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  • Is Israel becoming a mafia state?

    09/11/2017 3:13:25 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 13 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | September 11th 2017 | Simona Weinglass
    The other day, I was sitting at a picnic with several friends when someone referred to Vladimir Putinís Russia as a ďmafia state.Ē The other day, I was sitting at a picnic with several friends when someone referred to Vladimir Putinís Russia as a ďmafia state.Ē Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories FREE SIGN UP A Russian-born woman objected: ďThat is really offensive. Russia is a country of 140 million people. It is wrong to say they are all mafia.Ē ďI am not referring to the people,Ē said the first speaker....
  • Judge to wiseguy: You shouldíve thought before joining the mob

    09/07/2017 10:14:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 7, 2017 | Emily Saul
    A ‚Äčno-nonsense ‚ÄčManhattan federal court judge blasted an aged wiseguy Thursday before sentencing him to seven years in prison ¬ó saying he should have thought beforehand about joining the mob if he didn¬ít want to die behind bars. ¬ďThere¬ís a long history of capos who have died in prison,¬Ē Judge Richard Sullivan coldly told 73-year-old Pasquale ¬ďPatsy¬Ē Parrello before handing down the sentence ¬ó which brought audible gasps of disbelief from the packed courtroom. ¬ďYou must have understood this, you had 88 months to think about it before,¬Ē he added.
  • [Cath Cauc] Vatican document suggests excommunication for some Catholic politicians

    08/04/2017 7:01:16 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 4, 2017 | Phil Lawler
    This week the Vatican launched an international campaign against corruption and organized crime. Well, thatís not quite right. This week the Vatican announced the campaign; it will actually be launched in September. So we donít know exactly what it will be. If you read the full announcement, released on August 2 by the dicastery for Integral Human Development, youíll notice that the statement is short on specifics. There will be an ďinternational consultation group,Ē which will promote education and public awareness of the damage done by corruption. So far, so good. But who will be the members of this group,...
  • Is The Mafia Helping ISIS Smuggle Oil Into Italy?

    08/01/2017 9:34:22 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 01-08-2017 | Irina
    The Italian mafia may have teamed up with the Islamic State to smuggle crude oil from the Middle East into Italy, an ongoing police investigation has suggested, according to The Times who cited a report by La Repubblica. The Italian daily noted that the police had found substantial amounts of Libyan and Syrian crude that were greater than some local refineriesí inventories, with sources connected with the investigation saying that crude, ďshould not have been there.Ē Yet the police have no evidence that the oil came from IS, or whether it came from another non-extremist group of traffickers, because the...
  • Italy: Mafia and Migrant Gangs Running Heroin and Prostitution Rings Together

    06/28/2017 9:06:33 AM PDT · by davikkm · 12 replies
    breitbart ^ | JACK MONTGOMERY
    Nigerian migrant gangs are collaborating with the Sicilian Mafia in the organisation of prostitution rackets and the heroin trade, according to Italian police sources. An investigative report by The Times reveals that machete-wielding gangsters calling themselves Ďthe Vikingsí have now taken the lead in trafficking of around 8,000 prostitutes a year into Palermo, a port city which has become one of the major landing grounds for hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants. The Vikings have displaced a rival organisation called the Black Axe, which The Times described as a Europe-wide operation which uses ďvoodoo ritesĒ to intimidate African women into...
  • Sweet song by Al Capone being sold at auction

    06/24/2017 9:39:45 AM PDT · by bgill · 5 replies
    keyetv ^ | June 24, 2017 | AP
    Artifacts connected to some of the nation's most notorious gangsters are being auctioned this weekend. A handwritten musical composition by Al Capone, a letter written by John Gotti, and jewelry that belonged to Bonnie and Clyde are among the items up for bid Saturday in the "Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen" auction in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by Boston-based RR Auction. The musical piece entitled "Humoresque" shows Capone's softer side. Written when Capone was in Alcatraz in the 1930s, it contains the lines: "You thrill and fill this heart of mine, with gladness like a soothing symphony, over the air, you gently float,...
  • Judge Asks US to Defend Secrecy of Trump Associate's History

    03/21/2016 9:51:57 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 21, 2016 | Jeff Horwitz
    A federal judge has asked the Obama administration to shield from public disclosure court records related to the once-secret criminal history of a former Donald Trump business partner. In an unusual order prompted by an unsealing request from The Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan said that unless the Justice Department acts before April 18, he will decide whether to make the court files public under the assumption that federal prosecutors don't care. The case involves Felix Sater, a Trump business associate who pleaded guilty in a major Mafia-linked stock fraud scheme in the late 1990s and cooperated...
  • Who is 'El Chapo' Guzman, Public Enemy Number One?

