March 15, 2004
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THIS IS PART 2 OF THE MARCH 15, 2004 BUZZFLASH MAILBAG. CLICK HERE FOR PART 1.
Subj: American Voters
Are we going to have to go through this intense, outraged angry liberal routine every time there's a national election? Is half the American population so naive, so gullible, so religious, so imbued with misguided patriotism that we have to fight and scratch with every sinew of our collective liberal bodies to keep empty-headed, selfish, self-righteous Republican demagogues out of critical Congressional and executive offices in every election for the remainder of the foreseeable future? Will the NASCAR-loving, Confederate-flag-waving, fundamental Christian, super-patriotic, homosexual-hating, pick-up-driving, gun-obsessed portion of our population continue to thrive and multiply until our cherished political traditions and liberties are totally obliterated? The whole world looks on and wonders.
We must send Sen. Kerry every penny we can afford.
Subj: Tom Cole
It might be worthy of note that Tom Cole was once the right hand man of Frank Keating another footinmouth GOP guttersnipe who called teachers slugs and suggested that capital punishment was a way of celebrating life. Do I see a trend here? Yes..
Subj: Sitting on Terror Data
Regarding the indictment of a Braun staff worker on charging of spying for Al Queda. This all is just too timely. If Bush is sitting on terror data and using it at his convenience, he should be tried for treason. Call Bush on this manipulation and changing of the subject. This is the CRIMINAL investigation I want. He got away with it Saddam. Reagan got away with it concerning the hostages. With this bunch timing is everything and they are making the events timely.
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She worked for Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. in 1993 and then Rep. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., in 1994 before joining the office of former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley Braun as press secretary in 1996. From March to May 2002, she worked for Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.
"Her position was eliminated in the downsizing following the 1994 elections," said Josh Kardon, chief of staff for now-Sen. Wyden. "She worked for us a short period of time."
Braun's current spokesperson, Loretta Kane, said the former senator does not remember Lindauer.
Subj: Worthy of Discussion
Giuliani stated Dimson's "leadership on that day [9/11] is central to his record." DimSon himself agrees - "how this administration handled that day ... is worthy of discussion." So True!
Bush ignored the 1st plane's attack and proceeded to a kiddie photo-op. He ignored the 2nd plane's attack and sat like a bump on a proverbial log doing Nothing! [just as he had done Nothing to prepare for or prevent the attacks after having been warned of them]. He then read a short statement someone wrote for him, then fled in fear, flying around the country all day. So anxious to run for cover, he was in the air before the final attack occurred. He returned to Washington about 7pm, bedding down at his regular bedtime since nothing unusual happened today.
Meanwhile Cheney had skittered for his hideyhole bunker. So who's in charge here?
The political confiscation of the tragedy began that very day with the photograph of DimSon supposedly speaking by phone to Cheney - the photo which was later sold to raise money for the rethuglicans - as were photos of him three days later when he finally went to New York.
This maladministration ordered the Saudi family to flee the country forbidding the FBI to question them. An investigation should have begun that very day, but neither DimSon nor Cheney ordered one to start - and have stonewalled it ever since.
So, yes DimSon's lack of leadership that day and every day since, "is central to his record" and well "worthy of discussion" - and we invite him to spend hours with the Commission - and with Kerry - "discussing" it.
Subj: Democrats on Hill give Kerry hero's welcome on return
Wow! The senate gave Kerry a resounding 'roaring' standing ovation!
Looks like the Dems have finally figured out the only way to win against these mud slinging, election stealing thugs is by standing together .. maybe its true, Bush really is a uniter!
And it's not just the Senate .. "Kerry's visit to the Senate followed three similar bridge-building meetings on the House side of Capitol Hill". This included meeting .. "separately with the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus before traveling across the Capitol for his Senate meetings".
and there's MORE ...
"The unity theme was punctuated later in the day as Senator John Edwards of North Carolina, the last major challenger to drop from the nomination race, introduced Kerry to about 100 of his campaign donors in an effort to solicit their support for his colleague heading into the general election."
This might be the best news we've seen in years .. Decades?!
