July 2, 2004
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Subject: Our Database Would Collapse!
"This was a new one on us. We weren't aware there were databases that could be destroyed just by copying them," Bob Williams of the Center for Public Integrity said Tuesday. The watchdog group in Washington made the request in January. He said the group expects to appeal the Justice Department's decision.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Are Republicans really Republicans?
I just felt like writing this. Buzz, you can print it in your letters section if you want, or not, I just have to write it.
I don't like talking about politics. In today's atmosphere, it's divisive and usually pointless. I'm more politically involved now than ever before, but that is only because I'm an American patriot and my country is in danger. I would rather discuss motorcycles, skiing, flying airplanes, scuba diving, the Cowboys, or who's romancing whom. I usually only talk politics with certain people; I don't like to preach, just as I don't like being preached to.
Today I had some carpet layers come out to lay carpet in my house. The lead guy was a nice fellow who had a lot to say. I had my Harley in the driveway so that I could get at other materials in the garage (I'm renovating the entire house), and he started talking about motorcycles -- something that I love to talk about. We then started talking about taxes for some reason. I said that anytime I hear a politician talk about tax cuts I hold my wallet. The reason we were talking about it is I'm about to move to Philadelphia and the city council is debating tax cuts. I said that I had already calculated the cost of the city wage tax (a scandalous 4.5%), but that the city property tax was very low compared to the western suburbs and that it almost evened out. The people who want a tax cut (Republicans) also want to raise property taxes. I was pointing out to him that "tax cuts" always means a raise in taxes to the middle class. He agreed with me.
We then started talking about how retired people get taxed out of their homes once they retire. I said that I would pay more property taxes if retired people would not be required to pay school taxes once they retired. Then the guy's assistant said that his grandparents were taxed out of their home -- that was paid off -- and had to move to an apartment. We all agreed that my tax idea was a good thing and that we would all pay higher taxes to protect the elderly.
It lead to other discussions, but here's the thing: before, I was talking to some Rush Limbaugh-loving, right wing Republicans (why any working person would be a Republican is beyond me, but they are out there); after, I was talking to some people that actually got that their self-interest was important, rather than the propaganda they have been fed. My point? Never underestimate the average working Joe. He's not an idiot. He has just been bombarded with vicious propaganda. If you actually take the time to talk to the average Republican, you'll find that they are not stupid, just ignorant.
I saw Fahrenheit last night and it surpassed all my expectations. I laughed and cried and also realized I knew so much of the content from reading BuzzFlash. I can only imagine what the movie is like for people who knew none of this. I did hear a lot of whispered "oh my gods" in the theatre -- these people probably read the NY Times. And the most wonderful surprise -- who knew John Asscroft was such a great singer!! I'm going to tell my brother to hire him for my niece's Bat Mitzvah.
The way Michael Moore put this movie together is pure genius. He really is an artist as well as a truth teller. If my father was alive he would say "the world needs more trouble makers like him"! It's true. I just can't wait to see what he does next. My hopes are that he will take on the mainstream media in a movie. It seems like an obvious thing for him to do, and we all know it would be explosive.
The media are literally clawing him apart because he doesn't act in a way that is "proper and predictable" to them. He's been challenging them in all his interviews, and they've all started reacting the exact same way. When he asks why they didn't ask the hard questions before the war, they always respond by saying "asking hard questions is what we do everyday on our show." Oh brother -- the Stepford media at its best -- but I guess they were given that talking point.
It would take a 24-hour movie to really cover the Bush Admin. But when these people attack him for making this movie, they should understand that it is they -- the media, the right wing pundits and our lying sack of shit government -- who really forced him to make this movie -- in a way, they created Michael Moore, the provocateur. Yes, he did make movies before the Cartel took over, but he has really honed his craft under this administration. I remember in the beginning of the Bush reign of terror, people kept warning that because they are keeping so many secrets, the truth will have to come out in some form, one way or another, at some time or another. Well, it came in the form of Michael Moore. We were all praying for a savior -- who knew it would be this chubby, disheveled guy in a baseball cap? You never know.
