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“You Can Keep Your Health Care Czar, Period”

Without crony capitalism, we wouldn’t have any capitalism at all:

The Bay State’s former Obamacare czar has landed a top job at the company that was awarded a no-bid contract to fix the beleaguered website — the latest Patrick administration official to find work at an organization that benefitted under the state’s taxpayer-funded leadership.

“There’s not a conflict here, and I’m really excited and looking forward to this new job,” Sarah Iselin told the Herald yesterday. “I will not be working on Massachusetts-related work.”

Iselin, who took a leave of absence from Blue Cross Blue Shield from February to May to try to rescue the Massachusetts Health Connector’s disastrous Obamacare portal, providing daily briefings to Gov. Deval Patrick, will become an executive-in-residence at Optum, which holds a lucrative state contract to re-launch the state’s health insurance portal on Nov. 15.

Iselin recommended the state award what amounted to no-bid contracts to both Optum and hCentive — an IT company in which Optum owns a 24 percent stake — during a presentation to the Health Connector board on May 8.

Iselin said talks for her new Optum job began well after she left state office.

Maybe so, Sally, but you gave them the no-bid contract well before you left office. At least they bought you dinner after you put out. Metaphorically speaking, of course.

As the article suggests, she isn’t the first hackette Patrick has pimped out:

The Herald reported on Oct. 16 that outgoing Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett had been angling for the top job at a Cape Cod Healthcare drug initiative this summer, even as she championed a landmark substance abuse treatment bill that addiction centers had spent thousands lobbying for, according to conflict of interest disclosures and state records.

The bill was signed into law on Aug. 6. Bartlett announced her new post on Oct. 14.

As long as somebody is doing well with ObamaCare.

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Your Government at Work

Not at work for you—oh God no!

For itself:

As he prepares to leave office, Governor Deval Patrick is quietly transferring 500 of his managers into the state public employee union, a move that will qualify them for a series of 3 percent raises and insulate them from firing when the next governor takes over.

The change will automatically convert 15 percent of the 3,350 executive branch managers into members of the National Association of Government Employees, which has been fighting for the change for years, arguing the employees were “improperly classified” as managers.

While smaller clusters of management positions have been converted into union positions in the past, this is the largest sweep into the union in at least two decades, according to administration and union officials.

Rolling the managers into the 22,000-member union will effectively protect them from any house-cleaning that might occur when the next governor takes office in January — a particular likelihood if Republican Charlie Baker were to take over after eight years of Democratic leadership.

Union employees generally have to be removed “for cause,” while managers serve at will.

“With just a couple of months to go in the current administration, this has the whiff of a job protection action just before the governor leaves office,” said Jim Stergios, executive director of the Pioneer Institute, a conservative research organization.

The election to replace Patrick is barely two weeks away, and he pulls this stunt. One could almost dismiss it as Massachusetts being Massachusetts, but for the size (unprecedented) and the timing (cynical). This is Patrick (mini-me to Obama) being Patrick. Still, if it means he’s finally gone, it might actually be worth it.

Eric Kriss, who was secretary of administration and finance under Romney, was critical of the decision. “What this will do is continue to reduce, as has been done since the 1960s, any layer of what you would call managers,” he said. And once managers are moved into the union, “removing anybody is virtually impossible,” he said.

Here’s the state government, Governor Baker. Don’t choke on it.

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Pardon My French

But what if cluster[bleep] is le mot juste?

“CGI will not abide by any assertion that our company bears exclusive, or even primary, responsibility for the issues to date on the project,” CGI President George Schindler wrote in a March 14 letter to state Obamacare Web czar Sarah Iselin just three days before the state dumped the firm from the project.

Yet CGI claims:

• The state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Health Connector are still at odds with each other. During a March 11 meeting, HHS officials described the need to work with CGI as a “high priority,” while Connector staff called it “no longer a requirement.” With the two agencies infighting, “the decision process was slow, and at times circular,” CGI said.

