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  • Massachusetts now forced into border spat (Criminal illegals flown in secretly)

    07/13/2014 4:34:25 AM PDT · by Diogenesis · 73 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | July 13, 2014 | Adriana Cohen
    Massachusetts now forced into border spat It’s finally been confirmed what was suspected all along — Massachusetts is feeling the pain of the chaotic border crisis. Forget the denials. Secret flights of illegal immigrants have made their way to Bedford and Boston. .... We’ve learned from immigration officials that four planes filled with detainees ... as the U.S. scrambles to cap the immigration crisis. .... This should alarm everybody in the Bay State, because we don’t know how many illegals are passing through or hanging around; what communicable diseases they may carry; if any are sex offenders, drug-runners, gang members...
  • Adult Illegal Immigrants Posing as Children To Enroll in High School (MA)

    07/11/2014 1:08:11 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 33 replies
    NationalReview ^ | July 11, 2014 | Ryan Lovelace
    A Massachusetts city‘s packed school system is being forced to accept illegal-alien adults. Adult illegal immigrants posing as unaccompanied alien children appear to be attempting to enroll at public high schools, city officials in Lynn, Mass., tell National Review Online. “Some of them have had gray hair and they’re telling you that they’re 17 years old and they have no documentation,” Jamie Cerulli, the Lynn mayor’s chief of staff, tells NRO. “If my children went to the public schools, I’d be very uncomfortable with all of these unaccompanied minors [that] are placed in the ninth grade.” Admission of all foreign...
  • Salem ends Gordon College’s use of town hall Cites school’s policy on gays

    07/11/2014 12:22:36 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 18 replies
    boston globe ^ | July 10, 2014 | Matt Rocheleau
    Salem officials declared Wednesday they will end a contract allowing Gordon College to use the city-owned Old Town Hall because of the Christian school’s opposition to expected federal hiring protection for gays and lesbians. Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, who also cited the college’s longstanding policies prohibiting gay activities among students, said Gordon’s policies violate a city ordinance prohibiting Salem from contracting with entities that discriminate. But she said it would be “even more troubling” to have the city do business with “an institution that enables, and now advocates for, discrimination against the [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] community...” The college’s website...
  • Amid border crisis, Obama to take 15-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard

    07/10/2014 11:41:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 82 replies
    The Washington Times. ^ | July 10, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    President Obama is taking a 15-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard next month, despite the widespread criticism he’s received for not visiting the U.S.-Mexico border while it descends into chaos. The Obamas will leave Washington on Saturday, Aug. 9, and stay at a $12 million vacation home in Martha’s Vineyard until Sunday, Aug. 24, the White House confirmed late Wednesday. The president is expected to return to Chilmark and stay in a secluded house off North Road that overlooks the north shore and Vineyard Sound, the Martha’s Vineyard Times reported. Though not confirmed by the White House, the Obamas are expected...
  • Mitt Romney endorses pro-abortion Republican Scott Brown over pro-life rival in Senate race

    07/08/2014 4:28:47 PM PDT · by SumProVita · 47 replies
    MANCHESTER, NH – Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney has endorsed pro-abortion Republican Scott Brown over his pro-life rival in the primary to see who becomes the GOP's candidate for U.S. senator from New Hampshire.
  • Americans of All Parties Agree: Sarah Palin Should Go Away

    07/09/2014 2:52:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 9, 2014 | By Eric Levenson
    Dislike of Sarah Palin’s constant media presence is a remarkably non-partisan affair, as more than half of registered voters wish she’d be quiet according to a new poll. 54 percent of people surveyed said they wished to hear less from Palin, the poll from The Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg found. That position was favored by two-thirds of Democrats, a majority of independents, and, most notably – four in 10 Republicans. That’s a sizable group of people from the party that, just a few years ago, supported her nomination for vice president. In this time of increasing political polarization, Americans can...
  • Dissenters in a One-Party Statehouse

