Four Teamsters have been slapped with federal indictments for allegedly threatening a production company filming Bravo's "Top Chef" reality cooking show in Boston in an "old-school thug" attempt at getting union members jobs, according to U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz...
"The indictment alleges that a group of rogue Teamsters employed old school thug tactics to get no-work jobs from an out of town production company," said United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz. "In the course of this alleged conspiracy, they managed to chase a legitimate business out of the City of Boston and then harassed the cast and crew when they set up shop in Milton. This kind of conduct reflects poorly on our city and must be addressed for what it is - not union organizing, but criminal extortion..."
According to the indictment, the show -- not named in court papers -- had a non-union production company, also not named. The harassment of the "Top Chef" crew and an investigation by the Milton Police Department was widely reported by the Herald and other media in August 2014.
"The company hired its own employees, including drivers, for the filming of the show and did not need work performed by union members," the U.S. attorney's office said in a statement today. "Beginning on June 5, 2014, the defendants conspired to force the production company to pay Local 25 members for unnecessary work by threatening physical and economic harm to the company."
Remember campaign 2014 when Maura Healey then the Democratic candidate for Attorney General was endorsed by the Teamsters. We didn't hear much about the alleged assault on the show's popular host. According to the Boston Herald, "Teamsters picketers at the Milton site called 'Top Chef' star Padma Lakshmi a '(expletive) whore,' and threatened to "bash that pretty face in.'
So much for civility. The Teamsters haven't changed much and they always drive too close to the edge. Their image is next to the term "receivership" in the law books. For years the U.S. DOJ ran the Teamsters to set them on the straight and narrow.
The indictment notes that a lot of activity and information swapping revolved in Boston City Hall where labor boss Marty Walsh now holds court and more than a little sympathy for the little guys of Local 24.
File this all under the Democratic War on Women. (For all the supposed antipathy the GOP has for women, Democrats literally get their hands on the goods) In politics you can't always choose your allies but sometimes party loyalty demands too much. This is a state where only Republicans are asked to call out their own.
This is a story about bad policy -- union monopolies and if they were used film tax credits.
As the state's chief law enforcement officer Maura Healey learned well how to keep way from the hard cases from her mentor Martha Coakley.
Excuse the delicate language but media star Maura Healey had no balls to go after the Teamsters' horrible behavior.
WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement:
"My mission every day is to fight for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government. Over the last five years, our majority has advanced conservative reforms that will help our children and their children. I am proud of what we have accomplished.
"The first job of any Speaker is to protect this institution that we all love. It was my plan to only serve as Speaker until the end of last year, but I stayed on to provide continuity to the Republican Conference and the House. It is my view, however, that prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution. To that end, I will resign the Speakership and my seat in Congress on October 30.
"Today, my heart is full with gratitude for my family, my colleagues, and the people of Ohio's Eighth District. God bless this great country that has given me - the son of a bar owner from Cincinnati - the chance to serve."
Dear John, Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out! What a wasted time. All those years he could have bravely fought the drip drip drip of Socialism that Obama is bringing to the USA. Instead he disappeared and reappeared only intermittently to shed a tear in public. Good Riddance.
And what's up with his father owning a bar? Does every politician's father own a bar? I think I have heard it about 6 times during this Presidential election so far..
Hey Pope Francis, would you mind heading over to Mitch McConnell's office for a visit? Its time for him to go too...
It is refreshing to hear a libertarian- conservative critique of Pope Francis's world view. Unfortunately, the Pope has become a tool for the Obama policy narrative on everything from Cuba to climate change to "income inequality." All while muting the conventional Catholic articles of faith on abortion and marriage and morality. On these issues of which he is a late arrival, Pope Francis has the wrong answers that would puncture the hopes of millions of poor people around the world. The ever-skillful George Will eviscerates the pretentiousness of the Pontiff a world leader who should inveigh in his domain of the spirit but is really into modern marketing.
