March 19, 2004
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Subj: Kerry's Leader Comment
And here's something I wrote:
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John Kerry Needs to Explain His Remark-----------------------------
As soon as Cheney says who all the people he met secretly with on the Energy Commission are
As soon as George Bush says what he was doing during that time he wasn't in Alabama doing guard duty and might have been in Houston doing community service for a conviction
As soon as George Bush tells why he signed off on a policy to outsource jobs overseas. Did he not read it?
As soon as George Bush explains why he hasn't included major items in this budget but will instead be going back to the trough and driving up, non-conservative style, the budget
As soon as George Bush explains why a *compassionate conservative* creates a deficit that our children and grandchildren will have to pay off.
As soon as George Bush explains why a "compassionate conservative* is gutting Social Security.
As soon as George Bush explains why he was willing to create a tax cut that did not benefit the poorest, but definitely was targeted to help the wealthy.
As soon as George Bush explains why he lied about Kerry saying he wants raise taxes, since Kerry did not say that.
As soon as George Bush explains why a democratic country is condoning and helping another country, Haiti, to overthrow a democratically-elected leader? Is he approving that democratically elected leaders that are unpopular be overthrown in this country outside of the political process?
As soon as George Bush explains why Guantanamo Bay both doesn't try to use either American principles of justice or abide by Geneva Conventions for all those prisoners who have been locked up there without hope of trial or hearing their charges
As soon as George Bush explains why citizens of this country can be locked up without due process and habeas corpus if the Justice Department decides to call them the vague term *enemy combatant*
As soon as George Bush explains why he condones the FBI being able to enter your home without a search warrant and being able to do so secretly without you ever knowing they were there. Would taking out that clause, if one doesn't agree, be considered *weakening* the Patriot Act?
As soon as George Bush explains why it's okay, in the Patriot Act, for the FBI to sneak peaks into your reading habits without your permission.
As soon as George Bush explains why he was against Homeland Security when it was first proposed
As soon as George Bush explains why he sent soldiers to war in Iraq without being properly armed and uniformed
As soon as George Bush explains why he didn't pay attention to clear warnings about terrorism before 9/11 but instead spent a month on vacation in Crawford
As soon as George Bush explains why it's okay to have Judge Scalia go out on a duck hunting weekend with Cheney right before Cheney's court case involving said energy commission
As soon as George Bush explains why he lied about Iraq having Weapons of Mass Destruction
As soon as George Bush explains why he had Colin Powell say, before the Iraq Attack, that the US would not invade Iraq without UN approval, but then did it anyway. And now impugns anyone who wanted, along with HIM, (or for that matter, his father in the Gulf War, who got and received UN backing) to have world support and UN backing before attacking
As soon as George Bush explains why he lied about saying that Saddam wanted the weapons inspectors out, instead of saying honestly that he's the one that withdrew them
As soon as George Bush explains why he lied by implication about Saddam having anything to do with 9/11, then flip-flopped and explained that Saddam had nothing do with with 9/11
As soon as George Bush explains why we have, on our payroll, Chalabi of Iraq, who has admitted he made up the falsehoods about WMD in order to get our country to invade.
As soon as George Bush accounts for all of that 87 billion dollars that was spent in Iraq, of which the body armour portion was less than one percent of the total. Will the 9.3 billion dollar slush fund of Rumsfeld be included in that breakdown?
As soon as George Bush explains why he feels no responsibility to apologize for something so serious as sending 600 soldiers to their death in the Iraqi War for a falsehood.
As soon as George Bush explains why it's okay for the taxpayers to pick up so much of his campaign expenses beyond the money he is soliciting from the rich and corporations.
As soon as George Bush explains how his Harken Stock sell was different than the stock deal Martha Stewart was just convicted on.
As soon as George Bush tells why his administration deliberately lied about the additional costs of Medicare in order to pass the bill.
As soon as George Bush explains why his administration created a false ad touting Medicare, at taxpayers expense, that pretended to be news item to avoid having to pay air time as a commercial
As soon as George Bush explains why he said he would not use 9/11 for political gain but not only used it for his first presidential campaign ad but also showed, distastefully, one of the dead bodies but won't allow the bodies of our brave soldiers to be shown on tv.
