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Day December 1, 2012

The Growing Revolt Against Grover Norquist

Two weeks ago I penned a short piece titled “Grover Norquist Collateral Casualty of 2012?” where I broached the question of whether or not Norquist would become a casualty as a result of the coming fiscal cliff negotiations and where I said, “…look for Grover Norquist to politically take a major hit in the resolution of the fiscal cliff crisis.” The way things are playing out I think that we can pretty much assume that Norquist is already taking on water and his support and influence seems to be fading with each passing day. Let’s review a few recent developments, staring with this:”Grover Norquist: Washington Enemy No. 1 :The man who enforces the no-new-taxes pledge is under fire like never before. Why he still expects Republicans will hold the line”; To wit: “Republicans are facing an avalanche of pressure from the White House, the media and even many on Wall Street to abandon their antitax principles to avoid a “fiscal cliff…The pressure on Republicans to repudiate this oath has never been as intense as it is now. Mr. Obama is claiming a voter mandate to raise taxes, while the media and liberals are declaring that the days of “Norquistism,” as […]

David Boeri Shows Former Congressman Robert Drinan, S.J. Was a Tool of Whitey and Billy Bulger. Not!

This is a quick must read for anyone with even a passive interest in the Bulgers and the unprecedented power they held over our city and state for many decades. David  Boeri of WBUR is in my honest opinion a “journalist’s” “journalist”. Keep it up David. You’re proving points many people have been trying to make for years.

Weekly Joke Revue: Congress Torn Between Pledge To Anti-Tax Zealot, Well-Being Of Nation

Gail Collins, surely America’s most gifted columnist: Also, Mitt loves practical jokes, and if Obama had really wanted to get in the spirit of things, he could have had Romney arrested by the Capitol Police in the lobby. Onion: Congressman Torn Between Meaningless Pledge To Anti-Tax Zealot, Well-Being Of Nation WASHINGTON—Amid ongoing negotiations in Congress over the looming “fiscal cliff,” Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) told reporters Wednesday he is “completely torn” between his commitment to conservative activist Grover Norquist’s meaningless anti-tax pledge and the general welfare of the entire country. “On the one hand, you have a nonsensical promise to blindly oppose tax increases regardless of circumstances, but on the other, you have the well-being of more than 300 million people and the long-term stability of the entire U.S. economy,” said Reed, adding that he is “really stuck between a rock and a hard place” now that he must decide between his loyalty to a dogmatic political lobbyist and his responsibility to serve the best interests of his constituents. “At the end of the day, it’s a question of whether a nonbinding signature on an outdated and worthless pledge written 26 years ago is more important than preventing the nation […]

What’s The Deal With The Boston Globe and The Feds? – Howie Carr Again Shows He Has No Soul

A few weeks ago I blogged about Carmen Ortiz not doing herself favors by pursuing the civil forfeiture case against the mortgage free low-end motel in Tewksbury. Fifteen drug arrests occurred in thiity thousand rented rooms over 14 years. Yeah, you heard me right. The evidence showed the feds have real estate experts searching for property with no mortgage or a low one. They then try to build a case to seize it. This case is beyond ridiculous. Attorney Matt Connelly mentioned this case on his Whitey Bulger blog in the context of the media coverage it has received. Practically none. Does that make sense? Think about it? We know all there is to know about the poor woman with the bad driving history who was this week’s flavor or the month. And the unfortunate bastard who caused the Green Line rear-ender today will be put on a plate for us to carve into very shortly. But this flagrant and well documented prosecutorial abuse goes under the media radar. Especially by the Boston Globe. Why? This case should be the coffee talk. Carmen Ortiz should own this. It’s scary stuff. Connolly has shown many halve truths, false innuendoes, and at best […]