George W. Bush scribbled on American flags at a rally in Michigan, July, 2003.

DAMFA

Friday, August 29, 2003

YOU ARE ONLY AS SAFE AS YOU FEEL

Poll report from AP:

"four in five think that terrorists in this country are prepared to launch a major attack anytime and

about that many think the United States, within the next few years, will have to send troops to fight wars in other countries as it did in Iraq and Afghanistan.

More than half, 54 percent, said they think more terrorist attacks are likely in the United States during the next few weeks.

Nine in 10 said they expect that in the next decade there will be suicide bombings of buildings or other public places,

two-thirds said they expect chemical or biological attacks and

a third think there will be a nuclear attack."

Thursday, August 28, 2003

RAVEN REPORTS ON AD SCANDAL: DAMFACRATS QUICK TO BLAME PROXIMITY OF MARS

The reason your site has ads for various political web sites is simple. The
ads are targeted through the google portal, where people not only bid on
search related terms, they also pay for what is called contextual
advertising. For example, if the terms "Iraq", "President Bush" and so forth
appear on your website often enough, then the spiders from Google match
those terms to the terms selected by various advertisers, and place an ad.
This is the cost of being on a "free" blog.

ITS ALL HERE:

WARNING: EXPLICIT MATERIAL FROM REPUBLICAN

"[U]nder the First and Fourteenth Amendments, criminal laws in this area are constitutionally limited to hard-core pornography. I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it ..." - U.S. Supreme Ct. Justice Stevens

Jacobellis v. State of Ohio, 378 U.S. 184, 197 (1964).


also...

FREEDOM FRY PROPONENTS RANKLED BY GOP SUPPORT FOR FRENCH PUBLICATION
from Faux News

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REAL JUJU
Dr. Damfa

Damfacrats have been unable to decide whether to support U.S. military action in Liberia. The knee-jerk reaction seems to be an opposition to it, in the face of troops stretched thin around the globe and an all-around distaste for mission creep. Also, it would be an unpopular undertaking, as America reduces the situation to "another Somalia" and resists any such effort.

On the other hand, the U.S. is said to have a "special relationship" with the country that has been torn apart again and again by constant civil war. Following our own civil war, which killed about five hundred thousand of us, the U.S. established Liberia as a place for freed American slaves to live. Liberians generally speak better English than Americans.

As Damfacrats sit the fence, it's probably time for the U.S. to "get right to work if they had any sense," rather than withdrawing, as we recently did, the 150 troops we had there for a few weeks.

A South African newspaper reports tomorrow (time zone thing) that, basically, Liberians are being terrorized by rebel fighting, with the government and the rebels becoming more or less the same thing. Those in the Damfacrat family who have actually lived in west Africa might offer some deeper insights and they will be Spamfed up in here.

Meanwhile, the scene in Liberia is like a snapshot of our future country, whites included, after another term or two of the government-shrinking service-obliterating Petrolicans:

"First the drugs, then the bullets and then the battle. Jungle Fire battalion knew the routine and lounged on the abandoned market stalls, waiting for the marijuana and crack cocaine to kick in."

The book on Liberia is that teenage gunmen spend all of their pay on drugs before ingesting them and charging into battle. They also count on their juju:

"The seven dashed back behind a wall, panting. It was the turn of David Kollie (12) nicknamed Deputy, to lead the next wave. He wore a red headband, a yellow T-shirt which said "AK Baby, Man Moving, Man Dropping" and a serene expression.

"I eat the leaf," he said, "but I cannot disclose its nature because that is a military secret." Then he was on the bridge, firing away and joined by older boys, some with women's wigs and toenails painted blue. On Merclin Street a teenager with a bayonet jigged to the rhythm.
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The juju is a variety of different charms, such as women's wigs, which are supposed to keep soldiers safe under fire. Americans can conjur up Dennis Rodman with an assault rifle if their TV-diluted imaginations have trouble picturing it.

"One boy, emotional from drugs or trauma, offered to lend a clump of white hair on a necklace, his juju charm. "This'll bullet-proof you man," he said."

As much as the Damfacrats are loathe to engage, it seems to us that the U.S. could do a whole lot of good in Liberia without risking a whole lot of lives or money. In the days of an Iraqi bloodletting for no good reason, we might as well get in there and chill things out - saving a populus that REALLY DID dance joyfully in the streets, for the love of the U.S. and even a hint that we might stop by and help.


AD SCANDAL ROCKS DAMFACRATS

Damfacrats are scrambling to explain why their blog is sponsered by right-wing syndicate advertisers:

Iraqi Freedom Coin
"No Outcome But Victory"

Iraq Reconstruction Report
"The Iraq Reconstruction Report will keep you informed of developing business opportunities and provide the business intelligence needed to compete for this business."

Janusian Security Risk Management
"Janusian Security Risk Management has been active in Iraq since 17 April 2003. We are the only Western security company in Baghdad with an independent operational office and a country manager permanently based there."

Halliburton Co.
"Many employees echo the belief that the company "'is the best in the class when it comes to service companies.'"

Still working on that advertising investigation... look for it next spring ... if it doesn't get blacked out.


THE BODY QUOTES CAPTAIN TRIPS
Damfa

Five minutes ago, on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, former Governor of MInnesota Jesse Ventura was discussing the two party system. Jesse shocked the world by winning in Minnesota as an Independent. Then the one-time pro wrestler chose not to run for re-election because the job was so difficult.

Ventura said the country is mostly moderates and they are forced to pick between the evils of the far right and the evils of the far left. He went on to quote the late, great, musician, Jerry Garcia.

"Just remember the words of Jerry Garcia," he said with confidence, while wagging a finger. ''If you are picking the lesser of two evils, you are still picking evil.''"

Damfacrats applaud this kind of straight talk, which will help grease the nine-mile skid on the ten-mile ride to victory in the elections next year.

"Ideas the Pentagon Wishes It Never Had"

Thanks BuzzFlash

Damfacrats read The Nation

BE FOR REAL

Thanks to the Wesley Clark Weblog for the link to Globe comment on Clark. Really positive, however:

"Who might Clark pick as a running mate? Someone with domestic political experience: a Western or Midwestern governor or senator. Maybe New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a former Clinton Cabinet official and a Hispanic. Or how about Michigan's effective and popular governor, Jennifer Granholm? Or Illinois Senator Dick Durbin?"

As the Damfacrats say, "be for real" - for now, anyway - Howard Dean is It and I don't see why he wouldn't make a fine VP. If Clark pulls this off he will need the doctor's political muscle, which is now unquestionably permanent, to defeat the 200 million dollar Petrolicans.*


*Props to Dave 'Cuz' C. for inventing good nomenclature

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

FREE IS A VERY GOOD PRICE
Damfa


I don't know what is up with Blogger but some of my sponsers (see banner at top of page) sure look sinister. I'm wonder if Blogger takes a look and asks the question: what kind of ads will this person detest to the point where he or she will subscribe in order to eliminate the ads?

I've had a chance to notice some more diversity in the ads. They are looking a lot better and I am wodering what is going on. I need to investigate and determine exactly how ads end up on my otherwise free blog. As Tom Peterson used to say out in Portland, "free is a very good price." The Damfa team will figure it out and, in honor of the bosses, issue a report in 8 months.

