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  • Massachusetts Attorney General Was Against Forest Fires Before She Was For Them

    06/03/2020 6:41:57 PM PDT · by edwinland · 10 replies
    New Boston Post ^ | June 3, 2020 | Matt McDonald
    Maura Healey, the attorney general of Massachusetts, set the Internet ablaze Tuesday with her non-criticism of the continuing riots – “Yes, America is burning, but that’s how forests grow.” Yet Healey has not always had a positive view of forest fires. In October 2015, she submitted negative comments to a federal agency on a proposed natural gas pipeline in Massachusetts, calling on the Obama-era Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to “scrutinize” the pipeline plans for adverse effects, including “increased occurrences of wildfires.”
  • Rioters Deface ‘Glory’ Monument to Black Civil War Soldiers in Boston

    06/03/2020 5:00:18 AM PDT · by DFG · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/02/2020 | Joel B Pollak
    Rioters in Boston defaced the Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial to black soldiers in the Civil War as a “Black Lives Matter” protest moved through the city on Sunday. The Boston Globe reported: “Memorials in three of the city’s major parks were hit with graffiti and vandalism Sunday night after tensions mounted between demonstrators and police following a day of mostly peaceful protest marches that wound through Boston.” One of those memorials, the Globe noted, was the monument to the 54th: “One of the memorials targeted by vandals was the Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment Memorial, which was unveiled...
  • [Mass] AG Healey urges business leaders to seize ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ to address racial inequity [ed]

    06/03/2020 4:36:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 2, 2020 | Jon Chesto
    Attorney General Maura Healey gave a rousing call to action on Tuesday, urging Boston business leaders to do their part in curbing the systemic racism and inequities that have prompted protest marches across the country in the past week. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Healey said in a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. “The challenge I pose to all of us this morning is: Will we seize it?” She referenced the protests and riots of the past few days over the death of George Floyd, the Black man who died on May 25 after...
  • Healey: ‘America is burning. But that’s how forests grow’

    06/02/2020 5:51:02 PM PDT · by massmike · 49 replies
    commonwealthmagazine.org ^ | 06/02/2020 | Shira Schoenberg
    ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY, in a passionate speech on Tuesday, suggested the protests sweeping the nation may yield long-term benefits. “Yes, America is burning. But that’s how forests grow,” she said. Healey said in her work as attorney general, she wanted to address the systemic racism plaguing society. “I’ve fallen short,” she acknowledged, noting the continuing threats and fears within Massachusetts. Healey described racism as a value that is “embedded” in the United States. “Racism has been embedded in our country from the time that Europeans plundered our First Americans and Africans were stolen from their land, shackled, and brought...
  • Boston Police Caught With Truck Full of Bricks; Are They 'Planting' Them to Incite Violence?

    06/02/2020 9:45:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 128 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 06/02/2020 | By Manthan Chheda
    The anger over George Floyd's death has led to protests across the country and the situation is worsening by the day. While some are protesting peacefully, others have resorted to violence, looting and vandalism to rebel against the law enforcement after Floyd was killed in custody when a Minneapolis police officer pinned him down with his knee over his neck last week. A state of emergency has been declared in several states and the National Guard has stepped in to deal with the intensifying unrest. However, a new video clip has started circulating on social media suggesting that law enforcement...
  • Salem Suspends Police Captain For 'Wildly Inappropriate' Tweet Capt. Kate Stephens, a 24-year-veteran of the force, has been placed on paid leave after sending a message on the department Twitter page.

    06/01/2020 7:29:16 PM PDT · by robowombat · 51 replies
    Medford Patch ^ | Jun 1, 2020 8:45 pm ET | Dave Copeland
    Salem Suspends Police Captain For 'Wildly Inappropriate' Tweet Capt. Kate Stephens, a 24-year-veteran of the force, has been placed on paid leave after sending a message on the department Twitter page. By Dave Copeland, Patch Staff Jun 1, 2020 11:52 am ET | Updated Jun 1, 2020 8:45 pm ET The message of the Salem police Twitter page criticizing Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker came on the same day Boston was cleaning up from Sunday night's unrest. SALEM, MA — The Salem News is reporting that the Salem Police Department suspended Capt. Kate Stephens for posting...
  • NYPD’s Terrorism Official Says Unnamed Groups Planned Protest Violence in Advance

