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August 25, 2006

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Somerville Republicans on Rep. Toomey

PDS's endorsement of Rep. Toomey comes as a surprise.

The Facts

Rep. Toomey's voting record shows that he is against embryonic stem cell research, and supported a bill that reaffirmed the phrase "one nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. In addition, Rep. Toomey called into question whether PDS was a transparent organization when they endorsed Avi Green, his former opponent. For another article on this subject, click here. Lastly, Rep. Toomey endorsed State Senate candidate Michael J. Callahan during last year's Senate race, despite PDS's endorsement of the current State Senator Pat Jehlen.

Say No Thanks Rep. Toomey

Hi Rep. Toomey
please say no to the endorsement, it might be a catch. i don't trust those progressives in Somerville.
Friend of Representative Tim

Andy

It just kills Republicans that Democrats are united this year and will take back the Governor's office, as well as the U.S. House and Senate.

The PDS endorsed Deval Patrick and the entire Somerville legislative delegation - Senators Jehlen & Barrios as well as Reps Provost, Scortino & Toomey - and the entire Somerville legislative delegation has endorse Deval Patrick.

Bye Bye Mitt & Kerry.
George W - all the lies and corruption will be exposed during the next two years.

Franky Faultimier

My thought is that as time passes we will increasingly condemn ourselves for the way we've eroded and undermined that great achievement of Western civilization, namely democracy or the involvement of all citizens in their own governance. They will get pushed intot he suburbs by bigger forces than we can pretend to weild in our little city.

Our democracy isn't what it once was. It can be measured by the decline in the number of people bothering to vote and in the decline of the effectiveness of political parties (to the point where their very existence seems pointless).

As important is the more subtle and permanent and irreversible decline in our democracy that happens as power shifts from nation-states, whose governments we elect, to the global market and to transnational corporations and international bureaucracies over which we have no — or almost no — control.

Just how we've let go of the substance of our democracy was shown when Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew proclaimed as "a historic first" that fact that all the governments of the western hemisphere had agreed to release the draft trade treaty they'll be discussing at their meeting in Quebec city.

In a strictly technical sense, Pettigrew was quite correct. Trade deals, which are immensely complicated affairs, have never before been made public until they've been signed. (Even this one, for a pan-Americas trade pact, won't be made public until after the Quebec city meeting where it will be negotiated).

Trade deals, though, are no longer just trade deals. They are now political instruments. They may improve our economic condition. But they weaken our political condition by transferring more and powers out of the control of national governments. It's absurd for Pettigrew to try to take credit for having helped convince his colleagues to do what they should have done long ago — that is, helped their citizens take part in their own governance by providing them with basic information about decisions that will affect their lives.

The only reason the hemispheric ministers agreed to make the document public was because of the pressure upon them of the anti-globalization civil society movement.

The point being that this civil society movement, for all its confusion and internal contradictions, is the only political voice that these days is speaking out on these two central issues of the diminution of our democracy and the magnification of our income gaps.

For what, specifically, will we one day have to apologize? For allowing our government to build a two-kilometre-long concrete and chain-link fence to keep as far away as possible from those people talking about — and, true, often also shouting about — democracy and income gaps( affordable housing our issue?, not on this level, lets quit fooling ourselves and the voters and get the real story out.

brickbottom

Everything is political in this city and everyone has their own agenda.

During this period of time the PDS is in control of this city and it took our knucklehead Mayor to finally realize that after his candidate Mackey lost to Jehlen in the Senate race. Then realizing he would need our state reps and senators to remove the Chiefs position from civil service he almost fell over himself to support Provost for state rep. He got what he wanted because he realized without their support his "vision" would be sunk. He was forced to "play ball" with them because they had him by the short hairs.

If they only knew how he really feels about this group! Welcome to Somerville!

somerspeak

So does this mean that they were wrong in endorsing Green?(who has since moved out of the district)

Or has Toomey come that far in two years that he now wears a "progressive" coat?

