June 15, 2004
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Subject: in memory of a fallen hero
It is time to mourn the loss of one of the greatest of Americans. No matter our economic class, social position, religion or political affiliation, this is one of those sad occurrences where we should put aside our differences and salute the greatness of this fabled man. He will be greatly missed.
Ray Charles was 73.
I could not stand Reagan! But besides that, yes, I do feel sorry for Nancy. I know she had her round the clock of nurses, and such, and has the money to have help, but besides all that, think about it, politics aside....the man was her husband. I've never lost a spouse, except in divorce when I kicked his ass out the door, but I remember my mother and how she felt when my father died. The first week was a numbing experience and then the realization set in that he was never coming back......so from experience, that's why I feel sorry for Nancy and her kids, after all, they are the ones who lost a husband and a father. Especially the pain of a loved one not remembering you anymore....how sad.
Buzz Fan Forever!
Subject: Was the flag really crooked?In today's (06.11.04) NYT, reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg tells us that Bush "smoothed" the flag
on Reagan's coffin. Why? Was the flag crooked? Did the Honor Guard from our various branches of U.S. Services allow the flag on the venerated Cold Warrior's casket to get wrinkled or go catywumpus? If so, what a dark and embarrassing moment for the members of this Honor Guard.
If not, then could it be that Bush was just doing something to just look good for the cameras and show how connected (physically, no less) to Reagan's coffin he could be? Wow, what a majorly cynical political stunt that was -- using Reagan's casket as a campaign prop!
What you wanna bet the good folks over at Capitol Gang, not to mention Inside Politics and, of course, Tim Russert, are just going to go ape over this outrage! Whoa!Richard R. Newton
I just clicked on the story of 10m kids in slave labor, which came from cbs.com. At the top of the webpage was a banner ad for WAL-MART, the world's largest exploiter of slave labor. Ironically funny, in a disgusting sort of way. Just thought I'd mention it.
10M Kids In Slave-Like Labor (cbs.com)
O'Lielly's Boycotting Techniques Stink
Trade surplus rises to $7.6B in April (CBC)
And congratulations on winning the Stanley Cup ... again.
A Canadian Buzzflash Reader
Subject: I love thisIn case this hasn't yet been seen at BuzzFlash, I wanted to send it along:
Subject: Fired park workers
Fired parks workers file suit (Lexington Herald-Leader)
I sent this out earlier about the fired state park workers. Guess what? 3 of them have changed their registration and are now registered Democrats!!!! They will be at the state convention on the 17th.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Maureen Farrell's column - Broken promise
Someone should mention to John Kerry that the Democrats need to have TV commercials showing Bush spouting...as an example...Uniter not Divider etc...and then showing the reality..he is making the Flip Flop on Kerry stick. Someone needs to show the broken promises in a Democratic campaign TV Ad...and show who has really flip flopped.:-(.
Subject: Limbaugh headline should read...
..."Limbaugh Uses Reagan's Funeral as Subterfuge to Announce 3rd Divorce!"
Limbaugh announces end of 10-year marriage (Tallahassee Democrat)
Subject: Acquittal in Terrorism Case...good article
Here's a more comprehensive article on the case from Idaho and subsequent acquittal. Message from Idaho to Ashcroft: "Stuff it!" Thanks for the good work Buzz!
Subject: Ron Jr. fittingly eulogizes his fatherThere should be a transcript somewhere. Ron Jr. talked about how his father never made the mistake of other politicians by wearing his religious beliefs on his sleeve or using them to advance his political ambitions... Gosh... I wonder who that was intended to portray ...
Subject: key fact for your hypocrite
Key fact missing from your Jeb disenfranchising story (GOP Hypocrite of the Week: Jeb Bush) .... why they must do it:
Bush's Florida Edge May Have Faded (The Lakeland Ledger)
Subject: Ron Reagan Jr. Slam at Bush during Eulogy for his Father
Dear BuzzFlash,I am surprised to see no one as of yet has commented on Ron Reagan Jr's. slam of George Bush during his eulogy for his father during the Sunset Funeral at Simi Valley yesterday, June 11. He said (I don't remember the exact words) that his father was deeply religious but he did not wear it on his sleeve for political purposes. He also said that after his father was shot and almost killed in 1981 Reagan believed that he was spared because God wanted him to fulfill a purpose. He thought that this was an opportunity not a mandate. His words were brief and not overt or "in your face" but very much to the point for anyone listening.