As soon as George Bush explains why he, as of yet, will not go into an honest debate of the issues with John Kerry.
As soon as George Bush explains why he, unconstitutionally, put in a judge while Congress was on their holiday vacation, without Congress approval.
As soon as George Bush explains how he can have the laughable nerve to say "If you're going to make an accusation... you should back it up with facts"- isn't that like the pot calling the kettle black?
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Yes, demmit. We all demand answers. How DARE John Kerry make a comment about leaders who he has met with (or even talked with in passing) that don't like Bush's policies and would like to see him out of office. How DARE he! Why, you would think that he is trying to avoid the really important, honest questions about how this government is run. And just because it's suspicious and untrustworthy that Bush has not answered those questions has nothing to do with anyone else. So he needs to answer those questions just as soon as Bush answers these above. AND NOT ONE MINUTE AFTER!!!!
STARK, SCHAKOWSKY QUESTION ETHICS OF WAIVER PROVIDED TO MEDICARE ADMINISTRATOR SCULLY
I haven't seen references in stories about Scully hushing Foster up that deal with Scully's bizarre waiver to find a gig in a related legal/medical field. To me that (and helping the WH ram the Medicare legislation down our throats in an election year) was Scully's M.O.... he made HIMSELF valuable as a future hire by shutting Foster up and getting the vote passed. Now Thompson wants to act like Scully was some rogue operator, conveniently forgetting (with the media's help) that he(Thompson) was so highly aware of Scully's actions that he granted him this bizarre waiver.
Hi just wanted to tell you my husband always says: "When a Democrat is in office, I can live like a republican." Just thought you might like this one.
Subj: The Oil Mafia Rules
Get ready for faster rising gasoline prices and associated inflation. Whether refiners are waiting for lower crude prices or intentionally adding to the shortage at a time when inventories are normally being increased is anyone's guess. If they intentionally produce shortages it will cost the whole country like the energy crisis did in California. I expect inflation reach close to 20 percent this year.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon plans to withhold about $300 million in payments to Halliburton because of overcharging for meals to troops in Iraq and Kuwait. And all we hear on TV is Cheney and cohorts criticizing Kerry!
Don't be surprised if another terrorist attack occurs in this country before the election. The question is, who will be responsible?
Subj: A response to the argument: Saddam would still be in power if Kerry...
The argument we will hear over and over in the months ahead is that Saddam would still be in power if Kerry had been President. Democrats will respond Saddam was contained and the cost of the Iraqi War has been too high. I suggest a more pointed response: Saddam would have remained in a box and 500 plus American soldiers would not be in boxes today.
I'm emailing this to you various opinion makers because I think this is going to be a central debate in the months ahead; therefore, Kerry better come up with a powerful argument against it. The notion of Saddam being in a "box," instead of so many American soldiers, is my suggestion of how to respond.
Subj: Fw: Liar's
I guess it's better to have liar's.
>> Bush lied about knowing "Kenny Boy Lay" and lied about WMD.
>> Cheney wouldn't open files on energy meeting and lied about WMD..
>> Rumsfeld lied about Iraq and WMD.
>> Plus on and on!
And now they start this about Kerry.
Subj: RE: American troops and Iraqi civilians were killed Thursday
The Washpost seems to be letting these casualty reports slide under the radar lately. Wonder why? Don't want to further embarrass Commander Awol around the first anniversary?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: A Set Up in the Making?
I read somewhere that Libya's weapons of mass destruction were being dismantled by the US and displayed here and there around America.
That is scary in the thought that when we take Iran at their word [the US is shipping WMD into Iraq] it is possible that much of Libya's WMD are being diverted to Iraq for a Bush/Cheney October surprise... a "see, we told you so" surprise. It could be well thought out... untraceable WMD, and if anyone would press the situation, it could be propagandized into Libya was evidently selling WMD to Saddam. Of course there would be no US manufacture evidence.
Paranoid? Possibly, but anyone who has followed this lying, plotting, administration needs to be two steps ahead of them, at least in theory.
Subj: GOP thinks Spain is giving into Terror? Remember Lebanon and Reagan
I thought one of your talented contributors might be able to run with this, if they haven't already.
