Author Archives: Campaign Outsider

Another MFA Sell-Off ‘For the Benefit of the Collection’

As the hardworking staff has previously noted, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts periodically pawns some of its current holdings in order to acquire better stuff, as in the Great Degas Swap of 2003. Something similar happened last year when the MFA sold … Continue reading

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PAC-on-PAC Action in U.S. Senate Races!

It’s the Clash of the Titans (Political Fundraising Division) in swing-state U.S. Senate races these days. The latest thing is Super PACs attacking the opponent’s Super PAC in TV spots. Start with the Senate Majority PAC whacking Arkansas GOP Senate candidate Tom Cotton … Continue reading

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GOP = Got Our Pitch?

For reasons far beyond our ken, the hardworking staff has been peppered lately with emails from Republican hustlers looking to shake us down for campaign contributions. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-God’s Waiting Room) kicked off the right-wingding with the subject line … Continue reading

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‘Lean’ Times for New England Democratic Candidates

From Massachusetts governor to New Hampshire Senate, the political tides are shifting in the early days of the general election campaign. From the Rothenberg Political Report (tip o’ the pixel to Politico’s Morning Score): See that little arrow lower right? That’s … Continue reading

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PayPal Takes a Bite of Apple

With things running hot (Apple Watch, iPhone 6, Apple Pay) and cold (Nude Girls Nude!) at Apple, the folks at PayPal obviously see a threat – and an opening. So, the back page of today’s New York Times Business section: … Continue reading

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Federal Government Once Again Wants You to Pay It Backward

Here’s yet another example of the U.S. government squeezing the disadvantaged for back payments they don’t have. From the Huffington Post: Seniors Forced Into Poverty As Education Department Demands Payment The Education Department is demanding so much money from seniors with … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging ‘Over Here’ at Boston Athenaeum

Well the Missus and I trundled downtown yesterday to catch Over Here: World War I Posters From Around The World and say, it was swell. The Boston Athenæum holds an extraordinary, but little known, collection of World War I posters. Consisting … Continue reading

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Who Is Marvin Gilmore Again?

From our Late to the Ninetieth Birthday Party desk This ad ran in the A section of yesterday’s Boston Globe:     Marvin Gilmore? Do we know him? Yes we do. From the May 21, 2010 edition of the Boston … Continue reading

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TAG Heuer Needs a New TAGline

Say, that was some US Open the past fortnight, yeah? It was Upset Central from start to finish, with the 1 seed (Serena Williams) playing the 10 seed (Caroline Wozniacki) in the women’s singles finals, and the 10 seed (Kei … Continue reading

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Round Midnight at the Global Worldwide Headquarters (Wishbone Ash Rockpalast ’76 Edition)

Let’s stipulate (as they say on Law & Order) that Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash was one helluva lead guitarist. Then let’s enjoy this Rockpalast Cologne gig in 1976 (especially Time Was and Blowin’ Free 59:40-1:14:18).     Channeling Amazon, … Continue reading

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