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Month February 2008

Clinton Hitting the Wrong Note with “Experience”

I think the Clinton campaign has fallen right into the trap set by the Obama campaign with their “Experience” response to his “Change” message. Experience ties Senator Clinton to the status quo. Most voters hate the status quo: home values plunging, the stock market falling, hundreds of billions and thousands of lives lost in Iraq (connect those dots, incidentally, to beat McCain), and a President with an approval rating at historic lows. As soon as this race became “Old” versus “New” — a theme Obama underlined after South Carolina  (see the flood of BMG comments here), and which the “Experienced” Clinton campaign has encouraged — I think Clinton lost. We’ll see if the results next Tuesday prove me right or wrong. In the meantime, the “Experience” versus “Change” choice is graphically presented in the latest series of dueling ads. Obama’s response first, Clinton’s attack second: This is not the way for the impressive Senator from New York to win. I think there is merit to Frank Rich’s Audacity of Hopelessness” criticism that her campaign has not been expertly run. Hat tip, NYT.

Putting the pressure on Markey to support Cape Wind (updated)

I went to the action today in Medford Square — I counted about 75-85 folks there @ about 10:15, although I'm told there were even more a little earlier. IBEW Local 103 represented:

 

Jobs are at stake here — good ones. 

More pictures on the flip. 

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So, my US Rep. Ed Markey has been dancing around on Cape Wind for a good long time now. But as chairman of the extra-super-special Select Committe on Energy Independence and Global Warming, isn't it time for him to come out in favor of the project? 

Massachusetts Climate Action Network, Clean Power Now, and other groups are holding a rally to ask for Ed Markey's active support for Cape Wind. It's at Markey's Medford Square office on the corner of Forest Street and High Street (across from the Dunkin' Donuts — but isn't everything?), next Thursday morning, March 6, 10am. You can RSVP with Clean Power Now here.

And while you're at it, you can comment on the project to the Minerals Management Service (the federal agency charged with oversight over the project) until March 20 — but why wait? 

Hidden agenda surfaces in the Globe, part one

Not a big surprise, but Barbara Anderson flashed her true colors in an AP story that ran in today’s Globe about property-tax exemptions for seniors.

Seniors on fixed incomes are often especially hard-hit by the property-tax increases that both parties in the legislature increasingly agree are the way to fund basic local services like police, fire, schools, and roads.

The proposal in the legislature to allow means-tested property-tax breaks for seniors would make the tax fairer and less regressive.

Who’s against it?

Imagine a President or Candidate Saying This

Ellen DeGeneres continues to be an inspiring ground breaker.  she spoke out today about the murder of 15-year old Lawrence King by his classmate.  Lawrence was murdered because he was a gender non-conforming gay kid.

As you watch the segment, imagine how amazing it would be for a president or presidential candidate to speak such direct and powerful words.  or even a governor, or a senator, or a representative.  who will be the first to have the courage and the grace to help this nation admit that it has a problem and take us to task for it?

Transcript and clip courtesy QueerTwoCents.

“…I need to talk to you about something that’s really serious and really sad and if you know me, it’s hard to talk about sad stuff without getting emotional but this is really important to talk about. On February 12th an openly gay 15-year-old boy named Larry who was an 8th grader in Oxnard, California, was murdered by a fellow 8th grader named Brandon. Larry was killed because he was gay. Days before he was murdered, Larry asked his killer to be his Valentine.

I don’t wanna be political, this is not political, I’m not a political person but this is personal to me. A boy has been killed and a number of lives have been ruined and somewhere along the line, the killer Brandon got the message that it’s so threatening and so awful and so horrific that Larry would want to be his Valentine that killing Larry seemed to be the right thing to do. And when the message out there is so horrible, that to be gay you can get killed for it, we need to change the message (audience enthusiastically claps; Ellen is very choked up and overwhelmed by the the audience clapping. She’s fighting back the tears, takes a deep breath – the audience is still clapping).

Larry was not a second-class citizen, I am not a second-class citizen. It is okay if you’re gay (audience erupts in cheers and clapping to show their love and support). I don’t care what people say, I don’t care what people think, and I know there are entire groups of people who face discrimination every single day and we’re a long way from treating each other equally – all of it is unacceptable, all of it!

Remainder of transcript after the flip.

