Clark's Army's Web Log
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Iowa Politics: "Clark: Strengthening Party is Job No. 1
Friday, April 22, 2005
Thursday, December 18, 2003
Updates on the Clark's Army Links Page are now available: www.clarks-army.com/lp.html
Monday, December 08, 2003
Tuesday, Dec. 9
5:00 pm EST
Clark will be on Total Request Live
7:00 pm EST
General Clark will participate in the DNC sponsored debate.
Tuesday's debate will be broadcast on C-SPAN
Wednesday, Dec. 10
8:00 pm EST
Biography's "10 to Watch"
Thursday, Dec. 11
11:00 pm EST
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
LA for Clark presents:
THE HOLLYWOOD HOLIDAY PARTY FOR CLARK
December 11th, 7-10pm
Featuring Wes Clark, Jr. and Steven Weber of 'Wings'
with Music by celebrity DJ Dan Mancini
@ Star Shoes Cocktail Lounge and Vintage Shoe Salon
6364 Hollywood Blvd. (b/w Cahuenga & Ivar)
Suggested Donation of $15 with RSVP or $20 at the door
Hosted by Hollywood Supporters of Clark
Please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, you can view an advertisement for the party with additional
Saturday, December 06, 2003
General Clark's Town Hall Meeting at Philips-Execter Academy (NH) is now linked on the Clark's Army Links Page
Tuesday, December 02, 2003
Hello Grassrooters! It's been a long time since I last posted--too long! Here is a letter from Bob Mahoney, recounting the four days he spent volunteering for General Clark in New Hampshire:
Hello fellow Clark supporters:
Lori asked me to share with you my experience of going to New Hampshire to help with the fledgling Clark campaign.
I decided to drive there, although I think that if you want to go, it is wiser to fly. When you add up the mileage, gas, tolls, time and driving risk, you're better off flying directly to Manchester, and then renting a car.
My understanding is that the campaign will put you up in someone's house for the time that you are there. While I was there, they went to the airport to pick up someone that was coming in from LA, so it is possible that you might not even need to rent a car. Don't worry about age. Everybody is treated the same, young and old.
Manchester is a beautiful town, filled with old churches, large parks, an art institute, little store front restaurants. Each day, I went to the same quaint restaurant for a hearty New England breakfast. On the drive in, I went through Vermont on Route 9, a real driving challenge at night. Luckily, I had NPR's "All Things Considered" to get me through some scary twists and turns. What a friend is Public Radio! I arrived in Nashua Monday night, where I stayed at a local hotel.
The folks at the Manchester office welcomed me with open arms and immediately put me to work inputting data into an Access database. Believe me, anyone can do this. Within a half hour, I was shanghaied to the corner of a shopping center hosting an AARP meeting, waving a Clark sign at passing motorists. The Deaniacs were responding to bullhorn slogans that, well, will not win any poetry awards. I was assured by my fellow standard bearer, Kevin Bowe, that most of the Dean supporters were paid staff.
I didn't find out until later that Kevin is field director for the Manchester office. He is a class guy and well worth meeting. He is now putting in 12 to 16 hour days, while commuting up from Massachusetts. He would be glad for your help.
Most of my marching orders came gently from the volunteer coordinator, David Orr. He was pleased that I had brought a web page printout of our own David Orr, of Cook County fame. Over the next few days, I would find out that David, who is a young man, is quite well schooled in the history of politics.
In the early afternoon, we were very fortunate to meet the General's wife, Gert, who stopped by the campaign office. She is all class, and very kind.
Later that day, I was put on phone duty, calling people off a list of prospective voters to ask for their support for General Clark. Please understand that I am the kind of guy that hangs up on telemarketers with great relish, so it was a humbling experience having to make cold calls. I quickly discovered that the best approach was to call the oldest voters on the list. Some folks were short with me, others wanted to tell me about their operations (I listened with infinite patience), but many told me they hadn't made up their minds yet.
The folks in NH take their responsibility as first primary voters very seriously. How refreshing to see Americans talk about voting as a sacred trust. The major point here is that most of the folks I talked to said that they hadn't made up their minds yet. To me, NH is up for grabs. You have probably noticed here in Illinois that a lot of folks just have never heard of General Clark. To the campaign's credit, the week I was there, they started running their first ad.
