January 30, 2004
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Subj: Well, Buzzy! We can thank Bush for one thing at the very least:
For a genuinely new twist on a genuinely germane, old saying:
"TO THE VICTOR GO THE OILS!"
Subj: WHAT'S WITH BROKAW
JESUS! WHAT'S WITH THAT BROKAW GUY? THIS IS NOT A DEBATE, HE IS JUST ATTACKING THE CANDIDATES.
A BUZZFLASH READER
Subj: Kerry Botox "Spin" from the right
Of course we now have the right wingers trying to make it an issue if Kerry had Botox injections or not. They all say, "we could care less about him having the botox, but it's a good test to see if he can tell the truth or not."
And then when you see Drudge's "comparison" of Kerry in November 2003 and Kerry in January 2004,
it just makes you laugh. You CAN'T compare pictures of somebody when they have a totally DIFFERENT facial expression, it's pointless.
So, I did a little research and found these 2 pictures of Kerry from November and January 2004 with similar facial expressions. Looks very much the same to me!
I can just see it now, President Bush would be given a medal for taking America to war based upon lies, but Kerry would be impeached for "lying" about having Botox injections.
I will no longer watch Crossfire or, for that matter, any other program on CNN.
After Robert Novak's traitorous disclosure of Valerie Plame as a CIA operative, I have been reluctant to watch Crossfire. The sneering arrogance, that Novak projects, fills me with disgust. His revelation that outed Valerie Plame should correctly be labeled as a treasonous act against the United States and CNN should be ashamed to have Robert Novak on its network.
I have, to this point, held my nose and watched Crossfire, finally resorting to remote muting of statements by Novak or Carlson, because they only spout a White House approved discourse that I don't want to, or have to listen to. I have found that muting the right-wing statements has eliminated 4/5 of the total program audio time leaving only 1/5 of the program time for a left-wing response. That is certainly not enough time for my continued viewing of Crossfire.
The program is now structured such that Novak and Carlson are permitted to utilize the majority of the time for hateful rants of the right-wing talking points of the day. The supposedly left-wing responses, by Begala or Carville, are limited to feeble jokes that are seldom heard because they are interrupted and talked over by Novak and Carlson. I note that Carville and Begala are not permitted to interrupt Novak or Carlson. Carville and Begala have become token liberals (Not unlike Allan Colmes on Fox News) to act as foils for the right-wing elements on the show.
My decision, to no longer watch Crossfire, was finally nailed down by Novak's physical assault, on a citizen from New Hampshire, for daring to voice his criticism by yelling “TRAITOR.”A reporter at the scene attempted to find someone on the nearby CNN bus to explain this assault by Novak, and he was ignored and rejected by CNN personnel.
The unfair treatment of Howard Dean by Carville and Begala during this weeks New Hampshire primary became an additional reason not to watch Crossfire. Their dislike of Howard Dean was obvious, and I can only surmise that it was because he is not from the Washington D.C. establishment that they have become party to. Their actions helped John Kerry win the primary, and it supports the right-wing agenda to eliminate Howard Dean as a candidate. They are deathly afraid of Bush running against Howard Dean.
I should also add that the time change for the show is also ample reason to not watch Crossfire. The 1:30 PST has considerably limited West coast viewer-ship, and I can only assume that the change was designed for that purpose. The majority of the West coast viewer-ship is essentially comprised of retired people. This is acceptable to the right-wing because we retired people are no longer considered a threat as a meaningful opposition to the right-wing agenda.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Ace in the "Spider Hole"
I smell a re-election shoe-in. Mark my words, Bin Laden will be captured dead (most likely so he can't talk) or alive a month before the election. See the link below. He has probably been held captive since we took over the country so Bush will have his "Ace in the Spider Hole".
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Limbaugh Deal Rejected
This item was under "National Briefing: South" in Saturday's New York Times. That means that probably only 20 people read it in the whole country:
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Re: TomPaine.com - The First LieNever before in the history of this country has such abuse of power been evident.
