Category Archives: Italy

Kiss Away Anger

Among the great mysteries of life is why societies seek to lock up people in jail when their “crime” posed absolutely no threat to anyone. In America, a man steals a hundred dollar jacket and gets sent to jail for four years at a cost of $42,000 per year. I assume we are concerned at the emotional impact upon the jacket because it was stolen. Nina De Chiffre was involved in a demonstration in Italy about a new train line when she saw a friend getting hit by a policeman. She decided to retaliate by approaching another policeman and planting a juicy kiss upon his helmet. The result is anger and a desire for revenge by the police union of Italy. Franco Macerra, head of the union wants her sent to jail for kissing. He argues all hell would have broken out if a cop kissed a person on the streets.

Perhaps, Franco has come up with a new idea. Why not, instead of hassling people on the streets, police went around kissing blacks and Hispanics? Place a moratorium on violence and inaugurate a decade of love and peace?

Child Abuse Abusive

There is something strange when an important issue confronting a church is whether or not it allows its ministers of God to abuse little children. Pope Francis has established a special committee whose task is to confront the issue of child abuse in the Catholic church. Among the initial tasks is to develop a code of professional conduct for members of the clergy. Let me get this clear, the Catholic church has to establish guidelines regarding the behavior of its clergy. This is interesting. An institution which has been around for a couple of thousand years has finally decided to establish rules of conduct for its ministers of faith. Obviously, all would agree this is necessary. The only question is why did the church wait a few thousand years before realizing in this need for action.

It is easy to mock the Catholic church for this delay. But, then again, I reside in the United States of America which took over fifty years before realizing the nation required a national health insurance scheme. Of course, we obtained a social security system fifty years after Germany had established such a process for their elderly. Oh well, some institutions DO finally understand the need to do something-eventually.

There was a boy around my block in the Bronx who struggled with critical thinking. He would come up to me and say, “tomorrow is Thursday.” I would respond, “but, Hymie, tomorrow is Tuesday.” He would respond, ” but tomorrow is Thursday, eventually.”

Putin Vs Pope Francis

Vladimir Putin decided to make a trip to Italy and along the way did pay a call to Pope Francis. The Great Leader-I do not refer to the Pope–gave a picture of the Madonna to the pontiff, and then quickly exited the Vatican. He had more important people to see like his dear friend and bully, Silvio Berlusconi. The Great Leader did not issue an invitation to Pope Francis to visit his fair land. One suspects he did not wish to confront the problem of having to arrest and place in prison the head of the Catholic religion who has made kind remarks about gays and lesbians. The warm words expressed by the Pope concerning gays and lesbians would most probably result in jail time in russia.

Putin most probably did not enjoy what Pope Francis said about wealthy folk. He defined unfettered capitalism as “a new tyranny” and urged those with wealth to share with those without. I have a strange idea his words echoed the thoughts of Jesus Christ, you know, the radical communist from the Middle East. Flash: Sarah Palin urges loyal Americans to boycott Catholic churches, they are simply centers of terrorism against our dear beloved wealthy people.

Alas, Dear Silvio, We Knew Thee Well

There are moments in history when forces representing the flow of history toward a bright future are derailed by forces of reaction an hatred. Silvio Berlusconi has for years fought on the side of human rights and social justice, but due to prejudice and hatred has been forced from the right to pursue his quest for justice to all Italians. He was finally confronted by the powers arraingned around Hate. Parliament voted to throw him out on charges of tax fraud. He is now back on the streets of infamy and left alone with only a few billion dollars of spending money. As Silvio so aptly noted: “it’s a day they are toasting because they can take an adversary, they say a friend, in front of the execution’s squad. It’s the day they have been waiting for for twenty years.”

OK, Silvio is gone because he believes in the right of pudgy old men with lots of money being able to seduce young girls lacking the same. So, what is so wrong with having sex with a teenager? Got me. It just goes to show how Italian law discriminates against those with money.

To the barricades! Fight for human freedom! Fight under the banner of fraud and sex!!

Pope Vs Mafia?

Leaders of the Mafia are growing frightened of the new man in Rome who claims to have a direct line to the Big Guy up in the sky. For some reason, Pope Francis actually believes that priests should not seek to help members of the Mafia who place their hands in the church collectio box on Sunday in order to pick up a few lira for the week. The Pope’s vow to clean up the church and end the unholy alliance between members of the Mafia and some nice priests who enjoy engaging in money-laundering and other such religious activities. Nicola Gratteri, a noted prosecutor, told the media: “I cannot say if the organization is in a position to do something like this, but they are dangerous.”

