April 6, 2004
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Subj: Sad MusingsHey Buzzers,
It is so great to have BuzzFlash and the amazing community of letter writers to turn to on Bad News days like today. I was jazzed from listening to Air America and realizing that we finally have a place on the airwaves for all the smart funny lefties out there that we never hear on CNN or NPR.
Then I crashed.
I watched the Sunday shows and saw the disaster in Fallujah, the Marine's circling the town for retribution, and the other 8 soldiers killed in Baghdad. It looks like civil war and the Bushies are inept and incapable of dealing with such a threat. They create more terrorists than they can ever kill. They thought Iraq was just blowing up a box of dynamite. What they didn't see was the fuse that ran to a dynamite factory and it just went up. It's a slow motion 9-11.
They are making such big and terrible mistakes and that will just make them more dangerous. They have huge challenges ahead; the 9-11 Commission report, the Halliburton investigation, the Plame case, the June 30th pullout of Iraq and the Republican Convention in New York any and all of which could erupt. Meanwhile they will keep spending millions to push anti-Kerry propaganda.
They MUST win. They have no other option. So we must be ready and register every possible voter. Vote absentee if e-voting is the choice in our area. Demand voter verified paper ballots and complain to our local and state election officials.
And every day we must remember: They have no intention of holding a FAIR election this time.
No group that takes power through a coup relinquishes it willingly.
Subj: Fallujah killings and Blackwater
There has been a lot of discussion about the four security contractors killed in Fallujah on March 31st, but I thought the following points deserve more attention.
(1) The officially reported circumstances under which they died deserve more outrage than I have seen.
According to the Washington Post, the four died protecting the delivery of food for troops on a mission too dangerous for U.S. soldiers or CIA agents. Why were they put on such a high risk, low priority mission? It makes one question whether these security contractors are subject to being exploited.
(2) It this regard, it's worth noting that the four who died were not, strictly speaking, employees of Blackwater. As Blackwater says on its Web-site, "BSC does not hire you; we contract you as an independent contractor (IC)" It's also worth noting that Blackwater claims to contract people for "any threat scenario, whether low or high risk."
(3)There are two legal/philosophical questions worth considering. The first, which has been mentioned by others, is whether it is a good idea to allow military power to be privatized.
The second, which hasn't, concerns whether companies like Blackwater are violating the Neutrality Act (the act used to prosecute the Virginia paintball jihadists) in contracting personnel to countries "at peace with the United States." They are certainly walking a thin line. Although it may be argued that their contractors are only used for defensive or security purposes, the skills they seek in their contractors seem to go beyond those needs.
Subj: Peggy Noonster on Cheney
ran across this looking for something else.......
Peggy Noonan reports that Cheney's not new at having a fear of being found out. I wonder if Kerry keeps a diary? I know he was considering Bob Graham for VP and Graham writes literally everything he does down, even what color his shoes were each day.(I think that is real cool BTW) So, I know at least one democratic Senator who isn't afraid to say where the hell he's been or what he's been doing.
(next paragraph - reminiscing about sitting around with Cheney in 1992, Peg's first time at the WH)
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Subj: Through BuzzFlash.....
The American people DO have a chance to find out the truth.....SCREW THE BUSH MEDIA- Thank heavens for you guys and the UK Guardian.
Subj: Two New House Bill Proposals in Florida
While watching the evening report on what is happening in Tallahassee(our state capitol) I saw there is a bill pending which would eliminate the co-signature on an absentee ballot(this signature is to say, "Yes, this is who he says he is." Sorry I did not write down the number of this bill. Mrs. Hood(our state election guru who is against paper trails for electronic voting) is also trying to have state law changed. It formerly said all countries should have some form for recounts. She wants an exception for those counties using electronic voting with computers. Can there be any doubt that this Florida election is to be stolen again? Was that not the ruling the supreme court used to throw the last election? They ruled that all voters must be treated the same? Someone refresh our memory as to the exact quote please.
Sandy in Florida
Subj: old news confirms Clarke's assertions
Check this out:
http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/04/30/terrorism.state.dept/ April 30th, 2001
Unlike last year's report, bin Laden's al Qaeda organization is mentioned, but the 2000 report does not contain a photograph of bin Laden or a lengthy description of him and the group. A senior State Department official told CNN that the U.S. government made a mistake last year by focusing too tightly on bin Laden and "personalizing terrorism ... describing parts of the elephant and not the whole beast."
