Belen, Berlusconi, and bunga-bunga


42 Responses to “Belen, Berlusconi, and bunga-bunga”

  1. peregrinus says:

    Caligula.  Nero.  He’s just a roman, after all.

    • Draxlith says:

      Hey now, that’s offensive!Now, tell the Romans you’re sorry

    • Francesco Orsenigo says:

      He’s from Arcore, in Northern Italy.

      • peregrinus says:

        ok hence my cowering behind the small “r”.  I was drawing comparison with the BC/AC vague crossover era.  My knowledge of ancient Rome is based less in recorded history and more in Asterix (vive les Gaulles!) and a few smutty films.

        I believe live and let live is appropriate, but if someone is dissolute and rapacious it’s hard to put faith in their ability to govern.  How can a sex addict focus on reducing interest rates?!

        • Francesco Orsenigo says:

          How could a corrupt man surrounded by mafians, whose riches’ origin is a mystery, who participated in a huge, secret, anti-democratic society (P2), who entered into politics only to cover himself from his crimes, focus on reducing interest rates?

          The only marvel is how he got everyone thinking about his sex escapades, while all the rest disappears from public attention.

        • toyg says:

          JFK was quite the sex fiend, reportedly, but not a completely useless President. Many historical figures were quite sexually active, it’s something that tends to go with power.

          The problem with this guy is that he’s a crappy ruler AND is routinely blackmailed by shady characters AND is now a joke in most international circles — I bet even his “great friend” Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin thinks he’s just an expendable buffoon.

  2. Hugh Johnson says:

    “It is hard to build a functional state with the same crew that deliberately destroyed it.”

    Are you talking about Italy, or the good ole’ US of A?

  3. Teller says:

    The “If not now, when” women’s movement finds the PM contemptible. Okay, I get that. But aren’t the eight or sixteen or fifty women he’s fooling around with – women, presumably, of the “Why not?” movement doing what they want?

  4. Craig Meyer says:

    Why not protest against the escorts using their sexuality to make money?  “How dare they”, right?

  5. Finnagain says:

    The outrage is delicious! 

  6. peterblue11 says:

    And people are surprised muslim fundamentalists are disgusted by western values. this pig is giving the whole civilized world a bad name. he’s abusing his powers, the money of the people of italy (nevermind the trust they placed in him) and he is spitting in the face of female emancipation. 

    • bwcbwc says:

      Personally, I would only mind a little if Muslim fundamentalists took over Italy. How much worse could it actually get?

      OK, well, maybe the abuse and repression of women would be even more wide-spread and systematic. But Berlusconi seems to be doing a pretty good job of that already.

      • Guest says:

        ‘Personally, I would only mind a little if Muslim fundamentalists took over Italy. How much worse could it actually get?’

        You must have some nice privilege to say that so lightly. Just… wow.

    • Guest says:

      ‘female emancipation’… ‘female’ WHATs? Humans? Ugh.

      The word is ‘feminism’. Yep.

      • Genre Slur says:

        I gotta say — being in the Susan Griffin-vein of feminism — I’m more annoyed at the Robber Baron reality model which continues to feast on human behaviour, than I am at the fact that a bunch of the RB’s have penises.

  7. Frederik says:

    It’s his third term as Prime Minster! If italians actually cared about all this, why do they keep voting him into office?

    • As an italian, I can tell you that he is just a symptom, not the cause, of the aforementioned moral and economic decline. It’s the whole country which is affected by what could be a terminall illness.
      Our whole political class is probably the worst that have ever existed in the history of every country (except for totalitarian regimes). They have enormous salaries and a long list of privileges, and this is only the legal part of their business: many are involved in cases of corruption, and they often gain political power by granting bids for public works and utilities, or even far smaller things. Patronage, nepotism and unfair competition run amok.
      It has consolidated its power so deeply that no one is allowed in the circle of those with political weight without passing through lenghty approval and patronage: you come out of it unclean, corrupt and blackmailable if necessary.
      A lot of people are scared that somebody worse will come after him, for sure. But a lot of people have always wanted to get him out. But we can’t. His right wing alliance up to now was made of powerful allies, and the left parties are distracted by vacous issues and incapable of pulling themselves together(as soon as they try some minor issue pulls them apart). You have to think that he’s one of the very few prime minister that brought his terms to end (in 150 years of history as a united country we had 121 governments).
      Hopefully at least he won’t be able to end this one.

    • Because he owns most of the media in Italy and the public gets fed whatever he wants to feed them.

  8. Private Private says:

    Yeah. I’m a seriously post post modern feminist and this man is obviously swine. But to imply that women have none of the baser instincts dehumanizes them. We are all sluts sometimes. Maybe these women get off on power and money. So what? I’ve slept with a guy solely because he ran a radiocarbon dating lab and he let me play with his centrifuge. To each his own.

  9. bwcbwc says:

    Hey if the Italians can do it, so can we! Hugh Hefner for President in 2012! Quick, before he dies.

  10. adam650 says:

    “This is Ottoman harem politics in a modern western guise.”  - Jasmina, why are you comparing a prurient, old man to an entire culture?  Although I thought your post was insightful, be a bit more careful — your bigotry may be showing. 

  11. Classic harem politics.  Wealthy men can provide for a great number of women. Mostly financially, it’s got to be said.  Shame said women spend all the money on bling and shoes but forget their hairdressers.  Ouch.  The blonde back left needs a good touch-up on the bleach.

    It has bean repeated often, but here goes again “All countries get the politicians they deserve.”  We, in the UK have Bertie Wooster (and Nick Clegg is no Jeeves), France has Pepe le Peu, Italy has someone who thinks he is Casanova, but comes across as a rancid uncle.  I’d better stop before a diplomatic fubar ensues.  

  12. Guest says:

    Christ, What An Asshole

  13. I can’t get my head around the expression “bunga bunga”; I keep hearing it in the voice of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

  14. Ashen Victor says:

    Italians are like the honey badger, they don´t give a shit.

  15. awjt says:

    Just ask yourself if the prime minister were a rich female baroness, would she behave the same?  I don’t know the answer, but your own answer might point you towards whether you are sexist or not.

  16. Genre Slur says:

    Canada has Stephen Harper. Italy has Berlusconi. Between the two, I’ll trade for Turkmenbashi…

    If putting up with an insecure power whore means getting “the free use of water, gas and electricity and refined salt by the people…” I’m ALL in.

  17. bolamig says:

    Europeans may have class, but they aren’t classy.

  18. deathisastar says:

    Say hello to my high-throughput DNA sequencer.

  19. paul says:

    Of course, none of this really gets headlined in the discussions of italy’s debt crisis. Instead it’s the unsustainable public employees and social services.

  20. Francesco Orsenigo says:

    This article is so wrong.

    The problem is not the PM sexual drive or the fact that indulges into whores.
    The problem is that the most important figure in the Italian Government can be blackmailed by a fuckload of ambiguous people, that he surrounds himself with thieves and pimps and that his priority is to save his own ass and the one of those who can blackmail him, rather than the economic situation of the Country.

    Do your job as a PM, be honest, stay lawful, think about the good of the country, and for me you can do all whores you want.

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