Wednesday, October 20, 2021

TRUST ME (A DEM SONG)

Dems & Repubs

A Suggested B'Way Show
By Frankly Lesser

 

Trust Me

 

Dems to the voters:
“I got a policy that will really work. But it’s gonna take more time.”

  

You policy this, you policy that
You policy everything I do like that
Then you make an excuse
And you’re blaming Repubs
And you’re off to a meeting again
When I think of the votes I waste
Hoping to end woes I’ve faced
I could honestly cry

Can’t you see that I’m trying
Trying
While they’re all lying
I’m trying.
 
Please don’t forsake me
Take me
For my faults take me
I need you.

The best years of my life I’ve been a fool to vote for you

Alright, already, I'm part of a Congress
Alright already, it’s true
So nu?
 
I’m trying, trying
Despite my faults trying
I need you

You’re infighting here
You’re infighting there
You’re infighting on every issue we need
And we’re sick of the other side laughing at us
Till they’re back with the power again.

When I think of the votes I waste
And all the woes I’ve faced
I could honestly die

Give me more time and trust me
Trust me
You’ve got to trust me
I’m trying

HAH!

Right now you hate me
Hate me
I get it you hate me

When you lose all your jobs
Don't come to me to pay your billlllllllllls!


Alright, already, so call an attorney!
Alright, already, it's true
So nu
But trust me, trust me
Give me more time
And just trust me
I love you!

You're at it again,
You're playing their game
They’re stalling, you’re falling right into their trap
They’ll block all the big stuff
And then they’ll blame you
And I'm telling you now that we're through!
When I think of the votes I waste
Trying to end woes I’ve faced
I could honestly die

Hate me, hate me
Curse my name hate me
But vote for me!! 

Monday, October 18, 2021

WHITE RABID DEBT

One card is for dining
And another one is for gas
And a third one is for shopping
With a fourth linked to EZpass
Without malice, count the points you get

 

And if you pay bills when they’re all due
You'll watch your credit rating rise
Then banks send more offers to you
And each card gives you a prize
With so much credit, you go into debt

 

When spammer calls make you think
That your warranty is up
And you just had the morning’s fifth drink
And six more before your sup
Go ask a banker
Before you erupt

 

When you owe more than you can handle
And you’ve fallen on hard times
You've lit both ends of your candle
And you only think in rhymes
Remember, it is not a crime
To pay on time,
Pay on time!

Sunday, September 26, 2021

DEATH: FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR BILLIONAIRES

 

The wealth gap is increasing.

And it will still increase beyond belief until our leaders come to the realization that it is killing Democracy!

The incredibly rich billionaires, many of whom head corporations worth trillions of dollars are legally hiding their money and handing it down to their scions free of taxation.

This ‘step up’ tactic is a scam similar to the ‘trickle down’ scam of the Reagan era and it must end or America will.

We are headed in the direction of a full on feudal state of masters and serfs!

The once so-called ‘death tax’ could easily be reformed so as to not harm those with moderate inheritances.

Congress could decide upon a number below which funds would be exempt from the tax.

That ‘monetary floor’ could be changed periodically to mirror changes in the cost of living.

It could start as low (high?) as 10 million dollars.

In other words when the owner of an incredibly wealthy estate 'passes on' the first $10,000,000 of his/her wealth is tax exempt for the heirs.

Any money over and above that amount would be taxed at a rate decided upon by Congress.

And the rate could be a progressive scale, increasing with the size of the estate in consideration.

The spawns of the obscenely wealthy would not lose any of their abilities to donate to super pacs or bribe their favorite politician to do their bidding.

They would merely have a tiny amount less with which to do so.

And there would still be no need to hold a telethon or start a 'go fund me' page on their behalf!

Republican President Eisenhower presided over a prosperous period of economic growth, and he did so while the IRS wielded a top tax rate of 91%!

And no billionaires were harmed during the length and breadth of his administration’s tenure.

