Perhaps the most famous speaker at the 2011 Extravaganja on the South Common of Amherst on April 16 was John Sinclair. Sinclair, a poet, founding member of the White Panthers Party; most famed for his 1969 arrest and trial in Michigan when he was sentenced to ten years in prison for possesion of two joints.
Former Governor Gary Johnson (R-NM), best known for his advocacy of cutting government spending, legalizing marijuana, and ending the U.S occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan; officially became the first Republican to unequivocally announce that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination for President.
Johnson, 58 is a former business man turned and two-term Governor of New Mexico skipped the traditional exploratory committee phase which several more establishment candidates are now in; becoming the first offically declared Presidential candidate; as he revealed his plans Thursday via twitter and later in front of the media on the steps of the New Hampshire statehouse.
It’s that time of year again! The Valley Advocate, the weekly journal of entertainment, news, and listings is just as much a staple of western Massachusetts as the Autumn foliage, the smattering of colleges, and its fine dinning. Now the annual ‘Advocate Best of the Valley Reader’s Poll’ is out with the tops picks of the best locales in western Massachusetts and New England to get some grub, drinks, places to spend your money, or just to chill out; all selected by the readers of the Advocate.
Below are the winner’s in all 188 categories. Hope you have fun reading, my retinas I think are nearly burned out from laying out this list.
Deaths of two journalists on the frontlines of the Libyan conflict reminds us of bravery and the dangers of covering a war
Tim Hetherington, the award winning photographer as well as co- Director of the 2010 acclaimed documentary “Restrepo”, is one of two photographers that died Wendsday amidst fighting in the Libyan city of Musrata, a stronghold of armed rebels trying to stave off pro-government forces. Chris Hondros, a freelance photographer working for Getty Images was also killed. Hetherington and Hondros, along with two other photographers with the Panos Photograph agency also sustained injuries that are said to be non-life threatening. As many as thirteen others civilians also were slain in the attack.
Idiocy in Political Discord: Marilyn Davenport, birther and member of the Orange County Republican Party
This is only the second entry of this feature I have done since PVP established itself a couple of weeks ago. Initially I was contemplating doing my second post of this variety on the buffoonery of billionaire birther Donald Trump and his assertion that is as vacuous as its proponents are relentless; that Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
But when an e-mail surfaced from an official of the Orange County Republican Party member and tea party activist was sent out touching on the twin pillars of the fringe right, ‘birtherism and racism’ this was hands down the top contender to be the latest moment of idiocy.
As anybody knows who has read my prior post on the IGLO convention (Independents, Greens Libertarians, and Others) I will be attending the debate tonight at the First Churches of Northampton. It all starts at 7pm, but since one needs a ticket to gain admission if you don’t have a ticket you won’t be allowed in. But fear not I will provide the best coverage I can which will be posted up in a few days including posts and photographs of the event.
Here is some information including a list of speakers and the itinerary as provided by Firedoglake.com:
Northampton Mayor Clare Higgins, will leave office three months before her term ends, to head a local advocacy group that provides aid to low-income residents of the Valley.
Higgins, who has served as Mayor since first being elected to the first of six terms in 2000, is expected to leave office on September 9, to become Executive Director of Community Action of Franklin, Hampshire, and Northern Quabbin Regions Inc, which provides educational and social services to low-income residents of the region. At that time in accords with the Northampton city charter City Council President David. C. Narkewicz will become acting Mayor for the remainder of Higgin’s term until December when a new Mayor will be elected. Narkewicz had already entered the race prior today’s announcement.
CBS 3 Springfield reported that Friday night a hand grenade was discovered.
The grenade, which was later discovered to be an inactive grenade used as a training device, was found by workers cleaning up on the third floor of the Frost building, in the school’s art department. Local and state police later determined that while the grenade was real, it was ‘inert’ and unable to be detonated.
Former Governor and 2008 GOP Presidential contender Mitt Romney (R-MA) may not have been the topic of much conversation in the past month or two. Major events such as the Japanese Tsunami and nuclear crisis, the military action in Lybia, and the budget standoff have taken center stage. Less credible candidates such as Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), and billionaire ‘birther’ Donald Trump have eclipsed Romney with their controversial statements.
But surprise to virtually nobody who has been conscious over the past three years that Mitt Romney was going to run. yes, there were three things the average American could count on: death, taxes, and Romney’s 2012 presidential aspirations. But on Monday, Romney finally took a concrete step, in announcing not that he will offically be a candidate for President, but as seen in the youtube video below; that he is forming a Presidential exploratory committee.