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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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What Did I [Bleeping] Tell You?

Thanks, Liberia. Thanks a [bleeping] bunch:

A man claiming to have recently traveled to Liberia in West Africa who turned up at the Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates urgent-care offices in Braintree this afternoon complaining of a headache, muscle aches and other Ebola-like symptoms was quarantined and has been brought to one of Boston’s top hospitals under police escort, according to multiple authorities.

“Out of an abundance of caution we immediately notified authorities and the patient was securely removed from the building and put into an ambulance now headed to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The building was closed briefly but has now re-opened. We are working closely with the Department of Public Health who will determine next steps,” said Dr. Ben Kruskal, chief of infectious disease for Harvard Vanguard.

The driver of the Brewster Ambulance transporting the patient shortly before 4 p.m. was seen wearing a hazmat suit and face mask. Beth Israel is planning to hold a press conference shortly.

A second person was later brought out on a stretcher in a hazmat suit and placed in a second ambulance.

Department of Public Health spokeswoman Anne Roach, when asked about the Braintree case, told the Herald, “There are no cases of Ebola in Massachusetts,” while adding, “DPH is only reporting on confirmed cases.”

Odds of it being Ebola are less than 50%, probably. But still.

Seriously, Obama?

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Can We Pick ‘Em?

Remember the Watergate-era bumper stickers: “Don’t Blame Me, I Live in Massachusetts”? (The only state to vote for McGovern over Nixon.)

As if Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Barney Frank, and Mike Dukakis weren’t enough proof of our miserable judgement…

We can’t even build a casino without [bleeping] it up:

State and federal indictments were made public Thursday against three owners of the land in Everett where Steve Wynn plans to build a resort casino, alleging that the men defrauded Wynn and lied to state regulators by hiding the fact that convicted felon and known Mafia associate Charles Lightbody was one of the partners.

According to the 13-page federal indictment, Lightbody and two other defendants went to elaborate lengths to cover up Lightbody’s interest in the land, fearing that if his presence were known, it would jeopardize Wynn’s chances of getting the sole Eastern Massachusetts casino license.

The state’s gambling law bars criminals from profiting from a gambling facility.

No public officials were indicted by either grand jury, nor was a fourth land owner, Paul Lohnes, a former business partner of gambling commission chairman Stephen Crosby.

Wait, one of the land owners was a partner of the gaming commission chairman? And neither of them is crooked???

We need Howie Carr to ‘splain what it all means:

Did I call it or what? The headline on my Sept. 16 column was “Everett: Can Youse Believe It?”

The only surprise is that it took the feds just two weeks to sweep the alleged hoods and assorted bad actors off the board.

The G-men didn’t just grab Charles Lightbody, the ex-jailbird who brilliantly brags on tape: “They’re … not gonna find me anywhere. You know what I mean?”

In an unrelated shakedown, they also picked up the alleged boss of the New England Family of La Cosa Nostra (NELCN), one Anthony Spagnolo, who has the moniker of a submarine sandwich — Spucky. He’s 72, and his muscle, Pryce Quintina, is a pup of 74.

Lightbody, at 57, is “The Kid.”

Everybody knew this Everett land deal was about as dirty as the King Arthur’s Lounge that Lightbody was allegedly planning to run hookers out of. Yet these statesmen on the Mass. Gaming Commission couldn’t help themselves. But what did Deval Patrick expect when he handed the chairmanship to Steve Crosby, a corpulent career hack whose brainpower lights up the world like a three-watt bulb?

Imagine. Organized crime being involved in a casino deal. Who ever heard of such a thing?

[C]ritics said the indictments reflect exactly what people fear about bringing casino gambling to Massachusetts: increased crime.

“Today, the corrupt casino culture burst into clear focus, and the voters now have an even clearer choice in 33 days,” said John Ribeiro, chairman of Repeal the Casino Deal. “The barons of Beacon Hill who empowered this new wave of corruption should feel all new shame.”

Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston — who had urged the gambling commission to delay issuing a license for the Eastern Massachusetts casino, in part because of controversy over the Everett land — said the commission failed “the people of Boston and of the Commonwealth by allowing, even remotely, the taint of corruption to be associated with this land transaction.”

More than a taint, Marty, and hardly remote.

Is it any wonder why this question is on the ballot?

The Affordable Casino Repeal Initiative, Question 3 is on the November 2014 statewide ballot in Massachusetts as an initiated state statute. If approved by voters, the measure would repeal a 2011 law that allows resort casinos to operate within the state.

