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  • When the Government Takes Your Children

    04/02/2014 6:22:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 2, 2014 | Stephen M. Krason
    Many people who have followed the Justina Pelletier case—largely ignored by the mainstream media, by the way—have thought that there has to be more to it, or that it’s an outrageous out-of-the-ordinary affair. This is the case where the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families forcibly took custody from her parents over a year ago of a teenager who had been treated for years for mitochondrial disease (a genetic disorder), when they brought her to Boston Children’s Hospital for consultation about a related gastrointestinal problem and resisted a quickly-made diagnosis by a medical resident and a psychologist there that she...
  • Globe: [Democrat] Grossman passes kidney stone at gubernatorial forum

    03/26/2014 2:59:23 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 16 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 03/26/2014 | Meghan Colloton
    <p>Massachusetts State Treasurer Steve Grossman apparently spent his time at last night’s gubernatorial debate, which focused on issues affecting the state’s LGBTQ community, passing a kidney stone, according to campaign spokesman Chandra Allard. The forum was hosted by MassEquality and WGBH at the Boston Public Library Tuesday night.</p>
  • INTERVIEW: Pelletier Family Reacts After MA Takes Permanent Custody

    03/26/2014 12:08:15 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | NA | NA
    Video at link.
  • Judge Rules Justina Pelletier to Remain in State’s Custody

    03/25/2014 3:07:26 PM PDT · by blueyon · 46 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/25/14 | Liz Klimas
    A Massachusetts judge ruled Tuesday that the Connecticut teen in the middle of a contentious custody battle between her parents and the state will remain in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. The Boston Globe reported that Suffolk County juvenile court Judge Joseph Johnson granted “permanent” custody to the state DCF, leaving it up to the agency to decide if and when 15-year-old Justina Pelletier is returned to her parents’ custody. This decision was in response to a motion filed by Linda and Lou Pelletier, Justina’s parents, and her court-lawyer attorney for a “conditional custody” plan....
  • Boston Makes Final Preparations for 2014 Marathon

    03/10/2014 5:16:03 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 10, 2014 | n/a
    "Boston Makes Final Preparations for 2014 Marathon New protocols will "preserve the traditional feel and character of the Boston Marathon" after 2013 bombings." 03/10/2014
  • Mass. man arrested after recording officer in street

    03/08/2014 10:39:39 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 57 replies
    WPRI TV ^ | March 6, 2014, 6:52 pm | Tim White
    FALL RIVER, MASS. (WPRI) – A Fall River man has been charged with violating the Massachusetts wiretapping statute for recording a police officer talking on his cell phone and cursing while working a street detail. George Thompson, 51, of Fall River, faces one count each of unlawful wiretap and resisting arrest stemming from the Jan. 6 incident.
  • Justina Pelletier’s Mother Collapses After Court Orders Daughter to Non-Medical Foster Care Facility

    02/25/2014 3:24:53 AM PST · by No One Special · 78 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 24, 2014 | Christian Newswire
    BOSTON,—The family of Justina Pelletier was emotionally distraught after a judge sentenced their sick daughter to the foster care system without access to her previous medical care. Justina is at the center of a legal battle between the Pelletier family and Boston Children’s Hospital over custody and proper medical treatment. Attorney Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel filed a motion for pro hac vice to represent the Pelletiers, but the judge took the rare move of allowing the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) to respond to the motion, effectively denying the specialist attorney from arguing in the hearing. To...
  • Proposal would ask fish houses to pitch in for immigrant bus

    02/16/2014 10:29:45 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 15 replies
    SouthCoastToday ^ | February 16, 2014 | Curt Brown
    It's no secret that the Central American immigrant community walk the length of Herman Melville Boulevard as they travel to and from the fish houses where they work. They walk because they find it difficult to obtain driver's licenses as they are undocumented. Adrian Ventura said the Registry of Motor Vehicles could help if it would loosen requirements to obtain a driver's license. It is difficult for many to obtain a license because they do not have legal status, he said. The largest immigrant advocacy group in the country, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) has proposed legislation...
  • Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable For $45bn

