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Pa~ 10 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 30, 2011 News Briefs (Continued from Page I) Aren't Corporations Just a Bunch of People Too?~ Liberals say corporations aren't people and are livid over that recent US Supreme Court decision last year. Well, if corporations aren't people, does the same hold for SEIU, AFSCME, AFL- CIO, etc.? This is a free country. If labor unions want to buy time on TV to push or bash political campaigns, they have a right to do so. However, the same thing has to apply to corporations too. Just because corpora- tions have lots more money to spend, doesn't mean they deserve less free speech rights? What's fair is fair! Elizabeth Warren Looks Like Another Out of Touch Bay State Liberal The only thing that differs her from the rest of our pack of political liberal elites is the fact she grew up in Okla- homa. She may have grown up in the Plains but she is far more Harvard Yard than she is an Okie. So far, she sounds no different than Martha Coakley or any other liberal from these here parts. Outside groups work- ing in her favor are really bashing Scott Brown around but that's okay because as the election draws closer, more folks will see that US Senator Brown is just what Massachusetts needs down in Washington. Do we really need another liberal voice in Washington sprout- ing the party line of more tax revenues for, more entitlements? House Rejects Deal The US House of Repre- sentatives has rejected a two-month temporary deal passed by Democrats and Republicans across the aisle in the US Senate and called for n~w talks on the expir- ing tax break. However, Sen- ate Democratic leader Harry Reid said he would not recall the Senate back into ses- sion. The Senate passed the two month stop-gap measure because it could not agree at this time with a full year's extension. Shortly before the vote, US Sen. Scott Brown, (R-MA) lashed out at House Repub- licans. The House and Sen- ate Republicans seem at odds about strategy. Brown called this confrontation about compromise "irre- sponsible and wrong." Said Brown a day before House Republicans shot down the compromise measure, "We cannot allow rigid partisan Ideology and unwillingness to compromise stand in the way of working together for the good of the American people." House Speaker John Boehner from Ohio says he doesn't want the can kicked down the road. He says he wants the nonsense stopped. However, in the court of public opinion, it is the Re- publicans who now hold this mess about lower payroll taxes and making the Democrats look like tax-cut- ters which they are never. Perhaps, the Republicans in the House, especially Tea Party Republicans need to get real here otherwise they will come out looking like the bad guys. I Don't Like Barney Frank Either But ... Apparently, Donald Trump decided to bash US Rep. Barney Frank by tweeting Barney's wardrobe malfunc- tion. The Donald lashed out at Frank's choice of clothing for ~ appearance on C-Span before Congress. Trump called it disrespectful. While Frank could have dressed better, he probably was staking from the well of the House Chamber maybe to one or two folks in his audi- ence. Sometimes, congress- men actually speak before no one as they sprout some nonsense for district con- sumption. I would never wear a clingy nylon, blue- colored, nipple-protruding polo jersey at any podium. Doesn't Trump have any- thing better to do with his free time? How about run- ning for president from the National Trump Party? One Dead Man to Another Dead Man? Recently, Mitt Romney got himself endorsed by 1996 GOP nominee Bob Dole. To me this was a game- changer NOT. When One Dead Man Walking endorsed another Dead Man Walking, it only means two dead men are walking together. What would you call a sit-down din- ner between Romney, Dole and John McCain? It is an executive board meeting of the Dead Men Walking Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. - Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 J Society. The only things that separate Dole and McCain from Mitt Romney? One is, he ain't no war hero.-Two, Mitt's got two good arms. However, like the scarecrow, if he only had a brain to go with them. Holder: Pick a Card, Any Race Card Our US attorney general says both he and the presi- dent get bashed because each is A~frican-American. Hearing that charge, I am reminded of the words of Samuel Johnson who once penned, "Patriotism was the last refuge of a scoundrel." It now seems that racism has become the last defense of the incompetent and mis- guided. Those who have called for his resignation, says he, is racially-moti- vated. This is apparently the new post-racial era public discourse. US Rep. Allen West, (R-FL)~ a Tea Party favorite elected in 2010 says Holder can't assign race as a motivation behind criticism of the Holder Justice Department. Says West, "It has nothing to do with race -- it has every- thing to do with competence, with your character and with your ability to lead the Department of Justice." 