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(Washington Post)   Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi struck in face by flying cathedral   (washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2009-12-14 12:25:12 PM  

alltandubh: And you're not a fascist, of course. Just someone who believes that physical violence is justified against people whose political opinions are different than yours. Which is nothing like fascism.


Hypothetical: would it have been morally justifiable to have assassinated Hitler or Mussolini?
 
2009-12-14 12:31:57 PM  
Berluscon'd!
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With hot, hot pic!
 
2009-12-14 1:04:58 PM  
Couldn't have happened to a nice bloke. AC Milan ftl.
 
2009-12-14 1:10:52 PM  
I guess since Bush left office, the new "in-thing" is to attack Berlusconi? Never mind that 99% of the idiots in this thread have never even been to Italy...

Fact is that Berlusconi is the only person capable of keeping Italy remotely in check and he HAS largely reduced the influence of the mob, which was needed in many parts of Italy.

He is the only leader who has ever had enough stability to do anything about the situation. He definitely earned some of that by corruption and his owning the media. That is undoubtedly a Bad Thing™.

However, this is Italy, not America. Nobody could attain that level of influence in Italy without being corrupt. The mob still have enough influence in the south to muddy the waters in many cases, and there are a million factions, all of whom (thanks to the wonders of proportional representation) all have a say, and are (as seen during Prodi's regime) willing to argue, fight and generally disrupt whenever they feel hard-done-by, which is frequently, and over the most ridiculously minor things.

So, Berlusconi may be corrupt and authoritarian. However, the first got him into a position where he could deal with the problems, and the second gave him the firepower to do so. I'm honestly not sure that a leader without those traits could have any hope of dealing with organised crime and other issues in Italy, as Berlusconi is doing. That may sound fatalistic but it's the truth.

And who seriously cares about his personal life? It doesn't mean anything.

So please stick to what you know (i.e. sucking Obama's cock) and leave Silvio alone.
 
2009-12-14 1:13:23 PM  

alltandubh: And you're not a fascist, of course. Just someone who believes that physical violence is justified against people whose political opinions are different than yours. Which is nothing like fascism.


Don't be a pussy. I fully support anyone who throws things at politicians that look down on, and rip off, their "subjects". Be they American, Italian, Libyan, or anything else. Politicians think they can get away with anything in the modern era, it's good when someone brings them back down to earth. I personally think we should be able to literally tar and feather congress members in the streets when they vote against their constituents. We technically could since nobody could stop a large enough angry mob, but people have become sedated and complacent in the theft these people pull off. Look where that's got us.
 
2009-12-14 1:14:26 PM  
Also, when he called a press conference about all the affairs he'd been having, his first words were:

"I will take questions from the men. From the ladies I want only phone numbers."

I mean, come on. You'd have to be a complete homosexual not to appreciate the man. What a don.
 
2009-12-14 1:30:25 PM  

brapbrapbrap: Also, when he called a press conference about all the affairs he'd been having, his first words were:

"I will take questions from the men. From the ladies I want only phone numbers."

I mean, come on. You'd have to be a complete homosexual not to appreciate the man. What a don.


Yeah that is pretty cool. I don't know why people hate this guy as I don't follow Italian politics. But you can't deny that some politicians deserve to be beaten mercilessly. California is a prime example, people there can't even own normal rifles because their politicians are lying assholes. Pelosi and Feinstein should be tarred and feathered for coming up with garbage like that.
 
2009-12-14 1:32:49 PM  
and...

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2009-12-14 1:39:53 PM  

678583:

people there can't even own normal rifles because their politicians are lying assholes.


Flintlocks?
 
2009-12-14 1:42:30 PM  
I don't see what all the fuss is about - every time I go to Milan I'm always struck by the cathedral.

Anyway, live by the sword........
 
2009-12-14 1:58:28 PM  

kenchie: I don't see what all the fuss is about - every time I go to Milan I'm always struck by the cathedral.


Beats getting banged in the rectory...
 
2009-12-14 2:07:05 PM  

brapbrapbrap: So please stick to what you know (i.e. sucking Obama's cock) and leave Silvio alone.


