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Calling All Rocketeers: Your Assistance Is Needed (UPDATED)

Dear Rocketeers:

Lynnrockets is seeking your assistance.

I run a non-profit charitable organization known as the Boston North Cancer Association, Inc. This cause is very dear to my heart because I believe all of us have been affected in some way by the insidious disease known as cancer. The mission of our organization is to fund or otherwise support  special projects for the prevention, research, control and treatment of cancer. Our Board of Directors is composed of volunteer (uncompensated) business and medical professionals, and private citizens who donate their time and expertise to fulfill the Association’s objectives. Every dollar raised by the Boston North Cancer Association, Inc. is donated directly to our cause without deduction for any middlemen such as public relations firms or solicitors.

Our gifts to hospitals and cancer treatment facilities have funded the purchase of cancer treatment equipment including:

  • sophisticated radiation therapy equipment,
  • mammogram and colonoscopy screening equipment, and
  • computerized Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval Systems.

The Association also strives to support physicians and paramedical personnel by means of funding:

  • advanced medical education in the latest methods of cancer treatment,
  • travel to and attendance at medical conferences and treatment facilities to observe and study alternative and developing techniques and approaches to patient treatment, and
  • training designed to assist patients and family members in coping with the emotional and physical adjustments to cancer and its treatment.

Boston North Cancer Association, Inc. also sponsors free public education programs, support groups and workshops to:

  • alert citizens to the symptoms of cancer,
  • inform the community about methods of cancer prevention, and
  • encourage early cancer screening.

We also sponsor a scholastic Scholarship Program designed to assist promising  students from the North Shore of Boston in overcoming the challenges and hardships posed by cancer so they may achieve their dreams of higher education. The scholarship program also advances improved methods of cancer treatment and prevention by means of assisting medical school students.

Our organization holds one annual public event known as the Hope Begins Here Awards Reception and it will take place tonight. The Hope Begins Here Award is presented annually to an outstanding leader and advocate for cancer treatment and prevention on the North Shore of Boston. In conjunction with this award, we present two $2,500.00 college scholarships to  students who have been diagnosed with cancer or had a parent who perished as the result of cancer and one $ 2,500.00 medical school scholarship to a student who is dedicated to specializing in cancer research or treatment.

MY REQUEST TO THE ROCKETEERS:

I thought that this might be an appropriate time to ask for your assistance. If the Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off  blog has ever entertained you, interested you or even led you to think about the world of politics in a different way and if you might be interested in giving a little back, would you please consider making a 100% tax deductible contribution to the Boston North Cancer Association, Inc.? I understand that all of us are being challenged by the present economic situation in our nation, so a donation in any amount would be appreciated. No donation is too small and every penny helps. Please remember that those suffering from cancer are facing the same economic challenges as the rest of us only with the additional burden of fighting their disease. Donations can be made online through our website at www.bostonnorthcancer.org. Donations can also be made by telephone and mail and that information is also provided on our website.

My sincere gratitude to any of you who can be of assistance.

I promise that we will get back to the politics, satire, parodies and fun in the next few days!

Thanks again,

Lynnrockets

UPDATE

Thank all of you so much for your more than generous donations to this worthy cause. If there is anything that I can do for those of you who contributed, please do not hesitate to ask!!!

Happy Independence Day To All You Rocketeers !!!

Fireworks in Boston, MA - "The Cradle Of Our Nation"

No post today. Lynnrockets would like to wish all of you a happy and healthy 4th of July!!!

We will see you all once again after a much needed vacation.

The next time that Sarah Palin and her ilk claim that those liberal elitist East Coast cities are not the “Real America”, she should watch this:

Boston also knows a little bit about fireworks also too!

and Part 2 (watch till the end):

Palin’s Midnight Ride Through Historical Inaccuracy And Revisionism

Those are Sarah Palin’s words spoken while in Boston, the Cradle of Liberty last week. Let’s try to decipher that word salad, shall we?

“He who warned uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh by ringing those bells, and um, makin’ sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed.”

