All vehicles have been banned from Bay State roads as of 4 p.m. today and a state of emergency has been declared as a mammoth blizzard, projected to dump up to 3 feet of snow, slams the region. Gov. Deval Patrick issued his executive order banning vehicle traffic — with the exception of public safety and emergency workers — early this afternoon and said it will remain the law until he rescinds it. Breaking the ban carries a penalty of up to one year in jail or a fine, an aide to the governor said. Patrick added the state
I am starting to think this whole thing is a test to see what the government can get away with in terms of controlling the population and their movements. Maybe they want to build a database of those who don´t obey the command so they can track you. Since there will be few cars on the road who don´t obey, it will be easy to collect the info for future monitoring. BBIWY.
Dukakis pulled the same stunt during the Blizzard of ´78, and it got him kicked out of office. This is totally unenforceable; there will be people trying to get home from work at that point. In any case, everyone except idiots knows enough not to be out on the roads.
It´s not that bad in my neck of the woods at this moment.About an inch and a half of snow has fallen, which is a nothingburger.
During the blizzard of ´96 Guiliani did much the same thing. The only vehicles allowed were snow plows, emergency vehicles and people with four-wheel drive vehicles transporting emergency and medical personnel. I worked the midnight to 8 shift, and was at work during the beginning of the storm. We walked home down Park Avenue, the middle of the street. Some walked, some skied. The second day (snow on Sunday, snow and plowing Monday.) Tuesday or Wednesday every thing was back to normal. It´s a good idea.
With the government shutdown now entering into its third week, the frustration and rage among the media elite is manifesting itself in ways above and beyond the usual-usual hostile coverage. Just two years after launching the New Tone-era, media elites are now openly wishing conservatives dead while comparing them to terrorists, criminals, and segregationists. Already this week, a Politico writer suggested that the world would be better off if we were to drown Senator Ted Cruz and House Speaker John Boehner; The LA Jewish Journal compared the Tea Party to terrorists; on the pages of The Washington Post, Cruz was
Jinan, China -This squat concrete building was once a chicken coop, but now it´s part of a farm with an entirely different kind of livestock — millions of cockroaches. Inside, squirming masses of the reddish-brown insects dart between sheets of corrugated metal and egg cartons that have been tied together to provide the kind of dark hiding places they favor. Wang Fuming kneels down and pulls out one of the nests. Unaccustomed to the light, the roaches scurry about, a few heading straight up his arm toward his short-sleeve shirt. "Nothing to be afraid of," Wang counsels visitors who are
SAN DIEGO — Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who left office in a scandal over allegations of sexual harassment, has been charged with one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery, San Diego Superior Court officials said Tuesday. The charges, filed by the state attorney general’s office, relate to three alleged victims, identified as Jane Doe 1, 2 and 3. A hearing is set for 10 a.m. in Superior Court. Filner, 71, the city´s first Democratic mayor in 20 years, resigned Aug. 30 after cutting a deal with the City Council for the city to
President Obama is seeking power the Constitution has assigned to Congress. Soon, he will formally ask Congress to surrender its constitutional authority and grant him “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority. And House Republicans are inexplicably ready to give it to him. Members of Congress who take our Constitution seriously will follow Nancy Reagan’s advice and Just Say No. Article One, Section 8 of the Constitution assigns Congress the exclusive responsibility to set the terms of “commerce with foreign nations” -- trade. The Founders established this clear check and balance to prevent the president from unilaterally negotiating deals that reward his
Former congressman Joe Scarborough said Tuesday that if Sen. Ted Cruz and top House conservatives wanted to hold a secret meeting, the Tortilla Coast restaurant mere steps from House Office buildings was not the place to do it. Mr. Scarborough, the host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” was responding to a Roll Call report that said the Texas Republican, who has been blamed for precipitating the government shutdown through his demands to defund Obamacare, met for two hours with 15 to 20 House Republicans late Monday. The publication said the group appeared to be strategizing over the best way to respond
With the government shutdown in full swing, President Obama faced another formidable challenge in Washington on Monday: a Ziploc sandwich bag. Obama made an unannounced visit to Martha’s Table, a D.C. nonprofit, to prepare and pack sandwiches for the needy. Joined by a group of young students from the same suburban Washington school his daughters attend, the commander in chief got to work crafting baloney and cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. “Show me the right technique here,” Obama asked a volunteer, according to a White House press pool report.
