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Charlie BAKER 2.0

Charlie BakerRepublican Charlie Baker is looking for an APP that will make him MORE palatable as Governor of Massachusetts this time around.

Baker who ran in 2010 against incumbent/current governor and President Obama pal Deval Patrick (Democrat) in 2010, is planning Baker 2-point-0…the upgrade!

I wonder if Curt Schilling will campaign for Charlie Baker this time around…or whether Baker will consider Schilling, again, as his running mate?

In case you’ve forgotten, Curt Schilling is the former Boston Red Sox pitcher (baseball) who:

  • Is King – was King? of bloody socks (at least, here in Boston).
  • Championed Republican Baker against current governor Patrick, who took office in 2007: “I’ll vote for him (Baker) because he’s someone that has always appealed to me as being out for the greater good above all else. This state is in dire need of exactly that right now…”
  • Later wanted the state (Massachusetts, under Governor Deval Patrick) to give him, Schilling, millions in loan guarantees/state subsidies for his Gaming startup company, 38 Studios.
  • When Patrick said no (what did Schilling expect? You campaigned for his rival – and Microsoft you are not!)

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  • Schilling threw a tantrum. He flounced over to Rhode Island where Schilling got the $75 million in loan guarantees he wanted – then in 2012 defaulted on a million-dollar payment and declared bankruptcy, leaving RI holding the bag. RI is suing!

Yes – that Curt Schilling.

So what role is HE likely to play in Charlie Baker’s second run for governor, Baker 2.0? I say 38 NADAs!

Because back then, when Schilling was campaigning for those government hand-outs from Massachusetts and Patrick turned him down…

Said Baker:

“Over the course of the past four years, Massachusetts has lost a lot of businesses…we can’t blame that on businesses that make decisions to do what makes the most sense for their employees.”

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Rick Gorka, a spokesman for the Baker campaign, called Schilling’s departure:

An example of a “toxic business climate’’ created by Democratic incumbent Governor Deval Patrick. 

So given the debacle that Schilling’s 38 Studios turned out to be, how will Baker justify his campaign getting it so wrong…???

How does Baker parlay that into a bid for faith in his ability to make SOUND business decisions for the Bay State?

For surely IF Baker (thank God) had been governor – HE would have given his buddy/campaign torch bearer the tax-payer dollars Schilling was asking for – and TODAY, it would be Massachusetts TAX PAYERS left holding that bankrupt bag!

According to news reports, angry RI lawmakers were left asking:

Why Rhode Island backed an untested company helmed by a wealthy former athlete when the state grapples with an 11.2 percent jobless rate and chronic budget deficits.

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Incidentally the very SAME day that Baker announced that he’s running for governor (09/4/13)…the governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee announced  HE will NOT run for another term.

Chafee refused to give Schilling’s 38 Studios yet MORE subsidies to bail the company, (as Schilling was demanding). Chafee called the 38 Studios deal:  a very, very challenging investment by the state.

So what does that say about Charlie Baker?

Because if HE had been governor of Massachusetts, WE would be looking at the 38 Studios debacle and drumming him out of town!

38 Studios created such a MESS  for/in RI, that I can’t figure it out.

  • The state issued $75-million in bonds backed by RI taxpayers. Not just any bonds, moral obligation bonds that they apparently can’t default on, maybe. RI owes the bond holders $110 million!
  • The state is suing 14 people involved with the 38 Studios deal, including Curt Schilling.
  • Erosion of confidence in the RI Economic Development Corporation – every deal is now suspect!
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Welcome 38 Studios! What a mess THAT turned out to be…Charlie Baker.

Now here comes Baker 2.0!  More like “Oh NO! Not again?!”

This is ONE time you do NOT upgrade…

Reminder (taken from an online news article about 38 Studios):

  • “In April, the Boston Business Journal reported that new court filings alleged 38 Studios knew it was in dire straits before it moved from Massachusetts to the Ocean State. According to documents filed in Rhode Island Superior Court, Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. attorney Max Wistow said there was “crushing evidence” that shows that Schilling and others at the company covered up financial information”.

Rhode Island was left to find a multi-year plan to start paying down the debt.

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Goodbye 38 Studios. Didn’t come back – and neither should Charlie Baker!

