Chestertown Blogging


I’m in the colonial era town Chestertown, MD this morning — for a short while — blogging at the town central coffee shop, Play it Again Sam.
This is a fascinating place that used to be one of the primary nodes along a course of travel from the Southern states up to the Northern states, and vice versa. George Washington, according to public records, came through a minimum of eight times and received an honorary degree from the local college here in 1789, named Washington College — the only college that George Washington consented to have his name affixed to and on which Washington was a member of the Board of Visitors.
sequoia.jpgFranklin Delano Roosevelt accepted an honorary degree from Washington College in October 1933 — and Friday morning this week, I was delighted to see a bronze plaque above the “presidential bed” on the long-time (now privately owned) presidential yacht, the USS Sequoia, which stated that Franklin Roosevelt slept in that bed (so did LBJ and JFK on other occasions) when he traveled up to Chestertown, Maryland for that ceremony. (I enjoyed an incredible, private tour of the USS Sequoia Friday morning and may be participating in an important event on the yacht in the not too distant future.)
Chestertown, MD used to be the central base for Episcopal affairs in the country as well — and the local Emmanual Episcopal Church hosted the 1790 convention that broke the American Episcopal Church away from the Church of England.
L. Ron Hubbard of Scientology fame was also married to Sara Northrup here on August 10, 1946, though he was already married to someone else, Polly Grubb. (note to Scientologists: Just stating the facts. . .calm down.)
Tallulah Bankhead is buried down the road in Chestertown.
And while Katherine Hepburn was born in Hartford, CT — she was allegedly “conceived” at a gorgeous 18th Century farm called Shepherd’s Delight in Chestertown owned by Hepburn’s grandfather, Reverend Sewell Hepburn.
On March 7, 2007, the National Historic Trust for Historic Preservation named Chestertown] one of a dozen distinctive destinations that folks should check out.
More later. I’m off to a brunch with former Australian Deputy Prime Minister as well as Minister of Finance and Defense Kim Beazley — a big personality from down under who used to head the Labor Party and who I wish was running his country.

— Steve Clemons


11 comments on “Chestertown Blogging

  1. karenk says:

    My closest friend lives in Elkton Maryland and once when I visted she took me to Chestertown for lunch and a meander through town and by the waterfront–beautiful, enchanting place.


  2. Pissed Off American says:

    Heres Rice, continuing to lie, irrefutably, to the American people about the prewar intelligence….
    On CNN’s Late Edition, Condoleezza Rice responded, “We all thought that the intelligence case was strong,” adding that even “the U.N weapons inspectors [thought] Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.” She concluded, “So there’s no blame here of anyone.”
    But in fact……..
    [On March 7, 2003], the head of the IAEA, Mohamed El-Baradei, reported that there was no evidence that Saddam Hussein had any nuclear weapons or was in the process of acquiring them. Mr Blix said: “By then, Mohamed ElBaradei revealed that Niger was not authentic.” British intelligence falsely claimed Iraq had been trying to acquire uranium from Niger. [4/28/05]
    So frustrated have the inspectors become that one source has referred to the U.S. intelligence they’ve been getting as “garbage after garbage after garbage.” … The inspectors find themselves caught between the Iraqis, who are masters at the weapons-hiding shell game, and the United States, whose intelligence they’ve found to be circumstantial, outdated or just plain wrong. [2/20/03]
    Chief United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix told the U.N. Security Council that his inspection teams had not found any “smoking guns” after visiting some 125 Iraqi sites. [1/9/03]


  3. Charlie says:

    Steve–too bad I didn’t know you were in town today. I am here too, at Sam’s. What a beautiful day.


  4. JRB says:

    Steve – He consented in a letter dated around that time. I haven’t investigated as much as I should have, but I did read the letter a few seasons ago.


  5. Pissed Off American says:

    Here is a bunch of reminders about what Phase Two was supposed to address, and illustrating the promises that the piece of shit Roberts made about Phase Two, and never delivered upon. What a lying sack of shit the guy ended up being. Whats more, Reid just bent over for it, as if he was threatened, blackmailed, or cut a backroom deal with Roberts. Remember, Reid coined the nickname “Give ’em Hell Harry” for his Senate stunt designed to pry Phase Two out of Roberts. But then, inexplicably, Reid stopped mentioning Phase Two, refused to answer questions about it on his blog, and ceased all demands for it. Why?
    Why am I resurrecting this issue here and now? Well, because this bitch Rice, in contempt of Congress, is stating her intention to ignore a Congressional Subpoena. She claims that the Niger issue has already been resolved. But in fact, these corrupt and treasonous scumbags such as Rice and Roberts have stonewalled, lied, equivicated and blame shifted when it comes to revealing how this administration twisted, manipulated, and fabricated prewar intelligence about Iraqi WMDs and ties to Al Qaeda. 650,000 dead Iraqis, 3500 dead American soldiers, over a trillion dollars squandered, stolen, wasted, thrown away and banked by thieves like Chalabi and Cheney, and they are STILL stonewalling, lying, manipulating and fabricating.
    Try ignoring a subpoena if you aren’t of the Washington elite. Go ahead, just try it.
    I hope Waxman has bigger balls than Rice’s obviously gargantuan orbs, and holds her in contempt to the full letter of the law. While he’s at it, he ought to subpoena that lying schmuck Roberts, and find out what the hell ever happened to Phase Two.
    I’d like to know what Reid got in return for backing off, too.