Didn't Reagan give into terror after the bombing of the the Marine barracks in Beirut? Do conservatives want that comparison with the bombings in Spain? I wish somebody would run that by Hastert or DeLay, or any of the right-shills that infest our broadcast media.
Just a thought,
Subj: CNN and Pakistan
Wow, I'm watching breaking news on CNN. Pakistani leader Musharraf is telling about the firefight in Pakistan pursuing a high value target, Colin Powell has granted favored nation status letting them be able to buy more sophisticated weapons, just last month the head of the Nuclear program admits supporting rogue nations and goes unpunished, theories abound that Bin Laden had been captured long ago and was put on ice to help bail out W when the chips are down...With news like this, who needs fiction.
A Buzz Flash supporter
I just saw some of the appointed Cmdr in Chief at Fort Campbell Ky.
How can the USAF allow this man to wear wings or even a flight jacket when he lost his wings by refusing to pee in a cup.
Subj: Local TV UPSET
Hello, I'm JT Tally and I reside in Pensacola, FL. On the 10 pm local news on our only local network affiliate last night, a story was delivered accusing Sen. John Kerry of failing to stop the 9-11 attacks when he had an opportunity. In the news piece the 'reporter' reported a news story accompanied by an array of person/w-proof & documents confirming how and when he warned Sen Kerry about the probable use of planes in a future attack on the US homeland. At one point the news piece indicated that Kerry delayed informing appropriate enforcement officials and merely ignored those warnings until late in August 2001, when he passed the warnings on and subsequently washed his hands of the dangers.
At the end of this news report, the anchor-reporter added that Kerry was contacted to reply/comment on this story, BUT, according to the anchor, 'he declined/ignored the request by this media source' (inferring that Kerry was afraid or else guilty of the accusations).
I called the channel 3 WEAR TV station this AM and in talking to the news room and general manager I was told this was not a news story, but was in fact an editorial piece advanced (under direct orders to air with job security imminent) via the top ownership of this station (one of 60 affiliates) ... namely SINCLAIR BROADCASTING. I was informed that, like many things aired to the local news viewership, this 'news piece' was is not a rarity and while not a news piece, it was in fact an opinion piece delivered as a news piece with no actual indication otherwise."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Bush does not know how to fight terrorist
A supporter of BuzzFlash,
Subj: Bushit's & Gang's "Moral Corruption"
It is illogical to describe the Bushit gang as "morally corrupt," as it is impossible to be "morally corrupt" unless one first has morals. The Bushit gang is more accurately characterized* as "immoral," "amoral," or "anti-moral".
*Be careful, also, in the use of suggestions of "character" vis-a-vis those who have no character -- an example at hand being the Bushit gang.
Subj: Maureen Farrell's article about the dangers of Religious Right is excellent
The article by Maureen Farrell, which appeared in BuzzFlash, was excellent. It did a good job of exposing the dangers of the religious right. The most frightening thing in this article are the Christian Reconstructionists. They are so because they actually stated that they want to get rid of the United States Constitution and impose a Christian theocracy. What is also menacing is that they are in another right-wing organization along with our Pentecostal Attorney General John Ashcroft. It is also scary that two Supreme Court Judges have been alleged to be in Opus Dei, along with FBI traitor Robert Hansen. Opus Dei is more extremist and authoritarian than the Roman Catholic Church, to which it is tied. What is also scary are these people's connection's with Rev. Moon and his Unification Church. The Rev. Moon exerts totalitarian control over the lives of his followers.
A BuzzFlash Reader
hey, didn't kerry challenge awol bush to debate once a month? what happened to that? bush trying to get out of that like he got out of fighting for his country?
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Thanks for all you do,
Sue in Florida
Subj: Paul Wolfowitz with Jim Lehrer
I couldn't watch an entire program of Wolfowitz, but I did catch an interesting question. Lehrer said that many people felt it would have been better to use the 130,000 soldiers and billions of dollars going after bin Laden and Al Qaeda instead of invading Iraq.
Wolfie suggested that had we used all of that in Afghanistan we could become bogged down in the same way Russia was. I didn't wait to see if Jim asked if it would be better for us to be bogged down in Iraq. He also mentioned that they still think there is a connection between Saddam and bin Laden.
If anyone watched the entire thing, did Jim ask about the war plan he helped write 12 years ago and about Bush planning to attack Iraq even before 9/11.
