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JEERS to the ongoing disaster in Iraq. The latest and less-than-greatest:



CHEERS to the revival of the good old days. Friday night was Gov. Mark Warner's huge party at the Stratosphere, where he invited Kossacks and Young Democrats to party on his dime. Some Kossacks and some other bloggers are wondering if Warner might be trying to seduce the Netroots into backing him, despite their differences on the war and the direction of the Democratic party. As an old veteran of pre-dot-bomb computer conventions, I can tell you without a doubt that the man is going for something that he needs right now more than our allegiance, and that is name recognition. My advice? You owe him nothing in return for his party. Drink his liquor, but save your decisions on whether to support him for after the hangover.

CHEERS for the contrarian viewpoint! Is the YearlyKos convention the affirmation of the power of the NetRoots, or is it the first big step in the anexation of the NetRoots by the mealy-mouthed DLC centrists? Justin Raimondo lets us know what he thinks here.

CHEERS to Cedwyn, Rain, Ducktape, Ava and Ayn from PeaceTakesCourage.com (Ava made this video for the convention), Kos and his two year old, PastorDan, Elizabeth D, the DailyKos C&J crowd, Hunter, Mike from Albany, Advisor Jim, Anna Nevenic, Charlie Brown for Congress, Monster, and just a hell of a lot of other people in orange. Thanks for the memories!

JEERS to losing my reading glasses along the way.

CHEERS to [livejournal.com profile] skeletoncrew and [livejournal.com profile] elfspirit for getting me home! After four days in the desert, it's good to be in a place where it's cold and rains all the time.
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JEERS to the ongoing disaster in Iraq. The latest and less-than-greatest:



CHEERS to the revival of the good old days. Friday night was Gov. Mark Warner's huge party at the Stratosphere, where he invited Kossacks and Young Democrats to party on his dime. Some Kossacks and some other bloggers are wondering if Warner might be trying to seduce the Netroots into backing him, despite their differences on the war and the direction of the Democratic party. As an old veteran of pre-dot-bomb computer conventions, I can tell you without a doubt that the man is going for something that he needs right now more than our allegiance, and that is name recognition. My advice? You owe him nothing in return for his party. Drink his liquor, but save your decisions on whether to support him for after the hangover.

CHEERS for the contrarian viewpoint! Is the YearlyKos convention the affirmation of the power of the NetRoots, or is it the first big step in the anexation of the NetRoots by the mealy-mouthed DLC centrists? Justin Raimondo lets us know what he thinks here.

CHEERS to Cedwyn, Rain, Ducktape, Ava and Ayn from PeaceTakesCourage.com (Ava made this video for the convention), Kos and his two year old, PastorDan, Elizabeth D, the DailyKos C&J crowd, Hunter, Mike from Albany, Advisor Jim, Anna Nevenic, Charlie Brown for Congress, Monster, and just a hell of a lot of other people in orange. Thanks for the memories!

JEERS to losing my reading glasses along the way.

CHEERS to [livejournal.com profile] skeletoncrew and [livejournal.com profile] elfspirit for getting me home! After four days in the desert, it's good to be in a place where it's cold and rains all the time.
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Lunch was the time for candidates to come before us and woo our support en masse.

The main event was Gov. Mark Warner, former Governor of Virginia, the man who threw a huge party for us and for the Young Democrats at Stratosphere. He gave a fantastic speech that outlined the beginnings of an actual Democratic agenda for the 2006 elections. Hopefully this will solidify into something concrete, a la the Contract with America, that voters can grab onto.

Three other persons also spoke before us: Eric Massa, a former Navy officer; Joe Sestak, a retired Navy admiral formerly in charge of a carrier group; and Kos blogger NYBri, running for NY State Senate. (Eric and Joe are running for Congress.)

It's pretty clear from everything that's going on that the Democrats are busy trying to gain the favor of the netroots, although I'm not sure whether their objective is to get our money, our time and labor, or our feedback. For the people who are here, it's clearly all three -- I know this because I've spoken with them and even given a few of them crash courses on how to blog. (I just finished such a session with Charlie Brown)

Time to grab some dinner.
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Lunch was the time for candidates to come before us and woo our support en masse.

