January 13, 2004
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Subj: Suddenly, Gray Davis' budget ideas are okay...
A BuzzFlash Reader
Was George W. Bush so drunk and drugged up in the late 60's that he didn't know we'd already been to the moon? Just asking.
Subj: Fly George to the Moon
To Buzz and the Flash readers:
It was with skepticism that I dissected the news of George W. Bush’s latest proposal to send a manned mission to the moon. Like most Americans I was left wondering, Why?
At first I thought maybe President Bush was aiming for the moon because Halliburton wanted it, then I remembered that Dick Cheney has already given Halliburton the moon.
So, why are we going? Is there oil there?
And then I wondered, how are we going to pay for this moon mission? Are we going to whip out our Visa Gold, they take it everywhere you know? Or are we going to pay for it with the moon rocks we gathered on our last expedition 35 years ago?
Here we are in 2004, fighting a war against an enemy we can’t see, mired in national debt that we can‘t pay, losing jobs that we can‘t replace and attempting to resolve local and national needs that we can’t afford. We‘re running out of money, out of oil, out of patience, out of hope and out of time, but George W. Bush wants to go to the moon!
God how I wish Jackie Gleason was still around, I know he'd have a solution to our George W. Bush problem, "To the moon George"!
Carolyn K. Ball
Subj: Fineman Strikes Again
With questions like this Fineman is striving for a late nomination for whore of the year.
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Subj: O'Neill's revelations should lead to Bush impeachment
The statement's of former treasury secretary O'Neill about the Bush administration planning the Iraq War before 9/11 should lead to his impeachment and congressional subpoenas demanding full cooperation of the administration with the 9/11 commission and the establishment of a comparable commission and congressional inquiry into their manipulation of intelligence. An administration that lies us into war using the dead of 9/11 as a prop in their scams can not be trusted to look after the interests of the American people or to control the sole super-power in the world.
Tell your republican colleagues that it is only a matter of time before people realize what the Bush juggernaut has done, and the longer they stay on his ship, the more likely they are to go down with it when the public holds them accountable.
A BuzzFlash Reader
JESUS GOD! CHRIST O'MIGHTY! I'M WATCHING THIS SIXTY MIN. SHOW AND I AM SHOCKED! IF I WERE O'NEILL I WOULD BE SCARED TO DEATH TO GET IN A SMALL PLANE! THAT'S HOW THEY LIKE TO TAKE OUT PEOPLE THAT ARE A DANGER TO THEM! BLESS HIS HEART, HE IS A BRAVE MAN BUT I HOPE HE HAS SECURITY FOR HIS OWN SAFETY, THOSE BUSH PEOPLE ARE DANGEROUS PEOPLE!
Subj: The AP
I've also noticed a pro-Bush, anti-Democrat bias among AP stories. For instance, whereas other news sources have Paul O'Neill's comments on Bush's Iraq vendetta as their top story, there's nary a peep on the AP page at this moment. Earlier today, however, the AP did have a story saying officials had deemed Bush's moon mission plans affordable (I think I laughed out loud). Anyway, in response to their most egregious story yet, "Iowa Voter Bashes Dean for Knocking Bush," I sent the following message:
On another topic, did anyone else watch "NOW with Bill Moyer" on Friday? Did you get as depressed as I did listening to Charles Lewis, author of The Buying of the President 2004?
Trying hard to keep the faith,
A loyal BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Another Bush halo pic, from Reuters article
Here's another halo pic of Resident Bush. This one is a two-tiered halo. Do you think it's subliminal campaigning? For truth in advertising, they should show him with a little tail and a fork.
Subj: Bush's Halo
re: bush's halo. try mushroom cloud.
thanks for all your efforts.
prue face in richmond, virginia
Subj: Robert Novak: Traitor?
Hello BuzzFlash Readers,
Has anyone found out yet if Robert Novak committed a traitorous act by releasing the name of an undercover CIA operative's name?
Are we just going to let him get by with something other traitors did not get by with just because he is a newspaper reporter?
Are foreign reporters given the same protection? If so, why doesn't the enemy make all of their spies newspaper reporters and then they can spy to their little black hearts content.
