Friday, October 22, 2021

Biden Charts HUGE Negative Approval Rating!

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 42% of likely voters approve of President Biden’s job performance. Fifty-seven percent (57%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 21% who strongly approve of the job Biden is doing and 49% who strongly disapprove. This gives him a presidential approval index rating of -28. (see trends). Obviously, there are not good figures and they've been trending downward. 

It's Starting RIGHT NOW; Are YOU Ready?


STILL Don't Believe He's Losing It? Wake Up!

The Senate's Master One-Liner Strikes Again!


Italian American Heritage Month: Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Chicago native Joe Mantegna has a strong background in both theater and film. After making his Broadway debut in Stephen Schwartz's musical of Studs Terkel's Working, Joe was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Award for his acclaimed performance as cynical real-estate agent Richard Roma in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross

Mantegna was born  to Italian American parents Mary Ann (Novelli), a shipping clerk from Acquaviva delle FontiApuliaItaly, who died in 2017 at the age of 101, and Joseph Henry Mantegna, an insurance salesman  from CalascibettaSicily, who died in 1971.

Always the baseball fan, Joe conceived and co-wrote the Off-Broadway play Bleacher Bums, inspired by countless afternoons watching the Chicago Cubs play in Wrigley Field. Once the Chicago PBS affiliate picked it up for production, the play both earned Joe an Emmy Award.

Joe made his feature film debut in 1985 as the womanizing dentist in Frank Perry's Compromising Positions. He also starred in the critically acclaimed David Mamet films House of Games (now a cult classic) and Things Change, for which he and co-star Don Ameche both received the coveted Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival. In 1991, Joe starred in the highly praised police thriller, Homicide

Joe has also starred in Woody Allen's Alice and Celebrity, Barry Levinson's Liberty Heightsand Bugsy, Steven Zaillian's Searching for Bobby Fischer and Billy Crystal's Forget Paris

He enjoys appearing regularly as the voice of Fat Tony on The SimpsonsDuring his career Joe has portrayed several real people, such as George Raft in Bugsy, Fidel Castro in My Little Assassin, and most notably, as Dean Martin in The Rat PackHe also starred as Justice Joseph Novelli in the CBS series First Monday.The series co-starred James Garner and Charles Durning.

 Joe’s run as David Rossi in Criminal Minds ended Feb of 2020 with the 15th and final season of the hit show. He continues hosting and producing duties on Midway USA’s,  “Gun Stories” for the Outdoor Channel as well as Co-hosting the National Memorial Day Concert. 

She Says It Better Than We Ever Could!


