July 9, 2004
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Subject: "Shaw's actions are the latest to raise concerns that senior Republican officials working in Washington and Iraq have used the rebuilding effort in Iraq to reward associates and political allies."
Yeah, but did you read this line of the article? "The inspector general's office -- which investigates waste, fraud and abuse at the Pentagon -- has turned over its inquiry into Shaw's actions to the FBI...."
Another great opportunity for an Ashcroft cover-up. (Am I getting too pessimistic, or is this becoming SOP for the GOP?)
Pentagon Deputy's Probes in Iraq Weren't Authorized, Officials Say (Los Angeles Times)
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Subject: Karl Rove strategy -- steal media attention away from Kerry/Edwards?
Let's see..... Senator John Kerry just selected his running mate, Senator John Edwards, and the two seem to be a big hit together, and before they could continue with their momentum, here comes a big news conference by Tom Ridge, alerting the nation to terrorist attacks (no specific information to speak of), then there is Kenny boy Lay being indicted, and guess what? Cpl. Wassef Hassoun is found at the US Embassy in Lebanon, and even Martha Stewart was refused another hearing. Now you don't have to be a rocket scientist to realize that the timing really stinks, and it stinks of Karl Rove and and the Bush/Cheney republicans, desperately trying to steal the limelight off from John Kerry and John Edwards. What a pathetic bunch of losers. They are fully aware that they cannot run on their accomplishments or the lack of any, so therefore they try to either attack Kerry/Edwards personally, or try to take the media attention away from them. Disgusting!
I am sick of these dirty Republican tactics. Can't wait to vote for Kerry/Edwards in November!
Subject: CBS News ArticleDear Buzz,
Can we say Bushco Railroad? Secret Service on a stock trial? Bush needs to be convicted -- and sentenced -- soon!
Prosecutors say Larry Stewart, who is not related to Martha Stewart, lied on the stand about the role he played in ink-analysis tests conducted on a worksheet prepared by Bacanovic. Larry Stewart has not entered a plea. Court papers filed by lawyers for Martha Stewart said several other Secret Service officials were in court, monitoring the trial, and were aware of the perjury but did not say anything about it. "Their silence is scandalous and not the way we expect the government to conduct itself," Stewart's lawyers, Robert Morvillo and John T. Tigue, said in a statement.
Subject: every vote is going to be counted
Democrats John Kerry and John Edwards, on their first trip together to the state that narrowly put President George Bush in the White House after a fierce recount and court fight in 2000, promised today that "every vote is going to be counted" this year.
Subject: It Keeps Getting More Interesting Every Day!
First, HSO Chief Ridge warns of "large-scale" attacks in "an effort to disrupt the democratic process." Stunning. First, we had no clue they'd fly planes into buildings, and, now, we can read their minds? Wow.
Second, Bush declines to speak at the NAACP annual convention. My..my..he must really want the African-American vote badly.
He did? When?
And finally, Florida blinks and will allow former felons to vote after the ACLU threatened to sue.
Hehe...you have to love the news nowadays!
They're out there warning about an Al Qaeda attack this summer. The repeated warning reminds Americans that terrorists are out to influence the election, as they did in Spain! TvNewsLies.org predicted this last May! If you missed it first time around...it's a MUST read to put things back into perspective!
Subject: Update on sleazy GOP tactics
Subject: WHY ISN'T THIS IN THE NEWS?
Bush spoke at the 2000 NAACP convention in Baltimore when he was running for president.
NAACP spokesman John White said Wednesday that Bush has declined invitations in each year of his presidency -- becoming the first president since Herbert Hoover not to attend an NAACP convention.
WHY ISN'T THIS IN THE NEWS? TRYING TO HIDE IT?
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Not to beat a dead horse, but these Tom Ridge terror alerts are really getting old! How can anyone believe these warnings when the alert status remains unchanged? Logically, it makes absolutely no sense. Oh, that's right; we're dealing with Bush and company. Unfortunately, logic doesn't come into play very often. Aesop's "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" makes for a cute little fable, but when we dealing with national security, issuing phony terror alerts could be a very dangerous game to play.
