March 24, 2004
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Subj: Fox News full court press
Have you watched Fox News lately...particularly since Richard Clarke's book came out? There is no longer even a feeble attempt at appearing "fair and balanced". They are looking a little harried and scared.....do you guys see the desperation.? Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part. I think it might have been good that Kerry took his vacation now....let the other events speak for themselves.
Subj: Follow the Money
As a Canadian watching the US administration destroy the US, I am struck that no commentators have stood back and looked at the current situation from a "follow the money" point of view. Identify who had money and wealth at the end of the Clinton administration, and ID who has it now.
Consider the so-called dot-com bust,. Trillions of dollars were spent on worthless stocks based upon crooked stockbrokers and corporate accounting practices. But those were real dollars. Where are they now? The dollars, not the stock.
Consider the Iraq mess. I see the US government poured billions in already-paid-for materiel and personnel into the sands in Iraq. All of this stuff needs to be replaced and/or supported. Who gets paid to do that? Why wasn't this money spent to deal with the real problems within the borders of the US? Maybe a $200 billion research effort to get off oil would have been more useful to the average American.
In my eyes, the Bush administration has presided over two of the largest wealth transfers from the lowly taxpayer to the corporate elite that have ever been orchestrated. The have ignored and mangled your constitution and civil rights in their greedy rush to get the wealth, and so far no one seems upset that this has been happening.
It's an interesting if sad spectacle to watch. Unfortunately it'll drag us down as well.
A BuzzFlash Reader.
Subj: The Importance of Continuing to Turn Up the Heat on the Bush Cartel
My fellow BuzzFlash Readers:
In the San Francisco Bay Area where I live, I was listening to the radio show of a real progressive, Bernie Ward, last night, (March 22nd) and he was asking "Where is the outrage at learning that there was no reason to attack Iraq; that the Bush administration is now admitting their lies?" He seemed to be bewildered because Americans seem to still be asleep at the wheel. Do you know how many disillusioned people called in to his show to berate him? The heartwarming thing was, twice as many called Bernie to encourage him in his quest for the truth. I'm adding to this, but to encourage my fellow Buzz Flashers - you guys have given me what I need to keep going in this fight for truth, justice and the real American way, and I wanted to encourage all of you.
In a conversation with a minister in my church, I was asking almost the same question as Bernie. My minister gave me a very interesting answer to the apathy we seem to be encountering. He said, "After you have done all to stand, continue to stand. It is only by standing that you can keep the pressure on those who do wrong. Those who are doing wrong will eventually cave in to the PRESSURE."
I write this to encourage those at Buzz Flash, my fellow readers, and anyone else who may believe that this battle against true evil is for nothing. If we step back and look at how this Cartel reacts when someone exposes them for the liars, bullies, spawns of satan, etc., if the pressure is continued, you see the chickenhawks backtrack and run for cover. That is what needs to happen; we must keep up the pressure, no matter how many hits we take. The knowledge that we are right and the lies are continuing to be exposed, grows more and more each day. The "liberal" media is finding out they can no longer continue to report propaganda, because most of America has given up on looking to them as the source for fair and objectively balanced reporting. They, too, are caving in to the Pressure.
They can silence a few, but not the masses. They can try to contain us from protesting, marching, exercising our freedom of speech, but it will only last for so long, because the truth cannot, and will not be silenced.
Half of America is in denial. They don't want to admit that the President of the United States can be so callous, selfish, arrogant and dictatorial in a personal quest for global dominance. However, if we who know the truth, continue to stand on the truth, the rest of America can no longer remain in denial. When they awake from their denial, it will be up to us to gently embrace them and feed them the truth, and speak the truth to Power. But, first, we must commit to keeping up the Pressure and turning up the heat! And if we see Kerry starting to slip, we turn the heat up on him, too; he supplanted Howard Dean - he needs to finish what Dr. Dean started. Take heart, BuzzFlash readers; may God continue to richly bless you in your quest to tell the truth.
My name is Leutisha Stills. I am a loyal BuzzFlash reader, a proud Christian, and equally proud progressive liberal.
