July 20, 2004
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Subject: Say it LOUD!
Republicans have all they need to win any argument. The only thing they have to do is say it loud enough and get enough people to complain. With Whoopi, people that never heard her skit were complaining about it's content. The Dixie Chicks were labeled anti-american for stating they were ashamed to be from Texas. The response, clear channel was bulldozing their CD's. Now, Aladdin has said they will not have Linda Ronstadt because she praised Michael Moore. When the Florida votes were to be re-counted and military votes scrutinized, Bush charged Al Gore was doing something WRONG by obeying the rules and the laws.
This same tactic would have guaranteed Bush the white house regardless. The general feeling was that Al Gore would win on electoral votes and Bush would get the popular vote. Their campaign was to take the matter to the people and complain that Al Gore was defying the wishes of the people that voted for Bush in the majority. However, they lost the popular vote and their rhetoric changed to: The constitution says this is the only way to win.
The fact of the matter is with this bunch you cannot win. They have the stupidity of everyone on their side.
Subject: The sex tradeIf Bush really wants to make a dent in the sex trade, he can send Neil to NY just before the convention to pick em out.
The battle for America has begun.
Subject: worth highlighting
the item on today's BuzzFlash entitled The Man Behind the Curtain of the Iraq War 7/20 may be worth highlighting as it points out that the NIE -- which is supposed to be the bad intelligence that is to be blamed for bush's war, was produced *after* bush asked congress to be allowed to go to war. So his war plans cannot be blamed on bad intelligence. He asked to go before he had *any* intelligence, more or less.
Subject: The Gropinator
Regarding the Democratic lawmakers response to Arnold Schwarzenegger's calling them "girlie men" over the weekend, I think the proper response should have been: "I'm sure Gov. Schwarzenegger is 'groping' for a way to embarrass political opponents who do not agree with him, but in this instance, he once again embarrasses only himself." Just a thought.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Hostile Environments
Ruth R [mailbag 7/19] asked how Duhhbya could fly to hostile Iraq but could not speak to hostile NAACP convention. Well, he didn't fly to "hostile" Iraq -- he appeared with his plastic turkey before a staged audience of Rove-nit-picked-gung-ho soldiers on an American base within Iraq. However, Rove couldn't demand the NAACP exclude all anti-Duhhbya delegates from his speech [that would sure clear the room!]. He couldn't manufacture the event, so Duhhbya didn't show. Simple.
Subject: mailbag 7/19
Well, I must start off by saying to Roseanne and Dee Turner....thanks for your kind words....now, you know why I am a constant reader of this site...and have been since I first heard about it on c-span's Washington Journal. It has saved me at times.
I learned long ago....that I did not have freedom of speech in certain circles....and have known when I can discuss it and when I cannot.
I am taking the one and only democrat I know to see Fahrenheit 9/11, next week. She is a widow, a democrat, with two sons who feel exactly like she does, and she is alone. I wanted to see it again, anyway, so I can do that.
I also have ordered a Kerry/Edwards bumper sticker...and have every intention of putting it on my car...to hell with anyone who disagrees! Geez. I am getting wise!!
I will tell you, that the last time I was at my son's house, he blatantly had one on his refrigerator...but, of course, it said Bush/Cheney. The sad thing about the other son...the one whose daughter just got back from Iraq, is that they are not political...but, even though one of the daughters-in-law got very irate because her husband (my son) voted for Bush, she would never, ever agree with me, so, you see, I just do not have an audience, except for you all...so thank God for you...all of you.
I think I wrote that letter, answering a man from Canada, who could not understand any of us for not fighting back more....and I really wanted him to understand that even though you are right....it is not always possible. When it starts to make you physically sick....you just have to keep your mouth shut. I will never, ever give up the fight, though.
I will do whatever I can, always, to get the bad guys out of the White House....I don't think I will have to convince anyone with a good mind. Maybe the Schwarzenegger takover was even worse...I never doubted that it was to get that state firmed up for Bush....hope he does not have that kind of pull!!
Shorty...Jerk fits that man perfectly...thanks!
I have had so many people write...and on very fair shows...wonder where in the world is the outrage? I hope enough of us feel it on Nov.2nd to make a difference!!!
