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Posted:Nov 16, 2017 9:51 am
Last Updated:Nov 18, 2017 8:09 pm
Okay, I couldn't resist the play on words, but the Roy Moore situation will not go away. I wrote about the Roy Moore turmoil 3 days ago, casting it as an attempt by the Washington Post and Swamp Dwellers in D.C. to dictate to the State of Alabama whom they were allowed to send to the U.S. Senate.

I said, in part:

"The people of the State of Alabama have the right to choose their representation in the United States Senate, providing that the senator is a U.S. citizen at least 30 years of age. It is not up to Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Mrs. Lindsey McCain (née Graham), or LeafBlower to decide for them."


"Roy Moore is not my kinda guy, and I have a number of reasons for that. One is I don't care for cowboy hats on anyone other than a cowboy. I don't care for lawmakers who "nullify" laws not congenial to them. And I certainly don't think his predilection for teenaged girls when he was in his early 30's is commendable."

I still feel that both parts of my statement were correct, but I think the daily disclosures about Moore fortify the 2nd part of my statement and not the first. Somewhere along the line, a tipping point was reached in my head and I began to find Moore increasingly distasteful. It is still the role of the people of Alabama to make the decision. I continue to be interested in what our Alabama bloggers on this site think.

I also continue to think that Leafsucker's anti-Alabama bigotry is revolting. For the last 40 years I have lived within 15 minutes by car from Alabama, and quite a few Alabamians have crossed my path in those years in various capacities (including quite a few students). They are not -- collectively -- knuckle-dragging goobers by any means. They are largely patriotic, traditional Americans who are politically conservative, and of course they have bad memories of the "Late Unpleasantness" of the 1860's, when the Feds tried to impose their will on them. (People in the Southeast with historical memories almost reflexively resist tyranny from Washington.) It is unacceptable to defame them as a group.

Roy Moore, though, is a flat-out creep, and the preponderance of evidence condemns him.

I think that political foul play is involved as well. WaPo is doing its best to pull the strings of the American electoral system by withholding and then disclosing damaging information on conservatives running for office. You will recall the Trump/Billy Bush chat. This is gotcha journalism at its absolute worst. Part of me wants Moore to win so that WaPo will be humbled. If the Democrat wins, it will be entirely because they destroyed Moore AFTER it was still possible to remove him from the ballot. Good work, WaPo!

Where is President Trump on all this? Right where he should be. While in Vietnam on his Asia tour, he said -- through Sarah Sanders -- "The President also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside," she said.

A partisan press corps seems to have forgotten that President Trump backed Moore's opponent Luther Strange, in the GOP primary, and actually campaigned for him in Huntsville, Alabama.

I think the best outcome for Republicans in this fiasco would be for Jeff Sessions to offer himself as a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate, and retake his old seat. Another AG can be found, but not another vote in the U.S. Senate.

BELOW: the junior senator from Minnesota
Posted:Nov 13, 2017 8:21 pm
Last Updated:Nov 18, 2017 10:41 am

Why should we let these Cro-Magnon men and their abused mates have a vote? An outrage, I say. Listen to what the sage Leaf has to say:

"The people of Alabama, one of America's most racist stupid states, were incredibly irresponsible for voting for this perverted thinking sex maniac. How many more schmucks can the American people put up with. Racists, deranged people obsessed with torture, sickos engulfed with greed that resort to money laundering and subversive activity, anything for a buck. These vomit producing gun nut goons have to be marginalized as soon as possible as they are weakening America by the hour."

We cannot let these backward, unevolved, drooling people to have the right to vote!


OK, OK, I cannot continue in that mode even tongue-in-cheek. The people of the State of Alabama have the right to choose their representation in the United States Senate, providing that the senator is a U.S. citizen at least 30 years of age. It is not up to Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Mrs. Lindsey McCain (née Graham), or LeafBlower to decide for them.

The talk about the Senate expelling him if he is victorious for an offense almost 40 years old has absolutely no precedent -- to be expelled, the offense must happen after the Senator takes his seat.

Roy Moore is not my kinda guy, and I have a number of reasons for that. One is I don't care for cowboy hats on anyone other than a cowboy. I don't care for lawmakers who "nullify" laws not congenial to them. And I certainly don't think his predilection for teenaged girls when he was in his early 30's is commendable.


It's not my call. Leaf the Insufferable thinks it's his call. He is an unbearable azz.
Posted:Nov 9, 2017 11:22 am
Last Updated:Nov 10, 2017 6:04 pm
....just don't dump me off in Fairfax County please!