The Timeless Secrets Behind Profound Rhetoric

Biden's public speaking is a mess. He mumbles, grumbles, meanders. He throws in irrelevant asides and senseless anecdotes. He loses his place, loses his way, loses his train of thought. He hasn't said anything profound in . . . well, maybe never! The one time he tried, he plagiarized someone else's remarks.
Great speakers need to be able to utter great lines -- memorable words and phrases.
Patrick Henry (above) said: "Give me liberty or give me death." 
Franklin said: "A republic, if you can keep it."
Lincoln said: "Of the people,  by the people, for the people." 
FDR said: "The only thing we have to fear." 
Churchill said: "Blood, sweat, toil and tears." 
JFK said: "Ask not what your country can do for you . . . " 
MLK said: "I have a dream." 
Reagan said: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" 
These words are enshrined. They are seared into our consciousness. They are part of history.
But can you tell us one profound thing that Barack Obama said? Huh? 
He was billed as a great orator but if you listen -- really listen -- he hasn't said very much that's artful or memorable or worthy of the ages. 
As Gertrude Stein once said: "There's no there, there, when you get there."
And that's a shame, because Barack Obama certainly had his opportunities. Still, virtually nothing worth treasuring is remembered from his two inaugural addresses or his annual State of the Union speeches or his many, many other moments of speechifying.
And pretty much the same could be said of Bill Clinton whose most famous line was, sadly: "I did not have sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky."
And Nixon? Well, he's to be remembered for "I am not a crook." 
Truly, a well-turned phrase can make all the difference. It was President Gerald Ford who, in the wake of Watergate, reassured us that "our long national nightmare is over." And then, with customary humility (and a refreshing bit of humor) the accidental president confessed: "I'm a Ford, not a Lincoln." Clever, that.
And let's not forget Lyndon Johnson who, in the aftermath of JFK's assassination echoed Kennedy's "let us begin" line with this: "Today in this moment of new resolve, I would say to all my fellow Americans, Let Us Continue. This is our challenge–not to hesitate, not to pause, not to turn about and linger over this evil moment but to continue on our course so that we may fulfill the destiny that history has set for us." These are words that were not only right for the moment but that have clearly stood the test of time as well.
To be fair, even George W. Bush gave us great, reassuring words in an ominous moment when, after September 11, he declared: "Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done." No one who heard Bush utter those words should have had any doubt that we would soon be at war with those who brought such horror upon our land.
Where do these words come from? How are the right words found for the right time, the right occasion, the right moment? Indeed, they often emerge from the crucible of crisis. But they also reflect the hope or the tough love or the straightforward, unvarnished resolution of visionary leaders. And the words must be carefully strung together by diligent speechwriters -- craftspersons in the magic of artful articulation.
Good speechwriters know that every great speech has three vital components: a solid theme; a clear purpose and a sound structure.
The theme is the overarching idea of the speech. The theme must be so clear and simple that you ought to be able to express it in one sentence. The theme of FDR's first inaugural address? Very simply, it was: "We're in a helluva mess but we're gonna pull through this together, fearlessly and with unquestioned resolve." That's precisely what people needed to hear. It's what they were thirsting for.
The purpose of the speech boils down to what you want the audience to think, feel or do once they've heard the speech. In other words, why are you giving this speech? What do you hope to accomplish?
The purpose of FDR's first inaugural address was to reassure and rally the nation and the Congress to his cause -- to pull everyone together for the struggle ahead. 
The structure must be clear to the audience. It's their roadmap. That means a speech must have a definite beginning, middle and end. In the beginning,  you forge a vital, human link with your audience. In the middle, you deliver your core message, usually with two or three simple points. In the end, you conclude and call the audience to action.
It all sounds very simple, but it's not. It's tough, hard, often grueling work. And an undisciplined speaker can make it much, much harder.
Both Obama and Clinton tinkered with their speeches too much. Clinton kept changing lines right up until the very moment of delivery. Obama always thought he knew better and was often less punchy and more hesitant in delivery than many thought. Quite simply, he was over-confident. Ford and LBJ were legislative wizards who were accustomed to operating in the backchannels of government. They had to learn to be public speakers -- and it showed.
JFK, FDR and Reagan were the greatest presidential public speakers of the modern era. They were master wordsmiths themselves; they loved language; they were natural performers; they had finely-tuned ears; they understood modern media and they were steadfastly disciplined. Consequently, they triumphed.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

More Evidence: Biden Has Completely Lost It!


NOW Do You Understand It All?


ALERT: New Poll Shows Jack Closing Gap

A new New Jersey gubernatorial poll just out shows Jack Ciattarelli literally breathing down Phil Murphy's neck. Jack has closed the gap and has turned what once was an apparent Murphy triumph into a six-point race that is now thisclose to the poll's four point margin of error. This is all quite startling and we must point out that the poll is already three days old (conducted through 10/18). So, if Jack's been gaining day-by-day these numbers could now be even closer and there's enough time to close this gap (if there really is one) and move ahead.