BOTTOMS PORTRAYS JACKASS

Thanks to Cat for a sick link about the upcoming Showtime Horror movie

JESTER BACKS DAMFACRATS

Shout out to JesterStar

NEW YORK IS SAFE TERRITORY FOR DAMFACRATIC SPLINTER GROUP
Damfa

You may have heard of the Blue Dogs, a group of Democratic Congress members. They hail from the middle south, mostly, and their trademark is being stridently anti-deficit.

Another group of Democrats are known as the Yellow Dogs. These are voters, from what I could find, characterized by a Southern rural white base, who join forces with strongly Democratic African American voters to beat back the gunracks.

The Damfacrats have discovered another tribe of Democrats, known as the Rat Dogs. These are a group of Northern New York voters. Although their views have not always been made clear, it appears that they support louder motorcycles and fewer corporations. Some commentators suggest that they support Drug Law reform, despite the local prison economy. They are clearly pro-environment and - perhaps this is their trademark - they support massive increases in funding for the arts, particularly music.

The Rat Dog Damfacrats have gotten along with the more traditional Damfacratic neighbors to the south. The Rat Dogs and the traditionals find they often share common roots, many of them in Western New York. Party leaders from Central New York recently honored a prominent Rat Dog on the eve of his marriage to a true Eve of the Adirondack Eden.

The Rat Dogs and the traditionals get along O.K. but the word is that the Damfacratic hard-liners won't budge on the motrorcycle noise issue. Meanwhile, some Rat Dogs reject any alliance with what they see as the soft-on-corporations "part of the problem" Damfacrats.

The two caucuses are expected to smooth out any disagreements well before the important elections arrive, stringing and flattening a tarp above an upstate constituency upon whom the present leadership has "trickled down" long enough.

RELIGIOUS FANATICS TURN ON THEIR OWN
"Damphs"

The holy rollers are demanding William Pryor's resignation. Just a few weeks after Pryor was strung up as a poster boy for oppressed Christians.

Pryor is the Attorney General for the State of Alabama, where the state's chief justice, Roy "10-Moore," is refusing to obey a federal judge's order to remove the affront to the First Amendment down at the courthouse. Pryor is about to enforce the law, too, as he should, by hauling the thing out of there through a crowd of irate citizens. photo

Pryor is also a pet nominee for the federal bench among abortion-criminalizers in the Senate. His nomination has enraged Democrats on the Judiciary committee, who attacked him mercilessly for his far-right history during a July hearing. The holy rollers began claiming that the Democrats discriminate against certain religions, such that "no good Catholic" could ever be nominated.

Spamfa victims have read the transcript of the venom in the committee when Orrin Hatch rammed through a vote on Pryor's floor nomination over an official protest by Democratic members. Now I guess Sen Schumer and Sen Kennedy will get pats on the back from the born-agains, who are marching on Pryor's office and chanting 'Resign now! Resign now!''

This affair should nuetralize Bill Pryor's darling status somewhat but it won't stop Hatch from pushing Pryor for the devout administration. These folks force a God or an unwanted pregnancy on us and call it tyranny when our procedural and substantive laws actually work to prevent it. If Hatch calls on Cheney to break up a fillibuster on the nomination (Schumer calls it "going nuclear"), we may see Damfacratic Senators settle into lawn chairs outside the capitol building, to protest the removal of the Bill of Rights.

Update: Moore gets Constitutionally punked

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

$1.2 MILLION CHEESECAKE STICK LURES BUSH FROM BUBBLE

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"The event put another $1.2 million in the bank for Bush's re-election effort next year, a campaign spokesman said. And it bought those who attended edibles better suited for the ongoing Minnesota State Fair -- corn-on-a-stick, chicken fingers, cheesecake-on-a-stick, lemonade, cotton candy and fried pickles.

Bush has raised at least $56 million for his re-election.

The president, on a daylong outing from his ranch in Texas, spoke to the 85th annual convention in between two political fund-raisers.

About 75 people protested outside as Bush's motorcade arrived at the speech site in St. Paul. One sign said, ``Admit failure. Beg the U.N. for help.'' Another said ``Search for economic recovery,'' in a reference to the unsuccessful hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Bush's appearance before the veterans comes as the number of troops who have died in postwar Iraq reached 140 -- surpassing the number killed during major combat.

A total of 278 soldiers have died since the war began March 20. Bush declared an end to major combat May 1.

After visiting the American Legion, Bush was headed to a hotel fund-raiser on behalf of Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., who is up for re-election to a fourth term next year. He was due back at his Texas ranch Tuesday night."
from AP

MORE EPA SLUDGE

Clear Skies Initiative:

"Congressional investigators say the Environmental Protection Agency relied on anecdotes from industries it regulates, not comprehensive data, when it claimed that relaxing air pollution rules for industrial plants would cut emissions and reduce health risks."

POPPIES POPPIES POPPIES

Sprint realized a little too late that it printed its central Florida phone books with a nice big picture of a purple poppy on the front. They aren't recalling them but they are printing new ones with a different cover.

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from Mother Jones
"a draft of the bill defines narco-terrorism as "the crime of selling, distributing or manufacturing a controlled substance with the intent of helping a terrorist group." Essentially, the Victory Act would make it easier for Ashcroft and his minions to charge drug offenders with aiding terrorists, and could potentially freeze the assets of a suspected offender. Though Hatch's spokespersons refused to comment on the legislation, she did acknowledge the push to investigate the drug-terrorism link, stating that Hatch 'is continuing to look at all legislative options for combating the nexus between drug trafficking and terrorism.'"

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(Orrin Hatch ought to take a look at Afghanistan. How does he think they make a living over there? Selling self-made patriotic singing recordings like he does? -- Dr. D)

BUBBLE BOY POET SPENDS 17.4% OF PRESIDENCY HIDING AT RANCH
from USA Today

Two years ago, during his first vacation at the ranch, he told USA TODAY that he chafes at the "bubble" of security, staff and reporters that confines him.

"I like to, to the extent that I can, kind of expand the diameter of the bubble," he said. "The ranch is a good place to do so."

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This is Bush's 26th trip to Crawford as president. In 949 days in office, he has spent 166 days at the ranch or on the way there.

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Later, he told reporters, "We're heading parallel to this little river and I'll show you the headwaters of the river. It's spectacular. Can you envision me sitting here, on the rock, writing some poetry?" ***

"But when you're running or when you're fishing or when you're working with your hands, you tend to think about other things than your work, than your job," he said. "It mellows me out in many ways to be outside, working outside."

Bush is so proud of his ranch that he even allows reporters to cross his line of privacy occasionally, but he doesn't relish it. Last week, he said his wife had suggested inviting journalists who are spending August in Texas to see it.

"Her idea," he emphasized.

