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Howie Carr thread March 16-31, 2013
howiecarrshow.com ^ | 3/16/13 | raccoonradio

Posted on 03/16/2013 8:10:38 AM PDT by raccoonradio

Thread for second half of March 2013 for the Howie Carr Show. So, anything happen while Howie was in Florida? Any new Popes? (Word has it Francis I has banned Bernie Law from the Church he'd been assigned to) Any alternative Boston newspapers go out of business? ($17.5 million of Clear Channel money couldn't save Mindich) Howie back on this Monday. I think.

Halitosis Hall tomorrow, with kneeslapper jokes like:

"What do you call a wandering priest? A roamin' Catholic!"

John Kerry: "Who said I don't have the matzoh balls to be here?"

Bill Weld, singing: (to Billy Bulger) "You're going to be a millionaire, there is, no, doubt. Cause I had YER BROTHER fill these numbers out."

And from heaven, Dapper O'Neil recalls, "Why would I want to go to a place where you couldn't get up to take a crap for three hours?"


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: howiecarr; talkradio

1 posted on 03/16/2013 8:10:38 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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Howie Carr list ping

For old times sake, the Dap with The Irish Belly Dancer

Dapper O'Neil sings

2 posted on 03/16/2013 8:12:23 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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Will there be any references to Dizzy Miss Lizzie and her fake Indian background?
3 posted on 03/16/2013 8:19:14 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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I would think not—and from what the Herald said the other day don’t expect the GOP Senate candidates there (not invited tho who knows)

Warren was there last yr, and some jokes were made about Tim Murray’s accident

http://www.dotnews.com/2012/southie-breakfast-pols-yuck-it-over-lt-gov-murrays-crash-gov-patricks-

>>The only Republican to speak, Brown also earned the distinction of being the only official to crack wise about incarcerated former House Speaker Sal DiMasi, joking that “Sal is a lot like John Kerry’s yacht. He’s spending a lot of time in Rhode Island lately.” For her part, Warren fired back at Brown, telling the audience that she heard her opponent’s famed barn jacket cost $600. “Wow, here’s a guy who could use a consumer advocate,” Warren said.


4 posted on 03/16/2013 8:33:27 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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Fauxcahantas should fill everyone in on the price of her HOMES! What a hypocrite.


5 posted on 03/16/2013 9:18:43 AM PDT by surrey
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Sunday column ping. You're Steve Lynch and Howie is writing about you. (btw the Herald the other day said Rep. Chris Markey, I think the name was, victim of Dem-on-Dem violence, is not related to Fast Eddie.

More of a sham than a rock

by Howie Carr
Sunday, March 17, 2013

Behind in polls, Lynch’s St. Pat’s Day must be far from happy

You’re Congressman Steve Lynch of Southie, it’s St. Patrick’s Day and you can’t believe you’re losing to Ed Markey.

You didn’t expect Mumbles to endorse you — he’s got his own election this year to worry about. But what the hell is going on when you keep losing one union endorsement after another?

Don’t they know you’re an … ironworker?

I mean, it was one thing when every moonbat in the state got behind a fake Indian from Oklahoma. She’s one of them, running for Ted Kennedy’s seat. But now the same carpetbaggers have coalesced behind Eddie Markey, a double Eagle for God’s sake, and you’re getting kicked down the stairs like you’re Marisa DeFranco or somebody.

You’re Steve Lynch, you’re 57, and you can remember when it was a good thing in Massachusetts politics to be a white Irish Catholic from Boston.

Now it’s the mark of the beast.

You’re Steve Lynch and you may actually be the last normal Democrat to ever run statewide, at least as a non-incumbent. Look at the recent record — Steve Murphy, Guy Glodis, Tom Reilly.

No wonder your old pal Steven Tolman of the AFL-CIO took a walk. You were never expecting the SEIU or the MTA or 
AFSCME — all the lefty unions that talk about Fast Eddie being for “working families,” when what they really mean is “non-working non-families.”

