April 8, 2004
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Subj: pResident of What?
Said it before and will repeat again now. This War, illegal and immoral--who but the depraved would want to be a War pResident?-- is an albatross, hang it around his neck.
He avoids the Dead at Dover and the wounded everywhere and his mob wants more bases and more simultaneous wars, maybe six at a time! Remember this is the mob which floated the idea of burning the Dead and leaving their ashes in the desert! That is where we are headed, the ashes of Dead troops unacknowledged, unreported, all records of their having ever lived-Redacted! The smirk naps on.
Hang this albatross around his neck.
Drag him, kicking and screaming to the burial ceremonies for Dead Troops. He can do a fund raiser there as he pick up the flowers, joking that he is looking for WMD.
Someone should get the footage from an old Johnny Weismuller movie-like Tarzan and the Apes, or others. The chimp jumping back and rapping his head with both arms and chattering is a mirror image scene of the pRes in his Russet interview when he bounce back and declared that he sits in the oval office with 'War on his mind' --both arms flapping at his head. Priceless.
Maybe unfair to the chimp.
Subj: More Cardinals and opening day
I just read an article in the paper, by a local writer....who swears that a Cardinal employee told her that the Team was so concerned that Prez.Bush, would get booed....that they piped in Applause, to drown it out!
The owner swears it is not true....he is a Bush Backer, of course!
I tend to believe it...however, since I chose to pass on watching the President throw out the first ball....I thought it sacrilegious (That is our team)...I cannot know the truth....without talking to said Cardinal employee...but, I would bet my bottom dollar......they did it!
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Subj: to the media. re: mathews
on hard ball tonight chris mathews said george bush loves a good fight, he loves getting out there and punching kerry by name. to buy that theory you would also have to think bush would love to have press conferences and debates with his opponent john kerry, but yet he runs from both with his tail between his legs. no, bush is like the pit bull his handlers throw in the ring with a dog that has his mouth taped shut. they will not put bush in a position in which he might get hit back.
I assume you will be video taping Ms Rice tomorrow to look for inconsistencies and free passes and cover-ups both by her and the commission. it is supposed to be on all channels - PBS might be the best shot.
maybe everyone should be encouraged to tape it for analysis.
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Subj: Re: At Least a Dozen Marines Killed As Civil War Spreads in Iraq
Buzz, concerning the subject caption on your website: I talked with a friend of mine with experience in the region last night, and I believe your caption to be in error; you see, it's actually much worse than that - if it were mere civil war that would be the GOOD news (relatively speaking, of course.)
The reason I say that is that apparently the Sunnis & Shi'ites have come around to the point were "the enemy of my enemy is my friend".
My friend had received an offer that day from a sub to DynCorp to take a 6 month position in Baghdad for $35,000 - that's $35,000 per month.
Subj: Suspension of November Election
Maureen Farrell's article was terrific, if frightening. But does anybody remember right after September 11th? There was a mayoral election in New York, and Rudy Giuliani suggested they put off the election and he'd run the city for a while longer.
In spite of his resurrection (didn't just about every New Yorker hate him before 9/11?), the idea of suspending the election did not go over well, the election was held, and Bloomberg won. And as far as I can tell, the City of New York is still there.
Now, knowing that the Bush administration never misses a trick, don't you wonder what they have learned from that little trial balloon?
These guys scare the living shit outa me.
Subj: incarcerate the criminally insane?
This week a woman in Texas was found insane and incarcerated because she stoned two of her children to death because God told her to do it. God told Bush to strike Saddam and he did it and thousands of people are dead. Shouldn't he be locked up in an insane asylum too?
Subj: AOL censors BuzzFlash? IMPORTANT
I was trying to send a copy of Maureen Farrell's latest op ed piece to several people. Two of them use AOL. In both cases it was returned to me by, apparently AOL. Here, below, is the failure to deliver notice. The comments that they made, made me think you are not allowed through the censors at AOL. My best friend and brother use AOL. Interesting if they think they know better than I what my contacts want to read. It is a conspiracy by the status quo to silence you?
