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  • Gun laws observed only by the lawful

    12/26/2012 6:54:55 AM PST · by pietraynor · 9 replies
    Sentinel & Enterprise ^ | 12/25/2012 | Peter Lucas
    When the gun instructor got through describing the restrictive gun laws in Boston and in Massachusetts -- which are just about the toughest in the nation -- one student asked: "If the gun laws are so tough, how come there are shootings every night in Boston?" "That's a good question," the instructor replied. "The answer is that the gun laws are aimed at the good guys, the law-abiding people, like you and me. The bad guys ignore the law and get all the guns they want." That is the dilemma facing governors, mayors, legislators and even the president as the...
  • Underdog? Brown has been there before

    11/02/2012 5:48:43 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 10 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 11/2/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Incumbent U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, in the closing days of the campaign, is the underdog in this race for the Senate. And though it may take a last-minute surge for Brown, the Republican in a heavily Democratic state, to win this thing, it could happen, especially if independents and "regular" Democrats break for him. It happened two years ago when Brown, an unknown state senator, captured the imagination of the voting public. He came out of nowhere to beat heavily favored Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democrat, to win the "Kennedy seat" and shock members of the Massachusetts Democratic establishment....
  • Romney’s the one (Boston Herald endorsement)

    10/23/2012 5:12:14 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 10/23/2012 | Boston Herald Editorial Staff
    Four years ago the voters put their faith in a man who offered vague promises of hope and change at a time when any change looked like a good idea and hope was in short supply. What this nation got in Barack Obama was a president who used an economic crisis to further his redistributionist agenda — and, not surprisingly, failed miserably at restoring American prosperity. Oh, he brought change all right — to a government-knows-best philosophy that has given us four years of high unemployment, higher gas prices, a $16 trillion deficit, and a job-killing regulatory environment. And this...
  • Are Obama and Bush BFFs?

    10/19/2012 8:27:53 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 7 replies
    The Lowell Sun ^ | 10/19/202 | Peter Lucas
    You would have thought that Barack Obama and George Bush were best buddies. After beating up on his predecessor in the White House for five years or so -- throwing everything at him except his well-worn golf clubs -- President Obama finally had something nice to say about George Bush. It is strange, as the saying goes, how politics makes for strange bedfellows. It is enough to make a strong man cringe, or reach for the Jack Daniels. Bush, whiling away his time in retirement down at his ranch in West Wherever, Texas, no doubt was shocked, if he chanced...
  • Benghazi attack didn't fit Obama's rhetoric

    10/16/2012 6:47:22 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 6 replies
    The Lowell Sun ^ | 10/16/2012 | Peter Lucas
    If I were President Barack Obama, I would send Susan Rice to Libya. She deserves to be rewarded for her loyalty. And not to worry about her safety, because Obama could send with her the six Secret Service agents assigned to protect White House adviser and family friend Valerie Jarrett, even though nobody can figure out why a presidential aide needs all that protection. Perhaps Washington is more dangerous than Benghazi. Those six agents would represent more security than what was provided by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for defenseless Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, who was murdered,...
  • Government-backed battery co. A123 likely headed for bankruptcy

    10/16/2012 6:09:29 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 15 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 10/16/2012 | Herald Staff
    Waltham-based electric car battery maker A123 Systems, which has received hundreds of millions in state and federal funding, expects to default today on certain debt payments and could be headed for bankruptcy, according to a document the company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission."No assurance can be given that the company will be able to avoid restructuring, reorganization or a bankruptcy filing," the troubled firm said in a filing yesterday. A123 Systems said it expects to miss its October interest payment on $143,750,000 worth of 2016 corporate notes. The company said it also expects to miss a payment...
  • Obama's debate flop pins 'loser' tag on Kerry

