“We conclude that the initiative petition should not have been certified by the Attorney General as ‘in proper form for submission to the people,’ because, contrary to the certification, the petition does not contain only subjects ’which are related or which are mutually dependent’,” Justice Frank M. Gaziano wrote in the decision.

And with that the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ended the sixth attempt to enacted a graduated income tax.

While I am glad that there will be no MA Exodus Tax I am disappointed.  No one can be certain of the outcome of a vote before it happens, (remember Scott Brown?).  Only a Ballot Question can provide the opportunity to talk about policy with out the baggage of a politician’s individual personality.  It says a lot about me that I get excited about wonkish policy debates.  The summer promised an important conversation on proper roll of taxes and government spending.  Without the Ballot Question, that conversation will happen behind closed doors and not in the market place of ideas.  Without the Ballot Question the politicians that get their office by playing Santa will invent new schemes to tax us, and misspend the money collected.   Our state budget is trending in a direction that can not continue and must be changed.  If we don’t, the resulting clash will harm many innocent people.  I don’t know how to have that discussion without the Ballot Question.

Today there is celebration and relief.  Tomorrow I will have to make new plans to save our Commonwealth from the Kleptocrates.  And figure out what to do with all of these Bumpah Stickahs

Respectfully,
Matt O’Brien
President:  Worcester Tea Party

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Everywhere you look in the media the headlines are full of it. Incivility Reigns! Bullying! Cyber bullying! Mean Girls Rule! All there on the front page, all there on the splash, all there waiting for you to click on to see who said what about whom. Never mind if any of its true, never mind for any of it matters to anything more than some imagine scorecard written in some media office pool. But we’re constantly berated, and constantly told that we’ve allowed incivility to overwhelm our Republic. We elected President Trump and created the Republic of Hate, all incivility for everyone all the time.

The only problem is it’s not true.

Every book on etiquette I have ever seen has had some version of the phrase; the social norms today are much looser than they were in our parents’ time. This is way of saying all the social norms are out the window, and the world is going to hell in a hand basket. This is also a common refrain when people talk about civility. I find this kind of incredible, but of course completely credible because so few people understand our history.

We are in a golden age of Civility, even though we are also at an all-time high for the use of  George Carlin’s 7 words you can’t say. It was not that long ago that mob violence common occurrence in our country. Levels of incivility in our nation are on the decline people actually get along a lot better. There is a lot more Harmony than people give credit to because “War Imminent” headlines sell more newspapers than “Peace Breaks Out.”

It is up to all of us to do our little bit to spread Civility and to not make incivility profitable. Don’t get me wrong I’m not thinking being civil is easy, and frankly I’ve had my own lapses. But if we remember our history, we will see what happens when we allow those dogs to get off the leash. Incivility is detrimental to our beliefs about who we are and who we want to be. Practicing Civics with Civility is the main way that each of us can do our share to create that more perfect union.

Respectfully,
Matt O’Brien
President Worcester Tea Party

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is in the process of reacquiring the nickname TAX-achusetts.  The Loony Left has come up with a ballot question they have cynically named the “Fair Share Amendment.” This proposed change our state’s Constitution would allow a surtax of 80% on incomes of one million or more. Further language in the amendment ear marks the additional funds be spent on public education, roads and bridges, and public transportation.  This is the same graduated income tax that has been rejected by the voters many times before.

The Worcester Tea Party opposes this cynical tax scheme that will drive productive businesses and families from our state.  We have created an online petition opposing the “Fair Share Amendment” ballot question.

Here is the link to the petition, please sign it and share it on social media.

We will demonstrating against the “Fair Share Amendment” before the start of the GOP State Convention on Saturday April 28th at the DCU Center 50 Foster St, Worcester, MA 01608.  We are calling on Governor Baker to make opposition to the “Fair Share Amendment” ballot question part of his reelection campaign.  With enough signatures we hope to stop the “Fair Share Amendment” before it ruins our economy.

Respectfully,
Matt O’Brien
President Worcester Tea Party

Act Boston has brought Iranian Born Activist Anni Cyrus to Massachusetts for a series of events.

I missed her speech at the American Legion in Newton due to work commitments but as you might guess CAIR (the Counsel for Islamic Relations) tried to shut down her speech before it started. Old friend Dianna Ploss of ACT put out a press release concerning the attempt:

Anni Cyrus and the organizers of this event condemn the attempt by CAIR-National to stifle free speech in our country. Making allegations that are without foundation against Anni Cyrus and the organizers of this event is a hypocritical attempt to promote an exclusive view of the world in the name of the common welfare.

Anni Cyrus, a noted speaker and activist, will be speaking on the danger of Islamization in the United States and around the world. Included in her talk is the role of Sharia, how it prohibits the rights of women, the rights of free speech, and the Constitutional rights we enjoy, including the First Amendment.