    06/01/2020 6:35:52 AM PDT · by karpov · 48 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 31, 2020 | y Tom Winter, Andrew Blankstein and Jonathan Dienst
    New York's top terrorism official says there's evidence that members of anarchist groups from outside the city intentionally planned to incite violence at protests calling for justice in the death of George Floyd. Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said there is a high level of confidence within the NYPD that these unnamed groups had organized scouts, medics, and supply routes of rocks, bottles and accelerants for breakaway groups to commit vandalism and violence. There are strong indicators they planned for violence in advance using at times encrypted communications, he said. One out of every seven arrests, of...
  • Omar says some protestors 'felt terrorized by the presence of tanks,' National Guard

    05/31/2020 8:27:05 AM PDT · by kevcol · 92 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 31, 2020 | Justine Coleman
    Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said on Sunday that while some Minneapolis residents felt safer with National Guard troops on city streets after demonstrations over the police-involved death of George Floyd turned violent, others “felt terrorized by the presence of tanks” while protesting. . . . The congresswoman also called for “nationwide reforms” beyond “just getting justice for George Floyd” by charging the other former Minneapolis police officers “who stood by idly” while former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck.
  • Biden resists pressure to commit to woman of color VP pick or rule out Klobuchar amid George Floyd fallout

    05/29/2020 5:53:30 PM PDT · by kevcol · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 29, 2020 | Emily Larsen
    "I’ve already said I’m going to pick a Supreme Court justice who is a woman of color," Biden said. "I’ve already said my cabinet will be full of people of women of color. Men and women of color. I also already said that there are women of color under consideration. That is not the only criteria to determine who will be the vice president of the United States of America that I’ll choose as a running mate. It is just beginning the process. I guarantee you, there are more — there’s more than one African American woman being considered for...
  • CNN's Chris Cillizza Displays Incredibly Poor Timing on Amy Klobuchar Hype

    05/25/2020 5:04:59 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 25, 2020 | P.J. Gladnick
    CNN's Chris Cillizza might want to reconsider his Amy Klobuchar hype. It's not too late for a major revision. At 4:34 PM ET on Thursday, CNN's Chris Cillizza had his vice presidential rankings published. It is something Cillizza has done for the past few weeks in which the women that apparent Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden might pick are ranked as to their order of probability of being chosen. For the past few weeks, Senator Amy Klobuchar has settled in at second spot right behind Senator Kamala Harris in first place. However, Cillizza also added a bit of hype for...
  • Charlamagne tha God: Klobuchar as vice president 'would be suicide' for Biden campaign

    05/23/2020 4:36:36 PM PDT · by kevcol · 67 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 23, 2020 | Spencer Neale
    The Breakfast Show host Charlamagne tha God, whose real name is Lenard Larry McKelvey, said elevating Klobuchar onto the Democratic presidential ticket would be akin to committing political "suicide." McKelvey found himself in the middle of a viral moment yesterday when Biden told him that black people "ain't black" if they vote for Trump. . . . especially at this moment, after the comments that he made ... He would be a fool not to put a black woman as his running mate."
  • Black and Latino Groups and Leaders Want Anyone but Amy Klobuchar for Biden's Vice President

    05/23/2020 8:20:23 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 30 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 22, 2020 | ADRIAN CARRASQUILLO
    Two days before Super Tuesday, NAACP Minneapolis and Black Lives Matter activists protested Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's rally before it began over her involvement with the murder conviction of a black teen. Klobuchar canceled the rally. The next day, unable to curry enough support nationwide, she ended her campaign for president, looked into a television camera from Dallas, and told her home state of Minnesota to support former Vice President Joe Biden.
  • Amy Klobuchar declined to prosecute officer at center of George Floyd's death after previous conduct complaints

    05/28/2020 2:04:54 PM PDT · by McGruff · 57 replies
    The Week via Yahoo News ^ | May 28, 2020 | Kathryn Krawczyk
    George Floyd's death in police custody is renewing criticism of Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-Minn.) prosecutorial record. Before she became a senator and a top contender for former Vice President Joe Biden's vice presidential spot, Klobuchar spent eight years as the Hennepin County attorney, in charge of prosecution for Minneapolis. And while in that position, Klobuchar declined to prosecute multiple police officers cited for excessive force, including the officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck as he protested, The Guardian reports. Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derick Chauvin saw at least 10 conduct complaints during his 19-year tenure before he was fired Tuesday
  • How Sen. Amy Klobuchar (and then, county prosecutor) Is Tied to The Minneapolis Chaos Over George Floyd's Death...And It's Not Good