Karen Webb, Moore, Ok.
[BuzzFlash Note: The transcript is here.]
Subj: Who Was Saved?
After a year of the Bush Un-Holy War, the question is begged; can GW give us the name of one US citizen whose life was spared during the past year because of the invasion of Iraq? We can name almost 600 brave men and women who lost their lives as a direct result of his rash decision to chase down Saddam Hussein rather than concentrate on Al-Qaeda. Thus far, it would appear the only Americans to benefit would be found under the Halliburton umbrella.
Subj: Paul Wolfowitz on News Hour March 18, 2004
I just listened to Paul Wolfowitz interview on the News Hour
Jim Lehrer asked him about Spain.. His quote is
'The Spanish are courageous people. We know it from their history of bullfighting.'
He really said that. Check the transcript.
[BuzzFlash Note: The transcript is here.]
I would imagine that I would find fault with this administration, anyway. But, honestly, I cannot think of a good one! Maybe Ashcroft when he was sedated??? You think??
I heard the entire Cheney speech, in my car, on the radio....they are trying so hard to give the Bush administration an even break....and he sounded breathless and coughed a couple of times...this man is not well!
I watched another very strange "E true hollywood story" this evening...it was Ahnold. Just a thought as to his military record...he wanted, while he was in the Austrian National Guard, to be excused so he could compete in the Mr. Universe contest..and the Guard would not let him ...so, he just went AWOL....
Now things happened after that, that at last led to him winning a Mr. Universe contest, and making a couple of stinker movies, before he got a hit...he has made billions of dollars on those dimwitted movies of his...and no one will believe me, that I have never, ever seen one...not one! Anyway...I digress....after the Austrian Guard caught up with him....he actually spent some time in the Brig.
I am quite sure this nut has aspirations of being president of this country...and oh, what a grand one he would be for the republicans (you talk about a puppet)....but, he has a record, y'all!!!
I think....I hope that would keep him from being a serious contender!!!!
Subj: Another Day, Another Teabag
This one goes out today. Enjoy!
And Buzz? Thanks for the soapbox.
Wednesday, March 18, 2004
Another day, another teabag. I'm glad to see you came to the New American Tea Party again. (I like to think of it as a 'Tea-up'.)
Given the odd weather we're having, a nice hot cup should just hit the spot today. I've certainly enjoyed my cup. As a Macho Man (it's the brush-cutting that does it for me, Sir -- the big hat, the sweat, the aggression, the grimace and swagger, but I digress), I'm sure you'll appreciate my selection of Earl Grey, a brisk and bracing cup with a distinctive, hearty flavor that can still be appreciated by Real Men even though the teabag has already been used once. NOTE: A little extra steeping wouldn't hurt. Enjoy, Sir.
Speaking of the weather, it's glorious here but I hear there's snow back east. I'm sure it's got nothing to do with global warming or any other such looney-tunes, galloping-catastrophe-in-the-making fantasy of your opponents...and your Pentagon. No connection. Nothing at all. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero. Nope, not here. You didn't hear it from me. Unh-uh.
Doesn't the Weather Service report to you, Sir? Maybe a well-placed phone call from Mr. Rove or an invocation/denunciation from Rev. Robertson or even a discreet menacing by Mr. Ashcroft would help to fix things and stop all this nonsense? Yes, I'm pretty sure that would do it.
You know, there are some who say that all of this oil-related warfare is to insure that you and your family and friends will control access to all of the oil in the world during the coming world-wide fuel shortage that's surfacing just before the coming Ice Age. Does that sound as bizarre to you as it does to me? Sure it does. And yet... And yet...
This is such a dramatic and epochal story. If someone put this in a book, it would be a runaway bestseller. Excuse me, Sir? Yes Sir, a book. Not to worry, Mr. President. Someone will buy up the rights. If I were you, I'd just wait for the movie.
And in the meantime, enjoy your tea. There's plenty more where that came from.
Sir? About the scones?
Subj: June30 anniversary/July 4th celebration
Have you considered that there is a potential bomb that could explode over the Bush Administration on July 4th this year?
