May 7, 2004
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THIS IS PART 2 OF THE MAY 7, 2004 BUZZFLASH MAILBAG. CLICK HERE FOR PART 1.
Subject: Re: Your Afternoon Buzz
Disney would not have prevented Michael Moore's movie to be released if it had been about John Kerry. These Republicans are terrible, and mean.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Iraqi Sovereignty, Bush PR, the Press
Can anyone in the Ministry of the Free Press read or reason? Sovereignty is defined in Webster's as "...the exercise of, or right to exercise, supreme power; dominion; sway; supremacy; independence...".
Everyone should know by now that on June 30th we will NOT be handing sovereignty over to the Iraqis. Iraqis will not exercise authority over the 135,000 US troops on their soil, they cannot decide to whom and for how much their resources and manufacturing be sold, they cannot write their own laws, they cannot abrogate the laws we've provided them with, they cannot command their own army, they cannot command their own police, they cannot command their own intelligence agencies. All of this is under direct US rule.
So the June 30th "handover of Sovereignty" that I keep hearing about exists purely as a PR stunt for the President, not all that different than his "Mission Accomplished" PR stunt. Just like he wanted then to appear "The Victorious Leader" he wants now to appear "The Great Liberator" in time for the November election. That is all that the handover is about.
The Bush goal is no less than an Iraqi client state that will give us a base in the Middle East and a reach into Central Asia. All you need do is read the writings of the neo-cons. They say this explicitly and repeatedly. Why is it that no one in our "Free Press," including the "liberal" division, has ever remarked on this, let alone examined it?
But the Georgie Dress-Up charade of last year does not nearly match the disaster this new stunt presages. Surely, though Congressmen and ditto-heads here bray that "After June 30th anyone opposing US forces will have declared themselves against Iraqi Freedom" everybody in Iraq, the Muslim World, Europe, Asia, Africa, most of the Americas-- heck, even penguins in Antarctica, knows that no such thing as "Sovereignty" will been granted to Iraq. Only our Press has not registered this, content to repeat the PR slogan being pushed by the Conman-in-Chief.
The Iraqis will not be granted "sovereignty" and they know it. So what will be the consequences of this charade?
To be credible to Iraqis, won't the new government have to demand US troops will function at their command or they must leave? If they don't, won't the people, already sick of us, demand we leave? Shall we then insist, "No Iraq, you really need us to guide you to freedom"? Isn't it reasonable to expect people to rise in rebellion?
If this happens, what exactly is the position of our soldiers? Numbering a half, a third, a quarter of what prudent planning would provide for, they are now beleaguered by a supposed handful of insurgents and "dead-enders." Their supply lines even now are threatened and there have been reports of ammunition rationing in some instances. If millions arise in rebellion, instead of a few thousands, what happens to our troops then?
Bushiters think we can "Shock and Awe" our way to Freedom for Iraq. And throw a little PR on top and everyone will buy it. But shock and awe is simply a tactic used to instill terror in people. If we try to beat the Iraqis into Democracy, surely, bin Laden will win a major victory.
Before we step into another disaster planned by Bush created to promote his re-election drive, is it possible that we can get some Journalist to exercise some "Sovereignty: ...the exercise of independence..."? Can't any one at the Ministry of Free Press raise honest and important questions before the disaster rather than after?
Subject: Abuse . ..
One of the most frightening things to me is, while we are trying to pull ourselves out of this sludge of a mess that we have made in Iraq....no only are the insurgent Iraqis, but all of Afghanistan, planning their next attack...or possibly their first...who in Gods name knows?!
I remember hearing or reading something this village idiot president said, about the future...and his final words were, "well, it really doesn't matter...we'll all be dead".
I had not planned to die that way...nor do I want my family and my friends to go that way...nor anyone aligned with BuzzFlash.!Anyone who writes in to this website, is brighter than the president of the united States...
I remember when he first got in...Bill Maher was still on Politically Incorrect....and Tim Robbins was a guest..and he said, in his own quiet way..." I just have to know that the man in that White House , is smarter than I am!"
That pretty much sums up....ditto head...Bush! I am getting more and more afraid every day...for all of us. This country in the 90's was a place to be proud of and the rightwingnuts made us think that if a president slipped, just a little, didn't kill anyone...but had an eye that roved, he was the most shameful person in the world...even though we found out that half of the right wing was doing it...
