Category Archives: Italy

Another Sex Scandal

Pope Francis has conveyed to Catholics and the world his desire to be a leader who is concerned about the church and is ready to engage in the struggle to address sex issues. On June 15, he appointed Monsignor Battista Ricca to an important role in banking. The weekly newspaper l”Experesso charged that Ricca lived openly in a gay relationship with a Swiss army officer while working in the Vatican. It also claims that Ricca was in a gay bar where he was assaulted by some men. He was also caught with a teen age boy.

The Vatican is now engaged in checking the validity of these allegations. The issue is not only did Pope Francis know about these events, but why didn’t he know about these events? They are symptoms of a  problem that must be addressed, sooner or later. The issue is not sexual orientation of Ricca but how does the church address gay behavior.

Black Women In White Italy

The Italian Parliament is rather upset because some members of the Northern League party made remarks about a woman who was in the Italian government. I am rather confused as to the reason some are upset. Roberto Calderoli simply referred to Cecile Kyenge whose skin is black as someone who resembled an orangutan. An orangutan is dark colored. Ms.Kyenge is  rather dark colored and I assume Mr. Calderoli simply gazed at her and images of apes and gorillas and other such animals entered his mind. Certainly, one can understand the apparent confusion and the reason some are re upset because when Ms.Kyenge made  a visit to the Adriatic port of Pescara, members of the Northern League hung nooses from lamp posts.

Daniele Stival, another member of the Northern League pointed out making such comparisons results in further insults to orangutans. Then again, people in the Northern League prefer such stalwart adherents of good manners  such as Silvio Berlusconi. I have a hunch there are many in Italy who prefer dark skinned folk from Sicily to dark skinned ones from Africa.

Silvio: Italy Needs You

Silvioi Berlusconi is a man for all seasons. He is a man whose body each day projects forth a firm object for the world to see. Silvio is a friend to all women, he is a friend to all forms of sexual delight and  he is a man whose virility is always available to women of any and all backgrounds. Sivlio does not harbor prejudice against a Christian or Muslim or Jewish female, all they have to do is open wide their bodies for this man who is a master of seduction. His parties, the famous, bunga, bunga, performances in which  men and women could compete in sexual prowess are famous. He is now charged with making out with some nice females, OK, so they were young, but isn’t it important to begin life under the tutelage of a man with sexual experience?

Given his capacity to fuck people, I wonder why he has not been hired by Fox News to demonstrate his abilities  on their TV outlets. After all, all Fox News shows have pert, blond, cute females who could improve their ability to speak nonsense with a session under the great Berlusconi.

Forgotten European Youth

Among the tragedies of Europe’s dance with austerity has been a dramatic rise in unemployment throughout the region. An estimated 50% of young Spaniards lack jobs and similar figures are evident in Greece or Italy or even Sweden. Hundreds of Swedish young boys and girls went on a rampage through the streets of Stockholm showing their anger at being ignored and having their lives put on hold. They set fire to over 300 cars, burned down a restaurant and threw stones through store windows. There are even reports of a police station being burned to the ground. The initial outbreak most probably arose from police killing a 69 year -old man who was wielding a machete. Young people felt the police over-reacted.

It is time for Europe to abandon the austerity tactic and go back to some old fashioned John Keynes stimulus to the economy. Sweden might borrow the Depression CCC which placed one million young Americans to work on infrastructure tasks. FDR even pushed through bills that paid artists to paint or musicians to play music of people to put on plays. Provide meaningful work and riots will cease and desist.

Silvio, We Love You

Silvio Berlusconi is a man whose only thought in life is bringing wealth to himself and to those who can benefit from his payments of good wealth. OK, so he is the wealthiest man in Italy. That means  he is different from other Italians and has the right to certain priviliges that come with wealth. It is now several years since government officials charged him with tax evasion. If one is Silvio, being charged with a crime is somewhat different than when an ordinary citizen faces tax fraud. Silvio was convicted but when Silvio is convicted it simply is Act I in the tale of keeping a case decision open to discussion. Of course, this  discussion will go on and on for a few more years.