The main event was Gov. Mark Warner, former Governor of Virginia, the man who threw a huge party for us and for the Young Democrats at Stratosphere. He gave a fantastic speech that outlined the beginnings of an actual Democratic agenda for the 2006 elections. Hopefully this will solidify into something concrete, a la the Contract with America, that voters can grab onto.

Three other persons also spoke before us: Eric Massa, a former Navy officer; Joe Sestak, a retired Navy admiral formerly in charge of a carrier group; and Kos blogger NYBri, running for NY State Senate. (Eric and Joe are running for Congress.)

It's pretty clear from everything that's going on that the Democrats are busy trying to gain the favor of the netroots, although I'm not sure whether their objective is to get our money, our time and labor, or our feedback. For the people who are here, it's clearly all three -- I know this because I've spoken with them and even given a few of them crash courses on how to blog. (I just finished such a session with Charlie Brown)

Time to grab some dinner.
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Just before lunch there was a panel to discuss the war, which included two intelligence officers and Arianna Huffington. The theme of this talk was that the Dems were doing themselves a disservice by buying into the Republican "War on Terror" meme. There was some discussion about how to fight this meme in terms of the practicality of this war, but I found lacking the discussion about the ideological backing for this war -- the concept that American - style democracy, and American ideas about freedom and autonomy, can be spread at gunpoint.

So I asked the question of the panel: what can we do to fight the ideological battle against these Kantians with Cruise Missiles besides pointing to the impracticality of this mission? Unfortunately, the answers to this question were lacking -- although one panelist did point out that the "spreading democracy" mission was the fifth excuse used to justify this war, with WMDs being the first.

I took a photo of Arianna just because she's Arianna. Will be posted when available.
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Just before lunch there was a panel to discuss the war, which included two intelligence officers and Arianna Huffington. The theme of this talk was that the Dems were doing themselves a disservice by buying into the Republican "War on Terror" meme. There was some discussion about how to fight this meme in terms of the practicality of this war, but I found lacking the discussion about the ideological backing for this war -- the concept that American - style democracy, and American ideas about freedom and autonomy, can be spread at gunpoint.

So I asked the question of the panel: what can we do to fight the ideological battle against these Kantians with Cruise Missiles besides pointing to the impracticality of this mission? Unfortunately, the answers to this question were lacking -- although one panelist did point out that the "spreading democracy" mission was the fifth excuse used to justify this war, with WMDs being the first.

I took a photo of Arianna just because she's Arianna. Will be posted when available.
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Last night Mark Warner held a big party for bloggers and young Democrats at the Stratosphere. Good things happen when political players provide alcohol to the grassroots. What struck me was the beauty of the crowd -- not just physically, but also in terms of their drive, passion, creativity, and basic smarts. Photos to come.

I ran into a guy named Charlie Brown at the party. At first I just thought he name was interesting, but it turns out that this guy is the Dem candidate for CA-4, a retired Lt. Colonel who flew spy planes and is presently working as a police officer. He's running against Doolittle. I like the hell out of this guy, and I'll post more about him later.

This morning was Dean's breakfast keynote. Some points of interest;
  • The "movement" is ultimately about getting back to the values Americans hold without the media spin. More people believe that it's immoral to let children go to bed hungry than it is to let two men marry one another (for example).
  • In a lot of ways, YKos marks the handoff of activism from the baby boomers to the "millenial generation".
  • How can we help the movement? Well:
    1. We can give money via Democracy Bonds
    2. We can talk to our neighbors on the ground (note: one good way to do this is to become a precinct committee person)
    3. We can run for office -- even a small office like library trustee or school board can make a big difference in helping restore progressive values to government policy.

  • The Democratic position is that the only really acceptible system of voting is a marked paper ballot that's tabulated later. (Speaking as a computer scientist, I find this very hard to argue against.)


I got my photo taken by a NYT photographer as I was writing this. Maybe you'll see me in the paper tomorrow.

Dean just ran by with his entourage.
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Last night Mark Warner held a big party for bloggers and young Democrats at the Stratosphere. Good things happen when political players provide alcohol to the grassroots. What struck me was the beauty of the crowd -- not just physically, but also in terms of their drive, passion, creativity, and basic smarts. Photos to come.

I ran into a guy named Charlie Brown at the party. At first I just thought he name was interesting, but it turns out that this guy is the Dem candidate for CA-4, a retired Lt. Colonel who flew spy planes and is presently working as a police officer. He's running against Doolittle. I like the hell out of this guy, and I'll post more about him later.

