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You Wanna Know Why We’re Such Dolts in Massachusetts?

Course you don’t.

But I’m going to tell you anyway:

The strong public support for the Massachusetts health care law has not wavered, despite the well-publicized troubles of the state’s new health insurance website, a new poll has found.

Sixty-three percent of adults said they support the law, which is intended to ensure that almost everyone has health insurance — the same percentage as in a similar survey conducted in 2011.

Fine. Whatever.

But get this:

Fewer than half the people questioned in the latest survey knew anything about the difficulties with the state’s health insurance website after it was retooled to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act, starting last October. The site often was down, and when it worked, consumers could not determine their eligibility for government-subsidized coverage and experienced other problems, forcing some to go without coverage temporarily and use paper workarounds.

Of course we like the law—we know nothing about it! It works, we love it. It sucks, we love it. We just love it. It’s ours and we love it.

Except it’s not our law. We had a law, called RomneyCare (love it or loathe it), but ObamaCare came along and kicked sand in its face. And everyone knows what a morsel of excrement that was.

But so what?

Ann Hurd is among the supporters, despite her firsthand experience with the balky website when she applied for health insurance in December.

“You weren’t able to get through to anything,” said Hurd, a poll respondent who agreed to answer follow-up questions from a reporter. “You’re just stuck there. You try like a week or two later and they get you to the next step. Then you were stuck there.”

Eventually, Hurd was able to learn the premium prices, which approached $500 a month, more than she said she could afford from her pay as a baker. Hurd, 39, of North Attleborough, joined the shrinking group of Massachusetts residents who are uninsured.

But still, she approves of the law. “I support it,” she said. “I don’t support the price.”

A law that was shoved down our throats (or up another orifice) to cover everybody ends up not covering Baker-Americans—and they’re cool with that! Unbelievable!

Aggie and I were talking the other day about the group-think mentality of this place. They listen to NPR and take the New York Times (two of the more propagandistic organs to exist since Joseph Goebbels left the business) and fancy themselves informed. Aggie suggested we start conversations at social events with “I was listening to NPR today, and…”, but instead of actually citing the taxpayer-financed drivel, switch to what Rush Limbaugh or Michael Savage said. See how long the mindlessly-nodding heads continue to nod. I would try another tack. “I heard on NPR today that if you drink your own urine, your butt will get smaller.” “I read in the New York Times that Angela Merkel has a mole the shape of a groundhog on her left breast.” “Frontline had a program about how alien DNA means we’re de-evolving into pus in the next million years.”

If we were only dangerous to ourselves, maybe we could be ignored. But we’re like the Taliban. No matter how far removed we are from you, we can make your lives miserable.

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We Are Such Losers!

This is a news flash, I know, that the people who gave Ted Kennedy, Barney Frank, and John Kerry to the nation (you drew the line at Mike Dukakis) would be such saps that they would line the streets for this occasion:

Hillary Clinton was perched on a chair Monday evening at the Harvard Book Store where hundreds of people had gathered to meet her. Others lined the streets hoping to catch a glimpse of the woman many hope will become the next president.

Clad in a bright turquoise suit, she showed no sign that she has spent the last week on the first leg of a grueling cross-country tour to publicize her recent book, “Hard Choices,” which chronicles her years as secretary of state. The frenzied trip already has taken Clinton from bookstores to a Costco warehouse to a public library.

But if you read a little further (the things I do for you!), you find that we’re not quite as lemming-like as we may seem:

Hundreds of people lingered on the sidewalk for hours forming a line that wrapped around the bookstore along Plympton and down Bow Streets. Outside on Bow Street, a “Ready for Hillary” bus emblazoned with large photographs of Clinton was parked on the street. The bus has followed the former Secretary of State from coast to coast carrying supporters to each stop on the tour.

It was to be expected, given the well oiled Clinton campaign apparatus, that the event was minute orchestrated to the tee.

Attendees had received emails days before the event, demanding that they leave large purses and personal items at home and informing them about the precise time interval when Clinton would be available for book signings. They also passed through security checkpoints that resembled those of Logan Airport.