2012: An Election About Our Future Recently, in an op-ed in USA Today, Mitt Romney says, The question we will decide is this: Will the United States be an Entitlement Society or an Opportunity Society? Going back decades, the question will once again be asked of voters later next year on November 6, 2012. Think back to 1964 when it was President Johnson versus Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan versus President Carter in 1980. To date, we are neither; either a full Entitlement nor a complete Opportunity society. How- ever, we keep moving closer and closer to the day when those pulling the wagon or sleigh during the Christmas season'are vastly outnum- bered by those taking the free ride. We are quickly become Greece without the Feta cheese and Ouzo. The Nation "Worries" Too Much I like reading "The Nation" magazine not because I agree with anything they write but to hear what the other side is wrong about. Recently, while bashing both Newt and Mitt, this liberal tract said it most feared the 'silent candidate' in the race. The Nation opined, "the flood of corporate and Wall Street money that will pour into the election." They're kind of talking about that recent US Supreme Court decision allowing corporations to donate to political campaigns. What liberals forget is that the same court decision also al- lows big unions like SEIU, AFSCME, AFSCME, Team- sters, etc. Also, do the very same thing. If liberals at the "The Nation" see "the threat posed to our democracy by this one (silent candidate)," why are they seeing the same threat posed by liberal unions too? MILDRED PIERCE: THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION (4-DVD) HBO Home Ent. Having it all would cost her everything. But for Mildred Pierce (Kate Winslet), suc- cess was worth the price. As a struggling single mother in Depression-era Los Angeles, Mildred is determined to ful- fill the demands of her eldest daughter Veda (Evan Rachel Wood), surpassing societal expectations and the be- trayal of lovers along the way. In this 5-part mini- series, filmmaker Todd Haynes transforms the origi- nal James M. Cain novel into an epic movie event. ACCORDING TO JIM: FIFTH SEASON (4-DVD) Lionsgate ABC's breakout family se- ries According to Jim reaches new heights of hilarity as Jim (Jim Belushi) tries to assert control over the family -- but Jim's wife Cheryl (Courtney Thorne- Smith) has other ideas! In this traditional blue-collar family comedy, he is the quintessential guy and fam- ily man. Proud of his Mid- western values, Jim is an accessible and likeable everyman. Crazy about each other, Cheryl calls Jim on his childish antics but enjoys the playful banter, his hon- esty, passion and steadfast loyalty to her arid the kids. SUPER BOWL XLV - AMERICA'S GAME: 2010 GREEN BAY PACKERS (DVD) NFL Films-Vivendi Entertainment When the Green Bay Packers snuck into the 2010 playoffs as a sixth-seeded wild card, little was expected. But one month later, they would hold the Lombardi Trophy in their hands after Green Bay topped the Pitts- burgh Steelers, 31-25, in Super Bowl XLV. After 13 seasons, the Vince Lombardi Trophy returned home to Green Bay. Their story is told through the eyes of head coach Mike McCarthy, Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Cornerback Charles Woodson. 24/7 PENGUINS/CAPITALS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC (4-DVD) HBO Home Ent. On New Year's Day 2011, two of the NHL's premier teams -- the Pittsburgh Pen- guins and the Washington Capitals faced off in the open air of Heinz Field in Pitts- burgh for the 44 Annual Win- ter Classic. The once-a-year extravaganza brings stadium- sized audiences and mil- lions of TV viewers into the fast-and-furious realm of pro hockey. Get the inside scoop on the pre-game prepara- tions -- as well as behind- the-scenes footage from both the NHL Winter Classic and a December regular-season preview between the teams. CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND (Blu-ray) Lionsgate George Clooney makes his directorial debut and stars alongside Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell and Julia Roberts in the comedy thriller that poses an irre- sistible question: What hap- pens when a wildly success- ful TV producer was also a top secret CIA assassin? A game show creator's double life begins to spiral out of con- trol as he's drawn into a world of danger as a covert government operative. Based on Chuck Barris's cult clas- sic autobiography. BOARDWALK EMPIRE: FIRST SEASON (5-Blu-ray) HBO Home Ent. Boardwalk Empire begins in Atlantic City in 1920, and it is the eve of Prohibition, - and country treasurer Knock "Nucky" Thompson (Steve Buscemi) is looking to cash in. As the undisputed "Boss" of Atlantic City, Nucky leads a double life as politician and bootlegger; Prohibition may have outlawed alcohol, but in Nucky's world it has opened up highly lucrative opportu- nities for gangsters and rum runners looking to pro- vide "liquid gold" for a thirsty nation. Nucky must battle with a relentless federal agent, ambitious underlings, and rivals as Arnold Roth- stein, Lucky Luciano, and Al Capone. LEGO HERO FACTORY SAVAGE PLANET (VVV) Warner Home Video The Hero Factory's mis- sion: to build the bravest, most advanced heroes in the galaxy! When rookie Rocka responds to a civilian dis- tress call from the planet Quatros, he discovers it's actually the planet itself that needs help. Former Hero Pro- fessor Aldous Witch, who has now become a power-mad Witch Doctor, takes hostage Rocka. It's up to pros Bulk and Stringer and rookies Furno, Nex and Stormer to rescue Rocka, destroy the sinister Witch Doctor and save the once beautiful planet. But time is running outl Will the Heroes become monster chow? Will Quatros be destroyed? Only by work- ing together to restore the planet's core will the Heroes succeed. IGGY AND THE STOOGES- RAW POWER LIVE (DVD) MVDvisual Six fans were selected to film Iggy & the Stooges' leg- endary 2010 reunion as the band performed "Raw Power" to a stunned crowd at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival. The fans witnessed a clas- sic performance that brings the fans closer to the band, and the music closer to you.