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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 2, 2012 News Briefs (Continued from Page l) In May 2008, Obama on the stump stated, "For the well off in this country, high gas prices are at most an annoy- ance, but to most Americans there's a huge problem, bor- dering on a crisis." That class-warfare stuff was right there out in the open during Campaign 2008 and most people didn't even seem to be aware of it. Remember Dan Frazer from Kojak? Veteran TV actor Dan Fazer best known for his role as Capt. Frank McNeil on "Kojak" has passed away at age 90. Many have called Frazer a "very truthful, natu- ralistic actor." He has been a character actor since the 1950s. He appeared in many movies. Besides "Kojak," he also appeared in "Barney Miller" and "Law & Order." Harry Morgan Has Passed Too Another TV actor from the 1950s has also passed. Baby Boomers remember him well. Back when I was a kid, he played on "December Bride" and "Pete & Gladys." Later, he would team up with Jack Webb as "Det. Bill Gannon" and is best known for his "M*A*S*H" role as "Colonel Sherman T. Potter." Another TV legend leaves the stage. Tim Thomas, Faeebook and Liberal Bias Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas has become a Bos- ton sports legend in a city of sports legends. He is a great NHL goalie proving it largely last season as he helped lead the Bruins to a Stanley Cup victory. At late, he has been back in the headlines for actions outside of the Garden ice. Liberals think he's skating on thin ice. They are irritated' by his Facebook postings all of which are coming at you right of center. Proving once again that if you are a conservative, you have rantings but if you're a liberal, you are practicing freedom of speech. Liberals still can't get over that Thomas was a no-show at a photo-op with the president at the White House back on January 23. They were %$##* again when he took on the president over a directive about birth control, health insurance and Cath- olic institutions, which the president had to take two steps back on the issue af- ter public pressure. Thomas has a right to post his opinions and play hockey at the same time. Last time I checked, America was still a free country. "You are a Winner" Did you hear about the Cincinnati Public Schools? Latest educational reform is to pay seniors in high school for showing up in the class- room? A check for $25 every Friday at 3:00 pm. I kid you not! The rest of the student body gets $I0 per week. One principal says it is a bless- ing just to get the kids in- side the classroom. Hey, it is one thing for parents to pay their children for get- ting A's but quite another for the school department to do it. One liberal talk show guy thought the idea was great since many inner city par- ents are not really involved with their childrens' educa- tion. I guess this means that inner city parents are too stupid or lazy to do the right thing so schools have to step in. This sounds so blatantly racist yet liberals can get away with saying it with- out the Rev. Al Sharptons of the world raising an eyebrow to it. Meanwhile, speaking about how everybody's a winner. I saw a joke sports trophy the other day. It was all gold and looked like the real thing. Except when you read what it said, "YOU ARE A WINNER" but don't get too excited, every- body's a winner nowadays. As far as the Cincinnati Public School educators go, I guess it is always WKRP in Cincinnati, just ask Profes- sor Johnny Fever inside Cin- cinnati High School. Little Joe Leaves Ponderosa for 4 th District Joe Kennedy 3.0 has offi- cially announced his inten- tions to run for Barney Frank's 4 th District seat in the US House this fall. He thinks he is a perfect fit for a district that spans from Newton to New Bedford. Ac- cording to the younger Ken- nedy, the race will be about fairness, fairness and more fairness. He used the word "fair" in some form a half- dozen times as he opened his announcement speech. He will be fighting for the 99 percent. He'll be waging the tired class warfare strategy that Obama works so well. Of course, isn't the name "Kennedy" the epitome of Ehe One Percenters whom tlhe Occupy Movement ranted about? Unions like the AFL-CIO and SEIU have already cor- aneted him even before his official coming out party. Good luck to the former member of the US Marines Scan Bielat. He's got a big fight on his hands. Stuff You Won't See on CNN or Network TV Allegedly, The Daily Caller has uncovered something quite interesting. There is a media web source out there called Media Matters and Hilary Clinton is one of its founders according to sev- eral folks in the media. Media Matters was supposed to uncover bias in the news media when it comes to cov- erage. Apparently, the only bias they cover, however, is bad old right wing media. Latest news however is con- necting dots between Media Matters, MSNBC and the allegedly the media folk in- side the Obama White House. This sounds potentially dam- aging to many conservatives. Liberals always have double standards but the White House needs to stay out of this kind of brewing story, doesn't it? No Progress in Texas Yet The fate of the Texas primaries remains in limbo after neither the state leg- islature or minority groups appear to have budged an inch during recent court- ordered negotiations. The Texas NAACP is calling for May or June for elections instead of rushing to get temporary voting maps in place for the scheduled April 3 primary day. A three- judge panel in San Antonio might call April 3 unrealis- tic in this long-running redistricting battle. At stake is the balance of power both in Austin and on Capitol Hill. The News that "Hurry" Murray is in No Hurry Over Cell Phone Records Means ... The governor's decision to not seek the release of cell phone records of his Crown Victoria challenged lieuten- ant governor can only mean one thing. Obviously, Tim Murray must have decided not to run for governor in 2014. Now, other Democrats are free to roam the com- monwealth without