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7/26/2017

Boston Globe Breaks Story on Private Citizen Enjoying Recreation Time

Filed under: General — JVW @ 12:05 pm

[guest post by JVW]

Today’s Boston Globe breaks the important story of an ex-politician who has never held federal office enjoying the summer with his family while all of Washington, DC obsesses over the future of ObamaCare:

Note the tweet ends with a question mark, as if to demand how any patriotic red-blooded ex-GOP Presidential nominee could relax and enjoy himself while the fate of the Affordable Care Act hung in the balance. The Globe was apparently unable to ascertain the whereabouts of Michael Dukakis over the past couple of days.

For what it’s worth, most comments on Twitter and the paper’s own website are ridiculing the Globe for even writing about this.

Cross-posted on The Jury Talks Back.

– JVW

83 Responses to “Boston Globe Breaks Story on Private Citizen Enjoying Recreation Time”

  1. It is a good thing they are reporting about this since, God knows, nothing is going on with Debbie Wasserman Schultz or her former IT aide Imran Awan.

    Jimpithecus (2c9c93)

  2. obamacare’s his baby

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  3. Do you miss him yet?

    Ben burn (a862b7)

  4. That’s kinda dumb and deserves mocking. Relatedly, does anyone know what Michael Dukakis is up to? I’d ask about Anderson, but the dude is 95, so I have to assume “not much”

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  5. Relatedly, does anyone know what Michael Dukakis is up to?

    Last I heard he was keeping mostly quiet, appearing on various college campuses as a guest lecture in some government class now and again. He unfortunately left Massachusetts in pretty bad financial shape when his run as governor ended and he ushered in 16 straight years of Republican governors, so he has never enjoyed the warm embrace of Massachusetts Democrats.

    JVW (42615e)

  6. Dukakis is 83 so he’s probably not waterskiing.

    But Romneycare was the forerunner of Obamacare, and still the symbolic figurehead of the Responsible Adult* section of the GOP (competing with John McCain for that role).

    *Just be clear, that’s snark not compliment.

    kishnevi (d7d2b1)

  7. Well, they’ve now dedicated more time to Mitt water-skiing than Hillary graft.

    ***

    On my new Samsung phone I keep getting “briefing” updates that are about 50% anti Trump “news”.

    I’ve disabled this feature twice but it keeps coming back on its own.

    On one of my computers (Win 10), the new IE no longer gives you a window with frequently visited sites to choose from when you open a new tab. It now opens a MS kind of alternative home page with some frequent-visit sites but also a (in much larger font w photos) MS news feed that (surprise surprise) seems to either show anti-Trump “news” or some sort of worthless celebrity update (this morning, it was the vital news that Kate Hudson had shaved her head).

    Just think of all the people out there who are too busy to care getting news feeds of the sort of stuff MS, Google, Apple, Verizon etc. want them to see. This subtle but very effective method of political persuasion is a disgrace.

    harkin (536957)

  8. I don’t get it. I guess it’s like in Austin, where a lot of outlets can just say “ABBOTT” and everyone starts getting worked up, except Romney hasn’t been in power for several years.

    He has nothing to do with the Trump administration, except that they humiliated him like they have humiliated just about everyone who gave them the time of day.

    I think it’s cool that he’s waterskiing. Definitely wonder what his healthcare reform would have looked like. I never supported him because of Romneycare, and I suspect I wouldn’t be super happy with the compromises he would make, but compared to today’s circus where the GOP has lost so much credibility so quickly, I can’t judge the guy anymore.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  9. Well, they’ve now dedicated more time to Mitt water-skiing than Hillary graft.

    Just imagine if Hillary was elected and started firing everyone who was investigating her, Loretta Lynch recused himself, and Hillary kept saying she was furious that Lynch couldn’t get the investigation under control? Or “get rid of it”? Something tells me the same people saying this sort of stuff is OK would suddenly think it’s pretty serious. Hell, something tells me that if Hillary had five kids from three men, Trump’s supporters would make constant reference to it.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  10. Waterskiing is fun but it isn’t a crime, not even during a summertime vacation, not even if the family dogs come along.

    Not even for rich candidates for national office cheated out of a fair chance to win, not even for a good guy the commie racists running the establishment media sabotaged on national TV to shield the conveniently half-breed jihadist they sold their souls to inflict on America.

