April 19, 2004
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THIS IS PART 2 OF THE APRIL 19, 2004 BUZZFLASH MAILBAG. CLICK HERE FOR PART 1.
Subject: Blaming Clinton
Does it occur to anyone else that the Repub's efforts to shift blame for the Al Qaeda attacks is absolutely groundless for one simple reason. Even if Clinton had not done enough, (which with the Republican witch hunt may be true to some extent, even though as they love to say "remember we were in a pre 9/11 mentality") EVEN IF Clinton could have done more how can that absolve these guys of anything? If *anything*, after the Cole and the Kenya embassies, and the first Trade tower bombing, the Bush team then had even MORE reason to understand the nature and seriousness of the threat Al Qaeda posed. How can they even try to say he should have done more, but WE couldn't have, even though we had more to go on.
It seems obvious to me that they are either guilty of gross negligence at BEST, and what I think might be more the case is that they are guilty of treason. Maybe they didn't know how bad it would be, but you can no longer tell me they didn't know it was coming, and looked away to take advantage of the effect it would have on EVERYTHING to serve their ends.
It all lines up more logically than anything else they have tried to put over as an explanation. And why has no one on the commission asked about NORAD and why it stood down that morning? Who ordered that? At this point, though I'd love to see true justice done, I'd settle to just see them get thrown the hell out of DC. They are truly a danger to us all. They'll get theirs thru Karma or the God they claim to be serving. One way or another they will eventually be held to some kind of account.
Subject: WHAT PDB REALLY MEANS TO BUSH
My question is, if Bush had got a PDB titled "SADDAM HUSSEIN DETERMINED TO STRIKE WITHIN THE US" wouldn't he have jumped on it, and invaded Iraq even the next day if possible? Yet, he kept going his merry way, golfing, clearing brush, as if nothing mattered when he got that famous PDB that said that " AL QAEDA DETERMINED TO STRIKE WITHIN THE US". It is so puzzling that the Bush administration sees no imminent danger when there really was (Al Qaeda), and sees imminent danger when there wasn't (Iraq).
Perhaps, knowing how intellectually challenged he is, Bush was under the false impression that PDB stands for PLEASE DON'T BOTHER.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Tenet's 24 Aug 2001 Visit With Bush?
Subject: Trying to undermine the 9/11 Commission...
The axis of evil neocons have done all that they can to block the creation and work of the 9/11 Commission. Now that facts have surfaced that are making things difficult for a positive outcome for a Bush election in November, their strategy now seems to be to discredit and invalidate the Commission by claiming that they are partisan, i.e. Ashcroft's selective declassification of a 1995 ruling of a pre-existing policy from the Reagan era by Jamie Goerlick, a Commission member, the subsequent call for resignation of Goerlick by Congressman Sensenbrenner, the harping ad nauseum by Rush Limbaugh and on C-Span's Washington Journal about the same issue, the press release by "clean and never partisan" roach-killer Tom Delay, and the petition by Lynne Cheney on her web site calling for a non-partisan 9/11 Commission: http://www.iwf.org/articles/article_detail.asp?ArticleID=572
Subject: Mailbag letter.....to Shirley....St. Louis..Let's give BuzzFlash a standing ovation.
Subject: Standing ovation to BuzzFlash
Hey, Shirley.......St. Louis. I hear you. Let's give the staff and all those who bring this website to and FOR US....a standing ovation! Bravo BuzzFlash! I also applaud the other buzzers who contribute greatly to this site. My deep gratitude and respect to all of you.
And yes, Shirley, I,too, think of you and your granddaughter everyday. I think of all the troops and that they should all be back home with the ones they love. In my days we had a saying.....make LOVE not WAR and we had a poster that said......."What if they had a war and nobody came." Imagine.
onward thru the fog...
Subject: Which Issue is More of a Threat?
Dick (Hide in the hole) Cheney says Kerry is a threat to gun owners, well I would say to Cheney that he and Bush are more of a threat to the world and now five more marines are dead. This is clearly another distraction. Let us keep this administration's feet to the fire every time another soldier dies for their blatant lies.
Subject: Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
4/16 Mailbagger Becky Miller wrote that Maureen's 'Deep Dark Truthful Mirror' is "Awesome research and fact-finding...", and Patti Dugan wrote that it is "an incredible compilation of quotes that every American should be familiar with." Yes, it's an amazing piece of research and journalism rarely found in the 'mainstream' media.