Sure, Ed Markey is Irish Catholic, too, but there’s a big difference. He does what he’s told. You, Steve Lynch, voted against 
Obamacare. You were just trying to protect “your” unions, the trades, the ones with the so-called Cadillac health plans, but these moonbats require complete fealty to Dear Leader.

Plus, if Eddie Markey goes to the U.S. Senate, Cambridge won’t have the embarrassment of having him as their congressman. They can elect somebody who fits in better, some heiress from Ohio who just blew in with her partner two or three years ago.

You’re Steve Lynch, and all the “activists” are snickering, what’s with the hair? It’s, like, slicked back. You look like … an ironworker. Moonbats don’t vote for people who work with their hands. They have enough of a problem voting for people who work, period.

How things have changed. This morning’s breakfast used to be run by the most powerful politician in the state, the brother of the state’s leading gangster. Talk about clout. This morning the emcee is a Boston city councilor, a district city councilor at that, a guy known throughout City Hall as Landslide Linehan because he only won re-election over a candidate from Chinatown by 200 votes.

You stood up to the Bulgers in 1996 when the Corrupt Midget tried to hand his state Senate seat down to his lackluster son. Sure, Whitey was in the wind by then, but they were still the Bulgers, undefeated and untied. And you kicked their butts, ended their dreams of a dynasty.

And now you’re losing to … Ed Markey?

You’re Steve Lynch, and the Legislature gave you everything you wanted in your new gerrymandered district. But the problem is, all those towns south of Boston where so many of your old Southie neighbors have fled — they don’t bother voting in Democrat primaries anymore.

Moonbat vs. moonbat is not considered much of a choice in, say, Walpole.

So a huge number of the voters you were counting on are probably going to either stay home or take a Republican ballot to vote for Mike Sullivan or Dan Winslow. You’re stuck with … who? Ed King Democrats? If they’re not dead, they’re in Florida, or New Hampshire.

You’re Steve Lynch, and you wish it were 1980 again, or at least 1996. Everything seemed so much simpler then.

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6 posted on 03/17/2013 3:59:32 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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and if you missed it Vatican is denying Law has been booted out of his basilica but hey it could still happen. Let’s hope Pope Francis is a new broom that sweeps clean.


7 posted on 03/17/2013 4:00:30 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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AMEN, BRO.


8 posted on 03/17/2013 12:55:09 PM PDT by bitt (The buck rolls downhill.)
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I worked in Southie for 22 years. The only thing I liked about the place was Jack Harts sister Mo, hot.


9 posted on 03/17/2013 2:50:32 PM PDT by Little Bill (A)
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Lynch is like O'Reilly. Lynch thought election lies in the hands of the Catholic Working Class, which O'Reilly is paid to placate for the Democrats.

Pretend all you want, O Catholic Voters, that Truman is President and that one can be a true-blue American and vote Democrat. It is simply no longer so.

The Democrat Party is no longer a patriotic alternative. It is anti-Christian, especially anti-Catholic, and definitely anti-white working class, except on election day. It wants the white Catholic "working people blue collar" vote, that's all. They certainly do not want to be caught dead with a white working class Catholic. Diversity does NOT include the Irish, the Italians, the Poles, the French Canadians, the Portuguese, or any other groups in the old New England Catholic worker mélange.

The pro-queer, anti-American Democrat majority is Black, Illegally in the country, Female, LGBT, and no matter the demographic, the younger and dumber the better. So, working class Catholics, you are not quite needed ... except for the women.

10 posted on 03/19/2013 10:27:22 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No Criminal Charges Stick)
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Wed column ping

Painting a picture of truly lost art
BY Howie Carr
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I hate to be a gloomy Gus, but what if there’s nobody left alive who knows where the missing $500 million worth of stolen Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum paintings, etc., are stashed?

It doesn’t matter who robbed the museum. The only thing that matters is where the paintings are.

That’s what I couldn’t figure out about the Monday press conference. It was the 23rd anniversary, and obviously the feds didn’t want it turning in to one of the latter-day Whitey-on-the-lam press conferences on his birthday — namely, an excuse for the media to beat up the FBI again for its inability to find him.

