February 10, 2004
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Subj: MSNBC Info on Jobs
Did you guys notice on MSNBC (right now) that there is two different statements on jobs? Buried in the business section it states that over 100,000 jobs were lost in January, while trumpeted on the front page is a blurb of how firms added 120,000 jobs.
If my math is correct, isn't that only 20,000 net jobs created in January?
Just asking. :-)
Subj: October Surprise
I am not holding my breath...I think most clear thinking Americans know that they will come up with something before the election. This pseudo investigative committee for the 911 bombing is a joke. If the other side does not see through that, hey....it is a sad country. It is to be finished by Nov.2005?? Sure! Nothing negative should come out before this election...they are having a hard enough time as it is.
The aide that was fired from Frist's office....was that not slick? Did he actually believe that the Ricin scare would divert everyone's attention from the skullduggery going on in that office...he is above nothing!?
I am getting the two wars mixed up now...and I am sure that is what the intent was. George Bush and Rummy, and Powell.....will never care...the say all, that they think going into Iraq was the right thing to do....even if they went on a stockpile of Lies!!
They are not going to admit anything...and they are so arrogant that they think they can get away with that....and as long as the other lawmakers and politicians on the Hill let them...I fear they will get away with it...
The only thing I hope for now,,,,is that they will not have another 4 years to destroy this country!!!
Shirley St. Louis
Subj: Factual Error
Hey. I wanted to call your attention to a major factual error in one of the articles you linked to. This was a UPI story on the Plame investigation:
The author writes: "Wilson was sent by the Bush administration in March 2002 to check on an allegation made by President George W. Bush in his State of the Union address the previous winter that Iraq had sought to buy uranium from the nation of Niger. Wilson returned with a report that said the claim was "highly doubtful."" But this is downright wrong: Bush made the claim about Iraq trying to obtain uranium from Africa in the 2003 State of the Union speech--several months AFTER Wilson had concluded that the evidence was bogus and had reported that conclusion to the Vice President's office and the CIA. Sale's reporting obscures the fact that the President was using evidence that was ALREADY DISCREDITED!!!
The idea of Bush dropping Cheney is hilarious. Ask Charley McCarthy (or maybe Mortimer Snurd) to drop Edger Bergen!
Subj: You forgot to mention liar, if the ROTC thing is bogus
According to a press release on the Republican National Committee website, “Marc Racicot graduated from Carroll College in 1970, where he was an Army ROTC Graduate and Class President.”Which is intriguing, since Carroll College had not had a ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) program since World War II.
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I have read similar columns to Ron Williams suggesting that Bush dump Cheney for the GOP ticket come this November. One was written by Maureen Dowd and the other by Arianna Huffington. I really wish these columnists would stop giving Bush and the GOP ideas. I say keep him on the ticket. This way, we will take them both down in a one two punch.
Subj: Attn: Tim Russert
Here's the question I posed Tim Russert to ask Bush.
On 9/11 you sat in a Florida elementary school classroom for more than twenty minutes after the second plane hit the WTC. The whole world knew America was under a terrorist attack. Why, as Commander-in-chief, didn't you immediately leave that classroom and assume command of our country's answer to this attack? Why did you continue reading a book to small children as two more hijacked planes, still in the air, were enroute to their final destination?
Subj: GWB and WSC
With regard to President Bush's self-promoting comparison with Sir Winston Churchill, it seems GWB can spot a hero when he needs one, but he obviously has never read the man's writings. If he had, he may have stumbled over this pearl:
For myself, I prefer Gandhi on War:
Best wishes and keep up the good work.
Subj: Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments display was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court building. There was a darn good reason for the move.
You can't post:
...in a building full of Lawyers and Politicians.
It just don't make sense.
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Subj: Interesting tidbits of important information
I wonder how anyone could interpret these quotes by CIA Director George Tenet in March 2001 as bad intelligence.
“Usama bin Ladin and his global network of lieutenants and associates remain the most immediate and serious threat. Since 1998, Bin Ladin has declared all US citizens legitimate targets of attack. As shown by the bombing of our Embassies in Africa in 1998 and his Millennium plots last year, he is capable of planning multiple attacks with little or no warning.”
And on Iraq……..
“We continue to face ballistic missile threats from a variety of actors beyond Russia and China--specifically, North Korea, probably Iran, and possibly Iraq.”
