Forum posts made by subside

Topic Curlygirly and Mazza's BIG sandwich!!
Posted 22 Sep 2011 10:10

Anyone want to go take a stroll

Topic Curlygirly and Mazza's BIG sandwich!!
Posted 22 Sep 2011 08:44

How Aprapo. I have just been informed by Travelzoo.com that a night trip to Rome over thanksgiving day holiday (other dates are available) hotel, breakfast and Air -out of JFK Area (check the site for your nearest airport) is $699. Not familiar with the hotel, but that can always be upgraded. Perhaps We should charter a plane filled with lush members!

Topic Curlygirly and Mazza's BIG sandwich!!
Posted 22 Sep 2011 08:39

If anyoine would like a tour meet me at the top of the spanish steps, in front of the Hassler Medici Hotel around 1 pm.. Let me know if there are any specific points of interests you would like to see. We will stop at Tre Scalini for some wonderful creamy, smoth deliciosa geallato at the piazza navona. Ciao Amici

Topic Curlygirly and Mazza's BIG sandwich!!
Posted 22 Sep 2011 08:18

Maximus decimus meridius has returned to glorius rome. My first stop shall be the forum-"Friends, Romans Countrymen, Lushies-lend me your ears, toys, and anything else you have..."

Topic Curlygirly and Mazza's BIG sandwich!!
Posted 27 Jul 2011 11:49

Mazza, that is a perfect choice for the music for this evenings festivities.

Topic Curlygirly and Mazza's BIG sandwich!!
Posted 27 Jul 2011 09:29

Thank you Curlygirl. I hope work doesnt keep me late. And the damn Ferrari is in the shop again-may take the bentley

Topic Curlygirly and Mazza's BIG sandwich!!
Posted 27 Jul 2011 09:27

Excellent suggestion Mazza on the venison and wild boar! The wild boar will go well with the Barola and the venison will go perfectly with the Burgundy. we will splurge too-only a grand cru. Perhaps the venison could be made grilled and topped with a balsamic mustard sauce(-easy on the balsa))mic so as not to interfere with the wine)? what do you think. Will anyone be bringing dessert? Perhaps Tiramisu? Creme Brulee?

Topic Curlygirly and Mazza's BIG sandwich!!
Posted 27 Jul 2011 09:01

Hello everyone. I believe we will need some great wine for the festivities. I think a 1997 Borola and Bertani Amarome will do. Lets also have a 2003 bordeaux, I do like Chateau Margaux and Chateau Haut-Brion. Perhaps a Petrus too. For White wines I think we should have a nice crisp Pouilly Fusisse and Montrachet 2007. I also like the Gavi di Gavi from italy . A great red burgundy(Echezeaux Grand Cru) and some champage-lots of it. I like Bollinger and Roeder

I will prepare athree mushroom Risotto (potabello, shitake and regular musshrooms) with sausage and olive oil I just brought back from Sicily-from my mother's olive trees. I will also prepare lobster ravioli prepared in white wine and pink cream sauce with shallots mushrooms and a touch of red crushed pepper. We do need a meat dish to go with the reds. Any suggestions.? perhaps a roast leg of lamb or osso buco ina a balsamic sauce (just had it in Rome-awsome)For an anti-pasta - Fresh provolone that I purchased at the factory and also brought back; home cured olives from sicily and home made sun dried tomatoes (stuffed with garlic, pepper and parsley).

I will assume this is black tie_- looking foward to meeting everyone- Bon appetite

Topic Curlygirly and Mazza's BIG sandwich!!
Posted 26 Jul 2011 11:38

Hello everyone. Thanks for the invite curlygirl. nice soiree (although i know its daytime) i c someone likes JD and coke. Has anyone tried the Honey JD-AWESOMEEE!!!!