All we hear these days is what George wants, George gets. That goes for Cheney also.
This is not supposed to be a dictatorship, but it is. Every time Repubs gain power in this country they wind up being guilty of blatant abuse of power.
And never before in the history of this country have such irresponsible and dangerous policies and decisions emanated from an administration. This is evident from every decision, legislation, and policy over the past three years. There have been at least a half dozen reasons to either impeach this de facto dictator or not to elect him. He wasn't elected to begin with, so he has yet to be elected by the American people.
Never before in history have we witnessed such enormous deficits expected so far into the future that there will soon be a shortage of red ink.
Never before in history has it been more evident that this country is headed down the wrong road to the future. Incompetent leaders was what destroyed every civilization in history, and believe me, we have our share right now.
Never before in history have we had someone evidently connected with a CIA lab decide to send Anthrax through the mail killing innocent people and to prominent Democrat senators. You would think it would be a fairly simple investigation with so few who had the access to such a sophisticated and restricted area to determine the guilty party. It is evidently too difficult for those handling the forgotten investigation. In addition, never before in history has it been reported that a member of someone connected to the White House has committed a federal crime by releasing the name of a CIA agent to a member of the media, who in turn obligingly made it public. And never before in history have we heard that a member of the FBI reported that terrorists were learning to pilot airliners in this country -- interested in only flying them after the were in the sky, and not in learning in takeoff and landing the planes and no action was taken to follow up on the warning.
Never before in history have we had corporations in this country help draw up medical and energy legislation which amounted to giving those corporations huge amounts of pork and cost citizens dearly.
Never before in history have we heard that a two and a half year bipartisan Congressional study on terrorism warning of 9/11 type terrorist attacks against this country being imminent and turned over to the president in the White House with no apparent action taken before 9/11 occurred.
Never before in history have we witnessed a preemptive military attack against another country based on so-called intelligence proof that country had weapons of mass destruction and presented an imminent threat to this country which turned out to be false. An act so horrible, which no one would ever, in their wildest imagination, have considered possible by this country.
Once again, I repeat, never has such abuse of power been evidently perpetrated in this country's history.
A BuzzFlash Reader
I was sickened tonight by ed gillespies attacks on Kerrey. He was saying that the Democrats couldn't possibly protect us from terrorist attacks. Here's the frame. GW Bush DIDN"T PROTECT US FROM ANYTHING! 3000 PEOPLE DIED! WHY SHOULD WE TRUST HIM WITH OUR LIVES AGAIN??? He can't find weapons, he can't find leaks. He's inept. He's MONKEY-BOY!
As sad as it is.... my 13 year old and I are learning a lot from this!
An Autocratically sad BuzzFlash Reader
GIVE ME LIBERTY, OR GIVE ME DEATH!
Subj: 911 Commission Extension of Time
They're afraid the findings will be politicized. Hmm!
The only way that an extension for two months can hurt Bush's election chances or be used “politically”is if there is something damaging in the report. By logical extension, they must believe the report will not be too flattering (understatement). Don't you think the American public has a right to know this information before we vote to possibly extend his reign of terror mongering another four years?
p.s. Why isn't Robert Novak (walking turd) in jail? Must be because he's a great American like Rush Limbaugh.
Why don't you focus on casualties in Iraq, rather than fatalities? Most Americans don't know the difference between a fatality and a casualty anyway (a casualty is any soldier who is taken out of action, either because he is killed or because he is injured). While there are "only" 500 fatalities, there are thousands of casualties -- a much more impressive number.
Subj: "We were misled."
"We were misled," said Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, who originally backed the war and is heading into today's New Hampshire primary leading the polls. (http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040127.wxiraq27/BNStory/Front/)
Who is "We"?
I was out there in the streets along with millions of others all over the world protesting the war before and after it started, knowing full well that the " reasons" for war from the Bush were lies.
No, we weren't misled. Some of us led. Others followed.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Let's not forget O'Neill, which makes the CIA stuff irrelevant since the Bushes wanted war even BEFORE anyone said WMD.
