February 24, 2004
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Subj: "Checkers" speech upcoming?
Poll numbers down. Dog dead. "Checkers" speech upcoming, like the one that saved Nixon? Just a thought.
Subj: Fluid ChangeIn a time of fluid change and uncertainty, intelligence is truly America's first line of defense. The current administration has weakened that defense by allowing a series of shocking security breaches, from blatant espionage and its virtual abandonment of national security-related export controls, to sheer sloppiness at the highest levels of government. This must stop, immediately. Nor should the intelligence community be made the scapegoat for political misjudgments.
From the 2000 Republican Platform
Can anyone explain to me why Nader is doing this? I know he has the right...but history has taught us that all they do is garner votes from the candidate who needs it the most! I hope that is Bush this time!
We may all be surprised.............Shirley.....St.Louis
Dear BuzzFlash People,
Don't get me wrong, I don't generally disagree with your point of view, but what is your beef with Nader? The extent to which he might hurt the Democratic candidate has more to do with the weakness of the Democratic Party than anything else, and perhaps throwing him into the mix will at least force the Democrats to respond to Nader's progressive and populist appeal by more fully embracing these ideals themselves.
So the current administration is dangerously out of control and the Republican Party is completely corrupt, but do you really think that some Democrat is going to save us? As far as I'm concerned the Democrats are as much a part of the problem as the GOP. If they are less corrupt and less responsive to corporate (as opposed to popular) interests, it is only a matter of degree. And no great degree either. While they may not be AS bad, that mostly serves to make them appear to be an alternative, which they are not in any fundamental way.
Incidentally, I think one way in which we desperately need to change our political system is to make it possible for multiple political parties and independent candidates to have a fighting chance - we would be much better represented, and democracy would be better served. Unfortunately, most of us are too afraid of harming the party with which we have allied ourselves in miserable compromise to support another that is better dedicated to our interests.
Keep up the good work,
Subj: What the hell is Nader thinking...?!
I can't believe this. Even his friends acknowledge that his decision to run is a stupid, ego-driven trip.
Why can't he sit on his hands--this year especially, when we are facing a possibility of four more years of this nightmare and further irreversible damage to America and the world? He says his goal is to get rid of Bush, but he must be egomaniacally deluded if he really believes he will accomplish it. While the country is going to neo-con dogs, Nader self-indulges in his fantasies of power--and calls it "democracy."
Mr. Nader, you have lost my respect. Your decision to run for president this year is irresponsible and clearly egocentric. Much, much more is at stake here than your private dreams. Too bad you cannot see that.
A Livid Buzzer
Re: BuzzFlash is Here to Stay, With Your Support!
"The barbarians are no longer at the gate. They are running all three branches of government."
Where in the world did you get that marvelous quote, or is it yours, if so, it needs to be framed!
(This faithful reader is going to take a good look at his checkbook!)
Go (Wo)Man Go
Subj: Are We CRAZY!!??
Dear Fellow Green Party Members:
Ever since I first heard of the Green Party I have been interested in and supportive of the initiatives and principles espoused by this organization. I have been amazed at the success stories I have read about at the state and local levels across the county. And I have been appalled, along with all my fellow Greens, with the direction (or lack thereof) in which the current occupants of the White House and their extremist Republican cohorts controlling Congress have taken this great nation that we all love so much. I have also been disappointed in and frustrated with the seemingly lackluster, often disorganized and frequently incoherent response to this takeover by our other major political option, the Democrats. It has become obvious that being "centrist" (read "wishy-washy") is not the best way to stem such an extremist tide.
Despite being of very modest means, and having to support my Significant Other who has fallen ill and is a victim out our outmoded, corporate owned healthcare system, I have faithfully contributed my $10 a month to support the activities of this Movement. I truly see it as a possible means to regain our country as its rightful citizen owners from the greedy talons of corporate, fanatically religious and wealthy elite interests. Look at the successes we have seen in just the issue of GLBT marriage rights in states like Vermont and Massachusetts, cities like San Francisco, Chicago and Minneapolis, and even in places like a rural county in New Mexico! Through local grass roots organizing and public education, the Green Party has the potential to become an major political force in the future of our great nation.
