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Inside the system

November 22, 2002 | Page 4

Not bad for a dead guy

MARK TWAIN received more than 500 votes in La Crosse County as a write-in candidate for Wisconsin's Third District congressional seat in the November 5 election.

The La Crosse Coalition for Peace and Justice initiated a write-in campaign for Twain after Rep. Ron Kind voted for the House resolution giving George W. Bush authority to use force against Iraq--the only Democratic lawmaker from Wisconsin to vote yes.

Twain received write-in votes for governor, attorney general and every La Crosse County office--including district attorney and sheriff. "I was surprised at how many voted for Mark Twain," Guy Wolf of the LaCross Coalition said. "Our goal was 500 for the whole district because it's difficult to write-in a name with all the different kinds of ballots in the district…We did this with spending no money and starting the campaign only two weeks before the election."

Wolf said the coalition's campaign received national publicity and raised awareness about a potential war in Iraq. "We need to continue to ask Ron Kind to hold the administration accountable for a war in Iraq," Wolf said. "Ron Kind's position on the Iraq war resolution--and not Ron Kind--attracted the Mark Twain vote," he said.

--La Crosse [Wis.] Tribune, November 13, 2002

Oscar for best protester

SHOUTING "GO home USA," 40 actors drafted by the army to portray protesters staged a mock confrontation with 350 soldiers descending on a fictitious Arab town.

The Army's 14th Cavalry Squadron, based in Fort Lewis, Wash., was training for urban warfare at the Southern California Logistics Airport. The mission? To keep the peace and purge a terrorist cell.

Civilian actors were paid to play citizens whose mood about the Americans ranged from "eager to please" to "downright hostile." "This is the conflict of the future," said Lt. Col. Jim Cashwell.

--Associated Press, November 11, 2002

Heard it through the grapevine

"IF YOU don't have any ambitions, the minimum-wage job isn't going to get you to where you want to get, for example. In other words, what is your ambitions? And oh, by the way, if that is your ambition, here's what it's going to take to achieve it."
--George W. Bush

"IF 250,000 white babies were going to starve to death, this sanctions policy wouldn't last long at all. But [supposedly] somehow a child's death doesn't hurt brown mothers as much as it hurts white mothers."
--Former United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter

"THE ANTI-American sentiment is out there, and it's not because people are jealous of us. People don't like us because we're a bunch of obnoxious, ignorant bullies."
--Ritter again

"WE HAVE to keep, in a sense, a gun pointed to the head of the Iraqi regime because that's the only way they cooperate."
--National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice

"I NEVER got a lot done using a broomstick. You've got to have something that's lethal."
--Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), on the Senate's approving guns in airplane cockpits

"THE GOVERNMENT and media for the past nine months have called this a war against terror…But terror is not the enemy. It is what the enemy wants to achieve…That's why we are abandoning the phrase, "War Against Terror." Let us be clear. This is not a war against Muslims or Islam. It is a war against Islamists and all who support them."
--CNN star Lou Dobbs on his show Moneyline

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