How wonderful is the cudgel

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In a service station, some robust cudgels have been photographed on sale. They are wooden and with dimensions between 60 and 90 cm. Black cudgels with the brand name: il Duce con l’elmo da soldato {the Duke with the soldier’s helmet}. It’s in a range of phrases offered to the passing car-driver: “Many enemies, much honour", “Me ne frego”{I don’t care - fascist motto}, “Dux Mussolini”.
It is part of the historical revisionism that is happening.. There are T shirts with the wording: “Mafia – Made in Italy” and “Baciamo le mani” {kiss hands} that are flying off the rails to foreign tourists.
And on the Internet, polo-necks are for sale with the wording: “Cosa Nostra” on the front and “affiliato” {affiliate} on the back. It’s the new Made in Italy. Connected to our roots. Genuine and thus international. For export.
We can already foresee the relaunch of the fascist castor oil as a laxative for use in resolving every conflict situation. Some little anarchist bomb, misappropriated from the services, or authentically black, as chosen by the purchaser. To return to the unforgettable season of slaughter. Red Brigades jumpers with the picture of Curcio and the 5-pointed star.
Shoes with revival wording: “Piazza Fontana for ever”, “10, 100, 1000 Italicus”, “Chi non salta Aldo Moro è!” {If you don’t jump you are Aldo Moro}, “Long live Ustica", “Forza P2” (but perhaps this is there already). Big business!
Italy is rich in undervalued historical episodes. They are a gold-mine. In the world we have a terrible reputation. Let’s make use of it. We are a population of mafia people, post-fascists, bankrupts, P2-members, tax-dodgers, bombers?
We will be ashamed of that no longer! Let’s be proud of all that and carry our heads high. It’s an avenue without end. Just think of new “Dux” entertainment parks or video games about how to blow up a judge. Of Sindona coffee. Of Tele Mafia. Endless possibilities.

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It seems that all the loony that cannot rant on the Italian side are coming this way,Beppe do something about!,AND Puff mill professor of my boots,as Chico said go.............yourself, you belong on the censuredelbeppe site, and please go and cement yourself there for good,nobody is interested in your crap, live us in peace!Giacomo well said,and I have enjoy your comments glad you join in this blog,

Posted by: evakulnura | December 4, 2006 06:13 AM


Mr Giacomo Chiametti, re: your post of December 3:
WELL SAID!!!

Posted by: Chicho Chichi | December 4, 2006 12:05 AM


Hello everyone, and although respectful of anyone’s opinion it seams to me more of a kindergarten atmosphere rather than the blog it is supposed to be. Now about all the pronoun and adjectives and cuss words thrown around, it is not useful pro-active and insightful in any way shape or form from whatever side you want to look at it. So anyone of you has a point to make and a positive proposition to divulge at the readers and writers of this blog or just please, avoid making personal insults to anyone’s remarks or personal views. This should not a place for bickering and to grab some limelight with titles pronouns or adjectives, this is a place for points of views (Constructive as much as possible) and if you can not enlighten people with your ideas do not degrade anyone for theirs. Like many other Country (You guys fill your own mouth with US, UK, Switzerland etc) these Countries fought for their rights had wars and together constructed a system that for the good or the bad it’s working for them, while here (Italy) we find ourselves with a corrupt political system that clearly doesn’t work (Either Left or right) simply because is not responsible to anyone but themselves. It’s not by pure luck that some of the greatest statisticians in the world had limited exposure in their own Country (Regan, Thatcher, Clinton, even Gorbachev ) only in this Country Mr. Prodi has been there for 30 some years did all he did and still there, only in this Country Mr. Berlusconi has taken Italy on the brink of bankruptcy and he is still there telling the masses he did everything he promised. These Politicians are incompetent for goodness sake, Mr. Prodi is a Professor, while Mr. Berlusconi was a singer and a builder for the love of god, these people had their philosophy on how to fix our problems, they fail, thank you go home and disappear do not come back there is nothing positive in their messages, but rather self preservation and personal interest only. Not by chance that this Political Class has put in place any law concerning checks and balances on their action (Or inaction for that matter!) and before squeezing the working class for more money (That is the problem, they all wasted all our money mismanaged and now they have to ask for more) get the Government Institution to work properly and with a whole lot less than the 50-70% of GDP that they get from us. They have (Political System as a whole) put together the prefect circle of life for this Country, there is no activity in this Country where politics doesn’t enter in the equation and therefore every citizen realize Politics is needed to find a solution. Wrong they are not the solution but rather the problem and the proof is we cuss and swear at each other and nothing changes. Like as of yesterday Alitalia will be liberalized (Sold on the market) it took 26 years after Miss. Thatcher and Mir. Regan did in the 80’s, get the Government and Public Control out of anything not pertinent to Politicians. They are incompetent (Although here in this Country all the Banks and therefore your money are in the hands of Politicians or Parties) and Italy needs to get these buffoons under control and out of our life, than we shall be in control of our destiny not them.
Thanks for the opportunity

