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Page 14 POST-GAZE'I-rE, DECEMBER 26, 2014 * News Briefs (Continued from Page I) customer asked if she could reach up to a higher shelf for her. According to the First Lady it was an act of racism to have been victimized by that horrible event. Another time she remembered while Barack was wearing a tux at a party, a guest asked him for some more coffee. Another act of racism. Oh, let's not forget the day many years ago when the presi- dent couldn't hail down a cab in the South Side of Chicago. How did these two not contract Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) over all these pernicious acts of racism. Is anyone surprised that Rev. AI Sharpton is one of the president's closest advisors? If you are looking for racism everywhere, you will surely find it. Bush Clinton, Bush Clinton,OMG, Bush Clinton Again Oh my God, I am so tired of the Clintons' and the Bushs'. However, with the latest news out of the Repub- lican establishment that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is exploring a 2016 run, it could very well end up Bush versus Clinton. The GOP Washington Leadership Team is all wired up for Bush the Third, but all it will get is yet another "Dead Man Walking" candi- date like Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney. Apparently, The Republicans who think they're in charge will end up with Hillary or Liz Warren. So how do you think a race between Jeb and either Hillary or Warren will go? The GOP is such a bunch of losers. Are they so afraid of Tea Party Republicans that they are willing to suf- fer yet another election de- feat. Haven't they learned anything from President Obama? Yet, there they are trying to marginalize Rand Paul and Ted Cruz even though without their grass- roots supporters, Jeb Baby doesn't stand a chance at getting into the White House except as a guest. The Republican Establish- ment needs to get off its high horse. Cuba Si, Liberty Not President Obama now seems to desire to hang his legacy on normalizing rela- tions with Cuba. Apparently, talks had been taking place between Obama, Fidel's bro Raul and Pope Francis. Cuba is one of the last Retro-Soviet style dictator- ships left and with the loss of Hugo Chavez as a patron, the Cuban economy was tanking even further down- hill. Now thanks to these secret talks between Cuba and the U.S., there appears to be lots of give and take in the negotiations. We give a lot, they take a lot. Mean- while, the Cuban people still suffer under a brutal dicta- tor and reported friend of terrorists. No wonder U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Flarida, is upset as is the Cuban Exile Community down in Florida. Cubans want freedom not new Chevys. Opening up an embassy and allowing the use of credit and debit cards on the island will help their economy but little else for citizens seeking eco- nomic liberty and personal freedom. I don't care if the idea came from Pope Francis or not. Before we restore a re- lationship with the Castro boys, we need to see some good faith action on their part with more freedom for everyday people. Patriots Ground Jets, Clinch AFC Top Seed In most likely the final home game for Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan, the Patriots delivered yet another disappointing loss to Ryan and Gang Green last Sunday at Metlife Stadium. Ryan and 1 7 company could only look on as Tom Brady took a knee in victory forma- tion in the Patriots flawed 17-16 win which earned New England a first round playoff bye. For three and a half quarters it looked as though the New York Jets and Ryan would spoil the Patriots chance at achieving the AFC's number one seed and home field throughout the AFC playoffs. The Patriots recent offensive struggles reached a new low point versus the Jets ferocious front seven. In a first half dominated by defense, Brady and the Patriots came away with just seven points and 52 yards, their fewest in a half this season. The Jets had 4 sacks, all in the Ist half, equaling Tom Brady's season high. The Patriots finished with just 231 total yards, 182 of which were through the air. Much of the difficulty may have been due to the absence of wide receiver Julian Edelman, who suffered a concussion last week versus Miami, and versatile lineman Dan Connolly. The team was forced to patch Ryan and Belichick meet for perhaps the last time in Jets-Patriots rivalry. things together on the of- fensive line, inserting Josh Kline at left guard, while continuously mov- ing pieces around in search of a solution. Kline was benched at halftime 16 after a horrendous first half. "I think our communication wasn't great," said Brady on the play of the offense. "We all just weren't on the same page. When you do that, especially against a team who moves a lot of guys in and out of their defensive front and they blitz linebackers and safeties ...they have a lot of guys com- ing. Our communication needs to be on point and it just kind of sputtered. We need to do a better job of that, especially down the stretch." In a recurring theme, it was the special teams unit that highlighted the Patriots 12th win of the season. For the second time this season a blocked field goal attempt was all that stood between the Patriots and their rivals to the south. In October, it was Chris Jones, and Sunday it was defensive tackle Vince Wilfork's turn to torment the Jets. "It starts with coaching. You look at them and that guy (Bill Belichick) -does a heck of a job. There is no denying that. They make big plays at big times," said Rex Ryan. Jamie Collins' third-quarter interception of a ball that Jets quarterback Geno Smith never should have thrown, gave the offense an opportunity to redeem itself. A one-yard plunge by Jonas Gray, his first touchdown since week 11 in Indianapolis, gave the Patriots the lead. Leading 17-16, following a Jets field goal, Brady was intercepted by Jets cornerback Marcus Williams midway through the fourth quarter setting up the games defining moment. On the ensuing drive, the Jets faced a third down from the New England 24 yard line. But, Dont'a Hightower sacked Smith (Continued on Page 13) Buon Natale Dr. Dean J. Saluti President, Renaissance Lodge, OSIA Majorie Cahn p.o. Box 692027, Ouincy, MA 02269 LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. 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