March 17, 2004
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Today's white house press conference-i am so mad.
Bush is saying that in a presidential campaign people should name names when they say things like kerry did when he said other countries want kerry in. He is saying it goes to issues about credibility and being straight with the american people. You must blast him-scott is now saying that kerry refuses to back his statements up and it is part of a pattern--the american people ought to know on what basis you make those claims. This secretive, lying president is actually saying that. What a joke. You need to destroy bush's credibility - look up how many times he said he would not talk about something-and don't forget to mention cheney going to supreme court because he doesn't want to release info about his energy consultants. This is nuts. Go get 'em now. Make an ad that says bush is saying if senator kerry doesn't say who the leaders are that want him to win...that he is making the story up. Then show tapes of bush or scott refusing to tell things-and also show bush telling lies. Also don't let the medicare lie about cost story die...and ask why bush mentioned wmd in his inaugural speech.
Subj: AOL News - Bush Presses Kerry to Name Supporters
This would be a marginally at best, effective affront against Kerry if it weren't just plain hilarious. The emperor's manufactured righteous indignation, and chest beating only serve to better highlight the hypocrisy that is the "GOP." One must surly gasp in astonishment, at such a demand from the party that has virtually hidden every action committed by them since 200, and still refuses to allow an investigation (a real one anyway) which would help the US in the war on terrorism, for personal political gain, or to hide their own incompetence, and or culpability. Perhaps Kerry might be inclined to be more forthcoming,( Though his assertion that the parties involved wish to remain anonymous satisfies me personally, since it is understandable given the remaining months we still have to endure Dubya's smash, smear, distort, destroy, mislead, and profit before principles, governing style.) If Dubya, or BIG DICK would reveal who created the energy policy, or what their actions actually were on 9-11, Dubya's war record with Iraq, and the lack there of, of his own whereabouts during Viet Nam, and on, and on. Dubya has yet to answer why has Bin Laden not been found "dead or alive," along with the massive stockpiles of chemical weapons they "knew," existed prior to the war, but despite the proof they spouted they had, which was its exact location, remains to be found? Dubya's latest drama queen theatrics distinctively exposes the GOP's somewhere in the basement level of desperation, and vulnerability they now faces. Now more than ever is the time to turn up the heat, and not get overly confident.
Subj: "unemployment at 30-year low"
Yesterday on CNN's INSIDE POLITICS, Republican Greg Mueller said our 5.6% unemployment is at its lowest point in the last three decades. As usual, the Democratic wimp said nothing--and the CNN anchor (Candy Crowley) also said nothing. This is horrendous journalism! Unemployment was 3.9% under President Clinton--as everyone should know if the media did a halfway decent job of informing the public. But apparently, the corporate media wants to misinform the public.
If the mainstream media did not have a conservative bias, you would show a graph of how with every change of party in the White House for the past eighty years, the job situation in the country has improved going from Republican to Democratic and has worsened changing from Democratic to Republican:
Annual rate of job loss/gain:
Hoover (minus) 9.0% FDR 5.3% Truman 2.5% Eisenhower 0.9% JFK 2.3% LBJ 3.8% Nixon 2.2% Ford 1.1% Carter 3.1% Reagan 2.1% GHW Bush 0.6% Clinton 2.4% GW Bush (minus) 0.7%
Obviously this is something that cannot be said in the mainstream media. Sometimes the media will say " 21,000 jobs were created last month" as if that were a good thing. You must always say that the creation of 150,000 jobs is needed each month just to keep up with population growth. Clinton averaged 240,000 a month for his 96 months.
Bush will be the first president since The Great Depression to have a loss of jobs during a term. Tell the people how during the height of Roaring Twenties' prosperity (before the Depression), the majority of Americans were below the poverty line. It took the LIBERAL/SOCIALIST New Deal to bring the majority of Americans out of poverty. A lot of talking heads in the media sound like we would be better off if we had Roaring Twenties' policies. A lack of regulation on the stock market caused the 1929 collapse.
