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(BBC)   Which Americans deserve to be knighted? You gotta admit, Sir William Cosby does have a certain ring to it   (bbcamerica.com) divider line 101
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2012-05-10 04:39:26 PM
Silly sods, those Brits.
 
2012-05-10 04:55:39 PM
Wow, all of those were comedians.

What about Sir Clint Eastwood?
 
2012-05-10 05:06:21 PM
An then, she tapped me on th' shoulder with a Jell-o puddin' pop!
 
2012-05-10 05:20:41 PM
accidentalmommies.com
GOT MY PHONE ON. IT'S RIGHT HERE!
 
2012-05-10 05:42:16 PM
Sir *bleep* van *bleep* does have a ring to it.
 
2012-05-10 06:07:12 PM
cdn.eurweb.com
 
2012-05-10 06:14:06 PM

Darth_Lukecash: Wow, all of those were comedians.


"Arise, Sir Dane Cook"
 
2012-05-10 06:20:14 PM
www.badslava.com
 
2012-05-10 06:21:54 PM
www.celebratingchristopherwalken.com
 
2012-05-10 06:23:12 PM
Isn't there a federal law which requires American Citzens who recieve titles of nobility to forfeit them? Or did it never get ratified.
 
2012-05-10 06:24:09 PM
Martin Lawrence
 
2012-05-10 06:24:13 PM
I think Sir William Cosby does have a nice ring to it. If it's on the ballot in November, I'd vote for it.

Sir Patton Oswalt?

Sir Paul F. Tompkins?
 
2012-05-10 06:24:37 PM
I firmly believe the rich and privileged should have further honors heaped upon them to separate them from the unwashed masses. Perhaps they should be given further tax breaks too. While we're at it, corporations are people, and it would naturally follow that we should knight Goldman Sachs.
 
2012-05-10 06:24:48 PM
If it came with a nice stipend, a few acres of land with a hold/castle, I'd sure as hell jump at it.
 
2012-05-10 06:25:03 PM
Darth_Lukecash: Wow, all of those were comedians.

Except for the last two.

// Sir Samuel L Jackson?

// I'm already a lord.
 
2012-05-10 06:25:37 PM

Nels: I firmly believe the rich and privileged should have further honors heaped upon them to separate them from the unwashed masses. Perhaps they should be given further tax breaks too. While we're at it, corporations are people, and it would naturally follow that we should knight Goldman Sachs.


Shut up, commie.
 
2012-05-10 06:26:16 PM
I knight thee Sir Sirhan Sirhan.
 
2012-05-10 06:26:21 PM
How about no celebrities?
 
2012-05-10 06:28:45 PM
For the record:
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
No (as much as I like Jon Stewart, I don't see why England would care to knight him. He's purely a domestic product)
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No

and I second Sir Morgan Freeman and would add Sir Samuel L. "muthafarking" Jackson and Sir Clinton Eastwood, Jr.
 
2012-05-10 06:29:06 PM
and these people deserve it more than Lemmy why?

Sir Ian Fraser Kilmister.

That's a lot of limy kickass.
 
2012-05-10 06:29:06 PM

SirEattonHogg: How about no celebrities?


Dame Lurlene Wumpett (of the Bald Knob, Arkansas Wumpetts)?
 
2012-05-10 06:29:45 PM
Sir Robert Plant
 
2012-05-10 06:29:54 PM
Please don't turn it into another Nobel Peace Prize.
 
2012-05-10 06:30:35 PM

BronyMedic: Isn't there a federal law which requires American Citzens who recieve titles of nobility to forfeit them? Or did it never get ratified.


I think you just wont get recognized formally by the noble title
 
2012-05-10 06:31:15 PM

SirEattonHogg: How about no celebrities?


I second that one. Celebrities, some of them, are for my entertainment.... after that you can put them back in their box.
 
2012-05-10 06:31:24 PM
aggieresearch.files.wordpress.com

hey biatch, wut aboot me?
 
