May 17, 2004
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Subject: Timkin to cut 1,300 jobs, site of bush economic speechon april 24, 2003, bush spoke at timkin co. in canton, ohio, praising the company as a roll-up-your-sleeves company, a can-do company, during an economic speech. well timkin just rolled up its sleeves, and decided the thing it can do (after posting healthy earnings in the first quarter) is to cut 1,300 jobs. another republican corporate whore job.
bush speech story:
Subject: Can We Endure 4 More Years of Misery?
While watching Bush's attack ads against Kerry on TV, I realized something was missing. Like what Bush plans to do about the economic problems if he's elected to 4 more years.
For over three years, all we've heard about is tax cuts, tax cuts, and more tax cuts. When is he going to admit that his tax cuts have done nothing to stimulate the economy or produce job growth and come up with a plan B?
All of Bush's ads try to paint Kerry as being against tax relief, so lets set the record straight. Kerry will not raise taxes on the middle class. He will not eliminate the child tax credit and he will not reinstate the marriage penalty.
But, I'll tell you what he will do to fund his economic policies. He will roll back Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy, and work to eliminate each and every corporate tax loophole so that corporations will pay their share of taxes. And one of the first to go will be the one that allows companies to set up an off-shore mail box in order to rip off billions of dollars from the tax rolls.
The country's economic forecast is not good. According to the newly released Middle-Class Misery Index for 2003, health care premiums are up 11%, college tuition is up 13%, and gasoline is up 15%, while wages are down 2%.
While I've heard nothing about a Bush plan to address these problems, Kerry proposes a series of specific policies aimed at reducing health care premiums, helping families pay for college, and reducing gas prices.
Kerry will offer $177 billion in tax credits to reduce yearly health insurance premiums by $1,000 per family and within 3 years he wants all Americans to have access to the same health care plan available to members of Congress.
Families are now spending $300 more a year on gasoline than when Bush took office. So what has Bush done about it? He's spent millions of dollars on TV ads to try to convince the public that the rising cost of gas is somehow Kerry's fault. So far as I know, that's his whole policy in a nutshell.
Kerry has a plan to lower the price of gasoline. While he works to convince OPEC to increase production, he will suspend filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. He will promote long-term energy independence by advancing the use of renewable fuels and promoting fuel efficient cars and homes.
Bush has presided over the worst job loss of any President since Hoover. 2.6 million private sector jobs are gone. Yet, I've heard of no Bush plan for job creation, other than his standard mantra of more tax cuts.
Kerry has a strategy to stimulate job growth. He will make a $50 billion package available to the states to increase manufacturing incentives and to stop the outsourcing of jobs overseas, he will extend tax credits to companies that create jobs in the US.
Kerry realizes the importance of a college education and has a plan that will help students pay for college with a College Opportunity Tax Credit and a Service for College Program. He will provide a credit for each year of college on the first $4,000 paid in tuition and the Service for College plan will provide the cost of four years at a public college to young people in exchange for serving their communities and country in national service
Kerry's been out there talking about his agenda every day for months. Its time for Bush to stop the attack ads and start telling people what he plans to do about the economic problems in this country if he's elected to 4 more years.
By Evelyn Pringle
Subject: I'm so depressed
I've been experiencing a problem that I thought some of the BuzzFlash readers might be able to help me with.
I've been a political activist for over thirty years.
After leaving the Marine Corps in 1968 I immediately took to the streets. Going underground I traveled from New York to Berkeley to engage the war machine. Back then it seems I was able to stay up days at a time, so great was the energy in the Peace Movement.
Here now at fifty-two I am crippled with a progressive back problem but I still manage to be out and doing what I can to promote peace, while saving America from this very sick and dangerous man in the White House. Truly, I long for the days of Tricky Dickie.
I write, I vigil and I always keep informed on the issues of our times.
However there are nights now that when my head hits the pillow all I experience is depression.
