May 7, 2004
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Subject: Clinton Impeachment
As I sit here and watch the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal explode into what I now think will be the hugest scandal in my lifetime (Watergate being no exception), I ask myself: Why, exactly, was Bill Clinton impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives? Hello? Is anyone home? Someone needs to revisit that strange time of 1999 and bring me up to speed on exactly what was so horrific at the time that the ultimate Constitutional sanction had to be invoked and exercised. Gee, it must have been a monumental act on Clinton's part; or, perhaps it was merely oral sex?
Right now, as I witness the trashing of the Geneva Accords in Iraq and realize that our troops are now fair game for God-only-knows-what if they are captured, I'm wondering where the articles of Impeachment are against Bush. What, exactly, does this man have to do before he is impeached? Where is the Democrats' version of Bob Barr who will file a daily request for impeachment? Democrats just sit back and continue to act as if they are fearful of this man.
Remember the Republicans when Clinton was President? Clinton had whipped Bob Dole quite soundly in 1996 (unlike Bush's trickery over Gore in 2000), yet congressional Republicans were utterly fearless in going after Clinton. I see very little of that type of aggressiveness on our side.
John Kerry, unfortunately, has painted himself into a corner on the Iraq war issue. The polls in support of Bush's war are crashing, and by July and August, the Iraq War will be a gigantic albatross around Bush's neck. But what can Kerry do to capitalize on it? Nothing, because believe it or not, he basically supports this abomination in Iraq. Now don't get me wrong, I am 100 percent behind John Kerry, but I think he needs to find a way to announce that he is in favor of a full and immediate pull out from Iraq.
There are a hundred justifications for such an announcement on his part. Just the WMD lie itself is grounds, much less the failure of the Iraqis to embrace us, and numerous other failures too numerous to recount. It's not too late for Kerry to demand the immediate withdrawal of the troops. For those who still believe that he cannot afford to do this politically, I urge you to watch the downward trend in the polls very carefully. We Democrats are going to get caught on this one, so now is the time to bail out of a crashing plane.
I have an idea! How about not only headlines at the checkout counter in grocery stores, but how about billboards in the state of Florida? Let the people of Florida know what their governors' been doing, like threatening Disney with huge taxes if they show Michael Moore's movie. I think if people saw billboards in strategic places, it might make them think, as it seems the Gov is just as dirty as his brother in the White House. Or, how about national ads in some of the biggest newspapers in the country? Just an idea...
A Loyal Buzz Fan Forever!
Subject: America Disgraced. The Bush Cartel Has....
Now hold on there just a minute. The liberal Wash Post online has a headline this morning clearly stating that Commander AWOL has "scolded" Rummy!!! And a couple days ago several soldiers were"rebuked"!!! What more do you want, for pete's sake?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Florida Voters and California
My wife and I just heard that Jeb Bush is purging another 40,000 voters from the Florida voting rolls. We have decided to push the California legislature to pass an emergency bill allowing disenfranchised voters the right to vote in California via absentee voting. We have many many calls to California Congress persons as well as the many California Democratic Clubs and organizations to get support for this bill. We must not let Jeb Bush and his crony-crew get away with stealing another election. If there is anything your organization can do to help, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you,
Subject: Re 'Rumsfeld's Responsibility' and 'Who Should Have Known' [As sent to The Washington Post]
[Who knows whether the Post will publish this letter. Maybe you can add it to the Mailbag. Colleen Clark]
Subject: The Turning Point
Kerry was in trouble until last night.
I am now
again believing that Kerry has a shot. I don't believe he is the best
candidate, but I am relying on Bush to continue to do all the wrong
things; at least he is consistent. They have alienated the rest of
the world, now they are playing Congress AS A WHOLE like puppet chumps.
Payback dead ahead.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Military, Military Families Getting Screwed
There's a lot of things coming out about the war and the U.S. military that we're not getting in the mainstream press. BuzzFlash is one of the few sources of accurate info.
For example, my brother-in-law is in the National Guard. He was called up to active duty for two years post-9/11 and then demobilized. There is a rule that Guard members may only be asked to serve for a max of two years on active duty. Well, guess what? He's being called up again. How did the Pentagon get around the law?
Simple, he, and others, served their two years under Operation Iraqi Freedom. Now he is being called up for Operation Iraqi Freedom II. It's a new, and wholly different operation (they say) so he can be called for another 2 years!
What's worse, in his case, he can retire from the Guard in November, however, by being put on active duty in Iraq the enlistment is automatically extended and his retirement is on hold.
Now I am aware of this only because he is family. How many others, thousands, are being screwed over to serve the Busheviks?
