I wanted to start the New Year on a positive note and one legal story stood out. The Italian Mafia has reportedly opened its doors to gay men for the first time. However, La Cosa Nostra has adopted a type of organized crime “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy implemented by the Clinton Administration.
The breakthrough in equal rights among mobsters has been attributed to the ‘Ndrangheta syndicate out of Italy’s Calabria. Gay mobsters are being asked not to “parade” their sexuality but homosexuality is no longer a barrier.
As recently as 1992, New Jersey mob boss John “Johnny Boy” D’Amato was murdered after his girlfriend revealed that he was bisexual. His body was never found.
Putting aside the cultural and social elements, the move would make economic sense since all forms of discrimination are costly practices for businesses. The economic case against discriminatory policies has always been that discrimination adds marginal costs that are not carried by nondiscriminatory competitors. In this case, the Sicilian mob would be carrying costs that the ‘Ndrangheta syndicate is avoiding in a competitive market. Moreover, since the mob tries operate in a full range of businesses and social enterprises, it makes business sense to be non-discriminatory even if you are not moved by the need for individual equality and dignity as rationales.
Of course, this may not be precisely what Harvey Milk meant when he declared “Burst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight.” However, progress is progress.
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Ah, yes, the mob.
Here is a great one the mob taught me.
I use it all the time in my personal life, when necessary, of course.
Want to know who the rat is…give each person slightly different information, and then wait and see what comes back to you via the great vine, and boom, you sniffed the rat out.
Had to use it with the fam…ppl are drama kings and queens, unfortunately.
Gay wise guys??? Oh what a hoot! I can just see some of the cross-cultural problems! Here, let me do an Irish Poem! Sooo, just imagine the imagery here that I am conjuring up!
An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm
“I’m confused!”, said the new gay recruit.
“This pic of the guy in the suit?”
You said, “Take your gat,
And go plug this rat!”
“Sooo, I did, but you didn’t say “Shoot!”
Squeeky – if Shelly were still alive he would be sooo jealous. 😉
I will take that as you liked it!
the new york and kansas city grime families ran gay bars. if not other gangs.
the famous Stonewall incident was at a mafia protected gay bar.
this news is underwhelming.
Where they watered the drinks.
I’m going to take this as an indication that the Calabria Mafia is losing. In the long battle with the Italian government. So to obtain its foot soldiers, so to speak, the bosses are forced into barrel scraping.
Media Matters personnel: all mafia, proud homer-sexuals
Andrew Carusone is Enoch Poor / Phillip/ Peter Shill / George Michael / Acland/ Burgoyne/ etc
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Tch, tch. Calabria is near the heel of the boot of Italy. Scilly is the island to the west being kicked by the toe. There are separate Mafia organizations.
Once again, there is no such criminal organization.
That 5 letter word refers to a mythical crime syndicate.
Ther goes my respect
Well, on the bright side, this should put an end to those hideous cement shoes.
Cindy Bragg – you don’t think cement shoes are stylish? Taste is personal, you know. 😉
However, progress is progress.
Academics are forever reminding the rest of us that we should not pay them any mind.
Even Sopranos had a gay cabellero.
He was dragged to the pork store where he was made into sausage!
Don’t believe a word of the PC PR. I knew some mob guys. Mob guys were friends of mine. There are no gay mob guys — for long.
This explains a lot!
I prefer authentic crooks to the Dim covert ones.
Glad you “know” some, what do you call them, “mob” guys? Oh, that makes you an expert? So, if you are not a made man, what inside information would you really have? None. So, just go crawl under a rock.
Jealousy is a bad character trait.
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