  • In 1989, RI issued about $23 million in bonds for the office building housing 38 Studios…and the state retirement system compounded the error by buying the 38 Studio bonds.

When the building’s owners filed for bankruptcy, RI ended up owing it’s OWN pension system.

Oh what a tangled mess we missed – when governor Patrick, Schilling dissed!

 Photos: Google Images

The Alex Rodriguez Situation…

We are such hypocrites here in Boston (a city that I love and owe my living and allegiance to)!

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Alex Rodriguez: Don’t turn him into anything other than a well-paid athlete who hits a ball!

For a presumed hot bed of Liberalism, you’d think we’d be less head-in-the-sand) in thinking that poor Alex Rodriguez is the ONLY guy among the hundreds of Major League baseball (MLB) athletes who takes or has ever taken steroids.

Oh yes: Crucify A-Rod so you can feel better about the aging athletes whom YOU like (and I like too) who suddenly have a SECOND LIFE in baseball.

If it makes YOU (my fellow) Boston Red Sox fans feel better – go ahead and dump the inner unease you feel at the exploits of your bat-slinging heroes on A-rod. (I had tickets to the Saturday game: 8/17.)

I don’t get the outrage over athletes using steroids – except that :

a) It give them a distinct advantage over other athletes who do not take steroids or some other form of doping (assuming there are any)!

b) It’s a form of cheating

c) Steroids are a banned substance.

Aside from that – it’s THEIR bodies they are choosing to abuse…and they know better. Athletes are not sounding outraged. You hear just one or two athletes denouncing steroid use/doping. The majority are silent. Why?

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Speak UP about steroid use in sports…

Why are athletes around the nation NOT coming out publicly to denounce the use of steroids? How many since the A-Rod story broke over the past week are decrying doping?

Yet we, the ones who like to hear that “crack” of home runs — display a cacophony of MORAL outrage when OTHER teams athletes are caught in steroids scandals…BUT STAY SILENT OR MAKE EXCUSES WHEN THE FINGERS POINT TO OUR OWN!

We really, really believe that NOBODY on any of our major teams: Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins are doing any bad things at all. No steroids, no gambling, no spousal abuse, no drinking, no cheating. NADA. Just little angels! Only the other guys have clay feet…and let us drum them out of town…

Even if we were to see signs that look like something may not be adding up – we add up anyway and get a number that does not make sense – yet we force it to make sense…because hey, it’s OUR guys.

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Now I am NOT saying that our athletes are taking steroids – or not taking steroids. I don’t have any proof either way – and if you do, come forth…

What I’m saying is that it’s folly to believe that all our teams are squeaky clean…and condemn everybody else for being dirty. We’ve had athletes who left our teams and then suddenly we start hearing their names being linked with steroids. Naturally, that started after they left our teams.

Seems to be some unknown, X-factor associated with playing in Boston that keeps everybody clean – until they leave the city!

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Fenway Park, Boston

As for that hit on A-Rod. What are we glorifying that for?

Do we understand that this is just a game? That Alex Rodriguez may be arrogant (but so was George Bush) and a womanizer (like some of our presidents whom we love) and taking steroids (it’s HIS body) and playing for the opposing team – but he’s never done anything to us personally?

Yet we revel in his downfall, glory that someone hit him with a ball (that hurts) and wish him ill…

This is not the kind of sportsmanship Boston should be known for. We should not do it…

Is it OK for a Yankees pitcher to do the same thing? If I was the Yankees, I’d NOT retaliate. I’d show Boston that: with all your universities and history/culture – I’m rising above your level.

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Don’t support you on this one, Ryan Dempster

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Sox/Yankees Fenway game (8/18/2013) featuring Demster’s infamous “hit” on A-Rod.

But I guess they will likely hit someone too – ’cause that is what sports has boiled down to these days, like everything else: a divide.

I enjoy rivalries, but I enjoy friendly rivalries. Republicans and Democrats tearing apart, Yankees and Red Sox tearing apart. What next?

Fellas – it’s a game…

If A-rod is a jerk – he’s NOT the only athlete in the big leagues who is a jerk. You are there to play against him, not to friend him on Facebook. You pitch, he bats. End of story. You are not the judge/jury of his life…neither has anyone appointed you to be!