    02/15/2013 1:49:00 PM PST · by AuntB · 16 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Feb. 15, 2013 | Michael Tarm
    A drug kingpin in Mexico who has never set foot in Chicago has been named the city's new Public Enemy No. 1 ó the same notorious label assigned to Al Capone at the height of the Prohibition-era gang wars. The Chicago Crime Commission announced the move Thursday, saying it considers Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman even more menacing than Capone because he's the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, which supplies most of the narcotics sold in the city. "Of the two, Guzman is by far the greater threat. ... And he has more power and financial capability than Capone ever dreamed...
  • Italy dissolves four town councils over mafia infiltration

    05/13/2017 6:10:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 12 May 2017 09:58 CEST+02:00
    The Italian government on Thursday dissolved four town councils due to evidence of mafia infiltration. The affected towns were Laureana di Borrello, Bova Marina, and Gioia Taura, all located in Reggio Calabria at the toe of Italyís boot, as well as San Felice a Cancello in Caserta, Campania. [Ö] Government-appointed commissions will take over council duties, the ministry said, and local elections scheduled for June 11th will no longer take place in two of the Sicilian towns. [Ö] In 2016, the government disbanded the local council of Corleone because of suspected mafia infiltration of the Sicilian town which helped inspire...
  • Some Dems think theyíve found the perfect person to challenge Trump in 2020

    04/16/2017 5:56:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 16, 2017 | Justin Haskins
    Immediately following Hillary Clintonís stunning defeat against Donald Trump in November, many in the Democratic Party suggested the DNC failed because it chose a well-connected, corrupt, establishment candidate in an election cycle that heavily favored political outsiders. Consequently, many in the Democratic Party called on DNC leaders to find and promote candidates that could better represent middle-class working Americans. However, the early front-runner in the 2020 race to be Clintonís successor, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), seems to fit the establishment mold much closer than the kind of candidate you would expect a party to pick thatís looking to...
  • Mobster‚Äôs son says ISIS gives Mafia chance to show its ‚Äėgood side‚Äô

    The son of infamous mob figure John Gambino says the La Cosa Nostra is ready to fight ISIS in New York City ‚ÄĒ and that the Mafia can do a better job of protecting the city from terror attacks than the NYPD. Giovanni Gambino said during an interview with NBC that ‚Äúthe rise of global terrorism gives the Mafia a chance to show its good side.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúWe make sure our friends and families are protected from extremists and terrorists, especially . . . the Islamic State,‚ÄĚ Gambino said. http://nypost.com/2015/11/23/the-mafia-is-prepared-to-protect-new-york-city-from-isis/
  • The Man Who Had To Be Elected Pope

    04/02/2017 9:39:38 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 44 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | April 2, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    02 apr The Man Who Had To Be Elected Pope > Italiano > English> EspaŮol> FranÁais> All the articles of Settimo Cielo in English*Mission accomplished. After four years of pontificate, this is the assessment that has been made by the cardinals who brought Jorge Mario Bergoglio to election as pope.The operation that produced the Francis phenomenon arises from a long time ago, as far back as 2002, when for the first time "L'Espresso" discovered and wrote that the then little-known archbishop of Buenos Aires had leapt to the top of the candidates for the papacy, the real ones, not the...
  • Lighten the Load with a Laugh;)

    03/23/2017 2:58:27 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 48 replies
    unknown | 3/23/2017 | self
    Why Italians Can't be Paramedics ... Vinny and Sal are out in the woods hunting when suddenly Sal grabs his chest and falls to the ground. He doesnít seem to be breathing; his eyes are rolled back in his head. Vinny whips out his cell phone and calls 911. He tells the operator, "I think Sal is dead! What should I do? The operator, in a calm soothing voice says, "Just take it easy and follow my instructions. First, let's make sure he's dead.Ē There is a silence. And then a gun shot is heard. Vinny's voice comes back on...
  • Kellyanne Conway's New Jersey roots involve grandfather's alleged mob ties

    03/22/2017 3:32:58 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 73 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 22, 2017 | Elizalbeth Elizalde
    Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, is so New Jersey that her Secret Service codename is "Blueberry," but what many may not know, is her grandfather allegedly belonged to the Mafia in the 80s. Jimmy "The Brute" DiNatale, Conway's late grandfather, allegedly had mob ties and was a "significant criminal associate" of Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo - the heir to the Bruno crime family based in Philadelphia, according to a memorial service page and law enforcement officials who spoke to the Philly Voice. [Snip] DiNatale - who appeared not to have a criminal record - was born in Trenton in...
  • Mafia godfathers can't be church godfathers, bishop rules [Sicily]