Kennedy, the senior senator from Massachusetts summed it up the best ...
" The party has never, in my time that I've been in politics, come together like it's coming together"
Amen! And it couldn't come at a better time,
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Subj: Mercenary plane from US?
Thank you for your story in the International Herald Tribune. I have been following this story as well: apparently, this plane, US registered, may have originated in the United States flying out of Hope Air force Base in North Carolina, flying to Zimbabwe through Barbados.
The news out of Africa, if you can trust it, indicates that these mercenaries were working at the behest of US, British, and Spanish intelligence services, and was manned by South Africans. This mercenary force was meant to oust either Zimbabwe's Mugabe or a man named Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who is the president of Equitorial Guinea.
As you indicated, Equitorial Guinea has significant oil reserves, and it has been suggested that the coup was meant to replace Mbsdogo with a exiled Guinean living in Madrid. Last year Equitorial Guinea produced 350,000 barrels of oil per day, which ranked third in sub-Saharan Africa behind Nigeria and Angola.
Apparently, these mercenaries have been linked to a company called Executive Outcomes, an organization that has provided mercenaries for British-South African corporations dealing in gold, diamonds, and oil. Apparently, due to former president George Herbert Walker Bush's Executive Order 12333, which allowed the privatization of intelligence services, has enabled the existence of these shadowy intelligence/security organizations whose mandate is enforcing the will of multinationals against sovereign nations.
Apparently, Executive Outcomes teams have operated in West Timor and West Papua New Guinea, and have been linked to atrocities committed there.
This is a significant story, but due to the terrible bombing in Madrid, it was pushed to the back pages. Anyway...will post other interesting tidbits as I come across them.
Subj: Why Liberals Hate Bush
Hi there Buzz,
I'd just like to add my two cents to the comments by the political scientist who claims that liberals hate Bush because he's a conservative, a Christian, and a Texan. Being a conservative (a rabid one) might have something to do with it, but as for the other two: sorry, no dice. There are plenty of Texans I admire -- Molly Ivins, for one. And how about Willie Nelson, Sissy Spacek, and Katherine Ann Porter!
But what gets my goat is that he thinks people hate him because he's Christian. Well, he's about as Christian as my left boot. The most Christian president we've had is Jimmy Carter. He might not go down as history's most successful president, but there's a good argument that he was among the best men who've held that office. He actually walked the walk of being a Christian, particularly in his remarkable, largely unsung post-presidential career.
Here's a link to a great Hendrik Herzberg essay about Carter: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/character/essays/carter.html
Why can't conservatives understand that the loathing so many liberals feel for Bush has nothing to do with where he's from or where he goes to church, but everything to do with what he's done to this country?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Violation going on in post on House page
I clicked on the Josh Michah link re: stolen memos and then read on. Found him noting a violation in passing. I think it deserves a commentary from BuzzFlash because unless I'm mistaken (wouldn't be the first time) federal government pages can not be used as campaign tools.
If go to: http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/
Note the John Kerry story.
Click "read more" and be further offended:
“The American people deserve a president who isn't a hostage to the radical environmental community and who knows that what's hurting us is red tape and frivolous environmental litigation - not American oil."
This is a House web site, not a campaign web site. Paid for with tax payer monies and forbidden from using said monies for campaign purposes. This posting crosses the line and is a violation.
-- Jake Whatley
Subj: BUSH'S NEWEST TV AD VIOLATES MILITARY REGULATIONS !!!
They've done it again.
The latest Bush-Cheney TV ad "Forward" http://www.georgewbush.com/tvads/ features several military personnel performing duties while wearing their official uniforms. There are several shots of soldiers carrying rifles, a shot of seaman launching a plane from a flight deck, a shot of a soldier flying a helicopter, etc.
It's a blatant violation of military regulations for any military personnel to promote any sort of political message while wearing an official US uniform. And as Commander-in-chief, it's a violation of military regulations for President Bush to direct or cause any member of the military to violate those regulations.