“And given the likelihood that Iraq continues its missile development work, we think that it too could develop an ICBM capability sometime in the next decade assuming it received foreign assistance.”
“Our most serious concern with Saddam Hussein must be the likelihood that he will seek a renewed WMD capability both for credibility and because every other strong regime in the region either has it or is pursuing it.”(George Tenet March 7 2001 “Worldwide Threat in 2000”made to the Senate Arms Services Committee.)
read full statement here: http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2001_hr/s010308t.html
More than 10,000 people have lost their lives in the war on terror. That exceeds the worldwide combined death toll from acts of terror over the previous 20 years including 9/11. The current world population is nearly 6 billion. The U.S. has spent over $400 billion on the war on terror so far.
M. X. Maxon
Subj: Sharpton, Stone and Ashcroft
Before Roger Stone .. http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0405/barrett.php
I wondered aloud near the water cooler at work a few months ago if Al Sharpton could be a GOP insurgent in the Democratic Primaries? Admittedly it was a stretch but my theory was based on a segment of HBO's Real Sports in which Sharpton was caught on tape in a FBI sting .. http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/07/24/sharpton.lawsuit/ The segment ended with a theory put forward that Sharpton may have avoided prison by turning FBI informant .. Which begs the question .. John Ashcroft would not use a FBI asset for political gain would he? Just asking.
Subj: Powell and WMD
On Wednesday 60 Minutes II had a section on Powell and the man in charge of analyzing the Iraqi weapons threat for Powell, Greg Thielmann. It was quite an indictment of Powell. Thielmann stated that Powell knew that Iraq did not have WMD and yet stated differently before the U.N. Why has no blogger even mentioned this? To me, since so many non-Republicans have always felt that Powell had some honor (unless one looked at his previous record) this admission by someone knowledgeable and irrefutable is overwhelming and I am at a loss to understand the silence.
Keep up the good work
RE: Kerry's surge
Anti-bush voters are beginning to hope for the first time in almost four years, but all possible effort must be made to defeat Dubya. We cannot get complacent when Dubya's poll numbers start to fall. Instead, we must recharge our efforts. It's an uphill climb!
Be very aware that:
"Reallocation of Electoral College votes, following the 2000 Census, has given an additional seven votes to states carried by Bush four years ago and taken seven from states carried by former Vice President Al Gore."
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/159348_vandyk05.html As we sadly learned in 2000, every single vote counts. Encourage everyone -- everyone -- you know to vote this year.
Subj: URGENT: FDA Final Decision on EC OTC in Next 2 Weeks
The FDA will make its final decision on whether to approve the emergency contraception, Plan B, for over-the-counter status sometime over the next 2 weeks by February 20.
Please send a message of support of EC OTC to the FDA IMMEDIATELY. http://capwiz.com/fmf1/mail/oneclick_compose/?alertid=5013736
EC has the potential to prevent half of the unintended pregnancies and 800, 000 of the abortions that take place in the United States each year. EC works for 72 hours after unprotected sex, failed contraception, or rape to prevent pregnancy by interfering with ovulation, fertilization, or implantation. EC is up to 95% effective in the first 24 hours and is safer than aspirin.
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This Sunday Tim Russet on Meet The Press will have Georgie Boy on.
I'm wondering if he will interrogate GW as he did Howard Dean last Sunday. Dean did a wonderful job of answering all Tim's questions. He probably did not know the questions ahead of time.
You know very well GW will have to rehearse his answers ahead of time.
It should be interesting.
Subj: Bush's Honorable Discharge
When the President states that he was "discharged honorably" from the military, to "refute" the charge that he was AWOL for a year, no one in the press points out the obvious: that the question isn't: "Did he get one?" but, " Did he deserve one?" Clearly, if he can produce no official evidence that he ever served in the disputed year(s) then his honorable discharge was a mistake and should be revoked.
Albert Clark, NY
Subj: Hypocrite of the Week
I got of Scarborough on Thursday, and he was talking about the Super Bowl half-time show. At one point he says something to the affect of "First they destroy the Super Bowl, and then they tell us to just 'Get over it' !". He then launches in to a tirade about how it's so important, and he won't just 'get over it', and then acts insulted by the very suggestion. Apparently he feels that advice is only appropriate for elections, after Democracy has been sacrificed, not really important things,...like the Super Bowl half-time show.
