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IN MEMORIAM: EDWARD WALTER ZEHR, PATRIOT 1936-2001
Wednesday on the Web ^ | 12/19/01 | Phil Brennan

Posted on 12/19/2001 6:54:18 PM PST by Jean S

IN MEMORIAM

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EDWARD WALTER ZEHR, PATRIOT

1936-2001

I never met Ed Zehr. I never even spoke with him by telephone. But thanks to the magic of e-mail, we were often in touch with each other, and I came to think of him as a valued friend and esteemed colleague in the writing trade.

He was an extraordinary, multi-talented human being, brilliant, thoughtful,  awesomely intellectual in the best sense of the word yet modest and unassuming. Tragically for us, he was also the most intensely private of men (even his closest relatives might go as long as five years without hearing a word from him) - a fact that prevents us from knowing all that we yearn to know about this gentle genius who held so many of his hordes of admiring readers in his thrall.

According to Carolyn Zehr, Ed's sister-in-law, the photo above " was taken at Dulles Airport where Ed's sister and brother-in-law met him for lunch probably 10 years ago, this after not hearing from him for some 5 years.  She was on a trip, stopped in DC and found him in the phone book. Until Barbara and Bob got computers and could do e-mail, it was not unusual for us not to hear from Ed for several years at a stretch." 

That's a man who valued his privacy - in spades. It's also a man so immersed in the pursuit of his countless interests that he resided mostly in his own monastic world. Writing, after all, is a solitary pursuit. What comes out through the fingers is a product first churned in the mind, and that churning requires a lot of privacy and a lot of silence. And what you read seldom bears any real resemblance to the writer's original draft. Like all great writers, Ed edited. and edited again. And then edited once more.  What takes you ten or fifteen minutes to read, took the author hours to write and edit.

Ed was also a voracious reader, poring daily through a host of foreign newspapers, browsing  internet news sources, digging out obscure facts from what appears to have been a huge library. All that research and reading and writing and editing takes time - and, as I said, lots of solitude.

The name Thomas Jefferson leaps into mind when I think of Ed. I recall what John F. Kennedy once told a White House dinner party attended by some of the world's most brilliant men and woman - he said that there hadn't had so much brain power in that dining room since Thomas Jefferson dined there alone. A similar tribute could easily be paid to Ed - there was more wisdom, more good old fashioned common sense and more down down-to-earth wit in one of his columns than you'd find in reams of copy in thousands of pages of op-ed columns of the New York Times.

Ed was genuinely Jeffersonian in the sense that his range of interests went far and wide across the spectrum of intellect. An accomplished engineer with a string of impressive degrees in his chosen field, he was a writer of startling ability - an observer of the current scene able to elucidate whatever subject he approached with matchless wit and clarity.

He looked at the most serious issues with the eye of a pixie. When he aimed his pen at one of the many political mountebanks that were unfortunate enough to find themselves in his sights, he plunged the nib so deep into their inflated egos you could almost hear all the gasbaggery hissing out.

In January of last year, deeply impressed by what I'd seen of his work at Washington Weekly, I sought and got his permission to run his columns in the commentary section of Wednesday on the Web. I ran the first of his columns on January 11, 2000. It was massive in content and range. He simply ticked off the entire history of Western civilization without missing a beat. It left you breathless in its scope.

I was hooked. Not long after we began an infrequent exchange of e-mails dealing with a host of subjects ranging from the work of Carl Jung - Ed was Jungian to the core. We had a long discussion of the concept of time and space as being facets of life in this world not present in eternity and what that meant in religious terms. He made my day when he responded to my e-mail reflecting on the subject as telling me "My, you're good at this." From him that was a compliment never to be forgotten.

His brother Bob says that  Ed's enormous scope of interests included working on complex mathematical problems having to do with spheres, vectors, geometry, the Golden Ration, the Fibonacci series. He had also written analyses of T. S. Elliot's work, according to his niece, Emily DeMoor.

In one e-mail Ed said he was excited about a discovery he'd made in studying the more arcane levels of the science of mathematics. He said it was mind-boggling. Being a mathematical simpleton barely able to balance my checkbook, it was all lost on me. Unfortunately, it seems that whatever this breakthough was, he took it with him into that world devoid of time and space.

