Governor Deval Patrick did walk to a morning event on Beacon Hill — a stone’s throw from the Statehouse — but was quick to sheepishly admit that he probably hadn’t set the best example earlier in the day.
“You got me!” grinned the Governor.
The Governor himself recently declared this “Car-Free Week,” urging people to ditch their autos in favor of public transportation, biking, walking, or at the very least carpooling — espousing the environmental and health benefits of that switch.
Liberals are fine and dandy forcing their absurd ways on everyone else, so long as they themselves don’t have to practice what they preach.
And by “rightwing nutjobs”, I clearly mean ”a blue state with a blue House, blue Senate, and blue governor”…aka Taxachusetts! Details:
The 111-to-42 vote followed tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states. But unlike those efforts, the push in Massachusetts was led by Democrats who have traditionally stood with labor to oppose any reduction in workers’ rights.Unions fought hard to stop the bill, launching a radio ad that assailed the plan and warning legislators that if they voted for the measure, they could lose their union backing in the next election. After the vote, labor leaders accused House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and other Democrats of turning their backs on public employees.
“It’s pretty stunning,’’ said Robert J. Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. “These are the same Democrats that all these labor unions elected. The same Democrats who we contributed to in their campaigns. The same Democrats who tell us over and over again that they’re with us, that they believe in collective bargaining, that they believe in unions. . . . It’s a done deal for our relationship with the people inside that chamber.’’
Huh. It’s as if the taxpayers don’t want to be sodomized by government employee unions or something!
Longtime Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank has given his re-election campaign $200,000 as he faces his toughest race in years.
A campaign finance report filed Tuesday showed that Frank, the chairman of the powerful House Financial Services committee, lent himself the money Tuesday…
A longtime public servant, Frank isn’t exactly a rich man. Financial disclosures filed with the House show he has assets between $560,000 and $1.5 million. He is not required to disclose the worth of his primary residence.
Frank’s district is heavily Democrat, otherwise there’s no way in Hell this reprobate would have been continually sent back to Congress, especially after his boyfriend ran a prostitution ring out of his DC home. That said, Scott Brown did win the D.C. Madam’s district back in January in the Senate special election. Fingers crossed!
Welcome to Martha’s Vineyard, Mr. President – but don’t go in the water!
President Obama, who took a plunge in the Gulf last week to show Americans it was safe to swim the oil spill-plagued area, arrived on this supposedly pristine island yesterday in the midst of a rash of bacteria-induced beach closings.
Portions of Tisbury Great Pond, the salt-water lagoon fronting the first family’s vacation estate Blue Heron Farm, were closed earlier this week due to high levels of enterococci, an indicator that the water is contaminated with fecal coliform bacteria. Ew.
I’d part with a juvenile comment (as you have no doubt come to expect from me), but sometimes, stuff like this just writes itself!
Jean-François Heinz-Kerry, who is rumored to have served in Vietnam, has spent his entire legislative career in pursuit of higher taxes on all Americans. Well, apparently his tolerance for high taxes doesn’t extend to himself. Details:
Sen. John Kerry, who has repeatedly voted to raise taxes while in Congress, dodged a whopping six-figure state tax bill on his new multimillion-dollar yacht by mooring her in Newport, R.I.
Isabel – Kerry’s luxe, 76-foot New Zealand-built Friendship sloop with an Edwardian-style, glossy varnished teak interior, two VIP main cabins and a pilothouse fitted with a wet bar and cold wine storage – was designed by Rhode Island boat designer Ted Fontaine.
But instead of berthing the vessel in Nantucket, where the senator summers with the missus, Teresa Heinz, Isabel’s hailing port is listed as “Newport” on her stern.
Could the reason be that the Ocean State repealed its Boat Sales and Use Tax back in 1993, making the tiny state to the south a haven – like the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Nassau – for tax-skirting luxury yacht owners?
