And his wife declares he's not a bigot. Glad that's settled.
St. Patrick's Day
The Council performs background checks on groups wishing to march prior to their acceptance. We were unable to find any evidence of LGBT Veterans for Equality that would confirm them as a recognized Veterans Organization.
We appreciate the efforts the Mayorâ€™s office to try and mediate this issue. However it is our intention to keep this an Irish Celebration, dedicated... Read more
Peter Wilson at WBZ reports the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Harvard won't let its students march in the St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston because it doesn't want anybody thinking it condones "the homosexual lifestyle" it's apparently convinced parade organizers now countenance by letting a group that supports gay rights promote "diversity."
The Globe reports on a deal brokered by Mayor Walsh that will let MassEquality march - as long as they don't wear shirts or carry signs that have the word "gay" on them. No word if they'll be allowed to carry rainbow flags as long as all the stripes but the green one are taped over.
For some reason, the Globe suddenly cares what blowhard C.J. Doyle thinks about the St. Patrick's Day parade and Marty Walsh's decision to continue the city's mayoral boycott until it allows gay veterans to march. And what he has to say is:
Saint Patrick was a Catholic archbishop and is a Catholic saint. How do you honor a Catholic saint by providing a... Read more
UPDATE: The Limerick Leader has revised its story and now calls Linehan merely ONE of Boston's top politicians. You know what this calls for, of course:
There once was a paper in Hibernia
That seemed to confuse Boston with Serbia
A man named Linehan
They called the top strongman
Gave local writers a hernia
Bah, you think Bill Linehan is ... Read more
Good news, everyone! State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry and City Councilor Bill Linehan issued a statement tonight agreeing that she will host the St. Patrick's Day breakfast and that they will now get back to the task of dealing with public safety, substance abuse and neighborhood development.
In the statement, Forry says:
It is evident there has been miscommunication surrounding this event. I am happy... Read more
The host has long been the state senator from South Boston, but now the state senator for South Boston isn't from South Boston and so the gloves are off and City Councilor Bill Linehan, who took over hosting when Jack Hart quit as senator, vows not to let some upstart from, gawd, Dorchester, host the breakfast.... Read more
Finnegan's Wake with puppets at Hogan's Run in Brighton.
Mayor advises residents: Don't be a knucklehead - and if you have a house along the parade route, watch those guests near the deck railings.
Turlach MacDonagh wonders: Why were happy green people carrying a big log down Beacon Street in Brookline this morning?
UPDATE: Looks like it's this thing where people undergo a simulated special-forces training run. H/t Matt D.
Copyright Turlach... Read more
Just skip to 1:40, unless you want to see a tourist entering and leaving Cheers.