His brother Bob sent me this rundown of Ed's professional background: Washington U., St. Louis, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, McDonnell Aircraft, St. Louis, Missile Engr. Div., engineer  Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Army basic training, Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Al.  Army draftsman (where he met some of the big names in the early days of the missile industry), Space General of Aerojet Gen. in L.A. missile engineering,  Univ. of Southern Calif. LA,  masters degree in Mech. Engr.,     Martin-Orlando  missile engineering  Messerschmidt, Munich, Germany,  Tornado fighter, autopilot design, Grumman Aircraft, Long Island, autopilot engineering Grumman, Reston, VA  space station contract.

Carolyn, his sister in law, wrote this obituary for a local newspaper. It provides a barebones account of his life :

"Edward Walter Zehr, 65, died on November 5th in Reston, Virginia.  He was born in Bemiston, Alabama, grew up in Bemis, Tennessee, graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and received his advanced degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.  He worked as an engineer in Huntsville, Orlando, Los Angeles, New York and Munich, Germany.  After retiring from Grumman Aircraft Company, he began a second career as a conservative columnist for WASHINGTON WEEKLY and WEDNESDAY ON THE WEB, internet publications.


"He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Ray DeMoor of Lafayette, Louisiana, his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Carolyn Zehr of Cocoa Beach, and several nieces and nephews.  Burial will be in Lafayette on December 19."

I can't end this tribute without allowing Ed to speak to us from eternity. After all, this is an editorial so I'll let Ed be the guest editorialist with excerpts from a column on environmentalism gone mad he wrote last July 30 that speaks volumes about his patriotism, wisdom, common sense and exceptional writing skill:

The Ideological Ambience

" 'Will we ever experience fascism in this country?' asked an inquiring reporter of "Kingfish" Huey Long, the depression era dictator of Louisiana. 'Yes,' said the Kingfish, 'but we'll call it democracy.'

"The Kingfish had learned that hard times bring out the worst in people. Many are willing to sell their vote to the highest bidder, enabling the charlatans who pretend to represent us to buy us with our own money. This inherent flaw in political systems based on self-determination has been recognized for as long as such systems have existed. Socrates is said to have commented on this, but then he was always grumbling about something. In more recent times, the royalist, anti-democratic British historian, Thomas Babington Macaulay observed that 'democracy will last until the populace learn that they can vote themselves emoluments from the public treasury.'

"Macaulay was a staunch opponent of independence for this country, insisting that our form of government would never work for the reason cited above. He may yet prove to be right -- the issue is far from settled. Every society has its quota of degenerate, weak-minded nitwits who are prepared to barter away their freedom (and ours) for the proverbial 'mess of potage.' (This archaic term refers to a thick stew of vegetables, such as was served up to inmates in institutions back in the bad old days. When their keepers were feeling well disposed -- which was not often -- they might even add a lump of meat or two).

"Since the depression of the 1930s, the Democratic Party has been the chief advocate of programs contrived to buy up our liberties in exchange for government largess paid for with our money. Of course, the money gets redistributed just a little, horrible bit in the process, which is really what makes it all seem worthwhile to underachievers. So what's wrong with that, ask the liberals in all apparent innocence. Too much wealth is concentrated in too few hands, so why not spread it around a little?

"What's wrong with that, in a word, is positive feedback. Okay, that's two words, but it still describes with penetrating succinctness the fatal flaw in all political/economic systems based on Marxist ideology, including socialism, however well disguised. The characteristic of all self regulating systems subject to positive feedback is that the system's output stimulates more of the same input that produced it. Thus the output, free from all constraint, builds up and up and up -- until something breaks. At least that's the theory. Such systems are said to be unstable.

"A political system based on buying the acquiescence of the voters with emoluments from the public treasury is grossly unstable on the face of it -- each new freebie only whets the public's appetite for more. The more they get, the more they want -- the more they want, the more they get. Since freebies are not inexhaustible, the feedback loop cannot go on diverging forever.

"So why did it take the better part of the 20th century for the Soviet Union to collapse? The answer to that is obvious -- the Soviet economy was not self regulating. Nor was the political system. Both were run 'open loop,' that is to say, everything was done on command from higher authority -- there was typically no appreciable feedback. Such a political system is called despotism. Even so, the Soviet System lasted for less than a century -- just long enough for the younger members of the ruling class to realize that the game wasn't worth a candle. The system 'worked', but very badly.