Based on the wording of the measure, a yes vote on Question 3 means no casinos in the state, and a no vote would uphold the law, which will facilitate the licensing of up to three resort-style casinos, to stand.

I don’t gamble, but I have no problem with those who do. And I am predisposed to like Steve Wynn for what he said about Obama recently (see below). But I am voting “Yes” on Question 3. Claude Rains put up a better acting job of “shock” in Casablanca than these jabronis.

I’m sure the timing by Eric Holder’s Justice Department has nothing to do with Wynn going on CNBC Wednesday and saying of Dear Leader: “I am stunned at the immaturity of this administration. … We elected a man as president who had no experience at anything. Nothing!” Except maybe revenge.

Sorry, Steve, I couldn’t agree more. But. They. Cannot. Be. Trusted.

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We’ve Touched Bottom

Against most evidence, there is a depth below which we in Massachusetts will not sink. Not yet, anyway. When given the choice between a moral reprobate (D) and a knight in shining armor (R), we will choose the (D)erelict every time.

But when the choice is between an empty suit (D) and a (D)ecorated marine, we will choose the marine every time.

This time:

BOSTON (AP) — Nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney on Tuesday conceded defeat to political newcomer Seth Moulton in the Democratic primary in the state’s 6th Congressional District.

Moulton, a former Marine and Iraq war veteran from Salem, would face Republican Richard Tisei in the November election.

Moulton, a 35-year-old businessman and Harvard graduate who enlisted in the Marines in 2001, described himself in a campaign ad as a “progressive Democrat who opposed the war in Iraq.”

“But I also was a Marine serving my country,” Moulton said. “So I went, led my platoon and always ate last after my men.”

Make no mistake, he’s a moonbat’s moonbat, but he’s that rare object, a patriotic, honorable moonbat.

And then there’s John Tierney:

In August 2010, Tierney’s wife Patrice’s brothers Robert and Daniel Eremian were indicted in federal court for operating an illegal internet gambling business. Robert had allegedly, with Daniel’s help, operated the business out of St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, and funneled a portion of the profits into a Bank of America account in Massachusetts. In October 2010, Patrice was charged in U.S. District Court with four counts of “aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns” by Robert. John Tierney issued a statement announcing his wife’s intention to plead guilty, stating that Patrice accepted “full responsibility for being ‘willfully blind’ to what her brother was doing.” Patrice pled guilty on October 6, 2010, and on January 13, 2011, was sentenced to 30 days in prison followed by five months of house arrest. The conviction bolstered the campaign of Bill Hudak, Tierney’s Republican opponent in the November 2010 election, but Tierney was re-elected. In June 2012, a federal judge ordered Daniel Eremian to forfeit $7.7 million in assets for his role in the illegal offshore sports betting scheme. Following his sentencing, Daniel Eremian told reporters that the congressman “knew everything that was going on,” a charge which Tierney rebutted.

And we still reelected him.

But we have stumbled upon a floor to our perversion: give us a choice between a corrupt moonbat and a heroic moonbat, we’ll choose the hero. This time.

PS: The Republican opponent in November, Richard Tisei, is a gay man. But he’s still a Republican. Look for the Boston Gob and the rest of the media to ignore their all-out gay agenda, and hail the Democrat’s war record (what some of them called baby killing once upon a time). They would have supported Tierney over Abraham Lincoln (R).

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House of Worship or House of Correction?

I neglected to mention the other day the main exhibit in our Beantown Terror Tour. We’ve already staked out the malt shop in Cambridge where Tamerlan and Dzokar Tsarnaev hung out after school (carrying girls’ books for them); we sit in the very seats at the gate where Mohammed Atta et al waited to board their final flights; we pass the house where the Times Square bomber plotted his scheme of mass murder on an unimaginable scale.

But I forgot the most important one:

When it was revealed that the Boston Marathon bombers attended a Cambridge, Mass., mosque, its leaders were quick to disavow their actions.

Elder brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s ideology was not their own, the leaders of the Islamic Society mosque claimed. In fact, he was admonished for an extremist outburst he made during one sermon.

So, one crackpot in a congregation. Who can blame the mosque?

But what about eight — including a prominent member of ISIS?

As it turns out, worshippers at the Islamic Society have included:

Abdurahman Alamoudi, the mosque’s founder and first president who in 2004 was sentenced to 23 years in prison for plotting terrorism. In 2005, the Treasury Department issued a statement saying Alamoudi raised money for al Qaeda in the US.

Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT scientist-turned-al Qaeda agent, who in 2010 was sentenced to 86 years in prison for planning a New York chemical attack. Known as “Lady al Qaeda,” she is related to 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed. ISIS has tried to trade her release for journalist hostages.

Tarek Mehanna, who in 2012 got 17 years in prison for conspiring to use automatic weapons to murder shoppers in a suburban Boston mall.

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a mosque trustee and Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader banned from the US after issuing a fatwa that called for the killing of US soldiers.

Jamal Badawi, another former trustee who in 2007 was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a plan to funnel more than $12 million to Palestinian suicide bombers.

Now it can be revealed that another regular worshipper at the Islamic Society mosque was Ahmad Abousamra, who is now the top propagandist for ISIS.

Abousamra’s father, a prominent doctor, even sat on the board of directors of the Muslim organization that runs the mosque. He stepped down after the FBI began questioning his son.

Hey, what do I know? Maybe every mosque has this many sworn jihadists among its parishioners. It would fit the available evidence.

The Islamic Society insists it’s moderate — that these extremists were fed by online forums. But Charles Jacobs, head of Boston’s Americans for Peace and Tolerance, says the mosque has hosted pro-jihad speakers and has stocked its library with classic jihadi texts — including writings by Osama bin Laden mentor Syed Qutb.

And Islamic Society leaders have openly defended their worshippers convicted of terrorism — including Siddiqui and Mehanna — despite overwhelming evidence against them. At their hearings and trials, officials have sought their release or lenient sentences. They have also held fund-raisers and rallies for the terrorists.

Recently, investigators found a mosque prayer card for Mehanna tucked in a Russian dictionary in Tsarnaev’s Cambridge apartment.

As for the Islamic Society, it insists it isn’t preaching hate.

But how many terrorists does it take before people are convinced it isn’t a coincidence?

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen! Take a gander at the incubator of ISIS, the terrarium of terrorism, Mohammed’s pied á terror. That’s right, this is little mosque harbored not one, not two, not three, but eight—eight—Islamist scumbags. Step lively, though, we have many stops to make!

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Boston Wrong

Aggie and I once brainstormed a Boston Terror Tour—a duckboat that bops around town visiting the sites of our myriad terrorists. We’d pass the house of the Times Square bomber (across the street from a middle school), the Cambridge high school where the Tsarnaev brothers learned to love America, Logan Airport (where two of the 9/11 flights originated), among other notorious locations.

Time to redraw the map, Aggie!

A 32-year-old computer whiz who was raised in Stoughton is suspected of using the high-tech skills he honed at Hub colleges to spread the bloodthirsty message of ISIS terrorists on social media, according to a Herald source and news reports.

Ahmad Abousamra — who was educated at Northeastern University and UMass Boston — had already been placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list last year with a $50,000 reward offered for information leading to his capture and return.

Abousamra graduated from Stoughton High School in 1999, but there’s no trace of him in the school’s 172-page yearbook, except for his name — without a photo — listed among the other seniors.

No photo? Hard to imagine why.

Abousamra, who was a co-defendant of convicted Sudbury terrorist Tarek Mehanna, still has federal charges pending in Boston of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, conspiring to murder American soldiers abroad and making false statements to authorities.

Mehanna, 31, a former pharmacist, is serving a 17-year sentence at the federal penitentiary in Marion, Ill.

Abousamra was named in a superseding indictment five years ago alleging he traveled to Pakistan in 2002 to receive military training at a terrorist camp “in order to fight and kill American nationals.” Prosecutors said he and Mehanna watched jihadi videos together for years “as a source of inspiration to personally engage in violent jihad and martyrdom.”

Abousamra, who authorities have long believed to be living in Syria, left the country on Feb. 1, 2004, to travel to Yemen, but not before he was stopped at Logan International Airport and questioned about his plans.

In 2009, federal prosecutors said Abousamra plotted with Mehanna to amass automatic weapons they planned to use to shoot up a local shopping mall.

“It’s starting in our own backyards,” said a source with knowledge of the case. “The longer it takes to get him the more vulnerable we’ll be. We need to get serious about it.”

Two words: road trip!

I confess I know less than nothing about Stoughton—though I’m guessing we can get a decent falafel if we stop there for lunch.

I note from Stoughton’s Wikipedia page that Stoughton was named after William Stoughton, the chief justice of the Salem Witch Trials. Don’t be so quick to judge. If we had waterboarded young Ahmad in high school, as they used to do the witches, we might have avoided some of this ISIS unhappiness. If he was traveling to Pakistan for terrorist training in 2002, you don’t think he was already day-dreaming of beheadings as a senior at Stoughton High in 1999?

