March 8, 2004
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Subj: Doncha wish ALL AMERICANS HAD THIS KIND OF HEALTH CARE?????
"He went home and when the condition worsened, he was visited by White House Physician Daniel Parks, who advised that he go to the emergency room," Corallo said in a statement.
My, my, my! VISITED BY THE WH DOC!!! Those of us who are disabled vets have to find this absolutely priceless, as we are the poor bastards who wait six months for a medical appointment and five hours in the damn waiting room, for five lousy minutes with an overworked VA doctor, or more likely, physician's assistant.
The Connecticut Cowboy's Code:
He always tells it just like it is: he calls a spade a spade, or a " shoveling program," or a "digging-related-program-activity."
He's a man of his word: if he says "there is no question, we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction" you can take that to the bank.
He doesn't run from a fight: when his country called in 1968 he jumped over those on an ANG waiting list so he could defend Texas one weekend a month (almost) for the duration.
He's not afraid to make tough decisions: when 9/11 came, the " Preemptive Warrior" understood that a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 must be held accountable -- whatever the cost -- and that, again, others must pay that cost.
He's steady and he's sure: he doesn't let year after year of jobless " recovery" and climbing deficits alter his economic policies. He knows just where he wants to take America, who he wants to take with him, and just who he wants to leave behind.
He's a leader: He knows that to lead means to stand in front of as many American flags as possible, to dress up like a soldier when a photo opportunity calls, and to taunt "bring 'em on" when others will face the danger.
He accepts responsibility: He knows that whatever happens, whatever mistakes are made, one man and one man alone must bear the ultimate responsibility: Bill Clinton.
Albert Clark, NY
Re: Bush Has No Shame, Has His Flack Karen Hughes Insult 9-11 Families
I like it too. It's a reminder of Bush's utter failure at his single most important job-- protecting our country.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Define what a Liberal is
What is a liberal democrat
1. Believe in God
2. Balance the check book
3. Listen to other view points
4. Read and then evaluate
5. Educate others for true and real values
6. Help others in need
7. Accept only what I need
8. Enjoy fresh and clean air
9. list needs growth
We as liberal democrats should educate what a liberal democrat is and what a conservative republican is.
1. Use God for personal gain
2. Use God to get rich
3. Use God to screw other people of their money
4. Use God to belittle others
5. Use God to dictate
6. list still growing
Subj: Finding Osama
It is my firm belief that Osama could easily have been captured within a few weeks of 9/11, but given what we now know, it was not expedient for us to do so. What would have happened to the invasion of Iraq if Osama was in our jail? How could we convince our citizens that Saddam was involved in the "terrorist" action? Our could we implicate Iraq as immediately dangerous to the US?
No, I believe the administration was content to "contain" Osama on the border of Pakistan while it drummed up support for an invasion that had nothing to do with the World Trade tragedy. Imagine if a captive Osama proclaimed that he alone was responsible for 9/11, and that Saddam had nothing to do with it!
Osama will be in custody soon now....before the Republican convention in NY, and he will probably be executed before November.
Subj: it is sad now
you know, i just have to tell you it is sad-------gw bush is really starting to look foolish talking about what a good job he is doing on jobs and the economy-----you keep waiting for him to smirk and say "who ya gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?"
Subj: Mainstream Media Failed Itself
Thanks so much for this wonderful article about the media misreporting (wink, wink) about Aristide. Anyone who knows about what happened to Aristide under Bush One knows that this was another coup by Bush Two. The mainstream media knows it too. They always prefer to go along with these dirty little wars where the Republicans take out democratically elected leaders and put in their dictators so that they will go along with the world-bank, free-trade, globalization, economic plan that makes the powers that be richer. THANK YOU FOR GETTING OUT THE TRUTH.
Your selection of republican hypocrites of the week is excellent.....but we think that this week you should have a co-hypocrite. We nominate george w. bush for his ads showing firefighters carrying flag-draped remains from ground zero, yet not showing flag-draped coffins from Dover Air Force Base. We know.......so many hypocrites, so little time !