    07/07/2014 5:52:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    By votes so lopsided they were practically unanimous, 144-7 in the House and 38-1 in the Senate, the Massachusetts Legislature last week approved a $36.5 billion budget for fiscal 2015, the largest in state history. The puny band of Republicans who voted against the budget — Senator Robert Hedlund and Representatives James Lyons, Leah Cole, Geoff Diehl, Shawn Dooley, Ryan Fattman, Marc Lombardo, and Leonard Mirra — had no hope of changing the outcome. They didn't even represent a majority of the negligible GOP caucus. They did, however, take their duties as elected legislators seriously enough to not merely cast...
  • Elizabeth Warren Blames Financial Crisis, Middle Class Erosion on...Ronald Reagan

    05/20/2014 7:36:49 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 37 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | Erika Johnsen
    Because when President Barack Obama was blaming every problem under the sun on his predecessor President George W. Bush, he just wasn’t go back far enough. Via RCP: WARREN: I grew up in an America that was investing in kids. It was investing in public universities. It had a higher minimum wage. It was an America that said every kid would get a fighting chance. And that’s how we built America’s great middle class. Then starting in about the 1980s, we turned in a different direction. COLBERT: You mean when Reagan came in and it was morning in America. The...
  • Scarborough, Dean Squabble Over Dems Moving Left: You Spout That 'Carl Bernstein Nonsense'

    12/09/2013 6:54:34 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Things got testy between Joe Scarborough and Howard Dean on today's Morning Joe over the issue of the Dem party moving left. In a particularly unkind cut, Scarborough accused Dean of spouting "Carl Bernstein nonsense," while Dean tried to shut Scarborough down, bleating "blah, blah, blah." Adding spice to the mix, Mika Brzezinski made clear her great regard for lefty Senator Elizabeth Warren, saying she'd make a "formidable" presidential candidate. The fracas was detonated by a discussion of a Wall Street Journal op-ed by a centrist Dem group called "The Third Way," which argued that following proposals from Warren and...
  • Mika Recruits Rattner To 'Root' For Elizabeth Warren

    12/16/2013 7:10:56 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    In her continuing campaign to promote Elizabeth Warren's presidential prospects, Mika Brzezinski has attempted to recruit an unlikely ally: Steve Rattner. Rattner--President Obama's former "car czar"--is an investment manager and what passes for a moderate in the modern Dem party. The notion that he would support leftist Elizabeth Warren in a Dem primary is far-fetched to say the least. But Mika told Rattner he would "root" for Warren "because you will do that for me." A compliant Ratter replied that he would "do anything" for Mika. View the video here.
  • Poll: Elizabeth Warren is the ‘hottest’ candidate for 2016

    04/03/2014 6:34:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/03/2014 | Tal Kopan
    If the 2016 presidential race were a game of “hot or not,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren would be winning with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton close behind, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would be losing ground, according to a new poll. When Americans were asked to give prominent politicians a score, zero to 100, of how “warm,” or favorable, they feel toward that person, the Massachusetts Democratic senator was the highest-rated of the bunch with a “temperature” of 48.6, according to a Quinnipiac poll out Thursday. Clinton was in second place at 47.8, Republican Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan followed...
  • Why Elizabeth Warren should run for president

    04/25/2014 12:48:40 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 44 replies
    Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is starting a publicity tour for her new campaign-style book, A Fighting Chance. As she talks to the press, Warren is repeating previous statements that she will not run for president in 2016. But her denials aren't really denials, and her party's unique presidential circumstances give Warren plenty of room to run. Judging by what she has said publicly, there's no reason to rule out a Warren candidacy. First, the non-denial denials. This week ABC's David Muir asked Warren, "Are you going to run for president?" Warren's response was, "I'm not running for president."That's the oldest...
  • Elizabeth Warren: You know who’s really to blame for this middle-class erosion? Reagan.

