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Menino lays an egg, And now he wants to regulate thought
Boston Herald ^ | 7/25/12 | Michael Graham

Posted on 07/25/2012 4:21:12 AM PDT by rhema

Dear Mayor Menino,

I have a friend who’d like to open a business in the city of Boston. He knows it’s more expensive than most other American cities. He also knows that the permitting process here is more onerous and that his tax burden will be higher here, too.

But he still insists that he wants to come here, spend money, pay taxes and put Bostonians to work. Only one problem:

He has stated — publicly, repeatedly and for the record — that he thinks the designated hitter rule in the American League is stupid. It’s also his opinion that nobody should wear white after Labor Day, vinyl is better than digital, and Michael Keaton was a better Batman than the new guy.

So here’s the question: Will you still let him open a business in Boston?

I know his opinions are unpopular. I know you don’t agree with many of them. But would it still be OK for him to lease private property and run a private business here in your city?


To some people, Mayor Menino, this will sound like a stupid question. But they don’t understand what a (ahem) “special place” you’ve made Boston.

In most cities in the civilized world, a business owner’s opinions about cultural, political or social issues would be irrelevant to his ability to do business. In Boulder, Buffalo or Bangor a guy who believes the legal definition of marriage should remain “one man/one woman” may lose a few dinner invitations. But he’s not going to lose his right to do business.

Ah, but this isn’t the civilized world. This is Boston.

It’s liberal, tolerant and diverse Boston — which is why you have threatened to ban Chick-fil-A from our fair city.

Dan Cathy, the CEO of Chick-fil-A, has publicly expressed his opposition to same-sex marriage. He even went so far as to suggest gay marriage was a violation of his religious beliefs.

“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’ ” Cathy said.

No wonder you told the Herald that “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston,” Mr. Mayor. Of course not.

I mean, what kind of “tolerant” city allows people in who have opinions we don’t agree with?

What sort of commitment to “diversity” says “we welcome all sorts of different views, even ones we think are wrong?”

Not on your watch, right, Mayor?

Who cares if you can’t name a single gay person who has actually suffered discrimination by Chick-fil-A?

Who cares if there’s no evidence Chick-fil-A practices actual discrimination in its business. You know a thought crime when you see one, right Mayor?

And how great that you’re not falling for all that “free country” stuff, either. Let those traditional marriage extremists practice their so-called “freedom” in some other town!

Well, except for all the Catholic churches and charities in the city, of course. Oh — and every current Boston business owned by a Catholic, too.

But other than that, the rest of you haters can go screw! We’ve got Warden Menino watching you, waitin’ for you to — a la Cool Hand Luke — “get your mind right.”

Now we just need one thing: Please post a list at City Hall of all the opinions you’ve banned from Boston. Abortion, marriage, the proper size of a soft drink cup — whatever. You, the government, tell us mere citizens what we are allowed to believe, and we’ll get right to believing it.

Congratulations, Mayor! If that’s not the liberal ideal in action, I don’t know what is.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: bannedinboston; chickfila; homosexualagenda; menino; moralabsolutes

1 posted on 07/25/2012 4:21:16 AM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema

"...wondering if the Mayors Menino and Doomberg of NY have a side bet, like baseball, on who can get the most press converge being the biggest idiot. Doomberg has the lead now"

2 posted on 07/25/2012 4:29:17 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: rhema

The DH ruins baseball, and Keaton was by far the better Batman.

3 posted on 07/25/2012 4:29:26 AM PDT by steve8714 (Romney will end up with someone even whiter and more boring than himself as VEEP.)
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To: rhema

Maybe someday, Boston mayor Tom Menino will pronounce something right>p> It's not the first time he's screwed up an athlete's name, and it certainly won't be the last. There's a reason his nickname is "Mumbles." Boston mayor Thomas Menin praised Celtics superstars "KJ" and "Hondo" on Wednesday, when asked by reporters what he thought about the team's success. For those of you who actually know a thing or two about sports... KJ is a nickname usually reserved for former Phoenix Suns star Kevin Johnson, and certainly not Kevin Garnett. "Hondo" refers to former Celtics legend and Hall of Famer John Havlicek. He was a great Celtics player, but still not the same as current star point guard Rajon Rondo. Like I said, this isn't the first time Mayor Menino has screwed up when talking about Boston sports. Previously, he discussed "Grabowski and Wes Weckler" as keys to the Patriots' success against the Broncos in the playoffs.

4 posted on 07/25/2012 4:33:22 AM PDT by scooby321 (h tones)
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To: Doogle

Menino’s recent surge is vaulting him close to the top spot in the Hugo Chavez Division of the Tin Pot Tyrant Mayors League.

5 posted on 07/25/2012 4:35:53 AM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema

Show me any city that doesn’t suck. There aren’t any.

6 posted on 07/25/2012 4:39:52 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: Past Your Eyes
"The mobs of great cities add just so much to support of pure government as sores do to the strength of the human body,"

Thomas Jefferson

"I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries as long as they are chiefly agricultural; and this will be as long as there shall be vacant lands in any part of America. When they get plied upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe."

Thomas Jefferson

7 posted on 07/25/2012 4:49:33 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Past Your Eyes

It’s time for Mumbles to go the way of Baunee Fwank.

8 posted on 07/25/2012 4:52:07 AM PDT by Internet Walnut
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Tommy Jeff was one smart cookie.

9 posted on 07/25/2012 5:14:43 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: rhema
You, the government, tell us mere citizens what we are allowed to believe, and we’ll get right to believing it.


That ones gonna leave one helluva mark! LOL!

10 posted on 07/25/2012 5:33:58 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a ~Person~ as created by the Law of Nature, not a 'person' as created by the laws of Man)
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To: rhema

Maybe we should push the “hate crime” absurdity to include punishing to death people who criticize coke snorters like Obama, or Coke Snorter in Chief.

I mean, come on, dictatorship for dictatorship and corruption, why stop at fudge packing? If anything goes, any thing goes... right? If he or she is a whore, why don’t she do it the way of the Satyricon?

This country is going to hell in a hand basket.

11 posted on 07/25/2012 5:51:59 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: rhema; raccoonradio; Andonius_99; Andy'smom; Antique Gal; Big Guy and Rusty 99; bitt; Barset
The main point here is tragically off-base ... p[ossible missed entirely.

No one, never mind this anglo-speaking author of the posted article, can possibly interpret the words of Mayor "Mumbles" Menino ... never mind the possible "thoughts" behind them ... unless he or she has gradiated fun dee "Mumbanino Screw of Erocution Steech.

For all you anti-Boston people might know, Mumbles was welcoming "Chickolay wif op farms ....etc." Youse wen off crocked ona half here.

12 posted on 07/25/2012 6:29:11 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (What Hawaii gave to Obama was not what Obama gave to us.)
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To: steve8714

“The DH ruins baseball, and Keaton was by far the better Batman.”

Agree on the DH, Don’t think Keaton would have been a better Dark Knight.

13 posted on 07/25/2012 6:42:15 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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