20 State Senators Voted Against Money For Bullet Proof Vests Day Before Ron Tarentino Will Be Buried


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In light of what happened to Auburn Police Officer Ron Tarentino, State Senator Bruce Tarr of Gloucester proposed a really good bill that would allocate $300,000 of state money for bullet proof vests for police officers in Massachusetts. If it passed then the federal government would match that, bringing the total to $600,000. In total the bill would spend $3 million, which would be matched by the federal government. It’s basically free money, and we’d be stupid not to spend it. Here is what else would be included in the resolution if it passed through the State Senate:


Where do I sign? That’s good government right there. Investing in infrared cameras for firefighters, bulletproof vests for cops, and a youth violence and street crimes unit is all stuff that Turtleboy doesn’t mind paying taxes for. Because these things keep taxpayers and first responders safe and allows them to do their jobs efficiently.

Locally State Senator Michael Moore supported the amendment:

Sen. Moore said this amendment establishes a public service scholarship program for children of public employees and veterans killed in the line of duty. This past weekend a constituent of mine, Officer Ronald Tarentino, was killed in the line of duty, leaving behind three children. Trooper Clardy was killed and left behind seven children. Sen. Moore said while nothing can replace a loved one, we have an obligation to assist the families of our fallen heroes. This shows our gratitude. I hope you will join me in ensuring that children of all public servants killed in the line of duty have access to higher education.

Seems like a simple yes vote right?

Wrong. You’re forgetting that this is Massachusetts. The people who are elected by us are hoping you’re not paying attention, but we won’t allow that to happen anymore. The bill failed by a vote of 20-17. Here is a list of the Senators who voted no and yes:


Here’s my question – how many of these 20 ding-dongs are gonna have the balls to show up to Ron Tarentino’s funeral because it’s a good photo op? How many of them will pretend to give a shit about cops tomorrow when the cameras are on them, only to vote against their safety when no one is watching?

These 20 people should be publicly shamed. So here are the 20 morons who don’t want cops and firefighters to be safe:

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You may notice that was only 19. That’s because State Senator Joseph Boncore, who represents Cambridge, Revere, East Boston, Charlestown, the North End, and Winthrop, was literally just elected in a special election two weeks ago:

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Ya got that? He’s been in the State Senate for exactly 5 working days, and he’s already voting against cops and firefighters.


What are the odds she shows up for the funeral?

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Holden Harriette. Taking a steamy dump on local law enforcement because she thought no one was looking.

Some of the other people on the list are real winners too. Like this guy:

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Jamie Eldridge is good friends on Twitter with Worcester busy-body, School Committee reject, and friend of crackeheads Tracy Novick. He’s also good friends with State Representative and defender of the corrupt Mosaic Cultural Complex, Mary Keefe:

He also appeared in a Turtleboy blog a few months back when he voted against a bill that would have increased punishments for moronic fat white hippie trust fund babies who stand on highways and endanger us all because they think they’re fixing racism:

“There are already remedies, punishments in our laws right now that do have an impact on having people in general giving second thought to shutting down a highway like was done by protesters on route 93,” Eldridge said. 

Yea, the current punishments for blocking highways are working so well that no one would ever think about shutting down I-93. That’s literally never happened before.

01/15/2015-Milton,MA Protesters block this morning's commute on route 93 north at East Milton Square. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

Then there’s this winner:

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Here is what Sonia Chang-Diaz said about police in December of 2014 when EVERYONE in America was shitting on cops because Darren Wilson protected himself from a 300 pound criminal who was trying to kill him:

“I don’t think there’s a person in the United States who does not carry around bias,” Chang-Diaz said. “That extends to the police. And the police have a lot of power and responsibility. Given the extensive power and responsibility that officers of the law are charged with, we have to make sure policing is done without bias.”

The police are all biased. Ya got that? All of em. Including Ron Tarentino and the entire Auburn Police Department. She knows every single one of them. And even though they might not realize it yet, they all carry racial animosity towards people of color deep within their hearts. This was in support of a bill that would require police departments to track the race of every single person they pull over so that the data could be scrutinized and police would have to think twice before pulling over a person of color. Ya know, like Jorge Zambrano. If Jorge didn’t kill officer Tarentino then he would’ve been setting himself up for a lawsuit from Senator Chang-Diaz. So yea, I guess it’s not surprising to see her shitting all over cops once again.

