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L VOL. 115 - NO. 8 '{.Z) THE ITALIb~-AHERIC~N VOICE OF MASKACHUS~I"I~ m (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 $.30 A COPY % Khadafy the Next Domino? • by Dan Calabrese Is it starting to feel more the oil fieldsl Sounds like 1989 to you? Hosni Mubarak has lost power in Egypt, and now the people of Libya appear unwilling to put up with any more of Moammar Khadaffy. The latest overnight doesn't give us the clearest picture of what's happen- ing. Libya's ambassador to the U.S. appears to have turned against his boss, and has asked the U.S. to take a stronger stand against Khadafy's crack- down. In the meantime, no one is even sure where Khadafy is. His son went on TV recently and rambled on for 40 minutes about how everyone had better stay in their homes, because if the rebellion proceeds, the regime would fight it there would be ,a civil war that would-destroy Libya's oil familiar. Elliot Abrams says it looks like the military has already split, and Khadafy is fighting not just for his political life, but for his life. As is the case in Egypt, if Khadafy falls, no one knows what will come next. Libya has no political parties to speak of, and no experience with free elections, so if the people want to move toward a democratic model, they will need help from the out- side. (And please ... not Jimmy Carter ) George W. Bush predicted in 2002 that when the people of the Middle East saw their compatriots experienc- ing freedom in Iraq,.they would no longer be willing to put up with despotism• He was right. It appears the next domino is about to tumble• Who will be next? • 7 You people want to take " Reprinted with Permission away our power? We'll burn by NorthStar National. Pr 000 EAST BOSTON ALL-STARS? Circa late 1970s. 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Yancy stated, "I'm more concerned about the fact .................... that once you put a uniform on there's a target to people who potentially might confront the police department." However, the Boston Police Depart- ment countered, "Although Councilor Yancy is well-intentioned, Commissioner Davis believes that this issue belongs between the police t : administration and the police union•" Obviously, some city councilors have apparently too much free time on their hands trying to micro- manage city agencies• The issue of vests belongs to the Boston Police Department and not to the city councilor from District 4. Romney Trumped at CPAC :, Donald Trump showed up at the annual Con- servative Political Action Conference and seemed to take the place by storm. Said Trump, "I want to stop our nation from being the whip- ping post of the rest of the world ... This country will be respected again." New York's most color- ful multi-millionaire is looking like he wants to get into Campaign '12. His surprise appearance at the conclave turned on many conservatives (Continued on Page 15) • Winning the Future There's No Such Thing as Honor in Defeat by D.R. Mary Z. Connaughton, Kary~ Polito, Jeff Perry, Scan Bielat and the other major Republican contenders for statewide and Congressional offices in Massachusetts may have all put up a great fight last fall, but they ultimately could not go the distance; they were pre- vented from scoring a politi- cal touchdown by powerful unions, negative main- stream media coverage, incessant derogatory adver- tising and, most impor- tantly, a state Republican Party that mistakenly placed excessive financial focus on the gubernatorial election. Scripture says that with- out a visi6n, the people per- ish. The center-right people of Massachusetts certainly perished politically last November. How do conserva- tives, centrists, libertarians and right:leaning moderates avoiding taking another trip down the road to perdition? One pathway to victory lies in a proposal by David D'Arcangelo, an aide to former Governor Paul Cellucci and former Senate Majority Leader Richard Tisei and the current chair of the Malden Republican City Committee. Known as the New Mass Playbook, this proposal promises to restore two-party balance to a state. that desperately needs it. D'Arcangelo recognizes that one of the major prob- lems facing Republicans in this state is their chronic poor showing in urban ar- eas. The conventional wis- dom is that the urban voting coalition rep!~esents an impregnable Democratic for- tress, a no man's land for anyone right of center. How- ever, D'Arcangelo rejects this pessimistic philosophy. "[W]e simply cannot expect to win a statewide election and lose the City of Boston by over 76,000 votes, as was the case with nearly all of our statewide candidates this past election," notes D'Arcangelo on newmassplay "We should ... pro- mote the planks from our platform that appeal directly to urban voters. Take for example our position on the environment. The whole world is 'going green' and we should be tapping into that sentiment. After all, we have allowed liberals to take ad- vantage on environmental issues." Education reform is another issue that might resonate with urban voters, whose children have been waiting for Superman for far too long; of course, GOP reform proposals will likely arouse the fury of the teach- ers' unions, something Republican candidates must be trained to confront. Speaking of training can- didates, D'Arcangelo also emphasizes the need to have candidates fully pre- pared to win, noting, "Too many of our candidates did not have the skill necessary to perform rudimentary campaign functions such as how to; fundraise, voter ID, setup and prepare for de- bate, establish a direct mail account, develop direct mail pieces, etc. This can be addressed with a few low cost and low-tech solutions." The GOP's acquisition of sixteen seats in the state legislature proves that not all is lost for the Common- (Continued on Page 14) THE POST-GAZETtE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from II.'00 AM to ZOO PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 17-227-8929 for more information