Becky "wish[es] this could be reprinted in full in every newspaper and displayed on every progressive site," and Patti asks, "Is there any way that this article or parts of it can be printed in newspapers?" The "way" is for every Buzzer to inundate his/her newspaper with this article [and with so many others posted on BuzzFlash], thereby forcing the reluctant-to-tell-the-truth media to wake up and give up & print the truth. And Do Not forget TV and radio stations - the majority of GooberW's 50% approval rating comes from people who Only Watch TV; they do not read newspapers or magazines, and certainly do not read "progressive websites." BuzzFlash is seen by 156,000 readers per day - that's a power-full lot of people! If each Mailbag reader swamped the media with Maureen's article [as well as those by Buzz, P M Carpenter, The Angry Liberal, Krugman, Robert Reich, John Dean, et al], we could turn this cabal out of our government. Create a tsunami and keep it rolling!
dick cheney is all bent out of shape because kerry said the war on terrorism is primarily an intelligence operation not a military operation. someone should explain to cheney if you have a serial killer out there, you can have shoot em up bang bang cops all over the place and never stop the guy unless you have good homicide detectives connecting the dots! who is he? where is he? and where is he likely to srtike next? yes, intelligence is the most important. intel can stop it from happening in the first place as well!
if people want to go back and scrutinize john kerry in his twenties and what he was doing, then do it......year by year, what bush was doing and what kerry was doing. kerry was fighting for his country and then came home trying to do something good for his country. bush was the party boy doing drugs and staying drunk.
Subject: Some Insight On The Constant Terror Theme
While watching The Lehrer Report a couple of evenings ago I was again impressed with Brezinski (please excuse spelling.) He and Brent Scrowcroft were interviewed. Seems Brent has changed his tune since warning the neo-cons that attacking Iraq would be a huge mistake. He sounded more like one of them now! Mr. Brezinski reminded the American public that we have so many more problems here other than the terror problem. He warned that all others are being ignored while the terror war drums are constantly being beaten. He was so direct in his answers that Jim Lehrer (that Republican kiss-up) kept repeating each thing Brezinski said as if Lehrer was asking,"Don't you really want to rephrase that?" Lehrer is so painfully biased that the only reason I choose his show if that there are no commercials.
Pisces in Florida
Subject: About that 360k a week unemployment rise ... Clinton!!
According to this report 360,000 Americans filed for unemployment last week.
I'm no economist and don't pretend to know how to parse these numbers in detail, but I'm very familiar with Bush and giant media corporations taking info and spinning it off the board.
Just like Bush and the media lie about Medicare numbers, they lie about budget numbers, they lie about numbers on pretty much everything else.. By not counting 'given up looking' unemployed they are fudging the numbers.
Even so, and even with the Bush charitable spin in the article, they are still arguing over whether Bush is putting 300,000 or 360,000 Americans out of work each week.
While these Bush shills argue over whether things are bad or terrible, just a reminder ..
Bill Clinton created an average of 230,000 NEW jobs every single month for 96 months in a row during the 8 years he lead our economy.
John Kerry is proposing a very similar program that Clinton used to end the first Bush recession.
Three years from now, would you rather argue if Bush put 300 or 360 thousand out of work last week? Or would you prefer to argue if Kerry created 200 or 250 thousand NEW jobs last month??
The choice is yours, while it should be a no-brainer, you have until November to make up your mind,
Subject: kerry, listen to us!!!!!!!!!!!!!
john kerry! we are behind you---but listen to us!!!!
make john edwards your vp! he can be the attack dog you need against these people and he can do it with a smile and charm that no one can compete with!!!!!! young women adore him! we beg of you! balance your ticket! pick edwards!!!!! PUT THAT FRESH FACE WITH HIS ADORABLE WIFE AND THOSE CUTE LITTLE KIDS NEXT TO DICK CHENEY AND THAT SOUR PUSS WIFE OF HIS! YOU NEED EDWARDS!!!!!!! YOU HAVE THE EXPERIENCE AND GRAVITATES, YOU NEED WHAT EDWARDS HAS ON THE TICKET!!!!!
randi and roomies in madison wi
Subject: Patriot Act author Viet Dinh joins NEWS Corp. Board of Directors---fair and balanced!