It is WAY past time for America to stop coddling the least needy of our Nation and start cuddling the rest of us!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

CHOOSE WISELY

In "The Last Crusade" Indiana Jones chose wisely and lived to tell the tale.
Not everyone does!

We make thousands of decisions daily without giving most a thought. If we actually stopped to think about all of our choices our indecision might cause us to never leave our beds!

But choosing wisely is, well, wise!

The light is red, should we step on the gas or walk through the intersection?

Most will wait for the light to change to green because we were taught the system and learned the dangers of ignoring it.

Yet some WILL proceed.
And if they succeed in making it through the intersection unscathed may do so again in the future.

Do they ignore the law, let alone common sense, because it is the law?
Do they need  extra excitement in their lives?

I don't care which path they choose as long as it does not involve injury to others.

And that brings us to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

There are vaccines that are keeping us safe from severe illness and have proven track records.

Vaccinated people may still become infected but the reactions will be muted and should not require hospitalization.
In many cases vaccinated people might not even realize they have the disease.

There are an abundance of masks available to keep others safe from catching whatever we might be carrying.

So the choice to protect or ignore the dangers of Covid would seem clear to anyone who bothers to think for themselves and about their loved ones.

However a tremendous number of Americans are choosing not to vaccinate or even wear masks.
In fact they are so violently against either of those protective choices that some have attacked others for wearing a mask!

Even more interesting is the reasons they rail against a seemingly 'no-brainer' such as wearing a mask to keep from joining the nearly 700,000 already dead from Covid.

WHY?
Personal freedom and the right to choose for oneself how to live their lives.
That's a great argument until it infringes on the rights of others.

I believe the same individuals wear seatbelts when driving and don't drive through red lights.
And when they argue the government should stay out of their lives why do they not return the money they receive from Social Security?

Some argue that God will protect them from Covid-19.
Well, in a way, God IS protecting them from Covid-19, by giving scientists brains and the wherewithal to create vaccines.
And some could argue that God implanted the idea in the minds of manufacturers to make and market masks!

But the devout religious sect might still demur arguing that they have a God given right to decide for themselves.
Would they tell firemen to leave their house alone when it catches fire because it's God's will?

Near the end of that Indiana Jones film the Nazi 'bad guy' (an obvious redundancy) chooses poorly and pays with his life.

So do we vaccinate, mask up, and eradicate this deadly pandemic from the Earth?

The choice is yours
CHOOSE WISELY!

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

LONGEVITY MENU

Remember going to the beach with your mom and dad?

Remember mom telling you to wait 30 minutes after lunch before going back in the water? She explained something about cramps and death!

Remember going in after 10 minutes anyway?

Well mom wasn't all wet and may have been ahead of her time according to an article in Women's World.

The article doesn't actually mention losing your life because of your choice of food and frolic at the shore but it does suggest a relationship between what you eat and your life expectancy.

When I was young I defied my mom's admonitions and lived to tell about it. But maybe I was lucky.

At that time I had devised a devilish correlation between personal injury and longevity.

I even imbued each injury with an amount of time I would lose in the future.

For example, stubbing my toe would cost me about 1 hour of life but busting it could mean 3 weeks. And don't even talk to me about breaking a leg!

Since there was no way to prove or disprove my theory it has withstood the test of time!

Of course I never mentioned what my starting date, or rather original ending date was. I believed I had a total of 100 years old as the standard. 

Quick Tangent: If you ask people how long they'd like to live many might say 100. But ask them again when they hit 99 and you can bet the number jumps a bit!

But back to the gist of the Women's World article; why would we wish to live our lives constantly changing our diets and food choices based on a 35 minute increased longevity possibility, or even the loss of an hour?

I'm reminded of the story of the lady whose consciousness, while she was on the operating table, floats up to heaven and is greeted at the gate by the guard.

He checks his ledger and asks, "Why are you here now?"

"I have no idea."  She says. "I guess the operation failed."

"No ma'am. You are scheduled for another 40 years on Earth!"

Suddenly she wakes up, rejuvenated in the recovery room. She decides that if she has 40 more years, she's going to have a complete makeover.

