Matt Connolly's Views on Boston, the Nation and the World

Emphasizing Criminal Justice and Politics

Originally dedicated to the vagaries of matters involving Whitey Bulger and the FBI but now expanded into more general topics.

Matt Connolly's Views on Boston, the Nation and the World - Emphasizing Criminal Justice and Politics

Featured articles

  • The Unique and Horrifying Evil of Israel’s Actions: Part II
  • The Unique and Horrifying Evil of Israel’s Actions: Part I
  • Deaths: Palestinian 600; Israeli 0: The Destruction of Children
  • The FBI: America’s Out Of Control Monster
  • How Prepared Should We Be? America’s Complaisance In The Face Of Ebola
  • The Human Animals: A Look Into The Future
  • Sanction Putin Where It Hurts: Remove or Boycott the 2018 World Cup In Russia

A Portrait of Our President: The Slow Road To Insignificance

(2) WeaknessDan Hodges is a former Labour Party and GMB trade union official in the British Telegraph wrote about Britain’s impotence in the face of threats. He made certain observations. I suggest his comments are equally applicable to President Obama and the United States. When our closest ally falls into this type of thinking it is usually a reflection of our own.

Hodges wrote: That Tony Blair a month after 9/11 said: “This is a moment to seize. The kaleidoscope has been shaken. The pieces are in flux. Soon, they will settle again. Before they do, let us reorder this world around us.”

He continued:  “ . . . the pieces are no longer in flux. Instead, they lie scattered over the Ukrainian countryside, or drift listlessly across a blood-stained beach in Gaza and down the dusty, battle-scarred streets of Syria and Iraq. “

Obama’s Hand Has Been Called: Will He Fold The U.S. Hand To Ragtag Rebels?

Doc - Dec 26, 2013, 12-49 PMPresident Obama spoke on Friday about the downing of the Malaysian airline in which two less than three hundred persons were murdered. It was done by a Russian missile which was fired from Russia, or right over the Ukrainian border with Russia, by Russian operatives. The plane came down in pieces over Eastern Ukraine. The scene of the carnage is spread upwards of five miles in length over Ukrainian farm land and wheat fields.

Yesterday President Obama said: “Evidence must not be tampered with. Investigators need to access the crash site”

He is doing that because as he said: “there has to be a credible international investigation into what happened.”  It is clear what the president of the United States is demanding.  Now to my way of thinking that is drawing a red line. 

The Inability To Tell The Truth: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

(1) putin and merkelClose to 300 people (including up to 80 children) flying on vacation or business from Amsterdam to Malaysia were murdered by a Russian missile. Here’s the big problem all the nations are facing: the vehicle which launched the missile is in Russia. It is highly probably that it was launched by Russian military forces.  The United States and the rest of the world has to figure out how to handle this rogue nation.

Much of the media is reporting the missile was fired by Ukrainian separatists in the civil war in Ukraine. That is wrong. First there is no civil war. It is an attack on Eastern Ukraine by Russian forces and Russian sponsored forces. The tanks, artillery and other heavy military equipment come in from Russia.

(2) ukraine airplaneThese aren’t Ukrainian separatists. The people in charge of the fighters are Russian citizens. One leader is a former KGB officer who also served in the Russian military intelligence service.

The Strange Dealings of Globe & Red Sox Owner John Henry.

2009 11 15_3933The owner of the Red Sox also is the owner of the Boston Globe. You’re probably saying to yourself so what. It’s really no big deal that the Globe’s sports department will always paint the Red Sox a rosy red, after all it is only a game, so whether it tells the story from a Red Sox perspective rather than a neutral view no one really cares because, as homers, we’re glad it is cheering for the team the same way as the rest of us even if to do so it has to distort the news to keep in the good graces of the owner.

Lately it seems that there’s more to the dual ownership than just telling us stories about the players and the outcome of the games on the field. It is that the Red Sox are more than just the team we all want to win; it’s really a business for its owner. He is using the team to make money for himself but also doing it in a less than salubrious way.

The Putin-Merkel Pact: Germany Green Lights Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

(3) Russain and Germany in BedThe World Cup ended yesterday with a German victory.Among those present and pictured sitting together were German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin. They held a meeting to discuss various issues.  One was Ukraine.

