A Tale of Two Stratfords: Don’t Mess with The Madame

23Jan17

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My name is Madame Defarge. Perhaps you have read about me? If anyone has a right to be upset about the abuses that the aristocracy heaps upon the commoners, it is I. After all, my sister was raped by the Marquis St. Evrémonde. My father died of grief. My brother was killed trying to avenge our sister’s honor. All in all, I didn’t have the happiest of childhoods. Everyone understands why I want to play a big part in the revolutionary attempts to overthrow the power of the aristocracy.

To wit, this explains the reason for my invitation from Jezebel to appear here and share my insights into a new story being written: “The Tale of Two Stratfords”. I’ve been following along all these years and I find great parallels in Stratford with my revolutionary cause to find justice for the wrongs committed by the Marquis. Jezebel admirably fought the battle against the evil mayors and rampant abuse of power. Now I want to help your cause against oppression and bring light and awareness to the atrocities and corruption.

The fight is just and revenge is sweet. I will share my insights and welcome yours.

– The Madame

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10 Responses to “A Tale of Two Stratfords: Don’t Mess with The Madame”

  1. 1 jezebel282

    We welcome Madame Defarge to the Editor’s keyboard. We are sure she will use her best efforts to express the views of Stratford’s citizens.

    As a reminder, in case you are new to this blog, the Editor attempts to present issues by using actual events, statements, occurrences and items otherwise known as “facts”. Once this is accomplished, usually after heated discussion, opinions are freely exchanged without fear of repercussion. This is one of the ways a democracy works.

    There has always been discussion on this blog concerning anonymity. We have always favored anonymity. A fact does not require an identity. A fact stands or falls by itself. An opinion about a fact can be held by anyone regardless of their identity. Sadly, in addition, this is Stratford. Stratford politics have a very strong tradition of vengeance and retribution. The Charter which gave a mayor the authority to dismiss at will employees also renders employee opinions and statements silent. How are we to know how things actually work if speaking out is the same thing as resigning?

    We wish Madame Defarge luck and good fortune with her new editing responsibilities.

  2. Thank you mademoiselle Jezebel,
    As Dickens readers of a “Tale of Two Cities” know, I am the implacable wife of Ernest Defarge, the woman who never stops knitting. I run a wine shop in Saint Antoine, Paris that just happens to be the hub of all revolutionary activity. The lifeline of the revolutionaries, I knit a pattern that becomes a record of all the people whom the revolution will destroy. It’s a rather dire task, but someone has to do it. I am told my problem is that I just don’t know where to draw the line. As far as I’m concerned, “justice” for the fate of my family isn’t just that the Marquis gets murdered. Justice should include the “extermination” of all of the Marquis’s family. As I told my husband, “Tell the Wind and the Fire where to stop; not me!” (3.12.36).

    So beware Stratford, for if you mess with the Madame, you will get the horns. Two knitting needles, two eyes … but you get the point.

  3. Sounds great. So how are we going to get taxes down so people can afford to live here?

    Take your time. We have a new budget due in June.

  4. 4 RockAnnand

    Let’s hope so Jez. January is almost over, but some interesting news this week from our BOE Vice Chair and former DTC chairman Petruccelli. I read a scathing comment from former District 2 Councilman Mark Dumas about Lenny setting up an exploratory committee. Mark calls it nothing more than a ruse to be able to raise more money before he announces his real target – Mayor. All those years he touts being on the BOE and what has be done?

    Lenny and Feehan got the BOE over $7mm last year and with the way Clarence details the budget, there is no accounting for what exactly it was for and what it is being spent on. In fact we can say that about the last few budgets. As Desi Arnaz famously you used to say to Lucy, ” you got a lotta ‘splainin’ to do.”

    Its IS an election year so i guess we can expect Harkins to submit a draconian budget that forces the Council (just like last year) to make the final call on what the taxpayers will get hit with. You would think that #RecallBeth along with her majority leader Phil Young would be all over the budget, working closely with the rest of the DTC caucus on the Council. Developing a budget strategy that positions the DTC to be seen as the fiscally responsible party as a prelude to the 2017 elections. That’s what we thought would happen last year – no such luck. Do we dare think the Council Chair and Majority leader have learned their lesson? The Chair survived (narrowly 5-5) a move to remove her, but she is holding on by a thread.

    And what about the new young bucks? Tina Manus, Greg Cann and Scott F-P? What will they do to prevent another 5-5 split own the budget leaving the final vote to Harkins? And what about the ever so quiet Vinny Chase? So far he is gotten a free pass on his lock step votes with #RecallBeth. Rumors were rampant last summer/fall that he was thinking of running for Mayor. Then we have Alan Llewelyn. He too mostly votes with the Council Chair, but also appears to be taking orders from the RTC powers and his honor. Or maybe not.

    The next few months will be Stratford’s playoffs over the budget leading up to out Super Bowl this fall with Mayor, Council, land use boards and BOE seats up for grabs. So many moving pieces and parts.

  5. My oh my Monsieur Rock, you have made quite a few points needing response:

    Lenny and Feehan got the BOE over $7mm last year and with the way Clarence details the budget, there is no accounting for what exactly it was for and what it is being spent on. In fact we can say that about the last few budgets. As Desi Arnaz famously you used to say to Lucy, ” you got a lotta ‘splainin’ to do.

    Indeed as two elected officials who had e aspirations for higher office, they must be held accountable. It would appear that Mademoiselle Robinson and Clarence have knitted the proverbial wool over their eyes. Does anyone know how our school administration actually sends the commoners’ tax levy? Are there performance metrics that show they spend it wisely? Isn’t that why you elect your BOE officials?

    You would think that #RecallBeth along with her majority leader Phil Young would be all over the budget, working closely with the rest of the DTC caucus on the Council. Developing a budget strategy that positions the DTC to be seen as the fiscally responsible party as a prelude to the 2017 elections.

    Judging from the recent dialogue at the January Council meeting, the DTC majority is split. 6 from the DTC and 4 want the good Docteur Daponte to step down? Hmmm, maybe i will knit some more on that one cause I am sure the good docteur probably is not up for working together. And what do you think his honor the Mayor is planning for this splintered group? Mon dieu.

    And what about the new young bucks? Tina Manus, Greg Cann and Scott F-P? What will they do to prevent another 5-5 split own the budget leaving the final vote to Harkins?

    Sacre bleu!! This is going to be their moment of truth. Can they figure out how to hold that coalition of 5 and persuade 1 of the recalcitrant 3 of Harden, Young and Llewelyn to break from his honor and the good docteur? We shall see.

    The next few months will be Stratford’s playoffs over the budget leading up to out Super Bowl

    You must be a Patriots follower Rock. I do have a fond spot in my heart for patriots as they are true believers in the revolution.

  6. 6 mikereynolds

    Merde

  7. Merci beaucoup Monsieur Mike. No s*** indeed.

  8. 8 ronmoreau

    Oh mon dieu. Cela va devenir intéressant.

  9. D’accorde Monsieur Moreau. Très bien

  10. Mike Reynolds: And with this week’s discovery from the good Docteur Robinson has problems with her budget keeping sufficient toilet paper on hand. It will be tres difficile to clean up the merge.


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