Patriot Act author Viet Dinh, along with former Philip Morris International president, Peter Barnes, join the Board of Directors of Rupert Murdoch's NEWS Corporation:
Regarding your 4/19 BuzzFlash, "How Do You Indict an Attorney General Who Probably Committed Perjury, in the Name of God? John Ashcroft is the 27th BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week," please see the editorial published in the Sunday, Washington Post written by Commission Member Jamie S. Gorelick.
Keep it UP!!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: A Canadian View
Hey Buzz …. You can say what you say about President George Walker Bush, but President Bush, the President of the most powerful nation in the world, is The President. He’s the man in charge, not you.
Dear Sir. I mean Mr. President.
I understand that you are resolved in your determination to stay your course, in a steadfast way, with commitment and conviction that runs deep in your soul, to stay the course. To stay the course into a New American Century, with no silver bullet to swat the flies, but with resolve.
We’ve seen your course.
Long before 9/11, you spun 180 degrees on the course of your predecessors and the founders of your Nation. (That was some shocker election, Sir.)
You took the oath and between vacations, you set right to work. You backed out of Kyoto to alienate your North American neighbors. You quit all programs to clean up the toxic waste in your own backyard. You tampered with environmental policy after policy, until you proved to have no regard for the youngsters who might die for the good of your oil pals.
Since the beginning, you assured your friends and allies that you are opposed to biological weapons, germ warfare and other weapons of mass destruction and your actions spoke loudly to those issues.
You backed out, or tried to back out of just about every multi-lateral arms agreement and treaty in existence. You thumbed your nose at anti-missile treaties and non-proliferation treaties and you worked hard to replenish and modernize your war chest.
Your dad, along with the Bin Ladins and others in the Carlyle Group, arranged arms deals all over the middle East and your circle of friends was impressive …. to soldiers who just want to kick in doors and shoot …. To mercenaries and profiteers.
You unsigned the Vienna Convention to make sure there would be no international criminal court to find you guilty of wrongdoing when you used bunker busters, mega-bombs, cluster bombs or any other weapon designed to inflict lots of collateral damage on the innocents. You had concerns for the oppressed women in Afghanistan.
You paid 43 million to the Taliban oppressors in the spring of 2001 to bail out Enron. You were best pals with Kenny Boy. Arthur Anderson taught him and you everything to know on cooking the books and when things got tough, you acted as though you didn’t even know them. I'm sure this was a comfort to Tony Blair.
Before 9/11, your situation was what it was. There were lots of unknowns, which we knew we didn’t know, but there were known knowns and known unknowns and a lot of dirt coming to the surface just about the time you got your war footing. How fortunate for you.
After 9/11 you spoke of bad men and evil doers who used their weapons with no guilt for killing innocent people. You insulted your friends with absurd ultimatums. You rained bombs on the oppressed women in Afghanistan and you slaughtered prisoners of war in a turkey shoot at a fortress outside of Mazar-i-Sharif's. Those that survived, you sent to Gitmo, stripped of all rights.
You made progress in your crusade against terror announcing with such certainty that Bid Ladin was in either in Afghanistan or somewhere else. You talked about a bad man who bought uranium from Africa and you coerced a coalition into denying their principles to join you in a pre-emptive war. A war with no end even when the mission was accomplished.
You changed your laws to allow spying on your people and you sent some Canadians to Syria for torture. You mapped out a road to peace which alienated and enraged all Arab countries …. and over and over and over again, you promised to stay this course.
Soon you plan to plan to tell us your plan to free the world and bring us around to your way of voting, where courts decide who will ultimately rule and through all of this one thing remains certain. You are the President and only your electorate can save us now.
PS Have you found our cows?
Subject: Reuters as a News Organization
Check out this story
And I felt I needed to answer:
How can you call yourselves a news service when you are about three months behind on your numbers. 500 killed in Iraq was passed long ago. We are now near 700. I would like you to read William Rivers Pitts article for truthout.org called The five hundred printed on Jan 8th, 2004. We are past 500. Please move on. April has been the deadliest month ever, and we are not to the end. Sincerely, a sad ex-pat.
I would also like to give my thanks to Mr. Pitts because I think that he has the gift to write clearly the emotions that many of us feel.
God Bless You, and go BuzzFlash.
