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  • Justina Pelletier Case Reaches Its "Watergate" Moment

    04/24/2014 4:15:37 AM PDT · by suspects · 23 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | April 24, 2014 | Michael Graham
    We’ve now reached the “Watergate” stage of the Justina Pelletier debacle: What does Gov. Deval Patrick know and when did he know it? Justina is the former Tufts Medical Center mitochondrial patient seized by Boston Children’s Hospital and the state Department of Children and Families, who turned her into a somatoform subject. After reports in these pages Friday that she was being denied the opportunity to attend Easter Mass with her devoutly Catholic family, Patrick rushed out a letter to state Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica) about accommodations DCF was making. “I see in your letter that you continue to misunderstand...
  • The Real Origin of the Tea Party Movement

    08/08/2012 10:46:51 AM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 7 replies
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | August 6th, 2012 | KrisAnne Hall
    I recently read with joy a conservative blogger’s attempt to connect the TEA party movement to its historic roots; a topic I have been meaning to write about for months now. The blogger rightly said that the “the historical precedent for the TPM wasn’t the Tea Party event in Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773.” I actually uttered an “Amen, brother!” He went on to describe the Continental Association established on October 20, 1774 by the First Continental Congress in response to the Intolerable Acts. That’s when I realized that I have waited long enough to write this article. The...
  • Justina Pelletier’s Father Says Her Health is Failing: “She Doesn’t Have Much Longer”

    04/21/2014 6:45:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 47 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    On Good Friday, the Pelletier family delivered over 700 “Get Well” cards for Justina Pelletier, the sick teenager who state officials wrongfully took custody of away from her parents. The Pelletier family was not allowed to visit their daughter on Easter Sunday. The news comes after attorneys working with her family released a letter Justina reportedly wrote saying she is not being treated well. Today, pro-life attorney Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel told LifeNews that Justina’s health continues to deteriorate. justinapelletier3“On Good Friday, Justina Pelletier received cards adorned with encouraging scripture and powerful messages of hope from concerned Americans across...
  • Dem Congressman on Obamacare: The Worst Is Yet to Come, It’s ‘Going to Hit the Fan’

    04/21/2014 4:18:23 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    April 21, 2014 2:45 PM Dem Congressman on Obamacare: The Worst Is Yet to Come, It's 'Going to Hit the Fan' By Andrew Johnson Massachusetts representative Stephen Lynch isn’t just worried about the negative impact Obamacare will have on his party’s performance this fall — he also thinks its worst effects on our health-care system are still to come. Lynch, who voted against the Affordable Care Act in 2010, warned that the situation is “going to hit the fan” when the law’s delayed provisions go into effect down the road. “There are parts of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act,...
  • Elizabeth Warren Details Middle-Class Struggles, Political Fights in New Book

    04/21/2014 4:13:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 21, 2014 | By ARLETTE SAENZ
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has served in the U.S. Senate for less than two years, but her message of economic populism and boosting the middle class has catapulted her to stardom with Democrats nationwide. In her new book, "A Fighting Chance," Warren reflects on growing up in a middle-class family in Oklahoma and shares how that upbringing shaped her mission to help struggling middle-class families. “I wrote this book out of gratitude. I am the daughter of someone who ended up as a maintenance man, a woman who worked a minimum-wage job at Sears. And I ended up in the...
  • IRS Revokes Tax-Exempt Status of Conservative Group

    04/21/2014 1:52:13 PM PDT · by Siegfried X · 40 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 02/21/2014 | Alana Goodman
    The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the tax-exemption for a conservative charity, saying the group’s criticism of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry violated rules against political activity. The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty engaged in “deliberate and consistent intervention in political campaigns,” according to the IRS decision released Friday and first reported by USA Today... Tax-exempt groups are restricted from engaging in certain political activity, including participating in partisan campaigns in support or opposition to a candidate. The IRS said the Patrick Henry Center violated this rule, in part, by publishing “alerts” on its website that highlighted columns by...
  • "Vive La Difference!" [40% of adopted children in Massachusetts adopted by homosexuals?]

