having a lover was a “circumstance that damaged the honour of the person among family and friends”.

30 03 2008

Italy is great. you can’t be raped if you are wearing jeans and you are allowed to lie about affairs. awesome. 

Italy’s highest appeal court has ruled that married Italian women who commit adultery are entitled to lie about it to protect their honour.

The court gave its landmark ruling after hearing the case of a 48-year-old woman, convicted of giving false testimony to police by denying she had lent her mobile phone to her lover.

The appeal court did not agree that she had broken the law. It said bending the truth was justified to conceal extra-marital relationships. In a predominantly Catholic country you might expect the courts to take a dim view of lying and adultery. But not in this case.

The woman who brought the appeal was from Porto Ercole on the Tuscany coast, and named only as Carla. She had lent her telephone to her secret lover, Giovanni, who then used it to call Carla’s estranged husband, Vincenzo, and insult him. Giovanni, the lover, was convicted of abusive behaviour in a local court, and Carla convicted as an accessory.

Controversial judgements

But the Court of Cassation found that having a lover was a circumstance that damaged the honour of the person among family and friends. Lying about it, therefore, was permitted, even in a judicial investigation. It is not yet clear whether the ruling might also apply to men who have secret mistresses. The Court of Cassation, which is largely staffed by elderly male appeal judges, has in the past issued a number of controversial judgements.

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Watch out Women, Mayor Nagin is Vagina-Friendly

30 03 2008

You’re right Ray Nagin, “God is mad at America.”
Scheduled to appear during 2 days of educational, cultural and entertainment events at the New Orleans Arena and Louisiana Superdome, are Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, Glenn Close, Salma Hayek, Sally Field, Christina Lahti and Faith Hill.

Ensler says they will celebrate V-Day’s 10 years of ending violence in the world.

Mayor Nagin began his comments at the news conference by saying, “How am I gonna stand up and say, I’m a ‘vagina-friendly’ Mayor to these cameras after ‘Chocolate City’ and some of the other stuff that I’ve done.  But you know what?  I’m in.”

“She (Ensler) started describing the event, and you know what, I’m a guy and I’ve heard about the Vagina Monologues but I don’t know what was going on.  I didn’t know anything about it and she started to describe this event – look, you know I’ve got a script and I’m not following it – and I was absolutely blown away at how awesome this work is.  I mean, she is doing God’s work. So, I stand before you, a vagina-friendly Mayor. I am in!  And you know what?  It is so appropriate right now.  New Orleans, Louisiana is the birthplace of jazz, you know, but it is the birthplace of so many tremendous women.”

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Celebration of Life: Stripper at a Funeral

30 03 2008

Watch the Video: Here 

There is a bond that some children have with their parents that can never be stripped away.

Cai Ruigong, a Taiwanese man, proved that recently when he hired an adult dancer to perform at his father’s funeral.

Ruigong’s father, Cai Jinlai, was 103 years old when he passed away. Jinlai was famous for his interest in strips clubs and often traveled around the island where he lived, visiting various strip clubs. Jinlai was the oldest person in his village and had over 100 descendants.

Ruigong had made a promise to his father that if he lived past 100 years old, he would have a stripper dance at his funeral.

Jinlai would have been proud to know that he went out in style, with a $160 stripper dancing for 10 minutes in front of his coffin.

We recently published a video that was sent in by one of our readers that showed strippers performing in front of children. Apparently strippers are not frowned upon in Taiwanese culture.

In China, there has been a practice of having strippers at funerals to help boost the number of mourners.

“Local villagers believe that the more people who attend the funeral, the more the dead person is honoured.”

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You were Wearing Jeans? Then You Can’t Possibly be Raped

29 03 2008

jeansvictimThis case might set precedent for other people to be freed from jail. because if collaboration is need to remove jeans, then collaboration is needed for being shoved into a van. because it can’t be against her will if she has legs, she could use them. For shame Italy, you just gave rapists a reason to hunt jean-loving ladies. And aren’t advertisers to blame too? like cigarette ads for young’ins, jeans ads collaborate with criminals to get women in jeans. Article:

Italy’s highest court has ruled that a woman wearing jeans cannot be raped.

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Rome on Wednesday overturned a rape conviction, saying that the supposed victim must have agreed to sex because her jeans could not have been removed without her consent.