SJC issues Revised, Proposed/Draft Rules of Evidence 2/28/08

As some may recall, last year the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts issued a draft of “rules of evidence” for notice and comment. As some may not know, this state currently has no codified “Rules of Evidence.”  There are fragmentary statutes, and case law, and not as much uniformity as the Federal Rules of Evidence have inspired. On February 28, 2008 a revised draft was put on the internet, for download and review.  This document, at 246 pages is NOT for the faint of heart.  Comments are due by the first week of April this year. On the other hand, this is a once in a lifetime event.  Once there are Rules of Evidence, all trial activity will be impacted by them, as well as legal planning. New Rules of Evidence put out for comment 2 28 08 Link to notice:  http://www.mass.gov/courts/sjc… Link to .pdf of Revised, proposed Rules of Evidence: http://www.mass.gov/courts/sjc… So, while this is a specialized issue, not everyone watches the SJC website like I do, and I thought it would be of interest, at least to some.

Canvass for Hillary in RI this weekend!

Get in touch with Lauren or Kate to find out where you are needed for canvassing. You can also help out by making calls! Thanks for all your help! Lauren Leeman 857-498-0902 lauren.leeman@gmail.com Kate Chang 617-359-3521 chang02144@yahoo.com You can also click here for more info

Progressive Predicament: Agreeing With Barbara Anderson

Like Barbara Anderson, I believe in limited taxation, though I know we would disagree on where the limit lies. Unlike the anti-tax crusader, however, I see tax justice as a matter of fairness, not taxlessness. Oddly enough, our differing philosophies are leading us to the same point: rejecting the bill now before the state senate. The bill, according to The Globe, “would let cities and towns exempt seniors earning less than $60,000 a year from the overrides. Supporters say the bill is a tax break for seniors, but critics say it is just a way to help push through property tax increases.” Only a fool would think this bill was not created to make property tax overrides easier to accomplish. I support the services the Commonwealth provides, and I recognize that tax dollars are needed to pay for them. But the property tax is a regressive, unfair tax, and regressive taxes are not progressive. Taxing property burdens the less well off, and it exacerbates existing inequalities between poor and rich towns. It’s no accident that towns like Longmeadow or Weston have better schools systems than those in Granby and Stoneham. When I heard the Newton legislator Ruth Balser, a sponsor […]

The Democratic Primary is Looking More and More Like the Massachusett’s Gubernatorial Election.

Has anyone seen Hillary Clinton’s new ad, “Children”? here is the link: http://hillaryclinton.com/vide… Does anyone not find it eerily reminiscent of Kerry Healey’s last ditch effort to scare the citizens of Massachusetts into voting for her?  

Everybody knows

Hi All: This week on Fox 25, A.G. Martha Coakley was speaking about the new auto insurance rating system that will go into effect on 4/1/2008. Its’ main system to rate drivers in the Commonwealth will be based on a credit score. What someone’s credit rating has to do with their driving record is beyond me. It is another terrible way to make the poor stay poor, and for the rich to get richer.   Credit to Don Henley for the last line. Respectfully Submitted, Sincerely, Wayne Wilson Roslindale P.S. Has anyone heard of any new auto insurance companies clammering to get business in Massachusetts? GEICO, AIG, Allstate and Progressive which are over advertised here in Massachusetts will not insure anyone here.

Bosleynomics

Dan Bosley keeps spewing the same tired rhetoric that just because there’s a bunch of cars in the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun parking lots bearing Massachusetts license plates doesn’t necessarily mean that the people driving those cars are Massachusetts residents.   Huh? The methodology is all screwed up, Bosley says.   But he never offers any example of what the “right” methodology is.   Perhaps, because, as most people know when it comes to Bosleynomics, what Dan Bosley says usually doesn’t make much fiscal or economic sense. So I wasn’t surprised to see today’s Boston Herald story on Jonathan Kraft addressing a Massachusetts travel and tourism conference, citing all the cars in the Patriots Place parking lot bearing Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine license plates. Kraft said that the new retail development is drawing many out-of-staters to spend their money in the Bay State economy.   He recommended to the state’s travel and tourism leaders to become more involved in initiatives that will bring in more domestic and international visitors. But, I don’t think Mr. Kraft understands that, according to Bosleynomics, his “methodology” is all wrong.   Under Bosleynomics, it’s foolhardy for Mr. Kraft to assume that just because […]