As the world spurns his church's teachings about abortion, contraception, divorce, same-sex marriage and other matters, Francis jauntily makes his church congruent with the secular religion of "sustainability." Because this is hostile to growth, it fits Francis's seeming sympathy for medieval stasis, when his church ruled the roost, economic growth was essentially nonexistent and life expectancy was around 30.
Francis's fact-free flamboyance reduces him to a shepherd whose selectively reverent flock, genuflecting only at green altars, is tiny relative to the publicity it receives from media otherwise disdainful of his church. Secular people with anti-Catholic agendas drain his prestige, a dwindling asset, into promotion of policies inimical to the most vulnerable people and unrelated to what once was the papacy's very different salvific mission.
He stands against modernity, rationality, science and, ultimately, the spontaneous creativity of open societies in which people and their desires are not problems but precious resources. Americans cannot simultaneously honor him and celebrate their nation's premises.
The Greater Boston Tea Party and The Worcester Tea are pleased to present:
speaking on his exciting new book:
"By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission"
September 22nd, 7:30 p.m.
Science Center Auditorium B
1 Oxford Street Cambridge, MA
Charles Murray is a political scientist, author, and libertarian. He first came to national attention in 1984 with the publication of Losing Ground, which has been credited as the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. His most recent book, By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission (Crown Forum, 2015) urges Americans to stem governmental overreach and use America's unique civil society to put government back in its place.
As a kid, I was drawn to Ronald Reagan because he was a Republican and a conservative. But most of all, I admired him because of his eternal optimism in the American people.
That thought came into my head when we were all standing at the Reagan Library last Wednesday. President Reagan was good for America because he was an optimist.
Sadly, the debate taking place in the Republican party today is not focused on that optimistic view of America. Instead, it has drifted into personal attacks.
In the end, I believe that voters want to be for something and not against someone. Instead of talking about how bad things are, we want to hear about how we can make them better for everyone.
We need to get back to the basics of our party:
We are the party that believes that people create jobs - not the government - and the best way to grow the economy is to get the government out of the way and build it from the ground up.
We are the party that believes that the way to measure success in government is by how many people are no longer dependent on the government - because we ultimately believe in the dignity of work.
We are the party that believes that a strong military leads to peace through strength and that will protect our children and future generations - we believe that good will triumph over evil.
We are the party that believes in the American people - and not the federal government.
These ideas will help us win the election next fall and - more importantly - these ideas will help make our country great again.
To refocus the debate will require leadership. While I was sitting in church yesterday, the pastor's words reminded me that the Bible is full of stories about people who were called to be leaders in unusual ways.
Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the race so that a positive conservative message can rise to the top of the field. With that in mind, I will suspend my campaign immediately.
I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to consider doing the same so the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive conservative alternative to the current frontrunner. This is fundamentally important to the future of the party and - ultimately - to the future of our country.
Leah Cole is stepping down. What now GOP? Her re-election in 2014 was impressive. She had grit but now her heart lies elsewhere. Here's
the Salem News:
PEABODY - In an announcement that is rocking Peabody politics, state representative Leah Cole is resigning her seat in the Massachusetts House as of Sept. 28.
The youthful Republican, who first won the job in a special election in 2013, is citing the desire to continue in the career she pursued prior to entering politics - nursing. "As many people know," she said in statement released yesterday by her office, "prior to being elected to the House of Representatives, I was working as a nurse full-time and continued to work as a nurse part-time after being elected."
Cole could not be reached to answer questions.
Is there more to the story? What are the prospects of the GOP holding onto this seat in a mostly Democratic district?
Congrats to Sen. Robert Hedlund for an impressive run-off win. He placed first in this week's election for mayor of the city of Weymouth. In November he'll face off against incumbent Mayor Susan Kay. Weymouth News has all the details.
The big question is should Hedlund prevail which current GOP officeholder or newcomer will step in to take keep the seat in the GOP corner?
Hedlund has been a mainstay in MA politics and a very good Senator. The GOP needs to start thinking now!
(Had trouble posting here on Saturday - Cross-posted at Blue Mass Group)
Wasn't this a great bonding experience we all just went through? Tom Brady took us on an outward bound trip and now we are stronger, wiser, and closer.