I knew General Clark would be in NH that day, but I wasn't prepared to convoy up to Plymouth to see him in action at a town hall meeting. What a treat! I had seen him before, in Chicago, at a fundraiser, and had shook his hand, congratulating him in advance for becoming President, but this time around I was determined to ask him a question. At the meeting, I stood in the back, with my Clark button on, and studiously raised my "helium hand" after he answered each question. Realize that General Clark is very charismatic in person. He reminds me of JFK, He is intense, brilliant, never at a loss for words, is fearless, and has a wise and compassionate spirit. At one point in the Q/A, he talked about visiting with the mother of one of the soldiers who died in the Chinook helicopter crash. Let me tell you, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. He worked the "theater in the round" crowd very effectively, and then finally, he pointed at me. He said "No, the guy in the back!" I asked him why Bush wouldn't release the Presidential daily briefing papers the 9/11 commission wanted, in unedited format. He asked me what I thought the reason was. I said that I thought that Bush had something to hide. He agreed, and went on to say that Bush, as Commander in Chief, should actively be conducting a transparent review of what happened before, during and after 9/11. He said that Bush was not doing this.
The room was full, the crowd enthusiastic, and when the meeting broke up, the General stayed until the bitter end, schmoozing with folks young and old. It is clear that he is a people person, that he really likes and respects everyone. I went up again to shake his hand, reminding him that the 9/11 survivors deserve answers, not obfuscation. He shook my hands for a good three seconds. Later, I talked with someone at the door about the meeting. He turned out to be the correspondent for Agence France Press. I told him how I had called a French business colleague at the start of the Iraq war and told him that not all Americans agreed with our President, and how my French colleague responded that not all French people agreed with their President. This correspondent, in typical Gallic resignation, thinks that Bush is unbeatable. It is up to us to prove him wrong, to show that our collective spirit is strong enough to beat back the propaganda that $200 million can buy.
The next day, Kevin, in a moment of inspiration gave me a task that I could actually do well. My job was to "Norton Ghost" a bunch of computers, so that they would have Office on them and look exactly like the Little Rock computers. The vets in back quickly came to me to fix their personal computers as well. I was momentarily indispensable! I even fixed the copier, by slamming the front door vigorously. Later that evening, we went to a union rally to support striking workers at a local TV station. Back at the office, we watched General Clark on 60 Minutes II.
My last day, I was back on data entry, finishing two precincts. I said goodbye to the gang, loaded up my car with signs, bumper stickers and buttons, and headed back to Chicago. I was reluctant to go, because I felt that I was part of something bigger than myself, and that I was making a contribution towards taking my country back from the evil cabal in Washington. I wasn't in front of the TV, swearing at Bush and Cheney, I was doing something real. When I left, I told Kevin that if the numbers were up in January, I would come back. And I mean that.
Saturday, November 29, 2003
WIRESIDE CHAT: General Clark will hold another Wireside Chat on Monday from 5:20 - 5:50 pm ET. In a 21st Century version of FDR's fireside chats, Wes Clark will answer questions live online in a Wireside Chat. More than six thousand people logged on the last time to see Clark interact with supporters. Ask your questions Monday at www.clark04.com.
DECEMBER 18th HOUSE PARTIES
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
A challenge for Clark Supporters....
Remember our troops this Holiday Season....
write a letter to a soldier or.....
!VISIT OPERATION GRATITUDES WEBSITE
1. Provide an Item from the Wish List Click to view Wish List
2. Donate financially by mail or online. 100% of monetary donations to OPERATION GRATITUDE go toward the cost of postage required to send the Care Packages through the U.S. Postal Service. The postage cost for each package averages $25.00. Operation Gratitude sends 50-75 Care Packages per week. A donation of $100.00 will pay for 4 packages; $500.00 will enable 20 troops to receive your expression of gratitude and support! Your donation of any amount will be greatly appreciated and is completely tax deductible.
Please send checks payable to Operation Gratitude to:
16444 Refugio Road
Encino, California 91436
3. Write Letters to be included in a Care Package. U.S. service members deployed for long periods away from home love nothing more than to receive good wishes and words of appreciation and support, especially from total strangers. OPERATION GRATITUDE strives to include several personal letters in every Care Package that we send. Please help ensure that a soldier, sailor, marine or airman knows that you are thinking of them by writing cards or letters and delivering them unsealed to OPERATION GRATITUDE headquarters at: 16444 Refugio Road; Encino, California 91436. If you would like the recipient to reply to you, feel free to include your own address or email.
Please understand that OPERATION GRATITUDE is not at liberty to provide or disclose the names and addresses of service members.