I didn’t get an email, did you, Aggie? Not that I would have gone, but who are the people in Hillary’s address book?

This isn’t the first we’ve heard about how Hillary’s tour is staged. The nation may be “Ready for Hillary”, but she’s not ready to ride no bus. Buses are for little people.

She rides it, she doesn’t ride it—what difference at this point does it make?

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And Speedbump Was His Name-O

There was a dad who stayed at home,
And Speedbump was his name-o.
He put a bomb in casserole,
And on us put the blame-o.
S-p-double-e-d, s-p-double-e-d, s-p-double-e-d,
And Speedbump was his name-o.

The Politically Correct narrative of the Boston Marathon bombing is sinking faster than Barack Obama’s poll numbers.

Remember Tamerlan Tsarnaev, aka Speedbump. The Boston Globe tearfully informed its moonbat readers that Speedbump was “a stay-at-home dad.”

When he died at the age of 25, Speedbump was a “person of interest” in seven murders in Massachusetts, so apparently the stay-at-home dad got out of his (Section 8) house every once in a while.

Now we find out that his 9 mm came from a “Maine gang,” two words I never thought I’d type in the same sentence. But then, Vacationland has become a diversity-celebrating magnet of late, welcoming all sorts of Somali immigrants who demand translators at their endless criminal trials.

Last winter, two Somalis went on trial in Lewiston for fraudulently taking federal housing assistance. They’d grabbed $58,000 in rental assistance when they owned the entire apartment building.

Now the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Speedbump had “ties to the illicit drug trade in Maine (that) helped finance his six month trip” back to the Third World hellhole from whence he came.

WHAT???

Authorities believe Tsarnaev’s ties to the illicit drug trade in Maine helped finance his six-month trip to the southern Russian republics of Chechnya and Dagestan in early 2012, where he became radicalized. Drug money, they say, also may have helped him buy components of the bomb that killed three people and injured more than 260 on April 15, 2013.

Portland is home to a trio of violent gangs called the True Somali Bloods, the Little Rascals Gang and a newly formed faction of the Crips Nation, according to the FBI.

Somali terrorists in the land of L.L. Bean? Are their turbans plaid? Do they shoot potato guns? Whom do they kidnap? #bringbackourlobsters

So much for the Boston Gob narrative that he was a “home grown” terrorist, a stay-at-home dad. We let him and his scurvy little brother in with their criminal enterprise of a family, and they repay us with a panoply of offenses ranging from shoplifting and domestic abuse to drug dealing, serial murder, and using a weapon of mass destruction. Imagine what mayhem Speedbump (Roadkill if you prefer) could have committed if he had gotten out a little more!

Precisely how Tsarnaev got the gun is still unclear. But police say he used it to wound Richard Donohue, a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officer, during the shootout. The weapon also was used to kill Sean Collier, a 27-year-old MIT security officer, in his patrol car earlier that night.

After the bombing, police found evidence that they said linked Tamerlan Tsarnaev to several brutal drug-related killings. During the night of Sept. 11, 2011, three men had their throats slit in an apartment in Waltham, in Boston’s western suburbs.

Police said thousands of dollars’ worth of marijuana and cash were sprinkled over the mutilated bodies, suggesting robbery was not the motive. The slayings remain unsolved.

Dead men tell no tales.

But their guns do:

The trace led to a Cabela’s, a popular hunting and fishing outfitter with stores across the country, in Scarborough, Maine, just south of Portland. Records showed the gun was purchased Nov. 27, 2011, as part of a “multiple handgun sale.”

The buyer was identified as Danny Sun Jr., a Los Angeles native living in South Portland, a Portland suburb.

But two weeks after the bombing, on May 1, 2013, Sun was arrested on a warrant in Westbrook, Maine, for failing to appear on an outstanding traffic case.

According to government sources, Sun, 26, was asked about the Ruger. After spending 50 hours in the Cumberland County Jail, he told police he had passed his gun to Biniam Tsegai.

Tsegai, 27, was well known to local police. An immigrant from Eritrea, he goes by the moniker Icy.