Subject: My Open Letter to Disney
Dear Mr. Mitchell,
My ancestors arrived in this country in 1633. According to records, John Baker hazarded the dangerous journey here to escape political persecution in a feudalist country.
In 1790 another ancestor came here to escape, once again, political persecution. Samuel Codd was a 'journalist' or pamphleteer who derided England's King. All of his writings in England were burned and he barely escaped the same fate.
Since 1633 one of my ancestors has fought in every war this country has endured - and given their life-blood to gain and preserve the freedoms inherent in living in this country.
For a Corporation that has benefited from those same freedoms that my family bled and died for, to attempt in anyway to remove those freedoms from others, is abhorrent beyond words. Those who commit the execrable act of censorship in this country spit upon the graves of those true Americans who died to prevent such an act.
For a Corporation to do so at the bidding of this country's leadership not only flies in the face of all we hold dear, but smacks of Stalin's Communist Russia in its heyday.
You join a growing list of media managers who have suppressed the voices of American journalists, authors, filmmakers and comics who 'dared' speak out about the current American Leadership. It is a pattern that has become horrifyingly apparent over these past 3 years.
What all of these media moguls have in common is, apparently, a streak of anti-Americanism blended well with a broad, glaringly yellow stripe running up all of their spines.
One question I have for Mr. Eisner: Did we actually lose the cold war? And if we did, would anyone bother to tell us? It appears as if he would know.
Below is a list of American voices suppressed by this administration and its 'corporate sponsors.' I am sure Osama bin Laden L. would be proud, hating American 'freedom' as he so virulently does. Congratulations for supporting his ideology.
I will of course be joining millions of Americans in boycotting your institutional support for suppressing the freedoms of American citizens.A (short) List of the Suppressed: Bill Maher - ABC
Dan Guthrie: Fired - Oregon Daily Courier
Tom Gutting: Fired - Texas City Sun
Peter Werbe: removed from the air - KSCO-KOMY-AM in Santa Cruz
Phil Donahue: Cancelled - MSNBC
Brent Flynn: Sanctioned - Lewisville Texas Leader
YellowTimes.org: shut down by Orlando-based Vortech web hosting
Peter Arnett: Fired - NBC
Henry Norr: Suspended without pay for attending an anti-war protest - SF Chronicle
Ted Koppel: Censored by Sinclair Media (In 2004, Sinclair executives gave 98 percent of their political contributions to GOP candidates.)
Ted Rall: cartoon strip pulled from multiple media outlets.
Howard Stern: removed from the air in multiple media outlets.
15-year-old student: disciplined by Prosser High School, questioned by the SS for drawing crude pictures of Bush.
Steve Benson: St. George Utah Spectrum
150 Songs - Banned by Clear Channel Communications.
"We'll do whatever is our patriotic duty,'' said News Corp executive Rupert Murdoch. (Reuters, 10/11/01)
"In deciding what to air, CNN will consider guidance from appropriate authorities.'' (Associated Press, 10/10/01)
ABC's Cokie Roberts also appeared on the Letterman show (10/10/01) to proclaim her deep faith in military spokespeople: "Look, I am, I will just confess to you, a total sucker for the guys who stand up with all the ribbons on and stuff and they say it's true and I'm ready to believe it."
CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour says the US media allowed themselves to be 'intimidated' into following the US official line in Iraq. Veteran journalist Nicholas von Hoffman takes a tougher view. "Simply put, he argues, 'the American mass media put itself at the service of the state.
Shouldn't that be 'State' with a capital 'S'?
I think, fellow buzzers, that it is we who do not "get it."
I have seen the outrage against Disney Corp. all over the web. There is an outcry to the "government" to correct this violation of the First Amendment, i.e., the suppression of Michael Moore's new film,"Fahrenheit 911."
We just don't "get it."
Disney Corporation is the government.
Halliburton is the government.
Ditto Bechtel, The Carlyle Group, Diebold, MSNBC, CNN, and Sinclair Media. Also WorldCom-MCI and Enron; the "Christian" Coalition and their ilk.
And let us not forget the Saudi Royal Family; these are the wonderful folk who are permitted to see classified information before our own State Dept.
I almost forgot - Blackwater Corp., providers of skilled killers, many of them foreign nationals, who torture, rape, loot and slaughter in the name of our "government."
All of these entities have paid good money for the purchase of our homeland. Our America has already been sold to this cartel of high rollers, courtesy of the Republican Party and the Democratic "Leadership" Committee. They "lead" our nation from the pockets of those who have purchased them.
Look for a large number of mercenary "contractors" being sent home for "R & R" just before the coming elections. These South African and Serbian "contractors" will not have any qualms about using their particular brand of expertise on American citizens who dare to protest against another sham election.
In the meantime, I expect to spend a lot of time on this website: www.bchomesforsale.com.
