July 16, 2004
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Subject: questionWhen pres. Bush decided NOT to speak at the NAACP Convention in Philly he said it was a scheduling error.
But, when called on that, he said it was because of his disagreements with the Leaders.
So, his first answer was an obvious lie...why is everyone letting him get away with that?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Day of Reckoning
Dear BuzzFlash and all informed Americans:
Nov. 2 2004 is the day of reckoning for America and the world.
The USA. has been under the rule of an unelected government since Jan. 2000.
This was a coup d'etat. Make no mistake about it.... The coalition of the Neo-Cons, the Southern Baptists, and the corporate giants pulled a coup and stole control of your country from the people.
Now Nov. 2, 2004 will show us and the world whether you can re-install Democracy in the USA.
If you cannot, then you will have allowed this evil coalition led by gwbush to change the direction of the World from Peace, Prosperity, Human Rights, negotiation and compromise to one of Corporate domination, War, and the new Empire.
The National sponsored Corporate Oligarchy of bushco. exports economic slavery and military enforced compliance of the World Bank and the IMF.
Please read Greg Palast's book, The Best Democracy Money can Buy, and see how this is being done throughout the world.
It is a horror story of the highest magnitude and the USA is inflicting it upon the rest of the World...and it is the real reason behind the increasing wave of "terrorism" that we see today.
Geoff in Austin
Subject: confusedWait... I'm confused. Whoopi Goldberg gets fired from Slim-Fast (from Slim-Fast!) for her sexual wordplay on Bush's name, and Dick Cheney remains our vice president after telling one of our senators to "Go &*%$" himself?? What gives?
Subj: Bush, unscripted
Our current president's incompetence, inarticulateness, stubborn one-dimensional view of the world and out-of-touchness with reality, formerly only hinted at, are now being seriously discussed. Which is why he must surround himself with loyal supporters, weed out the dissidents, and only answer pre-approved (and often rehearsed) questions, and when he asks someone, "Is there anything you want to say to the president?" he will get only a resounding "Yes. Four more years!!!"
I heard his Wisconsin campaign speech on TV, and dismissed it as typical Bush-speak, staged, ho hum, turn the channel. But after reading this verbatim report of his entire, basically off-the-cuff remarks where he tries to dumb down explanations of his various policies for the average Joe Wisconsin voter (as if talking to a 10 year old), I realized the dumbing down was not intentional -- it's authentic Bush, without the teleprompter, without the earpiece. And it's -- frightening. Can we really afford to have this man in charge for four more years?!!!
(After many of these statements, Bush received enthusiastic applause. God help us.)
Lurking terrorists among us:
Bush opines on who planted a car bomb:
On the recession:
On complaints about the deficit:
Now, you're going to hear talk in this campaign about, well, I'm going to increase the federal spending, but don't worry, I'm going to pay for it by taxing the rich. We've heard that kind of language a lot in American politics. But I'm here for a reason. I want you to understand who the rich is. It's the people who work in this company [Mid-States Aluminum in WI], because when you're talking taxing the rich on the individual income tax rates, you're raising taxes on sub-chapter S corporations. And if this company has less money in its pocket, you're less likely to keep a job and have the benefits you expect for your families.
Bush lets slip comment about his base:
Re: junk lawsuits and lobbyist influence:
Bush is candid:
Asked by a former soldier the best thing a citizen could do to show appreciation to the troops in Iraq, Bush responded :
On spreading democracy:
On becoming less energy-dependent on overseas oil:
To a question about high insurance costs ( Bush advises small businesses to lump together into an association to pool risks):
On health care (Bush touts tax-free personal savings plans):
Electronic medical records versus paper ones:
Question: Do you have an updates on the whereabouts or possible capture of Osama bin Laden?
On separation of church and state:
Bush out of touch with the times:
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The writing on the wall says "Vote Kerry"! a short essay...
The Republicans have been proactive and shrewd in their efforts to prepare the electorate for the possibility, the meaning, and the consequences of a preelection terrorist attack.
*They have couched the possibility of an attack as an inevitability of times we live in, inescapable, and certainly not evidence of any failure of the Bush administration.
