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  •  Sadly (22+ / 0-)

    the Air America streaming video glitched during all of Clark's speech. We have audio, but if anyone has it on a camcorder, let me know. Happy Friday!

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    by DarkSyde on Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 03:50:36 AM PDT

    •  I didn't have time to read the entire thread... (17+ / 0-)

      ... of his recent diary here, but apparently he commented quite a bit, and proved himself to be a science nerd (my husband said he was talking about calculus and stuff, heh).

      I have a few "Nerds for Howard Dean" buttons that a friend made.

      Maybe I'll have a bunch of "Nerds for Wes Clark" buttons made for the next primary season!

      Anyway, I'm impressed with Clark's interest in science in general, and climate science in particular.  He isn't bullshitting.  He's for real.


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      by Page van der Linden on Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 03:53:42 AM PDT

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      •  He said (10+ / 0-)

        he wanted to be a physicist when he was a young man: How can I not like him?

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        by DarkSyde on Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 04:00:14 AM PDT

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        •  I'm pretty sure he was first in his Physics class (4+ / 0-)

          We hear so often about being first in his class at West Point. I think Physics was one of the classes he was first as well. As I understand it, they seat according to these ranks at West Point.
          Anyways, not to overly brag on General Clark's behalf, but he's "into" science in all it's shapes and forms (And shapelessness and formlessness come to think of it)

          Thanks for the write up about the event! :)

          •  Yes I heard they seat by class rank too (4+ / 0-)

            And Wes sat in the #1 seat in pretty much every class for the 4 years he was there.  When I was in college for engineering I used to keep track.  I was normally in the #3 or #4 spot in each class, pretty much averaged in the low to mid 90% range on everything.  It always struck me that the #1 person in class was in another league, far above my abilities.  I don't think most people realize it, but there is a HUGE difference between getting 93-95% range and consistently getting 100's.  I don't think that difference lies totally in the work ethic, it think it speaks to natural ability and intelligence.

            Liberals and conservatives are two gangs who have intimidated rational, normal thinking beings into not having a voice on television or in the culture.

            by Dave B on Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 07:16:00 AM PDT

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          •  This American Son has been first and foremost (3+ / 0-)
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            in countless ways.  Country before Politics, and his record proves it.  He has been "into" much most of his life, and I'm very pleased that our Dems are finally recognizing him for this!!!  

            Yes, thanks for this report about the event and our General!

      •  Thought He Was A Great Contrast... (5+ / 0-)

        to dubya's dumbassery in 2004. If the public is naturally looking for a contrast with characteristics of the previous administration in 2008, Clark could offer that. Still early of course. Like the way he has integrated science into his theme of urging progressives to stand up for their beliefs.

        Good Government. Traffic Lights Aren't All That Weird. Vote Democratic!

        by HL Mungo on Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 04:30:29 AM PDT

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        •  Ferrel ::Bush on Global warming video (hilarious) (2+ / 0-)
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          Here's a video posted over at CCN by "reggiesmom" with Will Ferrel contrasting the dumbassery of W on global warming. ;)

          http://www.transbuddha.com/...

          •  One Of My Favorite Bush Imitations (0+ / 0-)

            He nailed the Bush trait of stating lame metaphors as if they were profound. I think that was done for the Global warming awareness special that Laurie David put together.

            I'm thinking the next President going to be considered one of our greatest no matter who it is. They will not be able to help looking better than their predecessor.

            Good Government. Traffic Lights Aren't All That Weird. Vote Democratic!

            by HL Mungo on Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 12:35:35 PM PDT

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      •  My one bone to pick (3+ / 0-)
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        was his use of the phrase "godless communists" without even a shade of irony.
        Seeing as I was one of those godless communist children whose science aptitude didn't change any since moving to the US, I kinda resented that. And of course, I am fairly certain my academic ability was not in any way changed by my eventually becoming a practicing Jew...

        Other than that, he was good. I even forgive him the minor misstatements on genetics and on physics :).

        •  :::Gasp::: (1+ / 0-)
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          You're a Godless commie? :::runs away screaming for the bomb shelter to duck and cover:::

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          by DarkSyde on Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 07:45:10 AM PDT

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          •  Bwahahahahaha (1+ / 0-)
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            Your feeble bomb shelter will not protect you! Bwahahahahahahaha

            •  Yeah but I've got duct tape leftover (0+ / 0-)

              Triple strength.
              Guaranteed effective against commies and terraists both!

              Thanks Tommy Ridge!

              •  I'd take (0+ / 0-)

                Ridge over Chertoff anyday. Ridge isn't my favorite perosn, but he was competent. I'll never forget when Chertoff got up on nat'l television and said "I remember seeing newspapers the day after saying NOLA dodged a bullet>" What utterly chilling bullshit. It either means he's a liar--and since every paper I've seen said no such thing, I think that's the case--or the Head of Homeland Security is relying on print newspapers for his information ....

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                by DarkSyde on Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 09:29:33 AM PDT

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                •  Did you read Ben Chertoff's (1+ / 0-)
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                  Katrina apology article in (Un)Popular Mechanics? He staunchly set out to "debunk" the Katrina Myths.

                  He said that it wasn't really the worst storm ever, wasn't even that bad actually....

                  And he said it was the best and fastest example of federal government response to a storm we have ever witnessed in this country.

                  Of course it has nothing to do with the fact the Cousin Mikey runs DHS.  Nahh.  It also had nothing to do with his Debunking the 9/11 Myths article earlier in (Un)Popular Mechanics.  Funny how each time, the DHS conmes out smelling like a rose.  

                  And his nabbing the Senior Researcher job at the POPULAR magazine while himself being only a 20-something Liberal Arts grad also had nothing to do with any nepotism.  

                  Yeah, ya gotta love the Chertoff clan.

                  Michael's face alone inspires those warm, fuzzy, protected feelings.... ;P

    •  The first time I saw General Clark speak... (1+ / 0-)
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      was in Knoxville in September 2003, a few days before entering the race. I sat in awe as he spoke completely extemporaniously (sp?) for 20 or 25 minutes. No notes that I could see, no cues, nothing. Just the better part of a half an hour on policy, politics, history, and democracy.

      Absolutely brilliant.

      •  He didn't use the teleprompter either... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...at the Texas Democratic State Convention last Friday June 9 in Fort Worth.  He really is amazing and is getting better and better.  He started early for 2008, and he's getting lots of practice, especially on Fox.  Have you noticed how he rarely ever blinks?  He can out-debate any of those guys on Fox.  He's definitely my pick, and has been since 2003.  Having lived in Europe for many years, I always knew who he was.  I'm mesmerized.
        Camille

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