A BuzzFlash reader, one of 156,000 per day
Subject: It's Getting Old!
Oh for christ sake! How many can they keep calling liars, nuts, old and bitter? If jesus christ came to earth and dissed this white house they would say he was a crazy person, a liar and dealing dealing with a full deak. Too many blows to the head maybe.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: what woodward claims is impeachable
Woodward claimed secret funding for a war on Iraq. Congress was told it was for Afghanistan.
Subject: Necessary to Win
Just saw the 60 Minute interview with Bob Woodward. It is clear we can expose Bush & company from here to Sunday. Two other components are essential for winning the 2004 election and restoring American democracy: (1) We must have verified voting. We can't allow the Bush Rangers to own and program our ballots. (2) The American people must truly know John Kerry. If they do, and the election is reasonably honest, we are in.
Barbara Rochelle at The Doghouse
Subject: George W.
After watching Bob Woodward on 60 Minutes tonight, I came to the horrible realization that Bush may be deranged and delusional, as is his cabinet. Does anyone else feel as I, that Bush is completely incapable of functioning in his job as President of the United Stated?
Subject: Just another week end.... is Bush playing golf?
6 Marines, scores of Iraqis killed in fierce battle: According to Marines, an estimated 300 Iraqis from Fallujah and Ramadi launched an assault against the Americans in Husaybah around 8 a.m. local time, beginning with a roadside bombing and a flurry of 24 mortars.
Another 3 U.S. soldiers are killed in Baghdad attack: Iraqi gunmen reportedly fired rocket propelled grenades at a U.S. patrol in a Baghdad suburb Saturday, killing three soldiers and wounding three others.
More occupation troops killed in Iraq: Clashes broke out after the convoy was attacked on Saturday night, in which witnesses said at least seven Iraqis were killed.
Three U.N. officers die in Kosovo gun battle: Two Americans and a Jordanian were shot dead in Kosovo yesterday in a gun battle between members of the United Nations law enforcement mission.
8 Afghan soldiers die in gunfire: A local governor says eight Afghan troops have been killed by suspected Taliban rebels firing rockets and machine guns.
Three Afghan policemen killed: A KNIFE-wielding attacker today killed three Afghan policemen at their headquarters in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, police said.
Foreign troops needed for ten years: Karzai: Foreign soldiers have to remain in Afghanistan for 10 years in order to ensure success of the peace and reconstruction process in the war-torn country, the online site of the German weekly Der Spiegel magazine quoted Afghan President Hamid Karzai as saying on Saturday.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Re: Rice: U.S. Bracing for Terror Before Polls
Then look for a bunch of jackbooted cops "keeping polls secure" but also, just accidentally, intimidating and scaring away poor minorities on Election Day.
Subject: Book that you might like to read
Please read Dr. David Ray Griffin's Book "The New Pearl Harbor." Dr. Griffin teaches philosophy and theology. The book is extremely well-researched and organized, and puts together all of the known facts on 9/11 -- thought-provoking. Please, if you can, publicize this book -- as a firm believer that this administration is the most evil in living memory, I found this book gave me credible explanations for the illogical occurrences and seeming coincidences that defied explanation. I have yet to meet Dr. Griffin, but am looking forward to his retirement speech at the Claremont College of Theology.
How in the hell can Kerry not say anything when Tim Russert lobs softballs and serves cookies and milk to Dubya/Rice/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Powell and then hammers Kerry for 1 hour straight with 7 source filibuster type questions?
I realize I'm preaching to the choir when I write to BuzzFlash, but Kerry has to borrow some balls from Howard Dean and confront these media shills before it's too late. Between the vote for Ralph Nader and the swing votes under constant brainwashing from the right wing media, I'm afraid we are all going to be shocked in the November election. There's got to be a way to make it known to the general public that the media is completely backing Bush.
Dear BuzzFlash Mailbag,
In reference to one unanswered question from President Bush's press conference:
QUESTION: Mr. President, thank you. You mentioned that 17 of the 26 NATO members providing some help on the ground in Iraq. But if you look at the numbers -- 135,000 U.S. troops, 10,000 or 12,000 British troops. Then the next largest, perhaps even the second- largest contingent of guns on the ground are private contractors, literally hired guns.
Your critics, including your Democratic opponents, say that's proof to them your coalition is window dressing. How would you answer those critics?
