March 26, 2004
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Subj: Bush, The Serial Slacker
Great editorial about 9/11 warnings, Buzz. And don't forget where Bush was on August 6 2001 (actually from Aug 4 to Aug 30, 2001) -- in Crawford, Texas, on vacation. All that "heightened chatter" all through July, and Bush's response? A little personal R & R.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Keep in Mind . . .
Prediction: The next thing Nucular Boy will say is, "If we were informed that American Airlines Flight 11 would crash into the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. on the morning of September 11 we certainly would have done everything possible to stop it; if we were informed that United Airlines Flight 175 would crash into the SouthTower of the World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m. on the morning of September 11 we certainly would have done everything possible to stop it; if we were informed that American Airlines Flight 77 would crash into the Pentagon at 9:45 a.m. on the morning of September 11 we certainly would have done everything possible to stop it. But we didn't know that. Nobody told us in advance."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Not Credible
I have finally come to the end of my rope.
In my, not so humble opinion, there is no longer a credible or legitimate Republican on the face of the Earth.
When we have a governing group that REFUSES to testify under oath and does absolutely NOTHING to refute any of the accusations made by credible and high level critics, and can only attack them personally, is NO LONGER A LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT.!
Anyone who supports these corrupt money/power whores, also is NO LONGER LEGITIMATE.
This is the most SHAMEFUL display of deception and misdirection that I have ever seen in all my years in this country.
This is seriously beginning to remind me of the Totalitarianism of the old Soviet Style of Communism, where they had tight-fisted control over the free flow of information. When you control everything that your population sees, hears, or reads, you can control what they think.
The Right wing Fascists believe that the Soviet Union fell due to the policies of Reagan..I counter that it had nothing to do with Reagan; it was totally because they could no longer control the flow of information and the population became informed and enlightened.
Media conglomerates such as Faux news are part of this attempt at totalitarian control. BuzzFlash and others like them are the antidote.
Keep it up.
Geoff in Austin.
Subj: 9-11 information please read.. thank you
Reading your article today, I was thinking about those 4 courageous women that produced the 9-11 investigation... It made me think of a few things... Why was President George Bush sitting at that school reading to kids while the nation was under attack? Why was it while the rest of the country was watching the events unfold on TV were all of these Bush people sitting there clueless? Why did President Bush continue to sit there reading stories even 20 minutes after the 2nd trade center had been hit? Why did President Bush after seeing the first plane hit world trade center building # 1 say "Boy that is some bad pilot" ?
Why is it that nobody had looked into the profiteering of selling short American Airlines stock ??? Who were the people that sold short this stock on this airlines? Please look at the time line they are on the web at various places.. Please help expose the deliberate ineptness that this administration is involved with. It appears to me that they almost wanted to for some reason react late as this disaster was occurring. We should have had fighter jets on the tails of those hijacked planes the minute they were discovered to be hijacked and we didn't.. Please help us get to the bottom of this..I am just an ordinary man out here in Florida but i see things that I am sure other people see as well.. There are so many questions that are unanswered for some reason nobody is really digging deep into them... We need help from people like you and others...
Please help shed light on these and other serious matters..
Subj: Planes Crashing Into Buildings?
More proof that Condi lies.
Courtesy of the Memory Hole:
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Richard Clark
Let's cut to the chase. Richard Clark testified under oath and with a penalty of perjury about 9/11. When will Bush and Condi Rice do the same. Are they afraid of perjury? Remember that's why they impeached Clinton. Same ol dead skunk smell from the whitewash these days.
Subj: photos from the March 20 LA Protest
here's a link to a page with some cool pix of the LA protest that happened last saturday as a part of the worldwide demonstrations commemorating the first anniversary of bush's war crime.
to me, it looked like there were about 6,000 people at the LA event, although it is notoriously difficult to get an accurate body count at these things. new york is said to have had 100,000 people and rome supposedly got a million. who knows? but the point remains that the protests are drawing robust crowds!
go to this link for lots MORE kewl pix of the LA protest:
-nealio the dealio
If Condi Rice is not afraid to go on all the talk shows and rebute, why then if she is she afraid to take an oath?
Must have something to hide!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: The correspondent's dinner and laughs about wmds
I caught some of Mr. Bush`s performance last night and cannot believe you inside the beltway people actually laughed . That he would have the audacity and insensitivity to make jokes about finding WMDS when he sent hundreds of our young soldiers to their DEATHS in search of them was stomach turning. I wonder if the families of our soldiers patrolling there today .... who died there yesterday......who may die there today thought it was funny. I guess if you don't laugh you won;t get a cute nickname.
Subj: 911 hearings
On Wednesday 2/24, DemocracyNow.org played clips from the 9/11 hearings - during which I blurted out, 'This is a jerk-off!" as I watched self-absorbed good-ole-boys slouched in their chairs playing footsy with each other - the questioners totally self-absorbed and gloating at being picked for this important panel [it will look good on the resume and their websites] while totally bored at the proceedings which were taking them away from golf with some lobbyist.
After the clips, Amy Goodman interviewed former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman who gave an impressive, in-depth but scathing analysis of the hearings and presented what should have been asked. Then she interviewed Andrew Rice, who lost his brother in the tragedy, who ran down the importance of an honest and thorough investigation into 9/11.
I was left depressed and wondering why these two people who know and care so much more than the cynical slouchers on the government panel, why were these two and their associates, not out there asking the questions. Why do we always get stuck second-stringers and whitewashes?
Subj: Clarke is our Daniel Ellsberg
Dear Buzz and Fellow BuzzFlash Readers
Clarke was magnificent. It was easy for him, because the TRUTH makes one eloquent. Just like Daniel Ellsberg did thirty years ago, Clarke will unleash the downfall of this murderous bunch running our country into the ground.
For Clarke to begin his testimony with a heartfelt and truly compassionate apology to the victim's families simply elevated his stature a thousandfold. And his answers while being attacked by the Republicans on the panel (reading their White House-approved, Faux-News-delivered lies), were solid, confident, pointed, and again, THE TRUTH.
