Flimflam Artists

I am reading a book entitled: Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam.

I have figured out exactly what Jon and Kate are. They're flimflam artists. Just like the hucksters who traveled around at the beginning of the 20th century promoting snake oil medicine and operating on men to implant goat's testees to promote virility!

Jon and Kate have a real flimflam operation going on -- with both the tv show and their "speaking engagements." They are representing themselves as something other than what they are. They are shaking people down for money under false pretenses.

As P.T. Barnum said, "There's a sucker born every minute."


laura linger said...

Yes, they are hucksters, because they prey on people who have only the best of intentions.

It's just so offensive, especially when you consider the truly needy in this world. Hell, we have soldiers coming back from Iraq and finding themselves homeless. We still have survivors of Katrina displaced and living in squalid FEMA trailers. We have our World Trade Center survivors and heroes suffering from dastardly lung ailments and cancers from the burning debris and toxic fumes they inhaled during the disaster. We have junkies who desperately want to get straight and get their families and friends back. We have children who go to bed hungry every night. We have genocide in Darfur. We have that nice old lady up the street who is going through a miserably hot summer without running her air conditioner because she can't afford to be cool.

I'll even be a little selfish here...we have people like me, who seem to be sick all of the time but cannot seem to find a cause or reason. Too sick to work. Sometimes too sick to even leave the house. And I am one of the lucky ones...my husband works 80 hour workweeks to support us and get us good health insurance. We have many Americans who are too sick to work and yet are without health insurance or any answers.

And these two able-bodied people have the GALL, the unmitigated AUDACITY, to beg for a living and make their story out to be something worthy of attention and financial compensation. They are sham artists who prey upon the well-intentioned but not too terribly bright, sell their story to them, and reap the rewards. And reap and reap and reap. Mostly in cash and freebies, which are much harder for the Tax Man to track.

And when you consider that they manage to couch it all in The Most Holy Name of Jesus Christ, well, let's just say that there is a special place in hell for them, if you believe in that kind of thing. It takes a particular kind of mindset to use others. To use them while utilizing religion puts you in a league with Jim Jones and the People's Temple in Guyana.

I want to know how much money is being put away for the kids.

Mary Berry said...

Wow, Laura. I think you should submit that comment for a real post. It's awesome.

laura linger said...

Consider it submitted.

And thank you for your compliment.

FIONA said...

When I first read that the Gosselin's were selling reproduced photos of their kids at Church for 20$, in my mind that was the beginning to the end of this family. And in Kate's own words, "Bring CASH only". So you know that this under the table income for them. Now if J and K could only realize that going to Wal-Mart and reproducing 1000 pics for about 50 bucks, so that they could just give them away, would do so much for their image then any of the other crap damage control they try and use on us....um, it's not working Jon and Kate.