Especially when you see what their mascot is?

Crusaders! Perfect!!!

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Her Mouth Says No

But her forked tongue says something else:

Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has said repeatedly she is not running for president, took one of her strongest actions yet to discourage supporters, sending a letter from her election attorney Friday intended to disassociate herself from the “Ready for Warren” campaign.

“This letter serves as a formal disavowal of the organization and its activity,” Warren’s attorney, Marc E. Elias wrote to the Federal Election Commission. “The senator has not, and does not, explicitly or implicitly, authorize, endorse, or otherwise approve of the organization’s activities.”

And in case that’s not clear enough, Elias goes on to say that “To the contrary, Senator Warren has publicly announced that she is not running for president in 2016.”

That’s how the Boston Glob puts it.

How about Howie Carr in the Herald?

People ask, Is Granny Warren running?

Is she running? Have you seen her lately, especially when she’s asked what she considers a tough question, in front of TV camera?

Running? I haven’t seen a Native-American move this fast since the old newsreels of Jim Thorpe.

The Globe has taken to describing her phobia about taking any stands on anything other than cheapjack Wall Street demagoguery as “carefully calibrated.”

That’s one way of putting it. The oldtime Boston city councilor Freddy Langone was a bit more colorful every time he’d watch fellow councilor Chris Iannella pull a Granny and duck out of the chambers whenever something controversial came up.

“There he goes, he’s a regular Bill Rodgers!” Freddie would yell. (Bill Rodgers was a Caucasian Jim Thorpe.)“He’s got his runnin’ shoes on. Come back here, you, ya got a yellow streak down ya back!”

Oh, snap! Howie’s crack is about how she runs from any question tougher than “How”. But if she’s running from questions, one must wonder what she’s running for.


How big is the lie?

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Where Have All the Health Plans Gone?

When will we ever learn?
When will we ever learn?

Nearly 400,000 people in Massachusetts will need to reapply for health insurance before the end of the year, and many of them probably do not even know it.

They are people who do not have employer-sponsored health insurance and who instead sought insurance through the state. After the Massachusetts insurance website failed last year, most of them were enrolled in temporary coverage that ends Dec. 31, which is why they must select a new plan.

This is the newest challenge facing the Massachusetts Health Connector…

Hey, President Obama! Oh, sorry sir. I didn’t see that you were putting. I’ll wait.

Ohhh! So close!

Anyway, the Boston Glob offers a helpful hint out of your signature fiasco, ObamaCare. The next cluster[bleep] that reaches from the pages of the newspaper and slaps us across the face, call it a challenge. Lost your doctor? That’s a challenge. Premiums spike, deductibles spiral? That’s a challenge. Cancer spread while no one could figure out whether your plan was valid? That’s a big challenge.

Our regular readers may be wondering who this serious, stone-faced BTL is. Why haven’t I dissolved into fits of giggles? Where are the tears streaming from my eyes, the snot from my nose?

Here ya go:

Connector leaders want to get people to log on and choose a plan, starting Nov. 15.

To reach them, the Connector plans to place 2 million robocalls and knock on 200,000 doors, along with making personal phone calls, sending mail, buying print and broadcast advertisements, and holding community meetings and enrollment fairs.

The campaign is estimated to cost $15 million to $19 million, money the state will seek from the federal government.

Thanks, Buck! How generous of you, Judi! And all the rest of you tax-paying Americans who bankroll “the federal government”. Nineteen million dollars for enrollment fairs! I bet they have some pretty cool rides at enrollment fairs. Can I be a judge at the best pig competition?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

In a document describing the enrollment push, state officials say that one of their main messages to consumers should be to “squarely acknowledge and apologize for last year’s problems,” when a new website developed to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act failed to work properly, leaving thousands of people unable to sign up for insurance.

Maydad Cohen, a special adviser to Governor Deval Patrick, told the board that oversees the Connector Thursday that the state will request an additional $80 million in Medicaid funds to complete rebuilding of the website. That brings to $254 million the cost of the failed Connector project and its rebuilding, with all but $30 million paid by the federal government.

What’s another $19 million on top of the $224 million you’ve already wasted—I mean, spent—on us?

HOHOHOHOHOHO!!!!!

It’s not like it’s really our fault:

The state established the Connector as the cornerstone of its 2006 health care overhaul. But in 2013, the Connector’s website needed to be upgraded to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

The revamped site never worked properly and could not determine whether individuals were eligible for subsidies or MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid health plan for the poor.