If Robert Novak did not know that Ms. Plame was an undercover operative, there would have been no reason for him to write the story that released her name. It would not have been newsworthy.
Bill O'Dell, Tennessee
Subj: Clinton appointee trashes Paul O'Neill
So who is the only person NBC Nightly News gets, or needs to get, to undercut the credibility of former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, and defend President Bush's record, on tonight's news? None of than former Clinton White House official Lanny Davis! Here's an excerpt:
Isn't that sweet of him? And we wonder why Bush is ahead in the polls.
Subj: Army War College
The Monday, January 12th edition of the Washington Post contains an article about the Army War College's report, in which Professor Jeffrey Record excoriates the Bush administration for its weakening of our military due to the war in Iraq. This report provides Democrats with the ammunition they need to attack Bush's Iraq policy on national security grounds. For example, just today on Meet the Press, the inveterate Bush apologist, Tim Russert, was attacking John Kerry on the Iraq war issue---saying, in effect, that how can you criticize the President's handling of the war in Iraq; after all, he got rid of Saddam Hussein, didn't he? Kerry was his usual obfuscatory self, but the point should have been made that the capture of Saddam Hussein doesn't change the danger equation. Things are still frightfully dangerous out there and are becoming more so by the day. Bush has our armed forces tied down, pinned down and watered down in Iraq, while Al Queda, the "real" bad guys, are out there doing their thing, relatively unfettered. It's time for the Democrats to stop ceding the national security ground to Bush. This Army War College report should be seized upon and used as evidence of what Bush is doing wrong.
Donald P. Russo
Subj: What's new pussycat
The first step in changing the socialist economical system was bombing some of the [public/governmental]-sector companies, and leaving the rest to be looted and burned in the weeks after. The second step of privatizing is happening at this time, started some weeks ago but who can tell what’s happening?
Small companies and parts of the public sector are being sold, some governmental companies belonging to the ministry of industry, some furnaces, some warehouses and stores and some other small places that you can read advertisements about in our new daily newspapers. but what else is being sold?
No one can tell.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Enron and Bush
Page A14, home edition of NY Times.
The largest contributing firm to Bush reelection (by employees) is Enron.
This is worth noting...Ed
Subj: So much for Bush's "God Told Me to Hit Saddam"
As long suspected by the thinking American, Bush's clap trap about God telling him to go and hit Saddam, is revealed plainly and completely for the lie it has been all along. So, now we know, as an incontrovertible fact, that Bush began officially plotting the demise of Saddam within days of taking office and eight months before 911. Gives a whole new emphasis to the question of what the Bush people knew about the Al Queda strike and didn't do to prevent it! If O'Neill's disclosures are true (and why shouldn't they be, coming from the former Treasury Secretary and arch republican), this "outting" of Bush should serve as a clarion call to any and all true Americans and patriots that the time has come to take down this false prince. Of course, we know that the goose-step, er, lock-step republican is so enamored of their fresh dunce they will do everything in their power to distract, deflect, and deny the revelation of the truth. But, despite this, the truth has begun to snowball and build up a velocity that will be difficult for them to stop, if, if the Democrats can resist becoming witting or unwitting abettors of republican trickery and propaganda. I hope that Clark and Dean both can find a way to separate from the pack and continue the fight against Bush that should be the ONLY focus of any true American and patriot in the run-up to the election.
Subj: Clear Channel gags an antiwar conservative.
Fyi. The "Best Talk Show Host of 2003" (Phoenix New Times), a conservative Republican, complains that he was "gagged" by Clear Channel when he criticized the US invasion of Iraq. Published in the American Conservative Magazine (Pat Buchanan's shop).
The truth will emerge, story by story. Thank you.
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Subj: Mr. O'Neill
I see where Mr. O'Neill has said" he is old, rich, and there is nothing they (this administration) could do to hurt him"....
Please, Mr. O'Neill, watch your back anyway!!!!
Mary in Indiana
Subj: Posted to ABC7 (KGO TV SFO)
I could not believe my ears when I heard your "correspondent" reporting that the "CAPPS II" program had already been "implemented" after the congress told them NOT TO!