Here are the Emerson College/PIX 11 poll highlights: 

  • Among those very likely to vote,  Jack leads Murphy 48 percent to 45 percent. This is the all important enthusiasm factor. Jack's voters appear to be more motivated.
  • Among the critical independent voters, Jack romps 56 percent to 32 percent.
  • Murphy's numbers have not been improving and he can't seem to break 50 percent. He has little or no wiggle room as Jack advances.
  • Voters overwhelmingly identify taxes and jobs (67 percent) as the most important issues in the race. This is not good news for Murphy.
  • Jack's favorables are now as good as Murphy's and Jack has become much better known to voters. In fact, only four percent of voters say they haven't heard of Jack at this point.
  • Among those voters still undecided, Jack is now leading by 60 percent to 40 percent. When those voters are allocated as they now lean, this becomes a four-point race, within the margin of error!
  • Murphy still holds an advantage on the COVID issue but jack  has cut that down to four points when voters are asked who could best handle that issue.
  • 51 percent of voters gave Murphy a grade of only C or lower on his handling of hurricane Ida. Not good!
  • Bottom line: This is CLEARLY a winnable race. Jack is within striking distance. Avanti!

Unfortunately, It Seems An Apt Simile . . .


World Gone Mad? Well, YOU Decide!

Unfortunately, THIS Is All Too Common!


Italian American Heritage Month: Maria Bartiromo

Maria Bartiromo

She's unquestionably one of the most successful and most recognizable TV personalities -- a journalist, broadcaster and hugely admired fixture in millions of American homes. She's Maria Bartiromo.

Maria Bartiromo was born to Italian-American parents Vincent and Josephine Bartiromo, and was raised in the Dyker Heights area of Brooklyn in New York City. Her father was the owner of the Rex Manor restaurant in Brooklyn and her mother served as the hostess seating guests. Her mother also worked as a clerk at an off-track betting parlor. She says her parents taught her the value of hard work and the power of free enterprise early on. Her mother’s family was from AgrigentoSicily, and arrived in the U.S. in 1898.Her grandfather, Carmine Bartiromo, arrived in New York from Nocera in Campania in 1933 and served in the U.S. armed forces.

Maria Bartiromo joined FOX Business Network (FBN) as Global Markets Editor in January 2014. She is the anchor of Mornings with Maria on FBN (6-9 AM/ET), which is the number one pre-market business news program in cable, and anchors Sunday Morning Futures (10 AM/ET) on FOX News Channel (FNC), which routinely ranks as the highest rated show on Sundays in cable news. In April 2017, Bartiromo was also named the anchor for FBN’s weekly primetime investing program Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street (Fridays at 8 PM/ET).

Bartiromo has covered business and the economy for more than 25 years and was one of the building blocks of business cable network CNBC. During her 20-year tenure as the face of CNBC, she launched the network’s morning program, Squawk Box; anchored The Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo; and was the anchor and managing editor of the nationally syndicated On the Money with Maria Bartiromo, formerly The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo.

Bartiromo has been a pioneer in financial news television. In 1995, she became the first journalist to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on a daily basis. She joined CNBC in 1993 after five years as a producer, writer and assignment editor with CNN Business News, where she wrote and produced some of CNN's top business programs.

She has received numerous prestigious awards, including two Emmys and a Gracie Award. Her first Emmy was for her 2008 News and Documentary coverage of the 2007-2008 financial collapse and her "Bailout Talks Collapse" coverage was broadcast on NBC Nightly News. She later won a second Emmy for her 2009 documentary, "Inside the Mind of Google," which aired globally on CNBC. Bartiromo won a Gracie Award for "Greenspan: Power, Money & the American Dream," also broadcast globally on CNBC.

In 2009, the Financial Times named her one of the "50 Faces That Shaped the Decade," and she was the first female journalist to be inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame Class of 2011. In 2016 she was inducted by the Library of American Broadcasting as one of its Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts. Bartiromo is the author of several books, including The Weekend That Changed Wall Street, published by Portfolio / Penguin, and The 10 Laws of Enduring Success, published by Random House; both were released in 2010.

