$8,058 worth of virtue signaling

I will be speaking Monday night at Annual Town Meeting to defend the free speech rights of voters, and to stop Town Moderator Peter Ashton, backed up by some town leaders, from preventing the use of names during Town Meeting. Strange, but true. Hope to see you all there.

So I've been reviewing some of the resources available, including the Town Warrant online. And I found something a bit disturbing. Well, $8,058 worth of disturbing. Because that is how much the town spent to provide "limited translations" of the Town Warrant into Spanish, Portuguese, and "simplified" Chinese.

Acton should give up the fight to spend public funds on churches

(I am one of 13 Acton taxpayers, represented by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, objecting to CPA grants to an Acton church to preserve its stained glass windows and pay for a Master Plan for renovating its church and other properties. The taxpayers filed suit to prevent the CPA awards and won a significant preliminary victory at the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC).

NYT Report: Special prosecutor mulls charge of attempted homicide against Trump

The transcript of a secret meeting between former FBI Director James Comey and President Trump has just been released, according to the New York Times, which may lead to attempted homicide charges against the President. The Times obtained a transcript of the meeting from an anonymous source, the authenticity of which was confirmed by a second independent source. Both sources were former government employees for decades and are "above reproach," according to a Times investigative journalist story and accompanying editorial.

Acton's municipal 2017 salary list

Acton released the 2017 W-2 Town Salary list and it is available here: http://www.actonforum.com/sites/default/files/Acton_Municipal_W2_2017.xls.

The list shows 44 employees earning more than $100,000 per year. Top earner was Town Manager Steve Ledoux at $194k. This is about a $6,000 reduction from last year, which had two employees earning over $200,000 and 39 over $100,000.

The AB Regional School payroll list should be available shortly.

Is Chinese trade really free?

Trump's decision to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum was done to protect the national interest, in ensuring that America retained the core ability to manufacture high-quality raw materials used in defense and commerce. It's too bad that so many of our manufacturing sectors have been destroyed by "free trade" such that the industrial middle of the country has been hollowed out with ghost towns remaining.

Update on our citizens petition and a civics lesson for Peter Ashton

Thanks to all who contacted me about signing our Citizens Petition for a Town Meeting warrant article to protect our free speech rights under the First Amendment. Scott and I were able to quickly collect our 20 signatures at Roche Bros. and we turned them in and had them certified before 1 pm.

Our Chinese puzzle

Today's WSJ reports that Apple, one of our largest and most successful technology companies, is going to store their "keys" to the massive databases that contain all the data on Chinese citizens, in China. The article warned that this could make it vulnerable to seizure by the Chinese government. Apple was quoted as saying that they would only comply with lawful requests from the government for information on its citizens.

At what point do American values stop applying in foreign countries?

Senator Ed Markey, idiot

I am very concerned about North Korea, their missile program, their intentions, and what the U.S. may be forced to do rather than face a nuclear attack by this rogue regime. Recent partisan comments by Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) on this topic show what a =€$^*%# idiot this guy is.

Let me start by explaining to Senator Markey why allowing North Korea to develop and retain missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads to the U.S. is a bad idea.

The U.S. has attempted to follow and enforce a policy of nuclear non-proliferation.

Time to go, Krishnamurthy and Brolin

The Chair of the Acton-Boxborough Regional School Committee, Amy Krishnamurthy, and the former Chair, Mary Brolin, have failed to resign despite being publicly humiliated by the knowledge of their involvement in the effective firing of Dr. Glenn Brand last year, and then covering up their role by lying to the public when asked to explain Brand's sudden and unexpected departure. Brand was paid for the entire school year for not working, wasting over $200,000 in taxpayer funds.

The fact that Dr.

The Coming Demise of the GOP

Look quick! In an instant, the Republican party will be completely irrelevant. Does this have to be? Maybe not, but it almost certainly will be. Why? Rules. Rules for representation. Rules and numbers. If Republicans do not change, then the rules for making voting districts will bring about change.

While 31% of the voters in Massachusetts are Republican, under the current rules there is no way to carve out a congressional district that would allow a Republican to be elected.