The last year's report would have been 1999 - the Clinton Administration - who focused on bin Laden, but the 2000 report hardly even mentions him - the Bush Administration said it was a mistake to focus on bin Laden (Clinton was wrong, blah, blah, blah)
Subj: More Spin
As a PS to the April 5 editorial, CNN and the TRUTH: It's Nothing to Yawn About,
On the Saturday "Today" show on NBC, Tyler Crotty and his father were guests and the turnabout is "un/fair" play was so evident.
Tyler was asked about his appearance the "night" before on Letterman. His dad was oh so proud of the attention, pointing out that he was a Bush pioneer.
The moment of nausea came when the Today Show hosts gave Tyler a little gift: a personal letter from Bush.
I was disgusted at the use of Tyler for their spin purposes. They were caught with their lies and double talk by Letterman and labeled liars. CNN got egg on its collective face. Finally, by Saturday, it's all a big joke.
The cynic in me saw a kid delighted to be the center of attention by fawning adults, oblivious to his role in spin control!!!!
It's all a big joke...but who's laughing? besides Karl Rove and crew?
Subj: White House to Review 9/11 Report Before Release
What used to take the cake in this administration is now everyday, common occurrences.
The boldness of these cronies and [those who let them get away with it] is astounding. The audacity of these people to take a report with black marker in hand and cross out anything they don't like. This is arrogance personified. The report will bleed black ink, all in the name of national security leaks. Isn't this like a defendant in court having the right to redact papers with a blackout pen that may incriminate him? Bush is worried about the Saudis? Months back, the Saudis said they had nothing to hide and urged the administration not to hide any information the US had in connection with them on 9/11. I have a strong feeling that if we knew 1/10 of the Bush/Saudi connections, Americans would march on Washington and physically remove Bush and his cronies. The more the 9/11 panel respects the constitution, the more a corrupt Bush distorts it. That's like fighting this man with both hands tied behind your back. Everyone is politely playing by the rules but Bush. I hope some smart underling along the lines makes a copy of the original report and offers it to all media around the world. Tipsters have been the only method that Bush cannot completely corrupt.
Subj: Barbara's Daily BuzzFlash Minute
I'd like to add something that's been bothering me for a long time to Barbara's daily BuzzFlash minute. http://www.BuzzFlash.com/dailybuzz/
Her last paragraph jumped out at me. I think that this scenario makes absolute sense especially when you add to it that someone knew Flight 93 was probably headed for the Capitol.
Altho bushco said it was possibly headed toward the white house (this would garner sympathy for dubya and help to explain his "hightailing" it all over the country that day) their plan makes more sense when the Capitol is the intended target. After all Congress has the sole power to declare war. Imagine the country's shock and anger of a plane hitting the Capitol while Congress is in session. bushco would then be free to declare endless war on the world and we'd all probably be right there behind them. But this didn't happen. Flight 93 crashed before hitting it's intended target.
Remember Flight 93 crashed at 10:10 a.m. and Congress wasn't evacuated until 10:45 a.m.... why wasn't Congress evacuated at 9:38 a.m. when Flight 77 hit the Pentagon? No jets were scrambled. Was there an order to stand down? If so why? It would have been a lot easier for bushco had Congress been removed from the picture. Now they had to switch to a much more deliberate, cumbersome "Plan B".....Lying to Congress and America.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Washington, April 5, 2004 (Reuters) "The White House accused Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr of being an ally of 'terrorist organizations.'"
Well, well, well, let's see -- Saddam Hussein, who is a terrorist, was a Sunni Muslim whose " bitter ender" supporters in the "Sunni Triangle" continue to commit terrorist acts against Americans, but al-Sadr, who is a Shi'ite cleric, and who was bitterly opposed to Saddam, is also a terrorist for being behind the murder of a rival Shia as well as for inciting much of this past weekend's radical uprisings in the slums of Baghdad, and, of course, Saddam was also linked to terrorist Osama bin Laden, even though bin Laden is a radical Muslim and Saddam was a secular tinhorn, and, let's not forget, Saddam was killing all those Kurds and South Iraq Shia Muslims while the U.S. looked the other way . . .
I can just see Ollie saying to Stanley (played by W), "Well, you've certainly made a fine mess of things!"