She gets a face lift, butt lift, boob job, and a tummy tuck. Basically she opts for the whole nine yards.

Upon leaving the clinic as her 'new self' she is hit by a bus and killed.

When she arrives back at the gates of Heaven she questions the guard.

His curt response: "Hey, I didn't recognize you!"

Bottom line, it's nice to know what to eat but it's also nice to eat what you like and what helps you enjoy life!

We're each on this Earth for a set time so grab your favorite meal and hit the beach!

Saturday, August 14, 2021

DEMS ARE NOT ALWAYS RIGHT BUT THE RIGHT IS ALWAYS WRONG!

Surprise, surprise, a right wing pundit working for a right wing organization with a typically 'nice sounding' name that belies it's intent has written an article damning Biden. (Link to article at the bottom of this post.)

Who would've thought it?

Sadly I must visit the "Whataboutism" room and ask why the author or his group of fascist dictator loving conservs did not write a "He could have but didn't" piece about any of the recent repub leaders in DC.

Hey Freddie K, let me start you off with some suggested titles for your 'never to be written' articles:

"W Could Have Gone After Real 911 Attackers. He Chose Not To."

"Cheney Could Have Stayed Out of Iraq. But He Chose Not To."

"mcconnell Could Have Followed The Constitution instead of stealing SCOTUS Seats. But He Chose Not To."

"dt Could Have Sided With American Intelligence Over Putin. But He Chose Not To."

"dt Could Have Saved Lives When Covid Hit. But He Chose Not To."

I could go on and on but why waste my time explaining how hypocritical the right wing propaganda machine truly is.

How often has a Democratic leader done or attempted to do exactly what a repub leader before him tried to do only to be vilified for trying to put such a 'liberal socialistic' thing in place?

Think about mitt romney and his healthcare plan that was lauded by repubs and how the same repubs went after Obama's version of the same thing!

"They Could Have Chosen To Welcome a Plan To Save American Lives. BUT THEY CHOOSE NOT TO!!!"


Here's the promised link to the hatchet piece by another hypocritical fascist loving right winger in a another fascist loving right wing organization:

Opinion | Biden’s Withdrawal From Afghanistan May Have Helped the Taliban - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Monday, July 26, 2021

CANCER AND THE LONG GAME

Nearly every person in the World can claim to be in a minority.

Being in the minority usually means you are subjected to stereotypes, racism or some form of unjustified hate.

But being in the minority is not necessarily a bad thing, as Bezos, Musk and a few others might tell you.

Dig deep enough into your life and you will find you're a card carrying member of some minority club.

I am sadly a member of a growing minority of people with cancer.

However the fact that the group is growing in size can be attributed to both good and bad things.

For one, the longer we live the chances we will contract some form of cancer grows as there are more carcinogens in the air we breathe and the food we eat than in the past.

And science has been able to detect the onset of a cancer much earlier in it's lifecycle than ever before.

Add to those facts that we also have far better treatments than we did a while ago and, though many of them do not completely cure the disease, they do prolong a patient's life.

As of now roughly 10% of Americans are in this undesirable minority.

One thing that sets members of this particular minority apart is we are not subjected to prejudice and personal attacks. At least not for our disease.

Quite the opposite is true. When someone is diagnosed with cancer they receive sympathy and good wishes, along with the unspoken, 'There but for the grace...'

When 'minorities' view an open house they may sense the urgency of the neighborhood to discourage them from buying.

But cancer has no such timeframe. It plays the long game.

Like the cockroach that hides from or adapts to a new pesticide, cancer can sneak around the body and evade targeted treatments.

It may even lay dormant for years before striking again.

My unwanted guest first arrived late 2000 and was treated the following year.

Nearly 20 years later signs of it's return were noticed in routine bloodwork and the cycle began once again.

According to statistics, in 2020 1.8 million cancer cases were discovered and 600+ thousand others will pass away.

Again, statistically, I happen to be in a majority as I have long since passed the 5 year survival benchmark, at least concerning the first occurrence.

