So many killer reviews...
one from BartCook Michele
"This woman TAKES OVER A ROOM LIKE JAMES
BAKER TAKES OVER AN ELECTION!"
-- Pete Hisey on Julie Hiatt Steele.
ha ha -- This is the BEST! Pete, and you are
Subject: Juliefest impressions
Welcome home BC.
I thought things went great at Juliefest. I met
so many interesting, intelligent, fun and informed liberals
(who weren't at all ashamed of calling themselves
that). Everyone was in a good mood and there was
a decided buzz about the room. Whether that was
the excitement from meeting such luminaries as Julie,
James Carville, Joe Conason or yourself (blushing
yet?), or simply the euphoria that comes from finding
ones own tribe, it was a great evening.
I'm happy that we were able to come together to
help Julie, but would love to be able to build on this one
special evening. We should think about yearly
(or semi-annually) doing a 'gathering of the minds', complete
with workshops, conferences, and speeches. My
one regret with Juliefest was that it was so short. I know
people were partying into the night, but I had
foolishly decided to see all of DC on foot earlier in the day
and I was beat by 11 o'clock. There were maybe
300 people in the room but I think I was only able to
chat with maybe 20 of them.
My only other regret was not having the opportunity
to talk more with you and tell you in person how
much I appreciated all your efforts, not just
in organizing this event, but over the years with the website.
You're doing good work and I don't know if you
get told that enough.
I know you (and the lovely Christian and the whole
BC staff) did a lot of work to make this evening
so successful, but I hope you all had as good
a time as the rest of us.
Let's do it AGAIN!!!
PS. You're were dead right about Julie. Charming,
sweet and a buzzsaw.
It was a
true pleasure meeting and speaking with her.
Subject: You did a great job.
Thanks to you and Christian for the AMAZING job
that you did
in putting all of this together (not bad for
I just got back to the hotel and the memory of
all of the excitement
is keeping me from getting right to sleep (at
If you find a good cause to get us all together
next year, I hope to be able to join you.
And it was good to meet your wife. She was very
nice to talk to.
Bob Reynolds from OKC.
Bob drove the farthest to Juliefest, I believe.
He also contributed more than was necessary and offered
to drive people around in his van. That was cool.
the media coverage on JulieFest?
I'm just wondering why all of the liberal media
didn't just fall
all over themselves to cover JulieFest?
Surely all of the liberals
that are so pervasive in the media would've jumped
all over this story.
Julie is an innocent woman who was badly beaten up by her government.
Her story had no sex, stains or cigars, so the money-driven press won't
Wish I could've been there. I hope it was
a blow out!
Are you still accepting donations for Julie?
Keep the hammer pounding.
Carmen, we are still accepting donations for Julie.
Yes, last weekend was a lifesaver, but she hasn't made it to the shore
In five weeks she has to move again and she has no idea where she's
We bought Julie some time, but her recovery will take a while longer.
Great Juliefest Report
Great party, absolutely wonderful meeting everyone, 'specially JHS.
It was wonderfully refreshing finding like minds.
Christian was a wonderful lady,
no wonder you rely on her. And of course, meeting
you was a great thrill as well.
Remember, when we get militant, I wanna be the
guy linin' up the Repug-licans again the wall.
Thanks for everything, but mostly, thanks for
(the one eyed fellow that kept circulating around
without a clue most of the night)
great Juliefest report
Subject: JulieFest experiences
of 2 Central New Yorkers
Dear Bart, Mrs. Bart, and Christian -
My husband and I drove the 7 hours from Syracuse,
NY on the day of JulieFest. We were excited and nervous
- we'd never done anything like this before,
and we didn't know what to expect. We went to 24 West about an
hour early, went to the bar, and my husband ordered
a shot of Chinaco - within a few seconds 2 people introduced
themselves and inquired if we were there for
JulieFest. We struck up wonderful conversations with these nice,
smart, normal people - no weirdo web denizens
as I kind of feared. How refreshing to speak to other folks on the
same wavelength. Outside of my family -
all yellow dog democrats (as my sister the transplanted Texan calls us)
and my coworkers (I work in a labor-oriented
occupational health clinic) it's hard to find anyone in Central New York
who doesn't think Bush is a fine fellow.
