July 7, 2004
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Subject: Abu Ghraib and General Karpinski
There's a long, interesting and revealing interview with Brigadier General Janet Karpinski at www.scvhistory.com/scvhistory/signal/iraq/sg070404.htm.
It was posted on truthout.org on July 5, along with the article BuzzFlash posted from The Telegraph.
Karpinski's description of the chains of command is confusing and may go some way to explaining why the whole Iraqi prison scandal has everyone behaving like the Tweed Ring in the famous Nast cartoon. She also makes a case for sexism in her being singled out. Interesting that 3 of the 7 soldiers charged are also women. Is this an up-to-date version of "Cherchez la femme?"
I still think 'The fish stinks from the head."
Subject: signing impeach petitions outside the theater in Roswell, New Mexico
I have been outside the theater in Roswell, New Mexico, the last two days having people sign the impeach petitions as they were coming out of "Fahrenheit 9/11."
I held up a sign on a big manila envelope that said "Impeach Petition." I also SAID to the people "Are you coming out of 'Fahrenheit 9/11'?
Would you like to sign an impeach petition?" It is pretty easy to guess who the people coming out of "Fahrenheit 9/11" are. Most of the women look teary-eyed, and the men look furious.
Virtually everything in the movie is true. If it were not, Moore would be sued, and he knew that. The ONLY issue open to discussion is how accurate his interpretation of the meaning of the facts is. The Bush family has close ties with the Saudi royal family and may have received financial backing from the bin Laden family.
Does that mean they were responsible for 9/11? Of course not, and Moore never says so, but it MIGHT explain why Bush fought so hard to keep 9/11 from being investigated. He was afraid the American people might not like the fact the Bush family had received money from the Saudis who had very probably financed 9/11, so, he tried very hard to keep that fact from coming out. God knows the American media -- which an Irish editor said was "stenographic rather than confrontational" -- didn't stop him from keeping it a secret!!
ALMOST EVERYONE WHO SEES THE MOVIE IS WILLING TO SIGN THE PETITION. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THIS IS NOT BEING DONE AT EVERY THEATER SHOWING THE MOVIE!!
The petition I used can be downloaded at www.votetoimpeach.org. I also handed out a 4 or 5 page fact sheet -- environment, budget, war profiteering, etc. -- Ed Asner said two years ago:"The media isn't doing its job of informing the people, so it is up to us." It is beyond unconscionable to me that so many members of the Bush family are making money from this war. I wrote an article, "A New Kind of King or War Profiteering in the 21st Century," in which I detail who these family members are and HOW they are making money off war. That was included in the fact sheet.
Before I send the signed petitions in, I intend to take them to the people at my local Congressional offices, so those people can see we are serious about our anger at the president and our likely lack of support for those in Congress who continue to support him. Who I vote for this year will be determined almost entirely by how strongly they supported Bush -- particularly on how they supported him on his war, but also on his insane tax cuts, and the legislation which will trash the environment to benefit his energy campaign contributors, not to mention the legislation which did little but enrich pharmaceutical companies!!
Mick Youther wrote an article about why we shouldn't let the fact that it is so close to the election keep us from impeaching Bush. He says the Republicans should be in the forefront of those demanding impeachment because they can use the same arguments they used when they impeached Clinton as to why it MUST be done. He then goes on to list those arguments and who said what about why Clinton must be impeached. He says that the Constitution tells us what we are to do when a president breaks faith with the people, and the Constitution says we are to IMPEACH, not "vote out of office." Youther's article is in the online "Intervention" magazine. He has a lot of articles in that magazine, all of them good. It is called "Impeach the Responsible Party: George W. Bush." You can do a search and find it. He resigned from his teaching position at an Illinois college to devote full time to getting rid of Bush. He, like my husband, is a Vietnam veteran.
I, personally believe we should impeach, imprison, and seize the assets of any Bush/Cheney family members or other members of the administration who have made money off this war, and split that money between the families of the soldiers who have died and been maimed and the Iraqi people. It is the undecideds and the uninformed who need to see this movie, of course. The ones who know the stuff themselves I told to take the fact sheets to copy and pass around.
