Skip to comments.Howie Carr thread August 2013
Posted on 08/02/2013 5:06:27 AM PDT by raccoonradio
Howie thread for the month starting with his Aug 2 column
Thanks to smartphone have been able to hear parts of the show (after seeing F.Lloyd Wright's Kentuck Knob, hearing Howie's death pool though occasional dropouts...
Now maybe Whitey Bulger really does have to take the stand if only to explain how he happened to have his photo taken with infamous perv priest Fred Ryan.
So Wednesday night Whiteys lawyers dropped a bunch of photos, and a lot of them are familiar four of them, in fact, Ive put on promotional magnets.
The three brothers, circa 1965-66, Whitey in the white suit, Whitey with the black goat, and Whitey in his leather topcoat and hat, making the rounds of the South End...
Carr: Friendly advice for new media mogul
EXTRY, EXTRY: Howie Carr outside Fenway Park with yesterdays Boston Globe and a hot dog. Only one, he says, is really tasty.
Sunday, August 4, 2013 By: Howie Carr
Theres a sucker born every minute.
Thats the first thought that comes to mind about John Henrys purchase of The Boston Globe and other assorted media dinosaurs for $70 million in cash. In other words, as someone noted yesterday, John Henrys 164-foot yacht may well be worth more than his crumbling newspaper empire.
Another old saying seems equally appropriate for the occasion: A fool and his money are soon parted.
Do the math. The New York Times spent a combined $1.4 billion to buy the Globe and the Worcester Telegram, and now Pinch Sulzberger walks away with a nickel on the dollar, minus pension obligations.
As stunning as that squandered $1.1 billion for the Globe is, consider that in 1999 the Sulzbergers wasted another $300 million on the Telegram, or is it the Telegram & Gazette?
Well know John Henrys gone native if he shows up on Morrissey Boulevard tomorrow wearing a bow tie.
Speaking of which, the Globes rumpswabs are surely in a dither this morning. So many new rear-ends to kiss, as Alexander Cockburn once said when his newspaper changed hands. Dont worry though they dont call them bow-tied bumkissers for nothing.
As you assume the helm of the Titanic, Mr. Henry, remember how far astray the Globe has wandered these last few decades. Despite what all those assorted drifters tell you in the boardroom, here are a few things you ought to know:
Whitey Bulger did not keep the drugs out of Southie.
If a crooked Boston city councilor hands you a video of what he claims are American soldiers raping Iraqi women and it looks like a porn movie, it probably is a porn movie.
Running fake but accurate stories from 60 Minutes on the front page will probably not rebuild the moribund brand.
Youre under no obligation to endorse Charlotte Golar Richie for mayor simply because shes a woman and shes black.
The first syllable of newspaper is news not opinion, especially the predictable moonbat drivel that your new plaything specializes in.
Rampant, serial plagiarism is no longer a workable model for your columnists in this Internet age.
I hope Mr. Henry has done his due diligence, because the first buyers of newspapers that have gone belly up do not exactly have stellar track records. Like you, Mr. Henry, these would-be entrepreneurs usually buy for pennies on the dollar, thinking theyre getting a great deal. A few years later, theyre conducting their own fire sale for pennies on the dollar. Think Chicago, Philadelphia, Minneapolis.
Mr. Henry, do you remember how hard it was last year to find a Bigger Fool to take Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford off your hands? There arent a lot of LA Dodgers left in the newspaper business. They all went bankrupt years ago.
Good luck, Mr. Henry, and I mean it, or my name isnt Mike Barnicle.
btw I am actually up just past 6:15 am and Howie is supposed to be on Boston Herald Radio with Jeff Katz at 6:20. Will try to record the segment
Carr: Whitey Bulger saga headed to final chapter
By Howie Carr/Boston Herald 8/5/13
Jurors who heard seven weeks of evidence in the mob trial of James Whitey Bulger face a new endurance test today closing arguments that could top seven hours in length, followed by what could be days of deliberations starting tomorrow as they comb through four decades of evidence of murder and extortion.
But because jurors were told they could go past Labor Day, Philip Tracy Jr., a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, said he believes they are feeling a sense of relief that the end is in sight a month early. And that, he said, could make for thoughtful, relaxed consideration of the facts.
The jurors have to be thrilled that theyre going to be able to go home. Theyll take their time going over everything. By the end of the week theyll be back and the verdict most likely will be guilty on all counts, Tracy predicted.
