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Howie Carr thread Dec 16-31, 2012
howiecarr.us ^ | 12/16/12 | raccoonradio

Posted on 12/16/2012 2:34:02 AM PST by raccoonradio

Howie Carr thread for the final 2 weeks of the year starting with his Sunday Boston Herald columnm


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: howiecarr; scottbrown; talkradio

1 posted on 12/16/2012 2:34:12 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Sunday column ping. Howie Carr list members, etc.: Might as well make this a thread for the next 2 weeks. Howie will prob. finish up for the year at the end of next week (Christmas
Eve falls on a Mon. and I’d doubt he’d be on radio then...probably would be off till Jan 2 at least.)

Happy “...holidays”!

One thing’s certain: He’ll be back
by Howie Carr
Sunday, December 16, 2012
ORLEANS — The middle-aged couple from Brewster had been waiting in line for maybe 20 minutes to see U.S. Sen. Scott Brown.

The junior senator was facing one of the larger groups he’d been in front of since his defeat Nov. 6 — a friendly crowd of book buyers looking to pick up copies of his bestselling post-victory memoir, “Against All Odds.”

The couple handed him a yellow sticky note with the inscription they wanted on the title page: “To Bonnie & Steve, I will run again.”

Scott looked at it quizzically, then took the black Sharpie in his left hand and scrawled: “To Bonnie & Steve, I’ll be back.”

Scott handed the book back to them and looked over at me.

“It’s true,” he said. “I will be back.”

But best to keep the precise plan … ambiguous. The papers yesterday were full of speculation about Gov. Deval Patrick appointing Vicki Kennedy as the interim senator to succeed U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry if he’s nominated this week to become secretary of state.

But the big question for Brown is whether she’ll be offered the job under the same terms that Paul Kirk agreed to in 2009 after Ted Kennedy’s death — that she agree not to run in the Democratic primary early next year to fill out the last two years of Kerry’s term.

With no incumbent in 2009, the Democrats endured a nasty, expensive primary that led to Brown’s amazing upset in January 2010.

Might the Democrats try to avoid another bloodbath by having Vicki run for the final two years of Kerry’s term … as the incumbent?

“I’ve heard so much speculation,” Brown said. “I don’t pay attention anymore.” I persisted. Do you think Deval would agree to allowing his interim appointment — most likely Vicki Kennedy — to run in the special election late next spring? Wouldn’t that anger all the Senate wannabes warming up in the bullpen to run?

“I have no idea. No comment. I have two and a half weeks left.”

Scott may have been coy about his plans, but he’d brought plenty of bumper stickers and yard signs with him to Booksmith/Musicsmith. His books, both hardcover and paperback, quickly sold out, but Brown had another case in his truck. A fellow Tufts graduate, Class of ’78, stopped by the table Scott was sharing with me. They chatted amiably about the old Jumbo Lounge and Hillside Liquors. Finally his fellow alumnus handed Scott a thin manila envelope. It contained a resume.

“I’m looking for a job,” he said.

“So am I,” said Brown.

He had driven down from the North Shore, where his 75-year-old father, Bruce Brown, a former Newburyport city councilor, is terminally ill. That was obviously weighing on his mind, along with something else.

Often, his focus would drift back to Nov. 6.

Another couple told him they were from Needham.

“We only lost Needham by 900 votes,” he said.

He carried 70 percent of the state’s 351 cities and towns. He got 350,000 more votes than in 2010. What killed him was that the turnout jumped from 2.2 million in the special election to 3.2 million in the presidential election.

Most of those extra million people who showed up weren’t what Rush Limbaugh calls “low-information voters.” They were no-information voters.

Finally, a woman approached with two books.

“I hope you get back to Washington,” she said.

Scott Brown smiled. “It’s a nice place to visit.”


2 posted on 12/16/2012 2:38:37 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
Talk about a timely book-signing!

This is a great insight into the whole Senate situation in Massachusetts. Let's hope Howie stays on the case, no matter when he returns. This will bring in a lot of listeners; it's better material than the usual illegal immigrant stuff.

Who would be the Democrat's weakest candidate? That's hard to predict, after the fake Indian. This state may be hopeless this time around.

3 posted on 12/16/2012 3:15:09 AM PST by LurkingSince1943 (Former War Criminal)
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Massachusetts democrats are outsourcing their Senate candidates, Liawatha from Oklahoma, and Vicki from Louisiana.


4 posted on 12/16/2012 5:36:44 AM PST by AU72
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To: raccoonradio

we need a good laugh...for outsourcing, why not try Caroline Kennedy (again!) She made Mumbles look ‘intelligent’.


