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Glory in the flower

It's November and, as longtime readers of the KOTCB blog already know, that means the annual gridiron contest between Episcopal High School (AKA The High School) and Woodberry Forest School (AKA The Forest) was fought out a few weeks ago. This was year 119 and, being the odd year, the struggle took place in Alexandria at the imposing Hummel Bowl which was donated 50 years ago by an alum who credited the moral and academic training he received at EHS with much of his future success in the game of life. For graduates of these two institutions this is the only football game that really matters and there are countless hours of engagement, reminiscence and daydreaming spent on the Maroon vs. the Tigers battle which they call "The Game." No matter how good or bad the teams regular season has been up to the 2nd Saturday in November a victory or loss in "The Game" can salvage or destroy its standing.

This year my nephew suited up and ran the ball for 150 yards and a t…

Deer Life in Clown World

In early October, just before bow season starts, the whitetail deer are plentiful and playful in my part of the world. They're everywhere and since no one is trying to kill them (yet) they are quite bold and nonchalant in their meandering around the land, devouring crops and damaging property. This is the time of year when several unfortunate people will die as a result of a careless deer leaping into the road and smashing through the windshield at 50 MPH or (worse) forcing a car off the road and into a tree in an effort to avoid hurting the skittish animal. Noble and silent they hide out in the woods during the day, but at night they step out into the open fields and gather in herds 10-20 strong to roam the land. Go outside for a sunrise walk and you'll see them grazing on yonder hillside or strolling along the lake shore sniffing the air. They run, they jump and, from time to time, they get their hoof tangled in a wire fence where they dangle, prone and vulnerable, waiting …

Bushwood is burning

The art of playing it where it lies.

The rules are:

1. PLAY GOLF
2. STAY FOCUSED
3. BE PARANOID
4. BE PASSIONATE
5. GO AGAINST THE TIDE
6. GO WITH YOUR GUT
7. WORK WITH PEOPLE YOU LIKE
8. BE LUCKY
9. GET EVEN
10. ALWAYS HAVE A PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT

That's from DJT's #1 Best Selling book Trump: The Art of the Comeback which details how the future President of the United States clawed his way back to glory and super wealth after losing it all (on paper) due to divorce and a '90's "depression" in the NYC real estate market. There are those who find The Donald's beliefs "odd" and this Top 10 list is just the tippy-top peak of a mammoth iceberg of belief like the kind of thing you find floating off the coast of Greenland. It's a well developed design for living born of disciplined parenting and hard knock disappointment and betrayal and the Elvis from Queens has no trouble discussing, in detail, the foundation of his worldly philosophy.  In the v…

They are the eggmen

This will probably make me sound like a sociopath but on the morning of September 12, 2001 I woke up just like any other day, put on my suit and walked through Central Park to my midtown office to begin a days work. It was quiet in the city and not many people were "on the job" so I called my boss on the phone and asked him, "what's up? Seems like no one's working today." There was a confused pause on the other end of the line and then a gentle suggestion that I just take the week off and go spend some time with my wife and kids. So that's where my head was at the day after the 9/11 terror attacks and the reason, as I understand it, is simple enough - I was in NYC for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and 2/26 was just another day in the Big Apple. The City didn't stop! We didn't "let the terrorist win." I was taking in a matinee screening of James Cameron's "The Abyss" (appropriately enough as it turns out) and when I…

Four Arguments for the Elimination of...

