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.