April 27, 2004
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Subject: Any Doubt we are living in Orwell's 1984?
He just got the date wrong by 20 years. The Bush Ministry of Disinformation has decreed there shall be no discussion of the new Hollywood movie which shows the runaway effects of global warming. They are evidently concerned that it might shed light on the fact that Mr. Bush has withdrawn from the Kyoto treaty and adopted a general "pretend it doesn't exist" policy regarding global warming. Now our lead science agency, NASA, has been ordered to shut up about it and say nothing. This is utterly unconscionable as no administration has the right to suppress science for political reasons. It is, however, par for this administration's wretched course of suppressing politically unpalatable information at all costs.
Your URL for the Diebold report (California) requires a lot of searching. I've gathered some of the more pertinent info for you to post on your website. The information is damning, to say the least, and worth a careful read.
California Secretary of State reports page:
Web page with all reports, appendices, etc.: http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/touchscreen.htm
Diebold Report: http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/ks_dre_...
TSx AccuVote Touch Screen: http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/ks_dre_...
Subject: Anthony Zinni Former Commander in chief of U.S. Central command
The San Diego Union Tribune would certainly qualify as one of the more conservative papers in the country, seated as it is in what is for the most part a county that is a large military garrison.
In today's paper, the editors interviewed retired Marine Corps general, Anthony Zinni.
We have carried some of Zinni's statements before. Like Richard Clarke, this man is no lightweight. He donated to the Bush campaign in the year 2000, and was formerly the chief of the US military command for the Middle East.
Some of the Union Tribune's editors did their best to trip Zinni up. The very fact that they felt the need to do so is evidence of just how bad things have gone wrong in this country.
I did not have access to the intelligence information that Zinni and Richard Clarke had. And yet it was clear even to me that this war had nothing to do with WMDs and indeed had little to do with Saddam Hussein.
Both Zinni and Clarke have gone on the record as saying that it was clear that Saddam posed no threat to the US.
So why did the US invade Iraq and not Iran or Saudi Arabia? Probably because a small group of people in power in Washington thought they could get away with it. Drunk with power, these men who had never been to war themselves, started believing in their own immortality. We allowed them to steal an election, we allowed them to steal from us as a nation, and they thought they could steal from the entire world.
Subject: Dear John Kerry
Dear John Kerry,
I can't believe that you're letting a bunch of draft dodgers put YOU on the defensive about your service record and patriotism. What's the matter with you? What're you waiting for before you go on the offensive, a hand-engraved invitation from the Republicans? Why are you letting the armchair warriors in the White House discredit you for taking a courageous position against a DISCREDITED WAR? Vietnam was a bad war, waged upon lies by a corrupt government, and everyone knows that. So, why are you letting the repugs put the thought in the public's mind that there was something dishonorable about opposing a war that history looks upon with shame? You're a war hero, and you displayed a courageous conscience after you returned a hero. Get off the defensive, and take it to them.
If you can't come up with a solid way to put them in their place, you need some new consultants. I doubt a Democratic challenger has ever had so much ammunition to use against a repug incumbent. What's the problem? They're conning the public with the help of the kiss-ass, bought-and-paid-for corporate media. Expose them.
What's your message? I still don't really know how you're going to be different from Bush. Make it clear and simple. Focus on one or two major themes, and get specific. What do you want to accomplish as President? What will your first term be about? Distinguish yourself from Bush. Define yourself right now, this day and every day after. Don't wait for Bush to lose the election himself. The longer you allow the gang of liars to define you and keep you on the defensive, the farther your presidency slips away.
You have a choice. Either, you can go on the offensive, fight like a caged wildcat like you promised you would, or you can stay on the defensive, waste all your limited opportunities blocking blows and, in the end, join Max Cleland. If you don't get your campaign act together pretty damn quick, it'll be over before it begins. Why do you think that Howard Dean was able to forge a Democratic party revival that left the talking heads gasping in wonder? Because he wasn't afraid to say what we were all feeling and thinking. We're sick of timidity and indecisiveness. Take the example. Dean didn't lose because he spoke his mind. He didn't lose because he was "too angry." He lost because the corporate media whores were determined to sabotage his campaign, and they did a hatchet job on him. The powers-that-be saw that he was going to war against the cozy status quo in Washington, so they put out a political hit on him through their media bed buddies.
