Episode 94: Dollop: The Business Plot

Show me the Smedley!


First of all, let me enjoy his name. Smedley Darlington Butler. That’s a whole lotta moxie on his mother’s part.

Secondly, how did she know he would grow up to look so much like a Smedley?


That is a Smedley mug, complete with Smedley something-smells-awry face.

Now, then.

There is a Smedley Butler Society, and their website is the angriest color yellow I have ever seen. Didn’t think a color could be angry? Go look. I’ll wait.

Told you.

Shake it off.

the Business Plot conspiracy (or alleged conspiracy) on Wikipedia
House Un-American Activities Committee

American Liberty League: organized to oppose FDR’s New Deal

War is a Racket  * Smedley Butler

And, you know, while FDR was juggling this (alleged) mess, and the New Deal, what else he was juggling? A lot of bare Navy asses, that’s what.

the Bushes: Prescott Bush and his complicated economic intertwinings with the Nazis (and the Trading with the Enemy Act)

the Singer sewing machine fortune, aka, I was Daddy’s favorite, no I was: The Clarks of Cooperstown * Nicholas Fox Weber

Bands from this episode:

  • Gin Tears (tend towards maudlin covers–the more moody songs of Johnny Cash‘s catalog, Patsy Cline, that sort of thing)
  • Bellicose Stare
  • Schlub Arm
  • King Meatball
  • Dickstein

Cultural references from this episode:



About Carla

This Bluestocking bookworm is your friendly Dollop web-wrangler and digital library curator. In other words, pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain. I'm just here to John Nash all this stuff together. It's all about connections. IT'S ALL CONNECTED. I live atop a mountain, geographically isolated for the protection of others. Yes, an American mountain.