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  • Historyís First Rainbow Political Execution

    01/25/2015 11:00:13 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 8 replies
    If MSNBC Says Something Alone in the Forest, Is It Still Stupid? ^ | c. 430 Ė 354 BC | Ξενοφῶν (Xenophon)
    Socrates ¬Ö took occasion of the presence of a whole company and of Euthydemus to remark that Critias appeared to be suffering from a swinish affection, or else why this desire to rub himself against Euthydemus like a herd of piglings scraping against stones. The hatred of Critias to Socrates doubtless dates from this incident. He treasured it up against him, and afterwards, when he was one of the Thirty [Tyrants] ¬Ö he framed the law against teaching the art of words merely from a desire to vilify Socrates. He was at a loss to know how else to...
  • Ex-Rezko partner bankrupt

    02/16/2009 10:09:35 AM PST · by STARWISE · 7 replies · 733+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 2-16-09 | Tim Novak
    Tony Rezko's former development partner is broke. ### Dan Mahru -- a lawyer who became an ice peddler and real estate developer -- has filed for bankruptcy, declaring that he and his business partners, including Rezko, owe as much as $95 million to creditors. Mahru estimates his personal debts could be as high as $50 million. Mahru and Rezko split a few years ago. But they're still fighting dozens of lawsuits filed over housing developments they built. "I couldn't handle all the multitude of lawsuits involving Mr. Rezko,'' Mahru says. Mahru lists $48,970.61 in assets in the bankruptcy case he...
  • Mob squeezed him; city squeezes widow (Kass: Chicago outfit, Daley machine)

    07/05/2009 9:17:12 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 5 replies · 1,139+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7-4-09 | John Kass
    Whether the name of Richie Urso ever makes it into the corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich next June is anybody's guess. You've probably never heard of Richie Urso. But the FBI sure has heard of him. His is a classic Chicago story, about a beefy yet charming guy born on Grand Avenue, who got in trouble with the law as a kid, only to make political friends and become extremely wealthy. He was arrested once for jewelry theft in the '60s by the Outfit's top Chicago police detective, William Hanhardt. Urso's alleged partner in the theft was the...
  • Harry Reid Might Lose Eyesight After Exercise Injury

    01/09/2015 3:38:39 PM PST · by PROCON · 136 replies
    mediaite ^ | Jan. 9, 2015 | Tina Nguyen
    In an interview with KNPR that aired this morning, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) revealed that an exercise injury he suffered on New Yearís Day may leave him blind in one eye. ďI had a serious injury in my eye, thereís blood accumulation there, and weíre hoping that resolves itself,Ē he said. ďAs long as the blood is in the eye, itís hard to see.Ē The 75-year-old Reid was exercising in his own home with resistance bands when one snapped, flying into his eye and knocking him backwards, breaking three ribs and suffering a concussion. Reid added that he...
  • Ten Ways the Mafia and Islam Are Similar

    12/09/2014 3:24:27 AM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies ^ | December 9, 2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    During a debate on HBOís Real Time last October, host Bill Maher declared that Islam is ďthe only religion that acts like the mafia, that will f***ing kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture, or write the wrong book.Ē
  • Soros' Investment in Terror Lawyer Backfires (Lynne Stewart)

    07/21/2010 9:17:14 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 21, 2010 | Ben Johnson
    Five-and-a-half years after being convicted of providing material support for terrorism, terror lawyer Lynne Stewart finally received a sentence commensurate with her crime. She was resentenced last week to 10 years. But if George Soros had his way, she would be free today. Stewart made a career out of defending street criminals and terrorists, including Sammy "The Bull" Gravano (pleaded guilty), Weather Underground terrorist David J. Gilbert (convicted), and Larry Davis (acquitted of wounding six policemen and killing several others in 1986, only to be convicted of a later murder and killed in prison). It should have come as...
  • Among Chicago's black voters, disenchantment grows with Mayor Emanuel

