Thursday, October 21, 2010

The last days of this election season

For those of you who want to ask a question of the candidates this Monday night (at 7 to 8PM), please forward them to moderator John Xenakis at, or call in that night 508 875 1846.

As many of you already know, the League of partisan voters has canceled their candidates night last week. No other group in Town has stepped forward to bring any voter attention to this race. The hapless, partisan Metro West Daily News, who usually does a candidates night long before the election has has all of a sudden arranged a candidates night for next Thursday evening at the main library from 7 to 8 pm.

If anyone who has followed this blog for the past two years and wants to support me as a candidate for State Rep, you have the opportunity to write a note to Rick Holmes at the Metro West Daily News. They will publish the letters in Sundays paper before the election. His mail address is 33 New York Ave, Framingham Ma 01701 or e mail at

notable fines and no jail time

In case you missed it, former CEO and two others from Country Wide have agreed to pay 67.5 million in fines to settle the civil fraud and insider trading case. The former CEO, Mr Mozilo 71,has agreed to a lifelong ban from serving as an officer or director in any public company. The criminal case still is still in progress, and as I see it, he along with a few others, like Madoff, will spend some time behind bars. We should adopt the very same policy for legislators who violate the voters trust here in Massachusetts.

CVS in Rhode Island was fined 57 million dollars for not keeping controls over products like sudafed whose components can be extracted to make crystal meth. The charges are for years 2001 and up. We would not have the amount of meth on the streets if the companies who sell and manufacture key components would just stop their greedy ways.

Busing revelations at Town Meeting

I hope all of you who witnessed last night's TM were as surprised as we were to hear the SC Chairman say they didn't want the money, could return the money or spend it somewhere else. I went into last nights meeting thinking about the kids who had to make their own way to school and all the sacrifices parents had to make. But after hearing Mr. Bower speak, the choice was clear.

And if you noticed, school choice came up a few times from the floor. It's time for the SC to do a quick feasibility study, with their software program, to determine what if any savings could be seen if school choice were eliminated.

The victim comes forward... bad news for Perry

From the Globe:
Breaking her long silence, a woman who was illegally strip-searched in 1991 by a Wareham police officer under the command of Jeffrey D. Perry, then a police sergeant, said that Perry was nearby during the assault, failed to stop it, and tried to cover it up after the fact.

The accusation against Perry, now a congressional candidate, was made Tuesday in a statement from Lisa Allen, who was 14 when she was assaulted near a Wareham cranberry bog.

“He had to hear me screaming and crying,’’ said Allen, who released the statement to the Globe through her lawyer. “Instead of helping me, Jeff Perry denied anything happened.’’

Scott Flanagan, the officer who conducted the strip search and a similar assault on a different girl in 1992, admitted to the crimes and was convicted in 1993 of civil rights violations and indecent assault of a child. But Perry initially said that he was in a position to see and hear everything that happened that night and that the assault never occurred.

Ever since Flanagan’s guilty plea, Perry, now a state representative from Sandwich and the Republican nominee in the 10th Congressional District, has faced questions about his role and statements in the case.

“Perry did not care about protecting teenaged girls in Wareham from police officer Flanagan,’’ Allen said. “Jeff Perry cared only about protecting police officer Flanagan.’’

Perry was not charged in either the 1991 or 1992 assault. He resigned from the Wareham police 17 days after Flanagan was indicted, but has said his leaving the force was unrelated to the strip-search cases.

My words:

It will be sickening to see this slime ball get elected to congress and even more sickening to know he returns to Beacon Hill if he is not elected to congress.