DAMFACRATS ARE PRO-HEMP FOR FARMERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

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HEY CLIFF: SUNSHINE

http://mirror1.draftclark.org/12_Patriot_Act.mp3

http://mirror1.draftclark.org/12_Patriot_Act.mp3

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thanks to digitalclark.com

TALK TO THE MEDALS

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Disabled Georgia Senator, Max Cleland veteran who got punked by Neo-Com computer voting machines, with Guess Who

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Talk to the medals

DUBYAH'S MILF

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"The United States is committed to helping, when asked. President Arroyo and I reviewed last year's highly successful deployment of U.S. troops to the southern Philippines, and we agreed to a similar deployment in the near-term, in which U.S. forces would support Philippine-led anti-terror operations. -- GWB

The President and I also reviewed the developments with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front -- MLIF. That group must abandon the path of violence. -- GWB

And that's why I appreciate President Arroyo's leadership. She's tough when it comes to terror. ... She knows, like I know, that the only way to deal with these people is to bring them to justice. You can't talk to them, you can't negotiate with them, you must find them. -- GWB

Yes, I remember right after September the 11th, President Arroyo called me, and there was no doubt in my mind where she stood. It was more than the condolence call, it was a let's get after them call." -- GWB

Q -- and about the MILF -- your offer of assistance in the MILF* problem, because we have poverty problem there now.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Well, my offer of assistance, it depends upon the MLIF choosing peace as a peaceful reconciliation of issues."
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Arroyo/Bush "Press Conference" at White House
May 19, 2003


*(damfacrats 2004 is a family blog but MILF has quite another meaning online)

ARROYO BOMBS HER OWN PEOPLE

Why aren't we shocked?
PARANOIA IN THE PHILIPPINES: Did the Philippine government bomb its own people to attract U.S. military might? Was the CIA involved? And why was there so little media coverage?

By NAOMI KLEIN
Wednesday, August 20, 2003 - Page A13

On July 27, 300 soldiers rigged a giant Manila shopping mall with C-4 explosives, accused one of Washington's closest allies of blowing up its own buildings to attract U.S. military dollars -- and still barely managed to make the international news. ***

The government blames the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The mutinous soldiers point the finger back at the military and the government, claiming that by inflating the terrorist threat, they are rebuilding the justification for more U.S. aid and intervention.

Among the soldiers' claims:

that senior military officials, in collusion with the Arroyo regime, carried out last March's bombing of the airport in the southern city of Davao, as well as several other attacks. Thirty-eight people were killed in the bombings. The leader of the mutiny, Lieutenant Antonio Trillanes, claims to have "hundreds" of witnesses who can testify to the plot; ***

that the government was on the verge of staging a new string of bombings to justify declaring martial law. President Arroyo denies the allegations and accuses the soldiers of being pawns of her unscrupulous political opponents. The mutineers insist they were not trying to seize power but only wanted to expose a top-level conspiracy. When Ms. Arroyo promised to launch a full investigation into the allegations, the mutiny ended without violence. ***

Days before the mutiny, a coalition of church groups, lawyers and NGOs launched a "fact-finding mission" to investigate persistent rumours that the state was involved in the Davao explosions. It is also investigating the possible involvement of U.S. intelligence agencies.

These suspicions stem from a bizarre incident on May 16, 2002, in Davao. Michael Meiring, a U.S. citizen, allegedly detonated explosives in his hotel room, injuring himself badly.

While recovering in the hospital, Mr. Meiring was whisked away by two men, who witnesses say identified themselves as FBI agents, and flown to the United States. Local officials have demanded that Mr. Meiring return to face charges, to little effect. BusinessWorld, a leading Philippine newspaper, has published articles openly accusing Mr. Meiring of being a CIA agent involved in covert operations "to justify the stationing of American troops and bases in Mindanao."

Yet the Meiring affair has never been reported in the U.S. press. And the mutinous soldiers' incredible allegations were no more than a one-day story. Maybe it just seemed too outlandish: an out-of-control government fanning the flames of terrorism to pump up its military budget, hold onto power and violate civil liberties. Why would Americans be interested in something like that?

BUSH LOSES TO PIECE OF PAPER

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=120-08252003

-- 84.1 percent of likely Democratic primary voters say it is not too late for a new entrant into the race to win their support;

-- 73.5 percent of all likely voters rate military/national security experience as "very" or "somewhat" important for a presidential candidate;

-- Clark comes in first in a blind-bio match-up versus six key Democratic candidates (Dean, Kerry, Edwards, Lieberman, Gephardt, Edwards, and Graham);

-- Clark wins 49.4 percent to 40.2 percent in a blind-bio match-up versus President Bush among a national poll of likely voters; photo

-- Even when the poll question referred solely to candidate names (no bio information), Clark jumped to 5th place (4.9 percent) nationally among likely Democratic primary voters -- despite his low name recognition, and the fact that he has not spent a dime.

"These Zogby poll results suggest that the race for the Democratic nomination is wide open, and that likely primary voters are definitely open to another candidate entering the race," said Dr. Kofinis. "Further, the poll results tell us that Clark has the qualities to compete against the elite of the Democratic field, and to challenge and potentially defeat President Bush in 2004."

See http://www.DraftWesleyClark.com for full results.

SMUG BUTTHEAD GETS SHUT DOWN

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8/21 -

CLARK: I don't think there's anything wrong with being a Democrat. We're in a two-party system.

HANNITY: Obviously.

CLARK: You're saying it like a dirty word.

HANNITY: Will you admit it finally that you are a Democrat?

CLARK: Sean, I would think you would admit it's a healthy democracy to have a two-party system.

HANNITY: I'm a Republican.

CLARK: Or do you believe it should be one party?

HANNITY: I just want to know what you are.

CLARK: I just want to know whether you believe in a two-party system, Sean? Do you believe in the two-party system.

HANNITY: I will answer the question if you tell me if you're a Democrat. Yes, I believe in a two-party system.

CLARK: Thank you very much.

LATE NIGHT SPAMFA BEATS KRUGMAN TO THE PUNCH (SORT OF)

Dust and Deception, NY Times

Monday, August 25, 2003

FEINSTEIN LOSES GRIP ON REALITY

Califonia's Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein has been publicly stating that she will vote NO on Question #1 and NOTHING on Question #2. The first question is YES or NO on the Recall, the second is the voter's choice for Gray's replacement. Everybody gets to vote on both questions.

The media (dumb-it-down-and-create-false-uncertainty-to-keep-viewers) is "just now" discussing what the Damfacrats realized weeks ago. (See below) The Damfacrats haven't wasted a moment of concern about Califonia. We know who our friends are and California is safe territory. Cruz "Bust-A-Move" Bustamonte is a lock.

Every person who is partisan enough to vote NO on the recall will vote YES for the "Tough Love" candidate. The latest polls say that's 45%.

A good many fed up Democrats will vote YES to yank Davis. The polls show 35% of YES-voters want Bustamonte instead of Davis. That is about 19% overall.

I didn't get as far in math as some folks but I think it will be hard for the big guy to bench press more than 65% when there are only 55% Yes-voters out there. Then again, he's apparently got Feinstein as a spotter: "I am not going to vote on the second part of the ballot. I am going to vote on the first part of the ballot and my vote is going to be to vote 'no' on the recall."

She's advising people to vote NO on the recall and walk out of the booth. This is her version of integrity. The polls have been fluctuating all over the place so she had better get wise and add her vote for Bustamonte like a Dem with some heart. Also, I must acknowledge, after reading Palast's The Best Democracy Money Can Buy , regarding Florida in 2000, and a link from j1mo regarding computer voting machine sketchiness, the thing that worries me a little about California is wondering whether this is a voter-fraud test run for some spooky Neo-Cons.

Two weeks ago, I guess I had it wrong - I was saying it was the movie star who was detaching us from reality.



Here's what the Spamfatorium was displaying back on August 12:


A Herculean Idea

This latest scheme is brilliant. California. Everyone condemn Gray Davis for screwing up California.

It's another good Republican power grab strategy. Never mind that California is just suffering the same thing most states are, but on a much, much larger scale. Never mind that most of the reason that California had an energy crisis was because Cheney and Enron were monkeying with the prices. Blame it on the Democrats in California.

