There’s a “Perfect Storm” brewing over immigration in the Commonwealth, and the news that Barack Obama’s illegal immigrant uncle got busted in Framingham for a DWI last week is only going to make it worse.
For most of last week, I spoke to callers on the show who were outraged that an illegal immigrant from Ecuador, Nicolas Guaman, struck a Milford man, Matthew Denice , while he was riding his motorcycle, and dragged him a quarter of mile under his truck, eventually backing over and killing him. This ass-hat was, of course, hammered at the time, and it was not, shockingly, his first run-in with the law.
The Governor’s office issued a lame statement and Do Very Little Patrick was able to avoid comment, until Friday, when the intrepid John Keller of Channel 4 pressed him on it during an “Irene” press conference. “Illegal immigration didn’t kill that man, a drunk driver did” was the ingenious answer our Governor chose to give. Wonder how he would feel it was his family member who was mowed down by a drunk illegal who should have been tossed from the country years ago?
Now we learn that the President’s long lost uncle, Onyango Obama, was arrested in Framingham last Wednesday for nearly running into a cruiser. When asked if he wanted to make a phone call, he is reported to have, of course, replied “I think I’d like to call the White House”. Of course, who else would come to the aid of someone who was ordered out of the country years ago but stayed so he could commit crimes?
Is any of this surprising? Illegals choose Massachusetts because our Governor wants it to be a safe haven. How safe is it? Is it surprising that those who have already broken the law by coming here will continue to break it and expect no consequences? Is it surprising that President’s uncle (and aunt) who were supposed to be deported years ago are still living here, threatening to call the White House when they get yanked over for seeing double?
We only hold you accountable in this country if you were born here. Otherwise, it’s a free ride. Here’s hoping the “eye” of this Perfect Storm of immigration settles right over the Governor’s mansion in the Berkshires and it’s one he is finally unable to “ride out”.
We spent some time this morning discussing Dr. David Ludwig of Childrenâs Hospital in Boston, who has written an article suggesting that obese children be removed from their parents homes and placed in foster care.
I should state at the outset that I am not a doctor, however, I am a parent and I think I have some expertise when it comes to this.Â How could it ever be a positive for a child to be forcibly removed from their home and placed in a home of strangers so they can lose weight?Â Wonât the psychological trauma of being dragged from your bedroom because you are fat be worse than the physiological risk of carrying a few extra pounds?
Itâs a fact that it is a health risk to be over-weight.Â Itâs also a health risk to get a concussion playing football or soccer.Â Are we going to send the Parenting Police in to take kids whose parents let them play Pop Warner?Â How bout bike riding?Â Dangerous activity if you arenât doing it right.Â If you have a kid who spends a ton of time on the computer, we might take him to foster care because of the carpal tunnel risk!
We definitely need to educate some parents about creating a proper diet and exercise routing for their kids.Â If a parent canât find the time, or the energy, to feed their kid healthy meals, they need to be taught how to do it and, maybe, charged with neglect if they are repeatedly failing to help their child get healthy.Â But to pull a kid out of a home, at the taxpayerâs expense, and make him or her live with a new family, is just stupid.
Letâs try to figure out why President Obama didnât release a traditional Easter Statement, like most of his predecessors have.Â Does the man hate peeps or something?
In 2007, President Bush said âLet us join together and give thanks to the Almighty for the glory of his graceâ.Â In 2008, he said âEaster commemorates our Saviorâs triumph over sin and we take joy in spending this special time with family and friendsâ.Â On Sunday, it appears President Obama most likely said âwhat time are we teeing off this afternoon?â
In a country built on judeo-christian values, with a predominately Christian population, there is something odd about ignoring an Easter statement or message.Â Is he doing it just to screw with his critics?Â Or is he concerned about acknowledging this countryâs Christian tradition to the muslims around the world he seems hell-bent on bending over backwards to placate?
I donât care if the President issues religious holiday statements or not.Â But why would he go out of his way to issue statements on all of the major Muslim holidays but ignore Easter?Â Itâs like Cam Neely thanking everybody but Michael Ryder for that game five win the other night.Â Most of this country was celebrating Easter Sunday.Â At Church, with family, or chomping at a Honey-Baked Ham, itâs what we were doing.Â Iâm sorry, but most of us were not observing Hajj, or Eid-ul-Adha, as much as this âcitizen of the worldâ might wish we were.Â And, of course, we got full presidential statements for those days.
Thereâs nothing wrong or offensive with this countryâs religious history.Â Iâm not a religious person but I can appreciate the role it played in the founding and formation of our country.Â Iâm tired of those who walk around on Easter egg shells, terrified of owning up to what we are.Â We are a country that, for the most part, celebrates religious holidays like Christmas and Easter.Â Thereâs nothing wrong with that.
The White House began the traditional Easter Egg Hunt in 1878.Â It seems like next year, it ought to be called the Christ Hunt.Â Letâs see if we can find what happened to any mention of Jesus when it comes to Easter.Â By the way, there was an 8 page statement commemorating Earth day.
Should a state funded website be advising teenagers on how to have an abortion and keep it secret from their parents?Â The Boston Herald has an interesting piece on this today and it doesnât bother me at all.
The website is mariatalks.com, where âMariaâ and her friends answer questions and offer advice on contraception, safe sex and abortion.Â Whether the far, far right likes it or not, abortion is legal and teenagers have the right to seek that procedure if they so desire.Â Massachusettsâ law requires those under 18 to get approval of one parent or a judge if they wish to have an abortion.Â Critics of the website say âMariaâ is encouraging teenagers to avoid speaking to the parents and go directly to court.
While I hope that parents and kids would be able to discuss the issue and come to the best decision for all involved, I am sure you canât count on it in a lot of cases.Â Do we really want teenagers making an uniformed decision that leads to another kid brought into the world with no one to care for him/her?
Taxpayers are contributing $100,000 to the website through a DPH grant.Â To me, itâs money well spent.Â How much does this state spend a year on kids who were brought into the world by parents who couldnât care less about them?
I almost jumped up and knocked my chins into to my dip cup when I saw Senator Harry Reid say that Congress would consider holding hearings into the Quran burning incident at the Florida church of Pastor Terry Jones on âFace the Nationâ yesterday.
Never mind the massive waste of time and money, what could Congress possibly learn from examining the actions of one mentally deranged, self aggrandizing Pastor and his flock of phonies?
As a texter to the show said today âwhere was Harry Reid when it came to investigating the Westboro Baptist Church and the disgusting action they take at military funeralsâ?
Free speech is often times painful.Â Itâs the N-word.Â Itâs sexist.Â Itâs racist.Â Itâs writing a book about how to diddle kids and putting it on-line.Â Itâs burning the American Flag and our presidents in effigy. And it most certainly is burning books.Â As much as you want to punch the guy in the face, he has a right to do it.Â And we really do have to defend his right.
The burning has apparently led to at least 20 deaths in Afghanistan.Â That is awful and it should remind Harry Reid that the people that will commit these crimes are not your average religious person.Â They are fanatics.Â They believe that killing in the name of their god is justified.Â We donât need to hold Congressional hearings to stop a wacko Florida pastor from burning the Quran-we need to seek out the fanatics, in any religion, who use their faith to justify murder.
When the military tells us that those actions are putting our troops in harmâs way, it should make us pause.Â And we, as fellow Americans, should do whatever we can to discourage this ass hat from doing it ever again.Â But, as painful as it might be, we have to stand up for his right to be a moron.
Breaking news from Abercrombie and Fitch: If your 7 year old daughter wants to strut the beach this summer looking more endowed in the chest area than she really is, she will now have to resort back to the old, tried and true âKleenexâ stuffing method.
Wilting under the pressure, and probably tired of everyone looking at them like they are diddlers, company officials announced via Facebook today that they will no longer sell âPadded Push Upâ bikini tops for girls as young as seven. The company acknowledges that they are more appropriate for girls who are 12 and older.
Thank god. Can you imagine the problems a bunch of top heavy pre-teens could cause at the local beach this summer? My 11 year old son wouldnât be able to focus on skim boarding up at Ocean Park.
Abercrombie doesnât explain on Facebook how an entire company of adults somehow came to the conclusion that padded bikini tops for grammar school kids was an epic idea. It had to pass through more than one person right? Iâm all for big breasts, donât get me wrong, I just tend to think we ought to keep them on the adult ladies, or guys like me who havenât been on the treadmill lately.
Should there be a law about provocative clothing? Or should there be a law about parents who allow, or encourage, their kids to dress like sluts? Abercrombie wouldnât make this stuff if some manic beauty queen mom wasnât buying for their princess.
You canât control what a private business wants to sell. You can ask the question though about when a company has crossed the line. When you are presenting seven year olds with the opportunity to make their boobs look big, are you not encouraging kiddie porn like behavior? Or at the very least, embarrassing a bunch of normal people just trying to have fun at the beach.
Following up on yesterdayâs discussion during the show, I thought it was important to share the eyewitness photo evidence a listener (Mike Fawcett) sent to me today of what he calls the âepicâ lappy given to the Boston Blazerâs mascot, Scorch, during Â last weekendâs controversial halftime promotion.
Both Scorch and the lady look like they are having some fun.Â Notice they both are adhering to several key long-time lap dance rules:
Scorch has hands at his sides at all time and not on the dancer
The lovely lady is making contact with Scorchâs knee area but is not technically touching his actual mascot groin, giving him the impression that he might get some.
While Scorch appears to be interested in making eye contact, the dancer is paying attention to the music and looking elsewhere, perhaps focused on where the next $20 is coming from
Her hair covers just enough of her face so that she wonât be recognizable if Scorch, or any other patron, happens to run into her in class at Bunker Hill community college the next day.
This kind of thing could really improve half time shows.Â I expect several of our major sports franchises to look into stripper poll installation asap.
Should now infamous Wiki-leaker Bradley Manning be the first person executed for treason in this country since the 1940âs?Â I think you can make a strong case to hang him in public if, as many experts predict, his actions will lead to the deaths of US soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and around the world?
The mood in the country currently could be described as ânutlessâ when it comes to the death penalty, so I highly doubt Private Manning will ever face that fate, however, it was just 57 years ago, during wartime, when the US was willing to execute the Rosenbergs, civilians who were trying to sell the Atomic Bomb secret to the Russians.
Doubtless there are those who would raise a major stink, if a hanging was in the offing.Â The Courage to Resist Fund has already raised $90,000 for Manningâs defense.Â Can you believe there are people in this economy who are actually willing to give their hard earned cash to traitor who handed our secrets over to the World?
If there is a single US death that can be tied to Manningâs treasonous actions, then I think he should be made an example.Â We have learned that times are different, that 400,000 Government employees have access to the information he shared with Wikileaks, and that the information can travel around the world, to our enemies, in a second.Â 52 years in prison does seem quite enough for a guy who was willing to sell his fellow soldiers out with the click of a mouse.
If you ask yourself what George Washington would have done, I think you will have the answer.
By now, most likely, you have quickly glanced at the alleged photos of Vikings QB Brett Farve's penis.Â The NFL has now launched their investigation and I was surprised to find that texters/callers/emailers on today's show are certain that Farve will be suspended, maybe for as many as four games.Â As disturbing, and the ladies may say "dissapointing", as the junk photos may be, I'm not sure the NFL should suspend a player for something he did that was not illegal.Â Reading between the lines in the Deadspin reporting, it seems that Jenn Sterger told Deadspin about the incident "off the record".Â Since she had made no comment, and Deadspin is going to medium lengths (Sorry, Brett) to make it clear that they paid a third party for the photos and voicemail, is it safe to assume that Ms. Sterger was just not that bothered by the incident?Â Or perhaps solicited the photos?Â Mr. Farve may not be the brightest bulb on the planet, but are you really telling me that a veteran NFL quarterback is randomly sending photos of his piece to a hot chick he wants to hook up with after leaving a couple unanswered voicemails?
If he was sending unwanted photos of his gridiron to female Jet employees, then I assume that's a crime.Â Why didn't Ms. Sterger tell the authorities about it at the time?Â And please don't tell me that she feared repercussions from the team.Â In this day and age, unsolicited photos of Brett Farve's penis sent to your Blackberry equal massive payout on civil lawsuit.Â I think there's more to the story then we know about and hence, I don't think Brett Farve should be suspended.Â Does the NFL want their high profile stars sending photo's of their junk to female employees?Â Definitely not.Â Not good for the corporate image.Â However, unless you can prove it's a crime and not something that occured between consenting adults, I don't think you have the right to suspend the man for it.
However, has the precident already been set with Ben Rothlessberger?Â As you know, "Big Ben" was never charged with a crime, and still served his four game suspension for, essentially, conduct unbecoming an NFL star.Â I guess the NFL, as a private entity, could determine the same about Brett.Â One thing is for sure, as one of our fine listeners pointed out this morning, Brett would be well served to use the "tuck rule" in future pictures.Â I dare you to watch one of those Wrangler commercials now and not ask yourself how they look with Crocs.
Even notice that when a "mean republican", or an "angry Tea Party fanatic" says something negative about our President, or Democrats in Congress, or liberals in general, they are inciting violence?Â Yet, when those words come out of the mouth of one of the beloved left-wing nut jobs in Hollywood the dems chuckle and say "he doesn't really mean it", or "don't you understand sarcasm"?
So let's disect the words of Hollywood actor John Cusack, star of "Grosse Point Blank", "Say Anything", "16 Candles", and "Con Air".Â Taking to Twitter yesterday, John told his 200,000Â easily influencedÂ followers "I am for a santanic death cult center at Fox News HQ and outside the offices of Dick Armey and Newt Gingrich and all the GOP welfare freaks".
Wow.Â I guess the Evian in John's dressing room was at room temperature or something yesterday.Â What a nice sentiment!Â A satanic death cult can kill everyone who dares disagree with an actor who's last succesful film premiered during the Clinton administration.Â Having had the displeasure of tussling with Mr. Cusack on my show previously (listen for a replay Thursday morning), I understand the delusional facination he has with his importance, but where are the democrats whoÂ should beÂ denouncing his comments because they are "inciting violence"?
Since I am not a Twitter follower of the man, I am guessing his comments are some kind of response to the Ground Zero mosque controversy.Â You know what I call someone who thinks anyone who disagrees with him should be killed?Â A terrorist.Â (Actually, having seen a couple of his Iraq war themed films, "War Inc" and "Grace Is Gone", I bet the movie studios consider him to be a ticket sales terrorist.)
If Homeland Security is going to issue warnings about the dangerous nature of returning war vets, when will they do the same and warn us about the danger of giving uneducated, out of touch, arrogant Hollywood types a forum to express any kind of opinion?Â If someone does harm to anyone at Fox News, Newt Gingrich or any "GOP welfare freaks" will John Cusack be held accountable?
Maybe John should stop inciting violence and try to make a film someone actually wants to see.
President Obama's appearance on the view today spurs an interesting question: do Americans want a President who is somewhat removed from the populace and affords the respect that has long gone with the title of Leader of The Free World, or do they want an "everyman" kind of character who they can as easily imagine chatting with at the local dump as they can envision him leading a world climate summit?
Presidents have, for the most part, limited their public appearances to those theyÂ are certain are not Â "beneath the office".Â They will do anything when running...county fairs, ice cream shops, pancake breakfasts, Girls Gone Wild shoots....but once they are the office holder, they have been respectful about who they associate with.Â That's why Barack Obama's choice to visit the daytime cackle-fest that is "The View" is a curious one.
