Chip Tarbutton and Greg Aldridge
Thursday we brought you the hilarious news that Roanoke Tea Party President Chip Tarbutton was the recipient of an award for “Environmental Exceptionalism.” It came from a bizarre outfit called Virginia Green Menace, which in fact has close ties to the Roanoke Tea Party.
I knew this because Tea Party honcho Greg Aldridge is Tarbutton’s ever-present sidekick. And it was Aldridge who presented the award on behalf the Virginia Green Menace.
Well, it turns out, the ties are even more incestuous than that. For this information I have to credit J.M. White, a relatively recent — and valued — regular here. JM did some digging, and this is what turned up:
1. VirginiaGreenMenace.com seems to be little more than a seldom visited hole in the wall where around four or five people pass links back and forth (very rarely) to one another in fits of obsessive, paranoid, atta-boy grab-assing. They’ve had five comments on their posts since November of last year, with the most recent one being posted in January of this year. Two of those comments are from the site’s four regular contributors. Basically, when [Aldridge] told Dan he couldn’t talk because he was setting up an event, they were probably just waiting in line for a six-top to open up at Ryan’s.
2. And to put away forever the assertion that this is in any way a legitimate award: a whois search reveals that the VGM website was registered by one Leslie “Chip” Tarbutton on 5-30-2011. Surprise! Surprise!
Basically, this “Environmental Exceptionalism” prize is the equivalent of a bank president instructing his VP to give him a “Best Boss” award. So … I go back to my original comment on this thread:
“When they get tired of blowing smoke up others’ butts, they just blow it up their own.”
Thanks, J.M.! So it seems what we have here is an internet circle-jerk populated by a handful of people from the Roanoke Tea Party.
By the way folks, here’s the Network Solutions whois page where you can see for yourself who registered the domain.
On the same thread, Greg Aldridge responded:
“As for Chip registering the website, that is false. The website resides on My personal server because I started it. The Domain name got registered by Chip because I was locked out of my domain account the day I was setting it up and he offered to help using his account.”
Note: When I called Greg Aldridge about the award Thursday he said he couldn’t talk because he was too busy. But he denied the award was an outrageous joke, no matter how much it seemed to be. (He was in the middle of setting up a Tea Party luncheon in Roanoke for Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli).
In comments on the original post, Aldridge at first suggested the award was a satire aimed at Gene Marrano, for writing an article in the The Roanoke Star about himself (and others) receiving an award from the Cool Cities Coalition. But in later comments he insisted the award from VGM is real.