I'm depressed that so many Americans can be so ignorant.
I'm depressed that every day American Patriot's are being forced to kill Iraqi Patriots.
I'm depressed because people like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity can earn millions while their faithful listeners are being screwed into early graves with financial burdens.
I get depressed every time I see that smirking, semi-illiterate face as he lies and lies, takes a nap and then starts lying again.
I'm depressed when disingenuous Press Secretaries engage in filibusters when asked the occasional direct question.
And I'm depressed when I see a White House press corps that would make Horace Greely puke.
I'm depressed to think that Jerry Springer's audiences are truly representative of America's best.
I'm depressed when I see Christians who know nothing of Christ and trust conmen in two thousand dollar suits for their Biblical understanding.
And most of all I'm depressed that the youth in our country are not involved in the Peace Movement even now when the Draft is definite for 2005.
I was depressed to receive in the mail a letter from the Selective Service System asking me to serve on my local board. Well, actually only half depressed as I am going to serve and get as many boys off as I can.
I sometimes wonder if I'm alone in these feelings.
I have yet to hear anyone else express the same.
Is it possible that we in the Peace Movement can suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? It sure feels like it.
I offer myself up to anyone who feels the same way and I ask those people how they deal with it. Any suggestions?
Subject: Riggs Bank Fine
Please start posting information about the Riggs Bank fine--$25 million fine for money laundering supporting terrorists. It's hard to believe that this kind of thing has been exposed and no one is giving it the media attention it should have. Especially when one considers the connection to Jonathan Bush, W's uncle.
[BuzzFlash Note: From David Sirota's blog: "Bush's Uncle Is Executive At Bank Fined for Lax Oversight of Saudi Money"]
Subject: More Civil War Comparisons for Rummy
Mr. Rumsfeld twice in the past week made the unfortunate choice to use the American Civil War as a point of comparison for his miserably managed war in Iraq. He told both the senate and our soldiers in Iraq about the great perspective he is gathering from a book on the Civil War he is reading (kind of funny that he is finding the time to bone up on the Civil War but can't find the time to read the Taguba Report with all it's 50 some-odd pages.)
Obviously, it's highly insulting to compare the sacrifices of soldiers fighting and dying to keep our union together and end slavery to the sacrifices of soldiers fighting and dying in a war of choice in distant foreign land, trying to impose democracy by gunpoint. Rather than going back 140 years to try to find a noble point of comparison, clearly the more appropriate comparison would be 30 years ago in SE Asia, but obviously Mr. Rumsfeld is not about to wax philosophically about the sacrifices made by those soldiers.
If Rumsfeld wants to try and use the sacrifices of our Civil War dead to justify the losses we are experiencing due to his incompetence, perhaps he should dig a little deeper.
For example, as Rumsfeld continues to read his book on the Civil War, perhaps he'll learn that Lincoln, understanding the importance of addressing failures in leadership, made numerous changes in command. Lincoln replaced the General of the Army of the Potomac at least 5 times (Civil War buffs please feel free to add depth), and the position of General-in-chief of Union forces changed from Winfield Scott to George B. McClellan to Lincoln himself (don't get any ideas George) to Henry W. Halleck to Grant.
Meanwhile, the Bush Administration continues to bounce along from failure to failure with nobody ever being held accountable. I'm glad that Mr. Rumsfeld is enjoying his Civil War book, although he clearly is taking the wrong lessons away from it. Too bad George doesn't read. Rumsfeld and Myers, and everybody else responsible for sending our troops to Iraq ill-prepared and undermanned for occupation, need to go.
--A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush and Limbaugh
Radio talk show czar, Rush Limbaugh has been widely criticized for his remarks last week that compared the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib as nothing more than a college initiation ceremony.
Limbaugh said, “This is no different than what happens at the skull and bones initiation and we're going to ruin people's lives over it and we're going to hamper our military effort, and then we are going to really hammer them because they had a good time. You know, these people are being fired at every day. I'm talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You of heard of need to blow some steam off?”
