Skip to comments.Howie Carr thread week of June 24, 2012
Posted on 06/24/2012 4:08:22 AM PDT by raccoonradio
Howie thread for the week starting with his Sunday Boston Herald column
Leave em both to twist in the wind
By Howie Carr | Sunday, June 24, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
The Cape Wind battle really boils down to this: on one side, some well-heeled NIMBYs worried about the views from their seafront mansions. On the other side, greedy green con men who dont care how high electric rates go as long as they can make a bundle that theyll then whack up with local Democrat hacks.
Isnt there some way they could both lose?
I used to think Cape Wind was a great idea. That was when Ted Kennedy was alive and railing about how he might spill his Chivas if he had to keep maneuvering the Mya around all those noisy seagull-murdering wind turbines.
Anything Ted Kennedy was against, I was for.
There is one way Cape Wind could regain the public-relations high ground. But they have yet to prove that the windmills would be visible from the back porch of U.S. Sen. John Kerrys second wifes first husbands trust funds $9.2-million cottage on Brant Point on Nantucket.
So you have to go with the NIMBYs. Not only are all the carbon-credits bunco artists touting Cape Wind, more importantly electric rates are going to go through the roof.
You know the green grifters have no argument when they start raising the no blood for oil cry on the blogs. Excuse me, if Obamas make-sure-your-tires-are-properly-inflated administration would simply allow more energy production here in the U.S., that wouldnt be a problem very long, would it?
That breathtaking view from Christy Mihos Great Island manse wouldnt be on the line.
Its not just about money, although with Deval it always is. The eco-freaks need to put something, anything, in the Win column. In retrospect, Curt Schilling [stats]s biggest mistake was changing the name of his company to 38 Studios from Green Monster Games. Get it GREEN.
Forget his stumping for Bush in 2004, if Schilling had still been running a green company, Joe Biden himself would have hand-delivered Curt a check for $500 million in walking-around money.
A half-billion is nothing for a green company. Look at Solyndra.
Which brings us to U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), whose committee busted that Obama scam. Now hes jumping into the Cape Wind scandal. The White House immediately accused him of wasting a million bucks on an earlier probe a million bucks, are they kidding?
Ironic, isnt it? Once again, an out-of-state Republican has to ride to the rescue of law-abiding Massachusetts taxpayers. Just like in the Whitey Bulger case. For decades, none of the local U.S. House Democrats cared much about the Southie murder spree after all, Whiteys brother the Senate president long had a veto over congressional redistricting. Go along to get along.
Finally a GOP solon from a jerkwater state (Billy Bulgers description of Indiana) started issuing subpoenas. Suddenly the local hacks were shocked, shocked! at the crime wave and the cover-up.
Now its happening again. Different mob, different committee, same scenario. Round up the usual suspects.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1061140945
Hey, I don’t live anywhere near Nantucket sound, but I oppose Cape Wind on aesthetic and economic grounds.
David Letterman: By the way, when you buy the ticket for the new Abe Lincoln vampire movie, all of the facts and activities in the movie have been authenticated by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Is DKG still around? Howie doesn't mention her any more, even when ranting about fawning and stuck-up plagiarists.
There's probably a chump line-ish joke tying Warren's problems to Goodwin's "scholarship".
If the Kennedys,Cronkite and Carly Simon are against Hitler, that doesn’t make me a Nazi.
Chances are Kennedys, Cronkite and Carly Simon are all for Hitler........Howie's theory is still in play, whatever they are for, I'm against.........
Special Howie Tue column to follow, first:
Former state rep and WRKO host Marjorie Clapprood (and her husband Chris Spinazzola, son of former Globe wine/rest. expert I believe) to lose her Foxboro restaurant. Weddings booked in jeopardy http://bostonherald.com/business/real_estate/view/20220626clapprood_eviction_to_leave_weddings_parties_in_lurch/srvc=home&position=also
Whiteys strategy a dead end
By Howie Carr | Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
Photo by Stuart Cahill
If Whitey Bulger really had a get-out-of-jail free card from the feds, why did he spend 16 years holed up in that crummy apartment in Santa Monica?
I know, he was afraid of In Town the Mafia. You know, fearsome gunsels like the Cheeseman and the Saint and somebody named Chipper.
