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I'm not the first one to make the obvious comparison, but I felt that it deserved a diary of it's own.

For those who can't view the video (and have never seen The Godfather Part II...and if not, what the hell is wrong with you?), here's the transcript of the famous scene...but you have to actually see it to get the full impact:

Sen. Geary: Yeah, well let's cut out the bullshit. I don't want to spend any more time here than I have to. You can have the license, the price is 250,000 dollars. Plus a monthly payment of 5% of the gross -- of all four hotels. Mister -- Corleone.

Michael: Now the price of the license is less than 20,000 dollars, am I right?

Sen. Geary: That's right.

Michael: Now why would I ever consider paying more than that?

Sen. Geary: Because I intend to squeeze you. I don't like your kind of people. I don't like to see you come out to this clean country in your oily hair -- dressed up in those silk suits - and try to pass yourselves off as decent Americans. I'll do business with you, but the fact is, I despise your masquerade -- the dishonest way you pose yourself. Yourself, and your whole fucking family.

Michael: Senator. We're both part of the same hypocrisy. But never think it applies to my family.

Sen. Geary: All right, all right -- some people have to play little games. You play yours. So lets just say that you'll pay me because it is in your interest to pay me. But I want your answer and the money by noon tomorrow. And one more thing: don't you contact me again -- ever. From now on you deal with Turnbull.

(then, to Al)

Open that door son.

[He starts to leave]

Michael: Senator -- you can have my answer now, if you like. My offer is this -- nothing. Not even the fee for the gaming license, which I would appreciate if you would put up personally.

Aside from the pleasantly-surprising amount of spine that Pres. Obama is showing over this issue, I don't think I need to also point out the obvious comparison between the GOP and Sen. Geary's "I don't like your kind of people" quote.

(And I can already hear Republicans trying to attack Obama for "acting like the mafia!", completely and utterly missing the point (as usual).

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  •  My offer to Boehner is stand up now and bring a (3+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap, MI Sooner, KenBee

    clean continuing resolution to fund our government for a floor vote or resign.   So far you have been a Cruz patsy, for the shallow minority who is terrorizing the country.  Your extreme lack of leadership when contrasted with Nancy Pelosi is a statement of impotence of the worst kind:  letting clueless neo-Confederates act in horrendous ways.  The GOP, Tea Party, Koch Addicts have made you into a laughing stock and now the tears please Mr. Speaker which you are not on even a good day.  

  •  It is always good to quote any of the Godfathers.. (2+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap, Deep Texan

    My personal favorite:

    "Leave the gun.  Take the cannolis."

    Now I'm going to have to go home and watch the Godfather triology!!

    •  I was studying for a sermon I was preparing (1+ / 0-)
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      a while back and I was reading the first few chapters of 1Kings... in there, King David is talking to Solomon and telling him the ones to watch out for and what he needs to handle after David dies, etc... and I asked my wife to read it and tell me what that passage reminded her of... she read it and looked up and we both said at the same time "The Godfather..." It was basically the scene where Michael and his father are out in the garden right before Vito dies where Vito is talking about their enemies with Michael...

      If you keep reading you see that Solomon heeds his father and after David dies, he squares "all family business" a la Michael Corleone...he whacks the whole list... the only thing missing is the bapy baptism...

      Fear doesn't just breed incomprehension. It also breeds a spiteful, resentful hate of anyone and everyone who is in any way different from you.

      by awesumtenor on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 10:00:57 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Michael Corleone did ultimately (2+ / 0-)
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    give something to Senator Geary. Granted, that something was waking up with a dead prostitute laying next to him in bed, but it was something.

  •  So how long until a Repub's caught in a brothel... (1+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap

    ...with a dead hooker?

  •  Post "I will not be ignored" from Fatal Attraction (1+ / 0-)
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    Deep Texan

    to represent the crazy Tea Party.

  •  Nuttin...... (0+ / 0-)

    I'm giving you nothing.  OK.....so I'm deliriously happy w/ my President right now.  

    OK.....I'm always happy with him.  I could be his biggest fan.

  •  Obama should put it like this: (1+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap

    "You LOSE! You get NOTHING! Good day, Sir!"

    A nationwide election day general strike? Why not?

    by Miscweant on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 12:27:48 PM PDT

  •  aha, excellent choice grasshopper..Buffalo Runner (0+ / 0-)

    I was composing a long Buffalo Runner story where the young fella with the skinny legs was pissing the herd off enough to charge: that he tripped, he sqweeked, he fluttered, and ran his skinny little legs for the ridgeline, his waiting, watching, hungry tribe scared to death he was going to be trampled..... he tripped again, he looked scared, he looked so vulnerable and imminently stompable.

      His tribe's hopes rested on his young shoulders, they wouldn't eat and would surely starve and die in the coming winter if he failed. It had happened before, all knew the results. The herd depended on the wandering herds to occupy this plain, the one with the ridgeline that was the edge to the river canyon....the canyon with the steep cliffs. When the herds came there, the Buffalo Runner was ready.

    The herd all milled behind their new Canadian bull, the one that had recently arrived and had shown no hesitation in stomping and goring fellow Buffs.

          The old leaders bluff charged but no one followed them so they kicked their heels at the dust and remerged with the herd. Other herd members seemed confused, but the dust and bellowing from the new leader held their attention and focused it on the pitiful skinny fella that had got Too Close and needed a lesson..somebody was going to be stomped.

    Somebody was going to be chased, and trampled, and hooked and gored and thrown into the air and stomped again.   The excitement was electric, even in the old hornless bulls that couldn't gore anybody anymore. They still could snort and fling poo in all directions with their crusty little tails....and did, so that it looked like a cloud of locusts was flying above the herd.

    And finally, seeing the skinny fella's threatening vulnerablility, his broken and now visible broken wing, his limp, his promises to not scare them again, and his pitiful attempts to escape, they finally all massed, and charged.

    The whole herd.

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 01:58:22 PM PDT

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