Bartiromo is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Board of Directors of The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF).

Part of a month long series spotlighting a different accomplished Italian American every day during Italian American Heritage Month.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Murphy's Reckless Policy Sacrificed 8,000!

Phil Murphy sentenced 8,000 seniors and veterans to death. But why? Phil Murphy was warned. He knew forcing COVID-19 patients into veteran and nursing homes would result in countless preventable deaths - and yet, he did it anyway. Now, Biden's own administration is investigating Phil Murphy's disastrous policies.

Just Another Sorry Day In Bidenville . . .


Biden Shouts, Acts Demented, Scares Crowd!


Good Advice, On So Many Levels!


Aaron Rodgers Video: NO Apologies To PC Police!

Heed This Tip Now OR Deeply Regret It Later!


Italian-American Heritage Month: Ettore Boiardi

Ettore Boiardi

Many people actually thought he was French. And his product has been scoffed and even derided by more than a few Italian Americans. But Ettore Boiardi was a visionary who introduced quickly-prepared Italian style food to millions who might not otherwise have known about it or tasted it. 

Yes, Chef Boyardee, the man behind the nation’s leading brand of spaghetti dinners, pizza mix, sauce and pasta, was really Ettore Boiardi, an Italian immigrant from Emilia Romagna. Boiardi was born in Piacenza, Italy in 1897, to Giuseppe and Maria Boiardi. On May 9, 1914, at the age of 16, he arrived at Ellis Island. Boiardi followed his brother, Lorenzo, to the kitchen of the Plaza Hotel in New York City, working his way up to head chef. While working at the Greenbrier Hotel in Greenbrier West Virginia, he directed the catering for the reception of President Woodrow Wilson’s second wedding. 

His entrepreneurial skill became polished and well known when he opened his first restaurant, Il Giardino d’Italia, whose name translated as “The Garden of Italy”, at East 9th Street and Woodland Avenue in Cleveland in 1926. The patrons of Il Giardino d’Italia frequently asked for samples and recipes of his spaghetti sauce, so he filled cleaned milk bottles for them.

Boiardi began to use a factory in 1928 to keep up with orders, setting his sights on selling his product nationally. Touting the low cost of spaghetti products as a good choice to serve to the entire family, Boiardi introduced his product to the public in 1929. In the 1930s, he began selling his pasta and sauce in cans. In 1938, production was moved to Milton, Pennsylvania, where they could grow enough tomatoes and mushrooms. Proud of his Italian heritage, Boiardi sold his products under the brand name “Chef Boy-Ar-Dee”, so that his American customers could pronounce his name properly. During World War II, the company was the largest supplier of rations for the U.S. and Allied Forces.

Boiardi appeared in many print advertisements and television commercials for his brand in the 1940s through the 1960s. His last appearance in a television commercial promoting the brand aired in 1979. Boiardi continued developing new Italian food products for the American market until his death in 1985, at which time the Chef Boyardee line was grossing $500 million per year for International Home Foods. Today, as part of Conagra Foods, it continues to be a hugely successful brand and Boiardi's products are a staple in many American kitchens. 

Part of a month long series spotlighting a different accomplished Italian American every day during Italian American Heritage Month.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

GOP N'tl Chair Pegs NJ As HIGH Priority!

 Congrats to Save Jersey's redoubtable Matt Rooney on scoring this exclusive interview today with GOP National Chair Ronna McDaniel! Great insight here.

Don't Forget THIS When You Vote!


A VERY Urgent Message For NJ Parents!

Adios, Addiego! Vote Jean Stanfield For Senate!

Dawn Addiego sold us out. 
Now, it's time to replace her 
with a REAL state senator - Jean Stanfield!

WOW! You're Not Gonna Wanna Miss This One

You know Lucy and Ricky. Now it's time to meet Lucille and Desi. Here’s a special teaser from Being the Ricardos, in theaters December 10 and on Prime Video December 21.

