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She hid Mob Boss Whitey Bulger for 16 years…

Catherine Greig,

… and now they want to see to it that Catherine Greig, 61 year old girlfriend to the 82 year old Bulger, is sentenced to 10 years for harboring a fugitive and a number of other charges. Although the charges Greig faces could result in a maximum of 15 years in prison, prosecutors have said she could get as little as 32 months. The prosecution recommended a longer prison term and asked that Greig pay a $150,000 fine.

Bulger, who gained his reputation as head of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang, was captured last year and has yet to be brought to Federal Court. He had covered his tracks during his career by working as an FBI informant, but used the information he gained in that role to commit a number of murders of his competitors in the crime world. He fled in late 1994 when an FBI agent told him he was about to be indicted.

According to prosecutors, Bulger and Greig spent the first year on the run posing as a married couple, traveling to Chicago, New York and Louisiana. They settled in Santa Monica, where they lived in a rent-controlled apartment not far from the Pacific Ocean. Behind a secret wall in the two-bedroom apartment, Bulger stashed 30 weapons and more than $820,000 in cash.

A quote to consider…Romney puts his business experience in play:

The Mittster made a speech in Las Vegas on Tuesday and said this:

“In addition to the age of the president and the citizenship of the president and the birthplace of the president being set by the Constitution, I’d like it also to say that the president has to spend at least three years working in business before becoming president of the United States.”

-Mitt Romney

Of course, this is a way to set up the Mitt Romneys of the world to bypass foreign policy, or congressional, or other kinds of experience with a few years of stealing from the 99% to put bucks in their own pockets.

You know, I’d like to see the Constitution say that a presidential candidate should have spent at least three years in the Arts… producing theatre or ballet dancing or doing gallery shows of abstract paintings. Know what I mean?

I’d like to see the Constitution say that a candidate should be required to have taught at a university level for at least three years… or at a primary school level for six…and been a member of a teacher’s union.

Actually, the Constitution should require that the candidate have been an employee for at least three years at a working class level and have been a member of ANY union.

If you think Romney is ready to be President because of his Bain experience, take a look at what it did for his Massachusetts Gubernatorial record… While he says he turned the state around, in reality he let it freeze in a negative mode.

Andrew Sum and Joseph McLaughlin of the Center for Market Studies at Northeastern University reported in July 2007 that Romney’s record as Governor was “one of the worst in the country;”

On all key labor market measures, (Massachusetts) not only lagged behind the country as a whole, but often ranked at or near the bottom of the state distribution. Formal payroll employment in the state in 2006 was still 16,000 or 0.5 percent below its average level in 2002, the year immediately prior to the start of the Romney administration. Massachusetts ranked third lowest on this key job generation measure and would have ranked second lowest if Hurricane Katrina had not devastated the Louisiana economy.

And this was with 25 years of business experience. 25 years.

Makes you think.

Quote to End the Week – We are doing a Bang (Bang) Up Job

This sums up where we seem to be heading:

The Florida “Stand Your Ground”/License to murder law is just lynching with a bullet – along with a get out of jail free card.

At a gun range courting the NRA vote in Louisiana, Rick Santorum took a couple of shots as a supporter shouted “pretend it [the target] is Obama.”

“Shoot to Kill” may soon be replacing “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States.

-Mark Karlin, Editor for BUZZFLASH

…and I remember when it was e pluribus unum.

I get more and more angry at the stupidity of conservatives… take Louisiana…

The State of Louisiana says there’s no such thing as evolution. There’s no such thing as climate change. And that’s the law.

Outrageous as it sounds, this is the situation that thousands of science teachers find themselves in as more and more states pass radical laws promoting the teaching of creationism and climate-change denial in public classrooms.

On April 15, Sen. Karen Carter Peterson introduced SB 70 to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.

