Andrew Sullivan to Marry; Clemons to Guest Blog

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asullivan.jpgRecently I spent a few days up in Provincetown, Massachusetts at the very point of Cape Cod and connected with some people and ideas that moved my soul and mind forward a few notches.
First, I spent some quality time with Andrew Sullivan and his partner and soon-to-be husband Aaron Tone, an artist and music mix genius who tilts more my way on foreign policy than Andrew’s. They are getting married on August 27th, which happens also to be my birthday as well as that of Mother Teresa, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Pee-Wee Herman, and Confucius.
Birthdays are not weddings — but the line-up and the date explain all that you might need to know about all of us co-mingling on that date.
Second, I discovered that Tennessee Williams spent four summers in Provincetown and wrote some of his greatest works there. More on this another time as i find Williams a fascinating character and think that there is something to writers like Andrew Sullivan and Williams living on wharves at the end of Cape Cod where the Pilgrims first landed. I think I might start making Provincetown one of my writing shelters in coming years — but I think I can’t yet afford wharf living.
Third, the Pilgrims landed there first. I had no idea. Provincetown is better off without them actually. Tennessee Williams and his pals loved to prance around nude at the beach, and I think Plymouth Rock really needed to be situated elsewhere. Again, I’ll get back to that subject another day.
All of this is foreplay in reporting that I will be guest blogging from this Saturday through the following week — along with Hilary Bok, James Kirchick, and Gregory Djerejian — on Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish.
I’ll be posting here too — just different stuff than over there.
Before I close for the evening (or morning — given my Sydney-brewed jet lag), I’m wondering if anyone knows who was behind a somewhat effective pro-war TV commercial that aired tonight during the Late Show with David Letterman. The ad portrayed a mom of a dead soldier saying “let’s not surrender now that we’re beginning to win or there will be another 9/11.”
I have my thoughts on who might be behind this — but I’m sure someone out there knows the real scoop.
Fill us in, please. We’d really, really like to know.

— Steve Clemons

Update: Here is a note by MoveOn.org’s Tom Matzzie at AmericaBlog on the set of pro-Iraq War ads that have been running. He links former White House Spokesman Ari Fleischer and Freedom’s Watch to the ad series. Here is the particular ad that ran on the Late Show with David Letterman.
— Steve Clemons

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42 comments on “Andrew Sullivan to Marry; Clemons to Guest Blog

  1. tower defense says:

    The other point I’d add is this: When people post links, they should assume some responsibility for the content they are posting. There’s an implied endorsement unless the link is prefaced with a caveat, like, “I don’t like a lot of this, but here’s what I find worthwhile and why I’m posting this.” Or some such.

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  2. pharel says:

    I appreciate the concern which is been rose. The things need to be sorted out because it’s not about the individual but it can be with everyone.
    pharel
    [url=http://www.drugstrategies.org/Treatment/District-of-Columbia ]District of Columbia Drug Treatment Centers[/url]

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  3. pharel says:

    I appreciate the concern which is been rose. The things need to be sorted out because it’s not about the individual but it can be with everyone.
    pharel
    District of Columbia Drug Treatment Centers

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  4. pharel says:

    I appreciate the concern which is been rose. The things need to be sorted out because it’s not about the individual but it can be with everyone.
    pharel
    District of Columbia Drug Treatment Centers

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  5. MP says:

    The other point I’d add is this: When people post links, they should assume some responsibility for the content they are posting. There’s an implied endorsement unless the link is prefaced with a caveat, like, “I don’t like a lot of this, but here’s what I find worthwhile and why I’m posting this.” Or some such.
    In other words, the argument behind the post–the point being made by the poster–should be explicit. Otherwise, you have a lot of irresponsible, and perhaps dishonest, passing around of “stuff” with no on taking responsibility for it. In a word: gossip.
    I tend to call people out on the argument implicit in the post.