But my clock is now ticking anew and I am not a candidate for the 2000 'successful' treatment.

So I will now do what the doctors tell me and fight like hell to join another minority, people who have survived cancer's long game, twice!

Saturday, July 10, 2021

COMPUTERS DON'T ARGUE

Great cautionary tale!!!
Computer Fiction as told through correspondence:



 

COMPUTERS DON'T ARGUE

Gordon R. Dickson



Treasure Book Club
PLEASE DO NOT FOLD, SPINDLE
OR MUTILATE THIS CARD

Mr: Walter A. Child Balance: $4.98
437 Woodlawn Drive
Panduk, Michigan

Dear Customer:
Enclosed is your latest book selection.
"Kidnapped," by Robert Louis Stevenson.



Nov 16. 1965
Treasure Book Club
1823 Mandy Street
Chicago, Illinois

Dear Sirs:

I wrote you recently about the computer punch card you sent, billing me for "Kim," by Rudyard Kipling.
I did not open the package containing it until I had already mailed you my check for the amount on the card.
On opening the package, I found the book missing half its pages.
I sent it back to you, requesting either another copy or my money back.
Instead, you have sent me a copy of "Kidnapped," by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Will you please straighten this out?
I hereby return the copy of "Kidnapped."

Sincerely yours,
Walter A. Child
437 Woodlawn Drive
Panduk, Michigan



Treasure Book Club
SECOND NOTICE
PLEASE DO NOT FOLD, SPINDLE
OR MUTILATE THIS CARD

Mr: Walter A. Child Balance: $4.98
For "Kidnapped," by Robert Louis Stevenson

(If remittance has been made for the above, please disregard this notice)
Treasure Book Club
1823 Mandy Street
Chicago, Illinois



Jan. 21. 1966

Dear Sirs:

May I direct your attention to my letter of November 16, 1965? You are still continuing to dun me with computer punch cards for a book I did not order. Whereas it is your company that owes me money.

Sincerely yours,
Walter A. Child
437 Woodlawn Drive
Panduk, Michigan




Mr. Walter A. Child
437 Woodlawn Drive
Panduk, Michigan

Feb. 1.1966

Dear Mr. Child:

We have sent you a number of reminders concerning an amount owing to us as a result of book purchases you have made from us. This amount, which is $4.98, is now long overdue.

This situation is disappointing to us, particularly since there was no hesitation on our part in extending you credit at the time original arrangements for these purchases were made by you. If we do not receive payment in full by return mail, we will be forced to turn the matter over to a collection agency.

Very truly yours,
Samuel P. Grimes
Collection Mgr.
Treasure Book Club
1823 Mandy Street
Chicago, Illinois



Feb. 5, 1966

Dear Mr. Grimes:

Will you stop sending me punch cards and form letters and make me some kind of a direct answer from a human being?
I don't owe you money. You owe me money.
Maybe I should turn your company over to a collection agency.

Walter A. Child
437 Woodlawn Drive
Panduk, Michigan




FEDERAL COLLECTION OUTFIT
88 Prince Street
Chicago, Illinois

Feb. 28, 1966

Mr. Walter A. Child
437 Woodlawn Drive
Panduk, Michigan

Dear Mr. Child:

Your account with the Treasure Book Club, of $4.98 plus interest and charges, has been turned over to our agency for collection. The amount due is now $6.83. 
Please send your check for this amount or we shall be forced to take immediate action.

Jacob N. Harshe
Vice President
FEDERAL COLLECTION OUTFIT
88 Prince Street
Chicago, Illinois


April 8, 1966

Mr. Walter A. Child
437 Woodlawn Drive
Panduk, Michigan

Dear Mr. Child:

You have seen fit to ignore our courteous requests to settle your long overdue account with Treasure Book Club, which is now, with accumulated interest and charges, in the amount of $7.51.
If payment in full is not forthcoming by April II, 1966, we will be forced to turn the matter over to our attorneys for immediate court action.