Or are the Progressives just full of shit and are just like the good old Democrats they run against? (they need to endorse Toomey to get what they want from him)

Tim, you are smart enough to see through these phonies. Take the endorsement then change your cell phone number.

brickbottom

Somerspaek,

I like Pat Jehlen and am one of her supporters.

But remember this she voted in line with Shannon (God rest his soul) about 90% of the time. So there really is no big difference between the PDS and regular old Democrats. I don't know why everyone is so afraid of the PDS.

Maybe you can tell me why?

Toomey endorses Patrick for Governor:

Toomey endorses Patrick for Governor:

"Deval shares my belief that government must work for people, not against them. His commitment to ensuring quality health care for all, affordable housing, a living wage, and educational opportunity demonstrates that he understands the needs of working families and the elderly in Cambridge, Somerville, and throughout the Commonwealth." "
Timothy Toomey
State Representative
26th Middles

somerspeak

Brick,

Attend one of their meetings. Then you and I can have an off line discussion.

As for why I am sckeptical about this group?(not afraid)

I see them as a splinter group of the Democrats. Yes? Yet the mantra seems to be "why can't we all just get along"? Then let me ask them(and anyone can respond) Why, when they continue to call for cooperation, negotaition, inclusiveness, "all for one, one for all", why was it necessary to break away from the core of the party and start their own little "clique"?

Seems more that just a little hypocritical.

After you've attended one of their monthly pot lucks,(I'm making a big assumption you have not), let me know your thoughts.

All Losers we have here in Somerville

Losers, i am leaving my ballot when i vote on primary. how dull is it jehlen, provost are running and nobodys running against them. if i was younger i would run for office and show these young whipper snappers a thing or two.

just a old man in his 80s at a senior housing project. and that person that got me in there god bless her soul. you know who i am and who i mean.

unionsquareboy

Toomey is a double-dipping rightwing thug. Why PDS would ever endorse him is beyond me.

To somerspeak,

Lets look at the big picture here,

That's why I decided to check out the Republican Party and the progressives. This was not easy for someone who was raised as a Democrat.

I know the Republicans or the Progressives would welcome you with open arms.

Sometimes people ask me, "How could you turn your back on your Democratic roots?" It's a good question.

I have nothing against Democrats. As you now know, I used to be one. Most Democrats are good, hard-working, well-intentioned people. In many cases, including in mine and my wife's, it has been a family tradition to vote for Democrats. Our parents and grandparents voted for Democrats for reasons that were good and noble ... in the past.

THE CURRENT wave of favoritism and corruption is not due to something being wrong with people like us raised as Democrats, but to one group and one party's having had absolute control for too many years.

Too many officials and city appointees did not have to work hard to get where they are now. They consider public service their right, not a privilege. Without the checks and balances of another point of view, they have become arrogant, self-serving and corrupt.

Single-party rule is now just a big problem here. We need to think about reviewing laws and policies to ensure that local whistle-blowers are fully protected and that potential corruption is identified early. Let's provide anonymous counsel to those unsure if superiors are asking them to bend the law. And lets eliminate any loophole that inadvertently protects wrongdoers.

History teaches that "power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." The current abuse of power in Somerville is not random. It is the predictable result of one-party or gourp domination. We need competition in the political arena, and we need it now.

You don't have to be a member of any particular political party to want honesty in government, a stronger economy, better schools, a green line and a healthy environment. These are everybody's goals.

Republicans Porgressives, and Democrats may differ over how best to reach them, but we all want the best for Somerville.

brickbottom

Hi Somerspeak,

No, I haven'y attended one of their potluck dinners.....lol Probaby won't either.

You make a lot of sense Somerspeak as you usually do. But I found Pat Jehlen very responsive and helpful when I called for some problems I was having. Like any group I think your going to have people you like and dislike, buy you are right we should all work and be inclusive for the Democratic beliefs we all believe in. But it has seemed sice the Reagan Presidency that the Democratic party has been turned into a mirror of the Republican party in some aspects. They have splintered off into many different groups.

It just seems like I hold, not all of course, but a good amount of beliefs that the PDS does.

