June 24, 2004
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Does anyone know the timetable for this Carlyle purchase of Loews Theatres? If it's soon, I guess no Fahrenheit 911 at Loews. We can look forward to "family values" theme movies. Nothing with sex or gay people, god forbid. The ramifications of this are really scary. I work for a large law firm and they handle huge bankruptcies. I don't think that Loews is the only theatre chain that will need to be bought out, believe me. The neocons have got their sights on movie theatres now. This is just completely surreal.
Carlyle goes to the movies (Washington Business Journal)
Thanks for posting the Bruce Springsteen article, Buzz: Promoter Wants Springsteen to Upstage Bush (commondreams.org). I hope everyone signs the (www.draftbruce.com) petition. I'm an original Asbury Park girl and a Bruce fan forever. He usually does respond to the masses. Let's hope.
Barbara in NYC
Officer: US Losing Fight Against Terror
Subject: Dis-Info Article
Turning off the transponder does not make a plane invisible. Radar can still see the primary blip but it does not display the flight info on the screen. Also, military radar does not depend on a transponder to work. Sounds like laziness and incompetence reigned on 9/11 and someone is in CYA mode.
Subject: Shrub Tops NIXON: I Am Not a Crook/Torturer
Heck, here’s a Caligula quote for good measure. Caligula: It took the Romans "three years, ten months and eight days" to get to know the real Caligula. This would take us to, uh, November 2004. And while Shrub HAS had nothing but disasters throughout, he has referred to them as “hitting the Trifecta.”
Subject: The Saddam Hussein Connection . . . ?
Yeah, what about
those connections? Bin Laden had connections in Florida and all over the
family members. Bin Laden had connections with Pakistan,
Saudi Arabia -- where most of the highjackers were from -- to me, why give
a damn what Cheney or Bush say? They have lied from the beginning of this
regime. If Osama bin Laden "talked" to Saddam Hussein -- so what
-- does that give Bush the right to bomb the bejeezus out of Iraq, and not
Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and of course, they had a cell in Germany and other
parts of the world.
Subject: Ron Reagan
Well, I knew it would happen. Somehow, I remembered that Ron Reagan...the son...was not a very fervent republican, but I thought he was a republican. However, did he kick the living shit out of Geedubya....he put into words what no democrat can....he said he got us into this war by lying and not just once...at least two big ones. The one about WMD and the one about a connection between Saddam and Osama. He said the thing that scared him most, was when someone asked little georgie if he talked to his dad before he went to Iraq, and he had the nerve to say, "No, I talked to a higher power!" That scared Ron as it has many of us.
Larry King said, "Well, then I suppose you are not voting for Bush?" And he replied that he would never vote for Bush. King asked him if he would vote for Kerry or Nader, and he said he would vote for the most viable candidate who could beat Bush!!! Swear to God...hope many of you saw it! I knew...or thought...he likely would not be complimentary of little george...but I had no idea he would be that hard on him! It was surely an eye opener.
When asked about the funeral....he was super nice, and wonderful about his father...and his mother....and said that he really broke up when George the father's voice broke during his talk. There are many times when I wonder if the father is ashamed of this president in the White House now...not that I had any love for the Reagan presidency or the First Bush presidency.....But neither of them got us involved in a war that could end the world as we know it. I am frightened...very frightened!!!
Subject: a book you may wish to selldear folks-
please consider adding the children's book (but it's for preznits too) that gwb was reading aloud on 9/11/01 to your list of premiums. it was something about a pet goat, and it had to be fascinating as he was loathe to put it down. keep up the good work.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: this just ticks me off
Panel to Look at Dental Benefits (yahoo.com)
i have a question.
since cheney does not have to turn over the people on that energy task force, if john kerry becomes president..............can kerry release the names?
Subject: Worse than we thought, but Congressional Democrats are our heros -- no exaggeration
I recently stumbled on a jaw-dropping, readily available way to dispel right wingers' rabid anti-Democrat nonsense. Ready?
