Bullshit! Wrap

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

I’m hoping to have video of last night’s show posted soon.

I’m biased of course, but I think it was a terrific episode. Richard and Linda Paey were fantastic, and quite moving. Penn described me as having a comic book super hero name, so that was fun. My former boss at Cato, Tim Lynch, also appeared and made some great points. And the villains were especially villainy.

If you’re wondering, yes, they did manage to work in the usual gratuitous nudity, even in an episode about criminal justice. That’s why it’s gratuitous!

Next week’s episode is titled “Old People.” I’m slightly terrified to see how they’re going to work boob shots into that one.

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27 Responses to “Bullshit! Wrap”

  1. #1 |  Tom | 

    I don’t have Shotime anymore. I can’t afford it right now. Congrats though!

  2. #2 |  Rhayader | 

    Haha, nice. It’s worth tuning in just to see who Penn calls “motherless fucks!” in each episode. I think during the drug prohibition episode he actually said “fuck you in the fucking neck!” in a voice-over while McCaffery or somebody was talking. Awesome — can’t wait to check out the episode Radley.

  3. #3 |  PogueMahone | 

    Penn described me as having a comic book super hero name…

    You do!
    Wait. What!? You mean to tell me that “Radley Balko – The Agitator” is your REAL name???
    I thought for sure that it was some secret identity hiding your true name to protect yourself from the countless police agencies that would have your hide.
    I thought that by day, you are a mild-mannered reporter named “Steve” or something, but by night, you a skin-tight jumpsuit clad superhero (or villain, depending on one’s perspective).

    Please tell me that you at least have a cape.
    Come on, man.
    Even I have a cape.


    Keep up the good work, Balko. Fighting for truth, justice, and the American way.


  4. #4 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    Immortalized on DVD. Congrats! (Yeah, I have to wait until then)

    BTW – And the villains were especially villainous.

  5. #5 |  pc | 

    I fully support boob printing.

  6. #6 |  Rhayader | 

    BTW – And the villains were especially villainous

    I prefer villaitudinous. Or villairiffic. Or villy, the clockwork orange version.

  7. #7 |  Discord | 

    It was a great episode! Congrats and great job!

  8. #8 |  Franklin Harris | 

    Gratuitous is the only kind that’s any fun. It’s why people watched “The Hitchhiker” on HBO back in the ’80s.

  9. #9 |  Monica | 

    It was a terrific episode.

    Speaking of villains, watch as Texas tries to cover up the execution of Todd Willingham. http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/2483.php

  10. #10 |  davidstvz | 

    “Penn described me as having a comic book super hero name, so that was fun.”

    Radley, I always have wondered how you got such an interesting name while appearing to be a rather ordinary looking caucasian. I’ve previously thought of my favorite libertarians as heroes for sure. Republicans and Democrats tax us and waste the money, carelessly squander our freedom and generally just screw things up. Meanwhile, the best libertarians are fighting against this behemoth system and getting innocent people out of jail in their spare time. Radley Balko indeed.

  11. #11 |  Dave Krueger | 

    One of their best shows ever.

  12. #12 |  Brian | 

    Great episode. Weird seeing so many people I know on TV … and they weren’t even mugshots for a change!

  13. #13 |  Marc | 

    “The Agitator” is a great name for a costumed hero, but “Radley Balko” is definitely an evil industrialist supervillain.

  14. #14 |  Sallie | 

    You’re definitely a superhero to me, Radical. *swoons*

  15. #15 |  Chris Berez | 

    #2 | Rhayader | July 23rd, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Haha, nice. It’s worth tuning in just to see who Penn calls “motherless fucks!” in each episode.

    Personally, my favorite Penn-ism is, “And then there’s this asshole…”

  16. #16 |  ClubMedSux | 

    It probably would’ve been too complicated for the show, but I wish they had brought on a statistician to talk about that stupid graph that one tough-on-crime douche kept showing. It appeared to me to be a thirty-year graph where there was an excellent inverse correlation between incarceration rates and crime rates… over the last third of the graph. Ignoring the obvious correlation/causation problem, it’s hard to even establish correlation when there isn’t any for over half of the data!

  17. #17 |  SME | 

    Last night’s show was great. You should be proud.

  18. #18 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    #15 Chris Berez:

    +1 for you, Chris. That is also my personal favorite. A quick and to the point dis for people who truly deserve it.

  19. #19 |  AJs | 

    Great episode! I made my wife and my cousin who was visiting watch it with me. Honestly, we decided about a month ago that we were cancelling Showtime… I put it off simply so I would be able to watch this episode as soon as it was on air, worth the extra few bucks it cost us!

  20. #20 |  supercat | 

    Did you notice what the “incarceration” figure measured? People imprisoned per crime, with a current value greater than 1.0; to be sure, if someone commits a crime and goes to prison for 20 years that crime will only be counted in the year it was committed, while the person will add 1 to the prison total for the next 20 years, but there still seems to be something a little strange.

  21. #21 |  supercat | 

    I generally liked the episode, but thought there was a lot more material to cover than could really fit in half an hour, so it left out many things I would have liked to have seen covered. A few points I’d like to see mentioned:

    -1- Part of the reason the Founders required trial by jury was to allow defendants to make arguments on the basis of justice and reasonableness. If a jury would find that, given all the facts of the case, a particular punishment would be cruel and unusual, then such a punishment is cruel and unusual as applied to the particular crime in question, and is thus unconstitutional. Unfortunately, many judges refuse to let defendants inform jurors about mitigating factors or the sentence involved with a crime. In most cases, I would argue judge’s impose such rules because they know full well that jurors would find sentences to be cruel and unusual, and would put their duty to uphold the Constitution ahead of their duty to abide by a judge’s wishes.

    -2- The description of the Duke lacrosse case made it sound as though the prosecution of the students was “accidentally” wrongful or a case of mistaken identity, when the reality is that Nifong knew full well that there was no rape and wanted to impose hardship upon people he knew to be innocent.

  22. #22 |  Marty | 

    the teenagers in our house were truly outraged by the prosecutorial abuses and speechless about the boob printing!

    great show.

  23. #23 |  brauneyz | 

    OMG, if you cancel SHO how can you watch Dexter?

    It’s still daylight here but I’ll go watch the Tivo’d episode right now and screw the rest of the day. Wait, that’s not what I meant …

  24. #24 |  Stewart Vardaman | 

    Just finished watching…I really liked this episode, and I’ve seen every one. Been a P & T fan all my adult life.

  25. #25 |  BamBam | 

    #21, only problem with your first point is that long ago, The System changed the rules to allow judges to tamper with trials (admit/deny evidence in the trial) and to tamper with juries (voir dire).

    The game is rigged. The System makes sure it wins, and every once in a while throws a bone to the plebes to appease them and to allow the charade of “fair trial” etc to continue for those that can’t see through the evil.

  26. #26 |  andyinsdca | 

    If they can work in Helen Mirren, Erin Gray or Jane Seymour’s “old people” boobs, I’d be OK with it.

  27. #27 |  brauneyz | 

    That nudity was not gratuitous. It was legitimate nipple-printing. Cutting edge science.

    Great show. Usually I read this column in the AM and have all day to calm down. Now I’m going to bed pissed. Good going. WTF was I thinking?