The final day of Fr. Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for Life’s visit to Boston sponsored by WQPH and Prayers for life was the biggest.

He spent the morning with the little sisters of the poor before heading over to the Our Lady Queen of the Universe Shrine in Boston run by the sons of Divine Providence across from the Don Orione House.

It is an impressive shrine that both overlooks Boston and air airport from the top of the hill which is marked by a huge statue of our lady and a high tower overlooking the city

Before Father arrived to celebrate the 4:30 the assembled pilgrims took confession for Divine Mercy Sunday. After mass they assembled downstairs for Dinner where Fr. gave the blessing

Was introduced

and gave his final speech of the trip

I recorded it in two parts

I also managed to get a 2nd interview with Fr Emanuel whose 1st interview was cut off

and here are some assorted clips from the day

After dinner and the speech the party processed to the ground where there was a procession with the Pro-Life image of divine mercy (the wind did not play ball as it kept the candles unlit).

After the Rosary was complete a most unexpected twist took place.

The tower has been closed to the public for a full decade due to the need for repairs but we were informed that Fr. and the image of Divine mercy would be allowed to go to the top to bless and consecrate the city. We where however unable to enter through the front door as none of the keys were working.

So we made our way to an elevator that reached the tower that was normally locked out.

It was a tight fit with the image and the photographers and Fr Imbarrato

but we eventually made it to the top of the tower overlooking the city and Fr. prayed the consecration.

This brought an official end to the visit and Fr. Imbarrato sat for a final interview when it was all done.

There is one interesting footnote, both Mary Ann Harold and Fr. Imbarrato got a sense during the prayers that it was the desire of Our Lord and Lady to restore the Shrine. At the time it was built Boston was a faithful Catholic City and Massachusetts was a State known for it’s faith, as the Shrine has fallen into disrepair so has the faith of the city and the abominations that have come out of the state to affect the entire country and the world are too numerous to mention here.

So while I as always hope you might kick in a few buck to DaTipJar to make up for the cost of days of work missed and my time perhaps it might be a better use of your funds to raise the funds necessary to make this shrine what it once was, and perhaps help make Boston the city of faith it once was too.

Previously:

Musicians for Life Plus Fr Stephen Imbarrato and Linda Santo in Fitchburg

Voices of Life in Medford: Fr. Imbarrato, Pro Life Legal Defense League, Linda Santo and more

Eucharistic Procession to Planned Parenthood Fitchburg led by Fr. Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for Life

Protest Prayers and Procession at Planned Parenthood Boston Led by Fr Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for Life


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trump-for-america-bw-and-colorBy John Ruberry

I haven’t read all of the thousands of John Podesta emails hacked by Wikileaks–has anyone yet?–but what I have read they betray a Democratic Party obsessed with two things: Money and power.

Liberal writer Thomas Frank, in his second great (gasp!) Guardian column in less than a week, accurately portrays the modern Democratic Party:

Let us start with the Democrats. Were you to draw a Venn diagram of the three groups whose interaction defines the modern-day Democratic party – liberals, meritocrats and plutocrats – the space where they intersect would be an island seven miles off the coast of Massachusetts called Martha’s Vineyard.

I’m going to drive the point home by reminding you that John F. Kennedy Jr, who was a liberal, meritocrat, and a plutocrat, was flying to Martha’s Vineyard to attend a cousin’s wedding when the airplane he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic. The Vineyard is Barack Obama’s favorite vacation spot–he’s been there seven times while president. Martha’s Vineyard the playground of the Democrat elitists. Bill and Hillary Clinton have vacationed there several times. In August her campaign held a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser on the island, just days after a devastating flood struck Louisiana.

In those Podesta emails, I haven’t so far found any mention of blacks, unless it’s about the black vote, the group that Democrats claim to champion more than anyone. But other than voting en masse for the Democrats and celebrity campaign appearances by people like Jay-Z, African-Americans otherwise aren’t much use for the Democrats.

