May 6, 2004
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Subject: It's time for a boycott of all Disney products for their Soviet-style censorship of Moore's new film
The New York Times article, "Disney Forbidding Distribution of Film That Criticizes Bush," pissed me off more than anything I've read lately--and that's saying a lot. Disney needs to get the message loud and clear that censorship of views that they don't agree with is UN-AMERICAN. Censorship is the poison that kills democracy. It may have been acceptable in the U.S.S.R., but it will not be tolerated on our shores. What happened to the old saying, "I may not agree with what their saying, but I'll defend with my life their right to say it?" Please boycott Disney until they reverse their un-American decision and call them in Burbank CA at (818) 560-1000. Tell them that censorship has no place in the US of A.
RA in LA
P.S. Tell Michael Moore that I have two really cute kids (5 and 7) who will soon be going over to Burbank after school to cash out their Disney stock in protest. The stock certificates have Mickey Mouse and all the other Disney cartoon characters on them; it would make a nice photo op for Michael in some future film project on censorship in the new Amerika which he can distribute in Europe, Canada, and elsewhere.
Subject: Request for complete military records from Swift Boat Veterans for Truth
Dear "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth,"
You claim that John Kerry should release "all" of his military records, while you yourselves hide behind the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy laws to shield the public from scrutinizing YOUR military records.
After all, how do we know you weren't accused of or reprimanded for war crimes? Or that you weren't disciplined for other reasons? You claim Kerry lied about such things. Therefore, it is RELEVANT to know if you are also lying about your own record. [This means you especially, Roy Hoffmann. And you know why].
Perhaps, also, your fitness evaluations were not as glowing and positive as Kerry's were? Or, even worse for some of you, perhaps there are records showing you praising John Kerry in some fashion?
The point is, if you are going to accuse John Kerry of lying about YOUR record, you better damn well produce YOUR entire record for inspection. Not to mention the rank hypocrisy of demanding that Kerry release his entire military file (he's released dozens and dozens of pages of it), and then not releasing your own.
"But Kerry is running for President," you'll argue. Yes. And you are claiming he's unfit for that office, BASED UPON YOUR CREDIBILITY AS VETERNS WHO SERVED ON SWIFT BOATS!
Therefore, YOUR conduct and Record is now relevant, and your privacy interest in your military files is now forfeit.
So, either put up, or shut up .
Only cowards hide behind FOIA.
Therefore, please release to the media the complete list of names, ranks, serial numbers and Social Security numbers for every single member of your group, and signatory of your letter. Please also have each member of your "organization" sign a complete privacy waiver, and provide it to any media organizations that may request such information.
After all, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to lose by doing so.
If not, you will prove to the entire country that you are nothing but lying, hypocritial political hacks who are only coming forward with these allegations now to protect George W. Bush's political behind.
So, as I said, either put up or shut up.
I am copying this e-mail to CBS News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC News, CNN and ABC News and USA Today. Naturally, Fox News couldn't care less, so I won't bother trying to contact them.
So, are you cowards and liars? Or are you stand up men, doing your duty?
Your response to this e-mail will prove which of thsoe two scenarios is the truth.
Subject: Love your site!!!
I put together a Kerry window flyer that's worth a smile. I put it in my car window and am getting a lot of requests to make copies. It's legal size and is a real photo of George "Dubya" taken from video.
You can view it at:
Subject: the draft
Has anyone started "Mothers Against the Draft" yet?
New York Times > National >
Subject: Karen Hughes
I just finished reading your editorial, "GOP Hypocrite of the week: Karen Hughes," and would like to convey a thought that I've had for a couple of weeks now. Is it just me or does anyone else think that Hughes looks like that crazy lady sent to protect the devil (Damien) in the movie "The Omen"? She is the one who fights Gregory Peck to her death at the end of the movie when Peck is trying to kill Damien. Just like the crazy lady, Hughes has been brought back to protect Bush and will fight to her death to do it. So much for the importance of one's family! We now know where Hughes' priorities lie, not with her family but with her incompetent boss!!
Please keep up the good work. You are my only source of news and I love reading the "BuzzFlash Mailbag"--it gives me hope that there are good people out there that are concerned about what this administration is doing to the good old US of A. By acting together, hopefully, we can do something about it. Thank you for all of your hard work.
Subject: bush I reject that strongly!
Oh, and I also reject that the color of America's skin is white as Mr. (President?) Bush suggests.
Subject: Why are we paying taxes to get the Arab world to hate us?
