February 19, 2004
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Does anyone else see the irony between (1) Rush Limbaugh's attorney arguing that the commentator's medical records were illegally obtained (through a valid search warrant) by the state attorney for Palm Beach county, contending that state's seizure of his medical records constitutes a invasion of Rush's privacy and (2) Attorney General John Ashcroft arguing that the federal government has the right to the private medical files of women who sought abortions?
The state attorney's office contends it needs Rush's medical files to investigate whether or not Rush doctor-shopped, a violation of Florida law, and Roy Black, Rush's attorney, is having a hissy fit. Ashcroft wants to prosecute doctors and medical institutions that perform late-term abortions to protect the lives of the mothers, now that there is a federal statute which prohibits late-term abortions. Medical privacy? What medical privacy.
What's striking is that the two cases are antithetical, yet the neocons are screaming that the "state" has a right to the women's medical records but the "state" does not have a right to Rush's. Ah, hypocrisy strikes again.
Subj: American Legion and Max Cleland
I sent a e-mail to the Commander of the American Legion urging him to pass a resolution condemning the views expressed in Ann Coulter's column in which she defamed a decorated veteran who lost his legs and arm in combat.
His reply was that he hadn't read the column, and the Legion only deals with issues. However, on the Legion web site they make a big deal of the Jackson performance at the Super Bowel. I guess that is an important issue while defaming our veterans isn't.
This is really pathetic and needs to be exposed.
Subj: Ohio Recent Poll
Investigative reporting should focus on State polling numbers in key or swing states. You should report on the recent (2/18/04) polling in Ohio that shows Bush approval rating below 50%. Historically , we all know a Republican cannot win the White House if he doesn't win Ohio. (Ref.-Univ. of Cincinnati Policy Research)
Vince De Vita
Subj: Thank you for "The True Story of Max Cleland's Vietnam Injuries"
Thank you very much for publishing the True Story of Max Cleland's Vietnam Injuries. It is great to hear the real version after seeing the (it is hard not to swear here, and yet I'm sure garbage is too light a word for what was written) utter garbage that Ann Coulter wrote.
But it does not go far enough. TownHall.com and the heritage foundation need to be taken to task for allowing Ms. Coulter to print such lies. I was thus wondering if you could promote a campaign to send e-mails and letters to Ann Coulter, TownHall.com and the Heritage Foundation with the real story. Flood them with the truth. Make Ann have to climb back under the rock that she came from.
The Conservatives can have their beliefs and ideas, but to openly lie like this is going too far, and the Heritage Foundation should have better standards.
New word that tells the truth.....repulicon....republiconned.
Subj: Your Headline Notwithstanding...
I have to take issue with your headline that Howard Dean is ending his campaign: he is not. He is suspending campaigning, but will remain on the ballot and will accumulate as many delegates as possible so he can be a force to be reckoned with at the Democratic convention. He is still in the race. This is a subtle distinction, perhaps, but it's an important one.
Subj: 9-11 Widows ask who approved bin Laden family flights after 9/11?
A particularly pointed questions from the widows of the 9/11 tragedy to President Bush.
Bush should be able to give a ready answer to this, Just check the records. I would also like to know why?
19. Who approved the flight of the bin Laden family out of the United States when all commercial flights were grounded, when there was time for only minimal questioning by the FBI, and especially, when two of those same individuals had links to WAMY, a charity suspected of funding terrorism?
Why were bin Laden family members granted that special privilege, a privilege not available to American families whose loved ones were killed on 9/11?
America awaits your answers, Mr. Bush.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: The DNC Has Sold Out . . .
Terry McAuliffe, DNC:
At a time when a judge asks for more security with state voting machines and when voters complain of false registration, I find it difficult to believe Howard Dean has lost the race time after time after he made such a good start. It seems the DNC has already found its candidate. And it seems they have had the help of the media AND the GOP to seal the deal.
My vote for Dean will not be silenced. The DNC may have chosen their media darling, but it won't be ignored this time. This country is corrupt with government politicians selling out to special interests, while the American people suffer and pay for their crimes.
If Dean is truly out of the race, I'm switching parties and going Independent. I will give my vote to Nader or any other Indie who continues to fight for the good of the poor majority. Hopefully, the elections won't be rigged in 2004!!!