From CNN Transcripts:
CNN can't think of any reason why Kerry should call the Bush team "corrupt" or "lying". I think the transfer of TRILLIONS of dollars from the middle and lower classes to the very, very rich and the largest corporations qualifies as "corrupt". "Lying" could be referring to the fake photo of Kerry and Jane Fonda on stage together, or the fake photo of Kerry killing a POW, or the fake story of his affair with the AP journalist.
The Bush team also lied about the levels of arsenic, the levels of CO2, global warming, tax cuts, jobs, education, Medicare, the deficit, a humble foreign policy, ending Clinton's overextension of our military, the sixty-two thousand liters of anthrax and botulinum, the one million pounds of sarin, the two trailers, the aluminum tubes, the shack in the North, the drones, the yellowcake from Niger, Jessica Lynch, al Qaeda in Iraq, the meeting in Prague, the finding of WMD, the imminent mushroom cloud, and what he did on 9/11.
Bush's insider trading with Harken Energy was forty times worse than Martha Stewart.
All of the above is worse than Whitewatergate and Nannygate combined. The media gave us eight solid years of Whitewatergate and Clinton was impeached. If this is not enough proof of conservative bias in the media, I'll get back to you later with more.
Subj: Denial IS, for conservatives, de rigueur
Each vote *against* Aznar was a vote for international legitimacy and multilateral cooperation in the war against terror.
Each vote *for* Mr. Bush & his myopic "crusade" is a goad *to* terrorism today and tomorrow.
Most of the world, including a majority of Arabs & Muslims, expressed by millions of articles & numerous polls, supported the U.S. in the aftermath of 9/11.
Much of the world, including a majority of Arabs & Muslims, expressed by millions of articles & numerous polls, now oppose the U.S. because of its war against Iraq.
Conservatives distorted and conflated the war against Iraq as a war against terror.
Terrorists exploited the war against Iraq to expand their list of targets & excuses.
Mr. Bush and his conservatives have, *in fact*, aided and abetted --- terrorism.
Conservatives, of course, deny it, when, in Madrid's carnage, there is *no* denial.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Stern--Weapon of Bush Destruction
Having seen the light, Howard Stern seems to be devoting his show full time to a different kind of Boob i.e. the unelected fraud in the White House. With Hannity, Limbaugh and Drudge doing their best to smear John Kerry with anything they can find or make up, Stern is now a voice in the radio wilderness, at least for now... Keep "punching back" as hard as you can, as this is already shaping up to be the nastiest campaign on record. With no accomplishments to defend, and plenty to avoid (the 911 Committee, Hooveresque job losses, the Iraq disaster, the Spanish election), what else can Club Bush do but destroy their opponent.
Eric from Texas(we're not all nuts down here)
Subj: Lighter Side
A BuzzFlash Reader
Please, if anyone heard this....either prove or disprove...I just want to think that someone other than me heard....that...What Kerry said was that he had heard from "More" leaders that they wanted the democrats to win in November...and being the dimwits that they are, the republicans heard, "Foreign" leaders!
I heard just a blip on the television last night....and never heard anymore about it.
Either way, I would believe it, but would love to know just what was said.
You can never believe one thing the Repugs say.
Subj: Here's an investigative report I'd like to see.....
Somebody needs to compile in one easy to access list all the programs targeted for reduction or cancellation in order to pay for the Bush tax cuts, along with the amount and percentage of each program's budget. I keep hearing dribs and drabs about this and that program and every one of them seems to be making the hole in the "safety net" of our society frighteningly huge. Are you folks up to the task? I think you are....
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Who did the CBS/NYT poll?
The NY Times has an article about their recent poll and Bush leads Kerry (46-43%), the article quotes 3 Republicans and an independent. Talk about bias, and it ain't liberal.
Listed in the article are:
No wonder Bush leads Kerry in the Poll, it seems like they took a poll at a GOP event. Or at least they couldn't find a Democrat to quote in the article about the poll.
Tell me again how liberal the NYT is.
Subj: You got a shout out on Imus this morning!
