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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 News Briefs (Continued from Page I) However, why let facts or the lack of them get in the way of a good story. As a police officer, I can't figure out Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik suggest- ing that "all this vitroF in re- cent political discourse might be connected to the Tucson shooting spree. There go those connecting dots again: The sheriff even had this to say about the First Amendment, "This may be free speech but it's not without consequences." Isn't that why we have free speech for? Methinks Pima County needs a new sheriff in town. Finally, Jonathan Cowan from a Democratic group called the "Third Way" said, "We do know that politics has become too personal, too nasty and perhaps too dan- gerous. Perhaps out of this senseless act some sense can return to our public discourse." However, is any- "thing senseless violence? To say that would mean there might also be sensible violence which there is not either. Let us find out what made the shooter do what he did back at that suburban Tucson shopping mall before we fault Sarah Palin, Tea Partiers or Fox News Network or appear worrisome about our Bill of Rights. WHO WAS THAT LONE REPUBLICAN? NONE OTHER THAN HOLLY ROBICHAUD! Holly's January 24 column in the Boston Herald was another good article. Here's a fact of hers from her great piece. According to the Center for Immigration Reform, there are 220,000 illegal immi- grants living in Massachu- setts. Says Holly, "Twenty- five percent are on welfare. That means 55,000 are col- lecting benefits from the state. If each alien gets $1,000 in taxpayer-funded payments, that equals $55 million a month or $600 mil- lion a year. If they get $2,000 in benefits, we are talking about $1.2 billion annually. Of course, the 220,000 es- timated illegal population might be too conservative for us conservative, s. However, anyway you add things up, the add up is way too high. GOVERNOR AIDE NOW MASSPORT HEAD Governor Deval Patrick has seized control of Massport's board of directors with the announcement that Transportation Secre- tary Jeff Mullan has been named chairman of the Massport board. The gover- nor has been attempting to rein in spending at quasi- state agencies with Massport his latest target. I'm not sure this is such a good idea but governors have always loved controlling The assachu- setts Port Authority since it was created. Nothing new here. Same old same old. PAUL PICERNI WAS UNTOUCHABLE Hollywood actor Paul Picerni was a WWII veteran who starred during the six- ties in the hit TV series "The Untouchables" with Robert Stack. He passed away on January 12 and was 88. Picerni was called "the friendliest actor in Hollywood and was born in Gloske, NY. During World War II, he flew 25 combat missions with the Army Air Force and received a Distinguished Flying Cross. After 1945, he served as a Special Services officer in India after Japan surren- dered. After the war, he moved to Los Angeles in search of warm weather, enrolled in college to study drama. He went on to become an actor in numerous westerns and war movies and played mostly Italian characters. He is best known from both "House of Wax," a 3-D horror movie in the mid 50s and from his role as "Agent Lee Hobson" (during Hollywood's there are no Italian roles era of the 60s) who was Robert Stack's right hand man in "The Untouchables" from 1960 to 1963. He leaves his wife Marie; six children and ten grand- children. His wife Marie said, "We had 63 wonderful years together. It was the kind of marriage that just doesn't happen in Hollywood very often." POL STANDS BY NAZI REMARK Everyone is jumping all over Sarah Palin for using the term "blood libel" to talk about the attacks, on con- servatives and the Tea Party Movement but liberals are silent when it comes to US Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Ten- nessee, comparing GOP critics to Nazi Germany's Joseph Goebbels. During the recent House debate on repeal of Obamacare, Cohen said, "Just like Joseph Goebbels, you say it enough, you repeat the lie, you re- peat the lie, you repeat the lie and eventually people believe it. The Germans said enough about the Jews and the people believed it and you had the Holocaust." In the aftermath of that remark, Cohen said he never called Republicans Nazis, he just cited their tactics. Who's buying that rhetoric? Hey, if it walks like a duck and sounds like duck, it's probably a duck. Cohen was wrong in his Nazi remark and just needs to own up to it and apologize for saying something so offensive. CHUGGING DOWN THAT OBAMA KOOL-AID Since his inauguration as president back on Janu- ary 20, 2009, Our Fearless Leader has taken over the auto industry, become the actual CEO of General Motors, signed an $862 bil- lion stimulus bill, used $700 billion for TARP programs, taken control of health care through his ObamaCare idea, the country now bor- rows 41 cents of every dollar it spends and we are now in the red for $14 trillion. Yet according to an NBC/ Wall Street Journal poll in January, only 45 percent of the American people think Fearless Leader is a liberal. Back in 2008, 56 percent attached that label to him. Yes indeed, they must be drinking Obama Kool-Aid out there in the Blue wilderness. JACK LaLANNE DEAD AT 96 Jack LaLanne who showed up on TV in the '50s and '60s as a fitness guru help- ing viewers trim off some of their couch potato fat has died a healthy 96-year- old. He is considered the earliest and most well- known exercise proponent. Thanks to him eventually America began a national obsession with exercise and good health. You can thank LaLanne for all those health clubs out there today pumping in all those customers. Famous last words from him are, "The only way you can hurt the body is not use it. Inactivity