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Shirley Leung has a toddler, doesn't she?

Everybody's favorite Olympic nag today reassures the USOC not to worry about us lying on the floor crying and screaming and slamming our little fists into the hardwood: We'll be back to our adorable selves after a good nap.

[W]e will throw tantrums like 2-year-olds. Maybe it looks like a freak show to you. To us, it’s all normal.

With bonus gratuitous stereotyping of the entire state of Colorado.

Meanwhile, the Herald reports John Fish is out and Steve Pagliuca is in and telling us we need to win this one for the Gipper, um, America.

Oh, and hello there, Dianne Wilkerson.

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I wonder how much the USOC/IOC are paying her for these fluff pieces? If this isn't a "I'm a USOC/IOC lapdog" piece, then my real name is Tina Turner and I'm here to sing "Private Dancer" for you.

You can re-arrange the deck chairs on the Titanic as much as you want, but the ship is still going to sink.

*shakes head*

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Could also be mentally ill, or an idiot.

Papers like to give columns to idiots who say provocative things.

The Globe, given its ownership, should be falling all over itself to be defend its credibility on the Olympics bid. I expect a series of reports on histories of corruption surrounding the Olympics and the current players, as well as the Spotlight team doing new investigative journalism, and at least one heavy-hitting expose'.

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personelle moves. I would like to see some real journalism. Go take a look at the last few Olympics, the effects they had on the cities and the cost. Do serious, in depth research and report it. At this point, I don't know anything good about the IOC and that is why I am very concerned about the idea of having the Olympics in Boston.

If the Globe wants to change minds, these columns are going to do it. Show us that the Olympics can be expected to be a gain or a loss for Boston based on evidence. Right now we just have two sides talking really vaguely. Some good journalism would be really useful to the people of Boston.

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They can't do that. Hard-hitting journalism about the actual cost/benefit of the Olympics to its host city would sink 2024 for good. It'd be toddler-tantrumism of the first order.

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I think everyone in this town knows that for real journalism you read The Dig.

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I would wonder the same thing, but it's an ad hominem so I won't.

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sing Private Dancer anyway?

just for us?

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...""We Don't Need Another Hero."

please...Raggedy-Man.

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The 21st century has only just begun, but Boston teams have already brought home four Super Bowls, three World Series, an NBA banner, and a Stanley Cup.

En garde, Paris.

...She knows no teams from Paris compete for any of those, right?

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Having read some of her work, I cannot assume that she knows much of anything.

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Hang on folks. I think that was a reference to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1924_Summer_Olympics

Paris is the logical choice for these Olympics, and she was referring to that.

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Shirley, if you give me my binky and a bedtime story (titled "How Shirley Leung cut me a check for $50,000") I will happily abandon my moral responsibility to oppose the Olympics and join your gang in selling out.

See, I'm not even asking for a salary. What you would pay me to one time shut up is downright miniscule compared to all those six-figure salaries your boys are getting for the next decade!

Give it some thought, hey?

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..while unaware that it is lacking air to make the pipes resound..

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No real addressing of the concerns expressed by the anti-Olympics contingent, just a lazy use of anecdotes with a side helping of insulting the very people I'm guessing she's trying to convince. D- for rhetoric, C- for research.

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To be fair its not smart for the USOC and their lap dogs to address the concerns because doing so just further points out what a scam the olympics is.

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This Is the Boston2024 argument:
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Or alternatively:
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"Please don't let the 36% approval rate amongst the great unwashed deter you from awarding this graft fest to the local scumbags who clearly have the best interests of the city and it's taxpayers in their hearts. Oh, and go Sox."

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She's actually not even helping her pro-Olympics cause at this point. Her columns are so over the top as to be borderline parody. She fundamentally does not understand this city nor why people are opposed to this.

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I am starting to wonder if Shirley Leung's crazy pro-Olympics articles are really just snark and extreme sarcasm and that she really doesn't want the Olympics here any more than most rational-minded Bostonians. That would be a great career move. I mean, I for one don't recall ever having heard of her or her column before all of the Olympics madness began, but now when I log onto UHub at work in the morning I secretly cross my fingers in the hope that Adam has provided us with a link to her latest hilarious column.

