Seems to me Brown would have a better shot against Markey in Mass. than Shaheen in New Hampshire. Markey has a lot of vulnerabilities Elizabeth Warren didn’t have – the long record, the charisma deficit, the [...]]]>
Politically, it’s mostly good news for Democrats, who more closely align with Millennials (now age 18-32) on issues like immigration, marijuana, and same-sex marriage than Republicans. Interestingly, young voters are not much different from their elders in their views on abortion and gun rights. [...]]]>
What I guess I don’t understand is what 10,000 troop in-country will get us if the US does not pull out entirely. From all indication, this would leave a group of [...]]]>
First, there was its principled stand against the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. If memory serves, Arizona lost a bid to host a Super Bowl over that one before lawmakers retreated.
Then there’s the “show me your papers” law, which seemed designed to accomplish little besides prove Arizona [...]]]>
Last week, Kriston Charles Belinte Chee, an unarmed man, got into a fight with Cyle Wayne Quadlin at a Walmart in suburban Arizona. Quadlin opened fire midargument and killed Chee. Officers decided not to charge Quadlin because, they concluded, the killing was in self-defense. According to the police spokesman, “Mr. Quadlin was losing the fight and indicated he ‘was in fear for his life.’ [...]]]>
Federal education policy has been an interesting isshttp://www.redwoodfallsgazette.com/article/20140225/BLOGS/302259986/-1/blogs01
So, let’s be clear. The Dalai Lama is the head of Tibet, which is under occupation from China. Slowly but [...]]]>
Michelle, aka Marie Antoinette, was in New York at the New Museum pushing a brand of water called “Wat-aah.” I’d like to know how much she was paid for this endorsement, whether there was any kind of quid pro quo for her husband, and whether this will be identified on her taxes. At the very least, there seems to be a fundamental lack of disclosure which we have a right to expect when Marie Antoinette, whose gown was not [...]]]>
1. George Zimmerman kills Trayvon Martin for walking in the rain in a hoodie, and maybe mouthing off when confronted by a stranger.
2. Curtis Reeves kills Chad Oulsen for texting during the previews and maybe [...]]]>
“After we left Japan, it felt as if the ocean itself was dead,” Macfadyen said.
“We hardly saw any living things. We saw one whale, sort of rolling helplessly on the surface with what looked like a big tumour on its head. It was pretty sickening. [...]]]>
I’ve been scratching my head over a weird “interfaith” clergy group in Revere that has gathered to condemn a casino at Suffolk Downs. The news story sounds like some kind of weird joke–an Imam, a Rabbi [...]]]>
This week, those being gored are the folks from the back to the land movement, conservationists, supporters of community supported [...]]]>
“It is imperative that any law passed and enacted which impacts the social life or health or welfare of the broader community be passed and enacted by a super majority and, if possible, a consensus of the entire governing bodies, with prior approval by the provincial councils. It has been widely confirmed that legislation that does not reflect both a provincial and national consensus on these kinds of programs or changes in societal norms or mores is likely [...]]]>
Leave aside for the moment that is an historical anachronism arising from the merger of church and state that people need to “apply” for a marriage license. Marriage as a matter of “license” should be abolished, in favor of a method of “registering” a marriage for purposes of tax benefits. But [...]]]>
True story, and it’s hard not to laugh, then feel guilty about [...]]]>
One of the trends that seems to be emerging amongst current political [...]]]>
Over the past twenty years, I’ve been involved in construction of more than 20 public libraries, and I’ve been known to fly off to Seattle to look at new public libraries simply because I love the intersection of [...]]]>
The probe into the Obamas can start with the Michelle Obama bling scandal, the custom [...]]]>
Apparently there are Olympic games going on in Russia, and the stadiums are empty, partly because they are holding winter games in a summer resort and its hard to get people excited about mixing hockey and umbrella drinks. So the Russians are going to fill the stadia so they don’t look as embarrassing. So they are planning on busing in school kids and soldiers in civilian [...]]]>
So, yesterday, Grand Poobah Obama waives his magic pen and tells businesses that he won’t execute his beloved Obamacare law for certain classes of businesses. And he expects the world to cheer?
Two problem, first, by trying to rule by executive decree, he is telling business that he can make arbitrary rules for their businesses with his magic pen, outside of Congress. Two, he [...]]]>
“As politicians and pundits in Washington continue to spar over whether economic inequality is in fact deepening, in corporate America there really is no debate at all. The post- [...]]]>
What I find funny is the way the left wing press is trying to blame cold weather, and other such things. [...]]]>
A couple items of note in Sunday’s MWDN Opinion section, which, I might add, was named the top editorial/commentary section in New England dailies at the NENPA banquet in Boston last night:
- I show my age [...]]]>
If so, you’d expect Democrats to do better in states that receive the most federal money per capita, in states that receive more [...]]]>
The good news is that it probably won’t happen, as [...]]]>
But Philip Seymour Hoffman’s overdose has put the question of heroin in a new light. As Gene Robinson, among others, notes, what killed Hoffman wasn’t ignorance of heroin’s dangers, or lack of access to rehab [...]]]>
The first page with capital letters reads- "I Am an American WHAT EVERY CITIZEN SHOULD KNOW".
