January 8, 2004
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Keep up the good work!
Just wondering if you have any info on how Limbaugh is handling his intense pain since he's kicked the OxyContin habit? I mean since the pain was so intense that it caused the poor old guy to turn into an addict, you'd think he would still have to manage it.
I was also wondering what was in those medical records that he is so upset about? Maybe some info on his bad-knees or anal-cysts.
Keep up the good work!
Subj: Is something up?
The standard DoD announcement attached below could be big news. DoD is increasing the number of Reserve and National Guard on Active Duty; it is up more than 30,000 in the past few weeks. This verifies the regular Active Duty is spread way too thin due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And, this could be a sign that the Bush Administration is building up for another invasion somewhere by resting Active Duty troops before a major attack (and placing Guard/Reserve in their place). Look out for your new "September Surprise" - - - Karl Rove has rewritten the political calendar.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Conservatives launch TV attack ad on Dean
I saw The Club For Growth anti-Dean commercial this morning at breakfast. http://washingtontimes.com/national/20040105-103754-1355r.htm
I thought it was some kind of MadTV parody. "... Hollywood-loving, left-wing freak show back to Vermont..."!?
Subj: FYI-MSNBC Question of the day 1/07/04
Please let your readers know the following:
MSNBC is using a smear job by Carl Limbacher of NET WORD Daily about Hillary Clinton, saying she told a joke about Mahat Ghandi. NBC, as usual, finds bashing a Clinton is more important than anything else.
Please urge people to contact MSNBC and tell them to knock it off and get on with real matters important to all of us.
Subj: Democrat endorses Bush ?????
Thought you might find this interesting (if you haven't run it already...)
This info was seen in the following Associated Press article: "Dean Leads 'Superdelegate' Race"
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE??????????
Outraged as usual...
So, let me see if I get this straight. Bush's "sweeping" changes in immigration laws to make it easier for undocumented aliens to work in the so-called "undesirable", low paying jobs that "most Americans don't want" is supposed to be a good thing for the US? What happens when all of the "desirable" white-collar jobs held by middle-class Americans are offshored to India and other southeast Asian countries and we middle-class Americans have to compete with the immigrant population for those crummy, undesirable jobs? Just asking.
A BuzzFlash Reader
I don't know if this is how I reach you or not, but is anyone pointing out that this Democratic infighting is nonproductive and, in my opinion, what makes a lot of us liberals go home in disgust? For crying out loud, why can't they show a little political solidarity and then settle their little disputes after they get their party into office? What's more important; the shade of the issue or removing BushCo? Can anyone tell me? I think the focus is quickly being lost. Once again the Republicans will prevail because our "men" can't present anything remotely resembling a party united... I am so disgusted and feeling like there is no future in this country. For all the truth-telling you are doing, what good is it gonna do if we can't offer people a choice that appears to have direction, support, and solidarity?
I know, I know...quit bugging us! Really, I find them, I laugh at them, and then I send them to you so you don't have to work so hard to find them.
Here's a doozy.
"Out of common sense and fairness, our laws should allow willing workers to enter our country and fill jobs that Americans are not filling," Bush said Wednesday. (Maybe that's because Americans can't afford to live on the wages the crap jobs that most immigrants have been historically qualified to find work in.)
Go straight to jail, do not pass Go, do not collect $200...and by the way, the plea bargain keeps all the dirty little secrets Bush wants to hide about his involvement in the scandal out of the public view! Former Enron execs Andrew and Lea Fastow will negotiate a plea bargain.
When I find them, I'll pass them along.
Keep up the good work!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Rush Limbaugh Strikes Back!
So we all know how much the Right Wingers must be itching to get back at those pesky "libbies" who struck out viciously at President Bush's hotly debated landing on the U.S.S. Lincoln. Of course, the never ending "Mission Accomplished" banner alongside Bush's head during the speech has given the liberals much to talk about during the period since the mission was supposedly accomplished in May.
Well, Howard Dean presented the perfect opportunity for the Right Wingers to bounce back with a "gotcha" moment on the libbies. Check out Rush Limbaugh's latest revelation about Howard Dean:
Not since the Zapruder Film has the right wing conspiracy been so up in arms.