Meeting and talking to Julie early in the evening
was great. For such a diminutive woman, she is so strong of spirit
and she is so articulate; her resistance is truly
inspirational. I introduced myself to Mrs. BartCop and enjoyed meeting
her - so shy and sweet. And we both enjoyed
meeting you, Bart. You are our hero - everyday we log on and you
give us heart, you give us strength, and you
are funny as hell. We met and talked to a few moderators, and they
are fascinating, dedicated people. We've
never done the chat room thing, but we may try it.
I can't believe I met David Brock and Joe Conason
- Blinded by the Right validates everything I believed was being
done by those dreadful and smarmy right wing
attack dogs. I read Joe Conason online all the time and always agree
with him. All that and seeing Carville
in person too - it was almost too much. We smiled all the way back
the next day and haven't stopped smilling yet,
except when Usurper Boy comes on the tube. What a fantastic
- thank you, BartCop, for all your hard work.
And thanks to Mrs. Bart and Christian and whoever else made it possible.
It was FANTASTIC! Keep it up, because you're
making a difference.
Cameron and Rosemary Klein
Syracuse, New York
PS - Was it a little unsettling to face the fans
Did we look like you thought we would?
It's nice to attach your face to your work -
makes it even better.
From: american stranger
Live From: Col Tom Parker
May 1 2002, 9:34 AM
Just wanted to say that Juliefest last night
was pretty damn cool. I was
"surprised" at the age range in the room, although
I don't know what I really
expected. It was refreshing to see a group
of like-minded individuals and
the broad spectrum of the population that
fit into the category.
One odd thing, My wife and I live in the
DC area. Other than the couple
(Dan and ? from New York) that we met in
line, everyone else we ran into
was local as well, (including the lead
National Resources Defense Council
attorney on the Yucca Mountain case --
Good luck Geoff!) Guess that is
the case in DC. It's a company town and
politics in the company.
Carville got things on a roll, telling the
crowd what Julie's action meant to all of us,
as Americans. Then he introduced Smokin'
Joe Conason, who regaled with a few
tales about his interactions with Julie.
Then came the dynamo herself. All I can say
is if the Dems don't pick up on this woman's
tale and use it in the coming elections,
then we get what we deserve. ANYONE would
be outraged at what she went through.
A surprise guest was David Brock, who didn't
speak at the microphone, but
was surrounded by well wishers and signing
And last but not least: Bartcop himself.
He too did not take to the microphone,
but was perfectly happy to chat up the
crowd as he worked through the room.
Again, not who I was expecting, but then
I didn't know who I expected.
It was pretty cool to be sharing the same
room with him and Carville at the same time.
One aside, while standing within 6 feet
of Mrs. Bartcop for much of the evening, I didn't
approach her as I could tell by her reactions
to those who did she appreciates her anonymity.
Had I done so, I would have told her "Thanks.
Thanks for being an understanding wife who
affords her husband the kind of time/effort
Bartcop must be putting out to keep the treehouse
going for all these years. I've been reading
for 4 of those and his hits just keep on hitting.
Congrats BC! Well done.
Next time -- Vegas. Big E woulda liked
it that way!
From Callig to (Bart and Mrs. Bart):
May 1 2002, 9:35 AM
What a great couple! Supportive of each
other and our country. JulieFest
brought together an eclectic group of people
who care about America and
American values. Young, old, rich and poor,
city slickers and country folks
from all over America, the power is with
people in America who stand up for
what is right. Last night was an invigorating
renewal of American Values
right here in our Nation's Capital.
Over 200 people attended, and although
some high rollers were instantly identified
(Carville, Conason, Brock), there were many others
there keeping a low profile.
West24 is a classy place with lots of little
conversational areas. The food is highly
recommended (I had catfish on cornmeal
for dinner), tequila and cigars (cough!!!)
were all there, $$$$ fell into a
large champaign bucket for Julie, and the party
flowed into the adjacent patio, bar area,
and dining room.