*They have presented the logical and historical interpretation of an attack to mean that the terrorists favor Kerry, not as an operation planned years ago and directed against Bush in particular or America in general.
*They have layed the psychological and legal groundwork to actually suspend the election as if doing so was good for democracy, and not a blatant quest to retain power.
They have framed the entire scenario to their political advantage while the Democrats have been struck dumb once again.
And yet the Democrats thereby squander a most powerful election issue -- that of the safety of the American people.
For it was Bush, not Kerry, who was asleep at the wheel all the summer of 2001 and allowed 9/11 to happen on his watch. And it was Bush, not Kerry, who has not secured our ports from attack, nor has he truly secured our airports, or our food supply, or our bridges, tunnels, or our chemical plants. And it was Bush, not Kerry, who has failed miserably to protect the American people by catching Osama bin Laden, or the Anthrax killer, or the other thousands of actual al Qaeda terrorists who exist out there, plotting. It was Bush, not Kerry, whose terrible decisions have increased acts of terrorism, and increased recruitment by al Qaeda.
And if the Republicans are right, and there IS another attack on U.S. soil, it should be George W. Bush who is to blame. He, who has had four long years to make us secure, but who has failed us not once, but now for the second time.
Hopefully, there will be no attack on our soil. But as it has been pointed out by others, we have been subject to terrorization by message by the voices of the Bush administration for years. The near constant state of fear among the public is evidence that Bush, not Kerry, has failed us yet again. He has failed to make us secure, not just on our streets, but now even in our own homes.
Once the Democrats frame the issue of safety as a pattern of broken obligations by the Bush administration, and then tell the American people what a true military man will do differently, so that the people will feel safe, they will rightfully take back the only issue that the Republicans have working for them.
Subject: Bush and West Virginia
The local newspaper said it cost 53,000 for Bush to speak in Charleston. Now add to that the lawsuit for squelching freedom of speech. Well I hope King George used a condom when he screwed us, cause I know he didn't use KY jelly.
Subject: "postpone the election"
You know, terrorist attacks occur every day in countries all over the planet. No democracy that I am aware of has ever postponed or cancelled an election due to a terrorist attack, let alone the THREAT of a terrorist attack. (Is that sort of like preemptive postponement?)
Here we are told that contingency plans are being made to postpone our election "in case of a terrorist attack." At the same time, various Republican officials take turns warning us of how it is almost inevitable that an election-season terrorist attack will occur. (Is this what in Iraqi prisons they call "softening up the prisoners"?)
How is it they are so certain that a terrorist attack is almost inevitable? Do they know something that we don't know? The mind wants to wonder if our patriotic defenders of freedom would consider sacrificing a few American lives if that proved necessary for them to stay in power "for the good of us all." Naaaah, they would never stoop that low....
Subject: Fear is the best distraction
I think it was Franklin Roosevelt who said, "The only thing you have to fear is fear itself." Fear is a great distraction if you want to sneak something in or by without anyone noticing. From the first Bush speech on, he's been preaching doom and gloom about the economy, the evil do'ers who are out to get America, the terrorists, etc.... Now even same-sex marriage is a direct threat to American society. What's interesting is that no Republican (or Democrat either) is talking about tobacco companies (400,000 deaths per year), or chemical pollutants in the air and in the drinking water, or the depletion of our fisheries or forests, or the fact that the exhaust from cars, factories, chemical plants, and power plants goes directly into our lungs the next time we take a breath and therefore should be cleaned up. God, I wish Al Gore hadn't given up. Hell, if anyone wants to meet real terrorists, all they have to do is check out the drug gangs in my neighborhood. 53 murders so far this year and no response from Homeland Security. Anyhow, we need to put this foreign terrorist thing into perspective. The foreign terrorists are real, but we should not be blind to the exploitation that's taking place by the Bush administration. We really do need to re-defeat Bush.