Tsegai was picked up three weeks later, on May 23, 2013, on Free Street in Portland on a fugitive warrant from a 2009 robbery case. He was taken to the Cumberland County Jail.

A federal grand jury in Portland charged Tsegai with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Michael J. Conley, an assistant U.S. attorney in Portland, noted in papers filed in federal court in January that the cocaine “had been brought to Maine from Boston.”

Tsegai’s rap sheet shows “almost five pages of police involvement,” Conley said. Charges include disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, reckless driving, robbery and refusing to submit to arrest.

Conley said in a detention hearing in June that Tsegai always seemed to be “around” when police were called to a stabbing, a shooting or other crime scene. He often carried $800 or $1,200 in cash, Conley said, although he only worked at a Wendy’s or a convenience store.

Tsegai refused to talk to police about the Ruger or anything else after his arrest. He remains in jail awaiting trial, facing a maximum sentence of 40 years if convicted of the drug charges.

According to court records, federal wiretaps of his jailhouse phone calls show he has warned others not to talk.

“Stay off the phone,” he admonished. “Change your phones, everything.” He boasted: “I told the police to get … out of here.”

Icy’s on ice himself. Icy’s in the cooler. From the ice house to the big house. Icy’s in hot water. Icy got busted by the heat.

Try not to let his story destroy your faith in Somalia. The Boston Gob, you will be pleased to learn, has yet to cover this angle of the case.

PS: Not that they have been completely useless.

The Boston FBI agent who fatally shot a Chechen friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Florida last year had a brief and troubled past at the Oakland Police Department in California. In four years, Officer #8313 took the Fifth at a police corruption trial and was the subject of two police brutality lawsuits and four internal affairs investigations. He retired from the department in 2004 at age 31.

Over the past year, FBI and Massachusetts officials have refused to identify the two state troopers and the agent involved in the May 22, 2013, shooting of Ibragim Todashev, 27, in his Orlando apartment, where he agreed to be interviewed. During the session, Todashev, a mixed martial arts fighter with a criminal record, turned violent, flinging a tabletop at the FBI agent and brandishing a metal pole at the trooper, they said. He was stopped by seven bullets from the FBI agent’s gun.

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The Flubtastic Four

We’re very honored, but we don’t want to forget the little states without whose efforts we wouldn’t be where we are today: Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware—I’m sorry I can’t name them all—this award goes out to all of you:

Nearly half a billion dollars in federal money has been spent developing four state Obamacare exchanges that are now in shambles – and the final price tag for salvaging them may go sharply higher.

Each of the states – Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Maryland – embraced Obamacare and each underperformed. All have come under scathing criticism and now face months of uncertainty as they either rush to rebuild their systems or transition to the federal exchange.

The federal government is caught between writing still more exorbitant checks to give them a second chance at creating viable exchanges of their own or, for a lesser although not inexpensive sum, adding still more states to HealthCare.gov.

Their totals are just a fraction of the $4.698 billion that the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation calculates the federal government has approved for states since 2011 to help them determine whether to create their own exchanges and to assist in doing so. Still, the amount of money that now appears wasted is prompting calls for far greater accountability.

Horse, barn door, you get the point. But we don’t:

Massachusetts’ dual-track approach could require more than $120 million on top of the $170 million it has already has been awarded. That cost is nearly twice as much as if the state were to simply bail on its Connector, but officials seem to be banking in part on the Obama administration’s greater interest in helping the Massachusetts exchange – the once-pioneering model for Obamacare – survive.

You read right: we’d rather sink another $120,000,000 into a failed, fetid pit of a website than admit failure. That’s the kind of sticktoitiveness that made this country great. As Blutowski said in Animal House, “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”

And we have you, the American taxpayer, to thank for our repeated opportunities for failure. You’re the best.

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White Elephant

The Ted Kennedy Institute on Submersible Vehicles is set to open soon:

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With its ornate domed ceiling, decorative gold wallpaper, and Latin mottos etched on the walls, the replica of the historic chamber will be the centerpiece of The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, an educational center and tribute to the legendary Massachusetts Democrat that is slated to open to the public in March 2015.