The specific Army rule that covers this issue can be found on page 8 of Chapter 1 in Army Regulation 670-1, Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia:
I'm certain there are similar regulations and rules that apply to the other branches (Navy and Marines).
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: gag me! he has gutted women's health programs!!!!!!!
Well, now isn't this interesting. Laura Bush who said not long ago that George Bush is not interested in her opinions and she is not interested in hearing his, she who does a did a weekly radio address one Saturday, she who is campaigning for her husband talking about health care of all things :):) She want's to have it both ways...she does not want to answer any questions. just take her at her word. she clearly does not have a clue what bush has been doing to women's health care, and then there that little abortion rights question they avoid at every corner. Those people are so dishonest and pathetic but the media is worse because they do nothing to correct the lies. they want Laura off limits to criticism so she like her husband can tell one lie after the other. anyone ask her about all the money bush has cut from health programs around the world because they included info on condoms?
Subj: If you aren't in uniform, SHUT UP
Again last week, a healthy 20 year old college student told me that he supports the war in Iraq. This one supports it because Saddam defied the UN, which the US did as well. Obviously he doesn't support the war enough.
Just a warning, if you are over 18, and you support this war and haven't done your time in Iraq or you aren't in uniform training to due your part, then SHUT UP. That is exactly what I told people who supported Vietnam and weren't over there, and I would have told any one of the Bush chicken hawks who didn't go to Vietnam the same.
The next person who compares the Reserves or Guard, fighting in Iraq, to the ones who didn't fight in Vietnam had better duck. Only 9 Guardsmen are on that Vietnam Wall out of 54,000 plus.
Karen Webb, Moore, Ok.
WHAT?!?! How many troops can we send to take over the world at this point? When will the draft begin??
A BuzzFlash Reader
A comment by C. Rice on Meet the Press concerning the 911 commission: “The president is very busy and has a schedule to keep..”Funny - he has a fundraising schedule to keep, much more important than finding the truth about 911…
Love your site!
Subj: Bush Flip-Flop Ad
In light of Bush's "Steady Leadership" ad, why don't the MoveOn on Media Group people run an ad in response?
As we know, Bush flip flops more than anyone -- set up an ad that can be changed easily and updated regularly. Using visual graphics will highlight how " unsteady" Bush is in conducting his job.
Use a simple graphic like a teeter totter with Bush standing in the middle or a line graph going first up and then down, to show Bush's flips and then his flops.
Start out with his more obvious gaffes (like the deficit and the WMDs) and then as the campaign goes on he/or his staffs weekly turn-a-rounds or Bushisms.
I see a really simple visual like the one that they use for that antidepressant drug Zoloff or whatever it is.
Repetition is the key and the changing subjects will keep TV viewers interested and paying attention to the message.
Please pass this idea along and use it any way you want.
george bush is running from the debates like he ran from fighting for his country! :):):)
he prefers stay out of harms way! :):):):):)
a BuzzFlash reader
RE: Little Secrets Behind Bush's "Growing" Economy
Ah, there it is in an article tucked away in the Business Section of Sunday's New York Times. The economy is not really as robust as Dubya wants the country to believe. A significant portion of the profits reported by U.S. countries is actually an offset due to the dropping value of the U.S. dollar against foreign currencies.
What that means in everyday terms is that our goods are cheaper to buy, but foreign goods cost us more. That explains the records numbers in the trade deficit. That also explains one reason why companies are continuing to lay off workers in some cases and failing to add workers in others.
What does it all mean? It means Dubya's robust economic recovery is just more hot air. He's relying on skewed statistics yet again. That explains a lot about why the average family does not feel its financial condition has improved in the past couple of years. That explains a lot about why two simultaneous wars are such a drain on the economy. That explains a lot why the surplus we enjoyed at the end of Clinton's term in office was replaced by an unprecedented federal deficit after just three years of Bush's disastrous economic policies.
In fact, were it not for Dubya's gluttonous corporate welfare programs and the fall of the dollar, those quote corporate profits would be red ink, and he campaigns that to go back to the old system would be a disaster and hurt American families. No wonder he smirks. It takes some big cojones to tell such tall tales.
