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George Allen and the Fifth Quarter
Posted by: Jon Henke on Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Along with a somewhat strained accusation of racism — about which reasonable people may disagree — Senator George Allen is being unfairly criticized in another area. At Huffington Post, they write that "Senator Allen’s sister, Jennifer Allen, documents many cases of her brother’s bullying in her book "Fifth Quarter: The Scrimmage of a Football Coach's Daughter" and post excerpts which are not terribly flattering to Senator Allen — at least, if you think the actions of somebody's teenage brother are still relevant to public policy.

Left unmentioned by The Huffington Post:
Reached by phone in Los Angeles, [Jennifer Allen] Richard said the pool cue incident was a joke. Allen was simply testing her boyfriend's reflexes.

As for the dentist quote, she said the book was written from the perspective of a young girl surrounded by older brothers and a larger-than-life father. She called it "a novelization of the past."

A part-time journalist and mother of three, [Jennifer Allen] Richard said she has a great relationship with her brother. When she got married, Allen filled in for her deceased father and walked her down the aisle.
So, this would be the "A Million Little Pieces" version of George Allen's childhood.

There's been — and will be — a lot of inferential mud thrown at Senator Allen over the past year or so. Unfortunately, some very tenuous threads have coalesced into a narrative. Best that those inferences and accusations be addressed head-on now than that they be allowed to grow unchallenged.
 
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Perhaps you’d like to explain the "jokes" behind this tidbit in her book:

"Referring to George’s early leadership skills, Jennifer wrote: “We all obeyed George. If we didn’t, we knew he would kill us. Once, when Bruce refused to go to bed, George hurled him through a sliding glass door. Another time, when Gregory refused to go to bed, George tackled him and broke his collarbone. Another time, when I refused to go to bed, George dragged me up the stairs by my hair.” [Fifth Quarter: The Scrimmage of a Football Coach’s Daughter, page 22]"

You essentially accused the Huffington Report of distorting the story by cherry picking.

It seems to me you have done exactly that.

But maybe I’m just humor challenged about throwing someone through a glass door and dragging someone by their hair.



 
Written By: rjw
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It doesn’t really matter, he is not going to be the nominee, in fact though, I think he will be the front runner to be the VP.
 
Written By: kyle N
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rjw, I think you missed this part:
she said the book was written from the perspective of a young girl surrounded by older brothers and a larger-than-life father. She called it "a novelization of the past."
 
Written By: ChrisB
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Reasonable people can differ about whether calling a dark-skinned person a monkey is racist?

Whatever you’re smoking, pass some this way.
 
Written By: jpe
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Reasonable people can differ about whether calling a dark-skinned person a monkey is racist?
Reasonable people can disagree about whether he knew the meaning of what is, frankly, a pretty obscure word — you know english, but do you know every obscure english racial epithet? — and whether he used it as a racial epithet. If one assumes was familiar with the word, wouldn’t he be familiar with its target? It’s a racial epithet addressed to blacks from Northern Africa. Sidarth is neither.

If I verbally called you a ’brona’, and you informed me that the word ’brona’ is a racial epithet — and I assume I just made the word up — could reasonable people disagree about whether it was racist? Yeah. And since the intent was not racial, then it would not, in fact, be racist — although, you would certainly feel slighted, and an explanation would be in order.
 
Written By: Jon Henke
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"A novelization of the past"???

Just what the heck does that mean? Novels, of course, are at least partly fiction. Is she confessing to making up some or all of that stuff?
 
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I can think of a million reasons why the sister is now changing her story, and most of them have to do with the backlash of being honest about it in public. It’s not a tenous thread. It’s his sister, being very detailed and specific in her allegations.

She called it "a novelization of the past."

Was she lying before, or is she being pressured into lying now?
 
Written By: glasnost
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I was rather surprised at the line "about which reasonable people may disagree". To me it seems the only ones who’d disagree are some very creepy people, but then they fail on both counts of reasonable and people, don’t they?
For me, i am more ashamed at the efforts of the rep hacks who are trying to whitewash (no pun intended) the affair.
 
Written By: kumar
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Jon Henke -

How disengenuous.

Allen is fluent in French. His mother speaks French and he studied it the language in college. The word he used was a French word. He surely knew the meaning - both times he said it.

Even if he didn’t know the meaning of the word, then why follow the phrase with "Welcome to America"?

Why would you insult someone with a word you just ’made up’?

 
Written By: Kwijibo
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More than a french insult, it’s particular to Northern Africans. Mr. Allen’s mother is a native french speaker from tunisia, in Northern Africa. The odds of such an obscure insult being known to me, here in N. Va. are slim indeed, but the odds of someone of Mr. Allen’s upbringing knowing the word and it’s use are quite high. Reasonable minds can differ, but here it seems likely he knew it and used it that way on purpose.
 
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