2012-05-10 06:31:59 PM
waronterrornews.typepad.com

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-05-10 06:35:31 PM
What about Stephen Colbert? This sounds exactly like the type of thing that would appear on his show.

But otherwise, surely they can come up with a list of people who aren't all entertainers?
 
2012-05-10 06:35:38 PM
Dame Betty White
 
2012-05-10 06:37:51 PM

SirEattonHogg: How about no celebrities?


I'm in if you include no politicians. I'm sick of hearing how they "give their lives to serving the community". No, they get paid for it and regularly raise their salaries while minimum wage stays the same
 
2012-05-10 06:37:51 PM
Knight anyone from Fox News because I want to see if they would be ballsy enough to turn down a knighthood from a "European Socialist Country" or if they would all of a sudden fall in love with Europe/U.K.
 
2012-05-10 06:40:56 PM

ScotterOtter: SirEattonHogg: How about no celebrities?

I'm in if you include no politicians. I'm sick of hearing how they "give their lives to serving the community". No, they get paid for it and regularly raise their salaries while minimum wage stays the same


if amassing godlike amounts of power and using it to help your bestest buddies get amazingly wealthy is not serving the community then I don't know what is.
 
2012-05-10 06:41:50 PM
RIIIIIIGHT!!!
 
2012-05-10 06:42:56 PM
i.imgur.com

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-05-10 06:46:18 PM
Heard Bill on a radio interview last week. Told some hilarious stories about running track for Temple.
 
2012-05-10 06:51:02 PM
Sir Hunter S. Thompson
 
2012-05-10 06:51:22 PM
What a stupid ass question. Jesus H.W. Christ.

Everyone knows who should be knighted:

#1: Neil deGrasse Tyson

#2: Shemp Howard

#3: Me
 
2012-05-10 06:53:14 PM
I can't believe I am wasting my time writing this, but only British citizens can be knighted, because they are subjects of the Queen and duty bound to her. Or something like that.
 
2012-05-10 06:54:01 PM

BronyMedic: Isn't there a federal law which requires American Citzens who recieve titles of nobility to forfeit them? Or did it never get ratified.


Yeah - it's an obscure little law called Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution.

Congress can - and usually does - allow American's to receive foreign titles since WWII - but it requires a Private Bill authorizing the exception.
 
2012-05-10 06:55:45 PM

Nels: I firmly believe the rich and privileged should have further honors heaped upon them to separate them from the unwashed masses. Perhaps they should be given further tax breaks too. While we're at it, corporations are people, and it would naturally follow that we should knight Goldman Sachs.


I hereby vote to revoke the personhood of NY Times Corp, NBC, CBS, ABC, and any union.
 
2012-05-10 06:56:06 PM
As an American isn't a little insulting. I mean we did fight a war to not be subjects of the British empire.

I get that our countries are friendly now but it just seems wrong
 
2012-05-10 06:57:47 PM
i256.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-10 06:58:14 PM

HaywoodJablonski: Sir Robert Plant


Robert Plant is English, so wouldn't be on a list of Americans.

I'd vote for Christopher Walken - he's half Scottish anyway.... You can get an honorary knighthood if you're not British (Sir Bob Geldof).
 
2012-05-10 07:02:34 PM
Sir Baba Booey.
 
2012-05-10 07:03:54 PM
i333.photobucket.com

What about Crowning a King?
 
2012-05-10 07:05:44 PM
Sir Al Yankovic
 
2012-05-10 07:08:59 PM
Sir Loin of Beef
Sir Osis of Liver
 
2012-05-10 07:09:17 PM
Dame Richard Simmons

themainland.net
 
2012-05-10 07:09:56 PM
Sir Sir Mix-a-lot
 
2012-05-10 07:13:39 PM
Any consideration of knighthood that considers David Letterman a candidate should immediately be shunned.
 
2012-05-10 07:14:21 PM
We're American. We don't have a nobility. Isn't it enough rich people get to make the rules (and ignore them without consequence)? You want us to give them a special title, too?

fark that.
 
