Viewpoints: Mass. communication

Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 12:45am

Staunch Democrats and Republicans, Massachusetts should be a wake-up call. Period.

The average person has had it. The job of the elected officials is to represent the people in their district, not to take their own agendas and jam them down the throats of the citizens.

It is time for both parties to stand up and be honest about what is going on and accept the blame.

artsmart (City Paper post, 1/20)

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265 Comments on this post:

By: dnewton on 1/21/10 at 4:39

I think the worst thing that has happened is for people to see the process. The idea of passing anything and fixing it later is a luxury that most people are not allowed in their own jobs. Most people have a job that someone wants done right the first time and doing it right is a major consideration.

It is also distressing to see a lot of people going to Washington with the idea that they are there for the main purpose of carving up a pile of pork. When the definition of success is getting the most pork, the concept of creating a viable public policy that works in a way that gets the greatest good for the greatest number can rise no higher than second on the list of priorities.

Good public policy will eventually be based on truth, not well intentioned belief. Better public policy is under girded by ethical and moral principles. These two constraints works a rather fine sieve upon the totality of things that should even be considered. Once public policy considerations go so far afield that lobbyist have to write the bill for you, that is a sign that you have gone too far.

Fire Them all.

By: eastnashville37207 on 1/21/10 at 4:40

Ditto: Both parties are both being steered by the same group of people to carry out their agenda for them.
The dishonesty is overwhelming but also learned that the media corruption began in 1917 with JP Morgan and Rockefeller to withold the truth of what the government was actually doing to us all. They are ruled by the CFR and we have all been brain washed as to the truth.
The internet will explain the truth more so than our own government and media. Both parties are bought and paid for all by the same corrupt organizations, big banks and we are all being set up.

By: dargent7 on 1/21/10 at 6:46

What's all the "wake up call" nonsense? It was a "special election", and Brown ran specifically on defeating ObamaCare. Bet you 90% who voted don't know what's factually in the bill.
But, sensationalism always prevails...Palin's "Death Panels", and "abortion gone wild" alarmists.
1,000 Americans die each and every WEEK due to not having health insurance.
Think about that when you put a buck in the offering plate.

By: house_of_pain on 1/21/10 at 6:50

Both parties are full of s**t. It's the same-old, same-old, no matter who is elected.
No wonder we have such a low turnout at the polls.

By: dargent7 on 1/21/10 at 7:27

House: Thanks for the pep talk.

By: Loner on 1/21/10 at 7:32

Good morning, Nashville!

Apparently there is no LTE today, is this the preferred roosting board?

Does the NCP feature online posts as stand alone items on a regular basis?

Artsmart sounds neither smart nor artsy; his is the voice of populist outrage.... the "Git a rope!" type of community organizer. Artsmart is tea-bagger material.

I think that the Democrats were overconfident with the Kennedy clan's choice of Ms. Coakley, they failed to correctly read the public mood, perhaps the Kennedy mystique has become more of a negative than a positive. By the time the Dems realized that Brown was gaining ground, it was too late to stop him.

Brown had Rupert Murdoch's propaganda orchestra helping him to dance with the stars, that and a reported million dollar-a-day inflow of outside cash, in the expensive campaign's final days. The man is beholden to special interests, he's already on the take and he is yet to be sworn in.

By: house_of_pain on 1/21/10 at 7:36

No problem, d7. I once worked the phones for teen suicide prevention.

By: dargent7 on 1/21/10 at 7:44

House: I worked for a suicide prevention place myself in Detroit, "Common Ground". My first call was a guy who said, "Make me not kill myself"....After repeated calls like that, I quit and attempted suicide, myself :)~

By: Funditto on 1/21/10 at 7:44

At the very least, NCP could have edited to comment to sound like a letter.

By: dargent7 on 1/21/10 at 7:49

Loner: You're over analysing.
It was all about Obama's health care plan. Palin's got people freaked out about "Death Panels" and killing grandma, and the others say the bill "funds abortion" and will raise taxes. People are basically stupid and fall for this.
Besides, looking at his Cosmo spread, the guy's hung like a donkey.

By: Loner on 1/21/10 at 8:06

D7 sez Brown is, "Hung like a donkey?" He should be in the party with the donkey logo? Perhaps he has the genitals, but I doubt that he will have the balls to stand up to special interest pressure.

D7, you may be under analyzing; there's more to it than stopping "Obamacare", though that was the primary battle cry. Brown played the fear cards too, especially the war on terror card. He's a veteran, you know, I believe his resume claims that he was a JAG lawyer. Heroic stuff.