You asked for this. You promised that you would take the fight to them. Did we make the wrong choice in the primaries? I'm beginning to wonder. Now that you're the Democratic challenger and have been handed a fired-up base of young activists which Howard Dean invoked, you're going silent, playing defense and sidestepping to the center? Think again. You'll lose. Don't believe the lies. Nice guys really finish last.
A BuzzFlash Reader and fed-up Democrat
Subject: New York Times article on NASA muzzling
In an April 1 email entitled "Urgent: HQ Direction," a warning was sent to dozens of scientists and officials at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. It was not an alert about the space station. It was a warning about a movie, "The Day After Tomorrow," set to open on May 28.
In the increasingly bizarre and paranoid world of the Bush presidency, they even see a run-of-the-mill Hollywood disaster movie as a threat to their re-election drive. Their record on the environment is so appalling that even this sensational film about an unlikely series of calamities due to global warming could get people worried, so they directed NASA to make sure its climatologists kept their mouths shut.
You have got to read this article...it's almost surreal in its silliness, like a parody that's been taken too far to be funny. I do believe these people are actually losing touch with reality. They're holding long, daily prayer meetings. Bremer's reports from Iraq increasingly resemble those of the former Iraqi Information Minister, but they try to suppress photos of flag-draped coffins and reports of dissent in the military. They react with venomous rage and character assassinations to the slightest provocation, and are planning a murderous assault in Fallujah, a city of 200,000 people, just to make Bring 'em On Bush look tough on CNN.
You've got to get rid of these guys.
Sent to Senator Kerry firstname.lastname@example.org:
Subject: Appearance GMA
Thank you for appearing on "Good Morning America." YOU have to take the elephants? to the trees, they are tromping our great country into oblivion! Their TRUNK is full and overflowing with lies. Hurry,our time is passing. Look out for them planting WMD's, there is a dark surprise coming from THEM, I dread to think what.
We have to win the unjust war of course, don't wimp on what we need to do, speak more forcibly!! We have to give our troops more tools., Hurry, hurry up. You WERE in Vietnam, YOU FOUGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS AND YOUR RIGHTS, YOU HAD A RIGHT TO PROTEST! You were in harm's way, Mr. Bush never was. You had/have medals to do as you pleased with, like protesting an unjust war. Mr "Bust" was unjustly installed as president of this country, he has no proof (yet) he served his time in the Guard (where he was "installed" by politicians over others in line. UNJUST UNJUST. What a piddling record he showed for the Guard!! He never even offered to go to Vietnam...we spent about a million on his "do nothing" playboy training? Where did he serve this country? Ever? He had taken and taken from this nation, now he is taking our young men and women in a totally UNJUST war, not to mention the thousands of young and old Iraqis!! You must define this president as he really is.
Subject: March for our lives - media coverage
The first postings of the Washington rally have a few things in common.
Like most political coverage by the mainstream media, the issues are ignored in favor of surface image. Disgusting!
Subject: "March for Women's Lives"
On Tuesday, you posted a Molly Ivins article that said, with respect to the March for Women's Lives, "Be there."
So I went, and I took my 11-year-old daughter along so she could see just what the framers had in mind when they set out speech and assembly as fundamental rights.
And I took you, too, via my official BuzzFlash T-shirt. Like I told the people who asked me "What's BuzzFlash?" yours is the site where we can find the truth through stories the for-profit press won't cover. You deserved a day of free advertising in front of hundreds of thousands of people who give a damn about this country. And based on the responses people gave me, I think you'll have some new readers.
