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    Default Silvio Berlusconi- King of Italy, Right Wing Pustule

    Since he's in the news so much and will probably be re-elected by Italians several more times, this walking scandal merits his own thread.
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    'Sultan' Berlusconi often had orgies, Italian daily alleges
    Monday, July 13, 2009

    PADDY AGNEW in Rome

    IF ITALIAN prime minister Silvio Berlusconi thought the widely acknowledged success (at least from an organisational and mass-media viewpoint) of last week’s G8 summit in the earthquake-devastated town of L’Aquila was about to earn him a sustained respite from his domestic critics, he might have to think again.

    In the run-up to the summit, Mr Berlusconi’s involvement in the “Barigate” sex scandal prompted criticism not just from opposition figures and (some) Italian newspapers, but also from foreign dailies such as the Financial Times, New York Times and El País .

    But in the wake of the G8 summit, Mr Berlusconi’s critics were forced to concede that things had, by and large, gone well in L’Aquila and that the prime minister had, in the words of the Financial Times, trod “the path from playboy to statesman”.

    A large part of the “success” of L’Aquila was not so much what happened as what did not happen. There were no further earthquakes, of either the literal, earth-shaking sort or the metaphorical kind, prompted by new revelations linked to “Barigate”.

    In the end, too, such was the “tone” established by the prime minister in his news conferences that he avoided having to face awkward questions about his much-discussed private life.

    With the L’Aquila G8 now history, however, one of Mr Berlusconi’s most persistent critics, La Repubblica newspaper, returned to “Barigate” yesterday, so-called because the investigation is based in Bari. Reporting that investigators have questioned 19 women who, for a fee, attended parties at the prime minister’s private residences, the Rome-based daily accused Mr Berlusconi of being a “sultan” for whom orgies were systematically organised.

    “In the summer of 2008, Berlusconi’s sexual addiction became compulsive. He would phone Tarantini [the health contractor at the centre of the Bari investigation] 10 times in the same day asking him to organise the ‘girls’ for that evening, with only a few hours’ warning,” La Repubblica reports.

    The newspaper goes on to suggest that the parties in Mr Berlusconi’s residences often ended in sessions of group sex.

    Patrizia D’Addario, the Bari-based call girl who claims she slept with Mr Berlusconi on the night of the US presidential election count last November, is reported as having refused to spend the night in his Rome residence on an earlier occasion because she believed the evening was destined to end in a group sex session.

    La Repubblica continues: “What emerges from the Bari investigation is a clearly defined picture, namely that, around the prime minister, there is a very discreet yet at the same time reckless organisation which supplies the ‘Sultan’ with prostitutes for his evenings of orgies.

    “The behaviour of the head of government is in total contradiction with those values [God and family] which he proclaims in public and with those laws which he wants to promote in parliament [severe punishments for those who organise prostitution and for those who have sex with prostitutes].”

    Opposition figure Antonio Di Pietro, leader of the Italy of Values party, said yesterday: “We find nothing civil, correct or constructive in the behaviour of this government and . . . will continue to oppose it.”

    This article appears in the print edition of the Irish Timeshttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...250543288.html

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    Right Wing Pustule?

    Now wait a minute... a Pustule maybe... but I thought Right Wing is someone who :

    - is against Socialized medicine.

    - is against a Socialized safety-net of state benefits.

    - settles international disputes by starting war.

    - is for state executions.

    - is for a state ban on abortion or new restrictions.

    - is against free or subsidized college tuition.

    - is for unencumbered gun ownership.

    - is for unhinged free-market capitalism.

    And so on.... I thought that was "right wing".

    I highly doubt that Italians would vote such a person into office.

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    Many of those things are not necessarily meant by the term "right wing". Yes he's considered right wing by any basic and customary definition of the term.

    right wing
    - those who support political or social or economic conservatism
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/right+wing

    "In politics, right-wing, political right, rightist and the Right are terms applied to positions that focus on preserving traditional or cultural values and customs and maintaining some form of social hierarchy or private property.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right-wing_politics

    Nothing about guns and tuition and all of that. You paint things in Texas terms and the context here is Europe. We all know what the phrase means in basic terms, without having to indulge you in a pointless debate that already seems headed towards "let's make this about America again".

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    Lets not have another of these extended back and forths.

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    He's no more right wing than Nero.

    (Is a three-way OK?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    He's no more right wing than Nero.

    (Is a three-way OK?)
    For him?


    Maybe if he was taking it easy or something.........

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    Some folks just love Silvio ...


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    ^ LOL, you know nothing about fashion.

    That's from Fall-Winter 2004.

    Spring-Summer 2009 is updated with hair transplants and botox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidtownGuy View Post
    You paint things in Texas terms and the context here is Europe.
    And in the next breath he says:

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    ....without having to indulge you in a pointless debate that already seems headed towards "let's make this about America again".
    LOL. And so who is the one in this thread to mention America? And make a comparison?

    You.

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    No, YOU made the implicit comparison with your idiot laundry list.
    What were you referring to with your little list of supposedly "right wing" characteristics, if not America? We know where you were headed and what you were implying, so don't be disingenuous. We've seen it all before from you.

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    BTW: on my monitor your hair has a blue tinge.

    Combine that with a Berlusconi tee-shirt and you're all set.

    Of course after a few washings Berlusconi fades away.

    But "IDIOT" remains.

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    In that case it's a perfect compliment to Silvio Berlusconi's orange skin.

    Oh, you've edited your post now to include more insults. Not insulting enough before?

    Why not show us a picture of yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidtownGuy View Post
    In that case it's a perfect compliment to Silvio Berlusconi's orange skin.
    Dream on... he has enough girls to keep him busy.

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    As long as he keeps the cash and butterfly jewelry flowing to them, you mean.
    What a pathetic old goat, and self deluded too if he thinks he would ever attract more than flies were it otherwise.

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    Curiosity leads me to ask... did you, Fabrizio, vote for Silvio Berlusconi?

    Oh, and we're still waiting for a picture of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidtownGuy View Post
    As long as he keeps the cash and butterfly jewelry flowing to them, you mean.
    What a pathetic old goat, and self deluded too if he thinks he would ever attract more than flies were it otherwise.

    Yeah...what a self-deluded pathetic old goat billionare / real estate tycoon / ACMilan owning / media mogol /Prime Minister of the world's 7th largest economy.... I guess he doesn't realize the joke's on him.

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