Blue collar workers, a section of the electoral pie that has been shrinking for decades, appear to be missing from the Podesta emails too. They are also absent from Martha’s Vineyard, from what I hear, unless they are modern George Wilsons from The Great Gatsby, dutifully repairing plutocrats’ Teslas. The working class, once the biggest chunk of the FDR coalition, is heading towards the Republican Party. Perhaps a majority of them are inside the GOP tent already. And you won’t find what Michael Moore calls “the forgotten working stiff” on any vacation, because the leftist flamethrower pointed out last month his stiff hasn’t “had a real vacation in years.”

Some blacks besides the First Family “holiday” on the Vineyard, but in a 2009 article in New York magazine, Touré dismissed them as African-Americans who are “the only ones,” such as the only black in the room, neighborhood, or workplace.

“No man is an island entire of itself,” John Donne wrote nearly 400 years ago, “every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” Unless of course you are a member of the Democrat elite. An island accessible only by boats and airplanes is a fitting hangout for them.

Which leaves “the leftover people” for the Republicans. Sure, the elitists will blame the decline in unionization of the blue collar work force as why the leftovers have fallen behind.

Maybe.

Also discovered in Podesta’s WikiLeaks cache was an email from Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who advised the Clinton campaign to choose a city outside of Washington for its headquarters because they would be better positioned to hire “low paid permanent employees.” And just what wage does Schmidt view as low paid? Is it less than the $15 minimum wage that Democrats call for?

John "Lee" Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven
John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

Oh, if Schmidt really believes every verse in the Democratic mantra, then why isn’t Google unionized?

So, no, the Democratic Party isn’t the champion of “the little guy” anymore, just as Martha’s Vineyard isn’t a vacation destination for blacks living in Boston’s impoverished Dorchester neighborhood. Ironically it’s a billionaire from Manhattan who, at least this autumn, has made “the little guy” feel at home within the Republican Party.

John Ruberry, whose closest brush with Martha’s Vineyard has been South Boston, regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

“What the hell have you got to lose?”

Donald Trump on why black voters should consider voting for him

On the day after a group of Hillary supporters in North carolina decided the best way to protest police was to loot a Walmart the Massachusetts Supreme Court, the court that decided that John Adams put a right to gay marriage in our constitution has brought us this gem of a ruling: (Via Kevin Daily of the Daily Caller)

We do not eliminate flight as a factor in the reasonable suspicion analysis whenever a black male is the subject of an investigatory stop. However, in such circumstances, flight is not necessarily probative of a suspect’s state of mind or consciousness of guilt. Rather, the finding that black males in Boston are disproportionately and repeatedly targeted for FIO encounters suggests a reason for flight totally unrelated to consciousness of guilt. Such an individual, when approached by the police, might just as easily be motivated by the desire to avoid the recurring indignity of being racially profiled as by the desire to hide criminal activity. Given this reality for black males in the city of Boston, a judge should, in appropriate cases, consider the report’s findings in weighing flight as a factor in the reasonable suspicion calculus.

Or to put it another way, the Massachusetts Supreme Court rules that Boston police are such racists that it is reasonable for a black person to flee is approached by police.

Now given what happened with gay marriage the implication of such a ruling if applied nationwide could be astounding but lets consider something else.

Massachusetts is a state that has voted GOP one in my lifetime in a national election (1984 Ronald Reagan). Boston is its capital and you would be hard pressed to find a more liberal city in the US nor one that votes for Democrats more lopsidedly. These are facts everyone knows, but let me point out one fun fact from Answers.com that you might not know

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So it is the opinion of the Massachusetts Supreme court that the end result of 86 years of Democrat rule is Boston is a police force so racist that for a black man, no matter how innocent, fleeing from police is a perfectly valid response.

This leads to a rather obvious question for Minority voters in Boston with an election coming up that echos Donald Trump:

If 86 years of Democrat rule has brought you to this point, what do you have to lose by voting Republican?

