Housing foreclosures are on the rise now that the economy is getting into the real problems - those who lack a job and did not originally overextend on their original purchase. These are the solid citizens who didn’t buy a McMansion or get into some type of exotic mortgage. This economy continues to just spin with no promise of a sustained recovery. There is an apparent reluctance on businesses to make significant capital expenditures and couple that with the fact that stocks are not attractive unless you are a bargain hunter with money and things just stall. Meanwhile government appears to have not curtailed its insatiable appetite for revenues - taxes and fees.
Good economic news is when the bad news isn’t as bad as expected. Like saying your leg has a massive infection and you will never be able to walk correctly but we’ll save the leg.
Marsha apparently did not grovel enough for the local lynch mobs and I could not agree more. Marsha may be a nice person but being nice does not make one necessarily a competent Chair or even BOS member. Seemed on Monday night that Marsha was really not interested in placing this issue to bed by simply saying “I screwed up - forgive me - let’s move on.” Now this will be under the surface for months unless she decides to step down. At least she managed to make the editorial page of the Enterprise.
Hubris: Extreme haughtiness or arrogance. Hubris often indicates being out of touch with reality and overestimating one's own competence or capabilities, especially for people in positions of power.
President WOW is enjoying his respite on The Vineyard and I notice the usually suspects are not around or at least kept at a discrete distance. By that I mean the proliferation of far left Hollywood types - not exclusive to Hollywood - moonbats that infect the island. In the years of Clinton (D- Monica) administration and last year they were out in force basking in the limelight with a fellow traveler or enjoying the spoils of victory. Now? Obama has distanced himself as much as possible from the elitist. He may remain one but it will stay in the closet until something positive happens.
Massachusetts does have a budding race for governor and I know old “One And Out” is attempting to make in back to back wins. I find “One And Out” as about as enjoyable as an evening with Mike Dukakis (D- Tank Girl) reading a legislative bill at 11PM. I know there are some others running and I think two are named Cahill and Baker. I do believe Cahill is one who has jumped ship from the Democratic Party and Baker may be the Republican.
I am a supporter - reluctant - of Cape Wind. Now I am beginning to see some of the costs. I thought the idea was to provide fiscal relief for the populace along with feeling good about going green? The fiscal relief has all the stability of the Red Sox bullpen and as far as going green I now have to wonder about that. Only thing that seems green is the green disappearing from wallets.
Sysco is wandering into our area from Norton and the water issue has been replaced by the traffic issue. I’m sure those who are cautious of increased traffic would probably be concerned about bird strikes with the carcasses falling on their lawns if the trucks could magically levitate to I-495. This project seems fairly straight forward and has the potential for tapping out at a 1,000 jobs. Sysco is far from a fly-by-night outfit. I did get a laugh when it was mentioned that Sysco is a competitor of Cirelli’s. No offense to Cirelli’s but this is like comparing Microsoft to a local computer repair shop. Cirelli’s has their niche which is essentially SE Massachusetts and Sysco the rest of the country. Both are quality restaurant suppliers.
I hate places where I have to pay to shop. I get a pass yearly from BJ’s to wander around and pick up things like a 65 gallon drum of chocolate syrup. Usually the pass is good for thirty to sixty days. I really find few bargains and some judicious shopping can get you better buys at the local super markets especially with produce and meats. I’d probably go more often but as long as they charge I’ll stay away. I use BOGOFREE for a reason.
Justice department. I was at Hannaford’s and witnessed a car almost getting sideswiped by a SUV. Reason? Person on the cell phone and the shock of a near collision made the phone drop out the car. The driver backed up and promptly crushed the phone.
The Enterprise had an insert during the week that highlighted towns in Plymouth County. I paid special attention to the price of homes and condos over the last five years. Some real steep decreases. Then I examined median income and saw Lakeville had the highest (97K) in the entire insert and Middleboro one of the lowest (69K). Maybe we can set up toll booths on select roads?
From Allin Frawley on the Marsha flap responding to Town Counsel regarding his pronouncement that what was being implemented was legal. “Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it right.” I’m sure this is the type of lawyer speak that at one time justified slavery and the right to have women excluded from voting. I prefer to say there is the law and there is common sense and too bad they are often at opposite ends.
The recent rain and wind certainly offered us a garden version of Katrina and Ike. Tomato plants shed their crop rather easily and corn was tossed asunder by the wind. We have many sunflowers and these monsters are comparable to Sequoia trees in relationship to the rest of the garden. One managed to actually take out a section of fence when it went a crashing.
The Sarah Palin groupies and the charmer herself are taking some shots at Scott Brown for what amounts to an inconsistent voting record. To simplify it that means he does not vote lock step conservative nor does he genuflect to the Tea Party. Brown has done exactly what he said he would do and treats each issue independently and votes accordingly.
How ironic that former president Jimmy Carter (D-Bubba Beer) manages to extract an American from North Korea in a few days yet as a sitting president he let 52 languish for 444 days in Iran. What is even more of a condemnation of the four years of utter incompetence is that the hostages were released as Reagan was about to walk up the steps of the White House.