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Catholic Citizenship Head Steps Down

I’m sure this news will make some happy.  Catholic Citizenship has announced that Larry Cirignano is stepping down to “head up a national organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. dealing with same-sex marriage and other public policy issues.” A quick Google search didn’t pull up any news about where he is going, and I couldn’t find anything on their website either.  Anyone know where he is going?

RIP Molly Ivins

Columnist Molly Ivins has died at age 62, reportedly of breast cancer.  There is a nice appreciation here, by some folks who have known her for a long time.

Herald front-pages Boston violence

Today’s startling Herald front page: The story paints a pretty grim picture. The 54 teenagers slain in Boston since the start of 2004 account for nearly half of the 123 teens murdered over the past 10 years. Prior to Dec. 22, just three 14-year-olds were murdered in Boston in the past 10 years. Then inside of two weeks, two more 14-year-olds were gunned down. And before mid-January, just one 13-year-old was slain in the past 10 years. Then seven bullets killed Gerena near the Bromley-Heath Housing Development. “Kids are walking more in twos,” Folgert said. “There’s an edge right now. They literally won’t go across the street to a McDonald’s alone. It’s ridiculous. They just won’t walk anywhere alone. That wasn’t true years ago.” Admittedly, the decision to run the “Dirty Harry” and the “it’s all about the lingerie” teasers at the top of the page may have detracted somewhat from the impact of the main graphic.  Nonetheless, kudos to the Herald for making a big deal out of a situation in Boston that desperately needs attention.  Commissioner Davis says that the “challenge” “energizes” him.  Let’s hope that it energizes him to put some concrete strategies into effect pronto.

R.I.P. Molly Ivins

Just heard that Molly Ivins passed away. While I did not always agree with her commentary I did consider her column a must read. You’ve got to admit the “Shrub” label she gave to George W. really fit!

Redstate Blogger: Rev. Drinan is Burning in Hell

Redstate is to the conservative blogs what Dailykos is to the progressive blog community.  Sure the right often takes a lonely comment from an obscure kos diary and tries to represent it as “mainstream” thinking on kos.  But this…this is what Redstate front pages by one of their key bloggers.

Read on… 

Galvin -Wasting Tax $ for his own publicity- Nifong of the North

Massachusetts’ top financial regulator today sued hedge fund manager Phillip Goldstein, who successfully curbed regulators’ reach into the $1.3 trillion industry, for allegedly allowing unqualified investors to look at his portfolios. Secretary of State William Galvin filed a civil complaint saying that Goldstein and his Bulldog Investors fund, of Saddle Brook, N.J., failed to restrict online access to the portfolios, which are considered a private offering. No investor has been harmed. Goldstein does not reside or operate in Mass. This is a matter for the SEC and not Mr. Galvin and the taxpayers of Massachusetts.

Turner Broadcasting can go f%#& itself

HT to milo2000, who notes the WBZ story confirming that today’s “suspicious device” scare that shut down parts of I-93 and Storrow Drive — thereby making thousands of drivers sit in stalled traffic for hours — are part of some stupid promotional stunt for “Adult Swim.” The suspicious devices which forced bomb units to scramble across Boston today were actually magnetic lights that are part of a marketing campaign for a television cartoon…. WBZ has obtained a statement from Turner Broadcasting: “The “packages” in question are magnetic lights that pose no danger. They are part of an outdoor marketing campaign in 10 cities in support of Adult Swim’s animated television show Aqua Teen Hunger Force. They have been in place for two to three weeks in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Parent company Turner Broadcasting is in contact with local and federal enforcement on the exact locations of the billboards. We regret that they mistakenly thought to pose any danger.”  A total of nine devices were found in Boston and Somerville. Sorry, folks, but “we regret” isn’t good enough.  What on God’s green earth were these people thinking, attaching weird-looking blinky-light […]

Private Armies in the U.S.: Bad for Democracy

An interesting Op-Ed in the LA Times the other day by Jeremy Scahill, also covered by DemocracyNow, about the rise of the Blackwater Corporation, which provides mercenaries to the U.S. in Iraq and elsewhere. Scahill is a fellow at the Nation Institute and the author of the forthcoming “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.” Blackwater began in 1996 with a private military training camp “to fulfill the anticipated demand for government outsourcing.” Today, its contacts run from deep inside the military and intelligence agencies to the upper echelons of the White House. It has secured a status as the elite Praetorian Guard for the global war on terror, with the largest private military base in the world, a fleet of 20 aircraft and 20,000 soldiers at the ready. The article discusses Bush’s proposal in his State of the Union speech for a Civilian Reserve Corps that, “[W]ould function much like our military Reserve. It would ease the burden on the armed forces by allowing us to hire civilians with critical skills to serve on missions abroad when America needs them,” Bush declared. The article continued: Already, private contractors constitute the second-largest “force” in Iraq. At last […]

Lite Brite Hoax

Word on the street is that the “bomb scare” in Boston today was a bunch of Lite Brite boxes with Cartoon Network Characters on it.  Okay.. if you are going to do a hoax that big can’t you at least put anti-war slogans on it or something!?

BMG receives grant from “BlogPac”

Chris Bowers, Matt Stoller, Laura Packard, and some of the other fine folks who are Jerome Armstrong blog at MyDD.com have set up a new organization called “BlogPac.”  The idea, not surprisingly, is to raise money to support progressive online activism.  One of the ways in which they hope to do that is to underwrite blogs with a statewide, as opposed to a national, focus. That project officially begins today: I’m pleased to announce that BMG is one of a dozen blogs across the country to receive a grant from BlogPac that will cover one year of hosting costs.  From the announcement on MyDD: Over the past three weeks, we have told you that BlogPac is working on a project to bring community blogging to every state in the country (see here, here and here). Specifically, one of the things that meant was paying for the website hosting costs of 50 local, community blogs, which would help alleviate the burden on some of most our essential, local, progressive activists. Today, I am happy to announce that you have put together the resources to make it happen, and we can announce the first group of bloggers who about to receive your […]