Someone today told me Kerry wouldn't be any better. I told him THAT kind of thinking was what lost Gore the election in the first place -- the excuse for not voting in 2000 was, there wasn't enough difference between the two parties. I guess we found out what kind of a lie THAT was!!
Get up off your a---s, people and DO SOMETHING!! Our country is under attack from the INSIDE!!! It is under attack from the people in this government who are using our treasury as their private piggy bank to empty, and who are using our military and the lives of our children to plunder the resources of the world for their personal benefit and for that of their campaign contributors!!
Read what two-time Congressional Medal of Honor Winner Smedely Butler had to say about that!! 'War is a racket... fought by the very many to benefit the very few... of course it isn't put that crudely in wartime, but is dressed into speeches about patriotism and love of country and putting one's shoulder to the wheel, but the profits jump and leap and skyrocket and are safely pocketed. Who benefits from the new territory... the self-same people who wrung profits out of the war [think Halliburton]. I spent 33 years in the Marine Corps, and most of that time I was a gangster, a racketeer for capitalism.' Just today yet another article came out about how Halliburton is gouging the taxpayers.
Those in power manage to do this by keeping the populace afraid.
Alas, due to the fact that they have siphoned funds from protecting America to an unneeded war in Iraq -- which, for the millionth time -- had NOTHING to do with 9/11 -- AND due to the fact that millions more people worldwide now hate us and those that hated us before the war now hate us more passionately, we are now in much more danger from terrorism than we were before.
Nothing good has happened in or to America since these people stole the election!! We need to get them out NOW in order to prove to the rest of the world that MOST Americans aren't like these greedy war-mongering, war profiteers who are in power now!!
Lonna Gooden VanHorn
Subject: John McCain moderate?
Yours is the website I visit most frequently (thanks to Franken). Below is a note I just sent to McCain's office. If he, in fact, appears in GWB's new ad, please write/link articles blasting this so-called Moderate (sonofabitch).
Dear Mr. McCain,Thanks,
Subject: Florida Felon's List
Thanks for posting the link. As a concerned resident of FL (West Palm Beach to be exact), I was relieved to see that my name didn't show up on the list. I'm not a felon, convicted or otherwise. However, what struck me was the obviously missing name of Noelle Bush.
Subject: Fahrenheit 7/04
Supporters of George W. Bush and the Republican party have responded with surges of pride and patriotism in the wake of two recent events: the state funeral rituals for President Ronald Reagan, and the "handover" of "sovereignty" in Iraq. More accurately, one should refer to a "hand-under" in Iraq (as in handed under the cover of wee-morning-hour darkness, handed under the radar of media and public attention, handed under the guard of legions of American troops, and handed under the aegis of corporate resource-extraction machinery). Those two staged events didn't do much for me, but another carefully rendered piece of stagecraft did stir my patriotic feelings after I saw it on July 2, 2004: Michael Moore's film Fahrenheit 9/11.
Most BuzzFlash readers have probably already seen the film, or at least you've likely read dissections of it from partisans and the defensive mainstream media (defensive because Moore's film briefly pointed out the media's complicity and their spinelessness and their garish pseudo-patriotism that made Bush's elite consensus green-light for invasion a little brighter). I won't rehash the arguments here.
I will say that I don't remember a recent time in which I've felt more filled with hope for the future. I don't recall ever believing so firmly in the formless, frequently elusive principles of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Today I feel hopeful and proud because I live in a country that allows men like Michael Moore to promote these ideals by the means of his choice. America is great because it allows us breathing space for ideas and discourse, by which we may realize that the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness do not belong solely to America, but to the whole world.
God Bless America, indeed, but the rest of the world needs a solemn commitment from America to honor those blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that any benevolent creator would bestow upon all of his children, not merely a select few. God bless the wise ones who already feel this truth in their souls, who already know that we have to take at least small steps toward a better world (for example, electing a president who presents at least small hope of rescuing our soldiers, our country, and all the citizens of the world from the hoarders of profit and the masters of war) RIGHT NOW, before it is too late.