    10/09/2012 5:56:42 PM PDT · by pietraynor · 29 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 10/09/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Barack Obama was not the only loser in the first presidential debate with challenger Mitt Romney on Wednesday. Sen. John Kerry took it on the chin as well. And, incidentally, so did the Obama lapdogs in the liberal mainstream media who have been apologizing, protecting and covering up for Obama since the day he arrived on the national political scene. Obama, hesitant, defensive and unprepared in his 90-minute encounter with an aggressive Romney, left the stage in Denver looking as though he had just been waterboarded. And Kerry, Obama's debate coach, could not get out of town fast enough. And...
  • 'Minority' claim still dogs Warren thanks to her own mishandling

    10/05/2012 9:01:25 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 6 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 10/5/2012 | Peter Lucas
    It is the issue that will not go away. For two debates in a row in the hotly contested U.S. Senate fight between incumbent Sen. Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren, the lead-off question has dealt not with unemployment or the economy, but whether Warren is really a Native American or merely a Cherokee of convenience, i.e., a fake Indian. And despite charges from Warren's cheerleaders in the media that Brown is behind the attacks on her alleged Native American background -- and whether she has used her "minority" background to get ahead in academia -- in both cases, the...
  • Governor never at home to do his job (Deval on the road for Obama)

    10/02/2012 5:03:12 PM PDT · by pietraynor · 4 replies
    Lowell sun ^ | 10/2/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Will Gov. Deval Patrick's words about Mitt Romney being a rotten governor come back to haunt him? "Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he's fixed," Patrick told a roaring crowd at the Democratic Party convention last month. "I can tell you that Massachusetts wasn't one of them." After listing all the things that went wrong in Massachusetts when Romney was governor -- from the usual "crumbling" roads and bridges to cuts in education funding -- Patrick said of his predecessor in the governor's office: "He's a fine fellow and a great salesman, but as governor he was...
  • Tough guys (Former MA gov's comment on Romney)

    09/21/2012 5:13:53 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 3 replies
    Lowell sun ^ | 9/21/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Clearly, there is not much left of the good-old-boy network when it comes to former governors of Massachusetts. This was made abundantly clear before, during and after the Democratic Party Convention, when Gov. Deval Patrick, who followed Mitt Romney in the governor's office, and former Gov. Michael Dukakis, who preceded him, went after the GOP presidential nominee with a vengeance. Patrick hit him high and Dukakis hit him low. If this were a Sunday NFL game, the referee would have called the two Democrats for unnecessary roughness -- piling on. Dukakis was and is particularly tough on Romney. He has...
  • Obama flagged for excessive celebration

    09/18/2012 5:56:36 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 8 replies
    The Lowell Sun ^ | 09/18/2012 | Peter Lucas
    It's amazing how quickly President Barack Obama and the Democrats have stopped bragging about killing Osama bin Laden. I guess a couple of attacks -- one deadly -- on American embassies and consulates by Islamist mobs and terrorists in Cairo, Benghazi and elsewhere will do that to you. Suddenly it is not so smart to go around pounding your chest, spiking the football, taunting your opponents and taking credit for the assassination of the al-Qaida leader. Up to and through the Democratic Party Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Obama, Joe Biden, Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. John Kerry and other...
  • Hillary on an island just Biden her time

    09/07/2012 10:07:33 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 15 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 09/07/2012 | Peter Lucas
    If Hillary Clinton had gotten any farther away from the Democrat Party convention she would have needed the late, great Neil Armstrong to bring her back. As far as the convention went, she might as well have been on the dark side of the moon. I mean, this lady was physically so far removed from Charlotte, N.C., that it is a wonder she did not fall off the planet. Her first stop in her six-country, week-away tour from the convention was in the Cook Islands, which are somewhere in the South Pacific, around New Zealand. A hint at how remote...
  • Obama's media pals 'change' their story

    08/28/2012 6:02:02 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 5 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 8/28/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Newsweek sold out in Tampa. "That's because Mitt Romney bought up all the copies," one wise guy said, "so he could give them out to all the delegates." Perhaps so. Truth be known, though, delegates to the GOP convention didn't need actual copies because the sensational Newsweek story about Barack Obama had gone viral around the country and the globe and back again by the time they arrived to whoop it up in Tampa. The story, by Harvard history professor and Newsweek columnist Niall Ferguson, was titled "Hit the Road, Barack. Why We Need a New President." What made the...
  • There's no replacing Joe Gaffe for comedy