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Oh yea, and did I mention that Sonia Chang-Diaz writes op-eds for the Huffington Post? Like this onewhere she explains why she’s sponsoring a bill that forces private businesses to allow men dressed as women into women’s changing rooms, simply because they say they’re a woman. She equates the fight for transgender rights to the civil rights movement:

People who lived through or have seen pictures of the 1950s and ‘60s civil rights sit-ins at lunch counters and in the backs of buses will remember that public accommodations are fundamental to equal rights in the United States.

Because equating men in drag taking a shit at Target is the same thing as this:

20 May 1961, Montgomery, Alabama, USA --- Two blood-splattered Freedom Riders, John Lewis (left) and James Zwerg (right) stand together after being attacked and beaten by pro-segregationists in Montgomery, Alabama. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS




According to her website it is necessary to FORCE all small businesses in Massachusetts to allow men in the women’s bathrooms, because we are “pioneers”

In Massachusetts, we are civil rights pioneers by nature. It’s in our cultural DNA.

Right. Pioneers. We will fight for the right for you to get naked in the locker room of your choice, but we will not pay for the appropriate technology and equipment that will allow police officers and firefighters to survive dangerous situations. That’s what our cultural DNA is all about.

So why would anyone vote against this really good bill? Well, leading the charge was this nudnik:

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Private school educated lady from the wealthy town of Ashland. Here’s how the back and forth went with her and Senator Ryan Fattman from Sutton (who voted FOR the bill) went:

Sen. Spilka said, This is $300,000 to a new line-item. I know that when a city or town purchases new vests they go to the federal government for reimbursement that has not always been provided of late We already provide $3 million for a grant program than can be used for the purchase of these vests so I ask that you vote no.

Sen. Fattman said, I understand that the federal government matches dollar for dollar so if we put that $3 million into this program wouldn’t that become $6 million.

Sen. Spilka said, There is flexibility in the grant program that is doesn’t have to be used for vests, and can be used by communities to meet their needs.

Do you see why she voted no? Because that $3 million could be spent on police and firefighters, OR it could be “used by communities to meet their needs.” Translation – this is how organizations like Mosaic Cultural Complex get their money. Because the State Legislature cuts corners on public safety. “Used by communities to meet their needs” is a purposely vague phrase. It’s meant to keep extra cash lying around so that people like Harriette Chandler, Jamie Eldridge, and Sonia Chang-Diaz can throw their corrupt “community organizers” a government grant here and there, because God forbid the Brenda Jenkins of the world get a real job.

It’s disgusting. It really is. These 20 State Senators should be ashamed and embarrassed. If they represent you then we highly suggest you contact them. Their contact information is located on all of their pictures. The lives of first responders are on the line here because they wanna play “cultural pioneer” politics. We have no problem adding any of these 20 ding-dongs to the Turtleboy graveyard if they don’t reconsider their vote.


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33 Comment(s)
  • Realist
    May 29, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    I love how people keep just ranting and ranting, even when the facts are in the damn thread.

    This, folks, is typical Turtle. The genesis of this is a post on Facebook by a Police Benevolent Society of New England Rep. You know, those unions you all hate? He would be a “brother” of that complete piece of trash in NY that held a press conference to say “No everyone on earth, what you saw clear as day on that video was not a choke hold. The coroner is politicized by medically confirming that Eric Garner died of asphyxiation. And what you saw.. PFFTTT whada you know!”

    These politicians in the Unions are in the lying business too. Turtle is the proxy.

  • Sam M
    May 28, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Funny how police department always have money to buy brand new SUVs for the entire department, but can’t find money for bulletproof vests.

    They voted against it because there is already a program that funds bullet proof vests for the entire state. There is no police officer in the state that doesn’t have access to a vest. Funny how you didn’t include that fact in your story. Don’t politicize a tragedy.

