June 30, 2004
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Subject: I haven't forgotten: U.S. Hands Power to Iraqis Two Days Early (yahoo.com)
Anybody else remember the Administration saying that there would be 5 major speeches, one every week leading up to June 30th, given by Dubya to the American people before we faked the turnover of power back to the Iraqis? I remember them saying it very clearly...so what happened?? Well I guess that was another lie and manipulation of some sort.
Beginning with Monday's address at the Army War College, Bush will give a major speech on Iraq every week through June 30, when the U.S.-led coalition is due to turn over limited authority to a new interim Iraqi government. "We're entering a critical phase, and the president will be speaking out each week to discuss with the American people, and the world, the way forward in Iraq," said a White House official.
So why do you think Dubya didn't lay out his plan?? I believe he never had one to lay out in the first place...interesting.
Keep On Buzzing.
Subject: NY Times glaring omission!
As Pam Belluck of the NY Times tells us, John Kerry is bad, bad, bad for refusing to cross police picket lines to give a speech Monday to mayors in Boston:
A Republican Subs for Kerry With Relish (NY Times)
CBS news informs us that Kerry had actually made a deal with the police union that they would not picket the Democratic National Convention in Boston next month if he honored their picket line in Boston on Monday:
Cops Won't Picket Dem Convention (CBS News)
But of course Pam Belluck of the NY Times forgets to mention this aspect of the story. Bad reporting? You bet! What else would one expect from the NY Times?
And to top it off, Tom Menino (Boston mayor, Democrat) jumps in bed with Mitt Romney (Massachusetts Governor, Republican) to dis John Kerry! Tom is such a staunch Democrat -- just like Zell Miller! With friends like Tom and Zell, who needs enemies?
Subject: F 9/11
Hi, Buzz -
Subject: A thousand men
I have no idea if any country or rock singers or songwriters ever visit BuzzFlash. But I saw a headline today that 850 soldiers have died in Iraq so far. Given that Bush will not be pulling out of Iraq, and the only hope is a Democratic victory at the polls, I would like to suggest some songwriter now begin writing a song about this war and title it, 'A THOUSAND MEN" as that's likely how many will have to die before something is done.
"Where I come from there are men who do nothing all day but good deeds. They are called Good Deed Doers." --The Wizard of Oz
Subject: Liberal Media?
Please tell me that old Liberal media story again. I just finished watching John Kerry give a policy speech on CNN that was completely ignored by Fox and MSNBC. Apparently Fox thought a segment on J-Lo's yoga was more important and MSNBC had some other entertainment story when the speech began. Afterwards they both did segments on Saddam's show hearing which will take place on Thursday.
Please explain to me how in the world people can claim a Liberal bias? Could someone also please check and compare the time Bush's speeches were given in 2000 up to this point in the campaign with the time Kerry has been given?
Another example of that ole' Librul media -- all the fact checking devoted to Michael Moore's 2-hour movie. I mean, come on, Moore is the left's equivalent of Rush Limbaugh, or Sean Hannity. Both of whom have spent many hours a week over the last decade or so promoting such nonsense as the Vince Foster Murder. I don't remember the media "fact checking" any of the Right's hero's claims. Rush even went as far as to say that the Titanic's oil spill didn't harm the environment. Well, I guess not since the Titanic was coal powered and the only oil was in the salad dressing. Where's the balance? Thank you,
PS - Anyone who believes the media is liberal is either delusional or lying in my humble opinion.
Subject: Nader in Arizona
Didn't the republicans denounce Gray Davis for this sort of tactic for supposedly helping Issa win the nomination over Richard Riordan?
Subject: Zell says meow and Frist says WOW!!!
I'm hoping that when Zell Miller shows up to deliver the key note speech at the Republican National Convention that Bill "Cat Killer" Frist mistakes him for a Pussy Cat and gives him a lobotomy.That could be a bit of wishful thinking on my part though because that outcome assumes that Zell has a brain.
Carolyn in Tennessee
Subject: It's time to start the election count down clock
I think it's time for BuzzFlash to begin an election countdown on your front page.
It would be a great way to build enthusiasm leading up to our vote for Kerry and the ideal way
to keep it on the minds of the BuzzFlash readers.
Keep on keeping on BuzzFlash, WE'RE GOING TO WIN THIS ONE!!!!!!!!!!
Carolyn in Tennessee
Subject: Cheney to be dumped?