Check out this article "Kentucky Wildcats Undermine Bush's 2004 Reelection Efforts" located here:
Yesterday, CNN's Inside Politics hosted Chuck Todd, editor in chief of The National Journal's 'Hotline'. Determined to be the first on the block to fabricate a ridiculous connection between sports and politics, Mr. Hotline made the following observation:
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Neil Cavuto/Fox/General Clark
You should post a link to the disgusting'interview' that Cavuto had with General Clark at 4 PM today. He badgered the general to try to get him to admit that the Richard Clarke book was just a bunch of hype and politically motivated.
Cavuto was so pathetic; his words were so Republican that it seemed he was on the Bush/Cheney re-election campaign.
Subj: Right Wingers Need Love
I am a patriotic citizen of the United States of America. I am proud to say that, although I am not proud of the things that the Bush Administration has done in the name of this country. I am also a liberal and I am also proud to say that. I do not understand the vitriolic rhetoric that spews from the mouths of right wing pundits and the hate that right wingers seem to be obsessed with towards liberals. The United States was founded on liberal principals and it seems to me that those principals are what this country has strived for throughout it's existence. Rush Limbaugh has said that all liberals should be killed except for a few that should be saved to serve as reminders of evil. The same people who are possessed with hate and call for the death of liberals, make the claim that they are Christians. I do not support any religion but I was raised as a Christian and I know enough about Jesus Christ to hold him in high regard. I am aware of no area of the Christian Religion that would lend support to the behavior advocated by so called Christian Fundamentalist movement. I would like to call for Christians to take a look at what has happened to a great many people in their churches and reach out to help them overcome the sickness that has be-fallen them. I know that the Christian Religion calls for it's members to spread Christianity to others who are devoid of God and to help them save their mortal souls. There is a disease spreading within the Christian Churches in this country and it has reached epidemic proportions. I believe that the only way to combat this disease is for Christians who are not yet afflicted to reach out and apply the methods that Jesus Christ has taught them. The right wing Christian Fundamentalist people of this world need love. I propose that all people give them love until the are freed from their evil sickness. In the mean time I propose that we do whatever is necessary to keep them from causing further harm to the world.
Subj: Media Failure
CNN makes it clear every day why it is the media that will decide the next election through sheer dereliction of duty. Today's example: Richard Clark is shown saying Bush told him, jabbing his finger at Clark's chest, "find out if Iraq did this." Then for 'balance,' a Republican 'refutation' (note: send CNN a dictionary) from Rep. Dreier: It was perfectly appropriate for the President to "raise questions" about Iraq. At this point a real journalist would point out that this is non-responsive to Clark's remarks. But not Soledad O'Brian. Even more appropriate would be an exchange like the following:
This is the sort of exchange that should happen every day on every network. But to fill up 24 hours with genuine news would take so much effort, so much actual reporting . it's so much easier to just to let politicians use the networks as propaganda platforms. As long as both sides have equal access, the holy "balanced coverage" is achieved. Too bad it's not balance, but objectivity, that is called for. Without it, elections will be decided by how often a lie or distortion can be repeated unchallenged - just as George Bush with his 171 million dollars hopes.
Albert Clark, NY
Subj: Why the American people like getting sucker punched.
Many people ask, Why do Americans just LOVE getting sucker-punched by George W. Bush? In my opinion the answer is very simple and is that the news media is fully corporate controlled and is 100% behind him.
Subj: A Despicable Example
Chicago wasn't the only place this happened. "The Oregonian" here in Portland did the same thing. A5 for Clarke's testimony, front page for Bu$h's response. One of our local channels (NBC) described Clarke as a "Clinton" official and didn't mention his work for Bu$h_1 or Bu$h_2, making his comments seem politically motivated. I'm wondering if this was planned in a trust like fashion by big media with phone calls and emails sent around to coordinate the response.
Democrats better start planning for breaking up the media if we ever get control of government, otherwise what little is left of our democracy is dead, dead, dead.
Subj: Right On
Just came across your web site for the first time. Absolutely terrific and on the money.
The truth will always prevail in the end.
I can't believe they (murdoch) cut off the 9/11 com. to put our moron Prez on to talk about nothing, Tuesday @1:20 in the evening. The media is getting pitiful
Subj: "out of the loop"
The administration, well-oiled attack machine has been aimed at Richard Clarke. As with prior insider revelations or questions concerning prior conduct, the process of attack is eerily similar. Just look at Paul O’Neill, Joe Wilson, GWB’s drunk driving, or GWB’s going AWOL.