“He who warned uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh by ringing those bells”. OK, first of all the purpose of Paul Revere’s ride was NOT to warn the British about anything. It was intended to be a secret mission in which Revere was to inform Hancock and Adams that the British were advancing on them. That is why the silent communication of lanterns was utilized. Indeed, during his ride to notify Colonists, Revere was often cautioned to remain very quiet. At no time was Revere “ringing those bells”.

She also said, “as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells.” Again, Revere never rode through town ringing bells or sending warning shots. His ride was to be conducted surreptitiously because of the fear of spies in colonial ranks.

Palin also said that the purpose of the ride was to warn the British “we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed.” No, this was not the purpose. After completing his ride, Revere was captured by British soldiers. They held a gun to his head and said that they would blow his brains out if he did not confess the Colonists’ plans. Paul Revere then told them what he had done under threat of death. At no time prior to or during his ride did he intentionally warn the British of anything. As for the bells and musket shots, it was the Colonists who used that form of signal to instruct each other that it was time to amass. That happened however, after the ride was completed and Paul Revere had been apprehended.

These facts come directly from the official history posted at The Paul Revere House and from Paul Revere’s personal diary.

In the next few weeks you will read and hear a lot of Palin apologists attempting to revise what she said to more accurately reflect what really happened in 1775. Do not believe any of it and force them to use Palin’s own words to defend their assertions. Do not be persuaded by any unqualified pseudo-historians that Fox News is certain to trot out. Fox will never reveal that those folks will have had a history of either defending Palin or the conservative right. Remind them that Palin has a long history of getting historical facts completely wrong.

Remember, this is also the fool who said that the founding fathers recited the Pledge of Allegiance at their meetings when in fact, the pledge was not even written until more than 100 years later. She also said, that Susan B. Anthony opposed abortion by saying, “Susan B. Anthony saw the fight for the rights of the unborn as part of the broader fight for women’s rights.” She also said that the First amendment defends against media attacks!

Bill Maher summed up the Palin situation best when he said, “Sarah Palin should not be on summer vacation. She should be in summer school.”

In honor of the troops, please click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with the song parody.

Johnny B. Goode song link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUuE_WaTZGY

PALIN, SHE’S GOOD

 (sung to the Chuck Berry song “Johnny B. Goode”)

While visiting ol’ Boston in designer jeans
Sarah Palin told us what the “Midnight Ride” means
While at the Old North Church in Paul Revere’s hood
It all became quite clear just what she understood
She never ever learned to read or write so well,
And boy what a whopper of a tale she did tell

Go, Go,   Go, Sarah Go, Go
Go Sarah Go   Go
Go Sarah Go   Go
Go Sarah Go   Go
Palin, she’s good

She told us Paul Revere warned the Brits of our attack
By firing warning shots to make them go back
Oh, and he was ringing bells while riding through glen and glade
You just wouldn’t believe all the damn racket he made
People he passed by they would stop and say,
“What happened to the lanterns in the church today?”

Go, Go,   Go, Sarah Go, Go
Go Sarah Go   Go
Go Sarah Go   Go
Go Sarah Go   Go
Palin, she’s good

(publicity stunt break)

Revisionism is the Sarah Palin plan
She wants the children’s history books to be banned
Palin cannot tell a verb from a noun
But she knows men used to ride dinosaurs around
She thinks Ben Franklin discovered the kite
Do you think that she could be right?

Go, Go,   Go, Sarah Go
Go, Go, Go Sarah Go
Go, Go, Go Sarah Go
Go, Go, Go Sarah Go
Go, Palin, she’s good.

Palin’s Magical History Tour Continues…

Last call for the Palin Magical History Tour, All Aboard!

This is it folks. It appears that Sarah Palin’s family vacation/campaign tour/publicity stunt is coming to an end. The next to last stop took place yesterday in the cradle of our nation, Boston , Massachusetts. The former ex-quitting half-term governor of Alaska toured the Freedom Trail of historic sites and made stops at the Bunker Hill Monument (site of the Battle of Bunker Hill) and the Old North Church (place from which Paul Revere started his famous ride). The alleged “hockey mom” however, failed to make any mention of the city’s beloved Boston Bruins, who are presently competing in the Stanley Cup Finals. That is quite an oversight when one considers that most every historic statue (or as Palin would say, “statute”) in the city is presently adorned with a black and gold Bruins sweater.

