April 28, 2004
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Subject: those pathetic goons
Isn't it special how the Bush's dogs bark at Kerry about throwing (or not) ribbons or medals over the fence? I mean, gimme a break. The sheer fact that the man earned his medals the hard way entitles him to do as he damn pleases with them--even stuff 'em in... Well, I'm getting carried away. It is so pathetic to see bushites bend over backwards to come up with some new distortion of truth, or a minute, irrelevant detail in order to discredit Kerry.
The presstitutes, of course, lap it all up. I'm so so sick of the American press. Some time ago, I used to talk about "shameless propaganda," but as of now I no longer have words to describe my disgust with the lies that pass as "news" in this country. It is time to be ashamed, it really is--although for this one would need a conscience, a rare commodity nowadays.
And as I'm writing this, my child brings in today's mail--with Newsweek, on the cover of which there is a picture of Teresa Kerry with a (totally unacceptable) title: "Teresa: Is John Kerry's Heiress Wife a Loose Cannon--Or Crazy Like a Fox?" I hope next week will see Laura Bush on the cover, with a caption: "Is Mrs. Bush Blind As A Bat--Or Simply Dumb?" After all, we should expect fair and balanced coverage from our media, no?
Thank God for Terry McAuliffe -- at least he is one Democrat who had the guts to stand up today and respond to Cheney's reprehensible diatribe against John Kerry. The Democrats need to put together a truth squad; let's say, a group of 10 or 12 well-known, prominent Democrats. Every time the Republicans launch a new one of their "death by a thousand cuts" attacks against Kerry, someone from the truth squad -- presumably someone with the best credentials to respond to that particular charge or issue -- should call a press conference and respond in kind (for example, Max Cleland or Wesley Clark can respond to military issues).
Sadly, it took John McCain and Chuck Hagel, two Republicans for Pete's sake, to stand up and defend John Kerry's Senate voting record. Yeesh, what a bunch of frightened little weenies in our party! Moreover, the TV and radio talk shows should be blanketed with Democrats responding to these calumnies. The responses should be fact-laden, well researched and documented.
Why do Democrats seem to believe that they just have to sit back and take this stuff? Why are we afraid to respond? John Kerry has a bully pulpit -- he has a forum --- that guarantees he can garner press attention whenever he talks. He should be squeezing every single ounce of juice that can be squeezed out of whatever free media are available to him by virtue of his prominence.
Finally, he needs to appoint a VP, ASAP. There may be times when the presidential nominee has to take the high road (even against this crowd in the White House now). Therefore we need a VP candidate who can "take the low road," so to speak, and be out there slashing and burning every day. And yes, perhaps that VP nominee should be throwing out a few controversial gems from time to time. Remember how defensive Bush got after Michael Moore and Terry McAuliffe leveled the AWOL/draft dodger charges? They were quite effective; they even got Tim Russert asking the same questions of Bush.
Subject: mass graves
When this war first started, I was having a conversation with my daughter about how they could tell that they were mass graves.... She said, it was because, when three or four or more bodies are piled into one hole, those were the mass graves. That is what the poor Iraqis are doing now...they have no other choice....no funeral homes, no services...no headstones. I read the other day that there were so many dead Iraqis that they were just digging holes and throwing them in. And we killed them. Now, in 20 years, another dimwitted Republican can go into Iraq and kill a bunch more, because there are mass graves, so some dictator must be doing it.......
Someone like George Bush?? You think???
Subject: Flap over Kerry's Medals
It's all too obvious the lies and half-truths being sent out in ads, through the media, and by e-mail about Kerry's medals are a smoke screen to attempt to draw attention away from Bush's pathetic military record that bordered on, or was, desertion. Of course, with the super secretive administration, we'll probably never know.
Why not award medals for cowardice, egoism, desertion and to self-serving persons. That way Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, and some of the other "important patriots" in the administration could decorate themselves (finally) and take the unmerited heat off John Kerry, who served his country with honor and deserves his medals.
