against the U.S. mail ...
The more you read about Sen. George Allen, the more you reach a plain, inescapable conclusion.
George Allen hates the U.S. Mail.
Mailboxes are considered federal property, and federal law (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1705), makes it a crime to vandalize them (or to injure, deface or destroy any mail deposited in them). Violators can be fined up to $250,000, or imprisoned for up to three years, for each act of vandalism.
But does that stop George Allen?
According to recent reports, George Allen vandalized a mailbox and possibly endangered the mail inside.
Dr. Ken Shelton, a radiologist who was a tight end and wide receiver for the University of Virginia in the early 1970s when Allen was quarterback. He said Allen not only used the n-word frequently but also once stuffed a severed deer head into a black family's mailbox.
Clearly this action was meant to intimidate and strike fear into innocent people. Like letter carriers. And it may have violated the family's sacred right to their mail, regardless of rain, slow, sleet etc. Allen caused dire fright to Mr McFeeley, the Black family’s longtime letter carrier. From his home in Pipestem, WV, McFeeley said:
It was a cool fall day, and I was just going about my business, when I round the corner and see a big ol’ severed deer head in the mailbox. Now I’ve seen a lot of things on my mail route, and even delivered some of ‘em. But I aint never seen nothing like that before. Dang near scared the bejeesus out of me. Of course I called the Postal Inspectors right away. And you better belive I kept a keen lookout for the rest of the deer. There’s an old legend of the headless horseman and now, to this day on cool, fall, misty mornings, you can hear the distant hoofbeats of the headless buck.
Upon hearing that the deer head was stuffed into the mailbox by Senator Allen as a prank, McFeeley fell silent for quite some time, then spat off his porch and murmured under his breath “what a jackass.”
UPDATE: The first version of this post referred to the family as "the Black family." In fact, news reports say that the severed head was stuffed into the mailbox of an African American family (a black family.) This of course, explains the relevance of the "n-" word , which stumped this blogger. When informed of the actual situation Letter Carrier McFeeley was heard to say, "what a racist jackass."