French Cockade Hat Wearers


23 Mar 2009 12:30 am

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You’d think we were living in pre-Revolutionary France these days, what with the utterings and declamations coming out of Congress to deflect the flack of their own making with the stimulus, tarp and AIG mess. It’s enough to depress any normally optimistic American.

Senator Charles Grassley’s emotional demand to the employees of AIG to either give back their bonuses, resign or commit suicide was an outrageous over the top leap into Robespierre territory.

Then there were the Democrats, outdoing each other in their outrageousness. Senator Chris Dodd, who at first denied slipping in AIG bonus protections in the stimulus bill to CNN a few days later confessed that yes, he did do it because the Treasury made him do it.

Rep. Barney Frank simply shrugged his shoulders when he was told about the death threats made against the AIG executives by Edward Liddy.

Edward Liddy read this threat, after which Frank smirked, “I am not persuaded:”

All of the people should be executed with piano wire around their neck.

From The Corner we learn this:

The Obama administration will call for increased oversight of executive pay at all banks, Wall Street firms and possibly other companies as part of a sweeping plan to overhaul financial regulation,” according to government officials who spoke to the New York Times (emphasis added).

We were told that the change Obama would bring to America and the world would lower the level of the oceans, make our enemies like us better and usher in a world of happy hopefulness. Less beheadings. More hope. Something like that. Never knew exactly what really. But things are definitely a little shaky now. Even Obama’s picks in the NCAA Basketball Tournament haven’t done so well. John McCain’s creamed him.

Senator Judd Gregg warned this weekend that Barack Obama’s budget will drive the United States into bankruptcy. Powerline has the details of the earmarks in the Democrats’ recent omnibus appropriation bill. Prepare to be enraged if you go over to see it. Talk about bread and circuses.

And then there was Obama’s despicable joke about The Special Olympics. In his heart the man revealed himself to be crass, tacky and mean. Now I know why Michelle Obama thought America was downright mean. She’s hung around with Barack and people like him most of her life. Now that she’s getting out more and visiting military folks (a cynical choice one might suppose) she will find a kinder, giving, and more loving America that will embrace her for her efforts.

But what about the employees and executives of AIG who are now finding themselves targeted by the Congress, the media and many of the American people? There are some crazies out there who are making threats and some who are now being “organized” to take a bus trip to see where they live.

Pillars of the community are now pariahs fearing for their safety in a ritzy area of Connecticut home to many executives at American International Group Inc., hit with a backlash over bonuses it paid to top brass even as it accepted federal bailout money.

A group of community organizers connected to Acorn are out to terrorize the families of the AIG executives. A bus tour was organized this weekend by the Connecticut Working Families Party to pay a visit to the doorsteps of these executives’ homes and of course, they are claiming that this isn’t a threat to these families.

If these are the tactics those who are close to the Obama administration will use when his poll numbers are still relatively high what will happen when his polls drop lower?

The Obama administration’s appallingly lackluster first two months and the mishandling of the U.S. economy by Geithner and Obama should cause them second thoughts about casting blame on others and especially on the previous administration. When compared to President Bush, Obama is beginning to pale in many areas. Competence comes to mind. Communication, unbelievably is another area where Obama is falling short.

In short, from the White House spokesman on up in the administration, straight talk is hard to find. One begins to wonder what our allies are thinking about the many blunders coming out of the White House as well. One wonders why Obama doesn’t know the meaning of the term, “Man up.”

Favras, Thomas de Mahay, Marquis de (1744-1790)

The Marquis de Favras was caught by the radicals of the French Revolution as he plotted to help Louis XVI escape. Convicted of treason after a two month trial, he was handed his official death sentence by the court clerk as he was led to the scaffold. He looked at the sentence and said, “I see that you have made three spelling mistakes.”

A tough man, that Favras, who wouldn’t crack even when handed his death sentence.

Obama can’t even crack a joke without blowing it.

22 Feb 2009 06:37 pm

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Despite several days of lengthy debates, the remaining senators were not able to agree on a measure to remove the louse colonies. While one faction argued that the application of petroleum jelly or mayonnaise would suffocate the lice, Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) made a privileged motion that all affected heads be immediately soaked in kerosene.

The folks at the Arkansas Project are convinced that the epidemic of head lice was caused by one of our very own Arkansas representatives, Mike Ross, democrat, who is known to favor sweat suits.

02 May 2007 07:32 am

I was pretty young back during the Vietnam War and didn’t take much notice of it until a very close family friend was killed forty five days after deploying. That I will never forget. Butch Cecil’s letters to us didn’t arrive until the week we learned he had been mortally injured. He wrote about the fear of battle, watching buddies getting picked off right next to him and the lack of water. I will never forget one line in his letter, Every time you take a drink of cold water, think of me.

After Butch’s death I started to follow the war in Vietnam much more closely. I will never forget watching the television news as Walter Cronkite and company condemned the war. I remember thinking at the time, why are they dishonoring the troops? Back during those shameful seasons of hippies, war protesters and politicians washing their hands of responsibility, at least the Congress never cut off funds to the troops. Not until the last helicopter left. Then, the real bloodbath began.

