May 20, 2004
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Subject: On Iraqi Unreliability Article
Watching C-Span Monday night, the House Dems were on the floor doing one of their weekly public service discussions. Someone pointed out that for Bush's 2003 State of the Union address, Chalabi himself sat with the Bush family. Can't find that image, but I think I do recall that happening. Anyone got that?
Subject: chilling similarities
Buzz, while reading Maureen Farrell's recent commentary on Cheney, Rumsfeld and "The Manchurian Candidate," I followed the link she included to a Christian Science Monitor article discussing unexplained assassinations of Iraqi scientists and intellectuals: Death to those who dare to speak out.
This is incredibly disturbing. We've seen it before. When the Nazis began their occupation of Poland in 1939, one of the first things on their agenda was to eliminate Polish intelligentsia by any and all means at their disposal. It's very hard to believe that the assassinations in Iraq are random and unrelated to the American plans for this country.
Subject: Weddings Are Easy Kills for the Bush Military . . .
I am beginning
to think we are spreading evil around the world faster than the news
of it can catch up to us. With abuse allegations going on, it doesn't
deter the almighty military of the US to keep killing innocent people.
Subject: Not a dime for Florida
Florida approved Diebold touch-screen voting machines just in time to steal the election for Bush again! The government of Florida is corrupt beyond repair. I won't travel to, or through, Florida, and I won't spend a single dime in Florida.
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Subject: The way things are
years ago, my husband and I had gone to a neat place, called the Sidetrack,
for a bite to eat. The Ypsilanti police were out in fine form at the
intersection of Cross and Depot. It wasn't until a bit later that we
learned that Bill Clinton was there. I shot out of the Sidetrack with
one of the wait people and made my way through the crowd. All of a
sudden, the crowd parted and there was Clinton's hand, reaching for
mine. I didn't know what to say, so I just said," It is so good to
see you, again."
Subject: Re: Cheney Prediction
First, I really enjoy Barbara's Daily BuzzFlash Minute. She so often says exactly what I'm thinking and in the way I'm thinking it. Here's my theory on one of her comments:
Could be, but further, this is what instantly comes to my mind -- Cheney will make room for John McCain, who will be Bush's answer to John Kerry, and probably provide Bush with a 15-30% surge in the polls, since even some Democrats are yearning (mistakenly, I believe) to see McCain on a Kerry ticket. This may also explain why Sen. McCain has been so forgiving and supportive of Bush, even though Bush operatives slimed him and his family during the 2000 primary season.
Far-fetched? We'll see.
Subject: US attacks weddings, Defends Marriage
It's ironic. The US has again attacked a wedding party. Yet the right-wing folks say the US should do more in "Defense of Marriage." How about just not killing everybody?
Thanks for your work,
Subject: Re: The Ohio Voting machines....Article was most disturbing which means another important state is going to be stolen like Florida . What I'd like to know as a Democrat is what the Democrats are smoking to permit this to happen....they had 4 years to right the wrong and here we go again in a crucial election yet..... Nader is the guy I'm voting for....the Dems don't care--it's so obvious since we are stuck with KERRY as a front runner to make matters even worse. Irritating
Subject: When religion gets in the way of GOD and morality
There's something seriously wrong with this country when the hometown of the whistleblower of the Iraq abuse thinks he's a rat who should sneak into town in the middle of the night under the cover of darkness (shame on the "moral Christian" people in his hometown who think this way!), and the hometown of an Iraqi torturer thinks he's a hero!
'When Joseph Comes Marching Home' (washingtonpost.com)
Friends: Sivits Is Abuse Crisis Scapegoat (Associated Press)
Sivits a scapegoat? Yes, without a doubt. Hero? I guess their definition of a hero is different than mine. Although, it's understandable that his hometown would defend him, since to take away his "hero" status is probably looked upon as somehow diminishing the town's status. Those folks probably feel that it reflects upon the town.