Subj: The Stupid and the Truly Sorrow-full
Sunday's Buzz postings are filled with the Stupid and the Sorrow-full.
1. DimSon nominated the chairman and chief executive of a manufacturing company to be in charge of a government office to help create manufacturing jobs in the U.S. - when the chairman himself shipped American jobs to his plant in China! Way to go W!
2. Then DimSon marked International Women's Week by paying tribute to women reformers - but one of those he cited is a man. Cool. And he included in his honoree list "his wife, first lady Laura Bush." Right. Like she's done so much for women and humanity!
DimSon claimed, "We stand with courageous [women] reformers." Did he "stand" with Katherine Gunn, the British woman who was arrested and prosecuted for her " courageous" exposure of DimSon's spying on UN ambassadors prior to his illegal invasion of Iraq?
1. Six more soldiers and many innocent Iraqi's killed this weekend.
2. The Guardian's article, "Revealed: the full story of the Guantanamo Britons." This is a Must Read for every American citizen to fully understand the demise of any semblance of democracy, justice and rule of law that has occurred under this immoral maladministration.
3. And the article about James Yee, the Army chaplain at Guantanamo who was arrested and charged with mutiny and sedition, aiding the enemy and espionage & was part of a spy ring - who spent time in solitary confinement and was slandered as an enemy spy. A half-year later, his charges were reduced to wrongful sexual intercourse with a navy lieutenant. "The public will be gratified that the Pentagon is so diligently protecting the Guantanamo detainees from allegedly adulterous religious counselors. The government owes him an apology, and should not hide behind a series of picayune charges to avoid admitting error." Yeh, like that will happen!
This is, indeed, a crazed cabal run amok!
Subj: Some good headlines
Here's my choice for the best headline of the day, March 14, 2004
veterans reject Bush"
...and here are the top five headlines from the past little while that have become invisible in the election year....
troops may be in Iraq for 10 years"
"Were Bush National Guard Files Cleansed?" 'Ex-officer: Bush file's details caused concern' http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-02-11-bush-guard-usat_x.htm
Deficit Scales Record Heights"
Bush Clan's Family Business"
of American Dead in Iraq Since Bush Declared War 'Won'"
Kind of cool how I got Fox News in there, eh?
'By their own words shall they be known'
Subj: Bush 9/11 Ad
The flag-draped coffin in the Bush ad reminds me that Bush has ignored all the flag-draped coffins of dead soldiers coming home from Iraq. That is the image that should be portrayed in the Bush ad -- 500-plus flag draped coffins of American soldiers. How dare he use the dead of one tragedy and not the dead of the other; he is responsible for both.
I have some questions: why would a touch screen voting machine manufacturer design a machine that does not produce a verifiable paper trail? Who did they think the market would be for such a contraption? Which jurisdictions bought them, and what is the political affiliation of those in charge?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: if Spanish incumbents do badly, say bye bye to 1 "coalition partner"
and if that works, then expect the next suicide bombing in Italy, or in Japan, or in Poland...
The only thing the war on terror is doing is making terror more widespread and unpredictable...
Has Al Quaida got LESS power now than before Bush's 2 wars??
You tell me.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Could Be Fun!
they just said on headline news that john kerry has called for a series of monthly debates on the issues. make your own bumper stickers!
my first one is
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Subj: Serfs for Bush - Democracy, Not "The Free Markets, Saves the Middle Class
Thom Hartmann, who is the host of the noon hour radio show, Uncommon Sense from the Radical Middle, makes the compelling point in his latest article in Common Dreams that the middle class is a creation of an enlightened governmental intervention in the business cycle. Hartmann points out that without government intervention, what is left is a small, rich class of owners, a few middle class merchants who provide services and product to those owners and a huge underclass of workers who live in continual fear of losing their jobs. The obvious conclusion is that a vote for Bush is a vote for the reemergence of a serf class in the United States. Can you say, "Welcome to Walmart?"
It's a great article. Check it out.
Let all our votes be counted.