But that very future is in GREAT jeopardy! In less than 8 months we will be heading to the poles to attempt to oust the current coup government in Washington, DC. It is IMPERATIVE to our future that in that we oust George W. Bush and his corporate/radical right wing cronies and reclaim our government. I will be a long and difficult battle, but it is one we MUST win for the very future of our nation, our society, our planet. A $200 million Republican campaign war chest with a multitude of fanatical spin-meisters and thousands of questionable electronic voting machines stand between us and that victory. We MUST find a way to defeat the odds that are so heavily stacked against us.
At this stage, I fear our only hope to unseat the evil forces that have taken over our nation's government lies with the Democrats. Granted they are not perfect. Granted they have made mistakes. Granted they are somewhat beholden to corporate interests. But at least they are willing to listen to our points of view and often times even share them. That is far more than we could ever hope to get from the current powers that be. Most importantly, they hold the best chance to defeat George W. and his cronies -- both in the White House and on Capitol Hill come November. We must not lose site of our most important goal in saving the future of our nation -- regime change here at home.
I will continue to support the grass roots activities of the Green Party at the state and local levels. That is how we will grow to be an important force in the political landscape of this nation. But I cannot support any efforts by the Green Party to nominate and run a candidate in the upcoming Presidential and Congressional elections. There is far too much at stake. The reckless announcement by Mr. Nader that he will again run is a frightening slap in the face to the efforts of all who are trying to make a difference this year. PLEASE do not add to the fray by running yet another candidate that may splinter the votes needed to unseat the Bush/DeLay/Frist Cartel.
We need unity, not fractionalization. Our nation, our society and the world is depending on us.
Subj: A REAL Right Winger
Isn't there any way some "helpful" Democrats could encourage and/or finance a presidential campaign for Roy Moore against Bush? Really play up the religion and anti-gay stuff he encourages? Give the Republicans(like Karl Rove) a taste of their own dirty medicine?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Real Patriots!
According to this Pentagon research (http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0222-01.htm), global climate change is a greater threat to the US than terrorism. That means that the real patriots are the environmentalists. That means the people who are threatening our country even worse than the terrorists are those in the fossil fuel industry. Half of the Bush administration is made up of people with ties to the fossil fuel industry (a greater threat than terrorists). A great part of the financing of the Bush administration election campaign has come from the fossil fuel industry (a greater threat than terrorism). Is that why Dick Cheney is trying to keep his energy plans secret (a greater threat than terrorism)?
Hey Democrats campaigning for the presidency, this is something to say to the American people.
Hey American people, Democratic candidates are on record for renewable energy and the phasing out of fossil fuels. It's the American way! It's the way to defend our country from a greater threat than terrorism!
To the BuzzFlash community:
The news that Ralph Nader has entered the presidential race is one of the biggest tragedies to occur in this historically important contest. What happened in 2000 will happen again. If Nader hadn't selfishly stayed in the race in 2000 Gore would have won with a landslide. All the Green voters would have voted democrat. Isn't it time to make a sacrifice for the greater good? How dare he enter as an independent and act like he is trying to give an alternative voice. He knows he won't win and he knows he will damage the democratic campaign, yet he does it anyway, for his obviously out of control ego. Or perhaps there are larger forces at work. Perhaps, Nader has a little incentive from the other side to enter the race. The Republicans know that this is the ticket to their win in November and they will do ANYTHING to win.
I attempted to write a letter to his campaign, but it seems that he does not yet have a campaign website set up. Is there anything I/we can do to express our disgust with his decision? I feel that something must be done. The future of our country is at stake.
-Alexis, Philadelphia, PA
Subj: "How, [9/11] commission officials demanded to know, could the White House deny a federal panel investigating the worst crime in U.S. history access to documents that it had already shared with a journalist?"
Bush Wars Over 'Bush at War'
Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball write for Newsweek: "Faced with presidential resistance to turning over highly sensitive intelligence briefs, the commission investigating the September 11 terror attacks tried to learn the details in the documents by obtaining access to White House transcripts of interviews that senior officials gave to a prominent journalist, NEWSWEEK has learned."