is the killer and remember, it's never too late." Frozen Water Pipes (Continued from Page 3) tions, your pipes do freeze, it is best to call a licensed plumber, added Raposa. "Make sure you keep the name and telephone number of your plumber handy throughout the winter." If you locate the frozen section of pipe and try to thaw it yourself, be sure to take the following precau- tions to protect yourself and your property: Do not use a torch with an open flame. You risk setting your property on fire. In addition, overheating one area can cause the pipe to burst. Place a warm towel or rag around the pipe. Make sure you know the location of your master shut-off valve. The frozen pipe may already be broken and, when the water is thawed, it will leak. In this case, you will need to shut off the water in your home or business until the leaky pipe is fixed. For more information on how you can prevent frozen water pipes, contact your local water department or the New England Water Works Association at 508- 893-7979. @OO@@@@@@@O@@@OO@@O@@@@@@O@O@@@@@@@O@@@@@O@@ WS b.Bob.oro,,o ! ... more than meets the eye WUBBZY BE MINE (DVD) Anchor Bay Entertainment Wubbzy Be Mine is an irre- sistible compilation of three episodes featuring the series' much-loved characters, as the lovably cute and quirky bendy-tailed Wubbzy, and friends Widget, Walden and Daizy. In these Valentine- themed episodes full of friendship and appreciation, Wubblzy uses Cupid's bubble- blower to bring together Wuzzleburg's oddest couples, and Wubzzy and his pals find the fastest way ever to make their own valentines. (36 mins.) FUNNY OR DIE PRESENTS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (2-DVD) HBO Home Entertainment Fhnny or Die is a half-hour of off-the-wall comic genius from the sick and twisted minds of some of America's biggest comedians, actors, and writers. Considered to be one of the most outrageous, hilarious, insane sketch comedy series to ever grace your television, with faux commercials and recurring sketches that cross lines you never even knew existed, and laughs while doing it. (6 hrs.) SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: THE BEST OF CHRIS FARLEY (DVD) Lionsgate Chris Farley could be big and loud and clumsy, shy and quiet and graceful, and hi- lariously funny, all at the same time. Farley was an unstoppable force of nature at SNL in the 1990s and fahs can enjoy all of his finest moments, as the best of mo- tivational speaker Matt Foley, The Chris Farley Show, the bit overweight Chippendale dancer and other unique and endearing characters. (I hr. 55 rains.) RED HILL (Blu-ray-DVD) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment An action-packed thriller starring Ryan Kwanten as Constable Shane Cooper. Arriving in the small town of Red Hill in search of a quieter life, on his first day with the Red Hill Police Department, a convicted mur- derer escapes from prison and heads straight for Red Hill to kill the men who put him there. One by one the townsmen fall until Cooper discovers the shocking truth about the convict and must challenge everything he believes in order to stop the massacre and bring justice to Red Hill. (1 hr. 37 mins.) SILLY STORYTIME (DVD) Warner Home Video Once upon a time ... Elmo and his friends had all kinds of silly adventures on Sesame Street. Hearing the story of Rapunzel makes Zoe wish for longer hair, but when her Hairy Godperson grants her wish, it puts Zoe in a hairy predicament. Then a wizard casts a spell on a grouchy princess to make her sleep for 100 years. Can Prince Elmo wake "Sleeping Grouchy?" Jack is trying to grow a beanstalk -- can the Sesame friends help? Fi- nally, dance along with the Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood as they sing about the parts of a face. It's fairytale fun for everyone! Silly also features four clas- sic "Muppet Newsflash" seg- ments! (50 rains.) SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: THE BEST OF JOHN BELUSHI (DVD) Lionsgate One of the most brilliant comedic performers of all- time, John Belushi's rebel- lious presence and intensity changed the face of comedy forever. From classic origi- nal characters like the Blues Brothers, King Bee and Samurai Warrior to incom- parable impressions of Joe Cocker, Marion Brando, Eliz- abeth Taylor and more, fans can relive the best of Belushi again! (1 hr. 45 mins.) IMOGEN HEAP -- EVERYTHING IN-BETWEEN: THE STORY OF ELLIPSE (DVD) RCA Records Everything In-Between: " The..  Story of Ellipse is a behind- the-scenes look and diary  of - Imogen Heap's three year journey to making the Grammy Award-winning al- bum "Ellipse." Culled from over 370 hours of footage, travel with Imogen as she warmly invites you into her old family home, where we eXperience her building the recording studio, her writing and recording process and everything in-between. Get a real feel for the fabric of the sounds on the album, from wineglasses in the kitchen, to the birds flocking over the park woods in the evening. Imogen Heap, a creative and inventive artist. ULTIMATE DEATH MATCH (DVD) MVD Entertainment Group After a death in the ring of one of their superstars, the Federation of Pro Wrestling loses their licenses. Promoter Jake Reed is forced to hold his illegal matches on the Internet with one big catch ... all matches are now to the death! Someone will die in front of millions of rabid bloodthirsty fans. Not since the bloody days of the Roman Gladiators has there been such a public exhibition of savage combat! Starring WWF & WWE superstar AI Snow, Ultimate Death Match is a fury of intense, relent- less and lethal action inside the ring - leading to the ul- timate decision -- death! (1 hr. 30 rains.) Remember Your Loved Ones The Post-Gazette accepts memorials throughout the year Please call d17-227-8929 VISIT US ON LINE AT WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM