Friday, December 18, 2009

Milk, bread and walking on eggs

For those who may have missed the debate on raw milk sales at Mr. Stephan's farm in Framingham, need not worry. The BOH held two hearings and really did their homework. I was very pleasantly surprised with how well they listened to both sides of the issue and made a reasonable decision, that benefited all the health conscious consumers who buy raw milk now, from far away, and will help the farmer with his income and strong desire to keep farming alive and well here in Framingham. What was at stake was more about our freedom of choice, in my mind, than it was for the safe purchase of raw milk.

The Banking industry is poised to make 500 BILLION dollars in profit this year. The BILLIONS in bonuses are projected to be higher than last year, this time, when our economy was beginning to retract badly. Almost all the big boys who got TARP monies have paid them back, with interest, just so they could avoid any restrictions on bonuses and pay raises. I would suggest that we all work in Banks.

If ever you wanted to see why adult men can't compromise in a joint effort to get things done, just tune into cspan, senate. Two wars, not funded, with just hours left to the dead line, health care, medicare and every other major piece of legislation, are being used as fodder in the egocentric war of parliamentary gadgets deployed to delay, push back and ignore any attempts at making a decision on anything. Both sides seem to be equally culpable. This must be a genetic thing, something in their DNA makes them act like children in a sand box with one toy. The two parties should hang their heads in shame and while something might happen before Christmas, it almost seems like, The R's are hoping to take these debates into 2010, just in time for the elections, when millions of dollars will be pumped into both sides by those who are for change and those would don't want any and accomplish just what they have already.... not much.

Senator Galluccio and other offenders

Not that I want to kick a man when he's down, but Today the Cambridge Senator will spend the next six months in home confinement where he can’t touch a drop of booze, but will still be able to attend formal Senate sessions, according to the Herald.

He pleaded guilty this morning to an Oct. 4 hit-and-run accident that injured two people, including a 13-year-old boy.
Under the sentence Nestor handed down, Galluccio also loses his license for five years, must abstain from driving, abstain from alcohol, submit to random drug screenings and pay a $1,000 fine.
Galluccio will be allowed to leave his home to attend formal sessions of the Senate or take a vote and attend church services on Sunday morning with his mother.
Nestor rejected a request from Galluccio’s lawyers to let him attend State House committee and constituent meetings.
“When I mean home confinement, I really mean home confinement,” Nestor said.
“This is a person who should be put to a higher standard,” said Ham. “I am asking for a tough and reasonable sentence because of who he is.”
Galluccio agreed.
“I agree with the Commonwealth. I am held to a higher responsibility,” he said. “I should be held to a higher responsibility.”

The question is... will he resign or asked to leave?

The an accused child rapist’s two-page rap sheet and history of defaults did not stop a district court judge from setting a low $10,000 bail in August - even though the suspect’s own lawyer never objected to the $200,000 bail prosecutors requested, a courtroom audiotape reveals. I won't go into all the gory details, other to say, what the hell was that judge thinking? This case reveals what everyone recognizes as a problem, and yet, nothing is done. IF, this accused rapist had not made bail, another child would have not been harmed, it's that simple. Drug offenders are usually held with extremely high bail, but not a suspected child rapist. They're ought to be a bounty on their heads.