Merry Christmas

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When you get a little ticked off that someone didn’t like the gift you got them or you may have not been given an iPad.

Stop and think of the parents of Newtown and how all they may want is another day with their children.

Don’t let your day be defined by all things material….none of it really matters.

I hope you all get to enjoy the ones you love today.

Merry Christmas!
DotRat ~

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The Shield…

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So one of the most painful moments in a American history has played itself out over the last few days. Today the families tried to grieve, as funeral processions began in Newtown. As if laying your child to rest for the very last time wasn’t enough. Arguably the most classless organization in this country is promising to show up. Westboro Baptist Church…..

These folks are almost the equivalent of Christian Al Qaeda in my book. An extremist group with a twisted interpretation of the Bible who exploit media gatherings to get their message out there. They may not kill people (yet) but the methods they employ are nothing short of torture, especially to those in such a vulnerable state like the families of fallen soldiers or a town who’s loss of 20 children made the world shutter. They are the perfect example for all that is flawed with the human race.

Luckily for us, we have people who stand against this type of extremist vision of the world. Tomorrow, a group of men and women will step forward much in the same fashion they did when their country asked them to stand up against Al Qaeda. The American Infidels MC and their supporters will be in Newtown doing their part to make sure not one family has to look at these excuses for human beings. I would urge anyone with the time and means to do exactly the same.

December 11th 1990…

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What can I say about today?  I actually started tearing up at the thought of it all, naturally this turned to anger. Not this time of year, these kids were too young. All these young parents putting the final touches on their holiday plans only to get a very impersonal call from a reverse 911 system that something terrible had happened. Then it hit me even harder….

22 years ago on December 11th 1990, I too experienced this type of violence.  He was a fellow Dot Rat and a few years older. A handsome kid that stood out because of his ways with the ladies, one of those people who’s smile could light up a room. That morning I remember hearing a scuffle in the hallway that seemed to drag on for a bit. Once we heard screaming the entire class ignored the teacher and dumped into the hallway. I remember some of the students coming back in with their hands covering their mouths in shock….a few with tears in their eyes. My curiosity got the best of me I guess….young and stupid. Kingsley Allen was stabbed to death outside my home roomThe image of him taking his last breath lying in a pool of blood has never left me. This was the only time in my life where I witnessed someone die. I wouldn’t say it haunts me but it is still very vivid. Kingsley was the first student to die within a Boston Public School due to violence in it’s 343 year history up to that point.

Here I am 22 years and 4 days removed from that horrible morning. There’s a weight on my chest and a sick feeling in my stomach as the images fly across the TV.  Watching our President wipe some tears away this afternoon seemed to convey the sentiments of the entire country. But what is next?

Are we about to get into another battle of 2nd Amendment rights? Are we seriously going to start this process again? It goes nowhere every single time something tragic like this takes place.  Does anyone know why? Because both sides have equally valid points. I think the people of Newtown deserve better than the status quo….they deserve results.

Let me ask you readers a simple question? What is the most valuable resource in this country? Any good person will tell you it’s children. I see invest in children license plates, politicians screaming up and down that our children are the future of the country….YADDA YADDA f*cking YADDA. As cliche as it may sound, I too believe in this rationale. For our Constitution to truly survive the next 100 years we should invest in our children.

But, if this is the case, then it begs my next question. Why do we as a country provide better protection to our material assets? We have armed guards at museums, inside banks and armored cars, we even have our military protecting our gold at Fort Knox.

 

Our Courts, Statehouse and City Hall have better protection than the Murphy Elementary School.

22 years ago, these were the questions the students were asking. This is what we felt strongest about. It’s why Kingsely’s mother sued the City of Boston. There’s so many things to discuss when a tragedy like this occurs. There’s so many ways to waste time and energy as well. You can beat up the NRA, counsel children till you’re blue in the face, create evacuation plans or buy metal detectors. It’s all been done before and we have wasted millions if not billions doing it.

You want results? Protect your kids like you protect your cash and politicians. Put a police officer in EVERY school across the country….make it federal law.

My thoughts and prayers are with you Newtown.

 

 

That was worth the trip…

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Hey Houston….how did that work out for you? You all deserved the beating you got  solely for climbing all over Paul Revere like a bunch of Red Coats. I know that’s how Texans roll and you enjoy climbing over walls and sh*t but this is what happens when you disrespect a Patriot.

America‘s fattest city should not be acting like they personally won the Superbowl in the greatest sports city EVER!

 

 

Nothing Ordinary…

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I honestly can’t think of a better Hip Hop song on the radio right now. Every other song out there feels stale by comparison. Help support Bigg Dee and buy “Ordinary” on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ordinary-single/id574697568 . His new album Fashionably Late is out next month. I’m hoping to have him and the Chef Boyz on Dot Rat radio before they take off on tour.

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Boombalotty’s Random Thoughts…

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- I honestly can’t believe how much I miss the NHL, I’m a Bruins fan, but more importantly i’m a fan of the NHL. It’s upsetting to all sports fans when greed takes a hold of both sides. The NHL was down and out for a while. They lost their ESPN coverage, which is huge, they were surviving on  the vs. channel and occasionally an NBC game. a few years ago someone over at NHL headquarters had tremendous idea let’s play hockey outside on new years day. Wow! it was a real game changer, who could forget the Bruins playing the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway. It was awesome to watch. This years game was supposed to be the Detroit Red Wings vs. the Toronto Mapleleafs outdoors at the Michigan football stadium, which holds 100,000 people. More importantly Hockey on new years day was beginning to be thought of as football on Thanksgiving. I certainly hope they resolve this dispute. Heck, make a call to Bob Kraft, that guy is the king deal maker.

-The Patriots are playing the Houston Texans tonight on Monday night football. All of the so called “experts” have been saying all season long that the Texans are the best team in football. This should be a great game, but please don’t believe the hype that this will determine anything about the playoffs. It’s just a regular season game. I still remember losing to the St. Louis Rams towards the end of the 2000 season, and we all know how that worked out in the super bowl. Or better yet, when we went 16-0 in the regular season. Unfortunately, we will never forget what happened then. So, just enjoy the game. Win or lose, it will be up to our defense on how far we go in the playoffs.

-The Celtics are moving in the right direction.They have a championship caliber team and we will get Avery Bradley back this week. Avery may not be a household name but trust me, he’s a big part of this team going forward. We all know about Pierce, Garnett and Rondo, but Jeff Green is playing great right now. Don’t forget he had heart surgery a year ago. Danny Ainge is becoming one of the best GM’s in all of sports. The true test for Danny will be when Pierce and Garnett retire, but i’m pretty confident the celts won’t have another 20 year drought.

-If you think it’s getting cold out there, try to remember it’s only 63 more days until spring training.

-A big Dot Rat congratulations goes out to Tom and Gisele on the birth of their daughter Vivian. The little bundle of joy is now, as Warren Buffett once said, part of the lucky sperm club.

- Lastly, when you’re out Christmas shopping spending ridiculous amounts of money on everything. Try to remember the less fortunate out there. Sadly to say, but their will be kids who wake up Christmas morning with out anything. So try to give a few bucks to a charity, or buy a toy and donate it to your local church. It’s the right thing to do. By all means enjoy your holiday’s everyone, spread your cheer, be happy but most of all call a cab or have a friend drive if you’ve been drinking.

 

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