On today's Lou Dobbs show on CNN, journalist James Gannon spoke of his open letter to Vice President Cheney recommending he should step down and not run for reelection as vice president. He wants to see John McCain on the ticket. Repubs are worried that he will be a liability in the November election. CNN has a poll on the subject which favors replacing Cheney.
Subject: Re: Hitler image used in Bush Campaign videoThe Republicans released an official campaign commercial containing images of Al Gore, Howard Dean, Michael Moore and Rep. Dick Gephardt interspersed with those of Adolf Hitler. This is not the unsponsored product of a private individual (as was the case with the MoveOn.org contest entry featuring Hitler), it is the official production of the political party of the President of the United States aired with his approval. There really is no bottom to the RNC barrel.
Albert Clark, NY
We saw F9/11. In a word ----- GREAT!! And after reading today's Buzz letters from those who saw it -- Two words --- Double GREAT!
And there is so much more, hidden away that needs to be told. Like the Cheney-Halliburton, Privatization-no bid contracts, conflict of interest continued payments to Cheney and what are his stock holdings in that company, anyway? And the role of the docile go along congress who gladly meet for late night and weekend passage of 'cloaked in secrecy' legislation and, of course, vote for their own pay raises while constituents' jobs go offshore, yet could not find a single Senator to stand with the House Black Caucus, for starters.
And more, so much more as yet unsaid -- I can hardly wait for the F9/11 sequels: "Son of Fahrenheit" and "Fahrenheit Meets the Wolfowitzman"!
Subject: F 9/11, Propaganda, and Balance
Although nothing --repeat, NOTHING----in Michael MOORE's "F 9/11" has been shown to be untrue or inaccurate, the wingnut complaints have settled into these main categories:
They appear to think that "propaganda" is specific to politics and that it is a bad thing. Actually, it is simply a point of view about any topic, communicated along a spectrum starting at getting others at least to SEE it and ending at getting others at most to SHARE it. Manipulating emotions is the basic tool.
When VAN GOGH painted a bright field with blotches of grackles over it, he was conveying some specific thing, with selectivity in choices of inclusion and exclusion, just as surely as every other artist in whatever medium does. And Michael MOORE did this in his own creation, just as, for that matter, every human does in the act of communicating.
As for there being a supposed need to balance both sides, how exactly does somebody expressing his own personal point of view present another side to or against himself? Does he say, "I said to myself," 'Self'?
Subject: Nashville, TN, population 1.2 million. Theaters showing Fahrenheit 9/11, ONE
I've noticed in the Mailbag that the BuzzFlashers are complaining about not having enough theaters showing Fahrenheit 9/11 in their hometown. For the record, in Nashville, TN, a city of 1.2 million people, only one theater is showing Fahrenheit 9/11.I bought tickets on the first day of screening for the matinee on the second day. The theater that showed the film was screening it in two theaters so there were plenty of seats, but the tickets are selling out almost as fast as the box office opens. Please understand that TN is a bible thumping, neo-conservative, red state and this movie is the number one box office draw in Nashville and it's only being shown on two screens in one theater.
I recently moved 40 miles south of Nashville and I drove 100 miles roundtrip, two days in a row, just to buy tickets and see the movie.
Let me tell you and the other BuzzFlashers, IT WAS WORTH EVERY DOLLAR I SPENT, EVERY MILE I DROVE, EVERY CRITICISM I ENDURED FROM THE NEOCONS I WORK WITH. It is fabulous and Michael Moore should win an Academy Award for this and if he doesn't then something's rotten in Hollywood.Keep spreading the good news, Buzz, we're with you.
Carolyn in Tennessee
What a world we live in since the entrance of this corrupt administration!!!
Subject: The Responsibility of a Democratic Liberal Father
I am a Democratic Liberal. I'm proud of it and I wear it like a badge of honor. Someone once asked me, " Why are you proud of it?" My reply was, "Liberals move forward, always reaching beyond what is now instead of trying to maintain the status quo. Liberals also deal in realities. People like to call us 'flip-floppers' and a variety of other things. Times change and in order to change with the times, you have to inevitably change your position, don't you?" The person asking me the question initially sputtered and stammered while a few co-workers nodded in agreement.
I have succeeded in waking up my mother-in-law to the realities of the politics today. She asked me, "Why do you hate Republicans so much?" My reply was, "The Republican party you knew and grew up with doesn't exist any more. It's being run by people trained by Newt Gingrinch. They want nothing more than to completely eradicate the Democratic Party and 'govern' on the basis of an ideology, not on the basis of reality." She just stared at me, not sure what to say.
