February 2005

24 Feb 2005 04:58 am

I guess this is no surprise but the Washington Post is identifying with the enemy again.

22 Feb 2005 06:27 pm

There is nary a line without some slime. Snarky to the nth power. I am going to dissect this.

First Lady flying the flag as sour ally closes ranks
(Sour Times writer obviously loves writing mean things about President Bush.)

By Roger Boyes of the Times Online.

German city takes action to stem rising tide of hostility.
(They are letting their students and employees stay home.)

LAURA BUSH put in some of the groundwork yesterday for her husband’s conciliatory visit to Old Europe by praising the hospitality offered by Germany to US troops. She did so in a hangar at the Ramstein airbase, surrounded by 3,000 servicemen and so thoroughly sealed off from the rest of Germany that it might as well have been an offshore island. (I’ve been to Ramstein many times and it is a large airbase inside a forest. There is not a large city nearby. Ramstein AB’s east gate is about 16 kilometers, or 10 miles, from Kaiserslautern [K-Town]. Other nearby civilian communities include Ramstein-Miesenbach, just outside the base’s west gate, and Landstuhl, about five kilometers from the west gate.)

“Germany is a close friend and ally of the United States,” she said as the army families nodded and waved their paper flags. But in truth Germany, for their visiting President, is largely an abstraction. (What an obtuse statement! How can this writer know what is in President Bush’s mind. Who does he think he is? Douglas Wead?)

President Bush, who arrives in nearby Mainz today, will be riding and (briefly) walking through an empty city. Yesterday, it was starting to resemble a fortress, not just because of the legitimate fear of terrorist attack, but also because of German nervousness that the President might experience some of the lingering hostility to his policies. (Well, which is it? Fear of terrorism or fear of German hatefulness? My husband and I were stationed in Germany from 1999 - 2002 and Clinton came to visit before his term was up and everything was shut down for him too. I remember sitting on the autobahn for hours because of his Slickness.)

“We intend to make our voice heard,” a defiant Tina Kernter, of the organising committee of No Welcome to Bush, said. The anger at Iraq, at Kyoto and the repression of human rights, she said, has been enough to unite various tribes, from Attack to Pax Christi, into a huge swelling protest in Mainz today. (Tribes? Tribes? What? The Saxons and the Picts?)

In fact there is only the slimmest chance of Mr Bush even glimpsing a flushed anti-American face. (Oh, give me a break. President Bush faces that at every press conference!)

The Rhine — Europe’s busiest waterway — will be blocked to traffic for the seven hours of the presidential visit. The airspace over Mainz will, in a 37-mile (60km) circumference, become a no-fly zone and, as a police inspector reminded television viewers, it is now fully legal to shoot down any private aircraft that strays across the invisible line. Trains, too, will be paralysed. “This is not the way to make friends in Germany,” Hartmut Mehdorn, the head of German Railways, grumbled. (What a joke that man is. I used to take the train from Heidelberg to Stuttgart but I stopped soon after September 11th because looney tunes like Tina Kernter laid down on the tracks to protest against our invasion of Afghanistan. Once it took them two hours to get the idiots off the tracks.)

All school classes have been cancelled. Mobile phone coverage may be restricted. The Opel factory is to be closed for the day. “We will lose 750 cars,” a spokesman said. (My goodness. I’m sure the kids are so disappointed to have to stay home from school and the employees must be devastated to have to miss work. If Opel loses 750 cars shouldn’t environmentalists be rejoicing and hailing President Bush?)

Personal mailboxes have been dismantled in much of the city. Residents along the motorcade route have been told to lower their shutters and not to stray on to the balcony, even to smoke a cigarette. Police say, with a hint of menace, that this will “prevent misunderstandings”. Police marksmen can apparently get the wrong end of the stick. (Hint…hint….Germans are against smoking outdoors. As for personal mailboxes in most areas of cities the Germans have those block mailboxes which require a key to open. I don’t recall seeing very many personal mailboxes outside of German homes or even outside apartments. This guy is really reaching….but I wonder if they are removing the real danger?)

A stonemason with a stock of granite gravestones 200 metres from a possible presidential access road has been ordered to remove his stock. Some 1,300 manhole covers — that is, a cover for every accredited correspondent in the city — have been sealed tight. (Ooohh! The outrage!

