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BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 21,2011 Page15 News Briefs (Continued from Page I) Brown scored a TKO with his rebuttal. The Massachusetts Democrats have sent out. an on-line call for Brown to apologize for his sex- ist remark. A big ado about nothing as Shakespeare would have said had he the chance. Polls Show Independents Unhappy with Obama Latest polling is showing that the sluggish economy is hurting Obama's re-election chances, especially with the Independent swing vote. Most voters clearly want a change inside the Oval Office. By a 51 percent to 41 percent margin people say "someone new" should be given a chance to run the country. Among Indepen- dents, the desire for a change of leadership is 54 percent to 36 percent. Obama for them is a negative when it comes to managing the fed- eral budget, creating jobs and growing the economy. In order for Obama to get re- elected, he needs to get those numbers up or else he will be a one termer. By 42 percent to 16 percent folks are expecting the economy to worsen over the next six months. Another 39 percent believe things will stay the same. Down the Road of Ruin While protesters are occu- pying Wall Street, Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston, the real cause of our financial woes remains up on Capitol Hill and even more so inside the; Obama White H0u'se. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two government-run mortgage agencies were never included in Obama's financial reform package. Rather than reforming anything here, our govern- ment is actually expand- ing the role played by Fannie and Freddie in the mortgage market. We now have "HARP" not to be con- fused with "TARP." The Home Affordable Refinance Program, aka HARP, re- quires Fannie and Freddie to 'forgo borrower income veri- fication and detailed home appraisals' for loans. As Investors Business Daily editorialized, "Isn't that what caused our financial crash?" It is the American tax- payer who should be march- ing on Washington instead of young entitled college stu- dents occupying Wall Street or Boston. The taxpayers need to start their own Occupy movement. Accord- ing to the Congressional Budget Office, our national debt will surge from 814.8 trillion right now to $23 tril- lion by 2021. There is too much wrong with Fannie and Freddie and it is time for Washington to call it quits with this unholy couple. Two's company but three's a scandal of our own choosing. Jobs Bill a Joke When the president says, "This is not class warfare," you know it isn't chopped liver too. President Obama's $1.5 trillion tax hike on job cre- ators is dead on arrival on Capitol Hill. It is a campaign ploy and nothing more. Two years ago even he knew bet- ter when he said that these kinds of taxes during a recession would only "put businesses in a further hole." It all boils down to this. Do you want government creat- ing 'jobs' or do you believe the engine of jobs growth is pri- vate business? Pitting seg- ments of the population against each other takes the pressure off the Obama White House and Democrats up on Capitol Hill to devise something more than sound- bites for the media. As US Rep. Paul Ryan, (R-Wisc) says all this "doesn't grow the economy." With 14 million unem- ployed Americans suffering, this president proposes little more than a duplicitous strategy that produces not a single new job. GM, Chinese in Pact to Build Electric Cars Recently, I read a news story in the Business sec- tion of the Boston Globe which said that GM will be developing electric cars in China through a joint ven- ture with a Chinese auto- maker and would transfer battery and other electric car technology to the ven- ture. The announcement was made about the same time that the Chinese gov- ernment was putting, pres- sure on foreign automakers to transfer such technology to joint ventures in China. General Motors, or is that now Government Motors, went out of its joint venture agieement) which was not connected to its plans to import the Chevrolet Volt to China this year. GM has been leading the way in pro- ducing electric cars while most other automakers push hybrids. GM will be a minority partner with Shanghai Automotive Indus- try Corp. I guess you can now sing, "See the USA in a Chi- nese Chevrolet." I guess we've been Shanghai-ed! Raising Cain in Republican Polls Atlanta businessman Her- man Cain, a pizza mag- nate, conservative talk show host with straight-shooting humor and a powerful bari- tone voice is now running even in the polls with former Governor Mitt Romney in the national polls. Most political analysts said he shouldn't be taken seriously but many of them are now question- ing their original assump- tions of his presidential candidacy. Todd Donke, a Bay State Republican politi- cal analyst says, "The surge is real ... A lot of liberal pun- dits make the mistake of thinking this is just a fluke, but the more conservatives have seen him in action, the more they like him." One left-wing talking head filling an empty suit recently said of Cain, "The right wing has always had black poster boys ... Cain is not going anywhere. He is not qualified to be president." However, Cain retorts to that kind of criticism by say- ing, "I refuse to get into this whole race-card thing ... liberals ... are getting ner- vous about me." EXTRA Innings ....  by Sal Giarratani I Know, I Know, Beltre Plays Third Last week I made a boo- boo. I called Adrian Beltre an outfielder when he actually is a third baseman. I got him confused with the Carl Crawford deal rather than the Adrian Gonzales deal and Kevin "crybaby" Youkillis going over to third. Sorry about that. We all make mistakes as rare as they may be. However, on a related subject, as of this writing, both Vic Martinez and Adrian Beltre are headed for the ALeS with one of them going to the World Series. Letting Beltre go to Texas and Martinez to Detroit was a big mistake. Meanwhile, Red Sox players are watching it on TV. Jacoby EUsbury was one of the best Red Sox players this season. He gave his all from beginning to end. A great outfielder and clutch hitter. I couldn't believe what Youkillis said about him con- cerning last season. No one likes getting thrown under the bus. We Need More Complete Games Pitched in Baseball Nowadays, good starts means a pitcher stays in the game until the sixth inning with fewer than four earned runs. The bullpen is