    09/30/2014 8:16:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 30, 2014 | BY MARY WISNIEWSKI
    Rahm Emanuel won election as mayor of Chicago three years ago in part because of his strength in the African-American community, but enough black voters have since soured on him that a black labor leader is emerging as a potential rival in the city's February election. Emanuel easily won the majority of voters in every African-American ward in 2011 to become mayor of Chicago, the nation's third-largest city. Since then, a persistently high murder rate, the closing of 50 public schools and a sense that Emanuel is out of touch have hurt his position and invited a bid from Karen...
  • Former ATF Agent: Empower Police To Nab Terrorists Smuggling Cigarettes

    09/29/2014 12:37:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 28, 2014 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Strict laws must be put in place to combat New York City‚Äôs massive tobacco smuggling problem, former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives Assistant Director Rich Marianos told The Daily Caller News Foundation.‚ÄúStreet gangs, narcotics crews, Russian and Asian organized crime networks, and terrorists are trading cigs for guns, narcotics ‚ÄĒ even humans,‚ÄĚ Marianos, who was with the ATF for 27 years, said.NYC‚Äôs disproportionately high cigarette tax is allowing hardened criminals and even terrorists to fund illicit activity and make huge profits, with almost no risk, thanks to lax tobacco smuggling laws.Since 2006, the tax rate on NYC...
  • Clifton-based recycler abruptly closes its doors, lays off 100 workers (New Jersey)

    09/07/2014 10:56:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Clifton Journal ^ | September 5, 2014 | Jeff Green, Aaron Morrison, James M. OíNeill and Todd South
    Green Sky workers being told that the recycling plant is closing. A prominent Clifton-based recycling company abruptly closed its doors on Friday, informing more than 100 employees that they had worked their final day while dozens of North Jersey towns scrambled to forge temporary arrangements with other collectors. Green Sky Industries, which promoted itself as the state’s largest private recycler with 75 municipal contracts, many in Bergen and Passaic counties, announced in a letter to towns on Thursday that it was shutting both of its plants, in Clifton and Carteret in Middlesex County. The company’s Clifton employees on Friday were...
  • Holderís Justice Dept Uses Bank Settlements to Fund Democrat Nonprofits

    08/30/2014 12:29:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies ^ | August 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Once again, our Chicago-style Attorney General has proven that corruption is the basic foundation upon which the modern Democrat Party is built. Eric Holder, the nation’s top extortionist officer, has been running around the financial sector suing banks for anything (and everything) he can get away with. Ally Bank paid millions for alleged racist lending practices (an allegation the DOJ made without ever looking at loan portfolios), JP Morgan has shelled out billions for various anti-Obama comments regulatory infractions, and Bank of America just paid a $16.6 billion fine for their government-mandated role in the financial crises of 2008.Aside from...
  • ďThe World is a MessĒ Ö Heís Why

    08/09/2014 11:01:19 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 16 replies ^ | August 8, 2014 | Randall Stevens
    In the late interwar period, a few years before the ascendency of Adolf Hitler to the Chancellery, the famed German film director Fritz Lang created a classic of the silent film era. Spione (English: Spies) is a thriller of international espionage, intrigue, and manipulation by a criminal mastermind. Playing diplomats, politicians, and detectives against each other, using prostitutes, opium, and blackmail to control his adversaries, Langís arch villain Haghi pushes the world to the precipice of total war before he is brought down by the filmís hero. There is a man operating like this today. He has control of vast...
  • 'Sniper van' found in Metairie leads to mystery with mob ties

    07/19/2014 6:13:12 PM PDT · by BBell · 42 replies | Times-Picayune ^ | July 18, 2014 | Andy Grimm
    Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies found a racketeer and a riddle when they pulled over a van in Metairie two months ago. The racketeer was Joe Gagliano, the 55-year-old son of a reputed New Orleans mob underboss. The riddle was what he was doing in a van outfitted with what appeared to be gun ports, with a sniper rifle and silencer inside.Late one night a patrol deputy got a tip from a "credible and reliable source" that there was a van with stolen plates, driving on Metairie Road near the Orleans Parish line. When they pulled over the van, deputies found...
  • Would the Mafia ever order a hit on Pope Francis?

