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(Fox News)   Notorious Texas con man Billie Sol Estes has passed away. Or has he?   (foxnews.com) divider line 34
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2013-05-15 09:52:02 AM
He's small time compared to the guys running the country and the state of Texas now.
 
2013-05-15 10:20:23 AM
From Phil Och's Ballad of Billy Sol:
Stand tall, Billie Sol, we don't know you at allWe've taken down your pictures from the wallWell, we don't want to handle an agriculture scandalWe have got to face elections in the fall
It was a big deal at the time.
 
2013-05-15 10:24:18 AM
I guess he was not the Sol survivor.


*punches out of thread before the RIP-tards arrive*
 
2013-05-15 10:27:22 AM
when he died in his sleep was it because somebody put a pillow over his face?
 
2013-05-15 10:27:28 AM
Why is Subby sad?
 
2013-05-15 10:34:15 AM

Astorix: when he died in his sleep was it because somebody put a pillow over his face.


Of course not.  Then it would be suicide.
 
2013-05-15 10:35:31 AM
Who?  Billie El Nino?

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2013-05-15 10:36:13 AM

Englebert Slaptyback: I guess he was not the Sol survivor.


*punches out of thread before the RIP-tards arrive*


R.I.P<a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="Englebert Slaptyback
 
2013-05-15 10:36:30 AM
The think about marks is, they want to be conned.

Of course, you could never fall for a con.  You seem like a guy who is way too smart for that.  You're not fooled by all of the government scams and the lies in the media.  Don't even get me started on Big Medicine and the tricks that doctors commit in the name of profit.  You're too smart for that.  Guys like you and me are different.
 
2013-05-15 10:37:20 AM
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2013-05-15 10:47:51 AM
Poor man. Made a fortune in model rocketry, only to lose it all to post-9/11 shipping restrictions on the engines.

Oh, wait...
 
2013-05-15 10:51:50 AM

ChipNASA:


It moved
 
2013-05-15 10:51:59 AM
Former Associated Press correspondent Mike Cochran, who covered Estes' trials and schemes throughout the 1970s and `80s, recalled writing about how Estes made millions of dollars in phone fertilizer tanks

Yeah they keep calling me, I know what that sounds like.

"...and you can add Sunday delivery for only 1c more per day! See we know you need to save money!" You know I haven't seen a physical newspaper in five years right?
"...low APR of 0.0%! Isn't that great?!" like the extra point zero makes a difference, but forget to mention that it goes up to 20% three months later.

Yeah I hate telemarketers who order their phone fertilizer by the tankful.
 
2013-05-15 10:53:34 AM
I knew one of the federal magistrates involved in the case, and he said Billie had balls as big as all outdoors
 
2013-05-15 10:57:09 AM
he the guy that makes model rocket kits?
 
2013-05-15 10:59:35 AM
Notorious C.O.N. ?
 
2013-05-15 11:02:05 AM
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2013-05-15 11:11:03 AM
Meanwhile, Jeffrey Skilling, who exceeded Estes' level of fraud in every way, is also scheduled to get out of jail years early.  Business as usual in Texas.
 
2013-05-15 11:11:27 AM
Wow. I thought he died *years* ago.
 
2013-05-15 11:14:33 AM
Kaiser Bill's Batman I knew one of the federal magistrates involved in the case, and he said Billie had balls as big as all outdoors

not as big as Woody Harrelson's dad, but Billy Sol made Broadcasting Law History by getting the Supreme Court to agree tv coverage tainted his jury trial, almost quaint now
 
2013-05-15 11:16:02 AM

lilbjorn: Meanwhile, Jeffrey Skilling, who exceeded Estes' level of fraud in every way, is also scheduled to get out of jail years early.  Business as usual in Texas.


It's part of Texan Heritage. State was founded on a scam. The Texicans got free land on two conditions: pay your taxes and become catholic, nether of which they did. On the other hand, the land they got for free was pretty useless.
 
2013-05-15 11:16:11 AM
This was the guy who set up the hit on President Kennedy, right?
 
2013-05-15 11:23:17 AM

bdub77: He's small time compared to the guys running the country and the state of Texas now.


But for his time he was a Magnificent Bastard.

I think it's odd that I think about his affair from time to time as I was quite small when he was "In the News" so to speak.
 
2013-05-15 11:23:39 AM
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RIP Sol
 
2013-05-15 11:26:48 AM
'It's a good riddance that he left this world'
 
2013-05-15 11:37:48 AM

bdub77: He's small time compared to the guys running the country and the state of Texas now.


You got the first half right, but a big swing and a miss on the second part.
 
2013-05-15 11:38:05 AM
No THERE'S a name I hadn't heard of lately. He was the kind of rogue whose actions you despised but whose chutzpa you admired with a surprising intensity.
 
2013-05-15 11:39:59 AM
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r.i.p.  Notorious B.I.G.

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does this work if he's really dead?
 
2013-05-15 11:51:35 AM
One of the strangest episodes in his life involved the death of a U.S. Department of Agriculture official who was investigating Estes just before he was accused in the fertilizer tank case.

Henry Marshall's 1961 death was initially ruled a suicide even though he had five bullet wounds. But in 1984, Estes told a grand jury that Johnson had ordered the official killed to prevent him from exposing Estes' fraudulent business dealings and ties with the vice president.

The prosecutor who conducted the grand jury investigation said there was no corroboration of Estes' allegations, though a judge ruled that it was "clear and convincing" that the death was not self-inflicted.


Hey, who would ever suspect Lyndon Johnson of being involved in the death of someone?
 
2013-05-15 11:56:00 AM
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Approves.

/obscure?
 
2013-05-15 12:00:37 PM

SoupJohnB: This was the guy who set up the hit on President Kennedy, right?


Nah, this is a character created by Don Imus to lampoon the Christian Right.

// dunno how you know a fictional character has died, absent publishing it in a book
// did Imus finally get around to "God's Other Son 2: The Middle Ages"?
 
2013-05-15 12:05:54 PM
That's the way the cookie crumbles.
 
2013-05-15 01:18:56 PM
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R.I.P. BILLY SOL HUROK
 
2013-05-15 03:24:42 PM
"Oh, what have you done, Billy Sol, Billy Sol?
Oh, what have you done, charming Billy?
You took almost every cent from the U.S. government
Which you spent on fertilizer,
Which is silly."
 
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