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | December 3, 2006 03:12 PM


Interesting!!!
I had to go to bed last night (time difference, you see...) :o)))

So let's recapitulate...

A) Definition for "HEADER" (among others, of course):

1) Textual information, such as a title, date, or page number, positioned in the top margin of a page and usually repeated throughout a document

2) Any caption or description used as a headline.

B)"KoGliOnA" is written with a "C", if I am not mistaken...??? :o)))

C) I don't post on the Italian Blog because I was trying to avoid people like you (no offence of course...) ^:)

D) What you say about Mr. Grillo could be correct, but who told you that I care???(!!!) The people I have met here (with exceptions of course!!!) are much more important to me than being heard by Mr. Grillo's staff!

So, let’s stop here and next time please try and be more careful and avoid using profane language, agreed???

ps. I don’t mind saying it in public, but you are not so bad as you want to make us believe…the question is Why do you do it???

Posted by: paola filinesi | December 2, 2006 09:48 AM


Dear Professor of Scatology, aka Prof John Stuart Mill, you are as English as vegemite. I can tell by the way you write! This blog is supposed to be a site for making comments on the state of affairs in Italy and not a place for denigrating other bloggers. So unless you have something constructive to say don't waste space and if you have nothing to do then go and f--k yourself.

Posted by: Chicho Chichi | December 2, 2006 06:54 AM


Prof. Mill: from the Unofficial Smilie dictionary
" ;-) Winky smilie. User just made a flirtatious and/or sarcastic remark." In my case I was trying to be sarcastic. And my name is Enrico, not Ernesto.
Now go to bed and try to let some air off your inflated bag.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi


OK, Ernesto...oppss sorry ENRICO.

I accept your explanation...it's the famous British sense of humour (even though you are 100% Italian, aren't you?), such as Monty Python sketches... right??

Have you ever seen the movie MONTY PYTHON?

Take care.
Prof John Stuart Mill

Posted by: Prof John Stuart Mill | December 2, 2006 04:10 AM


Prof. Mill: from the Unofficial Smilie dictionary
" ;-) Winky smilie. User just made a flirtatious and/or sarcastic remark." In my case I was trying to be sarcastic. And my name is Enrico, not Ernesto.
Now go to bed and try to let some air off your inflated bag.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | December 2, 2006 01:55 AM


Although I consider it a waste of time and irrelevant to the blog's header....

The only foul language I have seen used so far has been by the elleged
"Prof John Stuart Mill (Mrs ProfessoFessa BIFERALE's endless PAIN in THE NECK!!)" aka "ganni minorati "
who by "Reductio ad absurdum"-Reduction to the absurd" must be a Communist (!!!)
because according to his writing and I quote:

QUOTE

The following are not allowed:

messages containing obscene language (WITH THE ONLY EXCPETIONS OF THOSE WRITTEN BY COMMUNIST BLOGGERS...)

UNQOTE

!!!!!

Posted by: paola filinesi | December 2, 2006 01:10 AM


I wonder how the family and victims of fascism,mafia,Ustica,and Piazza Fontana feel like having this disrespectful reminder on this t shirts publicized the worst of the Italians heritage,what have we come to?I do not find this funny at all

Posted by: evakulnura | December 2, 2006 01:05 AM


Tutti a ROMA domani!
W la libertà!
RESET a prodi e a questo governo di ladri!