I've had it with the DNC, the GOP, mainstream media AND special interest groups!!!
Anyone with one eye and half sense could tell that Calhoun had that story down pat. He was sooooooo practiced. I wonder how much he was paid for that performance!
To all who are just now getting acquainted with Ann Coulter....I watched her through the Clinton Impeachment....I do not watch her now. She made me physically sick back then, and I had to get rid of that monkey on my back...She and Barbara Olsen (rest her soul) could just make mincemeat of Bill Clinton....Barbara not as much as Ann, but, if I hear that Ann is going to be on something, I turn it! Sorry, I just had all I could take of her in the late nineties...and she had that Adams apple, I have thoughts (not very civil) about trying to cut that thing out!
So far as Bush's guard record is concerned, if there is anyone out there now, who does not think it has been tampered with...I got some oceanfront property in St. Louis you can just have!
I have been hearing a new way to "Shame the Dems" on the call-in portion of c-span's Washington Journal...not as many sympathizers of Rightwingnuts as there once was, but their favorite thing to do now, is to tell everyone that the Democrats should be ashamed of degrading the National Guard like they do! Half of the troops in Baghdad are Reserve Units...so that puts the onus on the Dems...they are the bad guys! If you all think about it....that is their best defense....make the damned Dems the bad buys....they have been doing it since this idiot got into the white house...they had no other thing to say...Even they are ashamed of their Prince!
My granddaughter is an Army Reservist(Guard) in Baghdad..., so many folks have people over there that are reservists....the rightwingnuts are so good at that!
I have a republican relative who actually said to me, upon Schwarzenegger's crowning, " Isn't it a shame that the democrats could not find someone to beat that man?" I was quite sure then, I had heard everything....agreed?? It is the democrats fault that loudmouth Ahnold is the governor or Kaleefornia...Geez!
And, we will just all hope and pray that whenever the democrats take back the white house, Max Cleland...the hero, who left three limbs on the battlefield of Nam..will get a nice cushy job....he was elected to the senate once...he has to have a brain...and deserves to be treated with respect after the Bush machine implied that he was friends with Osama and Saddam!...Sometimes, I wonder, If Osama and Saddam are much nicer people than Bush...wouldn't take much!!!
Subj: Could the Press be Changing?
Like seeing a mirage in the desert, I swear I've been seeing a slow, subtle shift in the media's attitude toward Bush. Where once denouncing Bush was unthinkable (picture a year ago), now there's almost sometimes a snide attitude when Tom Brokaw tells how Bush has pledged more jobs or there will be voting soon in Iraq. Could that be possible?
Wouldn't it be nice if the press wouldn't mind Kerry as President? Of course, its also a sign of how establishment Kerry is, but god knows, he's better than that idiot we have.
It reminds me of the part in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy (in this case, Kerry) kills the witch (Bush) and instead of her minions (the Press) going after her, they all say "hail Dorothy!" It turns out they all hated the witch too.
If Kerry is just mainstream enough, and Bush keeps being as inept as he is, could the press actually be a help more than a hindrance here?
Subj: What has Bush done for the United States?
To: Eric Alterman, Altercation, February 18, 2004
I am writing in response to a comment you made in your recent interview with Liberal Oasis. As you remarked, "I can't tell you a single good thing [Dubya] has done for the country."
Mr. Alterman, while I am a longtime fan and habitue of Altercation, I beg to differ. In fact, there's a veritable bounty of charitable deeds G-Dub has performed for this great land of ours...
*He's given a whole new sector of America a reason to feel smarter.
*He's given us a whole new reason to despise Texas.
*He's given hope to all those Andover cheerleaders out there with a history of substance abuse, mediocre to middling grades, and dodgy military records that they, too, can one day rule the world (talk about 'No child left behind'...!).
*He's exposed the potential dangers of salted pretzels, thereby pre-emptively saving the lives of millions of snack eaters the world over.
*He's done much to encourage personal expression, creativity and nonconformity -- especially in the realm of language. Who says that you *have* to pronounce the second syllable in "terrORists"? And why in the world *shouldn't* there be an extra syllable in "nuclear"? Free your mind, people! Free your mind!