Together we watched as:
1. NFL official tells Patriots "we gotcha now" on sidelines of AFC Championship game. Hmmm, "we gotcha now?" Have the Patriots been a target? If so why?
2. NFL leaks false information about air pressure reduction. This false info becomes the national narrative and NFL does not correct it.
3. ESPN, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and some other powerful corporations (Sony) are business partners with the NFL in deals worth billions of dollars. This represents significant portions of the networks revenue stream.
4. The word went out. CBS and NBC opened their nightly news broadcast questioning Tom Brady's ethics. ESPN personalities-went-on-a-shoot-first-and-never-ask-questions- rape of Tom Brady's character. So did Felger and Mazz and others at CBS owned The Sports Hub. The list goes on and on.
5. NFL hires Ted Wells to do investigation. Wells reports back that there is not enough scientific evidence to show t the balls were deflated by means other than natural conditions. Wells does tell his client, the NFL, that Brady was "generally aware" of the scheme. Wells gave his client what they wanted, assassinate the good name of Tom Brady. However, the Wells Report did not make the case for disciplinary action.
6. Despite the Wells Report the NFL moves forward and disciplines Brady. He changes the Wells report arbitrarily states the balls were purposely deflated. Those paying attention were baffled. (By paying attention I mean read the Wells Report and has a slim understanding of fair play and the law)
7. Because we were paying attention New England sports fans saw first hand the diabolical acts that powerful organizations can perform and the incestuous relationships the media has with these powerful organizations.
8. What we saw was appalling. What was worse? The NFL's actions or the national media and Felger and Mazz's selective reporting and specious fallback arguments. What's funny is Felger and Mazz were talking to an educated audience. That's the amazing part. For the first time we were all paying attentions to the details. Their ratings will take a hit I suspect.
9. It took a person with Tom Brady's record, charisma, intelligence, ethics, and money to fight back and have the public (New England sports fans) pay attention.
10. What we got was an education in how the world works. Happens everyday. This is what Elizabeth Warren's been complaining about.
Here's two examples
Let's start with John Connolly. Three things you need to know. Three simple things:
1. The Miami Law School Innocence Project represents Connolly in his Florida case. It chooses very few clients to represent from thousands of yearly requests. Before it takes on a case it does a thorough investigation of both the case and history of the convicted criminal. They have concluded that John Connolly has been screwed over by the Justice Department since day 1.
2. John Connolly is accused of protecting Whitey from state and local investigators. The state prosecutor who spent more time than anyone chasing Whitey and his underlings only to be thwarted by John Connolly believes he is innocent.
His name is Matt Connolly. He was a retired top-level assistant district attorney. When the news broke he hated Connolly. When John Connolly was first tried in Boston Matt Connolly went to the trial. As he sat there and watched he did a 180. He became convinced that John Connolly is being framed, Assistant US Attorney Fred Wyshak and a top fed named Margolis are behind it, and the incestuous Moakley Courthouse turns a blind eyes and let it happens.
3. There are close to 100 former FBI agents, including Joe Pistone AKA Donnie Brasco (played by Johnny Depp) who believe John Connolly is being framed by the Justice Department (Wyshak/Margolis) and are vocal about it.
But, like the Brady case the Feds have bought off the media. Black Mass is full ofnumerous holes and lies. I will spell them out in future posts.
How do all those Globies sleep at night? Seriously. They are evil people. They kid themselves they are not. But when they are alone in their thoughts they must be haunted.
Here's another example, casino gambling and the Wynn project.
First off we all know Wynn came in and bought off everyone he could. (legally I mean) Bill Weld (Crosby connection) and Mintz Levin, the media with highly lucrative ad contracts, and anyone else who may raise a stink.
Who predicted a week after Steve Crosby was appointed chairman the Gaming Commission would end up being sued? Who was it? That's right, it was me.
If you were paying attention to Steve Crosby and the Gaming Commission the same as following the Brady case you would say with the same confidence that the Commission isn't on the level. Different rules for different people and result oriented rather than fair and independent. Clear as day.
