August 14, 2005


Shots fired near Bush protesters (AAP, August 15, 2005)

A FRUSTRATED local farmer fired shots into the air today near hundreds of protesters who began their second week of demonstrations against the Iraq war outside US President George W Bush's ranch.

Larry Mattlage, who lives next to the Bush ranch where the president is spending a five week vacation, complained about the 200 protesters, media and government security officials occupying the road outside his own residence after firing a rifle into the air several times.

"Five weeks of this is too much. We live here, this is our community," Mattlage said in footage shown by CNN television, while insisting the gunshots were just him "getting ready for dove season".

As long as these footsoldiers of an alien culture occupy their territory -- and the Jews oppress Palestine -- the insurgency will continue...

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 14, 2005 8:05 PM

Send in the Predators!

Posted by: Just John at August 14, 2005 8:38 PM

Give the man credit for a good, and even timely, pun. Dove season, forsooth.

Posted by: Random Lawyer at August 14, 2005 9:14 PM

I doubt whether Cindy and her handlers are smart enough to recognize a warning shot.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at August 14, 2005 9:35 PM

This is pretty interesting.

Every other August, the President has retreated to Crawford, and his approval ratings have sunk as he's kept a low profile (and nobody's paying attention anyway).

The moonbat left seems determined to disrupt that pattern this year by ensuring there is media coverage of THEIR nonsense, and a likely backlash. This may be the first August in which the President's numbers go up!

Posted by: kevin whited at August 14, 2005 10:22 PM

Journalists should have to take a course on gun stuff so they don't screw up details like this.

There are important differences between rifles, and shotguns which are material to this story. Rifles are permitted to be used for hunting doves. This is a matter of Federal migratory bird law and does not vary from state to state.

Also, rifles fire a single projectile, which may pose a significant danger at a considerable distance, miles, not feet. Fine bird-shot, such as would be used in a shotgun for dove hunting, has a maximum horizontal ordinate of around 600 feet. Most small-game hunters, including the undersigned, have had the experience of spent shot rattling off his or her hunting coat at one time or another with no ill effect.

Thus a shotgun would have been what would have been expected to have been used for doves and, unless fired at a low angle at a person a short distance away, would have ceated no danger to bystanders. A rifle, on the other hand, could not legally be used for hunting doves, which would mean the shooter is lying, and could be quite dangerous if fired randomly: what goes up must come down.

In any event, it is edifying that no one has taken the bait about Palestine.

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 14, 2005 10:45 PM

kevin: they called for you to come get your meds.

what is happening out by prarie chapel right now is a disaster for dubya. he could have not only had this done and over a week ago, he could have actually goosed his numbers a bit by amblin' on down to the front gate and showing cindy sheehan a little bit of that reg'lar folk charm that swept him into office last november.

before, as robert put it, her handlers showed up.

it's way too late now, and just as in iraq, events have moved beyond his control. where is hunter thompson when you need him?

Posted by: lonbud at August 14, 2005 11:56 PM


The White House is likely funding her.

Posted by: oj at August 15, 2005 12:02 AM


I'll put my $ 100 against your $ 50 that in thirty days the press will be saying "Cindy who ?", and Bush will be going about business as usual.

Sheehan is preaching to the choir.
Nobody is paying attention who doesn't already agree with her.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at August 15, 2005 12:09 AM

well, you are likely right, michael. i alluded to as much earlier in this thread. the problem for dubya is that cindy's choir is roughly the same size as his. if it ever rises up and makes a joyful noise, it ain't gon' be peaches...

Posted by: lonbud at August 15, 2005 12:35 AM

It'll be Kent State.

Posted by: oj at August 15, 2005 1:12 AM

Are the soldiers who've come up to stand with Cindy from Forth Hood from an "alien culture"?

Posted by: Rick Perlstein at August 15, 2005 1:29 AM

kent state is one of the nation's proudest moments for oj.

Posted by: lonbud at August 15, 2005 2:37 AM



Posted by: oj at August 15, 2005 7:50 AM


It worked.

Posted by: oj at August 15, 2005 7:53 AM

Rick: "Israel out of Palestine" doesn't give you any pause at all?

Posted by: David Cohen at August 15, 2005 9:03 AM


I actually asked him about that off-line, but he seems comfortable being part of this crowd. Funny how they keep calling us fascists but the Klansmen and neo-Nazis are on their side.

Posted by: oj at August 15, 2005 9:32 AM

The Klansmen and neo-Nazis (as well as the Commies) have always been on their side, at least as far back as the 1850s. The few times they haven't are like those times when the Teamsters endorsed Nixon: the result of an internal power struggle going public.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 15, 2005 11:14 AM

lonbud: Just imagine the one-two punch that's coming. First, Cindy Sheehan appears with David Duke at a Klan rally and proclaims, "This country is not worth dying for." Then, the Rolling Stones release "Sweet Neo-Con" and it goes into heavy rotation on Kasey Kasem and VH-1. The scales fall from Middle America's eyes, and the whole country instantly turns against the Bush/Rove/Halliburton/Mossad/Neo-Con cabal. For the first time in your life, the people prove themselves almost as smart as you.

It's in the bag, I tell ya. Inevitable, even.

Posted by: Mike Morley at August 15, 2005 5:35 PM

mike morley: do you think lynne stewart should go to prison?

Posted by: lonbud at August 16, 2005 2:00 AM

Lynne Stewart should hang.

The attorney client privilege does not extend to active participation in an ongoing criminal enterprise. Never has.

Posted by: Mike Morley at August 16, 2005 8:58 AM

no evidence i've seen supports a claim that ms. stewart actively participated in an ongoing criminal enterprise. mike, i think you just have some rage you're looking to displace.

Posted by: lonbud at August 17, 2005 12:49 AM

lonbud, please, PLEASE don't attempt to apply any facile pop psychology to anyone at this forum.

The irony is making my head explode.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at August 17, 2005 11:20 AM