*He's encouraged national cohesiveness. After all, as the man himself has been known to say: "Our nation must come together to unite."
*He's promoted the fundamental basics of the golden rule. To paraphrase his profound advice as uttered in "Time" magazine: Thou shalt not be "a revengeful" person.
*He makes even Lyndon Larouche look good right about now.
*He's increased access to health care, promoted education, fixed up the economy, created new jobs, protected the environment, stood up for minority rights, enacted foreign policy without losing American liv -- oh, wait, sorry, that was the guy who came *before* him...
*He's enabled the careers of scores of stand-up comedians, late-night talk show hosts, writers for 'Saturday Night Live,' and liberal punks like me, by selflessly giving them a plethora of new material to lampoon (hey -- perhaps he *has* created those new jobs, after all!).
Thank you for your time, and so sorry to quibble, but I just wanted to set the record straight -- or as straight as the record *can* be when you've got a conservative administration, congress, and media on your hands...
Down with Dubya,
cnn said in the end Dean was too nasty.
What a joke, Its the out spoken Dean that has energized the Democrats.
If Kerry doesn't remain in your face back at the hateful repugs he won't keep the newly aroused democratic base.
a buzz fan
Subj: Richard Perle
It is to laugh...
Richard Perle, one of the neocon masterminds responsible for the Iraq war, is calling for head of the CIA, George Tenet, among others to step down for supplying 'faulty intelligence' which was used in good faith by the Bush Administration.
Have you stopped laughing yet?
But Perle puts his foot in it when he adds "the CIA has an almost perfect record of getting it wrong in relation to the (Persian) Gulf going back to the Shah of Iran,"
Oh Richard, if you know that the CIA always gets it wrong in the Persian Gulf, how can you have been so sure that their intelligence provided the level of certainty needed to launch a pre-emptive war?
I think its time to tar and feather this crowd and ride them out of town on a rail.
Jack in MA
Okay, here's a little something to consider. When they drag Osama out, on or about October 2004, what do you want to bet that he will have been captured by Pakistan with President Musharraf leading the way. We will be so grateful, feel so warm and fuzzy, that we will forgive and forget all about Musharraf's pardoning the country's top nuclear scientist for leaking weapons technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea. Sounds like a typical bush stunt doesn't it? Think about the possibilities.
pissed off patricia
Subj: President Bush's whereabouts in the fall of 1972
Evidence suggests that President Bush went months without attending required drills in Alabama in the fall of 1972. He also contributed little to the failed Senate campaign of family friend Blount, who lost in November, 1972. My question is this:
Did President Bush attend the funeral of his grandfather, Prescott Bush, who died October 8, 1972, in New York City? If not, where was he?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Dear Bob Fertik or Whoever Writes BuzzFlash:
EXCELLENT article on damage done to the vast majority of republicans -- the non-wealthy republicans! Well done! This re-framing and framing of reality for clarity and to take back what I call "word momentum" is critically important in our struggle. Besides that, this kind of articles just clears the fog from our collective eyes. Thank you very much.
More of the same please!!!
[BuzzFlash Note: Bob Fertik writes for and is the co-founder of Democrats.com.]
Re: "Is That You God?"
Why don't we ever hear how Pat Robertson or W had some idea, talked it over with God who told them that they were way off base? Is it possible that they are always right and God always completely agrees with them. Is it always "You go W"? "Yes, you're right again, Pat."
Where's the Christian humility? They are supposed to have some and exercise it daily. They may fail God's end of the day "equipment check" to make sure they have all their issued items. I don't think you can be processed into the next life without a full kit.
Most Republicans and Independents who were satisfied with Bush voted for Edwards in the WI primary. Most Republicans and Independents who were dissatisfied with Bush voted for Kerry. Is it any marvel that the rightwing and "liberal" media started ripping up Kerry the minute Clark was gone? Even Limbaugh likes Edwards - hated Clark. Hmmm
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Dean's Fight
Howard Dean had to fight the GOP, the DLC and a complicit press in his campaign for the presidential nomination. This group has managed to dictate the presidential nomination for John Kerry, and they are now concentrating on the vice president nomination. In their minds, this is clearly John Edwards and this is the weakest Democratic combination to be considered, and is exactly what the GOP desired.