On Tuesday, Kennedy, the senator’s widow, donned a blue hard hat and showed off the chamber, as well as the rest of the 65,000-square-foot building, which she said will be packed with interactive exhibits about the Senate’s history, the legislative process, and her husband’s 47-year career. For her, it was an emotional tour.

“If this doesn’t give you goose bumps, I don’t know what does.”

I’ll tell you what give me goose bumps, Vickie:

The piece is written without irony. There is no questioning of the size and cost of this mausoleum to an American traitor (look up his letter to Soviet leader, and ex-KGB head, Yuri Andropov, offering to work with him against the sitting president, Reagan).

As she walked through the nearly $80 million institute, designed by Rafael Viñoly, she pointed to a room that she called “our Teddy space.” She said it would house a re-creation of the senator’s Washington office, with his sofa, desk, and memorabilia.

“This is something he never envisioned, never thought of, never planned for,” Kennedy said. “But when we took down his office, we thought, ‘Oh gosh, it’s too rich and beautiful and wonderful not to preserve.’?”

Heave!

While most exhibits will focus on the 2,000 men and women who have served in the Senate, some will also highlight activists who have inspired legislative and social change, Kennedy said.

Like Harry Byrd (D-WV)?

Chris Dodd (D-CT)?

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ObamaCare Kills

Most Europeans toast each other by wishing good health. We in America, by all available evidence, wish each other to get sick and die.

Exhibit A:

The groundbreaking Massachusetts health insurance law may have prevented about 320 deaths a year, according to a Harvard study of the legislation that was used as a model for President Obama’s national health program.

The researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, in a study published Monday, estimated that the law, which expanded coverage to most residents, has saved about one life for every 830 people who enrolled in health insurance.

“This is a strong and credible finding,” said Austin Frakt, a health economist at Boston University School of Medicine who wrote an editorial that accompanied the study. “I think there’s enough evidence at this point to conclude that health insurance does improve health and mortality.”

During the four years after Massachusetts implemented the 2006 law, death rates in the state dropped by nearly 3 percent among young and middle-age adults compared with similar populations in states that did not expand coverage, the researchers concluded.

Four years from 2006 brings us to 2010. What happened after that?

Exhibit B:

Massachusetts plans to scrap the state’s dysfunctional online health insurance website, after deciding it would be too expensive and time-consuming to fix, and replace it with a system used by several other states to enroll residents in plans.

Simultaneously, the state is preparing to temporarily join the federal HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace in case the replacement system is not ready by the fall.

The strategy announced Monday will still cost an estimated $100 million, and it creates many uncertainties, especially for insurance companies and consumers. Some customers might eventually need to change insurance plans.

Another unknown is whether the transition will create disruption for consumers. Eric Linzer, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, said some insurers may not be able to afford to remain in the program, meaning consumers could end up having to switch coverage.

“I can’t overstate the complexity and technical issues that come with not having to develop just one but two separate systems,’’ he said. “Given the time frame in which all this has to be implemented, this is going to be a significant undertaking for plans.’’

A little history: we had this governor named Mitt Romney who worked with the overwhelmingly Democratic state legislature to come up with the system in Exhibit A. It might not have been perfect—indeed it might have given ideas to lesser minds—but it seemed to work for us. Indeed, this Romney fellow argued that such plans could work only at the state level, arguing vehemently against taking the model national.

Enter Exhibit B. While ObamaCare might have been modeled on RomneyCare, the websites worked via the opposite route. So, I have to ask: if Exhibit A saved hundreds of lives, how many lives has Exhibit B—which ruined the benefits of Exhibit A—cost? Even before the death panels have been empaneled, ObamaCare has killed.

How many more, Mr. Speaker? How many more must die?

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Look Who’s on the Warpath

Lie-a-watha, Fauxcahantas, Crocagawea, Betty Buckskin…call her what you like as long as you call her the senior senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:

The unresolved Native American question is seen as a potential campaign issue.

Politico said Warren admitted she initially “fumbled” when reporters first asked her about it.

When Brown picked up the drumbeat, Warren said, “He attacked my dead parents. I was hurt, and I was angry.”