Subject: Terrorist Alert!!!!!
OK, we all know that after a wonderful day of euphoria with the Kerry/Edwards ticket, and the drop in polls about Dubya, that karl rove had to do SOMETHING!!!!, which was to "play" to Bush's best asset, according to the polls, and drag out Ridge to make a "fake," non-specific, with no details, terror alert. And CNN and MSNBC just bought it up!!! Totally dominated the cable news all day and there was absolutely NOTHING today about Kerry/Edwards all day so far. (Except Miles O'Brien said CNN has been flooded with emails which are skeptical about today's "terror" alert and its blackout of the Kerry/Edwards enthusiasm.)
Email CNN and MSNBC, daily and constantly and complain!! Email everybody else you know in the world...HELP! It is going to be a rocky ride from now on!!!
Subject: Giuliani skipped a photo-op with school children to deal with Queens crash on Nov. 12Here's something you probably haven't heard that is relevant to the My Pet Goat debate. The day flight 587 crashed into Belle Harbor in Queens, Giuliani was scheduled to attend a screening of "Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone" at Radio City Music Hall that was free for New York City school children. I know this because I was there with my 8th grade class from I.S. 311 in East New York. Steve Case from AOL got on the mic and explained that the then-mayor would not be able to attend because he was dealing with the tragedy in Queens. So Giuliani skipped a photo-op with school children, and we weren't even under attack! If Giuliani could skip Harry Potter, why couldn't the pet goat wait?
Subject: Kerry....Edwards...idiot republicans....and McCain
I think if geedubya dumps Cheney and tries to pick up McCain, everyone will see through that! McCain, in the first place, would have to be a lot dumber than even I thought...he of the "black baby" incident!
If anyone but me watched the Democratic Unity Dinner...with all the candidates...and Bill Clinton...(my favorite thing on TV this year), he talked about that campaign....and McCain's "Black Baby." Clinton said, "And God bless him, he did have a black baby, they adopted a little black child from Haiti (I want to say, not sure of the country?)...but at the time, McCain was livid...and rightly so...but he got over it????
This is the biggest mystery of this year... He had to hate Bush for that! Is he losing it, is he doing it for money....what is it???
The other thing that stood out today...is this order (I heard it on Washington Journal today) that the republicans have put out that Bin Laden has to be caught during the Democratic convention!!! Is that gonna be a little transparent?? I heard that they are telling the Pakistanis this....the order goes to them....why????? Does anyone know??
The Bush administration gets weirder and weirder...and more and more blatant!! And of course, Tom Ridge has told us that we will be attacked by terrorists likely during the convention in either Boston or New York....Yawn!!! Don' t misunderstand, this bunch scares the hell out of me....but, it gets a little old after a while!!
We can only concentrate on our candidates....and try to unseat the idiots!!
PS: If anyone knows of Kerry/Edwards bumper stickers or t-shirts...please inform me. Apparently, my internet co. is not letting my mail to the dnc go through....go figure!!!
Subject: Get a Load of This!!!I just wanted to share this with you all. It baffles me. I'm starting to think...what DO we know and WHO knows it?
I think this paragraph from the story kind of summarizes the whole thing:
A report prepared by the top CIA official handling the matter says Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the massacre, and indicates that it was the work of Iranians. Further, the Scott inquiry on the role of the British government has gathered evidence that following the massacre the United States in fact armed Saddam Hussein to counter the Iranians chemicals for chemicals.
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Subject: a link and D'Amato-Giuliani Speculation
Check out doyenne helen thomas on the lying bush admin...
Helen Thomas Points to Government 'Lies' (Editor & Publisher)
I speculate that D'Amato is setting up McCain and Colin Powell as stalking horse veep substitutes for his old buddy Giuliani, who has the same sneer as Cheney. Recall how Al and Rudy dressed in flak jackets to do a fake staged drug bust? Rudy's coronation using the WTC as backdrop would bring Bush and Rudy to their favorite moment together, 'taking charge.'