Known more for makeovers, Susan Lucci interviews, and stupid comments from washed up comedians like Whoopi Goldberg, the show is, apparently, the go-to destination for housewives stranded at home and looking for a waxing tip.Â They aren't known for a hard hitting, confrontational style of journalism and hence the question about whether any President belongs there.Â It is, by many, considered to be taking up airwaves space.Â Kind of like leaving the car running so it's warm when prime time arrives.Â Do you think that's the place the Leader of the Free World belongs?
Of course, the latest Rasmusson poll says more people believe the President should NOT have been elected than believe he should have, for the first time in his 20 months in office.Â That means....saddle up the horses and get the "soccer moms" on board for theÂ midterm elections.Â Every 1st term President is already running for his second the day after the election, and Barack Obama is no different.Â But he ought to reach the people on a serious media outlet that is gonna to ask tough and fair questions and will maintain the dignity of the office.Â Not to mention that most of these guys want to give the impression that there are more important things to do than sit for an hour while Barbara Walters asks breathlessly if you have ever watched her marvelous program.
"Coming up next, the President of the United States, but first....what to do when annoying female facial hair is bothering your fellow employees."Â Hey, Mr. President....come on down...you're theÂ next contestant on the Price Is Right.
Barack Obama is a multi-millionaire.Â We know from the financial statement released from the White House yesterday that the President is worth somewhere between 2.3 and 7.7 million dollars.Â Â Not a bad somewhere to be, especially if just a few years ago you were a community organizer in Chicago.Â He certainly won't be racking up unpaid parking tickets in Somerville anytime soon!
I certainly don't begrudge the President his fortune.Â In fact, I admire the fact that he has made so much, so fast.Â He worked hard to rise from nothing,Â toiled hoursÂ in college and law school, entered the proffessional world, and has risen to the top of his craft through tireless effort.Â Just like most of the "fat cat" CEO's, hedge fund traders and bankers that we haveÂ listened to himÂ gripe about for the past year!
That's the thing.Â When Barack Obama says he thinks there's a point at which you've made enough money, he is referring to the collective "you".Â He doesn't mean himself.Â We know from his tax return, released last month, that he made 5.5 million dollars in 2009.Â Is that enough?Â Will he now begin immeadiately to redistribute the wealth?Â Do we need to put government regulations in place to stop the reckless publication of biographies which prey on the ignorant and tease them with their inspirational promise?
How can he stand up there and rail against those who have worked their ass off their whole life and are finally reaping the rewards, when he himself has moved into a tax bracket most of us will never see in our lifetimes?Â Why is it ok for him to back the Brink's truck up, withÂ a Presidential seal onÂ it, and sell another book but it's absolutely horrendous that a Wall St. trader was given a million dollar bonus last year?Â Because he supposedly came from nothing?Â How many of the CEO's, or traders or bankers, that he rails about could tell the same story?
Liberals have always been great at do what I say, not what I do.Â And there's a long history of communist regimes that lived a audacious, regal lifestyle while the people killed each other for day old bread scraps, but this is bold.Â Hypocracy at it's best.Â Meet Barack Obama... soon to be the last millionaire left in America.
At what point in this country did we begin to rely on the government to solve every little problem for us?Â We have always been considered to be a country of "grinders", hard workers who use ingenuity and sweat to rise above.Â So how did we get to the point last weekend whereÂ Deval Patrick hadÂ to declare a state of emergency because it might be necessary to boil tap water before drinking it?
Yes, I know how important water is.Â In fact, in some third world nations people actually walk miles and miles just to get it from a community well.Â Are we so use to the government thinking for us that we can't be told that there is a problem with the water for a few days and then figure out a way to get by?Â When it becomes necessary for a television news anchor to remind the public they must allow boiling water to cool before drinking, we've reached a crisis stage.
Maybe this began with the mortgage crisis a year ago.Â Our parents paid the mortgage they had signed for-and if they didn't, someone took their house.Â Now, the government is here to tell you that you don't have to worry about foreclosure, "that mean predatory lender" talked you into buying your $750,000 home, we'll take care of it.Â So the government solved that problem.Â Pavlov...meet dog.Â Or maybe it's Health Care.Â Can't find a job that allows you access to health insurance?Â Don't worry.Â Government has your back.
In the good ol days, I bet the well ran dry every once in a while.Â Hell, I bet the well water needed to be boiled every so often.Â And you know what?Â Americans did it without griping, and without the government declaring a state of emergency.
A state of emergency should be reserved for dangerous circumstance.Â Tornado, Hurricane, Earthquake, Alien Invasion.Â Not a potential culinary disaster.
If you're a fan of "big government" then you love it.Â This is what you think the government should do.Â Hold your hand, tell you what to do, and give you the bottle of Pelligrino to do it with.Â I'm a fan of "less government".Â If Deval tells me I can't drink the water until I boil it, I grab the pot and turn the stove on.Â I don't need a state of emergency to guide me through.
Oh, and by the way, if aliens attack....run.
Nearly every breathless news report over the weekend about the massive immigrant-driven protests over Arizona's new identification law talked about the shame of police officers in America stopping random people and demanding that they produce identification to prove they belong here.
Amazingly, none of the stories I saw on CNN or MSNBC, or read on-line for that matter, mentioned the shooting Friday of Pinal County Sheriff's deputy Louie Puroll.Â Puroll had the misfortune of being on patrol Friday, in broad daylight, near the Mexican border, when he came across aÂ big shipment of potÂ being smuggled by what authorities now say was as many as five illegal immigrants.Â What did these guests in our country do?Â They shot him point blank in the stomach.Â After Puroll called for help, police helicopters responded and they, too, reported taking fire.Â Sounds like it should be something more likely to happen in Kandahar thanÂ Tuscon, don't you think?
When done the right way, the American Dream is something marvelous to behold.Â How many of us have an incredibleÂ tale of immigration and eventual triumph somewhere back in our American Family story?Â No one on either side of the immigration debate wants to stop the "great unwashed" from coming to this country and living that dream.Â However, the dream used to be working hard, learning the language, becoming a citizen and building a family and a life here, in America.Â For way too many illegal immigrants who come to this country now that dream is about smuggling drugs, avoiding authorities, never bothering to learn to speak English and sending money home without paying taxes on it, and leaving after a few years to go back home and spend it.Â For some, like those five in the desert Friday, it's about shooting our police officers if they get in the way of the drug deal you are making.
Mexico is in the middle of their own war.Â Their country has been taken over by drug cartels and everyday the situation becomes more dire.Â Those who protest against this new law in Arizona would just simply have us open our borders endlessly and extend open arms to the same scumbags who are killing Americans who have had the misfortune of travelling to their country.Â It is a crime to come to this country illegally...and it ought to be okay for an officer of the law to verify if you are a criminal!Â I don't have a problem with Arizona authorities going house to house, if that's what it takes to keep Americans like Deputy Puroll safe.Â It's all well and good to scream about how an identification law is un-american, but I think the alternative is much worse.Â Just ask the Deputy.
We must begin the process of asking everyone if they belong here-and what they are doing to prove they are worthy members of society.Â If they can't prove it, they get sent home.Â We're not executing anyone.Â We're just putting our boot in your butt and telling you have to go.Â Because you broke the law.
I have read plenty about the town of South Hadley, and the parents and students there who are anxiously awaiting "justice" for those who they believed bullied Phoebe Prince to death about 11 weeks ago.Â Northwestern D.A. Elizabeth Scheibel has promised the results of her investigation sometime today and I am sure she has done an exhaustive one.
It is impossible, especially if you are a parent like I am, toÂ not feel extreme pain and sorrow when you hear and read the details of this tragedy.Â Phoebe was by all accounts a fine young girl from Ireland who was trying to adjust to life in America-and life in high school.Â We can all relate to how difficult that time of your life can be.Â Every little piece of drama feels like the end of the world.Â "Bullying" has happened in high school since Ben Franklin came up with the concept of public schools, and when you add in the mental and physical changes the adolescent human experiences, it can be a traumatic time.Â We are told that 11 weeks ago the bullying became too much, and Phoebe hanged herself.
As sad as this story is, I do not agree with the residents of South Hadley who are screaming for vengeance.Â Like angry medieval villagers, holding pitchforks and torches, they scream about how justice must be done and the girls who bullied Phoebe should be charged criminally.Â For what?Â Being mean?Â I'm sorry...but we don't do that in this country.Â Remember the old cheesy 80's bumper sticker that read "mean people suck"?Â It's true.Â But it's also how we develop "thick skin".Â If we go into the school system and charge every kid who says something mean about another student, there won't be enough kids left to field a baseball team.
If Elizabeth Scheibel announces criminal charges against these "bullies" today, it will be a complete over-reaction to the politically correct parental crowd who wants to walk through life holding their child's hand, bumping them up to the starting line-up in soccer, intimidating educators into giving them grades they didn't earn, and forcing an employer to hire them despite the fact that they have zero qualifications.Â Bullying is awful...bullying on facebook and social networks is worse...but it is not criminal.
These bullies should be identified by the school and kicked out for good.Â Let their parents (who obviously instilled zero values in them and certainly didn't spend much time monitoring their facebook posts) find someplace for them to bully each other all day where they can't interfere with kids who want to learn.Â Let everyone know their name and know that they are mean girls who can't be trusted to participate in society in a valuable way.Â But don't charge them with a crime.Â We don't arrest you for being mean in America.
Today, the Supreme Court will consider whether some of this country's most despicable human beings, Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church, have a constitutional right to be rude.Â Since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began, Phelps and his chromosome challenged followers have been protesting at the funerals of brave soldiers killed during duty.Â Carrying signs that proclaim "God is glad you are dead" and other wonderfully sentimental and respectful slogans, Fred is delighted that he has recieved so much press for his church and their hateful messages as a result of these protests.
The first thing that comes to mind when you see these people is "who in their right mind would actually reproduce with them"?Â But right after that, I find myself wondering how, as an allegedly religious person, you can be so uncaring and disrespectful, that you don't have a second thought about wrecking a soldier's funeral.Â Imagine the pain of burying your son, then imagine a group of possibly inbred religious fanatics who hate gays piling on and tell you that he deserved it.
The question for the court is whose rights are more important.Â Does the right to Free Speech trump the right to a private, undisrupted chance to say goodbye for these families?Â Those who stand on the side of Free Speech are the same ones who will tell you that muslims should have the right to decline full body screening at our airports.Â "It's their religious right", they will say.Â So, don't these families who are burying their dead have the religious right to a sacred, honorable funeral that is uninterrupted by a bunch of far right crazies waving signs demeaning their child?Â Or is the right to be rude what we all have to stand for because of the Constitution?
Since I have takenÂ constant shots at our President and his compulsive book writing addiction, I guess I have to ask the same question about the new darling of the Republican party, Senator Scott Brown.Â Today we learned that Brown has secured the services ofÂ Â Bob Barnett, literary agent to the stars when it comes to politics, the man who secured multi-million dollar book deals for Sarah Paylin and Hillary Clinton, among others.Â Does "Scotty too hotty" have the life experience to warrant a memoir?Â Â Does the man that fed up voters overwhelmingly sent to Washington with a message for this President, and this Congress, really have the time to be spending hours with a ghost writer, recounting his years playing hoops forÂ Wakefield High, posing for Cosmopolitan magazine's centerfold, and regaling us with tales of Ayla's run-ins with Simon Cowell?Â I think its a mistake.
Don't get me wrong.Â Jack Kennedy learned that having a best selling book when you are running for President gives the reading public the chance to get to know you as a candidate.Â "Profiles in Courage" introduced a lot of voters to JFK, and his wartime experience.Â Not a bad move.Â You can say the same about John McCain, and hisÂ "Faith of My Fathers", which was an incredible story.Â I think you can make the case that McCain at least, being somewhere around 112 when he ran, had a bit more "life experience" to share than Scott Brown does.Â That doesn't mean that Brown, who must be wearing earplugs to avoid the constant whispers of advisors telling him what he must doÂ right now Â to be President in 2012, shouldn't consider a memoir as a way to introduce himself to the "thirsty for Brown juice" American public.Â It just means that the voters who sent him to Washington might not find that to be the best use of his time.
The truly fickle voters of Massachusetts used Scott Brown to send a message to Washington.Â Will they be upset if that message is delivered in a memoir for which Brown is paid 7 or 8 million dollars?Â Will the man in the truck from Wrentham ruin that carefully crafted image if he signs the deal and writes his version ofÂ Â "The Audacity of Hope"?Â What do you think?Â After all, you voted for him.
I still hesitate when I start to write about it.Â Am I allowed to call it The Superbowl or do I have to refer to it as the "Big Game in Miami"?Â Â Either way, you have to be happy for Drew Breese, The Saints, the people of New Orleans, etc etc.Â I am, however, still trying to figure our just what one particular "Big Game" commercial really means.
Audi's "Green Police" commercial, which you can watch here, caught me off guard right away.
I'm a Cheap Trick fan ("Surrender" is on my top 20 songs of all time list), so as soon as I heard the music, I was paying close attention.Â And I was laughing at the concept right until the end.Â It's scary how believable it is.Â Sometime, in the not so distant future, you may have the "Green Police" knocking down your door and taking you in because you still aren't using biodegradeable 4.2 watt recycled light bulbs outside your lavish, wasteful mansion.
But as the spot ended, still laughing, I was trying to figure out what I was actually laughing at.Â And I'm not so sure it's that funny.Â We've reached a point in this country where a major auto manufacturer is using the fear of a government enviromental police force to sell cars!Â That's how scared we've been into "going green".Â The fact that Audi knows a considerable amount of their potential customers will watch that ad, and be scared into buying the latest "enviro friendly" vehicle is kind of scary.Â I'm sure you've experienced the same not so subtle pressure that I have.Â You walk into the break room at work, grab a styrofoam cup to make some coffee and turn around to face the horrified scares and ridicule of your "greener" co-workers.Â Or your kids come home from school and repeat the mantra that was drilled into your head about how the valuable resources you're throwing away every day with your wasteful light bulbs!Â Now, Audi has figured out how scared we are by the prospect of the "green police" and they've decided to use it to sell automobiles.
When Martha Coakley (or "Marsha" as her good friend Patrick Kennedy likes to call her) awoke after defeating Michael Capuano in the Democratic Primary last fall, it is clear that she most likely looked in the mirror, congratulated herself, and determined that she had just been anointed the next Senator from Massachusetts.Â After all, she was a democrat running in a state that's so blue it was the only one to vote for Senator George McGovern in the '72 election.Â After that, she seemingly went in to hiding, making several key mistakes that have created a race which could lead to what George Stephanopoulos calls "the upset of the century".Â In examining her five big mistakes, one must ask if they came to be because of her arrogance or ignorance?
1) The Finances.Â In early November, Choke-ly was forced to apologize for her "honest mistake" when it came to the required financial reporting all candidates must make.Â Seems Martha had failed to mention a $200,000 savings account belonging to her husband when listing her personal assets as "zero".Â She arrogantly believed that no one would bother checking to see if she was hiding something.
2) The Terrorists.Â When Martha said of Afghan terrorists, in a televised debate, "they're gone.Â They're not there anymore", it demonstrated her incredible ignorance of a simple fact Americans have been, unfortunately, living with every day: the Taliban is harboring terrorists in Afghanistan and they are killing our soldiers.