2012-05-10 07:20:17 PM
We don't have to start our own vestigial monarchy, do we? I mean, Wall S. is bad enough.
 
2012-05-10 07:22:43 PM
Sir Warren Buffet
 
2012-05-10 07:23:48 PM

DavidVincent: Please don't turn it into another Nobel Peace Prize.


Turn it into? Most knightly orders have been completely meaningless since the 1600s at the latest, the Nobel prize didn't exist until the last century when Alfred Nobel decided to feel guilty about inventing the most terrifying pre-nuke weapons in history.

//There are other knightly orders that aren't just expressions of mild approval from the crown and are much more exclusive, of course.
//Americans should never accept foreign titles of nobility, it makes you at best a terrible American and possibly also a bad person, no matter how friendly is the spirit of the offer.
 
2012-05-10 07:26:07 PM
Some of us don't have to wait

media.rd.com

/of COURSE its hot
 
2012-05-10 07:26:08 PM
www.sns.ias.edu
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-05-10 07:27:40 PM

SirEattonHogg: How about no celebrities?


oh, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some coked up tart threw a minge at you.
 
2012-05-10 07:30:00 PM

tortilla burger: What about Stephen Colbert? This sounds exactly like the type of thing that would appear on his show.


It does, doesn't it?
 
2012-05-10 07:32:53 PM

SirEattonHogg: How about no celebrities?


And no politicians.
 
2012-05-10 07:35:05 PM

urger: BronyMedic: Isn't there a federal law which requires American Citzens who recieve titles of nobility to forfeit them? Or did it never get ratified.

Yeah - it's an obscure little law called Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution.

Congress can - and usually does - allow American's to receive foreign titles since WWII - but it requires a Private Bill authorizing the exception.


I think you need to read Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution again. Here, let me help:

No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.

In short, it applies only to government employees and office holders.
 
2012-05-10 07:37:25 PM
Krieghund: urger: BronyMedic: Isn't there a federal law which requires American Citzens who recieve titles of nobility to forfeit them? Or did it never get ratified.

Yeah - it's an obscure little law called Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution.

Congress can - and usually does - allow American's to receive foreign titles since WWII - but it requires a Private Bill authorizing the exception.

I think you need to read Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution again. Here, let me help:

No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.

In short, it applies only to government employees and office holders.


thats how it would seem
 
2012-05-10 07:40:29 PM
Bjarne Stroustrup

/ Technically he's a Dane, but he lives in Texas. Texacan trumps all.
 
2012-05-10 07:50:18 PM
Sir Michael Jordan
Dame Meryl Streep
All astronauts that walked on the moon
Sir Stevie Wonder
Sir Matt Groening
Dame Sandra Day O'Connor
Sir Navy Chief Chris Kyle
Sir Warren Buffet
Sir Elie Wiesel
And of course, Sir Jay-Z
 
2012-05-10 07:51:57 PM
Who? Me, damn it. My family has a long history of titles and nobility. Unfortunately, I come from a poor third son branch from way back so we got nothing. Most of the British members of the family seem to have died off, so give me a farking knighthood! I'll even let you keep the manor house
 
2012-05-10 07:53:08 PM
cdn.crooksandliars.com
 
2012-05-10 07:56:45 PM
Sir Lady Gaga?
 
2012-05-10 08:08:51 PM

buckeyebrain: Sir Loin of Beef
Sir Osis of Liver


Earl of Cloves (whap)...Duke of Brittingham (whap)...Baron of Munchhausen (whap)...Essence of Myrrh (whap)...

/arise!
 
2012-05-10 08:12:13 PM
JOHN WAYNE
 
2012-05-10 08:17:29 PM
Larry Flynt
 
2012-05-10 08:18:57 PM

Poundit Hardus: [i333.photobucket.com image 388x455]

What about Crowning a King?


Already done!

i.imgur.com
 
2012-05-10 08:28:37 PM

Darth_Lukecash: Wow, all of those were comedians.