The great ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness should not and cannot be bound up in nationalistic fervor. Supremely talented propaganda artists will continue to try, but these inalienable rights cannot be rendered in only three colors, even red, white, and blue. When those who have stolen these words and perverted them also make swaggering pronouncements such as "Bring 'em on" or "These colors don't run," the cynical effort to stitch the threads of humanity's highest calling into the fabric of only one nation -- or one nation's flag -- is proven futile.
The rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness truly belong to all of humanity, not merely those who worship green dollars and black oil while shrouding their true intentions behind red, white, and blue flags. America's best ideals most certainly do not belong exclusively to those who would spill the crimson blood of their nation's sons and daughters, who would make faraway night skies burn hellish orange-white, who would block out the daylight with acrid bomb-black smoke, who would force deprived children of all colors and creeds to become crusaders and suicide soldiers by eliminating all other options. Nor do these brokers of death succeed in defending the sacred ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Rather, they achieve only the subversion of this most profound mission.
Like millions of BuzzFlash readers and other proud American citizens, I respond with visceral, passionate anger when a few wealthy and powerful elites endanger my country and keep it from epitomizing the future's best hope. We are no less patriotic because we do not march in lock-step with their ideology or their empty, flag-draped gestures. This Fourth of July weekend, as never before, I know how important it is for people like us -- the real patriots -- to revel in America's purple mountains' majesty and to gaze down (at least figuratively) on one of her gorgeous fruited plains. This weekend, after Fahrenheit 9/11 and some post-film reflection, I realized that the dedication, passion, courage, honesty, goodness, and wisdom of millions upon millions of real American patriots are sure to win the day, if not in November 2004, then one joyous day soon after.
With sincere holiday regards from a loyal BuzzFlash reader and supporter,
Subject: Re: Today's Top 5 Headlines on BuzzFlash.com
The court has been very kind to G. Bush and Cheney. President Bill Clinton cannot make that claim. The Republican court was very cruel to him and Al Gore. I dislike the Republican party. I hope John Kerry and whoever he selects win in the fall. I am sick of G.Bush and Cheney getting away with everything.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Fwd: History being rewritten before our eyes.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Nineteen Eighty-Four
I decided to read Nineteen Eighty-Four again since there's been so much reference to it lately. I read it many years ago during my high school days, but it didn't make quite the impression on me then as it did this time around. Toward the end, while O'Brien is nearing his complete mental castration of Winston, he says...
The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Power is not a means; it's an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?
Chilling. It's a mindbending book that all your readers should pick up and make their bible. "Know your enemy!" This is what the Republican revolution was about during the Clinton years and is about today. Some scary sh--!! It's like the repugs have followed the book word for word. Power to the proles! And thanks for keeping me sane these past few years. If it wasn't for you, Bartcop and Michael Moore I'd have run screaming by now.
All the best,
Steve in Reno
Subject: Zell....no shame...no shame!Zell Miller ( probably in response to several recent negative letters to the local paper) had the audacity to write an opinion piece in the Atlanta newspapers on why he supports Geedubya. The following letter was my response....... I don't hate Miller, but I can't stand to see his picture, hear his voice, or read anything about him. I am SICK of his duplicity! I truly believe that when he first arrived on Capitol Hill, he must have heard another Democratic Senator either joking about his twang or having fun at his expense. Something happened to turn him into the fool that he has become. If anyone at BuzzFlash knows what happened, many of his former supporters would like to know.
