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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 20, 2011 News Briefs (Continued from Page I) President Obama is look- ing too good right now if I am a Republican hopeful. Right now, the best the GOP seems to have to offer up is Mitt Romney who would be the last Republican I would ever vote for again. He stunk up the Statehouse as governor. There are no new Reagan- like leaders on the GOP ho- rizon yet. Lots of Good The Watch List is Doing According to a recent AP news story, the U.S. govern- ment says that 247 people suspected of ties to terror- ism were able to legally pur- chase firearms last year. They all went through the required federal background checks. The same thing happened in 2009. It isn't, after all, illegal for people listed on the government's terror-watch list to buy Such weapons. The secret, fluid nature of the Watch List has made it challenging to close what US Senator Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. called a "terror gap" in the nation's gun laws. Analog Devices Wins Trade Ruling Norwood, MA-based Analog Devices Inc., the maker of chips used in cars and con- sumer electronics, won its US International Trade Commission case against Dover Corp.'s Knowles Elec- tronics over microphones in digital devices. The ITC has said Knowles and Moser Electronics Inc., violated a patent owned by Analog De- vices and said the products that infringe the patent should be barred from the United States and upheld a judge's earlier findings. Letting Texas Twist in the Wind? For over a month, the White House seemed oblivi- ous to Texas and its plea for a. disaster declaration from Washington. It all ended when the feds told them "sorry no can help you at this time." This isn't punish- ment, is it? Texas lost 2.3 million acres of land to hor- rible weather that ignited 9,000 wildfires across the state. Two people died, 400 homes destroyed, 1,200 miles of agricultural fencing destroyed and nearly 1,000 horses, cattle and sheep left to die since before Christ- mas. Shouldn't some of its 200 counties be in line for federal disaster aid? Okla- homa got it. Alabama got it. Even California got it. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says Texas doesn't need any help from them. And in fact has already received enough federal aid. Reportedly, Presi- dent Obama does love Texas as much as he should. After all, it is a Red State. However, should Texas get whacked again because it stands up to the Obama White House? Is the White House actu- ally politicizing a disaster? Time to Freeze-Dry Pakistani Aid Every single time Paki- stan plays stupid with us and even when apparently its role in helping our enemies is revealed, Washington dis- plays anger and outrage but then seems to cut Islamabad another billion dollar check to buy its loyalty. What loy- alty? I say no more, no way. At a bare minimum, Paki- stan appears to have looked away as Osama re-estab- lished his mansion-like command post right down the street from the Paki- stani Army. Since 9/11, we have given Pakistan some $21 billion and for that, we get what? Coptic Christians? Lately, Coptic Christians in Egypt have been under assault by mobs of Muslims attackers. Coptic Churches have been torched, Christians killed and either what passes for government in Egypt or the world commu- nity it would seem even sees the dangerous religious per- secution taking place in plain sight. It is time for the world to stand up to this re- ligious intolerance. Actress Dana Wynter from "Body Snatchers" has Died  ' Dana Wynter and co-star Kevin McCarthy were last seen together back in 1956 in that science fiction thriller "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" as they continu- ally out-ran the pod people. She passed away at age 79. She was both a movie and TV star during the fifties six- ties and into the seventies. She was best known for the "Body Snatchers" low budget movie about residents in a small town replaced by emo- tionless duplicates grown from plantlike pods. The movie was actually made for the paranoid '50s when ev- eryone saw commies under their beds or on the job with them during the Red Scare. It has been remade since but lost all that 1950s para- noia. In the '70s, she teamed up with actor Robert Lansing in ABC's "The Man Who Never Was." It was one of my favor- ites as the character pre- tended to be someone he wasn't like it would seem is our real problem in 2011. W,,nter was born in Ger- m ,ny and raised in England ar_d giving her that great European accent. You also may have remembered her from countless TV shows like "Wagon Train," "Can- non" and "The Rockford Files" where she always played foreigners with great diction. Doesn't Anyone Care About Those Just Say No to Libya War Things haven't been going well over in Libya. The rebels are losing and the NATO hu- manitarian bombings don't seem to be working. If when all the sand is settled, Moammar Khadafy is still in power, he will be stronger and more brutal to his own people at home. He will be embodied by his "victory" over America and its NATO allies. He will have defeated the powers from the West. Recently, US Senator Lindsay Graham, R-S.C. stated that NATO should "cut the head of the snake off." Other Republicans in the US Senate are starting to get too hawkish for me. The last thing America needs to do is deepen its involvement in Libya. We are already over- extended with our roles in Iraq and Afghanistan, We don't need to add any door number three to the mix. According to the White House, we are not in Libya to bring regime change. Said White House spokesman Jay Carney, "The goal of the mission is clear: protect the civilian population, enforce the no-fly zone, and enforce the arms embargo." So far, this mission isn't working as the regime seems to be beating up rebel forces badly. The more airstrikes, the stronger the government resolve grows. This whole Libya strategy was poorly planned and thought out. It was never clearly explained. Our president has yet to make a compelling reason for taking any sort