3) Fenway Park.Â (This is a two-parter.)Â It is ignorance when you insult Red Sox fans anywhere in New England.Â Martha did it twice.Â When asked about her apparent campaign strategy of avoiding the grinding meet n' greet strategy of most campaigns, she replied "as opposed to standing outside Fenway Park, in the cold, shaking hands?".Â (Which was a knock on her opponent, who had done just that.)Â As if that weren't enough, Friday night she went on the radio and called Curt Schilling a "Yankee Fan".Â It is arrogance when you have determined that the "D" beside your name guarantees you a win, and you therefore don't actually have to stand outside, in the cold, and meet any of the dirty voters who might actually pull the lever for you.
4) The Lobbyists.Â With just days to go before the big election, and criticism mounting about the lack of time she had spent with the voters, what did Marsha do?Â Hopped on a plane and headed to Washington DC for a fundraiser with the very Health Care company lobbyists she claimed to fight against!Â It is arrogance to believe that voters, who are sick and tired of the "insider influence" in Washington, won't see through this shameless schilling (no pun intended)Â for cash from the very enemy you claim to fight against.
5) The Phones.Â With the primary victory behind her, and believing that all that remained was the swearing-in ceremony, Coakley made the ignorant decision to stop identifying supporters on the phone, leaving herself, and her campaign, with no election day phone data base to call and convince to get out and vote.
1) It's spelled "Massachusetts".Â When running attack ads, it is best to spell the name of the state you are running them in correctly.
2) Thug life.Â If your paid thugs are going to push people over who are asking tough questions, you should make sure it is just another insignificant voter, and not a member of the national press.Â And always make sure it's not on video.
Arrogance or Ignorance?Â You decide.Â And let me know what you think...while we wait for the votes to be counted.
When you sit down to watch your favorite television show tonight, and instead are assaulted with a barrage of Martha Coakley attack ads scaring you into fearing that Scott Brown does not care about rape victims, please consider the case of convicted child rapist Keith Winfield of Melrose.
First, some background.Â As Martha and Scott compete for the Senate seat the Kennedy family has so graciously decided to share with the rest of the us, much has been made of Scott Brown's sponsorship of an amendment in 2005 that would have protected the religious freedom rights of emergency room doctors and nurses when it came to contraception for rape victims.Â You see, some catholic doctors and nurses, at catholic hospitals, object to giving abortions.Â Go figure.Â However, the amendment he sponsored did not pass, and he voted in favor of the original bill providing emergency care for rape victims anyway.Â Shockingly,Â that fact isÂ not in Martha's ad.
When you contrast that with Martha Coakley's lack of concern for a 23 month old rape victim during the same year,Â you have a concrete example of which of the two cares less.Â In October of that year, Keith Winfield of Melrose raped his 23 month old niece with a hot object, which police believed was a curling iron.Â Martha, who was the Middlesex County DA at the time, oversaw the Grand Jury, which reviewed the evidence and took NO ACTION.Â After a criminal complaint and intense pressure from the mother, charges were filed.Â At which point, Martha's office RECOMMENDED NO CASH BAIL, and that this diddler be released on PERSONAL RECOGNIZANCE for trial.
In 2007, long after Martha was on to bigger and better things, Winfield was convicted and sentenced to two life terms.Â (Guess heÂ turned out to be prettyÂ dangerous after all, eh Martha?)
It is certainly shameful for Martha Coakley to try to paint Scott Brown as a person who does not care about rape victims, butÂ it is horrendous to let a manÂ go free and walk amongst the rest of us who raped his 2 year old niece with a curling iron.Â If you are going to vote Tuesday based on who cares more about rape victims, I think you have your answer.
Just when I thought he couldn't say anything dumber, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has outdone himself with the comments he made about President Obama back in 2008.Â We now know that Reid felt that Obama was a worthy candidate for President because he was a "lighter skinned" african-american who didn't speak with theÂ "negro dialect" unless he wanted to.
In addition to being stupid, these are insulting comments that all Americans should be bothered by.Â Senator Reid has a long history of saying foolish things.Â He once remarked that visitors to the Capital Building "smell".Â He also tried to use the race card when it came to the health care debate last year, likening Republicans who were against it to those who were against ending slavery.Â Yeah, ok.
Turns out what Senator Reid says in public, and what he says in private, are two completely different things.Â Apparently, in his opinion, the "negro dialect" is a negative and Americans wouldn't vote for someone who spoke it.Â He also must believe that Americans would much prefer a lighter skinned candidate to a darker skinned one.Â We'll have to ask the Senator how you tell the difference.
As usual, the "double standard dance" of the Democrats has begun.Â Unlike Trent Lott, who was forced out of his leadership role when he voiced his support for the late Strom Thurmond's presidential campaign of 1948 at the Senator's 100th birthday, Dems are rallying to the aid of good ol' boy Harry, because they sense the loss of a precious Senate seat in November.Â The chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, Former Rep. Harold Ford, called the comments "an unusual set of words".Â What?Â Mr. Ford, an african-american, must not speak "negro dialect", because he is, inextricably, standing by Senator Reid.
One thing is clear:Â If a white republican had made the same comments, Reid and Pelosi would be rallying theirÂ drones and demanding he step down.Â The Democrats have tried to make themselves the party of racial parity...now they ought to stand by the promise.Â Harry Reid, just like Trent Lott, has to go.
The next "unfortunate set of words" out of his mouth should be "I resign".
Maybe you heard last week's on-air exchange with State Representative Bob Hargraves, in which the elected official ended the call by telling me I could "go to hell". If you didn't, listen to it here.
Mr Hargraves, a 70-something year old who has served in the public employ for more decades than most of us have been alive, took umbrage at my questions about why he was one of 16 Representatives REFUSING to take a furlough as part of a program that would save the Commonwealth over $600,000.Â Â His explanation was that it was going to cost him $500 a year when he retired and his pension was reduced.Â And he sounded to me like he was outraged that anyone would even dare have the audacity to ask him about it.
This is one of the nightmares in a state that does not force term-limits on it's elected officials and pays it representatives as full time employees.Â They become arrogrant and empowered.Â The simple logic says that if Mr. Hargraves, and his compadres on Beacon Hill, are going to lay off state employees, force others to take furloughs, and impose a sales tax increase during one of the most fiscally trying times of the last 75 years, they ought to be willing to accept some sacrifice themselves.Â Apparently, during that phone call Thursday, "Go to Hell Hargraves" did not agree.
That's whyÂ I'm pleased to tell you that the listeners of the Hill-man Morning Show, and the voters of Massachusetts, have one small victory to celebrate!Â As reported in Sunday's Lowell Sun, Bob agreed later that afternoon to take the furlough.Â The Sun surmises that several of you reached out and let "Go To Hell Hargraves" know that you found his attitude, and his reluctance to be part of the solution, unfortunate.Â To me, that's a big win for Democracy.Â We can speak out about these issues and we will be heard.Â The message is:Â if you are going to force state workers to take the five day furlough, you don't get out of it because you're an elected official and somehow, in your mind, better than them.Â And you don't get to tell anyone who asks about it to "go to hell".
I bet Al Gore and Barack Obama are hoping this Tiger Woods story stays on the front page for the next few weeks, so they can continue the massiveÂ scamon the world that Carbon Taxing has become.
Why isn't the mainstream media making a bigger deal out of Climategate?Â Thanks to a whistleblower (now being investigated by Police, thank you very much) we know that scientists at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia were caught using tricks to conceal a DECLINE in the temperatures of the Paleoclimate.Â Where I come from, we call that fraud.Â And the details couldn't come at a better time!
You see, the world's earth worshippers are gathering in Denmark to hack out details on a treaty that would find a way to tax and regulate the world's most productive nations because they are allegedly commiting the horrendous crime of contributing to the rise in temperature that the world has been experiencing for quite some time.
How long, you ask?Â According to Proffessor Ian Plimer, climate change has been going on regularly for about...oh...let's see....567 Million years.Â That's why the same people who want to stop restaurants from giving you ice in your water glass, have been finding ways to hide the actual data on climate change.Â They don't want to stop the money train.
Before they meet and figure out how to CARBON TAX the global economy, can we please get to the bottom of this fraud?Â I like ice in my water when I go to the Capital Grille and I like the fact that America is still somewhat able to compete when it comes to selling our goods in the global mall.Â
Al Gore has been terrorizing SUV drivers for too long.Â It's time to shed some enviroment-friendly light on what is really going on.
After discussing it ALL MORNING, I came across some information that makes me think I owe "The General" an apology.Â We all know that applying statistics to real life can give us great insight on making decisions and that's what the nerds over atAdvancedNFLstats.com have done.Â Turns out that statistically Belichick made the right call!
You can read it for yourself, but summing up: going for it on 4th down is successful 60% of the time.Â Odds that Brady and Co. would have converted are much better than the odds that you punt to the Colts and they don't score (47%).Â I know it's tough to take because there has to be someone to blame for last night, but the stats don't lie.Â Here's a few others I came across while booking my plane tickets to Indianapolis for the AFC Championship game:
% odds that a cameraman getting too close to Bill Belichick after a devastating loss to the most annoying QB in the NFL will get knocked over by his security:Â 100%. Check the video:
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% odds that the answer to today's press conference question about whether he now wishes he had punted will be "no": 100%
% odds that Eric Mangini was jumping for joy when the Colts scored that touchdown last night: 100%
% odds that Lawrence Maroney could gain a third hand in a cloning experiment gone awry and still not be able to hold on to the ball:Â 100%
% odds that Jet Coach Rex Ryan missed the call by Belichick to go for it last night because he was in the kitchen grabbing a snack:Â 100%
% odds that our beloved Patriots will bounce back and beat the Colts in the AFC championship:Â Call me a homer, but I'm still going with 100%!
Do you think we will spend as much time investigating what the FBI, the Army, and the Federal Government knew about Major Nidal Hassan as we have spent focusing on what George Bush and the Government knew about September 11th?Â I doubt it.
Senator Joe Lieberman has called for a congressional investigation into the details surrounding the Ft. Hood shootings and it should begin today.Â And perhaps the outcome should be new practices instituted to deal with American soldiers of the Muslim faith.Â There, I said it.Â
Major Hassan himself suggested in 2007 that muslim soldiers should be released as conscientious objectors so they were not forced to fight against their muslim brothers.Â In a power point presentation he made at Walter Reed Hospital to his fellow mental health workers, he wrote "we loveÂ death more then (sic) you love life".
Yesterday, on his personal website, radical American Imam Anwar al-Awlaki (who Hassan was communicating with prior to the attacks) called the major " a hero", and said the only way a muslim can serve in the US Military "is to follow Nidal" and commit an act of terror.
Is the "War on Terror" a war against Islamic fundamentalists?Â And if it is, would it not be best to give muslim's serving the our military their walking papers?Â Awlaki wrote yesterday that "American muslims who condemned the attack have commited treason against their religion".Â If that is so, can we trust that there are no muslims currently serving in the military who take that philosophy to heart and are challenged by the postition their religious beliefs place them in?
If the US were fighting a war on Catholic fundamentalists, would it be wise to investigate catholics serving in our military to determine if they had the resolve to fight against their religion?
Congress must give the military, the FBI and all other law enforcement agencies the go ahead to do away with concerns about Political Correctness, and investigate anyone, of any religion, who appears to be dangerous and might harbor anger against our country.Â I would rather someone's feelings get hurt than 13 brave members of our military are gunned down again.
This morning, as you were being waved through the Weston tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike, did you stop and think about how great this could be?Â Imagine every day, instead of sitting in a line of traffic stretching from 128 up to the Mass Pike, you breezed your way into work in a reasonable amount of time to begin your much more productive day?
Because of the accident this morning, involving 3 trucks and a car, State Police made the right call and waved commuters through the tollbooths.Â One of the trucks was carrying frozen beef, which certainly makes this incident more tragic.Â Turns out, hundreds of fine steer gave their lives, only to have their frozen carcass spread across the highway, because we insist on continuing an antiquated and dangerous tolls system in this state to fundÂ a questionable portion of our transportation budget.Â Trying to figure out what that money goes for is like to tryingÂ to figure out if any of this highway beef is gonna end up in my beef and pea pods take out next week.
According to an MTA public audit, the Turnpike takes in about 53 million dollars a year from restaurants, service stations, fines and advertising, etc.Â It spends about 21 million on maintenance.Â I'm no Rhodes Scholar, but I think that leaves somewhere around 32 million to pay some people to collect the rent, plow the road, answer the phones, etc.Â We do not need to collect toll money anymore, and today just proves how easy it could be.
I know there's a debt issue.Â But that's because for years our politicians used the turnpike like a house, and remortgaged it to build expensive additions like the Big Dig.Â We can figure that part out later.Â Right now, we should take the frozen beef like a sign from above.Â Let's not waste anymore delicious red meat, or anymore of our valuable commuting time, and close the tolls today.
The average toll collector makes $73,000 a year.Â The average firefighter makes $49,820.Â That means the guy tending to the accident victims, and cleaning up the site, was making less money than the guy watching him work while the cars passed through his booth.Â It's time to say goodbye to the tolls.Â If you want to help make this a ballot issue in 2010, go to closethetolls.org.
As the somewhat annoying parent of two kids who play sports, I get it.Â You want your kids to do well; after all, there's a lot on the line!Â We're talking full-boat college scholarships worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, never mind the general interest we all have in our kids being successful.Â Â And how 'boutÂ the millions in endorsement money that today's pro athlete can bring home for their hard working parents?Â I often imagine that my son, Breese, after a big game in the NFL, will stand up in front of reporters and tell them he is buying his dad that golf course he's always wanted.
But after the latest incident in Wilmington, I think it might be time to take myself (and every other parent) out of kids' sports.Â During Friday night's Pop Warner practice behind Wilmington Town Hall, a fight broke out.Â No, it wasn't two overly aggressive kids fighting for a starting running back job.Â It was a parent and a coach.Â 48 year old Michael VonKahle dropped his 12 year old son off 10 minutes late for practice.Â The coach, William Reynolds, told the kid to start running.Â Mr. VonKahle said his boy shouldn't have to pay because he got him there late.Â What happened next isÂ in dispute,Â depending on who you ask.Â VonKahle made fun of the coach's weight (I'm guessing he's more like Wilfork than Welker), the coach shot back.Â The two headed off to "settle" the matter away from the kids and Mr. VonKahle showed up at the police station looking like the photo below. Police called an ambulance.
There is no excuse for either one of these guys.Â First off, the 12 year old kid was ten minutes late for POP WARNER PRACTICE! I hate to break it to these guys, but this is not the NFL, and these kids aren't driving themselves around.Â You don't punish a kid because his dad was ten minutes late getting him to practice.Â Your name is Bill Reynolds, not Bill Belichick.Â And you don't make fun of a volunteer coach's weight in front of the kids and then "take it outside" to settle the matter.Â And no one should end up in ambulance, headed to the hospital, over a Pop Warner Practice.
I am fortunate because my kids have, for the most part, always had great coaches.Â They care about them learning the sport, and sportsmanship, more than they care about winning.Â Don't get me wrong-someone has to win, and I have no problem with that.Â But when you have parents and coaches brawling 'cuz a 12 year old kid was ten minutes late for practice, you have an issue.Â The president of the league, Deb Smith, told the Boston GlobeÂ that theyÂ "are here to set an example".Â Fine example set by both individuals.Â They should both be forbidden from participating in any youth sport again.Â It's supposed to be about the kids.