You heard it right…”nothing different than a skull and bones initiation.”Just an innocent bit of hazing you’d find at any of America’s prestigious colleges.
Limbaugh’s comments have elicited the ire of journalists across the nation who have written more than 40 editorials disparaging the talk show hosts comments. His callousness is seen as a feeble defense for policies of abuse that are unacceptable, inhumane and inconsistent with the values of democratic government.
Never the less, the White House has steadfastly refused to distance itself from Limbaugh’s remarks, choosing instead to remain silent on the subject even when asked directly to respond. Press Secretary Scott McClellan fended off questions about the President’s “feelings”about Limbaugh’s comparison of criminal abuse to a college hazing. McClellan shrugged off the questions, refusing to reject the analogy.
This has led many to believe that Bush does not regard the prisoner abuse scandal as serious, and is just going through the motions for public relations purposes.
Certainly, his praise of Donald Rumsfeld, (“You are doing a superb job”) would indicate that, in essence, he doesn’t really think the scandal is that grave. (Rumsfeld is considered the primary architect of the current prison system in question)
There’s nothing in Bush’s personal record as Governor of Texas that would suggest that he takes issue with either prisoner abuse or the killing of inmates. Texas has an abysmal record of providing qualified defense for its accused and, as a result, leads the world in putting its own people to death. Bush was personally responsible for overseeing the execution of 152 prisoners, (leading the nation by a considerable margin) an exercise in martial power that apparently paved the way for his tenure as President.
If Abu Ghraib is any indication, Mr. Bush is simply living up to the high standards he set in Texas.
As for Limbaugh, he has taken the White House response as a sign that they approve of his dismissive attitude (We should note that there are also allegations of rape and murder) and has been emboldened in his analysis.
Just yesterday, he announced that he thought “there was a lot of false, phony concern over the abuse of detainees.”
And, he said that the White House had not criticized his comments because, “Bush knows this (prisoner abuse) is not that big a deal. What I am saying is what Bush wants to say.”
Indeed. Most of us concur with the “drug-addled windbag”on this point; Bush does not consider the allegations of torture and rape seriously. They are just one more unfortunate obstacle on his way to reelection.
Subject: Oh, those Righties: Ban coverage of congressional hearings
Some Republicans have complained that ongoing hearings in both the House and Senate have become a partisan sideshow in the middle of an election year.
In response, Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo sent a letter to the Committee on House Administration, proposing new rules banning television cameras from any future oversight and investigations hearings - even those dealing with unrelated issues - unless the full House or Senate votes to make an exception.
Republican congressman Tom Tancredo wants to ban live coverage of congressional hearings, on the theory that they inspire "political posturing," reports The Hill.
Great idea! Because we stop broadcasting hearings, politicians will stop posturing. Um, yes.
I think that many of us agree that if the shoe were on the other foot, and the Democrats had done all the things the Republicans have been responsible for in the past 4 years, there would have been impeachment and a change of regime, and if not, a damned good attempt.
The fact that the Democrats and Kerry are still so timid about attacking Bush in the many, many, many areas of his vulnerability is not only frightening, it is MADDENING.
How about starting a petition to the Democrats with a list of things for which the Republicans can be attacked, including the damned wars, even if they DID vote for them, they have turned ugly and gone totally wrong, and they have to back off. They can support the troops all they want, but they DON'T have to support the chaos that's at the top.
Also name names, Miller, Lieberman..... they are a detriment to the party, out them!
One would have thought that they'd be up by 30 points by now, but with the campaign they're running, they're on a treadmill. Meanwhile, Bush has over $200 million and will blitz them into oblivion the closer the election gets.
And maybe we should also let them know that we don't need a REPUBLICAN as vice president, these chickenshits.... there are plenty of Democrats who can do the job! Let them take Dean, or Kucinich, or Hillary....