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yikes, this is from an article in the new york times......the bush aides think upsetting the victims of 9-11 will work in their advantage.....THESE PEOPLE ARE SICK!
Mr. Bush's aides said that they would not pull the commercials and that the battle over them could even work to their advantage by focusing new attention on what they said was the president's forceful response to the attacks and the continued threat from terrorists.
They said the controversy had been expected and was serving their aim of changing the debate from Democratic turf like health care and jobs to Mr. Bush's strongest suit, national security.
Subj: Bush Commercials
According to the ads, supposedly, we are to vote for GWB because he’s been “tested.”So here are my responses to that...
But allowed to graduate anyway;
And denied admission to law school;
And found to be lacking;
And arrested for DUI;
And scored in 25th percentile;
As far as using the images from 9/11, I would like to suggest the following caption, “Hey look at what I failed to prevent!”
To answer the relatives who find the use of 9/11 an affront to the memories of their loved ones, “Who cares what you think?”
To those who point to GWB’s “performance”after the 9/11 attacks, how about his “performance”before and during the attacks?
BTW George, can’t you take a break from fund raising for just a little while so that the 9/11 Commission can clear up a few details?
Subj: Republicanism Shown To Be Genetic In Origin
REPUBLICANISM SHOWN TO BE GENETIC IN ORIGIN
The discovery that affiliation with the Republican Party is genetically determined was announced by scientists in the current issue of the journal NURTURE, causing uproar among traditionalists who believe it is a chosen lifestyle.
Reports of the gene coding for political conservatism, discovered after a decades-long study of quintuplets in Orange County, CA, has sent shock waves through the medical, political, and golfing communities.
Psychologists and psychoanalysts have long believed that Republicans' unnatural disregard for the poor and frequently unconstitutional tendencies resulted from dysfunctional family dynamics -- a remarkably high percentage of Republicans do have authoritarian domineering fathers and emotionally distant mothers who didn't teach them how to be kind and gentle.
Biologists have long suspected that conservatism is inherited.
"After all," said one author of the NURTURE article, " It's quite common for a Republican to have a brother or sister who is a Republican."
The finding has been greeted with relief by Parents and Friends of Republicans (PFREP), who sometimes blame themselves for the political views of otherwise lovable children, family, and unindicted co-conspirators.
One mother, a longtime Democrat, wept and clapped her hands in ecstasy on hearing of the findings.
"I just knew it was genetic," she said, seated with her two sons, both avowed Republicans. " My boys would never freely choose that lifestyle!"
When asked what the Republican lifestyle was, she said, " You can just tell watching their conventions in Houston and San Diego on TV: the flaming xenophobia, flamboyant demagogy, disdain for anyone not rich, you know."
Both sons had suspected their Republicanism from an early age but did not confirm it until they were in college, when they became convinced it wasn't just a phase they were going through.
The NURTURE article offered no response to the suggestion that the high incidence of Republicanism among siblings could result from their sharing not only genes but also psychological and emotional attitude as products of the same parents and family dynamics.
A remaining mystery is why many Democrats admit to having voted Republican at least once -- or often dream or fantasize about doing so.
Polls show that three out of five adult Democrats have had a Republican experience, although most outgrow teenage experimentation with Republicanism.
Some Republicans hail the findings as a step toward eliminating conservophobia.
They argue that since Republicans didn't "choose" their lifestyle any more than someone "chooses" to have a ski-jump nose, they shouldn't be denied civil rights which other minorities enjoy.
If conservatism is not the result of stinginess or orneriness (typical stereotypes attributed to Republicans) but is something Republicans can't help, there's no reason why society shouldn't tolerate Republicans in the military or even high elected office -- provided they don't flaunt their political beliefs.
For many Americans, the discovery opens a window on a different future.
In a few years, gene therapy might eradicate Republicanism altogether.
But should they be allowed to marry?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Please look into what is going on with Howard Stern - he is saying he's being forced off the air because of his political statements. The other day he read Maureen Farrell's entire column on the air. He's also talking about some right-wing Congressmen living in a Washington townhouse, funded by a religious organization called "The Fellowship" (?) Do you guys have anything on this?