    03/24/2004 6:26:14 PM PST · by familyop · 56 replies · 787+ views
    Vive la difference! by Mark Charalambous March 21, 2004 “Forty percent of children adopted have gone to gay and lesbian families.” This remarkable fact was revealed by Sen. Jo Ann Sprague during her passionate speech at the March 11 Massachusetts Constitutional Convention. But rather than a warning against the further legitimization of homosexuality, this statement was given as evidence in favor of granting full marriage rights to homosexuals. Can there be a better example of the lunacy presently holding sway in Massachusetts? Can someone please explain the logic of how it benefits children to be raised by women who wish...
  • Interracially Married Couples Insulted By Comparison of Their Relationships to Gay Marriage

    02/20/2004 2:32:42 PM PST · by ComtedeMaistre · 90 replies · 1,686+ views
    February 20, 2004 | ComtedeMaistre
    Over the past week, I had conversations with two long-time friends who are interracially married, over the ongoing controversy over gay marriage in Massachussetts and San Francisco. One is a next door neighbor in Louisiana, who is a white man married to a Vietnamese woman. The other is a black man from Seattle whom I have known since college, and he is married to a white woman from Alabama, and they are now living in Salt Lake City, Utah (we talked over the phone). Both men are very conservative Christians and very pro-family, and they feel deeply insulted when they...
  • Ted Kennedy (OFA Obamacare Email)

    04/21/2014 11:56:51 AM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    OFA Email | April 19, 2014
  • Dukakis Cautions Hillary on 2016, and sympathizes with Mitt Romney and Bob Dole!

    04/15/2014 12:11:26 PM PDT · by LesDowrey · 14 replies
    Least Dangerous Podcast ^ | 4/15/2014 | Les Dowrey
    During a call-in to the nationally renowned Least Dangerous Podcast with JC King, Former Presidential Candidate and Governor Michael Dukakis cautioned Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about her prospects of becoming the Democratic Nominee for President, “Believe me, neither she, nor anyone else can take that for granted.” Using his own experience as a barometer he continued, “I was 40 points ahead with 5 weeks to go when I ran for reelection in 1978 and I got beaten.” He did praise her saying her experience in the Obama administration has made her a primary choice for the party, “She...
  • Video Exposes Northeastern University's Muslim Chaplain as an Islamist Extremist

    04/21/2013 6:58:11 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | Sep 7, 2012 | Charles Jacobs
    HOME :: PUBLICATIONS :: Video Exposes Northeastern University's Muslim Chaplain as an Islamist Extremist, by CHARLES JACOBS Video Exposes Northeastern University's Muslim Chaplain as an Islamist Extremist by CHARLES JACOBS September 7, 2012 Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) today released a video (www.nuextremism.com) showing Northeastern University's Muslim Chaplain, Imam Abdullah Faaruuq to be a supporter of convicted Islamist terrorists, and a religious leader who is inciting Boston Muslims against the U.S government. "Our video shows that there is a culture of extremism at the Islamic Society of Northeastern University (ISNU) - the Muslim student group on campus under the...
  • Joseph Kennedy III takes steps toward run for Congress (not another one)

    01/05/2012 9:43:29 AM PST · by bilhosty · 21 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | January 5,2011 | Frank Phillips
    Just when you thought we were free of these people.
  • Woman runs down Lord Jesus Christ

    05/10/2010 12:39:00 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 28 replies · 694+ views
    WWLP ^ | 5-7-10 | Barry Kriger
    NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Police say they checked the victim's ID. Northampton police issued a traffic citation this week to a driver whose car hit Lord Jesus Christ. It happened Tuesday on Main Street in front of Fitzwilly's restaurant. Northampton Police Lt. Michael Patenaude told 22News 50-year old Lord Jesus Christ of Belchertown was struck as he crossed Main Street around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Twenty-year old Brittany Cantarella of Pittsfield was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Lord Jesus Christ was treated for facial injuries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Lt. Patenaude said Lord Jesus...
  • Beware the ‘jobs killer’ Companies threaten to quit state over new tax on medical devices