Ezekiel B. Harshe
President
MALONEY, MAHONEY, MACNAMARA and PRUITT
Attorneys
89 Prince Street
Chicago, Illinois



April 29, 1966

Mr. Walter A. Child
437 Woodlawn Drive
Panduk, Michigan

Dear Mr. Child:

Your indebtedness to the Treasure Book Club has been referred to us for legal action to collect.
This indebtedness is now in the amount of $10.01. If you will send us this amount so that we may receive it before May 5, 1966, the matter may be satisfied.
However, if we do not receive satisfaction in full by that date, we will take steps to collect through the courts.
I am sure you will see the advantage of avoiding a judgment against you, which as a matter of record would do lasting harm to your credit rating.

Very truly yours,

Hagthorpe M. Pruitt, Jr.
Attorney at Law


May 4,1966

Mr. Hagthorpe M. Pruitt, Jr.

Maloney, 'Mahoney, MacNamara and Pruitt
89 Prince Street
Chicago, Illinois

Dear Mr. Pruitt:

You don't know what a pleasure it is to me in this matter to get a letter from a live human being to whom I can explain the situation.
This whole matter is silly. I explained it fully in my letters to the Treasure Book Company.
But I might as well have been trying to explain to the computer that puts out their punch cards, for all the good it seemed to do.
Briefly, what happened was, I ordered a copy of "Kim," by Rudyard Kipling, for $4.98.
When I opened the package they sent me, I found the book had only half its pages, but I'd previously mailed a check to pay them for the book.
I sent the book back to them, asking either for a whole copy or my money back. Instead, they sent me a copy of "Kidnapped," by Robert Louis Stevenson which I had not ordered; and for which they have been trying to collect from me.
Meanwhile, I am still waiting for the money back that they owe me for the copy of "Kim" that I didn't get.

That's the whole story.
Maybe you can help me straighten them out.

Relievedly yours,

Walter A. Child
437 Woodlawn Drive
Panduk, Michigan

P.S.: I also sent them back their copy of "Kidnapped," as soon as I got it, but it hasn't seemed to help.
They have never even acknowledged getting it back.




MALONEY, MAHONEY, MACNAMARA and PRUITT
Attorneys
89 Prince Street
Chicago, Illinois

May 9, 1966

Mr. Walter A. Child
437 Woodlawn Drive
Panduk, Michigan

Dear Mr. Child:

I am in possession of no information indicating that any item purchased by you from the Treasure Book Club has been returned.
I would hardly think that, if the case had been as you stated, the Treasure Book Club would have retained us to collect the amount owing from you.
If I do not receive your payment in full within three days, by May 12, 1966, we will be forced to take legal action.

Very truly yours,
Hagthorpe M. Pruitt, Jr.
COURT OF MINOR CLAIMS
Chicago, Illinois


Mr. Walter A. Child
437 Woodlawn Drive
Panduk, Michigan

Be informed that a judgment was taken and entered against you in this court this day of May 26, 1966, in the amount of $15.66 including court costs.
Payment in satisfaction of this judgment may be made to this court or to the adjudged creditor. In the case of payment being made to the creditor, a release should be obtained from the creditor and filed with this court in order to free you of legal obligation in connection with this judgment.
Under the recent Reciprocal Claims Act, if you are a citizen of a different state, a duplicate claim may be automatically entered and judged against you in your own state so that collection may be made there as well as in the State of Illinois.

COURT OF MINOR CLAIMS
Chicago, Illinois


PLEASE DO NOT FOLD, SPINDLE OR MUTILATE THIS CARD

Judgment was passed this day of May 27, 1966, under Statute $15.66

Against: Child, Walter A., of 437 Woodlawn Drive, Panduk, Michigan.
Pray to enter a duplicate claim for judgment
In: Picayune CourtPanduk, Michigan
For Amount: Statute 941

Samuel P. Grimes
Vice President
Treasure Book Club
1823 Mandy Street
Chicago, Illinois



May 31, 1966

Samuel P. Grimes
Vice President
Treasure Book Club
1823 Mandy Street
Chicago, Illinois

Grimes:

This business has gone far enough. I've got to come down to Chicago on business of my own tomorrow.
I'll see you then and we'll get this straightened out once and for all, about who owes what to whom, and how much!