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  6. MP says:

    Kathleen writes: “POA & artherdecco… I haven’t seen MP cast any snide aspersions on his critics… perhaps I missed it? I don’t claim to read every word of every comment, so perhaps I’m not up to speed on that one???”
    I’m capable of snark, to be sure. It’s a failing, IMO. I tend to read what folks say and take them at their word. Sometimes, I draw uncomfortable conclusions from what I read. I don’t mind pointing it out. When I make a mistake, I apologize. Including to POA.
    I think a lot of the big differences of opinion here result from our having different contexts, different upbringings, different cultures, different sensitivities. Sensitivities that are inexplicable (almost) to other folks who don’t share them.
    For example, I know well Italians’ sensitivity to the whole mafia issue. But I didn’t before friends told me.

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  7. MP says:

    POA writes: “”POA.. do you think everyone who disagrees with you about Ron Paul is a troll?” Of course not. But when I see a trite and specific script being followed, I become suspicious.
    Of course, you leave out the fact that the ONLY people here who have disagreed with you on Paul have been Mark L and me.

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  8. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “POA.. do you think everyone who disagrees with you about Ron Paul is a troll?”
    Of course not. But when I see a trite and specific script being followed, I become suspicious.
    “POA & artherdecco… I haven’t seen MP cast any snide aspersions on his critics… perhaps I missed it?”
    MP is as phony as a three dollar bill. He has posted here far longer than you have, and because of that you haven’t witnessed the complete metamorphosis of his manner and opinions as many of us have.
    Sorry, but I call them as I see them.

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  9. Kathleen says:

    POA & artherdecco… I haven’t seen MP cast any snide aspersions on his critics… perhaps I missed it? I don’t claim to read every word of every comment, so perhaps I’m not up to speed on that one???
    POA.. do you think everyone who disagrees with you about Ron Paul is a troll? I like him for some things, but I can’t accept his position on the UN, for starters. I do think every candidate is worthy of our careful consideration, whether or not they are a “front runner”.

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  10. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “OR …is this something you do to earn a dollar?”
    You’ll get an answer on Monday. Saturday and Sunday are his days off.

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  11. arthurdecco says:

    MP,
    When it comes to obscuring the real motivations and actions of the Zionists, Israeli-firsters, and/or Neo-Cons who seem hell-bent on destroying America, no one commenting on this site matches the artless sophistry you bring to the discussions. Surely you realize you’re convincing no one. Your arguments on this subject are puerile and self-serving, limited, in a large part, by your hubris, conceit and tribalism.
    Tell me – do you actually believe in the nonsense you continuously spread here – the back-flips in logic – the willful ignorance constantly on display in your proffered “truths” – your inability to deal directly with the rebuttals brought against your speciousness by people with more familiarity with facts?
    OR …is this something you do to earn a dollar?
    I’m sure the first words out of your typing fingers will be “Ad Hominem”, and you will be correct.
    As I mentioned in an earlier post on a different subject: If there is nothing of substance presented in the posts of disingenuous people that lends itself to open and honest discussion, we’re left with our pleas, mostly unacknowledged, that the poster simply shut up and leave the discussion to the adults in the room. And when that doesn’t work, (because it never does), we’re reduced to pointing out the obvious flaws in their motivational makeup in an attempt to discredit the lies that are sure to follow their earlier ones.
    Keyboard Kommandos like you weary me. Sadly, that is most likely your intent. Defending the indefensible. Casting snide aspersions on your critics. Muddying the waters with obfuscation. You never stop. You never seem to tire.
    Sigh.

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  12. Hedley Lamarr says:

    What I took away from that ad was yet another conflation of Sept 11 and Iraq. Dishonest at best.

