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PagelO POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 8, 2011 News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) would be reducing its role in this Libyan operation by handing over the mess to NATO. However, isn't NATO really actually us as in U.S. military, U.S. jet fighters? Etc., etc, etc,? The president however in- sisted the mission should not be about ousting Khadafy. President Obama stated he would seek that goal through non-military means. What- ever that means, huh? He said if we tried to kick him out of power, the broad coa- lition would fall about and God forbid that happen. Keep the coalition intact by all means. By the way, did he mention the price tag of $600 billion weekly? I don't think so. Reaction to the speech was quick and critical. US Representative Mike Capu- ano (D-Somerville) said, "How do you win if you don't know what the objective is?" US Speaker of the House John Boehner added, "Nine days into this military interven- tion, Americans still have no answer to the fundamental question: What does success in Libya look like?" President Obama did a great job with his Clinton- esque sidestep but President Bill Clinton actually made it all look believable. This guy can't do that no matter how good a talker he thinks he is. I Almost Forgot About that College Kid in Texas A few weeks back while driving south inside the Tip O'Neill Hole in the Ground. I was listening to Jay Severin on my car radio and he was speaking about some would- be-terrorist who was a stu- dent down in Texas who luckily got caught before he allegedly could do any blow- ing up of anything, On March 28, he stood in shackles before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Koenig at the federal courthouse in Lubbock, Texas. He now has a trial date of May 2. If convicted of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, he faces up to life in prison. According to news reports this college student from Saudi Arabia was planning on blowing up things in New York City and also the Dallas home of former Presi- dent George W. Bush. Did You Know? Thanks to a column by Ralph R. Reiland. an associ- ate professor of economics at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh in a recent issue of Investor's Business Daily, I discovered that every time the price of gas at the pumps goes up a dime. it means $5 billion taken from the pockets of American con- sumers in a year's time. When gasoline goes up, job growth goes down. more unemployment, more infla- tion and lower real income increases. In 1985, the U.S. imported 25 percent of its oil. In 2011, we import 61 percent of it. Recently, President Obama met with the Brazilian presi- dent to permit Brazil to deep sea drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The permit was given to Petrobras, the state- run oil company. In the future, I am sure we will be importing Brazilian oil, too, thanks to this latest deal. Meanwhile. our gov- ernment treats our own U.S. oil companies like the enemy within. I personally would be in favor of more domestic oil, not foreign oil dug up in the Gulf of Mexico with our blessing. Shades of Charles DeGaulle? It has been more than 50 years since we've seen France as a world leader. Not since the day of President Charles DeGaulle has France stepped up to home plate looking to hit a home run on the world stage. Kudos to President Nicolas Sarkozy for pinch hitting for a totally ineffective U.S. president when it comes to the Libya crisist Forget President Obama in the Oval Office and start looking inside the Palais de I'Eysee. Sarkozy Inspector Calla- han from "Dirty Harry" when it comes to understanding effective Libyan strategy. President Obama already bogged down by two wars against the Muslim world isn't looking for a third front to fight. However, Sarkozy sees clearly that France's na- tional security and the security of the world commu- nity is tied not only to sav- ing Libya's rebel forces, but actually both siding with them in a strate geared to ]iill removing the 42-year reign of President Moammar Khadafy. Simply enforcing a no-fly zone Will not be enough if this despot is still in power when all the dust settles. When Sarkozy says, "France has decided to as- sume its role. its role before history," I find those words music to my ears. It is about time for the United States to retire from its job as the world's policeman. We've been burned too often. I wonder how Sarkozy feels about sending his cops into Iraq and Afghanistan too! Sounds Like End-Run Around Bill of Rights to Me I just heard that Demo- crats in the U.S. House have introduced legislation which probably violates the U.S. Constitution. The bill. if made law. would take away the right to own a gun if you were arrested on a gun charge. Not if you're convicted, mind you, but if you're just arrested. Even if the charges are dropped or never go to court, you've lost your Second Amendment right "to keep and bear arms. Democrats and liberals are of the mindset that gun ownership is a government- given right, but it isn't. The Bill of Rights contains all the rights individuals have as a birthright prior to the creation of a government. The Bill of Rights doesn't give us rights: it enumer- ates that which the govern- ment cannot strip us of. Government has the ability to create restrictions like gun registration, keep them out of the hands of minors or not allowing us to mount a machine gun on our F- 150. However, the right to keep and bear arms is an inherent right like the right of free speech. Hey, as an aside. Do liber- als wonder what would be happening in Libya right row if the rebels had no guns? Nothing would be happening and a 40-year despot would be quite secure in his pal- ace. That is why our Revo- lutionary forefathers listed the Second Amendment as a birthright. "-Joanne Bonura (Continued prompted me to finally do something". She feels that parking meters on the beach will cause hardship to residents and voters who live along the beach boulevard. Bonura added, "It is my intention to bring petitions to the State House when this proposal is brought before the legislature for hearing. Rumors within the city plague Mr. Powers, and there is a ripple of discomfort in the level of trust voters have for their Ward 5 Councillor. The recent Home Rule Peti- tion