Subject: James Moore and "Bush's War for Re-Election"
Just finished reading the New York Times article on GW Bush's missing service records from 1972 that were, OOPS, accidentally destroyed. B.S.
Which led me to your excellent web site. So, bear with me as I email a letter sent to numerous newspapers this past Spring. Only the campus paper in my former home town ran the letter.
Regarding the stories surrounding President Bush and his missing year of Guard duty, there is another angle that needs investigation.
I served in the military in 1971-72 with the Army. My last assignment was at Ft. Bragg, NC, with the 82nd Airborne. Back then, Bragg was one of the bases that Vietnam vets returned to, spending 30 days filling out paperwork so they could muster out and go home.
Trouble was, more than a few of the returning 'Nam vets had picked up a nasty heroin habit in SE Asia and brought the habit back stateside. At Bragg, the law of supply and demand kicked in and soon, heroin was readily available at Ft. Bragg and the surrounding area.
The Army brass realized it had a serious problem on its hands; namely, discharging heroin-addicted soldiers back into civilian life. So, to help combat this plague, around 1971, they instituted random, urinalysis drug testing for ALL personnel.
If a common grunt could be pulled in for a drug screen, wouldn't a jet pilot be required to submit urine for drug testing during his flight physical?
By our Warrior King's own admission, in his younger days he drank heavily and there are stories that he indulged in cocaine and marijuana.
Perhaps that is why Bush failed to show up for his last year of Guard duty and missed his flight physical. His handlers knew it would be easier to obfuscate the records for an AWOL soldier rather than try to explain why his urine showed illegal drug use.
Subject: just a thought
If socialism is when the government owns all the companies, what is it when the companies own all of the government??
Reading some of the mail yesterday.
Usually I come away feeling good, but......
We have a perfect ticket, like a breath of fresh air, Kerry/Edwards!
Everyone, listen up, turn that frown upside down. Believe, we have a WINNER! Don't doubt it for a minute. (Now let's work hard to get them elected!)
The repugs are running scared, because they know it too. All their ads are to laugh at.
(I'd like to be a fly on the White House wall, just to hear all the F.....ing going on.)
Thanks BuzzFlash for being here.
Angela....Phila. (voting straight Democrat, and gonna love it)
Subject: Terror Alert
I see it as politically motivated, yes, that is a given. However, I think it is actually laying the groundwork/background for the Secret Service to make sure no protestors are seen during the RNC.
Subject: Edwards and ExperienceDear BuzzFlash,
Does anyone else hear an admission of failure from the Bushies when they claim that Senator Edwards lacks sufficient experience to be President? Could it be that they are acknowledging the horrible failure of the Bush Administration because of the inexperience that Georgie brought with him to the job, something that apparently all daddy's rich friends couldn't buy him? Besides, I agree with the earlier BuzzFlash writer who noted: Hitler also had more experience than Edwards does, but would we want him in charge?
Kerry Bush out of the White House!!!
Subject: Freedom of Information and a Mouse That Roars
Thought you might be interested in an article that's off the beaten path...a tiny bi-weekly newsletter, Mine Safety & Health News, has just published a trumpet blast in defense of the Freedom of Information Act, which as you know is regularly being flouted by the current administration. Excerpt:
Last week...the U.S. Labor Department's Associate Solicitor for Mine Safety and Health disclosed that, without public comment or input, MSHA [the Mine Safety and Health Administration] secretly changed its long-standing policy of routinely releasing inspector notes under the Freedom of Information Act... I keep asking myself, "Is this America?" How can MSHA secretly adopt polices that go against 27 years of openness? And how can this administration openly violate a law whose intent and purpose is to make records available to the public?
MS&HNews does not post stories on its own website but the full story is on:
Thanks for what you do, Buzz. You help keep some of us sane.