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RE: Right Wing Propaganda Push Calling: American is a Republic not a Democracy
In the previous mailbag, Kathleen brought up a new bit of rhetoric that the right wing is trying to push, namely that "America is a republic, not a democracy". One need look no further than to the "newly republicanized" TV series, 'The West Wing' to hear that very rhetoric.
This phrase caught my attention also, as I was watching the show a couple of nights ago. At the end of the show, President Bartlett gave a little speech to Toby in which he said those exact same words.
I'm sure everyone remembers how a mindless group of fascist republi-nazi lemmings tried to get Martin Sheen fired from the show for having the courage to dissent and question Bush during the build-up to the war in Iraq. These people all gathered in an echo chamber and chanted each other into a mindless froth like neo-nazi skinheads at a white pride meeting.
In a ridiculous display that, as an American, made me feel embarrassed in the eyes of the world, similarly minded people childishly drove tractors over CDs of the Dixie Chicks and, as their children looked on, indoctrinated them into their cult-like mentality of thoughtless hatred and intolerance for peaceful dissent. How un-American. They exercised their first Amendment rights to try to take away Mr. Sheen's first Amendment rights.
We all now know, and the evidence now proves it, that Mr. Sheen was right on the money. I'm sure everyone also remembers how the show responded to the right-wing calls for Sheen's firing...they stated basically that they would be less biased in favor of liberals and democrats and be more friendly towards republicans and conservatives.
This is just a war of words that the republicans are using to try and reduce the emphasis on the word "democrat" and emphasize the word "republic(an)". Since when were the two mutually exclusive?
I like 'The West Wing', but it has taken a very cowardly 'politically safe' position since the courageous Mr. Sheen stood shoulder to shoulder in spirit with our founding fathers and past patriots and said the emperor has no cloths. They're using a liberal administration to promote conservative-right wing ideas and using a new republican character to show the liberals the error of their ways.
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Subj: Kerry Asleep
Hi, BuzzFlash --
Collette Miller beat me to it with her e-mail to you. John Kerry has to start campaigning for the presidency. He went into hiding as soon as the primaries ended. Already, the media are calling him"the potential nominee", or the "presumed nominee", as opposed to what they called him after his primary victories. I believe that the Super Delegates can go to the Convention and nominate someone else if they decide to do that. Kerry has to (1) name his VP mate SOON --not in eight weeks as he has stated. (2) Start a daily response to each and every canard, lie, smear that Rove, et al put out (Recent example on a navy veteran site that I plug into: Kerry lied to get three Purple Hearts, was never wounded in action at all. That kind of sewage flows fast and MUST be stopped with the truth.).
We can wring our hands all we want, and that is gratifying, but only John Kerry can win for John Kerry, and he has to get started!!!
Oh, one other comment on some of the great posts today: Blitzer's name at our house is Jackal Blister. He joins Creepy Crawley in the pantheon of CNakes.
I am just disgusted. All the above quotes were taken from a single CNN report on Wednesday. Look at the list of media whores who wrote this piece of shit!
CNN's Jane Arraf, Jim Clancy, Barbara Starr, Kevin Flower, Walter Rodgers, Jamie McIntyre, Wolf Blitzer and Kianne Sadeq contributed to this report.
In a return to last year's invasion propaganda-fest, they allow Rumsfeld to bluster on about the 'high stakes to the world' (the world is horrified by him) and 'terrorists', although these people are clearly local insurgents fighting a hated invader.
A Marine accuses them of cowardice, although they are fighting against main battle tanks and attack helicopters with rifles and RPG's. They're probably losing more than ten men to 1 U.S. soldier. The families they are fighting amongst are their own...from their own houses. Sounds more like a setup to justify the piles of dead civilians that will turn up in a couple of days.
