September 15, 2005

Wiretap Womney

Governor Mitt Romney raised the prospect of wiretapping mosques and conducting surveillance of foreign students in Massachusetts, as he issued a broad call yesterday for the federal government to devote far more money and attention to domestic intelligence gathering. […] ”How about people who are in settings — mosques, for instance — that may be teaching doctrines of hate and terror,” Romney continued. ”Are we monitoring that? Are we wiretapping? Are we following what’s going on?”


We gonna wiretap every party where people are angry, too? How about churches and synagogues?


Posted by James at September 15, 2005 1:06 PM
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"What about churches?" was my first thought as well. Red state boy or not, I think Romney just undermined his chances at the presidency with that paranoid quip.

Posted by: Mike L. at September 15, 2005 1:08 PM

Is this his first term or his second? We're going to get him out of MA soon, right?

Posted by: Julie at September 15, 2005 1:25 PM

"Are we monitoring... people who are in settings...Teaching doctrines of hate and terror." Hmmm... Maybe he's just trying to record Fox News and can't figure out how to use his TiVo. Gosh, it'll be fun to watch him get it all handed back to him in '08.

Posted by: ThirdMate at September 15, 2005 1:36 PM

He "hasn't decided" if he's running for reelection yet ( or for president). Based on the fact that it's pretty obvious he's going to run for president he has NO CHANCE of getting reelected in MA. He must know this. Notice Kerry Healy has distanced herself from him on a number of issues lately. It'll be fun to see if the repulicans screw her like they did Jane Swift. What is it with republican govenors in this state. None of them can seem to concentrate on MA they all seem to want national attention.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at September 15, 2005 1:41 PM

I say wiretap the Mormon church in Belmont, maybe conduct some surveillance, see if we can figure out that secret underwear.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 15, 2005 1:44 PM

Bob, I heard differently while listening to WBUR this morning. Here's part of the story from the Globe:

Governor leases pricey office at top of Hancock Tower

By Frank Phillips, Globe Staff | September 15, 2005

Governor Mitt Romney has leased office space near the top of the 60-floor John Hancock Tower, one of the most prestigious addresses in Boston, which aides say he will use in part to raise political funds as he mulls a run for president.

Kerry Healey (who?) has leapt away from him like he's a bag of shit on fire.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 15, 2005 1:47 PM

Gee, I should have separated the story from my comments with a series of -------------.

Obviously, the Globe did not run a story that said "Kerry Healey (who?) has leapt away from him like he's a bag of shit on fire," though it would have been funny.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 15, 2005 1:49 PM

Perhaps the people at the Globe didn't feel a need to point on the obvious. The guy *is* a bag of shit on fire and I hope to see him hosed down soon. :)

Posted by: Julie at September 15, 2005 1:58 PM

Way to extend the metaphor, Julie!

Posted by: Patti M. at September 15, 2005 2:41 PM

Don't people usually stomp on a bag of shit on fire? Then it sticks to their shoes. Think this will boost James on queries on "bag of shit on fire"? For that matter, are there many queries on "bag of shit on fire"?

Posted by: briwei at September 16, 2005 7:39 PM

You know if you keep saying "bag of shit on fire" you'll definitely increase James' rank on searches for "bag of shit on fire". Particularly if you make a link to Aces Full using the text "bag of shit on fire".

Posted by: Chuck S. at September 16, 2005 8:37 PM

Yes, people normally stomp on a bag of shit on fire, but that is because they weren't expecting a bag of shit on fire. We've had a few years to think about it, so we should be able to deal with him without getting our shoes dirty.

I don't know who searches on "bag of shit on fire." Maybe people who have one on their doorstep and aren't sure how to proceed. "Myrtle, will you Google this and find out what other people do?"

Posted by: Julie at September 16, 2005 9:04 PM

I appreciate your attempts to "boost my pagerank" and I sincerely hope they pay off.

However, I have a feeling that Google ignored the contents of comments when archiving blogs for its main search and for the new blogsearch. I'm not positive about that, but I think it has something to do with their wish to prevent spam from mucking up search results.

But, we'll see. If you can find this page in a few weeks by searching "bag of shit on fire" then we'll know it worked.

Posted by: James at September 17, 2005 10:12 AM

Let's get the cliches out of the way:

- "Bag of Shit on Fire" would make a great band name! "Hey dude, did you catch BoSoF on TRL today?"

- I for one welcome our bag of shit on fire overlords.

- Pat Robertson just condemned bags of shit on fire saying in the Bible only Bushes burned.

- Oops, I meant "bushes".

Posted by: Mike L. at September 17, 2005 12:39 PM

You know, Mike, you should really start a blog. I would even create a user account to post comments, I bet.

Posted by: Julie at September 17, 2005 1:08 PM

Why don't we start by bugging Lynchburg, VA and Colorado Springs?

Posted by: rmthunter at September 18, 2005 10:05 AM

I appreciate the kind sarcasm, Julie. Maybe I'll start one again when I have something to say.

Posted by: Mike L. at September 18, 2005 1:23 PM

Bag of Shit on Fire would indeed make an excellent name for a band.

"I heard Bag of Shit on Fire play the [insert club name here] last night and they were hot!"

Of course, the pun could work to their disadvantage as well.

"Man, I went to see Bag of Shit on fire last night and they really stunk up the place."

Posted by: Patti M. at September 19, 2005 8:11 AM

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