Contrast Rumsfeld, who stuttered, stammered and blustered his way through his answers. What an arrogant warmonger he is. What callousness to sit there and smirk and point fingers while the families of those 911 victims sit in the same room with him.If anyone owes the American families of 911 victims, and our dead soldiers in Iraq, and the Iraqi citizens, an apology, it's Rumsfeld.
And thank God some of the commissioners repeated Condisleeza's " refusal to testify" several times, to applause in the audience. Make her accountable! It's unconscionable that she has the astounding audacity to REFUSE this country some answers about the worst tragedy on our soil. But she has time to speak on every single morning show and news show her busy day will allow!! My God, how does that woman look in the mirror? Have you ever looked into her eyes as she lies? There is NOTHING there. She has no Soul. Maybe that's why countless thousands of dead, innocent victims, people whose deaths SHE is personally responsible for, mean absolutely nothing to her. What a stab in the back to victim's families. Unbelievable.
Let them unleash their smear campaign against Clarke. The TRUTH will not be hidden much longer. I do fear for Mr. Clarke's life, however and pray he does not become yet another victim of this murderous regime.
THE TRUTH WILL SET US FREE!!! (AND REMEMBER TO VOTE ABSENTEE!)
Thanks Buzz, you're our lifeline.
elaine in Petaluma
I've been following the 9/11 hearings with great interest and simply had to comment on the statements of Richard Clarke. This one -
"Your government failed you, those entrusted with protecting you failed you and I failed you. We tried hard, but that doesn't matter because we failed," he said. "And for that failure, I would ask —once all the facts are out —for your understanding and for your forgiveness."
is priceless. This statement by Mr. Clarke is a real honest show of courage and sympathy. Too bad G.W. and his band of cronies didn't have the sense of courage and decency that Mr. Clarke has shown.
No doubt, now we will start hearing the apologies and sympathy flow from the White House A dime late and a nickel short folks, and will be seen for being as phony as everything else about Bushco.
Congratulations Richard, my hat goes off to you!
Subj: NPR report on 9/11/01
I just stumbled across this website:
"Was 9/11 allowed to happen?"
One interesting thing (among many) that I found included in their timeline of events was this:
Sep 11, 2001: A National Public Radio correspondent states: "I spoke with Congressman Ike Skelton who said that just recently the director of the CIA warned that there could be an attack--an imminent attack--on the United States of this nature. So this is not entirely unexpected."
I listened to the link and indeed the correspondent said that. So my question is why would Congressman Ike Skelton know this and not our National Security Advisor?
A BuzzFlash Reader
In watching the hearings today on the events of 9 11 I must say it is so infuriating to be from Illinois. It was the most embarrassing day to watch ex=governor Thompson make a total fool of himself. He used his time as a commission member to advertise that he is bought and paid for by the Bush administration. During Mr. Clark's testimony he must have held up the book of Mr. Clarks' up at least five times, also displaying it many times to some of the other people there to answer questions.
His appearance was that of someone obsessed by Mr. Clark and his book. Mr. Thompson was so overwrought about passages in this book and the author he was practically melting down before our very eyes.
If anyone doubts Mr. Thompson's purpose on this committee today would have answered all of your questions and I for one am totally embarrassed by the fact that he is from Illinois
Of course, Mr. Clark handled himself with great aplomb and was not in the least cowered by the gasbag, ex governor Thompson. Even the audience quietly let Mr. thompson know his presence was definitely annoying and a waste of everyone's time. It will be interesting what the families of the victims have to say about his disgusting performance
Subj: John O'Neill?!?
Do you guys remember John O'Neill?
FBI anti-terrorism expert, a deputy director I believe. Pursuing bin Laden. Resigned in frustration in summer of 2001. Killed, ironically, in WTC where he had gone to work as security chief.
Re-post something about him! Connect the dots! His experience and evidence supports Clarke.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Bush Roast
George Makes jokes about various pictures of himself, including one showing the Oval Office, with Bush chiming "Nope, no weapons in here!"
You really have to "admire" a man who jokes about lying and the deaths that have resulted from those lies.
Wonder if the families and friends of the 570 GI's who have died in Iraq thought it was funny.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Message to Fox (Bush spin) News
You picked the wrong target when you tried to badger General Wes Clark and tried to get him to criticize Richard Clarke. You tried to focus on the timing of the book by Richard Clarke and tried to distract America from the real issues. I don't care what the timing of the book was. Americans are not as stupid as you think they are, FAUX News. We know you were trying to get people to focus on Richard Clarke and you were trying to plant your seeds of deception and distraction again, so that you could get the focus off of the fact that Bush did not protect us prior to 911, and instead lied to us about an Iraq - 911 connection, which did not exist. Hey, FAUX, I am a died in the wool, to death, Wes Clark supporter, and that is one guy who will keep putting the truth out there, no matter how you try to spin your lies. Bush lied and our soldiers died. Buzz readers, get those "Bush Lied and our Soldiers Died" post cards. Pass them out everywhere you go. Leave them on table tops everywhere. This request is unsolicited. People need to know. BUSH LIED, no matter who wrote what when or where or for what reasons. Look, if your family member was murdered, and a person wrote a book about it, would you just say "The author just wants to advance his/her career". No, you would hold that murderer responsible and THANK the author. Well, our family members, soldiers, and loved ones died. So THANK Richard Clarke for telling the truth. Thank General Wes Clark for not letting FAUX spin the truth. General (Smackdown) Clark will always knock them down with truth. We are all voting for Kerry in the fall. So your King Bush is going away! By the way, one last thing, FAUX News. I am a Christian. The statement of the Lord's prayer in English "deliver us from evil" was translated from Greek, "recuse us from the one who puts a false face on what his true intentions are". If the shoe fits on Bush, he can wear it. If it fits on you, you can wear it too. So when Bush refers to evil, he is referring to himself and FAUX news, isn't he?
~ a Wes Clark supporter backing John Kerry ~
Re: Condi's Lies
Re: Documentation of Plans to Crash Airplanes Into Buildings that Bush and Condi Claim They Knew Nothing About: They Lie, Assassinate People's Characters Instead of Refuting Their Evidence -- and They are, Most Dangerous to the Nation, Incompetent.
