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Joe Bruno’s “Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit!” is FREE today on Amazon Kindle!

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Joe Bruno’s “Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit!” is FREE today on Amazon Kindle.

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People love to watch train wrecks, and the VH1 hit show “Mob Wives,” which miraculously has run for two seasons, is a train wreck of biblical proportions. 

“Mob Wives” is such a monstrosity that it is beyond belief that a show starring several loud, cranky, surgically altered, unpleasant, and uninteresting women could be such a big commercial success; so much so, there’s two spinoffs presently on television: “Chicago Mob Wives,” and “The Big Ang Show,”staring Big Ang Raiola. (Big Ang is a character in “Mob Wives,” who is so big in so many ways she resembles a WWE wrestler in drag; with breasts the size of boulders and lips the size of limousine mud flaps.) 

“Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit!” consists of my “Joe Bruno on the Mob” blogs concerning “Mob Wives,” along with the responses I’ve received from my readers, both on my blog and on my Facebook page “Mobsters, Gangs,” where I also post my blog. 

Some of the responses are hysterical; some are dumb; and some are downright obscene. I’ve tried to clear up the obscenities and the bad English the best I could. 

After reading this book, if you still decide to watch Season 3 of “Mob Wives,” then there’s nothing I can do for you. You’re hooked and you’re probably watching “Chicago Mob Wives and “The Big Ang Show,” too. 

God have mercy on your soul. 

And if you have never seen “Mob Wives” and are contemplating watching one of the three shows, or any combination thereof, this book might talk you out of doing so. 

One can only hope.

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Book Description – Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit! – By Joe Bruno

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Mob Wives - Fuhgeddaboudit!

Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit!

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People love to watch train wrecks, and the VH1 hit show “Mob Wives,” which miraculously has run for two seasons, is a train wreck of biblical proportions.

“Mob Wives” is such a monstrosity that it is beyond belief that a show starring several loud, cranky, surgically altered, unpleasant, and uninteresting women could be such a big commercial success; so much so, there’s two spinoffs presently on television: “Chicago Mob Wives,” and “The Big Ang Show,”staring Big Ang Raiola. (Big Ang is a character in “Mob Wives,” who is so big in so many ways she resembles a WWE wrestler in drag; with breasts the size of boulders and lips the size of limousine mud flaps.)

“Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit!” consists of my “Joe Bruno on the Mob” blogs concerning “Mob Wives,” along with the responses I’ve received from my readers, both on my blog and on my Facebook page “Mobsters, Gangs,” where I also post my blog.

Some of the responses are hysterical; some are dumb; and some are downright obscene. I’ve tried to clear up the obscenities and the bad English the best I could.

After reading this book, if you still decide to watch Season 3 of “Mob Wives,” then there’s nothing I can do for you. You’re hooked and you’re probably watching “Chicago Mob Wives and “The Big Ang Show,” too.

God have mercy on your soul.

And if you have never seen “Mob Wives” and are contemplating watching one of the three shows, or any combination thereof, this book might talk you out of doing so.

One can only hope.

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This is a present for the loyal readers of my blog – which averages 20,000 hits per month.

Any of my blogs readers who want a free Amazon Kindle copy of  my new book “Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit”  (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0091UNCFA), which makes a mockery of the TV program Mob Wives just sent me your name and  email address at: jbruno999@aol.com and  I will “gift” you a free copy of my book from Amazon.com. 

If you don’t have a Kindle; not to worry. You can download a free Kindle app to your computer. Just go to the page my book is listed on and click on “Available on your PC,” on the upper right hand side of the page, and you can download the free Kindle app to your computer for free.
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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Big Ang– Hit or Miss?

Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mafia, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2012 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

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Right off the Bat, the Big Ang show on VH1, a takeoff of Mob Wives, and staring Big Ang Raiola, is not the abomination that the program Mob Wives is. In fact, in spite of myself, I found the show mildly enjoyable.

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At the show’s opening, Big Ang, wearing a low-cut red dress tell the audience, “I like everything big – big boobs (she jingles her impressive breasts), big cars, big home, and big jewelry (she waves her hand full of diamonds at the camera).”

