Corey Stewart defends Roy Moore

Outspoken Virginia Republican Corey Stewart this weekend defended U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of initiating sexual contact with a teenage girl. Meanwhile, Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) said if the allegations are true, Moore should drop out of the race in Alabama.

Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and a candidate for the GOP nomination to challenge Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), defended Moore on Friday in a Facebook Live event.

“These allegations are 40 years old. Forty years old, and they’re unsubstantiated,” Stewart said in response to a question from Ian Sams, Kaine’s campaign spokesman. “There’s no way to prove it. They didn’t prove it, but you’re presumed guilty? That’s not right.”

Sams, speaking on behalf of Kaine, said, “Any person of conscience should be willing to condemn child sex abuse, and the fact Corey won’t speaks volumes about him.”

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Veterans Day 2017

Our poet laureate, George Harris sent this piece to me last week.  As usual, George’s way with words and personal experiences greatly contribute to this blog.  George, thank you for your service!

Veterans Day 2017 by George Harris

They’re all gone now, those doughboys of 100 years ago with their wrapped leggings and their soup bowl helmets.  They were our grandparents or perhaps great grand grandparents eager to go vanquish the Hun as the Germans were called.  George M. Cohan was just sitting down to write, “Over There” to send our troops off with a rousing song.  Little did they know they would be facing machine guns and gas; mustard and chlorine gas that would burn their skin and their lungs.  Mr. Ramsey, our Assistant Coach and Driver Education Teacher, had bleached spots on his face and in his hair from gas attacks.  He never talked about it but we all knew what it was.

We were still enough of an agrarian nation that many of those young men and women, yes there were women in World War I, literally laid down their plowshares and picked up arms to join the British and French in The Great War-it didn’t become World War I until 23 years later when we became involved in another world war.  Like many wars, The Great War was being fought much like previous wars-troops were massed and then launched against the enemy much in the same way they had been in our own Civil War and the Spanish-American War.  But there were two big differences-machine guns and chemical warfare.  The United Kingdom lost nearly 750,000 killed while France lost 1,150,000.  Russia, Romania, Italy, Serbia and some others lost something over 2,000,000.  When the end came in 1918, we had lost nearly, 54,000.  And this doesn’t count deaths from disease, particularly the Great Flu Epidemic and the loss of civilian lives.  On the Allied Side alone, perhaps 10 million people died.  And among the Central Powers another 8.3 million military and civilians died.  This war was one of the costliest in our history.

What did we learn from this war?  Perhaps nothing because just 23 years later we found ourselves engaged in another war on a global scale that ended with the new capability of world destruction when the new atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

Now we find ourselves involved in a new type of war-a war against terrorism, a war that seems endless.  Now millions of young men and women have served our Nation; hundreds of thousands have been wounded and, depending on who you ask and how they count, perhaps something on the order of 74,000 to 80,000 have died in the wars in the Middle East.

What is my point in all of this?  Although not much in favor at the moment, General Robert E. Lee once noted, “It is good that war is so horrible, or we might grow to like it.”  And thus it is.  In the 241 years of our independence, over 4,000,000 young men and women have been sacrificed on the altars of the gods of war.  And we continue to offer them up with no end in sight.  Freedom has a terrible price and it should always be remembered that war is the absolute failure of diplomacy paid for with the blood of our young men and women.

Perhaps Dwight D. Eisenhower, president and leader of the world’s greatest armed force in World War II said it best:

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”

— Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953

Woman accuses Roy Moore of sexual encounter when she was 14 and he was 32


A bombshell report that four women accused Senate candidate Roy Moore of groping, kissing and pursuing them as teens has prompted a fallout as his fellow Republicans gauge how to respond.

The report, published Thursday in the Washington Post, identifies women who claim Moore asked them on dates while while he served as an assistant district attorney in his home state of Alabama in the 1970s and 1980s. Moore, a firebrand and religious conservative, called the report “completely false,” blaming the Democratic Party.

Senate Republicans quickly distanced themselves. John McCain called the allegations “disqualifying.” John Cornyn, a Moore backer, described them as “deeply disturbing.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he “must step aside” if the allegations are true.

But the state auditor of Alabama’s home state rushed to Moore’s defense. And he invoked the mother of Jesus, Mary, and her husband, Joseph.

