News from the Boston Area
Good morning, Conflucians! It’s another gray day in New England, but at least the Red Sox are still in first place.
José Guillen returned to the lineup — but as the designated hitter — and could spend time this weekend battling the Green Monster, the big left-field wall at Boston’s Fenway Park, in an effort to reduce strain on his aching legs.
Good luck with that, old man.
Tall ships arrive in Boston (gorgeous photos!)
“Our familes, our communities, and even our economy have seen the many important benefits that have come from recognizing equal marriage rights and, frankly, no downside,” Attorney General Martha Coakley said this afternoon at a news conference announcing the lawsuit. “However, we have also seen how many of our married residents and their families are being hurt by a discriminatory, unprecedented, and, we believe, unconstitutional law.”
Governor’s Race Heats Up in Mass. (scroll down for story)
After years of consideration, republican Charlie Baker has decided to quit his lucrative job as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care so he can devote his full time to a 2010 Massachusetts gubernatorial bid.
News from Another Corrupt State
Illinois political floodgates open after Madigan passes on governor, Senate bids.
News from Washington, DC
Your candidate won, Howie. So why are you whining?
News of the World
One woman makes the news, another doesn’t: Neda and Marwa
Palin Power and the Progs (Progs = Libertarians, Republicans, and elitist snobs pretending to be Democrats)
TPM still thinks Palin lied about her reasons for quitting.
“You’re not listening to me” Reclusive Leftist on Andrea Mitchell’s pathological PDS
NEW YORK (AP) – If Sarah Palin figured she’d be getting a break from the late night comics — she figured wrong. Last night, David Letterman was all over Palin for her announcement that she will resign as governor of Alaska. Just last month, Letterman issued a public apology to Palin over a joke he made about one of her daughters. Well, last night Letterman’s Top 10 list was “messages left on Sarah Palin’s answering machine.” Number 10: “Hi, it’s George W. Bush, why didn’t anyone tell me resigning was an option.” Number six: “It’s Letterman, are we still cool?” And the number-one message on Sarah Palin’s answering machine: “Hey it’s McCain, who would have thought you’d retire before I did.”
It’s time to retire, David. Johnny Carson must be rolling over in his grave.
News of the Dead
Is holocaust too emotionally charged a word? How many millions of dead innocent civilians does it take to qualify labels like holocaust, genocide or terrorism? How many of the limbless victims of his fragmentation bombs and land mines whom I saw in Vietnam during and after the war? Or are America’s leaders always to be exempted from such questions? Perhaps if McNamara had been held legally accountable for his actions, the architects of the Iraq debacle might have paused.
But probably no secret was more sensitive politically than the one that would have changed fundamentally the public perception of his role in Vietnam policy had it been become widely known.
The secret was his deliberate deceit of President Lyndon B. Johnson on Aug. 4, 1964 regarding the alleged attack on US warships in the Gulf of Tonkin.
Documents which have been available for decades in the LBJ Library show clearly that McNamara failed to inform Johnson that the U.S. naval task group commander in the Tonkin Gulf, Captain John J. Herrick, had changed his mind about the alleged North Vietnamese torpedo attack on U.S. warships he had reported earlier that day.
Odds and Ends
Are men still necessary? Scientists make sperm from stem cells.
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