    02/13/2014 6:36:46 AM PST · by shove_it · 49 replies
    SkyNews/Yahoo ^ | 13 Feb 2014
    The two biggest US cable companies are joining forces in a $45bn (£27bn) deal, creating an entertainment giant with some 32 million TV subscribers. Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable was confirmed at the start of trading on Thursday. Its offer, which is subject to regulatory approval, is about 17% higher than the company's closing share price on Wednesday. The takeover bid trumps an earlier $38bn (£23bn) offer from Charter Communications, which appeared to concede defeat by announcing: "We've always maintained our greatest opportunity to create value for shareholders is by executing our current business plan. "We'll continue to be...
  • Anti-Gun Violence State Rep. Jailed for Punching Woman Who Refused Sex

    02/06/2014 7:48:37 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/5/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On January 15th, Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence supporter and Massachusetts state representative Carlos Henriquez (D-5th Suffolk Dist.) was sentenced to six months in jail for punching a woman who refused to have sex with him.
  • The Next Frontier in Fertility Treatment (NYT alert)

    01/13/2014 11:11:10 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 12, 2014 | SARAH ELIZABETH RICHARDS
    ANDY INKSTER, a transgender man, had always wanted biological children. So when he embarked on the transition from female to male at age 18 — changing his name, taking testosterone and eventually undergoing surgery to remove his breasts — he left his female reproductive organs intact. In his mid-20s, he decided it was time. He stopped taking testosterone and started trying to get pregnant. Eventually, in 2009, after beginning graduate school at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he sought fertility treatment at Baystate Reproductive Medicine. Baystate was one of the few clinics in the country with an anti-discrimination policy...
  • Say NO to a blasphemous nativity scene!

    The lesbian "rock opera" Jesus Has Two Mommies will show this Christmas season at the Somerville Theatre near Boston, MA. Jesus Has Two Mommies dares to distort the sacred mysteries of Christmas, showing Jesus born to two lesbians, Mary and Josephine. Among blasphemous mockeries of God, the virgin birth, and the Holy Family, Jesus Has Two Mommies portrays Mary and Josephine's affair at a lesbian bar, the "real Christmas story."According to press reports: "Luckily the trio is up to the challenge. The trio consisted of God... Jesus and the angel Gay-briel. ...Blessing Faith [Faith Soloway, the author] with a Psalm...
  • You Don't Have To Buy An E-ZPass From The State Where You Live

    01/01/2014 6:19:19 AM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 32 replies
    The consumerist ^ | 3-2-2011 | Laura Northrup
    The zone of state toll systems that are part of E-ZPass now stretches far beyond the New York metropolitan area where it began. Now you can use your E-ZPass in toll-zapping booths in 14 states, a vast road-trip zone stretching from Virginia to Illinois to Maine. It’s all a compatible system, but different states set their own fees to issue the transponders and maintain your account. What not all consumers know is that you don’t have to buy your pass from the state where you live, and you can save money by ordering from across the border. Whether this is...
  • FBI: Terror Suspect Plotted Fuel Attack

    06/03/2004 4:38:00 PM PDT · by Allan · 6 replies · 363+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | June 3, 2004 | John Solomon
    FBI: Terror suspect plotted fuel attackAl-Marabh planned to blow up tunnelJail informant reported `martyr' bid JOHN SOLOMONASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON - Nabil al-Marabh, who ran a print shop with his uncle in Toronto, plotted to steal a fuel tanker truck and blow it up in one of the heavily travelled tunnels between New Jersey and Manhattan, FBI documents allege. Al-Marabh, 36, was arrested Sept. 19, 2001, in Chicago in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. His arrest prompted an RCMP raid of his uncle's copy shop on Charles St. in Toronto. The U.S. deported him...
  • Judge Napolitano to Juan Williams: "You've Abandoned Notion That Constitution Means What It Says"