5 posted on 12/16/2012 9:54:53 AM PST by bitt (The buck rolls downhill.)
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Breitbart (by Mike Flynn): “Surprisingly, the Democrats have a relatively weak bench to draw candidates from. Its entire Congressional delegation is Democrat, but the long-serving members have little name ID beyond their own districts. Before Gov. Patrick took office in 2007, Republicans had actually held the Governor’s mansion for 16 years. (Note:
there is no Gov mansion in MA; Corner Office or State House
would have been more accurate—rr) The weakness of the Democrat field is evidenced by Patrick’s recent suggestion that he may appoint Vicky Kennedy, Ted Kennedy’s widow, to fill Kerry’s seat. If she were to accept the nomination, it would likely be as a placeholder, as she’s shown little appetite for a full campaign.
Her appointment as a placeholder could pave the way for a special election match-up between Scott Brown and Gov. Patrick, a solid candidate with high name ID statewide. Special elections usually feature a much smaller, and more Republican, turnout. Scott Brown still enjoys a massive national base of donors and almost universal name recognition in the Bay State. It is likely that the national economy will remain weak throughout next year and unemployment will remain stubbornly high. This all adds up to a very strong possibility that Scott Brown returns to the Senate next year.”

(Note also, as you were pinged, there is talk of Dukakis as temp. Senator. Who else would run in the eventual
special election—Markey? Capuano?)


6 posted on 12/17/2012 6:25:21 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Pardon a question from away.

But how in the name of Calvin Coolidge is this Brown individual supposed to beat Coupe Deval if he cannot best a a perimenopausal and inane fake Indian Maiden in what I must assume was more or less a fair fight?

7 posted on 12/18/2012 10:11:18 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (Say, whatever happened to Reggie Love?)
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Are there ever any "fair fights" in politics? The playing field is always tilted one way or the other.

Brown already bested one Democrat in 2009, and conceivably could again. The electorate is different in off-year and special elections from presidential elections.

Scott Brown may not win this time, but that's not a reason not to try. If he loses he loses, but there's no Republican with a better chance of winning than Scott Brown.

8 posted on 12/18/2012 10:19:22 AM PST by x
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If Brown could not find anything bad to say about a sexually ambiguous and idiotic fake squaw like Warren, how the heck will he find it in his now-craven craw to criticize a genuine Negro, who will be backed by every gay reporter in the country?

bested one Democrat in 2009, and conceivably could again

Perhaps that was Brown's 15 minutes?

9 posted on 12/18/2012 10:35:59 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (Say, whatever happened to Reggie Love?)
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To: Kenny Bunk

maybe, but he should try it. This was a pres election yr and the Obama voters pulled the lever for the squaw too, and maybe getting our “first female Senator” lured them, along with all that advertising and union support (yet she still needs to
raise money to pay off pizza and coffee expenses)

This time it would be a special election.

Last time, Coakley jetted to D.C. to prepare for her
future as a Senator. The election proved otherwise,
and Rachel Maddow had a choked-up voice when she
announced Brown had won. (...how?!?!?!?)


10 posted on 12/18/2012 12:04:03 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

...hopefully a higher conservative turnout.

Just think, do you want another moooooooooooonbat in there?

Buy your guns now...while you still can.


11 posted on 12/18/2012 12:05:22 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Kenny Bunk
If Brown could not find anything bad to say about a sexually ambiguous and idiotic fake squaw like Warren, how the heck will he find it in his now-craven craw to criticize a genuine Negro, who will be backed by every gay reporter in the country.

By what standard are you saying Brown "couldn't find anything bad to say" about Warren? Obviously, he's not going to say what you said, but by the standards of most political campaigns, he made the points he could make and made them often enough and well enough.

What won the election for Warren was the strong support for Obama in the state -- or the strong dislike for Republicans. Obama won't be on the ballot this time, and Patrick will have to run on his own sorry record of few achievements.

There's certainly no guarantee that Scott Brown will win, but there pretty much is a guarantee that another Republican won't.

Perhaps that was Brown's 15 minutes?

And that was yours just now, I guess. Savor it. It may not get any better than that for you.

12 posted on 12/18/2012 1:07:14 PM PST by x
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column ping

Sen. M. Stanley Dukakis would revive ‘good’ old days

Monday, December 17, 2012 — Anonymous (not verified)
Howie Carr [1]
Howie Carr [2]
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Sen. Dukakis would revive ‘good’ old days
DTI
So M. Stanley Dukakis says he’s not a “candidate” to temporarily replace his former lieutenant governor, Liveshot Kerry, in the U.S. Senate.

Maybe. But this wouldn’t be the first “lead-pipe cinch” guarantee he’s issued that didn’t turn out to be true.

Personally, I think the governor once known as Pee Wee Dukakis would be a fine pick, especially for Gov. Deval Patrick. If Deval appoints him, it’ll be the first time in his six years as governor that he gets to stand beside someone shorter than himself.

One thing we know for sure: Dukakis will be in the tank for Obama.