To the best of my knowledge this part of the journalist's question was never answered, yet I have not seen any mention of the omission in any news report or analysis.
What does this mean in terms of "turning over the country" to the Iraqis? Will the "hired guns" remain? What immunities apply to these contractors when they engage Iraqi civilians, or for that matter, kill or are killed by friendly fire from coalition forces. My understanding:
Private military companies guarding foreign contractors in Iraq are demanding the right to carry more powerful weapons after the deaths of a number of bodyguards during a series of major battles with Iraqi insurgents (Guardian, 4/17/04).
More powerful weapons, more personnel outside of coalition operations command, and more chaos in urban areas engaging civilian populations, seems a recipe for disaster.
Amanda, BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Powell............itty bitty brain boy and Cheney
In his omniscient narrator's voice, Woodward writes:
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Saudis promised Bush to influence US election
Bob Woodward just said on 60 Minutes that Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia promise the President Bush that the Saudis will lower oil prices in the months preceding the next presidential election to help ensure that the economy is strong on election day! Two issues I see here:
1. Moral and Political Issue.
So now Bush is in cahoots with the Saudis in using oil as a weapon to influence the American elections. Is this the reason oil prices are so high today? Because the Saudis want to make as much money as possible before they drop the prices as promised to Bush? Because the Saudis want to give as big a boost as possible to the US economy in one fell swoop by massively dropping prices come this summer? Or simply because the Saudis want to get the prices so high now that when they drop them this summer the prices will still be at high enough level for the Saudis to make a good buck? Bush could very well be to blame for the high gas prices today.
This is absolutely incredible. How dare the Saudis get involved in our election, and how DARE Bush invite it and condone it!
2. Campaign Finance Issue - Is this a coordinated foreign contribution to Bush's campaign?
Actually, there's an even more serious issue here. Is the Saudi promise of giving the US a boost of money to our economy in order to help the Bush campaign a foreign campaign contribution to Bush? It's certainly coordinated since Bandar told Bush about the secret plan personally. How is this not an in-kind contribution to Bush's campaign? Doesn't the US buy Saudi oil for our strategic reserves? And aren't the Saudis telling the head of the US that they'll lower the price on their product they sell the US in order to help the US CEO's political campaign? How is that not a direct contribution to the campaign? If any American company told John Kerry that they were going to sell him the "vote for Kerry" signs for his campaign at a discount, or rent him his campaign office headquarters at a discount, to help his campaign that would be a campaign contribution. How is this any different? And isn't it illegal to take campaign contributions from foreigners?
I'm bcc'g this to a few campaign finance expert friends to ask their take on what the law says about such things.
Subject: In a Parallel Universe
Americans as a whole seem to be having a problem internalizing (as they say in Pop Psych 101) the situation in Iraq, so this is submitted for the psychological health of anyone tempted to vote for Bush.
IN A PARALLEL UNIVERSE.
Imagine this scenario.
A group of right-wing militia training in the hills south of Tulsa, led by a fiery anti-government revolutionary, kills and mutilates the bodies of several informants in the pay of the FBI, not even bothering to hide what they did -- going so far as to drag the bodies through the streets of, say, Muskogee and setting them ablaze. Unarmed residents are afraid to do anything, and the local police take a look at the blood-crazed militias' automatic rifles and rocket launchers and decide to go fishing.
In Washington, the decision is made to send in troops. Muskogee is cordoned off from the rest of the world, and suspected hideouts of the militia are rocked by artillery with little regard for civilian casualties. Churches affiliated with the group are bombed during church service. Hospitals are destroyed. The city's food supply is cut off, and after a few weeks, thousands of women and children who had nothing to do with the murders have been killed. Meanwhile, the leader of the paramilitary forces has been in Little Rock during the whole affair.
The military action turns out to not be very popular in the rest of the country. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20690-2004Apr17.html
"The Muskogee problem is having a wider impact than we expected," a senior U.S. official involved in formulating the response policy said. In Washington, officials had initially concluded that addressing those problems would not engender much anger among ordinary Americans. "These people and the people of Muskogee were seen as isolated and lacking broad support among Americans," the official added. Instead, the official said, "The effect has been profound."
Does that sound insane?
Well... welcome to the wonderful world of American-occupied Iraq. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20690-2004Apr17.html
Subject: HISTORICAL AND ARCHIVAL COMMUNITIES URGE SENATE HEARING ON ARCHIVIST OF THE U.S.