The journalist? Bob Woodward, whose book "Bush at War" was based on remarkable access to White House players and documents.
Isikoff and Hosenball write that "members of the federal panel repeatedly brought up the Woodward interviews as evidence of the administration's hypocritical approach toward secrecy. How, commission officials demanded to know, could the White House deny a federal panel investigating the worst crime in U.S. history access to documents that it had already shared with a journalist?"
[emphasis mine: Sharon Andrews]
Subj: to add to your cache of articles on the impact of the war in Iraq
A BuzzFlash Reader
Hi Buzz....I just read about Ralph Nader throwing his hat in the ring ?......It has distressed me to no end ...a man whom I used to respect....I now think of as a Republican in sheep's clothing.......WHY ....and especially why now, when it is looking as though the democrats can get rid of the Bush administration ......He surely knows that he is not electable, and not able to beat Bush........ and now that someone can ..he throws in the monkey wrench to once again benefit the Bushites,......I have lost all respect for the man, and hope that people out there knowing of the mess our world is in at this time...will not be fooled and taken in by him...........
...PLEASE GOD....save America..........
Subj: FG, NLNG silent on alleged $180m scam
"Why Don't All These Young Republican College Idiots Show Their Patriotism by Joining the Infantry and Serving In Iraq. They Don't Have the Cojones, That's Why. All They Have is Small Brains and Big Mouths. 2/23"
Ha, one of your best amongst your usual dead-on zingers!
And it's no more than I say to their faces at protests despite the best efforts of the Non-confrontational Zealots to get me to act more Kum-bala.
I usually ask them if, like Rush Limpblob, they, too, have hemorrhoids.
Subj: Bread or Cake
Hello BuzzFlash Readers,
Marie Antoinette, during the French Revolution, when she was told the people were hungry and had no bread, said: “Well, let them eat cake.”This was the mind-set of the French Aristocrats.
Barbara Bush, the mother of Resident Bush, when asked, on Good Morning America, what she thought about all of the soldiers being brought back in body bags, said: “Why should we hear about body bags and death and how many…it’s not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?”This is the mind-set of the American Aristocrats.
Would she have wasted some of her feeble, excuse me, “beautiful mind”if one of her privileged sons was in one of those body bags and would she have thought it was not relevant then.
Barbara Bush taught her Aristocratic son well, too well. Of the 540 soldiers who have thus far been brought back in body bags, little Georgie has not paid homage to, or attended the funeral of, a single one of them; they are not relevant. Little Georgie does not care to waste his “beautiful mind”on anything but the destruction of America, as we think of it. That may be because, I suspect, he has very little, if any at all, beautiful mind to waste.
George Bush is incompetent and by his actions and decisions has so proven. It has been reported that George Bush is the first president in American history to have been convicted of a crime: Drunk Driving in Delaware in the 1970’s. His records in Texas have been lost. If George Bush were the Chief Executive Officer of a large corporation, he would be replaced shortly after the corporation filed for bankruptcy. America is a large corporation. Are we going to wait until after we file bankruptcy before we replace him?
I am still in a quandary as to why a populace such as ours, with all we have to lose, would vote democrat or republican rather than American. Why do we blindly vote for a man or woman because they are of the same party as we are; that is a poor reason. We need to change ourselves before we attempt to change the country. We need to listen to the candidates and hear what they are saying. And, after they have said it, we need to determine if what they have said is true, and if it proves to be true, we hold them to it. No more reading of lips or tea leaves.
“Read my lips.”Remember when the first George Bush said that? He said he would not raise taxes. After he was elected he raised the taxes. The second George Bush (who said we would not make the same mistake twice) has said that he will create two and a half million jobs to replace the three million jobs lost during his administration. He did not ask us to read his lips, but he is now saying he is not sure how many jobs will be created.
The stock market tells us only if the wealthy are trading stocks. It does not tell us how the workingman or workingwoman is doing. The unemployment rate tells us a little about that, but does not tell us all. For example: George Bush has now told the Labor Department to reclassify people in the fast food business from a service industry class to the manufacturing industry class to show an increase in manufacturing jobs in America.