If my title puzzles you, I am citing the title of the "state song emeritus" of the Commonwealth of Virginia, retired as the official state song in 1997. The refrain runs as follows:

"Carry me back to old Virginny,
There's where the cotton and the corn and tatoes grow,
There's where the birds warble sweet in the springtime,
There's where the old darkey's heart am long'd to go,
There's where I labored so hard for old massa,
Day after day in the field of yellow corn,
No place on earth do I love more sincerely
Than old Virginny, the state where I was born."

OK, OK, I realize that songs sentimentalizing slavery are not very fashionable these days. The term "darkey" is a bit passé, to say the least. But we are only a generation removed from a time when this song still embodied something valuable for most Virginians. Virginia has changed more in the last 20 years than in the 130 years preceding it.

All of this by way of making a comment or two about the recent gubernatorial election won by Democrat Ralph Northam. His opponent, Ed Gillespie, had run a good campaign keeping the White House at arm's length. (Trump ungraciously made reference to this by tweet when it became clear that Gillespie was going down.) Gillespie is the quintessential GOP establishment member, having served as chair of the RNC and manager of G. W. Bush's reelection campaign in 2004. Despite his relatively moderate and unabrasive style, he got stomped by 8% in the gubernatorial race, after polling had indicated it was going to be a nail-biter. Why? Suggestions:

1) Demographics. Virginia has over time become almost a client-state of the federal government. Fairfax County, adjacent to DC, now has 1,000,000 residents, and most of them are beholden in some way to the "gummint" for their livelihoods. The Norfolk/Hampton Roads area is heavily military. Virginia has a large minority population, including blacks concentrated in the Tidewater region and the cities, an increasing number of Hispanics, and is now the state with the 2nd-highest percentage of Muslims. All of these are of course committed client-groups for the Democratic Party, and are inclined to regard the government as the entity "from whom all blessings flow."

2) Culture. Virginia has become 2 states culturally. The boundary between the two states runs roughly down the "fall line" dividing the Tidewater from the Piedmont. To the east of the fall line is the federal leviathan, the largest cities, and the "black belt." To the west lies what remains of traditional Virginia, and it is culturally and politically conservative. Maisie and I were dining out when the election was called for Northam. Following along on my phone, I found that CNN had the best coverage of voting data. I checked on which way my old home county (Frederick) had voted, and it was 65-35 Gillespie. Ditto for Warren County, where I was born in (early on one frosty mornin' But Fairfax and Loudoun Counties more or less were going equally heavily for Northam, and they have many more bodies.

3) Intensity. Democrats of all kinds were passionately engaged in repudiating the ogre (in their eyes) Trump. Gillespie could not match their intensity, even though he steered clear of Trump himself. Gillespie ended up doing 3% points worse than Trump had done a year before, to my considerable surprise. Gillespie may have outsmarted himself in this regard -- Trump has passionate supporters in the western and southern parts of the state, and Gillespie forfeited their intensity by his decision to avoid the President. Meanwhile every Democrat in the state was standing in line to vote.

So that's my breakdown of the situation. There is no way the election can be characterized as positive for the GOP or Trump. At the same time, it is now clear that Gillespie was almost foredoomed to fail.

BELOW: The Virginia of my memory -- the 1840 courthouse in Winchester, VA, with the obligatory Confederate statue.
BOTTOM: The Virginia of 2017 -- a bicyclist in Fairfax Country flips off Trump's caravan.

Posted:Oct 31, 2017 9:43 am
Last Updated:Nov 8, 2017 9:52 pm
Have you seen the new attack ad on behalf of Ralph Northam, Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia? It is worth a google. It may be the most sleazy political ad since LBJ's "daisy ad," which portrayed a little girl plucking a daisy as a nuclear mushroom cloud appeared in the background.

Northam's people have concocted a truly odious ad in which a redneck driving a pickup with a Confederate flag terrorizes Hispanic, Muslim and black children in a suburban neighborhood. The redneck is of course a sinister older white guy with a ball cap and shades. The pickup has an Ed Gillespie (Northam's opponent) bumper sticker.

The Virginia gubernatorial race always attracts national attention because it is seen seen as an early referendum on the current president, especially when the White House has a new occupant. This year is no exception. As usual, the election pits the slough of Northern Virginia -- those counties which are the bivouac of ambition encircling DC -- against the rest of the state. The choice is unusually clear this year: Ed Gillespie, a responsible, capable candidate vs. a recent convert to "progressive" politics named Ralph Northam, who authorized the vile ad. It is not too much to say that the soul of the state of Virginia is being contested also. Have the carpetbaggers and race hucksters (and the immigrant parasites like LeafExchange and his fellow "Leaves of grASS") completed their takeover of the Old Dominion?

