Gerry Canavan

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Sopranos Season 7

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Federal agents conducted a series of early morning raids Thursday targeting organized crime families in a major sweep across New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island, according to a source with direct knowledge of the case. I’m blaming AJ until further notice.

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January 20, 2011 at 11:12 am

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September 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Tabdump #3

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* @Mariborchan has a large collection of Slavoj Žižek lectures for your edification and enjoyment.

* The Mets and the mob.

* This piece on how to throw away books from the New York Times annoyed me far more than was reasonable. Can’t be bothered to finish One Hundred Years of Solitude? Can’t be bothered to even get the title right? Really?

* Nazi invasions of America, c. 1942. Via MeFi.

* About six million Americans receiving food stamps report they have no other income, according to an analysis of state data collected by The New York Times. In declarations that states verify and the federal government audits, they described themselves as unemployed and receiving no cash aid — no welfare, no unemployment insurance, and no pensions, child support or disability pay.

* And you can’t bring bottled water on a plane in the name of safety, but airlines can force their pilots to fly fatigued.

How They Shot ‘The Godfather’

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I was 45 years old and tired of being an artist. Besides, I owed $20,000 to relatives, finance companies, banks, and assorted bookmakers and shylocks. It was time to grow up and sell out, as Lenny Bruce once advised.

Mario Puzo on the secret origins of The Godfather. Via MeFi.

I called my brother to tell him the good news. This brother had ten per cent of The Godfather because he’d supported me all my life and gave me a final chunk of money to complete the book. So now I wanted him to know that since my half of the paperback rights came to $205,000, he was in for a little over 20 grand.

He is the kind of guy who is always home when I call to borrow money. Now that I had money to give back, he was naturally out. I got my mother on the phone. She speaks broken English but understands the language perfectly. I explained it to her.

She asked, ‘$40,000?’

I said no, it was $410,000. I told her three times before she finally answered, ‘Don’t tell nobody.’

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December 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm

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Cowboys vs. Mobsters

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Cowboys vs. mobsters: Boing Boing compares the codes:

A list of ten rules found in a recent raid on an Italian gangster’s home:

1. No-one can present himself directly to another of our friends. There must be a third person to do it.
2. Never look at the wives of friends.
3. Never be seen with cops.
4. Don’t go to pubs and clubs.
5. Always being available for Cosa Nostra is a duty – even if your wife’s about to give birth.
6. Appointments must absolutely be respected.
7. Wives must be treated with respect.
8. When asked for any information, the answer must be the truth.
9. Money cannot be appropriated if it belongs to others or to other families.
10. People who can’t be part of Cosa Nostra: anyone who has a close relative in the police, anyone with a two-timing relative in the family, anyone who behaves badly and doesn’t hold to moral values.

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Gene Audry’s 1930 cowboy code:

1. The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man or take an unfair advantage.
2. A Cowboy must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.
3. A Cowboy must always tell the truth.
4. A Cowboy must be gentle with children, the elderly and small animals.
5. A Cowboy must not adovcate or possess racially or religiously interolerant views and ideas.
6. A Cowboy must help people in distress.
7. A Cowboy must be a good worker.
8. A Cowboy must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action and personal habits.
9. A Cowboy must respect women, parents and his nations’s views.
10. A Cowboy is a patriot.

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November 10, 2007 at 7:10 pm

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