4. Organize a fundraiser to benefit OPERATION GRATITUDE
If you have an idea for a fundraiser, please email Carolyn Blashek at email@example.com.
5. Organize a Collection Drive A Collection Drive for OPERATION GRATITUDE is an active and fun way for your friends, neighbors, members, scouts and/or students to show their support for our troops. To begin your Collection Drive, you will want to notify your constituency of the dates, times and location of collection, and specify what items you will accept (See Wish List). You may choose to accept any item from the Wish List, or concentrate on particular items. Writing of personal letters should be encouraged as well.
Please contact Carolyn Blashek by email to discuss further and to arrange for delivery of your collection: firstname.lastname@example.org..
6. Spread theWord Please forward this web site to everyone and anyone you know who might be interested in helping OPERATION GRATITUDE.
7. Fridays at the Armory If you are in the Southern California area and would like to assist in the packaging of the gift boxes, please contact us for details at: email@example.com.
Please understand that OPERATION GRATITUDE is not at liberty to provide or disclose the names and addresses of service members. For additional information or to discuss your involvement in greater detail, please email Carolyn Blashek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for your thoughtfulness
and patriotic support of our troops
A transcript of the 11/24 Iowa debate is now available on the Clark's Army Links Page
Monday, November 24, 2003
I guess Gen. Clark has got his voice back :0)
Howard Fineman, from Newsweek, declared Gen. Clark the debate winner on Hardball. Chris Matthews agreed.
BTW, Gen. Clark hit on the correct message (imho) -- who can best get us out of the mess in Iraq and around the world. Leadership, leadership, leadership...
I am newly energized!!
Cast your vote for the winner of the Iowa debate here
Wes Clark has 4% - He did better than that! Way better! Let's see the numbers reflect it.
Friday, November 21, 2003
Email a postcard to everyone in your address book!
OK all you creatives, let's have a design competition for a postcard (less expensive postage) to send to undecided Dems (front only). It can be a holiday greeting + vote for Clark, the more generic the better, i.e., no Christmas commercial, no particular religion, you know what I mean. It can also be a Happy New Year message.
It should be an appropriate size to meet mailing regulations. I suggest 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", just in case you don't want to think about it!
Important! It should also state (in small print): Printed in house. Labor donated.
with your final design in PDF format no later than December 1, 2003. Subject line of email: Clark Holiday Postcard Entry. The three finalist will be uploaded for all to use when mailing to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, your hometown or State, etc. Thanks for your support and good luck!
Thursday, November 20, 2003
Join us for some fun this Sunday - 23 Nov - morning at the Pasadena Doo-Dah Parade. Wear your Clark button; we'll be passing out Clark bars and literature. But first, there will be a pancake breakfast at the Pasadena Senior Center, beginning at 9:00 a.m., 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena, $5.00. We'll wear our Clark buttons and show we support seniors. Then the parade: We'll meet at the Senior Center at 11:00 a.m., corner of Holly St. and Raymond and then station ourselves along the route to pass out Clark bars, etc. The parade begins at 11:30 right where we'll be, at Raymond Avenue and E. Holly Street, proceeds south on Raymond two blocks, then turns west on Colorado Boulevard, ending at Pasadena Avenue.
Please let Debbie Bonetti know if you can make it, so they can figure out how much of the parade each person needs to cover. Look forward to seeing everybody!
Check out the new videos!
Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Listen for the "Chickenhawk" remark!
Analyzing Result of Clark's Iowa Gambit
Poll to take....Story to read about W blocking compensation money to tortured Vets.
VETERANS AGAINST IRQI WAR
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Watch the General Fight Back on Fox
FOX IS THE SIDESHOW
Monday, November 17, 2003
The General has his own blog page now!
The Generals Log
Sunday, November 16, 2003
Here's the first part of a profile from The Boston Globe. Those of you who heard General Schwarzkopf's comments last week on MSNBC, take special note of the following anecdote:
"Clark made a crucial decision midway through his West Point education. He quit the swim team to join the debate team, which offered him not only an intellectual avenue he craved but also a way to get off campus on many weekends. His debate coach, William Taylor, vividly recalls receiving a complaint one day from Captain Norman Schwarzkopf, then a West Point instructor who would go on to command the first Gulf War.
