Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the many facets of Fool Killer lore. FOR PART ONE, INCLUDING THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT IN THE 1850s, CLICK HERE
Some of the Fool Killer’s targets from the January of 1913 edition of James Larkin Pearson’s Fool-Killer –
*** Democrat Senator Joe Bailey, who left the Senate after missing 499 of 976 roll call votes during his term. That 51.1% was much higher than the average missed roll call votes by other Senators of the time – 29.5%.
*** Republican Senator Henry Dupont, whom Pearson and his Fool Killer suspected of using his Senate position to advance the gunpowder trust and therefore his family’s wealth. In 1916, the first year of popularly elected Senators, Dupont was among the appointed Senators who were voted out of office. He lost to Josiah Wolcott.
*** Express Monopolists who had been opposed to America establishing the United States Parcel Post, which took on responsibility for transporting heavy parcels which previously had to be sent for much higher costs by private concerns. The parcel post was launched on January 1st, 1913.
*** Thomas Lawson, because Pearson and his Fool Killer were skeptical about Lawson’s desire to clean up Wall Street.
*** The moneyed powers and governments fueling the Turk-Balkan War (what the First Balkan War was called back before they knew there would be more than one). The Ottoman Turks were fighting Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro.
*** Jud Welliver for editorializing against government funding for the roads.
*** An unnamed Chicago scientist who was among the first to experiment with extracting sugar from sawdust. (Sacchulose) Pearson and his Fool Killer were often skeptical of new procedures like this because of the frequent scams run back then. By the 1920s he was less skeptical.
*** Mrs Elmer Black of New York, who advocated killing dogs in order to feed the meat to the poor. She had observed it being done in Munich, Germany while traveling.
*** Outgoing Republican President William Howard Taft, who was going to become a Professor of Law at Yale after leaving the White House. It was basically a fat joke implying that Yale’s carpenters better build a chair for him that could hold two tons.
*** The Plutocrat Club, as Pearson and his Fool Killer labeled the meeting of J.P. Morgan and roughly five hundred millionaires who met in New York to discuss Party Politics. Only the wealthy were allowed to attend. That continues to this day, since the major players in America’s major political parties are still mostly the wealthy, many of whom got rich while serving in government office.
*** The meaningless political theatrics of having J.P. Morgan testify last December before the House Banking and Commerce Committee. The committee was pretending to investigate the “Money Trust” just like Congress today pretends to investigate Big Tech/ Social Media Techno Fascists, whose money keeps them beyond the reach of the law.
Some of the Fool Killer’s pithier remarks this time around:
“Love is just one fool after another.”
“God help the honest – the dishonest can steal.”
As I always say, it’s fascinating to read this old publication and its odd mix of viewpoints – even the ones you disagree with.
I WILL EXAMINE MORE FOOL KILLER LORE SOON. KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR UPDATES.
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