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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Healey: Peter Nash Way Off Base With Barry Halper Smear

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The newspaper industry is in enough trouble these days without printing smear jobs written by “journalists” who have a conflict of interest about the very subject they are writing about.  But this past week, the New York Post did just that by publishing this gem by Peter J. Nash about deceased baseball memorabilia collector Barry Halper.

What the New York Post doesn’t tell you is that Nash is involved in a long-running litigation with a memorabilia auction house that represented Barry Halper, has admitted in publicly-filed court papers to committing fraud against that very same auction house, and has an outstanding warrant for arrest related to a $760,000 judgment against him.

Not so “Pete Nice” is he now, is he?

...Peter J. Nash was once Pete Nice, and he wrote, or helped write, and perform “Pop-Pop Goes the Weasel”, a 1990 rap “anthem” pointed at the injustice of rappers who were “posers” who weren’t representing the true nature of what rap was all about. As a member of “3rd Bass”, I assume Nash was all about “keepin’ it real” back then.

Funny thing about life. If you make the wrong choices, it’s not that difficult to become what you once despised. Smearing a man’s good name to sell a book?

Pop-pop goes the weasel, ’cause the weasel goes pop.

Repoz Posted: July 28, 2011 at 01:23 PM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: July 28, 2011 at 02:18 PM (#3887468)
Mark Healey gets the gas face!
   2. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 28, 2011 at 02:24 PM (#3887476)
Kick 'em in the grill, Pete.
   3. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: July 28, 2011 at 02:41 PM (#3887489)
As soon as Don Newkirk shows up to do his intro, Pete is gonna breath hot fire all over Mark Healey.
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: July 28, 2011 at 02:51 PM (#3887498)
Though I've battled with heals9 here (and there) before, doesn't he have a pretty good point? Maybe it's just me not really following the memorabilia industry closely, but through all the Hauls of Shame stuff posted here I never realized that Nash has left behind his own lengthy trail of lawsuits and accusations against him.
   5. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 28, 2011 at 03:28 PM (#3887533)
The interesting part of this rebuttal is that nowhere in it does he offer any proof that Nash's assertions are factually incorrect.

Having an axe to grind does not necessarily mean that you're wrong. It just means that you're motivated.
   6. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: July 28, 2011 at 04:49 PM (#3887647)
Im not going to RTFA but is healy mad because nash wrote about some of the frauds commited by halper?
   7. Srul Itza Posted: July 28, 2011 at 06:03 PM (#3887727)
Though I've battled with heals9 here (and there) before, doesn't he have a pretty good point?


Actually, I seem to recall some people pointing out that Nash was involved in fraud issues when his article was posted here. So it was no secret.

And if the point is that Nash should therefore not be believed, then it is not a good point at all, since Halper very clearly was involved in fraud. Maybe this is a case of "it takes one to know one."
   8. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: July 28, 2011 at 06:05 PM (#3887730)
I posted this last time we had a Nash discussion (at the tail end of the thread) - it's an SI profile of Nash. Highly recommended.
   9. SoSH U at work Posted: July 28, 2011 at 06:44 PM (#3887764)
And if the point is that Nash should therefore not be believed, then it is not a good point at all, since Halper very clearly was involved in fraud. Maybe this is a case of "it takes one to know one."


I don't know that he was making that particular point. I agree with him that if the Post is going to give Nash space to go after Halper, they should make their readers aware of Nash's own issues on this front.

Actually, I seem to recall some people pointing out that Nash was involved in fraud issues when his article was posted here. So it was no secret.


He's had a handful of articles posted here. If that was pointed out, it was in a thread I didn't read (or it simply didn't stick - can't rule that out).
   10. Gary Truth Serum Posted: July 28, 2011 at 06:44 PM (#3887767)
I'd be a little worried if I were Healey. From what I recall, the last two minutes of the "Pop Goes the Weasel" video essentially consisted of 3rd Bass beating the living crap out of a Vanilla Ice lookalike for no greater sin than making statements like "Word to your mother's uncle". How does Healey know that's not going to happen to him?
   11. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: July 28, 2011 at 07:48 PM (#3887822)
Well as I recall #10, MC Serch did most of the beating.
   12. base ball chick Posted: July 28, 2011 at 07:54 PM (#3887829)
is what nash saying about halper's stuff actually false?

i don't know exactly what crime nash did/did not commit with memorabilia, but if what halper sold were forgeries, then nash is telling the truth and saying - HEY he did it too means, like what?
   13. slothinator Posted: July 28, 2011 at 08:08 PM (#3887847)
Fun Fact - the role of Vanilla Ice in the "Pop Goes the Weasel" video was played by Henry Rollins.
   14. Eddie Kranepool Society Posted: July 28, 2011 at 08:34 PM (#3887881)
"I was working the night watch out of Bunko, my names Healy"
   15. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: July 28, 2011 at 08:48 PM (#3887891)
I have to say, Healy's defense of Halper isn't really much. Even if it's true, the choice basically seems to be either "This guy was an outright crook" or "This guy was an idiot who believed whatever anyone told him about the stuff he was getting." I guess the latter is better, but not by much.
   16. Joe Kehoskie Posted: July 28, 2011 at 09:19 PM (#3887914)
It would be a lot easier to give Halper the benefit of the doubt if there weren't so many falsehoods originating with Halper in this mess. It's not as if Halper was simply accused of buying and then reselling bogus memorabilia as an unwitting middleman. Halper apparently invented elaborate stories re: some of the items' provenance, and big chunks of his bio were false as well (e.g., the business about playing baseball for Jimmie Foxx).
   17. Joe Kehoskie Posted: July 28, 2011 at 09:20 PM (#3887916)
(double post)
   18. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: July 28, 2011 at 09:47 PM (#3887935)
The newspaper industry is in enough trouble these days without printing smear jobs written by “journalists” who have a conflict of interest about the very subject they are writing about.  But this past week, the New York Post did just that


Well, there's the problem. Thinking that the NYP is a newspaper.
   19. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: July 28, 2011 at 09:48 PM (#3887936)
Also, I didn't know Healey was a member of 3rd Bass.
   20. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: July 28, 2011 at 10:27 PM (#3887954)
   21. A Fatty Cow That Need Two Seats Posted: July 29, 2011 at 01:09 AM (#3888024)
My preferred Haters gonna hate gif

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