Finally, they admit there there are no CNN journalists covering this fight! All the info is direct from the military. They wouldn't lie, would they? During the TV friendly invasion, you couldn't swing a dead Iraqi without hitting five patriotic 'embeds' from CNN and Fox, now they just can't seem to find newspeople to step up. Pathetic.
I had thought CNN was trying to regain a modicum of integrity after the last few years of bootlicking. Wrong again.
Subj: Kerry on NPR
Bob Edwards asked John Kerry what would he like to her Condi Rice tell the 9-11 Commission? His answer: "The Truth." Then about 5 seconds of deafening silence.
Subj: Some Thoughts
1) Alas, your Maureen Farrell may be all too right about the postponement of elections since this rogue regime of ours is limited only by its incompetence in doing evil, certainly not by any recognizable and genuine ethical morality - I don’t mean the pretentious, phony morality of their nauseating religiosity and equally nauseating anti-democratic, destructive patriotism. However, that said, I think of potentially equal danger and significance, conceivably of even greater consequence than what Maureen Farrell was examining, is the harm Diebold electronic voting machines might render, given that company’s political bias. You might want to read an article about this linked as follows: http://www.blackboxvoting.com/.
2) The country was appalled (correctly so) at the spectacle of human bodies being viciously desecrated, as were those of the four American mercenaries ambushed and killed last week in Iraq. The press spared us little, and probably shouldn’t have. However, I would be more impressed if our journalists emphasize, and continued to, that somewhere between 8 and 20 thousand Iraqi civilians - men, women, children - have been killed by our actions, including those of Mr. Rumsfeld’s famous but now more or less forgotten “Shock and Awe”during the early days of the Iraq war. We may not have deliberately desecrated the dead, but we have quantitatively far surpassed what those Iraqi barbarians did. And a child‘s guts spilled out on the ground, the result of one of our countless thousands of cluster bombs, strikes me as rather barbarian, too. We don’t talk or hear much about all this, any more than we are allowed to glimpse the coffins of our service people as they are loaded off the aircraft transporting them.
3) There is an old saying that it’s better to light a candle than to curse the dark, but with this regime we can only expect the light to be darkened, if, by light, one means the truth. If, even with our too often irresponsible mainstream press, the people of this country somehow can’t grasp what’s really happening and continue to offer support to this radical regime, even less than majority support, then we are indeed in deep trouble. And of late, even that same mainstream press has been unable to shield us from the truth as they report on the tragic chaos besetting Iraq and give a fair amount of coverage to a whistle blower like Richard Clarke.
4) Those who before voted for the egomaniacal hypocrite, Ralph Nader (declared in 2000 he would not push his campaign in marginal states and then did so), along with those who presently support his latest self-serving candidacy, should read the excellently presented cover story in last Sunday’s New York Times, which carefully demonstrated how our regime is working to retard or destroy every regulation pertaining to the Clean Air Act just as we at last are approaching a healthier atmosphere. Injurious chemicals, especially mercury, will now be gifted to the lungs of our children by the pro-lifers such as the arrogant Mr. Scalia (the non-recusal lad, he) foisted upon us to rule us. And how loudly sounded the Naderites, then and even to some extend now, about their being little or no difference between the two major parties, and how it might be just as well to have things become insufferably bad so that White Knight Nader, or equivalent, can gallop up to save us all.
5) Enough already!
Subj: Terror Attacks
I write this in the hope that it gets around to the spinmakers: Democrats and others have tried to get this administration to build a smarter policy against terror -- the Bush administration didn't listen. As a result, Democrats need to get busy framing the possibility of a successful (or even a very well-reported but unsuccessful) terror attack before they're caught with their pants down and people are scared into supporting this failed policy in order to " stay the course". The people of this country need to understand -- as they should have 2 1/2 years ago -- that terror attacks in this country should be construed as failures by this administration to take terrorism seriously. Furthermore, it would be a failure of policy: what we have learned/remembered yet again is that violence only breeds violence. Internal strength, widespread intelligence, international diplomacy -- strong ties with the countries and cultures of the world who value creativity and production rather than destruction -- and creative economic and social pressure on the regimes that harbor terror are the best ways to limit the appeal of acts of terrorism.