Paul Revere statue

George Washington statue

and even the "Make Way For Ducklings" statues

While in Beantown, Palin could not however avoid celebrity impersonator (and Lynnrockets’ pal) Cecilia Thompson. The two came face to face in Boston’s historic North End neighborhood where they briefly hugged before Palin gave marching orders to her clone. She said, “Now you go to all these reporters and you speak for me”.

(Pat Greenhouse/Boston Globe Staff Photo)

Palin was also able to do what she does best while in Massachusetts. She ignited a war of words with former Massachusetts governor and current 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. Although Palin lacks the courage to say whether she will run for the presidency, she is not shy about picking a fight with one of her potential (and dare we say, far better qualified) opponents. Not surprisingly, she criticized the health care reform law which Romney signed into law in Massachusetts and which served as the blueprint for our new national health reform law. The Boston Globe reports that while on Romney’s home turf, Palin told reporters “In my opinion, any mandate coming from government is not a good thing.” She went on to say that the law will be one of the reasons that it “will be a big challenge” for Romney to appeal to Tea Party supporters. “It’s tough for a lot of us independent Americans to accept [the mandate] because we have great faith in the private sector and our own families and our own business men and women making decisions for ourselves, not any level of government telling us what to do.’’

It was no coincidence that Sarah Palin planned her stop in Mitt Romney’s home state on the very day that Romney was in New Hampshire announcing his campaign for the presidency. It is also no coincidence that Palin’s final stop on her bus tour is in the very same New Hampshire which holds the nation’s first primary election. Would it not be swell if Palin and Romney cross paths in the Granite State? It would be interesting to hear what Romney might say about Palin’s “Bridge to Nowhere” or her “death panels” or her decision to quit her job as governor of Alaska after only two years. Oh, to be a fly on the wall.

In honor of the troops, please click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with the song parody.

Magic Bus song link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl9bvuAV-Ao

TRAGIC BUS

 (sung to The Who song “Magic Bus”)

Everyday she plays the big fool (Too much, the Tragic Bus)
She gets on the bus and begins to drool (Too much, the Tragic Bus)
She’s so nervous she just sits and smiles (Too much, the Tragic Bus)
Sarah Palin is racking-up those miles (Too much, the Tragic Bus)
She is Alaska’s “Mama Bear” (Too much, the Tragic Bus)
Sarah Palin spreads hate and fear (Too much, the Tragic Bus)
Piper’s there to whine and fuss (Too much, the Tragic Bus)
She’s not in school, she’s on the bus (Too much, the Tragic Bus)
Whoa!

It’s Gettysburg on Tuesday (Too much, the Tragic Bus)
She’s eating pizza with “The Donald” Wednesday (Too much, the Tragic Bus)

*[She wants it, She wants it, She wants it,
She wants it, She wants it, She wants it]

And she’ll have it!

*[She wants it, She wants it, She wants it]

She’s talking nonsense everyday
She don’t drive cuz she’s lazy
No interviews, she’s too afraid
She’s drinking lots of Tea Party Kool-Aid

Tragic Bus, Tragic Bus, Tragic Bus, Tragic Bus, Tragic Bus…
She wants the Tragic Bus, She wants the Tragic Bus, She wants the Tragic Bus…

I say soon she’ll be reduced to dust (Too much, the Tragic Bus)
Her history tour will be a bust (Too much, the Tragic Bus)
She drives us crazy everyday (Too much, the Tragic Bus)
Won’t Palin please just go away? (Too much, the Tragic Bus)

*[She wants it, She wants it, She wants it]

Soon she’ll be reduced to dust (Too much, the Tragic Bus)
She’s a crazy lady in her Tragic Bus (Too much, the Tragic Bus)

Obama Praises Romney For Pioneering Obamacare

President Barack Obama visited Boston, Massachusetts last week on a fundraising mission. While there, he not only raised a boat-load of cash for his re-election campaign, but he also heaped words of praise upon one of his likely GOP opponents. Obama gave former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney a back-handed complement when he said,

“Yes, we passed health care with an assist from a former Massachusetts governor. Great idea!”