The Editor: So Zell Miller professes to "still love the Democratic Party." Well this love is the equivalent of a man who beats his wife and sends her flowers afterwards! He finds many reasons to disparage those on the left who support "his" party, but he sees no fault in right-wingers and radio despots when they harangue Democrats who dare to disagree with the Republican dogma. He apparently approves of the "loudmouthed" neo-cons who are "shouting in unison" that Saddam Hussein was complicit in the attack of 9-11! I am hurt and embarrassed that I ever voted for this hypocrite who has the nerve to continue to call himself a Democrat. As an independent voter who was mislead into voting several times for Zell in the past, I must ask: Zell, HAVE YOU NO SHAME? Please shut up and go back to the mountains!! Dee Turner
Subject: Heresy charges
It is a good thing shrub is not Catholic. Heresy charges could be brought because he supports the death penalty. The Catholic church is against it (the war, too). I urge all BuzzFlash readers to remind their Catholic friends not to take birth control, support the death penalty or have an abortion because to do so and take communion would be heresy. Or to use Jesus' favorite ... hypocrite!!! Let's bring on the heresy charges for all the repubs that are divorced, have had or supported abortions, support the death penalty etc. Thou art all HYPOCRITES.
We don't think John Edwards would sit and read a storybook to kids after being told the United States of America is under attack. Bush is clueless unless someone is telling him what to do and giving him a script to read. Also, John Kerry says he never asked McCain to be VP, and McCain says John Kerry never asked him to be VP, so why does the media perpetuate this lie? Ratings?
hellooooo..........bush had no choice but to pick someone old with foreign affairs experience because bush was not qualified to be president! still isn't, and that creepy old man cheney is down right scary! my little sister cries when she sees him on tv!
dana anderson fl.
So, do ya think Cheney will get mad at Edwards in the debate and tell him to go f*** himself?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Covering Bush's sorry butt: So begins the scapegoating of the CIA in earnest
James Risen says in the first sentence of the lead article in the New York Times today:
The Central Intelligence Agency was told by relatives of Iraqi scientists before the war that Baghdad's programs to develop unconventional weapons had been abandoned, but the C.I.A. failed to give that information to President Bush, even as he publicly warned of the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's illicit weapons, according to government officials.
This is the conclusion reached in the Senate Select Intelligence Committee's report on the pre-war intelligence on Iraq WMD. To me it represents an elaborate scapegoating of the CIA. I wonder how long they spent figuring out exactly how to express this so that Bush -- er, um, Clueless -- would be protected from charges that he deliberately lied to the American people and the world about Iraq WMD. I hope some more very angry CIA veterans emerge to rebut this finding. Better than that would be George Tenet writing a tell-all book; but he himself is probably too compromised to do that. Liars and crooks.
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I have to tell you I no longer have any respect for john mccain. the fact that he thinks it is ok to lie, tell people your opponent is nuts, has a black baby on and on to get elected and mccain thinks that man still has the moral character to be our president! now I think mccain will say and do anything to get elected.
pissed off patricia
Subject: Veterans Still Fighting For Our Country
I think you may find this interesting -- as a barometer of how people are responding to the Kerry campaign here in the Milwaukee, WI, greater metropolitan area. I am working actively with the Kerry campaign here and also with the Veterans for Kerry group.
There are a lot of festivals going on in this area during the summer, and, of course, with an election coming up, we are sending representatives to as many of them as possible to provide people with information about John Kerry.
A couple of weeks ago, here in Milwaukee, in the heart of the inner city, there was an African-American festival called Juneteenth. Veterans for Kerry set up our booth, had literature available for people, balloons for the kids, and sheets where people could sign-up to volunteer. Our reception at this festival was wonderful, and a lot of people came up for information and voiced their displeasure with Dubya. They took literature, they asked questions, and they signed up to help.
The next week, in Ozaukee County, immediately north of Milwaukee, the city of Mequon had a parade in conjunction with some festival of theirs. Veterans for Kerry had a contingent of veterans on hand to walk in the parade and the Kerry campaign also had representatives. Our veteran representatives were comprised of Korean War vets, Vietnam War vets, Vietnam Era vets and Desert Storm vets. Most of us wore hats with our branch of service printed across the front.
