Kasparoza Radio #2: Richard Stratton

A Conversation with Richard Stratton: Living Legend, Renaissance Man, and former major marijuana/hashish trafficker turned federal prison inmate/jailhouse lawyer turned award-winning author, producer, publisher, screenwriter and director (of the new A&E docu-series, Gotti: Father and Son).

We touch on his meeting Gotti in prison in the 80s, chilling with Hunter S. Thompson in the 70s, Stratton’s glory days smuggling weed and hash with the Hippie Mafia. Founding the magazines High Times and Prison Life. His thoughts on Donald Trump, rats and snitches, the Witsec program, and the federal prison experience in general, including when he had a great time playing tennis there while dropping acid. Seriously. 🙂 Read More …

Book Review: Colombo rat Larry Mazza’s “The Life” (THE LIES)

Recently, a fellow author and someone who claims to have once been in ‘The Life’– someone who did some time, and claims to be a stand up guy vouched to me for his “friend” Larry Mazza, so, I asked him: If you weren’t a cooperator, then why are you associating with an informant?

This individual proceeded to make excuses for Mazza’s cooperation, saying that he wasn’t “a rat” because he only testified against guys that were going to testify against him first… you know, the usual informant hogwash. He said that Mazza “didn’t have a choice!”

Which, frankly, no real stand up guy would ever say especially since it makes no sense as this is America and we ALWAYS have a choice.

But, out of curiosity, I picked up “The Life” to fact check what this guy was saying, to see if it lined up with exactly what Mazza said about why he turned, when, instead? What I found in a few minutes of skimming were widespread inaccuracies and what seemed to be outright lies, like: Read More …

Kasparoza Radio: A Conversation with Marc Levin (12/3/2009)

While an NYU student in 2009, documentary teacher/filmmaker Thom Powers assigned his students to interview a documentary filmmaker… so, naturally, I chose my favorite documentary director, the legendary Marc Levin. Our conversation touched on his then recent film Mr. Untouchable about Harlem heroin czar turned snitch Leroy “Nicky” Barnes, as well as his earlier film Mob Stories and some of the characters in it like deceased Lucchese soldier “Fat Jackie” DiNorscio, former Gambino associate turned preacher “Brother Frank” Minucci and Gambino associate turned fink Joe “Dogs” Iannuzzi. I also asked Levin about his thoughts on the then recent mistrial in the federal racketeering case against John Gotti Jr. Read More …

President Obama Strikes Back

Published at: Medium.com/@Kasparoza —
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Today President Obama released his first statement since leaving office. But other than that, the President is resting. Regrouping.

Because if you really think he’s going away, or that Donald Trump — I refuse to refer to him as “President,” because he’s not worthy of that title — if you really think the Donald “won,” that he’s going to destroy all things Obama?

You’ve got another thing coming. Read More …

Yes We Marched.

Published at: Medium.com/@Kasparoza regarding The Women’s March on Washington:
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Yes We Marched.

But not all for the same reasons. So before you message me — or anyone — saying that we were wasting our time, that we’re crying or whining or dividing the country — or whatever message you write revealing your hypocrisy — don’t rush to judgement. Don’t base your opinions off whatever your pundits tell you or the short clips you saw on TV.

If you love America, then talk to us. Talk to me. The people on the ground and try to heal our divide by trying to understand why we marched if you really feel that we were wrong to express our right to free speech. Read More …