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Page2 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 22, 2013 P by Prof. Edmund Nostra Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. GEORGE WASHINGTON BIRTH DATE: February 22, 1732 DEATH DATE: December 14, 1799 PLACE OF BIRTH: Westmoreland County, VA PLACE OF DEATH: Mount Vernon, VA WIFE: Martha PRESIDENT: 1789-1797 The first CEO was our George Washington, With a military record to match anyone; He was a good leader, resourceful and stern, A dependable force which all would soon learn. Served two terms at the top, but turned down a third, Returned to Mount Vernon to live free as a bird; Spent most of his time learning to sit still, For that famous picture on our one dollar bill. When George was young he was all pleasure bent, Married a rich widow and away they both went; Took his honeymoon down at old Valley Forge, Where the neighbors all said, "She's here by George." We all know Martha as the General's wife, She mothered four children in her earlier life; Now don't get excited, what she did was OK, She was wed to Dan Custis, before he passed away. She added substantially to George's estate, Seventeen thousand acres made her a great mate; He jogged it each morning shouting, "How happy am L" But who was to know he'd be the first one to die. We all know the story of the wee cherry tree, And the daddy who just couldn't let the deed be; They say that the cut was above the first branch, And the plantation is now known as the "Cherry Tree Ranch." Gomez Now Looks Like "Burned Toast and a Rotten Egg" by Sal Giarratani Gabriel Gomez looks pretty finished up as he heads into the Republican Primary for the Special U.S. Senate elec- tion after his January letter to Governor Patrick went public all but sinking the former Navy SEAL's chances of electoral success. He obviously never heard Frank Sinatra singing "My Way" with that reference of not ever speaking from your knees. Howie Carr called him "the Eddie Haskell of the Mass. Republican Party" for the way in which he kissed up to Deval in that letter about getting appointed the interim senator. Said Howie, in that letter to "Gov. Mini- Me, Gomez makes it clear that he is a 'Latino' a Latino of 'Latino background,' he elaborates." Gomez must be a proud Hispanic because he made mention of his ethnicity six times but mentioned only once that he went to the Harvard Business School. Michael Graham was even better with two great quotes, The first by Gomez on February 28 to FOX 25, "I supported John McCain in 2008." The second quote comes from his January 25 letter to Mini-Me, "I supported President Obama in 2008." In multiple choice, there's usually only one correct answer. Which is it? As Graham put it so eloquently, "We don't know what he's for, we don't know how he voted, he's just a guy who speaks Spanish and has a lot of money. But, hey, we gotta put some- body on the ballot." File this story under: OUCH! Or is that OOPS! INCOME TAX PREPARATION Financial Services Professional Tax Consultant Personal & Business Year Round Service M.P. & Co. TAX & FINANCIAL SERVIC GRACE PREVITE MAGOON, EA 617-569-0175 146 Maverick Street, East Boston, MA 02128 ESTABLISHED IN 1938 e-mail: CELEBRATING 75 YEARS IN BUSINESS Publica by David TrumbuU "Gentlemen, what ails the Republican Party is not the fact that it is in the minor- ity. It has been in the minor- ity before. What ails it is a certain sort of yielding to opportunism, a yielding to that element within the party clamoring for liberal- ization, clamoring to the Republican Party to throw away the birthright of con- servatism and enter the lists against the radical Demo- cratic Party on the Demo- cratic Party's side. To me that is utter nonsense. There just isn't room in this coun- try of ours for two major radi- cal parties, and all of us know that the Democratic Party now has a lien upon whatever radicalism there is in public life. "No, I think the Republi- can party could return to power ff it would go back first to its old moorings, return to the old faith, become the champion, the unblushing defender of the great conser- vative thought in American life.. It may have to wait Here We Go Again longer than 1940 for victory. I realize that, and yet maybe not. This country of ours is given to sweeping tides of emotionalism. Who would have believed in 1932 or 1928 that in four years the country would somersault into the Democratic col- umn? We like to boast of the fact that we are a great practical people. Of course we are practical. We are also an emotional people, a vola- tile people. These surges do come. If the Republican