June 25, 2004
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Subject: Answer to GOP commercial
The GOP is running a commercial now showing John Kerry saying, "We can't fight communism everywhere," then showing Reagan saying "Tear down this wall." We could turn this around on them by running Kerry's statement, then explaining Kerry was right because the Soviet Union fell without firing a shot or loosing one soldier. Ya'll are smart enough to do this.
Love the site. Have been on the e-mail list for a couple of years now. I was wondering when someone might start looking into the fact that Arnold owes everything he has to the use of illegal drugs, mainly steroids. There is absolutely no way he would have attained the body size he did and win the competitions he did without the use of massive doses of steroids. Is this the kind of person we want our kids to look up to? When will he fess up and tell the truth?
Derek C Edwards
Subject: Re: 9/11 Panel must Interview SaddamHi,
Why won't the 9/11 Commission interview Saddam themselves? The panel interviewed everyone in the Administration, but none of the prisoners, especially Saddam. Cheney has said there's a link, so the 9/11 panel has the right to interview him. Saddam is also now in US custody. Please report this and beg this question to your readers.
Help stop the lies of the Bush Cartel.
not what they say, it's what they don't say
That's like the
old joke where the guy asks the girl if she will sleep with him for a million
bucks. She says yes, and he says, "Well, would you sleep with me for
$5." She says, "What do you think I am a whore?"
Subject: Our Horseless Rider
Thanks once again for all you do...
Michael Moore has it right. Humor is the way to go.
You probably know that patiently arguing facts with anyone who voted for Bush is a waste of time. The more evidence of incompetence and corruption you lay on, the more these knuckleheads retreat into "I Believe" mode. They sincerely believe no one in the office of President of the United States could be like that, especially not a Republican, so they retreat into their cranial cave, their view illuminated only by the dim, blinding fire of denial.
So make fun. And not just of Bush -- make fun of them too. Point out that Bush is a pseudo-religious con artist of the Elmer Gantry sort, only not as smart, and they're the poor rubes he's taken to the cleaners. Of course, they probably won't know Elmer Gantry from Adam, but that's part of pointing out their vulnerability to being duped.
Saddam tried to kill his daddy, and he got even by conning the country that invading Iraq was all about self-defense. In Bush's world, Saddam turned down a plea for help from al Qaeda, which proves they had a "relationship." Over eight hundred American soldiers have died on the basis of that 'relationship."
His supporters fell for it and still take it seriously. How can they be taken seriously?
We shouldn't make the mistake of dignifying Bush with sincere debate. There are thousands of ways to point out that Bush is an idiot. Mock the man. Mock his supporters. Reduce him to the joke he is and anyone who supports him also becomes the butt of the joke.
It's a very wide butt.
Reduce the Bush presidency to simple absurdity. The more simple the better.
Ask Bush defenders where they're hiding those Weapons of Mass Destruction, and why they haven't told Bush where they are yet. Ask them when they're leaving for that vacation in Baghdad now that it's so liberated and democratic.
If they insist you get serious, don't fall for it. Instead, show them that Bush is the real comic. Memorize a few quotes:
"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" "We ought to make the pie higher." "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." http://www.bushisms.com/index1.html
Now, using humor doesn't mean you can't show them you know what you're talking about. Point out the silliness of Bush's programs starting with the twisted goofiness of their very names. In Bush's world, names mean the opposite of reality.
Point out that "No Child Left Behind"' means forcing states to spend money on testing while laying off teachers to pay for it. "Clear Skies Initiative" means allowing more pollution into the air we all breathe to save money for Bush campaign contributors. "Healthy Forests" means cutting down trees for a profit so they won't burn. "Global Warming" is only real in countries that don't speak English so good as Yale-educated oil men.
Ask Bush Supporters (okay, call them Herr Nets if you insist) if they voted for him because of his tan lines and squinty eyes or because of his ability to speak in short soundbites. Ask them if they realize his "tax relief" is really deferred taxation, because the resulting national debt will have to be paid off WITH interest by somebody sometime -- that big joke is on our children and grandchildren.
Ask them which comic book hero Bush reminds them of, going after all those evil-doers from his easy chair at the ranch.
Ask them why a president who spends forty percent of his time vacationing on his ranch can't even ride a horse.
