Teens imprisoned with adults are far more likely to be raped, far [...]]]>
As it [...]]]>
The espionage act isn’t new, of [...]]]>
Of course, the tragedy in Oklahoma has been both foreseeable and expected for nearly twenty years, ever since the [...]]]>
My column today has my thoughts about Obama’s alleged “scandal trifecta” as of Friday morning, when I wrote it. My [...]]]>
True enough, but there’s nothing all-natural about [...]]]>
So, here’s an idea as to how Obama can [...]]]>
Not that a newspaper editor has to follow some strict standards in making such a call. We aren’t a body of government, sworn to follow legal procedures or base our opinions on statutory reasoning. But I like to think these [...]]]>
How dramatically? In 2010, the deficit was 10 percent of GDP. The CBO reported this week it’s now down to 4 percent of GDP. The economy is coming back, the bailout money is being paid back to the treasury, [...]]]>
I visited the memorial to the victims of the Marathon bombings in Copley Square last week, and was moved by the values expressed. As I say in http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130512/BLOGS/305129995/-1/blogs01
An outraged reader wrote me the other day, asking how I could even think about running an editorial about the Bangla Desh T-shirt factory collapse instead of Benghazi. A columnist I often run, Deroy Murdock, offered up a piece calling Benghazi “the worst cover-up since Watergate.” I took a pass; the whole notion just seemed silly to me.
“I remember in school one time, I had a teacher who was [...]]]>
I think Reg Henry wrote his piece about two days too early. Yesterday, after the latest bread and circus murder trial in Arizona resulted in the conviction of a woman for [...]]]>
I said as much in my column Sunday: “the state now finds itself facing a [...]]]>
Richie Havens was never a superstar, but he had a way of making any song his own. He was the first artist to make it to the stage at Woodstock in 1969, and the only one for a long time. He played for hours to fill the gap, a performance that lives on film and in rock history.
Click here for one of my faves. [...]]]>
One of the interesting questions we’ve had in the past few months on this blog has been the role of the majority in public life–the filibuster in the Senate, the question of whether a majority of voters can deny a minority the right to marry, and now the question of whether Town Meeting in Massachusetts can ban a legal product from sale [...]]]>
Most agree the response was successful. The suspects were identified, killed or captured within four days. Granted, there was luck involved, and the narrative is laden with ironies (like Dzhokhar running over his brother, and being discovered in the boat not because of the lockdown, but because [...]]]>
Say what? It took about an hour to get to the bottom of it, but apparently the latest word you can’t say is “retard.” It’s apparently joined the ranks of “nigger” and [...]]]>
That progress is [...]]]>
I got home from Tennessee just in time to watch the group hug at Fenway Park yesterday. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, or in my house.
I don’t claim to understand all the theories of [...]]]>
The AP reports that the feds intend to torture him without reading his Miranda warnings. The ACLU was quick to point out that the exemption to Miranda only kicks in when there is an imminent threat of immediate and confirmed harm. The feds can’t claim on one hand that the threat is over while, on the other, drooling over the opportunity to deny the suspect due process of law.
We saw a similar phenomenon [...]]]>
One of the things we should have learned over the last few decades is not to jump to conclusions in the wake of a terrorist attack, not that that stops anybody. Everyone’s awaiting more information on the alleged [...]]]>
Back on the highway, our phones beeped the news. Friends and relatives making sure each other was OK, asking if we might have known anyone near the finish line.
“It’s just terrible,” my daughter texted. “I still can’t believe it. That’s our Marathon! [...]]]>
- 21% of voters say a UFO crashed in Roswell, NM in 1947 and the US government covered it up.
- 28% of voters believe secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is [...]]]>
I first met the folks with the alternative energy car company in California about twenty years ago, when they were trying to raise money for their early research and development. They moved to North Carolina later, when the second round of funding came from that area and when they needed more space. At one of the first meetings, they referred to their product as “paleo car. [...]]]>
That discussion had progressed to the issue of heavy spending in the last two years of life, so let me try to continue it with a fresh thread by telling a recent, personal story.