Obama’s remark was greeted with applause and laughter from the throng of supporters at the Boston Center of the Arts.

CNN reports, “Obama was of course referring to his health care reform law, passed and signed last year, that he has repeatedly – and probably at time facetiously – said was modeled on the landmark 2006 health care reform law signed into law in Massachusetts by then-Governor Mitch Romney.

The similarities between the Massachusetts law and the federal law have become a major sticking point for the probable 2012 contender. As he tests the waters for a presidential run, Romney continues to face questions from conservatives who deride a provision in the both the Massachusetts and federal health care laws that requires people to buy medical insurance or pay a tax penalty.”

In essence, Obama’s Boston visit accomplished at least two goals. He raised over two million dollars and he undermined one of his likely opponents in his very own backyard.

Well played, Mr. President.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more singing along with today’s topical, song parody. Please enjoy!

The Great Pretender song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1oJuwkXr0E

MITT IS THE GREAT PRETENDER

(sung to The Platters song “The Great Pretender”)

Oh yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
Pretending that he is so swell
His needs are such; he pretends too much
The truth he simply cannot tell

Oh yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
Romney’s true beliefs are unknown
Mitt plays the game; flip-flops without shame
With no firm beliefs of his own

He was pro-choice he had us all believe
But when he faced strife, he switched up to pro-life

Oh yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
His opinion changes by town
Mitt claims to be what he’s not; you see
He wears his deceit like a crown
Romney is a flip-flopping clown

In Mass., health reform was what he achieved
He now says he feels health reform needs repeal

Yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
Just switching positions around
Ol’ Mitt Romney is not what you see
He wears his deceit like a crown
Romney is a flip-flopping clown

Lynnrockets Returns From The Great White North

Lynnrockets and co. have finally returned from our extended stay in la belle province de Quebec. We left Boston on Friday April 15th and traveled to Canada via bus along with three other busloads of parents, coaches and hockey-playing youngsters.We were fortunate enough to make the trip on one of the parent buses which meant that there was plenty of laughs and booze. We were also lucky enough to have been on the parent bus which had a working bathroom which is very important when you consider that the normally 5 hour drive is extended to 8 hours with rest-room stops, a stop for lunch and the lengthy border-crossing procedure. Although we have no hockey-playing children, we took the bus trip to spend time with our many friends who either coach or had children playing in the cross-national tournament with Montreal.

We arrived in the city at about 4:00 pm, checked into the family friendly Hotel Gouverneur – Place Dupius and promptly headed to the nearest brasserie for one of those famous Montreal smoked meat sandwiches and cheesecake. Next, we met with one of my longtime Montreal friends and his wife at a storied watering hole known as Grumpy’s located on Bishop Street. Grumpy’s is best known for being a hangout for local writers. Later that evening it was off to a dinner of steak and frites in the French/Belgian tradition with the same couple at a wonderful restaurant on Peel Street.

Immediately upon returning to our hotel at about midnight however, we received a phone message from one of my American friends during which he begged us to rescue him from the dingy lounge that he found and to bring him and two friends to someplace a bit more upscale. We obliged but inasmuch as Montreal cabbies will only take 4 passengers, we were forced to take 2 cabs. I was the only person familiar with the city so I was in a position to do something that I have always wanted to do. I told the second cabbie to “follow that cab” (which was the one I was traveling in). Unfortunately, when we reached our destination, Winnie’s on Crescent Street, we soon realized that the second cab did not follow my instructions. Consequently, we lost our companions for the rest of the evening. On a positive note, the 3 of us enjoyed the club and returned to the hotel at about 3:30 am. Great first night.

