- Remember I wrote about the show at NBAM? And I mentioned Steve Whittlesey? Well, the Standard-Times finally got around to running a story about him that I highly rcommend. Although Catherine doesn't mention that when he went to San Juan he ended up with the job vacated by Hunter Thompson. Sort of.
- I'm all for fresh blood in media. Unfortunate drawbacks (like the young turk can't pronounce "Acushnet" or the pol-watcher doesn't know who was State Rep 15 years ago) can be ignored as long as they're willing to learn. So, Jack Spillane: In reference to your recent column concerning so-called "free cash," I can only repeat the mantra a crafty pal on Beacon Hill told me to intone when any other politician, boss, or client says there's no money. "Check the other pocket."
- In "other pocket" news, New Bedford's entry in the ongoing "State Vessel" pageant, Ernestina, has received a $500,000 grant from the Save America's Treasures Fund. That's a matching grant. Which means Ernestina has to raise money to make money. The limit on the matching grant is $500K, so if they raise $499,999 they get $499,999. but if they raise $500,001, they get $500,000. The best thing that can happen is that they raise $1,755,983 on their own. Then they can use the $500,000 grant for mad money. Aim high!
- In a variation of the old boat saw "A good sailor doesn't need to know how to swim," Fairhaven scalloper Ambassador skipper Geir Tonnessen tosses appropriate Scandihoovian cold water on Bill Delahunt's $235K earmark for a weather buoy in Nantucket Sound. No, Cap, a weather buoy would not have saved Lady of Grace. It will, however, save a lot of trouble for all mariners who do not currently have the most accurate forecasts. Summer or Winter.
- Speaking of Winter, the fommah fahm I inhabit has already gotten twice as much snow as it did over the last two seasons. And Winter begins around here, officially, tomorrow morning at 1:08. Done now.
- This holiday season, stop worrying about that Spears brat and her trailer-typical underage pregnancy. Send your wishes to the extraordinary Jamie Leigh Jones. I mean, I can understand how the media might have gotten confused since they're both named "Jamie" and all. But, Jamie Leigh Jones told her (disturbing) story to the House Judiciary Committe on Wednesday.
- The Joy of the holiday season to you !
Friday, December 21, 2007
Tendered by PJ at 9:29 AM