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Episode 178 – Like an Actor

After nine years, you know what I realize? Ignorance is bliss. Then we have a deal? I don’t want to remember nothing. Nothing. You understand? And I want to be rich. You know, someone important. Like an actor.

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  1. Publius
    Publius May 7, 2024

    Ice cream and cookies have assaulted my body fat more than bears, men or women.

  2. Publius
    Publius May 7, 2024

    I found you, Bobby, bison Eb dude.

    • Publius
      Publius May 12, 2024

      I thought I could delete this comment when I posted it, imagining, “This message will self-destruct…”

  3. I play the radio
    I play the radio May 8, 2024

    “Everybody knows that coffee is evil, but hot chocolate is not.”

    “…and then the news cycle shifts to: Elder Ballard had a psychic.”

    “If only we had somebody to break down the romantic mysticism of the Marxian electrical circuits.”

  4. Whisker
    Whisker May 9, 2024


  5. Kenny
    Kenny May 11, 2024

    I read the witness affidavit’s against Tim Ballard when the story came out. I am now thoroughly convinced he is a snake akin to John C. Bennet.
    I am perhaps a little charitable to the women involved, not excusing them, but I get some of the manipulation he put them through.
    – these women were passionate about the mission and it is clearly honorable to save kids from trafficking. This allowed Ballard to manipulate them with lines like “what are you willing to do to save a child?” People naturally want to answer “anything to save a child”. And the hooks are in.
    – Ballard could also prey on the knowledge difference. He seemed to be the larger than life person who had been around the block and saved dozens or hundreds of kids. These women knew they wanted to help, but they did not know how. Sure, you can donate money, but to actually be the one to get a kid out? They had to rely on Ballard to teach them how. Keep in mind, most of the couples ruses were done in Utah. Things like going to a massage parlor or strip club. You know to see if there is chemistry for the real deal. You really want to push back on the process from maybe the world’s expert?
    – But what about the you know sin part? You guys are not exactly orthodox, but look at it from a follow the brethren lens, Ballard claimed Elder Ballard directly authorized him to do these things that would not normally be condoned. To have an apostle apparently sanction things is tough for TBM’s to ignore. (Oddly he tried to talk up his church leadership ties even with the one woman who was not LDS who thought it strange).
    Actually the similarities to Bennet are pretty strong.

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