The $75 Outrage
Steven Den Beste
AintNoBadStephanie: Brian Linse’s cantankerous gun-toting liberal website has been taken over in his absence by … Stephanie Dupont. And she’s funny.
2/23/2002 02:55:24 PM
Damien Penny All Over the Slobo-googling Tip: He addresses the clumsy socialist writing of petitioner Macdonald Stainsby, and rounds up a bunch of other Slobobo developments.
2/23/2002 02:39:35 PM
That Didn’t Take Long… : Welcome to slobogoogle.blogspot.com. Send e-mails here. Now let’s see some posts, John Hohman!
2/23/2002 02:15:56 PM
If You Read One Thing All Week, Read This: Tristin Laughter, a punk rocker, publicist for Lookout Records, onetime socialist and close friend of Dr. Frank, lost one of her dearest friends in the Sept. 11 massacre. She wrote a letter about her grief, her friend, Naderite Leftists, and their disastrous reactions to 9/11. Punk Planet decided not to run it, so Frank did. It’s one of the most heartbreaking yet clear-headed things I’ve read in the last five months. Take 15 minutes, read it slowly, and please – someone put a book together, or at least a website, collecting this kind of stuff for posterity.
2/23/2002 02:06:23 PM
National Post Does Good Story on Post-Sept. 11 Blogging: With good insight from my reclusive neighbor. Here’s a little game you can play at home: Make a list of your 10 favorite newspaper columnists. Then make another of your top bloggers. Who would you rather read? I suppose my list would tilt ever so slightly in favor of my 10 favorite newspaper columnists, though I actively seek them out much less, because they aren’t as easy to find and don’t post new stuff every day. And there are plenty of web columnists, like Tony Pierce and Steven Den Beste and Bjørn Stærk, who just don’t seem to have counterparts in the print media.
2/23/2002 01:28:58 PM
Ben Sheriff Slobo-googles Alan Dover: An apparent Marxist-leninist moderator.
2/23/2002 01:05:09 PM
Mark Wickens Slobo-googles Marius Laza: Who has allegedly been forced to apologize twice for using university computers to post racist newsgroup comments….
2/23/2002 01:01:45 PM
Andrew Hofer Slobo-googles Ted Holden, ‘Nasty Creationist’
2/23/2002 12:57:21 PM
The Slobo-google Spreadsheet: Blogger David Janes has built a spreadsheet of the 1,355 free-Slobo petitioners, their personal details & websites, and the “takedowns” by the Slobo-googlers. E-mail him with all your research.
2/23/2002 12:52:16 PM
Max Power Slobo-googles Nicholas Tanery: Apparently, a former Amnesty International campus leader. I’m giving posting priority here to people who have blogs….
2/23/2002 12:46:17 PM
Dr. Weevil Slobo-googles George Szamuely: The journalist who reportedly "borrowed" 570 library books...
2/22/2002 09:40:23 PM
Richard Bennett Slobo-googles Illarion Bykov: Who believes 9/11 "would never have been contemplated let alone attempted absent the involvement of the supreme U.S. military command."
2/22/2002 09:37:01 PM
I Think I'll Drink Instead: If I was a good boy, I'd post the dozen Slobo-googlings y'all have sent in ... but I've been staring at a computer screen for something like 47 hours, while the "Reason staff" goes to fancy cocktail parties with my wife, and so you'll forgive me for choosing instead to spend my time sipping margaritas in my lawyer's Hollywood Hills hot tub. More tomorrow.
2/22/2002 09:08:37 PM
Temporary Slobo Timeout: I can't post 'em as fast as you're sending 'em, and I'm on deadline.... Already have heard about Stan Goff, and Ralph Hartmann, and Karen Talbot, and Brian Bacon, and Slobodan Stojanovic, and Peter Maher ... even got an unfriendly e-mail from Justin Raimondo. Check back in a few hours. Thanks!
2/22/2002 02:11:43 PM
Slotman Goes 0 for 4: You can cross those numbers off your list, unless you have Nexis-Lexus or whatever. Keep trying, Justin!
2/22/2002 02:09:07 PM
Yet Another Handy Idiot-List: Blogger Peter Biffra of Public Interest fame unearths this similar list of 254 signatures on a petition to dissolve NATO, effect the “abolishment of so-called Hague Tribunal,” and yet put NATO leaders on trial for war crimes. “Heroic defence put up by the Serb people was also defence of law, justice and humanism,” they claim, implausibly. Biffra also makes this comment:
Regarding Pinter, and the quote from Tennessee Williams, I thought it might be worth mentioning that he was indeed the world's 'greatest living contemporary playwright'. But that was forty years ago, he's all written out, and has been for decades. Made me think that he's a bit like Noam Chomsky, who did some ground-breaking research and thinking in linguistics and language acquisition, but by the time he was 35, zilch. So off he goes into a whole different sphere, and look at the consequences. Two guys who are finished and world-famous by middle-age and looking for new worlds to conquer.
2/22/2002 02:04:35 PM
Slobo’s LaRouche Groupie: Alonzo Church googles Prof. Nikolai von Kreitor:
http://newsfromrussia.com/cgi-bin/webbbs_config.pl?read=11376 Blog up, Alonzo!
This guy is a Lyndon LaRouche nutcase out of Germany. He's better at disgracing himself than I could ever be, so click on the link.
2/22/2002 01:56:03 PM
Quick! Someone Start Slobogoogle.blogspot.com! The outing gathers steam over at InstaPundit…. Bonus points will be awarded to those who discover pro-Slobo op-eds by petitioners published in legitimate publications.
2/22/2002 12:51:52 PM
Reformed Hookers for Slobo: From reader Gary Larreategui:
I had a few minutes to kill, so I took up your Google challenge. Just picked a name at random - No. 759, Alice Frohnert of Berlin, who turned up 24 hits. It turns out the woman was a hooker for 12 years, though she has since turned academic, and now writes of the German sex trade in the characteristic tones of the angry activist (translated non-too-idiomatically by Google) Try a blog while yr at it, Gary!
The prostitute has generally the function of a Therapeutin or a lady doctor. And their work is to be compared - symbolically - with the operation of an accident victim. Which makes it, it is socially very important and it helps humans that it feels organically better. She does something that disgusts her in the reason. It has however neither the prestige nor the income of a physician. Besides the women are usually also very intelligent. They could hold conversations concerned with. The financing could be made by the health insurance company or by means of donations. The second link here briefly mentions her, but it's original English: http://www.sharelynx.net/A_Strategy_For_Losers/Sexuality.htm. This was fun. I'll try another name soon.
2/22/2002 12:44:39 PM
Googling Slobologist Rick Rozoff: Reader Matt Drachenberg writes in:
I googled Rick Rozoff because I thought he was the guy from Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire? I was wrong, this guy is much worse. A "Peace Activist" from Chicago, he apparently believes that our military campaign in Afghanistan is an evil capitalist plot to take over Russia and all of the associated republics. For more deranged nonsense, click here. Keep those googles coming! And where the hell’s yr blog, Drachenberg?
2/22/2002 12:24:17 PM
Google Slobo’s Apologists! Damien Penny is the first (that I’ve seen) to take me up on my suggestion below to do a little research on the various petitioners who aim to defend & apologize for Slobodan Milosevic. See how fun it is? E-mail me if you out another one of these feeble nut-jobs, and I’ll post a link.
2/22/2002 09:47:09 AM
Dept. of Michael Moore Predictions, Pt. II: Sorry for the Nader campaign nostalgia. It’s just that I’m working on my book review … and these bits are so damned irresistible. Here’s an excerpt from a Salon.com piece in October 2000, showcasing the Green candidate’s forecasting abilities:
Nader's strategy all week had been to try to assure his public that a vote for him would really not be a vote for Bush, going so far as to tell the New York Times that Gore's "going to do to Bush what Clinton did to Dole in 1996." Then there’s cuddly populist Michael Moore, whose dead-wrong predictions were also mentioned below. This time, he adds insult to ignorance:
"I will grant you that a good 50 to 60 million of your fellow Americans are stupider than shit," he tells a packed crowd at Michigan State University, "and they're smart enough to see through" Bush. Ha, ha … ha-ha. Must be that funny-hat.
"The man is a stone-cold idiot," Moore continued, to a mad chorus of cheers. "This podium I'm leaning against is smarter than George W. Bush."
2/21/2002 09:26:17 PM
Nader’s Pre-Election Mideast Plan -- Pressure Israel: From a story I wrote during the campaign about one of Ralph’s only concrete foreign policy ideas (beyond withdrawing from all international trade treaties, and “supporting workers and peasants instead of oligarchs and dictators”):
“[There will be] no peace in that area without justice for the Palestinians." Take it away, Charles Johnson!
"When you look at the violence, where is most of the violence? It's in the Palestinian territory," said Nader. "Who are the victims of the violence? Mostly Palestinian young men throwing rocks. Who are the forces that are producing most of the violence? The overwhelming excessive use of force is by the Israeli military.
"So if you want to really quell the violence, you say to the Israelis, 'Back off, these rocks are not reaching the Israeli borders.'" […]
With Israeli soldiers "killing innocent children," America should be pushing its ally to stop provoking the much-weaker Palestinians, who "have got a lot of reasons for their rage," Nader said.
"Maybe if the U.S. is a bit more forceful, and answers questions like [those asked] Vice President Gore a little more candidly, instead of so cowardly ... there will be an agreement reached, and in a few years both Palestinians and Israelis will wonder why it took 'em so long."
The Jewish state should realize it is dealing from a position of strength, he said in St. Louis.
"Israelis want security -- they have security; their own military research institute says Israel has never been more militarily secure and militarily superior than all their neighbors combined," he said. "And I think the burden of restraint has to be with the party that A) has overwhelming military force, and B) that is producing overwhelming number of casualties against largely young people throwing rocks."
2/21/2002 04:13:17 PM
2/21/2002 03:31:06 PM
Lining up Slobo Apologists Like Ducks in a Bilge Pond: Andrew Sullivan unearths a list of 76 humans – including Harold Pinter and (surprise!) Ramsey Clark – who have volunteered for the International Committee to Defend Slobodan Milosevic. Taking a one-minute glance, I could recognize several beastly ideologues with long careers of disregarding truth to facilitate war-crimes apologia. Then I found an even more useful round-up of idiots – this free-Slobo petition signed by fully 1,355 jackasses across the globe. I’m too busy right now, but some of y’all might want to get busy with the Google, and keep these two lists handy for cross-checking when op-ed pages start publishing cleaner versions of their poisonous beliefs – namely, that “The arrest of Mr. Milosevic is an attempt by NATO leaders to blame the Serbian people for crimes against Yugoslavia committed by NATO,” and that the West has been engaging in “arbitrary kidnapping, arrest, harassment and persecution of Yugoslav leaders and soldiers and ordinary people whose crime was to set an example to the world by resisting NATO aggression.” These people should have their noses rubbed (rhetorically) in this particular horseshit every time they open their mouths about any other geopolitical topic, for the rest of their lives.
2/21/2002 11:12:01 AM
More on Nader’s Sept. 11 Prevention: It turns out the Chicago Tribune Q&A referenced below wasn’t an isolated incident – Ralph Nader has been telling interviewers across the country that, as president, he would have magically prevented the Sept. 11 massacre, through stricter regulations on airlines. Here he is in the Seattle Times, Jan. 22:
To begin with, he said, the Sept. 11 attacks "wouldn't have happened if I had been president" because the hijackers wouldn't have been able to get into the cockpits of the hijacked planes. Here’s a slightly less egregious exchange with Bill O’Reilly Jan. 14:
"We have been for 30 years pushing the airlines to do what some foreign countries have been doing, which is toughening the cockpit doorways and latches," he said. "That's what happens when you don't regulate. Not enough attention is being paid to the airline's resistance to these proposals year after year after year and the way they own the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration).”
