SJC Rules For Equal Health Rights For All Legal Immigrants

Legalese note: as I read the decision, the SJC did not actually decide that the exclusion of legal immigrants from Commonwealth Care violates the state Constitution. Rather, it decided that the exclusion must be reviewed under "strict scrutiny." Certainly, that decision makes an ultimate determination of unconstitutionality much more likely, but it doesn't end the case. - promoted by david

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled today (read the decision) that the state’s removal of a group of legal immigrants from the Commonwealth Care program violated the equal protection guarantees of the state Constitution.

The case was brought by Health Care For All’s legal partner, Health Law Advocates. Background on the case is on their website. The case was argued in the SJC last November. We congratulate HLA for their outstanding legal advocacy.

The ruling affects some 40,000 people, all legal, taxpaying residents of Massachusetts who were eligible for Commonwealth Care before the fall of 2009. About 20,000 people are enrolled in the Commonwealth Care Bridge program, which has lesser benefits and higher copays than CommCare. Another 20,000 are uninsured, locked out of coverage and relying on the Health Safety Net program for some care.

The recent substantial growth in tax revenues above forecast amounts (some $587 million in April alone) will allow the state to fund their re-integration into CommCare.

Here are statements released this afternoon:

Memo to MA GOP: the 8th congressional district *is already* majority-minority

This is really one of the more curious developments in the silly season that is redistricting.  First, we had Scott Brown publicly calling on the MA legislature to create a majority-minority district in Suffolk County.  Hilariously, Mike Capuano – who is certainly in a position to know – called to Brown’s attention the awkward fact that

The 8th Congressional District (CD) of Massachusetts already is a majority-minority district that centers around and encompasses the majority of Suffolk County. That has been the case since 2001, after district lines were redrawn and approved by the state legislature of which now US Senator Brown was a member as a State Representative.

Awesome.  You would think that following that incident, having once been humiliated by his lack of basic knowledge about the subject under discussion, Brown would be a bit more careful in letting his mouth get ahead of his brain.  But no – Brown chose instead to double down on the Osama photos.  Fail.

Tragically, MA GOP chair Jenn Nassour apparently did not see Capuano’s letter, and apparently has the same lack of basic knowledge about the MA congressional districts as Brown did.  Perhaps this explains the MA GOP’s abysmal performance in the 2010 congressional elections.  Anyway, here’s Nassour yesterday in a chat with the Somerville News:

Really, she said, she’d like to see the creation of a so-called majority minority district—where minorities make up the majority of the population—in Suffolk County.

“That is where we really have to focus and make sure that happens,’ she said.

Oh dear oh dear.  Jenn: it has already happened.  The 8th is a majority-minority district.  Here, again, is Capuano with the deets:

  • The 8th CD contains the cities of Chelsea, Cambridge, Somerville, and 71.94% of Boston’s population.
  • Based on the 2010 Census, the 8th CD is home to 660,414 people.  Of that total, 53.15% are non-white.  People who self-identify as “Black” make up 19.85% of the total, people who listed themselves as “Hispanic” make up 18.82%, “Asians” 9.85% and all other non-whites (which include multi-racial people, Pacific Islanders, and others) total 4.63%.

When the 8th CD was drawn after the 2000 census by the State Legislature, the goal was to create a majority non-white district.  It was a goal I believed in and wholeheartedly supported. I still do today. When the current 8th CD was drawn after the last census, it was the first majority non-white CD in the Commonwealth.

And as far as a “Suffolk County centered” district is concerned, we already have that too in the 8th CD which contains 66.4% of the total Suffolk County population. In fact, Suffolk County accounts for almost ¾ of the 8th CD.

The numbers quite clearly speak for themselves. The current 8th CD is a majority non-white district centered in Suffolk County.

OK.  Everybody got it?  I don’t know how this can be any clearer.

GOP now in full-fledged retreat from Ryan's Medicare plan

Anyone with half a brain could have seen this coming.  Not long before a major election cycle kicks into high gear, the Republicans propose a plan to gut a federal program that, frankly, a lot of people like.  The people who really like it happen to be older Americans, who also happen to be the ones that show up in large numbers to vote.  And to top it off, the plan is so poorly thought-out, and so obviously a transfer of wealth to the rich (really, Paul, did you have to include more tax cuts for the wealthy in a plan apparently designed to impoverish the middle class?), that even the Democrats, whose inability to undertake effective political messaging is nearly legendary, have been able to pick up the ball and run with it.

Well, surprise surprise.

House Republicans signaled Thursday that they were backing away from the centerpiece of their budget plan — a proposal to overhaul Medicare….

Coupled with remarks by other House Republican leaders, [House Ways & Means Chair Dave Camp]‘s statement suggested that the party’s Medicare proposal had been shelved, even though the party’s lawmakers had taken a risky vote to pass the budget in the House just last month, and in the past two weeks had attempted to sell it to constituents in often-stormy town hall meetings….

While [House majority leader Eric] Cantor outlined the House-passed Ryan budget as Republicans’ opening bid in the Blair House negotiations [with the Obama administration], he said little about the Medicare proposals, participants said.

“He didn’t need to talk about it in that room,” said one participant. “Everyone knows it’s dead.”

Hilarious.  And, as I said, totally predictable.  And we may see some of the fallout from the Ryan debacle sooner than 2012.  The NYT today reports on a special election near Buffalo, NY that would normally be an easy win for the GOP, but is turning out to be much closer than expected, due almost entirely to the fact that the more people learn about what the House Republicans voted for in backing Ryan’s plan, the more they hate it.

After leveling a barrage of attacks against the proposal put forth by Mr. Ryan, the Democratic candidate, Kathy Hochul, has tightened the race considerably, even as her Republican opponent remained supportive of the plan, perhaps out of concern that distancing herself from it would alienate conservatives….

[T]he May 24 special election is suddenly shaping up as the first electoral test of the Republican agenda — and of the likely themes in the battle next year between both major parties for control of the House.

“The Republican vote to end Medicare has moved the needle in this race,” said Representative Steve Israel of Long Island, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The Republican should be running away with this. Instead, she is clinging to a minuscule lead.”

Really, the GOP has put itself in an unbelievably bad position.  House Republicans voted almost unanimously for Ryan’s plan.  Now, belatedly realizing that Americans actually hate this plan, they are backing away.  But of course, it’s too late – they’re on record, and claiming to be against it even though the vote shows they were for it is a tough act to pull off.  Yet now that they are backing off, they can’t vigorously defend their vote.  So they have effectively deprived themselves of any good options going into the 2012 cycle.

Keep an eye on this Buffalo race – it may be an interesting harbinger of things to come.  If the Democratic candidate even comes close in that (once) solid GOP district, that will tell us a lot about effective messaging next year.

Excellence in Auditing

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“Better” government is government that is more efficient, more effective, more accountable, and transparent. The public deserves no less.

For the past year I have been telling the people of Massachusetts that I want to make government work better, and I knew that any effort to improve state government would need to begin right here in the Office of the State Auditor.

Today, I announced sweeping changes that I am implementing in my own office to answer those concerns as part of my mission to achieve “Excellence in Government Auditing”. These reform measures establish higher standards for virtually every aspect of audit operations and are predicated on three basic components of our transition period:

Discussions with local industry leaders and experts who I assembled for my transition team.
The results of an independent review of the office’s audit policies and procedures coordinated National State Auditors Association.
Internal performance assessments that my senior staff developed and recently conducted on our auditing staff.
Before I get into the specifics of these reform measures let me give you a little background.

Cambridge group raps Bahrain for repression of doctors

Cambridge-based Physicians for Human Rights has released a major report that details extraordinary repression of doctors by close U.S. ally Bahrain:

According to reports from Bahrain, doctors are disappearing as part of a systematic attack on medical staff. Many physicians are missing following interrogations by unknown security forces at Salmaniya Medical Complex, Manama. Although families have tried to contact administration officials, the administration denies any knowledge of their whereabouts. According to family members, the physicians are being held incommunicado in unknown locations.

Guardian:

The arrests of so many medical professionals are part of a government policy of retribution against Bahrainis who supported pro-democracy protests. Some medics criticised assaults by security personnel on protesters at the Pearl roundabout in mid-February and again in mid-March that left more than a dozen dead, as well as several security officers, and many wounded. In the unfolding official narrative of events, the largely peaceful protests that brought hundreds of thousands of Bahrainis to the streets to demand democratic reforms were in fact part of a “coup attempt”, in the words of prime minister Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa. “No violators will get away with it,” he added. “All co-conspirators and abettors must be held accountable.”

I understand that the U.S. lets the Saudi royal family runs things at it sees fit in The Kingdom, and that Bahrain is considered part of that entity by many Saudis, but really: potential death penalties for doctors who treated civilians?

Comment(s) of the day

Scottalicious

““Let me assure you that he is dead, that bin Laden is dead,” Brown said. “I have seen the photos and, in fact, we’ve received the briefing and we’ll continue to get the briefings.”

Oh, wait a second: “Brown admits he was fooled by fake pictures of bin Laden body.”

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2011/05/brown_admits_he.html
D@#$&N hard work when Scott tries to make the death of Osama bin Laden a story about Scott.

To which sco replied:

This is just unbelievable to me

Scott went on TV at least twice telling everyone how he was briefed and he’d seen the real photos, and now it turns out he and two other senators were duped by the same fake photo that was propagating itself around Facebook. That is Nigerian Scam Email level stuff.

Why did he tell us that he saw the photos in a briefing if he didn’t? He’s on the Homeland Security and Armed Services committees. He should have the clearance to see the real things if he really wants to.

Seriously, Scott.  Those “Osama” photos popped up on my Facebook page too, but I knew enough to delete them without clicking.  More seriously, though, sco is right: what photos was Brown talking about?  Who showed them to him?  And why was it so easy to dupe a sitting Senator?  (To be fair, Brown wasn’t the only one taken in, apparently.  Still, he’s the only one who represents us.)

Today's Masster List

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Good Morning! In MassterList, headlines from across the Commonwealth…

 

GAMBLING: Expanded gaming is officially back in fashion. Yesterday’s gambling hearing was long (MetroWest), familiar (MassLive) and uhh (WWLP), long (T&G). The A.G. says the law will need to be cleared up if we end up with casinos (T&G). A Wampanoag leaders says he doesn’t need a gambling bill anyway (BBJ).

 

BIG MONEY, NO WHAMMIES: What do you do when you find money you didn’t know you had in your pockets? How about $580 million? The BBJ takes a look at what to do with unexpected state revenues. The righty bloggers have their own ideas.

 

THE LONGEST RACE: The T&G has two stories on the candidates in the Worcester 6th.

 

SJC: After a close Governor’s Council vote featuring some vocal dissenters, Barbara Lenk is headed to the SJC. (AP)

 

TWASTING TWIME: Check out the suggestions the Twitterati came up with for why Mayor Setti Warren needs to rent a venue and won’t say why.

"Down here in the lead mines ..."

“… we’re working on your next paint job.”

Of course, lead also went to work on kids’ brains. From the CDC:

In children, acute exposure to very high levels of lead may produce encephalopathy and other accompanying signs of

  • ataxia
  • coma
  • convulsions
  • death
  • hyperirritability
  • stupor

The BLLs associated with encephalopathy in children vary from study to study, but BLLs of 70-80 µg/dL or greater appear to indicate a serious risk (ATSDR 2005).

  • Even without encephalopathy symptoms, these levels are associated with increased incidences of lasting neurological and behavioral damage (ATSDR 2005).

Children suffer neurological effects at much lower exposure levels.

And on and on. But you knew this.

Now, some of our friends here, including one esteemed editor, complained that this new TV spot — aimed at Sen. Brown’s vote to cripple the EPA’s enforcement ability — was heavy-handed.

Let’s just be absolutely clear: Children are very definitely affected by the environment. Lead (for instance) has taken a hellacious toll on kids, who, of course, eventually grow up to be adults, who function much worse in life because of lead exposure.

And of course, we’re leaving a terrible legacy of climate change to our kids.

You simply cannot discuss environmental issues at all without understanding who and what is at stake. If anything, the oxygen-mask ad underplays the terrible effects that would result from Scott Brown’s vote to cripple the EPA.

 

 

 

Some rather terrifying news on climate

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The IPCC’s report a few years ago on climate change appears to have vastly underestimated the rate of Arctic ice melt. This is confirmed by data reported in a Globe article today, Arctic ice is melting faster than expected, report says, by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program.

It says that Arctic temperatures in the past six years were the highest since measurements began in 1880, and that feedback mechanisms believed to accelerate warming in the climate system have now started kicking in.

One mechanism involves the ocean absorbing more heat when it’s not covered by ice, which reflects the sun’s energy. That effect has been anticipated by scientists “but clear evidence for it has only been observed in the Arctic in the past five years,’’ AMAP said.

So what exactly does that mean?

The melting of Arctic glaciers and ice caps, including Greenland’s massive ice sheet, are projected to help raise global sea levels by 35 to 63 inches by 2100, AMAP said, though it noted that the estimate was highly uncertain.

That’s up from a 2007 projection of 7 to 23 inches by the UN panel, which didn’t consider the dynamics of ice caps in the Arctic and Antarctica.

Repeal THIS!

At Least 600,000 Young Adults Join Parents’ Health Plans Under New Law – Kaiser Health News.

Hundreds of thousands of young adults are taking advantage of the health care law provision that allows people under 26 to remain on their parents’ health plans, some of the nation’s largest insurers are reporting. That pace appears to be faster than the government expected.

… The Health and Human Services Department has estimated that about 1.2 million young adults would sign up for coverage in 2011. The early numbers from insurers show it could be much higher, said Aaron Smith, executive director of the Young Invincibles, a Washington-based nonprofit group that advocates for young adults.

The GOP health care plan, of course, is to repeal the law and apparently to let these young people go uninsured. Let’s remember that had our junior Senator been able to follow through on his promise to stop this law from ever being enacted, these folks would still be the Young Vulnerables — liable to being bankrupted in the case of a medical disaster.

Yet another way in which the GOP is working hard to ruin the futures of young people.

By the way, here’s an interesting confluence of interests:

McDonald attributed most of insurers’ profit increases this year to their customers using fewer health services, especially hospital care.

This is excellent news — or at least, it has the potential to be so. It’s good to stay out of the hospital (duh): Hospital care is extremely expensive, and if you can stay out due to continuous care rather than catastrophic care … well, that’s better for everyone. One wonders if this will lead to less upward pressure on premiums … it should.

Scott Brown Afghanistan Public Statement Needed Because He Leaked Story

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Scott Brown was interviewed Fox25 this morning. In the myriad of softball questions, Brown was asked about his request to be deployed to Afghanistan. In an unbelievable statement Brown said someone leaked the story so he has to talk about it now (beginning at the 2:00 mark).

the fact that someone dropped a dime and it’s out, obviously I have to talk about it now

As noted earlier, that someone was YOU. In a Boston Globe story Scott Brown stated the following:

About 90 minutes before issuing his statement, Brown said in a telephone interview with the Globe, “I’m going to be going over at some point to do some missions.”

Today's Masster List

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Good Morning! In MassterList, headlines from across the Commonwealth…

GAMBLING ADDICTION: What’s old is new again on Beacon Hill: Welcome back (WBUR), Gambling debate (MORE: Sun, AP)! We missed you. So what’s different this time around? Western Mass. developers have clear plans for casinos in Holyoke and Palmer (MassLive) and a new study shows how much Massachusetts citizens are contributing to the gambling industries of adjacent states (WWLP).

THE BUDGET GAME: After monthly revenue numbers went through the roof (MassLive), the Senate budget debate (AP) is beginning to look interesting. Gov. Patrick says he’s looking for middle ground in the battle (WBUR). MORE: Salem News

GUESSING GAME: Gee, why would Setti Warren need to book an event at the same Legion hall he announced his mayoral bid in? (Newton Tab) Guesses are to be tweeted with #settivenue.

Barney Frank tries to open up the Fed

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MarketWatch:

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Credit: Boston.com

Rep. Barney Frank, the top Democrat of the House Financial Services Committee, is taking aim at the hawks on the Federal Reserve.

Frank announced Tuesday he will introduce legislation to strip the 12 regional Fed bank presidents of their votes on the central bank’s interest-rate setting Federal Open Market Committee. …

Under its current structure, 12 of the Fed’s 19 members vote at interest rate setting meetings. The seven members of the Fed’s board of governors in Washington, who are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

The regional Fed presidents are picked by their individual boards of directors, often regional bankers and local business leaders. While the president of the key Federal Reserve Bank of New York also always has a vote on the FOMC, the remaining eleven Fed bank presidents rotate as voting members.

In a discussion on CNBC of his bill, Frank said the current Fed structure is undemocratic. He noted that regional Fed bank presidents are not picked by elected officials, so they should not vote on key public-policy issues such as setting the level of interest rates.

Regional Fed bank presidents are picked by their boards of directors, made up of regional bankers and local business leaders.

“I think it is fine for them to sit in and make recommendations,” but when it comes to voting they should be excluded, Frank said.

You go, Rep. Frank. Allowing bankers and private businesses to select Fed officials with vast power over all of us was a bad idea from the start. It is as if oil companies selected the officials responsible for crude oil pricing: a conflict of interest ripe with opportunities for abuse. Predictably, bankers and commentators from the financial industry are opposed.

 

BMG 3.0: feature update

Just to keep you apprised of how we’re doing in responding to your comments and requests, here’s the latest.

  • Comments page.  Many of you requested a page that shows all of your comments in reverse chronological order, and that also notes the number of replies to each comment.  Your wish being our command, you’ve got it.  Now, when you visit your author page (bluemassgroup.com/author/YOURNAME, normally accessible by clicking your name on a post or comment), you can toggle between “posts” and “comments.”  As of now, comments on that list are only available going back to the date we switched platforms.  In due course we’ll re-import the comments in order to backfill the list, and we’ll let you know when that happens.
  • Formatting in comments.  There are now several buttons in the shaded comment “Preview” bar that allow you to select text and then highlight it (bold or italic), create a link, or create a blockquote, just by clicking the appropriate button.  Much easier than typing in all the HTML.
  • Editing posts.  You should now be able to edit posts once they are published.

More to come – stay tuned.

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Tear yourself away from reading every little detail about the death of Osama bin Laden and the Navy Seal squad that shot him in the face long enough to catch up news from Beacon Hill.

No terrorist masterminds were killed yesterday at the State House, but we have something just as sexy: the Governor and legislative leaders talked about health care (AP)! Ok, it’s not nearly as exciting as commandos shooting faces, but it will do. MORE: T&G

Praise continues to pour in (SunChron.) from both sides of the aisle (WWLP) for President Obama’s move to take out bin Laden. Back home, patrols at Logan Airport and on the MBTA are increased (Globe).

Weekly Joke Revue: "Obama Buoyed by 100 Percent Approval Rating"

Badly in arrears from last week, but on the bright side: only three more days to go until this week’s edition.

Borowitz:

2012 Election Cancelled: Obama Buoyed by 100 Percent Approval Rating

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – In what historians are calling an unprecedented development in American politics, both major parties decided today to cancel the 2012 election.

The decision to scrap the 2012 contest came on the heels of a new poll showing President Barack Obama with an approval rating of one hundred percent, believed to be a record high for an American president.

Mr. Obama even polled well among Republicans, with a majority of GOP voters agreeing with the statement, “I no longer care that he wasn’t born here.”

Daniel Kurtzman on birthers:

“It’s important that we, the few, the proud, the reality-based, attack this stuff before it has a chance to fester and spread. This is not a case of Democrats versus Republicans. It’s sentient beings versus the lizard people.” –Bill Maher, on birtherism

“The Federal Trade Commission says for the 11th year in a row the biggest consumer complaint is identity theft. Which led President Obama to say, ‘That’s why you should never show ANYONE your birth certificate.’” –Jay Leno

“A new poll shows that one of the major parties in this country – I won’t tell you which one – is a majority birther party. That’s right, more than half of Republicans now think Obama was born in Kenya. They literally do not know where babies come from.” –Bill Maher

“Oh my God, Barack Obama’s running the old Kenyan Prince birth announcement scam. Here’s how it goes: you want to destroy America from the inside but you can’t because you’re a foreigner. So first, you gotta find yourself a good ol’ American to reproduce for you. Then, you have that child on foreign soil, while simultaneously placing the birth announcement of that child in one of our “fringe” state’s local newspapers, your Hawaiis, your Alaskas, your Pennsylvanias. Alright, then, kidding. And then, hold on, you wait. Until this baby is a middle-aged man. Now the trap is set. You just sit back and let that child go out and win the election for President of the United States. Now here’s where the scam gets tricky; they can’t just win the popular vote. He or she must have a strategy to win the electoral vote; that’s what trips up most drifters. But, if you pull it off, you and your puppet child can sit back and destroy the fabric of the country you both hate so much. It’s almost too easy.” –Jon Stewart

Onion:

Talk show host Glenn Beck said that he’s “a little uncomfortable” with some of Donald Trump’s claims about Obama’s birth certificate and that the nation doesn’t need a “show boat.”

Buyer beware: Habitual offender bills

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It’s fair to say that the Legislature is under pressure to respond to the demands for a tougher habitual offender law. That was evident at the Joint Judiciary Committee’s March 16 public hearing, where a standing-room-only crowd packed the hearing room. Under the glare of TV news cameras and amid the jumble of media microphones, Les Gosule described yet again the heart-wrenching details of his daughter Melissa’s 1999 rape and murder at the hands of a man with a lengthy criminal record. If it was hard to listen to, it was impossible to imagine a family actually experiencing such a horrific crime. Next, backed by police chiefs from across the Commonwealth, Woburn Police Chief Philip Mahoney described the 2010 shooting death of his veteran officer, John Maguire, allegedly by a “lifer” on parole.

