February 2005


14 Feb 2005 07:03 pm

Jay Nordlinger writes another important article about Cuba. My Mother’s best friend is Cuban and her family escaped Cuba during the early days of Fidel and I know that she cares about Cuba. CNN doesn’t however.

Here is a quote from Nordlinger’s article: “For reasons unknown, CNN declined to broadcast the protest, or to report on the matter at all. This dismayed and outraged the oppositionists. Several of them contend that CNN’s reporter promised that the protest would be reported. A spokeswoman for the network says that it is CNN policy never to make such a promise.”

12 Feb 2005 07:36 pm

I knew it last night…..just didn’t feel like commenting on it then. I predicted he wouldn’t resign and that the main stream media would not cover his disgusting remarks about the U.S. Military. I was wrong in one case and right in another.

That tape must have really been bad because Jordan was being protected by his network buds.

11 Feb 2005 01:40 pm

Jay Norlinger writes, “What is it about the Czechs and the Cubans? Why is it that the Czechs, almost uniquely, care about the lives of Cubans? I’ve written about this before, and intend to do so again — more expansively.
But not at this moment. For now, I’ll simply recap what you may well have heard: The EU — mainly at the urging of the new Socialist government in Spain — has suspended sanctions that it imposed on Cuba after Castro’s brutal crackdown in March 2003. Spain and much of the rest of the EU are eager for things to be hunky-dory again with the regime.

But the Czechs won an important concession. You see, after the crackdown, the EU embassies in Havana began to invite oppositionists and dissidents — those still unjailed — to receptions and the like. And the Spain-led EU was on the verge of banning those invitations, as Castro has insisted.
The Czechs said no: They said they would use their veto power in the EU Council of Foreign Ministers to prevent any ban on the dissidents. And Spain et al. were forced to back down. (To read a news article on the matter, please go here.)”

When my husband and I were stationed in Heidelberg, Germany I went on several outings/shopping trips with my fellow Army wives to the Czech Republic. We would get at least fifteen ladies together and drive to Grafenweir,Germany and rent a bus which would drive us to Karlovy Vary Karlovy is a beautiful Bohemian spa town and great for shopping. It had wonderful shops full of china, glass, porcelain and chandeliers and beautiful garnets. We enjoyed eating lunch at the Hotel Pupp. I know one thing that the Czechs love and that is Cuban cigars. For every visit to Karlovy I made I had to promise my husband to bring him back a Cuban cigar.

On one trip to Karlovy I forgot to bring my passport and didn’t discover that fact until we got to Graf. A friend of a friend who wasn’t going to Karlovy loaned me her passport and I was really crossing my fingers that the border guards wouldn’t look at the picture because the woman didn’t look anything like me. At the border in to the Czech Republic the border guard got on the bus and walked down the aisle quickly looking at passports.

I can’t remember what distracted the border guard but one of my friends dropped something out in the aisle and made a big to do picking it up and putting it back in the picnic basket. He just glanced at my passport which wasn’t opened to the photo and went on past me.

I will never forget my passport again. I was very lucky not to have to present it when we re-entered Germany from the Czech Republic. I hope to be able to go back and travel to other cities in the Czech Republic.

11 Feb 2005 09:21 am

This is Polly Miranda Mabry Stiles, daughter of Parham Poole and Nancy Caroline Payne Mabry and wife of Joseph Lafayette Stiles. She was the mother of Jemima Haseltine Stiles Whitmarsh and grandmother of my grandmother. It is obvious that she had Indian blood. I have been in contact with researchers who have discovered that her grandfather, Mathew Payne was one half Indian. He was a veteran of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 and one of Andrew Jackson’s Indian spies. (sorry about the condition of the picture. It is a copy of a copy) I post this photo just because I have been reading about the odious Ward Churchill’s claims that he has Native American ancestors although he doesn’t provide proof. Most Americans have some Indian blood I suspect but we don’t try to trade on it nor should we.