This morning was Dean's breakfast keynote. Some points of interest;
  • The "movement" is ultimately about getting back to the values Americans hold without the media spin. More people believe that it's immoral to let children go to bed hungry than it is to let two men marry one another (for example).
  • In a lot of ways, YKos marks the handoff of activism from the baby boomers to the "millenial generation".
  • How can we help the movement? Well:
    1. We can give money via Democracy Bonds
    2. We can talk to our neighbors on the ground (note: one good way to do this is to become a precinct committee person)
    3. We can run for office -- even a small office like library trustee or school board can make a big difference in helping restore progressive values to government policy.

  • The Democratic position is that the only really acceptible system of voting is a marked paper ballot that's tabulated later. (Speaking as a computer scientist, I find this very hard to argue against.)


I got my photo taken by a NYT photographer as I was writing this. Maybe you'll see me in the paper tomorrow.

Dean just ran by with his entourage.
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I'm not going to blog Barbara Boxer's speech; I can't do it justice. CSPAN will have the video. Her speech was brilliant and rousing, and I just wish to God that she would be the anti-Hillary in 2008.

I joined a roundtable on religion that quickly focused on the problem of Christian churches being coopted by the right wing. It's not just a matter of the political influence of the religious right anymore; churches that were for generations just places for the community to come and worship have turned into rabidly political centers of pestilence, almost as a shock to those who grew up there. It's become a real crisis that has a lot of Christians, who don't subscribe to the religious right's agenda, scratching their heads and feeling frustrated.

The question is raised: what can progressive Christians do to reverse this process of, to put it bluntly, American Christianity being corrupted by politics?

I didn't have the heart to tell anyone my personal opinion on the matter: that this process of the corruption of Christianity is inexorable. The Law of Thelema is carried forth on the wings of a God of War. The Christianity that informed the progressive left is dead, and replacing it is something else. Unfortunately, that something else takes on two forms. On the one hand, we have Thelemicized Christianity, as represented by a militant and militaristic anti-humanist version of the old Abrahamic faiths. On the other hand, we have Christianized Thelema, as represented by very humanistic and progressive occult paths such as Wicca and the New Age. Both of these paths are strong now, but it's only a matter of time before they destroy themselves. What will be left over? If it's not Thelema as such, it'll be something that looks an awful lot like it.

But that's just what I think.

Anyway, people are currently breaking out of sessions and trying to figure out dinner plans. I've got one Congressional candidate bothering me for free volunteer labor. A Teamster just handed me a free 64MB flash drive with a lot of pro-union propoganda on it. I'm glad for both the info and the drive.

I'm going to see if anyone else is interested in hanging out and grabbing dinner.
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I'm not going to blog Barbara Boxer's speech; I can't do it justice. CSPAN will have the video. Her speech was brilliant and rousing, and I just wish to God that she would be the anti-Hillary in 2008.

I joined a roundtable on religion that quickly focused on the problem of Christian churches being coopted by the right wing. It's not just a matter of the political influence of the religious right anymore; churches that were for generations just places for the community to come and worship have turned into rabidly political centers of pestilence, almost as a shock to those who grew up there. It's become a real crisis that has a lot of Christians, who don't subscribe to the religious right's agenda, scratching their heads and feeling frustrated.

The question is raised: what can progressive Christians do to reverse this process of, to put it bluntly, American Christianity being corrupted by politics?

I didn't have the heart to tell anyone my personal opinion on the matter: that this process of the corruption of Christianity is inexorable. The Law of Thelema is carried forth on the wings of a God of War. The Christianity that informed the progressive left is dead, and replacing it is something else. Unfortunately, that something else takes on two forms. On the one hand, we have Thelemicized Christianity, as represented by a militant and militaristic anti-humanist version of the old Abrahamic faiths. On the other hand, we have Christianized Thelema, as represented by very humanistic and progressive occult paths such as Wicca and the New Age. Both of these paths are strong now, but it's only a matter of time before they destroy themselves. What will be left over? If it's not Thelema as such, it'll be something that looks an awful lot like it.

But that's just what I think.

Anyway, people are currently breaking out of sessions and trying to figure out dinner plans. I've got one Congressional candidate bothering me for free volunteer labor. A Teamster just handed me a free 64MB flash drive with a lot of pro-union propoganda on it. I'm glad for both the info and the drive.