I left at 11:30 pm (Juliefest room was from
7 to 10 pm, but the party wouldn't stop and
the staff joined us). Mini-parties moved
on toward the adjacent hotels. Said goodbye to
the Bartcop's and Julie as they got into
their Lincoln Continental (donated) outside. Mr.
and Mrs.Bartcop are your regular Americans
(country folk from Oklahoma), (...excuse
who care about America, and want our USA
to be leaders of Democracy in our world today.
JulieFest showed what everyone should be
doing, and it doesn't take a lot.
It just takes regular Americans who care
about our country.
Let's all do our little part, and America
will be great once again.
From Faun Otter
BartCop, Mrs. BartCop and Christian:
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
My parents who have been dealing with the
loss of my brother and then
this Bush thing are finally starting to
do some things for themselves.
They attended JulieFest and called me to
tell me what a wonderful time
they had. No, they had a stupendous
Meeting you all and all of the other celebs
was fantastic for them!
Not to mention all of the "very,very nice
people who came".
They told me that it was the first time
they had ever been in a room full of like minded people.
Everyone was nice and friendly and glad
to be there!
They are very excited to attend the next
My husband, my sister and I will also be
sure to make it too!
The only problem will be child care for
my kids. Say does Vegas have any of that?
Great job guys!!!
Your very avid reader:
Subject: JulieFest impressions
Thanks again for all you did. It was superb.
Great to see the face behind the magic.
I got there early, and struck up a conversation
with a guy, wondering if he was one of us.
Turned out he was a bar owner from a few blocks
away, and was somewhat disgusted
when I told him why I was there. Started
in on a Clinton rant.
Then, down the bar, I saw a shot of Chinaco being
poured, and realized there were friends in my midst.
I excused myself and went over to meet them.
Rosemary and Cameron from Syracuse, Steve from Atlanta,
and Ian from South Carolina were people I met
first, and then quickly thereafter, Brendan and Barb from
Baltimore, my home town.
Hilarious when Carville's "stunt double" appeared.
A lot of people were fooled at first, myself included.
But it was great when the real James Carville
came. He has a real presence. I thought his speech during
JulieFest was great, and I loved hearing the
noise from 200+ liberals all in agreement. So often our voices
seem lost in a sea of ugly conservatism.
It was great meeting all of these people with
whom I could see eye-to-eye.
It gives me hope for the coming elections.
I managed to get tickets for Garbage on Tuesday
night, and looked for you unsuccessfully.
I was up in the balcony. What a great show.
I wonder how it compared to Monday night.
Loved hearing their rendition of Wild Horses.
Hope the rest of your trip was good. Take
My Juliefest Report
Just a quick note on what we did after Juliefest....
We didn't really talk to anybody at the
party except your wife. Elaine asked her
if the corn really grows as high as an elephant's
eye wherever it is you "live".
We went back to the hotel to change and
headed back to Buffalo Billiards.
That place had a whole other room of tables in
a back room behind where we played.
They also had a shuffleboard table but someone
else grabbed it while I was showing
Elaine how the bridge works. (sheesh)
We had to wait about half an hour for a
table. The place was packed. I was rewarded
when a little Asian babe got the next table with
tight leather pants and a tight little ass
with a thong sticking out. It was one of the
highlights of the trip.
The next morning, after being pushed aside
by a drunk getting a 40 at 8:30AM in the deli,
we headed north for Baltimore. We hit the aquarium
before checking in to the hotel.
Nice show and I was hungry for some fresh Dolphin
by the time we got out. We checked
into our corner room on the 28th floor, windows
all around. We even had a lightning storm.
Very nice stuff, nice view. I was hoping a tornado
would blow by.
Like food? Go to Baltimore. We were planning
to get a light repass at the fish joint up the street.
We ended up sharing a plate of shrimp and taking
most of it home, stuffed. I wanted to hit a steak
place that had an ad in a magazine but we were
too full from the huge portions at the fish place.
No Dolphin on the menu, BTW. The picture in the
ad was the biggest steak I have ever seen on a plate.
At least 3" thick and HUGE. I gotta go back there
someday. I know you don't like fish but the steak
houses looked great too.
