Al Capone redifined what it meant to be a gangster. During the second half of the 1800's, gangs were run mainly by leaders of a city's immigrant populations. Every immigrant group had a gang in one or more cities. The gang did normal gang stuff -- charge protection money, run brothels -- but they were often supported by the community because the gangs had influence with political figures. Politicians figured things like prostituion would go on anyway, and if it was to happen they would rather it happen in the Italian/Chinese/Jewish/any immigrant part of town than the "good" neighborhoods. So the gangs had a mutual understanding with the politicians, and the members of the community had an understanding with the gangs. Everyone helped everyone. Gangs were not nationally networked or anything like that until prohibition.
When prohibition came around, there was a real chance to make money in illegal activities. Gang leaders were already the wealthiest in their community, but they weren't making nearly as much money as bootlegging potentially could. This is where Al Capone comes in. Everyone was running around trying to make money off illegal alcohol, but Capone was simply the best. He used completely brutal tactics to eliminate his enemies, and his gang existed for the sole purpose of running an illegal business. He had no unspoken deals with politicians or members of the community, except for the ones he made through bribes. Capone was so successful in running his empire that by the middle of prohibition, he was one of the richest men in the country and practically owned Chicago. He singlehandedly created organized crime as we know it in this country. He was also known as Scarface (though he hated the name, and no one said it to his face), and Tony Montana was modeled after him.
Al Capone is the true Original Gangsta.
verb. to stare
, gaze, gawk, look intensely
Well I'm from Houston, and down here "barred out" means to be messed up on Xanex "bars." Bars are the most potent of Xanex pills in front of blue and purple "footballs." Usually you drink on them and get really fux0rdz.
maaaaaaaan i got barred out last night and backed my truck into a headshop and i dont even remember it
a rock & roll band of the late sixties, possibly the most influential band of all time.
the velvet underground was the greatest band of all time.
Something some people spend a few years learning, and a life time appriciating. Most people refer to it as a "gay" sport for men to rub against each other. But find that if they indeed wrestled themselves, they would appriciate it so much more if it was in their life, no matter how much they hated it, or liked it.
The wrestler won the State Championship 2 years in a row, and would always remember it.
A polite, lovey person who always thinks about the world around her. She enjoys wasting paper making 'Gift Certificates' for friends.
You pick up that little now!
February 11, 2005
The Dena, the one and only. the only place where you can find thugs, white kids that wanna be thugs lol, preps and some serious rednecks. You either don't care about your car, put a fart pipe on it, or lift it sky high. Where you make friends for life and live for the moments. You may say its boring,but everybody knows you wouldn't trade it for anything else. Always overlooked, but never forgotten. No matter where you go, your roots will always be with the DENA.
pasadena is the shit