Meanwhile, our soldiers, and not a few bystander Iraqis, are dying . . .
Subj: Iraqi Tet
Might be a good time for BuzzFlash readers to review a little history.
Bob in San Francisco
Subj: How can he continue to get away with these kinds of quotes?!
The thing I find most amazing about the bored boy on the Letterman issue is that the White House choose to respond to it AT ALL. I mean, who really cares - EVERYONE knows that political speeches are boring to kids.
This wasn't someone saying that Bush had lied, or was incompetent, or something about terrorism or the Iraq war. It was a silly little human interest clip about a bored, tired kid at a Bush speech. Any sane politician would have chuckled about it and let it go.
No, the office of the President of the United States chose to provide info to a major national new organization that what was seen in this clip never happened, as if anyone cared anyway! And then they even denied that they had contacted the news organization at all - that is the real story to me.
If they carry out this pattern of denying and lying on such an insignificant thing, what does this suggest about the nature of their responses to things that actually matter?
Bush twice today referred to Iraq “ambassador”L. Paul Bremer as “Jay Bremer”. Think he was confusing him and the guy he fired last year, Jay Garner? I think so.
The man can’t remember the name of the most important man in the Iraq conflict. Telling don’t you think.
PS: I saw it “live”(taped delay Bush press briefing) today at around 11:10 CST on either CNN or MSNBC. I was going back and forth. I think it was CNN. Truly classic performance.
Regarding CNN and the Truth
How can anyone doubt that CNN is just another branch of the Bushwhore propaganda machine? My father watches CNN and MSNBC, and I am constantly pointing out to him how they whore for the Bush regime by what they say, what they don't say, how they say it, the "expert" commentators they have on (all with one point of view, of course, like Kissinger and Kerik as the only two commentators on the state of things in Iraq). My father has caught on, and now sometimes points these things out to me. It infuriates us when they keep referring to "coalition forces" when they should be saying, US forces. They are just spreading the Bush regime's propaganda that this wasn't really a unilateral, preemptive invasion.
Subj: Cheney Deadline
Hey, I heard the court ruled that Cheney has to turn over energy policy documents on June 1. Two questions. 1. Does this mean he's finally out of appeals? 2. Are there any laws preventing him from blacking out all the documents?
Subj: RUSSERT ASKED KEAN ABOUT FBI TRANSLATOR EDMONDS
this could be a major development. Other than this the U.S. major media has shied away from Edmonds' very damaging testimony. Edmonds is not scheduled for public testimony before the Commission but did testify before the Commission privately. In a recent interview Edmonds has stated she expects FBI Director Mueller to present her case when he testifies before the Commission on April 13 or 14. If I were her, I wouldn't hold my breath.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Bush's "It Wasn't Me A'culpa"
April 5, 2004
So, today Bush says, "Had we had the information that was necessary to stop an attack, I'd have stopped the attack. ... If we'd have known that the enemy was going to fly airplanes into our buildings, we would have done everything in our power to stop it."
You've gotta, sort of, admire this guy's nerve. It's like if a bank president is told that within the next few weeks or months his bank's going to get robbed like it's never been robbed before, then, instead of pulling out all the stops to investigate, track-down and seize the would-be robbers (or, at the least, place more guards at the doors), our hypothetical bank president decides to vacation in Bahamas for a few weeks, then participate in some feel-good events sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce. So then, after a well-organized gang "knocks off" his bank, and kills several bystanders in the process, what do you think the bank's depositors and Board would say to him if, in the aftermath of the heist, he said, "Gee, it's not my fault -- I didn't know exactly when and how these guys were going to strike. Oh, and by the way, extend my contract."
Oh, and don't forget, much of the blame should be laid at the feet of the former bank president, the one who retired 8 months before the stick-up.
It's an old one, but if the shoe fits: W's like the kid who kills his parents, then asks the court for mercy, what with him being an orphan and all . . .
Subj: 527 GOP Attack Alert
Just a note to tell you that the latest email from the Bush-Cheney machine requests that their supporters write the FEC in regard to the Democrats and Kerry campaign's use of the 527s.I would suggest that we write our own letters supporting the 527s and against changing rules in the middle of the election. It seems to me that they only got upset about these after George Soros made getting rid of Bush his cause celebre'-I do not have a web address but snail mail and telephone is as follows.
