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Sat Jun 15, 2013, 11:07 AM

Origin of "Rethug" (as in "thug"): The "Brooks Brothers Riot" part of Coup-2000

V-P BIDEN's recent comment that Al "GORE was elected president" led to a couple of nostalgic posts about how we coalesced into DU over the trauma of Coup-2000 and how that trauma has lasted for most of the past dozen years. There might be some DUers who are young enough not to have this that much in their psyche. As a refresher, the picture below of buttoned-down staffers of Republican congresscritters, thuggishly attempting to stop the recount, is what led to the "Rethug" word.



1. Tom PYLE, office of House Majority Whip Tom DELAY (R-TX)
2. Garry MALPHRUS, Majority Chief counsel
3. Rory COOPER, staff member, Nat’l Republican Congressional Committee
4. Kevin SMITH, former House Republican Conference Analyst
5. Steven BRODY, Former Aide to Sen. Fred D. THOMPSON (R-TN)
6. Matt SCHLAPP, BUSH Campaign Staff, Austin
7. Roger MORSE, Aide to Rep. Van HILLARY (R-TN)
8. Duane GIBSON, Aide to Chairman Don YOUNG (R-AK)
9. Chuck ROYAL, Ass’t to Rep. Jim DeMINT (R-SC)
10. Layna McCONKEY, Former legislative ass’t to former Rep. Jim Ross LIGHTFOOT (R-IA)

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UTUSN Jun 2013 OP
Cooley Hurd Jun 2013 #1
BlueToTheBone Jun 2013 #5
Monkie Jun 2013 #2
siligut Jun 2013 #3
malaise Jun 2013 #4

Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2013, 11:42 AM

1. I watched it live on MSNBC...

The banging on the glass, the shouting. It reminded me of Brown Shirts. I wish I got off my ass and went to Florida to counter it.

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Sat Jun 15, 2013, 04:18 PM

5. Me too.

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Sat Jun 15, 2013, 11:47 AM

2. good thing to remember when people complain about voting in Iran n/t

 

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Sat Jun 15, 2013, 11:49 AM

3. It suits them, they are ruthless, greedy deceivers

Origin of the word Thug:
At its root, the word "Thuggee" means "deceivers," and this name hints at the methods employed by the cult. Bands of Thugs traveled across the country posing as pilgrims, merchants, soldiers, or even royalty, in groups numbering anywhere from a few men to several hundred. Offering protection or company, they would befriend fellow travelers and slowly build their confidence along the road. Often the impostors would journey for days and hundreds of miles with their intended victims, patiently waiting for an opportunity to strike. When the time was right, typically while their targets were encamped and at their most relaxed, a signal would be given—reportedly “Bring the tobacco”—and the Thugs would spring. Each member had a well-honed specialty; some distracted their quarry, some made noise or music to mask any cries, while others guarded the campsite from intruders and escapees. Thugs of the highest rank performed the actual killings. As a prohibition against shedding blood was at the core of Thuggee belief, the murders were performed in a bloodless fashion. The usual method was strangulation with a rumal, the yellow silk handkerchief each thug wore tied around his waist; but an occasional neck-breaking or poisoning helped to add some variety. It was a matter of honor for the Thugs to let no one escape alive once they had been selected for death.
http://www.damninteresting.com/the-thugs-of-india/


Yes, outrage is a specific tactic designed to interfere and obstruct.

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Sat Jun 15, 2013, 12:16 PM

4. 100% Correct

Excellent post -they are THUGs!

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