• State officials still can’t decide what the site should feature, resulting in further delays — nearly a third of the system’s requirements haven’t been finalized. “It is not reasonable to expect CGI to build what the commonwealth has yet to define fully,” wrote Schindler.

• CGI has received more than 400 requests to add more features to the site or change completed ones.

• State officials often agreed on one plan during working sessions, only to be overridden later on by higher-ups who weren’t present at the meetings.

• The state even ignored pleas from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which recommended delaying certain website extras to focus on Obamacare-required components. Though both CGI and the state acknowledged in mid-May that the schedule going forward was “risky,” state officials forced even more add-ons in the four months before the Oct. 1 launch.

To recap, Mitt Romney left us with a functioning health connector site (much as we wish he hadn’t); only the dictates of ObamaCare made us scrap it and take up with CGI, the company that failed so spectacularly with the federal website.

What we’re left with is an orgy of suck:

Health Connector spokesman Jason Lefferts told the Herald last night: “CGI’s underperformance at the state and national level is well-documented, and most recently captured by the third-party, independent MITRE and Microsoft reports. Their attempt at deflecting blame is unproductive.”

CGI declined comment yesterday and referred to a March 17 statement in which it promised to work with the state to “ensure a smooth transition.”

Joshua Archambault of the Pioneer Institute said state officials deserve just as much blame as CGI. “I don’t think the state has been as transparent about its own flaws during this process, and I hope the future will present opportunities for them to have to explain themselves for what happened in the past and how they’ll prevent the same mistakes in the future,” he said.

Lord, if Mitt Romney can’t be our president, why can’t he at least be our governor?

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Let’s Go: Boston

Welcome to town, Mr. President! Park your limo(s) anywhere (as you always did, if your unpaid parking tickets are any indication).

May we offer some suggestions to fill the time between your money grubbing?

Like to skate? There’s the Frog Pond in Boston Common, right next to Hampshire House, the model for Cheers. You and your security team of dozens can hoist a tankard (of hot chocolate) at the bar afterwards.

I see one of your shakedowns will be at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square (no traffic problem there). Be sure to check out the Regattabar while you’re there. Jussi Reijonen will be playing both the fretless and fretted guitars, backed by musicians from Finland, Sweden, Spain, and Palestine (wherever that is). If $18 a ticket for your entire entourage is too steep, have Michelle expense it. No one will question it.

Please notice the clean ice sheet that is the Charles River. We’ve suffered a lot to get it looking this nice. As global warming is the greatest threat we face, this may be your last chance.

And you can always read Howie Carr in the Herald:

Gov. Deval Patrick has a glass jaw. He can’t take a punch.

Unfortunately for Deval, punches are about all he takes these days. And unlike the guy he’ll be spending the day with, he doesn’t have George W. Bush to point the finger at whenever anything goes wrong.

Perhaps you’d better not, sir.

Hey, it could have been worse. Someone could have asked him about the inspector general’s EBT fraud report, showing an 87 percent increase in welfare fraud cases reported in the first 10 months of last year — 14,431 in all. That’s an awful lot of anecdotes.

And here’s another one, just in from Lynn. Last Saturday, cops found a man passed out in a car, with two kids in the back seat. According to reports, in the driver’s possession they found 116 Oxys, 47 methadone pills, bags of marijuana and cocaine, $3,703.25 in cash and, as the local paper put it, “somebody else’s Department of Transitional Assistance Card.”

Make that 14,432 anecdotes.

Later today, an eminently qualified lawyer (he gave $110,000 to various Democratic pols and claimed that the greatest moment in his career was representing a Gitmo terrorist) will likely be voted down for a judgeship by the Governor’s Council on a tie 4-4 vote.

And Deval has no way to break the tie after the resignation of his crooked lieutenant governor, Crash Murray.

Then there’s the DCF fiasco, the marijuana-dispensary fiasco, the casino licensing fiasco, the completely worthless Obamacare website fiasco.

Somewhere, perhaps Deval is thinking to himself, if only he could wriggle out of every disaster the way his pal Barack does.

“George Bush did it!”

You mean like this?