The Duke said he wasn’t interested because he’s heading out to UCLA in the spring to teach. Who knew the Green Line ran that far west?

C’mon, Mike, lighten up. I’ll bet you a pound of Belgian endives UCLA would give you a … furlough.

Ah, those were the good old days. So good that, after Dukakis, the commonwealth didn’t elect another Democrat governor for 16 years.

Good jobs at good wages. The Massachusetts Miracle. A national model. The future’s so bright we gotta wear shades.

In retrospect, he really was ahead of his time. Remember when the Dukakis administration started giving out phony Social Security numbers to illegal aliens so they could go on welfare as soon as they dried off from their swim across the Rio Grande?

And now Deval gives them free tuition at state colleges. The more things change …

And then there was the New Hampshire resident who got Massachusetts Medicaid money to pay for his sex-change operation, after which Dukakis’ minions sent him — er, her — to Montreal for a few months to adjust to his, I mean her, new estrogen levels.

And now we have a federal judge, a Ronald Reagan appointee, ordering Deval to pay for a sex-change operation for a convicted wife killer. The more things change …

What was Mike Dukakis’ favorite meal? Shrimp wrapped in baloney.

Will he be taking his push lawnmower with him to D.C.? You know, the one he used to cut his lawn on Perry Street in the dark while wearing suit pants and wingtips.

When Billy Bulger said “Jump!” the Duke said, “How high?”

The Blizzard of ’78 — Dukakis wore bad sweaters before they were fashionable. John Sasso, Susan Estrich, Jack the Hack Corrigan. Literacy czar Gerry D’Amico. Has the state ever had so many clowns under the Golden Dome at one time?

U.S. Sen. Michael Stanley Dukakis (D-Mass). I don’t care how many denials he issues, it still has the ring of truth.

Willie Horton could not be reached for comment.


13 posted on 12/19/2012 12:35:25 AM PST by raccoonradio
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column ping

Sen. M. Stanley Dukakis would revive ‘good’ old days

Monday, December 17, 2012 — Anonymous (not verified)
Howie Carr [1]
Howie Carr [2]
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Sen. Dukakis would revive ‘good’ old days
DTI
So M. Stanley Dukakis says he’s not a “candidate” to temporarily replace his former lieutenant governor, Liveshot Kerry, in the U.S. Senate.

Maybe. But this wouldn’t be the first “lead-pipe cinch” guarantee he’s issued that didn’t turn out to be true.

Personally, I think the governor once known as Pee Wee Dukakis would be a fine pick, especially for Gov. Deval Patrick. If Deval appoints him, it’ll be the first time in his six years as governor that he gets to stand beside someone shorter than himself.

One thing we know for sure: Dukakis will be in the tank for Obama.

The Duke said he wasn’t interested because he’s heading out to UCLA in the spring to teach. Who knew the Green Line ran that far west?

C’mon, Mike, lighten up. I’ll bet you a pound of Belgian endives UCLA would give you a … furlough.

Ah, those were the good old days. So good that, after Dukakis, the commonwealth didn’t elect another Democrat governor for 16 years.

Good jobs at good wages. The Massachusetts Miracle. A national model. The future’s so bright we gotta wear shades.

In retrospect, he really was ahead of his time. Remember when the Dukakis administration started giving out phony Social Security numbers to illegal aliens so they could go on welfare as soon as they dried off from their swim across the Rio Grande?

And now Deval gives them free tuition at state colleges. The more things change …

And then there was the New Hampshire resident who got Massachusetts Medicaid money to pay for his sex-change operation, after which Dukakis’ minions sent him — er, her — to Montreal for a few months to adjust to his, I mean her, new estrogen levels.

And now we have a federal judge, a Ronald Reagan appointee, ordering Deval to pay for a sex-change operation for a convicted wife killer. The more things change …

What was Mike Dukakis’ favorite meal? Shrimp wrapped in baloney.

Will he be taking his push lawnmower with him to D.C.? You know, the one he used to cut his lawn on Perry Street in the dark while wearing suit pants and wingtips.

When Billy Bulger said “Jump!” the Duke said, “How high?”

The Blizzard of ’78 — Dukakis wore bad sweaters before they were fashionable. John Sasso, Susan Estrich, Jack the Hack Corrigan. Literacy czar Gerry D’Amico. Has the state ever had so many clowns under the Golden Dome at one time?

U.S. Sen. Michael Stanley Dukakis (D-Mass). I don’t care how many denials he issues, it still has the ring of truth.

Willie Horton could not be reached for comment.


14 posted on 12/19/2012 12:36:25 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Wed column ping

Judge Her by Her Donations
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
by Howie Carr
Old hacks never die, they just become state judges and make $130,000 for “working” 35 weeks a year.