Write to your Senator. You can find the address at: www.senate.gov
Or call your Senator... I would like as many people as possible to call and demand to know why these soldiers were paid with our tax dollars to abuse the Iraqi prisoners. As an astute BuzzFlash writer, Jerry in Texas, asked, did Bush thumb his nose at the Geneva Convention, too, like he has NATO and the UN? Were the soldiers "just following orders," or do they really all have psychological profiles of rapists and killers or Satanic ritual followers? I doubt it is the latter. I think they were ordered to do this. It comes down from the top commander, who has thumbed his nose at all decency.
I, as a
tax payer, and as a Christian, am nauseated that we tax sponsor the
degradation and suffocation of Muslim men. By the way, the demeaning
sexual acts that our soldiers forced on the Iraqi prisoners, were done
in front of female soldiers, who stood there and laughed. Are we supposed
to accept this excuse?"They weren't briefed on the Geneva Convention." Why?
Is this war? If so, they should be briefed as such. If it is not war,
then I guess we need to call it an occupation. Please help me. Demand
answers from your elected officials. You know, people love to say to
teachers, "My taxes pay your salary." How about if we start saying
that to elected officials for once? Let's tell them "My taxes pay your
salary." Because our taxes do pay their salary. Call them, please,
and demand answers.
Do not accept the "isolated incident" or "there weren't that many" or "in light of millions of acts of kindness" spin. Please call.
Please ask for answers. Get friends to call.
Wes Clark supporter for John Kerry
Subject: Kerry campaign should ask core questions on Bush's 'service'
Getting into the AWOL problem for Bush is one thing, but there are core issues that need to be brought to the forefront if the Bush campaign is going to have the audacity to question Kerry's service. The simple question for George Bush is: Did you join the National Guard during the Vietnam War to avoid the draft and combat? The answer, obviously, is yes. But it would be nice to see him squirm.
Follow-up question: Would you have been involved in military service of any kind if it wasn't to avoid going to Vietnam and engaging in combat? The answer is no.
Another follow-up: If you didn't believe Vietnam was worth fighting for, why didn't you join John Kerry and many others in demanding that we leave? Or were you simply a coward?
He can't have it both ways. Also, next time the Bushies question John Kerry's wounds from that war, simply remind them that just because the enemy missed by a few inches doesn't mean they weren't trying kill him.
Subject: Disney... Conservative hypocrites!
This thing with Disney not wanting to distribute Michael Moore's new film is nothing but absolute hypocrisy...
Back in February, I took the family on a week-long vacation to Disney World in Orlando. Much to my disgust, Sean Hannity was there one day, broadcasting his daily Liberal-bashing, crap-fest right from the big, open square in front of Cinderella's castle! Frankly, I was so disgusted to see Hannity broadcasting from the happiest place on earth that it put a damper on the rest of my day. I was... in a word... alienated.
Thanks, Michael Eisner... you hypocrite ass.
Subject: On Bush appearing on "Arab TV"
The fact is that Bush being scheduled to appear on "Arab TV" to say that the images showing prisoners being "abused" at Abu Ghraib are "shameful and unacceptable" is, first of all, not an apology for the torture that has been perpetrated there. Secondly, it is yet more Rove theater aimed at the American voters, not the Arab people.
Appearing in the context of "Arab TV" (Al Arabiya and CPA-controlled Al-Hurra) is as much of the message as anything that will be said by Bush. There is a similarity here to when the administration sent Powell with discredited claims (advanced as new) about WMD's to address the UN Security Council. The Council was unmoved by the old claims, as Villepin pointed out immediately after Powell finished his charade. But, as in this case, Powell's address was primarily aimed and televised at the American people and media. It was staged to legitimize the coming attack against Iraq that was already in the pipeline (pun intended).
It is obvious to anyone that Bush has no credibility in the world outside of the US media empire. Going on TV is not going to sway many of us whose families have not been touched directly by this torture. Why would anyone believe that Iraqi citizens would be any more moved by his image?
Again, Bush is reportedly going to express that the PHOTOS are "shameful and unacceptable." Of course they are -- to his administration. Bush might as well trot out Ashcroft to deliver that message! -- by the way, has anyone heard his Holiness say anything about the photos or the "abuse"?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Check out salon.com's article by John Dizard (05/04/04):
He states at one point:
Iran has emerged as crucial to the administration's desires for a political settlement in Iraq. Governments in the neighboring countries have taken notice of the neocon's big blunder. The Iranians have proven to be absolutely brilliant in all of this says a well connected Jordanian. They're showing that they're going to be the ones to win this one, and they'll do it with with American lives and money.