    No, squandering personal and professional integrity isn’t too high a price for traitors, cowards and lickspittles in the establishment media to pay to keep honest representatives of the people out of high government office.

    ropelight (a7d89c)

  11. Forget it Dustin. It’s Chinatown.

    Ben burn (a862b7)

  12. Hell, something tells me that if Hillary had five kids from three men, Trump’s supporters would make constant reference to it.

    Therein lies your total ignorance of *Trump supports* (like he’s still running in a primary). But if Hillary had won *Trump supports* would be making constant reference to all the dead bodies in her wake. I don’t think you need to worry so much about Trump’s wife or kids. It’s a shame Trump Jr. didn’t delete all his e-mails, wipe his server clean with bleachbit and destroy all his phones with a hammer. Then the media would have lost all interest in the story and declared him innocent.

    Rev.Hoagie® (630eca)

  13. harkin (536957) — 7/26/2017 @ 12:56 pm

    On one of my computers (Win 10), the new IE no longer gives you a window with frequently visited sites to choose from when you open a new tab. It now opens a MS kind of alternative home page with some frequent-visit sites but also a (in much larger font w photos) MS news feed that (surprise surprise) seems to either show anti-Trump “news” or some sort of worthless celebrity update (this morning, it was the vital news that Kate Hudson had shaved her head).

    Is that the same version of Internet Explorer Windows 10 had from the beginning, or is that an “upgrade”

    What version of Internet Explorer is that?

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  14. If Mitt’s waterskiing isn’t that kinda my Democrat friends fault?

    SarahW (3164f0)

  15. 12. Rev.Hoagie® (630eca) — 7/26/2017 @ 1:17 pm

    It’s a shame Trump Jr. didn’t delete all his e-mails, wipe his server clean with bleachbit and destroy all his phones with a hammer. Then the media would have lost all interest in the story and declared him innocent.

    This became known because of Kushner, not because of Donald Trump Jr. But it was his meeting.

    Kushner is the only one who had to disclose all his contacts with Russian officials, because he was the one who got a security clearance. Jamie Gorelick, his lawyer,was very thorough. The message that we have is the version that was forwarded to Kushner.

    Somebody leaked first a description then the whole email it to the New York Times – someone either in the bureaucracy or in Congress. At first it probably seemed to fit with the idea of collusion in hacking, but the timeline is wrong.

    Kushner says he never read through to the earliest part of the message AND DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THIS MEETING WAS ABOUT WHEN HE WENT THERE. He arrived late and discovered this woman, whom he didn’t realize at the time was a Russian lawyer, talking about adoptions from Russia (the problem for Putin was Putin had stopped it but Americans weren’t concerned once the woindow for the blocked adoptions in progress was over, so they weren’t going to reverse the Magnitsky sanctiopns to get adoptions back.)

    Kushner says he text messaged or emailed (he said which but I don’t remember) an aide to call him so he would have an excuse to leave the meeting,which he ddi before it was over.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  16. Hoagie, I don’t care that you apologized for you anti-Semitic views. I’m not going to take you seriously.

    Dustin (8fc06d)

  17. Mr. Reverend is not anti semite views he’s a good pickle what is a staunch and true picklehead

    what looks out at our sad little county and says

    Let Freedom Ring!

    there are two kinds of bison you know

    plains bison and wood bison

    the wood bison is the mostest largest land animal in the North America! (hump is also more angular)

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  18. I’m sure he appreciates your endorsement, sappy tweet.

    Ben burn (a862b7)

  19. “I’m sure he appreciates your endorsement, sappy tweet,” said Mr. burn, his voice drenched with acid-laced sarcasm.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  20. After their post election meltdown anyone who takes anything big media says is foolish.

    Bang Gunley (5a4596)

  21. We should listen to BreibartAJonesFox?

    Ben burn (a862b7)

  22. Mitty water skiing with dog in tow

    mg (31009b)

  23. thankful he is done governing in the commonwealth of Massachusetts.

    mg (31009b)

  24. Dustin wrote:

    He has nothing to do with the Trump administration, except that they humiliated him like they have humiliated just about everyone who gave them the time of day.

    Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is learning the obvious lesson: if you have a secure six-year job in the Senate in hand, you shouldn’t resign from that to sign on with a man whose signature line is, “You’re fired!”

    The wryly amused Dana (765964)

  25. The light at the end of his rope wrote:

    Waterskiing is fun but it isn’t a crime, not even during a summertime vacation, not even if the family dogs come along.

    Don’t forget: it’s the appearance of impropriety which must be avoided! Why was Mr Romney waterskiing, in public, just so that he could be placed at a particular time and place? Was he deliberately establishing an alibi? From what was he attempting to deflect the attention of the intrepid journalists of The Boston Globe?

    One can only hope that Robert Mueller will assign a top, top attorney to investigate this highly suspicious matter.

    The Dana who remembers Watergate (765964)

  26. Cow Hampshire today, Massachusetts next month, Michigan in the fall and the winters in Utah.
    Grifter Deluxe

    mg (31009b)

  27. Just imagine if Hillary was elected and started firing everyone who was investigating her, Loretta Lynch recused himself, and Hillary kept saying she was furious that Lynch couldn’t get the investigation under control?”

    If it was after a year of accusations with no proof whatever of collusion to throw the election I might give the old hag the benefit of the doubt. IOW imagine if Trump was prev. a high ranking cabinet official, had a secret illegal server hidden in a bathroom and wiped it clean after being ordered to preserve it. And that’s just one of many actions warranting investigation.

    Mueller is going after the wrong person.

    And don’t look now but Dems/Obama officials. are refusing to testify left and right.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/hypocrisy-on-the-hill-republicans-testify-while-democrats-delay-deny/article/2629521

    harkin (536957)

  28. 23.Mitty water skiing with dog in tow
    mg (31009b)

    At least he didn’t eat it.

    Rev.Hoagie® (630eca)

  29. 16.Hoagie, I don’t care that you apologized for you anti-Semitic views. I’m not going to take you seriously.
    Dustin (8fc06d) — 7/26/2017 @ 3:15 pm

    I really don’t give a rat’s ass what you do Dustin. I’m not anti-Semite any more than you are but if it makes you feel superior to say that go ahead. Obviously you’re not the type of man who knows how to accept an apology nor forgive and forget. I am. So in the end, I’m the bigger man.

    Rev.Hoagie® (630eca)

  30. 13 – Sammy: “Is that the same version of Internet Explorer Windows 10 had from the beginning, or is that an “upgrade””

    Only started after the involuntary update some months back.

    On my work computer, I had to allow an IT guy remote access so he could uninstall the update and install some roadblocks because it was causing havoc with our client’s (huge telecommunications co.) database security systems.

    harkin (536957)

  31. He only eats Winnipesaukee Wygu.

    mg (31009b)

  32. Squirrel.

    Romneycare was the forerunner of Obamacare sourced from of the conservatives-in-waiting Heritage Foundation planning circa 1989. So pondering what a losing GOP presidential candidate has to say about it in the throes of debate after seven years of planning no plan seem a worthy quest. McCain had some words; Willard, not so much.

    So silent indifference from Sir Willard of Romney Marsh is welcomed; any squawks about the current debate or anything else from this stuff shirt in years to come will be met with–

    ‘… a laugh,-aha,ha,ha,ha- and a fiendish yell…’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDYId2Ab1o8

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  33. Why did this story remind me of Greg Packer?

    And, yes, it is “fake news” in the sense that it is not news. To think that perfectly good trees that turn carbon dioxide into oxygen and simultaneously cool the atmosphere through respiration die to make newsprint ….

    nk (dbc370)

  34. And the dog on top of the car. I haven’t forgot.

    Literally Hitler!!

    Patricia (5fc097)

  35. If I were Mitt, I’d be doing just about anything possible to avoid thinking about Trump, or what passes for political discourse in this country. The only thing stupider than the Trump Administration are the legions of Trump opponents who insist on biting the midget’s ankles.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  36. Mitt Romney’s just a story people made up to scare naughty kids into behaving

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  37. Didn’t work in your case.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  38. That is,epic nonsequitor, globe can’t get by any respectable oligarch now.

    narciso (d1f714)

  39. Dukakis was unavailable for comment because he was, once again, doing donuts in his tank.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  40. 40 – Beldar
    lmao

    mg (31009b)

  41. RIP – June Foray

    https://youtu.be/65t-OzhlmvE

    My childhood is slowly vanishing from the earth.

    harkin (536957)

  42. There has been no mention of Iman Awan or Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the past week on MSNBC or CNN programs. Schultz has hardly been mentioned on either network since March 1, except in the context of a possible email she had sent in which Loretta Lynch had assured a Hillary Clinton staffer that the email investigation would not go “too far.””