Just ask Mary Beth Heffernan, the “embattled” secretary of public safety who finally got the boot last week.

“She’d make a great judge,” Gov. Deval Patrick said. Of course she would — she’s given the governor at least $875.

Everyone knew Heffernan was on track to early retirement, which is what a state judgeship is.

How did we know this? Because she stopped making donations to state politicians just more than a year ago.

The rule is, you have to stop paying off politicians once you put in your judicial application.

The other rule is, until you put in that application, you damn well better give till it hurts.

Future Judge Mary Beth Heffernan’s name appeared on the job application of hack poster gal Sheila Burgess. And she was the Cabinet secretary in charge of the state police when they tried to cover up the mysterious predawn accident of Lt. Gov. Tim Murray in 2011. He was going 108 mph at the time, although he lied to reporters that he was doing the speed limit.

Speaking of Murray, according to public records at the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, Mary Beth has given Tiny Tim at least $525 through the years. He’ll be wielding the gavel in the Governor’s Council when her nomination comes up for a vote next year.

Mary Beth is from West Roxbury, as are two other Heffernans from West Roxbury, in their 70s, who have also given Tiny Tim nearly $2,000, even after Mary Beth had to stop sending him cash. Mary Beth has not answered repeated email inquiries as to ties to the other Heffernans.

Let’s run down a few of the other statesmen Mary Beth has done the right thing by over the years. In 2009, she gave $500 to the Democratic State Committee — that’s the way a lawyer shows how desperate she is for those robes.

Other favorite pols of future Judge Heffernan: ex-Speaker Sal DiMasi, now in prison; Senate president Therese Murray, mentioned three times in the Probation indictment; former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur, the Haitian-born tax deadbeat; Jolly John Rogers, the very ethical solon from Norwood; Speaker Bob DeLeo, who very much doesn’t want to meet the U.S. attorney; and former state Sen. Marian Walsh, to whom Deval tried to give a $175,000 hack job that had gone unfilled for a decade.

Isn’t one-party government great?


15 posted on 12/19/2012 9:17:12 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
rr, you should go to howiecarr.us for the uncut column! I'm not sure what time the column is posted on Howie's website. Here is today's uncut version:

Read the column that the Herald wouldn’t print. Whenever the news breaks and you can’t find it in the Herald — remember the suspension of Globe columnist Joan Vennochi? — you can always find it at howiecarr.us. Sign up for our email blasts today!

Mary Beth Heffernan, The State’s Next Hack Judge

Old hacks never die, they just become state judges and make $130,000 for “working” 35 weeks a year.

Just ask Mary Beth Heffernan, the “embattled” secretary of public safety who finally got the boot last week.

“She’d make a great judge,” Gov. Deval Patrick said. Of course she would – she’s given the governor at least $875.

Everyone knew Heffernan was on track to early retirement, which is what a state judgeship is. How did we know this? Because she stopped making donations to state politicians just over a year ago.

The rule is, you have to stop paying off politicians once you put in your judicial application.

The other rule is, until you put in that application, you damn well better give ‘til it hurts.

Future Judge Mary Beth Heffernan’s name appeared on the job application of hack poster gal Sheila Burgess. And she was the cabinet secretary in charge of the State Police when they tried to cover up the mysterious pre-dawn accident of Lt. Gov. Tim Murray in 2011. He was going 108 m.p.h. hour at the time, although he lied to reporters that he was doing the speed limit.

Speaking of Murray, according to public records at the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF), Mary Beth has given Tiny Tim at least $525 over the years. He’ll be wielding the gavel in the Governor’s Council when her nomination comes up for a vote next year.

Mary Beth is from West Roxbury, as are two other Heffernans from West Roxbury, in their 70’s, who have also given Tiny Tim close to $2,000, even after Mary Beth had to stop sending him cash.

One of them is named Paul Heffernan. Mary Beth has not answered repeated email inquiries as to whether Paul is her father, although multiple sources at the State House say he is.

In an amazing coincidence, Paul Heffernan is himself a retired judge. He used to be the clerk of the Boston Juvenile Court, but then Whitey Bulger’s brother Jackie wanted the job, so Heffernan was kicked upstairs with a judgeship and Jackie got the open slot. Alas, Jackie is now better known by his Bureau of Prisons number – 23986-038. Perjury and obstruction of justice.

As a judge, Heffernan was often in the news. The SJC once remarked on his “sarcasm and hostility.”

But since 2003 he’s getting the big kiss in the mail. As the former clerk, as of 2009 he was collecting $14,291.64 a year. Plus he gets a judicial pension of $66,150.36.

No wonder Mary Beth’s looking forward to dying and going to heaven, just like Dear Old Dad.

Let’s run down a few of her other fellow hacks Mary Beth has done the right thing by over the years.

