Well, that didn't last long.
Only a day or so after announcing my retirement from blogging I just couldn't help but return.
My quick reversal was sparked by yesterday's news that the feds had flipped Anthony "Tony Lodi" Cardinalle who was indicted last year with dozens of other suspected mobsters for their alleged roles in a dirty plot among the Genovese, Lucchese and Gambino crime families to carve up control over waste carting in New York City and New Jersey as reported by Daniel Beekman for the Daily News.
Cardinalle, a Genovese associate from the Jersey crew headed by recently-deceased capo Tino Fiumara, apparently was involved with the strip club that served as the television set for the Bada Bing strip club on The Sopranos, and was caught on tape boasting to a wired tool for the FBI "about his connections with law enforcement" as reported by Jerry Capeci for Gang Land New:
"I used to be friends with the old prosecutor in North Arlington," he said. "I have a friend with connections in Bellville who runs that whole town. I had a friend that wanted to open a go-go bar and I helped him open the place. I have a friend in every town."
Cardinalle's claim reinforces an unfortunate truth about which I have long groused: organized crime cannot exist without public corruption. Obviously, this sad reality never will change -- scheming mobsters and crooked officials go together like a horse and carriage in their greedy chase for the almighty dollar-- but it's simply impossible for me not to scream "what the f*ck!" in witnessing the dirty games by which America operates in full betrayal of the supposed law.
An so I'm quickly back.
My retirement was earnest even if impulsive; I threw to the curbside several boxes containing several thousand FBI files and a few dozen mob books, and certainly am kicking myself now.
But who was I kidding; some of us are born to rage against the machine even if it's just howling in the wind.