RESET anche a quelli che censurano i post in questo blog!

RESEEEEET!

Posted by: ganni minorati | December 2, 2006 12:36 AM


To: P.r.O.F. John Stuart Mill (LIBERAL not FASCIST) from a simple relatively educated person with manners (which unfortunately you lack)...: o (

With all "due respect" dear Sir,
Your language is sooo foul and your attitude is soooo arrogant that even if there were even a trace of logical argument/sense in what you have been writing so far, it is lost because of your non existent respect towards your fellow bloggers.....

Also being "Liberal" as you define yourself doesn't mean much to us "ignorants" since you don't specify your country of origin...(or do you really consider yourself Anglo-Saxon???)

In any case, since I don't really expect anything spectacular from you (why should you, any way??) I do hope you start using your head for once and preview your writing before addressing us next time.!!!


Posted by: paola filinesi | December 1, 2006 11:51 PM


Raffaella Biferale:

I suppose there was a bit of "Italian Pride" in my comment about the t-shirts, and I am certainly no judge on the italian youth, but, I can't see why it could possibly be allowed that t shirts that glorify the mafia are being sold as "cute tourist items" in the country that is most associated (stereotypically speaking) with the mafia. I can't stand stereotyping of any culture or country, and it really hits home when involves the Italians.

I just wish there was something I could do about it.

(P.S. - when is John Stuart Mill going to stop with the CAPS ragefit)?

Posted by: Charles Terenzio | December 1, 2006 11:25 PM


Kevin: You should know that Prof. Mill must be selling the cudgels with the name of the F....g Duce on them ;-)
Any Fascist symbol must be eliminated from the face of the earth weather they are from the left or from the right. They are the embodiment of enslavement and terror.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | December 1, 2006 08:37 PM


Mr Mills are you Berlusconi in camouflage? There's an obvious anger in your words that reaches climax whith the self explanatory link richer-liberal-less morons....
I don't think there's any point arguing your position or suggest you to go back to school (maybe a different one...), it's pretty evident how you made a fool of yourself writing the cooment with such violent tones and how your idea of democracy sounds rather twisted.

With respect

Kev

Posted by: kevin tosetto | December 1, 2006 07:59 PM


Being from sicily, having returned to my' native' country in early august and having a sister who lives a few steps away from this shop i have not seen them or i would have not bought a black hooded t-shirt and a pair of black trousers , boicotting the shop.
Nevertheless the MAFIA word was used in the HERTZ car rental by the french market to get a discount on the customer's rental.FUNNY...ain't it?
In response to this i wish that MR DON LUIGI CIOTTI will soon think of printing some t-shirts with the wings on the front and Piazzale della memoria on the back.
Hopefully all the profits will go to LIBERA and the new government will do something for the law on confiscated land to mafiosi to be changed and used by unemployeed for the growing of biological crops.
By the way since i was a tour guide and had to read a few books, i once read that the word MAFIA comes from the french word 'se mefier' meaning NOT TO TRUST. It was the motto of the muslims who were being chased by Emperor Frederick the second of Souabia, when the church forced him into getting rid of the 'unfaithful'. Thats why my favourite RULER ever is and always will his grandfather ROGER the Second of HAUTEVILLE.
Want to read a good book on COSA NOSTRA?Then John Dickie's Cosa Nostra is a MUST! I was AMAZINGLY SURPRISED when i saw hundreds of copies being sold by HMV in Ireland
Gotta Go , nephew's call

Posted by: Maria Consuelo Spera | December 1, 2006 06:16 PM


By the way:
Here in US the cudgel is called "Baton"

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | December 1, 2006 05:50 PM


Well, after much debate I can just come to the conclusion that we owe all this to our politicians.