As for Kerry's change of heart about some of the things he said regarding the Vietnam war, I'm enclosing one of Reagan's speeches. There's no doubt he had a BIG change of heart. In 1948, then Democrat Ronald Reagan made the following speech on behalf of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union as he campaigned for President Harry S. Truman and Minnesota senatorial candidate Hubert Humphrey.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH This is the story of what the Republican 80th Congress and the National Association of Manufacturers have done to bring on inflation and set back the cause of liberal government in the United States. You know me as a motion picture actor. But tonight I'm just a citizen, pretty concerned about the election next month and more than a little impatient with those promises the Republicans made before they got control of Congress a couple of years ago. Joseph Martin, GOP speaker of the House said in 1946 that the Republicans would work for a real increase in income for everybody by encouraging more production and lower prices. But the corporate prices went up four times as much as wages and workers were plagued by 'Republican inflation. The Republican promises sounded pretty good in 1946. But, in 1948, labor has been handcuffed by the vicious Taft-Hartley law. Social Security benefits have been snatched away from almost a million workers... fair employment practices which had worked so well during wartime have been abandoned. Veterans' pleas for low-cost homes have been ignored and many people are still living in made-over chicken coops and garages. Tax reduction bills have been passed to benefit the higher income brackets alone. In the false name of economy millions of children have been deprived of milk once provided through the school lunch program. This was the payoff of the Republicans' promises and this is why we must have new faces in the Congress of the United States-- Democratic faces. This is why we must elect not only President Harry Truman, but also men like Mayor Hubert Humphrey of Minneapolis, the Democratic candidate for senator from Minnesota.
My very best regards,
Maybe its time Kerry took the gloves off and hired James Carville as his pit bull. I think a lot of Republicans would think twice about lying then.
Subject: The vicious Bush attack dogs try to tear John Kerry's Amazing Military Service
Today I saw a poll on CNN which said that John Kerry leads Bush in battleground states. It gave me some hope for a few minutes. I guess these "seesaw" polls should not be taken seriously, as things change on a daily basis. Sometimes it is disheartening to see that the village idiot is leading by a few points, and you wonder how people can be so naive and dumb to think that Dumbo is doing a wonderful job.
The recent vicious attacks on John Kerry's wonderful military record is typical of the GOP smear machine. The fact that they have the gall to compare John Kerry's excellent service to his country and Bush's dismal, pathetic record is amazing. I just want to tell your readers that we should not worry too much about this. I distinctly remember these very same people calling Bill Clinton, when he was running against Bush senior, a draft dodger and a waffler (sounds familiar?). Nevertheless, as we know now, Bill Clinton went on to win the presidency. Right now Bush attack dog (Cheney) and even Karen Hughes is making the rounds attacking an honorable man who volunteered to fight for his country, and fought so amazingly bravely for us in Vietnam. Let's not have our faith in him shaken by the malicious lot.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Will someone please point out to the Kerry campaign that when Bush points to his "honorable" service in the National Guard, the fact of the matter is he never would've even served in the Guard if it wasn't to avoid the Vietnam era draft. In other words, Kerry CHOSE to face battlefield danger for his country; Bush CHOSE to avoid the battlefield at all costs. And he never would've been a pilot at all if it wasn't for the draft.
Subject: Bravo Barbara
Barbara's Daily BuzzFlash Minute calls it correctly once more (see April 26). Bullies are universally hated by people the world over. How did Bush and his bully friends manage to weasel their way into high positions? They bullied their way in and now they think they can bully the whole world. It will never work. It should be obvious to anyone with a brain that human nature will push back against bullies even if they have to strap dynamite to themselves and blow themselves to smithereens.
The United States has been cursed with too many bullies as leaders. So many it seems that we have come to accept bullying as a legitimate tool for influencing the world. King George tried to bully the 13 colonies and the result was the American Revolutionary War. Maybe that's the M.O. of Bush's Bullies; Harass the Middle East until they organize a war against us and form their own government that suits their own needs and wants. What I suspect is really happening is just what the Bush Bullies wanted: the more chaos and fighting that goes on and the more threats against the United States, the more money in the pockets of the Bush Family and all of their cronies in the military manufacturing business. Bush and his ancestors have been profiting from war for a hundred years or more. They have never been choosy as to which side they support and in fact they seem to be perfectly happy to support both sides in a conflict. It's all about money to them.