Subject: Republican Hypocrites
The Senators seem to agree with Secretary Rumsfeld that America might be violating the Geneva Conventions by releasing tapes and pictures that demean prisoners. In other words, if you beat, torture, and shoot prisoners, you must observe the niceties by not releasing any pictures you take. That's what I like so much about republicans, their high moral tone in the midst of their sickening immorality
A BuzzFlash Reader
jesus god! we saw that woman kate o'burn compare mr. kerry's wife to leona helmes! we were shocked! the comparison came out of no where and made no sense! then after she got the name out she seemed so pleased! the looked on her face was like some kind of sick sadistic pleasure there i said it look. what the hell is wrong with these republicans? they are frightening! and if the media let's them get away with it, then shame on them too! the closest thing we have seen to leona helmes is that creepy karen hughes woman! us women are not real fond of that stepford wife laura bush either!
the massey family in south carolina
Subject: One can then assume article not a pack of lies .....
The Abu Ghraib prison scandal was the result of a decision by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to expand a clandestine operation against al Qaeda to the treatment of prisoners in Iraq, according to a report in The New Yorker by journalist Seymour Hersh -- the latest in a series of articles by the Pulitzer Prize winner. The Pentagon sharply denied the allegations, calling them "outlandish [and] conspiratorial."
Outlandish - grossly unconventional
Conspiratorial - relating to or characteristic of conspiracy or conspirators
Conspiracy - political plot (Something this Administration knows something about.)
Nate Roth, San Mateo, CA
Subject: RE: the Nicholas Berg story
To Whom it May Concern:
Just a brief comment here. When I visited your site on the above- mentioned story it was clear noticing a banner at the top of that page where it mentioned "Worse than Watergate". For some time now I have been known to call this deceitful and fraudulent so-called government as "Bushgate". I also state in some messages that the White House has become the "Redhouse" due to all the bloodshed and it certainly needs a major paint job and yes overhaul.
I am a Canadian who cannot help herself become involved with all the dirty scandalous, dishonorable, and corrupt actions going on since 9/11, but more recently in the past year. I'm only glad that the war mongers numbers are declining and hopefully it remains on a steady downhill course.
Had to comment once your site was forwarded to me.
Subject: Azzaman Calling for Rummy to Resign
On 5-15 the Baghdad newspaper Azzaman called on Donald Rumsfeld to resign. Let's all keep an eye out to see if Azzaman exists in a month. Melanie Killinger-Vowell, Boulder, Colorado.
Subject: Seymour Hersh and the Squinting Rumsfeld.....
Hope its ALL TRUE and not just a fart in the wind- not that it will make an iota of difference because Rumsfeld may have something on the Resident -In a nut shell "they must remain tight because the know too much about each other....case closed
Beam Me Up Scotty, there are no intelligent forms of life on this planet. I just read a breathless screed on the BBC about how the American people are hysterically outraged about how Fox would hijack the voting results on its popular program "American Idol". I am stupefied by this. The American people rolled over without a whimper, without a peep, when a Presidential Election was stolen from them right under their noses in 2000. But now, people are having paroxysms over the fact that a Fox T.V. show has rigged voting? Yeesh. I give up. No wonder Bush is still almost beating Kerry in the polls.
Donald P. Russo, Bethlehem, Pa.
Subject: Morality, Not Politics
Thanks to Seymour Hersh's "The Gray Zone", it's been revealed the horrific prisoner abuse was actually planned and executed by Bush's closest henchmen. Support for Bush from here on can only be deemed a serious character flaw.
Bush supporters are not unlike the followers of Jim Jones, the Midwest preacher who led his flock to a compound in Jonestown, Guyana, a site which made world headlines when over 900 dedicated church members drank the poisoned Kool-Aid and committed suicide. What can you say about gullible people who refuse to seriously question their beloved leader?
It's now a question of morality, not politics.
As Ted Rall, a nationally syndicated cartoonist, has noted on his blog:
"At this point, anyone who votes for George W. Bush tacitly admits they favor torture. Living next to such morality-deprived scum should make the skin of any red-blooded American patriot crawl."
[BuzzFlash Note: Sounds like a good bumpersticker: Support Torture/Vote For Bush.]
Subject: Backlash at Right Wing echo chamber?
Now that the majority of the public has realized the folly and possible intentional dishonesty of the Bush administration regarding Iraq, will there be any kind of backlash against Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and their Fox News fellow flaks?
What about the mainstream news who were at least complicit in their silence and lack of aggressive fact-checking or active investigation of Bush fairy tales?
There should be a groundswell of outrage against these guys so we can get a media that serves the public interest, and is disconnected from their corporate masters.
Subject: Powell Aide tries to block Russert
Get this story up soon:
This morning, Colin Powell press aide actually moved the camera while Russert was interviewing Powell. She tried to end the interview during a rare tough question from softie Tim Russert.
I watched it. Unbelievable (well, almost).
Subject: Fill in the Blank
You post Cheney's vague quote, 'Our enemy cannot be deterred, contained, appeased or negotiated with. It can only be destroyed."
So who is "our enemy" today? Are we to fill in the blank? since he doesn't state just who "the enemy" is? Does he know? Can he even keep up with "the enemy[s]" he's created? And since he and the cabal have created so many "our enemy[s]" around the world, does he propose to "destroy" them all? destroy the world?
Just asking as the questions pile up.
Subject: Shared Responsibility
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Pussy on Fox
I just heard the analyst call Osama bin Laden a pussy on FOX News. Shouldn’t they be fined for that? It was funny though.
Subject: Also re Russert/Powell
Wolf Blitzer on Late Edition 1-2 today also interviewed Tim Russert –they ran the tape from the Meet the Press show today and discussed Russert’s editorial decision to show the tape of the Powell interview in its entirety, rather than editing it to eliminate the part where the aide redirects the camera.
We were watching it, slack-jawed in amazement.
I think the Administration’s honeymoon period with the press is finally over.
Ann Hewitt Worthington
CNN's Lou Dobbs had a story during the week of the Tiimmins Corp. in Ohio where Bush gave an economic speech a few months ago where he touted the company's productivity growth and with his tax cuts they would hire more workers. Well, the company is closing 3 plants, laying off some 1300 employees, and relocating off shore. Buzz Flash should follow up on this story. Keep up the good work.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: CENSORING POWELL DURING MID-INTERVIEW!!
Why did Colin Powell's aide attempt to cut off the Meet the Press interview today?
What was it that was asked and answered that made Ms. Emily fly off the handle and attempt to terminate the interview WHILE IT WAS BEING BROADCAST? The camera swung off of Powell while Russert was asking a final question. Off camera we heard: "No. They can't use it. They're editing it. They (unintelligible)."
Subject: Vanishing Returns
Subject: LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS OF STATE, TOO
Dear Buzz, watching senior Democrat Sen. Joseph Biden on Sunday's Meet The Press was as tiresome after only a few minutes as it was tedious, especially when he once again began that pining puppy-dog plea for Republican Sen. John McCain to run for vice president on a split-ticket with our Democratic hopeful, Sen. John Kerry--allegedly as a miraculous means of healing the "vicious rift" that Sen. Biden and a handful of others perceive as dividing America's Red and Blue states like a philosophical Grand Canyon.
More and more, it becomes painfully evident that a few of our most visible and outspoken Democratic Senators (led by the two Joes, Biden and Lieberman) have mutated into a separate political faction that I can only describe as Republican Lite. Of course, it never surprises me to see the sniveling little Joe Lieberman trying to secure his permanent place on the fence ("I'm a mousy Democrat during the day but when I sleep I dream of being a Republican fatcat") because I think it's simply in his spineless nature to be like the try-to-fit-in-everywhere character Woody Allen comically nailed in the movie Zelig.
