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Public Enemy #1

2012/01/08 in Activism, Admin, Alex Morse, Art, Elections, H.U.S.H., Holyoke, Lies, Mayor, Mike Plaisance, The Republican, Youth

 

I have never volunteered or donated to a candidate with the exception of two and there are a number of reasons for that. First, I am an anarchist at heart…  I don’t desire the hierarchy that representative government requires – I don’t see politicians as leaders.  Second, I think that the bar is set way too low as to what is qualified and elected by our voters.  The results are actually quite absurd in my mind…  on the local and recent we have Murphy, Vacon and Bresnahan?  What the fuck are people thinking?  Not just the voters, what motivates these freaks to actually put their hat in the race?  It really boggles my mind.  If we actually had real leaders then maybe I could reconcile the first problem in local elections.  Third, there is the buyer’s remorse.  The system is the system and I participate even though it is against my better judgments I suppose.  I voted for Vega…  I voted for Deval.  I have since self-flagellated a million times for these crimes I have committed.  Of course, I admit that it is true that I have had reservations about a few people and have been rewarded.  But mostly I am cynical and disappointed when it comes to politics.  That all said, I did support and volunteer for two candidates:  Robert Reich when he ran in the Democratic (puke) Primary to potentially oppose Mitt Romney.  His failure sent me deeper into the politics-hole.  Recently I donated time, money and support to our newly elected Mayor Morse.  Why?  I thought that he embodied and supported what represented success to my city – our city – and I see him as a leader, honest, qualified and committed.  I believe in him as do many.

 

Now we exist in a bacchanalian revelry for what seems to be a victory with two big fundraising parties this week.  Yes, Morse is a win but he’s not the only thing that will bring us out of the darkness.  As a 22 year non-native resident of Holyoke I can attest to the fact that in the past five-ten years the -potential- of Holyoke has been its calling card.  Much has changed – old Holyoke is in its death throws, a thriving arts district has developed, the canal has been recognized as an asset, Victory Theater is a reality, state leadership has helped with the data center project and now Morse arrives at the right time to be the facilitator and architect of Holyoke’s renaissance.  It is not just him… as there a number of concepts that one would credit as prerequisites to the success of a city – especially with a small city like ours. With the exception of a few of the obvious offerings that municipal government is expected to provide I will name a few positives that I find extremely important, and I am sure that you, the reader, will agree with most of these: Good schools and libraries – especially the presence of a college or community college in city limits, like HCC; after-school and summer activities for kids and teens – organized by schools, non-profits or community based actions like KPAO! and the Unrestrained Youth Group; arts and culture – especially venues that foster homegrown talent and creativity; successful local small businesses that cater to the public; employment within city limits – ideally not looking towards big-box corporate part time / wage labor; public transportation within and to and from our downtown; neighbors helping neighbors; leadership that engages the population; ethnic, gender, religious diversity and acceptance; community policing; civic pride… etc.

 

That all said…  there is one very powerful and influential force that is almost wholly absent from our sphere:  Media and Journalism.  Outside of blogs and weekly papers there really is not that much coverage as the only local daily paper that focuses on Holyoke stoops to tabloid nonsense and local broadcast TV while similar is increasingly irrelevant in the internet age.  Holyoke has long been the whipping boy in the news and I do find it odd how this works…  sure, there is plenty to report about with crime, casinos, fiascoes and bad politics…  but when there is nothing else to report what do you do?  You make stupid vapid nonsense into controversy.  The Republican has nothing to offer but coupons for Dunkin’ Donuts and tabloid journalism.  It really is a shame…  it has a glorious history with Tom Wolfe, Charles Dow and Edward Bellamy (anyone that has not read Looking Backward should).  Check out this headline and story from The Republican’s best and brightest reporter, the beef-witted Mike Plaisance:  Holyoke’s new Mayor Alex Morse generates excitement, but how long before backlash arrives? When? It arrived when you wrote this bullshit “story”.

 

I would go as far as saying that The Republican is anti-Holyoke.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

2011/11/09 in Activism, At-large, Chickens, Council, Elections, H.U.S.H., Holyoke, Mike Plaisance, Patti Devine

There’s a saying…

(Hot off the press, here’s Patti’s thank you / victory ad in today’s Repuke)

…don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.

