February 4, 2004
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Subj: Staged Ricin event
Funny how the Democrats get mailed Anthrax in 2002, a powder so darn deadly that it even killed the people who were barely near this deadly envelope.
A few microscopic spores of Anthrax "floating in the air" kills you dead (or contaminates your skin depending on variety.)
Postal offices, mail boxes, and everywhere else these 2002 letters passed had to be decontaminated by people in those biological space suits.
Now fast forward to 2004. The Republicans have just received Ricin, a poisonous substance made from Castor beans that is so mild and friendly that you literally have to pick up and then swallow a pinch of this powder to die!
You can make this stuff at home without ever even needing to cover your face, nothing needs to be decontaminated, and a brief pass with a standard 10 dollar Hoover cleans it all up.
No space suits, no building shut downs, no decontaminations, nothing.
I smell a political fish here.
This is just too coincidental in an election year for me. (Especially considering that the Democratic Anthrax attacker was never caught.)
Captain America 101
Subj: Ricin trace in Senator Frist Office
How convenient that all of the sudden ricin is found in the office of the Senator that is being investigated from breaking in the computer of the Democrats. I believe this is a repugblican inside job to divert attention from the investigation. By closing down the office of the Senator stops the investigators for a while and giving them time to defuse the damaging news. This is standard operating procedure of the repugblicans. They are very good at it and they know that the American lemmings (about 50%) have a short memory span and soon will forget all of this. The it will be business as usual again, and not action will be taken by spineless and coward Democratic Leadership. All I can say is that this is shameful.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: NRA & Second Amendment
Instead of issuing stop orders that prevent soldiers from retiring or being discharged, why doesn't the Pres. call up our militia? The Pres. has said repeatedly that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are necessary for our national security. The NRA boasts more than 5 million members, all part of the second amendment's well-regulated militia that are necessary to the security of a free state. Sounds like a perfect fit! If there should happen to be members of the militia who are unwilling or unfit to serve in either Iraq or Afghanistan, they should be mustered out of the militia, just as they'd be drummed out of the regular army. And if the militia bring their own weapons and ammo, we might even be able to cut the defense budget buy a few bucks.
Think we could start a call up the militia movement?
Sincerely, Lillian Crawford
Subj: HEE yah
February 2, 2004
Still More Even Worse News for Bush
DR's last two posts have discussed the Newsweek and Quinnipiac University polls and how bad things are going for Bush. Now come newly-released data from the venerable Gallup poll, which paint an even more negative picture of how Bush is doing.
In the Gallup poll, Bush’s approval rating is just 49 percent, with 48 percent disapproval–almost net negative. And rest of his ratings in this poll are net negative. On the economy, he has declined from 54 percent approval in early January to 43 percent approval/54 percent disapproval (-11 points). On health care, he has declined from 43 percent approval to a miserable 35 percent approval/57 percent disapproval (-22). On foreign affairs, over the same time period, he has declined from 58 percent approval to 46 percent approval/51 percent disapproval (-5). And check this out: on the situation in Iraq he has gone from 61 percent approval/36 percent disapproval in early January (+25) to 46 percent approval/53 percent disapproval (-7) today. That’s a swing of 32 points in less than a month.
Bush’s favorability ratings have also taken a dive: from 65 percent favorable in early January to 52 percent favorable/47 percent favorable today. In contrast, John Kerry now has a 61 percent favorable rating to just 23 percent unfavorable. And when matched up as the Democratic nominee against Bush, he wins by 7 points, 53 percent to 46 percent.
Kerry also does very well when matched up against Bush on a variety of characteristics. He beats Bush by 50 percent to 41 percent on “shares your values”, by 56 percent to 33 percent on “is in touch with the problems ordinary Americans face”, by 52 percent to 38 percent on “puts the country’s interests ahead of his own political interests”and even by 46 percent to 43 percent on “has a likeable personality”. Bush also has his areas of strength, of course--+14 on strong and decisive leader, +15 on patriotic and +19 on stands up for what he believes in--but Kerry seems competitive indeed with the president.