The media loves to push this violence and bad behavior – it’s all on TV today. ..and one Lead in went like this: “our reporter (person’s name) was there for all the fun

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One day when the ball will be aimed at you, I hope it will be fun too…

And thank you Jack Williams (CBS local WBZ-TV) for saying he thinks it was “stupid” to hit A-rod. Bravo!

It was Beyond Stupid…

Best line goes to Yankees manager, Joe Girardi:

“Lives have changed by getting hit by pitches…you can’t just start taking pot shots because you disagree with the way the system is set up…whether I agree with everything that’s going on, you do not throw at people and you don’t take the law into your own hands. You don’t do that. We’re going to skip the judicial system?”

Yep – for others,  but NOT for us. We’re still not guilty after the court says we are. Others? Guilty BEFORE the court or tribunal/whatever says they are…

Chick Fil-A BOO HOO!!!

Too Much Ado about nothing!

I’ve heard MORE about Georgia-based fast food chain, Chick fil-A in August that I’ve heard for the last 10 years! And I’m fed up with it all…

Boo HOO!!!

So the President of Chick fil-A does not support Gay Marriage? And? So? Does he HAVE to? MUST he?

  • Must everybody support President Obama? YES!!!
  • Must everybody despise Mitt Romney? Yes!!!
  • Most everybody love black people? Yes!
  • Must everybody love immigrants? Yes!
  • Must everybody go to college? Er, wait a minute…
  • Must everybody have Health Care…? Um…

What a STUPIDLY INTOLERANT country America is becoming!!!

Think like ME, or else…NO First Amendment for you!

Everybody must be 5’8″ tall, weigh 105 pounds, have blonde hair and grey eyes, love F. Scott Fitzgerald, love M&M’s and be apolitical. NOW we are fine. Let us get rid of every other candy bar, burn Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L.R. James and every book by every other author except Fitzgerald, then spend the rest of our lives discussing the Great Gatsby!

Stupid!!!

Yes, there are going to be views we don’t like – yes there are going to be offensive views. Unless the person is espousing violence/social disorder, we don’t run them out of town!!!

Used to be a time when people could be themselves. You got something on your mind – you said it. NOW, you can’t say anything unless it is anesthetized to the point of political correctness. Even Comedians! If you feel strongly about something – YOU CAN’T SAY IT, for fear it will be deemed offensive to some person or group or animal – and THAT threshold is getting lower and lower. Pretty soon we won’t even dare to say a skunk stinks! “Ooh a shrunk – so fragrance challenged!”

Why even bother having interviews?

INTERVIEWER: So Mr. Cabe, as head of the KKK, do you think all blacks are inferior?

CABE:  Actually my lawyer warned me NOT to answer that question!

Well hell. The day the KKK CANNOT say they hate black people, it’s time for every freakin’ black person to LEAVE America.

INTERVIEWER: So Madame President, it’s 2018 and Brazil is way ahead on clean energy. Did you see that coming…?

PRESIDENT: Ah, I can’t answer that question without offending the oil and gas companies…

INTERVIER: But Madame President….

PRESIDENT: Sorry, Jonathan, but you know how it is. These press conferences are just for show – to show my face. I can’t really SAY anything….you know. Oh dear, have I offended somebody by what I just said. Sorry. That’s all for today. Thanks…

Yea. Animal Farm with Political Correctness as Napoleon. “All opinion is created equal – but some opinions are LESS equal than others!”.

Don’t you realize Mitt Romney is watching this and going: “And you want ME to be myself? You think I’m stupid? Never! Never…never! Not even if I could actually FIND myself!!!”

So you don’t approve of Chick fil-A President, Dan Cathy’s position on gay marriage? So WHAT?

The Chick fil-A president who started it all: Dan Cathy.

Chick fil-A’s corporate culture is heavily influenced by its founder’s Christian beliefs. Chick-fil-A CLOSES on Sunday…yea, go to church!

Even my Boston mayor Tom Menino asked Chick fil-A to stay away! How about organizing a “die-in” outside Colt headquarters for making the M16 and other guns the bad guys use to kill us?

Oh I understand people feel a need to protest a company position they don’t agree with. Just sayin’ WE NEED TO CHILL, yo.

