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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 6, 2011 IBarrorl' I Oopsl We forgot to mention in our last col- umn in 1507, German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller produced a world map con- taining the first recorded use of the term "America," in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespuccio. Like we continuously state, America is a beautiful Italian name. Penny-for-your-thoughts: Residents of Picayune, Mississippi, collected over 10 million pennies to raise funds to refur- bish a local park, which will now get a tree house and other features. That makes centsl Oops! Sense! Is Donald Trump really serious about run- ning for president? Dream on, said Richard Cohen in The Washington Post. For Trump to win even the GOP nomination would require conservative voters to overlook his three marriages, his dubious claims to religious faith and pro-life credentials, and his previ- ous enthusiasm for both Barack Obama and universal health care. Trump "is no joke," said David Brooks in The New York Times. His declaration last week that he has "always had a great relationship with the blacks," for instance, probably indicates a fatal case of political tone-deafness. But those who dis- miss Trump as a clown are missing some- thing profound about the American psyche. His belief in himself and his own rightness is absolute and unlimited, and as much as we love to roll our eyes at his vulgarity, his hair, and his relentless self-promotion, we cannot help but also see Trump as "the liv- ing, walking personification of the Gospel of Success." In bleak, uncertain times like these, such a figure can hold considerable appeal. So says David Brooks. Two Texas political candidates were hav- ing a heated debate. One shouted, "What about the powerful interests that control you?" The other screamed back, "You leave my wife out of this." The pious Lisa Cappuceio says, "Political conventions remind us that the White House is a little like heaven -- not everybody who talks about it is going there." Ah, politics! The astute Rosalie Cunio of Waltham claims politics is like milking a cow. You can accomplish a lot if you have a little pull." Moo! Moot Proprio Stronzo thinks everybody makes mistakes. That's why we keep having politi- cal elections. Thief?. Czech President Vaclav Klaus, was caught pocketing a pen during a news con- ference with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera. Czech media are calling Klaus a thief, but his office claims he had a right to take the ceremonial pen. Scornato! Manual Albert Soares, an inter- national fugitive sought by Portugal since he skipped out on a prison sentence in 2008, was caught driving in the carpool lane of the New Jersey Turnpike without enough pas- sengers. This will drive him straight back to prison! Weird! Po- lice in Russia are search- ing for a portly hypno- tist who ap- 0 0 0 proaches elderly customers in banks and hyp- notizes them into withdrawing cash for him. The suspect has been captured by surveil- lance cameras in the city of Stavropol, and is believed to have targeted at least eight seniors. "I remember this man coming up to me and saying he desperately needed money and I would help him," said one victim, Mayra Sovic. "The next day my bank manager told me I had withdrawn my life savings." A bank is a financial institution where you can borrow money if you can present suffi- cient evidence to show that you don't need it. The great Tom Analetto of Medford, claims there's a bank in California that has a "west- ern window" for those who are quick on the draw. Bulgarian dentists have some nerve, said Bulgaria's 24 Chasain in an editorial. Their professional association has been complain- ing loudly about a recent visit to this coun- try by a group of U.S. dentists who offered free treatments to Bulgarians who could not afford dental work. Our crowd said the Ameri- cas were taking away their business. That's a laugh. None of the people the Americans helped had enough money to pay for Bulgar- ian dental treatment. And you can be sure all their teeth would have fallen out before they were ever given a charity cleaning by one of their own countrymen. Bulgarian doc- tors, despite being "poorly paid," routinely provide charity health care to indigent patients, simply "out of compassion." Our dentists, on the other hand, "won't lift a fin- ger." And for those who can pay; the dentist charges far too much in many cases, more than surgeons. "How can a porcelain bridge cost as much as a lifesaving heart opera- tion? How is that proportional to qualifica- tion, risk and responsibility?" Instead of whining about the generosity of American dentists, Bulgaria's dentists should introduce open office days to give free treatment. "They can certainly afford it." Robyn Waters of Swampscott, thinks mem- bers of the dental profession are the only men on earth who can tell a woman to open or close her mouth and get away with it. Robyn's husband, Paul Waters, thinks almost any dentist has more pull than a politician. According to our musicologist, Albert Natale, the dentist's favorite marching song is "The Yanks are Coming." Time to hear from the handsome stately musicologist Albert Natale. Before discover- ing the Beatles, later-to-be manager Brian Epstein managed the record department of his family's furniture business. Tommy Edwards hit "It's All in the Game," popular Does it cost much to keep a British royal, =&o).h in 1951 and,~1957, was actually written family? The crown receives $62 million a year from the government -- about $1 for every citizen -- to pay for palaces, staff and travel. However, critics argue the true cost is closer to $300 million a year, if you include the royals' security costs and deferred