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow asserted Monday that George W. Bush, who exited office in 2009, is ultimately at fault for the current Ukrainian crisis.

It would take too long to bring you up to speed on all the fiascos Howie cites. What they add up to is the very expensive lesson that single party rule (at least by Democrats) is not only corrupt, but incompetent. (Imagine if they were competently corrupt!)

PS: I tried to find a picture of pure corruption, and this is what I came up with:

How’d I do?

PS: MF-er got me back good. I sat in a half-hour ObamaJam this afternoon. Thousands of cars idling in rush hour while his O-minence picked pockets about town. Thanks for the carbon, BHO!

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Pearl Before Swine

You remember Daniel Pearl. At least as he was before Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (or someone else who doubtless includes Mohammed among his myriad names) dismembered him.

His savage, subhuman (to borrow from that reprobate Ted Nugent) butchering was filmed for all eternity lest anyone doubt that he was killed for one reason only: “My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I’m Jewish. My family follows Judaism.” Those were his last words.

But our UN Ambassador has a different take:

Daniel Pearl’s story is reminder that individual accountability & reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence.

Huh?

With whom did Daniel Pearl have to recon—… Huh?

What violence did he—… Huh?

She sounds like Governor Deval Patrick, who summarized the terrorist mass-murders of 9/11 as “”a failure of human understanding.” His solution? To “learn to love each other.”

The cluelessness and denial of these people is not merely sickening; it is dangerous. To the extent that a governor of a no-account state like Massachusetts (which only gave you John Kerry, Mike Dukakis, Elizabeth Warren, and a succession of Kennedys) and a UN Ambassador have any responsibility for our safety or standing in the world, these comments—and the beliefs they betray—are dangerous.

Oh, Ambassador Powers: if “individual accountability” really counted for anything, Bill Clinton would be in the stocks in Dupont Circle to this day. With Hillary locked up at his side. Just to make each other miserable.

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For the Children

Even that liberal canard doesn’t hold here.

It’s to the children:

Fire the commissioner of the Department of Children and Families?

OK, so some kids are dead, or missing or living with convicted felons who may or may not be sex offenders, although we’re not really sure because one-third of the department’s social workers aren’t even licensed.

So what? Olga Roche is going nowhere.

Haven’t you read the glowing tributes to Olga from her nearest and dearest that were posted on Friday, attesting to her impeccable credentials?

This, from the Spanish American Center: “We are very proud of her Latino heritage.”

What more do you need to know? You cannot fire this wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences, to coin a phrase.

Olga also gets a thumbs-up from Juan Gomez, who identifies himself as “president of the largest minority multi-service provider” in the commonwealth, who spends his days trying to “reinforce support for minority communities.”

Wait, wouldn’t a number of those children be minorities? So the [bleep] what?

They’re mounting basically the same line of defense as the local NAACP did for jailbird ex-state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, a combat veteran of the War on Women. Some people just can’t be fired, because … well, just because.

Henriquez had kidnapped and beaten a women (he was convicted of two counts of A&B); he was led into the State House in handcuffs for his expulsion vote (146-5). The NAACP took his side.

Next, we have Maria Z. Mossaides of the Children’s League of Mass. She writes how great Olga is for all the DCF “stakeholders.”

Wouldn’t the actual children themselves be the ultimate “stakeholders” in DCF?

But leave it to Gov. Deval Patrick to point the finger of blame right where it belongs — at this newspaper. Once again, everything is the Herald’s fault. Just as we did with the DTA, we have “destabilized” the department by reporting … anecdotes.

There’s an old saying, patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. In Deval’s case, blaming the Herald is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

We all understand the sympathy he feels for Olga. He knows what it’s like to be in way over your head, in a job for which you have next to no qualifications. He remembers his doomed (although extremely lucrative) tenures at Coke and Texaco, after he finally passed the bar exam on his third try.

The columnist, Howie Carr, is very hard on Governor Patrick, but deservedly so. This is appalling failure of the state to do the minimum job required of it: to take care of its powerless and vulnerable wards.

