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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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Bostonians Deplore “Downloadables” as Branch Substitutes

“Not the computers, not the high-tech, not the downloadables,” said Boston resident Maria Rodriguez at a March 9 Boston Public Library board meeting. “Libraries are about books and librarians. I didn’t hear anything about that in your vision.” Rodriguez was one of nearly 400 people who came for details about the planned closure of as many as 10 of the city’s 26 library branches and the layoff of up to 25% of the staff in order to address a $3.6-million budget shortfall for FY2011, the Boston Globe reported March 10. [...]

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Menino's Budget takes $45 million from reserves and still closes 4 libraries

Menino lays out $2.5b plan
By Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor DORCHESTER REPORTER
Apr. 15, 2010

Mayor Thomas Menino yesterday laid out a $2.5 billion spending plan for fiscal 2011 that includes

  • 250 fewer [city] jobs
  • four fewer libraries
  • eight fewer community centers
  • while expanding education funding and grappling with rising health care costs.

The plan, increasing by 2.5 percent from the fiscal 2010 budget, depends on using $45 million from the city’s reserves.

Make it $48 million from reserves and don't close the libraries.

The mayor also submitted a capital budget that includes funds for renovating

  • several school libraries and media labs,
  • playgrounds
  • courts in nine parks
  • a new branch library in East Boston
  • resurfacing 21 miles of roadways
  • revamping of four Dorchester Ave. intersections, which has become a fixture of the capital budget, also continues

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Sen. Scott Brown on financial re-regulation

The meltdown of the financial sector of the US economy in 2008 devastated most other sectors of the economy as well as state and local governments, and now government is right to address re-regulation head on no matter how hard moneyed interests like investment banks on Wall Street fight against it.

Where does Sen Scott Brown stand on the issue? KBusch writes:

And why can't Senator Brown support a bill to prevent a repeat of the Savings and Loan Crisis and the Great Recession of 2008?

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