Are we confusing THE Law with OUR opinion/beliefs? YES! We always do! People who believe that marriage is Biblically determined as between one man and one woman (can’t find WHERE it says that) FORGET that the Bible is NOT the U.S. Constitution. Yet!

“Lord I know you don’t like Liberals, but please save us from the Mike Huckabees of this world!!!” …Conlibe.

People who believe, on the other hand, that tolerance for gays and non-discrimination should be part of every person’s makeup forget that people they see as intolerant are ALSO protected (by the very LAWS we hide behind, when it suits US), to their rights, opinions, beliefs – EVEN THOUGH WE DON’T AGREE WITH THEM – heck, even if we deem those opinions/beliefs as demeaning to us/others. 

Voicing an opinion is different from enforcing that opinion as a game changer…saying I don’t support gay marriage is different from saying “gays are not welcome at my restaurants!”

The Chick fil-A founder did not SAY that he won’t hire gays or that gays are not allowed to eat at his restaurants. He was interviewed. He said how he felt about gay marriage. It’s becoming impossible for us to tolerate things we don’t like. So the next time someone’s popping gum next to me on the subway…or listening to loud music…I’m gonna slap the irritating nitwit. Yeah! So there….. 

Our options to deal with the Chick-fil-A’s of this world? WE public have many, including:

  • Protest, demonstrate.
  • Leave Chick-fil-A alone and go about our daily lives…assuming we have one.
  • Choose to eat or not to eat at Chick fil-A.
  • Choose to work or not to work at Chick fil-A.
  • Gays particularly can decide how to plan their meals, with or without Chick-fil-A offerings.
  • The hungry can give Chick-fil-A the finger and look for some other eating place. If there are no alternatives, said people can choose to starve!
  • Why does everything HAVE to be a divisive, chest-thumping drama?

As for Mike Huckabee. Thank God we did not have to deal with him in the Republican presidential primaries. HE called for a “CHICK FIL-A APPRECIATION DAY?”

God Bless America the Beautiful…for Chick Fil-A…and amber waves of grain to feed chickens…

At a Knightdale, North Carolina Chick fil-A, the crowd spontaneously started singing “God Bless America.” For? A Char-Grilled Chicken Sandwich? Is that what America is appreciating now? Fast Food chains, low wages and shitty food? (I’ve never eaten Chick fil-A. In my view, these fast food chains produce shitty food…and it’s not my thing. It’s yours? Hey, GO for it!!!) Appreciating Freedom of Speech? Still support free speech when it’s pro-gay?

You “appreciate” Chick fil-A but you don’t appreciate Health Care – for you?

You have money to pay for stents – for blocked arteries? You do. That’s my protester! Again, GO for it! Eat as much Chick fil-A as you can so there can be more Chick-fil-A dollars to stop the insidious gay agenda!

Which reminds me. I have Comcast. Should I switch? Because Comcast, far as I can glean, is Republican leaning. Do I now tell Comcast. I don’t want your cable, you Republican you. And do I research the opposition FIRST, So I can ensure I’m getting a good old Liberal company to provide my cable? What if I can’t find out where competitors politics lean -what do I do? Sit my son on the roof with a metal platter and twiddle my TV knobs?

Should I not shop at Wal-Mart. I find them very easy to deal with, but now I think of it, should I return that last purchase because of their Republican connections?

Should I only buy Heinz ketchup…because the company belongs to Democrat John Kerry’s wife?

And if I’m in an accident, should I first  find out if the person rushing to pull me out of the wreckage is a Republican – then refuse…or walk with a proxy that NO republican can aid me if there’s an accident?

Or vice versa: Should I first determine if the person I’m rushing to help is a democrat – and walk away if it’s a republican?

Where does this reactionary stupidity stop?

And now what? A Chick-fil-A Anti-Appreciation Day? What’s it – a “Kiss In.”

Sure…GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) Kissing outside Chick-fil-A says what? I’m not chicken? Double dare you?

Yea, let’s show these gay bashers WE rule. ” Let’s air kiss everybody to spite Chick-fil-A management. Mwah–mwah!!”

GO HOME.

You’re ALL equally stupid…. Turning a Tempest in a Teapot – into a Tempest in a Fryer!!

Hey, that’s just my opinion, OK. And trust me, my opinion does not count for much!!!

Mwah–mwah!!” (That’s my pathetic air-kissing sound effects!)

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