            The cast of character of Big Ang thankfully contains none of the obnoxious stars of Mob Wives; no Karen Gravano and no Renee Graziano. The Big Ang show is about having laughs, drinking enormous amounts of booze at Big Ang’s Staten Island bar “The Drunken Monkey,” and ogling guys young enough to be her sons, and in some cases, grandsons.

After telling the TV audience that she “loves money and Wise-Guys,” Big Ang introduces her crew; Crazy Linda and Little Jen, and her little dog Louis. Also includes in her crew is her younger sister Janine (six years younger than Big Ang), who is the exact opposite of Big Ang’s bombastic persona. Janine is the brains of the crew; calmly keeping everyone is a semblance of order, even Little Louie.

Big Ang says of her crew, “The people I like are wackos who are loyal.”

Thinking back to the past when these three girls must have been hot, attractive numbers (they are no longer that, no matter how hard they try)) Big Ang says, “The Wize – Guys loved us. But now half of them are dead, half of them are rats, and the other half are decrepit.”

Big Ang obviously thinks three halves make a whole.

“Wackos” is the right word for Big Ang’s crew.  Little Jen is 53 years old, and is so afraid of the dark; she still lives with her parents. Apparently Little Jen got sick a few years back, and was in a coma for five days.  But she now proudly says, “They thought I was dead but I f****d them up and here I am.” (There’s a little cursing in the show, but nowhere near the amount of cursing on Mob Wives.)

Crazy Linda is just that – crazy. She says she was the sexy one in the crew, and they did show two photos  of Crazy Linda way back when; one in a bikini and one with her bare legs the focal point while she lay sprawled on a small couch. Truthfully, she was a nice looking broad, but that was so long ago, Perry Mason was the top show on television at the time.

The opening show is all about Big Ang and the grand re-opening of her bar “The Drunken Money,” a small, narrow bistro which was renovated by her brother-in-law Dom, a big lug with a bald head and a spit-eating grin on his chubby face. Dom looks nothing like a contractor, and everything like your sweet neighborhood bookie, which he may be on the side, although there is no proof to back up this contention.

Big Ang tell the audience, “If this bar don’t get on the map now, I have to move on.”

The first order of business for Big Ang is to hire four sides of beef to act as “shot guys” for the grand opening – topless men barely in their 20s, who circulate in the crowd selling shots to giggling girls for two bucks apiece. This was the idea of her son AJ, whom she calls her “baby boy.”

Big Ang says AJ is handsome and “suave-A,” which is quite a stretch since AJ has a face that only his mother could love. At the end of the show, we get a quick teaser for the following program, where AJ informs his mom that he has been arrested (for selling drugs), and he tells mom he’s “definitely looking at jail time.”

So much for her “baby boy.”

The rest of the show is one big party at “The Drunken Monkey” – a party I would have loved being at  30 years ago. Big Ang is jiggling around,  dancing with the young shirtless “shot guys,” as are Crazy Linda and Little Jen. The old girls are so hot-and-bothered, you’d expect them to seduce the young guys right on the dance floor; or maybe even on a bar stool.

The funniest bit of the show is when Big Ang says, “This is the time to bring out my Drunken Money.”

 A midget wearing a monkey suit comes running out of the bathroom. He jumps on the bar, and starts dancing, and gyrating, and, well, I guess you just had to see it to understand the absurdity of it all.

The party was one loud, drunken dance riot, until we see Big Ang’s husband, Neil, walking through the front door.  Big Ang had thrown Neil out of her house seven months earlier because Neil was a “cheater, all-night, stay-out drunk.”

Neil, 38 and 16 years younger than Big Ang, is a legitimate-guy who works as a sanitation worker for New York City. He informed Big Ang at lunch early in the show that he was “ready to move back in” with Big Ang. Big Ang was not too happy with the suggestion, and even less happy when someone yells at the party, “You’re husband is here!”