Attack the motives of the person. He holds a grudge. He’s only in it for the money (sell books) forgetting about the much touted, national “entrepreneurial spirit.”It’s political. He has a friend, who’s a friend of the cousin of someone who’s a Kerry supporter.
Attack the timing of the revelation. Why now, why not sooner? If this was true, he/she/they would have brought it up sooner dismissive.
Come up with implausible explanations of the events or sequence of events to portray the revelations as untrue. What the president meant was find the real culprit as long as it’s Iraq.
Say there’s no documentary proof events happened as depicted so they must not have happened. This is a variation on the “he can’t prove he destroyed the weapons”theme.
Now, they say Clarke was “out of the loop.”Let me get this straight, here you have a guy who’s a respected expert on counter-terrorism; he’s worked admirably and conscientiously for the past three administrations, two of which were Republican, and for some reason it’s decided to keep him “out of the loop.”I know that Rice’s credentials, expertise and experience in national security were well-documented before being appointed National Security Advisor (sarcasm) and her competence and veracity have been demonstrated on numerous occasions since then (more sarcasm), but this seems like it might have been a mistake. This begs the question; are they lying, are they incompetent, or is it both?
Thus, the ever-widening “credibility chasm.”Which brings us to Deputy Security Advisor (yellowcake) Hadley.
Re: Rice on Tv versus the Clarke Book
Ever see a more wild-eyed, shrieking National Security Advisor in your life over the Clarke book.
Watch those eyes just keep batting with everything she says. And she looks sweaty too.
Hm-m-m. Aren't these signs of liars?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Wouldn't you know it? Media Whores CNN and MSNBC take off Cohen to let Bush lie about the economy
Bush got his puss of TV so that he could lie about the economy. They broke into William Cohen's testimony, which was very moving and very convincing. Cohen was talking about everyone in both administrations having a responsibility to the 9/11 Commission and the American people. Of course, this made the Clinton administration look to good and was too embarrassing for Bush, so they somehow arranged to have MSNBC and CNN, the two most whoring cable news stations I have ever seen, break into Cohen's testimony to show a recorded tape of Bush speaking earlier today about how good the economy is.
A BuzzFlash Reader
I think Richard Clarke is going to testify before the 911 panel today...they may put it off until tomorrow....right now I am listening to Rumsfeld lie!
I also watched Charlie Rose last night...and did not know that Richard Clarke was going to be on....but, he is adamant. I hope there is a rerun of that show...and I think if he is allowed, he will blow the lid off when he gets in front of this panel, I can't wait to see him..................Shirley....St.Louis
PS....I am going to try to order the film of the show with Charlie Rose....it was just the two of them...and he was very frank...and Rose is good with these people!
Subj: Bush in His Own Words
"We have been chasing down al-Qaida, EVER SINCE THOSE ATTACKS," bush said.
What about BEFORE those attacks mr. bush? Were you too busy dreaming about oil?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: 9/11 storybook, chapter now
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Donald Rumsfeld before the 9/11 commission reading "testimony" has the same Alfred E. Neuman (of MAD Magazine) dope-in-the-headlights look on his face that Prez Duh-bia had reading The Hungry Caterpillar storybook (or whatever it was) to second-graders while planes were still flying toward Washington, D.C. Does it mean Rumsfeld can't be lying if he reads a fiction book somebody else wrote?
Subj: Kerry Defined
Finally, some clarity through this mess that the Bush Cartel is trying to sell us. I think Bush and the Republican's spin machine need to sell crazy somewhere else.
If Kerry needs to be defined, I define him as Jimmy Stewart's character in It's a Wonderful Life, and I define Bush as Mr. Potter!!
Bush can't see problems in economy, Kerry says http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/politics/2459412
Subj: The Smirking Chimp: Why did Ari Fleischer hold up a sign on 911 that said:
'Don't say anything yet!'
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Out of the Loop?
Isn't this more damaging to the Bush administration than what Richard Clarke is claiming?