    Imagine that.

    http://freebeacon.com/politics/cable-networks-black-coverage-wasserman-schultz-scandal/

    harkin (536957)

  43. AnnenNothinburger, Birfer no-there-there, but potentially a giant cowbell of congressional hearings….Gowdey?

    Ben burn (ed36d1)

  44. Replace DWS and LL with Jared Kushner and DT jr and the entire MSM would not only have its hair on fire, they’d be spraying it with Aqua Net.

    harkin (536957)

  45. Actually, the Boston Globe did find Michael Dukakis and even had a medical consult:

    ttp://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/peter_gelzinis/2017/07/gelzinis_the_duke_takes_on_the_donald

    “We’ve obviously got a guy with a serious personality disorder.”

    The “guy” Michael Dukakis was referring to yesterday afternoon was the guy in the White House, Donald J. Trump.

    “My wife, Kitty, is very good at recognizing all the signs,” the Duke said, “and she says there’s absolutely no doubt.

    “But what troubles me,” the former governor and Democratic presidential nominee added, “is that Trump is surrounded by people who don’t seem to even know when they’re not telling the truth.

    Guess their reporter did not want to get wet interviewing Romney about Obama care.

    BfC (5517e8)

  46. 49

    Next they’ll dig up Eleanor Roosevelt for distraction.

    Ben burn (ed36d1)

  47. Scaramucci brings the Trump team the unified message they’ve been seeking:

    We’re all morons..

    Ben burn (ed36d1)

  48. His wife Kitty, the mentally ill alcoholic, who helped him lose the election? That wife Kitty?

    nk (dbc370)

  49. she’s the same age as John McCain

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  50. ugh McCain had dinner with John Boehner last night cause of they lurv each other so much big kisses

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  51. She is also the ex-stepmom of Jason Chaffetz.

    nk (dbc370)

  52. soros’s propublica wants to blame the tumor on agent orange

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  53. oh good lord Mr. nk who knew?

    nobody tells me anything

    cats and dogs living together

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  54. I told you in a Chaffetz thread not all that long ago, but I am a voice crying in the wilderness sometimes.

    nk (dbc370)

  55. Ben Burn,

    Here are three+ pages of Google News results just for July, 2017:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=Eleanor+Roosevelt&source=lnms&tbm=nws

    Yes, they are digging up Eleanor Rossevelt and discussing what she liked to eat… First Google News Results:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/books/ct-what-she-ate-laura-shapiro-books-0727-20170726-story.html

    Eleanor Roosevelt to Eva Braun, ‘What She Ate’ recounts prominent …
    Chicago Tribune-Jul 25, 2017
    Learning Laura Shapiro’s new book on women and food includes the stories of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, whose tenure was marked by some of the worst White House meals ever; Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler’s mistress; and Helen Gurley Brown (did Cosmopolitan’s iconic editor actually eat?) left me startled. It’s sort of like lauding the Lucrezia Borgia of poisonous legend for a deft hand with seasoning.

    Some people have way too much free time on their hands.

    BfC (5517e8)

  56. It’s all White Salamanders fault..imagine losing those gold platters.

    Ben burn (ed36d1)

  57. Still a near total blackout by the leftist media on the Awan’s having classified hard drives and trying to flee the country after sending hundreds of thousands of dollars overseas to avoid prosecution.

    When barely mentioned, the left claims it’s real estate fraud and never mentions the computer hard drives or classified information.

    NJRob (98f66c)

  58. Bfc

    Maybe we could learn how to deal with Trump effectively. FDR would travel to summits in a naval convoy. RUMPUBLICANS went ballistic when the convoy turned around back to Japan to retrieve his beloved Scottish Terrier mistakenly left behind.

    “THE COSTS…TEH NATIONAL SECURITY!”

