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Finneran’s quip no ‘hit’ with Howie
Boston Herald ^ | 3/5/07 | Laurel Sweet

Posted on 03/04/2007 10:43:51 PM PST by raccoonradio

It backfired as hit man humor and now Herald columnist Howie Carr wants Tom Finneran behind bars for a tongue-in-cheek threat to have him whacked and stuffed in the trunk of Gov. Deval Patrick’s Cadillac.

“Real men don’t talk about putting people in trunks, they just do it,” Carr sniffed yesterday of the former Democratic House speaker, who traded up a felony conviction for a plum gig hosting WRKO-AM’s morning talk show.

Last week, Finneran told Patrick on the air that the two of them should take “Howie Carr for a ride,” and “only two will come back.”

Calling the exchange “disturbing,” Carr is firing off a letter today to Richard G. Stearns, the federal judge who in January sentenced Finneran to 18 months’ unsupervised probation for pleading guilty to obstruction of justice.

“I think (Stearns) ought to send (Finneran) to jail,” said WRKO evening radio show host Carr. “That’s where he belonged in the first place and this just reiterates it.”

Patrick was the in-studio guest of “Finneran’s Forum” Wednesday. On the same day a never-before-seen photo of 1976 Irish mob victim Richie Castucci’s final resting place in the blood-soaked trunk of his Cadillac appeared in the Herald.

Patrick, meanwhile, has been under fire for leasing a luxury Cadillac DeVille as his state ride.

“Hey, I’ve got a proposal for the governor,” Finneran piped up. “The governor and I are going to take Howie Carr for a ride. Three will leave, only two will come back. We’ll take a little pool on who it is.”

As Patrick initially chuckled in the background, Finneran pulled state police into the bit.

“And by the way,” Finneran told listeners, “the staties are here and these are good guys. They ain’t going to be talking, either. I know. So it will be three in the car who leave, only two will come back. No questions will be asked.”

When it appeared the joke had gone too far, Patrick and one other unidentified male sternly interjected, “Behave, behave.”

Yesterday, Patrick’s spokesperson said it was all a joke.

“I think the governor as well as the listening audience took it for what it was - a joke,” said Kyle Sullivan. Finneran could not be reached for comment yesterday.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cadillacdeval; felon; finneran; howiecarr; tommytaxes; wrko
'RKO probably loving this....the controversy may get them ratings!
1 posted on 03/04/2007 10:43:57 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Andonius_99; Andy'smom; Big Guy and Rusty 99; bitt; Barset; Carolinamom; Cheapskate; danno3150; ...

Howie Carr ping list fans might "deem this article
approriate"!


2 posted on 03/04/2007 10:44:43 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
Interesting that staties were present during a radio show puff piece.

Patrick said he won't have the staties invilved in arresting illegal immigrants in the state because they don't have time.

3 posted on 03/04/2007 10:57:26 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ("Old man, I'm gonna come at you like a spider monkey! ")
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To: Darkwolf377

>>he won't have the staties invilved in arresting illegal immigrants in the state because they don't have time.

the real reason is that he doesn't want his potential voters arrested (and who knows some of them may have wound up on the voting rolls already somehow...)


4 posted on 03/04/2007 11:05:44 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Did Finnerman call Howie a faggot? No? Then what's the big deal? Murder is jokingly threatened all the time.


5 posted on 03/04/2007 11:11:42 PM PST by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl

Finnerman, Finneran, whatever.


6 posted on 03/04/2007 11:12:53 PM PST by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: raccoonradio
"RKO probably loving this....the controversy may get them ratings!"

You could not be more wrong, Finneran is a convicted felon, convicted of lying to a grand jury... sound familiar? Anyway, what does WRKO do, they hired this sleaze bag to become their spokesman for the prime time morning commute!

This guy lies under oath and what does WRKO do? They rewarded this creep to pontificate morality and politics on the issues of the day. Needless to say, I have been an avid WRKO listener for well over a decade and after firing off numerous e-mails to the station, I and my family have quit listening (I now pick up Howie on the free internet feed and staunchly refuse to listen to WRKO or purchase ANYTHING from ANY of the sponsors of Tom Finneran's broadcast. I will continue to do this unless and until, they fire this sleazy guy.

This is NOT good for box office, OR for ratings; it sends ALL the wrong messages; break the law and you are viewed as somone important whose views and opinions people should listen to. On top of that we will give you your own talk show and PAY you to give us your views on the law, morality, the issues of the day and politics to thousands of your listeners....

No thank you, if you or I (one of the "little people" did what this man has done, we would be doing hard time in prison and when we got our we would be lucky if we could get a job at McDOnald's.

What Finneran said about Howie, was a thinly veiled threat. It wasn't a joke, if this man had the ability to, he would bury Howie, because Howie has told the truth about "Tommy Taxes" for years and Finneran hates him for doing so.