After the children’s hockey game on Saturday morning, a few of us took a walking tour of Vieux Montreal (Old Montreal). Old Montreal is a major tourist draw; with the oldest of its buildings dating to the 17th century, it is one of the oldest urban areas in North America. Architecture and cobbled streets in Old Montreal have been maintained or restored to keep the look of the city in its earliest days as a settlement, and horse-drawn calèches help maintain that image.

Later that evening as the hockey parents and coaches attended a banquet with their Canadian counterparts, we met up with a few more of my Canadian friends for the purpose of watching the Boston Bruins face-off against the Montreal Canadiens in Game Two of their best of seven playoff series. Our beloved Bruins had lost Game One in Boston on Thursday and this would be the second game in that city. We were taken to a famous sports brasserie (Le Manoir) in Pointe Claire. The place was a massive undulating sea of patrons wearing their Bleu, Blanc et Rouge Montreal Canadian jerseys. Unfortunately, I was more than conspicuous in my vintage 1992  Bruins throwback jersey and the home crowd let me know it with a series of boos and insults throughout the night. To add insult to injury, the Canadiens won Game Two as well.

Our Boston friends and their children left Montreal for home early on Sunday afternoon in those cursed buses. We switched hotels to one more centrally located and spent the next two days shopping, eating (too much) and sightseeing. If you ever find yourselves in Montreal, make sure that you visit Moishes Steak House for one of the best meals you might ever experience. It is quite pricey but it is worth every penny to not only enjoy the meal but to take a step back in time to 1938 as the restaurant has changed little since. On Monday night we watched Game Three of the Bruins/Canadiens series at a pub on Crescent Street. In an attempt to change the Bruins’ luck, I donned the gold, black and white jersey which the Bruins wore in the 2010 outdoor Winter Classic game at Boston’s Fenway Park and my wife wore the 1992 throwback jersey. It worked in two ways. First, we were not heckled nearly as much as on Saturday night and secondly, the Bruins won!

After their win, the Bruins traveled to Lake Placid for some R & R before their Game 4 back in Montreal and we engaged in some more eating, drinking, shopping and sightseeing. There are more than enough things to see in Montreal including but not limited to the Biosphere, La Basilique Notre Dame, numerous museums, the casino, the Stade Olympique and of course, the Bell Centre (home of the Canadiens). On Thursday night we traveled to a friend’s home in Beaconsville to watch the game. We wore the same Bruins jerseys and the Bruins rewarded us with a big win in overtime. The series was now tied at two games apiece.

Friday consisted of some leisurely strolling along the ethnically diverse concourse known as Sainte Laurent Avenue. That evening we met up with yet another old friend who took the trouble to travel in from Toronto to see us. We took a ride out to Dollard des Ormeaux to visit his parents but the journey ended suddenly with a climactic car wreck resulting in the vehicle’s total loss but luckily, no serious injuries. Without going into too much detail, the accident involved our friend’s car, a light pole, a pedestrian carrying two bottles of wine and a liquor store, in that order. After the car was towed away and a rental was secured we all went to dinner on Good Friday evening. The rental was used to bring us back to our hotel without incident.

We indulged in more shopping and eating during the first half of Holy Saturday. That evening we went to yet another friend’s home in Lachine for dinner and to watch Game 5. The teams were now in Boston but we were still in Montreal. We wore the same two Bruins jerseys and our luck held out as the team won yet again, this time in double overtime. The Bruins have now won three straight games and lead the series 3 to 2 with a potentially decisive Game 6 to be played in Montreal tonight (Tuesday).

We flew back to Boston on Easter Sunday and resumed our usual daily affairs including the blog known as Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off. Our dog is more than excited to have us back. We too, missed her dearly. Now it is three to the bed once again. It was a wonderful trip but it always feels good to come home. Rest assured that eight fingers and two paws will be crossed tonight for the big Game 6! And yes, we will don the same Bruins jerseys.

If you missed Game 5, please watch this highlight video-clip to get a taste for the excitement of this series:

Jay “The Man of a Thousand Lies” Severin Is Fired By Boston Radio Station

Finally Silenced!