I trust you're all watching how the election in Spain has been spun as a "victory" for terror....
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Bush and the Cardinals
Well, "Jesus Christ Bush" was here for the opener, many people said it ruined the opener....we have lost two now...and one guy said right on camera....he thinks Bush Jinxed them!
This is a very democratic town...but, the media is mixed, and most of them seem to be Bush sympathizers.
The day before, there were a few grumblers in the paper...one woman said, ".....Well it is opening day and I have never missed one, but with this president in town, there has to be a first time...anyone want two tickets?" (Our paper is democratic)
I understood....I cannot even imagine how the Busch Beer folks, who are great backers of the Bush regime...can stand to talk to the man....He knows absolutely nothing.
I would be as bored as Tyler....for damn sure!!
They asked the ticket holders to get to the stadium 4 hours early...can anyone imagine getting to the stadium at 11 am for a 3:30 game??? He didn't care, and he got some cheers, but some boos too! Parking places were going for $20 to $60 dollars....sheesh!!!!
That is hard for hardcore Cardinal fans under ordinary circumstances (when it is $10 to $20)...but to know that you are doing it for Secret Service and extra Cops, we do not have enough cops to protect that man on top of the rise in crime since he became president. Everyone used to work, now there are no jobs....what a mess!!
Subj: Why Democrats Must Win Congress
There is much anger and determination among many Americans to remove George W. Bush from office in the next election. Although I feel the same, I also recognize the importance of reclaiming a Democratic majority in both the House and Senate in November for two very important reasons.
If Bush is defeated in November and the Congress remains in control of the present radical right wing of the Republican party, there will be no progress towards balanced budgets, Iraq policy, Medicare and the like due to the opposing party of the White House's attempt to smear the President and reclaim control again in 2008. Another Clinton scenario.
But, more importantly, if Bush was to win another term in November and the Congress went to a Democratic majority then Bush wouldn't last two months. The grounds for impeachment are great (WMD lies, Plame outing, Medicare scandal), and the only reason he's not being impeached now is his loyal minions Frist and DeLay.
Subj: Fascist Liars
I would like to know why there isn't a serious effort underway to impeach Bush? Clinton did nothing that even approaches the evil of this filthy fascist liar, and his filthy fascist administration, who were appointed by a criminally politicized supreme court, and yet the republican fascists had Clinton impeached. I think this would be a great way in this election year to tear the Bushies to shreds. Unlike Mr. Clinton, they have what to fear.
Subj: Support Bias
Sent to the Dallas Morning News Editor, I have seen this in other reports as well:
I have noticed that when Senator Kennedy's name is in print it is surrounded by the quote "supported by John Kerry". I would hope that you do the same when quoting people like: Rush Limbaugh, Robert Novak, Howard Kurtz, Paula Zahn, Tony SNow, Pat Robertson, Chris Matthews "who will tell anyone that listens he has a man-crush on bush" -- who are all BUSH SUPPORTERS.
Subj: GOP Platform
After reading your comments (well, Kelly Ann Kelly’s comments) on the Iraq portion of the GOP 2000 platform, I thought I'd see what else they had in there. Boy, do they saying one thing and doing another. Here's from the 2000 GOP platform:
Guess Ashcroft wasn’t asked for his input on that one!
Subj: NIGHTLINE reports on plans to impose martial law in US
I hope you run a link right away to an alarming story that appeared last night (4/7) on NIGHTLINE (see letter below that I sent to Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein of California and to my congresswoman, Barbara Lee). I checked the NIGHTLINE site and the transcript is not yet posted. They do have an odd link to an old (9/17) story about a hearing at which people complained about members of Congress being included in the line of succession under the 25th amendment. Edwin Meese made the same complaint on last night's NIGHTLINE.
