Category: Middleboro

Trump’s top 5 VP picks

By , April 4, 2016 7:00 am

I don’t know how this ridiculous column got on my radar – but it purports to discuss the top five potential VP picks for The Donald. I read it even though I know that Top 5 Anything posts are 99.99999% guaranteed to be foolish click bait designed to draw eyeballs and generate ad revenue.

A quick look at the other posts on the site – American Column – tell the story about what sort of BS this site is peddling:

  • Hollywood Actor Considering Entering Presidential Race To Defeat Trump – Shocking new reports have revealed that Hollywood star David Hasselhoff is considering a presidential bid. According to Daily Caller, the former Baywatch star is in serious talks…
  • Obama-Voting Welfare Queen Brags About Government Money – ‘Why Should I Work?’ – During Obama’s seven years in office, millions of freeloaders have achieved welfare queen status as they proudly live off the tax dollars of their fellow…

Christie looking uneasy ... or being held hostage  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Christie looking uneasy … or being held hostage (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

You get the idea. Back to the Top 5 VP picks.

In answer to American Column’s top 5 picks, I’ll give my equally invalid and ridiculous opinion on their picks

Chris Christie – has already ruined his political career by supporting Trump so why not finish it off with a doomed VP spot? I think Christie is at the top of a very short list of people who are either dumb enough or desperate enough to join the Trump ticket
Nikki Haley – never in a million years would she spoil her promising career by getting Trump stank all over it. Haley has an honest to goodness political career and is going places. One place she is definitely not going is on a Trump ticket
Susana Martinez – I don’t know much about her but on first blush she doesn’t seem crazy enough to spoil her perfectly good career
Herman Cain – As a teaparty activist Cain definitely has sufficent “crazy” to be on a Trump ticket. I’d put him on a short list.
Scott Brown – I don’t think he’s desperate enough to join a doomed ticket but you never know. Brown is a moderate and I doubt he’d want to sully his legacy with a Trump VP slot.

There you have folks – proof that any idiot with a text editor can put stuff on the Internet.

Elections and healing gardens

By , March 27, 2016 7:00 am

This week’s column includes a quick run down of the April 2 town elections – which includes a vote on a new police station. Mostly it covers Judy Bigelow-Costa’s work to create a “healing garden” at Pratt Farm.

Judy is the real deal. She’ll tell you when she doesn’t agree with you but will also listen to your opinion on things. Few people do more to improve things in town – I would urge people to support her efforts.

Opinion on ‘recreation’ in Weston Forest is deeply flawed

By , March 25, 2016 11:25 pm

weston mapBeen a long while since I’ve posted on nemasket.net. Truth is after work, home life, and other non-blogging activities there just isn’t enough time in the day. Figured I can at least post links to my Gazette column and maybe write about what is probably the most fascinating election season in years … possibly decades.

Here is my opinion on Middleboro Town Counsel’s “opinion” on the allowed uses of Weston Town Forest(WTF). This opinion has the triumvirate of

  • Wrong
  • Nonsensical
  • Embarrassingly flawed

This sums up the problem:

Here is the most glaring problem with his opinion. It all hinges on a definition of “park” from Duhaime’s Law Dictionary. When you go to the web page that includes that definition, it includes supporting legal decisions that are relevant. One of these a ruling from City of Plano v Homoky: “A park may include various facilities used by the public generally for recreation, including tennis, pitching horse shoes, croquet, baseball, basketball, golf, walking, horseback riding, picknicking [sic], and general outdoor exercise.” A lawyer friend of mine tells me that he had never heard of this law dictionary and the standard source for legal definitions is Black’s Law Dictionary. The Dulhaime page is here.

Assawompsett Ponds Complex revealed

By , December 31, 2014 3:00 pm

The end result of nonsensical restrictions

The end result of nonsensical restrictions

My column in the Dec 25 Gazette is online.
The Assawompsett Pond Complex consists of Assawompsett, Pocksha, Great Quittacas, Little Quittacus and Long Pond in the towns of Middleboro, Lakeville, Rochester and Freetown. These ponds serve as water supplies for New Bedford and I think Taunton as well. As far as I know it is legal to use the trails around this pond. I use them often and frankly Scarlett I don’t give a damn if I am supposed to be or not. I would love to see the state of Massachusetts turn these areas into a full blown state park or at least actively support recreational use of this land with designated parking areas and trail maps. Keiko Orrall, Tom Calter, William Straus, Marc Pacheco: Make it so. And if any of my MA legislators found this column by Googling yourself, get back to work and stop Googling yourself.

Apparently one of the trails I wrote about is off limits – which created some guff for the paper. I expect there will be a letter in this week’s paper about it. Personally I am of the opinion that allowing public use of state and/or municipal land is beneficial. Most or all of these ponds are public water supplies. A healthy dose of trail walkers would discourage activity that could endanger the water quality.

Downtown Middleboro – Gazette column

By , December 13, 2014 6:54 pm

Photo by John Phelan via Wikipedia

Photo by John Phelan via Wikipedia

My column in this week’s Middleboro Gazette made it into the online edition. The column was prompted by a lengthy Facebook thread about the empty storefronts in downtown Middleboro and what sort of businesses people would like to see there.

The column also included one of my most epic plugs yet for Mary Barry Massage Therapy:

Before I get started I’d like to comment that I see a lot of talk about “downtown”. A vital and fully occupied Middleboro Center is important but let’s not forget all the other businesses in town. Mary Barry Massage Therapy comes to mind for some reason – probably because massage gift certificates are such a great and unique gift for holidays and special occasions. http://marybarry.com, 508-923-0044. Most of you know that is my wife’s business and that I would never compromise my journalistic integrity by using my column to promote the incredibly awesome massages they provide – no matter how incredibly awesome they are.

The rest of the column talks about what sort of businesses people are suggesting along with my opinion on what the downtown needs – and probably more importantly: What it already has

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