Keep up the good work,
Subj: Laurence Silberman and Iran
Wasn't Laurance Silberman one of two persons who asked the Iranians not to release those 49 hostages until Ronald Reagan became President- and wasn't that the first thing that happened thereafter?
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Over the past three years, I’ve heard repeatedly how I am supposed to trust GWB’s instincts even though these instincts apparently lay dormant in the summer of 2001. Others might argue that these “instincts”prompted GWB to high-tail it to Florida on 911. Some call it a Messiah Complex while others believe God is the guiding hand behind junior’s every move. If his instincts are so well developed, why didn’t they warn him about the “faulty”intelligence he was getting?
Instincts are apparently a substitute for intellectual curiosity, for reasoned analysis, for critical thinking. Instead, it’s an attribute to be able to promptly make a decision even though the consequences of the decision haven’t been considered. Why not just admit the guy’s a dumbshit, an inarticulate prevaricator, a miserable failure?
SEN. ROBERT BENNETT: Mr. President I will be voting in favor of the resolution, not because I have figured out all the unknowables and imponderables relating to it, and not because I'm absolutely sure that the Presidential power will be used in the right possible way in every possible circumstance. I will be doing it because I trust George W. Bush's instincts as outlined, as clearly as any President has ever outlined America's role in the post-war world. He will use his power to expand and defend liberty throughout the world. He may use it by mistake, he may do things that do not produce that result. But that will be his poll star that should be America's poll star; that should be the policy that we lay down and hold now for generations to come.
According to the White House, we're not going to invade Iraq because of the oil. We're not going to invade because Saddam Hussein has been less than forthcoming about destroying his weapons. We're not going to invade to save the Middle East from tyranny. We're going to invade because our President knows in his infallible "gut" that Saddam has to be taken out for the safety of the world. [This is worth a read.]
"Bush has an uncanny instinct for when to fight, when to concede, when to run, when to wait out, when to start a venture," writes Carolyn B. Thompson and James W. Ware in The Leadership Genius of George W. Bush. While his business failings don't seem to justify such praise, the authors keep pouring it on: "Much of Bush's success as a leader is explained by his willingness to trust his gut."
George Bush's actions indicate that he is a man who possesses patience, relies on and follows the rule of law, is thoughtful and confident, slow to anger, surrounds himself with wise, thoughtful counsel, and considers all consequences before acting. He has not engaged in public manipulation or spin and he is not orchestrating media reports. He has put his trust in God and the American people.
He possesses all the qualities of not just a good leader, but a remarkably excellent one. You can imagine his calm patience in dealing with an international crisis or pursuing the right course of action on domestic issues regardless of his opponents' lying spin. He is genuine, he is consistent, he will garner for America the long-lost respect from her allies and healthy fear from her enemies.
GWB: Well, I don't really mind people picking on me. I've never held myself out to be any great genius, but I'm plenty smart. I've got good common sense and good instincts and that's what people want in their leader. I really think that the names of these people are less relevant than
From the April 8, 2002 issue: George W. Bush should trust his own instincts above the advice of his colleagues. by William Kristol & Robert Kagan
its time buzz also has bigot of the week... I nominate the entire state of OHIO...
Subj: Democratic Nominee
For sake of argument, let's assume that John Kerry is now the putative nominee of the Democratic Party. This man is going to be subjected to an onslaught by the Republicans, the likes of which have never before been seen in the history of this country. Let's assume now that this can be expected. Therefore, it's time for Kerry to start launching pre-emptive counterattacks--right now, and every day, from now until November. They must be well-researched, fully corroborated, documented and footnoted. For example, Bush was already thrown on the defensive by Michael Moore's " deserter" comment. People like Peter Jennings tried to pooh-pooh it at first, but it resonated and the Republicans are still scrambling to get a grip on that unfolding story. So now, before they can re-group and are still reeling, Kerry should level the next accusation. For example, he might give a major foreign policy speech, using David Kay's and George Tenet's recent public statements as a basis for "laying down the gauntlet" on Bush's outrageous foreign policy lapses. It could be premised on the theme: "These are the questions the independent investigating commission should be asking". It would also inoculate him for his own vote on the war -- as a Senator, he was deferring to the judgment of his commander in chief in a time of war, which under normal circumstances a Senator might be expected to do -- not believing, of course, that his commander-in-chief might actually be lying. Then, the next line of attack could be the Cheney/Halliburton no-bid contracts -- exactly how do they tie in to the deferred compensation arrangements Cheney has with Halliburton. P.S. can we