So I wonder why Commonwealth Magazine people are writing stories about the casino as if they were ESPN's Chris Mortensen reporting on deflatagate.
Then I check the masthead of MassInc, the non-profit publisher. Sure enough the chairman of the board is a partner at Mintz Levin, (on Wynn's payroll) and the board is made of power brokers and people representing power brokers.
Despite what the restrictionists in the grassroots tell you, Donald Trump is doing major damage to the GOP brand. In an effort to play up the wedge issue that is immigration, Trump is offering to tax the rich by getting rid of "carried interest" exception. Long a hobby horse of the left, Trump has brought the issue into the GOP camp. And frankly he probably doesn't care about Grover Norquist or any segment of the anti-tax base of the GOP.
In particular, Trump has said he will go after "carried interest," which refers to the practice of hedge fund managers who make hundreds of millions of dollars a year paying a lower tax rate than Americans who earn ordinary wages. "I would take carried interest out, and I would let people making hundreds of millions of dollars a year pay some tax, because right now they are paying very little tax and I think it's outrageous," Trump told Bloomberg Politics last week. "I want to lower taxes for the middle class."
Trump thinks he has the support of an academic study on public opinion. But the damage to party principles will be irreparable. Many have thought that Trump was a plant for the Clintons. With his tax plan who would have thought he would be a plant for Elizabeth Warren's class warfare approach to tax policy.
As many of you know from outside of Red Mass Group I am in the process of moving to Greenville, South Cariolina for an opportunity with Conservative Review. I will be working with them as the Director of Research with a focus on the Presidential Race in the short term with a lot of exciting projects in the long term that will become apparent.
That means I'm in the process of ensuring that Red Mass Group continues when I am gone.
I was hoping to have an announcement of the continuation plans before I left, but they did were not finalized before I left yesterday. They will be finalized shortly and I think you'll all be happy with them.
One of the major things happening, is that the SoapBlox platform is closing. As part of that a migration of all content will take place to WordPress. I will be a part of that migration to ensure that it happens in a timely manner.
I'll have a more formal post about the transition later, but just be assured that Red Mass Group will continue, even though in the near future I will not be running it.
Commentary Magazine has very little good to say about Donald Trump's immigration platform. The neoconservative publication says the fiery candidate's highly restrictionist plan to seal the borders spells doom for the GOP in next year's election. Not only that but the entire plan to ship out the 'dreamers" is "heartless" and an assault on American values. The pushback isn't going to make many on the Right (some who don't hold pro-immigration views) comfortable. The implications of such a far-reaching plan are counterproductive.
Trump's "plan" is an assault on not merely the illegal immigrants who have violated American laws, but those who have played by the existing rules to come to the United States. The proposal amounts to a declaration of war on America's immigrant community, an attack on the foundational nature of America's character as a melting pot for all the peoples of the world, and the inception of a police state that is incompatible with a free republican democracy.
Trump's "plan" to address his key belief, the need to construct a great wall across the southern border and make Mexico pay for it, is no plan at all. Rather, it is an effort to justify this retributive policy. There is not one Republican candidate who disputes the need to enhance border security provisions. Indeed, that was why so many Senate Republicans voted against the supplemental appropriations measure to address the border crisis in the summer of 2014, when Trump was promoting the latest season of his reality television show, because it was not a border security bill but a measure to address a refugee crisis.
The problem with Trump's wall is that it is infeasible; the geography of the border simply does not allow for one unbroken wall. Nor would it be effective. Even if you could erect this barrier around, say, Florida, walls can be surmounted, tunneled under, and circumvented in other ways. Policing the border requires police; human capital that comes at taxpayer expense. Mexico will not be paying their salaries, but Trump has a plan for that, too: confiscate all remittances from illegal immigrants working in America and hike the fees on all Mexican tourism and work visas. Erecting the structures necessary to identify much less confiscate illegal wages would prove daunting. Even if it was legal and could survive court challenges, a dubious prospect, this is a policy that would require a dramatic expansion of government's ability to intrude on the lives of American citizens - a principle to which conservatives were once constitutionally opposed.