worrying about Murray. Howie Carr keeps wondering what Mur- ray's hiding. At this point, it doesn't matter. Stick a fork in Murray, he's done. Editorial (Continued from to be livid when such an- nouncement derailed the visit to Israel by Joe Biden, the Vice President, this month and his anger to- wards Israel does not appear to have cooled. It was interesting listen- ing to Jeff Kuhner, the con- servative columnist for the Washington Times substitut- ing for the popular Michael Savage on the Savage Na- tion Radio show last Monday. Mr. Kuhner was clear in his assumption that Presi- dent Obama would use the Page 3) conflict between Israel and Iran to ensure his re-elec- tion as means to throw Is- rael under the bus to do so. The theory: If Israel, fear- ing Iran has obtained, or is close to developing an atomic bomb makes the determina- tion it has to conduct a pre- emptive strike on Iran or be annihilated as the lead- ers of Iran have sworn by Allah to wipe the Jewish Infidels off the face of the earth, Israel will proceed with the strike under the guise they have been as- sured by previous adminis- trations that America will support their only ally in the Mid-East. Kuhner's conten- tion is Obama will deny Amer- ican aid and Israel will face the wrath of the Nations of Islam. All hell will break out -- with Israel under the bus. If, on the other hand, Obama does come to the res- cue of Israel and war breaks out, the American people will rally around the Presi- dent as they always have and Obama's re-election is assured. GAME OF THRONES: FIRST SEASON (DVD) 1-1180 Home Ent. Game of Thrones is set in a world where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. From the schem- ing south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and ancient Wall that protests the realm from the mysterious darkness beyond, the powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms are locked in a battle for the Iron Throne. This is a story of duplicity and treachery, no- bility and honor, conquest and triumph. In the Game of Thrones, you either win, or you die! LEAPFROG: NUMBERLAND (DVD) Lionsgate-LeapFrog Ent. Scout & Friends create another exciting LeafFrog learning adventure for their young fans. When the pets long to learn about numbers, their magical car, Axle, whisks them away to Num- berland. With the help of their new friend Max, the meet all of the residents and build early number skills. Throw in a surprise birthday party and it all adds up to a sing-along counting adven- ture and lots of fun. ELVIS FOUND ALIVE -(DVD) Highway 61 Entertainment After visiting Graceland, Director Joel Gilbert made a Freedom of Information Act request for US government files on Elvis Presley. FBI documents revealed an address for Federal Agent "Jon Burrows," Elvis' 1970's alias, in Simi Valley, CA. Elvis agreed to an inter- view which revealed that he battled Weatherman Bill Ayers and the Mafia crime families during the 1970's, leading to his faked death and his decision to go under- cover. STORMHOUSE (DVD) Lionsgate In 2002, the United States military captured a mysteri- ous entity at the secret underground base, Storm- house. The entity is be- lieved to be supernatural, and now a ghost whisperer named Hayley is brought into the facility in the final days of experiments to at- tempt to communicate with it. But Hayley's arrival trig- gers a chain of events that lead to a disastrous escape of the creature, leaving the humans in Stormhouse fighting for their lives. FROM STRAIGHT TO BIZARRE (DVD) Sexy Intellectual It is a fact that the im- pulse for artists and musi- cians to form their own record labels are many, and often these endeavors lose their steam when the first rush of releases fail to take off. Frank Zappa was desper- ate to remove himself from his original deal with Verve Records, and in 1968 he set up Bizarre and Straight labels with manager Herb Cohen, beginning a string of releases which remain ex- traordinary in the extreme. This film revisits and re- views the astonishing mu- sic that came out on Bizarre and Straight, and reveals the background, operations and lives of the musicians, performers and manage- ment who made these labels legends. PROJECT NIM (DVD) Lionsgate This is the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark experiment in the 1970s. Taken out of his natural environment from birth, Nim was raised and nurtured like a human child to discover if he could learn to communi- cate with language. Follow- ing Nim's amazing journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature -- and our own -- is comic, revealing and unsettling. SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE + THE ENGLISH PATIENT + COLD MOUNTAIN (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Shakespeare in Love -- Love is the only inspiration in this witty, sexy smash starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth and Ben Affleck. Out of ideas and cash, a young Will Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is in search of a muse to break his creative drought. The lovely Lady Viola (Paltrow) fills that void, until Will discovers she's promised to marry another, and she's impersonating a man to play the lead in Will's latest play. 7 Academy Awards (1998). The English Patient -- An epic story of love dur- ing World War II, the film stars veteran actors Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas. Count Laszlo de Almsy (Fiennes) lies near death as his young nurse (Binoche) falls in love with him, only to have the Count's life and his great romance slowly come back to him. 9 Acad- emy Awards (1996). Cold Mountain -- Set in the Civil War, the men of Cold Moun- tain, North Carolina fight for their rights as part of the Confederate Army. Ada (Nicole Kidman) vows to wait for her love, Inman (Jude Law) to return. Unan- swered letters and passed time leads Ada to believe he is dead, and she must now move on. Inman recov- ers and begins his jour- ney back to his bride. Nomi- nated for 7 Academy Awards (2003). Visit the Post-Gazette online at