    06/24/2014 1:13:36 PM PDT · by mojito · 26 replies
    The Week ^ | 6/23/2014 | Peter Weber
    Pope Francis has declared a sort of holy war on the Mafia. And it's not unreasonable to believe that the Mafia may fight back. On Saturday, the pope traveled to Calabria, the heartland of one of Italy's biggest organized crime enterprises, the 'Ndrangheta, and, in front of a crowd of more than 100,000, blasted the 'Ndrangheta as example of "the adoration of evil and contempt of the common good." Then he dropped the hammer: Those who in their lives follow this path of evil, as mafiosi do, are not in communion with God. They are excommunicated. [Pope Francis] This is...
  • Pope Francis Declares Mafiosi 'Excommunicated' at Mass in Mafia Power Base

    06/22/2014 10:41:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/22/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    Speaking to a gathering of tens of thousands of people at the power base of a highly dangerous organized crime group in Italy, Pope Francis Saturday condemned the mafia's "adoration of evil" and declared all mobsters as effectively excommunicated from the Catholic Church. The pope traveled to, and held a mass in, the southern region of Calabria, the power base of the global drug trafficking syndicate 'Ndrangheta, to comfort the family of a 3-year-old boy who, along with his grandfather, was gunned down in a January shootout involving the mafia. "Those who in their lives follow this path of evil,...
  • Mafiosi are 'excommunicated', pope says

    06/21/2014 10:53:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 21, 2014 | Philip Pullella
    SIBARI Italy (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Saturday took on one of Italy's most dangerous organised crime groups, calling it an example of "the adoration of evil" and saying Mafiosi "are excommunicated". The pope, speaking about the 'Ndrangheta crime group during a mass in the southern Italy, issued the strongest attacks on organised crime since the late Pope John Paul lambasted the Sicilian Mafia in 1993. "Those who in their lives follow this path of evil, as mafiosi do, are not in communion with God. They are excommunicated," Pope Francis said in impromptu comments at a mass before tens of...
  • The NFL's extravagant demands for Super Bowl host cities

    06/10/2014 8:29:25 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 31 replies
    sb nation ^ | 6-6-14 | Ryan Van Bibber
    In order to deliver a Super Bowl, the NFL wants free luxury hotel rooms, police escorts and tax exemption from the host city. A leaked report reveals the league's 153 pages of requests for the 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis. Two years ago, the Minnesota State Legislature and the city of Minneapolis were ready to walk away from a plan to provide approximately $500 million to Vikings owner Zygi Wilf to pay more than half the costs a new stadium. It took a veiled threat to move the team to Los Angeles and a dramatic last-minute lobbying campaign from NFL...
  • Israel, Iran mafia flood Saudi market with fakes

    05/30/2014 5:33:12 AM PDT · by mgist · 8 replies
    arab News ^ | 5/2/14 | jeddah
    Israel, Iran mafia flood Saudi market with fakes Substandard and fake products worth billions of dollars are being dumped in the Kingdom by mafias in Israel and Iran, said Abdul Rahman Al-Zamil, president of the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC). Al-Zamil urged the cooperation of Saudis and expats to prevent such products from entering the market. ďYou can see such products everywhere and most of these products come from Israel and Iran with the support of mafias,Ē Al-Zamil told Arab News. He urged expats to be cautious of such products. ďIgnorant consumers purchase these products, only to bin them after...
  • China sentences mining tycoon Liu Han to death

    05/23/2014 10:59:09 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 10 replies
    MSN News ^ | May 24 2014 | By AFP
    A Chinese court on Friday convicted a mining billionaire said to have links with former security tsar Zhou Yongkang of murder and sentenced him to death. Liu Han led private company Hanlong, which once launched a billion-dollar bid for an Australian firm. He and his brother Liu Wei were found guilty of "organising and leading a mafia-style group", murder and other crimes, the Xianning Intermediate People's Court said. They and three accomplices were sentenced to death.
  • [July 10, 2013] Dirty doctors, Russian mafia fueling prescription drug and heroin abuse in N.J., inv