Just want to let you know that Imus' producer Bernard Mcgirt gave you a shout out this morning concerning folks paying audiences to listen to Dennis Miller's whining. Good job! Keep it up!
Subj: March for America
I’m organizing a million man March for America to be held on June 1, 2004 in Los Angeles, CA and would like to invite you and your members to join us. Can you please pass along the information for this event to your members? They can reach me for more information regarding this event at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and let’s beat Bush,
Subj: Limbaugh Schimbaugh
Limbaugh like the mainstream media are simply pimps for the Great W(hore)
I see that the TV news pundits are spinning the results of the recent election in Spain as a victory for Al Qaeda, that the Spanish people were cowering in fear of terrorism as they went to the polls. Given that the Aznar government was attempting to lay the blame for last week's attack on Basque separatists, even after it was evident they weren't involved, I think it more likely that the Spanish people decided they didn't like being lied to by their government. Polls before the war showed that 80% of Spaniards opposed the war on Iraq, which we now know was based on deception and a slick propaganda campaign by the Bush administration. The Spanish people should be commended on being able to see through the spin, even after a national tragedy. Let's hope the American people are as discerning come November.
Subj: Traitors in the White House
Much ado about nothing. If the white house and the GOP thinks that Sen. John Kerry is going to name names about which leaders wanted him to beat Bush they are highly mistaken.
SENATOR KERRY SHOULD TELL THEM TO FIRST NAME THE TRAITORS IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHO OUTED VALIERIE PLAME, WHICH PUT HER LIFE IN DANGER, AND THAT THEN HE WILL CONSIDER NAMING THOSE LEADERS. ISN'T THAT FAIR AND SQUARE?
Sen. Kerry at least spoke the truth, we all know that the cowboy in the white house is disliked almost everywhere in the world, and his miserable policies stink!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: What is so funny, Mr. President?
It was scary. At a mini-press conference with the Dutch Prime Minister today, March 16, Bush was asked about the possible effects of the Spanish bombings on the subsequent elections. While the reporter was asking the question, Bush started snickering like he was hearing a dirty joke. This happened twice. Is the death of 200 people suddenly funny? Perhaps as funny as executing Paula Faye Tucker? What is going on in his head? I believe some serious attention be given to this apparent flaw in his character before he suddenly decides martial law is "a good thing" and suspends the coming election.
Hey Republicans! The Baby Emperor has no clothes!
Subj: Actual Death Toll in Iraq
As you know (reported at BartCop) it appears they are not counting deaths if the soldier dies within weeks or months of injuries.
Could you look into this? Is the actual number closer to 1200?
TELL ME WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!
Your faithful political junky was truly blown away by the events that took place in Spain over this past weekend. After another truly disgusting and despicable terrorist attack on a civilian population, the Spanish government quickly responded by saying it was ETA (a Basque separatist group) only later to admit it was islamic militants, then finally al Qaeda. Tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of people took to the streets all over Spain in a display of mourning, solidarity, strength, and outrage. They protested terrorism. They held their OPEN hands in the air to symbolize the open government they desire now more then ever (something i'll be doing this Saturday). The Spanish population, over 90% of which was in opposition the War in Iraq, took to the polls and voted. Voting not only to oust the former Prime Minister Aznar, but also to relinquish his "conservative" Popular Party from their majority control of Spain's 350 member congress. Making Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero the new Prime Minister and his Socialist party the majority. The new Prime Minister almost immediately stating that "Unless there is a change, in that the United Nations takes control and the occupiers give up political control, the Spanish troops will come back, and the limit to their presence is June 30," Spain has 1,300 soldiers in Iraq. He went on to say this of the War in Iraq "It divided more than it united, there were no reasons for it. Time has shown that the arguments for it lacked credibility and the occupation has been managed badly,'' he said.
Democracy truly is a powerful thing. Not powerful enough to warrant support of a President elected by more than 70% of the population of Haiti. Sorry Mr. Aristide for cutting you off economically and then allowing a military coup to unseat you before intervening, but we have problems of our own. Democracy, here in the United States, isn't powerful enough to allow the Popular Election (the votes of most Americans) to elect a President (Gore received 50,996,039 votes, Bush got 50,456,141).