Subject: Bush/Cheney Running on a Pack of LiesDear BuzzFlash, It is quite obvious when listening to Dumbya and his thugs making speeches on the campaign trail, that they have NOTHING to say, or brag about their accomplishments, as they sadly lack any. Instead this sorry lot is either trying desperately to justify this messy war in Iraq, or making attacks on John Kerry and John Edwards. Sometimes the lies are so blatant and obvious, I am amazed at how they can utter them with such straight faces. They have become experts at lying, and it is now second nature for them to do so. So this is what Dumbya meant when he said he was going to change the tone in Washington. Which reminds me of what a friend of mine, who is Australian, said: "If the nation elects George Bush after all this mess he has created, you guys deserve what you get!"
It is a frightening thought, and I do not think that I can go through another four years of this Bush/Cheney nightmare.
Subject: Are ''horror junkies'' part of Bush's voter base?
There is a part of America who likes the thrill of being scared. The success of movies like "The Sixth Sense," "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers,""The Silence of The Lambs," "Psycho" and others are proof of that. If you like the adrenaline rush of being frightened, the tingle of impending doom, the shiver up your back from a sudden scare, then Bush/Cheney are the ticket of your dreams.
The Bush campaign is not above feeding some bones to its base of "horror junkies." For example: '"When the government gives warnings without more information about why they're giving them ... that inevitably leads to people questioning whether the timing is a diversion, or politically motivated,' said Randall Yim, head of GAO's homeland security division."
GAO report criticizes terror warnings (cnn.com)
Many people are questioning the timing of announcements, but if you consider such announcements as part of a cleverly calculated plan to maintain the "horror junkies" base at a fever pitch of fear, it all falls into place.
I heard John Sayles talk about one of his earlier script jobs, writing the script for "Piranha." He mentioned one goal was to have a piranha attack at least every 15 minutes in the movie. Tom Ridge is not trying to drive out positive Democrat news, or hide negative Republican news with these periodic announcements; it's all about the timing for maximum fear.
BuzzFlash Reader and Big Time Patriot
Subject: Dennis Miller intro to BushBuzz,
Since Slim Fast can fire Whoopi for saying things about Bush, CNBC needs to fire Miller. He is working for the damn Bush campaign, going around introducing that George Bush. Makes me so mad. He has his program on CNBC which no one watches, and now he is running around with the village idiot.
I would like to see an email campaign to CNBC.
Hello to all buzzers,
I watched the same interview as sab (7/15 mailbag) with Perky Couric. Disdain is exactly the word I used also. When John Edwards was talking about the Iraq mess, Katie asked him, while wearing a smile that was dripping with ridicule "What makes you think John Kerry could do any better?" It's almost a waste of brain cells to bother answering that question. At one point, Edwards was talking about his and Kerry's concern for the average American, and once again, with her attempt at a look of disbelief, Perky said, "What, you don't think Dick Cheney is concerned about the average American?" Why, I see nothing but Dick's unwavering compassion for the everyday American on a daily basis. You can tell by the man's actions -- how can John Edwards have missed it? These people have drank so much kool aid it's coming out of every orifice. NBC has gone the way of Fox. Jon Stewart is my man. He's the only one on TV who really pounds on these hypocrites. Amazing -- late night comedy is where we get the real news (except Leno). I saw the Daily Show with Wolf Blitzer and I was jumping on the couch and cheering Jon on. He nailed him.
Another strange coincidence. I know Laura Bush has been saying for months that the twins will take part in the campaign. But after those few days of America watching the Edwards and Kerry families all over the TV (both very functional families, I must say), those twins were practically shot out of a cannon into the campaign. The timing was kind of funny. I sense that they've been made to feel obligated to do this. I mean, they wrote speeches but are too shy to give them? Not exactly campaign material. Although I'm sure they're enjoying the sexy Vogue layouts. What's that about?
Is it my imagination, or is daddy exploiting those girls? How desperate is he? Is that how he's planning to win the election? It's kind of funny to watch -- he really has to work hard to prove his own family likes him. They're pretty girls, so maybe W needed something to compete with Edwards' adorable face. Even though I realize they've been in college for the past 4 years, I don't think I've ever once seen Geedubya and his daughters together. I think Rove took a look at Edwards and Kerry and realized they had better starting putting forth some family values photo ops.