    05/21/2014 7:04:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/21/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Because when President Barack Obama was blaming every problem under the sun on his predecessor President George W. Bush, he just wasn’t go back far enough. Via RCP:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO WARREN: I grew up in an America that was investing in kids. It was investing in public universities. It had a higher minimum wage. It was an America that said every kid would get a fighting chance. And that’s how we built America’s great middle class. Then starting in about the 1980s, we turned in a different direction.COLBERT: You mean when Reagan came in and it...
  • The Middle Class Squeeze: Can The Populist Elizabeth Warren Champion The Little Guy With Big Gov't?

    05/18/2014 6:27:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/18/2014 | Ralph Benko
    Who will prove the champion of the little guy and gal? Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — on deck for her party’s presidential nomination should Hillary Rodham Clinton bow out — has become the political leader of choice for those who advocate Big Government as that champion. This columnist is skeptical about Big Government improving the lives of the citizens. Yet … there is a case to be made for Warren. She is, at very least, a magnificently worthy adversary for advocates of limited government and deserves to be taken seriously. America has had a decade of lousy job creation and...
  • Hmmm … Elizabeth Warren refuses to say she “will not run” for President (Watch out Hillary!)

    06/23/2014 4:56:37 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 38 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | June 22, 2014 | William A. Jacobson
    I told you so.  Elizabeth Warren’s repeated supposed refusals to run for President always were framed in the present tense: I am not running for President.That, of course, technically was correct.  I don’t think anyone of note “is” running for President yet, but many are seriously considering it and likely will run.Nothing makes Warren’s word games more clear than her interview with (my law school classmate) Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post:
  • Warren Positioned To Take Advantage Of Clinton's Flaws

    06/27/2014 10:38:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Paging Elizabeth Warren: This is your moment. In 2007, Democrats were delirious with rage about the Iraq war. Hillary Clinton, the "inevitable" presidential front-runner, had voted for the war and refused to apologize for it. Other leading candidates, including Joe Biden, John Edwards and Chris Dodd, voted for it too. This left a huge opening for a credible antiwar candidate. Barack Obama, inexperienced and underqualified, nonetheless jumped into the vacuum. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, the issue that obsesses the base of the Democratic Party is income inequality. I think that's foolish. The underlying causes of inequality...
  • Bust Up the Banks; ‘Banking Should Be Boring,’ Says Elizabeth Warren

    07/13/2013 1:34:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 12, 2013 - 10:23 AM | Susan Jones
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), alarmed that big banks are getting bigger, says she has a plan to bust them apart. To prevent another financial crisis, Warren wants to revive portions of the Banking Act of 1933, dubbed Glass-Steagall, a law passed after the Great Depression to separate commercial banking from investment banking. “Banking should be boring,” she told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday. … Warren said her effort to pass a 21st century Glass-Steagall Act has the support of Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash), and Angus King (I-Maine). … Why didn’t the separation of commercial and investment banking...
  • Elizabeth Warren rips into GOP, NRA

    03/14/2013 12:03:31 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies
    Elizabeth Warren rips into GOP, NRA By: Patrick Reis March 14, 2013 09:07 AM EDT Sen. Elizabeth Warren planted a liberal flag on Thursday, pushing the government’s right to regulate as she ripped Republicans, the National Rifle Association and anyone else who would stand in its way. In a wide-ranging speech to the Consumer Federation of America, Warren defended federal regulations as essential for safe consumers and a healthy economy. And at a time when “cutting red tape” is a key plank of Republicans’ plan for economic growth, Warren argued that regulations were a success story in America. “It’s thanks...
  • Elizabeth Warren: "I support illegal immigration and free college tuition"