The 32-count federal indictment, headed into the jury room, charges the former head of the Winter Hill Gang with 19 murders, racketeering conspiracy, extortion, money laundering and drug distribution the latter, a crime his lawyers acknowledged made him a millionaire many times over. U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper has allotted assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Wyshak Jr. and the defense team of attorneys J.W. Carney Jr. and Hank Brennan three hours each for closing. Wyshak has asked for an additional 30 minutes for rebuttal. The two legal teams have been barred from commenting outside court and this will be their first opportunity to sound off on the evidence and testimony that was presented.
Tracy said Wyshak and assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Kelly put a tight case together and that case was that Bulger was the CEO of a criminal enterprise that killed people. Carney and Brennan, who plan to split their presentation, are expected to attempt to embarrass the FBI, to show that Bulger was not a top-echelon informant and that among the 19 murders hes accused of being involved in, he did not strangle his partner Stephen The Rifleman Flemmis girlfriend Debra Davis or Flemmis stepdaughter Deborah Hussey. Both women were 26.
Though Bulger, 83, chose not to testify, and will have a second opportunity to speak his mind unchallenged by cross-examination at his sentencing should he be convicted, Tracy said, I think he got out his message already. He controlled the drama of this case to the very end.
Howie’s phone quality was pretty bad so I prob won’t bother
It's All Over, Whitey
By Howie Carr 8/6/13
The Whitey Bulger jury gets the case today, and three words come to mind: open and shut.
How long will it take them to render a verdict? The over-under is in hours, not days.
They were hunters, but they didnt hunt animals, they hunted people, prosecutor Fred Wyshak said yesterday in the middle of his 31⁄2-hour closing. These were the scariest people walking the streets of Boston.
And they were even more frightening when they were driving the streets of Boston, because thats when they opened fire on you with their machine guns.
Granted, Whiteys lawyers had nothing to work with, but still, heres what their three-hours-plus of haranguing the jury boiled down to: The government allowed serial killers to walk amongst us, so teach them a lesson by freeing a serial killer to walk amongst us.
This is sometimes called a nullification defense. Another term is ragtime.
The jury now has 33 counts to decide. Seems to me Jay Carney has already conceded the 14 non-murders. Hes admitted, twice now, that Whitey made (as he put it in his opening statement) millions upon millions upon millions of dollars in the rackets. He used the M-word again yesterday.
So hes basically not disputing the drug, extortion and money-laundering counts against his client. As for the weapons charges, last week he asked an FBI agent from Los Angeles why they didnt just charge Whitey with weapons violations out there in Santa Monica, because those felonies would have been a slam dunk for the law.
As for the murder charges, Whiteys only defense seems to be that John Martorano, Stevie Flemmi and Kevin Weeks are not nice people. This is news? If Whitey had ever done anything for anybody, wouldnt we have already heard from them, if not on the witness stand, at least out in front of the cameras outside the courthouse?
There was a columnist for the Globe who used to write and unlike him, Im not making this up that Whitey gave money to the church. But then the only photo they could find of Whitey with a priest during this trial showed him in white bucks chilling with an admitted pederast, Monsignor Fred Ryan.
The government, Carney bellowed, is buying the testimony of these witnesses.
Funny, thats almost exactly the line Whiteys brother, Billy, used in his book, saying the charges against his coke-dealing, serial-killing sibling were purchased. This was after Billy tried to get one of Whiteys gang underlings, Zip Connolly, appointed Boston police commissioner. Zip is now doing 40 years in Florida for a mob hit.
Zip Connolly wasnt mentioned in Carneys closing, but my book about Martorano was. How do you think the families of his victims feel when they walk by a bookstore and see Martoranos face on the cover of the book Hitman? Carney asked.
Probably a lot less bad than they felt when your client slaughtered their relatives.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 By: Howie Carr
Everyone except maybe his brother Billy is disappointed Whitey Bulger didnt take the witness stand in his own defense. Still, the trial produced many memorable quotes and exchanges. Here are some of them:
Stevie Flemmi, nicknamed Dr. Mengele by Whitey for his joy in pulling out the teeth of his victims corpses, on his treatment at MCI-Walpole: I would have liked the conditions to be more humane. I mean Im a human being. I think I would like to have a chair.
Johnny Martorano, when asked about the Winter Hill Gang hierarchy.
Prosecutor Fred Wyshak: So it was a democracy, so to speak?