I'm going to see if anyone else is interested in hanging out and grabbing dinner.
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I met a couple of regulars from the anti war site PeaceTakesCourage.com, Ava and Ayn. Ava is Ayn's daughter; Ayn is an aluring confluence of graceful beauty and Alabama charm that serves as a beacon and reminder that there is still a great deal of culture and manner left in our civilization. I think I managed to talk them into becoming precinct committee people (although Ava will have to wait until she's 18). I'll post the photo when it's in my hands.

I also briefly spoke with Sarah Carter, a neuroscience grad student, daughter of Jack Carter (who's running for Senate in NV), and granddaughter of Jimmy Carter (former President, Nobel lauriate, etc.) We spent a few minuets geeking out on AI talk. Photos taken etc.

The Treasongate panel left my laptop battery bone dry, and me hungry. Fortunately I was able to find an outlet and grab a sandwich. While the laptop is charging and I'm wating for Barbara Boxer to speak, here's a look at some other things going on in the world.

- The networks are trumping the new intel we gathered from the strike even as world leaders continue to echo the sentiment that this really doesn't help stablize Iraq. Iraqis, for their part, apparently don't think, either, that his death will change much. The White House, however, sees this as a gold mine. They're hoping to revive their political and diplomatic agenda with his death. I'm not going to hold my breath. The oil markets are also pessimistic.

- Bush's poll numbers improved slightly. They're still in the mid to low 30s.

- Tom DeLay says goodbye and blasts Dems on the way out. Yeah, whatever. Good luck with that money laundering charge.

- Katherine Harris has lost her FOURTH chief of staff.

- Democrats are hoping to depose the former chief of the RNC over allegations of phone jamming in the 2002 NH Senate race.
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I met a couple of regulars from the anti war site PeaceTakesCourage.com, Ava and Ayn. Ava is Ayn's daughter; Ayn is an aluring confluence of graceful beauty and Alabama charm that serves as a beacon and reminder that there is still a great deal of culture and manner left in our civilization. I think I managed to talk them into becoming precinct committee people (although Ava will have to wait until she's 18). I'll post the photo when it's in my hands.

I also briefly spoke with Sarah Carter, a neuroscience grad student, daughter of Jack Carter (who's running for Senate in NV), and granddaughter of Jimmy Carter (former President, Nobel lauriate, etc.) We spent a few minuets geeking out on AI talk. Photos taken etc.

The Treasongate panel left my laptop battery bone dry, and me hungry. Fortunately I was able to find an outlet and grab a sandwich. While the laptop is charging and I'm wating for Barbara Boxer to speak, here's a look at some other things going on in the world.

- The networks are trumping the new intel we gathered from the strike even as world leaders continue to echo the sentiment that this really doesn't help stablize Iraq. Iraqis, for their part, apparently don't think, either, that his death will change much. The White House, however, sees this as a gold mine. They're hoping to revive their political and diplomatic agenda with his death. I'm not going to hold my breath. The oil markets are also pessimistic.

- Bush's poll numbers improved slightly. They're still in the mid to low 30s.

- Tom DeLay says goodbye and blasts Dems on the way out. Yeah, whatever. Good luck with that money laundering charge.

- Katherine Harris has lost her FOURTH chief of staff.

- Democrats are hoping to depose the former chief of the RNC over allegations of phone jamming in the 2002 NH Senate race.
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(You can catch YearlyKos streaming via CSPAN 2)

One of the major events of YearlyKos is the CIA Leak discussion panel, which includes Ambassador Joe Wilson. Considering that it was his wife that was outed by the White House, you can imagine that a lot of folks want to hear what he has to say.

The emphasis is made here that the story would never have been told if the traditional media were left to do the job -- it's the bloggosphere that broke this story and the bloggosphere that will continue to report on it. The mainstream media, as with many stories, is following the blogs' lead on this.

Joseph Wilson, aka Mr. Valarie Plame, said the following (rough transcript):

Plamegage, writ large, has neve beeen about me or my wife. One of the few accurate things about Novak's article is that he quoted me on that fact. It is a campaign to change the subject from the facts as presented in my article.

Who knows the name of the person who put the 16 words in the SOTU address? Who doesn't know my wife's name? The real question, is who put those lies in his State of the Union speech, and why did they do it?