There’s Sal DiMasi, who has his own BOP number, 27371-038; Senate president Therese Murray, mentioned three times in the probation indictment; ex-Rep. Marie St. Fleur, the Haitian-born tax deadbeat; Jolly John Rogers, the very ethical solon from Norwood; Speaker Bob DeLeo, who very much doesn’t want to meet the U.S. attorney; and ex-Sen. Marian Walsh, to whom Deval tried to give a $175,000 hack job that had gone unfilled for a decade.

Isn’t one-party government great?

16 posted on 12/19/2012 12:25:00 PM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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thanks, was about to post link

btw...Howie is off WRKO right now. A couple days ago people said that WRKO was unusually strong to the west post sunset. Did the engineer forget to switch the pattern to north-south at 4:15 or so?

Guess what: a couple minutes ago RKO switched off. Usually they come back on within seconds, with the signal switched to “protect” other stations.

They’re still off. ENTERCOM HAPPENS


17 posted on 12/19/2012 1:28:19 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Listen Live
http://player.tritonmedia.com/entercom/WRKOAM

Still off 680 AM


18 posted on 12/19/2012 1:36:12 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Listen Live
http://player.tritonmedia.com/entercom/WRKOAM

Still off 680 AM


19 posted on 12/19/2012 1:36:32 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio; All

“the hamster powering our transmitter died, a moment of
silence...Chris did you feed the hamster?”


20 posted on 12/19/2012 1:39:07 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

RKO still off—I’m picking up 680 News out of Toronto.

http://www.680news.com/


21 posted on 12/19/2012 1:46:53 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: x
Relax, x. MA politics are a spectator sport for me. Just a fan trying to make sense of the game. We suffer with many MAsshole visitors here and I just want to know what makes them tick, besides noise, excessive alcohol consumption, and their non-stop abuse of our state, into which they move in huge numbers in the hope of making it just like Massholia ... again.

I actually look forward to observing Princess Fauxcahontas as she interacts with the squaw caucus in the Senate, to which we have sent two floozie-doozies ourselves, Soozie and Olympia. Feinstein, Boxer, Warren, Snow, Collins, Lucy, Ethel ... ya gotta love it.

22 posted on 12/20/2012 12:25:28 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (Say, whatever happened to Reggie Love?)
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Right after the election, except for a botched introductory press conf with the governor, she seemed to disappear. Or at least, after the barrage of ads where we were hammered,
hammered on why we should vote for her, we hardly heard
from her, suddenly. It actually felt good—I only wish the
next 6 yrs will be like this. It prob won’t.

OK, HC list members, I don’t see a column in the Herald
today from Howie but he did do a couple extra columns
in the past week or two. I THINK he’s on today, but don’t expect him on again after this till after the New Year. Fill ins and
best ofs...Michele? Colonel Hunt? Avi Nelson? (Former fill in host Todd Feinburg has turned up some overnights at
WBZ as has ex-RKO host Jen Brien...and former fill in host
Jeff Katz who had a two year run at Talk 1200 has been
filling in recently for WIOD in Miami.

Radio news: 6 months after launching the Harbor “adult
hits” format, Clear Channel’s WHBA FM 101.7 (sold to
them by Occupy-lovin’ Stephen Mindich—yeah so much for
eeeeeeeeeeevil corporations, as long as the check clears
right? $14.5 million reasons to be happy all with George
Washington’s pic on them)...is now Electronic Dance
Music as “Evolution 101.7”. You might like if if you’re
a bit younger than I am (51) but hey some of it may be OK.

The rumors of News Talk 96.9 switching to a music format may have led Clear Channel (96.9 is Greater Media) to scoop them with this. So...does 96.9 go to “adult hits” or
something else? Re-tooled talk? We’ll find out maybe even
later today. Or after new year’s.

Merry Christmas!


23 posted on 12/21/2012 8:58:43 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
Merry Christmas!

Howie is on today and then off til after New Year's. Avi will be filling in for Kuhner on Monday so that can only mean mcscreamer is filling in for Howie, ungh, unless Hunt is doing Monday and mcscreamer in Wed/Thurs/Fri, ick!

24 posted on 12/21/2012 9:35:15 AM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: raccoonradio

“Merry Christmas!”

And to you as well.


25 posted on 12/21/2012 10:25:44 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (Time to musk up.)
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Former MA house speaker Tom McGee has died at 88

http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2012/12/21/thomas-mcgee-former-massachusetts-speaker-the-house-dead/ikJGmosYWT4tNk6R2CfA5O/story.html


26 posted on 12/22/2012 1:01:45 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Former MA house speaker Tom McGee has died at 88

http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2012/12/21/thomas-mcgee-former-massachusetts-speaker-the-house-dead/ikJGmosYWT4tNk6R2CfA5O/story.html


27 posted on 12/22/2012 1:02:48 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
a beachside meeting for McGee and George Keverian (D-Papa Gino's)

>> There will be tales about his 1983 face-to-face meeting at Revere Beach with then-speaker Thomas McGee, the man he would oust from office in 1985. There will be tales, no doubt, of his oratorical and debating skills, his good-natured ribbing of former governor Michael Dukakis, and his regular poker games on the North Shore.

from a Globe article about a doc. about Keverian

28 posted on 12/22/2012 1:05:21 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
Howie's show yesterday was absolutely hilarious! I needed the laughs...