A Book That's Worth Your Immediate Attention!

 October 19, 2021 

Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President 

of the United States of America

General Keith Kellogg has written a sweeping and powerful account of the Trump Presidency. He spent four years with me in the White House and in the 2016 Campaign for the Presidency. His narrative is factual and indisputable. Unlike other Fakers and Slimeballs that write fictional books without knowing me or virtually anything about me, The General knew me and my administration well, and he was there for every major National Security decision. Finally we have a real and inside account of our very successful four years. An incredible read published today. I strongly recommend this important book that will set a historic standard. Go get War By Other Means by General Keith Kellogg—it’s really good!

Join Us In Supporting This Fine Young Man!


Biden Mingles Maskless, Then Catches Himself

Her Words Ring Truer Every Single Day!


Italian American Heritage Month: Bernadette Lazzara Peters

Bernadette Lazzara Peters

Born Bernadette Lazzara to a Sicilian American family in the Ozone Park section of Queens, New York, Bernadette Peters made her way from TV appearances as a three-year-old to successful stage roles that led her to become an unquestioned Broadway diva -- a compelling actress-in-song who has starred in landmark Broadway musical revivals and original productions where she created iconic characters. 

Bernadette Peters received her first Tony Award in 1986 for Song and Dance and won her second Tony in 1999 for the revival of Annie Get Your Gun. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award in recognition of her years of service to charitable organizations. Peters made her stage debut at the age of nine, and first came to the attention of theatergoers with her acclaimed performances in Dames at Seaand George M!

Additionally, she starred on Broadway in On The Town (Tony Award nomination), Jerry Herman’s and Michael Stewart’s Mack and Mabel (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations), Sunday in the Park with George (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Into the Woods (Drama Desk nomination), The Goodbye Girl(Tony nomination), Gypsy (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), A Little Night Music and Follies (Drama Desk nomination). Peters currently stars on television in Mozart in the Jungle and The Good Fight, with numerous additional guest appearances including those on Smash, Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty. Her film credits include The Longest Yard, Silent MovieThe Jerk, Pennies from Heaven, Annie, Slaves of New York, Pink Cadillac, Alice, Impromptu and Coming Up Roses. Her solo albums, I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight; Sondheim, Etc.; Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall; and Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers & Hammerstein have all been nominated for Grammy Awards. 

With Mary Tyler Moore, Peters co-founded Broadway Barks, an animal welfare organization dedicated to changing people’s perceptions of shelter animals. She is the author of three New York Times best-selling children’s books, Broadway Barks, Stella Is A Star and Stella & Charlie: Friends Forever. Peters proudly serves on the Board of Trustees of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Part of a month long series spotlighting a different accomplished Italian American every day during Italian American Heritage Month.

Monday, October 18, 2021

What The Hell Is 'White Privilege', Anyway?

White privilege. 

It’s a term we hear all the time now and it’s become accepted almost as a kind of fait accompli. But what’s it really mean and where did it come from?

Apparently it had its origins in (big surprise here) academia and was concocted by a professor of women’s studies at Wellesley College, the alma mater of Hillary Clinton and many other white liberals. This professor made up a list of all the “white privileges” she thought she had. That’s it. Sounds quite arbitrary, doesn’t it?

Even now, white privilege has never been clearly defined. For example some people say that it can roughly be defined as follows: “White privilege doesn’t mean your life hasn’t been hard. It just means your race isn’t one of the things that make it harder.”

But the notion that the color of your skin alone prevents you from succeeding (or even retards your success) is mostly a fallacy — especially in America. Because many non-white people in America actually do better overall than whites. For example, Japanese Americans (a group that suffered oppression and marginalization in America) now outperform whites in this country in test scores, educational achievement and income while having lower incarceration rates. And this is generally true for Asian-Americans as a whole. Furthermore, a recent study that examined ethnic groups according to economics, education, crime and health outcomes found that several non-white groups in America surpassed whites in median family income and other categories. Among these were Lebanese, Chinese, Cuban, Pakistani, Filipino, Nigerian and Iranian Americans. 