In this election we are campaigning against a "war" president who has taken more vacation than any other president in history. A Campaigner in Chief with a "war" chest of just under $200 Million dollars. That's $200,000,000,000.00. Not to mention a Republican National Committee that claims any ad by any person or group against President Bush is equivalent to a John Kerry for President ad. We may have to get creative, but our voices can and must be heard. This weekend there is a call to action. A call to support the movement to get our soldiers out of Iraq, John Ashcroft out of Our definition of patriotism and law, and most importantly to get George W. Bush out of Our White House. This Saturday there will be demonstrations on Madison Ave. between 23rd and 34th Sts. in New York City, Dolores Park in San Francisco, Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles, Michigan & Pearson in Chicago, and in cities across the U.S. You can find out more information at www.internationalanswer.org. There are a lot of ways to get involved in the direction Our country can and will take in the future. If you're not one for shouting in the streets or don't like massive crowds, there are still ways to make your voice heard, no matter what your position (there actually are a couple of Republicans on this list). Take a moment on Saturday to use that voice. Write a letter, send an email, make a phone call, put up flyers, or maybe you could write an annoying mass email rant (blog) to your friends, family, elected officials, websites, news org.s, etc. It's about time we stand up and be counted.
VOTE BUSH OUT!!!!!!!
of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from
cannot organize a war with lies."
for President, Inc.
Jon - (D - NJ) Class I
Frank - (D - NJ) Class II
are listed at www.senate.gov
The "Iraq on the Record Report"
The Iraq on the Record Report, prepared at the request of Rep. Henry A. Waxman, is a comprehensive examination of the statements made by the five Administration officials most responsible for providing public information and shaping public opinion on Iraq: President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. ... This database identifies 237 specific misleading statements about the threat posed by Iraq made by these five officials in 125 public appearances in the time leading up to and after the commencement of hostilities in Iraq. The search options on the left can be used to find statements by any combination of speaker, subject, keyword, or date."
From the transcript...http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/03/20040316-2.html
And, more importantly, if you're going to make an allegation on the world stage related to Weapons of Mass Destruction to justify invading a sovereign nation, you better back it up with facts.
I just saw some guy on Fox named Steve Gardner, claiming to be a gunner on Kerry's boat in Viet Nam. He was doing a pretty nasty hatchet job while claiming he didn't have an agenda: "I didn't contact them, they contacted me..." etc.
After a few minutes searching I found this post by Garner back in February seeking to organize a political hit.
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Subj: Writing Letters to Newspapers
N Pascall of NE suggests writing to newspapers --- as a military spouse I have written umpteen letters to the editors of the Washington Post (whom I no longer deem independent and think they should remove it from their editorial page) -- the letters have been concise and I have identified myself as a veteran's wife --- none have ever been printed. Tried one to the NYTimes but it, too, never made it. So how do we get published?
Subj: Invitation to a Tea Party
I read through a link on your website about a new Boston Tea Party where people are encouraged to send a tea bag to The Man who Thinks He's President.
I have decided to join this protest and encourage others to do the same. Enclosed is the copy of a letter that I will be mailing daily to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Keep up the good work, Buzz. We need you.
Subj: Kerry and World Leaders Comment
Hello, all Kerry has to say is I will tell you what world leaders I spoke too when Dick Cheney tells us which Gas and Oil and Energy Leaders he spoke to that made California's economy tank!!!
Bush's so called Allies = A Coalition of "All Lies?"
Subj: If Bush had focused on Bin Laden, Madrid might not have happened
The idiots seem to be arguing, against any convincing empirical evidence, that going into Iraq has decreased terrorism. It seems to me that since 9/11 there have been several terrorist attacks--Bali, Saudi Arabia, Madrid, to name a few.
The Bali bombing happened on October 12, 2002. This was not long after the time that Bush lost interest in pursuing Bin Laden and started to focus on Iraq. Interesting timing.
Is it possible that many of these attacks in other countries, including those in Spain, could have been avoided if Bush had kept up the pressure on Bin Laden? Why, he might have caught or killed him by now. Just asking.