The Dalai Lama arrived in Washington DC Monday, and for the first time since 1991, he won't be meeting with the sitting President of the United States.Â White House Press Secretary Gibbs spun the story today, saying that both sides had agreed to postpone a meeting until after The President meets with the ChineseÂ President in November, but that's bull.
China has been pressuring nations not to accept the Dalai Lama as he journeysÂ around the world to plead for the rights of a Free Tibet.Â Barack Obama is merely bowing down to the demands of the Chinese regime, and I really expect no different.Â This guy has no sack.
What does surprise me is the hypocrisy of the Hollywood Liberal Machine that fought so hard to get this man elected.Â Where is Eddie Vedder, an outspoken advocate for a free Tibet and release of their political prisoners held in Chinese jails?Â Mr. Vedder told us in June he was "looking forward to getting some color in the White House", and as an avowed George Bush hater, certainlyÂ was counting on Obama to focus on an issue that he has made his own.Â Why don't I hear Eddie, during his round of promo visits to sell PJ's new CD, demanding that the President he endorsed meet with the spiritual leader he has stood behind for years?
What about the woman with arguably Hollywood's most famous vagina, Sharon Stone?Â She, of course, famously said that the devastating earthquake in China was "karma" payback for the wayÂ China had treated "her friend", the Dalai Lama.Â After endorsing President Obama, she must be mighty disapointed that he is snubbing her little buddy.
The list goes on.Â Bono, Michael Stipe, Dave Matthews, Richard Gere.Â They all endorsed this President and they have all told us how imperative it is that this nation fight for a Free Tibet.Â You know what, I agree.Â So I am dismayed that not a single one has called out their President.Â I won't even bother to point out that, if George Bush were doing this....well, you get the picture.
Actually, it must have made Eddie vomit in his bottle of Caymus Special Select, in 2007, when George W. Bush became the only President to publicly meet with the Dalai, in a Rose Garden ceremony, to present him with Congress's highest civilian honor.Â But Bush had the balls.Â He didn't let China tell him what to do.Â And for that, on his deathbed, he will recieve total consciousness, which is nice.Â Thanks, Dalai.
Hey Eddie....I'm waiting.
Question: Since when did the media start fact checking comedic bits about the President?Â Answer: Since Barack Obama is the President being made fun of.
Watch Wolf Blitzer and his CNN cronies disect this past weekend's Saturday Night Live bit whereÂ Fred Armisen, as Barack Obama, details everything he has yet to accomplish.Â It's funny but, CNN wants you to know, not totally accurate.Â Can you imagine the panic this skit caused in the halls of the Communist News Network?
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Funny, I don't remember any news outlet fact checking Saturday Night Live in the past, do you?Â I don't remember the New York Times running a piece on Tina Fey's Sarah Paylin impression and the concern that some of things she said weren't actual quotes from the Governor of Alaska.Â I don't remember MSNBC breaking down the inaccuracies of a Wil Ferrel George Bush piece so the public knew what the real truth was.Â There's a reason it's calledÂ satire.Â When it's about a Republican, it's funny, and we all chuckle, right?
Perhaps the crowd laughed Saturday night because they are starting to agree.Â And isn't that what really bothers the left? The bold promises of this President are yet to be fulfilled.Â And it looks to me like the liberal media is panicking!
Is the "Superbowl" of free speech about to be played in Fort Oglethorphe, Georgia?Â Quite possibly.Â Ever Since 9/11, the Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe high school football team has burst on to the field through banners which display scripture verse chosen specifically for that game by the cheerleaders.Â Now, thanks to one complaint, the Superintendent of the Catoosa County Schools, Denia Reese, has thrown the penalty flag.
Superintendent Reese said she is concerned that this practice will lead to lawsuits that the taxpayers will end up footing the bill for.Â Mayor Ronnie Cobb is asking the City Council to support the cheerleader's right to display their banners with inspirational verse on them, and to watch as the hopped up lineman burst through them.Â I don't understand what the big deal is.
Why is it in this country that we protect the rights of the minority, and suspend those of the majority?Â This country was founded on Christian values.Â In fact, the very first meeting of the US Congress, on September 6th 1774, began with a three hour prayer session.Â We have somehow now come so far away from that, that we are going to tell a group of cheerleaders that they can't Â make a banner with a bible verse on it because it may offend someone who doesn't believe in god?
Just recently, the Muskogee School System in Oklahoma settled a lawsuit and paid an undisclosed sum of money to a sixth grade Muslim girl.Â Â Can you guess why?Â She had sued the system, saying that the dress code policy forbidding head gear violated her right to religious freedom.Â She got paid off, and the system went so far as to change their dress code!
I am not a religious person.Â I believe that, all things being equal, everyone should have the right to choose who their god is, or isn't, and worship "it" however they like.Â What I don't understand, and what I think is troubling for this Christianity based nation, is why the rules are different?Â Why do we change our rules, and pay out of court settlements, to guarantee one religion the right to worship...while we are using the law to prevent another from doing the same thing?Â I'm with the cheerleaders on this one.
I was really afraid for Barack Obama and ACORN for a while.Â I thought that some kind of exhaustive, comprehensive, turn over everyÂ stone investigation was going to occur and that might lead to problems for our President.Â I mean, he did tell us to "judge him by the company" he kept, didn't he?Â And this organization, that he represented in several court cases back when he was a practicing attorney, and that gave him their endorsement in the primary and general elections, has been associated with some pretty scary stuff.Â But now everything is ok.Â We have just learned that, in the interest of looking near and far for an impartial voice, ACORN has hired former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger to conduct an investigation of their practices.Â Yes, that Scott Harshbarger.Â The lifelong Democrat andÂ former candidate for Governor here in the Commonwealth.Â I'm sure he will get right to the bottom of any illegal activities that may be happening!
If you don't know much about the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), let me you catch you up to speed.Â It is the largest radical group in the country, with over 400,000 dues paying member families.Â It was co-founded by Wade Rathke, who just so happened to be a member of another infamous radical group along with William Ayers, The Students for A Democratic Society.Â You know, the ones who liked to set off bombs in the 60'sÂ under the guise of bringingÂ about "change"?Â Some of the highlights of ACORN activities over the last year:Â fraudulent voter registration, vote for pay scandals, breaking and entering into foreclosed homes, and voter intimidation.
Asking Harshbarger to investigate ACORN is like asking Belichick to look into Spygate.Â Does anyone really believe that there will be a fair and proper examination of the recent outrageous activities caught on film at several ACORN offices?Â If you do, I have a mansion in Chicago next toÂ Tony Rezko I'd like to sell you at a $300,000 discount.
Last week ACORN's Federal Cash flow was shut off, when videos appeared showing ACORN employees telling two filmakers, posing as a pimp and a prostitute, how to LIE to qualify for a mortgage.Â Where I come from, that's fraud.Â And quite frankly, that's the kind of behavior that put us into the financial nightmare we are in now in this country.Â ACORN has been pressuring banks to lend money to UNQUALIFIED MINORITIES for years-don't you wonder how long they've been telling the people they "advocate" for to lie to get a mortgage?
The ACORN investigation should be conducted by the Justice Department under the RICO statutes but that will never happen.Â Instead we get the proverbial fox checking out the hen house.Â It's business as usual and you're the one who pays for it.
I now fully feel the pain of Mike Myers.Â I now understand what a complete ass-hat Kanye West is and why Mike Myers just didn't know what to say on that fateful day in 2005 when he stood next to Kanye on national TV and watched him utter the immortal words "George Bush doesn't care about black people".
If you haven't seen it yet, please watch Kanye hijack an awards presentation for Best Female Video at last night's MTV video music awards.Â You will be shocked by the thuggery.
Kanye is a world class A-hole, but I guess we knew that.Â It wasn't Â enough that he blamed the problems of an entire city, caught up in a horrendous natural disaster, on the supposed racism of a white President.Â It wasn't enough when he cried racism after he didn't win at the 2007 MTV awards, and said he'd never go on the network again.Â But, it's enough now.Â To ruin a celebratory night for a teenager, a nineteen year old, because you are a baby who hasn't won a stupid Moonbat award, or whatever MTV calls them, is SHAMEFUL.
What does Mr. West do in his spare time?Â Drive over puppies with his Hummer limosine?Â Push baby carriages out in the middle of traffic?Â Put his blunt out in the eyes of senior citizens?Â What a complete D-bag!
I join Donald Trump in calling for a boycott of all things Kanye.Â I actually think he has some talent, I like some of his music, but I am sick of those who continue to use racism as a crutch in this country.Â You haven't won a stupid award yet, bro, and it's not because you're black.Â It's because you are not good enough.Â Maybe MTV doesn't think sampling is such a talent after all.Â Plenty of African American artists have won... in fact, the woman you were whining about last night, Beyonce, won Video Of The Year.Â And showed how much class she has by inviting Taylor Swift to say a few things.
I hope MTV has seen enough at this point.Â How about we don't invite Kanye back to the party anymore.Â Then he can really cry about how racist everybody is.
As a part of its ever expanding efforts to rebrand anything that might be considered "sacred" in America, the Obama Administration has sunk to a new low.Â Few, myself included, paid much attention in April when President Obama signed a law in to effectÂ designating September 11th as a "National Day of Service".Â However, now that details are leaking out on the August 11th planning teleconference orchestrated by the White House, I am paying close attention.
Conducted by the "Reverend" Lennox Yearwood, the teleconference featured over 60 of the most far left, questionably-motivated organizations we have in this country, and we now know where this sacred day is headed in the future if we don't do something about it.Â The "Reverend" is perhaps most well known for his comments outside a Congressional Hearing in 2007, as General Patraeus was about to testify.Â "I knew that when officers lie, soldiers die" was the nugget he chose to share.Â And this is the man the Obama Administration chose to orchestrate the new "National Day of Service" on a day in which we should be remembering the 3,000 innocent Americans who were killed.
According to some on the call, the "Reverend" would like observations of September 11th to become "positive" and "productive".Â You see, it bothers most on the left that September 11th reminds us all of one thing:Â we face a constant threat from Islamic fundamentalists who want to kill us all. There's no way around it, andÂ Democrats hate it.Â You can refuse to call it "the Global War on Terror", let the terrorists out of jail and fly them to Bermuda, and it still doesn't change this fact.Â Eight years ago, radical muslims flew planes into our buildings with the express intent of killing Americans and we need to pause and reflect-not plant trees.
BeforeÂ he disappeared into the night over the Labor Day Weekend, former Green Job Czar Van Jones said September 11th, the new National Day of Service, would be a great day to "Green Up America".Â Because that's the ultimate tribute to those that died, isn't it?Â How about doing without your styrofoam coffee cup today in rememberance of the brave souls on Flight 97?Â Or maybe shut your air conditioner off at 8:46 instead of that obnoxious "moment of silence"?Â Are these people for real?
There are 363 other days this year where this administration can focus on encouraging citizens to be "productive".Â Pick the 11th of any other month, call it the National Day of Service, and have at it.Â "Green Up" America all you want and we won't say anything.Â But please leave September 11th alone.Â It is, and should always be a day of rememberance, a day to pray for those souls who perished, to thank those Americans who came to rescue, and to remind ourselves that we can never take our freedom, or our safety, for granted.
I DO NOT need ACORN, Friends of the Earth, Mobilize.org, the Coalition on Black Civic Participation, the Rainbow PUSH coalition, or any of the other 50 some odd groups that participated in this call at the President's request, telling me how to remember the horrendous day eight years ago.Â I will do that on my own, and the way I want to.Â And I won't be led in my tribute by a man with the indignity of the "Reverend" Lennox Yearwood.
I haveÂ been lucky enough to get to knowÂ Tedy Bruschi a little bit, and I have to tell you that the guy you saw on TV saying goodbye today is the exact same guy you meet in person.Â Intense, businesslike, but always always having fun.Â Last summer I played in Tedy's foursome at the Spaulding Rehab tournament at the TPC in Norton, and he was as gracious as you can be with fans, who stopped him the whole time we played to say hello.
His retirement today is the rarest of occurances in sports:Â an athlete who knows when it is time to quit.Â One only need to look at the great Brett Farve to see how hard it is for professional athletes to call it a career, but Tedy got it right today.Â Not willing to be a part time player, or to feel like he was a step behind, he is saying goodbye to the only team he has known for his 13 year pro career.Â
He had a chance to say "see ya" to the Patriots and go to Green Bay for bigger dollars, but he said the only thing he could think of when he visited was that the Packers had beated his beloved Patriots in the Superbowl.Â As fans, we all find time to criticize athletes who have none of the loyalty to their team we have come to expect, so it's important to point out that Tedy Bruschi is someone who remained loyal, took less money to stay, and delivered three titles to the Pats.
The CoachÂ called him the "perfect" player during today's press conference.Â He is much more than that.Â The Perfect Patriot.Â And a guy who truly cared about his team and the fans.Â How many players can you name, in any sport, who play their whole career with one team and love doing it? Â I would hope that number 54 is retired very soon...maybe even on opening night.Â When the Patriots play a Buffalo Bills team who highest profile player is the exact opposite of Tedy.Â Talk about contrasts!Â Good luck to Tedy Bruschi...we will miss you!!!
It was just a few months ago, in April, that Attorney General Eric Holder said "It would be unfair to prosecute dedicated men and women working to protect America for conduct that was sanctioned by the Justice Department".Â So why then, in a complete about-face, did Holder and this administration announce yesterday that a special prosecutor, John Durham, would begin an investigation into whether the CIA broke the law when interrogating terrorists.
And yes, I call them terrorists.Â I know it is popular, now that the sheer terror of September 11th is all but a distant memory for some, to call them "detainees" but I insist on describing them as they are: angry people who want to do harm to the United States, our citizens and our way of life.Â
We are told that some of these CIA interrogators, gasp, "threatened to do harm to the families" of some of these enemy combatants.Â With breathless indignation, we are also told some were threatened with assault with a power drill.Â Of course, there is no indication that a single Al AQueda soldier ever had a power drill actually used on him, but that doesn't matter to our Attorney General.Â (As an aside, I prefer to hope that somewhere deep inside the bowels of Gitmo, a CIA operative sodomized one of these killers with one, but there doesn't appear to be any evidence to back it up).
A cynical person like myself might ask "why now?"Â As the health care debate continues to lean less and less in the President's favor, why would this administration remove that most important of issues from their priority list and direct the country's attention back to the previous President, a man who has been out of office going on 8 months?Â I think I just answered my own question.
President Obama told us, those who voted for him and those who did not, that he was not interested in focusing on what happened during the Bush years.Â We were moving forward, onward and upward, and we weren't going to waste alot of time onÂ what that guy did.Â I guess that was true, until his administration became mired in a Health Care debate that didn't go their way.Â Now, suddenly, Â is the time to point fingers and place blame.Â It's easy to imagine them hanging on the Vineyard and saying "Let's remind everybody how awful Bush and Cheney were".Â I'm not impressed.
Mr. Holder said it himself.Â It is "unfair to prosecute dedicated men and women working to protect America", but that is just what they intend to do.Â And they won't stop until they find a way to pin it all on Dick Cheney.Â After all, he had the audacity to believe that the safety of the many, outweighs the suffering of the few.Â But then again...we're not talking about Health Care anymore, are we?