Anni Cyrus has been a strong voice in the defense of women and minorities in Islamic countries. It is deeply ironic that her voice to protect others is mispresented by CAIR-National, and Anni Cyrus and the sponsors of her talk call upon CAIR-National to rescind its’ criticism, which is deeply repugnant to the principles upon which this country was founded.

I’m sorry this event went on without me and alas I am also unavailable for the private event on Thursday but there Will one more chance to See Ms. Cryus on Friday in Worcester as old friends Christopher Maider and the Worcester Tea Party bring her to the CAnal Bar on Water Street in Worcester

the Speech is called: Sharia Law, the real war on Women and no words are Truer spoken than that.

This will be the final Massachusetts stop in her Anti-Sharia tour and despite attempts to shut down this tour it continues on.

Things start at 7 PM, you can get tickets for $10 at the door

I intend to be there, I hope you can too.

DaTechGuyblog.com & the Worcester Tea Party presents

President Trump: A Year in Review & Looking Ahead

Join Award Winning blogger Pete DaTechGuy  & the Worcester Tea Party at Tang Dynasty Restaurant Leominster for President Trump A Year in Review & Looking Ahead.

For only $20, mark the anniversary of this administration with our panel to discuss the ups and downs of President Trump Year one and what we might expect to see in year 2.

The day starts at Noon with the Tang Dynasty All you can eat Chinese Buffet brought back specifically for this event!  Feast on an excellent selection of Chinese favorites while enjoying the cash bar and play a little Keno as we talk and mix.

At 1:15 Pete DaTechGuy takes the mic to introduce our panel featuring:

Chip Faulkner:  Of Citizens for Limited Taxation & Host of the Friday Morning Group

Mike LaChance:  Contributor to the National blog Legal Insurrection & editor for AmericanLookout.com

Christopher Maider:  Longtime Host of the Meat and Potatoes Radio show

Dianna Ploss:  President of the Boston Chapter of Act for America

DaTechGuy will  be asking them about what they expected in Trump Year One vs what we got and their take on what we should be expecting in Trump Year Two.

Finally Matt O’Brien of the Worcester Tea Party takes the floor with announcements of upcoming events and items of interest.

It all starts at Noon on Saturday Jan 20th at Tang Dynasty Restaurant 638 North Main Street Rte 12 (Exit 31b off Route 2) Leominster Ma  01453 (snow or shine)

Tickets :   $20 available online through at Eventbrite or save the service change by reserving your tickets through

DaTechGuyblog  (datechguyblog.com) datechguy@datechguyblog.com

OR The Worcester Tea Party wtp@worcesterteaparty.com

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For more information contact:
Peter Ingemi 888-9FEDORA (email datechguy@datechguyblog.com)
Or Matt O’Brien 978-423-5747 (email matt@worcesterteaparty.com)

Feminist Rhetoric Is Anti-Male ‘Libel,’ Author Says
Veteran Journalist Robert Stacy McCain to Speak Sept. 9 in Leominster

Men are being libeled by feminist rhetoric about “misogyny” and “rape culture,” according to a veteran journalist who will discuss his book at an event Sept. 9 in Leominster, Mass.

“Words mean things and the accusation of ‘misogyny’ – woman-hating – is being unfairly used by feminists to protect their ideology from criticism,” says Robert Stacy McCain, author of Sex Trouble: Radical Feminism and the War Against Human Nature. “In recent years, we have seen an effort to censor and silence critics of feminism, including the case of a Google engineer who was fired for a memo raising questions the company’s policies.”

McCain will speak Saturday, Sept. 9, at Tang Dynasty Restaurant (638 North Main Street, Leominster) for a luncheon event hosted by the Worcester Tea Party, DaTechGuyBlog.com and GraniteGrok.com. Advance tickets for the event can be ordered online for $35, which includes a buffet meal and a complimentary copy of McCain’s book.

Censorship of feminism’s critics is an issue that should be both familiar and concerning to Massachusetts residents. “In 2005, Harvard President Larry Summers was targeted by protests simply because he dared to mention ‘innate differences’ between men and women,” said McCain, referring to a controversy that led to Summers’ 2006 resignation. “Now we have seen the same basic issue turn into another national controversy involving Google, which is arguably the world’s most important information company.”
Google’s firing of Harvard graduate James Damore illustrates the way in which feminism has become a “totalitarian” movement that threatens free speech, McCain argues.

“By declaring their authority to speak on behalf of all women, feminists turn disagreement into ‘hate speech,’ and claim that anyone who criticizes them is ‘anti-woman,’” he said. “This is libel, a false accusation against men whose only crime is to disagree with a radical ideology.”