11 Feb 2005 06:24 am

Betsy Newmark discusses the New York Times article about Democrats on the hill taking lessons on “evangelical speak.”

“When will politicians learn not to pull back the curtain and expose their tactics? Now, every time a Democratic politician mentions values or God, people will be able to say “Aha, you’re just changing the way you speak because of that workshop you took on how to appeal to voters on values.”

It reminds me of when Newt Gingrich told the Republicans to use the word “frankly” when speaking to the press because it made them seem sincere. Listen to Gingrich. He can’t talk for three minutes without saying “frankly.”

Do they think that voters are totally stupid and are influenced simply by the semantics of how a politician speaks and not what he or she actually does? In these days of alternative media, Google, and mass opposition research, you can’t get away for long pretending to be something that you’re not.”

Very astute. I’ve noticed that Hillary Clinton has been trying to charm Republican senators from the first day of her term. Little items in the media mentioned her attending baby showers for Kaye Bailey Hutchinson, and of course visiting the troops (although they are not in the least impressed) She is definitely ahead of the rest of her fellow democrats in her so-called moderation and yet I know it’s all a ploy. We need to dedicate some blogs to swarm her every word in the next four years. The old media is not going to do it.

11 Feb 2005 05:04 am

Our house is still being renovated and we are still without a kitchen. For a while I tried making coffee using the only water source we have at present…the bathtub. Bathtub water is gross. The coffee tastes awful.

So if I need coffee I have to go out to get it which means I have to get up much earlier in order to get ready in time to go to school. This cold that seems to be lasting too long is also another burden. I actually would do better with a hot cup of tea.

Meanwhile, the house has been bricked up and the new rooms are getting the plaster today and soon the painting will occur.

10 Feb 2005 09:18 am

I’ve just finished reading Hugh Hewitt’s recently published book, Blog and it is as full of enthusiasm and political insight as the man himself.

Mr. Hewitt chronicles the history of blogs and the rise of the blogosphere by paralleling the rise of Luther and the Protestant Reformation. I rented the movie “Luther” recently and found it fascinating. Afterwards I got out my history books to read more about Luther and the Reformation. Hewitt makes the point that the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century has much in common with the rise of the Blogosphere in the twenty-first century.

In the sixteenth century before Luther and Gutenberg knowledge was held tightly by the powerful elite but after the advent of the printed page and Luther’s challenge to the Catholic Church the “established hierarchies” lost control.

The Blogs have made an impact on the old media (or Mainstream Media as Hewitt calls it) in just the past four years. No longer are NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN the only purveyors of information as over 4,000,000 Blogs and other websites are now in existance today challenging the old media monopoly.

Hewitt lists many examples of the impact of blogs on the old media, including Trent Lott’s remarks at the late Senator Strom Thurmond’s one-hundredth-birthday party which ended his career as Senate Majority Leader. This story was underplayed by the old media until blogs and the internet nudged them to cover it.

Hewitt writes about the biggest “blog-swarm” as of late which is Rathergate. Blogs were the first to accuse CBS’ 60 Minutes of using forged documents in a story last year on President Bush’s Vietnam-era National Guard service. The story was intended to influence the Presidential election and very well could have had there not been a big resistance put forth by bloggers. Hewitt names names as well in this fast-paced book. Powerline, Little Green Footballs, the blogger, Beldar and Buckhead, a poster at Free Republic were all instrumental in exposing the story as a fraud.

The current blog-storm concerns CNN news executive Eason Jordan’s remarks at Davos accusing the U.S. Military of targeting and killing twelve journalists. Hewitt may be something of a prophet because he covered in Blog Jordan’s earlier revelations that CNN did not cover some stories about atrocities in Iraq over the past dozen years in order to keep access in Iraq. Hewitt rightly calls that lack of journalism ethics “toadyism.”

Websites used to remain static with just a few changes every few days to a month but with the advent of blogs information can be updated in minutes and spread like wildfire and Hewitt ecourages not only individuals but businesses to get in on the groundfloor. But he stresses “Trust.”

