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  • Tim Condon
    With respect to a purple-shirted thug screaming in Denis Goddard s face in an attempt to intimidate him at the recent Portsmouth rally, and apparently spitting
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      With respect to a purple-shirted thug screaming in Denis Goddard's face in
      an attempt to intimidate him at the recent Portsmouth rally, and apparently
      spitting at a camera filming him, it seems to me that Freestaters and other
      pro-liberty activists in New Hampshire should have a similar cry when help
      is needed. Union goons and other publicly paid thugs WILL in the future
      attempt to intimidate us on the streets. Since they're usually hired thugs
      from outside New Hampshire, it's a good idea for all of us to come to the
      aid of anyone being attacked or harassed by such people. We could use "Hey
      Rube!" or go with something more specific to us, such as "Free State!" What
      say you all? ---Tim Condon
      Hey, Rube!
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      *"Hey, Rube!"* is circus <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circus>
      slang<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carny> most
      commonly used in the United
      States<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States> with
      origins in the middle 19th century. It is a rallying call, or a cry for
      help, used by circus people involved in a fight. It can also be used in the
      sense of describing a fight between circus people and the general public
      (e.g. "the clown got a black eye in a hey,
      Rube!").[1]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey,_Rube!#cite_note-carlyon-0>

      In the early days of circuses in America (c. 1800�1860), it was very common
      for the employees (and owners) of circuses to get into fights with the
      locals as they traveled from town to
      town.[1]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey,_Rube!#cite_note-carlyon-0>
      Circuses
      were places where country people could gather, blow off steam and voice
      political views. Circuses were rowdy, loud and often lewd affairs. Mark
      Twain <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Twain>'s classic description of a
      circus and other shows in *Adventures of Huckleberry
      Finn<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adventures_of_Huckleberry_Finn>
      * provides illustration. It was a rare show that did not include at least
      some violence, and this often involved the members of the circus.

      When a circus worker was attacked or in trouble, he would yell "Hey, Rube!"
      and his fellow circus workers would rush to join the melee. Circus pioneer
      and legendary clown Dan Rice <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Rice> called
      it "a terrible cry, [meaning] as no other expression in the language does,
      that a fierce deadly fight is on, that men who are far away from home
      [traveling circus workers] must band together in a struggle that means life
      or death to them."[1]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey,_Rube!#cite_note-carlyon-0>

      According to authors David Carlyon and Ken Emerson, the origin of the
      expression can be traced to 1848 when a member of Dan Rice's troupe was
      attacked at a New Orleans dance house. That man yelled to his friend, named
      "Reuben", who rushed to his
      aid.[1]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey,_Rube!#cite_note-carlyon-0>.
      Another explanation is that the name
      "Rubens<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubens>"
      is a slang term for farmers (e.g., "Rustic Reubens"), usually shortened to "
      Rubes <http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Rubes>".

      The OED <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OED>'s first entry for "Hey, Rube!" is
      from 1882 *Times* (Chicago) 3 Dec. Suppl. 12/4 "A canvasman watching a tent
      is just like a man watching his home. He'll fight in a minute if the
      outsider cuts the canvas, and if a crowd comes to quarrel he will yell, �Hey
      Rube!� That's the circus rallying cry, and look out for war when you hear
      it."

      The term is still known and used today in circuses, but often more
      romanticizing the "glory days" when circuses were rowdy affairs, and less
      describing actual fights or calling for
      aid.[1]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey,_Rube!#cite_note-carlyon-0>


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