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posted by Shawn Hartman @ 4:05 PM
First off, only cowards hide behind false or lack of a name. Second, Work on turning the school day into a full day (8 hours).
Third, figure out how to pay for an eight hour school day.
What are the benefits of an 8 hour school day? I can't think of many kids (particularly elementary aged) who would fare well in that type of enviroment. What about the teachers? They're already underpaid and they put more hours in they we could probably fathom.
Tuition breaks for undocumented students! Si se puede!
I'd have to say, first: start Impeachment proceedings.second: Add a "hide trolls" feature to this blog.
Yes, yes! The Mass Dem's blog should follow Deval's lead against the First Amendment.http://volokh.com/posts/1163015631.shtml
Ending slavery in Mass.
After such a whole-hearted agreement that Impeachment Proceedings should begin (sadly Gov elect Deval is not in the position to initiate them. And Lord knows he'll have his hands full cleaning up the mess left to him from 20 years of Republican Governorship.), I felt encouraged to help fellow users of the Massachusetts Democratic Party blog out. Although I would never condone, endorse, or promote anyone's interference in anyone else's Rights, I put together a Firefox GreaseMonkey userscript that will allow blog visitors to choose whether or not to block posts by blog Trolls. Be certain that I would never do anything that could even be mistakenly considered as interference with anyone's Rights. Understand that the userscript is clearly not a censorship of anyone's posts, but a tool to make the blogs more enjoyable for the individual user. It can be found at http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/6324Unfortunately, many users post as "Anonymous", and there is no way to differentiate between them. If an "Anonymous" Troll is blocked, "Anonymous" non-Trolls will be also blocked.That said, enough Off-Topic discussion. Back to the Original Post's topic. Fair Minimum Wage would be a good start for helping the State's economy. If working people had the money to spend, they would, simple as that. As for taxes, Gov elect Deval knows that it is indeed a "shell game", if one tax goes down, something else goes up. For example, my town recently reduced property taxes. Then they increased the assessment values. Net? Still paying more. If State tax monies were properly spent many of the essential services that have been cut in the last few years could be restored. If more revenue was returned to local communities, local communities wouldn't have to increase local taxes.
Teachers underpaid ! They get all summer off.
let's legalize gambling.At least slot machines to bring in some money and jobs.
I agree that impeachment proceedings need to begin in January. There is plenty of evidence worthy of impeachment against both Bush and Cheney. Let’s take a few moments and look at some of the details of the horrible event that precipitated the "war on terror", the event without which the Bush regime would never have been able to scare most Americans into thinking it was necessary to invade Iraq, the event around which America’s foreign policy has been inextricably wrapped ever since that awful morning. One thing that struck me as odd in the days after 9/11 was Bush saying "We will not tolerate conspiracy theories [regarding 9/11]". Sure enough there have been some wacky conspiracy theories surrounding the events of that day. The most far-fetched and patently ridiculous one that I've ever heard goes like this: Nineteen hijackers who claimed to be devout Muslims but yet were so un-Muslim as to be getting drunk all the time, doing cocaine and frequenting strip clubs decided to hijack four airliners and fly them into buildings in the northeastern U.S., the area of the country that is the most thick with fighter bases. After leaving a Koran on a barstool at a strip bar after getting shitfaced drunk on the night before, then writing a suicide note/inspirational letter that sounded like it was written by someone with next to no knowledge of Islam, they went to bed and got up the next morning hung over and carried out their devious plan. Nevermind the fact that of the four "pilots" among them there was not a one that could handle a Cessna or a Piper Cub let alone fly a jumbo jet, and the one assigned the most difficult task of all, Hani Hanjour, was so laughably incompetent that he was the worst fake "pilot" of the bunch, with someone who was there when he was attempting to fly a small airplane saying that Hanjour was so clumsy that he was unsure if he had driven a car before. Nevermind the fact that they received very rudimentary flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, making them more likely to have been C.I.A. assets than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. So on to the airports after Mohammed Atta supposedly leaves two rental cars at two impossibly far-removed locations. So they hijack all four airliners and at this time passengers on United 93 start making a bunch of cell phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air to tell people