Skip to comments.Howie Carr thread week of August 2, 2009
Posted on 08/01/2009 8:35:38 PM PDT by raccoonradio
Howie thread for the week; I will post his Sunday Herald column when it goes up on the Herald site
Stay tuned for Howie’s column which I will post once it goes up online...I will be here all next week incl. Sat. but will be gone from Sun 8/9 thru Fri 8/14 or so. GQuagmire will run the ping during that time (and thank you).
btw the URL to find the Howie ping list in case anyone is
hmm, still no Howie column on Herald site—day off for him?
here it is, sorry for delay
Tom Menino *licks* to continue his *ong* reign
By Howie Carr | Sunday, August 2, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
Mumbles Menino, your mayor for life, is on the campaign trail from dawn to dusk. Everything depends on his re-election in the fall - his own $175,000-a-year salary, not to mention the six-figure city jobs of his son, daughter-in-law and God only knows how many worthless, unemployable, getting-ready-to-go-out-on-disability hacks.
As we join Mumbles this morning, lets begin with a word-association game. I say a name, Mumbles, and you tell me the first disease that pops into your, uh, mind.
The name is Justin Barrett, the BPD officer suspended last week after his banana-eating jungle monkey e-mail. I ax you, as Barrett put it, to name the disease you associate with Officer Barrett.
Its like a cancer, Mumbles said last week. You dont keep the cancer around. Get rid of the cancer right away because the cancer is, uh, could cause other cancers.
What was that disease again, Mumbles?
I just say that we want to rid our, our department, the police department, of that cancer, and thats what we did, rid the department of the cancer and, uh, I know a lot of police officers, most all the police officers I know dont condone any of that information.
Can we quote you on that?
Another recurring theme in Mumbles campaign this year is his desire to extract more money from the citys nonprofits, i.e., colleges. That cheeseburger tax that kicks in Oct. 1 will not be enough to keep the hackerama humming in a fifth term.
As for the citys universities, as Mumbles put it recently, Theyve had a free ride for too ong.
Not for too long, for too ong. But never fear, your mayor for life is always assessing how well the universities are delivering for Mumbles and his pals.
I look at scholarships for kids, opportunities for the city, how they use their staff to help us, do some projects in our city. I lick the whole range of things.
And who better to lick the whole range of things than Mumbles Menino?
Crime, a perennial problem in the city. But once again, Mumbles is licking a whole range of things.
We had to do something about that and were trying to do that in one of our neighborhoods. Were take a 10-block area and put a VIP program - violence intervention, uh, team, in there, uh, uh, violence intervention program in those neighborhoods where people are out knockin on doors, talkin to people, sittin in their kitchens, see what they need for help and were gonna help those neighborhoods. Those 10 neighborhoods crime is down and it was very valuable to us.
And it must be working, right? No 12-year-old girls have been shot in Dorchester by gangbangers with AK-47s for almost a week now.
Its not all doom and gloom as Mumbles stumps for a fifth term. The other day, he was on a TV news show getting needled about the perennial confusion in Charlestown between Breeds Hill and Bunker Hill.
Oh? Mumbles said. Bunker Hill Memorials on Breeda Hill? I mean, what do you want? I mean, a - I didnt do that. Somebody else did. I get blamed for enough things around here.
Some say Mumbles has been mayor for far too ong, I mean long. But you tell me, whos gonna lick him?
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1188551
As I understand it colleges and universities make "payments in lieu of taxes" to the city/town in which they're located. I was also told (by a friend in grad school with connections to a local college) that if they should actually need, say, the fire department, they're billed for it . . .
Now if Menino could come up with a way to grab "payments in lieu of taxes" (or whatever name would suit!) from all those state and federal buildings in Boston soaking up valuable real estate, well, then he might have something! ;-)
Howie is mentioning the death of Rev Ike now. Yup I’d heard of him and Howie has mentioned how he used to say “don’t get your pie in the sky, by and by—get it now”
A charlatan? How dare they!—Howie
from Wikipedia entry on Rev Ike:
>>He was best known for the slogan “You can’t lose with the stuff I use!”
I’ve heard this pop up in blues and soul lyrics (only it’s “I can’t lose”)
.>Ike also made a guest appearance on Hank Williams, Jr.s late 1986 single Mind Your Own Business, which was a Number One country hit
I worked for an Edison spin off, some of our Southie/DOT types went to work for the Universities Down Town. Several of them begged to come back, no more liquid lunches at Meatballs, have to show up every day, with the pee in a bottle requirement coke usage went down, most of them had a significant weight loss.
