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  • DA: Suspect’s dad tried to hide evidence in Snapchat sex attack

    10/01/2014 8:11:55 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 8 replies
    The father of one of the three suspects in the vicious Saugus Snapchat sexual assault is accused of trying to cover up his son’s involvement by hiding the phone used to send videos of the attack and turning over his own phone to police instead, prosecutors say. Matthew Cyckowski, 37, of Saugus, was overheard by a DCF worker during a phone conversation outside of his son’s arraignment saying, “They’re never going to find his phone, I got rid of it, I gave them my phone,” Essex County ADA Kate MacDougall said. An Essex County grand jury has indicted Cyckowski’s son,...
  • Northeast loses 40% of House seats as people flee high-tax states

    09/30/2014 5:07:40 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 30, 2014 | PAUL BEDARD
    The Northeast, once the nation’s political engine that produced presidents, House speakers and Senate giants including the late Edward M. Kennedy, is losing clout in Washington as citizens flee the high-tax region, according to experts worried about the trend. The Census Bureau reports that population growth has shifted to the South and the result is that the 11 states that make up the Northeast are being bled dry of representation in Washington. Critics blame rising taxes in states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut for limiting population growth in the Northeast to just 15 percent from 1983 to 2013, while the...
  • Northeast loses 40% of House seats as people flee high-tax states

    09/30/2014 9:29:10 AM PDT · by tje · 59 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 30, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The Northeast, once the nation’s political engine that produced presidents, House speakers and Senate giants including the late Edward M. Kennedy, is losing clout in Washington as citizens flee the high-tax region, according to experts worried about the trend. The Census Bureau reports that population growth has shifted to the South and the result is that the 11 states that make up the Northeast are being bled dry of representation in Washington. Critics blame rising taxes in states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut for limiting population growth in the Northeast to just 15 percent from 1983 to 2013, while the...
  • Boston Marathon bombing suspect's sister appears in court for alleged bomb threat

    09/30/2014 10:37:20 AM PDT · by bgill · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Sept. 30, 2014 | Holly Bailey
    It was an altercation that likely would have been buried in the reams of other ugly domestic disputes in New York. Except the accused was Ailina Tsarnaeva, the 24-year-old sister of alleged Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. And, according to police, she allegedly threatened the other woman by telling her, “I have people. I know people that can put a bomb where you live.”
  • Man with implanted horns gets life for 3 killings

    09/29/2014 3:29:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    AP ^ | 9/29/2014
    A man who has bumps resembling horns implanted in his forehead has been sentenced to three consecutive life terms for his role in the murders of three Massachusetts men. Caius Veiovis (KYE'-us vee-OH'-vis) maintained his innocence at his sentencing hearing Monday, saying "my hand wasn't in this." He was convicted Friday in the 2011 slayings of David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell of Pittsfield.
  • Attorney General Eric Holder orders no death penalty for three members of Brooklyn drug crew

    09/28/2014 10:36:59 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 46 replies
    Daily News ^ | 09/27/2014 | John Marzulli
    Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered federal prosecutors not to seek the death penalty against three members of a Brooklyn drug crew charged with a killing in which the victim was tortured, the Daily News has learned. . . . John, 31, is accused of killing six people, and Johnson, 30, with four. Both also are members of the Bloods gang, court papers say. Jones, 31, is accused of one killing. Their trial is to start Oct. 22.
  • Natick (MA) Town Officials Push Rights Ban

    09/28/2014 7:26:23 AM PDT · by pabianice · 14 replies
    The GOAL News ^ | 9/26/14
    Summary: An attendee at a recent public meeting "thought" they saw someone carrying a concealed firearm. The person who was "thought" to be carrying was reported to have been in the midst of a heated discussion with another attendee. The person who "thought" they saw something reported it to Natick police chief James Hicks and town administrator Martha White. They, in turn, submitted to the selectmen an article for the next town meeting that would ban the carrying of any weapon on town property. Subsequently, manager White said she was "shocked" at the volume of negative comments she received from...
  • Senate Democrats Block Ted Cruz Bill Revoking U.S. Citizenship of Terrorists

