In the News 02/07/09

(Edited to reflect BNCordeiro had one of these stories up first.  That story is below.  The remaining Deval Patrick story here is different. – promoted by DD4RP)

Massachusetts Government: Throws Costly Party for Criminals!

Inmates at one Massachusetts prison are set to watch the Super Bowl in style this Sunday – thanks to 117 new flat-screen TVs. The cost of the high-tech viewing: $76,958.…

Barney “he’s so smart” Frank: Uncovered Lies On Fanny and Freddie.

The more people, in my judgment, exaggerate a threat of safety and soundness, the more people conjure up the possibility of serious financial losses to the Treasury, which I do not see. I think we see entities that are fundamentally sound financially and withstand some of the disastrous scenarios. And even if there were a problem, the Federal Government doesn’t bail them out. – Barney Frank, 2003…

Deval Patrick Hypocrisy:  Lobbyist Pay-to-Play Operation

Gov. Deval Patrick, touting his efforts to scrub state agencies clean of lobbyists, has no problem raking in thousands in campaign cash from those same special-interest groups – many of whom have business before his Corner Office.

Patrick tucked into his budget a provision banning state agencies from using lobbyists, while pocketing nearly $700,000 last year, mostly from Bay State power players, one of whose clients won a $400,000 state contract in January.…

…and just for fun

Truck Day Has Come!

Sorry Punxsutawney Phil and your six-more-weeks-of-winter prediction, but if you live in New England and are a fan of Red Sox, a sure sign of spring has arrived — Truck Day!

Red Sox fans joined the team’s mascot, Wally the Green Monster (pictured, right), as well as legend Johnny Pesky to bid a safe voyage to the moving truck that has transported the team’s spring training gear from Fenway Park to Fort Myers, Fla. since 1998.…

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