I've never heard anyone so happy to be rid of John "Live Shot" Kerry, LOL. Howie was actually singing (or trying to).

Sounds like unfortunately McScreamer will be filling in every day for Howie until 2013. I think afternoons will be quiet around here until Howie returns.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, raccoonradio! Thanks so much for your Howie Carr pings throughout the year... ;-)

nutmeg

29 posted on 12/22/2012 12:16:23 PM PST by nutmeg
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To: GOPsterinMA

Merry Christmas and all the best to you and yours in 2013, FRiend! :-)


30 posted on 12/22/2012 12:17:57 PM PST by nutmeg
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Yes and to you too!
Merry Christmas to all! (btw I don't see a Howie column in the Herald online today...vacation for him)


31 posted on 12/22/2012 9:36:51 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: nutmeg

And you too!!!


32 posted on 12/23/2012 7:50:10 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Time to musk up.)
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all: FR with some sort of problem. Try changing to headers under brevity to have more posts show up

As I've posted today, Ted Kennedy Jr NOT running for Senate after all, woo hoo!
McScreamer in for Howie today.

Also it looks like WTKK prob will change to music format soon as another host has left: Michael Graham. Most likely not offered a new contract because...of what looks like a format change. btw I was on Graham's Facebook--he has been filling in for VB on Fox 25--and here's a shot of VB's desk. (Doug "Virgin Boy" Goudie of Fox 25 morning news was Howie's co-producer/sidekick, and briefly hosted The Pit on WRKO)


33 posted on 12/24/2012 12:29:07 PM PST by raccoonradio
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McScreamer on again

or try Jeff Katz on WIOD Miami

http://www.iheart.com/live/569/?autoplay=true

let’s see who’s on for Graham—now gone—at 96.9

john and jeff


34 posted on 12/26/2012 12:24:23 PM PST by raccoonradio
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new format for 96.9 prob by new year’s? Sue Kaplan of their weekend money show tweeted “radio show caput, last show will be Sunday”
John and Jeff in for Graham who said on his blog he’s outta 96.9


35 posted on 12/26/2012 12:30:09 PM PST by raccoonradio
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Wed column ping. Re: WTKK, some think the change could be around Jan 2 or 3. Last go-round for their weekend shows coming up. Maybe Eagan and Braude say their goodbyes, etc by Wed morning, and by Wed or Thu of next week (Thu 1/3 is start of new ratings "book") it could be a music format, maybe rhythmic adult contemporary. Not sure but talk seems gone.

Anyway:

There’s a new ex-sheriff in town

Howie Carr
Friday, December 28, 2012

Cabral lands $150G-a-year gig
I guess you might say the outgoing High Sheriff of Suffolk County, Andrea Cabral, is a “people person.”

The $124,000-a-year High Sheriff will soon be the $150,000-a-year secretary of public safety, succeeding another dodgy hack named Mary Beth Heffernan.

In celebration of her pay raise, Andrea gave an interview to NECN yesterday in which she said the following of her current job:

“You’re in the people business. You’re con­stantly managing people. The people who are incarcerated live there. And you’re constantly looking out for the people who do the very tough job of working there.”

As I said, she’s a people person.

There’s an old saying in Massachusetts politics about the two major problems facing every sheriff.

First problem is, you’re dealing with the absolute dregs of society.

The second problem is the inmates.

Why anyone would want to be a sheriff is 
beyond me. The only positive aspect is that it’s a Group 4 public safety job — you get to retire sooner, with a bigger kiss in the mail.

That’s assuming, of course, that you’re not lugged and sent off to Club Fed, like two sheriffs appointed by Pee Wee Dukakis (a third Duke sheriff was merely fined by the State Ethics Commission).

Like all of the above, Andrea is quite the extinguished, I mean distinguished, public servant. She was picked up on waivers a decade ago by Ralph Martin, the 
Republican district attor­ney of Suffolk County. Ralph quickly ushered 
Cabral into the Corner Office, which was then occupied by Jane Swift. Andrea said she’d switch to the GOP, and soon she was the new High Sheriff. When Ralph took a powder a few years later, Andrea began hiring his erstwhile coat-holders, with big pay raises.

They called it the Ralph Martin Re-employment Act of 2002.

Being a woman whose word is her bond, Andrea waited all of four months or so before switching back to the Democratic party.

