Silvio Berlusconi

The 68-page Il Mio Papa (My Pope) will hit Italian newsstands on Ash Wednesday, offering a glossy medley of papal pronouncements and photographs, along with peeks into his personal life. Each weekly issue will also include a pullout centerfold of the pope, accompanied by a quote. “It’s a sort of fanzine, but of course it can’t be like something you’d do for One Direction,” the popular boy band, said the magazine’s editor, Aldo Vitali. “We aim to be more respectful, more noble.” […] The magazine is a change of pace for the Mondadori publishing house, part of the media empire of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, which publishes the popular celebrity gossip weekly Chi. [NYT via DI]

Previously his day job afforded him little time to do much more than show up but now? He can head up the planning, decorating, food/beverage, and guest list committees. Read more »

Much like when he gave that underage stripper that he was sleeping with €45K, there was absolutely nothing untoward about the great man’s totally legitimate €1 million gift to a senator in exchange for political support. Do not dare call it a bribe. As for the other €2 million, well, Silvio is 77 years old, and does not recall giving quite that much to Sen. De Gregorio, in spite of what the Sicilian says. Read more »

1. He gave his underage lady friend €45,000 simply to get her off the streets and with no ulterior motive. 2. He will fight today’s conviction that he paid for sex with said underage lady friend (and then tried to cover it up) to the grave because you people will not find a more innocent man than Signor Silvio. He didn’t abuse his power to secure her release from jail because he was sleeping with her. He abused his power because he had gotten a bad tip that she was the niece of one of his dictator buddies. Read more »

Italian judges have ruled that former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was guilty of having sex with a minor and abusing his power. Berlusconi has been given a 7-year jail sentence, though the sentence is pending appeal. He has also been given a lifetime ban from public office. Berlusconi’s lawyer said he would appeal the verdict, as expected. Earlier, judges in a Milan court had retired to consider their verdict on Monday in a trial surrounding allegations that Berlusconi had sex with former nightclub dancer Karima El Mahroug, known as “Ruby the Heartstealer,” who was then under 18…According to Giovanni Orsina, professor of Italian history at the Luiss-Guido Carli University in Rome, the real worry for Berlusconi and the future of Italy’s government isn’t from Monday’s ruling but from another case that Berlusconi faces over tax fraud, which could ultimately undo his political career. “This trial has more visibility, it’s more interesting than the tax trial, but ultimately the tax fraud trial will have more of a final effect,” Orsina said. “But the trial in November over tax fraud is the last appeal and if guilty, Berlusconi would be out of politics for good,” he added. [CNBC]

Now that the U.S.’s economic recovery is a sure thing, thanks to the hard work our sage and wise leaders put in a couple of hours after allowing the country to fly off the fiscal cliff, weary eyes turn to the other side of the Atlantic, where the Germans and Italians look to elect similarly sage and wise representatives. Well, the Germans, anyway. Read more »

A Running List Of Things That Do It For Silvio Berlusconi

Should you ever find yourself in a situation in which knowledge pertaining to the arousal triggers of the former Italian prime minister would come in handy, whether it’s bar trivia night or one of his bunga bunga parties, try and remember that Silvio likes (underage prostitutes dressed as):

1. Nuns

2. Communists

3. President Obama Read more »