Monday, November 26, 2012

Random Observations and Such

Now That Was Intense TV

Don't know how many people watch HBO's Boardwalk Empire, but I have to say that last nights episode, Two Imposters was 50 minutes of the most intense drama I've ever watched. They never letup on the gas pedal from start to finish. Brilliant!
Image: Boardwalk Empire 3.11
Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson
Things have gotten so bad for the woefully mismanaged New York Jets that even Fireman Ed has bailed.

Fireman Ed
Gee, we'll really miss those J-E-T-S chants.
Is Ed Anzalone a self important oaf or is he finally facing the reality that the New York Jets are a poor second fiddle to the New York Giants? The Giants, in contrast are a well run organization with a terrific coach in Tom Coughlin.  Rex Ryan has proven to be a buffoon along with the rest of the team. Any organization reflects from the top down. Jets owner Woody Johnson is a clown and the Jets are a joke.

RIP Alexandra "Sasha" McHale

Terrible news about former Boston Celtics forward and current Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale about the loss of his daughter Alexandra "Sasha" McHale at age 23. Condolences to Mr. McHale and his family.

Casablanca is 70 Years Old Today

The classic motion picture, Casablanca debuted 70 years ago today. One of my all time favorites.

Humphrey Bogart did not say "Play it again Sam" as is often misquoted. It was "If she can stand it I can. Play it." 

He did, however say, "Here's looking at you, kid." Twice.

And finally, my favorite line from the movie: "I was misinformed."

As my dad used to say all the time, "They don't make 'em like they used to."

Friday, November 9, 2012

In Memory of Kelly Harrison

I've setup this page for people to post their memories of Kelly. Please feel free to post your thoughts, comments and memories below. Please let me know if you have any pictures you'd like posted.

Kelly Harrison, August 21, 1989 - November 4, 2012
Kelly was a great friend to all of my children, especially our son Chris. Our daughters Amanda and Lizzy were friends with her growing up. Kelly spent a lot of time around our family and also got to know our youngest daughter, Melissa.

Kelly was in our home many, many times and she was a part of our family for many years.

The group of friends that all of our children have grown up with and become friends along they way are truly an exceptional bunch of young women and men. We are so proud of all of you and seeing how you've all grown makes us glad to know each and every one of you. You've all been to our home and are always welcome as you know.

For some of you, this is the first loss of your generation and we are deeply saddened for all of you. We all remember Kelly as a warm, friendly girl who was always fun to be around.

We all will miss her.

I'd love to hear your stories and celebrate her life with you.

To all of the friends of Chris, Liz, Mandy and Melissa, please know that you are all such a big part of our lives and we love you all.

To Paul and Carol Harrison, we are deeply sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. And to Michael Harrison, the loss of your sister.Words cannot express how heartbroken we are.

All of our love,

Mike and Moe

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Meet Your New Junior Senator, America!

Hello everyone!

The good people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts proudly present Elizabeth Warren, Senator Elect!!!

MA Governor Deval Patrick - Official Elizabeth Warren Spokesperson - Pull the string  Governor

From the Boston Herald

A jittery U.S. senator-elect Elizabeth Warren gave one-sentence answers, ducked questions and even passed one on to Gov. Deval Patrick in an awkward first press conference since the election.
Warren spoke for a total of less than four minutes during the 11-minute press conference — the rest was taken up by Patrick and reporters’ questions.
After being asked her first question — how she’d protect defense spending — Warren was silent as she turned to Patrick.
“Defense spending is you,” Patrick prodded Warren.
“Oh, that’s mine,” Warren replied.
After Warren fielded the question, Patrick stepped in to answer the follow-up.
“Let me start,” said Patrick, shielding Warren from having to answer.
When she did respond, the answers were often brief.
How does she feel about the high female voter turnout and the election of women in New Hampshire?
“I’m glad,” she said.
Is it surprising?
“I’m glad that the women turned out to vote, it meant a lot,” said Warren.
Asked what impact more women in the Senate would have, Warren punted.
“You want to try answering that?” she said, turning to Patrick, who stepped in again.
Warren wasn’t much more forthcoming when asked about her guiding principles on the fiscal cliff.
“Right now I think the parties are involved in negotiations,” said Warren.
Does she plan to hire women and minorities on her Senate staff?
“Of course,” she said.
What committee assignment would she like?
“I will continue to talk with the leader about it,” said Warren.
But what committee would she like?
“I will continue to talk with the leader,” Warren repeated.
Warren seemed to finally hit her stride the fifth time she was asked about women.
“Let’s get serious here,” said Warren. “This is 2012, and we’re talking about 20 percent of the United States Senate is female. That’s not an overwhelming number. ... We’re on the right trajectory, but there’s still a lot to do.”
Warren also said Sen. John Kerry would make “an extraordinary Secretary of State.”
Earlier, Warren power-walked past press photographers as she got off a State House elevator and went into Patrick’s office, blowing a potential photo op. The press conference also started about 40 minutes late.

