Archive for October 9th, 2010

Governor Paison

Saturday, October 9th, 2010


Except for Mario Cuomo (the father),  there’s never been an Italian-American Governor of New York State.   Cuomo served for 12 years and then was defeated for re-election. We had another one in December of 1942, Charlie Poletti, but he fell into the position after another Governor resigned.  Since he had been defeated in the November election anyway, his term only lasted 29-days.

But the Italians have it covered this year and I predict our next Governor will be Italian – American.  The Democratic candidate:  Andrew Cuomo (the son). The Republican: Carl Paladino.  They’ve been snarling at each other every day.

In a television ad, Cuomo pictured Paladino as a ghoul with blackened eyes coming out of a swamp that represented Albany, our capitol.  Paladino then accused Cuomo of having an extramarital affair.  When an aggressive reporter demanded he prove it, Paladino got in his face and said he was going “to take him out!”  That’s an old mob term that means killing somebody.

Oh well, this is, after all, New York – and we like our politics nasty.  For about the third or fourth consecutive year, a group of independent journalists voted our state government “the most dysfunctional in the nation”.  They didn’t even have to add “corrupt” – I guess that’s assumed.

I heart New York!

“Do We Get Mail Today?”

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Most Italians don’t really care much about Columbus Day which is being celebrated this weekend. It’s supposed to be a day of national pride – but most Italians shrug their shoulders and just don’t give a damn.

While other holidays have their cheery, little sayings like “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Easter”, and “Erin go Bragh”,  the most common greeting on our day is “Do we get mail today?”

Columbus was a typical, hustling paison. He sailed for the highest bidder who happened to be Queen Isabella of Spain – convincing her that he’d find the West Indies – supposedly a land of untold riches they could easily exploit. Contrary to popular opinion, he knew the world was NOT flat – he just didn’t know how big it was.

In 1492, Columbus’s three ships crashed into the Bahama Islands. They knew that wasn’t right, so they set sail again – and landed in Haiti (even then it was a horrible place to land).  A third major voyage landed in America which he then claimed he “discovered” – despite the fact that Vikings had landed ashore at least 500-years before, and the country was already populated by “Native” Americans (who may already have been dancing about looking for sites for future casinos).

So ‘Columbus Discovered America’ is a good story – but not historically true. Oh well, at least he “discovered” America on a Monday – giving Americans another long weekend.