Subject: The tickets airlines don't want you to buy
You go duck hunting
in Louisiana with Vice President Dick Cheney, and you fly down from Washington
in a government plane. But your commercial flight back home is expensive
-- currently about $698 -- because it's a one-way ticket. What to do? Supreme
Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently disclosed that he did what most of
us would probably do: He bought a cheaper, round-trip ticket -- with no intention
to use the return leg.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Contracts and Iraq
I'm trying to understand the Halliburton contract. I seem to remember that they get to charge whatever anything costs and just tack on a suitable markup. Now that Halliburton has to pay three, four or 10 times what they did a month ago for security, is that just passed onto the taxpayer?
Subject: these people are scary!
could someone please explain to me how a man who volunteered to go to vietnam twice, three purple hearts, a bronze and a silver star running against a man who can't even prove he showed up for the guard his daddy got him in, lied and said in his book that he volunteered and kerry is the one the republicans and media have made into the coward who didn't deserve his medals? i am at a loss on this. you have to give the republicans credit, when they go after someone it is slash and burn! no holds barred. you tell a lie five times and it becomes the truth in their world. these are scary people!
does anyone know? a long time ago in one of bush' rare press conferences he told the press to go look at his harken file. then when they tried to, bush would not let the file be released. does anyone know what happened with that? was it just swept under the rug?
Subject: Just a thought or two
I wrote the following letter to CNN TV News:
Why, on God's green earth, should I believe Karen Hughes when she says that George Bush served in the Nt'l Guard honorably for six years?! And then listen to her question Senator Kerry's service in Viet Nam. I am old enough to remember Viet Nam (my generation of men went to serve and die). If they returned, they were wounded physically and/or emotionally. Everyone should know there were "atrocities" in Viet Nam. A child would offer the "GI" a hair ribbon. When the child pulled the ribbon, a grenade would explode, killing the child and the GI. Now we are in Iraq and our men and women are again sacrificing for a war that should never have been initiated. Is this the way the U.S. solves conflicts? By blowing up everything? With today's technology AND knowledge of one another's culture, we should be able to solve problems without bombs and guns. I'm aware of pressures on journalists and programming execs to adhere to what they hope is neutral reporting. In doing so, let's not buy into the unrealities of the Bush Administration. Bush is not being "guided" by God. God could never work through someone who wanders aimlessly away from truth and insists that anyone who disagrees with him is on the side of evil.
Sigrid Ann Johncock
Subject: Giving things their proper names
I have been happily reading about the Rally for Women's Lives in Washington, DC, where women and men across the nation and around the world have gathered together to support women's right to be in control of their reproduction. How wonderful that so many people and groups have worked together to bring this event about! At the same time I am outraged by the need for it to take place. I am appalled that the Bush Administration and its allies seek to take away my and other women's right to our own bodily integrity. I have come to realize that these people are not ProLife, they are ProBirth.
If they were ProLife they would support things like welfare, Medicare and Medicaid, & gun control. They would support anti-pollution laws instead of gutting them so toxic chemicals like mercury, which causes brain damage to unborn and young children, continue to be released. They would be against the death penalty. They would be anti-war. They would oppose the continued research and creation of nuclear weapons instead of increasing the funding. There would be no opposition to the morning after pill and all insurance would be required to cover birth control if it covers medication. None of this is happening, so let us call things by their proper names. With these people the right to life ends at birth. They are not ProLife, they are Pro Birth.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: While Schwarzenegger cuts budget for UCm
Here's an article many will find important. University of California clericals are 21% underpaid compared to comparable jobs in the business world. This is UC's own finding in a study. Yet they refuse to give clericals more than a 1% raise because the Governor of California has made cuts to the budget allocated for the University of California statewide. This goes beyond greed when the people in charge of educating the world's leaders play a part in hurting those who they are paid to help.
Subject: The "Max Cleland-ization of Kerry"
Thank you for getting on John Kerry's case regarding the less-than-inspiring strategy of his campaign lately. Sen. Kerry probably never thought he'd be vulnerable enough to fall prey to the cowardly, yet shrewd, Repuglican tactics that trounced decorated war hero Max Cleland out of office, but as you noted, that's exactly what's going on.
