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A Confederacy of Fakes: The U.S. Congress’s Gang-up on a Woman

(1) julia piersonThere’s lots of things that should get Congress upset starting with Russia’s increasing aggressiveness and isolation, China’s military expansion and suppression of rights, the millions of refugees driven from their homes by war, the failure of the Arab nations to fight for themselves, the looming Ebola crisis, the unfairness of the U.S. tax laws, the FBI’s secrecy, the dire condition of our infrastructure and the waste in and effectiveness of our military, to name a few issues.

These are important issues that require deep consideration and can be addressed in a bipartisan manner in the interests of all Americans. But expecting Congress to spend time on serious issue is like expecting your kid to avoid the temptations of college life. It just won’t happen.

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Patriot’s Update: Brady’s Peril

2014 09 05_0219Don’t say I didn’t tell you that the Mankins trade, or money dump, was a big mistake. Imagine being in Brady’s shoes and standing in the huddle and talking to the offensive line that is supposed to be your defense against those monsters on the other team intent on driving you into the grounds. You are 37 years old and as expert as any in the game in the art of quarterbacking. You know how important the line’s role is and you look at two of the members who were playing in college last year, 22 or 23-year-old kids. You used to look at an old grizzly bear-type who was meaner than the proverbial junk yard dog but now some kids are smiling at you. That just about summarized the Patriot’s predicament which is Brady’s loss of confidence in his protection.

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How I Decide To Vote: Would I Like To Have A Couple of Beers With the Person: Part One

2010-10-18 10.21.44I’m a registered Democrat. I started out that way. I could never change. To do so would be akin to changing my religion. That doesn’t mean I vote as a Democrat all the time. When it comes time to vote I’m a mugwump. When I read Felix Frankfurter Reminisces I was happy to read that he too described himself as that. By the way if you are interested in American history especially from the viewpoint of a brilliant lawyer then that book gives a candid insight into some of the major players of the first half of the 20th Century.

In looking back over the years I’ve voted the person more so than the platform. In trying to determine what standard I’ve used for the most part I’d have to say it came down to deciding when all other things are close to equal it who is the candidate I’d like to have a couple of beers with. I suppose that’s why so many clever rogues get elected. You feel if you went out to a bar with them you’d have an enjoyable evening.

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Lost in Time; The Donbass Region of Ukraine:

(2) Donbass MinersThe photograph to the left is of miners who work in the Donbass region of Eastern Ukraine, the part of that country that is suffering most from the Russian invasion. That photograph is included in a group of photographs taken by a young woman, Valeriya Myronenko.

Business Insider has the rest of them and the story behind them. It starts: “If you told Ukrainian photographer Valeriya Myronenko  six months ago that Donbass, the region in eastern Ukraine where she grew up, would erupt in a war, she wouldn’t believe you. Now, with conflict raging between Ukraine and multiple separatist movements, it has become apparent that the unthinkable has come true for Myronenko.

Myronenko, who now lives in Toronto, stayed with her family in Donbass for four months this past spring and summer and witnessed the region deteriorating firsthand, she tells Business Insider.”

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Judging Lies in the Whitey Bulger Saga: Part Two of Two.

IMG_1922Weeks told us criminals lie. Flemmi’s a major criminal so he’s a major liar. He was good at it. He lied to women very close to him and lured them to their deaths.

Judge Wolf tried to decide when Flemmi was lying and when he wasn’t. It came down to nothing more than guess work if he had no other facts to buttress his findings. To keep the system running, we pretend judges have some sort of crystal ball that gives them the answers.

Take Whitey another criminal. How do we know when he’s lying? We must look at other facts. He said he had nothing to do with murdering Deborah “Debby” Hussey. His man Friday Kevin Weeks and his partner Flemmi said he did. Three men who are liars telling a tale. How do I decide where the truth lies?

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Judging Lies in the Whitey Bulger Saga: Part One of Two.

