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Page10 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 15, 2011 LEGAL Interest David J. Saliba Attorney at Law DOES THE PRESIDEN-T OF THE UNITED STATES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DECLARE WAR? Article I Section B of the United States Constitution says: "CONGRESS SHALL HAVE THE POWER ... TO DECLARE WAR." Article II Section 2 says: "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy and of the Militia of the several states. The President's authority specified in the Constitu- tion are to make treaties, appoint ambassadors, ap- point judges and fill vacan- cies in the Senate with con- sent of the Senate." Nowhere in the list of the President's authority is a word mentioned about the authority to make war. This President and many before him engaged in mili- tary activity without the con- sent of Congress. These Presidents said that military activity is not war. What is war? The American Heritage Dictionary states that "war is a state of open, armed, of- ten prolonged conflict carried on between nations, states or parties." Black Law Dictionary states that war is "an armed contest between nations." It is clear that war is armed conflict with the use of force. All of our President's who sent our Army to use force with arms without consent of Congress have violated the Constitution of the United States. Our Constitution is a sacred document that the President of the United States is required to obey. Members of Congress have now sued the President. These are the plaintiffs: Dennis Kucinich {D-OH), Walter Jones (R-NC), Howard Coble (R-NC), John Duncan (R-TN), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), John Conyers (D-MI), Ron Paul (R-TX), Michael Capuano D-MA), Tim Johnson (R-IL) and Dan Burton (R-IN). It is now up to the Court to decide what authority the President has to send our troops into military combat. News Briefs (Continued from Page I) The future for our area appears to be 150 or so larger parishes staffed by as many as 80 pastors. As a Catholic from East Boston, I could see there being only two to three parishes serving the entire community. The North End has one main church and three other worship sites. I see the status quo remain- ing so for the future. East Boston has numerous church buildings some of which are either in disrepair or under- used. I could see some of the neighborhood church build- ings getting secularized for non-religious use while oth- ers would stay open as a wor- ship site. Across the Archdiocese this process will be put into action whenever Cardinal O'Malley begins this rumored process of shrinking property for financial reasons. My old parish, St. Philip's in Lower Roxbury was sup- pressed back in the '70s when it was merged into the nearby St. Francis de Sales Parish. The building was eventually sold to the city and used as a warehouse until a fire in 1981 de- stroyed the building. Many see that process picking up steam again as the Catho- lic population of legacy Catholics continues to shrink. Some areas where Latino populations are grow- ing are more likely toward needing to become mega churches. What will happen to the existing nine or so parishes still in vigil since the recon- figuration began in 2004 is anyone's guess. Some could re-open as worship sites for these new proposed mega parishes and others might be relegated to pro- fane use and sold off to the highest bidder. The bottom line for the Archdiocese is to have a church structure in place to meet the future needs of Catholics in the Archdio- cese of Boston. There will never be complete agree- ment that this new process is workable or fair to the Catholic laity that actually still go to church. Will this new structure reform bring Catholics back to church or continue to chase them away is still up for heated debate. However, what is clear is that the Church is moving to address dwindling numbers of Catholics still going to Mass and the shrinking number of priests available to serve them. SUPERFLY BLAST CORPORATE JET USE Reportedly, President Obama in trying to close tax loopholes on the rich seem- ingly blamed rich folks riding around in corporate jets for being greedy. He added, which do you support? Are you for corporate jet use or feeding our children? Of course, he never mentions the most famous "corporate jet" of all; it is called Air Force One, isn't it? 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What does Quinn not get about the illegal status of those immigrants Caught by police? New York Governor Andrew Cuomo suspended the program in New York last month, citing the "concerns" about its "impact on families, immi- grant communities and law enforcement." Then, there's our Governor Deval Patrick who declined to join up with Secure Communities, saying it would "deter the reporting of criminal activ- ity ... particularly domestic violence." The Congressional His- panic Caucus on Capitol Hill has called for "an im- mediate freeze of Secure Communities" and former Speaker now Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calls the program "a waste of money." Does anyone out there remember the last time Pelosi was concerned about wasting our money? besi:.ii!iii:  by bob morello I the .,,,g the rest KEITH URBAN & BOSTON: GET CLOSER There was no doubt that this night was going to be a 'special night' for the jam- packed Garden crowd when Keith Urban announced his 'anything goes' directive. Those who attended Grammy Award-winner Urban's "Get Closer 2011 World Tour," heard the Aus- tralian heartthrob grant amnesty to anyone who chose to scream, stand, dance in the aisles, or any- thing else they wished to do in order to have a great time during his show. For over two hours, with no intermission, Urban played his heart out, from the opener "Put You In A Song," to the encore finale "Better Life," it was non-stop plea- sure. He delivered songs with twang, and ballads that could melt the heart, touching his audience in a way that seemed to feel special. Along with enabling the fans, Urban reached out and literally touched his adoring fans with several walks that took him fearlessly right into the audience. Urban was backed by an extensive setup of mobile cam- eras and lights, with a huge kaleidoscopic pinwheel-design screen that made him appear large r-than-life. The screen was used effectively during the show, especially when Keith saluted via video, AC/DC, Paul McCartney and U2, following the rockers with asides to Little Big Town and Waylon Jennings. Urban projected his outstanding guitar work to the limit, wrapping the effort around past hits and slices from his lat- est album 'Get Closer.' Sing-along's and more flowed through- out the evening, including "I Told You So," "Only You Can Love Me This Way," "Long Hot Summer," "Stupid Boy," and the pretty "Making Memories Of Us." Trekking through the audience on his way to a small stage setup halfway back in the arena, Urban schmoozed his audience in the "cheap seats" with a three-song set of "I'm In," "Blue Jeans" and "You'll Think Of Me." Making his way back to the main stage, Urban delivered hits, "Days Go By," "'Til Summer Comes Around," and the catchy "Sweet Thing." One of the many highlights of the show featured a segment in which three audience members were brought up on stage to participate in the delivery of "Kiss A Girl" -- as Urban reversed roles and made the audience members the stars. Thanking the crowd several times during his show, he made sure to acknowledge not only those in the expensive floor seats, but also those up high in the "nosebleed" sections. Following "Somebody Like You" and "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me," Keith introduced his band, allowing each of them to do a solo cover. Drummer Chris McHugh was followed by bass guitarist Jerry Flowers who chose U2's "With Or With- out You;" guitarist Danny Rader with Tom Petty's "Ameri- can Girl;" and guitarist Brian Nutter performed AC/DC's "It's A Long Way To The Top." For the audience, more surprises were still in store, as another adventure took the popular artist deep into the seating area where a small stage had been prepared. Once there, he exploded into his hit "You Look Good In My Shirt," and when the song ended, he handed his guitar to a very surprised, blonde-haired young lady who will long be telling the story of having received the guitar from Keith Urban! For his encore, Urban donned a Boston Bruins jersey, and again congratulated the local hockey team on winning the Stanley Cup, along with the Boston fans, who were very appreciative of his kind words. He also made sure to thank everyone for staying for his encore, which he said, "I really appreciate, as you don't see too much of that lately." His pair to finish off the wonderful night had the tender "Tonight I Wanna Cry" and the explosive "Better Life." Rising country star Jake Owen opened the show with ten offerings, including "Heaven," which will appear on his new album, along with his charted hits - "Don't Think I Can't Love You," "Startin' With Me" and "Barefoot Blue Jean Night." 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