7 posted on 03/05/2007 12:02:59 AM PST by Jmouse007 (Convert, Slavery or Death = "Islam the Religion of Peace tm" "It's time to play Cowboys and Muslims")
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl

Great point!


8 posted on 03/05/2007 1:37:44 AM PST by CaliGirl-R (Is America becoming a "safe haven" for terrorists?)
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl

Right. And at least he didn't call Howie a "fat lesbian" -- them are firin' words!


9 posted on 03/05/2007 2:34:20 AM PST by maryz
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To: raccoonradio
My dial's stuck on WRKO because of Howie Carr's show.

I've just gotten used to listening to the various morning hosts who have passed by (the Divas, Peter Blute, Scott Allen Miller, dePetro, etc.) but I can't say I've ever heard Finneran except for the occasional stint last year. Since threats on Howie's life aren't unknown, WRKO shouldn't tolerate such "jokes".

Forget Finneran...with another election year coming up, it's time WRKO hire that fire-breather, Steve Malzberg!

BTW: WRKO's exemplary news broadcaster, Rod Fritz, is now heard at WFLA (Central-Florida area). I've heard Scott Allen Miller, but have forgotten where he went.

WRKO is bleeding talent (heck, the entire state of Massachusetts is bleeding talent), but it's Florida's gain.

10 posted on 03/05/2007 2:55:59 AM PST by Eclectica (Ask your MD about Evolution. Please!)
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To: raccoonradio

Of course it will. Howie's show today is a can't miss.


11 posted on 03/05/2007 3:10:00 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl

Except Finneran is a convicted felon who is prohibited from committing another crime during his parole.

I don't know if you are aware how many dead bodies that we know about are attributable to Whitey Bulger, whose brother Billy, ran the state legislature. And the state. And if I recall correctly, Finneran has ties to Billy. And Deval Patrick made sure to meet with Billy before the election.

Howie knows the local political crime scene better than anyone. He's in a good position to make a case.


12 posted on 03/05/2007 3:55:18 AM PST by saveliberty (Liberalism (called Middle of the Road by MSM) = You are free to do as you are told.)
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To: raccoonradio

I was thinking that you might want to read this when I checked out the Herald this morning, and I am glad that you found it too.


13 posted on 03/05/2007 3:55:53 AM PST by saveliberty (Liberalism (called Middle of the Road by MSM) = You are free to do as you are told.)
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
Did Finnerman call Howie a faggot? No? Then what's the big deal? Murder is jokingly threatened all the time.

If you knew the history of Massachusetts and knew Howie's roll in exposing it and keeping it in the limelight you would be saying that.

Here's just a tiny hint of what I'm taking about...the brother of the former Majority Leader of the Massachusetts is on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List and is believed to have killed scores of people.

If you want details,read Howie's book "The Brothers Bulger".It will send chills down your spine.

Oh,and BTW,Finneran was the Speaker of the Massachusetts House while Bulger was Senate Majority Leader. They were,you might say,"thick as thieves".

14 posted on 03/05/2007 3:59:47 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
would be saying that=wouldn't be saying that.
15 posted on 03/05/2007 4:01:32 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
Majority Leader of the Massachusetts is=Majority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate is

Geeze...gotta get my brain in gear!

16 posted on 03/05/2007 4:03:17 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: Gay State Conservative

It was sarcasm, stated in the context of the weepily sanctimonious reactions to Ann Coulter's joke, the Huffington posters who wished that Cheney had been assassinated, and, in particular, faggot Maher's statement that the world would be better off if Cheney had been killed. What I said required no knowledge of Massachusetts history.


17 posted on 03/05/2007 4:17:49 AM PST by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: Darkwolf377
Patrick said he won't have the staties invilved in arresting illegal immigrants in the state because they don't have time.

Of course, the MA Staties "don't have the time" to do their jobs: their union got laws passed that keep them busy acting as flagmen on road construction jobs.

MA has no flagmen -- but every road job (no mattter how small) does have lots of high-paid State Troopers -- sitting in their idling, expensive, heavily-equipped State cruisers "providing security" -- on high-priced overtime!

Talk about union graft and "featherbedding"!!!

18 posted on 03/05/2007 5:07:18 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: raccoonradio

Hey, Howie didn't come to WRKO to be made sport of...


19 posted on 03/05/2007 5:14:15 AM PST by FDNYRHEROES (Always bring a liberal to a gunfight)
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To: Eclectica; HonestConservative
Stev M. mention here

Figured you would want to know.

20 posted on 03/05/2007 5:16:54 AM PST by Cheapskate ( Celebrate Sept.8 as Pajamatag , the day the pajamahadeem busted Dan Rather!!)
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To: TXnMA
Ugh, don't get me started, I've been living here all my life, watching T employees reading newspapers, cops sitting in their warm cars watching while a citizen changes a tire in the cold on a main street...

