Scott Brown’s latest gaffe – the discovery of material on his “message to students” that was pinched from a speech by Elizabeth Dole – leads one to ask: how much of the content on Senator Brown’s official site has the Senator himself actually read and signed off on? One would think that Brown would have reviewed at least the parts of the site that are “messages from Scott” – i.e., those bits that are written in the first person. But, of course, that would be awkward, since it’s one of those bits that turns out to have come from Dole. Maybe he didn’t read any of it? But that’d be awkward too – how is it that a U.S. Senator has not read any of his own website? Anyway, inquiring minds want to know. I asked him via Twitter, but am not holding my breath waiting for a response. Perhaps some enterprising reporter will follow up.
Check this out: A Democratic group has unearthed a bit of inspirational autobiography on Senator Scott Brown’s official website that was lifted verbatim from a 2002 campaign speech by Elizabeth Dole. In a message to students, the senator uses the exact language as remarks delivered by the former North Carolina senator at her campaign kickoff and contained on her own website…. “I was raised to believe that there are no limits to individual achievement and no excuses to justify indifference,” said the message from Brown, which was removed later yesterday. “From an early age, I was taught that success is measured not in material accumulations, but in service to others. I was encouraged to join causes larger than myself, to pursue positive change through a sense of mission, and to stand up for what I believe.” Aside from the omission of an opening line — “I am Mary and John Hanford’s daughter” — in Dole’s speech, the Bay State Republican’s language is the same throughout. Brown’s staff has admitted that the words belong to Dole, and they claim that they appeared on Brown’s site as a result of a “staff level” technical error. The copied words have been removed from the [...]
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In the wake of the growing number and crescendo of Occupy Wall Street protests and the rising level of alarm among conservative politicians and pundits, one would think that there would be a wave of counter demonstrations by the rank and file of the Tea Party movement which is supposed to be so vociferous about “taking their country back.” However, to date, these counter demonstrations have not materialized and that leads to the question: What became of all the energy that the Tea Party movement displayed back in the summer of 2008 during the health care town halls? That the Tea Party movement’s popularity is on the wane is by now an established political fact. Likewise it’s declining popularity among those who earn less than $50,000.00 a year is also an established fact. That’s probably a big reason behind the lack of spontaneity, energy or interest in launching a counter effort to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Are there simply not enough foot soldiers around to man the front lines of a counter attack on the scale of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations? Or if a large number of rank and file Tea Party members still exist do they lack [...]
You can smell the fear a mile away. Email, no link. Emphasis in original. The subject line is “Warren’s $3 Million.” In just the first several weeks of her campaign against me, [Elizabeth] Warren has fanned the flames of class resentment to fire up her liberal base and raise over $3 MILLION – the most raised in a single quarter of any candidate, incumbent or challenger, in the nation, and more than even some presidential candidates. Professor Elizabeth Warren embodies everything the radical left believes in, and they are putting their money where their mouth is. Will you please help me fight back with a generous contribution today! In addition to Elizabeth Warren’s $3 million war chest, multiple DC special interest groups and independent fundraising organizations-from Big Labor to 527-Super PACs-have been launched and are preparing to pour tens of millions of additional dollars into this race to distort the truth and attack my pro-job and independent voting record. Many of these groups started their attacks and fundraising months ago, and have already spent millions of dollars against me. Funny, no mention of Brown’s own $10 million war chest, nor of the “multiple DC special interest groups and independent fundraising [...]
Notice how difficult it is to make out exactly what you are seeing in some of the Operation Boston arrest videos? Lack of day light make it tough for cameras to role and people to see. Most importantly it allows the knucklehead cops to better kick some ass. For their own safety protesters should demand that mass arrests for the non-violent offenses related to this peaceful assembly occur between sun-up and sun-down. Of course the cops will say that performing such a “dangerous operation” will cause problems downtown. ‘Bullcrap’, says I. Do it early Sunday morning or Saturday morning if you are that concerned. You can do it any morning of the week at 5:30 before 95% workers arrive. Or do it 10:a.m. when everyone is in their office. Before lunch. Block off surrounding area for 20 minutes. But who is kidding who? Right now the operation is designed to protect abusive police officers. Plus, do cops get paid more over time when the hours are in the wee morning like this? We suffer huge loses every time prosecutors ignore unnecessary and arbitrary police violence committed upon non-threatening individuals. So please Mayor Menino, on behalf of the many parents whose [...]
From the Anti-Violence Project of Massachusetts Dear Mayor Menino: The Anti-Violence Project of Massachusetts strongly opposes any police operations against the “Occupy Boston” protestors encamped in Dewey Square. Coverage of the police action to clear the Rose Kennedy Greenway in the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 11, 2011 has cast an unflattering light upon the City, leading some to suggest—unfairly—that the Cradle of Liberty is hostile to peaceful assemblies. Given the increased citizen participation in and media scrutiny of the Occupy Boston protests since Tuesday, ugly images of police officers confronting large numbers of peaceful demonstrators would tarnish the City’s reputation. In no way should Boston invite comparisons with, e.g., the Chicago Police Department’s move against anti-war protestors at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. There is no public policy justification for further police operations against the demonstrators in Dewey Square. The gathering is peaceful. Their activities do not disturb the life of the City nor do they interfere with the conduct of everyday business. Nothing transpiring in Dewey Square is disrupting traffic or commerce. The Occupy Boston presence in Dewey Square does not rise to the level of a common law nuisance. While the merits of the protestors’ policy [...]
Interesting quote from Lowell Sun columnist Peter Lucas: “The fact is that Brown, having served in the Massachusetts House and Senate, has more friends on Beacon Hill, like Travaglini, than do Elizabeth Warren and all of the other Democrats combined.” http://www.lowellsun.com/ci_19036260 Just remember that the next time he wants to talk about the culture of corruption of Beacon Hill. Brown is more a part of that culture than any of his opponents.
With all the talk of Herman Cain surging into second place in the GOP presidential derby, apparently siphoning off much of Rick Perry’s once-fervent but apparently short-lived support, it’s easy to get caught up in the drama of the race without thinking too much about the substance. So here’s a quick reality check on substance. So far, the basis of Cain’s campaign is his “9/9/9″ plan, which would replace the existing tax system in the U.S. with three elements: a 9% personal income tax, a 9% corporate income tax, and a 9% national sales tax. Extremely limited income deductions (apparently the only one that survives is for charitable donations), and as far as is evident from Cain’s website, no exemption in the sales tax for food or other essentials. Cain gets credit for a couple of things here. First, there’s little doubt that the tax code is insanely complicated and riddled with loopholes that benefit those with enough resources to hire lobbyists to get them tucked in there, so pushing a radical simplification of the tax code has some value. Reforming and simplifying the tax code would be a good thing, other things being equal. But “other things being equal” [...]
I’m not sure how much or how little cop beatings took place the other night but I’m sure there were the same few who couldn’t wait to kick some ass and so they did. Most of the Boston police there were just following orders and getting overtime slips. However, these protests are nice opportunities to shed light on specific abusive police officers. It’s all about the videos. I hope the protesters have a clearing house for all that were taken yesterday morning. There should be isolated incidents of either false arrests or unlawful assaults committed by police officers. The falsely arrested should go to trial and make District Attorney Search and Avoid Dan Conley prove the case. Don’t take a dismissal on court costs. It’s still shows up as an arrest and viewed as one bite at the apple. Make the cops testify as to exactly what the defendant was doing that resulted in the arrest. Put them under cross-examination. Their police reports should state a fact or two that is contrary to the videos. More important than that is the necessity to file criminal charges against officers video taped assaulting people where there in no evidence of resisting arrest [...]