Big Ang spots Neil; Neil spots a “shot guy” named Ricardo basically stuffed between Big Ang’s huge breasts (she say she wear a triple J bra), and Neil storms out of the bar without even saying hello.

The show ends with Big Ang sitting on a bench outside “The Drunken Monkey” after the party is over. With her are her sister Janine, Crazy Linda, and Little Jen, and all four ladies are swaying in the wind, even though they are sitting down. This is when Big Ang informs her crew that Neil requested to move back into their marital home.

Then Big Ang tells them, “I think I’m going to let Neil move back in.”

After she sees her crew’s mouths drop open, Big Ang adds, “I always make decisions when I’m on Patron (tequila). I think I’ll sleep the Patron off before I make a decision on Neil.”

Although  the Big Ang show will never be a nominees for an Emmy, I’ve spent worse half hours watching insipid and annoying  television shows; the most recent being Mob Wives. Watching Big Ang and her crew is sort of entertaining, but I would be much more entertaining if I had a bottle of Patron of my own to chug down while I’m watching.

But Big Ang, please – lose the drunken midget in the monkey suit. Big Ang might accidentally sit on the poor guy and what a mess that would make.

 

Joe Bruno on the Mob – Big Ang’s son Arrested For Selling Drugs

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Well, I guess it’s like mother – like son. And in this case, that is not a very good thing.

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Big Ang Raiola, a star in VH1’s TV show Mob Wives and soon to be the star of her own show called The Big Ang Show, pleaded guilty in 2003 to drug charges: selling cocaine to undercover officers. She got three years’ probation and four months house arrest.

Now it’s her son – A. J. Donofrio – who’s in a pickle; and it’s the same pickle his mother was in.

On Monday June 4, police barged into Big Ang’s bar “The Drunken Monkey” in Staten Island looking to arrest D’Onofrio for also selling cocaine to an undercover agent. D’Onofrio was not on the premises at the time, but the following day he turned himself into the police. D’Onofrio and four other men were indicted on 50 felony counts; including selling drugs to undercover officers and telling these same officers where they could illegally buy the prescription drug oxycodone.

“This was a long-term investigation,” assistant district attorney Timothy Gearon told the New York Post. “Over 700 oxycodone pills were sold and the price of that was close to $14,000.”

Talk about dumb. You’d think the son would learn from his mother’s mistakes, but there seems to be very little brain power lurking around “The Drunken Monkey” on any given night.

To add to his problems, D’Onofrio is not a one-timer when it comes to breaking the law. In 2011, D’Onofrio was arrested for beating up a pal with a lead pipe. He also has a DUI on his record. Taking all this into consideration, a Brooklyn judge came down on D’Onofrio with a lead pipe of his own; making A. J.’s bail a whopping $200,000. D’Onofrio’s attorney Lance Lazzaro thought the bail was a tad excessive, especially for a man who claims he’s innocent.

“He says he didn’t do it,” defense lawyer Lance Lazzaro said after D’Onofrio’s arraignment. “He’s denying it. I think we should wait to see what type of proof they’ve got before we rush to judgment.”

Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. But in cases concerning undercover cops buying drugs, there are usually taped conversations, and maybe even a picture, or moving picture or two to back up the arrest. So I find it hard to believe D’Onofrio will walk away from this case unscathed.

In a Season 2 episode of Mob Wives, Big Ang was shown taking her son to a jewelry store to buy him a few birthday presents. While the camera rolled, Big Ang bought her son a huge white gold crucifix and a whopping rope chain to go with it. She also bought herself a few baubles that would choke the proverbial horse. The amazing thing was the transaction was made entirely in cash, and there had to be thousands, or maybe even ten thousands of dollars involved.

While I watching this I said to myself, “Where does Big Ang get all this cash? And why not pay with a credit card, like any other normal human being would do?”

If the police are to be believed about D’Onofrio’s alleged cocaine indesgressions, I guess the answer is self-evident. People don’t usually buy cocaine, or sell cocaine using credits cards, now do they? This is a cash-only business.

Or maybe Big Ang and son won the money betting fast horses at the track.

