The Baystate Objectivist

The Baystate Objectivist

Thursday, January 31, 2013


Um, is it time yet for the Town of Amherst to take down their Christmas decorations?

Beautiful downtown Amherst last night.

Hey! Let's hit the Amherst White Hut for some burgers and fries!

This is Bruegger's bagel shop but it used to be called The Classe Cafe.

The name was more an expression of the owner's sense of humor than an accurate description of the joint, which was essentially a low cost diner with a hippy vibe. But their frothy shakes and greasy burgers were to die for.

Having been confirmed as Secretary of State, soon to be former Senator John F. Kerry made a farewell tour of the state today, starting this morning in Western Mass, a place where frankly he wasn't seen very much over the years. Oh well, nice of him to finally stop by on his way out. Here he is posing with a group of local pols. How many can you identify?

Also attending was Springfield City Councilor Mike Fenton, Hampden County DA Mark Mastroianni, Springfield Councilor Kateri Walsh and former Kerry aide Jim Shear.

Here's an interesting article called "Ten People You Probably Didn't Know Were Addicts." One of them was William F. Buckley.

The much-revered (and reviled) conservative thinker William F. Buckley was an ardent advocate of drug legalization. According to his son Christopher, he was also a pretty ardent user. In his book "Losing Mum and Pup," Buckley fils writes that his father developed a habit of downing sleeping pills, booze and Ritalin later in life in an attempt to moderate his alertness and his sleep. "Pup’s self-medicating was, I’d venture, a chemical extension of the control he asserted over every other aspect of his life," the younger Buckley wrote. His dad died of a heart attack at 82.

Read about the nine others here.

The weather around here sucks today. February, usually our coldest month, starts tomorrow. I wish I could go south for a month.

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