Category Archives: Italy

Billionaire Doing Jail Time!

This story will probably shock most Americans, but in the nation of Italy a judge has finally decided that those with wealth must pay some sort of penalty for their misuse of money. Here in the United States only ONE man was ever sent to jail for manipulating money-Bernie Madoff– while the hundreds of stock brokers and financial wizards who, literally robbed millions of Americans, have never seen the inside of a jail. And, to add to the injury, most have never even endured a court action. Most just have THEIR COMPANY, not them, pay a fine and then proceed to go their merry way robbing and stealing from the poor in order to give to the rich.

An Italian court has sentenced former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi who was found guilty of tax fraud to a severe penalty. OK, so he does not actually go to jail. Ok, so he is not exactly a prisoner. BUT, the judge made clear to Silvio that “once a week, and for a period of no less than four hours” he is to work in a home for the elderly doing something. Perhaps:

1. He might teach them how to cheat on their taxes.

2. He might teach them how to cheat in Bingo.

Or, if there is an attractive nurse around, he might teach her the joys of sex.

Look Out For the Devil!

I greatly admire the work and efforts of Pope Francis to transform the Catholic Church into one in which the rights of all people are respected. I suspect that if he lives another ten years, there will be changes in the rights of women to hold important positions in the church. In many respects he is a modern version of the reforming Pope John XXIII who tried to introduce new modern ideas before his death. However, every once and a while Pope Francis speaks of things which are very religious and thus somewhat interesting to those who are not versed in deep religion. He warned Catholics, “look out because the Devil is present. The Devil is here.” I could interpret his remarks to represent a symbolic concept that something termed “the Devil” is around and living.

I was born in 1930 and lived during most of the twentieth century. To have lived in this century was to have witnessed the horror of Death as represented by the Holocaust, the untold murder of innocent people in Asia and Africa and God knows where else. If that was the work of ‘the Devil” so be it. I think murder, death, torture were the work of humans. Heck, we humans do not need a Devil to do what we can do each day of our lives–be beasts and all too human!!

Pope Francis, A Man Of God

We in America are struggling with how to confront our past, a past in our own lifetime in which those we elected to public office violated the American Constitution as well as international law and the moral foundation upon which we were raised. The Catholic Church is fortunate to have as its leader, a man who is not only of God, but speaks with the truth of everything that mankind has created in the way of human values. Appearing at the Catholic Children’s Bureau, he spoke with honesty and compassion to those who were abused by priests of the Catholic religion. He admitted that priests participated in abuse of children, and noted there were “quite a few in number.” He was quite clear the Church acknowledged what had transpired. It is personal moral damage carried out by men of the Church and we will not take one step backward ith regards with how we will deal with this problem,and the sanctions that must be imposed.”

Perhaps, Pope Francis might speak to the President of the United States and persuade him to take a similar stand with regards to violation of human rights by the CIA and the NSA. Oh, he might be joined in this stand by Bush/Cheney/Rumnsfeld!!

Silvio Seeks Penance

As we all know, Silvio Berlusconi is among the most wealthy people in the land of Italy. Silvio has run the country for years as though it was part of his vast holdings that enable the man well known for his parties to be well known to anyone in the government. For some strange and bewildering reason, Silvio actually was found guilty of doing something wrong. Ordinarily, in the land of Italy, those with dough just blow off any threat of a jail sentence. For some stranger reason, Silvio was sentenced for the crime of fraud. But, as everyone knows, there is no way Silvio will actually do any jail time.

Silvio is a noble man. Silvio is a generous man. Silvio loves people and seeks to serve their needs. So, in order to save the government of Italy from the expense of jailing or watching a criminal, he has volunteered, and I do mean, “volunteered” to spend a year aiding those with a disability. I assume the disability relates to spending money by gambling. Silvio will teach those with gambling disabilities how to transform the disability into an ability. A few months with Silvio and a disabled person could take money from your pocket in complete silence.

Bishop Gregory Has A Problem

Archbishop Wilton Gregory has been unfairly denounced by the Pope because he went ahead and attempted to lead the life of an American. He is of African American heritage and was attempting to live out the life of an American success story when the Pope interfered in the life of a true American Hero. What exactly did the Bishop do that upset the Pope. He built himself a $2.5 million mansion which had an elevator, a wine room, offices down and up the stairs and an eight burner stove along with a few other amenities. But, isn’t this the type of home any successful American entrepreneur would build? Bishop Gregory simply wanted to live out the life of a success story, but now he must abandon his dream of success and be forced to live like any normal American middle class person! THAT is NOT the modern American dream. Make gobs and gobs of money, build a few mansions and prove that money is our modern God.

Alas, now poor Bishop Gregory is compelled to listen to the rantings of the man from Italy who wants members of the clergy to live “simply.” He wants them to get closer to their parishioners. But, if those who I admire live on Wall Street, isn’t it only logical that I build a mansion and serve the needs of our wealthy leaders of America? I wonder if the Koch brothers are Catholic??