Pelosi and Reid’s surrender bill, which tied military funding to a timetable for withdrawal was nothing but a blatant attempt to try to stop the surge to victory but thankfully, President Bush vetoed their shameful surrender bill yesterday.

Pelosi and Reid are making the French look good.

Joe Biden threatens to shove the veto down the President’s throat. Democrats really aren’t very nice people.

29 Apr 2007 01:30 pm

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Gateway Pundit has the post of the weekend. His reader, Cornhusker came up with the idea of sending a postcard to all the surrendercrats who voted for the war surrender bill.

He wrote…

Here is my final idea! I think that mailing postcards will be more effective than sending feathers or e-mailing these idiots…BESIDES I am sick to death of them ignoring me! So I will snail-mail them postcards that others can see and that will put it right out front how we feel. A letter arrives in a sealed envelope which gets immediately thrown away or ignored. This we can send to all kinds of people in the media, on the internet…etc etc! Sound good?

By the way, if you look closely after the words “SURRENDER BILL” at the bottom of the postcard, you will see a worm. I can’t think of anything more appropriate to send to these people, can you?

This is the best idea. Sending a white feather alone to the surrendercrats might put the sender in jeopardy because of postal concerns in the recent past with envelopes of white powder mailed by cranks.

We don’t want to be listed in that odious category but we do want them to get our message.

A postcard with a white feather pictured on it will get the message across.

I’m going to order some postcards to send to all the politicians who voted for the shameful bill, in particular our states two democrat senators, Lincoln and Pryor.

Blanche Lincoln has always been a Hillary clone and Mark Pryor was elected on the premise that he was a conservative. Hogwash. Pryor is up for election in 0-8 and his vote of shame will not be forgotten by those of us in Arkansas who support the troops.

Many Arkansans are in Iraq right now, fighting for our country while their senators and representatives have been voting against their victory. Readers who don’t know the history of the sending of white feathers to cowards can go here to read about it.

Cafe Press is selling a package of eight postcards for $6.95.

I suggested sending white feathers to our white knuckled, round heeled politicians, both Democrat and Republican back on January 26th. This is an idea whose time has come.

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I would even like to see some Minnie Pearl-like hats, decorated with white feathers and the ubiquitous price tag that reads “$1.98″ hanging off the side, sent to the defeatocrats.

This, of course, means no disrespect to the immortal Minnie Pearl. I saw her perform live when I was a kid and there is not another more authentic, unique and funny female comic living today.

Gateway Pundit has posted an address list for your White Feather postcards.

Michelle Malkin has more.

Lorie Byrd also endorses the campaign.

Jules Crittenden documents the March of the Morons. A Golden Hammer award to the great Jules.

We live in a time of great moronitude. Morons, everywhere, rising from their morasses, massing and moving forward. In their multitudes, the morons march inexorably to the moronocy. The road is not easy. Some will fall by the way. Others, struggling moronically, will rise to blithering new heights of moronality.

05 Feb 2007 10:50 am

“This is one of them.”

Surprisingly, these words were uttered by Senate Minority Whip, Trent Lott.

Republican senators are loath to say that political calculations could weigh on their votes, but to GOP leaders battling to prevent their members from supporting the resolution against the troop buildup, politics present an unavoidable obstacle.

“I’m sure with some of them, that’s a factor,” said Minority Whip Trent Lott (Miss.). “But this is a very, very serious matter,” he pleaded. “There are some things more important than getting reelected. This is one of them.”

Trent Lott is like the canary in the coal mine. If he is still tweeting we may have a chance to defeat the resolution against the troops.

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Picture, if you can, a Republican senator actually running from the press.

When Sen. John E. Sununu (R-N.H.) saw reporters approaching him last week, he took off in a sprint, determined to say as little as possible about a nonbinding resolution opposing President Bush’s troop-escalation plan, which is expected to come before the Senate today.

“You know where I stand,” the senator, who is considered politically vulnerable back home, said repeatedly as he fled down stairways at the Capitol. “I’m still looking.”

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Good to know Sununu is still looking for a spine. I hope he finds one.

What a profile in courage is Republican Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon. Such an inspiration to the troops.

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It’s inevitable that people want to ascribe political motives to this, but I just hope a majority of Oregonians understand when it comes to issues of war and peace, there’s no issue of greater gravity on your heart and mind,” said Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), who must stand for reelection next year in a swing state.

“Oregonians are patriots and want to fight the war on terror, but they don’t like the way this war has mutated,” added Smith, once a war supporter but now an anguished foe.

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Yesterday on ABC’s “This Week”, John McCain seemed to be double dog daring the Democrats……..

I don’t think it’s appropriate to say that you disapprove of a mission and you don’t want to fund it and you don’t want it to go, but yet you don’t take the action necessary to prevent it,” McCain said on ABC’s “This Week.”

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Senator John Warner, who claims he sleeps well at night, in reality, must be having nightmares of Purple Rain in Virginia in the aftermath of an election which turned out Senator George Allen in favor of Jim Webb.