Cash-strapped Massachusetts still collects a 6.25 percent sales tax and an annual excise tax on yachts. Sources say Isabel sold for something in the neighborhood of $7 million, meaning Kerry saved approximately $437,500 in sales tax and an annual excise tax of about $70,000.
He was actually for paying those taxes…before he wasn’t.
What if an international agitator organization, comprised of unemployable non-bathing miscreants, held a protest and nobody came? Well, it happened, in Boston:
Calls to protest Arizona’s tough illegal-immigration law fell flat in Boston yesterday as barely 400 people rallied in opposition to Gov. Jan Brewer and her policy to use ID checks to arrest illegals.
Organizers had predicted the gathering would draw thousands, but less than 400 people – some of them counter-protesters – showed up for the Copley Square rally.
Organizers with the ANSWER Coalition had advertised that the rally would draw thousands of people from across the East Coast.
Sarah Sloan, an organizer with the ANSWER Coalition, said protesters came from nine East Coast states, but the large numbers did not materialize.
A fiery Steve Kirschbaum, a member of United Steeworkers Local 8751, called the law “scumbag, racist and fascist.”
“Our numbers may be small, but we speak for millions,” he said.
Um…no, Mr. Useless Union Parasite, you don’t. Apparently, you only speak for hundreds.
I think there may have been some confusion, as this guy…
…didn’t get the memo that the role in Invasion of the Body Snatchers had already been filled by Donald Sutherland.
Since no one is seriously hurt, I feel empowered to giggle mercilessly like pre-teens (or Andrew Sullivan, take your pick) at a Jonas Brothers concert. Details:
Hey, Rep. Moran, how do you say “karma” in Spanish?
Michael Moran of Brighton is a staunch supporter of the “sanctuary” approach to illegal immigration we have here in Massachusetts. He voted against the Perry amendment that would require applicants for state benefits to prove they’re here legally. Moran voted for subsidized college tuition for illegals, too.
It’s safe to say that no Massachusetts politician has done more to make illegal immigrants feel welcome. Illegal immigrants like 27-year-old Isaias Naranjo, who (ahem) “met” Moran on the streets of Brighton last week.
According to Fox 25, Naranjo was driving 60 mph when he slammed his car into Moran’s. Naranjo was also drunk, driving without a license and – in an only-in-Massachusetts twist – was wearing a “Mexican costume” at the time.
Note the cavalier attitude of the criminal alien:
Now if Naranjo were just another Massachusetts taxpayer, he would be in some serious guacamole. But Fox reports that when police tried to explain the seriousness of his situation, he just laughed.
“Nothing is going to happen to me, man,” Naranjo told the cops. That’s because he was “going back to my home country, Mexico.”
Naranjo had gotten the Massachusetts message: It’s never illegal to be illegal here. In fact sometimes it’s pretty damn good.
Believe it or not, I’m not that mad at him for his nonchalant attitude. I’m livid at the amnesty shills like Moran who have emboldened this cretin to feel this way.
Biden: I wonder if that new MA Senator, who’s a veteran and military attorney, understands military matters
When he’s not busy plagiarizing quotes from other politicians, Plugs likes to pass the time questioning the knowledge of military matters of a 30-year military veteran and defense attorney of the National Guard. From Politico:
On CBS’s “Face the Nation” last weekend, Biden shot back that he doesn’t “know whether the new senator from Massachusetts understands: When you get tried in a military tribunal, you get a lawyer, too.”
“He’s trying to give me a lesson on military law, and I didn’t think it was appropriate,” Brown told POLITICO. “And I thought he was off base when it comes to explaining to the American people that somehow I need a lesson on whether people get attorneys — of course they get attorneys. There’s a difference as to what type of attorney they’re going to get and when they’re going to get that attorney, and how are they treated, and what rights do they, in fact, get.”
Brown said he is particularly incensed by Biden’s remarks because he’s served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard for more than 30 years and is currently the Guard’s top defense attorney in New England.