    08/21/2012 5:41:57 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 4 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 8/21/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Republicans should pray that Barack Obama keeps Joe Gaffe on the ticket. The "Collected Sayings of the Joe," if put in book form, would be an overnight bestseller. It would be so good, these gems could be turned into a hit television reality show or a movie. Screenwriters would kill for the hilarious gaffes and one-liners that so naturally come out of the mouth of the Joe. Gold, pure gold. Republicans desperately need Joe Gaffe running at the Big O's side. It is their ticket to the White House. They pray that the Big O will not dump the Joe...
  • Bringing an accountant to Obama's mud fight

    08/14/2012 8:28:44 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 22 replies
    The Lowell Sun ^ | 8/14/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Paul Ryan may be good; Marco Rubio would have been better. It's almost too easy to say that Mitt Romney's choice of a running mate is like the bland leading the bland. But there is truth to it. At a time when Romney needed fire, he chose rain. He appointed his accountant. Rubio, the passionate and articulate senator from Florida, whose ancestral roots are in Cuba, would have brought fire to the Romney campaign -- along with the state of Florida, and vast appeal to the growing Latin American community in the country. Ryan perhaps helps Romney win Wisconsin, and...
  • Ex-Evergreen Solar CEO’s manse worth more than factory (Another failed green business in MA)

    08/13/2012 8:57:31 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 9 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/13/2012 | Ira Kantor
    Former Evergreen Solar CEO Richard Feldt’s five-bedroom, two-plus acre Hingham pad is on the market for $9.9 million, nearly $1.4 million more than what the company’s Devens factory sold for earlier this year. The Bare Cove Lane property also boasts four bathrooms, a pool, stone terrace and 200 feet of frontage on Hingham Harbor, according to a real estate listing. “The natural light is incredible. The views are spectacular. The finishes and millwork are masterful,” the listing says. “Rarely does a home of this caliber become available for sale.” Feldt, who left Evergreen Solar in 2010 to become CEO of...
  • Update: (Boston) T driver accused of hitting meter maid sprung with no bail

    08/10/2012 11:46:21 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 12 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/10/2012 | Matt Stout
    The MBTA bus driver who authorities say “deliberately” hit a Hub meter maid trying to slap her with a parking ticket was released on her own recognizance against the wishes of prosecutors who were asking to keep her in jail on $2,500 bail. Lataria Milton, 34, rushed from Roxbury District Court amid a scrum of reporters and family members who kept cameras at bay while yelling, “There’s no comment.” Milton, a 10-year veteran of the T, is accused of driving her bus into a transportation supervisor and causing a crash in Kenmore Square yesterday morning that involved six vehicles. Prosecutors...
  • Brown: Warren must reimburse taxpayers for welfare mailing

    08/10/2012 11:41:27 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/10/2012 | Hillary Chabot
    U.S. Sen. Scott Brown demanded challenger Elizabeth Warren cough up nearly $300,000 to reimburse taxpayers for a push undertaken by her daughter’s liberal think tank to register welfare recipients to vote. ”It’s been disturbing for a lot of people to learn that the state’s welfare department undertook an unprecedented voter registration drive at the behest of Elizabeth Warren’s daughter and the organization she represents,” wrote Brown in a statement. “It is clear that this was done to aid Elizabeth Warren’s Senate campaign. Professor Warren has more than $13 million dollars in her campaign account, and if she wants to mail...
  • Open-mike night at convention for Dems

    08/10/2012 9:20:36 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 5 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 8/10/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Desperation makes for strange bedfellows. How else to explain President Barack Obama's call for help from the man who once said Obama should be fetching coffee for him and Ted Kennedy? That man is former President Bill Clinton, who in an attempt to buttress Obama's sagging campaign for re-election, agreed to give the key nominating speech for Obama at the Democrat Party convention in Charlotte, N.C., beginning Sept. 3. Since Obama can't run on his own dismal performance as president -- not with a stagnant economy, staggering trillion-dollar deficits, inflation and stubbornly high unemployment -- he might as well take...
  • (Boston) T bus driver charged for striking meter maid after $75 ticket flap