Federal Election Commission | 999 E Street, NW | Washington, DC 20463 (800) 424-9530
Here is the text of the Bush Cheney email below. Thanks- Peggy in TX
The United States House of Representatives, Committee on Government Reform, Special Investigations Division, issued a report documenting 237 specific misleading statements made by President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. This report can be seen in its entirety at www.reform.house.gov/min
These misleading statements, whether made intentionally (lies) or were made due to faulty knowledge (incompetence) were made to specifically justify the preemptory invasion of a sovereign nation. It has now been shown that Iraq posed no imminent and/or real danger to us.
The invasion of Iraq, albeit ruled by a despicable and brutal dictator, has cost hundreds of America lives, gargantuan amounts of money and resources, and respect throughout the world.
George Bush said we were not in the business of “nation building.”Yet, “nation building”is exactly what we are doing. Americans are dying, I repeat, dying, on a daily basis just to satisfy the whims and knee jerk reactions of a group of liars and/or incompetents. Our nation is being dismantled through the use of mass media hypnosis. There are so many hidden agendas in play here that it boggles the mind.
I am a 67-years old and I find myself literally weeping at the loss of the America we once had. I do not weep for me; I weep for my children, my grandchildren, and my great-grandchildren. They will not soon, or ever, be able to experience the pride in America that I once enjoyed.
It was not Iraq that destroyed the World Trade Center; it was Osama bin Laden and the Saudis. The teachings of the Taliban and the Wahabi are the same; only the name is different.
Yet Bush was photographed walking side by side holding hands with Crown Prince Abdullah at his Texas ranch. The Bush family and the Royal Family have connections that go back a long way. Soon after 9/11, when all but military aircraft was grounded, an airliner filled with the family of bin Laden and other Saudis was allowed to fly from America to Arabia.
We cannot, by force of arms, change the government of every nation that does not conform to our philosophy. If we want to change them, we must do so in their minds. Religion has become the single most destructive force on this planet. Religion should live in the mind not in the trigger finger.
It is not possible for me to any longer believe that Christians, Jews, and Muslims all believe in the same God or any God at all. We bombed a large city and murdered thousands of innocent men, women, and children and Bush believes that God ordained him to do that. My God did NOT ordain Bush; the neocons who are pursuing a “New World Order”ordained Bush to do that and are using religion as a shield for their nefarious scheme. Will the American people continue to fall victim to that scheme after November?
Betty Gordon, Tennessee.
Hello BuzzFlash Readers,
I see where President Bush is not willing to testify before the 9/11 commission hearings either under oath or without Vice President Cheney sitting by his side. Is it possible that our President intends to lie and does not wish to be found guilty of perjury? Is it possible that our leader is not man enough to go it alone and needs Cheney to hold him up and pull his strings? Can you say Puppeteer?
Subj: Absentee Voting
We are hearing more and more talk about target States that may make the difference in the next election. One of the most talked about is Ohio and it is being called the next Florida. Most of the States in question, if not all, are using the touch screen/no paper trail machines or some variation.
Perhaps OUR "target" here should be those few States that matter most. The DNC and other voter groups should put a big push on in these States to organize ALL Dems and anyone against bush to vote absentee en-masse. If they can really organize the vote in these locations and maybe others as well, then the repugs CAN'T pull any dirty tricks in Nov. This is the most important issue in this years campaign yet no one is talking about it. The bush camp WILL try to steal the election again by vote rigging. This CAN NOT happen! We need to be one...no, TEN steps ahead of them on all fronts.
Please don't let this man take the election again.
Subj: Wolf Blitzer Name Change
Given his identification with the neo-con agenda, shouldn't Wolf Blitzer change his name to Wolfo Blitz?
Is this for real? So more Bush corporate cronies can rake in the bucks off of the tragedy of 9-11? Its do depressing and revolting that I cant even believe this is reality.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Liars Liars!
It's time for all Democrats to come together, in unison, use the same slogan that the wingnuts have been using for years- "IT'S TIME TO BRING INTEGRITY BACK TO THE WHITE HOUSE".......amid all this exposure to lying before the war, etc-strike while the iron is hot. Let's say it all together now "IT'S TIME TO BRING INTEGRITY BACK TO THE WHITE HOUSE"!
