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BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 8, 2012 Page 1'5 News Briefs (Continued from Page I) organizer who exploits the accomplishments of real life= risking heroes?" Never Say Honey Can You Watch This for Me? A Swampscott gal met her date for dinner in Brockton recently and it will likely go down as her worse date ever. She told the cops she took the commuter rail to meet the guy she had known for only about a week. During the date, she used the bathroom and had him look after her 8150 in cash and iPod. When she returned to the table, her cash, iPod and coincidentally her new beau were all gone. She told police she didn't want to press charges be- cause she couldn't afford to keep coming to Brockton, hmm, not at a $150 a pop. Sometimes love's not just blind but seemingly dumb too. Biden and the All Important Swing States Recently, Lou Dobbs from Fox Business did one of his "Chalk-Talk" lectures on Vice President Joe Biden and the importance of those all important swing states this coming November. Biden's favorability rates are sinking like the Titanic and could very well cost President Obama a victory on Election Day. Many liberals seem ready to dump him from the ticket. This election could be decided in 12 important swing states with have 151 votes in the Electoral College. By most accounts, Republi- can Mitt Romney needs to pick up two thirds of those Electoral College votes to win. Biden in these 12 swing states currently has a nega- tive 56 percent voter appeal. This could be fatal to Obama winning a second term, Ac- cording to the numbers says Dobbs; Hillary Clinton is looked upon favorably by a whopping 66 percent of vot- ers polled. Rumor is out there that Clinton may replace Biden as Obama's running mate and that Biden might be nominated for Hillary's cur- rent Secretary of State post. To me all this means is Rom- ney needs to pick the best running mate he can find. I don't think he should wait until the August national convention in Tampa to do it. Sooner than later is better. Democrat Base in ,Bay State So Pathetic Here in the Peoples Repub- LEGAL NOTICE MICHAEL SORRENTINO (AGENT) 95 CRESCENT AVE., SUITE 107 REVERE, MA 02151 (617) 347-9104 TO THE OWNER OR OWNERS OF THE FOLLOWING VEHICLES IF YOU COULD PROVE OWNERSHIP PLEASE CALL THE ABOVE NUMBER OR THESE VEHICLES WILL GO ON SALE IN THREE WEEKS, 2001 BMW X5 VIN # WBAFA53551 LM90816 2001 TOYOTA CAMRY VIN #JT2BF22K810290256 2007 HARLEY VIN #1 HD1JL5157Y035874 1985 FIREBIRD VIN #1G2FW87F8FN236672 1997 FORD F-250 VIN #1FTH26H2VEA68384 SUBMITTED BY MICHAEL SORRENTINO (AGENT) Run dates: 6/8, 6/15 & 6/22/12 lic of Massachusetts it can be very painful at times watch- ing what liberals spin and support. If it wasn't so dumb, it would be laughable. There was a great editorial cartoon I viewed recently about how Democrats think so illogi- cally and all I could think of was the Democrat base for Obama right here. There's a frame showing a cartoon guy looking mad back in 2008 saying, "The economy is in the toilet, our foreign policy is a mess, unemployment is out of control and the national debt is sky-rocketing ... I am voting for ObamaI" Then, there are two more frames, one for 2010, the next for 2011 and the guy's mouth is closed. Finally, in the fourth frame, the guy looks the same as in 2008 and is say- ing, "The economy is in the toilet, our foreign policy is a mess, unemployment is out of control and the national debt is skyrocketing ... I am voting for Obama." The cartoon concludes: "NO HOPE. NO CHANGE." Does the Wagon Break Down if Obama Gets Re-elected? Right now, about 49.5 per- cent of the American people are non-taxpayers collecting checks from Capitol Hill in- stead. Many fear, if Obama gets re-elected the number of non-taxpayers will in- crease to the point that more people will be sitting inside the wagon rather than pull- ing it. When that happens the United States of America will simply go bankrupt and we will look like the United States of Greece. A failed president will end up making us another socialist Euro- pean nation sinking further and further into endless debt. The hole will be so deep we will never get out of it. Here We Go Again with the Debt Ceiling Sounds like dej& vu all over again as Yogi Berra might say. The Democrats are talk- ing about raising the debt ceiling again and the Repub- licans are ready to say no again. The Democrats once again will blame the Repub- licans for creating a crisis and not doing the right thing for the country. You know if the Democrats continue sinking the nation into new debt on top of old debt, why not just eliminate the debt ceil- ing and let the Democrats spend into the atmosphere. Take down the ceiling be- cause it is obviously in the way of our tax and spend Democrats who cause the problem yet pin the blame on the GOP. Nobody is buying that anymore. Also, isn't it time for the Democrats to pass a budget? The law says they must but yet they don't and our Presi- dent stays silent over it all. The Democrats have yet to offer a budget since Presi- dent Obama unlocked the door to the White House on January 20, 2009. The long term debt of this country con- tinues to mortgage our future and that of our children and grandchildren. Guinta One of the Best in Congress Two years ago, Republican _ lr.a.n,k_ Otat_d.e.fa,td _tvo: term U.S. Rep. Carol Shea- Porter running for her third term in the First Congres- sional District. This year the liberal Democrat is seeking to make a comeback against Guinta. I have been following his career over his first term on Capitol Hill and he is re- ally good. In this current term he has helped pass over 30 jobs bills. Unfortunately, the Democrat Senate sits on them all causing great gridlock when bi-partisan action is needed to get America working again. Our country remains in trouble and we need good represen- tatives up on Capitol Hill working