what was going on. Nevermind the fact that cell phones wouldn't work very well above 4,000 feet, and wouldn't work at ALL above 8,000 feet. But the conspiracy theorists won't let that fact get in the way of a good fantasy. That is one of the little things you "aren't supposed to think about". Nevermind that one of the callers called his mom and said his first and last name ("Hi mom, this is Mark Bingham"), more like he was reading from a list than calling his own mom. Anyway, when these airliners each deviated from their flight plan and didn't respond to ground control, NORAD would any other time have followed standard operating procedure (and did NOT have to be told by F.A.A. that there were hijackings because they were watching the same events unfold on their own radar) which means fighter jets would be scrambled from the nearest base where they were available on standby within a few minutes, just like every other time when airliners stray off course. But of course on 9/11 this didn't happen, not even close. Somehow these "hijackers" must have used magical powers to cause NORAD to stand down, as ridiculous as this sounds because total inaction from the most high-tech and professional Air Force in the world would be necessary to carry out their tasks. So on the most important day in its history the Air Force was totally worthless. Then they had to make one of the airliners look like a smaller plane, because unknown to them the Naudet brothers had a videocamera to capture the only known footage of the North Tower crash, and this footage shows something that doesn't look like a jumbo jet, but didn't have to bother with the South Tower jet disguising itself because that was the one we were "supposed to see". Anyway, as for the Pentagon they had to have Hani Hanjour fly his airliner like it was a fighter plane, making a high G-force corkscrew turn that no real airliner can do, in making its descent to strike the Pentagon. But these "hijackers" wanted to make sure Rumsfeld survived so they went out of their way to hit the farthest point in the building from where Rumsfeld and the top brass are located. And this worked out rather well for the military personnel in the Pentagon, since the side that was hit was the part that was under renovation at the time with few military personnel present compared to construction workers. Still more fortuitous for the Pentagon, the side that was hit had just before 9/11 been structurally reinforced to prevent a large fire there from spreading elsewhere in the building. Awful nice of them to pick that part to hit, huh? Then the airliner vaporized itself into nothing but tiny unidentifiable pieces most no bigger than a fist, unlike the crash of a real airliner when you will be able to see at least some identifiable parts, like crumpled wings, broken tail section etc. Why, Hani Hanjour the terrible pilot flew that airliner so good that even though he hit the Pentagon on the ground floor the engines didn't even drag the ground!! Imagine that!! Though the airliner vaporized itself on impact it only made a tiny 16 foot hole in the building. Amazing. Meanwhile, though the planes hitting the Twin Towers caused fires small enough for the firefighters to be heard on their radios saying "We just need 2 hoses and we can knock this fire down" attesting to the small size of it, somehow they must have used magical powers from beyond the grave to make this morph into a raging inferno capable of making the steel on all forty-seven main support columns (not to mention the over 100 smaller support columns) soften and buckle, then all fail at once. Hmmm. Then still more magic was used to make the building totally defy physics as well as common sense in having the uppermost floors pass through the remainder of the building as quickly, meaning as effortlessly, as falling through air, a feat that without magic could only be done with explosives. Then exactly 30 minutes later the North Tower collapses in precisely the same freefall physics-defying manner. Incredible. Not to mention the fact that both collapsed at a uniform rate too, not slowing down, which also defies physics because as the uppermost floors crash into and through each successive floor beneath them they would shed more and more energy each time, thus slowing itself down. Common sense tells you this is not possible without either the hijackers' magical powers or explosives. To emphasize their telekinetic prowess, later in the day they made a third building, WTC # 7, collapse also at freefall rate though no plane or any major debris hit it. Amazing guys these magical hijackers. But we know it had to be "Muslim hijackers" the conspiracy theorist will tell you because (now don't laugh) one of their passports was "found" a couple days later near Ground Zero, miraculously "surviving" the fire that we were told incinerated planes, passengers and black boxes, and also "survived" the collapse of the building it was in. When common sense tells you if that were true then they should start making buildings and airliners out of heavy paper and plastic so as to be "indestructable" like that magic passport. The hijackers even used