

anonymous said...

"The interview ends, and Bond’s wife and producer, Victoria, escorts Frank out.

“Did you enjoy yourself?” she asks, as they ride down in a cramped elevator together.

Frank shoots her a glowering look. “No,” he replies curtly

Outside, Victoria tries to apologize; her husband didn’t mean to offend, she says. Frank, unmoved, disappears into a late-model S.U.V.  The producer returns to the studio, her eyes full of tears"

anonymous said...

Old Bondo answering some questions. Love it. I've made a few mistakes but it's all the other guys.

Bumpkin quoting Jessie Powell. That just shows you the level he's at. Otherwise it was a nice column.

Misuse of Nexis Software is in the news. Looking up info they should not look up in a school system. Wonder if JP and MT bought that stuff?

Nice poem, Suo. Clarking funny. Another Bumpkin diss? Certain people can dish it out but can't take it.

anonymous said...

I'll admit it. I buy the Gazette to read BB. Not that he is entertaining but because I support the casino and still do. After several months I'll not stop buying since I find his articles of little interest. Now he quotes JP! I have no idea what Jane Lopes was thinking?

Suo Mynona said...

I have yet to read the Gazette. It appears Old MacBB made some funny comments to make everyone laugh?

Was it an organic column, free from bellicose remarks?

My interest is really piqued I can hardly wait. It almost makes me want to go out and trespass.

Suo Mynona said...

Old MacBB did such a good job making a rap song about the cheap seats comments maybe he can make one about himself and whorehouses, d*psh*ts, and trespassing.

Old MacBB had a.......

(PS the cheap seats commnent was wrong. But Old MacBB has many far worse comments about the average Middleboro citizen)

bogofree said...

What a lousy game. I read the column and the fun part was his quoting Jessie! Talk about a credibility gap! LMCAO!

I guess we'll hsve to wait for further disection from Suo on the column.Suo is our main mean spirited poster. Rocky is close, though.

Adam Bond has been taking questions and answering them.

bogofree said...

Keeping Suo away from a BB column would be like telling a dog to disregard a New York Strip Sirloin.

Suo Mynona said...

Old MacBB Column Review

He did a good job.

It looks like Old MacBB produced the type of article he was brought on to write: Middleboro as viewed through the "casino prism" -- a good article in that regard. It will engage many who understandably hang on every latest shred, occurrence and machination of all things casino related. “All Casino All The Time." Similar to when the Boston Globe had a daily column called “All OJ All The Time.”

The strident pros and antis need to step back realize that the bulk of the town’s population does not view everything and everyone through a casino prism.

I have previously noted that BB knows more about the casino than I ever will. Now Old MacBB just needs to realize that some people know more about certain things than he does. He needs to learn it does not mean you have failed “an IQ test” or are a third rate d*psh*t citizen if you disagree with him.

++++++++++
Bogo called me mean spirited. Oh the depths to which I must be sinking. Where is my nitrox scuba tank -- maybe I will even need tri-mix gas?

I still believe that Old MacBB insulting the townspeople is wrong. For that I make no apologies.

anonymous said...

Suo,
Do you dive? I am putting together my equipment now, Matter of fact I'm picking up my tanks and regulator soon from the shop.

Thats my real hobby, I love diving Last year I had my 5 year old sitting on the bottom of the pool with me. We were just sitting there looking at each other doing the hands signals I would signal you OK? He would put his thumb up LOL!

This year I got him his own set up by 8-9 years old I plan on an open water dive up the NIP with him. Maybe sooner he loves it.

By summer I should have a complete set of equipment. I really just need a wet suit, I have everything else.

If you ever want to go up the North Shore and get lobsters let me know I'll put in for a 10 pot licence thats just a matter of doing online.

I know some good spots around Revere, Marblehead areas.

anonymous said...

I hope this works.

Down in Aruba I seen sights like this. I would really like to dive Costa Rica or Australia Great White cage diving. I also want to dive Cuttyhunk and see Stripers.