taxes. But even if this last figure is correct, royal- ists say the monarchy is good value for the money, as foreign tourists spend $820 mil- lion a year visiting royal castles and attrac- tions. "The German presidency costs about the same as the queen," wrote conservative commentator Gerald Warner in the London Telegraph. "But how many tourists line the streets of Berlin to catch a glimpse of er, what is his name?" Weird Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband says that he and the bedridden 94-year-old actress are trying for a baby. Prince Frederic.von Anhalt, 67, says his wife is keen for the/Gabor fam- ily name to be passed on, and is determined to have a child with him. Her contribution would be minimal, since the plan is to use an egg donor artificial insemination and a surrogate mother. Gabor's only child, Francesca Hilton, said she was shocked at the news. "That's just weird," she said. We agree! in 1912 as "Melody in F Major" by banker and amateur flutist Charles Gates Dawes, who later would Vice President under Clavin Coolidge from 1925-1929. While Cliff Edwards is best remembered vocalizing as Jiminy Cricket in the Walt Disnet film "Pinocchio" (1940), he was popular as "Ukulele Ike" in Vaudeville and Broadway shows. Trumpeter Roy Eldridge was nicknamed "Little Jazz" because of his versatility. He also played piano, bass, drums and sang. You surely will remember Roy singing "Let Me Off Uptown" with Anita O'Day and the Gene Krupa Band (1941). Singer Ruth Etting had more than 60 big hits between 1926 and 1937. She was portrayed on film by Doris Day in "Love Me or Leave Me" (1955) with James Cagney as her mobster husband Martin ("The Gimp") Snyder. The comic strip "Blondie" appears in 33 languages in 1,800 newspapers in 58 countries. And one more time! Marjorie Hughes sang with Frankie Carle's band for three months before he disclosed she was his daughter. He made the announcement after their hit record "Oh What It Seemed To Be." Yes, Frankie Carle is an Italian American. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the l lo m el d by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Roasted (Broiled) Red Bell Peppers 4 red peppers salt 1 large garlic clove minced 4 brown paper lunch bags 3 tablespoons olive oil Wash and dry red peppers thoroughly. Place them whole on a broiling tray under the broiler. Broil until the outer skin of pepper begins to darken. Check frequently by removing from oven and turn each pepper as it blackens. It only takes a few minutes for the skin to blacken. (If left under broiler too long, the pepper will burn.) Continue broil- ing and turning in this fashion until most of the outer skin of each pepper has blackened though not necessarily the entire pepper. Remove peppers from oven. Put one or two peppers together in a paper lunch bag-and close tightly. Because liquid from peppers may seep through bags, place on a cookie sheet. After cooling in paper bag for at least fifteen to thirty minutes, take one bag at a time and place on clean dish. Tear open bag and carefully peel off outer skin of each softened pepper. Gently cut around the stem to remove stem and seeds from the pepper. Cut pepper in half and remove any remaining seeds. Slice pep- per into long one-inch strips and set aside in a separate bowl. Liquid will accumulate as pepper strips rest in bowl. Save for marinade. Spread minced garlic over pepper strips in a bowl. Add olive oil and stir thoroughly. Salt to taste. Cover and place in refrigerator or on your counter. Before serving, to enhance flavor, marinate roasted/broiled peppers at least thirty minutes in the garlic, oil and pepper liquids. The peppers can be heated in the microwave if desired. They store well, for a few days, in the refrigerator in a clean jar or plastic container. NOTE: Because they were only available in the summer when I was young, I welcome the opportunity to prepare them often now that peppers can be purchased daily, My family enjoys them with baked chicken, steaks, or chops. Freeway Says (Continued surgery at the University of Missouri College of Veteri- nary Medicine in Columbia. Even more than dogs, cats require animal sources of certain vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. For example, cats are physically unable to obtain vitamin A from plant sources. It's hard to know how well a vegetar- ian diet would work for dogs or cats because there have been no long-term studies of these diets, Dr. Backus says. "No matter how good a diet looks on paper, vegetarian or otherwise. I would like to know if it has been fed with- out health consequences for all life stages" he Says. Al- ways make sure any com- mercially available pet food that you purchase went through an Association of America Feed Control Offic- ers (AAFCO) feeding trial. That's all for now. Remember from Page 7) Which Pet is Best for a Vegetarian Diet? The less domesticated relatives of cats and dogs do not ordinarily choose a veg- etarian diet, so there is no point of comparison offered in the wild, either. If you feel strongly that your vegetarian values should extend to all beings in your household, the saf- est and easiest course would be to choose a pet that natu- rally eats a plant-based diet. These pets include: guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, some, but not all caged birds Whether you decide to en- force a vegetarian diet for your dog and cats is ulti- mately up to you. If you decide to go ahead with plant-based pet food touch base with YOUR veterinar- ian to find out whether your animal companion will need a supplement. to pick up after your pets!! YBakeEy Perch \:rI'a ()I~LANr)C) ~rNoPol~ 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM and in local bookstores ~ ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN