April 24, 2006

Kerry anti-LNG Rally

Congrats to Keri for what sounded like a successful anti-LNG rally with Senator Kerry.

The turnout sounded good for a rainy Monday afternoon. Your humble slacker author had to listen to it on the radio as “core office hours” are a hot topic around here lately.

It’s great to have John Kerry’s support. He gave a clear statement from Kerry that he’s against it, and against the policies that allowed this siting. Impressively, he did it right in front of Weaver’s Cove. Predictable anti-Kerry voices set up straw expectations, as if only one specific magical announcement is acceptable. They followed the rally with whining that he didn’t reveal some new mystery initiative that would have gotten national TV. But we just got a US Senator to stand on Weaver’s Cove LNG’s property and denounce the project. That’s undeniably big.

But rather than gripe about how local Republican mouthpieces use Kerry’s support as an opportunity to bash Kerry, I’ll say that things are looking up in the fight against LNG. I think the fight is far from won, but the opponents have built momentum. With our delegation doing things like stopping Republican attempts to take the old Brightman Street Bridge down, we’re finally seeing the kind of support we need.

Posted by James at April 24, 2006 12:23 PM
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More than one person has commented on my mention of "core office hours." I just wanted to clarify that this had nothing to do with specific concern over hours I was putting in at the office.

I probably ought to merely have said that I needed to be in the office today at that time.

Nice to have friends that care.

Posted by: James at April 24, 2006 9:26 PM

I'm sorry you weren't there -- but it's good to know you were in spirit. Man, people have been brutal about John Kerry coming down ... I wouldn't blame the guy if he DIDN'T come back ... thanks to the two conservatives in the SouthCoast ...

Posted by: Keri at April 25, 2006 9:34 PM

This workaholism thing is really eating into my free time.

Time ot take up a few new hobbies so I'm too busy to work!

Posted by: James at April 25, 2006 9:53 PM

To actually reply to your comment: yeah - talk about giving Kerry a reason not to return.l But that's just what his opponents want. To discourage him.

Look at Bush's speech today. Did he propose anythign really helpful for the current oil problems? Like regulation of the oil industry, similar to the way utilities are regulated (a Democratic proposal)? Of course he didn't.

But do you hear the two Republicans in the area criticising him by saying he gave an empty speech? Me neither. And HE was faced with actual alternative proposals, unlike Kerry at the LNG rally. If Bush made an anti oil price-gouging speech from EXXON property, now THAT would be newsworthy, and would have been the equivalent of our LNG rally.

Monday was tough. After work I needed to visit my grandmother at Charlton (she's hospitalized with pneumonia) and then I wanted to catch a little bit of the Somerset school committee meeting. Was only able to stay at that for 45 minutes.

Posted by: James at April 25, 2006 9:59 PM

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