“I was stunned by the attacks.”

Politico’s report recites Warren’s oft-repeated claim of family lore, without any new documentation: “Everyone on our mother’s side — aunts, uncles, and grandparents — talked openly about their Native American ancestry. My brothers and I grew up on stories about our grandfather building one-room schoolhouses and about our grandparents’ courtship and their early lives together in Indian Territory.”

He attacked your dead parents?

What, like those cannibals in Pakistan who dug up graves to feast upon the bodies buried therein? Is that the secret to his good looks?

Just for the record, Elizabeth Warren is 0/32nds Cherokee. And if you went to 64ths or 128ths, I very much doubt you’d find a platelet of Indian blood. Even in this book, her one big chance to set the record straight, she relies solely on family “lore”:

Warren says she was stunned by the attacks – and that she couldn’t provide documentation because her family hadn’t registered any tribal affiliation.

“In Oklahoma, that was pretty common,” she writes. “But knowing who you are is one thing, and proving who you are is another.”

“Pretty common”? Is she implying Cherokee are libertines and sluts, promiscuous savages sleeping with any paleface who flashes a few beads their way?

What difference, at this point, does it make, you ask?

She reiterated that she did not use her background to gain special treatment. “I never asked for special treatment when I applied to college, to law school, or for jobs,” she writes.

Of course she didn’t use her “background”! She doesn’t have any background, except as white trash made good. She used a casually adopted, and even more casually discarded (hence the charge of “spiritual genocide”), identity as the descendant of a noble and victimized people. Perfect for advancement in academia!

Not that we should believe one word from her forked tongue, but I like this tale:

After legislation was passed creating the [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau], Warren was informed that some named and unnamed advisors close to Obama opposed her as the nominee to head that department. One unnamed advisor to the president reportedly told Warren that her role would be a “cheerleader” for the new agency.

“I assume that was meant as a metaphor, but I had to wonder: Cheerleader?” Warren wrote. “Would the same suggestion have been made to a man in my position? I did not rush out to buy pom-poms.”

I could ridicule her humorlessness, but I like the seething anger at a fellow Democrat. At least he didn’t attack her dead parents.

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What Am I Missing?

I should rephrase the question, as it is so open-ended that it would take an Encyclopedia Thirstania to answer it as posed.

What am I missing in regard to the tragic fatal fire in Boston’s Back Bay of two weeks ago?

A team of four federal investigators will be looking for answers in the Back Bay blaze late last month that killed two Boston firefighters.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, also called NIOSH, which has investigated two other fatal firefighting incidents in Boston in recent years, announced Friday that it would look into the deaths of Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr., 43, and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, 33.

But we already know how they died, and why:

Walsh and Kennedy were killed March 26 after they became trapped in the basement of 298 Beacon St. during a nine-alarm fire. Frantic calls for water to douse the fire were heard on audio recordings.

Last week, authorities disclosed the cause and origin of the blaze: It was ignited by sparks from welders working on an iron handrail at the building next door.

The workers had been working without a city permit, which usually requires a Fire Department official to inspect the work site for potential hazards and decide whether a fire detail should be present.

Investigators determined that fierce winds blew sparks from the welding job at the back of 296 Beacon St. onto the clapboards at the rear of 298 Beacon St. The fire smoldered, traveled up inside the walls, and fed on the dry wood, authorities said.

Two brave men died gave their lives in the most heroic and heartbreaking manner imaginable, and we don’t name the welders, or even the company for which they worked, responsible for starting the fire? Even when they omitted a crucial safety step that might have prevented the fire? Even when they persisted on welding (without a permit) on an unusually windy day?

What am I missing? Pope Francis asks us to forgive pedophile priests even as we condemn their evil, and he’s got a point (in Christian theology).

But why are we so forgiving of these unnamed welders, whose negligent actions (confirmed on surveillance tapes) surely bordered on criminality? But for their violation of city fire regulations, Kennedy and Walsh—sons, fathers, brothers—would be alive today. Yet we prance around with these “investigations” and “inquests”.

What am I missing?