So the G-men said they knew who the robbers are. And everybody said, that’s great, but where are the paintings? I mean, the statute of limitations on the robbery has expired. Maybe they could prosecute whoever’s holding them on charges of being in possession of stolen property, but how likely is that?

If you want, the feds will give you a grant of immunity to get the pictures back — trust me on that one.

So there’s no downside to turning them over and collecting $5 million. So why wouldn’t you turn them in? At this late date, there’s only one reason not to turn them into $5 million. And that’s because nobody knows.

Suppose the guys who did the biggest heist in history were going to prison, for a good long time. You know, for some dumb stunt like trying to rob an armored car while in possession of three grenades, each one of which was worth 30 years on and after the armed-robbery charges. If you didn’t try to cut an immediate deal (which most people would have), you’d want the paintings, your bargaining chips, in safe hands for later negotiation. Maybe you have them delivered to your uncle. Especially if he was a wiseguy, too, and you couldn’t trust anybody in your immediate family for reasons I won’t get into.

So (let’s call him) Uncle Bob has the paintings and he’s getting ready to open negotiations. But then, before he can get his nephew and the nephew’s pal out, he … takes a heart attack. Drops dead. Now, nobody knows where the paintings are.

These things can happen, you know. This month there was a story out of Bellport, Long Island. A couple bought a run-down bungalow for short money. In the garage, they found a lot of paintings and drawings. Turned out they’d been done by the former owner, who’d died. His name was Arthur Pinajian. He must have been pretty good — the art appraisers valued the trash in Pinajian’s garage at $30 million.

Listen, like everybody else I hope the paintings are back in the museum ASAP. But I just have a feeling we might be looking at a Pinajian ending a long way down the road.

Or maybe the feds will get lucky and get another tip from Iceland.

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11 posted on 03/20/2013 8:16:01 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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They are in a garage in Quincy.


12 posted on 03/20/2013 8:48:40 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No Criminal Charges Stick)
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Fri column ping

Book’s success will be ‘Rigged’
Free pass for Liz because she’s a Dem

Friday, March 22, 2013
Howie Carr

So U.S. Sen. Granny Warren has now hired a big-time literary agent to peddle her memoirs, and the working title is “Rigged.”

Rigged? Surely some mistake — wouldn’t “Hammered” be a much more appropriate title?

Or even better, “Faked.”

Somewhere, Scott Brown is shaking his head. Because he knows that the same nastiness and cheap shots that he endured after his million-dollar payday for “Against All Odds” will not be leveled against the author of “Hammered,” er, I mean, “Faked.”

The reason is very simple. The fake Indian is a Democrat. Scott Brown is a Republican.

I can write the reviews of Granny’s book right now, as they’ll run in the Globe (assuming the broadsheet hasn’t followed the Phoenix into well-deserved oblivion by the time the tome comes out in 
18 months or so).

“Awe-inspiring ... must-read ... fascinating ... a classic for the ages ... a Mother Jones Pick of the Year. ...”

Certain accolades are reserved exclusively for the Beautiful People — Pulitzer Prizes, Profiles in Courage Awards and, of course, good book reviews.

Actually, Scott Brown didn’t get the proper savaging that most of the Morrissey Boulevard moonbats would have liked to have given him. The problem was, Brown’s $1 million advance was less than Gov. Deval Patrick’s $1.35 million.

Anyway, a month or so after both memoirs came out, Scott’s sales of 15,534 were described in Politico as “disappointing.” Deval sales were approximately 6,000 — a best-seller!

But Deval’s grab for the gelt gave Scott cover. A Globe columnist, writing her own stuff for once, sadly noted that with 
Deval pulling another major Coke-Texaco type corporate heist, “It’s hard to tag (Brown) as uniquely opportunistic.”

Still, slam him the moonbats did. Somebody on DU.com said Brown’s book was worse than “Mein Kampf.” I think they were kidding, but maybe I’ll tweet that to the Globe and see whether they’ll run with it. Somebody in Plymouth “questioned whether Brown might have fabricated the (sexual-molestation) story.”