Make them watch hearings and the House and Senate in action on CSPAN1 and 2. This past week, watching hearings and Congressional speeches I have seen Democrats work very hard to uphold basic American principles of accountability and to get information about what our government is doing, fight to keep our soldiers equipped, argue for our nation's security, reveal the absolutely shocking failures of the administration's actions, and force admissions of unbelievable ignorance and incompetence from administration figures giving testimony.
I have seen the Republicans and administration figures avoid answering questions, change the subject, refuse to make their vote public, show clear contempt for the principle of accountability, engage in sentimental, fawning praise for troops while refusing to address the shameful failure to equip them with adequate body armor or armored vehicles, then refusing over Democrat pleas to vote to correct a system which takes disability compensation out of their pensions...
It is absolutely incredible. This is powerful, incredible stuff. Watching our Congress in action, and seeing the amazing efforts of Democrats to protect our nation from Republican policies and uncover facts, and seeing administration figures resist answering questions or producing documentation is really eye opening. I've been a firm Democrat supporter, but what I have seen real Democrats do in pursuit of their jobs has been an incredible awakening experience.
After this, news media seems so vague and full of insignificant fluff that it seems the entire US population is living in an ignorant daze. Saddam -- Al Qaeda? Forget it. Watch the Bushies make excuses for their incredible incompetence. Watch them answer fundamental questions....
Try watching CSPAN 1 and 2 for a few hours a day for 4 days, and see if your jaw doesn't hit the floor when you watch administration officials squirm, lie and avoid all accountability. The contrast is so stark I wouldn't have believed it. I guarantee this -- if everyone watched CSPAN, for an hour a day, this country would be 70% Democrat (if not more).
PS -- (I'll send a couple letters I wrote based on what I saw soon.)
Last night I saw 2 ads for the Good Morning Show on CBS. It said President Bush says the best reason to re-elect him is because he is married to Laura Bush. I don't think much of the Bush mentality. Does anyone remember when Papa Bush selected Dan Quayle? He said, I selected him because he is so good looking all the women will vote for him. Does anyone remember that? PPLLLLLEEEEEEEZZZZZZZEEEEE and these people are presidents!
Subject: Just a quick note...Just a quick note on your headline "Stalin Style Bush Dictatorship Will Try and Stop Ads for Michael Moore's Film." - surely this what we want! Michael Moore can make a huge story out of this underhanded attempt by Republicans to supress his film, making them look even more like like a third world dictatorship than they do already!
Subject: Il Duce?
Your headline: "Stalin Style Bush Dictatorship Will Try and Stop Ads for Michael Moore's Film. Can we call Bush the Little 'Il Duce'?"
...so what occurred in 2001 will be known to historians as The Little Duce coup?
Subject: This supreme court is going down in history as corrupt, but they're IDEALISTS
They have no shame.... the Dems should have rejected Thomas because of the Anita Hill thing, and impeached Scalia for the favors... but they didn't and won't, and our entire system is a hypocrisy.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Lies Rush TellsSalon.com recently brought to the forefront the fact that American Forces Radio broadcasts only Rush Limbaugh's view of America to our troops. This helped finally get the ball rolling on making changes so that the soldiers get a better view of reality, not just Rush's bizarre, twisted world. Details on the amendment are in the article. It will pass, as it's attached to the defense bill.
Salon.com has another article today that notes several of Rush's crazy rantings regarding Abu Ghraib and the torture scandal, which Rush has said were taken "out of context." Salon printed them completely in context, and it's stunning to see what the soliders are hearing, but most importantly, what millions of Americans are taking as "news" and "truth."The article also points out several complete fabrications Rush recently broadcast that will make your eyes pop out in amazement, regarding the efforts to bring balance to American Forces Radio (and balance is mandated in their charter, as they are funded by taxpayers like us). Here's the link, and note that you may be asked to watch a commercial to gain a free day pass to the site: http://www.salon.com/
From what Rush has been saying lately, it's clear he's going farther over the edge.