This administration has turned this country on its head, and public conscience and REAL morality were the first casualties. How could they have gotten so convoluted and twisted? Religious zealots are ruining this country with complete disregard. These people are so full of themselves that they're convinced they play some pivotal role in biblical prophecy! How arrogant is that? They consult biblical scholars before they fart to see how it fits the prophecy. They really need to get over themselves! They're not that important. Every generation has been convinced that it was the era of the end times. Ten generations from now, people will believe theirs is THE ONE.
If a lot more high level insiders don't start to come forward and speak out, we're in for some very, very dark days ahead. Hitler was able to get the German people to commit unspeakable atrocities because he told them what they wanted to hear and convinced them of their racial superiority at a time when they were beaten down and demoralized. The "master race" and all that nonsense. He played to their egos. Bush is getting away with everything because he's playing to the Bible thumpers and setting them up as morally superior overseers. He's playing to a class of people in this country which is absolutely convinced of its own moral superiority, even though most in the class don't even live up to their own beliefs or preachings when the cameras are off of them. Everyone else is afraid to challenge the assumptions and claims these people are making for fear of having their morality publicly tarred and feathered.
Now, everything is draped in religious rhetoric and, thanks to Bush, Christians are now the master race endowed by God with the right to force their ideological beliefs on the rest of the world, stand on their soapboxes and look down their noses at anyone who doesn't share their religious beliefs. What a farce is being perpetrated on the country. The religious far right has been looking for a long time for a way to force their beliefs on everyone, and they've found it in this administration. Now, if you're not a "Christian," or if you don't use the word GOD in every other sentence, you're looked down upon with suspicion, as morally inferior and lacking character. That's how they want to have it set up in this country. With all of the babble about faith-based-this and faith-based-that, it's coming to the point that one will have to publicly proclaim his or her allegiance to Christian doctrine in order to get government services. "Christian" is now the word being used to classify everyone into "good" or "evil."
The corporate, moneyed religious organizations have their hands deep in the cookie jar of government now. Bush opened the lid and told them to dig in. Organized religion is organizing politically like never before. Some Catholic priests are starting to make public statements that they'll deny communion to anyone who votes contrary to their preachings; abortion as an example. Sounds like religious blackmail to me. The church is trying to influence the outcome of the presidential election by attacking Kerry on abortion.
Had enough yet? I say, stop putting money in the collection plate, and see how long it takes for the priests to be reined in on their attempt to influence people's personal politics. Stop feeding the money machine that is telling you that you aren't good enough to have its blessings bestowed upon you. Money, the church understands! Take it away from them, and they'll back off in a hurry. Have we already forgotten, the church has become a haven for child molesters hiding behind the air of legitimacy the church gives them? If the church wants to speak of moral authority, it needs to earn the right. So far, it's found wanting.
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Subject: Mailbag...J. Lohman...etc.To Angela in Philly, what a thrill.... I never got that close. In fact, the only time I tried to attend a Clinton campaign speech, I got there 2 hours early with an engraved invitation and I still was so far back that I could barely see him...it was in his second term, and no one could beat him then...he was so loved!!!
Michael Fowler...don't you just go nutty when you listen to that freak? I listen when I am in the car at that time...it is my own personal form of self-abuse....and sometimes when he starts laughing and loses his breath, I wait, thinking, hoping that maybe he did!! You know, permanently! He does make me laugh....sickeningly....he is a tormented person...and will still, to this day, bash Clinton for something that Giuliani did so much worse. (I'm still a secret member of the "Stained blue dress club.")
Luetisha...you are so right about the Catholic church. They should not put reins on anyone...after this horrid couple of years they have had, and most of it true.
Every time I attend church with my grandson...on Grandparents day....I cringe at the thought. Kyle is 12...but has never been, and I hope will never be, an altar boy. A good friend of mine, who is 70 and a catholic, told me in earnest that when she was a child, it was almost a crime to say anything bad about the priest. To all catholics out there...please forgive me!