Wasn’t it only a few months ago that Merkel told us Putin is off his rocker? What does that say about her now that she is cozying-up with him. Are we seeing another Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact that was made by a couple of other crazies: Hitler and Stalin. Recall Germany and Russia were enemies before they became friends by dividing Poland into parts that they could eat up before they became enemies again.

(1) putin and merkelWhat could they now be planning to divide? I’m sure they weren’t planning to divide Crimea because Putin has already gobbled that up. It is truly unimaginable to me that Merkel seems to have forgotten about Putin’s seizure of Crimea. That happened only 4 months ago. What kind of message does that send to Putin? How will that deter his lust for other areas?

The Homeland of Prophet Abraham and His Followers:

P02969 001THE TRAGEDY:

Three young Israeli kids in their teens are murdered: Eyal Yifrach, 19; Naftali Fraenkel, 16; and Gilad Shaar, 16. They were known to have been hitchhiking home  from a Jewish seminary where they had been studying near the town of Hebron. They were last seen getting into a car at about 10.00 pm on June 12, 2014. Their bodies were found under a pile of rocks two and a half weeks after they were last seen near the village of Halhul just north of Hebron. Some reported they had been shot.

After their disappearance a huge manhunt was conducted by Israel which resulted in 400 arrests. Israel has named two persons as the chief suspects in the murder. They are Marwan Kawasmeh and Amar Abu-Eisha who are thought to be members of Hamas, the Palestinian organization deemed a terrorist group. Both men are presently at large. Both men have previously been in Israel prisons.

The Charles River Was Cleansed: But A Foul Odor Remains In Boston

pearl harborLearning about the greatest maritime disaster in U.S. History prior to Pearl Harbor brought to mind Whitey Bulger’s brother, Billy, and John O’Brien, the probation commissioner presently on trial. The disaster was the explosion and sinking of the steamship Sultana on April 27, 1865, on the Mississippi River where over 1,800 Union Army soldiers who had been captured during the Civil War died on their way home from prison camps. You probably never heard of it.

One survivor wrote: The men who had endured the torments of a hell on Earth, starved, famished from thirst, eaten with vermin, having endured all the indignities, insults and abuses possible for an armed bully to bestow upon them, to be so soon forgotten does not speak well for our government or the American people.” Like the attack on the USS Liberty it was something better hidden than remembered.

The John O’Brien Case: A Case of Fraud

swan lakeI have to admit it takes me a long time to figure some things out. I have had a hard time understanding why O’Brien is being tried in federal court. He is charged with racketeering, the statute that usually relates to gangster activities. I thought what he did was to engage in political patronage. The other day when I went back to the prosecutor’s opening statement I began to understand that this was a case of fraud.

Here’s the absolute worst case scenario against O’Brien. He ran a system known only to himself and two others in which he disguised that only people with political or judicial connections were hired into various positions and promotions were given based on those connections. He did this for the purpose of increasing his budget so that he would have more power and could hire more people.

When A Lovely Flame Dies Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

1978_Virginia_Slims_adI’ve been intrigued by the lack of input by women on some issues I’d have thought would pique their interest. I think I’ve figured out why this has happened. I recognize that since I was around during the great revolution I expected more of women; I expected to see some sparks from them. I remember the days when the attitude toward anything though inimicable to a woman was “this too shall not stand.” Those were the times when a man who dared refer to a female as a girl was putting his life in great peril.

Two matters of recent interest had me thinking that women would be interested in them. One is the story about Patricia Campatelli who is clearly being deprived of her job because she is cut from a different jib than other women; the other is the story of young college women who are shut out of the criminal justice system by the unwillingness of the state to mandate that their complaints to college officials about being sexually assaulted be passed on to law enforcement authorities.

The Boston Globe’s Plan For Mayor Marty Walsh. Part 3: The Attack and The Hope

IMG_4482It is important to keep in mind the adage: “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” I say this because the Globe’s attacks against Marty Walsh are most telling on the most hypocritical grounds of all, his lack of diversity representation in his hiring practices.

I say that because if you are a major newspaper in a city and you are going to go after its mayor about the number of his staff who are minorities it would be wise to look at your own plant first. See the Globe starting to criticize Walsh’s hiring practices I wanted to get a feel for the diversity in its hiring. Since it is a private company there is no way I can file a freedom of information request to learn this.