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Friday, October 26, 2007

Uncle Remus was a Real Swinger

This story, which came in my e-mail, reminds me of Hillary Clinton's claim that she was named for Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the two climbers who first reached the summit of Mount Everest. He achieved this feat, which made him famous, on May 29, 1953.

At the time, Hillary Rodham was five-and-a-half years old, having been born on October 26, 1947.

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogical researcher, discovered that Hillary Clinton's great-great uncle, Remus Rodham, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows. On the back of the picture is this inscription: "Remus Rodham: horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889."

Judy e-mailed Hillary Clinton for comments. Hillary's staff of professional image adjusters sent back the following biographical sketch:

"Remus Rodham was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to service at a government facility, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad.

"In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency.

"In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."

And THAT is how it's done, folks!

5 Comments:

Blogger Steve Rankin said...

I received e-mails from several people who took exception to this post. Some people evidently (1) don't recognize a joke when they see one, and (2) don't realize that politicians are fair game for jokes. (I wonder how these uptight people react to the political jokes of the late-night TV comedians.)

Here are the key parts of one of these e-mails and my responses. Appropriately, this arrived on the evening before Halloween.

"When that piece of slanderous lies first came to the light of day in 2000, it was about Tipper Gore's husband's uncle, in other words Al Gore."

Remus Gore? This is the first I've heard of him. He must have been quite a character! Was he hanged at the same time as Remus Rodham?

"Now it's time for another election and the Republicans are behind the eight ball so they change the lie to say it's Hilary (sic) Clinton's uncle. Typical Republican campaign tactics, spread lies about your opponent and enough gullible fools will believe them to change the election. It won't matter if they find out it's a lie after the election, it's too late then."

Wow! One joke on my blog is going to change the outcome of the presidential election. I didn't realize that I had that much influence.

"If you claim to be a Christian, go back and search your Bible for all the references to lying, false witnessing, spreading slander.... The Bible is full of them."

Does the Bible say anything about uptight people who get worked up over a joke about a politician?

"A simple one minute check of www.snopes.com is more than enough to put the lie to that piece of garbage.

"Another couple of minutes and you could have found out that Rodham Clinton (sic) was a dedicated Republican from Pennsylvania (sic) who was an ardent Barry Goldwater supporter."

I assume you're referring to Hillary's father, who lived in Chicago, where Hillary grew up. She was indeed a "Goldwater Girl" in 1964. It was when she got to Yale that she became a dedicated ultra-liberal.

And Hillary has in fact claimed to have been named for Sir Edmund Hillary.

Since you don't like liars, you must despise Bill and Hillary Clinton, two of the biggest liars who ever lived. Bill even lied to a federal grand jury-- which is why he's the only elected president ever to be impeached.

The trouble with so many liberals is that they lack a sense of humor, especially when it comes to their political heroes. (Although you likely call yourself a "moderate" or a "centrist," both of which are terms for a liberal who doesn't have the courage of his convictions.)

Wed Oct 31, 06:38:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Steve Rankin said...

It was during her undergraduate days at Wellesley that Hillary became a flaming liberal.

Thu Nov 01, 09:42:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Steve Rankin said...

From Tim Birdnow:

Those people became so exercised because that is precisely the kind of thing the Clintons would do; whether it actually happened or not is immaterial.

The quick response suggests that the Hildabeast has a hit squad on the troll for this story. Why so concerned, hmm?

Thu Nov 01, 10:55:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...that is precisely the kind of thing the Clintons would do; whether it actually happened or not is immaterial."

This has to be just about the stupidest thing I have ever seen on the internet. Let's apply the logic everywhere: 'All Americans eat dead babies with used disposable diapers and pig urine. That is precisely the kind of thing Americans would do; whether it actually happened or not is immaterial.'

Thu Dec 20, 07:10:00 AM CST  
Blogger Thogek said...

For more info and clarifications on this colorful story, see:http://www.snopes.com/politics/humor/horsethief.asp
http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_remus_rodham.htm

http://www.morethansewso.com/2009/01/putting-a-spin-on-things/

http://novus.liber.us/category/8950/ (especially amusing for those who think this is a Clinton-specific spin tactic)

http://www.bloggingtories.ca/forums/viewtopic.php?t=6431&start=15

http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/460872

etc.

Sat Jan 10, 04:28:00 PM CST  

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