When a candidate gets the backing of the right-wing media demagogues, as Brown did, and pulls off an upset like this one, it is a wake up call.....the idiots and A-holes are running the asylum.

By: house_of_pain on 1/21/10 at 8:30

Not a word in this paper about Piedmont Gas asking the TVA for permission to raise
rates for people that use less natural gas. They're trying to label it as a "conservation effort"...WTF? Dorothy, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.

By: gdiafante on 1/21/10 at 8:33

Darge, listened to "The Wall" last night. "Vera" is one beautiful gem on that album. Heart-wrenching. Great chord structures. Perfect lead in for "Comfortably Numb".

Ok, back on topic...I think the Daily Show summed it up best...when does Brown get sworn in as President?

By: Loner on 1/21/10 at 8:34

PG trying to conserve their cash flow, House; hence the term.

By: dargent7 on 1/21/10 at 8:36

Brown's already causing controversy. Said that both his daughters "were available".
He tries to laugh it off, but his wife's expression is horrified, and he continued on.
Great. Another idiot in the Senate.

By: dargent7 on 1/21/10 at 8:41

gdia: I was busy polishing up my presentation speech, in the event I'm chosen to give the Grammy to "Lady GaGa".

By: sidneyames on 1/21/10 at 8:45

dnewton saidd: The idea of passing anything and fixing it later is a luxury that most people are not allowed in their own jobs

Sounds like you're talking about the conventions center in down town nashville in that sentence. We're gonna build it and they will come. I'd like to see the ACTUAL advance reservations they say "they" have.

I bet this is a phrase used by more than one dad (or mom) in the past 100 or so years: "Said that both his daughters "were available".

No different than Obama callling women "girls" during the election campaigns. All people say things that others don't like. Get over it D7.

By: gdiafante on 1/21/10 at 8:47

I wouldn't pimp my daughters out for a soundbite, Sid. Sorry.

By: dargent7 on 1/21/10 at 9:02

Ames: Think before you post. Obama, as a dad, sure as hell can refer to his daughter's as "girls".
Brown's cutsie remarks were a little crude for a state Senator, during his acceptance speech.
You either don't think, don't have the intellect, or don't have the capacity to play ball with the big dogs.
Find a different kennel.

By: house_of_pain on 1/21/10 at 9:12

Would you pimp them out for a Klondike bar?

By: gdiafante on 1/21/10 at 9:16

On the record: Absolutely not, I'm offended and would challenge you to a duel if that response was still in favor, sir! **slapping your face with glove**

Off the record: make it a Heath flavored Klondike bar...

By: Dragon on 1/21/10 at 9:42

By: dargent7 on 1/21/10 at 5:46
"Bet you 90% who voted don't know what's factually in the bill."

Make that 100%. There is no single bill but something being crafted by the democrats from congress and the White House behind closed doors.

By: sidneyames on 1/21/10 at 9:44

Ames: Think before you post. Obama, as a dad, sure as hell can refer to his daughter's as "girls".

DARG, obama called other women "the girls". He said it more than once. Oh, but he's the Prince of Peace so no one noticed.

By: gdiafante on 1/21/10 at 7:47
I wouldn't pimp my daughters out for a soundbite, Sid. Sorry.

You know G, I think his family is light hearted with each other and jokes around. I think he said it in jest and I bet no one in his family is as "OFFENDED" as D7 thinks they are. Looks to me like they are all in a healthy state of body, mind and soul. Especially his bod!

I guess we're all over Haiti, the War, the Convention Center, World hunger, Peace, and Gay Marriage, cause all we have to talk about today is D7's being offended over an off-the-cuff remark made by a father and politician.

Ya'll have fun today. I'm off to work. And I'm available. oops! not really!

By: gdiafante on 1/21/10 at 9:47

Sid, I bet no one in his family is offended that he posed nude either. Seems that we've got another case of a politician having style over substance. He's the male version of Palin...but probably a little smarter.

By: Loner on 1/21/10 at 9:56

If Palin posed nude, she'd be a slut; if Brown poses in the nude, he's a stud. Is there a double standard here

Did Brown get the homosexual vote? In MA, that's a sizable demographic. Will Brown come out and admit that his family is just cover...is hi bi? Inquiring minds gotta know.

You know that the Dems are digging for dirt on Mr. Brown; was he properly vetted? We shall see.

By: Loner on 1/21/10 at 10:01

Miss December look alike is now "available"....there's your green light, Darge.

