January 27, 2004
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Subj: Your bias reporting
I will like to see the following reported as many times as the Governor Howard Dean speech in Iowa:
This comes after Halliburton's admission in May that, under Cheney's leadership, the oil-field services company "paid a Nigerian tax official $2.4 million in bribes to get favorable tax treatment," according to the Associated Press. An investigation on the matter by the Securities and Exchange Commission continues. Halliburton has also come under fire for inflating gasoline prices in Iraq and receiving noncompetitive contracts to rebuild Iraqi oil facilities.
Initiated by French law enforcement authorities, the case would be prosecuted under an international treaty making bribery of foreign public officials a criminal offense. The treaty has been signed by the United States, France, and over 30 other countries.
Subj: Here we go again . . .
Novak takes none of the blame,
Subj: Impeach the Bush Regime
David Kay's resignation and Colin Powell's near admission that there are no WMD's to be found in Iraq comes as nothing new to most BuzzFlash readers. We knew all along that intelligence was hyped up, and that the Bush regime were hell bent on invading Iraq. I just wish the people who supported this war could have put aside their misguided loyalty to Bush and seen this bunch of liars for what they really are. I hope O'Reilly will now apologize to the country for supporting this war, the same goes for the other right wing talking heads. Whoever wins the Democratic nomination has so much to work with. All he has to do is play back the speeches before the war, made by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell (esp. the UN presentation) and Rice in their ads, and there really are tons of lies. Even today Dick "the Deceiving" Cheney is out there lying and trying to fool the world with all sorts of claims, and being contradicted by Powell who seems to be having second thoughts.
DON'T YOU THINK IT IS TIME SOMEONE HAD THE GUTS TO START IMPEACHING BUSH/CHENEY AND THEIR COHORTS?
I REMEMBER A CERTAIN PRESIDENT WAS IMPEACHED FOR LYING ABOUT AN EXTRA MARITAL AFFAIR, THIS IS A FAR, FAR MORE SERIOUS MATTER - A PRESIDENT CANNOT LIE TO A NATION AND TAKE IT INTO AN UNNECESSARY WAR, CAUSING THE DEATHS OF THOUSANDS, INCLUDING OUR MEN AND WOMEN, AND FINANCIALLY RUINING THE COUNTRY BY DOING SO. HE HAS FAILED THE COUNTRY AND SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.
A BUZZFLASH READER.
P.S. I THINK FOLK LIKE THE DIXIE CHICKS AND OTHER TRUE PATRIOTS SHOULD GET AN APOLOGY FROM THE MISGUIDED BUSH SUPPORTERS, THE FOLK WHO PROTESTED THE WAR SEEMED TO BE RIGHT ALL ALONG!!!! DO I HEAR SILENCE FROM THE OTHER SIDE?
Re Reuters/ zogby Sunday poll
I actually think the real story here is that Dean seems to be rebounding...which would be a victory for people who refuse to be manipulated by television... ....thanks for all that you do...
B. Bruneau, Santa Fe
Subj: More Industry takeover of the government
I was reading a BuzzFlash column concerning a valiant Federal Judge banning the use of 38 pesticides within 100 Feet of a waterway when I came across the following quote...
"Meanwhile, the pesticide industry group CropLife America, which intervened in the lawsuit on behalf of the EPA, called the buffer zones unnecessary."
I was astonished...Why would an industry group intervene in a lawsuit on behalf of the EPA? The EPA has a staff of in-house attorney's as well as the entire Justice Department at its' disposal.
I have dealt with the EPA most of my adult life as I work in the Environmental Industry as a manufacturer and supplier in the Groundwater Monitoring Field, and I have never seen or heard of such activities before.
It would appear that this is another instance where the Federal Regulatory Agency has deferred to the authority of the very industry that it is supposed to regulate.
It would also seem that high level EPA officials are resigning in protest in droves as their enforcement and regulatory procedures are being systematically dismantled by the present occupiers of the White House.