The best Democratic ticket to defeat Bush would have been Dean/Clark, but the three groups above have dictated otherwise. We Democrats, at this time, have only the choice to unite behind our candidates, and to defeat Bush.
Following the successful accomplishment of that goal, we should then commit to cleaning up the Democratic Party and the primary nominating process, as it is presently structured.
First the DLC should be removed as the controlling influence and we should become more tolerant of the liberal element within the Democratic Party.
Secondly The nominating process should not allow two Republican states, New Hampshire and Iowa, to dictate and control the selection of the Democratic candidate. The primary process should start with a large Democratic state, such as New York or California. These states have the Democratic diversity to more fairly select a candidate who can best defeat the Republicans.
Subj: What liberals should hope happens to Limbaugh
Dear BuzzFlash editors,
As a civil libertarian, what I hope to see happen with the Rush Limbaugh drug scandal is two things.
First, I would like to see Limbaugh prosecuted with the full force of the law. Limbaugh was a cheerleader for the sort of anti-drug laws that may be used against him, so let him wallow in the irony. Further, Limbaugh has vastly more financial resources to defend himself than the typical defendant in these cases.
Secondly, I would like to see Limbaugh successfully defend himself--but by overturning laws, not by getting around them. The war on drugs is truly a war on privacy. Should Limbaugh prevail, for once he'd be doing the country some good.
Though we might like to see Limbaugh in a prison cell, it would be far more important to defeat the war on our liberties.
Wayne "Sugar Cane" Grabert
Subj: To the loyal reader who fears my not voting for Kerry
Please do not fear....I will vote for whomever this democratic ticket nominates. I just have written my thoughts about the way Dean has been treated...I trudged through the snow in St. Louis to vote in the primary....and I will trudge though whatever comes to vote for the dem. candidate. It has never been more important.
Too many people have been telling us in the past to "just get over it"...I will never, ever forget what happened in Florida.
I am going there on the 28th. of Feb...I force myself, my beloved daughter lives in Jacksonville. Much too close to Tallahassee for my tastes...but, you do things for your kids...and the beaches are lovely, and the temperature is 70-80...so I have to do it. But, knowing I am that near little bitty brother Jebbie....is unpleasant...!
Of course, I think there are a lot of people in Florida that feel that way.
Thanks all buzzers for the support to BuzzFlash and to the readers...we are all in this together...and we have to support this website...I do not do enough for the site that has literally saved my sanity...
Thanks Buzz...I do love 'ya!
Subj: Cheney-Bush Ticket
How's this as an attention-getting slogan -- Stop Cheney-Bush. Everyone knows that W is Cheney's dummy. So let's play up the fact.
Run against Cheney not Bush. Ignore Bush. Attack Halliburton, Cheney's pre-war intelligence tampering, his secret energy bill meetings, etc. Challenge him in ads -- "President Cheney, why did you say there were WMD's when you know there wasn't." "President Cheney, why did you turn a budget surplus into a record deficit?"
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Republican video e-mail against Kerry merely a vehicle to Hijack central issue of coming Nader campaign?
Feb. 15, 2004
The "brazen display of political chutzpah" by the Bush campaign accusing John Kerry of being "an 'unprincipled' collector of special-interest cash," via a "video e-mailed Thursday night to 6 million supporters," is brazen indeed, but in the light of Nader's imminent candidacy it seems more calculated as a maneuver having long term benefits that out-weigh the blatant hypocrisy recognized in the short term.
It's impossible to believe that the GOP political machine would be so naive to use this issue to contrast Bush with Kerry, or to call into question Kerry's sincerity regarding his frequent attacks on the power of corporate interests, since the issue diminishes Bush far more than Kerry when closely examined. There must be more behind this attack than what appears only as a self inflicted wound.