see those records please? The next line of attack could be Cheney's secret energy meetings in 2001 with "Kenny Boy" Lay (i.e., did those meetings lay the groundwork for the California brownouts??). The next line of attack could be to appear with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and leaders of the environmental movement (Sierra Club, etc.), and blast Bush's disastrous environmental record. There is a lot of material here-a veritable treasure trove. The next line of attack would be to meet with union leaders, and discuss every major recent corporate job layoff effort, e.g., Kraft Foods, Cigna, etc.). The next line of attack could be to meet with the leaders of the National Employment Lawyers Association, and lead a policy discussion on the effects of Bush's right wing federal judges on the enforcement of the Family and Medical Leave Act, The Civil Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. and other employment related statutes that were passed by Democratic Congresses but are now being gutted intentionally by Republican judges. For example, over the last three years, the Rehnquist Court has eviscerated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The next line of attack could be a panel discussion on some of the more outrageous aspects of the U.S. Patriot Act; i.e., searches of your home when you're not there, invasion of your privacy via infiltration of tax records, medical records, library records, etc. The next line of attack could be the tax breaks given to Bush's corporate cronies -- who set up shell subsidiaries in Bermuda or in the Caribbean, comparing the billions they take out of the public revenues to the 600 bucks the rest of us got---all the while pointing out specifically how this loss of revenue affects Social Security and Medicare. The next line of attack could be a meeting with leading economists to discuss the effects of the unprecedented Bush federal deficit (so much for the Republicans' "fiscal conservatism") I also think that it should still be continually emphasized to African Americans that Bush and his brother Jeb effectively disenfranchised them in the year 2000, when the state of Florida was swung to Bush by legerdemain, involving falsifying "criminal" records of black males and by intimidating blacks into not voting. Jesse Jackson could be enlisted for this effort. The list goes on and on. My point is, that the nominee has a bully pulpit. He can call a press conference every day. He can make the news, not allow the news to make him. Senator Kerry -- go on the offensive -- right now. You are blessed with a facile use of the English language. You are a highly skilled and formidable debater. You can talk circles around Bush and his buddies. Use your debating skills, and take advantage of all the free media you can get from your current position.
Donald P. Russo, Bethlehem, Pa.
Why won't they testify under oath? they are lying that's why.
Subj: Preventive War
I'm pretty shocked at the terminology used by the Christian Science Monitor about the invasion of Iraq, which they call "Bush doctrine of preventive war". (http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0204/p01s02-usfp.html).
Although the wording with regards to imminent threat in the constitution applies to states, it is generally regarded to mean that our country must not attack another without proof of imminent danger. Changing the constitution regarding as important a matter as starting a war should require nothing less than a constitutional amendment, and nothing of the sort has been proposed, much less signed into law.
It's really sad that the media and a large percentage of the population in this country crucified the left for attempting to honor the only real " doctrine" of this country, the constitution, when Bush began planning to invade Iraq. We were the ones (the only ones, it seemed) who remembered the oath that Bush took on inauguration day which states:
-"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
It has left such a bad taste in my mouth that it was left to progressives and a handful of congressmen to "preserve, protect, and defend to Constitution".
The Christian Science Monitor says that people who opposed the war feel " vindicated". I, personally, feel devastated. Perhaps I would feel vindicated if we did not have 531 dead soldiers, thousands of soldiers maimed, and probably tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens dead because of Bush's opportunism. Those of us who opposed this war will always wonder if there was something more we should have said or done. There is no vindication in being able to say "I told you so" about such a bloody misuse of authority, especially now as Iraqi women have essentially lost all their civil rights, and the country teeters on the brink of civil war.
I sometimes imagine what the capture of Osama bin Laden would have meant to our country and to the world had Bush never invaded Iraq. That would have truly been a day of vindication and victory, to bring to justice the man responsible for the deaths on 9/11, not to mention all the other terrorist acts he has been associated with. But now I am so spent from all the opportunistic lies and bloodshed caused by this administration, that I just feel hollow inside. I can't get excited about this, especially amid widespread speculation that bin Laden is in captivity and being held until the moment most conducive to Bush's re-election. Even the right knows what this looks like; a poster on freerepublic.com said this would appear to be " the most cynical political move ever" if the announcement of bin Laden's capture was conveniently timed.