And don't forget to snicker while you're asking, and laugh long and loud when they sputter.-Bear
Subject: please tell us bush did not say this to robertson....
BROWN: I want to ask you how you feel about the war in Iraq. And if God is calling this war a disaster, does that mean that he is actually opposed to it?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: MSNBC -- Wolfowitz: the next six months are crucial
No kidding, Paul. The last six months were pretty "crucial" too. And the six before that...
What an idiot. Vote Dem and save your kids....Wolfowitz: More GI's on Iraq standby (MSNBC -- Hardball)
Subject: The President on 9/11
During his photo-op at Booker Elementary on 9/11, after being told by Andrew Card that a second plane had struck the World Trade Center and that "America is under attack:"
The President told us his instinct was to project calm, not to have the country see an excited reaction at a moment of crisis . . . The President felt he should project strength and calm until he could better understand what was happening. (9/11 commission staff statement #17, p. 22)
With years to work on a convincing explanation, the sheer implausibility of this one is a measure of how undeniable the video evidence from that day is of Bush's failure of leadership on 9/11. It should be obvious that people must know that they are seeing the President reacting to crisis with "strength and calm" in order for his actions to reassure them. Since no one watching TV that day, and few in attendance, knew that the President had just been told "America is under attack," sitting and doing nothing could not possibly "project" a reassuring "strength and calm." In the situation that day, failing to act could only convey precisely the panicked indecision, the frozen, wooden bewilderment that comes through in video of the event.
The plain, inescapable fact is that Bush was tested as a leader on 9/11 and that he failed. Our Commander in Chief was told "America is under attack" and did not react, did not issue a single order to protect the country. All accounts and records of that day, now including the President's own illogical "explanation" of his conduct, bear this out.
Albert Clark, NY
Your Use of the Term "Insurgents"
jesus god! last night on hard ball saxby chambliss said all these death threats only mean we are winning the war on terror. yikes! and bush tells pat robertson he doesn't need to warn the american people about casualties because our troops are too well protected. jesus god! these people are insane!
[BuzzFlash Note: If being attacked means we're winning the war, then peace will mean we lost it. God forbid we lose the war on terrorism and our lives become overwhelmed with peace and prosperity. Well, Bush's god forbid.]
Subject: Book of the Month Review
Thank you for your "Independent Thinker" Book of the Month suggestion and review.http://www.buzzflash.com/hartmann/04/05/har04002.html
Both the books and your review are informative, thoroughly enjoyable to read. (Since I am a supporter and daily reader of BuzzFlash, I do purchase the books as a BuzzFlash premium.)
I am a frequent listener to your show and enjoy your books. I am looking forward to your latest on Jefferson. Thank you for keeping the liberal, non-corporate and "commons" thinking alive.
Subject: Dept. of Homeland Security official has ties to incarcerated terrorist suspect
The policy director for the Department of Homeland Security's intelligence division was briefly removed from his job in March when the Federal Bureau of Investigation discovered he had failed to disclose his association with Abdurahman Alamoudi, a jailed American Muslim leader. Alamoudi was indicted last year on terrorism-related money-laundering charges and now claims to have been part of a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah.Diana W.
Re: Today's Top 5 Headlines on BuzzFlash.com
Moore Film Violates FEC Rules? What about FOX?
The Ace in the Hole at the DNC Convention?
Cheney tells Sen Leahy to FUCK OFF--literally!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: "I was duped"
MoveOn sponsoring "Thousands" of House Parties June 28th-celebrate
you all know about the 'virtual' great get-together to celebrate
Michael Moore's F911
White House bans staff from Fahrenheit 9/11
Thanks for the ammo
God Bless America.
Donny in Atlanta
Subject: Laws dictated by party ties, class and finances
the current trend we are seeing daily on the news, you know the
spots, a GOP person gets busted, but somehow it gets lazily excused,
and brushed aside. After the horrors that were ordered to be carried
out by misguided innocents in Iraq, by a ruthless, self-serving
administration, that has used them, and deserted them as they deemed
would best serve their own interests. Then big DICK gets caught
in a bold faced lie, and attacks the anchorwomen questioning his
flip flop on his previous story.