Go to Wikipedia, and look up "Do as I say, not as I do".Â I am pretty sure you will find our Speaker Of The House, Nancy Pelosi there, along with the rest of the House Appropriations commitee, who have decided that there is just no way the fate of the country can be risked if theyÂ were to board a commercial airliner like the rest of us.
The news is somewhat shocking in these challenging economic times.Â The House Appropriations Commitee approved a 200 MILLION DOLLAR expenditure for 3 Gulfstream jets to fly themselves around in.Â One jet would make me angry, but three has taken me to Hulk Hogan Alert level 5.Â Especially since the "Botox Bandit" and her co-horts were mercilessly attacking the big three auto execs for hopping on their private jets to testify in front of Congress earlier this year.
There is actually not much of a difference between GM and our federal government.Â They both continue to spend recklessly while operating at a defecit.Â At a time when this administration continues to dodge the question of whether the President will honor his promise NOT to raise taxes on the middle class, theseÂ frequent liarsÂ are blowing 200 million so they don't have to be anally probed by a TSA screener.Â Don't get me wrong, flying private jet is the way to go-if you can afford it!Â You pull up at the private hanger, get out your car and on to the plane.Â No finding a parking place, struggling with your luggage, or standing in a long security line debating internally which fellow passenger might be lighting their shoe bomb when you finally get on the plane.Â Oh, and there's plenty of room in the seats, your own DVD player, and no line for the bathroom.Â
What happened toÂ putting anÂ end toÂ "business as usual" in Washington?Â Wasn't this guy going to be different?Â Wasn't he going to be the one who would stand up to the lifelong hacks like Pelosi and tell them that this is not the way things are going to be anymore?Â Why does it outrage our President that CEO's are flying private but it doesn't bother him that our public servants are?Â Three Gulfstream jets at a cost of 200 million.Â During the worst economic crisis our country has faced since the Great Deppression.Â Guess it's just "business as usual" for the Democrats.
I'm guessing the on-board shrimp and cheese tray are also covered by our tax dollars.Â Happy flying!
Tuesday July 14th is a big day for "Transgender Mark" and other "gender challenged" citizens of the Commonwealth, because the House will hold a hearing on House Bill 1728, which seeks to open all restrooms up to anyone who feels "gender confusion".
What is gender confusion?Â I am told it's when you are born with a penis but really want a vagina.Â Or you have been in possession of a vagina your whole life, but suddenly get the urge to want to stand up when you pee.Â I know, we mock what we don't understand.Â And I'm sorry, but I don't get it.Â
This bill would make it ok for anyone (male or female) to use the restroom of the opposite sex ANYTIME they feel the urge.Â You don't even have to be in the process of gender reassignment.Â We are told that we need to pass this bill so we aren't discriminating against these people.Â That a man, who really wants to be a woman, feels uncomfortable when he has to use the men's room.Â Even though that's exactly what he is-a man.
What about the uncomfortability of the rest of us?Â What if you would like for your 13 year old daughter to be able to use the rest room at a school sporting event without a MAN next to her doing his business?Â We can thank State Rep. Carl Sciortino (D-Malden) for this brilliant piece of legislative work.Â The transgender lobby must really be gaining some traction, if elected officials like Mr. SciortinoÂ are pandering on this level.
Who is going to monitor the bathrooms if this bill passes?Â Are we going to have bathroom police at the doors, monitoring the coming and goings of all guests to determine if they really are suffering from "gender distress"?Â I'm sorry, but this is a case where the rights of the many should trump the rights of the few.Â I do not want perverts gaining access to the women's rooms of our schools, lockerrooms, gyms etc in the name of preventing discrim-or her- ination.
Yes, the sexually confused population needs support, but perhaps it should come from a psychiatrist first.Â We do not need to allow any male-or female-or whatever, in to whatever bathroom they decide they want to use.Â Isn't anything sacred anymore.
Call the House Judicial Committee or your local representative and ask them to save the purity of the restroom.Â Or maybe approach them in the State House restroom, and see how they feel about it.
Wouldn't you like to know how long the bow-tie brigade of self appointed "victim advocates" who run our state government have been hoping this story didn't see the light of day?Â According to the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness, the Commonwealth is paying 2 MILLION dollars a month to house the homeless in hotels around this state!
But don't worry-the average room rate is only $85.00 a night.Â No wonder the Motel 6 parking lot is never empty.Â And here I was, worrying that times were tough for the lodging industry!Â Just like LB, math is not my strong suit, but that is somewhere around 1,000 families who are whooping it up at the Best Western on our dime.
Before you respond and call me an insensitive neo-con, please stop and think about the cost to taxpayers, during a time when our state is in the middle of a severe financial crisis.Â We are talking about 24 MILLION dollars a year so our homeless can dial 10 for room service!Â Tom Beaudette is leaving the light on so at least 1,000 families don't have to worry about paying rent.
When I was younger, and making $14,000 a year working at V66, I had two roomates at a dump in Saxonville that cost $600 a month.Â I slept on the couch because I didn't have a room.Â And I still had to struggle to make the rent.Â A government paid for suite at the Marriot would have been a godsend...but I didn't even think to ask.Â Instead, I worked my balls off until I made enough to get my own place where I actually had my own room.
I know we need to help people "get back on their feet", but do we really need to help them to the tune of $2380 a month per room?Â Even at $1,000Â a month, wouldn't it be cheaper to rent these people apartments?Â We will be told, again, that alot of these folks were foreclosed on by the mortgage meanies at the banks.Â "Where else are they gonna go?"Â How about they do what everyone else who has been foreclosed on since the dawn of time has done, and go rent an apartment?
Old habits die hard.Â Human beings are conditioned easily.Â Sticking your hand out becomes old hat when the government is always there putting something in it.Â There is no way that someone will find the will to work their ass off to improve their condition, it there's a Quality Inn kitchenette waiting for them-utilities included.
Your taxes are about to go up.Â Your tolls are about to go up.Â As a taxpayer, you are told that you are losingÂ necessary services because we just can't pay for them anymore.Â Meanwhile, $2 million dollars a month is gone, paying for people who couldn't pay their mortgage to live it up at the No-tell Motel.
When I was growing up, and one of my favorite cartoon charachters, Mr. Magoo, would grab the keys from his trustyÂ Chinese assistant, Charlie (the politically correct gestapo would have a field day today with that charachter), and get in his car and proceed to crash into a storefront, it made for great Saturday morning televison.Â Magoo, however, never killed anyone.
After the recent rash of elderly driver accidents, including a child's death in Stoughton, it has come time to put some very real restrictions on old people when it comes to driving and I hope the elected officials in this state have the balls to do it.Â The problem is, Â the elderly are the ones who vote.Â Therefore, when it comes to restricting their rights, legislators are terrified.Â Â Just whisper the letters AARP to a politician, andÂ watch the fear wash over the face.Â They're more afraid of a phone call from a senior citizen voter, than they are an Attorney General wiretap. Â Senator Brian Joyce has been out in front on this issue, and quite frankly that might be the only place it's safe, with 89 yr. old blind bats mistaking the gas for the brake like a modern day Jim Backus.Â He has been pushing for yearly driving tests for the elderly for a long time, and due to theÂ past week'sÂ bluehair blitzkrieg, he might finally have the support.
Joyce wants yearly tests after the age of 85 but I don't think that's enough.Â We make people retire in their 60's, andÂ we've all seenÂ drivers barely past 70 who aren't able to comprehend that the yellow line on either side of you is to help you keep your vehicle in a specific lane.Â I think that the law should be yearly tests starting at age 65.Â I know it's a pain, but would these old fogies rather end up in a jail cell because they didn't realize that the "D" on the stick stands for drive?
The death of the 4 year old girl in Stoughton this past weekend is tragic, and I hope that her memory is enough to make these legislators act.Â If not, we will forever be stuck on the highway behind 91 year old death merchants doing 30 below the speed limit, and cowering in fear everytime we walk up to a CVS or Walmart entrance.Â Enough is enough.
For those of you who aren't concerned about President Obama's embrace of nationalism as it pertains to General Motors, you must read this article in Pravda.
The Russian people, having lived through a disastrous experiment with Marxism, are laughing at us.Â And they don't understand why we aren't doing anything about it!Â This administration is only four months old and Pravda is right-we're already talking about limiting the amount of money someone can make in a free market system and we've just taken control of one of our three major auto makers, and it will be operated by the government for the forseeable future.Â How scary is that?
I guess it's not hard to understand how this happened.Â Barack Obama was able to mobilize a group of disenfranchised people, unwilling to work hard to get what they wanted, looking for a handout and seeing one coming from this President.Â When he stood at the podium and promised everyone he would take care of them, and make everyone equal, they bit.Â They came out and voted in droves and the result is what we have now, five months in to this Presidency, the greatest democracy the world has seen since the original Greeks, is barrelling down the soon to be "green" superhighway toward Marxism.
I'm sorry, but there is no way our Government should ever own a 60% share in any company, never mind be dictating what that company can, and can't, do to become profitable.Â The American worker certainly needs protection, but not from job loss, it's from this administration.Â Is that hard to imagine the Government soon operating companies in every walk of life, deciding who gets to work where and at what salary?Â And how fair will competition be, when one company is operated by the federal government, who is supposedly trying to get their investment back.
But don't take my word for it.Â Isn't it enough that the Russian people, virtually ruined by years of Marxism, are laughing at us?
So...we spent weeks during Justice Clarence Thomas's Supreme Court confirmation hearings debating whether this man, who had supposedly discussed a porno flick at work, and allegedly made an off-color comment about pubic hair and Coca-Cola,Â was qualified to serve on the highest court in the land.Â Remember that?Â The poor guy was demonized for a couple comments which, by the way, did not exist in audiotape or written exidenciary form.Â It was Anita Hill's word against his.Â Â But, if you ask some people to this day, they will tell you the guy was probably a perv.
And here we are now, with clear irrefutable evidence that Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee,Â Â Sonia Sotamayor, at the very least, made a racist statement.Â In a 2001 speech she gave at the University of California's Berkeley School of Law, Ms. Sotamayor said "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life".Â How can that statement be viewed as anything other than a racist statement?Â And if you agree, then you must also believe that it is certainly something Congress should spend the same amount of time on during Ms. Sotamayor's confirmation hearing as they did on the "pubic hair" statement during the hearing for Justice Thomas.
Here's something more bothersome:Â Ms. Sotamayor is a member of the National Council of La Raza, an organization that has advocated for illegal immigrant issues like driver's licenses, amnesty and no immigration law enforcement by local police.Â Our President is nominating someone to the highest court in the land who does not believe State and local police should enforce the law?Â Are you enganaring me, bro?
Can you imagine if the nominee was a white male who has previously stated he was more qualified than a hispanic because of his life experience?Â He would be run back to his plantation quicker than you can say "Speedy Gonzales". And please, don't tell me that statements by Latina's, or Blacks, can't be considered racist because they don't have the "power" behind them.Â Many of the most powerful people in our nation-the president being one- are minorities.
Is a Supreme Court Justice who feels that she is more qualified than another human being simply because of her race really the kind of person we want deciding the most important issues in our country?Â By the way, the National Council of La Raza is connected to successionist groups who believe the Southwest should succeed from the Union and form their own Latin nation.Â Remember when the left tried to tie Sarah Paylin to Alaska successionists and the outrage that followed?Â Certainly more dangerous than a man who likes to converse about "Deep Throat" every once in a while.
Let me know where you stand on the nomination of Judge Sotamayor...unless you're a white male, because yourÂ opinon doesn't count.
Of course, the obligatory topless photo's of the current "controversial pageant contestant" of the year are out and I thought you might like to take a look.Â Â For those of you lucky souls who some how missed it, Miss California,Â Carrie Prejean, sparked a controversy a few weeks ago when she dared to tell Miss USA Pageant judges that she was not a fan of gay marriage.Â The question was posed by celebriblogger Perez Hilton, who I think is gay.Â Unless, I'm misreading him.Â Let me guess...the release of the photos are payback, right?Â How dare she give an honest opinion that doesn't jibe with the current hot topic among the righteous.
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Just when you thought the controversy had gone away, the co-director of the Miss USA pageant, a Mr. Keith Lewis, appeared on national television to confirm that the pageant had paid for her implants.Â Are you shocked?Â I am.Â I guess that the few times I have watched the Miss USA pageant I thought the organizers had scoured the country for the most perfectly shaped, naturally beautiful stunners we had, and brought them to some secret lair for intensive training in such activities as 7 inch heel walking.Â Turns out I was wrong.
Mr. Lewis says they meet with the State winners and find out what they don't like about themselves.Â Then, like some science fiction flick, they re-make their beauty queen borgs so they become worthy of making to the penultimate of all beauty pageant events...the Mario Lopez Q+A.Â Kind of wrecks it for me.Â Like when you order the grilled chicken breast on your salad, and you can tell it's the frozen kind reheated in the restaurant microwave.
I don't think I will ever be able to watch the Miss USA pageantÂ again without troubling questions running through my head.Â Is that really her face or did she get a transplant?Â What did Miss Illinois look like before the lazer hair removal?Â Do you think Miss Hawaii used to have a cleft lip?
Does it bother anyone that the Miss USA pageant bought boobs for the contestants?Â What kind of signal is this sending to our children?Â To our plastic surgeons?Â To our flat chested?
Mr. Lewis says some of the contestants don't ask for breast implant surgery-they just do it the old fashioned way.Â "They use chicken cutlets".Â Which explains why Mario Lopez's stomach was growling when he smelled Miss Vermont.Â Frank Perdue is rolling over in his grave.
Since it is an offensive term to Jews, and the pork industry, I refuse to call it the Swine Flu.Â I'm going with Mexican Influenza.Â And while Barack Obama was going all "I'm furious about the Air Force One Photo Op" on our ass yesterday, some democrats figured out a way to blame the spread of this disease on republicans, or rather, one republican.Â Say hello to Susan Collins of Maine, who had the audacity to question why Pandemic Flu preparation was part of the Messiah's stimulus package.
When Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid were doing the President's dirty work, there suddenly appeared 780 million dollars worth of Flu prep in the Stimulus Package.Â Remember the Stimulus?Â It was supposed to put people back to work, not fund emergency delivery of Vick's Vapo Rub to every bario in Mexico.Â And Susan Collins dared to say she didn't understand how that was Stimulus?Â However, over the next 24 hours, all you have to do is watch.Â She will become the enemy of healthy people everywhere, the poster child for the spread of Mexican Influenza.Â If your family member gets this dreaded disease and dies, you now have someone other than a serial hand washing offender in Mexico to blame.
What will be lost in the finger pointing is that in December of '08, Ms. Collins pushed for 905 million to fund the Public Health and Services emergency fund to handle just these kinds of Pandemics.Â Her plea fell on deaf ears.Â Perhaps Pelosi and Reid were out that day, suffering through regular old "American Influenza"?
What exactly does 780 million dollars of Pandemic Flu money buy anyway?Â I've heard thousands of experts say over the last 48 hours that the single best way to prevent the South of the Border Bug is to.....wash your hands.Â And that doesn't require a cent of government money.Â Throw in a law that mandates no one can sneeze on me in public and that those of you who are sick can't go to work, or the Bruins game, and I think we'll be fine.