Make no mistake about it, there is not decision more important in a society than whether to send its soldiers to kill or die for thir country. We have to make that decision based on the facts, not based on lies crafted to fit the pre-decided policy. The cost has been dear: 2500 US dead, 18,000 US woundedd, tens of thousands of Iraqi dead. We deserve to know why this decision was made, how it was made, and we deserve to hold the people who made those decisions to account. (applause) This is about war and why we wage it, not about Wilson.

This is also about how we conduct debate on those key issues that we make as a great society. This is about being open to a free and vigorous exchange of ideas, even if the people who enter the debate have inconvenient facts and inconvenient ideas.

I for one refuse to be intimidated, and if there's any example for what Valaire and I went through, it's that we must stand up to the school yard bullies, and that these decisions must be made with the consent of the people.

My article in the NYT 7/6/03 entitled "What I did not find in Africa," was not an act of moral or political courage, but of civic duty. It's what democracies do every day, whether it's a letter to your elected official or a letter to the newspaper. It is what underpins a democracy -- the willingnes and ability of a population to hold their officials to account. What makes this article notworthy is the context of how this narrative has played out -- that this administration was determined to see that their narative was the only narrative, and that dissent was crushed.

What should give us concern is that we find ourselves in the situation described by George Orwell: "In a time of universal deceit, the act of telling the truth is revolutionary." It's in that context that we have this discussion today. Thank you.


Other points made:

- This is a tragedy for journalism, but not beacuse people are being subpoenaed -- it's because the journalists aren't doing their damn job. They're presenting highly spun leaks or well known public information -- the exceptions are coming not from journliasts, but fromthe bloggosphere. Consider that if it were not for the bloggosphere, Judy Miller would be considered a great journalist instead of a shill, and Scooter Libby wouldn't have been indicted in all likelihood. This isn't just the Plame case -- this is the whole way the WH operates.

- We really don't know where this story is going to go. This could go nowhere. Only when this is done -- when the story fizzles out or when Bush is implicated and Rove is indicted -- will we know what we've done.

- A lot of news organizations are so conflicted about their roles in this -- since many of them are complicit -- that many are hoping this will just go away. Want to fix this? Let's try reclaiming the media

- Part of the bloggosphere obsession with this story is a motivation not to let happen to Treasongate what happened to Iran/Contra.

- The MSM is starting to figure out that the bloggosphere isn't just a bunch of 16 year olds. (Some of the bloggers on the panel have Ph. Ds or JDs.)

- VP was not the only member of her training class to go into NOC, nor is she the only NOC agent to be married to a diplomat. The Right Wing's assertion that she never should have married a diplomat if she wanted to retain her cover is a plain lie.

- The same goes for the assertion that no damage was done. The cases she was working on to prevent Iran's ability to develop nuclear technology were destroyed with this exposure. (Consider that this might be relevant to today's screaming Drudge headline.) The damage to the CIA's intel gathering and to our national security is profound; the GOP's defense of this treason is inexcusable.

- Some of the right-wing media's legal sources might benefit from some actual time in a courtroom. They've got the facts on Fitzgerald's investigation, the grand jury, Karl Rove's status in this investigation, etc., wrong, wrong, wrong. Suggestion to the media: go to the Federal grand jury room in DC on Wednesday and Friday, and see if Fitz is coming in. This might tell you something about the investigation.

Questions:

Q: Every single top Republican at this point could be indicted for treason, etc. As they get backed up against the peril of imprisonment, what can we expect them to do?
A: There's no limit to what they could do.
A: (Wilson) I have great faith in the institution of democracy, and I've had great privalege to serve my country for 23 years. One of the things I take from this experience is that the minute that it became apparent that those who were engaged in compromising the ID of my life may have been engaged in breaking the law, a process came into effect to defend the law, my wife, and the Constitution. When Pat Fitzgerald was named, it served to reinforce the commitment of career officials to ensure that this remains a nation of laws. I remain confident that the rule of law will be successfully implemented.
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(You can catch YearlyKos streaming via CSPAN 2)

One of the major events of YearlyKos is the CIA Leak discussion panel, which includes Ambassador Joe Wilson. Considering that it was his wife that was outed by the White House, you can imagine that a lot of folks want to hear what he has to say.

