The Axis of Torpor

Via: National Review.

Against waging war as an NGO.

By Mark Steyn
March 15, 2013

I greatly enjoy the new Hollywood genre in which dysfunctional American families fly to a foreign city and slaughter large numbers of the inhabitants as a kind of bonding experience.

Liam Neeson takes his estranged wife and their teenage daughter for just such a vacation in Taken 2, in which the spectacular mountain of corpses in Istanbul brings the family back together again and ends with them (spoiler alert) enjoying a chocolate malt back at the soda fountain in California and getting to know the daughter’s new boyfriend. “Don’t shoot this one, Dad,” she cautions. “I really like him.” And they all have a good chuckle over it.

In Die Hard 5 or whatever we’re up to, Bruce Willis and his estranged son fly to Moscow and do to the Russians what Neeson does to the Turks and Albanians.

I gather that in the forthcoming Finding Nemo 2 Marlin and Dory’s marriage is going through a rocky patch until Nemo is kidnapped by a Ukrainian sex cartel and Marlin and Dory swim up the Dnieper River and gun down every pimp in Kiev.

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FBI Undercover Agent Jack Garcia Recounts Bringing Down Gambino Capo Greg DePalma In "Making Jack Falcone"

Via: Friends of Ours

FBI Undercover Agent Jack Garcia Recounts Bringing Down Gambino Capo Greg DePalma In “Making Jack Falcone”


Undercover agents are advised to incorporate a core part of their real personality into their criminal persona in order to keep the true self from getting irretrievably lost in the manufactured role. For Jack Garcia, the Cuban-born FBI agent who infiltrated the Gambino family in 2002 as Jack Falcone in a two-year investigation which resulted in the convictions of capo Greg DePalma and his Westchester County crew, the key piece of his authentic personality which he carried into the undercover work was his good heart.

Jack Garcia chronicled his many undercover experiences over a 26-year career with the Bureau in the 2009 memoir Making Jack Falcone which director Stephen Soderbergh is adapting into a movie starring Benicio Del Toro in the title role. Although Garcia descended as Falcone and other personas into a dark world of wise guys and drug dealers, dirty cops and crooked politicians, and weapons traffickers and currency counterfeiters, he never let go of his fundamental nature as a decent guy which not only kept his ego from fragmenting but also was an effective means in disarming the targets.

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Telling the stories and keeping the legends alive about how good  the FBI is…