You might wanna add another example - on the morning of 9/11, the CIA claimed they were running a "simulation" of a plane crashing into a government building. I HAVE ALWAYS FELT THAT THIS IS THE SMOKING GUN. What it might mean is too terrible to comprehend.
"On the morning of September 11th 2001, Mr. Fulton and his team at the CIA were running a pre-planned simulation to explore the emergency response issues that would be created if a plane were to strike a building. Little did they know that the scenario would come true in a dramatic way that day. Information is the most powerful tool available in the homeland security effort."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: I fail to see the humor!
I fail to see the humor in joking about the fabricated justification for a war waged under false pretenses, that has caused the death of nearly 600 soldiers, injuries to 3,000 more, and has put us into more danger from terrorists than we were a year ago:
"Bush put on a slide show, calling it the "White House Election-Year Album" at the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association 60th annual dinner, showing himself and his staff in some decidedly unflattering poses.
There was Bush looking under furniture in a fruitless, frustrating search. "Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere," he said."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Out of the loop?
Sept.16, '01 Feed the Press interview with Cheney- Referring to 9/11
"National security adviser, my chief of staff, Scooter Libby, Mary Matalin, who works for me, convened in my office, and we started talking about getting the Counterterrorism Task Force up and operating." http://stacks.msnbc.com/news/629714.asp
UP AND OPERATING? Does this not sound like the smoking gun of terrorism being on the back burner for this misAdminstration?
Subj: Maureen Farrell article 3/23
Maureen Farrell’s article, “The Clear Channel Controversy, One Year On (Why Howard Stern’s Woes Are Your Woes, Too)”was fantastic. It should be mandatory reading for all Americans. There should be discussion groups and focus groups and meetings in coffee houses about this. People shouldn’t be able to vote unless they can pass a test about the information and issues it contains.
Well, maybe we shouldn’t go so far as voting tests and Poll Taxes, but the questions raised in the article are crucial to the very understanding and success of democracy.
Subj: Richard Clarke and partisanship
The opening shot from Mr. Lehman impugning Richard Clarke's credibility gives the lie to any non-partisan pretences about this "Commission." Thank goodness that Clarke has dealt with people like this ideologue through four administrations, thereby letting the man negate whatever relevance his questioning might have had by his clear allegiance to the criminals whose acts or omissions are supposedly being investigated.
If I was Mr. Lehman, or one of his biased handlers, I would remind the man that maybe it isn't in Bush's best interests to get someone with Mr. Clarke's history into a pissing match over credibility. I imagine that as someone who was in the Reagan/BushI administrations, Mr. Clarke has considerable knowledge about any number of issues that the Bush family would rather leave as ancient history.
Bush I benefited from the myopia of the American people and the negligence of the press in failing to actively PROSECUTE the scandals to which he was a party, specifically: the October Surprise negotiations with the Iranians in violation of the Logan Act (and a clear harbinger of how a member of the Bush family supports the "troops"); Iran-contra with its finances secured by drug smuggling with the active participation of the Vice-president's office through Donald Gregg and Felix Rodriguez, smuggling which saw an increase in the amount of cocaine brought into this country to an order of magnitude; and, lastly, the Iraqgate fiasco.
This doesn't include the self-serving pardons of the Iran-contra criminals in the last days of the Bush administration which make Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich pale in comparison, an act which earned the sobriquet "Pardongate" from the very same right-wing lunatic fringe that pervades the radio airwaves and cable news shows, CNN included. Clinton News Network? Conservative News Network.
Maybe Mr. Clarke would be willing to start naming names and pointing out skeletons if the attacks on his integrity from the right-wing continue. Perhaps Karl Rove should have a little talk with his commission members to keep all this "Lost History" (thanks, Bob Parry) from seeing the light of day and scuttling his boy Bush.
Subj: The Price of Gasoline
I just saw NBC TV tonight and there was a rather useless report about the high cost of gas, saying that the over regulation of Californians (wanting to breathe clean air) was costing them dearly, while the nice obedient people of South Carolina paid a full dollar less because they have no pollution laws.
I remember when Bill Clinton was president, and the oil giants tried this, and he leveled the supply by selling some of the reserve. The prices sure dropped, didn't they?
Why doesn't that happen now?
by the way, there is a national boycott of Exxon and Mobil. Because they're the largest suppliers, if we simply buy our gas elsewhere they will sell NONE and eventually have a fire sale, which will drop prices overall.
The smaller suppliers follow their lead.
Subj: W Campaign Quote Question
“Jobs are created when the economy grows; the economy grows when Americans have more money to spend and invest.”
From his campaign website, more wisdom from your pResident. Or is it? I’m no economist, but this sounds just a little too…simple to take at face value. And we know whose face these words are coming from, so I’m even more dubya…er, dubious.
Anyway, I was wondering if you’d be able to put this out to someone with some economics expertise and find out just how true these assertions might be. In the age of jobless recovery, I’d be quite interested to know.
Thanks regardless, you do so much already.
Subj: Clarke mentioned much earlier
Soon after the start of the Iraq "war", you had a link to an article where an official complained that right after 9/11, he was pressured to blame it on Iraq. I think it was Clarke, but I can't find it in my files. Since the repugs are asking "why now", with his new book, I think it would be very informative to show that he spoke out much earlier.
Also, Condescenda Rice has a new take on an old expression: "If you can't say anything true, then don't say anything at all".
Keep it up!
Subj: Disinformation - Treat it as Treason
The Bush administration has made a living sending out Propaganda to the masses. In the end we all suffer. I would like Senator Kerry to address this matter during the campaign. Stories like Al Queda might be trapped in Pakistan, and Americans hate Kerry when he talks bad about Bush (Kerry has been on vacation mind you) get reported everyday and come straight from these evil bastards.
I addressed this on DU and got kicked off the boards. Disinformation is Treasonous - no matter how deliberate. Third world countries have made fake polls and disinformation campaigns Illegal. The United States should not have to let a third world country beat her out on truth and decency.
Subj: Comment on Today's Editorial
Your Editorial says, "The first crime was Antonin Scalia leading a Supreme Court coup to steal the 2000 election for George W. Bush; the second crime was the Bush Administration's dereliction of duty in not even TRYING to protect the people of America from 9/11; the third crime is that the 9/11 Commission is going to come up with a "political compromise" in its findings.