    09/27/2014 5:36:40 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Sep 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday ripped U.S. Senate Democrats for blocking his bill that would revoke the U.S. citizenship of those who join the ISIS terrorist organization, noting that they are abandoning something Hillary Clinton supported when she was Secretary of State. The Democrats blocked Cruz’s bill on Thursday, a bill that would revoke citizenship from Americans who join ISIS. Cruz’s bill is very similar to one that then Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA)—who is now running in New Hampshire against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)—and then Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) offered a couple of years ago.“As then-Secretary of State Hillary...
  • Oklahoma Beheader Linked to Al Qaeda Leader Awlaki, Boston Bomber's Mosque

    09/27/2014 4:56:17 AM PDT · by AU72 · 14 replies
    Brietbart ^ | Sept. 27 2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Suhaib Webb, an Imam with ties to former Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, had also previously been the leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, which had been attended by Alton Nolen -- the man who on Thursday beheaded a former coworker after recently converting to Islam, Breitbart News has learned. Webb now serves as Imam of the sister organization of the mosque attended by Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Imam Suhaib Webb has a history of ties to radicalism, including a previous. FBI surveillance documents found that he was a known confidant of Al Qaeda...
  • Spfld MA PD: 5 adults and 2 juve, armed with knives and boxcutters, allegedly stole from 6 victims

    09/25/2014 10:01:20 AM PDT · by matt04 · 35 replies
    Police arrested seven suspects Wednesday night after they allegedly went on a rolling spree, while armed with knives and boxcutters, and stole cell phones and other items from six different victims in three separate robberies. The robberies began at 5:35 p.m. when suspects, driving around in a green Chevrolet Suburban, robbed an 18-year-old man who was walking near Greenleaf Park at 1187 Parker St., Sgt. John Delaney said. The victim told police that seven suspects, wielding knives, took his iPad and cell phone. The second armed robbery occurred about 30 minutes later in the area of 62 Malden St. Delaney...
  • PETA calls on Big E to drop elephant show, petting zoo; fair president says... won't be bullied

    09/25/2014 7:30:29 AM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    The Republican ^ | September 09, 2014
    The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is taking aim at the Eastern States Exposition, asking that the fair to drop a Connecticut outfit that offers elephant rides and a children’s petting zoo. ... Cassidy said he would not allow PETA to bully the Big E. “As long as Gene Cassidy is president of the Big E, young people – and old people – will have the opportunity to see these animals,” he said. Since just before Labor Day, the Big E’s offices in West Springfield have been flooded with thousands of e-mails from animal-rights supporters,...
  • Sweetie

    09/24/2014 4:42:02 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 15 replies
    WRKO ^ | Howie Carr
    Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate called FOX 25 political ace Sharman Sacchetti a “sweetheart” and all hell has broken loose. President Obama has made the same gaffe twice and yet he was not accused of waging a war on women. Howie asked was it really that big a deal.
  • An ISIS Nest Grows in Boston

    09/24/2014 7:35:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 09/24/2014 | Robert Spencer
    Boston’s WCVB.com reported Monday that “the federal government is targeting Boston and two other American cities to shut down what they are calling the U.S.-Jihad pipeline to ISIS in an attempt to stop Americans from joining the terrorist organization.” Boston apparently made this elite list because Ahmad Abousamra, “an American college graduate from Boston, who has been on the run from the FBI for years, is suspected of joining ISIS and leveraging his computer skills to spread the Iraqi terror group’s propaganda on social media.” And so now Boston is reaping what it has sown for so many years. The...
  • Gov., Boston police: No reason to believe city part of 'jihad pipeline'

    09/23/2014 9:20:50 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    wcvb.com ^ | September 23, 2014
    BOSTON - The federal government is targeting Boston and two other American cities to shut down what they are calling the U.S.-jihad pipeline to ISIS in an attempt to stop Americans from joining the terrorist organization, ABC News reported Monday. But local officials said they have no reason to believe Boston is part of a Jihad pipeline. Gov. Deval Patrick said he didn't believe Boston was a terrorist breeding ground, saying, "It's not fact yet." "We get regular confidential and classified briefings on the intelligence that's available to all the intelligence forces, and there isn't any reason to for me...
  • Missing Afghan soldiers found at Canadian border near Niagara Falls

