July 21, 2004
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Subject: Linda Ronstadt uproar
Just to point out the obvious: If a reported 25% of audience were whipped into a frenzy by the mention of Michael Moore's name, doesn't that mean that 75% approved?
Subject: Sandy BergerI'm watching CNN and Wolf Blitzer grilling Lanny Breuer, Sandy Berger's attorney, regarding the "security scandal." If only Wolf pushed as hard on W's strange destroyed military records, the CIA outing, the diversion of $700,000,000 or Cheney's energy meetings. CNN and Wolf Blitzer show more and more every day, they are just another arm of the GOP.
Subject: ultimate flip-flop
Bush: 'I Want to Be the Peace President' (Reuters)
John Kerry and all self-respecting Democrats need to challenge Bush on his newest absurdity. The self-described "war president" who launched a war based on lies that killed thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians and hundreds of U.S. soldiers is now calling himself the "peace president." Isn't this the ultimate flip-flop?
Subject: DVDs -- Fahrenheit 9-11 / Outfoxed / Orwell Rolls in his GraveBuzz,
Neb Conner [Mailbag 7/20] suggested contributing to BuzzFlash et al. by purchasing these important DVDs for "your personal libraries." A better suggestion -- after purchasing these works and viewing them, donate them to your local library so more people are exposed to the truth. Don't hide the truth under your "personal library" rock. Spread the word! Neb says they are "required viewing for anyone over the age of 18." But they are also important for our citizens under 18 [don't "misunderestimate" the savvy and intelligence of our youth] -- we teach civics to youngsters don't we? These DVDs contain very important civics lessons -- as do others such as Unprecedented and Uncovered.
Subject: Call the Aladdin!Anyone unhappy with the thuggish behavior of Aladdin owner William Timmins toward Linda Ronstadt for dedicating "Desperado" to Michael Moore can call the Aladdin in Las Vegas at (702) 785-5555 to express their unhappiness. They won't transfer you to Timmins' office (I tried), but they will register your complaint and pass it along. Just remember that the person taking the complaint is not Bill Timmins himself, so express yourself forthrightly, but be nice.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: CNN's Daryn Kagan spews rumor about Sandy Berger "stuffing" documents into clothes. Yellow Journalism.
CNN's Daryn Kagan repeated today's right-wing radio talking point that would have naive viewers believing that Sandy Berger didn't just possibly fold a document up that he believed was on the unclassified side of the line and put it in an exposed pocket, but somehow that he sat there putting documents inside his clothes on other places on his person. Her repeated jokes about articles concealed in stockings added to the (as of now) baseless implications. My understanding, by the way, is that there are people functioning as guards watching these actions at all times - I believe that's where the story came from.
I haven't read one responsible story that characterizes his behavior as Kagan does, and she needs to be much more careful when applying such a low threshold of credibility to information that she gives her trusting audience.
My bigger point that transcends this irresponsible incident is that this is a highly disturbing pattern wherein Kagan acts as a journalistic biased "loose cannon" (she recently spun a Kerry decision as "classic flip-flopping Kerry"). Horribly unprofessional at best.
To emphasize how dangerous it is for anchors/reporters to salivate and over-react, no less than David Gergen is on other channels today calling Berger a "hero in the war on terror" who would "never compromise our national security."
Since we don't know if this may be a Justice Dept. political witch hunt or not, or simply a mistake, it's VITAL that journalists not indulge themselves with "people are saying" statements that Kagan prefaced this potential falsehood with.
Ms. Kagan surely must be one of the most poorly informed and journalistically reckless TV personalities currently on CNN. Someone in management should immediately sit her down and explain that the actions she takes seriously risk turning her "news" segments into cheap thrill, tabloid journalism that undermines CNN's credibility.
Her statements about Berger today have to do with suggestions that he took actions that would be legally felonious and could damage national security. This is NOT a game or a topic to have fun with at the expense of a very possibly innocent, dedicated career civil servant.
CNN should issue a clarification of Kagan's reckless and potentially slanderous innuendo.
I would conclude by saying that for her to spread unsubstantiated rumors about President Bush would be equally as damaging to the public's clear right to get unbiased information, although, curiously, I've never seen her display anything but extreme deference to Mr. Bush, especially as regards his Iraq war and issues of terrorism.
Thank you much for considering these thoughts.
Subject: Re: Pure Fallacy That Bush Has the Christian Vote
I actually saw a glimmer of hope regarding this subject several months ago. During a boring nighttime drive, I started flipping the radio through the AM dial and came across a Christian radio station and a very fundamentalist talk show. It quickly became apparent that the host was quite radical, but interestingly, his guest was a young, 24-year-old man who wasn't using his name on the air. He said he was part of a fundamentalist Christian group that was talking openly against bush (even though he wasn't giving his name on this show, openly?). Anyway, he said they didn't believe that bush's fiscal policies were conservative at all, that fiscal irresponsibility is a sin, and that bush's spending like there's no tomorrow was sinful. The host argued with him -- not obnoxiously ala rush limbaugh, but strongly. But this young man held his ground that he was not going to vote for bush, and neither were any of his cohorts in his organization. One statement he made really stayed with me: "If the president thinks that he has conservative Christians in his back pocket, he has another think coming." I didn't listen for very long, because they got off on the abortion thing then, and at that point, host and guest were agreeing too much for my eavesdropping ears. But what I did hear, I thought, was encouraging, and made me think that all the bull we hear about how many people are voting for bush is just that, bull, put forth by the pro-bush camp.