I fear the worst has not come yet...I am literally starting to stay away from the news.!!
Subject: What's Gonna Happen to those Who allowed this Travesty of Our Government?
Dear BuzzFlash Readers:
'Tis me, your angry and proud Christian Liberal, again.
I was reading my daily dose of "mailbag" and I want to thank all of you for letting me know I am not alone in my angst at what our country has become.
We know what we need to do come November 2, 2004. After all of these screw-ups, cover-ups, rip-offs, pimping the taxpayers and force feeding us their brand of "patriotism and democracy", I'm wondering what's going to happen to all involved in this maniacal mess. For example:
What's going to happen to GeeDubya? A more moral man would look at the mess he created...and voluntarily resign from the job for incompetence. Since we know GeeDubya doesn't deal in reality, one can only pray that he is voted out in November, after everything is done to prevent the stealing of another election, of course. I don't know about you, but aren't you tired of seeing the "smirking chimp" as the Chief Executive Officer of the nation? It's embarrassing when I have to admit to visitors from other countries that he is the President. Where's all that outrage that the Republicans had for Clinton over Ms. Lewinsky? Quiet as, ahem, CHURCH MICE, LOL.
What's going to happen to Dick Cheney? Does he get a free pass back to Halliburton? Or does he see a jail cell, whether or not GeeDubya gets re-selected? Remember, Spiro Agnew was re-elected too...and saw a jail cell two years later; and Cheney's crimes make both Nixon and Agnew look like Boy Scouts!
What's going to happen to Condasleezza Rice? We don't want her back in Cali...but she should get the boot for the incompetence of NOT READING HER CORRESPONDENCE that probably would have prevented 9/11 from happening. Or maybe she should swab the deck of that Chevron supertanker named after her for her next job.
We already know what's going to happen to Colin Powell. He's going to get forced out...and write a best seller to try and regain some semblance of credibility. Can one be retroactively tried for the My Lai massacre? Powell's actions could be used as a test case...and there is no statute of limitations on the crime of murder.
Will Rummy get the boot before November for his part in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners? You know a person is doomed when his boss publicly says "I still support him..." while thinking up the best way to shove his a-- out the door. I recommend that some FBI agents wait for him at the exit of the Defense Department...to slap on the cuffs and take him to Leavenworth.
What's going to happen to those who made up the "Project for A New American Century"? I say jail time of no less than 20 years to be served before even being considered for parole. That means minimum sentences of 25 to life.
Karen Hughes should be sentenced to a ghetto neighborhood she helped create in Texas. Houston's Fifth Ward would be appropriate, and she should be sentenced there just for coming out from under the rock she buried herself under when she quit the first time.
What should happen to every member of Congress, be they Democrat or Republican, who continues to blindly support this president despite the hard evidence of lying, cheating, withholding information, arrogance, alienation of global support, and now, the abuse of Iraqi prisoners; they should all be given pink slips in November 2004. If we can't take back the White House, at least, let's muzzle the SOB from doing further damage by reshaping Congress in both Houses. We should also make it where if Kerry's not going to get it done, make it impossible for Shrubya to run with Cheney. In other words, Cheney should get pink slipped and FBI agents wait for him at the door to slap on the cuffs.
What's gonna happen to Lynndie England? Someone should do a DNA test on that unborn kid of hers and see if it's father is one of those Iraqi prisoners she had so much "fun" with (remember her picture!!!). She just set back the progress of women in the military 50 years with her stunt...
So many questions to ask. But we can make sure we get the answers we want in November. Thank you for the letters you write, Buzz Flashers - they are an encouragement to me, as I hope mine are to all of you.
Subject: When Will the Majority of Red State Americans Wake Up??
Buzz, as ever, you are providing a great service to America with this web site. Continue the good work, and I'm thrilled you 'hit' numbers continue to rise.
But I'm terribly concerned about cluelessness of so many U.S. citizens that they just can't seem to see what's happening to this country under the Bush Administration. Are they being deliberately blind? Or are they so religiously and ideologically entrenched that they deliberately ignore any news reports that are negative about the Bush Administration's performance?