    09/22/2014 11:13:29 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 80 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9-22-2014 | Fox News
    Published September 22, 2014 FoxNews.com Three Afghan soldiers missing from Cape Cod military base Never autoplay videos DEVELOPING: Three Afghan National Army soldiers who vanished from a Cape Cod military base where they had been taking part in a training exercise have been found at the Canadian border near Niagara Falls, a senior Pentagon official told Fox News. The men were reported missing by the Massachusetts National Guard Saturday night at Joint Base Cape Cod. A statement identified the soldiers as Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, 48, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, 18, and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar, 20.
  • Afghan Soldiers Go Missing in Cape Cod; Police Say They Pose No Threat

    09/22/2014 7:50:45 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 43 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 9/22/14 | Newsmax Wires
    Three Afghan soldiers went missing in Cape Cod during a training exercise over the weekend, and police and military officials are scrambling to find any clues that will help bring the men back. There were no details to report on the search, Lt. Col. James Sahady of the Massachusetts National Guard told The Associated Press Monday. U.S. military officials said the Afghanistan National Army officers had been participating in a U.S. Central Command Regional Cooperation training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod. They arrived at Camp Edwards on Sept. 11 and were last seen Saturday at the Cape Cod Mall...
  • 3 Afghan soldiers missing from Cape Cod base

    09/22/2014 3:31:34 AM PDT · by lonevoice · 28 replies
    Lake Wylie Pilot ^ | Sept 21, 2014
    CAMP EDWARDS, Mass. — Police and military officials were searching Sunday for three soldiers from the Afghanistan National Army who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base. The Afghan soldiers had been participating in a U.S. Central Command Regional Cooperation training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, U.S. military officials said. They arrived at Camp Edwards on Sept. 11 and were last seen at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis. The soldiers were reporting missing by base security personnel on Saturday night. They were identified as Major Jan Mohammad Arash, Captain Mohammad Nasir Askarzada and...
  • Three Afghan Soldiers Visiting Cape Cod Have Gone Missing

    09/21/2014 10:14:44 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 47 replies
    NBCNews ^ | September 21, 2014 | TOM WINTER
    Three Afghan Soldiers Visiting Cape Cod Have Gone Missing BY TOM WINTER Three soldiers from the Afghanistan National Army visiting Cape Cod, Massachusetts, for a military exercise have gone missing, according to the U.S. National Guard. The National Guard in Massachusetts says they believe at this time there is no threat to the public. Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar were last seen at the Hyannis Mall Saturday evening, a National Guard source tells Cheryl Fiandaca of NBC affiliate WHDH. A senior law enforcement source tells NBC News the FBI Field Office in Boston...
  • Three Afghan National Army Soldiers Missing From Cape Cod Base

    09/21/2014 5:14:00 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 53 replies
    MyFoxBoston ^ | 9/21/2014 | myfox boston
  • Hillary Rips Off Elizabeth Warren's 'Fighting Chance' Line

    09/21/2014 7:02:45 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Should Fauxcahantas be flattered . . . or furious? The title of Elizabeth Warren's new book is "A Fighting Chance," a "rabble-rousing" rant by the populist from the Harvard faculty lounge. So here comes Hillary Clinton, who in a speech this week just happened to say "I want every one of our children to feel that they are inheriting the best of America ... that this country is on your side; that this country will give you the fighting chance, the fair shot you deserve." Pure coincidence? Not when it comes to American's most calculating politician. Not when Hillary lifts...
  • Fake Holocaust Survivor Eva Steiner Moseley Gets Elizabeth Warren to Endorse Hamas

    09/17/2014 10:41:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | September 16, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Like Hedy Epstein, Eva Steiner Moseley is another fake Holocaust survivor who uses phony claims of being a Holocaust survivor to attack Israel and support terrorists. Eva Moseley is even more fake than Hedy Epstein because she and her family moved to New York in 1939. Moseley is a more honest fraud because she describes her fake Holocaust survivor routine as her ‘schtick’. In a shockingly unguarded moment, she wrote the following email to her comrades at the Peace Commission: “I can do my “I escaped from Nazi Vienna and am unhappy with what Israel does” schtick, if you think...
  • Mark Levin torches Elizabeth Warren over her comments on Israel

    09/16/2014 8:20:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 9/16/14 | The Right Scoop
    Mark Levin really lays into Elizabeth Warren over her comments in response to a question about Israel. Just listen, it’s short and it’s fantastic:
  • Dems block Cruz bill to strip U.S. citizenship from Islamic State defectors