"'I don't like what you are doing with cadet Wes Clark,"' Schwarzkopf said, according to Taylor. "'He is not competing with varsity athletics. He is not socializing with the rest of his classmates. He is off doing debate tournaments. You are undermining the professionalism of this young man.'"
"'I don't know who you are,'" Taylor told Schwarzkopf, and after defending the virtues of debate, hung up the phone. Schwarzkopf could not be reached for comment, but Taylor said the incident illustrates the tensions that would follow Clark throughout his career.
Link to Boston Globe Article
General Clark on Meet the Press - Video Links and Transcripts are now available on the Clark's Army Links Page
Saturday, November 15, 2003
Check out the Clark's Army Links Page for a new link to a May 1, 2000 briefing, given by Def. Secty Cohen and Hugh Shelton PRAISING Gen. Clark's performance in Kosovo... (kudos to Grassrooter Guila for finding it!)
Thursday, November 13, 2003
New Poll to Take! From Miami....
MIAMI DADE DEMOCRATS
Tiny snippet of Gen Clark:
" I was given the most wonderful gift anybody can ever be given. I was given the opportunity to fight for what I believe in. I believed in this country. I believed in the values we stood for. I served in an organization that was greater than myself, I served others. The men and women I--under my command, the men and women who I reported to. I started during the Vietnam War, I served my country in war--in two wars. And finally, in my last command, I was able to fight in a way that promoted human values and eased the burden on--saved--saved a million and half people from becoming refugees. Nobody can give you a greater gift than the opportunity to stand up and fight for what you believe in."
WATCH CLARK - 2001
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Clark starts clothes drive for soldiers
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
MANCHESTER - Retired Army general Wesley Clark is asking his New Hampshire supporters to donate winter clothing for U.S. soldiers wounded in Iraq.
The Democratic presidential hopeful has started a clothing drive to benefit soldiers are recuperating in Germany.
"If there is one thing that can make those tough days of recovery easier, it's having support from home," he wrote in an e-mail to his supporters.
Clark said many of the soldiers are arriving in Germany with only the clothes on their backs and could use warm clothing and phone cards to call their families.
The items are being collected at Clark's campaign offices in Manchester and Dover.
PERHAPS WE CAN DO THE SAME FOR THE GENERAL?
perhaps contact OPERATION GRATITUDE and see if they will accept warm clothes in the General's name....??
Monday, November 10, 2003
New Yorker Magazine Article on Gen. Clark
THE GENERAL ELECTION
Saturday, November 08, 2003
FLORIDA POLL! vote now! Tell others.....
CLICK FOR CLARK!
Send everyone who has any doubts about Wes Clark as the best person to be our next president this wonderful article!
Article about Clark
I am encouraging supporters of our next President, General Clark, to support OPERATION GRATITUDE (highlighted recently on CNN & KABC7 News - Los Angeles) an organization developed to send care packages to our troops. It was started by Carolyn Blashek, who talked with a soon-to-be-deployed soldier who mentioned that no one would care if he came back alive. Let our brave men and women know that they are NOT FORGOTTEN and WE DO CARE! We support the General...let's support the troops, too.
FIRST ANNUAL HOLIDAY CARE PACKAGE DRIVE TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!
OPERATION GRATITUDE together with the 746th Quartermaster Battalion of the
California National Guard and the Bob Hope USO at LAX are pleased to announce
the first annual
HOLIDAY CARE PACKAGE DRIVE TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!
At least 2500 Care Packages will be sent at one time to our troops currently
deployed overseas. These packages will contain disposable cameras, phone
cards, t-shirts, playing cards, lotion, snacks, and assorted other items.
You can participate in this exciting event in three ways:
1. Attend the Support Our Troops Rally at the California Army National Guard
facility at 17330 Victory Boulevard (corner of Louise), Van Nuys, California during the Veteran's weekend: November 8-9, 2003 from 10-6 both days. On Saturday the 8th, plan on getting your car washed by National Guardsmen and the ABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News Team, watch various sporting events between the Military VS. Media , and enjoy a delicious BBQ hosted by local scouts. Then, on Sunday the 9th, bring your friends and family to work side by side with members of our U.S. Armed Forces to assemble the Holiday Care Packages. U.S. Army and L.A. Fire Department equipment and vehicles will be on display throughout the weekend!