that Mr. Powers went along with, with some of his City Hall Councillors with- out the slightest concern as to how it would affect his Ward is totally disrespect- ful," she concluded. Ms. Bonura is in support of casino gambling only with the proper planning. "How- from Page 2) ever, proposed gambling leg- islation at the State level and the start up work on the Wonderland Station Revital- ization Project places Re- vere at the crossroads of a future which may bring many changes to city demo- graphics. This heralds a very important time for City Government in Revere be- cause the decisions we make now will decide the qtiality of our city as a whole for the future," she stressed. Bonura promised she will work on legislation to help reduce real estate tax bur- dens on homeowners by bringing new concepts and ideas on how to lure new business into Revere. Ms. Bonura is a graduate of Lynn High School, and enrolled in various business courses that include book- keeping, and executive ad- ministrative college course studies at Marion Court Sec- retarial (Swampscott); Burdett College (Lynn Cam- pus); and Salem State Col- lege. Ms. Bonura has had strong community involvement for many years. She is well versed on Municipal Govern- ment. Serving as President for the League of Women's Voters in Saugus for several years. Born in Lynn, she re- sided in Swampscott and Saugus before making Re- vere her final home. "The time has come for Mr. Powers to be held account- able and that is the primary reason for my candidacy," she reiterated. To learn more about Joanne Bonura or to help with her campaign please call 781-289-8986 or write annjobee@comcas t. net. COUNTRY STRONG (Blu-ray+DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. Soon after a rising young singer-songwriter (Garrett Hedlund) gets involved with a fallen, emotionally un- stable country star (Gwyneth Paltrow), the pair embark on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/ manager (Tim McGraw) and featuring a beauty queen- turned-singer (Leighton Meester). Between concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all. Bonus ma- terial includes music Videos and more. (1 hr. 57 rains.) SARAH SILVERMAN IN WHO'S THE CABOOSE (DVD) Flatiron A film crev~ making a documentary on a rare fatal disease among the homeless stops for a, drink at an underground comedy club. They decide to turn the attention of their film to the hot and funny stand-up comedian Susan (Sarah Silverman) who is leaving New York for L.A. to land a part in a TV show. unbe- knownst to her boyfriend Max (Sam Seder). Max chases after her in hopes of bring- ing her back to the "more pure" New York scene. As Susan suffers the indigni- ties and compromises that her manager (Andy Dick) hopes will make her a star, fate deals Max a winning hand in entertainment lawyer Ken Fold (H. Jon Ben- jamin). (1 hr. 34 rains.) AFTER DARK ORIGINALS: HUSK and PROWL (DVD) Lionsgate From the creators of After Dark Horrorfest series, come two all new original films that will make fans tremble in fear. HUSK: When a mur- der of crows smashes into their car windshield, a group of young friends are forced to abandon the vehicle, leav- ing them stranded beside a desolate cornfield. Hidden deep within the cornfield they find a crumbling farm- house -- but they soon dis- cover that instead of a sanc- tuary, the house is actually the center of a terrifying supernatural ritual that they are about to become a part of. (1 hr. 23 rains.) PROWL: Amber dreams of escaping her small-town existence in the big city. When their transportation breaks down, she and her friends gratefully accept a ride in the back of a semi. But when the driver refuses to stop and they discover the cargo is hundreds of cartons of blood, they panic. Their panic turns to terror when the truck disgorges them into a dark, abandoned ware- house where bloodthirsty creatures learn to hunt human prey which, the friends realize is what they are now. (1 hr. 24 rains.) MAD MEN: SEASON FOUR (4-DVD) Lionsgate Season Four of Emmy- winning Mad Men returns for a new year, rife with possibilities. Last season, fans were stunned with its cliff hanger finale, as Don Draper's professional and personal lives unexpectedly imploded. In season four, Jon Hamm and the rest of the breakout ensemble continue to captivate their audience as they grapple with an uncertain new reality. Enjoy all 13 episodes from the fourth season on this 4-disc set. (10 hrs. 11 mins.) WILD WORDS AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURES (DVD) Warner Home Video Join your Sesame Street friends for outdoor adven- tures full of rich science vocabulary. Play along with Elmo in Camouflage Carla's 'Challenge," in a race against time. The ad- ventures continue when Freddy Flapman convinces Big Bird to move to a new habitat. Finally, when there is a porridge shortage on the Street. the Three Bears decide to hibernate. Celeb- rity guests and lots of fun. (54 rains.) SCREAM TRILOGY (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Scream 4 arrives in the- aters April 1 5, timed to coincide with the Scream trilogy release on Blu-ray for the first time. SCREAM: After a series of mysterious deaths befalls their small town, an offbeat group of friends led by Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) become the tar- get of a masked killer in this frightening thriller that touched off the franchise that defines horror. (1 hr. 51 mins.) SCREAM 2: Away at college, Sidney Prescott (Campbell) thought she's finally put the shocking murders that shattered her life behind her ... until a copy-cat killer begins acting out a real-life sequel. Now, as history repeats itself, am- bitious reporter Gale Weath- ers (Courtney Cox}, d~uty Dewey (David Arquette) and other Scream survivors find themselves trapped in a ter- rifying clever plot line where no one is safe - or beyond suspicion in this frighten- ing sequel. (2 hrs.) SCREAM 3: While Sidney Prescott (Campbell) lives in safely guarded seclusion, bodies begin dropping around a Hollywood set, the latest movie based on the grue- some Woodsboro killings. The escalating terror finally -brings Sidney out of hiding, drawing her and the other survivors once again into an insidious game of horror movie madness. Entertain- ing, and full of suspense! (1 hr. 57 mins.) WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM