Saturday, February 27, 2021

Mom Called Me and was Laughing Last Night... " You’re Gonna Love This Story"


 First off here is an image of the "crisis"



Preface,  Rockport was a fishing town and a source of granite from it's quarries. There were many hardy men and women that worked and lived there. I bet life was tough.

 Over the past decades it has turned into a tourist and artist haven.

The story:

ROCKPORT — An explicit political sign (oooohh, scary lead in) on Curtis Street has neighbors complaining to town officials and police, but they say there's not much to be done.

At the intersection of Curtis Street and Castle Lane, just off Route 127, four Trump-related signs are hanging from two buildings. One of them, which was reportedly recently put up, reads, “F*** Biden.” The expletive is spelled out on the sign.

"We are aware of the sign," said Selectmen Chairwoman Ruth George early Thursday night. "We had numerous calls."

The sign in question hangs off the deck of a home under construction on a Curtis Street plot. The other home with the signs, next door at 2 Castle Lane, is owned by Craig Hillier, according to property records. Neighbors say Hillier is constructing the new Curtis Street home. 

A Times reporter briefly spoke with Hillier on Thursday afternoon outside the Curtis Street construction site. He declined to comment on this story. Shortly after the conversation ended, a driver pulled over to tell Hillier that he “liked the sign.” ( I would have said that as well)

Two of Hillier’s neighbor are less enthused.


(Now the Karens )

“I hate it,” said Sue Small, who lives across the street from Hillier. “My husband and I feel it’s very insulting. It’s not welcoming to the neighborhood. And Hillier is a really nice guy, too. He’s done a lot of great stuff up there (at the Curtis Street construction site).”

According to Small, some of her neighbors planned to contact the police about the sign.

“The Police Department has received three calls today regarding the sign,” police Chief John Horvath confirmed Thursday in an email. “The sign is on private property and is protected under the First Amendment. The situation is not a criminal matter and therefore, the Police Department will continue to field calls and inform the caller accordingly.” ( Bravo to the police chief)

George echoed Horvath, saying, "Police have been over a couple times to ask him to take that sign down, but we can't make him because it's protected under free political speech."

Although Small said she didn’t plan on contacting the police, her husband, Joseph Stigliano, ( married but different last names?, I know kinda like a Biden sticker on a Prius) said he was going to drop off a letter to Hillier regarding his dislike of the sign. 

“We saw two young teens the other day pedaling up the hill” right near the sign, he said. “We said, ‘Oh boy, that can’t be good.’” ( Have they listened to the lyrics of the music "young teens" listen to?)

Small and Stigliano have a ( Social Justice controversial) political sign  — “Black Lives Matter”   (Irish hits pause "I wonder what the demographics are in Rockport Ma?")  



continuing on.............

—on their front lawn, as well a LGBTQ Pride flag with “Peace” printed on it. ( AH HA!!!  I fucking knew it ) Their next-door neighbor, Cady Whitley, said she recently put up her own sign in response to Hillier. A handwritten message pasted on her car’s rear windshield reads, “Kids Live Here.”

“He put up Trump signs a couple months ago,” Whitley said. “I have absolutely no problem with that — it’s his right. But when you put up a giant expletive, one that I can see from my bedroom and from my kitchen, it’s extremely disrespectful to the neighbors. There’s also a school bus that drives up this street everyday. I just find it completely unnecessary.” 

Whitley said she recently reached out the Board of Selectmen about the issue.

"(Town Administrator Mitch Vieira) has reached out to about 10 of the 12 people that called," George said. "I had one call and I just reached out to her. "

"We're looking at what other avenues we can proceed with, but there's nothing right now that we can do," she continued. "I'm very sorry this is happening for the neighbors and everyone in town. That's a terrible sign to have up, for the people who have to look at it and for the children who see it."

Selectmen Paul Murphy and Don Campbell could not be reached to comment on this story. (Smart men) 

....   end of article.