    03/25/2010 6:09:58 AM PDT · by AU72 · 33 replies · 1,207+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | March 25, 2010 | Jay Fitzgerald
    A dire warning from Bay State medical-device companies that a new sales tax in the federal health-care law could force their plants - and thousands of jobs - out of the country has rattled Gov. Deval Patrick, a staunch backer of the law and pal President Obama. “This bill is a jobs killer,” said Ernie Whiton, chief financial officer of Chelmsford’s Zoll Medical Corp., which employs about 650 people in Massachusetts. Many of those employees work in Zoll’s local manufacturing facility making heart defibrillators. “We could be forced to (move) manufacturing overseas if we can’t pass along these costs to...
  • Stimulus money to help build healthier Hub

    03/20/2010 7:27:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies · 247+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | March 20, 2010 | By Martin Finucane
    Boston has received $12.5 million in federal stimulus funding for a sweeping new effort to combat obesity and reduce smoking, Mayor Thomas M. Menino said yesterday. “This funding will help us move closer to that goal and aid our citywide effort to reduce tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure,’’ Menino said in a statement. The mayor announced the funding at the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University. A total of $372 million in prevention grants has been awarded nationwide. The money will go toward, among other things, creating additional space for community gardens, expanding bike-share programs, and beefing...
  • NY: Hate-Mongers of Revolution Muslim to Start Community Outreach Program~ Video

    03/18/2010 11:06:31 AM PDT · by Islaminaction · 14 replies · 350+ views
    Logans Warning ^ | March 18Th, 2010 | Christopher Logan
    It seems that the Muslims of NY based RevolutionMuslim.com, have smartened up a bit and changed their approach on spreading Islam. Instead of their usual hate preaching on the streets of NY, they have decided to start a community outreach program. Unfortunately they will recruit more members by doing this. To view this short video....
  • My Brush With the Alabama Shooter's Psycho History - Amy Bishop Was Ipswich Pariah

    02/17/2010 9:34:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 122 replies · 4,457+ views
    solomonia.com ^ | 16 February, 2010 | NA
    By now you've heard all about the University of Alabama shooter, Amy Bishop, the shooting rampage, the old murder she got away with (the "cover-up" and the connection to now retiring Congressman Bill Delahunt), the letter bomb she likely sent... Turns out I have a tenuous connection to this woman. You see she used to be the next door neighbor of a good friend of mine in Ipswich (a north shore Boston suburb) for a few years. At the time I used to hang out at his house quite a bit. This was one of those typical suburban neighborhoods with...
  • Outcry threatens Lawrence bailout (More great governing from Taxachusetts)

    02/09/2010 10:06:08 AM PST · by ruralvoter · 7 replies · 375+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 2/9/10 | Peter Schworm
    State legislators are criticizing a $35 million bailout plan for the cash-strapped city of Lawrence, as Beacon Hill prepares to debate the proposal amid growing public outcry over the new mayor’s refusal to resign his state representative post. With the city nearing bankruptcy, a key legislative committee will launch discussions today of a measure that would allow Lawrence to take out millions in loans to repair its tattered finances, while appointing an outside overseer to help the city stabilize its budget. Facing a deficit of close to $25 million, the city is in danger of running out of money this...
  • GOP Shouldn't Take Credit for Brown

    01/21/2010 5:58:20 AM PST · by William Tell 2 · 19 replies · 596+ views
    Tremoglie's Tea Time ^ | 1-21-10 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    RNC Did Little for Him I do not know why the Republican Party leadership is being interviewed by the media, mainstream or "new," about Scott Brown. It seems he won despite the GOP not because of them. The Republican National Committee (RNC) apparently waited until two weeks before the election to start helping him. Several weeks ago, a couple of weeks before Christmas, I received an email from a friend asking if I could do something to help Scott Brown. I replied ...
  • Coakley Staffers: “Get Out Of Our Office!”