Subject: Girlie Men!
May God forgive me for saying this but maybe what America needs is another 4 years of george bush. The first 4 years did not wake you up, maybe the second 4 will. Of course by that time it will be too late for all of us anyway. I have been a lifelong Democrat but I am ashamed of these wimps. The only way to fight the republicans is down and dirty. Instead the Democrats want to be polite and courteous. I get sick every time I see Al Gore saying about the supreme court decision to hand the presidency to bush, "although I strongly disagree, I accept it." He had this little smile on his face that said the next time the country will be for me because I am doing the honorable thing. Tom Daschle is a big wimp and should step down as Senate Minority Leader. Maybe the Gropenator was right calling the Dems girlie men.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Oh for Christ sake!
Oh for Christ sake! Stuffing classified documents down his socks! With people watching no less! And you media people wonder why we give you no credibility. Jesus, listen to yourselves once in a while, you might figure it out! The White House spin machine says frog and you jump!
Subject: like a pit bull on a pork chop
If Mr. Berger were trying to hide something, why in the world would he take copies of something knowing very well the originals were out there to see as well as other copies? As far as people seeing him stuffing papers in his clothes :) :)
That sounds a little like the media drive telling people the Clintons looted Air Force One. Even GW Bush said that was not true. However, the Repugs and the media sunk their jaws into it like a pit bull on a pork chop! :) :)
Something tells me once again we are getting another looting story. :) :)
Subject: Chris Matthews
I like Chris Matthews, but many times he doesn't look beyond the top layer for his audience. He said Arnold called him a girlie man because he can't smoke cigars in his house. So what would a woman out here take from that? Possibly what I took from it. Schwarzenegger apparently feels a woman has no right to ask her husband to take his dangerous smoke outside away from her and her children. And if she does have the nerve to ask him to go out, and he does...then he is a girlie man. Sounds a great deal like my daughter's ex-husband. She divorced him because he was a pig.
Subject: Ron Reagan's speech and CBSI sent the following email to CBS:
Subject: Recalling retired vets
Hey, My dad is a veteran of WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam war. He put in over 30 years. He is now 87, and said he would just love to go over to Iraq. Of course, he is on a walker and would need some assistance to get around, though. What do you think? This time next year the Bushies will be glad to have him.
Danielle in the panhandle
Subject: Where is the real O'Reilly?
Tonight's episode of the Factor displayed a rare glimpse of a moderate Bill O'Reilly. Either he's trying to be nice because of the new attention of the 'Fair and Balanced' lawsuit or he's been abducted by aliens and that's his clone on t.v.
How horrid! I was a fan of Linda Ronstadt's all through the seventies...and before, from the time she came on the music scene...she was great.
I am now writing much the same letter to Aladdin that I did to Slim Fast!
PS: I just saw the most darling thing on every local news station almost at the same time...either Jenna or Barbara Bush (the blonde one) sticking her tongue out at the people outside where they were campaigning....it was just lovely!!! They were in a limo...and she did it twice...what a nice little girl. Can anyone here even imagine in their wildest dreams, Chelsea Clinton ever doing that??? Me neither...
Subject: Springfield News-Leader Editorial
I sent this in response to an editorial in our Sunday paper.
Subject: CA Scenario
Terrorism and the Election: California is the Target! The link article that appeared in the 7/19 mailbag is an interesting scenario [terror alert, color red, around 4 pm pacific time... snarling traffic on CA expressways, causing Kerry voter to hurry home to their kids, etc.]
Democrats can circumvent that scenario by putting the word out in CA. to vote on the way to work, or more strategically, VOTE ABSENTEE BALLOT.
Subject: it's not the berger that smells fishy.......
sandy berger took some copies of which there were many other copies and the media has jumped all over it like he should be stoned to death. if there were something in the newspaper about me i didn't want anyone to know, so i run to the stand get a copy and burn it thinking boy that was close, now no one will find out.................that would mean i have the iq of a dead fish. i do not think he is that stupid. but the pouncing on the story after all this time sure smells fishy to me.
Subject: No Pardon For Vietnam War ObjectorsThe last time I was home, people were driving sixties cars and they were new. I was in the military during the Vietnam war and became a very troubled teenager during that time. The whole country knew The Vietnam War was wrong but the government kept sending us anyway.
I had no idea what to do. My conscience wouldn't let me be a part of something so immoral. I decided to talk to the chaplain but he just told me there was nothing that could be done. I had no choice but to come to Canada.
After so many years finally Bill Clinton came to power. Here is a man well known to be a Vietnam War Objector. For eight years I wrote President Clinton asking when we can come home. I wasn't even allowed to have an application form for a pardon. In the end Bill Clinton ended up pardoning just his friends and people who broke the law for personal gain.