"Democrats seem to envision a political/economic system based on a kind of watered-down Marxism, such as most European countries now have. Such systems are supposed to work because the Marxism is 'moderate' (i.e. 'socialist') and the politics are 'democratic,' which, in modern terms, means that public assent is bought with the public's money, while the truth about what is going on is dissembled with a massive smokescreen of propaganda provided by a compliant media.

"But in truth, the economies of most European countries really don't work that well. That is partly because Europeans do not work all that hard -- I happen to know because I worked there for the better part of a decade. I'll admit that I found their laid-back ways appealing, but I can't say as much for their stagnant economies. The European living standard is noticeably lower than ours. And the demand for government freebies keeps building up, stimulated by the incitement of power-hungry politicians. The instability is undoubtedly there, but it is a slow one that could take a long time to diverge to unmanageable proportions, barring some unforeseen economic crisis.

"Such a crisis might be induced artificially by an irrational act such as adopting the Kyoto Accords, designed to bleed off wealth from the developed countries for the enrichment of the corrupt Third World politicians who manipulate the U.N. to their advantage. Naturally, environmental idealists do not see it that way -- they live in a stylized wish-fulfillment fantasy world in which politicians do not act like politicians and people behave like cartoon characters of their imagining, totally subservient to their every whim.

"In a desperate effort to save face, a number of countries reached agreement on a watered down version of the Kyoto accords last week. By giving industrialized countries extra credit for forests and farmlands, which absorb CO2, against their obligations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions the conferees greatly reduced the liability of these countries, inducing stragglers such as Canada and Japan to go along with the sham. The greenies were not fooled -- MSNBC reports that the World Wildlife Fund complained 'the heavy allowance for these carbon sinks effectively reduced the commitment in the Kyoto accord to cut emissions by 5.2 percent from their 1990 levels. The real reduction would be closer to 1.8 percent ...' In other words, the new agreement reduces the commitment by 65 percent.

"Philip Stott, a professor of biogeography at the University of London and one of Britain's leading climatologists says that, "Even if all the countries achieved all the cuts in emissions proposed [in the original Kyoto protocol], the effect would be a temperature change by 2100 of 0.07 to 0.2 [degrees Celsius] at best." Thus, if we assume a linear relationship between reduction in CO2 emissions and reduction of temperature change, all this huffing and puffing should suffice to impede global warming by 0.02 to 0.07 degrees Celsius. Even the greatly reduced commitments of the new agreement are largely cosmetic -- the conferees spent days haggling over the enforcement provisions until the agreement had been rendered exceedingly difficult to enforce. Even so, Australia has given indications that it is going to bail out of the new agreement unless all penalty provisions are removed from it. The effect of this will be a further delay in adoption of the agreement. The Sydney Morning Herald comments, 'it is understood Australia had won support for its delaying tactics from the US, Canada, Russia and possibly Japan.' All of which reinforces the impression that the real purpose of Kyoto is to provide European socialists and their pals in the American mainstream press with more hot air to blow at the Bush administration.

"With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Marxists have taken refuge in the environmental movement, their last, best hope for keeping alive the fantasy of a command economy. Since Marxist economics have proven useless as a means of providing for the wants and needs of the people, the new crypto-Marxists have resorted to an attempt to shock and terrify people with 'scary scenarios' of global environmental disaster, whether it be an impending ice age or catastrophic global warming. (Eco-extremists are nothing if not flexible). The bottom line of their message is, "unless you do EXACTLY as we say, you are all doomed to utter ruin if not extinction. " Environmental catastrophe has replaced nuclear winter as the left's "kinder-schreck" (bogeyman) of preference. The object of the exercise is to frighten the public into accepting a much reduced standard of living.

"That is not to say that all greenies are scoundrels. I've known a few and they all seemed like nice people to me. It's just that they are a bit naive about such things as economics and politics. I once worked for an early member of the Green Party in Germany. He spent hours lecturing me on the 'lessons' of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. But in most respects he was as nice as he could be and a very good supervisor. He was highly idealistic, however, which made it difficult for him to compromise once he had made up his mind about something. This can be awkward in a management environment where lots of give and take is involved -- consequently his tenure was a short one.

"The people who guide and manipulate the environmental movement are another matter. Mark Vande Pol writes that 'What was once a group of dedicated volunteers is now becoming a brutal phalanx of corporate foundations, government agencies, lawyers, and global power interests, all manipulating private resource value for ulterior purposes.'"