    11/21/2013 5:14:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | November 20, 2013
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO: Juan, fasten your seat belt. The federal government should stay within the confines of the constitution. The constitution does not authorize the federal government to have anything whatsoever to do with healthcare. So, Obamacare should be abolished along with Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, but the people who are on those programs should be grandfathered in because they paid money to be in there and they've ordered their lives to stay there. The states should regulate healthcare because the states retain that power under the constitution. So, if you want if you want mandatory healthcare, go...
  • MA:‘Constructive conversation’ on guns precluded by ‘progressive’ goals and tactics

    11/19/2013 1:03:45 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 18 November, 2013 | David Codrea
    “Will we ever be able to have a constructive conversation on the [gun] issue?” Joanna Weiss asked Sunday in her “Gun Debate Hate” column in The Boston Globe. She was referring to reports from the week before about a Swamspcott selectman seeking authority for police to enforce Massachusetts state law requiring gun owners to keep firearms in their homes locked up. “Here’s a summary of what happened, as far as I can gather, at last week’s meeting of the Swampscott Board of Selectmen,” Weiss wrote, decrying “the Internet Instant Outrage Machine [that] rained down on Barry Greenfield, the selectman who...
  • Three Chinese Nationals and Two Corporations Charged with Illegally Exporting Defense Articles...

    10/06/2009 7:30:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 1,035+ views - DOJ Press Release ^ | October 5, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Three Chinese Nationals and Two Corporations Charged with Illegally Exporting Defense Articles and Commerce Controlled Electronics Components to China and Conspiring to Violate U.S. Export Laws BOSTON, MA—Three nationals of the People’s Republic of China and two corporations were charged on October 1, 2009 in federal court with conspiring over a period of 10 years to illegally export defense articles, designated on the United States Munitions List, and Commerce controlled electronics components to end-users in China, including several Chinese military entities. Acting United States Attorney Michael K. Loucks; John J. McKenna, Special Agent...
  • Mass. Sens., Boston mayor urge tougher gun laws

    08/29/2013 3:57:21 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    AP ^ | August 28, 2013
    BOSTON — The state's top political leaders called on Congress Wednesday to pass stricter background checks for gun buyers.U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined fellow Sen. Edward Markey, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and the families of gun violence victims at a rally at Faneuil Hall to press for tougher national gun laws. Warren and others are hoping Congress will again take up a bill that would expand background checks to include gun shows and online sales. She said other sensible measures would include better mental health care and putting limits on high capacity magazines and assault weapons.
  • Interesting New Gun Case from Massachusetts’ Highest Court

    08/09/2013 8:27:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 62 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 8 August, 2013 | Eugene Volokh
    From Firearms Records Bureau v. Simkin (Mass. Aug. 8, 2013): Simkin is a New Hampshire resident and a federally licensed firearms dealer who is engaged in the “buying and selling [of] firearms in the region, from private parties, at gun shows, and at auctions.” Since 2002, he has held a temporary nonresident Class A unrestricted license to carry firearms in Massachusetts. In February, 2009, Simkin applied to the bureau for a renewal of his license, stating as his purpose for requesting the renewal that he traveled in and through Massachusetts for business purposes, carrying firearms, ammunition, and cash, and...
  • Obamacare Health Insurance Rebates: Who Gets a Check?

    07/18/2013 5:52:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    ABC ^ | July 18, 2013 | DEVIN DWYER
    An estimated 8.5 million Americans will receive rebates from their health insurers this summer thanks to the Affordable Care Act, which says companies that fail to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on health care must refund the difference to consumers. Obama today touted the benefit as part of his mid-summer push ... The amount of the individual rebates varies widely by state and insurance company, depending on whether a consumer's insurer was in compliance with the law. The largest average rebates will be seen in Washington state, where 3,007 consumers will receive an average $512 this summer. In...
  • Bill pushed to assist immigrants facing deportation

    07/11/2013 10:06:57 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    Sentinel and Enterprise | July 11, 2013 | Andy Metzger
    BOSTON -- Showing continued concern over a deportation program, advocates on Tuesday pressed their case to a legislative committee for a law limiting state and local law enforcement's cooperation with the program. Gov. Deval Patrick resisted implementation of Secure Communities in Massachusetts, but his protestations did not stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement from commencing the program in May 2012, and Patrick said then that he would "uphold the law." There was lengthy debate over whether Massachusetts should join the program, but it has generated little debate on Beacon Hill since last May. Activists and lawmakers are now seeking to change...
  • LIVE THREAD. Massachusetts Special Election for Senate

    06/25/2013 5:39:36 PM PDT · by BAW · 125 replies
    <p>And we're off. With 21% of the precinct vote in, Republican Gomez leads Democrat Markey 52.7% to 46.9%.</p>
  • Revere teens charged with sexual assault of 6-year-old

    06/24/2013 2:04:32 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    The Daily Item REVERE ^ | June 24,2013 | Cyrus Moulto
    Revere Police said two teenage brothers are being held by immigration officials after each was charged this week with sexually assaulting and attempting to rape a 6-year-old relative. A 14-year-old juvenile male was arrested and charged with indecent assault-and-battery on a child under 14; and assault to rape a child; at 6 p.m. Tuesday. A 16-year-old juvenile male was arrested and charged with the same offenses on Wednesday. O’Hara said the alleged victim was a 6-year-old female. O’Hara said the charges were a result of “an observation a family member made.” She said bail was also set for each brother,...
  • MA:Lawrence liquor store owner, 69, thwarts attempted armed robbery

    06/05/2013 5:32:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 4 June, 2013 | NA
    LAWRENCE, Mass. ( – A 69-year-old liquor store owner allegedly thwarted an attempted armed robbery of McCann's Liquors on South Union Street Sunday night. Arturo Taveras, owner of McCann's Liquors, has been robbed before and he was not about to be victimized again.Taveras told police a masked man walked into his store at about 10:30 p.m., pulled a gun on him, and demanded all his money; however, instead of emptying his register, Taveras removed his gun from his waistband and pointed it at the suspect, reports The Eagle Tribune. When the suspect saw Taveras' gun, he fled the store heading...
  • Civility: New Democrat Ad in MA Has Gun Firing at Republican's Head

    05/17/2013 7:00:01 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 16 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/17/2013 | Matthew
    Sometimes when people on the Left talk about dog whistles, it seems far too forced. However, there are occasional times when you can see a clear subliminal message underlying the overt one. Take the contested Massachusetts Senate race that pits 38 year veteran of Congress Ed Markey against former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez. Gomez rejects many of the gun control arguments, including the ban on high capacity magazines.
  • Seven Foreigners Arrested After Trespassing at Quabbin Reservoir (Video)[Massachusetts terror?]

    05/15/2013 8:27:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 15, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Seven foreigners from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Singapore were arrested for trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir on Tuesday. The Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts is one of the country’s largest man-made water supplies. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) CBS Local reported, via Free Republic: Shortly after midnight Tuesday, seven people were caught trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir. State Police say the five men and two women are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, and “cited their education and career interests” for being in the area. The men told police they were chemical engineers and recent college graduates....
  • Feds block UMass from releasing alleged bomber's records

    05/08/2013 10:42:36 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 27 replies ^ | 5/8/13 | John Zaremba, Chris Cassidy, Joe Dwinell
    Federal education officials today told UMass Dartmouth they cannot release academic and financial records of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, according to a letter received by the Herald. "From the limited information you provided, it appears that the academic and financial records that have been requested would be protected by FERPA, and that the University may not release them without the consent of the student," wrote Dale King, director of the Family Policy Compliance Office for the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Gabriel Gomez Republican Senate nominee in Massachusetts

    05/01/2013 7:31:13 PM PDT · by mojo114 · 31 replies
    Republican Senate nominee is coming up next on Fox Greta's show
  • Benefits for family of bombing suspects likely exceeded $100k

    04/29/2013 4:10:33 PM PDT · by Alistair Stratford IV · 22 replies
    WCRB ^ | 4/29/2013 | By Janet Wu
    BOSTON —State lawmakers have launched an investigation into whether the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings improperly received public benefits. The House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight is reviewing hundreds of documents collected from state agencies that may have provided benefits to the suspects or their families since 2002. Sources who have seen the 500 pages of documents sent to the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight told News Center 5’s Janet Wu that the Tsarnaev family -- including the parents of the two bombing suspects, the two suspects themselves, their sisters, the widow of the suspect killed...
  • Heartbreak as police 'find body of missing college student FALSELY accused..