  6. Pissed Off American says:

    Apparently I am not the only one that has noticed that “Phase Two” never appeared, as promised, by that piece of shit Roberts….
    “It is imperative for Senator John Rockefeller, chairman of the Intelligence Committee, to finish two remaining studies on prewar intelligence that his Republican predecessor, Senator Pat Roberts, had no intention of completing. The first, on the errors made by the intelligence agencies in predicting what would happen after the invasion of Iraq, is expected to be finished next month. The final piece of the report will compare what administration officials said about Iraq with the actual information they had. Both reports are essential for understanding how this country got into this mess. Mr. Rockefeller will have to make sure the White House does not drag out the declassification procedure.”


  7. Pissed Off American says:

    Considering the billions that were stolen, mis-applied, lost, thrown away, and embezzled in Iraq by Cheney’s crony contractors, his considerable wealth is insufficient to repay the American taxpayer. But justice would be served if he was stripped of his wealth, and rendered penniless as a result of the treason he has committed against the citizens of the United States. Of course, such an exhibition of justice would not equal seeing him hang for treason. But its all just mental masturbation anyway. Obviously, these bastards are not going to be held accountable. And that makes our systems of laws and justice a joke, nothing more than a system designed to keep the masses down, while the powerful and the corrupt flaunt their disdain for everything this nation once stood for. New Orleans could have used the treasure squandered by Cheney and his band of scumsucking war profiteers. So could the VA. So could Social Security. So could our nation’s highways and infrastructures. Cancer research. Educational system improvements. The list goes on and on. Impeach them, indict them, convict them, then hang these bastards from the nearest oak. Justice demands it.
    Rebuilt Iraq Projects Found Crumbling
    Published: April 29, 2007
    In a troubling sign for the American-financed rebuilding program in Iraq, inspectors for a federal oversight agency have found that in a sampling of eight projects that the United States had declared successes, seven were no longer operating as designed because of plumbing and electrical failures, lack of proper maintenance, apparent looting and expensive equipment that lay idle.
    The United States has previously admitted, sometimes under pressure from federal inspectors, that some of its reconstruction projects have been abandoned, delayed or poorly constructed. But this is the first time inspectors have found that projects officially declared a success — in some cases, as little as six months before the latest inspections — were no longer working properly.
    The inspections ranged geographically from northern to southern Iraq and covered projects as varied as a maternity hospital, barracks for an Iraqi special forces unit and a power station for Baghdad International Airport.
    At the airport, crucially important for the functioning of the country, inspectors found that while $11.8 million had been spent on new electrical generators, $8.6 million worth were no longer functioning.
    At the maternity hospital, a rehabilitation project in the northern city of Erbil, an expensive incinerator for medical waste was padlocked — Iraqis at the hospital could not find the key when inspectors asked to see the equipment — and partly as a result, medical waste including syringes, used bandages and empty drug vials were clogging the sewage system and probably contaminating the water system.
    The newly built water purification system was not functioning either.
    Officials at the oversight agency, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, said they had made an effort to sample different regions and various types of projects, but that they were constrained from taking a true random sample in part because many projects were in areas too unsafe to visit. So, they said, the initial set of eight projects — which cost a total of about $150 million — cannot be seen as a true statistical measure of the thousands of projects in the roughly $30 billion American rebuilding program.
    continues at……


  8. Steve Clemons says:

    JRB — interesting about Washington & Lee. But let me ask the obvious question, what evidence do we have that Washington consented to have his name affised to that University as he was dead by the time of its founding? steve


  9. Pissed Off American says:

    Obama is a construct of the same forces that sold america the Iraq invasion through slick marketing and pandering to the radical right. His lightning fast rise to notoriety is not founded on a history that would seem to justify it. Instead, the mainstream media has told us Obama is a factor, therefore he has become one. I believe Obama is being propelled forward by the same forces that put Bush in power. The media pimps do not market these whores for no reason, or absent a fee. Obama has already shown a willingness to join Israel’s propaganda campaign about Iran’s nuclear capabilities, and these latest comments about “nation building” are at the very least alarming. It seems he hasn’t learned any of the lessons history has taught us about our ability to nation build, even as our latest attempt unfolds disastrously right before our very eyes. Frankly, Obama is as alarming as as any candidate out there, and more so than some, considering the massive marketing campaign being launched on his behalf by the same liars and brigands that sold us Bush/Cheney and this scam called the GWOT.


  10. JRB says:

    Steve, It turns out that Washington actually gave another gift to and allowed his name to be used at another Washington College around 1798. About 70 years later, it became Washington & Lee.
    Bummer, I know. But WAC was first.


  11. LJ says:

    Steve, What do you think of Obama the Interventionist Sunday’s WaPo
    Col. Pat Lang at Sic Semper Tyrannis gives his take:
    “In any case, Obama must be considered in the light of his words in Chicago. Kagan has a point. Neoconism is a body of ideas as well as loyalties. The ideas expressed by Obama in Chicago are neocon words. The neocons are not conservatives and neither is Obama, but he shares their ideas in foreign policy.:


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