“I know the military rules and regulations and procedures from A to Z,” Brown said.
Pretty sure the Vice Plagiarist can’t say that.
Maybe when Biden was getting his hair plugs, the roots went a little deep and damaged his gray matter a tad. You know, making Biden think that Scott Brown was that other Senator from MA who doesn’t know his butt from a hole in the ground on military matters?
OLBERMANN: The Republicans and the Tea Partiers will tell you what happens tonight with Scott Brown tonight, whether he wins or comes close, is a repudiation of Obama policies, and surely one of Obama’s policies from the viewpoint of his opponents is that it’s okay to have this sea change in American history, to have an African-American President. Is this vote to any degree just a euphemism the way state’s rights was in the 60s?
Well, sure. I mean, a little over a year ago, the state gave B.O. a 26 point margin of victory. So it only stands to reason that the state went all Robert Byrd and stuff…in the span of about 14 months, right? For those of you on the left, the aforementioned sentences were examples of sarcasm.
If there’s any silver lining, both of Olbermann’s viewers were giddier than Nancy Pelosi at a “buy one, get one free” Botox sale.
The left is in denial. The MSM is in denial. But I repeat myself.
From the Washington comPost’s Steve Pearlstein:
The first thing to say is that while those of us who are Washington insiders may be focused on health reform, the country has its mind on lots of other things.
The third and most important point to make is that the Senate contest there was not a referendum on health-care reform, despite the best efforts of the national media and the national parties to make it so. …
Health care has been a huge issue in this election. Fifty-two percent (52%) of Brown voters say it was the most important issue in determining their vote. Sixty-three percent (63%) of Coakley voters say health care was the top issue. 78% of Brown voters Strongly Oppose the health care legislation before Congress.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
In related news, Hell freezes over.
There’s lots of postmortem to be performed here over the next couple of days or so. A few of the gems are here:
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says that the reason that MA is electing a Republican is because of…anger at Republican obstructionism? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? My head’s about to explode.
Obama has learned a lesson from tonight’s disaster in MA. The lesson? Don’t play nice, and keep on ramming socialism down the peasants’ throats, whether they like it or not.
Boston Globe has a “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment. But nope…no liberal media bias!
You know what is the absolute tastiest, sweetest, most chocolatey irony of them all? The Dems’ naked power play in MA back in 2004 came back to bite them square in their Marxist elitist tushes today!
Recall that back in 2004, Senator Jean-Francois Heinz-Kerry (who is rumored to have served in Vietnam) was running for president against Bush the Impaler (for those of you on the left, that reference is making fun of you, not Dubya). Polls showed that Kerry stood a chance of winning. The governor of MA at the time was Republican Mitt Romney, and Democrats feared that if Kerry won, he’d have to give up his Senate seat to whomever Romney appointed, which would have been a Republican. Rather than allow that to happen, Ted Kennedy laid off the sauce long enough to lobby state Dems to change the law. Instead of a gubernatorial appointment, a special election would decide who the replacement would be. The blue state would choose a Democrat, thus preventing the Republican governor from altering the makeup of the U.S. Senate.
As it turned out, Kerry lost. So for the time being, the issue seemed moot. But then Kennedy died, and the 2004 law reared its ugly head. The current governor of MA, Deval Patrick, is a Democrat, but he couldn’t appoint a permanent Democrat replacement. Instead, the electorate was tasked with doing that today. And wouldn’t you know it? They elected a Republican!
Had Dems left well enough alone in 2004, today wouldn’t have happened. They thought they were being clever back then, but little did they know that they were merely setting themselves up for a future humiliation, the likes of which they could never envision. Karma’s a female dog, no?
Well, this is Ted Kennedrunk’s seat we’re talking about here, right? Details:
Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said THIS about Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat…“Why would you hand the keys to the car back to the same guys whose policies drove the economy into the ditch and then walked away from the scene of the accident?”
Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment.
B.O. the elitist, snarking on MA Senate candidate Scott Brown:
Forget the ads. Everybody can run slick ads. Forget the truck. [Laughter] Everybody can buy a truck.
While “everybody can buy a truck”, it takes a certain je ne sais quoi to be able to adeptly knock down reporters perceived to be hostile to one’s socialist agenda. Now that is mad skills, baby! At any rate, add “trucks” to the list of things that rural Americans “cling to” like guns and religion, I guess.
“Mr. President, unfortunately in this economy, not everybody can buy a truck,” Brown said in a statement. “My goal is to change that by cutting spending, lowering taxes and letting people keep more of their own money.”
Exit observation: Funny that B.O. is cracking on Brown driving a truck made by Government Motors, no? Great salesmanship, sir.
Stuff like this would normally sink a campaign. But this is Taxachusetts, so you can’t predict. Details:
In October 2005, a Somerville police officer living in Melrose raped his 23-month-old niece with a hot object, most likely a curling iron. Keith Winfield, then 31, told police he was alone with the toddler that day and made additional statements that would ultimately be used to convict him.
But in the aftermath of the crime, a Middlesex County grand jury overseen by Martha Coakley, then the district attorney, investigated without taking action.
It was only after the toddler’s mother filed applications for criminal complaints that Coakley won grand jury indictments charging rape and assault and battery.
Even then, nearly 10 months after the crime, Coakley’s office recommended that Winfield be released on personal recognizance, with no cash bail. He remained free until December 2007, when Coakley’s successor as district attorney won a conviction and two life terms.
Coakley, now the Democratic candidate for US Senate, has made much of her record prosecuting crimes against children, and says her office handled this investigation appropriately. But the case stands out as one in which she drew criticism for not being aggressive enough. Indeed, the case gave rise to Coakley’s last competitive election.
Exit question: If the late Ted Kennedrunk can allow a woman to die a slow watery death and escape both criminal prosecution and electoral retribution, is there similar hope for Martha Coakley?
Quote of the day, “Martha Coakley trashes Red Sox fans in an effort to endear herself to MA voters” edition
Is this woman trying to lose the MA Senate special election? Details:
Coakley bristles at the suggestion that, with so little time left, in an election with such high stakes, she is being too passive.
“As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?’’ she fires back, in an apparent reference to a Brown online video of him doing just that.
No, instead Martha was in DC for a fundraiser that saw one of her advisors/volunteers shove a Weekly Standard reporter to the ground. Apparently, that’s more important than gladhanding the peasants down at the ballpark.
The woman who said there are no terrorists in Afghanistan has apparently found where the terrorists really are. Details:
Attorney General Martha Coakley’s crackdown on Bay State gardening clubs for failing to file financial disclosure forms has left some green thumbs fearing arrest – and many sore at the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.
Linda Jean Smith, president of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, has been besieged with calls from frightened, angry members after a prickly Jan. 4 letter from Coakley’s office declared many of them were breaking the law for failing to file their financial records for the past four years.
“One club president asked me if she was going to be led away in handcuffs,” said Smith, adding that many members are in nursing homes or in Florida. “These ladies are confused.”
Way to aim for the little old ladies demographic, Martha.
Coakley supports a pullout of Afghanistan, and now we see why: Having a presence in Afghanistan only diverts us from the real threat here at home.
Exit question: If she gets elected to the Senate, should I notify her or DHS about my neighbor who grows magnolias in his back yard? He kind of creeps me out, you know.
Apparently, yeah. But hey, it’s Massachusetts, so I’ll believe it when I see it.
Actually, according to the ditz who is running as the Dem candidate from the state, it’s spelled “Massachusettes” in a new ad. Boy, that publik edyookashun sistem up dar mus beez a gud one!
Additionally, Coakley (the Dem) thinks that there are no longer any terrorists in Afghanistan. That piece of news will come as a huge surprise to the families and friends of the eight CIA agents that were just killed there not even two weeks ago.
Despite the ignorance, this is still Massachusetts (no additional “e”, Ms. Coakley), a state that repeatedly sent a pickled-liver woman-killing blueblood to the Senate for five decades. Let’s try not to get our hopes up, shall we?
By now, most of you are aware of the situation where Oprompter should have stayed with his teleprompter instead of wandering off to weigh in on the cops’ arrest of Gates (a black man) in his home. He said “I don’t have all of the facts”, but that didn’t stop him from saying the police acted stupidly.
Question: If you don’t have all of the facts, then how can you definitively say the cops acted stupidly?
Here, lemme help you out for the next time something like this happens. I’m a giver. That’s how I roll.
“I don’t have all of the facts at this time, so I can’t really comment on it until I do have all of the facts. Next question.”
See how easy that was? It’s so easy, an empty suit accomplishment-lite leftist ideologue can do it.
See, I don’t know everything that happened, and I know better than to let the MSM tell me what happened. Until I get all of the information, I can’t say that the cops acted stupidly, nor can I say that the professor who was arrested acted stupidly. Considering the arresting officer is an expert on preventing racial profiling within his department, I’m at least somewhat inclined to believe that he wouldn’t be so boneheaded as to racially profile. Time will tell.
Anywho, B.O. seems to have stepped in it this time. Natually he hasn’t apologized. Go figure.
Exit question: Does B.O. not understand the impact of his accusation? Black America (specifically liberal Black America) already hates and fears the po-po, and their prez just gave their unfounded fears validation. That could seriously impede law enforcement efforts, especially those that depend on the cooperation of all parties involved.
Score a point for the good guys here. From Fox 59:
University of Massachusetts officials on Monday quashed efforts by an Amherst campus chaplain to offer two college credits to any student willing to campaign in New Hampshire this fall for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Chaplain Kent Higgins told students in a Sept. 18 e-mail, “If you’re scared about the prospects for this election, you’re not alone. The most important way to make a difference in the outcome is to activate yourself. It would be just fine with (Republican candidate John) McCain if Obama supporters just think about helping, then sleep in and stay home between now and Election Day.”
Higgins added that an unnamed “sponsor” in the university’s history department would offer a two-credit independent study for students willing to canvass — identify supporters — or volunteer on behalf of the Democratic nominee.
University officials disavowed the effort after inquiries Monday by The Associated Press. They said it could run afoul of state ethics laws banning on-the-job political activity, as well as university policy.
“We do not engage in or sponsor partisan political activity,” (other than normal day-to-day propaganda inside of classrooms, that is. – Ed.) said Audrey Alstadt, chairwoman of the history department. “We certainly do not give academic credit for participation in partisan politics.”
A spokesman for the Massachusetts Republican Party (you mean, there is one? – Ed.) criticized the effort.
“We’re disappointed, but frankly not surprised, that the liberal academic elite have once again decided to promote one candidate over another,” said GOP spokesman Barney Keller. “Our tax dollars pay their salaries so they can teach our children how to make up their own minds, not to advance a partisan political agenda.”
Check out this laugher:
Higgins said he never intended for the program to be limited to supporters of Obama. Regardless of the opinions expressed in his e-mail, he said he would also have been open to those students who wanted to canvass for McCain.
“The idea was there just to see if we could help with folks who want to be active with any of the campaigns in New Hampshire,” he said during an interview with the AP. “We have to be bipartisan, multilateral.”
Yeah, I can see where the average Joe would read “It would be just fine with McCain if Obama supporters just think about helping, then sleep in and stay home between now and Election Day” and think “Wow, that sounds like an apolitical, bipartisan call to arms!” Poor form for a chaplain to lie, no?
If I didn’t know any better, I would swear that it appears as if universities are staffed with a bunch of leftist elitists who use their positions of power to indoctrinate, rather than educate, students!
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