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  • March 18, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    The White House has released Barack Obama's handwritten grid of picks for the NCAA Men's Tournament. His predictions are incredibly conservative -- in the "wuss" meaning of the word, not the political meaning. Almost exclusively favorites throughout.

    His Final Four: Louisville, Memphis, Pitt, and North Carolina.

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  • March 18, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    --Massachusetts rates high on the "Well-Being Index" (don't ask me to explain it), but the breakdown by congressional district suggests that the eastern part of the state is being weller (or whatever) than the west. Best in the state? CD-6, under the loving oversight of John Tierney. His district ranks 26th out of all 435 in the country.

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  • March 16, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    [Update: All of the "Anti-Pi 10" just voted for Final Vote Results for Roll Call 128Professional Social Work Month and World Social Work Day!]

    Offices of the 10 Congressional pi-haters (or are they pi-deniers? pi-skeptics?) have been avoiding my attempts to pin them down on a motives behind their recent vote.

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  • March 12, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    The US House of Representatives just passed a resolution declaring March 14 "Pi Day." Math nerds will understand why it's on that particular date.

    Ten Republicans voted against the resolution. What do they have against pi? Why don't they want it to have its own day? Are they partial to some other ratio, that has not received an honorary day? Is pi somehow partisan in nature?

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  • March 12, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    State senator Marian Walsh of West Roxbury, long rumored to be up for one or another job in state government, has landed one: assistant executive director of the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority (HEFA). OK, it's technically outside the government, but close enough. State House News Service was (I believe) the first to report it.

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  • March 11, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    --In the context of running one of the largest parts of the city government, not to mention a key component of first-response capabilities, "loosey-goosey" strikes me as perhaps somewhat inadequate.

    --Tufts snags the governor for its ante in the annual Commencement Speaker Wars. Too bad MIT got there first.

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  • March 10, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    California -- jealous much? -- is stealing Marc Solomon from Massachusetts, to show the Milk-reminiscing left-coasters how to get their gay-liberal-mecca mojo back.

    Let's be clear: Massachusetts continues to dominate as the geographic bogeyman for conservatives, and that's thanks in some small part to MassEquality, the advocacy group that pushed to make and keep same-sex marriage a reality in the state.

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  • March 09, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Now that the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is a fading memory, you're probably wondering not getting your fill of speeches from people completely disconnected with reality. If so, you'll be glad to learn that the 2009 International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC) is underway!

    The ICCC --"The world’s largest-ever gathering of global warming skeptics" -- meets in New York this year to ponder that great question: “Global warming: Was it ever really a crisis?”

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  • March 09, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein


    Image by Kevin Banks

    Who wants a free pair of tickets to see Bill Maher debate Ann Coulter at Boston's Wang Theater tomorrow night?

    I'm giving away a free pair, courtesy of the Phoenix. The event is tomorrow, Tuesday March 10, at 8:00pm. The winner must pick up the tickets at the Boston Phoenix offices on Brookline Ave.


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  • March 06, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    You might think that a massive economic crisis with skyrocketing foreclosures and job losses would make people sympathetic to the plight of the poor and homeless. Well, maybe it makes some people sympathetic. Suckers, maybe -- not conservatives!

    Andrew Malcolm, conservative nitwit and constant embarrassment to his employers at the LA Times, was looking at coverage of Michelle Obama's Thursday volunteer stint at a DC soup kitchen, and noticed an AP photo of one of the people in line snapping the First Lady's photo with his cell phone.

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  • March 05, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    I'll be on NECN's News Night w/ Jim Braude tonight, pontificating about Tim Cahill and other political curiosities. Tune in to see what wise and witty things I say!



  • March 05, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Remember how the Clintons got knocked around for putting together their ill-fated health-care plan in secret meeting behind closed doors? Lesson learned.

    At 1:00pm today, C-SPAN 3 will broadcast live today's big health care summit, which will include A-Listers both inside and outside of government. (Boston.com has the list.

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  • March 04, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    A couple months back I suggested that Maine Senator Olympia Snowe should jump over to the Democrats. I swear the Republicans are trying their damnedest to make her do it.

    Last week, RNC chair Michael Steele said on FOXNews that he would consider denying funds for, or backing primary opponents against, the three moderate Republican Senators who voted for the stimulus bill -- Snowe, fellow Mainer Susan Collins, and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.

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  • March 04, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    --As I wrote at the time, Menino -- still known here as Mayor McChicken, since he still hasn't declared his candidacy for re-election -- really put a lot on the line with his wage-freeze proposal; I thought it was politically brilliant as long as he got the unions to agree to it. That hasn't really gone so well, which leaves him open to charges of: Where was your Plan B? Did you really put all the city's eggs in Stutman, Kelly and Nee's basket?

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  • March 03, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Sam Yoon busts out today, with an announcement video, a new web site, and a kick-off event at Chau Chow Restaurant in Dorcehster. The video is a little amateurish in appearance, but I think he does a pretty good job talking to the camera. He hits the themes I think he needs -- particularly the implication that Tom Menino was a good 20th-century mayor, but we need something new for the modern world.

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