Skip to comments.Howie Carr thread week of March 20, 2011
Posted on 03/20/2011 2:47:11 AM PDT by raccoonradio
Howie thread for the week starting with his Sunday Herald column. It's time for the annual (formerly Billy Bulger) Halitosis Hall shindig, the political breakfast known for kneeslappers like "what's another name for a wandering priest? A Roamin' Catholic. Then there was the time Gov Weld sang to Billy about a "winning ticket in the lottery/You're gonna be a millionaire, there is no doubt/ For I had YER BROTHER (Whitey) pick these numbers out"
Sun column ping. Billy Bulger, Billy Bulger, whenever you got your Irish up, Billy lowered the boom, boom, boom, boom...
Also on the menu: Breakfast of chumps
By Howie Carr | Sunday, March 20, 2011 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
Does anybody broadcast the St. Patricks Day breakfast anymore? Would anybody watch or listen, anyway? No matter heres what will happen this morning, or should anyway.
Sen. Jack Harts biggest applause line of the day: Sen. John Kerry could be not here with us this morning.
First standing ovation: for Patrice Tierney, fresh from her month in the Big House. She didnt do it for a friend, she did it for her brother a gangster. How St. Patricks Day is it?
Rep. John Rogers brings a tear to many an eye with his touching ballad, Petro, we hardly knew ye.
Actually, its a shame the boyos wont really be going after Gov. Deval Patrick the way he deserves to be roasted. Oh sure, theyll launch a few feeble jokes about his book tour, not to mention Sen. Scott Browns. But think of the material Political Correctness will require these sad-sack, third-generation Hibernian highwaymen to leave on the cutting-room floor.
Remember what Billy Bulger used to say whenever Mike Dukakis would return from a Deval-like all-expenses-paid vacation: Whenever I go anywhere, its a junket. When he goes, its a trade mission.
Deval hates Hyatt Hotels, but he hasnt a cross word to say about Blue Cross Blue Shields $11 million payoff to his fellow Chicago community activist Clueless Cleve Killingsworth. He said zero-zip-nada about Evergreen Solar ripping off the state for $57 million, but now hes hopping mad about Fidelity moving 1,100 jobs, even though he campaigned to stop greyhound racing, which cost the state 2,000 jobs.
You see the potential? But who amongst the legislative leadership could deliver the lines? Speaker Bobby DeLeo reminds everyone of another old Bulger line: To a battle of wits he comes unarmed.
And the last time Rep. Brian Dempsey, the Ways and Means chairman, was asked to speak in public, it was 2 a.m. and the cops wanted him to recite the alphabet backwards.
Rep. Ed Markey arrives late to grovel to retain his congressional seat; its been so long since hes been in Massachusetts that he still thinks the breakfast is at Halitosis Hall.
The embattled Transportation secretary Jeff Mullan is mistakenly introduced as Jim Aloisi.
Mumbles Menino asks, Has anyone seen Auditor Glodis? and then says, I saw Suzanne Bump she said she loves this hall so much shes declaring it as her third primary residence.
Sal DiMasi introduces a very special guest, his new closest adviser runaway gangster Enrico Ponzo.
Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, who plays Robin to Devals Batman, likes his waitress so much he decides to tip her with a $105,000-a-year state job. His waitress name: Marian Walsh.
As the roast sputters and grinds to a halt, Ned and Abigail Johnson arrive to announce that next year the breakfast will be moved to Merrimack, N.H. Scattered hisses are replaced by wild cheering as the drunken probation officers realize Merrimack is also home to a Budweiser brewery.
Finally, Wacko Hurley appears to announce the beginning of the parade. Only this year, instead of Wacko, Whitey Bulger shows up. No one will be watching, or listening, and Whitey will successfully make his escape as Sal DiMasi and Enrico Ponzo cheer him on.
Me? Im going to the seafood show this morning. It smells a lot better than the breakfast.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1324655
You know I saw him listed on my internet radio apps. I have been listening every now and then. Never a dull moment. A lot of boston local stuff not familar. But some broadcaster.
Anyone know who’s broadcasting the breakfast this year?
Whoops, just looked it up - NECN (Jim Braude - ugh).
You may get to see Howie and his family up close and personal someday soon.
He will drive through Georgia when he retires to Florida.
But the cheap bastard will not stop at Pedro’s Place at South of the Border in SC. “Sorry, no time kids.”
Salem News: Attempt to “save the 6th district” from redistricting/gerrymandering axe. What’s worse, having Tierney as rep or Tsongas?
Wed column ping
Its all but Olver for this rep
By Howie Carr
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Dont be standing too close to U.S. Rep. John Olver of Amherst.
Nothings written in stone, but if I had to pick a Massachusetts solon most likely to get a rocket in his pocket next year, it would be the ancient moonbat from the 1st Congressional District.
Hes already Forgotten but Not Gone. Consider the other strikes the Per-fessor has against him as the very ethical state Legislature begins reducing 10 congressional districts to nine:
Hes the oldest hack in the delegation (74 years old).
By any definition, hes the most irrelevant.
His district is hemorrhaging Americans.
Even before the new census, his district made absolutely no sense, stretching from the New York line to suburban Lowell.
The only thing Olver seems to have going for him is that the state Senate majority leader, Stanley Rosenberg (also of Amherst, by way of Revere), is his former aide and pal.
Rosenberg has already announced the two Western Mass. districts will endure. How exactly do you plan to accomplish this, Stanley? Richie Neal, the other solon from the 413 area code, already represents Bellingham and advertises on Boston TV stations.
The simplest solution would be to combine most of the four western counties into one district 830,000 citizens when all you need for a district is 727,000, and let Neal run against Olver. Neal has already come out for the Libyan incursion. Olvers statement denouncing this new conflict is expected as soon as he awakens from his nap and someone reminds him that George Bush is no longer the president.
The problem for Olver is, hes so weak that even if they sliced n diced the district deeper in Middlesex, Niki Tsongas (technically of Lowell) would still trim him. And shes nothing to write home about either. But why would you chop up one of the few districts that makes sense Tsongas Merrimack Valley 5th to guarantee one more two-year term for a guy who stopped buying green bananas years ago?
Another simple solution make Suffolk County (722,000) a single district. Alas, three incumbents now have a piece of Boston. If the State House hacks do the logical thing with Suffolk, suddenly Mike Capuano of Somerville will be in Ed Markeys district Fast Eddies worst nightmare, an Italian-American with a pulse.
Safe for the moment: Bill Keating, Barney Frank, Johnny Pockets Tierney and Jim McGovern (D-Caracas).
Whatever happens, if youre an American who works for a living, you win, because come 2013 there will be one less of these fools in Washington trying to cut your throat. Ive said it before: Isnt it a shame we cant dump two?
death pool today?
could well be—Liz Taylor
DEATH POOL 4 TODAY
special Thu column ping
Aw, cmon, give peace a chance
By Howie Carr | Thursday, March 24, 2011 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
You know the old song, Where have all the flowers gone?
What I want to know is, where have all the moonbats gone?
The preposterous president these clueless trustafarians elected has now started a war with no congressional authorization and exactly one resolution from the United Nations. George Bush got 17 U.N. resolutions before invading Iraq and the limousine liberals sneered that it was a rush to war.
So where are all the candlelight vigils?
Whatever happened to War is Not the Answer? Does this unilateral action make Barack Obama a, gulp, cowboy? Is a village missing its idiot?
When George Bush started a war, the squirrelly hippies from Cambridge couldnt wait to start rioting in front of the JFK Building. Theyve had a week now to get their new bumper stickers printed up. Stop Obamas Endless Wars. Obama Lies, Libyans Die.
Where in Hollywood is this years Not in My Name anti-war petition circulating?
What happened to the Boston and Cambridge City Councils with their resolutions demanding that the president be tried in The Hague as a war criminal?
Where are the human shields, dammit?
Whatever happened to Code Pink?
When will Gen. Colin Powell appear on TV to say ominously of Libya, If you break it, you bought it.
When George Bush was president, every Peoples Republic in New England had a hard-core group of wrinkly haters who would gather weekly on the town common, or in front of the courthouse, holding No Blood for Oil signs.
Where have all the moonbats gone? Who knew there was a Witness Protection Program for the MIA Birkenstock crowd? Ive even got a new chant for them: Hey hey, ho ho, Barack the war criminals got to go!
Will Cindy Sheehan take the ferry to Marthas Vineyard this summer to protest Barack on one of his many vacations, which the lickspittles in the media now invariably refer to as working vacations?
Will Comrade Chris Matthews call Obama what he always used to call Bush and Cheney? You know, chickenhawk.Remember Abu Ghraib? The New York Times [NYT] went crazy over war crimes.
Now there are thousands of photos of a handful of U.S. troops in Afghanistan posing with trophy bodies of civilians. But all the Times has to say is, nothing to see here, folks. Move along.
Heres a bumper sticker youll never see in Brookline: Nobody died at Abu Ghraib.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1325676
Mistrial declared in ex-WRKO jocks child rape case
bostonherald.com ^ | 03/24/2011 | Jessica Heslam
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 2:43:18 PM by massmike
thanks—yup it’s on the radio boards too
Today’s Herald says the prosec. intends to retry him. Judge expected to issue bail decision Monday
Ayla contradicted everything the accuser said. The investigating detectives are witnesses for the defense and the DA’s witnesses are locked into their answers. I guess Ferrari doesn’t mind spending another $2.5 M to lose again. We sent letters to the judge today urging a dismissal. It was 11-1 to acquit on the main charge and nothing closer than 8-4 on the others.
thanks for info!
Highway official resigns in wake of tunnel fiasco
By Hillary Chabot | Friday, March 25, 2011 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Local Coverage
A humbled Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan announced today a senior highway official resigned following the debacle over a fallen light fixture in a Big Dig tunnel.
Frank Tramontozzi, the acting highway administrator, resigned in the wake of what Mullan called a complete communication breakdown both externally and internally.
Officials appointed Frank DePaola as the new acting highway administrator.
Asked why he didnt resign, Mullan said, My record speaks for itself in terms of being honest with people. Although he admitted that the governor is disappointed in the way the tunnel accident was handled.
Mullan said there was a clear lack of management oversight that led to a delay of weeks in informing the public about the 110-pound fixture that crashed to the roadway in the Interstate 93 tunnel on Feb. 8.
Mullan said he was not fully informed of the incident for a month and he, in turn, did not tell Gov. Deval Patrick about it for another week.
Tramontozzi had been acting highway administrator for less than a month. Hell be replaced by Frank DePaolo, who comes over from the MBTA.
Just saw Whitey over in aisle 7. He was with Elvis.
Was Arafat with them??
Nah. Liberace was, though. That white fur coat was a dead giveaway.
Never mind the LOLs. Send me the reward money.
Well I think we’d need more proof that you have captured whitey - just seeing him in aisle 7 isn’t going to cut it!
Stealth hackerama: Just how big is it?
By Howie Carr | Saturday, March 26, 2011 |
http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
And so farewell, Philip F. Laverriere Sr., out of his $145,000 anti-poverty hack job at the age of 85 after the Lawrence newspaper caught him lounging away his afternoons at the local Elks Club, playing video poker and smoking cigars.
The Eagle Tribune said the Navy veteran of World War II told them hed been spending his afternoons at the Elks for three years.
Thats a lie, I never said that, Laverriere was saying this week. I was probably going to the Elks in the afternoons for only a month.
Laverrieres agency the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council controls $30 million annually in federal and state anti-poverty funds.
Hows that war on poverty working out in Lawrence?
His office was on the same floor as Rep. Nikki Tsongas. Apparently she never noticed anything amiss.
Somebody dropped a dime to the paper, as well as to Tsongas and some other pols.
Guess who followed up.
This is devastating, Laverriere was saying. I have no recourse to anything theyre saying about me. My wife wants to sell our house and move out of this town, but Ive lived here all my life. I feel terrible for my daughter. Shes worked at that paper for 26 years its tough for her now.
You can almost feel sorry for the guy, busted in the twilight of a lucrative lifetime in the hackerama. But the larger question here is, how many people like Phil Laverriere are out there feeding at the trough, serenely gliding under the radar screen? I mean, hes been the executive director since April 1, 1974. Appropriate, eh?
Had you ever heard of the GLCAC? Did you know how much dough they controlled, for such pressing issues as immigration assistance and child care and other things that Americans used to take care of themselves, without going on the dole?
I dont know what Im going to do for health insurance now, Laverriere said. I got five weeks vacation coming.
I asked him about sick days. I was thinking of Tom Kinton, the greed-crazed Massport hack whos walking out the door with a $200,000 pension and another $459,000 in what are described as unused sick days, not to mention his life insurance.
I have 1,825 hours of sick time, but I cant cash them in.
Bummer. Tom Kinton, Im sure, feels your pain.
Meanwhile, the board has appointed a new interim boss of GLCAC, a guy named Chick. Hes a veritable kid only 73.
Something tells me theres a lot of Philip Laverrieres out there. We just havent heard about them yet.
And this morning theyre all thinking to themselves, There but for the grace of God...
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1326120