My greatest fear is that John Kerry is listening solely to advice from the DLC. If he is, he -- and all of us -- are doomed. The DLC likes to boast about how they got Clinton into office, but totally gloss over the fact their most recent tactics contributed largely to barely getting Al Gore elected -- and delivered such a narrow margin to him that Bush was able to dirty deal his way in -- and also that DLC-inspired maneuvers landed Democrats where we are today -- with a Repuglican-owned Congress.
The DLC also derides Howard Dean almost as much as any rabid Repuglican. They rhapsodized on their website about how John Kerry's "hope" vs. Howard Dean's "anger" had saved the Democratic party -- that's another story in itself, but suffice it to say, they just don't get it -- it was Howard Dean's "anger" -- which I call "passion"-- that gave hope to masses of Democrats and pulled this party together.
I'm no political consultant, but from where I sit, Sen. Kerry needs to start getting either seriously "passionate" or "angry," because diplomacy is not going to cut it, and rendering masses of fired-up Democrats uninspired isn't going to help either. Case in point -- when the recent Woodward story broke -- Kerry chose to concentrate on the fixing of oil prices, instead of hammering away at the $700 million mis-appropriation of funds by Bush -- in my mind, a much larger issue. I would love to see Sen. Kerry -- to borrow imagery from his war days -- turn the boat around, directly target his opponents and run 'em down with no apologies.
Please keep up the good work in not letting Sen. Kerry off the hook. We cannot have four more years of the dangerously delusional Bush in the White House.
Subject: John Kerry needs to get tough or let's have a brokered convention
BuzzFlash is right. John Kerry needs to define himself. Why is Kerry letting Bush define him? Kerry most certainly defined himself during the primaries and went against his opponents with ruthless and effective smearing. He pulled out all the stops. Why is he tongue-tied now?
John, if you don't start going after Bush and attacking him the way you did other Democratic rivals, I am going to wonder if you struck a deal with Bush to let him win in 04.
Subject: March for Women's Lives
Thank you for mentioning this historic event in today's BuzzFlash in "Women's Rights Marchers Gather in D.C." However, this newswire article misses the point.
While pro-choice and abortion rights are definitely an issue, they are not the only issue being presented today. Of equal importance is the concept of Reproductive Justice. Women of color, poor women, and the lesbian community are for the first time being acknowledged and sharing the stage to present their concerns in what has primarily been viewed as a white, middle-class movement. These include adequate health care, family care, and the ability - nay, the necessity, of governing our own choices.
One of the key points that I have come away with so far is the concept of identifying, openly discussing, and building on our differences - whatever population one may self-identify with - rather than denying them, in order to be more inclusive in our stance and ideology as women demanding and taking back control over our bodies and our lives. Following are two articles that better articulate these ideas. I hope that you will post them.
Reproductive Rights," by Ginger Adams Otis, The Nation, April
Subject: Bandar Pander
Saudi Arabia is not a democracy and not a member of NATO so not a military ally of ours. 16 of the hijackers were Saudis and yet our Fearful Leader, the Chimpster, willfully revealed secret war plans to the Saudi Ambassador, Prince Bandar. Isn't this treasonous? We know that some members of the Saudi royal family held a telethon for the families of Palestinian bombers. Do we even know if Bandar is on our side?
Did Bush also show these plans to Tony Blair or other NATO members before showing Colin Powell?
The sleepy press should be screaming. Timid Congress should be hollering and Kerry should be demanding an explanation. Bush must go.
Can you please tell me what company has the contract to bring our fallen troops home? I know the Bush administration has hired a firm to do that, and that is sickening. Our own military should bring the boys home, not a profit-making member of Bush's cartel of profiteers.
Subject: Reacting to Republican smear campaign on Kerry/Wealth
I think it's time to question George W. Bush's down home persona in a MoveOn or Media Group ad. Every time I see a reporter standing in front of a broken down shed in Crawford, I cringe. He doesn't live in a log cabin. The man is J.R. Ewing and likes living like a king...limousines, personal guards that keep the riffraff in Free Speech Zones, lavish fund-raising parties in his honor, jumping over 500 better candidates for that peach National Guard assignment and then never flying in combat, etc.