    09/18/2014 5:08:33 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 18 Sep 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Ted Cruz tried to get the Senate to consider a measure Thursday providing that any American who joins the fight with terrorist groups such as the Islamic State would immediately renounce their U.S. citizenship, but a Democratic senator objected, saying more time is necessary to weigh the significant constitutional issues it raises. Ahead of the Senate’s scheduled consideration Thursday afternoon of a proposal to arm and train Syrian rebels, part of President Obama’s strategy to combat the terrorist group, the Texas Republican asked for unanimous consent to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act he introduced earlier this month. The measure...
  • Breaking: (New) Gov't Report: Obamacare Funds Abortions

    09/16/2014 5:24:04 AM PDT · by xzins · 62 replies
    CBN ^ | September 16, 2014 | John Jessup
    A new government report confirms what pro-life advocates have long feared: President Obama's health care reform law allows for taxpayer-funded abortions. In a report to Congress, the Government Accountability Office found 28 states with no laws restricting qualified health plans that limit abortion coverage. In Massachusetts, only two of the 111 state-approved plans comply with the historic Hyde Amendment, which prohibits abortion funding except in cases of rape or incest. Five states (Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont) don't offer any qualified plans that follow Hyde's precedent, in place since 1977. That directly contradicts the president's 2010 executive...
  • Spectra Energy announces $3 billion New England project

    09/16/2014 10:34:05 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 16, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    Spectra Energy Corp. announced a $3 billion expansion to its New England pipeline network which it says will help meet growing demand for natural gas in the region. The undertaking will allow Houston-based Spectra and its partners to deliver 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to the area, the company said. The project will serve both gas-fired power plants as well as customers who use natural gas for heating. “This is another step in our commitment to improving power system reliability, reducing electric costs to make the region more economically competitive, and protecting New England’s quality of...
  • Don't Count On An Election-Day Tsunami

    09/15/2014 6:15:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    DEMOCRAT SETH MOULTON'S defeat of US Representative John Tierney in the 6th Congressional District primary last week came right on schedule. The political newcomer, an Iraq War veteran with three Harvard degrees, was the first Massachusetts candidate in 22 years to vanquish a sitting congressman from his own party. It last happened in 1992, whenupstart Marty Meehan booted incumbent Chet Atkins in the Fifth Congressional District, then went on to win the seat in November. It was 22 years before that, in the Third Congressional District primary in 1970, that Father Robert Drinan, an antiwar liberal, toppled fellow Democrat Philip...
  • Liberals press Pelosi, Obama for vote on Syrian air strikes

    09/14/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    thehill.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    A growing chorus of liberal Democrats is pushing President Obama to get Congress's explicit approval before launching missile strikes into Syria. The pressure from supporters on Capitol Hill is not only a headache for Obama, but also puts House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats in the difficult position of bucking a broad segment of their own caucus in order to protect an ally in the White House. Scores of Democrats had signed letters a year ago advocating against military strikes targeting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without congressional backing. Thirteen months later the enemy...
  • VIDEO: Spfld convenience store owner fights off would-be robber who stuck fake gun in his mouth (MA)

    09/12/2014 9:59:39 AM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    Video footage from Wednesday's attempted armed robbery at a Six Corners market shows the store owner fending off an assailant who allegedly stuck a fake gun in his face. "He put it in my mouth," said the owner of Walnut Convenience Store, who pulled out a real gun after fighting 20-year-old Fernell Pelzer. Pelzer pleaded with the shop owner not to hurt him, according to ABC40 News, which obtained store surveillance footage of the crime being committed. "I say, 'I'm not gonna shoot ya,' and I was holding him till the cops got here, and that's what I did," the...
  • Remains of 3 infants found in Blackstone home, woman arrested

    BLACKSTONE — Investigators found the remains of three infants inside a squalid, vermin-infested home here on Thursday, two weeks after child welfare officials removed four children from the same address to protect them from suspected abuse or neglect, authorities said. A woman identified as Erika Murray, a 31-year-old resident of the house, was arrested Thursday night and will be arraigned Friday on a witness intimidation charge, as well as additional unspecified charges stemming from living conditions in the residence, police and prosecutors said. Authorities would not say whether Murray is related to any of the children who had been living...
  • Police: Attempted robbery of Springfield store with fake gun thwarted by shop owner with real pistol