That being said, however, I am extremely disheartened by Sen. Joe Biden's monotonous appeal to John Kerry to at least "make the phone call offering McCain the job" even when McCain has declared in every language but Pig Latin that he simply does not want the offer, and that he is also 100% committed to helping George Bush remain in the White House for Four More. To hear Biden begging John Kerry to make the offer and pleading with John McCain to reconsider his position simply underscores the fact that Biden does not deem anyone in the Democratic huddle as being suitable or capable or qualified to run with the ball, and that only a Republican could deliver the necessary substance and balance necessary to win. What a great message to send out to potential swing-voters.
It's this Republican Lite attitude emerging from certain Democrats that I find extremely damaging, not to mention blatantly self-serving. Loose-lips-sink-ships-Lieberman fires Republican shots over his own Democratic bow whenever he can elbow his way in front of a camera, struggling to cough up something along the lines of a sound-bite (although the media basically roll their eyes back in their heads and break for lunch whenever he begins his whiny sophistry), and now Joe Biden acts as if the Democratic Party cannot possibly run a country that's in global shambles without the leverage of a Republi-Con.
Why don't Joe and Joe join that other squinty-eyed venom-spewer, Joe Scarborough, if they're so enamored with the Republican point-of-view? Unlike them, I see enormous potential for new leadership and a positive new direction for the country emerging from within the ranks of the Democratic Party, from General Wesley Clark to John Edwards.
What we need is for Senators like Biden and Lieberman to get on board--or jump ship.
Subject: school air conditioned 1 day only for Bush!
Subject: Re: "let me tell those John Kerry lovers"Dear Buzz,
Shirley from St. Louis wrote (in part):
We too received a forwarded letter allegedly from a National Guardsman in Iraq. In the letter, he bashed John Kerry and wanted to set people straight about what´s "really" happening in Iraq. The letter included a laundry list of great things the military has done (complete with statistics...when did he have the time to compile these? Hmmmm). While we have no doubt that many good things are being, and have been done by troops in Iraq, this smelled suspiciously of Government Hand-out Form BS-101. This letter seems to be getting more frequent forward mileage than the photos of Janet Jackson´s bare breast.
Subject: It's the Incessant Lying, Stupid!
I have been reading, with grim amusement, the many conspiracy stories regarding the execution of Mr. Berg.
I do not use the term "conspiracy theory", a term that is generally used with derision.
The awful truth is that any number of these stories seem possible.
It is simply our nature to seek answers to questions.
And by virtue of the last three years of bitter experience, we have all found that there is one source that is completely unreliable. It is the source of deception, exaggerations and outright whoppers.
And it packs this caveat: "You'd better believe us, or we'll get you, your wife and your little dog too, my pretty!"
I am speaking, of course, about our own United States government under the Bush/Republican Junta.
It has become a forgone conclusion that anything that comes out of the mouths of our Republican infested administrative, legislative or judicial branches of government is a big fat whopper.
It is an administration elevated over the rightful winner by Poppy's court.
It is, "My tax cuts will benefit the middle class and create jobs."
And," Saddam's weapons of mass destruction pose an imminent threat to the people of America."
"The Iraqis will greet us as liberators and throw flowers in the path of our soldiers."
"Iraqi oil will pay for the war."
" There seems to be a legend that we cited an imminent threat. Nobody ever said anything about an imminent threat."
" No child left behind."
"We will return honor and decorum to the presidency."
And so on.
And so forth.
Ad infinitum to the point where when the government says anything at all, we must assume that the opposite is true.
Add to the equation a "free press" that has aligned itself with the government that allows it the ability to legislate itself and a free and open society is what you don't have.
I heard somebody say that the Republican motto seems to be," Lie when you have to, and lie when you don't have to - just to stay in practice."