Some great ideas come through the BuzzFlash mailbag. I hope you funnel the good stuff to Kerry's campaign. The birth tax - brilliant. The trifecta comment over 9/11 images - also brilliant.
Here's another thought on voting day. I was wondering about people who may have to vote electronically without a paper receipt. I'm sure this would never hold up in court, but I was thinking that if your polling place doesn't give you a receipt, then couldn't you bring your own receipt and get it notarized by some sweet volunteer while you check out? At least if the election does get stolen, it would be nice to see thousands of people waving notarized pieces of paper saying they voted for Kerry and screaming bloody murder on TV.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Letter to the Editor - Martha Stewart Lied
A jury has convicted Martha Stewart of lying to the government and she will probably go to prison for it. However her lie isn't nearly as serious as the lie Bush told the nation to trick us into going to war with Iraq. Does the government go to prison when it lies to the people?
Subj: Newsday Article regarding Plame Investigation- Extra Article from Tom Brune
The author of the March 5, 2003 article on the subpoenas in the Plame investigation, Tom Brune, wrote a follow-up article where he cites the now discovered July 12, 2003 press gaggle transcript.
Original article here: http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld...
New article here: http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/...
Thought you guys might like to know!
Subj: Don't Use the Black Box!
I would like to know why anyone in their right mind would not want the touch screen voting systems to have a paper trail. It seems like this is a perfectly logical solution to something that is so important to our rights as free Americans. It is beyond me why anyone would reject this reasoning. Unless of course they had planned to rig the elections from day 1.
Sadly nothing at this point would surprise me. This is very scary and we need to demand the right to have our vote on paper and refuse to vote on a touch screen that does not produce a paper trail.
The only excuse I have heard so far from the chimp in charge worshippers is that it would be to expensive to implement such a system. I don't know what kind of bizzaro world these people are living on when we spend billions to go rushing out to war and so many people die just to protect our most sacred rights in this country and then turn around and say it is too expensive to make sure our voting system is fair and equitable. Unless they were planning on stealing the vote from day 1.
What is going on here? What are we Guatemala or something? Bottom line is I will never ever vote on one of those vote stealing machines unless I am assured that there is some checks and balances put into place. I will vote by mail this election year and I suggest that everybody who can vote a different way to do so and start demanding accountability now before we get to close to the election when they can say it is too late to change now.
Everyone needs to know that 80% of these machines are made by companies that are run by the chimp in charge worshippers and in fact has stated publicly that they will do all they can to help the chimp in charge set up his zoo at the Whitewash house for another four long years!
Love the Buzz,
A BuzzFlash reader.
Subj: Neil's vasectomy
I just found this, don't know if you saw it before or not. But it is kind of funny, now he will be able to cheat on his new wife without the worry of tiny little offspring.
The second is a long story but it tells Neil's story, he did/does live a charmed life, he seems to be made of Teflon, not matter what he does nothing sticks to him.
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Subj: Bush approval ratings mystery
From a confused Canadian.
Do 46% of the US electorate really approve of the job GWB is doing as President?
Do they approve of the ballooning national debt to the point that their individual share of it is moving inexorably toward $25,000.00? Do they think the job losses are a good thing? Are they in favour of a decline in the value of the US dollar? With the corollary question being, are they in favour of the Euro becoming the internationally accepted monetary unit? Are they pleased to see the US trade deficit at $US489.4 billion for 2003?
Does the enmity of over half the planet make these US citizens feel more secure in their beds at night? Are they happy with the knowledge that they and their fellow citizens are just as liable to be spit upon as smiled at when they go abroad? Does it bring them some satisfaction to know that what was an unprecedented burst of sympathy and fellow feeling after Sept 11 has now been transformed by the Bush administration into suspicion and fear, if not downright hatred?
Are they proud of George for refusing to testify before the 911 Commission for any more than one hour and then only to a few of them?
Do they get a thrill from the knowledge that George and his underlings were able to so completely bullshit them that they bought into his Iraq adventure? Are they defending his decision to attend no funerals or memorials for fallen US service men and women?
Do they even know any of this?