"Dick Clarke just does not know what he is talking about. He wasn't involved in most of the meetings of the administration" -- National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 3/22/04 - ABC's Good Morning America
"Well, [Clarke] wasn't in the loop, frankly, on a lot of this stuff…" -- Vice President Dick Cheney, 3/22/04 - Rush Limbaugh's radio show
If the top White House Counter Terrorism Advisor is "out of the loop" doesn't that explain the 9/11 attacks and the misfire against Iraq?
The White House is also suggesting that Clarke is bitter because the Bush administration downgraded the of role Counter Terrorism Advisor from a cabinet level position to a staff position. Doesn’t that actually confirm Clarke’s assertions that the Bush administration didn’t take terrorism as seriously as the Clinton administration?
Subj: Predator Drones
There were no flights of the Predator (unmanned) Drones during the first 8 months of the Bush administration, armed or otherwise. Now a cynic might see a connection between ceasing the operations of the Predator to keep track of OBL and perhaps “take him out”and the negotiations going on with the Taliban about the trans-Afghan pipeline. Imagine you’re the Taliban and some foreign nation is flying its spy planes over your country. Would you negotiate with them?”Likely, not. Anyway, here are the links which may or may not connect these dots.
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Though Predator drones spotted Osama bin Laden as many as three times in late 2000, the U.S. administration did not fly the unmanned planes over Afghanistan during its first eight months and was still refining a plan to use one armed with missiles to kill the al-Qaida leader when Sept. 11 unfolded, current and former U.S. officials say.
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Colin Powell Lies to 9/11 Panel About Unarmed Predator
Today before the 9/11 panel, Colin Powell repeated the lie told by Condi Rice last week re: why an armed Predator was not used to take Osama Bin Laden out in the summer of 2001. Both Rice and Powell say the armed Predator (unmanned plane) was "not operational." This is a bald-faced lie: CNews: "By summer 2001, the Predator was armed for another test in the Nevada desert that destroyed a mock-up of a home bin Laden was suspected of using in Afghanistan...Hellfire missiles were attached to the drone after unarmed Predators flown by the CIA from Uzbekistan to Afghanistan spotted a man that several U.S. intelligence analysts believed was bin Laden, or his trademark Japanese truck, as many as three times in September and October 2000, the officials said." What is the penalty for lying to Congress....?
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key role in events presaging war
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Subj: Did you hear this?
At the end of his interview this morning on Good Morning America, Richard Clarke said that he was getting a bullet proof vest!!! And, he wasn't laughing, he looked dead serious.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Clarke and Teflon George
Yes, this story will be buried just as all the serious ones are.
George Bush should have committed adultery......adultery gets more attention than invading a sovereign country for filthy lucre and dead bodies.
Another 4 years of Teflon George, I expect.
Subj: WHO controlled the timing of the Clarke book's publication?
On Richard Clarke:
"He [Clarke] said publication [of his book] was held up by the administration for three months for a security check and he had not intended for it to be released in the middle of the election campaign."
They had three months to figure out how to slime him, and all they can accuse him of is having a political agenda? How about a truth agenda? (Unusual for a U.S. public official, but possible nonetheless.)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Out of the Loop
Copy of letter to V.P. Cheney
Subj: That $43 Million to the Taliban
Why is NOBODY on the 9/11 Commission asking these EXTREMELY simple and germane questions:
"Did or did not the (Bush) Administration give $43 million to the Taliban in the spring of '01, knowing that same extremist gov't was harboring Bin Laden?"
"Did or did not the (Bush) Admin try to negotiate gas pipeline deals with the Taliban in the summer of 2001?"
"Did or did not the (Bush) Admin authorize flying out a couple of dozen Saudi citizens, many of them Bin Laden relatives, in the days following 9/11, when all other flights were grounded in the U.S."
Simple, simple, simple, simple, simple questions. And no one will ask them.
Subj: Jeb Bush on Haiti: (Do as we say, not as we do)
In a letter to the Washington Post today, Jeb Bush says that "The Haitian policy under the Bush administration is aligned with the democratic belief that no individual is above the law, and creates the hope that integrity, honesty and the rule of law can and will exist in Haiti's future government."
He further claims that "with the integrity and selfless service required of true leaders, Gerard Latortue and interim president Boniface Alexandre can leverage this hope to create a foundation for a strong nation. By making the right choices for the people they serve they can lead Haiti toward overcoming devastation and a shameful legacy of corruption."