A BuzzFlash Reader
When Halliburton was caught overcharging us for fuel, the president's immediate response was that, if guilty, they would have to return the money. Now that the company is facing another scandal, the remedy again was to state that the money would have to be returned. Return the money? What sort of world would one have to inhabit to think that the worst imaginable result of corruption, chicanery and deception would be to return the money? Evidently, a lot of news organizations live in that world as well, because none of them have suggested that a crime has been committed. I had no idea that such options existed, and this puts many enterprises in an entirely different light. Robbing liquor stores would be a very attractive career option if I knew that the worst that could happen would be that, if caught, I'd have to return the money. If I don't get caught, of course, I get to keep it. This is going to be great news for worried drug dealers, car thieves, muggers, con artists and lots of Republican politicians.
Rumsfeld Sends More Cannon Fodder to Iraq
RE: Indignities Endured by U.S. Military
What an incredible and shameful list of how George “AWOL”Bush does anything but support our troops.
So Bush won't go to funerals or visit wounded soldiers?
It sounds like a perfect opportunity for the Democratic presidential candidates to step in where Bush fears to tread.
Kerry and Clark especially (but any of the others as well) should attend funerals and visit wounded soldiers. Now that it's primary season, the cameras will follow. And it really is all about photo-ops isn't it? The Republicans will scream and yell, “Treason!”, but I don't think they'll get away with saying that our troops should be ignored.
And speaking of photo-ops, speeches at podiums will get more attention with props. How about holding up a flak jacket while explaining how the Bush administration is letting our troops down and how that will never happen in the coming Democratic administration?
Democrats are patriots and support our troops! It can't be repeated often enough.
Subj: The Diane Sawyer Segment
Here's the whole Dean Scream vindication video. Now all Diane has to do is air it 700 times...
Subj: WILL THIS BE ANOTHER INVESTIGATION GOING NOWHERE?
SINCE IT IS MORE THAN LIKELY THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO FIND ANY WMD"S, AND DAVID KAY IS BLAMING FAULTY INTELLIGENCE, SHOULDN'T WE EXPECT TO SEE THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION OUTRAGED AND MAD AT THE CIA AND OTHER INTELLIGENCE SOURCES? ISN'T IT STRANGE THAT BUSH IS PRAISING THE VERY SAME SOURCES THAT GAVE HIM FAULTY INTELLIGENCE? THE FACT THAT BUSH, CHENEY, POWELL, RUMSFELD, RICE AND OTHER WARMONGERS ARE NOTICEABLY QUIET SAYS A LOT. THAT ALONE SHOWS THAT THIS AWFUL ADMINISTRATION IS GUILTY AS HELL OF MISLEADING THIS COUNTRY WITH HYPED UP INTELLIGENCE, AND IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS AND INJURIES OF THOUSANDS.
THEY SHOULD ALL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.
A BUZZFLASH READER
Subj: George Tenet the fall guy
After watching David Kay's testimony in the Senate hearings on C-Span, you can bet he is covering Shrub and Cheney's ass. George Tenet, bend over, You're fixing to get it from the boys in power.
A BuzzFlash reader.
Subj: Taking the War Private
Thanks to the incisive Demisemiblog for picking up on this one:
It would appear that the in the "Coalition of the Willing", the USA is the biggest member, followed by private contractors, followed by the British. The potentials for hiding casualties (and abuses) in this type of arrangement are enormous. Accountability would also seem to be lacking. If a US armed forces individual takes an Iraqi life, there is a legal accountability going through a chain of authorizations that lead back to the congressional resolutions empowering the administration to take military action. If a private military contractor takes an Iraqi life, what exactly is the legal authorization? Who do these contractors report to? What are their rules of engagement? Does Congress have any oversight role here? In all likelihood, they (the contractors) are not closely monitored, and although paid with public monies, their ill-defined powers and accountability have been unexamined in the mainstream media-so far. One wonders what the true casualty figures in Iraq are. On both sides.