Topic What justifies war?
Posted 25 Mar 2011 12:38

Ideally, nothing justifies war, but in the real world it will become unavoidable. Darfu, Congo, Rhwanda these were civil wars. Internal disputes that in theory outsiders should not get involved with-just like our Civil War between the states. In fact the UN Charter specifically states no country is to interfere with the internal conflict of another nation. This generally relates to the charter's view on self determination. However, Darfu, Congo etc should have been addressed by the western nations. What makes these civil wars diffrent is exactly what was mention in one of the above- widespread (not isolated random) crimes against humanity were/are still being commited-horrible attrocities. The west did get involved in bosnia, but not those other area-why? because of geo-political concerns. Bosnia, Kosovo etc. were part of europe and threatenen to destabilize the surrounding european nations with refugees, economic chaos etc.

So, where horrific crimes against humainty are involved-yes war is justified. The problem is that countries cant agree on what type of force to use or whether they have the resources and can afford to spend those resources half way around the worl. Is africa more important than Europe.

Also, war can be justified when one country threatens another. Again, the UN charter specifically provides that a nation has its right to defend and protect itself. Thus, clearly if ther is a clear and present danger of attack, i belive a country has the right to go to war to defend itself. However, here, here again the problem is what is clear and present, how rea/crediblel is the threat? Is this just a pretense to start the war for a country's benefit.

Oppression in a country does not necessarily mean crimes against humanity. Religious , societal norms, or internal predjudice is does not necessarily rise to the level of justification to go to war. These may be revolting to some cultures, but interferring would be chauvanistic.

So in conclusion war , I believe is justified if the situation involves (1) crimes against humanity; (2) protection and a "clear, present , credible threat, to your country; or, (3) if a country has been premptively attacked.

The botom line is nobody wins in war. Both side lose, but one sometimes loses more

Topic Will the recession kill the Euro?
Posted 11 Feb 2011 12:49

Interesting topic. I believe the euro will fail. I am surpride it has lasted this long. My rsons ar based on my experience, europen background and studies.

1. I have traveled throughout western europe since the age of 9. My parents were born and lived for some time in italy. The diversity throughout europe coupled with the suspicious nature of each european contry is great. Each country wishes to maintain its individuality. There is an inherent conflict betwwen the individual european countries that make unification-in financial terms difficult. This inherent distrust, which is examplified in many areas. For example:
a. Per the NATO charter, the Supreme Commander must always be an american. Why? Because the french dont trust the Germans and their industial ability; the English and the French despise each other; and the British remember what Germany did to Britain in two wars.
b. Each european country is unique-language, culture, food, pride and norms. They are fiercely protective of their identity. It is difficult for a country to surrender much of its economic control/or its dependence to another individual or group of countries. By definition, it would be equivqlent to losing part of its individual itdentity and control what future direction it wishes to purse.
c. the mere fact that britan, and others, such as Switzerland and some of the scandanavian countries did not join the euro is because of the distrust and fear associated with giving up economic individuality.
2. The stronger european economies, especially the German, French and to a degree the Italian, will only be willing to bale out countries for so long. They tend to be more rigid and focused when economic problems develop. The germans already spent Billions when they incorporated East germany. France has decided the fat government jobs and union perks are not warranted and a drain on the economy. They cant afford to give up their ecomonic vitality for the sake of countries that run ampant with government payouts-Greece, Spain, Portugal and to a certain degree Italy
3. One of the main premises of currency unification, coupled with non tariffs on trade, was that trade would be facilitated between the countries. Statistics, by one acoount that I read, demonstrate that only about a 20 pecent trade increase has occurred. This is because although there is only one currency, regardless as to the politicians, the individuals of each country jealously safeguards its economy. For instance, travel to itakly and try to find Spanish wine or french wine in the local store. very difficult at best. And what you do find is not that great. In France, try to find Italian wine or Italian clothing. Not easy. In Italy, Spain and greece, you will not find any olive oile other than what was made in that country.
4. The people that i have met during my recent visits to France, Italy, Belgium and Germany clearly indicated they are not happy with the euro as a currency.

Thank you for this opportunity, I apologize for this lenghty comment, but I thought the information was necessary to advance my position.