Nothing less than the impeachment of Bush would give me a feeling of vindication. If ever a president deserved impeachment, it is George W. Bush, and if he were a Democrat, the wheels would already be rolling toward his destiny. After he is impeached I would like the congress of the United States to stand together behind a constitutional amendment that would demand automatic impeachment for a president who cannot conclusively beyond a shadow of a doubt provide evidence of the imminent danger he claimed to congress , and automatic removal from office for any senator or representative who votes in favor of a war declaration without such proof. This may sound extreme, but our soldiers, who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice if asked, deserve no less.
Bush had nothing to lose by invading Iraq, in that apparently these soldiers' lives were disposable to him. Rather than a politically motivated constitutional amendment against gay marriage (which is a foray into the "big government" posturing that Republicans were once reputed to abhor) we need an amendment that will put the screws our elected officials and really make them think before we send our troops off to die. Right now it is just too easy, and if they are going to so quickly ask our troops to make such enormous personal sacrifices, then they should have to be willing to sacrifice their political careers if wrong. At least they are left with their lives, unlike too many of our soldiers.
Subj: GW: McCarthy-style subpoenas now.
There's a big new AP story that appeared in today's Iowa City Press-Citizen regarding the government issuing subpoenas against Drake University and attendees at a November peace rally. Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union are quoted discussing how the government going after protesters like this hasn't been seen since the red scares of the 1950s. Here are links to 4 other news stories as well:
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Subj: 'It's not over 'till it's Over"
...and I do not yet hear the closing Aria by the fat lady.
Referring, of course, to the race for the nomination and the Dean campaign. Wasn't there a race horse (Silky Sullivan ?) that came from a position 20 or 30 lengths behind the leader but closed with a mighty sprint and a cheering crowd to win?
Can Howard Dean, well off the pace with a cheering crowd (his cadre of loyal supporters) fight through the 'booing' mob of gwb ticket holders and their ranting, naying 'media' with their 'bare breasted' hostility to all things not bush, as they spew the track with pot holes, dirty air, contaminated streams, oily rigs make a heart warming spurt, to win?
Maybe not. Such is the thing we call democracy. Fair elections may have always been a wishful dream. But even that illusion had it's Right teat laid bare by our Sub-preme Court when it took the stage just inches from the winning line in the infamous 2000 yr.election- and the lights went out--. How nice of the Sub-per Bowl at half time to replay that theme.
What I like most about the Dean campaign is the ground level (where the roots grow) message ---"Take Our Government Back" . It is not just Dean's message it is also, as I see it, the message of Buzz, Move-on and so many others.
True, ABB !!!, is primary, but the flaccid, unresponsive, 'go along with the mob agenda' thinking that dominates the Congress is damning. A thorough scrubbing and House cleaning is needed. ABB is a start, but I want a strong finish.
So, I will continue to root for the underhorse. Maybe the 'Dean Scream' should get louder and arouse those in the stands who are slumbering. If the gwb mob and it's 'Media' wants us to hush that may tell us it is time to up the volume on the 'Scream'.
DEMAND DUBYA'S RESIGNATION
Why do we sit and wait for a pResident-appointed panel to whitewash the presumptions used to start a war?
This country is broke, both economically and politically. It's past time for the American public to rise up and demand the resignations of those responsible: Dubya, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell.
I urge everyone to write letters to the editor, etc. Start the groundswell. Left in office, the Dubya cartel will have an additional 11 months to ravage our country.
Subj: Clark on Bush Panel: "They report ... he decides."
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Subj: Phillips says Bushes not republican's
Really enjoyed your interview with Kevin Phillips. http://www.BuzzFlash.com/interviews/04/01/int04001.html
It is so sad watching these old school, America loving, Republican's being political party homeless since the theocrats and fascists took control of the GOP.
Along those lines, here's a quote I transcribed from Phillips, author of "American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush." He made this remark during his appearance at Borders Books and Music in Washington DC, aired on Book TV in January, 2003. He is answering a question about his view, as a real conservative, of the current administration.
set timer to 43:35 for this quote. http://www.booktv.org/feature/index.asp?segid=4257&schedID=237
Phillips: "Well, one of lines that I would take if were going out making a stump speech, would be that...my view of the issues and philosophy here was represented by Lincoln, when he said 'Labor is more important than capital.'
Was represented by William McKinley, when he wouldn't have a lobbyist in his cabinet, he just refused. There was a fellow in Wisconsin who had been anti-labor and had lobbied for the railroads and he said to Mark Hannah, 'I won't have a lobbyist in my cabinet.'