    04/24/2013 5:29:13 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 43 replies
    Police found the body of a man in the Providence River and they think it is 'very possible' that it is missing student Sunil Tripathi who was wrongly accused of being one of the Boston Marathon bombers. Tripathi, 22, was a Brown University student and has been missing since the middle of March.

    04/24/2013 1:22:35 AM PDT · by Ken H · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 23, 2013 | n/a
    Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said on Tuesday that law enforcement may have known in advance about the Boston Marathon suspects’ bombing plans. Speaking to local Atlanta Channel 2 Action News, Chambliss said, “There now appears that may have been some evidence that was obtained by one of the law enforcement agencies that did not get shared in a way that it could have been. If that turns out to be the case, then we have to determine whether or not that would have made a difference.”
  • Friends of accused Boston bomber are taken into custody in New Bedford, Mass.

    04/20/2013 7:24:41 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 122 replies
    My Daily News ^ | April 20, 2013, 5:09 PM | Iriving Dejohn AND Joe Kemp
    Two pals of the accused Boston Marathon bombers were pulled from their New Bedford, Mass. home and taken into custody on Saturday. The two men, known to neighbors by their first names Azmat and Diaz — who share a black BMW SUV adorned with a novelty license plate that reads “Terrorista #1” — were cuffed and hauled out of their Carriage Dr. apartment shortly before 4 p.m.
  • Former Ptech Officer Arrested for SBA Loan Fraud

    07/16/2009 11:47:45 AM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 648+ views ^ | July 14, 2009 | n/a
    Former Ptech Officer Arrested for SBA Loan Fraud Indictment Unsealed Charges Former Ptech President with Dealing in Assets of Specially Designated Global Terrorist BOSTON—A former resident of Somerville, Mass. who has been living in South Korea was arrested today after arriving at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. An indictment, originally returned on March 1, 2007, was unsealed today charging Buford George Peterson and Oussama Abdul Ziade, both former officers of Ptech, Inc., a computer software company that was principally located in Quincy, Mass., with making false statements to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in connection with a...
  • Obama Buries Boston Massacre Saudi Connection

    04/20/2013 12:37:24 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 58 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 4-20-2013 | Kris Zane
    April 20, 2013 Obama Buries Boston Massacre Saudi Connection Kris Zane One Boston Massacre terrorist is dead, under suspicious circumstances. We saw the second terrorist—Dzhokhar Tsarnaev—literally shut down an entire metropolitan area for over twenty-four hours. And now he’s under lock and key, whisked away from the public eye. America saw what martial law looked like as light-armored tanks roamed the streets and hundreds of special forces conducted a house-to-house search, looking for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, apparently a punk kid.Except martial law was never declared. Except America wondered: if one nineteen-year-old kid could shut down an entire metropolitan area, what could...
  • Feds ... the government's terror-trackers knew about the Boston bombers before the blasts'

    04/20/2013 7:21:35 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 55 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | April 20, 2013 | DAVID MARTOSKO IN WASHINGTON
    Federal law enforcement officials are actively investigating the possibility that the Boston bombers were known to the government’s terror-trackers, MailOnline understands. Any inquiry into the marathon bombing will look into whether agents could have taken action – but didn’t – to prevent the Tsarnaev brothers from obtaining the explosives that killed 3 and wounded 173 others. CBS News reported Friday evening that two years ago, the FBI interviewed the elder brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was killed in Thursday night's dramatic shootout. The feds reportedly spoke to him at the request of an unspecified foreign government, but couldn't establish that...
  • Glenn: “After what I have learned this week I’m a changed person.”