As you are figuring out, we live in a time when most people turn to the government, and then the government turns to spending, to solve every problem.Â And that is why Susan Collins, and the republicans, will now be held accountable for a strain of flu that turned into an epidemic in another country, with an extremely flawed health care system.Â Sorry Ms. Collins, but I say we start the impeachment trial immediately.Â Â
Who do you blame for the flu fear that has now gripped our nation?
The danger posed by the recent Swine flu epidemic in Mexico gives us perhaps our first opportunity to see this new administration in true "crisis management" mode.Â (And please don't try and tell me that managing the recession by doling out billions of dollars is "crisis management".)Â We have a legitimate threat to this country's health and I want to know what our government is going to do about it.
Homeland Security SecretaryÂ Janet Napolitano, fresh off her mea culpa meeting with the veterans in the American Foreign Legion, doesn't feel it's necessary to check passengers arriving via airline from Mexico.Â Are you donkin me?Â What's the big deal?Â Are we afraid of panicking people?Â I think its bizarre that we haven't worried one bit about panicking the American public into a spending freeze with threats of "the next depression" but when faced with a flu outbreak that has killed 103 people in Mexico, we don't want to trouble passengers deplaning from Air Cancun!
We live in a free society, and we can't tell people that you can't travel to Mexico (if you want toÂ avoidÂ Swine flu or getting caught up in Cartel crossfire) but we sure as hell can stop letting people into the country without a check-up.Â I can't wait until the President finds aÂ way to blame this on Americans, like whenÂ he spoke of the Mexican drug wars and theÂ un-truth that most of the weapons used were from our country.Â I'm guessing he will trace the swine geneology to prove the pigs caught it from rogue American pigs.Â Or maybe aÂ California frat boy on a weekend bender in Tijuana.Â Â I mean, at the first mention of Mad Cow disease, we stop importing all beef from the UK.Â Why are we allowing people to come back from Cabo without a once over?
We are told that President Obama recieved hourly updates on this yesterday....while he played 18 at aÂ countryÂ club!Â And by the way, is it just me or did weÂ not know before the election that Barack Obama was a golfer?Â He is supposedly a low handicapper, but I never saw anything about that pre-election.Â Is that because bowling is much more of a blue collar sport?Â Just asking...
Crisis management.Â (And I'm not talking about saving par when your drive goes in the junk.)Â We will see what they do on this one.
I just finished reading Sean Penn's blog on the Huffington Post today entitled "Smiles for Smirks" and determined that I am definitely a member of the cabral he calls the "simple minded media and it's pundits" because I couldn't disagree more with every word he writes.Â By the way, should I be insulted that a man who played Spicolli in "Fast Times", and took a boat with a hole in it to rescue the people of New Orleans, is calling me "simple minded"?Â (Have you ever noticed that, if you have a fundamental difference of opinion with a liberal, you must be "stupid"?)Â Anyway, Mr. Penn (actor/citizen of the world) suggests that the recent "avalanche" of torture "abuse" could have been prevented, if only Gerald Ford has prosecuted Richard Nixon after leaving office.Â Hence, he makes the case for prosecuting Bush/Cheney et al for the torture that occured at Guantanimo, Abu Gharab, Afghanistan etc.
This is the same "torture" that we learned this week actually prevented a "9-11 like" attack on the city of Los Angeles.Â Barack Obama's own intelligence aid, former Admiral Dennis Blair told the President, in a confidential memo now thankfully leaked, that "high value information came from interviews in which thoseÂ methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the Al Qa'ida organization that was attacking this country".Â Â Blair has been backtracking lately on the clear statement in this memo-but what do you expect?Â I am sure there was some "non-violent" pressure from the boss to "distance" the administration from the comment.
The United States was attacked on September 11th, 2001 as we NEVER had been before and we were instantly at war with a new enemy, the likes of which we had NEVER fought before.Â We had no choice but to use every effort imagineable to prevent the future loss of innocent American lives.Â What Sean Penn fails to realize is that the very torture techniques he so abhors may have saved his life, or those of his family, and the rest of the celebrity libs in Los Angeles.Â He, and Barack Obama, and the rest of their posse, are more concerned with the "international respect" we have lost.Â If I could grab Sean Penn off the set of "Chavez", or whatever ode to ruthless dictators he is making as his next film, I would ask him "how many American lives is a worthy trade for international respect?"
Respect is nice but how far did that respect get us in the years leading up to the attacks on September 11th?Â Waterboarding, and threatening families, and all the nasty things that go on in these places are not pleasant to discuss, but aren't they completely necessary when your country is under attack by an army of animals who have no intention of following any of the conventional rules of warfare?
You are talking about thugs who had no qualms about murdering 3,000 innocent people.Â Do you really think they would respect anything other than torture?
You won't read about itÂ inÂ our press, Â but the United States Military has just completed "one of the most spectacular victories of the war on terror".Â Those aren't my words, they were written in London's Sunday Times.Â A story you just won't get here in this country-until the troops come home and Barack Obama takes credit for a victory in war he was strongly against when running for office.
Investors Business Daily says that the "destruction of Al Qaida in Iraq (AQI) is one of the most unlikely and unforeseen events in the long history of American warfare", yet no one is talking about it.Â Try and bring it up with your liberal friends and they will poo-poo it, mumbling something about "weapons of mass destruction".Â Remember after September 11th when George Bush declared war on terrorism and the whole country yelled with him?Â We have nearly defeated an enemy that once stood 12,000 tall with control of the west and central regions of Iraq.Â Today, they are holed up in Mosul, with numbers dwindled to about 1,200.Â Yet, very few seem to celebrate the victory.
Times reporter Marie Colvin travelled with Iraqi forces in Mosul, found hardly any AQI bad guys and reported on the terrorists losing control of their Mosul base.Â Katie Couric, basking in the glow of winning the Walter Cronkite journalism award from the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center for her hack job on Sarah Paylin, failed to mention our military's stunning feat. Ditto Brian Williams or Harry Smith.Â And I have yet to see mention in the Boston Globe or the Paper of Record, the New York Times.
I would think all Americans, no matter your political beliefs, would want to celebrate any incredible victory of right over wrong.Â No one likes Al Qaida and I am sure most everyone is pleased that they are losing.Â However, to say we won is to say that George W. Bush, long derided as one of the worst president's of all time, had it right when he listened to John McCain, and put the surge strategy in place.Â And that is something the left just can't do.Â Sure, they will cheer when our military blows a couple Somali pirates off their dinghy, but when the US Military, under the direction of Bush and Petraeus, defeats the 12,000 strong insurgency of Al Qaida in Iraq, that doesn't warrant so much as a whisper.Â Give it a few more years and history will move George W. Bush up the list, you wait and see.
Those of you who remember the feeling of pure joy when the Patriots began their dominance of the NFL with a dramatic victory in the snow over the Oakland Raiders, will no doubt remember Patriot's long snapper Lonnie Paxton and his endzone "snow angel" celebration as one of the great moments in Boston sports history.Â Â Lonnie signed with the Bronco's as a free agent this year and is back in town this weekend to clean his place out and say goodbye.Â You can bid LP farewell at a goodbye party on Saturday night at the Greatest Bar at 7.Â He may not be remembered with the same reverence someday as a Tom Brady, or Randy Moss, but he was very important to this team, and could always be counted on to be a big part of whatever charity event was going on in Boston.Â Plus, he gets big points for dating Jessica Beil when she was a Tufts student.Â I got the long snapper on the phone and asked him 5 questions:
Thing you will miss most about Boston:Â "The Hillman Morning show"Â (kiss ass) "Alright...and the Capital Grille"
Thing you will miss least about Boston:Â " The 'Noreasters"Â (I hate to break it to you, Lonnie, but you're not exactly heading to Miami.Â It snows alot in Denver)
Single greatest moment as a Patriot:Â Â "First superbowl win against my favorite team from childhood, The Rams"
MostÂ interesting Patriot fan encounter:Â "Whoever created LonniePaxton.com.Â No idea who they are or why they did it but I love it.Â It's weird that they went to that much trouble!"
WhenÂ you play theÂ Patriots this year, player you'd least like to get hit by:Â Â "Vince Wilfork...or Steve Gostkowski"Â (The kicker never gets any respect)
Alot of people may not know Lonnie's name and that's because he didn't screw up.Â Snappers only become well known when they blow it.Â But Denver wanted him enough to give him a million dollar signing bonus and I hope Bill and company don't regret not signing him up again.Â I wish him the best in Denver...playing for a team with no quarterback.Â See you Saturday, LP!
Today's blog is written in memoryÂ of 9 year old Jeremy Fraser of Salem, Massachusetts who died yesterday after a battle with luekemia.Â The truly sad thing is thatÂ Jeremy didn't have to die.Â I have a 9 old son named Breese, and Jeremy should be doing what Breese is doing today, playing football in the yard across the street, but he isn't.Â And there's only one person at fault.
Nine months ago, Jeremy's mother, Kristin Anne LaBrie, was charged with one count of child endangerment, because the authorities believed her actions were endangering her son's life.Â She wasn't beatingÂ him, leaving him home alone so she could go to the casino, or doing drugs around him.Â She was denying him the medical care and the medicine he needed to recover from the non-hodskins lymphoma he was fighting.
Ms. LaBrie refused to take Jeremy to see his doctors at Mass General, and refused to fill the prescriptions they had prescribed for Jeremy to take to get better.Â Those doctors had given him a great chance of recovery-there is a 92% cure rate in cases like his.Â Without the medicine, and the expert treatment of the doctors, however, Jeremy's non-hodskins turned to Luekemia and he lost his battle.
How can a mother do this to her son?Â Jeremy's dad, who was given full custody when the charges were filed, can't understand it and neither can I.Â Jeremy was also autistic and I can't help but wonder if the constant barage from Jenny McCarthy and others, who tell parents of autistic children that they shouldn't medicate their kids, had something to do with it.Â Whatever the reason, there is no excuse and no reason why Jeremy should not be alive today.
If this woman had gotten in a car drunk with Jeremy in the back seat, and then had been in an accident that resulted in his death, she would be charged with manslaughter, at the very least.Â What she did, in my opinion, was worse.Â She purposefully witheld medicine and treatment that had an excellent chance of saving Jeremy's life.Â She will have to live with that choice for the rest of her life-unfortunately, Jeremy didn't have the same opportunity to make that choice.Â His fate was decided for him by the one person who was supposed to be looking out for him.
It may sound harsh because I am sure she is grieving, but Kristin Anne LaBrie should be charged with manslaughter. And there should be a law passed, and named after Jeremy, that makes it a crime to withhold medicine and doctor's care from a child.Â With today's advances in medical care and treatment, there is no way any child should be denied life saving treatment because of their parents bizarre beliefs.Â It's too late for Jeremy but we should never let it happen again.
Wednesday is a big day for our "magician in-chief".Â Not because he has returned to receive the adoration of the European nations that greeted him as a conquering hero during the campaign, but because his Aunt Zeituni faces her immigration hearing in Boston that will determine whether she gets to remain in this country or not.Â For Barack Obama this presents an incredible opportunity to show the country, and the world, how he feels about our immigration policy.
First, a little history.Â Zeituni Onyango is Barack Obama's half aunt, the daughter of his grandfather and his third wife.Â Barack's father, Zeituni's half sister, Â is the son of his grandfather and his second wife.Â She has spoken very little with the media, so we don't know alot about her, but she did she say that she is has been coming to America since 1975.Â Over four years ago, before her half nephew was a candidate for President, she lost her bid for Asylum and should have left the country.Â As is to be expected in this victim state we live in, she never left, and has been the beneficiary of public housing at the Flaherty Way housing project in Southie ever since.
Shouldn't our President stand up in public and tell us what he thinks of the plight of his beloved aunt?Â She is, after all, a repeat law breaker who has been feeding off the public trough of taxpayer funded housing for god knows how long?Â If the President is angry that our tax dollars are going to pay the bonuses of AIG employees, and Detroit Auto Workers, isn't he upset that they are going to support a person who is here in violation of the law and is not, near as we can tell, a fellow tax payer?Â Or does he feel such empathy to those who sneak into our country, suck off the taxpayer teet, and work the system ad nauseum, that he feels they (she) should be allowed to stay?Â Which is it?Â I just want to know what his opinion is...and why no one has asked him.
Can you imagine if George Bush has an illegal mexican relative living in public housing in Texas?Â Take it one step further, and can you imagine if the liberal media found out that George Bush's illegal aunt from Mexico made a campaign contribution of $260 dollars to his campaign?Â Would there be a major investigation?Â I think you know the answer.Â And if you look hard enough, you will find that Aunt Zeituni did just that for her nephew.Â Must have saved up what she didn't have to pay for her housing to make the donation.
Maybe the President will tell us what he thinks about his aunt, and by turn, what he thinks about our immigration policy and whether we are a country of laws.Â And whether those laws apply to everyone or just to the lawful taxpayers.Â Maybe...but I think not.Â He will be too busy hugging the Euro trash who still think he is going to save the world.
Yesterday, Maryland Senator Benjamin Cardin filed a bill that wouldÂ allow Newspapers to become non-profit organizations, giving them tax-exempt status, like that which is given to Churches, Charities and our Public Broadcasting System.Â Â Senator Cardin, obviously, doesn't realize that most Newspapers in this country have been non-profit organizations for some time!Â Stating that it is "in the interest of our nation that they survive", Senator Cardin went on to say the failure of this industry would be a "tragedy for democracy".Â Yeah, okay.
When was the last time you went to your local 7-11 and bought a newspaper?Â If you are like me, it's every Saturday and Sunday, but I am pretty sure I'm the exception and not the rule.Â I like sitting down on the weekends and flipping through the paper.Â However, I have to admit, alot of what I read I have already seen somewhere else. Â A recent Carnegie Institute study fingered the average age of a newspaper reader at 57.Â That's the average!Â This isnt really shocking information.Â Who wants to pay 75 cents this morning for news you saw yesterday afternoon on your favorite Internet site?Â Do you ever find yourself at work with your buddies talking about how you can't wait to pick up tomorrow's Globe to find out what the deal is with the Manny Ramirez situation?Â I doubt it.
However, there is something to be said for making sure that this country has a vital "4th Estate" to keep watch over our Politicians and expose wrongdoing.Â It just doesn't have to be government subsidized.Â Technology has passed the newspaper by, just like it did the "horseless carriage".Â Since when does our government determine that an entire industry that has been made irrelevant by technological advances is worthy of saving?Â Where were they, for instance, when the ease of internet travel booking was putting virtually every travel agent out of work a few years ago?Â Isn't travel vital to the interest of our nation?Â Of course it is, but what happened is what should always happen in a free enterprise system-travel agents adapted and created new ways to book travel or got out of the business because technology passed them by and they didn't adapt.
I am biased, I admit.Â As a radio entity, we compete with newspapers for the same advertising dollars.Â How is it now a level playing field?Â Newspapers that get non-profit, tax exempt status can go out and fight for the same revenue that this, and other, tax paying media outlets are fighting for.Â If this passes, once again this Congress, controlled by the Democrats, has arbitrarily decided that an industry that is failing, is more valuable to the nation than other industries that are in the same dilemma.Â How is that fair?