Yours,

Walter A. Child
437 Woodlawn Drive
Panduk, Michigan



From the Desk of the Clerk
Picayune Court June 1,1966

Harry:

The attached computer card from Chicago's Minor Claims Court against A. Walter has a 1500-series Statute number on it.
That puts it over in Criminal with you, rather than Civil, with me.
So I herewith submit it for your computer instead of mine.

How's business?

Joe



CRIMINAL RECORDS
Panduk, Michigan
PLEASE DO NOT FOLD, SPINDLE OR MUTILATE THIS CARD

Convicted: (Child) A. Walter On: May 26, 1966
Address: 437 Woodlawn Drive
Panduk, Mich.
Crime: Statute: 1566 (Corrected) 1567
Crime: Kidnap Date: Nov. 16, 1965

Notes: At large. To be picked up at once.


POLICE DEPARTMENT, PANDUK, MICHIGAN. TO POLICE DEPARTMENT CHICAGO ILLINOIS.
CONVICTED SUBJECT A. (COMPLETE FIRST NAME UNKNOWN) WALTER, SOUGHT HERE IN CONNECTION
RE: YOUR NOTIFICATION OF JUDGMENT FOR KIDNAP OF CHILD NAMED ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, ON NOV. 16, 1965.
INFORMATION HERE INDICATES SUBJECT FLED HIS RESIDENCE, AT 437 WOODLAND DRIVE, PANDUK, AND MAY BE AGAIN, IN YOUR AREA.
POSSIBLE CONTACT IN YOUR AREA:
THE TREASURE BOOK CLUB,
1823 MANDY STREET
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.

SUBJECT NOT KNOWN TO BE DANGEROUS.
PICK UP AND HOLD, ADVISING US OF CAPTURE


TO POLICE DEPARTMENT, PANDUK, MICHIGAN. REFERENCE YOUR REQUEST TO PICK UP AND HOLD A. (COMPLETE FIRST NAME UNKNOWN) WALTER, WANTED IN PANDUK ON STATUTE 1567, CRIME OF KIDNAPPING.
SUBJECT ARRESTED AT OFFICES OF TREASURE BOOK CLUB, OPERATING THERE UNDER ALIAS WALTER ANTHONY CHILD AND ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT $4.98
FROM ONE SAMUEL P. GRIMES, EMPLOYEE OF THAT COMPANY.

DISPOSAL: HOLDING FOR YOUR ADVICE.


POLICE DEPARTMENT PANDUK, MICHIGAN, TO POLICE DEPARTMENT CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

REF: A. WALTER (ALIAS WALTER ANTHONY CHILD) SUBJECT
WANTED FOR CRIME OF KIDNAP, YOUR AREA,
REF: YOUR COMPUTER PUNCH CARD NOTIFICATION OF JUDGMENT, DATED MAY 27, 1966.
COPY OUR CRIMINAL RECORDS PUNCH CARD HEREWITH FORWARDED TO YOUR COMPUTER SECTION.



CRIMINAL RECORDS
Chicago, Illinois

PLEASE DO NOT FOLD, SPINDLE OR MUTILATE THIS CARD

SUBJECT (CORRECTION OMITTED RECORD SUPPLIED)
APPLICABLE STATUTE NO. 1567
JUDGMENT NO. 456789
TRIAL RECORD: APPARENTLY MISFILED AND UNAVAILABLE

DIRECTION: TO APPEAR FOR SENTENCING BEFORE JUDGE
JOHN ALEXANDER MCDIVOT, COURTROOM A, JUNE 9, 1966


From the Desk of Judge Alexander J. McDivot
June 2, 1966

Dear Tony:

I've got an adjudged criminal coming up before me for sentencing Thursday morning but the trial transcript is apparently misfiled.
I need some kind of information (Ref: A. Walter Judgment No. 456789, Criminal).
For example, what about the victim of the kidnapping.
Was victim harmed?