So many Bush supporters identify themselves as Evangelical Christians, but, as Christians, doesn't it disturb them that Bush lied us into an unnecessary war? Doesn't it disturb them that our military command under Bush, as Commander in Chief, allowed (or, worse, ignored) the sadistic abuse of Iraqi prisoners, many of whom were innocent civilians rounded up by our military because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Can they open their minds to the FACT that Iraq had no part in the 9/11 attacks? Even Bush admitted that. Or do they so desperately want to protect 'their' president that they'll cling to any distorted truths that will exonerate him the from miss-step of lying and exaggerating reasons for the U.S. to invade Iraq?
What a mess we are in. All Americans have had their credibility and honor questioned around the world because of the actions of this man who was NOT chosen by the majority of American voters!
I can only hope that most in the rest of world understand that the actions of the Bush administration do NOT represent the views of the majority of the American people, but only of a hard-balling, deceitful minority.
I keep thinking of the Asian curse: "May you live through interesting times."
Subject: THESE BAD APPLES ARE ROTTEN TO THE CORPS
Hey Buzz, I'm pretty tried of hearing some of these Beltway Boobs trying to shrug off the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib as being nothing more or less than the aberrant behavior of a few bad apples in our military's lower ranks. The ugly truth is that the whole fruit stand is contaminated and rotten, all the way up to the good old boys who are feigning outrage in the media (now that the photographic excrement has hit the international oscillating unit, that is), including dimwitted Farmer George Dubya and his chief field-hand~~the always defensive Secretary Of Defense Rumbo. And just when you think they've run out of insider-inmates to run the Republican Asylum, Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) was on MSNBC Hardball tonight, trying to explain to Chris Matthews why the Iraqis who were tortured and humiliated should actually be grateful that the atrocities committed against them by our forces were so much less atrocious than what was done to them in Abu Ghraib by the interrogators who worked under despot Saddam Hussein.
Talk about comparing your rotten apples and rotten oranges!
Subject: Pull it all together now
I don't know if any of the news documentaries shown in Canada get to the American public but I have to assume that the facts from those stories, do get to your President. (Nobody believes that Bush "knows nothing.")
In Canada, a year or more ago, we saw the Afghan massacre documentary. The one where about 3000 of 7500 prisoners (either captured by or surrendered to Americans) were stored in air tight containers, not so neatly murdered, then buried in a mass grave. The first time I read mention of this again was earlier this week at Buzz Flash (as far as I can tell, you ran it for one day, low on the page.)
In Canada, we also saw the other Afghan story. The one where CIA agents "Mike" and "Dave" blundered then blundered to blunder again. Either by capture or surrender, Mike, Dave and a bunch of American and allied troops had about 500 Afghan prisoners to "process." ... They failed to search and disarm all of them then stuck them inside a walled fortress with an arsenal of weapons. Later Mike and Dave lined up some of the prisoners (mafia execution style) and one agent got shot. The other agent freaked, caused a prison riot, then called in American bombers, who bombed the Northern Alliance allies in an attempt to quell the panic. Finally the guards shot most of the prisoners (who were still trapped inside the fortress walls) and when things calmed down, they flooded out the remaining survivors.
Long before we saw it on CNN, Canadians saw glimpses of footage showing the detainment camps in Cuba (with conditions that make the worst of the puppy farms look good.) Over the past year or more, we've seen many interviews with Gitmo survivors and we've heard their tales of torture and mind altering drugs. They're stories all seem to match.
Then there was the story of one of our own Canadian citizens; the one your government sent to Syria for torture. And the other day, we saw the killing shots that put an already injured Iraqi "insurgent" out..... along with footage of other unarmed Iraqis being snuffed. (This was filmed from a camera in an American helicopter gunship in Falluja.)
Now I understand that your country is suffering from a bit of media muzzling, but if photos of coffins holding your war dead can finally pass the Bush censors ... and Michael Moore can get sympathetic coverage on CNN .... and your President can go on Arab TV to tout the freedoms of your press .... this seems to be the perfect time to open the spigot and release some of the documentaries that the rest of the world has seen. You have millions of readers to help apply the pressure.
Please pull all the suspicious prisoner activity together and let the excrement hit the air conditioner all at once. Don't let up until all the wash is aired... on National TV. Please be assured that the rest of the world will NOT be shocked. We've seen it all already.
