Halloween has started, and the first trick of the day is a bit of flim-flam from a group called the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy.
The headline of an article about them in this morning’s Herald online jumped out at me: “Massachusetts teen moms and their kids cost the state $109 million a year in social services.”
Holy moley, $109 million: that translates to almost $24,000 per teen mom, which happens to be about 3 1/2 times the _maximum_ annual welfare benefit in Massachusetts (about $7,000).
Gee, what could possibly be the point of inflating a number by 350%?
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A Michigan jury wiped the smile off Lisa Holland’s face when they found her guilty last Friday of first-degree felony murder and child abuse in the death of her adopted son, Ricky, age 7.
In Michigan, felony murder carries a mandatory life sentence without parole. Formal sentencing is scheduled for November 28.
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This from Shanto Iyengar, a Stanford professor, in an interview by the Washington Post on the subject of this year’s negative political ads:
“If you get people disgusted, they might withdraw from politics, and that’s the real goal these days.”
Continue reading We Live in a Sigocracy
Massachusetts voters have a chance to make cross-party endorsements legal again by voting “yes” on Question 2 this November 7.
If this ballot initiative passes, alternative political parties would have the option to show their support for a major party candidate in general elections.
In other words, the candidate’s name would appear multiple times on the ballot, once for their party and again for any third party that endorses the candidate
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Kerry Healey has been my choice for Massachusetts Governor, but her campaign – and the lack of support from her boss, Mitt Romney – has become a confluence of ineptitude, a confederacy of dunces.
Continue reading An Embarassment
There was some press a while back about manufacturers’ rebates and how many consumers are too lazy or too busy to claim them.
So, I was pleased to see that BJ’s, the membership warehouse retail store, has put together an online service, simple to use, for submitting rebates.
Refreshing, isn’t it, for a retailer – especially one running on slim margins – to have invested resources into building a nice convenience for its customers.
This, from this morning’s Cape Cod Times:
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I’ve tried – so hard – to buy anything for myself from the local IKEA that costs more than $2.
I’ve purchased furniture and a sundry or two that sit in my grandsons’ room, but haven’t found anything suitable for Inner Keep, and think I’ve figured out why.
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From an article in today’s NY Times:
“India still produces plenty of engineers, nearly 400,000 a year at last count. But their competence has become the issue.
“A study commissioned by a trade group, the National Association of Software and Service Companies, or Nasscom, found only one in four engineering graduates to be employable. The rest were deficient in the required technical skills, fluency in English or ability to work in a team or deliver basic oral presentations.”
The article also states that as a result of this skill shortage, salaries for engineers in India have been increasing at 10-15% per year.
So, our fearless Governor is once again making gay couples his “road to the White House” b
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