Archive for June, 2012

June 29, 2012

Massachusetts U.S Senate race round up part one

Much has happened over the past few weeks since I last blogged about the Massachusetts senate race.

During the Massachusetts  state Democratic convention in Springfield on June 2, the party faithful rallied around Elizabeth Warren who officially captured the Democratic nomination for November’s high stakes senate race against incumbent Republican freshman Senator Scott Brown (R-MA).

Warren’s popularity with the liberal and more populist activist elements of the party base was on clear display when she won the nomination with the backing of 95.7% of delegates, more backing than any state Democratic candidate for any office received in thirty years of the convention system.  The former Harvard Law Professor and  Obama administration special assistant trounced her last remaining rival for the nomination, long shot candidate and Milton immigration Attorney Marissa DeFranco who failed to muster the necessary 15 percent support from delegates to challenge Warren in the Sept 6 Democratic primary election.

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June 6, 2012

Broadsheets in the bathroom

From ‘Stuff Journalist like’

 

June 5, 2012

7 News/ Suffolk University Poll: Massachusetts senate race tied

Just a single point separates the two likely candidates in the much anticipated Massachusetts Senate race according to a recent poll released on Wednesday May 23.

A 7 News Suffolk University poll of 600 likely voters taken between May 20 and 22, shows Republican incumbent Senator Scott Brown leading Democrat Elizabeth Warren 48 to 47 percent, well within the polls’ margin of error of +/- 4 percent. Another five percent said they were undecided, while one percent refused to answer.

Brown. a freshman Republican exploded onto the national political scene in January 2010 with an upset victory over Democrat Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in the special election to fill the senate seat left vacant following the August 2009 death of longtime Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy; is being challenged in his bid for a full term of his own by former Harvard Law Professor and Obama administration special adviser Elizabeth Warren. Despite her lack of prior political experience, Warren’s populist critiques of Wall Street lending practices has made her popular with progressive activists.

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June 5, 2012

This Date in History- RFK Assasinated

He was an isle of hope for many Americans in a world of increasing turbulence, and on this day in 1968 then Senator and Democratic Presidential nominee Robert F Kennedy was assassinated after winning the  California State Democratic primary.  Hours after being hit by two shots, Kennedy died at the age of 42.

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June 1, 2012

Whatever Happened to the ‘napalm girl’ ?

Phan Thi Kim Phuc (center) fleeing as napalm burns her back and arm (UT/ Associated Press 1972 ).

On June 8, 1972, Associated Press photographer  Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut  took this  iconic  Pulitzer prize-winning photograph that has become one of the most powerful images of the Vietnam War.

The most searing element of  this  image was Phan Thi Kim Phuc, a then nine-year-old Vietnamese girl running from the plumes of smoke  during an air attack on the South Eastern Vietnamese Trang Bang District by U.S-allied South Vietnamese  forces.  The napalm dropped in that assault burned through her clothes and ate away at the flesh on the arms and the back of nine-year old Kim Phuc as she and others fled.

This black and white image is a slice of time frozen in the  ice of history that will never fully melt, only be lost among a mosaic of others . But as explained by this Associated Press piece,  time or life  did not stop for Kim or the man behind the camera who also saved her life. 

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