But it is hardly the only lapse. My particular favorite is the state drug lab:

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts urged the state’s highest court today to dismiss all of the 40,000-plus criminal cases tied to Annie Dookhan, the state chemist whose falsification of test results in drug cases led to the worst scandal to hit the criminal justice system in years.

Which is saying something from the people who brought you Whitey Bulger!

But how many innocent people were wrongly convicted? And how many guilty convicts will be wrongly freed? The ACLU may have its head far, far up its collective backside, but it’s right in this case. Under the governor’s watch, tens of thousands of criminal cases were ruined, the innocent and the guilty wrongly convicted. The line for lawsuits forms to the right.

PS: Others opt for the New England Compounding Center scandal.

The owners and insurers of the bankrupt Framingham pharmacy blamed for an outbreak of fungal meningitis that killed dozens of people last year have tentatively agreed to contribute more than $100 million to compensate victims and creditors of the firm.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that at least 751 people contracted meningitis or other infections from the pain shots, including 64 who died in 20 states, making it one of the largest cases of tainted drugs in US history. Overall, as many as 14,000 patients received the tainted injections, and, beyond those diagnosed with meningitis, some reported suffering fatigue or other symptoms.

Federal inspectors found dirty mats, black specks floating in vials, and other signs the room was contaminated.

“Federal inspectors”? Where was the state?

Critics say compounding pharmacies, which custom-make medications for individuals who need speciality drugs not available elsewhere, have not traditionally received enough scrutiny because they are mainly overseen by states, rather than the US Food and Drug Administration….

Exactly.

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Où Sont Les Neiges de RomneyCare?

An update to yesterday’s dispatch:

The state’s broken Obamacare website was down for maintenance last night — adding insult to injury just hours after lawmakers lit into Gov. Deval Patrick and top health officials for stranding Bay Staters trying to sign up for basic health insurance.

“We had a website that was considered one of the best in the country — now it’s one of the worst,” state Sen. Richard Moore (D-Uxbridge) told the Herald. “I think there are more questions that came from the hearing than may have been answers.”

Health Connector officials, who had vowed a sweeping turnaround to the troubled system, blamed “technical issues” for the “Maintenance In Progress” screen that blocked access to the site late yesterday.

Some thought Gov. Deval Patrick had a political future that matched his ambition, if not his stature.

Howie Carr disabuses us of that notion:

Gov. Deval Patrick is the worst governor in Massachusetts history.

Sorry, Mike Dukakis, but it’s true.

Where to begin? Every morning, the papers are full of more disasters authored by Deval and his Cabinet. Is there a single agency in Deval’s government that is not described as “troubled” or “embattled”?

The DCF — one missing, dozens of children dead.

The New England Compounding Center in Framingham, regulated by the Department of Public Health — 64 dead.

Annie Dookhan and the state crime lab: thousands of criminal drug cases compromised, hundreds of millions set aside for lawsuits, one dead — so far.

Promised in 2006 to cut the real-estate property taxes of everyone in the state, and then did absolutely nothing.

Bungled the state’s $69 million Obamacare website.

Increased state sales tax by 25 percent.

Instituted sales tax on alcohol, which already has an excise tax, meaning he imposed a tax on a tax. (The voters repealed it.)

He was for the tech tax before he was against the tech tax.

Unemployment rate now much higher than when Mitt Romney left — and above the national average.

Tried to bring Carl Stanley McGee back to state government with a six-figure salary after charges of attacking a young boy in a Florida hot tub were dropped against McGee.

Described the 9/11 terror attacks as “a failure of human beings to understand each other and to learn to love each other.”

After the Boston Marathon bombings by Muslim terrorists, called a press conference to sternly warn people against blaming Muslim terrorists.

At a press conference about the killing of an American motorcyclist by a drunk illegal alien in Milford, couldn’t remember the victim’s name.

Nine million dollars for renovations to his State House office.

Tried to push through a $2 billion tax increase last year, and had to be stopped by, of all people, the Legislature, which “only” raised taxes by $500 million.

