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Unread 2019-10-08, 16:16   #1
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"At a news conference Tuesday morning, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) had this to say about the latest developments in the impeachment inquiry being led by House Democrats:

“What we see in this impeachment is a kangaroo court, and Chairman Schiff is acting like a malicious Captain Kangaroo.”


Here we are in 2019, where it has become necessary to explain that the classic children’s television show “Captain Kangaroo” was not a courtroom drama. This may be news to Gaetz, since the last episode of the show, which ran from 1955 to 1984, aired when the congressman was about 2 years old.

Bob Keeshan, the actor who played Captain Kangaroo, was not a captain, a kangaroo or even Australian. Originally from Queens, N.Y., he served in the Marine Corps during World War II, though he never saw combat.

Before inventing and portraying Captain Kangaroo — so named because of his large pockets — he played Clarabell the Clown on another kids’ program, “The Howdy Doody Show.”

So “kangaroo courts” don’t come from a kids’ show. But if you thought the term — meaning an informal or improper court with no legal standing — comes from Australia, you would also be mistaken.

There are many theories about the American origins of the term, none of which have been definitively proved." (More)
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