  • Harvey Milk
    May 28, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Cynthia Creem Stone is the anti christ.
    Because of her position, she basically rules Mass family courts.
    Every year father’s groups in MA try to push for fair custody laws .
    Every year that pig Cynthia $tone squashes them.
    Devil Incarnate Stone is also a high profile divorce attorney.
    How does a filthy rich man hating divorce lawyer control the probate court you ask?
    It’s a clear conflict of interest right?
    May you die soon you POS $$$$$$TONE

  • Mike
    May 28, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    These 20 people should be commended for not allowing our funds to go to the police. The only one who should be publicly shamed is the idiot who wrote this article.

  • Gronkmonster
    May 28, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    The only way you could get that group of demotards to vote for that bill is if they planned on giving those vests to confirmed gang members and not police officers..they are the ones who cry real tears for the Micheal Browns of the world but pretend to cry for the Officer Tarantino

    I would say vote them out but how many hard working good people vote Democrap anyways ?? I know I have not in years..But then again I work for my paycheck

  • NRelease
    May 28, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    They voted against it simply because of this:

    State Senator John F. Keenan

    I have received many inquiries about a vote the State Senate and I took late yesterday during the third day of budget deliberations on the FY 2017 State Budget. The amendment in question was number 1098, offered by Republican Minority Leader Bruce Tarr. The amendment was to provide $300,000 for bullet proof vests. The amendment did not initially pass.

    For context, over the course of three days, the Senate considered 1,167 amendments. Some passed, most did not. During the days leading up to the filing of amendments last week, and from that point right until the final budget was voted on late last evening, advocates were in constant contact with legislators regarding most of the amendments. For instance, two fire chiefs in my district reached out to me seeking funding for the Plymouth County Emergency Communication network, a priority for public safety officials in Abington and Rockland, and I was able to work to secure funding for this program.

    At the time amendment 1098 came up for debate, a week after amendments were filed, not a single person had contacted my office in support of it. Not one. Not a police officer, not a state trooper, not a police chief, not a police union, not one of the police associations, and not a sheriff, all of whom we work with on a regular basis on a whole host of local and statewide law enforcement issues. As I learned from colleagues, they were not contacted either. Even the chairman of the Public Safety Committee, who daily works with law enforcement, was not contacted regarding any support or necessity for the amendment.

    Why? Why weren’t members of the State Senate contacted on this amendment? Quite simply, because police officers all across the Commonwealth have ready access to bullet proof vests under existing federal and state programs, and will continue to have access to that vital piece of safety equipment. To further ensure this, the amendment was re-drafted with appropriate language and passed by the Senate with 37 votes in favor, including mine. This was not reported.

    Unfortunately, the reporting on this matter was incomplete, and I feel both the press and public have been exploited for political gain. Coming from a law enforcement family, with four generations of police officers, including my great grandfather who was a Boston Police Medal of Honor recipient, and my grandfather who was a Boston Police Medal of Honor recipient shot in the line of duty, I find the politicization of the issue unfortunate.

    So, simply put, the budget passed by the State Senate last evening includes the appropriate language and necessary funding to ensure that our public safety officers continue to have bullet proof vests provided to them. They protect us, and it’s our obligation to protect them, and we do. They deserve nothing less.

  • Ryan
    May 27, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    But isn’t Ken Donnelly a former Union Firefighter? There must be more to this story

  • Realist
    May 27, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Does anyone know what else was in this bill? TB? Probably not, and that’s why this is just hack journalism!

  • Worc Taxpayer
    May 27, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Equating the Transgender rights movement to the Cilvil Rights battle of the 1950’s and 60’s as Sonia Chang-Diaz does is despicable. For one thing blacks of that era couldn’t claim that they were white and the Democrat Party racists would have been ok with it. Nor could blacks have changed their skin color back then.

    I don’t give a rats ass if some adult moron wants to claim he’s a female, wear a dress and call himself Betty but I do care that they would like to use the states and federal gov’ts to get protected class status or allowing school age children to claim they are transgender. Many psychiatrists, including Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist Dr. Paul R. McHugh, say that transgenderism is a mental disorder and allowing children to be treated as a member of the opposite sex is child abuse.