Jimmy Lohman...please let us all know how the letter to your brother-in-law was received. I would likely be hunted down with a Glock!!!!
Brendan...Laura Ingraham, too, is Ann Coulter in disguise!!
Now, to Barbara in NYC...it is a stressful thing to have almost all relatives who are republicans. My brothers and sisters, we have always been a slightly dysfunctional family. Father died at 39, mother never remarried and became bitter...is now in a home with Alzheimer's. Both sisters, one being very democratic, the other is not anything. Both brothers are strongly republican, one was always, the other changed during the Clinton fiasco....he is the putrid one. The other is a little quiet...does not start anything...but when we try to discuss things...it is just impossible.
The harder part was the one in the immediate family. It is changing. My daughter was the hardest to take...she said that Clinton had "lied"...okay! Then after finding out what Bush was like (she did not vote for him, she says she is an independent) she told me that she would have to live with that for the rest of her life. She has changed, may vote Kerry, if she votes independent now...she would fear the "Taking away vote" factor. Both sons think they are republicans...but they do not know a thing about it. When the granddaughter went to Iraq, no one knew what was going on.They were so into the glory of it, nothing else mattered. But things have changed. At the time of her deployment, though, we were torn apart...so much!! My sons got together the night before the deployment ceremony and talked.Then the father of the girl called me on the phone and told me that he did not want this to turn into a bashing of George Bush....and I had had it by then, should not have gone, but did, regretted it. I asked him what in the world would make him think I would storm the stage and bash George Bush. He never backed down, never, ever apologized and we parted that way. Now, a smarter person would not have gone to the ceremony, but I did.
I watched her...did not say a word, but this is the mentality of a 19-year-old who has been talked into joining the Guard by a 40-year-old aunt. She told the St. Louis media, who were filming the event, that "she might be the only person who would be able to defend her country between high school and college." Now, already ....folks, I have a problem with that word,'DEFEND" in connection with a war in Iraq (and, of course, she is the fortunate one, who came home, but she may still pay!).
Did they attack us...why do we defend ourselves against a country who might think about it someday???
It died down after that...I did not say a word...my sons only one time after that screamed at me again...the father was over one night...and tried to talk to me and be sweet and get kissy and huggy. I sort of pushed him away...and reminded him that he had said that "my president, Clinton, should be hung in the white house."He knows nothing about Giuliani, who brought his girlfriend into Gracie Mansion, with his two young children there, until the wife got a restraining order to make him keep her out. When I tried to remind him of his "Clinton" words, he said, "yeah he should have been hung," repeating himself. Then ... I tried to defend Clinton. (You have to know that Clinton was my favorite president of all time. It could have been JFK, but as a womanizer, he was much worse and everyone overlooked it....and I still loved the man. He was strong....But I think Clinton was abused to the point of ignorance from the start...I heard it all.)
At last my husband spoke up and said, "Well you know, Ken, what she is trying to say is that you both have a right to speak your mind!"
The kid said he knew that...and that was the end. I think since he went though the glory of a kid in Iraq....he will likely never again be anything!...He nor his wife nor the girl in Iraq have ever voted in their entire lives. This girl is very attitudinal, if that is a word...she was before Iraq, and more so now. She needs therapy....the first night she was back, her other grandma told me "Boy, she sure has an attitude." Told me that she almost got into a fight with the waitress when they went to eat.I know all this...she was that way from the time she came into this world, but she overshadows the boy, at 12, who never gets any attention and is a good kid, and needs some love!!!
Then the other son called me to babysit, the day of the Missouri Primaries...and asked me what I was doing.....and I told him I was watching the returns...and he asked me who was winning...and I told him it looked like Kerry...he then asked who I voted for, I said Howard Dean...and he went ballistic..thinking I should vote for Lieberman. Sure, vote for someone who is a pseudo republican!! I let him know that I would not vote for Lieberman for Dog Catcher...and he was off on another rant for about an hour.
