Ryan and Mike slapped around the California-style ballot initiative process as well as the recent state Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Unlike the elaborate and intentionally difficult initiative process in Massachusetts, California’s is enough votes to get on the ballot and a 50% plebiscite for laws or amendments. That tends to emotional decisions without […]

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We opened with the brief that Sen. Ted Kennedy found today that he had a malignant brain tumor, which caused his weekend seizure. Typically such cancers kill in one to five years, but some people fare better. We hit on national and Massachusetts contests. As an erstwhile West Virginian, Mike mused on Obama’s drubbing there […]

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Ryan and Mike finally looked beyond the contest between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for President. Bring on John McCain! We see an Obama/Dem win but are unsure how tight it will be. Most obviously, we figure McCain’s volatile personality will be on display often, to his detriment. The differences among […]

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Mike ended up as solo babbler today. The subject was torture. He had a choice Saturday between the Boston civic summit, which was certain to be lots of idealized talk and the seminar/panel Torture and the American Psyche: Blurring the Boundaries Between Healers and Interrogators. The panel was at the First Parish (UU) Church in […]

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