Four years after his failed effort to bring the 9/11 mastermind to New York for trial, President Barack Obama has reinstated the federal courthouse as America´s preferred venue for prosecuting suspected terrorists. His administration has done so by quietly securing conviction after conviction in the civilian judicial system. Meanwhile at Guantanamo Bay, admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed´s case moves at a snail´s pace. Tuesday´s expected arraignment of suspected al-Qaida member Abu Anas al-Libi is the latest example of Obama´s de facto policy. Al-Libi was captured in a military raid in Libya earlier this month and had been under interrogation
PETA would like the Redskins to keep their nickname and instead change their mascot to a red potato. Seriously. "Don´t change the legendary Redskins name. Just change the logo," PETA writes. "By keeping the name and adopting a heart-healthy, appeeling logo, the Washington Redskins would set a powerful example on and off the field. And that´s no small potatoes." PETA continues with their "ingenious" and "healthy" suggestion: When you hear the word "redskin," what do you immediately think of? Potatoes, of course! And who could be offended by a harmless redskin potato—except, maybe, for the Yukon Gold lobby (and if
MILWAUKEE — The son of a slain Sikh temple president plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan in next year’s congressional election, in a Wisconsin district where support for the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee has been strong but slipping. Amar Kaleka, 35, told The Associated Press he’ll file paperwork Wednesday to form an exploratory congressional committee. He plans to formally announce his candidacy as a Democrat next month. Kaleka said he wants to bring accountability and transparency back to Washington. He blamed the government shutdown on Ryan, who’s the House Budget Committee chairman, and his GOP colleagues. He said
In his Monday column Politico´s Roger Simon unleashed an anti-GOP rant where he accused the Republican Party of letting "racism out of the closet," accused it of waging "a war against babies" and wished death on two of its leaders Ted Cruz and John Boehner. In his column headlined "Government shutdown unleashes racism" Simon wasted no time in attacking Republicans by putting his twist on old anti-lawyer joke: "Question: If Ted Cruz and John Boehner were both on a sinking ship, who would be saved? Answer: America." Simon then went on to accuse Cruz of "making a war against babies,"
Former Gov. Bill Richardson says it’s his fault that his relationship with former President Bill Clinton is broken beyond repair. Richardson made his remarks about his former benefactor in an interview on CBS to promote his latest book, How to Sweet-Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator, released this week. “I made the mistake of accepting him coming to Santa Fe to talk to me and watch the  Super Bowl,” said Richardson, who served as a United Nations ambassador and Department of Energy secretary in Clinton’s second term. “He wanted an endorsement for Hillary Clinton.
New barricades were set up at the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., on Monday, a day after protesting veterans tore down the previously positioned obstacles and delivered them to the White House. The new barricades were double-wired together, featuring new signs informing tourists that the park was closed except for First Amendment activities. The scene at the World War II memorial was busy Monday morning as a group of more than 90 World War II veterans from Montana visited the site. Sens. John Tester and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., were present at the site delivering speeches to the
Every week during halftime of Sunday Night Football, Bob Costas gets to recite a personal essay about whatever hot topic strikes his fancy. This Sunday he chose the Redskins name, and spent a few minutes offering his commentary on the subject. Here is his statement in full. With Washington playing Dallas here tonight, it seems like an appropriate time to acknowledge the ongoing controversy about the name, “Redskins.” Let’s start here: there’s no reason to believe that owner Daniel Snyder, or any official or player from his team, harbors animus towards Native Americans, or chooses to disrespect them. This is
Obamacare is imploding. But thanks to the government shutdown, everyone is talking about the implosion of the GOP instead. The shutdown drama has distracted from the fact that Obamacare’s debut is worse than many realize — and it threatens the fundamental viability of the law itself. The administration claims the Obamacare online exchanges crashed because the Web site got more than 8 million hits in the first week. Please. You know how many people visit Amazon.com every week? More than 70 million. The difference is: 1.) Amazon seldom crashes, and 2.) on Amazon, people actually buy something.
