Skip to comments.Howie Carr thread week of Sept. 13, 2009
Posted on 09/13/2009 4:12:39 AM PDT by raccoonradio
Howie Carr thread for the week.
radio doings: a report in yesterday's Boston Globe-Democrat says that ESPN is going off the air (WAMG 890) tomorrow and one thing that may well happen is WRKO's sister station, WEEI...you know, the folks who took over Howie's studio...could move to FM (93.7, based in Peabody, most likely, and perhaps 97.7, with a tower on Great Blue Hill) with ESPN landing on AM 850. Nothing is official but Entercom is "in talks" with ESPN. Meanwhile there is also speculation that Entercom may dump WRKO's 680 signal and send the programming perhaps to 107.3 (currently WAAF, rock) whose signal is based west of town. The speculation is that the new WRKO-FM would have WAAF's Greg Hill morning show plus Rush, Howie, etc. (and yes the Felon would prob. go somewhere)
Again nothing is official yet but the move to FM for WEEI, and perhaps WRKO as well, could well be on.
http://bostonradio.blogspot.com (with a report on the WEEI situation, "ESPN out at WAMG 890? by yours truly)
Again, all speculation. If WRKO moves you will hear about it here.
Sunday Herald column ping, about “Mayor Meano” (as he calls himself)
Beautiful day in Mayor Thomas Meninos neighborhood
By Howie Carr | Sunday, September 13, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
As usual, Mumbles Menino summed it up perfectly. It was at the Herald-Ch. 25 debate Thursday afternoon, and Hizzoner was explaining the stakes in this years election.
This is about the future, and a real future, not a future of confusion, but a confusion of movin Boston forward, continuin to move Boston forward.
Forward to confusion. And some people say Bostons 16-year chief executive is a tongue-tied boob. Why, foxy Fox anchor Maria Stephanos even asked Mumbles about his reputation for mangling English, or whatever language it is that he speaks. The mayor acknowledged that hes not a silver tongue, only he said sil-ell tongue.
Sill-ell tongues have led our city and our state and our country many years - they didnt accomplish as much as were accomplishin in the city of Boston today.
So the jokes dont bother you, Mumbles?
I mean, I read about it in one newspaper almost every week and, uh, I just go do bout my job. Its about da people. How do the people in the neighborhoods feel about Tom Mean-o.
Tom Mean-o? Yes, folks, thats what he said. You can check out the audio for yourself, on our Web site (bostonherald.com). Why is the Mean-o campaign keeping this brilliant orator under wraps? Its been a while since hes spoken in one of his TV ads, now they dont even show a picture of him, just an empty desk. The first time I watched that TV spot, I had the sound off. I was . . . confused. Until the very end, when the mayors name came up on the screen, I thought it was a Flaherty spot.
When it comes to answering a question, Mumbles is a man of few words - repeated over and over and over again. Here he is addressing Flats Flaherty, who seems to be, well, flat-lining. In these debates, Flats has been flat, and what the voters are saying about him is not very flattering - stop me, before I turn into Mumbles.
You wanna talk about the fire trucks? Mumbles demanded. I dont fix the fire trucks, the firefighters fix the fire trucks. So what we did, we brought professionals in to fix those trucks and we havent had any problems since the professionals went in there and fixed those fire trucks.
Did you catch the key words? Thats right, trucks, as in fire trucks, as in being fixed. By professionals. Next, lets have a little quiz. Can you spot the most important word in this next answer from Mumbles, from a day earlier, also on Channel 25, as to what he wants to do in his fifth term?
Make sure that we continue to keep connected with our neighborhoods. The neighborhoods are the strength of our city. We gotta continue to be connected with those folks who live in the neighborhoods of Boston and not just one neighborhood but all our neighborhoods.
If you guessed the key word is neighborhoods, you continue to be connected.
Sometimes, though, you know what happens to even the best-laid plans. In this next answer, about crime in the city, the mayor decides to anchor his response with the verb, work. But somehow it doesnt work.
