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  • Andrew Cuomo claims he's 'undocumented,' challenges officials to deport him

    04/19/2018 4:07:58 PM PDT · by Hadean · 92 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 19, 2018 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a New York City native, raised eyebrows last week after he claimed that he was an illegal immigrant and taunted officials to deport him. “I’m undocumented. You want to deport an undocumented person, start with me because I’m an undocumented person,” Cuomo, 60, said during a bill signing. During the bizarre speech, the New York governor criticized the "extreme conservative movement" for being "anti-immigrant." He said his family, who emigrated to the U.S. from Italy, was constantly ridiculed with a racial slur that he said meant “without papers.” “I’m an Italian-American. I came from poor...
  • GOP candidate: De Blasio should use his given German name

    09/08/2017 10:23:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    NYP ^ | September 7, 2017 | Yoav Gonen
    GOP mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis mocked Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday, saying he should go back to using his given German name after his refusal to defend statues of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. She made her point while standing under the explorer’s statue in Columbus Circle, which has become the focal point of a cultural battle after Hizzoner said he’d appoint a commission to recommend hateful city monuments for removal. “I really think Bill de Blasio should go back to using his birth name of Warren Wilhelm, because he obviously doesn’t have the heart and soul of an Italian,’’...
  • Philly’s Italian-American Community Fighting To Keep Columbus Day

    09/01/2017 2:03:15 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 9 replies
    KYW (CBS News Philly) ^ | 09/01/2017 | Paul Kurtz
    Los Angeles has joined Seattle, Portland, and many other cities in replacing the annual Columbus day celebration with Native American Day. But that won’t happen in Philadelphia if the Italian-American community has anything to say about it. “We need to learn from history, not take down history,” said Marco Circelli, Executive Director of the Filitalia Museum on Passyunk Avenue. He tells visitors the story of Christopher Columbus and other Italian explorers who paved a path to the new world. But in recent years, more than two dozen U.S. cities have decided to turn their backs on Columbus, and instead celebrate...
  • Army veteran Vincent Viola, billionaire owner of the Florida Panthers, named Trump’s Army secretary

    12/19/2016 7:42:12 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/19/16 | Dan Lamothe
    President-elect Donald Trump has nominated as his Army secretary Vincent Viola, an Army veteran who became a billionaire after founding an electronic trading firm and went on to buy the Florida Panthers hockey team. Viola is a 1977 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and funded the creation of its highly regarded Combating Terrorism Center after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. A former infantry officer and Ranger School graduate, he has pressed for innovation in cyber warfare, saying at a conference five years ago that the Army of the future will be built on a “gestalt...
  • Little Italy is on the brink of extinction

    03/30/2014 12:06:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 30, 2014 | 2:52am | Kate Briquelet
    A piece of New York City history is bidding arrivederci. Rising rents and changing demographics have driven Little Italy to the verge of extinction. Once a teeming neighborhood stretching 50 square blocks, it now barely covers three blocks of Mulberry Street—and even that strip is under threat. “You can’t rebuild Little Italy,” said Robert Ianniello Jr., owner of the famed Umbertos Clam House. “If we go away, it will never be here again. You can’t build an Olive Garden and say it’s Little Italy.” …
  • Mario Cuomo ends 41-year boycott of 'The Godfather'

    10/23/2013 10:40:02 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 45 replies
    upi ^ | Oct. 22, 2013
    NEW YORK, - Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo confirmed he has ended his decades-long boycott against "The Godfather" and watched the 1972 film. Cuomo, 81, long refused to watch Francis Ford Coppola's film due to his vocal opposition to stereotyping Italian-Americans as being involved in organized crime. But he said Sunday at the 2013 Forum Film Festival at the Forum on Law, Culture and Society at Fordham Law School in New York that he has finally watched the movie, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Cuomo admitted that "maybe this thing was a masterpiece." The former governor, speaking on...
  • Officials trying to referee Bay Ridge bar owner’s beef with food vendors (Arab's fake 'race card')

    05/08/2012 9:25:05 AM PDT · by Milagros · 9 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 6, 2012 | Simone Weichselbaum
    "They are sitting on the corners like pirates," says Tony Gentile The vendors and their fans blame racism for the heat as more Arabs and Asians move into the South Brooklyn neighborhood, once an Italian enclave... Falafel sellers Sammy Kassen, 21, manger of Middle Eastern Halal Food which sits about 50 feet from Lone Star and Islam Baiuomy, owner of Halal Express Food which is across the street, cash in on running a cheap business on the pavement. The vendors and their fans blame racism for the heat as more Arabs and Asians move into the South Brooklyn neighborhood, once...
  • Jersey-born judges get it right on guns