The emphasis is made here that the story would never have been told if the traditional media were left to do the job -- it's the bloggosphere that broke this story and the bloggosphere that will continue to report on it. The mainstream media, as with many stories, is following the blogs' lead on this.

Joseph Wilson, aka Mr. Valarie Plame, said the following (rough transcript):

Plamegage, writ large, has neve beeen about me or my wife. One of the few accurate things about Novak's article is that he quoted me on that fact. It is a campaign to change the subject from the facts as presented in my article.

Who knows the name of the person who put the 16 words in the SOTU address? Who doesn't know my wife's name? The real question, is who put those lies in his State of the Union speech, and why did they do it?

Make no mistake about it, there is not decision more important in a society than whether to send its soldiers to kill or die for thir country. We have to make that decision based on the facts, not based on lies crafted to fit the pre-decided policy. The cost has been dear: 2500 US dead, 18,000 US woundedd, tens of thousands of Iraqi dead. We deserve to know why this decision was made, how it was made, and we deserve to hold the people who made those decisions to account. (applause) This is about war and why we wage it, not about Wilson.

This is also about how we conduct debate on those key issues that we make as a great society. This is about being open to a free and vigorous exchange of ideas, even if the people who enter the debate have inconvenient facts and inconvenient ideas.

I for one refuse to be intimidated, and if there's any example for what Valaire and I went through, it's that we must stand up to the school yard bullies, and that these decisions must be made with the consent of the people.

My article in the NYT 7/6/03 entitled "What I did not find in Africa," was not an act of moral or political courage, but of civic duty. It's what democracies do every day, whether it's a letter to your elected official or a letter to the newspaper. It is what underpins a democracy -- the willingnes and ability of a population to hold their officials to account. What makes this article notworthy is the context of how this narrative has played out -- that this administration was determined to see that their narative was the only narrative, and that dissent was crushed.

What should give us concern is that we find ourselves in the situation described by George Orwell: "In a time of universal deceit, the act of telling the truth is revolutionary." It's in that context that we have this discussion today. Thank you.


Other points made:

- This is a tragedy for journalism, but not beacuse people are being subpoenaed -- it's because the journalists aren't doing their damn job. They're presenting highly spun leaks or well known public information -- the exceptions are coming not from journliasts, but fromthe bloggosphere. Consider that if it were not for the bloggosphere, Judy Miller would be considered a great journalist instead of a shill, and Scooter Libby wouldn't have been indicted in all likelihood. This isn't just the Plame case -- this is the whole way the WH operates.

- We really don't know where this story is going to go. This could go nowhere. Only when this is done -- when the story fizzles out or when Bush is implicated and Rove is indicted -- will we know what we've done.

- A lot of news organizations are so conflicted about their roles in this -- since many of them are complicit -- that many are hoping this will just go away. Want to fix this? Let's try reclaiming the media

- Part of the bloggosphere obsession with this story is a motivation not to let happen to Treasongate what happened to Iran/Contra.

- The MSM is starting to figure out that the bloggosphere isn't just a bunch of 16 year olds. (Some of the bloggers on the panel have Ph. Ds or JDs.)

- VP was not the only member of her training class to go into NOC, nor is she the only NOC agent to be married to a diplomat. The Right Wing's assertion that she never should have married a diplomat if she wanted to retain her cover is a plain lie.

- The same goes for the assertion that no damage was done. The cases she was working on to prevent Iran's ability to develop nuclear technology were destroyed with this exposure. (Consider that this might be relevant to today's screaming Drudge headline.) The damage to the CIA's intel gathering and to our national security is profound; the GOP's defense of this treason is inexcusable.

- Some of the right-wing media's legal sources might benefit from some actual time in a courtroom. They've got the facts on Fitzgerald's investigation, the grand jury, Karl Rove's status in this investigation, etc., wrong, wrong, wrong. Suggestion to the media: go to the Federal grand jury room in DC on Wednesday and Friday, and see if Fitz is coming in. This might tell you something about the investigation.