Supporters of the resolution include most Democrats and at least seven, and possibly as many as 11, Republicans, led by Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia, who assembled the compromise measure under consideration. The pro-resolution Republicans include five senators who will face voters in 2008: Warner, Smith, Susan Collins of Maine, Norm Coleman of Minnesota and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.

Hagel, who is considering running for president, initially supported a tougher resolution condemning Bush’s war policy. Sen. Sam Brownback (Kan.) is the one declared GOP presidential candidate supporting the Warner measure.

Both Hagel and Brownback have no chance of winning a primary for national dogcatcher in any state. (maybe the city of San Francisco) Most people respect leadership but these two senators have demonstrated little if any ability to boldly lead against conventional (but questionable) wisdom.

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The big unknown is what a handful of Republican fence-sitters such as Sununu will do. The GOP undecideds include Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) and Larry E. Craig (Idaho), who are also up for reelection in 2008, along with Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Arlen Specter (Pa.), who are not.

I will make the prediction that Scottish Highlander, Arlen Specter will go against the troops and the president as he seems to have acquired a new hobby of being against everything President Bush is doing to protect our country and national security.

But Lamar Alexander and Larry Craig? Lisa Murkowski seems to revel in her independent status so she is probably a goner.

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There is more but the gist of the article is that the Republicans are, as usual, not united and more worried about their political status than the war. I never thought I would ever see the compromising, Trent Lott stand out as a leader who understands the most important issue of our day which is winning the war but I am very happy to be surprised.

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Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid must not be sure the Democrats have the 60 votes they’ll need to break Republican obstruction and move to a final vote for the resolution because he’s considering bringing in ailing, Senator Tim Johnson to vote.

Confederate Yankee reports that the surge has begun.

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Flopping Aces links to an article by Col. Tom Snodgrass that should be sent to every round-heeled Republican.

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Michael Yon says Iraq is still winnable.

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Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette writes….

To add to the fun, all Republican Senators, including John Warner, have pledged to block the Warner Resolution. Credit them with a great degree of intelligence only if in doing so they at last publicly acknowledge the surge for what it is.

Whatever happens, it’s seems likely that news from Iraq will be prominent this week. Regardless of whether increased “security operations” in Baghdad begin or not, violent acts will occur. Twenty thousand additional troops are going in locked and loaded, and the enemy they’ll confront is well aware of the enormous propaganda value of any action they take this week. As you read these words, American soldiers are counting ammunition, suicide bombers are preparing farewell videos, reporters are outlining stories, and speechwriters are typing furiously away.

As six million people in Baghdad wait and pray.

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin

22 Sep 2006 05:51 pm

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What did mild mannered Chris Wallace say to make Bill Clinton so mad?

I want you to listen to me. I didn’t have {*} with that terrorist….bin Laden. But I tried.”

The bulging eyes and pointing finger are a riot. Clinton looks apoplectic. The internal polling must be really bad.

23 Mar 2006 12:33 pm

Milford, New Hampshire History

A French citizen was arrested on disorderly conduct charges yesterday after he threw a bundle of papers over a gate of the White House, forcing police to call in the bomb squad, seal the area and close off Lafayette Square, authorities said.

The bundle turned out to contain nothing dangerous, but it took about an hour before authorities issued an all-clear.

The incident marked the second time that Cyrille Y. Morotte, 36, had caused trouble at the White House, authorities said. Morotte was taken into custody and deported after throwing another item over the White House fence in June 2004, authorities said. It was not clear yesterday how Morotte got back into the United States.

He was being held last night and probably will appear at a hearing in D.C. Superior Court today.

The episode began about 11 a.m., just after President Bush left the South Lawn of the White House grounds by helicopter for an event in Wheeling, W.Va.

Evidently, our nation has been irritated by anything French for quite some time. I have been doing some research on Milford, New Hampshire recently (my great-grandfather was born there) and discovered this little tidbit at the Milford Historical Society in a history written in 1901 by George A. Ramsdell.

CHAPTER XV.

DATE OF DECEASE OF SEVERAL OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE TOWN - RECORD OF IMPORTANT EVENTS DURING THE FIRST CENTURY OF THE TOWN’S EXISTENCE.

“August 9, 1798, Dr. John Peabody, of the north-west parish, now Mont Vernon, visited this town wearing a French cockade in his hat. A large collection of citizens of the place soon gathered around the house where he stopped, and requested him to remove the French emblem which they regarded as a badge of treason.

Upon his refusal to do this, and attempts to defend himself with a butcher knife, while cursing the constitution of the country, recourse was had to arguments stronger than requests; the cockade and hat were dismantled, and the doctor was seen parading through the doorway with his heels in the air.

The citizens then formed a circle around him and gave three cheers for the triumphs of Federalism, after which the doctor was dismissed, with an intimation that, if he visited the town again wearing a cockade, the mill pond would be at his service.” (Village Messenger, August 11, 1798.)

I wonder who still wears French Cockades in their hats?

Another French cockade wearer in spirit, Michael Ware.

Greg Gutfield has more on the French (as well as Venezuela)

Tip of the Cockade Hat to: Kathryn Lopez of The Corner