I know that they are leery of people like myself, someone born and raised in Somerville, but like anything else if you want to make change in anything you have to do it from the inside out.

I appreciate and value your views. But on the whole I usually vote for the person who is running for a particular office, not because they are affiliated with a certain group. Of course that doesn't hold water if a Republican is involved....lol.

Thanks for your views.

Potluck?

PDS Potluck? You must be speaking of the Progressive Potluck. I thought that PDS and the Progressive Potluck where two different things. I look at their website, and those people never advertize the Potluck, only their monthly meetings.

Ron Newman

They are separate. The potlucks existed long before PDS.

somerspeak

Brick,

Try as I might, I just can't warm up to the majority of the progressives I know.(in and outside of Somerville) Even though, I like you, share many of the same beliefs and strategies progressives tout, I have this sick feeling, that rather than use their own intellect, they follow their leaders, sometimes over the cliff.(re:the koolaid crowd)

And just to set the record straight, I have voted for Democrats, Republicans and "progressives".

Call me crazy. Call me independent. Or you call me a Demorepubprog.

PotLuck,

I've attended both. The same people attended both.(very few exceptions).

somerspeak

UnionSquarBoy,

If I can be so bold and give you my answer to your question.

Because just like mainstream Democrats, the progressives are not above a little ass kissing when they need something.

Neither do they hesitate to cut off support when they perceive their candidate isn't towing the progressive line.(witness poor old Barrios)

brickbottom

Somerspaeak,

You said: "I have this sick feeling, that rather than use their own intellect, they follow their leaders, sometimes over the cliff.(re:the koolaid crowd)"

I believe that holds for any group of followers for any particular candidate, especially in this city. I voted for one individual candidate and helped this person out during election time and was basically "told" who to vote for to help this politician with his/her agenda. That shit does not work for me nor should it sway anyone else's vote. This person was not one of the "koolaide drinkers" either.

I basically am to the point that I will vote for the best possible candidate that I think will deliver the goods. But my old Democrat in me just can't give a Republican a vote. The Christian Right Wing, Newt Gingrich, Dick Cheney and the rest of that bunch over the years have sickened me.

The only time that I could even think to vote Republican is if that snake Reilly gets the nomination, then I'll do so while holding my nose. Reilly is nothing but a Republican in Democratic clothing anyways.


somerspeak

Brick,

And that really is the saddest part of local, state and national politics today.

Many times we have to choose the lesser of two evils.

This is for all the Yahoos the are in or plan on running for office!

Those Born 1930-1979!

TO ALL THE KIDS

WHO SURVIVED the
1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they
were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get
tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs
covered with bright colored lead-based paints.


We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we
rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took
hitchhiking
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster
seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.


We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.


We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one can and

NO ONE actually died from this.


We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank koolade made with
sugar, but we weren't overweight because .

WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING !

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back
when the streetlights came on.


No one was able to reach us all day.


And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down
the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the
bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.


We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no
150 channels on cable, no video mo vies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's,
no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or chat rooms.......
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!


We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
lawsuits from these accidents.


We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us
forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,

made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it
would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang
the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!


Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't
had to learn to deal with disappointment.

Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.

They actually sided with the law!


These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem
solvers and inventors ever!


The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned

HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

If YOU are one of them . . CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as
kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives

for our own good

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave
(and lucky) their parents were .

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:

"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding,
severe thunderstorms tearing up the

country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and
terrorist attacks,"Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the
Pledge of Allegiance?"

For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us....go ahead
and delete this.
For the rest of us.....pass this on.

Love, Snowflake's Eleven

unionsquareboy

Eh, OK.

Bottom of the Ninth

Your Honor, I object!

brickbottom,

You said "Reilly is nothing but a Republican in Democratic clothing anyways."

There was no cal for a shot like that. You built him, you own him. We'd have NO part of that A-hole. There's not bigger fraud in politics today. On that I'm sure we can agree.

Anybody, and I mean anybody but Reilly. A-hole.

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