You need to understand that Mequon and Ozaukee County is one of the wealthiest areas in the State of Wisconsin, lily white and very Republican, so right off the bat we were in "enemy" territory. I learned very quickly that being rich does not mean that one has class or grace. We were booed by many along the parade route, told "We don't want you here. Get out of Mequon," and other such ill-tempered comments, and even shot at with a "super" water gun. I started yelling back "We're military veterans for Kerry. We served our country," all while waving my American flag.
However, there were several bright spots -- there, in the middle of enemy territory, were dissidents who clapped and cheered when they saw us.
These sane people in Mequon approached our truck and our contingent of marchers, asked for literature and bumper stickers and thanked us for giving them hope. One man ran up to our truck wearing a t-shirt that read: "If You're A Veteran, I Want To Shake Your Hand." We told him we were all vets and he shook our hands and thanked us.
I knew that things in Mequon were indeed hostile when the driver of the truck, a Navy Vietnam War combat medic, made this observation: "I felt more comfortable at Juneteenth than I did here."
Just goes to show that because a horse may look like a thoroughbred on the outside doesn't mean he is on the inside.
The rest of the campaign should be a lot of fun!
Subject: Gitmo Disgrace
While viewing prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, an unnamed and docile Associated Press 'journalist' mentions:
Does our intrepid reporter ask any questions about this gentleman? Does he request an interview with him...or even ask the poor bastard's name? No. Like most media whores he is just happy to be allowed to suck at the military 'infotit' -- the entire article is one big exercise in propaganda.
The men in this camp should have been tried and sentenced a year ago. Most should probably be released since they were randomly grabbed in the chaos of Afghanistan long ago and have no useful information. To question someone twice a week for hours at a time for years is pointless and cruel. The happy photos of them watching TV contrast with the reality of hoods and handcuffs that is their real situation. The continued imprisonment without trial or counsel is an American disgrace. The lack of effective U.S. media coverage is another.
Subject: McCain and Kerry
Anyone agree with me that the McCain hoopla for VP with Kerry was another story fed by the right wing and media spoilers? Remember what they did to Howard Dean in Iowa? Timmy and the rest kept pushing the question, and the Dems as usual fell for the ploy now giving the bushies a chance to play the card, rubbing it in that McCain was his first choice, yadda yadda, yadda..
a loyal senior citizen reader
Subject: It has started alreadyOn CNN this morning they had a conservative panel which started criticizing the selection of Sen. John Edwards already as Kerry's choice for VP. Claiming he was a slick trial lawyer who would be rejected by corporate America, too inexperienced for the job, and compared him to Dan Quayle, selected as VP by the senior Bush. The point was made that VP Cheney has a vast amount of experience compared to Edwards, who is a first-term Senator.
The only decent thing said about him was that he was supported by the majority of Democrats.
The media is once again keeping Bush in the news and saying absolutely nothing favorable to Senator Kerry. It is very difficult to listen to the rotten media, who will once again support the worst administration in this country's history, and a Repub majority which has been nothing but a rubber stamp supporting policies aimed at only their supporters-- the wealthy, corporate America, the Christian right and ARA.
Subject: BRING IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hello BuzzFlash: We've got a winner, and it's time to start the countdown. JOHN KERRY & JOHN EDWARDS THERE ARE 120 DAYS TO ELECTION 2004
Are you registered to vote? Are you ready to take back America?JOHN KERRY & JOHN EDWARDS TOGETHER FOR AMERICA NOVEMBER 2, 2004. BRING IT ON!
Carolyn in Tennessee
Re: "Karl Rove defamed and slandered McCain in the 2000 South Carolina primary..."
Why wouldn't McCain do a Bush-Support-Ad? After all, he IS Bush's re-election campaign chairman for Arizona!!!
Dear BuzzFlash,How cool is this? Today is george bush's birthday, and with his announcement this morning Sen. Kerry has given bush a political ticket that can take bush back to Texas for good.
pissed off patricia
Subject: Brilliant needling of McCain!!Good on ya, for publicizing McCain's praise of Edwards, especially as pertains to his trial-lawyerhood! Brilliant. And we should all buy the book, too...!!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Re: The Gospel According to Karl Rove
Gay Republicans are too scattered geographically to be a factor in the 19 battleground states, and they mostly live in East Coast and West Coast states that are likely to end up in Kerry's column anyway.