Anyone who believes that; I have a condo in Iraq to sell them.

PS – You have to wonder if Hector “Junior” Pagan blew the whistle on his former Mob Wives co-star: Big Ang’s son A.J. D’Onofrio. When someone goes over to Team America they are required to tell the Feds everything they know about anyone they know who may have committed crimes. This is all conjecture, but it is interesting that Pagan became and rat and now someone connected to the show Mob Wives is under arrest.

It could all be a co-incidence, but…

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Mob Wives Big Ang to Star in Her Own TV Show.

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The simple fact is, Big Ang Raiola is the most likable character on the abominable television show Mob Wives.  Due to this fact, the  bad news is that the producers of Mob Wives, namely Jennifer Graziano – sister of Renee Graziano – has rewarded Big Ang with her own show. The good news is that Big Ang will be the only character from Mob Wives who will appear on this show.

Thank God for small favors.

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Jeff Olde, EVP of original programming and production at VH1, was absolutely giddy when he said in a statement to the Huffington Post, “Ang is the definition of authentic. What you see is what you get, no apologies. She’s enjoying life on her own terms — and having had the pleasure of hanging out with Big Ang, her friends and family at The Drunken Monkey, I guarantee viewers are in for a real treat.”

Ok, so that we don’t get too confused here;  “The Drunken Monkey” is not an indication of animal cruelty, but, in fact, Big Ang’s very own Staten Island bistro.

Jennifer Graziano, who was recently hoodwinked into allowing her former brother-in-law, Hector “Junior” Pagan (ex-husband of Renee), to play a major part on Season 2 of Mob Wives, is also producing The Big Ang Show. While on Mob Wives, Pagan was wired for sound by the FBI (the bug was in his wristwatch), and as a result, several alleged big name gangsters were arrested, including Pagan’s former father-in-law Anthony Graziano. So it’s plain to see Jennifer G isn’t exactly the cream of the crop of casting directors.

Nevertheless, Jennifer G recently said to the Huffington Post, “I’ve known Big Ang since I was a kid and can always remember thinking, ‘this woman is a star! It gives me great pleasure to be in the position to show the world what I have always seen in her. Big Ang was on my mind for ‘Mob Wives’ from the start — I believe she was a great addition for Season 2 and will be an even bigger force to reckon with on her own show! Watch out America … it’s Big Ang!”

OK, let’s not get carried away here. Big Ang is a big force to be reckoned with because she’s so darn big to start with. Her bra cup size is supposed to be a size “J” (I didn’t know they made bras that big), and her lips protrude so far from her teeth, you could put a billboard sign across them.

Example:

Top Lip – “The Monkey Bar.”

Bottom Lip – “Staten Island’s Best Watering Hole.” Then the full address.

On a recent show, Big Ang was asked why she had so much work done on her breasts and on her lips. In typical Big Ang-speak she said, “To attract da WICE-GUYS!”

As long as The Big Ang Show keeps it light and merry and doesn’t give us the annoying “Drama Queen” story-line of  Mafia Wives, maybe this won’t be such a horrible show to watch. Big Ang is bright and breezy, and unlike the other ladies on Mob Wives, she goes through  life with a smile on her lips and not a sneer. (Remember- Billboard Smile)

The Big Ang Show could be sort of a remake of the megahit  “Cheers,” where The Drunken  Monkey is a joint where everyone knows your name. However,  the less names mentioned there the better;  since the place might be bugged by the Feds

Things like this happen all the time.

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Mob Wives – Who Cares!! – Introduction For Upcoming book by Joe Bruno

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              Mob Wives – Who Cares!

 

                                                           

                              INTRODUCTION

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If you notice, in the title of this book:  Mob Wives – Who Cares! I put an exclamation point at the end of the title, rather than a question mark. The reason is – I’m not asking a question, but rather I’m making a statement.