2. We are still looking for donated items to supplement the packages; please
contact us at email@example.com or 818-789-0123 if you are able to provide large quantities of the following products (all donations are tax-deductible):
Holiday Decorations and Greeting Cards
CDS and DVDs
knit gloves and/or beanies
cans of tuna, chili, pasta
Fruit or pudding cups
Snack bars, nuts, trail mix, dried fruit
Hot Chocolate Mix, KoolAid packets
TRAVEL SIZE lotion, foot powder, wipes, Q-tips
3. Donate financially by mail or online towards the cost of postage required to send the Care Packages through the U.S. Postal Service. The postage cost for each Holiday Care Package will be $15.00. A donation of $75.00 will pay for 5 packages; $750.00 will enable 50 troops to enjoy the holiday spirit! Your donation of any amount will be greatly appreciated and is completely tax deductible.
Please send checks payable to Operation Gratitude to:
16444 Refugio Road
Encino, California 91436
We hope you will join us to salute our brave men and women in the United States Military by sending them cheer and good wishes during this Holiday season. Let them know we have not forgotten those who serve our country!
Carolyn Blashek, Operation Gratitude
Friday, November 07, 2003
General Clark's appearance at the Presidential Candidate's Women's forum is now available on the Clark's Army Links Page!
Thursday, November 06, 2003
Check out General Clark's article in the Boston Globe:
A new course needed in Iraq
By Wesley Clark, 11/6/2003
MY 34 YEARS in the Army taught me to steel my spine, but not my heart, whenever I hear news of American casualties. On Tuesday I read about Sergeant Ernest Bucklew, who was headed home to attend his mother's funeral when his Chinook helicopter was shot out of the sky en route to Baghdad. Fifteen American soldiers died alongside him.
For the sake of every member of our armed forces, we need a plan to end the conflict in Iraq. Retreat is not an option. Withdrawal would be a disaster for America, a tragedy for Iraq, and a crisis for the world. It would destroy our credibility, give terrorists a new haven, and throw the Middle East into greater turmoil. No matter how difficult it will be, we need a "success strategy."
NEW COURSE NEEDED IN IRAQ - BOSTON GLOBE
The Clark Campaign is looking for a few good people!
Work with various departments in the campaign to collect content needs for the Clark04.com website. Track projects and faciliate content collection and approvals. Liaison with technical group and design teams to create and publish areas of the Clark04.com. Basic understanding of HTML and/or web publishing necessary. Experience with online content creation and project management required.
Create digital assets for day-to-day editorial needs of Clark04.com website. Manage campaign's collection of digital photos. Design campaign brochures, flyers, and collateral. Experience with graphic design applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) required. Designing for websites and basic familiarity with HTML strongly desired.
Collect content from various departments of the campaign (Communications, Grassroots, Politcal Outreach, Policy) and upload content to website. Occassionally produce original content for the Clark04.com web site. Online editorial or journalism experience preferred. Basic understanding of HTML and/or web publishing strongly desired.
Email cover letter and resume in PDF or text-only format to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls.
GENERALLY SPEAKING - Clark Blog
Interesting Interview with the General
THE EXCHANGE - NH Public Radio
Wednesday, November 05, 2003
In case you missed it! The transcript from today's Online Washington Post Chat with General Clark (hot off the presses!) is now linked on the Clark's Army Links page
Today, on CNN's "Live From", Reporter Chris Huntington, of Financial News, gave a breakdown of each candidate's positions on job creation.
As they put up the graphics for each candidate, the top line said how they would get the revenue needed to create jobs. Eight out of the nine candidate's top line said some variation of : "Roll back Bush's Tax Cuts"
The graphic for General Clark said: "Raise taxes on the wealthy."
Don't know if this kind of thing bugs you as much as it does me, or if you care to comment, but, in case you do... here is the link to their comments page:
If you do decide to send something, please use your own words. As an FYI, copied below is the email I've already sent.
"To: CNN "Live From":
Regarding Wesley Clark's position, as represented in Chris Huntington's report on candidate's jobs packages:
With ALL the other candidates, you list the top line of your graphic for each candidate, indicating their sources of revenue for jobs, as some variation of "rolling back Bush's tax cuts."
However, when you put up the graphic on Wesley Clark's position, you listed his line as "Raise taxes on the wealthy."
I double checked. Wesley Clark's position is to roll back, only, the topmost part of Bush's tax cuts (identical to many of the other candidates).
Why the inconsistency? To me, this seems clearly designed to create a false view of General Clark's position, in relation to the other candidates. Is this designed as a deliberate manipulation or is it simply the mistake of an inexperienced reporter?