Subject: Bungling Bush
Now that casualties are as high as when we invaded Iraq, will we see Bush landing on an aircraft carrier? This time, I see him strutting out, dressed up in flowing Saudi-style robes, with a ten-gallon hat on his head, and on top of that a crown.
As he swaggers (or stumbles) to the podium behind him we see a banner "Miserable Failure In Progress" as he announces that "major combat operations in Iraq have resumed." Will we see that, BuzzFlash?
P.S. Seen on the web: the Cheney/Rumsfeld/NeoCon think-tank "Policy for the New American Century" (PNAC) called instead "Plan for the New Arab Caliphate." I'm starting to think the reason Bush hasn't gotten bin Laden yet is that bin Laden owes his dad money.
To the Editor:
If your real motive in this presidential election is to oust Bush, how would it be far better that you just have nothing to say about guns?
Just yesterday, one of my venom-spitting Republican friends acquiesced to a point where he stated not only once but three times that he might vote Democratic in this election if Kerry would "just keep his nose clean," whatever that meant. He didn't need to hear any anti-"assault weapon" bullroar this morning. His call to me, "See, you guys still just want to take our guns away." How far will he echo that statement, not only today, but for the rest of the week. Perhaps he was still a little nervous with the idea that he has said that he "might" vote Democratic, and just needed any little thing to flip him back to his "in"-senses. Well, guess what, you're editorial was all he needed.
Why would we say anything even closely resembling gun control now, if we'll be closer to more sensible law with Kerry elected, when it will only serve to topple some who may have voted for Kerry off to the other side of the fence.
Why nut muzzle the "anti-gun," and make more noise about body bags & aluminum coffins?
Keep your powder dry,
Subject: Quote of the Day -- A Familiar Ring
Subject: Bob Woodward's Book
Dear BuzzFlash Readers:
I have been wondering how Mr. Woodward's new book is not causing repercussions from the White House, as it is showing when Bush "really" decided to go to war in Iraq...
Could it be that Bush is merely bragging (through the book) about how he pulled a really big one over on this country????
Just a thought.
Mary in Indiana
My name is Diane Hattula. I am an artist and mother living in Escondido, California. I believe that the coming presidential election is critical to the future of our country and our world. Please take a second to read my message and, if you agree with it, please pass it on to your friends.
Unlike last election, most of us are now united in our opposition to President Bush and in our support of the Democratic candidate Kerry.
But our unity will not be enough.
I hope to persuade you to participate in the coming campaign in a new way - to seek out Republican and independent voters and discuss the election and the future of our country with them. Casual political conversations are no longer socially taboo for a good reason - if democracy is to work, we have to talk to each other. And advertising research tells us that the most effective promotional strategies involve ?word of mouth? campaigns.
Republican and independent voters are most receptive to arguments based on the Republican economic assault on the middle class and the environment. Many voters presently have a skewed understanding of these issues. I have devoted my web site, <http://www.hattula.com> to presenting arguments and illustrations which can be used to educate voters on these topics. Please take a look at it.
Again, if you agree with this message, please forward it to other Democratic-leaning voters that you know.
Subject: Bush is now part of price fixing???
Listening Sunday night to 60 minutes, did I hear it that the Saudi will increase oil production just before election so that the price of oil goes down.
Is it ok for the President to arrange price fixing???
What is going on here??
Subject: Bush's ear piece during "news conference"
Am I the only one to have noticed that Bush was wearing an ear piece Tuesday night? His hair did look a little longer (to cover) and he looked well rested, not like presidents are supposed to look when our kids are being killed at the rate of 10 per day and civilians are being kidnapped in Iraq, but when he said good night and turned around there was a little black cord going from his neck into his shirt and I noticed again on David Letterman last night. Is this SOP for presidents, if so, I just don't remember having noticed before, or has he, like Limbaugh, developed a sudden hearing problem.
Subject: Iraq Builder Boosts Giving to Bush
[BuzzFlash Note: This kind of quid-pro-quo is exactly why you'll never see a U.N.-controlled Iraq while Bush is in office.]