    05/22/2014 7:06:14 PM PDT · by mgist · 17 replies
    NJ ^ | on July 10, 2013 at 9:23 AM, updated July 11, 2013 at 6:44 AM | Baxter
    TRENTON ó Nondescript minivans pulled up like clockwork outside Newarkís homeless shelters, and the drivers offered a deal few desperate people would turn down: a free health checkup and a guaranteed prescription for painkillers, which can fetch as much as $100 per pill on the street. They were bused 10 miles away, authorities said, to a rundown strip mall in Passaic where the deal went down. A doctor offered a quick, often bogus exam before writing scripts for OxyContin or oxycodone. As a special thank you, he threw in a $10 gift card. His patients could take the drugs or...
  • UKRAINE, Crimea: Putin gave the Crimea to be at the mercy of criminals Caucasus

    05/21/2014 4:03:55 AM PDT · by · 2 replies
    GOOGLE TRANSLATION: According to the group "Information resistance", in two areas of the occupied Republic of Crimea - Evpatoria and Saki - there is an unprecedented coaching rampant criminality in the spirit of dashing 90. It is worth recalling that Saki and Evpatoria - known resorts with a long history. First famous therapeutic mud and specialized health centers, the second traditionally considered an ideal place for families with children. More precisely, we considered - because few parents will decide to go to the countryside, recently infested came from Chechnya and Dagestan. According to our emissaries in these areas occur raider...
  • A True Tough Guy: The Mafia, Gays, and Michael Samís Boyfriend

    05/15/2014 7:09:36 AM PDT · by safetysign · 24 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05/15/2014 | Michael Daly
    When Vito Cammisano kissed his boyfriend in front of the ESPN cameras, he must have known the world would find out his grandfather was a notorious mob bossóbut he wasnít afraid. If the late mob boss William ďWillie the RatĒ Cammisano was like other Mafiosióand by all accounts he most emphatically wasóhe would have been apoplectic had he been told his grandson was dating an African American. But a Mafioso such as Willie the Rat would have taken that as the good news by comparison when he heard the rest. For his grandsonís African-American lover also happens to be a...
  • Ukrainian mafia steps up to avenge rape victim

    04/23/2014 1:02:13 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | 4-23-2014 | Hurriyet
    Ukrainian mafia leaders have formed an alliance to take retribution on three high-profile men accused of raping, attempting to strangle and burning a young woman alive in the Ukrainian town of Nikolayev, daily HŁrriyet reported. The leaders reportedly ordered their contacts in every prison in Ukraine to "take care" of the three men and do make them "worse than [the victim]" in revenge for their alleged attack on Oxana Makar. Makar, 18, remains in critical condition. Her parents, meanwhile, have been attempting to remind the public of her suffering; her mother recently uploaded a video that shows the girl struggling...
  • Italian mob has Ä200bn annual budget

    03/25/2014 1:34:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 25.03.14 @ 19:08 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    The Italian mobís annual budget is bigger than that of the EU, with most of the money spent outside Italy, the countryís foreign ministry says. ďOrganised crime has an annual budget of more than Ä200 billion,Ē said Giovanni Brauzzi, security policy director at the Italian ministry of foreign affairs, on Tuesday (25 March). ďThey invest only 10 percent of this budget in Italy; the rest they invest in countries in Europe and elsewhere. They have good friends everywhere,Ē he added. The EUís annual budget for 2014 in comparison is around Ä140 billion. Ö
  • Pope Francis Threatens Hell -- Hooray!

    03/25/2014 7:03:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | March 25, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, Pope Francis warned Italy's Mafia leaders that if they continue their evil ways, they will go to hell. Hooray for the pope. More power to him for threatening evil people with hell. I had begun to despair that in my lifetime I would hear such talk from mainstream Christian or Jewish leaders. For the past two generations, God has rarely been depicted as judging and punishing. Instead all we have heard is the phrase, "God Is Love," which, when offered as the one description of God, is morally meaningless -- and even morally dangerous. If your aim...
  • Italian mafia boss Ďfed alive to pigsí--- Police believe Francesco Raccosta was kidnapped......

    12/29/2013 6:21:23 AM PST · by dennisw · 47 replies
    nydailynews ^ | Nov. 28, 2013 | By Lee Moran
    Police believe Francesco Raccosta - who disappeared from his home in Calabria back in 2012 - was kidnapped by rival mobsters and fed alive to a herd of pigs. Francesco Raccosta, who vanished without a trace from his home in Calabria in March 2012, is now believed to have been kidnapped by opposition mobsters. They then severely beat him before throwing him into a herd of pigs - who swiftly ate his body as he screamed and begged for mercy. Cops say they found out about his fate earlier this month while investigating the southern 'Ndrangheta mafia organization. Officers claim...
  • Pope warns mobsters they risk going to hell [Will he say same to abortionists, etc.?]

