The Baystate Objectivist

The Baystate Objectivist

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Unwarm

Snow on the path past the old courthouse this morning.


Hope the big global warming protest scheduled for Amherst this afternoon isn't cancelled by an arctic blast!



This Springfield couple demonstrate why some people have no business having kids.

Police raided the apartment at 89 Kensington Ave., Apt. 11, after receiving complaints regarding a couple who lived there who were allegedly dealing drugs, Sgt. John M. Delaney said. Officers from the BADGE unit also supplied leads, he said.

Entering quietly through an unlocked rear door, police found three children, ages 2, 3 and 4, playing in the kitchen. They walked into the living room and found the female suspect lying naked on the couch, Delaney, aide to Commissioner William J. Fitchet, said.


Read more here.


Things are not going well in Massachusetts, but the only person who doesn't seem to know that is our Governor Deval Patrick, at least according to the Boston Globe's Brian McGrory:

You like Deval Patrick. I’m not ashamed to admit I like Deval Patrick. To not like Deval Patrick is to not like bunnies and balloons. He is the anti-Christie, unfailingly polite, usually gracious, an ­island of warmth in a churning sea of ­political discord.

But he’s got this small problem on his hands, and it goes like this: His governorship is basically falling off a cliff. It’s unclear whether he realizes this, especially after he said on Tuesday, while announcing a change in his chief of staff, “We just keep getting better and better.”


Read more about our reality challenged governor here.


The media is full of advice these days for how Republicans might improve their standing with Hispanic voters, most of them urging the GOP to abandon what few principles they have left. But maybe the party already knows how to win with Hispanics, all they have to do is follow the model of Texas. After all, the most Hispanic state in the country is also one of the most solidly Republican:

The Texas GOP has a lot to crow about: in a state that’s nearly 40 percent Hispanic, all statewide offices are held by Republicans; about 700 new Hispanic delegates went to the party’s convention last summer; Ted Cruz, the son of a Cuban immigrant, has just been elected to the U.S. Senate; and George P. Bush—who is of Hispanic descent—looks primed for a statewide run.

Read more here. Meanwhile, next door in Connecticut the race for Governor in 2014 is already in full swing, as you can see here.


The Onion is supposed to be a satirical website, however too often it is actually more on target than the real news. For an example click here.


I like this strangely uplifting essay on death, "You Will Die Momentarily." Read here.


The record Thriller was released thirty years ago today. I can't believe it.

Hey Time....Slow the fuck down!

It would be hard to describe how culturally dominate that record was in the early 80's to someone who isn't old enough to remember it. The only comparable phenomenon was the Beatles in the late 60's. The entertainment industry has simply become too varied, democratized by the computer and broken up into niches for anyone to have that kind of mass impact today in quite the same way. Here's the stats:

The Recording Industry Association of America lists the album as the best-selling studio album in U.S. history, with 29 million copies sold. "Thriller" is tied with the Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" for the overall domestic title. Estimates of worldwide sales are as high as 110 million albums sold, Billboard reported.

Read more here.

"I got somethin' I wanna tell ya. I'm not like other guys."




1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Gotta love the "Break The Silence" irony on that flyer---when the 'climate' on college campuses these days is fiercely hostile to any politically incorrect speech.

Now I gotta go bleach that Michael Jackson drawing out of my brain.