Two Party Opera by Brian Carroll for March 31, 2023

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    D. martin  6 months ago


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    gigagrouch  6 months ago

    Im 1872, $20 was a huge fine!

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    wangster2  6 months ago

    Nice to have Nixon in there.

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    Masterskrain Premium Member 6 months ago
    During his tenure in the Oval Office, a slew of accidents forced D.C. authorities to start cracking down on speeders. For policeman William West, the last straw came when a horrible accident took place on his block. “[A] woman with a 6-year-old child had been seriously injured on West’s corner by a driver of fast horses,” The Washington Post explained.

    The very next day, West caught Grant’s buggy booking it at “a furious pace” past the corner of M and 13th Streets. America’s top elected official was almost immediately pulled over.

    “Mister President,” said West, “I want to tell you that you were violating the law by driving at reckless speed. Your fast driving, sir, has set the example for a lot of other gentlemen. It is endangering the lives of the people who have to cross the street in this locality. Only this evening a lady was knocked down by one of the racing teams.” Duly reprimanded, Grant apologized and promised that it wouldn’t happen again. Less than twenty-four hours later, it did.West again caught the Commander in Chief flying at breakneck speed over the same stretch of road. “Do you think, officer, that I was violating the speed laws?” asked Grant.“I certainly do, Mr. President,” replied West. After reminding Grant of his broken vow, he added, “I am very sorry, Mr. President, to have to do it, for you are the nation’s chief executive, but my duty is plain, sir: I shall have to place you under arrest!”Grant’s exact response has been lost to history—though many claim that he reacted admirably, encouraging West to “Do your duty, my good man.” West escorted him to the police station, where the leader who had helped win the Civil War was swiftly booked and fined.Fortunately, there were no hard feelings on either man’s part. A fellow horse-lover, West ultimately befriended the president. The pair would often get together and, during one of their many chats, the lawman made an awkward admission: before joining the force, he’d been a speed demon himself.

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    dotbup  6 months ago

    “Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office will reach out to Trump’s attorneys to discuss his surrender to face an arraignment.”

    The sweetest sentence I have read in a long, long, time.

    DeSantis gets owned by Disney after touting his “victory” over them and and Trump is finally indicted after years of wiggling his way out of legal trouble. First US president to be impeached twice and now the first US president to be criminally charged. Turkey ratifies Finland’s NATO membership, …a bad week for fascists.

    Winning bigly, huh? What a great week, and it isn’t even Saturday yet!

    The seal is broken. Cherry popped.

    This case doesn’t make the top 10 of Trump’s worst crimes, or likely even the top 10 of the strongest cases against him.

    But it’s official: former heads of state in the US can be indicted for their crimes. That is something to celebrate. Rip up that DOJ “memo”.

    On the other hand it is chilling to realize that this could happen to any one of us after using campaign funds to make hush money payments to pornstars.

    Absolutely terrifying. That’s why I pay my pornstar affairs in crypto. And don’t campaign for the presidency.

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    ShadowMaster  6 months ago

    No doubt Grant just paid up.

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    cbellmerit  6 months ago

    Prior politicians, especially presidents, when they left office would leave quietly. A speech or appearance here and there but nothing on the level of Trump.

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    AndrewSihler  6 months ago

    Where on earth do you dig up these little factlets?? Is there a news service for events in US history which no one else knows about? You’d think the Grant ticket would be folkloric by now. . . . Like the (totally fictitious) “Tale of aTub”.

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    Grandma Lea  6 months ago

    $20 in 1872 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $493.18 today

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    Grandma Lea  6 months ago

    Sounds like Swedish traffic laws, fines are based on your income

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    charliekane  6 months ago

    Good ‘ol Dickie: Takin’ crime off the street and puttin’ it in the White House.

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    Nantucket Premium Member 6 months ago

    Nixon’s pardon was a HUGE factor in the downward spiral.

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    SlyMongoose  6 months ago

    3rd. President Pierce ran down an older lady while riding drunk on his horse.

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