    04/03/2012 11:35:34 AM PDT · by pabianice · 31 replies
    MassGOP ^ | 4/3/12
    We released a new web video today, entitled “Out of Touch,” exposing Elizabeth Warren’s weak stance on illegal immigration. The video highlights Warren’s opposition to the border fence and her support for in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. From her Ivory Tower and the comfort and safety of her multi-million dollar home, Professor Warren insists that Massachusetts taxpayers turn a blind eye to illegal immigration and even subsidize college tuition for illegal aliens.
  • Elizabeth Warren shuts door on Herald’s inquiry (with video)

    05/27/2012 4:46:25 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 34 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 5/27/12 | John Zaremba
    (Click on link to see the priceless video!)Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren, in a sequel to an awkward on-camera encounter this week about her claim to Native American heritage, bolted from a campaign event yesterday, refusing to answer a Herald reporter’s questions about the controversy. Moments after giving the keynote speech at the Young Democrats of Massachusetts convention, Warren and her handlers hustled out a rear exit of the SEIU 1199 offices in Dorchester. She climbed into the passenger side of an SUV and closed the door as a Herald reporter asked her a question and a photographer rolled video. “Professor...
  • Elizabeth Warren slams House GOP’s “anarchy gang”

    10/04/2013 1:34:06 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 37 replies
    salon.com ^ | October 04, 2013 | Elias Isquith
    In a speech given on Thursday from the Senate floor, Elizabeth Warren laid into what she called the House’s “anarchy gang” and defended a vision of government as what “we as Americans have chosen to do together.” “The anarchy gang is quick to malign government,” Warren said, “but when was the last time anyone called for regulators to go easier on companies that put lead in children’s toys, or for food inspectors to stop checking whether the meat in our grocery store is crawling with deadly bacteria, or for the FDA to ignore whether morning sickness drugs will cause horrible...
  • Elizabeth Warren student loan bill stalls

    06/11/2014 8:52:17 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/11/2014 | Maggie Severns
    ... Warren’s bill sparked a fierce debate in the Senate, where Republicans said Democrats are cynically capitalizing on student loan debt for election-year gains. “I’ve been calling on the majority leader to press pause on his party’s non-stop campaign,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday morning. President Barack Obama and second lady Jill Biden had thrown their support behind the bill in recent days, and Obama on Monday rolled out new executive actions to help address student loan debt alongside the action in the Senate. Senate Democrats “want an issue to campaign on to save their own hides...
  • Could Elizabeth Warren become the go-to Democrat this election cycle?

    06/28/2014 5:56:58 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jun 25, 2014 | Nia-Malika Henderson
    How well will a Massachusetts liberal fit in among Southern blue-collar Democrats? That question will be answered over the next couple of weeks, when Elizabeth Warren goes to West Virginia to stump for Natalie Tennant, who is seeking to replace retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller in a hotly contested race in coal country against Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito. On July 14, Warren will head to the Eastern Panhandle, as Tennant, who is currently secretary of state, rolls out her education plan. Warren also plans to appear in Kentucky later this month with Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic nominee for Senate....
  • Elizabeth Warren: The Obama of 2016. Her brand of populism could spell doom for Hillary

    06/29/2014 11:10:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/29/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Paging Elizabeth Warren: This is your moment. In 2007, Democrats were delirious with rage about the Iraq war. Hillary Clinton, the “inevitable” presidential front-runner, had voted for the war and refused to apologize for it. Other leading candidates, including Joe Biden, John Edwards, and Chris Dodd, voted for it too. This left a huge opening for a credible antiwar candidate. Barack Obama, inexperienced and underqualified, nonetheless jumped into the vacuum. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, the issue that obsesses the base of the Democratic party is income inequality. I think that’s foolish. The underlying causes of inequality...
  • 13 shot as holiday weekend begins: 'It's like an everyday normal thing' ( Gun Free Chicago )