Subj: "Worse Than Watergate"
John dean's book; "Worse Than Watergate" subtitled "The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush" is an excellent book. Anyone, Democrat, Republican, Independent, Progressive, Green, Libertarian, Christian, Moslem, Atheist, or whatever, if you enjoy freedom you ought to read this book and give a copy to someone else.
Here's some quotes taken from it:
"The threat of terrorism, even of terrorists striking in the United States, was understood by both Bush and Cheney long before they arrived in the White House. In his 1999 speech to the cadets at The Citadel, Bush had warned of such domestic terrorism. In May 2000, Bush's speech on national security opened on this note:'The emerging security threats to the United States, its friends and allies and even to Russia now come from rogue states, terrorists groups and other adversaries seeking weapons of mass destruction [WMD] and the means to deliver them'." (P. 107-108)
"Cheney, however, decided to put terrorism on a back burner and closed down the Rudman-Hart commission. Rather than relying on bipartisan judgment of this uniquely qualified group, Cheney told Bush to turn the matter over to him (since he was already looking at everything else). Accordingly, on May 8, 2001, Bush issued a statement 'Some non-state terrorist groups have...demonstrated an interest in acquiring weapons of mass destruction....It is clear that the threat of chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons being used against the United States-while not immediate-is very real.' (Emphasis added.)"
Mr. Dean has this to say later in the same chapter, Chapter Four Secret Government:"Think about it: of the more than five thousand detained (that we know about), Ashcroft has found evidence to convict only a handful (as of this writing) in the two-plus years after the 9/11 attacks. This is evidence of either massive incompetence on the part of the Bush administration or massive overkill in seizing the innocent, or both. History has shown that what our government does to others today, it will do to Americans tomorrow. Simply stated, by treating others as we would want to be treated, we not only realize our humanity and follow our Constitution but protect ourselves in the long run."
"Congress did little it can be proud of in passing repressive new laws in a bill that was reviewed by no congressional committee, a new law too massive and complex for any representative or senator to read, yet was rushed through both chambers to become the USA Patriot Act."
From Chapter Six, Scandals, or Worse, p.179:
"Both men have frequently spoken of their need to strengthen the presidency and prevent further erosion of presidential powers. Such talk is claptrap. If they actually believe it, Americans (and others) have only more reason to worry about them, for it shows their reliance on secrecy is truly evidence of their weakness as leaders who cannot be trusted."
Mr. Dean goes on to outline "eleven potential areas of scandal, ranging from Bush's "character issues" and questionable "business conduct", to misleading Congress and the American people on the reasons for attacking Iraq to allowing the "outing" of a current CIA operative by "two White House officials", to go uninvestigated and for stating publicly that we "might never catch the leaker".
Mr. Dean quotes Gerald Wetlaufer thusly:"Secrecy operates to alienate--to create subjective distance between--the secret keepers and one from whom the secret is kept. In the public sphere, such alienation between the governed and the governors tends toward hierarchy and away from democracy and citizen sovereignty."
Thank you for considering my suggestion.
Subj: Air America
Air America is refreshing and I cannot put into words how happy I am to be able to listen to sanity at last. I can't wait till we have Air America on radio in Philly, which will not be soon enough, for me. I'm listening to it now, so if I make mistakes in this letter, this is the reason why.
As for Cheney and GWB going hand and hand to talk to the commission together, they are not holding hands, Cheney is holding this puppet on his lap, and makes GWB's mouth move. When GWB talks by himself without Cheney, as he doesn't have a useful brain in his head, he doesn't make any sense at all. He makes the best puppet, make believe president, ever!
Listen to Air America, they are to me BuzzFlash with sound. Thank you BuzzFlash!
Subj: Fudging History to Apologize for Bush
In their latest excuse for the Bush administration, conservatives have employed new rhetoric in one of their worst subjects: history. In trying to dismiss Bush’s reluctance to comply with the review of his defense policies by the 9/11 commission, conservatives claim that the Roosevelt administration was not questioned about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This is nothing more than their attempt to rewrite history in order to glorify themselves.
Indeed, there was a congressional investigation into the Pearl Harbor attack and, indeed, the members of the President’s cabinet did appear before that panel. The director of the 9/11 commission has given the White House that very message:
Conservatives, once again, rewrite history to their own liking and lie to the public while our democracy suffers.
