Flying over the fiscal cliff here in just a few hours and I must say I am proud that President Obama and the Democrats have finally found their backbone. The only way to deal with bullies is to stare them right in the face and show them that you are not afraid. You have the people behind you Dems! Don’t let us down.
It may or may not take a village to raise a child, but it certainly takes a village to enact legislation. This afternoon, the Legislature gave final approval to House No. 4252, http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/House/H04252, and the bill now rests on the Governor’s desk. If signed into law, Massachusetts would join a majority of states in defining intellectual disability (and eligibility for services) based on a person’s function rather than their IQ at age 18. Getting the bill to this point was a collective bipartisan effort by a lot of Representatives, Senators, advocates and families who care deeply about our fellow citizens. Getting the Governor to sign the bill into law would be a victory for many individuals and families who are hurt by the current obsolete definition and be a credit to all of us who care about human decency. I am hopeful that the Governor will sign the bill into law. I imagine he knows many of you better than he knows me, so please take the next few days to reach out to the Governor and Lt. Governor and urge their support. On a personal note, I just got off the telephone with the father who first called this issue to my [...]
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When our children are wondering why we didn’t solve the climate crisis when we had the chance, I’m sure they’ll be thankful we took the time to try to gut their retirement benefits. This morning I watched Meet The Press host David Gregory and his panel not only agree Social Security and Medicare must be cut, but to brainstorm aloud strategy for making it happen. This very same panel had just gotten done unanimously agreeing that objective journalists are not allowed to say that Republicans are the problem in Washington. But they were now designing their very own political campaign. Despite massive public opposition to social safety net cuts, why did these champions of objectivity assume gutting the social safety net is as American as apple pie?
Liberals are fascinated with ultra-conservative paranoia about government coming to take away their arsenals. This may explain the ridiculous over-coverage by the media this past week of the speech by Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association. As wacky as his ideas might have been, the media covered his speech with the kind of reverence normally reserved for a presidential address. LaPierre asserted that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Folks, have we lost our ability to think ? Not only does the evidence show that his statement is inaccurate – England, with the same violent movies and games is able to stop bad guys without arming good guys through lax gun laws – it also asks us to follow him into the looking glass by checking our brains at the door. Consider the following. You can walk into any classical music concert in this country unimpeded and unchecked for weapons. Should we have armed good guys protecting us at every philharmonic concert? There are literally hundreds of thousands of houses of worship open to the public every weekend in this country. Should we have armed good guys [...]
(lightly edited by Charley – hyperlinked and excerpted) Reported in Daily Kos as well. Here’s the link to the Guardian. Apparently the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund got a response to a FOI request after others tried and failed. The response documents they received are really chilling. The article has a link to the response documents if you want to check it out. The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, in a groundbreaking scoop that should once more shame major US media outlets (why are nonprofits now some of the only entities in America left breaking major civil liberties news?), filed this request. The document – reproduced here in an easily searchable format – shows a terrifying network of coordinated DHS, FBI, police, regional fusion center, and private-sector activity so completely merged into one another that the monstrous whole is, in fact, one entity: in some cases, bearing a single name, the Domestic Security Alliance Council. And it reveals this merged entity to have one centrally planned, locally executed mission. The documents, in short, show the cops and DHS working for and with banks to target, arrest, and politically disable peaceful American citizens. Call me naive but I thought we were [...]
In the wake of the devastating Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, mental health reform is back in the national spotlight. There are risks associated with mental health reform when it comes to crime prevention. These risks include, but are not limited to, stigma associated with seeking treatment, concerns of involuntary commitment and even preventative detention, employment issues, civil rights violations and other issues. Reforming our approach to mental health in America must place at the forefront of any reform the idea that people afflicted with mental illness and people suffering from mental illness are people first, just like you or I, but are people who have a condition not of their choosing. Some people are afflicted with mental illness and because of treatment live an otherwise normal life. Others are suffering from mental illness and are desperately in need of treatment. Regardless if someone is suffering from mental illness or not, understanding and compassion are essential. Mental Illness in Everyday Life The prevalence of mental illness in our society is staggering. The National Institute of Mental Illness estimates that in the past year 26 percent of the population have suffered from a mental illness in one form or another, and about 45 [...]
Why not? I’d vote for you. (But that’s me. Mr. Vegas) Make fast Eddie deal with you. Even if Capuano jumps in, go for it. I’m sure you’re a likable kid. You won’t embarrass yourself when standing next to Markey or Capuano. Get your name out there, build up some credibility with the public and in two years run for lt. governor or something. Then again, you could win this. Please Ben, make them do some work for this thing. People don’t like being told whom to vote for. Screw the establishment! Screw The Man! Run a campaign like Markey did in his first congressional win. Attack the establishment and people like Markey who are part of it and demand that others fall in line. The primary is a microcosm of that. The party and entrenched politicians demanding the proletariat vote their approved candidate. One that won’t make waves. Won’t rock the boat. A small field and you will get exposure Ben. Que up Michael Jackson’s Ben [Your humble editor submits the following, per EB3's request:]
Last chance to get people to register as Democrats. I’ve had great success in getting people who volunteered in this most recent election to register as Democrats. This includes getting a Republican to switch. I’m focusing here on the December 31 deadline. If you are not already a Democrat, please consider registering as one NOW. Everyone who is a registered Democrat as of December 31, 2012 is eligible to attend a caucus and run for delegate. I was chatting with my co-editor of the Democratic Dispatch recently. He mentioned that he hadn’t even been a Democrat when he started getting involved with the activities of his local Democratic Committee. He said that it quickly became clear that if one was not a registered Democrat that one would be left behind. There are activities that are restricted to registered Democrats that play a role in the direction of the Party and the nomination of Democratic candidates. Recruit others to become registered Democrats as of December 31. Do you have a list of people you volunteered with during the 2012 campaign? Invite them to register as Democrats NOW. Not sure if someone is a registered Democrat? Not a problem; call people anyway. [...]
Borowitz: A Holiday Letter from John Boehner Dear American People: It’s Speaker Boehner here, writing my first and last ever holiday letter to you. Why am I doing this after all of these years, you might ask? Well, I won’t mince words. I’ve started drinking a little early this Christmas. Yes, I’m sitting here in my man-cave, panelled in mahogany the color of me, doing a rack of Canadian Club shooters and smoking my way through a carton of Lucky Strikes as if they were the last Twinkies in creation. If my chief of staff knew that I was writing to you while I was this polluted, he’d shit a phone book. But guess what? I don’t fucking care anymore. You see, this will be my last Christmas as Speaker of the House, all because a cabal of Tea Party miscreants in the House of Representatives doesn’t think I’m a ginormous enough asshole for their taste. Who’s more to their liking? Virginia’s own Eric Cantor. As a waiter might say at an all-you-can-eat shit buffet, “Excellent choice.” How odious is Eric Cantor? Let me put it this way: when we have to speak to the press, I actually prefer to [...]