The Hanging Shad’s ‘Apropos of Nothing’

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Easing back into the work week—and with apologies to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo for lifting the name—here is The Hanging Shad’s “Apropos of Nothing.”

The Shad spawns.
There are some pretty cool changes coming up for The Hanging Shad. I’ll be expanding the information available on the website to include some exciting coverage of current events. I will be adding to the site’s content to also feature more Massachusetts news, politics, sports, government and public affairs. Stay tuned.

“Just send me $10,000 and I will…”

Big Red rides again.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is now the vice presidential nominee for president on the Libertarian Party ticket. Weld is a political enigma. But he joins another former GOP governor, Gary Johnson of New Mexico, on the ballot after doing some serious dancing at the Libertarian convention this past week end. No telling what this means for the bigger election picture. However, with the on-its-head political year playing out, who knows? Maybe Johnson/Weld gets enough votes to deny Clinton or Trump the required 270 Electoral votes and throws the election to the House of Representatives.

Sen. Sanders is an entitled brat (like his supporters).
The Boston Globe’s Renee Graham said it best last week. “Senator Bernie Sanders has become the irascible child who flips the board and stomps the checkers to dust after realizing he can’t win. With his talk of ‘rigged’ primaries and a potentially ‘messy’ Democratic convention revving up his supporters, one-third of them claim they won’t vote for Clinton, according to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.”

Why do we care who Bernie wants in or out of certain roles at the convention?
Sanders seems to think he can now tell the Democratic Party who can serve in what role at the convention. He doesn’t want Hillary supporters (and Sanders critics) Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and former Massachusetts US Rep. Barney Frank in key positions because the “Democratic” Socialist didn’t like their criticism of him. Too damn bad, Bernie. You lost. We are all very impressed that you went from a back bencher in the Senate to second place in the nominating race for a party you saw fit to join just last year. You lost the popular vote. You will lose the pledged (elected) delegate vote when it’s over.

How is this guy able to dictate anything? He claims to have brought millions of new voters into the process. Why then is turnout in the primaries down across the board?

Is it fair game?
Jane Sanders’ tenure running a small Vermont liberal arts college was an unmitigated disaster. Burlington College closed its doors in May due to the “crushing debt” of a real estate deal forged by Mrs. Sanders. Ordinarily, I’d say it’s not relevant to the president race. But it’s the reason it closed that makes it relevant. The knock against Sen. Sanders is that he promises everything for nothing without regard to how much things cost or the debt it incurs.

According to CNN, “Jane Sanders was president of the school from 2004 to 2011 — a tumultuous and highly contentious period in the college’s history. Sanders’ plan to raise the small school’s profile and attract more students was to purchase land for a new campus, 33 acres on the shores of Lake Champlain. The college of approximately 200 students planned on using the new buildings as ‘offices, labs, kitchens, library, gym, café, and lounges’ in addition to housing for 17 students and undeveloped lake front property.”

To make things worse, Mrs. Sanders applied for a loan for the deal and allegedly overstated the ability to get contributions to support it. Sound familiar? See the rest here.

Sanders might have a chance if he could get enough stoners off the couch to vote.
I don’t have anything more on this.

“That’s lame. Everything’s lame.”
Memorial Day weekend here in Boston saw the now-annual Boston Calling music concerts on City Hall Plaza. As we went to Hennessey’s on Union St. for lunch, we were treated to multiple f-bombs and mf-bombs from the “artists” on stage. Wonderful. What was worse was the seemingly collective attitude of the concert goers. They are something like this: