Friday, August 23, 2013

I Hope Your Happy With This Post About the Boston Mayoral Race

I'm not because I don't give a s*** and don't want to do this anymore. Reading the Globe, shuffling through unread and half-read Globes and clippings of Globes, and searching Google for Globe articles as I fall further and further behind and discover drafts that never came up in a search and I forgot about is just making me angry these days, and it's not healthy. Reading doses of mind-manipulating distortions and divisions day after day rarely is.

"Boston mayoral hopefuls embrace gay issues; An endorsement becomes difficult for city activists" by Stephanie Ebbert |  Globe Staff, August 19, 2013

In a city known for its liberal leanings and as the birthplace of gay marriage, the candidates for mayor are outspokenly, proactively, and almost universally supportive of gay issues. Candidates aren’t distinguishing themselves on their support for gay marriage; instead, they’re competing over who has been the most demonstrative, waged the most unlikely battle, or been a friend the longest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered community.

Actually, the gay lobby may even be more powerful than the Lobby these days (or maybe it is all one in the same; that would certainly explain all the attention in my agenda-pusher).

“You want to run for mayor of the city of Boston, you have to be pro-GLBT,” said Arline Isaacson, cochair of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus. “It’s only a matter of two things — the degree to which you are pro-GLBT and, very importantly, what’s your track record? In this area, there are a couple of people who have top-notch track records.”

I rest my case. 

So who is bending over backwards for the gay lobby?

Isaacson, who is torn between competing loyalties to three candidates, is among the activists who are reluctant to make an endorsement. Bay Windows, New England’s largest publication targeted at gay readership, hasn’t yet decided whether to weigh in, and MassEquality, a group that fought for gay marriage, is waiting out the preliminary election. Gay and lesbian residents — an active, sought-after voting bloc in Boston — face an embarrassment of riches in the race....

Liz Malia, an openly gay state representative from Jamaica Plain who knows most of the candidates, decided to endorse state Representative Martin J. Walsh, pointing to their work together on the legislative Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

She and Isaacson also credit Walsh for being a pivotal, behind-the-scenes advocate who worked as a floor whip in 2007 to help defeat a constitutional amendment that would have banned gay marriage. Walsh was particularly persuasive, they said, because he’s a straight, Catholic, labor guy from Dorchester who was not viewed as especially progressive....

Thanks for the stereotyping. I guess it's okay when the gay does it.

Walsh is the only candidate among the 12 candidates who was in the Legislature during that tumultuous time, but Charlotte Golar Richie, a candidate from Dorchester, was also considered a “reliable, pro-gay vote,” Isaacson said.....

And since she is the only woman in the race all women in Boston will be voting for her. That is certainly the impression my Globe has given me. Didn't you women know you are monolithic voting bloc? 

Mayoral candidate Bill Walczak, cofounder of the Codman Square Health Center, notes that he extended benefits to domestic partners of clinic employees in the 1990s when the City Council extended them to city employees, and that he stood up as a “CEO for Equal Marriage” during the public debate over gay marriage.

John F. Barros, a former Boston School Committee member and former executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, touted his work with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth, and pledged to install or strengthen gay-straight alliances in all city schools.... 

I don't want it in the schools. That is where the line should be drawn. Kids are confused enough with perverted predators acting as understanding friends preying upon them.


Related: Boston's Race For Mayoral Royalty 

You see the lobby behind the throne, no?

"Mayoral candidates say they would overhaul BRA" by Casey Ross |  Globe Staff, August 16, 2013

Their responses to a Globe questionnaire establish some of the starkest differences to date in the wide open race for mayor, and hold major implications for billions of dollars of real estate investment at a time of increasing construction activity in Boston....

Yes, on to more important matters that affect every gender, every race, every orientation.

Dismantling the agency would mark a dramatic change in city governance. With a current budget of $14 million, the BRA has overseen development in Boston since 1957. Over the years, it has become a major source of power for Menino and other mayors who used it to physically reshape the city and pursue their political agendas.

Supporters of the agency say it has spurred the city’s growth and attracted investment from around the world, remaking its skyline and fueling redevelopment from the South Boston Innovation District, to Downtown Crossing and Dudley Square....

But some argue the BRA has become too friendly to the wealthy and well-connected....

That is why government exists.

Related: Sunday Globe Special: Fallon's Friend 

He's the guy that is leaving.


"Racial divide in mayoral fund-raising" by Andrew Ryan |  Globe Staff, August 23, 2013

An unmistakable divide has emerged in Boston’s wide-open race for mayor: Fund-raising has been dominated by white candidates.

I guess Boston isn't as progressive as the Globe claims.

By mid-August, no candidate of color had raised more than $220,000. Four white candidates had amassed two to four times as much in the same crucial stretch leading to September’s preliminary election. In fact, on four occasions, a white candidate hauled in more than $220,000 in a single month.

“The patterns do not lie,” said Erin O’Brien, a political science professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. “You can’t tell me race isn’t a part of it when you see those funding disparities.” 

I won't, but it looks more like a cla$$ i$$ue to me.

The financial divide may seem counterintuitive in an era with a black president and a state with a black governor, both of whom have proved to be prolific fund-raisers. But a municipal election is much different from a national or statewide race. And this is Boston, a city where only white men have served as mayor.

Well, Boston has always been known as a racist town going back to the white Celtic teams and the busing issue. And you smug, self-righteous, supremacist Bostonians and New Englanders (like me) were taught and told it was a strictly southern thing.