My oldest daughter, 11, has taken up bad-mouthing Bush, Iraq, and any other topic the missus and I go off on. She asks me about things and I try my best to keep it simple for her, laying out what I know in a fashion that isn't too far over her head. But, I have a responsibility to her as a Democratic Liberal father and what I always tell her after talking to her sums it up for myself and for any other parent out there.
I would never try to force her to follow my line of thought. This is something a conservative wants you to do and do it without question. I want her to open her mind to everything around her, analyze it carefully, and come to her own conclusions.
That's the responsibility of a Democratic Liberal father to make sure she learns to do, that and it should be all of ours.
Dear BuzzFlash,I must say that I am impressed. I sincerely applaud you! Your writer, Maureen Farrell, in her most recent column of 6/29/04 entitled "The Founding Fathers Meet George Bush," she actually admits that the US Constitution GUARANTEES (natural-born) rights rather than merely GRANTING them. She actually admits that we're supposed to have a REPUBLIC, not the Socialist Democracy we enjoy today. She accurately quotes the Founding Fathers, something that is politically incorrect. By all this, she implies that the US Constitution is designed to limit the powers of government and to protect individual rights.
Be careful........you guys run the risk of going from Leftist-Lenin to Libertarian...
Subject: : THE SHAM SOVEREIGNTY wait! that's 500 B a year!
Dear Buzz,Krugman writes:
And let's say more; let's just follow it out.
With all that we know now, the conclusion pointed to is that Bush et al. have been paving the road to full-scale war all along. When have they not made that clear? Be it in service of oil, present population un-sustainability, Christian Millennialism, racism, ideology, or just old scores, such a generalized, mobile, all-purpose shadow-enemy as Terrorism is a carte blanche answer to their prayers.
Terrorism's mutability nourishes the psychological fear necessary to create a 'belly' for war. It also provides the rational for endless logistics. And all who question or oppose become the enemy.
Congress has given this administration a clear 500 B a year to wage war. The people Congress represents, those who fund everything, have no say about it, and have been continually and deliberately disinformed by Bush and Cheney. This is simple fact. We were disturbed when Bush unsigned us from the nuclear proliferation treaties, but now, looking back, it simply fits into the logic: Last week, Republicans, by Senate roll call, voted overwhelmingly to reject an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would have eliminated funding for research into "bunker buster" warheads. Nukes, my friends.
I had hopes last week when so many individuals and commissions were taking a brave and deliberate stand for truth, that moderate Republicans would come forward to make some sense of things. But the lies only got bigger; Hannity and O'Reilly, and even the emasculated Rush, just got louder.
The full potential for Marshal Law is embedded in the Patriot Act. What a miracle to come up with such a tome on such short notice! You can't say this administration wasn't prepared, even as they rejected their own intelligence and Hart-Rudman's pre-9/11 warnings.
And now I read:
Let the eagle fly. With the media, the executive, much of Congress in the bag, how can we can we stop it? We best say the obvious, and say it loud and clear: If Bush has a second term, there is no chance to stop them.
With all good wishes,
Subject: Reagan memoriesHello, friends.
Toward the end of August, 1981,
I was sitting in my office, brooding about the closure of
international alternative energy programs just shut down by
Mr. Reagan. I had been working for about a year to establish
a new international program in alternative energy, and still
wonder where we would be if President Carter's energy research
initiatives had continued. Previously, I had led international
work in devising family planning technology for developing
countries (another victim of politics), so was still in the
loop of that establishment. My secretary brought in
a letter from Dr. Malcolm Potts, then Director of International
Planned Parenthood in London.
John F. Williford
Subject: F 9/11
I have really enjoyed reading the comments from readers who have seen Fahrenheit 9/11. I wish all of you would send a copy to email@example.com . Let's all bombard HUSH RUSH with e-mails praising the movie. I haven't seen the film, but I will. Also, let's let Rush know how we just love Bill Clinton and have RUSHED out to buy his book. I have. I can't believe what this guy gets by with and our tax money is paying him to broadcast on ARMED FORCES RADIO. Now that makes me very angry. We need to contact our representatives and get this fool off our tax-paid radio.
LET'S DO IT!
Subject: Cheney just got booed at the Yankees game
I just got a live phone-in from the Yankees vs. Boston
game in NYC taking place right now. Dick Cheney just got booed by the
Subject: a view point that needs to be expressed by a Christian
I love BuzzFlash, but I think we need to direct our attention to the "christian community." I am a progressive and a Christian. Here is a recent letter I've written in hopes of stimulating the Christian community to ask critical questions of this administration.
Here's what to do with your "Fahrenheit 9/11" ticket stub.... After you go to Fahrenheit 9/11, keep your ticket stub and mail it to: George W. Bush, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500, with a note attached, "I saw what you did last summer."
Subject: anonymous mad cowsSince those in charge of protecting our food supply refuse to release the origins of the TWO likely infected cows found this week, we have to protect ourselves. My family will no longer trust hamburger or bone-in steaks, and absolutely no processed, canned, or frozen meats. We may possibly purchase a roast if its origins are clearly labeled, but I'm not thrilled by the idea.
I wish tuna fish wasn't poisoned by mercury, too.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: slips of the tonguesHi Buzz
Just thinking of tongue slips -- like the "F" word which just slipped from the VP mouth which -- we are told -- is not a word he would use? Oh sure.But the slips I was thinking of was the Condi one -- in a conversation she broke off at, "...as I was telling my husb...er," and went on with "...telling the president," and the slip which made no impact a few months back when gwb and Condi, on Thanksgiving eve, slithered away from Crawford in an unmarked vehicle "...looking like any other ordinary couple," gwb stated. An 'ordinary couple' -- 'my husb...' slips of no consequence or slips of a very revealing nature? What would that do to the Familyvalue-Redneck-BobJonesUniv-biggot vote? Looks more and more like the 'mob that lies' is under stress and has deep troubles keeping their true thoughts from oozing out.
The vp has integrity? Oh sure.
Subject: "Calling Bush a Liar" (NY Times Op-Ed)
Dear Mr. Kristof,
You oppose calling Bush a liar because it leads to polarization and because it is emotional language which hinders the love fest you envision if we were to use benign, neutral language like that used by our vice president. But there should be only one reason to oppose calling Bush a liar: because it's not true. Sadly, it is. If you look at the false statements he's made or condoned on Iraq, the budget, the environment, civil liberties, etc., etc., etc., there are only two logical conclusions: he's a chronic liar or he's delusional (or a combination of the two, come to think of it). While you've probably guessed that I am not a political supporter of "President" Bush, even I wish he would speak the truth once in a while. I remind myself that just because he affirms something does not necessarily mean that it's false -- there may always be nuggets of truth in his statements, and we as Americans must be on the lookout for them and cherish them, when found, like nuggets of gold. In the meantime, whether you like it or not, he is a liar, a coward and a hypocrite. And those are his good qualities.
Subject: Caught in OregonI hope the Buzz reader from Oregon who was called by the bush-cheney campaign, asking him to support Nader, didn't take their number off his Caller ID. Two Oregon organizations are named in a complaint for violating election laws, and the bush-cheney campaign may be added to the complaint. They are saying this was done with bush's knowledge. Amazing. bush-cheney will stop at nothing.
Watchdog Group Complains About Nader Aid (Yahoo News--AP)Sue
Subject: Article about Carole Coleman's Interview with Bush
Has it occurred to anyone that what it may take to do a tough interview like Carole Coleman did is perhaps not testosterone but estrogen? No I suppose not. It will be an interesting day when I hear someone say,"You know, that guy really has ovaries!"
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Justice: Sharing Data Would Crash System (news.yahoo.com--AP)
Subject: Regarding "Go F*** Yourself, Dick Cheney."Dear Buzz:
Regarding "Go F*** Yourself, Dick Cheney." Now, We Feel Better!: you folks are brilliant!
I laughed my @ss off when I read your leading headline this morning.
I think that a lot of your readers feel that what you said badly needed to be said, that it was long overdue!
Keep up the good work.
Murnal C. Abate
Subject: Re: Get Ready! "The government needs to establish guidelines for canceling or rescheduling elections
Hi again, BuzzFlash!
Just a quick note to see if you might be willing to rerun my letter to BuzzFlash posted April 4, 2003.
In light of the growing public outrage towards Bush and today's headline Get Ready! "The government needs to establish guidelines for canceling or rescheduling elections if terrorists strike the United States again, says the chairman of a new federal voting commission." 6/30, I believe the issue I addressed last year is even more timely and pressing.
Subject: Dick Cheney
Just read your editorial about the VP and his comment to Sen Leahy.
The proper way to address the VP would be to (go Cheney yourself Dick), hopefully this will catch on and become the way to address someone with the F word from now on.