So, there, Jimmy Lohman...you have the story of my life in two years. The republicans in my life are small, and I will tell you, that they are defensive now. Much worse than we were with Clinton and his Monica dalliance.
Republicans, I have found, are downright MEAN!!!
Mostly, I just hope we get through this with some kind of love someday. My daughter and her husband disagree....he is a staunch democrat and would not vote for Bush if he were the only man standing....Kim wants to be an independent...but I think this time, she will vote for Kerry.
You know what is funny??????? My husband and I will celebrate our fiftieth wedding anniversary on June 5th in the Bahamas....He is totally Mary Matlan and I am James Carville....but, we just do not discuss it anymore. I got that all straight when Clinton was in. We do love each other....he is my greatest protector..and I really think I would be completely lost without him. We have been together much too long to break up over George Bush.! Although, I think Bush could likely breakup anyone!!!
I am not sure that he will be voting for him this time..he is the strong silent type..he will just not watch news anymore...I have never seen him like that, but this is not Clinton he is watching...Clinton only had an intern...George has an entire country ruined!!!
Sorry, I do go on, but you all should understand how bad the situation is, in a way. But, republicans and democrats can live together for a long time...it ain't easy at times...but you can!
I am looking forward to working for Kerry, and unless Bush and Cheney bomb this country, I think Kerry will win. Bush did say something one time, that literally chilled me...he was talking to someone about his religion...and something was said about the country...and he said, "Oh, well (whatever they were worried about), if that should happen we will all be dead!"I do not mind telling you, I am scared to death of these men in this administration. And we will never catch them at anything. They lie....they put any other politician to shame...with lies!!!
I'm going now...sorry I ranted...but I do love to rant on a web that I can.
Much love and thanks...........
Subject: FL theft
I have a suggestion: Any time in the future that we write about the purging of voters from the rolls in Florida, let's put "felon" in quotation marks. As in, the Florida "felon" purge. We know, to Jeb Bush, the term simply means black male voter, so I think we need to be clear so as not to confuse anyone!
Keep up the great work!
Subject: utter disgust
I've never emailed you before, but the headlines today made me so disgusted and angry and I just needed a sympathetic ear. Two headlines on my Yahoo Home Page right now:
"Bush to Israel: Respect Innocent Life" (Reuters)
My God! The horror. The horror. The horror.
Subject: Newspaper ban....
I just wanted to let you and your readers know that my freedom of speech is being silenced by the Omaha World-Herald, the only big newspaper in Omaha, Ne. They have a section called "The Public Pulse" where people can write in to express their thoughts on current issues. I've been allowed in print one time, even though I have noticed some people write in all the time....I think I'm black-balled for telling the truth about Bush. I wonder if I have a case against them for silencing my First Amendment rights? Any lawyers out in Buzzland? Oh, and by the way, I forgot to tell you...the newspaper is Repuglican owned, and also part owner with Repuglican Senator Chuck Hagel of ES&S voting systems. Is the deck stacked or what?
A loyal Buzz fan forever!
Subject: Generals in La-La-LandBuzzFlashers, 5/19
Did anyone else watch today's testimony on the "treatment of prisoners in Iraq" to the Senate Armed Services Committee? Three generals--Sanchez, Abizaid, and Miller--along with their slick lawyer Marc Warren, evaded every question and ducked all responsibility for the atrocities at Abu Ghraib. They don't know anything, and didn't hear anything, see anything, or follow-up on any reports about military members under their command. To listen to these evasive men as they spin their fantastic and delusional story about peace and democracy in Iraq is truly scary. Several Senators have distinguished themselves with probing insightful questions. Please call and thank Senators Robert Byrd, Edward Kennedy, Susan Collins, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Carl Levin, and Jack Reed--1-800-839-5276. Encourage them to press for a full investigation and impeachment proceedings against all members of the Bush administration who led us over the cliff to disaster in Iraq.