We are going to turn over control of Iraqi to the Iraqis on June 30. I'm sure Carl Rove has big plans to capitalize on the fact at 4th of July parades and other flag-waving events around the country. They will probably even bring home a few thousand troops to make it all look good.
BUT OUR TROOPS ARE NOT COMING HOME.
WHY aren't they all coming home, the nation will ask? -- if someone encourages them to ask the question. Maybe a MoveOn or Media Council ad airing a day of two before June 30 could pre-condition the marketplace.
Begin the ad with a family preparing for the return of Dad/Mom or Son/Daughter coming home -- Welcome Home banners being hung and a family jubilantly preparing for a feast. Then an e-mail or phone call from Iraqi. A pall falls on the party.
A string of news clips showing Republican neo-cons and military generals saying we have to keep troops in Iraqi for the next 5-20 years rolls.
Fade to 4th of July fireworks over the Mall.
Why aren't ALL our troops coming home? Why did the President send them to Iraqi in the first place -- without body Armour and no plans to get them out? Didn't the terrorists strike at home not Iraqi?
Fade to a view of the Welcome Home Banner falling down with the Fireworks in the background.
They're not coming home. Why are we celebrating?
Please feel free to pass this idea along to anyone who might want to use it. Thanks.
I keep hearing the phrase "deficits as far as the eye can see" and thought I might weigh in and help set things straight. Here's what I mean:
A U.S. dollar bill is 6.14 inches long. (For the sake of this math problem, I'll use 6 inches.)
That means, laid out end to end, it would take $10,560 to represent each mile of deficit.
And according to the CBO, there's a deficit of $2,750,000,000,000 over the next 10 years.
Therefore, it would take 260,416,666 miles of dollar bills laid end to end to equal the projected deficit.
To put this in perspective, Mars is only 35 million miles away. (Maybe I missed something; did George Bush suggest sending a man to Mars on a wide path of dollar bills?) It seems 260 million miles is a pretty unrealistic distance to see with the human eye.
So for the sake of accuracy, I'd like to suggest that people say there are "deficits as far as the Hubble telescope can see."
Just a thought.
Walter Sweet, Proud Democrat and longtime BuzzFlash reader
Subj: Foreign leaders really want Kerry to win...
THE FOREIGN VOTE....Do foreign leaders really want John Kerry to win the election? Of course they do. Take a look at this comment from foreign-policy expert Ivo Daalder:
Does being closely associated with the Bush administration mean you can lose an election?
This is the third election of a major ally in which the party running against George Bush won. Look at Germany in '02, South Korea in '03, and now Spain. The message is: If you want to get re-elected, don't go to Crawford. Bush is a political liability -- in Europe, in particular. His foreign policy has trampled on the European views and it's now resulting in the election of governments that do not support his approach.
It barely even matters if they like the guy or if they like his policies. What matters is that foreign leaders know that as long as Bush is president they're in an impossible position: support him and lose reelection (Spain 2004) or oppose him and earn the wrath of the United States (Germany 2002). If Kerry gets elected they can breathe a sign of relief and go back to supporting the United States and winning reelection.
Of course they want Kerry to win.
Subj: In his own words
"Bush warned thursday that terrorists can never be appeased and said there is no safety for any nation that 'lives at the mercy of gangsters and mass murderers."
Thank you mr. bush, I totally agree with you. (there's a first time for everything) I'm tired of feeling unsafe, and living at the mercy of gangsters and mass murderers. As a matter of fact, I couldn't have said it better myself.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Answer to Cheney's remark.
Separately, at a fund-raiser in Arizona, Mr. Cheney said, "At the very least, we have a right to know what he is saying to foreign leaders that makes them so supportive of his candidacy."
Mr Cheney, don't we have a right to know the names of those who met with you at those energy meetings in 2001?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Just some thoughts I'd like to share
I was reading the John Kerry Blog recently and one of the posters wrote that he thought that Kerry should look like he is having more fun while campaigning. I have to say that I really, really like this idea--in the past, it always looked like Presidential campaigners were having a great time--in the past, campaigns seemed to be far more about the future and what good would happen if a change was made.