And after his movie about the mainstream media, I have another suggestion for Michael: "Kenny Boy and Me."
I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. Pay no attention to the men behind the curtain (Ridge and Asscroft). I hope the city will be empty so I can see Fahrenheit again!
After seeing the movie, the value of BuzzFlash becomes more and more obvious. We just know everything because of you!
Barbara in NYC
P.S. Love those Yankee fans! Don't mess with NYC, Dick. May this be just a small taste of what's in store for your convention. And by the way, Dick, go f--- yourself! (I just had to chime in).
Subject: Repugs ad laughableHi BuzzFlash, I would not get excited about the Hitler ad the repugs are putting out. I can only imagine John Kerry, Howard Dean, etc. with Hitler, and find it totally laughable. They are so desperate to do this. I wonder who, or how many, stay up at night thinking this one up?
Desperate repugs! Yep! It's getting to them, maybe even got to them. F...ing this and f...ing that, Hitler, so what else? Oh yes, President Clinton, made them do it! President Clinton made Cheney say the F word to Leahy! Ah, that's the ticket!Did someone give out Michael Moore's home address? If they did, what a rotten thing to do. Desperate repugs!
Angela...Granny, for BuzzFlash, and Michael Moore
Subject: Re: Early Handover
Response to CWC (who wrote in Mailbag 7-1-04):
Subject: Early Handover
It was $20 BILLION, to be exact. Have you ever wondered why Paul Bremer came home on a C-130 (a huge cargo plane)?
nerdeaux in Idyho
Subject: because god said to kill him
we have been watching that trial of the woman who starved her baby to death because god wanted her to do it. there seem to be so many people who do horrible things because god told them to. are there any studies going on to try and find out what is wrong with these people?
Subject: Re: Focus on the Family and Michael Moore
I just called Focus on the Family, the right-wing group run by crackpot James Dobson, at 800-232-6459, and spent twenty minutes sparring with the woman who answered the phone. She said she didn't know if the story was true or not, but kept asking me for my own home address so she could "send me some materials." I gave her my full, correct name and email address but told her I didn't want anything sent to me in the regular mail. She then asked me for at least my zip code so she could record what area the call had come from. I gave it to her. She finally agreed to put me through to someone who could answer my question.
I was transferred to a woman who would only give her name as Shiloh. SHE DID SPECIFICALLY AND OFFICIALLY CONFIRM ON BEHALF OF FOCUS ON THE FAMILY THAT THEY HAD INDEED SENT OUT MICHAEL MOORE'S HOME ADDRESS. She said that a number of members had seen the movie and were quite upset by it. They wanted to contact Michael Moore to "express their opinions," so Focus on the Family obliged them. She added that his home address was a matter of public record. I then reminded her that Michael Moore's email address is provided to the public on his web site so that people can use that to contact him.
I asked if by publishing his home address she was encouraging people to come to his house. She replied, "Absolutely not." They just wanted to allow their members to contact him via regular mail, she said. I then asked her if she had seen the movie. She had not. I recommended that she see it before she tries to comment on it. That was it.
Subject: Beer Coolers
Perhaps this is the reason for the recent "beer cooler" warning. Buried deep in the story about the domestic terrorists in Noonday, Texas, who were arrested with a huge cache of weapons:
The story also tells us that these guys were part of a larger conspiracy. Beware of white guys carrying beer coolers into major events. No press conference from Ashcroft?
Kudos to the BuzzFlash reader who wrote the letter to Nader. I couldn't have said it better myself....no, I could not have said it better. Here's a quick solution........... how about if we just duct tape him, and lock him in a closet until the elections are over? Sounds good to me....just wondering.
A Loyal BuzzFlash Fan Forever!
Subject: When Cheney says F You, he means it....
"I guess when Cheney says F**K YOU he means it!"
That is the only appropriate response to the following BuzzFlash headline.....
