The Power of Blogs

I claimed an influence on Providence Mayor Angel Tavares with respect to his handling of education costs on last night’s Matt Allen Show. Matt and I also touched on technical difficulties over at RI Future. It didn’t occur to me to connect the two topics, but fertile ground for bombastic declarations exists in the fact that RI Futurre’s founder is now a member of the Tavares administration. The influence of blogs! Stream by clicking here, or download it.

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mangeek
mangeek
11 years ago

I know they’re not related, but it’s probably GOOD for RIFuture to be down this week, I saw signs calling Taveras a ‘union buster’ last night, and others equating Rhode Island with Wisconsin. Jerzyk has long thought that our public education needs a major shakeup and modernization, and he no doubt helped counsel this strategy.
What I haven’t seen much of is Providence Teachers talking about what’s really happening, they’re sticking to the party line that ‘we are all fired’ even though it’s clear that these letters are only a precaution. They’re only fired if they aren’t actually called back for work, right?

Tommy Cranston
Tommy Cranston
11 years ago

“Technical difficulties”
“not related”
Grow up people. Within an hour of the posting of a scathing attack on hypocrite Jerzyk, replete with the address of his new seaside Cranston semi-mansion, the blog went down and out.
And it ain’t comin’ back.
The Troskyites are back fighting it out with the Stalinists.

Dan
Dan
11 years ago

Easy for Jerzyk to call everyone racists and side with the unions when was insulated from the hard decisions in blog la-la land.
Now he’s faced with reality and has no choice but to acknowledge the hard anti-progressive truth that the city is bankrupt, public education is dying, and these compensation schemes are unsustainable.
Too bad RIFuture is down at the moment. It would have been great entertainment to see some progressive on progressive rage over there.

mangeek
mangeek
11 years ago

Has anyone noticed that the teachers aren’t talking on the blogs much? Usually they’re all over the place when talk of small concessions comes up. This time it’s dead silence. I even posted to a teacher friend on Facebook’s wall and a coworker sent him a quick ‘don’t respond to this guy. keep quiet’, and the whole comment quickly disappeared.
They’re controlling the message, and saying that they’ve ‘been fired’, when that’s not really what’s happened at all.
I’m actually a little scared that such large groups can organize so quickly and be totally on-message, we certainly couldn’t do that.

Dan
Dan
11 years ago

They know that this is the big one, mangeek. Nationwide, the tide is turning against them, and if it does go over then they know that it will never go back. This one’s not about nickel and diming anymore, it’s for all the marbles.

Russ
Russ
11 years ago

From what I heard from Brian, someone forgot to renew the domain name. Nothing more to it than that. No sense going all tinfoil hat about it.
And mansion? Puh-lease. What, I suppoose you “live in a vaaaan, down by the riiiver” or something?

Tommy Cranston
Tommy Cranston
11 years ago

And mansion? Puh-lease. What, I suppoose you “live in a vaaaan, down by the riiiver” or something?
Posted by Russ at March 3, 2011 1:06 PM
I live in a one bath nothing of a house and pay 5 grand a year in taxes for it to support public payroll predators like you.

Russ
Russ
11 years ago

Sheesh, I guess not everyone was a Chris Farley fan. Forget I brought it up.

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