Tim, it warms my heart, that after 20 years, you are registering to vote just to get Bush and Co. removed from the White House. Thank you very much!!!!
To Sharon Andrews who wrote about F 9/11 doing so well...it will run for a good long time...and just think, girl, it is running in one half the theatres that all the other movies are running in. In Entertainment Weekly, they show how much a movie is making, and the number of theatres it runs in...F 9/11...is doing great. And more...Michael Moore had 12 lawyers fact-checking the movie before its release, and has a $10 thousand reward for anyone who can prove a lie in that movie...pretty good, and no wonder no one has been able to find a lie!!!
To Vicki Walker...Missouri State Rep...I do not know how long you have been there, but you may have known my cousin...Rep. Jim Montgomery...a democrat for a number of terms...was voted out about the time the republican regime took over...but is running again this year...he represents the district that includes Ft. Leonard Wood, a large district in Missouri....and thank you for setting us straight on the way to address the rightwingnuts.....they are wrongwingnuts...oh, well, you know what I mean.
To any of you who read this site...you will get nothing but the truth...and much sanity...let me tell you....it has kept me going much of the time...and I do not donate as much as I should....they really are life savers.
I love the people at BuzzFlash and all the writers....
can you imagine the outrage and fury that would have been by the media and republicans had a democratic governor called republicans girlie men? good god, the guy would have been burned at the stake by night fall!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Ronstadt, Moore, Vegas and Busha bunch of thugs throws fit, vandalizes casino because singer spoke her mind... Casino owner fires singer, apologizes to thugs. Just what are we all waiting for to boycott the Aladdin? yeah that's right... we're liberal... we turn the other cheek.
Aladdin expels Ronstadt after political remarks (Las Vegas Sun)
Subject: Was it worth it?
The Iraq war has cost 894 US lives, 120 allied lives, and uncounted Iraqi civilian deaths. Countless wounded return to the US not only maimed in body but in mind. All this pain and suffering is in vain. Bush Co. pulled troops off the search for al qaeda so they could instead get their dirty hands on Iraq oil and multibillion-dollar military contracts. Our children are blood sacrifices upon the alter of their greed. How, in the name of all that is Holy, can anyone call any member of Bush Co. Good Christians? God might forgive these men and those who failed to oppose their war mongering but I can't. I can't.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Too little, too late
I'm writing to point out the fact that the belated and wimpy call by House and Senate democratic leaders for a 2004 pre-election investigation is too little and too late. These are the same people who hid in their ivory Washington towers when Bush was stealing the 2000 election in Florida and did nothing to stop him. Because of their failure to act when they had the chance to stop the Bush coup, our votes weren't counted in 2000 and democracy is now dead. Because of the death of democracy in 2000, our country is now in the worst mess it's ever been in. What a different place our country and the world would be in now had the Congressional democratic leadership stood up for democracy in 2000. Do they really think the Bush election stealers are going to do anything more than have a good laugh at their request?
Subject: MERYL STREEP
According to Al Franken, on AirAmerica, this morning: He spoke to Ms. Streep and said, of her role, that her gestures and voice, reminded him of someone...
Streep said it was "that lady on MSNBC, Peggy Noonan." ...more opposite than Hillary Clinton, one couldn't be!
Subject: Whoopi Goldberg's commentsHi, Buzz: I printed some bumperstickers back in '92 and again in 2000, and they sold really well. In light of the flack over Whoopi Goldberg's comments at the Kerry fundraiser, I think I'll print some more.
LICK BUSH '04The lesbian community out here bought them by the dozen...think I'll send one to Mary Cheney to see if it triggers a conflict of conscience...I'll send you some when I get them done, and maybe you'll want to give as a mini-premium.... Yours in the struggle,
Loyal reader, progressive activist, out-and-proud lesbian in a long-term committed relationship (and, if the AmBush administration has its way, a soon-to-be second-class citizen).