Mr. Kerry needs to make sure that, though we are in a very dark space right now, that we are Americans and we never take anything lying down, we will fight, if need be for a better tomorrow. Change, right now, rather than being a frightening thing to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Schmoe, should be a promise and an idea of hope. A change in direction now will give us more freedom! A change in direction will give us more money in our pockets! A change in direction will make us safer! These are things that need to be said, because they are true and will strike the public consciousness. I have given this a lot of thought and now, more and more everyone I meet is talking about the possibilities that Kerry brings with him--once most people you meet are pro-kerry, even the Bush sheep will start to fall behind Kerry. Lock-step, of course, since that is what is most natural to them.
Ultimately, we need to remember that there are different kinds of people out there--there are some who just tend to be more conservative--these people need to understand that Bush and Rove are not real conservatives-- they are radicals--they will destroy the Republican party in a more final way than Roosevelt ever did. To them, we need to say that if they ever want to see a return to conservative values they need to vote for Kerry-- who is far more in line with classical conservativism than Bush is. To them and to everyone, they need to understand that we can still make things great in the U.S., even the world, and make us all personally safer, they need to realize that the economy is more secure when everybody is making more money--not the zero sum game that Bush is playing, where some zeroes make all the money! For those that are more liberal--they will see many of these things for themselves not just because they are more intelligent, but also because they have been trained to search for the things that are not spoon-fed to them by politicians--don't worry about them.
John, make the Americans feel safe--while Bush and his campaigners spend all of their time trying to make the everyone less secure--afraid of everything from mercury in their water, to the bugaboo of a mushroom cloud- -you tell us the simple truth that you will make us safer, richer, and happier. Let them be the gloom and doom merchants--because sadly that's all they have. John have you planned for the "rally around the flag" that will automatically occur when "they" conveniently allow terrorists to attack on American soil again? Because that and when they find Osama Bin Laden's completely mangled and unrecognizable corpse, those are the days that you will need to know exactly what to say. Those are the days when the darkness of their radical campaign will be in control of the fear that they are sowing in each of us everyday--and we will need a tall man to see us through this.
Gremlin-Give em hell Kerry!
Dear Reuters Editor:
In re "Spanish Leader Rebuffs Kerry on Iraq Pullout"
What the ---- kind of headline is this? How about "Spanish Leader Intends to Keep Word to His Voters" -- or is it just beyond your cynical pale to invite comparisons between the respective word-keeping of heads of state?
Rebuffs Kerry? Kerry isn't the President (yet), you idiots. Is this the kind of slanted and false reporting we're to expect for the foreseeable future? Oh, don't even bother to reply - I know the answer already. Fortunately so does most of the rest of the sick-of-being-lied-to public.
PS: the composer of this headline is an asshole. I'm sorry, but no other word will do.
From the article above by Wayne Madsen:
The right-wing Bush supporters want names? I will give them names: French President Jacques Chirac, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Russian President Vladimir Putin, incoming Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (who told the Guardian newspaper of Britain that he wants Kerry to win), Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, South African President Thabo Mbeki, Haitian de jure President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and essentially very world leader who is not a liar (Phony Tony Blair of Great Britain), a crook (Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi), an un-convicted war criminal (Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon), a leader who feed at the trough of U.S. defense contractors (Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller), or someone who revels in the nostalgia of an imperialist past (Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi).
In fact, every world leader who opposed Bush's phony war in Iraq wants to see Kerry win in November in order to restore some semblance of sanity to a White House currently run by dangerous ideologues and religious fanatics with their fingers on the buttons of weapons of mass destruction. As Kerry's foreign policy advisers are saying, one cannot travel around the world today without hearing people from all walks of life, from cab drivers to former UN weapons inspection team leaders, express their utter revulsion for the policies of Bush.
Well, just to name a few!
Keep up the great work Buzz. Pay day tomorrow and another donation on its way!
Barbara in NYC
well according to bush, terrorism would really slow down once we got saddam because people would not be scared to talk to intel anymore. for the same reason we would then find the wmd. i'm no rocket scientist but......helloooooo, it looks like terrorism it is increasing by the day and the only people in the world who believe there are wmd are those with the iq of a cucumber...the bush koolaid drinkers.