5% of 241 million is what number of "code red" (not allowed to fly and not told why) You're actually going to try to convince us that there are THAT MANY "terrorists" flying in the USA? How incredibly STUPID!
I will forward this to all the other newsrooms in the bay area so they too can see how dumb you are! I will also forward this to "moveon.org" as well as "BuzzFlash.com" so they too can expose the stupidity, NOT questioned by your "correspondent".
Subj: Priceless Quote
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: "Overrated" McNabb
Post the results of yesterday's Eagles-Green Bay NFC divisional championship game. Donovan McNabb, called "overrated" by Rush Limbaugh beat future Hall of Famer Brent Farve and the Green Bay Packers on the road. It is a very big deal.
[BuzzFlash Note: The score was 20-17 and the win sends McNabb and the Eagles to their third straight NFC Championship Game.]
Without a doubt.
There was another, more troubling exchange on the news the other day between a reporter and an unidentified someone who made a very convincing - looking farmer type, dressed in plaid jacket and overalls and John Deere bill cap, working farmland in the background.
The reporter asked him what he thought of Dean's "missteps" and the guy replied "Well, I don't guess it's that big a deal. Clinton had his bimbo eruptions all the time and it looks like Dean is having dumbo eruptions."
Pretty slick for a farmer, huh? It just screamed "fake".
Subj: Why Does the Army Hate America?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Letter to America
Howard Dean can beat George W. Bush because he is the toughest and hardest working candidate. He has re-energized the base of American voters and brought new people into the Democratic party. He has the strongest supporters, and has raised the most money from more Americans in history, at this point in a primary race.
Howard Dean’s campaign approach is about campaign finance reform. Putting him in the White House will be a mandate against corporate influence and abuse in our government because it is a true grass-roots movement supported by individual Americans, not corporate influence. Howard Dean has earned the best endorsements from Al Gore, Bill Bradley and Tom Harkin because they acknowledge the significance of this fact.
I believe that Howard Dean can unite Americans from all regions of this country. He got into the race for president because no one else was standing up to what George W. Bush is doing to our country. He strongly opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning because it was wrong. He advocated the pursuit of Osama Bin Ladin and al-Queda because they are still the real threat to America. While George W. Bush has made sure there was enough gas money for Halliburton to gouge the American people, he failed to supply 46,000 bullet proof vests and other critical equipment for the soldiers in Iraq. We need a leader and a candidate that opposed the war early and can stand up against George W. Bush and the lies he has told the American public.
Howard Dean’s political beliefs reflect the majority of Americans, which are fiscally conservative and socially liberal. Howard Dean will expand the middle class, not shrink it. He will improve the quality of jobs, not send them overseas. He will improve the economy without trillions in deficit spending and he will support fair and progressive taxes that do not fleece the poor, middle class and well-to-do, to buy off the richest elite. Howard Dean will take the “For Sale”sign off the White House and give the government back to the people by not accepting huge contributions and favors from large corporations and repaying them with sweetheart deals, non-compete contracts, and the repeal of public health, safety and environmental safeguards. Howard Dean has fought for prescription benefits for seniors and health care for everyone.
As president he will protect small businesses, improve public education, reform governmental ethics and support a fair and equitable tax system. Howard Dean is a tough, hard working, plain spoken leader who is passionately concerned about all Americans not just the wealthiest. Please support the one candidate that can defeat George W. Bush and help us reclaim our democracy.
Subj: The Blind Man . . .
In light of the recent revelations by Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill that the "blind man in a room full of deaf people," had plans to invade Iraq prior to 9-11 (like that's a big surprise to any of us.. rolling eyes here..), I thought it prudent to remind BuzzFlash readers and the sleeping public at large that our newly crowned "man of peace" Resident also had plans to invade Afghanistan on his desk prior to 9-11.
The man had plans to launch the unprecedented "pre-emptive" invasion and occupation of TWO nations, and now they want to market him as a President of "peace"...they must be from Mars!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Houston Chronicle Article
Here is a link to an article that proves Bush is lying about his new bill is for immigrants working jobs Americans don't want.
