August 15, 2005
Texans: 1, Hippies: 0

The Post this morning carried a similar story:

A man fired a shotgun into the air as about 60 anti-war protesters held a religious service on the road to President Bush's ranch.

Sheriff's deputies and Secret Service agents in the area of the demonstration site Sunday rushed to the home of Larry Mattlage after the shots were fired but did not arrest him.

``I ain't threatening nobody, and I ain't pointing a gun at nobody,'' Mattlage said. ``This is Texas.''

I'm beginning to think mom's right... the White House press corps, never the most tolerant of groups, is well and truly pissed off at GW for dragging them out into the Middle of Nowhere Texas for his extended vacation. August is bad enough for political newsies, since everyone goes on vacation in the nation's captial around then (traffic is glorious right now). Instead of having nothing particular to report whilst in the middle of a comparatively urbane place with night clubs and a first-rate theater district, they've got nothing in particular to report on a ranch in the sticks of Texas. For five weeks.

So I guess, now that I think about it, when a crazy woman showed up and starting ranting about not paying her taxes and impeaching GW and pushing the Israelis out into the sea and how all she really wanted to do was give the president a good ear-boxing and then go home... it was as if all the press corps' irritations, anxieties, elitism, and grousing had precipitated magically into an unreasonable loon from California. This was way more interesting than the pool on how long it took Helen Thomas to shrink another two inches!

Even better, after attracting her own cotiere of sub-loons like a bug light in birkenstocks, she's even starting to piss off the locals. Considering that people move out to west Texas precisely to get away from everyone, having several dozen surly reporters with their stupendous amounts of gear suddenly followed up by several dozen ill-prepared do-gooders... well, it's enough to make a rancher just fire off his shotgun a few times, let them all know who's really boss.

I'm not, however, going to wish the press would hurry up and find something interesting on which to report. The last time I did that was over the frenzy growing up about Chandra Levy in August of 2001. They'll find traction on something else eventually. In the meantime, pass the popcorn...

Posted by scott at August 15, 2005 12:06 PM

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You still don't seem to understand. When Ms. Sheehand came to the Western White House she was by herself. Perfectly peaceful and willing to stay in her tent. I don't know exactly when all the extreme left wing stuff started but I wonder what would have happened if someone in her group decided to fire a shotgun in the air. If it weren't so damed hot I would pack up and go to TX. I did, afterall, march with the "Mothers Against the War" while I was pregnant with you. I know, I know another wsr another place and I have suggested to you in an email that I support our troops, I think there should be more of them, they should be better trained and equipped and there should be someone in charge who has a clue as to what is going on. If you say Donald Rumsfield, I will go to TX, carry a sign and announce to the whole world I am your loony mom, you know I would do that. lol

Posted by: Pat on August 15, 2005 01:31 PM

Pat - there's only one key difference between this guy firing his shotgun and them firing shotguns - he's within his rights. They'd be breaking the law.

Posted by: ronaprhys on August 15, 2005 01:51 PM

Ron your name will be on the sign too. I guess my big stick is legal. lol

Posted by: Pat on August 15, 2005 02:15 PM

My name has been on many a sign and used as a curseword on many an occasion. Oddly enough, I still sleep very well at night


Posted by: ronaprhys on August 15, 2005 02:34 PM

Ron, I was only planning on a sign to announce I am Scott's Mom and your friend. lol

Posted by: Pat on August 15, 2005 07:09 PM

Also fine by me - I'm more than happy to express my disdain for the media and try to inject a bit of realism into the loonier moon-bats and right-wingers. It's a somewhat futile effort, but it's the right thing to do...

Posted by: ronaprhys on August 15, 2005 07:11 PM

Log on to "Iraq, the Model" scroll down and read his letter to Cindy Sheehan. Gives an inside Iraq point of view. I do not want us to withdraw, I just want better leadership, equipment and planning.

Posted by: Pat on August 15, 2005 07:43 PM

And I want a solid gold toilet.

"You go to war with the army you have, not the army you wish you had." - Donald Rumsfeld

And that quote shows, to me at least, that we have the best leadership available, too. Or would someone here prefer an army that can be sent packing by a lucky RPG hit, abandoning its soldiers in the process?

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on August 16, 2005 11:06 AM

Yah, but the bottom had,and still have no rght to bein iraq. People would not be dying if you weren't there, i'm no hippy...just the facts. Someday it could be somebody exerting their will on's easy to be an a@@bag saftly tucked away in texas...but be there, and talk. None of you are there fighting and dying. So shut up.

Posted by: elvis on September 23, 2005 06:09 AM

yes. yes we do. The treaty we signed with Saddam and the UN after the end of the first war gave us the perfect legal right to be there - even without the UN's permission if certain conditions were met. It's not our fault they didn't read the treaty before signing it.

Posted by: ronaprhys on September 23, 2005 07:27 AM

We aren't dying, but there is a fight going on... a fight to cover the army's biggest weakness: the fact that they can be sent packing if their home country's public opinion turns against them.

You think the "insurgents" in Iraq have any hope whatsoever of destroying the entire US combined forces with IEDs and suicide bombs? They don't, and they KNOW they don't. They may be fanatical and ruthless, but the stupid ones have long since been weeded out.

Their attacks aren't directed againt our military. They are directed against us assbags safely tucked away at home. They are intended to convince us that Iraq is a lost cause, because as powerful as our military is, they will retreat immediately if enough American civilians get together and elect a leadership that orders them to. That is the victory the "insurgents" hope for, "elvis," and that is the victory you are trying to hand them.

And that is the victory we assbags are trying to prevent.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on September 23, 2005 08:02 AM
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