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Subj: Bush Election Strategy -- Updated Version
Heard it on Fox News. Here is what they said, with a bit of editing and interpretation on my part.
The Socialists have been elected in Spain, changing the direction of the government there.
So, if terrorists attack in Spain it will scare the voters and they will vote out the incumbents.
That means terror wins.
Ergo, no matter what happens in America and no matter how bad the current president is, we dare not vote him out because that means we are bowing to terror and terror wins.
So every PATRIOT will vote for Bush to prove that terror won't win.
Watch for it, listen for it. the drumbeat started within an hour of hearing the returns in Spain and won't let up until November.
Am astounded all over again at how fast they are on their crooked little feet.
Subj: The Real Labor Report
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Subj: Donald Rumsfeld Lying
Please note that in the Pentagon briefing on February 10, 2004, Rumsfeld was asked a hypothetical question as to whether Saddam Hussein would still be in power if had had complied with UN resolutions as did Libya's Khaddafi. His response was that he would still be in power. I watched the briefing on TV and when I heard that statement, I was shocked since it did not toe the Administration's line that he needed to be removed anyway. <<...>>
Subj: One Down . . .
So, the Spaniards kicked out their government for supporting the US war in Iraq. Will the Bush government be the next "casualty"? I certainly hope so! The President's bragging "the terrorists are on the run" is just that: bragging! The fact is, there are more terrorist attacks since our government waged "war on terrorism". Why are there still Americans supporting this governing party?
Subj: Terry McAuliffe, Harken!
Remember when Terry McAuliffe wouldn't exclude that Bush was AWOL, after a flap raised by Michael Moore's charge and Wesley Clarke's answer to a reporter's question?
That was what started putting Bush on the defensive. Seems the Washington Press corps just can't think, notice, or remember anything without help.
So Terry should help them regarding Kerry's "crooks and liars." He should cite Bush's "The SEC exonerated me" when, in plain English, the SEC letter he referred to said specifically "This does not exonerate you." This coming from an appointee by Bush father the president who prior (or was it subsequently) was a personal lawyer for DressUp Georgie.
The Harken Scandal is your "crook and liar" all in one neat package. The press only stopped following up on Bush lie-after-exposure-after-lie because we were all suddenly on the lookout for terrorist frogmen who might blow up our apartment buildings, if you remember the course of stories in July/August 2002.
Then McAuliffe should go on to lay out the whole Harken Insider Trading Scam with a nice little timeline of lie-revelation-covering lie--I remember Bush went about 6 deep on this one. Then he can tie it in with Ken Lay contributing $139,000 to Bush, Enron giving 6-to-1 to Bush vs Democrats, the curious lack of charges against Lay at a time when Stewart is having her life destroyed for much lesser offenses, etc etc.
We can of course consider BuzzFlash's own article on the subject:
There's much more. Much much more. Crooks and liars is the least of it.
PS I was watching C-Span's "Washington Journal" and saw someone with a new, laudatory book on Rumsfeld. Did you know this little tidbit, as they called it: Rumsfeld co-owns a ranch with Dan Rather! Ahh. That liberal press.
Neo-Con World View
As the agenda of the Neo-Cons and the Christian Right is revealed in Bush's public policy more each day, many of us are increasingly worried. If they could get everything they want, what would the world look like? How does the average conservative Republican picture the future they are trying to create. There are lots of traditional Republicans, many of whom are very unhappy but not yet ready to vote for a Democrat, who still believe their party is concerned with fiscal responsibility and smaller government. They don't perceive that "traditional Republican " doesn't describe Bush nor Cheney, Rumsfeld, Perle, Hastert or DeLay. Is there a Neo-Con out there who truly believes in their agenda who can explain how the world will be a better place for everybody, not just the wealthiest 1%?