Not identifying the molester — “a permanent unsightly stain on his moral character.”

But pretending to be an Indian to steal affirmative-action slots at two Ivy League law schools – nothing to see folks, move along. And I guarantee you the genteel rumpswabs who review Granny’s tome will not bring it up. If you can’t say something good about a fake Indian ...

It’s always been this way. Newt Gingrich in 1995 gets a $4.5 million advance from 
Rupert Murdoch — he had to give it back. Five years later, Hillary Clinton grabs $8 million — no problemo.

The Globe review noted Brown’s book wasn’t quite as good as “Profiles in Courage” or “Dreams of My Father.” How could it be? Those books were written — er, ghostwritten — by Democrats.

One thing’s for sure. It doesn’t matter how many copies it sells, “Rigged” will be a “best-seller.” It’ll be rigged.

13 posted on 03/22/2013 7:44:25 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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Special Sat column ping

Silence in House speaks volumes
Saturday, March 23, 2013
by Howie Carr

Call him “Rep. Weiner,” this unnamed solon whose name you already know, and if you don’t, you can find it easily enough in the Daily Mail of London.

His extinguished colleagues in the Mass. General Court have lowered the Cone of Silence over Rep. Weiner’s latest alleged unspeakable actions. If the Boston Mafia had observed its own code of omerta this rigorously, they’d still be running organized crime around here.

It’s all about Rule 16, which seems to boil down to this: Dummy up, lest somebody someday drop a dime on you when you get a bad ice cube, or feel an insatiable urge to stuff some FBI cash in your bra, or steal enough absentee ballots to vote 
every illegal alien in your slum apartment house.

Loose lips sink ships, and maybe you, if the guy you rat out decides to trade you up to the feds.

So you can understand how deeply concerned both the House speaker and the chairman of the House Ethics Committee are about the “integrity” of the process, especially the speaker, considering the last three speakers are convicted felons.

The Ethics chairman is Rep. Marty Walsh, the real Marty Walsh, not the alias that then-Sen. Jim Marzilli gave the cops when he was arrested for flashing old 
ladies in Lowell.

Marty, who is also an 
official of a union, said all proceedings are “confidential,” and that he would have “no comment, including to confirm or deny,” on any Anthony Weiner-like hijinks that “may or may not have been referred” to his very ethical Ethics Committee.

Rep. Weiner is the third rep to run into trouble this year, if you include the 
solon emeritus in Lawrence who violated a restraining order. He’s the fourth if you throw in the judge’s son who was worked over by a lobbyist in Dartmouth. Ironically, Rep. Weiner’s eccentricity, shall we say, surfaced on the radar screen a day after a Herald reporter was ejected from a House ethics training session.

It seemed like such an 
innocuous gathering. A few people reciting the State House’s 10 Commandments: I am the Speaker, thou shalt have no gods before me; thou shalt not get caught stealing; thou shalt not covet thy chairman’s bagman. … But no, we weren’t allowed in. Because the House is such an august body. They call the U.S. Senate the world’s most exclusive club. The Mass. House may be the world’s least exclusive club.

Say what you will about the Boston City Council, when Chuck Turner went down for the count, they ejected him from City Hall. OK, so it cost them $100,000 because they didn’t wait until Chuck was sentenced. At least for once they tried to do the right thing.

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14 posted on 03/23/2013 12:25:30 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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Sun column ping

Future clearer than a Menino quote
by Howie Carr
Sunday, March 24, 2013

Run, Mumbles, run.

Not that Hizzoner needs any encouragement from me or anyone else. All signs indicate that he’s made up his mind to seek a sixth, or seventh, or whatever term.

(Click on the Herald page here for some of Mayor Thomas Menino's greatest audio hits.)

Exhibit A: He’s finally moving out of the Parkman House. If he were planning to lame-duck it, why return to North Dedham, er Readville? He must go back to being a man of the people, not Liveshot Kerry’s high-hat neighbor in Ward 5.