    05/29/2020 8:18:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/29/2020 | Matt Vespa
    Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) had a better than expected 2020 run. She wasn’t favored to win at all, but her debate performances allowed her to increase her profile among voters and give her that critical cash flow to survive another day. She dropped out, along with former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg earlier this year in a move that many viewed as an effort to get the centrist Democratic bloc around Joe Biden and prevent a replay of the bloody progressive-establishment war back in 2016. So, is Amy veep material? Not anymore. If she was being considered, it all ended...
  • Man caught with over $138,000 in cash at Logan Airport after missing his flight

    05/28/2020 5:44:28 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 36 replies
    NYPost ^ | 05 27 2020 | Michael Hollan
    Authorities in Massachusetts confiscated a large sum of cash from a man at Logan Airport after he rebooked a missed flight. According to reports, after being questioned by various security and law officers, the man claimed to be carrying wildly different amounts of money. According to a post on the Massachusetts State Police Facebook page, the suspect had booked a flight at Logan Airport this past weekend but missed it. He reportedly booked a second flight on the same day. The man’s specific destination has not been revealed, but authorities have identified it as a “source area for illegal narcotics.”...
  • Mitt Romney: 'I know Joe Scarborough. Joe is a friend'

    05/27/2020 7:20:53 AM PDT · by RandFan · 127 replies
    Twitter ^ | 27th May 2020 | Sen. Mitt Romney
    @MittRomneyI know Joe Scarborough. Joe is a friend of mine. I don't know T.J. Klausutis. Joe can weather vile, baseless accusations but T.J.? His heart is breaking. Enough already.
  • New Poll Shows Elizabeth Warren as Veep Would Boost Joe Biden Best

    05/28/2020 7:22:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05/27/2020 | Rick Moran
    A new Morning Consult poll shows Senator Elizabeth Warren would help Joe Biden’s campaign for president more than any other potential vice-presidential candidate. Part of the reason for Warren’s strength is certainly her superior name recognition compared to some of the other candidates. All the Democrats who are pleading with Biden to choose a black female candidate to run with him might be wrong. Warren scores well with blacks and Hispanics, and those under 45. According to the May 22-26 survey, 26 percent of registered voters said placing her on the ticket would make them more likely to vote for...
  • Jerry Nadler in 2004: ‘Paper ballots are extremely susceptible to fraud’

    05/27/2020 11:37:28 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 26, 2020 | Dom Calicchio
    If President Trump is seeking a high-ranking Democrat to side with him against mail-in electionballots – in a bid to build bipartisan opposition to the idea in Congress -- he could try contacting U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler. Although Nadler, as chairman of the House JudiciaryCommittee, helped lead the impeachment fight against Trump last year, a C-SPAN video clip from 2004 shows the New Yorker speaking out strongly against paper-based ballots during a Capitol Hill hearing. At the hearing -- in which lawmakers examined perceived voting problems in an Ohio election -- a member of the public spoke in support of paper ballots, later citing research by the...
  • No, Prof. Pinker, Belief in an Afterlife is Not a ‘Malignant Delusion’

    05/26/2020 9:03:18 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 11 replies
    The Stream ^ | May 26, 2020 | Michael Brown
    No, Prof. Pinker, Belief in an Afterlife is Not a ‘Malignant Delusion’ A May 20 Washington Post op-ed claimed that evangelical Christians are behind the Republican push to reopen the nation. In response, Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker tweeted on May 21, “Belief in an afterlife is a malignant delusion, since it devalues actual lives and discourages action that would make them longer, safer, and happier. Exhibit A: What’s really behind Republicans wanting a swift reopening? Evangelicals.” (The tweet has since been removed.)Prof. Pinker, a self-described atheist, is wrong on all points. (Practical lesson: You can be a brilliant Harvard scientist...
  • Boston's Puerto Rican Veterans Memorial Vandalized

    05/25/2020 4:20:14 AM PDT · by cll · 15 replies
    WGBH Boston ^ | 5/24/2020 | Emily Judem
    The Puerto Rican Veterans Memorial in Boston's South End has been vandalized during a weekend dedicated to honoring service members. Authorities said they believe the vandals — who pushed over a stone pillar and threw the Puerto Rican flag to the ground — struck Saturday night. The city is investigating the incident, and Boston Public Works crews and Boston Parks and Recreation staff members are working on repairs. Boston Commissioner of Veterans Services Robert Santiago said the vandalism hits hard, especially on this weekend. "Any time is bad timing when a memorial is damaged or defaced, but being that this...