Subject: Barbara Bush
I thought that you would enjoy reading this quote from Barbara Bush made in reference to George W. Bush and his alcoholic daughters. Now it takes on a new meaning.
"The acorn doesn't fall far from the tree." -- Barbara Bush
Bush has created what is in effect a gulag. It stretches from prisons in Afghanistan to Iraq , from Guantanamo to secret CIA prisons around the world. There are perhaps 10,000 people being held in Iraq, 1,000 in Afghanistan and almost 700 in Guantanamo, but no one knows the exact numbers. The law as it applies to them is whatever the executive deems necessary. There has been nothing like this system since the fall of the Soviet Union .
Thomas L. Potter
Subject: Bush 'not happy' to learn of prison abuse via media
Bush 'not happy' to learn of prison abuse via media...But wait... didn't Chimpy say "The best way to get the news, is from objective sources. And the most objective sources I have are people on my staff who tell me what's happening in the world."Too bad he's only unhappy about the 'credibility' problem and not the fact that he's a freaking war criminal.
Subject: Iraq whistleblower heroes
I'm afraid Bush is wrong about the Iraq prison abuse...this really is "who we are." Mainstream American culture (excepting individual people of conscience and real moral conviction) is just that callous, amoral, and jingoistic. The myth that America is God's chosen land may be comforting to some, but I doubt He would appreciate that particular association. One only has to check out the popular culture to see that the prison abuse is only a logical extension of our racism, xenophobia, and loss of collective conscience (not to mention our appalling sexual pathology!). Only Rush Limbaugh and his dittoheads could ever see this stuff as on a par with fraternity pranks...amazing!
How can we go about encouraging the DOD to create special citations, ribbons, or medals for any brave soldier who blows the whistle on these activities? If the military and their mercenary henchmen are this corrupt, shouldn't we have a new commander-in-chief???
Very sad today,
Subject: RUMSFELD INSISTED ON TOTAL CONTROL
Rumsfeld not only preferred clarity and order, he insisted on them. That meant personally managing process, knowing all the details, asking the questions, shaping the presidential briefing and the ultimate results...In other words, Rumsfeld wanted near-total control. -- Bob Woodward, Plan of Attack, pg. 16.
Judd C. Legum
Subject: Taguba report
Buzz, for the curious--the full text of Taguba's report on the Abu Ghraib investigation:
Subject: who's more important?
May I suggest that instead of "Bush lied and our soldiers died," you write a new slogan that recognizes that the life of an Iraqi or other non-American is every bit as valuable as that of an American. "Bush lied and tens of thousands died," or some such? There seems so little concern in America for the thousands and thousands of Iraqis, many of them civilians, who have been killed by America. I read a great deal of progressive media, and confess I am shocked how little discussion there is of how many people America murders each year. I have the unfortunate impression that even progressive Americans think an American life is worth much more than a life of someone from elsewhere.
Thanks for the great work you do at BuzzFlash.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Notice Bush carefully guarding his words
Have you noticed how Bush is carefully guarding his words in regards to the torture of Iraqis? Today he stated: "I did not know about the pictures until now." And "I did not know about the breadth of the abuse until now."
It seems our Dear Leader is trying to prevent being caught in a lie. And what his carefully guarded statements indicate is that he knew about the abuse [sic] all along but not the pictures or the breadth of abuse.
How pathetic. If this would have happened under President Clinton's watch, the House and Senate would be holding emergency Impeachment proceedings right now!
The press is also doing its best to protect "Him" as usual! Yesterday the press reported that Bush went on Arab TV to "apologize" to the Iraqi people€¦or today Bush "apologized" to the Iraqi people on Arab TV. The words "I am sorry" never left the man's lips! How could they ever? That would be admitting responsibility, something the Bushies never do, especially Georgie! However, what I haven't heard yet is the press or the Bushies blaming this one on Clinton!
Don't blame me. I voted for Al Gore.
Nancy Lynn Nagy (TN)
A loyal, patriotic, and daily BuzzFlash reader.
Subject: The Mess We Have Inherited
Powell must know
his 'reputation' is shredded. Rumsfeld is such a strange guy...he wouldn't
know if he did any wrong if it hit him like a brick. His comment on the pictures
was a dilly: "Of course we feel apologetic about this."' It wasn't
an apology...it lacked that certain something. OH, yes, it lacked, "I'm
Subject: W's confused on Palestine
You're doing great work.
I just read this at NYT -- after having read some other things from Republicans criticizing Kerry for flip-flopping, one of the most consistent complaints about Kerry.
Bush Backs Away From Pledges to Israel on Settlements
Kerry may vacillate on positions as he forms his platform, but he doesn't do it on the international stage like W. It's stunning that on such an important issue to world peace, such a high profile and explosive topic, George hasn't quite nailed down whether he's going to have his cake or eat it.