The major political blogs have influence on politics today because they are trustworthy. If a mistake is made it is corrected quickly. Bloggers call one another to account. That is rarely done in the lumbering, slow Main Stream Media. In fact the Washington Post is resisting calls from the White House to correct a story about Medicare costs. The correction has not occurred thus far but the Blogs have not yet swarmed.

Hewitt lists many successful, influential blogs with their names and URLs and I can type their addresses into my laptop as I have the book beside me. Not only is Blog an over-all explanation of blogs and their potential but it is a yearbook of the classes of blogs thus far. I am looking forward to another book in a few years about the state of Blogs.

I discovered Hugh Hewitt’s radio show in 2001 while my husband and I were stationed overseas. He quickly put up a website which evolved into a blog. I know that I am not the only person who can call myself “progeny” because there is now a blogroll of bloggers who were inspired to start blogs because of Mr. Hewitt’s influence. We link and read and communicate and are informed by each other as well as by old and traditional media outlets.

The information reformation is an apt term for the rise of the blogosphere and Mr. Hewitt is a blogger extraordinaire.

One more comment about Blog. The book jacket is blue with orange letters. Complementary colors. A complementary color is a color directly opposite another on a color wheel and providing the greatest chromatic contrast to it. As an art teacher I approve because these two colors together are exciting and vivid….just like Hewitt’s book. It’s a great read!

Thanks Hugh for linking the review. Welcome Hugh Hewitt visitors!

08 Feb 2005 08:48 pm

Yes, Hugh Hewitt. Blogging is growing in my family.

08 Feb 2005 04:52 am

I wrote last night that Kurtz, Woodruff and Jordan will have to start wearing disguises in order not to speak about Jordan’s shameful allegations that the U.S. Military targeted and murdered twelve journalists. Well, in this article in the Washington Post Howard Kurtz comes down on the side of Eason Jordan. Kurtz seems to be trying to wash his hands of the controversy by handling it with kid gloves. Hugh Hewitt says he likes Howard Kurtz and Laura Ingraham has him on her radio show all the time but he is a liberal who supports liberals. I don’t get bloggers’ love for this man. This article is an apologetic for Jordan. Kurtz has removed the word “targeted.”
He writes that David Gergen had a sort of-gasp. What is that?

Eason Jordan spoke to Kurtz for his article. He has not made himself available for any other interviews. I don’t wonder why that is.

07 Feb 2005 04:17 pm

So says Hugh Hewitt. Now that at least five people (David Gergen, Christopher Dodd, Barney Frank, Rony Abovitz, and Rebecca MacKinnon) have confirmed Eason Jordan’s outrageous accusations that the U.S. Military has targeted and murdered twelve journalists why is Howard Kurtz and company not touching the story?

I think I know. It’s simply this: Conservatives cannot make explosive and hateful allegations about people or institutions but Liberals can. Eason Jordan’s statements in the past confirms that he has an animus against the U.S. Military. His statements in Davos were not the first time he has accused the United States Military of targeting and killing journalists.

That a CNN elite such as Jordan is hiding from these allegations is not surprising. We had to endure CNN International and its anti-American reporting for three years while my husband and I were stationed in Germany. During that time Eason Jordan has now admitted that he didn’t report on Saddam Hussein’s atrocities for fear of losing access.

Well, not only that. Most of the reporting on the U.S., especially during the 2000 election was outrageously biased. With a history like that it is not surprising that Jordan will not speak on the subject. CNN International and Eason Jordan want to hang on to their ability to influence European and global thought and American politics. Based on my viewing of the extremely anti-American CNN International for three years I predict that this is going to be a big stonewall.

Jordan and his minions will not back down. Judy Woodruff can pretend not to know about Jordan’s statements every day for the next year but we know she knows and probably knew even before Jon Lauck informed her.

I wonder if Woodruff, Jordan and Kurtz take to wearing disguises when going to public places so as not to be questioned by energetic bloggers about Jordan’s despicable statements.

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