    04/20/2013 4:15:10 AM PDT · by Bratch · 143 replies ^ | Apr 19, 2013 | Glenn Beck
    Just a few minutes ago our jib operator Justin came up to me. He said, ‘Glenn, out of all of the things you’ve covered in your life where does this fit in importance? And I said ‘Most people are going to think this is maybe 20 or 50.’ In the last 50 years this is we’ve had the Watts Riots, and the death of the Martin Luther King and the things that I have covered in the last 40 years, I would say this is top five. Maybe number 2. And possibly number one in importance. Number one, is clearly...
  • City of Boston Gave ‘Subsidy’ to Bombing Suspects’ Radical Mosque

    04/20/2013 5:50:47 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 25 replies
    Suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended a Massachusetts mosque that made a controversial deal with a Boston city agency that allowed it to buy land at a lower-than-market price in exchange for various token services to the Boston community, despite the mosque’s links to some radical anti-American figures
  • Al-Qaeda Propagandist Called For Attacks On Sports Events

    04/16/2013 2:13:26 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 141 replies ^ | April 16, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – Although no group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s deadly bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon, a leading al-Qaeda ideologue last year recommended that jihadists in America include sporting events in their list of prospective terror targets.
  • Times Square Is Evacuated in Bomb Scare [Pathfinder Had "Propane Tanks, Gasoline and Timing Device"]

    05/01/2010 9:09:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 159 replies · 2,869+ views
    NYTimes ^ | May 01st 2010 | RAY RIVERA and KARIN HENRY
    Times Square Is Evacuated in Bomb Scare The scene at Times Square on Saturday night after police found a suspicious package inside a Pathfinder on West 45th Street. RAY RIVERA and KARIN HENRY May 1, 2010 A bomb in Times Square led to the evacuation of thousands of tourists and theatergoers from the area on a warm and busy Saturday evening, the police said. There was no explosion. “It appears to be a car bomb left in a Pathfinder between Seventh and Eighth,” said Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman. The device, he said, contained “explosive...
  • MIT: Shooter On Loose; Officer Down

    04/18/2013 8:22:45 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 2,592 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 18 April 2013
    MIT issued an emergency alert at 10:48 on Thursday night reporting shots fired on the university campus. The school newspaper reports, "Shots fired near 32 Vassar St (Stata Center), police officer down. Please stay inside." That report is backed up by CBS News's Bonney Kapp who reports hearing "officer down" on the police scanner just before the MIT alert went out. For now, details are scarce, but the suspect is on the loose and considered armed and extremely dangerous.
  • Is Steny Hoyer Aware That The Sequester Was Jacob Lew's Idea (According To Bob Woodward)?

    04/16/2013 1:08:39 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 10 replies
    4/16/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I can't believe what Steny Hoyer said concerning the sequester cuts. But, according to Bob Woodward, the sequester cut was Jacob Lew's (Obam's choice to be Treasury secretary) idea, and the idea was jumped on by Obama.
  • Illegal immigrant in Milford death ruled incompetent

    04/11/2013 6:37:36 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 21 replies ^ | Apr 11, 2013 | FOX 25's /Melissa Mahan
    ( – The illegal immigrant who was drunk driving when he hit and dragged a Milford man to his death has been ruled incompetent to stand trial. Judge Janet Kinton-Walker says Nicolas Guaman's "unique cultural background" and language barrier means that he doesn't understand the court process. The court also said that he lacks the ability to consult with his attorney properly. The judge ordered Guaman's attorney to find an interpreter and educate him on the court process.
  • MA:Innocent Victims of Gun Control: The bear attack

    04/10/2013 6:14:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 8 April, 2013 | John Pierce
    A Massachusetts man is facing charges of illegal possession of a firearm and failing to secure a weapon after using a shotgun to kill a bear that began chasing him in his own backyard while he was stocking his bird feeders. The man in question is 76 year old Richard Ahlstrand of Auburn Massachusetts and the bear was 7 feet tall and pushing 400 pounds. But despite the reasonable fear that a 76 year old man might feel in such a situation, the local prosecutors have gone after Mr. Ahlstrand with a vengeance. When he went out that afternoon, he...
  • As state lawmakers seek relief, ICE defends immigration law