Time to do a "Beverly Hillbillies" analogy TV commercial. Start with rich and hypocritical lifestyle of Rush Limbaugh, follow with a few examples of Bush's privileged Republican friends/contributors, and end with Bush himself. They like the good life and think they deserve it...and we should pay for it. Please pass this idea along to MoveOn or any other group that might want to use it.
Subject: An ode to Cat Killer
I read your headline, "Novak says "Cat Killer" Frist is threatening to close down senate because Daschle has grown a spine," and the article attached. Again I have to say thanks to BuzzFlash for putting the pressure on Dr. Bill "Cat Killer" Frist.
Here is a poem that expresses how I feel about the Cat Killer:
GIVE EM' HELL BuzzFlash!!!!!!!!!
Subject: Interview With Bandar On CNN
CNN Europe, which has been fawning over Bush like a good little puppy press, just showed an interview with Prince Bandar. Upon being asked about dropping the oil prices, and why he wouldn't do anything now that the prices were so high, his answer, paraphrased, was that the high price of gas is the fault of, get this, all the regulations of oil refineries in the United States, which differ from state to state and are so hard to follow.
In the summer of 2001, I heard from Enron that the reason California rate payers saw their bills quadruple and suffered rolling blackouts was because there weren't enough energy plants due to "regulations." This was an outright lie. There were enough plants, but Enron refused to bring them online.
Is there any way a suit can be brought under RICO against the oil and energy businesses, including Halliburton, Carlyle Group, Bandar, and the connections to the White House and Republican party? For they are seriously organized crime, and want even less regulation and the people's supervision, to rip them off all the better.
"follow the money" Jayne
Subject: war dead
Hi, Buzz and friends!
Many of you have complained about the lack of coverage of the war dead returning to the U.S. Pictures are starting to come out at last, but here's another source: "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer," on PBS, shows pictures of the dead several times a week at the end of the broadcast. The pictures are shown in silence, and include the soldier's name, rank, branch of service, age, and hometown. Now that's putting a face on the cost of war!
Subject: When euphemisms are usual
When, Why, Why
Subject: We desperately need these archives
Why is President Bush so eager to switch archivists? Bruce Craig of the National Coalition for History explains that the Administration is likely motivated both by "the sensitive nature of certain presidential and executive department records expected to be opened in the near future," and also by "genuine concern in the White House that the president may not be re-elected."
Craig also notes that "in January 2005, the first batch of records (the mandatory 12 years of closure having passed) relating to the president's father's administration will be subject to the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and could be opened."
Finally, Craig (like many others) also reports that there is White House concern about the release of the 9/11 Commission records.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: It applies to the US president tooBush told newspaper editors in Washington:
Speaking of terrorists, he said, "You know, you don't sign a treaty with people who are -- who don't believe in rules, people who don't have a conscience."
Just one comment folks: You don't vote for people who don't believe in rules. And you don't vote for people who have no conscience.
Subject: In the news/ A De facto Dictatorship
Republicans have been guilty of abuse of power in the past whenever they have gained the majority in Congress and control of the White House. The past five Repub presidents have been guilty of either committing impeachable crimes in office, pardoned their predecessor, or both. Their motto should be "Our objectives justify the means."
The Repub leaders in the House consists of individuals whose actions are all too like those of a third world dictatorship. The House Repubs with their majority have acted as a rubber- stamp group to pass every one of Bush's policies, nearly all complete blunders putting this country deeper and deeper in the red, and turning world opinion against the US. The justified war on terrorism in Afghanistan was sidetracked by a quagmire in Iraq, where our military with insufficient numbers are forced to kill thousands of innocent people in an effort to defeat insurgents and terrorists in a war reminiscent of Vietnam. Self-rule by the end of June? Civil war is more likely.
Ann McFeatters in her column today describes the disastrous situation in our government.
In the Armed Services Committee, Sens. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., and Carl Levin, D-Mich., charged the Pentagon with refusing to hand over information on Iraq requested and promised months ago, Dayton said it was "abhorrent." The two men demanded an explanation.