IMG_1918How do you tell if a person is lying?  If you met a stranger and engaged in a conversation with her could you tell whether she was lying or not? Have you ever believed what you were told and then found out it was a lie? When you hear a politician making assertions do you know if she really believes what she is saying? Do we have any fool proof system that tells us when a person is lying or not?

In putting together my thoughts on the Whitey saga, I have to decide how I am to go about deciding where I believe the truth lies. There are more lies in the saga than pre-ordered iPhone 6s. All criminals lie. It is second nature to them. They don’t even know they are lying. Take John Martorano, he tells us he is a good man and thinks we believe him. The foundation of this saga is built on lies. Most of what we know comes from the mouths of criminals.

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Solution For Patriot Tedium: How to Enliven NFL Games and Other Thoughts

beyonce-style-transformation-620km020113-1363298126It’s pretty bad when you watch a Patriot’s game now and the most exciting part of it is seeing Bob Kraft and his son Jonathan in the owner’s box with some Hollywood personality. Who was it yesterday? Bon Jovi, Johnny Depp, Phil Silvers? No, it was Mark Wahlberg making an appearance. Wahlberg a former Dorchester tough turned good guy was a clever first start after the Ray Rice slugging scandal. He’s done a lot of good works with charities involving women and has kept his street combat to those of his own sex. So now the NFL and Kraft have to take it one step further.

Roger Goodall has been telling the owners to start showing their “be kind to women side.” I expect then that we will start seeing some of the female sex gracing the owner’s box. I’m looking forward to the next home game to see who might come and sit next to Bob. I’d like to see someone like Beyoncé or Rihanna. Wouldn’t that be as exciting as seeing the game the way it is now played.

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FSU’s Big Pig on Campus

(1) fsu(1) blue ribbonIt was a big laugh-in early in December of last year when the Florida prosecutor announced he was not going to bring the case involving rape allegations against Florida State University (FSU) quarterback Jameis Winston to a grand jury. Everyone was relieved. They knew the sports writers were unconcerned with off the field conduct. They would cast their votes for Winston honoring him with the Heisman Trophy. They rather should have put a blue ribbon around his neck like they do at state fairs.

Winston had been accused of raping a woman. The evidence was pretty solid. The woman reported being raped shortly after it happened. She didn’t know who did it or where it happened having met the man at a bar. Bruises were appearing on her body and semen was found. The cops did nothing since they had nothing to go on.

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The Whitey Bulger Story: A Vacuous Tale of Lies

Whitey Being Introduced To His New Friends

Whitey Being Introduced To His New Friends

Tonight I’m told the CNN network will present a program at 9:00 PM for an hour or two about James “Whitey” Bulger. I hope to watch it. I don’t expect to learn anything from it because there’s nothing new to find out. But I will watch it and let you know what I think of it.

If you’ve read any of my recent posts you know that much about Whitey has been made up out of thin air. One book Black Mass started it and the others dutifully copied parts of that book. The original book was all over the place making up conversations and putting them in quotations as if the authors had a transcript of them. I always thought that was all right for fiction but in a book that is supposed to be non-fiction it doesn’t really fit. As I learned more and more about this subject I realized Black Mass should have been published as fiction.

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Decrying Hacks: The Breaking of America

uss americaTwo articles I read in the news yesterday that are seemingly unrelated came together in my mind. The first was by Tom Keane in The Boston Globe about the rancor between our political parties.  He noted it wasn’t something new and talked about the pre-Civil War days when the members of Congress had difficulty restraining their open hatred for each other.

Keane pointed out appropriately that issue facing the nation back then was a monumental one: slavery. It was one that struck to the core of what our nation was about. There could be no compromise, tempers flared, physical violence awaited the misspoken word, swords would eventually be drawn and a bloody war would follow.

Keane’s point is that nothing like that great issue exists today. The problems that do exist are such that people interested in our country’s future should be able to work together and find compromise. The bitterness between the parties is not justified by events which we are facing.

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