Hired unemployed next-door neighbor in Milton to a $120,000 state job.

Hired campaign driver from Milton as head of the state Parole Board for $100,000-plus.

Tried to give a $175,000 hack job that hadn’t been filled in more than a decade to one of his first campaign supporters.

The governor would describe these failings as mere “anecdotes”.

Here’s another:

About 8,850 state employees earned more than $100,000 last year, a significant jump from 2012, when nearly 7,700 state workers cracked that mark, according to a Globe analysis of public payroll records.

Many of those salaries go to the faculty and staff at UMass, but still—a 15% increase over one year? When inflation is negligible? As the Soviet Union and China amply demonstrated, a one-party state is no democracy.

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At Least RomneyCare Worked

I still hate the very concept, but the contrast between ObamaCare and RomneyCare couldn’t be starker:

As fed up Beacon Hill lawmakers plan to grill Health Connector officials on the state’s botched Obamacare website today, one frustrated Southboro man — who claims his family is now uninsured even though his payment for February was cashed — said he’s ready to launch a one-man sit-in at the Health Connector’s Boston office until he gets answers.

“If I can’t get any further on the phone tomorrow (today), I may just march down there and refuse to leave until they give it to me,” said Dan Ginsburg. “I’m actually serious. I consider it a serious issue that my family doesn’t have insurance. I have a small 16-month-old child. It puts us at risk of financial problems.”

State lawmakers say they’ve heard of dozens of cases just like Ginsburg’s, where customers’ checks have been cashed but they’ve never received confirmation of insurance.

State Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) said his office has been contacted by 17 people with similar problems, including a Maynard woman who had to cancel a doctor’s appointment and couldn’t pick up her prescription drugs because she had no insurance for about five weeks, even though her check was cashed Jan. 1.

“One of my constituents took the whole day off to have the time to be put on hold,” said Eldridge.

Health Connector officials refused to say yesterday how many similar cases exist, but one industry expert estimated it could be as many as 1,000.

A thousand?

At least misery loves company:

“The governor continues to say no one is going to fall through the cracks,” said state Sen. James Welch (D-West Springfield), the chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. “But we hear constantly from our constituents who are falling through the cracks.”

State Rep. Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) said Patrick has been “dismissive” about the depths of the website’s problems.

She also read portions of the bombshell email from Health Connector board member Jonathan Gruber — first reported in the Herald on Monday — that admitted the board failed in its duty to oversee the website and was more interested in projecting a harmonious public image.

“I do not have trust in an organization and a process that its own members are saying, ‘We have not been doing this work transparently, we have not been taking our jobs seriously’ and a real disinterest in the nuts and bolts of getting this done,” said Benson.

Nuts and dolts, you mean. That’s the only explanation.

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When Minority Groups Attack—Each Other

Please don’t take the metaphor too literally—liberal outrage is so tiresome—but Massachusetts is like a game reserve. This protected class and that preferred minority living together in perfect harmony—yeah, right:

A scathing discrimination complaint is pitting three appointees of Gov. Deval Patrick against his own administration, accusing it of paying a black male administrative judge more than three women who hold the same job, including former Democratic state Sen. Cheryl Jacques.

The three Patrick-appointed administrative judges at the Department of Industrial Accidents say officials led by state labor boss Joanne Goldstein lavished a six-figure starting salary and prime downtown parking space on Judge Michael Williams, who, according to the complaint, has less experience.

“Would you want to bite the hand that feeds you? None of us want to do that. … But here we are,” said Judge Kalina Vendetti, who is white and, like fellow complaining Hispanic judge Cristina Poulter, was appointed by Patrick in 2010. Two years earlier, the governor appointed Jacques, who is white and was the first openly gay woman in the state Senate.

Women, blacks, lesbians—all we need is a midget and we can play bridge!

Cue Howie Carr:

I almost made it through one full year without writing about Cheryl Jacques (rhymes with Fakes).