Jack McDivot



June 3, 1966
Records Search Unit
Re: Ref: Judgment No. 456789
Was victim harmed?

Tonio Malagasi
Records Division


June 3, 1966
To: United States Statistics Office
Attn.: Information Section

Subject: Robert Louis Stevenson
Query: Information concerning
Records Search Unit
Criminal Records Division

Police Department
Chicago, III.


June 5, 1966
To: Records Search Unit
Criminal Records Division

Police Department
Chicago, Illinois

Subject: Your query re Robert Louis Stevenson
(File no. 189623)
Action: Subject deceased.
Age at death, 44 yrs.
Further information requested?

A. K.
Information Section
U. S. Statistics Office
To: United States Statistics Office
Attn.: Information Division

Subject: RE: File no. 189623
No further information required.



June 6,1966

Thank you.
Records Search Unit
Criminal Records Division
Police Department
Chicago, Illinois


June 7, 1966

To: Tonio Malagasi
Records Division
Re: Ref: Judgment No. 456789
Victim is dead.

Records Search Unit


June 7,1966

To: Judge Alexander J. McDivot's Chambers

Dear Jack:

Ref: Judgment No. 456789.
The victim in this kidnap case was apparently slain.
From the strange lack of background information on the killer and his victim, as well as the victim's age, this smells to me like a gangland killing.
This for your information.
Don't quote me.
It seems to me, though, that Stevenson the victim has a name that rings a faint bell with me.
Possibly, one of the East Coast Mob, since the association comes back to me as something about pirates possibly New York dockage hijackers and something about buried loot.
As I say, above is only speculation for your private guidance.
Any time I can help...

Best,

Tony Malagasi
Records Division


MICHAEL R. REYNOLDS Attomey-at-law .
49 Water Street
Chicago, Illinois

June 8, 1966

Dear Tim:

Regrets: I can't make the fishing trip.
I've been court appointed here to represent a man about to be sentenced tomorrow on a kidnapping charge.
Ordinarily, I might have tried to beg off, and McDivot, who is doing the sentencing, would probably have turned me loose.
But this is the damnedest thing you ever heard of.
The man being sentenced has apparently been not only charged, but adjudged guilty as a result of a comedy of errors too long to go into here.
He not only isn't guilty he's got the best case I ever heard of for damages against one of the larger Book Clubs headquartered here in Chicago.
And that is a case I wouldn't mind taking on.
It is inconceivable but damnably possible, once you stop to think of it in this day and age of machine-made records that a completely innocent man could be put in this position.
There should not be much to it.
I've asked to see McDivot tomorrow before the time for sentencing, and it'll just be a matter of explaining to him.
"Then I can discuss the damage suit with my freed client at his leisure.

Fishing next weekend?

Yours,

Mike
MICHAEL R. REYNOLDS
Attomey-at-law
49 Water Street
Chicago, Illinois June 10



Dear Tim:

In haste - No fishing this coming week either. Sorry.
You won't believe it.
My innocent-as-a-lamb-and-I'm-not-kidding client has just been sentenced to death for first-degree murder in connection with the death of his kidnap victim.
Yes, I explained the whole thing to McDivot. And when he explained his situation to me, I nearly fell out of my chair.
It wasn't a matter of my not convincing him.
It took less than three minutes to show him that my client should never have been within the walls of the County Jail for a second.
But, get this, McDivot couldn't do a thing about it.
The point is my man had already been judged guilty according to the computerized records.
In the absence of a trial record, of course there never was one (but that's something I'm not free to explain to you now) the judge has to go by what records are available.
And in the case of an adjudged prisoner, McDivot's only legal choice was whether to sentence to life imprisonment, or execution.
The death of the kidnap victim, according to the statute, made the death penalty mandatory.
Under the new laws governing length of time for appeal, which has been shortened because of the new system of computerizing records, to force an elimination of unfair delay and mental anguish to those condemned, I have five days in which to file an appeal, and ten to have it acted on.
Needless to say, I am not going to monkey with an appeal.
I'm going directly to the Governor for a pardon after which we will get this farce reversed.
McDivot has already written the Governor, also, explaining that his sentence was ridiculous, but that he had no choice.
Between the two of us, we ought to have a pardon in short order.

