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18 Nov 2012 11:53 AM   |   8466 clicks   |   Boston.com
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mr_a    [TotalFark]  
I doubt this would surprise anyone who has ever driven in Massachusetts

18 Nov 2012 09:12 AM
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St_Francis_P     
She knows bad driving from the inside.

18 Nov 2012 09:29 AM
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ThatGuyFromTheInternet     
You'd think her status would give her the magic get-out-of-traffic-violations free privilege.

18 Nov 2012 09:55 AM
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ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
You'd think her status would give her the magic get-out-of-traffic-violations free privilege.

It does now that she has oversight responsibility for state police. Single vehicle run off the road accident in broad daylight and police didn't care. When you're just a fundraiser it's harder to cry "do you know who I am?" Especially in another state -- the speeding ticket she ignored was in New Hampshire.

If you care to search Howie Carr's archives he's written about how much better Massachusetts drivers become once they are elected to office.

18 Nov 2012 10:48 AM
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johnsoninca    [TotalFark]  
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Safety? But sir! If truth be known, I actually caused more accidents around here than any other employee, including a few doozies no one every found out about.

18 Nov 2012 11:22 AM
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182     

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: You'd think her status would give her the magic get-out-of-traffic-violations free privilege.


so, i'd imagine she's worse than her record suggests....damn.

18 Nov 2012 11:58 AM
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GBB     
www.independent.co.uk

Massachusetts, what did you expect?

18 Nov 2012 12:05 PM
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wiredtolain     
Incredible, just utterly incredible.

18 Nov 2012 12:06 PM
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Summer Glau's Love Slave     
25.media.tumblr.com
Female driver thread!

/Yay!

18 Nov 2012 12:06 PM
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tweek46420     
is it bad that I started laughing really hard when the 1st thing i read was "her"?

18 Nov 2012 12:11 PM
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Sudlow     
#1 qualification for any state job: being a democrat.

18 Nov 2012 12:12 PM
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Silly Jesus     
A Democratic appointee with no experience in the field that she was appointed to run.

Color me surprised.

18 Nov 2012 12:19 PM
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Vangor     

Sudlow: #1 qualification for any state job: being a democrat.


Being affiliated with the party in power, you mean.

18 Nov 2012 12:21 PM
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BeSerious     

Silly Jesus: A Democratic appointee with no experience in the field that she was appointed to run.

Color me surprised.


3/10 Should get a few bites.

18 Nov 2012 12:23 PM
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special20    [TotalFark]  

Silly Jesus: A Democratic appointee with no experience in the field that she was appointed to run.

Color me surprised.


Yeah, heck of a job Brownie.

18 Nov 2012 12:34 PM
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Sudlow     
Vangor

Sudlow: #1 qualification for any state job: being a democrat.

"Being affiliated with the party in power, you mean."

Republicans have almost no power in MA. Even when the governor is a republican, he is a figurehead. The democrats have such a large majority in the house & senate that they can override anything he does.

18 Nov 2012 12:39 PM
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ben_oakmag     
tweek46420 : is it bad that I started laughing really hard when the 1st thing i read was "her"?

I did the same thing.

18 Nov 2012 12:40 PM
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ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
Republicans have almost no power in MA. Even when the governor is a republican, he is a figurehead.

Under Weld and Republican successors the parties shared patronage jobs. Weld/Cellucci/Swift got the highway agencies, Democrats got the parks agencies. One of the Republican highway people did have some trouble, an apparent drunk driving wreck in a state car for which he was not ticketed. He finally got busted for DUI after he left state employment.

18 Nov 2012 12:46 PM
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skinink     
Yea, no one from Massachusetts can drive well. I have relatives who have been in multiple accidents. I've been in just one accident but it was a single car and I damn near totalled the company van I was driving. All a driver's license proves in Massachusetts is that you've paid any car fees to the state,not that you can drive.

18 Nov 2012 12:52 PM
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Silly Jesus     
Q: Why was Hellen Keller refused a driver's license?

A: Because she was a woman.

18 Nov 2012 12:53 PM
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austerity101     
Not to get all sober here, but wouldn't illuminating her spotty driving past be an example of the appeal-to-hypocrisy fallacy?