Mr Bush had reportedly requested a town hall meeting with the Germans to flush to the surface some of the transatlantic differences. (subliminable reference to those ugly urinal stickers that Andrew Moore probably faxed to some of his comrades.)

Instead, Berlin proposed a short question-and-answer session with bright, uncontroversial graduates dubbed Young Leaders. No walkabout, then, even though that is probably the President’s most natural form of political expression. (Yes, President Bush does walk his talk. But Young Leaders? Is that kind of like Eason Jordan’s group that Bret Stephens belongs to? Ooh. They might be a little more controversial than one would think.)

Friendship and conciliation is to be the mood music in Mainz and the various disagreements — on Iran, Iraq and China — will no doubt be swaddled in euphemism during the after-lunch briefings. (I wonder why that is? Could it be that President Bush was right and Old Europe was wrong and now President Bush is being gracious to his lessers? As for mood music give them a little Tex Ritter.)

There was no mistaking the sourness of the German press; in the newspapers at least, the spirit of anti-Americanism will be heard. Mrs Bush visited eight wounded soldiers yesterday just flown in from Iraq. Der Spiegel magazine noted the fact and added: “The President himself does not like such visits . . . nor does he go to the funerals of fallen Americans.” (Roger Boyes glories in this paragraph but it seems somewhat ungrammatical. Actually First Lady Laura Bush visited about twenty wounded troops according to Fox News. Der Spiegel magazine simply gets it wrong….President Bush goes often to visit with wounded troops but doesn’t go to individual funerals. I am sure he doesn’t want to put the focus of attention on him but to give it to the grieving families but I am just a blogger so what do I know?)

22 Feb 2005 04:12 pm

This 23 year old Muslim man graduated from the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, Virginia. I have a friend who used to work as a school nurse at the Islamic Academy but after September 11 she realized that the sentiment at the academy was extremely anti-American. She was shocked and disgusted and she quit her job.

21 Feb 2005 07:18 pm

Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for a living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.

Today, Judge Greer issued an order stating that the 2nd District Court of Appeal’s mandate does not automatically authorize Michael Schiavo to discontinue Terri’s feeding tube without further authorization from the Court.

The order further states that Michael Schiavo is stayed from removing Terri’s feeding tube until after the hearing set for Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005.

Today, George Felos faxed a letter to Judge Greer stating that Greer no longer has jurisdiction to issue further stays and that Schiavo will proceed the remove the feeding tube on Feb 22 at 1:00 pm. Felos indicated that he will authorize hospice to remove her feeding tube tomorrow despite Greer’s order.

Wow, can an attorney do this? The judge ordered a stay and now Michael Schiavo is saying they will kill her anyway?

Tomorrow Michael Schiavo plans on pulling the feeding tube from his wife, Terri. This is unbelievable. Unbelivable that all the judges in the land are turning their backs on her.

21 Feb 2005 04:45 am

Doug Wead made secret recordings of then Governor Bush as he made plans to run for President. Although President Bush came off well in the tapes Wead just seems like a back-stabbing opportunist.

He shouldn’t have messed with one of Barbara Bush’s kids. She will not be pleased with Wead.

21 Feb 2005 04:38 am

I very much doubt it. George Herbert Walker Bush is a very gracious man but I wonder if Clinton is starting to get on his nerves. I saw the interviews of the two on television yesterday. Hillary is “moderating” her views and Bill is getting along with the Bush family. Hillary is running for President in oh eight.

20 Feb 2005 06:04 am

Tomorrow is “Presidents Day.” The students are out of school but the teachers work. It would be nice to think that we will be having some staff development about presidential history but I won’t hold my breath.

As Americans we all have historical connections known or unknown to our Presidents. I recently discovered a connection to President Andrew Jackson through my ancestor, Mathew Payne. Here it is:

This is from the Annals of Northwest Alabama, Into the Hills…….

The patriotic heritage of Winstonians was further enhanced with the arrival of some of the original patriots-the veterans of the American Revolution.

Jacob Pruet was the first, arriving in 1825. He was soon followed by Andrew Nelson, Stephen Garrison and Matthew Payne. Andrew Nelson, a native of York County, Pennsylvania, served as a private in Tate’s Virginia Troops. He died November 1, 1850, at age 88 and was buried in a woodland cemetery about one-fourth mile north of Mack Wolfe’s home on the Double Springs-Addison highway.