I thoroughly enjoy reading your column. Your analysis of current events hits the nail on the head more than anyone else on the net.
R F Stencil
Subject: He's Georgie Number 2, He Is...
While in London recently, I went to the National Portrait Gallery. They have a portrait of King Henry VIII, which features a bulging codpiece (according to my guidebook, "the very image of kingly power"). This reminded me of our Bush's visit to the aircraft carrier.
My guidebook also said he had a habit of pursuing costly wars, which also reminded me of the guy occupying the Oval Office. In honor of the similarities, I've written this here little song parody:
(copyright 2004 Jon Krampner, but free of charge to anyone who wants to use it for purposes of political parody)
Subject: Moronic Bush's Oxymoronic Talk
The Bush Administration has been saying, for about a year now, they would pass "sovereignty" on to the Iraqi people on June 30th.
All along, everyone everywhere has known that's a lie.
Lately, they have been admitting, in fact, it is a lie.
However, they not saying it in Standard English. Instead, they are using their typical Bush cartel oxymoronic doublespeak.
They are now telling the Iraqi population, what they will be getting on June 30th is "Limited Sovereignty."
English Translation: Sovereignty... NOT! (Psyche! Sorry Iraq, try again later.)
Below are some definitions from Miriam-Webster's (on-line) Dictionary.
Notice, anything that is used to qualify "sovereignty" turns out not to really be sovereignty.
At the bottom, on behalf of the Bush administration, I have submitted a suggestion for a new entry
My submission to Miriam-Webster's dictionary next edition...
(Maybe BuzzFlash readers can come up with better wording)
Subject: Iraqi Flag
So...who is the Iraqi Betsy Ross? The new Iraqi flag, designed and forced on the Iraqi people (who had no idea it was coming) by the Iraqi Governing Council, is raising hackles across the land. And it's no wonder. First of all, the old flag of the country displayed colors denoting Arab nationalism, and was around long before Saddam Hussein came to power. Now the new flag, featuring a lovely crescent on the field of pale blue, is supposed to represent Islam. Fine. Then there are three stripes at the bottom, two blue on either side of a yellow one. The two blue stripes represent the Tigris and the Euphrates, which is probably not a problem, however the yellow stripe in the middle supposedly represents the Kurds. So what's the problem? The Kurds are the only people defined by this lovely new flag, and they are not Iraqis. Neither are they Arabs, they are Caucasians. And they used to have their own country called Kurdistan until western imperial governments decided they didn't need one. So is it any wonder the Iraqis are a bit irritated over their new flag? You'd think the council would have better sense, but we know they are lackeys of the U.S. Still, I wonder ...just who is the Iraqi Betsy Ross?
N. E. Riley
Subject: Harassed by Halliburton?
Dear BuzzFlash: PLEASE READ! Below is from the New York Daily News' Rush & Molloy Gossip Column on Monday 04/26/04.
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Subject: Cheney's speech in Fulton,Mo.
I have read nothing good about it. It was played over and over, and 40%, they say, was bashing Kerry.
The president of the college, was irate to say the least, with the sneer of the vice president, bashing a man hit at least three times in Vietnam....is a man who bragged in an interview, that he dodged 5 times, ..and he had better things to do in the 60's that to go to VietNam!...He went to college...flunked out, when he was called the 2nd time, he re-entered college. Then on the third call...he married, on the fourth...suddenly a child was on the way....the fifth..ditto.
What a yellow-bellied coward!!!!
I have hated Dick Cheney ever since I saw him admit to all of that in an interview. I saw him say these words folks, and he was not the slightest bit sorry for that!
Now, he stands up in a speech that is supposed to be something else...and bashes John Kerry for half his speech.
Do they come any lower...this man and his little bitty boss, could have gone instead of my brother, who died there.....