Teddy Roosevelt was the first advocate of a peace time inheritance tax.
Dwight Eisenhower, in 1961, gave a farewell address against the military industrial complex and how we had to guard against it.
When I wrote 'The Politics of Rich and Poor' in 1990 the lead quote on the back of the jacket, and he knew it was an attack on Bush economics, was from Richard Nixon.
So, as far as I am concerned, the Bushes are NOT on the territory that I regard as the historical turf of the Republican Party."
Let's hope Bush is soundly defeated in November and that empowers people like Mr. Phillips to take their party back from the theocrats and fascists who have control of it now.
And now the bushies want us to believe they were all wrong
This is where he is saying he is not reading this BS
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Just did a Google search on Laurence Silberman. This guy is a rightwing operative and should not be an appointee. Just look at his part in the Clinton investigation and Iran-Contra. He is a real sleazeball!
Subj: Tim Russert -- Meet the Press
This is a copy of an email I sent to Tim Russert regarding his disgraceful interview of George W. Bush...If you agree, just forward the message yourself to MTP@NBC.com...
----- Original Message -----
Your credibility is showing...George W. didn't answer half of your questions and you let him get away with it. Moreover, you allowed him to spin the answers that he did give. He is a LIAR and until the national media holds him accountable, we are losing our democracy...The national media--FOX, CBS AND NOW IT APPEARS NBC is becoming a PROPAGANDA MACHINE for George Bush and his Administration. It is not far from true that you, and people like you, are allowing false claims, deceptions and outright lies to justify and gain support for murderous policies. It's as if Joseph Goebbel's Nazi Propaganda machine has rising in America since 2001. America has become and is an international war criminal in order to gain profit for multinational Corporations. Just know that history will judge you very harshly. You are enablers of the worst sort. You have blood on your hands...You know the truth, but are too cowardly to speak out...
Subj: The Star Chamber Arrives in Des Moines
For those who don't normally read the Des Moines Register, a story has been unfolding here since Thursday that increasingly looks and smells of police-state tactics to silence dissent. I've presented the articles below in chronological order as they appeared in the Register through today (2/7/04). I've included links to the original articles as posted on the Web.
I will be following this as it develops, and will post materials as I get them. Another source to watch is the Times-Delphic, Drake's student newspaper ( http://www.timesdelphic.com/ ).
Spread the word--this may be the only way this gets any notice outside of Iowa.
As a US Armed Forces Veteran I am MAD AS HELL over the way the media is letting George W. Bush off the hook for being AWOL. This man slides better than fish in Crisco.
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04 February 2004
John F. Kerry
Dear Senator Kerry:
In today’s Boston Globe Senator John McCain, in response to George W. Bush’s being AWOL during his duty with the Air National Guard, is quoted, “Everything that I’ve heard is that he [Bush] served honorably and well.”Until today, I held Senator McCain in highest esteem. No longer! That George W. Bush was AWOL for a year has been fairly well documented.
Senator McCain, by embracing this [latest] Bush lie, dishonors, disgraces and discredits the members of our United States Armed Forces: past, present and future.
As a veteran of our United States Armed Forces, I view Senator McCain’s statement with thorough and complete disgust. I had thought of writing the Senator to share the thoughts I have expressed herein. But, then, I thought to myself: “Why and for what purpose? McCain has discredited himself as an honorable, just and forthright man.”And, yet, he is a veteran! What a sad and despicable moment this is.
M. Vincent Turner
RE: War Profiteering
As cozy as two bugs in a rug, as my daddy would say: The Oval Office and Halliburton, the Oval Office and KBR, the Oval Office and Boeing, the Oval Office and Bechtel.
Weren't laws written and passed post World War II to prevent war profiteering? Since when does overcharging for gasoline in Iraq or charging for meals that weren't consumed in Kuwait -- and later refunding the government -- not constitute war profiteering? Why weren't these "transgressions" not viewed as criminal acts and prosecuted? I wonder, don't you?
Subj: Some Encouraging Signs Of The Bush Demise
During the past few years when I was in my local Barnes and Noble book store there were mostly pro-conservative books displayed. Wow! Has that changed. Today(2/7/04) they had a prominently displayed end-cap with ALL anti-Bush books. Loved it! I always take one with the cover turned outward and walk all around the store and stop for coffee with it turned up on the counter. Small protests I know but they all add up.