In January, my 96-year-old mother fell [...]]]>
Blaming the Planning Board [...]]]>
Four good candidates are vying for two seats on the Planning Board. The results, people on all sides contend, may determine how Framingham develops (or doesn’t develop) in the next few years.
Our editorial endorsements are http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130408/BLOGS/304089966/-1/blogs01
It is not racist to send the following joke to your small circle of [...]]]>
I’ll have a lot more to say on the standoff between Gov. Patrick and the leaders of the Legislature in my column tomorrow.
Of local note: In the call to me, in an earlier statewide conference call with [...]]]>
CostConscious, the fiscal watchdog group which has been tracking this for five years now, says that the taxpayers have now spent over $400,000,000 for Obama to fly on Air Force One on private political junkets, including his latest trip to Colorado to wade in the blood of Aurora and lobby for gun control in [...]]]>
“A little boy said to his mother, “mommy, how come I’m black and [...]]]>
The first story was from a lawyer for a group of atheists who just lost a case which will allow the World Trade Center “Cross’ to be included in the museum. Here is a quote which cites the [...]]]>
Most of [...]]]>
- Are we, or should we be, ready to send a drone to visit Kim Jung Un?
- Can our cyber-warriors turn off the power to North Korea’s missile sites the moment they start aiming them?
Would those be acts of aggression or defense? Just asking.
During the recent Supreme Court hearings, and in self-serving press conferences afterward, we’ve been hearing a common statement from lawyers, activists and citizens throughout the country which is always raised in culture war battles–”the Founding Fathers couldn’t foresee this.”
I’ve been working on a project for about seven months now that is requiring some [...]]]>
In any event, Reich was speaking sort of off the cuff at one point, and he [...]]]>
So it was up to the cop who pulled me over the other day to inform me I was driving on a license that had expired two weeks ago.
But I was lucky: He didn’t give me a ticket. Nor did I have to wait for a [...]]]>
The two cases the justices have chosen to deliberate come at the federalism question from two angles. Tuesday, they will take up the challenge to California’s Proposition 8, which provides an opportunity to declare that marriage is fundamental right, one that neither states nor the [...]]]>
Last year, state Rep. Jim Vallee abruptly quit his elected post to join Nixon Peabody to work in real estate and “government relations,” which means lobbying his former colleagues (as soon as the law allows).
A week ago, Scott Brown gave up his political career to take a job in “government relations” with Nixon Peabody. Theoretically he could run for [...]]]>
It also confirms something long rumored: that Richard [...]]]>
Several years into the Iraq War, I attended a briefing Condoleezza Rice gave at the State Department. By that time, the worst [...]]]>
Bob Moore was old-style: He was editor of the paper, but also found time to write an editorial, almost every day. He was plugged into Framingham. You’d see him at coffee shops and selectmen’s meetings. He got involved in local political intrigues that I [...]]]>
“Putting to rest the most contentious civil forfeiture fight in the nation, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston today announced it will not appeal a federal court’s decision that dismissed the civil forfeiture action filed against the Motel Caswell, a family-run motel in Tewksbury, Mass. In January, Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts concluded that the motel was not [...]]]>
Granted, these reports come from people desperate to see a change in the [...]]]>
- Robert Gibbs, now working for MSNBC, sort of tells Rachel Maddow that Brennan — and by extension, Obama — lobbied to make the “unsustainable” drone program less top-secret and more transparent (though obviously not transparent enough). He goes on to [...]]]>
With the sequester cuts official, we now have a score: Washington has cut the projected 10-year deficit by $3.9 trillion.
Close enough for government work. Declare victory, and let’s move on.
But before we do, let’s make sure everyone understands [...]]]>
And, as I point out in my column today, the guys in the Bush White House who put the CIA torture program together knew nothing about real-life interrogations, but were big fans of “24,” where [...]]]>
The “who’s to blame for the sequester” [...]]]>