Since 2008, Fakes has been an administrative judge in the Department of Industrial Accidents, which is not a meritocracy. For example, her first boss at DIA was the ex-judge husband of state Sen. Marian Walsh, whom Deval unsuccessfully tried to inter in a do-nothing $175,000-a-year job that had gone unfilled for more than a decade.

Fakes is now accusing Deval’s administration of discriminating against her by not currently paying her as much in her hack job (approximately $100,000) as they paid a black male ($110,000).

Even more unforgivably, she charges, she has been denied a free parking space. Talk about oppression …

When Deval snatched her off the hack waiver wire, it seemed the PC thing to do. She was, after all, the first lesbian in the state Senate, and as such got to address the 2004 Democratic National Convention, just like you-know-who.

But somehow this is how it always ends up with Fakes. She was first elected to the Senate as a “reformer” at age 30, and within months Whitey Bulger’s brother was raising big money for her, designer-carving the Republican areas out of her district. Soon, her brother had a job on the Pike (the name’s been changed, but he’s still there, making $102,360 a year). Her future wife was on her staff, getting big pay raises.

This looks like Fakes’ last stop in the hack-erama — you know Deval is peeved when his lawyers sneer about “alleged protected classes.”

There are a million such stories in the Naked City—if that image doesn’t nauseate you.

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Boston Legal

This is a series that will run for years and years:

Governor Deval Patrick’s administration said today it believes that the criminal cases of 40,323 people may have been tainted by the actions of alleged rogue drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan and the management failures at the now-closed Department of Public Health lab where she worked.

But to the Committee for Public Counsel Services and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, the administration’s final tally does not fully capture the damage done to individual defendants. The Committee for Public Counsel Services, the state’s public defender agency, believes all 190,000 cases sent through the Department of Public Health lab dating back to the early 1990s are now suspect and should be dismissed.

“The whole thing is disturbing,’’ Anthony Benedetti, chief counsel for the committee said of Meier’s findings and the drug lab scandal. “I think every one of the 40,000 cases she touched should be thrown out. Whether it was possession (of illegal drugs) or distribution (of illegal drugs), the conviction is tainted because of the conduct of Annie Dookhan.’’

Matthew Segal, legal director of the ACLU Massachusetts, said the state’s criminal justice system must do more to help those whose civil rights may have been violated by Dookhan’s alleged mishandling of evidence, and the failure of her superiors to stop it.

“David Meier’s announcement today confirms that we are no closer to solving this problem,’’ said Segal. “There are 40,000 people whose convictions have been potentially tainted and the vast majority of them haven’t had a day in court. Merely identifying them isn’t justice.’’

Even a conservative—especially a conservative—has to agree. Anywhere from 40,000 to 190,000 cons, most of them doubtlessly guilty, have to have their convictions overturned. They should be dumped back on the streets, and the rest of us just have to live with it (or die trying).

To say nothing of the wrongful imprisonment lawsuits. If I can get into law school next month, I can have my sheepskin in three years, just in time to cash in. Less, if I can find an online law school.

The Massachusetts Bar Association today harshly criticized the administration’s management of the now-closed Hinton lab and also warned the fallout from the scandal will last for years.

“The depth of the crisis is unfathomable and reveals what can only be described as an unconscionable level of gross negligence at the state drug lab,” Martin W. Healy, chief legal counsel for the bar association said in a statement. “The crisis will continue to negatively impact the state’s budget and reverberate throughout the commonwealth’s judicial system for years to come.”

In addition to unraveling hundreds of drug convictions, the scandal has also cost the state millions of dollars to pay individual prosecutors’ offices, multiple state agencies, and the judiciary searching for ways to ensure no one was wrongly convicted.

The state’s inspector general is conducting an investigation into the lab scandal while Attorney General Martha Coakley is prosecuting Dookhan for tampering with evidence, allegations that Dookhan has pleaded not guilty to.

For fiscal 2013, lawmakers set aside $30 million for Dookhan-related costs, and the administration set up a procedure that required other government agencies to apply for funding to the state Administration and Finance Agency.