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  13. Carroll says:

    No; they are totally upfront. They believe that US and Israeli interests do intertwine. And they try to prove it. That is the whole point of their campaigns. They don’t hide that at all.
    Posted by MP at August 24, 2007 11:26 AM
    >>>>>>>>>
    Did you or did you not read the article I posted from the head of the Israeli Security think tank in Israel? I think you did and commented on it.
    I would go look it up but it is late.
    Anyway the money quote was that “they know Israeli and American interest are not the same”.
    Israel knows it and admits it.. the US Lukids spill blood in the slurs of anti-semite to keep up the myth of US-Isr one and the same, and the little AIPAC followers?…pure self delusion to justify themselves.

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  14. Kathleen says:

    Rich.., I live within walking distance of Eugene O’Neill’s childhood home and the lighthouse/foghorn in Long Day’s Journey Into Night. I call Cheney Capt’n Ahab when I’m not calling him Darth. Same destructive obsessiveness.
    MP.. I think the constant wars in the ME benefit the NeoCons who took over the Israeli gov’t when Rabin was killed, same as the wars benefit the NeoCons here. Fear of a common enemy is very unifying and keeps tough talkers in power. I’ve met many young Israelis at the UN in Geneva formally protesting their gov’t actions with respect to Palestine, but they are in the same boat we are, so to speak, outnumbered, outshouted.

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  15. Lurker says:

    According to CNN’s website, which listed the deaths by nationality, only three Israelis died as a result of the September 11th attacks, which was surprising given Israel’s involvement in international finance. Two were on the planes and one was visiting a friend in the WTC.
    Look it up.
    I think the whole “Jews were told not to go into work on September 11th” thing is something that perhaps Mossad put out as a false flag, because obviously many Jews died in the towers.
    So how better to discredit people who had valid questions about the events of 9/11 than to link them with pure absurdity i.e., that Jews were told not to go into work that day? Mossad is expert on false flag operations.
    Odigo was the Israeli-based company that received the early warning. Its office was near the World Trade Center. This was reported by the Washington Post in October of 2001, and Odigo co-operated with the FBI.
    Again, look it up.
    With Mossad, it’s all a game within a game within a game. So when we get the next false flag “attack” — this one to be blamed on Iran, step back and think.

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  16. MP says:

    Pauline writes: “Apparently the truth of a certain matter is relative, not absolute — whatever this reader/listener thinks is true, is said to be true simply because he believes it.”
    Just read their material, Pauline. Watch the videos of their convention. Listen to the Congresspeople who agree with them. They are what they say they are.

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  17. rich says:

    Eugene O’Neill spent time writing plays in Provincetown as well–both his and William’s plays pack such an emotional punch, right in the American solar plexus, too.
    I’m trying to place in context the interventionism of big-money ads by Freedom Watch & Sembler, the Swift Boaters’ financier, and Richard Mellon Scaife’s role in Starr’s Captain Ahab pursuit of Clinton/Gore.
    (Which reminds me: Eugene O’Neill wrote a great short play at PTown in which the Ahab-like captain pursues his whale into the Arctic, crying “AWL!” (Oil!, All!) Greek Tragedy again, pursuit of the Absolute. Worth a look.)
    Moneyed interventionism in the national debate requires a direct response. At root, though, extortionate costs of TV ads–for public use of our own airwave, no less, necessitate wholesale revamping of the broadcaster-public airwaves relationship. The charter has been mistaken as ownership, and the Fairness Doctrine wrongly cast off as obsolete. These are our airwaves and the price to ABC for their use needs to be free advertising for political candidates. Break that chokehold on debate amd democracy.
    Even the conservative Republican surgeon I spoke to yesterday agrees communications infrastructure IS and needs to remain a public utility.
    STeve, I regret not finding a moment to try Ben’s Chili on U St. You can’t find that kind of historic chili just anywhere.