    03/22/2014 8:26:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    yahoo/ap ^ | 3/21/14 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    Pope Francis has a warning for Italy's mobsters: They will go to hell if they don't repent and renounce their "blood-stained money and blood-stained power."
  • Pope to Mafia: Stop the Violence or Go to Hell

    03/21/2014 3:37:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/21
    Pope Francis delivered a fire-and-brimstone message to the Mafia on Friday: "Repent." "Blood-stained money, blood-stained power ó you can't bring it with you to your next life," the pontiff said during a prayer vigil in Rome for victims of mob violence.
  • Italian Court Finds Amanda Knox and Rafael Solecitto Guilty, Again

    01/30/2014 6:50:58 PM PST · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | 1-30-2014 | Ace
    Amanda Knox is in America and she's not going back to Italy. However, Rafael Solecitto -- every bit as innocent -- is an Italian citizen, and they're determined to jail Amanda Knox, but they can't, so they'll jail the guy no one cares about, Rafael. The Italian judicial system has a quirk unlike ours. When a trial court pronounces you culpable, you're not actually convicted of the crime -- not yet. The actual conviction only occurs when a court, sitting in review, confirms the conviction. I believe I read that Italy considers this trial finding of culpability less seriously than...
  • ĎUnimaginable:í Italy mourns 3-year-old killed in suspected mafia hit

    01/30/2014 11:55:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 7:50 AM EST, Thu January 30, 2014 | Barbie Nadeau and Sarah Aarthun
    Mafia killings donít typically shock Italiansóas disturbing as the occasional hit may be, the tragedy usually affects only friends and families of the victims. But a cold-blooded point-blank killing this month in southern Italy has a nation grievingófor a 3-year-old child. Nicola ďCocoĒ Campolongo was shot in the head along with his grandfather, Giuseppe Iannicelli, and his grandfatherís 27-year-old companionóvictims of an apparent mob hit over money. [Ö] The killing even caught the attention of Pope Francis, who called Cocoís death ďunprecedented.Ē He asked worshipers at his Sunday address to say a prayer for Coco and called on the boyís...
  • 5 men taken into custody as suspects in 1978 Lufthansa heist

    01/23/2014 5:59:25 AM PST · by Doogle · 36 replies
    foxnews ^ | 01/23/14 | FOXNEWS
    Five men have been taken into custody as suspects in the 1978 Lufthansa heist at New Yorkís John F. Kennedy airport, an FBI spokeswoman says, according to Reuters. More than $5 million in cash and $1 million in jewels were netted in the heist, which took place on Dec. 11, 1978 and was made famous in the 1990 film ďGoodfellas.Ē
  • Lankan Mafia Godmother: Breaks Men, Solicits, Fights Drug Dealers

    01/18/2014 4:24:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, January 18, 2014
    Police bust a crime gang led by womanColombo: Sri Lankan Police has busted an organised crime gang led by a woman, whose alleged practises will put to shame seasoned godfathers of the underworld. According to a report in ĎSunday Timesí, she has beaten out limbs of men, has been involved in territorial wars with drug peddlers, pimps and managed sex workers including men in Colombo. The gang was spread across the city and worked out of night clubs and casinos. In a sting operation, the protagonist along with her aides was arrest from a place in Marine Drive, Kollupitiya last...
  • Christieís Waterloo

    01/08/2014 5:54:15 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 140 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/8/13 | NY Daily News Editorial Board
    In the best possible light, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie built a top staff of lying thugs who threatened lives and safety to serve his political ends. If not, Christie is a lying thug himself. Emails and text messages among his close aides made public Wednesday documented that in September they gleefully engineered George Washington Bridge lane closures to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for failing to endorse their bossí reelection. Local officials say the gridlock they caused delayed ambulances in responding to four calls, including one involving an unconscious 91-year-old woman who later died.
  • The American Mafia Was a Melting Pot