    01/19/2010 1:18:37 PM PST · by Eagles2003 · 21 replies · 2,541+ views
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | Jan 19, 2010 | Snarky Basterd
    Coakley staffers won’t allow “biased” reporter inside their office, claiming private property and civil rights, “which we still have despite nazis like you.” Well played, “Progressives.” Video is typical of Union Thuggery. Only thing they didn't do was hit a woman. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gs3QbmkYH8&feature=player_embedded
  • Republicans ahead in Massachussetts

    01/15/2010 5:08:19 AM PST · by Schnucki · 7 replies · 489+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | January 15, 2010 | Daniel Hannan
    Look at this: a new poll puts the Republican candidate ahead in Massachussetts. The hereditary Kennedy fiefdom is going off that family’s annointed candidate. The bluest of blue states is turning against the tax-and-spend policies of the Democratic legislature. Voters who, for 47 years, returned the upper chamber’s chief proponent of government-run healthcare, now say (by 51 per cent) that the nationalisation of healthcare is wrong and (by 61 per cent) that America cannot afford it. What’s going on? Part of the explanation is that the people of Massachussetts seem to prefer the Republican candidate, Scott Brown, on a personal...
  • Obama's Big Brother Plans and The Scott Heard 'Round the World - ECR Live at 9PM EDT

    01/14/2010 5:54:26 PM PST · by nysuperdoodle · 208+ views
    ECR ^ | 14 Jan 09 | EC
    Tonight on ECR - Can Scott Brown win the Senate race in Massachusetts against Obama crony and left-wing lightweight Martha Coakley, and help delay the destruction of our Republic by the Democrats? Also, roving gangs with machetes making Haiti more dangerous than Washington DC.... Labor's cushy tax break... Is Obama planning to infiltrate conservative activist groups?
  • Massachusetts Can Once Again Sound the Alarm of Freedom

    01/11/2010 5:39:41 AM PST · by Desperado67 · 12 replies · 480+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 01/11/10 | Rob Binsrick
    Nearly 235 years ago, Paul Revere took his famous midnight ride through the streets of Boston and across what is the modern-day state of Massachusetts to warn the Colonial patriots that the British Army was on the march. The intent of the British that day was to arrest John Hancock and Samuel Adams and to seize the weapons that the patriots had stockpiled to defend themselves from the British oppressors. Next Tuesday, January 19, 2010, the good folks of the state of Massachusetts can once again be the first to rise up and sound the alarm against the oppressive occupiers...
  • Kristol on Hugh Hewitt Now: new internal poll of most likely to vote shows Brown slightly ahead

    01/06/2010 3:30:26 PM PST · by keepitreal · 86 replies · 3,350+ views
    The Hugh Hewitt Show ^ | January 6, 2010 | keepitreal
    Unbelievable! Kristol just said his sources have internal polling showing Brown pulling within 6 and slightly ahead among those most likely to vote.
  • Brown wants to exclude illegal immigrants from wage abuse cases

    01/06/2010 10:14:10 AM PST · by keepitreal · 32 replies · 1,139+ views
    The Milford Daily News (MA) ^ | January 6, 2010 | Staff
    FRAMINGHAM — State Sen. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, today filed legislation that would require the state Attorney General to receive and document proof of citizenship or right to work in the United States for wage enforcement cases. Historically, the Attorney General’s office has adopted a policy of not asking about immigration status of employees when proceeding with a wage enforcement case against an employer. Under the bill filed by Brown, who is also a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, wage enforcement cases would require valid proof of citizenship or immigration status before proceeding. “This is a responsible and effective immigration reform...
  • Mass. sues feds over definition of marriage

    07/08/2009 9:46:41 AM PDT · by NMRed · 43 replies · 945+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 07/08/2009 | Denise Lavoie
    Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage, sued the U.S. government Wednesday over a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The federal Defense of Marriage Act interferes with the right of Massachusetts to define and regulate marriage as it sees fit, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said. The 1996 law denies federal recognition of gay marriage and gives states the right to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Boston, argues the act "constitutes an overreaching and discriminatory federal law."
  • Kennedys in squabble for Ted’s Senate seat

    05/10/2009 12:08:18 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 41 replies · 6,262+ views
    Times Online ^ | May 10, 2009 | Sarah Baxter
    A FAMILY battle is looming to succeed Edward Kennedy as senator and claim the leadership of America’s foremost political dynasty. While Kennedy, 77, the “liberal lion” of the Senate, is suffering from a brain tumour, jockeying has already begun between supporters of two possible candidates to replace him after his death. His wife Victoria, 55, a lawyer from a political family, is widely expected to run for his seat, which has a special place in family lore because it was held by JohnF Kennedy before he became president in 1961. However, former congressman Joe Kennedy, the eldest son of Robert...
  • Political Interference Seen in Bank Bailout Decisions; Barney Frank Goes to Bat for Lender