Most personnel in the EPA are educated and conscientious people who have gone into public service at a much lower salary to help protect the Land Air and Water from the polluters who pollute with impunity, contaminating our publicly owned resources for their own greed and profit.
Industry has always had a " Cost/Benefit Analysis " calculation when it analyzes the cost of doing business. This analysis places little or no benefit on environmental issues and sees only the cost involved which results in a massive effort to avoid as much as possible.
gwbush instituted a voluntary compliance system in Texas that resulted in the air quality in Texas rapidly deteriorating into some of the worst polluted air in the nation in approximately 5 years. As was succinctly stated before: "there is no such thing as voluntary compliance..only voluntary non-compliance.."
The bush administration is systematically dismantling our environmental compliance regulations under the cover of darkness...using executive rule changes instituted late on Friday nights to keep them under the radar and keeping the incremental dismantling small so people don't notice...
One day we will wake up and find that we have slipped back into the 1960's and 1970's as far as our air and water quality are concerned, unless we evict the squatters in the White House this November.
Geoff in Austin.
Subj: Thank you SO MUCH for this, Buzz
Thank you so much for posting that article on your front page
"In October of 2002, Wesley Clark wrote of Iraq, 'Let's Wait to Attack Iraq'"
Pundits are lying about Clark's position on the war.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: 60 MINUTES: HALLIBURTON DOES BIZ WITH IRAN
Excuse me if you have this already, but this is HUGE
60 Minutes decided to ask Halliburton's subsidiary about its work in Iran. But we weren't allowed to enter the building with a camera. So we went in with a hidden camera, and were introduced to David Walker, manager of the local Calidonian Bank, where the subsidiary is registered.
60 Minutes was expecting to find a bustling business, but, to our surprise, Walker told us that while Halliburton Products and Services was registered at this address, it was in name only. There is no actual office here or anywhere else in the Caymans. And there are no employees on site.
We were told that if mail for the Halliburton subsidiary comes to this address, they re-route it to Halliburton headquarters in Houston.
“If you understood what most of these companies do, you would, they're not doing any business in Cayman per se. They're doing business, international business,”says Walker. “Would it make sense to have somebody in Cayman pushing paper around? I don't know. And some people do it. And some people don't. And it's mostly driven by whatever the issues are with the head office.”
Does that mean the head office is calling the shots? If it is, that would be against the law, which says the subsidiary must be completely independent of the U.S. company. But 60 Minutes’attempts to ask headquarters in Houston about this were rebuffed.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Wait a minute, Not so fast!
I can only assume Democrats are taking note of the "mainstream" media's unrelenting attempts to drum both Dean and Clark out the presidential race and anoint John Kerry.
While I do not have any particular grievance with Mr. Kerry (outside of his vote authorizing Bush's war) and will support him if he becomes the Dem nominee, I am very suspicious of media's motives. The recent debate hosted by ABC and Fox News further intensified my suspicions as both Clark and Dean were pummeled with negative questions while media favs Kerry and Lieberman were given softballs.
Am I just being paranoid or are the Repubs and their media sponsors relishing a campaign against Mr. Kerry? Think about it, Dems, before you vote. May we never forget what the media did to us during Clinton's presidency, and the last two elections. Bush is their man, and they will support him in any way they can during the coming months. Our job is to field the strongest candidate. I must say I am more than a little leery of media attempts to make the selection for us.
Dan Van Neste
Subj: WMD Claims
I would like to know why somebody doesn't bring up the point that if the Intelligence Agencies are to be blamed for the "good Intelligence" that led to war, way aren't we holding the President responsible for one of the greatest failures since Pearl Harbor and 9/11? After all, he was in charge, and the Buck used to stop in the Oval Office when a Democrat occupied the office.
Subj: Hurray for Meryl Streep and that other guy.
I can't remember the guys name, but he is from "The Office" said he wasn't from here, he is from England, "the place that ran the world before you took over."
Meryl Streep said she had to say that the two biggest problems in the world are not people wanting to commit for life and steroids in sports.
Tim Robbins won for "Mystic River", take that you right wing blacklisiting baseball bastards.