Lotta, um, crime issues out in our neighborhood. . . . Were working on those issues by takin, by workin with the neighborhood, 680 crime - community uh workin uh with the community workin with us, thats important.
Almost as important as the T, wouldnt you agree, Mumbles? Whats up with the MBTA?
There is a T - a problem with the T. Theyre going through a whole over, uh, over-overview with the property and the problem with a T. They have individuals there now lookin, they been workin on it the last three weeks.
Hes not a sill-el tongue, hes Mumbles Mean-o. And hes going to win. Are you confused yet?
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1197093
I can’t stand listening to this guy, he’s so trite. Has he ever ever taken a strong principaled stand and lead the charge on anything? I’ve never heard of anything of note that he originated.
Mon show ping
Now Rep John Tierney of the 6th district says he won’t run for The Kennedy Seat (Howie has said Tierney is so lightweight he needs to put rolls of coins in his pockets so he won’t fly away)
Is there anyone left in MA who has NOT announced they are not running?
I’m not running either.....Hey,you asked :)
Death Pool FRiday?
Patrick Swayze will not be down for breakfast...
ANYONE ELSE NOT RUNNING?
We got a couple more million denials to go...
From one of the Herald reporters’ blogs.....
Looks like therell be a Kennedy in the race after all
Posted by Hillary Chabot at 12:21 pm
More than 40 people have pulled nomination papers for the empty U.S. senate seat, including Joseph A. Kennedy.
Kennedy, not to be confused with former Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II, is registered as an unenrolled. He joins 42 other candidates who have hoofed it to the Secretary of States office because they want to run for the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedys seat.
There are 10 Democratic potential candidates including Attorney general Martha Coakley, and U.S. Reps Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano 4 Republicans and 28 Unenrolled.
Looks like Former Sox pitcher Schilling will have a lot of company should he decide to run.
indeed—of course it all depends on when Howie can get another person in the studio to take down names and phone numbers. I’m sure he’ll announce when it will be—Fridays tend to be a day he usually picks (because that’s when his help can show up)
Tue show ping. Lacking union support, Lynch says he won’t run. Is it down to Coakley vs. Pagliuca (Celts owner) or
Capuano, who may jump in?
>>A source close to the campaign said Lynch faced waning support from labor, which is supposed to be his strongest support base. Several unions have already endorsed Attorney General Martha Coakley.
City Year founder Al Khazei pulled papers to run for the seat today and Boston Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca is also seriously considering a run.
U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Somerville), who has hired heavyweight fundraiser Bob Farmer, is expected to announce
his candidacy this week
Maybe good news for Brown—conservative voters (unenrolled) won’t have Lynch as a choice
Howie is Live today from Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square!!
Call in for THE CHUMPLINE!!!! 617-779-3469 and leave a message for Howie or Sandy about today’s stories or whatever else is bothering you!
Martha My Dear is also now favoring the “gov appoints temp senator” deal now; I think they’re making it so whomever gets appointed can still run in the special election
Howie was saying he was gonna take a Dem ballot and vote in Lynch but now Lynch isn’t running...
Cross out Lynchie...
None of the delegation wants to look weak when the redistricting happens next year. Or the Kennedy machine wants Capuano out of the way so Spawn of the Wizard of Uhs can take the “Kennedy Seat”.
Wed column ping
Steve Pagliucas latest games gonna cost lots of Green
By Howie Carr | Wednesday, September 16, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
Apparently, Chris Gabrieli was not available this year. So Steve Pagliuca is stepping up - he will be the Token Rich Guy in the Senate fight.
Good old Steve - he is about to have his suit cleaned, with him in it. Round up all the usual suspects, I mean consultants. Theres another big payday coming.
This years mark is an owner of the Celtics [team stats], which must have been quite a thrill for a while - Look at my championship ring! But now Steve needs a new toy. For a while, he and Jack Connors were thinking about buying a dreadfully boring, left-wing broadsheet, but something happened.