And this isn’t limited to these groups alone, nor is it a sudden occurrence. Would you believe the percentage of Black high school graduates enrolled in college jumped to 71 percent eight years ago, exceeding the enrollment rate of whites (67 percent). It’s true! Hard to find any white privilege there.

Here’s something else that may surprise you: today, in America, almost twice as many white Americans live in poverty as Black Americans. Again, where’s the white privilege?

And there’s more. For example there are a whole host of maladies and diseases that white people are far more likely to suffer from and die from than African-Americans. And the suicide rate in America is more than twice as high for whites than it is for Blacks. In part because of suicides, whites are dying faster than they are being born in most US states. But we hear virtually nothing about any of this from the mainstream media. 

That’s because, despite all that I’ve pointed out, the idea of white privilege persists. 

And now it’s being perpetuated in our schools via curricula influenced by critical race theory which teaches that whites are privileged and benefiting from an all-pervasive systemic racism that holds Blacks back and turns them into permanent victims. 

But, as we’ve just shown, in 2021 America there’s no basis in fact for any of this. 

Of course, that could be why it’s called critical race theory. 

But when a mere theory becomes an ideology (and that’s what’s happened here) and that ideology is presented in the classroom as fact — indeed, as a matter of faith that you dare not challenge— then, we’ve got a Big Problem. It’s almost as if the idea of white privilege itself is promoting  a sort of reverse racism.

And this dangerous notion is becoming pervasive throughout the region, including right here in Cherry Hill where some of the disciples of critical race theory are apparently guiding the district’s new mandatory curriculum on African American studies and race relations while the superintendent talks systemic racism and repeats the “Black lives matter” mantra. 

You’d expect such simple minded sloganeering from a rabid ideologue. But from a supposed learned educator? C’mon!

So, in the end, what should we be teaching our kids?

Obviously, we should teach them how to think; not what to think.

And maybe we should start with this: always be suspicious when people make up words and slogans to advance arguments. Be very, very suspicious. And never be afraid to challenge them!

For more on the fallacy of white privilege, please click here.

Have You Thought About THIS Lately?


Remembering An American Patriot . . .


Italian American Heritage Month: Frank Capra

Frank Capra

The stories he told made history. And they invariably uplifted you and made you feel better. They gave you honest characters and offered you hope. And, more often than not, they celebrated America and the traditional American ethics of hard work and neighborliness. We're talking about Frank Capra.

Sicilian-born Frank Capra immigrated to the United States at age five and settled in the Little Italy district of Los Angeles. Early in his career, Capra served as a writer on Hal Roach’s Our Gang series and for slapstick comedy director Max Sennett. In 1928, he was offered a position at Columbia Pictures, where he directed many successful films, including It Happened One Night, Lost Horizon, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Capra's It Happened One Night is one of the only films to ever sweep the Oscars in the four main categories: best actor, actress, director and film. It remains a classic.

Following the United States’ entry into World War II, the United States War Department selected Capra to create a series of documentary films titled Why We Fight. Capra had never produced a documentary, and although the United States was at war with the nation of Capra’s birth, his allegiance was never questioned. Designed to educate the American armed forces about the reasons for the nation’s involvement in the war and the necessity of combating the Axis powers, the films were also shown to the public to generate support for the war effort.

After watching Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will, which presented Hitler as the leader who would return Germany to greatness, Capra decided to “use the enemy's own films to expose their enslaving ends. Let our boys hear the Nazis and the [Japanese] shout their own claims of master-race crud, and our fighting men will know why they are in uniform.”

Why We Fight: Prelude to War won the Academy Award for best documentary film in 1942. Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) is considered among the most inspiring films in American movie history. To this day it's a perennial favorite at Christmas time.

