Skip to comments.Howie Carr thread week of Aug. 12, 2012
Posted on 08/12/2012 5:48:38 AM PDT by raccoonradio
Howie thread for the week starting with his Sunday Boston Herald column, "Ryan pick misses the Marco"
Sunday column ping. Radio reminder: Rush returns to WRKO
on Aug 21. WXKS AM “Talk 1200” is now “stunting”—running a loop of famous “gaffes” as “Gaffe1200”. It is expected a new format will launch around Aug 21, and could be all-comedy
or maybe syndicated conservative or prog talk (if they’re going back to conserv talk why the stunt then?). Some speculation is all comedy until the winter, when they may wind up with Fox Sports Radio. Who knows....Rush fans this week can pick him up on WGIR 610 in NH, WHJJ 920 in Prov., and WTAG AM 580/FM 94.9 in Worc. area...other shows like Hannity, Beck, etc are also on those stations I believe.
Ryan pick misses the Marco
Dems gear up to slam polarizing Paul
By Howie Carr | Sunday, August 12, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
Photo by AP
So Paul Ryan isnt giving up his race for re-election to the House of Representatives.
Good career move, Paul.
Somehow, this vice presidential choice seems somewhat underwhelming. I still say Marco Rubio would have been the better candidate and please, spare me the arguments about Rubios alleged support of the DREAM Act and whether hes a natural-born citizen.
Rubio would have brought more votes to the GOP ticket. Guys like Paul Ryan were already going to vote Republican. Theyve been voting Republican since 1980.
Rubio might have had more upside, but hes a little on the flashy side, and Mitt doesnt do flash. Paul Ryan is this years Muffy Healey, more experienced and smarter, to be sure, but like Muffy undeniably subordinate to The Man. Ryan wont make waves, but I fear he also wont make the difference.
His career highlight, which you should definitely watch if you havent already, is his six-minute YouTube evisceration of Obamacare and Obama to the presidents face back in 2010. Its a modern version of The Emperor Has No Clothes. Unlike the president, Ryan doesnt come unglued when the teleprompter goes down.
Everybody describes Ryan as a policy wonk, but is this good or bad? Hes supposed to be a good athlete, but he still looks like the guy who wore a pocket protector in high school.
The conservative bloggers are saying this is now going to be an election about ideas. The problem is, are modern American voters ready for anything weightier than a debate over Bud Light vs. Coors Light? After all, 53 percent of this same electorate voted for Barack Obama in 2008. How bright can they possibly be?
Adlai Stevenson, a Democrat, was once supposedly told by a supporter, Every thinking person supports you.
Yes, Stevenson allegedly replied, but the problem is, we need a majority.
The Romney-Ryan ticket is facing the same problem. Surely the debate between Ryan and Joe Biden will be the worst mismatch since the last time Joe Biden debated anybody (that would be Sarah Palin, and as you may recall she cleaned his clock).
But the Democrats already have an Internet ad of the Paul Ryan lookalike pushing a wheelchair-bound granny over the cliff, a la Richard Widmark in Kiss of Death. And if the killers jet-black hair doesnt convince you it was Ryan who snuffed Granny, the ads final words leave no doubt: Is America Beautiful Without Medicare? Ask Paul Ryan and Friends.
Stand by for another sliming. Paul Ryan is polarizing. He would end Medicare as we know it. (On the verge of bankruptcy is how most of us know it.) He was a Bush rubber stamp and he exploded the deficit. He will slash investments and he backs trickle-down economics on steroids.
Stop me if youve heard this before. Lets just hope the endings different this time. If not, Ryan goes back to the House in January and runs for president in 2016. His slogan: I Told You So.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1061152513
That reminds me, back in the 70s of course there was a sitcom called Happy Days...inspired by such things as the movie American Grafitti and the musical Grease, it showed a teen and his buddies in 1950s Milwaukee. One episode description in TV Guide that I remember name-checks the Dem nominee: It was something like “The Cunninghams like Ike, but Richie may go madly for Adlai to win the affection of a girl whose family supports Stevenson”
It’s funny sometimes we have nostalgia for 20 years back. In the 70s it was Amer Grafitti, Sha Na Na, MASH, Grease etc.
In the 80s? The Wonder Years and other 60s stuff. In the 90s? “That 70s Show”.. :) So now I guess we are nostalgic for 90s grunge.
"Family Ties" had a similar theme, but it was feminism, iirc.
"Family Ties" had the best memory of the 1972 election. Youngest was being born in the middle of the afternoon, and the father's also worried about being stuck in the hospital, not being able to vote for McGovern. He asks a nurse about any election reports, and she says "It's over. I'm on my way to a Nixon victory party."
A young Alex P. Keaton enters, arms upright, hands displaying the "V"s, and says "Dad! Did you hear?"
By the bye, I saw a promo for "I Married a Mobster" on DiscoveryID. I think Whitey Bulger is featured this Wednesday.