That's the voice of sanity that death silenced.

In his last e-mail to me, responding to my request for a picture of him he wrote: "Dear Phil, I've just sent you a piece for this week. It's longer than I had intended. I'm finding that I need more time for research these days, so the columns will probably be shorter. As for the mug shot, I'm working on it.  Ed"

He sent that the day he died. Alone in his apartment. His lifeless body undiscovered for weeks, a victim of that overwhelming need for personal privacy.

In an aside to me his sister-in-law Carolyn wrote: "From a personal standpoint, I always enjoyed Ed's company, even when, on his return from Munich, he came for a 2 week visit and stayed 13 months!  Not only was he an exceptionally intelligent man, but he also had a great sense of humor.  He was conversant on just about any subject you could mention, yet never flaunted his knowledge by "talking down" to anyone.  I will miss our frequent e-mail exchanges."

So will I.

Requiescat in Pacem, Ed. Now you know all the answers.

Phil Brennan



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I will miss him.
1 posted on 12/19/2001 6:54:18 PM PST by Jean S
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To: Jim Robinson, MoralSense
FYI
2 posted on 12/19/2001 6:55:52 PM PST by Jean S
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To: backhoe; Arthur Wildfire! March; eddie willers; Senator Pardek
His last article, written just before he died:

ELITIST ENNUI: The Media Elite Tire Of The War (Edward Zehr)

3 posted on 12/19/2001 7:01:29 PM PST by Jean S
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To: JeanS
In memorium bump.

Maven
4 posted on 12/19/2001 7:06:59 PM PST by Maven
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To: JeanS
BUMP!
5 posted on 12/19/2001 7:11:23 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez
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To: JeanS
He was also a highly-regarded participant on the CS (Clinton Scandals) and CAS (Clinton Administration Scandals) mailing lists.
6 posted on 12/19/2001 7:32:21 PM PST by HAL9000
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To: JeanS
Mr. Zehr, you were one of the best. Rest In Peace.
7 posted on 12/19/2001 7:43:36 PM PST by an amused spectator
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To: JeanS
Goodbye, Ed. I know I'm not the only one who read that you had left us, and just sat there stunned, thinking, "How could you? Get back here right now!"
8 posted on 12/19/2001 7:56:06 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: HAL9000
He was also a highly-regarded participant on the CS (Clinton Scandals) and CAS (Clinton Administration Scandals) mailing lists.

Omigosh! The CS list! It was always a treat to get a private reply from Ed Zehr.

9 posted on 12/19/2001 8:22:55 PM PST by Mad-Margaret
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To: JeanS
Zehr was great. He will be missed.

(And thank you, JeanS, for regularly posting his work for the past few years).

10 posted on 12/19/2001 11:59:56 PM PST by Deckard
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To: HAL9000; Mad-Margaret; f.Christian
A great loss. I will always treasure this CAS exchange...

On Neutered and Neutering
 
by Mia T and Edward Zehr (EZ)
 
With all the neutered talk of late
I thought y'all would appreciate
a relevant Shakespearean conversation
with EZ, a clinton chronicler Elizabethan.
 
[I had just asked the playwright if he had writer's block.]
 
 
EZ:
Think that thy bard hath now MacJeff forsaken?
In that would'st thou be verily mistaken.
Mayhap thou hast impatiently forgot
That facts comprise the essence of the plot.
 
 
MIA T:
Methinks thy bard hath schemes forsaken.
Mayhap thou art verily mistaken.
Plots comprise the essence of the facts.
Forsake the contrariwise artifacts.
 
 
EZ:
Gadzooks, could'st be thy bard is put to rout?
'Twould seem his veriest words are turned about.
Could'st show whereby effect doth flow from cause,
Would'st then be due a round of brisk applause.
 
Perhaps I could this point of view adopt,
For was not Bill by Hillary thus bopped
In like wise as MacJeff, upon the head,
And with a lamp, just as thy bard hath said?
 
Thus are the facts revealed for all to see:
Thy bard did make good use of ESP.
Contrariwise, the White House read my serial,
And sought to make good use of the material.
 
 
MIA T:
Thy bard's "effect doth flow from cause" linearity
And 'twould seem thy veriest good use of oracularity
'Twere not the nature of the plots I pricked thy bard to adopt
Withal Bill, like wise as MacJeff, upon the head was bopped.
 