    08/09/2012 2:19:38 PM PDT · by pietraynor · 23 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/9/2012 | Laurel J. Sweet
    Transit Police have arrested the bus driver involved in this morning’s ticket-rage smashup in Kenmore Square and charged her with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and operating to endanger. Lataria Milton, 34, a 10-year veteran of the T, will be arraigned tomorrow morning in Roxbury District Court, said authority spokesman Joe Pesaturo. Milton hit a meter maid and three other cars after she was slapped with a $75 ticket for parking illegally in the heart of Kenmore Square this morning, authorities said. The veteran city parking enforcement supervisor who remains hospitalized this afternoon, told her boss, “Tommy, if...
  • Group fueling registration doesn’t fall far from ACORN

    08/08/2012 10:33:58 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 3 replies
    BOSTON HERALD ^ | 8/8/2012 | Hillary Chabot and Chris Cassidy
    The activist political group behind the state’s push to drive welfare recipients to the polls this November has heavy ties to the disgraced community outreach organization ACORN — including a Dorchester woman who served as its national president for 20 years. Maude Hurd, who now chairs the board of directors of the group behind the latest effort, New England United for Justice, was president of the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, which was mired in scandal after members were convicted of voter fraud in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Hurd insisted NEU4J, which like ACORN is meant to help...
  • Brown blasts welfare vote group chaired by Warren’s daughter

    08/08/2012 10:29:45 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 2 replies
    BOSTON HERALD ^ | 8/8/2012 | Hillary Chabot
    A left-leaning research group that’s leading a national campaign to get welfare recipients to the voting booths is chaired by Democratic Senate contender Elizabeth Warren’s daughter — and is drawing immediate fire from incumbent GOP Sen. Scott Brown. “I want every legal vote to count, but it’s outrageous to use taxpayer dollars to register welfare recipients as part of a special effort to boost one political party over another,” Brown said in a statement this morning. “This effort to sign up welfare recipients is being aided by Elizabeth Warren’s daughter and it’s clearly designed to benefit her mother’s political campaign....
  • Media perpetuate Romney gaffe myth

    08/07/2012 1:48:09 PM PDT · by pietraynor · 3 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 08/07/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Mitt Romney would have been better off chucking the whole foreign trip and settling for a drop-in at a Chick-fil-A. That is where his voters are, among traditional Americans tired of being pushed around and told what to think and how to live by politicians who, in other walks of life, could not run a Jiffy Lube. That is why the people flocked to Chick-fil-A fast-food restaurants across the county. They wanted to show big-city, big-government Democrat politicians like Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel that they believe in free speech. They wanted to show they were...
  • Warren at least is consistently anti-business (Lie-awatha at it again)

    08/03/2012 8:13:43 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 2 replies
    Sentinel & Enterprise ^ | 8/3/2012 | Peter Lucas
    You've got to hand it to Elizabeth Warren. Unlike her leader, President Barack Obama, the Harvard professor from Cambridge, who is the Democratic Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, is at least consistent, and stands by her beliefs, even when they are wrong or untrue. Suffering a lot of serious political fallout, Obama has desperately tried to walk back his self-inflicted, damaging anti-business demonizing remarks made July 13 in Roanoke, Va. -- "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen" -- which Mitt Romney has seized upon. Now Obama and his many apologists in...
  • With Menino’s help, Mitt Romney can fil-A Barack (A slap at Shep Smith also)

    08/03/2012 5:19:50 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 36 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/3/2012 | Howie Carr
    Forget Eric Fehrnstrom and the rest of the Mitt Romney brain trust — the guy who’s done the most for the GOP candidate this week is none other than Mumbles Menino. If the mayor can brainstorm up a few more Chick-fil-A’s, this election will be over by Labor Day. Menino invented Chick-fil-A, you know. Maybe Mike Huckabee came up with the idea of a National Day of Appreciation, but the media needed a bloated cartoonish clod to put it across. And when it comes to clowns, the mayor arrives straight out of Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey. He came up...
  • Keeping up with Granny ain’t easy (Lieawatha at it again)