The rights of a transgendered Colorado high school student are being put ahead of girls the boy harasses in the girls bathroom. A male student at Florence (CO) High School who claims to be transgendered has caused controversy by harassing female students in the girls room, but will not face any discipline – this despite vocal protests from the girls’ parents. ‘The boy’s rights as a transgender trump their daughters’ privacy rights,’ the school has told concerned parents, according to CBN. Unidentified because all involved are minors, the students are being threatened with removal from sports teams or even hate crime charges
When I have described the well-considered, coherent political and economic strategies of the conservative white South, as I have done here, here and here, I am sometimes been accused of being a “conspiracy theorist.” But one need not believe that white-hooded Dragons and Wizards are secretly coordinating the actions of Southern conservative politicians from a bunker underneath Stone Mountain in Georgia to believe that a number of contemporary policies — from race-to-the-bottom economic policies to voter disfranchisement and attempts to decentralize or privatize federal social insurance entitlements — serve the interests of those who promote them, who tend to be
Ted Cruz’s “aw shucks” act is wearing thin. The Republican senator from Texas likes to pretend he is above the fray of Washington bickering, focused on large issues and too big to engage character assassination. But the reality is that Cruz is the Republican king of nasty attacks. He explodes rhetorical nuclear bombs on his opponents, only to feign outrage when his victims respond in kind, or in many cases, with relative spitballs. Take his defund Obamacare effort. The tactic to eliminate President Obama’s health care law had zero prospect of success, which Cruz undoubtedly knew despite what he sold the conservative
As the government shutdown enters a third week, a group of veterans and tea party groups protested their anger by storming the World War II memorial in Washington, DC. The protest Sunday started at the World War II memorial before moving to the National Mall and eventually winding up outside the White House. ´Tear down these walls,´ the crowd chanted. Protesters also sang ´God bless America´ and other patriotic songs as they entered the memorial plaza. The memorial has become a political symbol in the bitter fight between Democrats and Republicans over who is at fault since the shutdown began. Earlier rallies have
The prince of the pulpit may have a revolution on his hands. Four upstart clergymen have invited more than 100 churches to knock Rev. Al Sharpton off his Harlem political throne. Speak Out Say It Loud, headquartered at Mount Neboh Baptist Church on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., is a new coalition of black ministers determined to create a unified African-American power base with citywide clout. Mount Neboh pastor Johnnie Green, 51, said Sharpton has neglected black New York while pursuing national fame and acclaim. “While (Sharpton) is jet-setting around the country, people are going to our churches saying they don’t have money to eat,”
As Cory Booker looks set to win the junior Senate seat in New Jersey Wednesday, his supposed neighbors in Newark say Mayor Booker doesn’t live in the Gateway City. Multiple residents of Newark told The Daily Caller that the longtime mayor doesn’t live at any of the addresses he has claimed as home. The mayor is believed to live in New York even though he is registered to run for New Jersey’s special senate election. Booker, who filed to run for the U.S. Senate from a B.O. Box in Newark, is registered to vote at 435 Hawthorne Avenue but his
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) attended a rally protesting the closure of the World War II Memorial, according to reports. The lawmakers and the former governor – and 2008 GOP vice-presidential nominee – joined a crowd that removed barricades at the memorial and chanted “tear down these walls,” according to Washington, D.C., radio station WTOP. (Snip) The presence of a Confederate flag at the protest, which later moved to the White House, sparked an uproar on Twitter.
“I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have sense enough to do without my persuading them,” Harry Truman once lamented. “That’s all the powers of the President amount to.” As usual, the plain-speaking Truman got it right: presidential power is the power to persuade. Too bad the current occupant of the White House has never learned this basic lesson. Barack Obama’s refusal to negotiate with the Republicans in Congress on the government shutdown is proof once again that he doesn’t understand
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called on House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to work with House Speaker John Boehner to pass a grand bargain deal that would end the government shutdown, raise the debt ceiling, and protect Obamacare by not delaying or defunding it. On ABC News’ This Week, Graham said Ryan should team with Boehner to pass some kind of deal “that doesn’t delay or defund [Obamacare] but would be good government.”
The Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system allows recipients of government food stamps to purchase goods using a digital card with a set spending limit, but for a few hours over the weekend, that limit disappeared for many users visiting Walmart stores in Louisiana. Walmart and local police in Springhill and Mansfield confirmed to CBS affiliate KSLA that officers were called into the stores to help maintain order Saturday as shoppers swept through the aisles at two stores and bought as much as they could carry. Xerox, which hosts some of the infrastructure used by the EBT card system, told