Exhibit B: He’s running the little fundraisers again, the $25-a-head times with city employees. How much simpler it is to raise $500 a pop from everyone in the extended families of the bar owners, the developers and the city contractors — you know, the ones who didn’t plow the streets this winter.

The mayor has already got more than enough dough on hand to crush What’s-his-name, but he needs these small contributions to show that he’s not a tool of the big-money interests, although of course he is, not that any mayor is ever anything but.

These are hopeful signs to all of us who understand how much the mayor means to the city, and we have the sound cuts to prove it. The golden age of Boston pro sports is ending — no more “jumbletrons” or “potta-potties” lining victory parade routes for the “Red Sock.”

But Mumbles still roots for the city’s “ionic” teams. Sure, “Wes Wexler” may be gone, but there’s that tight end, “Grabowski.” I mean, “Gonk.” He’s as valuable to the Pats as “KJ and Hondo” are to the Celts. And by the way, wasn’t it terrible what that guy said Friday about the wife of Vince “Wilcott,” er, Wilfork.

Hizzoner is 70 now, but “just ’cause you got a few gray hairs doesn’t mean you’re over the hell.”

As ever, he looks to the future, to a “city mooing forward.” Some problems remain, rats for instance, but the mayor is working on ways to “ ’radicate the problem.”

In the meantime, “Young people are fudding, not fleeing the city.”

Ya hear that, Councilor Connolly. Just like in the days when “Martha Luther King Jr.” moved here to go to BU, they’re still fudding the city. Because the Menino administration is “trying to bridge the grap.”

No gender gap for Hizzoner — “We must unlock the potential of all our woman.”

Mumbles knows what is expected of him — he must develop “stregic plans” to “bing business” to the city. And he is. Just look at “New Balance ca-spanding in 
Brighton.”

All these months on the disabled list have given the mayor time to ruminate. Sometimes we forget what a philosopher he is.

“We know this country didn’t become great by excludin’ folks and leavin’ each other on their om.”

Om … om … om … Actually, leaving people on their “om” hasn’t worked out that badly for some, but Buddhists remain a very small percentage of the Boston electorate.

“Will we move forward together or will we go back to the tricks, trickle-down philosophy that Mitt Romney believes in?”

A resounding no to that tricky trickle-down trick thing. So what, Mayor, is job one?

“Our first tasker task is improvin’ public education in our city.”

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. And — knock on wood — you’ll be hearing it for four more years.

15 posted on 03/23/2013 9:07:50 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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Today's Herald has a story about per diems

Reps cash in on commute

>>Some state reps continue to cash in on a lucrative perk their constituents don’t get — hefty per diem reimbursements that pay them thousands of dollars simply for commuting to the State House in an unchecked honor system.

Leading the list in 2011 is state Rep. John Binienda (D-Worcester), who put in for 241 days and was reimbursed $8,676. Others include state Rep. Ted Speliotis (D-Danvers), whose 237 days garnered $4,266, and former state Rep. Martha Walz, who claimed 220 days for $2,200. State Reps. John Fresolo, (D-Worcester), Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley) and Paul Donato (D-Medford) all claimed 218 days...Fresolo claimed the most days for any rank-and-file member without a leadership post. He did not return phone calls yesterday.

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Fresolo has other issues to deal with

16 posted on 03/25/2013 8:24:28 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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Wed column ping

Carr: Lt. gov really picks cream of the crop

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 By: Howie Carr

All roads seem to lead to Lt. Gov. Tim “Crash” Murray — especially the winding and crooked ones.

Now it turns out that the hack who allegedly went postal on a state rep in Dartmouth a couple of weeks ago gave $200 to Tiny Tim five days before he applied for the state job he desperately wanted.

Hack-on-hack crime — try not to let this destroy your faith in the integrity of state government.

It’s no surprise that the payroll patriot, one David J. Oliveira, felt entitled to a no-heavy-lifting state job that pays as much as $115,000 a year. But assistant commissioner of the agriculture department?

