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September 21, 2018

“Cynthia Nixon vs Andrew Cuomo: Sex or No Sex in the City”

Jerry Krase

The tallies are in for the Democratic Party primary race for New York State Governor, and unfortunately for most of us self-identified libidinous “Progressives” the answer is...

September 10, 2018

Fascism in America and Italy: Does History Repeat Itself?

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
Walking through the Ballaro Market in Palermo.

Given the rise of intolerance at the highest levels of government in America and Italy, it makes sense to think about its illogical causes and potential effects.

January 14, 2018

Finding the Right Words?

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
Somewhat of a mixed grilled rogues gallery on my foreign and domestic language dictionaries book shelf.

A few days ago, while watching Al Jazeera, or was it the dreaded Russian Television Network during lunch, I was not at all surprised to hear that the most-articulate-ever...

August 27, 2017

Between Columbus and Cuomo: The Italian Experience in America, 1992 Revisted

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
Monuments to Christopher Columbus are ubiquitous in America, or as they say "as American as pizza pie." This one is mostly unnoticed near an entrance to State Road 8 in Torrington CT, so efforts to tear it down are unlikely.

Given the recurrent debate over monuments of dubious distinction I thought to remind people that, as I wrote in 1992: Five hundred years ago an Italian discovered America. Five...

July 17, 2017

The Dog Days of Gotham's Italian American Politicians 2017

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
Celebrating the Dog Days of Summer in North Canaan, Connecticut

I haven’t commented on New York, and nearby, Italian American political superstars in a while and thought it was a good time to literally catch up with the poop. Lucky for me,...

February 1, 2017

The Italian American Contribution to Trump's Muslim Immigration Ban

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
The only good thing I can find about The Donald is that some of his hair matches that of my late Rosita.

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution (1979) simply states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise...

December 5, 2016

Post-Election Italo-Trumpism: Parts One and Two

Jerry Krase
thomas cole -
'desolation' is the post-election mood among my friends and colleagues so i have chosen it from among thomas cole's five part series 'the course of empire' desolation. i preferred john martin's 'sodom and gemorrah' but my wife thought that implied too much blame for the voters. maybe if he is re-elected?

The day after the Presidential election I was in England to deliver the keynote address at the University of Central Lancashire’s “Fieldwork Photography Symposium.” I had...

December 5, 2016

U.S.A. Presidential Election 2016: The Italian American Report

Jerry Krase
I-ItalyNY
For our readers, I-ItalyNY provided a table with updated figures for Italian American residents in each borough with the 2016 Presidential Election votes for Clinton and Trump left blank to fill as results become available on election night.

Who will New York City’s Italian Americans voters favor in the upcoming Presidential Election in November? Based on statistical analyses and past voting performance it will be...

September 19, 2016

Frank J. Barbaro: A Powerfully Gentle Giant

Jerry Krase
http://www.ourcampaigns.com/CandidateDetail.html?CandidateID=34290
Campaign website photo of Frank J. Barbaro in his unsuccessful bid for the United States House of Representatives New York District 13 in 2004. It captures the smile I remember best.

Frank J. Barbaro passed on Labor Day Weekend. He championed progressive causes such as the rights of organized, unorganized, and even disorganized labor, government corruption,...

July 29, 2016

The Rise of Italo-Trumpism

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
I didn't have a picture of Donald Trump, but this copy I painted of one of Vincent Van Gogh's many sunflowers has pretty much the color of his hair.

Why are so many Americans of Italian descent leaning rightward toward the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the most powerful position in the world --- the Presidency of the United...

May 2, 2016

Immigration to American: Good, Bad, and Ugly: Our Continuing Conversation

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
Chicago's Taylor Street Little Italy was one of the many places in America to which Italian immigrants were directed or misdirected. Some of my wife's relatives from Laurino ended up there. This is one of few more or less "authentic" stores I found during a recent visit. It has little to do with this article but I thought it was semiotically interesting.

Although I agree that people should have the right to live where they wish and that coming to America is preferable to many other places, I disagree with overly generous views of...

April 18, 2016

Like Obama, “Bernie” ends in a Vowel

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
Although this was taken during my daily jog the morning after a record crowd of 30,0000 Bernie Sander's supporters cheered him in Prospect Park's Nethermead, it could easily be titled "Italian Americans lining up for Sanders rally. "I must note however that Danny DeVito was there to represent the r/best of us.

Today’s Italian American voters are as likely to vote for Bernie Sanders as they were to vote for their semi-co-ethnic Bill De Blasio; or for Barack Obama whose name also ended...

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