Methought the plots thou would'st use sprung not o' telepathy.
Didst thou never hear the most traitorously corrupted conspiracy?
Brutus's heart wrapp'd in Hillaryous hide.
Interns and China suckling the impotent fool Cheapside.
 
What more paying play than a corrupted plot untainted
With thrice times two naked villains feinted?
Thou art arm'd that hath thy crook'd schemers straight.
Cudgel thy brains no more, the clinton plots are great.
 
 
EZ:
A point well made, experience vicarious
Was grounded in events utmost Hillaryous.
Betruth, the president sustained concussion
Ere I had even started the discussion.
 
But, lest thy bard be seen to make retreat,
The second bop was truly a repeat.
In consequence, I need no psychic hotline
To reconstruct an oft repeated plotline.
 
Now, as regards the wretched Cheapside brat,
And turmoil his concupiscence begat,
Need'st have no fear regards unfolding strife
O'er these events, for Art must copy Life.
 
 
MIA T:
Eureka! (Not Gadzooks!)
Though I have neither wit, nor words, nor playbooks
Thy bard this simpleminded poster avoidth plagiarize.
(Withal thy bard's own baseborn tendency contrariwise.)
 
Now, as regards the wretched Cheapside brat,
And turmoil his concupiscence begat,
Methinks MacJeff's crook'd feelpolitik, the lasix death, his solipsistic sex
Thou must put in cold blood'd cardiovascular context.
 
The brain deviseth laws for the blood,
but the brain 'tself is ne'er understood.
The King's crook'dness flows from limp circulation.
Methinks the solution is swift amputation.
 
 
EZ:
Thou place thy versifier in a quandary,
Redoubling thy most sharp-edged entendre.
The gist of they intent can I but gape on.
Dost thou propose the prez be made a capon?
 
In blood caught up these wretches play their role,
But this must not become Le Grand Guignol.
Lest those of delicate mien be made to faint,
'Twere better I should exercise restraint.
 
Mind you, Act I, scene 4 drips the odd bit of gore here and there.
 
 
MIA T:
Thy bard's excessive predilection metaphorical
confuseth redoubled sharp-edged entendre with one blunt oracle.
 
Forsooth, thy bard surely knowth,
Phallus on eunuch can't growth.
Plucking capon from hen's an impossibility,
Unless the cluck's hermaphroditic Hillary.


11 posted on 01/22/2002 2:52:54 PM PST by Mia T
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To: JeanS
Like all great writers, Ed edited. and edited again. And then edited once more. What takes you ten or fifteen minutes to read, took the author hours to write and edit.

And it showed. He nailed his subjects, backing his assertations with multiple examples. You know, the way a commentator is supposed to write. With 3 Ed Zehrs, one could topple the liberal media without firing a shot. I'll miss his writing dearly.

12 posted on 01/22/2002 3:00:49 PM PST by Oschisms
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To: Oschisms; Mia T
Thanks for your replies. Zehr was the best.
13 posted on 01/22/2002 3:04:35 PM PST by Jean S
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To: JeanS; Gail Wynand; looscannon; Lonesome in Massachussets; river rat; Freedom'sWorthIt; IVote2...
You're welcome. Ed Zehr will be missed.
14 posted on 01/22/2002 3:15:36 PM PST by Mia T
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To: Mia T
Thanks Mia.
15 posted on 01/22/2002 3:31:42 PM PST by Registered
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To: Mia T
bump
16 posted on 01/22/2002 3:38:25 PM PST by blackbag
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To: Mia T
Bump!
17 posted on 01/22/2002 3:49:12 PM PST by headsonpikes
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To: Mia T
Thank you, Mia -- I remember that exchange fondly as well. The CS List and the CAS List were wonderful and gave me the opportunity to meet and correspond with talented people like Ed, Hugh Sprunt, Michael Rivero, and yourself. Very few on Free Republic know how much we owe to the CS and CAS Lists.
18 posted on 01/22/2002 4:09:16 PM PST by DallasMike
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To: JeanS
But that everyone who passes could have such grand words spoken of them. It speaks volumes of both of you. Thank you for sharing.
19 posted on 01/22/2002 4:31:59 PM PST by FryingPan101
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To: Mia T
Thanks for the heads up! };^D)
20 posted on 01/22/2002 4:39:27 PM PST by RJayneJ
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To: Mia T
"Ed Zehr will be missed."

Ditto! bttt...

