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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,…

Labor Department official says U.S. needs independent labor media

Generally, I avoid posting news articles I’ve written here, but this is on an important topic, and it is a subject rarely covered in the news media. Therefore, I decided to break with my regular protocol. The mainstream media has become so biased against working people that even a federal agency can’t get its message out, says a senior Department of Labor official. President Obama’s Labor Department has an impressive list of accomplishments, but most of the media doesn’t bother to report on them, Carl Fillichio, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’s senior adviser for public affairs and communications, told the annual gathering of the International Labor Communications Association. Referring to the midterm elections, Fillichio said, “Why we fared the way we did three weeks ago is because…

“Nuclear weapons and humans cannot coexist”

When 60 years ago the United States became the first (and since then the only) country to use atomic bombs as weapons of mass destruction by dropping them on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, hundreds of thousands of people were killed. Those at the hyper-centre, or ground zero, were the “lucky” ones – they were instantly vaporised. Others died, but not instantly, living their last moments in pain and misery. Their flesh melting off, many perished while looking for water to ease their suffering. There is no official count of how many people were killed directly by the blasts, except to say that it was in the hundreds of thousands. Over the years, tens of thousands more died due to the effects of radiation exposure. Another…

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