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  18. pauline says:

    a firster wrote:
    “No; they are totally upfront. They believe that US and Israeli interests do intertwine. And they try to prove it…It’s up to those listening to the argument to decide if it’s true, or true in part and not true in part.”
    Apparently the truth of a certain matter is relative, not absolute — whatever this reader/listener thinks is true, is said to be true simply because he believes it.
    btw, how many Israelis died in NY or Washington on 9/11? 2, maybe 3? and some at an Israeli owned software company were alerted an hour ahead of time?
    Gee, isn’t it great that this “intertwining” worked so well on 9/11.

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  19. MP says:

    Carroll writes: “The US Israelis Lukids always cloak themselves in “American”, try to link their agenda to American interest, try to portray themselves as acting in “American” interest, when they are actually proagandizing for Israeli interest.”
    No; they are totally upfront. They believe that US and Israeli interests do intertwine. And they try to prove it. That is the whole point of their campaigns. They don’t hide that at all.
    Whether you, or anyone else, BUYS it is another matter. Wrapping oneself in the flag is literally the oldest political message in the book of political messages. EVERY single lobbying group makes essentially the same argument: “It’s good for America. It’s in America’s interests.”
    It’s up to those listening to the argument to decide if it’s true, or true in part and not true in part.

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  20. pauline says:

    Antiwar.com’s take on the Fleisher group of liars and deceivers.
    August 24, 2007
    Home Front ‘Surge’ War Party’s ad campaign will boomerang
    by Justin Raimondo
    In a disgusting display of mendacity not seen since the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, a pro-war advertising campaign spearheaded by former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer is buying $15 million worth of 30-second television spots that repeat the lies linking 9/11 to Iraq – and explicitly threatening another terrorist attack in the US if we “surrender.” It’s the first storm in a season of fear.
    The content of the ads, four of them, so far, is so completely dishonest that one wonders what the producers were thinking: do they really imagine the American people are going to swallow another round of complete fabrications? It’s hard to believe, but there you have it. Even more surreal than the assertions tying the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the Iraqis is the blatant exploitation of US troops in Iraq: this one, for example, shows a soldier who has lost a leg declaiming that he will have lost it for nothing if we allow “politics”, i.e. the overwhelming majority of Americans, to influence our policy. Then “everything I’ve given and sacrificed will mean nothing.” Here is the complete text:
    “Congress was right to vote to fight terrorism in Iraq and I re-enlisted after September 11 because I don’t want my sons to see what I saw. I want them to be free and safe. I know what I lost. I also know that if we pull out now everything I’ve given and the sacrifices will mean nothing. They attacked us and they will again. They won’t stop in Iraq. We are winning on the ground and making real progress. It’s no time to quit. It’s no time for politics.”
    So the liars who lied us into war, who fabricated “evidence” of Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction,” aren’t to blame — oh no, of course not! It’s those of us who oppose this monstrous and mistaken invasion who are to be targeted as advocating “surrender” in a conflict that cannot be won without murdering half the population of Iraq and enslaving the other half. Because we allowed the Scooter Libbys and the Ari Fleischers to lure us into a quagmire, we must remain submerged there forever – or the loss of this soldier’s leg was all for naught.
    What kind of morality is it that lets the perpetrator of a fraud off scott-free while blaming the victim who has been defrauded? It’s called neocon morality – where the neocons are always in the clear, and the rest of us are dunned to pay the price of their immeasurable hubris.
    This ad features a grieving mom who opines “we’ve already had one 9/11, we don’t need another,” while giving out the administration-neocon line that we’re “making progress” in Iraq, and can’t “surrender” now. Yet how will withdrawing from the midst of the Iraqi civil war, where Sunnis fight Shi’ites and we are caught in the middle, result in an attack on the U.S.? Logic has nothing to do with the message behind this ad, which is all about pure fear, plain and simple. Again, the implication is that the fallen soldiers will have died in vain if we leave – not, you understand, because the war we started had no clear rationale, and was based on a series of carefully-forged lies.
    Here is a vet in a wheelchair who glowers at the camera as he contemplates Congress “considering surrender.” There is a vaguely threatening tone to his words, as if all the wounded veterans of this misguided war will descend on the Capitol and exact vengeance if we don’t “emerge victorious.”
    Here the neocons – let’s name the real enemy, after all – are quite explicitly pushing their “stab-in-the-back” theory, which blames our looming defeat in Iraq not on the inherent impossibility of winning over the Iraqis while we occupy their country and brutalize their people, but on the evils of “politics” (i.e. democracy, where the majority supposedly rules) and scheming politicians, who are somehow manipulating the popular will in order to betray our fighting men and women.
    “They attacked us” avers the wounded vet, but that’s not true: Iraq never attacked us, never had the capacity to attack us, and was never even a credible threat. We attacked them – i.e. the Iraqis, not al-Qaeda – and we’re still attacking them, four years after the “liberation” of Iraq.
    more at–
    http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=11498