It took 86 years to break the curse of the Bambino in Boston, perhaps it’s time for Boston to break this curse too.


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My latest for Watchdog.org is now up and it’s about Uber and Mathamatics:

Former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill had a phrase–that “all politics is local.” He also knew the pulse of the House and of the voters, what could pass and what could not. When challenged on his evaluation of a bill, he often answered, “I’ve always known how to count”–and suggested that this skill was one of the most important any person seeking a political career should have.

This came to mind when considering the legislation coming out of  Boston concerning Uber, the driving service that has been challenging Taxi services all over the county.

Gov. Charlie Baker has filed legislation to institute statewide regulations around ride-sharing companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. The move, if passed into law, could potentially give the state more regulatory control over one of the fastest-growing sectors in the economy.

You can read the rest of it here.

What do you get when you combine alcohol, instant access to the internet and a double overtime goal by a black member of the Montreal Canadians player who has victimized the Boston Bruins many times over the years?

This:

– F*** YOU N***** SUBBAN YOU BELONG IN A F****** HOLE NOT AN ICE RINK

That’s a pretty bad tweet but it’s only one, it’s not like the whole city was tweeting something like that…

17,000 tweets?

Many racist tweets circulated in the wake of Subban’s game-ending goal. Though this has happened before, the volume of the hateful tweets directed at Subban reached a rather horrifying scale. According to analysis company Influence Communications, the terms Subban and the N-word were used simultaneously on 17,000 tweets Thursday. In fact, the N-word was a trending topic on Twitter in Boston for a time after the game

The weirdest part of the story one report stated that the majority of those tweets were not negative.

The Bruins wasted no time in condemning this:

Bruins President Cam Neely issued a statement calling the tweets “racist” and “classless.” He said they came from an “ignorant group of individuals” who do not reflect the organization.

Ignorant group?  This was trending on twitter in Boston.

Several thoughts come to mind:

I can’t think of worse timing for something like this.

Is there anything that would throw away the sympathy of Boston Strong faster than this, then again as this is the bluest city in the bluest state in the country I don’t know how anxious the MSM will be to push this. 

Both Cloven Bundy & Donald Sterling are elderly people and some have suggested their words were a function of the times they were born in, but I doubt very many of the people tweeting that night were born before I was.

How stupid do you have to be to do something like this on twitter where it is tied to you and all who know you?

I can’t square this in a town where David Ortiz is THE sports hero (As I’ve said before I’d take him at the plate with the game on the line over Yaz or Williams, particularly in the playoffs). 

The saddest thought?  I must conclude from this event that we as a people haven’t changed as much as I would have liked to think

 

On Wednesday I spoke to Glenn McCall from SC concerning day 1 of the RNC meetings in Boston.

That message of persistence is something the GOP needs to take to heart

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I spoke to Mark Mezzina at the start of the RNC Event in Boston

It’s these young people that will make this party and considering the Obama Record (Can’t move out, can’t find a job, can’t pay the student loans) the GOP should be the easiest sell in the world.

rnc stills 2 002The Westin Hotel Boston 8:40 AM

Just nine months ago the lobby of the Westin Hotel was the place were republicans were embarrassed to be.Weston Hotel

Not that the Westin Hotel isn’t a beautiful place, it’s a fine hotel that has comfort and class written all over it.

However the big story and the players were across the street at the Convention Center where the Mitt Romney victory party was in full swing and the most prominent of GOP donors joined by the press who paid $10,000 for the privilege to be there awaited the results of election day.

My own credentials (attendee rather than press as I didn’t have 10G’s to spend on a one night ego trip) had been accidentally delivered to Romney HQ so I waited in the lobby for them to be brought to me amid a wave of people who repeatedly asked anyone who seemed to have any juice, even me, if they could somehow find a way to cross that street and barrier to get into the hall where all the important people were.

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No longer the Wanna be Seat

Nine months later those important people are here in the Weston to see if they can find a way to make sure that the mistakes of 9 months ago and the years that preceded it are not repeated first on the congressional level in 2014 and again on the National level in 2016.

