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Wed Apr 9, 2014, 07:49 PM

 

What 'casting aspersions on my asparagus' meant -- Rep. Goehmert

I always wondered what the F he meant by that. My thinking was that maybe he had gone momentarily insane. But it turns out he was actually actually referencing an old courtroom joke....from Yahoo:

"Rep. Louie Gohmert was a lawyer and former judge. Being such, he's been exposed to legal catchphrases that most people might not pick up on, nor would they think particularly funny or would use them in any situational context. But he did!

Percy Foreman was a very liberal criminal defense attorney, he was incredible in the courtroom. When somebody started attacking his integrity, he would stand up and say, I object, hes casting aspersions on my asparagus! and people would scratch their heads but it accomplished his goal. It's a distraction. It lowers the animosity in the room while listeners try to figure out what the heck he's talking about."

The phrase also has roots in The Three Stooges.

https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20140408155140AAFa3qB

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Reply What 'casting aspersions on my asparagus' meant -- Rep. Goehmert (Original post)
rumdude Apr 2014 OP
MFM008 Apr 2014 #1
Laurian Apr 2014 #2
VanillaRhapsody Apr 2014 #4
spanone Apr 2014 #3
jberryhill Apr 2014 #5
rumdude Apr 2014 #8
Ex Lurker Apr 2014 #10
jberryhill Apr 2014 #11
Ex Lurker Apr 2014 #12
Historic NY Apr 2014 #6
Gidney N Cloyd Apr 2014 #7
Paulie Apr 2014 #9
OilemFirchen Apr 2014 #13
OilemFirchen Apr 2014 #14
Historic NY Apr 2014 #15

Response to rumdude (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 07:51 PM

1. sounds like his personal problem

Gomer probably stuffs it in his pants.

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Response to rumdude (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 08:00 PM

2. Gohmert was a judge?

Damn.

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Response to Laurian (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 08:02 PM

4. Imagine having to appear before that nutbar on the bench!!!

 

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Response to rumdude (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 08:01 PM

3. 'Rep. Louie Gohmert was a lawyer and former judge' that alone is scary as shit.

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Response to spanone (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 08:20 PM

5. Lots of lawyers are crazy


Most of the lawyer bashing that goes on misses what I have observed about a surprising number of my colleagues over two decades. An inordinate number of them are right round the bend crackers.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 10:05 PM

8. truer words were never spoken n/t

 

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 10:16 PM

10. Three years of law school will do that to you nt.

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Response to Ex Lurker (Reply #10)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 11:25 PM

11. or four, at night


I will say that the night folks seemed marginally saner overall, since they had to deal with actual lives in the daytime.

Law school attracts a good share of people with certain neuroses which actually suit them well for success in that environment. But it seems that the profession sends more of them over the edge, when they seemed relatively normal at the start.

The number of lawyers I've known who have gone full-blown rubber-room bonkers is reaching the point where I am going to have to start removing my shoes to count them. One of the brightest guys I know started receiving telepathic messages from what he said were "advanced extraterrestrial elders" who were preparing him to fight a coming showdown between humans and vampires, and he kept up a pretty good practice for about a year and a half before flipping completely out. Then there was the guy who wrote what I thought was one of the most inspired appeal briefs I'd ever seen, but when we went before the circuit court panel, he kept having to pause to do these bizarre yoga postures right at the podium. We won the case, but he was freaking the judges right out. About a month after that he sold everything he owned, emptied his bank accounts, and is currently believed to be just drifting around Mexico under an assumed name.

I don't even get surprised by these things anymore - it's just sort of like, "Hey, another one flipped out."

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #11)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 11:43 PM

12. Holy crap! nt

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Response to rumdude (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 08:59 PM

6. Well Screwy Louie does remind me of ..

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 09:02 PM

7. Hey, I resemble that remark!

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Response to rumdude (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 10:08 PM

9. "momentarily insane"

DUzy!

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Response to rumdude (Original post)

Thu Apr 10, 2014, 12:16 AM

13. Doubtful.

Gohmert may have "remembered" this in a fevered attempt to allay his embarrassment but, curiously, no one else did... or at least in any manner discoverable via the Google:

asparagus "percy foreman" from 1/1/1950-4/7/2014

... results in one relevant hit (glennbeck.com) with a bogus date.


ETA: BTW, try it without the date restriction and you'll find the source of this story - the aforementioned glennbeck.com.

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Response to rumdude (Original post)

Thu Apr 10, 2014, 12:40 AM

14. Three Stooges quote:

"Are you casting asparagus on my cookin'?"

At 2:03...

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Response to OilemFirchen (Reply #14)

Thu Apr 10, 2014, 11:29 PM

15. LMMFAO>>>>>>

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