There is a song about smiles that make us happy and others that make us blue. Judy Garland helped popularize the song. The third line of this song written in 1917 and sung by Judy is: “There are smiles that steal away the teardrops.” Writing about the news today “There is news that steal away our calmness.”
Here’s some of the news that may interest you as you ponder the good deeds you almost did last week.
The Massachusetts State Police have won the Golden Padlock award given yearly by the Investigative Reporters and Editors. The chair of the committee handing out the reward stated: “The Massachusetts State Police has distinguished itself as an agency unwavering in its willingness to ensure citizens are protected from the truth.”
As you may be aware Boston is going to sponsor the “Grand Prix of Boston, clearing the way for the city to host five annual IndyCar road races on the South Boston waterfront.” The article in Boston Magazine about the event is interesting in the way it lays out the people who will be in line to benefit from this event. It seems the same players involved in the Grand Prix are also behind the “I believe in Boston 2024” sign push for the Olympics. These events bear watching
I was at a dinner last Sunday night. One of the people there had just come back from Bolzano, Italy. He said he wanted to weep when he saw how modern the public transportation is in Europe when he compares it to what we have in Boston. I had the same feeling coming back from Barcelona. Perhaps rather than thinking of 2024 we should see what we can do now to better our lives.
You know how I say the law is what the judges say it is. The Supreme Court upheld 6 – 3 the State Department rule that the passport of a child born in Jerusalem shall give that city as the place of birth rather than what his parents requested which was Israel. This policy in effect since Truman was president was established so that the US remains neutral in the fight between the Jews and Arabs over Jerusalem.
Justice Kennedy wrote for the majority in letting the president control this matter against the will of Congress that: “Jerusalem’s political standing has long been, and remains, one of the most sensitive issues in American foreign policy, . . .” Kennedy and the others in the majority did not want to stir up a hornets nest; no use making more enemies than we have to.
What bothered me about the court’s decision was the dissent by Chief Justice Roberts suggesting that concern about the reaction of the Arabs to the United States putting Jerusalem into Israel “is essentially to subject a duly enacted statute to an international heckler’s veto.”
If the chief justice of the Supreme Court is so politically insensitive to the problems our country faces in the Middle East that he considers the Arabs nothing more than mere hecklers then we really do have problems in our country.
The Patriot’s are doing their best not to be named the New England Gangsters after the Brandon Spikes incident. What ever happened to “the Patriot’s Way.
The “Naut Guilty” incident’s recent news has shades of Chappaquiddick lapping up against it.
Edwin Alemany was convicted of first degree murder for the July 2013 murder of Amy Lord — the type of murder that really deserves the death penalty. His record shows the futility of sentences to the misnamed Houses of Correction. Repeat felons belong in Walpole. Some people are just bad and have to be locked up for as long as possible to protect the Amy Lords of the world.