Did you see in the article that Limbaugh was married by and at the home of Justice Thomas??
That's the intellectual quality of our supreme court.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: See Limbaugh link above]
Subject: Ray vs Ron From:
I think that I am going to miss Ray Charles a whole lot more than Ronald Reagan.
Subject: Nomination for GOP Hypocrite of the Week
May I nominate a candidate for a BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week? Following is an example of hypocrisy within a eulogy.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The following is a transcript of the eulogy given Friday by former President George H.W. Bush at Ronald Reagan's funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington: Brief extract: “And one of the many memories we all have of both of them is the comfort they provided during our national tragedies.
Compare this to a passage contained in "THE ROOT – The Marines in Beirut, August 1982 – February 1984" by Eric Hammel, copyright 1985, Pacifica Press, Pacifica, CA ISBN 0-935553-05-3, pg. 388, referring to the aftermath of the bombing:
The horror stories are legion: the time on Tuesday that one of the sergeants spent hours freeing a body from a tight corner, only to discover that it was warm, no doubt having expired only moments before he reached it; the time several of the sergeants were told in the midst of a recovery to shut down a hard-to–start light earth mover because the noise disturbed Vice President George Bush, who was touring the bomb site in place of the Commander in Chief…
Subject: Lack of Blacks
Did you all notice that there were so few black people going through the line in the capital? Must have been about 98% white people. At the final ceremony in CA where 700 of Reagan's "friends" were invited, I didn't see one black person. Maybe I missed him. And poor Michael Reagan! He tried so hard to get attention, but Nancy didn't even know he was there. At the end when Michael kissed her on the forehead, she looked at him like, "Who are you?" The whole hoopla was to try and outdo Kennedy's funeral and the only thing they left out was the eternal flame. The poor repugs, they just haven't had a president yet that they can put on a pedestal. Most of their presidents ended up needing to be impeached. That's why they always have to go all the way back to Lincoln.
Carolyn in Illinois
Subject: What A Difference A Poll Makes
Hi Gang!I noted today (Friday, June 11, 2004) that CNN.com carried a poll asking the following question: " How do you rate the amount of media coverage of Ronald Reagan's death?"
I noted yesterday that FOXNEWS.com had a nearly identical poll on Thursday, June 10, 2004, asking the very same question.The results came out to be very strange indeed.FOXNEWS: "How do you rate the amount of media coverage of Ronald Reagan's death?' Out of 109,173 total votes, the following percentage answered:
Has been great - 75% Has been overdone - 19% Neither of the above - 6%
CNN: " How do you rate the amount of media coverage of Ronald Reagan's death?" Out of 55,104 total votes, the following percentage answered:
Too little - 3% Too much - 62% Just right - 35%
Odd that the numbers, if you compared them to their equals in each poll, are nearly completely opposite from each other.
Now, for the best part. FOXNEWS.com now has a poll asking the following: "With Regard to the Presidential election in November," and they give you 5 choices. Here are how they came out.
1. I am definitely voting for President Bush - 86%Given the polar opposites of the CNN and FOX Reagan ceremonies polls, I have to draw the following conclusion: Welcome to the GOP News Channel! Want to hear the 24/7 diatribes against Democrats and Liberals? Watch the GOP News Channel! Want to hear happy, happy, joy, joy news about the economy, news, the War on Terrorism, the War in Iraq, the War in Afghanistan, Halliburton, Enron, the Patriot Act, and everything Shrubya is doing?
Watch the GOP News Channel, formerly FOX News Channel!