Subject: Reactivating 'The Greatest Generation'
No, this is not an ad for any libido-enhancing drug. When I read the headline, "Ala. Doctor Reactivated for Iraq War at 68" (Yahoo/AP), for a moment I wondered if Rumsfailed and Co. might reactivate my father, 78, who, with his friends, enlisted by misstating their ages -- he and his friends were a few months short of 17 -- and fought during WWII. Would they consider the brilliant plan of bringing back 'The Greatest Generation' to bail the Bush administration out of Iraq? I think it could be a strategic victory both on the battlefield and the campaign trail. Win-win. Imagine being able to associate Bush with the veterans who defeated Hitler no longer just by analogy, but directly. How much greater would Bush be? I mean, he already has G_d talking through him -- though the Washington Post is now reporting a denial from the White House ("The Misquotable Bush").
That must have polled badly, uh karl?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: A washingtonpost.com article
Disgusting. More evidence that this party has no scruples. Also shows why they have no problems with Ashcroft and the "Patriot" Act -- they are in love with KGB tactics. The party of values, MY FOOT.
Minn. GOP Asks Activists to Report on Neighbors' Politics, By Brian Faler (washingtonpost.com)
"All politics is local. But this year, it is getting downright neighborly..." (more)
Forwarded by Cassandra G.
Subject: "Kerry is bin Laden's Man--President Bush is Mine"BuzzFlash has posted several stories about the controversial bumper sticker that was taped to the window of GOP Headquarters in Louisville -- "Kerry is bin Laden's Man, President Bush is Mine." Republicans in Louisville are scrambling to distance themselves from this controversy. At the same time, the GOP Chairman is trying to locate more bumper stickers "for people who want them." Every person who displays this bumper sticker will proclaim the libelous assertion that John Kerry, a decorated U.S. war hero, is a traitor to this country. Please contact your local GOP Headquarters and ask if they have these bumper stickers. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for their printing or distribution. Thanks.
Subject: a message for Governor Gropinator
Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,
Subject: bush/blair duetHey Buzz,
For those who are tired of idiots like Dennis Miller making gay jokes about Kerry and Edwards because they are secure enough to hug each other (who would want a hug from Miller?), I remembered this brilliant clip of Bush and Blair. It may take a while to download, but it's worth the wait.
[BuzzFlash Note: Thanks! You made us all laugh out loud.]
Subject: Signs of the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy?Just for the heck of it I did a google news search to compare the hullabaloo over Whoopi's and Dennis Miller's political humor. When I searched "Whoopi Goldberg Bush" I got 1,170 results.
When I searched for "Dennis Miller Kerry Edwards" I got 20 results, some of which are from before he told them to "get a room."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Singer Linda Ronstadt
This is an outrage, "Timmins said he didn't allow Ronstadt back in her luxury suite and she was escorted off the propert," and it's time our side stopped taking it! I think we should flood the Aladdin with protests and cancellations. If they are going to treat us like this we certainly should NOT SUPPORT them financially.
"Audience unhappy with Ronstadt's Moore support" (American-Statesman)
Subject: Pastor's election-year crusade: 60,000 new voters in state (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
... In addition, through a statewide evangelical Christian lobbying group he leads, Fuiten is heading a voter-registration drive focused largely on evangelical churches. At his own church on the Fourth of July, Fuiten had ushers pass out forms to people in the pews who said they had not registered to vote.
Subject: Yahoo! News - Ala. Doctor Reactivated for Iraq War at 68 (yahoo news)My God, they are drafting retirees!
Subject: Sandy stuffs his socks
Bill Hemmer glibly repeats the wholly unsubstantiated claim by an "unnamed eyewitness" that Sandy Berger stuffed secret documents in his socks to spirit them out of the National Archives (I wonder why that eyewitness did nothing about it??) He scoffs at the idea that there could be a political motivation for a "high ranking government official" to leak the story of a 7-month-old investigation on the day the 9/11 Commission's report is released. He bristled as his guest suggested a story with not one single named source was to be taken with a grain of salt, and actually offered up Kelli Arena's character as collaboration for the sock-stuffing claim she obligingly passed along, as if a lie could become the truth if she is a swell person.
Hemmer has long ago established beyond question his utter cluelessness about the function of a reporter. His conviction that CNN reporters can't be used and lied to is both astonishingly naive and wholly inappropriate in anyone pretending to be an objective journalist. This sorry bit Fox News "repeating" should be, but sadly hasn't been for some time, beneath CNN.
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