Friday, December 30, 2011

Last Run of 2011

I finished the year running 218 days (1,000 miles) or 60% of the total days in the year.    This is down from the 270 days (74% of the total days) and 1,300 miles of a year ago.    The body doesn't bounce back like it once did!

The 2012 goal is to get back to the 1,300 mark.

And despite the dismal state of Boston College Athletics, 2011 was another great year to be an Eagle!

Friday, December 23, 2011

First Lady Michelle Obama

During the summer, the Obamas vacationed on Martha's Vineyard.   Good for them.  They deserve a vacation.   But Mrs. Obama decided to head to the Vineyard separate from her husband, a mere 4 hours before he departed.   Obviously, the costs are borne by us, the taxpayers.  

Now, the Obamas are vacationing in Hawaii over the holidays.   That is fine with me.  But again, rather than wait for her husband to take care of his business, she takes off early at the taxpayers expense. 

She told Barbara Walters recently that it is "practical" for her to put her self highest on her priority list.  I find her appallingly selfish who feels entitled to milk the taxpayer for her own private pleasures - even in a global recession.

In my lifetime, I cannot recall a First Lady like  Michelle Obama.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

In the Age of Political Correctness, This Is A Refreshing Christmas Message

Divorce Agreement - Very Clever - Written By A Current Law Student

Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al:

We have stuck together since the late 1950's for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course.

Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let's just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.

Here is a model separation agreement:

--Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a similar portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.

--We don't like redistributive taxes so you can keep them.
--You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU.
--Since you hate guns and war, we'll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military.
--We'll take the nasty, smelly oil industry and you can go with wind, solar and bio diesel. 
--You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell. You are, however, responsible for finding a bio diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them.

--We'll keep capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street.
--You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food stamps, homeless, home boys, hippies, druggies and illegal aliens.
--We'll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms and greedy CEO's.
--We'll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood .

--You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we'll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us.
--You can have the peaceniks and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we'll help provide them security.

--We'll keep our Judeo-Christian values.
--You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, political correctness and Shirley McLane. You can also have the U.N. but we will no longer be paying the bill.

--We'll keep the SUV's, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Volt and Leaf you can find.
--You can give everyone health care if you can find any practicing doctors.
--We'll continue to believe health care is a luxury and not a right. 
--We'll keep "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "The National Anthem."
--I'm sure you'll be happy to substitute "Imagine", "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing", "Kum Ba Ya" or "We Are the World".

--We'll practice trickle down economics and you can continue to give trickle up poverty your best shot.

--Since it often so offends you, we'll keep our history, our name and our flag.

Would you agree to this? If so, please pass it along to other like-minded liberal and conservative patriots and if you do not agree, just hit delete. In the spirit of friendly parting, I'll bet you answer which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.

John J. Wall
Law Student and an American

P.S. Also, please take Ted Turner, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Barbara Streisand, &Jane Fondawith you.

P.S.S. And you won't have to press 1 for English when you call our country.

Ron Paul Is Crazy. Is He A Racist?

Ron Paul On CNN 12/21/11

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Father McGowan in Today's Boston Herald

Back in Hub, Deval Patrick enters casino fray

By Chris Cassidy
Monday, December 12, 2011 -

Gov. Deval Patrick will return to his State House office today, after a nine-day trade mission to South America, to find a heated battle has erupted between the backers of a Suffolk Downs casino and one near Gillette Stadium in Foxboro — just as the governor prepares to name the leader of the all-powerful state gaming commission.

Patrick, state Treasurer Steve Grossman and Attorney General Martha Coakley will all name a member to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. They will jointly select the remaining two members.

“You really need people who know this industry,” said gambling expert Richard McGowan of Boston College. “This industry is not an easy industry to know. It’s going to be pretty quickly a case of holding the casinos’ feet to the fire to make sure they get the best deal they can.”

Patrick’s search for the chairman is already under way, according to Patrick spokeswoman Kim -Haberlin. Patrick plans to select a leader who has “experience in getting organizations off the ground and running them with independence and integrity,” she said.

Patrick will make his pick by the end of the month, she said.