O’REILLY: All right, say you won the presidency? And right now, the Democrats and Republicans are pretty united on how to deal with the terrorism. Would you be doing something different? I have commented on Nader’s simplistic view of international affairs here and elsewhere; the O’Reilly interview (for which I can’t seem to find a link) neatly captures this deficiency, and how Ralph’s applying it to post-Sept. 11 politics. Note how he tries to squeeze in his own well-worn talking points – that we’re bombing the haystack without finding the needle, that Bush is a “West Texas sheriff,” that “99 percent” of Afghanistan is now controlled by “warlords” and other nasties – regardless of whatever question O’Reilly asks … especially if that question is “So, would you have bombed Afghanistan?” In other interviews (where some of those direct quotes come from), he brags about how only the Green Party has been brave enough to come out against the bombing. This is a long excerpt, but it’s illuminative:
NADER: Well, if I was an insider, I'd have a lot of information I don't have. But I want to answer your question, your complicated question forthrightly in the blazing speed required.
But indulge me one moment. For 30 years, our aviation safety group has been pushing for airline security, against the resistance of the airlines, including toughening cockpit doors and latches, the way some foreign airlines have. Had that been done, there would have been no September 11.
NADER: What I would have done after September 11 is invoked the doctrine of hot pursuit under international law, to go after and apprehend the backers of the attackers. Clear enough for you? Spies, bribes, commandos, oh my!
Number two, I would have focused on the domestic front by going after the wartime profiteers, going after the autocratic ideologues, who think that this is a time to restrict our freedom of speech and dissent. And going after the corporate greed hounds, who are swarming over Capitol Hill for bailouts, subsidies, giveaways, tax loopholes and limited liability.
I would also have not run a one-track government. I would have focused on domestic programs. I would not have ignored the needs and necessities of the American people and their health and safe and their economic rights. […]
O'REILLY: ‘Hot pursuit.’ Would you bomb? Would you bring in the military to do what they did to Afghanistan?
NADER: Well, here's where there are different views on military strategy. I would not burn down a haystack, in order to try to...
O'REILLY: You wouldn't use the bombers.
NADER: Wait, wait, wait. I would not burn down a haystack in order to look for a needle. And they still haven't found the needle, by the way.
O'REILLY: No, but they removed the Taliban with very few U.S. casualties.
NADER: Yes, but you see, there's tremendous suffering going on. And I know it's not like the suffering of our people, because we're always more sensitive to our people. But far more civilians are dying, refugees, disease, death, you know, freezing to death, starvation, kids. I mean, these are real human beings.
O'REILLY: All right. Well, it sounds like you would not have used the bombing then?
NADER: I think I would have asked for the advice of some of the battle-scarred retired veterans, admirals and generals, connected with the Center for Defense Information. […]
O'REILLY: But you still haven't told me how you're going to get bin Laden, Omar and remove the Taliban. How would you have done that?
NADER: You'd have to use military force. You'd have to invoke international law. You'd have to go after...
O'REILLY: But you don't want bombing?
NADER: Oh, why bomb massive amounts of Afghanistan, which we're going to have to rebuild with taxpayer dollars and not get them?
O'REILLY: Because it brought the Taliban down.
NADER: But the Taliban -- see, what we weren't smart enough in doing is pitting the Taliban survival against the al Qaeda. You see? That's what we weren't smart enough to do, because we had a West Texas sheriff in the White House saying we're going to get them. We're going to smoke them out.
NADER: Well, it's a lot easier to get into Afghanistan than to get out. And what do we have now? Total war lordism, the thugs are back, banditry, brutality. The interim government doesn't even control Kabul.
And so we're getting mired, more and more.
O'REILLY: That's a good point. But I still don't know how you would have driven the Taliban from power and have bin Laden on the run? If you're not going to use air power because you don't want civilian casualties, and you don't want massive U.S. casualties, what do you do?
Send in 50,000 ground troops to do the job? You wouldn't have done that, would you?
NADER: No, I wouldn't. It wouldn't have required that.
O'REILLY: So all right, yes.
NADER: Spies, bribes and commandos, a very surgical effort. And saying to...
O'REILLY: Without the bombing?
NADER: Well, wait, you say to the Taliban, you choose. You want to stay in power, get out of the way.
O'REILLY: But they did that. They did that in the beginning. They said "Look, hand them over or we're going to destroy you."