    01/07/2014 11:25:08 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 3
    Bill Dal Cerro of the Italic Institute of America [Free for All, Dec. 28] took Dana Milbank to task for allegedly stereotyping Italians in his Dec. 22 Sunday Opinion column, ďGodfathers of the Capitol.Ē But Milbank never used the word ďItalian.Ē He did write ďmafiaĒ twice, and he used the phrase ďgoing to the mattressesĒ once. He also used the term ďmob boss.Ē In my opinion, it takes more effort than it is worth to be offended, no matter what oneís origins, by any of these words. It seems to me that even in ďtodayís enlightened era,Ē to use Dal...
  • Mob boss Vito Rizzuto laid to rest

    12/30/2013 3:10:27 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 23 replies
    QMI AGENCY ^ | DECEMBER 30, 2013 | Brian Daly
    MONTREAL ó For the third time in just over four years, the main Italian Catholic church in Montreal hosted a funeral for Canada's reputed first family of Mafia power. A cortege of 11 limousines followed a hearse carrying the body of Vito Rizzuto, the multilingual don who ran an international crime syndicate that frustrated Canadian law enforcement for decades. The 67-year-old Sicilian-born Montrealer died of complications from lung cancer a week earlier. About 100 people attended Monday's funeral, mainly close relatives of the don. None of them spoke to reporters. It was a far cry from the big crowds that...
  • Mafia culture gripping the Senate

    12/25/2013 1:37:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Tricities ^ | 12/24/13 | DANA MILBANK
    WASHINGTON ó Remember the new spirit of cooperation in Washington? Thatís so last week. The era of good feeling is over, its duration measured in days, or perhaps hours. Last Wednesday, 36 Senate Republicans ó 80 percent of the caucus ó voted against the budget compromise drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, last yearís Republican vice presidential nominee. Already, Republicans, including Ryan, are making noises about another showdown early next year over the federal governmentís debt limit. You might say theyíve returned to their default position. By Thursday morning, Senate leaders were back to petty bickering. Harry Reid, the...
  • Former mob boss Vito Rizzuto dies in hospital

    12/23/2013 5:36:45 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 7 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | December 23, 2013 | BRIAN DALY
    MONTREAL ó Time took care of crime boss Vito Rizzuto before his enemies could get to him. The 67-year-old died Monday morning of a lung ailment, ending his 35-year reign atop Canada's criminal underworld and throwing the Mafia into disarray. A source at Montreal's north-end Sacre-Coeur hospital confirms Rizzuto died Monday at 4 a.m. An ambulance transported Rizzuto to the hospital's emergency room on Saturday evening, with family members in tow. A source says he was confused and had a fever. Nicknamed "Montreal's Teflon don," Rizzuto ran a powerful organized crime syndicate for decades but was never convicted in Canada...
  • Rudy Giuliani: Mafia Offered $800G to Kill Me

    11/27/2013 7:31:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 11/27/2013 | Drew MacKenzie
    Rudy Giuliani has claimed that the mafia in Italy put an $800,000 contract on his head while he was mayor of New York City. Giuliani, who was praised for his leadership during the 9/11 terrorist attacksy, revealed to Oprah Winfrey on her OWN cable-channel show "Oprah: Where Are They Now" that as a former prosecutor he was a target for criminals who he'd put behind bars, especially mobsters. "I don't think anybody prosecuted more mafia members than I did," said Giuliani, who was U.S. Attorney before becoming the mayor from 1994-2001. "Certainly, no one sent them to prison for the...
  • Pope Francisí anti-corruption stance agitating mafia - prosecutor

    11/21/2013 6:15:25 AM PST · by Renfield · 4 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 11-14-2013
    The anti-corruption stance of Pope Francis has riled Italyís powerful mafia groups, according to a prosecutor who specializes in mob cases. State prosecutor Nicola Gratteri Ė who works in the southern Italian region of Calabria, where the ĎNdrangheta mafia is active Ė told the Italian daily Fatto Quotidiano that Francisí statements on transparency and dismantling economic power in the Vatican are making mobsters ďnervous and agitated.Ē ďI cannot say if the organization is in a position to do something like this, but they are dangerous and it is worth reflecting on,Ē Gratteri said. ďIf the godfathers can find a way...
  • Mafia leads in the JFK conspiracy theory poll