I mean, Oliveira has — had — impeccable hack credentials. Worked for Ted Kennedy and he was a former member of the board of the Steamship Authority — in the Bristol bayou, that makes you a made man.

And yet he allegedly flipped out over losing the job of assistant aggie commissioner? I understand they play for small stakes in Bristol County, but this is ridiculous.

So Oliveira is passed over after butting heads with another hack — the aide to the solon he assaulted at a basketball camp, state Rep. Chris Markey. What was Oliveira thinking? I called him yesterday, but he didn’t return my call. Markey’s dad was a judge and the former mayor of New Bedford. Oliveira left young Markey with a collapsed lung, not exactly a good way to win friends and influence people.

And it all leads back to the lame-duck dead-duck lieutenant governor, Tim “Crash” Murray. Oliveira has been working for the Liberty Square Group, which represents the “embattled” Crash.

Now it turns out that both Markey and Oliveira went to Murray about the job. We all know Tiny Tim is about as bright as a three-watt bulb, but is it possible he promised one job to two people?

If Crash asked Deval for a favor, he’d get it. They have so much in common — both needed three tries to pass the bar exam. I wonder too if Murray knows Oliveira, not just from Liberty Square, but also from Dartmouth. That’s where he’s been known to summer, renting the house of ex-state Rep. John Quinn, who lost his House seat after an failed bid for sheriff.

After taking in Crash as his tenant, Quinn suddenly became “director of graduate public service” at UMass-Dartmouth for $103,000 a year. Another nationwide search.

Did I mention that Oliveira also gave $100 to Quinn? Is UMass-Dartmouth hiring?

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17 posted on 03/27/2013 9:36:20 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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Special Thu column ping

Mumbles, Don't go breaking my heart
By: Howie Carr

Say it ain’t so, Mumbles.

Say you’re not quitting, please. OK, we noticed how bad you looked on City Hall Plaza with the circus, we heard about the meeting with your doctors Tuesday.

But this decision not to run really fries my nose, as you’d say. It’s already an Alcatraz around my neck. Who will warn us about “suspicious bombs,” information you glean from the BPD’s “intelligent unit”?

Let’s look at who might be the next mayor. The new front-runner appears to be Suffolk district attorney Dan Conley. He’s from Hyde Park, he’s half-Italian, he’s run citywide three times, he has something like $850,000 in his campaign war chest. And I repeat, he’s Suffolk’s chief prosecutor.

We’re looking at a lame-duck feeding frenzy that will make the California gold rush look like a Girl Scout bake sale. Every developer with a postage-stamp-sized lot downtown will want a permit for a skyscraper. Mumbles will be handing out liquor licenses in Readville as mementos of his five terms, suitable for framing or more likely instant transfer to Brighton or Quincy Market. The last time City Hall went through one of these lame-duck land rushes, Mayor Kevin White was grabbing lots by eminent domain and handing them off to developers.

Then there’s the candidate already in the fight, John Connolly. They call him “Lumpy” in West Roxbury. He has almost 400 large. He won’t make waves. He also won’t make the runoff.

Rep. Marty Walsh of Dorchester now fills the seat Jim Brett had when he ran against Menino in 1993. Brett’s base wasn’t big enough then, and now Walsh has had to annex a Chinese precinct in Quincy across Marina Bay. He already makes close to $250,000, including his second job with the Boston Building Trades. He’s the chairman of the House Ethics Committee, where scandals go to die. What exactly do you like in that CV?

City Councilor Ayana Pressley is black, she topped the ticket in 2011 and she’s not from here. That’s the good news. The bad news, she has maybe $20,000 in her campaign account. Good luck with that. Then there’s Tito Jackson. He’s got, what, $31,000.

City Council President Steve Murphy, with $100,000, has only ever won a council seat. Rob Consalvo, aka Mini-Me, has more dough but no chance. Felix Arroyo is running for lieutenant governor.

You can describe this field with Mumbles’ own words — “a few knuckleheads.”

Mumbles, don’t leave us!