Silvio is challenging the court decision. Silvio was told to stay out of politics. Telling Silvio to stay out of politics is akin to asking him to forgo women and wild parties. Naturally, Silvio understands that when he is convicted of any crime it is simply a ploy to  “elimnate a political adversary.”


There is no question when it comes to a collection of clowns and incompetents, we Americans are NUMBER ONE. But, lingering not far behind are the clowns who constitute political parties in Italy. One of its most powerful parties is led by a former clown-at least in Italy they are upfront when it comes to levity and nonsense. After weeks of talking and going to restaurants for good meals, Italians finally asked Enrico Letta to become the country’s president. I am still unclear why any president is needed in Italy, but I guess every nation is entitled  to one.

Now, comes the fun and games. Mr. Enrico Letta has been asked to form a government. Other names have surfaced but Mr. Letta is presently number one which means he has at least four weeks to lead the nation. After he departs, there is a man who runs concessions stands at a circus who is rumored to assume power in Italy.

Clown Time In Italy

I am an inhabitant of the United States of America in the year 2013 so I hestiate making any saracastic remarks concerning political leaders in other nations. I live in a nation in which the Republican party insists that if one reduces taxes it results in more jobs for all and enables the government to balance its budget. So, why is it suprising that Italians believe a skirt chasing incompetent like Silvio Berlusconi who led Italy into an economic disaster is now the man who will bring prosperity to the land? Latest polls show that his coalition would receive 30% of the vote if an election were held right now. Of course, his numbers just barely exceed those of the Five Star Movement which is headed by an ex-clown.

Perhaps, we can make a deal. We Americans will take one clown in exchange for a hundred clowns in the House of Representatives who belong to the clowns known as the Tea Party. Heck, we will even throw in a  guy who chops wood in Texas.

For The Catholic Church

The Catholic Church has been around for a few thousand years and has endured one crisis after another. My interest as a Jew was working in a Catholic college for  many years during which time I witnessed wonderful nuns and priests attempt to introduce changes into the church. So, here are a few words for the church from an outside source. They are directed to Pope Francis.

1. Establish a council of nuns who would meet once a month and engage in an open honest dialogue with the Pope. Listen to the girls, they are interacting with Catholics every day.

2.  Establish a council of priests who encompass all backgrounds and views. Let them speak their minds.

3. Establish a lay council, again representing diverse views. Have a monthly dialogue.

More diverse views is what a Pope needs in these troubled times.

White Meets White

We humans living in the early years of the 21st century have been witness to an event that most probably never previously occurred in human history. A meeting of Popes happened which is a first in the history of the Catholic Church or at least a first in the past seven hundred years. Pope Francis will meet with Pope Benedict XVI in  order to produce the first Pope on Pope discussion. Pope Francis holds Benedict in high regard so we can assume this will certainly be a friendly conversation.

The over riding issue for Pope Francis is whether he can alter teachings that Pope Benedict firmly supported. There is scant doubt both Popes agree on most critical issues confronting the Catholic Church-abortion, birth control, marriage of priests and nuns, same sex marriage. The basic question is whether any of these issues is subject to change. That must be the gist of their conversation.

Another John Boehner –NO!

The ongoing mantra uttered on Fox News and by every conservative pundit is refusal  by President Obama to cooperate with Republican leadership. He is portrayed as a man with scant ability to reach out and compromise with those of the opposing party. OK, two years ago he gave them whatever they wanted, including maintaining the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, and, in exchange he received continued unemployment pay for those desperately needing it. The president had to stand firm to get some reduction in  taxes for the wealthy.   So, what happens when President Obama offers a nice present to House Speaker, John Boehner?

The president asked Boehner to accompany Vice President Joe Biden to Rome to meet the new Pope. Mr. Boehner said, “no”because he was busy! Oh, he had to meet the new Irish ambassador to America. John will not agree to any request from  Obama because to do so makes him a traitor to the Tea Party. It is a hopeless mess in Washington when nut cases in the Tea Party control what transpires in the nation.