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz didn't give one. He said he'd see what he could do, but he wasn't promising anything. Senators are entitled by law to get classified documents, which they peruse in a special locked room.
Dayton said it was horrifying to find out "how contemptuously we (members of Congress) are regarded by the executive branch."
Meanwhile, over at the Foreign Relations Committee, its top Democrat, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, also accused the Bush administration of treating Congress with disdain. He suggested that the administration should read the Constitution. "There is a legislative body. We do not work for the president," he said.
The administration has gone out of its way to rip up the few remaining shreds of civility in Washington. Even in the height of the bombastic Watergate era, members of Congress remained nominally civil to each other. President Ronald Reagan and House Speaker Tip O'Neill couldn't have disagreed more on the major issues of their time. But they still found they could enjoy an adult beverage and laughs together at the end of the day.
No longer do Republicans even adopt the pretense of getting along. They fly at each other in hate-filled hearing rooms. They use TV talk shows to pour out their contempt. President Bush, who falsely promised a new era of gentility, is as blameworthy as any of them.
And we all, of course, suffer.
The war in Iraq shows how. We have about 135,000 American soldiers in Iraq, with more headed there. Soldiers supposed to leave Iraq are being yanked off buses at the last minute to be kept in Iraq. Hostages are being taken. Death is a daily companion. Thousands are being injured for life.
And top members of the administration -- who spill their guts secretly to Bob Woodward with the hope they'll embellish their own roles for the history books -- refuse to be honest with members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats.
The administration wants these same members to rubber-stamp its Iraq war policy and approve the spending of billions of dollars more to fight there.
Every day there's another revelation that we didn't quite get the straight story from the Bush White House. And we still aren't getting the straight story.
The Bush administration resembles more and more each day nothing but a radical right-wing third world dictatorship.
We know the only solution for this horrible mess -- the voters!
This is what happens when our Democratic Congress (DLC) does not do their job. We, the people, end up having to fight these criminal Republicans and it is Bush who should be on the carpet explaining hundreds of reasons Why he is still president and is on the ticket for 2004.
But, no, the Republicans always put the Democrats on the defensive. I am sick and tired of this same tired, old routine. The DLC hasn't learned a thing since it was organized. To constantly be on the defensive when we have real criminals in the highest office of this land . . . it's not enough to have to read the headlines every day at the death and destruction brought on by this regime in the White House, but to cap off a day with attacks on any Democrat . . . if the DLC had done their job, it would be the Republicans defending themselves and that is what I should be reading today!!!!
Subject: Far worse than Vietnam
It is a huge mistake to compare Bush to Hitler, because that is not the standard. All our federal elected officials should be impeached, because Bush should have been impeached for wearing military clothing. It was un-American. Hitler dressed in military clothing. Eisenhower did not.
This sin against humanity is far worse than Vietnam and it is only beginning. Vietnam is one reason it is worse than Vietnam, because we have that lesson, but think where it leads and realize it is far worse than Vietnam.
Subject: Fw: sell the one you hate
I saw on PBS that many prisoners we pay to keep we also bought. For example, in Afghanistan we paid thousands of dollars to those who turned in al-qaeda. Hey! That would do well here. Do away with those who support neo-cons and get paid for it.
Subject: Letter to the Editor Kerry's War Medals
It's amusing seeing the press go after Kerry about the details of his many Vietnam combat medals. At least Kerry had medals for serving. Bush on the other hand got a pass on Vietnam. He was in the national guard - he was AWOL - and he spent the Vietnam era drunk and high on cocaine. But - you don't see that in the Republican owned press. Kerry is a hero - Bush is a zero.
Subject: Quote of the Era
"The light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train." ~William Rivers Pitt, March 26, 2004
Dear BuzzFlash and mailbaggers,
This quote is from William Rivers Pitt's article in TruthOut referring to the rapidly deteriorating military situation in Iraq
Let's hope and work hard to make sure that this time the dear caught in the train's headlight is the entire Bush mob.
Subject: Joined at the Fib
Monday, April 26, 2004
An unnoticed angle on prez liar and vice-prez liar together talking this week is that it joins their immune systems at the fib.
