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(BBC-US)   Silvio Berlusconi is barred from office for two years, but will still play an important role in upcoming elections. In other news, bribery, tax fraud, and soliciting an underage prostitute only get you barred from office for two years in Italy   (bbc.com) divider line 18
    More: Strange, Berlusconi, Machiavelli, Italy, European politics, Matteo Renzi, Italian Parliament, tax fraud  
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2014-03-29 12:49:13 PM
That's about normal for Italy, which has one of the most corrupt and confusing political systems in the world. Note the somewhat cartoonish, smug smile on the guy and the police officer taking pictures.

When we had the huge scandal over Bill Clinton, which bogged down the government and blew millions of dollars on investigations, the Italians were amused by it all. Seems that their political leaders having affairs and lying about it is not only expected, but often something to brag about.

The government is so bogged down with red tape that it can takes years to get a project approved and they tend to raise squabbling over stuff into an art form.
 
2014-03-29 01:01:20 PM
I thought he was great as Mr. Pink.
 
2014-03-29 01:04:37 PM
Buddy Cianci nods in approval.
 
2014-03-29 01:24:35 PM
Aren't those requirements to be a US politician these days?
 
2014-03-29 01:24:38 PM

BretMavrik: Buddy Cianci nods in approval.


i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-29 01:28:13 PM
They can't help that it's so good to be king
 
2014-03-29 01:40:22 PM
It's a vacation for all the hard work.
 
2014-03-29 01:45:57 PM
On the other hand, murder just one little roommate...

BretMavrik: Buddy Cianci nods in approval.


When Buddy Cianci was in office I had a theory everyone in Rhode Island had met him at least once. I recall going to an art show in Providence with my two small children and running into an acquaintance who, in addition to being an artist, worked in the Providence city government. The four of us stepped outside to get some air and saw a limo pull up with Buddy Cianci in it, He was there to give a speech. Buddy went inside and my friend say "When Mayor Cianci comes back out I'll introduce him to you but I have to warn you: he wears a lot of aftershave. If you shake his hand you'll smell of aftershave for a week." Sure enough Buddy came back out, my friend introduced us, and we shook hands. He then turned to my daughters, aged four and six at the time, and offered to shake their hands. They didn't want to do it but he insisted. After shaking hands he stepped aside to chat with someone else and my daughters' hands immediately went to their noses. "You smell it?" asked daughter No. 1 in a loud voice. "Yeah, it's strong," said daughter No. 2. My friend went white as a sheet but fortunately Mayor Cianci didn't notice.

And that's my Buddy Cianci story.
 
2014-03-29 01:52:47 PM

Rik01: When we had the huge scandal over Bill Clinton, which bogged down the government and blew millions of dollars on investigations, the Italians were amused by it all. Seems that their political leaders having affairs and lying about it is not only expected, but often something to brag about.


From what I've heard from European friends, it's a bigger scandal when an Italian political leader ISN'T having an affair.
 
2014-03-29 01:58:00 PM
 
2014-03-29 02:25:57 PM
Here it would make him Speaker of the Rhode Island Legislature.
 
2014-03-29 02:35:16 PM
So: still a better system than the US?
 
2014-03-29 02:56:03 PM
I think how many TV networks one owns may also be a factor.
 
2014-03-29 05:09:29 PM
Meh, At least he is not in the arms trade with Islamic rebels while at the same time trying to remove the civil rights of Americans.
 
2014-03-29 06:30:35 PM

Fart_Machine: I thought he was great as Mr. Pink.


That made me laugh so hard, I almost spilled my rum and coke.
 
2014-03-29 07:08:10 PM
Does he stick motherfarking provolone in his socks?
 
2014-03-29 08:41:44 PM
In other news, bribery, tax fraud, and soliciting an underage prostitute only get you barred from office for two years in Italy

That's two years more than it gets billionaires in America.
 
2014-03-29 08:56:15 PM

cemsity: Meh, At least he is not in the arms trade with Islamic rebels while at the same time trying to remove the civil rights of Americans.


So you're comparing an Italian politician who did some very bad things and received a slap on the wrist with and American politician who did some very bad things and is now looking at a long prison term, and your point is ... what, exactly? Oh, that's right; you don't have a point. You just wanted to hijack the conversation.
 
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