Kathy Snyder (a grateful reader)
Today, with my wife, I ventured out to see Mr. Moore's wonderful movie. Magnificent. It should be required viewing on every college and high school campus. As an immigrant and now a citizen of 50 years, I barely recognized my adopted country! The destruction of the social fabric by the current crop of neo-fascists is there in full color. The military in some clips resembles the waffen SS, a disturbing sight. The poverty so apparent in the richest country calls for some of the largesse now expended in Iraq. The propaganda haltingly offered by the Pretender to the Presidency is overwhelming in its stuttering delivery of lies and distortions. I am left with the distinct feeling that we can look forward to a landslide in the election to send this wretched yahoo back to Crawdad, TX. May the Gods bless America and save it from the Repuglicans
Subject: dear mr. mathews
Dear Mr. Matthews:
I'm no member of mensa but if i were a terrorist and i wanted to be sure i had plenty of willing bodies to recruit, i think i would like to have a man like bush in the white house who the world clearly dislikes, a poll showed people thought he was more of a threat to world peace than Saddam ever was. bush is the perfect poster boy for recruiting terrorists.
on the other hand Kerry wants to bring the world together and get rid of this it's my way or the highway attitude by the bush people. bottom line if you are a terrorist you would want bush for the president.
Subject: Northern Mn Theatres
Duluth, Minnesota, has one theatre showing Fahrenheit 911 and Grand Rapids, Minnesota, has one theatre showing that flick. If anyone up here in my hometown of Hibbing wants to see Fahrenheit 911, the trip to Duluth is 135 miles roundtrip. To Grand Rapids it's 55 miles roundtrip.
Another theatre in Brainerd, Mn, is showing it and the drive is 220 roundtrip. Now if people went during the day they would more than likely not see deer on the side of the road. But if they went during the evening matinees it's a whole different story as far as the critters go. One more thing, people that have jobs up here aren't going to miss work to see it cuz it's the only job they have any chance of keeping in this land of high unemployment, mine closings and corporate greed layoffs. Leave McDonalds for a day at the movies and they will axe ya for the next in line of hundreds for their job.Mann Theatres owns the theatre in Hibbing but they refuse to show it. I have emailed them and called them. No we are not going to show that movie. Goodbye.
Bush is coming to Duluth on Friday to lie to his worshippers. Hmmmm no wonder that flick is at only 2 theatres from Canada to Lake Superior and over to the west in Brainerd.
Bush is an idiot,
Subject: DoD to Assist [at] U.S. Political Events
Here's the reason for the terrorist alert at the conventions- get people ready for the presence of armed troops. Perfect way to stage a coup, the military will already be in place in two of the cities that would raise the biggest hell over it.
DoD to Assist Security Efforts for U.S. Political Events (American Forces Information Service)
Subject: Your Terror-Alert Forecast
As a service to the traveling public, here is a list of likely terror-alert congestion spots over the coming weeks.
July 26-29: Expect a high number of non-specific threats, especially in and around the Massachusetts area. There is an 80% chance of breathless announcements that authorities somewhere are rapidly closing-in on "high-value terrorist targets." These announcements are expected to be heavy through the 29th, but should be completely gone by the 1st of August. Dept. of Homeland Security Recommendation: Stay home, duct-tape the windows and watch the 72 hour "The Movies of Ronald Reagan" retrospective on Fox.
Aug 30-Sept. 2: No alerts expected, should be the most "terror-free" period of the summer. Slight chance of Osama Bin Laden being produced in chains in or around this time. DHS Recommendation: Stay home and watch the Fox News wall-to-wall coverage of the Republican Convention.
Sept -Nov.2: Expect an increasing number of vague, non-specific threats requiring 'steady leadership in changing times' and possibly culminating in an election-stopping "highly credible threat" in late Oct. should Bush poll numbers dip. DHS Recommendation: Thank the lord that we have a leader willing to suspend free elections to protect democracy.
Subject: Attack alert!