    07/05/2014 9:55:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 4, 2014 | Peter Nickeas, Michelle Manchir and Liam Ford
    At least 13 people have been shot in Chicago at the start of the long holiday weekend, including a woman killed as she sat on a porch near Garfield Park and a man slain in front of a hair salon on the South Side, police said. ... The mother of the boy, Andrea Byes, said she is planning to move out of the two-flat where she lives with her children because of the violence, drug sales and loitering on the block. "I'm not surprised something like this happened," said Byes, 40. "It was a matter of time. They're all over...
  • Springfield police busy with shootings, robberies, stabbing and more

    07/06/2014 10:36:59 AM PDT · by matt04 · 16 replies
    Police were busy from Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, investigating multiple gun calls, shootings, robberies and at least one stabbing. ... The most serious incident involved a man who was shot on Orchard Street in the Brightwood section of the North End around 7:50 p.m. Tuesday. That was followed about 40 minutes later by a shooting near the intersection of Johnson and Ranney streets in Forest Park, where shell casings were recovered but no victims were found. Police also responded to a 9:11 p.m. ShotSpotter activation indicating four rounds of gunfire in the vicinity of 39 Wendell Place in the...
  • Boston Pops heard ’round the world via webcast [TONIGHT Thursday]

    07/03/2014 3:26:31 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 16 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 07/02/14 | Jed Gottlieb
    Last year, Keith Lockhart found a silver lining when CBS pulled the plug on the national broadcast of the Fourth of July Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular: creative control. This week, Lockhart is asserting that control with the first-ever Pops-directed webcast of the Independence Day extravaganza. Locally, WBZ will carry the TV broadcast; globally, fans can catch the live stream on bostonpopsjuly4th.org or cbsboston.com.
  • Holyoke farmers mkt to get visit from bicyclists highlighting concerns about proposed…Gas Pipeline

    07/03/2014 10:38:38 AM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    ix members of the Climate Summer 2014 Team Western Mass. have been bicycling across the state and will be at the farmers' market here Thursday (July 3) to highlight concerns about the proposed expansion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline. The expansion of the pipeline in the Northeastern United States is believed to include a route through Franklin County, though a company spokesman said routes haven't been finalized and the company is committed to public safety and protection of the environment. Tennessee Gas Pipeline is part of the Kinder-Morgan company of Houston, Texas. The proposed mainline route of the company's Northeast...
  • Mass. lawmakers urge Iraq vote before action

    07/03/2014 12:10:51 AM PDT · by lilyramone · 3 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 3, 2014 | Bryan Bender
    WASHINGTON — The Massachusetts congressional delegation, which has expressed misgivings about renewed US military involvement in the Iraqi conflict, is now calling on President Obama to seek congressional approval before carrying out even limited air strikes against militants. The White House has said that while Obama will consult with Congress about any military action, prior authorization is not needed, citing previous congressional votes supporting the use of force to confront terrorism.
  • Officials say power grid is on the brink {New England}

    07/02/2014 4:36:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 74 replies
    SeacoastOnline ^ | July 01, 2014 | Deborah McDermott
    New England states are united in proposing that a tariff be imposed on electricity rates throughout the region to fund more natural gas pipelines and increased transmission infrastructure — to reverse electricity costs that are among the highest in the nation. The proposal is a necessary step because the region has limited gas pipeline capacity despite a demand that has grown from 6 percent in 2000 to 46 percent in 2013, energy experts said at a forum sponsored by The New England Council at St. Anselm's College in Manchester Monday. At the same time, more and more coal-fired, oil and...
  • I-Team: Acton Vet Finally Gets VA Doctor’s Appointment – 2 Years After He Died

    07/01/2014 10:32:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    boston.cbslocal.com ^ | June 30, 2014 6:04 PM | By WBZ-TV Chief Correspondent Joe Shortsleeve
    ACTON (CBS) – “He was steadfast. He took care of us, all of these years.” Suzanne Chase of Acton was talking about her husband, Doug, a Vietnam veteran who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011. In 2012, she tried to move his medical care to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Bedford. “It was so difficult for him to take the ambulance ride into Boston, we wanted to be closer.” They waited about four months and never heard anything. Then Douglas Chase died in August 2012. But two weeks ago, he got a letter, from the VA in Bedford,...
  • VA offers appointment to man 2 years after he dies