    08/01/2012 6:20:00 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 30 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/1/2012 | Howie Carr
    How does Granny Warren do it? I mean, do you know how much time it must take, saving capitalism and simultaneously providing the “intellectual foundations” of Occupy Wall Street, which wanted to destroy capitalism? Talk about keeping balls in the air. She’s both an Indian and “Okie to her toes.” She makes hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for doing practically nothing at filthy-rich Harvard University, which has an endowment of $32 billion and she wishes that we could run our society as efficiently as dirt-poor China.
  • Too chicken to let people choose for themselves (Mumbles Menino vs Chik Fil A)

    07/31/2012 11:24:16 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 7 replies
    The Lowell Sun ^ | 07/31/2012 | Peter Lucas
    The first thing you do when you're trying to get out of a hole is stop digging. Boston Mayor Tom Menino realized that when he came to his senses and backed off his bullying threat -- without a legal leg to stand on -- to ban establishment of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Boston because he disagreed with the owners' religious views on traditional marriage. This would be Dan Cathy, the owner of the Atlanta-based national fast-food chicken-serving chain, who in an interview to a religious publication set off a firestorm in the gay community by stressing his support for the...
  • Gov. Deval Patrick: EBT enforcement ‘not feasible’ (refuses to enforce law)

    07/28/2012 5:32:32 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 24 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | July 28, 2012 | John Zaremba
    A defiant Gov. Deval Patrick finally signed a welfare reform bill into law yesterday — only to say he won’t enforce key parts of the measure, drawing the wrath of lawmakers working to crack down on widespread abuses of the system. Patrick, in a letter to lawmakers, said it’s “not feasible” to ban EBT purchases of frills such as liquor, cigarettes, lottery tickets and tattoos — and that “this administration will not enforce what cannot be enforced with respect to the use of EBT cards.” “He’s saying he’s not going to enforce the law. That’s a first for me,” said...
  • Grab your shovels, it's Patrick's party time (Smooth ride for MOOCHELLE)

    07/27/2012 8:27:19 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 2 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 7/27/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Who said there were no shovel-ready jobs? With just a snap of his fingers Gov Deval Patrick proved that there is a lot of shovel-ready work around, if you know how to create it. The chief executive simply picked up the phone, punched in the number for selectmen in Richmond, site of the governor's multimillion-dollar estate in the Berkshires, and, presto, before you knew it, a crew of shovel-ready workers with a truck were filling potholes in the road leading to his mansion. That's how you get things done. Granted, it took only a three-man crew to level out and...
  • Obama using Atwater's playbook

    07/24/2012 4:11:23 PM PDT · by pietraynor · 7 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 7/24/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Lee Atwater may be dead, but his spirit lives on. It lives on in the body of Stephanie Cutter, the deputy manager of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, who labeled Mitt Romney, as straight an arrow as you will find in politics, a felon and a criminal. It doesn't get much dirtier than that. After that slander, there is nothing much else left for Cutter to call the Republican candidate for president, unless she wants to add that he just might be a pedophile as well. That would come as no surprise either, as Cutter seems determined to surpass the...
  • Princess and the potholes (Anything for MOOchelle)

    07/19/2012 1:36:25 PM PDT · by pietraynor · 4 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 7/19/2012 | Howie Carr
    So Deval Patrick said there was no money in the budget for Taunton State Hospital, but there is plenty of dough to fix the road to his mansion so first lady Michelle Obama doesn’t have to ride over, perish the thought, a pothole. Michelle Obama — they don’t call her Mooch-elle for nothing. But hey, it’s the least we peasants can do for our very own Marie Antoinette. After all, she and Barack can’t go to Martha’s Vineyard this year, what with the election and all. So they’re bringing the Vineyard to Berkshire County. Before the visit to Deval’s mansion,...
  • Mr. Smooth: Deval Patrick eyes road fixes for Michelle Obama