Re the NYT headline today (Bin Laden Is Said to Be Organizing for a U.S. Attack):
The announcer on the French National Radio, France-Info, giving this bit of "news" this morning, added, "Info ou intoxe, la question peut etre pose" -- "information or intoxication, the question may be asked."
Subject: Bush dump Cheney? - HAH!
What is everybody worried about, with all of the talk about Bush replacing Cheney with McCain? IT WON'T HAPPEN! Don't you all realize that there simply IS NO GeeDubya WITHOUT Cheney!
nerdeaux in Idyho
Subject: "TODAY'S GOP SPIN"
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Subject: Ken Lay and how this administration lies about how they let Enron try and ruin this countryDear BuzzFlash,
Since watching this coverage about the indictment of Ken Lay, the obvious point taken from this revised historical reality is the same hogwash as usual.Has anyone mentioned how Enron practically destroyed California and this Bush Administration just sat on its hands and watched with glee as this Democratic state was about to go under? It was not until Jim Jeffords switched parties (about early May of 2001) that the free reign of Enron was curtailed. If that SAINT, Sen. Jim Jeffords, had not left the Republican Party when he did, this whole country would have been "Enroned." As you recall, around 200 Enron employees were hired by this Administration. This helps explain the ethics displayed by the Bush Cartel. Ad the Halliburton corruption to the mix and is there any wonder they have destroyed the country in the way they have? Another term and this country will see the same plight as Enron. One must remember that just having Jeffords [deny] the GOP the majority in the Senate from about May of 2001 till Jan 2003 has saved this country from total destruction. We tend to think that this past 3 1/2 years have been totally controlled by Bush. In actuality, Bush has been able to destroy much of this country in a mere 22 months. God help us if he has four years.
The Bush spin is saying that they did nothing to help Ken Lay and Enron once they got in trouble. I imagine they were too afraid to at that time. After all, the Senate was not in their control. Hearings could have been set up and their schemes exposed. I wish these connections would be exposed by someone.An avid BuzzFlash Addict
Subject: Kenny Boy will never be a jailbird
For all those people out there who are thinking or hoping that Ken Lay will finally face justice, you haven't been paying attention. His indictment has the repug odor of nothing more than a political tactic, a distraction aimed at a gullible public, a headline usurper sent before the cameras to steal the thunder from the Kerry-Edwards blast wave of rising popularity. Didn't the timing tip you off?
You have a front row seat to the rollout of a tactic that the administration intends to use with OBL as the next, bigger headline stealer -- what they hope will be the crowning jewel of their manipulations that will land them back in the throne room for another four-year 'Plunderfest of the Repugs.'
INTERNAL MEMO: Steal the Democrats' thunder at all costs!
That's the name of the game. I'd laugh my ass off if the Pakistanis pulled the same thing on Bush that the Iranians did to Carter. Wait until Kerry-Edwards take office and then announce the capture of OBL! Hint, hint! Yo, Mr. Pakistani man, are you listening? Since the next President of the United States will be John Kerry, it would be in their best interests to get in his good graces early on.
The secret's out, although it wasn't much of a secret since this bunch in the People's White House is as predictable as ants at a picnic. The Pakistanis have allegedly leaked the plan. The Bush administration has been demanding that its subservient allies trot out any new terrorism detainees - especially the big fish -- only at the most politically opportune (for the Bush re-election campaign) moments, particularly at times when the Democrats are getting the most and best press such as the Democratic National Convention.
Sorry folks, but Kenny Boy will face no justice, and he knows it. He could blow this regime out of the water with a statement about the Cheney energy task force if he wanted. Does anyone really believe that this administration would take that chance and let the federal police dogs loose on him...FOR REAL? The FBI and Justice aren't doing anything that the White House hasn't approved and that isn't part of the repugnantCON re-election ploy.