    07/01/2014 10:29:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 1, 2014 9:07 AM EDT
    The Veterans Affairs Department is apologizing to a Massachusetts woman for offering an appointment to her husband almost two years after he died. Suzanne Chase, of Acton, tells WBZ-TV her Vietnam veteran husband, Doug, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011. …
  • ‘Justina’s Law’ Introduced in Wake of Pelletier Nightmare

    06/30/2014 7:05:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2014 | Matt Barber
    It’s hard to determine where the tragedy begins and the travesty ends. It’s a story that has gripped and enraged a nation. It’s a sordid tale of governmental tyranny, child imprisonment and endangerment, harmful and unethical medical experimentation, as well as a number of gross conflicts of interest. This is the story of a child, Justina Pelletier, who faced 16 long months of child abuse and incarceration at the hands of both Massachusetts government officials and callous medical personnel at Boston Children’s Hospital. Thankfully, due to the actions of Liberty Counsel, a Christian civil rights law firm, powerful media voices...
  • Local Western Mass. Residents On Edge Over Natural Gas Pipeline Proposal

    06/27/2014 5:19:08 AM PDT · by thackney · 43 replies
    WBZ-TV, CBS ^ | June 24, 2014 | Joe Shortsleeve
    Plans to build a natural gas pipeline through central and western Massachusetts are running into opposition from residents in the communities affected. The pipeline begins in Troy, Pennsylvania and runs through Wright, New York before entering Massachusetts in Richmond. It would run through dozens of communities before ending in Dracut. But few residents expect to see any benefits from the pipeline plan. “It would go in front of our house. It would go through this hay field,” said Pat Worth, one of those residents. Worth is afraid her 25-acre farm in rural Royalston will be ruined if a natural gas...
  • Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick signs bill increasing minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017

    06/26/2014 10:46:55 AM PDT · by matt04 · 27 replies
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Thursday signed a bill raising the state's $8 per hour minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017. The bill increases the minimum wage gradually, to $9 per hour in 2015, $10 in 2016 and $11 in 2017 — which would be the highest in the nation. President Barack Obama praised Massachusetts lawmakers last week for "standing up for working men and women." Obama previously said he looked forward to Patrick, a fellow Democrat and supporter, signing the bill. The measure also gradually raises the minimum wage for tipped workers, such as restaurant servers, from...
  • Supreme Court voids 35-foot abortion clinic protest buffer

    06/26/2014 7:51:40 AM PDT · by dware · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06.26.2014 | FOX
    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts. The justices were unanimous Thursday that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice John Roberts says authorities have less intrusive ways to deal with problems outside the clinics.
  • Sen. Markey Wants to Establish Special LGBT Envoy at State Department

    06/24/2014 1:07:43 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 48 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6-23-14 | Tatiana Lozano
    A bill introduced June 12 by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), would establish a special envoy at the State Department to coordinate America’s “global response” on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues and allow LGBT individuals “who have a well-founded fear of persecution...to seek protection in the United States.” The International Human Rights Defense Act of 2014 would reinforce the Obama administration’s already established foreign policy position on LGBT rights, including the public funding of overseas LGBT groups. In addition, the bill would require annual congressional briefings on “the status of the human rights of LGBT people internationally” and institute...
  • Massachusetts taxpayers to pay est. $2.6M per year for ‘sex changes’

    06/24/2014 2:04:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 24, 2014 | Dustin Siggins
    BOSTON, MA -- Massachusetts taxpayers will soon be on the hook for an estimated $2.6 million in costs for transgender surgeries and hormone therapy. On Friday, Gov. Deval Patrick, who leaves office at the end of 2014, announced that the state's Medicaid program would begin writing proposed regulations so taxpayer funds would cover the controversial medical procedure. According to the Boston Herald, the state believes the plan will cost $2.6 million per year based on figures from California and Vermont. Patrick has said the policy will make Massachusetts more equal, as transgender surgeries and hormone therapies are being included as...
  • Massachusetts mayor: Stop sending my city refugees (Springfield MA)