    09/11/2014 3:53:30 PM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    A 20-year-old man was arrested Wednesday evening after an alleged armed robbery attempt with a fake gun was thwarted by a shop owner with a real one. According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, around 10:20 p.m., Fernell Pelzer allegedly entered the Walnut Convenience store on the border of the Six Corners and Old Hill neighborhoods. Delaney said Pelzer ran into the store and confronted the shop owner before attempting to pistol whip him with what turned out to be a fake gun. A struggle ensued, according to police, and in the process, Pelzer had the tables turned on him...
  • 'No more people on the streets' heard as activists from Spfld No One Leaves demand fair housing…

    09/11/2014 1:47:21 PM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    The chants cut through the warm, humid air like an approaching cold front, prompting drivers to crane their necks and pedestrians to stop in their tracks on the sidewalk outside the U.S. Post Office on Liberty Street. "No justice, no peace, no more people in the streets." "What do we do when banks attack? Stand up, fight back." The protesters' numbers were few – less than 20 – but the collective voice of Springfield No One Leaves was mighty as the group took aim at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the beleaguered government-sponsored mortgage enterprises bailed out by taxpayers, and...
  • Elizabeth Warren endorses Tierney

    09/10/2014 3:09:55 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 16, 2014 | Abby Smith
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is lending a hand to Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) in his Democratic primary campaign. The liberal icon and freshman senator endorsed Tierney at an event in Salem on Monday, adding her name to a long list of other Democrats who are backing the nine-term lawmaker ahead of his competitive contest. “Congressman Tierney is a tireless champion for Massachusetts families,” Warren said in a statement. “We need to send him back to Washington so he can continue fighting for a level playing field for working families.”
  • Officials wonder why extremists are drawn to Cambridge mosque

    09/10/2014 3:59:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/8/2014 | Deborah Feyerick
    The mosque on Prospect Street is not only Cambridge, Massachusetts,' largest mosque, but it is also the city's only mosque. As many as 1,000 people a week, including immigrants, students, families and residents from surrounding neighborhoods, stop by to pray up to five times a day as Islam requires. Known as the Cambridge mosque, it is run by the Islamic Society of Boston and is just a few short blocks from the well-traveled Red Line, which serves Boston's many universities and colleges. "The mosque is open to everyone," says spokeswoman Nicole Mossalam. "We don't have a core membership. It's very...
  • Megyn Kelly Takes On Ward Churchill: How Can You Compare 9/11 Victims to Nazis?

    09/09/2014 7:03:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 78 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 8th, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    Megyn Kelly tonight brought viewers the first part of her contentious showdown with Professor Ward Churchill, best known for his controversial comments about the “little Eichmanns” who were in the World Trade Center when the planes hit on September 11th. ... Churchill stood by the Eichmann comment, saying, “You do not have to be the one who turned on the gas if you’re making it possible for the gas to be there.”
  • Could taxing packaged foods reduce obesity?

    09/07/2014 3:57:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 87 replies
    FOX News ^ | September 5, 2014 | Christopher Wanjek
    If most foods created by the food industry are unhealthy, why not place a stiff tax on all of them and use the revenue to subsidize healthier food? This bold proposal, from Boston-area researchers, appears as commentary in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The researchers from Tufts University, Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital wrote that their plan would surely meet strong opposition from both the food and restaurant industries but that it could help people make meaningful dietary changes and substantially reduce health care costs. At issue is the higher cost of...
  • Boston bombers’ mosque tied to ISIS

    09/07/2014 7:12:06 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 37 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 7, 2014 | Paul Sperry
    When it was revealed that the Boston Marathon bombers attended a Cambridge, Mass., mosque, its leaders were quick to disavow their actions. Elder brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s ideology was not their own, the leaders of the Islamic Society mosque claimed. In fact, he was admonished for an extremist outburst he made during one sermon. So, one crackpot in a congregation. Who can blame the mosque? But what about eight — including a prominent member of ISIS? As it turns out, worshippers at the Islamic Society have included: Abdurahman Alamoudi, the mosque’s founder and first president who in 2004 was sentenced to...
  • Romney: 'My time has come and gone'

