Personally, I like "realist" rather than "progressive" (BMG is a "reality-based blog," for example) even though the two are, in fact, synonyms. - promoted by Bob_Neer
A couple of months ago a kid from one of the nicer suburbs was tragically killed in a car accident. It got a lot of press. The kid played football so there were a few reminders of it this past week in the ubiquitous coverage of the Thanksgiving high school games.
Gut wrenching. The press covered everything. The candle light vigils, the long lines at the wake, the funeral with weeping family and friends exiting the church.
A few weeks ago some Spanish drug dealer shot a white kid from Charlestown dead outside a convenience store on Main St.. His friend was shot too and has a tough recovery ahead. The drug dealer thought he was shooting some other white dudes who pissed him off. Mistaken identity.
Anyone read about this? It got some press but anyone hear about this kid? He went to St. Clements High School in Somerville. He was well liked. He played sports. It’s an unbearable loss to his family? Did you see any of the coverage of the wake and crowded funeral? Did you see his fellow students in tears?
Quick tutorial: Charlestown is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city. Gentrification has been on steroids there for the past 35 years. As a result there are two kinds of Charlestown residents; the locals are “Townies” and “the yuppies that weren’t born there are “Toonies”.
(In Southie they call the newbies and yuppies “liberals”. If Rush Limbaugh bought a condo somewhere off East Broadway they would call him a “fucking liberal”. Swear to God.)
Now back to being preachy.
Anyway my point is it is just as much about class as it is race. This kid was a Townie. He has a family. Can you imagine if the kid’s parents were Toonies? How about instead of St. Clements he went to Buckingham Browne and Nichols and his mother was a doctor at Mass General and his other mother was judge? Would the media cover it the same way?
Now that I think about it this is another reason we need Liz Warren to run for president. She sees how the powers that be divide the people to keep them from joining together and forcing the status quo back to an economy that distributes more to working people while taken care of the elderly and disabled.
Speaking of LIz, It is crazy to market her as a progressive. That’s just today’s nomenclature for “fucking lefty”. The country ain’t up for voting for this season’s Jerry Brown.
Liz asks the questions that right wing nuts, left wing nuts, and everyone in bewteen who isn’t worth more than ten million dollars want asked. Where’s the money going? Why are all regulators chosen from a revolving door of the regulated? Common sense questions. Not pie-in-the-sky abstract bullshit that we’ve been hearing for far too long without results.
She’s the candidate for everyone. That’s the ticket. Don’t let Hillary paint her as too far left. She’s not.
Jay Ash, the outgoing Chelsea City Manager and incoming Baker cabinet bigwig, deserves a statue in the middle of Bellingham Square.
I don’t know much about tax rates and budgets and buildings and new hotels and all the other crap he’s being praised for.
But I do know that when he took over the place could have gone one of two ways. The easy way was back to the old days but only worse. There was always someone who could be bought off so the deal, any deal, could be made.
Or the city could continue on the then recently court mandated righteous path.
Easier said than done in the city where bookies and other types were highly respected members of the community, Anheuser Busch refused to build its distribution plant because there were too many hands out (ended up in Meford) and a pompous Brahmin liereary figure described it as the “unmitigated nastiness” beneath the Tobin Bridge.