“There is nothing to see here,” Jim Ziegler told the Washington Examiner. “The allegations are that a man in his early 30s dated teenage girls. Even the Washington Post report says that he never had sexual intercourse with any of the girls and never attempted sexual intercourse.”

 He later added: “Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”
Oh dear God, do these people have no shame?  To compare groping a 14 year old CHILD to Mary and Joseph is simply obscene and yes, immoral.  I don’t throw that word around lightly.
There are enough witnesses here to send Moore back home to ‘Bama  with this tail between his legs, if he can even find it.  His past behavior is unacceptable.  Even accusations by one person, much less 4 should send a strong message to the Senate that Moore should not be seated in this august body of legislators.
Roy Moore has spent far too much time worrying about the morals of others and not enough time making sure his own behavior was up to snuff.    The man doth protest too much, me thinks.
Roy Moore is unfit to hold any office.  Roy Moore is king of the hypocrites.

Musing from under the tent


 Guest contributor, Solon.  Solon has made some keen observations and formed some rather  interesting opinions.


Musing from under the tent
Its Virginia.
Another year, another election.
On to 2018 for better or worse.
If one is honest, they did not see the blue wave coming.
No pol, no poll, no candidate anticipated it.
The wave was strong enough to lift even weak Democratic candidate to victory.
Now, can they stay there?
Their hard work is just beginning.
Some learning and winners/losers:
Learning #1: The politics of negativity and meanness don’t pay off.
Yes, we are looking to you Scott Lingamfelter and you, Russ Harrison.
Learning #2: Hard work and dogged determination can pay off.
Congratulations Delegate Donte Tanner!
Loser #1: Barbara Comstock. Babs, that bulls-eye on your back just got a whole lot bigger.
Loser #2: Marc Aveni. Your time has come.
Loser #3: Corey Stewart. How are the politics of hate looking now?
Loser #4: Ruth Anderson. They are coming to get ya!
Winner #1: Harry Wiggins. A very nice victory lap for the often maligned (and sometimes deservedly so) PWC Demo Chair.
Winner# 2: Tim Kaine.
Winner #3: Redistricting reform. The Dems need to continue to be the adults in the room.
Winner #4: Terry McAuliffe. Terry vs Donny in 2020?
On to 2018!!!!!!


Open Thread…………………November/December, 2017


The ginkgo trees at the Virginia Arboretum over in Clark County off its 50/17 are a sight to behold.  There is a grove of these yellow beauties.  The ginkgo is the oldest tree in North America.  The leaves are smaller than I thought.  I hope the leaves survive this patch of rainy weather because I certainly plan on going back.

If you have never been to the Arboretum, it is worth the trip.  There are car/pedestrian trails, picnic tables, and horse trails.   The trees aren’t too shabby either.

Moonhowlings endorses Danica Roem for the 13th


Election day 2017.  Moonhowlings is endorsing Danica Roem, hands down.  Danica has plans. Her opponent has very few that don’t involve denying women their reproductive rights.

I first realized what a dynamic candidate Danica was when she nocked on my door last summer, before the primary. I went out, sat down, and an hour later, as she stood up to go, I realized how knowledgeable she was about our community.   Truthfully, I had thought western PWC might not be ready for identity politics.  Well, I was dead wrong.  Identity has little to do with Danica’s campaign.

Danica stopped by last night again.  She was exhausted after 10 hours of door knocking.   We chatted,  we gave her a bottle of water and she was on her way–2 more doors to knock on.  I have been very impressed with her dedication to winning, her tireless approach and her knowledge base.  Those attributes are what we need in Richmond.

Danica, may the force be with you as you win the 13th today.

As we head to the polls….

Here is the reality.  Those politicians who scream the loudest about being “pro-life” often  are the quickest to vote against medicaid for those around the poverty level.  Additionally, they often vote against food stamps, maternity programs and assistance so that single mothers can work.

Finally, most who shriek about “pro-life” issues are the first to start yammering about defunding Planned Parenthood.  In reality, this simply means denying Medicaid reimbursement for women seeking medical (not abortion) services at Planned Parenthood.

Newsflash- contraception is your best weapon against abortion.