Last night Al Franken was on David Letterman and he asked Al about the SOTU speech and he said, "Now we have Weapons of Mass Destruction Program Activities." David asked what those activities are and he said, "14 of them are coloring books and the other one is a group of scouts in Iraq had a camel wash to pay for the war."
Subj: Howard Dean and the low-life media
Here we go again....allowing the news media to select our candidates ! The media reported ( dictated to us ) that Al Gore was stiff, a liar, and unsuited for the presidency. Dubya's many flaws were ignored or fawned or glossed over. Now we are told that Howard Dean is too "mean", angry, and irrational to be our leader.
For God's sake, the guy's a DOCTOR!! As I have written before, I am for candidate "ABB....Anybody But Bush"! While I am leaning towards Wes Clark right now, I am mad as hell about what the media and the comics are doing to Dean. After campaigning hard and nearly losing his voice, Dean was trying to rally his supporters. Why is that so difficult to understand? Why does the media continue to show this video!? I don't see them replaying Dubya landing on the deck of that air-craft carrier and declaring the war was over in Iraq. I haven't heard or seen them replay Bush stating that he knows " how hard it is to put food on your family".
And the media never mentions how Bush and Cheney went into hiding on 9-11. Let's not let Faux News, CNBC, and other media make our choices for us.....we'll keep ending up with the likes of Dubya.
P.S. What's the email address for the bosses at CNBC? I need to protest their hiring of that spineless, Dennis Miller.
Subj: Hypocrite of the Week
Here is a guy who wrote satires and rants and made endless jokes at the expense of Clinton and Gingrich and dozens of others. His smug humor was only tolerable because it was impartial and bi-partisan. Yet today, with a new cushy job at CNBC, he suddenly doesn't consider the president a fair target anymore. Why? Because he likes him.
That's not what satirists are supposed to do. Oliphant never tempered his barbs based on ideology. Al Franken had jabs for Clinton in both of his books. But Dennis Miller, who I once admired, and still would were it not for his insufferable - well - hypocrisy, says of Bush, "I like him," and, "I'm going to give him a pass. I take care of my friends."
And I'm sure his friend will take nice care of Mr. Miller too.
Subj: BUSH HUMAN RIGHTS TURKEY TOUR
WHY THE HELL ISN'T THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA MAKING A BIGGER DEAL OF KAY'S STATEMENTS?!!!
Sorry. I'm sure you've got a better insight into that than I have.
Anyway, I'm sure you remember that Bush recently said, "No president has ever done more for human rights than I have." I mean, he was NOMINATED for the Nobel Peace Prize a couple years ago, for the WAR on terrorism. So, naturally, it's time for the Bush Human Rights Turkey Tour, and Dubya's dragging Abe Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson and Jimmy Carter along for the fun!
(More satire, bigger pictures, and a lot less work than the State of the Union Turkey Tour...whew!)
Peace and best wishes and eternal gratitude, both for what you've done for the turkey tours and what you're doing for the world,
Bosse Co-Editor, BushWhackedUSA
PS I'll follow this with the URL for our Super Bowl Boycott page very soon. No turkeys, only true patriots there....
Subj: *BREAKINGNEWS* Kay Asks Why U.S. Thought Iraq Had WMD
Looks like the wolves are about to eat each others young ....
Fingers are pointing. Blame is being shifted. Asses are being covered! Can you feel it? Can you feel the winds of change?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: stop cringing
the democrats need to stop cringing at the words class warfare.
turn into a word that works for the democrats. yes, IT IS class warfare and bush started the war with his big tax cuts for the rich on the backs of the working people. the rich really are getting richer and the middle class really are getting poorer under bush! numbers.....black and white! the numbers are real!
karen massey in south carolina
Subj: Defending Dean's Scream
The brouhaha surrounding Dean's scream might be baffling to many, but anyone who saw Howard Dean's speech the day of the last debate would completely understand.
I saw it. This was one of the best political speeches I've seen in years. And it explains just why Dean scares the bejesus out of the status quo in both parties. To get a sample, see the following link:
This explains why the mainstream media jumped all over him.