Subject: Suggested corrections to - "Michael Moore has Blair in sights"
Michael Moore Has Blair in Sights (Reuters)
1. "Britain and Blair have been the staunchest supporters of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq..." is this a quote? Polls show that the majority opposed the USUK invasion. The attack was an undemocratic decision on Blair's part.2. " ... he does not support Bush, and wants his reelection (sic) attempt to fail."
Bush has yet to be elected, so he cannot be re-elected. His current position is by appointment by the US Supreme Court.
Subject: oh for christ sake!
oh for christ sake! everyone but the media knows very well kerry has not picked mccain and mccain has said he would not anyway. at this point it is just the media looking for stuff to get people to listen to them.. not to mention a mccain choice would bring in swing voters at the cost of the base and virtually all the democrat women. it would be a stupid choice and not going to happen anyway! let go, move on, get some help if you need to.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Just have to add my 2 cents worth on rush limpbro. Now he is getting his 3rd divorce. Is that the up-right fine american bush referred to recently? guess so! That's the republican way. Paint a godly picture of themselves and then sneak in the closet and drink the boot-leg. haha
Subject: Donated jet flight runs into squall (Toledo Blade)
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Subject: NYTimes.com Article, Day After Day, Funeral Filled the Small Screen
Two things stand out in this article. First, the only network official to speak honestly isn't in the news dept and also wouldn't give out his/her name ("any network that missed any of the ceremonies could be called disrespectful of Mr. Reagan") and while it's important to (them) to honor Reagan, the actual process of democracy is less so. Hence the final paragraphs, where the networks justify airing all the events of Reaganpalloza even though cable was carrying it while still standing by their decision to cut convention coverage because . . . cable will be carrying it.
Subject: NYTimes.com article on Crisis in Sudan
-I sure agree that what's happening in western Sudan is something we need to pay attention to. But note this:
White House Reconsiders Its Policy on Crisis in Sudan
Nothing wrong, apparently, with a little "ethnic cleansing." And these are the straight shooters?
Subject: Howard Dean.....still
I have read both articles today...
and without a doubt, there just must be a place in this Kerry administration for this man who gave the voice back to the democrats. There is not doubt in my mind, that we would still be stumbling along, peacefully hoping that no one would step on Bush's lying shoes....if Howard Dean had not come along when he did. I think he, alone, is responsible for the "Fire in the Belly" attitude of Al Gore....and to a certain extent John Kerry. They just must keep Howard....he is our Savior, no matter whom is elected!!!
As you likely have guessed, I spent the day with my republican relatives, and found that (at least from what they tell me) Ronald Reagan was in the US Army reserves. I thought he spent the war, in the foxholes of MGM...and Warner Bros...but, from what I am now reading...he did join, but was rejected for active duty because of poor eyesight..
Anyone know anything out there???
Subject: Old Wooden, 2 Holer Out house, Collection
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Subject: Reagan's sainthood?
I think any former president deserves a respectful funeral no matter what the politics. But last week was ridiculous. Mail wasn't even delivered. It was the most overblown fiasco put on by the Republicans to mimic President Kennedy's funeral (the networks kept comparing the two funerals). They forgot to mention that President Kennedy was actually "in office" and assassinated.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Here's a little test that I'll call "What's Wrong with this Reporting?" I've excerpted the following paragraphs from a Sunday, June 13, AP report entitled "Powell: Terrorism Report a 'Big Mistake'". Pencils ready, here we go.
Begin quote (cut and pasted--the typos are not mine):
Anybody? How about that the erroneous data is repeated without any attempt to balance it with correct information, at least some of which can be found in the report itself. Contrast the above weak paragraphs with the following superior reporting by R. Jeffrey Smith in The Washington Post , found on page A-17 in the June 10 edition, a full three days prior to the AP's story (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29664-2004Jun9.html):
See the difference?
By citing errors without corrections, the AP story (which lacks a byline) leaves the mistakes unanswered. This is a tactic the Bush administration uses over and over. The strategy: if you say something enough times, even when the statement has been proven false, it takes on a ring of familiarity and truth. The Associated Press should be ashamed.
Read carefully, my friends, read carefully.
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