PS: What I might be missing—the only thing that makes any sense—was provided by a caller to local talk radio the day it was revealed two un-permited welders had started the fire: they themselves were un-permited. They were illegal aliens. I have no evidence; as far as I know, none exists. But in the absence of any explanation why the negligent actions of these two have gone unexamined, I can think of no other explanation. However protective of pedophile priests the Catholic Churdh was, that’s nothing compared to the protective shield the liberal media holds over illegal immigrants and their crimes.

I’ll revisit this post if and when anything further is revealed.

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Love and Hip Hop

A little too little of the former, and a little too much of the latter:

Authorities are investigating whether “family tension” led the nephew of controversial rapper and reality TV star “Benzino” allegedly to open fire on his uncle during a funeral procession to a Plymouth church where services for the hip-hop magnate’s mother were to be held.

Funerals are very emotional occasions. I’m surprised there aren’t more drive-by shootings associated with them.

Founder and former owner of hip-hop magazine The Source, Raymond Scott, a Boston native, started another magazine titled Hip-Hop Weekly, but now is most known for his role in the VH1 reality series “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.”

He has had well-publicized run-ins with the law and rappers during the past decade. In 2003, he had a race-fueled feud with white rapper Eminem. He was a founding member of the rap group Made Men, which was involved in a bloody 2000 melee at the former Fleet Center in which six people were stabbed. And a Made Men bodyguard was acquitted in 2002 in the near-fatal 2000 stabbing of former Boston Celtic Paul Pierce.

The Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III said Raymond Scott came to him in the early ’90s after his then Roxbury-based gangster rap group The Almighty RSO put out an anti-cop record “One in the Chamba.” The record created a buzz but also stirred tension between him and Boston police.

“It is well known on the streets in the city that he had friends and more than a few enemies,” Rivers said.

Forget the streets, Rev, try the dinner table! The one in the “chamba” had his name on it.

The funeral caravan was pulled off the side of the road by police vehicles on Samoset Street in Plymouth, according to witnesses. When the caravan arrived at St. Peter’s Church, blood was smeared on the passenger side of the hearse carrying Mary Scott’s ashes, onlookers told the Herald.

The Rev. William Williams said the funeral continued as scheduled.

“When they got here we just looked out to see them, and there was something on the hearse, and I said to one of the guys, ‘Is that blood on the hearse?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, we had an incident coming up,’?” Williams said. “The family was there. They were mourning somebody they loved who died, so they didn’t want to talk cops and robbers.”

Hence the old expression, “What if they held a funeral and no one brought a Glock?”

Our condolences, of course, to the Scott family for their loss…losses.

PS: “One in the Chamba” was unknown to me until I heard the Pat Boone cover, as part of his desperate attempt to be relevant. The B-side was “I’m-a Put a Cap in Yo A**, Ni**a”.

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More About the Fire

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This was likely Michael Kennedy, the first of the two firefighters to be recovered.

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Edward Walsh on the left; Michael Kennedy on the right.

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After 9/11 and the Marathon bombing, this has been an emotional day in Boston. My morning sports talk constitutional was taken up with this completely. Gravely-voiced, heavily accented (with the local dialect), men calling in, choked up—recalling the fallen, recalling their fathers, brothers, uncles, sons who are or were firefighters.

One cruel detail: the storm that swept through New England yesterday left no snow, and barely any rain, in Boston. But boy did it blow. And that’s what whipped this this flame into monstrous proportions. One fireman said that on a calm day this would have been a one-alarm non-event, wrapped up in 15 minutes. Instead Walsh and Kennedy were crying “Mayday” (trouble, as in big trouble) within minutes of arriving on the scene.

Too, too sad.

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Fire Claims Two Heroes

An impossibly sad companion post to Aggie’s below:

A 9-alarm fire on Beacon Street has claimed the lives of two firefighters.

The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. at 298 Beacon Street. Several mayday calls were made.

Sources tell WBZ-TV, two firefighters were killed in the fire.
Boston EMS says 17 patients in total have been taken to the hospital.

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Two fire fighters dead. Within blocks of the Vendome Fire Memorial.

So, so sad.

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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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