    01/21/2009 6:44:21 PM PST · by Brilliant · 17 replies · 999+ views
    WSJ ^ | JANUARY 22, 2009 | DAMIAN PALETTA and DAVID ENRICH
    Troubled OneUnited Bank in Boston didn't look much like a candidate for aid from the Treasury Department's bank bailout fund last fall. The Treasury had said it would give money only to healthy banks, to jump-start lending. But OneUnited had seen most of its capital evaporate. Moreover, it was under attack from its regulators for allegations of poor lending practices and executive-pay abuses, including owning a Porsche for its executives' use. Nonetheless, in December OneUnited got a $12 million injection from the Treasury's Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP. One apparent factor: the intercession of Rep. Barney Frank, the powerful...
  • FBI concedes Aafia Siddiqui in US custody: lawyer

    08/04/2008 3:28:15 PM PDT · by Dog · 12 replies · 189+ views
    Dawn ^ | August 4 2008 | By Anwar Iqbal
    WASHINGTON, Aug 3: Five years after her mysterious disappearance in Karachi, the FBI has finally conceded that an MIT-trained Pakistani neuroscientist is alive and is in US custody in Afghanistan. Aafia Siddiqui, 36, disappeared with her three children while visiting her parents’ home in Karachi in March 2003, around the same time the FBI announced that it wanted to question her over her alleged links to Al Qaeda. Her family’s lawyer Elaine Whitfield Sharp said she believed recent media reports about Mrs Siddiqui’s incarceration increased pressure on the US and Pakistani authorities to divulge more information. “I don’t believe that...
  • Beavers are winning the water war (MA laws protect beavers, not people)

    08/10/2007 10:10:21 AM PDT · by pabianice · 49 replies · 1,266+ views
    Worcester Telegram ^ | 8/10/07 | Hill
    “It’s nature. I’m sorry it’s negatively affecting you,” STERLING, MA - A sump pump rumbled in the cellar of her Sterling home and a hose gurgled in the front yard as Mary B. Honan waited for a state Department of Conservation and Recreation official to arrive at her house earlier this week. The feisty Irish lilt in her voice falling flat, Ms. Honan declared herself the loser of a four-year war. “The beavers have won,” she said before the deputy director arrived. A native of Ireland, Ms. Honan fell in love with the energy of the United States in the...
  • Illegals to be banned from jobs in Milford restaurants

    03/17/2007 7:05:08 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 84 replies · 1,732+ views
    Milford Daily News ^ | Wednesday, May 3, 2006 | Andrew Lightman
    MILFORD -- In response to what the Board of Health sees as a growing health crisis, local restaurants may be banned from employing illegal immigrants as a condition of their food serving licenses. The policy will go into effect this summer. The board plans to notify restaurant owners and managers of the new policy in a letter to be mailed in June. According to a draft, the move comes in response to a growing concern "with the resurgence of some serious infectious diseases nationally and locally." After reporting zero cases of tuberculosis in 2004, the Visiting Nurses Association of Milford...
  • Taking Microsoft's ODF Plugin for a Spin... Splat

    07/20/2006 12:19:50 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 7 replies · 384+ views
    Groklaw ^ | 20 July 2006 | Pamela Jones
    If you were thinking that Microsoft's newly announced ODF plugin means you could just stay with Microsoft and still easily save documents as ODF, which is I'm sure what they hope you are thinking, you need to see this. I started to put it in News Picks, but it's too important. Andy Updegrove sent me a link to a blog called An Antic Disposition, by somebody named Rob Weir. I've been trying to contact him, but what he's doing requires no introduction or imprimatur to have value. Just look for yourself at the screenshots he's putting up on his blog....
  • (MASS) Senate OKs crackdown on housing for illegals