18 Nov 2012 12:54 PM
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EggSniper     
FTFA ...comfortable knowing Burgess has had no [documented] driving issues between the date of her hiring [as director of the Massachusetts Highway Safety Division] and the time of her accident

FTFY

18 Nov 2012 01:16 PM
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Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener     
"It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, I'm a highway safety chief, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses."

"Hit it."

18 Nov 2012 01:23 PM
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grimlock1972     
I do not care which party is doing the appointing stop appointing people who are not qualified for the position for making the appointment for.

18 Nov 2012 01:29 PM
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bikerwalla     
She was only appointed to a position in government. It's not like she could affect people's lives from there or anything.

18 Nov 2012 01:36 PM
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UNAUTHORIZED FINGER     
"Qualifications?!? We don't need no steenkin' qualifications!"

-Representative Todd Akin
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

/may not be an actual quote... yet

18 Nov 2012 01:39 PM
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danpanic77     

austerity101: Not to get all sober here, but wouldn't illuminating her spotty driving past be an example of the appeal-to-hypocrisy fallacy?


Only if we were trying to dismiss her work initiatives based on her piss-poor driving record, which I haven't seen in this thread.

18 Nov 2012 02:12 PM
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Martonio     
WOMAN DRIVER!!!

18 Nov 2012 02:23 PM
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Betep     

Sudlow: #1 qualification for any state job: being a democrat.


lh3.ggpht.com

Obama Lite, Governor.

18 Nov 2012 03:00 PM
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UNAUTHORIZED FINGER     

Betep: Sudlow: #1 qualification for any state job: being a democrat.

[lh3.ggpht.com image 512x384]

Obama Lite, Governor.


25.media.tumblr.com

18 Nov 2012 03:10 PM
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MassAsster     

Summer Glau's Love Slave: [25.media.tumblr.com image 337x253]
Female driver thread!

/Yay!


blogs.tribune.com.pk

bblmedia.com

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bblmedia.com

/get these out of the way then...

18 Nov 2012 03:28 PM
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rugman11     

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: You'd think her status would give her the magic get-out-of-traffic-violations free privilege.


FTA: "There are 34 entries on her driving record, dating back to 1982. ... When asked whether Heffernan was comfortable with Burgess's long driving record, spokesman Terrel Harris said that she "was comfortable knowing Burgess has had no driving issues between the date of her hiring and the time of her [Aug. 24] accident.""

34 incidents in 25 years and then none in the last five years? Sounds awfully convenient.

18 Nov 2012 03:32 PM
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ka1axy     

rugman11: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: You'd think her status would give her the magic get-out-of-traffic-violations free privilege.

FTA: "There are 34 entries on her driving record, dating back to 1982. ... When asked whether Heffernan was comfortable with Burgess's long driving record, spokesman Terrel Harris said that she "was comfortable knowing Burgess has had no driving issues between the date of her hiring and the time of her [Aug. 24] accident.""

34 incidents in 25 years and then none in the last five years? Sounds awfully convenient.


Yes, but is he comfortable enough to *ride with her*?
(not really an issue, because she wrecked her state car and can't drive due to injuries)

18 Nov 2012 03:44 PM
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Betep     

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Betep: Sudlow: #1 qualification for any state job: being a democrat.

[lh3.ggpht.com image 512x384]

Obama Lite, Governor.

[25.media.tumblr.com image 316x338]


blackstonian.com

Oh you!

18 Nov 2012 04:44 PM
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austerity101     

danpanic77: austerity101: Not to get all sober here, but wouldn't illuminating her spotty driving past be an example of the appeal-to-hypocrisy fallacy?

Only if we were trying to dismiss her work initiatives based on her piss-poor driving record, which I haven't seen in this thread.


True, but I was referring to the very existence of the article. We find it ironic that her record stands as such, I suppose.

18 Nov 2012 04:50 PM
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Vangor     

Sudlow: Vangor

Sudlow: #1 qualification for any state job: being a democrat.

"Being affiliated with the party in power, you mean."

Republicans have almost no power in MA. Even when the governor is a republican, he is a figurehead. The democrats have such a large majority in the house & senate that they can override anything he does.


Which doesn't exactly negate what I said. The party in power here is the Democratic Party. Elsewhere, Republicans are. All of them are assholes for hiring unqualified people due to affiliation.

18 Nov 2012 05:59 PM
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Snort     
I thought for sure there would be a debate about whether this was actually irony or not.

19 Nov 2012 10:22 AM
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