What? No vandalism?

A story on the front page of today's New York Times tells about the many people in Bari, Italy, who resent a plaque, in front of the local cathedral, containing a friendly message from Vladimir Putin. It's next to a statue of the local patron saint, which Putin donated decades ago. The locals have been signing petitions to have the plaque taken down, but the town hasn't done so.

Can you imagine if this were in Portland? Ha! Ha! They're a lot more civilized in Bari.


  1. Someone ought pass this idea along to our civic leaders. It will soon be part of job applications here I suppose:


  2. Where my grandma was born Bari Italy💕


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