NADER: But that's not the way to do it. You do it by giving them a week or two of negotiations, face-to-face. I mean, you can't say to a regime, hand them over. Hand who over?
2/20/2002 10:41:34 PM
Some James Carville Home Cooking: Here are a few choice observations by Clinton’s funniest political strategist, made at a recent Georgetown appearance:
"It's not that I'm not supporting Bush," Carville said. "We've got our team on the field ... we can deal with the coach's contract when it comes up," he said. "I agree with the things [Bush] is doing now."
"But people take that to mean that you can't oppose him on anything else. Bullshit!" […]
When asked why he never pursued a career as an elected official, Carville answered, "Imagine what opposition research would find out about me. I didn't just experiment with marijuana. My past is not conducive to public service."
2/20/2002 10:00:56 PM
Request: Hey, if any of you people subscribe to, or know how to circumvent, the "exclusive content" area of Salon.com, would you mind e-mailing the text of Joan Walsh's recent review of Ralph Nader's new book? I'll send a copy of Reason magazine in the mail to the first buddy who sets me up. Thanks! UPDATE: SOLD! Thanks to two readers who Shall Remain Nameless, for legal reasons. Now if we can just set up a service, as Emmanuelle was pining for earlier, whereby you can e-mail your nut graf & promising anecdote to a "lede dwarf," who will write a quick, snapping first paragraph for your story, thus eliminating hours of struggle....
2/20/2002 05:17:00 PM
Technological Egalitarianism and Legal Academia: It’s easy to just refresh Glenn Reynolds’ site 20 times a day, without bothering to read his paid writing. That’s a mistake, as this Tech Central Station column from today shows.
2/20/2002 04:31:19 PM
‘Singapore’ Gray and TalkingCock.com: A couple of people have asked why I keep referring to California’s insulting governor as “Singapore Gray Davis.” As I explain in this old column, Gray praised the efficiency of Singapore’s judicial system during a debate when he first ran for governor, and did not back down when asked by shocked reporters whether he really meant such an awful thing. He shows less respect for civil liberties vis-à-vis law enforcement than any public official I’ve seen since Daryl Gates, he makes fanaticism about the Death Penalty a litmus test for appointing judges and appellate bodies, and he’s currently trying to smear Republican challenger Richard Riordan as being insufficiently bloodthirsty about executing criminals. One reader, actually from Singapore, sends this colorful description of Gray Davis’ dreamland:
The Singapore Chief Justice often doubles sentences on appeal. Discharging a firearm is a capital offence, even if no one is hurt. Trafficking in more than 15 grams of heroin or 500 grams of marijuana is punishable by death. Now there’s a good nickname for Gray Davis: The Talking Cock!
But very few Singaporeans object to these penalties. And that's not because they're afraid to speak, it's because they really want it this way!
I'm a Brit who has lived in Singapore for the past 20 years. I used to be a fierce opponent of the death penalty, but I guess I've become inured over the years. (And hell, part of me has to admit it does deter violent crime, at least in Singapore.)
It's not all doom and gloom, though. If you have time, visit a satirical Singapore website at www.talkingcock.com which pokes mild fun at government policies. Ten years ago, it would have been closed down but now it's tolerated.
2/20/2002 02:58:22 PM
The Slate Effect: So, mere days after Michael Kinsley retires, I’m mentioned in Slate for the first time … and damned if those Redmond kids don’t bring you traffic! (Readers allergic to web-stat crowing please move along to the next item.) All previous records were smashed yesterday: 8,398 sites, 9,570 visitors, 12,001 pages, 36,710 files, and 43,229 hits. When you’ve written for obscure publications and wire services for as long as I have, those are pretty fun numbers.
2/20/2002 11:16:24 AM
The First Half-Decent Article About Warblogs…: … was actually in the cut-for-space intro of Layne’s debut blog-column on Foxnews.com. It’ll be interesting to see when the first proper story gets published.
