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Senate Republicans including Scott Brown Block Small Business Bill

Remember when Scott Brown said he'd be an independent senator who voted the interests of Massachusetts? Well not so fast. Scott Brown and every single other Republican senator voted against a bill Thursday that would aid small businesses by cutting taxes and making credit available. Just as a reminder, what was it Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said when Brown joined the Senate?

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Mac DAlessandro gives four reasons to pass on Stephen Lynch

Mac writes:

...my opponent in the Democratic primary, incumbent Stephen Lynch, voted for the Iraq War and its continued funding, for the Patriot Act and its reauthorization, and against health care reform, and has voted to restrict a woman’s right to choose. more here

Here's a video of Mac D’Alessandro visiting Needham Community Council Thursday

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MA-9 voters want Bill Clinton to campaign after we choose our candidate

While I welcome President Bill Clinton's interest in the MA-9 race and his willingness to stump and fund raise, I'd ask him and the MA Democratic Party to wait until the people have selected their candidate in the primary before stumping and fund raising - which is to ask the President to respect the will of the people not tilt the field to the incumbent.

We have an important Democratic primary in MA-9 this year. Candidates and campaign volunteers are out canvassing and phone banking for Stephen Lynch, Mac D'Alessandro and Phil Dunkelbarger.

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World Cup Lacrosse Championship host nation Great Britain kicks Iroquois Nation to the curb


Photo credit CBC Sports 2006

That the Iroquois Nation could not get a visa to travel to the FIL Lacrosse World Cup in Manchester, England is clearly a great failure of the Great Britian's consulate. And it's too bad the US State Department and Canada could not do more to pave the way: Don't they know sports can be a path to mutual respect and cooperation? Not for nothing but don't they know American Indians invented the frigging game?

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Mark Williams as spokesman for the Tea Party Express is like David Duke as spokesman for NAACP

[float=right]IMAGE(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk143/nfsagan/MarkWilliamsAnderson360.jpg)[/float]Earlier this week the NAACP called on the Tea Party to reject the racism that exists within its own ranks. Tea Party activists responded saying that racism isn't a part of their movement.

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NOPD cops shot civilians, testilied, were tried and acquitted, then nabbed by Feds

Yesterday, the federal government indicted four [New Orleans] officers in the shooting deaths of two unarmed civilians on September 4, 2005.

Kevin Perkins, assistant director of the FBI Criminal Investigative Division said, "These police officers to oaths to protect the citizens of New Orleans. And, instead, as alleged in the indictment, they killed two people and wounded four others.

Watch the whole thing.

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Patriotism = First Principles, Not Military Might

This is what we have come to? During the July 4th celebrations peak your attention. Patriotism will almost exclusively=Military Might. You will see flags coupled with soldiers, arms and awesome aerial displays. Please contact me if you see the flag wed to social workers, teachers, nurses, or peace activists. read more

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Being “disrespectful” to police in your own home, even if you’re cooperating, is now grounds for arrest?

The Cambridge Review Committee, which investigated last July’s arrest of Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. by Officer James Crowley has issued it's report PDF. The strenuously even-handed independent review panel concludes that being “disrespectful” to police in your own home, even if you’re cooperating with an inquiry, is now grounds for arrest.

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How bad is the oil spill? Flight sheds light on magnitude of disaster

This is the most emotionally disturbing video I have ever done! A flight over the BP Slick Source where I saw at least 100 Dolphins in the oil, some dying. I also photographed a Sperm Whale covered in oil all around it's blow hole. Please spread this around the world. Send me any links to places it gets posted so I can follow. I want to piss off the world. Who will answer for these gentle creatures?
-David Helvarg

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Democrats, Scott Brown has commitment issues, it’s time to move on

from FDL Seminal by Jason Rosenbaum:

After giving Senator Scott Brown exactly what he wanted and paying for the Wall Street reform bill on the backs of taxpayers by using TARP money instead of the proposed tax on big banks – which in Brown’s twisted world constitutes eliminating a tax – Brown’s still not on board with the final bill. Here’s his statement:
“I appreciate the conference committee revisiting the Wall Street reform bill and removing the $19 billion bank tax. Over the July recess, I will continue to review this important bill. I remain committed to putting in place safeguards to prevent another financial meltdown, ensure that consumers are protected, and that this bill is paid for without new taxes."