Its ridiculous, of course. Even assuming Whitey had somebody on Hanover Street to worry about, thats what they made the Witness Protection Program for. Are you telling me Whitey would have objected to having to use an alias to visit all of his safe-deposit boxes, only five of which theyve found so far, by the way.
Im going to make two predictions about this motion, which isnt a Hail Mary pass, its a Rosary.
Prediction number one: Motion denied.
Prediction number two: Whiteys going to claim he cut this alleged immunity deal with somebody whos not around to contradict him ... because hes dead.
Think Jeremiah OSullivan, the G-man who did so many other favors over the decades for the Bulgers. But Whitey could put the finger on anybody. How about crooked FBI agent H. Paul Rico? Or his fellow agents, Dennis Condon or Dennis OCallaghan? Theyre all eminently qualified to have negotiated the deal. Theyre all deceased.
This immunity defense has been used before, by Stevie Flemmi. Howd that one work out for the Rifleman? The answer is Otisville, the federal prison where Stevie now resides, or did, the last time he was sending out Christmas cards to his favorite cops.
One thing you have to say about Whiteys lawyer, J.W. Carney: The taxpayers are getting their moneys worth. This is one public defender busting his hump, and now hes got another four months to prepare on our tab. Carney has never forgotten the state motto: Dont kill the job.
Heres another prediction: Look for more of this nonsense as the trial date inexorably nears. I heard yesterday about somebody sending Carney one of the Whitey books, in which Stevie is quoted as saying he actually killed one of the 19 people Bulger is accused of capping, by mistake.
So that means Stevie told somebody, who told the author, who put it in the book. Which makes it, what, double hearsay? And even if it were admissible, and the charge was thrown out, that would leave Whitey looking at ... 18 counts of murder.
And even if he did beat all the federal raps, the feds could send him back to California on all those state gun charges. Bottom line: We all know how Whiteys trial ends. The only question now is, will anyone ever be able to turn on the TV set again and not see Steve Davis outside the courthouse?
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1061141443
I guess you need to do a D&B on a place before you book your wedding.
Missed Howie’s first hour because of the big radio news here locally: CBS is changing the format of WODS 103.3 “best of the 60s,70s, 80s” to something called Amp. Top 40. It happens at noon tomorrow.
What is amp? Katy Perry, Minaj, Usher, Maroon 5...the current classic hits format will be heard on the HD-2 radio signal, as well as streamed on wods.com They are going after Clear Channel which has top 40 with Kiss 108 and Jam’n 94.5...djs probably let go, or maybe they’ll turn up on other CBS stations somewhere
ping WODS format change see above
That sucks. I need soothing classic rock in the AM to soothe my frayed nerves before I get to work. I have been listening to WODS because most of the other stations are drowned in personality crap, so you never get a chance to hear the music over the mindless host chatter.
I have just gotten all my music onto ITunes. I should look into means of playing ITunes in car. I can load to iPhone, but still have to find a way to play to some sort of speakers. Also, music playing on the iPhone could drain the battery.
Try AM 740 (if you can get it — not sure the signal is that strong). That’s what I tuned to when Howie was in his crazed-in-the-satchel-for-Mitt phase. Lots of old songs even from the 50s — and maybe the 40s. At about 9:00 a.m., you can hear Kate Smith’s “God Bless America”! :)
Does this mean the end of Elvis Only Hour (8:00-9:00) on Sunday mornings, and The Beetles (9:00-10:00)? Time will tell.
I think it was Jim Sands who used to do an oldies show on Sunday evenings on WHDH 850. That stopped when WODS went oldies. When they first started oldies format around 1990 or so, only songs prior to 1977 were played. I haven’t listen to them much in years, but they still have a button on my car radio.
Yes that’s WJIB in Cambridge, using the call letters that used to belong to 96.9 when it was easy listening; WJIB (and WJTO am 730 in Bath, Me.) are owned by one guy, Bob Bittner,
who chooses not to run commercials but does pledge drives. He’s on the left but for the most part doesn’t get political
but occasionally you’ll hear him say things like “Cut up your credit cards. Most of the companies are evil”.