Florida has the third largest concentration of gays in the country (after CA and NY). Florida has a (vaguely-closeted) gay Repug Congresscritter in West Palm, and Ft. Lauderdale is about to eject a rightwing Repug (Clay Shaw) and replace him with a progressive gay Democrat (Jim Stork). Rove's strategy may bring him lots and lots of un-needed votes in red states like Mississippi, Utah, South Carolina and Texas, but it could tip the balance against him in Florida (where it counts).
I've been spending a lot more time than I'd like to talking with gay Republicans, trying to raise money for Young People For. Their hatred for Bush is absolute, and an inordinate number of former Bush voters -- most of whom seem to have political consciousness motivated primarily, at least previously, by greed and selfishness -- are willing to pay good hard cash to assuage their consciences for having voted for him in the past. They, to go back to one of Bush's favorite phrases, won't get fooled again.
I am thrilled. Limbaugh is crapping in his pants....he is breathless from the news. I still have not figured out why the republican right wing have been so interested in who Kerry picked as his running mate. My son...my brother...almost everyone I know...is going to badmouth this ticket.
When I voted for Howard Dean in the primary...he almost had a heart attack at 33.
I will be the first to display a lawn sign.!!! LOVE IT!!!!!
Subject: Hip Hip Hip Hooray For Kerry/ EdwardsI am so happy on the selection of Sen. John Edwards as Sen. Kerry's choice for VP. John Edwards is from a cotton mill town, as I am, and I know how hard it is to ascend from there to where he is today. I admire him as a self-made man. He has charm and charisma. I do not remember someone as young and vital as him since JFK. He should be a wonderful foil for Sen. Kerry's gravitas (which is needed in a President). Thank God that we may have two intelligent men in the White House after this four-year nightmare.
Pisces (happy as a clam)
Subject: John Edwards
I am so thrilled that John Kerry picked John Edwards as his running mate. What a match! Edwards is bright, and sunny, with a positive message for this country. He wasn't born with a silver spoon up his nose like bush. He has a deep understanding and respect for average Americans because of his humble beginnings. He makes Dick (Go F*** Yourself) Cheney look so SOUR! And the more the Republicans try and bad mouth Edwards, the more sour they will ALL look. I love it!!
Keep up the good work, Buzz.
Subject: In the Crystal Ball
As we all know, Bush seems to be in hot water with the American public. I say that's where he belongs. With much assistance from Michael Moore and Fahrenheit 9/11, our fellow countrymen are shocked and awed [to borrow a phrase.] If we should get to debates between Kerry and Bush, errrr-a, wait a minute. Do any of us really think that an administration like Bush's will dare debate an intelligent Senator and Veteran on the up and up? There is only one way a debate will take place folks...and that is...under Bush's terms. GeeDubya will call the shots on a debate. In other words, he will demand pre-submitted questions that his staff can go over in advance...similar to the method used on the White House Press Corps. I can see his beady little eyes now following the Teleprompter, reading the stock answers his writing staff has written for him.
And can't you just envision a few times when the goof tries to ad-lib? That's when we get statements like, "Food on your family," rather than food for your family. Don't rule out a Bush refusal to debate at all. It is entirely possible that some extenuating circumstance will occur, like threat of a terror attack somewhere in the US right before a scheduled debate. And of course, Bush will be tooooo busy to debate [fight'n terra, 'ya know]. At least that will be the reasoning according to the chief cronies. Hey, don't forget Karen Hughes, who was caught on one camera in the Bush/Gore debate holding up poster boards with the answers on them. If this happens again, Kerry should make light of it DURING THE DEBATE.
But when it comes to the nuts and bolts of the upcoming election, I, too, suspect that the republicans are busy setting the stage for a declaration of calling off the debates and election due to some homeland tragedy. Could the former drunk, former coke-head stay in office for the next ten years or more?!!!!! Anything is possible with the Bush cronies.
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