    05/28/2006 8:44:47 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 23 replies · 776+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 05/27/06 | Casey Ross
    Senate OKs crackdown on housing for illegals By Casey Ross Boston Herald Reporter Friday, May 26, 2006 - Updated: May 27, 2006 01:04 AM EST Illegal immigrants would be barred from taxpayer-funded housing under a proposal passed by the state Senate yesterday, the last of three immigration measures to receive unanimous support from lawmakers. The passage of the housing proposal, which still needs approval from House-Senate negotiators, came amid high emotions over an issue that has drummed up significant debate in local communities. “It’s unconscionable to be giving taxpayer benefits and public money to illegal aliens,” said Framingham Housing Authority...
  • OpenDocument Foundation to MA: We Have a Plugin

    05/04/2006 8:47:06 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 5 replies · 294+ views
    Groklaw ^ | 04 May 2006 | Pamela Jones
    I have just heard from the OpenDocument Foundation's Gary Edwards, with news about a plugin the Foundation is offering the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in response to the Commonwealth's request for information on any plugin that could "allow Microsoft Office to easily open, render, and save to ODF files, and also allow translation of documents between Microsoft's binary (.doc, .xls, .ppt) or XML formats and ODF." The Foundation says it has such a plugin, it has finished testing it, and it is good to go. Edwards tells me the following: The OpenDocument Foundation has notified the Massachusetts ITD that we have...
  • The General Henry Knox Museum begins expansion program

    03/18/2006 5:17:11 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 4 replies · 276+ views
    Village Soup ^ | Montpelier, The General Henry Knox Museum
    THOMASTON (March 17): Montpelier, the General Henry Knox Museum, is about to take a significant first step in implementing a Long-Range Capital Improvements Plan at its prominent site at the intersection of Routes 1 and 131 south. A $230,000 anonymous grant will make possible a relocated entrance to the property, installation of period cannons and two flagpoles; a paved parking area for 30 vehicles; walking paths, new landscaping, lighting and educational markers; and restoration of the original east elevation porch of Montpelier, providing for a visitors' entrance on the main level of the building. Work will begin soon and is...
  • Healey Announces Mass. Gubernatorial Bid

    02/08/2006 2:38:03 PM PST · by jamesissmall218 · 4 replies · 291+ views
    BOSTON - Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey on Wednesday announced her bid to become the state's first elected woman governor, pledging to fight for lower taxes and education reform. In a speech to supporters, the Republican pledged to "stand up to the tax-and-spend attitude of the Democratic Legislature." She also said she would push to raise the legal age a young person can leave high school from 16 to 18. "To allow 16-year-olds to end their education is to sentence them to a life of disappointment, poverty or even jail," she said. Healey, 45, is looking to take over from Mitt...
  • MA Secretary Trimarco Confirms Administration Support for ODF

    01/04/2006 4:44:55 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 1 replies · 195+ views
    ConsortiumInfo ^ | 3 January 2006 | Andy Updegrove
    Only a few blog entries ago it was my sad lot to report that Massachusetts CIO Peter Quinn had resigned, leaving the fate of his effort to mandate use of the OpenDocument format (ODF) hanging in the air. Tonight, I'm pleased to report, definitively (and exclusively), that the Massachusetts administration has confirmed that it will stand not only by open format standards in general (as earlier reported in the press), but behind ODF specifically as well. Administration support for ODF could not be confirmed until now. Only two brief statements by administration spokespersons had been publicly reported, and both were...
  • Census estimate a concern for state (Taxachussetts losing a House seat)

    12/23/2005 10:09:58 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 32 replies · 1,003+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 12/23/05 | Scott Helman
    Massachusetts lost residents for the second year in a row, new federal Census estimates show, underscoring an accelerating population shift from the Northeast to the South and West that threatens to erode the state's political and economic clout. Only two other states, along with the District of Columbia, lost population from July 1, 2004, to July 1 of this year, according to US Census estimates released yesterday. The Bay State lost about 8,600 residents, or .1 percent of its population, according to the estimates. If the trend continues, specialists say, the state will face serious consequences: fewer seats in Congress,...
  • Galvin attacks software proposal

    10/26/2005 9:28:17 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 40 replies · 630+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 25 October 2005 | Hiawatha Bray
    Secretary of State William F. Galvin's office said it is opposed to the Romney administration's plan to store state documents in an ''open" format, a plan that roused the ire of Microsoft Corp., maker of the popular Office suite of word processing, e-mail, presentation, and spreadsheet software. Also, a key member of the state Senate plans to hold hearings to consider whether the software changeover makes sense for Massachusetts.Alan Cote, the state's supervisor of records, said last week that Galvin has discussed the issue with Thomas Trimarco, the state's secretary of administration and finance. Galvin ''has expressed to him our...
  • Microsoft: We were railroaded in Massachusetts on ODF