Part of a month long series spotlighting a different accomplished Italian American every day during Italian American Heritage Month.


Sunday, October 17, 2021

Way Too CREEPY For Words . . .


Biden, just last week, at an elementary school.

THIS Is Why 'Empty Shelves Joe' Is Trending

And BTW: Whatever happened to the Transportation Secretary? Where is he? 


Italian American Heritage Month: Vince Marotta

Vince Marotta

If you made your cup of coffee in a countertop electric coffee maker this morning and you really savored that first sip, you can thank Vince Marotta.

In 1968, Marotta also sought to develop a better home coffee maker. While home coffeemakers had existed for decades, Marotta was not pleased with earlier versions. In 1972, Marotta and Samuel Glazer unveiled Mr. Coffee. This coffeemaker, known for its convenience and speed, almost immediately became a bestseller. By 1975, North American Systems, Inc., the first manufacturer of Mr. Coffee, was selling approximately thirty-eight thousand Mr. Coffees each day. Eventually, Sunbeam Corporation and American Household, Inc. each acquired the production rights to Mr. Coffee. Even into the 21st century, Mr. Coffee, now manufactured by Jarden Corporation, remained the world’s best-selling coffee maker for home use.

Marotta also developed a better way to extract oil from coffee beans and invented the paper coffee filter. Vincent Marotta spent his youth in Cleveland, Ohio. The son of Italian immigrants, Marotta assisted his father, who could not speak English, in operating the family business, which was coal mining. Upon graduating from high school, where he had excelled in several sports, Marotta enrolled at Mount Union College. The St. Louis Cardinals had already signed Marotta to a contract to play professional baseball, but the young man decided to attend college for at least one year before pursuing a professional baseball career. Unfortunately for Marotta, World War II happened and he was drafted into the United States military. Following Marotta’s service in the armed forces, he returned to Mount Union College, where he excelled in football, as well as track. Upon graduating, Marotta briefly played professional football with the Cleveland Browns.

After retiring from football, Marotta embarked upon a career in construction and land acquisition. At first Marotta built garages, but quickly expanded his company and built subdivisions and shopping centers. By 1968, Marotta had emerged as a leading construction firm in the Cleveland area. this was a man who seemed to succeed at whatever he set out to do -- a true American success story!

Part of a month long series spotlighting a different accomplished Italian American every day during Italian American Heritage Month.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Just To Put Things In Perspective . . .


If YOU Want What THEY Want, Well . . .


Since He Left Office, His Stature Has Only Risen


Italian American Heritage Month: Grucci Family

Felix Grucci and the Grucci Family

Do you like fireworks? If you do, you can thank the Gruccis.

Angelo Lanzetta immigrated from Bari, Italy to Long Island, NY in the late 1800s and brought the family’s pyrotechnic business with him. After his passing, his son Anthony took over the family business and brought in his cousin, Felix Grucci, Sr. to serve as an apprentice.

In 1979, the Gruccis became the first American family to win the Gold Medal for the United States at the annual Monte Carlo International Fireworks Competition, the most prestigious fireworks competition in the world, beating other competitors from Denmark, France, Italy and Spain. They became the "First Family of Fireworks".
In 1983, the company and family, suffered a severe setback when an explosion destroyed the Bellport facility and Felix’s son, and another family member were killed. The family was on the verge of closing the business, but thousands of cards and letters, along with keeping the business going in memory of their lost loved ones, convinced them to continue. Two years later, the company, now Fireworks by Grucci, dedicated a new plant on 80 acres in Brookhaven, just a few miles from their Bellport location.
From the Monte Carlo launching pad, the Gruccis continued their climb over time to be recognized throughout the world as the "Top Name in Fireworks Entertainment". They earned this title with fireworks for every presidential inauguration since Ronald Regan in 1981, every major casino grand opening since the Mirage in 1989 to the Wynn Macau to Sol Kerzner's Atlantis, Olympic Games, World's Fairs, and Centennial celebrations of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty and the opening of the Atlantis Palm in Dubai, billed as the largest fireworks show to date.
Since 1850, the business is still family-owned, now in its sixth generation, Phil Grucci, the grandson of Felix Sr., is the President/CEO. Fireworks by Grucci, is one of the oldest fireworks companies in America and one of the most respected in the world.

