Wednesday, November 23, 2011

There has been much mirth and appreciation expressed over my use of an illustration of a red herring. What "red herring" meant in the 70s.

Glad y'all liked it. But there is another, thankfully much more obscure, meaning of red herring which comes down in the unwritten lore of the anti-war movement of the 60s and 70s. To wit,

Red Herring: A committed communist lesbian who consistently fails to wash her private parts, thus stinking inevitably of fish, often to the attraction of hungry stray four-legged cats.

Whether I was referring to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney with this particular definition of red herring, or whether Maloney was herself communicating in code to her sisters, I'll leave to your wonderment.

Red herrings, circa early 1970s.


Mt Top Patriot said...

You forgot Hanoi Jane, Bill Ayers murderer/spouse/active violent militant,(and obama's Chicago neighbor Bernadine Dorne). And who could leave out the pants suit. A full grown red carp wouldn't do this fine outstanding disciple of Saul Alynski justice.

Mt Top Patriot said...

It could be called a pink herring too.
A Code Pink Herring.

Dave said...

More often than not I enjoy a refreshing beverage of some type while reading your blog, Mister Vanderboegh. The timing of drinking and reading becomes a factor regarding posts like this.

Anonymous said...

Don't go here. Not needed, and distracts from the good work you are doing thats far more important, Mike.