Tuesday, October 31, 2023
A year after Elon Musk bought Twitter, he finally explains WHY:— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 31, 2023
He says that the niche ideology that turned San Francisco into a "zombie apocolypse" would historically be geographically isolated, and the fallout would therefore be limited. But Twitter gave that philosophy an… pic.twitter.com/JhtrakxVGA
Arcaro spent his childhood in the Cincinnati metropolitan area, which includes the Kentucky cities of Covington and Newport, just across the Ohio River border between the two states. His parents, Pasquale and Josephine, were Italian immigrants and his father held a number of jobs, including taxi driver and operator of an illegal liquor enterprise during Prohibition. Arcaro was born prematurely, and weighed just three pounds at birth; because of this, he was smaller than his classmates and was rejected when he tried out for a spot on a baseball team. His full height would reach just five-foot, two inches.
Arcaro served as a mentor to a younger generation of jockeys. Earlier, in the 1940s, he was one of the co-founders of the Jockeys Guild, which sought to secure disability assistance for injured riders and guard the profession against abuses such as race fixing. Arcaro was president of the Guild from 1949 until 1961.
Monday, October 30, 2023
Rosina Bonavita was 21 when she first landed in the national spotlight. America was at war. Her fiancè was serving in the Pacific, and she was a riveter in a former GM automobile plant in Tarrytown, N.Y. In June 1943, she and her work partner set a speed record in building a Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber.
Rosie the Riveter was a symbol of the millions of women defense workers during World War II. She also was a symbol for women's rights and a changing America. And her powerful image of a determined woman has endured over all these many decades.
But Rosie Bonavita never felt she was a symbol. She simply saw her factory work as a patriotic duty -- like selling war bonds, giving blood, and learning home safety in case her neighborhood got bombed. She never made a nickel off being called "Rosie the Riveter" and never drew attention to herself. She reflected the simple, hard-working, unassuming approach of so many Italian Americans who selflessly made lasting contributions to our nation
Our Italian mothers, and grandmothers before them, may have started out as seamstresses or waitresses or hairdressers or factory workers with dreams of doing something more. But today, thanks to their hard work and dedication, their Italian-American children, and their children’s children, no longer have to dream. We have arrived; we have succeeded and we are everywhere!
Wake up.— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 29, 2023
If you wonder how the first Holocaust happened, this is how. A mob is trying to kill Jews.
We’re going through the 1930s once again.
The west is weak. These mobs know it.
Wake up America. It can happen here. https://t.co/NsWjZP6rAP
Sunday, October 29, 2023
Thomas Anthony "Tomie" dePaola was an American writer and illustrator who created more than 260 children's books, such as Strega Nona. He received the Children's Literature Legacy Award for his lifetime contribution to American children's literature in 2011. He wrote and/or illustrated over 270 books, including Strega Nona, Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose, Oliver Button Is a Sissy, and 26 Fairmount Avenue. Nearly 25 million copies of his books have been sold. His paternal grandparents originated from Calabria, where he set his well-known book Strega Nona.
Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, and the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Lifetime Achievement Award. The American Library Association honored him with the Caldecott Honor and Newbery Honor awards and the previously noted Legacy Award for "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children."
Pratt Institute and Georgetown University, among others, granted him honorary doctoral degrees. Pratt Institute, in 2012, named him "one of the top 125 Pratt icons of all time." In 1999, he was selected for the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure.
Tomie dePaola lived in New Hampshire, and worked in a 200-year-old renovated barn. He died in 2020.
We cannot allow the brutality and unspeakable evil that is happening against Israel right now to continue. We're going to stand with our friends. pic.twitter.com/LFucFkoDm1— Speaker Mike Johnson (@SpeakerJohnson) October 29, 2023
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Trump: “We don’t want to be like Europe. If you sympathize with jihadists then we don’t want you in our country.” pic.twitter.com/g5Ab2T5VIz— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) October 28, 2023
But apparently it was all to much for Perry to handle. He had an addictive personality and became addicted to cigarettes, drugs, liquor, sex -- almost anything bad that you could become recklessly addicted to. Perry had several close calls with death and he was in and out of hospitals and mental institutions with a harrowing frequency. In his bestselling memoir Perry explains it this way:
I remember thinking: Man, no one taught me the rules of life. I was a complete mess of a person -- selfish and narcissitic. Everything had to be about me, and I matched that with a really handy inferiority complex, an almost fatal combo. I was all about myself from the time I was 10 years old, from that moment when I looked around and said, It's every man for himself. I had to be so focused on me just to keep myself together.