Subject: A Quick Question
How can President Bush call for Israel to exercise restraint and respect for "innocent life" in the Gaza Strip on the same day that a U.S. aircraft fired on a house in the desert near the Syrian border Wednesday, killing more than 40 people at a wedding? We knew he was clueless, but isn't anyone at the White House talking into the dumkopf-in-chief's ear and telling him what we did in Iraq ?
Subject: U.S. Troops Raid Chalabi's Headquarters...What's up with this? First the US Government uses this guy to justify a bogus war. And now they are "investigating" him.
What's the deal with this guy anyway?
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Subject: mailbag...and Jimmy LohmanI remember well, Jimmy, the last time I was with my family. My brothers, both Bush Lovers, the women (2 of which just left the room) and the other two, didn't say much. I was the one! After that, both brothers do not speak to me...they contend that I started the political conversation, in which 5 of us were involved. Both brothers-in-la, are staunch Bush haters...but, my brothers blamed me, because I am the little old granny sister...they would never jump the brothers-in-law. They are men, come on!!! I have learned to live with it.
Something else, Jimmy. My husband is Mary Matlan and I am James Carville, and we will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary on June 5, 2004...in the Bahamas. He would likely vote for anyone who ran on the repug. ticket...but, I taught him a lesson about Clinton...and he has never, ever blasted him again...and that is as much as I can expect from a man who loves me...and he does. (I love him too.)
My sons did the same thing when granddaughter was being deployed...and she talked the same old hokum that everyone does about Iraq. To the local media, she said, "I might be the only person who will be able to defend my country between high school and college." That word DEFEND bothers me.....Did Iraq bomb the trade center? Did I miss something??
However, she is out now...and they both are still on the Bush bandwagon. Their wives do not say anything back, but the oldest son, I found out, has never voted, neither has his wife, nor the granddaughter who went and spent 11 months in Baghdad.
Will Wonders ever cease??
Let all of us know if you get through to your brother- in-law, Jimmy...I would be curious to know!!!
And to Michael Fowler, I listened to Limbaugh in my car today....it is my own personal form of self-abuse...lol,. And, it is funny how, now that a republican is in the white house, we are all just so lucky to only be paying 2.05 for a gallon of gas...just look at what other countries pay!!!
It is also funny how they feel that these hearings are just the biggest waste of time, ever.! The damned republicans are running scared...I sure hope they have a good reason!!!
And, yes, I have noticed how presidential Kerry is looking. I especially like the latest ad, where he has the glasses on....He will be such an improvement...please, please everyone....work like you never worked before to get this man elected!
I think it means our lives...
On my way home, I just heard that this idiot administration, who does not think the law is for them...bombed a wedding party in Iraq. No one, but no one, will still tell me why we are there!!
Kudos to Buzz for a place to vent!! I cannot wait to order the bumper stickers...the check is on its way!!
Subject: Good Job
I think you are doing a great job helping to spread the truth. I work for www.Democratradio.com, a non-profit group to help spread the Democratic truth without the republican-spin. Today more than ever we must acknowledge the fact that a great many Republican violations of the past continue to haunt us in the present. With our support, Democrats will continue to find solutions to these numerous Republican-made problems of the past and present. Moreover, we feel that our support of the Democrat Radio will undoubtedly lead us to better understand how we can change the Republican voters' attitudes towards our Democrat Party and thus insure a healthy future for our planet. The goal to raise the political awareness of all people is key to making lasting changes to help our Democrat Party take back our government.
Keep up the good work Thank you.
Hi, ran across your article while surfing the net. I really enjoyed reading the articles, especially the ones about Bush. I think in my opinion that Bush is the biggest mistake Ever! not to mention that I don't believe anything he tells us, and further more I don't trust the man. I am not voting for him, but again I did not vote for him the last time either....thank you for the interesting articles, keep them coming.....
