Tuesday, July 24, 2007

New blogs in town, DeSalvatore not looking so good

As those of you who've read my critique of Ted DeSalvatore's website already know, Ted doesn't think much of bloggers. In fact, he warns people not to listen to them and instead to get everything straight from him. He presumably didn't consider the possibility that blogs might just quote him verbatim.

It appears one blogger has taken Ted's warning to heart, and started the Say No To DeSalvo blog. (I assume because it rhymes better than the "Say No To DeSalvatore" blog). Regardless, it's a new blog which at the time I'm writing this has just two posts, but both are doozies. It's worth noting that the blogger in question doesn't really editorialize (though I suspect the caps are his/her doing, correct me if I'm wrong please), just presents Ted's own words.

The first post was basically a transcript of DeSalvatore's Ward 4 campaign promises/propaganda/gibberish. It contains such nice nuggets as:
"In addition to compromising our safety some homeless may be involved in the frequent break-ins, cars and homes alike. By giving them a DESIGNATED AREA and remanding them to stay clear of our neighborhoods the job of our police department may get easier, break-ins may be reduced and our officers may be allowed to put more of their time on other issues."
So, he basically demonizes the homeless and then promotes a ghetto arrangement. That worked great in Warsaw!

Another peach:
Nice. I'm glad Ted felt so comfortable speaking for the homeless. This is the same guy who is opposed to having "Our Father's Table" feeding the hungry on Main St.

Some context for that from the Sentinel:
Fitchburg Ward 4 City Councilor Ted DeSalvatore, who said last week he did not support Our Father's Table's return to Main Street, said Thursday he thinks the presence of homeless people on Main Street could deter both potential businesses and customers.

"Very few people feel comfortable coming downtown when there's a lot of people just hanging around," he said. "In most cities, especially bigger cities, any one street can have a mixed-use environment where homeless people gather. But we've only got one main street. We don't have a lot of places of commerce where people can set up shop."

I'll now take a short digression to point out another recently-created blog, the Fitchburg Voice. It's been dealing extensively with the Our Father's Table issue, and the most recent post has an interesting quote from one of the cofounders of OFT:
In the beginning homelessness was the issue. The faces changed. Now they are mostly elderly, some handicapped, some families, very little homeless. People come seeking fellowship, companionship and spirtitual need fulfillment. They come to us with dignity and they leave us with dignity.
So, the opposition from Mr. DeSalvatore is based on nothing, just like almost everything else the man says! Way to live up to expectations!

But back to the "Say No To DeSalvo" blog. That first post was full of stupid statements made by Ted, but was pretty much par for the course. There are dozens and dozens of examples of Ted saying stupid things all over the place. It's just the way he talks.

The most recent post on the SNTDS blog I actually find a lot more interesting because it presents some things that Ted has somehow managed to not talk about to the local paper or put out as press releases.

The blog quotes from this post in an online discussion from August of 2003. It's from someone known as "truth_seeker" (whose profile identifies him as Ted). It's all part of a religious discussion about an openly-gay bishop. Ted got involved to answer the question "where did Jesus say homosexuality was wrong?"


Okay, most of the post is typical religious gobbledygook. Just an exercise in theological masturbation, as far as I'm concerned. Debating gibberish with more gibberish. But there are some parts that are quite interesting...

Sayeth Ted:
Long ago a group representing the Gay Liberation Association of Rochester, New York visited my social studies class while I was in high school. One of the members stated something I will never forget. At the time I was not a Christian however had a great hope that God and Jesus did exist. The statement was, “Jesus was a homosexual.” I and my other classmates, absolutely appalled by the statement, escorted the entire group out of our school and asked the school to remove the teacher who invited the group to speak to us. This was 1973 and the push to make us except that attitude continues. That teacher became a guidance counselor. Go figure! I learned later that he was at one time or another the president of the Rochester branch of Gay Liberation Association.
(In case you had any doubt that "truth_seeker" was in fact the same Ted DeSalvatore, note that Ted was in high school just outside Rochester, NY in 1973. Also, all misspellings and grammatical errors are original.)

Now, I'm a little doubtful that this group just walked in, said "Jesus was a homosexual" and got kicked out. If they did say that, I presume they had a reason behind it, otherwise they were just being needlessly confrontational. I'm also a little doubtful that high school students have the power to "escort" invited speakers out of the building. And to go to the effort to try to get the teacher fired? Well, it seems like Ted has a real big problem with Gay Jesus!

Lots of people are idiots in high school and turn things around when they get older or wiser. However, those people don't generally brag about their idiocy. Ted's not one of those people. Further supporting the concept that his old biases are alive and well, at other points during this screed he also implicitly calls homosexuality "wrong, immoral or unnatural behavior" and a "perverted teaching".