What an incredible and devious plan. I mean you have to hand it to these Republicans. Use an expendable Darrel Issa to push the recall and then pull his plug just hours before his tearful non-candidacy announcement.

The most diabolical portion of this move is Arnold Schwartzenegger. This is the outside-the-box part that might just make it all work. Republicans supporting a celebrity. Appealing to the most gullible of the voters. Just the ticket.

He's a big, lovable, bland man with fame. He lures the American people further over the blurred line between our impressions from movies and our understanding of reality. Appealing to that lingering feeling of raw power that we all seem to enjoy so much lately.

This plan dazzles but it won't work. I'll go out on a limb and call it for Cruz Bustamonte. 65% will vote YES to the recall. The 35% who vote NO will vote for Cruz Bustamonte. 15% of those who vote YES will also vote for Bustamonte. 40% will vote for Schwartzenegger. Simon (update: out) will get 10% and the rest get the remaining 5%.

Even if the Republicans could put Arnold in Sacramento, Democrats are getting California's 54 electoral votes in 2004 and in every election from here to eternity. I won't hear any talk to the contrary so save it.

Still, the Pubs have managed to redirect the political spotlight for a full two months. It will distract America's attention when Wesley Clark announces his candidacy. It further polarizes the nation because you are suddenly either a moderate Bush supporter or a California weirdo.


THE GREAT PUPPY TOSS
Dr. Damfa

Don’t blink or you will miss another one. New revelations of Neo-Con deception are happening so often and so fast, it’s like driving through one little municipality after another.

The little Scamlet known as Bogusville. The quaint fiefdom of Phonytown. The struggling community in Fellforit Falls. photo

If the bumpy road finally jars us out of our uncomfortable nap in the passenger’s seat, we will rub our eyes and look out the window to realize that we have arrived in Blunderburg without seeing any of the sights along the way. Of course the vehicle is a pick-up truck and the driver is you-know-who but this analogy has gone far enough.

The point is this: there are increasingly less and less areas and issues about which this administration has not been full of it. If you have bothered to read this far, you are probably aware of such Euphrates River fish-stories as "Trying to Avoid the War," "Niger Uranium," "Mobile Labs," "Aluminum Tubes," "Al Qaeda Connections" and "Saving Private Lynch." The latest episodes include “Troops Collect Pay Raise, Tax Rebate and Departure Date at Mess Tent,” “Chemical Crop-Dusting UAVs” and “Chemical Ali DOA.”

This administration has been pretty prolific, in multiple genres. No Child Left Behind, except for those that benefit from Head Start, Americorps, and Low-Income Tax Rebates. We had the Cheney/Enron Meeting censorship, the 9/11-Saudi censorship, and the EPA global warming censorship.

Now it turns out that the White House forced the EPA to lie about dangerous NYC air quality following 9/11.

I happened to already be aware of mercury poisoning among WTC clean-up workers, thanks to a lengthy obsession with the environmental and bodily hazards of mercury amalgam dental fillings. Apparently, the mercury in all of those broken fluorescent lights found its way into the workers’ bloodstream.

The claims of breathable air after 9/11 were so much hot air. Maybe this story will have some kind of impact on the electorate.

Even in my home city’s conservative newspaper (and even though it had to be on a Saturday) the headline was unequivocal: “EPA FORCED TO CALL 9/11 AIR SAFE.” This is the same paper that ran a huge front-page local story: “POLICE: PUPPY TOSSING A HOAX” with only a ten-line story that the White House had acknowledged the Uranium lie on the same day.

It’s strange and unfortunate, but every time a new lie is discovered, the fresh outrage hurts a little less because it means a few more Americans will take note. That keeps us from getting closer to living in a country where the following phrase, as made by the White House to the EPA, becomes a way of life: “all statements to the media should be cleared.”

Sunday, August 24, 2003

WHY DAMFACRATS SUPPORT THE EFFORT TO ELECT WESLEY K CLARK AS THE NEXT U.S. PRESIDENT

I view the strategy of next year's election as a system of priorities. The first priority is to make sure George W. does not win re-selection. Only a Democrat can defeat him. Times are too precarious to support a long-shot independent. The next priority is electing the right Democrat.

Thankfully, in Wesley Clark I see a man who I believe can win and whom I truly believe can provide the sorely needed leadership that has been absent of late. I trust him and I think America can trust him. I guess we can always be wrong about such feelings and be eternally disappointed by politicians but, for Wes, I will set aside the pecimism.

I think he is brilliant and articulate. I think he speaks to all people and all people will love to hear him speak. I think he is a politician who has enough self-esteem so that he doesn't have to fabricate an image. I think he is well-respected by the rest of the planet and could heal the international wounds that Bush's failed diplomacy has inflicted. I don't think he cares about making money or being adored. I think he would work like a dog to help our nation every waking moment of his Presidency. He is the "adult" we need to put back in charge of this country.

I won't list all his credentials because you can easily find them elsewhere. He is absolutely impervious to the blustering right wing pundits' attacks. They dare not attack him because it will look like (gasp) not supporting the troops and not respecting the armed forces. He can make, and has made, them all look like the rude and braying jackasses that they mostly are.

Most of all, he can win. I think if he runs, he will win. He might even be able to win it for the Democrats just by running as the VP candidate.

Let's face it, in America, Rhode Scholar and Four Star General don't exactly motivate the voters, even though it should. No, in this land that I love despite all its problems, voters favor candidates from places like Arkansas. They like celebrities who are loved by the camera, such as relatively young men who appear on talk shows as respected analysts. They like candidates who make them feel safe, who don't make them feel resentful towards the candidate's intellect, such as a General, who it's OK to place above them. One thing for which American voters deserve credit, they have pretty much decided that most career politicians are mired in special interest and not very genuine, unlike a man who has never held public office but has all the executive skills to handle the job from day one.

Clark has white male appeal (roughly 80% Republican) and even some Pick-Up-truck-gun-rack appeal. He has soccer mom appeal. He has Catholic appeal and ex-Baptist appeal and enjoys being part Jewish, which even the not so progressive Americans can handle.

He has crossover pro-military appeal. He is pro-affirmative action and pro-gay rights. He is pro-choice and, this being beyond reproach: pro-America. He pretty much eclipses Bush's whole myth of national security prowess.

Dean probably can't win because he is incorrectly perceived as too liberal and because he hails from New England. Wes has the same anti-war message but can deliver it with much more credibility.

Lieberman can't win because he is dull and because he was a mere tag-along with the "loser" in 2000. I simply cannot stomach a candidate who quotes incessantly from scripture and calls the war "just." I don't think most Democrats can, and like minds are increasing. That New England problem again. Finally, and sadly, he is Jewish, and the country, as I said, flawed but beloved, is not ready for that.

Kerry can't win because he seems aloof and again, he's from New England. Also, his military credentials, although admirable, include an episode where he returned from Vietnam and threw his medals at the capital. Unfortunately, it also turns out that he actually threw a friend's medals and his turned up later on his office wall. This will confuse his image. Kerry is also rather dull - certainly uninspiring.

Like Kerry, Gephart is yesterday's news. He has union support and he is from the Midwest but he has been rejected more than once among Democratic contenders. He won't inspire anyone and sounds too much like Al Gore. Graham has great things to say but is a little too old and has trouble delivering his message with any impact. Edwards, although also a Southerner, is too young and belongs to that most-hated breed, the trial lawyers. Despite the remaining candidates' many fine qualities, not the least of which is Carol Mosley-Braun's magical smile, they almost certainly have zero chance of winning.