It's printed in the USA but I could not find a date anywhere, so I guess it's timeless. These are just two pages from the pamphlet, there's lots of other information for the American citizen, like the Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Right [...]]]>
Obama provided an example of that Friday on the problem of the long-term unemployed. The political problem for the long-term unemployed is that Obama and the Democrats can’t get Congress to extend [...]]]>
As Kate Mogulescu explained in Saturday’s Times, there’s another myth that is [...]]]>
There was one line that stuck with me, though, and it didn’t come from Reich, but from Nick Hanauer. Hanauer is a Seattle-based venture capitalist (one of the first investors in Amazon), who also runs his family [...]]]>
Today, the scariest statement is “Attorney General Holder will soon make the decision whether to seek the death penalty fr Dzohkhar Tsarnaev.”
For the all the discussion about the pros and cons of whether the death penalty should be sought, the most paramount and important issue isn’t getting mentioned at all–whether the [...]]]>
“Today, Massachusetts is first in the nation in student achievement, in health care coverage, in economic competitiveness, in entrepreneurial activity, in venture funding, in energy efficiency and in veterans' services. [...]]]>
Ed Markey was elected to the Senate just last June, which most voters apparently didn’t notice. He is on the November ballot for a full six-year term. By the numbers, you’d think Markey would be in trouble:
More Massachusetts voters now think it is time to give someone else a chance (43 percent) than think [...]]]>
So Obama plans to walk out to the podium and, in [...]]]>
That, in itself, is not huge news. But what is huge news is that Ann Aiken, the federal judge who sentenced her, seems to have gone off the rails. Aiken is well-known and well-respected for her concern for civil rights and civil liberties, including her declaration that certain portions of the USA Patriot Act were unconstitutional. As a Clinton appointee, she won [...]]]>
Eugene’s art is now being featured in a [...]]]>
Republicans aren’t comfortable talking about income inequality, but they are increasingly willing to talk about its cousin, reduced economic mobility. “The [...]]]>
Apparently, after Kerry said that no one individual or family has a legitimate claim to a country by accident of birth, a flutter of diplomatic notes came flying from the two dozen or so countries [...]]]>
First there was Trayvon Martin, but the racial aspect of that case confused the issue. Now Florida (again) has provided a new example of what the gun lobby hath wrought. A retiree [...]]]>
The tea party has lost clout because [...]]]>
On January 19, 1999, Rick printed a letter from Michael Fuller, during the Clinton years, in which he demanded “do you think you could be critical of one Democrat in your entire lives (sic).” Then we have Barry X of Hopkinton on February 26, 2003, saying that he disagrees with my [...]]]>
The panel Obama named was stocked with national security heavyweights and made some pretty good recommendations. Obama followed a few of them partway. Access to the NSA's vast pile of phone data will be limited, [...]]]>
The immediate topic was “Teaching the Civil Rights Movement in Schools,” but the larger issue Pioneer has been focusing on is whether [...]]]>
Chasing the evasive Middle East peace treaty
The revelation by Barbara Walters that she expected Obama to be the Messiah should not be shocking. The mainstream media will have the primary role in brainwashing the world to accept the Antichrist as the great man of peace. Against all odds, he will conclude a Middle East peace treaty giving Israel a respite against all the hatred [...]]]>
But in my column today, I give it a try.
Meanwhile, Newsday writer http://www.redwoodfallsgazette.com/article/20140112/BLOGS/301129996/-1/blogs01
By Laura Henze Russell
Fifty years after the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking, it is high time for President Obama to ask the U.S. Surgeon General to prepare a Report on Dental Amalgam.
The great United States of America, through the U.S. Food and Drug Administratio, lags behind other advanced, emerging and developing nations in recognizing and protecting its citizens from dental amalgam’s scientifically [...]]]>
The seminar wasn’t all that unusual from the hand wringing that I’ve heard before.
But then they brought out a professor from California, who is also head of a software company which is creating software which would be a short term technological fix. In short, you would be able to post material that couldn’t be copied [...]]]>
I'm sure there are some surprises in the book, but the pre- [...]]]>
As I write in an editorial today, the fact that Fallujah and Ramadi are in “al-Qaida affiliated” – whatever that means – hands underscores the folly of the enterprise from the beginning. It’s the Iraqi government’s failure, and it’s the Iraqi people’s turn [...]]]>
Not only did the PLO’s facility in Prague contain explosives, which fortunately only killed the terrorist, but it also contained a substantial number of illegal weapons, confirming that the PLO is using the diplomatic status conferred upon it to smuggle terrorist implements into Europe which can only have one possible purpose. If anyone needed more evidence of bad faith by the PLO, or [...]]]>
"At its Greek root, “to believe” simply means “to give one’s heart to.” Thus, if we can determine what it is we give our heart to, then we will know what it is we believe."
? Kathleen Norris, Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith
Faith and freedom, how do these two terms relate? The question comes to mind as [...]]]>
GOP establishment commentator David Gerson fired a volley in a column I ran Saturday, arguing that the GOP moderates are ceding too much ideological ground to anti-government extremists. Gerson challenges the assumption that the Founders were tea party [...]]]>
Now that America is finally learning how to discuss marijuana in public, http://www.redwoodfallsgazette.com/article/20140103/BLOGS/301039949/-1/blogs01