April 30, 2004
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Subject: VP Pick
Dear God, Please pick the 4- star General Wes Clark as V.P. and shut the GOP lying mouth about Kerry being "unpatriotic" once and for all. Show that photo of Kerry and Clark and win this election for Kerry.
Subject: We have a spineless occupant in the White House
I know I have written about this before, but I still cannot get over the fact that this so called "war president" does not have the guts to testify before the 9/11 commission ALONE. Why the hell does he need to have Tricky Dicky with him? Perhaps to give him encouraging looks and warning glances?
I am amazed that he had the time (at least 3 hours) to be interviewed by Bob Woodward, but can spare only ONE hour for the 9/11 commission, which in most people's opinion, is extremely important for the future security of our nation, especially in regards to terrorism. How the hell can his supporters justify this? Isn't it obvious that Bush and Cheney are reluctant to testify and perhaps have too much to hide? I do not understand why their important testimony is not going to be recorded in any way. There has never been, and never will be, any accountability from the worst administration in our history. John Dean is right, this IS worse than Watergate.
There is a terrible stench in our nation's capital, and it comes from the White House.
I wanted to make a couple of comments on the 4/28 mailbag.
The piece titled "Your Neighbor" was beautifully written and very powerful. I copied it to send to my friends.
Regarding Bob from San Antonio, it's a great idea to give these idiot chickenhawks their own medals. I think the medal for hypocrisy would be most appropriate. Maybe Michael Jackson could loan them some of the goofy medals he wears since he probably won't be able to wear them in prison.
Travis in Collinsville
Subject: 9/11 Commission Appearance
When I heard Bush commenting on his and Cheney's appearance before the 9/11 Commission today, I thought he sounded like a third grader who was so proud that he'd "answered all their questions," as though it were a spelling test. Gee, let's give him a gold star on his report card.
Subject: Bush's Action Speak Louder Than Words
We don't know what Bush said at the 9-11 hearing but his actions speak louder than his words. Bush resisted creating the commission, then he resisted testifying before it. When he did testify he insisted on doing it behind closed doors, with Cheney there to guide him, and with no recording device or transcripts allowed. Obviously Bush isn't very proud of his 9-11 conduct because he's doing everything he can to hide it. The way I see it - if he's hiding it - it's because he knows he has something to hide.
Subject: Bush video
Did you see Bush's comments after appearing before the 9/11 commission today? Yet another example of our president's brilliant wit and articulation skills. Please put up a link.
It was hard to find! I guess none of the big networks wanted to show him like he really is. Just plain stupid.
Subject: Bush brings along Cheney
Could it be that President Bush had his VP with him (rather conspicuously) to help explain what happened? Could he have been saying "Here, THIS is the guy you want to talk to......He had the "fever" for Iraq.....Him and Wolfowitz and Pearle and Rumsfeld. I went along with it because Saddam tried to murder my dad."
The ten Commission members have been finding some incredible things over the past 15 months. Things like:
Nine members of the Bush Cabinet are making millions from their investments in the War Industry (The Center for Public Integrity - www.publicintegrity.org).
Now, ask yourself - Would this "gung-ho Iraq" Administration have been able to invade Iraq if 9/11 had been thwarted? Wolfowitz and Pearle stated over ten years ago that we should invade Iraq. Rumsfeld was quoted in a White House meeting his second day in office that we should invade Iraq. Cheney was somewhat obsessed with invading Iraq.
President Eisenhower told us to beware of the Military Industrial Complex. Now, they're occupying the White House, and they got what they wanted.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: American Tradition
It's been a tradition in America that the one who was in charge when disaster strikes takes responsibility for what happened on his watch. Harry S. Truman even went so far as to have as his motto "the buck stops here," meaning that the ultimate blame for a failure would be borne by him. Well, that tradition is selectively applied these days.
Do you remember back to when the nuclear submarine Greenville performed an "emergency main ballast blast" to entertain some unidentified guests (Republican donors) on the submarine and it resulted in the sinking of the Japanese vessel Ehime Maru, killing several students? The blame was ultimately placed on the Captain, and it resulted in his retirement from his chosen career.
Suppose the Captain tried to shirk responsibility. For instance, he could have said "The ocean is so huge we thought the ocean would protect us." Or, his second mate (innuendo intended) said that "No one could have predicted that the ship would be there." Or, when asked about reports that other ships might be in the area, he said, "That information was mostly historical." Or, he claims that if he had known the sub was coming up directly under the Ehime Maru, that it would be sunk, that several people would die, that the sub would sustain substantial damage, that relations with the Japanese would be strained, he would have done everything in his power to prevent the collision (duh). Or, he says that the information he received from the crew was inaccurate, a failure of intelligence.
