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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.”

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