Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Brunswick, Bowdoin; Race, Gender, Rape, Social Constructs; and Sound and Fury…..signifying nothing.

“Recently a young woman at Dartmouth College, having had sex for the first time with a man, reflected that she had “lost her virginity.” Then she put that thought on hold: “Virginity is just a total social construct,” she told her interviewer. Her story appeared in the college’s student newspaper.”
(You can read the rest of the rather academic treatise from which this is excerpted here:   You’ll even find Bowdoin College mentioned prominently)

We could say we told you so…but why bother.  It’s way too easy; Brunswick and it’s ruling class are so predictable.

Published reports on the town council meeting this past Monday evening, which we gave you some heads up about, lived up to our expectations.  While food per se’ may not have been involved, the atmospherics approached a food fight for dignity and decorum befitting the proceedings.

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We can only imagine what the audience in council chambers looked like.  And we can’t wait to watch the VOD recording of the meeting.  From what we’ve read so far, council members generally comported themselves in keeping with their established reputations.  Johnny Protocols even stepped up to try out for the role we included in our draft script.


Borrowing some literary imagery, we could say that Brunswick is but a stage, and the council just actors, strutting out their parts, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Except for digging holes, that is, fiscal and otherwise.


You can find more coverage on the meeting here, written by a Bowdoin grad no less:

It should be clear by now that our councilors have an expansive view of their own abilities, and more-so, their jurisdiction.  Recall them engaging in “Citizens United” resolution making.  Now they’re moving on to Human Rights.

And we couldn’t even get the weighty issue of economic benefits of the Downeaster brought to the table for discussion.  Why?  Because some of the councilors mentioned prominently in the articles wanted no part of making it an agenda item simply for discussion, let alone a motion.

Nice to see that Chair Brayman, as a ‘reward’ for her no vote on Monday’s motion, appointed Councilor Millet to the Race and Gender Task Force.  Take that, Jane!

Next time, do as you’re told, or you’ll be sent to the hell of a can’t win council Task Force.  Talk about knots.  Should be interesting to see how Jane manages the ‘do something’ imperative against the ‘Brunswick is the perfect place to live’ town branding.  Shorts and more could easily get tangled in a Catch 22.  Wonder if Task Force meetings will be televised?

As for us, we’re expecting we’ll see a budget increase to cover the cost of putting up “Slur Free Zone” and “Slur Watch Neighborhood” signs all over town.  Not to mention the 20 hours of training  on race and gender issues that each grade in “the best schools” will be required to impose annually.

Sooner or later, readers, you’ll figure out why we use “P.C. Poppycock” as our Nom de Side.

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