Rome Correspondent David Willey: “Ground-breaker in Italian legal annals”
A court in the southern town of Potenza had convicted a driving instructor of raping his 18-year-old pupil.

The instructor, aged 45 and identified only as Carmine, had been sentenced to 34 months’ jail.

His defence had argued that the young woman – identified as Rosa – had consented to sex, a version of events which the woman strongly denied.

The Supreme Court ruled that it was impossible to remove a pair of jeans “without the collaboration of the person wearing them”, and that the young woman must therefore have consented to sex.

In a judgement likely to anger women’s rights organisations, the rape conviction was reversed.

Driving instructors in Italy have a reputation, deserved or undeserved, for molesting young female pupils, and the case appeared at first to be a familiar story of sexual assault on a lonely country road.

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Imagination is the Only Escape: not LOLocaust

23 03 2008

At first when I heard that Luc Bernard, 21, was developing a Holocaust-themed game, I was unamused. but when I looked into it, it was a good idea gone wrong. he means it to be educational. but like “diversity training” in the U of Delaware, it has gone wrong. This isn’t a LOLocaust moment (and that term just baffles me, LOLocaust, haha Holocaust. not funny). Here’s a brief overview about the game “Imagination Is the Only Escape”:

Last month, when a 21-year-old British video game developer named Luc Bernard posted a description on his blog of a Holocaust-themed game he is writing that describes how the Nazis tortured children, the reaction was swift and visceral.
The game, called Imagination Is the Only Escape, apparently will not be distributed within the United States. It casts players in the role of a young boy in eastern France during the German occupation who seeks escape from real-life horror through a fantasy world.
Darkly illustrated and full of gruesome historical facts, it is a far cry from the normal fare written for the Nintendo DS, which tends toward games featuring cute ponies and the like.
The game is being produced by Alten8, a small, private British game company that is licensed to develop games for Nintendo U.K. The company is in the process of putting out another title by Mr. Bernard for Nintendo called Eternity’s Child that deals with a fantasy world destroyed by global warming.
In a telephone interview from France, where he lives, Mr. Bernard said, “There will be no on-screen violence in this product. I don’t see war as a game. I don’t find that amusing.” He said that his mother was Jewish and his maternal grandmother looked after orphaned Jewish children after World War II.

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RateMyCop.com: “It exposes us”

19 03 2008

Oh no! A site that rates cops, that’s unconstitutional somehow, right? I mean, we don’t want to endanger PUBLIC officials or anything. no, no, no. Cops should be on a higher plateau than criminals and pedophiles because every single cops is clean. Ain’t that right, Rodney King?

This site helps rate more than 130,000 cops based on authority, fairness, and satisfaction. The names of police officers are in the public domain, so there is nothing legally wrong about the site. Police associations are seeking legal injunctions to shut down the site because police officers rated face “unfair maligning without an opportunity to defend themselves.”  Cops from the Police Link – a social community for law-enforcement agents – were in uproar over this website. One cop identified as Wgipson1073 (for “protection”, right?) says “Looks like a shopping center for cop killers to me. Pick a name that sounds good then go pick off the officer. That site is nothing more than a disaster waiting to happen.”

Constitutional attorney and former San Francisco Police Commissioner Peter Keane said “any kind of publication is protected as long as it’s not publishing privileged information.”

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Another Injustice: Bench-Warmers Against Homeless

19 03 2008

Strategically placed “community activists” in San Diego’s finer district will sit on their asses to help keep those godforsaken nomads off their streets. Revered by her local community for getting donations for public benches (what a feat!), Esther Viti is now overseeing a public effort to keep homeless people from making those comfy benches (with 2 bed, 1 bath) their own homes. She sent out emails to community activists asking for donations of time to “sit in three-hour shifts” without pee breaks. c’mon lady, a man’s gotta pee. and better it be on a homeless man, oh wait! I think you’ve got that covered. “After all, you MUST OCCUPY THAT BENCH continually for three hours to prevent that homeless person from sitting on that bench,” the e-mail said. Other efforts to keep homeless off benches didn’t work – even metal dividers didn’t stop them from sleeping all over the place. Go Home, Transients! In 2006 an estimated 9,600 homeless roamed the streets of San Diego. Why won’t they just get real jobs and not live off the government. lazy, right, Ms. Esther “Fuck the Poor” Viti?
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