Although several habitual offender bills were being considered at the hearing, legislators, district attorneys and others lined up to testify in favor of Rep. Bradford Hill’s bill, H.434, better known as “Melissa’s Bill.” Witness after witness urged lawmakers to crack down on “repeat violent offenders.” Yet H.434 never mentions violent offenders at all. And that should worry the bill’s supporters.

Hecate: It's the Revenue, Stupid

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Dear Everybody,

Hecate got a lot of notes from folks who had worked hard trying to get a majority of Members of the House to support voting for An Act Investing in our Communities , and who wanted to know what’s next and get an analysis from Hecate about what happened.

Simply put, the Campaign did not win the support of a solid majority, although the 35-40 Reps who had communicated to the Leadership about their willingness to support progressive taxes do constitute what might be called a critical mass that can and should be used to leverage some more support in the House and in the Senate.

What’s next? Keep working to expand your base in the House and Senate and one immediate way to show the presence of a “critical mass” of community support is to come to the State House on May 5 and join Lew Finfer and hopefully hundreds of others.

Reaction to bin Laden's death: Giuliani gets it about right?!

I’m certainly relieved.  I do feel as though some measure of justice has been served.  And yet, the “U-S-A! U-S-A!” response to Osama bin Laden’s death makes me uneasy.  Not because bin Laden didn’t deserve what happened yesterday, or that it wasn’t “just.”  He did, and it was.  But I find the reaction of, say, the Boston Globe editorial page to be off-key.

Osama bin Laden’s death at the hands of US forces is about the best possible news…. [I]t carries the potential to rekindle the faith and unity that Americans felt in the first months after the 9/11 attacks. This time, however, the unity isn’t one of shock or fear, but of joy and newfound confidence…. His death, more than that of any single enemy of the United States, is cause for rejoicing.

Hmm.  ”Joy”?  ”Cause for rejoicing”?  I don’t know.  I am more impressed by the words of Newark Mayor Cory Booker:

He is dead. It was necessary and just. But I won’t rejoice. I honor the memory of all terror victims and recommit to the difficult work of peace.

Or, to my great surprise, Rudy Giuliani:

“I feel a great deal of satisfaction that justice has been done, and I admire the courage of the president to make a decision like this because if something had gone wrong everyone would be blaming him,” Giuliani told POLITICO Monday morning … ”I feel satisfaction and some emotional relief, but I don’t feel great elation. I watch a lot of the celebrating and it makes me feel a little strange, I don’t know. Nothing erases the loss of all those lives.”

I also find myself in agreement with much of what the Vatican has to say:

“In the face of a man’s death, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibilities of each person before God and before men, and hopes and works so that every event may be the occasion for the further growth of peace and not of hatred,” the [Vatican] spokesman said.

There are a couple of quotes rocketing around the internet that seem apt to me.  One is from the Book of Proverbs, verse 24, chapters 17-18:

Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

Another is from Clarence Darrow, the famous defense lawyer (though it’s unfortunately being incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain by just about everyone).

I have never killed any one, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction.

That doesn’t seem far off.  The NY Times has an interesting roundup of a variety of reactions.

In any event, to return to the Globe, I’m struck by the evident glee with which the editorial page celebrates bin Laden’s death as a blow for justice and cause for joy and celebration, even as that page routinely condemns the death penalty in all cases as an “unjust, unnecessary punishment” that costs far too much with no corresponding benefit, and that “violates the protection against cruel and unusual punishment.”  Rest assured that those who advocate bringing back the death penalty in Massachusetts have noticed as well.

Osama bin Laden Killed: "Justice Has Been Done"

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Abbottabad, Pakistan

Abbottabad, Pakistan: Site of Bin Laden killing

A major victory in the Overseas Contingency Operation. U.S. troops entered Pakistan, presumably without advance permission from the Pakistani government, killed Osama bin Laden, and brought out his body without suffering any casualties themselves.

By any measure, a huge gamble by President Obama — the failure of Operation Eagle Claw helped make Jimmy Carter a one-term president — and an enormous success for, as the president put it, enemies of terrorism worldwide, this country and our Commander in Chief.