    09/07/2014 7:09:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 65 replies
    politico.com ^ | 9/7/14 | Kyle Cheney
    Fomer Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney argued Sunday that he'd make a better president than Hillary Clinton -- but that he's not planning to mount a third bid for the White House. "No question about that in my mind," he said on "Fox News Sunday" when asked by host Chris Wallace whether he'd be a better leader than Clinton. Prodded by Wallace, Romney insisted he has no plans to run but stopped short of a Shermanesque refusal. "I’m not running, I’m not planning on running," he said. Romney said that while he also would've made a better president than Barack Obama,...
  • Katie Couric: Sen. Warren Criticizes Washington-Wall Street 'Revolving Door'

    09/06/2014 8:44:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 6, 2014 | Andrew Romano
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)In an exclusive interview Wednesday with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren slammed former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for accepting a multimillion-dollar job with a Wall Street investment bank shortly after leaving Congress. "This is wrong," Warren said in regard to Cantor's new role as vice chairman and managing director at Moelis & Co. "People work in Washington and, man, they hit that revolving door with a speed that would blind you." She went on to claim that banks hire politicians like Cantor "not because they bring great expertise and insight, but because they’re selling...
  • Worcester (MA) school bus video shows 'terrifying' confrontation between parents, driver

    09/05/2014 11:59:23 AM PDT · by matt04 · 116 replies
    The Republican ^ | updated September 05, 2014 at 8:48 AM | By Noah R. Bombard
    It's unclear what happened before the video started, but what happened afterward one parent could only describe as "terrifying." Video shot by a parent of a Quinsigamond Elementary School student Wednesday afternoon of what should have been a routine school bus stop showed young children crying and screaming, seemingly unable to leave the school bus they were riding in as parents shouted at the driver to let them off. In the video, shot near the corner of Perry Ave. and Harlem Street by parent Jessica Jimenez, parents curse and shout at the driver asking why she won't let the kids...
  • Sources: ISIS poster boy Boston-trained techie (Ahmad Abousamra)

    09/05/2014 6:29:17 AM PDT · by maggief · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | September 5, 2014 | Chris Cassidy, Erin Smith, Joe Dwinell and Laurel J. Sweet
    A 32-year-old computer whiz who was raised in Stoughton is suspected of using the high-tech skills he honed at Hub colleges to spread the bloodthirsty message of ISIS terrorists on social media, according to a Herald source and news reports. Ahmad Abousamra — who was educated at Northeastern University and UMass Boston — had already been placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list last year with a $50,000 reward offered for information leading to his capture and return. The FBI said Abousamra “has shown that he wants to kill United States soldiers.” He is now believed to be a...
  • Great white shark attacks kayakers off Plymouth (Mass - video at source)

    09/04/2014 5:48:41 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 22 replies
    What appears to have been a great white shark bit a kayak carrying a woman off White Horse Beach in Plymouth on Wednesday night, officials said. The two women, who were identified as Ida Parker and Kristin Orr, were taking pictures of seals about 150 yards offshore in separate kayaks, when the great white bit one off the kayaks. "I looked back at her and it came directly out of the water, underneath the boat, launched her backwards and flipped me over," Parker said. Both boats were overturned in the attack.
  • New Englanders Oppose Proposed Pipeline — And The Tariff To Pay For It

    09/04/2014 5:03:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Mint Press ^ | September 2, 2014 | Phil Zahodiakin
    A proposal to build a pipeline from the fracking fields of Pennsylvania to eastern Massachusetts by late 2018 is sparking concern among many property owners in the path of the pipe. But there’s a twist to this evolving story: a proposed surcharge added to electric bills that would force every ratepayer in New England to help pay for the interstate pipeline, which is expected to cost $2 billion to $6 billion. The route proposed for the pipeline’sMassachusetts segment runs through dense forests, wetlands and small towns in the northern tier of the state. Alternative routes, or modifications to the northern...
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren favors repealing Mass. casino law

    09/02/2014 9:13:43 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 25 replies
    WCVB ^ | September 2, 2014 | The Associated Press
    BOSTON —Anti-gambling activists are touting a major boost from Sen. Elizabeth Warren as their campaign to repeal the state's casino law heads into the final stretch. The first-term Democrat said Monday she'll likely vote in favor of repealing the 2011 state law that opened the door for Las Vegas-style gambling in Massachusetts. The group Repeal the Casino Deal hailed the remarks as a "bold stand" by one of the state's most prominent politicians. Warren has been mentioned as a possible candidate for president in 2016, even though she has said repeatedly she's not running.
  • Constitution takes one last spin before retrofit