    07/19/2012 1:32:24 PM PDT · by pietraynor · 3 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 7/19/2012 | Chris Cassidy and Richard Weir
    Deval PatrickÂ’s office personally asked town officials to dispatch road crews this week to fill potholes near his Berkshires mansion to pave the way for a smooth ride for first lady Michelle Obama when she hits the Bay State for a presidential fundraiser at the governorÂ’s getaway next month. Richmond Town Administrator Matthew Kerwood said a staffer from the governorÂ’s State House office called this week and asked him to plug potholes on Cone Hill Road, which leads to PatrickÂ’s Sweet P Farm, where heÂ’s hosting a $20,000-a-seat dinner on Aug. 3 with the first lady for the Obama Victory...
  • Prose and cons with Patrick (mini obama)

    07/17/2012 11:47:16 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 2 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 7/17/2012 | Peter Lucas
    It is a given that most politicians would rather campaign than govern. Campaigning is exciting and fun, particularly if you're good at it. Campaigning among adoring and cheering crowds gives you love and energy and a sense of power. It is like taking a drug. Campaigning is play, governing is work. Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo used to say that campaigning was poetry, governing was prose. Massachusetts has a governor who loves to campaign, and he is so good at it that it has taken over his life. Last year, Gov. Deval Patrick established a federal political-action committee that...
  • It's not stolen valor, it's free speech

    07/10/2012 11:15:27 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 46 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 07/10/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Guy walks in a bar. The regulars look up. The guy's a stranger. Around his neck he's wearing the Congressional Medal of Honor. The regulars put down their shot glasses and crowd around the guy. They befriend the hero and buy him drinks. They're honored by his company. Turns out the guy's a phony. He was never in Korea or Vietnam or Iraq or Afghanistan. He never was anywhere. He never saw combat. He never was even in the military. He bought the medal online. So the regulars take the guy out back and give him the beating he deserves....
  • No, really: Obamacare is a tax

    07/03/2012 7:40:26 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 5 replies
    The Lowell Sun ^ | 7/3/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Read my lips. No new taxes. Those were the famous words spoken by Vice President George H.W. Bush at the 1988 Republican convention upon his acceptance of his party's nomination for president. The words came back to bite him. Two years later, dealing with budget deficits, Bush broke his pledge and increased taxes, including a 5-cent-a-gallon increase in the gas tax. And despite his soaring popularity after the successful invasion of Iraq (Operation Desert Storm) to free Kuwait, the American voters in 1992 turned against him and denied the senior Bush a second term. Instead, the voters elected Democrat Bill...
  • Presidential losers line up to rip Romney

    06/22/2012 1:19:35 PM PDT · by pietraynor · 11 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 6/23/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Republican Mitt Romney is on the verge of succeeding in what a pair of other prominent Massachusetts politicians failed to do -- become president of the United States -- and that has brought some sour grapes to the political table. The other two presidential party nominees, both Democrats, were Gov. Michael Dukakis in 1988 and U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry in 2004. Both presidential candidates went into their campaigns ahead in the polls, and both crashed and burned. Dukakis was beaten by then-Vice President George H.W. Bush, and Kerry was defeated by Bush's son, incumbent President George Bush. Now comes...
  • At least one Warren knows how to fess up

    06/19/2012 10:58:41 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 12 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 6/19/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Professor Elizabeth Warren, the cigar-store Indian from Oklahoma, could learn a thing or two from namesake Jeffrey (no relation) Warren, a 17-year-old high school student from Riverside, Calif. He is the young man who made the news recently when he won a $1,000 college scholarship for black students sponsored by Riverside's Martin Luther King Senior Citizens Club. Jeffrey Warren is white. Since the scholarship application did not rule out non-black applicants, Jeffrey Warren applied, as he did for other scholarships and, after a telephone interview, he won the prize. It was only at graduation ceremonies when he walked onto the...
  • Gov. Patrick to blame for tuition hike (union payback)

