Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Candidate Franken on the campaign trail,
making "Coleslaw" Coleman an epic fail.

By Me, Ed Gauthier

This week it was confirmed that Al Franken is the coolest, and his rival Norm "Coleslaw" Coleman is a big fat liar who tells lying lies.

Republiscum "Coleslaw" lost the Minnesota Senate race five months ago in November. Then he also lost the recount. Then he lost the lawsuit. Why? Obviously because he's a LOSER. Whatever was left of his career is over, thanks to this fiasco.

Democrat Franken has patiently waited for 101 days after winning. Every single ballot has been reviewed. The five-person State Canvassing Board (which has only one member who's a Democrat) ruled that Franken won - unanimously. Then a three-judge panel conducted an exhaustive seven-week trial. The judges ruled - again, unanimously - that Franken won and that the election was fair. "The overwhelming weight of the evidence," the judges ruled," indicates that the Nov. 4, 2008, election was conducted fairly, impartially and accurately."

The result was that the court ruled that Franken "received the highest number of votes legally cast in the 2008 United States Senate general election and is therefore entitled to the certificate of election." For good measure, the court even ordered Coleman to pay some of Franken's legal fees and court costs. Coleman, through his attorneys, indicates he may appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court, and if he loses yet again, might try the US Supreme Court, none of which would do him any good at this point.

That's because all that would take so much time, that by then Franken will already be seated in the Senate. Minnesota law calls for the governor to certify an election once all state appeals are exhausted. Of course, the state's Republican governor Tim Pawlenty could refuse to certify the election, even if the State Supreme Court rules for Franken, in order to ingratiate himself with the right-wing of his party for a potential presidential bid. (But if your party has already decided that you're even less qualified than Sarah Palin to be VP, they're not going to make you president, anyway.)

Franken's confirmed victory will look great at the end of future
updated versions of this classic documentary on his Senate run.

Yes, Franken has won, but only after he was forced to win not once, not twice but THRICE. This has to be some kind of record!

Sure, the Republiscums don't want the Dems to have 59 votes in the Senate. Just like when in the 2000 presidential recount, the same Republiscums also stuck us with the worst president in the last hundred years.

Anyway, now almost a half year after last November, Franken will finally take his rightful place in office, and hopefully also be elected quickly to a second term, with none of the kind of hassle that plagued him the first time around.

Remember that despite all the surrounding hoopla, the voters indeed voted for him, Al Franken. And Minnesota will now be a better place being helped by a Senator like him, Al Franken. And so our hearty congratulations go out to you, Al Franken.

Frank you. I mean... thank you.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


(To each his own, baby!)

By Ed Gauthier
Blogweirdo Columnist
And Member Of Royalty

I'm the KING!

Well, at least close enough to it. Below is the authentic background documentation regarding my very rich and colorful French heritage that many of you have often asked me about over the years.

Now all I have to do is go over there and claim my inherited Lordship and related land, castle and servants in waiting. Yes, I'm sure it's just that easy!

And now on to the indisputable facts:

The earliest records for the name Gauthier are found in Languedoc, in the south of France, where this celebrated family was seated since ancient times. Languedoc's capital is Toulouse, which was also the capital of the ancient kingdom of Aquitaine.

In the year 120 B.C., the Romans occupied the region. The Vandals, Sueves, Visigoths and later Franks overran Languedoc in the 5th century.

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. Usually a person spoke his version of his name phonetically to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, we have variations of the name Gauthier, some of which are:

Gauthié, Gauthyer, Gauthyé, Gauthiait, Gauthiai, Gauthiaie, Gauthiay, Gauthiez, Gothier, Gothié, Gothyé, Gothyer, Gothiait, Gothiai, Gothiaie, Gothiay, Gothiez, Gauthyait, Gauthyai, Gauthyaie, Gauthyay, Gauthyez, Gautier, Gauithier, Gautiez, Gautiait, Gautiaie, Gautiaies, Gautiais, Gautiai, Gautyer, Gautyez, Gautyait, Gautyaie, Gautyaies, Gautyaie, Gautyais, Gautherii and Gottier.

Moors invaded Languedoc in the 10th century. During the 11th and 12th century Languedoc was invaded by the Lords of Toulouse. It fell prey to the ambitions of the Kings of Aragon and of the Capetians. In the 16th century the region also suffered from the religious conflicts of the time.