The Captain really needs to lose his job in November.
Subject: Yahoo News report
I'm certain it has been reported elsewhere, but I found it on Yahoo. When asked by Congressperson Marcy Kaptue D-Ohio how many soldiers have died in Iraq on Thursday, Paul Wolfowitz, the #2 civilian in the Pentagon responded, "It's approximately 500, of which, I can get the exact approximately 350 are combat deaths."
722 Americans have died there, 521 in combat. What a disgrace, what a total and absolute disgrace. The guy so insistent on sending them to die has not the slightest idea how many young Americans have died there. What a disgrace.
Subject: Sinclair Broadcasting
Some good news regarding Sinclair Broadcasting's decision to dishonor the military's fallen. I'm in one of the affected cities (Columbus, Ohio), and I haven't been able to get through to the local affiliate all evening. I started trying around 6:00 and it's now near 9:00. Even the corporate line was busy.
Subject: Why are you covering this?
In his appearance on "Hardball," Bill Maher sums up the Rovian attempt to "Max Cleland" John Kerry:
Why are you covering this? Why are you taking this bait, seriously? Why are you even letting them bait you into covering this complete non-issue? This guy has medals. This guy has ribbons. The other guy didn't go. That's the whole story.
You may not have mentioned that [Joseph] Wilson IV is fluent in French and a Francophile. I wonder how much this factored into his becoming a bête noire for La Maison-Blanche. And maybe he looks French. And he comes from California and San Francisco. And did he desert Cheney (WA) des choses Françaises?
Subject: your headlines
I don't even know what to say. Keep screaming. Our airwaves. Treason. When I get my affairs in order you get my dollars. Thank you.
Meanwhile I put the only thing I have, my body, on the line. I was in DC last Sunday and we'll be on the street in Boston on Saturday. Thank you for everything you do. It's overwhelming.
r s miller
Subject: Sinclair BroadcastingThis is the letter I faxed to Sinclair Broadcasting, what a bunch of hypocrites.
Sally A. McDonald
Subject: Payback for ImpeachmentFrom your interview with John Bonifaz (author of Warrior-King: The Case for Impeaching George W. Bush) I quote BuzzFlash:
One of the most appalling responses when people suggest that Bush should be impeached, is that this is just payback for the Clinton impeachment.
People making that suggestion are undoubtedly Republicans judging Democrats by their own standards. The Clinton impeachment hearing circus was the payback for the Nixon real hearings! As you all probably recall, Hillary Clinton was involved in the Nixon hearings.
With a Republican head of the House, there is not much chance of this happening, but please, keep up the fight!
A BuzzFlash Fan from Germany
Subject: Bang the 'Bush is a coward' drum
One of your headlines gave me an idea that I want to suggest to your readers. The headline said something about Bush being a perpetual coward. I think this may be a big chink in his armor. His NASCAR dads will be greatly disturbed by that suggestion.
The hubris, and phony bravado that he shows by refusing to apologize for 911, is also a wonderful drum to beat. Same with his National Guard service. He is also afraid to attend a military funeral, and he is afraid to show the returning fallen.
With some creativity, I think there are a lot of issues that can be approached with this tactic.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: Shout it from the highest rooftop: BUSH IS A COWARD.]
I just heard (by accident) bill O'leilly talking on the radio, and he was saying that we should get out of Iraq quickly because the Iraqis don't want us there, but that his opinion was different from the lefties who just want to cut and run. I'm a real leftie and I have said all along we should get out of there because the Iraqis don't want us there!!!
A Buzz Reader
Sent to info@JohnKerry.com:
Subject: Name a vice-president NOW
Dear Honorable Sir,
Please name a vice-president now. Name a Secretary of Defense now. Name a Secretary of State now. Name a National Security Advisor now. Name the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation now. Name the head of the CIA now. Name all of your cabinet now and put them out there on the road to defend you just like Bush is doing.
Drastic times calls for drastic measures. Do what has never been done before. Name democratic senators you want elected in the various states. Lay it out for all of the people to see.
You may not know it but this is the most fantastic idea you have ever heard. I say this knowing that you will not personally see this email. But whoever, if anyone, does see it, may act on it.
Subject: Did I hear correctly?
