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Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr

Councilors’ cashing in before their time is up

There are only two things that can happen to you when you run for the Boston City Council, and both of them are bad.   Number one, you could lose.   Number two, you could win.   Barney Frank said that, and it’s truer than ever. Of course, you could get elected and then become president of the City Council. The late Freddie Langone once described what an august honor that is.   “President of the City Council?” he scoffed. “That’s like being an admiral in the Swiss Navy!”   I mention this only because today’s the day – the City Council will be voting itself a big fat pay […]

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FILE - This Aug. 27, 2014 file photo shows Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. President Barack Obama on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 said he's changing the name of the tallest mountain in North America from Mount McKinley to Denali. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

Obama’s renaming of Mount McKinley an outrage

What if William McKinley had been gay? I guarantee you this posthumous indignity would not have been visited upon him.   I mean, when it comes to Political Correctness, doesn’t President McKinley measure up?   He was a veteran of the Civil War – that means he fought to free the slaves.   He was assassinated, in other words a victim of senseless gun violence.   He twice defeated a rabid anti-Semite by the name of William Jennings Bryan — remember the “Cross of Gold” speech? He pioneered the use of the ethnic slurs that MSNBC calls dog whistles — “Rothschilds!” was Bryan’s favorite. He later became secretary of state […]

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FILE - In this April 8, 2014 file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers the keynote address at Marketo’s 2014 Marketing Nation Summit in San Francisco. Clinton, the former Democratic senator from New York is due to speak Thursday, April 10, before the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. meeting at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Poll pegs Hillary Clinton’s, Jeb Bush’s problems

Hillary Clinton has become Richard Nixon.   Consider the top three words voters used to describe her in a new poll this week:   “Liar… dishonest… untrustworthy.” Also in the top 12: “crook… untruthful… criminal… deceitful.”   Crook – as in “I am not a crook,” a quintessential Nixon quote. Even the positive words that respondents used to describe Hillary were the same words that probably would have turned up in a survey about Tricky Dick circa 1974: “experience… strong… smart.”   All this comes out of the new Quinnipiac poll, which showed Donald Trump soaring on the Republican side and Hillary crashing among her fellow Democrats, even though the […]

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12-23-12  Christmas trees  1 Dartmouth- John George Jr. from Georges Farm in Dartmouth talks about the sales of Christmas trees this season.     photo by David W. Oliveira/Standard-Times speciall

By George, now it’s time to pay the piper

Ex-Rep. John George Jr. is a crooked Democrat, and next month he begins his 80-month federal prison sentence for embezzling hundreds of thousands in public money – so far this is strictly a dog-bites-man story, right?   At age 69, the Bristol County farmer/felon made many mistakes during his sordid life of crime. For instance, for his trial he hired a jailbird lawyer whose own mobbed-up once-disbarred name can be found on the Bureau of Prisons inmate locator. (William Cintolo, BOP number 14829-038.)   Then, after taking the stand in his own defense (which guaranteed his conviction), George had at least two fellow State House corrupt hacks write letters to […]

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Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, speaks during a town hall style campaign stop, at the VFW in Englewood, Colo., Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Jeb apologies dropping as fast as poll position

How many more languages can Juan Ellis Bush say I’m sorry in?   Even Barack Obama waited until after he was elected president to begin his world apology tour. (Remember America’s “Muslim founding fathers?”)   Juan’s poll numbers are lower than whale excrement, and dropping. But he’s still running around the country, sticking his foot in his mouth on any almost daily basis. Just google “Jeb Bush” and “misspoke.”   Wanted to cut off all funding to Planned Parenthood – he “misspoke.”   On a voter-registration form in Miami, he listed himself as “Hispanic.” He apologized.   He said aliens are “more fertile” than citizens. Another apology followed.   His […]

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