Subject: 25ft pig at Halliburton shareholders' meeting
"A lot of the reason they're here is for political reasons," said Dave Lesar, Halliburton's chairman, president and CEO, after the meeting. "A lot those individuals oppose the war. I'm a big believer in free speech and I think the U.S. troops are in Iraq to create an environment where the Iraqi people have a right to speak freely."Iraqis are saying they had more freedom under Saddam. Lesar looks like von Ribbenthrop and smirks like the Chimp.
May 19, 2004, 5:37PM
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Subject: The Fifth Estate: CBC
An in-depth televised report; originally broadcast on October 29, 2003, rebroadcast on Wednesday, May 04, 2004.
CONSPIRACY OR COINCIDENCE?
It would behoove all BuzzFlash readers to pass this link around to fellow Americans, hopefully some of them REPUBLICANS, for a look at what Canada's Public Television is "allowed" to broadcast to its citizens on a daily basis, without TOO much interference from your White House. Yet...
(Maybe it's time to get satellite, eh?)
Democracy is in grave danger when the Fourth Estate is either muzzled or fears being labeled"unpatriotic" and "liberal" for reporting the truth and is thus manipulated into merely churning out propaganda spin for the ruling elite, as currently witnessed in the United States.
The term "Fourth Estate" refers to the press, both in its explicit capacity of advocacy and in its implicit ability to frame political issues. The term goes back at least to Thomas Carlyle. Journalism is the practice of collecting and publishing information regarding current events. Those who practice journalism are known as journalists. It is often referred to as the "first draft of history." Even though news stories are often written in a hurried style, they should be proofread before being published.
The main activity of journalism is the reporting of events by stating the journalistic parameters of who, what, when, where, why and how and commenting on the significance of the event. Journalism exists in a number of media: newspapers, television, radio and magazines, with Internet journalism being a newcomer.
Why does everything with these repukes take us back to something sexual or relating to the genitals? Is there something about white people and genitals that the rest of us don't get? Please explain.
[BuzzFlash Note: Two words: Sexual Repression. It didn't work for the Puritans and it won't work for the Republicans. Inhibiting ones innate healthy sexual desires is like squeezing a balloon: when you first squeeze/repress it, it slips out of your hands/pants in all kinds of weird ways and then eventually just blows up, leaving shreds of your sexual identity all over the floor. People like Tom Delay and John Ashcroft blew apart so long ago there's no hope of finding the pieces, so someone needs to just sweep them up and put them in the can with the rest of the trash. :)]
The BuzzFlash headline reads:
Bush Cartel Through the Looking Glass Update: U.S. Military Raids Headquarters of Bush Iraqi Puppet Chalabi, Who Allegedly Was the Cheney Source for Much of the Hogwash About WMDs, Etc. It Gets Weirder and Weirder. 5/20
Clicking on the article, the headline reads: "U.S. Troops Raid Chalabi's Headquarters in Baghdad"
It's abundantly clear to me that the writer failed to connect the dots. Is there really such a thing as "reporter malpractice" as has been alleged in the past week by the White House?
Chalabi has bragged for weeks now that he has thousands of records relating the the UN Oil for Food Program scandal and that he will conduct his own investigation. Who knows what other records he has, besides the ones that relate to his collusion with senior White House officials on the WMD claims as a prelude to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Evidently the White House is concerned enough that Chalabi will retaliate and release records implicating the White House in additional illegal activities of who knows what magnitude -- after Wolfowitz this week cut off that $340,000/month stipend he's been paying to Chalabi's group -- that it set in motion this raid to gather up all the incriminating evidence before Chalabi could expose it or leak documents piecemeal to the press.
It really aggravates me that reporters today or so inept that they can't rummage around in their memory banks and put two and two together. Argh!
Subject: Ahmed Chalabi
Hmmm, So convicted bank robber Ahmed Chalabi (whom Jordan would love to have delivered to them so he can serve out his sentence of 21 years of hard labor) isn't friends with BushCo anymore?