    10/17/2005 10:04:34 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 140 replies · 2,218+ views
    ZD Net ^ | 17 October 2005 | David Berlind
    Warning. If you read any further, you will find yourself at ground 0.0 of the biggest battle the computer industry has ever seen. It is where the biggest warriors from the proprietary software world, the open standards world, and the open source world are engaged in hand-to-hand combat. At least for the moment, the open source and open standards worlds (the Rebel Alliance) appear to have joined sides against the proprietary warlords, led by Microsoft. Both on and off the field (where negotiators have failed to broker a truce), the engagement has not been pretty. But this is war. For the first time in the...
  • Massachusetts moves ahead sans Microsoft

    09/23/2005 8:39:05 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 86 replies · 1,678+ views
    CNet News.com ^ | 23 September 2005 | Martin LaMonica
    The commonwealth of Massachusetts has finalized its decision to standardize desktop applications on OpenDocument, a format not supported by Microsoft Office. The state on Wednesday posted the final version of its Enterprise Technical Reference Model, which mandates new document formats for office productivity applications. As it proposed late last month before a comment period, Massachusetts has decided to use only products that conform to the Open Document Format for Office Applications, or OpenDocument, which is developed by the standards body OASIS. State agencies in the executive branch are now supposed to migrate to OpenDocument-compliant applications by Jan. 1, 2007, a...
  • Mass. Parents Want Election Booths Removed From Schools

    09/28/2004 8:14:02 AM PDT · by formercalifornian · 46 replies · 1,111+ views
    AP ^ | Sept. 28,2004
    HUDSON, Mass. (AP) - Dozens of parents have signed a petition asking town officials to remove election booths from schools out of concern for terrorism. Sally Morgan cited the potential for terrorists to try to disrupt the Nov. 2 presidential election, as well as the school hostage crisis in Russia earlier this month in a petition sent to the town's Board of Selectmen. The petition, signed by 125 parents, asks town officials to move polling places to more secure locations such as the town library, fire stations and churches. Selectman Joseph J. Durant argued that pulling the election booths would...
  • They Said It! (Former Gov. Michael Dukakis [D-MA])

    07/28/2004 11:49:37 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 2 replies · 534+ views
    FORMER GOV. MICHAEL DUKAKIS (D-MA) on GOPers questioning where he's been this week : "I don’t know what the hell they're talking about." (Rick Hampson , "'Massachusetts liberal thing ... It ain't working'," USA Today, http://www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/nation/president/2004-07-27-dukakis-usat_x.htm, 7/28/04) LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEMOCRATS' COSMETIC CONVENTION AT WWW.DEMSEXTREMEMAKEOVER.COM
  • Kerry Out Of Touch With Liberal Mass(es)

    07/24/2004 8:17:34 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 643+ views
    KERRY TO THE LEFT OF MASS(ES)New Poll Shows Kerry's Votes Not Even Supported In Massachusetts______________________________________________________________55 % Disagree With John Kerry's Vote Against Parental Notification For Teenage Abortions Kerry Voted Three Times Against Requiring Parental Notification For Minor's Abortion.  (H.R. 5257, CQ Vote #266: Motion Rejected 48-48: R 8-34; D 40-14, 10/12/90, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 323, CQ Vote #131, Adopted 52-47: R 38-5; D 14-42, 7/16/91, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2707, CQ Vote #185: Rejected 45-55: R 31-12; D 14-43, 9/11/91, Kerry Voted Nay)68% Disagree With His Vote To Allow Schools To Hand Out The Morning After Pill Without Parents'...
  • Statement By Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory On John Kerry's Judgment on Security Issues

