The True Meaning of The Pitchfork

Obama is now quoted as saying, "My administration,“is the only thing between you and the pitchforks" to AIG officials giving out bonuses.

Obama, let me clue you into the true meaning of Christmas the pitchfork.

This Pitchforks for You, Politician
Me and My Pitchfork - Feb 28, 2009
Picture taken by Arthur B. with my camera.

My pitchfork was aimed at the politicians and their appointees.

Politicians are the ones that interfered in free markets to cause this economic crisis. They’re the ones throwing my money in the air around their rich friends. They are the ones who attempted central monetary planning with the Fed, and GSEs.

Obama, Bush, Clinton, Paulson, Geithner, Bernarke, Franks, Raines, and most importantly Greenspan, all need the business end of a pitchfork.

Update: I had used a publicly posted picture that had no copyright notice without crediting the photographer, Eugene Gannon. He had intended for his picture to be shared but wanted credit. I hadn't thought he would care and I should have asked first. I added a credit yesterday but apparently he didn't notice and posted another comment where he still seemed upset. So I have now replaced the photo with one taken by my camera. You can see Eugene Gannon's Photo at his site.

While I was at it I'll also add some sexy protest babes who are way better looking than me. My photo but anyone who wants can use it. I don't care. Ask me if you want full resolution. You can crop out the Frankenstein monster that way if you want.

I didn't take many pictures but I had to get a picture of the poster on the left. It was the best one I saw.

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Instalanche

Instalanche. That's your connection timing out.

My thoughts exactly.

My thoughts exactly.

Sign of the Times

That is one cool ass sign.

And safe too!

Well done.

Imagine 3000+ people with

Imagine 3000+ people with pitchfork signs just like yours! Our pols have forgotten that we politely vote them out instead of having to run them out with pitchforks. It would be a good way to remind them that there are 300 million of us and not so many of them.

This is not a pipe.

This is not a pipe.

It's not a pipe

It's actually a nine buck plastic garden rake that I had busted some tines on. I removed the tips of the tines. Taped the signs to either side. I put some pipe insulation around the handle to make it safer. I was expecting some wind that day.

Tar and Feathers?

I'm thinking a great visual aid would a tarred-and-feathered effigy labeled "Tax & Spend Politician"

Where does one get tar these days? Roofers maybe?

Is that Arthur behind you?

Because that's exactly how I picture him looking.

Maybe

I don't want to say. You'll have to ask Arthur. He's standing right behind me. I hope he doesn't mind having his picture on the internet, but that's what you get for going to a public protest.

The pictures changed, but I

The pictures changed, but I am indeed on the picture which is now given as a Flickr link. Good insight.

PDF available?

Sure would like a copy of that image. Have you got a PDF or JPEG you can provide for download?

Pitchfork Picture

Sure. I have a copy cleaned up with photoshop if you want. I have no way to post it at full resolution online. You'd have to provide an email for me to send it to. I didn't quite center the handle in the image so if you may want to adjust before printing so that it will align when you glue the pictures back to back. I just shifted them over a little.

The original photo is still out there on the internet. The original hay fork was selling for $25. I actually emailed the guy to see if he was still selling it.

You can probably get a real wooden pitchfork for less than the cost of making a sign. I don't think a wooden one is much more dangerous than a sign. You can poke an eye out with both.

Pitchfork signs

What a great idea! If someone creates these signs in bulk, I bet a lot people would buy them. They make the pitchfork point without being the kind of sharp and pointy object that can be confiscated or get you locked up.

Signs? Why signs?

Call me clueless if you want, but why not real pitchforks? I've got a few in the barn. Tractor Supply will sell you all you want....without a waiting period. Why are we monkeying around with signs?

If you can't be trusted to carry a pitchfork without inadvertantly harming someone, you really shouldn't be allowed out.

It's this "cleverness" and fear of offending that lets politicians think we're not really serious....and they are right.

Because My Family Wouldn't Appreciate ...

... me being shot. If I was that kind of serious I'd use a gun and fill out my will.

Eureka!

We've GOT to make Obama pay for his "pitchfork" comment at the April 15th Tea Party protests.

3,000 people carrying these pitchfork signs? How about 1,000,000 people carrying them with the words "Hey, Obama, Pelosi & Reid....ask not for whom the pitchfork is aimed at".

We've got about a week and a half to make this a reality. Can we do it? YES, WE FREAKIN' BETTER HAD!

Pitchfork photograph

Hi
I took this photograph at the rally at Park Place in New York City. I posted it on my Flickr site and it is available for public viewing.
I am glad that so many people appreciate the shot, but I would like to receive credit for my work.
My name is Eugene Gannon and I live in Brooklyn, New York

Thanks

Out of curosity, how did you

Out of curosity, how did you find out that Brian had used your photograph in his post?

Someone probably told him

It's likely someone told him.

Pitchfork

When I look at my phorographs that I have posted on line I can see who has been using them on their own web sites or blogs. Usually a credit or refernce is given back to the photograph on flickr. You have no such reference but I can still tell the original source.