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  21. Glennmcgahee says:

    You are a little late to the dance. Maybe a little too much snobbing in your circle instead of keeping up to date on happenings perhaps?

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  22. Carroll says:

    As to being upfront about their views, these folks are nothing if not upfront about their views. How else would it be possible for their views to be published on the Web and quoted here and elsewhere? How else could MW be publishing their book and miles of ink be spilled on these very views?
    I guess Mr. Weiss wants them to say what HE thinks they should be saying.
    Posted by MP at August 23, 2007 04:59 PM
    >>>>>>>>>
    Actually MP the US Israeli agents are not upfront at all.
    The US Israelis Lukids always cloak themselves in “American”, try to link their agenda to American interest, try to portray themselves as acting in “American” interest, when they are actually proagandizing for Israeli interest. And in the case of Freedom Watch, they are cloaking themselves in the Republican party when it is pretty clear this is a right wing jewish inspiration…if you go by the funders and creators of this project. I remember right after 911 when AIPAC had made and passed out to all the politicans little lapel pins with the Stars and Stripes and the Israeli flag intertwined.
    If the US Israelis think it is O.K. to be 100% for Israel why do they go to such lengths to try and “disguise or intertwine” their Israeli interest with the rest of American’s interest?
    Why set up these ads under the guise of “Republican” when the Repubicans are losing hand over fist in elections because of Iraq? I imagine a lot of repubs up for re-election are not happy with these ads being shown in their districts. Of course they may think they are being smart and have their real money on Hillary or another neoliberal or think this will pressure the public to put heat on their congressmen to stay in Iraq. Whatever.. their goal isn’t getting repubs elected or helping them in their districts, it’s clearly promoting the US staying in Iraq to the public whoever gains the WH.
    Anyway, it won’t work, the US public is done with Iraq. They just threw away 15 million. Very stupid.

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  23. MP says:

    Weiss writes: “Three years ago I heard Fleischer talking to a Jewish audience in Cincinnati, urging them to vote for George Bush in the upcoming election. Fleischer made explicit pro-Israel appeals. He said that his mother was a Democrat who opposed Bush but had softened because the Iraq war had been good for Israel’s security.”
    So, what’s wrong with this? Isn’t it the case that every politician makes appeals to various groups based on THEIR agenda?
    But Weiss’s logical fallacy is this: Just because certain Jews felt that the Iraq war was good for Israel doesn’t mean the war was fought for Israel’s sake. Weiss does more than imply that this is his view, but he doesn’t begin to prove it.
    It’s always the case that in any large event, the participants have a variety of motivations. The motivations differ, but the partici-pants end up agreeing, basically, on one course of action…for different reasons.
    Weiss and JohnH are similar in this regard: They will be waiting a LONG time to find a politician willing to be honest and upfront about all the motivations for his policies.