Incredible are the images of talking heads discussing how Dean "lost it." Many described Dean as "unpresidential," but nary a discouraging word is heard about the current resident, who stole the office with officials appointed by his father, then proceeded to enrich his cronies with the most craven of greed-laced initiatives, culminating with the invasion of Iraq.
So just what will it take to remove Dubya from office. I guess we'll have to catch Tom DeLay giving Dubya a BJ under the desk of the Oval Office.
It's clear. The American public and corporate press apparently care more about adultery or someone who dares to show emotion in a speech to his supporters than about someone who leads an invasion of another country under false pretenses. And who cares about those political cowards like John Kerry, John Edwards and Richard Gephardt who rubber-stamped this bullshit.
Yes, we can get a special prosecutor to investigate a BJ, but not to investigate just how hundreds of Americans and tens of thousands of other innocents arrived at their graves. I know, priorities, priorities.
There is much credible documentation concerning Bush's lies and deceit.
And by golly, some of it's finally reaching mainstream news!
But for the life of me I'm unable to understand those who continue to believe they must be loyal to him, a politician, at any cost.
When were we instructed to blindly follow ANY politician?
They're supposed to serve us!
Some Christians (yes, I'm one) are aghast that anyone would dare question -- much less (gasp!!) criticize our "godly" President !
Excuse me! His godliness is an opinion.
My questioning his policies is one of my freedoms for which soldiers are dying.
At least that's what Bush keeps telling us,,,,, "they're dying for our freedoms."
Perhaps Bush's fusing himself with the Bible and patriotism have confused many who have to continue lying to themselves to believe he's honest.
God has placed me in a country where I CAN question politicians' actions.
I owe Him a lot for that. I'll do my best to continue questioning.
Subj: Scary George Bush
Want to imagine something really scary?: Picture George W. Bush as president when the Cuban missile crisis arose.
Subj: Bush plans to cook employment numbers again
Prepare yourself for some new "facts": the current jobs recession started early in 1999 (under Clinton) and as soon as Bushie’s tax cuts were implemented there was a sudden rise in jobs that has been increasing ever since.
Yes that’s right, Bush is playing with the Govt. numbers again.
According to an article on CNN/MONEY titled "Prettying up the job market"
"Some economists" think those numbers will be revised up? If there are any economists out there who think those numbers are going to be revised down please contact me so I can place a very large bet with you.
Subj: We're Going to Prevail
Good Morning BuzzFlash:
Like most Democrats I belong to ABBA (Anybody But Bush Alliance) and DABBA (Democrats Against BULLY Bush's Arrogance).
Of course we all have our favorite candidate, but in the long run it really doesn't matter who wins the nomination because Democrats WILL vote for anybody but Bush.
So look out GWB because WE ARE UNITED AND WE'RE COMING TO TAKE BACK OUR GOVERNMENT!!!
Notice how the people are missing from the "Dean scream" replays. Someone in the crowd posted a handheld cam on line. Here's the link. I was in that crowd. This is political assassination by sound bite. The number 1 issue with NH voters today is that replay.
Thanks for all you do,
Another Bush policy failure:
" The tax credit would help if the insurance rates were affordable, but the rates were so high that I couldn't afford it," said Gloria J. Craven, 51, of Eden, N.C. "Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina stepped forward to help the textile workers here. But when people started getting price quotes, we realized that we could not pay our share of the premiums."
Subj: South Florida Sn-Sentinel
The headline in the Sun-Sentinel today shows that a study of health bill passed by the Congress is nothing but hot air. Says there is nothing in the bill for Seniors including the 15% off card which is not as good as the cards already given out by the pharmaceutical companies.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Dick Cheney
Just as I was getting ready to log off just now, Yahoo! posted this piece about Dick Cheney and as I read it I busted out laughing. Here's a man who was leading the charge to war just a few months ago who is now saying no he wasn't. I guess he figures it's time to start looking out for #1 in this fiasco. So much for standing behind your man.
Ya just gotta luv politics!
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