When it makes more sense to be bizarre

Sean wrote a tremendous post about open government and how neither his elected officials nor the WPD have gotten back to him regarding any of his concerns or questions.

So it is perhaps fitting that Chief Gemme has responded not to any real denizen of our fair city, but to everyone’s favorite Twitter parody account:

(screenprint via kwout)

Obviously, if you want to be heard in this city, a real identity (with real questions and concerns) puts you at a disadvantage.

In future, I’ll try for a pseudonym, typing in all caps, and keeping myself to 140 characters.

April Fool

I was waiting for this morning to see if there was going to be a disclaimer printed after Nick K’s Sunday column proclaiming his to be the best April Fool’s joke after Victor Infante’s.

Sadly, that was not the case.

So, when Nick K. says that asking his colleagues to zip their lips “is very out of character for Mr. Petty, who during his City Council career has never shown a penchant for seeking confrontations. In fact, he’s tended to avoid them like the plague.”

For those of us who have actually followed Worcester politics for more than a couple of weeks, we know that, in fact, Mr. Petty’s entire MO has been to zip his lip.

In fact, I suspect there was little to no confrontation in telling the City Council to be quiet.  This is a body that thrives on not tackling any real issues.

This whole endeavor in shutting up (except to Jordan Levy, of course) was toavoid confrontation.

Right now, we’ve got a mayor who says “what has transpired over the past week has created a distraction but we can’t let these issues get in the way of our ability to lead, govern and most importantly, serve the citizens of Worcester.”

The conventional wisdom is now that we should never let real issues and real concerns get in the way of the business of the City Council.

And we’ve got a columnist applauding them for doing that.

If you’re interested, there will be a rally tomorrow (Tuesday, April 3) at 6:30pm in front of City Hall regarding profiling.

(I have no opinion on this, but I would like to point out that there were 6 WPD cars in front of City Hall when I went to last week’s City Council meeting.  They were ostensibly there because they anticipated a rally on this theme.  So if you attend tomorrow’s rally, you’ll probably be very safe.)

Details on the rally:

A City Council Pre Rally to Demand Accountability from the City Administration and Worcester Police Department when issues are brought up by the Worcester Community and residents.

1. We demand a response from the Administration and the police department as to why there …was not any follow up on multiple meeting requests of concerned residents and the former Mayor, who were worried about racial profiling in the Hammond Heights Community.

2. An explanation as to why a 14 year old boy was arrested outside of his home because a neighbor accused him of looking suspicious.

3. Demand a Response to an item Council Joe O’Brien filed in August 2011, when he was Mayor, requesting the City Manager provide information on the legality of Colleges and Universities patrolling residential communities in the city and the questioning of non-students on residential streets.

Mayor Petty has agreed to take up Councilor Joe O’Brien’s tabled item from last August at this City Council Meeting. We need to be there to show that we demand a response!

Pipe-Bumper Guy

I suppose it was inevitable that all the trades would want to get in on the D.I.Y. bumper craze that’s sweeping greater Worcester.  Today’s featured handyman seems to be a plumber:

Here we seem to have two slightly different lengths of painted cast iron pipe, probably an inch and a half in diameter.  They seem to have been welded to two plates which are bolted to the arms which used to hold the original bumper.

This bumper’s not nearly as good as last week’s deck bumper.  Both rear quarters of the van are entirely unprotected — the pipes should have been much longer.  In addition, if Pipe Bumper Guy wanted to impress us with his plumbing skills, the ends of the pipe should have been threaded, and four 90-degree elbows could have been used to connect the longer pieces — protecting the ends and giving us a finished look.  Throw in a union joint somewhere for aesthetic appeal and you could have had a masterpiece.  Instead we have an inefficient bumper replacement that offers even less area to stand on when accessing the back of the van than the original bumper had, and no evidence of mad skills.  Sorry, Pipe Bumper Guy, but you’ll need to try harder.

Oh, and the brake light on the right rear of your van is out.