Your article by Maureen Farrell was unfortunately right on target.
Dear Senator Feinstein,
Richard Clarke writes that in the summer before 9/11, certain members of the government were running around with their hair on fire trying to alert others about what was going to happen.
It's now time to run around with our hair on fire.
NIGHTLINE just ran a show (4/7/04) discussing the plan to impose martial law on the US if there is another major terrorist attack. Ted Koppel called this " reassuring." Koppel and former Reagan attorney general Edwin Meese said that hundreds of members of Congress would learn about the plan from the show. The show appeared to have been a warning to Congress -- and the American public -- that this is in the works. Perhaps this is to test the waters and see if anyone raises alarms.
Subj: Your 4/8 Headline
When are those poor bastards going to fully understand that we are going to make them love us -- even if we have to kill them all in the learning?
And when are those dumb bastards in Washington learn that those people hate us to the point they are willing to sacrifice their own life just to take out a few of our people? This is rapidly turning into a religious war from which we will never be able to extract ourselves. For all practical purposes the strife is over, the battle done! As usual, we come out on the short end of the stick -- and what was accomplished?
Subj: About face!
Yesterday, Donald Rumsfeld ordered that troops about to leave Iraq must stay, as their expertise is needed. This is outrageous. As a Viet vet, I know how devastating this news must be to those families whose lives have again been devastated by these Chicken Hawk bastards who want to play "War" on a grand scale.
The Bush admin. knows they don't have enough troops for the quagmire they caused in Iraq. They know that the most logical and fair solution is a new Draft.
BUT, they also know that the American people, now being long studying scholars on the Vietnam year's, would NOT allow selective and unfair deferments. The rich kids, the "Senator's sons", would have to, at least, be subject to the same chance of call up as the minority kid from the Bronx. They might be able to use daddy's friends to insure they get posted outside any war zones [should we not yet be engaged in taking over the entire planet by then], but they'd have to suffer the indignities and discipline of a military recruit.
CAN'T HAVE THAT! NEVER!
So, as currently the rich and powerful don't have sons and daughters in the National Guard, they just force these poor, tired and homesick troops to leave the tarmac where they await their flight home, and tell them "Your lives are now screwed, and you'll stay in Iraq until we can find a way to look like we (Bush admin.) knew what the Hell it was doing when we committed the first war crime of this Millennium and invaded Iraq!"
More dead Iraqis, more dead Americans!
It never ends.
And today, National Security Advisor Rice will once again brag up what a great job our "War President" is doing.
If Bush gets reelected, he will feel his policy of domination has been given a seal of approval by the American people. North Korea, Syria, Libya and other countries will need "Liberating" by God's chosen leader, St. George of Bush.
Finally, the Christian Right-wing may get their end-of-the-world " Rapture" scenario. But God will have had absolutely NOTHING to do with it!
Subj: Our "President"
Dear BuzzFlash Readers:
If things weren't in such dire straits, it would be laughable that anyone in this country still thinks Bush has been running the country.
If Mr. Bush spent half the time actually figuring out solutions to problems as he has spent shooting off his mouth, running to fundraisers, vacationing, or getting great photo-ops, both here and 'abroad', he might actually have learned the job.
It has been shown again and again that Mr. Bush has never been held accountable for anything he has done. He takes all the credit for whatever turns out well, and absolutely none of the responsibility for decisions which have proven to be bad.
He is supposed to be the President, and "playing" President just does not cut it.
Mary in Indiana
Subj: Kerry-Bush Debate
Since President Bush is not responding alone to a debate challenge, perhaps Senator Kerry should challenge Bush and Cheney to debate him together, mano a mano a sock puppet, especially since this is the only way Bush will testify before the 9/11 commission.