In the past, construction jobs for white and black Americans paid well. Then the illlegals got in and now work for $7.50 cash per hour. Good paying construction jobs were ruined by the illegals in Texas.
Texas is the only state not to require workers comp etc on and on.
Bush is trying to buy votes from the Hispanics, help big business get cheap labor and screw the average American once more.
Subj: Should Ralph Run? Yes Run Run Run Ralph
Why is the question asked? Of course Run Run Run Ralph!! Put on your tennies, put on your running pants, grab a bloated with old notes, half eaten sandwiches, briefcase and bring along a bunch of loyals to you folks and go with your marathon run run run.
Let us suggest a partial itinerary--as a starting point Dover! Yep the place they bring in the war dead in body bags, tube, or coffins. Who knows because they won't let us know. Hint, they may have flags draped on them? These 'honored dead' are considered by the bush mob as the unwanted refuse of war, but the Families consider them their treasures lost.
What, Ralph they won't let you in to Dover. Well, dash on over to Arlington or about 500 cemeteries throughout this nation, where families mourn for them. Tell them Ralph '"There is no difference between Al Gore and gwb".
Next stop on your Run, where else but Walter Reed. You know, one of the hospitals that serve as recovery sites for the war wounded. Note how some of the troops have wires and rods holding bones together, or as gwb noted on one of few visits to the wounded 'weird looking'. Tell them "there is no difference between Al Gore and gwb".
Continue your Run- go to Texas. Once there you can use the new redistricting GOPher map to guide you. Caution, bring your own Oxygen. Some parts of Texas may not be fit for a runner to breath. Note the lines of Enron unemployees. Tell them "There is no difference between Al Gore and gwb".
Since you have Run a bit by now, take a break, you deserve some time off. Dash over to Cuba for some sun. Maybe find out how many Cuban prison inmates would change places with those we keep in the Gitmo cages. Our shining system of justice on display side by side with that of the dictator Fidel, for all the world to see. What no pictures? You think the rest of the world is that dumb? Tell them "There is no difference between Al Gore and gwb".
Back to the Run Run Run. You should draw large of crowds along the streets of the nation, about 2 to 3 million unemployed with nothing to do. Tell them "There is no difference between Al Gore and gwb".
That should be a good beginning for your Run Ralph I have to rush out now and put my chair by the side of the highway and reserve my spot for the imminent Ralph Run by. Remember the theme "There is no difference between Al Gore and gwb".
For the rest of us, do not fret about lost votes-the followers of Ralph are no more likely to wake up and vote to replace the bush mob than are the Grover Norquist haters who worship only that which produces 'profit'.
Subj: Paul O'Neill opens door for Democrats
The opportunity door has opened again for the Democrats. Thanks in part, to Paul O'Neill's new book, "The Price of Loyalty" and coming out party with 60 Minutes last night. Many of us BuzzFlash readers,contributors and the like, new about the Bush Administrations true intentions about tax cuts and the war in Iraq. Finally, the news has hit the mainstream and the Democrats need to take advantage. The next few weeks will be critical for the liberals to take hold of the momentum just handed to them from Paul O'Neill. The best way to start, is to stop all that bickering at one another and talk about the issues that has them running in the first place, George W. Bush. If any of the candidates or campaign managers reads this, I believe I'm speaking for most BuzzFlash readers, please get your act together and find the candidate that you will support. You have a tough hill to climb, but it's an ascent that can be overcome. Forget about campaigning for 2008, 2004 now has a presidential seat that one of you can take, because Paul O'Neill opened the door for the Democrats.
Subj: Bill O
In light of the Carnegie report, the Army War College report, Paul O'Neill's book and the administration's own admissions, Isn't it now time to call him on this:
i just saw vincente fox telling a reporter (while wearing a big grin on his face) he is going for the whole enchilada on this immigration thing.
you could almost see what he was thinking (if bush does not give me what i want he can kiss the hispanic vote good-bye) he knows at this point he can get whatever he wants from bush. how sad for our country. i wonder if the supreme court realizes now that they forced upon this country and the world a man with no integrity?
ps, i believe o'neill to be the only honest person from that white house.