Many disparate factors contribute to the divide — including the fact that several of the white candidates had ramped up fund-raising long before the start of the race — but the simplest explanation is socioeconomic, say O’Brien and several other political scientists.

In other words, the exact i$$ue I mentioned above. But the Globe has turned this into an article of racial division! The civil rights standard bearer! Using it for ulterior motives it seems!

White communities tend to be wealthier. That can make fund-raising easier for a candidate from the largely white neighborhood of West Roxbury than for a competitor from northern Dorchester, which is largely black, Latino, and Asian.

“Everybody has 100 best friends, but if your 100 best friends are richer than my best friends, you have an advantage,” said Maria Jobin-Leeds of the Partnership for Democracy and Education. “No matter how many calls you make and how many asks you make, your inner circle has less cash.”

Some analysts and elected officials reject the suggestion that skin color can be a barrier to raising money. In other recent Boston elections, ethnicity has not dictated fund-raising. For example, Linda Dorcena Forry, who is of Haitian descent, raised $163,000 in the lead-up to winning a state Senate seat representing South Boston, Dorchester, and parts of Mattapan and Hyde Park. Her closest competitor in the Democratic primary was Nick Collins, who is white and raised $156,000.

“I don’t think that race is a factor,” said state Representative Jeffrey Sanchez of Jamaica Plain, who is Latino and has served in the Legislature for 11 years. “People came into the mayor’s race at different points in their lives.”

But the Globe does, and that is what is with the above the fold featuring is meant to suggest.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced in March that he would not seek a sixth term, a decision that took some by surprise and unleashed a generation of pent-up political ambition. In the two decades since Menino took office, Boston has become increasingly diverse, with more than half of residents now black, Latino, or Asian. The city seemed ripe for electing its first mayor of color.

That's what happens when you are a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants, and yes, the supremacist Jew pre$$ has stereotyped all you minorities into a monolithic voting bloc.

Twelve candidates qualified for the ballot. Six are white. The other six are are Latino, African-American, or of Cape Verdean descent.

I'm so sick of being divided by race, gender, and sexual orientation when we are all being looted by banks, corporations, and government, while soldiers of all kinds are dying in wars based on lies pushed by mouthpiece media, and when we want good, decent, healthcare for all no matter what their ethnicity or gender. 

And yet my Globe is full of division every damn day!

A Globe analysis found that white mayoral candidates tend to have a larger share of their donors contribute the maximum $500. White candidates also have done more fund-raising outside the city, receiving financial support from the suburbs and beyond.

In contrast, Latino and African-American candidates have a higher percentage of contributions of $200 or less. They generally have received more of their money from Boston residents.

Individual circumstances can account for some of the inequality. Five of the white candidates hold elected office and had active fund-raising networks before the race began in the spring. Three of the white candidates are lawyers, a profession with a history of political donations. Another white candidate is a state lawmaker and influential labor leader whose bank account has been buoyed by large donations from unions.

Corporate cash must be invisible.

But circumstance cannot fully explain the financial gap....

Yeah, I new there was a but or a still or a yet or a whatever or an in any event coming. 

When I was first starting out in college the writing instructor told us those words were bad words if used in a report, and yet they prolifically appear in my Globe in nearly every article!



"As the nation is poised to observe the 50th anniversary next week of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.-led March on Washington, a poll and an accompanying analysis of racial disparities by the Pew Research Center concludes that while five decades’ progress has been palpable on some fronts, King’s goal remains elusive on others."

I'm tired of King's real message being missed.

Also see: 

Mayoral quest for Latino votes is fraught with challenges
Ad barrage heats up in Boston’s mayoral race
Boston mayor’s race is lacking slogans with snap
The Boston mayor’s race hits its stride
Connolly, Walsh lead pack in mayoral poll
Labor lifts Martin Walsh’s mayoral campaign
John Connolly campaign to get $500,000 push
John Connolly hit on $500,000 pledge
Connolly rejects $500,000 pledge from outside group
Mayoral hopeful Daniel Conley touts action plan for East Boston
Man disrupts event organized by Bill Walczak

The suspect was known around the area and is mentally ill.

Minority officers challenge candidates on Davis’s status
Obama Dreaming of Davis For DHS?
Everett mayor takes aim at Menino over casino site
For Mayor Menino, old friend’s gift proves thorny

I'm supposed to be here catching up and working the rest of the day, but I don't know. I'm simply no longer happy blogging about the constant stream of diarrhea coming from the Boston Globe, or can't you tell?


"Crowded Boston election may leave poll checkers outside" by Andrew Ryan |  Globe Staff, August 24, 2013

How crowded is the election field in Boston this fall? So crowded that election officials are worried that mobs of competing poll checkers inside polling places will leave no room for voters.

The field is so crowded that signs for the 50 candidates running for mayor and City Council may blot out sunlight at some polling places. Dozens of canvassers are expected to line sidewalks outside, forcing voters to run a gantlet of brochures and slogans to get to the ballot box.

To fight democratic gridlock, the city wants to make sure traffic keeps moving on election day. The most pressing issue will be poll checkers: campaign workers stationed inside voting places who check off names and play a crucial role in get-out-the-vote operations....


Also see:

Rob Consalvo hopes hip-hop track strikes a chord

Not with me.

Memo to John Connolly: Take the money

This after I pledged not to cover this issue anymore.