    07/01/2008 2:01:28 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 23 replies · 300+ views
    NJ Voices ^ | July 01, 2008 | Paul Mulshine
    I was walking around Rutgers the other day when I came upon a memorial to students who had fought in World War II. The list of names was impressive, but I imagine most major universities in America have similar memorials. It was only when I happened to walk by Old Queens that I noticed something you wouldn't see on just any campus. It was a plaque honoring the Rutgers men who had fought in the Revolutionary War. Nearby is the spot from which Alexander Hamilton directed cannon fire against the British in cover of George Washington's army. You don't see...
  • Justice Alito Sounds Off on 'Sopranos'

    02/13/2008 8:16:00 PM PST · by kellynla · 28 replies · 277+ views ^ | February 13, 2008 9:30 PM | staff
    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. has convicted "The Sopranos" of spreading what he says are stereotypes about Italian-Americans. During a visit to Rutgers University on Wednesday, Alito complained that the hit HBO television drama not only associated Italian-Americans with the Mafia, but New Jerseyans, as well. "You have a trifecta _ gangsters, Italian-Americans, New Jersey _ wedded in the popular American imagination," Alito said at an event sponsored by the Italian studies program at Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey. Alito, himself an Italian-American, lived for nearly two decades in a West Caldwell home...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 10-12-07

    10/12/2007 5:19:11 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 138 replies · 679+ views
    President Bush traveled to Miami this morning to attend a RNC fundraiser and to speak about free trade. (Transcript)First Lady Laura Bush spoke at the National Italian American Foundation Luncheon this afternoon in Washington. (Transcript)Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates arrived in Moscow today and met with Russian President Putin to discuss Iran and missile defense. President & Mrs. Bush will spend the weekend at their ranch in Crawford, TX.Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island
  • Famed explorer unfairly maligned

    10/08/2007 10:56:50 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 28 replies · 1,248+ views
    Waterbury-Republican American ^ | October 7, 2007 | Editorial
    Few men are more revered by Italian-Americans than Christopher Columbus. But as the Order of the Sons of Italy notes, the politically correct have transformed him from "a skilled sea captain and deeply religious man" to a "bloodthirsty, gold-hungry slave trader who destroyed the Garden of Eden civilizations." They also claim he was complicit in "the genocide" of Indians through the introduction of infectious diseases. Balderdash. As author/columnist Michael Medved writes, Indians and Europeans were guilty of savagery but "none of the warfare (including an Indian attack in 1675 that succeeded in butchering a full one-fourth of the white population...
  • A tough man for a tough job, U.S. troop safety is the duty of a Jerseyan bent on winning

    07/06/2007 7:49:32 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 329+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.03.07 | WAYNE WOOLLEY
    The troops fighting in Iraq usually keep quiet when they hear critics say the war is going poorly.  Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola is a notable exception. The 49-year-old Elizabeth native, who is serving as the top enlisted soldier in Iraq, had a visceral reaction in May when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said "this war is lost."   Ciotola described his reaction to a reporter from the Tampa Tribune this way: "I felt compelled to pull out my sidearm," using military parlance for an urge to pull his gun. Ciotola said his choice of words, which are extreme even...
  • Trashy 'Sopranos' glorifies violence (GREELEY LAUGH ALERT)

    05/06/2006 12:03:25 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 56 replies · 2,188+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times "The Bright One" ^ | May 5, 2006 | ANDREW GREELEY
    I see by the papers, as Mr. Dooley would have said, that Crazy Uncle Junior tried to put Tony Soprano down. The paper was in fact what Jimmy Breslin is pleased to call New York Times Newspaper. Since there apparently are no serious national or world problems about which the wise men and women of the Times could pontificate, they decided to discuss Tony's apparent downfall. Surely, they would not use the space to admit how drastically they have reversed (waffled) their stance of three years ago on the war in Iraq -- just as their predecessors had never admitted...
  • Adeline Tancredo, Colorado Congressman's Mother, dies at 92

    01/25/2006 7:20:47 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 4 replies · 299+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 01-25-06 | M.E. Sprengelmeyer
    Adeline Tancredo, congressman's mother Adeline Tancredo's sauce propelled son into politics.| Print By M.E. Sprengelmeyer, Rocky Mountain News January 25, 2006 Adeline Tancredo, whose spaghetti sauce recipe launched a political career for her son, U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, died Tuesday in Westminster after suffering a stroke last year. She was 92. Mrs. Tancredo lived in Denver for most of her life, the daughter of Italian-American immigrants. When she was 16 years old, she went to work for $1 a day as a clerk at Joslins Department store on 16th Street in Denver - a site that is now a Courtyard...