2/19/2002 11:26:05 PM
A Different Take on Zeman’s Comments: Rob McLean, who actually has to live in the country Milos Zeman governs, has a differing view of the Czech prime minister’s Arafat-bashing than you might have read elsewhere. Good points about Zeman wanting to move Radio Free Europe because of terrorist threats, and his previous decision to award an Israeli construction company a huge motorway contract without a public tender.
2/19/2002 04:08:46 PM
Register Republican Today! Or at Least Request a Ballot: What was I saying about people hating California Governor Gray Davis? I just received an e-mail from a guy who has been a registered Democrat since 1960:
May be worth reminding folks that today is the last day they can reregister as "decline to state" or ... god forbid ... Republican. Either one is a ticket to vote for Riordan, and have some chance of deleting Gray from our collective memory. If you’re a registered independent (but not American Independent) like me, simply find your county ballot, and there’ll be a form you can mail in before the 26th requesting a Republican ballot. If you belong to a non-Republican party, find your county registrar, make a phone call, and turn your coat. Anyone but Singapore Gray!
2/19/2002 03:59:44 PM
NATO Interventionism and Vladimir Meciar: Here’s a story in today’s L.A. Times about how the U.S., Europe and NATO are all delivering a not-too-subtle message to Slovaks before September elections: Vote for Vladimir Meciar, and you won’t get to join our clubs. U.S. Ambassador Ronald Weiser told a Bratislava radio station that the doddering but democratic four-year-old coalition government had been doing “a good job” of readying the country for NATO membership:
The only other obstacle that would face you is the outcome of your elections and whether your new government will share the values of the NATO alliance. Said NATO Secretary-General George Robertson:
People in Slovakia need to go into the elections with their eyes wide open. People who consider NATO to be a militaristic organization unmindful of democracy, should check out this Robertson explanation of why his organization has run afoul of the corrupt three-time prime minister:
NATO has bound itself to respect democratic values, ethnic tolerance, good relations with neighbors as well as a system of independent judiciary and a free economy. The West’s attempt to lean on the Slovak electorate is nothing new, and it is (I believe) wrong. I covered Meciar from November 1992 to January ’94, for UPI and Prognosis (the only thing I have online is this color piece from the October 1994 elections), and while he is certainly a thuggish and demagogic character who most likely stole his own commie-era secret police file, he is no dictator, no Lukashenko, no Tudjman, and Slovakia has stumbled along toward democracy both with and without him. He’ll campaign in the conservative countryside, while his intellectualish opponents are busy at Bratislava cocktail parties sniffing about the dumb old people who vote for him. Yeah, he was an ex-boxer, but he was also an active anti-communist in the late ‘60s, for which he was banished to a job shoveling coal in a remote factory. He has a magnetic effect on the people of Slovakia – think Papandreou in Greece – and he’ll probably woo one-third of the electorate for as long as he’s not in jail. Those people will only embrace him more when they see hostile outsiders trying to tell them who to vote for. Slovakia’s a young, immature country, and it probably will take a few steps back if Meciar is able to form a governing coalition (which is hardly a given), but he won’t be reverting to Communism any time soon, regardless of what you will read in the next months. However, if the increasingly nationalist Fidesz party in Hungary wins that country’s coming elections, and forms a coalition with the Greater Hungary wackos, tensions with a neighboring Meciar government could boil. In that case, we can only be thankful that Hungary is a member of NATO, which insisted on finishing off most of the two countries’ border and minority disputes before the Magyars could join.
2/19/2002 02:26:26 PM
Nader: Sept. 11 ‘Would Never Have Happened Had I Been President’: The Chicago Tribune, which has long had one of the absolute worst-designed newspaper websites in the country, and now has added to that insult by requiring people to register in order to read the Tribune Co.’s thrilling editorial content, ran a Q&A with Ralph Nader yesterday that contained this priceless exchange:
Q. Would you have made an effective wartime president? Good God, man, get ahold of yourself. UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan found a register-free link to the interview.
A. This war would never have happened had I been president, because for 30 years we have had an aviation safety group, and we have been urging the airlines to toughen cockpit doors and improve the strength of the locks, and they have been resisting for 30 years.
