Monthly Archives: May 2013

Hark! The Herald! (Battle Of The Bulger Edition)

From our Walt Whitman desk The Boston Herald is still pounding away at Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Elsewhere) over the Massachusetts welfare rumpus, but the feisty local tabloid has its eye on bigger game next week when the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger … Continue reading

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Starbucks Is Not A Coffeehouse

It’s long been clear that Starbucks, despite its 17,651 franchises worldwide, is not just a coffeehouse chain. It’s a lifestyle/culture brand, producing CDs, co-producing movies, publishing books, and serving as an art gallery. Not to mention operating as a political … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Welfare? Well, Foul! (II)

This is mother’s milk to our feisty local tabloid. The Boston Herald is on the Massachusetts welfare abuse scandal like Brown on Williamson. Today’s edition goes yesterday’s one better, with three – count ‘em, three – full pages of pleased-as-punch … Continue reading

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Why We Love The Stanley Cup Playoffs (Less Hateful Team Wins! Edition)

As the hardwatching staff noted yesterday, we despise the Detroit Red Wings more than we hate the Chicago Blackhawks. So we were pleased that poetic justice reigned supreme in last night’s Western Conference semifinal final. First the Blackhawks were robbed … Continue reading

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Why We Love The Stanley Cup Playoffs (LA Kings Win Game 7 Edition)

The guy with the best goalie name ever – Jonathan Quick – submitted a spectacular performance last night in the Los Angeles Kings’ 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in the final game of the Western Conference semifinal. Representative … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Welfare? Well, Foul!

The new audit of the Massachusetts welfare system gets very – say it with me – different treatment in the local dailies today. Boston Globe Page One: Lede . . . Read the rest at It’s Good to Live in a … Continue reading

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Travels With The Missus On The Côte d’Azur

Well the Missus and I trundled over to the French Riviera for our 30th wedding anniversary (and to walk in the footsteps of Alicia Markova in advance of the Missus’ forthcoming book), and here’s how it went . . . … Continue reading

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Ex-Globe Editor Marty Baron Stiff-Arms National Journal

Former Boston Globe (and current Washington Post) executive editor Marty Baron was profiled in National Journal this week and rest assured, he’s the same in D.C. as he was here – only more so. Nut graf: Washington, meet Martin Baron, … Continue reading

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WNET’s UnReality Ad Campaign

The hardtracking staff has no problem with this new ad campaign for New York PBS station WNET. We just think it’s an interesting misdirection play. From the New York Times: An Ad Campaign at WNET Uses Reality TV as a Punchline … Continue reading

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Walmart Gets Into Boston! (Globe)

The hardshopping staff knows one job Boston Mayor Tom Menino won’t be considering when he leaves office next year: Walmart greeter. Hizzoner has been Lord Waldemort, blocking Walmart’s entry into Boston at every turn. So Walmart has apparently decided to … Continue reading

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