June 7, 2004
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Subject: heads up!
here's a new wrinkle for you folks -- just watch how all of a sudden the death reports out of Iraq are being divided into combat and non-combat deaths and guess what? They seem to be leaving the non-combat deaths out of their reports. Thus -- radio reports in the NY area giving 603 as total deaths. AND -- msnbc as well as wapo.
Bet ya know where this is coming from!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Subject: Hindcite [sic]
Cited at TalkingPointsMemo.com: "As Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), former head of the Republican House campaign committee (NRCC), told The Hill, 'If you take out the Indian reservation, we would have won.'"
Dear Mr. Davis: So. If we "take out" Stupid White Males, Ms. Herseth wins in a landslide? Thought so.
Subject: "The Day After Tomorrow" runs up against White House
A BuzzFlash Reader
This article gave me new insight into the mind of Eisenhower (one of the last "good" Republicans). Apparently Walter Cronkite spent a lot of time interviewing Eisenhower after he left office, and came away with a vastly different opinion of him, saying that he was much more than a "do-nothing" president.
On this 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, Cronkite's reflections on Eisenhower bear witness to Ike's understanding of what war and its aftermath really mean. Unlike the present president, he understood the horrors and implications of war and its consequences.
It really disturbs me that Bush is representing this country at the ceremonies marking this important anniversary of that turning point of WWII. Does he even know what it means? That this little man, who has taken this country to the brink of disaster, who has thumbed his nose at international opinion, and who has no respect for law, will be there to mark this occasion is an insult. What are his credentials? How has he earned the right to do this?
Subject: NYTimesWould it be a good idea to stop having links to The New York Times? Or would this tie your hands exposing people like Judith Miller? Just wondering. I myself don't buy it anymore.
Keep up the good work
Subject: Citizen Murdoch
Hello BuzzFlash,Thank you for your great editorial on Rupert Murdoch. It is about time that some sunshine is being focused on this rightwing megalomaniac. It's too bad that Michael Moore hasn't already made a documentary about Citizen Murdoch. I would love to see a complete investigation of this guy's history and how it is possible that an Aussie was allowed to buy up so much power and influence in this country. I would also like to understand the motivation behind this obsession to make everybody a WINGNUT. I was contemplating dropping cable in protest of them carrying Fox News, but now he owns Direct TV. BuzzFlash and the internet are my only sources of real news. When will Citizen Murdoch be satisfied that we are all rightwing enough for him? The other cable "news" channels are quickly moving to the right in an attempt to grab Fox's ratings. Fox News started off on its first day as the 24hr bash Clinton network and I was shocked that it lasted. Now it is a 24hr campaign megaphone for Chimpco. Only in America! Thanks, BuzzFlash for your tireless work
You may perhaps want to urge your readers to do what I do as a matter of principle. I DO NOT SUPPORT shruB PROPAGANDISTS! The way I do that is by watching carefully who advertises on FOX, then make it a point never to purchase anything under those labels. Moreover, I inform my friends and acquaintances whose merchandise they ought to avoid, and why. I have so far not informed the vendors, but am about to do that too. Well, isn't that the American way, isn't the marketplace the wherewithal? Onward and upward.
Frank A. Lojewski
Subject: Leveling the field ...
There is another tactic that we are letting FAUX NUDES get by with that we shouldn't. Whenever people like Hillary preach on the "vast right wing conspiracy" then of course FOX et al. yell CONSPIRACY theories and of course just ignore the issue. On the other hand in a similar situation the righties yell "liberal bias" and usually site so-called facts and figures (anecdotal mostly). It is the same argument basically (even though one is most likely more valid than the other ... truth STILL counts.
What they have once again accomplished is framing the issue better than we have even though our side actually has the "moral high ground." The whole point of this it seems is we need to somehow turn the argument back around from a more logical viewpoint. Our greatest advantage, which should ultimately be our saving grace, is of course the truth. Like arguing religion, logic most always triumphs rhetoric when all the facts are exposed. The truth surely can set us free.