It’s been a rocky ride, this last decade. I just wonder if she thinks that a secretary of public safety is a “constitutional 
officeholder.” That’s what she claimed of the sheriff’s position when she was trying to wiggle out of paying a $300,000-plus settlement she owed to a whistle-blower who won a civil suit against her.

And I wonder if she’ll be hiring any ex-cons to do outreach to the “people who are incarcerated” in the state prisons.

After all, she is a people person.

Unless you’re the Craigs­list killer who commits suicide in one of her jails.

Or a guard who’s charged with raping a 
female prisoner in her cell. Or a C.O. who’s addicted to Oxys.

Or one of the two C.O.’s put on paid leave last winter while under probe for possible overtime abuse.

Good luck, everyone in Public Safety.

article

36 posted on 12/28/2012 9:59:47 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Howie Carr list ping (see article above in this thread)


37 posted on 12/28/2012 10:02:02 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Special Sat column ping (latest on WTKK is apparently
Eagan and Braude do a farewell show on Wed 1/2 and the
format changes sometime after that)

Talk radio’s not dead, just moonbats’ radio
Saturday, December 29, 2012 by Howie Carr

WTKK wouldn’t be turning off the lights next week if I could have just gotten over there back in 2007. No brag, just fact. And by the way, I’m still damn sorry I didn’t make good my escape from the AM band.

But here in Massachusetts, in the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls. And you wonder why I dismember so many state judges. Payback is a bitch, you hacks.

Still, WTKK’s failure is not the end of talk radio in Boston. Nature abhors a vacuum, and having no talk station on FM is a gaping hole. Less than 20 percent of the radio audience ever listens to AM radio — and it’s a mighty old audience, too. They don’t call it “Ancient Modulation” for nothing.

Even without me, though, WTKK should have been able to survive, and thrive. All these new domain names that Greater Media is buying up — as a blog poster put it recently, the one GM should have grabbed was 969ToxicTalk.com.

Who the hell cares what the moonbats think of you? Do you think I care? Do you think Jerry Williams cared? Well, maybe a slight bit more than I do, but not much. Who the hell wants to go to their la-di-da cocktail parties anyway? I make enough money to buy my own beer if I want some.

Harry Truman used to say, “If you give people a choice between a Republican and a Republican, they’ll vote for the Republican every time.”

Here’s WTKK’s epitaph: “If you give listeners a choice between NPR and NPR, they’ll pick NPR every time.”

Sorry, Jim and Margery, nobody was giving up “All Things Considered” for you guys. Then there was Doug Meehan — again, I hate to brag, but there aren’t many local TV people who’ve made the transition from TV to commercial talk radio. Me and Dan Rea, and that’s about it.

Then there was Michael Smerconish — did you know that he once interviewed Obama? If you didn’t, just wait two minutes and he’ll tell you again. He’s a “moderate,” which is like being in the middle of the road, and we all know what’s in the middle of the road.

Road kill.

Last summer, Clear Channel pulled the plug on Rush Radio 1200, WXKS, the third talk station in town. Rush Limbaugh, the 800-pound gorilla of talk radio, was suddenly up for grabs. I’ll bet you anything he was shopped to WTKK first, because they have one of the best signals in the city, on FM, and WRKO’s signal is — well, please, don’t get me started on that. My head will explode. Again.

And yet GM chose to stick with Mr. I-once-interviewed-Obama.

Michael Graham’s a good guy, he’ll land on his feet. But I get the feeling management was always looking over his shoulder. You can’t operate like that. If you’re always worrying about a misstep, you turn into Mark Sanchez.

In retrospect, Jay Severin’s the one who caught a break. He’s working for Glenn Beck’s new Mercury radio network. They’re online. He’s getting a paycheck from Beck, from Clear Channel (he had a year’s contract left at WXKS) and maybe, just maybe, from Greater Media.

I don’t know about his listeners, but anybody collecting three paychecks for one job is among the best and the brightest.

In case you’re wondering, by the way, sports radio is not talk radio. It’s pom-pom, cheerleader radio. Sis-boom-bah, rah-rah-rah. Jocksniffing uber alles.

Sports host number one: “I want to have Tom Brady’s baby.”

Sports host number two: “I want to have two of Tom Brady’s babies.”

If he were alive today, Jerry Williams would be rolling over in his grave.

As for you moonbats, you’ve won. Temporarily. In two years, I’ll be on FM, one way or another, and Michael Graham and Jeff Katz and the Andelmans will be there, too. Don’t forget, according to the election returns, only 51 percent of the American public is brain dead.

One last thing: Gov. Patrick, come the new year, you’re going to need a new radio outlet, and guess what.

I’m the only game left in town.