If they do know it, and all the rest of it that time doesn’t permit me to list and they still support his re-election, are they just flat out stupid? If they are just flat out stupid what could it possibly mean for the future of your Republic that just under half of the electorate are boneheads?
If they aren’t stupid, then what are they?
Subj: The Oklahoma Radio Station
You linked to this radio station regarding Congressman Cole, nothing appears, I guess the story was taken down. I noticed a poll: Who would you pick as Kerry's running mate? 40% chose Paris Hilton.
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Subj: Bush's Outrageous Ad
Once again, the crass insensitivity of the Bush White House rears its ugly head. The latest example is a Bush Campaign ad featuring images from 9/11. These images include The World Trade Center rubble and a flag-draped corpse being carried by firefighters.
Despite protests from many of the surviving family members of Americans who died that tragic day, the Bush campaign refuses to withdraw the ad.
This kind of hard-hearted, thick-headed, shameless insensitivity toward human suffering is typical of the Bush Administration. Indeed, it reflects the Administration's approach to tax policy, unemployment, the environment, education and a whole host of other issues and problems. In that sense, the ad reveals a lot more about Bush himself that he neither intended nor realizes.
The first political cartoonist that depicts an image of a dangling hand of the flag draped 9/11 victim clutching a "Bush/Cheney-'04" sign should win a Pulitzer Prize. That image would reflect the outrage so many people feel about Bush's cruel exploitation of America's anguish.
Thank you for resending the Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) article. I am appalled but not surprised at his comments. This is representative of what is coming out of Oklahoma. Everyday now I'm confronting such ignorance. It is highly stressful to be around supposedly educated people with no critical thinking skills whatsoever. What can I say for the only state that voted for Wesley Clark in the primaries. Again I thank you for keeping me informed as I am not getting information through the other media.
Subj: Tom Cole article
This was the most truthful thing a Repuglican has ever said, about supporting Bush being a no brainer.
You got no brain? You vote for Bush!
A BuzzFlash Reader
I hope and pray this will not be the case in November
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: American Dynasty
I purchased your premium: American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush by Kevin P. Phillips. I've read about half way through it. The material Phillips presents is incredible! How and why does Phillips know all these things? Some of the passages make me wonder if the CIA didn't consult with Phillips in the writing. I want to recommend to any person disillusioned so much that they don't plan to vote, and to those who plan to vote for George W. Bush this November; purchase a copy of the book and read it. It's interesting that nobody is attempting to refute what is presented. It should be made into a TV mini-series!
Subj: Vice President "Magilla Gorilla" in 2004?
I agree with Cheryl from Peoria, the Democrats need to " take the wind out of Bush's sails on the bin Laden issue". We know that they probably already have him in a spider hole somewhere ( perhaps in that tunnel in Dick Cheney's back yard which most Americans don't know that they have paid for). Kerry should begin right now to assert that the US ( along with the UN ) should have been seeking bin Laden while we were attacking Iraq. Dems should remind the public that if Bush were truly interested in finding the 9- 11 culprits, he would co-operate with the 9-11 commission. Also, all BuzzFlash readers should attempt to get one or two letters published in local papers to help with this effort.
Since " all politics is local" I have decided to help register as many young people as possible....... even though the Democratic Party has already given up on Georgia for 2004. I refuse to give up. Many young college educated men and women have moved back in with their parents because with this economy they can't afford their own places. My focus will be on them.
Finally, a caller to a local radio talk show phoned in to say that he doesn't care who Kerry chooses as a running mate...... if it's Magilla Gorilla, it would be a better choice then what we have now. Apparently the caller didn't realize that we already have a chimp at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Wow!!....ABB in 2004!!
Subj: Heritage foundation and Bushies plan to take over African continent
In today's (Chicago) Daily Herald there was an AP article about US sending military to Mauritania and Nigeria (by coincidence they are major oil gas producing countries) to train their armies and assist in fighting Al Queda (boogeyman). The Heritage Foundation (a think tank under Republican control as a propaganda tank) is pushing for Central Command takeover of the entire African continent.
Subj: Bush goes from"Shock and Awe" to 'shuck and jive'.
I've been perfectly nauseated with Bush's speechwriters' latest attacks on Kerry for being "on both sides of the issue". It's past midnight, but I thought of a few examples of fence-riding W. has done, without remorse, explanation or apology. I'm sure you and your readers can think of a lot more...we could have a quilting bee...make a square for each lie or distortion of fact...lay it out on the capitol lawn...oh, well, one can dream...
Here are some of the ones I came up with:
Bush was in the National Guard, he just wasn't IN the national guard. Or maybe he just wasn't AT the National Guard...
He's "been to war", without ever having been to war.
Once believed gay marriage should be a state issue, now wants a federal constitutional amendment banning it.
Iraq had tons of WMD'S, but now Iraq doesn't have any WMD's. But they do have WMD related programs (are they like the cousins of the WMD's? or something?)
Told the nation that al qaeda and Iraq were in cahoots. Then the admin. denied they said that, explaining it away as "a matter of emphasis". Then on 9/17/03, stated there was no connection between al qaeda and Iraq.
The Mission was accomplished, but we need 87 billion to accomplish the mission which the Navy produced the "Mission Accomplished" sign for . Oh wait, actually the white house made that sign.
Bragged at every opportunity about supporting our troops, but doesn't explain their lack of proper equipment, medical treatment, and has tried at every turn to cut their pay and medical benefits.
Wrote the sappy poem for Laura, but didn't actually write the sappy poem for Laura. Must have been some other sap.
Doesn't read the papers, but still manages to read 5 to 10 newspapers every morning.
Went from working for a segregationist in Alabama while AWOL to counseling African-American youth in Houston in project PULL.
Was such a presence on the TANG base in Alabama that some reported seeing him even when he wasn't there.
My brain is starting to hurt, and I feel some dubyarrhea coming on, so I'll stop, but I am sure folks can think of many more examples.
This is actually not a very good campaign strategy for the right to use, Bush is on both sides of every issue, and even on both sides of many " non-issues", too. They're going to have to do a lot better.
Thanks for a great site!
Subj: E Voting Machines
Hi First, I want to applaud you on your website! You are providing an essential service to the American people and people around the world! I am ,like you ,very concerned about the current threat to our democracy posed by electronic voting machines. For two years I have been an activist on this problem. I am writing to ask for your help to reach out to the leaders of MoveOn.org , urging them to consider helping create and distribute "Electronic Voting Machines in 30 Seconds" T.V. and radio spots. I believe such an action is what is needed to light a fire to this issue in the American public ,which would would result in increased coverage in the mainstream media, and a public outcry demanding action by the government to make voting systems secure. So far I have been unsuccessful contacting the MoveOn.org leadership. Please respond ASAP with your thoughts.
Subj: The Lightbulb That Just Went Off Over My Head
Hi Buzz and Buzz Fans Everywhere!
Okay, I have to admit I was a bit confused as to why Georgie Porgie would take time out of his busy schedule of lying to the American people, undermining the Constitution, fomenting civil war in Iraq, bankrupting the nation, accepting bribes from his corporate cronies in the guise of $2000 rubber chicken dinners, basically clamoring after every photo op he can inject his smirk onto, etc. in order to overthrow the democratic government of Haiti. I mean what could poor little Haiti possibly have that the Bush imperialists could possibly want? It's not as though they need slave labor. That's what they have NAFTA, Mexican immigrants and the Chinese government for. It can't be because Haiti is a threat to their world dominance. Puhleeze. It could be, as Noam Chomsky would say, an attempt to teach an upstart government a lesson about providing for the poor (as this country has done numerous times), but I think there must be more to it than that. And it isn't as though Haiti has any natural resources that we particularly need. So just what does Haiti have that Bush is so willing to go to so much trouble and expense to invade it for?
IMHO, I believe it is, as they say in the real estate biz, ...... location, location, location!