The Halliburton "gravy train" steams ahead: $50,000 a month for soda, at $45 a case; $1 million a month to clean clothes -- or $100 for each 15-pound bag of laundry.
Subject: F 9/11
In our paper this morning....it tells me that Fahrenheit 9/11 is the largest grossing movie for last week. The other movies, playing in at least 2000 markets, grossed about 21,000.....and Fahrenheit grossed 24,000...pretty good for a movie that does not even get the exposure.
As I said, yesterday, the 1:30 show was full....and the line was outrageous when we came out. Spiderman was starting, but it was showing on two screens on the other side of the cinema....and at least 5 kids accompanied each adult...so this line was coming our way...and was ALL adult.
Now, Rush is out there this morning...saying that it is a complete flop, a pack of lies, etc. And, he says (I think "hopes" would be a better word), that the people will get on to it after a while...all the lies and they will make it a complete flop.From what I saw yesterday, the lines were making it a complete hit!! If the nighttime shows are as crowded, they will not cause it to be a flop...Rush Dreaming...I think!
Subject: The Bush Administration in a Nutshell
Juliet Eilperin's "540,000 comment on mercury limits: Power-plant issue inspires record replies" (Washington Post, 6/29) presents the Bush Administration in a nutshell:
Many of the agency's deliberations are taking place behind closed doors, according to interviews with several EPA officials, and with an unusual degree of White House input. Two EPA officials who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation said political appointees had prevented them from conducting analyses that could have led to different regulatory approaches, including one that would have weighed the costs and benefits of adopting more stringent rules.
White House political interference in a nonpolitical agency for the benefit of (surprise!) the energy industry, officials fearing reprisal, potentially inconvenient information that's not to be collected, much less publicized -- this is a pattern repeated again and again in the last three years. It's part of what the Democrats need to figure how to communicate to the American people.
Subject: Bush Seeks to Mobilize Religious Conservatives
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: another "feel good" movie??
I don't watch TV except in odd circumstances, so maybe I got this wrong. I was at the gym and saw an ad flashed on CNN for a film called "Fly Boy" -- yes, actually! -- apparently, it's a movie about GHW Bush and his military flight career. I wonder if it will include bailing out on his crew and killing them?
I did a web search and could not find anything...but I wasn't on the treadmill that long, so I don't think I hallucinated the ad...just a heads up.
[BuzzFlash Note: See "Barbara's Daily Buzz," http://www.buzzflash.com/dailybuzz/03/10/bdb03171.html]
Subject: Carole Coleman
To Whom It May Concern:It was delightful watching your reporter, Carole Coleman, menace our eejit-in-chief with actual questions! We Americans have grown used to the "News Stylists" of the American Corporate Media, so it is a real treat to see an actual journalist plying her trade. Are your reporters actually allowed to do that on a regular basis?
What fun!All we are ever allowed to see is inane, predictable propaganda presented by people with really white teeth and very expensive hair styles. We have to get our news online.
I have never been so proud of my Irish heritage as I am now.
Perhaps Ms. Coleman would be so kind as to attempt to interview our Congress; the ensuing evacuation would be very much St. Patrick's efforts at the study of herpetology.
Michael J. Fowler
Subject: open letter to Nader....
I was very moved by the letter written in to BuzzFlash regarding Nader and his support from the Rethuglicans. I have tried to keep an open mind about Mr. Nader, knowing he at one time tried to do this country some good, but it is a losing battle.
I have lost great respect for him at this point in time. I do know that my Mother, a devout right-winger, refuses to vote for Bush and Kerry, and will throw her vote to anyone else. I have also heard that same comment from two other right-wingers who voted Bush last election. Nader will draw votes from that "element," so maybe he can do us some good on some level.
I think Michael Moore did a wonderful job on Fahrenheit 9/11, and I have great respect for his views and talent. I am still pretty upset with him over the last election and his support for Nader, tho. I try not to think about it when I see his works, or see him on interviews. At least he is trying to help mend the damage that is being done by the current administration, thanks to the Greens to some degree. (I think the Green Party has some very good intentions... but look at us now.)