The Government is not supposed to be there to give handouts to private industry if they can't compete in the Free Market System.Â It is throwing good money after bad.Â Think about it...and then write a "letter to the editor" of your favorite newspaper.Â Maybe you'll see it published sometime in the next month.
Alright...here goes.Â Since we all need a break from the CAP LOCK COMEDY that Matt provides us with several times a day on this blog, I am focusing on the lighter side of things today.Â As you may have heard this morning, Spaz is going out on a date tonight with a local reality show star.Â Whitney Collins is on the Oxygen networks "Bad Girls Club" and she and Tony met at the Place a few weeks ago.Â Apparently, he asked her out, she was non-committal.Â She came on our show and he asked her out again, she appeared non-interested.Â However, she showed up this weekend while he was spinning the hits...and she said they should go out!Â Hence tonight's planned romantic excursion for bowling and the Capital Grille.Â (Don't be fooled-he knows someone at both places!)
The reality tv star and the producer/air talent had their photo appear in today's Inside Track.Â They are, apparently, dueting on the Journey classic "Don't Stop Believing", or I as I like to call it, the "most over-sung drunk song of all time."Â (What are the others?Â Could be a topic for another Blog...)
I have a pair of tickets to the "Music As A Weapon" tour for the best caption for this photo.Â PleaseÂ leave them below...and I will pick the winner Thursday afternoon.
It is just plain so much fun to ripÂ Peyton Manning!Â Look, the guy is a great athlete, and even Tom Brady will tell you he is a really good guy, but he just seems like such a backwoods, hick knob.Â I met him once on Opening Day when he was in town for the Sox game and a Reebok party and, I have to admit, he isÂ a reallyÂ good guy.Â Doesn't mean he isn't goofy.Â Which he demonstrated recently when performing a country tune with Kenny Chesney.Â Please take a look at this video and tell me the facial expressions the former NFL MVP makes are not odd.Â He looks constipated.Â He looks like Spaz trying to read.Â He looks like Tara Reid trying to identify Washington DC on a map of the East Coast.Â He looks like...well, you get the picture.
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Speaking of Peyton, now that our President has decided that his administration will call for oversight of executive pay at ALL financial institutions, when do you think he will start attacking the exorbitant salaries made by our professional athletes?Â You see, the gripe with these "Wall St. wizards", and "fat cat CEO's", is that they are paid big bucks even if their company is not pulling a profit.Â In Barack Obama's world, that's not fair.Â Isn't the same true of sports?Â Consumers pay big dollars to attend sporting events and often times they are watching a losing team.Â Why should a QB, or receiver, or running back playing for the 0 and 16 Detroit Lions be making millions of dollars every year?Â What about the President's beloved friends in Hollywood?Â Why should Tom Cruise be paid 20 million for a loser movie which innocent American's are then fooled into investing their $10.50 in?Â The government has no place telling anyone-not Peyton Manning and not the CEO of Bank of America-how much money he is allowed to make!Â It's bad news for this country.
I want to thank the Ahearn family for inviting me to their benefit event Saturday honoring some Congressional Medal of Honor winners at the Quincy Marriot.Â This is the 8th year they have held this event, and despite the tough economy, there was a great turnout.Â It is awe inspiring to see people who have the courage it takes to accomplish something worthy of thatÂ honor.
I took my son Breese and his buddy to the Bruins game yesterday and they dominated the Devils.Â The "Ovechkin Guy" who calls "Hillmail" can suck it, because that was a big statement made by the Bruins yesterday.Â Not by management, or coaches, but by the players themselves.Â Everyone (myself included) has been down on the Bruins a bit lately, as we like to do around this city when we start to prepare for disapointment, but they showed they can beat one of the greatest goaltenders of all team and a team that was making a run for the division.Â They will have no problem getting up for the playoffs, and I think we will have an NHL finals series in Boston in June.Â Â Make sure you listen to Cam Neely on the show Thursday at 8:45!
Which reminds me of going to see LB's team play in the finals against Edmonton at the old Garden...and having to leave because it was too hot outside...there was too much fog on the ice...and the electricity blew trying to cool everything down!Â One of the only NHL finals games ever postponed because of heat!
Speaking of fog, I'm taking bets on whether LB shows up tommorow and what the excuse is...leave your guess, in his voice, on Hillmail.Â Until tomorrow morning....
Well, he's done it again.Â President Barack Obama continues to astound boring traditionalists like myself who think there ought to be some kind of decorum maintained by the sitting President of America.Â I know, I am out of touch.Â I am a moron for thinking that maybe the President shouldn't go on a late night talk show to kibbutz with Jay Leno while the country is deeply involved in two wars-and mired in a "catastrophic" economic meltdown.Â (I mean, we all remember what happened when Nero was fiddling, don't we?)Â And, I am sure I am "out of touch" because I happen toÂ agree withÂ the comments that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski made yesterday when asked about the President's NCAA March Madness bracket.Â Listen Here.
So, it will come as no surprise that I am also disturbed with the little nugget of information contained in the President's Senate financial disclosure released yesterday.Â Five days before taking office (remember when he couldn't wait to get in and "fix" the mess that was left behind?),Â then President-ElectÂ Obama signed a book deal!Â While Americans struggled to pay their water-logged mortgages, while auto workers in Detroit were getting pink slips, while AIG traders wondered if they would have to rent their home in the Hamptons to-gasp-tourists if they didn't get their bonus...the Dream Weaver was cashing a $500,000 check as an advance on his book!Â He is, near as anyone can tell, the first President to sign a book deal before taking office.Â Most,Â observing the decorum the office has always held, wait until they have left office to "cash in".
So, with the $440,000 some odd dollars we pay the President, and the $500,000 he has made on the book that hasn't been written yet, that puts the President's income at about a million bucks...so far.Â Don't you think, in these trying economic times, those of us who are taxpayers should demand that the president forgo his salary?Â I mean, I know it was promised him....but isn't $500,000 enough?Â How much money does one person need?Â A $500,000 advance for a book that hasn't been written seems "obscene".Â Why should he pocket his salary, and a book advance, when AIG employees are being told that they make enough money, and even though they earned their contracted bonus, tax payer dollars will not be paid to them?Â It seems hypocritical.
As a last thought, here are a few potential book titles, in case the President is suffering from writer's block:
-Me and the 39.6% Tax Rate:Â A Love Story
-Hoop Dreams:Â How to correctly pick the NCAA tourney final four while running a Superpower
-Gone With The Wind (Your income, Freedom, and Hope)
-Lord Of The Lies
-Twit:Â How I accidentally tweetedÂ Intelligence Secrets to the Axis of Evil
Those are just some thought starters.Â I am sure you may have your own.Â As always, please comment.
If you missed the six o'clock hour this morning, we had an interesting discussion about the $165 million in bonuses AIG has informed the government it is going to pay to it's derivatives division staff.Â When you first hear about this, IÂ know the natural reaction is anger.Â How can the same people who performed so poorly that they required billions in government money to bail them out be entitled to anything-much less a million dollar bonus?Â However, when you think about it...and put it in context with the way in which this administration is, or ISN'T, holding people accountable, it makes perfect sense.
The government ownes 79.9% of AIG.Â That is a loan, and we are supposed to be paid back.Â It would be well within our right to take the necessary steps to stop these payments, seize the derivatives division, sell it off or, if no one wants it, bancrupt it and then no one will get their money.Â Including the tax payers whose money was foolishly given to AIG in the first place.Â However, I need to ask how that is "fair" to the hard working employees at AIG?Â Now, before you choke on your Planters Big Nut bar, think about that.Â All we hear from this administration is that the economy has been incredibly tough on some mortgage holders, that they were "conned" into signing these sub-prime mortgages they knew nothing about, and that it is the obligation of everyone else (those who signed mortgage documents and then made their payment every month) to bail the othersÂ out.Â Why isn't the same true of the employees of AIG?Â They signed contracts that guaranteed their bonuses and they worked hard-I'm sure they weren't trying to fail.Â They, too, got caught up in the "sub-prime/real estate boom" that swept this country.Â It doesn't seem fair to me that we are angry at paying contracted bonuses to hard working people, while billions are going to bail out those who couldn't, or wouldn't, live up to their mortgage obligations.Â Those who are in favor of the mortgage bailouts are always screaming that "these people had no way of knowing that real estate property values would drop".Â Well, I guess, neither did the derivative traders at AIG!
President Obama said this morning: Â "All across America there are people who work hard and meet their responsibilities without the benefit of government bailouts or multimillion dollar bonuses.Â All they ask is that everyone play by the same rules".Â Amen!Â I agree wholeheartedly.Â But I mean EVERYONE.Â Everyone includes those who signed on the dotted lines and agreed to pay a mortgage.Â Until such time as our President understands that you can't pick or choose who "everyone" encompasses, that you can't choose to help one person because you think they "made a mistake", or were "hoodwinked", and that "everyone playing by the same rules" REALLY means everyone, I am fine with the AIG bonuses being paid.Â
I know you want to be angry about AIG.Â And I understand.Â But you really should be angry at a system that rewards individuals who signed a contract and then didn't live up to their contracted obligations, and penalizes others who signed a contract and did live up to the expectation.Â I just want everything to be fair!!
Let me know what you think.....
What if Pam Anderson's boob popped out in the forest...and no one cared?Â Â What if Brittany's lady parts were put in the spotlight...and everyone had already seen them?Â It is amazing to me that, thanks to modern technology and today's female celebrity's disdain for undergarments, we have all become immune to the appearance of a celebrities' junk.Â Don't get me wrong...I love to look at celebrity cooch as much as the next guy, it's just that, in a lot of cases, we've seen it before.Â How many times can you look at Pam Anderson's distorted nipple before it becomes old hat?Â We've all seen Brittany's mouseketeer...and, quite frankly, I am not sure I've recovered yet.Â I know...you hear about it, or see it on your favorite website...and you have to look.Â But is it really that big a deal anymore...or have we sadly moved on?
Today I present two different types of wardrobe malfunctions that are in the nudes..ah, news.Â One appears to be a sad, past her prime, plastic parody who obviously wants to thrill the masses, and get herself back on the world wide web, with a clearly intentional "wardrobe malfunction".Â The other, I am proud to say, appears to be embarrased by her exposure, and is guilty of merely having a potty mouth-which most of you will be delighted to learn she does.
Here is Pam Anderson....and Brittany Spears.
Are you immune?Â If not, I have some pictures of the Octomom I want to show you.
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While you guys fight with the "Commodore of Capitalization", I will digress and share a few thoughts, since it appears that the threat of the 'Noreaster has passed....
-Mark my words, "Eastbound and Down" on HBO is headed for "Soprano's"-like greatness.Â The story of a down and out major league baseball player, written and produced by Will Farrell, it is everything a show on HBO should be.Â There is just no way to imagine this show on network television, and that is where HBO shines.Â The stories are what you would imagine when it comes to retired athletes and Will Ferrell is great asÂ local car dealer,Â Ashley Schaffer.Â Only two episodes have aired so it's not too late to start tuning in.Â You won't regret it.Â Danny McBride is incredible as Kenny Perry, the past his prime pitcher who still thinks he is a superstar, and not a washed up, stuck up athlete. Make sure you watch through the credits on the second episode...there's a great car commercial with Ferrell's character:
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-I can't believe Rhianna went back to that douche Chris Brown.Â This is classic battered woman behavior, and I hope there is someone she listens to who can change her mind.Â Someone should sit her down and tell her the story of Nicole Brown Simpson, how many times she continued to be with OJ after he hit her, broke into her house, etc.Â I would hope that her mentor, Jay Z, might be able to change her mind.Â They should just keep texting her the picture of her after he beat her, until she realizes that he is not a human being.
-Everyone was calling this morning and saying that Pioli and the Chiefs got the better of the Patriots in the Vrabel-Cassel deal.Â I do not agree.Â Matt Cassel had an incredible year but did not beat 5 playoff teams.Â There is a list of NFL QB's who had one great year and never performed at the same level again, and that list is called "morning shift at Subway".Â It's tough to be a sucessful QB in the NFL, and maintain it year after year.Â I think it is much better to free up salary for guys like Wilfork and Seymour (and maybe Ray Lewis) than hold out and hope the market improves for a guy like Matt and you get more for him.Â I wish him great luck...hope he has an incredible career, but I always bet on Belichek.Â The guy just isn't wrong.Â If you missed former Patriot Ted Johnson on the show talking about the deal today, here's a link.
-speaking of Ted, everyone always asks me how he is doing.Â He is doing great!Â Still has some limited headaches but, in general, is doing really well considering how many concussions he had.Â By the way, he thinks it was in the "hundreds"!
-Great news...the Miss Mantown calendar project is coming back...bigger and better than ever.Â I really can't tell you much now...just make sure you are listening (and visiting WAAF.com) on Mantown Monday March 16th.
-John Cena, WWE superstar and hollywood actor, will be in the studio with us tomorrow.Â Get your questions ready...we touched on the steriod thing when he called the other day, but he said he had way more to talk about when he came in.
Thanks for reading.Â This blog, unlike the 461 billion dollar spending package our President is about to sign, does NOT contain any Earmarks.Â Despite his lofty campaign promises, there are 8,600 in his.Â Talk to you tommorow morning.
Because I care about more than just the President's ACORN thugs breaking and entering in the name of someone unknown "right to own a home" that they believe they were endowed by the creator with, I am passing along an even more important item that has appeared recently...Beyonce's nipple.
I have new found respect for the Oscars.Â I thought the show sucked.Â I didn't like Hugh Jackman because I didn't think he was funny.Â I actually preferred Billy Crystal and the opening bit he used to do incorporating himself into all the movies.Â I agree with Hsu that there were not nearly enough actual clips of movies-that is, after all, what the show is about.Â However, now I understand what they were doing.Â Playing on the success of the Janet Jackson/Timberlake Super Bowl extravaganza, they presented one of Beyonce's lovely areoli and the protruting nipple.Â Take a look:
I can't take credit for finding it.Â That belongs to some poor soul in a basement in middle America who spent hours analyzing video and blowing up stills.Â (Someone should refer him to the police...or do you think Jay-Z's "crew" will take care of it?).Â I do wonder if Congress will investigate...and if ABC will be fined $500,000.Â If this became a common Oscar occurance, I would watch every year.Â Thank God Sophia Loren was not in the dance number.
Or "traffic boy" as some are fond of calling you on this blog.Â I don't usually take the time to waste a whole blog with a response to one...but...since you accused me of "censorship" because one of your comments didn't get posted, I thought I would make sure I made the effort.
I don't approve or accept the posts on this blog-we pay someone to do that.Â I did, however, check on your comment and I assume you are referring to the one where you blame ME for the mortgage crisis because I did commercials for a mortgage company?Â That's brilliant.Â And you're right...I will take the blame.Â I will also take the blame for all drunk driving incidents because I do commercials for several alcoholic beverages.Â And what about Obesity and Heart problems...I am the voice you hear on Capital Grille commercials on this station.Â How about auto accidents?Â I do those damn Boch commercials and prey on stupid drivers, forcing them to buy automobiles they can't drive.Â Maybe I will start endorsing an energy company and then you can blame me for Global Warming.Â How 'bout all those poor souls who bought a Post Woodworking Shed they couldn't afford, and now the bank is coming to take it?
It's called "flawed logic", Matt, and you excel at it.Â You don't ever want anyone to be held personally responsible for anything.Â Its so much easier to blame someone else when life doesn't happen just the way it should.