The obnoxious liar is dead! Long live the liar!

Radio listeners in greater Boston were rewarded today with the news that racist, lying right wing talk radio host Jay Severin has been fired. Jay Severin was a long-time conservative talk show host who’s program aired on a Boston, MA radio station, known to progressives as WKKK. Severin’s show however, was indefinitely suspended by the station on March 30th as the result of the overwhelmingly negative response to his recent misogynistic on-air rantings about workplace sexual harassment.

While defending American Apparel executive Dov Charney, who is being sued by many of his former female employees for sexual harassment, Severin referred to the female plaintiffs as “whores” and “liars”. He then went on to boast about his personal sexual conquests in the workplace. He said that when he owned his own company, he hired “mostly attractive young women” and had sex with nearly all of them. He went on to say,

“I slept with virtually every young college girl I hired to be an intern or an employee for my firm. All I was, was a young man who was the boss and I did it because I could. Those girls that got to sleep with me got to know their boss better, they got to go on trips, they got to travel in some cases to various parts of the world, to see things and meet people that they never would have seen or done…These were not whores. These were Ivy League graduates, young women or interns from Ivy League institutions who were interested in politics and government. We’d have drinks together at the end of the day and we’d spend the night together. I should feel badly about that?”

How’s that for reasoned radio conversation. As a lifelong Bostonian who has listened to many many Severin broadcasts over the years, I must admit that there was rarely a time when I did not feel as if I needed an immediate germ-killing shower immediately thereafter.

As mentioned in last Saturday’s post, this was certainly not the first time that Severin has “crossed the line” on air. He was suspended for a month by the same station in 2009 after having referred to Mexicans as “primitives” and “leading exporters of VD and swine flu”. He also has a history of blatantly lying in an attempt to bolster his own credentials. For example, he lied about having received a master’s degree from Boston University and also about receiving a Pulitzer Prize. For a more in depth look at how Severin also lies about his lying, please read this wonderful column by The Boston Globe‘s Scot Lehigh here.

This description of his possibly illegal sexual indiscretions however, was the final straw for his employer. Jay Severin was fired today. His station’s owner released this statement:

“Greater Media today ended its relationship with Jay Severin. Our company has always encouraged a free and open dialogue on a variety of issues and topics, and we will continue to be guided by that principle. But we also demand that our on-air talent maintain an appropriate level of civility, and adhere to a standard that respects our listeners and the public at large.”

Jay Severin’s firing is not the only good news for progressives however. it was also announced today that Glenn Beck is losing his television show on Fox News. That however, is a story for a later posting. Until then let’s just bask in the warm cuddly feelings caused by the termination of these two misinforming miscreants.

Don’t forget to check out my WRKO Radio blog at www.wrko.com/blog/kevin also, too!

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

That’s Amore song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69O4PXzAQ5Y

YOU’RE SO BORING (THE ODE TO RADIO’S JAY SEVERIN)

(sung to the Dean Martin song “That’s Amoré”)

In Old Beantown on the air-waves
When ratings fall here’s what they say

When the shit hits the fan and they give you the can
You’re so boring
When you become racist and then cease to exist
You’re so boring
Phones don’t ring ding-a-ling-a-ling, ding-a-ling-a-ling
And you’re no happy fella
Listeners cheer have another beer, have another beer
Like a gay acappella

When you are such a fool that your words incite drool
That’s abhorring
When the “Best and the Brightest” are the dumb and the whitest
You’re alone
When you’re name’s Severino but you drop the letter “O”
That’s deceiving
Scuzza me, but you see, you’ve no masters degree
That’s abhorring

(When the shit hits the fan and they give you the can
That’s abhorring) That’s abhorring
(When you become racist and then cease to exist
That’s abhorring) That’s abhorring
(Phones don’t ring ding-a-ling-a-ling, ding-a-ling-a-ling
And you’re no happy fella) Happy fel Happy fella
(Listeners cheer have another beer, have another beer
Like a gay acappella) Sorry fella

When your mouth’s spouting lies of a Pulitzer Prize
That’s abhorring (That’s abhorring)
When you no longer play on W-K-K-K
That’s real love
When you’re talking the talk but have nowhere to walk
Cuz you’re boring
Scuzza me, racist pig, but we hardly knew ye
You’re so boring, (So boring)
You’re so boring

Boston Shock-Jock Jay Severin May Have Finally “Screwed” Himself Out Of A Job

Would you have sex with this man?