In the future, please list all candidate's information in a consistent way, please investigate the reasons for this misrepresentation and please issue a correction/retraction right away.
Monday, November 03, 2003
This clip comes from Rock the Vote. LOL at the end:
Here's a positive article about Clark
Sunday, November 02, 2003
Did any of you happen to catch Zell Miller's comments this morning, on Meet the Press? Somebody might want to pass on E. Drew's article (E. Drew Article) to him and NBC...
Tim Russert: "Wesley Clark, the General, what do you think of him?"
Miller: "I think there have been 12 generals elected President of the United States, Only one of them has been a democrat. 1828-Andrew Jackson. With all due respect to Wesley Dean, he is no Old Hickory, I can tell you that. I have a tremendous respect for anyone who wears the uniform, anyone who has been shot at by our enemies. But when your last boss, in this case, General Hugh Shelton, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says that you lacked integrity, that's a pretty strong indictment. No integrity? I mean, who would you like to be taking that reference around, when you're looking for a new job?"
Tim Russert: "General Clark would say that many other people in the military have a lot more favorable impression of him."
Miller: "Well, this was his last boss, this was a man who's know him for years."
Later, Russert asked Miller why he didn't just change his party to republican and Miller replied that he had been in the Democratic Party for a long time...
hmmm.... You know, that answer reminds me of the clinical definition of insanity (doing the same thing, over and over again, expecting a different outcome, each time...)
Seems like a good time for GA grassrooters to writer their representative and give him a piece of your mind, maybe???
Here's something that's creating some controversy:
Statement From General Wesley Clark on Howard Dean's Confederate Flag Statement
[Des Moines Register, 11/1/03]
"The Confederate flag flies in the face of our most deeply-held American values - diversity, equality and inclusion. As someone who led men and women of all backgrounds in the United States military, I believe that the only flag we should fly is the one that brings us together - the stars and stripes - and that the Confederate flag should never, ever be flown on public buildings."
Saturday, November 01, 2003
LIVE CHAT WITH GENERAL CLARK! - NOVEMBER 5 - 1:30 PM EST
Nov. 3 - 7, 2003:
Get answers -- online. The 2004 Democratic presidential candidates take your questions.
CONVERSATION WITH THE CANDIDATES!
Nov. 3: Rep. Richard A. Gephardt
Nov. 3: Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman
Nov. 4: Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich
Nov. 5: Al Sharpton
Nov. 5: Wesley K. Clark
Nov. 6: Carol Moseley Braun
Nov. 7: Sen. John Edwards
Nov. 7: Sen. John F. Kerry
Brought to you by washingtonpost.com and The Concord Monitor
Submit questions early.
Monday, Nov. 3, Noon ET
Politics: Election 2004
Wesley K. Clark
Democratic Candidate for President
Wednesday, November 05, 2003; 1:30 p.m ET
In January voters in New Hampshire will cast ballots for the Democratic candidate they feel would best hold the office of the presidency. The eventual winner of the nationwide nomination process will face President Bush next November.
The Concord Monitor and washingtonpost.com will host a series of live discussions with participating Democratic candidates for President to give readers the opportunity to share thoughts and questions directly with the nominees.
Democratic candidate and retired Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark will be online Wednesday, Nov. 5th at 1:30 p.m. ET to take your questions on the campaign and his vision for the United States.
Submit your questions and comments before or during the discussion.
Editor's Note: washingtonpost.com moderators retain editorial control over Live Online discussions and choose the most relevant questions for guests and hosts; guests and hosts can decline to answer questions.
November 01, 2003
NEW STREAMING VIDEOS!!!!- Lou Dobbs interviews WKC & Elizabeth Drew rebuts smears on Inside Politics
Two new streaming videos in multi-bandwidth RealVideo format. First Lou Dobbs speaks with Gen. Clark on Iraq, his proposal to roll back tax cuts for the highest earners, and most interestingly, citizenship for illegal immigrants, a subject which Dobbs rightly points out "has garnered extraordinarily little attention on the part of any candidate, Democratic candidate, running for president, and certainly it has not garnered the impression or the attention of this administration." (The issue was raised at the Arizona debate on October 9, though Woodruff and Crowley of CNN were too busy piling on Clark for his stand on the Iraq resolution to get his views on very much else.)
TO SIR WITH LOVE - A Wesley Clark Blog
Amazing account from Grassrooter Lynne in South Carolina:
I was greedy with the General's time yesterday. I made him shake my hand twice, pose for pictures and sign my book. My Columbia MEET UP Crew was there in force to hear him speak at the USC Law School yesterday.