Elaine in Petaluma -- I hope you're right about John McCain. Because I can't figure out for the life of me what he's doing. Now he stands up and denounces Bush's ban on gay marriage bullshit. Something's up.
The news is getting scarier and scarier. It's like we all know something's coming, but we don't know what. Expect martial law for the GHP convention. Don't doubt it for a minute. They also would love to sabotage the Dem convention. Why, you wonder? They don't want the country to hear John Edwards, Bill Clinton, Obama, Kerry and a whole lot of other great and intelligent speakers who will tell America the truth. I think they're especially scared of Edwards' speech. It only will make their convention look that much more like a Klan convention.
Saw a fantastic button on the bus home yesterday. The button was about as big as my head. It had GWB's face in a toilet bowl and below that it said "time to flush." The guy got off the bus before I got a chance to ask where he got it. I'm seeing tons of Kerry/Edwards buttons now.
Keep on keeping us informed Buzz. Even though it depresses the hell out of me. I'd rather be depressed and angry than clueless. Thanks Buzz.
Barbara in NYC
Subject: So incredibly underhanded....
Saw this on townhall.com [conservative Heritage Foundation's site]. Full text:
[BuzzFlash Note: The original source was Inside the Beltway, by John McCaslin (The Washington Times)]
Subject: Also in the news
A little OT but did you see the news the other day? Also in today's paper. Khaled bin Ouda bin Mohammed al-Harby took advantage of the Saudi Arabia amnesty program and went back to Saudi Arabia.
The U.S. government has been after this guy for two years. They couldn't they catch a guy in a frickin wheel chair rollin around Afghanistan? It didn't even look like an electric wheel chair.What? Was he always running down hill?
Now he's free back home in Saudi Arabia and another member of al-Qaida has escaped us.
What was lost in the report was that the Interior Minister of Saudi Arabia acknowledged that Saudis are in Iraq fighting U.S. forces.
I thought Bush said the Saudis are our friends.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: A little insight into the thinking of DeForest B. Soaries, chairman of the Election Assistance Commission
Please check out this brief piece about the Bush appointee who is looking into suspension of the election.
Key quotes that show how this White House pick doesn't think we need a paper ballot trail OR that we need to even legally require that the software source code be reviewed for Diebold-style machines. Both of these things are generally agreed to by most serious engineers who KNOW what the tech frailties of these machines are. From what I've read (and I wrote system-level software for 10 years), I could teach any of you how to hack in and change vote totals in about a half hour.
Do you think Bush et al. didn't tell this appointee to float that trial balloon, that he would have dared concoct and broach such a wildly controversial (and perhaps un-Constitutional) concept all by himSELF? The next question would be WHY higher ups authorized him to bring this up. It's not conspiracy thinking when simple common sense rationales can be applied to what we know and can reasonably assume about motivations.
Please interview him and ask him about these quotes, and how they tend to correspond to GOP rhetoric that has slowed down the implementation of fixes to the 2000 election problems. Civil rights groups, Dems., progressives, and the huge majority of tech experts have been stonewalled and put off because of thinking like Soaries'; now with 110 days left, it's probably too late.....
Subject: George Bush, APOLOGIZE! CNBC: Fire Dennis Miller
According to today's Washington Post, President Bush thinks its appropriate to use celebrities at political events to make hateful, inappropriate, and gay-bashing comments about his political opponents. If President Bush and his cronies can get Whoopi fired from Slim-Fast for joking about the president at a political event, then why does Bush get away with having Dennis [Miller] make homophobic jokes about John Kerry?
Subject: Whoopi vs. Dick Cheney
When Vice President disrespected the halls of Congress and a respected U.S. Senator, the news media seemed to find humor in this and after a couple of stories they let it drop. But now that Slimfast execs have pulled Whoopi Goldberg's endorsements because of jokes that she made about Bush & Cheney, let's watch how long the media runs with this story. They will probably continue with it and attempt to get Kerry into the mix! Slimfast gives you gas and doesn't work any damn way. Let's BOYCOTT Slimfast!!
Subject: Remember Anita Bryant?
Here is my submission for your publication: Florida Right-wingers forgot about Anita Bryant circa 1976.
That is the operative word today for all Slim(e)-Fast products. Any company that kowtows to the right-wing agenda should feel the wrath of the First Amendment patriots with a nation-wide Boycott.
In 1976, I was a young gay man in Chicago who just came "out of the closet" a few years earlier and was fighting the Florida right-wing Christian fundamentalist named Anita Bryant, who, at that time, was the spokesperson for the Florida Orange Juice industry. Ms. Bryant condemned all homosexuals to "hell" and was pushing a rabid anti-gay agenda with her celebrity. Anita was having a concert (she was also a singer) in Chicago that year and the gay community flooded the streets of Chicago with protest banners and loud chants. It wasn't very long before the Florida Orange Juice industry started feeling the effects of a gay BOYCOTT of Florida Orange Juice and had to dismiss Ms. Bryant as their spokesperson.
Now, the Florida managers at Slim-Fast have dismissed whoopi Goldberg for doing her career job as a comic at a recent Kerry/Edwards fundraiser in NYC. Once again, these Florida right-wingers have chosen sides and they must pay the price like the Florida Orange Juice industry did.
So, pass the word. SLIM-FAST PRODUCTS ARE TO BE BOYCOTTED. Let the echos of Anita Bryant's hate campaign come alive and ring loud and clear in Florida once again at the headquarters of Slim-Fast.
Subject: Slim-fastHow about a bumper sticker, "Slim-fascists"? I am sending it to the Slim-Fast comment page that a reader sent in to you. Go Buzz.
Danielle in the Panhandle
Subject: Bush accuses NAACP of being partisanThis is coming from the guy who is sending letters to churches and non-profits encouraging them to send Church directories. I was in Miami the day the Supremes gave the election to Bush and 1,000s were upset at the Bushes striking thousands of people off the rolls that the NAACP had registered. They weren't felons, just democrats.
It is a good thing Bush said no because they would have needed to empty the auditorium of all those not agreeing with Bush. He only appears before his supporters.
The story you linked to "Bank of America Profit Up Almost 41 Percent" (AP/NY TImes) is a perfect example of what's wrong with business news coverage.
It's as if the only people who matter are investors. What happened to human beings who work for a living? After touting all the economic "good news" enjoyed by the corporations, as if that meant more than anything, the story winds down to the ugly truth in the final paragraph: layoffs.
Newspapers must starting putting the layoffs in the headlines and leads. These newsworthy facts affect our lives as much as, if not more than, the investment angles.
The news media scoffed at Chainsaw Al, and now they wag their tongues at the high-profile corporate crooks, but the very same values held by these creeps underscore much of what passes for business reporting -- Working people be damned. Anything is OK if you make a buck at it.
Why, in this day and age when working people face reduced buying power, reduced benefits, layoffs and other woes, are there no more labor beats at newspapers? What happened to the media's responsibility to explain how business affects the lives of working readers? Do workers count less than P & L statements?
Mike in Fla.
Sent to Howard Kurtz, The Washington PostSubject: Double Standard
Whoopi Goldberg makes some racy vulgar comments at a Democratic fundraiser and gets wall to wall coverage, yet Dennis Miller jokes that Kerry and Edwards are gay at a Bush event and not a mention anywhere. Tell me about the liberal media again. What a double standard.
Why does the media run with every RNC talking point and ignore similar stuff done by the Republicans. Are the media dishonest, lazy or just plain so dumb that they can be easily manipulated by the RNC? It seems every time the RNC gets its panties in a bunch about something the media just floods the air with RNC operatives who are outraged at the actions of some Democrat.
MSNBC even had on Steve Maltzberg today without anyone to rebut him. He talked about the whoopi thing. He lied about the reason whoopi was dropped by slimfast (Freeper boycott emails) and said that the Democrats in the audience were offended and complained to Slimfast. He also said no one should vote for Kerry because he praised whoopi. I mean an unopposed wingnut, how fair and balanced is that? If you can't see the bias and double standard then you should resign and hire someone more competent or less conflicted.
