Category Archives: Italy

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.

UN Tells Vatican To Cease And Desist

Among the stories that I hate to offer comments about are those dealing with sexual abuse on the part of members of a clergy. I was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family which emphasized that those men who devote their lives to religion are somehow set apart from the rest of us in possessing a holy spirit. I find stories concerning abuse by members of the Catholic Church difficult to believe even though I know they are true. My knowledge of priests initially came from the movies with Bing Crosby playing the priest and he was such a nice guy. Unfortunately, there is reality which portrays differing pictures regarding the holiness of priests. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a blistering demand to the Vatican. It demanded that the Pope “immediately remove all known and suspected child abusers from assignments, and turn the matter to the relevant law enforcement authorities for investigation and prosecution.”

That is as blunt as any group can get when making a point. It was furious that Vatican officials have “not acknowledged the extent of crimes committed.” Fair enough demand. No, not ‘fair enough,” a demand that must be obeyed. Pope Francis has done more than prior church leaders to address this issue and he should be provided sufficient time to clean up the mess. If anyone can do it, he can.

Gay Times In Vatican

The Catholic Church is among the world’s most important institutions and its beliefs and actions impact the lives of untold millions of people. These days the only important news emerging from what happens in the Vatican, all too often revolve around issues of sexual conduct. At a time when Pope Francis should be focusing the Catholic Church upon new directions, day after day, there are stories concerning the existence of a gay network within the Vatican itself. Elmar Mader, former head of the Swiss Guards who protect the Vatican, admitted to a Swiss newspaper that within the Vatican, there is a network of homosexuals. “My experience would indicate the existence of such a thing. A Guard told the same newspaper that he had been the object of 20 “unambiguous sexual requests.”

There must arrive a moment when Pope Francis can shift the conversation away from whether or not there are homosexual priests to one in which the Catholic Church accepts the presence of homosexuality as part of the human experience. Ironically, many homosexuals seek to become members of the Catholic Church at a time when millions are drifting away. Why not welcome them into the fold of Christianity??

Catholic Church Will Change

Pope Francis has been a welcome addition to the Catholic Church, and in a different century his arrival would have led to significant changes in the church. He is a kind, a generous, a caring Pope who has won the admiration of millions. But, Pope Francis has yet to address key issues of the church in the 21st century. Students attending Seattle’s Eastside Catholic High School walked out of their classes because a popular vice principal was forced to resign due to his committing a heinous crime, he got married. Mark Zmuda took advantage of a new policy in the state of Washington which allows men to marry one another. Mr. Zmuda was told by the Church that it simply does “not condone such acts between same sex partners.”

Fifty years from now there will be a Catholic Church in America. Only, it will be called the, “American Catholic Church” and it will not owe allegiance to a Pope in Rome. Such is the fate of those who dwell in the past and do not adjust to modern life.

I’m Not Marx! Maybe Groucho, Not Karl!

It is now quite clear that Pope Francis did not get the message from God that he was expected to support the ideas, values and beliefs of those with wealth in order to keep the road open for Capitalist Job Creators to enter Heaven’s doors. Pope Francis finally got clear that when he speaks for God, that is simply not sufficient since God had not cleared his words or ideas with the pudgy man in America who claims that God reports to him, and when He says, “Him,” he means the real God of this universe. The Pope told an Italian newspaper that his recent apostolic comments about the sins of capitalism were simply a statement of the Church’s social doctrine and not an endoresment of Marxism. Pope Rush Limbaugh was very upset with the other Pope who described Francis economics as “pure Marxism.”

Pope Francis does not believe in “trickle down money” leaving the hands of wealthy folk and winding up in the hands of the middle class or poor folk. Since 1980, those in the wealthy class have gained 150% in wealth while middle class folk have gained 5%. Pope Francis was painfully aware that Christians are celebrating the birth of some poor guy who was born in Palestine and preached a social doctrine of defending the rights of poor people. For some reason, Francis did not check his remarks with Pope Rush or he would have known that modern research by conservative think tanks have revealed evidence that Jesus was really the son of a wealthy man who was brutally murdered for defending the rights of those with wealth in Jerusalem.

It is time to God Bless Rush!