You forgot to name the UNNOTICED CRIME.
The Bush Administration LOOTED THE TREASURY just before they allowed the evidence to be bombed off the map by Al Queda.
They looted the Treasury.
$7.5 TRILLION is missing.
They looted the Treasury.
How many times do I need to say it?
They looted the Treasury.
(They can't be impeached because they have all the votes and impeachment is a Democratic process.)
They looted the Treasury.
Subj: Bush jokes: This is what I sent to the Chgo Tribune and the Chgo Sun Times today...
I was watching the news late last night (March 24) when I saw President Bush at the annual dinner of the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association. He was joking about the "missing Weapons of Mass Destruction". And saying that we are still looking for them - but in a joking manner.
There is nothing funny about this president making jokes about the missing WMDs. He used the story of WMDs to lead this country into a war on a sovereign nation that was posing no threat to us or any other country. This issue of the non-existent WMDs has cost us the lives of sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, nephews, nieces, friends and strangers to the tune of nearly 600.
We have only some idea of the numbers of injuries, losses, and damages to body and soul of the men and women who returned and those who remained there. And what about the families of these people? We don't even know the numbers in Iraq - because as the Pentagon has said, they don't count Iraqi losses...
So why is he laughing??? I'm not.
Subj: JUST DISGUSTED!
I AM DISGUSTED AND APPALLED THAT GW BUSH WOULD JOKE ABOUT THE WMD SINCE THE WMD ARE THE REASON HE SENT OUR CHILDREN TO THEIR DEATHS! DOES HE EVEN KNOW PEOPLE HAVE DIED OVER THOSE WMD HE INSISTED WERE THERE? CAN HE REALLY BE THAT DUMB! HOW COULD HE (THE ONE WHO SENT THEM THERE TO DIE, JOKE ABOUT IT? HE IS JUST BEYOND EVIL!
Subj: Unbelievable Bush quote
If this doesn’t prove that Bush is either a) a liar or b) so stupid and out-of-touch that he is dangerous to America, I don’t know what will.
I guess he ignored those briefings in 2001 that the White House is currently putting out that show warnings were given about possible U.S. attacks. I guess he was living in a cave in 1993 when terrorists attempted to blow up the Twin Towers for the first time. I guess he slept through the press coverage and subsequent briefings regarding the foiling of terrorist attacks in advance of the millennium.
I guess he just doesn’t remember the Texas Capitol going on lock-down in 1995 after the domestically-driven Oklahoma City bombing. Or the awful nail bombs detonated by another domestic terrorist at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996.
Subj: Clarke Effect
Guys, I love BuzzFlash and have given $$ to Moveon, but... does not look like these hearings will change any votes, at least not by the latest polls. That might change over time, but right now it is not hurting Bush's numbers.
Subj: Where's a writer when you need one?
This one is currently hanging on the mailbox with a used Earl Grey teabag tucked inside the fold.
Keep up the good fight!
Thursday, March 25, 2004
Quite a day, yesterday Sir. You look like you could do with a good cup of tea.
Yes, I have a question too. (How do you do that, Sir? Quite uncanny.)
My question is: What is it with our intelligence people?
Condi Rice is countering the charges in the new book "Against All Enemies" by claiming author Richard Clarke was 'out of the loop.' The Counter-Terrorism Czar of the United States of America was out of the loop!
Isn't that the situation your father claimed during the Iran-Contra to-do? That time, it was used to justify HIS apparent lack of knowledge of the illegal doings of THAT administration. And him the ex-Director of the CIA. Puh-leeze!
While this might explain a lot about the apparently on-going shortcomings of our intelligence apparatus, not this time. This time, it's the deliberate cultivation of the 'preferred' intelligence that was used to justify our current crisis. From what we all can see, there was a great deal of creativity evidenced there. What happened to it, Sir? A towering imagination, gripping story-telling skills, and a grasp of the principles of descriptive narrative came together to describe a menace to civilization as we know it. You had the whole world (almost) eating from your hand, Sir. It was a great story!
Again, I respectfully ask -- What happened? Somebody complains that you wouldn't listen to him and writes a book that says so. And all of a sudden, all those story-making skills evaporate and we get: 'He was out of the loop'. And further '...he needs to get his story straight.'
That's all your people can come up with? Is this the story that's designed to deflect the attention and influence the opinion of the world? Sir, I'm appalled! All that money, all those brains, and this wimperama of a rebuttal is the best you can do?
You could get supermarket supplement writers that could do better than that, given a sandwich and a lead time of an hour or two. Not only did you have a three-month head's up, but all of you worked together during the time period covered in the book. I mean, you were all there, weren't you? Oh, not you, Sir. You had those fundraisers to see to and the photo-ops, why you even did the goat-story thing for part of the time. I meant the generic Jolly-Republicans-All-Together-in the-White-House 'you'.
In any case, your people had the book for three months, checking it out. And when challenged, your National Security Adviser uses throwaway comments that amount to 'He's a poopy-head and nobody liked him anyway' to attempt to discredit Dick Clarke's charges.
It's embarrassing. It's been embarrassing and you're coming off as The Gang that Couldn't Lie Straight. Trust me, Sir. You've been so much better at story-telling than this but now, it's like you're not even trying.
One more thing when you've got a minute, Sir? A word in the right ear might help. The scones have apparently been drop-shipped to a base in Central Africa and the jam was reported to be heading by truck convoy to Kazahkstan. And Mr. Cheney's not answering his pages, again.
Kazahkstan, Sir? Is there a pipeline there too?
Subj: 9/11 Committee
I see the committee investigating the 9/11 attacks decided that both Clinton and Bush followed the wrong strategy when dealing with Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaida terrorist group. They said that both failed. Whether because of fear of bodily harm for themselves or their families, fear of loss of employment or just plain stupidity, they ignored one major difference. The attacks happened on Bush’s watch. Bush had been President almost eight months when the terrorists struck. He had plenty of time to make any changes he thought were necessary to the FBI, CIA and America’s national security system. On September 11 2001, it was George W. Bush’s FBI, CIA and national security system that failed!
Subj: All for Nothing
This is my opinion on how this 911 show is going to play out.