A Canadian Buzzer
Subject: New bin laden tape
As you have pointed out on many occasions in the past, whenever things get really, really dicey for the Bush cartel, suddenly we get, voila, a new Bin Laden tape!! Today, we hear of a new Bin Laden tape in which he is threatening American officials. There is not a shred of doubt in my mind that you could track the history of these "tape sightings", and link each and every one to a situation in the news where things were not going well for Bush.
Donald P. Russo, Bethlehem, Pa.
Subject: Bush did NOT apologize!
He said, "I told him (King Abdulah) that I was sorry." He did not look into the camera and address the Iraqi people, Americans, and the rest of the world and say, "I am sorry that U.S. soldiers tortured Iraqi captives."
Bush did NOT apologize!! I thought surely that BuzzFlash would pick up on that.
Subject: Yeah, right...
I gotta tell you: for years the talk of the bush marriage has been that it is one of convenience and the twins were an inconvenient necessity to round out a nice family photo-op. Remember when one of the twins had her appendix out just before Christmas in 2000? Daddy went off to Florida to be with the rest of the family. Mama was the only one to stay behind.
This is such a bunch of bull -- the Clintons sure as hell made Chelsea's graduation:
A BuzzFlash Reader
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Recently spotted bumper sticker:
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Subject: Bush Apologizes to the King of Jordan
It's certainly a first- Bush II sees fit to offer an apology. Given the number of events that have turned out contrary to the way he said they would turn out, it's long overdue. He's been avoiding apologies for years, most notably in his recent press conference when reporters gave him ample opportunities to apologize. At that point he clearly saw no reason.
This time, he's been blind sided -- completely backed into a corner he couldn't spin his way out of when American “liberators”are found to be torturing the Iraqi people. This time even he realized that an apology was in order.
What does he do? He apologizes to the King of Jordan, then announces to the world that he apologized. OK. Wait. Something doesn't seem right.... When my daughter was 4 years old, she was always announcing that she already apologized, and always in a way that no one seemed to hear the original apology. Thank goodness she outgrew that bad habit.
Besides, what did Bush do to the King of Jordan that needs an apology?
No harm was done to the King of Jordan. The harm was done to the people of Iraq, maybe to all humanity.
But he would never lower himself to apologize to such peons. He wouldn't apologize to the people of the United States, much less some Iraqi unwashed.
Nope. He wouldn't be caught dead apologizing to anyone of lower stature than a king.
I think this cuts right to the core of what's wrong with this administration. Bush doesn't believe that all men are created equal, and he clearly doesn't believe The People of any nation are equal to himself.
All those who are paying attention can see that he is pursuing his agenda with the blinders of righteousness and arrogance. Unfortunately when one wears blinders, whatever the kind, one is vulnerable to being blindsided. During his tenure in office, he has been blindsided over and over by events and by his (and our) mortal enemies.
It started on 9/11 with the big sucker-punch. Since then it has been one blind-side after another. The revelation that “liberators”have been torturing the locals is just the most recent in a long line of blind-sides. It's no coincidence and it's not over yet. Brace yourself for the next sucker-punch that this arrogant president leaves us vulnerable to.
Thomas Meacham, MD
Subject: Mailbag 5/6
I have been listening to the talking heads on both television and the radio. The rightwingers are really at it.., they ask, "Why are people so upset over this abuse, when these people have been killing our military personnel ever since we went there?" Bingo..and Duh!
Ever since we went there and invaded a nation...tried to put our government in their face...toppled the statue of Saddam who can hardly be any worse than these three stooges we have running the government...I mean really, Folks, think about it just a minute.
They have been responsible for likely thousands of deaths of innocent Iraqis since this thing started...and I still cannot get anyone to tell me why we went there...why an invasion into this country.
And, now I hear, that Osama has a bounty out on the heads of Rummy, Powell....etc. They do not even care about the man who supposedly bombed the world trade center.. I do not believe one word they say anymore...I don't even believe my own eyes...I am suspicious of how the trade towers even went down.
I think that most of the people that make up the Bush administration are downright insane....with the possible exception of Powell...and you can tell, he can't wait to get out of there. There is one thing that he should make right, though. If he hates them so much, he should stand upright and tell the world how evil they really are!