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  24. MP says:

    Pauline qotes: “There is nothing wrong with rightwing Israel-centric Jews getting involved in American politics. Let 100 flowers bloom. But I want their agendas explicit. It’s clear to me that several members of the new group care about Israel’s security as a reason for American military engagement in the Middle East. They should say so upfront.”
    This is odd. I thought the argument was that there WAS something wrong with “rightwing Israel-centric Jews getting involved in American politics.” That’s what so many here seem to be complaining about. You remember…traitors, firsters, dualists.
    As to being upfront about their views, these folks are nothing if not upfront about their views. How else would it be possible for their views to be published on the Web and quoted here and elsewhere? How else could MW be publishing their book and miles of ink be spilled on these very views?
    I guess Mr. Weiss wants them to say what HE thinks they should be saying.

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  25. pauline says:

    JP:
    And these words ring so true —
    “There is nothing wrong with rightwing Israel-centric Jews getting involved in American politics. Let 100 flowers bloom. But I want their agendas explicit. It’s clear to me that several members of the new group care about Israel’s security as a reason for American military engagement in the Middle East. They should say so upfront. As it is, the Freedom’s Watch website has imagery of the eagle wrapped in a flag; its big new ad shows an Iraq War veteran who continues to support the disastrous war because of 9/11, and no one on the site is talking about Israel. Fleischer didn’t mention it last night in his analysis of the regional fallout if we left Iraq. This is dangerous dishonesty.”

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  26. JP says:

    Philip Weiss does a good piece on Freedom Watch (sic/sick) on his Mondoweiss blog:
    http://www.philipweiss.org/mondoweiss/2007/08/new-pro-iraq-wa.html

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  27. MP says:

    There’s a little town just shy of Ptown called Truro. Used to have beautiful dunes. And it still had the feel of the Cape, which Ptown had kinda sorta lost at some point. But I agree: It’s a fun place. Make sure you take a sail, Steve.

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  28. judyo says:

    Steve, Provincetown is one of my favorite places in the whole world. I’ve been going for over 50 years (not in the last 10). My favorite-ess time is Columbus Day weekend (extended). Few tourists (or as my dad used to say, gawkers) … the summer shops are still open. Many a stein of beer and clam chowder did I down. I know the combination sounds gross but, it wasn’t.

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  29. pauline says:

    from an archived ThinkProgress:
    Andrew Sullivan Compares Gore on Global Warming to Cheney’s Reckless Claims About WMD
    Andrew Sullivan writes that Al Gore’s claims about global warming are irresponsible, just like Vice President Cheney’s claims about weapons of mass destruction:
    “It occurs to me that the global warming debate is not unlike the WMD-terrorist debate, except the sides are reversed. Accrding [sic] to Ron Suskind, Dick Cheney’s “one percent doctrine” means that if there’s a one percent chance that a terrorist could have access to a WMD, we must act as if it were a certainty – because the outcome, however unlikely, would be too disastrous to risk. On global warming, Gore expresses a not-too-dissimilar equation: if there’s a small chance that human behavior could lead to environmental catastrophe, we should act as if it were a certainty – because waiting too long is too big a risk to take.”
    Except Gore’s claims are based on scientific research that has been rigorously peer-reviewed by thousands of scientists. Cheney’s claims were based intelligence he manipulated and cherry-picked to reach a predetermined result.
    There is a scientific consensus (not a “small chance”) that global warming is real and driven by humans. Even most skeptics (maybe even Cheney) would acknowledge, if the earth is going to keep getting warmer and warmer, we are in for serious trouble.
    http://thinkprogress.org/2006/07/05/sullivan-gore-cheney/

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  30. Carroll says:

    Maybe Aaron will be good influence on Andrew. I have never disliked Andrew as much as some of the other war supporters, he seemed “sincerely” misguided as opposed to others who weren’t confused at all about their own motives.