I've seen and heard enough since the theft of election 2000 to know that GWB and his misfits will not even get a slap on the wrist, for the disaster they have caused America, and the world. Right now they are probably laughing their butts off on how they included President Clinton in this disaster, to take away the sting from them. (Just imagine First Lady Hillary Clinton pulling a CONDI?? Or Sandy Berger??)
This is a sad state of affairs to see how these liars are going to get away with this.( Hell, Rush Limbaugh is still not paying for his illegal drug buying, where is the justice??? Cheney is his buddy)They have no conscious, they are republicans!
Where does this all leave us? Grass Roots!
This is the one and only way to get this rot out of the White House.
We can't count on the legal system for payback, because the legal system does not apply to them.
But by sticking together, all Democrats, we will make sure there will so many votes for John Kerry, there will be no way they can steal election 2004. We have to take the House, and Senate also. A big job, but we can do it.
I worked to get President Clinton in, when at some point during his campaign it looked hopeless. I was at the polls when he won in our borough. I will see John Kerry win. There is a change in the wind, the same way there was in 1992. (this was a quote, a young man said to me when we were signing up young voters) Yes, they will get away with all their lies now, but GWB will be *out the door in 2004*
Angie from Philly
Subj: Bob Novak should be banned from calling himself a journalist
Robert Novak has totally lost all credibility and sensibility. On today's CrossFire he insinuated that Richard Clarke has a problem with the "African-American woman, Condoleeza Rice"!! What gall!! This must be the new agreed upon strategy to rebuff Richard Clarke. Republicans have reached a new low if they are going to try and fight Clarke's assertions (about Bush's failure to fight terrorism) by using the race card. The tactic is disgraceful and will certainly fail, especially in the African American community. As an African American female, I am outraged. Too many of our youth are dying in Iraq because of George Bush's and Condoleeza Rice's lies. All of them- Bush, Rice, and Bob Novak- are seemingly morally bankrupt.
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. : "How long? Not long". I ask, " How long......must we put up with the lies and injustices of the the Bush administration ?" Hopefully, not long. November will soon be here.
Subj: Snow Job
In yet another statement from the most ineffectual Treasury Secretary of my life, John Snow is quoted today during a luncheon speech as saying:
Which begs the question, was the plan all along to lose 2+ million jobs and create the largest deficit ever??
Subj: An Observation
In the constant, full-out assault against Richard Clarke the bushites have been pounding on two points: Clarke's 'positive' remarks to the press in August 2002 and Condoleezza rice's many appearances on talk shows defending the administration's (non-) actions. I would like to point out the obvious to all involved: no comments to the press are made under oath. As far as I know, there is no law that requires anyone to be truthful when speaking to the press.
Clarke has now given his testimony under oath--he has sworn to the veracity of what he has written in his book and explained the statement he made to the press in 2002. Does condi have the nerve to make her statements under the threat of punishment for perjury?
Last night, again, Mr. Bush shows his lack of compassion and his total lack of comprehension about the damage he has wrought .... While our troops are living an abysmal life over there in Iraq, and the families of the dead and wounded are suffering their loss now and forever, Mr. Bush jokes about looking for the Weapons of Mass Destruction ... his chief reason for his illegal invasion of a country which now looks blameless of all of his accusations ...
This is not and can never be a joke ...
Subj: Queen of Denial
Why do Americans just LOVE getting sucker-punched by George Bush? Why do Americans just LOVE getting sucker-punched by George Bush? George Bush just keeps hitting us again and again -- right where we live: In our homes, in our hearts and in our pocketbooks. Yet Americans still keep passionately lining up to get hit again. Over and over and over again -- like so many bowling pins.
If anyone can figure out this phenomenon, PLEASE let me know! Americans need to stop playing Queen of Denial. It's time for us all to stop letting Bush and his billionaire friends destroy the country we love. http://www.BuzzFlash.com/contributors/04/03/con04124.html
I believe it's fear - no matter the hundreds of horrible things Bush is doing to them, they think Bush is protecting them. Because of this, they allow him free reign to do as he pleases. I hope Kerry points out how much they are DEAD WRONG about this. Talk about being duped!!
May I point out this quote I believe you posted in the past:
"Of course the people don't want war...that is understood. But voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." -- Hitler's designated successor, Hermann Goering
I'm doing everything I can to popularize the use of the words "misleader" and "misleadership" in association with Bush at every opportunity, the goal being to neutralize and hopefully turn his emphasis on "leadership" into a negative, or even a joke. I hope BuzzFlash will do likewise.
--Bob Wieder, Bay Area freelancer.
Subj: Assault on Clarke
Members of the Bush administration have claimed for months that suicide bombings and attacks on American forces in Iraq only show the desperation of a weakening enemy. Using that logic (or illogic), the administration's Blitzkrieg against Richard Clarke must then prove that Bush and Co. are in the throws of utter despair and anguish. Well, one can dream.
JPA in Minnesota
Subj: Outsource military assignments to India and China
Show Us The Jobs kicked off its bus tour of unemployed yesterday afternoon in St. Louis. This was EXCITEMENT.
Here were the confederate flag decal on the 4 x 4 trucks guys that Dean wanted to attract. And they were crying for Bush blood. I did not have enough pens and post cards to fully work the crowd for Impeachment requests. Had I a table and unlimited pens, I could have gotten hundreds. Alone. Instead one partner and I got about 75.
I know for many of us that peace, illegal war, lying, stealing elections and sitting on your hands while terrorists attacked America because it was part of the plan, these are the issues.
But the deal breaker is going to be the unemployed, working overtime but not getting paid overtime, training your Indian replacement, no benefits, etc etc. Or, the universal slave america issue. The corporate WTO has spread the 3rd world slavery conditions to the U.S.
I would like to combine issues. I'm not as good a writer as those who pen the articles we pass around. How about we all email them so they will work on this idea:
Support our troops. Outsource their military assignments to India and China.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Get off the poor shruB administration's case. Yeah, the Germans and Spaniards told them that there would be an attack with commercial aircrafts on the Twin Towers, and approximately the date, BUT they did not tell them the flight number, and most important, the loading gate!!! Everybody knows that if you miss the gate, you miss the flight. So, obviously, the shruB squatters had no idea. Well, they still have no ideas except when it comes to rob the Iraqis of oil and the USA treasury of funds on behalf of Bechtel, Halliburton, and a handful of other thieves. God Bless America, wow, does it ever need it with goons like that squatting in Congress and the White House.
