Skip to comments.HowieCarr live thread week of Oct. 7, 2007: HowieCarr969.com
Posted on 10/07/2007 6:42:49 AM PDT by raccoonradio
Boston Radio Watch http://www.bostonradiowatch.com revealed that Howie is working on a new website, even though there still isn't a resolution to his radio situation
The top of the page shows the "old" WTKK logo and the current WTKK lineup (without Howie) followed by "Everyone's Favorite Howie Carr"--sans Sandy. Well, she is still employed by Entercom. (Entercom feels that also applies to Howie).
The rest of the page is his Boston gangster stuff but that's a big problem: the page takes awhile to fully load/scroll, even on broadband. Ever consider doing multiple pages, Howie, with links to them? One loooooooong page makes it tough to download all the pics, scroll, etc.
Also of interest: A WHOIS search says that the domain is licensed to Howie Carr-- then gives the address as "20 Guest St. in Brighton". This despite all the 96.9 content on there! Unless Entercom is making a deal to buy 96.9 from Greater Media.... :)
Am guessing HC doesn't want to reveal his Wellesley street address, but he does have a P.O. box I think..unless the domain name registrar will not accept a P.O. box as an address...
Howie Carr ping...if there are any Howie columns (I haven’t
checked Herald site yet) I will cut and paste them. Last
word on his employment situation is that a “status meeting”
is to be held Oct 15. As I noted above though he does now
have a site going up at http://www.howiecarr969.com so
maybe he’s pretty confident he will eventually wind up on
And now we hear Imus is coming back, perhaps by Dec 1.
It has been speculated that maybe if Howie goes to WTKK,
WRKO could pick up Imus and either get rid of Finneran
or move him to Howie’s 3-7 pm slot (I think The Felon
has a 2 year contract...)
The rest of the page is his Boston gangster stuff but that’s a big problem
I guess....looks like there are upwards of 700 images on the home page. I bookmarked but gave up (and I have broadband).
Howie’s column from today’s Sunday Herald. HC column ping.
Dislike Pike Hikes? Let’s tax the bikes
By Howie Carr Boston Herald 10/7/07
It was a headline too good to be true, and it was:
Toll increase averted.
That was the top banner on the Boring Broadsheets Web site early Friday morning. No toll increase - stop the presses. I mean, the outrageous Pike toll increase scheduled for January has been in the works since 1997. No toll increase. What an unexpected break for the motoring public.
Er, not quite. I clicked on the story and saw another headline almost as misleading: Vote averts proposed toll increases. And underneath, in the subhead, the actual facts: Turnpike officials OK smaller hikes.
Smaller hikes. In other words, the cost of traveling through the Allston and Route 128 tolls is still going up, from a buck to $1.25, just as it was scheduled a decade ago. Thats a 25 percent rise, and it was not, repeat not, averted. Its just that the Patrick administration was floating a trial balloon that the tolls could go up as much as 75 cents, so their friends on the Boulevard gave them a free pass in the headline.
Imagine this scenario on the national scene: Inflation is raging and the Bush administration announces that it may be as high as 75 percent. Then, the actual inflation number comes in at a 25 percent annual rate. Would the headline be: Inflation averted?
Of course not. This is the oldest trick in the hacks playbook. Leak a bogus story about some monumental tax hike, then announce, no, we wouldnt think of doing that to you good folks after all. It wont be 75 percent . . . only 25 percent. To which you are supposed to respond, Thank you sir, may I have another?
Does anybody fall for this stuff anymore? asked Barbara Anderson, the head of Citizens for Limited Taxation. I dont sense a lot of outrage, but I think its not so much apathy as disgust. Or that everybody who cared is gone. Or dead!
The usual man-in-the-street interviews produced the expected responses. Most drivers expressed glee that their pockets would only be picked an extra $260 a year, rather than $780. If youre on Death Row, even a 24-hour reprieve looks good. These same goobers will be just as thrilled next year when they jack up the gas tax by only 15 cents a gallon.
Were told that these gas tax and toll increases (and dont forget, they also threatened to hike up the tunnel rate from $3 to $6) are needed for the infrastructure, which brings me to another point.
How the hell many bikepaths do we need in this state anyway? I understand that moonbats love to ride their 10-speeds, but this is getting ridiculous. You want a few specifics? The state is advertising for bids on a $3.9 million contract for a 6.5-mile extension of a bikepath along a railroad track in North Falmouth. Thats $600,000 a mile. For a bikepath.
No money for bridges, one Cape Codder told me, but $4 million for a bikepath in the woods to nowhere, add 20 percent for overruns and the moonbats get their ride.
Then theres the new Blackstone River Bikeway. We are spending $4 million for the design of a 16.5-mile stretch in Worcester County.
Next stop, Northampton. According to a newspaper story in August, the Highway Department is considering a bid of $1.4 million to build a segment .7 miles long. That works out to $200,000 for each tenth of a mile.
Heres one in Scituate. Theyre springing for $345,000 to pave a bikepath between the Dunkin Donuts shop and the wastewater treatment plant. Sounds like a very scenic route to me.
Next, we come to Mattapoisett. Their new bikepath is going to cost $1.2 million. Its a mile long.
Ive got an idea. Forget raising the tolls on the Pike and in the tunnels. Lets toll all the wonderful new bikepaths in the boonies. Well have a public hearing on the bikepath-toll proposal, just like the Pike always does, and then well just do it.
Exactly and the same thing happened with his gangster page/
Whitey Watch on the WRKO site though he may have had his
webmaster do THAT on several pages, all linked.