2/18/2002 10:35:28 PM
That’s Real Nice: Sincere thanks to everyone who linked to & wrote nice things about my Reason bit on Iraqi dead-baby numbers. If you want some raw links to the various online resources dealing with the issue, click here. I’ve been too busy/lazy to respond to basic e-mail lately, but I understand that Jay Manifold has volunteered to do that for me. Thanks, buddy!
2/18/2002 10:07:41 PM
How Singapore Gray Davis Will Woo Lefties: Nobody really likes Gray Davis. I, for one, have detested the anti-democratic, pro-Singapore fundraising robot since 1987, when he let his deciding vote on an offshore platform project in Santa Barbara be bought off after a looooong wooing campaign by Chevron, UCSB, and the California Democratic Party. In the current gubernatorial campaign, Davis has distinguished himself by claiming that Republican favorite Richard Riordan, the ex-L.A. mayor, is insufficiently bloodthirsty when it comes to the Death Penalty. Davis has also tried to smear the solidly pro-choice Riordan (whose wife is a Democrat), as a closet anti-abortionist. Today’s L.A. Times has two sad little stories about how Davis utterly failed to excite his party’s “base,” at this weekend’s state Democratic convention. In this George Skelton column, we learn that the only people truly excited by the governor’s campaign were would-be volunteers, reeling from a recession that’s hammered everyone younger than me, looking to weave campaign experience into patronage.
When the call went out for hundreds of young volunteers to work the convention, 50% more showed up than were needed. Then there’s this story, which illustrates nicely how certain lefties can support a candidate far to the right of his Republican opponent on several hot-button issues: Just combine a Tim Robbins-like conviction that Republicans not named Jim Jeffords are evil, with a Naderite certainty that corporations are the devil’s battering ram, and presto! You don’t have to pay attention, and you can vote Gray:
"I see a lot of people walking around with their resumes today," said Evelyn Jerome, 30, of Santa Monica, a PR consultant and past president of the L.A. Young Democrats. "Many are hoping to become volunteers in a campaign and get a job when their candidate wins."
As for Davis, "He's a tough personality to like," she said. "But when it comes to issues, he's there."
"He's been a victim of the Texas oil people," said Humberto Lujan of Norwalk, an avionics technician.
"He was set up," he said. "We're dealing with some very intelligent people within the corporate structure who are trying to do him in, because he's a great threat to the Bush administration, and they want to make him look as bad as they can."
2/18/2002 11:23:11 AM
The Best Book Written About France’s 1940 Fold: I forget to mention in my French apologia below that if you really want to know how and why our cheese-eating pals surrendered so quickly to Hitler’s armies, read “The Collapse of the Third Republic,” by William Shirer. Yes, the same guy who wrote “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” and who was busy doing journalism in 1920s Paris when all the more famous people were doing more famous stuff. For some reason, the French book is virtually unknown; it makes my Top Five list of under-appreciated 20th century history books.
2/17/2002 11:14:40 AM
How to Write a Campaign Memoir and Fudge the Truth: From page 198 of Crash!ng the Party:
With limited fanfare, we announced our nonvoter tour in Madison, Milwaukee, Ann Arbor, Flint and Minneapolis. Phil Donahue and Michael Moore accompanied us on this trip as speakers. We had an unusually good press contingent along as well, which included Eun Kim of the Associated Press, Bill Adair of the St. Petersburg Times, Jim Dao of the New York Times, Jennifer Blyer [sic] of NewsforChange.com, and, later on, Gail Collins of the New York Times, David Mober of In These Times, Matt Rothschild of The Progressive, Kerry Lauerman of Salon.com, plus Tom Squitieri of USA Today. None of them were at all intrigued by our nonvoter theme. Their experience had taught them not to inquire into such elusive quests. Italics mine. Jen Bleyer wrote at least four articles about the nonvoter tour. In this one, she interviews a college kid who said he didn’t vote last election, but will this time, for Nader. Here, she asks Michael Moore, “Who exactly are the non-voters?”
2/17/2002 11:08:24 AM
The Politics of Dead Children: Here it is, kids – my Reason article about trying to figure out how many Iraqi babies have died due to U.N. sanctions, and how certain myths become near-truisms.
2/17/2002 11:07:28 AM
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