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"Heaven Is Where The Police Are British, The Protesters Are Italian…"

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Yesterday, members of the anti-war general-protest group Code Pink interrupted AIG's Edward Libby during his testimony before the House Financial Services panel. There were about a half-dozen ladies, chanting, holding signs, and wearing loud, pink shirts.

Booorrrr-ing!

If you want a protest about the world financial crisis done right, look to the Italians. On Monday, "pornographic actress" Laura Perego bared her anger at the Milan stock exchange by stripping down to her skivvies:

"I want to send a message to all those who mismanaged our savings," shouted the 22-year-old Sicilian…as several traders tried in vain to make her put her clothes back on.

She accused the bemused financiers of "stripping Italians of everything but their underwear."

She was held in a police station for over an hour before emerging to tell reporters that "several officers complimented me and told me I was fighting for a just cause"…

Perego said she has other exhibitionist protests in mind. Here's hoping she'll want to free willy save the whales next.

Reason has plenty to say on sex and pornography, but you'll have to Google "Laura Perego" pix on your own. Also, check out contributors Steve Chapman and David Harsanyi on bailouts and bonuses. Editor Matt Welch on Obama and AIG here.

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  1. several traders tried in vain to make her put her clothes back on

    Exactly the kind of decision-making skills I expect from stock traders. No wonder the world is in financial crisis…

  2. Perego said she has other exhibitionist protests in mind. Here’s hoping she’ll want to free willy save the whales next.

    Nice try, but what does it mean? Are you suggesting she’s one of those female types who has a weenie? eww

  3. “but you’ll have to Google “Laura Perego” pix on your own.”

    Thanks for the tip!

  4. you’ll have to Google “Laura Perego” pix on your own.

    Naturally, I did. Meh. She’s OK, not as hot as Cicciolina.

    Is she running for office?

    -jcr

  5. She accused the bemused financiers

    I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

  6. In this economy, we are all bemused now.

  7. why the quotes on “pornographic actress”?

    They are acting. I saw some behind the scenes stuff with Buttman filming a remake of ‘Debbie does Dallas’, he had a difficult time with the girls just laying there. He accused them of being lazy and wanted some movement, moans and groans…

  8. Never get in a battle of tits with a Sicilian when debt is on the line.

  9. If she only stripped down to her underwear, why’d they even arrest her? That’s like wearing a swimsuit.

  10. Naturally, I did. Meh. She’s OK, not as hot as Cicciolina.

    OK, you are insane. She just never looked quite right, and that’s with her clothes on. She was downright creepy looking on her best days. John Wayne Gacy creepy.

    I must thank Reason for, ahem, exposing me to this rather hot brunette.

  11. Cicciolina? Wasn’t she in one of those Jame Bond movies? I’m thinking in the role of Jaws.

  12. Video of Laura’s “protest” (the best I’ve ever seen) here:

    Link to stripdown

  13. Gag her with a sock and she’d be perfect. I had forgotten how unpleasant Italian women’s voices are.

  14. Gotta agree with JW. In my limited, erm, exposure to Cicciolina, she always looked like a tweaker to me. And Perego’s patriotic, too.

  15. Stripping as a political protest belongs on the web, not on the street.

  16. Before I start Googling, can someone who’s already done the hard work tell me if she’s better looking than the average Code Pinker?

  17. Gag her with a sock and she’d be perfect. I had forgotten how unpleasant Italian women’s voices are.

    She’s Sicilian. That’s not really Italian.

  18. Omerta!~ tu minchia I killa you Episiarcha! I cutta you like prusciutto!

  19. I fucking hate code pink.

    they’re some kind of sad, sick sociological mistake. Lifetime TV’s version of SDS. Oxygen Network Zapatistas. The Oprah Jihad. I think real antiwar activists are embarrassed to be associated with them. They do more damage than good, in providing a horrible cliche version of silly, shallow incoherant hyperliberal idiots making a scene, mostly for their own self satisfaction. They are like the Bizarro Westboro Baptist Church …

  20. In other news, the public was struck with panic when Code Pink protesters issued a series of demands and threatened to get naked in public unless the demands were met.

  21. For those wondering, the title comes from the old joke:

    In heaven,
    the cooks are French,
    the engineers are German,
    the cops are British,
    and the lovers are Italian.

    In hell,
    the cooks are British,
    the engineers are French,
    the cops are Italian,
    and the lovers are German.

    Or something like that….

  22. lovers are German.

    “To make it up to you we will go out to dinner at a sensibly-priced restaurant, then have a night of efficient German sex.”

  23. Bizarro Westboro Baptist Church

    Or realspace trolls

  24. Westboro Baptist Church is good for one thing, though…really testing the limits of free speech, or, if we tolerate people that unpleasant then we can all feel better about ourselves. I admit that I don’t know as much about Code Pink ‘cuz I mostly try to ignore them.

    And I think “bemused” is used correctly. Or at least as applied to the behavior of some traders.

  25. Code Pink: They aren’t hot flashes… they’re POWER SURGES!

  26. The local paper had a pic of the Code Pink women; one of them had a sign that said CROOKS, but the “C” was too close to the “r”, and it looked like it read GOOKS.

    I’m filing a hate-crime report.

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