Ted Fitch & Rob Williams in Seattle
Subj: Nine Thousand Casualties
NPR at 4PM EST is doing a long accounting of it's inability/difficulty in getting info re: NINE THOUSAND Iraq American casualties. Rather sympathetic/sarcastic commentary with gloomy music. First I've heard.
Liz Walker, LPN
Subj: Why Does America Seem To Be Asleep At the Wheel?
I'm a liberal who got my ticket punched at BuzzFlash.com. It's the only news outlet I read when I want true news and not the vomit spewed out by Faux Network News.
I agree with one of the readers who stated in his letter that if the RNC is complaining, then we must be getting close to the truth. My question is "How do we turn up the Heat"?
I keep feeling I'm on another planet; all semblances of democracy gone to hell in a handbasket. I want my country back and will do whatever it takes to get it back. What is puzzling to me is the number of Americans, both in Congress and the average citizen, who continue to say that the Bush Administration is doing a good job, or Pat Robertson's "prophesying" about Bush winning re-election in a landslide. When is the rest of America going to wake up to what is really going on? I believe that Bush supporters refuse to acknowledge what is going on because they are in denial. Facing the truth requires an innate honesty that they don't possess. It's too horrifying to admit that the man they supported in a stolen election has used his capability to not only screw over Democrats, but fellow Republicans as well.
Keep up the heat, BuzzFlash; at least I know I'm not alone in this struggle.
Subj: More National Liberal Talk Radio - Ed Schultz
Okay so North Dakota is not exactly the bastion of liberalism -but this guy who hails from Fargo, North Dakota is good. And he's got some money and juice (Democracy Radio, Jones Media) behind him. Conservatives hate him, however, even the moderates and self-described "always been a Republican," listen to him every day. It's the only thing that keeps my sanity when I travel to North Dakota to visit my family.
Here's a link or two about him:
Excerpt from the Grand Forks Herald:
You can hear him at:
For 15 years talk radio has been dominated by one voice.
Now, when America wants a fresh voice and real debate, Ed Schultz delivers straight talk from the heartland.
Ed Schultz is a #1 rated talent with fifteen years of 20+ shares. He goes toe-to-toe with conservatives and injects common sense, intelligence and humor into mainstream Talk radio.
Ed energizes the debate by cutting through the boring sameness with razor sharp views on life, politics and people in America.
The Ed Schultz Show
The Ed Schultz Show is on the air from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST. Visit his new website at www.bigeddieradio.com and you can listen to the show worldwide over the Internet. You can call in to the show at 1 877 We Got Ed (1-877-934-6833). KNDK - 1080-AM, in Langdon, ND is one of the stations besides the internet that you can pick up the show in North Dakota. Along with North Dakota, the show can be heard locally in California, Montana and Kansas. The Ed Schultz Show is broadcast Monday thru Friday. The Grand Forks Herald in an editorial said, Go get 'em Eddie!"
About his first show -
Senator Hillary Clinton will join me on my first new show Monday. Howard Dean arrives in Fargo on Monday afternoon and is also scheduled to join us live on the program between 4pm and 5pm central time. We are picking up Dick Gephardt at the airport in the Cruiser on Sunday night when he comes to Fargo. Dick is a great guy and we'll have him on the program as well. Next weekend we'll be in Bismarck to visit with General Clark. All of these visits by the candidates can't hurt North Dakota. Vern Thompson deserves the credit for motivating the party to move forward with this project. Thanks to the Dems, North Dakota is on the map with positive news.
FROM THE DETROIT FREE PRESS
Thanks - not sure what I'd do without BuzzFlash and Bartcop.
All the best -
Maybe, we should outsource our politicians! Things might get done in this country, if they think outsourcing is good for why not them. We could probably get just as much done with part time politicians also.
I just finished reading your interview with congressman Kucinich and I just felt like I had to write and thank you. The interview was awesome and the questions you asked were exactly the ones all media members should be asking. You touched on the most important issues like the war, nafta, and healthcare. The candidates answers to these questions are critical since they will affect our future.
