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TODAY’s local hero

It’s a huge accomplishment to become an athletic star.  It’s quite another accomplishment to put that stardom to an important use beyond the “goal at hand”.  Tim Thomas used his athletic prowess and accomplishments to, among very many other things, (see below*), win the Conn Smythe Trophy for Most Valuable Player in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs.  In addition to winning the Stanley Cup, because of his age, 37, Thomas became the oldest player and second American-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy in NHL history.  Thomas set another type of record few are in a position to do, and took an important and noble stand that reaches beyond the ice to send a message.

Tim Thomas declines to attend White House ceremony and hopefully alerts many to the precarious state of this country.  He issued the following statement relative to his reasons for not attending:

“I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People. This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government. Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.”

For all of the aforementioned reasons, Timothy James Thomas, Jr. is today’s HERO.

*(born April 15, 1974) Thomas is an American professional ice hockey goaltender with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Raised in Davison, MI, Thomas played college hockey for the University of Vermont for four years, from 1993–1997, during which he was drafted 217th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He played for several years in the minor leagues and Europe, before making it to the NHL at age 28, with the Boston Bruins. He finally emerged as the Bruins’ starting goaltender at age 32. Thomas is a two-time winner of the Vezina Trophy (2009 and 2011) as the league’s best goaltender, and was a member of Team USA in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[1] Tim Thomas (ice hockey) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

On another note, as Bill O’Reilly on the O’Reilly Factor would call it, Tim Thomas is a Patriot, and it’s hard to figure out from the below, who the biggest pinheads are; the taxpayers that put up with this, the public officials that tolerate it, and/or look the other way until they can no more, or the ones actually engaging in these lies, fraud, and unethical behaviors.  YOU decide, and remember, all politics is local, and this is YOUR backyard:

highlights fromTimothy Murray's car crash

– Fund-raising may have been illegal; worries kept lieutenant governor awake on night of crash.

Murray was alone in his state-owned Crown Victoria when he went off Interstate 190 early on Nov. 2, demolishing the vehicle … Murray repeatedly changed his account of the event.

– To hear Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray tell it, former Chelsea housing chief Michael E. McLaughlin was just a campaign volunteer. (phone records show 193 calls between the two over the past two years – including one call on a Sunday at 1:30 a.m.)

– McLaughlin’s phone records show that he and Murray’s professional fund-raiser, Kellie O’Neill, called each other at least 51 times since 2008 – including 11 calls in the weeks before a 2010 fund-raiser where McLaughlin introduced Murray and collected donations.

– Globe investigation show former Chelsea housing chief ran an extensive political operation for the lieutenant governor right up until McLaughlin resigned in November amid an uproar over his $360,000 salary.

– It is not clear what became of the cash donations that employees say they gave to McLaughlin’s associates, but state law bans cash donations of $50 or more, and cash donations of any amount must be itemized and the donors identified.

– The Murray campaign provided a list of recent cash contributors, but it did not include any of the three housing employees who told the Globe they gave cash to McLaughlin’s aides purportedly for Murray.

– As a federally funded employee, McLaughlin was barred from most political activity, especially at work.  Interviews with more than two dozen people who attended Murray fund-raisers or made contributions, as well as a review of campaign records, show that McLaughlin played a central role in organizing at least three fund-raisers for Murray since 2008. Each time, McLaughlin introduced Murray to audiences composed mainly of housing authority officials and McLaughlin associates who typically donated $100 or more to Murray.

– At each event, people who were there say Murray thanked McLaughlin for his help. McLaughlin also got Murray’s support in other ways. Less than three weeks after a 2008 fundraiser, McLaughlin’s son Matthew started a $60,000 state job with Murray’s recommendation. Matthew McLaughlin was recently fired for allegedly falsifying attendance records.

– One maintenance worker said he bought a $100 ticket to a Murray fund-raiser at the cozy Irish Cottage restaurant in Methuen on June 25, 2010, because he knew that other authority employees were going. At least 22 housing authority employees, outside professionals, and their relatives contributed in connection with the event, campaign records show, which brought in nearly $10,000 from people with ties to McLaughlin.

– Massachusetts law also prohibits fund-raising by appointed public officials such as McLaughlin and pressuring employees to take part in politics…Murray campaign officials say they are well aware of the laws and did not violate them.  O’Neill said she only discussed issues related to campaign volunteers and personal business. “I never discuss fund-raising with federal or state employees,’’ she said, when asked about McLaughlin. “The law is clear.’’

– McNichols was the authority’s accountant and a close friend of McLaughlin now under investigation for shredding records; McCarthy is a former authority employee.

– McLaughlin, 66, had, however, long been a controversial figure who had been repeatedly investigated but never prosecuted for ethical lapses. When he was named director of Chelsea Housing in 2000, Chelsea city manager Guy Santagate objected, warning that McLaughlin would pull the city back into the bad old days of corruption.


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