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Jim Dowd’s Post On Good Morning Gloucester Makes The Washington Post

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Attention, terrorists: In Boston, history and grudges are forever

Posted by Melinda Henneberger on April 18, 2013 at 6:37 pm

The Post Melinda is referring to is here-

http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/jim-dowd-responds-to-the-attack-on-the-boston-marathon/

Jim Dowd responds to the attack on the Boston Marathon

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[Two products of our fair city. Both will kick your ass.]

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Oh man, you screwed up, didn’t you?

Yes, your little RadioShack experiment for evil hurt and killed some people and got you the attention you were obviously so desperately seeking. Point for you there, asshole. But I get the sense you really don’t know what you’ve done here, do you? Are you from out of town? I have the strong sense that you are.

If that is the case, allow me tell you a little something about the city you screwed with. This town is not your run-of-the mill medium sized regional capital. In picking Boston as a target you picked has the unique condition of having a ridiculously huge number of completely off-the-wall genius techno-wizards co-existing right alongside some of the most psychotic angry, violent motherf&*^ers on the planet. I guarantee you that bringing these two groups together for common cause will turn out to be a massive miscalculation your part.

Do you have any idea what I’m talking about? This small city produced both Stephen J Gould and Whitey Bulger.  This place gave us Leonard Nimoy and Mark Wahlberg.  Southie and Cambridge. Brookline and Brockton. This place will kick the screaming piss out of you, come up with a cure for having the screaming piss kicked out of you, give it to you for free, then win a Nobel prize for it and then use the medallion to break your knuckles. See what I’m talking about?

Go to other towns with smart people. Do they have the tattooed, scarred, pent-up hard-cases to match? Every time I go to a bar in Palo Alto or Zurich I get the distinct sense that I could pretty much take everyone in there while still holding my own in Words With Friends on my iPhone. Not that I’m some huge tough guy by any stretch of the imagination, it’s just that Boston and the other “smart” towns are in different leagues. It’s like the Bruins going up against some “Magic The Gathering” gamers at pond hockey. (And not our the Magic The Gathering players in Gloucester, either. I’ve seen those dudes and they actually look like they could hold their own pretty well. I certainly wouldn’t try and cast a dubious spell with those guys, they’re hardcore.)

Boston produces two distinct stereotypes: Huge, giant geeks and angry Catholic tough guys. You know what? Both of those are true and you, you dumb shit, just gave them a reason to team up. And on top of it you attacked our signature event, one made up of exceedingly fit people who pursue a hobby of enduring incredible searing pain for hours on end. This is what they do for “fun”. You think these guys aren’t going to go to the ends of the Earth to catch you? Trust me, this town will never forget and never give up. We have a thing here called “Irish Alzheimer’s”- it’s when the only memories you have are grudges.

You terrorist asshole, I can assure you that right now, just as I am writing this, that there are dudes sitting in conference rooms and labs a few blocks away in Cambridge drawing elaborate flow charts on whiteboards that describe exactly how to deploy arcane, unheard of and incredibly complicated technology involving quantum entanglement and nanobots to pinpoint, as much as the universe will allow considering the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, your sorry, sorry stupid pathetic little ass.

And behind me in the North End and across the channel to the bars on Summer St. there are similar groups of dudes debating the scientific merits of different electrical voltages applied to the various soft tissues of the human body in order to elicit maximum amounts of excruciating pain over time. They have formulas for this [V/NADS over Time= Screams that they will hear in Worcester]. This is not a theoretical discussion; they are speaking from practical experience.

You’d better pray the BPD catches you first. No, scratch that, you’d better pray for the FBI. No, wait, all those dudes went to Holy Cross. For your own good you might want to turn yourself in to the CDC or the National Geospatial Agency or something like that. They might let you live. Maybe.

And worse yet for you, Boston is provincial in a way that makes Sicily look like Epcot. We don’t care if you’re going to school here, just moved from half a world away or are up for a long weekend. When you’re in Boston, you’re Boston. We watch each other’s backs, always have and always will. And we live for an enemy and a purpose. This is not going to end well for you. Over the past three centuries we’ve taken on Imperial England, slavery and Krispy Kreeme. Note that given time, Boston wins every time.

Come to think of it, a lot of those Geospatial guys went to MIT. Oh man, you are so effed.

Interfaith Prayer Service for Boston Marathon Tragedy

In response to Boston Marathon Tragedy, an Interfaith Prayer Service is being organized here in Gloucester:

Interfaith Prayer Service in Response to the Boston Marathon Tragedy

Wednesday, April 17th, 7:00 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
1123 Washington St., Gloucester

If you have questions: please call Pastor Anne Deneen, 617-285-8056, or the church office, 978-283-6550

- Fr. Matthew Green

Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack

Yesterday afternoon we were at the Cincinnati airport returning to Boston when we heard the initial report of the bombings at the marathon finish line. It’s difficult to put into words the anger and sickening feelings one experiences upon seeing a beloved city under attack and especially the marathon event, which brings an international crowd of participants and cheerers-on.

The marathon is cherished by Bostonians and it shines a world-wide spotlight on their beautiful city during the celebration of this oldest of annual marathons. The Boston Marathon is a tremendous source of pride for our state and for our nation. Immediately your heart goes out to the victims and their families. You see featured on the news extraordinary acts of bravery and kindness in people helping people. But then you begin to think about future public events and the larger implications on our freedom-loving society.

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Acts of terror, whether domestic or international, are designed to forever imprint fear. We were unable to attend the marathon this year as my widowed sister-in-law remarried over the weekend, but I know where I will be next year.

After both September 11th and the marathon bombings, students at MIT illuminated the Green Building in red, white, and blue.

We Want To Track You If You are Running The Boston Marathon- Send In Your Bib Number and Cell Phone Pics

Either leave your bib number in the comment section of this post or email it to goodmorninggloucester@yahoo.com

Also after the race or during the race if anyone wants to email pictures to me of locals running send me those cell phone pics from the race and be sure top include the runner’s name so we can properly identify them!

Gloucesterite Tristan Colangelo Local Running In The Boston Marathon Today photo By David Cox

Note Tristan’s number 2022- that’s pretty good out of the huge field.
He finished 526th out of the entire field which is phenomenal!  Congrats Tristan!