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  • #61
    Originally posted by lakechampainer View Post
    What would be the reactions of some of the characters in The Godfather to the Occupy Wall Street movement?

    I think Al Neri would put on his old policeman's uniform and wade right in with his night stick - he would be particularly hard on "Italian-looking" protesters.
    You forget the Mafia control of the Unions.

    They would probably come through with the Steamfitters and brawl the SEIU.

    The protesters would all run like it was 9/11 once the real fighting kicked-in.
    "This life..., you know, "the life." Youíre not gonna get any medals, kid. This is not a hero business; you donít shoot people from a mile a way. You gotta stand right next to them... blow their heads off."

    BoRG

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    • #62
      What can the Godfather teach us?

      Never get in debt to Italians.
      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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      • #63
        Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
        What can the Godfather teach us?

        Never get in debt to Italians.
        And never do business with a US Senator - they lie.
        "This life..., you know, "the life." Youíre not gonna get any medals, kid. This is not a hero business; you donít shoot people from a mile a way. You gotta stand right next to them... blow their heads off."

        BoRG

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        • #64
          I heard the Godfather books and movies were rather inaccurate in their depiction of the mafia, that the later were low-class thugs, though some starting to imitate the example of The Godfather later.
          Reaction to the 2016 Munich shootings:
          Europe: "We are shocked and support you in these harsh times, we stand by you."
          USA: "We will check people from Germany extra-hard and it is your own damn fault for being so stupid."

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          • #65
            Originally posted by Acheron View Post
            I heard the Godfather books and movies were rather inaccurate in their depiction of the mafia, that the later were low-class thugs, though some starting to imitate the example of The Godfather later.
            Puzo has limited credibility, but also borrowed heavily from established Mafia lore and history.

            I've spent considerable effort on studying Criminal History, and I think that the portrayal was fair.

            In fact, there are a few "low-class thugs" in the films. But the story is centered on figures at the tippy-tippy-tippy-top of OC, and you can't get there and stay there with "low-class" thuggery.

            Take a look at the Mafia in 1955. Do you think they needed a movie that hadn't been made yet to tell them how to work, drink, or dress?
            "This life..., you know, "the life." Youíre not gonna get any medals, kid. This is not a hero business; you donít shoot people from a mile a way. You gotta stand right next to them... blow their heads off."

            BoRG

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            • #66
              I heard that was the synopsis of thje Tim Adler book " Hollywood and the Mob, The Godfather" but I didn't yet get around to read it myself.
              Reaction to the 2016 Munich shootings:
              Europe: "We are shocked and support you in these harsh times, we stand by you."
              USA: "We will check people from Germany extra-hard and it is your own damn fault for being so stupid."

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