Ergo, MortadellaMan is an idiot.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | December 1, 2006 05:49 PM


Raffaella: points well taken.
Paola: it worries me a lot that world history and geography are not taught in many Countries anymore.
The new generations are mainly ignorant of what caused the innumerable tragedies of the past and are very pliable material for dictators and their simple minded and criminal supporters to prey upon. These new trends must be nipped in the bud before it's too late.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | December 1, 2006 03:53 PM


Hello there, after reading this article what speaks laud and clear in my mind more than this object being sold over the counter to anyone (Just sensationalistic marketer without any scruples?) is the fact someone realize that in this Country there are no more rules of conduct and the moral conundrum is everyone for themselves and who has the gold makes the rules. The indulto has established and open the eye of the public to the fact (Known by most recognized by few) there is no more certainty in the rule of law and the certainty of the penalty to pay for a violent act. Now like I sat before the slippery slope was and still is a big shortcoming in this Country and while the public pays penalties for it the Political Class has found a way to use it and abuse it in their interest. While the public has seen a rise in theft, violence, sexual abuses, heist etc the politicians instead have seen a jump in time lapses (Expiration by terms) for their causes (Latest as of yesterday Mr. Previti case has been annulled). I don’t mean to burst anyone bubble although this Country is dangerously going in the wrong direction and if anyone is waiting for this Political Class to do anything about it you live in Wonderland because it will not happen anytime soon. And so life goes on in the so called Bel Paese where Mafia, Fascist, Incompetent Politicians (Mr. Bassoline 12 year at the wheel and billions down the tube and is still considered an honest individual) are the fact rather than the rules.
Thanks for the opportunity

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | December 1, 2006 03:03 PM


Something else I would like to add....
This T-shirt thing was introduced from the States...it was thought that it would make a difference if you wore a logo and walked around.
Maybe it did,in the begining...now it's business..
it means nothing....it's garbage....
During the Athens Olympic games there were all sorts of t-shirts with signs of the greek flag the Olympic spirit etc.(Did it promote it..:o)))..Where are all these now??? In the garbage can...So there you have it.!!!

Posted by: paola filinesi | December 1, 2006 02:57 PM


I don't want to undermine the subject but I don't really find it so terrifying...
This is the trend....those who would wear those t-shirts have such a limited knowledge of real history and the impact of historical tragic events, that I wouldn't really worry about it.

What we should worry about is actually the fact that the "new" generation is "illiterate"....:o(
We try to teach our children certain things but at the same time society, school, friends, etc. teach them something different and there’s where the problem lays....

We cannot do much, so I think we should let this pass unnoticed because if we concider it as something more than a trend (which will fade as many others did in the past), the longer it will last....

Posted by: paola filinesi | December 1, 2006 02:42 PM


Charles Terenzio:
You said: "I think that the Italian people are a bit more complex and intelligent than anything that is printed on a t-shirt."
I would like to believe it, but I'm not so sure, at least by the average italian.
As I wrote on the italian side of the blog, I see a very dangerous trend in Italy: the banalization and the simplification of everything. Symbols of cruelty and dictatorship have been showing with the greatest nonchalance, near other symbols of status and wealth.
What should the youth think about it? They are growing up without developing an own way of thinking.

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | December 1, 2006 01:54 PM


“Of Tele Mafia. Endless possibilities”. …………………

On this weeks Rete 4 program Milgiore …… the presenter went on and on about our Italian in America is the first most powerful woman referring to that witch Pelosi.
(Now her background is interesting to say the least)
What I found amazing, for want of a better phrase, was the presenters “love of mafia power”. If both the president and vice president die she becomes the president.

What a horrific thought not that I like the two psychopaths but another England, Lyndie England + M. Albright, may their butcher god forbid such an outcome.

Posted by: Marcia Visanji | December 1, 2006 12:56 PM


Italy is following Boltzmann's law of entropy to the letter. Everything in nature must revert to chaos.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | December 1, 2006 12:30 PM


I saw those t-shirts when I was in Italy earlier this year (September/October). I thought it was pretty sick that they were being sold, but what's *really sick* is that people are actually buying them.

I think that the "marketed stereotyping" of any culture encourages ignorance. I think that the Italian people are a bit more complex and intelligent than anything that is printed on a t-shirt.

Posted by: Charles Terenzio | December 1, 2006 12:14 PM


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