Today, Thurs. the 29th, I am sitting here watching "Hardball" with Chris Matthews who was interviewing Donald Rumsfeld when I got a phone call. I thought I heard Rumsfeld admit that the war in Iraq had nothing to do with Al-Qaeda????? Am I hearing things?
And to Shirley, I'm sorry you lost a brother in Viet Nam, and I hope your granddaughter is doing better. I don't think you'll get the military records on that beady-eyed pencil neck weasel in office....they've buried them.
A loyal Buzz fan forever!!
[BuzzFlash Note: From our reading of the transcript, it appears that Rumsfeld still dances around the answer, continuing to mislead the public. (See: 'Hardball with Chris Matthews' for April 29)]
Subject: The Gestapo is alive and well
Thx to the courageous Dan Rather, we saw the appalling pix of American troops behaving like the infamous Waffen SS of WW2. Or perhaps the TotenKopf SS guards running the concentration camps in Germany. Words almost fail me. And there appears to be no outcry from the suck up media. Instead it concentrates on the stupid inconsequential performance of the President before the committee for 9/11. What in God's name is this country coming to!
Let's hope the blame for the jail atrocities continues up the chain of command to the so-called Commander in Chief. The bloody man should be impeached for war crimes and other high crimes and misdemeanors
A. Leslie Palmer
Subject: Bush in a buffed up suit
Oh my God, BuzzFlash...........Did you see GWB's press conference after he talked to the 911 committee? He was wearing the most buffed-up suit coat I've ever seen. It must have been one that AHNOLD Schwarzenegger left at the White House.
His thin pencil neck supporting that little head sticking out of that huge suit coat made him look even more pathetic than he is. Is that possible?
God help us all!!!
Carolyn in Tennessee
Subject: Edwards for VP??
Not sure if it was coincidence or not but both John Kerry and John Edwards missed the big vote on the internet bill today while the news networks are saying that the Kerry campaign is in the process of "venting" his vice presidential candidate. It would add "charisma."
Subject: The village idiot and master manipulator gives secret testimony
You could almost feel sorry for this retarded man. He comes out of the 9/11 commission, like a 6-year-old let out of detention, and boasts that he answered all the questions (good job little Georgie, a silver star for you!), and then with a straight face says that they had nothing to hide, because if they did, they would not testify at all! Now that was astounding, considering the fact that they fought very hard not to testify, and grudgingly agreed to do so under certain conditions, like appearing together (like a ventriloquist and his dummy), did not want the testimony taped or recorded, and even said at the beginning that he would give only an hour of his time (after all, the poor man had so much of fund raising to do!). History will never show records of what was said by these two dishonest and sly leaders, in this quest for the truth by the 9/11 commission. Maybe Barbara never told him that he has to "tell the truth and shame the devil!
The village idiot must be relieved that it is over now, and can now continue to mislead the country with more lies and deception.
It is crucial that we vote this idiot out of the White House; our nation cannot take another four years of this hell. We also owe it to the rest of the world to bring back normalcy and peace, which this "shoot first, ask questions later" cowboy has deprived the whole world of.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Re: So Here's the Deal with BuzzFlash...
Will do so [buy premiums] whenever I can and ad some extra contributions to it. You are a lifeline to Democracy as we used to know it. Pray that sanity will prevail and the neocons will be relieved of their "duty" come November...
A faithful and thankful reader,
I must have completely forgotten that this was "Take A Child To Work Day." Luckily I was reminded of it when I saw a headline stating that Bush would be appearing with Cheney to answer questions from the 9/11 commission.
Subject: More Deception w/ Deadly Consequences
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We have known for months that drinking water was rationed in the desert heat. Food was being served in unsanitary conditions. Families were expending their own funds to supply their loved ones with state of the art body armor. Troops were putting armor on their vehicles in violation of military rules. Now, an analysis shows that perhaps 25% of the mortally wounded would not have died had their vehicles been properly protected. It is unclear if such an analysis has also been done on the number of mortally wounded who might have been saved by new ceramic body armor.
Two things are clear: Not all the troops are properly equipped and John Kerry’s vote in the Senate against the supplemental appropriations did not interfere with the proper equipping of the troops since the bill passed and they still were not properly equipped. I think the administration and the RNC has some explaining to do.
Perhaps Kerry should respond to the attack of his Senate vote by pointing out that shortages of body armor and armored vehicles existed prior to his vote and continue to this day despite the money be allocated by the supplemental bill.
BTW, what did GWB do with his medals?
Subject: The Attacks on Kerry
Back when everyone jumped on Clinton no matter what he did, I told this story to several people, and with the current attacks on Kerry, it's time to tell it again.