    06/12/2012 6:39:06 AM PDT · by pietraynor
    Lowell Sun ^ | 6/12/2012 | Peter Lucas
    If you are looking to assess blame for the increase in tuition at the University of Massachusetts, look no further than the office of Gov. Deval Patrick. But, given his governing style, Patrick is the last person to accept responsibility for the 4.9 percent hike, even though it comes under his watch and was implemented by the members of the UMass board of trustees, the majority of whom he appointed. There are 22 trustees, and Patrick has appointed or reappointed 17 of them, including the chairman. The increase represents a $580 tuition hike, raising the average tuition bill for students...
  • She stands alone with Democrats' bully tactics (Liarwatha Warren)

    06/05/2012 4:54:54 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 20 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 6/5/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Elizabeth Warren may be ready to debate Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, but the cigar-store Indian from Oklahoma clearly was not ready to debate little-known fellow Democrat Marisa DeFranco. That is why her fellow liberal Democrats, meeting in convention in Springfield Saturday, simply thrashed DeFranco by denying her a place on the September primary ballot. Democratic Party leaders, from Gov. Deval Patrick down, were simply fearful that a continued DeFranco candidacy would serve only to bring out even more weaknesses in Warren's troubled campaign for U.S. Senate. A worried Patrick endorsed Warren before the convention, thereby breaking a promise to...
  • 'Amateur' hour inside Obama's Oval Office

    06/01/2012 5:55:52 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 45 replies
    The Lowell Sun ^ | 6/1/2012 | Peter Lucas
    The book will make you shudder. It is Edward Klein's The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, a devastating picture of a president so far in over his head as to make your own head spin. And, if you have not already heard, Klein, former editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine, takes his title from remarks he attributes to former President Bill Clinton, remarks Clinton made at a private gathering at the Clinton home in Chappaqua, N.Y., in August. The Clintons were arguing in front of guests over Bill Clinton urging a very reluctant Hillary to challenge the...
  • Gov. Patrick steps in as Elizabeth Warren stonewalls ancestry questions

    05/31/2012 4:47:36 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 14 replies
    FOX 25 Boston ^ | FOX 25 Boston
    SOMERVILLE (FOX 25 / - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren received a boost on Wednesday from none other than Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Gov. Patrick, Warren, and grassroots supporters met on Wednesday at her campaign headquarters in Somerville just days before Democrats head to Springfield for the party's nominating convention. Warren has endured a rough few weeks following controversy regarding her Native American ancestry. At the event, Gov. Patrick stepped in and responded to a question about Warren's ancestry from FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti. In part, Gov. Patrick replied, "On behalf of the people of the Commonwealth, we...
  • DeFranco ready to spoil the party for Dems (and the undocumented Cherokee)

    05/29/2012 11:08:59 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 12 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 5/29/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Elizabeth Warren, the cigar-store Indian from Cambridge, will win the Democratic Party convention endorsement for the U.S. Senate on Saturday, but it could be something of a mixed victory. Rather than an outright coronation, Warren, the undocumented Cherokee, will have to beat the only remaining Democrat opposing her for the party convention endorsement. That is Marisa DeFranco. Handily defeating DeFranco at the Springfield gathering of several thousand delegates to the convention will be no problem for Warren. She is backed by President Barack Obama, Hollywood and the liberal establishment here, there and everywhere, and she has raised millions of dollars...
  • Heroes of WW II are tough to forget

    05/25/2012 5:12:30 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 6 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 5/25/2012 | Peter Lucas
    George Voinovich died the other day. He was 96 years old. I did not know him, but I felt as though I did. That's because I spent a lot of time with men like him, men who served in the now-honored OSS (Office of Strategic Services) during World War II, when I interviewed them during the four years I spent researching and writing my book The OSS in World War II Albania. The OSS was the wartime forerunner of the CIA. The historic action I wrote about took place behind the enemy lines in the rugged mountains of Albania when...
  • Romney avoids McCain's mistakes

    05/22/2012 6:46:42 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 68 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 05/22/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Judging from the opening rounds of the 2012 campaign for president, Barack Obama's campaign staff may have met its match with the rapid-response group put together by Mitt Romney. Unlike the presidential campaign four years ago, when political newcomer Obama rolled over a strangely passive John McCain, Obama this time around faces an aggressive Romney campaign team that is savvy and bold, and knows how to punch back. And frequently, the counterpunch is more effective than the punch, especially when the first punch comes from Obama, who is prone to lead with his chin, and is used to treating candidates...
  • If we fill 'Kennedy's seat, ' then Warren fits