Subj: John McCain and the "Investigation"
Sounds as if John McCain has already made up his mind. He says there is no right wing conspiracy and the Pres did not mislead the public! Case closed as far as he is concerned.
Where is the outrage from the Democrats?
Subj: The article by Susan Estrich
This is the first time I have read something on this site that I disagreed with...not the entire thing...but some of it!...and that, some, bothers me.
She does an entire paragraph about the relationship between her friend and John Kerry, as on the up and up. Not like Monica Lewinsky...everything is age appropriate...nothing unwanted...etc.
I am wondering, if Ms. Estrich is out there....did I miss something? Did Bill Clinton rape miss Lewinsky? Was she under 17??? If I remember right, Miss Lewinsky was 24-26 years of age...and was not raped!!!
And, I take umbrage at the remarks about Hillary Clinton and Judy Dean...Hillary was always on the campaign trail with her husband....and Judy Dean is an admirable person, who perhaps values her patients....nothing wrong with that. And, with both of them being Doctors....I would imagine the Governors salary in Vermont is not a million dollars, so perhaps the practice is important monetarily!
Naahhh...there is something about this Susan Estrich article that just bothers me....sorry! (but not the first time Ms. Estrich bothered me)
Subj: An Open Letter to "ABB"..the Democratic presidential nominee:
pResident Smirk, aka Dubya, told Dim( I mean ) Tim Russert on Meet the Press that he has no intention of doing anything but winning the presidency in 2004. Since he has never won this office before, rest assured that he means to win. "ABB", you need to prepare now for the October surprise! Start talking about it so that it won't be a surprise to the sheeple ( those gullible voters who can't think for themselves....those who allow the media to choose for them). Explain to voters right now that even if/ when Osama is pulled from his spider hole that the Iraq war was illegal, Dubya is a chickenhawk, the economy is a mess, and Bush sucks when it comes to environmental issues.
"ABB" this campaign will be NASTY.......it will be so vile that at times you won't recognize who you are yourself!!! They will talk about your mama and all of your kin folks. They will destroy your record, blast your wife and children, declare that you have had sex with aliens..... BE PREPARED!! By all means, you must defeat this man, Bush. He is a danger to all of us who breathe God's air !!
Subj: Bush Interview on Meet the Press
Boston, MA - 08 February 2004
To: Tim Russert, Meet the Press, Sunday
Dear Tim Russert:
Following your interview with George W. Bush today, I walked away thinking: One empire had Ivan the Terrible. Ours has Bush the Incredulous!
Bush spoke enthusiastically about providing better equipment, pay and benefits to our US Military. When? How? Reports appear consistently in the media about how poorly equipped our fighting men and women are in the Middle East. Some weaponry goes back well before Desert Storm. As a veteran of our United States Armed Forces (who actually did serve, by the way, and have the papers to prove it!), I am outraged at this president's abuse and altogether dismissing treatment of our Armed Forces. They are simply a means to an end for this president: That end being enriching the coffers of his good ole boy network of super rich good ole boys.
As to Bush's halting explanation on the budget: I have been in the business world for 35 years. I have been the COO of the last two companies I have worked for, bringing to them real success; not imaginary or hyped success. I have been a senior executive for the last two decades, and have the records to prove my successful performance as fact and not as myth. Bush's style of fiscal management put the State of Texas in its worst financial condition in its history. His transparent lack of knowledge in fiscal and financial management indicates he will end up doing the same thing to the United States as a whole!
Bush says going into Iraq is worth those 500+ lives sacrificed and the several thousand wounded and dismembered. Really? Bush says, "Well, Saddam Hussein was an evil man." Gee! Which "evil man" will the U.S. take out next, and how many military service lives will be expended in that next venture? Tell that one to the parents of the deceased and the injured!
Mr. Russert, you mentioned other countries to Bush, asking why we didn't go into those countries. Predictably, Bush fumbled through this one barely answering your question. Of course we aren't going into those "other" countries. They have NO OIL!! Not all of us in this nation are patently illiterate or just plain stupid. We see through the veil of deceit.