Sorry to waste everyone's time but I was accused of censorship...and I don't take that lightly.Â Maybe I should sue someone?
Just when you thought it was safe to go outside and enjoy the thrill of another February day, The Reverend Al Sharpton had to go and ruin it.Â Â Mr SharptonÂ is a man who makes his living off declaring everyone...and everything....racist.Â But call him on it, and he hangs up, as evidenced by his last appearance on our show.
He has outdone himself today, however.Â Reverand Sharpton apparently woke up this morning, and while enjoying a hearty breakfast (I am only assuming-he doesn't look like he eats fruit and vegetables), picked up his copy of the NY Post to get the latest on the Lohan/Ronson saga.Â Unfortunately, he was shocked to find a cartoon based on a topical, newsworthy event-the shooting of the chimpanzee in neighboring Connecticut.Â We spent a lot of time on this story on this morning's show....as I'm sure did every media outlet.Â Take a look at the cartoon, that you will soon learn is extremely offensive, below:
Reverand Sharpton says the cartoon "is troubling at best, given the historic racist attacks of African Americans as being synonymous with Monkees.Â Is it not a reach to wonder are they inferring that a monkey wrote the last bill?"Â The Reverand points out, as if we all don't already know, that Barack Obama is our first African American president.Â The protests, and the demands for firings, are coming next.
First of all, as much as we all want to believe that he is an all-knowing, uber intelligent world saving machine, Barack Obama did not singlehandedly write the stimulus bill.Â (Soon to be known as the Recovery Act, did you notice?).Â In truth, Congress wrote it.Â So the cartoonist is apparently making reference to the fact that the bill was written by chimpanzees.Â I would wholeheartedly agree!Â Does Mr. Sharpton really think, in this day and age as they compete for dwindling advertiser dollars, a major newspaper would run a cartoon making the first African American president out to be a monkey?Â Or is this just more of the same trumping up false claims of racism to make sure he has a reason to exist?
Please feel free to share your thoughts, because I want to know if I'm off base here.Â Is it okay to call Congress a bunch of monkees....or does that cartoon automatically make you think "racist"?Â And please don't bring that thoughtful question up should you have the opportunity to speak with Mr. Sharpton, because he will hang up on you.
If it's February, it must be time for a NY Yankee to hold an emotional press conference and admit to using steriods.Â Giambi sweated a lot more during his...and Andy Petite told the truth...but those are really the only differences between years past and the FRAUD of an event I just watched at Steinbrenner Stadium.Â They ought to replace the vaunted pinstripes with needles on the uni's down there.
Does Arod really expect us to believe the crap he was spewing today?Â There is a formula for these mea culpa press events, and he followed it to the "T".Â First, tell everyone how nervous you are, so we all feel sorry for you. Then, mention how every one of us has made mistakes, since we all can relate to that.Â Third, talk about how naive and innocent you were when you made said "mistake" and, finally, get emotional when talking about the incredible support you have received from friends, family, fans and teammates.Â And then, go back to your sport (or your job as a politician) and collect your paycheck.Â See?Â Its simple.Â Except that, in this case, it's not over.
AROID expects us to believe that, as a naive young ballplayer, he took an "over the counter" energy booster from the Dominican Republic and that's why he tested positive.Â As he was throwing his cousin under the Yankee team bus, explaining that this was all HIS idea, he casually used the disclaimer "here's what I remember".Â Ah, yes.Â That covers all bases (pun intended).Â That is Arod's version of "to the best of my recollection".
We are supposed to believe that his cousin recommended some random, over the counter product from the DR, that he needed to inject in his ass, that he took for six month cycles, for three years...and that it was just a "mistake"?Â That during those three years he "mistakenly" used Bolle', (as he told us it's called on the "streets" in the Dominican Republic), he put up the best numbers of his career, but he is not really sure that it had any effect?Â It was, after all, just an "energy booster".
Sorry, Alex.Â As the saying goes, I was born during a night game...but not last night.Â You want us to "judge you from this point forward"?Â Then, be honest.Â Tell the truth.Â As the other saying goes, "it will set you free".Â Until then, you are just another liar who got caught.Â And, by the way, if you don't think every one of those 200 reporters left that room and is heading out, with cash, to prove you aren't telling the truth, then you truly are a "naive young ballplayer".Â I'm sad to say I am pretty sure we haven't heard the last of this.Â My gut says Sports Illustrated has reporters on the plane to the Dominican right now....looking for Mr. A-Fraud's cousin.
My favorite part of today was when he got choked up thanking his teammates...you know, the guys that Joe Torre said in his book called him "A-fraud".Â I counted...he couldn't speak for 39 seconds because he was so "emotional".Â If his teammates cared so much, where were they all?Â Petite was there but that is self-explanatory.Â Save the tears, Alex.Â You are going to need them for the next couple of apologies.
There is one thing he said that I agree with 100%- "baseball is bigger than Alex Rodriguez."Â I just wonder if he really believes that one, also.
I am subjected to a lot of "verbal violence" during the show because of my undying love for the music of Bruce Springsteen.Â However, as you know if you listen to the show, I am not alone when it comes to the musical crush I have on the Boss.Â Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphy's once famously sent me a text saying he was "gay for Bruce" (which he took immense amounts of heat for during last year's St. Patrick's day live broadcast at the Hard Rock).Â Well, I hate to admit it, but Ken has one upped me.Â After his incredible performance during half-time at the Superbowl, Bruce was asked who his favorite bands were.Â And yes...he mentioned Dropkick Murphy's. Ken says "it's a pretty cool honor. BruceÂ came with his son to our Roseland Ballroom show in New York last year but I never expected him to say we were one of his favorites."Â Kenny says there are still tickets available for the show on the 12th and the one on the 16th, so go to Ticketmaster and get tix.Â "And...we are working on a Springsteen cover for the St. Patrick's Day shows" he told me" and it's one of your favorite songs".Â I can't wait!
What a complete douche Chris Brown is for beating up Rhianna.Â First of all, she is incredibly talented...and super hot... and now she will, hopefully, want nothing to do with him.Â And he is all done career-wise.Â You can't beat a woman and get away with it, unless it's 1959 and you're Jerry Lee Lewis.Â Or it's 1967 and you're Ike Turner.Â And no one should.Â The scum of the earth hit women and deserve to rot in prisonÂ The best part of this story is that Chris Brown, obviously not quite rich enough to own a luxury automobile, had rented a Lamborghini for Grammy weekend.Â It was 2 grand a day.Â And now it sits in the Police impound lot...at 2 grand a day!Â What a double-douche.Â Here's hoping that Jay-zee, who discovered the lovely Rhianni, has someone on his payroll teach Mr. Brown a lesson about hitting women.
I've mentioned this before but how come when George Bush tried to open a locked door after a meeting in China, he was lampooned by the mainstream media as a bufoon, but when Barack Obama makes a similar mistake, nary a word is uttered by the national media taint lickers?Â Check out the "dream weaver" banging his head on Air Force One.Â I am sure someone lost their job over that one.Â Or maybe he is just trying to feel the pain of the rest of us, banging our head on head on the table, when he makes a disasterous decision like closing Guantanimo.Â Maybe they will order a brand new plane, with a bigger door.Â Nothing is too good for the President of the World. Watch the video Â»
Hope you guys will come out on Friday night for the Great Guinness toast.Â We will be at Paddy O's in Faneuil Hall Friday night at 9 for our first ever "Guinness Toast and Roast".Â Come out and make fun of the show, and join LB in getting sloppy.Â The whole morning show will be there.
-They are calling it the greatest Super bowl of all time.Â Â I don't think so.Â It was a good game, really interesting if you had money riding on it, but why is it better than last year?Â The Giants won that game with the same amount of time on the clock (35 seconds).Â Why is it better than Vinatieri sealing the win with a field goal as time expired against Warner the first time?Â I think this is just NFL hype wanting the last Super bowl to always be the best one.
-I think it was warmer here when I got home than it was Saturday night in Tampa!Â Temps were in the low 40's at night...low 60's during the day.Â I think the Superbowl parties must have helped the economy.Â People who haven't worked in a long time got a paycheck...like DJ Jazzy Jeff, who was providing the entertainment at the Hennesey party I went to Saturday night.Â No sign of Wil Smith but they probably don't hang much anymore!
-Do you think the "Super Bowl" is what they call Michael Phelp's smoking apparatus?
-I told the story about the guy pissing on Matt Cassel's leg on today's show and it is also in the NY Daily News today.Â It's pretty amazing!Â It happened at the ESPN party, which was outside, under tents, and I swear there were about 5,000 drunk people there.Â This guy tried to cut Matt in line for the port-o-potty's, which were in those big truck rigs that they bring to events like that.Â Cassel told him to wait his turn and when the guy got in, he rushed the QB at the urinal.Â I went with Matt Light and he was pretty pissed (pun intended) when that man relieved himself on "The Franchise".Â Cassel was pretty cool about it, which was surprising but I guess 14 million will buyÂ him a few new pairs of pants!
-Did you know both Jennifer Hudson and Faith Hill were lip syncing?Â I think the anthem, at least, should be live.Â I know it's live and billions are watching, but if live is good enough for Bruce, it should be good enough for the others.
-Speaking of Bruce, I know Spaz doesn't agree, but that was hands down the best Superbowl halftime show ever.Â He is coming to the Garden in April for two shows (tix went on sale this morning) and I bet some people who have never seen him live will be buying tix to go see him now.Â Clarence Clemons looks pretty good for 68 years old!Â Although, the frock he was wearing was a little odd.
I have to hand it to PETA.Â They definitely know how to get some good press for themselves.Â This time it's the National Broadcasting Company which served themselves up to the People for the Ethical Treatment of animals as their, forgive the pun, sacrificial lamb.Â PETA has created an ad for this Sunday's "Big Game" (I am now so beaten down by the lawyers here at Entercom, I am not sure I can even call it the Superbowl in my blog.Â When it comes to our lawyers, I am like the cow and the electric face.Â Poor choice of analogies, I know).Â Back to PETA, who's ad wants you to believe that vegetarians have better sex.Â You can watch it below.
Pretty well done, right?Â Of course, the prudes at NBC (whoÂ step all over themselves getting every Viagra, Cialis and Liquor spot buy available for the "Big Event in Tampa") naturally reject it because, I gather, it might be offensive to all the kids who are up watching the game.Â Yes, it would be horrible if a child saw a hot vegetarian rubbing a pumpkin suggestively.Â But when 67 year old "Doug" and his hot, younger wife get in the hot tub, and talk about how upsetting it is when company arrives and they have to put off smashingÂ each other, that's perfectly acceptable.
The loser in this is NBC, and as always, the real winner is PETA.Â They grab some hot model-actresses (aren't they all?), pay them union scale, produce a commercial and, without SPENDING A CENT, their ad is all over television, radio and the internet.Â Hate to do it, but I have to give them credit.Â Doesn't mean I won't be enjoying a giant, rare Porterhouse, pre-game, somewhere in Tampa!
Sorry I have to share the now infamous Jessica Simpson photos in this space, but I promised on the show today that I would.Â What has happened to one of the hottest women in the world?Â Perhaps, it's just that the relationship with Tony Romo is going so well, she doesn't have to worry about gaining a few extra pounds.Â Hey, if she's happy, more power to her.Â Should create a controversy over what role she will be playing in "Dukes of Hazzard: Duex" though...Daisy or Boss Hog?
Final question to ponder...what's bigger?Â Jessica Simpson's ass or LB's squash?
HaveÂ you noticed it's become a bad thing to be successful in America these days?Â As if you somehow should hide your success because it has come at the expense of others?Â When did the great promise of the "American Dream" somehow turn into the obligation of "American Mediocrity" where everyone is equal and those who rise above are to be shamed?
There are examples everywhere.Â Perfectly legit, hard working members of our financial community are called "greedy Wall Street pigs" because they were able to make millions of dollars, doing their job well!Â CEO's of very successful companies, who negotiated a deal for themselves with a knowing, understanding board of directors, are criticized for their "ridiculous" salaries, even though in most cases their skill provided great return for the company's stockholders, which happened because they were doing their job well!Â
The latest, and perhaps most shameful, example of this is the girl's basketball coach at the Covenant School in Texas, Micah Grimes, who was fired yesterday because his team beat the team from Dallas Academy 100-0.Â Nevermind that Dallas Academy hasn't won a game in four years.Â Never mind that they only have 20 girls who attend the whole school.Â Mr. Grimes lost his job because he didn't tell his students to focus on mediocrity.Â "Don't be too successful" he should have said.Â "We don't want to hurt anyone's feelings.Â After all this is America, and we don't anyone to rise above and do better than anyone else".
This is a dangerous concept.Â For years, it was the other way around.Â I was told by my parents I could be anything I wanted.Â I was told by my late father that nothing replaced hard work, and if I were to work harder than the other guy, I would be more successful.Â That was when success was not a bad word.Â Now, we are showing our children that it doesn't matter how hard you work, the schools (and the Government) will step in and keep everything fair.Â How does that possibly encourage anyone to work a little harder?Â How does that give anyone a three pointer to shoot for, pun intended.
Don't believe me?Â Just ask the girls basketball team at Covenant High School.Â They just learned the valuable lessson that if you practice, try hard, get good at something, and execute it to the fullest, you are the bad guy.Â It's the plague of success in this country...and it's spreading.
If you heard Cam Neely on Thursday's show (listen to the podcast here), then you know that the Vice President of the Boston Bruins is somewhat surprised that, at the midpoint of the season, they are competing with the San Jose Sharks for FIRST OVERALL in the NHL.Â Cam was discussion how great it is to see the Garden full of fans, and how tough it is to get tickets.Â As predicted early this season by our show, the Bruins are going to the Stanley Cup playoffs...and maybe you will get a chance to participate in the most uniqueÂ tradition inÂ professional sports: drinking from Lord Stanley's trophy.
Speaking of that, quick Stanley Cup story.Â When our friend, Scott Young, won it with Colorado, we went to Logan Airport and picked it up in a limo (along with the NHL provided handler-more on him later) and took all over the state so booze could be consumed from it.Â Our first stop was the old Cai's in Malden where, this may shock some of you, we found LB waiting at about noon on a Thursday.Â That was LB's one and only drink from the cup!Â Later that night, we ended up at a great place in Clinton called the Crystal Club, where the NHL's handler, the guy who's only job is to protect theÂ LEGENDARY Cup, disapeared for the night, under mysterious circumstances!Â The guy left the cup with a bunch of drunks (I am including myself in that designation) in Clinton!!!Â There are a million stories that we KNOW about the cup, (it got stuck to the bottom of Mario Lemeiux's pool for instance) but don't you wonder how many more we don't know?Â That's just one...
Anyway...back to the Bruins.Â This is their year.Â And like every sports franchise going for a world championship, they need just a little something extra to put them over the top.Â For the Sox in '04, it was Kevin Millar and "Cowboy Up" or maybe the Dropkicks and "Tessie".Â For the Celtics last year, it was Gino.Â Now, we know for the Bruins it will be the lovely Alyssa Milano.Â Please view the photos below, and tell me that this is not just what we needed!Â I am going to demand that Cam fly her in for a home game.Â Screw it-he should fly her in for every remaining home game!Â Alyssa:Â Thank you.Â You just assured us that we will win the Cup!!!