Martorano: So to speak.
Bulger attorney Hank Brennan to informant Flemmi: Quid pro quo? Is that just Latin for rat?
Bulger lawyer Jay W. Carney cross-examining Kevin Weeks: What would you do if (someone called you a rat)?
Weeks: Well, why dont you call me outside when its just me and you and see what I do.
Weeks: I lied to my parents. I lied to my wife. I lie to my girlfriends.
Carney: What lies do you tell your wife?
Weeks: Im not cheating.
Carney: What lies do you tell your girlfriends?
Weeks: Im not cheating.
Kevin Weeks on what the prosecutors called the House of Horrors at 799 East Third St.:
Weeks: You know, I never liked the house after people getting killed it in anyways, so I was kind of relieved when I heard Stevie (Flemmi) was coming by with his stepdaughter.
Carney: Why were you relieved?
Weeks: You never know, it could have been my time.
John Martorano: We were up to our necks in murder.
Extorted bookie Dick OBrien on taking George Labate, one of his agents who wanted to quit, to visit Whitey:
Mr. Bulger came over to him and said, Youre going to go your own way? He said, You know, we have a business besides bookmaking. Labate says, Whats that? Mr. Bulger said, Killing (expletives) like you.
Carney cross-examining Weeks about his sweetheart deal:
Carney: You won against the system?
Weeks: What did I win? What did I win?
Carney: You won five years ...
Weeks: Five people are dead. Five people are dead.
Carney: How does that bother you?
Weeks: Because we killed people that were rats, and I had the two biggest rats right next to me. Thats why it ...
Whitey Bulger: You suck.
Weeks: (Expletive) you, OK?
Whitey Bulger: (Expletive) you, too.
Flemmi on the creed of the Winter Hill Gang:
In for a penny, in for a pound.
Bulger: Do what youse want with me!
Vivencia Bellegarde banks on us
Howie Carr, 8/8/13
Look at it this way: Vivencia Bellegarde is only laying on the voodoo curses that Americans cant be bothered laying on anymore.
Of course this is nothing more than what Gov. Deval Patrick would call an anecdote. Shes from Haiti, and as a newcomer to our land, its just part of her cultural heritage that she would, as the state trooper put it, begin screaming that I was a dumb motherbleeper for paying for food when she gets it for free.
The trooper continued: She repeatedly called me a racist and told me she was from Haiti and she was gonna put voodoo on my white (expletive).
Talk about ingratitude. She ran a Boston Globe delivery truck off I-93 after all the sniveling editorials and puff pieces theyve written about the millions of Vivencia Bellegardes who have swarmed into this country when they realized that the old song is true.
Everything free in America.
Wheres the gratitude? The Globe has realized its dream, converting all the old working-class neighborhoods into non-working class neighborhoods, and this is the thanks they get one of their drivers forced off the road by one of the beneficiaries of its immigration policies. As the trooper wrote, She didnt care about the guy she hit because he isnt dead and all she cares about is smoking a cigarette. You know, this is what celebrating diversity is all about different sets of rules for citizens and for the layabouts who have moved here. For instance, Americans are only supposed to have one EBT card. Vivencia Bellegarde had three of them with only one of them bearing her name.
I questioned her as to why she had other peoples EBT cards and she began screaming.
Its only a matter of time until Barack Obama announces that the state police acted stupidly.
Back to the narrative: Sgt. Kenneth Foley entered the room to try to calm her down and convince her to complete booking and she immediately called him a racist and began screaming.
Apparently Vivencia was extremely concerned about her 5-year-old child at home.
She then shouted that she was coming for all you white motherbleepers. I asked her to clarify what she meant by that and asked if she was threatening me or the other troopers lives and she refused to answer.
Im perplexed. If this is such a racist society, why doesnt she go home to the socialist utopia of Haiti? No ones forcing her to stay here, living on the arm, with no job, although somehow she manages to own a 2006 Cadillac, three EBT cards and God only knows how many other freebies from the racists who, unlike Vivencia and the millions like her, actually have to get up in the morning and go to work for a living.
Maybe under its new ownership, the Globe will write the truth about the likes of Vivencia Bellegarde. But dont hold your breath.
by Howie Carr
"A great day is coming, especially for the people who stood up to this archfiend and survived. But not all of Whiteys foes lived to savor this impending moment of triumph, and many of them deserve to be recalled as we await the inevitable verdict.
