Why Joe Biden is still pushing for assault weapons ban
For two days, Vice President Joe Biden has insisted that the assault weapons ban can still pass, even after the Senate dropped it. He has three reasons to keep making noise.
This is the story of how a drug compounding pharmacy NECC in Framingham Mass., under a deregulated Food and Drug Administration regime passed in 1998, is motivated by greed to expand into drug manufacturing by conspiring with clients to create fraudulent patient prescription records on a large scale yielding wild profits, 44 deaths, and 678 people severely ill with spinal and other forms of meningitis due to contamination in its lab. U.S. authorities say NECC shipped thousands of vials of fungus-tainted methylprednisolone acetate to medical facilities throughout the United States.
60 Minutes video:
Who is Crazy Khazei?
Mosque burned in Joplin: Another hate crime?
Hours after the shooting in Wisconsin, a mosque burns to the ground in tornado-ravaged Joplin
By Susan Campbell
At least seven people, including a gunman shot by a police officer, have been killed in an attack on worshippers at a Sikh temple in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, on Sunday, police said.
Sikhism is a centuries-old religion, fifth most followed in the world, with sizable populations in India. It stresses self control over vices and, according to Wikipedia, the "courage to defend the rights of all who are wrongfully oppressed or persecuted irrespective of religion, colour, caste or creed."
The Tea Party so wanted five conservative judges to find the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional but as you know, that was not the decision.
Boston Tea Party rally in Columbus Park.
Photo by Chris Faraone.
So today, the Boston Tea Party rallied in opposition of the national health care law in Chris Columbus Park near the waterfront and the North End.
Still, taxes in any form are a source of resentment for the Tea Party. Even when it comes to the "job-killing" deficit, they refuse to address it in part by raising taxes. Not for nothing, but what isn't job-killing these days, clean air and clean water notwithstanding?
On one hand, Tea Party people feel the decision has given them ammo -- "It is a Tax." -- to use against their enemy, also known as a political opponent, in the upcoming election. But this tax penalty will affect about 1% of Americans only, and the Federal penalty is substantially lower than what we pay in Massachusetts; $700 versus $1200.
Rethink Brown has a new report that looks a Scott Brown's record during two years as US Senator.
The report is organized in four parts;
- Wrong on what matters to Massachusetts
- “Deliberately foggy on the key issues” – Lowell Sun
- Making the middle class pay
- Working Against Jobs
Download the 17-page PDF.
The Karma of Dirty Politics
by Jerold Duquette
The “news” that Scott Brown imagines himself a frequent secret counselor to “kings and Queens” looks like a vivid example of political karma, but does it honestly reveal anything troubling about Senator Brown? If you are a Democratic partisan, it reveals plenty and none of it good. Granted, it’s hard to feel badly for Brown, who manufactured the so-called “Indian heritage” scandal out of thin air to discredit his opponent Elizabeth Warren, but for the few non-partisan observers paying attention to this stuff presently, it should reveal only the absurdity and rampant anti-intellectualism of modern American political campaigning.
Boston PD by Fenway Park kicks over bucket drummer's buckets, tells him to stop. He keeps playing. Crowd cheers. Cops booed.
- Jeff Maker
Upper Crust accused of scheming on pay
Affidavit from CFO claims checks forged, pay slashed
After being ordered by the government to pay employees nearly $350,000 in overtime, executives at Upper Crust devised a scheme to wrest the money back, including cashing forged checks and slashing workers’ wages, according to the pizza chain’s former chief financial officer.
Paul Craney is a movement conservative who created a "non-partisan" "non-profit" lobbying organization and appointed himself director. He drinks a lot of coffee with potential secret donors, and tells people on twitter about it when he's driving to and from meetings. He also tweets about the Governor's calendar.
Today, Paul Craney succeeded in feeding a story to a journalist at MassLive.com that got Paul Craney publicity by exploiting the death of Springfield Officer Kevin Ambrose in a bid to make Governor Deval Patrick look like an asshole.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — In a display of political muscle, Elizabeth Warren overwhelmingly won the state Democratic Party’s endorsement on Saturday for the United States Senate seat held by Scott P. Brown, a Republican. With the size of her victory, she avoided a party primary in September.
In a recent 60 Minutes expose, Aerosmith: Livin' on the Edge, Lara Logan coaxed out some harsh criticism of Steven Tyler from his band mates Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford and Joey Kramer. She then used the criticism to question Steven Tyler who was taken aback and at first a bit defense, then he returned the favor.
I suspect Aerosmith looked at the 60 Minutes interview as an opportunity for high profile public relations, but as it turned out the segment didn't put the band in a good light. Now, Tom Hamilton has an explanation which you have to read but first make sure there are no distractions.
In the last 3 days in Boston, 10 people have been shot and 2 have died from gun shot wounds. In all likelihood, all of these crimes were committed with illegal guns.
The NRA is one of the most powerful lobbies in the USA so we have a lot of work to do to get this passed. Scott Brown says he opposes Federal legislation on this issue because "it is a local issue." Mayors Tom Menino and Mike Bloomberg and mayors from 625 cities in the USA disagree with Scott Brown.
The Mayor's new $2.4-Billion budget increases real estate tax 2.5% - the maximum if I'm not mistaken - even as wages for many Bostonians remain flat on the heels of the Great Recession. In addition, the MBTA has announced record increases in fares which will cost some commuters thousands more per year.
Please comment in the thread below and post links to other articles about the Mayor's budget. My questions about the City of Boston's finances and services are are follows:
Target: Residents of Needham, Massachusetts
Web site: WeThePeopleNeedham.wordpress.com
Show your support for passage of the Needham Town Meeting resolution demanding Congress address the problem of unlimited corporate campaign spending.
We, the undersigned residents of the Town of Needham, Massachusetts, call upon our elected government Representatives at Town Meeting to vote in favor of the resolution to call upon the US Congress to overturn Citizens United vs. FEC through an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Ahead of a pricey Boston fundraiser dinner alongside New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is drawing criticism for his record on issues directly affecting gay citizens.
The criticism comes as Christie, a popular Republican, recently made headlines by vetoing a bill that passed both houses of the New Jersey legislature which would have allowed same-sex couples to wed in the Garden State.
Gay rights are one issue that Brown and Elizabeth Warren, his chief Democratic opponent in the U.S. Senate race, seem to hold differing views of.
Massachusetts Family Institute wants your help.
You have probably seen them on cars around the state, and you may even have one on your car, and that is the “Choose Life” license plate that helps get critical funds to pregnancy resource centers while also promoting the pro-life cause simply by appearing on cars.