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...and have never come closer to becoming one of those angry old cranks who threatens to cancel their subscription. Though, between this awful relentless Olympic cheerleading and the continued employment of both Shaugnessy and Jacoby, why again am I paying for online access?

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I literally just cancelled my subscription because why am I paying for:

Leung
Shaugnessey
Voilin
Gasper
Eric Wilbur
Farragut or whatever the token conservatives name is.
etc...

We'll see if I find that I need more than 5 articles a month. I'd be willing to bet that the Globe disproportionately pays their 'star' columnists more than the people whose work I actually value, like an idiot tax. It's also self fulfilling - they pay the writer a good salary and then need to justify it by promoting that writers work, then leading to more page views confirming the value of the writer.

But my main point is, I'm not that old.

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Really, it's 5 articles per month PER DEVICE, so if you have, say a desktop and a smartphone that's 10 free articles.

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you can also use multiple browsers on the same device, which is my main strategy

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n/t

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Just cut and paste links into the Pocket app. That's how I avoid the Globe paywall.

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Use your browser's private/incognito mode and the count gets reset to zero whenever you exit your browser. Alternatively, just delete all the bostonglobe.com cookies to reset the count.

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I did know that.

However, I do feel like if I'm going to read that much content, then I'll pay for it to support the work of the journalists there I value. It's just that right now, I'm going to cut most Globe content out of my media diet and see if I miss it.

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"Stingy Bostonians also worry that taxpayers will be on the hook if costs go over budget."

How dare they!

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Imagine that - people who have been told that we can't have a functioning transit system because there isn't any money for it are concerned about paying for a disruptive circus!

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Who read this and immediately thought "Where is this Shirley Leung person from, because she isn't from Boston?"

Us? I think you mean Them, Fresh Princess.

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It would seem that she's from Maryland and went to Princeton. These days she lives in Milton which happens to be where John Fish and Deval Patrick live. What a weird coincidence!

After all, she can't possibly live in the city with her toddlers. It's too hard to get around the South End with them.

http://www.universalhub.com/2014/globe-columnist-doesnt-know-first-thing...

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I forgot about that one.

It sure is refreshing hear someone who is not from Boston, doesn't live in Boston, and hated living in Boston when she did so briefly, talk about what a bunch of whiny crybabies everybody from Boston is.

Gives me a kind of local pride. She was rejected from our city like an infectious agent. P-tooey.

Yes, the Fresh Princess is from Bel-Air, Maryland. She could go back there, but who else would we feel so good about ridiculing?

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  • Writer is doing satire that's way over our heads.
  • Writer was told by owner to do a puff piece, and is rebelling by writing one so awful that it will have no net effect other than to cause a few more subscription cancellations.

How does one revive their journalism career after shoveling stuff like this?

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Boston2024 will pay people off.

The hippies and hipsters leading the NoBostonOlympics movement will get bike lanes and cycle tracks built in and out of Allston and JP.

Senator Chang-Diaz and Councilor Jackson will get a promise of jobs an maybe some type of long term low-income housing built in Dot-Rox. And a promise to maintain the football field and pool in Franklin park. And of course promises to hire minirity owned businesses.

Beacon Hill Brahmins will get a promise not to use the Common, or to do some big wish-list renovations. (Maybe granite curb ramps).

Western Mass pols will get Olympic whitewater, and some rapid transit improvements.

Boom. Stars align and opposition dries up.

Get out your party hats and break out your wallet. Olympic party here we come!

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Shirley Leung is utterly insufferable. She seems to exist in an elite bubble. I watch "Beat the Press" on PBS, but when she is a panelist I have to turn it off.

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Bend over, lube up, and take it like a man!

Uh huh.

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At least John "BITE THE PILLOW, I'M GOING IN RAW" Fish is out.

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is there a way to browse uhub and automatically filter out all olympics-tagged articles? (or any kind of tagged article you're just not interested in reading)? i know some sites that will hide any articles tagged with a specific keyword (for example, some tv show sites will hide anything tagged 'spoiler' if you want).