When Patrick gave that answer, I laughed out loud. The dems in Massachusetts don't even bother faking it anymore, they let their contempt for us pour out.

My liberal girlfriend is a Texan living in MA, btw.

21 posted on 03/05/2007 7:01:50 AM PST by Darkwolf377 ("Old man, I'm gonna come at you like a spider monkey! ")
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To: FDNYRHEROES

So true.

Except this isn't funny. A felon "jokes" about Howie being done in. Said felon has ties to someone who has a brother who is a felon on the run, who was responsible for at least 21 murders.

Howie is not an alarmist.


22 posted on 03/05/2007 7:14:25 AM PST by saveliberty (Liberalism (called Middle of the Road by MSM) = You are free to do as you are told.)
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To: Darkwolf377

Is she from Austin -- or a UTA student?


23 posted on 03/05/2007 7:56:04 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: TXnMA

BTW, Howie and the BSO/POPS make up most of my very short of things I really miss about MA...


24 posted on 03/05/2007 7:58:16 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: saveliberty; All

Your Honor, I would like to put the following sound cut in as evidence.

http://microfurry.250free.com/threewillleave.mp3


25 posted on 03/05/2007 10:03:55 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: saveliberty

I actually saw this late last night, about 1:30 am, when they had posted it to the site.


26 posted on 03/05/2007 10:06:04 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Eclectica

The Scotto bloggo is still out there and he still may be living in the Boston area. The following is a post on
radio-info.com Boston board:

"Last week, the website universalhub.com ran a comment by Scott Allen Miller referring to the actual location of a J. J. Foley's pub. This indicates to me that Scott is still in the Boston area. Could it be that Entercom struck a deal with Miller that if he kept quiet about the Finneran hiring during Scott's last few weeks on WRKO, they'd pay him a stipend to hang around if the Finneran Forum didn't work out, clearing the way for Scott to return to WRKO in his old time slot?"


27 posted on 03/05/2007 10:07:55 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Jmouse007

Who knows, but I wonder if maybe they're relishing the attention--bad publicity though it is--that this is getting.
"Say what you want about me but get my name--or the call
letters--right..."

Of course FelonMan is a criminal and he gets rewarded with a plum WRKO gig, morning drive!

>>This is NOT good for box office, OR for ratings; it sends ALL the wrong messages

There is an effort to pressure WRKO to drop him, run by
Matt Margolis (local blogger) and Brian "Radio Equalizer"
Maloney:

http://www.savewrko.com

They are asking people contact the sponsors. btw one reason DePetro was let go was because some sponsors like Harvard
Pilgrim Health Care were upset.

>>What Finneran said about Howie, was a thinly veiled threat. It wasn't a joke, if this man had the ability to, he would bury Howie, because Howie has told the truth about "Tommy Taxes" for years and Finneran hates him for doing so.

I think in many ways Howie is doing this tongue in cheek but you do have a point and we'll hear the next chapter in
this saga around 3:07 pm today or so! :)


28 posted on 03/05/2007 10:12:39 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

:-) I will have to wait until I get home this evening to listen. Thanks, for the ping, raccoonradio!


29 posted on 03/05/2007 10:12:46 AM PST by saveliberty (Liberalism (called Middle of the Road by MSM) = You are free to do as you are told.)
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To: raccoonradio

I can't believe that even Finneran is that stupid.


30 posted on 03/05/2007 10:13:22 AM PST by saveliberty (Liberalism (called Middle of the Road by MSM) = You are free to do as you are told.)
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To: saveliberty

Note: You'll have to tune to Howie online to hear the start of his show today. They have a Red Sox exhibition game on
instead (started at 1 pm). Same with WCRN!


31 posted on 03/05/2007 10:25:12 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Thanks, raccoonradio!

I'm at work until at least 5pm, so I won't have an issue, but I am sure that other FReepers will be glad of the update.


32 posted on 03/05/2007 10:28:17 AM PST by saveliberty (Liberalism (called Middle of the Road by MSM) = You are free to do as you are told.)
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To: TXnMA

I believe she's from outside Dallas, will have to get back to you.


33 posted on 03/05/2007 12:42:30 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Anti-socialist Bostonian, Anti-Illegal Immigration Bush supporter, Pro-Life Atheist)
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To: saveliberty
"Howie knows the local political crime scene better than anyone. He's in a good position to make a case."

He is also in a good position to end up dead, that is why this veiled threat is so serious. Beleive me, it WASN'T a joke.

34 posted on 03/05/2007 3:31:52 PM PST by Jmouse007 (Convert, Slavery or Death = "Islam the Religion of Peace tm" "It's time to play Cowboys and Muslims")
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To: Jmouse007

I believe you. I read The Brothers Bulger


35 posted on 03/05/2007 4:00:13 PM PST by saveliberty (Liberalism (called Middle of the Road by MSM) = You are free to do as you are told.)
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