For those of you who do not follow the oil industry, let me elucidate. I think this particular coup has nothing to do with Haiti at all and everything to do with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Bush HATES Chavez and vice versa. The American government has repeatedly tried and would like nothing better than to do to Chavez what they just did to Aristide, but the Venezuelans for the most part just aren't cooperating to any effective degree. (Speaking of Haiti, by the way: ever ask yourself where rebels from a country with a GDP of about $1.95 get the weapons they need to overthrow a standing government so successfully?)
Anyway, getting back to Chavez. There are many reasons why the Bushies hate Chavez, but the Prime, Number One, Head-And-Shoulders-Above-The-Rest reason is the clever end run Chavez pulled to "sell" oil in a way that deprives the Americans of their cut.
By now, I'm sure everyone knows that, thanks to a back room deal between the USA and Saudi Arabia, all worldwide oil sales must be priced in US dollars. That's what really what keeps our economy afloat. And as a member of OPEC, Venezuela must abide by this. However, Venezuela found something of a loophole. Apparently, while all SALES of oil must be priced in US dollars, there is nothing to prohibit the exchange of oil with goods or services -- the old barter economy ploy. But to really put a thorn in the side of the US, not only is Venezuela doing this, but their "partner in crime" is none other than CUBA! (That popping sound you hear coming from D.C. emanates from all those blood vessels bursting in rapid-fire succession.) Now you see why the US wants to overthrow Chavez so badly?
So, anyway, as I'm thinking about this, I pull out the old trusty atlas (I'll admit that my geography skills are a little rusty), and guess where Venezuelan oil tankers pass to reach Cuba? That's right, folks, just off the coast of good ole Haiti. True, the tankers could skirt around the west coast of Jamaica, but wouldn't Haiti still make an excellent base for launching blockades, or better yet an invasion, as soon as we "discover" Chavez has been aiding and abetting terrorists. (Read "Will Venezuela be the Next Target for the Otto Reich "Bush Coup" Team .... (3/6)" on Buzz's main page for an even more eloquent discourse on this subject than I have provided.)
This is, in my opinion, another Iraq fiasco in the rapid making and virtually for the same reason using the same smokescreen. It's sad that the rest of the world isn't catching on.
Thank for being here, BuzzFlash. You are truly an oasis in a parched land.
Opposed to War
Subj: someone should point out that the unemployment rate is much higher than 5.6%
Someone should point out that the unemployment rate is much higher than 5.6%. The Bush administration has changed the way the number has historically been calculated. Lets compare apples to apples.
Thank you, keep up the good work.
Subj: George and Martha
Can one of your writers put together an article about Harken Oil insider trading (George) and Martha being guilty on all four counts? Impeach Bush now!
Subj: Letter to the Editor
In William Saletan's article about George W. Bush for Slate titled "Confidence Man", he states "Most voters don't (think Bush is a liar), for a good reason: It isn't true."
Earth to William Saletan: Bush repeatedly claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and instructed his subordinates to make this claim. He knew Iraq had no such weapons (although there is always the possibility that he is delusional.) Therefore, he is a liar. QED. Americans who don't think Bush is a liar probably also think the moon is made of green cheese.
Subj: Why bush thinks 9/11 is about him
In response to question: when will bush realize 9/11 isn't about HIM?
Think of it this way...9/11 IS about him in a sick kind of way. He and the neocons needed 9/11 to drive through their agenda. He's used it ever since to justify his existence. They wanted it and they let it happen. The fact that thousands of innocent people died is the price WE paid. That's why Karen Hughes can totally invalidate people's feelings and say the families and firemen are "wrong" to be upset about bush using 9/11 images for his campaign. Bush does own 9/11 in the deepest way. He LOVES 9/11. He brings it up all the time. 9/11 changed everything, don't you know that yet? But don't worry. Some day hopefully soon when it's proven they knew and let it happen, you'll see 9/11 transform from the beloved firstborn to the hideous evil spawn that it really is. He wants us to pay for it while he takes the glory. Yeah right. The bill is in the mail, george.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Cole and History
Someone please inform Tom Cole that if Lincoln had lost the election in 1860, there wouldn't have been any Confederacy, or probably any Civil War. I think the misguided boob means the 1864 election, but with an intellect like his, who knows. I hope jerks like this keep shooting their mouths off so Kerry can have a cakewalk. And why is Ann Coulter still appearing on CNN after her lies about Max Cleland? Does that network know any shame? Why not just bring on David Duke?