I remember so well, in the first weeks of the war..before Fallujah and Najaf....way back when we had the upper hand, a scene where a poor Iraqi woman was sitting beside an old car...crying...wailing...so horribly upset. American soldiers had killed her husband and three kids....and she kept saying, "We held up our hands ...and told them we were did not have weapons...we were just going to town to get food....and they did not listen"! It was like a nightmare.. it was so sad.....and now, we are totally and should be ashamed of this country! Of course, these soldiers who did this were ordered to, but ask yourself...'Why did they take pictures of it?'
I feel such shame for our country now...such shame.... And, to think that this media is the one who made us feel such shame when a Smart, feeling, compassionate, person like Bill Clinton had a dalliance with an intern....his wife has already forgotten it...his daughter had forgotten it the next day....but God, help them....the media had a feeding frenzy.....and now, we know what real shame is...and we need to let them all know, that we know!!!
I just signed a petition to impeach Bush...Dear God, it cannot come soon enough! His numbers are finally looking bad...but, he acts like he is not afraid...and that scares me more than the man himself...because I think they could fix anything!
Since the FBI released Kerry's records maybe someone should do a request for Bush's CIA records.
Dissent is not Terrorism
Freedom is not Legislated
Subject: Cancel Fox News
Rupert Murdoch has given his full backing to war, praising George Bush He reiterated that the "greatest thing to come out of this [war]" would be cheap oil, which he believes would benefit the world economy more than any tax cut ever could.
When I read this I decided, I could no longer allow Fox News into my home. Fox News, as we all know is nothing more than an info-mercial for the most corrupt inept U.S. administration in history.
We will never make a real difference until we stop doing business with Bush's, corporate enablers, Fox, Clear Channel, Dell etc.
In March 2003 I began seeking a way to cancel them. I called my cable company ,Time Warner. When I said I would not abide this trash any longer, I was advised to block the offending channel. I said." that would not work because a portion of my cable bill would still go to Fox"
I sought an alternative, I revived an old antenna for local broadcast stations. Then I began researching satellite. Direct TV was ruled out, now owned by Newscorp.(Murdoch) . I settled on Echo Star's, Dish Network's, America's Top 60, basic package.
No more, O'Reilly, better technology and $25 per month. Win, win, win.!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Why General Clark is the best choice for VP:
Polls show Kerry ahead of W on domestic issues, behind on national security. Overall a dead heat. W may creep up domestically as economy improves, so Kerry needs to siphon away some of W's support on security. This election WILL be about national security and terrorism because W will make it that way, and look at the headlines from Iraq dominating the news. Bush has already put Kerry on the defensive questioning Senate votes and the "ribbon-throwing" incident. All Bush has to do is neutralize Kerry on war/terror, and he keeps his lead.
Enter Wes Clark: Clark can stand up and say, "Vietnam was a disaster, but I stayed in the military afterwards to build the great all-volunteer Army we have today. Sen. Kerry said "Send me to Vietnam" and served with great courage and honor in that war. Sen Kerry criticized that war afterwards, and I consider that dissent an act of patriotism, for he had the nation's best interests at heart. Sen. Kerry backed up that service by serving his country for these many years in the Senate, including not forgetting Vietnam as he worked with Sen. McCain for years to retrieve our POW's. I am proud to stand with Sen. Kerry, a man I consider to be one of the great patriots of our time". (As he wraps himself in the flag and talks about winning the only war NATO ever fought, this man who is one of the most decorated military heroes in U.S. history). This man can bring in military and ex-military votes which NO other VP candidate can do,and he is "squeaky-clean."
There are many other areas where Clark complements Kerry:
1.Ability to step into the Presidency if necessary. Clark has a career of military and diplomatic leadership unparalleled. Yet he was responsible for the everyday lives (schools, healthcare, safety, career advancement, etc.) of those under his command.
2. Agreement on issues: Kerry and Clark are very closely in agreement on Foreign Affairs / Homeland Security issues as well as on Free Trade, and most domestic issues.
3. Campaigning against Bush: Clark has demonstrated, both during his campaign and since endorsing Kerry, that he is both loyal to Kerry and is a tireless campaigner against Bush. Clark has "fire in his belly" on defeating Bush. Clark can take on Bush on all issues, especially the issues where Bush would like to think he is strongest.
