Today on MSNBC:
“If ancestor stealing was a crime, you would be #1 on the Genealogical Bureau of Investigation’s Most Wanted List! –Twila Barnes For confusion’s sake, Eric Fehrnstrom and the Boston Herald chose well. When it comes to Cherokees, heritage issues are as arcane as they are contentious. Active, partisan disputes in the Cherokee Nation, many of which revolve around genealogy, are intense, and it is not surprising that the right-wing has found two Cherokee gadflies, Twila Barnes and David Cornsilk, to legitimize their smear of the Elizabeth Warren. There is no indication that they support a particular party, but there is ample evidence to show each has a well-defined agenda. For all American Indians, tribal membership can often be a matter of debate. In some tribes, membership is determined by blood quantum, the degree of ancestry of an individual. Some tribes, for example, require members to have a minimum of one great-grandparent for membership. For the Cherokee Nation, however, the only ancestors that count are those that can be traced to the Dawes Rolls, a sort of census used to allot land to some Indians in place of reservations. Theoretically, a person could be have two Cherokee parents, but if she [...]
Typical Republican thuggery at an Obama campaign press conference in Boston today – it’s being covered at DailyKos: Here’s a vivid illustration of just how badly Mitt Romney wants to avoid any discussion of his record as governor of Massachusetts: he sent his campaign aides to shout down speakers at a press conference organized by the Obama campaign to discuss Romney’s governorship. Romney aides and supporters repeatedly shouted, screamed, and even blew bubbles and vuvezelas in an effort to disrupt the press conference, which was held in Boston. Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod, who was the featured speaker at the event, told the Romney aides that their efforts to drown out discussion of Mitt Romney’s record as governor would not succeed. “You can shout down speakers,” he said. “But it’s hard to Etch A Sketch the truth away.” The Etch A Sketch will be used until November – Eric F. will rue the day he let that one slip! I’m glad the Obama campaign is tying Mitt to his abysmal record in this state – and you have to love Somerville mayor Joe Curtatone: Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone mocked the the Romney campaign’s efforts. “Thank you for the bubbles,” [...]
Big, big news. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, discriminates against gay couples…. The appeals court agreed with a lower court judge who ruled in 2010 that the law is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define marriage and denies married gay couples federal benefits given to heterosexual married couples, including the ability to file joint tax returns. You can read the full opinion at this link. I have not yet done so. Of interest: the judge who wrote the opinion, Michael Boudin, was a corporate lawyer at a big Washington law firm for 20 years, and then worked in President Reagan’s Justice Department, before being appointed to the federal district court and later the appeals court by President George H.W. Bush. He is no moonbat. Also of interest is the last line of the opinion, in which Judge Boudin observes that “Supreme Court review of DOMA is highly likely.” No kidding. So, look for yet another blockbuster Supreme Court case sometime next year. Disclosure: the attorney who argued on behalf of the government that the [...]
Warren acknowledges to Globe that she told Harvard, UPenn about her heritage – after she was hired [updated with Warren's statement]
The Globe has today’s big story on the apparently never-ending saga of Elizabeth Warren’s heritage. Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren acknowledged for the first time late Wednesday night that she told Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania that she was Native American, but she continued to insist that race played no role in her recruitment. “At some point after I was hired by them, I . . . provided that information to the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard,” she said in a statement issued by her campaign. “My Native American heritage is part of who I am, I’m proud of it and I have been open about it.” … Asked how the issue first came up or how she first reported herself as a minority, she said, “But that’s what I’m trying to say – there was no, there is no reporting for this. It came up in lunch conversation once with faculty, after the fact.” So, OK. I mean, obviously someone had informed Harvard of Warren’s claim to being Native American at some point, since it’s been well known for weeks that Harvard began publicly touting that fact in 1996, a year after she got tenure there. And it [...]
So, this is disappointing. In the course of doing some research for this post about Mitt Romney’s views on the Vietnam war, I unsurprisingly happened upon several links to the Globe’s multi-part, in-depth series on Mitt Romney’s life, called “The Making of Mitt Romney,” originally published in 2007. I wanted to check it out, and perhaps refresh my recollection of some details that I had forgotten. But when I clicked the links, I found that they no longer went to Globe articles. What used to be the link for the entire series, http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/specials/romney/, now points not to a series of articles, but rather to a chapter outline for Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman’s book, “The Real Romney,” complete with “buy the book” links. And links that once went directly to the separate articles (there were 7), such as http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/specials/romney/articles/part1_side_2/, or http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/specials/romney/articles/part6_main/, now go to a blank page. This is unfortunate for a lot of reasons. First, there are many posts (like this one at Daily Kos) that used those Globe stories as sources at one time or another. Because the stories have been removed, the posts no longer have reliable sources attached to them, so it’s difficult to know whether the [...]
Brian McGrory of the Globe wrote today: “But let’s not ever lose sight of one true thing in this or any other political race: The most important issues are the candidates themselves, and more specifically, their integrity, credibility, and authenticity. Which is why Elizabeth Warren’s Cherokee ancestry, almost certainly declared on federal forms by Warren herself and used by a pair of Ivy League universities to tout their diversity efforts, all without an ounce of proof that she has a drop of Indian blood flowing through her veins, matters. It matters a great deal. Speaking as adults here, the elephant in the room is whether Warren wrongly claimed minority status to improve her prospects for being hired to teach at Harvard Law School, and before that, the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The more obvious question might even be, why else would she have done it?” This is exactly my point – Elizabeth Warren needs to come clean or this situation will fester….and even Globe columnists will not let it drop. Before you say no one but the Globe cares about this issue, visit this website: http://cherokeesdemandtruth-elizabethwarren.blogspot.com/ The Cherokees care!!!
She was on with Al Sharpton for just a few minutes tonight. She cited “real world experience” as her strength compared to Elizabeth Warren. Sharpton asked several questions to get her to contrast herself with EW, which she answered, but I think her tone was fine this time. She presented herself as the relative outsider without the advantages of establishment backing. I can’t find the clip to link to as she was on just ten minutes before writing this diary, but if someone would like to add it feel free.
As Shakespeare said, “What’s past is prologue.” So, we should be able to make some reasonable assumptions about what Scott Brown would do if given free rein for a full six-year Senate term. Let’s push aside all the silliness we have to endure during a year-long campaign and consider the real consequences of your voting for Tea Party Republican Scott Brown in November. FIRST UP. Should he win this fall, Scott Brown’s first vote in January 2013 would be his most important: To elect the Tea Party Republican leader of the Senate. Without doubt Scott Brown would vote to reinstate Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, who would continue to thwart a re-elected President Obama while pushing the radical Tea Party Republican agenda, which includes: KILLING THE FUTURE: When Democrat Bill Clinton left office in 2000, the country was at peace and we had a budget surplus. George Bush reversed course, pushing the country into two unfunded wars and massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Then, we had the 2008 financial collapse on his watch. Tea Party Republicans like Scott Brown think we can downsize our way to prosperity, but it’s never happened. Look across the Atlantic. Europe is proving austerity doesn’t [...]
Did a public school teacher make an impact on your life? Would you like to honor this teacher and share your story? The American Federation of Teachers of Massachusetts and the Boston Teachers Union will be videotaping convention attendees who would like to share their story! If you want to help spread the message about how teachers can make a difference, stop by the AFTMA table at the Democratic Convention this weekend in Springfield! The video will be posted on the web to be shared on social media sites and may appear on cable access. By the way, please check out our video–Massachusetts is # 1 in education!