con- stantly in motion. Back in 1963, the Giants beat the Braves 1-0 in a 16-inning classic where both pitchers threw complete games. Juan Marichal threw 227 pitches and the game's loser Warren Spahn threw 201 pitches. That season, there were 865 complete games. Last year there were 90 com- plete games in the American League and just 72 in the National League. This year I believe there were a few more complete games but still nothing close to the old days when pitchers were Simple Times (Continued from Page 8) lisher or reporter than fire off e-mails to a blogger whom I never met. The Internet isn't going away. Kindle, e-books, and the iPad have their le- gion of loyal followers. Yet there is enough space and a place for newspapers, books, and magazines to thrive alongside each other. The balance between revenues that keep the newspaper in- dustry humming in the Digi- tal Age is the true challenge that will determine its fate. The printed word has sur- vived thousands of years of challenges wrought by na- ture and human intrusion alike. The verdict is still out on whether the fragility and imperfect science of technol- ogy-driven e-books will prove to be its demise or see a surge in followers. I'll happily buy newspapers and read them cover to cover. And I'll continue visiting my favorite, thriving privately owned and operated book- store: Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner. expected to finish their games. Now, once a starting pitcher gets close to 100 pitches, he's out in favor of a middle reliever. If the middle guy gets you to the 84 inning, in comes the set-up specialist who prepares the way for the team's closer in the 9 th inning. Ex-NY Mets pitcher Ron Darling wrote a book on the lost art of the complete game and stated, "Not exactly the high stan- dard to which we held our- selves back when I was play- ing but the bar of expecta- tions has been lowered over the years" and the game "has changed and I think today's big money, long-term con- tracts are to blame. Clubs have so much money tied up in their top tier pitchers that they don't think they can afford to let them pitch beyond a certain pitch count." Lowering the bar over the years has made the sixth inning the new ninth inning. If you want to read more about that 1963 classic, get a copy of Jim Kaplan's "The Greatest Game Ever Pitched: Juan Marichal, Warren Spahn and the Pitching Duel of the Century." Keeping Ortiz, Dumping Varitek Red Sox DH David "Big Papi" Ortiz and Jason Varitek are both free agents right now. At almost 36 years old, Papi had a good enough year offensively to resign him. The team will probably overpay him but he has been good public relations for the team. He is usually quite likeable in the media. Jason Varitek at 39 years old is not worth bringing back. He's too old to catch. He can start off with a bang but there's no real endurance. The second half of the 2011 season, he batted only . 176. In the hor- rible 7-20 September, he was worse at .077. He's gotta go. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 26, is developing quite well as the everyday catcher. Is LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI11D4074DR DIVORCE SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION AND MAILING LEONARDO V DE SOUZA vs. FABIANA B DE SOUZA To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage lB. The Complaint is on file at the Court. An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. You are hereby summoned and required toseNe upon: Howard M Lewis Esq., Lewis & Leaper, 411 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702 your answer, if any, on or before November 18, 2011. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudi- cation of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. WITNESS, Hon. PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court. Date: October 7, 2011 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 10/21/11 Ryan Lavarnway brought up from the PawSox ready for back-up duty? He should be given a chance to show his stuff. Otherwise another catcher will be needed for Salty. White Sox Name Ventura The Chicago White Sox have named Robin Ventura as the team's new manager for next season. Many had thought the job might go to either Dave Martinez cur- rently with the Rays or maybe, former Sox skipper Terry Francona. Prospects for him are growing smaller. The Chicago Cubs on the other side of that town could still seek Francona. The Francona watch ticks away. Nick Cafardo Best In Baseball Writing I love reading Nick Cafardo's Sunday Globe baseball page. It isn't worth spending $3.50 for the over- priced paper but it is truly worth recycling someone else's paper. Recently, he did a good piece on resistance from players to do fundamen- tal baseball. Cafardo calls it the doomed culture that per- vades not just the Red Sox but all of major league base- ball. Telling players to do some infield practice seems like telling them to do one hundred one-handed push- ups. One unnamed player on the Sox when asked to do some baseball practice actu- ally responded, "What's this, the minor leagues?" Cafardo doesn't mince words either, "Terry Fran- cona often said that pitchers couldn't do infield drills dur- ing the season because 'there are only so many throws in their arms'. It was an amazing thing to hear but illustrates how babied players are today." Streaks Stopped this Year Ichiro Suzuki from the Mariners after 10 straight seasons with 200 or more hits Finished with 184. Albert Pujols from the Cardinals fell one RBI short of 11 straight years of 100 RBIs and two short of 40 or more homers. A-Rod of the Yankees saw his run of 30 HRs and 100 RBIs stopped at 13. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. 09D-4365DR SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION KETHENEY P. CELESTINO VS. JEAN DeOLIVEIRA To the Defendant: A Complaint has been presented to ths Court by the Plaintiff KETHENEY P. CELESTINO seeking a modification. You are required to serve upon Ketheney P. Celestino - plaintiff - whose address is 20-21 Marion Street, Waltham, MA 02451 your answer on or before November 18, 2011. If you fail to do so, the court will procced to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer in the office of the Register of this Court at CAMBRIDGE. WITNESS, Hon. PETER C. DiGANGI, ESQ. First Justice of this Court. Date: October 7, 2011 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 10/21/11