Let's hope justice has only been on vacation for the last few years, and will return to remind us, since we have all forgotten, what laws are for, who they are really supposed to protect, and just whose country this is anyway. Ours, not just the top 1%. Accountability now also must begin at home. I suggest the big white home on Pennsylvania Avenue to be the first home to be refurbished to its once great stature. The stain bush left on our flag, and our country, like Monica's blue dress, is right there in plain view. Will some Democrats, like Kerry, grow, buy, or borrow some balls soon? The neutered look went out with the Brady Bunch.
R. Anselm, Jr.
Subject: Bush and Ken Lay
As more of Enron's questionable tactics are revealed by audiotapes of employees joking about making more money off of grandmothers, please remind your audience of some excellent reading at:
The Smoking Gun archives are filled with chatty little notes between George W. Bush and Enron honcho Ken Lay, who prove in their own words the closeness of their partnership. I was disappointed that none of the Enron news coverage I read or saw mentioned these notes. Check them out for yourself and get an inside peek at the bonding between two key members of the right-wing ruling class. Then, the next time you hear the Enron people joking about ripping off little old ladies, remember how these two "leaders" placed profits above all other values in society.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Major media stealing from Jon Stewart...heh, heh
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Cheney's losing it and How!
Dear BuzzFlash Readers:
You know things are unraveling when the Vice President of the United States uses Picture Day in the Senate to chastise one of the Democratic Senators (Patrick Leahy) for calling him on an obvious lie spoken to the press. According to the article on BuzzFlash, Mr. Leahy reminded Mr. Cheney about his Halliburton connection and war profiteering, to which Cheney had no better comeback than to drop an F-bomb on the good senator from Vermont.
The Christian Liberal is in SHOCK and AWE. Such language by the second in command of our government! But then again, it's just a bunch of frat boys running the country anyway, isn't it? After cursing at him, Leahy should have told Cheney to step outside (since it looked like the VP was spoiling for fisticuffs, LOL -- my money would have been on Leahy, that's for sure!).
One has to wonder when a Vice President can lose his temper to the point of exhibiting a loss of professionalism and decorum, what's going on? I mean, the Supreme Court Lackeys just handed him a victory by ruling he can keep his records of his Energy Task Force meetings secret. However, the Lackeys also left themselves an escape hatch -- they returned it to the lower court for dealing. Maybe Cheney's not quite out of the woods.
Anyhow, one would think Cheney would be full of good cheer, but apparently, just as he clears the hurdle of not having to admit to the Western United States something that we already know or suspected (that Enron was gouging us with the energy costs in 2001), now he's being taken to task for his Halliburton connections, and so on.
As I've said, not too much gets past the Christian Liberal, but I'm scratching my head on this one! Cheney should know better to keep his composure if for nothing else, his heart condition. To go off on Patrick Leahy like that tells me that something more foul is going to surface if it hasn't already. My history tells me that only Harry Truman had a known potty mouth, and even he didn't direct it at a member of Congress (though Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon were known to drop an F-bomb behind closed doors in the Oval Office). What I'm seeing is contempt for the American process of government to the point of totalitarianism from the second highest official in the land, and it's very frightening to see. Are we supposed to be Stepford Wives and march in lockstep, no matter how foul it is?
Ashcroft and Rumsfeld are still trying to carry on with the lies they've told, even though they've been exposed. So are GeeDubya and Cheney. Maybe Cheney, with all his machinations, is feeling the weight of the house of cards he's built beginning to crumble in ruins around him. Ya' think?
Thirty years ago, Spiro Agnew had to hit the road before being thrown out of office for his antics. A few months later, Nixon quit in disgrace, for similar antics (after his "I am not a Crook speech -- which was worse than his 1956 "Checkers" speech) and between the two of them, they were the sons of Ozzie & Harriet compared to the Bush Cartel. Could history be repeating itself?
When we forget our past, we're doomed to repeat it. Till next time, fellow Buzz Flashers -- stay strong, stay focused, take charge and God Bless you!
Leutisha The Christian Liberal (and proud of it!)
Subject: Ronald Reagan's Terrorist Twofer...
I know Reagan's funeral is old news but I had a flashback when I saw this headline:
Allies Will Not Negotiate With Terrorists (foxnews.com)
As a BONUS evil deed in the ''Iran-Contra'' affair, Reagan sold weapons to the already evil Iranians to pay for the Contras' terrorism.
A BuzzFlash Reader and Big Time Patriot