The VH1 television program Mob Wives is such a monstrosity, that it is almost beyond belief that a show staring several loud, cranky, and uninteresting women could be such a commercial success; so much so, there’s a spinoff to be aired soon called Chicago Wives and another spinoff to be aired later this year: Big Ang staring Big Ang  Raiola. Big Ang is a character in Mob Wives, who is so big in so many ways she resembles a  WWE wrestler in drag; with breasts the size of boulders and lips to match.

I never realized the phenomenon of Mob Wives until Monday morning April 2, 2012. Early that morning I checked on my blog called Joe Bruno on the Mob and I almost had a heart attack. My blog is basically a compilation of short articles having to do with anything about the mob; in America and abroad. It was doing extremely well: getting about 600 hits a day on the more than 300 articles I had posted there. But On April 2, when I checked my blog at 9 a.m. I already had 17,000 hits – in half a day!

I thought it must be some sort of computer glitch, but then I checked the sources of the hits (the website WordPress where I have my blog allows you to do this). Ninety-five percent of the hits were on six measly articles I had written concerning the show Mob Wives; and especially on how Junior “Hector” Pagan, ex-husband of one of the show’s co-stars Renee Graziano, had become an FBI informant. Not only did Pagan flip for the Feds, but he even wore a wire on his ex-father-in law Anthony Graziano (Renee and the producer of the show Jennifer Graziano’s father).  This resulted in Anthony Graziano, who was in home detention on his last leg of an eight-year prison sentence, getting re-arrested. (He has since pled guilty and will do about another three years in the can.)

            Then I finally figured it out.

            Mob Wives is a Sunday night show, and on its April 1 show, the producers finally told the truth that Pagan, who was appearing in almost every episode, had become a canary for the government. This was in spite of the fact that Pagan’s treachery was already common knowledge since late November of 2011.

            As a result, on the following morning, hundreds of thousands of people started googling Hector “Junior” Pagan and they came up with my six blogs. At the end of the day, Joe Bruno on the Mob had the astounding amount of 23,652 hits for the day, more than I previously had in the past month. And this phenomenon continued every Monday after a Sunday night Mob Wives show. My daily hits increased to over a thousand a day, but on each succeeding Monday, I averaged 10,000 hits.

            So as a result, I had to do something drastic: I finally had to force myself to watch the show.

            What a disaster!

            I grew up in Manhattan’s Little Italy on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and I lived in the neighborhood for 48 years. But never had I met such over-the-top, vulgar, and obscene women in my life. Every second word out of their mouth is a variation of the f-bomb that thankfully, VH1 has the good grace to beep over. This could never happen in my neighborhood, or in any Italian neighborhood I have ever visited, and I’ve visited plenty.

            Women don’t curse in front of men. Period. And men never curse in front of women either, otherwise a slap in the face would ensue, or maybe even worse.

            But in Mob Wives, these women don’t only curse rapidly, they do it in front of millions of viewers. What a disgrace!

            Since I was getting so many hits on my Mob Wives blogs that I had written, I decided to watch the show every Sunday night; after taking two valium washed down by a bottle of Scotch, of course.

And guess what?

The show never got any better. The only interesting story line was the one about Pagan, who is no longer on the show because he had been pulled off the streets by the FBI and rushed into the Witness Protection Program.

            Because of its inexplicable popularity, a show that is absolutely abominable in content, with horrible over-the-top acting, has now morphed into three shows (Mob Wives, Chicago Mob Wives and The Big Ang Show). This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt P.T. Barnum was right:  there is a sucker born every minute.

            So for the rest of this book I will re-print my Joe Bruno on the Mob blogs concerning Mob Wives, along with all the responses I’ve received, both on my blog and on my Facebook page where I also post my blog. Some of the responses are hysterical; some are dumb, and some are downright obscene. I tried to clear up the curse words the best that I could.

            If after reading this book, you still watch Mob Wives, well then there’s nothing I can do for you. You’re hooked and you probably will watch Chicago Wives and The Big Ang Show too.

            God have mercy on your soul.

            And if you have never seen Mob Wives and are contemplating watching one of the three shows, or any combination thereof, maybe this book will talk you out it.

            One can only hope.

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