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October 31, 2012

Please consider voting for Martin Burke for State Rep

by at 6:55 pm.

This past weekend I decided to vote for Martin Burke for State Rep (17th Middlesex, So. Lowell and Belvidere). Burke is the Republican candidate running against incumbent and Scott Brown’s new best friend, David Nangle, a member of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

I had been leaning in that direction for a while but when I saw the pictures of our junior senator posing with Nangle and promenading around town with Nangle, promoting each other, I realized that Scott is one of those who truly believes “I got mine, now go get yours” who deserted a political novice. Is this how Scott was treated when he decided to run for office? Is this how he was treated when he decided to move up the Mass GOP ranks?

I do not know how Burke will do against Nangle. It will be very difficult to unseat him. It appears that very few want to cross him. Besides us at LiL, has anyone ever criticized him publicly? Is he that good?

There are a lot of people who know Nangle and his extended family and do not believe that his political bromance with Scott is detrimental to his career. The guy moves in wide circles and he has been around for a while. It appears that he has a loyal following. The power of this type of incumbency is very difficult to overcome. (more…)

Where is the outrage?

by at 6:49 pm.

Jack has just posted on last night’s City Council meeting and posted the video of the entire meeting. I want to raise another issue regarding that meeting.

I know I had previously announced that I would not link any longer to a Lyle Moran report on City Council meeting but today’s article is a gem.

Moran is quoting City Council Rodney Elliott quoting Moran. And at next week’s City Council meeting, we will have CC Elliott quoting Moran quoting CC Elliott quoting Moran.

But what bothered me the most in that article is the characterization of City Council Ed Kennedy’s comments. (more…)

Bubble Alert: We Just Jumped The Shark

by at 5:28 pm.


Jumping the shark is an idiom created by Jon Hein that is used to describe the moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality that is beyond recovery. The phrase is also used to refer to a particular scene, episode, or aspect of a show in which the writers use some type of “gimmick” in a desperate attempt to keep viewers’ interest.

In its initial usage, it referred to the point in a television program’s history when the program had outlived its freshness and viewers had begun to feel that the show’s writers were out of new ideas, often after great effort was made to revive interest in the show by the writers, producers, or network.

The usage of “jump the shark” has subsequently broadened beyond television, indicating the moment in its evolution when a brand, design, or creative effort moves beyond the essential qualities that initially defined its success, beyond relevance or recovery.

Besides “civility,” the Council should aggressively curtail the degradation of “decorum.”

For greater context, please click HERE.

October 30, 2012

How’d You Fare?

by at 7:43 am.

The Merrimack Valley seems to have been largely spared, but I suppose, tell that to people who’ve lost power. What are you seeing around Lowell?

I have to admit, in my neighborhood, I saw more damage with Irene. Maybe all our weak branches and trees came down then and with last year’s Oct storm.

And how are you keeping your kids occupied during a second day at home? :)

October 28, 2012

Dead On Balls

by at 7:35 pm.


The End

Emergency Alerts and Info

by at 1:52 pm.

Lots of stuff going around with tips on what to do ahead of the storm. The ones I had never heard before was, put large containers of water in your freezer NOW, and then if the power goes out, you can take the big frozen containers and put them in your fridge to keep things from spoiling for a little longer. Sort of like turning your fridge into a giant picnic cooler. You’d have to start now, though! It’d take a while to freeze a lot of water.

Also, you can get alerts from MEMA with a phone app:

Ping4alerts! is a new mobile communications app for alerting the public in emergencies and disasters. Through geofencing technology, ping4alerts! enables the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to send highly targeted, instant multimedia alerts to iPhone and Android devices to notify citizens about situations and events happening near them. The ping4alerts! FREE mobile app is one way that MEMA sends emergency information and messages.

You can also sign up for major storm alerts from National Grid by texting STORM to NGRID (64743). They also have a mobile website at www.nationalgrid.com, as well as a Facebook page and Twitter account.

Other tips? What are you doing to weather the oncoming storm?

Bring In Your Lawn Signs, Please.

by at 10:42 am.

It’s a good idea to secure the loose stuff that could fly around in the wind, e.g. political yards signs.
My printer pal is now officially ticked off. ;v)

Use this as an Open Thread, if you like.

October 27, 2012

RoboRita Called :v\

by at 3:01 pm.

The Caller ID said Falmouth, but it was our former Mayor and #1 vote collector, Rita Mercier. Well sorta. It was a recording of her voice. A robocall, they call ‘em. Do you remember getting a million of those during the Brown/Coakley race. I’m convinced the onslaught of obnoxious calls from every national Dem with name recognition helped seal the deal FOR Scott Brown.

Last I checked, Warren wasn’t using “robocalls.” But, then again, we have real people volunteering to knock on doors and look you in the eye. This crew went out at about 11:30am -

Poor ol’ Scott Brown needs “RoboRita” to get his message out.

PS. I’d love to get that audio file, if someone has it on voicemail, ect. Holla.

Here it is, folks. Enjoy:

(h/t Mr. Lynne, who transcribed the message for us)

“Hello this is Rita Mercier calling for Scott Brown. I am the former mayor of the city of Lowell and I am a life-long Democrat. I support President Obama. However I am also voting for Scott Brown, because Scott has proven that he does not follow party lines and will always do what’s right for Massachusetts. As a Democrat I want someone with an open mind and Scott has shown that he will work together with President Obama and anyone else to move us forward, regardless of party. Scott doesn’t put party first and neither should we.

I hope you will join me in voting for him on Tuesday November 6th.”

Then another voice comes on and says: “Paid for by Scott Brown for US Senate Commitee Inc. 508 740 7255.”

How Brown Will Lose *Bumped*

by at 9:20 am.

Map graphics come from the Boston Globe. URLs are provided.

This one is from 2008 and shows Obama leaving McCain in his dust. The thing to remember about this election is it had the highest Lowell turnout (31,905) since 1992 (32,984).



October 25, 2012

Like Us On Facebook!

by at 2:29 pm.

Normally I don’t push too hard on Facebook likes, but sometimes I get in the mood. This is one of those moods. So, if you are a Facebook user and wanna catch our feed, it’s here.

I post lots of stuff on Facebook that I don’t get to here, tidbits that I find on subjects political, cultural, and community-based, most often very local. Some days I post more than others, but it’s never more than 3-5 items per day on average. Some of my tweets from @leftinlowell.com make it there as well, when I remember to check off the box to send them (I most often tweet from my phone). But often you’ll find stuff there that you’ll find no where else, like my most recent post on non-chemical agriculture, or sharing an article from Howl about the chicken movement in Lowell. Yes, chickens! If that intrigues you then go hit the LiL FB page. :)

I also try to remember (with varying success) to post a link when I create a new blog post here, so it can be convenient for knowing when LiL has new content. Jack and Mimi also have admin access to the FB page though they don’t use it very often (though, hint hint, feel free to).

If you find something of particular interest, you can always hit the share button on Facebook to publish something of ours into your own feed. We’re only as good as the community who spreads the word! And if you like our feed, then share our page with others!

Now, back to your regularly scheduled program. Whatever that was. ;)

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