“To win the people, always cook them some savoury that pleases them.”

Today is truly another day in paradise. The weather is sunny, dry and in the high 70’s. The breeze, coming from the north, is cooling. It ruffles leaves and sways the smaller branches. It is nap time here. Fern, Maddie and Gracie are sleeping. The cats are each on a different couch and Gracie is snoozing in her crate. I can hear her snoring. I’m thinking an afternoon nap might be just the thing.

The Globe gave me a few chuckles this morning. A video, part of the robbery at the Gardiner Museum, has been released. From the night before the heist, it is possibly a dress rehearsal for the real event the next night. It shows Guard Richard Abath opening a door to let the man inside the museum. The next night it was Abath who opened the door to two men dressed as police officers who went inside, subdued Abath and tied him up. There are other issues connected to Abath, but my chuckle came from a man who was a student with Abath back in the day. The man, Knight, called Abath “a very nice guy, very intelligent, very well-read.” Knight recalled Abath said it was an honest mistake letting in the men posing as officers. Knight went on to say, “I hoped he was not involved in this. It would certainly cast him in a different light if in fact he was proven beyond a reasonable doubt he was guilty. That would alter, in my mind, his overall character significantly.” Do you think?

Another article described the top Argentinian officials facing charges in a 1994 bombing. “On a day of heavy rain, several of the 13 men were ushered into court…”I have no idea why we needed to know it was raining, but once we did I wanted more. Did they wear raincoats, use newspapers to cover their heads or have umbrellas? I want the full story!!

My favorite of all is the SJC (the state’s Supreme Judicial Court) has tossed out a law which made it illegal to lie in political campaign material calling it “inconsistent with the fundamental right of free speech.” The court explained, “Citizenry, not the government, should be the monitor of falseness in the political arena.” So what happens when your opponent fills the air waves with lies about you? According to Justice Cordy,”That solution is counter speech.” In other words, tell your own lies. Let the people figure it out the truth on their own. How scary is that?

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12 Comments on ““To win the people, always cook them some savoury that pleases them.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Hot and humid here today and it has been quite nasty but I refuse to complain, it doesn’t rain for once so who can complain 🙂 🙂

    It feels like Mr Knight might have to change his opinions about Mr Abath 🙂 Also, I don’t think that Mr Abath perhaps is as intelligent as he thought either since he didn’t think of the cameras in the museum 🙂

    Perhaps the reporter felt like the rain was some kind of omen for the Argentinian officials 🙂 🙂 It would however helped if he had written if they had rain coats because if tey didn’t I’m pretty sure it was a very bad omen 🙂 🙂

    But isn’t that what politicians do most of the time, tell lies and answers with other lies? 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Lovely still today! I still wouldn’t mind some rain.

      They questioned Abath who claimed no knowledge of the crime. Now people are asking about this video tape the FBI has had for decades. I figured the Knight comment was the writer trying to fill up space as I thought the comment too silly for the paper.

      Maybe it was a metaphor for the bad day for the officials, but usually newspaper articles don’t use them. Columns often do though.

      True-but here you could sue them for the lies they tell but not any more.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Birgit Says:

    What??? (3rd article). Survive the next 15 month without going insane!
    Speaking of lies, we’ve heard more than enough of them here alone in the last 7 days. An ugly game.

    • katry Says:

      Yup, tell all the lies you want. It is free speech at its finest. I guess you just have to be careful not to slide over to slander or libel, a thin line.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I supposed the law wouldn’t have made a lot of difference. People believe what makes them feel comfortable or feeds their prejudices and they aren’t going to listen to the counter speech. Counter speech would be lies, in their opinion. Everyone knows that opinions are more true than actual facts. Especially in politics.

    Your comments about the Globe brought to mind the old story about the new reporter who opened his story about a hurricane with the line, “God sat on a hill and viewed the devastation below”. His editor cabled back, “Forget disaster. Interview God.”

    Peapod came. The CSA box contained garlic scapes. I have no idea what to do with them. Everyone says pesto. I don’t have a lot of need for pesto. I will probably roast or sauté them. They taste like chives so I’ll use them that way.

    It’s a perfect day up here, too. The dogs and I have been out a couple of times. It’s so nice when it’s not hot and humid. Now they are both napping on or beside the couch. Dinner time is near.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It is still a lovely day though we now have a few clouds. My lawn got mowed and my deck swept. I just pay the bill, and I’m glad for that.

      I don’t use sex, race or religion to eliminate a candidate though I admit a certain leaning toward the donkey, not the elephant. I hate the vitriolic which comes around every election time.

      I haven’t ever bought garlic scapes, but I did hunt for you:

      Have a great evening!!

  4. Bob Says:

    I purposely avoided watching the circus from Cleveland last night. I caught the highlight reel on the news this morning. The Donald put on quite a show for the fringe element of the GOP. At least Herman Cane is not running again. 🙂

    Another hot day again today. I think it topped out at 40.5 C which sounds cooler than 105 F.

  5. t gibons Says:


    Jon Stewart would enjoy your last paragraph. What mockery he would make of the SJC opinion. BS at it’s finest. Gonna miss him.

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