    Public reaction? Aww..he loves his dog!

    Ben burn (ed36d1)

  59. And it drove them barmy just like sTrumpets when they respond..”SO?” to queries about his antics

    Ben burn (ed36d1)

  60. “And it drove them barmy just like sTrumpets when they respond..”SO?” to queries about his antics..”

    Gawd. “Just like TRUMPS oppose when they respond..”

    Ben burn (ed36d1)

  61. Captcha..jeez…OPPOS…!

    Ben burn (ed36d1)

  62. The Boston globe was the one that wrote the piece, that the younger tsarnaev was at war with himself, they also did that fake April fools cover.

    narciso (d1f714)

  63. Obama may be gone from the seat of power but his minions keep on delivering:

    “The independent watchdog found that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to rehire employees who were previously terminated from the agency for documented misconduct or performance issues. In fact, the watchdog found that between January 2015 and March 2016, the IRS rehired hundreds of former employees with prior substantiated performance or conduct issues, including willful failure to file taxes, repeated falsification of official documents and threatening co-workers. The watchdog found that these practices continue in spite of a previous TIGTA report in 2014 with similar findings.”

    https://www.burr.senate.gov/press/releases/irs-watchdogs-report-finds-new-cases-of-repeated-hiring-abuses

    It’s going to take quite an effort to undue Chairman Zero’s weaponizing of the federal govt.

    harkin (536957)

  64. The Boston globe was the one that wrote the piece, that the younger tsarnaev was at war with himself,”

    Rolling Stone gave him the Tiger Beat treatment.

    harkin (536957)

  65. Harkin,

    That’s in addition to the DoJ still going after the Little Sisters of the Poor.

    Obama’s leftist minions still control the government.

    NJRob (98f66c)

  66. Kitty so dumb she think hand sanitizer is Jell-O shots.

    Pinandpuller (ea25a3)

  67. “The only thing stupider than the Trump Administration are the legions of Trump opponents who insist on biting the midget’s ankles.”

    Thank you, Kevin M. That sums it up nicely.

    Is this what’s always lurked under the surface, or is it simply ongoing devolution? One way or the other, it’s nice to know where we stand.

    Dumb and Dumber as prophecy.

    ThOR (c9324e)

  68. Somebody must be making noise about Romney running again. First this and now an anti Mormon screed making the rounds on social media.

    Bang Gunley (5a4596)

  69. harkin,

    Back in the day, I can remember seeing June Foray on TV doing Rocky’s voice. I found it amazing to watch.

    I bought Rocky and Bullwinkle on DVD so my young son could watch it.

    ThOR

    ThOR (c9324e)

  70. A quote from Glenn Reynolds about another aspect of the devolution:

    “The insane, foaming-at-the-mouth response to his (Trump’s) election from the “elite, expert” class is itself refutation that these are the people with better judgment.”

    I liked many of these people. I thought I knew them. Wrong.

    ThOR (c9324e)

  71. My links at 63 and 73 are tied together

    NARCISO (d1f714)

  72. The God of Thunder wrote:

    Back in the day, I can remember seeing June Foray on TV doing Rocky’s voice. I found it amazing to watch.

    Does that mean that Rocky was ‘transgender?’ Say it ain’t so!

    The sarcastic Dana (dbcf2c)

  73. June Foray was a class act. In fact, several acts. Read’em– and weep:

    June Foray – IMDb http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004931

    RIP, Dah-ling.

    _______

    @44My childhood is slowly vanishing from the earth.

    She was 99. ‘Bout time you grew up, comrade harkin.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  74. @79 Does that mean that Rocky was ‘transgender?’ Say it ain’t so!

    Dana, you might want to look into the voice behind Bart Simpson on that one.

    “D’oh!” – Homer Simpson [Dan Castellaneta] ‘The Simpsons’ – Fox TV

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  75. @79. “Ay caramba!!!!” – Bart Simpson [Nancy Cartwright] ‘The Simpsons’ Fox TV

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  76. I was on a local school board in Oklahoma back in the 1990’s, and while the 0-Care repeal debate was ongoing I was having a few beers with friends. Oddly the Boston Globe didn’t write anything about my activities during the debate. Huh …

    Direwolf (3f39f3)


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