Maybe Steve realized even with his $400 million fortune, if he bought the Globe hed be flat broke in six or seven years.
Steve made his money at Bain. In other words, hes a Mitt Romney guy. But the filthy rich arent Republicans anymore. Its just not cool. Being a Democrat is as de rigueur as owning a) a cottage on Nantucket and b) a Prius. Im sure hes very, very concerned about his carbon footprint.
As a Democrat, Pagliuca wont have to worry about unemployed factory workers from Indiana being bused in to embarrass him the way they were when Mitt ran for the Senate against Teddy in 1994.
So hes going to use Doug Rubin, who will work next year for Deval Patrick, and Tad Devine, who has already signed up for Treasurer Tim Cahills campaign. Which means next year that Rubins candidate will be slamming Devines candidate for being ripped off by greedy hedge-fund managers like Bernie Madoff.
But this fall, Rubin and Devine will be working together on TV spots about how wonderful this other hedge-fund manager is.
You cant blame Pagliuca for succumbing to the fantasy that he can win elective office. Look at the dopes who are already there. Take Mumbles, please. In the land of the five-watt bulbs, the 10-watt bulb shall lead. And Pagliuca has to be thinking, most of these hacks in office are night lights.
Problem is, running for office becomes addictive for these rich egomaniacs. Chris Gabrieli is apparently in recovery, but hes a three-time loser over the last 11 years. Steve Grossman ran for governor, now hes going for treasurer. Then theres Christy.
Im sure Pagliuca fancies himself a Politically Correct Mitt Romney, who lost to Teddy and then came back and won the second time around. The difference is, Mitt had Jane Swift. Whatever else you can say about Martha Coakley, she has nothing in common with Swifty except gender and a 413 area code.
Hey Steve, can I read your fortune? Its about to take a $10 million hit - your fortune I mean. Around you I see Larry Rasky, or maybe George Regan, and definitely Boyce Slayman. I see . . . dead presidents. And theyre all leaving your wallet.
Wed. show ping.
Mr Carr goes to Washington.
We will be joined by conservative legend, columnist and former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan. Read Pat’s most recent column Obama at the Rubicon.
Iowa 5th District Congressman Steve King has entered the fray over Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” outburst. King is one of the country’s top proponents of enforcing our illegal immigration laws, and is the ranking member of the House Immigration Subcommittee. We will be joined by Congressman King to talk about the isue of illegal immigration and Health Care Reform.
Call in for THE CHUMPLINE!!!! 617-779-3469 and leave a message for Howie or Sandy about today’s stories or whatever else is bothering you!
Former congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo says that Congressman Wilson was right when he said the President lied. “Whether or not he breached House decorum, Joes actions were both true and effective. Obama admitted as much by proposing changes to the bill to limit illegal aliens access to Obamacare. Joes apology is enough, but Obamas concessions are not.” Tom will join us to talk about these and other immigration issues.
Talking head and president of The American Cause, an educational organization whose mission is to advance and promote traditional American values that are rooted in the conservative principles of national sovereignty, economic patriotism, limited government, and individual freedom,
Bay Buchanan will join us to discuss the immigration issues.
Thu show ping
Beware beware beware of the naked man
Won’t somebody help the naked man—Randy Newman
(Alcohol WAS involved)
OCALA, Fla. Authorities say a Florida man was charged with driving under the influence after he was spotted riding his motorcycle naked. The Marion County deputy was driving on Interstate 75 early Tuesday when he spotted what appeared to be a naked man on a motorcycle. The deputy caught up with 45-year-old J. Dante Krauss at a red light and stopped him.
Capt. Mike Rolls said Krauss could not explain where he was coming from or why he was naked. Rolls said the deputy asked him if he had been drinking, and he answered that he had. Breathalyzer tests revealed blood alcohol levels above .08, the state’s legal limit to drive.