Especially when you add in results like these: Americans by 50 percent to 45 percent say they would trust Kerry, rather than Bush, to make the decision to send troops off to war, if necessary. The public also says it has more confidence in Kerry than Bush to make sure good jobs are available to all Americans (53 percent to 41 percent); to protect their family's economic interests (53 percent to 41 percent); and even to make sure business conditions and the stock market are as good as possible (46 percent to 45 percent).
Finally, consider this result: when asked "All in all, do you think it was worth going to war in Iraq or not?" (note there is no mention of the war's costs), public sentiment is now split right down the middle, 49 percent to 49 percent. Just three weeks ago, that question was at +21 (59 percent to 38 percent) in favor of the war being worth it.
My, my, how times do change. Wasn't the capture of Saddam supposed to make Bush a lock for re-election? No more.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Another Terror Scare
Does anyone else think it strange that just days after releasing his "budget" which give the lion's share to Homeland Security that we have white powder found in Frist's office. Do you suppose any of the Dems see through this ploy. I see the NYT's headline says, "Bush is betting that we care more about security than our social programs." This evil man must go before we have no social safety net for anyone left.
Subj: A small scoop for you
Thank you for providing a link to John Nichols' " Online Beat" column, entitled "Bush Slips-- Among Republicans": http://www.thenation.com/thebeat/index.mhtml?bid=1&pid=1228
The final tally of New Hampshire Republicans who voted for someone other than Bush in the NH primary-- is especially amusing/ considering that the BushCheney04 website currently features a piece by Matthew Dowd -- claiming that incumbent Bush did better this time, than incumbent Clinton in did New Hampshire, 8 years ago. http://www.georgewbush.com/News/Read.aspx?Id=2186
But that's not true!
Dowd's piece is based on the invalidated vote tallies. Someone should set him straight. I think it should be BuzzFlash. Don't you?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Rather than the pejorative "Liberal" with the semi-positive opposite of "Conservative", I think we need to re-frame the language and call it "progressives" versus "regressives"...
Subj: Ricin...Or Borax?
Gosh, what a remarkable coincidence. On the same day there is a handful of Democratic primaries, a bunch of white powder that may be Ricin, borax or Dick Cheney's dandruff (wait a second -- Cheney doesn't have any hair -- scratch that one) shows up at the Senate, shutting it down.
This couldn't have been done by someone with two or three degrees of separation from George W. Bush, could it? It couldn't have been done to intimidate Congress and the American people could it? It couldn't be another Karl Rove extravaganza, could it? Boy, you'd have to be pretty cynical to think that....or would you?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Al Sharpton is Sleeping with The Enemy
Dear BuzzFlash Readers:
If the Democratic Party wants to be successful in taking back the Government, they must learn how to identify the tricks and traps of the enemy. Case in point: I found an article in today's "Village Voice" online publication about Al Sharpton's employment of a known Republican operative, Roger Stone. The article also talks about how Sharpton's alliances have facilitated the election Republican Michael Bloomberg as New York's mayor, as well as his "friendships" with the likes of Al D'amato and others who were campaigning against Republican candidates. In other words, the GOP is sending operatives to work for Democratic candidates who don't have the proverbial snowball's chance in hell to win the nomination, but they can sure as hell do a good deal of damage to the Democratic Party from within. Kinda of like termites damage your house. You can see them until the damage is so widespread it can't be hidden.
I couldn't provide the link, but here's part of the article:
This is a sad day when Al Sharpton is pretending to look out for the interests of all Americans, but he's in bed with the enemy. I, for one, would love to know what his reasons are. ' I'm expecting the "Bush" Administration to get Osama just after the Republicans' convention, but just in time to fool gullible Americans again and steal another election. Our hope is not just in taking back the WH, but to root out the poison that has the other two branches of government held hostage.
As a previous Buzz Flasher stated "The Real Patriot Act: VOTE IN 2004!"