This is turning into a major mess.
Subj: Your Limbaugh link is wrong!
The link you provided for emailing Florida State Attorney Barry Krischer is actually a form for the Rush Limbaugh web site!
Which means, it's entirely possible that the Limbaugh media empire will censor or delete the entries that BuzzFlash readers make there, or, worse, re-word them as *supportive* of Limbaugh, and send them off to Krischer altered. Such sleazery certainly is not beyond them.
Instead, please encourage BuzzFlash readers to *directly* email Krischer at: StateAttorney@sa15.state.fl.us
Or to write or phone:
Subj: Judy, Judy, Judy
What a great article about this great woman. From the time he threw his hat in the ring, and explained that his wife would not be able to be there much, explaining that she had a lucrative practice...I knew that it would become an issue!!!
This country is so issue oriented....she is a Doctor who still makes house calls. What a shame! She likely is better looking than any of the other candidate wives, but does not wear Dior....what a shame!!
She is articulate, sweet, kind, (but not with arms hanging around her husbands neck) admits that if he is the winner, of course, she will have to do some Presidential Wife things...and will likely try to get a practice in D.C.....she is that dedicated to her life... helping the sick, there will be times she will have to be there, to tie things up...what a shame!!! (Incidentally, he disagreed that she had to be there)
What a sick country this is some times.....I was watching some of the debates with a republican...and has anyone ever noticed, when there is nothing else to bash, they will actually pick on the people at the debate..their appearance....their clothing....their whatever....just because of the fear of the loss of their favorite idiot who cannot speak english....? I have found out recently that Republicans are the most obnoxious people in the world for the Fear Factor. I have no idea in hell what they will do if The democrats actually pull this thing off!!!!!!!!!
I have learned to keep my mouth shut, unless I am around one of the 6 persons I know, who are democrats! All you have to do is say anything,...(no free speech) democratic or about one of the candidates...and they will spew some of the biggest lies...venom...pure shit..(sorry)...I have ever, or will ever hear in my life!
I never realized before how much this election means to me. While I am still young enough to care, Please God!!!!!
I think that Osama has been captured & is being held in captivity until the appropriate political time for Bush to bring him out. Research it, please.
Congratulations on your latest site stats and I hope you break the old record. It truly goes to show that people are starting to take notice of you.
For some reason, a lot of news outlet were quite enamored with "Whiplash," the Cowboy Monkey during the week. It seems this little monkey's career of 15 years riding on a dog's back was so much more important than...lets say...the economy, jobs, healthcare, and that pesky Iraqi War that the Bush administration now says was all the fault of those darned intelligence services G.W. appointed the heads to.
So now we have the following:
[BuzzFlash Note: Bush is afraid of horses. There are no pictures of Bush on a horse and he doesn't have any on his "ranch."]
In taking on the CIA once already, Bush lost on the "16 words" debacle and was ultimately forced to take responsibility. This is why he will be using the intelligence committees to attack the CIA on Friday. However the CIA has already seen this tactic and no doubt has something in reserve . . .maybe proof that Cheney personally over-rode all CIA demurrals. Bush can't fire Tenet because Tenet knows exactly what Bush knew and was warned of (and was personally protected against at Genoa in July of 2001***) prior to Sept. 11 . . . or Tenet would have been fired long before now.
*** this story appeared in the LA Times but I no longer have the link (and it's a damn crime that the major media refuses to revisit that story). If you have still have the link, it may be a good time to re-run it as one of the major foreknowledge issues Bush is trying to hide as he refuses to extend the Commission or appear before it.
A BuzzFlash Reader
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Subj: You're my top source of news
BuzzFlash and Common Dreams are the absolute best when it comes to true political news. Just don't SELL OUT!!!!!! It would be a shame.
Besides the Joe Trippi thing, which seems to be alright with Joe...even though it has to be disappointing...he seems to understand and has nothing but praise for Howard Dean.....