I suggest that Republican covert support of Ralph Nader and foreknowledge of his imminent decision to run for president inspired the video e-mail, the intention of which is to put Kerry in the same league as the shameless Bush with regard to corporate interests and exploit inevitable Nader accusations that there is no difference between the two major parties with regard to his central issue, corrupt corporate power over elected officials. This tactic also inoculates Bush against coming to mind first and foremost during Nader's general attacks on the political establishment being beholden to corporate interests, while at the same time peels off, into Nader's camp, would be Kerry voters who, when once again vividly reminded, are sickened by the overt bribery engaged in by corporations and lobbyists, an issue that Nader undoubtedly will make the cornerstone of his campaign. The ideas expressed in the video are tailor made for Nader's mind-set and become unavoidable for him to address, the result being Bush as the only real beneficiary of Nader's anti-corporate argument, in that, Republicans hope a portion of the progressive vote disillusioned by Nader's rhetoric will desert Kerry, as they did Gore in 2000.
Another indicator of the above design is, why has the GOP e-mailed this to 6 million supporters, as in, preaching to the choir? Is the e-mail tantamount to the distribution of a GOP talking point that is to be incessantly echoed? Or, is the well publicized release of the video e-mail merely a vehicle to get into the public forum Kerry's vulnerability on the issue before Nader declares his candidacy and invariably starts assailing corporate interests that infest Washington?
By painting Kerry with the same brush as Bush with regard to being corrupted by corporate interests, the GOP is hijacking a major portion of Nader's platform to be used as a tool that can only reduce Kerry's support, leaving Bush's support wholly intact since Republicans are brazenly in the pocket of corporations and their supporters don't seem to care one whit as they feel it's their due as the ruling class.
"A BuzzFlash Reader"
Did everyone hear about the first major Democratic victory of 2004? Ben Chandler--elected yesterday to represent Kentucky's 6th District in the House of Representatives--is a sharp articulate Democrat. We're on a roll here. The White House is next.
Subj: Bush on Gay Marriage
Bush on gay marriage boom:
"People need to be involved in this decision," Bush said. "Marriage ought to be defined by the people not by the courts. And I'm watching it carefully."
Yeah, just like elections need to be defined by the people not the courts.
Words always come back to bite you in the ass.
Subj: Bill O'Reilly on Jay Leno
Of course, Jay Leno had Bill O'Reilly on his show tonight. Idiot that O'Reilly is, he said he was going "to vilify and go after" anyone who persisted in their statements that Bush skipped his military service.
O'Reilly said that there was no evidence for these rumors on the web, and that he was going to "drop a bomb" on anyone who persisted in promoting this.
He also said that when he meant he was going to go after anyone, he meant he would destroy them personally.
How's that for threatening people?
If it is true that there is no support for it, then the rumors would die of their own accord.
Just thought you should know.
Subj: Eating It
Has ANYONE seen a single word in the American major or music or show business press about how the US Government is turning Artists away from entering the USA?
Has a single artist been heard to object ? Has ANYONE ? If so, please let me know --
The GRAMMIES were not an isolated incident. No accident or anachronism. THIS is the way our country is being run right now.
For myself, I cannot imagine Ry Cooder, Sting, Outkast, or another artist for that matter, getting up at the Grammies, and not saying:
If all of this is OK with you-
Then do nothing.David
Subj: The very honorable Dr. Howard Dean
BuzzFlash loyalists know that I have always supported Democratic candidate "ABB", and I was one of those who sent funds to Dr. Howard Dean (I noticed that the media rarely mentioned that he's a doctor or refers to him as such.....what's with that?). It saddens me to see him drop from the race. Jesse Jackson writes an excellent piece on why Dems owe Dean a huge debt of gratitude. Dean spoke up for those of us who knew all along that this nation needed someone to seriously challenge pResident Bush ( I JUST CAN'T CALL him PRESIDENT!!!). He's alerted other Dems & independents to the fact that Dubya ( Mr.. AWOL ) can be beaten. I pray that Dean supporters will continue to support "ABB".
Also on a personal note, I have a breathing problem, akin to asthma, and if I have to endure four more years of Dubya's environmental policies I will have to result to walking around with an oxygen tank!! Please, please everyone let's support the eventual nominee.........(Ralph Nader I beg you to go away....You were once my hero. DON'T do an ego trip on this country. Healthwise, many of us can't afford the cost of your trip).