Leutisha - a Loyal Buzz Flash Reader and an Angry but Proud Liberal.
Subj: Begun, the Blogger Wars Have
As I was listening to Rush Limbaugh on my lunch break today, and hearing Rush talk about the power struggle going on within the Democratic party, a "moment of clarity" came upon me. As a supporter of Howard Dean, I had heard the slogan "take back America" many times, but not until that moment did I really understand what that phrase means, and what Dean's bid for the nomination truly means. Many people have said that the Dean campaign looks like a movement. It IS a movement. In fact, it is a movement that existed long before Howard Dean decided to run. The progressive grassroots movement has, for the first time, chosen to back a candidate that actually has a decent chance of being elected President. Howard Dean may not share all of the ideals of these people. He believes in a strong national defense, and reasonable rights for gun owners. But, along with Rep. Kucinich, he has brought many progressive issues to the forefront of the national debate, and has gotten closer to winning the nomination than most people thought possible. When the story of this race is told in tomorrow's history books, I hope it will be seen for what it is-the first major battle between the progressive grassroots movement and the corporate plutocracy in America.
The battle is not over. The "special interest boys" have brought out their media shock troops, and given Dr. Dean quite a licking. Bloody but unbowed, Dean has vowed to soldier on until the race is clearly unwinnable. I now call on ALL progressives to fight with Gov. Dean, and show these rats just how strong we can be when united. Stand up, and TAKE BACK AMERICA!
It took less than 24 hours for the Bush Administration to call an investigation into the Super Bowl halftime show, but 9 months to call one for the WMD fiasco (forget about Valerie Plame).
Subj: Bumper Stickers of the Year
Bush/Cheney '04: Four More Wars!
Bush/Cheney '04: Assimilate. Resistance is Futile.
Bush/Cheney '04: Because the truth just isn't good enough.
Bush/Cheney '04: Leave no billionaire behind
Bush/Cheney '04: The last vote you'll ever have to cast.
Who would Jesus Bomb?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: A Very Poor Choice of Terms.
Shock and Awe, have they crossed the line on decency?" Oh Katie Couric, what a poor choice of words to describe less than 2 seconds of Janet Jackson's boob.
"Shock and Awe" will forever be linked to the Bush Administration and the "shock and awe" delivered by them last spring more than crossed the line of decency.
Thousands of tons of ordinance, 60 days of bombing and terror, 10s of thousands of innocent Iraqis dead, 524 Americans dead, over 3,000 wounded, using a very narrow definition of the term "wounded", since over 9,000 have been transported back here IS "shock and awe".
Yesterday, I was sent several links to articles, from OCTOBER, 2003, about congress questioning the administration about exaggerating the intelligence about Iraq and the reasons why an immediate action was needed.
You guys dropped "our" ball by not questioning Bush then. We couldn't do it, it is your responsibility to do it for us, if you care. Now 2 seconds of soft porn is a God send, so to speak, to the administration because you guys know that sex sells.
Clinton lied about adultery, which was none of our business. Whether Bush lied or exaggerated the threat to our security it is "shock and awe" taken to a very deadly height.
The media, snookered again by the people who think sex, even 2 seconds worth, always TRUMPS violence, even when referring to 60 days of real, well-planned "shock and awe" followed by nearly a year of terror and deprivation for the Iraqi people (many still don't have safe drinking water), that the Bush administration had apparently not considered.
Katie, you are a boob, and if you and the rest of the media don't get back to the real "shock and awe" you will lose what minute amount of credibility you still have.
Karen Webb, Moore, Ok.
PS: Feel free to send a copy of this or your own outrage to Katie and the rest of the "spade and neutered watch dogs of democracy."
after watching several news programs this morning, it has become obvious the republicans have decided to pretend the dems are attacking the national guard when they bring up bush's awol status. most of the media is letting them do it, but when mccain tried it imus cut him off and told him no one was attacking the guard, they were attacking bush for being missing from the guard for a year! which by the way, others have gone to jail for! normally can't stand imus, but he did get this one right.
