Friday, November 9, 2007

Family Values- La Cosa Nostra style (don't diss my people!)

Another tragic day for the the motherland no less. Hey, at least they have some quasi-biblical rules. Get a load of the important rule I highlight below...

Mafia '10 Commandments' Found in Italy After Arrests
ROME (Foxnews) — Thou shalt be faithful to the Mafia.
Italian police said Thursday they have found a list of 10 commandments for mobsters in a house near Palermo, where a top Mafia boss was arrested this week.

Salvatore Lo Piccolo, who had been on the run since 1993, was vying to become the next "boss of bosses" of the Sicilian Mafia, according to Italian investigators. He was apprehended Monday by police raiding a house in the countryside outside Palermo, the Sicilian capital.

The list was found among his coded notes about the administration of Cosa Nostra that were delivered by Lo Piccolo's aides. Police in Palermo said that the list opened with a preamble that said: "I swear to be faithful to Cosa Nostra. Should I betray, my flesh will burn." Under the category "Rights and Duty" were the 10 entries, meant to be a sort of users' manual for the good mobster.

The list was typewritten in uppercase letters, police said.
Italian newspaper La Repubblica published a photo of what it said was the list, under the headline: "The Godfather's Ten Commandments."
The list bars mobsters from hanging out in bars, from befriending police and being late for appointments. It also bars them from "taking possession of money that belong to others or other families."
How to treat women also features in the decalogue. "You shall not look at wives of our friends," says one entry. "You shall respect your wife," says another. However, the Mafia comes first, as the fifth "commandment" orders a mobster to "be available for Cosa Nostra at any moment, even if your wife is about to give birth."

The last part of the list sets out application rules, saying that those who have a very bad behavior and no moral values cannot join.
Investigators believe that the 65-year-old Lo Piccolo could have eventually emerged from a power struggle as the Mafia's new top boss following the capture of Bernardo Provenzano, the reputed No. 1 of the Cosa Nostra crime syndicate. Provenzano was arrested on a farm near Corleone, Sicily, in April 2006, after more than 40 years on the run.


Wayne said...

Reminds me of that scene in the first season of the Sopranos where Tony and his men are beating the tar out of this guy (who is a Hasidic Jew). At one point there is a lull in the beating and the Jewish man starts telling them the story of Masada and how his people held out against the Romans and never gave in. He then tells them about how the Romans may have thought they defeated the Jews in the first century, but that the Jewish people are still here. Then he asks, "Where are the Romans?"

Tony answers, "You're looking at 'em."

Rick Calohan said...

I hear things….you’re good…you…yes you are..very good.
Here are the 10 'Mafiosi' commandments see how they might seem vaguely familiar:
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. (VII. THOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTRY)
3. Never be seen with cops. ( II. THOU SHALL NOT COMMIT IDOLATRY)
4. Don't go to pubs and clubs. (IV. REMEMBER THE SABBATH AND KEEP IT HOLY)
5. Always be available for Cosa Nostra, even if your wife's about to give birth. (I. I AM THE GODFATHER…You shall not have no other godfathers before me.)
6. Appointments must be respected. (X. THOU SHALL NOT COVET)
7. Wives must be treated with respect. (V. HONOR THY GODFATHER AND MOTHER unless of course its your wife giving birth see #5)
8. When asked for any information, the answer must be the truth. (IX. THOU SHALL NOT BARE FALSE WITNESS)
9. Money cannot be appropriated if it belongs to others or to other families. (VIII. THOU SHALL NOT STEAL)
10. People who can't be part of Cosa Nostra are anyone with a close relative in the police, with a two-timing relative in the family, anyone who behaves badly and doesn't hold to moral values. Some of the rules are obvious, such as that absolute silence and secrecy - "omerta" - must be kept at all times. (III. THOU SHALL NOT TAKE LA COSA NOSTRA’s NAME IN VAIN)
If you notice that number that (VI. THOU SHALL NOT MURDER) is missing follow number 1 and nobody gets hurt, bada bing bada boom Capisce?

GUNNY said...


I thought you were just running the Genco Olive Oil business out of your basement, Tony. I didn't know about all this!

Okay ... Johnny Fontaine can have the part in the new movie. No need to visit the stable.

davidsokay said...

All this stuff may have Italian roots but in the South, long been a tradition and basic common sense. :) Man, I miss Georgia. It is becoming one of those things that I am having to learn to live with as the answer I am getting from 'Universe Central' is 'no'.

Frontier Forest said...

I just like their food and vino!

Kampfgruppe Hoppa said...

Ok, if you're from Sicily do you share the same 'Family Values' as the fellas on the mainland? And does it transfer over to the US? In other words, is La Cosa Nostra universal truth?