What about Sir Clint Eastwood?


Doesn't he have some sort of French knighthood?

Also, Steve Martin is bluegrass musician, not a country musician.
 
2012-05-10 08:33:17 PM
Already has a much better title, thanks.

assets.rollingstone.com
 
2012-05-10 08:34:51 PM
i379.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-10 08:36:07 PM

BronyMedic: Isn't there a federal law which requires American Citzens who recieve titles of nobility to forfeit them? Or did it never get ratified.


Article I, sec. 9, cl. 8, & sec. 10 are still good. Federal officials are also forbidden from accepting such titles without congressional consent.

/you're still butt hurt over the Peace Prize, aren't you?
 
2012-05-10 08:40:45 PM
greyw1980: Article I, sec. 9, cl. 8, & sec. 10 are still good. Federal officials are also forbidden from accepting such titles without congressional consent.

/you're still butt hurt over the Peace Prize, aren't you?


Wait, what? Now I'm confused.

Does someone get a title of they get the Nobel Peace Prize? Is it like Warcraft? Do we need to start calling him Barack Obama, The Peace Maker?
 
2012-05-10 08:59:40 PM

DrippinBalls: What a stupid ass question. Jesus H.W. Christ.

Everyone knows who should be knighted:

#1: Neil deGrasse Tyson

#2: Greg Palast

#3: Me


I like the "me" part, but you might've meant "you me" and not "me me". Where does it all end?
 
2012-05-10 09:22:39 PM
"They're idiots."

--"They've all been knighted."

"Makes it official then."
 
2012-05-10 09:33:41 PM

Hypothetical Imperative: [i.imgur.com image 500x500]


No kidding.

Who left the gates open to the politics tab? And who is going to put them all back?
 
2012-05-10 09:36:17 PM
i1.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-05-10 09:42:59 PM
Some of the early astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin.

None of the people put up for suggestion is worthy, half of them aren't even particularly worthy of deference or respect.
 
2012-05-10 09:50:54 PM
Banning U.S. citizens from getting royal titles was one of the better decisions the Founding Fathers made.
 
2012-05-10 10:42:39 PM
kenyanvoice.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-05-10 10:52:21 PM
www.hawking.org.uk
 
2012-05-10 11:12:23 PM
Sigh...I liked it better when knights were expected to be more badass warrior than minstrel or shopkeeper.
 
2012-05-10 11:12:30 PM

Trashy: [www.celebratingchristopherwalken.com image 300x401]


More cowbell, your majesty? Or this watch that I carried home from the war...
 
2012-05-10 11:49:24 PM
She's already there, sorta.
dullumfile.areavoices.com
/and the pipsquires
 
2012-05-11 12:28:00 AM
We've already had a king, his name was Elvis.

/not sure where i'm going with this...
 
2012-05-11 12:55:13 AM

cuzsis: We've already had a king, his name was Elvis.

/not sure where i'm going with this...


Your name is Lester Manley, and you're headed for Graceland?
 
2012-05-11 01:00:21 AM
Sir Charles de Beckwith
 
2012-05-11 02:23:34 AM

urger: BronyMedic: Isn't there a federal law which requires American Citzens who recieve titles of nobility to forfeit them? Or did it never get ratified.

Yeah - it's an obscure little law called Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution.

Congress can - and usually does - allow American's to receive foreign titles since WWII - but it requires a Private Bill authorizing the exception.


You can receive any sort of title you want provided that it isn't issued by the US, or you are holding office in the US.

Nothing is stopping US citizens from being awarded titles of nobility from other countries except for that slim exception.
 
2012-05-11 04:31:33 AM
Posthumously, sir Peter Jennings.
 
2012-05-11 05:02:23 AM

kim jong-un: urger: BronyMedic: Isn't there a federal law which requires American Citzens who recieve titles of nobility to forfeit them? Or did it never get ratified.

Yeah - it's an obscure little law called Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution.