A WHILE BACK BUSH SAID HE WOULD NEVER ASK A SOLDIER TO DO SOMETHING HE WOULD NOT DO. THEN HE WAS REAL BRAVE AND DID WHAT I DID WHEN I WAS SIX, HE GOT A SMALL POX VACCINATION. MY, HOW BRAVE. WELL HE DID ASK THEM TO DO SOMETHING HE WOULD NOT DO! FIGHT AND DIE FOR HIS COUNTRY! HE WAS AWOL AND DID EVERYTHING HE COULD TO STAY OUT OF VIETNAM! (STAYING OUT OF HARMS WAY) SOUND FAMILIAR? BUSH TURNS MY STOMACH!
Subj: Senate Testing positive-Bush rating low
whenever Bush's ratings drop —we end up with some high alert—now positive tests in the Senate. How are we going to get these guys out of office?
How can we get the message out above the din of high alerts?
The Bush team will do anything to stay into control—
Subj: "Breast-gate"....another WMD
The media rarely misses an opportunity to focus on a new "weapon of mass distraction"!
Now the focus is on Janet Jackson's breast. I guess that the FCC's ensuing investigation will be dubbed: BREAST-GATE. Investigating an exposed breast ( and doing so quickly) is much more important to Americans then finding the weapons of mass destruction, encouraging the White House to co-operate with the 9-11 commission, or setting up an investigation into why Dubya and Tony Blair were determined to invade Iraq.
And where's the investigation into the lax security that allowed a streaker to disrupt the game?
Security be damned! Where's the outrage?
Subj: Our tax dollars at work...again
Give me a break....it took the Administration what? Six months to even look into the outing of a CIA operative, and yet in less than 24 hours the FCC announces it will investigate the "outing" of Janet Jackson's breast.
I believe I can save Michael Powell and his crack team of investigators some time here:
1. I'm pretty sure Justin Timberlake did it, and
2. NOBODY GIVES A RAT'S ASS!
Sorry - I know you freaks were looking forward to watching that halftime show over and over and over.....
The way these yahoos are acting, you'd think it was the evil Bill Clinton himself who jumped up on the stage and savagely ripped the velcro-ed cup right off Ms. Jackson's bustier.
I swear to God, the people running this country are nuts.
PS: Did anybody count the number of times Nelly grabbed his wiener? Perhaps he was afraid Justin Timberlake was gonna rip that off, too. Who knew the Super Bowl halftime show was so dangerous?
Subj: The Polls and New "Terrorist" Threats
Is anyone surprised that just hours after newly-released polls showing that Bush's numbers are at their lowest point ever and that John Kerry now actually leads Bush in polling results, that ricin-laced letters were " discovered" in the incoming mail of the senate? It's pretty clear that this is something that the American public will be encountering - and worse - throughout this campaign season. Look for fresh disasters every time Bush stumbles.
A BuzzFlash reader
Subj: Senate Ricin Attack
Considering the pace at which the revelations of unconscionable malfeasance-slash-ineptitude (RUM/Is, or "Rummys") on the part of the administration are coming in from every direction, the only thing which can save Bush's re-election prospects would be if those "Iraqi" WMDs made their appearance -- not in Iraq but somewhere where the American public can be properly terrorized -- and "proved" the necessity of the Bush doctrine. If not for 9-11 there would be no re-election prospects at all. If not for the anthrax attacks on Daschle's office we might not have the USA-PATRIOT Act at all, and certainly not in its current form. Now, the neocon agenda is threatened again . . . and so is the legislature.
Somebody needs to be pointing out that the Bush administration stands to gain more than anyone else from terror in America.