    06/28/2004 1:08:24 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 6 replies · 200+ views
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Christine Iverson202-863-8614 Boston, Mass. – Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory released the following statement today in response to a Boston Herald article that shows Senator John Kerry was against nuclear preparedness programs: “When he was running for Lieutenant Governor in 1982, John Kerry campaigned against planning for state evacuation in the event of a nuclear attack. He actually ran a radio ad saying, ‘Someone has to stand up and say “no” to this madness.’ Kerry contended that nobody could survive a nuclear attack, so planning wasn't worth the effort. “Kerry also justified not being prepared by saying...
  • Kerry Kennedy Reality Check

    06/22/2004 1:19:23 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 1 replies · 404+ views
    KERRY KENNEDY REALITY CHECK:While John Kerry And Ted Kennedy Blindly Attack, President Bush Leads Global Non-Proliferation Effort_________________________________________________________WANT TO ELEVATE NONPROLIFERATION TO TOP OF GLOBAL AGENDA – PRESIDENT BUSH ALREADY DIDPresident Bush And His Fellow G-8 Leaders Had Already Declared That Spread Of WMD And International Terrorism Constitutes “The Pre-Eminent Threat To International Security.”  (“G-8 Nations Declare Support for WMD Nonproliferation Regime; North Korea, Iran specifically identified as problem countries,” State Department, 6/2/03)ü      G-8 Declaration On Nonproliferation.  “We recognise that the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery poses a growing danger to us all. Together...
  • Poll finds Romney and O'Brien in dead heat [MA Governor]

    11/01/2002 5:01:28 AM PST · by BlackRazor · 13 replies · 243+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/1/02 | Frank Phillips
    <p>Of 400 voters sampled Tuesday and Wednesday, O'Brien received 41 percent support and Romney 40 percent, with only 5 percent undecided. Green Party nominee Jill Stein drew 5 percent of those surveyed; Libertarian Carla Howell, 3 percent; and independent Barbara Johnson, 4 percent. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 5 percentage points.</p>
  • As final debate looms, O'Brien tries to link Romney to past GOP governors [MA]

    10/29/2002 6:57:20 AM PST · by BlackRazor · 5 replies · 243+ views
    Portsmouth Herald ^ | 10/29/02 | John Mcelhenny
    As final debate looms, O'Brien tries to link Romney to past GOP governors By John Mcelhenny Associated Press BOSTON - Some days, it seems like Democrat Shannon P. O'Brien is running for governor against former Republican Govs. William F. Weld and Paul Cellucci, not Mitt Romney. O'Brien, the state treasurer, has tried throughout the campaign to link Romney to the mistakes of past Republican administrations. At a forum on minority issues on Monday, she blamed Republicans for everything from failing to give Big Dig contracts to minority businesses to failing to stop social service cuts after pushing through an income...
  • Minority vote vital in neck-and-neck battle [MA Governor]

    10/29/2002 5:20:32 AM PST · by BlackRazor · 3 replies · 252+ views
    Milford Daily News ^ | 10/29/02 | John McElhenny
    Minority vote vital in neck-and-neck battle By John McElhenny / Associated Press Tuesday, October 29, 2002 BOSTON - Eight days before election day, the candidates for governor appealed to minority voters in an effort to gain a last-minute advantage. All five candidates for governor attended a forum last night sponsored by the Black Ministerial Alliance on issues that affect urban and minority voters. Latinos and blacks comprise 12 percent of Massachusetts residents, a constituency that has become more important because of the neck-and-neck battle between Democrat Shannon O'Brien and Republican Mitt Romney. O'Brien, the state treasurer, said 12 years of...
  • Governor’s Race Now a Toss-Up With Less Than Two Weeks To Go [MA]

    10/24/2002 12:42:24 PM PDT · by BlackRazor · 9 replies · 259+ views
    Suffolk University ^ | 10/23/02 | N/A
    Governor’s Race Now a Toss-Up With Less Than Two Weeks To Go October 23, 2002 BOSTON, MA -- Republican candidate Mitt Romney has rallied from a 12% deficit to pull even with Democratic nominee Shannon O’Brien, according to an exclusive 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll released today, which shows Romney with 37.2% versus O’Brien’s 36.7%. The race is considered a statistical dead heat. Green Party candidate Jill Stein garnered 2.5%, while Libertarian Party candidate Carla Howell and Independent candidate Barbara Johnson each received 1% of the vote. There are still 22% of likely voters who remain undecided. "This race is so close...