Trump's "plan" should give conservatives who revere and appreciate their country's history pause.
Add to that the fact that Trump wants to triple funding for ICE and you have the making of a disaster for the GOP says Commentary. Is the magazine correct? Are conservatives who support Trump selling their souls on the basis of a cheap issue?
Founded in 2015 by Tina McCormick, a European immigrant with a PhD in cultural history, and a group of Boston-based entrepreneurs, the NewBostonPost is an on-line newspaper providing its readers with aggregated content, original reporting, insightful commentary, and thought-provoking blogs. NBP provides coverage of politics, breaking news, culture, entertainment, and regional happenings, as well as inspirational stories of life in the city. Although neither partisan nor agenda driven, the NewBostonPost aims to provide a home for conservative, libertarian, classical liberal, and moderate voices in an effort to promote constructive and civil debate on issues of concern to New Englanders and all Americans.
An immediate problem I faced while browsing the site was how to find the original content. It's very much drowned out by the AP stories and other syndicated content. Hopefully, this doesn't remain the case. One way around this is the look at the pages of the individual authors.
It started with in-state tuition. Then came driver's licenses, new rules designed to limit deportations and state-funded healthcare for children. And on Monday, in a gesture heavy with symbolism, came a new law to erase the word "alien" from California's labor code.
Together, these piecemeal measures have taken on a significance greater than their individual parts - a fundamental shift in the relationship between California and its residents who live in the country illegally. The various benefits, rights and protections add up to something experts liken to a kind of California citizenship.
Howie Carr reminds us how things stand in Massachusetts.
Remember when Deval Patrick decided to grant illegal aliens in-state tuition at public colleges? He couldn't get it through the Legislature, so he just issued an executive order.
Last week on my radio show I asked Gov. Charlie Baker if he'd ever rescinded that illegal, high-handed handout.
Answer: Of course not.
"If you can work here in the commonwealth upon graduation, pay taxes and add to the growth of our economy," Baker said, "that's what the whole point behind in-state tuition was in the first place."
Writing masterfully in today's Boston Globe, Jeff Jacoby pushes back against the latest argument for a state graduated income tax.
More than a century ago, the Legislature recognized the fundamental inequity of imposing higher marginal tax rates on higher incomes, a perpetual invitation to class warfare. Lawmakers refused to allow the practice in Massachusetts, even as most other jurisdictions embraced it, and they went so far as to write that prohibition into the state constitution. Plainly it is a stance that has stood the test of time, having been reconfirmed at the polls on five separate occasions.
Still, liberal Democrats like state Senator Jamie Eldridge, who has filed a constitutional amendment to overturn Article 44 and mandate graduated income tax rates, hope the sixth time will be the charm. Like every grad-tax advocate, his pitch is one part soak-the-rich envy, one part government-spending wish list, and one part feel-their-pain con job. Some concoctions improve with age. This isn't one of them.
The nature of a one-party state like Massachusetts allows for class warriors like Jamie Eldridge to latch onto ideas rejected numerous times by the voters. The grad tax didn't gain enough steam during the putative liberal regime of Deval Patrick what makes Eldridge and "Raise Up Massachusetts" think it's going to pass this time?
It is not an idea whose time has come again... and again.
Just asking! For those of us who have been following the travails of trying to kill crony capitalism in the form of the Export-Import bank, the Massachusetts senior senator's support of corporate welfare is no surprise. We're waiting for the Boston Globe to probe the "populist" Professor's position on an issue that should appeal to those worried about income inequality and a system that is "stacked against them." An analysis of the pretzel logic would be illuminating.
We know that Senator Warren at the end of the day is another pol. At least ditch the rhetoric Senator!
Senator Linda Dorecena Forry (@ldforry), who wants to expand eligibility to many undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria, and Representative Marc Lombardo (@MarcTLombardo), who wants to restrict in-state tuition eligibility to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, discuss the debate over whether undocumented immigrants should get in-state college tuition in Massachusetts.