    I won’t even get into the conflict of Title VI when males are allowed into females bathrooms, locker rooms and/or sports teams.

  • Fact Checker
    May 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    The only issue with everyone being pissed off is that the amendment was passed unanimously after a redraft. Look at the website malegislature.gov under the senate budget. There was a redraft of the bill that specifically sets aside $300,000 for the federal program to be reimbursed for bullet proof vests. All this anger is completely unnecessary because it is part of the budget. Let’s all complain about something else when this article isn’t even accurate

  • Woody
    May 27, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    TB, you are missing a key part of why these dingbats vote against good bills that directly benefit things like bulletproof vests and fire equipment- the spend is SPECIFIED.

    If it was a blanket slush fund, it could go to whatever shady group they choose, whose members in turn kick back campaign contributions, or, like Mosaic, recruit bums to vote and give them rides to the polls in exchange for a pizza.

  • Dave
    May 27, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Jamie Eldridge is the definition of slimy Massachusetts liberal. He ran for State Rep first in the early 2000s and beat my honest, former cop, and dear family friend 52-48% by lying and cheating. (Yes I’m from Acton, sorry TB, Worcester carpetbagger right here). In the ensuing roughly 15 years he’s represented Acton and other towns as a Rep and Senator, he continually votes against the fiscal interests of his constituents in order to make social statements (although Actonians are mostly wealthy activist liberal SJWs who push the agenda against their own benefit anyway).
    He’s shameless; what I remember most clearly from his first campaign in the early 2000s is how he illegally obtained ballot signatures.
    He had his mommy, a teacher, get signatures for him at the school where she worked. Get that? A potential public servant had his mother get signatures for him during school hours on the public dime. Despite all the ad hominem attacks he launched on our family friend, our friend didn’t reciprocate and return fire.
    Eldridge is the perfect example of a head-up-the-ass moonbat SJW who disrespects cops, teachers, and public funds in order to prove he’s a good little liberal foot soldier. Because when the revolution happens, of course the Inner Party federal democrats will come knocking on his door. Right after they recruit that Superintendent in Ashland.

  • Chris From Georgia
    May 27, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I have no skin in this as I live in Georgia, but the good citizens of Massachusetts need to take their state back. Step one is to vote these A**holes out of office. Time to march on the State House with pitchforks and torches!!!

    • Practical
      May 27, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Aren’t you guys wasting your own time trying to keep Treason flags flying?

      • Chris From Georgia
        May 27, 2016 at 3:51 pm

        Is that really the best you can do? ROFLMAO!!!

  • Killick Stone
    May 27, 2016 at 8:46 am

    The Mass State Senate: “Never in the relatively short history of mankind have so few, led by such ignorant and pompous fools, done such great harm to much to the commonwealth of our civilization.” This problem can only be solved by the systematic and consistent elimination of these hacks at the election booth and at every public hearing that appoints these creep judges and hack corrupt unqualified court employees. It starts at the top Rosenberg. There is a special place in hell for hypocrites Stanley!!!

  • President Matt
    May 27, 2016 at 8:27 am

    The Budget for our Commonwealth has increased by more that 5% per year for almost a decade. The budget that they are voting on now is just short of FORTY BILLION DOLLARS. Our legislature has a spending problem. Each of the Senators has their own pet project/sacred cows that they shepherd through the twists and turns of the budgeting process. That is why there is money to pay for electronic highway signs that tell you how many minutes you are from the next major interchange, and no money to fix the coffin sized potholes in the road. I could fill pages with expenditures that were approved by these men and women and compose an equally long list of important and necessary debts that they leave unpaid. Does anyone know how many billions of dollars our Commonwealth owes to the pension fund? We see other states going through the self inflicted pain of fiscal mismanagement and bankruptcy. Can any of us think our turn won’t come?

    In our Commonwealth the body politic is morally bankrupt and fiscal bankruptcy is soon to follow.

    • Chris
      May 27, 2016 at 10:05 am

      If I were Governor I would line-item veto any support for private corporations and non-profits. I wouldn’t veto anything for law enforcement! I thought the word “commonwealth” means common good, not everyone is a millionaire?