So, Ted's a homophobe in addition to all his other flaws. Great. I wonder why it is that so many people so strongly oppose his mayoral campaign...

Finally, Ted closes his 2003 screed...
People who stand outside the place of what is appropriate will always try to justify and or infect as many others as they can. There is strength in numbers. The body of Christ is being divided over every little thing as Lucifer revels in its weakening, the army of Christ is quickly becoming ineffective. We must put up our best fight however nothing will prevent scripture from being fulfilled. These things must come to pass and the end of things as they are, will be realized.
Some lessons from this paragraph.
  1. Ted thinks that homosexuality is something you can "infect" others with.
  2. Ted believes in a literal devil, named "Lucifer".
  3. Ted probably believes in the "Rapture".

While the last two put him in the company of a large number of similarly crazy people (our President included), the first one is all you really need to know the man is unfit to be mayor.

Anyway, go check out those other blogs and show them some love. Fine work all around!


Jason said...

Not for nothing, but I'm taking a beating on this subject at SF. Is there any info on exactly where this stuff is coming from? I could use a source or two to quiet the angry crowd gathering at the gate.

The Unicow said...

Well, you'll have to ask over at notodesalvo.blogspot.com about the first post. It's said to come from Ted's Ward 4 campaign, but the actual source is not given. Yes, not ideal.

As for the homophobia & religious bit, it's available on the web. Links are in the post or just go here for the source. The site itself seems to just be a large discussion forum.

Click on the poster's name "truth_seeker" to see his profile identifying him as Ted. Since the content of the post seems to support that assertion (Rochester NY in 1973) I'm inclined to believe it is in fact Ted.

Jason said...

Thanks, man.


The Unicow said...

No problem.

Good luck with the fire.

Anonymous said...

Wanna know what Teddy boy thinks about Adrian Ford?

Wanna know what he thinks about the Asian councilor you people have?

Wanna know what he called a Jewish woman?

Wanna know how he treats people when they don't support him no longer?

What rhymes with hick but is a racial slur against Hispanics? You guessed it, one of Ted's favorite words.

Don't believe me, the truth will come out soon. My cousin once helped him with his campaign. Teddy boy didn't know she was mixed.

Anonymous said...

A hundred bucks says the site belongs to crazy Rachel, any takers?

The Unicow said...

Ugh, let's not go down that road. It was terribly annoying when I was constantly getting told I must be Matt Straight or Dan Mylott or any of a dozen other people.

It's like people can't comprehend the fact that someone who isn't directly involved in politics and doesn't spend hours commenting at Save Fitchburg would actually have stuff to say on their own terms!

It's "a concerned citizen" as far as I care. Who they are is far less important than what they have to say.

Anonymous said...

Good point man, but that broads a hoot just the same if anyone wants that bet im good for it

Jason said...

I'm going through the same thing at SF. Except Wong is taking the heat. I'm with the Unicow on this one. I think it's just some guy or girl with some time and an anti-DeSalvo bent. Long live the Internets!

ReallyRachel-Really said...

I'll settle the bet.

You "anonymouse" guys need to stop drinking the water. Ye gads I hope we DON'T bottle and sell the stuff to the unsuspecting public!

Please send your check care of Jason. He knows where to find me. I can use the dough.

Unicow, thanks for the nice words on MY site and the interview with Annie. It's quiet, more of a tea room where folks can feel comfortable reading. Maybe people will learn a little about our fine city by stopping by from time to time. The edgy stuff is best saved for you young bucks at PF and SF.

I don't want to know the identity of either Unicow or the subject site administrator. Sort of like peeking behind the Wizard of Oz's curtain, it would spoil the mystique and fun.

If the site owner reads this, A)nice work, thanks for the laugh and B) the reverse print is difficult for those of us with low vision. A little disability accomodation would be nice?

Thanks for the great fun guys.

Jason, be sure to let me know when you receive the check! :-)

Shalom y'all

Anonymous said...

Did someone say gay Jesus?

Anonymous said...

anonymous said: "Did someone say gay Jesus?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rdvd0FZzwO8 "

That was so good it was painful.

Anonymous said...

Please log onto www.telegram.com and see a politian muscle out a disabiled veteran.Type in desalvatore in the search as read what he's willing to do to get in the mayor's office. What Next? P.S. tell 10 people to tell ten people to tell ten people. Show him the power of ten! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Anonymous said...

After reading this artical about the Veteran with PTSD being harrassed by Ted Desalvatore in his own business, is the last straw. I can't believe he would violate the law and rights of this business owner. This is the beginning of the END of his political future in Fitchburg. So long Ted!

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