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NPR: Souter to step down from Supreme Court

According to NPR, Supreme Court Justice David Souter plans to retire from the bench at the end of the court’s current term. NPR has learned that Supreme Court Justice David Souter is planning to retire at the end of the current court term. The vacancy will give President Obama his first chance to name a member of the high court and begin to shape its future direction. So, resident court watchers, who should Obama nominate?  

Ray ALLEN! Time to send some BMG love Celtics way

GO CELTS.

Severin Suspended From WTKK

That most loathsome of local swine, Jay Severino, has been suspended for doing the same thing he always does – spewing racist hate-crap on the airwaves. From the Globe article: Jay Severin, the fiery, right-wing radio talk show host on Boston’s WTKK-FM radio station, was suspended today after calling Mexican immigrants “criminaliens,” “primitives,” “leeches,” and “women with mustaches and VD,” among other incendiary comments. Heidi Raphael, a spokeswoman for the station, said Severin had been suspended indefinitely from his afternoon drive-time show. She declined to say which of his comments – made since an outbreak of swine flu was linked to Mexico in recent days – sparked the suspension… In one of his broadcasts this week, Severin said: “So now, in addition to venereal disease and the other leading exports of Mexico – women with mustaches and VD – now we have swine flu.” Later, he described Mexicans as “the world’s lowest of primitives.” “When we are the magnet for primitives around the world — and it’s not the primitives’ fault by the way, I’m not blaming them for being primitives — I’m merely observing they’re primitive,” he said. So what did Severino do this time that was different than […]

Probably a different look at the press conference……

Even a casual observer could appreciate the sardonic attitude of the press corp which shamelessly peppered President Obama with patronizing questions during last night’s prime time presidential news conference.  The members of the Fourth Estate were hurling needlessly hardball queries and the gotcha environment seemed to make rabid the reporters infeseting the White House.  They were, sadly, more preoccupied with embarrassing a great leader than giving him a fair shake as he tries to solve the problems he inherited from a corpulent regime.  So here are the fair questions that should have been asked; which would have enhanced the knowledge of our relatively new commander in chief. Mr. President, if you had to be the rabbit or the hare, which would you be? Mr. President, which actor best played a president – Michael Douglas or Martin Sheen? Mr. President, as a follow up, have you ever watched the West Wing and do you get ideas from that program? Mr. President, if you could be a flower, which flower would you be? Mr. President, which is your favorite ride at Walt Disney World; Pirates of the Caribbean or Space Mountain? Mr. President, when you looked into the eyes of Hugo Chavez, […]

WTKK’S JAY SEVERIN – S U S P E N D E D

Heard Emily Rooney say tonight on Greater Boston that one of her topics for Friday Night’s “Beat The Press” segment would be the suspension of Jay Severin from WTKK 96.9. Anyone know the reason? Did this KKK freak stop taking his meds. Heard him frothing at the mouth about President Obama yesterday. Did he finally call the President the “N” word. Or did someone finally “OUT” Jay Severin from his closet?

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Boston Progressive Talk is On the Air!

Okay, I admit it. I’m still not very good at dealing with good news. Remember the Onion video of the Obama zombies who, after devoting months of work to their candidate, enduring countless ups and downs, couldn’t face the fact that he had won the election? That could have been me on the screen. Heck, it could have been you. But let’s just try for a second to suspend our disbelief: After two and a half years, a group of progressive activists allied with business and political leaders has succeeded in leasing a major Boston station, WWZN (1510 AM), with a solid 50 kW signal reaching comfortably into New Hampshire, to broadcast progressive talk, starting Monday, May 4, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. every weekday! In addition to local host Jeff Santos, who has been on the air since Election Day, the lineup will include nationally syndicated hosts Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz, and Thom Hartmann. We’ll also be online for streaming and podcasts at RevolutionBoston.com. This news has been a long time coming.

Torture blowback — and more leadership from Rep. James McGovern

Another torture episode is unfolding in the Middle East, this time in the United Arab Emirates.

From the piece:

With a private security officer assisting, Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan is seen stuffing sand in the Afghan’s mouth. As the grain dealer pleads and whimpers, he is beaten with a nailed board, burned in the genitals with a cigarette lighter, shocked with a cattle prod, and led to believe he would be shot. Salt is poured on his wounds.

In the end, the victim can muster up only weak moans as an SUV is repeatedly driven over him.

The 45 minutes of torture appears on a nearly three-hour-long videotape shot in late 2004 in the desert outside Abu Dhabi, one of the United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf region. It was made at the direction of the sheikh himself. The tape has been viewed by CNN.

The blowback?

U.S. senior officials familiar with the case say the administration is holding off sending a nuclear deal with the United Arab Emirates to Congress for ratification because they fear a fallout from the torture story.

Congress has to ratify the civil nuclear agreement signed in January between the Bush administration and the UAE. Those senior U.S. officials said the agreement was supposed to be sent to the Senate, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held off doing so because of the story’s sensitivity.

The leadership? I was gratified and even inspired by the actions of Rep. McGovern:

One American lawmaker, Rep. James McGovern, D-Massachusetts, asked Clinton to investigate and that all “expenditures of funds, training, sales or transfers of equipment or technology, including nuclear” to the UAE be put on hold until the matter is reviewed.

He also wants the United States to deny any visas for travel by Sheikh Issa or his immediate family.

“I think we have an obligation to say we want to step back a bit and look at this a little more closely,” said McGovern, co-chairman of the congressional human rights commission. He promised hearings on the issue, probing the case and how the U.S. Embassy in the UAE handled it.

“I am not going to let it go away,” McGovern said.

More below the fold…

Recession upon us, Swine Flu all around us but this news should put smile on many of your faces…

Jay Severin, the fiery radio talk show host on Boston’s WTKK-FM, was suspended today after making derogatory comments about Mexicans.

Jason Lewis: State Represenative -At-Large

State Rep Jason Lewis showed himself to be the fool on the hill by sticking his head out of the bunker yesterday. Jason maybe a little thin skinned since being mocked on here by Bob and I for professing his love of the sales tax increase to his fellow reps on the House floor the other evening. Within hours he posted a defense and provided the full text of his speech. Thanks Jason. Now, after perusing his speech I must say Jason is one of the dumbest reps to come down the pike. Jason, my man. Never ever ever mention other reps districts. You got up and pissed off the 35 reps or so from those districts. Jason cried to his fellow members about the deplorable conditions in Newburyport, Randolph, Fall River, Boston, Lawrence, Holyoke, Springfield and New Bedford. If he doesn’t speak for them who will? Lewis is one lost hombre.   He loves to go out of his way to kiss Speaker DeLeo’s ass. Thus, the maiden speech. He is also not afraid to profess his DeLeo love in the caucuses too. He is of the  ”wait-til-they-get-a-load-of-me” camp of politicians. Jason is the like the kid in the […]

A New America

“A new order” was taken. Coming soon to a battleground state near you: a new effort to revive the image of the Republican Party and to counter President Obama’s characterization of Republicans as “the party of ‘no.’” CNN has learned that the new initiative, called the National Council for a New America, will be announced Thursday. It will involve an outreach by an interesting mix of GOP officials, ranging from 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain to Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and the younger brother of the man many Republicans blame for the party’s battered brand: former President George W. Bush. In addition to Sen. McCain and Gov. Bush, GOP sources familiar with the plans tell CNN others involved in the new group’s “National Panel Of Experts” will include: *Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a former national GOP chairman *Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal *Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney http://politicalticker.blogs.c… A new America … I’ve heard that before, I think …