    06/22/2014 11:31:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2014 1:53 AM EDT | Paige Sutherland
    A Massachusetts mayor is calling for an end to refugee resettlement in his city, saying Somali families are putting pressure on already strained services in Springfield, a onetime industrial center where nearly a third of the population lives below the poverty line. Mayor Domenic Sarno is the latest mayor to decry refugee resettlement, joining counterparts in New Hampshire in Maine in largely rare tensions with the State Department, which helps resettle refugees in communities across America. The mayor is drawing criticism from those who say this country has a moral obligation to help the outcast and refugees who say they’re...
  • Letter: Polygamy should be decriminalized

    06/14/2014 8:33:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 160 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | June 6, 2014 | Leslie Jacobs
    When you look at world history, and especially biblical history, you will find that polygamy has been an accepted and honorable way of life. Many beloved prophets of the Old Testament were polygamists, and Abraham was a friend of God, all while having many wives. Polygamy was once a lifestyle accepted by all. For Christians of 2000 years ago, polygamy was stopped by the Roman empire. Paul, in his letter to the church in Rome, said, “A bishop should be the husband of one wife.” He was simply telling them to obey the law of the land. Roman law is...
  • Philip Chism allegedly choked, beat state worker

    06/21/2014 7:08:42 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 19, 2014 | Laura Crimaldi
    A prosecutor raised concerns about the safety of people around a 15-year-old Danvers boy accused of raping and killing his high school math teacher in newly released court documents that provide more detail about his alleged assault of a female counselor at a juvenile detention facility.
  • Massachusetts to cover gender identity treatment

    06/20/2014 1:15:32 PM PDT · by massmike · 16 replies
    http://bostonherald.com/ ^ | June 20, 2014 | AP
    <p>BOSTON — The Patrick administration is seeking to extend health care coverage for medically necessary treatment for gender identity or gender dysphoria including hormone therapy and gender-reassignment surgery.</p> <p>The administration said Friday that in coming weeks MassHealth will publish proposed regulations for the coverage for residents who need transgender-related services.</p>
  • Veterans Angry After Danvers Swaps POW/MIA Flag For LGBT Flag At Town Hall (MA)

    06/20/2014 9:23:55 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 22 replies
    boston.cbslocal.com ^ | June 19, 2014 | Beth Germano
    DANVERS (CBS) – A compromise has been forged in Danvers where veterans are upset that a POW/MIA flag outside Town Hall was replaced with a gay pride flag for the month of June. The POW/MIA flag was taken down to mark Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Pride Month. “We just feel that spot to us is a sacred spot,” said World War II veteran Bruce Eaton, who believes the pride flag is more a political statement. “We think the public should be constantly reminded that these boys were the ones that preserved our right to hang banners and flags in...
  • Justina Pelletier's legal nightmare should frighten all parents

    06/19/2014 10:03:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    FOX ^ | Dr. Keith Ablow
    A Massachusetts judge ordered Tuesday that 16-year-old Justina Pelletier be returned to her Connecticut family. His ruling ended a 15-month odyssey that I believe showed that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Boston Children's Hospital were willing to disregard the rights of her parents and, in essence legally "kidnap" her. "We are stunned," Lou Pelletier, her dad, told me minutes ago by phone. "Justina called us with the news herself. We just want to thank everyone who helped us get our daughter home."
  • A Justina's Law is needed to protect other kids like Justina Pelletier

