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hm'li'illlhii'nllnl,ld,i,llill,MM,,l,iMilidlll,, "*''*''****MIXED ADC 07099 18 5MALL TOWN PAPERS, iNC. PAUL JEFFKO 2t7 W COTA ST SHELTON WA g:4-3 T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS LJ (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 119 NO. 1 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JANUARY 2, 2015 $.35 A COPY 00)ogtFta00ma i ,,,,, i I o Spoiled Brats Still in a World of Their Own Two NYPD officers were murdered in the name of social justice and the liberals seem to care less about their horrible deaths. The "I Can't Breathe, Hands-Up, Don't Shoot" crowd -- at least too many of them -- couldn't even sit out during the wakes and funerals for these two cops. Mayor Bill de Blasio asked the protestors to respect the families of these two slain police officers, but God forbid this crowd respected the situation, marching is obviously more important to them. Some have even asked colleges and universities to cancel tests or pbstpone them since they had no time to study while "dying" at shopping malls, bridges or major roadways and boulevards. Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Whatever happened to the idea that no one deserves a free ride because his or her protests were needed to wake up America? Taking time out from studying to march doesn't get you a free pass at exam time. These politicians and loud mouths who are anointed by the liberal media stirring up the pot, fan the flames of racial anger and then try to say they aren't responsible for anything when (Continued on Page 11) ....... iiiilil ............... .... L'Anno BeUo: A Year in Italian Folklore Here Comes La Befana/ For a lot of people, the Christmas season is already essentially over. The orna- ments and tinsels make their way back to dusty boxes in the back of the closet. Stale leftovers and crumbs whisper of great feasts the week before. However, ac- cording to old folklore, we are still in the midst of the Christmas season! Christ- mas lasts for twelve days, the last of which is the feast of the Epiphany, occurring on January 6 th. In Italy, the Epiphany, or la Epifania, is an important holiday with traditions that rival those of Christmas itself. An ancient holiday, the Epiphany com- memorates the visit of the Three Magi to the Baby Jesus. On the eve of the fes- tival, Italian children go to sleep eagerly awaiting the arrival of La Befana, the most famous gift-bringer in the country. In addition to La Befana, the Epiphany also heralds the beginning of the Carnival season, with all of its exciting promises of spring. From friendly witches to plain tomfoolery, the Epiphany is a holiday brimming with fascinating traditions. Italian children nowadays do receive presents from by Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz Santa Claus, known as Babbo Natale, on Christmas. However, La Befana has also retained her importance and folkloristic status as Italy's most characteristic holiday gift-bringer. So who exactly is this mysterious figure? La Befana, whose name de- rives from a corruption of the word "Epifania," is a fairy- witch who, like Santa Claus, delivers presents to good children and coal to their misbehaved counterparts. She is depicted as an old woman in raggedy clothes who rides a broom. A famous legend connects La Befana to the Biblical significance of the Epiphany. According to this folk tale, La Befana was cleaning her house when the Three Magi approached her, asking her to accom- pany them on their way to greet Baby Jesus. At first, La Befana declined, saying (Continued on Page 4) Here We Go Again with Another "Mission Accomplished" by $al Giarratani "The more things change, the more things stay the same." We have all heard this old phrase before, haven't we? Well, remember back when President Bush stood on the deck of that U.S. warship with a banner be- hind him stating, "Mission Accomplished" as far as the War in Iraq went. Liberals in and out of the media mocked Bush and asked aloud, what was accomplished in that long war. Well, this past Sunday, December 28 th, President Obama announced his own "Mission Accomplished" mo- ment by announcing that the War in Afghanistan was over and added we would be leaving a small 12,000 US soldiers in a non-combat support role there for two years. He did clearly state that Afghanistan and the world were much safer today for our actions in Afghani- stan. You know, Obama's "good" war as opposed to Bush's "bad" war Are we and the world leally safer tody than we were right after.the 9/11 attacks back in 2001? Is that region of the world much safer? Think about it for a moment. In Iraq, ISIS is on the move across Iraq and even in Syria and Afghanistan, both the Taliban and al-Qaeda are gobbling up everything in sight. It is a terrorist Pacman attack in Iraq, Syria and Afghan. istan. We won the war as Obama tells us the other day, but 24- hours later, the Taliban de- clared victory. Who's telling the truth? If you're wondering if you missed the Victory Parade, don't be concerned. You didn't miss it because it never took place. We didn't win anything, we just pulled up stakes and left. There is no winning if the enemy is still fighting and claiming more and more real estate. Why isn't the Liberal Establishment going after Obama the way it did Bush? The only mission accom- plished is getting out of the war without reaching our goal of stabilizing a danger- ous region of the world. (Continued on Page 4)