of mili- tary action. How many wars can we be fighting at once? What makes Libya any dif- ferent than what is happen- ing to the people of Syria? Before we get deeper into this mess, the president needs to come before Con- gress and the American people and tell us why we need to add Libya to the mix at this time. It's called lead- ership. Something which is lacking at the White House at the moment. Res Publica (Continued from Page 2) The title of the work quoted above, Harmony of Interests, highlights another great difference between the American and European systems. Carey and other advocates of the American System utterly" rejected the theory of class struggle in favor of seeking harmony between capitalist and worker. This, of course, changed with the ratification of the 16th Amendment in 1913. The income tax en- shrined envy and malice in our law codes. According to the United States Depart- ment of Treasury when the income tax first went into effect it had "rates begin- ning at 1 percent and rising to 7 percent ... Less than 1 percent of the population paid income tax at the time." Ah yes, it sounded so noble to soak the richest 1 percent. The rates now range from 15 percent to 35 percent and everyone pays. Such is the new American sys- tem which preaches thou shalt covet thy neighbor's goods. Fac reviewin9 by bob morello 'the rest CHRISTINA PERRI - LOVESTRONG Atlantic Christina Perri relates to her past year as a 'dream' she hopes never endsf The talented 24-year-old has taken the music world by storm with her platinum selling single "Jar of Hearts," and now, her debut album Lovestrong. The dozen tracks she penned, as she states: "Are 100% me, heartfelt, bold, honest, vulnerable, hopeful, strong, poetic, hluesy, gritty, pretty, and simple." Enjoy her second single, "Arms," along with the painful "Blue- bird," the playful "Bang Bang Bang," the possessive "Mine," and the tender "Penguin." Perri positive lyrics have, "Miles," trying to find herself via "The Lonely," the isola- tion of "Sad Song," and the tale of lost love ends with "Tragedy." Perri 'live' at Paradise Rock Club July 27 . THOR - ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Buena Vista The power and thunder of Thor is heard in this 24 track collection of original music composed by Patrick Doyle, and performed by The London Symphony Orchestra. Doyle combines huge, memorable movie themes, contemporary per- cussion and rhythm, pace and attack, all coming together as a powerful the silky smooth "Cherish," turning up the intensity for the sizzling "Too Hot," send- ing out a musical shout of emotion to "Joanna," and surrender with "Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It]." The Gang casts it all aside with the high energy of "Let's Go Dancin' (Ooh La La La)," closing out their excellent chronology with the magical "Open Sesame." Awesome! RANDY TRAWLS Warner Bros. Randy Travis is a country music superstar, having won all of the major country music awards multiple times, including seven Grammy Awards, 10 Acad- emy of Country Music Awards, five Country Music Association Awards, and eight Dove Awards, and has sold over 20 million albums. His newest CD released by Warner Bros. and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, includes nine hits and three previously unreleased songs. Cracker Barrel is donating a portion of the proceeds from the album sales to the Wounded Warrior Project, which supports our military personnel. Enjoy the hit sounds of "Forever and Ever, Amen," "No Place Like Home," "1982," "Better Class of Losers,,' "I Told You So," and "Forever Together." Plus 'winners' "It's Just a Matter seorer that measures up o-Time, ':Deeper, Than to the immense size of the legendary Thor. From the opening "Chasing the Storm," to the final track -- "Earth to Asgard," everything in between enhances the strong emotional moments that deal with the family conflicts, mirrored by Thor and Jane's gentle love story, sprinkled with the delight humorous moments throughout. Doyle's credits will be expanded, on the strength of this soundtrack, and Doyle's legend will grow as large as Thor's legend! KOOL & THE GANG: ICON - THE BEST OF Mercury Thanks to the Bell broth- ers, Robert (Kool) on bass and Ronald on tenor saxophone, this New Jersey band was founded in 1964. Purveyors of a sound broadly catego- rized as R&B, soul, funk, disco and jazz, they sold over 70 million albums, and remain a popular group to this day. Relive the 'Prom' year's music in high style, to the tune of K&G's collec- tion of their hits spanning 1974-85. It will be hard to pick a single favorite from the solid gold slices of, "Cel- ebration," "Hollywood Swing- ing," the rhythmic "Jungle Boogie," the smooth funk of "Get Down On It," the foot- stomping "Ladies Night," and the appeal of "Fresh." Second half memories shine with the Holler," and "Three Wooden Crosses." Previously unreleased tracks have the spiritual gem "I'm Free,, Harlan Howard's "She's Okay and I'm Okay," and the finale is in the form of "This Song Doesn't Rhyme." A CD salute! AUGUSTANA Epic San Diego's Augustana released their eagerly awaited self-titled album, their fourth overall, packed with ten outstanding tracks penned by lead vocalist Dan Layus. The album's first single "Steal Your Heart" -- already a success, leads off the tasty menu that fea- tures, "Wrong Side of Love," taking a walk "On the Other Side," the heavenly "Count- ing Stars," and hit the half- way mark with the measure of "Borrowed Time." Layus's vocals are precise with a laid back sound that plays nicely on the mind. The good stuff continues with the odds defying "Shot In the Dark," mourn over the one who got away via "Some- one's Baby Now," forecasting fear with "Hurricane," plus the pleading "Just Stay Here Tonight," putting the finishing touches on an excellent CD with the con- fident "You Were Made For Me." Augustana will he appearing at Boston's House of Blues May 28 u. VISIT OUR WEB=;ITE AT W' VW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM ] ...... i;wlll! ;?,1 IIll N I lm|liill! II1:1 :11 llll F Ullllii!'.'I'.".|]!