Would that the Bush administration would act as if they truly believed that no individual is above the law; would that they could do more than create hopes (in fundraising rhetoric) about integrity, honesty and rule of law, and start making right choices for the American citizens they serve by at least attempting to overcome the continuing economic devastation of lost jobs and the shameful legacy of corruption now prevalent in our government under George Bush. This administration should practice what it preaches.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: NYTimes on Clarke
Worse than the Tribune, the New York Times' Judith Miller (she, of the alleged trailers of mass destruction fame) ended her report on Clarke's allegations with reference to Clinton's "affair with an intern, and other scandals."
(so if i end my subscription to the Times, what do i read?)
Subj: 2-13-01 -Bush cancels plan to thwart terrorism
Bush did this 23 days after taking office.
"The existing system of Interagency Working Groups is abolished."
George W. Bush 02-13-01
Oh, some of the directives he was canceling?
The Cole strike happened on Oct 12. Clarke and his team came up with a strategy paper that was given to the national security staff on Dec. 20th - how's that for rapid response? That strategy called for dismantling Al Qaeda by arresting members, freezing monetary resources, cutting off the financial gain gotten via "charities." It also called for helping other nations financially who were having trouble with Al Qaeda. There was also a call to step up undercover intelligence in Afghanistan in order to identify and take out training camps, and possibly Osama as well.
The Bush admin inherited this sweeping plan from the Clinton WH, and CANCELLED IT!
Subj: "Marc Racicot" is a French Name!
Since the Bush Administration is stupidly fixated on slipping in Kerry's "French connection," I would like to point out that the name "Marc Racicot" is French. You don't really say it like "Rasko" as he calls himself; you really say "Rah-See-Co" with the stress on the "Co."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Eric Alterman on Dennis Miller
I just watched the video for the Dennis Miller show where he was interviewing Eric Alterman (from a BuzzFlash reader link today). I used to be a Dennis Miller fan (years ago), and it really bothers me to see him sinking down as low as he has. Not only have his political ideals deteriorated to a non-thinking level,but his physical appearance is not "right". Something looks weird, and I would not be surprised to hear in the news about a trip to a detox unit by Mr. Miller (just a personal observation and opinion). I thought it before when I saw him on the Bill Maher show not long ago. He clearly is not thinking as clearly and as quickly as he used to, and he looks beat down. The few hired "laughers" in the audience for the Alterman interview were embarrassing, too. It was very forced. The whole thing just feels strange and uncomfortable, regardless of Miller's distorted politics......
A Loyal Buzzer.
[BuzzFlash Note: Miller's 1988 "Mr. Miller Goes to Washington" is a very funny hour of stand-up. His insight on Big Gulps and square dancing are textbook examples of sharp, intelligent, expertly referenced and timed satire. He should have stuck with Big Gulps and square dancing, perhaps he'd still be funny.]
Subj: Project for a New American Empire website is full of interesting information
I apologize for nagging you, but I started looking at this website just to see what's going on with it. First, Christopher Hitchens and TOM FRIEDMAN have been guest columnists. That's merely interesting, but I have to ask, has Tom Friedman lost his mind? I know Christopher Hitchens already has.
Second, you should see the "Statement of Principles." http://www.newamericanempire.org/statement/
This is copied from the first paragraph of the Statement of Principles. It is a critique of how the Neoconservatives have failed, I believe. I emphasized some of the more egregious bits. At the end the writer digresses in such an incoherent way that I am inclined to think there is some serious paranoia here.
The "Culture and Values" page is also very interesting. http://www.newamericanempire.org/cultureandvalues/
I especially "like" the article, Damn You San Francisco. (I hope everyone understands I am being extremely sarcastic here.) http://www.newamericanempire.org/cultureandvalues/archives/2004/02/000011.html
This is a virulently anti-gay article. Furthermore, the writer describes herself as an "obedient wife."
These people are truly NUTS (technically speaking).
We need a more thoroughgoing examination of this website. WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? They make the Neocons look like social workers.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: GeeDubya has a job all lined up after he gets laid off next January !!
Hello BuzzFlash and all BuzzFlash readers,
I recently read an article from Newsday (linked below) on how the Bush campaign is selling campaign gear manufactured in Burma.