    03/21/2013 2:03:08 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    State House News Service ^ | Mar 20, 2013 | Andy Metzger
    Seeking a way out of a federal policy that they say mostly deports people without criminal records, activists rallied Wednesday for a bill that would allow police to not enforce immigration detainers “I am so sick and tired of getting calls from constituents saying, ‘My neighbor has been taken away. The mother of the family next door is being deported.’ I’m tired of pediatricians calling and saying, ‘The parent of my child-patient is in deportation proceedings, and the child is suffering because of it,’” Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville) said during a rally in front of the State House. “None of...
  • Report: Pope Francis bans disgraced Cardinal Law from his church

    03/15/2013 2:28:15 PM PDT · by Hilda · 128 replies
    St. Peter's List ^ | March 15, 2013 | John Bingham
    The article, from the somewhat sordid “Daily Mail,” reprints Italian news reports. In pertinent part: So when the appearance of a disgraced cardinal threatened to cast a shadow over his first engagement, Francis I made sure it couldn’t happen again – by banning him from his own church. Cardinal Bernard Law resigned as Archbishop of Boston in 2002, after being accused of actively covering up for a litany of paedophile priests.’ Despite the scandal which exploded to engulf the entire church, he was given an honorary position at the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, in Rome. Though now retired, the cardinal...
  • Falmouth, MA, Votes to Take-down wind turbines

    02/26/2013 7:17:18 AM PST · by pabianice · 15 replies
    Fox News Live (no link) | 2/26/13 |
    In April, 2011, Wind 1 went online near Falmouth, MA's waste plant. The 262 feet tall structure -- 10 feet taller than the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown -- has blades that extend almost 400 feet, which is about half the height of the John Hancock Building in Boston, reported WGBH-TV. Complaints started almost immediately. According to Fox, Wind 2 is ready to go online but the town said 'enough is enough.' The 262-foot eyesores have created a storm of protests from residents, many of whom blame numerous health problems on the turbine already in use. The blades' low frequency vibrations...
  • Westford, Massachusetts defeats gun ban to thunderous applause!

    02/23/2013 9:16:00 AM PST · by algernon_garnock · 7 replies
    The Daily Paul ^ | 02-22-2013 | Betty Liberty
    See the happy citizens! Scoff at the whiny loser board selectman! Behold the pontificating prez of the NRA...
  • Welfare boss resigns in wake of $$ report

    02/01/2013 6:42:08 AM PST · by bridgemanusa · 15 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | February 1, 2013 | Chris Cassidy
    The state’s embattled welfare chief was forced to step down yesterday in the wake of a shocking internal report that found that a staggering 47,000 families receiving taxpayer-funded benefits are unaccounted for — and nearly $30 million in food stamp money went to recipients who were not eligible.
  • Should Massachusetts Loosen Gun Control Laws?

    12/10/2012 5:06:49 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 10 December, 2012 | Karla Vallance
    Way too much red tape. That's the complaint of the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts, a group that is urging passage of a law that would abolish the requirement of having to renew a gun permit every six years, according to the Boston Herald. For comparison, Massachusetts vehicle drivers' licenses need to be renewed every five years. But the league says local police cannot keep up with timely gun permit renewals, and legitimate gunowners go license-less until the cops get time to do the paperwork. The law now allows 40 days for turning around license applications. In Boston, almost...
  • Worcester gun buyback snags piece of history(MA)

    12/10/2012 7:52:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 30 replies ^ | 9 December, 2012 | George Barnes
    WORCESTER — The Guns for Goods program succeeded in getting more guns off the streets, but it also netted a piece of history. “We got a very unusual vintage Japanese rifle from World War II with a bayonet,” said Dr. Michael P. Hirsh, chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and Trauma at UMass Memorial Medical Center. The program, which offered both gift certificates from Wegmans and free flu shots to people who anonymously turned in guns, netted 102 weapons in two days. Mr. Hirsh said 34 were collected yesterday to go with 68 collected Dec. 1. The collection yesterday...