You should check out the article by Amy Klamper in the current (April 3rd) issue of the National Journal, "Life Insurance for Troops in Iraq Nixed." Apparently military officers are ordering enlisted men to cancel supplementary life insurance policies that they want to buy before they head into battle in Iraq. Pfc. Marlin Rockhold was killed in Iraq on May 8, 2003, after his superior officer ordered him to cancel a supplementary life insurance policy. The result was that his widow and orphaned daughter are left with only $125,000 to replace his military pay and benefits ($125,000 also went to his mother). The life insurance companies actually have cancellation slips showing that the life insurance was canceled under orders from superior officers. The Army says they are doing this because they are worried about financially unsophisticated soldiers being taken advantage of by slick insurance salesmen. Unbelievable!
Subj: CNN.com - Bush welcomes 'sharing information' with 9-11 panel - Apr 5, 2004
Bush keeps saying "If I had known terrorists were going to hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings on 9-11 I would have stopped it" He repeats it like a mantra - so much that I'm beginning to think that the only part he knew about everything but the flying into buildings part. Even on 9/12 I was thinking it was Dick Cheney's favorite wet dream come to life.
Subj: a letter to the 9/11 Commission
Subject: Thanks to Mailbagger Rex (4/2/04) for providing this email address and suggesting we write to them. Here's mine.
Dear 9/11 Commission members,
Being in the Beltway is a pretty delusive place these days. There seems to be a different universe there from the one most of America and the world live in. You should know that we are not being fooled by the present administration, and many of us Americans are watching what you do as carefully as the families of the victims of the 9/11 attack.
I don't know how any civilized person would not want the entire and unvarnished, un-whitewashed and complete truth about 9/11 and how our government failed so utterly to do anything to stop it. And is still failing even three years later.
You must know that history will wonder why you have given Bush and Cheney and Dr. Rice such an easy time when you have been given what is probably the most important job to do in our fight against terror. The White House is ultimately responsible and accountable for their actions or non-actions and therefore they are not who should decide anything about your job in finding the truth. It is not up to the White House to dictate the terms of how you go about finding the facts pertaining to their comportment in relation to the terrorists. That is your job and the only people who you are ultimately responsible to answer to are us, the American people.
Bush and Cheney do not deserve a pass on being questioned at length and individually and under oath.
The American people must know the truth. It is not a choice.
Subj: Will BuzzFlash please tell
KERRY to start campaigning in EARNEST and get "in your face" with BUSH, Kerry is far tooooooo passive and comes across as a tad disingenious-no PASSION in what he is saying, like a form of LIP SERVICE . He SHOULD take notes from DEAN in this area.
I was poking around in a website (EnergyControl) and found a note to the effect that Carlyle has been buying up independent power plants in Texas.
Putting it together with Maureen Farrell's piece on possibilities for attacks before November, I got a serious chill. Anybody know anything?
Subj: Rumsfeld's Perjury
I really hope you are not going to allow the Bush Cartel to get away with deliberately doing nothing, indeed actively obstructing efforts, to stop 9-11.
In this context please note that Rumsfeld testified under oath that he had no idea that planes could be used as weapons. In fact, Operation Vigilant Guardian, the dry run of planes crashing into the Pentagon, was an exercise scheduled for 9-11, and this exercise had to have been approved by Rumsfeld. It is impossible that he did not know of it, nor is it possible the operation was approved at 11pm on September 10th. It had to have been approved weeks, if not months, beforehand.
The man lied to you. Is that okay? Shall we pretend to be a land where no one is above the law? Or is this the America my father and grandfather fought to protect?
Thank you for your time
Subj: Somebody Please Tell George Bush That Terrorists Won't Give Advance Notice!
George Bush was at it again yesterday, assuring the nation for the umpteenth time, “If we'd have known that the enemy was going to fly airplanes into our buildings, we would have done everything in our power to stop it."
Please somebody tell George, TERRORISTS DO NOT GIVE GOVERNMENTS ADVANCE NOTICE OF THEIR PLANS!
Just to be clear: TERRORISTS WILL NOT CALL; THEY WILL NOT WRITE. THEY WILL KEEP THEIR PLANS SECRET. GOT IT?
Here’s the deal, George. Law enforcement personnel must actively work, every day, to identify possible terrorist plans that might hurt our country. Its your responsibility to see to it that terrorist plans are uncovered!