4. Helping to win Electoral Votes - Clark should help to win all the Swing States that Al Gore just missed winning and retain the Blue States that Bush would like to have. Most candidates are mentioned because they might win one state for Kerry, Clark could help in ALL of the above swing states. This is because he is an Arkansas Southerner who also proved to be popular in the Southwest and among Hispanics and American Indians. In fact, with General Clark's military background and "All American" image he has more popularity than most democrats such as John Kerry in all parts of the country where Republicans tend to be popular. With his Military Supreme Commander status, if he could get just 10% of military families to vote Democratic (who would otherwise vote Republican) this could change the outcome in a number of states. Although Wes is now a very progressive Democrat, his past background still makes people feel secure, like Republican candidates. His comfort with Religion also helps. Both Kerry and Clark have a long history of using guns (despite being pro gun control. Taken together, Arkansas (and Tennessee) can be Democratic again, West Virginia (which lost in 2000 due to NRA campaign), New Mexico and Arizona should go for Kerry (with increase in Latinos) and Florida (with large conservative, military population in Northern Florida). Also Ohio, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Hampshire and some Midwestern Red States should be in play. Pennsylvania should remain Democratic with Clark's appeal to Reagan Democrats. Clark has broad National appeal, which means that he could campaign with success wherever Kerry felt he was needed.
5. Taking on Dick Cheney: There will be a VP debate. Only Clark can face Cheney and cite Pentagon "inside information" about how Cheney decided from the beginning to go to war with Iraq. On all military related issues, Clark will be more believable than Cheney to millions of swing voters.
6. Raising funds for Kerry: This is very important to Kerry since Bush has raised so much money. It was Wes Clark who raised almost $9 million in January alone, pre-matching funds. This was about 2 million more than his closest rival. In the 5 months of his campaign, he raised about as much as Dean as well as with Internet contributions. While Dean started the Internet dominance, Clark continued it with equal success and still has the best web site and Blog Community around. Since Dean isn't suitable as Kerry's VP, Clark is the best choice to attract the "outsider" type people who support Dean. Clark was often the 2nd choice among Dean supporters and their 1st choice for VP under Dean. In summary, with Clark as VP choice, there would be BY FAR the largest fundraising boost to the Kerry campaign as well as a likely union with Howard Dean and his supporters. Lets also remember that Clark was the most popular with the wealthy and powerful Hollywood crowd.
7. Mutual respect: Since Kerry and his VP choice will probably be together for months, getting along with mutual respect is very important. They have to be able to share each other's secrets. As was demonstrated in Wisconsin, their mutual respect for each other's careers is apparent.
8. The Superhero Ticket - Kerry and Clark already have a name for their ticket that no one else can claim. (Or "Two heroes, one mission.)" This alone will be worth millions in free advertising. Undecided voters are easily swayed by these powerful slogans.
9. Bringing Enthusiasm and full Clinton support: Whereas John Kerry is the Party's best choice for President, his supporters are mostly there to defeat Bush. Wes Clark though, has the most loyal supporters, because of Wes, besides the desire to defeat Bush. Kerry could use that enthusiasm. Besides Hollywood support, a Wes Clark as VP pick would bring stronger enthusiastic support from President Bill Clinton (as well as Hillary).
10. Appeal to the Church going Americans and Patriotism-Wes Clark has a background that includes several faiths. He is the "most comfortable" of all the major VP contenders with "God" and "American Patriotism". The Flag really means something to him. This is why he is a danger to Republicans in all parts of the country. He still is Karl Rove's worst Nightmare.
14. Is VP the best position for Clark? : Some would say that Clark should be saved for Secretary of State or National Security Adviser. However, if we waited, it is very possible that Kerry would lose a close election. Additionally, as VP, as long as Kerry respects Clark, he could be used as a 2nd Secretary of State, Defense and Homeland Security. As shown by Cheney, a VP can be very powerful when they are strong and respected in National Security issues.
Please, for the good of the country, select Wes Clark.
Subject: low poles + rummy trouble = bin laden tape
Here we go again.
An arrest in washington- allegedly tied to the madrid bombings. Now bin laden tape.
And once again the media is falling for it.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Last night's prayer
I remember a saying I learned in my young years of Religious education: “What the Lord giveth, he taketh away”.
If this is true, then I beg of you! Please Impeach George W. Bush!
Subject: Aaron Brown for 5/6/04
Please comment on the following: last night on CNN with Aaron Brown he had two law makers and one of them said that President Bush knew of the prisoner abuse in Jan., Brown interrupted him and said you mean Rumsfeld and the law maker repeated "no the president". If Rumsfeld can be impeached for this why can't Bush?