18 posted on 03/27/2013 11:50:09 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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2009 flashback: The Boston Phoenix endorsed the "team" of Flaherty and Yoon

(2009)>>Flaherty’s designation of onetime mayoral opponent City Councilor Sam Yoon (who received this paper’s endorsement in the primary) as his would-be deputy mayor was a creative move. It was certainly politically savvy to tap into Yoon’s troops of Obama-style grassroots voters.

>>Flaherty has adopted Yoon’s idea to place an eight-year term limit on the mayoralty, thus tapping into the sense of many that no one should be able to be considered mayor for life. Menino had said in the past that he would serve only two terms. Things have obviously changed. If there is a fifth, will there be a sixth? (Come on, Mr. Mayor, this is Boston, not the Vatican.)

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(Menino won 57 to 42 per cent)

19 posted on 03/27/2013 11:54:22 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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Herald poll (early on)
Poll
Did Menino make the right decision, not to run again?
Yes, its time for a change
47% (105 votes)

Yes, he has to put his health first
32% (72 votes)

No, the city still needs him
17% (38 votes)

No, the other candidates won’t match up
4% (10 votes)
Total votes: 225


20 posted on 03/27/2013 11:57:26 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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Yesterday Howie mentioned that Peter Lucas was told by Mayor White that he would run again; White was not nec. a fan of Lucas but he told him. And: (WBUR):”The front page of the next morning’s Herald blared: “White Will Run.”
Later that day, when local TV stations went live to the mayor for his much-anticipated announcement, White announced he wasn’t running. In the Herald newsroom, reporters saw Lucas turn gunmetal gray. He walked to his typewriter and banged out his letter of resignation.

“I was stunned,” he remembers. When he handed the resignation over, the publisher said, “Oh forget it. This is great for circulation.” http://www.wbur.org/2012/01/29/kevin-white-commentary


21 posted on 03/28/2013 7:49:29 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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Fri column ping

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Carr: Hope burns eternal in open field
No clear front-runner
Friday, March 29, 2013

Howie Carr

Do you realize there have been more papal conclaves over the past 50 years than open-seat Boston mayoral elections?

Which means we have very little data to predict who’s 
going to come out on top in November. But let’s go back and study what we have learned from those three open elections — 1967, 1983 and 1993.

Remember, municipal fights are “nonpartisan.” You have a preliminary, which 
reduces the field to two candidates, and only two. No straw candidates in the 
final — you can put in people in the preliminary to drain off an opponent’s votes — but the final comes down to just two. No Tim Cahill, no 
Christy Mihos.

Sorry, Deval. Now you see why Mr. 49 Percent ran for governor and not mayor.

In those three earlier elections, unlike this year, there was an obvious early front-runner, someone who was assured of getting into the final. In 1967, it was Louise Day Hicks. In 1983, Mel King. In 1993, acting Mayor Mumbles Menino.

So the battle came down to who would finish second and get into the final. In 1967, it was Kevin White. The 1983 undercard was between 
David Finnegan and Ray 
Flynn. The winner became the Great White Hope and the next mayor.

In 1993, it was state Rep. Jim Brett of the Bulger gang vs. Sheriff Bob Rufo of the county mob. Brett prevailed in the semis and then was crushed by Menino.

As Mumbles says, “Hope burns eternal in Boston.”

So you always have marginal candidates, like the eggheads. In 1967 it was Ed Logue, in 1983, Bob Kiley, in 1993, Chris Lydon. Now Paul Grogan is being “mentioned.” I’m sure Paul Guzzi would vote for Grogan if he could, but he can’t. This tends to be a problem for whoever the egghead candidate is. His fellow bicycle enthusiasts don’t tend to live in the city.

This year, though, the rules have changed somewhat. 
Instead of one Mr. Big and everybody else, this election will be like the playoffs, with two conferences, the liberal/minority division and the white/conservative/native 
division.

Ayanna Pressley is seeded No. 1 in the moonbat conference. Another city councilor, Charles Yancey, says he’s running, but c’mon.