I wrote to John Kerry yesterday and told him...or whomever answers his mail, that he should start the meaness...that is what I miss without Howard Dean...someone said on c-span last night "Democrats are boring"..they never bash back!!! And they are right...we have to get that backbone back...just like Clinton said about Howard Dean....he would have been screaming about the records of these two cowards...by now!!!!!!
Subject: Kerry Campaign
Hello & congratulations on a great job you are doing. I check in every day for the latest news.
Regarding your continuing urgent advice to Kerry to speak out, why don't you ask your viewers to sign a petition and then deliver it to the campaign. I think you are right, Kerry is in great danger of becoming Gore 2. He needs to be strong, aggressive and bold. If he keeps catering to that mythical middle and parsing every position he is dead meat for the "strong man" ie: Christian Jihadist.
Please consider doing this, There are hundreds of people I know personally who would sign on to such a letter of advice. Some of us ( who work in the entertainment business) would be happy to draft such a letter if you like.
Subject: War Medals
Why doesn't someone point out that what Kerry did with his medals is unimportant....the real point is that he HAD medals!
What the hell did Bush have?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Nomination for Hypocrite of the Week - Rob Nichols - Treasury
When did IRS become a propaganda organ for the Bush prosperity lie?
" MD!", a BuzzFlash supporter
Subject: Matthew's Choice of Words Interesting
I found chris mathews choice of words while promoting his show with kerry tonight interesting. He said "IT'S ME AGAINST KERRY TONIGHT!"
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: "Liberal" James Ridgeway, Bush mole!
Have you read James Ridgeway's article in the April 27 Village Voice? It's entitled "John Kerry Must Go" in which "liberal" Ridgeway calls for democrats to dump Kerry. Dump Kerry? At this point, when Kerry is the undoubted candidate, this is nothing more than a call for a Bush victory!
This needs to be made public!
Subject: The Truth about KERRY's Medals - Baiting Civilians and Veterans
The wingnuts are expert manipulators of military baiting and of its corollary, baiting civilian ignorance of military traditions and issues. The latest is the dual assault on KERRY’s military record, on the one hand the smear that his first wound was “slight”and now something about his medals and ribbons.
But first, the matter of civilian ignorance. A couple of years ago, Meredith VIEIRA exemplified this when her View group was discussing the Army’s plan to extend the black beret as an Army-wide uniform item as opposed to its then being exclusive to the Rangers, and the resistance to this from the Rangers. The discussion was mystified and uninterested, and ended with Ms VIEIRA saying, “And they say women have trivial hang-ups, here the guys are having a spat over the color of their hats.”No concept of the tradition at stake. And soon the issue died away since the Rangers were probably embarrassed at looking silly in civilian eyes, with NO Rosetta Stone to decipher the concept.
So now the chickenhawk Shrubbites and their chickenhawk media shills are drumming up a fake issue about KERRY’s medals, and are playing up the civilian ignorance factor by inserting the “ribbons”part, as if there were some greater significance to it. Additionally, they are giving themselves cover to say that this assault is “not about questioning his patriotism”by attempting to frame it as “Did Kerry (gasp) LIE?”as Chris VLASCO put it on ABC.com.
KERRY said that in his symbolic protest against a wrong war, he returned his ribbons and somebody else's’(at their request) medals, yet the chickenhawk media shills are playing up that KERRY actually “kept”his own medals.
Somehow this has turned into “KERRY’s medals and ribbons flap.”Mystified civilians are wondering how big an issue this is. If they only knew that it is a complete NON-issue. Medals are recognitions of many different degrees of individual accomplishment, starting from ZERO accomplishment besides just SHOWING UP, BEING THERE, all the way up to actually PERFORMING exemplary acts of individual heroism, and everything in between. For the record, several of KERRY’s medals are of the “heroic”variety.
Medals are seldom worn, being limited to the most formal occasions with the full dress uniform. Instead, the colored ribbon parts are worn. Both are the same award. The first issue is “free”from the government, but since the ribbons get dirty from frequent use, replacements are often needed and these are BOUGHT at any of thousands of military supply stores, and now thousands of websites. And the medals themselves can be BOUGHT exactly the same way, easily and cheaply. Actually, ANYBODY can purchase these items, meaning persons like chickenhawks who were never in any service anywhere.
So even if KERRY had returned his own medals, he could have INSTANTLY replaced them by purchase. The medals/ribbons are of significance only to the individual himself and his immediate family. There are some jokes about medals, one being that with a medal and $1.75 you can buy a cup of coffee, and another from MAULDIN’s famous cartoon, “Forget the Purple Heart, give me a couple of aspirins.”
Once again wingnuts show how they confuse material symbols with intangible concepts: They think that a flag is actual freedom; that medals are actual heroics; that statues of religious depictions are actual religion; that symbolic protest is actual desecration. Sort of the way they confuse assertions with actual proof.
The true desecration is how supposedly “patriotic”Shrubbites smear persons who put their lives where their words were, persons like McCAIN, CLELAND, and KERRY, as opposed to the all-talk wingnut chickenhawks who bully, bluster, and just ASSERT things.
Subject: Kerry's Voting Record
Why can't anyone realize that the smear against Kerry's voting record on defense budgets is a pure farce. Many of the votes by Kerry to cut weapons systems were at the request of President George H.W. Bush and Defense Secretary DICK CHENEY! And now Cheney is blasting him for votes on cuts that Cheney himself requested.
Subject: There's More to the Attacks on Kerry
Unless I missed a story, or a bit of commentary, it seems no one noticed the utterly perfect timing, or the secondary purpose, of the recent smear on Senator Kerry's military service.
Bush & Co. had to drown out the collective voice of one million demonstrators in Washington, DC. They had to make sure that women and our issues remain at the margins, rendered unimportant and unheard.
Bush himself made clear that, save for the few who have been fooled into believing that a life dictated by others is the preferable path, women's choices are irrelevant. Here was his official, prepared response to Sunday's march:
"We should work to build a culture of life in America, we can all work together to reduce the number of abortions through promotion of abstinence-education programs, support for parent-notification laws and continued support for banning partial-birth abortion."
There's nothing hidden in this message; it dictates to women a prescribed lifestyle.
What was hidden is the message itself. Bush & Co., while pacifying the religious zealots they hold so dear through a written response, knew they could not publicly confront the challenge they saw marching past the White House on Sunday. They know they lose on the merits.
So they did the next best thing. In a symbolic, violent slap in our faces, they silenced us by unleashing one of the ugliest, most vicious attacks on Senator Kerry to date. And it worked. It worked so well that Karen Hughes, a recipient of feminists' hard work in breaking down barriers against women, got to malign Senator Kerry and call us terrorists in practically the same breath.
The good news is what I know about history. Women and our supporters are a tireless lot. We demonstrators and Bush & Co. saw the exact same thing Sunday -- a movement massive in size, running across the diversity continuum, united in the singular purpose of defeating Bush in November.
Subject: Bradley Fighting Vehicle
John Kerry has been criticized for voting against the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. His vote should be applauded because it probably saved thousands of soldiers. Had the Bradley Fighting Vehicle not been modified, it would have been a death trap for soldiers. This is documented in a book titled, Boyd by Robert Conram, which is also an excellent source for information on Pentagon waste of our tax dollars, billions of them. The irony is that the Colonel who fought for the changes was forced to resign while the General who opposed them was promoted. There was even a movie made about it starring Kelsey Grammer as the general. How quickly we forget.
Subject: McClellan Directs AWOL Questions to Racicot
When did Bush-Cheney campaign chair Marc Racicot become the expert on Bush's missing military records? Wasn't that McClellan's job? Isn't he the guy who released Bush's carefully shredded military records late on a Friday and called them "complete"?
American taxpayers want to know: will the Washington Press Corps stand for McClellan's endless effort to lie, deny, evade, and confuse - while he is getting handsomely paid by the taxpayers? As McClellan's boss used to say, " It's OUR money"!
Subject: The People's Right to Know
Vice President Cheney went to the United States Supreme Court today to argue that his meeting with his energy task force should be kept secret from the People of America. He argues that it's executive privilege to hide his secret meetings with his old corporate oil cronies. Cheney says the People have no rights to find out what's going on.
But someone recently said, "A country that hides something is a country that is afraid of getting caught." That person was President Bush in his April 13th press conference.
The government exists for the sole purpose of serving the people and for no other reason. When you look at the Constitution it is clear that it was written by people who distrusted government. In fact the distrust of government is the duty of every citizen and it is to be assumed that everyone in government needs to be watched and scrutinized in every thing it does. It may be inconvenient for Mr. Cheney to have to expose the smokey back rooms - but this is America and in America the People come before the government.
Hi all....I am at a loss...if it were not for BuzzFlash and the many people who write in I would be so depressed....I cannot bear to read some of the news...
I lost my son in an accident 23 years ago and i still mourn every day for the short time he had here on earth....I do not know how these mothers and fathers can handle their loses to a mad, self- righteous, self-serving shrub.
Karen Hughes is one of the worst sent out there to protect his ass as he cannot do it himself....remember in the last press conference he was guaranteeing wmd will be found in iraq...sure when they are done planting them...i hope the s/court people have nightmares for the rest of their life for turning this abomination loose on the country I so revere... I feel so bad for the iraqis lives lost... i heard it was over 20,000 at the end of March....who the hell are we to tell other countries how to rule...give up their atomic weapons when the shrub is going on full force with atomic weapons...enuf, thanx for the ear...i do feel a little better...
suzy (76) in tucson
Let's get this straight. It's ok to interview the Secret Service assigned to President Clinton about blowjobs, but the country' energy policy is out of bounds?
Barging Down Brooks
First, read David Brooks' piece, "Looking Through Keyholes," in today's NY Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/27/opinion/27BROO.html
Then read this:
It's interesting to follow the logic of the leading conservative commentators. Here is Brooks saying that we are on the verge of big battles in Iraq (Najaf and Falluja), yet "all of Washington" has been talking about Richard Clarke. In other words, the political elites in the capital are so busy chattering about scandalous nonsense of the past that they miss the historical present.
I could point out that Brooks' use of the phrase "all of Washington" denotes a certain type of "glossing," shall we say, that conveniently leaves out people who live there yet don't participate in government; that's probably a majority.
Furthermore, Brooks presents us with an "either/or" fallacy -- either we pay attention to the present or we pay attention to the past. His claim assumes that no one can do both, let alone judge current events in the context of past events.
Additionally, Brooks claims that hindsight is 20/20 and it is unfair to pick on the administration for decisions of the past that had to be made with less than certain information. He does a sleight of hand in which he conflates the quagmire of the present (should we attack insurgents and risk inflaming the population or let their influence grow through inaction?) with decisions of the past; i.e. the decision to go to war in the first place. This move is extremely disingenuous because FORESIGHT was 20/20 before the war started -- Hans Blix said Iraq was complying with inspections. There was no need for the war to start. (Brooks never considers the possibility of pulling out now, as the U.S. inevitably will one day, when its goals are too remote and its costs in treasure and blood are too high).
Brooks would have us ignore the past catastrophic decision-making processes of the Bush administration and leave us without a context in which to make sense of current administration behaviors. He also would like us to believe that only those chattering political elites in D.C.--who practice " ostentatious parlor game parallelism (Is Iraq Vietnam or the intifada? Is 2004 1920 all over again?)"--are the only ones really concerned about making scandals of past events. It would be easy enough to say that HE is a chattering dodo in the Beltway. Furthermore, it would be easy enough to point to millions of people around the country who have marched, signed petitions, and written letters protesting Bush's policies, past AND present.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Kerry needs more than advice
Maybe if we contribute to the John Kerry campaign, he will be able to go on the offensive against the liars and hypocrites with his own deluge of ads. Lord knows Kerry needs to do it NOW full well realizing that tomorrow may be too late! Bush ads in So. Western OH are running about four to one against Kerry.
Email I and many others received 4/27.
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Subject: Your Balls!