Over the past year the White House has been frantically looking for Osama, Sadam and WMD's. Who do you think was pressuring the soldiers to get answers????????
If 25 prisoners have died in Iraqi prisons and the White House either did or didn't know about it, either way it's criminal!!!!!!!!!
Subject: The deafening silence
Like a shiny, red apple presented to the public, the invasion of Iraq has finally been opened to reveal what it truly is: a stinking, maggot-ridden piece of garbage.
The pictures of Iraqi prison torture were the final barrier to any semblance of sanity. Now, officially every reason we were given for starting this madness -- WMD, ties to Al Qaeda, bringing democracy, Saddam committing genocide, Saddam torturing people -- every single reason has been resoundingly stomped on, our hypocrisy laid bare.
We've dropped our bombs, we've mown down demonstrators, we've killed tens of thousands, we've put a halt to free speech, we've put barbed wire around villages, we've kicked in doors in the dead of night, and now, we can cross another off our list -- we also torture people. What a shock.
And yet the most frightening sound of all is not the gunshots or the screams, it's not the thud of doors being kicked in. It's the sound of silence from this country. Where is the outrage? How many soldiers have to die? How many more atrocities have to be committed, how many more lies have to be spoken, before this giant of an American public finally wakes up? We care more about who's going to win "American Idol" than the sins being perpetrated in our name.
It's a dark time for America. So many don't see or hear the danger, the growing hatred that's being directed our way, the consequences we will inevitably pay. Half the population just keeps passing the remote, keeping the faith in these horrifying, dangerous leaders. The very leaders who undoubtedly have bunkers stocked with provisions that can last years, who will skip away to an "undisclosed location" at the first sign of a real attack. And as far as the rest of us? We're expendible, just like the Iraqis. As long as we keep pacified with the boob tube, we'll never know what hit us.
frustration from fellow progressives lately. They say that there is
so much wrong with the Bush Administration, so many problems, a fresh
scandal every day, really, that there is just no handy soundbite to
capture it all.
I could go on forever, but you get the point.
A Loyal BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: abuse of detainees
Why is anyone suprised that U.S. troops are abusing the Iraqi detainees...when we parade the Guantanamo Bay detainees around with bags over their heads for the whole world to see? Bush figured a way to classify them as enemy combatants instead of prisoners of war so he could hold them off U.S. soil and not abide by our governmen's human rights laws that would entitle them to humane treatment and legal representation.
This is only until Bush can repeal OUR civil rights, then we will all be dealt with this way unless we are PATRIOTIC and praise him. He is one step away from having the power of Hitler, and after he does, we won't be able to get it back.
On TV today (May 5) Rummy stated - twice - that "we were notified immediately, back in January" (of abuse to Iraqi detainees), and that "it's working" (apparently referring to a system whereby those providing the abuse would stand official reprimand for their actions).
EXCUSE ME! Isn't this now MAY? Is this what Rummy means, about "IMMEDIATE?" - January to May?
The Bush cartel would NEVER have even acknowledged that this unforgivable, inhumane treatment had EVER happened, if the pictures hadn't first been made public! (Thanks to CBS "60 Minutes"!)
This abuse was reported to higher command by at least one soldier - Staff Sergeant Ivan "Chip" Frederick - in January:
Read the rest of this atrocious story in The Guardian: "'I asked for help and warned of this but nobody would listen"
Back around Nov an OGA prisoner was brought to 1A. They stressed him out so bad that the man passed away. They put his body in a body bag and packed him in ice for approximately 24 hours in the shower in the 1B. The next day the medics came in and put his body on a stretcher, placed a fake IV in his arm and took him away. This OGA was never processed and therefore never had a number.
I'm quite certain that there are many others, too, which remain untold, at this point in time.
Bush goes on Iraqi TV today, stating (without apology!) that "Democracy has flaws," and that he knew about the prisoner abuse "back in January, and had been in the process of investigating [them]." Where, exactly, does the word "IMMEDIATE" come into play here?
By their OWN ADMISSIONS Bush and Rumsfeld are complicit in, and had apparently approved of, this abuse, for at least four months, and most likely MUCH longer!!!
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY * NO EXCUSE * FOR THIS!!!
IMPEACH THESE WAR CRIMINALS - NOW!!!
They deserve EXACTLY, and no less than, the same treatment which they condoned, and quite possibly even ORDERED be done, to others!