If Jesus Christ came back and ran for President as a Democrat, the first thing the Republicans would do is say he wasn't a good example since his mother was pregnant with him before she got married.
The first thing I read in my newspaper this morning, is that Sinclair Broadcast Network, is blocking the Ted Koppel show tonight.....they are not going to show the dead in Iraq.
They had some lame answer , it would not be good for the country. According to our paper....they had just donated $59,000.00 to the Bush campaign.
I called the station and got the phone number...but I cannot get an answer...so I am going to look for ABC-TV on this site.
Phone number to Sinclair..is 410-568-1500
PS: If you like Dharma and Greg...they are showing reruns in the place of Ted Koppel....
Subject: Note to Sinclair Media
Just wanted you to know I sent a note to the folks at Sinclair pointing them to the ABC News URL below where you can order a copy of the special from Sept. 11, 2002 where they read the names of the people who died in the 9-11 attack. I even offered to buy them a copy if they wanted.
Subject: Support Our Troops
Through the media, we have been inundated with the slogan, "Support our Troops."
Evidently, Sinclair Broadcasting feels that we should be strictly supporting troops who are LIVING and unknowingly doing the dirty work of the Bush administration. When a GI's life is taken in Iraq, the administration and Sinclair have demonstrated that the deceased are dead meat and totally without use... in other words, ignore them and they will go away quietly on a transport jet... send them home and let their families mournfully deal with them.
Supporting the troops means full support -- DEAD OR ALIVE. We support them in life and we support and honor them in death. We don't treat them like used paper towels. WO to an administration and broadcaster who refuse to publicly honor their war dead. How dare they create an illusion that these fine boys and girls never existed in the first place.
Subject: George W. Bush, Leader of the world.
To my favorite web site.
Can anyone who watched George Bush on TV trying to think of something he did wrong and then listen to him fumble through an explanation of his interview with the investigating committee believe he is capable of leading the US & the free world?
Subject: CNN.com - 7 ABC affiliates ordered not to air 'Nightline' - Apr 29, 2004
This is HUGE! Talk about political interference! The very thing they are accusing Nightline of, they are guilty of. This is a no-brainer, even dopey Americans can see through this! Let's keep this Front page news! Make every one aware of the program, watch it, and encourage all to contact ABC AND Sinclair. Thanks in advance from all the dead soldiers who want the last word on the war, speaking from the grave, with Ted Koppel as the 'medium'. Journalists are waking up, let's keep the pressure up for them to do their job!
Subject: Pres. Bush
When President Bush spoke after meeting with the 911 Commission in the oval office with V.P. Cheney with the way he used his gestures he looked like a bobble head and I do believe that is just the amount of brains he has for the way he talked.
Subject: Outrage, Again!
Who has given Sinclair broadcasting the right to decide what is in the public's interest? Since when is a tribute to our fallen soldiers, "not in the public interest"?
It is in the public interest to list the names of those who laid down their lives in defense of this country. Perhaps it would educate some. Paul Wolfowitz thinks only about 500 lives have been lost, and he is second in command in the Defense department. God only knows what our President thinks, he doesn't read the newspapers or watch t.v. news, so he says. He depends on his staff and cabinet to fill him in. If he is such a compassionate and caring man, perhaps learning we lost more than 700 lives in Iraq, would make him rethink his positions and policies. The defense department has been saying for months now, the insurgency in Iraq is just a few malcontents, and thugs. Maybe we need the American media to, not only educate the American people, but the American leadership as well. That would be in the public interest.
Subject: BushCo Products
When you strip out the hype and the lies and look at the end product BushCo provides, you find that it is:
Death, poison, destruction, pain, misery, loss, etc all the way around for all of us (worldwide) - none of us benefit in any way except for his whacked out "friends".
Of course everything is a secret with BushCo - nothing they do can withstand the light of day.
Why would any sane person want to have anything to do with any BushCo product?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush got more ribbons than Kerry:
I don't know why our Prez is avoiding the ribbons controversy. After all, while Kerry was over in Vietnam earning his ribbons for valor Bush was acquiring them by the caseloads here. Pabst Blue Ribbons, of course.
Subject: Hello, am I the only one who caught that?
We captured Saddam because he's an evil man and now we're talking about turning over the country to his 4 generals?
Do the bushies really think they are going to run the country differently without him?
What is the point here?!?!?!?
How many died for this?
Mimi Torchia Boothby
Subject: Sinclair Broadcasting testimony at US Senate hearings -shuts down local news
A BuzzFlash Reader
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