Subj: Sixty Minutes Interview & Link to Cheney Energy Task Force Documents
When I saw Lesley Stahl’s interviews with Paul O’Neill and Ron Suskind (CBS: “Sixty Minutes”, Jan 11, 2004), the document entitled " Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield contracts " sounded familiar.
Why? Because that document, along with maps of a partitioned Iraq sounds exactly like the documents obtained by Judicial Watch in their efforts to investigate Dick Cheney's Energy Task Force Group.
The Judicial Watch documents (obtained via the Commerce Department) "included a detailed map of Iraq's oil fields, terminals and pipelines as well as a list entitled "Foreign Suitors of Iraqi Oilfield Contracts." http://www.hempfarm.org/Papers/Cheney_task_force_and_iraq.html
The Administration had plans to invade Iraq from Day One.
The task force devoted to finding a way to address the energy needs of the US had their eyes on Iraq's oil fields.
What does this tell you? It tells me that the invasion of Iraq was always about the oil.
The public record has now established that there is a link between the Administration's desire to invade Iraq ("10 days after the inauguration"), and the secretive activities of Dick Cheney's Energy Task Force Group. In my view, it's a link that warrants further investigation
CBS Sixty Minutes (January 11, 2004): http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/01/09/60minutes/main592330.shtml
Judicial Watch & Documents Relating to Dick Cheney's Energy Task Force Group http://www.judicialwatch.org/071703.c_.shtml
Signed: A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: More substantial confirmations that there were no WMD's and Bushlied
Stephan just sent out the following message containing a link to the site of a highly respected and credible research institution. You will need to copy and paste the web address www.ceip.org/intel into your browser address window.
This perspective from an 'outsider' organization excellently supplements the new revelations by a former 'insider' of the Bush Bunch, Paul (Tip) O'Neill, Bush's first treasury secretary, currently in all the major headline news, confirming what many of us have known all along: that the Bush Administration was planning a war against Iraq long before 9/11 happened.
The conclusion for me is: Why wait for the elections? Take the whole Bush Bunch away in handcuffs NOW, to be tried for murder, treason and high crimes against the state and other nations of the world.
Let's face it folks, Bush is trashing this country and is undoubtedly the worst president ever. If he wins, everyone might as well look for somewhere to emigrate to. Corporate America has deserted this country in favor of low paid workers. Now Bush wants to bring in millions of Mexicans to put more people here out of work.
What I want to know is who will they sell their products to after the US is reduced to nothing but low paid jobs?
We have to go all out to get the Dem candidate elected!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Do journalists have nothing better to do than this?
I like www.mediawhoresonline.com about the obsession the Bush media has with Clark's clothing.
I can see the same old recycled media 2000 election garbage. I am amazed that we have journalists who can't even talk about Clark's twenty year vision for America, with his plans for fuel cell cars, universal preschool, tax relief for middle class families, $6000 with no strings attached for higher education if parents make under $100,000 yearly, and protection from terrorism ( a topic Bush is keeping quiet again ). The journalists are obsessed with ascribing motives to Clark for wearing a sweater. Journalists anger me because they think they can distract us from the issues, and re-elect Bush this way. They claim Clark is trying to appeal to women. I hate to tell you this but I have not seen him wearing sweaters in Arizona, so my guess is that he may be wearing sweaters in New Hampshire because it is cold there in January, and by the way, after canvassing for Clark and visiting 100 homes here in Arizona, I can say this to the sweater journalists about their view that Clark does not resonate with women. Three words. Ha Ha Ha
Re: Terror Alert: American Tourists Not Allowed to Pee! - BuzzFlash Reader Commentary
That's exactly what Bush fears the most!
Subj: Announced on Hannity
5:40 PM EST
Hannity announces on his radio show that they guy who pulled Dean's chain in Iowa that got him to say, "Bush does not live in my neighborhood.............
will be on the Hannity Show on FoxNews tonight.
Looks like he was a plant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Subj: Pete Rose
I have been hearing all afternoon...in the car, about poor, poor pitiful Pete Rose. He has compared his gambling habit to Bill Clinton having sex in the oval office. I will say the same thing to him that I have said to all the Bush lovers and their referral to Clinton....Did Clinton's lie cause any innocent person in this world to die? Thousands of innocent Iraqis, or at least 500 (and more now) american soldiers to die...and likely 3000 maimed for life? Did his act, cause any young kid to lose his love for the game of baseball? I am sick to death of the lame mental midgets in this country blaming Bill Clinton for every single wrong.