Stephen Garrison was a private in Captain Anthony Sharp’s Company of the 4th North Carolina Regiment who died in 1841 at age 84.

Matthew Payne was a veteran of both the Revolution and the War of 1812 but his unit in the Revolution is not known. He was born in Pennsylvania about 1763 and died in Winston on August 17, 1856. Both he and Stephen Garrison are buried in a five-grave cemetery about two miles northeast of Pleasant Hill.


Matthew Payne was one of the most interesting Winston settlers. According to family legend, he volunteered as a youth in the Revolutionary War, was wounded in the shoulder and lost an eye by a British saber thrust at Brandywine. He was at Yorktown when the British surrendered.

By 1783 he was in Davidson County, Tennessee, where he received a land grant of 640 acres on the north side of the Cumberland River at the mouth of Gaspers Creek. In Davidson County he married Amelia (Milly) Cooper on June 17, 1791.

By 1811 Matthew Payne and family were residents of Madison County, Missisippi Territory (now Alabama), where court records indicate he was active in land speculation, traffic in furs, hides, and frontier commodities, often in partnership with his son, John B. Payne.

According to an affidavit on file in the National Archives, executed by him November 7, 1850, at Lawrence County, Alabama, he volunteered in the War with the Creek Nation of Indians in 1813 in the regiment commanded by Colonel John Coffee. He was in Captain Russell’s Company, one of General Andrew Jackson’s spy companies, and was mustered into service at Fort Williams on the Coosa River a short time before the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.

He stated that he had “followed the Army from home with his son John B. Payne (now dead) and upon catching up with it, at Fort Williams, he found Gen. Jackson there in command, who was his neighbor and friend at home and that gallant and distinguished soldier, knowing affiant’s qualities as an experienced woodsman, frontierman, and Indian fighter, pressed him to enlist in Captain Russell’s Company of Volunteers, who acted as Spies, and affiant did so, and continued in actual service in the War with the Creek Nation of Indians until the Battle of the Horse Shoe (Horseshoe Bend) on the Tallapoosa River, on the 27th March 1813 (March 27, 1814) in which battle affiant was left among the wounded at Fort Williams where he remained unable to be moved for about forty days, afterwards he was carried to Fort Strother, and thence home, an invalid for life……

Affiant was left at Fort Williams by General Jackson’s order with his son, John B. Payne to attend on him, where it was expected he would have died in consequence of his wound….” He was placed on the pension rolls April, 1816, at $96 per annum. In August 1854 he executed a power of attorney appointing a representative in Washington D.C., “my true and lawful agent and attorney to prosecute the claim of my pension for any amt. of Revolutionary Pension or increase of pension that may be due….”

The judge of the Hancock County, Court of Alabama certified on September 11, 1856, that Matthew Payne died in that county on August 17, 1856, leaving a widow, Milly. Preston Payne (another son) was named attorney for the widow. He was buried in what is now a five-grave cemetery about two miles northeast of Pleasant Hill in Range 8 West, Township 9 South, Section 19, the same cemetery containing the grave of Stephen Garrison.’

16 Feb 2005 07:27 pm

I’m ordering this book, Back in Action by David Rozelle. He is going back to lead men again in Iraq after having lost his foot in action a few years ago.

Today the military knows a good man when it sees one. Back in 1994 when my husband was in Somalia his XO’s son, a yearling at West Point was in a terrible car accident while returning home to West Point from Spring Break and he lost his arm. He was an excellent cadet and West Point let him stay long enough to finish out the year while he was recovering at Walter Reed. We were all so disappointed when he had to leave because he loved West Point and before the accident had such great hopes. He was instrumental in encouraging my son to go to West Point and had the military been a little smarter they could have kept a great leader in their ranks.

The young man finished school at Notre Dame and also took up golf!

16 Feb 2005 05:52 pm

John Podhoretz just told Hugh Hewitt that an impeccable source told him that Bret Stephens wrote the odd Wall Street Journal editorial of the other day. That snotty one. Stephens wrote it. I just heard Stephens on Hugh Hewitt last hour and he really seems to have a chip on his shoulder.

16 Feb 2005 05:41 pm

I found the link to this article on Betsy’s Page. Betsy wants to be the baker. I already chose a cafe when I started this blog. I like to view the blogosphere as a city market because there are so many selections and specialized blogs.

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