He claims that putting meat, lettuce, and tomato on a bun constitutes the “manufacture”of a hamburger. After all, you are putting parts together to make a complete product. I presume you know what this “complete product”turns into a while after a consumer consumes it. Well, that is a line of what George Bush is handing us. Remember, statistics do not lie, but statisticians do.
This, we are told, is the same as putting wheels and alternators and transmissions together to make a car. I suppose we will accept that reasoning. It is no worse than some of the other tripe that we have accepted from this babbling fool.
The republican voters, who makes less than one hundred thousand dollars per year, and vote for Bush simply because Bush is a republican, will reap the harvest of what they have sown and they will deserve it. I view it as a replay of Herbert Hoover. How soon we forget.
George Bush is much akin to the Ebola virus. He is eating away the body of America from the inside out. It is the worst form of terrorism and there is only one cure for this disease, a healthy dose of ballots. We must administer this medicine in November and we will see signs of improvement in the following January.
America is too important to leave in the hands of someone like George Bush, no matter what his political party may be. Are we supposed to believe that none of what this country is presently suffering is due to the incompetence of George Bush? Where there is smoke there is fire and the smoke from this conflagration is blotting out the sun. Are we going to extinguish this fire in November or are we going to spend four more years pouring flammable liquids on it? I wonder.
Subj: They might have him
Maybe it sounds like more parsing but look at McClellan's answer carefully. When he doesn't say "yes" or "no" he's being misleading. On the other hand he might be stating it somewhat ambiguously just for the drama. I tell ya, they are evil and rotten to the core but they do know how to put on a show...
Subj: Things are going too well
Please be careful about these "terrorist threats". Bush was successful in Iraq. He wanted to build bases away from Saudi Arabia. Now he's waiting for the next Pearl (Perle) Harbor-like incident to take over the government. He doesn't have to worry about the elections if he's the dictator. Cheney might have been telling the truth the other day when he talked about the war on terror lasting years. Just read the PNAC literature, they predicted a stalemate in Iraq and a shift in public opinion. Don't let them play their next hand.
A paranoid BuzzFlash reader
Subj: Do The Democrats Need Dixie?
Subj: Anti-Bush Sentiment
I just read an article entitled "Survey: Anger Toward Bush Intensifying" and I could really see myself in it. I have been a Republican since the 1980's and was a republican precinct committeeman for four years. My wife and I are both born-again christians. I guess you could say that we are the very " constituency" that Bush is counting on to get four more years in the White House Not only are we going to vote against Bush this year, but we're voting a straight Democratic ticket. The reason is the shenanigans they pulled to pass the Medicare bill. It showed me that you cannot vote for the person closest to your beliefs but you have to vote for the party closest to your beliefs. The way they threatened and coerced the other Republicans into a party-line vote showed me that you have to have a Democrat in there. Even a principled moderate Republican can't stand against them.
What I think Bush has done is to pull the mask off of the Republican party and give us a real view of their plans for America. What an ugly face that is! I doubt that I'll ever vote Republican again. Not only that, but I have two children and I have been telling them about everything that has been happening. I can assure you, they have a huge stake in this because these policies are hurting them as much as it is hurting their mother and I. When they want something that we can't afford, I let them know it is because of Republican policies that reward companies with tax breaks to give our jobs away to other countries. Now their Dad can't find a programming job and has to take something that pays a lot less. I'm fighting back with my vote, my time, and my money. My wife and I can't wait to cast our votes this November for the Democratic nominee. And I assure you, we are not alone.
A BuzzFlash Reader
To Warren's excellent list of Bush's lies, I'd add this one--on how this administration manipulates (= suppresses) scientific data to serve its own political agenda:
And to think that Bush promised to restore(?) integrity to the White House... That's another one for Warren's list.
Subj: NEW NADER bumperstickers!
I once asked you to make "Save America: Recall Bush", which you did, and which I bought, and which used to cost me a lot of angry looks (and once, a punctured tire), but now get me all these thumbs-up signs and smiles and friendly comments.