The thing is the top of the page does show up, though
some of the “links” up top won’t work right away. Then again
those pages may not be up yet as it is. And you have to
wait for it to scroll. I have broadband but even I
was having problems.
>>”20 Guest St. in Brighton”
aka the Sneaker Building (New Balance bldg, right next to
the pike) where WRKO and its sister stations (WEEI,
WMKK, WAAF) are located. Greater Media is at 55 Morrissey
Blvd. next to the old Ch 56 studios and the Boston Globe
(Ch 56 used to be partly owned by the Globe—WKBG-TV
= Kaiser-Boston-Globe (Kaiser Aluminum, IIRC). Now that
“CW 56” is co-owned by Ch 7, THAT station operates out
of the Ch 7 bldg in Govt center/7 Bulfinch Place.
"Design" of a bikepath? What am I missing here? I would think you'd just have to move big rocks and trees out of the way and slop down some hot-top? There's "design" involved? Learn something new every day . . . (I wonder if a friend of Deval's is is the "bikepath design" field!)
One of Dean's compulsive bicycle initiatives eventually made it to the USSC. (Dean's side lost.)
HiRacoon, could you please add me to your Howie ping list?
Can’t wait until he returns, it is sickening hearing RKO still using his name to promote business!
Am adding you...yes you’re right about Entercom/WRKO
using his name, etc.
I also hope he returns soon! Most likely to WTKK unless
WRKO pulls off a legal play...
Re-ping for Fri. (hmm, I think I was re-pinging people
to LAST WEEK’s thread (Oct 1-5) by mistake for awhile!
Howie’s column for today
Devals casino-driven tax relief: bunco
by Howie Carr/ Boston Herald 10/12/07
So now Gov. Deval Patrick, Mr. Hope and Opportunity, is promising Massachusetts property tax relief - if we just OK a few casinos.
Open up the state for Devals pals to make billions, and in return, my friend, if you live in Fall River, you may - key word, may - collect $177.
Only that $177 is not real folding money. Its an income-tax credit. And only if you can pass the means test. For Devals next trick, he will sell you an apple for an orchard.
This shell game du jour is included in the new casino bill, which was finally filed yesterday, after months of front-page trial balloons in the newspapers. A lot of rabbits rusted at the dogtracks-hoping-to-become-casinos while the hacks were drafting this boondoggle legislation.
As for this latest property-tax relief, it reminds me of those letters that come in the mail and on the front of the envelope it says, Open Immediately - Check for $5,000 Enclosed!
Then you notice that, oddly enough, your five grand wasnt mailed first-class, it was sent bulk rate, or as they now call it, precancelled. Then another red flag - you observe that its addressed either to you Or Current Occupant. But since youve wasted this much time, you rip open the letter and extract the check, only its not really a check, because it says Non-Negotiable on it. It can only be cashed at Honest Devals Used Cars.
Q. Whats the difference between TJXs miserly $15 offer to its ripped-off credit card holders, and Devals so-called property tax relief?
TJX gives you $15 more than Deval.
Devals favorite newspaper calls his latest grift a windfall. I call ... the bunco squad. He promised everyone in the state property-tax relief. This is a tax cut very, very few people will ever see.
Like the tent revivalist that he is, Deval says dont wait for pie in the sky by and by when you die. Get yours now, with ice cream on top!
You can trust Deval, hes not like the others.
The problem with most tax credits is that theyre designed either to reward certain groups, or merely to sound good while being accessible to almost no one. See, rich people never are eligible. Sounds OK, until you realize that you, and almost everyone you know, are rich under their definitions.
Devals credits would only go to homeowners who pay more than 2.5 percent of their income in property taxes. Of course this would never lead to massive fraud, now would it? Dont we already have enough people working under the table, and not just illegal aliens either?
I mean, consider how honestly these targeted tax-relief programs have been run in the past. Earned-income tax credits, anyone? Just last week, we learned about the huge fraud problem in the Pikes E-Z Pass program. If you live in certain neighborhoods in Boston, you pay 40 cents rather than $3 to drive through the harbor tunnels.
Suddenly, everyone driving in the tunnels claimed to be from East Boston. What a surprise.
Getting back to Deval, the moonbats who will be swooning over their governors very generous tax relief are the same people who oppose cutting the state income tax from 5.3 percent to 5 percent, because the reduction only amounts to $150 a year if youre making $50,000.
But in the days ahead well hear how wonderful Deval is to offer to spring for $177 - that extra $27 makes all the difference, apparently. Im sure Devals largesse will mean a lot to all the property owners in Fall River who are being foreclosed upon by what used to be Ameriquest, where Deval sat on the board - but I digress.
I think it may be time for a new T-shirt: Devals pals got the casinos, and all I got was this lousy T-shirt - and a $177 tax credit.
Once again Howie nails it........gotta love this guy! Howie WE MISS YOU, HURRY BACK!
I think someone on this ping list has asked me on occasion “when
will John Batchelor be back?” See above (WABC, Sunday
nights 7-10 pm)
Ted K in surgery for blocked carotid artery (see post,
and please behave—let’s not be like DU, or like
the folks on a radio messageboard who got rude when
I mentioned Laura I. having breast cancer)
(Scotto= Scott Allen Miller, who used to hold the
WRKO time slot now held by Tom Finneran)
Apparently someone trashed Scotto’s entry on Wikipedia and it can be traced back to Entercom computers.
And they have also done revisions to many other entries on the user-based encyclopedia.
The entry for S.A.M. included:
>>He is heavy into Satan worship, and often kills and eats wild boar after sacraficing the male testicles to an owl god...Scott Allen Miller, more often than not, enjoys sex with wild pigs. The freedom, he says, he gets from the fight of the pig, is incredible.