Subj: Business Week: Exposed During Halftime Hypocrisy
I can't believe this. Business Week slams CBS for not showing Moveon.org's ads during the Super Bowl:
Thanks to Travis, Collinsville, a neighbor.. for the feedback on Howard Dean. For whatever reason, the administration is afraid of Dean. (Scared silly)
Today was Primary day here in the city....and I trudged through the snow...it has done nothing but, since the second week in Jan.....but it was worth it...I voted for Howard Dean and when I came out, the sun had come out. (more Dean signs than any other)
But, in agreement with Buzz......whomever the Democratic candidate is....he will get my vote in Nov...and please God, let him unseat the illegal!
My son, a dyed in the wool (you know what :).....cannot believe that I am not voting for Lieberman.........Huh?? Obviously, he is not one of the six democrats I know.
He thinks since he was the vice prez..nominee the last time...I would be sure to vote for him....and I explained it all to him...he still didn't get it!
I love my sons, but geez...I never start any kind of conversation with them anymore that might possibly lead to politics...it is a screaming match...and of course, being outnumbered, I lose!
I have been losing ever since Bill Clinton left office....It's time I won...right???
I think, but am not sure, that I saw an ABB pin on Terry McAuliffe the other day. I will research it...and you all try too! Would that not drive republicans nuts?? You do not have to tell anyone what it means,,,,just grin!! "Guess"!!
I wore a flag on my lapel for a year after 911....the minute Georgie...or Koko...did a 180 and went into Iraq....I took the thing off! I have a service star in my window for my granddaughter in Baghdad.....that is it! I got an e-mail from her yesterday...and her demeanor worries me.....she is so loyal...so attached to Iraq (course, she is in an engineering battalion) not likely to ever be in danger...but, she tells her Mother other things....the daughter in law has told me. I am sure they have all been told to not tell me much....since I lost a brother in VietNam...but they still do not think I am a Patriot!
I do worry about her, though, they can bomb them anytime....none are completely safe....So, I have learned to live with it....and I am a patriot!! Those of us who do not want out young folks fighting for Oil.....and indeed, Patriots!!!
FCC Investigating Boobgate:
Wow, so glad they got that outed-breast investigation going so fast. I'm glad the FCC has their priorities in order. Now we can all feel safe from boob attacks. I guess the MoveOn ad was a bit too classy for this extravaganza.
Barbara in NYC
Subj: Intelligence Failures
why are we having this discussion about pre-war intel failures in the first place? were we not listening to Paul O'Neill when he said the Admin. was going to war no matter what, and had decided that within the 1st week after the Inauguration? the only intelligence failure here is between George Bush's ears.
Subj: Ms. Jackson Debacle
It is incredible that in a day in age full of industrial poisons, rampant violence and institutional corruption that the exposure of a single female nipple for a few seconds on television is what makes the news headlines for days to follow. Have these people never read a national geographic, never realized that humans nudity is only obsessed upon only when it has repressed, never seen the millions of male nipples that are shown on television, in magazines and on billboards? And the folks on the right now want to use this case as an example of why our nation needs a more strict regulation on what can and can not be viewed on television (Bill O'Reilly, Feb 3 radio show), as though they are saving lives. Perhaps if this energy was put behind an effort to uncover industrial pollution we could actually make a difference, save lives, lower cancer rates. A nipple is a nipple is a nipple, we all have one, we all will see them, they are nothing more than nipples, get over it! Moral corruption, whatever! This is a case of moral stupidity and inconsequentiality.
One had better think twice before telling anyone in authority you witnessed a crime. Better keep your mouth shut or this would happen to you!!!!
Subj: Secret Society of the "Media"
Hi Buzz Until now the "media" (that is most of the collective media-TV, Cable, newspapers, magazines. radio etc) has seemed to me to be a thoughtless mass that responded as one to whatever the hidden powers wanted in a way those powers wanted.
Must admit my error. The "Media" is not thoughtless, they do have a brain. It is, however, regrettable that it is only one brain and they have to share it.
