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(Washington Post)   Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi struck in face by flying cathedral   (washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2009-12-13 10:30:09 PM  
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He liked it when I called him daddy.

 
2009-12-13 10:52:02 PM  
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Admiring a flying buttress.
 
2009-12-13 11:22:20 PM  
Wow. I'm guessing the Italian secret service isn't exactly top of the line.

Berlusconi may be a creep, but I'm hoping they really nail the man who did this.
 
2009-12-13 11:26:06 PM  
Also...

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/My reaction to that picture.
//And because he's a former Italian prime minister himself.
 
2009-12-13 11:59:00 PM  
Better than kicked in the nuts by a flying nun I suppose.
 
2009-12-14 12:35:00 AM  
Dio mio! Is the cathedral alright?
I did hear that after the attack he had some great ideas for the nation, he was in-spired. And then he went back to playing with his girlfriend's duomos.

/lived 3 months in Italy, knew only 1 person who liked SilviO Berlusconi
//Tuscans for the most part don't like him
 
2009-12-14 1:28:24 AM  

Paris1127:
//Tuscans for the most part don't like him



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2009-12-14 1:30:35 AM  
It's a miracle.
 
2009-12-14 1:39:12 AM  
Fuggedaboutit.
 
2009-12-14 1:44:55 AM  
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2009-12-14 1:46:45 AM  
I submitted this with a better headline, I think
 
2009-12-14 1:48:32 AM  
But it is curious almost 1 year exactly since GW was attacked by shoes. Coinkydink?
 
2009-12-14 1:49:22 AM  
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2009-12-14 1:50:08 AM  
Lol, while it was a dick move, I generally support anyone who throws objects at corrupt politicians. I liked it when Sarah Palin had tomatoes thrown at her (lol, FAIL when it hit a cop) and I support it here to. Excellent pic.
 
2009-12-14 1:55:00 AM  

citizen_stew: Lol, while it was a dick move, I generally support anyone who throws objects at corrupt politicians. I liked it when Sarah Palin had tomatoes thrown at her (lol, FAIL when it hit a cop) and I support it here to. Excellent pic.



Do you like it enough to do it yourself?

/Plenty of elected officials I don't like.
//But I'm not willing to go to jail for throwing something at them.
 
2009-12-14 1:55:53 AM  

citizen_stew: Lol, while it was a dick move, I generally support anyone who throws objects at corrupt politicians. I liked it when Sarah Palin had tomatoes thrown at her (lol, FAIL when it hit a cop) and I support it here to. Excellent pic.


Really?

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You really think that was appropriate?
 
2009-12-14 1:56:57 AM  

magu2k: But it is curious almost 1 year exactly since GW was attacked by shoes. Coinkydink?


shoe fight!
 
2009-12-14 1:57:48 AM  
I wonder if the attacker is a disgruntled husband?
 
2009-12-14 1:58:43 AM  
At least it didn't happen in France.

/With one of those Eiffel Tower souvenirs.
//Those look deadly.
 
2009-12-14 1:59:40 AM  
is that picture before or after her turned into darth maul?
 
2009-12-14 2:04:03 AM  
cathedral my ass.
If the photos are any indication of what really happened,
that's just the cover story for his sudden zombification.

time to stock up on shotgun shells and machetes.
 
2009-12-14 2:07:50 AM  
PWN'd. Shoulda hit thew crouch button faster.

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I always loved this picture. Not because it's somebody throwing a shoe at a president, but the look on Al Maliki's face. Like it says "f*ck my life..."
 
2009-12-14 2:09:14 AM  
PASS THE BUTTER KNIFE!!
 
2009-12-14 2:11:48 AM  
When I first heard of the attack I was ready to put all my money on the wife beating the shiat out of him. phew
 
2009-12-14 2:15:40 AM  
The picture that accompanies the article makes Silvio Berlusconi look like Wayne Newton.
 
2009-12-14 2:16:15 AM  
Whoever was flying that thing should have paid more attention to the road
 
2009-12-14 2:18:11 AM  

WFern: citizen_stew: Lol, while it was a dick move, I generally support anyone who throws objects at corrupt politicians. I liked it when Sarah Palin had tomatoes thrown at her (lol, FAIL when it hit a cop) and I support it here to. Excellent pic.

Really?

You really think that was appropriate?


I do. The man's a fascist.

Then again, I'm for bringing back the guillotine and using it on white collar criminals. Particularly those who engage in fraudulent financial dealings, or allow such dealings to happen under their watch.
 
2009-12-14 2:21:21 AM  
I've spoken to friends, watched coverage on tv, read the press and we've all come to the same conclusion -

Good, we hope it farking hurt.
 
2009-12-14 2:22:06 AM  
Wfern : yes he does ,, if you read this
he is funny..
 
2009-12-14 2:26:13 AM  

Gelatinous: The man's a fascist.


The word "fascist" gets used as an insult instead of a descriptive term these days, so much so that it's pretty much lost all meaning; liberals called Bush a fascist and conservatives are calling Obama one. It's annoying as hell, and it means that if a REAL fascist ever runs for election, no one's going to bat an eyelid, because the word gets thrown about so much.

Berlusconi should see jail time for the ridiculous number of crimes he's committed, but he isn't a facist.
 
2009-12-14 2:30:21 AM  
If there was ever a man who entirely deserved it, it was him.
 
2009-12-14 2:39:44 AM  
Only on Fark:

Where you have a ton of hate for Berlusconi, but only a few ounces for Ahmadinejad.
 
2009-12-14 2:47:38 AM  

The_Sponge: Where you have a ton of hate for Berlusconi, but only a few ounces for Ahmadinejad.