I am a supporter of your website, a John Kerry supporter, a very liberal liberal and a plinker. In your editorial on Dick Chenny's "Gun Control" you use the term in a derogatory manner. I don't know who you think your talking about but there is a very large percentage of us out here and you should be working with us not calling us names. I spend time at gun shows and gun ranges and yes they are full of wing nuts who should not be anywhere near a gun, but that is the minority not the majority. When I get a chance I offer a different point of view and to show them that not all liberals are anti-gun. I do see "plinking" and hunting as part of my heritage not in the NRA sense, but in a very personal family sense. At times in my life I've been estranged from my father because of my political views. In his later years I am using hunting a target shooting as a way of reconnecting with him. It seems to be working and I think he has a little more respect for my views.
One can not change people by calling names or by standing on the outside screaming in. Liberals need to stand together and not disparage one another do to our differing points of view. Believe it or not there are responsible gun owners and God forbid, liberal gun owners.
Subject: Saudis may cut oil price to aid Bush
Hmm? Most of today's newspapers are carrying the portion of the Woodward book that tells how the Saudi's intend to lower oil/gas prices prior to the election so that Bush, the honorary Saudi, will be reelected.
I thought that when Arabs try to influence democratic elections they were terrorists.
When do we invade Saudi Arabia?
Subject: Rove Admits Mistake
I heard over the weekend that Rove has sent out feelers to apologize for the MISSION ACCOMPLISHED fiasco. He is admitting the SIGN was too much, the same sign that they said they never made, then the sign that the navy hung and was no part of the White House, ,etc. I have to let Mr. Rove know that it was not the sign that was too much but the delaying of the ship, the turning around of the ship, the lying, the sign, the lying, the flight from the chimp, the PRANCING of the chimp, the BULGE, and the lying.
Just stating MISSION ACCOMPLISHED as John Kerry does misses the point. Kerry's camp need to focus on the entire marketing campaign that keeps trying to sell us this worthless bag of goods.
Subject: Bush making life & death decisions based on his conversation with God
Here is a quote from the Woodward book that I find particularly revealing when it comes to the thinking processes of George W. Bush as he makes life and death decisions regarding the use of American force.
"I was praying for strength to do the Lord's will ... I'm surely not going to justify war based on God. Understand that. Nevertheless, in my case I pray that I be as good a messenger of His will as possible."
Please note Bush's use of the word "messenger". To me it's obvious that this man actually believes he's a messenger of God. I find this particularly frightening considering that he is also a recovering abuser of alcohol and possibly other drugs. This statement coupled with other similar statements he's made are terrifying.
I fear that Bush has allowed the "high" of religious fanaticism to replace his alcohol-drug induced high. This isn't uncommon for recovering alcoholics but it is particularly frightening in this circumstance because this isn't some ordinary Joe, this is the President of the United States acting on impulses that he actually believes are validated through prayer communications with the Almighty.
We've become so frightened and distracted by the misguided and perverted religious zeal of our enemies that we've barely noticed the manifestation of similar symptoms in our own leader.
No wonder Pat Robertson said of Bush, "The Lord has just blessed him," "I mean, he could make terrible mistakes and comes out of it. It doesn't make any difference what he does, good or bad, God picks him up because he's a man of prayer and God's blessing him."
I believe it's obvious that Bush and Robertson are on the same wave length, possibly even communicating with each other about what they perceive as Divine revelations pushing their decisions and agendas.
I've known for awhile that we were in big trouble with George Bush but this is even worse than I'd imagined. From where I sit it appears that our government has been hijacked by a radical Christian fundamentalist. Armageddon, here we come!
Subject: Saudi & oil refineries plan to get Bush re-elected
It seems that the Saudis and American oil companies have plans to make sure Bush is re-elected. In his new book, Bob Woodward has revealed that the Saudis promised Bush that they will "open up the spigots" two or three months before the election so that it will cause oil and gasoline prices to drop, thereby reducing the price of manufacturing and shipping goods from place to place, thereby lowering the cost of doing business and making a healthy profit. Oil refineries will join the effort and will greatly increase the abundance of gasoline, which will have the effect of lowering gas prices still further. The economy will 'improve,' workers will be rehired, wages will rise, and everything will seem rosy -- until Bush wins, and then gas prices will go back up.
I wonder if the sleepwalking American electorate will wake up in time to prevent this scam from taking place.
P.S. In the last presidential election, church goers and gun owners voted 2 to 1 for Bush.
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