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/howie_carr/2012/12/talk_radio%E2%80%99s_not_dead_just_moonbats%E2%80%99_radio


38 posted on 12/28/2012 11:42:02 PM PST by raccoonradio
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Hey, nutmeg!

I’m not a big McScreamer fan either. I have really tried listening but can’t. Will be glad when Howie gets back.

Hope you had a great Christmas!


39 posted on 12/29/2012 8:35:07 AM PST by warsaw44
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Sunday Boston Herald column ping. btw someone on a radio messageboard suggested RKO should have Howie on with a liberal co-host. I mentioned that was tried years ago with Victoria Jones and it didn't work. I then quoted the late Albert Leo "Dapper" O'Neil and said that was enough to make you want to throw up on television.

Looking into crystal ball for 2013

by Howie Carr
Sunday, December 30, 2012

First prediction for 2013: Carrnac the Magnificent’s prognostications for next year will be much more accurate than 2012’s.

They couldn’t be much worse. Let’s get right to the mistakes.

Mitt Romney didn’t win, nor did Scott Brown. The stolen Gardner Museum paintings weren’t recovered. A Massachusetts congressman did bite the dust, but his surname didn’t start with “T,” it started with “O” and it was redistricting that put a merciful end to John Olver’s below-average career, not the voters.

On the subject of Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, Carrnac’s
 crystal ball clouded up. Crash himself did not make a “very special personal announcement, but the State Police did: that he wasn’t going 65 mph when he crashed his state Crown Vic on Interstate 190, he was speeding at 108 mph.

Enough with the corrections, onward to 2013. It’s going to be another busy year, as the state must replace a host of political hacks, from Stat Smith to John Kerry.

In the end, Mumbles Menino will not run for re-election. This FDR impersonation of his, riding around in the back seat of a car, waving to the voters, will wear thin quickly in the new year.

His entire family will implore him to run again. Likewise the sleazy cast of characters around City Hall — the developers, assorted fixers, contractors, real-estate lawyers and pinky-ring union bosses who have grown fat and rich these past 20 years.

But the bottom line is, you can’t deliver the State of the City address via Skype.

Mumbles won’t resign, but he won’t seek another term, and the next mayor, like Elizabeth Warren and Deval Patrick, won’t even be a native of 
Massachusetts.

Ed Markey will not, repeat not, be the next U.S. senator from 
Massachusetts.

Back to Tiny Tim Murray: He will spend more money out of his campaign account on lawyers than on his doomed 2014 campaign for 
governor.

Another Crash prediction: He will continue to stonewall (get it?) on releasing his damning state cellphone records from that icy morning of 
Nov. 2, 2011.

Once again, we will not learn the identity of the Boston-area bigwig who took up with Michelle Robinson, the hooker whose lips have been sealed by Judge Mark Wolf.

Whitey Bulger will not stand trial this year. That’s a retread from last year; Carrnac was on the money on that one, and he’ll be right again 
in 2013.

Opening day headline: Hub scribes unanimous: BoSox to win World 
Series.

Aug. 25 headline: Sox eliminated from pennant race, 21 games 
under .500,

U.S. Sen. Granny Warren will not be assigned to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

A Kenyan will win the Marathon. (Doesn’t Carrnac deserve a layup now and then?)

There will be a bad smell out of Everett this year, and not just because of the casino referendum, which the voters will approve by a 25-1 margin. It will turn out that crooked state Rep. Stat Smith wasn’t just marking those “absentee” ballots for himself. Don’t you think the feds would have thrown more than a few “misdemeanors” at him if he wasn’t playing ball?

The state gas tax will be hiked into the stratosphere, and the governor will feign sadness.

Uncle Omar will be granted asylum, after which he will immediately quit his job at Conti’s Liquors and go on SSI.

Mike McLaughlin will cop a plea, name names, point fingers and thus get to keep his state pension (but not at his fattened-by-federal-money $360,000-a-year Chelsea Housing Authority salary).

Over-under on number of state legislators bagged in the next round of probation-department indictments: three.

Thus sayeth Carrnac the Magnificent. But remember, as the late Cosmic Muffin used to say, “It is a wise man who rules the stars, but a fool who is ruled by them.”

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40 posted on 12/30/2012 5:41:45 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Not sure who’s in today but I’m guessing either McPhee
or Avi.


Happy New Year to all! Howie back on Wed.

my messageboard— talk about WRKO which given the expected
flip of WTKK, will be the only all talk station in town

http://wrkotalk.proboards.com


41 posted on 12/31/2012 6:47:13 AM PST by raccoonradio
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McScreamer on today AND tomorrow, ugh. Howie back Wed.


42 posted on 12/31/2012 12:14:29 PM PST by raccoonradio
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96.9 flipped to "Urban"
RKO rubs it in

43 posted on 01/02/2013 11:44:01 AM PST by raccoonradio
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