sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Pope Blessed My Lunch

This is Vito's Italian restaurant. It's not the original location. Joe Vito, owner of Vito's Italian restaurant felt as if he needed to move back to his ancestral home of Bari, Puglia Region, Italy because he had been ill.  He sold the old place.
No, Adrianne, you will note that I wasn't able to incorporate anything to do with Hitler or his parts but, since you are a practicing Italian and master chef, I am dedicating lunch to you today.
Vito's small sausage sandwich with extra pepperocini.

He recovered his health and returned to the US after a seven year absence and opened a new restaurant. The meal made for me today (above) by his wife met the gold standard for great Italian cooking: Crusty, delicious, bread, fresh from the oven there on premises; home made sausage; home made marinara and cheeses imported from Italy.  I ordered the small 16" sandwich because the 20" sandwich (man sized) was simply too much for me to down all by myself irrespective of the ardent desire to eat more. (I'd have had to barf first to accomplish that.) Mama was a little hurt that I passed on the antipasto salad to start. Again, unless you eat more than you can lift (literally), mama and papa feel that you didn't eat enough.

When Pope John Paul II (Karol Józef Wojtyła) visited Los Angeles in 1987, he had a very busy schedule but visited Joe Vito's humble restaurant to bless both Joe, the food and the building.  A photo of that blessed event still hangs in the current restaurant as a moment of a great moment that has now passed.  The question before me as I ate my sandwich today, was whether the current pontiff (Francis, an Argentine collectivist) would bless the restaurant today the way Pope John Paul II, a hero of freedom, capitalism and western values did.

When you consider that Vitos has always been a place where the police have congregated for great food and to share company with great people, I doubt that Pope Francis would show. And it would be Francis' loss, because the hole-in-the-wall family Italian joints seem to put out the very best food, worthy of a pope's blessing.

Telling Tuesday

Frank v Don

I never thought that the Pope would work as hard as he did to boost Donald Trump's political future. Well done, Francis.

And from the What's for Lunch file: 

Nevada Republican Caucus

I've heard that the Rubio people are hopeful that he'll win NV today, but the i-Ching has other things in mind.  He's polling third but I think that he stands a chance of coming in second. Trump is projected to win. I think that Nevada is an easy state for him because he's Trump. Maybe Cruz's firing of his communications director will clean up his filthy campaign. I would like to think so. I hate to think poorly of Ted, what with all of the 'praising Jesus' that he's doing to pull in votes...Yes, I think that Ted Cruz is being insincere.

More on China and the Spratly Islands

The Washington Post and other news services reported on 22 February that commercial imagery shows that the Chinese have added probable radar systems, communications towers and lighthouses or beacons on four of their reclaimed islets in the Spratlys,


The Chinese continue to make improvements on the seven islands/islets that they control and have reclaimed. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative reported last summer that several of the reclaimed islets already contained radars and naval guns or anti-aircraft guns. 

The recently imaged equipment appears more advanced, but still is “dual use” in that it has commercial and military applications. The equipment should provide surveillance advantages in a remote part of the South China Sea and should improve the safety of navigation, at least for Chinese ships and craft. 

The Chinese will contend that the electronics equipment is benign and does not signify militarization, but rather ownership -- they are just monitoring their sea borders and the neighbors.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi might make those points during his trip to the US from 23 to 25 February. The Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on 22 February that China’s limited defensive improvements, including basing air defense missiles in the Paracels, was no different than the US defending Hawaii. She said Chinese actions in the South China Sea should not be an issue in the Foreign Minister’s talks in the US. I have no idea what Pres. Obama will have to discuss with China, because I thought that he gave away the store, but apparently there is more to give up.