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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Chicago's Mob on Trial, Thunderstorms and Conrad Black (barely)

Rain, rain, go away. Ain't nothing worse to a newspaper hawk than thunderstorms. Rain is one thing, but throwing a little lightening into the mix and I become person non grata.

That was yesterday. I think I sold two papers in the afternoon. I can't blame them, and I won't blame God, but if He wanted, He could've sent the rain in the middle of the night when I was sleeping. He didn't.

Today is nice. Damp, humid, but, so far, cool, but getting hotter.

The sight of a storm over Lake Michigan still thrills me. It is the closest thing we have to an ocean, and there is a kind of drama that doesn't happen on the streets all canopied by buildings and L-tracks.

The News
Conrad "The Dirty Rotten Bum" Black's trial looks like it is coming to a close. That's my nickname for him. If the guys in the mob get a nickname, he certainly deserves one too.

Equal to him among human vermin is Joseph "Joey the Clown" Lombardo. Why do they call him a clown? Big nose? Does he dress like Bozo or Ronald McDonald? I see him more like Krusty the Clown. Look at him smiling.

Maybe Joey is smiling because he is thinking of what fun he could have in prison? His lawyer says he was really a nothing kind of guy, just another bum in the mob.

Add to the mix Frank Calabrese, Sr. part of the mob scum the cops are trying to put down. Nicholas Calabrese too. Some guy named James Marcello. There are others, each as worthless as the previous.

Casino (Widescreen 10th Anniversary Edition)

More Mob/Mafia movies (Godfather, etc.)

There's something about the Mob that reminds me of Al-Qaeda. Reckless, yet strategically violent, always in the wrong, yet fascinating in the news. Both are infections that need to be eliminated.

* Two more plead out ahead of mob case
Former cop recalls Chicago mob heyday
A new Chicago mob story is about to begin

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