The bigger mafia

The bigger mafia

Pacino Scarface PosterThe state of California just nabbed another $32,000 from Al Pacino, star of “The Godfather,” “Scarface” and other gangster films. Reportedly, he promptly paid the “tax” bill.

Even Don Corleone and Tony Montana have to pay “protection” money to bigger gangs, in this case the Organized Crime State of California. They made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

The real “American Dream” today is to get a cushy government job and live easy off other people’s labors, then retire to an Idaho ranch with a hefty pension subsidized by the taxpayers/slaves.

Those who object are straightened out fast by “enforcers,” as at Waco.

(Editor’s Note: Thanks to a commentator’s quick eye, this was corrected from “$32 million” to “$32,000.”)

 

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  1. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 9 September, 2013, 10:24

    Kudos to Al for doing the right thing. He was probably at the mercy of his accountant. We should all be in his shoes!

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  2. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 9 September, 2013, 10:42

    Wow, John. Paying lawful taxes is now the same as paying protection money to the Mafia in the CWD world? Even by libertarian standards that’s a pretty long stretch, unless you’re a member of the “anarcho-capitalist” school.

    Nothing like placing your marker ever further out on the fringe.

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  3. DavidfromLosGatos
    DavidfromLosGatos 9 September, 2013, 16:45

    John, according to the article you link, the tax lien was $30K not $30M. Just a couple of zeros, but makes a difference.

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  4. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 9 September, 2013, 17:00

    skippy and saw…..who’s to say the taxes “owed” were cut and dried? could it be some of the fines were unreasonable, but Al decided to pay because legal expenses were too great?

    Me thinks its far more complex than just “doing the right thing”. What are you people, 5th graders?

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  5. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 9 September, 2013, 17:26

    WHOA!John Seiler and the CWD are starting to really solidify themselves as possible domestic terrorist! Their ideology is starting to fall right in line with the mindsets of Timothy Mcveigh( OKC bomber),Ted Kaczynski(unibomber)and other anti gov’t hate groups. I know the great majority of people do not fall in line with these beliefs, But the CWD does have a very small following and who knows what could happen! I knew once the economy started to get better the CWD would become more desperate in slinging the anti govt rhetoric!!

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    • John Seiler
      John Seiler Author 9 September, 2013, 18:24

      NTHEOC: I suggest you go to Barnes & Noble and purchase a dictionary, then look up the word “hyperbole.”

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  6. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 9 September, 2013, 19:14

    I have no idea whether his tax bill was cut and dried or not. My praise was for Al doing the right thing, if that is what the situation called for. He must have known–I’m sure he had all the legal representation he needed.

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  7. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 9 September, 2013, 19:49

    I don’t know, John. I don’t see the word “hyperbole” in the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists, which your own site claims to be something CWD and its “journalists” adhere to with great rectitude.

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    • John Seiler
      John Seiler Author 10 September, 2013, 07:47

      Skipping dog: It’s in this section: http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/1550/the-art-of-humor-no-1-woody-allen

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    • John Seiler
      John Seiler Author 10 September, 2013, 08:28

      SkippingDog: Seriously, if that’s possible, a humor column obviously is different from a news column. When Dave Barry’s column ran in most newspapers in the country, he sometimes would write something like, “After President John F. Kennedy (LBJ) was assassinated, he was succeeded by President Lyndon Baines Johnson (JFK).” No pecksniff editor ever insisted, “Well, according to the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists, President John F. Kennedy’s acronym should be JFK, not LBJ. We need accuracy at all times. No humor, please, we’re journalists.”

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  8. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 10 September, 2013, 06:38

    Yes John,” Hyperbole”. Describing California gov’t as a gang of organized crime mafia enforcer types for collecting taxes! Saying all public employees have cushy jobs and live off the taxpayer slaves! If that’s not hyperbole I don’t know what is. John, look up the word hypocrite.

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    • John Seiler
      John Seiler Author 10 September, 2013, 07:36

      NTHEOC: You’re funny. I don’t see how the word “hypocrite” applies here. I just made a joke you didn’t like.

      But if you insist on being serious, here’s St. Augustine’s famous passage on government from “The City of God,” Book IV, Chapter 4:

      ———————-
      Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms? The band itself is made up of men; it is ruled by the authority of a prince, it is knit together by the pact of the confederacy; the booty is divided by the law agreed on. If, by the admittance of abandoned men, this evil increases to such a degree that it holds places, fixes abodes, takes possession of cities, and subdues peoples, it assumes the more plainly the name of a kingdom, because the reality is now manifestly conferred on it, not by the removal of covetousness, but by the addition of impunity. Indeed, that was an apt and true reply which was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride, “What you mean by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, while you who does it with a great fleet are styled emperor.”

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  9. DavidfromLosGatos
    DavidfromLosGatos 10 September, 2013, 14:46

    NTHOC:

    I’m interested in your opinion:

    Should the government round up and imprison any having the bumper sticker (or T-shirt, or however conveyed) stating: “Don’t Steal: the Government Hates Competition”?

    Is that bumper sticker just government hate speech, and therefore the car owner the moral equivalent of mass murderer McVeigh?

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