BELOW: Black, Hispanic, and Muslim children terrorized by a redneck in a pickup. Doubtless a masturbatory aid for a certain Virginia resident on this site.

Posted:Oct 27, 2017 11:15 am
Last Updated:Oct 29, 2017 9:41 am
I almost wrote a blog yesterday predicting that there would be no "smoking gun" in the documents which were to be released yesterday. So today I hear on TV from the forensic pathologist Michael Baden that there was "no smoking gun" in the documents released. Ha! And then there was the sub-story: the government is -- astonishingly -- still clinging to quite a few of the documents.

What dismayed me the most was to hear mainstream news hosts wondering whether "the conspiracy theories" would finally be laid to rest! Are you kidding me? The JFK assassination consists of one conspiracy after another! I consider it a historical fact that the murder itself was the result of a conspiracy. Can anyone who has looked into it diligently disagree? One need adduce only 2 unassailable facts: shots came from two directions (as all medical personnel in Dallas attested) and the fatal shot, which launched JFK backward, came from the front. Without getting into the weeds, I might also mention the silencing of Oswald by a Mafioso two days later.

The 2nd conspiracy, which is ongoing and is in fact a wave of conspiracies, involved the government whitewashing the investigation. The Warren Commission and the FBI were both allied with the Johnson administration and produced the result LBJ wanted. Within months, the deficiencies of the WC report became manifest as early researchers such as Mark Lane, Sylvia Meagher, and Edward Epstein shot it full of holes. And yet the mainstream media utterly failed to be curious about the "crime of the century."

Only one surprise appeared in yesterday's releases: a British journalist was warned about an impending U.S. event 25 minutes before the actual murder. This little factoid will be swept under the rug, just as far more suspicious ones have in years past.

Posted:Oct 24, 2017 8:47 am
Last Updated:Oct 26, 2017 10:35 am
....because I was being terribly unfair to the actual Red Hat Societies in the United States and many other countries!

The actual Red Hats are organizations of women over 50 who gather periodically for friendship and merriment. They take their name and characteristic garb from an excellent poem Warning (1961) by the English poet Jenny Joseph:

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I admire this sentiment very much, and applaud the actual Red Hat Societies which promote positive opposed to the handful of mean-spirited, crabbed women on this site who seek to control the discourse and discredit all those who disagree with their politics and who spew venom at those who dare to incur their wrath. I shall not mention them by name, but one venerable blogger has been conducting a hate-fest against me on a totally insignificant issue, and another truly execrable one, who changes her allegiances and political positions more frequently than her underwear, has been trashing me in a series of illiterate postings which incorporate lies, gossip, and misinformation in a poisonous mix.

But I have an idea -- why don't you ladies go join actual Red Hat gatherings in your hometowns, have some giggles, and get some of your bitterness out of your systems?

BELOW: A friendly suggestion --
Posted:Oct 19, 2017 4:52 am
Last Updated:Oct 28, 2017 11:51 pm
WHY, OH WHY, OH WHY do people insist on forming plurals using the apostrophe sign? For God's sake, leave the defenseless punctuation mark alone!! Has the internet made us doltish? Well, yes, but still we don't have to treat the apostrophe like Harvey Weinstein treats starlets in his hotel suite.

The rule on using apostrophes to form plurals is quite simple:


You want to refer to both Bill and Hillary Clinton? It is the Clintons! Not the Clinton's. Want to refer to Donald and Melania? It's the Trumps, not the Trump's. The Tidewater Twit wrote a few minutes ago "also wish that America's bubba's would remember to remove their hats." NOOOOO. It's bubbas, not bubba's.

The apostrophe always indicates possession or omission of letters, as in a contraction. The exceptions are so few as to be negligible. It's OK when you are pluralizing abbreviations or acronyms, e.g., "he owns two BMW's" or "mind your p's and q's." It's OK sometimes with numbers, e.g., "he spent the 60's in a drug-induced torpor."


Posted:Oct 13, 2017 11:29 am
Last Updated:Oct 15, 2017 5:15 pm
Our elite masters have taught us to bow down before the great God Diversity unquestioningly. That goes double if the group under examination is a bunch of white males, even if they have a token black guy. No, not double -- quadruple, sextuple, whatever. White men in a group are dangerous, lying, lecherous, and patriarchal.