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2009-12-14 2:42:09 PM  
brapbrapbrap:

But I was told over and over and over again that getting your know polished outside of holy matrimony would bring a Republic down. Did all those fine Republicans lie to me?
 
2009-12-14 2:42:52 PM  
knob, not know.

FTFM
 
2009-12-14 2:47:34 PM  

FredaDeStilleto: Admiring a flying buttress.


Nice breatworks too.
 
2009-12-14 2:48:13 PM  
BreaStworks.

/ If only there were some way to check my posts before I post them.
 
2009-12-14 2:53:16 PM  

The_Sponge: Only on Fark:

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


That's beause Achmedinijahd (sp? who cares?) is crazy and needs professional help, whereas Berlusconi is evil and needs to be taken out back and shot

Not that I would be against the professional help for Achmedinijahd coming from a professional sniper, mind you. Mugabe is somewhere in between.

Also, that kind of sh*t isn't supposed to happen in Western Europe.
 
2009-12-14 2:55:10 PM  

dreadprophet: 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.


Failure of people to take appropriate measures against rascals because they believe it would be uncivilized is how the rascals end up running things. Enjoy your rainbows and unicorns.
 
2009-12-14 3:01:23 PM  

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


Belusconi is not merely a Randy Jerk. He is a Mafioso. While they make for compelling entertainment over here, over there they are really bad news. They make Bushco's level of corruption look like stealing pens from the office. They are, not to put to fine a point on it, terrorists. And he is one of them.

Don't be confused and think that this happened because he can't keep his salami in his pantalones. No, this was probably someone who had his sons killed slowly by the mafia for doing something like trying to complete a water project in Sicily or refusing to pay protection money for for a government contract or simply for compteing with them in a legitimate business.
 
2009-12-14 3:06:21 PM  

MikoSquiz: Berlusconi is what you'd get if you added up all the worst traits of Tony Soprano, George W. Bush, Kim Jong-il, and Rupert Murdoch. It's not like him getting twatted with a heavy object and his teeth knocked in is going to change anything or make anything better, but I'm happy it happened. He's a fairly decent candidate for 'worst person on the planet'.


He's got to lose out to Robert Mugabe and Chuck Taylor and Rodovan Karojic and Bin Laden et. al., but he's at least in the second tier (maybe even in the same league as bin Laden, except he has his done his killing retail and deniably.)
 
2009-12-14 3:09:29 PM  

whenIsayGO: The only time I wasn't embarrassed for our nation to be represented by Bush was when he successfully dodged that shoe. I had to admit that was pretty impressive.


Obama would have caught it. He then would have said, "I, uh, believe the fellow in the third row has lost his shoe. Could I get someone to bring it, uh, back to him. Thank you." And continuned the speech right where he left off.
 
2009-12-14 3:11:46 PM  

alltandubh: GreatBunzinni: The guy is corrupt, fascist and a hate monger. A smack to the face is the least that someone who commits all those crimes and unethical actions should get.

And you're not a fascist, of course. Just someone who believes that physical violence is justified against people whose political opinions are different than yours. Which is nothing like fascism.

Scratch a Fark liberal, find an Internet Tough Guy with impotent fantasies of violence against conservative politicians... too bad for them that our side has all the guns.

/by all means tho', continue wanking away


Isn't there a teabagging or a klan rally you're late for?
 
2009-12-14 3:13:58 PM  

brapbrapbrap: What a don.


You forgot the "g" on the end of dong.
 
2009-12-14 3:15:52 PM  

ilambiquated: Flying buttresses on the Milan cathedral.

Baroque is 16th-18th century. Gothic is medieval.


That is strikingly beautiful. Wasn't Italy predominantly Romanesque while northern Europe was Gothic though? I suppose I could just look it up... LMGTFM.
 
2009-12-14 3:56:47 PM  
Too bad his bodyguards weren't carrying the number 14-St. Joseph-the-somewhat-divine-on-the-hill ballistic missile.
 
2009-12-14 3:59:06 PM  

CaesarSneezy: That is strikingly beautiful. Wasn't Italy predominantly Romanesque while northern Europe was Gothic though? I suppose I could just look it up... LMGTFM.


You know what book is awesome? The Pillars of the Earth. I think I'll read that again.
 