Revolution That Never Was

I admire the people of Italy for their historical past when Rome ruled a large part of the world. Of course, when it comes to waging war, the past century has not been a friend to the people of Italy. During WWII an Italian army of 250,000 invaded Egypt and it was met by about 75,000 British troops who surrounded the warriors and made most their prisoners. So, when I read stories concerning war and thunder in Italy, my mind hesitates. A group of about two dozen Italians were arrested in Venice for attempting to initiate a civil war and have the wealthy northern area of Veneto secede from the rest of Italy and become a nation. I assume this was based on a desire not to see dark skinned immigrants in THEIR city of Venice and keep Italy for the Italians.

Please do not mock these gallant soldiers for freedom. They had tank, yes, A tank, they had A cannon, yes, A cannon and they had some weapons of mass destruction known as rifles and revolvers. They intended to invade St.Mark’Square in Venice to announce the formation of their new government. At this moment, they are working on a revolutionary idea in jail. National Front leader, Marino Breitane announced the group was “fighting for the freedom of the people.”‘

I am not yet quite clear which people and how do I know these people belong to “the people?”

Mafia Out Earns McDonald’s

There is good news for members of the Republican party in the United States of America. New reports from Italy describe the work of wonderful wealthy job creators who now employ over 60,000 people as part of the south Italy Mafia or Ndrangha(Greek for loyalty). These diligent men work over time in order to ensure the public has access to products that enable the average person to benefit from private enterprise in action. The Mafia rejects any government handouts and does not allow its employees to become involved in Obama Healthcare. To accept such government control would interfere with the Constitutional rights of members of the Mafia — it violates their religious freedom!

The Mafia earned $80 billion last year which is more than comes into McDonald’s. I trust the United States Supreme Court will support the right of the Mafia to practice their business without being compelled to force employees to engage in GOVERNMENT health care!!It is up to prostitutes to decide if they wish to seek sex protection and no GOVERNMENT has a right to interfere with their First Amendment Rights!!

Oh Them Darkies!

There are many in the Republican party who so enjoy poking fun at “those people,” which in English means, those of the African American persuasion. Representative Pat Garofolo in Minnesota frequently makes comments about “According to Pat, “70% of teams in the NBA could fold tomorrow, nobody would notice the difference with possible exception of street crime.” In other words, black people are the ones who commit crimes in America. I assume that anyone whose name concludes with the letter, “o” may well be of the Italian American persuasion. In my childhood, leading gangsters in America were frequently Italian American or Jewish. The origin of the Mafia stems from an alliance between Jewish gangsters like Meyer Lanksy and Lucky Luciano. Blacks were the victims of crime, not the originators.

Reality is that crime attracts those at the bottom of the economic ladder. Once they were Irish, then Jewish and then Italian. Frankly, hard to imagine any player in the NBA who turns to crime.

From 1914 To 2014

We are gradually working our way to the anniversary of the beginning of World War I back in 1914. The actual conflict began when the son of the Emperor of Austria Hungary was murdered by a young man named, Princip who believed the Slavic people were being persecuted and had to stand up for their rights. The actual scenario resulting in war took about eight weeks to unfold as nations warned one another about getting their armies ready for war. No one actually believed the road being taken was the road to war since diplomats were talking with one another and the thought that the end result would be war appeared too crazy to even consider. British Foreign Secretary William Hague warned the Russian government it had to end the attempt to make the Crimea part of Russia. Even as he spoke, thousands of Russians were cheering in the streets about the need to aid their Slavic brothers in the Crimea against oppression by Western Fascists. Most probably the Russian people support actions by their president.

Putin feels powerful sending troops into the Crimea knowing he has control over atomic weapons of destruction and he just wants to dare the West to oppose him. He also has control over oil and gas supplies that are needed by Western European nations. In the summer of 1914, the Russian government did not believe Germany would actually go to war over someone getting shot. The road to war just seemed to get shorter and shorter as nations threatened the use of force. William Hague warned of “the real danger of a shooting conflict.”

Is this a repeat scenario??

Shock Of Day! Italy To Have New Government!

There is one thing certain in life, at some moment in the country of Italy a government is preparing to vacate its offices in the government and allow a new group to take up residence as being capable of running the government and passing budgets and other suh thing. The people of Italy believe that if a new government comes into power then there is hope it will produce something new to go along with something old. Prime Minister Letta was informed by his own party there is a younger man in the line who is not only younger, but he is much louder in demanding that something, and he means, something be done to make the Italian economy and nation actually function. Matteo Renzi has a nice Italian name, that is the first ingredient in being able to jump start the economy.

Prime Minister Letta resigned in order to allow the Italian president, whatever his name is, to ask Mr. Renzi to become the next Italian prime minister. He has promised “something new.” Heck, with a program focusing on something new, what else can occur but something old. The game of musical chairs continues, Renzi just grabbed the seat of power and Italy will go on and on playing games rather than creating a modern economy.