Subject: Bush's "outrage"
I simply am not buying Bush's supposed outrage at the torture of the Iraqi prisoners. It just does not fit his profile. This is the man, if you will recall, who tortured frogs as a child, and publicly made fun of a woman about to be executed. That he would hit the White House roof with rage over the torture in Iraq is difficult for me to imagine. I find it a more likely scenario that he clapped and laughed with glee, until Rovey-boy told him it was politically expedient for him to be outraged and indignant.
If he knew of the photos weeks before, as has been reported, where was his outrage? He is only outraged now because this has become a political liability, and if anything good at all can come of this, it will be the nail in his political coffin.
Get him out of our White House NOW.
Levy M. Schroeder
Subject: From the Dept. of the Deeply Ironic
From Bush's remarks on Arab TV: "Iraqis are sick of foreign people coming in their country and trying to destabilize their country."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Jaw on the floor
Between all the news bits about Iraqi torture and Bush's standing by Rumsfeld (is there ever going to be ANY accountability with this administration?), I ran across this little item, that begins:
WASHINGTON, May 6 -- At least six air traffic controllers who dealt with two of the hijacked airliners on Sept. 11, 2001, made a tape recording that day describing the events, but the tape was destroyed by a supervisor without anyone making a transcript or even listening to it, the Transportation Department said today. The taping began before noon on Sept. 11 at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center, in Ronkonkoma, on Long Island, but it was later destroyed by an F.A.A. quality-assurance manager, who crushed the cassette in his hand, cut the tape into little pieces and dropped them in different trash cans around the building, according to a report made public today by the inspector general of the Transportation Department.
WHAT THE F___?
Our hand basket is hitting warp speed.
A Faithful BuzzFlash Reader
When GWB said he was sorry about the torture of the Iraqi prisoners, who really believes this? He said "it was not the America way." Well, this is the truth, but although this is not the America way, it is GWB's and his motley crew's way. Who is nutty enough to believe this sick person??
As for Disney, I really didn't like to go to Florida because of Jeb Bush, but I was going to give in and go to Disney World with my granddaughter and her Mom this year. Not anymore! When Disney gets over this nonsense, of not showing Michael Moore's picture, I might consider it. Until then boycott!
They are catering to the Repugs. This is the way I see it. Democrats not welcome!
Proud Democrat and BuzzFlash reader.
Am I the only one to notice the people who want voting with no paper trail are the Republicans?:):) Why are they fighting so hard to not have a way to validate the count? Would you deposit cash in an ATM at your bank if you could not get a receipt? No one would!:):)
Subject: George W. Bush is a Genius
He has successfully convinced people that he is a dummy. I came to this conclusion when I was watching the "Daily Show," and they showed a clip of Bush using the word "Big time reporters." Then I thought, no one speaks that way, I bet when he's behind closed doors he speaks like an Aristocrat. Then it all started to make since to me. I asked my 13-year-old son. What's the first thing you want to do to someone who isn't too bright? He said feel sorry for them, and then I said yes and what else do you want to do to them? He said protect them... BINGO!
This is why some people are so protective over Bush, they feel sorry for him, because of the lack of intelligence he displays, and then they want to protect him. Therefore if anyone attacks him they go on the defensive. Because people see Bush as this vulnerable man, they could never believe that he would be capable of doing something evil., Bush is a very bright and cunning man.
It's like Michael Jackson, you perceive him as being a freak of some kind. But you couldn't believe that he would harm a fly. This guy's voice is higher than most women's...Or is it? Michael's voice is actually as deep as any other man's, but in order to come across as an innocent, he speaks in a higher tone. I know this because I had a Jackson's live album as a teenager (sorry to say), but anyway Michael didn't make millions being a naive, childlike, freak;, and Bush didn't get to where he is being a total dummy. Now, Liberals and Democrats, you must now take the information that you've been given and use it wisely. This quote comes to mind right now. "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." Think about it.
Subject: "don't ask don't tell"
please review the tape of Rush's show today, it's sick commentary on how the abuse came about, isn't there something that can be done about removing this republican creep from the air. Help us out!!!!!
Subject: MATTHEWS & All Media Horses Have No Shame
Just a week ago Chris
MATTHEWS was celebrating his seventh anniversary of having the lowest
rated show in cable for most of that time, below DONHAHUE, of whom he performed
a public execution on DONAHUE's own show at the time.
So anyway, all these months that RUMS and Shrub were SMILING at the cameras, MATTHEWS and his ILK were lapping up after them, without a CLUE to this HUGE story under their noses. How can he and his Pravda tools show their faces?
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