2009-12-14 4:12:29 PM  

brapbrapbrap: I guess since Bush left office, the new "in-thing" is to attack Berlusconi? Never mind that 99% of the idiots in this thread have never even been to Italy...

Fact is that Berlusconi is the only person capable of keeping Italy remotely in check and he HAS largely reduced the influence of the mob, which was needed in many parts of Italy.

He is the only leader who has ever had enough stability to do anything about the situation. He definitely earned some of that by corruption and his owning the media. That is undoubtedly a Bad Thing™.

However, this is Italy, not America. Nobody could attain that level of influence in Italy without being corrupt. The mob still have enough influence in the south to muddy the waters in many cases, and there are a million factions, all of whom (thanks to the wonders of proportional representation) all have a say, and are (as seen during Prodi's regime) willing to argue, fight and generally disrupt whenever they feel hard-done-by, which is frequently, and over the most ridiculously minor things.

So, Berlusconi may be corrupt and authoritarian. However, the first got him into a position where he could deal with the problems, and the second gave him the firepower to do so. I'm honestly not sure that a leader without those traits could have any hope of dealing with organised crime and other issues in Italy, as Berlusconi is doing. That may sound fatalistic but it's the truth.

And who seriously cares about his personal life? It doesn't mean anything.

So please stick to what you know (i.e. sucking Obama's cock) and leave Silvio alone.


I've been to South Italy and found most Italians hate him. Of course, I was in a part of the country where il Mafioso is a bad word. But, still, thanks for shedding some light on him.
 
2009-12-14 4:16:11 PM  
Sad thing is, when I heard about this, I thought it was soccer related (he is chairman of AC Milan, who are utter crap this season.)

Now, back to more pics of his hot young mistress.
 
2009-12-14 4:20:51 PM  
Has anyone blamed
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yet?

/I heard DNA which may have been Berlusconi's was found on a prison shank in her jail cell...
 
2009-12-14 4:58:36 PM  
"Silvio Berlusconi: every time he smiles an angel gets gonorrhoea"


/Not mine
 
2009-12-14 5:47:17 PM  
There was a time when you saw news like this on Fark first.

Now liters wait until one of the FarkPets submits something unfunny to have it go green. That's sad.
 
2009-12-14 6:32:59 PM  

TheHopeDiamond: GreatBunzinni: The guy is corrupt, fascist and a hate monger. A smack to the face is the least that someone who commits all those crimes and unethical actions should get.

It doesn't matter. Sneak-attacking an old man is the height of cowardice.

This guy is just a crook like every other politician in history.


Yeah, but sneak-attacking an old man with 5 bodyguards is actually pretty ballsy.
 
2009-12-14 9:35:14 PM  
Came for the Amanda Knox blame. Or something like that. Well, at least it involves "came" and "Amanda Knox".
 
2009-12-14 11:15:50 PM  
It should have been a pie or dog shiat. But still, for a politician, he got off a lot easier than some of the victims of his more violent associations such as the mafia, or his authoritarian buddies. I'm sure the victims of those associations had far more to worry about than busted faces and absolutely certain that none of their perpetrators were or are going to be prosecuted to the extent that the statue thrower is going to experience.

Crime committed. Crime solved. Criminal will be prosecuted (hopefully, within the confines of the legal system). Berlusconi is getting rather fair treatment for this little experience. The victims of his policies and associations should be so lucky.

Not surprising that the tighty righties get their panties in a twist over an elite (that they like) getting injured. Meanwhile, they don't mind calling for the assassination of various world leaders of resource rich nations who don't play ball with American/British economic interests.
 
2009-12-15 1:55:44 AM  
I am guessing he would have rather been teabagged.
 
2009-12-15 10:54:23 AM  
considering the bs Berlusconi has pulled while in office, like retroactively making himself immune to prosecution for corporate crimes he committed before being elected, attempting to silence political dissent by bringing charges against those who speak against him or the Vatican, and using the power of the state to bully his corporate competitors, getting hit with a statue is small fry. If this were Italy during the 1800s, a statue getting lobbed at him would be the least of his concerns. The level of deference extended to politicians by Union citizens these days never ceases to amaze me.
 
2009-12-15 7:57:50 PM  
That didn't hurt. What a puzzy.
 
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