Questions:

Q: Every single top Republican at this point could be indicted for treason, etc. As they get backed up against the peril of imprisonment, what can we expect them to do?
A: There's no limit to what they could do.
A: (Wilson) I have great faith in the institution of democracy, and I've had great privalege to serve my country for 23 years. One of the things I take from this experience is that the minute that it became apparent that those who were engaged in compromising the ID of my life may have been engaged in breaking the law, a process came into effect to defend the law, my wife, and the Constitution. When Pat Fitzgerald was named, it served to reinforce the commitment of career officials to ensure that this remains a nation of laws. I remain confident that the rule of law will be successfully implemented.
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Mike Stark, aka Mike from Albany, from Calling All Wingnuts, has made himself a celeb by calling conservative talk radio shows and counterspinning, much to their chagrin. FYI, this is the guy who got threatened by "Fox Security" for a phone call he made. He's a stay at home dad and has plenty of time to do this -- it's not a task for someone like me, who has a job, but for a senior -- a stay at home mom -- a shut-in -- it's quite doable.

Mike isn't one of the mythical seminar callers that Rush Limbaugh talks about -- as far as anyone knows, this is the first seminar ever offered on how to call conservative talk shows. How's that for being a pioneer?

Some basics, so y'all know what I know:

  • Once the lines open up, start dialing. Redial is your friend.
  • You're on hold for 45 minutes or so -- so use the time to google about what the host is talking about while you're on hold. If you catsh him in a lie, so will Media Matters.
  • You get 15 seconds to make your point. After that, you're on losing ground. They control your environment, they control the topic. It's their show.
  • In particular, they can turn off your mike and turn it on again when they want.
  • Repeat their phraseology and symbols to make the progressive argument. For example: "Why does Michael Moore and the Hollywood millionaire liberals get only one tenth of one percent of their income to Social Security, and I have to pay six percent?"
  • Conservative hosts -- Rush in particular -- are counting on you to not know what you're talking about. So -- know what you're talking about.
  • For the love of God, don't read from a script. There's a definite difference between reading from a script and reading from bullet points. You can tell in ritual and you can tell on the radio.
  • Keep trying. Do it again, do it again, do it again. As you do this, you'll get skill, confidence, and you'll get more success. You only have to be successful once to make an impact.


Mike's pretty much just a schlub with a phone, and this is clear from his presentation. The threats he's facing are pretty much BS, but they do tell him that these folks are afraid.

His guest presenter -- a friend of his who was there to provide moral support -- is Jim Derych, the author or Confessions of a Former Dittohead. Jim is very smart, and a skilled presenter. I'm going to see if I can get an an autographed copy of his book to send to [livejournal.com profile] dondodson. Maybe if he sells enough copies, we can get to the threshhold where the right wing media prints the hit piece he says they are presently researching on him.

Lastly a tip: if you want to call in to a local host, such as Lars Larson, but you don't live in the host's area, you can probably find a stream that you can listen to online. Just google: (host's name) showurl isp

I'm going to see if I can get a photo of me with the two of them. (Done)
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Mike Stark, aka Mike from Albany, from Calling All Wingnuts, has made himself a celeb by calling conservative talk radio shows and counterspinning, much to their chagrin. FYI, this is the guy who got threatened by "Fox Security" for a phone call he made. He's a stay at home dad and has plenty of time to do this -- it's not a task for someone like me, who has a job, but for a senior -- a stay at home mom -- a shut-in -- it's quite doable.

Mike isn't one of the mythical seminar callers that Rush Limbaugh talks about -- as far as anyone knows, this is the first seminar ever offered on how to call conservative talk shows. How's that for being a pioneer?

Some basics, so y'all know what I know:

  • Once the lines open up, start dialing. Redial is your friend.
  • You're on hold for 45 minutes or so -- so use the time to google about what the host is talking about while you're on hold. If you catsh him in a lie, so will Media Matters.
  • You get 15 seconds to make your point. After that, you're on losing ground. They control your environment, they control the topic. It's their show.
  • In particular, they can turn off your mike and turn it on again when they want.
  • Repeat their phraseology and symbols to make the progressive argument. For example: "Why does Michael Moore and the Hollywood millionaire liberals get only one tenth of one percent of their income to Social Security, and I have to pay six percent?"
  • Conservative hosts -- Rush in particular -- are counting on you to not know what you're talking about. So -- know what you're talking about.
  • For the love of God, don't read from a script. There's a definite difference between reading from a script and reading from bullet points. You can tell in ritual and you can tell on the radio.
  • Keep trying. Do it again, do it again, do it again. As you do this, you'll get skill, confidence, and you'll get more success. You only have to be successful once to make an impact.


