Posted by: shannynmoore | April 15, 2009

W.A.R…What Is He Good For? Absolutely Nothing!

….and certainly not for Attorney General of Alaska.

Much ado has been written and said about the recent Leah Burton letter regarding Sarah Palin’s Attorney General Appointee, Wayne Anthony Ross.

There is a back story at the meeting where Burton heard the inflammatory statement, ““If a guy can’t rape his wife…who’s he gonna rape?” and “There wouldn’t be an issue with domestic violence if women would learn to keep their mouths shut.” His statement was made in reference to a “Marital Consent” law that had been introduced by then Representative Rick Halford. Yes. They were contesting a law that would criminalize raping your wife.

Burton wrote, “… The meeting was well attended, Steve Strube was the head of the group at that time and another known member, John Grames (who Strube referred to as his Lt.), was also in attendance along with enough other members to fill the room. They were delighted to have Wayne Anthony Ross in attendance as a guest speaker…”

Ross, better known as W.A.R., said in response during his confirmation hearing, “I do not believe I know a Steve Strube or a John Grames. I don’t recall ever hearing such names before the Burton letter.” John Grames ran for Congress, under the Green party in 1998 and received about 2.5% of the vote. W.A.R. was on the same ballot that year running for governor under the Alaska Independence Party.

Steve Strube, the head of the “DADS” group is now known as “Stephanie Chanelle Strube.” Her name was changed in 2003. With W.A.R.’s disdain for “Lima Beans” and the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender) community, it’s no wonder he denies an association.

It’s time for a nice big dose of Vitamin Democracy.  Today is the day to let legislators know how you feel. There are a plethora of reasons to vote NO on W.A.R. The Alaska Federation of Natives have given a resounding NO to his nomination. What ever your reasons, please call or email your representatives.

Attached are Leah Burton’s notes from the meeting she attended:

General summary of notes from DADS meeting:

The group DADS met in March of 1991. In attendance were: Wayne Anthony Ross, John G. Grames and Steve Strube.

Steve Strube made a statement that if 20 people raise concerns with a legislator, that is enough for the legislator to take up the issue.

Wayne Ross stated that restraining orders are given out “like candy” without the burden of proof; that 97% of domestic violence cases are filed by women. He stated that if women didn’t have marks of physical abuse the restraining orders were given without proof of domestic violence.

John G. Grames complained that there is no state or municipal money for men’s support groups. Steve Strube commented that 15 years ago women were recognized as a group fighting oppression and that this has led to “radical interests taking over and hurting men.”

Wayne Ross said that the Equal Rights Ammendment has emasculated men and domestic violence wouldn’t be an issue if women knew their place.

Steve Strube complained that now “they” want to control whether and when men can have sex with their own wives. Wayne Ross claimed that the government is not a friend. He then indicated that Don Tanner and Jack Coghill could help them and together they could stop the “corrupt establishment.”

Wayne Ross stated “If a guy can’t rape his wife, who’s he gonna rape?” Steve Strube encouraged for support of Sue Williams for judiciary or any other state government position she might run for. He told the group that Sue was an attorney who helped DADS and spoke out against DFYS pro bono. Wayne Ross then told the group that he could also help with pro bono legal assistance.

Steve Strube said the Governor’s transition team for DSSH unanimously supports Mike Price for the Grievance Panel for the Family Law Task Force Commission. He also mentioned the Grievance Panel for Family Law Task Force Commission and problems with DFYS. He stated that the Hickel agenda was very cooperative and “pro family” unlike the “uncooperative CSED. He said they should monitor Jim Carter and Tracy Driskill; He met with Terry Mahavey and Ardith Lynch to discuss 30 different burning issues. He said there was a violation of due process and that the state was illegally using two different child support guidelines; he also complained about the computer-phone system. He said that he shocked them with the document he brought in.

John G. Grames stated that they need to protest against DFYS and not give up.

– Susan M. Williams unsuccessfully ran for a judicial appointment 6/9-10/1991 – Ardith Lynch was Deputy Dir. Of CSED

– Tracy Driskill from Second Wives & Children testified in support of SB 519 – relating to child custody determinations and visitation rights

– Mike Price wound up being Director of DFYS (now OCS)

– John Grames ran for Congress in 1998 – Wayne Ross ran for Governor in 1998

– Steve Strube was President of Alaska Family Support Group (also known as DADS) and was the only individual to testify against HB 44 – An Act relating to domestic violence. He also filed written comments.




  1. Shannyn,
    You have a little evil streak in you. Maybe that is why, despite my better judgment and your opinion of me, I still like you…

  2. Besides Leah Burton, Paige Hodgson testified last Weds. April 8 about similarly misogynistic statements WAR made at a domestic violence panel discussion in October 2005 at UAA. Yesterday I was able to substantiate most of her testimony through former UAA sociology professor Sharon Araji & current UAA Justice Center professor Pamela Kelley, both of whom were also panelists. I included the details of this in the letter I wrote to legislators last night, & also posted to my website/blog at

    To my mind, this even further substantiates what Leah Burton testified, at least showing that WAR’s backwardness re: domestic violence & abuse is still alive & well — or at least was in October 2005. (But something tells me it still is.)

  3. WoW! Lying to the State Senate …..Oh excuse me. That is SOP for the ReTHUGlicans.

    W.A.R. consorting with, “palling around” with Stephanie kind of goes against he principals doesn’t it?

  4. Sick evil ba**ard isn’t he?

    No wonder she (SP) loves him.

  5. Shannyn,

    I did a lot of research on WAR and the AIP because I was trying to establish a connection. His anti Fed speech made me suspicious…

    According to the gov of Alaska website he ran as a Republican and came third in the primaries in 1998.

    A Sylvia Sullivan ran for governor on the AIP ticket.

    WAR came second in the primaries (R) in 2002. Don Wright ran for the AIP.

  6. Correct me if I am wrong, but the Equal Rights Amendment never has become part of the US Constitution. How, then, could it be emasculating men? Am I missing something?

  7. the problem child:
    obviously WAR feels emasculated, hence his comment on the freedom to rape his wife.

    Lucky Babs…

  8. Alohalaska – I’m hoping they can just table this nomination. There is too much that keeps coming out of the woodwork on this wingnut. What’s the hurry anyway?

  9. @ Alaskan Sisu, “What’s the hurry anyway?”

    I think that’s because this is the last week before the legislature disbands and heads home.

  10. They can table the nomination, but that means he doesn’t get the job. SP will have to nominate someone else. Tabling would be a way to say no without having to say no.

    You may wish to visit Progressive Alaska and take a look at WAR’s letter about Gays which is now posted there – more fuel for the fire.

  11. Hey, I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog!…..I”ll be checking in on a regularly now….Keep up the good work! 🙂

    I’m Out! 🙂

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