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PO T- I zETTEI DECEMBER'2, 2011" • Editorial (Continued from Page 3) The folks in Washington have pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madoff ever had. Entitlements my rear, I paid cash for my Social Security insurance! Just because they borrowed the money, does not make my benefits some kind of char- ity or handout! Congressional benefits: free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days, now that's welfare, and they have the nerve to call my Social Security retirement "entitlements"? We are "broke" and can-not help our own seniors, veter- ans, orphans and homeless. In the last months, we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile and Turkey. Now Pakistan ... home of the late bin Laden. Literally billions of dollarsl I did further research on the issue regarding: What happened to the $2.6 trillion Social Security Trust Fund and here are the astounding conclusions. At the time, Congress was involved with raising the debt ceiling, regarding Social Security, Jacob Lew provided the details, indicating the issue should not matter any- way because Social Security is "entirely self-financing" and off budget. What could be clearer? Unconvinced, syndicated columnist Charles Krau- thammer wrote a subse- quent column questioning • Lew's assertions. "This (Lew's) claim is a breathtak- ing fraud• The pretense is that a flush trust fund will pay retirees for the next 26 years. Lovely, except for one thing: The Spcial Security Trust Fund is a fiction ... In other words, the Social Security trust fund contains nothing•" Social Security status-quo defenders have assured us for the past 25 years that Social Security is fully funded -- for the next 25 years, or 2036. So if there are real assets the Social Security Trust Fund -- $2.6 trillion allegedly -- then how could failure to reach a debt- ceiling agreement possibly threaten seniors' Social Security checks? The answer is that the federal government has bor- rowed all of that trust fund money and spent it, exactly as Krauthammer asserted. In addition, the only way the trust fund can get some cash to pay Social Security benefits is if the federal government draws it from general revenues or bor- rows the money -- which, of course, it cannot do because of the debt ceiling• Thug, the answer to my initial question is that the president is telling the truth now in the sense that he is conceding there is no money in the trust fund:to pay ben- efits; but he and other Social Security status quo defend- ers have been deceiving the public for decades. Maybe President George W. Bush was on to some- thing when he proposed personal Social Security retirement accounts. • All That Zazz (Continued plenty of days to go dancing, after all that's where I met my David, at the Roxy Dance Club. The "mini fever" had barely subsided. I started furnish- ing every room with true delight. It was also electri- fied as glowing lamps illumi- nated every room. My lovely Mom even made by hand the red gingham dish towels that hang in the kitchen to- day[ She even bought several pieces the house needed. She and my Dad would drive me to some shows and we just had a fun time! And as all good Italian parents they would drop in to visit the dollhouse when I was work- ing and leave me supper and treats! I would find notes from Morn raving about how far I came fLYing the interior as well as the exterior of it. I cherish those notes today. They really got into ~the from Page 6) progress of the house and its beauty! As years passed I would decorate for every season and holiday. Even the attic accumulated the necessary cobwebs, dust and a house mouse! But it was minimal to what I have now accumu- lated from eBay! When I moved to Boston I set the house up in my Mom's Beauty Shop in her home. Her clients and friends en- joyed it for 10 years as I would decorate always with some new little thing. I lost interest when Mom passed and it stayed deco- rated for Christmas for nine years. Then it was a decision I didn't make -- David did! He brought it home to our place! It fit in front of our window facing where John F. Kennedy's apartment window faced! Home sweet home! This summer the grass LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CIANO GENERAL PRACTICE OF LA W DIVORCE * WILLS ° ESTATE PLANNING * STS CRIMINAL ° PERSONAL INJURY ° WORKERS COMP. 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano 230 MSGR. 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My Nano Catalano's por- trait (Mom gave me this small round pin of her Dad) hangs proudly over the master bedroom's fireplace. Mom just loved that! A bust of Apollo and portraits of the Grand Canal and Degas bal- lerinas grace the living room walls. David prints a matchbook size newspaper weekly with our past week's color photo captions and stories. The Bowdoin Street Times is delivered in the new mailbox promptly! Now for the autumn clean- up! Must rake leaves, store outdoor furniture, put fire- place wood near doorway and decorate for everyone's grand season of Christmas7 I truly hope you enjoyed this column! If you're in the area stop by the "house," the shiny rooster weathervane will guide you there -- it's a feast for sore eyes! Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America! -- Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www.allthat Mary is a third- generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be con- tacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary @mary 4 nails , com:~ ..... ~OOOOOO@OO@O@OO@OO@OOO@OO@OOO@OOOOO@•O@@OOOO@~ i by Bob Morello ! ... more than meets the eye O001QOQOOQOOQOOOOIbOOQQOOO0000000000@OO00000000 BORED TO DEATH - SECOND SEASON (2-DVD) HBO Home Ent. New York writer, romantic, unlicensed private detective Jonathan Ames takes a pounding in the boxing ring while still licking his more painful breakup wounds. Now that his second novel has been completed (and rejected), Jonathan is aug- menting his income by moonlighting as a creative- writing teacher• All this while taking on some new, desperate clients, ranging from a kinky policeman to the publishing rival of his sexagenarian pal, George Christopher. How he solves anything is truly a mystery. THE CIDER HOUSE RULES (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Initially released in 1999, John Irving's best-selling American classic, The Cider House Rules, is now out on Blu-ray. This is the heart- wanning story about how far a young man must travel to find where he truly belongs• Tobey Maguire stars as Comer, who's lived nearly his entire life within the walls of St. Cloud's Orphan- age. Though groomed by the owner, Dr. Larch (Michael Caine), he feels the need to experience the outside world. Then, while working at an apple orchard, Home falls for the beautiful Candy (Charlize Theron) and learns some powerfully indelible lessons about life, love and home in this touching film that earned an Academy Award. CALL ME MRS. MIRACLE (DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. Doris Roberts reprises her role as Mrs. Merkle (Mrs. Miracle) and brings hope for the holidays. Pos- ing as an unassuming toy departrtient clerk, she sets out to ensure that this Christmas is memorable and meaningful for all at a struggling family-owned de~ partment store in New York City. With broken dreams to mend and promises to keep, Mrs. Miracle has her work cut out for her, but won't give up until she delivers a merry, meaningful Christ- mas for all. Also starring Jewel Staite, Eric Johnson and Lauren Holly. SHAOLIN (DVD) Well Go USA In a young Republic of China, where greedy war- lords fuel a period of war and strife, Hou Jie (Any Lau)ar- rogantly shows no mercy to his enemies seeking refuge with the benign and compas- sionate Shaolin monks. Af- ter unscrupulously killing a wounded enemy, Hou Jie pays a terrible price for his actions and is forced to seek refuge in the same Shaolin Monastery he blatantly dis- respected. Hou Jie's traitor- ous second-in-command Cao Man (Nicholas Tse) continues where the once-warlord left off, betraying his country and his oWn,-people. HmvJie must adapt to Shaolin prin- ciples to stop the monster he created. ELMO'S SHAPE ADVENTURE (DVD) Warner Home Video What happens when Andy Samberg is desperately in need of an octagon? A pen- tagon? A rhombus? It's • the Shape-O-Bots to the res- cuel Packed with animation, songs, and clips that explore math words, this DVD is sure to "shape" young minds! Elmo sings the new song "Wonder- ful Shapes" which introduces pre-schoolers to shapes of all kinds, plus the classic "Telly Tut" about triangles• LIFE IS BEAUTIFI]L/ CINEMA PARADISO (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Life Is Beautiful stars Roberto Benigni as Guido, a charming, bumb. ling Jewish waiter whose colorful imagi- nation and playful spirit help him to woo a beautiful schoolteacher (Nicoletta Bra- schi). They marry and have a young son, but before long their idyllic world is threatened by Nazi soldiers, who force the family into a concentration camp. Guido must now use his imagina- tion again -- this time, to transform his son's tragic new surroundings into a magical wonderland: -Acad- emy Award-winning perfor- mance (1998). Cinema Paradiso is the beautiful, enchanting story of a young boy's lifelong love affair with the movies. Set in an Italian village, Salva- tore finds himself enchanted by the flickering images at the Cinema Paradiso, yearn- ing for the secret of the cinema's magic. When the projectionist, Alfredo agrees to reveal the mysteries of moviemaking, a deep friend- ship is born. The day comes for Salvatore to leave the vil- lage and pursue his dreams of making movies of his own. Thirty years later he receives a message that beckons him back home to a secret, beautiful discovery. V: THE SECOND SEASON (2-Blu-ray) Warner Home Video They seem almost godlike among us. They are thealien Visitors who, led by myste- rious queen Anna, base their operations out of 29 mother ships hovering over 29 global sites. But why 29? The answer lies in the V's secret plan --just one of the extraordinary revelations in the 2-disc, 10 episode Sea- son Two of V. As that aston- ishing plan draws closer to fulfillment, a resourceful underground unit of resis- tance fighters called the Fifth Column redoubles its efforts to undermine it. And throughout are the amazing visuals that are hallmarks of the series: looming space- ships, advanced medical technologies and the fear- inducing morphing of Vs into their reptilian forms. Our world ... their rules? ......