Lt. Col Jack ODonovan, Mass. State Police. He was one of the first to realize that the FBIs Boston office was just another branch of the mob, and he authorized the bug at Whiteys Lancaster Street garage in 1980. Whitey was apoplectic, and according to Stevie Flemmis political-corruption DEA-6, Whitey went to his brother Billy, the state Senate president, seeking relief.
In the next state budget, a rider was anonymously attached that would have forced the retirement of ODonovan, Whiteys most relentless nemesis. It was discovered, and Gov. Ed King, another underrated politician, did something Mike Dukakis would have been too terrified to do he vetoed Whiteys personal budget rider and saved ODs job. Billy Bulger said later under oath that he had no idea who attached the no-fingerprints rider.
Paul Corsetti, police reporter for the old Herald American. Corsetti was doing a story on the gangland slaying of Whitey associate Louie Litif. Corsetti got an anonymous call offering him information. When Corsetti arrived at a Quincy Market bar, he was met by Whitey, who told him he knew where he lived, what car he drove, and where his young daughter went to day care. Paul showed up in the newsroom the next morning wearing a gun.
John E. Powers, first president of the state Senate from South Boston, later became clerk of the SJC. Powers fired Whitey from his no-show janitors job at the courthouse. Later, when Billy became president of the Senate, the salaries of Powers and his top aides were frozen for five years. It was Powers who first observed of the top-to-bottom corruption in the Bulgers Boston, Its as if Al Capones brother was president of the Illinois state Senate.
Trooper Billy Johnson, the statie attached to F Troop at Logan Airport. At Terminal A, he once stopped Whitey from illegally taking $100,000 cash out of the country to Montreal. The next day a Dukakis hack named Dave Davis showed up at the barracks and demanded Johnson turn over his only copy of the incident report on the Senate presidents brother. Johnson refused, and was immediately transferred out to the boondocks. He later committed suicide. Davis, now also deceased, later wrote a letter claiming none of his bosses at the State House had ordered him to dispose of the incriminating evidence.
Mayor Kevin H. White. Yes, he was known for melodrama, but he once described on TV how in 1975 he almost spent the night at the Boston Athletic Club because he knew Whitey was in the area and was supporting another candidate.
I never felt more scarred in my life.
It was also Hizzoner who first dared to publicly state the real source of Billy Bulgers power:
If my brother threatened to kill you, or you thought he would kill you, youd be nothing but nice to me.
All of the above are gone now, but wherever they are, I hope that they can watch this rare occasion when good does finally prevail over evil. Even if it does sometimes take good decades to get its act together.
And another column
Sunday column ping
Johnny Martoranos move got ball rolling
by Howie Carr 8/13/13
Like most people in Boston, Johnny Martorano was in a good mood yesterday afternoon.
If Whitey wasnt an informant, he was saying, I never would have come forward.
Martorano was the catalyst. If he doesnt step forward in 1998 and start talking about the murders, this day might have never arrived. Once Martorano vanished from the pod in Plymouth, it wasnt long before Kevin Two Weeks started telling where the bodies were buried, literally.
Im glad I stepped up and tried to turn it around Martorano said. And now Im just glad its over.
Or is it? What did Jay Carney say outside the courthouse yesterday?
You havent heard the last from Jim Bulger.
Is that a threat, Counselor? Odd that less than two weeks ago he had a chance to go up on the witness stand and spill his guts, and instead he soiled his drawers. He claimed the trial was a sham. Now hes convicted on 31 of 32 counts, and his lawyer says Whitey is pleased with the outcome. Huh?
The problem with Whitey testifying was that he would have been cross-examined. And the very first question would have been, Mr. Bulger, didnt you become a rat for the feds in 1956 after you were arrested for bank robbery and realized you could do a lot better at sentencing if you ratted out two of the other guys in your gang?
I think it was Whiteys other lawyer, Hank Brennan, who said Whitey went to trial to highlight the corruption and complicity of the FBI in criminal activity.
And who exactly became a multimillionaire while engaging in that criminal activity?
Remember how Carney asked for a couple of days off in the middle of the trial? Whitey was having a tough time getting up at 4 a.m. Didnt like being shackled for the daily ride up in the Ratmobile either. And then there were all those humiliating requests for early bathroom breaks what a drag it is, having an 83-year-old prostate.
Well, look on the bright side, Whitey. Now you can sleep late. And you can go to the bathroom whenever you want to.
So we havent heard the last of Jim Bulger, eh? Carney probably means 60 Minutes. After all, it was Johnny Martoranos insane lies on 60 Minutes that drove Whitey to begin his own memoirs out in Santa Monica. Now Whitey wants his own opportunity to spew out insane lies.
You know, about how he had immunity, even though it was given to him by a dead guy, Jeremiah OSullivan. Of course he had immunity, thats why he ran away with an arsenal and millions in cash and hid for 16 years.
I hope this sordid tale has one more chapter, and that its first words are, Welcome to Tulsa.
Whitey, did you know that Oklahoma has the highest per-capita number of executions of any state?
For Johnny Martorano, it may not be quite over, but wouldnt it be worth it, one more trip, to strap Whitey onto the gurney where he so richly belongs.
Wed column ping
warning warning warning McPhee on today.
Howie will be on rest of the week though—tomorrow from Barking Crab I think, Fri from Maine. Later this month he’ll take an entire week off. Time for pale Howie to work on his tan. (And work on his next book.)
LOL, GMTA You beat me to it, we must have been typing at the same time!
yeah I actually forgot for a moment he was off but remembered as soon as I heard her voice, yikes...
WRKO/WEEI prog dir Jason Wolfe let go by Entercom.
Tweets from Howie: “Jason Wolf, serial killer of Boston radio stations, will not be down for breakfast. No, Jason, I would not like my fries supersized...Now we really have a reason to celebrate tonight at the Barking Crab! See you there for 3-7 show, then party time!...A Gore Vidal memorial tribute to Jason Wolf (or is it Wolfe, who cares?): “No talent is not enough.”
Ugh, same here. I was driving yesterday when Howie's show started. All I heard was McScreamer say: "Howie's off today... this is Michelle McPhee..."
Immediately shut off WHYN, and turned on my Sirius/XM radio for Hannity. Phew!
WHY does Howie torture his valued listeners with that woman? Where do we write to lobby Howie for *anyone* other than McScreamer as a substitute host??
Don’t know why Howie has her fill in. It could be Entercom’s decision...and if it’s Jason Wolfe’s, well, Jason’s last day at the station/group of stations was yesterday so who knows if the new prog dir will change this policy...she may have good knowledge of things but that VOICE!
By Howie Carr, 8/16/13
Wheres the cash, Whitey?
How very thoughtful of you to want to cooperate in solving all the cold-case mob murders, even though in most of them we actually know who pulled the trigger, or at least set the murder in motion.
Any number of them need to be solved officially Im thinking Donald McGonagle, Louie Litif and Donald Killeen, just to name a few. But the real remaining Whitey mystery is, what exactly happened to all those millions upon millions upon millions of dollars, to quote Whitey lawyer Jay W. Carney, that he made in the rackets, mostly cocaine?
All the cops found in Whiteys wall hide in Santa Monica was $822,000? Surely theres more left than that, a lot more. How about all those gold coins he used to hoard, and the ancient coins that his co-conspirators were trying to get to him back in 1996?
Most of all, where are all those safety-deposit boxes that you opened around the world during your days as a globetrotter back in the 1980s and 1990s? They say that a person bagged for OUI has usually driven drunk at least 100 times before he gets pulled over. Weve only discovered a handful of safety-deposit boxes, so how many more must be out there?
Lets go down the list, besides the $822,000 cash squirreled away in Santa Monica. There was the empty bank box in Clearwater, Fla., that Jackie Bulger lied about and ended up going to prison for. There was the one in Montreal that he used to visit when his semi-son-in-law Knuckles Nilan played for the Canadiens. Then there was the box in Piccadilly Circus in London.
These are just the ones we know of. What about the others? Attorney Tony Cardinale has a lien on the $822,000 on behalf of Stippo Rakes former wife Julie. He says if he gets that cash hell use his one-third share, $267,000, to conduct a forensic investigation of the people most likely to know the locations of that ill-gotten blood money, not that they care in the least. Theyre Bulgers, after all.
Put Whitey on the bus. Just keep driving him around the country. He couldnt stand the daily rides to and from Boston in the Ratmobile hows he going to like being driven aimlessly around the U.S. in a bus with the windows blacked-out, a foul-smelling toilet in the back and nothing to eat but stale wrapped-in-cellophane sandwiches (not nearly enough ruffage for an old man).
How much cash do you suppose Whitey has in those boxes we havent found? Ten million? Twenty? He wants to cooperate? Nows your chance, Whitey.
by Howie Carr 8/17/13
When you were a kid, how many times did you have to burn your hand on the stove before you learned to stop doing it?
Not many. Its the same way you learn to avoid people who cheat, or lie to you. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. You stay away from them.
So why is it so shocking that the Republican party is finally pushing back against the state-run media? They say theyre going to ban CNN and NBC from 2016 presidential debates, because the two moonbat nets are planning to run what amounts to millions of dollars worth of free publicity on Hillary Clinton disguised as programming.
The only mystery is, why arent CBS and ABC included in the ban?
Were done putting up with this nonsense, GOP national chairman Reince Priebus said yesterday.
Of course, the networks defense is that Hillary is one of the smartest women in the world. Everyone knows that. Thats why this week she called the late civil-rights leader Medgar Evers Medgar Evans.
What the hell took the Republicans so long to wake up? Obama played golf and was hosted at a cocktail party Thursday night on the Vineyard by the owner of NBC, whose lunatic spinoff MSNBC spent the week flogging a preposterous story blaming the Boston marathon bombings on right-wing extremist literature.
As for CNN, what more do you need to know than Candy Crowley works there, and that Soledad OBrien, who was caught using Democrat talking points in an interview last year with John Sununu Sr., used to be an anchor there, until she left for an even more simpatico network, Al-Jazeera.
Yesterday, driving to Maine, I was listening to Glenn Beck on satellite radio. His network, the Blaze, produces its own newscasts. The Blazes lead story was about a great-grandmother in San Diego becoming the latest woman to accuse Mayor Bob Filner of harassing her.
Only the Blaze described him, repeatedly, as Democrat Mayor Bob Filner. It was disconcerting nobody who watches the news is used to hearing the words Democrat and scandal in the same sentence, especially the lead. Its become a joke if youre reading a story about a pol whos embattled, whether its for OUI or wife-beating, if the story doesnt mention his party affiliation by the fourth paragraph, you can assume hes a Democrat.
You know the phrase tar baby? When Mitt Romney used it, it was a racial slur. When John Kerry said the exact same thing nothing to see here, folks, move along.
A rodeo clown puts on an Obama mask and the NAACP calls it a hate crime. One of the networks uses a freeze frame of George W. Bush with the sign Snipers Wanted superimposed thats speaking truth to power, baby. Thats the First Amendment.
You know, like mentioning Democrat Bob Filner.
Carr: Bay State justice needs an equalizer
The late Jennifer Martel didnt need a restraining order Thursday night, she needed a gun.
This is what happens when the population is disarmed. They cant fight back. Kristina Hill and Benjamin Ray courageously risked their lives to save their defenseless neighbor, but what could they do with their bare hands against this monster?
They needed a gun, too.
The National Rifle Association has a host of slogans that drive moonbats crazy, probably because most of them are indisputably true. This is one of them:
When seconds count, police are minutes away.
Another one is, Id rather be judged by 12 than carried by six.
They dont call firearms the equalizer for nothing. Jared Remy allegedly stabbed the mother of his daughter to death with a knife. We all know you dont bring a knife to a gunfight.
Its not easy to get a gun permit in many places in Massachusetts, in fact its almost impossible. Its not Politically Correct to own a firearm. But this is exactly the kind of state where its most imperative to own a firearm, given the utter breakdown of the criminal justice system.
Two weeks ago it was Amy Lord, allegedly butchered by a guy whose drivers license was given to the police by a woman hed tried to strangle in Roxbury. That was a police breakdown, but much more common is what happened with Jared Remy.
For more than 10 years, he ran amok in Middlesex County, beating one woman after another after another, always skating. In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls. Especially when no matter how horrific your behavior, you can always fall back on the eternal question:
Do you know who I am?
Reasonable doubt at a reasonable price thats all Jared Remy is looking for now. Already his J.W. Carney-lookalike mouthpiece is striking the all-too-familiar chords. Jared is a victim. Dyslexia. This is a tragedy for both families.
(The lawyer is half-right.) Now more than ever, his daughter needs her father. We are told Jared had defensive wounds on his hands as if she started the fight.
We know how this ended, the Remy lawyer said Friday. But we dont know how it began.
Oh, but we do.
This is exactly why you need a gun. The more alleged compassion society shows for the perps, the more disposable their victims become.