Then, I'll make the fur fly . . . And we'll get in some fishing.

Best,
Mike



OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS
June 17,1966
Mr. Michael R. Reynolds
49 Water Street
Chicago, Illinois

Dear Mr. Reynolds:

In reply to your query about the request for pardon for Walter A. Child (A. Walter), may I inform you that the Governor is still on his trip with the Midwest Governors Committee, examining the Wall in Berlin.
He should be back next Friday.
I will bring your request and letters to his attention the minute he returns.

Very truly yours,

Clara B. Jilks
Secretary to the Governor



June 27,1966

Michael R. Reynolds
49 Water Street
Chicago, Illinois

Dear Mike:

Where is that pardon?
My execution date is only five days from now!

Walt



Walter A. Child (A. Walter) June 29,1966
Cell Block E
Illinois State Penitentiary
Joliet, Illinois

Dear Walt:

The Governor returned, but was called away immediately to the White House in Washington to give his views on interstate sewage.
I am camping on his doorstep and will be on him the moment he arrives here.
Meanwhile, I agree with you about the seriousness of the situation. The warden at the prison there, Mr. Alien Magruder, will bring this letter to you and have a private talk with you.
I urge you to listen to what he has to say; and I enclose letters from your family also urging you to listen to Warden Magruder.

Yours,
Mike



June 30, 1966

Michael R. Reynolds
49 Water Street
Chicago, Illinois

Dear Mike: (This letter being smuggled out by Warden Magruder)

As I was talking to Warden Magruder in my cell, here, news was brought to him that the Governor has at last returned for a while to Illinois, and will be in his office early tomorrow morning, Friday.
So you will have time to get the pardon signed by him and delivered to the prison in time to stop my execution on Saturday.
Accordingly, I have turned down the Warden's kind offer of a chance to escape; since he told me he could by no means guarantee to have all the guards out of my way when I tried it; and there was a chance of my being killed escaping.
But now everything will straighten itself out.
Actually, an experience as fantastic as this had to break down sometime under its own weight.

Best,

Walt




FOR THE SOVEREIGN STATE OF ILLINOIS
I, Hubert Daniel Willikens, Governor of the State of Illinois, and invested with the authority and powers appertaining thereto, including the power to pardon those in my judgment wrongfully convicted or otherwise deserving of executive mercy, do this day of July 1, 1966, announce and proclaim that Walter A. Child (A. Walter), now in custody as a consequence of erroneous conviction upon a crime of which he is entirely innocent, is fully and freely pardoned of said crime.
 And I do direct the necessary authorities having custody of the said Walter A. Child (A. Walter) in whatever place or places he may be held, to immediately free, release, and allow unhindered departure to him . . .



Interdepartmental Routing Service
PLEASE DO NOT FOLD, MUTILATE, OR SPINDLE THIS CARD
Failure to route Document properly.

To: Governor Hubert Daniel Willikens
Re: Pardon issued to Walter A. Child, July 1, 1966

Dear State Employee:

You have failed to attach your Routing Number.
PLEASE: Resubmit document with this card and form 876, explaining your authority for placing a TOP RUSH category on this document.
Form 876 must be signed by your Departmental Superior.
RESUBMIT ON: Earliest possible date ROUTING SERVICE office is open, in this case, Tuesday, July 5, 1966.

WARNING: Failure to submit form 876 WITH THE SIGNATURE OF YOUR SUPERIOR may make you liable to prosecution for misusing a Service of the State Government.

A warrant may be issued for your arrest.
There are NO exceptions.
YOU have been WARNED!