their magical powers to bring at least seven of their number back to life, to appear at american embassies outraged at being blamed for 9/11!! BBC reported on that and it is still online. Nevertheless, they also used magical powers to make the american government look like it was covering something up in the aftermath of this, what with the hasty removal of the steel debris and having it driven to ports in trucks with GPS locators on them, to be shipped overseas to China and India to be melted down. When common sense again tells you that this is paradoxical in that if the steel was so unimportant that they didn't bother saving some for analysis but so important as to require GPS locators on the trucks with one driver losing his job because he stopped to get lunch. Hmmmm. Further making themselves look guilty, the Bush administration steadfastly refused for over a year to allow a commission to investigate 9/11 to even be formed, only agreeing to it on the conditions that they get to dictate its scope, meaning it was based on the false pretense of the "official story" being true with no other alternatives allowed to be considered, handpicked all its members making sure the ones picked had vested interests in the truth remaining buried, and with Bush and Cheney only "testifying" together, only for an hour, behind closed doors, with their attorneys present and with their "testimonies" not being recorded by tape or even written down in notes. Yes, this whole story smacks of the utmost idiocy and fantastic far-fetched lying, but it is amazingly enough what some people believe. Even now, five years later, the provably false fairy tale of the "nineteen hijackers" is heard repeated again and again, and is accepted without question by so many Americans. Which is itself a testament to the innate psychological cowardice of the American sheeple, i mean people, and their abject willingness to believe something, ANYTHING, no matter how ridiculous in order to avoid facing a scary uncomfortable truth. Time to wake up America. Debunking Popular Mechanics lies:http://www.lookingglassnews.org/viewstory.php?storyid=6880someone else debunking Popular Mechanics crap:http://www.serendipity.li/wot/pop_mech/reply_to_popular_mechanics.htmstill more debunking Poopular Mechanics:http://letsroll911.org/ipw-web/bulletin/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5505and still more debunking of Popular Mechanics:http://www.reopen911.org/ericreubt.htmPoopular Mechanics staff replaced just before laughable “debunking” article written:http://www.reopen911.org/hiddenhand.htmanother neo-con 9/11 hit piece explodes, is retracted:http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/august2006/180806hitpiece.htmProfessor Steven Jones debunks the N.I.S.T. “report” as well as the F.E.M.A. one and the 9/11 commission "report":http://www.infowars.com/articles/sept11/wtc_buildings_collapse_steven_jones.htmN.I.S.T. scientist interviewed:http://www.teamliberty.net/id235.htmlF.B.I. says no hard evidence linking Osama bin Laden to 9/11 which is why his wanted poster says nothing about 9/11:http://forum.afghansite.com/index.php?showtopic=9349Fire Engineering magazine says important questions about the Twin Tower “collapses” still need to be addressed:http://fe.pennnet.com/Articles/Article_Display.cfm?Section=OnlineArticles&SubSection=Display&PUBLICATION_ID=25&ARTICLE_IDTwin Towers’ construction certifiers say they should have easily withstood it:http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/november2004/121104easilywithstood.htmUSA Today interview with the last man out of the South Tower, pursued by a fireball:http://www.usatoday.com/news/sept11/2001/12/19/usat-escape.htmJanitor who heard explosions and escaped has testimony ignored by 9/11 whitewash commission:http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/ignoring_9-11.htmlJanitor starts speaking out about it and his apartment is burglarized, laptop stolen:http://kurtnimmo.blogspot.com/2005/08/apartment-of-nine-eleven-hero-william_28.htmlFirefighters tell of multiple explosions:http://www.wnbc.com/news/1315651/detail.htmlEyewitnesses tell of explosions:http://research.amnh.org/users/tyson/essays/TheHorrorTheHorror.htmlInterview with another firefighter telling of explosions:http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion/20050812_WTC_GRAPHIC/Banaciski_Richard.txtFirefighter saw “sparkles” (strobe lights on detonators?) before “collapse”:http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion/20050812_WTC_GRAPHIC/Fitzpatrick_Tom.txtOther eyewitnesses talk of seeing/hearing explosions:http://georgewashington.blogspot.com/2005/11/more-proof-911-inside-job-witnesses-to.htmlSurviving eyewitnesses talk of multiple explosions there:http://www.thememoryhole.org/911/veliz-bombs.htmCutter charge explosions clearly visible:http://www.rense.com/general63/cutt.htmThe pyroclastic cloud (that dust cloud that a second before was concrete) and how it wouldn’t be possible without explosives:http://st12.startlogic.com/~xenonpup/physics/Detailed description of the demolition of the Twin Towers:http://gordonssite.tripod.com/id2.htmlFreefall rate of “collapses” math:http://www.911blimp.net/prf_FreeFallPhysics.shtmlMore about their freefall rate “collapses”:http://www.serendipity.li/wot/second_wave.htmVideo footage of the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers:http://www.plaguepuppy.net/public_html/video%20archive/Video footage of the controlled demolition of WTC # 7 building:http://911research.wtc7.net/talks/wtc/videos.htmlMore of WTC # 7 controlled demolition:http://www.wtc7.net/Naudet brothers' video footage of the North Tower crash:http://www.911blimp.net/vid_Naudet.shtmlPhotos of the Pentagon’s lawn (look at these and see if you can tell me with a straight face that a jumbo jet crashed there):http://www.911blimp.net/cached/HuntTheBoeing!.htmMore photos of this amazing lawn at the Pentagon:http://cryptogon.com/docs/Introducing%20the%20amazing%20Penta-Lawn%202000!%20(9-11).htmVery unconvincing fake “Osama” “confession” tape:http://welfarestate.com/wtc/faketape/More about the fake “Osama” tape:http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/osamatape2.htmlFake “Mohammed Atta” “suicide” letter:http://www.welfarestate.com/wtc/fake-letters.txtCommercial pilots disagree with “official” 9/11 myth:http://www.prisonplanet.com/september_11_us_government_accused.htmMore commercial jet pilots say “official” myth is impossible:http://www.masternewmedia.org/2001/10/31/commercial_jet_pilots_analysis_of_the_twin_tower_attack.htmImpossibility of cell phone calls from United 93:http://www.physics911.net/cellphoneflight93.htmMore about the impossible cell phone calls:http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO408B.htmlExperiment proves cell phone calls were NOT possible from anywhere near the altitude the “official” myth has them at:http://physics911.ca/org/modules/news/article.php?storyid=9Fake Barbara Olson phone call:http://www.vialls.com/lies911/lies.htmWhere the hell was the Air Force?http://www.welfarestate.com/wtc/af-scramble.txtMore about the Air Force impotence question:http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0331-11.htmSept. 10th 2001, Pentagon announces it is “missing” $2.3 trillion (now why do you think they picked THAT day to announce it? So it could be buried the next day by 9/11 news):http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/01/29/eveningnews/main325985.shtmlUnocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan:http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0513/p05s01-wosc.htmlUnocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan mentioned:http://thetyee.ca/Views/2006/05/19/OutOfAfghanistanMore on Unocal Afghan pipeline:http://www.newscentralasia.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1031The attack on Afghanistan was planned in the summer of 2001, months before 9/11:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/1550366.stmPentagon deliberately misled 9/11 Commission:http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=EGG20060802&articleId=2887Evidence destruction by authorities and cover-up:http://www.flcv.com/coverup.html/9/11 whitewash Commission and NORAD day:http://fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/071204_final_fraud.shtmlThe incredible fish tales of the 9/11 Commission examined:http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=%20GR20051213&articleId=1478Jeb Bush declares state of emergency 4 days before 9/11 for Florida, saying it will help respond to terrorism:http://www.eionews.addr.com/psyops/news/jebknew.htmSteel debris removal from Ground Zero, destruction of evidence:http://911research.wtc7.net/wtc/groundzero/cleanup.htmlOver two hundred incriminating bits of 9/11 evidence shown in the mainstream media:http://thewebfairy.com/killtown/911smokingguns.htmlTracking the “hijackers”:http://www.welfarestate.com/911/“Hijacker” patsies:http://911review.org/Wiki/HijackersPatsies.shtml“Hijackers” receiving flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station:http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0208/S00085.htmSeveral accused "hijackers" still alive and well, wondering why they are accused:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/1559151.stmYet the F.B.I. insists that the people it claims were the "hijackers" really were the "hijackers":http://www.prisonplanet.com/fbi_denies_mix_up_of_911_terrorists.htmNo Arabs on Flight 77:http://www.sierratimes.com/03/07/02/article_tro.htmThirty experts say “official” 9/11 myth impossible:http://911fraud.blogspot.com/2005/06/us-governments-offical-911-story-is.html“Al Qaeda” website tracks back to Maryland:http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/alqmaryland.htmlAl Qaeda videos uploaded from U.S. government website:http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/july2004/140704governmentwebsite.htmOperation: Northwoods, a plan for a false-flag “terror” attack to be blamed on Castro to use it as a pretext for America to invade Cuba, thankfully not approved by Kennedy back in 1962 but was approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and sent to his desk:http://www.prisonplanet.com/us_terror_plan_cuba_invasion_pretext.html
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