Here are the end results of their core policies
+Repeal of Roe vs. Wade=Deadly Illegal Abortions and More Unwanted Children
+Nationwide School Vouchers=Destruction of the Public School System
+No Environmental Regulations= Gradual Privatization and Destruction of Our Environment +No Labor Unions=Loss of Benefits and Worker Regulations
+No Corporate Taxes or Taxes on the Wealthy=Lower Federal Revenues for Social Needs
+ No Social Security or Medicare=No Social Safety Net
+ No Minimum Wage = Work Force Made Up of Non-union and Immigrant Workers Trapped in Low Wage Misery
+ Theocratic Government = Christianity in Government, Education and Social Policy
+ No Gun Laws=Increased Gun Deaths
+ Neo-Con Foreign Policy=Endless War for the Control of Oil
+Corporate Globalization = Worldwide Race to the Bottom
Do they really want a return to 19th century values with robber barons, all-powerful corporations, no environmental, labor, civil or human rights regulations and guns, guns, guns? Is that the better world they envision?
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Subj: A Clue
Dear Mr Safire
Hope all is well with you.
Do you really believe Bush and his Cartel are honest men? You really must look again. Try the sequence of stories about Bush's insider trading at Harken beginning around May '02, through August. Do you remember, roughly: " The SEC lost it, no, my accountant forgot to do it, yes, I am responsible but my father had me investigated and exonerated, well, actually I wasn't exonerated, but no you can't see the records..."
It was at that point in the development of the story that I think we had the sudden Terror Alert about frogmen terrorists, blowing up apartment buildings, etc, one scenario after another for a week and by then we were getting ready for the Attack on Iraq Show.
Or: Bush Sr's Sec of Def Cheney feeding work to Halliburton where he gets hired as Chairman and then sets up 40 off-shore companies to avoid taxation AND do business with Iraq and Iran and Libya AND make bribes in Africa, etc etc. Cheney who then as vice-president installs policies that give Halliburton 800% profit growth, while they are stealing millions at the same time as providing sub-standard materials to our troops. .. And Cheney getting paid three grand a week by this company after he swore he was off their payroll and he'd get rid of a quarter-million stock options, which he never did, though now might be a good time considering 800% growth....
This is just a tiny fraction of their crookedness and lying. BushCo's already-existing record, their own words and actions, will convict them in the court of Public Opinion as it gets exposed. In the months to follow, will you see a daily drip-drip-drip of truth infusing the public discussion. The titration point, where a clear majority are fully repulsed by Little Georgie Clayfeet, draws ever nearer.
As a Republican you should be asking yourself how your party can drop the most incompetent, ignorant, infantile person in the role of President this country has ever seen before your nominating convention. This is a matter not just for the Republican Party's survival. It is a matter of national survival.
The truth will out, sir. The truth will out. Count on it. Adapt.
Subj: Cheney: "we go where the business is."
Hi fellow BuzzFlash readers/partners in soothing sanity! In Dick Cheney's own words, 1998:
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Subj: Thank You
It's been a long, long time since I wrote my first letter to you. It was in mid January of last year, the morning after my friend told me he was being sent to Iraq. I woke up that morning and I was an emotional mess. I remember, I visited your site and I just starting writing a letter to you. I had never written to anyone on the internet, except my personal friends. It was 100% therapeutic to put my emotions on my computer screen. I found your email address, titled my letter "George Bush Says My Friend May Have to Die", and I hit "send". You published that letter as a stand alone article. I was grateful because you allowed me to express my feelings publicly.
Today, all these many months later my friend will have his feet on American soil again. He's coming home! He's coming home today and he's okay. I've waited so long to say those words and today I can. I finally can! Oh my goodness that sounds so good.
I am writing this letter to thank you for so many things. Thank you for publishing that letter that I wrote on that awful morning. Thank you to everyone who writes letters to your site. You writers have been invisible friends and reading what you have written has helped so very much. It's good to know that I'm not alone in all my conflicted feelings about what is happening in our world. You guys have been and are wonderful. Thank you so much!
I won't stop protesting this war until every single soldier is back at home where he surely belongs. I won't give up, nobody should. My friend will be home, and I want your friends and family members to be at home too.
Once more BuzzFlash, thank you! Once more everyone who writes for BuzzFlash, thank you too! I don't know what I would have done without you. I really and truly don't.
With sincere gratitude,
ernest (aka pissed off patricia)
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