Thursday, October 2, 2014

Government Abuse of Power

For John, BLUFSo much for Free Speech.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the pages of The Washington Post we have an item on FCC regulation of broadcasting stations.  The story is about the FCC wanting to ban the use of the Football Team name "Redskins" (or Skins to those of us who have cheered them on in the past).  But this is the most disturbing part:
Washington insiders know that the FCC often regulates by a “raised eyebrow”; publicly telegraphing its concerns, and counting on broadcasters — fearful of delays or even failure to renew licenses — to take appropriate steps without the need for formal agency action.
Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  If they want something to complain about as insulting, what about US (as in United States) Route 1, passing through Virginia being named after that traitor, Robert E Lee?  Some State Route would still be offensive to me, but not as offensive as this current naming.  You don't have to had family here 1,000 years ago to be offended by something.
  Yes, I grant you that some see him as a Virginia Patriot, but he turned his back on the United States, on the Union.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Small City Shocker

For John, BLUFThere has to be more to the story.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This from KTLA, out in Los Angeles County:
Mayor of Bell Gardens Fatally Shot in Domestic Dispute; Wife Questioned and Released
I remember Bell Gardens.  I always thought it was a neat name.  City Life host George Anthes would like it.  Within its 2.5 square miles it allows casino gambling.

Hat tip to Memeorandum.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Lowell is 14.5 square miles.

How Do You Rule?

For John, BLUFBeing a judge is not all that easy.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

How do I play this game without violating copyright laws?  Oh, well, here goes.  In The [Lowell] Sun Columnist Michael Goldman gives us "Judgment day is here and you're making the call".  This is from this last Sunday.  You can find the column on line here.
This is the second of a new regular monthly feature in which I find stories in the news and you get to decide what you would do based on your personal beliefs and value system, were you making the call as a judge in the case.
I don't remember the first one.

Anyway, here goes.


Reducing a sentence for extortion.  The convicted is a "made man" with two decades in jail for a crime he didn't commit.

DISCUSSION:  How do we know he is a "made man"?

RULING:  A miscarriage of justice is a terrible thing and the individual should seek compensation from the State, and if laws allow, and they should, go after anyone who provided false evidence or suppressed evidence.  They deserve to lose their job, if nothing else.  But, that is aside.  The sentence stands.


Should the U.S. Tennis Association hold the national tennis championships on Yom Kipper.

Discussion:  I don't think youth sports should be on Sunday mornings, but they are.  We are a pluralistic nation and we can not burden one with the religion of another.

RULING:  Let the games commence.


Man hits pier and kills two, while drunk and speeding.

DISCUSSION:  Was the lighting on the pier in violation of some law or local ordnance?

RULING:  If the lights were legal you must turn a blind eye to the appeal.


Should Roger Goodell go?

DISCUSSION:  We are past the time for rational discussion on this issue and there are no adults to step up and say so.

ADVICE:  Turn it over to Condi.


A supposedly successful vice president is found to have fudged his resume regarding schooling.

DISCUSSION:  He lied on his application and his company is not that happy with him, since HR is being allowed to get rid of him for their own bureaucratic reasons.

RULING:  He is gone.


Convicted killer Oscar Pistorius is still eligible to compete for his nation during the next Olympics trials.  Should his conviction matter or just his speed?

DISCUSSION:  The Olympics are about sportsmanship and Mr Pistorius wasn't very sporting when he shot his girlfriend, who was in the other room.

RULING:  Oscar is out.


Speeding bikers in New York City—probably Couriers—and the mayhem they cause, including injury and death. Now Boston Bikers are asking for more bike lanes.

DISCUSSION:  OK, so NYC is messed up, but how is Boston doing?  Further, how would that impact both auto traffic and auto parking?

RULING:  If you don't have madmen on bikes, and you won't make the auto traffic worse, then go ahead.  As for Lowell, it is still an open issue and we should hold where we are.