Meaning, if vice-prez liar has a doctor's appointment conflict at the time certain then that would make the prez liar unavailable, too, wouldn't it?
You know, what if one of them can't make it? You couldn't expect the other one to go on as planned, could you?
Subject: A message to the Kerry campaign
As you have urged, Kerry needs to get fighting. This week presents a golden opportunity to do so (if any of his campaign managers read BuzzFlash, listen up).
While Bush and Cheney will meet behind close doors with the 9/11 commission, the message they are sending is quite public and it's something we've all known for a long time. Cheney is the de facto president of the United States. He cannot trust Bush to handle this testimony on his own; given all that they are hiding and the lies they have already told surrounding the events before, during, and after the attacks, Cheney cannot let Bush go unattended and blow the whole thing wide open. This is much too important for the hand puppet to do on his own. They are even willing to risk the ridicule that Bush is a moron and not his own man. They are, in essence, publicly admitting that Cheney is the real president.
So Kerry should make a point out of this, contrasting them to Clinton and Gore who did fine solos, and then he should say that he doesn't want to debate Bush before the elections.
HE SHOULD INSIST ON DEBATING CHENEY INSTEAD.
This will make the Bush people go Berserk with rage, and that is when they make their worst mistakes.
RA in LA
I know everyone's well aware of Mad Cow Disease but there's an equally insidious disease out there that's being overlooked, Mad Chicken Disease. This disease also effects the brain eating away the centers that control rational reasoning, compassion and conservatism. It causes bazaar behavior such as chickenhearted people dressing up and strutting around like bandy roosters on the decks of aircraft carriers, delusions of hearing GOD speaking to them, the inability to do simple mathematics or to grasp reality to name just a few. Fortunately this disease does have a cure, vote for Sen. Kerry in November.
Subject: Bush's Faith
Only a True Believer could send a Christian Army of 150,000 into the midst of tens of millions of Muslims expecting to change their politics, their economy, their culture as well as their way of life. And all this by June 30.
Throughout the centuries it has been tried many times; THE PEASANT'S CRUSADE, THE HERMIT'S CRUSADE, THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE.
They all failed.
History I believe will refer to this one as THE IDIOT'S CRUSADE.
Subject: Comment regarding Enron-Bush
Regarding Enron/Bush Admin. --
Why not publicize the recent FEC fine against Bush-Cheney-Enron shenanigans during the 2000 election recount.
I believe Mother Jones magazine detailed how Enron planes were used to shuttle Bushies to and from FLA to DC.
Makes me sick. They are criminals and I think an independent council should be initiated by a coalition of attorneys.
Articles of impeachment during wartime. Dunno. War President.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Kerry’s Communion-A BuzzFlash reader's take on the subject
Having been born and raised Catholic, and now middle aged and married with a child, I must admit I’m happy the Church is finally taking a stand on who may and may not receive communion based on their beliefs. But I feel this new decision will be viewed as political. Therefore, for the Catholic Church to be truly fair, I feel it is important for them to be consistent across the board.
For example, we’ll need to deny communion to any Catholic who has been divorced. Now, obviously Senator Kerry has never had an abortion--he merely believes in protecting a woman’s right to choose. Therefore, any Catholic that has supported a man and/or woman that has been divorced should also be denied communion. And we mustn’t stop there.
I too will stop receiving communion, for I have partaken in sexual activity before I was married. I’d also like to take this time to apologize to my high school girl friend - who must also be added to the list of those to be denied communion. I do feel badly about this because it was due to my momentary breakdown and my inability to resist her in her school uniform. Adulterers, fornicators, and those who bear false witness must also be added to the list. And, of course, let’s not forget all those who support people that have been adulterers, fornicators and those who know bearers of false witness.
I know that Jesus taught us “he without sin cast the first stone”but we cannot roll this standard over to the 20th century. Only by applying these new rules of the Catholic Church can we hope to fix the problems that now face my religion. I can remember waiting over 45 minutes to receive communion and I know that can sometimes be pretty hard. But here’s the good news….think how short the line will be now.
otherwise noted, all original