"Now that this has been printed cue the vandalism" - Irish

Now, Irish being Irish, just has to go see the players involved.  You know, rabbit hole kinda stuff:

 *google* Craig Hillier Rockport,  *hits enter*: 

Craig Hillier seems like a hard working guy. From what I gather from open social media he must be a lobsterman, beer drinker , obvious Trump supporter, not one to back down.

Found him on fa**book

 *google* Sue Small Rockport,  *hits enter*: 

Not much to find. Appears to be in her 70s

  *google* Joseph Stigliano Rockport,  *hits enter*: 

He is the artistic director of the Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe

Both appear to be from Cambridge Ma , again, open info on the webz, and right there that explains alot. Cambridge Ma   Voted Best City For Liberals In 2016 >> LINK


Now you see how sipping covfefe on Saturday morning's is spent. It's my down time.

Off to project some projects.





Kudos To This Woman....That's How It's Done..










Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Who Is Pulling The Strings?


 Who do you think is behind what is going on?

It sure isn't sleepy asterisk or kneepads. After reading Jeffery's linked article below there seems 

to be some serious players involved behind the scenes. If you haven't read it, you should check it out.

One part of the article discussed protests in Wuhaan before the rise of "thecovid".

A quick search verifies this was going on in 2019:



What better way to quell an uprising is there than locking down the city and locking people up?

 That is just one example.


What do you think? 

Enjoy your day....








There's only One Irish..



 Cederq commented about there being "2" Irishs on the side bar.

Very observant grasshopper, you get a pebble and maybe even win a cookie.



Lately blogger has been acting up and will not take my log in. It works fine other than that.

Sometimes I can comment as Irish and other times it kicks me out of my own blog. I tried 

adding a different google log in but to no avail. So, yes, there are two Irishs in the sidebar

for now...



Sunday, February 21, 2021

Barn Find (Well, kind of sort of) I picked up this weekend. (updated with the backstory)

First of all let start by thanking everyone for the "congratulations", well wishes, etc. I had a great friend who passed away after a surgery due to a blood clot to the lungs app. eight days after the procedure. He was a great guy all the way around (Christian, Conservative, husband, Patriot, outdoorsman, hunter, lover of all types of history, gun collector and shooter, etc.). He retired twenty some odd years ago as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy. He had another job as a Senior Security Officer at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL. He formally retired Nov. 25th and passed away Dec. 4th. He also was a reenactor (Civil War, War of 1812, WW2, etc.). He owned this bike. He and I had haggled back and forth for close to 10 years, but we never formally traded. Though I had met his wife a couple of times, I didn't want to just bust in and try to buy the bike. I called a mutual friend to ask him how to approach her and he informed me that another reenactor and mutual friend in Memphis had made the widow an offer on this bike and another vehicle. I thought to myself that the saying of "if you snooze, you lose" was true. Long story short I contacted that buyer to congratulate him, etc. and he told me if I wanted the bike I could have it for what he gave for it (he owns three just like it). He then called the widow of our friend and told her what we had agreed too. I picked it Saturday and paid her for the bike. 

For those asking, it is CJ 750 flathead engine 24 h.p. The bike is Chinese. It is a copy of a 1937-38 R-71 BMW. These bikes have been coming into the U.S. for at least three decades. Usually there is a frame in one box and the engine in another. They will have dates on the Bill of Sale going back to the 1950's. This is probably done to bypass emission laws in certain states. I bought one just like this in 1998. The Bill of Sale stated 1946 DDR (east German). Everything on the bike was Nam Chang and brand new except for a Bosch WW2 period taillight. I kept it for four years and good luck with it. It was a real pleasure to ride on country backroads. While the one I got on Saturday needs quite a bit of work, I can get it going. The bike hasn't ran for 2.5 years, but still turns over freely. The carbs will probably have to be rebuilt or replaced and the tires are dry rotted. I'll try to post some photos from time to time to show the progress.





Jeffery Sends A Handbook Worth Reading...





The gray man doesn’t stand out. The gray man doesn’t seem any different from anyone else. Most of all, the gray man is good at hiding in plain sight.