Global Warming Conundrum

This story presents a truly challenging bit of logic.   So here it is: A man in New York has died due to the record cold temperatures. Seems he froze to death near Coney Island and was found face up on the ground.   What is the challenge?  A man dies from the cold temperatures, you say.  Well, it seems…

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Is the Democratic coalition falling apart?

The Washington Examiner John Judis, co-author of the book The Emerging Democratic Majority, now says in an article in National Journal that that majority has disappeared. His title: “The Emerging Republican Advantage.” The original book, published in the Republican year of 2002, forecast accurately the groups that would make up the Democratic majority coalition that emerged in the 2006 and…

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How Frank, Tim and Charlie

It’s clear that some people are feeling safe now that the election is behind them: The Bluest Republican.
During the summer border crisis, Baker endorsed housing migrant children in Massachusetts, to howls from the right wing. In the words of his spokesman, Tim Buckley, the campaign focused from the beginning on “showing he could say ‘screw you’ to the…

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MBTA MidDay Status Update

MassDOT just sent out a press release with an update on MBTA service. Severe Weather Service MID-DAY Update for Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Effective this morning: Red Line service was extended from Alewife to JFK/UMass.  More than 70 buses, including 40 from Peter Pan requested by the Governor, were used to shuttle customers between Braintree and JFK/UMass.  Close to 50…

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Globe: MBTA”s current woes started with Dukakis and Conservation Law Foundation, then snowballed

The Boston Globe has written a very lengthy piece explaining the root causes of the MBTA freeze up (can’t call it a melt down can we?).  They rightfully put the majority of blame at over expansion, supported by governors of both parties, but started by Dukakis and the Conservation Law Foundation. The story could begin in many places. But start…

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Bruce Jenner and the last days of Gay Marriage

So has anyone noticed that the issue same-sex marriage is in the news again? SCOTUS is going to tell us if the Constitution requires states to perform or recognize same-sex marriage sometime in June. Counties in Alabama are resisting the federal court order to license same-sex couples for marriage. Ted Cruz is pushing for a federal law to allow states…

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