From MoveOn.org:

Teaching creationism, which is a religious belief, is in clear violation of Supreme Court rulings on the subject (one of which, Edwards v. Aguillard, originated in Louisiana).  

The young people of Louisiana deserve the best possible scientific education. Creationism is not science, and teaching it as science leaves our students at a disadvantage when competing in the global economy. 

The teaching of Evolution is sound science and is also compatible with religious faith, a position that is supported by all mainstream religious denominations.

The Louisiana Science Education Act costs jobs. The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology cancelled its 2011 convention in New Orleans to protest this law.  How many others will do the same?  How many businesses will locate elsewhere because they want well trained scientists?  How many researchers will take their talents elsewhere or never come to Louisiana because of this anti-science law?

The bill is already producing its intended result. The Livingston Parish School Board is taking steps to act on the legislation’s goals. According to an account in the July 24, 2010, Baton Rouge Advocate, board member David Tate said: “We let them teach evolution to our children, but I think all of us sitting up here on this School Board believe in Creationism. Why can’t we get someone with religious beliefs to teach Creationism?”  Fellow board member Clint Mitchell responded, “I agree … Teachers should have the freedom to look at creationism and find a way to get it into the classroom.”

Louisiana Capital at Baton Rouge

12 day ago, Louisiana high school student Zack Kopplin organized a march on the state capital and wa joined by High School students seeking a meaningful civil education. They protested the Louisiana Science Education Act. Quite the opposite of its name, the bill, passed in 2008, gives public school teachers the ability to teach creationism in their science classes.

You can join the students in protesting this barbaric religious law.

I just signed the petition “Tell Louisiana to teach real science in public schools, not creationism and climate change denial” and I hope you will add your name. The goal is to reach 50,000 signatures and more support is needed. You can read more and sign the petition here:

http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-louisiana-to-teach-real-science-in-public-schools-


Thanks, Bill.

The Secret of America is that we learn NOTHING!

This article clipped from Care2.com. You can go in and get the quotes and links.
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BREAKING: New Gulf Coast Drilling Approved While BP Oil Spill Continues To Grow

BREAKING: New Gulf Coast Drilling Approved While BP Oil Spill Continues To Grow

Crude oil from the former Deepwater Horizon drilling platform has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for over a month, and many hoped that this disaster would help to prevent a resurgence of offshore drilling.

Although President Obama issued a moratorium on offshore drilling until the government and BP could get a handle on the current crisis, the Mineral Management Service (MMS) has found a loophole allowing some projects to continue.

Just days after the moratorium on wells in deep water (like the Deepwater Horizon) was extended, the president quietly lifted a brief ban on drilling in shallow water just last week.

Despite the launch of a full criminal and civil investigation by the Department of Justice, the MMS decided today to grant the permit, allowing Bandon Oil and Gas to start drilling just 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana.
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So… do you suppose anyone told Bobby Jindal about it?

It’s 2009…the 21st Century…Right?

TPM ran this piece about a JP in Louisiana who won’t marry interracial couples. Isn’t this against the law by now? This is really disappointing.

Here’s a clip:

clipped from www.talkingpointsmemo.com
A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.
Neither Bardwell nor the couple immediately returned phone calls from The Associated Press. But Bardwell told the Daily Star of Hammond that he was not a racist.
“I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house,” Bardwell said. “My main concern is for the children.”
“I don’t do interracial marriages because I don’t want to put children in a situation they didn’t bring on themselves,” Bardwell said. “In my heart, I feel the children will later suffer.”
If he does an interracial marriage for one couple, he must do the same for all, he said.
“I try to treat everyone equally,” he said.
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Maybe the children will later suffer by getting elected President of the United States. Hmmm?

And while we’re on the subject of Louisiana (and the President), Obama was in New Orleans today reviewing the reconstruction since Katrina, and, while speaking in front of an audience including Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, he noticed that the mention of the Governor’s name brought out “boos”. His comment shows why I like Obama so much, Here’s the video:

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