On another note, we should all praise Carole Coleman's integrity and throw our support her way. I am sure the White House will do all it can to destroy her after the Bush interview that left him babbling and his head spinning. How about a bumper sticker...
Danielle in the panhandle
Subject: Reserves brace for call-up notices (abcnews.go.com....)
I cannot but help think that this is going to lose more families their savings and maybe their homes. In a day and age when so many are out of work and going bankrupt, it is cruel and heartless to put more families at risk. Is GWB really trying to send us all to the poorhouse or is it just the inevitable side effect of his policies, especially those of the "war on terror"?
Personally, I think the war on terror is nothing but a fear tactic or a figment of their imagination. Terrorists have always been with us, but stooping to their level and admitting fear is not the answer. If we do as Israel has done and avenge every single death of our countrymen, we will be at war for decades, just as Israel has been. How many people realize that Israel has not had a moment's peace since 1948 and a lot of the reason has been their tactics?
Also, the whole world would be materially wealthier if we could just stop all this brawling over religious details and borderlines. Look at Europe -- they were not wealthy between WWI and WWII because the time of recovery was so short. Now that they have had 60 years of peace, they have made great progress. I think the rest of the world would, too, in a universal peace that lasted more than a few years.
A BuzzFlash Reader
P.S. Kudos to Michael Moore.
Subject: Hi Buzz
If you attend religious services of any kind, please contact your minister/priest/rabbi/cleric and tell him/her that you do not want your name or data released to anyone for Bush's re-election effort. I have contacted my minister and told them not to release our information. If enough people do this, it will be effective.
Subject: ABC presstituting for BushCo. again...
According to Peter Jennings tonight (July 1, 2004) on ABC World News, Iraq has been quiet today -- a "lull" in the violence. O'Reilly now? Bullshit! It doesn't square with the information published in the NYT today: 'Insurgents Stage Attacks Across Iraq.'
Of course, it was obvious that Peter Jennings was gloating when he stated that only a couple of journalists were allowed to be present at SH's first day in court, and he was one of them. Why doesn't he tell the truth about Bush? Why no real questions? Doesn't want to appear biased? He had no problem giving the world his opinion about the drug war in Bolivia.
Just another glaring example of the "good ol' boy network." Jennings got nearly exclusive access to the first day of the big show. The very same day, ABC was all too happy to convince the public that the violence which took place today in Iraq didn't happen. Gee, I wonder if there's a connection. We report, you decide... Jennings should hang a sign around his neck with the words, "WILL PRESSTITUTE FOR ACCESS."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: mad cow
Have you read the book, The Mad Cowboy? The author is the cattle rancher who was sued along with Oprah for dissing the beef. It is an interesting book, and if you can make it through the first chapter without gagging about what they do to our beef, the rest of the book is okay. I stopped eating beef when my uncle died of mad cow.
This book has a lot of material in it which is interesting and has nothing to do with mad cow. It is in paperback and you might consider carrying it on your site.
Subject: : Gone, But Not Really
Let me get this straight. Bush decides to bomb Iraq ("Shock and Awe") and then gets $18.4 billion from taxpayers to help put it back together again ($70 million to open Iraqi ports to world class trade, and of course, for security). Hey, when is our currently underfunded Homeland Security going to receive the money it needs to secure our ports? Just asking...
LINK: http://www.rebuilding-iraq.net/pdf/contracts/another_contract_in_place_constr_iraq.pdf (See pages 2 and 3 for a list of contract awards.)
Bremer has left Iraq, and the Coalition Provisional Authority that "no longer exists" has changed its name and is now operating (business as usual) under a different name.