    01/05/2006 10:21:38 PM PST · by Coleus · 41 replies · 1,914+ views
    NIAF TO HOST ITALIAN AMERICAN RALLY FOR JUDGE ALITO IN N.J.             (Washington, DC—December 20, 2005)  The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will host a rally in support of the Supreme Court nominee, Judge Samuel Alito, Jr., with the Italian-American community in Jersey City, N.J.,  on Friday morning, January 6.  The bi-partisan rally will be held at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, 2 Exchange Place, Jersey City, in the Manhattan Grand Ballroom at 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.              Constitutional law experts and fellow attorneys including: Honorable Donald DiFrancesco, former Acting Governor of New Jersey; Justice Marie...
  • 'Bronx Tale' Actor Says He's Sorry

    12/29/2005 9:01:37 AM PST · by presidio9 · 87 replies · 2,831+ views
    AP ^ | 12/29/05
    A young "Sopranos" actor accused in the slaying of an off-duty police officer said in a jailhouse interview he's sorry and didn't know his alleged burglary accomplice was carrying a gun. Lillo Brancato Jr., who appeared opposite Robert De Niro "A Bronx Tale" and more recently was in several episodes of "The Sopranos," was charged with murder and other counts in the Dec. 10 shooting of Daniel Enchautegui during a gunfight. He told the New York Post in an interview published Thursday that he wept while reading a newspaper account of Enchautegui's funeral. "When I saw the picture of his...
  • MAMMA MIA, THAT'S MY BOY! (DNC intimates Alito is Mafia and soft on crime, How low will they go?)

    11/01/2005 12:35:14 PM PST · by Coleus · 52 replies · 1,643+ views
    NY Post ^ | 11.01.05 | DEBORAH ORIN
    A hot issue will be a 1991 ruling on a Pennsylvania law requiring a woman to tell her husband before having an abortion — except in cases where spousal abuse or threat is involved or the child isn't her husband's. Alito voted to uphold the provision, which was later struck down by the Supreme Court. Polls, however, show most Americans favor spousal-notification laws. But Alito's dissent was limited and said nothing about his overall legal views on abortion. In more recent cases, he ruled against a ban on "partial-birth" abortion and against restrictions on Medicaid-funded abortions for rape victims. Italian-American...
  • Update: National Italian American Foundation Demands "Scalito" Apology

    10/31/2005 1:02:12 PM PST · by Brian Mosely · 104 replies · 2,672+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | Mon Oct 31 2005 15:56:42 ET | A. Kenneth Ciongoli
    National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Statement: The NIAF is distressed by the attempts of some senators and the media (CNN, CBS) to marginalize Judge Samuel Alito's outstanding record, by frequent reference to his Italian heritage and by the use of the nickname, "Scalito." Appropriately, no one mentioned that Justice Breyer was Jewish or suggested that he was lock-step ideologically with the other Jewish Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it would have been outrageous to do so. We still do not know Justice Robert's ethnicity. We are justly proud of Justice Alito's Italian heritage and his sterling academic and judicial...
  • Media/DNC Nickname 'Scalito' Seen as Racially Insensitive

    10/31/2005 5:50:36 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 91 replies · 2,697+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | October 31, 2005
    MEDIA/DNC NICKNAME 'SCALITO' SEEN AS RACIALLY INSENSITIVE Mon Oct 31 2005 08:42:57 ET Before Judge Samuel Alito was even officially announced as President Bush’s next Supreme Court nominee, he met a wave of racial discrimination from numerous corners of the mainstream media and the Democrat Party. Because of Judge Alito’s conservative and Italian-American background he is often been compared to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and has been nicknamed by the mainstream media “Scalito.” This morning, on CNN’s AMERICAN MORNING host Soledad O’Brien said, “we've heard the nickname ‘Scalito’…. which is of course combining the Scalia, Justice Scalia and...
  • Pace Salutes U.S. Troops At Italian-American Event

    10/17/2005 6:04:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 285+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 17, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2005 – All Americans enjoy their freedoms today "because there are thousands and thousand of troops protecting us," the U.S. military's top general said at the National Italian American Foundation's annual awards dinner here Oct. 15. The NIAF recognized Marine Gen. Peter Pace for his distinguished military service. The son of an Italian immigrant, Pace recently became the first Marine appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The general's name is pronounced "PAH-chay" in Italian, which means "peace." Pace was among four Italian-Americans honored at the organization's awards ceremony, which followed the dinner. America's servicemembers...