A drop in the ocean. Thanks to government mismanagement and lack of oversight, a non-chemist (well, she got a BA in chemistry—they never checked that she lied about having a Masters) screwed up criminal cases for years. Years. (Almost a decade.) I’m less concerned about the civil liberties of the people behind bars. I’m fairly confident most of them are guilty of something. And the justice system will absolutely make amends. But what will it cost the taxpayers? We who never bought or sold drugs in our lives will have to pony up billions over years to drug buyers and dealers whose convictions will be vacated by this scandal.

Thanks a lot, Governor Patrick.

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Name Your Outrage

Of all the outrages growing out of the Boston (Marathon) Massacre, none is greater than the massacre itself. These two maggots walked among the very people they killed and maimed. They looked into their faces.

But this is hardly the only outrage. The story reveals outrage after outrage with each passing day. What’s your… “favorite”?

Is it the revelations that Speed Bump (aka Tamerlan) was known to not only Russian security, but to ours? (And maybe even Saudi’s?) That’s not my top, yet, because it’s always easier to find the threads of a story when you’re already at the end. The late MIT cop, Sean Collier, and his survivors, however, might have wished the FBI had had the presence of mind to interview known security risks after the bombing. (Just sayin’.) Unless they were convinced by the rabid media that this was a Tea Party job.

Maybe you are outraged that these terrorists lived on the dole while nursing their hatred of America. Housing assistance, tuition relief, the revelations are only beginning, but the bill seems to run to $100,000 far. (Howie Carr calls it state-sponsored terrorism.) They were here only because they were asylum seekers from a war-torn land—a land to which they returned at least occasionally, while receiving benefits!

Then there’s ma, that old hag who can’t say enough bad things about our country (that took her and her family in), when not trying to shoplift dresses from Lord & Taylor, and not taking a powder when her court date arrived. She’s a piece of work.

I could go on, but let me share my greatest outrage. It was the knee-jerk reaction of Governor Deval Patrick to decline to release the welfare information on Speed Bump, out of concerns for his “privacy”.

Privacy??? He’s dead! What privacy? Oh yeah, and he’s a terrorist and a cop killer! I don’t if Speed Bump was in perfect health and had just had his teeth cleaned, he has no right to privacy. That’s just deranged.

But to liberals, politics trumps all. To know that Speed Bump was getting all kinds of state money (my money, Aggie’s money) to fly to Dagestan and learn how to build crock pot bombs might show the welfare system in a bad light. And we can’t have that.

Even Governor Goofball couldn’t sell that one, and he’s had to climb down, quietly. He released 500 pages to a relevant state legislature committee. We’ll see what else we’ll learn.

I don’t know about you, but imbeciles like Patrick don’t make me feel safe.

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Senator Mo

While that title might have applied to Barney Frank, we mean Mo Cowan.

Never heard of him? Neither have we:

Interim Senate pick William “Mo” Cowan today vowed his political career would be short — and ruled out all future plans to run for office — as he prepares to take over for U.S. Sen. John Kerry for the next five months.

“This is going to be a very short career,” said Cowan. “I am not running for office. I’m not a candidate for public service at any time today or in the future.”

Cowan, a close friend to Gov. Deval Patrick since he joined the administration in 2011, was Patrick’s chief of staff and before that chief legal counsel. He stayed on as an advisor to Patrick after he left his post last year.

Cowan is the first black senator to represent Massachusetts in more than 30 years, since Republican Sen. Edward Brooke held the seat.

“My mother told me days like today were possible,” said Cowan of his mother, a daughter of the segregated South who was home in North Carolina recovering from hip replacement surgery. “If you work hard, treat people with respect, there’s very little you cannot achieve in this great nation.”

Patrick called Cowan’s rise “an affirmation of the American dream.”

Huh? Keeping a seat warm is the affirmation of the American dream? Taking an interim appointment from your buddy is an accomplishment?

To be sure, Cowan’s achievements before entering history as a footnote are laudable, but serving in the Senate only long enough to find out where the men’s room is hardly counts.

Now, pi**ing off Barney Frank—that’s priceless. Well done, Governor. Congratulations, Mo.

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