The above was written as Perry reflected on his misadventures and the analysis and therapies that followed. He remained reflective, he understood his demons; he just had the damndest time trying to overcome them.From TMZ:
Perry was reportedly discovered dead in the jacuzzi of a home in Los Angeles’ ritzy Pacific Palisades neighborhood just after 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.Matthew Perry had so much to live for. But he was a troubled soul and his troubles could not be solved by drugs, alcohol, tobacco, rampant sexual escapades and cheap thrills. Sadly, for Perry, therapy (and he tried a variety of approaches including AA) didn't always work either.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that first-responders rushed to the address with the call first reported as a cardiac arrest.
They added that no drugs found at the scene and no foul play is suspected.
May he rest in peace and may his memory be a blessing!
Jennifer PreziosiIncredibly, Jennifer Preziosi, a fourth-generation butcher and sole owner and worker of Albanese Meats & Poultry maintains a century old family legacy and runs the last butcher shop in New York's famed Little Italy neighborhood.
NY Eater says that when you "step inside the store, and you’ll find a display case of bone-in rib-eye, whole chickens, and Italian sausages. Dangling from the windows and suspended poles, there are boxes of dried pasta and fake sausages . . . and a wall dotted with postcards, old photographs, and painted portraits." You'll be "overwhelmed by the dizzying number of trinkets, enough to fit in their own museum."
Friday, October 27, 2023
Thursday, October 26, 2023
There are "members in this body that cannot muster the courage or the strength to condemn the slaughtering of babies — but have the audacity to repeat a vile and disgusting LIE that Israel bombed a hospital," says @RepMikeLawler.— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 25, 2023
"Those members should resign in disgrace." pic.twitter.com/ZrIKECuBRp
I am honored to have been elected the 56th Speaker of the House. It is time to come together to deliver for the American people! pic.twitter.com/gQSSIfXgeR— Speaker Mike Johnson (@SpeakerJohnson) October 25, 2023
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Justice Scalia’s speech about the Holocaust is important to watch today:— Carrie Severino (@JCNSeverino) October 25, 2023
“The one message I want to convey today is that you will have missed the most frightening aspect of it all, if you do not appreciate that it happened in one of the most educated, most progressive, most… https://t.co/dh2FOqo4oe pic.twitter.com/AmCGRboaRA
New Jersey State Senate Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco and Senate Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon slammed Governor Murphy for avoiding real issues like the affordability crisis in New Jersey after a new report ranked New Jersey as the worst state on the 2024 State Business Tax Climate Index.
“Governor Murphy’s failed progressive priorities have hampered New Jerseyans with some of the highest tax burdens in the country. It is indefensible that Governor Murphy and Trenton Democrats continue to avoid the real issues while everyday New Jerseyans suffer under the crushing weight of the cost-of-living increases created by those very progressive policies they support,” said Bucco (R-25). “Democrats in Trenton have moved in lockstep with Governor Murphy to approve his extreme progressive wish list while squandering billions of dollars that could have been used to lowered taxes. Now, only when it is politically convenient will Democrats beg Governor Murphy to stop toll tax increases after rejecting Republican budget proposals that would have stopped this.”
The 2024 State Business Tax Climate Index, prepared by the Tax Foundation, reported that New Jersey has one of the highest property tax burdens, the highest-rate corporate income taxes, and one of the highest-rate individual income taxes in the country. New Jersey also levies a progressive inheritance tax.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority unanimously approved a 3% toll increase that will start January 1, 2024. This would be the fourth time since 2020 that tolls have been increased in New Jersey. Turnpike commuters will now be paying close to 50% more in tolls starting in 2024 than when Murphy first took office.
“If Republicans had been in charge, none of the toll increases that are draining more than $1 billion from road users every year would have happened. Our Republican budget proposal had enough budget revenue to allow for proper road improvements without piling on unnecessary taxes like this onto drivers,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “Instead, Trenton Democrats enabled the Murphy administration to recklessly spend money on pet projects like a French Arts Museum in Jersey City, a private swimming pool in Deal, a Dominoes Club, and artificial turf cricket fields. While Governor Murphy avoids the real issues that impact New Jerseyans every single day, Republicans stand ready to address the affordability crisis in New Jersey."
She came out of nowhere to score an upset victory in one of New Jersey's most important congressional districts and then went on to serve 11 terms in the House of Representatives working across party lines to advance broad based legislative initiatives. When she retired, Republican Marge Roukema was the longest serving woman in Congress.
