The administering of tar and feathers
was not limited to violent mobs.
Freedom of the press is a valuable right but it is not a license for gossipy tabloids to tar and feather
innocent citizens and destroy their reputations for the rags' profit," the documents said.
Yet, today, the ACLU would gladly help tar and feather
any teacher who strayed from Darwinian orthodoxy.
TAR AND FEATHER
- To create a transportable archive from a group of files by first sticking them together with tar - the Tape ARchiver - and then compressing the result, known as "feathering".
The Czechoslovaks, those charmingly peaceful revolutionaries who did not step in the flower beds, decided after the fall of communism to tar and feather
fellow citizens whose names showed up on secret police lists of informers.