Quote from Guilo Mascarello

While on my latest trip to NY, I went to a great wine bar called Terroir. There they had this quote from the father of Barolo winemaking legend Bartolo Mascarello in the wine list. He was the Liberation mayor of Barolo after the Fascists were de-throned and said "Where (political) discipline starts, logic and reason finish". Some might have some issues with this comment but thought it might be enjoyed by our more "anarchic" friends.


Mascarello's 1964 Barolo was the best Italian wine I've tasted; I didn't
know this was the reason.

Look what Harry Reid Hid deep in the Health Care Bill

        Buried in his massive amendment to the Senate version of Obamacare is Reid's anti-democratic poison pill designed to prevent any future Congress from repealing the central feature of this monstrous legislation!

                  Beginning on page 1,000 of the measure, Section 3403 reads in part: " it shall not be in order in the Senate or theHouse of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection."

       In other words, if President Barack Obama signs this measure into law, no future Senate or House will be able to change a single word of Section 3403, regardless whether future Americans or their representatives in Congress wish otherwise!!

      Note that the subsection at issue here concerns the regulatory power of the Independent Medicare Advisory Board (IMAB) to "reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending." That is precisely the kind of open-ended grant of regulatory power that effectively establishes the IMAB as the ultimate arbiter of the cost, quality and quantity of health care to be made available to the American people. And Reid wants the decisions of this group of unelected federal bureaucrats to be untouchable for all time.

       No wonder the majority leader tossed aside assurances that senators and the public would have at least 72 hours to study the text of the final Senate version of Obamacare before the critical vote on cloture. And no wonder Reid was so desperate to rush his amendment through the Senate, even scheduling the key tally on it at 1 a.m., while America slept.

       True to form, Reid wanted to keep his Section 3403 poison pill secret for as long as possible, just as he negotiated his bribes for the votes of Senators Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Bernie Sanders of Vermont behind closed doors.

       The final Orwellian touch in this subversion of democratic procedure is found in the ruling of the Reid-controlled Senate Parliamentarian that the anti-repeal provision is not a change in Senate rules, but rather of Senate "procedures." Why is that significant? Because for 200 years, changes in the Senate's standing rules have required approval by two-thirds of those voting, or 67 votes rather than the 60 Reid's amendment received.

       Reid has flouted two centuries of standing Senate rules to pass a measure in the dead of night that no senator has read, and part of which can never be changed. If this is not tyranny, then what is?


Barolo is my favorite Italian red wine. My old college professor once gave us an introduction to Italian wines, describing each variety, where they came from and what distinguishes them from each other, and he saved Barolo for the last tasting because he said nothing else on the table could match it. Was he ever right about that!

I picked up several bottles in 2006 when I visited Tuscany and am saving them for a special occasion. BEVMO and Trader Joe's have them every now and then, but they tend to be expensive. I also have a Barolo Grappa I found at CostCo some time ago that we enjoyed on the ski trip to Tahoe last weekend.