Subj: washpost: $1.7 bil war estimate now $75 bil - in one year alone
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Subj: Brazen Chutzpah
Not only was Scalia's refusal to recuse himself from the Cheney Energy Task force case outrageous, in light of the circumstances (a litigant with close ties to the energy industry flies a judge hearing his politically explosive appeal to a private secluded reserve owned by an individual with ties to the energy industry), but the manner in which he refused to recuse himself raised even more questions about his impartiality. In his opinion refusing to recuse himself Scalia stated:
"Moreover, granting the motion is (insofar as the outcome of the particular case is concerned) effectively the same as casting a vote against the petitioner. The petitioner needs five votes to overturn the judgment below, and it makes no difference whether the needed fifth vote is missing because it has been cast for the other side, or because it has not been cast at all."
Unbelievable! Scalia is admitting before any briefs have been filed or oral arguments in the case conducted, how he and his conservative cronies will be voting! He is essentially saying that he cannot recuse because it would deprive Cheney of his needed fifth and deciding vote to overturn the lower court decisions ordering the records of his meetings released!
Well gee Antonin, why do we need to waste the taxpayer's money by having oral argument or briefs at all since we can see the eventual outcome right now. This is exactly the same type of telegraphing of the prejudged outcome in Bush v Gore when he wrote: "It suffices to say that the issuance of the stay suggests that a majority of the Court, while not deciding the issues presented, believe that the petitioner has a substantial probability of success."
This entire episode is an unbelievable travesty and a shocking affront to the most fundamental underpinning of our judicial system which is the strict impartiality of the jurists who preside over cases. Nevertheless this is the type of judge Bush holds up as his role model of who would make an ideal judge and the type of judge whom he would appoint. This is something every voter who believes that the judicial system should be free of this type of nakedly partisan political hackery should keep in mind when they cast their ballot this November.
Subj: MSNBC - A barometer for candidate Bush
"The administration essentially argues that, with or without weapons, Saddam Hussein was a bad guy who tortured and killed his people and wanted to build weapons of mass terror. Had he done so he could have sold them to al-Qaida types who could in turn use them against the United States.
That's not quite the argument the president used to sell the war, but particularly after the capture of Saddam, it seems satisfactory."
What an INCREDIBLE leap in just one sentence. Simply incredible. That's it. That wraps it up. This is now a "justified pre-emptive war". This is the same kind of unilateralism that got us over there for completely different " reasons" in the first place! In this rather lengthy article, why waste time with any of the other sentences, let alone paragraphs. The heart of this article is, again, "That's not quite the argument the president used to sell the war, but particularly after the capture of Saddam, it seems satisfactory."
What the hell does that mean? That's a leap across the Straits of Gibraltar, for Chrissakes! Analysis? We don't need no stinking analysis! That is mind-programming for Num-bots! Does anyone read, think, comprehend anymore? Or is it just another "lost art"?
Unbelievable how much help the press has been and continues to be for George W. Bush. If they keep this up, I guess JFK may as well throw in the towel, eh?
Just read a letter from a veteran's wife in yesterday's mailbag who said our great media titans, NYT and Washington Post do not publish her letters to the editors, obviously because of differing opinions. Our enlightened corporate media exist for one thing only and that is to make the jackasses in this corrupt administration look good. The hatchet job they are doing on John Kerry, with impunity I might add, is straight out of Tass and Isvestia and the way they are spinning their lies it make state sponsored "news" look good for the soul!!
If we are to survive this onslaught of lies, deceit and hate we will truly need BuzzFlash now more than ever. Please stay out front and up front.
Subj: CNN doctoring their transcripts LYING LIARS
CNN IS doctoring their transcripts...
they took out Pro-Kerry remarks from their interview with General Clark!!!
Compare the two CNN transcripts! It's so outrageous and it is blatant!
Look at these two transcripts: You'll see the one numbered later, #04, has the important pro-Kerry comments from Clark deliberately edited out.
