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BOSTON News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) Getting back to Robin Hood Country America." We used and his guys, the real En- to be considered the richest glish legend was a renegade country in the world, an eco- because he rose up against nomic power, but today it POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 18, 2011 Page 15 i II II i by Sal Giarratani property rights getting vio- lated and tax abuse. His en- emies were greedy bankers, they were corrupt and greedy politicians like the Sheriff of Nottingham and Prince John. Doesn't that make Robin Hood, Little John and Maid Marion nothing less than Tea Party supporters? Where's President Obama on these Bonuses? Last year, when Wall Street bailed out by Washing- ton handed out big bonuses, President Obama threw a tizzy. However, now at the moment, he seems to ignore huge executive bonuses at government-owned Fannie Mae" and Freddie Mac. What gives? Many believe the President's language demon- izing Wall Street has led to the Occupy movement across the country's cities. Back when he was running for President, he took a pretty strong stand against Fannie and Freddie doing stupid things like the latest bonus moves. Why has the Presi- dent looked the other way on what Fannie and Freddie are up to today?. Judge Shoots Down FDA Cig Images U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon has blocked a federal requirement that would force cigarette compa- nies to put graphic anti- tobacco images on their cigarette packages starting in 2012. The-judge ruled that it was likely the cigarette companies would succeed in a lawsuit blocking this FDA rule: Leon found that nine graphic images approved by the FDA in June go beyond conveying the facts about health and into advocacy, a critical distinction in a ease over free speech. The judge also pointed out that at least some of the images were al- tered photographs to evoke emotion and that those FDA required labels were to cover the entire top half of ciga- rette packs. Last time I looked, ciga- rettes were a legal produce in this country. Anti-tobacco folks are attempting a new Prohibition, this time on tobacco. It didn't work nearly 100 years ago on alcohol and it won't work this time either. Last time I looked wasn't America still a free country? I Hate Siding With Nation of Islam's Louis Farrakhan but ... Louis Farrakhan spoke out against President Obama and how he is gloating about taking out people like Osama bin Laden and a certain U.S. citizen terrorist with a drone attack. Obama has become unique as president. He talks peace and worldwide concili- ation but smiles wide after taking someone out. The new age Macho Man is on the attack. He must be com- pensating for something or maybe he just hates having given up all his cigarettes. There is nothing worse than a liberal tough guy. Poverty in Obama's America Like I always say, "Good looks like the only things stamped "Made in America" are being manufactured by China. Meanwhile, more folks remain unemployed, more folks go on food stamps and more children go hungry. President Obama did say four years ago he wanted to transform America. but who likes this transformation? Rubio for Vice President? U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. (R-FL) appeared on Bill O'Reilly's No Spin Zone and when asked about the GOP vice presidential nomina- tion, he flatly ruled it out of consideration saying he had things to accomplish in the U.S. Senate. which he was elected to in November 2010. He has been men- tioned for a number of good reasons. He is young, 41: he comers from Florida which is an important state for Republicans. He is Cuban- American which could attract Latino voters away from the Democratic side. Radio yakker Jay Severin thinks Rubio would be great for the Republican vice presi- dential candidate for all the above obvious reasons, espe- cially because he is so con- servative on the issues. The Washington Post must think so too because they ran a story questioning whether or not Rubio was eligible to run for vice president since his parents weren't U.S. citi- zens when he was born here. He set the record straight on that story too saying his parents were refugees who escaped from Castro's Cuba. To him. there is no story. The Washington Post seemed to be out to dis- credit him but he was too smart for the paper. Severin dreams of a Rom- ney-Rubio ticket. I am not too sure about that because Romney is still not my kind of Republican or con- servative. Rubio won't get me to vote for Romney and the Rubio magic doesn't work on me. I see this young senator as a down the road presidential candidate. I wish Texas Governor Rick Perry could get his act together. That profile that ran in Parade Magazine was just super. Maybe his op- tional fiat tax idea can move him up in the polls. He at least has passion which I believe American voters are looking for. We don't need no Massachusetts technocrat like