Thanks Dick we needed the new word and its vulgar meaning, its not as vulgar as the VP but it will do.
Subject: Mailbag: typo you have to love
I’m not sure whether the following is just a typo or more of the truth seeping out, but I liked it. From Voting official seeks process for canceling Election Day over terrorism:
Subject: "Go F*** Yourself, Dick Cheney"
BuzzFlash, which introduced "to gop" (from GOP, aka Republican Party) meaning "to be dishonest and mendacious, to purvey disinformation," can now further enrich the English language by adding "To Cheney." Some examples of proper (or maybe improper) usage of this intransitive and intransigent verb:
1. "Man, after that third Tequila Sunrise last night, I was all Cheneyed up."
2. "Just who the Cheney do you think you are?"
3. And, of course, "Go Cheney yourself."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: "Carlyle goes to the movies"
Hmm…wonder if Carlyle Group is a tad upset at F911? Four days before F911 opened, it just agreed to buy one of the largest movie distribution chains…Hollywood better beware…
Marc L. Lippincott
Subject: Potty Mouths Have Run In The White House Since 2000
I guess these past four years in The White House have been filled with "Explete-Deletives" that would really make Nixon PROUD!!
It must be part of The RNC agenda.
So much for our "Compassionate", "Family Values", President, aka 2nd Banana, since Cheney is really the one in charge. Or is it Al Haig?? I keep forgetting.
And to think that Bush and Cheney are pushing all THEIR VALUES on all of US.
They can keep their values!!!
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RE: "Go F*** Yourself, Dick Cheney. Now we feel better!"
Thank you soooooo much for writing this editorial! It is exactly what I have been saying for the last day and a half.
And the irony of dick(head) having blurted the infamous phrase out on the same day they passed that stupid Indecency Act is too sweet!
The filthy creep then goes on foxwhorenetwork to say it made him feel better. Like we care a rats ass if that creep feels better!
I won't really feel better until dick, his dunce and gang are in jail or gone (and I don't mean no longer in office!), whichever it makes no difference to me. They are evil incarnate.
If I really believed in the bible I'd think this gang was the anti-christ warned of in revelations, but I know the stories in the bible are a bunch of crap written by a bunch of fundamentalist men to control people's minds. God exists. Good and Evil exist. On this planet. In people. Leahy's gentle spirit wants to get at the truth of the evil war and its profiteers and is more godlike than creepy cheney with his filthy sideways mouth and no-bid, conflict of interest duck hunting kiss ass. When liars are backed into corners they attack. And lie some more. Lie upon lie upon lie. My sign on J20,01 at Freedom Plaza was "lie, lie, lie". Fit then, fits now.
Thanks for all that you do and thanks for making me laugh out loud this morning when your page came up! Awesome!
Subject: Call off strategy against Ralph Nader
I am sending along an email I sent to the Kerry campaign. I probably won't get many sympathizers to my point of view. BuzzFlash is my favorite website but you often bash Nader.
Do you think it is fair, right or just that the Democrats try to ruin a progressive who has worked hard for most of his life to make things better for American citizens?
Michael Moore stated in his book, "Dude, where's my country?' that in the late 80s when he was working for Ralph Nader, one of their projects was to get locks on airplane cockpit doors. How different things might have been.
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Subject: Is the RNC advertising for prostitutes on Craig's List? Nah...
Do you think it's a coincidence that this story, "Sex pros get ready for party," appeared one day before the following ad posted on Craig's list?
Subject: PLEASE READ, SIGN ON and SPREAD!!!!!
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Andrew is calling the evening "VOTE AID: A Concert for Change"
He hopes to get Bruce Springsteen to headline the event. He has also reached out to acts such as REM, The Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan and Carlos Santana.
Andrew has started an online petition to urge Bruce to agree to perform. He has collected thousands of signatures... 26,000 THIS WEEK ALONE!
Please visit: http://draftbruce.com and add your name to this fun and important effort...
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Subject: BUSH the Deserter, tristero links to story with smoking gun
I was reading one of your posts which jumped me to Atrios. From there I started reading where I found a story about Cheney that was interesting that jumped me to tristero which I start to scroll. And low and behold, just a few minutes ago tristero posted this blockbuster story detailing that Bush's inactive status could only have been set if Bush was disabled or a deserter. Bush is not disabled, not physically. Please post ASAP.
Keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Subject: Carole Coleman -- Interview
Carole Coleman interviewed the petulant brat and it might be the first stone removed from the dike. Can we now hope for a flood of good honest actual reporting?