Category Archives: Massachusetts

You might be from New England if…

you ever had one of these sandwiches before.  Can you name that sandwich?New England

Eleven years ago today this happened in MA

Same Sex MarriageNovember 18th, 2013 the Massachusetts State Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a ban on gay marriage is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Opponents made doomsday predictions about how this would destroy traditional marriage. History has proven those arguments were nothing more than thinly veiled homophobic rantings.

I would imagine the fact that the very, very gay friendly state of Massachusetts having the lowest divorce rate per capita in the United States is a very inconvenient truth for those who continue to oppose same sex marriage on the basis that it harms the institution of marriage.

Now you can buy alcohol on Sunday mornings in MA

State Liquor licenseDid you know that starting last Sunday, you can now purchase alcohol starting at 10 a.m. – instead of waiting until 12 Noon?

WBUR.org shares more information on this inn their post, Mass. “Blue Laws” Change to Allow Liquor Stores to Sell Alcohol 2 Hours Earlier on Sunday.

Cheers

 

Bay Windows endorses Richard Tisei

Richard Tsei, Bay WindowsGay Republican, TIsei, endorsed by Bay Windows

Bay Windows, New England’s premiere newspaper for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, has done something inconceivable – it has endorsed a Republican running for a U.S. Congressional seat.

Richard Tisei (R) is running for Massachusetts 6th Congressional District and as Bay Windows writes, “Tisei is a pro-choice, pro-gay, and qualified for congress. Oh, and he’s gay.”  That’s right America, Massachusetts is now ready to export, out & proud gay Republicans.  This will be maddening for conservative pundits like Limbaugh and Huckabee. Can you imagine them frothing at the mouth as they say things like “US Republican Congressman, Richard Tisei’s husband…”

More importantly Tisei’s presence could build bridges and help end the war his party has waged on the LGBT community since the 1980s.  I don’t mean to infer that electing Tisei will single-handidly change the Republican party’s homophobic attitude toward homosexuality but it certainly adds an interesting dynamic and guarantees Tsei a national platform to talk openly about LGBT concerns.  He isn’t afraid of challenging his party.  After all he boycotted his own party’s convention when Republicans in our state added language opposing marriage equality.  And you know what – he still beat there ass. I can’t wait for this showdown and wish Richard success at the ballot box on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

Autumn in New England

Fall foliageFoliage is definitely peaking in and around Boston just in time for next weekend’s Head of the Charles Regatta. Check out this photograph my friend Slobodan snapped in a town just south of Boston this past Friday.

Americans think Mass. has the weirdest accent

Business InsiderLast week my friend Tony pointed out that in 2013 Business Insider published the findings of a national poll that found our fellow Americans thought those of us from Massachusetts had the weirdest accents in the country.

For the record, we didn’t receive the dubious honor of being named the rudest state nor arrogant; that was reserved for New York. However, Massachusetts was also named the smartest state.

You may read all the results from Business Insider, here.

What would Massachusetts do with $100m

Marijuana TourismI know some will not be pleased with my continued advocacy for legalization of marijuana and my frustration with Massachusetts stonewalling the opening of shops for medicinal sales.

This week Coloradans raised a lot of eyebrows when it was reported marijuana tourism is creating an economic boom for Colorado ski towns with some reporting that as much as 90% of the recreational pot being purchased is coming from tourists.  In April Reuters reported Colorado expected to bring in $98 million in revenue, exceeding the state’s expectations by 40%.  Now numbers of more than $100 million in new tax revenue are expected.

I’m not being naive about potential problems with full legalization of marijuana, but since the state seems so enthralled with legalizing gambling, I figure one vice is as good as another and at least with the case of marijuana one might expect to see a rise in tourism.  Sorry Revere, MA but no matter how amazing you make your casino (and I doubt that it will actually be amazing) I find it hard to believe it will help increase tourism to the state. There are regional casinos in mediocre towns through out the US already, but full legalization of marijuana remains quite rare and would provide a unique distinction.  If legalized, I’d propose following 4th of July and before Bear Week in Ptown they create a new theme week called “Pot Week in Ptown”. I bet Spiritus Pizza would have a banner week. ;-)