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  1. That's the heart... (1 Reply)

    of the future breakaway republic of New Dracut.

  2. um, ok (0 Replies)

    ‘Cause it kind of seemed like you were somewhat belittling discussion of the report by pointing out similar allegations have been discussed in the past. Often when someone makes that point, they are implying that the issue need not be discussed again. Glad to hear that is not correct here.

  3. So, (1 Reply)

    how many times should these horrific crimes committed on our behalf be discussed, in your opinion? More than once?

  4. word on the street is (0 Replies)

    He got booted from the Ways & Means post because he couldn’t say no to people.

    It should be noted, given this problematic mingling of Senate and his personal relationships, that he had the same kind of inappropriate overlap with the Senate and his personal finances too. It could be further noted that it’s interesting how a blatant financial conflict of interest means nothing to most of Beacon Hill, while letting some kid run around and talk about how he’s got more juice than most Senators can get you in real trouble.

  5. i mean (0 Replies)

    …the Lake for lt. gov campaign.

  6. ugh (1 Reply)

    I want to like Lake, and voted for him for auditor in the primary last time, but the claim about the degrees has always bothered me. It’s totally unverifiable unless you have complete access to the records to every college in Mass history (including ones that no longer exist)- which is a practical impossibility. Not to mention, who really cares about college major except recent college grads? It’s always struck me as weird claim to make.

    The Ted vs. TedX thing, I would give a pass on. But, if he can’t prove conclusively that he ran the marathon 4 times…the Lake for gov campaign is over.

  7. the Globe doth protect too much? (0 Replies)

    When reading the story yesterday, I did note this part as unusual:

    The Globe obtained their names by removing improperly created redactions from an electronic copy of Florida prosecutor Jeffrey L. Ashton’s report…and then verifying their identities though interviews and multiple government records. Those records include voting, birth, and pension documents.

    When was the last time you a newspaper had to go to birth records to confirm the identity of a person who’s name was on another government document like this? Normally, a phone call or two is enough verification. I suspected that this conspicuous research overkill was likely a response to furious push back from the feds against running these guys names. Now it looks more like window mere dressing to cover that fact that they took this story from somewhere else (a blog, gasp!) and gave them next to no credit.

    If Sacchetti want to answer more questions, it should be made clear whether or not she first read the names, and method of obtaining them, on the marathon bombing blog.

  8. incredible (1 Reply)

    Was going to still give the Globe/Sacchetti credit for digging up the “stormy” record of the shooter with the Oakland PD, but it turns out all that was reported (complete with links) on this same blog way back on May 5.

    It’s a legit question whether or not the Globe first got this story from this blog, I don’t recall ever reading about the unredacting pdf’s before. But even if they didn’t, two weeks is a snails pace to verify this stuff.

  9. In the actual interview, not the article, (0 Replies)

    Fisher says that “the judge raised criminal.” It’s pretty clear he meant that the judge mentioned there could be something criminal, not that the judge somehow converted or “raised” (?) the case from civil to criminal. No idea why someone would write the article the way they did.

  10. rich (0 Replies)

    No Mass. politician has benefited more from outside groups and few politicians, this side of Diane Wilkerson, has been as sloppy on campaign finance compliance as has Martha Coakley. The faux outrage displayed by her camp here is truly rich.

  11. Honestly, (0 Replies)

    online sports betting, where the house takes 5% typically, is way less predatory & more fair than they lottery and casino games, which are taking 30%-60%+, if I recall correctly.

    If the state is going to be in the gambling business, I would much prefer an online market to what we have now.

  12. a note on the map (0 Replies)

    The car was abandoned at the corner of Spruce and Lincoln, about 200 yards for the boat, making the failure of the search in that area all the more striking.

  13. oh, Jim (2 Replies)

    Please don’t make me go back through this stuff. But, I will in a separate post if you really want.

    In short, consistently smearing Whitey’s victims- as if that changes anything. Consistently accentuating the evils of Whitey’s colleagues, while always dismissing things Whitey undeniably did with the formulation- “Oh, of course he was a gangster, he did gangster stuff. NBD” Always insisting that Whitely girlfriend is a snow white innocent, whose only crime was falling for the wrong man, and whom Whitey is chivalrously trying to protect from the evil feds. When, as someone who has followed the coverage in depth, he knows that she gave Whitey friggin dental pliers as a gift…pliers he then used to yank out peoples teeth in. You know, just a totally normal gift between a couple…paper, wood, silver, gold, dental pliers, is I think how it usually goes.

    If you genuinely don’t see the not so hidden agenda here (not this post, but in the record), and are interested, I can lay it out in depth in a future post in the next week or two.

  14. no (1 Reply)

    He does defend Whitey, and seeks to minimize his many evils at every opportunity. Yes, sometimes these efforts are entwined in questions about the case though- unfortunately this Whitey defending agenda does undermine those legit questions.

  15. Say it ain't so, Joe. (0 Replies)

    I agree with Avellone the 15% is a bad policy, but his campaign really needs to have the facts straight when making a pitch to get around it. Ouch.

  16. wholly innocent? (1 Reply)

    What are you talking about? Being annoyingly pushy is not a reason to have your kid taken away. You seem to think that because these people might be personally irritating and/or unsophisticated in their dealings with medical and state authorities that it’s a little ok that this happened. That’s nuts.

    See all the grays you want, it should be a higher standard to rearrange lives by force.

  17. it's not money this time (0 Replies)

    Children’s has plenty of easier ways to make money.

  18. Ya, I have, thanks (2 Replies)

    It disgusts me. For the judge to claim that the very belief that their child had been unjustly taken away & acts to try to get her back their child as justification to keep them from their child is probably the cruelest incarnation of circular logic in the long history of circular logic.

    And any decent parent would be hysterical is their kid was taken away. It may be just a “headache” to you and the CT DCF (I wouldn’t speak for them), but peoples whole lives are in the balance.

  19. scary (1 Reply)

    This is scary, and the heavy-handed tactics will have an effect beyond just the Pelletiers. There are parents who will hesitate to bring their sick kid to the hospital because they fear what could happen if they cross the wrong doc- and that that fears is not totally unreasonable, unfortunately. That creates a health risk for those kids and those around them.

  20. cya, mostly, I'd guess (0 Replies)

    Once Childrens and DCF start moving in one direction they just don’t want to admit that they’ve made a mistake- especially when they’ve taken such drastic action as removing this poor girl from her parents.