#s of protestors in Italy
A Chance for the Return of America
We'll just stop here to refrain from taking up all of BuzzFlash's copy space. Vote for Kerry if you want:
The job for Kerry will be stupendous, if not mind-boggling. It will take half of Kerry's first term to reverse the harm that has been bestowed on this country by Bush and the neo-cons. An overwhelming task, but I believe a Kerry administration can do it. Do we really have a choice? Such urgency tells us it is now or never! The America we all learned to love and take pride in has taken a Leave of Absence. Our country is no longer the America in which we grew up. John Kerry relates to the same thoughts, also wants his country back, and is willing to take on the challenge. Real patriots, working together in an administration are solely capable of giving America back to Americans. With John Kerry, a proven patriot, we can have our best shot at taking back our country.
Subject: Tenet's family
A BuzzFlash Reader asks if it's paranoid to think perhaps Tenet was sending a secret message in his stated reason for resigning, i.e., "the well-being of my wonderful family," with the message being that his family had been threatened. Thank you for bringing that up, Reader, as I had exactly the same thought when I listened to Tenet making that statement on the radio...And also wondered if I was being paranoid. It sounds wild, I know, but wild things are happening. I prefer to think of it as critical inquiry rather than paranoia. If it's not true, I wouldn't be surprised, and if it is true, I wouldn't be surprised.
Subject: Re Bush Press Conference in France
Did anyone see the Saturday 6/5 press conference, because it seemed to me that Bush was being fed what to say. Through what must have been a glitch in the audio, a voice was heard saying what Bush was about to say. Somehow I think that Bush's ear piece audio was accidentally transmitted. I clearly heard someone say "Jim Angle Fox News" before Bush called on Jim Angle from Fox and then heard a voice giving the answer that Bush was about to before Bush even said a word. Did anyone happen to get it on tape, because they fixed the problem before I could turn on my VCR.
Subject: george tenet
My belief: Chalabi is the scapegoat. He is going to be blamed for the whole fiasco. Bush is going to get away with "murder" (of over 900 soldiers and countless Iraqis). Tenet resigned because he KNOWS the truth...that Bush and company are the real culprits...and he will not speak out against the regime.
What burns me is that Bush and his administration are going to get away with this. I believe that this administration lied knowingly about the WMD. What chumps we are!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Tell me if I'm crazy . . .
I was watching the joint press conference from Paris and there was a question directed to President Bush; the questioner at first quoted President John Kennedy as once having said something to the effect that everyone in the world has two countries, their own and France, and then asked the current US president to comment on today's chillier relations between the two countries.
Now here's the crazy part: I could have sworn I heard Bush say this, "Well to paraphrase John Kennedy, there's the United States and then there's Texas." And then he went on to speak about US/French relations in his usual, meandering style. Please print the transcript of this press conference. I'd like to know if he really said this. If he did, doesn't it show truly remarkable thoughtlessness, even by his own standards? After all, President Kennedy was assassinated in Texas. Also, maybe reporters might be prodded to ask just what Bush meant by citing this reference. Thanks for your great site.
[BuzzFlash note: Bush did say that. The Seattle Times has the quote. But, it wasn't Kennedy who said it, it was Thomas Jefferson. How, we keep asking, can anyone vote for Bush when it's as plain as day he's an ignorant and arrogant fool?]
Subject: Letter to the Editor - Reagan Dies
Different people have different opinions about the life of Ronald Reagan -- but there's one thing I think everyone agrees on. America will be forever in his debt.
Subject: White House reaction to Reagan's death
Strange. The White House reacted faster to the death of Ronald Reagan, going through all the necessary formalities like informing Bush in Paris, planning ceremonies and lowering the flag to half mast, than it did to the attacks on the WTTs and Pentagon on 9-11.
It says a lot about their priorities, doesn't it?
(I can't wait to see the photo-ops of GW with phony tears rolling down his cheeks at the ceremony! Don't be surprised if this event raises his poll ratings.)
Subject: Gore for Vice President
Please think about this. Al Gore would unquestionably accept the nomination for VP since he will always do what's best for the country -- except run an effective presidential campaign against Bush. He might avoid saying "lockbox" and he has proven that he can say "United States" on occasion without portentously saying "United States of America." (Sen. Kerry has difficulty with this.) Gore has proved that he is a great VP. He has proved that he is acceptable to more than half the electorate, having beaten Bush by over a half million votes. He has rediscovered his passion and his commitment to Democratic ideals and he is a passionate spokesman right now against the evils and excesses and failures of the Bush administration. Please consider Al Gore for Vice President. I think he would contribute, once again, to a winning ticket. And the learning curve for both Sen. Kerry and Gore would be greatly diminished by the strength of Gore's experience.
