Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bloodied Silvio Models

Here at Beebo, there is nothing we enjoy more than pandering to our readers.

In that spirit of shameless pandering, here is a follow-up post about the Silvio Berlusconi attack, in honor of loyal Beebo reader Rico "Ice" Hertz, who called Silvio a "douche," further explaining, "Nice shot, crazy man!"

Apparently, lots of people in Italy share that sentiment, as evidenced by this latest Silvio-related souvenir now for sale in Naples.

In searching for more information about this admirably opportunistic product, I mistakenly searched on the key words "Silvio Berlusconi" and "model." The only story I found was this one: 'Shameless' Silvio Berlusconi buys 18-year-old model a gold necklace for her birthday and calls himself 'her little daddy teacher.' Yikes!

And here is a weird follow-up incident, hot off the press (from the New York Times). Apparently, Silvio is a freak magnet:

Man Arrested Trying to Enter Berlusconi’s Hospital Room

ROME — Three days after an attacker left him with a fractured nose and broken teeth, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was at the center of another bizarre episode Wednesday when police arrested a man who entered the hospital where he is being treated at around 2 a.m., ostensibly to talk to him.

Mr. Berlusconi, 73, was admitted to the San Raffaele hospital in Milan on Sunday after being struck in the face by a man wielding a statuette depicting the Milan cathedral. Massimo Tartaglia, a 42-year-old man with a history of psychological problems, was held after the attack.
Early Wednesday, the police said, a 26-year-old man took the elevator to the hospital’s seventh floor where the Italian leader is recuperating.

News reports described the man as apparently mentally unstable. He was not reported to be carrying weapons or dangerous objects and had merely shown an interest in talking to Mr. Berlusconi.

The incident offered a new twist in a saga that has riveted Italy, reflecting what conservative politicians and news outlets called part of a “climate of hatred” that had polarized the nation into pro- and anti-Berlusconi camps.

Over the past year, political passions have coursed through the nation with unusual intensity as the billionaire prime minister faced several corruption trials and his personal life came under scrutiny. His wife, Veronica Lario, announced that she was divorcing him and accused him of conducting relationships with young women.

The emotions have spilled over onto the streets and into cyberspace with groups on Facebook supporting the attack on Mr. Berlusconi.

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