Morse’s win is delightful, but this, here…  it is savory.  At the same time, there is some remorse to losing one’s nemesis.  In some ways I will miss Patti.

Audio from the Morse and Pluta Debate

2011/10/27 in Alex Morse, Casino, Elections, H.U.S.H., Lies, Mayor, Mike Plaisance, Pluta, Politics, Press, pronography

One Ring To Rule Them All

 

 

(What is up with the large rings that Mike Plaisance wears?  I hear he also has an impressive collection of pewter dragons.)

Everyone looked sharp last night.  Both Pluta and Plaisance were sporting new hairdos.  Though, it was odd to see that Pluta dyed her hair to match Morse’s color?  I was told that this was this was Nelson Roman’s decision.  Bad call, dude.  Also, Elaine walked in wearing this leopard fur collared coat.  She looked fabulous but it was slightly over the top…  something that I’d expect to see worn at a five-star resort rather than the sober event that is a political debate.  Morse did wear a great tie.  I must admit, I lament the fall of Gaddafi for one very good reason…  they have returned to the pre-1969 and post-colonization flag.  I think most flags to be ugly and too busy.  The Libyan flag of recent times was an amazing austere solid field of green, my favorite color…  I think that everyone presented themselves very well with their answers.  Both Pluta and Morse have run good campaigns with the exception of a few wrinkles on Pluta’s part with the “agenda money”, which was mostly addressed in this debate.

I have got to fault Plaisance on a few of his questions.  At first I thought he was biased towards Pluta but then it became clear that he’s biased to sensationalism.  First he twists words from Morse’s campaign about what Morse will bring to the office of mayor and that if he is bringing those things does that not imply that she is lacking them?  A negative campaign does attack the other player, but he’s really speaking the truth here – and mostly about himself.  Let’s be honest here…  If you watch Pluta she’s not at all energetic.  She shuffles about like zombie, uses almost no body-language and when she tries to speak with emotion she sounds all monotone like Donald Duck.  As far as vision, we can all have different opinions about a casino…  Pluta has been a strong supporter of Holyoke as a host city, lobbied for us in Boston and received campaign contributions from those involved.  Then she praises Taco Bell?  If this is part of her vision, then I must say it is indeed lacking.  The idea that we must base success, jobs and tax revenue on vice and fast food is absurd.  Sure, gambling should be legal, but I’d prefer back room and bar gambling to some billion dollar monument to sickness.  Resources can be much better spent.  The new legislation that Deval will sign into law is several steps backwards for our great state.  Then, this troll hunter goes on to bring up Morse’s age.  Has this not already been beaten to death and deemed a non-issue?  He’s running a solid professional campaign, he’s serious and obviously he has what it takes.  Could we not have asked questions about issues, ideas and leadership rather than this bullshit?  Maybe if that were the case those that may have doubts about him would learn more than directly addressing the prejudice.  We all know how old he is.    Plaisance did take his turn with Pluta, asking her about her claim of  having “the fight of her political life” and why does Morse “come out of nowhere” as a serious challenge to her position?  It would have been much more useful to those witnessing the debate to get beyond the tabloid nonsense and instead to issues in Holyoke .   These questions really did not cover any new ground for most of those in attendance and were a serious waste of time.

I don’t dislike Pluta.  I just don’t think the results match her claims.  I’ve witnessed much poor communication and bad ideas come from her in a brief two years.  I do feel some sort of pity for her, I feel that she wants to do good for the city, but honestly, she does not have what it takes and the whole casino issue is a major flaw.  I also think that she did not run an honest campaign at times.  Those several different letters that went out concerning “agenda” and “out of town money” were downright sleazy fear-mongering.  Sure…  if I was watching this campaign from afar and I was not connected to the city or its politics I might actually donate to someone like Alex because it is downright inspiring.  Speaking of good ideas and the digital age I do stuff like this all the time with organizations like Kickstarter, Kiva and various activist groups – I give more money out of town and out of the country than I do locally.  Good ideas and progress are just that…  so it  really is no matter where they are happening…  but of course, when hits home like we see here it is really wonderful.

I consider this election over.  Morse is going to win.  I had my doubts at first but there really is no way that the majority of Holyoke is that dim that they would agree that  things are on the right path or that Elaine has proven herself thus far.  It really has been a long time.  We need some real leadership now.  (and responsible media in the form of a daily newspaper)

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