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State Trooper Stephen Kavol justifies repeatedly punching "pope" Alexander Serra

The Massachusetts State Police Trooper Stephen Kavol, who repeatedly punched "Pope" Alexander Serra, was the same officer who first encountered Serra in the South End of Boston. Trooper Kavol was one of the two officers who first cornered Serra on foot on I90. From WBZ:

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Strip the EPA of its authority to regulate greenhouse gases? Sen Brown votes YES

Recent Senate Votes

Motion to Proceed to Resolution; To overturn an EPA finding on greenhouse gas emissions. - Vote Rejected (47-53)

The Senate rejected this resolution that would have stripped the EPA of its authority to regulate greenhouse gases.

Sen. John Kerry voted NO
Sen. Scott Brown voted YES

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Scott Brown: Don't Ask Don't Tell

Scott Brown seems to have become much more cautious as he matured. Once known for wearing pink leather shorts on a date with his future wife, Scott

....believes any vote for repeal [of Don't Ask Don't Tell] should be put off until the Pentagon has time to formulate a plan for implementing any new policy.

"I am keeping an open mind, but I do not support moving ahead until I am able to finish my review, the Pentagon completes its study, and we can be assured that a new policy can be implemented without jeopardizing the mission of our military," Brown said in a statement provided to the Globe.

Will Scott finish his review before he goes on vacation? What about the military men and women who are being outed and losing their careers while Scott Brown dithers. How does that make us safe?

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ACLU on Lewis Black "More pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon"

More pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, Lewis Black is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into delirium while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.

On May 27, he's all ours. Lewis will be performing his unique brand of social and political commentary and comedy at the ACLU's 90th Anniversary Bill of Rights Dinner! We hope you'll join us for a night of old friends, honored history... and uproarious laughter!

RSVP to attend the Bill of Rights Dinner.

Thursday, May 27, 2010
The Westin Copley Place Hotel
10 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Reception at 5:30pm | Dinner at 6:30pm

Check out Lewis' latest rant regarding Glenn Beck on The Daily Show.

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Sen. Scott Brown provides 41st vote to kill Wall Street Reform

Was this what Scott Brown had in mind when he claimed he would be independent voting for what serves his constituents in Massachusetts as opposed to voting the Republican party line? Scott Brown joined 40 other Republican senators to filibuster the Wall Street reform bill. In fact, the bill is not dead but Republicans stand in the way of allowing it to come to the Senate floor for debate. It seems they would prefer back room deals rather than public, open debate, recorded on C-Span available for all to watch.

Once again, Scott Brown has chosen to vote Republican party line instead of for financial regulatory reform that would protect taxpayers from systemic risk that should be limited to the business who are engaged in the risky business.

How's your 401K? Your job? The value of your home? Want to go through a boom and bust economy two or three more times and taxpayer bilouts of financial institutions? If yes deregulate. If no regulate financial markets for system risk.

From the PBS NewsHour, "Could Financial Reform Make Bailouts, 'Too Big to Fail' Less Likely?"

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Is Republican a four-letter word?

Ask Dan Winslow who is running for state representative in the 9th Norfolk District, fails to mention on his website or in his video, that he is running as a Republican, and fails to mention his longstanding association with the Republican party; as Mitt Romney's Chief Legal Counsel, and as Sen. Scott Brown's legal counsel.

Winslow is a capable guy so the question is not whether he's competent and capable but rather what policies he supports and what policies he doesn't. We'll watch Dan and see if he's willing to be proud of his Republican affiliation and specific about his positions on the important issues of the day.

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