Note the rabid spontaneous (?) response to the rallying speech by Howard Dean to his yelling and waving audience of supporters. This speech did not seem to be much ado about anything but the single brain kicked and on cue to 'get him' it got played over and over and over with the preset label of 'angry' and 'unpresidential'. Contrast that with the open mic calling a reporter an a-hole (2000 election) by gwb-who went on to fault the audience for 'hearing it-- inappropriately'). Where was the "Media" on that? The single brain asleeping?
There can be no doubt that Howard Dean was giving the hidden powers apoplexy and the secret society of the 'Media" had to jump on this and give him a powerful dose of degradation which was so effectively directed at Clinton and later on Al Gore. Degrade, Defame and Destroy. Our Freepress "Media" in action. The fear of Howard Dean must be a direct translation of the fear the powers have of Dean's message to take this government back from the corporate control and return it to the people.
Go foreword, Howard Dean-they attack you, they attack us.
Subj: Diane Rehm Show - NPR - Tuesday, February 3rd
You may have already heard this one! James Woolsey, former CIA chief, was a guest on the DR show this morning and, as usual, he was a total apologist for the Bush Administration. However, the last question of the show (from a listener) concerned the inspections in Iraq. Mr. Woolsey blatantly lied and said "Inspectors were kicked out of Iraq in 1998 and were not allowed back in"! This is, of course, a total lie as the UN Inspectors were in Iraq from November 2002 through February when the Bush Administration ordered them out prior to the illegal invasion of that country. Please check out the program for yourself but I feel very strongly that this lie is being propagated, not just by the President, but by all of his minions and the American people must be made aware of the impunity with which this Administration lies.
I have already emailed the DR show concerning the above.
Thank you for your wonderful website - it keeps me sane!
I think all of us are feeling a bit better with the success of BuzzFlash--knowing there are many others out there like us. However I can't help thinking about what would happen if gwb actually stole yet another election. As bad as White House policies are now, they probably reflect a somewhat compromised view just to get "reelected". What kind of policies can we expect from this crowd if they get 4 more years and don't have to worry about "reelection". The thought is very scary and I hope we don't find out. ABB
Travis in Collinsville
Not AWOL? Then Prove It!
It's really quite simple. If Bush in fact did serve his term in the guard, then just show us the papers. Anyone who served in the military has the papers to prove it, yet these liars can't seem to come up with anything concrete. So the chickenhawks should drop the feigned outrage and just come up with the goods. It would be such a simple thing to prove ... if were true. Otherwise, it's fair game (as Karl Rove said about Joe Wilson's wife). Betcha John Kerry can show his.
Keep up the great work.
Barbara in NYC
Subj: The Perfect Crisis--perfectly timed
The announcement that a “suspicious powder”found in Frist’s office could be ricin is the perfectly timed crisis. FOX News is on FULL ALERT, with ominous details of a new “terrorist attack.”The attention of nervous Americans is easily drawn away from Bush’s bogus “intelligence panel,”the Democratic primaries today, and questions about finding no WMD in Iraq. But the real coup in this hyped-up story relates to Bush’s budget announcement yesterday. On the very day that we learn about huge new allocations for “homeland security,”we get a breaking news story about possible ricin found in the Senate mail room. Very convenient. Anyone who challenges Bush’s budget and its massive deficit is unpatriotic. Take that John Kerry & Howard Dean.
Thanks to everyone for your many suggestions about how to challenge & confront Bush and his lies. Please remember to call the Capitol free phone number 1-800-839-5276 to contact all Senators and Representatives about Bush’s plan to name his own panel to “investigate intelligence,”but ignore the WMD scandal. Bush wants this committee to report its findings in mid-2005. Call all Republicans, including Frist, and demand a special independent prosecutor who will open impeachment hearings. Call all supportive Democrats and thank them for their hard work. Call everyday. Best wishes to all.
Subj: Set the record straight
(publish in letters if you wish - my interest is that you, as editors, should be aware of the facts set forth in the cited articles. Can't hurt for readers to see the citations, though.)
