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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 i i Blogging for God: Priests and nuns should learn to blog and use the internet in order to spread the word of Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI said last week. "Priests can rightly be expected to be present in the world of digital communications as faithful witnesses to the Gospel," the 82-year-old pope declared, through means such as "images, videos, animated features, blogs, and websites." The Pope is already leading the way: He has launched the site, which in- cludes an iPhone application. He also has a Facebook page, though he doesn't use Twitter, Should Plus XVI be a saint? Pope Benedict XVI thinks so. Critics say Plus doesn't war- rant sainthood, arguing that he ignored the great moral imperative of his time: saving European Jewry during World War II. Not so! But his opposition to Hitler's "Final Solution, wasn't exactly staunch. Enough said! How well we remember our visit to Dachau a few days after the concentration camp was liberated. In brief, really brief, we drove Captain Borom to Dachau to see what was being done to help the victims. It was a grue- some sight! The walking dead! Enough aid. Wow! Two New York plumbers were ar- rested and jailed for days after police caught them with a bag of candy. Jose Pena and Cesar Rodriguz went into a store to buy their favorite coconut candy; when they came out, two officers asked to search the van. "Go search," Rodriguz said. "I even opened the door." When one of the cops found a sand' wich bag with a crumbled, shiny substance inside, he shouted, "Bingo!" For days, the men languished in jail until a test revealed that the substance was coconut candy, not crack cocaine. A new analysis of census data by the Pew Research Center shows that women are now the main breadwinners in 22 percent of U.S. households; up from 7 percent in 1970, and that in nearly a third of marriages, the wife is better educated than the husband. "The more economic independence and educa- tion a woman gains," the Pew study found, "the more likely she is to stay married." Ah, womenl We have repeatedly said women are better managers than men. Just think, our mothers managed to feed us, clean us, educate us, protect us, etc. None of us would be around if our mothers were not good managers! Forget robbing a bank[ Bank robberies declined about 20 percent last year to their lowest point in a decade. Recessions typi- cally lead to a boom in bank robberies, but new law-enforcement tools, including cash implanted with GPS tracking devices, have discouraged would-be robbers. The astute Rosalie Cunio of Waltham, says, "If it's easy to borrow money from a bank as it advertising claims, why should anyone want to rob it?" The noted Mona Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston, reminds us, a bank is a place where you deposit money so that it will be there when other people want it. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, claims, some people's only interest in life comes from their bank account. Weird! Dennis Hopper, the 73-year-old Easy Rider who is suffering from prostate cancer has filed for divorce from his wife Victoria Duffy. As for the shocking divorce, a friend says: "This is about getting his wife Victoria, his fourth wife, out of the will -- nothing more, nothing less." Yes, Dennis Hopper has been married four times. Go nutsl Eat plenty of pistachios to reduce heart disease risk. Researchers discovered people with moderately high cholesterol improved their blood cholesterol levels and reduced their risk of heart disease after eat- ing two to three ounces of pistachios over four weeks. Experts say pistachios are rich in nutrients like arginine, which helps make nitric oxide in the blood. Nitric oxide can prevent build-up in the arterial walls and reduce hardening of the arteries. A car- diologist suggested you down one to two handfuls of pistachios a day to gain the ben- efits of the miracle nut. .Euller.l|ps ~ak.e.gals .look youag~r_! .So says. research sci- entist David Gunn. As proof, The Na- 0 0 0 tional Exam- ~ iner ran a photo of the ageless Sophia Loren. Ah, she certainly has kissable lips! Kissing can also create problems! Princess Caroline of Monaco, may dump her hus- band Prince Ernst August of Hanover over photos of him kissing another woman. The German magazine Bunte published pictures of Ernst with a gal in Phuket, Thailand, and gorgeous Caroline is said to be "deeply humiliated." Well, a divorce settlemen would ease her pain -- the prince is reportedly worth about $8 BILLION! Giuseppina, la coscia storta, suggests Caroline dump the Scornato and go for the billions of dollars. Spanked kids are more likely to grow up to be successful, well-adjusted adults than those who don't reveals a new study by Marjorie Gunnoe, a psychology professor. Gunnoe's results reveal that children ages 2 to 6 who were given corporal punishment perform better on almost every measure that was considered than those who were given time-outs or had privileges taken away. How truer People are happier on weekends. A new study revealed people felt emotion- ally happier, physically better, and more competent from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. The study covered both men and women, regardless of age, salary, education, or length of workweek. Don't toss-in the towel! When staying at a hotel reuse towels for benefit