The victim gets a red rose dropped at the murder scene, and her murderer gets hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars to hire a team of lawyers from San Diego.
Too bad Jennifer Martel didnt come up with the equalizer. Ditto, Amy Lord. Ditto, Aaron Hernandezs victims, and Whitey Bulgers too.
Heres another truth the bleeding-hearts find quite inconvenient. The recidivism rate among shot-dead murderers is zero.
column, Earth to Scott Brown You've Got Shot--In Mass.
by Howie Carr, Boston Herald 8/20/13
Scott Brown, please come back to Boston.
This is silly, this road trip to the Iowa State Fair. Get back here, the governorship is winnable. Take the plunge, win it, work it, and forget about 2016. Stop with the beery tweets and get serious if the Republicans lost with a moderate from Massachusetts last year, why the hell would they go for another one in 2016?
The moderate in this fight is Gov. Chris Christie. Hes already in office, hes about to be re-elected, and his state has more electoral votes than Massachusetts.
Scotts got an ego, and its easy to see what hes thinking I have the same number of years in the U.S. Senate as Barack Obama did when he ran for president. This overlooks a few advantages that Barack had, starting with his race, thereby inoculating him against any serious media scrutiny, to this very day.
Number two, the ideological winds were drifting Obamas way in 2008. The moonbats were on the march. Scott definitely does not have that going for him. When was the last time you heard a Republican (other than Karl Rove) say, You know, I think we need a RINO at the top of the ticket in 2016.
Number three difference, Barack became a star as the keynote speaker at the 2004 convention here in Boston. Scott Brown spent the GOP convention last year in Tampa in the political equivalent of the Witness Protection Program.
Lets face it, Scott Brown should have run for the Senate this year when Kerrys seat opened up. But he didnt realize how feeble Ed Markey, aka Son of a Milkman, was. Nobody did. But that opportunity is gone forever. The Corner Office is still up for grabs. Marsha Coakley appears to have absorbed little from her humiliating defeat.
Yesterday, she was asked about state Rep. Jim Lyons call for the resignation of appointed Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan in the wake of her offices botching of the J-Roid Remy murder case. Coakley hissed, Ridiculous! Marsha sounded the way she did at the end of 2009 when she was complaining about having to campaign at Fenway Park in the cold.
Put a sock in it, Marsha.
Scott, come home and start fundraising. You have next to no money, and youll be operating under state rules $500 annual max on contributions. In other words, you need 2,000 people to max out to reach a million bucks. This, in a race where youll need $10 million.
The Democrats back here are concerned. No one is in charge. Gov. Deval Patrick told the state convention in Lowell, This is not goodbye, which of course means it is. He hasnt set foot in the State House in almost three weeks. This is a guy whose most reliable punch line for years was to refer to Mitt as a recreational governor.
Takes one to know one, Deval.
Beam yourself back home, Scottie. You can run for president. You can get another $1.7 million book advance. But first you need to get elected to something
and it aint president.
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Thu 8/22 column ping
Johnny Pockets avoids questions on ethics during appearance with Bela Pelosi (”she vants to suck your wallet”—Jay Severin) in Beverly; nothing to see here move along
If Golar Richie Makes Final All Bets are Off
by Howie Carr Boston Herald 8/25/13
Most of the candidates for mayor have two goals in the preliminary election Sept. 24.
First, finish either first or second, thereby winning a ticket to the Nov. 5 final.
Second, make sure Charlotte Golar Richie is not the second candidate on the final ballot.
Shes a black woman, and the men need to keep her out of the final to avoid another one of those hope-and-change, high-turnout elections. Other pols want to take their chances in a traditional, boring, two-white-guys-from-Boston-in-the-final fight.
If they can keep the turnout down and make sure it comes disproportionately from the usual wards, the next mayor will in all likelihood be another good old boy who knows the words to both For Boston and Wild Colonial Boy. Right now, it looks like the regulars are getting their wish. Charlotte Golar Richie is not exactly dazzling them out there on the campaign trail. Several minor black candidates this means you, Charles Yancey are chipping away at what should be her natural base. According to most observers, shes also being outworked by City Councilor Felix Arroyo. Her fundraising has been less than spectacular.
According to the polls and the fundraising, going into the final month the two top contenders appear to be state Rep. Marty Walsh of Dorchester and City Councilor John Connolly of West Roxbury.