Tick, tick, tick… (waiting for the bomb to explode), or thud… (waiting for the other shoe to drop). The anticipation is overwhelming. Will Boston radio’s most racist, hate infused, name changing (his birth name is James Severino), pedigree embellishing (he falsely boasted on air to taking a master’s degree at Boston University and to having been awarded a Pulitzer prize), and obnoxious shock jock finally be fired by his employer station?

Jay Severin is a reich-wing conservative talk show host who’s program airs on a Boston, MA radio station, known to us progressives as WKKK. Severin’s show however, was indefinitely suspended by the station on March 30th as the result of the overwhelmingly negative response to his recent misogynistic on-air rantings about workplace sexual harassment. This was certainly not the first time that Severin has “crossed the line” on air. He was suspended for a month by the same station in 2009 after having referred to Mexicans as “primitives” and “leading exporters of VD and swine flu”.  When coupled however,  with his recent decline in ratings from 3rd place to 16th place in the coveted age 25 to 54 age bracket, this suspension may have sounded the death knell for his show.

Severin’s most recent suspension came about while he was defending American Apparel executive Dov Charney, who is being sued by many of his former female employees for sexual harassment. First, he referred to the female plaintiffs as “whores” and “liars”. Severin then went on to boast about his personal sexual conquests in the workplace. He said that when he owned his own company, he hired “mostly attractive young women” and had sex with nearly all of them. He went on to say, “I slept with virtually every young college girl I hired to be an intern or an employee for my firm. All I was, was a young man who was the boss and I did it because I could.”

All New England progressives within earshot of Jay Severin are hoping that this latest transgression will end his career on Boston radio.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

Nowhere Man song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvLj72apGLI

RADIO MAN

(sung to the The Beatles song “Nowhere Man”)

Jay’s a real radio man
Member of the Ku Klux Klan
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody

Has a sexist point of view
Changed his name to Severin too
Hasn’t got a friggin’ clue, does he?

Radio man please listen
We laugh so hard we’re pissin’
Radio man, open your mouth and get canned

(nooner break)

He’s blind like the G.O.P.
Just sees what a racist sees
Radio man you can’t see me at all?

Radio man we’re sorry
We don’t buy your story
We can’t wait till somebody else
Relieves your command

Has a sexist point of view
Changed his name to Severin too
Hasn’t got a friggin’ clue, does he?

Radio man just face it
You’ve little time, don’t waste it
Radio man, we cannot wait till you’re banned

Jay’s a real radio man
Member of the Ku Klux Klan
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody

Sunday Morning Coffee (or Tea) – 73

Just a few newsworthy items (and comments thereon) that have been making their way through the political universe this past week. Please ponder and maybe chuckle a bit before enjoying a wonderful day!

BREAKING NEWS: The Washington Post reports John Ensign (R-NV) will retire rather than seek reelection in 2012, he announced Monday afternoon. The decision brings to an end a tumultuous several years that saw him go from one of the party’s rising stars to persona non grata. The retirement decision comes in the wake of an ongoing Senate ethics committee investigation into whether Ensign acted improperly in an extramarital affair with Cynthia Hampton, who worked for Ensign’s political committees and whose husband, Doug, was a top legislative staffer for Ensign. “There are consequences to sin,” Ensign declared at a news conference in Las Vegas. He said he did not want to put his family though an “exceptionally ugly” campaign. Democrats can only hope that whack-job Sharron “2nd Amendment Remedies” Angle elects to run for this seat.

