OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Monday, December 04, 2006 :::

A Very Helpful Perspective

Terry at SLANTblog has an excellent post on a real political dogfight from Richmond's past. After reading it, I have to agree with his conclusion:

As a child growing up in Richmond, I heard adventure tales from my grandfather about this bizarre time. He claimed he was told as a boy by his salty old Uncle George (who was a sheriff, among other things) that most men in Richmond carried guns on the street in those wild days, much like what we’ve see in western movies. Duels were not unusual.

All of which makes today’s scandals and imbroglios in the Virginia political landscape over “macaca,” or frosty words at a White House social function, seem rather tame.

Go read it all.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 12/04/2006 0 comments


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