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Watch out for “Dan Margolis” imposters: Turtleboy Sports trolls at it again

I really don’t want this website to be simply an anti-Turtleboy Sports blog. I set it up so that I could have space, now that I’ve changed careers and am longer an official journalist, to write about what I find interesting. I’ve been meaning to sit down and write a review of the second volume of Francis Fukuyama’s Origins of Political Order, which I think offers some valuable insights into the problem of creating democracy in developing countries, as well as maintaining it here. I’d also like to write some positive stories about my city, Worcester. But, alas, I have to delve back into Turtleboy Sports territory, if only to ensure that no one thinks I’ve gone crazy and become some fanatical racist, or cop hater,…

Michael Gaffney’s reason for Turtleboy Sports

I’ve written at length over the past couple of months about how Worcester City Council member Michael Gaffney, chair of the Republican City Committee, funds Aidan Kearney’s Turtleboy Sports blog. Gaffney has been too cowardly to actually respond to the question of how he feels about supporting financially things like the explicit description of sexual acts Kearney imagines the 13-year-old “catch me outside” girl to partake in. But we know that Gaffney does support Turtleboy sports. The question is why. Why would Michael Gaffney support a blog that denigrates the city of Worcester, that sexualizes children, that leads groups of Internet trolls to bully private individuals? What does he get out of it? The answer is straightforward: Gaffney sees it as politically useful. Gaffney dreams…

Michael Gaffney’s Turtleboy Sports: the worst kind of cowards

First, on the headline: indeed, it is partly Michael Gaffney’s blog. Can anyone think of a person in Worcester who is more closely related (publicly) to Turtleboy Sports than him? He writes for it, he defends it, he’s quoted from it publicly, and, at least through advertising revenue, he funds it. That means it’s tied to him, and to the Worcester Republican Party that he chairs (which also shares their stuff). Since Gaffney and Turtleboy Sports like to talk about communism so much, I’ll put it in Soviet terms: Turtleboy Sports is their Pravda. But this post is to talk more generally about Turtleboy. I’ve written quite a bit recently about TBS, and all of their nastiness towards children, those experiencing addiction, the mentally unstable,…

Joking about child rape: Michael Gaffney-funded Turtleboy Sports hits another low

A question for Aidan Kearney and Michael Gaffney: Do you know anyone who, 20 years after their sexual abuse as a child ended, wakes up traumatized because of a dream they just had about it? Or someone who, even after ten years, still can’t stop the flashbacks? Do you know anyone who cuts themselves repeatedly, hoping that the physical pain of the blade will numb or blot out the emotional pain of the memories? Have you talked to them about their self-loathing, their feelings of worthlessness? Have you heard from them about their destroyed childhoods? My guess is that the answer to the above question is “no.” I mean, if you had any idea, would you really be doing what you do? Writing what you…

In defense of Worcester: Turtleboy and Michael Gaffney aren’t “the best of” us

The worst thing about Turtleboy Sports, the blog founded and run by disgraced ex-teacher Aidan Kearney and supported financially and in other ways by Worcester city council member and Republican City Committee chair Michael Gaffney is that it often sexualizes children. Just yesterday, on April 19, they were discussing whether a 16-year-old girl was a prostitute. A close second is their trademark style of finding people who are at their worst, and then piling abuse onto them and their family. Just the other day, Aidan and Michael Gaffney’s blog wrote a post shaming not only a man addicted to heroin, but his daughter as well, one of whom is apparently a teenager. (Thank goodness Aidan Kearney is no longer allowed to teach!) This list is…

Michael Gaffney and Turtleboy Sports: flailing, desperate, and trying to deflect from the issues

Poor Michael Gaffney and Turtleboy Sports. If they weren’t so sleazy, it would be tempting to feel bad for them in their desperation. They’ve become so desperate – Gaffney to defend any shred of dignity and Turtleboy to convince people that their blog isn’t just have haven for bullies, those who sexualize children, and others – that they are flailing to defend themselves. Why won’t you just answer the questions I posed, Michael Gaffney? Again: do you think it’s okay for a semi-local blog to tell your constituents to commit suicide? Do you support sexualizing children? Because that’s where your dollars are going. To recap, after I wrote an open letter to Michael Gaffney, who wants to be mayor, about his support for a blog…

Sexualizing children, bullying, suicide: An open letter to Council Member Michael Gaffney

Council Member Gaffney, It’s unfortunate that I have to write this publicly, but I don’t have an alternative. You’ve banned me from your Facebook page when I defended a local politician you were busy accusing of murder, and you’re the sole member of the city council I’ve never run into at any public event or community meeting, ever. I’d call you, but you have a nasty habit of turning your messages over to the local blog Turtleboy Sports. Actually, it’s that blog that I want you to address. On that site, I was recently told that I should “probably” kill myself. In the same post, the author suggested that a few other people here in Worcester might do the same. Where do you stand on…

Council Member Gaffney, Worcester’s Trump, must be defeated in 2017

I wrote recently about the similarities between Worcester City Council Member Michael Gaffney and the blog Turtleboy Sports, on the one hand, and President-Elect Donald Trump and Breitbart.com, on the other. This is an incredibly important parallel, and any progressive, liberal, centrist, or good small-d-democrat in Worcester should take note – and fight. Despite the wishful thinking of most Americans (Trump, it should always be noted, lost the popular vote by a huge margin, and Hillary won more votes than any candidate for president in American history, except for Obama), Trump will occupy the White House come January, and there won’t be elections for the next four years. While it’s necessary to do all that we can (and by “we,” I’m again referring to anyone…

Michael Gaffney and Turtleboy Sports: Worcester’s Trump and Bannon

The Trump phenomenon nationally has manifested itself even in Worcester. Our local Trump is Michael Gaffney, the city council member, and his enabler, the local Bretbart, Turtleboy Sports. Anyone who is progressive or moderate should commit themselves to defeating their agenda. In general, Worcester should be proud of its leadership bodies. We have a progressive mayor and several good council members who have collectively avoided the corruption that has been endemic in nearby cities (Providence, for example). While it’s hard to argue that the Plan E form of government is a sparkling example of democracy, the city has also benefited in recent years from a steady executive leadership by city manager Ed Augustus, whose contract was just renewed, as well as a good police department,…

Francis Fukuyama’s new start

Francis Fukuyama, best known for his book The End of History and the Last Man, now aims to tackle all human history, middle, beginning and end, in only two books. In his earlier work, the author argued that, with the collapse of the Soviet experiment, human history, which developed and progressed in a Hegelian or even Marxist sense, had reached its destination. The communist and every other experiment had failed; liberal democracy was the ultimate endpoint, the historical process’s logical outcome, and this could no longer be disputed. Succeeding years saw conflicts and genocide, even in countries that had so recently overthrown Stalinism, but Fukuyama’s thesis wasn’t disproven: The slides away from democracy were simply bumps in the road. But a few years later, Fukuyama,…

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