    06/19/2014 7:17:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    minot daily news ^ | Andrea Johnson
    Justina Pelletier finally went home today. Justina is the 16-year-old Connecticut girl who has been held against her will by child welfare officials in Massachusetts for the past 16 months. Her story has resulted in a firestorm of controversy about the treatment of children with rare diseases and parental rights to make medical decisions for their children. The best coverage of the story has probably been provided by The Boston Globe, which did a series of stories a few months ago that can be found here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/12/15/justina/vnwzbbNdiodSD7WDTh6xZI/story.html A story about the girl's homecoming can be found here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/06/17/judge-orders-custody-justina-pelletier-returned-parents/mDWtuGURNawSuObO0pDX4J/story.html As the...
  • Justina Pelletier’s Family Promises to Sue Massachusetts for Abducting Their Daughter

    06/19/2014 6:50:05 PM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The family of Justina Pelletier, the teenage girl at the center of a national parental rights dispute, vows to pursue legal action against the state of Massachusetts for what they say was essentially an abduction of their daughter. Earlier this week, Massachusetts Juvenile Court Judge Joseph Johnston signed the order for Justina to go home following a 16-month dispute between her family and state officials. Lou Pelletier said in a text message, “This battle has been finally won. The WAR will not be won until we stop this from happening to ALL CHILDREN!!” justinapelletier23Pelletier, said, “It’s an unbelievably emotional day…...
  • (MA)House approves $11 minimum wage bill

    06/18/2014 5:38:24 PM PDT · by matt04 · 18 replies
    Many Massachusetts workers could see a little more money in their paychecks as early as next year. Last week, the Massachusetts Senate agreed to raise the minimum wage to $11.00 per hour and on Wednesday, the House of Representatives agreed. The vote means that Massachusetts will be one step closer to having the highest statewide minimum wage in the country. Under the bill, the minimum wage would be increased over three years, with no tie to inflation. Although the Senate gave their approval last week, not all House members agree it’s a good idea. “This minimum wage was never intended...
  • Boston Globe: Judge Orders DCF to Return Justina Pelletier to Parents

    06/17/2014 2:33:35 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    boston.com ^ | 6/17/14 | Roberto Scalise
    juvenile court judge has ordered the Massachusetts Department of Children and Family to return Justina Pelletier to her parents, according to the Boston Globe. The Globe reports: “I find that the parties have shown by credible evidence that circumstances have changed since the adjudication on Dec. 20, 2013, that Justina is a child in need of care and protection pursuant to G.L. c. 199, 24-26.,” Judge Joseph Johnston wrote in the ruling. “Effective Wednesday, June 18, 2014, this care and protection petition is dismissed and custody of Justina is returned to her parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier.” Pelletier was placed...
  • Justice for Justina: Judge orders Connecticut girl to be returned to family

    06/17/2014 5:14:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies
    FOX ^ | Cristina Corbin and Perry Chiaramonte
    Justina Pelletier is coming home. A Massachusetts judge ordered the 16-year-old Connecticut girl, who was taken from her family by child welfare advocates more than a year ago, to be returned to her mother and father effective Wednesday. The ruling caps a long-running medical custody dispute that began when two highly-respected Boston hospitals clashed over the girl's diagnosis. The case sparked national outrage, and led Lou and Linda Pelletier, of West Hartford, Conn., to wage a bitter legal battle.
  • Justice for Justina: Judge orders Connecticut girl to be returned to family

    06/17/2014 2:39:24 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 17,2014 | Fox News
    Justina Pelletier is going home. A Massachusetts judge ordered the 16-year-old Connecticut girl, who was taken from her family by child welfare advocates more than a year ago, to be returned to her mother and father effective Wednesday. The ruling caps a long-running medical custody dispute that began when two highly-respected Boston hospitals clashed over the girl's diagnosis. The case sparked national outrage, and led Lou and Linda Pelletier, of West Hartford, Conn., to wage a bitter legal battle. “To hear the news is overwhelming," Lou Pelletier told FoxNews.com moments after learning of the ruling. "Now we can certainly begin...