‘I’ll bust your nose’

Elmer Underwood: Consider yourself warned

Elmer Underwood of Indian Valley believes the best way to deal with elected officials is to threaten them.

During a public hearing two years ago, Underwood told the board of supervisors that the best way to treat them for raising real estate taxes “involves tar, feathers and a rail.”

“I got rails out on my truck,” he told the board.  “I got enough for each of you and I know what to do with them.”

At this week’s public hearing on a proposed ordinance banning development on the county’s ridge lines — a move that would stop construction of proposed wind turbine generators on Wills Ridge and other places in the county — Underwood issued another threat:

They way I look at it, if I want to put one (a wind generator) in my field or something, that’s my business and it ain’t none of y’all’s business.  As long as it’s legal and all, I think I ought to be able to do it.  But if y’all can stop me on that I’ll tell you one thing.  If any one of you ever come over there to me and jump on me about something, I’ll bust your nose.

In public hearings in some other county, town or city, a threat like that can lead to arrest, handcuffs and time in front of a judge.  But this is Floyd County and, shucks, everyone knows Elmer and we’re all used to those sorts of things.

Yeah, everyone knows Elmer and those who know him best say that if you get in his face he will bust your nose…and a few other things.

Which may explain why candidates for office, as a general rule, don’t drop by his farm to ask for his vote.

Elmer Underwood: Consider yourself warned


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8 thoughts on “‘I’ll bust your nose’”

    • I wish no harm or ill on Elmer but to resort to violence won’t solve anything. There is nothing “cute” or “homey” about threatening someone else. I’m hoping he is a nice man who would give you the shirt off his back if you need it, but he is scary to me.

  1. Elmer’s threat has some of that downhome 1878 ‘charm’ when it comes to sharp-edged rails, tar and feathers; I.E., the ‘right stuff’ that made America great and not the AmeriKa of present that’s being cratered into the ground by a bunch of ever-scheming, duplicitous, bureaucratic crimpol pansies.

    It’s too bad at least 50% of America’s working and taxpaying citizens don’t have more of Elmer’s grit when it comes to choosing candidates and running their lives the way they see fit within the law as long as it’s not liberty robbing laws engineered by these aforereferenced effete, overly educated idiots that haven’t labored an honest days worth of work in their mortal lives.

    Hooyah to…”Elmer Underwood” and to others of the same stripe nationwide! He keeps them regulation makers along with their arcane, freedom destroying ‘law-making’ agendas on their toes…no? 😀

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. I gotta say I agree with Elmer, and yes I’d don’t know him at all but I’d bet he would be right there if you needed help with something, nice going Elmer stick up for what you think, we need more of You!

  3. When people work hard their entire lives, pay outrageous property tax rates just to maintain ownership, and then are told what they can do on their “own” land, they have a right to be pissed off. It’s enough to make someone think twice about even owning property.

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