From the People's Paper, The Boston Globe!!

After a press conference in which she brushed aside several questions with terse answers Thursday, Elizabeth Warren gave an explanation for her reticence. Speaking to a handful of reporters after the press conference, she said she must be more discreet now that she is making the transition from candidate to senator-elect.
“Listen, all I can say is I was a lot more discreet as a candidate than I was in real life,” she said after meeting with Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo at the State House.
Turning to a press aide, she said: “Can I say that? Maybe it’s indiscreet to talk about discretion.”

Warren made the comments after her first official post-election news conference, a joint event with Governor Deval Patrick, with whom she met for more than an hour.
Warren declined to say which committees she would prefer to serve on in the Senate. After the conference, she said she was still speaking with majority leader Harry Reid about her assignments, but added that she would like to focus on those related to the middle class issues on which she campaigned.
Warren also declined to elaborate on how lawmakers should deal with the oncoming “fiscal cliff,” a year-end deadline to avoid tax increases and large spending cuts in a variety of areas including the military. She said the issue remains under negotiation in the current Congress.
Even when asked about the influx of women into state and federal offices following Tuesday’s election, Warren initially declined to offer her views, deferring to Patrick.
But in a follow-up question, she was more expansive.
“Let’s get serious here. This is 2012, and we’re talking about 20 percent of the United States Senate female. That’s not an overwhelming number,” she said. “The fact that in this campaign and in this Congress, there were debates about equal pay for equal work, over insurance for birth control, tells us that there’s still a lot of work.”
The governor said Warren won her seat because she approached the campaign with conviction, something he hopes Warren brings to the Senate. But Patrick, who made a long and sometimes difficult transition from inspirational candidate to pragmatic governor during his first term, said that does not have to mean a refusal to compromise.
“Guns blazing isn’t the same thing as conviction,” Patrick said in response to a reporter’s question. “Conviction is a set of beliefs, a core set of values from which you make decisions. And that doesn’t that every decision is going to go your way, or that you’re not going to have to make compromise.”

We have 6 years of this to look forward to America. You can thank the good people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for this gift that is sure to keep on giving!!

I don't know if Warren plans on bringing Governor Patrick with her to all her press conferences in the Senate though. It's beginning to look like a ventriloquist act.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Only In Massachusetts. Unfortunately.

Well the people have spoken and here in Massachusetts, they have spoken and proven, once again, that blind loyalty to a political party is alive and well.

Massachusetts elected proven fraud and liar Elizabeth Warren to the United States Senate, John Tierney, whose wife and brothers in law have been convicted of felonies and money laundering, and Joseph Kennedy III who I think is really 14 years old and has about as much real world experience as a 6 year old to Congress.

But he's a Kennedy which means you can actually leave someone to die and spend 40 years in the Senate.

They threw out incumbent Senator Scott Brown who really represented the Senate's few moderates willing to compromise and replaced him with a hard left wing socialist who is hell bent on destroying capitalism.

But the big travesty in all of this is the media.

It was proven beyond any doubt that Warren used at best, an anecdotal fairy tale of Cherokee ancestry to advance her career.

We all know that Mass is the bluest of blue states. What people may not not know is there is a significant amount of blue collar Democrats that can sway an election to someone like Scott Brown quite easily. I had hoped that this would be the case because Warren, aside from her lies about her ancestry, had high unfavorability rankings in polling and that Brown could sway enough voters to his side.

But not in Massachusetts.