      • Keir Darcey
        May 27, 2016 at 12:10 pm

        I dunno about *anything* for law enforcement. For instance, the Department of Defense has the 1033 loan program for civilian law enforcement. Basically the DoD can loan military equipment to LE agencies (grenade launchers, rifles, HMMWVs/MRAPs, etc…) Its “free” to the LE agency, except all the maintenance costs, storage costs, and whatever else they agree to in the loan program. This can get expensive to taxpayers. A single tire for a basic MRAP costs $3,000.

        The other aspect to that is the private SWAT corporations that various towns and cities in our state pay ‘dues’ to. These private corporations aren’t beheld to our state’s open record laws. That’s concerning to me. Do all these private corporations need an armored vehicle?

        I think cops should be reimbursed when their ballistic vest passes its expiration date and they have to purchase another. I also think that transparency of what our tax money pays for is open for the public’s scrutiny.

  • Boss Tweed
    May 27, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Old Harly Chandler at 78 should give it up, is she senile?

  • Donkeykong
    May 27, 2016 at 7:54 am

    What is the $5M for? It looks like an earmark for one towns fire station that is intentionally obscured. Maybe the senators voted against it since 300k is only 5% of the bill and the rest is earmarks for individual towns. Maybe they were being fiscally responsible and didn’t want to spend millions of dollars to get 300k in vests. This is the problem with government, to get 300k in something you want they propose to waste over 5M in local pork earmarks or you are “not supporting police”

    • Jay
      May 27, 2016 at 9:45 am

      It says “new Fire Station.”

  • Rdsxgy
    May 27, 2016 at 7:48 am

    The question is how many of these guys take the travel pay to go do their job

  • Bill P.
    May 27, 2016 at 7:13 am

    This is the kind of shit the media does not want people to know about. It is THIS kind of shit that ought to anger people, and move them to legitimately protest and action. This is the sort of social justice people out to be outraged about.

    Chomsky was right. Manufactured consent in it’s surreptitious design IS working, but it is coming to an end thanks to TBS. Keep up the good work!

  • paul
    May 27, 2016 at 6:39 am

    TB nation should flood these idiots with emails and phone calls asking why they can fund every social program they can find and yet they refuse to support the people that protect us. Let karma be a bitch on these morons,one day they will need the police or fire and i really hope they tell them to go pound sand.

    • Richard
      May 27, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Police, Fire and EMS are professional and will always provide the required services to everyone equally. Even those that may not be deserving of the professionalism provided.

  • Woody
    May 27, 2016 at 6:05 am

    TB now has Michelle McPhee on the riders’ side.

    The likes of Chang-Diaz, Jamie Eldridge and that crooked stooge Ken Donnelly have ….Rosalie Tirella

  • Angus W. Mann
    May 27, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Looks like Turtleboy has a long hard fight in front of him. Dismantling the Machine will take a massive amount of energy and leadership skills.

  • MommaH
    May 27, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Democrats would rather put money in their own pockets instead of saving lives.

  • Sal Monella
    May 27, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Only the stupid vote Democrat in this Commonwealth. Or, most likely, they don’t vote – someone else votes for them. My proof? Deval Patrick. Truly one of the most unqualified people ever to be “elected” to office.

    Except of course for the Brown Klown….

  • Sterling Turtle Rider
    May 27, 2016 at 3:17 am

    Of course these Democrats don’t think they need to spend this money on cops, they figure the political machine has the cops votes secured for them… they need this cash to go after the bottom feeders and handout seekers to buy their votes instead. Politics in a one party state at its finest!

  • DemoRATS
    May 26, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    You see the common trend here??? All have big fat D ‘s next to their name……Guess what all you D’s, the tide IS turning. All you D’s didn’t think Trump stood a chance about a year ago. Guess what, the joke is on you! HARD working Americans who are busting their ass to make ends without the support of the government or state have had it with you D’s feeding the cockroaches. Trump should have made his slogan Make America, AMERICA AGAIN…..


    • Mama2ee
      May 28, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      I noticed the same thing about all the “D’s”.

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