This is completely disgusting and nauseating! - These are VERY SICK individuals!
nerdeaux in Idyho
Subject: Rumsfeld on NPRMay 5, 2004 -- He was asked about putting a Baathist in charge of Fallujah, a Sunni city. I have the transcript. Rummy said that these are low level Baathists, like school teachers or police officers. I thought the guy in charge of Fallujah was rather high up the Baathist's totem pole. Does anyone have the story about who the guy is?
Rummy said that putting Baathists in charge wasn't harmful, just ambiguous. Doesn't that translate, "it isn't harmful, just confusing and we don't know what the hell it means"?
Speak up or they assume you agree!!!
Subject: CNN slip of the tongue
Today's internet poll on the CNN website asks if Bush gave a "convincing performance" at the press conference. I love the use of the word "performance"-- because that is just what it is -- a big act, directed by Cheney and Rove. Every now and then the truth escapes the lips of the media whores and I have a big laugh!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Lives in the Balance
I was listening to some old CDs tonight and came across this song. We have all been here before.
Subject: My letter to Disneyland reservations......
I was planning on taking my family to Disneyland this summer, until I read that your company is refusing to distribute Michael Moore's new movie. If this kind of cowardly, biased and, yes, Un-American action is representative of your company's philosophy, then I certainly would not want my children to be influenced by your narrow views. Hello Universal Studios!
Perhaps they should just up the draft age to 75. Those pesky old seniors create such problems for the Bush administration. They're always begging for Social Security, Medicare or some such nonsensical entitlement. I mean, you know, let's just get rid of all this dead weight -- poor people, old people. They just cost the country too much money and besides, we've got a war (apocalypse) going on.
Lotsa Love from Barbara in NYC
P.S. Disney! What an outrage! Let's declare war on them.
Subject: Real War? or Something Else
This whole thing that's happened is something else!
Someone clarify/answer this for me please...The Congress of the United States did or did not authorize an invasion of Iraq, and if not, then is it not an illegal act by someone who did (or went ahead and did the invading without the authorization)? And, is it a criminal act of omission (or something else) by said Congress (or some other government department) to allow that someone to do so?
Further, if there has been no legal declaration of war by the Congress, then are we just in some sort of military action in Iraq? If so, are the atrocities we have recently become aware of not really "Atrocities of War" but something else? Would the actions not even be subject to the Geneva Convention, since that is applied to in times of war, and maybe subject to something else? ? If there technically/legally is no war, can you have 'prisoners of war,' or any kind of war crimes, so maybe it must be something else???
What would that something else be? Whatever it is, if we don't let our government know that the something else is happening then apparently they'll never know. And since we are a government by the people, it is the responsibility of each one of us to tell everyone about what is happening. I applaud BuzzFlash in leading the way!
ACWC (A concerned world citizen)
PS: How the hell are we really going to deal with this after all the smoke clears?
In a local (Sun City West, AZ) newspaper, there was an article by Jon Kyl today reporting, in glowing terms, the tremendous progress being made in Afghanistan ????
Biggest pack of lies I have ever read. This is typical Jon Kyl work and it suddenly occurred to me: Not since the nation was founded, have we had such a useless bunch in the Executive, Judicial, both houses of Congress supposedly running the country.
Subject: George Will?
If THIS guy is getting upset at them, maybe they are on their final downward spiral (IhopeIhopeIhope).
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Colin Powell has no right to distance himself from Iraq atrocities
As the Buzz says, it's too late for distancing, but does he even have the right? In The Nation in 2000, David Corn reviewed Powell's role in the My Lai coverup and other questionable episodes:
Subject: Abu Ghraib et el.
With the reports circulating about prisoner abuses and prisoner deaths at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo, will the Pentagon call for the turn over of those responsible to Iraqi authorities? When the four U.S. "contractors" were killed, bush and his cronies made it their business to demand the hand over of the perpetrators. If they don't demand that the Americans responsible for these latest atrocities by handed over to Iraq, does that count as "WAFFLING"?
Well, the man doesn't take credit for anything bad that happens in this administration. In the bible people worship the GOLDEN CALF (false god) I think Bush is our GOLDEN CALF. And the repubs are busy weaving a crown of thorns for Bill and Hillary, judging from the horrible things passed on the internet about the Clinton's. Bush says God speaks to him. Remember the women in Texas who killed their children. They all said God was speaking to them too!
Bush sharply chastises Rumsfeld... then, to underscore his displeasure, goes to party at his home!