A former schoolteacher, Roukema (pronounced ROW-kih-mah, the first syllable rhyming with how) was first elected to the House in 1980, four years after her son Todd died from leukemia at age 17. That wrenching experience, she said, motivated her to become active in politics and inspired her nearly decade-long effort to pass legislation allowing people to leave work for extended periods to care for newborn babies and deal with family medical issues without fear of losing their jobs.
Roukema was born Margaret Scafati on Sept. 19, 1929, in Newark. Her father was an auto mechanic, and his parents had immigrated from Italy. She received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Montclair State College in 1951 and did graduate work there. She taught high school history and government in Ridgewood, N.J., and from 1970 to 1973 served on the town’s Board of Education. She was also an honorary board member of the National Organization of Italian American Women.
This is the most challenging speech I’ve ever delivered, but it’s time the world wakes up to what the Jewish community has been saying all along.— (((noa tishby))) (@noatishby) October 21, 2023
What we experienced on and since October 7 was sadly, predictable. We’ve warned of the danger of radical Islam or, more accurately,… pic.twitter.com/RTjPUuyEnB
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Rollie Massimino coached for 30 years at the NCAA level. His name was synonymous with the best the game had to offer. Fittingly, in 2013 he was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
Massimino began his coaching career at Stony Brook where he compiled a 34-16 record in two years. His next stop was at Villanova, where he spent 19 years as the Wildcats' coach and amassed 357 wins. Massimino's 1984-85 Villanova team defeated conference rival Georgetown in the NCAA championship game in one of the greatest upsets in tournament history. In addition to the national title, Massimino's teams won five conference championships and received 12 NCAA tournament bids. He went on to coach at UNLV and Cleveland State for nine years and then finished his career at Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida. By that time he had earned more than 800 victories as a college coach.
But it's at Villanova that Massimino really made his mark, established his reputation and became truly legendary. He treated players as family and to Massimino, la famiglia was everything. As his son noted at Massimino's memorial mass at Villanova: "He always made our family feel special, even when he was a high school coach making $3,600 a year. We had love, each other and pasta. What else could any family want?”
Massimino was a demonstrative coach and his rumpled presence courtside was part of the allure of Villanova basketball during one of it most triumphant periods. Massimino coached seven seasons at Villanova after the national championship, further cementing himself as an icon of the community and as a nationally known leader in his sport. Jay Wright, who was hired by Massimino as a Wildcats assistant in 1987 and served seven years by his side went on to coach two national championship teams for Nova.
Rollie Massimino was much more than a coach Indeed, he was a mentor, teacher, friend and inspiration to those whose lives he touched.
NEW: Billionaire and Democrat voter Chamath Palihapitiya admits that he was wrong about President Trump and says he now "appreciates" what Trump was able to do.— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) October 17, 2023
Chamath also said Trump Derangement Syndrome did more damage than Trump ever did.
“The work on the border wall, we… pic.twitter.com/vV4e2Y3XFJ
Monday, October 23, 2023
"What is [Biden's] level of concern right now about a potential rise of antisemitism?"— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 23, 2023
KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: "Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim have endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks" pic.twitter.com/q1WYkpbKmn
Sunday, October 22, 2023
Giglio/Mandrake was often referred to as the Dean of Magicians, the last of the great masters to be classed with Houdini, Thurston, Dante, Alexander, Blackstone and the greats of the past century. Mandrake encountered and entertained every strata of society, including the Royals, politicians, philosophers, artists, scientists, inventors, writers, hippies and hobos, carnival people, racketeers and confidence men. His opinions and views of life were taken from the entire spectrum.
In American and British societies for psychic research, Mandrake had been a consultant and field expert in detecting fraud, collusion, chicanery and subterfuge in all forms of occultism and in evaluating deceptive practices, delusions, superstitious belief or unsubstantiated claims in the field of extra-sensory perception. He sought out and studied the work of every well-known mystic, practitioner of the occult or pseudo-science and leaders of occult cults.
They've included Oriental mystics, psychic readers, national and foreign fortune tellers, mind readers, palmists, phrenologists, sand diviners, crystal ball readers, faith healers, fertility cultists and spiritual mediums, as well as those who practice voodoo or black magic. Mandrake's prime interest was in the activity of the subconscious mind, including mnemonic controls, habit patterns and emotional behavior. He shared in bringing hypnosis out of the entertainment stage and into practical usage as an aid in dentistry and certain nervous disorders. He debunked a great many popular theories and suppositions regarding the little-understood presentation of what it is, how it works, and its practical value.