As to the 9/11 disaster, you need to be asking, “WHY didn’t we have a clue about the impending tragedy? The FBI knew some terrorists were in the US. The FBI knew that some had connections with flight training schools. CIA and NSA anticipated a forthcoming attack of some kind. Airplane attacks were a known possibility.”
George, something was broken in your administration. Denial won’t fix whatever it was. UNTIL YOU ADMIT THERE WAS A PROBLEM, AND FIX IT, EVERY DAY BRINGS OUR COUNTRY CLOSER TO ANOTHER TRAGIC DISASTER. GOT IT?
Subj: Pot.... meet kettle
George W. Bush actually said that trying to win democracy with guns in Iraq wasn't going to work. This was his response to the al-Sadhr.
My response - No SH!T.....
Subj: CondiLiar Rice
Dear BuzzFlash -
Ever since I read Condoleezza Rice's stupendously stupid statement about not ever, ever thinking that people would use airplanes as weapons of mass destruction, despite evidence from international intelligence to the contrary, I have referred to our inept National Security Advisor as " CondiLiar Rice."
Please - feel free to use your platform to put that name out, and make everyone say it loud and clear: "CONDILIAR RICE!"
Subject Proverbial Losers
The streak is still in tact. Yesterday Dick Cheney threw out the first pitch for the Cincinnati Reds who lost the the Chicago Cubs and George W. Bush made the opening toss for the Saint Louis Cardinals who lost to the Milwaukee Brewers. Is there anything that these guys get involved with that doesn't turn the home team into a losers?
On a separate subject it was a thing of beauty this morning on C-Span's Washington Journal when a "scholar" from the American Enterprise Institute was repeatedly called out concerning their neo-conservative agenda. Caller after caller ridiculed this crackpot and the PNAC crackpot agenda. Ron Paul' speech (http://www.house.gov/paul/congrec/congrec2003/cr071003.htmon) on this cabal was mentioned as was the neo-con wish for a Pearl Harbor like event so they could make their democracy wars. Is America finally waking up?
I just finished reading Maureen Farrell's article about the election being called off.
When Bush received his presidential appointment I knew that the US had just witnessed a coup. After reading Paul Krugman's introduction to his book "The Great Unravelling", wherein he discusses Kissinger's take on revolutionary powers and their lack of respect for the ways in which society runs, I intuitively knew he was right. BushCo has no respect for democracy, and I know they aren't leaving. Maureen's article has confirmed my worst fear, because already the seeds are being planted by the BushCo attack dogs to get the public accustomed to the idea that BushCo needs to suspend the constitution and elections. After all, if you're not with them then you're against them, so if you disagree with his "need" to suspend the constitution you're obviously an america-hating terrorist sympathizer.
Well, it's obvious to me that this is exactly what is going to happen, especially as their polling numbers go down.
And that's why I took my family to Canada. Historically, a totalitarian power does not voluntarily leave office. I cannot imagine a scenario in which BushCo leaves -- without some kind of hot war first, that is.
Thank you for Maureen Farrell's article. It confirms my worst fears, which is not something that makes me happy. The only joy I derive from it is knowing that I'm not the only one who sees it coming.
Subj: JERRY Bremer?
I was struck while reading a transcript of a Bush Q&A with reporters in Charlotte. Bush uttered: "We're, obviously, constantly in touch with Jerry Bremer on the transfer of sovereignty." Ummm... His name is L. Paul Bremer. There is no Jerry about it. Maybe Bush is confusing some of the important people in his life... Paul Bremer and Jerry Falwell?? Paul Falwell anyone? I was curious if there are any relatives of Jerry, I mean Paul Bremer working in Iraq? Or does Bush call Paul Jerry as a cute nickname? Or is he so incompetent that he doesn't even know the name of the man he put in charge of his foray into folly. By the by, the article can be found here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/04/20040405-4.html If you guys use this article, can I call myself a BuzzFlash columnist? that would be sweet :)
Keep up the good work,
- Dusty from Tallahassee
Subj: "Will the 2004 Election Be Called Off?" by Maureen Farrell
I found Maureen Farrell's column "Will the 2004 Election Be Called Off?" very sobering. When I mention this possibility to some of my friends, they dismiss me as a "conspiracy theorist," but the fact remains that the Bush crowd did not acquire power legitimately and is unlikely to cede it conventionally.
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