It is the incessant lying.
Michael J. Fowler
Subject: I picked this up in an archive of Stripes:
Remember when Michael Powell started the process to eliminate the last remnants of FCC rules preventing further consolidation? Two days after 9-11. He wasn't even planning to hold any hearings, until the 2 dem commissioners insisted and started spanning the continent to drum up public awareness.
So, Sen. Dayton was right. It was suppression. McCain knows it. He's going to wait awhile longer for more info to leak out, just to satisfy the masses, but Rummy is toast. So's Bush.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Never Forget
We have all devoted so much attention to Bush, that we might forget next November that he could not have Pulled all of this CRAP, if he did not have the help of these SCUM BAG Republican Senators, and House members, and even some of the butt kissing Democrats, So when you vote for Kerry in November lets clean house and dump all of the GARBAGE at one time. Heaven bless BuzzFlash.
Re: Newsweek - Bush OK'd the sidestep of the Geneva Conventions
It was already there.
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Subject: Powell now engaging in "DubyaSpeak"?
I think Colin Powell has been too close to Dubya, for too long, and it's starting to show!
It seems that he, too, has now taken to using "Bushisms"!
(copied from the transcript of this Sunday's Meet The Press http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4992558/)
If and whenever "those who have given their lives" ... "will [again] see", I also feel quite certain that their hindsight will have improved immeasurably.
This brainwashing is apparently contagious.
LORD HELP US!
BUSH&CO > OUT THE DOOR IN 2004!
nerdeaux in Idyho
Subject: Russert/Powell, Dean Documents, etc.
It seems that not only Iraq, but our entire political system has gone haywire and is totally out of control.
Why would anyone give the press information that they hadn't double checked and destroy a man's chances for the Presidential nomination? It couldn't have been... oh, no that would SHOCK! me, that someone got paid off, or that someone just didn't want him to get the nomination?
This should be investigated by the Democrats.
And as far as Powell is concerned, what happened is absolutely beyond civilized behavior. If this Emily was standing next to the camera (which is probably on a dolly or crane of some kind, and quite large, manned by a cameraman sitting in front of it) and shoved it, she had to be pretty violent to move it, those things aren't just loose and easy to pan...
What kind of maniacs are in charge of this country?? it is increasingly frightening to see how desperate they are.
It is one reason that I don't so easily discount the "conspiracy theory" floating around the web about Nick Berg. These people are on a "mission from God" they will do anything, kill anyone, lie to anyone, to keep their power, and nobody should be naive about what that "anything" includes.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush Admin. protects arms trafficker from UN sanctions with Britain's help
Why am I not surprised that the US government is protecting this scum? This is the kind of thing that keeps getting America into trouble. They make deals with the scum of the earth when it is convenient only to have it come back and bite us in the butt later like with Bin Laden.
A BuzzFlash reader
Yes, I thought the Dorsett halo picture was super...how in the hell do they always find that halo situation to put this human scab under? Do they actually think that those of us who already hate the man and have hated him from the beginning, will be swayed?
What a bunch!!
And I also got to see the replay of the Powell Interview on Russert. It was almost humorous. It was not subtle....just all of a sudden, he was slammed over out of reach...out of the picture. Russert said to him "I think one of your staff members moved the camera out of your reach...I do not think the looks very good, Mr. Powell!"
He actually said that to the Secretary...which I was amazed at, although Russert seems just as angry as the rest of us right now. Then you could hear Powell, saying to "Emily"..."He is still talking to me, Emily, he is asking me a question, will you please stop that?" And she mumbled something..and put the camera back. It has been the talk of the day on the news.
I was glad to get to see it, I always watch Meet The Press....but stayed up too late last night, and missed it this morning..Does anyone else besides me feel like Colin Powell is uncomfortable no matter what he is doing when the camera is on him???
It's gonna be fodder for the shows for a while!
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