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Your wish is my (well, actually Adam's) command: http://www.universalhub.com/no2024

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But yup, there it is. Now, technically, I could do what cleokid suggested and add a dropdown and a list of subjects You Are Sick to Death Of, with cookie support, no less, so you could have a sick-of-thing-free site without having to remember a different URL, but I suspect that list would quickly get pretty long ...

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awesome, thanks much!

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I like the idea of the Globe as a local media outlet that will occasionally do great work in investigative journalism, but I'm cancelling my subscription. For every dollar they spend on quality journalists, they're probably paying two to garbage writers like Leung and hacks in the sports section. It's just not an enterprise which deserves support anymore nor does it really add any value to the greater Boston area at this point.

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...and squarely in the middle of the front page of the dead tree edition this morning.

Leung has a lot of competiton at the Globe for worst columnist, but she just lapped the field with today's piece of putrified tripe.

I used to get annoyed at the (late) Atlanta Constitution when I lived in Georgia -- but their columnists were (on average) significantly better.

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Lest this get lost in the Leung-bashing, but it's good to see the ethically-challenged Dianne Wilkerson back in the news.

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Wilkerson is very upset that she had to cancel those bras with the special large size money belts that she had just ordered.

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"She also questioned if the group’s workforce development plan will include minorities. “Somebody has to be hired who ... knows what they’re doing, how to do it,” she told the panel, according to Boston.com."

In Ms. Wilkerson's case, this would include:

1, Taking bribes
2. Evading taxes

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But you have to realize that the whole Herald story was a plant from Boston2024 to silence her, right? You may not like what she's done in the past, but the fact that Davey and his pals decided to make it seem like she was desperate for a job with them to ruin whatever credibility she may have was a deliberate smear.

More from DotNews if you actually care to read it:

http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a426d7776c5b47e8ca0cd7034&id=25b7fb...

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Actually, it's more from Dianne's Facebook page if you actually care to read it.

I'm reminded of Bob Arum's famous quote - “Yesterday I was lying. Today I'm telling the truth.”

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But the piece in the Herald was obviously a smear. Wilkerson never mentioned pitching Boston2024 for a job before (in any press I've seen, at least), so she never lied about it in the past-- she just didn't mention it. Thus, the story was clearly pushed from Boston2024, and they could say she walked in unannounced and demanded a job like the bribe-taking ex-con she is, and you'll believe them.

Remember, this all apparently happened right after they got plowed in the polls and were scrambling and hiring former pols left and right. So, frankly, I believe her story that she was asked to pitch, and they said no. The fact that they then spun the story the way they presumably did speaks volumes to their integrity.

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While I'm sure you're right, that B24 dropped this story to discredit her, it's also true that she used to of this sort of thing all the time. That is, shake down universities and developers that she publicly criticized for contracts or contributions in the guise of so-called "community benefits." Not for herself but for neighborhood groups or individuals, most of them of rather dubious legitimacy and not registered charitable organizations. There were rumors of kickbacks to her, but innocent til proven, etc.

When she was an elected official she got what she asked for because they were afraid if her. That's no longer true, I imagine. But you can't be surprised that she'd give it a try.

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You realize who we're talking about, right?

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She just wants to not say no until we see how badly we'll be screwed. In the comments:

For the record, I am not in favor of having the Olympics in Boston because I have not seen the final plan. I am in favor of being open-minded and giving Boston 2024 a chance to work through their plan.

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Let's have a "plan revealing party" at Shirley's house. We'll have to renovate her house, of course - add a few rooms, double the size of the kitchen, put Portapotties all over the yard. And we absolutely promise that we'll pay for all of it, and she won't get bills from caterers and bartenders and Portapottie-service companies for years to come. And she won't be invited to the actual party, but she'll get to use the giant kitchen after we leave. I hope she's open-minded enough to let us use her yard to talk big ideas with our European guests.

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as she sucks. On the other hand, I suspect this will all be viewed as a positive by Globe leadership who, based on the CHB's prominence over the years, value shit stirring more than measured reasonable opinion pieces.

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