of the envi- ronment. InterContinental Hotels calcu- lates that its towel reuse program saves 199 million liters of water a year in the U.S. alone. And with fewer towels to wash, hotels use less energy to run their washers and dryers, and release fewer pollutants into lo- cal waters. Although 2009 gave people plenty of rea- sons to drown their sorrows, beer sales plunged 2.2 percent, the first annual drop since 2003. Small batch "craft" brewers saw their sales increase, with the largest, Boston Beer Co., growing 1.7 percent. Heading for Los Angeles? You may want to take a guided bus tour of Los Angeles violence-filled gang turf. Tour operators re- quire customers to sign a waiver, acknowl- edging the risk of gunfire, before riding an unmarked bus in hopes of glimpsing real Crips, Bloods, and other gang members. Heavy dutyl A Weight Watchers meeting in Sweden was disrupted by the floor collapsing under the weight of the dieters. "We suddenly heard a huge thud," said one anonymous slimmer, "and everything flew up in the air." Luckily, the collapse was slow enough for dieters to reach intact portions of the floor before it gave way. They also pulled the seale to safety, calmly complet- ing their weekly weigh-in in the corridor. Which coin first used the phrase "In God We Trust"? A two-cent coin minted in 1864. Where in the United States do you not have to pay taxes? On an Indian reservation. What is the hardest natural substance in the world? The diamond. What percentage of the human body is made up of water? Seventy percent. Our noted musicologist Albert Natale re- ports a series of strange incidents has raised fears about Scottish singer Susan Boyle's mental health, including her sing- ing into a mop at a Heathrow Airport depar- ture lounge. The frumpy star, who came to worldwide fame when she won a British TV talent contest, was asked by several fellow waiting passengers to~ sing, and she re- sponded by grabbing a mop, pretending it was a microphone, and singing and danc- ing across the floor, while shouting obsceni- ties. The once reticent Boyle has also been seen cursing and berating people at a cafe and a pub. Happy birthday to Rosemarie Sansone and Paul Vignolil AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando $inopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ELBOWS WITH ZUCCHINI in Tomato Sauce 2 medium-size zucchini, washed and chopped (not peeled) 2 large ripe tomatoes or a four-ounce portion crushed tomatoes 1/3 cup olive oil 1 chopped medium onion 1 tablespoon capers (optional) Basil and salt I/2 pound elbow macaroni In a saucepan, saut6 onion and capers in oil until onion is opaque. Add chopped ripened tomatoes or four ounces of crushed tomato. If a heavier sauce is preferred, use a four- ounce-can prepared tomato sauce instead. Cover and sim- mer about seven minutes. Add chopped zucchini and dried or fresh basil. Add water if more liquid is desired. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer slowly until zucchini is tender. Cook pasta according to directions on the package. Pour zucchini with sauce over cooked elbows and serve. Serves two. NOTE: Spaghetti may be cooked and served with the zuc- chini in place of elbows. Editorial (Continued from is wondering how AG Holder could come up with this de- cision? Why take on the un- necessary expense, risk the ACLU providing the New York Times national security se- crets it obtains during dis- covery motions, and offer these hardened terrorists a worldwide public forum to spew anti-America propa- ganda? Is the administration secretly rooting for the bad guys? Let's look at the facts. Would any administration, with America's best inter- est in mind, allow civilian trials in the U.S. when congressionally approved military tribunals are more suitable? Wouldn't a president, with America's best interest in mind, immediately fire his attorney general if he even floated the idea of transfer- ring the worst of the worse high valued Guantanamo Bay detainees to New York City, especially after they wanted to plead guilty in a military tribunal at Gitmo? Wouldn't a competent AG, with America's best interest in mind, immediately order the Nigerian National who attempted to explode a De- troit bound airliner on r- ,, N i i , M From YBakery Pel ch V|TA OBLANI)O SINOPOL| Page 3) Christmas day, transferred to Gitmo so military interro- gators can learn where Yemeni training camps are located and the identities of other terrorists? Would any president, with America's best interest in mind, call for the closing of GITMO within one year of his inauguration? Would any competent Sec- retary of Homeland Security, with America's best interest in mind, refuse to utter the word "terrorism," and think that flag waving, Christian, veteran gun owners are the biggest threat to national security? All elections have conse- quences, and the November 2008 election is no excep- tion. Arguably, 90 percent of Manhattan voted for Barack Obama, and they should live with their decision. I hope the terrorism trials remain in New York City, and these people come to the realiza- tion that they made a huge mistake when they voted for someone who did not have their, and America's, best interest in mind. Reach Gregory D. Lee through his website: www.gregory Check out his blog 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighOCul recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. 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