I believe that Wesley K. Clark is such a threat to the current administration's power that some crazy might even try to put a bullet in him. May all that is Good forbid that. Even so, Clark is a man who already took four bullets in Vietnam and is still standing by to serve this nation, so if he runs, and I believe he will, there may be nothing that can stop him.

Saturday, August 23, 2003

PETROLEUM PYROTECHNICS PATTERN
Dr. Damfa 8/20/03

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With everyone wondering about a possible terrorist role in the Big Blackout, I have been noticing an abundance of gas and oil refinery fires, explosions and mishaps in the last month or so, almost all of them in the West. Most of them were poorly explained and even denied. Many of these events have contributed to the recent and sharp surge in gasoline prices:

July 9 - Benicia, California - A "small flash fire" at Valero Energy refinery cuts back production and causes first price surge in California. The damaged unit could not be repaired as of July 21.

July 17 - Sacramento, California - At an Airgas refinery, "several gas cylinders stored outside exploded ... burning seven delivery trucks and causing nearby residents to flee in panic." It was called a "miracle" that no one was hurt and officials said they may never know the cause.

July 21 - Houston, Texas - After a power outage at an ExxonMobile (read: Bechtel) plant caused "larger than usual flaring ... fire hoses were used for cooling some equipment until power returned."

July 21 - Ponca City, Oklahoma - At a ConocoPhillips refinery explosion, one worker dies and five are injured.

July 22 - Anacortes, Washington - Fire at a Shell refinery. The company denies the fire and refuses to discuss production levels.

July 23 - Carson, Nevada - A steam boiler explodes at ConocoPhillips refinery, shutting it down but causing no fire and no injuries.

July 30 - SE Arizona - The well-reported Kinder Morgan pipeline from El Paso to Phoneix ruptures and is shut down on August 8. Gasoline prices rise above two dollars a gallon, even reaching four dollars in Scottsdale as of mid-August.

Aug 2 - Pascagoula, Mississippi - A seventy-five minute fire at ChevronTexaco's largest refinery is "caused by lightning," (sound familiar?) which only happened once before, according to officials, 40 years ago.

Aug 6 - Corpus Christi, Texas - Halliburton (read: Dick Cheney) natural gas well catches fire and shoots fifty-foot flames.

Aug 9 - Richmond, California - A "malfunction in a hydrogen compressor" at ChevronTexaco Refinery unleashes "rotten egg/urine"-smelling hydrogen sulfide gas and visible emissions. Residents were ordered to seek shelter as prices climb higher.

Aug 13 - Saginaw, Texas - A natural gas plant tower explodes and a man is killed.

Aug 14 - Detroit, Michigan - An explosion occurs at a Marathon refinery following the big blackout, with hundreds of residents evacuated from areas of gas and smoke emissions.

Aug 17 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - An oil tanker truck gets run off the road by another motorist, shutting down I-35 after the tanker explodes and burns for three hours.

Aug 18 - Tulsa, Oklahoma - Multiple containers housing various gases at Airgas distributor explode, causing a massive fire that burned three homes and more than one hundred vehicles.

In an attempt to confirm what appeared to be an unusual rash of such incidents, I consulted fireworld.com, which compiles monthly logs of industrial fires, explosions and significant accidents. Based on the lists from the prior six months, there were thirteen domestic refinery incidents from January through June of this year.

Only one such incident occurred in all of March, April, and May, when two foolish teens in Palestine, Texas lit a lighter to see under an oil tank lid. Most of the thirteen incidents were credibly explained and they occurred at an average of about once every two weeks.

In the forty or so days between July 9 and August 19, there were at least fourteen fires, explosions and/or colossal emissions at oil and natural gas facilities in the U.S., at a rate of about once every three days - on track for 120 per year.

So what is to be concluded from this? Are there terrorists out there, rupturing pipelines, blowing up containers and running tankers off the road? I guess if there were, our government might not let on, to avoid panic and shame.

Maybe the trend just tells us that alternative energy is long overdue. In any event, it's a disturbing pattern that is most likely being caused by corner cutting among Bush-Cheney energy buddies, such as FirstEnergy, the Ohio company purported to be responsible for the Blackout. Talk about the foxes guarding the henhouse.

I think I prefer a blackout in New York City, where one can at least see the stars for once, to a fifty-foot fireball of Texas gas. How about you? We'll get lots of "comprehensive" choices between "comprehensive" energy snafus once the special interest Republicans' version of a "comprehensive" Energy Bill gets blasted through Congress.

Friday, August 22, 2003

THE DRUMBEAT TO PEACE
Damfa

The term/name DAMFA was coined nearly a decade ago, during the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) debates, by yours truly, as directed at a pesky younger brother who was "borrowing" too much stuff (Dont Ask Me For Anything). The DAMFA policy was enacted.

A search today on Google reveals something amazing. After months of running the new Damfacratic machine, I discovered that a Damfa is actually a handheld frame drum. The Mennonites are even selling them on the internet as Peace Drums. (See below) So, the Damfacrats have a new and more appropriate meaning, the Drumbeat to Peace as an alternative to the fabled Drumbeat to War offered by the Bush administration.

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"Peace Drum
New Peace Drum!"
This 12" damfa, a frame drum, with Mennonite Church USA logo and "drumming for peace" on the head, was made by artisans in India.

drummingforpeace@aol.com

CLARK CALLS BUSH PHONY PRANCER
Damfa
What do you think of President Bush's using war imagery as a political tool, like when he recently flew onto an aircraft carrier?

The world expects something more of an American president than to prance around on a flight deck dressed up like [a] pilot. He's expected to be a leader. That's my fundamental issue with it. It doesn't reflect the gravitas of the office. Furthermore, it's a little phony.

Wesley Clark, The Last Word, MSNBC July, 2003

(Thanks to Wesley Clark Conversation blog)

STROKING A HEAT STROKE
Dr Damfa

In early August, another soldier died in Iraq, this time from heat stroke.

Around the same day the soldier died, we saw the President and his advisors in Crawford. The President answered some questions. He made some light humor.

In keeping with his apparent trend to shun press conferences, President Bush soon announced that it was time to get in “before we all get heat stroke out here – before you get heat stroke.” Donald Rumsfeld added, “before Spot does,” referring to oe of the local pooches. photo

The grim “heat stroke” humor is another example of how the administration’s true colors are really beginning to show. It doesn’t matter whether our soldier died just before or just after the joke was made. They can’t resist the urge to show how callous they are—none of that liberal sensitivity stuff for them.

It’s “Bring em on.” It’s labeling mounting American military deaths “one-sies and two-sies.” It’s George W. Bush singing his autograph on American flags. It’s betting on terrorism and covering up the Saudi–9/11 connection. It’s slashing veteran programs and keeping soldiers’ families out of the loop on child tax rebates.

Today, Karl Rove was telling Panama City, Florida [read: panhandle] that Florida will be “ground zero” during next year’s presidential election. Duh? “Ground zero?” Like the WTC on 9/11? Like the pre-Iraq nuke hyperboles? Such painful and tasteless ironies are of no concern to this administration. Nuance is not a priority. The same is true of the mass media and, sadly, Americans.

Nevertheless, I am hopeful. One of these days, George W. will radiate some outrageously unfeeling remark and we will all notice, we will all heave, we will all throw something at the screen. His foot is on its way into his mouth and, as he’s so fond of saying, “we’re makin’ pretty good progress.”