Now you have a president who deserted the military for personal gain. Just amazing! When government officials use the military for personal gratification or political gain and millions of innocent people are murdered, as what happened in Vietnam, it is the duty of military personal to refuse to be a part of it. It is a patriotic act to refuse. If only the German military had told Hitler to go jump in the lake! Those of us who came to Canada had the best interest of the United States in mind. My beliefs are as strong now as they were when I left.
When I got married 15 years ago all of my family were able to come to Canada for it. It was the first and only time I have been with my family since the 1960's. When they all left I sat and cried because I realized I didn't know anybody. The American people swept us under the rug decades ago. People like Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, who wrote the anti-war songs that we listened to at that time, have not even lifted their little finger for us. Are we such bad people that we have to be kept from our families for the rest of our lives?
Subject: From America's Amnesia, by Matthew Rothschild (The Progressive)
When Veronica de Negri first saw the pictures from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, she happened to be writing her testimony for the Chilean commission investigating human rights abuses during the regime of Augusto Pinochet.
"That kind of abuse was what I lived in Chile under Pinochet," says de Negri, who came to the United States twenty-seven years ago. Even the vocabulary carried an echo. "They told us, too, they were trying to soften us up."
De Negri was detained in 1976. "I was beaten up. I had electroshock," she says. "I was raped not just by the torturers but with a mouse. It's very repulsive. Imagination cannot reach the reality."
She recognizes that "the torturers in my case were Chilean," but she blames Washington for helping to overthrow Salvador Allende in 1973, for supporting Pinochet, and for training Chilean torturers. De Negri left Chile with her family in 1977, but her son Rodrigo Rojas went back almost a decade later. "He was participating in a national strike on July 2, 1986, when he was arrested, badly beaten, and set on fire and burned alive by Pinochet's forces," she says.
Americans are "very naive," she says. "They don't want to see" the involvement of the United States in torture over the years. The Abu Ghraib scandal "is nothing new," she says. "This has been happening behind your eyes for many years."
The United States likes to see itself with a halo on its head, and whenever a revelation like Abu Ghraib or My Lai surfaces, U.S. citizens tend to shrug it off as an anomaly. When you look at the last fifty years of U.S. history, it is anything but.
From Greece to Iran to Indonesia to Vietnam and throughout Latin America, the U.S. government has been complicit in the torture or murder of hundreds of thousands of people....(more)
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Subject: Another convenient leak by those vicious Rethuglicans
So since the rethugs could not get Pakistan to deliver Bin Laden before the Democratic convention, they decided to settle for smearing Sandy Berger. THE TIMING REALLY STINKS. After all, the 9/11 commission will be coming out with their report on Thursday, and methinks that the white house must be pretty nervous and desperate. Yes, and this time it is yet another "leak." They remind me of rabid coyotes. Did you see the rethugs in congress come out like vultures and make a big todo about the whole situation, shaking their heads in pretend shock at just how serious this situation is to national security? What a bunch of hypocrites.
Instead of being indignant about Valerie Plame's name being leaked as a CIA agent, and going after the leakers in the white house, they decide to go after Sandy Berger. I am not surprised at the dirty politics these rethuglicans play, in fact I am fully expecting them to play more dirty politics as the elections get closer.
Sandy Berger has a good friend in David Gergen. I watched him on Aaron Brown today, and he very clearly spoke up for Mr. Berger, and explained the whole situation very precisely. Reading between the lines it was clear that he thought that this was a small incident blown out of proportion. I guess we all agree.
Subject: RE: Bush wants to be Peace President
President Bush has gone from "war president" to "peace president"? If that's not the flip-flop to end all flip-flops...what is?
Subject: The inimical idiotInimical: hostile or harmful Idiot: a stupid person; an utter fool; a person deficient in mind and permanently incapable of rational conduct
That pretty well describes our pResident. And now, after two wars and tens of thousands of deaths and injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more than 1,000 coalition dead and many more thousands wounded, and let's not forget the bloody American inspired coup in Haiti, NOW the inimical idiot wants to be the peace president. The peace president!
Right, like that's going to happen. That's about as likely as Enron becoming a humanitarian organization. Or Grover Norquist lobbying for middle-class tax cuts. Or the HMO's calling for universal health care. Or Jeb Bush allowing for fair elections in Florida. Or for freaking hell to freeze over! As Papa Bush would say, "not gonna happen, wouldn't be prudent."
Thinking people, a.k.a. BuzzFlash readers, know that if G. W. steals another four years, you know he can't win fair and square, he'll flip-flop right back to being the war president. Iran's his next target, you can bet on it. Hide your sons and daughters. The draft you feel isn't coming from the open window. It's the peace president coming for your young.
What's that sucking sound? I think it's my intestines being sucked into a black hole. I always seem to feel that way when I give too much mental energy to G. W. and the evil GOP. But then, just in the nick of time, there's good old BuzzFlash, saving the day and a wee bit of my sanity. Bless you Buzz.
Judy Maclean Colorado
Subject: Excerpt from the Congress Daily: "Dems unveil message for '04 and beyond"
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