Imagine my outrage when I saw this photo of our leading


On the face of it, this group is suspect, but it's even worse than that: each of these smirking plutocrats has the same party allegiance and each supported the same candidate in the last election.

Of course there are profound differences between them -- each hates Trump to a slightly different degree. Give 'em all a hand!

BELOW: There they all are, from Kimmel to Colbert, the consciences of the nation!
Posted:Oct 10, 2017 10:53 am
Last Updated:Oct 15, 2017 4:21 pm
Much ink has been spilled (yes, I am aware of the anachronism) and words expended on the feud between President Trump and the Jr. Senator from Tennessee, Bob Corker. As I sit here in Corker's hometown of Chattanooga, reading his hometown paper, perhaps 500 yards (and about $50 million dollars) from his baronial home on Missionary Ridge, I thought I would offer a few thoughts, especially since Bob and I often discuss our mutual interest in healthy eating. (OK, I made that up. I ran into Corker once in the produce section of the local Whole Foods.) The thing which strikes you about Corker in person is his remarkable petiteness, and yet elegance, as a person. I would guess he is at most 5'6" and 125 pounds -- I worked in a haberdashery during my summers in college, and I would size him up as a boys size 18. At the same time, he has features which would befit a Roman coin.

After two generally successful terms in the U. S. Senate, Corker is suddenly out of politics. Corker doubtless assessed the situation, probably saw he faced a tough primary, and said he had had enough. Then came l'affaire Trump. After an initial period of harmony (a few months ago, Corker was playing golf with Trump and Peyton Manning), things took a nasty turn. As I see it, Corker fired the first shot: after the Charlottesville demonstrations, Corker said to CNN:

Sen. Bob Corker slammed President Donald Trump's handling of the racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, charging that the President "has not demonstrated he understands the character of this nation." The Tennessee Republican told reporters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday that he thinks there must be "radical changes" within the White House.
"The President has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful," Corker said.

There is a slight irony in an east Tennessee Republican calling out a Northeastern president for being insufficiently sensitive to racial matters. But there is no getting around that Corker's remarks, coming from within house, were very damaging to Trump. Trump, of course, does not forget a slight.

Then came Corker's apostasy -- he gave a phone interview to the NYT (whose very masthead sets conservative teeth on edge) and offered a devastating blast at Trump, declaring among other things, that Trump's recklessness could lead us in WW III and that he was running the country as though it were a reality show, all in his wheedling East Tennessee whine.

This in turn inspired the great war of the tweets on Monday, with Trump and Corker exchanging "sulfurous" insults (said the NYT) of a personal nature. Corker topped off his outing by saying that the WH was an adult day care center. Every discussion panel on network and cable TV (save Fox) fell all over Corker as the hero of the hour, speaking truth to power, etc.

But was he really? Most people here in his hometown think he has become a royal pain in the a**, and they have reasons for questioning his sincerity. For example:

1) Corker was just fine with Trump during the primary season and thereafter when he might have been able to do something about the situation. Trump was the same then as he is now. Why didn't he see that?

2) Corker strutted like a runway model for Trump when he was being considered for VP and then for Secretary of State. Did these two rebuffs (rather than political principle) cause Corker to sour on Trump? (Does the brown bear....?)

3) Corker seems to have resolved to become John McCain Lite, sucking up to the media and serving as Judas Iscariot to his party. Southerners despise disloyalty and favor-currying.

So, my observations are that in Chattanooga, Corker is no longer the toast of the town but rather than "toast in this town."

BELOW: Corker's palace atop Missionary Ridge -- the house was built by the Lupton family, who owned Coca-Cola in the early days.
Posted:Oct 6, 2017 6:16 pm
Last Updated:Oct 30, 2017 5:44 am

You have told us ad infinitum that you were cowering under your bed in fear lest Donald Trump would against all odds drop by your Texas spread and grab your p*ssy. How about a little equal outrage for big Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein? He has a decades-long record of predatory sexual behavior against actresses, secretaries, charwomen, and any human being who was born with a p*ssy.

Take for example Ashley Judd's experience:

"Weinstein's alleged inappropriate behavior with women in the last 30 years was detailed in the bombshell report. In it, actress Ashley Judd described being lured to Weinstein's hotel room, only to find him wearing a bathrobe and requesting sexual favors."

It seems that one of his fetishes was to have attractive women watch him shower. Have a look at his picture. All things considered, wouldnt it be more pleasant to be grabbed by the p*ssy?

Weinstein is a big Democratic voter, a tireless advocate for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Neither has commented. So what's the deal, Roxy?

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