Subj: Kucinich Interview
Thank you so much for giving Kucinich the coverage he deserves. You're right: it's crazy to ignore 100,000 progressive readers. No doubt the others will come stumbling in on DJK's heels--just remember that he was the first, with the most focused, tenacious commitment to a progressive agenda. Keep up the good work, and keep fighting the good fight.
Peace, Danny Welch
Subj: BuzzFlash interviews Dennis Kucinich, the only Candidate to respond!
What does that tell loyal BuzzFlash readers!
Dean thinks he's safe without us, and the rest, I can't imagine why except they all know they won't win, and aren't seriously in the race. Except Dennis of course!
Subj: More tech jobs gone overseas
Greetings good people,
Well, after laying me and hundreds others off one year ago, EarthLink has gone and killed another 1300 jobs.
Having been there I can tell you that all tech support jobs are now being outsourced to places like India.
Subj: The Bush Twins
The Bush twins apparently see themselves as victims. Well, I have one thing to say to them: get in line.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: The title of this article says it all: "Bush twins portrayed as spoilt, petulant goodtime girls." Like chips off the old blockhead, their antics probably make him proud.]
Subj: re interview with Dennis Kucinich
Hello to the staff of BuzzFlash,
Thanks for your excellent interview of Dennis Kucinich.
Subj: Kucinich Interview
Thanks for the interview with Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
He was in Texas this past weekend and we all had a great time talking to him, supporting him and cheering him on as he filed his papers of candidacy for the Texas ballot, and watching him groove with Willie Nelson.
I have followed Dennis Kucinich in Congress and I know how he votes.
In every way he is the anti-Bush. He expresses a vision for America that I am ready for. It is time for someone to step in and stop this madness (nuclear weapons, Pentagon budget the size of dozens of nations combined, war after war, etc.).
I've listened to him in the debates, heard his "prayer for America" speech, spoken to him in person, read his website and his issues ..... I LOVE THIS MAN!
Linda Foley - Fort Worth Texas
Subj: THANK YOU -- FOR INTERVIEWING DENNIS KUCINICH
Many thanks for responding to Dennis' request for an interview and posting it as well.
It is nice to read a straightforward and direct piece of material about the BEST candidate for president next year, as opposed to the a challenge questioning how 'low' he may be in whatever poll, or something as trivial as an article about his hair.
The interview gave him an opportunity to spell his positions out for all to read.
Subj: Why Did America Go to War in Iraq?
BuzzFlash reader Janet wrote: (1/6/04 part 2)
I'd like to give it a go. It was oil alright. Oil and the beginning of perpetual war to keep the money funneling in to companies in favor such as Halliburton and Bechtel. Lots of money is made by a few and all from the taxpayer. No money ls left to fund social programs and the people will accept it or fear being labeled unpatriotic. Fewer social programs will be needed anyway because our lower income youth will be used to fight these wars. Iraq is just the beginning. Iran, pre-quake, was being groomed to be one of the next evil countries to invade. Watch out for news of Syria's WMDs and see how Libya is scrambling to make nice so THEY won't be targeted. But nothing will stop Bush and co. from making the case for invasion and occupation when the time comes. Nothing but the American people. We can stop them if we stand together. This is way bigger than Democrat vs Republican; this is for the survival of the United States of America, as we know it.
There are theories about Bush being on the path of righteousness, and that God speaks to him about his destiny so that is why we are in the Middle East but I don't buy that. It's just our need to believe that our president is really a good person and merely misguided. No. Make no mistake. This is not a good person; he knows exactly where he wants to go and that is why he has surrounded himself with other people bereft of character and ethics. Their lies come easy. Their smugness only displays their sociopathic inner workings. They are drunk on their own power and maybe it will be their undoing. If they don't believe they can lose, perhaps they will be surprised when it happens.
I'm happy to be among patriotic, vigilant Americans and friends of America here on BuzzFlash!
Kathy from Pasadena
Just what don't the American people understand about politics? I think the answer is that most don't know much at all about politics. It is a subject that evidently is lacking in most schools. I admit that I didn't learn enough about politics in school. I learned about government and the system, but nothing about Repubs abuse of power we see today.