General Clark has worn a hole in the bottom of his shoes. One of our Columbia Meet Up members, Super Mike, was tapped to help the general get new shoes before the speech. They quickly found a pair to buy but the general wouldn't wear them because they had been made in China so he just wore the ones with the hole in them. This guy's a democrat for sure!
He smiled at me and my ARMY WIVES LOVE CLARK sign.
Clark radiates intelligence and intensity that doesn't transmit over TV. If you get a chance to see him in person, do it.
Lynne in SC
Friday, October 31, 2003
News of Interest
Wesley Clark's gutsy new tack: Blame Bush for not preventing 9-11.
The Democrats' Military Option
Daunting intelect sets
Clark apart, worries some
Clark Jumps Into the Lead Among Democrats in South
Democratic presidential candidate and retired four-star Gen.
Wesley Clark discusses key issues in the upcoming race for the
White House, including the impact of tax cuts on the economy
and strategies for postwar reconstruction in Iraq. (Video)
Everyone -- please read the article that Lori posted below -- by Elizabeth Drew -- and pass it on. It is amazing!!!
Here is an article by Elizabeth Drew
The New York Review of Books
Thursday, October 30, 2003
If you didn't see General Clark's interview on PBS's The Newshour with Jim Leher, look for a repeat. Best interview yet. Also, a transcript is available at Clark's Army Links Page
A Santa Monica, CA paper has a poll on Democratic Presidential hopefuls.... click, scroll down and look for the poll on the right side of the website and then VOTE!
SANTA MONICA MIRROR
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Not Clark related, but want to share this report from the S. CAL fireline:
The fires have taken a dramatic turn for the worse:
Lake Arrowhead is burning. 150 homes so far. The firefighters are making a stand a the top of a hill, in the middle of the town, but are not optimistic, as the fire is topping over 200 feet in the air and jumping over them. If they cannot hold it off, the entire mountain will go. Think losing Tahoe...
Good News: Firefighters (including some from Ross in Marin County, btw) made a difference. A multimillion dollar area called Stevenson Ranch, with thousands of homes, had a firestorm within yards and the firefighters fought it back, crediting the homeowners for good brush maintenance behind their houses. The homeowners say the brush was thick enough and the firefighters beat back 40 foot flames in people's backyards. Saw it unfold. Amazing.
Other news: Hwy 5 just reopened, but firefighters had to be pulled off of other areas to keep the fire from jumping the 5 at Santa Clarita (ever drive the Grapevine?), so the other areas they were defending went up.
Supplies: People have been showing up with massive donations of food and, especially, Visine, for the firefighters.
Ironic Weather: San Bernadino Nat'l forest is burning -- at the same time, the temperture has dropped dramatically. Firefiighters are going between 100's of degrees to freezing. It may even snow there, later in the week.
Interesting animal note: Several units of firefighters have been going into regions that they can't defend and pulling out as many animals (both wild and domestic) that they can catch. Just saw two of them leading a goat. Surreal.
Saddest Story: Two whole towns are gone in east San Diego (including one with a famous Indian Museum) and a firefighter just died (one other in serious condition) trying to save a historic larger town called Julien. Julien is still threatened.
Election Goof: Gov. Davis, with John Garamendi at his side, has been on the ground everywhere here, directing operations and getting money and goods to everyone. People are getting a good look at the guy they booted out of office. He's doing a wonderful job -- very Rudy in NY kind of stuff. Can't imagine Arnold in the role and have to think most of S.Cal is coming to the same conclusion.
I'm okay. Wearing a mask. Air is absolute particulates. Fire is nowhere near my area, however, and the closest is the only one is expected to be contained soon. I'm lucky.
Statistics (so far): Area burned: 621,000 acres. 18 dead, 2,000 homes gone -- and counting.
God's Ear: The weather is changing. Cold front coming. Davis said God is listening.
Pumpkins of Clark...FOR CLARK! Let's start carving away!
Here's a site that let's you carve up a storm...take a look at the Clinton Pumpkin! (click on the sidebar for patterns..then scroll down to find some great images!)
THE PUMPKIN WIZARD
Take your favorite General Clark photo, xerox the blazes out of it, carve it up on a pumpkin, take pix and send them in to the campaign or your favorite Clark Blogger!
Have Fun! Get People Talking!