- How disgraceful is it that we're barely offering any special visas to those Iraqis who have risked their lives — and their families' — to translate for us? The most generous proposal — caught up in haggling over money — is for 5,000 visas; and if you were Iraqi translator #5,001, well, have fun with Al Qaeda. That's not even to mention to the 4 million Iraqi refugees, for whom I think we should take at least some responsiblity. Oh, never mind — Norway's got them taken care of.
Another reminder of the immoral brutes who run our government, and the total misanthropic hell of our immigration system.
- Are you fired up/ready to go over the biotech bill? I am.
- … nah, now that I mention it, let's just leave it up to the lobbyists to hash it out. I'm sure they'll come up with something fair.
- If Josh's reading of the polls is correct, then we could really be looking at Candidate Romney. I hope everyone here realizes what a gift that would be — not just to Democrats as a whole, but to this little site and Massachusetts Dems. We've laid some groundwork already for an eventual Romney candidacy (here too). I mean, finding oppo on this guy as a flip-flopping opportunist and dilettante is really a job for the lazy: Low effort, high return. Needless to say, I'm on it.
- Will the brutal shootings in Mattapan and Roxbury be made into gritty, picturesque movies about Boston in 20 years or so? Or is it only cinematically awesome and a big satisfying Boston bummer when white people die?
Hey Hollywood — check this out (my emphasis):
The white house with maroon shutters in a neighborhood off River Street near Mattapan Square has been cordoned off with yellow police tape, along with the adjoining building. A sign in front of the house indicates that the Simply the Best day care facility is located there.
Dramatic, man. Gritty. Well, maybe you have to keep that out of the screenplay, because, you know, it might upset people. Or just seem ridiculous.
Are Boston's mayor, city council, or
Turf Warrior-KingDistrict Attorney competent to address a culture of "Stop Snitchin'"? Do we really need Deval to swoop in and demonstrate some of that compassion he's known for? 'Cuz, you know, he's black?
Off snark. As Deval said back in 2005, he wants to be a partner, but "with respect, I'm not running for mayor." Or DA, for that matter.
- Has the Rove/Atwater slime machine gotten inside Dem voters' heads over the years? Ya think?
The electability question continued to trouble even some committed Clinton supporters. Among them here on Sunday was Colleen Clopton, the Clinton chairwoman for Greene County, who said she worries about what Republicans will do to Clinton if she is the nominee.
As a result, Clopton said she is still debating whether to vote for Biden, who as a white male without the Clinton baggage might be a safer choice, she said.
"I'm so afraid of the Republicans against her," Clopton said.
Good gravy. Can we just get this straight? It doesn't matter whom we nominate; the GOP will turn the s#@$-firehose on whomever our nominee is. There is no one who's a "safer" choice when it comes to their ads. The question is whether our nominee is able to weather it — and open up his or her own can of whoopass on their guy. Preferably first.
Stop imagining their negative ads against us, and imagine our negative ads against them. Heck, we've got a lot more to work with.
PS: No, I don't believe Zogby. Next question.
- How can Mitt correctly ask the country to accept his Mormonism, and then say he wouldn't accept a Muslim in a cabinet position? (Like, say, UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad?)
What is wrong with us, that we're even having this idiotic conversation? Can't we just say there will be no religious test for office, and be done with it?
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