I heard something even more troubling tonight on those news shows..and with them being the one who wants to be THE FIRST.....There is apparently very good evidence that Cheney met with the CIA when they were first talking about going into Iraq and he did not like what they were saying about it not being a MUST right now...there must be evidence that he got them to change their minds.
I believe it....very much!! He is the most viscerally hateful human in this administration I am so convinced that Bush became president to "Get Saddam" that I do not have to hear anything more. But, if something is not investigated about this....then Clinton should sue!
What business do we have in spending 1.5 billion or million to promote the institute of marriage????? What the hell is that???
He is a maniac...a stooge.... a puppet...
That's all I can think of now...I think about it more tomorrow!!!!!!!!!
Subj: $5.7 Trillion Added to Debt
According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, current policies will add $5.2 trillion to the national debt in the years 2005-2014. Adding this year's $ .5 trillion, that makes $5.7 trillion added to the debt. There won't be any money for the Baby Boomers' Social Security or Medicare. The reason for this is that large corporations and wealthy individuals do not pay adequate tax. Also, we would save $175 billion every year by ending corporate welfare and $175 billion every year by switching to universal healthcare.
Subj: Defeating Bush
The past few weeks/months, I've been reading how anxious (if the proper word) Democrats are about how well Republicans have been able to frame the issues so successfully. One example was two words, "tax relief." I'm surprised that no one has thought of a counter to tax relief.
Please pass along to your Democrat contacts these two words that I have yet to hear be uttered by any Democrat: "tax responsibility." Those two words evoke the same power and "frame" but in a positive way.
Do with 'em what you will...after all, we all have one mission, get grown-ups back into the WH and halls of the Congress.
Isn't it ironic how before the attack on Iraq the administration kept saying those inspectors had PLENTY of time to find something and were basically incompetent; now they say those SAME inspectors should be given “all the time they need”to complete their “very important search for WMDs”???????
Subj: IRAQ: THE BUCK STOPS WITH GEORGE BUSH.
If the pro-war crowd had a conscience, they would be feeling pretty sheepish by now. One by one, the reasons given by the Bush administration, for attacking a sovereign country, Iraq, are being proven untrue. They have got to ask themselves honestly, if it was worth thousands of Iraqi lives, over 500 of our troops, and the billions of dollars that will be wasted (plenty of it goes to Halliburton) just to find WMD related program activities, and to capture one of the many bad men in the world. It just was not worth it folks whatever Bush, Cheney, Condi, Powell, Rumsfeld or anyone says to justify one of the biggest blunders of our nation. The French, the German, The Canadians and other allies, and people like Hans Blix, El Baradei, even Scott Ritter were all vilified in the media, and it now looks like they were right all along. Shouldn't the pro-war crowd now apologize to these folks?
As for the latest revelations by David Kay, I can see that he is desperately trying to pin this one on the CIA and others, but folks, the bottom line is THE BUCK STOPS WITH GEORGE BUSH. Despite the pleadings from around the world, he took our country into a horrible war, and to this day our troops are killed on a daily basis, because the nation was misled into this war with lies that are unraveling for all the world to see. I hope that the pro war folk at least now realize that you cannot believe ANYTHING that comes out of that dishonest bunch in the white house.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Kerry and "other men's daughters" (Ann Coulter)
Despite my lifelong interest in slimy creatures (http://www.johnjemerson.com/squib.hagfish2.htm), I don't normally do Ann Coulter. However, a line I saw in Diana' Moon's (http://letterfromgotham.blogspot.com/) fisking of Coulter caught my eye.
Coulter writes: ""Kerry's life experience consists of living off other men's money by marrying their wives and daughters".
To begin with, that's pretty misleading. Like George Washington, Kerry is a war hero who married a rich widow with a taste for classy guys-- and not someone else's wife, the way Jeb Bush just did. (Apparently Coulter thinks that Theresa Heinz should have remained alone forever, the way Coulter probably will).
But here's my main point: what's this shit about "marrying other men's daughters?"