Are you kidding? Everyone thinks Ahmadinejad is a crazy farker. Do you not remember the threads we had on the Iranian election?
 
2009-12-14 2:49:44 AM  
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2009-12-14 2:55:44 AM  

Gelatinous: I do.


Which makes you a douchebag, so maybe I should smash a heavy souvenir into your face.

The man's a sleaze, both politically and as a person, but this was uncalled for.
 
2009-12-14 2:59:17 AM  

The_Sponge: Only on Fark:

Where you have a ton of hate for Berlusconi, but only a few ounces for Ahmadinejad.


you have lost whatever little ounce of credibility you ever had.

wow
 
2009-12-14 2:59:50 AM  

WFern:
Really?

You really think that was appropriate?


Are we really getting uppity about enjoying inappropriate things?
 
2009-12-14 3:12:58 AM  
My girlfriend was telling me about how the Berlusconi said something bad about Finnish churches when a Finnish woman living in Italy complained about crucifixes in public schools. Now the Finnish news sites have headlines about this along the lines of "Berlusconi bashes Finnish church, Italian church bashes Berlusconi"
 
2009-12-14 3:28:14 AM  

graham_paige: I wonder if the attacker is a disgruntled husband?


In Sleaze Berlusconi's case it would be a disgruntled Dad.
 
2009-12-14 3:31:47 AM  
thatsa gotta hurta
 
2009-12-14 3:33:14 AM  
That's what happens to a 73 year-old trying to pass himself off as in his prime. Annyhoo, back to the plastic surgeon for ol' Burlesque-oni.

"Silvio!! Whaadda they done to your beautiful faaaace?"
 
2009-12-14 3:41:32 AM  
Oh well...

In later new: Attacker of Berlusconi's was later found in his jail cell dead, from a statue shoved into his anal cavity. Italian police declines comment.
 
2009-12-14 3:41:49 AM  
He still seems pretty tough, though: in the video you can see that he tries to go after the dude until his bodyguards hustle him away into his limo. Would've been funny to see him whoop the guy's ass.
 
2009-12-14 3:51:54 AM  

svejker_14: That's what happens to a 73 year-old trying to pass himself off as in his prime. Annyhoo, back to the plastic surgeon for ol' Burlesque-oni.

"Silvio!! Whaadda they done to your beautiful faaaace?"


What's-a matter you, hey, gotta no respect
What-a you t'ink you do, why you look-a so sad
It's-a not so bad, it's-a nice-a place
Ah, shaddap you face
 
2009-12-14 4:05:50 AM  
This story is the perfect little microcosm of Silvio Berlusconi's incompetence, and also his great charisma.

Incompetence: Somehow, the man who controls all of Italian media has managed to anger the public so much that he has angry crowds out protesting him in the streets (not because of the variety of sexual indiscretions that make Tiger Woods look like a boy scout - more of an issue is alleged corruption and mob ties, and maybe a little bit, his new BFF Muammar Gaddhafi), and crazy people smacking him with statuary. I assume his bodyguards were hired to look badass and pick up hot ladies and not to actually guard the body of the G8's most orange leader.

Charisma: Silvio Berlusconi fortunately was on camera when this happened, like usual, and like usual, whatever happens to Silvio Berlusconi makes for compelling footage. The best part is when he is rushed to the car and then hurtles out, face still covered in blood. The BBC is interpreting this as Berlusconi coming out to say "I'm OK!" but it's pretty obvious from the look of rage on his blood-covered face that he wants to throttle the attacker for lèse-Berlusconeté.

Wait, More Incompetence: Berlusconi apparently doesn't have aides who carry Kleenex or handkerchiefs, or his aides think that having Berlusconi jump out of a car looking like a background vampire in True Blood is fine; either way that's poor media management, and so is having whiny flacks immediately telling the press that this is the fault of his political opponents who are focusing too much on his "personal life" and creating an atmosphere of hate. I felt sympathy for Berlusconi right up to then...
 
2009-12-14 4:08:03 AM  
Just dessert for such a SOB... oughta happen more often.
 
2009-12-14 4:17:23 AM  
Good thing he didn't get killed by it.

/It would have been for the greater good.
//THE GREATER GOOD.
 
2009-12-14 4:19:33 AM  

citizen_stew: Lol, while it was a dick move, I generally support anyone who throws objects at corrupt politicians. I liked it when Sarah Palin had tomatoes thrown at her (lol, FAIL when it hit a cop) and I support it here to. Excellent pic.


Dude, he's like, 73!
 
2009-12-14 4:33:44 AM  
Well I guess it's better than what happened to this poor old bastard

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Actually kind of ironic, being that Berlusconi was one of the guys in the opposition wing of the party, with ties to the Red Brigade.

Chickens coming home to roost?
 
2009-12-14 4:45:29 AM  

citizen_stew: Lol, while it was a dick move, I generally support anyone who throws objects at corrupt politicians. I liked it when Sarah Palin had tomatoes thrown at her (lol, FAIL when it hit a cop) and I support it here to. Excellent pic.


Yeah, it is fun when we throw things at political people we don't like or absolutely despise, but lets try to stick to nerf balls, pies or other harmless objects.

Berlusconi may be a rather randy jerk, but, wow, that was harsh.

Lets save the heavy duty objects (like red wing steel toed boots) for the politicos that deserve it like Palin, Bush, Coulter, Blair, Beck, Falwell (oh, wait, I already took care of him) anyone connected with "C" street etc. I kid!... kind of.

Considering how many governments Italy has had since WWII, I'm surprised an Italian PM hasn't been sucker punched before. That would be an interesting thing to research: have any been assassinated, kidnapped, cock punched?
 
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