Congress can - and usually does - allow American's to receive foreign titles since WWII - but it requires a Private Bill authorizing the exception.

You can receive any sort of title you want provided that it isn't issued by the US, or you are holding office in the US.

Nothing is stopping US citizens from being awarded titles of nobility from other countries except for that slim exception.


That. That right there.

In the case of British knighthoods, you simply would not be addressed as "Sir" in formal American settings. You'd still be "Mister". (And you'd have to hold dual citizenship, as they don't hand out knighthoods to foreigners.) You can be awarded an honorary one, but that doesn't get you a "Sir" either.

For that matter, 3 of the 5 ranks of the Order of the British Empire aren't even addressed as Sir/Dame.
 
2012-05-11 05:02:35 AM
Bill Cosby

yah know there's a lot of difference between American humor and British humour, and one of the biggest differences is Bill cosby
why would the British knoght someone who is supposed to be funny, but isn't (well, not 'ha ha' funny, maybe just 'a bit peculiar' funny)
 
2012-05-11 09:01:04 AM
cdn-www.i-am-bored.com
 
2012-05-11 09:01:51 AM
Oh forgot... You must solve for Jell-0
 
2012-05-11 10:34:04 AM

buckeyebrain: Sir Loin of Beef
Sir Osis of Liver


Came for this, leaving satisfied

/Sir Mel Blanc
//Sir Charles Jones
 
2012-05-11 11:07:37 AM

Great Gonzo: cdn-www.i-am-bored.com


That is literally the best thing that has ever been created in this or any other universe or plane of existence.
 
2012-05-11 11:32:15 AM
No it doesn't.

Now, "Sir Abraham Richard Cornelius Edward Nigel Aloysius Manfred Stanislav Leopold Winston Archimedes Franklin Vladimir Reginald 'Both-Barrels' Bonestripper III," on the other hand, does have that certain undeniable ring of nobility.
 
2012-05-11 07:11:13 PM
Sir Dino M. Zaffina. That is, if it is alright with him...
 
2012-05-11 09:33:19 PM

HoratioGates: Banning U.S. citizens from getting royal titles was one of the better decisions the Founding Fathers made.


I bet you quote the Constitution all the time, and yet you actually have not ever read it.
 
2012-05-13 06:04:19 PM

OgreMagi: I bet you quote the Constitution all the time, and yet you actually have not ever read it.


Well, I didn't quote the Constitution, but you are right in this context, I'm wrong, with some slight caveats. I have read the Constitution, but it's been awhile. I made the same mistake as the person asking a the question in this article-

http://www.irontontribune.com/2009/02/28/can-american-citizens-hold-r o yal-titles/

I imagine I heard pieces of it each used in correct context and amalgamated them into one general rule. The Feds and State can't grant noble titles, and most countries with noble titles only grant honorary titles to people who aren't citizens. Additionally, the article suggest no one may hold public office shall also hold a title of nobility, although looking at the actual section of the Constitution it looks like it might only apply to receiving such a title while actually having a public position. You don't get to call yourself a 'Sir', if you are, for instance, a U.S. citizen receiving a British title (unless you are also a British citizen).

I probably through in those possibly apocryphal (to lazy to check the sources on those and it does sound a bit like Shakespear's 'Julius Ceasar') stories about Washington turning down offers of being offered the title of King.

Generally, when I'm citing Constitutional issues I source them. That said, I think the idea of hereditary titles are a terrible idea. (I'm not going to take the time to track down if an honorary knighthood is in fact a hereditary title.) I think the idea of the monarchy is silly too. In fact, I think the idea that inheritances aren't taxed at the same rate as any other income is pretty silly too. I'm not going to go all Harrison Bergeron and say everyone has to have exactly the same opportunities, but I'm always troubled by the deep inequity in our society concerning inheritance. One of my favorite literary moments is the scene in Inherit the Wind where they argue over whether an honorary military should be used when addressing a lawyer. Getting set to head out the door. I don't know if that was literary license or actually came up in the Scopes trial.
 
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