Lion of the Blogosphere

Another notorious person I knew

The guy described in this article. I only knew him as a little kid (several years my junior) because his parents, who were friends of my parents, moved to Florida before I was even a teenager.

An interesting story about how a kid who my mother always described as the least intelligent of their three children became extremely rich by knowing the right people and being an aggressive salesman. And then he turned to what sounds like fraud in order to become even richer. (Although it always seemed to me that even “honest” financial services sales are borderline fraud.)

Please don’t mention the kid’s name in the comments, to avoid this post showing up when people try to Google him.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 8, 2016 at 8:23 am

Posted in Labor Markets

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  1. I read this article and I can’t help but feel sorry for Fred Taylor.

    Fred Taylor was the longtime RB for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Like Barry Sanders, he was shifty, fast, couldn’t take a hit, and saddled on mostly poor cost saving bad teams.

    He had a WR’s body so it’s amazing that his career as a RB lasted so long. His body seemed too tall and thin to take the physical hits that he took. I bet even now his body is in decrepit shape due to the pounding he took.

    the TL;DR. Of the article is that he got scammed by his advisor and then scammed again by the new guy who scammed him. Maybe he was just a mark. Thats too bad.


    January 8, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    • No need to feel sorry for Fred Taylor, he’s a colossal jerk who’d just as soon fight you as say hello. He was never popular with teammates at all.

      That kind of surly attitude came in handy on the field though, he definitely had a fantastic career.


      January 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm

  2. Proles are all about money, with no concept of class distinctions when it comes to tastes, consumption patterns, hobbies and intellect.


    January 8, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    • And Florida is also a state for the striving proletariate, who otherwise could not afford NYC and the other liberal centers up north. It isn’t like the prolier neighboring states in the deep south or the states where they get their yankee transplants. I find Floridians to be the upmost obnoxious, worse than the surly Chicagoans and the passive aggressive Californians. It must be the humidity, which is why the Golden State is more desirable in terms of warm climate.


      January 8, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      • Florida is a haven for criminal nams, cocaine crazed Cubans and elderly, tax dodging high proles. It is to be avoided at all costs.


        January 8, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      • criminal nams as criminal as anywhere cocaine crazed Cubans naw, they’re that way naturally and elderly, tax dodging high proles yikes!

        Florida is a giant magnet for people looking for easy living. The scammer cohort is huge. It is a land of poor service for the general population, e.g. the posts offices there probably have the highest pilfering rate of any.


        January 9, 2016 at 4:57 am

      • Florida is a California that “cannot” (Steve Sailer once wrote a piece, pondering why East Asians do not infest a state that has a similar topography with warm weather). Mitt Romney owns a McMansion in San Diego, but he would never install one near his pal Marco Rubio. Gee….I wonder why!!!!

        Florida is also a getaway for many obnoxious proles from NYC who otherwise can’t afford the West Coast, and where Arizona is too hot for them. Most important, fiesty Caribbean Hispanics aren’t for the faint of heart.


        January 9, 2016 at 11:05 am

  3. So greed is not always good…


    January 8, 2016 at 12:20 pm

  4. A few years ago the NFL got a lot of publicity for their financial training program which supposedly taught players how to avoid scams and invest conservatively. Obviously, if you’re getting $5 million a year, even for a relatively short period, all you have to do is sock it away with Vanguard or some other low-cost passive vehicle. But it could be that that’s just not exciting enough for the black mind.


    January 8, 2016 at 12:42 pm

  5. When I saw the reference to Florida I thought you meant the guy who just got the Big Needle in the Sunshine State for knocking off three chix.



    January 8, 2016 at 12:51 pm

  6. I know a couple of ex-NFL guys.

    One guy had a solid 10-year career as a WR. He’s mid 40’s and doing telecom technician work now, and I know that he’s making about 60K a year since we had guys working at the same location on the same contract. He’s one hell of a great guy and can tell you fascinating stories about lots of star players and big games in which he played. FWIW, he still says that he thinks that Peyton Manning is the best QB of all time and that most current NFL wide receivers would agree.

    The other guy had a decent career as a fullback (back when the NFL still used fullbacks) and now he’s flat broke and driving a forklift on night shifts.


    January 8, 2016 at 1:36 pm

  7. “Although it always seemed to me that even “honest” financial services sales are borderline fraud” Care to elaborate? Curious…

    January 8, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    • I don’t know his line of thought but, really, anyone who promises to beat the market would be a millionaire many times over on his own advice. And so, selling that advice as is ethically dubious.


      January 8, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      • For every person who gets rich investing their own money in passive investment, there are 100 people who get rich by investing other people’s money.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 8, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      • It’s not just financial services, it’s business in general, any business is borderline. It’s people,not everyone, obviously, but a lot.


        January 10, 2016 at 12:52 am

  8. Not as notorious a criminal as Chipotle’s CEO will be. How have you been managing without being able to eat (safely) there?

    The Undiscovered Jew

    January 8, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    • “Food with integrity” should be changed to “Food with E. coli”

      I must confess to pangs of shadenfrude after hearing about Chipotle’s latest misfortune. Moral preening has always been their brand. Looks like the standard centralized corporate model of food delivery is that way for good reason.

      “Would you like a side order of norovirus with that?”


      January 10, 2016 at 1:23 am

  9. “Jason Rosenhaus was blunt when describing [Lion’s friend’s] dating life: “He picked bad women, I think. Just seeing him with women, [it] was a problem with him. He never once was with a nice girl who cared about him. He was always with sluts who were into money. He was handing [out] money and being a flashy guy. He had the Napoleon syndrome to the 10th degree.”

    Take a lesson from your friend Lion as your inevitable fame grows and grows. Stay away from the bad girls.


    January 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    • He’s not my friend. I haven’t seen him since he was 5 years old or something like that.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 8, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    • Take a lesson from your friend Lion as your inevitable fame grows and grows. Stay away from the bad girls.

      Now you know that the Lion is way too frugal to blow money on fast party girls.

      Every man should try it once, though, just for the sake of the experience.


      January 8, 2016 at 10:07 pm

  10. “[], who graduated from U of Florida in 1997 with a degree in exercise and sports sciences…”

    ‘Say no more, say no more.’

    Nedd Ludd

    January 9, 2016 at 6:17 am

    • As my mother said, he was the least academically oriented of their three children. Had he come from a prole family instead of a family where everyone was expected to go to college, he probably wouldn’t have graduated at all.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 9, 2016 at 10:27 am

  11. I made the acquaintance of a cute gal that flirted with me a good bit. I was really disappointed to learn one of her parents was a ’60s radical that spent time in prison.


    January 9, 2016 at 10:27 pm

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