So I took this online test from Time Magazine to measure my political leanings on a conservative/liberal basis. I've always considered myself to be a centrist and this test confirms that. I'm 43% conservative, 57% liberal. Where I lean liberal, I: - have a messy desk - think self-expression trumps self-control - like fusion cuisine … Continue reading A sort of accurate political poll of me
Boston took a giant hit last week on one of its most glorious days. Patriots Day. It's called Patriot's Day because it celebrates the very opening battles of the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord. It's celebrated by many because that feeling of patriotism can still be felt in the air amongst those that live … Continue reading Boston Strong
I'm going to end up voting for someone who I often don't agree with. That's me. I'm a centrist/independent. Got that from my dad. And while I admire my choice for the presidency, I don't worship him. It's just that overall, I either agree with him more than I do his opponent or I've found something … Continue reading My thoughts on Election 2012
As hurricane Sandyroars outside, I'm now thinking how fortunate I am. It's somewhat rough here...but from what's going on in the news and from what I'm hearing from my friends on social media, it's obvious that many other areas have it a lot worse. Here, it's mostly hard rain and some strong winds inconsistently coming … Continue reading Sandy’s aftermath
First of all, do yourself a favor and watch this movie: http://www.philosopherkingsmovie.com/ The defining moment during this Republican presidential primary season came for me when Newt Gingrich suggested that school systems get rid of most of their janitors in order to hire students. It wasn't just what he said, it was the subsequent response and lack … Continue reading Gingrich, janitors, the 1%, and you and me
Where were you when the world stopped turning? Alan Jackson asked us almost ten years ago. Now I'm asking you. This week, for obvious reasons, is going to bring back a whole range of memories and emotions. 9/11 has been the seminal event of my lifetime. Close to 3000 people lost their live in one … Continue reading Where were you (when the world stopped turning)?
Recently, here in Washington, DC a 92 year old socialite and "Georgetown Hostess" was apparently murdered. She was found dead in her home. Tragic. The lead suspect is her 47 year old husband. The story keeps on getting front page mention in the Washington Post. This will go on for weeks...any new news will be … Continue reading I have a problem with this
Image by jcolman via Flickr Last night I took a stroll throughout my neighborhood to walk off the huge amount of food I ate for the Thanksgiving feast. It was a quiet, peaceful night. As I made my way down the street I noticed something that I hadn't seen in a while. There were two … Continue reading Where have all the flags gone?
Image via Wikipedia When you're an Irish Catholic growing up in New England in the 1960's and 1970's, you're going to have a certain affinity with the huge Kennedy clan. And that's true even if you don't fully embrace the politics. While I was too young to remember the assassination of John F. Kennedy, I … Continue reading RIP Teddy Kennedy
Roger Ebert, in his blog post for the Chicago Sun Times, lays it out pretty well as to why we need a public option for health care.. "I"m safe on board. Pull the life raft up" Sure, the Obama administration and the "progressive" left have been less than honest about key issues such as costs … Continue reading I agree with Roger