What other options are there? By law he can't marry other men's sons, nor can he marry his own daughters. Marrying other men's daughters is where the action is in the marriage biz. Does Coulter think Kerry should have remained single forever too?
It sort of seems that Coulter, at her age, is still not completely comfortable with what Mommy and Daddy do in bed and where babies come from. Isn't it about time for someone to take her aside and give her The Talk?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Some Republican Religious Hypocrisy.
I find them, I toss them your way.
In the state of Georgia, the State Superintendent of Schools wants the word "evolution" stricken from the curriculum and replaced with the words "biological changes occurring over time."
Superintendent Kathy Cox says the word evolution is a buzzword and says the ban was imposed to alleviate pressure on teachers in socially conservative areas where parents object to its teaching.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: John McCain Hunts for WMD
Subj: NY Times Coverage Today
What was most interesting to me...that in the same article it mentioned that Cond. Rice made appearances at CBS, NBC and ABC all in a very short time. Interesting to see the White House's damage control.
Subj: Democracy Died in 2000
In response to your editorial urging BuzzFlash readers to vote to save democracy in 2004, I'm writing to remind you that democracy died in 2000 with Bush's theft of that election. Further proof that democracy is already dead is the fact that our country wouldn't now be in this terrible mess if democracy still existed in America because Al Gore would be in the White House and there's no way that he would've made the mess that Bush has made.
I would not be surprised if OSAMA has already been captured...... To be released to the public sometime before the election.
We are already getting rumbles!!!!
It would be interesting if it could be checked out !!!!
You would think that given how many times Bush invokes 9/11 as the cause for our so-called "war on terrorism," he'd want to know every little detail about what happened and how it might have been prevented. You'd think.... I can't help but feel like everyone (even O'Reilly and Limbaugh and their scummy ilk) could get behind questioning why the president isn't questioning. Why isn't this more of an issue? Where are the editorials? Where are the members of Congress? Isn't it clear that by not giving the 9/11 commission more time to fully investigate (even as Bush pours more money into searching for the non-existent Iraqi WMD) that the White House has something to hide in the worst kind of way?
I know, I know. You all, at least, know.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Extraordinary Rendition
It seems that the Canadian authorities are embarrassed by the Maher Arar case and are attacking the journalist who broke the story of his extradition and torture. The link below concentrates on the attack on the journalist, but at least it summarizes the facts of the case.
My first thought was how lucky Robert Novak is that he isn't in Canada.. My second was that I had not heard of a lawsuit to stop "extraordinary rendition" (sending suspects to countries that use torture to extract confessions). This abomination has been happening in the background for some time and gotten almost no mainstream press coverage.
I don't want my country to endorse torture by proxy.
Subj: Animal Farm
I have seen many comments here and in other progressive media sites comparing the actions of the Bush administration to George Orwell's book “1984”. While the comparisons are apt, another Orwell book also comes to mind: “Animal Farm”. If members of the BuzzFlash community have not read that book, I would urge them to do so. While the book is only 118 pages long, its insights into revolution, the ascension to power and the deceptions used to maintain power are eye-opening. Karl Rove has surely read this book.
I think Paul Krugman is one of the unsung heroes of our time.We pray that we can find others just like him. I'm all for him.
Was watching Wesley Pruden…Editor in Chief of the Washington times on Washington Journal on C-Span telling how the Times was doing great (notice profit never entered the conversation) and that the Moonies NEVER exerted editorial control (what a crock) when the announcer quickly gave Pruden's credentials. He GRADUATED no less from Little Rock Junior College. What a journalist….LOL
Subj: More on Martha
So, if I am paying attention to the Martha Stewart case what we have here is this very likely scenario: The government was willing to intimidate Martha into a guilty plea deal while holding vital information that would have proven her innocence......damned.
Welcome to George W Bush's America.
Thanks for standing tall Martha. Give 'em the truth and make them think it is hell. I can see Martha being the rallying cry in the upcoming election.
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