By: slacker on 1/21/10 at 10:02

IMO, the special concessions made to Mary Landrieu, Ben Nelson, and others, offended voters and was considered unfair. Hillary should have advised Obama that the rush, and behind the scene crafting of the bill would piss off the public, she certainly knew from experience.
The election was no fluke, the positions of both candidates were well known. Even Barney Franks district went for Brown.

By: Loner on 1/21/10 at 10:04

December, 1966, that is.....the shelf life on that stripping strumpet may have expired. Hey, any love is good love....

By: house_of_pain on 1/21/10 at 10:07

She's just a tease, Loner. There's already a full-time "gardener" on staff at the Ames household...

By: gdiafante on 1/21/10 at 10:09

Sure the election was a fluke, slacker...or do you think ultra-Liberal MA is suddenly Conservative?

The MA Dem machine screwed the pooch. Shouldn't be a surprise, they're not that bright.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/21/10 at 10:10

MA has their own state healthcare so they don't really give a flying flip about nationalized health care.

By: house_of_pain on 1/21/10 at 10:11

Can't be that great in MA...my MIL is leaving Boston for Knoxville. Go figure.

By: Loner on 1/21/10 at 10:13

I knew it, Slack...Barney Frank's District went Brown. It's rather queer that a Republican could score there..the distrct is not just gerrymandered it's gendermandered, so to speak.

Well, to use a Provincetown seafaring term, a Brown Tide raises all boats. All hands on the poop deck....AAARRRRGGGHHH!!!!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/21/10 at 10:15

is she senile, house?

By: house_of_pain on 1/21/10 at 10:16

No comment...next question...

By: slacker on 1/21/10 at 10:18

pain, obviously a crush on Derek Dooley, and mts. that smoke.

By: slacker on 1/21/10 at 10:21

Loner, very queer indeed.

By: house_of_pain on 1/21/10 at 10:22

slacker, do you live outside the USD & get water service from someone other than Metro Water?

By: DustyU on 1/21/10 at 10:23

Morning all!

Loner - didn't you catch my post yesterday about brown? Here it is again -
k3 walked into a gay piano bar and saw brown posing for a spread in blueboy :)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/21/10 at 10:28

By: house_of_pain on 1/21/10 at 9:16
No comment...next question...

LOL

By: DustyU on 1/21/10 at 10:29

where is capt this morning? Hope he's ok

By: Loner on 1/21/10 at 10:30

Slack, maybe Diogenes Borealis knows something that we don't. Here's the link:

http://diogenesborealis.blogspot.com/2010/01/its-senator-brown.html

Check out the pic of Scott Brown....yeah, very queer; D. Borealis seems to be swooning. Very interesting, will any ex-boyfriends come forward? This could backfire for the right wingers. Dammit, we love that dirty laundry.

By: DustyU on 1/21/10 at 10:33

Most of the basics of city life were still missing or barely functional in Port-au-Prince. Hospitals were overwhelmed and doctors lacked anesthesia, forcing them to operate on wide-awake patients with only local painkillers.
Doctors Without Borders said there were 10-to-12-day backlogs of patients at some of its surgical sites and they are seeing infections of untreated wounds.
"Some victims are already dying of sepsis," the group said.
Aid groups brought in mobile kitchens and bakeries but struggled to feed the hungry. The World Food Program estimated there were 200 homeless encampments in Port-au-Prince alone, and urged the government to begin consolidating them to streamline aid distribution.
"We will probably need to feed between 1 to 2 million but it depends on the rate at which people leave the city," said Thiry Benoit, WFP's deputy country representative in Haiti.

By: Loner on 1/21/10 at 10:34

Blueboy, you say? Don't they make canned corn?

By: DustyU on 1/21/10 at 10:35

lomer - you could call it that :)

By: slacker on 1/21/10 at 10:36

pain, outside the USD. I get water service from Metro, gas from Piedmont, & cheap beer.

By: gdiafante on 1/21/10 at 10:38

Blanket, just want you to know I had pizza last night and it was not low fat. In fact, it had the same effect on my arteries that Medusa had on mortal men.

By: Loner on 1/21/10 at 10:38

I remember the old jingles and ads, Dusty, "Blueboy Creamed Corn - Wholesomeness Packed in the Can."

By: gdiafante on 1/21/10 at 10:40

"Packed in the can"

That just seems wrong on so many levels...

By: DustyU on 1/21/10 at 10:42

Loner - D@mm that's old!! Blueboy is the largest gay mag in existence and fairly tame like Playboy.