If anything were to really come out about Kenny Boy that put the feds backs against the wall through the force of public opinion and forced them to feed him into the jaws of REAL justice, Bush would reach into his coat pocket and drag out his pardon pen so fast you'd think he was bionic. In fact, unless I'm way off base here, I foresee a whole slew of pardons gifted to greedy rich CEO's and robber barons as Bush's last official act of Office. Predictable, yup.
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Subject: Set-up and pay-off
Any successful movie script has to be jammed with set-ups and pay-offs. Well, here's a bit of the old razzle-dazzle I see coming from the Bushies. According to a New York Times article by David Johnston and David Stout, "Bin Laden is said to be Organizing for a U.S. Attack," the ubiquitous "senior administration officials" (accountability, please, people, please...) suggest Bin Laden and his "lieutenants" (yeah, I'm sure they use our military designations) are preparing for a big strike inside the U.S. Uh-huh. There's your set-up. But as we know from other reports, Bin Laden's people are going to be scooped up in the nick of time during the Democratic National Convention later this month. What a pay-off! Saved!
Is this not sickening? I'm tired of this movie.
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Subject: J. Leon Holmes Got Life . . .
Reading the votes that confirmed Anti-Choice Nominee J. Leon Holmes to the Federal District Court in Arkansas . . . a lifetime appointment for him is also a lifetime sentence for women's role in society.
Why do we need Democrats who vote against the freedom over one's whole existence? Why? And for those who think that John McCain is bipartisan, think again.
Not knowing enough about the "political jargon," the press release on "People For the American Way's web site stated that the "Key Republicans supporting Holmes were listed as Senator Elizabeth Dole and Senator Arlen Specter.
I don't know what "key" might mean, but any one who voted "Yea" sounds pretty key to me. And, John McCain was one of those along with Democrats, Mark Pryor, Blanche Lincoln, Zell Miller (gaffe), John Breaux, Mary Landrieu, and Ben Nelson.
I hope the women who vote as Democrats in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, and Nebraska will remember those Democrats who put a man on a Federal bench for life who has compared pro-choice advocates to Nazis and abortion to slavery.
A man who feels that women should not be in charge of their own bodies.... Here is a man who (quoted from People for the American Way)...
And, I am only quoting the "tip" of this iceberg.
Anyone wanna bet that McCain has already been asked to bask with Bush on the Republican ticket?
I am against lifetime appointments on any of our Courts, especially for judges who use their own biased opinions to rule others. (Supreme Court) I am for getting the Neanderthals out of the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. We are trying to progress and people should be able to make choices about their own bodies. Maybe we need to castrate the power of all of our Federal Courts. eh?
Just a thought,
You must admit it was fun to see lay in handcuffs. now if we can see cheney and bush in them...
So Homeland Security sends this press transcript out yesterday after ridge's speech of two unidentified staff people answering follow-up questions, and the reporters keep trying to get them to say whether they have any specific info tying this "threat" to the upcoming elections, and they don't, and then a reporter says "so what's the possibility the elections will have to be postponed", and rather than saying "none" the guy (i'm assuming it's a guy) says "i don't want to deal with hypotheticals."
Subject: This guy with the "private prison" (Idema) seems to personify the mercenary problem
Subject: Polls -- Consider the Source
I have noticed a disturbing issue lately with the constant harping by the corporate media of the "Latest Polls." Every time something pops up on the radar that should favor the Kerry people, within 24 hours the corporate media rolls out some obscure poll that shows Bush moving ahead of Kerry slightly, if the Kerry boost is small, and Bush now neck and neck with Kerry if the issue is a huge boost. However, if you take the time to check out independent and well respected polls, they generally have been showing Kerry with slight to gapping leads over Bush.
It now seems to fit a pattern of propaganda set to discourage the voting of the 154,000,000 voting age citizens who did not vote in the 2000 election, or for that matter, most all elections. The Republicans and their corporate donor controlled media buddies are Hell bent to keep the non-vote just that. Unfortunately, and due largely to the Internet and the small independent media, along with the plethora of "tell All'" books by many of the Bushies own ex-operatives exposing them, the sleeping giant is waking up. The Progressive vote will be somewhat larger than usual, but it is the, "My vote doesn't count, so why bother," majority that will really make the difference. The best thing the Dems and the Progressive camp can do is to spend some TV air time burning that number 587 into the public's mind.