Twila Barnes challenged Warren's bogus claims and systematically dismantled her falsehoods piece by piece. Twila proved beyond any doubt that Warren has no Cherokee ancestry.

Yet Warren ducked the question, her minions dismissed Mrs. Barnes as a crackpot, a paid Republican operative and then even took the stance "If Elizabeth Warren says she's Cherokee, then she is".

This is disgraceful and harmful to Native Americans of ALL tribes, not just Cherokee.

And 90% of the Boston the media ignored the story. If it wasn't for Fox 25 Sharman Sacchetti, WRKO's Howie Carr, former RKO hosts Todd Feinburg and Michele McPhee and WTTK's Michael Graham, this would not have had any weight in the campaign.

But liberals do not listen to Howie Carr, Michael Graham, Todd Feinburg and Michele McPhee. They don't watch Fox 25 Boston because it is Fox.

Twila Barnes promises that this has not ended because Warren has been elected to the Senate.
Mrs. Barnes is not going to let Warren off the hook.

Warren needs to come clean and apologize to the Cherokee people for stealing their identity to advance her career.

I don't ever expect Warren to apologize for this heinous act at the expense of those who deserve better.

I am not going to apologize for being a conservative.

Shame on you Massachusetts.

Monday, November 5, 2012

A New Type Of Discrimination In Japan

Taking a quick break from politics with election tomorrow...

I ran across this article on the BBC News website about the obsession with blood types in Japan.

What starts out as similarity to horoscopes degenerates into people making important decisions based on blood types. I don't know of too many corporations who base decisions on hiring and production based on a person's blood type. But in Japan, the land of the over top obsessions, they do.

We all know that some people do base their relationship decisions when it comes to mating on birth signs. Lots of Americans strongly believe in astrology and make daily decisions based on horoscopes or what position the planets align.

But Japan's blood type fixation has caused some to be discriminated against.

Some outtakes from the article:

  • Here, a person's blood type is popularly believed to determine temperament and personality. "What's your blood type?" is often a key question in everything from matchmaking to job applications.
  • According to popular belief in Japan, type As are sensitive perfectionists and good team players, but over-anxious. Type Os are curious and generous but stubborn. ABs are arty but mysterious and unpredictable, and type Bs are cheerful but eccentric, individualistic and selfish.
  • Morning television shows, newspapers and magazines often publish blood type horoscopes and discuss relationship compatibility. 
  • A whole industry of customised products has also sprung up, with soft drinks, chewing gum, bath salts and even condoms catering for different blood groups on sale. It was only in 1901 that the ABO blood group system was discovered by the Austrian scientist Karl Landsteiner. His Nobel prize-winning work made it possible to identify the different blood groups, paving the way for transfusions to be carried out safely. Theorists of eugenics later hijacked his research during the inter-war years, with the Nazis using his work to further their ideas of racial supremacy. It was also adopted by Japan's militarist government in the 1930s to train better soldiers, and during World War II, the Imperial Army is reported to have formed battle groups according to blood type.
  • The study of blood types in Japan gained mass appeal with the publication of a book in the 1970s by Masahiko Nomi, who had no medical background. More recently, his son Toshitaka went on to promote it further through a series of popular books - he also runs the Institute of Blood Type Humanics. He says his aim is not to judge or stereotype people, but simply to make the best of someone's talents and improve human relationships.
  • It sometimes manifests itself as prejudice and discrimination, and it seems this is so common, the Japanese now have a term for it - bura-hara, meaning blood-type harassment. There are reports of discrimination against type B and AB groups leading to children being bullied, the ending of happy relationships, and loss of job opportunities.

A minister quits

Ryu Matsumoto
In July 2011, Minister for Reconstruction Ryu Matsumoto resigned after being criticised for making insensitive remarks. He blamed his blood type.
"I would like to offer my apologies for offending the people in the disaster-hit areas. I thought I was emotionally close to the disaster victims, but I lacked sufficient words and my comments were too harsh.
"My blood's type B, which means I can be irritable and impetuous, and my intentions don't always come across.
"My wife called me earlier to point that out. I think I need to reflect about that."

In summary, a book written by a man with no medical background gave birth to a cultural phenomenon that gave way to an entire nation basing many important decisions on a thesis similar to astrology.

Go figure...

You can read the entire article here