    08/31/2014 3:09:56 AM PDT · by blueplum · 32 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | August 29, 2014 | Kiera Blessing
    Old Ironsides sailed through Boston Harbor Friday for the last time until 2018, as the 216-year-old warship prepares to undergo a three-year restoration beginning early next year. The USS Constitution has sailed unassisted by a tug boat only twice since 1881, in 1997 and 2012. This summer it sailed with the help of a tug, but still moved by its own power. Friday was the final unassisted sail until the ship has completed its restoration. Aside from making the usual repairs for wear and tear, the restoration aims to return Old Ironsides to an image of its 1812 self... ...For...
  • US lawmakers condemn crackdown on China's minority Muslims

    07/11/2008 9:15:45 PM PDT · by camerakid400 · 22 replies · 143+ views
    AFP ^ | July 12 08
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — US lawmakers on Friday "strongly condemned" what they called Beijing's harsh pre-Olympic crackdown in China's Muslim-populated far northwest Xinjiang region. The bipartisan leadership of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus in a statement cited "credible" reports about a July 9 conviction in a closed trial of 15 minority Muslim Uighurs on terrorism charges that led to "the immediate execution of two" of them. Three others were given suspended death sentences and the remaining 10 received life imprisonment, it said. These are "abuses of due process and rule of law," said caucus co-chairmen Democrat Jim McGovern and Republican Frank...
  • With Labor Day close, unions don’t have much to celebrate

    08/29/2014 3:37:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | August 29, 2014 | By Evan Horowitz
    Labor Day used to be more than a summer-closing holiday; it was a celebration of labor unions and the American labor movement. That’s easy to forget these days because labor unions don’t have much to celebrate. At the height of their influence in the 1950s, labor unions could claim to represent about 1 of every 3 American workers. Today, it’s 1 in 9 — and falling. Some have seen the shrinking size and waning influence of labor unions as a sign that the US economy is growing more flexible and dynamic, but there’s mounting evidence that it is also contributing...
  • Surprise coming in MA gubernatorial race?

    08/29/2014 7:53:52 AM PDT · by sunmars · 61 replies
    After this week’s dreary news out of Kansas, we owe Hot Air readers a pleasant surprise, and this may be it. Martha Coakley, who lost a special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by the death of Ted Kennedy four years ago despite the near-total grip Democrats have on Massachusetts, may be in the process of losing another election. Republican gubernatorial nominee Charlie Baker took his first lead in the Boston Globe poll series, edging Coakley barely, while neither candidate looks to be catching fire: Republican Charlie Baker has edged ahead of Democrat Martha Coakley in the race for...
  • Illegal Alien Disappearing Act (AUDIO)

    08/28/2014 4:53:52 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    WRKO ^ | Howie Carr
    ABC's Michele McPhee was with us to talk about the two fireman killed in a conflagration caused by two illegal alien workers illegaly welding in Back Bay. Have charges been brought against them you might ask? Not at present time because they have disappeared... (SNIP)
  • Sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect charged with making bomb threat

    08/28/2014 1:27:30 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu August 28, 2014 | Rande Laboni
    The sister of the Boston marathon bombing suspect was arrested in New York City Wednesday for allegedly making a bomb threat, police said. Ailina Tsarnaev, 24, sister of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was charged with aggravated harassment after a bomb threat was made by phone to another woman on Monday. The recipient -- whose name was not released -- notified police of the threat, according to NYPD Lt. John Grimpel. Ailina Tsarnaev, a resident of North Bergen, New Jersey, turned herself in to authorities on Wednesday.
  • Ex-CEO to buy majority stake in New England supermarket chain, ending worker protests

    08/28/2014 4:36:43 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 22 replies
    The uproar over Arthur T. Demoulas' firing prompted massive protest rallies outside the company's Tewksbury headquarters. After the company fired eight supervisors who helped organize the revolt, public support for the workers intensified. Thousands of customers, as well as more than 160 mayors and legislators in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, signed petitions agreeing to boycott Market Basket. The chain has about 25,000 employees and 71 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. The stores, usually jam-packed with shoppers attracted by the chain's low prices, have had only a trickle of customers for weeks. Business analysts said the worker revolt was...