The Gauthiers of Languedoc were an illustrious family, seated with lands and manor. The Gauthier of Savignac family was granted the title of the Lords of Doumairène, and in the late 11th century, they contributed to the foundation of Villefranche.

Descending from the original line of Rouergue, the members of this family branched to Quercy in 1454, where Jean Gauthier was granted the right to be the Co-Lord of Savignac and Cabanes. As a result of the Gauthiers' involvement in their community, this eminent family received their letters patent confirming their noble status on June 2, 1669.

Many branches of the family formed with different spellings, due to the cultural and linguistic variations throughout France over the centuries. The Gaultier of Girenton family were the Lords of Châteauneuf of Rouge, Lirac, Le Poët, Costebrune, Lauriol and the Marquis of Châteauneuf in 1723. Continuing to branch under names of spellings, the Gautier family provided the Lords of Grambois, Mille and Rustrel, a Councillor of Marseille in 1568 and a Secretary to the King of France in 1624.

As well, this branch provided the Lords of Aiguines, Canjuers, Clumans, barons of Senez and three Knights of Malta from 1643 to 1717. In recognition of their valiant conduct in battle, members of the family of this distinguished branch were granted the titles of the Lords of Gardanne, la Mole and Valabres. Four became Knights of Malta from 1642 to 1746.

Members of this branch were also highly involved in the political events of the times and as a result, a member of the family became the Attorney General in the Parliament and several members were Councillors. Branching to Aix, the members of the family were the Lords of Vernègues and were granted nobility in 1723 and had this status confirmed in 1772 and 1778. Distinctive among the Gautier of La Lauziere family was a Commissioner of the Navy at Marseille in 1714.

Several members of the Gauthier, Gautherii family from the county of Nice participated in politics as Councillors in the district of Provence. Henri, Count of Savignac, Lord of Meuvaine in Lower Normandy, is recorded at Moisac in 1788 when he played an important role in his community. Notable amongst the family name at this time was Henri Gauthier was the Count of Savignac and the Lord of Meuvaine in the 1700's.

France adopted the role of European cultural leadership in the early 16th century. The New World challenged. The explorers led missionaries to North America who settled in New France, New England, New Holland, and New Spain. Jacques Cartier made the first of three voyages to New France in 1534. Champlain came in 1608. He made twenty voyages to France to attract settlers. He brought the first true migrant, Louis Hebert, a Parisian apothecary, and his family, who arrived in 1617.

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada.

Among the earliest settlers in North America with the distinguished name Gauthier were Joseph Gauthier, aged 32, settled in New York in 1821; Charles Gautier settled in New York in 1838; J.J. Gautier, aged 32, settled in New Orleans in 1823; Jaques Gautier settled with his wife Jeanne Susan Cochet and daughters, Margaret Susan 9, Marie 6, Rachel 5 and son Isaac 2 in America in 1753; Pierre Gautier settled in Philadelphia in 1753; John Gottier settled in Charles Town in 1772.

Nicolas Gauthier, a native of France, married Jeanne Moreau in 1680, and they had a son named Joseph-Nicolas. Nicolas was a Captain of Arms in Port-Royal, and died in 1715, the same year in which his son married Marie Allain and inherited his father-in-law's commercial businesses. Joseph became one of the richest inhabitants of Acadia by developing the businesses.

The family name Gauthier has made many distinguished contributions to France, Canada, and the USA in the world of science, culture, religion, education and entertainment: George James Gauthier, Chemist, Mystic, Connecticut; Newton Perry Gautier, Superintendent of Schools, Pascagoula, Mississippi; Jean Paul Gaultier, Fashion Designer, France; Dick Gautier, French-Canadian Actor and Artist, USA; Ed Gauthier, French-Canadian Artist and Writer, USA.

Surname Origin: French
Surname Definition: Originating from the Old French "gault" and Gallic "gaut,"
meaning forest, and is a surname often given to lumbermen.
(Gaul was also the original name of France.)

The most ancient Coat of Arms recorded for the family
name Gauthier contained a black eagle over a knight's head,
and a gold background upon which there is a red band showing six blackbirds.
The family motto is: "A chacun sa vue" (French, meaning "For each, his own vision.")

Special thanks to the genealogy researchers of the Swyrich Corporation,
upon which most of the above information was based.