Saturday, October 21, 2023
My sister, Lenora, would have been 84 years old today. So, since she is no longer here, here are some things about Lenora that I want to share with you in her memory.Lenora's full name was Lenora Nancy Cirucci and she later became Lenora Annibale after she married Frank Annibale. Lenora was very proud her name. She liked the fact that her name was distinctive and, except for a brief time in high school, she never answered to a nickname. It was always Lenora.
Lenora's middle name was taken from my paternal grandmother, Annunziata (Nancy) Santone Cirucci. Though Lenora always pronounced her married name as Anna-Bell, the correct Italian pronunciation remains Anneebalay with the accent on the nee and the final e. But the name has been Americanized to AnnaBell. If you knew Lenora, you knew that she was very proud of her Italian heritage.
Lenora was a pre-war baby who arrived in 1939 and she actually remembered the air raid drills in Camden during the war and recalled my father working as a civil defense officer during those times. Since she arrived seven years before my birth, she had plenty of time to be celebrated and pampered by my parents as the "only child." But Lenora was never over-indulged or spoiled. Nonetheless, it must have been quite an adjustment when, at the age of seven, she took on the responsibility of being an older sister.
One of my earliest recollections (maybe I was two or three years old) is of Lenora fussing over me and combing my hair. My parents were 33 and 40 years old when I was born and, at that time, that was considered a rather advanced age to have a newborn. So, a lot of the responsibility of caring for me andwatching out for me was thrust upon Lenora. She was a very loving and protective sister and she continued to watch out for me even into her final days. Shortly before her death, she said to me: "I can't leave. I need to take care of you." I assured her that she cared for me and loved me more than any sister imaginable and that she needn't worry about that anymore.
Many mothers and daughters have difficult relationships.This was not the case with Lenora and our mother. It helped that my mother was a calm and patient woman who always listened and always understood. This special relationship with her mother endured through Lenora's teen years and into adulthood. Even after she married Frank Annibale, this relationship continued. Wisely, Frank was not only tolerant of the relationship but he eventually grew as close to my parents as Lenora and I were. We were all privileged to be the beneficiaries of their unconditional love.
When Lenora gave birth to her own daughter, Danielle, she began to establish the same relationship with her daughter that she enjoyed with my mother. And I can fairly say that Danielle now has the same relationship wiuth her own daughter, so the story has continued.
To say that Lenora was vivacious would be an understatement. She had the ability to talk to anyone about anything. On some level she understood that everybody wanted to be recognized and she had a knack for making everyone feel special. If a person was particularly shy or diffident, she took it as a challenge to get that person talking, to draw that person out of his or her shell. And she nearly always succeeded. I always told her that she should have run for office because she had a way of attracting people and making them feel good.
But Lenora had no desire to make this her life's work. In fact, she sometimes complained to me that it was a responsibility to always be "on," to always be expected to be the life of the party. I explained to her that she had raised expectations and people expected her to meet those expectations. If she wasn't smiling; if she wan't engaging; if she wasn't effusive, they knew something was wrong. So, on those rare occasions when Lenora wasn't feeling up to it, she quietly withdrew. Most of the time, these periods were brief. But they gave Lenora a chance to catch her breath and spend some time with herself. And, believe it or not, there were days and there were moments when Lenora actually enjoyed being alone. She really didn't need the audience quite as much as they needed her. But still, she never let them down.
Lenora had a great deal of personal pride. I think she got this from my parents who continued to look their best and carry themselves with a certain bearing even into their eighties. Lenora never left the house unless she looked her best. She believed that being well groomed, putting on your makeup and getting dressed up would not only make others feel good but it would make you feel better about yourself.
She loved fine clothes, jewelry, the nicer things in life. It's not that she was overly showy about it. There was nothing shrill about the look that she put together. It was natural. It worked for her and it attracted others to her. If she couldn't look her best, she didn't want to be seen. That was not just a matter of personal pride but also, because on some level she was a very private person as well. She never, ever wanted to be viewed as an object of pity. The mere thought of that was abhorrent to her. And she shied away from burdening others with her own problems. She felt that people have enough of their own problems and also that talking about adversity or illness or disappointments was a downer.
You could write a book about Lenora and maybe, someday I will.
But that's enough for now.