Subject: The New Improved ElectionIn the last "presidential election," the winner was Al Gore by over a half million votes nationally, and by in excess of 50,000 in Florida (based on the subsequently surveyed 175,000 votes the "Scalia Five" prevented from being counted).
This time, about 50 million votes are expected to be tabulated by 'black box voting machines' with no paper trail.
Even though eminent, highly regarded computer experts across the land are sounding the alarm that these machines are wide open to manipulation, elections officials all over the country are belligerently claiming that the machines are reliable, and that those who are criticizing them are trying to undermine democracy.
Of course, these officials could not have managed to maneuver themselves into the positions they hold if they were as stupid as they are letting on. So...they obviously have an agenda, don't they?
With 50 million votes, it will be child's play to finagle the results by, say, two or three percent (.5 to 1.5 million). This would be in addition to the traditional stuffed ballot boxes and phony absentee ballots.
And let's not forget the massive national federally mandated voter rolls purge. After all, it worked wonders in Florida!
Sorry to be so depressing. I honestly don't know what the answer is to this dangerous situation. We may have seen the last of democracy as we have known it.
Who's going to step in and stop this? Ashcroft? Ha! The Supreme Court? Yeah, right.
Fear not, though. The press will lead "a never-ending fight for truth, justice, and the American way..."
OK...we're in trouble, folks...
Subject: Analyze this
At 10 pm Paris, France time, Andrew Card woke the sleeping GW Bush and informed him of President Reagan's death. Reportedly, Bush immediately got out of bed and called Nancy Reagan in California. He also plans to cut his visit to Europe short and return to Washington for funeral services.
On 9-11-2001, Andrew Card interrupted GW Bush's meaningless photo-op at Booker Elementary School by informing him of the second plane attacking the second World Trade Tower in New York. Reportedly and as seen on the Elementary School's video, Bush sat there for twenty minutes longer listening to a story about goats. Then, instead of immediately returning to the White House he ran and hid himself in a bunker in Nevada.
Subject: Rome Protests
Subject: REAGAN DIED
Reagan died, now it's time for the press to go to sleep again.
Now it's puff pieces and laziness.
Now it's time to make the same mistakes they just got through apologizing for.
Now it's time to ignore all the important stories that are currently going on and only cover the death...as if the American people can't keep more than one thought in their head at a time.
It's time for the right-wing echo chamber to try to use this to make Bush look competent, when any comparison between "the great communicator" and George Bush is purely comical. As soon as the Republicans try to use this sad event for political gain, the Democrats should call them on it.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Bush visited Fosse Ardeatine, where on March 24, 1944, German troops killed 335 innocent Italian men and boys in an abandoned quarry in retaliation for an attack by Italian partisans... Bush Late for Vatican Meeting With Pope (Guardian Unlimited)
Will he next visit Fallujah and mourn the more than 800 innocent Iraqi civilians killed in their homes in retaliation for the death of four civilian contractors?
Subject: The New York Times and "ALL THE NEWS THAT'S FIT TO PRINT"
Fit: TRANSITIVE VERB: . . . . b. To cause to be the proper size and shape: The tailor fitted the trousers by shortening them. . . . 3. To be in conformity or agreement with: observations that fit the theory nicely . 4. To make suitable; adapt: fitted the shelves for large books. See synonyms at adapt . . . . . 8. To insert or adjust so as to be properly in place . . .
Joe Blue's addendum;
w. To echo, mirror, spin, incorporate, authenticate or otherwise surreptitiously advance the White House agenda . See synonyms at lie, yellow journalism, elitism, denial, zionist and class warfare.
Stay well Buzz,
Subject: How bush will stop the reporting of 2004's stolen election! This has Rummy's prints all over it!!!!
Don't forget, even the Police have reported 500,000 protesters, after earlier statements of 25,000 (the amount CNN reported on air, before I read the internet version, hmmmm.)? Control of the internet and media is the technique which keeps us in check, and will be used to greater ends as the election nears. I suggest we all get jobs in media, or as some already are becoming the media, as we do with our emails! bush will pull out all the stops, but the repugs may throw him to the wolves since there is no honor amongst thieves!
Plug Pulled on Rome Radio Stations Covering Bush Protests (MediaChannel.org) By Timothy Karr
Subject: Link: New Jersey Businessmen Facing Jail Gave $43,000 to GOP
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