Archive for May, 2011

May 31, 2011

Bob Paquette, Western Massachusetts host of “Morning Edition” dead at 55

Bob Paquette (Picture courtesy of WFCR)

  Note: The biographical information and quotes in this post were derived from a number of other websites.

  Bob Paquette, the local host and Senior News Producer of  Morning Edition carried on Western Massachusetts NPR stations 88.5 WFCR and WNNZ; died this past weekend in Bloomfield, CT at the age of 55.

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May 26, 2011

Gas Prices

May 25

Each day I will try and snap a picture of the sign outside the Cumberland Farms in Chicopee on Montcalm and Prospect Streets near my house.

May 22, 2011

Apocolypse……… ah maybe later

Well 6pm Eastern time came. Despite a small earthquake in the San Fransisco Bay area, it appears we are not engulfed in flames. If the most we get tonight is a minor earthquake in California, then I think its safe to say the world is not about to end but just showing a few cracks.

      ‘ as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.’—- 2 Peter 3:16.

Camping though is hardly alone, many others predictions have been made in the past with much the same result.

May 21, 2011

Judgement Day?

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Well here it is May 21,2011 and there is no end to the talk of today being ‘the end of the world as we know it’.

Who originated all this talk and why today as the day of the rapture?

  This prophecy of doom’s biggest messenger is Harold Camping, an 89 year old Preacher and founder of the Family Radio Network which he is now using for an advertizing blitz to spread the word, warning us heathens that the only way to be spared is to see the light of God and accept The Lord Jesus Christ.

    According to Camping and other adherents, the apocalypse will begin at 6pm Eastern time  with massive earthquakes. What is known as the rapture will begin, when Heaven will then open its doors to about 200 million true believers who have repented and accepted the word and truth of God. The rest of us heathens will then be left to incur the wrath of God in the form of more quakes and a big ass barbecue that will immolate the world.

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May 20, 2011

Actor Sean Astin’s candidate reminds us that fun political ads don’t always translate into votes.

 First off I just want to apologize for not updating this over the past couple of weeks. I have been preoccupied with a myriad of other matters, including my slide show of  the May 7th Pride parade in Northampton, which is almost done.

    Now I know this is a forum, as stated by its name that is dedicated to thoughts and coverage of life and events in the Pioneer Valley. Every so often though, something happens around the nation that by such a definition also affects us and I comment on that.This next post though falls under nether of those definitions, but in terms of celebrity and the bizarre nature of politics (and California politics in general) just had to be commented on.

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May 16, 2011

A gay ole time


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The long awaited and promised slideshow of the May 7 Pride parade is now done.
May 5, 2011

Last independent video store in Franklin County going out of business

Based on an article that appeared in the Amherst Bulletin. 

When I was a child I remember often going to video stores, back in the 1980s and 90s when they were at their business and cultural zenith.  The small white lights framing the posters of new releases, the membership cards, and the videos with their boxes, both pristine and weathered lining the shelves with constellations of Hollywood’s glossy stars and legends. I used read the summaries printed on their backs, absorbing all the dramatic language employed by marketers in to reel in curious browsers.

       Now  those outlets of my childhood once so ubiquitous, are going the way of the payphone or the drive in Movie Theater to make a more motion picture related comparison. Now the last independent video rental store is going out of business by the end of this month.

    Video Zone, a small store located on Tina Ave in South Deerfield has been in existence since 1995, and supposedly was another video store before that.

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May 3, 2011

Bin Laden is dead (and reactions)


    Honestly, I was hoping to do a big hard news article using several sources and recounting much of the history of  the U.S hunt for Osama Bin Laden, news of the raid, and how it affected U.S policy over the last ten years, but I forgot to save the post.

  Hopefully this much more modest and personal post will suffice.

As we all know, late Sunday night President Barack Obama in a televised address from the East Room of the White House, announced  that Al-Queda mastermind Osama Bin Laden was killed in a U.S raid.

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May 2, 2011

View from the corner store

May 3, 2011

Each day I will try and snap a picture of the sign outside the Cumberland Farms in Chicopee on Montcalm and Prospect Streets near my house.

May 2, 2011

Idiocy in Political Discord: Michelle Bachmann compares possible high taxes to the holocaust


Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R- MN 6). Picture courtesy of LA

 Donald Trump with his birther nonsense and boorish profanity laced tyraid at a Las Vegas speaking engagement (by the way very presidential Donald); has taken up the lion share of  media attention when it comes to stupidity in politics.

   But Congresswoman and possible Republican Presidential contender Michelle Bachmann (R, MN-6) still has the magic. Saturday speaking at a New Hampshire Republican event, she warned that America is seeing a dramatic loss of her economic liberty. Then she did what so many mountebanks and heartless opportunists do when they want to galvanize a crowd. She compared possible high tax rates to the holocaust.   

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