To listen to their rhetoric, you would think they are the most law abiding, compassionate, religious and dedicated souls anywhere. Well, they are dedicated: GOP=Greed, Oppression and Propaganda. I certainly wouldn't call them conservatives.
Blatant abuse of power. Passing bills that will be implemented over five to 10 years when they know there will be no money to pay for them is nothing but blatant abuse of power and political scheming to stay in power at any cost, even if it bankrupts the country.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Kucinich Interview
Thanks so much for the positive and thorough interview with Dennis Kucinich...the best-informed and most engaged interviewing I've seen in several months of campaign-watching.
And I'm glad for the link to your site (from a Kucinich mailing list)--this looks like a very interesting place! I've bookmarked it for return visits.
Thanks again and best wishes,
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Subj: David Brooks and Anti-Semitism
Dear Mr. Sulzberger,
I am writing in protest against David Brooks' recent opinion piece, "The Era of Distortion," in which he argues that anyone opposed to the neoconservative agenda is an anti-Semite ("In truth, the people labeled neocons (con is short for "conservative" and neo is short for "Jewish")...And for a subset of these people, Jews are a handy explanation for everything..And if you can give your foes a collective name —liberals, fundamentalists or neocons —you can rob them of their individual humanity. All inhibitions are removed. You can say anything about them. You get to feed off their villainy and luxuriate in your own contrasting virtue. You will find books, blowhards and candidates playing to your delusions, and you can emigrate to your own version of Planet Chomsky.").
Not only are these statements untrue, they are themselves anti-Semitic. For instance, my father and grandmother are Jewish, and both are vehemently opposed to the neoconservative agenda. Some of the most effective people in the progressive movement are Jewish as well, including many of the people at MoveOn, the Prometheus Radio Project, and Peace Now.
It is one thing to say you disagree with the arguments of these groups on their merits. But David Brooks does not do that: rather, Brooks argues that the people making these arguments are anti-Semites, and therefore their arguments aren't even worth considering. Mr. Sulzberger, by Mr. Brooks' logic, you may be an anti-Semite yourself: after all, the editors who produce the Times' leading editorials came out squarely against many of Mr. Bush's policies, including the war in Iraq and the behavior of people like Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz. Indeed, Mr. Brooks is doing exactly what he says the opponents of the neoconservative agenda are doing: giving his foes a collective name and robbing them of their humanity.
While I fail to see what one's religious or ethnic background has to do with one's political affiliations, I do see that by painting opponents of the administration as anti-Semites, Mr. Brooks is defaming the name of left-wing Jews nationwide. If anyone is an anti-Semite, it is Mr. Brooks, and I will have you know I have lodged a formal complaint against him with the B'nai Brith Anti-Defamation League. I urge you to rid your newspaper of this dishonorable bigot.
Subj: Resolved, after reading about MoveOn.org
I am resolved to send money to MoveOn.org when campaign for President begins.
To send as much money as I can afford to Democrat nominee for President, which I have never done before!
Also, I can't view the fifteen Bush ads from MoveOn with my Web TV and would very much like to see them. Can I order them from you?
Also, thanks, BuzzFlash, for a site that gives the average American citizen the opportunity to read the truth about the current President and his Administration.
Regards, Mary Erskine
Subj: More Nazi Comparisons
In Bush at War, Bob Woodward writes that the the crowd's response to Bush appearance at the 2001 World Series led Karl Rove to say: "it's like being at a nazi rally".
Why can Karl Rove make the comparison but not Moveon.org????
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Subj: Great Interview DK & BF!
Dear Dennis K:
Just read your interview with BuzzFlash. Great stuff! Really reads well and gonna pass on to (too many) folks I know still think nothin' can make a difference in this country.
Buzz Flash for extending the invitation. And thanks, Dennis, for givin'
it your all, like you always do. Just
a down an out fan,
Ms. Daisy Lynn Carol
Subj: Thank you for interviewing Dennis Kucinich
Dear BuzzFlash editors,
Thank you for providing a chance to presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich to express his views to the progressive community. As you are aware, he is being actively ignored by the mainstream media because they fear the social and economic revolution that electing him would represent.