Let’s call the other bracket the Dapper conference. It may get a little confusing because the two top-seeded candidates are named (Dan) Conley and (John) Connolly. Sportswriters would describe state Rep. Marty Walsh as a potential “spoiler.”

Translation: He can’t win.

I forgot to mention the one wild card in the fight — the hacks at City Hall. They’re always on the same side, the winning side. They have to be, or they’re out on the street. Some things never change.

22 posted on 03/29/2013 8:59:36 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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And we finish the month with this Sunday column ping

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Carr: Mumbles’ greatest misses available

Sunday, March 31, 2013
by Howie Carr

Friends, it’s finally arrived — The Greatest Hits of Mumbles Menino. As seen on TV, this unforgettable collection is not available in stores, but only at bostonherald.com. All dialogue guaranteed verbatim. Listen for yourself.

Click here to listen to clips of Mayor Thomas Menino's greatest hits.

Thrill your friends with more than 30 glorious moments, such as the mayor’s inspirational PSA:

“Together, we can beat prostrate cancer.”

And his Churchillian epitaph, “I have did my duty.”

Or, “Hope burns eternal in Boston.”

It’s all here, a history of modern Boston in six minutes:

“I have given Commissioner O’Toole four priorities: guns, gangs and terrorism.”

“Nine-eleven if it’s an emergency. If it’s an emergency only, call nine-eleven.”

“There was an enormous call made to the FBI about four Chinese nationalists.”

Not nationals, nationalists. Like the guys who worked for Chiang Kai Shek. They must have been very, very old.

Hear the mayor wax philosophical about his differences with the media, especially over the use of anonymous, er, enormanous sources.

“I have a real issue with the issue of enormanous sources … I mean, some medias do not allow enormanous sources.”

Listen as Hizzoner turns the tables on the media(s), barking out instructions to an aide.

Mumbles: “They do sources, we’ll do sources.”

Aide: “Who do you want the source to be?”

Mumbles: “Give ’em … Mary Shuttacacke.”

Aide: “Mary Who?”

Mumbles. “Anybody. Make up the story! If they’re gonna go by sources, we’ll go by sources.”

Hear once more his touching tributes to the departed: “Talk to him and listen to him, you always knew he was splinkin’ from the heart … He was a man of great statue in our city.”

Someday the mayor’s dynamic management will be studied in business schools.

“I’ve asked the law department to look at this issue and increase the fines for legal dumping.”

Relive his spellbinding oration to the Democratic national convention last August, and his evocation of a Boston “where millions of students have come to study includin’ a great American named Martha Luther King Jr.”

A problem in the Public Garden? You are there, with Hizzoner:

“It doesn’t say people cannot walk to the Garden or run through the Garden. It means that people cannot conjugate on the Garden, you know, three or more people conjugatin’ on the Public Garden over the next few weeks will be banned.”

The mayor is Boston’s number-one sports fan. He organized “rovin’ rallies” complete with “potta-potties.” He “de-blighted” in the play of the Pats’ tight end Grabowski, er Gonk, er Gronk, not to mention Wes Wexler. And who can forget his memorable call of “Varitek splitting the uprights,” or his salute to Red Sox reliever “Papelbaum.”

Mumbles’ Greatest Hits — it’s a great gift for kids from 8 to 80. The years fly by, as the mayor welcomes “Home Deep-Co” to Boston and learns to love the Tex-Mex delicacy “guaca-mah-la.” Thrill once more to his populist denunciations of the “sky-rockin’” cost of fuel, and corporations that won’t do “diddly-dunk” for the city. Swell with pride as he tells the red-light-running spandex-clad bicyclists that he plans to make Boston “the best bik-ling city in our country.”

Everyone remembers where they were at the moment he announced the wonderful news about the Big Dig:

“Now if you’re coming from the western part of the state, say out in Newton, that area, you can get into the city of Boston within 10 minutes.”

One final thought on the city, post-Menino: “That’s what we want the future of America to be, a city that works for all our people, not just for some of it.”

Don’t be a knucklehead, order before midnight. Operators are standing by.

23 posted on 03/31/2013 3:42:58 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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