Special Tue column ping
Nonprofit fits no-profit Globe
By Howie Carr | Tuesday, August 4, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
Correct me if Im wrong, but I thought The Boston Globe already was a nonprofit newspaper.
The bow-tied bumkissers lost $50 million last year and, until the recent cuts agreed to by their dainty, precious, hissy-fit-throwing little guild, they were on target to drop another $85 million in 2009.
Thats not nonprofit, thats NON-profit.
Actually, I suspect producing a newspaper so clearly on the back nine of history is just the way most of the sheets blow-in drifters from New York prefer it. Producing a real newspaper with news in it would be just so . . . tiresome. Better to just lounge around the office and wing it, the way they did Sunday afternoon when they posted a story on their Web site about a double homicide outside a bar in Dorchester near Columbia Boulevard.
Surely they meant to say Columbia Road? Maybe all those guys in the newsroom in their Yankee caps ought to keep at least one person around who knows his way around Columbia Boulevard, I mean Columbia Road.
The nonprofit Boston Globe. What would Uncle Dudley say?
Personally, I think its a marvelous idea, having rich businessmen subsidize what remains of the Boston establishments parrot. Im sure they can round up a few more marks because whats not to like about the concept? You throw some money into the pot, and all of a sudden, you get taken care of in the paper, like your name was Kennedy or Barney Frank. No more exposes, only puff pieces.
Think of it as an insurance policy. Ask John Kerry and Deval Patrick how its worked out for them.
They used to call this sort of thing a protection racket. Now itll be a nonprofit.
Already, two would-be saviors are stepping forward, and can you say, A fool and his money are soon parted? For starters we have Steve Pagliuca - and how bout them Celtics? And who says Bain is going to lose its shirt in the Clear Channel deal?
Then theres Jack Connors, and boy, is that Partners Healthcare a swell company or what?
Yes sir, Mr. Connors, well fire the Spotlight Team - whats left of it, that is.
But when youre bleeding more than a million bucks a week, the Globe will need more suckers, I mean investors. Id like to nominate John Fish - and lay off Mumbles kid, would you? How about Joe ODonnell, and by the way, whats with this Puritan obsession about carding everyone who wants to have a simple glass of beer at a ballgame?
The problem for the Globe is, theyre already in the satchel for most of the Beautiful People in this city, the ones who are legends in their own minds. Fawning is the Globes perennial fallback position - just ask anybody in the congressional delegation, or the mayor, or the Red Sox, or the Patriots.
The nonprofit Boston Globe. Itll do boffo box office - on Columbia Boulevard.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1188906
Columbia Boulevard, that’s priceless, Globe = NON profit and CLUELESS.
Fawning over liberals is sooooo yesterday.
Newspapers’ teachers pets don’t work. For the sake of credibility drop Clinton knee pad dreams, Obama Luv, and dem fawning. It’s tacky.
Run pictures that tell a story thats not your story...
Piling on someone - like Sarah Palin - because you dont like her is unseemly. Post a sigh in the newsroom that says, Grown ups work here. Look at it daily.
Keep the print readable - newspaper readers are older - if the papers good, the young will grow into it... if its not youll never get them anyhow.
Explore new technology - Bill Gates can design a down-loadable flat sheet - dont fight technology - bend it to your needs.
A newspaper is not a stage for art-teests to prance upon - its a medium to bring USEFUL information to readers.
Readers interaction with your company happens most often at the circulation level - monitor that department with your life...
Make cartoons larger.
Vanity circulation hurts people who buy ads. Dont give into it. Offer value and give value.
Reporters and editors should be fired if they make up quotes or accept gifts. No exceptions.
Mix in the best national columnists - again - the papers not a stage for local talent - its a vehicle for disbursing quality useful information.
Real diversity: Add writers and editors who understand math and science - they have a different and important perspective - hire a good rewrite man to clean up their writing.
(Ever read instructions written by engineers? - almost as bad as science news written by writers...
Add conservatives for diversity of thought and for the 50% of readers who are conservative.
Man bites dog might be fun to write - but its freak show stuff. A little goes a long way. When people say they want good news what they mean is news that illuminates and explains their community and world.
Please consider for those of us think breakfast is coffee and a newspaper ...
btw the latest is that the Globe-Democrat, as Michael Graham of WTKK calls them, has finally ended its war with WEEI—
a mere 9 days before the AM sports talk station suddenly gets competition from CBS on the FM dial (the new WBZ-FM 98.5).