(see last paragraph)
Subject: Chilling statement from press briefing
This give and take between Scott (Slimebag Liar) McClellan & Helen Thomas absolutely sent chills down my spine.
WTF? Now someone can't even ask for confirmation that America is not abusing prisoners in other locations? To ask that questions suggests one doesn't "believe" in this country. Shameful.
- A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: I thought we weren't going to out-source our foreign policy
Hi Buzz :)
I recall reading many times Bush saying that the US would never out-source it's foreign policy, never turn it over to another agency. Now, I know he was referring to the UN, however, with all this torture & abuse coming to light they are now claiming it's the mercenaries fault. That the mercs gave the orders & our military simply followed their orders.
If this is true, then we have in fact turned over our foreign policy to outsiders - to the mercenaries.
I was born during the administration of FDR. Although I was too young to remember much about him I do remember Harry Truman. I remember the often mentioned sign that he had on his desk..."The Buck Stops Here". Even as a small child I understood that this meant that he was ultimately responsible for the events that took place in his administration. Today I'm sorry to say that we now have a president that is also interested in the 'buck' stopping at his desk. The difference is that he is interested in the corporate political 'buck'.
I think the Iraq's knew what what happening in the prisons. Is that why they tortured and dragged the 4 americans thru the streets recently? They Knew!
Subject: The real reason for the torture
Bush is planning to provoke another terrorist attack by allowing Rumsfeld to order the abuse of the prisoners. He knows it would enrage the Arab world. Rumsfeld called it a blessing in disguise when 911 happened. Remember? He even kept a piece of the plane that flew into the Pentagon in his office. That is why Rumsfeld ordered the abuse. See? That way Bush figures with another terrorist attack in October, people will all want to support him in the voting booth. They will be devastated and rally around the fool, right? He probably has been holding Osama over our head to cause us fear. Figure he will get Osama and his buddy Bandar will lower the gas prices. We are suffering at the pump now, since Bush has raised them. That way, they will seem oh so cheap when we finally get to the pump in October and November? See?
a BuzzFlash reader
Subject: George is gettin' upset
This article is representative of several on George W. Bush's supposed anger at Donald Rumsfeld for not warning him about the release of photos showing the abuse of Iraqi prisoners.
Here is an excerpt:
Note that the president is apparently upset about the way in which he was informed about the troubles at the prison. He didn't appreciate that no one told him about the pictures. So, what is his real concern, the abuse itself, or the way he was told about the abuse and the fact that there is now published documentary evidence of the abuse?
This is a deliberately calculated leak to make it appear that George is upset with Rummy. Of course, he's not going to fire Rummy or anything like that. That would be going too far.
Leslie in Boston
Subject: Rush Limbaugh and Prisoner Abuse
It's interesting to note that Rush Limbaugh characterized the abuse of Iraqi prisoners as "having a good time" and "blowing some steam off" on the same day that Dennis Miller suggested worse things happen in fraternity houses. Since we're talking about beating people to death, sodomizing them with chemical light wands and broom sticks, and dragging naked men around on a leash, I have a couple of suggestions for BuzzFlash readers.
First, whatever your political persuasions, it would apparently be a good idea to avoid hanging around with Rush Limbaugh when he's in a partying mood.
And for younger readers perhaps interested in selecting a good college -- I believe I'd pass on the one Dennis Miller attended.
Subject: Our Obscene Regime
In Jean Giraudoux‘s anti-war play, “Tiger at the Gates”, there is, I recall, a description of war as the red ass of a baboon; that is, indescribably ugly, obscene, stinking. We’re simply glimpsing of late a bit of that baboon’s ass. Suppose, just suppose, in addition to photos of Iraqi prisoners being tortured, we had also been shown from day one of Rummy’s shock-and-awe war the results of our cluster bombs, say, on Iraqi civilians, men, women and children, with their guts spilling out and blown all over the place? These people in Washington who, in our name, are waging an unnecessary war that they urged onto us through lies, distortions and manipulations are themselves criminals. They pose as necktied, clean, decent types who no doubt use underarm deodorants and attend morning prayer breakfasts. In reality they are worse than those grinning sadists, our very own uniformed representatives, abusing their prisoners because their acts humiliate not just a few scores of prisoners but destroy both literally and psychologically thousands and thousands of people. Those like Cheney and Rumsfeld and Bush and Wolfowitz and their coterie of drum-beating neo-cons, war-lovers and whore-hawks of the media have introduced us to the baboon’s ass; indeed, they are the baboon’s ass and they are obscene.