THIS JUST IN: For those of you that are not current on Vermont news, take note that by the next week, the House Health Care Committee will vote on a bill that authorizes the building blocks for a future single-payer health care system. You read that correctly. Vermont is actually working toward a health care system that progressives nation-wide would love for themselves. Keep up the good fight Vermont.

BREAKING NEWS: Last week we reported about the move afoot to recall Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and several newly elected GOP state senators. This week we have learned that there is now a “Committee to Recall Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer” which has begun collecting signatures to begin the recall process. The moral of these stories? If you govern like a radical Tea-Bagger, you will not govern very long.

THIS JUST IN: This week’s episode of “Family Values Republicans Acting Badly” features California State Senator Roy Ashburn (now known as “Assburn”). The radically anti-gay politician was pulled over and arrested for drunk driving after leaving a gay nightclub. There was an unidentified man in the passenger seat of the car. (Insert appropriate hypocrite analogy here).

BREAKING NEWS: This week’s episode of “Who’s Wants To Be An Indicted Republican ?” stars Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White who was indicted this week on seven (7) felony counts including voter fraud, perjury and theft. White now joins other such noteworthy contestants as Tom Delay, Scooter Libby, Duke Cunningham and Roy Blunt.

THIS JUST IN: A Pro-Governor Scott Walker rally was held in Wisconsin this week. One of the featured speakers was the long-lost Joe the Plumber from McCain/Palin days. Joe apparently did not receive the memo about toning down violent rhetoric because he was ranting about “taking bullets for your children”. More interesting however, was the fact that only 600 people attended the rally. To put that paltry number in perspective. compare it to the more than 70,000 public union supporters attended the February 26th rally for that group. Who is more popular in Wisconsin?

BREAKING NEWS: President Barack Obama visited the city of Boston on Tuesday. He visited an innovative inner-city technical school known as TechBoston, mingled with the Boston Celtics and spoke at the Museum of Fine Arts. Most importantly however, he raised over $1 million for congressional Democrats.

THIS JUST IN: Magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan killing thousands. No further details.

BREAKING NEWS: This week’s episode of “The Twilight Zone” features former Republican Massachusetts Governor, failed Republican 2008 Presidential candidate and likely 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Boston area Republican political analyst Todd Domke wrote an editorial which appeared in yesterday’s Boston Globe. This was the most entertaining passage:

Rod Serling sets the stage:“Massachusetts is not just a state; it’s a state of mind. This is where pilgrims landed, taxpayers revolted, and witches burned. But what burns in one politician is ambition — ambition to leave his state and move into a big white house in Washington, D.C. For Mr. Mitt Romney, this state has become a nightmare. He wants to pack his political baggage and exit stage right, but he can’t leave because this state is his . . . Twilight Zone.’’

In honor of the troops, please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s Sarah Palin song parody.

It’s All Over Now song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbpU5vBYnfU&feature=related

IT’S ALL OVER NOW

(sung to the Rolling Stones version of the song “It’s All Over Now”)

Well, Palin was around way too long
She winked those eyes, went to Hong Kong
But her heart’s now broken, that’s no lie
Tables turn and now it’s her turn to cry

Some crackpots used to love her, but it’s all over now
Some crackpots used to love her, but it’s all over now

Well, she thought that she’d be crowned a queen in D.C. Town
She’d spend book deal money to buy herself some fame
She has no clout, that must be a blow to her pride
Tables turn and now it’s Sarah who cries

Some crackpots used to love her, but it’s all over now
Some crackpots used to love her, but it’s all over now

(musical interlude)

Well, on Meet The Press Sunday morning, did you hear what they said?
“Palin’s political future is all but dead”
Brooks, Dionne and Murphy really smacked Palin down
Now the whole world knows that she is just a clown

Some crackpots used to love her, but it’s all over now
Some crackpots used to love her, but it’s all over now
Some crackpots used to love her, but it’s all over now
Some crackpots used to love her, but it’s all over now


Late Saturday/Early Sunday Music Byte

It was 1978-79 and it was Boston. the cars were it.  A Boston band we loved. Here is what we were listening to…

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