Suddenly the bowtied bumkisser sportswriters can now be on
WEEI again (the guys just down the hall from WRKO...you know, the guys who were ogling Jody Applegate a couple wks back.)
Apparently the guy-talk humor on ‘EEI was too much for
the Brattle St. Alert...
I would add: stop the deification of Ted Kennedy.
Good point - the MSM does that to every Kennedy - child of a Kennedy - ex-wives etc etc. Boring.
Wed column ping
Hey hacks, this drunks for you
By Howie Carr | Wednesday, August 5, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
What was six-time drunken-driving loser Jason Wetteland doing up in Amesbury on the very night the state imposed a brand-new 6.25 percent sales tax on alcohol?
Hes from Charlton, in Worcester County. Thats where hes always been bagged in the bag, beginning in 1988 when he was 18 - in North Brookfield, Dudley, Southbridge, Spencer (twice) and Charlton.
But suddenly, the career tosspot is up near the New Hampshire line, a bottle of Mr. Boston blackberry brandy between his legs, a half-full 12-pack of Bud Light beside him.
I guess Wetteland didnt get the news. Drinking doubles dont make a party.
With 11 collars, hes been arrested for OUI eight more times than the Registrar of Motor Vehicles ex-husband. Hes been lugged more times than state Reps. Kujawski and Dempsey and Sen. Galluccio combined!
I dont know what Wetteland does or did for a living, but he ought to think about running for the Legislature. Or maybe applying for a state judgeship.
Mr. Wetbrain, I mean Wetteland, is unavailable for comment, being locked up until his dangerousness hearing in two weeks. A call yesterday to his lawyer went unreturned, so I cant tell you if hed been in New Hampshire trying to beat the Legislatures latest tax increase, on booze. Id also like to know how big a bottle of blackberry brandy he was swigging from - the old rule of thumb is, the smaller the bottle, the greater the thirst.
We also dont know who owns the vehicle he was driving, or whether the vehicle is insured.
Not having a drivers license doesnt stop anybody from driving, and Wetteland hasnt had a valid drivers license since 2003 - after he got busted for DUI in Connecticut. Do you begin to detect a pattern here? Hes lucky he didnt get charged with impersonating an illegal alien.
According to the police report, when the cop arrested Wetteland Saturday night, the officer asked him if he thought driving drunk was funny. Ive been doing this all along, Wetteland replied. This is what I do.
Granted, the Legislature has fitfully tried to toughen the drunken-driving laws - wink, wink. But looking at Wettelands record you see how absurdly lenient the state has been. After his first two OUI convictions, in 1988, his license was suspended for two years. But the next year, 1989, he was convicted of drunken-driving twice more, and apparently his additional sentences were concurrent.
Concurrent? He doesnt have a license, but he drives drunk, and when hes convicted, they tell him . . . you still cant drive? Huh?
The spokesman for the RMV says, He cannot get his license back. No hardship, no ignition interlock device - nothing.
And thats going to stop Wetbrain how long?
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1189164
Remember the pumpkin man?
(Use “Entering Dennis” joke here. Do you know the
Pumpkin Man, the Pumpkin Man, the Pumpkin Man.
Do you know the Pumpkin Man, who lives in Dennis Mass.?)
>>DENNIS Two years after being released from a New Hampshire prison and moving to Dennis, a convicted sex offender known as the “Pumpkin Man” has been classified a Level 3 sex offender by the state of Massachusetts.
The Dennis Police Department is circulating the photograph and home address of David O. Cobb, 73, to media outlets, schools and libraries, although the former prep school teacher is protesting his inclusion among the highest risk group of sex offenders.
>>Cobb became known as the “Pumpkin Man” after being arrested in August 1995 and accused of trying to lure a 12-year-old boy into the woods near his Farmington, N.H., summer home.
Although the Cape Cod Times wrote about his move to Dennis in the summer of 2007, it took two years for the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board to classify Cobb as a Level 3 sex offender, which allowed the police to release his photograph and address this week.
>>Associated Press reports say Cobb, who at the time was a teacher at the prestigious Phillips Academy in Andover, was carrying a knapsack with children’s underwear, a pumpkin mask, hundreds of pornographic images, and a list of payments for “helping pumpkin” perform sexual acts.
(Cobb thinks this is an outrage! He’s innocent!)
>>”I didn’t do it but I pled guilty to it,” said Cobb, adding that he was depressed and the children had been bribed.