Subj: Indecent Exposure
To the readers:
This morning I saw one of the most offensive broadcasts on television I have ever witnessed. On CNN, and now everywhere, there was coverage of George Bush actually joking about the hunt for WMD. I was completely shocked and awed at how distasteful these comments were and the abhorrent lack of decency and honor in this Administration? Is there no limit to this? How can Mr. Bush make jokes about the lack of WMD? This after all was their “cause”for war. The cause that resulted in the loss of hundreds of American lives, the wounding of thousands, and the murder of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians. There is not one thing funny about this matter. It is truly outrageous that this husk of a man could joke about his own lies and so brazenly mock the world. He does not attend one funeral of America’s sons and daughters who have given their lives thinking they were protecting us from WMD and Iraq. We know this was all a pack of lies, and yet they have the stones to make jokes about and the media thinks it cute they can poke fun of themselves, how clever.
This is frankly the most obscene broadcast I have scene this year!
Subj: Clarke Testimony
[Back at the hearing, former Illinois governor James R. Thompson, a Republican member of the commission, took up the cause, waving the Fox News transcript with one hand and Clarke's critical book in the other. "Which is true?" Thompson demanded, folding his arms and glowering down at the witness.]
How is it that you have a copy of the Fox News transcript since this was just released by the White House this morning?
Who gave it to you and did you have a chance to read it or did you just use the Cliff Notes? Somebody obviously made sure you had a copy of the transcript, who was it?
It seems that you were able to take the “just released”transcript and compare it to Mr. Clarke’s book in an extraordinarily short period of time, how is this possible? Were you given a copy in advance of publication by Fox?
Are you, or have you been, in contact with anyone associated with the White House regarding your questioning of witnesses before the commission?
Are you just one more partisan hack who will do or say anything to keep us from the truth?
Does the symbiotic relationship between the Republican Party and Fox News disturb you in the least?
How does it feel to have Richard Clarke make you look like a complete idiot?
Subj: Clarke testimony& the radio.
This morning I turned on the radio,. Because I had listened to Coast to Coast the evening before, it was still tuned to that channel. So what do I hear, Glenn Beck reading. Clarke's testimony, and picking it apart line by line. It was so biased I had to switch channels. I tuned in a Milwaukee channel and there was Charles Sykes, doing much the same thing.
What did the GOP do, send them all scripts to read today?
I felt as if I were back in 1930"s Germany and the propaganda program was going full force.
Later I watched CNN and the one being interviewed was saying what a great sense of humor President Bush has, I then saw the clip of him looking in his office for the WMD's.
What a slap to the almost 600 dead service men and the 1000's wounded. That the president was callous enough to make a joke over what these men & women were sent over to Iraq for.
But the worst part is, for many American voters, none of this will matter, they're just like sheep. It really makes me sad and I pray daily that my country will come back to its senses, but fear it may already be too late.
I do think Mr. Clarke and the others who have come forward are very brave and should be thanked.
Last time I wrote was Thanksgiving when I just had to tell someone how my family had laughed over Bushes Iraq visit because it looked so fake. We all thought it looked like a cut-out figure of him. Imagine when we found out a few days later that the turkey really was fake.
Subj: Yup, dubya's a card alright...
the president's most recent stand-up routine http://www.thechamplainchannel.com/politics/2948610/detail.html
ranks up there with his mocking of Carla Faye Tucker and his classic show-stopper, "Lucky me, I hit the Trifecta!"
Pain and suffering.yuck-yuck.
Subj: Dee Turner
Dee, do not apologize for voting for a democrat...we have all been disappointed by a candidate at times. You know the way I feel about Liebermann....but, when you voted for him, I am quite sure you thought he would be a good democrat and make us all proud. I watched him today, and understand!
Just think about coming up side of his head with a 2x4 and it will get it out of your system...
Subj: 9/11 and the entire mess
I can remember quite clearly, that after 911, something just did not feel right to me. I suspected that it was something fishy....and I expressed it, before anyone else might have even thought of it...or admitted that they had thought of it. I was lambasted in every place I expressed that thought!!...Wasn't it funny, that Norad did not do their jobs..was it not strange that fighter jets were not scrambled, and how about the story that the government of this country, flew two plane loads of Saudis out of this country a day or two later, when all our relatives were stuck wherever for a week??
Now, to me, this 911 hearing is not about what it should be about. Was it for real?? Was it a plan to get us into Iraq without the American people being able to figure it out?? How many republicans do you know, who think that Hussein was the bomber of the trade center and the Pentagon? I don't mean in the government...I mean just plain old Joes...mechanics...people who never voted in their lives....do not pay attention to politics! I know a bunch....some my own relatives!!
I think that many bright democrats know, too, but even though I have never seen them fight like they are now....they are much too smart to get the american people involved in a plot line like that!
I watched the Democratic Unity Dinner tonight....and God, how I had forgotten how smart people talk! It was glory to hear Bill Clinton say it just the way it is. I had forgotten how brilliant he was! He spoke every word I had thought....but, of course, no one can really say it like him!!! Everyone there made me so proud...and all of the candidates that had a part in bringing this party together...it was the brightest thing I have watched in a long time. I actually was brought to tears at one time.. I wondered how Clinton could figure it all out...his entire speech about how thousands of kids are put out of after school care, and medical care,....just so they could give him (Clinton) $5000 more on his tax cut! He, like Carter, does not need it. He does so much charity work now, and when he needs money....he makes a speech, for which he is paid about 75,000 more than this dimwit we have in the white house now!
I had hope....after watching the smart men at that dinner...and thinking, "they get it, they really do."..they know what is needed in this country to get it back like it used to be...Clinton knows. He came into a mess just like this, after Reagan and Bush!!!!
But, you know, I am still concerned about the 911 hearings....I am so deathly afraid they are wanting to find out why we did not prevent it, instead of WHO did it, and why! And, more importantly, could there be a possibility that it was done, to fool those who do not think it out, so maybe they could get Hussein AND Bin Ladin (whom they do not act like they care about now)??