Until very recently, Walsh was the $167,911-a-year secretary/treasurer of the Boston Building and Construction Trades Council. The unions even provided him with a $38,750 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee. This explains why you see his bumper stickers on every pickup truck at every construction site in the city. Whether the guys driving the trucks still live in Dorchester or have long since moved to Weymouth is another question.
But the pinky rings are pumping big bucks into the Walsh campaign and watch what they do for him at the Labor Day breakfast next week. Hell come out of the Park Plaza looking like a cross between Samuel Gompers and Joe Hill.
John Connolly has the advantage of being the first candidate into the race. You could make the argument that hes the one who forced the ailing incumbent Mumbles Menino out, which is not a positive. As a lame duck, Mumbles clout fades by the day, but whatever juice he has left in the fall, hell use on behalf of whoever is running against Connolly. As we all know, Mumbles can hold a grudge.
Then there is Suffolk DA Dan Conley. Hes got it all on paper a lot of money, a citywide organization, half-Irish, half-Italian, City Hall experience but somehow it hasnt jelled, at least not yet.
City Councilor Rob Consalvo has been working hard and has a shot, but there is a certain Mumbles fatigue out there, and how many Italians are left in either the North End or East Boston?
City Councilor Mike Ross has a geographic base. Thats the good news. The bad news is, its the city of Newton, his real hometown. Fortunately, he hasnt wasted his years (and free parking space) at City Hall. Hes got a law degree, which will come in handy in January when he has to get a real job.
City Councilor Felix Arroyo is campaigning tirelessly, going door to door, trying to galvanize his base, collecting dough from the lefty unions. But this is probably not his year.
Walsh-Connolly would be an interesting race. Walsh would portray himself as the second coming of Ray Flynn, and Connolly would change his middle name to Harvard.
It might be the first final race ever with even an echo of the old James Michael Curley class struggles, between what little is left of old Southie versus the Irish of Ward 20 and the newcomers who are supplanting them.
On the other hand, maybe Charlotte Golar Richie catches fire and gets into the final. Weve seen that race before. So has Hillary Clinton. And so has Tom Reilly.
AVI in for Howie today, Wed, Fri.
Col Hunt Tue and Thu
Howie off all week
Coakley tags Tim Murray with $80G fine
by Howie Carr, Boston Herald, 8/30/13
It must be a holiday weekend coming up Attorney General Marsha Coakley is throwing the book at another corrupt State House pol a comic book.
Extinguished Lt. Gov. Tim Crash Murray has been hit with an $80,000 fine, $10,000 of which will actually be his own money. A civil penalty, rather than time in the jug wrist-slap, where is thy sting?
The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce must be very, very proud of its new president and CEO and executive director. If the chambers next breakfast-meeting invitation says Cash Only, youll know Crash is reverting to his old sticky-fingered ways.
He and his convicted-felon bagman Mike McLaughlin have been caught unlawfully soliciting public employees for Crashs coffers. Unlawful solicitation is a nice way of saying shakedown, but when you have low friends in high places, you can always walk, at least if youre a Democrat.
But it does seem Marsha doesnt like guys named Tim. First she hits Tim Cahill for a $100,000 fine, and now Tim Murray gets the Labor Day discount.
As for career criminal McLaughlin, hes been indicted. For that Marsha should get a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, considering that hes already ticketed for a three-year bit in Club Fed for stealing himself a $360,000 state salary at the Chelsea Housing Authority when he was supposed to be making $160,000.
The news was announced after Gov. Deval Patrick had fled the building for the Labor Day weekend. Too bad, because he always had such a kind word for Lefty, who picked up that moniker in 2007 when he was first sworn in by yet another convicted felon, Sal DiMasi, who instructed him, Raise your right hand.
Crash promptly raised his left.
But Crash and the governor were always simpatico, perhaps because they both needed three tries to pass the bar exam. Marsha Coakley, who usually likes to preen for the cameras when she has a tree warden lugged for jaywalking, was likewise MIA. Professional courtesy and all that. Her press release said Crash did not exercise proper oversight. In case you were wondering, he also failed to exercise reasonable care to ensure that the contributions were not unlawfully solicited.
I told you, Marsha really let him have it.
No mention of his sealed cellphone records, or his mysterious 108 mph accident at 5:20 a.m. in a state car while wearing his jammies. To use yet another phrase from the press release, it would seem that when he aimed his Taurus at a stone wall and then floored it, he yet again failed to exercise reasonable care.
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