Of course, my reasoning assumes that Bush has not caught or killed Bin Laden. If he has, then we are really in trouble because Al Qaeda is clearly flourishing while we have our adventure in poor planning in Iraq.
Leslie in Boston
Subj: The term "repuglican"
I saw it again in today's Mailbag, and have to provide a correction.
They're repugs not because they're repuglicans, but because they're the repugnantones (repugnant-ones).
Much better fit, don't you think?
Subj: The Spanish Inquisition
The American newsmedia just doesn't get it. They have trumpeted about how an Al Qaeda attack in Spain caused the electorate to shift;
What no one seems to be willing to recognize is that the voters in Spain protested the entrance into the Iraq war by the millions, and the government ignored their wishes. Now that Iraq has turned into a fiasco, they have reaped their reward.
What happened in Spain was the very essence of democracy in action. The political leadership ignored the will of the people, and so it was replaced. It had no more to do with Al Qaeda than Iraq did. IF the government was representative of the people, the bombing would not have had the same effect. After all, terrorists have been conducting bombings in Spain for decades.
No, the real reason that the voters tossed Aznar is because he forgot a basic lesson of democracy - that leaders are servants of the people. They are not anointed rulers. They are public servants - Nothing more and nothing less. It is a defining element of Democracy, one that US journalists seem to be willfully neglecting.
Hopefully the US electorate will assert itself come November.
Personally I find it refreshing that the Socialists have won another one.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Billybob and Freepers
I had been wondering what the freepers have been doing. It seems like they have been quiet. Here is what they say on the website about the above man, Armor, called BillyBob. I guess this is real, but who knows. FreeRepublic:
And here is one of his writings-what a total nutcase! I wish we could see that he is not elected, if this is real.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Kerry has pulled the sword of truth from the stone. Millions of decent honest Americans make up the scabbard of truth. We must hold together and protect the sword of truth. Once the scabbard is lost Kerry is mortally wounded. Arthur didn't act alone. Kerry can't either, or the truth will be drawn beneath the rippling waters for the last time.
Keep up the good work.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Bush Hypocrisy: Campaign ads that attack Kerry support of Veterans; Administration Slashes health care to 69,000 Veterans in Northwest
Veterans' Affairs commission cites budget limits in push to close inpatient services at Walla Walla, Washington VA Medical Center. The VA facility serves 69,000 veterans in with medical and psychiatric care. The Walla Walla center's service area covers 42,000 square miles of Southeastern Washington, Eastern Oregon and parts of Idaho and Montana.
"If we can afford to spend money to give ZIP code addresses to Iraq, we can afford to take care of our veterans," according to Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4567 in Milton-Freewater, Oregon. Walla Walla Mayor Gilbert Lugo said - "The closure of this facility is totally unacceptable." Cuts will result in loss of at least 88 jobs at the hospital (25% of the staff).
These cuts come as Bush spends millions on campaign ads attacking Kerry for not supporting the military and veterans.
Subj: Defining Moment
I believe the defining moment will be the decision on 527 committees. If we have Moveon.org and the Media Fund banging on Bush for six or seven months, AND the Kerry fundraisers meet their goals, Kerry will win. Without the third party ad buys, however, it's going be uphill.
The election isn't going to be won this spring. Remember, "The old he-coon walks just before the light of day."
Long term, Bush may regret having made an issue about his standing in foreign capitals. The truth is on John Kerry's side there.
I just e-mailed the following letter to several local papers:
Back in 1948 Harry Truman was advised by enthusiastic supporters to "Give 'em hell, Harry!" In this 2004 race shouldn't we substitute Kerry for Harry?
Truman always reminded his followers that he just told the truth about his Republican opponents and "they think it's hell."
Right on. Give 'em hell, Kerry!
Subj: Kerry's Response
Kerry's response to the Bush request for names should be…
"If the President doesn't know the names of at least some of the leaders who have opposed his policies, perhaps he's even more out of touch than I already thought"
otherwise noted, all original