Pete Rose committed the most unpardonable sin in the world of baseball...he bet on and maybe against his own team!! How in God's name can he think he should be reinstated and eligible for the Hall of Fame...What a shameful idiot!
Hooray for the song written for Kucinich by Willie Nelson..I would bet that not one person stands up to him and does what they tried to do to the Chicks...
Okay, all you idiot Clinton haters.....his lie about sex...harmed his wife only...and to a lesser degree, maybe his very adult daughter...whom this country and every person in this country should be very proud of....she is one in a million. And to even a lesser degree, maybe Monica Lewinsky....who never pulled anything stupid on him....she might have been hurt....but, not killed!!!!!
I have also heard about Hillary and her gaffe about Ghandi...what will this rightwing bunch grab onto next???
But, folks, there are some bright spots...coming home I actually saw my first anti-bush sticker on a car...and I think there will be many more!
It was a big black circle...with a red slash through it...like the 'no smoking' signs....It said "Vote Bush Out"!!!
Made my day....
And this new internet server...that I am trying to get used to...
Now, I have to catch up on the last two days of Buzz and the mailbags...
Shirley . . . . St. Louis
Subj: BAIT AND SWITCH
YUP, WHY DON'T WE JUST CALL THIS ADMINISTRATION THE "BAIT AND SWITCH PARTY." REPEAT IT OVER AND OVER AND PEOPLE WILL BELIEVE IT. THE BUSH BS (BAIT AND SWITCH)
Subj: A Small Point
In your mailbag, I read a letter from James Epperson of Las Vegas, who is rightly angry about the state of affairs in which the ruling class is in total control of our democracy. But I felt the need to correct him on one small point. As far as I can tell, the ruling class these days is not the top five percent of Americans; that would include upper middle class families like mine who are, for the time being, doing better than most, but are nevertheless losing ground under Bushonomics. Despite our relatively high income, our savings have been largely wiped out, and the future for our children with an ever shrinking job market does not look promising. And then there is the near half trillion dollar deficit that Bush is running that will inevitably saddle them with higher taxes, what one astute BuzzFlash reader called the "Birth Tax"--a term Bush's opponents should use often, if they are smart. Whatever small amount of taxes we might save from all his tax cuts are easily offset by the general decline in services, higher fees, and the looming prospect that Medicare and Social Security will be gone by the time we get old enough to collect. To a large degree, we are all in the same boat.
I think it's important to understand that under Bush only the top one to half percent really make out. I'm not taking about the rich, I'm taking about the ULTRA RICH, those who can pass on multi-million dollar trust funds to their children--the corporate elite who can fly their private jets to tropical island retreats when this country goes to hell.
There are plenty of people in the professional class who recognize this and are horrified by what Bush is doing to our country. If it weren't for race and religion, I suspect that more lower income white Americans would figure it out too, and vote the bastards out.
RA in LA
Subj: Decisive Action By the Administration
Those who, in past months, were critical of the administration and it's alleged failure to rapidly investigate leaks of information to the press must surely be eating crow considering today's news of Treasury's probe of Paul O'Neill. Just one day after the airing of O'Neill's allegations that Bush planned the Iraq invasion within moments of the inauguration, the administration proved that it has a zero tolerance of any possible release of sensitive information to a journalist.
Surely, the so-called delays by Justice into the possible outing of the CIA agent, Valerie Plame, must have been overstated based on the quick action demonstrated by the administration today.
Ahh . errr . right?
A Sarcastic BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Senior Citizens are So Cute
Today I was down at the ODP stuffing envelopes for the big pre-primary shindig and was alone for about the first couple of hours, except when Donna came to help. Around 2pm this couple came in. He claimed that he used to be Republican and I told him that I have never voted GOP in a presidential election.