The governor returned Friday for the first time since Patriots [team stats] owner Kraft and Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn made public their plans to build a casino near Gillette Stadium, which pits them against the owners of Suffolk Downs — a project backed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and House Speaker Robert DeLeo — for the only casino license allowed in the Boston-area region under the state’s new gambling law.

Patrick’s pick to lead the commission could have a dramatic influence over which business titan prevails, but McGowan said he thought Patrick’s best bet is to avoid naming favorites.

“I don’t think the governor would be too crazy about getting involved,” he said. “He has nothing to gain from it.”

During his nine days in the Southern Hemisphere, Patrick met with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera. He also signed an agreement between Brazilian leaders and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst that Patrick claims will lead to job growth and economic development in agribusiness.

He also participated in the groundbreaking of a new research and development center in Rio de Janeiro with leaders from Hopkinton-based EMC Corp.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Coach Fazio Reinstated

I am hearing that Coach Fazio has been reinstated as a teacher and as head basketball coach at Andover High School.  I am so happy and relieved.  

The Town of Andover has many assets.  And one of them is David Fazio.   We as a town are lucky to have him. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Luke Kuechly News

I am hearing that Luke Kuechly will need Tommy John surgery to repair an arm injury he suffered late in the season.  

Sorry to Luke but perhaps he will be back for his senior season?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Coach Fazio - Andover High School

I have been thinking for some time about posting about Coach Fazio and the Andover High scandal.   I know the Fazios very well.  They are a wonderful family.   My daughter is best friends with Alivia Fazio.  They are a family to admire and emulate.  If every family was like the Fazio's, our culture and society would be much better off. 

That said, I am sickened by the rush to judgement and the critics who insist that all associated with the basketball program should be fired.    Many are jealous of Coach Fazio's success. Many also have an ax to grind if their child did not make the basketball team.   I have been involved in Andover sports since 1995 as a coach and a board member.   If you are involved and out in the public, you are going to have your detractors.  I have had many detractors during my years of coaching but I did things the right way and put the kids before anything.  I feel that Coach Fazio always put the kids first.   My oldest two children loved attending gym class because Mr. Fazio was the teacher.  He made it fun.  He knew everybody's name.  He made all, athlete and non-athlete,  feel special. One other thing.  Coach Fazio is dynamic and a larger than life personality.  When you walk into a room, you know he is there.   He has such charisma.

Again, remember, he was not coaching the kids who perpetrated this hideous act.   He was home with his family.    To make him the scapegoat and ruin his career is unthinkable.   I have lived in Andover for 20 years.  I love Andover.  But, if he is made the example, I am leaving this town. Goodbye and good riddance   

I get so annoyed reading the comments on the Eagle Tribune website. Most are so negative.   But I did came across a comment that echoed  my feelings about Coach Fazio and I would like to share it.

Here are excerpts of the post:

Coach Fazio is a good man, and one hell of a Basketball Coach!  All of my children have attended his Hooptown Camp for multiple weeks each summer.  He loves the children, and they love him right back.  He is passionate man and loves to win!  So Andover opponent fans hate that.  I watched his team lose a close game to Brockton, and Coach Fazio ran onto the floor and hugged one of his players for playing such a great game.  He is a man all about heart & character.  His life wasn't easy and perfect.  He grew up in Lawrence in a tough neighborhood & played basketball for Central Catholic then Salem State. His father died young, and Dave Fazio helped to support and raise his younger siblings.  He became a teacher and basketball coach; both of which, are very noble vocations. I watched him one day at AHS from the parking lot.  He did not see me sitting in my car as he exited a bus full of Andover Student leaders he had taken on a field for a job well done.  He knew every students name and greeted each one thanking them as they got off the bus.  I was absolutely amazed how much he loved his students and how much they loved him back! 

Let's not blame Coach Fazio or any other coach for the mistakes of these kids.  Coaches are people like you and I, they are not Gods.  In short, Coach Fazio had no control over what occured outside his human senses.  Please treat Coach Fazio like family because that is exactly how he treats others in Andover, and surrounding communities.

Does This Guy Ever Work?

The Obamas will enjoy a 17 day holiday vacation this year.
On Saturday, December 17th, 2011, the President will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii. He will return to Washington, DC on Monday, January 2nd, 2012… No public events are scheduled during the trip.