Author Archives: CriticalDan

Someone. Is Going. To Die.

So this post is somewhat outside of my usual subject matter, but after what I witnessed this week I feel compelled to write.  Maybe, just maybe, the right person with the right influence will read it and put an end to the madness.  Because if nobody steps in, someone is going to die.  It is only a matter of time.…

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Dissonance

Amidst a flood of terrible news related to the little-understood phenomenon known as the “credit rating” comes a bit of good news from the State House News Service:
Fitch Ratings upgraded the state’s special obligation transportation bonds on Monday, providing what Patrick administration officials described as positive economic news for Massachusetts even as questions swirled about the potential impact of…

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CriticalMASS Top 10 Reads of the Week

Getting Bin Laden – Nicholas Schmidle [New Yorker] Shortly after eleven o’clock on the night of May 1st, two MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters lifted off from Jalalabad Air Field, in eastern Afghanistan, and embarked on a covert mission into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden. Inside the aircraft were twenty-three Navy SEALs from Team Six, which is officially known as…

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All of this terrorism talk

On the liberal punditry’s widespread use of violent language and imagery this week to describe conservative Congressional Republicans and their actions with respect to the debt ceiling deal, I don’t really have anything to add to Jonah Goldberg’s excellent column published yesterday (pointedly and appropriately titled To Hell with You People).  Yes it’s mind-bendingly hypocritical, especially coming on the…

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