While your interview style is laudable, your "guest" gets no applause from this viewer. George W. Bush likely will go down in history as "the great destroyer", because he appears to destroy or ruin just about everything he puts his hand to. He went AWOL, without punishment or penalty. (The Republicans see that as no big deal. U.S. Veterans do!) It is reported he barely passed his flight test. Thus, he is no "ace" pilot. He was not a "successful CEO", as claimed. He has struck a devastating blow to our international relations. He has convinced the world, "If you get us angry, we [the U.S.] will come after you." It appears to some the real weapon of mass destruction is sitting right inside the White House, not in some distant oil rich country!
This president appears to be more about myth and opportunistic photo ops than reality, truth and responsibility. Neither his "compassionate" nor his "conservative" have played out very well in this political fantasy staged to so effectively deceive the American public.
As a footnote: Martha Presbry, your early predecessor, was a client of mine some years ago in Washington, DC.
M. Vincent Turner
Subj: COLIN POWELL SLAMS BUSH GUARD SERVICE
In his autobiography, My American Journey, Colin Powell wrote:
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Subj: Nixon's Children
I was amazed by the sharp logic of Stephen Pizzo's commentary appearing on TomPaine.com about the lessons Cheney and Rumsfeld learned from the Nixon downfall, when they were in Nixon's administration, lessons they learned from Watergate and the Pentagon Papers affairs. As an observer at the time, and a subsequent student of Watergate, I had never made the precise connection. He's right, of course. The lessons they learned were to keep everything secret and destroy all the evidence. This accounts for Cheney's struggle against disclosure of his energy task force documents and membership list. I doubt that much still exists of this evidence.
But there was an intermediate step in the learning curve of the gang: the Iran-Contra scandal, in which Oliver North and his secretary, Fawn Hall, overheated the shredder in the West Wing of the White House to keep Congress from getting documentary evidence of the crimes committed by the Reagan administration. What they couldn't destroy, Fawn stuffed inside her bra as she left the White House. It doesn't get any more tawdry than this. Edwin Meese III, the attorney-general, kept investigators away from North's office until his safe could be cleaned out. When the investigators finally got access, there was only one piece of paper in the safe: a Presidential Finding authorizing the sale of arms to Iran. It was never proven just when that document was signed. Reagan played dumb, the vice president, Bush Sr. said he was "out of the loop," and the rest of the crowd simply lied.
Congressman Lee Hamilton (D-IN) was a member of the joint congressional panel co-chaired by Senators Warren Rudman (R-VT) and George Mitchell (D-ME) in 1987 to investigate Iran-Contra. Mr. Hamilton is currently a member of the 9/11 Commission which is seeking documents the White House is withholding. He will be truthful and we can trust him.
It's an old but ongoing story. Criminals keep secrets. Criminals destroy evidence of their crimes.
Subj: WHY CAN'T WE GET NUMBERS OF WOUNDED IN IRAQ???
What's the deal we are not getting any not ANY coverage on wounded in iraq. In vietnam we got them every day korea too etc.... These numbers need to be published and reported. Soldiers are losing arms and hand every day and its like America's press could care less. We need to get these numbers published and circulated!
Subj: Max Collins lying on Fox News
I just saw something that blew me away on Fox News. Rep. Max Collins (GA) was on at around 5:30 pm (ET) and in arguing the question of intelligence failures with John Dingle he said the reason we went to war with Iraq was in response to 9/11. He also said Iraq was training Al-Queida terrorists. With Republicans continuing to go on national TV and tell lies that have been proven to be false it's no wonder such a high percentage of Americans still believe Iraq was responsible for 9/11. Someone should expose Rep. Collins for such a blatant attempt to deceive the public. Check out the transcript, you won't believe it.
RE: Intelligence Commission
Here's another apt analogy for this upcoming, so-called investigation: It's like O.J. saying he's going to find the real murderer.
Subj: Mr. Cheney and Scooter
The "commission" that investigates the blatant lies told to the American public about Iraq's WMD might start with investigating Cheney and Scooter Libby. It was reported by several news agencies back in June that Cheney and Scooter had made "multiple trips" to the CIA to pressure several CIA analysts to tailor their findings to suit the Bush Gang's objective of war on Iraq. Here is a link to one of the reports http://www.detnews.com/2003/nation/0306/05/nation-184523.htm
Why has it taken so long for most Americans to realize that this is a Crime Syndicate instead of a Presidential Administration?
Thanks Buzz for all the great reporting !
A BuzzFlash Junkie
Subj: So, Who Supports the Troops?
Now tell me why this article is in a Mobile, Alabama paper rather than a major daily? Also look at the dateline, over a week ago! Liberal media my butt!
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