[BuzzFlash Note: Sounds like a plan. Impeach the whole bunch of 'em.]
Subject: My Attempt To Have "National Day of Prayer" Include Democrats
After visiting the National Day of Prayer/Pray for the President web site (http://www.presidentialprayerteam.org/), I became a bit miffed that they (apparently) neglected to ask their constituents to pray for Democratic officials. I therefore sent them the following email:
Much to my dismay, my email got bounced with the following error message:
Apparently, only pre-approved “Christians”may email the self-anointed members of the PPT (Presidential Prayer Team). Since I refuse to sign up (lest I get daily reminders to pray for the likes of Dick Cheney, Dubya and the whole criminal gang in the White House), I’m on the outs—as are the rest of us.
Keep up the fight,
Subject: How to restore America's credibility in the world
Do this for five years, and you will start to look a lot better.
Do this for forty years or so, and you will have restored your credibility and your reputation, and you will probably have wiped out a lot of the reasons for terrorism.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: CNN shills for Bush (what's new . . .)
Sent to CNN on May 7, 2004. Sending copy to Kos, J. Marshall, B. Somerby, BuzzFlash
BUSH SKIPS DAUGHTERS' GRADUATIONS
Gee, I'm so glad CNN takes Bush's explanation for why he's skipping his daughters' respective graduations (doesn't want to "disrupt" the ceremonies for other families . . . right).
Please DON'T even *speculate* that, just perhaps, Bush doesn't have a clue as to what to do on how to act in a crowd of NON-hand-picked people!
The degree to which Bush's public appearances are in front of only hand-picked cheerleaders who are coached on when to cheer and when to boo (at Bush's mention of anything JFKerry-related) has now been widely- and undisputedly-reported.
So, you think that maybe, just maybe, Rove & Co. might be jittery at Bush appearing with hundreds, thousands, of people who are NOT Dear Leader sycophants?
Can the Boy King even tie his shoes without Karl Rove's help? Just wondering . . .
Subject: Mr. Hamill's Escape
I think I must be the only one in this nation of over 300 mil who think there's something strange about the "escape" of Mr. Hamill. What I read was that his captors threatened to kill him, and said their only request was the pull back of American forces from their city. Then the forces pulled back, and 2 days later he "escaped". First I read that he managed to pry a door open. I thought this was very considerate of his captors to provide him with a tool to use for this purpose. Then several days later, I read that he'd actually broken down one of the walls of the mud hut where he was held, and was able to escape through the opening. I'm getting confused. I do recall that one newscasters on a local Washington, DC TV station saying "thank goodness we have a real hero to counter those awful photos of prisoners being tortured."
A CONFUSED CITIZEN
Subject: Bush and Karla Tucker
The reason the right has tried to downplay the prison abuse is that they know that in the same situation they would behave the same way. Take our president. We have him as Governor of Texas mocking Karla Tucker just before approving her execution. Tucker Carlson, noted conservative pundit in a Talk magazine article, says of Bush:
“I must look shocked -- ridiculing the pleas of a condemned prisoner who has since been executed seems odd and cruel, even for someone as militantly anticrime as Bush -- because he immediately stops smirking.”
If bush were a foot soldier in Iraq he would be up for war crimes with the rest of them.
Subject: A Request ...
In light of the AMERICAN 'rape rooms' and the mounting American soldier deaths, I find myself wanting to hold BUSH MOUTHPIECES responsible, too.
I want Dennis Miller called to the mat for his cavalier mouthing off of how simple this war was going to be, how clean, how his 12 year old son could handle it, given his expertise in video games and that this was the future of war!
Let's go back and throw their words in their faces!! Can you turn up the heat on him a little? I'll do some research myself and see what I can turn up.
Subject: Felon purge only part of the 2000 election theft story
I write in response to your lead headline for 5/7/04 to point out that the felon purge uncovered by Greg Palast is only part of the story on how the Bush brothers stole the 2000 election in Florida. There were a number of illegal acts committed by the Bush campaign and its surrogates that blocked the counting of the many thousands of uncounted, legal votes that Florida election law required be counted. Many of these uncounted, legal votes are also the votes of african americans. Any discussion of the Bush brothers theft of the 2000 election in Florida that doesn't include these additional facts beyond the felon purge is incomplete.
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