Some interesting thoughts came to me after I read this, so I thought I would share a few observations:
First of all, as stated in the article, goods from Burma were RECENTLY BANNED from the U.S. by - you guessed it - the GeeDubya Administration! The article quotes the following:
"Ted Jackson, Spalding's president, said, "We have found only one other in our inventory that was made in Burma. The others were made in the U.S.A." He said the company had about 60 of the fleece pullovers in its warehouse, and that a supplier included the Burma product by mistake."
Well, well . . . how much does this sound like "I tried Marijuana a time or two, but I didn't inhale"?
Secondly, the article states that Newsday also bought "a shirt made in Mexico and a hat not bearing a country-of-origin label." Wow!! It sure SEEMS as though GeeDubya thinks that exporting jobs from the U.S. is a good thing - he's promoting the sale of foreign-made goods!!
Lastly, the article states that Newsday purchased the same/similar items from both the Kerry and the Bush campaigns. The Bush items cost a total of $81.85, while the Kerry items, made MOSTLY FROM UNION FACTORIES in the United States, cost $62.00!! Let's see now, isn't there a constant drumbeat from the Right Wing about how Unions are the ruination of our capitalist society because they add considerably to the cost of manufacturing, and that U.S. companies, in order to stay competitive, need to out-source their manufacturing labor? Isn't that how it goes?!? The Bush gear is 32% more expensive than the Kerry gear - so where are the added profits from the Bush gear 'trickling down' to, anyway?
Is there any mystery as to how there can be a 'jobless recovery' under the GeeDubya administration? There's no better example than the 'Bill of Goods' we're being sold by this crowd, is there!!
Since we Liberal types are truly concerned about what happens to its citizens when they get laid off . . . do you suppose GeeDubya has a future in TV telemarketing?
I hope so. Don't expect him to turn up as a member of a 'Think-Tank' any time soon.
GK, a Fervently Loyal, Devoted and Proud Liberal BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: gwb-the "C-student" ???--a C-student is not good enough to be the President?
This reference to gwb as a "C-student" keeps popping up, followed by the usual downer of such a student. A lot of C-students come out of our colleges and do very well in life after college. There may be a number of reasons, such as a having to work to pay the costs which took time away from studies, to explain getting average grades.
But, they still earned their grades. Did gwb earn his "C"s? Let us look at this.
gwb admits to being a heavy drinker i.e. drunk and party guy at an expensive college motivated by 'Skull and Bones' secret goofery and little else. Easy to get a C grade when for 20-30 bucks he could get someone to take his tests for him, term papers make up a large percentage of values for a final grade-another 20-bucks buys that thanks to a less well off undergrad, and if he has to do his own final exam a couple of 20's in a poorly written exam Blue book has been shown to work wonders.
gwb has stated recently that he does not read (books or newspapers) for the past 20 years, so he expects that it is to be believed that used to be a well read playboy drunk before he entered the National Guard where he distinguished himself by being a drunk AWOL grounded pilot who earned an early discharge to go to 'Business School' (?) while others were sent to Nam. A few more bucks in a Blue book doing wonders, perhaps?
Sorry, the misuse of language, the need to tell bumbling lies to get what he wants, the constant editorial correction of his misspeak, his arrogant narcissistic bloated ego is the reflection of an uneducated huckster whose every 'success' has been expensively bought, poorly written and badly 'staged', replete with phony props.
A smirking cardboard cutout.
We have three choices:
I wanted to bring to your attention something else the Chicago Tribune did on 3/23/04 -- they buried a very short article about former President Carter accusing bush of "lying about WMD in Iraq" somewhere around page 9 along with dept store ads ......In favor of putting their article about the white house attacking Clarke -- which got front page treatment above the fold!!
Subj: The Tell
Poker players search for quirks displayed by an opponent that tips off their hand. It's called a tell. Dick Cheney has a tell. Whenever he tells a lie the sentence includes the word 'clearly" or "frankly" Examples include his statement that Saddam hussein had CLEARLY reconstituted his nuclear weapons program, and how Richard Clarke was out of the loop FRANKLY.
Sent to Bill O'Reilly:
If you had a pair, you would air this email.