There's a load of BS being put out that Pakistani scientists acting "independently" (right!) have, for personal gain, supplied "nuclear secrets" to various states, North Korea, Libya, etc. An article at: http://www.thebulletin.org/issues/2000/nd00/nd00morland.html debunks this nonsense. There are no significant "nuclear" secrets.
The implication that seems to the message behind the propaganda is that the US invasion and occupation of Iraq is somehow justified as a ploy to stop the proliferation of atomic weapons technology.
Overall this is a lie. Even modest states, and, very likely, even prosperous individuals, have freely available the information and basic means necessary to manufacture, design, and construct nuclear explosive devices. US "intervention" or "diplomacy" cannot change this fact any more than the ubiquitous reality of the bomb can be waved away. Indeed, in bomb design the question (for some forty years) has been, does it take three men, or one, to design a weapon? (see http://www.thebulletin.org/issues/2003/ma03/ma03stober.html)
Of course, it'd be simpler to just buy one. That, they say, is what the Saudis have done...
CONTACT THE FCC ABOUT "THE OTHER BOOB"
If J.Jackson's breast was "classless, crass and a deplorable stunt" (according to Michael Powell, FCC Chief0 and Bono was "obscene" ... just what is it called when the President of the United States uses the airwaves to lie to the public about WMD's to manipulate the public into supporting an unnecessary war which has led to more than 500 deaths and 22,000 casualties? I call it the worst kind of obscenity....if you agree, contact Michael Powell at the FCC and tell him to take action on the misuse of the airways by the real boob, George W. Bush.
Email FCC Chairman Michael Powell and the other Commissioners:
Chairman Michael K. Powell: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy: email@example.com
Commissioner Michael J. Copps: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Kevin J. Martin: email@example.com
Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein: firstname.lastname@example.org
you can also send an email from the FCC website by going to: http://www.fcc.gov/commissioners/powell/mkp_email.html
Other contact info (adrs, phone, fax):
Subj: The Missing Story
Hi BuzzFlash, What ever happened to that news story, about the capture of Saddam by the Turks. Another story said the Turks demanded the 25 Million Dollar reward, then, the stories died out. Is this true, did the Turks tell the Army where Saddam was, and did the US. agree to pay the turks the reward? Keep up the good work BuzzFlash. A fervent Supporter.
RE: Will the U.S. "Forgive" Bush's Irrational Rationale for Iraq War?
I was dumbstruck by the absurdity of the following comment:
"If the on-the-ground situation improves in Iraq, with violence abating and U.S. troops returning home, the American public will almost certainly forgive any flaws in the rationale for going to war."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: The Buck Rolls Right On By...
So, there were no WMDs in Iraq.
I'm not all that interested in the red herring: Blame Bush or Intelligence?
Intelligence gathering and analysis is a function of the Executive Branch. They all work for Bush. He's the Chief Executive. It was the Chief Executive who chose. It was the Chief Executive who initiated war.
Here's the only question: Will George Bush take responsibility or not?
If the above isn't obvious, let's look at all the options possible: --Bush was given good advice. In short, he was told that Saddam had no WMDs, or that it was unproven he currently had them. Then Bush decided, for whatever reason, to disbelieve them. Who's responsible?
--Bush was given no advice. So then Bush made it all up in his mind, or let other put it there. Who's responsible?
--Bush was given falsified advice. This is a double-edged sword: either the people Bush chose as advisors were bypassing and pressuring the Intelligence community (and there are many reports to that effect); or, Bush didn't notice for three years that his Intel appointments were grossly incompetent, and his agencies spying in the dark. Even after the massive intelligence failure of 9/11! Either way, who's responsible?
Again, the question: Will George Bush take responsibility or not? And which explanation for his delusional war-mongering will he give?
There are related questions: How is it that nearly the entire world knew the arguments for attacking Iraq were false, and the American people, depending on our alleged free press, had no clue? How is that to this day, half America thinks Saddam was part of 9/11?
I guess the same way Bush got into office.
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