The Pope has vowed to clean up the Vatican Bank which allegedly has worked with criminal groups in money-laundering. I am confused. I thought the Mafia had a working arrangement with the guy in the sky. I did see the Godfather films which depict Mafia groups as being very religious.

Monkey On Your Mind

France historically has been a nation which conquered large areas in Africa and it resulted with numerous people from that continent. On the other hand, France has regarded itself as the center of world civilization. Therefore, it is not surprising for right wing Frenchmen to interpret the presence of a black skinned person in a positiion of responsibility as a personal attack upon their own worth as a Frenchman. French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira is in possession of a black skin. To right wing nuts that means she is inferior to their superior white skin. Once again she was termed to be, no a human, but a monkey from Africa.

The right wing magazine featured her photograph along with the comment: “crafty as a monkey.” They added she should eat a banana.

Like Jews Under Nazism!

There are people in this world who endure persecution and oppression, but mantain their dignity as decent human beings. One man who should be honored for his diligent fight to maintain his human dignity lives in Italy. He recently told the media that a rising fury against the persecution faced by members of his loved ones compels him to finally speak the truth. “My children tell me they feel like the families of Jews in germany must have felt under Hitler’s regime. The whole world is against us.” The name of this fighter for human dignity is: SILVIO BERLUSCONI !! Yes, the man who has billions of dollars and numerous estates and servants and numerous newspapers and TV stations is suffering the same fate as was confronted by German Jews.

Yes, his good name has been tarnished. Yes, he no longer runs Italy. OK, he has a few billions. But, just remember, Jews in Nazi Germany were given FREE trips to nice camps! No one has offered members of his family such free gifts. How about building a Berlusconi Museum in honor of the horrors endured by members of his family??

Bishop Builds For Christ

Bishop Tebartz-van Elst is a man of God whose primary purpose in life is to honor the big guy up in the sky. He understands that if one is to serve Jesus then one must present an appearance of health and wealth since Catholics can not come across looking poor and decripit. He did take a low cost plane in order to meet with Pope Francis who listened to a story of wealth and then asked the good Bishop to retire to an ordinary apartment. The good bishop had built a $35 million “home” which also was used as a hotel for himself with all the nice things one obtains staying for the night in a hotel. There are reports that Donald Trump was the prime advisor for this man of God, then again, Donald regards himself as the servant of God-himself, that is. The report from the Vatican simply said: “a situation has been created in which the bishop can no longer exercise his episcopal duties.”

I assume that means he has some time out that enables him to visit a church. You know, the place one goes to to pray. Of course, the good bishop preferred praying at Trump Palace.

Church Of Opulence

I recognize there are Christians in this world who believe in the words of some guy who lived two thousand years ago and said some words about how one should be concerned about the poor. There is a bishop who resides in Germany by the name of Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Eist, who not only devotes much space to printing his name, but also needs a lot of space in which to live. He just spent about one-third of the bishopric’s wealth on a place he could call home. Tabartz enjoys the good life and enjoys eating well, traveling well and doing all those things Jesus did when He traveled around the Mediterranean area. Perhaps, Jesus indulged himself with a $25,000 bathtub, I do not know, but the Bishop of opulence sort of runs to those kinds of persnonal gifts. I realize there are some poor folk in Germany, but which comes first, a $35,000,000 home for the man of God or a few marks spent on the poor?

It is rather fascinating that German bishops have nothing to say about this Man of God, but they certainly have much to say about not allowing female priests or two guys or two gals making out by getting married. Let’s face it, Jesus preached for the interests of the wealthy. If you don’t believe me, just ask any Republican member of Congress!

Tears Of Berlusconi

These are difficult days for Mr. Silvio Berlusconi. He is the wealthiest man in Italy, he is the Italian male who has imprenated more Italian females than any other. Alas, he is being charged with criminal actions that will prevent him playing a role in government. On Sunday, he received a letter from his children assuring him of their love. He cried and cried and cried. Actually, he cries about efforts of clerics or politicians or prosecutors or judges or women who testify about his sexual prowess in impregnating their bodies. The four time prime minister tells friends of his anger against “politicized judges,” who want to “finish him off” and the anger of being taken out of a court room in HANDCUFFS! He is SILVIO!

The rich man is now prepared to without his party’s support, compel the government to collapse and await a call to return to power. Alas,he is now legally unable to participate in government. Well, at least he has time to cry and cry.