    11/18/2013 1:56:41 PM PST · by BBell · 40 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | November 18, 2013 | Rebecca Alexander
    The five most popular JFK assassination conspiracy theories, as outlined by Adriane Quinlan, has generated questions and thoughtful responses from readers: WhoDat Garrison is the closest yet... Nobody will ever know exactly what happened to JFK, but know these facts: With the number, angles and accuracy of the bullets, Oswald 100% did not act alone. Secret service assigned to JFKs car all pulled back seconds before he was shot. George HW Bush has repeatedly denied being in Dallas Tx on the day of the shooting after multiple sources have evidence proving otherwise.Velociraptor I believe there was a conspiracy but that...
  • "A State with No Republicans!"

    11/17/2013 6:52:32 AM PST · by oldbrowser · 35 replies
    email ^ | unknown | unknown
    "A State with No Republicans!" Very interesting...Note this. A US State with zero Republicans in office - The State of Illinois. Think about this. Some interesting data on the 'state' of Illinois ... There are more people on welfare in Illinois than there are people working. Chicago pays the highest wages to teachers than anywhere else in the U.S. averaging $110,000/year. Their pensions average 80-90% of their income. Wow, are Illinois and Chicago great or what? Be sure to read till the end. I've never heard it explained better. Perhaps the U.S. should pull out of Chicago ? Body count:...
  • ĎPope Francisís life is in danger,í anti-mafia judge warns

    11/14/2013 2:48:30 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 14, 2013
    Pope Francis (CNS) Pope Francis‚Äôs life is in danger from ‚Äėndrangheta, Italy‚Äôs most feared crime group, a leading anti-mafia judge has said.Nicola Gratteri, a magistrate in the southern city of Reggio Calabria, near ‚Äėndrangheta‚Äôs heartland, has said that Pope Francis‚Äôs crackdown on financial corruption in the Vatican, has angered bosses in the notorious crime squad.Gratteri said: ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know if organised crime is in the position to do something, but it‚Äôs certainly thinking about it. It could be dangerous.‚ÄĚHe said Francis was ‚Äúon the right path‚ÄĚ in attempting to clean out the stables at the Vatican.But Mr Gratteri, who has...
  • Prosecutor warns of a mob threat against Pope Francis

    11/14/2013 9:12:55 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 1 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | Nov 13, 2013 | Eric J. Lyman
    ROME (RNS) Pope Francis could be at risk from the ĎNdrangheta organized crime organization, according to a leading anti-mob prosecutor who has himself been the target of threats from the mafia. Nicola Gratteri, 55, a state prosecutor in the southern Italian region of Calabria, where the ĎNdrangheta is most active, said the popeís effort to reform the church is making the ĎNdrangheta ďvery nervous.Ē The organization is considered by experts in Italy to be the most dangerous, most unified and most difficult to penetrate mafia-type organization in the country. ďI cannot say if the organization is in a position to...
  • Robert Blakey: The Mafia Is Most Likely Culprit Behind Kennedy Assassination

    11/24/2012 7:28:16 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 103 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 11/24/12 | Friends of Ours
    Forty-nine years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy former mob buster Robert Blakey contends the most likely explanation from the available evidence is that the Mafia was responsible as reported by Tovin Lapan for the Las Vegas Sun: "I think the mob set Oswald up as a patsy. It's not that I think (Oswald) didn't shoot (Kennedy), but that I think he was set up so (investigators) would focus on the Cuban connections (and not the mob). Did the mob do it? I don't know for sure, but it explains more of the evidence than anything else." Blakey,...
  • Did a hungover Secret Service agent accidentally shoot JFK?