Guess he didn't see the BushCo habitual pattern of turning on their old buddies coming?
A falling out of thieves, a guess would be that he just got too greedy.
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Who dun it? The mysterious case of Nicholas Berg
I love murder mysteries! And as the Agatha Christie of Berkeley, CA, I am here to help find out who killed Nicholas Berg. My heart bleeds for his parents. It is the least I can do.
So. Who did it? Col. Peacock with the knife in the kitchen? I think not.
What would Sherlock do? "Was it even actually Nicholas Berg?" Can a big man lose that much weight in just two weeks? Maybe his prison guards should open a health spa or write a book. "The South Baghdad Diet." We don't even know if the body belonged to Nicholas Berg.
"In my day," said Nancy Drew, "we didn't have Photo Shop." Or computer enhanced images either. Think about it.
"What was the motive?" Assuming it was Berg, why was he killed? Was it in order to take our minds off of Abu Ghraib? Mission accomplished. Further, Berg's father was on a right-wing hit list (See http://www.freerepublic.com). The Bushies obviously didn't like him.
"Who had the opportunity?" Who had custody of Berg? The FBI? That's discouraging. Sidebar: What was the FEDERAL Bureau of Investigation doing in Iraq? Aren't they supposed to be here at home chasing bad guys?
What question would Hercule Peroit ask? "What shape was the body in when they found it?" This is an interesting question. "Was it decomposed?" After three weeks, it should have been. If it wasn't, then the culprits probably used that old murder mystery trick of storing the body in the freezer. "Who, in Iraq, had a freezer?" It wasn't the terrorists! Half the time, they don't even have electricity in Baghdad.
Inspector Gadget? If the body was discovered the day of the beheading (what WAS the day of the beheading? I'm all confused), "How was it found so soon?" What with all the other bodies stacked like cordwood in Iraq, how did they even know it was Berg?
"Where was the blood?" Have you watched the video? They hold up the head. No blood comes out. That's weird. That's really weird.
There is a big mystery here. The game is definitely afoot. If this had taken place in a mystery novel, Stephanie Plum would have put on her slut shoes and gotten right to work. Rina Lazarus would have put on her headscarf and checked out the facts -- but only after they got through being sick. That is one sickening video. "If the rebels did it, why would they even release such a film?" Surely they knew it would hurt their cause.
More clues. "What was that plastic chair doing in the picture?" That was an American chair. I have one just like it in my back yard. Does that mean I am a suspect? And who were all those fat guys standing around -- especially if one of those fat guys was what-his-name, the terrorist with his leg blown off. "He could stand around that long?" The fat guys all looked like those pictures of the "contractors" who guard Paul Bremer. I have one word for them. "Weightwatchers." If you're gonna star in a terrorist flick, you gotta look the part. And check out the flack jacket pictures at http://marc.perkel.com/archives/000233.html (courtesy of Detective Maggie at "I Want My Country Back")
And what about those terrible yellow Abu-Ghraib-colored walls in the background? Lula would have been revolted! "Damn skippy I would." Guys, get yourself a decorator.
"In which Middle Eastern country do they behead people?" Not in Iraq. That is a technique most favored by George Bush's pals in Saudi Arabia -- the same country that gave us the people who allegedly highjacked the 9-11 planes (and left their passports for evidence too -- but that's another mystery, another book).
So. Who dun it? It's time to assemble everyone in the drawing room. "The murderer of the alleged Nicholas Berg is (dramatic pause) ... you and me." Us? Yes, us. We did it -- by standing by and doing nothing while that criminal George Bush instigated this sickeningly barbaric war -- and for STILL keeping Bush in power despite knowing that he is the antithesis of everything about truth and justice and American goodness that we know in our hearts to be true.
Subject: Question for Mailbag
How is it that we're able to arrest 4 people in Iraq associated with the beheading of Nick Berg, yet Bush can't find the source of the Valerie Plame leak in his own White House?
Mike in Spokane
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