In the morning, we were near the building
they filmed Homicide in. As we were walking by, some
skanky old drunk 'Ho is sitting on a stoop. When
we got closer, she pulls her legs in and starts
ranting something about "Don't touch me!". I
said "No problem, honey".
As we walked away she was yammering on about
Last stop was Crabby Dick's fish resturant
where I got my new Crabby
Dick's T-Shirt ("Push It Till It Blows")and "Got
Crabs?" bumper sticker.
Elaine got the "Good Hard Or Soft" T-Shirt.
I wore my new hat to the legion Saturday and everyone
Say hello to the little lady for us.
out for some Monkey Mail
Subject: Lynn Stewart
Thinking about having a Lynn Stewart Fest?
Oh that's right, you owe too much money
from that failed joke of a party, the JulieFest.
Jeremy, first, can I say your screen name is so very scary and
Please don't hurt me, OK?
I've never heard of Lynn Stewart, so I doubt I'd hold a fund raiser
Is she big where you live?
I know it's hard to believe, because my history in business failures
rivals that of the man
some stupidly call president, but Juliefest2002-DC
did not lose money.
You were right about one thing - it was a small fund raiser.
No doubt, if I was a crooked,
on-the-take president, holding a fund raiser the week before
energy legislastion or tax policy
were to be written, I could've raised $40 million in a single
evening, but my Daddy didn't run the CIA
or the Carlyle Group. Our only tools to raise money was
Julie Hiatt Steele, a modem and the truth.
Thanks for your note.
Subject: What DIDN'T go right?
I think everything went really well. Lots of great
folks, a great location and a good time
had by all, or me anyhow. I met several
wonderful people, but because I'm such an idiot,
I missed out on names, but the three I recall
having the best conversation with,.were a
gentleman from Illinois, a gentleman from Arkansas,
and a real shocker, a Democrat from
Texas. I told the gentleman how pleased I was
to meet a real live one, as I thought they
might be extinct. Julie, BTW was everything you
said, and more, a real sweetheart.
I did wonder why I never heard any Garbage or
Clash, but then again, the background
noise was a good buzz, so maybe I just missed
it. My only other regret was, getting in a
bit after the initial rush, I was unable to get
a seat at a table to sample some of our host's
wonderful menu. But given the choice of
the political red meat Jim served up, or ordinary
fare, I liked things just as they were. As always
a pleasure to see and meet you as well.
That was so damned much fun, we need to do it
(who hopes you will remember my offer to command
the firing squad
when we line the GOP against the wall)
friendships? Where to start?
The first new friendship I'd have to count is
the one I struck up with
Pete Hisey from Chicago. We'd become 'cyber-buds'
on the forum and
BC chat over the past few months, and actually
meeting in a physical sense
confirmed that friendship. We're about the same
age, have the same taste
in music (Pete inspired the song 'Oil War', which
I gave you a CD copy of),
and his outspoken politics have nudged me to
be more outspoken myself.
Pete's a smart guy, and it was great to finally
have met him.
Meeting your staff was quite an experience, as
well. Marty, Michelle and
Christian were every bit as nice in person as
they are on the net. You're
fortunate to have such good people working for
I could go on and list everyone I met, but you
get the idea.
BartCoppers are a good bunch of Americans. It
was a pleasure to be in a
room with Carville, Conason and Brock (no 'brush-with-celebrities'
although I did shke Conason's hand), but the
real stars of the night were the
people who grace your forum and chat.
Thanks again for doing a great thing for a great
American, and let us know
where the next one's going to be held. We will
make every effort to get there
and show our support once again.
Juliefest was great. I was amazed to see how many
Bartcop supporters came all the way to
Washington to support Juile. And it was good
to know that bartcop.com is becoming a political force.
Carville gave a great speech and you could see
why he's the best.
It's an honor to be able to continue hosting
bartcop.com and I
just wish I had more time to visit with everyone
who showed up.
Maybe we can all get together again at JuliefestWest
PS. Bartcop is becoming so popular that
if he were to start a suicide cult
- he could
outdo David Koresh, Jim Jones, and Heavens Gate all put together!
my glass to toast you.
Spoken like a seasoned promoter.
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