Mike's pretty much just a schlub with a phone, and this is clear from his presentation. The threats he's facing are pretty much BS, but they do tell him that these folks are afraid.

His guest presenter -- a friend of his who was there to provide moral support -- is Jim Derych, the author or Confessions of a Former Dittohead. Jim is very smart, and a skilled presenter. I'm going to see if I can get an an autographed copy of his book to send to [livejournal.com profile] dondodson. Maybe if he sells enough copies, we can get to the threshhold where the right wing media prints the hit piece he says they are presently researching on him.

Lastly a tip: if you want to call in to a local host, such as Lars Larson, but you don't live in the host's area, you can probably find a stream that you can listen to online. Just google: (host's name) showurl isp

I'm going to see if I can get a photo of me with the two of them. (Done)
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Air America has streaming video of YKos here.

I did end up going to the Wes Clark event at the Hard Rock Casino. I took plenty of photos in order to give you an idea both of the crowd that he attracted and of how Wes is looking. This was a free event, with -- get this -- an open bar. Read into that what you will. I can tell you that a group called Bloggers for Clark was handing out a card proclaiming that Wes is seriously considering running in 2008; when presented with the card, Wes looked like he was asked to eat something unpleasant on Fear Factor.

Las Vegas is a near constant war between air conditioning and a massive oven.

Sausage biscuits and gravy are remarkably eatable with a plastic spoon, assuming the biscuits are made just so.

Since I have a little time, here's what I wrote up on the flight to Vegas:

6/7/6 8:27 PM

I’m writing this on the airplane heading to Vegas. As luck would have it, I’m on a Boeing 737 that can seat about 150 people. There are exactly 13 passengers aboard. I have taken advantage of this opportunity by taking a whole row for myself, lifting the arms so that I can spread myself out. How many chances do you have in life to get both the window seat AND the aisle seat?

So yeah, based on this experience alone, I’d definitely recommend flying Southwest.


Clark just came waltzing in with his entourage and a lot of books in tow. He's first up on the list of book signers. The media are out in force to cover the celebs coming in. Now that the novelty of YKos has worn off, we're no longer the stars. Ah well. :)
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Air America has streaming video of YKos here.

I did end up going to the Wes Clark event at the Hard Rock Casino. I took plenty of photos in order to give you an idea both of the crowd that he attracted and of how Wes is looking. This was a free event, with -- get this -- an open bar. Read into that what you will. I can tell you that a group called Bloggers for Clark was handing out a card proclaiming that Wes is seriously considering running in 2008; when presented with the card, Wes looked like he was asked to eat something unpleasant on Fear Factor.

Las Vegas is a near constant war between air conditioning and a massive oven.

Sausage biscuits and gravy are remarkably eatable with a plastic spoon, assuming the biscuits are made just so.

Since I have a little time, here's what I wrote up on the flight to Vegas:

6/7/6 8:27 PM

I’m writing this on the airplane heading to Vegas. As luck would have it, I’m on a Boeing 737 that can seat about 150 people. There are exactly 13 passengers aboard. I have taken advantage of this opportunity by taking a whole row for myself, lifting the arms so that I can spread myself out. How many chances do you have in life to get both the window seat AND the aisle seat?

So yeah, based on this experience alone, I’d definitely recommend flying Southwest.


Clark just came waltzing in with his entourage and a lot of books in tow. He's first up on the list of book signers. The media are out in force to cover the celebs coming in. Now that the novelty of YKos has worn off, we're no longer the stars. Ah well. :)
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I'm exhausted at the end of a long day. Tom Tomorrow and Kos delivered the keynote, and I got to hang out with a few Oregon people and fellow "solo flyers".

Wes Clark is throwing a party for the Kossacks and Young Democrats in town, at the Hard Rock Casino. I'm not sure whether to share a cab with a bunch of folks or just go the hell to bed.

In any case, I'm signing off for the night. Later.
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I'm exhausted at the end of a long day. Tom Tomorrow and Kos delivered the keynote, and I got to hang out with a few Oregon people and fellow "solo flyers".

Wes Clark is throwing a party for the Kossacks and Young Democrats in town, at the Hard Rock Casino. I'm not sure whether to share a cab with a bunch of folks or just go the hell to bed.

In any case, I'm signing off for the night. Later.

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