Seems legit: He's got yer balloons right here

Clown with balloons

Tim Dwyer reports this perfectly respectable gentleman is giving out free balloons at Tremont and Pembroke streets in the South End.

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Only politicians are scared of this clown....

Happy Halloween

Thanks to government waste of our tax dollars at City Hall on Monday I got a free ticket to Europe courtesy of our City Hall politicians. I spent most of today in Dublin so that clown wasn't me, I just landed !

The only people who should be scared of me are people who don't want transparent, honest government and accounting reviews of different departments at City Hall. I challenged the four incumbents at our debates to come up with a single cost saving idea this month. To my knowledge there hasn't been a single proposal.

My thoughts on Boston City Government:

If I were an honest Boston Politician:

I would always advocate for UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE. I would ask each elected official from Boston on the City, State, and Federal level where they stand on this issue and publish the Yes/No answers online so the citizens know where their officials stand on the most important issue in America today.
I would visit all the Public Schools in an 18 month period. I’d meet with parents, teachers, students, stakeholders and present a plan to eliminate busing, insure equity and present a comprehensive plan to the City on July 1, 2019. This would save nearly 100 million dollars a year that we can invest in the schools including a new State of the art STEM school to be built in conjunction with and as a pipeline to MIT and other great local science Universities. I would not vote for any pay raise for any public official until this school is built.
I would professionally audit the Boston Public Schools.
I would professionally audit the BPDA. I would initiate the process of eliminating the BPDA and creating separate Planning and Development agencies controlled by the citizens of Boston.
I would take any and all agreements that the City of Boston, the BPDA and any other agency has made with any public space, private property, private, public or business entity in regards to taxes, uses or benefits and put it PERMANENTLY on the City of Boston website for all the citizens to monitor. I would also put all public documents online. Both would have a searchable data base. I would invite Don Sakland to consult to make sure stenographic records are properly available to all citizens.
I would ban the spending of public funds on putting politicians names on signs, clothing,buildings and other non-temporal items.
I would move the election cycle so that the election of the Mayor coincides with Presidential elections. This would expand turnout and decrease the power of the incumbents employee base.
I would eliminate the waste of taxpayer funds on the Greenway Conservancy and roll the Greenway into the State park system.
I would not allow any buildings to violate State Law and cast shadows on the Boston Common, no matter how much I received in campaign contributions or alleged promises of money to be paid to the City. I would not give any tax breaks or exemptions to the developer of this building.
I would not give any public lands or tax breaks to rich corporations and developers. This only increases the inequality in the City of Boston and America.
I would investigate and enforce and make all public projects report their City of Boston jobs policy results on a searchable database on the City of Boston website.
I would ensure that we work to eliminate ‘no show’ jobs, redundant jobs, political hires, etc. We should not tolerate full time pay for less than full time work.
I would make sure that public properties go to the highest bidder in open, honest bidding processes so that citizens get proper value for their assets.
I would engage the local business schools at Northeastern, Boston University, Harvard, MIT and Babson to use their brainpower to examine each of the different departments in the City of Boston. We will ask them to do case studies on each department so that we can eliminate inefficiencies and redundant jobs. We would plan and model for the future and truly have a government that reflects the cutting edge private sector we have in Boston.
I would take the T at least once a week to work (and bicycle in the good weather) and advocate working with the State for a truly modern public transit system equivalent to the excellent systems in Asia and Europe.
I will work to create a new class of zoning for inexpensive micro units that we can build to provide less expensive housing for our poor and middle class workers and to house our homeless, which is the shame of our city and country.
I wouldn't have the answers to the opiod crisis, but I do know we need housing, mental health facilities, and that Long Island bridge and shelter should be fixed to help the problem not sold off to developers or used for Olympic events.
I would not support any use of taxpayer money on events like the Olympics, Grand Prix’s, tax breaks or giveaways of public roads to private sports teams.
I would be open to receiving tips and ideas on waste, fraud, abuse and corruption in the City and would not be afraid to investigate, no matter the political connectedness or ramifications. I would advocate for the budget of the Financial Commission to be at least doubled. I would also be open to Citizens Ideas on how to save money. For example: having the Big Belly trash compactors have LED’s on the street side of the Big Belly’s so workers don’t need to stop, idle, get out of their trucks and walk around to see if the LEDS are red or green. This would save time, money and reduce Greenhouse gases.
I would advocate for instant run off voting and term limits for Mayor and City Council.
I would love, adore, respect and protect all the citizens of the city no matter race, gender, orientation, and would not be afraid to call out injustice, corruption and intolerance even if it challenges the status quo.
Finally, I would take $10,000 of my salary each year and award it as scholarship split between two graduates of the Boston Public Schools who write the best essay on the topic of ‘The value to democracy of open and honest government, public schools, public parks, public transportation and the public welfare.’ We would ask Noam Chomsky to be our final judge. All worthy entries would be published online.[4]

Why so obtuse Pat?