    05/15/2012 2:46:07 PM PDT · by pietraynor · 9 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 05/15/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Those who doubt that Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren is qualified to take back "the Kennedy seat" in the U.S. Senate from usurper Scott Brown need only look at her record. Warren, the liberal Democrat, has far more in common with the late Ted Kennedy, who held the seat for 36 years before he died 2009, than does Brown. Brown may have won the vacant seat after defeating Attorney General Martha Coakley two years ago, but now the Democrats and Warren want the seat back. And they are counting on Warren, the blue-eyed Cherokee of convenience, to pick up the fallen...
  • Don’t cry for Auntie Zeituni (Obamas Aunt at it again)

    05/11/2012 5:01:45 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 15 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 5/11/2012 | Howie Carr
    Auntie Zeituni has written a book. It’s called “Tears of Abuse,” on account of how tough she’s had it. Have I read it? Of course not. Have you read her nephew’s best-seller — Dreams from My Ghostwriter, I mean Father? No one has — it’s sold millions of copies, but until two weeks ago, not a single reader got far enough into it to learn that Obama was a dog-eater with “composite” girlfriends. Anyway, I have the press release on “Tears of Abuse,” which describes Auntie Zeituni’s journey to the United States “where she faces the unthinkable; failing health and...
  • Taking note of Warren's primary foe with Dems

    05/08/2012 5:45:00 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 14 replies
    The Lowell ^ | 05/08/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Talk about an ambush. While Elizabeth Warren, the blue-eyed Cherokee warrior princess, spent all last week struggling to straighten out her thin, and thinning, Native American ancestry, Marisa DeFranco came out of nowhere to ensure that the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate could turn out to be something of a second French and Indian War. DeFranco is the tough-talking liberal immigration lawyer from Middleton who -- to the surprise of many and the dismay of some -- collected enough voter signatures to get on the September Democratic primary ballot and challenge Warren for the right to take on GOP...
  • It's all about Obama

    05/04/2012 11:16:12 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 5 replies
    The Lowell Sun ^ | 5/4/2012 | Peter Lucas
    It is too bad the World War II battleship USS Missouri was not available, being as it is tied up in mothballs in Hawaii where it serves as a museum. Otherwise President Barack Obama could have held his Kabul signing ceremony with Afghan President Hamid Karzai aboard the battle-hardened ship, as Gen. Douglas MacArthur did Sept. 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay after the defeat of the Japanese in World War II. You will recall the iconic photo -- if World War II history is still being taught in school, that is -- of MacArthur commanding and witnessing the signing of...
  • Warren's cashing in with her ancestry

    05/01/2012 5:36:52 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 9 replies
    The Lowell Sun ^ | 05/01/2012 | Peter Lucas
    Why didn't somebody tell me Harvard University was looking to hire Native Americans? If Harvard really wanted one, they should have called me. Unlike the vast majority of blow-ins -- you know, the professors who teach at that venerable institution of higher learning, like Professor Pocahontas -- I was not only born in Massachusetts, I was actually born in Cambridge. How much more Native American can you be? Not only that, I arrived in this world, not from a reservation in Oklahoma or a farm in Kenya, or some other foreign locale, but at Cambridge City Hospital, which is now...
  • Obama snubs Britain with Falklands neutrality

    04/27/2012 10:41:49 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 6 replies
    LOWELL SUN ^ | 04/27/2012 | Peter Lucas
    While President Barack Obama's latest gaffe at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena was largely overlooked by the national media, fixated as it is on the Secret Service hooker scandal, it was not lost elsewhere -- especially in the United Kingdom and in Argentina. The gaffe, if that is what it was -- and not a premeditated slap at the British -- came during the joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos after the conference. A Colombian television reporter asked Obama why it was that neither the issues of Cuba nor the "Malvinas" were taken up at...