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"GEORGIE PORGIE" *** starring *** AL FRANKEN
Posted:Dec 7, 2017 9:55 pm
Last Updated:Dec 9, 2017 5:38 pm
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Remember this nursery rhyme?

Georgie Porgie, pudding and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry,
When the boys came out to ,
Georgie Porgie ran away.

I couldn't but think of this as I watched Al Franken self-immolate in the last few days. Turns out the straw that broke the camel's back for Franken was forced kissing!

The anonymous accuser gives her story: "The aide, whose name POLITICO is withholding to protect her identity, said Franken (D-Minn.) pursued her after her boss had left the studio. She said she was gathering her belongings to follow her boss out of the room. When she turned around, Franken was in her face. The former staffer ducked to avoid Franken’s lips. As she hastily left the room, she said, Franken told her: “'It’s my right as an entertainer.'"

It is hard to know how to react to this, but I went through the following thoughts:

1) Al Franken is clearly a churl, a cad, a "common masher" as my mother would say. I suspected as much already, and I despise Franken's politics, so hard for me to lament his fall.

2) At the same time, I cannot but be struck by the triviality of the offense. A stolen kiss? That's what the bad boys in the 6th grade did on the playground. Are we not trivializing the nature of sexual harassment if we define it down to that level?

3) I find Franken's use of his resignation to attack Trump to be repellant. Franken admits to exercising some feudal droit du seigneur by virtue of being an entertainer (!) and he likens his statement to Trump's Billy Bush tape. Here is what Trump said, trying to impress a younger man:

"And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.
Bush: Whatever you want.
Trump: Grab ’em by the *****. You can do anything."

Nasty stuff for sure, but it should be noted that Trump uses the impersonal "you can" rather than "I do." If he is making an observation about our celebrity culture, he is surely right. And he is not in the middle of a low-level sexual assault as he says it.

4) It's clear what the Democratic game is. Sacrifice as many Frankens as needed, and use it to fry the big guy. It cannot have escaped your attention that the political and media pervs are running about 10:1 liberal to conservative. The Dems are taking a big chance, but do not be mistaken -- they are playing for the highest stakes.


BELOW: Don't even think about it, Al!
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DRAGGING A $100 BILL THROUGH A TRAILER PARK
Posted:Nov 21, 2017 11:45 am
Last Updated:Nov 28, 2017 2:38 pm
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“Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you'll find.”

-- Clinton loyalist James Carville, 1992

Most of you probably remember James Carville's casual dismissal of Bill Clinton's "bimbo eruptions," during his campaign for the presidency. Hillary Clinton, making her debut on the national stage, gave the first of many odious performances which continue to the present. She announced she wasn't the type to "stand by her man like Tammy Wynette" and then proceeded to stand by her man by doing everything she could to destroy the many victims of Bubba's lechery. The national media chuckled a bit and acknowledged that Bill was a bit of a "horndog" who lined the bed of his El Camino pickup with astro turf for impromptu assignations.

25 years later, the media have picked up Carville's challenge and are dragging a metaphorical $100 bill through metaphorical trailer parks, bedrooms, showers, closets, hotel rooms, executive offices, and shopping malls. The mighty are tumbling -- Weinstein, O'Reilly, Charlie Rose, etc. while the hounds are baying and nipping at the heels of Al Franken, Roy Moore, John Conyers, and others.

One notices two things immediately: 1) abuse of power for sexual purposes is more rampant than we thought, and that it knows no single party or political philosophy. 2) Conservatives can ntheless point out that the majority of the offenders are -- gasp -- liberals. If the "Lion of the "Senate" Ted Kennedy were alive he would be in hot water, not to mention JFK and LBJ.

I have been through several waves of emotion reacting to all this. The first reaction was 1) revulsion. It's pretty hard not to have contempt for powerful men trying to get women to watch them shower or m*st*rbate. And it's so puerile to boot -- not even a decent full seduction, just embarrassing chasing around the desk.

2) Phase 2 for me was relief. I checked back through my own life, and came up clean on this . I was no mogul or rock star but I did have some slight power over some 100's of female students, and never once did I suggest that Buffy or Paige could raise her dismal grade with some special "tutoring" in my office.

3) Phase 3 was recognition of partial guilt. Those in charge of our public values keep defining downward what is considered sexual abuse. Did you ever make a pass at a female which turned out to be unwanted? Of course you did. I did. Did you ever tell a risqué story with the goal of ascertaining a girl's sexual availability? Of course you did. I did. All of this can now be considered sexual abuse.

Phase 4) Lessening of guilt. The male of the species is impelled by genetic code to be successful in procreation, and this means we bear the burden of being the aggressor in the whole mating dance. I use the word burden carefully -- men have the curse of potential rejection with every advance. We find ourselves doing silly things to look good to the opposite sex. Male privilege often becomes a male curse.

Somehow we must strike a balance in our judgments of ourselves and others. In many cases, forgiveness is in order for mild offenses in our distant past -- forgiveness for others and for ourselves.

Thoughts?


BELOW: "Serpenthead" himself, as his wife nicknamed him.
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QUOTH THE ACCUSERS ....."NEVER...MOORE"
Posted:Nov 16, 2017 9:51 am
Last Updated:Nov 21, 2017 8:13 am
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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."

and:

"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
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LET'S JUST DISFRANCHISE THE STATE OF ALABAMA, SHALL WE?
Posted:Nov 13, 2017 8:21 pm
Last Updated:Nov 18, 2017 10:41 am
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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.

BUT....

It's not my call. Leaf the Insufferable thinks it's his call. He is an unbearable azz.
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CARRY ME BACK TO OLD VIRGINNY .....
Posted:Nov 9, 2017 11:22 am
Last Updated:Nov 10, 2017 6:04 pm
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....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.


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THE MOST GROTESQUE POLITICAL AD SINCE LBJ?
Posted:Oct 31, 2017 9:43 am
Last Updated:Nov 8, 2017 9:52 pm
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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.

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DISAPPOINTING JFK DOC DUMP
Posted:Oct 27, 2017 11:15 am
Last Updated:Oct 29, 2017 9:41 am
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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.

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LADIES, I'M TRULY SORRY I CALLED YOU THE RED HATS......
Posted:Oct 24, 2017 8:47 am
Last Updated:Oct 26, 2017 10:35 am
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....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 agendas....as 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 --
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STOP THE APOSTROPHE ABUSE!
Posted:Oct 19, 2017 4:52 am
Last Updated:Oct 28, 2017 11:51 pm
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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:

DON'T DO IT!

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."

OTHERWISE, JUST SAY NO!

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WHAT WE NEED IS MORE DIVERSITY!
Posted:Oct 13, 2017 11:29 am
Last Updated:Oct 15, 2017 5:15 pm
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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

LATE NIGHT COMEDIANS!


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!
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