It's now officially a tidal wave that even Rove can't stop. If you're stupid enough to believe Bush, you would have to believe that all of the following people are incompetent, liars, unpatriotic, or radically partisan: Hans Blix, David Kay, Joseph Wilson, General Shinseki, Paul O'Neill, Richard Foster, Richard Clarke, Jimmy Carter, the leaders of Poland, Spain, Germany, France and a majority of the people of the free world. The "slime-em-at-all-costs" list keeps growing.
Two words on Bush --- No credibility!
The world sees it and our troops are at an unnecessary greater risk because of it.
Come on Bill, it's now fact cast in concrete --- with no WMD's, no imminent threat, and no connection to Al Qaeda, there's no way Bush could have sold this war to us based on Saddam being, in fact, a truly evil person. Or maybe it's a vast left wing conspiracy.
Also, the mention of Clinton as a Bush excuse is absurd - we no longer have the opportunity to vote against Clinton so the only thing that matters is the assessment of this President --- his actions or inactions.
Subj: What Bush could have done
The media seems happy to pretend along with the administration that to do anything to prevent 9/11 would have involved impractical military operations against Bin Laden in Afghanistan. They seem to have forgotten the steps taken here, the billions of dollars spent, to prevent a second attack with commercial aircraft. These steps, of course, are the ones George Bush could have taken prior to 9/11 when he learned that Al Qaeda planned to use such aircraft in attacks on Americans. Instead of taking the steps that his administration now constantly claims are keeping us safe from such attacks, he took a month-long vacation.
We have a right to know why he made that choice when the price other's paid for it, and continue to pay, is so high.
Albert Clark, NY
Subj: C-Span and Courageous Democrat Representatives
I was watching C-Span late last night, and watched three of our Representatives talking to us, the American People, who were fortunate enough to to be watching and listening at that late hour.
Their names are, Rep. William Delahunt, (D) of Mass., Rep. Niel Abercrombie(D)of Hawaii, and Rep. Jay Inslee (D) of Washington.
I will call these men who had the courage to take the time to stand in an almost empty Congress room and speak to us, about the lies that were told to America, and the rest of the world.
Lies told by GWB and his crew of misfits, brought us to an unnecessary war, caused the loss of many lives,and the respect of America, by the others of the world. Because those lies were told in our name, WE are hated. These men, themselves, recognized the questions they were asking now, should have been asked by ALL Congress and Senate of GWB, before they trusted his word, to do the right thing. Which he did not! So this morning, I will make calls to thank them, for doing what many *still* are not ready to do.
Angela, a Loyal BuzzFlash Reader and Supporter.
I was just reading about the Medicare mess. I am 56 like millions of others-I am one of the first boomers-and I have worked since I was a child actress at 10. I have paid and paid into social security and Medicare-and I always expected to be able to be covered. I have not worked in years-I have hepatitis c-and I sell my own items to get enough to pay for the HMO and rx's I need. Close to 500 dollars a month. And it just keeps on going up and up. I think senator Kerry and some other democrats need to do an ad and go around the country talking about how we are all in this together-and all of us together are going to work to save social security and Medicare. First thing, bush's fraud bill needs to be repealed-since it was sold to senate on false info. Then we need to get upper income people who can afford insurance not accept social security and Medicare if at all possible. Then we need to change the healthcare system--so it is fair, reasonable and we will get the physicians who are in medicine not for greed but to really help people. Pay off their loans, help them all we can. Everyone in this country deserves health care-and if the country comes together-we can do it. Most senators and congress people with health care do the opposite of what their constituents want-we need to take this vote to the people. I also think congress needs to re-organize and not be allowed to not have their votes recorded in roll call, I think that rule bush used to put in those judges (recess) should be abolished-and I think we need to give the robots and puppets less power to push their bills thru. We need to change the way lobbying is done-and ban anyone like Clinton was supposed to do-from becoming a lobbyist until 5 years after they stop working for government. There is enough outrage - to do this. Us boomers will be the majority. Let's change America-for the better.
Subj: Bush would have responded had he received the correct warning.
I didn't watch a lot of news, but I managed to hear Bush say he would have acted had someone told him that al Queda was going to attack the WTC and Pentagon with airplanes on 9/11.
Then I heard Rumsfeld say that no one told them that they would use American Airlines planes to attack the WTC and the Pentagon ON 9/11.
