Tuesday, September 06, 2005

That sound you're hearing? It's several thousand people scratching their heads

Am I the only one still trying to figure out the cartoon on the editorial page of today's Cape Cod Times? If the cartoonist's idea was to leave the cartoon wide open to interpretation, he or she succeeded. If it was to make a compelling point in a humorous way, he or she utterly failed.
The cartoon shows a man reading the Times and saying, "I like the alternative to fossil fuel ... and I like cheap energy prices ... but I don't like wind turbines!"
To which a woman next to him responds - "That's like saying, you like Indians ... and you like pudding ... but you don't like Indian pudding!"
Add my voice to the chorus - no, it's not like that at all!
First of all, "I like the alternative to fossil fuel ..." as though there's only one, and in the context of the cartoon, this would be wind.
Second, I've yet to hear any opponent of the Cape Wind project, even the most vitriolic - and that would be you, Cliff Carroll - say they are against wind power. They are opposed to this particular project in Nantucket Sound.
I can't say for certain, but I suspect the reason this cartoon ran in the Times was because it is so muddled as to be nearly impossible to decipher for any underlying meaning. Hence, it might appeal to people on both sides of the issue.
Then again, they just might conclude it's a pretty lame cartoon.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Gauvin In Black and White

Granted this is an opinion piece, and not one of serious public import, but really Paul, did you think nobody would notice your prejudice? Well, I'm guessing not. Most people who are, don't know when it's showing.

A gentle-looking black man, a wide fellow with a broad smile and thick arms, sidled up to the seven-time Mr. Olympian and courteously asked if he could shake his hand. Why not? Schwarzenegger supposedly means "black plowman." Arnold obliged. If you're going to run for president some day, ...... then it isn't too early to be sociable and goofing with people who really aren't sure you are who you are.

The Register, Gauvin: Arnold, Maria surprise grunts at Gold's Gym, 8/11/05

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Tomfoolery at the Voice

Speaking of the recent issue of the The Voice, the editors of that publication unleashed a scathing editorial about the "other issue that immediately raises passions on Cape Cod" ... The Cape Cod Commission. In defending the Commission, they attacked the Speaker of the Assembly of Delegates, Tom Bernardo.

In the recent budget debate, Bernardo led the effort to roll back the increases in the authority's subsidy from the County. Subsidy, because the Commission has its own revenue stream, just check your real estate tax bills.

For his efforts to bring some accountability to the bloated agency's budget, the Voice uncorked a personal attack on Bernardo. After the fact of course. No sense taking any chances before the vote.

For a publication that is dedicated to profiling "courageous" personalities on the Cape (those opposing the wind farm in this issue), they took the cowards way out. They failed to disclose to their readers that the Senior Editor has a personal relationship with the Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commission. Seems that HE is married to HER.

Editor defends his wife's agency with ink, saves his marriage, again, for now. Sounds about right for a publication that has innumerable incestuous relationships with many Cape Cod institutions. Sounds more like a conflict of interest.

Looking forward to the Voice's coverage of Cape Wind supporters

Interesting reading in the most recent issue of The Cape Cod Voice, with nearly the entire issue - at least as it appears online - devoted to profiles of opponents of the Cape Wind project such as Hyannis Marina owner Wayne Kurker, Alliance exec Susan Nickerson and new CEO Charles Vinick, Barnstable community activist Jaci Barton, fisherman Ron Borjeson and others.
Seeing how this is The Voice, safe to assume that we can expect similar coverage of those on the other side of the issue. They are about equal in number to opponents, according to a most helpful recent poll in the Cape Cod Times.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Nothing like a good sex scandal to kick off summer

Hey, thanks for the plug below, blogmate. I calls 'em as I sees 'em ...
Another eye-opener of a story in the CC Times today by Joe Heitz about the alleged prostitution ring in North Falmouth, the lady's mugs shots are shown here. Talk about a wealth of detail -
"Customers were given the choice of booking an hour with one woman for $250 or with both for $450, according to another investigator" (save $50!).
Yeesh, what else were they dispensing, legal advice?
What is it about madams, alleged or genuine, that imbues them with the three-name appellation? Remember Sydney Biddle Barrows, the "Mayflower Madam?" The troika name tag gets pinned to assassins, too. Must have something to do with notoriety. JC

Ya, Jake, but that blogger "Codder" said it best in her column:

"Promoting Falmouth's Red Light District"
Codder opines that the alleged prostition ring would be great for the cape's struggling economy, like these promotional ideas;
  • Enhanced vacation packages.
  • A concierge's dream come true.
  • Added stop for shoulder season bus tours.
  • Increase revenue for local restaurants and lodgings by attracting more bachelor parties and corporate get-aways.
  • May attract a professional sports team.
  • Legally keep politicians out of high-profile scandals.
  • Weather doesn't matter--it defies the Cape's pesky seasonality.
  • No more worrying about your philandering hound dog of a husband making that treacherous trip over the bridge for a little action.
Read her complete & hilarious screed here. WB

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Jake hits a homer

A skunk cabbage by another other name...
Jack Coleman's Wind Farm Blog continues to amaze. His recent entry "We'll just call it something else ... yeah, that's the ticket" did a comic limning of Delahunt's failure at saving Nantucket Sound for his rich contributors, ending with;

"...Imagine if it was Jim Gordon sitting on the board of the Center for Coastal Studies, and one of his employees donates $11,500 to the center, and the center spits out a report from a simpatico consultant extolling wind energy in Nantucket Sound. Think we would have read about that in the Times? You could bet the ranch on it."
Read the rest here. WB

Friday, June 17, 2005

Glasnost at Pravda?

Following up on the last posting, a second reason to sense a change in direction at the Times - Karen Jeffrey's story on Wednesday about the Christa Worthington case.
I was not surprised to see Jeffrey clarify the issue of a second possible suspect at the scene of Worthington's death, seeing how she's the best reporter at the paper.
Her story focused on the indictment of Christopher McCowen, the garbage hauler charged in the case, and stated that "sources close to the investigation say the man McCowen identified has an alibi for the time surrounding Worthington's death."
As for the alleged DNA evidence of a second man, as cited in a Cape Codder story last month - "according to a police affidavit filed when police sought an arrest warrant for McCowen, a chemist from the state laboratory has identified the male DNA found in and on Worthington as coming from the same source - McCowen," Jeffrey wrote.
Most likely scenario - McCowen, confronted with DNA evidence putting him in Worthington's house that day, admits he was there but blames her death on a phantom. Shades of the Stuart case back in '89 ...

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Credit where credit is due

I've got to part company with you on that last one, Spyro. I think the Times deserves credit for avoiding the same flawed approach taken with last year's polling story on the Cape Wind project (I posted an item about this Monday at www.windfarmblog.com and won't rehash it here).
Where I agree with you is in the value of poll stories compared to news coverage. Given a choice, I'll almost always go with the latter. I stopped reading the series after the second day out of boredom. With the polling on Romney, let me guess - Republicans say he's doing fine and Democrats don't like him, right?
I doubt the results on the wind farm - a fairly even split between opponents and supporters and huge chunk of undecideds - were what the editorial board at the Times wanted to see. But the numbers were what they were, and the paper ran a story accordingly.
The Times gets its share of criticism here and we run the risk of sounding like Democrats grinding their teeth about President Bush if we don't give credit where credit is due.