“Saddam’s torture chambers are closed”George Bush solemnly declares [‘Bush touts ‘torture chamber’end’, The Australian, May 6].
But don’t worry, in keeping with the best traditions of US-style democracy, a new global franchise of ‘abuse’clinics is being rolled-out, with outlets to be conveniently located to all.
Potential franchisees should register their interest with “Freedom Enterprises”, C/- The White House, Washington DC.
Annie & John
Subject: Two Questions We Should Ask
On May 4th, 2004, I was listening to the Randi Rhodes Show.
A listener called in and asked two simple and haunting questions. These are questions we should be constantly contemplating and forcing our government leaders to answer.
This was in response to the issue on the U.S. treatment of Iraqi prisoners (but can be applied to just about any issue associated with Bush's administration).
Just who is winning this War On Terrorism?
Are terrorists becoming more like us, or are we becoming more like terrorist?
When I think of examples (just a few listed below) of polices and actions the Bush Administration has enacted since 9/11, I find the above questions circling around in my head.
- Secret Arrests & Detentions - Indefinite Arrests & Detentions - Guilt By Association - Secretive Government - Loss Of Due Process - Censorship On All Forms Of Criticism - Government Sponsored Religious Extremism - Trying To Recreate Our "Glorious" Past - Torture Of Civilians & Prisoners For The "Greater Good" - Invalidating Election Results - Blatantly (I mean BLATANTLY!) Lying To The Press - Quashing Criticism Toward Leaders - Shutting Down Newspapers - Starting Wars - Overthrowing Governments We Just Don't Like - Erasing The Line Between Church And State - Demonizing Homosexuals, Intellectuals & Liberals - You're Either With Us Or Assisting The Enemy - Our Leadership Can Do No Wrong - Ignoring & Punishing Truth -
I could go on, but eventually I have to get back to work. Try adding your own!
Subject: It Comes from the Top
I just heard yesterday that the “tent city”at the prison in Iraq is named for a fire chief who was killed in the 9/11 attacks. Once again, misinformation and propaganda. I have to think that once again, wrongly tying Iraq to the World Trade Center attacks just stirs up hatred for those imprisoned. I guess if I were a soldier over there, it might make me feel better to believe that I was sent there to retaliate for 9/11, but we have to eventually start dealing with the truth. This administration, from the top down, has done NOTHING but misspeak, mislead and make mistakes.
Just as a small aside, speaking of flip-flops, I wonder if I heard this correctly? I certainly don’t follow Texas politics, but did I really hear that Shrub ran for governor on a pro-choice platform? Fellow Buzzers, please let me know if I am imagining this. Why aren’t we screaming about his flip-flops? Why aren’t we screaming about his flops?
The USA is now an opaque government that leads a transparent populace as a seeing eye dog leads it’s master. Worse yet, imagine if the dog has gone rabid.
Subject: The Buck stops anywhere, but the White House.
We regret this, but we aren't sorry. This coming from a president who taunted terrorist with "Bring it on", we want more, we can handle it.
If they want to know what the GOP base thinks of this, they can listen to Rush Limbaugh, the druggie who wants all druggies punish, except himself.
These guys and especially that gal are just having a little harmless fun.
It happened on his watch. The only reason Kerry's polls are going down is that people continue to believe every lie that comes out of GWB's mouth and they lie often.
They go after a guy with medals even though their guy has no medals and believes others should fight all his wars and he will collect the spoils which he has done in every war.
This entire war is run by civilians who have always been civilians. Rumsfeld said we go by the Geneva Convention even though we don't have to because this isn't a regular war well I hope they are all happy when our soldiers, if captured, are treated the same. The ones they drug through the streets were civilian contract mercenaries who are paid $100,000 tax free dollars a year, while our troops are paid $17,000. Bush's friends get huge tax rewards for creating no jobs. They reclassify burger flippers as manufacturing to improve their numbers.
Give me a break. He is as two faced as it gets and as dishonest. His entire family will do or say anything for money or to cover their butts. This is exactly what they backed in central America and for decades didn't care what Saddam did to his people. The picture of Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam was taken when they knew what he was doing and didn't care because it was in their best interest.
They don't care if the Saudis let school girls die because the weren't dressed properly for the street. The story on bullying on Today fits this perfect. We are stronger and we can do what we want. We are bullies to the entire world.
Speak up or they assume you agree!!! ABB
Karen Webb, Moore, Ok.
otherwise noted, all original