The classic fictional portrait of the flimflam
man as an American type is, of course, Herman Melville's 1854 novel The Confidence Man.
The lawyer who brought the suit against the paper that caused the circulation fraud to be uncovered, Joe Giaimo, told the New York Post, "They are trying to flimflam
the public once again.
And now comes news that Cole Campbell, the biggest flimflam
man since J.
Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and Hewlett Packard Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina to be on guard against "charlatans and flimflam
artists" masquerading as consultants.
It is difficult to believe any reasonably intelligent person would believe this flimflam
, but it happens.
If he doesn't, then why else does he think they'll buy the same flimflam
act that he sold them last January?
Grofimenko marvels that the Nobel Peace Prize went to "the greatest flimflam
man of all time," Mikhail Gorbachev, while Western intellectuals ignore Reagan--who, he says, "was tackling world gangsters of the first order of magnitude.
MEET Roy (Nicolas Cage) and Frank, (Sam Rockwell) they're matchstick men, flimflam
men, grifters, or as Roy likes to be known, con artistes.
It's easy for them to flimflam
a person," she says.
The administration's use of the Fund generated controversy over the summer when it appeared the White House was using the project to woo African-American voters and support vulnerable Republican candidates in the 2002 elections (see "Faith-Based Flimflam
," October 2002 Church & State).
Moreover, it is socially demoralizing to find that your community is the latest victim of an Enron-style flimflam
Ratliff quietly casts shame upon the walking dead of Trinity by allowing for gray area and trusting that his audience is keen enough to know a flimflam
when it sees one.
So I am sympathetic to serious paranormal researchers who wish to distance themselves from the telephone psychics, Hollywood astrologers, and other flimflam
artists who would not know the difference betwe en a cold reading and a warm reading, even while applying them in their trade, just as I appreciate the acknowledgment that most of the time we do try to apply Spinoza's dictum, even though not always achieving that goal.
Actually, there are adaptors that can help you get past this type of flimflam
, but one quickly gets the idea that DVD is above all about buying lots of new stuff having not much to do with appreciating movies.
Rhetoric's reduction to flimflam
, like education's reduction to basic skills, is evidence of this neglect of ethics, but this need not be the case.