Folks....whomever....Bin Ladin took credit for bombing the trade towers and the Pentagon!! Wake up...republicans...and followers of your own personal Christ(Bush)! Hussein...really had nothing to do with it! Now, there is always the possibility that we knew it was coming and did nothing about it....that is more believable to me, and frightening!!
Clinton said something in his speech tonight that was so touching...and he can be brilliant....He said, "When the present President and vice president and I, did not go to VietNam...Kerry said 'send me'...and When we needed a good presidential candidate...Kerry said, "Send Me"...there were a lot of "Send Me's" in between, but that man can put together words better than anyone I know!...and these were the ones I remembered....I was teary by then!
Thanks Buzz...for all the democratic info you bring us...there is much I would never know, had I not had this site to come to!
Subj: Clarke makes mince-meat out of Hemmer on CNN
Clarke: 'White House is Papering Over Facts'
Richard Clarke went on CNN Tuesday and it was Smokin! Little Bill Hemmer of CNN threw everything he had at him and Clarke hit a grand-slam out of the park on every pitch.
And pay attention to the questions from Hemmer, if you read this transcript and didn't know Hemmer was (pretending to be) a reporter, you would think he was someone who works for the RNC, because with every question or rebuttal it's right off the latest RNC talking points blast-fax.
There are a couple quotes included below, but that's just a taste .. the entire exchange is on the link and the responses are out of the park.
Remember these questions (or charges) from Hemmer are all from the Republican talking points .. The same thing you will hear from your conservative friends.
They sound real bad when you hear the charges, until Clarke responds and each one of them are not only lies, but he refutes them with contrasting events and facts.
This is not as long as most transcripts but it's good stuff.. a highly recommended read,
Direct link to comments: http://kelleykramer.blogspot.com/2004_03_21_...
Clarke: 'White House is Papering Over Facts' http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/03/23/clarke/index.html
Subj: Bush Thinks WMDs a Joke, So Does the Press
All the parents, wives, husbands, and children who lost loved ones in Bush's war must be cracking up along with Bush and the press. Words fail me.
Subj: Pentagon Officials Suddenly Cancelled Travel Plans for the Morning of Sept. 11th
THEY KNEW SOMETHING.
I was looking for information about the September 10, 2001 issue of Newsweek because I remembered something about that issue. Lo and behold, my search retrieved the following URL: http://www.btinternet.com/~nlpwessex/Documents/newsweekpentagonalert.htm
This article has been removed from the web issue of Newsweek.
Here is a quote from the article:
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Restricting the free speech of military families
The following is a chilling bulleting for military members and their families instructing them not to attend anti-war demonstrations. Anti-war protests are labeled "suspicious" activities that should be reported to law enforcement! The bulletin is poorly disguised as a safety letter but any reasonable person can see the intent to restrict free speech and freedom of assembly. This community bulletin can be verified by calling the Travis AFB public affairs office at (707) 424-2011. The Travis AFB telephone operators number is (707) 424-1110. The email is unclassified and not for official use only, but for the Travis AFB community.
A BuzzFlash Reader
AFOSI "EAGLE EYES" COMMUNITY AWARENESS BULLETIN
Subj: Speak now or forever hold your peace
Paul O'Neill, David Kay, and now, Richard Clarke.
Three individuals who worked inside the Bush circus and voted for Bush, had the courage to step forward and [in essence] say, I'll no longer be associated with the lying corruption.
The democrats would be wise to encourage more [living in fear of Bush] people to come forward. They can do that by indicating that this administration and its enablers will be investigated and prosecuted on many fronts, after the democrats take office. Some may say that all should be forgotten and that everything is fair in politics. What Bush has done to this country is not associated with politics whatsoever. He stole an election. He continues to rob us of our country and democracy.
Is anyone going to mention the Rudman-Hart report that was done - as I recall planes being used as weapons were mentioned according to something I recall reading post 9-11. Also, I seem to recall a quote by a woman interviewed after the Pentagon attack that was on some sort of terrorism panel and she made the comment that as she ran from the Pentagon she thought that oh my God, this was just like they had talked about and imagined- there was also something about their being told to read Tom Clancy novels and think outside the box. If anyone has read any of Clancy's stuff they know that the idea of an airplane used as a weapon is old hat- I cannot see how they- Condi in particular- can look someone straight in the eye and say that they never consider that this was a possibility- Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest. Author: Ben Franklin
Peggy in TX
Subj: Thank you, Maureen!!!!!
Your 3/23 article's spot on...I sent the link to just about everyone on my e-mail listing. It's all about compromising the First - without much argument, the most important of all Amendments.
Thank you so very much for sticking your neck out on this ridiculously media-sensitive topic...I just hope more in the 'reportin' biz' have your cajones (oops, can I say that?).
Don't forget the footage of Bush minutes before announcing the Iraq war. It was fun and games then, and it looks like it is fun and games now.
Actually, the biggest problem is that Bush is not his own man. He is like the younger kid on the street that you could get to say dirty words, or steal cigarettes from his dad's pack. He's only doing what someone else tells him is okay. If it doesn't work, it's his ass, not theirs, and they'll just find another patsy.
Subj: great anti bush commercial, re his wmd skit
please, someone take this idea and make a commercial with it. You show bush doing his skit and the fat cats laughing away while he looks under the couch for his wmd...then you cut to rows of white crosses, and put up the current number of dead, and the voice over says, "they're not laughing, george", then you cut to a shot of a bunch of maimed vets with missing limbs,and the voice says, "they're not laughing either", then to some iraqi kids who are maimed and their grieving parents and do the voice again...you get the picture...i think it would work well. anyway, thanks BuzzFlash for being there, read you every day.
Subj: Family Affair
From The American Prospect: Family Affair - After a charged hearing, 9-11 families praised Richard Clarke, protested Condoleezza Rice, and demanded the resignation of the commission's director.
"At the end of Clarke's testimony, the families walked out in a spontaneous protest of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, who had declined to testify under oath before the panel. ... The protest was hastily decided on by the families during the brief lunch break between the end of former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger's testimony and the beginning of Clarke's, said several family members. And so they picked up their heavy winter overcoats and their wheeled suitcases -- many were heading straight back to New York after the hearings -- and walked out en masse. ... "Having Armitage testify in lieu of Rice, she added, was "totally unacceptable" ..."
And "On Saturday, the committee sent a letter to the commissioners demanding the resignation of the commission's staff director, Philip Zelikow."
Richard Clarke was not the only hero present at the hearings. These are powerful, gutsy and determined people. All power to you!
Subj: Tim Russert
Is there anything this president won't do to get a laugh? After the first pilot hit the WTC he says he remarked, "That is one bad pilot"? Ari Fleischer was standing at the back of the classroom attempting to prevent him from making off-the-cup statements.
While the jokes about WMD are funny for Dave Letterman, they aren't funny coming from the guy who used this joke before the war to justify killing nearly 600 Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis.
He wants to give his acceptance speech from ground zero. He also called 9/11 the defining moment of his administration and remarked that he had, "hit the trifecta." No WMD is not only a deliberate exaggeration, which they used against Gore for not so serious things that weren't true I might ad, but it is a very deadly exaggeration.
Of course Tim isn't going to say anything like that, nor is he going to play all the contradictions. He will do anything to help Bush stay in office and kill as many Americans as he needs to conquer the oil in the Middle East.
Subj: Crossfire: Bob Novak
Is there anyone on television today who is more despicable than Robert Novak? Twice on the March 25th program of Crossfire he played the race card by asking if Richard Clarke had a problem with "this African American woman Condoleezza Rice".
It seems that when Republicans can't dispute the facts, they have to defame the person.
When is CNN going to fire Novak?
A Loyal BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Sitting on Dick Clarke
If it is true, as Clarke has stated, that the Bush White House sat on his book for 3 months before giving him the OK to publish it, then this should tell the voters that Clarke's other claims and interpretations in the book are essentially valid. On top of that, the embattled White House in the wake of the Clarke's book and testimony before the 911 Commission has said little that counters any of Clarke's accusations. If anything, the contradiction between Condi's and Rummy's take on whether Clarke was in or out of "the loop" should raise flags.
Subj: 9/11 commission/R. Clark+
What continues to confound me about the commission and the war over Clark's credibility is the absence of any mention of the Hart-Rudman commission's report. After two and half years of compiling data on National Security as per Clinton's request, the commission finished its work just as the Bush administration was taking over. Both men, one a Republican and one a Democrat, claim that their ominous report was ignored by Ashcroft and Bush. Why haven't these gentlemen come forward to support Clark and why hasn't the commission invited them to testify? Their testimony could go further to support Clark's charges than anything else has so far.
Subject: Warped Sense of Humor
It should be no big surprise that George W. Bush, in extremely poor taste, used a video of himself rummaging through the Oval Office looking for those elusive weapons of mass destruction that still haven't been found in Iraq. This skit not only disrespects those who lost their lives and continue to do so in that country, but also the poor Iranis and Iraqis who were killed by such weapons during the 1980's I don't even want to get started on how Saddam Hussein got the materials and technologies to make and use them.
Actually, this was less insensitive than Bush going around the country after 9/11 crowing about how he had hit the trifecta from the events of that day, thus allowing the Republican's to start wars and raid our treasury. Of course the partisan groups he repeatedly addressed with this shameful term found Bush's remarks of good fortune to be a hoot.
These types of antics go beyond self deprecation - they enter into an area where incompetence, dishonesty, and the abuse of power are blatantly rubbed into the faces of those who suffer from the policies evolving from these actions. Last night Chris Mathews had a moment and dressed down a GOP operative who attempted to dismiss this latest insensitivity as some sort of light moment. Mathews didn't find it funny and somberly dismissed the operative. Maybe if Bush would have presented the gag in a flight suit and not a tux, Mathews might have finally seen the humor in it.
Subj: Remembering the Stolen Election of 2000
I was curious, and this is to your readers as well. Some think that we have forgotten about what happened four years ago. I was reading on democrats.com the other day some of the stories from the stolen election and it brought back a wave of emotions. I have never forgotten what happened, and I vowed to never forget.
My question is, how many of your readers, and how many others out there remember how they felt about what went on. What percentages of us will be following this year’s election very closely to see what transpires? Will we keep focused on Florida? Or will the Bush machine take their machinations to some other locale? Do we need to set up commands in other cities and report on the findings. It would be interesting to find out what people were feeling then and now.
Anita in St. Louis
It was the spring of 1974. On private first class wages, my idea of affordable entertainment was tripping on acid while driving around the countryside with a female soldier and the Wings "Band on the Run" album blaring from the car tape player. Nixon was still Commander in Chief, clutching desperately to "executive privilege" as an excuse to avoid surrendering the Watergate tapes. The criminals lost their battle to cover up their crimes in the Supreme Court, and Nixon was gone by August. Fast forward thirty years and not much has changed. Richard Clarke testifies as to the criminal negligence of the Bush/Cheney/Ashcroft regime. The White House dares to call him a liar? Yet, Clarke testifies under oath, while GW and Condi Rice claim once again "executive privilege" to avoid having to testify themselves. Do they really think they can hide their crimes from the American public any more than Nixon could?
I commend you to publish again your very timely interview with Senator Gary Hart on September 3, 2003 relating to the failure of Bush, Rice, et al to deal with the terrorism threat .Since Bush is relying on his alleged leadership as the "war president" and Richard Clarke is under horrific attack for exploding the myth of Bush's leadership, this interview is very timely. It would be even more helpful if you could get Hart to give you another interview in which he comments of Clarke's disclosure and Rice's response to Hart and Rudman. Also urge him to get on TV and write an article for the NY Times, etc.
A BuzzFlash Reader
I have followed your site for about a year now. It is a terrific springboard to all sorts of valuable information. Thank you so much for this forum. I just heard Rummy's response at today's pentagon press briefing to a question about his alleged insistence on invading iraq.
Some one has got to replay that clip again here. He babbled for about 10 seconds incoherently starting several different responses and finally blurting out. "See what we did."
I can't believe Faux actually aired this sound bite. It truly is priceless.
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