University departments of Women’s Studies are a major factor in promoting this attitude, said McCain, who has spent more than three years researching what his book calls the “anti-male propaganda” of radical feminism. “If the average person knew what Women’s Studies professors were teaching, they’d be shocked,” he said, citing such assigned materials as “Doing Gender, Doing Heteronormativity: ‘Gender Normals,’ Transgender People, and the Social Maintenance of Heterosexuality” in the widely-assigned textbook Feminist Frontiers. “It’s like a cult. Nobody on campus is allowed to question feminist ideology, so when students graduate and go out into the real world, they take these weird ideas with them. It’s a recipe for insanity.”

The notorious Rolling Stone rape hoax at the University of Virginia illustrated the toxic influence feminism has had on the media. “All the key facts in that story were wrong, but they let it go because it fit the feminist narrative,” he said, referring to the debunked 2014 article, “A Rape on Campus,” which cost the magazine millions of dollars to settle defamation claims. “Here was a case where an emotionally disturbed woman literally invented a rapist, ‘Haven Monahan,’ and a major magazine was willing to report that story as a fact.

“This is a very dangerous attitude,” McCain continued. “It’s not just that feminists are teaching women and men to hate each other, but they’re attacking the whole concept of truth.”  A veteran of more than 20 years in the newspaper industry, McCain began investigating radical feminism at the urging of readers at his popular blog, TheOtherMcCain.com.

“After I started writing about this stuff, the commenters kept saying, ‘You ought to write a book,’ and finally I gave in,” he said. He had previously co-authored the 2006 book Donkey Cons: Sex, Crime and Corruption in the Democratic Party, but self-publishing Sex Trouble in early 2015 turned out to be just the beginning of what has turned into a long-term project. “There’s no end to this craziness. Every day, there’s some new story about how feminism is affecting our society, and I just kept digging deeper and deeper into it.”

Researching dozens of Women’s Studies textbooks is different work than what McCain had done previously, covering campaigns as a political correspondent for The American Spectator. From 2008 to 2012, he traveled thousands of miles, doing “shoe leather” reporting on the scene of debates, campaign rallies and conventions. It was while covering Scott Brown’s 2010 Senate campaign in Massachusetts that McCain met one of his hosts for the upcoming Leominster event, Worcester-based “Da Tech Guy” blogger Peter Ingemi.

“Pete picked me up at the Amtrak station in Boston, and off we went,” McCain said of his trip to cover the whirlwind final week of the Tea Party-backed campaign that elected a Republican to the Senate seat formerly held by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. “We went all the way to the end at the victory party where the confetti and balloons came down. It shocked the world.”

In subsequent trips to the region, McCain met the proprietors of Granite Grok, a site covering New Hampshire politics. “There is no substitute for old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting,” McCain says, “and citizen-journalists are challenging the mainstream media to keep up or else get beat at their own game. The Internet has opened up a whole new world.”

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“Buffet Books & Blather” with Robert Stacy McCain
12 p.m. Noon, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017
Tang Dynasty Restaurant,
638 North Main Street,
Leominster MA

You can buy your tickets here

While the Federal Government and the press seems to have forgotten about the targeting of the tea party by the IRS The Worcester Tea Party has not.

On Monday March 14th from Noon to 1 PM at the Worcester common on front street, Day 1040 of the IRS scandal they will be holding a standout demanding answers. As their email puts it:

Worcester Tea Party stands out at Worcester Common to ask the IRS why no one has been held accountable since 2014 on the tax status targeting of Tea Party groups.

Former head of the IRS Lois Lerner, who pled the fifth, now enjoys a cushy retirement after unfairly and unlawfully denying lawful tax status to groups with whom she and this administration are politically opposed.

Alas I can’t attend but if you are interested you can email Matt O’Brien the president of the Worcester tea party here

This is , in my opinion, the most important factor in the upcoming election. It’s very clear that this administration is not going to punish anyone for this and I guarantee you that if the next president is Hillary Clinton not only will nobody punished but do you really believe that given the power of the white house behind her a president Hillary Clinton will not do the same?

And once that’s finally established as the norm it is forever.

If you do, then frankly you DESERVE a President Hillary.

What you missed DaTechGuy with Kirsten Hughes on DaTechGuy on DaRadio Saturday

For Shame, but if you want the first hour with the GOP chair of MA, you can find it here.

and id you miss our panel in the 2nd hour? No worries you can find that here.

 

And don’t miss us next week when we will have Bill Jacobson from Legal Insurrection in the first hour talking the backfiring ACA Israel boycott and the news of the day.

Then hour 2 our Magnificent Panel with Joe Mangiacotti,  Gary Goldman, Smitty from the Other McCain & Mike Hummell will take over to talk the issues of the week.

 

That’s Saturday Noon till 2 on FTR Radio and the Money Matters radio network, don’t miss it.

 

who are out in the trenches every day.

Catherine works full-time AND speaks to tea party groups on the Constitution Rand Paul and men like him are important but it’s the Catherine Whites of the world that make the difference in the long-term.