Our gigantic new embassy in Iraq "will employ between 900 and 1,000 'permanent Americans under mission authority,' as well as 300-400 staff under military command, and an additional 600-700 Iraqi staff by the end of 2004." According to Ambassador Ricciardone at a press briefing on June 9th, "This is not, however, considered as a 'successor' to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). Prime Minister Allawi, President Al-Yawar and the interim government of Iraq are the successors to the CPA."
Ricciardone was asked about the $18.4 billion for Iraqi reconstruction that has to now be managed. Nominally the State Department is in charge of that, but the question was, on a hands-on level, who is going to be organizing how the projects are managed?
AMBASSADOR RICCIARDONE: It's more than a nominal management. It's a heavy responsibility of the Secretary of State, which he will depend on and has charged Ambassador Negroponte to discharge. There will be a substantial staff already in the development, many of the people already on the ground, drawn from people who have been serving in CPA.
So there you have it: The CPA is gone. Negroponte has been charged with overseeing the IRMO (former Program Management Office (PMO) of the former Coalition Provisional Authority, which will keep track of the "implementing agencies" on how our money to Iraq is being spent. Let us hope they do a better job than Bremer and the former CPA in keeping Congress informed. (Maybe they can track down what happened to that money that belonged to the Iraqi people. See Coalition Funds: Where Has All the Money Gone? pp. 15-16:
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: free speech
Great Thinkers Address Freedom of Speech...
"I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies another this right makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it." -- Thomas Paine, 1783
"Free speech exercised both individually and through a free press, is a necessity in any country where people are themselves free." -- Theodore Roosevelt, 1918
"The truth is found when men are free to pursue it." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936
"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." -- George Orwell, 1945
"Any time we deny any citizen the full exercise of his constitutional rights, we are weakening our own claim to them." -- Dwight David Eisenhower, 1963
"What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant." -- Robert F. Kennedy, 1964
"Go f*** yourself." -- Dick Cheney, 2004
Subject: mailbag 6/30Well, I finally did it....I saw F 9/11 today...and it is all true, you laugh, you cry, you are angered.....all of that! All of the things Bush has said in speeches....believe it or not, I would bet that I had seen 99%...no kidding...all of the fllubs, all the lies...everything. The surprises came to me in the protestors at his inauguration....they never, ever allowed anyone to see. They were there in numbers!
The tie-in to the Bush family and the Saudis...and even bin Laden...I once thought that that attack had to be planned, and maybe it was, but, I think it happened just like it seemed....but, Bush was just more interested in getting into Iraq.
The horrors of war...I saw one woman on news in that stage of crying where you could not understand her...(Iraqi) and she was cursing...Bush...and the US...and it was so well deserved. I am so ashamed for this country.The movie alone surprised me. Even to the music played in it was perfect. When they flew the Saudis out (I think a lot more than we thought), about 4 private jets and a dozen commercial airliners, they played: "We gotta get out of this place...." You almost laughed...maddening as it was!
And so frightening is the way our military is so stone cold to it all...."it's our job...we get a rush ...all we are interested in is getting in there and blowing them up"??? God, what creatures they have become!!! (But, there were a few who absolutely know exactly what is going on.)And the horror of seeing war, bombing, up close like that. You hear everyone on the other side talk about Saddam's mass graves....you see this movie, and you will see more mass graves, because they have to. They dig a hole and pile them in on top of each other. And, the ones that are shown in this movie, are the ones praying to Allah for our demise.
I abhor this entire administration....but, after watching this movie and the hatred that seems to be settling in on Bush lately, I had a thought that was even scarier.....What if this is his plan...blow the innocent Iraqis to hell...and then give it off to another administration....Pity the next administration. God help us all!!To Kevin Lampe...what a great idea...wish I had thought of it...I still have my stub!
And to the "DL....whatever, I'm sorry...forgot" But, I did sign the 'Draft Bruce letter." that is a great idea!!!I went to the first matinee today....and I got there early, wanting to check out the crowd...by the time the movie started, it was packed....and the crowd's applause at the end was heartwarming...and when we left, the line was out the front door...and it was not on the "Spiderman" side, so they had to be going to F 9/11.