When I returned home from a week at the beach this summer my 10 year old 32" LCD TV was on the fritz. Oh, it still turned on, and the sound worked, I could flip through the channels but the color was whack because the "brightness" was saturating everything on the screen. It was unwatchable, but I watched it anyway because I'm lazy and I mostly keep it on for background noise listening to news or weather reports. After a month of this admittedly poor situation my wife demanded that I do something about it and so, being cheap, I tried to get it repaired. The TV repair shop I patronized for years has closed its doors so I had to visit the TV dealership for a diagnostic examination where I was told that a simple power supply replacement would cost $150 and replacing the board or chips would be $300+ if the discontinued parts could be found. I might as well buy a new one so I did - 43" LED flat as a pancake and light enough to lift with one hand all for $229 and it…

This election is a jo(((k)))e

Have you visited Joe Biden's Twatter feed? He typed out a doozy the other day:
This election is not a joke. pic.twitter.com/nkIg4eCpkK — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 24, 2019 If this election is NOT a joke then how could it be that Lunch Bucket Joe Biden is even in the race to say nothing about leading the field? The #FakeNews is lying their teeth out right now trying to kill off the Biden candidacy by citing Monmouth University's polling "outlier" claiming a 3 way tie between Biden, Crazy Bernie and Pocahontas - it's bullshit. Joe Biden is ahead by double digits and he's going to stay ahead all the way to Iowa and New Hampshire because he's tied up the Union and Black vote so none of these other clowns have a chance of beating him. Once he wins in Iowa and NH he will slay them all in South Carolina and the Democrat race for the nomination will he over.


This will be an amazing achievement because, it must be said, Joe Biden is completely incapable and un…

“fine people” on BOTH SIDES

One of the most unusual and controversial #MAGA boosters is a former bank and telecom employee + cartoonist (Dilbert) named Scott Adams who became infamous for predicting a Trump victory in the 2016 presidential contest and has been patiently explaining the success enjoyed by The Elvis from Queens to his faithful audience. Using his television appearances, daily video/podcast exhortations, blog posts and twitter feed Mr. Adams gives a rational argument to the irrational success of DJT based on the art of persuasion, sales technique and what he calls a "talent stack" that made the seemingly impossible happen. He is a Man of the Left ("I'm left of Bernie") and just like his idiotic rational for Obama's "Master Wizard" strategy to beat ISIS in 2015 he's always exploring innovative ways to explain, using reason, uncomfortable truths like 1. free will is an illusion 2. we live in a computer generated simulation 3. Jeffrey Epstein's suicide is …

...all in the name of ambition!

Dear Reader,
I would like to point out that we are living through a unique and original moment in literary history and someday the tweets and retweets of our FWPOTUS Donald J. Trump will be collected, cataloged and bound in some heretofore uninvented form of "book" with hyperlinks, video/audio playback and a fully annotated QAnon appendices in recognition of what must by now be admitted to be a prolonged work of omnipotent (and very stable) genius.


I started this blog post last Sunday after Jeff Epstein's murder in Federal lockup was reported on Saturday AM and Trump retweeted the comedian Terrence K. Williams riffing on the obvious suspicions that Hillbilly whacked the Stein to shut down any legal proceeding that would expose their association with the sex trafficking extortionist. Mr. Williams is NOT a conspiracy theorists, which the #FakeNews insisted on labeling him, but an Afro-American funnyman whos ribaldry has a decidedly #MAGA slant. But I am a conspiracy theor…

8/8 = double infinity Honk Honk

"MSNBC analyst Frank Figliuzzi drew a numerical connection on Monday between neo-Naziism and the Trump administration's decision to fly flags at half-mast until Aug. 8 in honor of the victims of a pair of mass shootings."

Mr. Figliuzzi is a former FBI assistant director... for Counterintelligence.

"The numbers 88 are very significant in neo-Nazi and white supremacy movement. Why? Because the letter ‘H’ is the eighth letter of the alphabet, and to them the numbers 8-8 together stand for ‘Heil Hitler.’ So we’re going to be raising the flag back up at dusk on 8/8."
"No one is thinking about this," he added.

I'm thinking about it. I'm thinking real hard. And I'm not thinking about it to make fun of Frank's TDS or to joke about the #FakeNews shit (there's no other word for it) that MSNPC puts out over the airwaves and internet. I'm thinking about the possible reality that Stephen Miller is sending a very high pitched "dog whistle…