He said, "you didn't vote for Eisenhower or Goldwater, I liked Eisenhower." I should have put on make-up, I guess. I said, "I was 6 the first time Ike ran and I didn't fully appreciate Goldwater's good side, until he started raving about the religious right taking over the party."
I had introduced myself earlier, but he remembered that I told him I write some for the Oklahoma Observer. This guy was really up on all the issues. Later he asked, "Do you write under your own name." I told him yes and that my last piece in the OO was about Toby Keith.
He said, "What is this thing between Toby Keith and those chicks from Texas?" I said, "Well one of the chicks said she was embarrassed that Dubya was from Texas and that Toby accused her of being unpatriotic."
He said, "Well we went straight out and bought two of their CD's when they started giving them a bad time." His wife, sitting next to me added, "the music is okay, but we still can't understand all the words."
Bush is in trouble, now, when Octogenarians start buying CD's as a political protest. They were so cute.
Subj: Dean Heckler
Howie can you explain the attention given to the Dean heckler story on Fox and MSNBC. Even the AP ran this:
Why is this a major cable story? First off the guy was a republican. How about for balance the media should point out that Bush hasn't lost his temper BECAUSE all his events have handpicked audiences and he has held only 11 press conferences. How about balancing this with the story that only pro-Bush people are allowed to line the streets during Bush visits and protestors are relegated out of view in so called Free Speech Areas. I thought all of America was a Free Speech Zone. I know the argument that it is to prevent a suicide bomber from being near the Presidential motorcade, but that argument doesn't hold up. Are you telling me that suicide bombers are so dumb that they won't realize all they have to do is dress as a Bush Supporter. Why isn't this getting any coverage?
[BuzzFlash Note: You can't trust Nedra Pickler to write a balanced story. She may do so every blue moon, but the vast majority of her work appears to come straight from Karl Rove's mouth. One wonders how Ms. Pickler sees her computer while her head is so firmly planted in Rove's behind.]
Fascinating, just fascinating. The same White House that is ever-so-tepid about pursuing an investigation into the outing of Valerie Plame, now is zealously pursuing a mean-spirited witchhunt against Paul O'Neill for allegedly turning over "classified documents" to 60 Minutes. Gee---why is it that Robert Novak and his "sources" are untouchable, but not O'Neill and CBS? It is simply unbelievable that tonight, the media are reporting, almost with a sense of sympathy, that Bush is going to pursue a vengeful counter-attack against O'Neill. Why don't our Democratic candidates halt their circular firing squad just for five minutes, to join together in a united condemnation of this egregious act of vengefulness that is being perpetrated by an administration that makes Richard Nixon's look warm and fuzzy by comparison?
Donald P. Russo
Subj: o'neill wasn't the first
although paul o'neill is the most important person to reveal that bush came into office determined to invade iraq, he isn't the first.
some months ago, a national security council staffer or member who was a holdover from the clinton administration and served in bush's till about june 2001 said exactly the same thing.
i don't remember this guy's name, but the story was on the wires, and picked up by some websites, including possibly yours.
if your memory is better than mine and you can remember this guys name you might want to find that story and repost it. i hope you will.
Subj: VERY IMPORTANT ARTICLE in ARGENTINIAN NEWSPAPER
This article from an Pagina12 is about Ollie North in Argentina (right now) with the stated intention of helping the "security situation" in the country. A bit scary.
I don't know of an English version.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: My New Slogan
Hello again to BuzzFlash and to all BuzzFlash readers,
This weekend, while watching Meet the Press, I listened to Tim Russert and a panel discussion that turned to the use of the Internet as a campaign tool. As it continued I heard the following exchange (partially excerpted from the MTP transcripts):
Well . . . this got me thinking . . . and then it hit me! HEY! I've got a new slogan!! It's:
DROP THE DUBYA !!!!!
I can't think of anything more inspiring!
Let's all SPREAD THE WORD and shout from the highest mountain . . . DROP THE DUBYA !!!!!
GK, a Fervently Loyal, Devoted and Proud Liberal BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: What Kind of Man is George Bush?
He's the kind of man who didn't wean himself from the bottle until his kids were nearly 5 years old. More than likely, the twins were weaned long before daddy was.
Pamela of the Poconos
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