>>Cobb tried arguing in court that his pictures, most of which were made by pasting children’s faces from clothing catalogues onto images of naked bodies from adult magazines, were works of collage art protected under the First Amendment...But some photos showed actual naked children, according to The Associated Press.
special Thu column ping
PRIM and improper as usual in hack haven
By Howie Carr | Thursday, August 6, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
Charlie Baker and the Republicans have been trying to figure out how to cut state Treasurer Tim Cahill down to size so he cant run for governor as an independent.
I think this morning weve given the GOP Exhibit A against Cahill - the payroll of Cahills Pension Reserves Investment Management board. Its Cahills baby, and of the 24 people on it, 13 make between $100,000 and $322,000.
Which wouldnt be quite so outrageous if the PRIM board last year didnt lose $12.8 billion - 23.6 percent of the states investment portfolio. Bill Veeck, the old-time baseball executive, used to say that it wasnt the high cost of talent killing the game, it was the high cost of mediocrity.
In the case of PRIM, at this point wed all settle for some mediocrity, because its the high cost of utter incompetence thats killing the pension fund.
The job descriptions of eight PRIM employees contain the word senior. None contain the word junior, for obvious reasons. A senior fill-in-the-blank always get paid more money than the junior.
Anyway, now we have this document dump, this payroll-palooza to deal with, and once again, I implore you, the readers, to help us out. Drop a dime. If you work for one of these agencies, and have been frustrated by the sloth and lethargy (not to mention the six-figure salaries) of your better-connected layabout hack bosses, now is your opportunity for revenge.
In the Dreaded Private Sector, its been a killing ground the last couple of years. In the hackerama, nothing . . . has . . . changed. Excuse me, one thing has changed - theyre all making more dough.
One exception, and I need to find out today whats up. Vicki Mucci, the girlfriend of House Speaker Bob DeLeo, is a secretary at the MWRAs Deer Island treatment plant. I see her recorded as having an annual salary of $47,151.11, and yet her 2008 MWRA earnings are listed as $21,823.19.
Lets look at Massport. In 2001, after 9/11, the Herald obtained a Massport payroll. Yesterday, I compared the two payrolls, and guess what - all the same old same olds are still in action (or is it inaction?) at the same old stand.
As you know, the boss of the PRIM board is Mike Travaglini, who makes $322,000 a year (before bonuses). His brother used to be the president of the Senate, Bobby Trav, and theyre from Eastie, home of Logan airport, which is run by Massport.
In 2001, I wrote about how a woman named Pauline Sulprizio worked in Travs State House office, while her husband, Steve, had a job at Massport paying $71,603. Steve is still at Massport, only now he makes $105,207.
Pauline was replaced in Travs office by Karen Buttiglieri, whose brother-in-law is named John. In 2001, John made $52,624 at Massport. Now hes up to $75,784.65 a year. Did I mention that Johns father, Sonny, used to employ Bobby Trav as a precinct captain in Mayor Whites Ward 1 machine?
Oh, and guess what - in 2009, theres another Buttiglieri on the Massport payroll. Caroline Buttiglieri, a public service rep, makes $41,809. Say, you dont suppose . . .
Diane Modica used to be the city councilor from Eastie after Trav moved to the Senate. Her cousin Mike was making $52,604 in 2001. Now hes up to $80,732. Eight years ago, I wrote about a Massport hack couple - Lenore Filipe and Lou Hinckley. At the time, their combined salaries were $204,509 a year.
Now Mr. and Mrs. Hinckley are grabbing a total of $254,657.69 a year. And behind that comes the pensions.
How many people in the DPS get pay raises these days? Damn few. Yet the hacks just keep collecting. Jim Rooney is the boss of the Mass. Convention Center Authority. Nine months ago, we wrote about his brother Joe, who after a nationwide search was hired at the MCCA while his brother was acting executive director. Last December Joe made $70,609. Now hes up to $72,113.
Okay, thats not a PRIM-board number, but still, it beats the 8 percent pay cut the bowtied bumkissers on Morrissey Boulevard just had to swallow. Then theres Mike Kineavy, Mumbles Meninos $141,000-a-year hack coatholder at City Hall. His aged mom Ann was listed last year as making $2,208 at the MCCA. This year theyve got her projected pay as $22,880. What recession?
You know how the pols running against incumbents always ask the question: Are you better or worse off than you were X number of years ago?
To which the hackerama can answer, truthfully, with a resounding Yes! Yes! Yes!
The hacks are following the teachings of the late Rev. Ike: Dont wait for pie in the sky by and by when you die. Get yours now, with ice cream on top!