Krauss was charged with what Rolls said turned out to be his fifth DUI. Jail records showed he was later released on $20,000 bail. They did not list an attorney and his phone number was not listed.
Have they stopped podcasting the show? Updates haven’t been available for the past couple of days.
Entercom happening again? Howie was saying something about Junior being laid off maybe...maybe the person who helped put the podcast out went to DC with them, but who knows. I think a company called podzinger (oops or is it “everyzing”) does the podcast stuff but maybe they have someone who uploads bits etc
Keep in mind they were at Eastern Standard Tue and in DC
yesterday if that means anything.
OIC that might be it then.
Fri column ping
Mike Dukakis redux: Oh, the horror
By Howie Carr | Friday, September 18, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
After all these years, hes still a punch line - Mike Dukakis.
And heres the new, improved laff-riot line - Sen. Mike Dukakis.
I tested out the fresh gag Wednesday afternoon in D.C., where I was broadcasting my radio show. Pat Buchanan was sitting across the table from me, waiting to go on the air. We started talking about the states Senate-succession law which was changed at Ted Kennedys behest in 2004 and which before his death he demanded be changed back again, now that theres a Democrat governor.
You know who theyre going to pick? I said to Pat. Mike Dukakis.
He started laughing so hard I thought he was going to fall off the chair. Willie Horton! he yelled.
The tank! I responded.
Card-carrying member of the ACLU, Pat bellowed.
Whats the old saying, history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. Welcome to the farce. You cant make this stuff up. Not even a Globe columnist could.
Its Back to the Future time. Into the Wayback Machine, Peabody. For those of you who arent familiar with the man, the legend, the Massachusetts miracle, how lucky you are. Think Jane Swift, with eyebrows.
So many disasters, so little space. How about the two sheriffs he appointed who ended up in federal prison for corruption? How about his crooked education adviser, Gerry Indelicato, to whom he handed the presidency of Bridgewater State?
Remember good jobs at good wages? Massachusetts - a national model? And nationwide searches. His lead-pipe guarantee not to raise taxes? Mike Dukakis invented Jim Aloisi. When Billy Bulger said Jump, Pee Wee Dukakis asked, How high? Or, as the judge described the way Whiteys brother pushed Gov. Dukakis around as he was running for president in 1988: How can he stand up to the Russians when he cant stand up to a corrupt midget?
Willie Horton wasnt the only one who got a weekend furlough from Mike Dukakis. Stevie Flemmis brother, Jimmy the Bear, extended his 48 hours to three years. Then there was North End killer Vinnie Federico. In 1989, he said he needed to get out of MCI-Shirley to attend to family business.
He went to Medford and got himself inducted into the Mafia - the Patriarca crime family.
The Duke will fit in perfectly in Obamas Washington. This is the guy whose welfare department gave phony Social Security numbers to illegal aliens so they could go on the dole. Dukakis Medicaid program paid for a sex-change operation for a guy from New Hampshire, then gave him an all-expenses-paid vacation to Montreal for post-op therapy.
Im not making this up. The DOC paid for hair transplants for a gangster.
What a year for the U.S. Senate. First Al Franken, now Mike Dukakis. Can someone cue Peggy Lee - Send in the Clowns? Dont bother, theyre here.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1198293
“I cant stand listening to this guy, hes so trite...”
Who are you referring to Balls, Howie? Howie is da balls!
Fri show ping; death pool in 3 pm hour I would think
by the way Howie’s site lists to a “Senate succession roll call” but I think the page that’s linked refers to a US House bill about de-funding ACORN....?
Yep! That's what the man said! I just have time to make myself a nice cuppa tea to settle down to it with! :)
yup, though the howiecarr.com site (WRKO) lists nothing for 3 pm
I do know Howie had mentioned it and hope it indeed is on.
I think the vote was (to allow a temp replacement for Kennedy’s old seat)kicked down the alley to the next session.