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  1. need a one-minute version (1 Reply)

    Not many people are going to spend ten minutes to watch this (I didn’t). Whoever created it needs 30-second and one-minute versions that sum it up.

  2. even among Democratic activists (0 Replies)

    Heck, I can’t get people who come in to canvass or phone bank for Democratic candidates at a campaign office to pay attention to the recycle signs posted prominently on and above each receptacle.

  3. here is why it cuts down on litter (1 Reply)

    Plenty of people chuck deposit cans and bottles on the ground currently. But they don’t last long because someone picks them up. I often see these certain someones with big bags of bottles and cans at my local grocery. These same people would pick up the water bottles, etc. if they could get a nickel each for them. Currently they can’t.

    That is the kicker for me in voting yes. It does lead to cleaner public spaces and it gets some change into the pockets of people who really need it.

  4. Question 2 doesn't repeal the bottle ban (0 Replies)

    So you’ll have to keep doing what you are doing anyway, no matter how you vote.

    Otherwise, all I can think of when I read this is “First World Problems. People should be so lucky.”

  5. DCCC now very confident about this race (1 Reply)

    Via Politico:

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will cancel a TV reservation totaling more than $400,000 intended to boost Massachusetts Democrat Seth Moulton, an Iraq war veteran who last month ousted a longtime Democratic incumbent, John Tierney, in a primary.

    Democrats say Moulton is on track to defeat Republican Richard Tisei, the former state Senate minority leader.

  6. no one cares (1 Reply)

    And that’s exactly why we end up with who we have as Councilors. Given the reality that we’re not going to amend the constitution any time soon, either we start caring or quit bitching about the horrible job they do.

    Personally, I’m considering a vote for Sheff.

  7. as they should (0 Replies)

    At least when they are done, we have decent roads and bridges that can be used by all. As opposed to the construction companies and workers against the casino repeal – when they are done, we just have casinos…

  8. nah (0 Replies)

    If David unsubscribes, then I have to resubscribe to all of these lists. I figure if anything important comes up, David will let me know. :)

  9. humor with a purpose (0 Replies)

    But doing it here might be almost as damaging. There are a few dozen people who actually read this thing.

    Yes, that was my point.

  10. missing a larger point (1 Reply)

    Very wary of wading in here, but there is an elephant (not a Republican one) that needs to be noted.

    What I’m hearing here is a reflection of what I’m hearing elsewhere from non-activists. Activists are just a special case of voter, and the voters are expressing a lot of what I’m reading here.

    People may feel free to berate fellow activists, but I’m just trying to imagine petr canvassing and getting door after door slammed in his/her face after telling people to SFFU, be mature, and vote for Martha.

    Like it or not, we, the candidate, and the campaign do not get to decide what it is that voters use to make up their mind. Our ability to say why people should get excited about Coakley (and yes, “excited” works best of all) is limited; creating that excitement is the job of the candidate and the campaign. People like Doug Rubin are responsible.

    This isn’t at all different than a company that is not selling enough of their product to stay in business. It needs to expand its market. Noting the flaws of the competitor(s) only gets you so far. Berating your potential customers works about as well as it works here. What is needed is something to draw in those potential customers. To do that, one needs to understand these customers and modify the product to create the draw. That’s what the Coakley campaign needs to do.

    The rest of us are just salespeople. Even the best sales folks can fail if what they are selling just doesn’t click with the customer.

    I’m all on-board with rallying the troops. I’m just saying they need more to work with. In my own experience, I’ve connected best with people when they, I, and the candidate are all on the same page about some particular issue. It’s a tough sell when the best I can give them is “the candidate is open to looking into it.”

  11. CCD (0 Replies)

    Also don’t leave money or other valuables in your desk on days the public school kids have CCD class.

    I was one of those public school kids and appreciated any entertainment (or cash) left in the desks.

  12. Bahamas (0 Replies)

    The same was true in the Bahamas, although there were some efforts to allow the locals to play in recent years. Not sure what came of that.

  13. have to read the story to the end (0 Replies)

    Most of the crowd left after Coakley and Baker’s remarks. But Scherer stayed to hear the two independents running for governor and came away impressed by both Jeff McCormick and Evan Falchuk’s ability to converse on the issues. He walked out with a McCormick sign under his arm.


  14. it may not be a direct line, but yeah (1 Reply)

    Suppose in all my dealings with people, I treat African-Americans as I would white people, but in my inner-circle of friends I refer to them by a derogatory name. In effect, I’m telling them not to be confused by my actions, I actually do not feel that way inside. That gives any of them my blessing when they do something a notch beyond that, whether it is not giving the job or the apartment to the black guy or whatever. And it cascades on from there.

    The message Baker sent to Sacchetti was, “We’re not on an equal footing here” and is a dog whistle (but apparently a poor one) to those who believe likewise. It IS about the power structure. Someone who doesn’t have that internalized would never have said what Baker said.

  15. yeesh (2 Replies)

    I don’t know if I’m more befuddled by the “my -ism is worse than your -ism” stuff of the lack of understanding that it is all a part of a bigger picture.

    Sexism and racism effectively create and maintain a power structure (man over woman, white over black/Hispanic/etc.). Not all things that are sexist or racist result in physical harm, but all sexist and racist acts help to maintain that structure – and the culprits are often sadly oblivious of that fact.

    Baker’s use of “sweetheart” toward Sacchetti did not hurt her more than a white person calling a black man “boy”, but both are supportive acts of the power structure, and brushing off such incidents also helps support that structure.

    Helping maintain the status quo means that everything from workplace discrimination to police brutality to rape and, yes, murder will continue.

    Every time we call out someone for their indiscretion, no matter how “minor” it would seem, is a step (sometimes very small) in dismantling the unjust power structure.

  16. 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.

  17. 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?

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. correct (0 Replies)

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