Now its your turn. You can bust em. Drop us a dime, and well handle the rest.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1189451
So what are your thoughts about “Conservative Tours,” run by our old favorite, Ed Chase? Sounds pretty fruity to me. I wonder if they are paying for the ads or if they have some deal where they have comped Howie and family in return for free advertising?
Free trips for Howie! yeah...
Update on the woman who ran down the 4 yr old in Stoughton
A Canton octogenarian who killed her husband in a 1992 car crash was today sentenced to just six years probation and a $200 fine for taking the life of a 4-year-old Stoughton girl in another accident this summer.
I feel guilty because it was my car who hit this girl. Its a terrible tragedy, Ilse Horn, who turns 89 Sunday, told Norfolk Superior Court Judge Paul Chernoff at this afternoons change-of-plea hearing in Dedham.
Horn, a German Jew whose mother committed suicide after the family escaped the Holocaust, pleaded guilty to motor vehicle homicide and is forbidden to drive or even own a car.
Diya Patel was pushing a scooter in a crosswalk on Route 138 in Stoughton June 13 with her grandfather and two siblings trailing behind when Horn ran her down without even attempting to brake her Toyota Camry.
The petite white-haired woman, today wearing gold earrings and a lime-green blazer, never told Chernoff she was sorry, but testified, I was so perplexed by what happened. I wasnt even aware that I hit anyone. I heard a thud.
Horns attorney Michael Galvin insisted his client is sorry and she regretted this and she was very apologetic.
Diyas family did not attend todays court proceeding.
Fri column ping
Hey Gov, Howies got you covered
By Howie Carr | Friday, August 7, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
Would you like to borrow my cane, Governor?
Finally, Deval Patrick and I share some common ground, to coin a phrase - a hip replacement at Mass. General. I had mine July 10, and hes having his Sept. 1.
Cynics are already snickering about the governors announcement. Theyre saying Deval must really be tanking in the polls. First he buys a puppy, now hes checking into the hospital. One thing I can tell you, Deval, dont count on the operation giving you any bump in the polls.
This is a tough crowd were both working here. Theyre going to say the same thing about your bum hip as they said about mine - I dont know how he wrecked it, but it wasnt from any heavy lifting.
Seriously, Mass. General is a great hospital, and they were wonderful to me. I couldnt have asked for any better treatment. But let me give you a few tips before you check in.
Of course theyre going to put you under for the operation, but youll probably have a choice - general anesthesia or spinal. I recommend spinal. In the recovery room, I got to watch my fellow patients whod gone with the general. They were slack-jawed, glassy-eyed, like a Massachusetts judge leaving the 99 in Woburn after a couple of glasses of wine, if you know what I mean.
If you go with the spinal, though, you snap back fast. An hour after they wheel you out of the OR, youll be ready to issue another blistering fact-free denunciation of the Cambridge Police Department as every black mans nightmare.
After the operation, you will be in pain, so theyll put you on the morphine drip for a while. You get what looks like a remote control, and every five minutes or so, a red light goes on and you can give yourself another dose. After a while it gets to be automatic, like the Legislature raising taxes.
The food at Mass. General is decent enough, but during your four days there, youre going to have a problem I didnt face. Lt. Gov. Tim Murray is going to stop by for a visit - probably right around lunchtime, if I know the Pillsbury Doughboy. Be sure to order two puddings - make that three.
My co-workers at the Herald sent me a ham. If Tiny Tim brings you some eats, I have two words for you: Food taster.
Post-operative physical therapy: very, very important, as Im sure youve already been told. Youll be given a regimen, and you should do it two or three times a day. Remember, though, the physical therapists want you to work on raising your leg, not the tolls and the fees at the RMV.
Every few hours, a nurse will ask you about your pain level, on a scale of one to 10. Always exaggerate - and I shouldnt have to explain why. But considering your statement Wednesday night about the chronic pain, youve already figured out the play.
Which brings me to one final point. When you check out, theyre going to give you a prescription for some painkillers, probably Percocets. But you can do better, Deval, yes you can.
Youre the governor, dammit. Make em give you the Oxys.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1189701
Fri show ping; feat. police blotter fax Friday in 5pm hour
I’ll be away from tomorrow through Thu; thanks in adv to
GQuagmire for pinging the list! Not sure if I’ll get a chance to start a thread tomorrow or Sunday but he may.
Fri show ping.
GQuagmire, or anyone: the ping list may be found at
pings for next covered.....
Howie looks like he’s dropped a lot of weight
Correction...... pings for next week covered.....
still has a face for radio ;)
Yeah but with the weight loss and the eye surgery he looks a lot younger now!