Subj: George and Martha
MAJOR POINT HERE. While Bush's prancing on the deck in the crotch shot of the year reopened the dialogue regarding his guard disservice. The same opportunity has just arisen with regard to the political prosecution and conviction of Martha Stewart on circumstantial evidence. REVIVE THE HARKIN OIL STOCK TRANSACTION BY DUBYA, which was later ok'd, covered up, by his daddy's SEC. What's the difference? In fact, W made more money on his insider info and Martha got the entire US Justice Dept. brought down on her behind.
PLEASE, SOMEBODY TAKE THIS AND RUN IMMEDIATELY.
A true librul in the southern bible belt--and I do mean belt.
Subj: computerized voting machines
Just a thought - if we don't get our act together by November 2004 and have a guaranteed, verifiable paper trail election, it might be a good idea for folks to request absentee ballots where there are machines.
In Oregon, we vote by mail and it is not only cost effective, but we have a guaranteed paper trail of each and every vote.
As a friend of mine says, "If we as a nation are willing to pay for the price of democracy with lives, then we should surely be willing to pay for safeguards and a paper trail to ensure that our voting process is also protected."
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Subj: Martha Stewart is Not Ken Lay
Thank you for your story about Martha Stewart's conviction being a positive step towards the "democratization" of Wall Street.
However, positive you may feel, I do not share your optimism. As long as Ken Lay, a George W. Bush insider, a Cheney energy task-force member, a key player in the California energy crisis, which has destroyed the lives of thousands of Californians and ex-Enron employees, and which helped undermine the California political system (Davis recall/coup); is still out free there is NO justice and NO democracy.
Either your knowledge of recent history is woefully incomplete or you just purposely left out the most important issues related to how corporate malfeasance has destroyed the United States political system.
Martha Stewart is not an insider (a woman). Stewart is merely the high-profile sacrifice that was thrown to the public (wolves) to satisfy and distract the angry mob of disenchanted investors, California citizens, Enron employees, and under-employed US citizens whose jobs have been exported overseas. This distraction, the dog and pony show that was this trial, will not work on this US citizen. Please consider a rewrite.
Please note that Haitians are not Somalis or Iraqis and have no wish to hurt Americans, even ones who have taken their president from them. But their grief is monumental and we have done a very bad thing, not only to Haiti but to ourselves. Treating the world as if it belonged to you alone and taking whatever you want is not the way to stop terrorism. On the contrary, this is the way to encourage it. The Haitian people love peace and they love Americans. But this is too much for them to bear silently. Imagine if in the good ole days of the cold war Russians came in and took our president. Would you be angry? Also please know, even if we don't always remember this ourselves, Haitians know the difference between the American government and the American people. They are not anti-American...they are anti-meddling governments who wish to disrupt democracy.
I'm afraid for Aristide's life, they have him isolated in the middle of nowhere and no one can even visit him. If they kill him, we wouldn't know for weeks. Please contact your representatives and the State Department and tell them you are concerned for his safety. Thank you!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Bush Sept. 11 Campaign Ads
Why not have the Dems use the photo of GWB sitting in that classroom in Florida on Sept. 11, 2001 looking like a deer caught in the headlights and then asking where he was hiding out for the four hours it took for him to address the nation? I have tried to find that photo but suspect it has been scrubbed just like his guard records. There is no shortage of ammunition to use in anti-Bush adds because he is the dumbest president this country has ever had! Yes, his managers can be very smart at times but no one who scores a 25% out of 100% on a test is in the brainy category. Boy! I would love to see his Yale and Harvard records. But they too, have probably been scrubbed.
Subj: Cole Bin Laden
I just saw Cong. Cole of Oklahoma on Faux News (March 6, 4:30 p.m. EST) where he repeated his obnoxious claims about a Kerry victory aiding Osama Bin Laden. Cole's a screwy, slandering little weasel who just proves how far Republicans have moved out of the mainstream.
Jim from Long Island
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