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August 17, 2012

‘The 413’

I know its been over two weeks since my last posting. Soon I will have more content up. Meanwhile, my friend Noelle sent me the video above from Agawam native and rapper Dr. Westercheston, singing about that four county area in the western most part of Massachusetts  south of New Hampshire and Vermont, north of Connecticut, east of New York, and west of everything else in the Commonwealth.

Westercheston, according to an April article in the Springfield Republican; was actually tapped by the Warren campaign and the Democratic state Convention which was held in Springfield, MA the largest city in Western Massachusetts, to perform this song. The songs title 413 refers to the area code. Those of you who are from any of the 102 cities or towns in the four counties that make up this culture rich and college heavy section of the Bay state will laugh, while the rest of you will learn something.

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 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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