21 posted on 01/22/2002 4:49:50 PM PST by ChaseR
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To: JeanS
Very nice. I was glad this was bumped up - you posted it when I was on vacation. I miss both Ed and The Washington Weekly a great deal.
22 posted on 01/22/2002 4:54:01 PM PST by Senator Pardek
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To: Senator Pardek
It's stupid but I get teary when I think of Zehr's death. I never met him, never corresponded with him but I always printed out his Washington Weekly article to read.

I never printed out anyone else's articles.

23 posted on 01/22/2002 5:48:32 PM PST by Jean S
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To: Mia T
I remember when you posted this exchange on the NYT boards, Mia. The erudition, creativity and Shakespearian scholarship is so impressive. I had no idea, though, that your interlocutor was the talented conservative columnist Ed Zehr.

I am very sorry to hear about his death.

24 posted on 01/22/2002 7:03:40 PM PST by beckett
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To: JeanS; Carry_Okie
"The people who guide and manipulate the environmental movement are another matter. Mark Vande Pol writes that 'What was once a group of dedicated volunteers is now becoming a brutal phalanx of corporate foundations, government agencies, lawyers, and global power interests, all manipulating private resource value for ulterior purposes.'"

Mark, I didn't even know that Ed Zehr had died, but here he is quoting you...

25 posted on 01/22/2002 7:49:53 PM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: editor-surveyor
Yes, That was from Green Fascism in which he pulled extensively from an article that I wrote for Operation America on the Klamath crisis. He called my rationale for the behavior of regulatory agencies "the Vande Pol Paradigm." It was quite a complement coming from him spreading it all over the country like that. I would have liked to have met him and offered my thanks. I sent him a note expressing my gratitude but he never responded. Now that Washington Weekly is gone, I know why. It would seem that he died just after the magazine did. God rest his soul.
26 posted on 01/22/2002 8:11:53 PM PST by Carry_Okie
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To: Mia T
Prayers, and thanks for the head's up.
27 posted on 01/22/2002 8:15:45 PM PST by FReethesheeples
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To: JeanS; Mia T
Great man-writer...his essays--columns were--- volumes--fireworks--wars---

Edward Zehr has a legacy-purpose...a light-beacon to show the way!

29 posted on 01/23/2002 3:22:26 AM PST by f.Christian
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To: Mia T, firebrand, Black Agnes, Exit 148, Exit109, hellinahandcart
Mia - thanks so much for ping and for sharing your very clever exchange with the late, GREAT, Ed Zehr.

BUMP!

30 posted on 01/23/2002 10:22:55 AM PST by StarFan
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To: abwehr
Zowie to you and the late great Edward Zehr, as chronicled in your post # 28.

An irreplacable man!

31 posted on 01/23/2002 7:07:39 PM PST by FReethesheeples
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To: JeanS
Before FreeRepublic, there were newsgroups and mail lists. That's where I first learned about Ed Zehr, who was a frequent contributor to a.c-e.c.w and the CAS list. His depth and breadth of knowledge was overwhelming.

It was obvious from the start he was not a journalist. His articles were thorough, technically flawless and exhibited the same kind of skepticism of officialdom that most of us on the list shared. If reporters in the mainstream media had even a fraction of Zehr's engineering background the FBI's TWA 800 investigation might well have taken a different tack.

Whether it was the Foster "suicide," Flight 800 or the Clinton administration pulling the wool over innocent reporters and Republicans with one of its proposals, we could count on Ed Zehr to sort out truth from fiction. I particularly appreciate his thorough debunking of the CIA's explanation for Flight 800's alleged 3000-foot climb after the explosion. Nobody else had both the engineering background and a willingness to challenge the establishment on this, sadly. Zehr's well-written but technical articles on Flight 800 were read by maybe 800 people, understood by far fewer.

He will be hard to replace. May he rest in peace.