I just wanted to thank you for the excellent, intelligent interview with Dennis Kucinich. It's great to see him get a chance to speak his progressive message to a wide audience without being censored or ignored. Keep up the good work!
Subj: Ralph Peters article - Published letter to the editor response
BuzzFlash - I noticed that you posted Ralph Peters' article comparing Dean supporters to Nazis - check out the great letter to the editor response - perhaps you could post it to show folks how the letter to the editor game is done -
Subj: Online Debate -Vote by Issue - Public Broadcasting
My name is Will Thomson. I'm writing about "Vote by Issue - Democratic Primary 2004," a collaboration between WBUR.org and the PBS's Online NewsHour.
We see Vote by Issue as a kind of Internet Debate, and it represents the best effort the candidates have made so far at serious discussion of issues online.
The quiz allows you to discover how much you know about the candidates running in the upcoming 2004 Democratic Primary and learn about the issues.
Each campaign was asked 14 questions on issues in the campaign ranging from the Environment, to Iraq, to Civil Liberties.
All of the Democratic candidates participated.
The result is a tool to evaluate the campaigns without knowing the personalities of the candidates.
I hope you will find our tool useful and pass it on to your readers
Feel free to call or write with any questions.
Best, Will Thomson
I heartily agree with Tom Loveman of Cleveland. If Repuglicans are going to cordon dissenters off into "Free Speech Zones", then we need to wear red, white and blue hats, bring pro-Bush signs and infiltrate their little party. Then, once we're within camera view, pull out the protest signs. Americans need to know how much dissent there is out here. We cannot allow Bush and the media to silence us just because they don't believe in a government of, by, and for the people. We do!
By the way, who's planning on going to New York for the big party this September?
Subj: RNC offended by contest political ads
So, the RNC is offended by the comparison of Bush to Hitler:
Is it possible that the perpetrators of the two offensive political commercials are not too far off base?
Subj: THANK YOU for your interview with Rep. Kucinich!!!
I must say that I was very, very impressed with your interview with Presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich. BuzzFlash is proving exactly why independent media is the best media at the end of the day. Not once did I see you say anything about him being a "lower-tier candidate" or "unelectable", allowing his message to come through, and ultimately allowing your readers to come up with their own conclusions.
It's a shame that we live in a world where we cannot expect this from major media outlets. Good job, BuzzFlash, I shall be making a contribution when I receive my next paycheck!
PLEASE BRING BACK CHELSEA!
I don't even know where to begin to express my disgust with those Bush twins. Yeah, I know, they're not mine and I don't know them, but think we've all heard enough to form an opinion. Yes, they're forced to live a life different than others, but alas, it's a life of luxury and great opportunity. They seem oblivious to that and want sympathy for the trials and tribulations they have to go through. Tough shit girls! They are polar opposites of Chelsea Clinton. There's a message about good parenting in there somewhere, isn't there? Simply stated, they are spoiled brats. They verbally abuse their protectors who are there to take a bullet for them. There's certainly no doubt they are Bushes. You wouldn't need a DNA test to prove that. They think they are victims of Daddy's job? Well I guess they're not aware of all the daddies and mommies who don't have jobs at all because of their daddy's policies. You just can't help making the comparison. Even at the age of 12 or 13, Chelsea Clinton looked at it as an opportunity, instead of whining about "Daddy's job". And look what that poor kid had to live through. It's obvious that Chelsea loves her parents deeply and was never embarrassed or ashamed of them. You can't say the same for the twins, although on that one, I'll give them leeway. They should be embarrassed by their parents. Chelsea saw the golden opportunity - not to exploit daddy's position - but to take everything in and learn from it. She wanted to get an education out of it and she did. She obviously is her parents' daughter. She always seemed so hungry for knowledge. Compare this to those two endlessly complaining brats who see themselves as victims. It's the height of arrogance. Do they have any idea how other people live? No. How could they? No one else in their family does. And how about this great advice from their sage father -
What father tells their kids you can be anything you want, but feel free to fail? Oh, I guess one that's led a life of failure and then became president.
They can say whatever they want about the Clintons, but the most important job in life - they did it flawlessly.
