Posted by Tim O’Keefe
Posted by “The Senator” on kennedyseat.com
Congratulations to the next United States Senator from Massachusetts – Scott Brown. Brown ran one of the great campaigns in Massachusetts history. He absolutely earned his place in the Senate chamber, and I wish him the best of luck as he works to tackle the difficult problems our nation faces.
Posted by “Dee Wells” on worcesterismajor.blogspot.com
Word around Boston is that Governor Deval Patrick has a new nickname, and it’s Doughboy. I guess folks feel that he’s going to be a one-term Governor and will be back dealing with the “money men”. Stay tuned!
Posted by “Joan Gage” on arollingcrone.blogspot.com
Here in Florida, where we are visiting friends, the desperate attempts to learn news of the Haitian disaster seem particularly heartbreaking. Evidently phone and all other methods of sending news are down, and the only ones that work are Twitter and Facebook. Young computer experts are setting up social networking sites on Facebook to share news of who survived and who died. I don’t understand why Twitter still works in Haiti when phones and e-mail don’t, but perhaps one thing that will emerge from this tragedy is a lesson to us in how to communicate with each other in the 21st century when disaster strikes. We all remember how, in September of 2001, cell phones became useless because of too much traffic (while cell phones and voice mail were used by the victims trapped within the buildings as the only way to say goodbye.) While my kids constantly text each other and are grimly trying to teach me to do the same, I can barely manage to send a text and cannot seem to transfer my swift typing skills from the computer keyboard to my Blackberry with its itsy bitsy keys. But one of my resolutions had better be to perfect this skill before disaster renders my phone and e-mail lines useless.
Posted by “Jeff Barnard” on wormtowntaxi.com
Dianne’s column today deals with a longstanding problem involving anonymous commenters online. It deals with how vile and vicious they can be when nobody can tell who they are. But the title of the column was somewhat out of touch: “Lynch mob bloggers need to get real”…In any attempt to “get real”, one must first recognize what IS real and what is not… and anonymous commenters are not “bloggers”. Heh. Of course, we already know how skewed the perception of reality can get inside that box at 20 Franklin Street, so I guess she can be forgiven for living within that paradigm of online public discourse that’s so hopelessly rooted in the previous century. But I do have to agree with her in concept. The anonymous spewing of ad hominem online is what I’ve always characterized as an abuse of free speech. There’s definitely a place for online anonymity in whistle-blowing and critical commentary. And there are many valid reasons for being able to exercise anonymous free speech. But merely spewing bile and personal attacks on others from behind some cowardly cover of anonymity is hardly an “exercise” of free speech… it’s definitely an abuse.
Posted by “dissol2” on route9.org
I stood at Jillian’s last night. I was surrounded by people who were watching the election results. The night had an energy that resounded the hall. People were shouting and cheering as election results came in. This is such a different election than the state has ever seen in this generation. As a Massachusetts citizen, I realized that I had the power to change, not only the state, but the country as well. I asked people around me, and was surprised by the number of democrats who voted for Brown. I guess common sense sometimes overwhelms political inertia. This is the rage against the machine.
Posted by “cascadingwaters” on who-cester.blogspot.com
Unfortunately, it appears that neither President Obama nor his education secretary read their hometown newspaper which over the weekend headlined a scathing report on Renaissance 2010, which has morphed into Race to the Top…because now they’d like to extend Race to the Top. The states have only just sent in their applications, not one iota of evidence that this has resulted in a better educational system has been collected, but it is already “a successful venture that [they want] to expand”? Have we collectively lost our minds?