James Murdoch, "the first Mafia boss in history who didn't know he was running a criminal enterprise"


24 Responses to “James Murdoch, "the first Mafia boss in history who didn't know he was running a criminal enterprise"”

  1. irksome says:

    “It is regrettable that things went wrong” translates into “It sucks that we got caught”.

    Thanks for playing our game; we have lovely parting gifts. 

  2. phisrow says:

    “Mr Watson, please.” Indeed.
    Everybody knows that they are called “Dons”, not “bosses”. 

    Made men take respect very seriously, Watson.

  3. Broken Chalk says:

    ‘Mr Watson, please – I think that’s inappropriate.’ – It probably was, but was certainly pithy and undeniably accurate.

    • phisrow says:

      You…almost… have to admire the mixture of myopia and narcissism that would cause somebody to argue(with a straight face) that arguably-accurate name calling is “inappropriate” after having presided over a nontrivial portion of the egregiously-tastleless-and-in-no-small-part-criminal sordid saga of the News Corporation.

      People like James are really lucky that rule of law and the modern breakdown of social cohesion have really taken a bite out of informal and vigilante justice. It’s probably taken centuries of acculturation to reach the point where not only does he have essentially zero chance of being dragged into the street and necklaced by a mob; but people are expected to be polite to him in parliament…

      • Andrew Wood says:

        It’s not really arguably accurate though, is it?  Murdoch is many grotesque things, but he clearly is not a Mafia boss, nor comparable to one.  Watson was doing a good job; but he’s starting to play to the peanut gallery.

  4. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    “Mr Watson, please just tell me how much you want to make this go away again.”

  5. Glen Able says:

    What I never understood is why people always start bleating about the death penalty whenever some deranged idiot kills someone, but it never comes up when there’s a case like this.

  6. Guest says:

    You don’t have to be a good liar when you have willing accomplices. 

  7. Wow.  What a prissy dick.

    In other news:  what’re the red flowers on everyone’s lapels for?

  8. charonme says:

    “First”? what about all the presidents and other government officials?

  9. angusm says:

    I accidentally the whole criminal enterprise?

  10. JonW says:

    I think the poppy is also a refrence to “In Flanders Fields” which is probably onee of the most popular poems to to have been written during WWI. The poem refrences poppies growing amongst the graves of the of those burried during the battlefiled.

  11. Paul Renault says:

    Aside from James Murdoch claiming he’s unfamiliar with the term ‘omerta’, the BBC’s servers would tended to be hosed less often is they just let people D/L the videos – which are public property, as far as I know.

    Go here instead instead for the exact same clip:

  12. Daemonworks says:

    The same could be said of many police chiefs, given the blue wall of silence, and the frequency with which police organizations bend, if not break, the rules they don’t consider to be particularly important.

  13. ZappedSparky says:

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow

    Between the crosses, row on row,

    That mark our place; and in the sky

    The larks, still bravely singing, fly

    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago

    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

    Loved and were loved, and now we lie

    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:

    To you from failing hands we throw

    The torch; be yours to hold it high.

    If ye break faith with us who die

    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

    In Flanders fields.

    Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae (1872 – 1918)

    • DrunkenOrangetree says:

      I’ve always been puzzled by that poem. The speaker tells the living to keep fighting, but doesn’t say why the living should take up the quarrel. And then the speaker threatens, zombie like, to come back if the living fail to hold the torch high. And throwing the torch? Dangerous. Why not simply hand it on?

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