It was the talk of the radio this morning, on WCRN host Hank Stolz invited people to call in and give advice to the assembled Republicans there. The advice was varied, don’t ignore the Tea Party, remember the base, Sell the GOP brand, pitch to youth based on the Obama failures. Hank quipped the advice he heard sounded better than that of the expensive consultants who doubtless would have a say in what goes on in the Next three days.

rnc stills 2 003Doubtless many words will be said and grand presentations made by many smart people, but the proof in the pudding will be not what is said here over a fine lunch overlooking the wharf and the Boston Tea Party ship, it will be the action taken after these meetings and the follow-up to inspire the party faithful and those who the GOP would woo that will determine if this is an event to find the path to victory in 2014 and beyond, or if this is simply a nice three-day vacation in the beautiful city of Boston.

Yesterday the I stopped at the JFK Building in Boston:

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Site of the Invention of the Telephone

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For Boston’s Tea Party Protest at the IRS office.

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I got there very early

And was there when the first tea party protester arrived

As the clock neared Noon the small tea party contingents arrived.

The call into Michael Graham was delayed till the bottom of the hour meanwhile I interviewed other tea party protesters

And spoke with Political consultant Brad Marsdon

At it’s peak the crowd topped 30 but with only 21 hours notice it wasn’t a bad job.

But the most fun I had was my interview with the fellow protesting the tea party.

I think the tea party is very lucky in its foes and i suspect if the news of Tomorrow’s taking of the 5th had been out even with under a days notice the crowd would have impressed more.

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Before we get to the Gallery there is the matter of this week’s paycheck

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This has been to this point the worst start to the weekly paycheck I’ve had in a while. I’m only $17 toward the $300 paycheck.

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Today I talked to Trooper Todd Nola of the Massachusetts State Police concerning the interesting “trespassing” incident at the Quabbin Reservoir.

It seems that a group of college age students were found trespassing at the water supply for Boston.

The college age students were not arrested, but briefly detained and released

In our conversation Trooper Tobin pointed out the size of the Quabbin and it’s proximity to several colleges that it would not at all be shocking that a group of student might be found near there.

To his knowledge this was being treated at this time as a simple trespassing case, the names of the students in question will not be released until the actual court summons for Trespassing are issued.

It would be considered a District rather than a superior court matter.

Interestingly enough the media officer was not aware of any FBI involvement as reported by the Globe saying my mentioning of the matter was the first he heard of any FBI involvement.

Here is the Globe story

Massachusetts state police say they and the FBI are investigating a trespassing incident at the Quabbin Reservoir but have no evidence of terrorism.

The central Massachusetts reservoir supplies drinking water to Boston.

Why would Terrorism even be suspected?

Procopio said they are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Singapore with addresses in Amherst, Cambridge, Sunderland and Northampton, and New York City.

And the explanation for being there at 12:30 AM?

The men told police they are recently graduated chemical engineers curious about the reservoir.

The Globe doesn’t report any statement from the two women

Trooper Nolan didn’t suggest it was normal procedure for the FBI to be informed or involved in such trespassing incidents.

I am waiting to hear back from the FBI’s Boston Media Coordinator on the subject of when and why the FBI is involved.

As I don’t want to risk giving some of our liberal friends the vapors I’ll close saying. It’s interesting that such a diverse group of people from different cities, states and countries were found by the water supply for Boston at this time..interesting.

I wonder if their religious backgrounds are just as diverse?

Update; Just had a very pleasant conversation with the FBI out of Boston. I’m informed that it is routine for them to be notified if anything happens in the vicinity of “critical infrastructure”. I asked how often “routine” means and while not given a quantity I was told it happens often enough that will is considered “routine”.

Some blog accounts have already identified the suspects religion, at this time the FBI could not confirm this at this present time nor are at this facing charges beyond trespassing but I will be informed if either of these situations change.

When I know more so will you.