32 posted on 01/23/2002 8:34:05 PM PST by logician2u
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To: logician2u
bttt
33 posted on 01/24/2002 12:34:16 AM PST by f.Christian
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To: logician2u
illiterati BUMP!
34 posted on 01/24/2002 5:16:32 AM PST by Mia T
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To: JeanS
But thanks to the magic of e-mail, we were often in touch with each other...
RIP "Mr. Ed".
35 posted on 01/26/2002 12:45:47 AM PST by philman_36
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To: JeanS
I appreciate your posting this Jean. I am shocked and will miss Ed. We exchanged e-mails back during the Summer of 2001. Having been sidelined for a few months due to an operation, I recently sent mail to Ed and it went unanswered. Tonight, I did a search on Google and was led here. What a shock !!! Do you or anyone reading this thread know where I might find, archived, any of Ed's Commentaries. I neglected to save many that were on Washington-Weekly's site ? That site is down now. What a loss to untold numbers of people !! Rest in Peace Ed. John
36 posted on 02/23/2002 8:36:18 PM PST by badger72
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To: JeanS
Voice of Freedom bump. Free at last Ed Zehr...free at last.
37 posted on 02/23/2002 8:57:05 PM PST by PGalt
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To: OKCSubmariner
A loving bump for Ed.
38 posted on 03/01/2002 2:00:28 AM PST by Uncle Bill
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To: LiberteeBell
bttt
39 posted on 03/13/2002 8:25:56 AM PST by f.Christian
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To: f.Christian
Thank you for the ping. I didn't know Mr. Zehr but after reading the thread you sent me yesterday, I see that I've missed out on quite a patriot and a most eloquent writer. May he rest in peace.
40 posted on 03/13/2002 1:23:17 PM PST by LiberteeBell
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To: LiberteeBell
Yeah---PEACE...

We see here our Noah building His wondrous ark for the salvation of His household. We see its beginning, middle, and end. We see its different parts, external and internal; each plank as it is laid, each nail as it is driven in. Its form is perfect; its structure in all details is complete; its strength and stability are altogether divine. Yet with what labour and amid what mockings is this ark constructed! Amid what strong crying and tears, what blood and agony, is it completed! Thus, however, we are assured of its... perfection---and security. Through the deep waters of this evil world it floats in peace. No storm can overset it, no billow break it, nor so much as loosen one of its planks. They who have fled to it as a hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest, are everlastingly safe."

41 posted on 03/13/2002 1:37:47 PM PST by f.Christian
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To: Jean S; backhoe; rabscuttle385; TigersEye

Considering his respect in this forum, I think that gives weight to a McCain/POW report:

JOHN MCCAIN, WARTS AND ALL
A Look At The Candidate’s Mob Ties

http://www.uhuh.com/politics/mccain/mcainwnxs.htm

By Edward Zehr

[Written in 1996 and revised in 2000]

Zipping down to the POW debate ....

” ...McCain’s defenders are a little short on specifics as to why the senator invariably seemed to place the interests of Vietnam above those of American POW/MIAs. For example when the Missing Service Personnel Act of 1996 came up on the Senate Floor for debate, Senator McCain characterized this legislation as “un-necessary” and “burdensome.”

Nevertheless, this “unnecessary and burdensome” legislation was backed by the man who wore a POW bracelet for McCain throughout the years of his captivity, then-majority leader Bob Dole. [snip]


42 posted on 03/07/2010 10:49:25 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Barack Hussein Obama, mmm, mmm, mmm. [Only leftist intellectuals publicly pick their noses.])
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

Good find. Thanks for the ping.


43 posted on 03/07/2010 1:45:46 PM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: TigersEye

Glad to help, FRiend. It’s distasteful trying to research this about a war hero. But darn.


44 posted on 03/07/2010 1:51:35 PM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (ONLINE TAX REVOLT 150,000 AND GROWING. http://www.onlinetaxrevolt.com)
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To: Mia T

He’s still fighting.


45 posted on 03/07/2010 1:52:59 PM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (ONLINE TAX REVOLT 150,000 AND GROWING. http://www.onlinetaxrevolt.com)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March
I wondered why this was resurrected.

Interesting.

46 posted on 03/07/2010 1:55:59 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

*** Only handle with deep deliberation alert ***

Very long compilation:

McCain and the POW Cover-up (How McCain left U.S. POWs and MIAs to rot in hell ???)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2465028/posts?page=4

[Nation]

Also [grain-of-salt alert]

Howard Dean: What’s McCain Hiding? | Politicususa
http://www.politicususa.com/en/Dean-McCain-Wealth


But neither source is respected by the FR. Looked for cross-sourcing.


What’s odd is that I was pinged here while gone and didn’t notice until researching several years later.


47 posted on 03/07/2010 2:06:14 PM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (ONLINE TAX REVOLT 150,000 AND GROWING. http://www.onlinetaxrevolt.com)
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