Debates! Debates debates! now! We want the village idiot to debate john Kerry! Go before the American people and show us what we are voting for! Let bush bring his Dick with him to help him with the answers! Kerry should offer to take them both on!!! let bush and Kerry ask EACH OTHER questions! Hey bush you coward! NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO SEE IF YOU HAVE SOME BALLS! you've never shown any before!!!!!! daddy got you out of vietnam! you ran from vietnam and you will run from the debates! students against morons running our country,
Ps......by the way, someone should make an ad of tucker carlson telling Tim russert how shocked he was that Karen Hughes would tell out and out lies to protect gw bush! us young women of choice don't like being called terrorist by that neanderthal!!!!!
Subject: Bush and Cheney's military records
Lets start, Buzzers. Lets demand that part that is missing from George's Guard record....I am starting today to see if the records are here...In St. Louis at the military records dept...it is a shame that we have to fight our candidates battles.....but, it is an entire administration on one! He, I hope gets as mad as he seemed last night...He said he would not have it, this is what they did to John McCain and Max Cleland....and if we do not stop the slime....they will do it again...that is why this country is now fighting a losing battle in Iraq...
They will go wherever and start whatever, if they get in there again.......I hope Kerry fights!
Mr. Kerry...enlist Howard Dean...please!!!
Subject: US News -- Hatchet-Job Cover On Kerry
Dear Friends --
THIS should be made an issue. An issue to be talked, blogged, ranted, editorialized, and shouted from the mountains about.
Below is a copy of my Letter to the Editor to US News & World Report. Daily Kos alerted me to it. I saw the cover in "real life" at the coffee shop a little while ago. . .
I'm really p.o.'d about this.
Subject: Questions about Treason
To BuzzFlash Readers,
Yelling fire in a crowded theatre is not protected by free speech. The freedom of the press seems to even protect from treason. Let us say that I learned the name of an undercover CIA agent working on the search for weapons of mass destruction. Let us say that this agent had contacts through a business set up in a foreign country. Let us say this agent made contacts through that business and it was known, or could easily be determined, who was doing business with this agent.
Now, let us say that I gave this agents name to the enemy. Would I be guilty of treason? Would it matter where I got the name? Could I escape blame because no one, including me, would divulge the name of the person who gave me the name? Would the people just set idly by while I appeared daily giving my opinion on all things political? Would other agents accept the fact that one of their own had been betrayed and still work to find the facts as they were and not be intimidated to change those facts to protect themselves from being betrayed in the same way?
It seems that the answer to all of these questions is a resounding YES!
Now, let us consider that my name was not Robert Novak but was Benedict Arnold. Was treason a different thing in the days of Mr. Arnold or does it have to be done in secret to be treason. Does it have to be done in a time of war, which only congress can declare and which congress has not so declared since WWll? Is it to protect traitors that congress has not declared a war?
I would really like for someone to write to BuzzFlash with the answers to these questions. Does someone have to file an official complaint or is there some other reasons that a man could knowingly expose the undercover identity of a CIA agent and escape any need to answer for his actions? Could it be that the man had a justifiable reason for exposing an agent?
Could it be that nothing is said about this any more because it is yesterday's news and there are so many other things that require our attention? Will this arrogant piece of canine feces get away with this because he did it in a lethargic nation? Would this low life form give up his source if he where to be called to answer to the charge of treason or would he just take the fall alone? Would this total waste of protein do the same thing again if given the chance? Would this unprincipled Neanderthal constitute a reliable and creditable source for information on the future? Is there something that I am not being told about this? Is there something I do not know about this that makes it alright?
Finally, is Robert Novak guilty of treason or not? And, If he is guilty of treason, why is nothing being done about it? Does anybody know? Is there anybody out there? Is this all just a nightmare from which I will awaken and eat some humble pie for breakfast? Will Prozac or Thorazine help me to better understand the depths to which our nation seems to have sank? Are the other CIA agents unconcerned that one of their own has been exposed to the enemy? Is it more important to keep the names of the people who met in Cheney's back energy conference room a secret than to keep the names of our undercover agents a secret? Would it be treason if the energy names were given out? Does anyone remember what I am ranting about? Does anybody care? Are we all asleep at the switch?
William O'Dell, Tennessee
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