Thursday, August 21, 2003

THE PROGRESSIVE
Dr. Damfa

At his July 30, 2003 Press Conference, only his 9th since taking office, George W. Bush mentioned "progress" 10 times.

From what we found, between July 17 and August 15, on any day that the President made any public statements, he mentioned "progress" at least once. Except for his August 2nd radio address.

He used the word at least 44 times, to describe 17 different issues during 22 public statements over 29 days.

A Psuedo-"Progress"ive Bush is at the heart of the "Compassionate" Neo-Conservative strategy to usurp and give lip service to popular elements of the Democratic Platform.

The first quote listed hereafter kicked off the streak. The recurring "issue after issue" quote pretty much summarizes the hideous irony at work.

7/17 AL QAEDA
They target progress and success.

7/17 ISRAEL
The leadership and courage of Prime Minister Abbas and Prime Minister Sharon are giving their peoples new hope for progress

7/18 "ON ISSUE AFTER ISSUE,
this administration has acted on principle, has kept its word and has made progress on behalf of the American people." (Applause.)

7/19 "ON ISSUE AFTER ISSUE,
this administration has acted on principle, has kept its word and has made progress for the American people."

7/21 MIDDLE EAST
And we are determined to spread liberty and progress and hope. ... The Prime Minister and I are both encouraged by signs of progress toward a great goal in the Middle East.

7/22 IRAQ
While there is still much work to do in Iraq, the Iraqi people can see progress each day toward a better and more prosperous future for their country. (White House Statement)

7/23 IRAQ
And this morning, Ambassador Bremer briefed me on our strategy to accelerate progress toward this goal. ... The plan sets out ambitious timetables and clear benchmarks to measure progress and practical methods for achieving results.

7/24 ECONOMY
And so, we're making progress. ... And so we've -- there are hopeful signs, good progress.

7/25 WAR ON TERROR
In order for us to be able to make progress on a lot of difficult issues, there has to be a firm and continued commitment to fight terror. ... And so, to answer your question, the more progress there's made on terror, the more progress there will be made on difficult issues.

7/26 DISABLED AMERICANS
We're making good progress toward ensuring that persons with disabilities know the American Dream is meant for them.

7/28 TROOPS
Our men and women in uniform are serving our nation and the cause of security and peace. We're proud of them. We appreciate their progress.

7/29 ISRAEL
We have now a tremendous opportunity to add to Israeli security and safety, and add to the hopes of the average Palestinian citizen, by making tangible progress towards two states living side-by-side in peace.

7/30 IRAQ
And so we're making progress. It's slowly but surely making progress of bringing the -- those who terrorize their fellow citizens to justice, and making progress about convincing the Iraqi people that freedom is real.

7/30 SAUDI-9/11
Now, at some point in time, as we make progress on the investigation, and as a threat to our national security diminishes, perhaps we can put out the document. But in my judgment, now is not the time to do so.

7/30 NORTH KOREA
So the progress that is being made is we're actually beginning to make serious progress about sharing responsibility on this issue in such a way that I believe will lead to an attitudinal change by Kim Jong-il, which will be very positive for peace in the region.

7/30 BUDGET
Now, we have laid out a plan which shows that the deficit will be cut in half over the next five years. And that's good progress toward deficit reduction. That's assuming Congress holds the line on spending.

7/30 PALESTINE STATEHOOD
I also know when we start sliding goals, it makes progress less realistic. Absolutely, I think it's realistic. And I think we're making pretty good progress in a short period of time.

7/30 IRAN
... talking with my friend Vladimir Putin about the need to be mindful of the Iranians' desire to have nuclear weapon. We're making progress there.

8/1 NORTH KOREA
And so I would say the progress is being -- is good progress.

8/6 ISRAEL
I do believe we're making progress. ... And we're making progress there.

8/8 IRAQ
We've made good progress. Iraq is more secure.

8/9 IRAQ
For America and our coalition partners, these have been 100 days of steady progress.

8/11 ENVIRONMENT
During the last three decades, we've seen extraordinary progress in cleaning our air and protecting our land and making our water more pure. ... We're making real progress protecting endangered species and helping them recover.

We're making progress, but current law makes it very difficult to expedite the thinning of forests.

8/13 NORTH KOREA
And I think we can deal with this issue in a peaceful way, and we're making good progress.

8/14 WAR ON TERROR
Now, we're making progress. Slowly but surely, we're doing our duty to our fellow citizens.

AFGHANISTAN
We're making steady progress in Afghanistan.

IRAQ
And in the meantime, the Iraqi people are making steady progress, and building a stable society, and beginning to form a democratic government. ... A free Iraq will show all nations of the region that human freedom brings progress and prosperity.

On issue after issue, this administration has acted on principle, has kept its word, and has made progress for the American people. (Applause.)

8/15 ENVIRONMENT
In the first two years of my administration, under Gale and Fran's leadership, we've undertaken 900 park maintenance projects, and that's a good start, we're making progress.

On issue after issue, this administration has acted on principle, has kept its word and has made progress for the American people. (Applause.)

FIVE REASONS WHY IT'S NOT TOO LATE FOR WES TO RUN
Dr. Damfa

Here are five good reasons why it’s not too late for Wes Clark to run for President on the Democratic ticket.

1. Most people aren't paying attention yet anyway. Few can name more than one or two candidates. People won't tune in, and even then hardly at all, until November and December.

2. The people who are currently paying attention are not too happy with the field. Dean has momentum but it is widely feared that the country would reject a candidate from New England, who is perceived as much more liberal than he actually is. Clark's entry would give him the aura of independence, a striking alternative to the current pack that would make a real stir, offsetting the time already passed.

3. Wes Clark makes an impact with just one or two comments. He has real charisma and exudes leadership. He is very comfortable on television. He is handsome and his status discourages outright attacks from opponents. He needs less time to impress people than the current Democratic field.

4. The big money is still sitting on the sidelines. I get the sense that the majority of the money out there in support of a Democratic candidate is not yet in play. Clark's entry can give them a reason to get in the game and he has not yet missed their generosity.

5. Getting in late makes Clark look more like the reluctant draft candidate that he truly is. Candidates like Joe L and Dick G and John K look like over-ambitious plastic politicians who are eternally on the hunt for the White House. Clark will enter late and look like the "aw shucks, guys, if I have to" person, which will endear him to many.

PREDICTION - CHENEY WON'T RUN IN 2004
Dr. Damfa (written on 7/15/03)

With George Tenet of the CIA apparently unable to make an impact on the public by falling on his sword, more and more talk has been swirling about what role Dick Cheney played in pressuring for greater hype in regard to the Iraqi threat. It appears there is a consensus that Ambassador Wilson went to Niger because the VP asked the CIA to send someone there and report back to the second-in-command - or, at least, to someone in the Cheney office named "Scooter."

When combined with the unpalatable stories concerning no-bid reconstruction contracts given to Cheney's former company, Halliburton, and particularly its subsidiary, Kellogg,Brown and Root, the intelligence bungling may be the last straw for the mysterious man behind the man. Although the Republicans will let the air out of the Halliburton balloon by re-opening the bid to other contractors, the story itself will remind us of Halliburton’s well-known book-cooking and shady deals with no-no countries such as Iran, Libya and Iraq.