Subj: Bob Byrd
I see where Bob Byrd recently cast his 17,000th vote in the Senate. By coincidence, that happens to be the number of vacation days George Bush has taken.
Subj: Marines Bombing Mosque: "We wanted to kill the people inside"
Can you imagine the outcry if this was instead a church in America?
This is the Bush Regimes's answer to "winning the hearts &minds"?
God help us all.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Phony Powell
Powell trying to use unpatriotic label against kennedy. He just infers it.
oh, I think kennedy knows who the enemy is
I guess bush will take his Aug vacation this year and spend all the time campaigning
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Editorial of April 8
Excellent editorial. King George II and his Tory lobsterbacks are incapable of telling the truth and admitting their failures. Not to mention other dark possibilities that history will eventually reveal to us.
Subj: Rice's 9-11 testimony: "blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah...."
Rice delayed, obfuscated, refused to answer, gave a 500+ word dissertation to a question that demanded a one-word answer.
Condi's answers can be summed up as this -
"blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah......."
Rice's public testimony has shown all of America what was really wrong in the Bush White House -- lightweights were in charge of America's national security
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Just Don't Vote For Him
When people have access to world news and world history, finding the recipe George might have used isn't really hard ....
Take one neo-conservative manifesto outlining the road map to American domination of the world, add a 43 million dollar deal with the Taliban to let Enron build a pipeline across Afghanistan, stir in a threat to rain bombs on the country where Osama lives (when the Enron deal fell through in the summer of 2001) caution your pals against flying commercial airlines and go read to some school kids in Florida. Has anyone heard of Coventry?
By August 6th, 2001, George knew that something big, something very very big was going to happen …. which would speed up the PNAC plan, provide an excuse to invade Iraq and stay there indefinitely, provide an excuse to build more military bases around the world, put a few billion in the pockets of his best supporters .... and speed up Condi's plan to restructure the intel community in the US ....
It’s not like George actually flew the planes. You’re not going to impeach him nor will you put him in jail. Just don’t vote for him.
Commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste, a Democrat, was the first to take on Rice, focusing on a briefing given Bush on Aug. 6, 2001, at which a document was presented entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States."
Then, about the same document…the following in the same article…" It did not warn of attacks inside the United States. It was historical information based on old reporting," she said. HUH???? OK…if it is historical information based on old reporting, why is it classified????
Subj: Condi's Testimony
Having waited some time and finally got to see her and listen to her testimony, this senior was surprised that at the conclusion the President's face didn't appear and make a statement " THIS AD APPROVED BY THE PRESIDENT "
Subj: About that China bashing (sigh).
There is only one problem with your headline (okay two problems, patience and I will explain) suggesting China leads in the number of executions. China leads in the number of people, by about 5 to 1 for the US. So, if they have executions, they will more likely than not, have more than anyone else. Folks, this looks like Bush-economics, and I would expect better of you.
As to attitudes towards the death penalty, it is more complicated than Westerners seem to want to acknowledge (I am again it myself, but you should understand that folks here perceive it differently).
Also, if you can put your xenophobia aside, as an English teacher in China, I recommend your website to my students. If you can stand it, you might want to encourage them to browse further.... (my thoughts).
Hey, i like it mostly....
Sent to William Rivers Pitt:
Subj: Your Suggested Questions to Condi
Dear William --
Ms. Rice is, ahem, has just begun testifying as I write this.
Somehow I doubt that any of your questions will be posed or pressed by that small herd of sheep that try to pass themselves off as an "independent" Commission.
It's scandalous. It's crony criminality.