RI to see Fluke attacking there prey. They say Fluke is the most predatory fish. I always thought Blues were tough until I seen films on Fluke.

This is why people dive

anonymous said...

Here is a thought?? The canal during the tide change.

It would be like underwater white water rafting without the raft.

LOL!

bogofree said...

Mean spirited? why never! I was just stating the tag given you and your fellow posters by BB. I left off the ridicule part. Naturally, I take no responsibility in all of this.

Adam is accepting questions so go to his blog and feed his ego. He's having an ego contest with Bumpkin.

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Suo Mynona said...

Old MacBB had a bike
E-I-E-I-O
While on the bike he saw no signs
E-I-E-I-O
He went looking for turkey feathers
E-I-E-I-O
Police were called and all was cool
E-I-E-I-O
He said he missed those signs before
E-I-E-I-O

bogofree said...

As I had stated...mean spirited.

Now I'll be humming that tune.

Hal Brown said...

I consider one of the most reprehensible, noxious, and defamatory posts about me yet to date, one that not only disparages my professionalism but my sensitivity to the feelings of people with disabilities.

How is an anonymous poster worse than you standing and gawking at some of the clients that I have brought to the YMCA when you should know better as a professional?

As I think all of you know, I would never stand and gawk at any of the several people that come to the Y with people who are caregivers of one kind or another.

Unless it totally slipped my mind, I don't think I ever saw Jessie at the Y, let alone more than once as the post implies.

By chance, just an hour ago when I went to swim (but didn't because the lane was being used) I think I saw her van parked neared to the entrance but I didn't see her inside.

I believe an explanation of this horrible accusation is called for.

The link to Nemasket.net, where Jessie has a lot more to say about me, is here.

anonymous said...

Hal

Many of us wish not to sign up at Nemasket.net. You need to be registered to post and to read.

Consider, Hal, who posted the comment.

Looks like you have infringed on her territory, Hal. This will be as productive as posting did with MT.

anonymous said...

Hal

Put those posts from Jessie out on your blog. Maybe even post them here as this is an open board. Both places.

Hal, I have some serious differences with you regarding supporting a casino and you professional status but this is so far over the top it needs to be addressed. Away from casino issues I find your posts informative and your humor more profound.

bogofree said...

Hal

Is it worse than anything I posted on you? I'll be #2...but, then again, many folks have already said I'm a #2.

I am no longer a citizen of Nemasket Nation or is that Banana Republic? Same with others. Some don't care for the eye in the sky approach to some sites.

anonymous said...

Hal
Are you 100% sure it was her that wrote that?

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Suo Mynona said...

Hal:

We are still waiting for an explanation about Clark, Ct and 100 ESL teachers.

If you think you are going to get an answer then you will also believe that Old MacBB posting a pic of a farm animal in an unnatural relationship with a farmer was acceptable and "superior blogging"

bogofree said...

Suo is once again reminding us all of the old axiom of do as I say not as I do.

Hal Brown said...

Yes, I am sure she wrote that. I try to respect creative rights by not copying posts from other blogs without permission.

She now says I stood by the side of the pool and stared at some special needs people she had in the water a few times, far different from gawking. I didn't recognize her.

I don't deny seeing special needs people in the pool, often with their caregivers. I also sometimes stand and talk to the life guards after swimming.

It makes sense that I'd be looking at whoever is swimming in the pool considering the fact that the life guard is always supposed to be watching the pool if there are people in it, not the person they are talking to.

So we have conversations with us both looking at the people in the pool.

Not to condemn any one person because this holds true for everyone myself included: it's very common to look for the worst in a person's behavior if that's what you expect from them. People may not be conscious of doing this but they can easily misinterpret what they see.

The Easter Bunny said...

Hal

You may be within your legal rights to take pictures of whomever you want whenever you want even without their permission. It is damned rude, however, and disrespects people's privacy.

As to the other matter of your "gawking at people with disabilities", I believe that was a figment of MR's imagination. From what little I know of you, I honestly believe you are more sensitive than that. MR is looking for an excuse to besmirch your reputation, and if you ask me that accusation is a pretty low blow.

anonymous said...

