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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...

January 30, 2016

Ellis Island versus Lampedusa

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
I took this photo at the Norwegian Day Parade in Brooklyn's Bay Ridge neighborhood in May 2008. They are all "Americans" even if they might not like apple pie.

Comparing their current immigration policies with those of the United States of America from more than a century ago can be a valuable learning experience for Italy and the...

December 16, 2015

On the Road to Naples I Discovered Why Italian American Politicians are their Own Worst Enemies

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
This is a Naples Bike Lane. My Neapolitan friend said the European Union gave funds to promote biking and the local authorities painted these so they didn't have to send the money back. In five days of walking, four or more hours a day, I didn't see one person riding a bicycle. There's a political lesson to be learned here but I don't know what it is.

Italian American politicians adhere to a corollary given by the 6th century BCE Chinese general Sun Tzu who wrote the Art of War. It was uttered by Michael Corleone in The...

August 9, 2015

Part II -- The Unfortunate Pilgrim*: Or You Can’t Get There From Here

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
The shortcut to Laurino, we thought (La scorciatoia a Laurino, abbiamo pensato).

Finding her roots in the almost mythic hometown of my wife's father, Anthony Charles Nicoletti, wasn't as easy as we thought it was, but it was well worth the effort. To...

July 17, 2015

Part I -- The Unfortunate Pilgrim*: Or You Can’t Get There From Here

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
A Cangelosi wedding circa 1935. My mother Martha Rose is the beautiful bridesmaid in the upper right corner. She didn't marry a Sicilian. Therefore the reason for this story.

*With apologies to Mario Puzo this essay in three-parts will demonstrate why, as to reconnecting to or even finding my Sicilian/Italian ethnic roots, "you can't get there from...

January 2, 2015

Between Columbus and Cuomo

Jerry Krase

With the sad announcement of the death of Mario Cuomo on the same day of the inauguration of his son Andrew for the second time as Governor of New York State, people, like myself...

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