WJIB’s signal is only 250 watts but does fairly well by day (only maybe 5 w at night!)...being on the left side of the AM dial helps a bit (technical stuff). After dark the 740 frequency is a Toronto station that used to be CBC Radio but is now “Zoomer Radio”—oldies/standards for “active baby boomers” or “zoomers”
Yes any shows like that are gone. They are doing farewell shows (DJs, not the specialty shows) now till the changeover at noon. The oldies WODS played started to get more and more recent with the passage of time.
But still they covered some songs that went back a bit. Yesterday they played I Wanna Hold Your Hand—which goes back some 48 years, or to when I was 2 yrs old. Then they went into an 80s song, Tainted Love...
Try WROR 105.7, WZLX 100.7 etc.
The new format means they’re going after the younger audience that listens to Kiss—and is often ranked #1 or close to it.
Clear Channel registered some domains related to “Amp” or “103.3” and when people go there expecting to find the site for CBS’s Amp 103.3, they’ll wind up at...Kiss 108 instead.
We’ll find out around July 23 what Clear Channel is doing with 101.7; one rumor being a simulcast of talk 1200—could be Spanish, who knows...
Radio is really going nuts with changes. Two new sports networks will start: CBS Sports, in association with Cumulus, and NBC Sports, in association with Dial Global
(who have network radio rights for the NFL). Rumor has it
Sports hub could pick up the CBS network (overnights). Clear Channel’s Premiere syndicates Fox sports, which could wind up (come January) on 1200 or 1430. WEEI could dump ESPN for NBC sports so they can get network football.
Thu column ping
A supremely bizarre letter from Patches
By Howie Carr | Thursday, June 28, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
Photo by Stuart Cahill (File)
At least thats what Patches Kennedy says in his non-compos-mentis fundraising screed. Win or lose at the Supreme Court today, Democrats are in for a tough fight, says ex-U.S. Rep. Kennedy, D-Ambien.
Even by Patches hysterical standards, this letter is over the top. I havent seen him this excited since that rumor that the CVS in Portsmouth, R.I., was about to run out of Vicodin and in his rush to get to the pharmacy, he turned his green 97 Mustang with the Gephardt for President sticker into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
If the Court upholds the law, dangerous Tea Party extremists will go on a rampage.
A rampage? Need I remind you, Patches, more people have died in your grandmothers 67 Oldsmobile Delmont than in all the Tea Party riots combined.
But forgive him his hyperbole. Its just the Long Island iced tea talking.
Backed by Super PACs and shadowy front groups like Karl Roves Crossroads GPS
Shadowy? Give the kid extra points for using shadow and not referring to illegal aliens living therein. Not bad for the runt of the litters runt of the litter.
But Patches learned something over the course of all those 2 a.m. votes in Congress that he got to without turning his car lights on.
(How did Patches put it once I myself have educated myself.)
theyll do everything in their power to defeat President Obama, demonize Democrats who fought for health care reform and, if they win the election, dismantle the law piece by piece.
Demonize Democrats? Are these the same Democrats who are now refusing to attend the national convention in Charlotte, who are planning to vote to hold the attorney general in contempt this afternoon? Patches, are your former colleagues in Congress more worried about shadowy front groups ... or their own constituents?
In your own congressional district, Patches, the Republican candidate is leading your successor by double digits. The Rhode Island Legislature is acting like Republicans. The nearest thing to you in Rhode Island politics right now is the governors son, Caleb who was busted for buying beer underage.
I know, its all the fault of Karl Rove, up there in the sky piloting the Halliburton Hurricane Machine as Dick Cheney radios him his dastardly orders. ...
And all Patches is looking for to save the non-working classes is three bucks.
A measly three bucks! Not even enough to buy a draft Old Milwaukee at Au Bar, if it even existed anymore. ...
Thats why Im counting on you to stand with me. ... Even if, like Patches, youre having a problem standing.
Once, he says, Americans lived in fear of bankruptcy because of illness.
Now, they fear bankruptcy because were in a depression, as Joe Biden, another Democrat mastermind, truthfully but unwittingly put it yesterday.
Hey Patches, whichever way the decision goes this morning, be sure to keep your arms out. Itll make it harder for the guys in the white coats to throw a net over you.
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