    11/03/2013 8:58:27 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 279 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Nov. 02 2013 | JOHN DOYLE
    And so it begins Ė the plentiful coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy. The date itself is weeks away and there will be countless commemorative programs, specials and copious punditry on TV. JFK: The Smoking Gun (Sunday, Discovery, 8 p.m.) is one of the most controversial of the bunch. Made for the tiny U.S. cable channel Reelz, itís a two-hour docudrama based on the book of the same name by former Australian police detective Colin McLaren. He claims to have spent years on ďthe forensic cold-case investigation of JFKís assassinationĒ and says...
  • LBJ Was The Man Who Killed Kennedy

    11/05/2013 5:18:16 PM PST · by Pontiac · 150 replies
    disinformation ^ | 11/4/2013 | Roger Stone
    I realize that delving into the world of assassination research and a belief in a conspiracy will lead some to brand me as an extremist or a nut, but the facts I have uncovered are so compelling that I must make the case that Lyndon Baines Johnson had John Fitzgerald Kennedy murdered in Dallas to become president himself and to avert the precipitous political and legal fall that was about to beset him. Snip When Lodge was in his eighties, he served vigorously as the chairman of Ronald Reaganís campaign for President in Connecticut, a post I had recruited him...
  • Dan Rather excluded from CBS' anniversary coverage of Kennedy assassination

    11/05/2013 1:11:54 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 60 replies
    Newsday ^ | 11-5-2013
    Dan Rather excluded from CBS' anniversary coverage of Kennedy assassination Published: November 5, 2013 1:57 PM By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The 50th-anniversary coverage of the Kennedy assassination on CBS News won't include the recollections of its longtime anchor Dan Rather, further proof of the lingering bitterness following Rather's messy exit and subsequent lawsuit against the network. Rather helped organize CBS' plans for President John F. Kennedy's visit to Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, and as a young reporter was a key component of assassination coverage. Now 82, with his own show on AXS-TV, he's one of the few reporters on...
  • End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy (Heritage live event 10am ET)

    11/06/2013 5:08:32 AM PST · by iowamark · 27 replies
    James L. Swansonís Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincolnís Killer was a New York Times bestseller, won the Edgar Award, and became mandatory reading for official Washington. Its fans included President George W. Bush, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Now, for the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy, Swanson returns with End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, a gripping account of the murder and its aftermath. JFKís trip to Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963 set in motion a chain of...
  • Controversial JFK Documentary Theory: President Was Killed by Accidental Secret Service Shot

    07/30/2013 10:20:03 PM PDT · by grundle · 137 replies ^ | July 30, 2013 | Kimberly Potts |
    ReelzChannel is getting back into the Kennedy family business, and once again likely to make some waves. In November, the network that aired the Emmy-winning 2011 miniseries "The Kennedys" will debut "JFK: The Smoking Gun," a new documentary offering the theory that John F. Kennedy was killed, not by Lee Harvey Oswaldís rifle, but by the friendly-fire bullet of an inexperienced Secret Service agent. "The only possible gun that could have been in that area is that Secret Service gun. So the finding is that it was an accidental discharge. Nobody's claiming anybody did anything wrong. But at the time,...
  • CNNís Anderson Cooper Reveals Team Obama Threatens Insurance Providers

    10/31/2013 7:48:00 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 16 replies ^ | 10/31/2013 | Joe Calandra Jr.
    Today, Team Obama isnít getting any support from its normally active cheering section at CNN. Bob Laszewski, an executive who provides consulting services to many major American insurance companies, told CNNís Anderson Cooper: ďThe White House is exerting massive pressure on the industry, including the trade associations, to keep quiet.Ē Hereís whatís Bob is talking about: Insurers who expose Obamacareís most sinister effects are told they canít become authorized Obamacare insurance providers Ė that means theyíd be denied access to the largest market in the country just for telling the truth about how many people are being forced off their...
  • ExclusiveĖPalin: Congress Has America Caught Up in 'Endless Extortion Scheme'

    10/21/2013 9:33:31 PM PDT · by Bratch · 60 replies
    Big Government ^ | October 21, 2013 | Sarah Palin
    America is suffering from an epic case of Armageddon fatigue. Budget showdown, government shutdown, debt ceiling debacleóthe stakes are real but the establishment seems to feed off the chaos they create as a means to foment fear and outrage and translate it into campaign donations for themselves. Look closely and youíll see that something seismic is going on under the surface of the manufactured chaos in D.C. Washington has morphed into an extortion racket, a place where members of the permanent political class threaten to inflict legislative and regulatory pain to extract campaign donations that they can then siphon into...