Governor Mike Dukakis back in 1988 again. Warning The founder of has now gone on record as saying that if the Republi- cans nominate Mitt Romney, it both kills conservatives and it gives Obama four more years in the White House. I agree with that statement but those ABM (anybody but Mitt) Republicans need to find somebody quick. Is there another national Republi- can leader out there we've all simply forgotten about? Marco Rubio on a Romney ticket won't pull victory off. Sad day for conservatives in America. From left: Jeshs, Matty and Felipe Alou were all Giants in 1963. Remember Matty, Jesus and Felipe Alou in the Giants Outfield? Matty Alou, once a part of an all-Alou outfield for the San Francisco Giants, passed away November 3 in his na- tive Dominican Republic. Hall of Famer and former team-mate of his Orlando Cepeda said Alou had been sick for a while. Said Cepeda, "We roomed together a few times with the Giants, very funny guy, hell of a ball- player, a dead fastball hitter and could pull anyone (no matter) how hard they threw. Alou was a 2-time All-Star and won the 1966 NL batting crown hitting .342. He spent his first six years with the Giants and also played for the Cardinals, Athletics, Yankees and Padres. Alou and his two brothers, Jesus and Felipe, made his- tory in 1963 when they ap- peared together for the first time as the All Alou outfield. Matty Alou was a career .307 hitter with 31 home runs, 427 RBIs, 1,777 hits and 236 doubles in 15 seasons. The Alou legacy is a major league baseball legacy and it lives on! Duquette New Orioles GM The Baltimore Orioles have hired the 53-year-old Dan Duquette as executive vice president of baseball operations. It will now be the job of Duquette to bring the Baltimore Orioles out of their run of 14 successive losing seasons. He takes over from Andy MacPhail. Since getting dumped by the Red Sox in 2002, he has not been in the front office until this latest hiring news. Pre- vious to the Sox. Duquette had been the GM for the old Montreal Expos. After nine years of exile, Duque.tte has signed a three-year deal and is trying to resurrect the Orioles to its past greatness. While many credit Theo Epstein for breaking the Curse of the Bambino in 2004, it was a Duquette-built team that carried on to victory over the St. Louis Cardinals that year. I Don't Think I Was "Misleading" I received a note from an- other baseball fan who ap- parently took issue with comments made by another Post-Gazette writer Ed Shal- low, concerning the 1948 one game playoff between the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians. The Sox lost to the Tribe and handed Cleveland the pennant. The comments by Ed Shallow came from a young fan at the time who sat through that brutal game loss. I have no memory of that 1948 game since I was probably sleeping in a crib being just about five months old at the time. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of that or any other game. Opinions are not necessarily right or wrong but just opinions. Ed Shallow misled no one in his opinion of what the Sox manager did that year, who he started in that 155th game of the season or any- thing else. Maybe the man- ager made the right decision but Ed Shallow still doesn't think so. That's 'nuff said by me. Bob "2 No-hit" Forsch has Passed Away Bob Forsch, the only pitcher in St. Louis Cardi- nals' history to throw two no- hitters recently passed away at age 61. He passed less than a week after throwing out the first pitch of Game 7 against the Texas Rangers. Forsch won more games than all but two pitchers in franchise history. Forsch was a 6'4" right handed hurler and played on three World Series teams in the 1980s. He won 20 games in 1977 and twice was a 15 game winner. His career record was 168-136 with a 3.76 ERA. Also, he was a rather good hitting pitcher as well with a career .212 average with 12 homers. He won 163 games for the Car- dinals from 1974-88 and trails only Bob Gibson and Jesse Haines in team wins. This past season he was a pitching coach for the Cin- cinnati Reds' rookie league team, the Billings Mustangs. EBCC Election (Continued the East Boston Chamber of Commerce. any member of the Corporation that has been in good standing for a minimum of one year as of January 2010 may run for office by Independent Nomi- nation. To be placed on the ballot for Director, indepen- dent nominees must obtain the signatures of at least ten Loved Ones The Post-Gazette accepts memorials throughout the year. P/ease call 617-22 7-8929 from Page 7) (10) members of the corpo- ration and forward them to the Chamber Secretary, Joanna Cataldo. East Boston Neighborhood Health Cen- ter, 175 McClellan Highway, no less than 10 days prior to the day of elections on December 15, 2011. Independent nominees for any of the Officer positions must meet the above re- quirements as well as have been a member of the Board of Directors for at least two of the previous five years. 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