Richard R. Newton
Subj: John Kerry at Georgetown
I had the opportunity to watch John Kerry's speech yesterday at Georgetown University on C-SPAN. Although he doesn't have the charisma of Bill Clinton (a hard act to follow), his speech certainly was substantive and effective. John Kerry makes you think...I can listen to him, he makes sense, unlike the fool in the White House. (I truly have a difficult time listening to him talk...I think it's a combination of the moral/religious coding with which he peppers his speeches, his mangling of the language, and his voice.) The thing that I note about Kerry, though, what I really like about him and, in fact, it is what led me to vote for him in the Michigan primary, is the way that he engages the crowd after a speech or rally. Did you notice how he takes the time to listen to people, he responds in pertinent fashion to their comments, and will often call a campaign staff member over to take notes and information on certain issues? It looks to me like he will take the presidency seriously, unlike the current person holding that office, who pretends to take it seriously. John Kerry appears to give a damn about the plight of the common man.
Sent to Air America Radio, email@example.com:
Subj: Imperial President
In St. Louis to toss out the ceremonial first pitch in Monday's season-opening baseball game between the Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers, George w. Bush was steered by an aide toward an Associated Press reporter who had a question about the Iraq imbroglio.
"So who's the AP person?" demanded Bush.
"I am," the reporter replied.
"You are?" grumbled Bush. "Well, ask it."
"Sir, uh, in regard to...," the reporter began.
Bush stopped the journalist at mid-sentence. In a scolding voice, he demanded to know: "Who're you talking to?"
The AP quickly corrected himself. "Mr. President," he said.
Bush--who in 2002 acknowledged that "If this was a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator"--was satisfied that he had been properly addressed. He then allowed the reporter to continue. However, his reply to the question was typically short and perfunctory.
Perhaps, the reporter would have gotten a better answer if he had just said, "Your Highness..."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Local, State and National Alert
Since so many are talking about the possibility of another hit on this country I think it prudent to contact our local officials, police, councils, mayors, state and national representatives and let them know that the idea that we would suspend elections will not be tolerated. When I read that Hannity or Limbaugh are "promoting" the suspension of our civil rights, I wonder who gave them these talking points and is the purpose to "soften up" the American mindset. If the event occurs we will have had our psyches prepared for the inevitable martial law that "must, of course," ensue.
I believe the Spanish have set a good example for capturing terrorists and perhaps some of these techniques should be applied here so we won't have to listen to the same old excuse (trotted out many a time over the years) that our various security agencies "have structural" problems and just weren't communicating. Perhaps information was being stifled, and since no one has been held accountable, perhaps vital information is still being stifled.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: They Were Just Too Busy
I tried a couple of times, but I am going to have to read the transcript because watching Rice go from blood-thirsty scowl to coy smile in a split second is too much for me.
The first thing I heard her say was that the warning on Aug 6th was not specific enough. Well they got over that squeamishness fast, since last January they had people rushing out to corner the market on duct tape and plastic sheeting with a lot vaguer stuff. They would have acted had they gotten a detailed engraved invitation to the send-off at the airports.
Then I heard her say that they were just too busy during those first couple hundred days to coordinate the intelligence offices. In my next post, I am sending a list of Bush "accomplishments" during his first year. Not all of them have a date and I would like help getting dates so we can see what other things they were protecting us from that were more important than terrorist attacks. Just from reading it, they certainly weren't interested in protecting us from polluters or workplace injuries.
I caught her saying that what the FAA did at airports was not part of National Security. What is it part of? They just didn't have time to get their people in place.
Let me see, Clinton was inaugurated on Jan. 20 or 21 of 1993 and Waco happened from Feb 28-Apr 19 and Clinton is still being blamed for the entire episode even though he had been in office about 35 days.
What a bunch of cry-babies? They had their agenda written for them in about 1992 by Wolfie, Perle, Rumsfeld and the rest. This bunch makes the Nixon White House look transparent.
I am sending that list next, so help me out with dates so we can let the guys at the network know what areas they staffed first and what things were the most important. We know number 1 was the tax cut for the rangers and the pioneers and appointed as many of them to office as possible.
Karen Webb, Moore, Ok.
otherwise noted, all original