Friday, October 15, 2021

He Said It Better Than We Could . . .

Country music singer John Rich tweeted: 

'Hard to mess up a country any faster than #EmptyShelvesJoe but I have to say, he's brought unity to much of the country by way of getting the majority of Americans to give the big thumbs down and chant #LetsGoBrandon from coast to coast...In that respect, Joe is a unifier.' The 'Lets Go Brandon' chant has in the past two weeks become a rallying call for opponents of the president, starting after a TV presenter misheard a Nascar crowd on October 2 yelling: 'F*** Joe Biden' - and told her viewers they were chanting: 'Let's go Brandon.'

ALERT: Trump Announces His New Career: Artist!

- October 15, 2021 - 

Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President 

of the United States of America

Isn’t it terrible that all of Andrew McCabe’s benefits, pensions, salary, etc., were just fully reinstated by the Justice Department? This is yet another mockery to our Country. Among other things, McCabe’s wife received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Hillary Clinton and the Democrats while Crooked Hillary was under investigation, which was quickly dropped, of course. What a bad chapter this has been for the once storied FBI—I hate to see it happening, so many GREAT people work there. Next thing you know the two lovers, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, will be getting awards for what they did, and Hunter Biden will be given a clean bill of health on everything done by him, with everyone to receive as payment a beautiful Hunter Biden inspired painting selling at your local art gallery for $500,000. While I have never painted before, Hunter has inspired me to immediately begin painting because I’ve always felt I have a talent at that, and could surely get at least $2 million dollars per canvas—and probably a lot more. I will begin immediately. Our Country is crooked as hell!

Have YOU Forgotten? We Certainly Haven't!


Biden Makes A Damned Fool Of Himself - AGAIN!

It's Outrageous, Disgraceful, Unconscionable!


Italian American Heritage Month: Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci was born in 1960, in Peekskill, New York. He is the son of Joan (Tropiano), a writer, and Stanley Tucci, an art teacher. His family is Italian-American, with origins in Calabria and he has always proudly noted that he is Italian "on both sides." Also, Tucci has made it a point to stay away from mob roles and mob stories that stereotype Italian Americans. Most recently he completed a series for CNN showcasing his culinary travels through Italy.

Tucci took an interest in acting while in high school, and went on to attend the State University of New York's Conservatory of Theater Arts in Purchase. He began his professional career on the stage, making his Broadway debut in 1982, and then made his film debut three years later.

In 2009, Tucci received his first Academy Award nomination for his turn as a child murderer in The Lovely Bones. He also received a BAFTA nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for the same role. Other than The Lovely Bones, Tucci has recently had noteworthy supporting turns in a broad range of movies including Lucky Number Slevin(2006), The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). Tucci reached his widest audience yet when he played Caesar Flickerman in box office sensation The Hunger Games (2012).

While maintaining an active career in movies, Tucci received major accolades for some work in television. He won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role in TV movie Winchell (1998), an Emmy for a guest turn on Monk (2002), and a Golden Globe for his role in HBO movie Conspiracy (2001).

Tucci has also had an extensive career behind the camera. His directorial efforts include Big Night (1996), The Impostors (1998), Joe Gould's Secret (2000) and Blind Date(2007), and he did credited work on all of those screenplays with the exception of Joe Gould's Secret (2000).

Tucci has three children with Kate Tucci, who passed away in 2009. Tucci married Felicity Blunt in August 2012.

Part of a month long series spotlighting a different accomplished Italian American every day during Italian American Heritage Month.