Subj: AWOL and the National Guard
I was watching CNN yesterday afternoon, and I saw a story they did on this guy from Florida. He served in the National Guard, in the Iraq war and was sent home to Florida for some R&R . Now, he doesn't want to go back to Iraq. They are charging him with going AWOL, he has to answer charges. I think his attorney is claiming he is a conscientious objector, since he is against the war and what we are doing in Iraq. The thought occurred to me, if this kid is being prosecuted for these actions, why the hell did President Bush get away with it. When he was in the National Guard, he was missing from service anywhere from 6 months to one year, we were at war then too. There is no credible evidence that he reported for duty during a large part of that time, and no one credible has turned up to vouch for his service. The press, because polls show most people don't care what happened 30 years ago, have dropped it, it still has not been resolved. I think it is time to re-visit this issue, since this little guy in Florida is now in the news. The problem here is, the little guy in Florida doesn't have an influential Daddy. If he did, nothing would be done about it, in fact all the records would be destroyed, and it would be swept under the rug. If you have any clout, please urge people to take up this cause. Character counts, especially when you call your self, a war President, and you try to convince the public, it is you, the "war President", who will do a better job of protecting the country in a time of war. How can we be sure? When this President had the opportunity to serve, the opportunity to protect his country in a time of war, he chose to avoid service in Vietnam. Not only were strings pulled to get him into the Texas Air National Guard, and money was wasted training him to fly planes, he then chose not to show up for extended periods of time. According to the record, he was rewarded with an honorable discharge. This poor kid in Florida, not only served in Iraq, even though he was against the war, and did what he was called upon to do, but because he just can not do it any longer, he is going to be brought up on charges. Something is very wrong here. This kid in Florida, did a hell of a lot more to serve his country than George W. Bush. Do you think his record will be swept under the rug if he decides to run for political office? I don't!
Subj: Recollections of the Iraq War
I was sitting pondering the Iraq War anniversary and these things came to mind:
1. The boy who lost both arms and legs and was able to live with barely a torso. He went to Britain for surgery and assistance and still vowed to kill Americans. He lost his ENTIRE family in the war.
2. The first strike on Iraq was aimed to kill Saddam's wife. Sounds just like Bushco, wonder why he hates women.
3. Mustafah - Saddam's grandson that fought off the most power army in the world to his death for more than four hours.
4. The way the Iraq war laid down their arms when the US troops arrived in Baghdad. There was talk of a traitor in the Iraq army.
5. And of course the fact all these things happened and all these people died and there are no WMD's to be found.
6. And what about the fact that a war criminal is bragging about sending someone to jail on a war based on lies. So start an illegal war and you get to send others to jail.
7. The Jessica Lynch "rescue" -- with the tight shots (very similar to the new bush campaign ads.)
8. The total number of times Saddam died before he was actually captured. Remember the "precision" hit and interview of the pilot that "killed Saddam" at the restaurant.
9. The embeds
10. The cable news shows and the fact that their reporters were not killed in Iraq for hyping the war for ratings.
11. Fake turkey, fake firefighters, fake news, fake reporters
there are others, but this is what I could recall
From the NY Times story "Entitlement Costs Are Expected to Soar":
Because it bars the government from bargaining with the drug companies! $7 TRILLION dollars spent on buying drugs at inflated retail prices from drug companies that are amongst the largest contributors to the Republican Party???
On the other hand, Democrats are always chastised for bedding with the ACLU and Legal Aid folks.
Is there anyone in the Republican Party that envy's the "government" set rate that Legal Aid attorneys receive? Would a corporate attorney agree to receive the same compensation as an ACLU staff lawyer?
Nope! Those folks sacrifice in order to help others.
But Republicans take good care of their constituency/contributors, with large profits at taxpayer expense!
Subj: New Mex. Republicans threaten violence against peace rally
How can I fax you an article from the Taos, NM News about Republican officials' threats of violence against a anti-war, anti-Rumsfeld rally? The same Repubs. attempted to promote a blatantly racist Hispanic vs. Anglo confrontation.
The article ran in the Taos News print version (which is what I want to fax) but was replaced in the online version by a subsequent article:
which unfortunately is flimsy and short on details telling how the rally (this weekend) has been moved to a remote place because of fears of violence.
Subj: Hope John Kerry Chooses Wisely
I really don't know who Senator John Kerry's running mate will be, but I am hoping that whoever runs for VP will be a great debater. I would dearly love to see him confront that corporate crook cheney on numerous issues, including his refusal to disclose particulars of his energy task force meetings and why he is unable to name the traitors in his office who outed a CIA agent. It will also be nice to know how Halliburton won those no bid contracts in Iraq.
We really need someone who is fiery and unafraid to help JFK confront the GOP smear machine.
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