To make matters worse for Cheney, a federal court has recently ruled that some documents concerning his secret Energy Policy meetings with Enron reps, early on in the Bush administration’s tenure, must be released, pursuant to the teetering Freedom of Information Law. All the evidence points to a situation where Enron and Texas-Bush-buddy Ken Lay bought access to the White House, where they influenced Mr. Cheney to mouth an energy policy that was favorable to the notorious company.

With these factors in mind, I am predicting that Cheney will not run. The administration will announce that poor health, namely, a dark heart that has attacked its host four times, is the cause of Cheney’s flight from the Republican ticket. His replacement? I shudder to speculate but you can be sure that it will be someone who demonstrates Senior Advisor Karl Rove’s ability to manipulate the masses, i.e., probably a minority or military person (read: Colin Powell). Rove will want someone to offset the affect of Retired General Wesley Clark, who everyone is saying will be at least the Democrat’s VP.

If Cheney is anywhere near as sinister as the stories suggest, we could at least take solace in knowing that he will be ousted from power - right? Alas, no. If Bush is re-elected, Dick Cheney will almost certainly still be hovering, lurking, phoning it in, intimidating and pulling the strings.


WOMAN CALLS BUSH WHISTLE ASS FROM BEYOND GRAVE
republished excerpt

"When Sally Baron's family wrote her obituary, they described a northern Wisconsin woman who raised six children and took care of her husband after he was crushed in a mining accident. She had moved to Stoughton seven years ago to be closer to her children and was 71 when she died Monday after struggling to recuperate from heart surgery.

Her family had come to the question of what might be a fitting tribute to her. "My uncle asked if there was a cause," her youngest son, Pete Baron, said. Almost in unison, what her children decided to include in the obituary was this: "Memorials in her honor can be made to any organization working for the removal of President Bush."

"She thought he was a liar," Baron's daughter, Maureen Bettilyon, said. "I think his personality, just standing there with that smirk on his face, and acting like he's this holy Christian, that's what really got her." Bettilyon, who lives in Stoughton, said her mother didn't trifle with petty neighborhood squabbles but was attuned to significant policy-making at all levels.

She'd always watch CNN, C-SPAN, and you know, she'd just swear at the TV and say 'Oh, Bush, he's such a whistle ass!' She'd just get so mad," Bettilyon said.

***

The decision to put the line in about Bush came easily, although after several family members thought of it, there was some "how can we really say this" kind of laughter. "It should be impeachment, not removal," Pete said, laughing. "That can mean a couple of things." Joe Baron has no question that his mother would approve. "She just didn't trust that a big corporate guy was going to be doing what was best for her. She just really didn't trust him," he said.

lsensenbrenner@madison.com

SHOT FOUR TIMES, SPEAKS FOUR LANGUAGES, WEARS FOUR STARS, the Damfracratic Committee endorses THE TOUGH LOVE CANDIDATE and NATO AMBASSADOR OF GLOBAL WARMING IN THE GOOD SENSE for U.S. President, General Wesley K. Clark
"There has been since 9/11 a chill on dialogue in this country. . . . You only have to listen to talk radio or watch Mike Savage on MSNBC, and you'll see the spirit of what's out there. You can't have a democracy when people don't get the facts and when people don't get the chance to agree or disagree. We've got to have a dialogue in this country . . . that is premised on an understanding that asking questions, demanding evidence, and holding people accountable is not unpatriotic, it's the duty of every American." --- Wesley Clark

"Right now, the military is the only action agency in the United States government, so any time anyone wants something done, the military is being called upon to do it. But that's the trouble. The military knocked things down in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's very good at knocking things down. But now we have to build things, and the military's not very good at building things. It's not about building things. It's about allowing what you've built to be destroyed. It's about allowing people you love to be killed" --- Wesley Clark


Clark is a 1966 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he ranked first in his class. He holds a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Clark is a recipient of numerous U.S. and foreign military awards, including the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and a Purple Heart, dating back to his experience fighting in Vietnam. He has received honorary Knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments and was made a commander of the French Legion of Honor. In 2000, Clark was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

From 1997 through May of 2000, General Clark was NATO Supreme Allied Commander and Commander in Chief of the United States European Command. In this position, General Clark commanded Operation Allied Force, NATO’s first major combat action, which saved 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing in Kosovo.


...It's not that Howard Dean wouldn't make a good president. As governor of Vermont, he has exercised effective fiscal discipline, signed legislation bestowing equal legal rights on same-sex couples and, as a medical doctor, devised a plan guaranteeing that the vast majority of residents of his state are covered by health insurance. But his opposition to the war in Iraq, limited experience with foreign affairs and inevitable branding as a "New England liberal" - despite an A rating for his stance on gun control from the National Rifle Association - make it unlikely that he will be capable of unseating a Teflon president of Bush's popularity.

The winners of four of the last seven presidential popular votes have been centrist, Southern Democrats. A Democrat from north of the Mason-Dixon line hasn't won since Kennedy. Because Democratic strongholds such as California and New York are offset by the solidly Republican West's disproportionate weight in the electoral college, the burgeoning South has become a political battleground crucial to the success of any presidential contender.....


MR. RUSSERT: Hyped by whom?

GEN. CLARK: Well, I...

MR. RUSSERT: The CIA, or the president or vice president? Secretary of Defense, who?

GEN. CLARK: I think it was an effort to convince the American people to do something, and I think there was an immediate determination right after 9/11 that Saddam Hussein was one of the keys to winning the war on terror. Whether it was the need just to strike out or whether he was a linchpin in this, there was a concerted effort during the fall of 2001 starting immediately after 9/11 to pin 9/11 and the terrorism problem on Saddam Hussein.

MR. RUSSERT: By who? Who did that?

GEN. CLARK: Well, it came from the White House, it came from people around the White House. It came from all over. I got a call on 9/11. I was on CNN, and I got a call at my home saying, “You got to say this is connected. This is state-sponsored terrorism. This has to be connected to Saddam Hussein.” I said, “But—I’m willing to say it but what’s your evidence?” And I never got any evidence. And these were people who had—Middle East think tanks and people like this and it was a lot of pressure to connect this and there were a lot of assumptions made. But I never personally saw the evidence and didn’t talk to anybody who had the evidence to make that connection.
--June 15, 2003

"You'd be taking (Bush) to the Better Business Bureau if you bought a washing machine the way we went into war with Iraq" --Wesley Clark, August 17, 2003


"I think he could have won it swimming all four legs himself," McMath says. "I think if he'd gone that way, he could have been Olympic-caliber."

McMath says that Clark, a National Merit Finalist, was "certainly one of the smartest guys at Hall, if not the smartest, and we had some smart guys in those days."


... He says he went through school with Clark, from age 6 through Hall. "He's absolutely, positively, squeaky clean. I doubt he's ever said a curse word."

The general is on vacation this week and will announce soon after his return, perhaps in September, whether he'll grace the presidential field of contestants.



--- Spamfacrats For the Peaceful Coup --- Wes Clark / Howard Dean

LITTLE DUBYAH
Dr. Damfa

I’m sorry but I just can’t stand to listen to it. I’m typing away at my computer, with CSPAN on in the background. Lots of intelligent and important people, talking to me and the fourteen others tuned to CSPAN.

So I’m listening and some of it is good and some of it is bull. Some of it won’t convince anyone of anything. Some of it is compelling, some of it boring.

Some are like voices from an old videotape of a TV show that ran over into news reports about election primaries in the late eighties. Some of the voices are shrill and angry. One voice is female. An African-American Reverend chimes in now and then and it’s hard not to listen more carefully and enjoy.