    03/18/2017 10:02:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 17 March 2017 16:56 CET+01:00 | AFP
    A bishop in Sicily has banned known mafia criminals from acting as godfathers at baptisms in churches in his diocese. Michele Pennisi, bishop of Monreale, near Palermo, said Friday he had issued a decree to that effect in a bid to challenge any notion that the bosses of organized crime have a paternalistic side to them. ďThe mafia has always taken the term ĎGodfatherí from the Church to give its bosses an air of religious respectability, whereas in fact the two worlds are completely incompatible,Ē the bishop told AFP. Pennisiís diocese includes Corleone, a vendetta-haunted village inland from Palermo which...
  • The Obama Mafia Funneled Money Extorted By The DOJ From Settlements To Progressive Groups

    03/07/2017 6:55:03 AM PST · by davikkm · 23 replies
    IWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    Remember the movie THE GODFATHER? The Mafia went from business to business extorting money from those businesses, and, of course, they paid to stay in business. Obama and his DOJ/Loretta Lynch did the very same thing to those they charged. I would say they could charge whomever they pleased, and then settlements were made. That money legally belonged to the American taxpayer, but you know where it went? Obama used it to funnel funds to Progressive groups like the National Council of La Raza. We will talk about La Raza to understand what kind of people your taxpayer dollars funded....
  • The EU Is Operating Like A Mafia Family: Extortion and Strong-Arming Are The New Politics

    02/23/2017 7:41:21 AM PST · by davikkm · 15 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    Extortion, loan-sharking and protection rackets are all part of the Mafiaís ďBusiness ModelĒ, it seems that the European Union has adopted this model in its Brexit negotiations with the U.K. After Jean Claude Junckerís (President) announcement that Britain should pay 50 Billion Pounds to leave the EU club (family), is it any wonder that the Brits are starting to see the EU federalists as a ďGodfatheresqueĒ criminal organization.
  • Top 10 crime families of America

    11/13/2016 2:47:12 PM PST · by doug from upland · 13 replies
    top yaps ^ | unknown date | Arun Thakur
    NOTE: this was apparently written before labeling the Clinton Crime Family as such ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Going a little back into the history of crime, especially crime in America in the recent one century, you will realize that much of it is attributed to organizations run by crime families, where crime in disguised forms is the family business. And, despite the fact that their presence has been fading away, they still retain their power and their authority. Given below is the list of the top 10 crime families of America. Read on! 10. Lucchese crime family: The Lucchese Family is one of...
  • Why Hillary and Bill are the Mafia Mobsters of US politics

    11/07/2016 4:03:25 AM PST · by crazycat · 10 replies
    James Kallstrom, former head of the FBIís New York office, is the man who brought to justice the notorious mob boss John Gotti, the Teflon Don. So when he calls Bill and Hillary Clinton members of a Ďcrime familyí itís fair to assume he knows what heís talking about. In a radio interview, Kallstrom described Hillary as a Ďpathological liarí and said of the coupleís Ďcharitableí Clinton Foundation: ĎItís like organised crime, really. The foundation is a cesspool.í Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3911516/Why-Hillary-Bill-Mafia-mobsters-politics-s-dodged-bullet-brilliant-dispatch-RICHARD-LITTLEJOHN-reveals-voters-revulsion-stench-corruption-won-t-away.html#ixzz4PJy5Ow5c Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • FOX'S BILL O'REILLY SPOOKS THE STARS /Al-Jazeera Broadcasting DNC Convention

    07/29/2004 11:49:17 PM PDT · by kattracks · 8 replies · 2,194+ views
    New York Post - Page Six ^ | 7/30/04 | Richard Johnson with Paula Froelich and Chris Wilson
    BILL O'Reilly's on-air showdown with lefty hero Michael Moore may have pro vided the biggest fireworks of the care fully crafted coronation known as the Democratic National Convention, so it's no surprise that the Fox News Channel star caused a stir at the Creative Coalition bash at Louis Boston the other night. PAGE SIX's Chris Wilson reports O'Reilly seemed like a skunk at the picnic in the VIP section, where diehard Dems Leon ardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Bianca Jagger, Richard Schiff, Billy Bal dwin, Alyssa Milano, Ellen Burstyn and Richard Kind passed through during a performance by the Red Hot...