Click here: Nevada Appeal - Opinion
When Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah proclaims that Zionists (i.e. Israel) are behind the recent al-Qaida attacks in his country, you have to wonder just how this person could be considered an ally in this or any war.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Abu Ghraib Investigation
For 2 months now after rummy assured the house oversite committee that the Intl. Committee Red Cross report would be forwarded to them. "There's been a clear intent and desire to provide Congress such reports," Larry Di Rita, Pentagon spokesman said yesterday. "It's been a more challenging process than. . . I think anybody had an appreciation for." So what, do they have a new copier that is so "challenging " to operate that it takes 2 months to copy the report. And it must be very challenging to unbind the report too. A further challenge to dispatch an aide with it to the House?? Incompetence and/or stonewalling at all levels.
Subject: New Info
Regarding Ms. Farrell's April 6 piece, "Will the 2004 Election be called Off..."
This piece was just emailed to me so while my response isn't timely, the info I have is still usable.
In reference to the Letterman Incident described in detail in the piece, there is another great piece of footage of something happening behind Bush when he's giving a speech that's never been shown in America. If Letterman's people could get their mitts on it.... Ahh, sweet victory.
The D-Day commemorations were shown live, cover-to-cover, in Europe. Bush arrived late, delays ensued. When he stepped up to the podium to speak, there was a Color Guard behind him. During his speech, one member of the Guard passed out (in frame.) As Bush rambled on, the rest of the Guard struggled to keep the poor fellow semi-upright. Delightfully, the image " read" as if Bush bored the guy to sleep. Swiftly, the camera angle was changed: Tight on Bush. The image of the soldier passing out behind Bush was never re-shown.
I was in Rome at the time and saw it. The broadcast was from BBC International. Letterman could have a field-day with it (and keep the censorship controversy at the fore.)
Thank you and good luck.
Subject: Bush Seeks to Mobilize Religious Conservatives
Bush and regime going all out to mobilize their Christian Right supporters. The propaganda continues calling it a neck and neck race with the lowest approval rate yet for the most radical right administration in history.
Ranting about a strengthening economy and increase in jobs, the June job increase which was expected to be 250,000 turned out to be a mere 112,000. The jobless rate remains at 5.6 percent. With offshoring and outsourcing continuing, the numbers entering the work force are as high as the new jobs. Wall Street, Corporate America and the wealthy are the only groups seeing any improvement.
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Subject: New Bush/Cheney Campaign Slogan
The Bush administration has been saying the same thing to the rest of us indirectly for the last four years by cutting taxes for the rich, having Enron write our energy policy, gutting environmental legislation, obstructing the 9/11 investigation, withholding documents from Congress regarding our new policy of torturing prisoners, and by distracting US efforts against terrorists to launch a pre-emptive war in Iraq at enormous cost without any credible evidence of a threat.
Dick Cheney should be applauded for stating his party's message, "Go **** Yourself", clearly and concisely.
I plan to reply with the same message in November.
When I woke up this morning, I put on CNN and saw the first of the new ads for Michael Moore's movie FAHRENHEIT 911. They've changed the strategy of the ads from lots of bunglin' Bush to showing typical Americans talking about the film. And wasn't I surprised to see myself portrayed as one of the first of these typical Americans. You'll get a kick out of it. (I'm the one saying, "It makes you proud to be an American." I was always good at sound bites.)
Subject: Yahoo! Story About Censored Saddam Trial
Dear Gods of BuzzFlash:
Don't know if you saw this story or not, but it's TERRIFYING.
One of the "highlights" of the story regarding the tapes of the "trial" that were not allowed to be taped WITH SOUND:
I hope you'll post this story FRONT AND CENTER on the page. The lies and deception NEVER seem to stop rolling -- from the White House to the full complicity of our "press."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Anybody in the least surprised?
Hussein has a LOT to say about the
Bush administration, both #1 and
#2, and not least the Reagan administration
before he goes to his demise. Pentagon
is obviously trying to keep it away
from the general world public. "Control" anyone???