Party will keep the faith and be prepared, it will be ready when the surge comes to reap the harvest." J. Fred Essary, Washing- ton correspondent of the Bal- timore Sun, speaking in Prov- idence, R.I. at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the National Association of Cotton Man- ufacturers, October 7, 1937. Substitute "2012" for "1940" and "2004 or 2000" for "1932 or 1928" and Mr. Essary's remarks could be delivered today. Unfortunately, his call for a return to conservat- ism was rejected by party leaders. The result was four decades of Democratic Party hegemony with the Repub- lican response to the pre- vailing liberalism being a faint, me too. After the 2008 defeat of lib- eral RINO ("Republican-ln- Name-Only') John McCain, the party establishment forced 2002 ultra liberal, switched to 2008 moderate, switched to 2012 pseudo- conservative Mitt Romney on the Republican votes. Now there is much hand wringing and finger point- ing in Washington. And, as always after the moderates and liberals in the Republi- can Party lose, it's the con- servatives who get blamed. As Rush Limbaugh said recently: The GOP's real prob- lem is simple. The Republi- can Party lost because it's not conservative ... they kicked the Tea Party out, they try to deemphasize the Tea Party, don't use it ... They did not use the asset that the Tea Party provided them." First Impressions by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari In September of 1978, while vacationing in the Do- lomites of northern Italy, we met a Chinese priest who had come to Italy as part of a del- egation from Taiwan follow- ing the election of Pope John Paul I (Albino Luciano). Father Chin was in the Dolo- mites to spend a few days of rest in the mountains before beginning his duties in Rome. We had dinner together and before leaving the next day, Fr. Chin offered to obtain tickets for us to be part of a Papal audience he was in- vited to attend. Fr. Chin left for Rome several days ahead of us; we planned to meet at Saint Peter's and make arrangements to attend the Audience together. Through a series of mis- haps, we were not able to meet up with Fr. Chin and to our deep regret, never at- tended the Audience. Shortly after returning home, Pope John Paul I passed away after just 33 days in office, his sudden death was met with shock and disbelief around the world. We all, of course, know what followed; the election of the charismatic Pope John Paul II followed 27 years later by his successor, the learned Pope Benedict XVI whose subsequent resignation eight 7 I lt~t lqJ~lg TO IlIIIL COll~ll rim ] 345 Broadwa' Revere [ 781-286-CASH I J I -- EXTRA SPENDING MONEY-- I years later for ill health, the first such resignation since Pope Gregory XII in 1415 brought about the unexpected search for a new Pope. The subsequent Conclave brought forth the election of Pope Francis I, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Cardinal of Buenos Aires, the first Pope chosen from the Americas, the first Jesuit and the first named Francis, adopting the name of the Franciscan Saint who so fully embraced poverty giv- ing a clear signal of the direction the Pope would take during his Pontificate. Our first impression of the newly elected Pope, when he appeared on the balcony of Saint Peter's, was that of a humble man, a man of the people, a man who will seek justice for the poor. He appeared without the fur lined red stole made by the papal tailors and the famous red calf skin shoes but chose to make his first appearance as Pope in a simple white cassock. Perhaps the ges- ture that most won the hearts of those in Saint Peter's Square and television viewers around the world was his bowing to the crowd ask- ing them to pray for him, a sign of his deep humility. It was reported that evening, he returned to the room assigned to him as Cardinal and not the more elaborate room set aside for the Pope. The follow- ing day he chose to pay for his hotel accommodations him- self then rode the bus with his Cardinal friends rather than take the Papal limou- sine and sat among his friends at lunch rather than on the white chair, set apart, reserved for him. Judging by the first impres- sions made by Pope Francis on viewers and news com- mentators from around the world and his outstanding years of service to the people of Buenos Aires as both Bishop and Cardinal, the Cardinals of the Conclave, in- spired by the Holy Spirit have chosen well, the man who will lead over one billion Catho- lics throughout the world. All the glory that was Rome ..... Pompei CAFF( PoNAPEt "TEL. 617-Z27-1~6Z FAX. 617-742-7927 Bistro * Beer Wine i,