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  1. saw Don and Martha yesterday (1 Reply)

    My takeaway from Don’s message, delivered earnestly IMHO, is that there is only one candidate left in the race who has been influenced by the values and ideas that he brought to his campaign, and only one candidate, if elected, whose ear he will have. If there is any progress to be made on the issues that he and his supporters fought for in the campaign, it will be made under a Coakley administration. Not a chance under a Baker administration.

  2. maybe Wynn just needs to cut a few notes out (0 Replies)

    I was reminded of this.

    EMPEROR: Exactly. Very well put. Too many notes.

    MOZART: I don’t understand. There are just as many notes, Majesty, as are required. Neither more nor less.

    EMPEROR: My dear fellow, there are in fact only so many notes the ear can hear in the course of an evening. I think I’m right in saying that, aren’t I, Court Composer?

    SALIERI: Yes! yes! er, on the whole, yes, Majesty.

    MOZART: But this is absurd!

    EMPEROR: My dear, young man, don’t take it too hard. Your work is ingenious. It’s quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that’s all. Cut a few and it will be perfect.

    MOZART: Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?

  3. well, yeah (2 Replies)

    My wife and I were discussing Martha’s chances last night and I said it all comes down to getting traction with both social liberals and lunch-bucket liberals. She has the social part mostly down: People feel that she is an ally vis-a-vis LGBT issues, equal marriage, abortion, women’s rights, etc. All except gambling.

    But it is the lunch-bucket, blue-collar, economic side that presents her problem. My roots are there having grown up with a Dad who was a union carpenter. I can feel it when someone understands the issues of such a family. I don’t feel it with Martha. Many Democratic politicians (Bill Clinton, Deval, Obama prominently) were able to make that connection. Martha needs to do that too in order to win. The words aren’t enough – she has to make us believe.

    How does she do that? Short of reliving her childhood on the south side of Chicago or in a blue collar Detroit suburb, I’m not sure. But sitting down with someone who gets it (and currently resides in the office she seeks) would be a good starting point.

  4. NFL changed suspension to indefinite (0 Replies)

    people seem to be assuming the NFL had this video. I don’t know why, it seems unlikely that anyone saw this before today

    The NFL claims this is the first they’ve seen of the video.

    ‘‘We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator,’’ NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday morning. ‘‘That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.’’

    In response, they’ve suspended Rice indefinitely.

  5. correct (0 Replies)

    You get twice the prize I got for being close. :)

  6. Yes (2 Replies)

    Entertainment and SPorts Network, if I recall correctly.

    Now I will check with DuckDuckGo (my preferred non-tracking alternative to Google). Close, but not exactly right…

  7. a lot of lit dropped yesterday (0 Replies)

    I got the Schwartz piece in addition to two Clark pieces, one which contained an Elizabeth Warren endorsement (a real one this time around). Needless to say, I’m with the Senator on this one.

    I also got a piece from the Marian Ryan campaign that only mentioned her name on the address label part. The rest was all negative on Michael Sullivan.

    I got a piece from Charlie Shapiro and also a letter from some of Marilyn Devaney’s council peers telling me that what was on Shapiro’s piece isn’t true.

    I may have received others, but if so, they’ve burrowed themselves to the bottom of the recycle bag.

  8. careful (1 Reply)

    We might have to blow the whistle for using too many basketball metaphors. Oh. Wait. (Walks back to the bench).


  9. hey, for us weather geeks... (0 Replies)

    … that is the only reason to watch the local news. :)

  10. from the Globe today (2 Replies)

    And then there was this piece in the Globe today:

    From Brookline to Braintree to Boston, voters just don’t seem to know the Democrats and Republicans who are running for statewide office a week from today, sans one — governor. Talk to more than a dozen people; you get more than a dozen blank stares.

    Even when it comes to the governor’s race:

    The 39-year-old said she plans to read up on the ballot questions before Election Day in November and research the gubernatorial candidates — “I just know Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker” — but remains uncommitted to the rest of the ballot.

    Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our little bubble here, we forget that the folks in this article are more representative of the bulk of the voters than we are. I don’t know how you run a down-ballot race in this sort of environment.

  11. 1967 was the catalyst (0 Replies)

    While the racism was always there, it was the riots in the summer of ’67 that put it front and center and caused a lot of people to get moving. I observed the riots on TV as a child in a white suburb (which often referred to with the suffix “-tuckey” added, confirming Mark’s Appalachia note). Although we were some distance away, my dad kept a loaded shotgun behind the couch, just in case. Afterward, he took me for a ride through the affected neighborhoods. The sad thing is a lot of what I saw then I can see now in Detroit.

    Some people thought the 1968 World Series victory would help bring everyone back together, but it was only a temporary “cease fire” and, in actuality, everyone was never together to begin with.

  12. on the same subject (1 Reply)

    See Juliette Kayyem’s op-ed piece in the Globe today.

    Currently, it’s all but impossible to use federal funding to hire new state or local employees. The thinking is that because policing is a local effort, jurisdictions should pay for their own personnel. But that sets up a strange system under which the purchase of “gizmos” is allowable, but the hiring of community-relations experts, bilingual police officers, and more diverse workforces isn’t. That needs to change.

  13. read the article / poll (0 Replies)

    Better to just read the article that explains it.

    “These are probably moderate, pro-business Democrats, and they’re probably concerned about Coakley as governor,” said Ray La Raja, a University of Massachusetts political science professor. “They weren’t impressed with her last campaign, they’re not impressed with her this campaign. And they feel comfortable with Baker; they see him as a good manager.”

    If you don’t want to believe it, take to heart a clip from Ryan’s comment below:

    The polls are consistently and overwhelmingly showing that – all of them – and thinking they’re secretly all wrong because you feel…

    The Coakley campaign ignores this poll finding to their own peril.

  14. to really have this discussion... (1 Reply)

    The pros of caucuses along with pros and cons of the alternative (here, primaries) have to be detailed as much as the cons of the current system.

    Some of the issues with primaries have been written up here, but IMO if we looked at the entire picture, the answer might be “Caucuses aren’t great, and the only thing worse are all of the other choices”.

    There is no perfect system.

  15. in that case.. (0 Replies)

    Remember that while she was still a federal employee she could not say anything about running. Once she left the job, she started her listening tour around the state, making it clear that she was considering it.

    No such restrictions on her now. As with The Governor, I believe her when she says no.

  16. to the naysayers (0 Replies)

    I keep hearing those who say we have to “send these kids back” to send the message that people have to stop sending their kids unaccompanied to our border. To which I ask the question: Would you sacrifice YOUR child to send that message?

  17. not my intent (0 Replies)

    I also know of several success stories like you son’s. I also know of cases where the schools did not diagnose problems like ADD, dyslexia, processing speed, and depression which were hindering the progress of kids because they were doing “OK”. In all of these cases, the parents (who luckily had the means to do so) paid to have the testing done and then had to present their cases to the school systems. I think these kids deserve to have their needs met just as much as a gifted student deserves to be challenged.

  18. shouldn't all students be special? (2 Replies)

    I would love to see the need for gifted students to be challenged to be classified as a “special need”

    Rather than classifying students as apart from some preconceived norm (the term “ableism” comes to mind), why not just face the fact that kids are all over the place regarding learning styles, abilities, etc. and design a classroom that works for all of them, as opposed to singling out certain kids (and all of the negative consequences of doing that). This approach would allow those kids whose are struggling in some way but whose behavior and/or grades don’t scream out problem to the teacher to also get the help they need.

  19. class size (1 Reply)

    I guess this is the one point where I differ from ST in his post and christopher has pretty much explained it. I’ve seen this first-hand in elementary classes. Some kids need one-on-one time (and the amount of time can vary from an occasional check-in to a considerable amount of time) yet do not qualify for an IEP and class aide. As the class size goes up, the number of kids needing extra attention goes up and eventually the math doesn’t work out to provide enough time for the teacher to meet the needs of the entire class.