Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Grab Bag: Trump is an 'idiot'; Mazen decides not to run; Bad beer

Since there is such national news saturation, the only real value of a blog is to provide a local perspective.

This is, of course, very hard with Donald Trump in the White House since every six hours there is something head-spinning coming out of Washington.

Well, it's a Friday, so let's do a Grab Bag with a mix of national and local politics and some other randomness thrown in for good measure.


Donald Trump is an 'idiot'

Quinnipiac released a poll earlier this week that produced the headline, "When thinking of Trump, US voters say 'idiot' is the first word that comes to mind." If the American people needed any further confirmation of their preferred description of the president, they need look no further than this photo.




In it, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, left, and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, right, visit Donald Trump in the Oval Office earlier this week. The White House had barred American press from joining the meeting but had allowed a Russian photographer to participate. The Russians then released the photo to Russian news agencies, leaving the White House staff feeling betrayed and lied to. This prompted former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice to tweet, "No kidding."

If there was ever a graphic display showing the rewards of Russian meddling in the United States elections, this photograph is it. In it, the Russians demonstrate that they now have their simpleton fool to play with, a puppet dancing on their strings. Who owns whom here? The answer is painfully obvious. And btw, Kislyak, in addition to being an ambassador, is also considered a spy by U.S. intelligence services. Donald Trump invited a Russian spy into the Oval Office. He is an idiot indeed.


Nadeem Mazen decides not to run for City Council

In a wild City Council election year with many candidates running, Councillor Nadeem Mazen has announced that he will not seek reelection. Mazen's capacity to shape the debate on the Council was impressive, though from a distance, his policy ideas seemed superficial. Often criticized by his detractors for leaving the impression that he thought he was "the smartest guy in the room," Mazen nevertheless heralded a new kind of politics in Cambridge, tapping into the power of millennials while raising substantial amounts of campaign money from outside Massachusetts.  Often aligned with fellow councillors Dennis Carlone and Jan Devereux, Mazen was sometimes hard to pin down on the most pressing issue in Cambridge today, the creation of more affordable housing, offering solutions that were more popular than they were pragmatic. Nevertheless,  Mazen's willingness to hold himself to his campaign promise of two terms on the Council is refreshing. Where he goes next will be interesting to watch.


This is terrible beer

And in a purely negative note, this beer is terrible. There is no other way to say it, and UFO should be embarrassed.




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Richard Nixon revisits

Now in this winter of discontent, our most Shakespearean of villains reappears on stage, this time with his substantial intellect and his unappealing affectations intact. Trump is a brash vulgarian compared to this Iago.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Nixon had his 18 minutes, now Trump has his 18 days

Just as Richard Nixon will always be known for the missing 18 minutes on the Watergate tapes, now Donald Trump has his missing 18 days -- the 18 days between the time that acting attorney general Sally Yates told White House counsel Don McGahn that national security adviser Michael Flynn was compromised and the time that Flynn was finally fired by the president.

Whether this story is a steady drumbeat or drip is immaterial. It is the downfall of this president.

Friday, May 5, 2017

SuperCars: Origins, Evolutions ... at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts brought out the beauties last night and invited some lucky men and women to gawk at them.

There was a Ferrari F12 tdf and a Porsche 911R and two McLaren 570Ss. There was even a 1948 Willy's Jeep.





And that was just in the parking lot!

Inside, attendees were treated to a Porsche Carrera GT and a black 1955 Mercedes Gull Wing, a silver 722 McLaren-Mercedes SLR and a 1968 Lamborghini Miura along with a Jag XJ 220. There was also an old Stanley Steamer.








The walls were studded with the iconic and very beautiful photographs of Jesse Alexander and delicious food was served.





This was the opening reception for the new show, SuperCars: Origins, Evolutions, which looks at special cars and their meaning.

For more information about the show, click HERE.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

How to live

A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play... To himself, he always appears to be doing both. 
-- François-René de Chateaubriand

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Billy Monger

Billy Monger is a cherubic boy who lost both his legs in a crash while racing Formula 4 cars at Donington Park in the U.K. in April. Very sad.



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Gorka, right-wing extremist, to leave his White House post, reports say

CNN is reporting that Sebastian Gorka, Donald Trump's controversial national security deputy, will be leaving the White House soon, perhaps for a role in another federal agency. 

Known for his Islamophobia, Gorka won the disdain of national security experts for his extreme views and his lack of qualifications. Steven Walt, a professor of international affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government told Business Insider, "He has never published any scholarship of significance and his views on Islam and US national security are extreme even by Washington standards. His only real 'qualification' was his prior association with Breitbart News, which would be a demerit in any other administration."

Gorka, who was born in Britain to Hungarian parents, became a U.S. citizen five years ago. He was outed earlier this year in an article in The Forward that tied him to the Hungarian far-right group Vitezi Rend, known for its Nazi affiliation during the Second World War. 

According to sources inside the White House, Gorka's presence generated too much controversy with few respecting his views.

Gorka is a reprehensible character and he will not be missed. His imminent departure is a positive step for the Trump administration and for the United States. He should not be relocated within the government. He should be expelled entirely.