587 VOTES DECIDED THE 2000 ELECTION - DON'T TELL ME YOUR VOTE DOESN"T COUNT. THIS COULD BE YOUR LAST TIME TO DO IT!
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Subject: Churches aren't repug lapdogs
Will somebody please remind the republican party that Democrats go to church, too? In this Palm Beach Post article, the laundry list of things the repugs want (sounds more like demand) churches to do to further bush's reelection is astounding, from turning over directories to holding parties for bush, recruiting church members as campaign volunteers, and identifying other churches as sources of votes. Reading this, it's clear the repugs are assuming everyone in the church congregations will be A-okay peachy keen with all this, and hey, surprise! They aren't! Or, the repugs simply want to overwhelm anyone who disagrees. It's also clear that the repugs either don't understand election laws, or are simply disregarding them. They've gotten away with so much for so long, they figure laws are for everyone else but them.
That's not to mention the observation by the Episcopal bishop in the article that these tactics are exactly what Fidel Castro did in Cuba. The bishop knows, because he's Cuban and was there when it happened.
"Bush campaign wants to cross dangerous line" (Palm Beach Post)
Subject: Cheney gets really extreme make-over!!!!
I know I said he needed one, but this morning on the Today Show, he is a dead-ringer for Senator Olympia Snowe (R, Maine). She kept saying that there was no proof that the meeting in Prague ever took place, but she is absolutely sure Saddam was in cahoots with bin Laden.
I think she has read, "Project for a New American Century and it is her new Bible." Levin said that the Senate leadership is keeping them from investigating the Bush administration's complexity and exaggerations. Levin says they are going to do their best to get it out before the election because the citizens have a right to know.
Olympia/Dick can dream on. O-lymp-pia/Dick, that's funny. Sounds like they could use viagra. However there is no one as steadfast in his stubbornness as Dick.
They just had Osama's half-brother explaining that Prince Bandar apparently lied on Larry King, days after 9/11. He says the family left after the travel ban was lifted and that it was the Saudis who arranged it with the Bushes. No one said the bin Ladens are stupid they know when to deny they cooperated with this corrupt administration.
Norah O'Donnell is now saying that Bush today will begin needling Kerry over whether he knows what average American values are. Like Bush would know? What a hypocrite? The idea that Dubya has ever needed anything or cared whether average American needed anything, but GOD, is laughable.
He is going to say he suffered during his life? Kerry should just answer that he has lead men in actual war, while Dubya was leading men at beer busts. I'll put Kerry's record of compassion for the masses next to Dubya's any day.
All Dubya says is what is on TBN. Give your life to the Lord and all your problems disappear.
Speak up or they assume you agree!!! ABB
Karen Webb, Moore, Ok.
Subject: "Terrorists wanting to disrupt the electoral process" -- That means it's everyone's patriotic duty to vote!
I do not believe Tom Ridge has any more information than he ever did. This is what I think they are doing: Karl Rove decided that they would use the "terrorists changed the outcome of the Spanish elections" theme in the Bush campaign. About six weeks ago, Ashcroft came out with a specious warning that even the so-called Press, which both sucks and blows at the same time, didn't believe. Ashcroft implied in a kind of throwaway line that intelligence indicated that it was Al Qaeda's intention to disrupt our elections as they had done in Spain. (Notice the deft juxtaposition of ideas so that the poor hapless public will start thinking that if we change presidents, the terrorists win.) Believe me, I would bet my house that he has no such empirically verifiable knowledge.
Time passes. Some information is leaked that the head of the FEC is looking into under what circumstances they could postpone or cancel an election.