Subj: Brainwashed America
Has America been brainwashed? It is the only explanation that I can find to how people allow a minority (lawmakers) to take away most of their income to be used by said minority and against the welfare of the majority (taxpayers). We are tax to death, some have gone bankrupt and lost their homes after losing their jobs to outsourcing by those who give themselves pay raises at their will, magnificent pensions and benefits, not to mention an outrageous health plan. While we, the contemporary slave (a/k/a taxpayer) close our eyes to the boldness of those few that are supposed to be "public servants". I suggest that each one of us send a letter to the lawmakers demanding that they must decline all those outrageous benefits until the rest of America is able to enjoy them too, specially since we are the ones paying for them. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
Jocelyn - Miami
Subj: Iraq more s-bombings then Israel
Just a thought- for one of those neat comparatives you sometimes write.
Are we now at a point where the number of bombings and casualties piling up in Iraq exceed the other grim body count in the Middle East in Israel. I think the frequency of terror in regions under our control are now more frequent then Palestinian suicide bombings. What a fiasco!
Subj: Cheney Administration Raises Hypocrisy to "Art Form"
Is there a hole for me to get sick in?
-- Bob Dylan -- "Tombstone Blues"
The State Department is grumbling and harumphing over a deal Iran has struck with Japan to develop an Iranian oil field. Japanese companies stand to make around $2 billion and the natural resource-deficient nation stands to fashion another oil spigot for itself. How dare they!
Note how little grumbling and harumphing the people (Cheney) in charge (Cheney) now (Cheney) did not exhibit back in the late 90s when Halliburton subsidiaries Dresser-Rand and Ingersoll-Dresser Pump Company signed $73+ million contracts to sell oil production equipment and spare parts to Iraq.
Oh, and what, in particular, is the basis of the Administration's objection to the Iran-Japan deal? The Cheney Administration is (grumble, grumble, harumph, harumph) deeply concerned that Iran could use the money it makes selling its oil to Japan to develop nukes. Fair enough.
But why wasn't Mr. Cheney concerned Iraq could use its oil revenues, not to buy food and medicine under the U.N. program but, rather, to help fund WMD programs? Cheney now (and in the run-up to the war) seems convinced that Saddam was so utterly untrustworthy a dictator that he covered-up secret WMD (related development) programs. Fine. Yet, as of 1998, when Halliburton's subsidiaries were making Saddam- controlled oil fields "ready for business," Cheney apparently had no qualms about where Saddam would funnel those revenues!
It makes one's head spin.
Subj: More Sins of Bush
The Carlyle Group headed up by George Bush, Sr. and James Baker. It basically is an umbrella for companies who are building weaponry that is being used in the war. They have made billions. Bush's interest is fueled by the fact that companies under the Carlyle umbrella in the space program stand to gain billions. Bush Jr. was also a member of the Carlyle Group at one time and probably still is. This is criminal and a conflict of interest. This is just another way to make billions of dollars on the backs of the U.S. citizen and blood, sweat and tears of our soldiers. I have been doing research on this gang of thugs that have taken over our government. All one has to do is put keywords in of: Carlyle Group, Empower America, Free Market Global, Halliburton, Heritage Foundation and connect the dots. Anytime there is something regarding one of the criminals such as Dick Cheney and James Baker is called in to do the investigating. Why bother? I'm outraged!
Please investigate and report on your web the Carlyle Group. The truth needs to be out there. Thank you!
[BuzzFlash Note: Recently, Bush Sr. claimed he was leaving the Carlyle Group's board. Perhaps he'd already profited enough from his son's "war on terra." More than likely, he needed the press to disassociate his name and Carlyle's activities, especially in light of the bin Laden family's connections to and investments in the Carlyle Group until just after 9-11. As Michael Moore has stated (in some way or another), "If Bill Clinton's family was doing business with Timothy McVeigh's family around the time McVeigh blew up the Federal Building in Oklahoma, the right-wing would have lost their mind screaming for investigations."]
Subj: Lies and the lying liars who tell them
Now George, at the very least, could you please take down the proven lies from your web page and post some new ones.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/response/disarm.html Thomas L Potter
Olmsted Falls, Ohio
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