So the Platform of the Democratic State Party, that document which could and should be a kind of constitution of acceptable principles governing the party machine, who gets elected and what they do when elected, and how they are judged by voters on performance while in office, that document which should be crafted in an open and most democratic manner, is being played by the insiders. This Saturday, April 25th, the state committee votes on adopting the platform, as reported out by the platform committee last week. By creating an open process, whereby anybody could submit language for adoption, the electorate is under the illusion of transparency.
The Boston Globe sank to a new low this morning, featuring a front-page above-the-fold next-to-the-perp-mug
cheapshot at Craigslist. This piece is to responsible reporting what “Reefer Madness” is to pharmaceutical research. It comes complete with hockey-stick revenue chart for Craigslist — and neglects to provide the complementary graph for Boston Globe ad revenues.
Here’s the lead and first paragraph:
Philip Markoff allegedly found two victims the same way: on Craigslist.
The case has shone a national spotlight on the company and its dominant role as one of the country’s largest vendors of sex-for-sale services online.
Fewer than fifty words, and it’s associated Craigslist with prostitution and the notorious-criminal-of-the-day. More below the fold…
We have discussed Liquidity and solvency and why this and why that yet we continue to see Main street Suffer through growing layoffs and foreclosure and we continue to ask why.
Well try this on for size
The comments from GM are especially telling and depending on your slant you may think it is because the boobs on Capital hill don’t know what they are doing or like me you read it as GM wants full control of their future and want to grab as much of the tax payers dollars. The same dollars they would be getting from us in car loan payments they just don’t have to sell us a car now.
The newspaper that brought us Judy Miller and the Iraqi aluminum tubes of mass destruction now wants us to believe that no one involved in the decision to authorize torture after 9/11 had any real idea what they were doing. They are, no doubt, shocked, shocked, to discover the true nature of the procedures they approved. This extraordinary consensus was possible, an examination by The New York Times shows, largely because no one involved – not the top two C.I.A. officials who were pushing the program, not the senior aides to President George W. Bush, not the leaders of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees – investigated the gruesome origins of the techniques they were approving with little debate. According to several former top officials involved in the discussions seven years ago, they did not know that the military training program, called SERE, for Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape, had been created decades earlier to give American pilots and soldiers a sample of the torture methods used by Communists in the Korean War, methods that had wrung false confessions from Americans. Even George J. Tenet, the C.I.A. director who insisted that the agency had thoroughly researched its proposal and pressed [...]