By true way, Mr Michael Goldman didn't do us the courtesy of leaving his EMail.  Maybe I can track him down on line at Goldman Associates in Boston.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Killing Civil-Asset Forfeiture

For John, BLUFThis should be a bi-partisan issue.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

We all remember past discussions of the Caswell Motel, such as this item talking about Civil-Asset Forfeiture Laws, and this one talking about how after Federal Attorney Carmen Ortiz harassed the Caswell Motel the owner sold the business, with the motel to become a bowling alley.

Civil-Asset Forfeiture is an example of a good idea, an apparently good law, grown out of control.  Another example is the RICO Statute, designed to go after Mafia type organizations.

In Sunday's edition of The [Lowell] Sun is an opinion piece by Attorneys John Yoder and Brad Cates, headlined "Kill the monster that was our baby", about Civil-Asset Forfeiture.  It is worth reading.

Aside from the fact that all Laws should have a Sunset Clause, we need to ask for great care in drafting laws.  And we should step back when we seem to be targeting a class of criminals, to ensure we are not going to also sweep up law-abiding citizens.

Regards  —  Cliff

"These are not the changes you are looking for"

For John, BLUFChange requires voters to act differently.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

On City Life this morning Host George Anthes condemned various Republicans in the City, including your's truly, for not supporting worthy Democrats for the General Court.  OK, that is an approach.

Then, with a couple of minutes to go in the show there was agreement by those on the show about how corrupt things are down on Beacon Hill, which results in our road repair monies not being properly and effectively spend.

I don't think they saw the irony in their positions.

Which leads us to a letter to the editor in today's edition of The [Lowell] Sun, from Mr Rick Green of Pepperell, responding to a Column by Mr Peter Lucas.  Mr Lucas was all up in the air over a mailing by Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, of which Mr Green is Chairman. The Mass Fiscal Alliance has been pointing out the voting records of current members of the General Court.  For example, voting to index the gas tax to inflation (Hint:  Vote YES on Ballot Question 1).

Here is an extract from the letter:

I also had to smile, noticing Mr. Lucas' choices to ignore decreases in local aid on Rep. Arciero's watch, to gloss over Rep. Arciero's indexing the gas tax to inflation, and to fail to even mention Rep. Arciero's vote to make committee votes unavailable to the public.
That last one is especially troubling.  Why should committee votes be secret?  What happened to the idea of transparency in government?

If we don't like the direction of our Commonwealth, but we keep voting the party in power back into office we are not likely to see the change we think we are looking for.

Regards  —  Cliff

  The Democrats seems to have mastered the Jedi Mind Tricks techniques.  Remember Alec Guinness saying to the guards "These are not the droids you are looking for."

UTEC Grand Opening

For John, BLUFThis is the positive side of our teens.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Cafe UTEC is having its grand opening at 1100 this morning, until 1400 (2:00 PM).

41 Warren Street.

It is about the food, but it is about the teens and what they have accomplished.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, September 29, 2014

Voter Fraud in The Constitution State

For John, BLUFNot Connecticut!  Nothing to see here; just move along.

We got to the article in the New Haven Register via Weasel Zippers, on a link from the Instapundit.  The headline reads:
Bridgeport State Rep. Christina Ayala arrested on 19 voting fraud charges
The second paragraph reads:
Ayala, 31, is accused of voting in local and state elections in districts she did not live, the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office said in a press release.
And she apparently pulled her poor Mother into this imbroglio.

I am not sure requiring voter ID would have uncovered this sooner, but it might well have acted as a deterrent.  Or not.  It would appear, from the web site of Connecticut Secretary of State Denise W Merrill that an ID card is required to vote.  And, Ms Merrill is a Democrat.  I wonder if voter fraud would be worse if there was no voter ID requirement?

Hat tip to the Instapundit, who commented, "And yet, I keep hearing it’s a myth".

Or a "dog whistle".  That is, accusing Republicans of talking about voter ID is a dog whistle to Democrats saying that Republicans wish to suppress certain minorities.  "Oh what a tangled web we weave…"

Regards  —  Cliff