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Thanks to government waste of our tax dollars at City Hall on Monday I got a free ticket to Europe courtesy of our City Hall politicians. I spent most of today in Dublin

WTF does that mean? Why so obtuse and confusing? It seems that you have something detailed to say on every subject under the sun. So why the double talk on your trip to Dublin?

It's clear that although you have some ideas, you clearly don't give a fxxx about your campaign or really getting votes if you're spending time in Europe a few days before the election.That, plus your stupid clown costume proves to all that you are not serious.

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You should have had someone holding a sign next to you.

If you don’t have one, I’ve got some plywood and paint. Just say the word.

Some "food for thought"...

"Thanks to government waste of our tax dollars at City Hall on Monday I got a free ticket to Europe courtesy of our City Hall politicians. I spent most of today in Dublin so that clown wasn't me, I just landed !"
Quite the contradiction, to say that your ticket was "free" due to government's wasting of tax dollars. Clearly, the ticket wasn't free...the people paid for it.

"If I were an honest Boston Politician:"
Theorizing if you "were" honest implies that you're not.

"I would always advocate for UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE. I would ask each elected official from Boston on the City, State, and Federal level where they stand on this issue and publish the Yes/No answers online so the citizens know where their officials stand on the most important issue in America today."
If this was indeed something of importance to accomplish, an assigned task force/team should handle this, to allow attention to more pressing mayoral duties. Besides, advocating & initiating studies (etc.) sounds great on paper, but that doesn't necessarily equate to action (i.e. 20+ years of "studies" on a North-South rail connector have yielded NOTHING).

"I would professionally audit the BPDA. I would initiate the process of eliminating the BPDA and creating separate Planning and Development agencies controlled by the citizens of Boston."
Having agencies such as these, completely controlled by Boston's citizens might yield a nightmare. With the right circumstance, you might witness NIMBYism at its finest.

"I would not give any public lands or tax breaks to rich corporations and developers. This only increases the inequality in the City of Boston and America."
That's fine, as long as you're okay with having "rich corporations" choose other cities who do provide some sort of financial incentive.

"We should not tolerate full time pay for less than full time work."
This makes sense for politicians who are not consistently engaged in performing their governmental duties. For white collar workers like myself, all I do is full time work for less than full time pay...many in this country do.

"I would take the T at least once a week to work (and bicycle in the good weather) and advocate working with the State for a truly modern public transit system equivalent to the excellent systems in Asia and Europe."
If possible, I'd take the T every day to work (sadly, there is no service that gets me from Weymouth to Norton)...and not just once a week. Why not be in it regularly, like most working commuters?

Unless you want to rip up the current subway & start over (which I don't understand where the hundreds of billions of dollars needed for it would come from), the reality is, the subway utilizes a 120 year-old central tunnel system, and decades-old ROWs, which were obviously not built/planned to anticipate 2017 standards.

Also, the entire commuter rail would need to be electrified if you want to get to modern day standards, meaning getting away from diesel locomotives. That would entail an entire new fleet of locomotives. Again, where does the money come from?

"I will work to create a new class of zoning for inexpensive micro units that we can build to provide less expensive housing for our poor and middle class workers and to house our homeless, which is the shame of our city and country."
I think it's a shame that poor and middle-class workers are only "worthy" of micro units, and not worthy of full-sized 1 & 2-bedroom apartments. Work should be on affordable apartments that aren't LUXURY...the working class should have a place called "home" that doesn't cost so much, they're required to have 2 roommates. And it doesn't need to be lined with granite countertops & stainless steel appliances. Residences should be affordable and PRACTICAL.

I could go on, but I think you get the picture. Just some "food for thought".

I wonder if that's my child-hating South End neighbor. If so,

this is his scariest costume yet, and he's done some terrifying ones over the years, like a truly horrific, expensive-looking Angel of Death number a few years ago. He usually operates from his stoop only a few blocks away, but I wasn't around to see if he was there as usual this year or not.