The vision: Her in a bathing suit.

BOGO? Be honest.. LMCAO

anonymous said...

"You may be within your legal rights to take pictures of whomever you want whenever you want even without their permission. It is damned rude, however, and disrespects people's privacy"

Hal,
Please don't ever take a picture of her in the pool.

That might be a little much.

Hal Brown said...

With a few exceptions, people should have no expectation that they won't have their picture taken and published when in a public place.

I am surprised anybody posting here would take this stance.

I'm not talking about paparazzi. I'm referring to candid photography of ordinary people going about their lives or participating in great events has a long tradition as an art form.

I suggest those who disagree look up street photography on Wikipedia.

One of the most famous such pictures by Alfred Eisenstaedt taken in Time Square on VJ Day is on the right.

Family Guy said...

Gladys has not given up on her Bond hunt. She has been at his heels from day one and she has been right on Bond since day one.

Nice questions, Bogo.

Now BB is his best bud. Et Tu Bondo.

drive-by said...

Hal

Jessie is the only poster I know who takes up more blog space than you. It was painful reading the exchange between you yesterday. An economy of words might be more effective.

anonymous who? said...

It's driving me crazy that everyone is talking in one word abbreviations now: CFO, IGA, CPA, DOR, etc., etc.

Well, IDKWTCYPATAHTT!!! GTD?

Suo Mynona said...

Here is a great link for CPA

Old MacBB never found this link for some reason

http://www.hks.harvard.edu/rappaport/downloads/cpa/inquiry.pdf

According to Old MacBB it should be a "no brainer" to understand. If you can't then you failed an "IQ Test" and are a third rate d*psh*t citizen.

bogofree said...

You are not going to post information that may put your position in a negative light. Seems to be a history with some.

Hal...you are wasting your time attempting to have a reasonable discussion with folks that sincerely dislike you.

Hal Brown said...

It's not going to kill me to attempt to have a civil dialogue. The only cost for me is a little time and effort, and the potential benefit should go without saying.

It's unlikely anybody will change their minds, whether about me or my opinions.

If they dislike me, I suggest that understanding the point of view of someone you both disagree with and dislike can be worthwhile endeavor.

We have seen bad behavior on both sides. I admit some of my behavior taking pictures was rude. I made the decision to document events despite people's objections. I don't think the other allegations against me hold much or any weight.

It would be nice if people on both sides were willing to be honest about things they did which made others uncomfortable or angry.

mildly said...

Hal

I appreciate your willingness not to photograph and publish pics of people who object. As a woman, I would be very upset to see an image of me on a blog where my hair, make-up, and clothes were unbecoming. There is a lot of truth in the old adage, "Vanity, thy name is woman".

Bogo is right about how fruitless it is to try to have a discussion with someone who has it out for you. It just seems to give them more ammunition to further target you.

mildly said...

Happy Easter, Pesach, and/or Vernal Equinox to all!

anonymous said...

Hal

Even my dog learns quicker than you do.

Didn't your experience with MT tell you anything?

Maybe you just enjoy the action? I don't know. But with some you are the enemy and always will be.

Hal Brown said...

Mildly,

You must have misunderstood. I decide what to publish based on how interesting the subject is and whether I think it tells a story.

When I just want to show who someone is I usually have several pictures to choose from and I pick one that is flattering.

I will at times be perceived as rude and inconsiderate in my photo taking.

This is always a balance. I plan to write more about this on Heckuva Blog.

mildly said...

You're right, Hal, I did misunderstand what you wrote.

Being a very camera shy person who doesn't like to be the center of attention, I would not like to see a close up of me on the internet. Fortunately, I am not newsworthy and have learned to blend into a crowd........no change that....I tend to avoid large crowds.

As to who should be considered a journalist.....I guess that Dan Kennedy has made me realize that the lines have become blurred with the dawn of the age of documentation by blogging.

I guess I can see both points of view in this argument.