Monday, March 8, 2010

Sexual Politics


Piero Marrazzo was forced to step down as governor of Rome's region, Lazio … Prosecutors have now opened homicide investigations into the deaths of two people intimately linked to Marrazzo, Brazilian transgender prostitute known as Brenda, and a Rome-based drug dealer…” Time Magazine


It’s not often Americans can preach the virtues of underachievement, but wow, I don’t think our guys have ever nailed that triple salchow. All we’re known for is a hard fall from a single lutz.

Now our politicians seem all Herbie the Love Bug compared to La Dolce Vita being celebrated over in Italy these days.

Call girls on the credit card? The Washington version of senior prom.
A wet footsie under a public toilet stall? Romantic.
Mark Foley texting congressional pages? A poet.

And to think we all dropped our fork when what’s-his-name jetted off for Brazil to see his girlfriend. That wouldn’t make an Italian even look up from his plate. In fact, if that's all Marrazzo had done, not only would he still be governor, he'd be on the fast track to sainthood.

The ordinary citizen over there handles these scandals much better than we would, but then, they’ve had centuries of practice. Modern Italy was weaned on your Fra Filippo Lippis and Lucrezia Borgias. We’ll forever be the younger country, where arguments over fabric and stain removers can threaten to topple a government.

31 comments:

  1. Maybe it's time we learned from the pros...or not.
    And don't you salchow me, young lady! (Hee-hee... had to look that up; but lutz I knew.)

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  2. Sexual politics - What else is new?

    Nice BnW foto.

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  3. Argentina, not Brazil for Mr. Sanford.
    And I am not the Brenda mentioned... I'm still alive.

    Politics in other countries offer so much better fodder than ours! Berlusconi, Carla Bruni, Princess Di and her entourage, and even Evita. Such good stuff!

    But wait, there is more!

    But I gotta go read The Globe & Mail before I can go on...

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  4. This is brilliant, Karin! Love the last line. The Italians have a saying that anything that goes on below a man's belt is his own business. I'm inclined to agree.

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  5. I'm so glad you cleared that up for us Brenda.

    Me too, Bellis. We all knew Clinton was rather a randy dude when we voted him in; for the life of me I can't remember how that last affair entered the picture as any issue at all.

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  6. In your country, as in mine, affairs etc are used by the Fourth Estate to sell papers. There IS no moral outrage from the populace at large.

    We have one State Premier at the moment being crucified for having an affair before he was married. Huh?

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  7. Does anyone who goes not politics ever actually WORK???

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  8. I'd like to sign on for the belt buckle rule too, unless s/he has run on some loudly fundamentalist, pleasure-is-sin ticket. In that case, throw the bum out.

    Well, wait a minute. Is there also the problem of putting oneself in a position to be more or less blackmailed into this or that policy decision? Maybe not, if you keep church and state separated. But are Mr. and Mrs. U.S.A. up to that separation? It appears not.

    Sorry to be serious on a frolic-topic, but I'm still mad at Clinton, for the lie more than the deed(s), though the deed itself calls his judgment into question. If you're impulsive with your junk, what else are you impulsive with? What good is that good brain if you sell it at the junkyard?

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  9. OK. yes, we all knew that Bill was randy but he also knew that if he practiced his appetites, his enemies would destroy him. That second half of his last term in office proved it. It also made it easy for a man like Bushto fill in the void....and we know how that's turned out.

    If a butterfly flaps it's wings in Argentina, Italy, China...If a bit of jizm lands on a dress in Washington...

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  10. I think the point is, sex in itself, following rules of age and consent, is not illegal, so why/how is it political? You can be angry that Clinton "did it," but the vast majority of every population "do it," whether before/during/after marriage.

    GG

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  11. I read about this in the LA Times the other day. Fiction has nothing on this.

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  12. This is very funny, KB. Puts the South Pasadena City Council in perspective. Liked your comment on Laurie's blog today.

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  13. First of all, my wv is jokespe, as in, "I gotta run, I got some joke's pee," which is how I feel after reading this.

    I have to say that while sex is funny and fun there are also a lot of sad things that come out of random or even not so random sexual encounters. Maybe I'm a prude but I talk with my son about the reality of sex, that in this country one out of five people over the age of 12 has herpes. I can't imagine a lifestyle that includes a transgender prostitute...eew, eew, eew. I'll take Herbie the Love Bug over Piero the Italian Stallion any day. Actually, I think they're both better off left in the shed.

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  14. But wait--who cares about the sex? We're talkin' homicide investigations, right?

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  15. We're so mid-century over heah. Geeezzz.
    V

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  16. What our politicians excel in is hypocrisy: practicing what they very publicly and vehemently crusade against. Because getting a BJ in a public bathroom is far less of an embarrassment if you are not running on an anti-gay agenda.

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  17. Yeah, but, whether we agree with the politics of the recently deposed in this country or not, they were doing something personal, perhaps something hypocritical, but not lethal, or even illegal.

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  18. KB, I actually read your blog title right now as the, Sexual Act in Altadena! No joking.

    That's wrong of course - old blog title.

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  19. Now if there was any way to link this to Berlusconi...

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  20. Berlusconi... I just love this name. I love to hear Sylvia Poggioli say his name -pure ecstasy.
    Does anyone remember when Pierre Trudeau married Margaret?? How she had the flings with Mick Jagger and who knew else? It was a lot more fun when us women had fun, too!

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  21. I love to hear Sylvia Poggioli say Sylvia Poggioli. Sill-vee-ya Pah-jooooe-leigh.

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  22. Egad, I missed this story until your post. Wow. This is like a storyline in a collaborative script of Tarantino and Bertolucci.

    I knew about Clinton's proclivities when I voted for him. I didn't care if he, James Carville and Madaline Albright pulled a mile high club chain on Air Force 1, as long as Bill made good decisions as president. But, that's just it, choosing to mess around with a white house intern was a pretty stupid decision as president, knowing that the opposition was trolling for evidence against him. Don't get me started about what Edwards did when he was running in the primary.

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  23. It's all very European, isn't it.

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  24. Shell's right. America's just getting more sophisticated. The Europeans are always complaining about how puritan and provincial we are. Once we've got a little murder going we will have arrived.

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  25. Sexual politics:Politics and sex. Nothing new here. Always was, always will be. After my time in D.C., I agree that power is "The most powerful Aphrodisiac."

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  26. Did B squared just call me boring?

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  27. I always like it when you write about (the act of) congress, KB!

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  28. You can learn a lot about a country from its political scandals. French politicians get involved in anti-Jewish conspiracy plots of staggering complexity involving bankers and multi-billion dollar embezzlement at the heart of government. The Italian MPs go in for hookers, cocaine and call girls in government offices.

    Meanwhile, British MPs claim multi-coloured plastic lavatory seats on expenses.

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  29. I"m tired of all this talk about Italians. Can we just get back to affairs with the French???:)
    V

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