Time passes. Staged terror warning for conventions. Ridge comes out with another official terror warning. The only specific information he has is that it is Al Qaeda's intention to attack us in order to "disrupt the electoral process." We can't get any information about when, where, who, and what, but we can find out "why"???!!!
In the words of Alanis Morrisette, isn't it ironic? On this analysis, Al Qaeda's goals are pretty much equivalent to those of Karl Rove. Ask yourself who is really going to try their best to disrupt the electoral process. Would it be Diebold maybe? Jeb Bush? John Ashcroft? The FEC guy? The same folks that disrupted the 2000 election, brought to you by Halliburton.
The unjustified, illegal and unnecessary war in Iraq is costing this country dearly. Was it worth it for many thousands of casualties; to spend hundreds of billions of taxpayers money to go after one of many despots in the world without the support of the UN which had weapons inspectors in Iran who would have verified the nonexistence of WMDs? I think not.
This administration had inflamed Arabs over Bush's refusal to continue peace talks in the Middle East claiming Israelis and Palestinians should work out things themselves. Just as he refused to continue talks on nuclear weapons with North Korea.
Now, with the US military bogged down in defensive positions in Iraq where they are attacked at will by both Iraqis and terrorists, we hear the administration is offering to forget the trafficking of nuclear weapons science by Pakistan and offering them the moon, Mars and the stars to come up with bin Laden or Omar before the election.
In Bob Woodward's book, Plan of Attack, he discusses VP Cheney's trip to the Middle East before the war to solicit and pressure Egypt, Oman, U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordon, Israel and Turkey to assist in the war against Iraq. The leaders pounded Cheney, not about Iraq, or the threat of Saddam Hussein, or terrorism, but about the Middle East peace process. He kept hearing that the president had better get involved and throw his weight around to set the region on some process to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This was the message that Powell had been sending to the White House nonstop. General Franks was of like mind. Cheney's other conclusion was that the Middle East was not going in the right direction. Bush: "This is an administration that when we say we're going to do something we mean it; that we understand history has called us into action; and we're not going to miss this opportunity to make the world more peaceful and more free. We don't take a bunch of polls and focus groups to tell us what--how to--to what we ought to do in the world."
The US was going to war.
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"Iraq Insurgent Force May Number 20,000; Guerrillas Led by Sunnis, Not Foreigners Hoping to Build an Islamist State" (Associated Press, 2nd Story on Page)
Subject: Bush Let bin Laden Escape
Somebody pleeeeeease tell me why the Rabid right wing and the 'Liberal Media' aren't screaming this from the rooftops? BUSH LET OSAMA BIN LADEN ESCAPE!!!!!! Surely they can find a way to tie it to Clinton. This should have been the headlines of every newspaper and the lead story of every news show when it happened ... and as usual only those that read the foreign news know it happened. Now someone finally says it and let's see if our Liberal Media even picks up on it!
From last night's Larry King's interview with John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry.
Subject: Destruction of military records enrages White House
The White House responded furiously when it was found that some of Bush's long-sought military service records had been destroyed. These records would have verified beyond a shadow of a doubt that Bush had completed his military service satisfactorily.
"We will get to the bottom of this if we have to put the whole FBI on the case. Just who destroyed those records? This cannot be an accident -- it had to have been someone who was trying to harm our President during this election year", said Scott McClellan, in an unaccustomed burst of frankness. "While we all know that there never was a real problem, we were counting on those records to lay the issue to rest for good."
In other news, O.J. reports that he's still looking for the real killer.
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Subject: Likely reason for suspicious "terror alert"
Tom Ridge's "terror alert" isn't the usual obfuscation we've come to expect from this administration. This one is a 3-fer: not only does it serve to shift media focus away from Kerry/Edwards, it also was meant to fan the flames of terror away from the White House and onto the CIA, on this the day that the Senate report comes out blasting the CIA. But because Ridge has stressed the "disruption of the election," get ready for what must be the real reason: to prohibit a democratic protest at the Republican convention in New York next month. They're laying the groundwork now. They must be stopped.
Thanks for all you do.