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  31. pauline says:

    Here’s one nice board member I’m sure many caring organizations would want on their board.
    Melvin Floyd Sembler (1930 – ) is the former United States Ambassador to Italy (2001 – 2005), and former ambassador to Australia and Nauru (1989-1993). He has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Sembler Company, which develops and manages shopping centers, and co-founder of Straight, Inc., a controversial drug-treatment center whose license was revoked by the United States Senate for “cruel and inhuman behavior modification.” Sembler has been personally accused of being responsible for the claims of serious physical and psychological abuse that went on in his centers. Currently, Sembler serves as chairman of the Scooter Libby Legal Defense Trust.
    see –
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Sembler

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  32. pauline says:

    Here’s one nice board member I’m sure many caring organizations would want on their board.
    Melvin Floyd Sembler (1930 – ) is the former United States Ambassador to Italy (2001 – 2005), and former ambassador to Australia and Nauru (1989-1993). He has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Sembler Company, which develops and manages shopping centers, and co-founder of Straight, Inc., a controversial drug-treatment center whose license was revoked by the United States Senate for “cruel and inhuman behavior modification.” Sembler has been personally accused of being responsible for the claims of serious physical and psychological abuse that went on in his centers. Currently, Sembler serves as chairman of the Scooter Libby Legal Defense Trust.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Sembler

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  33. Carroll says:

    Opps, I see pauline already caught this.
    We must ask exactly what are these “patriots” motives in trying to keep this “global terrier wur going?
    Everyone with a grain of sense see that the only end to this is turning half the world into rubble….and still losing in the end.

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  34. Kathleen says:

    Happy Birthday, Steve! My son’s birthday is also Aug. 27th. It seems he’s in very good company.
    P-town is fun and it seems it’s curent demographics have evened out the Puritanism of it’s early settlers.
    What is your take on Hillary’s recent comment that we have to be ready to fight the next war? I find that rather ominous.
    And, her recent calling for Maliki to step down??? If non-functioning is the criteria, she should be calling for our own Fearful leader to step down.
    I’m sorry but listening to the current discussion on Iraq is like listening to a carefully read Jabberwocky song from Alice in Wonderland. It sounds like neither side knows what the hell they are doing or saying. Nothing makes sense to me at all.
    After the election in Iraq, all factions joined TOGETHER and proposed a peace plan that included an agreement with the Sunni to lay down their arms if we withdrew within two years. We blew them off, and the fighting continues. We are who caused the disunity now in the Maliki gov’t because he, like us, won’t set a date certain for when we will go the hell home.
    We could have had a peaceful, orderly, withdrawal, but I guess because Maliki couldn’t ram the oil law down Parliament’s throat, he is considered non-functioning and we view withdrawal as precipitous.
    Does anyone know what our offical reason was for rejecting the Iraqi peace plans? There have been several.
    I can’t spell the sound of disgust this situation causes me to make.
    On the bright side, ABC’s live poll on their recent Iowa debates shows Dennis Kucinich running waaaaaay ahead of the pack, with Dodd bringing up the rear, behind Mike Gravel and even “none of the above”.

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  35. Carroll says:

    http://democrats.org/a/2007/08/white_house_fro.php?comments=1
    A new group called “Freedom’s Watch” launched today with a $15 million, five-week ad campaign in support of Bush’s escalation in Iraq.
    Although president Bradley A. Blakeman called the group “grassroots,” it is funded by an inner-circle of high-profile, high-dollar Republicans who have long been friends and supporters of President Bush. From The Politico:
    The board consists of [former senior White House aide Bradley] Blakeman; [former White House spokesman Ari] Fleischer; Mel Sembler, a Florida Republican who was Bush’s ambassador to Italy; William P. Weidner, president and chief operating officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corp.; and Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
    The donors include Sembler; Anthony Gioia, a Buffalo businessman who was Bush’s ambassador to Malta; Kevin Moley, who was Bush’s ambassador to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva; Howard Leach, a former Republican National Committee finance chairman who was Bush’s ambassador to France; Dr. John Templeton of Pennsylvania, chairman and president of the John Templeton Foundation; Ed Snider, chairman of Comcast Spectacor, the huge Philadelphia sports and entertainment firm; Sheldon Adelson, chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. and ranked by Forbes magazine as the third-wealthiest American; and Richard Fox, who is chairman of the Jewish Policy Center and was Pennsylvania State Chairman of the Reagan/Bush campaign in 1980.
    Freedom’s Watch has bought ads in 33 television markets. In many cases, the ads will air in the districts of Republican incumbents who have wavered in their support for the Bush administration’s Iraq war policies.
    President of Freedom Watch
    Bradley A. Blakeman
    Born: 1958
    Gender: Male
    Religion: Jewish
    Race or Ethnicity: White
    Occupation: Government
    Party Affiliation: Republican
    Nationality: United States
    Executive summary: Republican strategist
    Deputy Assistant to the President for Appointments and Scheduling (2001-03).
    University: BA Political Science, Adelphi University
    Law School: JD, Touro College, Huntington, NY (1986)
    US Holocaust Memorial Museum Council
    New York State Bar Association 1987
    District of Columbia Bar 1988