See? We had a working plan (sort of), called RomneyCare, until Obama came along and junked it. Then we got stuck with the POS the rest of you have, ObamaCare. You (the federal government) broke it; why shouldn’t you pay to fix it?

Money well spent!

Cohen expressed confidence that when consumers log on they will find a functioning website able to take them from log-on to health plan choice.

“We are much further along than we were last year at this time,” he said after the meeting.

Give us another year, and we’ll have this thing doing backflips!

HEEHEEHEEHEEHEE!!!!! Anyone have a tissue?

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[Bleep] Liberals Say

Aggie wrote this comment to a post below:

Yesterday, one of the low information crowd told me, quite seriously, that the Tea Party was an outgrowth of Occupy Wall Street. Can you believe that?

I can, Aggie, because I hear [bleep] like that all the time. It’s time to start a column of it.

Yesterday:

I was killing time in Cambridge and overheard two students at a language school waiting for their class to start. One was local, and worked in web design for politics. The other was from out of town, but noted that Massachusetts was a pretty blue state, that the politics must be left wing. The local one assured him that was so, and added “I hate Republicans.” The second one responded “I can’t imagine a Republican learning Portuguese.” They continued in like-minded palaver until their class started.

Why would a Republican not take Portuguese? Why would a Democrat? Is there a hidden logic to that statement? People learn Portuguese only to hit on hot Brazilian chicks. Can’t Republicans fantasize about Shakira?

But it was the “I hate Republicans” line that I really should address.

Now, we all use “love” and “hate” liberally (pardon the pun): We “love” pickles, but “hate” relish; love Sandra Bullock, hate Maggie Gyll…Gylen…you know the one I mean. The one everyone hates.

But “hate” Republicans? How many does this person know? There aren’t that many of us around here—which is why she felt so free to speak of us that way. What are the odds, as the other person observed, that one would be loitering outside a Portuguese language class? Or loitering anywhere other than near a Catholic girls’ school or a highway rest stop? It’s a safe hatred, a comfortable hatred, a without-fear-of-contradiction hatred. Aren’t those the most dangerous kind?

The Governor is a Democrat. The Mayor (of Boston) is a Democrat. Both Senators are Democrats, as are all nine Congressmen (it used to be ten until we mercifully lost one to redistricting). There are only four Republicans in the 40-member State Senate, and 30 out of 160 members of the State House. Shouldn’t Republicans in Massachusetts be pitied rather than hated?

Except for the threat (and reality) of violence, Republicans in liberal strongholds are like blacks in the Jim Crow South. Despised, resented, under-(or un-)represented, misrepresented—if our politics were as readily apparent as the dark skin of African Americans, we would only have more such stories to tell, not fewer. But probably not the threat (or reality) of violence.

Move over, “It’s Unexpected!”™ and Dispatches From the Front Lines of Socialized Medicine, we have a new standing headline, [Bleep] Liberals Say.

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So, Die

Aggie and I once had this idea of opening up a suicide bombing cafe in the heart of ultra-left Cambridge. Tables would be grouped in concentric circles around a ground zero. There would be a Death and Dismemberment zone, a Shrapnel and Fracture zone, a Blown Eardrum zone, etc. What we lacked in taste and tact, we more than made up for in creativity.

At least compared to these losers:

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BOSTON – In a corner of America’s oldest public common, some 200 anti-Israel demonstrators held a so-called “die-in” Saturday to protest Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

The two-hour “die-in” on the Boston Common climaxed when protest leaders read the names of Palestinians killed in Gaza since the fighting started. Holding signs printed with each victim’s name and age, demonstrators fell to the concrete as each corresponding name was read.

That wasn’t all to the fun and games:

For the third time since last week, a handful of Jewish students with Israeli flags was surrounded by demonstrators shouting anti-Semitic epithets and – according to two of the students – a tense minute of “pushing and shoving.”

Soon after the “die-in” ended, Brett Loewenstern — a Berklee College of Music student and pro-Israel activist – entered the fray with his boyfriend, Israeli-born Avi Levi.

According to Loewenstern, he and his boyfriend’s combining of an Israeli flag with a rainbow flag – the symbol for gay rights – set off a hailstorm of insults from demonstrators.

Among other things, the shouts included “Jews back to Birkenau” and “Drop dead, you Zionazi whores,” said Loewenstern and other witnesses.

We defend their right to marry, but not their right to express their pro-Israel sentiment.

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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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