There is a such a stark difference between your commentary on the Council on on the City Manager.
The former reads like Keith Olbermann discussing the Republican Congress.
The latter reads like John Boehner complaining about President Obama.]]>
The divestment thing? You mean the thing that we apparently have no investments in? Yeah I could have included it, if I had thought of it, sure.
Trust me, I’m guessing there are about 50 inane things this Council did I could have included. But eventually I had to go to press with the hours I had already put into this thing.]]>
I noticed that you did not mention the divestement of oil and gas stocks that the CC had before it.
But you did mention the DeMoulas kerfuffle as inappropiate.
Aren’t they equally inappropiate since the CC has no power over either issue?]]>
First, I’d like to notate my generosity in letting the above comment through, since it incorporates personal attacks and that is a big no-no on this blog. However, it’s so ridiculous on its face that I thought people would get a kick out of it at least.
I’m going to respond here, but not because Mike is important enough to respond to. His comments can stand on their own in their absurdity.
No, I view his comment as an opportunity to have a discussion (really, one that doesn’t require him), and I’m not talking to him but to other readers.
To begin with, I think he needs to look up the definition of “civic engagement.” In a democracy, we don’t all need to running for elected office. (That would be crazy, of course.) No, civic engagement can be as simple as showing up for elections (I do, even the lame primaries with no one running opposed), chatting about politics around a water cooler, working on campaigns, hosting discussions in the community, and engaging in conversations about our civic life, which no one can say with a straight face that I have not done.
In fact, my civic engagement has been effective enough that Mike lost an election because – and I gladly take some credit at least – his racist, anti-immigrant, and cronyist actions on the GLT school committee were brought to light on this blog. That, my friends, is civic engagement. And obviously he’s still angry over it!
But let’s set that aside – I applaud everyone reading this who even just cares a bit about local elections (or state or national), who goes to vote when they can, and who tries to stay on top of issues they care about. Unlike Mike, I am glad you are civically engaged in whatever way you can be, and I won’t insult you for not running for office. Without you, a democracy can’t function. Thank you. Stay active in whatever form you want to.
But what I find really funny, in all this, is the attack that I didn’t support Rady Mom. Well, I hate to tell Mike, but half the Cambodian community hates him. And not over something trivial, but over the history of genocide, and who’s in charge in Cambodia right now. It doesn’t surprise me that he would back someone who’s divisive, but let’s be clear here – he didn’t back Rady Mom for any other reason other than Fred Bahou was running as an indepdent in that race. He can’t stop being angry at Fred for winning and knocking him out. Which is ironic, because all Fred did was run for election for something – something apparently Mike says is so important in order to be able to speak out in a democracy. If you aren’t running for something, shut up. If you are running for something, it better not be against Mike Hayden, because that’s wrong too!
I also had absolutely no idea what Rady Mom stood for on the issues – he was very vague and noncommittal at best – and just because someone has a D after their name on the ballot, does NOT mean I am required to be active for that person. If Nangle ran for State Senate and got the Democratic nomination you can bet your sweet tootsie I am sitting that one out, at a minimum.
PS – regarding running for office, I’m actually not that old yet, so my political life isn’t over. Who knows? Maybe I will run for something someday. And if Mike is still alive to see it, I bet I am the recipient of enormous rant and froth about how wrong that is that I’m even allowed to do it! You see, consistency isn’t Mike’s strong suit.]]>
You are beautiful Lynne. Anything that is not the way you like it, is WRONG. You say you have been silent and yes you have. I could not help but notice that as much as a liberal democrat that you claim to be! You were absent in our successful effort to elect the first Asian American State Rep. this year. ( Oh you sold your self to steady Freddy a long time ago to come after me I forgot.
You knock the council and the manager but yet you come up with no thoughts of how to run things your self.
You have never had the GUTS to run for office ( using the excuse you have a family and work ( What do the rest of us do just live for political life )
I know you are going to dismiss this as just ranting and raving by Mike Hayden and that is fine . But I just wanted the people who support you ( and that is a very small group) to know that you a nothing short of a bomb throwing , do nothing , lady with a trash mouth.
As always you favorite target
Thanks Gerry, hope you had a good holiday.
Yeah right, “interested party” (and in what way are you interested I wonder? are you a an elected official trolling under a pseudonym?) like I’d be mean to people I actually have nothing mean to say to…it’s not like it’s not well known I’m a supporter of the Bills, Kim, Kristin and Connie’s. The rest of them? I have major issues with. Truth hurts…
This Council has been horrendous and I wasn’t going
Also half this list isn’t mean. Heck the list goes easy on Rita even…]]>
Re Interested Party, contributed what to who?
Regards — Cliff]]>
Thanks I sure could use most of those. Merry Christmas!]]>
I guess we can tell which politicians contributed by the lack of snark in their “gifts” versus their rivals.]]>
We’re headed to the Woody Allen flick tonight.]]>