The politics of Living in Fear

Emotions are funny things. Our lives are governed by doing things that make us feel good, and trying to avoid things that make us feel bad.

I guess pain is also like an emotion. The body produces physical pain in order to teach you how to protect yourself. If you touch the hot stove and it really hurts, you won't likely do that again. But if you were able to sever the nerve connections between your finger and your arm, so that the pain message never got to your brain, you could hold your finger to the stove until it was well done.

Fake news--part three

In 2015, during the presidential campaign, Trump made many statements about illegal immigrants causing crime. After a pretty lengthy discussion, the Washington Post fact checker (Mchelle Ye Hee Lee) gave Trump's statement "four pinocchios" for being false. This is defined as a "whopper" and the worst rating for falsehood. This is a clear-cut example of "fake news" generated by the mainstream media.

Here is the link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/07/08/donald-tr...

Examples of Fake News--Part Two

After posting my fake news article this morning, I was remarking to a friend how much snow we've gotten and how California has turned from drought to plenty with regards to water. I made the statement that California's drought must be over, based on overflowing dams and reservoirs, with more rain on the way.

"Oh, but the aquifers might never recover," he said. Say what?

Examples of Fake News

I agree with President Trump that the media is biased against him, that the news is often slanted against him and "Republicans" in general, and that the media is, by and large, his enemy.

Acton school assessment may rise five times more than Boxborough's

The original School Committee's budget (discussed at last night's meeting, which I did not attend) proposes that Acton's assessment increase by 4.3%, while Boxborough's increase is proposed at 1.15%. That means Acton's assessment will be increasing at almost four times the rate of Boxborough's, and twice the rate of inflation (which was around 2% in 2016).

Update on lawsuit over CPA funding grants to local Acton churches

The lawsuit has just been approved to be heard by the Superior Judicial Court of Massachusetts (SJC) which will make the final decision. It is expected to be argued in September.

Besides the brief filed by the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (read it here: http://www.actonforum.com/sites/default/files/16P1675-Appellant_Brief.pdf ), there is an amicus brief in support of the lawsuit by the ACLU and the ACLU of Massachusetts. (Read their brief here: http://www.actonforum.com/sites/default/files/FINAL_Caplan_Amicus_Brief.pdf ).

For previous articles on this topic:

LOL at the Boston Globe

My wife still likes to get the Globe, but I only read it for laughs these days. We continue to receive the print version but I called today to cancel it. Now that winter is almost over, I don't need all that extra newsprint around for starting fires.

But last Sunday, the Globe had the irony of all ironies in its front-page story, titled "WE ARE STILL A NATION OF LAWS" (caps original!). To see this visually, click here: http://www.actonforum.com/sites/default/files/globecover.jpg

Sanctuary Town status discussed at Acton Board of Selectmen meeting

I attended the "surprise" BOS meeting which had the issue of Acton becoming a "sanctuary town" on the agenda, although if you had just read the agenda, you would have had no idea this was the actual topic for discussion. The issue was instead framed about making Acton a "safe community." Yeah, right. Safer for law-breakers, maybe, but not necessarily safer for law-abiders.

These Orwellian descriptions (used by both political parties) are getting quite annoying. We don't want to "offend" people so we come up with calling black, white and up, down.

No place for illegals in Acton

Some members of the Acton Board of Selectmen are going to attempt to make Acton a "sanctuary community." This is a terrible idea on so many levels and if you are opposed to defying federal law and encouraging illegal activity, you should attend the Board of Selectmen meeting this Monday and prepare to speak out against this outrage.

You can read some of the background materials on the town website here: http://doc.acton-ma.gov/dsweb/Get/Document-58011/040%20(3)%20%20Safe%20Communities%20Information.pdf.

Time to go full nuclear

I used to be a "moderate Republican." That was before the presidency of Barack Obama, who showed me that moderation and bipartisanship has no place in American politics, not for the foreseeable future, anyway.

Democrats and the media (sorry for the redundancy) like to say that Obama's decision to "use his pen and his phone" to unilaterally implement his agenda, illegally, and against the bipartisan history of the Senate, was OK because Republicans wouldn't compromise.