But only one voice makes me truly upset. It makes me reach frantically for some missile to launch at the screen.

The voice says “so if I may quote Corinthians.” A pen-cap plinking off the glass. It says, “the war was a just war.” I say, involuntarily, “boooooo … you suck…get off the stage.” It says, “I supported the President on a bipartisan apology blah, blah …” I miss the screen with a reflexively and awkwardly crushed ball of paper. “Lame!” I pronounce to nobody.

To whom does this voice belong? A Republican senator from Wyoming? A T.V. evangelist trying to raise a few bucks? Nope. It’s Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman.

He can’t win the nomination or the election anyway so I don’t have to make excuses for him. He’s Little-Dubyah/Bush-Lite half the time and he has to go. He has the intelligence, the experience, the temperament and the friends to do a good job as President. I actually agree with many of his views.

I just can’t listen to it from my team. I won’t have it. I’m not going to vote for someone who champions the war and the administration’s methods for getting us there.

I don’t think the Democrats can move to the center this time. Maybe in other elections, but this time, they have to shake the electorate in their beds until they wake up from the Bush 9/11 trance and get angry. Old-fashioned Vietnam-Nixon anger. Good old patriotic anger – not some marble-mouthed Little Dubyah.

A balled-up sock whizzes at the screen. The voice says something about “sounding an uncertain trumpet to battle.” Pank, goes the bottle cap, making a sound certain enough.

THE DAFACRATIC PLATFORM "Be For Real"

What Damfacrats Oppose

Fear and Anger

George W Bush
-Misleader
-Stupid Cowboy
- Right-wing radical
- Favors the Rich

Big Corporations
- Jobs oversees
- Enron, WorldCom
- Halliburton
-Corruption

Big Brother
-Sneak and peak warrants
-No lawyers allowed
-Cameras at every intersection

Insurance Companies
-Taking advantage of elderly
-Cutting off coverage
-Inflating deductibles and co-pays

Deficits
-Tax cuts for the rich
-Hidden “interest taxes,” state and local taxes
-Republicans trying to buy the vote
-Letting our children pay the bill

Media Conglomeration

-Cyberscams
-More monopolies and fat cats

Pre-emptive Foreign Attacks

-Iraq War and Failed Reconstruction
-Afghan neglect
-International hatred
-Nukes

What Damfacrats Support

Hope and Love

Homeland Defense

-Police Officers
-Firefighters and EMTs
-Borders
-Ports
-Aid to the states
-Protection of high-risk targets

International Organizations

Talking to North Korea

The Working and Middle Class
- Domestic incentives
-Small business incentives
-Higher minimum wage
-Lower executive pay
-Profit-sharing incentives
-Office Workers and Farmers and Laborers

Choice
-Keep the laws in place
-safe Legal abortion

Environment
-Decrease dependence on foreign oil
-Clean air clean water
-Japan treaty
-Wind power
-Solar power
-Global Warming Solutions
-International pressure
-Hemp-to help farmers and the environment

Health Care
-Incentives for cheap plans
-Stop waste in medical care
-Prescription drug plan
-Drug Laws
-Low Middle Income

Education
-Higher pay for teachers
-Head Start -- Americorps
-Money for after school programs
-Longer school days, higher standards

Civil Rights
-No secret arrests
-Privacy on the internet
- Freedom of Ideas

Federal Funds for Disaster Relief

Office Workers, not upper management and boards of directors

Farmers and Laborers, not corporate farming and foreign sweatshops

Ethnic Racial and Cultural Equality for All

What we think should be primarily local:

Guns
Death Penalty
Drug Laws
Civil Litigation Reform


"Put the Adults Back in Charge"

THE STRAIGHT SHOOTERS
Dr. Damfa

Sept. 2002: CIA: we differed with the British dossier on the reliability of the uranium reporting.

October 2002 State Department: the claims of Iraqi pursuit of natural uranium in Africa are highly dubious.

January 28: Bush: The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.

March 7: IAEA: These documents, which formed the basis for the reports of recent uranium transactions between Iraq and Niger, are in fact not authentic.

June 8: Rice: no one in our circles knew that there were doubts and suspicions that this might be a forgery.

July 5: Ambassador Wilson: In February, 2002, the vice president's office asked a serious question. I was asked to help formulate the answer. It was highly doubtful that any such transaction had ever taken place.

July 7: White House: The reference to Iraq's attempt to acquire uranium from Africa should not have been included in the State of the Union speech. We've acknowledged that the information turned out to be bogus.

July 7: White House: The President' broader statement was based and predicated on the yellow cake from Niger.

July 14: White House: There were other reporting about other countries in Africa that led to the broader statement about him pursuing uranium from Africa.

July 9: Bush: I gave a speech to the nation that was cleared by the intelligence services

July 10: Powell: (The uranium story is) not totally outrageous.

July 10: Rumsfeld to Congress: (I first learned of the forgery) within recent days

July 13: Rumsfeld: I should have said ‘within recent weeks.’ In March, exactly.

July 11: Rice: It's not that it was false. It's not that it was erroneous.

July 11: Tenet: These 16 words should never have been included in the text written for the President. *** It was a mistake. *** Portions of the State of the Union speech draft came to the CIA for comment shortly before the speech was given. *** Officials who were reviewing the draft remarks on uranium raised several concerns. *** Some of the language was changed.

July 12: Bush: I've got confidence in George Tenet.

July 12 : White House: The president has moved on.

July 13: Rumsfeld: It turns out that it’s technically correct

July 14: White House: We don't know if it's true but nobody can say it is wrong.

July 14: Bush: I think our intelligence is darn good intelligence.

July 14: Bush: Subsequent to the speech, the CIA had some doubts.

July 14: Howard Fineman, Newsweek: It’s like watching a Three Card Monte game in Times Square at this point. I don’t think it’s organized enough to be a cover-up at this point. I’m not sure where they’re going next, but what I can tell from talking to administration people today, is that they’re not going to cooperate.

July 15: Tom Delay: His statement was accurate.

July 15 Gen. Fulton: The Joint Chiefs sent me to Niger in 2002. I told them I
was “convinced it was not an issue.”

July 15: White House: It’s been addressed.
July 16: White House: It’s been addressed.

July 17: Bush: Do I take responsibility for it? I take responsibility for the decision to attack.

July 17: White House: It’s been addressed.

July 17: Tony Blair: We stand by it.

July 18: White House: It’s been addressed.
July 19: White House: It’s been addressed.

July 22: Steven Hadley, White House Deputy National Security Advisor: I should have recalled at the time of the State of the Union speech that there was controversy associated with the uranium issue.

What we know is, again, a copy of the memo comes to the Situation Room, it's sent to Dr. Rice, it's sent -- and that's it. You know, I can't tell you she read it. I can't even tell you she received it. But in some sense, it doesn't matter. Memo sent, we're on notice.

I should have either asked that the 16 words dealing with that subject be stricken or I should have alerted DCI Tenet.

The National Security Advisor also wants, Condi wants it clearly understood that she feels a personal responsibility for not recognizing the potential problem presented by those 16 words.

July 22: Bill Clinton: You know, everybody makes mistakes when they are president. I mean, you can't make as many calls as you have to without messing up once in a while.

July 30: Bush: I take personal responsibility for everything I say. Dr. Condoleezza Rice is an honest, fabulous person and America is lucky to have her service. Period.

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