Since BuzzFlash has taken the lead in predicting and now pointing out the GOP side of Nader's politics, here's the bumpersticker I hope you'll make and sell, asap:
with a little flag, designed to look just like the current Bush/Cheney 2004 stickers. It would get your point across immediately, and you could have your BuzzFlash ad on it, thus accelerating your popularity once again.
If you wanted a tagline, you could have something like: Birds of a Feather or A Match Made in Washington or For Perpetual War or For Bigger Deficits
or something like that.
Gosh it would sell like hotcakes!! Your readers are just so upset about this Nader run, remembering how it worked in 2000....
You could even make the tag line, "The Old Boy Network Rides Again!"
Your loyal reader,
I think we should all remain calm in the face of the news that Ralph Nader has announced yet another bid for the Presidency.
Far too many Americans are far too angry to let a third party sway their vote, especially considering that a vote for Nader would be the equivalent of squandering that vote for nothing.
Far too many Republicans and Conservatives not claiming to be Republicans are "disappointed and discouraged" with Bush and Republican lawmakers to consider voting for Nader as well.
We're all outraged. We're all disappointed. We're all discouraged.
But we're all certainly not stupid.
It will be a Democrat sitting in the Oval Office by this time next year and, in two years hence, Democrats will regain a majority on Capitol Hill.
Then, finally, we will be able to bring the Bush and Neo-Con's idiotic and dangerous designs to a halt and begin to repair the vast swath of destruction they've brought onto this country.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Ralph Nader keeps complaining about the Democrats taking money from corporations. Where does Nader get his money to run? Is there a web site where we can find out who he gets contributions from? He must be beholden to someone.
Subj: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue -- Home of the Whopper!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Sanctity of Marriage
I firmly believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman and at least 4 Asian hookers and at least one other woman with a husband and children! Now that’s a constitutional amendment I could support.
Subj: New Lie by Racicot: Bush Volunteered to Serve in Vietnam
These guys have big balls, and Juan Williams licked his chops instead of using his "reportorial" skills - if he has any.
I just sent this to NPR - Racicot lied thru his teeth..............
In Juan Williams' interview of Mark Racicot (Morning Edition, Monday 02/23), the Republican Party Chairman, Mr. Racicot stated of President Bush that "he volunteered to go to Vietnam - he wasn't selected."
Juan Williams did not challenge this assertion, and even President Bush has never stated such a thing. The following quote directly contradicts what Mr. Racicot said, from the Boston Globe:
Bush acknowledged that he did not volunteer to go to Vietnam. "No, I didn't. You're right," he said.
Needless to say, I could find thousands more instances of this truth if I wanted, but I assume that's what reporters do. Can anyone say anything within the political dialogue today and not be challenged by reporters? If so, I would like to be interviewed by Mr. Williams about the upcoming election. I have a lot to say, and most of it will be true.
Subj: IS NADER CAPABLE OF LOVING THIS COUNTRY MORE THAN HIMSELF?
I am very disappointed that Ralph "The Spoiler" Nader has decided to run for president, to enable Bush continue with his incompetency and his failed policies. I seriously question Nader's patriotism at a crucial time like this. He should put his egotism aside, and sacrifice his presidential aspirations to make sure that this nation does not have to go through another four years of hell with this Bush administration. I wonder how he can, with a straight face, say that there was no difference between Bush and Al Gore. He was absolutely WRONG when he said that we would still be in Iraq if Al Gore was president (when Tim Russert interviewed him on MTP). I have absolutely no doubt that not only would we not be in this terrible mess in Iraq, but that also this nation would not have been in a much better situation had Al Gore not been cheated out of his presidency by the republican stooges in the supreme court.
I think Nader will be always known as the man who was instrumental in helping Bush devastate this nation, and if he really loved this country, he would realize that this is not the time or place to put another spoke in the wheel, but work with the democrats in a productive way to beat this miserable failure who calls himself a war president. This is not the time for meaningless stands and statements. I hope the folks who supported Nader the last time realize that their vote has created a disaster for the country, and carefully consider the consequences of voting for him again.
Be warned friends, the next four years under this Bush administration will be much worse than the last four, since this time they will have nothing to lose!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: A Letter to Ralph Nader
What is wrong with you, man? You, who have been a hero to so many, are now throwing away your good name and reputation to do what exactly? It is without question that in 2005 the president will be either a Democrat or a Republican. Period. You say that you are going to take votes from Republican and Independent voters who would otherwise vote for Bush. At the same time you say that there's no, or virtually no, difference between the Republicans and the Democrats. So, why would you want to help the Democrats if it makes no difference who is president (unless it's you but that is an impossibility). This makes no sense, Ralph. It looks to me and a lot of other people like you are running for president for one of two reasons. Either you have lost control of your ego and think that America is going to anoint you a political cult - of - personality leader or you are playing on Karl Rove's team. I'm not sure which of these reasons is the most troublesome but I do know that just about the only folks who are happy about your decision are Bush backers. They sure loved you in 2000.
As for third parties and third party candidates and the eternal debate over that issue, dammit, Ralph! You keep arguing about how you are going to give more voice and choice to Americans while your actions have lent, and may again lend, support to a ONE PARTY SYSTEM where the Republican right wing extremists rule the entire federal government, the courts, and the blowhards of the punditocraty. Is that what your want? If that's the way you think you can bring about a revolution, you are flirting with, indeed, inviting more, disaster for the U.S. and the world.
I am serious, Ralph. Let us get on with re-establishing a healthy TWO PARTY SYSTEM. Ralph, please get out of our way. Yes, you have the right to run. Yes, you can do what you want. Yes, you can say what you want. But, this election is about saving America. That is our choice and our voice you are hearing. Are you listening?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Expose the Dominionists
I urge all BuzzFlash readers to check out "The Despoiling of America" by Katherine Yurica. The link appeared on BuzzFlash 2/23. This article is long, well researched and damn scary. As we all know, the repubs in power will stop at nothing. Christianity is just a cover for their twisted plans, and they are perilously close to achieving everything. We need to understand what we're up against. Calling them Dominionists (their own secret term that they don't want Americans to know about), and understanding what that means will put them on the defensive. They cannot withstand the bright glare of truth, because their beliefs are abhorrent to the vast majority of Americans.
Some topics included:
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Daschle "Campaigns" for Bush
Bush Blog touts Daschle satisfaction with war on terror and rebuilding process.
Is Tom campaigning for Bush in 2004?Unbelievable.
Keep up the great work...............
Subj: Why does Bush lie so much? A puzzle solved.
Why does the Bush administration lie so much?
This question has been bothering me for some time now. I've considered the 'common wisdom' explanations on offer and found them wanting. You know the ones I mean:
· They're stupid
· They're arrogant
· It doesn't matter - the fix is in
· Lie all the time and moron-Americans will eventually believe it
Driving into work this morning listening to NPR, I heard Marc Racicot (Bush campaign chairman) state quite boldly that Bush had, in fact, volunteered for duty in Vietnam. I was flabbergasted. Why tell lies that are so easily refuted?
It occurred to me that perhaps something else was going on here since none of the 'accepted' explanations really made any sense at all. Then came the epiphany.
The GOP strategy seems to be similar to the idea of releasing thousands of bits of chaff from an aircraft in order to confuse the anti-aircraft missile.
If the Democratic candidate (whoever it is) spends all their time refuting the hundreds of lies and deceptions put forth by the Bush administration on a weekly basis, the GOP can play the 'dirty Democrats - poor upstanding George' game all the way to November. Eventually, the electorate will tire of hearing about ALL the lies and find it over the top and unbelievable. After all, why would they lie about stuff they don't even have to lie about? They can't possibly be lying all the time, can they? Get the picture?
The solution is to keep the candidate focused on the 3-4 really big, consequential lies that are easy to understand and prove false. Avoid at all costs the temptation to jump on every single lie as further proof of Bush incompetence. Set up a truth squad web site if you must, but keep the candidate on course - a laser-guided missile, so to speak.
Ignore the chaff!
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