PS -- I notice in your defense of Fox you really didn't see the conflict between Carl Cameron and an immediate family member who was campaigning for Bush in 2000. Why isn't that a conflict? I guess since you are in a similar situation with your wife being a GOP operative that you couldn't criticize him without shining a light on your own conflict. At least you can't be labeled a hypocrite if you just ignore similar conflicts.
Subject: Dem Leadership has Heads up their Donkeys!?!?
Just watched a segment on Paula Zahn on CNN in which a "Dem strategist" named Mr. Schoen debated some Repub lackey on the subject, "Should bush dump dick?" 'Twas a Dali-esque spectacle -- with the Dem arguing in favor of dumping dick.
My feeling is that the DNC should be alerting official mouthpieces to SHUT THE F*CK UP on this issue. We, who know better, pray that McCain or Uncle Tom or Giuliani do not end up on the Con ticket.
Please educate our leadership.
p.s. I've not completely "forgiven" Ms. Zahn due to her past with Faux News. Somehow I suspect she breathlessly cradles her cello between refined Republican knees when making rich noise. The same suspicion applies to CNN on the whole -- our so-called "liberal friendly" news network.
Subject: Another Riggs Connection
In re your story, The Bush-Riggs Connection. Riggs was Fined $25 Million for Money-Laundering for Saudis, Now Senate Investigating Riggs Hiding Money for Pinochet. 7/16 (americanprogress.org)
Do you remember my writing you that W's uncle Johnathan Bush was on the Riggs board? It's a small, incestuous world after all.
Subject: Intel report gives Bush a "Get out of jail free" card
Oy! Buzz, I'm reeling. Have the New York Times journalists and the rest out there just forgotten about Richard Clarke's testimony as to what Bush said following 9/11, i.e., that he wanted a connection to Iraq and he wanted it right away? Bush was itchin' for an excuse to go invadin'. Don't tell me that the Bushies were duped by the CIA about Iraq's WMD. I don't buy it for a nanosecond.
A bothered BuzzFlash reader
Subject: Whoopi and a brave Florida Democrat
Thanks always for the great work!
Just thought you'd like to know of a link to a story about Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., who had the "audacity" to suggest in the House that * gasp *!! the 2000 election was * stolen *!!!! Of course, the majority in the House immediately voted to strike her words from the record -- rewriting history before the ink is even dry!
Fla. Lawmaker Says 2000 Election 'Stolen' (news.yahoo.com)
And, this is the comment that I made to slim fast on their website about the whole firing incident with poor Whoopi -- a comic can't even make fun of the pResident anymore! Unless of course, you're Repuglican and actually support him -- like some late night comic who shall remain nameless * cough * Jay Leno * cough * oopss!
Did * I * say that?!?!
Anyway, here's the remark they recently received:
I didn't fill in the form they supplied and I gave them my Yahoo email ... hope that keeps them off my back ... but then again, they probably tagged me already if I was seen coming out of the theater showing F9/11! Well, F**** You shrubbie, as your Puppet Master likes to say! I went to see it anyway!!!!
HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HaaaW!!!!! (otherwise known as maniacal laughter!!
Subject: Riggs Bank with bush ties lambasted by Senate Committee
Riggs Bank has very very close ties to bush, and his uncle Jonathan was/is president of the company. Today see NYT and WP for report on Senate lambasting them for ties to Pinochet. See David Sirota on May 14, 2004 for background about the Bush family connection.
Subject: Bush is a coward: Can't look the people he screwed in the eye
Bush avoids having direct interactions with anyone who does not agree with him. Hence, no addressing the NAACP. He gets petulant and whiny, complaining that they don't talk nicely about him (and why should they?!). I think deep down he is deathly afraid. He only goes to venues where he has a positive audience. His thugs and bouncers keep the protesters away. Did you have any idea that there were that many protesters at the inauguration in 2001, as shown in Fahrenheit 9/11? I didn't. That certainly wasn't on the news!
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