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  36. pauline says:

    I caught this on Freedom Watch.
    “The board consists of Blakeman; Fleischer; Mel Sembler, a Florida Republican who was Bush’s ambassador to Italy; William P. Weidner, president and chief operating officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corp.; and Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition.”
    “The donors include Sembler; Anthony Gioia, a Buffalo businessman who was Bush’s ambassador to Malta; Kevin Moley, who was Bush’s ambassador to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva; Howard Leach, a former Republican National Committee finance chairman who was Bush’s ambassador to France; Dr. John Templeton of Pennsylvania, chairman and president of the John Templeton Foundation; Ed Snider, chairman of Comcast Spectacor, the huge Philadelphia sports and entertainment firm; Sheldon Adelson, chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. and ranked by Forbes magazine as the third-wealthiest American; and Richard Fox, who is chairman of the Jewish Policy Center and was Pennsylvania State Chairman of the Reagan/Bush campaign in 1980.”
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0807/5479.html
    It is truly amazing that there are only FIVE board members, and with their very first ad showing a veteran who lost both legs, Fleisher didn’t know his name.
    Like his ex-boss, Fleisher has absolutely no credibility.

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  37. Carroll says:

    I saw Dan Senior (sp?) of CPA fame in an interveiw on TV (forget which show) talking about the ads. 15 million spent on them. The host asked him the name of the marine speaking in the ad and he didn’t know the guy’s name.
    Who put up the 15 million? Where does Freedom Watch get their money?

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  38. Marcia says:

    Bolton is at it again, declaring he hopes we will bomb Iran.
    What a pity that a dissendent barber cannot shave off his mustache, defined as the “hair or bristles that a man has let grow out on his upper lip” – in Bolton’s case bristles would apply. That might oblige him to go into hiding.
    He is more and more like the big bad wolf, huffing and puffing to blow the house down.

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  39. susan says:

    Steve;
    you might also enjoy Michael Cunningham’s short book “Land’s End” for a literary and artistic experience of life in Ptown.

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  40. corinne says:

    I’m currently reading Williams’ memoirs (with a foreword by John Waters) and he includes his trips to P-town. You’d enjoy the book.

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  41. Steve Clemons says:

    Thanks Kate — that was exactly what I was looking for. I should have seen Tom Matzzie’s piece on this earlier in the day as I had an email about it. Many thanks,
    Steve Clemons

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  42. Kate in Michigan says:

    Steve,
    Articles on the Daily Kos have been talking about these pro-war ads today, and how former White House salesman Ari Fleischer is connected with them and the group called “Freedom Watch” which allegedly is sponsoring them. Tom Matzzie of MoveOn wrote an open thank you letter to Fleischer, which can be read on Daily Kos or on AmericaBlog. Matzzie links the White House PR machine to the ads.
    Congratulations to Andrew Sullivan and Aaron Tone on their wedding. I wish them many years of happiness and love together.

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