Subject: WHERE ARE THE OTHER 24 SADDAMS?
Did I miss any articles by your BuzzFlash readers who might have asked this question? Am I alone among your readers who are still wondering what happened to the other 24 Saddam look-alikes that we were told about on our national TV news programs prior to the invasion of Iraq? Does anyone remember the scene of the 20 or so Saddams at the river swimming? Have they all had plastic surgery and now are no longer look- alikes and may be working as Iraqi police and guards for the new Iraqi "government"? Did they ever exist? Were we lied to then or now, and who else will be captured just before the election?
Subject: The Show Begins
"You know that this is all a theater by Bush, the criminal, to help him with his campaign" said Saddam Hussein in court today. Judging from the media coverage of this event, only Hussein noticed that his court appearance had little to do with justice. CBS reports Saddam was "unaccompanied by a lawyer," and says no more, as if this were unremarkable. In real trials, ALL real trials, the accused has a lawyer. In fact, it's a violation of the law not to have counsel present. That even this gesture towards of legitimacy was not provided apparently went unnoticed by all but the accused.
Albert Clark, NY
Subject: Staying the Course
I sent my husband to Iraq in April of last year.
everyone shopped at the mall, rented
movies, and lived on in what appeared
to be blissful ignorance to
For me it wasn't a matter of a morally correct war or not, my life as I knew it was on the line and if it took the life of my husband then for God's sake let it be for all the right reasons please.
I was one of the lucky ones. My husband came home.
Our country lost a lot not long ago and we were so hurt and frightened and we wanted justice. We are waking up from the trauma now and some of the things that have taken place during our grief as a nation have been ugly but we are getting on track again!
I had a date with my dad the other day and took him to see Fahrenheit 911. For anyone who found the film shocking........I'm shocked! Everything that I had read about for well over a year now, buried in mainstream media but free knowledge if you care to ask for it on the internet, was right there.
Moore worked his cinema magic though in putting picture and sound to the facts, but anyone who found the picture shocking needed to wake up long ago and I guess a lot of people were sleepwalking through the shopping mall.
have read a lot this past week about
the spotlight being stolen from Kerry
by Moore and Clinton but I disagree
so much it isn't even funny. Bush
has thrown millions of dollars at
smearing Kerry but gotten no where....still
Moore knows his people well and we well tended (by third world standards) Americans love our movies and he knew exactly how to deliver the facts to all of us mall shoppers.
Clinton will remind us all that Democrats do not stand for wrecked economies, weak militaries, and being considered liars and/or sissy bullies by the rest of the globe. He will give us a reason to yearn for the good ole days. The days when as one of my Republican friends put it, "that everyone had a table and everyone ate!"
for Kerry, I don't think that he
will do much for awhile other than
keep things fairly even and he isn't
I look for Bush to eventually getting coaxed out of his foxhole all by his little lonesome and he will have to debate Kerry face to face and we all know what will congeal after that. If he refuses....the population already is sick of him not addressing his country and its issues head on in a verifiable and on the record fashion and he will sink himself yet further because Kerry will get up there podium and all and the nation will get to know him better with or without Bush there.
articulate Irish journalist ate his
lunch the other day and she didn't
even break a sweat. I don't even
George is sweating though.....he's having one hell of a time right now. The only thing that scares me is what "wag the dog" will come up with when it really sets in how bad it is.
BETTER WATCH OUT FOR THAT!!!
Kerry will be better able to deal with that too if and when that takes place if he isn't hip deep in OTHER ISSUES OF THE MOMENT. We all know how this Administration plays the other issues distraction game and we all know how our media plays right with it.
As for where we stand though from a long term perspective. We are well rested, fully loaded, and we haven't even broken into a jog yet folks! LOSE NOT YOUR HEART.......get your rest and eat your Wheaties because it may not be too pretty as we get closer to election day.
As for now though I think that we doing just fine!