You are not the only website or blog that has used my photographs of this rally. I was very fortunate to be able to photograph such a popular subject and there a many other shots. Anyone is welcome to go to my Flickr site to view them, but I would like to be credited when they are reproduced.

Thanks

Eugene Gannon

I Apologize Again

I have added a credit when I saw your post and apologized before, and I apologize again. Pure laziness and unthinking on my part, or poor empathy. I didn't think you'd care based on the fact that I don't care about the pictures I take and don't mark as copyrighted. I will also take it down and post a different picture if you want.

Sorry about that

Eugene, sorry about that. I should have posted a link through to your page.

Brian I love political

Brian

I love political posters and signs and I thought that yours was particularly witty.

Thanks for the credit, now there is no need to search for my pitchfork.

Thanks
Eugene

Sorry Again

Glad to hear you are not upset. I replaced the photo instead of waiting for a reply. I kept the link to your site so that people could find your picture, which was certainly better than mine. Also, sorry Arthur for ruining your photography career.

... hey! wait a second, YOUR pitchfork? ;)

Furthermore, Eugene

Oh, and just to make sure you know I get it. This was never about copyright. It was about common courtesy. You had the grace to share your photo with everyone but I didn't think to thank you by providing credit.

To whom do you all propose to do what?

>My pitchfork was aimed at the politicians and their appointees

The people whom the majority of voters just elected? What do you propose? Impeach the lot and hold a new election? You will not like the results of that election, either. Then what? Or do we just hang a few bankers and everything will be OK?

Re: to whom do you all propose to do what?

The issue is that the elected officials of this country seem to have entirely forgotten they represent the people who voted for them and have a sworn duty to uphold the constitution of this country. If the elected officials fail to do their job, they should be fired just as you or I would be fired for failure to do our job. And yes, I am OK with impeachment and holding new elections until we find public servants (not politicians!) who can do the job they are being paid to do. Our Founding Fathers had the right idea when being a representative of the people was a part-time honor; your real job was what you did back in your district (farming, business, etc.). I agree with the major theme of these posts: That until the politicians wake-up and realize that they are beholden to their constituents there will be no change nor hope for our great country.

What Do I Propose

What do you mean, what do I propose? You want a attainable proposal? I propose you watch the dollar and economy go down the toilet.

Pitchforks

Pitchforks are fine, but you forgot to mention tar. Hot tar is best. Ahh, the smell of tar in the air. Smells like freedom. Feathers are okay too, but more as a garnish. We are living is a "target-rich" society.

I didn't volunteer to stab anyone

I didn't volunteer to wave a pitchfork in a mass public demonstration. I'll watch you all on TV.

All my life I have lived as if the crash was coming. During a few inflations I wondered if I was stupid for not trying to get on the band wagon but now the bandwagon is back down to my level and I haven't lost a night's sleep over it.

In the short run, I expect the economy to dump at least until the median working class person can afford the median house in his metro area. How can it be otherwise?

In the long run I expect our economy and our society to revert to the historical norm with maybe 80% working poor, 15% middle class, and 5% stinking rich, like the first 10,000 years of human history. Don't you all yearn for the good old days? You all don't have a clue about the good old days.

You three thousand red blodded Americans with pitchforks going to take on the 3 billion in Africa, Asia, and South America? In the Good Old Days when Queen Victoria ran the world the natives in the south didn't know anything about how they were being exploited and held down. Neither did the South American peons when the America de facto governed the Banana Republics. But now they all have the web and TV and know that we are living 10 times better than they are.

I don't expect to live long enough to see it unless WW3 starts and ends.

>The issue is that the elected officials of this country seem to have entirely forgotten they represent the people who voted for them

You forget that an honest politician is one who stays bought. The buyers own both parties and most of the voters.

> and have a sworn duty to uphold the constitution of this country.

The constitution has been a dead issue at least since the Lincoln War. We are governed by secret signing statements and secret executive orders.

> If the elected officials fail to do their job, they should be fired just as you or I would be fired for failure to do our job.

They are doing their job or they would be eliminated like JFK and Bobby.

>And yes, I am OK with impeachment and holding new elections until we find public servants (not politicians!) who can do the job they are being paid to do.

How do you propose to locate them and convince them to run against the machine?

>Our Founding Fathers had the right idea when being a representative of the people was a part-time honor; your real job was what you did back in your district (farming, business, etc.).

Our FF thought "state" meant "sovereign nation" and thought the Declaration of Independence gave each American nation the right to pull out of the CONFEDERATION of the nations of the United States. I have long wondered if the people at the Constitutional Convention were stupid or sold us out.

Volunteering

"I didn't volunteer to wave a pitchfork in a mass public demonstration."

I don't recall anyone asking anyone to volunteer for anything.

"You three thousand red blodded Americans with pitchforks going to take on the 3 billion in Africa, Asia, and South America?"

Huh? I can only respond ... and are you going to take on a billion Chinese in Jello wrestling?

hanging bankers

Hang 'way more than a few' bankers and it might be all ok