and advocating for jobs, jobs, jobs. Frank Guinta is doing his job well advocat- ing for both middle-class homeowners and working families. As Merrimac Journal letter writer Lenette Peterson of Merrimack, NH recently opined, " ... thank you Congressman Guinta for your ongoing efforts. I urge you to stay the course and keep fighting for us Granite Staters." Afghanistan Has Become the New Vietnam War I was only 18 years old when I enlisted in the Air Force in 1966. The Vietnam War had already been around three years by then. Everyday, it grew more deadly. By 1968 and the Tet Offensive when casualties started reaching for the moon, the Anti-War Movement started moving into mainstream America. I just learned that according to recent polls, support for the current Afghanistan War is now showing a sinking sup- port for this war as not seen since the Vietnam War 40 years ago. Back then, President Lyndon B. Johnson inherited the war from President John F. Kennedy and made it his own. Nowadays, President Obama has inherited the war from President George W. Bush and made it his own. As a baby boomer, I think it is time to declare victory and take all our troops home. We lost over 58,000 Americans in Nam and the number of dead in Afghanistan grows by the day. Declare victory and tell them the fight is all theirs nOW. AWOL Soldier Found Guilty in Bomb Plot A federal jury convicted a Muslim soldier on May 24 on six counts in connection with a failed bomb plot to blow up a Texas restaurant full of Fort Hood soldiers, his religious mission to get "justice" for the people of Iraq and Af- ghanistan. Jurors deliber- ated for a little more than an hour before finding Private First Class Naser Abdo guilty of attempting to use: a weapon of mass destruction, attempted murder of U.S. sol- diers and four counts of pos- sessing weapons to future federal crime of violence. After his arrest last July, in a recorded police inter- view, reportedly Abdo said he was planning an attack "be- cause I don't appreciate what my unit did in Afghanistan." Apparently, the jurors' verdict says they didn't appreciate Abdo's alleged idea to blow up U.S. soldiers too. I * EXTRA Innings - by Sal Giarratani Slugging Pitchers Over in NL The other day, Jordan Zimmermann became the latest Washington Nationals hurler to go offensive at the plate by whacking his first home run. Which NL base- ball team has the best hit- ting pitching staff? Go to www.dailypitch, Vision Slowing Down Freeman Atlanta Braves first base- man Freddie Freeman has been out of action recently because of dry eyes and blurry vision. He can't wear contact lenses and he can't wear glasses because he can't see when batting due to his batting stance. Since May 4, his average has dropped from .298 to .247. Halladay Got a Sore Shoulder Ray Halladay is the latest concern as injury woes mount up for the Phillies. The NL East team has been dealing with injuries all sea- son and now it may have to add Halladay the All-Star to that list of hurt players. The Two-time Cy Young winner is only 4-5 with a 3.98 ERA thus far in 2012. He has won only once since April 16, go- ing i-5 with a 5.29 ERA. Last season he gave up only i0 homers. In his recent three starts, he gave up five home runs and he appears to be throwing more cutters than fastballs with his velocity down somewhat. When Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was asked if he was worried, he stated, "Worried? Yeah, I'm definitely con- cerned." The team also has been without Ryan Howard and Chase Utley too. Halladay is an 8-time All-Star who won the 2010 NL Cy Young Award in his first Phillies season and hadn't been on the DL since 2004. Since the start of 2006 un- til the start of this season, Halladay had gone 109-49 and had won at least 16 games a season and aver- aged 236 innings. As center fielder Shane Victorino says, "This (series of injuries) is a true test of our character to find out what kind of a team we are." Truer words have not been spoken. TIME Jackie Robinson on the cover of Time Magazine, September 22, 1947. Boston, Braves and Red Sox If the owners of the old Boston Braves hadn't been losing so much money at the gate back in 1953, Bos- ton could still be a Two Base- ball Team Town today. Had they not moved the franchise to Milwaukee, Hank Aaron would have played his career and rookie season out of Braves Field on Common- wealth Avenue. Back in the Sixties, I used to love going to see the Red Sox Brives Jimmy Fund game at Fenway. It was the only way to see the NL live and watch players like Eddie Matthews and Hank Aaron tackle the Green Monster and Warren Spahn pitch on the Fenway mound. Back then, Boston didn't have enough fans for two teams but eventually Boston would have been able. to do so. Can you imagine to- day deciding which team to see tonight? Do I go to see the Red Sox or the Braves? Too bad baseball history took a wrong turn, eh? Twins Still Looking for its Pitching Rotation The Minnesota Twins have now used nine starting pitchers as Jason Marquis (2-4, 8.47 ERA) was taken off the team roster. The Twins are trying to trade him and they can't force the 13-year veteran to go down to their Triple A team. Meanwhile, Cole DeVries, a Minnesota native, 27, was called up from Cla AAA Rochester where he was 1-4 with a _.4 ERA. FREE Golf Lessons r Sons of Italy Members Sons of Italy members get free golf lessons at Stone Meadow Golf Course in Lexington (675 Waltham Street) Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:00 AM. Joe DiVico is an expert golfer who specializes in teaching- senior citizens a step-by- step approach to golfing. Joe teaches for Waltham Adult Education and offers seminars for the Waltham Council on Aging. Joe's record for chipping balls rivals that in the Guinness Book of World Records. To request further information, write to Joe DiVic0, P.O. Box 424, Watertown, MA 02472. Each inquiry will receive a return telephone call.