Bottom line... 1200 AM in Boston is no longer "Rush radio"?? Wow... are the libs up there celebrating this venture as a "total failure"?
Why did 1200 go from all conservative talk radio to (barf) all COMEDY radio?? Good grief... sounds like somebody screwed up at that station big time.
Seems like only yesterday I saw numerous proud "1200 AM - Boston's Rush Station" billboards all over the Boston area. 1200 is going out with a wimper, I guess...
Glad to hear WRKO will pick up Rush again. Sounds like Howie still may be on the way out of WRKO?
What happened to Jeff Katz? Will another Boston station pick him up?
Yes here’s the story: 1200 debuted as Rush Radio in March of 2010. Last year it was redubbed Talk 1200 (hey they have other stuff besides Rush). Clear Channel which owns 1200 and syndicates Rush and other shows figured it wasn’t making money etc (not the best signal for some) so on Aug 21, RKO gets Rush back. (CC wants it that way and so does WRKO) along with Coast to Coast. I don’t know who will pick up other shows like
Levin and Hannity.
Jeff Katz and Jay Severin were both laid off. In fact WRKO
was to make a big announcement last week and a radio expert told me that Katz and Severin were laid off. This was about a minute before the announcement. I figured right away the
“big” person coming back would be Rush. Sure enough... so for now they are running political Gaffes as “Gaffe 1200”
The rumor now is they will go all comedy and have Kiss 108 morning man Matty Siegel as a part of it (maybe simulcast the morning show). Domain names have been registered suggesting it and Siegel has a “big announcement”
schedule for tomorrow morning/
Katz is now unemployed but I hope he will find a station somewhere, hopefully in Boston. Howie’s option got picked up by Entercom—so he has 2 more years there but claims now he KNOWS for sure he will be out of there in late...2014.
1200 is definitely all comedy radio now. Rush is to start on WRKO on Aug 21 but who knows, maybe that will be pushed up. If not and you need Rush, try WGIR 610 in NH, WTAG 580/94.9 Worc., WXTK 95.1 on the Cape and WHJJ 920 Prov
Tue column ping, below. A death pool will take place today, tomorrow, or sometime soon (Johnny Pesky RIP)
Dems double standard when it comes to the law
By Howie Carr | Tuesday, August 14, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
Photo by Herald file
Granny Warren and Deval Patrick and the rest of the Massachusetts Democratic Party have a very consistent position when it comes to compliance with the states laws.
If the law increases Democrat turnout, it is absolutely mandatory that it be enforced, costs be damned.
If the statute adversely impacts any Democats say, illegal aliens then said law should be ignored, not to mention denounced as racist and/or nativist.
This is the lesson of last weeks $276,000 mailing to the states 477,000 welfare recipients, including illegal aliens, exhorting them to register to vote. Granny Warren, the fake Indian Senate candidate, was the main beneficiary of the taxpayers involuntary in-kind contribution. Defending the indefensible, the forked-tongue Harvard professor traded in her usual favorite verb, hammer, for a new one, comply.
This is about making sure Massachusetts is complying with the law, she told a TV reporter. This is about Massachusetts complying.
Are you confused about this sudden outbreak of law n order? After all, this is a state where the attorney general has publicly opined, Technically, it is not illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts. Where Mayor Mumbles Menino has stated that grand theft auto is not a serious offense at least not if its committed by an illegal alien.
Just two weeks ago, the governor vetoed a bill that would have required proof of legal residence to register a motor vehicle here. He wanted the statute to say merely, proof of residence, legality be damned. (Amazingly, the veto was overridden by his fellow Democrats.)
This is about compliance with the law, the fake Indian continued Wednesday, after this newspaper busted the moonbats latest scam, so that the law should be enforced.
The Motor Voter law, that is. Not the motor vehicle laws. And not the immigration laws. Enforcing those might depress the Democrat turnout.
Look, she went on condescendingly, I dont know how else to explain this ... the law has been in place for a very long time.
The reporter, though, wouldnt let up. She wanted an answer from Spreading Bull, not a soundbite.
Reporter: Should the state pay $276,000 to mail out these forms?
Lieawatha: I think the state needs to be in compliance with the law.
What didnt this reporter understand? An organization run by Grannys daughter filed the lawsuit. The pro malo (as opposed to bono) legal work was handled by Mrs. Deval Patricks law firm. Its not justice, its just-us.
Reporter: Should the state be paying this money?
Fauxahontas: I think the state should be in compliance with the law.
Reporter: And if its a waste of money?
Granny: I think the state should be in compliance with the law.
But only if the law is Politically Correct, and an asset to Democrats.
Wed column ping
Whitey Bulger only married to a life of lies
By Howie Carr | Wednesday, August 15, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
Photo by Patrick Whittemore
My first problem is with the title of tonights show on the Investigation Discovery channel: I Married a Mobster.
Well, actually Lindsey Cyr, no you didnt. Maybe you had Whitey Bulgers kid, but he never married you or anybody else, for that matter.
I think the only person Whitey might have ever even considered marrying was Stevie Flemmi, his partner (in business, you understand). Spouses, as you know, cant testify against each another, as Zip Connolly found out to his everlasting chagrin when his ex-wife took the stand against him and spilled the beans about the diamond ring.
But when Whitey took it on the lam in late 1994, gay marriage was still a twinkle in Margaret Marshalls eye. So Whitey never got the chance to tie the knot with Stevie, although he did tie the knot around the necks of two of Stevies girlfriends, not to mention one or two other people who ended up buried in a basement, covered with some of Phil Costas lime.
I remember when this story about Cyrs kid by Whitey first came out. At the time I was writing a book about Johnny Martorano, one of the founders of the Winter Hill Gang. I asked Martorano, whats all this about Whiteys kid? He told me, and yesterday I called him back, just to make sure I had the story straight. Another guy from the old Marshall Street garage confirmed that Whitey had told him basically the same thing.
Apparently Whitey walked into the garage in Somerville one morning and said something like:
I never told you guys, but I have a kid had a kid, because he just died. Now, I know some of you will probably want to go to the wake or send flowers or something, but that wont be necessary. Please, Im asking you, dont go to the wake.
Kinda brings a tear to your eye, doesnt it?
Then I remembered something else, from my first book, The Brothers Bulger. As the posse was closing in, Whitey started keeping a journal, talking about what had led him into a life of crime. Youll be surprised to learn that Whitey was a victim of circumstance.
One of the biggest problems, he wrote, was the LSD experiments he took part in while incarcerated in the old federal pen in Atlanta back in the late 1950s. He thought he was doing it for his country, he wrote, for the CIA. But then he found out later that he couldnt have children because his chromosomes had been damaged.
I guess not that badly, though, right Whitey? Maybe all that stuff about LSD was just more anti-acid propaganda from Jack Webb on Dragnet.
Oh well, Lindsey Cyr, good luck with your new career as Whiteys wife, I mean moll. And all my best to your three pugs, Roger, Carmel and Sylvia.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1061153240
Maine has no folk heroes like Whitey Bulger. Why am I getting the impression that MAssholes secretly love this guy?
only Howie loves this guy... cha-ching!
Special Thu column ping
Moonbats, shut your pie holes!
By Howie Carr | Thursday, August 16, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
Photo by John Wilcox
Some subjects that I write on I happen to know more about than others.
The Ever So Humble Pie Co. is one of those topics that Im very familiar with. Probably too familiar.
Not its Whoopie pies, thats not my thing. Im a regular pie guy. Ever So Humbles are for sale at, among other places, Volante Farms in Needham. Look for the pie with the heart-shaped hole in the middle of the pie crust, with the heart right off to the side. Thats Ever So Humbles trademark.
Last weekend I bought a blueberry-raspberry pie. Regular sized. My sister-in-law was in town, and she always insists on having one. It was gone by Monday. Last night I went with the Summer Medley.
I always loved Ever So Humble pies, but now that Ive spoken with the companys owner, Andrea Taber, theyre going to taste even better. Because she refuses to take EBT cards for her products at the Braintree Farmers Market.
She doesnt have a problem with welfare recipients using taxpayer cash for basic foods, but her pies are, as she pointed out in a letter to the farmers market, a gourmet or luxury item.
Shes right. The little Summer Medley pie I bought yesterday was about a third larger than your traditional old-style Table Talk pie. It cost $6.99. The standard-sized blueberry-raspberry last weekend $16.99. Thats steep fresh berries are expensive, you know and can somebody seriously argue why taxpayers who have to buy their own pies at Market Basket for $7.99 should be subsidizing layabouts fine desserts?
Especially after the gimme girls and guys have just finished their Lobster Taxpayer Newburg, and by the way, isnt it terribly unfair that the nonworking classes cant buy cooked lobsters with an EBT card, only the uncooked ones?
I spoke to Andrea yesterday and she told me that since the story broke, shes been deluged with emails, the vast majority of them positive, but some filled with what has become the traditional moonbat vitriol.
These are the same people who have bumper stickers on their Priuses that say No Farms, No Food or Think Globally, Act Locally.
Andrea Taber is a conservative, but she truly believes the words on those bumper stickers. She recycled an old building in Walpole for her bakery, and she buys from local farms. Her cranberries come from Sandwich, the rhubarb from Northbridge, the peaches from Stow.
Ever So Humbles squash and pumpkins come from Brookline. I kid you not.
Maybe if the moonbats knew some of Ever So Humbles ingredients came from the Peoples Republic, theyd leave Andrea and her loyal customers alone.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1061153514
Howie is off all next week. Kuhner filling in for screamer on Monday as she will be filling in for Howie. Kuhner filling in the rest of the week for Howie.