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(Wikipedia)   On this day in 1875, Boss Tweed escaped from prison. This is a pre-peat from 2022. Things did not work out for him though. This is a pre-peat from 2023   (en.m.wikipedia.org) divider line
    More: Murica, William M. Tweed, New York City, Tammany Hall, Samuel J. Tilden, William Magear Tweed, William Marcy Tweed, Gangs of New York, director of the New-York Printing Company  
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2020-12-04 10:56:49 AM  
Time-traveling Drew detected.
 
2020-12-04 12:06:54 PM  
Meanwhile, Boss Flannel in the northwest and Boss Burberry in the UK are still free.
 
2020-12-04 3:33:36 PM  
Desperate and broken, Tweed now agreed to testify about the inner workings of the Tweed Ring to a special committee set up by the Board of Aldermen,[5] in return for his release, but after he did so, Tilden, now governor of New York, refused to abide by the agreement, and Tweed remained incarcerated.

This is the treatment I'd like to see Trump get from Biden's new AG. Convince him that if he leaves office peacefully they won't try to prosecute and they'll lean on the New York authorities as well, then bring the hammer down and say, "Welp, looks like we lied to you. Go ahead and accuse us of doing so, see how far it gets you."
 
2020-12-04 3:43:51 PM  
^And I know that the DOJ has no power of the NY State authorities, but if the DOJ told Trump that they would "lean on" them, he'd probably believe that to be at least possible.
 
2020-12-04 4:36:57 PM  
pre-peat and repeat were in a boat
 
2020-12-04 4:37:54 PM  
someone please explain joke to me.  then explain this specific one.
 
2020-12-04 4:41:48 PM  
"Boss" Tweed raised corruption to an art form, and still managed to get basic services in place in early NYC.  You have to respect that.
 
2020-12-04 4:43:01 PM  

JamesSirBensonMum: someone please explain joke to me.  then explain this specific one.


It means I've wasted half a day not drinking.

YMMV
 
2020-12-04 4:44:38 PM  
Back in the good old days when wealthy, corrupt politicians or 1%ers would even be prosecuted.
 
2020-12-04 4:45:08 PM  

JamesSirBensonMum: someone please explain joke to me.  then explain this specific one.


Boss Tweet is currently President.
 
2020-12-04 4:46:11 PM  

Mad_Radhu: JamesSirBensonMum: someone please explain joke to me.  then explain this specific one.

Boss Tweet is currently President.


Trump isn't smart enough to pull off a scam like the construction the NYC federal courthouse.
 
2020-12-04 4:46:26 PM  

Jake Havechek: "Boss" Tweed raised corruption to an art form, and still managed to get basic services in place in early NYC.  You have to respect that.


The term I've heard is "working corruption."

It may be corrupt, but at least things that really need to get done get done.
 
2020-12-04 4:51:06 PM  

erik-k: Jake Havechek: "Boss" Tweed raised corruption to an art form, and still managed to get basic services in place in early NYC.  You have to respect that.

The term I've heard is "working corruption."

It may be corrupt, but at least things that really need to get done get done.


And made a good chunk of change from every transaction.
 
2020-12-04 4:54:08 PM  
I call the PA Lt. Governor Boss Weed.  Dude has a giant pot leaf on the front window of his office in the Capitol Building. And his office is right between the entrances to both the House and Senate floor.  There was no way to avoid it.  It was got damn hilarious.
 
2020-12-04 4:56:56 PM  
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2020-12-04 5:08:53 PM  
I'm currently reading "Paddy Wacked" by TJ English about Irish American gangsters. I feel like there are parallels between the 19th Century mix of politics, organized crime and corruption and what the Trump team has been doing .Especially how there were concerns about election day security and the potential threat of right wing thug "poll watchers".
 
2020-12-04 5:20:49 PM  

Chainsaw Turd Elf: I'm currently reading "Paddy Wacked" by TJ English about Irish American gangsters. I feel like there are parallels between the 19th Century mix of politics, organized crime and corruption and what the Trump team has been doing .Especially how there were concerns about election day security and the potential threat of right wing thug "poll watchers".


That's a good book.  Makes the Italians look like latecomers in the early American organized crime game, because they were.
 
2020-12-04 5:22:10 PM  
Like Boss Tweet would ever work as any kind of laborer. Can you imagine that out-of-shape titty baby if he were asked to do anything more strenuous than ride in a golf cart?
 
2020-12-04 6:33:00 PM  
We love Boss Tweed !

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2020-12-04 7:59:53 PM  

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I've read that the cartoons by Thomas Nash of Boss Tweed were instrumental in him being caught.
 
2020-12-04 8:11:40 PM  

natazha: Vlad_the_Inaner: [Fark user image 850x853]

I've read that the cartoons by Thomas Nash of Boss Tweed were instrumental in him being caught.


Nast was influential.  "Stop those damn pictures" Tweed was rumored to have said about him.  But I think this particular cartoon was by someone else
 
2020-12-04 8:18:24 PM  

erik-k: Jake Havechek: "Boss" Tweed raised corruption to an art form, and still managed to get basic services in place in early NYC.  You have to respect that.

The term I've heard is "working corruption."

It may be corrupt, but at least things that really need to get done get done.


Go back and read what the 19th century was like for most city residents. It was a squalid hellscape, and Tweed stole an unearthly amount of money.

That courthouse cost $12 million in 1870 money. $315 million today (but only with 1870 amenities and 1870 labor laws). $7 million was supposedly spent just on furniture and decorations. Then came another $3.5 million for "repairs" after the courthouse was done.

Total stolen by the Tweed ring: $200 million, or over $5 billion today.

Fark those guys.
 
2020-12-04 9:50:18 PM  
Does that mean he was re-tweeded?
 
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