Well, I do feel safe, the only way the Bush's will look into intelligence warnings is if they get a tip with more detailed plans than Di and Charles' wedding.
Next they will be saying they needed the names of all the hijackers, what they were wearing and whether or not they had flossed on 9/11 before they would have taken anything about al Queda more seriously than they took whether or not Saddam had ever threatened to give Barr and Poppy Bush an obscene phone call.
No one is saying they ignored a tip with all the plans, they are saying they ignored al Queda completely and they did. They didn't think it was important enough. I still think the entire war plans were included in the energy plans of Cheney's secret energy task force.
Why would oil companies not want the US citizens to know how selfless their energy plans for us are?
Karen Webb, Moore, Ok.
Subj: Can we Nominate Evil GOP Bastards?
Dear Buzz Flash:
There's a website called Evil GOP Bastards.com. Every month, they ask for nominees. Since my server won't allow me access, I want to ask any of you to forward my nomination for Sen. Zell Miller as Evil GOP Bastard of the Month.
The article below, from The Hill.com, illustrates why this Republican in Democrats' clothes should get the nomination.
Leutisha - Loyal Buzz Flash Reader and Proud Christian Progressive Liberal
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Subj: Well, this explains everything
This morning, National security adviser Condoleezza Rice said on ABC's Good Morning America: "Dick Clarke just does not know what he is talking about. He wasn't involved in most of the meetings of the administration" ... "Clarke was not in the loop on top discussions at the White House"
Not having your top counter-terrorism expert and advisor in "the loop" would explain the 9/11 attacks and the misfire against Iraq.
Subj: Wag the Dog
Do you remember when Clinton bombed the "aspirin" factory that the Repubs and media loudly proclaimed that it was just "Wag the Dog" as the movie came out at the same time? They ridiculed Clinton so bad over that and since the Monica testimony was at the same time they said it was just a method to divert people's attention and a deliberate attempt to use the bombing and divert attention from the AFFAIR. Also, the Repub Congress would not give him the authority to go against bin laden (course, bush does not need authority from anyone except God)
It is interesting that they are not talking to Gore. I think he was the one heading up the terror division and was extremely worried about terror and bin laden. He was giving speeches about the terror threat at the time. There is one speech to an international group where he goes into detail about how dangerous the terrorists are.
If anyone should be convicted for treason it should be Kenneth Starr. He is the one who kept attacking clinton to the point he could not function and is what caused him to be ridiculed in the press and become ineffective. Starr was so determined to bring him down when it is Starr who should be held responsible for his part in bringing down the buildings. There was no way clinton could go after bin laden with the atmosphere of the country at that time and clinton did not know what was going to happen to him. Plus Starr cost Gore the presidency for absolutely no reason with his hatred and mean agenda against the best government in the world, or was, that is.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: PNAC is really a front for 'Project for a New American Empire'
I was reading Atrios this morning and he has a link to the group that supposedly the Project for a New American Century is a front for: Project for a New American Empire.
Here is the link to the Empire website: http://www.newamericanempire.org/.
[BuzzFlash Note: I nice bit of satire. "George Orwell, Vice-Cabalist, Grave-Rolling Department"]
Subj: A small voice from the back of the room
As I read Gene Colliers column in your link to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette yesterday, I knew I had to write to him. His subject was 'It's time for the president to play the name names game'.
I hope a lot of people read that offering. Not sure how many republicans read BuzzFlash and go to the links. However, Democrats would be very interested in it. It was a very important article and well worth reading.
Now that I have left you on your own, dear mailbaggers, to find the article...here is just a bit of what I said to Mr. Collier:
Perhaps, as we read the wealth of articles brought our way by BuzzFlash, we could e-mail the writers and thank them for being a voice from the back of the room.
The voice back of the room lady,
You have no idea what that response did for me. It certainly would have an effect on the many writers.
Subj: Why Don't Governments Listen To Their "Terror Experts?"
By now we have all learned that Bush did not listen to Dick Clark, his terrorism expert. Why? Now we learn that Sharon did not listen to his terror expert when told that the murder of the Hamas leader would unleash more terrorism on the innocents of Israel. Why pay the terror experts and then just bull doze ahead and do exactly what you wanted to do all along? Looks like Sharon is just as arrogant as Bush!
Sandy in Florida
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