Barbara in NYC
P.S. Wonder how Barbara got into Yale.
P.P.S. Love ya, BuzzFlash!
Subj: HAHA! Stoppit, yer Killing Me! More GOP Silliness.
Gov. Rowland of Connecticut, amidst all the scandal he's caused and the the voters wanting him to quit, wants them to turn on the way-back machine and give him another chance.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Good news from the Heritage Foundation
If we spread this e-mail to as many people as possible, we can turn the issue of poverty in America into an issue of whiny, loud-mouthed liberals with bad judgment - JUST IN TIME FOR THE ELECTION!!!
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Good news from the conservative Heritage Foundation!
The Heritage Foundation recently did an investigation on poverty in America - and concluded that THE POVERTY PROBLEM IS A PROBLEM OF SETTING POVERTY STANDARDS TOO HIGH!!!
Honestly, they post the link to this investigative report on the top-left corner of their main page (http://www.heritage.org/). In this report, they discuss that the poor are not really poor because “nearly three quarters of poor households own a car”(no mention of poor households with a RUNNING car). And “ninety-seven percent of households own a color television”(I have not been poor since 1991 because I got my one color TV for Christmas in 1991). Most importantly, “the average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe”(but no mention of how they compare to the average individual in New York City or Boston).
The Heritage Foundation (funded by rich Ayn Randians) put forth much more “proof”that the poor are not really poor, including my favorite - “only 2 percent say they ‘often’do not have enough to eat”. With this ground-breaking investigation, conservatives have their solution to poverty issues - WE SHOULD LOWER OUR STANDARD OF POVERTY. If we all get behind this message like good little dittoheads, we can convince each other that the poverty problem is nothing more than a problem of bad judgment (unless you live in poverty). So lets get out there and support those conservatives and tell people that poverty is just a case of bad judgment (after all, our poor are not as bad as the poor in Afghanistan, yet). God bless those compassionate conservatives and their problem-solving skills, I think I’ll become one.
... and remember, if any stupid liberals tell you poverty exists, let them know how stupidly misguided they are.
Subj: Congressional Races
I would like to hear about congressional seats up for grabs in 04 because as we all know, electing a democrat for president is only half the battle. If we elect a democrat for president, he'll have his hands tied behind his back unless we elect a democratic congress as well. I'm curious who is up for reelection and how these races are looking in each state.
Subject: He's Spinning - Again
Last night on the "Oh Really Fracture", David Frum and Richard Perle were on promoting their latest neo-con propaganda publication "An End of Evil". Of course the no-spinmeister agreed wholeheartedly with the premise of the crazy bastards he was hosting - we need to dismantle any and every country that they identify as a breeding ground for terrorism. Naturally Dean's approach to internationalize the Iraq occupation was ridiculed, and predictably it was the French, Germans, and Russians who resisted Bush's illegal and immoral war who were to blame for the great costs to our nation.
Then came a segment with Bill Maher, who rightfully said that Bush was a draft dodger by opting to go in the National Guard to avoid a Vietnam when he agreed in the fight against communism. Apologist O'Reilly disagreed and in Bush's defense suggested that maybe Bush didn't want to be fodder in LBJ's war cannon. In the exchange came a huge distortion if not an all out lie by warmonger O'Reilly. Bullshit Bill indicated that he himself was not a draft dodger because he would have had to quit school in order to get a chance to defend those freedoms he regularly champions.
Having been born in 1949, at age 22 O'Reilly would have finished his undergraduate work at Marist college in Poughkeepsie, NY. For the next 2 years O'Reilly taught school in Miami. Then he went back to graduate school at Boston University. In 1971, when approximately 2,500 US soldiers died and another 18,000 were wounded, Bill O'Reilly did not have to quit school to serve his country. He had 2 full years before our 1974 withdrawal to enlist without having to leave school, unless you consider his teaching stint as his being in school. Obviously not a deferrable circumstance under the draft rules in place. So, if Al Franken is reading this and is looking for yet another O'Reilly fallacy, he's welcome to use this to prove his point that O'Reilly is a phony who is only looking out for himself.
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