July 22, 2004
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The Federation of American Scientists issued the following report by email today:
PENTAGON "CONSOLIDATES" ABU GHRAIB DOCUMENT REQUESTSMy question is, is anyone surprised by any of this?
Subject: No More BushThe American people have had entirely too much of Bush's lies and failed policies for nearly four years to even think of giving him another four. His complete attention to his political base and unjustified, unnecessary and illegal war against Iraq have sent US citizens backward instead of forward. Even responsible Republicans have turned against him.
No Rest for Bush; Second-Term Agenda Near (The New York Times) WASHINGTON, July 20 - Seeking to blunt any advantage Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts might enjoy from the Democratic convention, President Bush's campaign has planned a month long offensive that will blend criticism of the Democratic ticket with what aides said would be Mr. Bush's first effort to set out a second-term agenda....RB
Subject: Where was Bush in Vietnam?William Betz want[s] you to know about the DNC's "Where Was Bush" website: Where Was President Bush During Vietnam?
You might consider passing this on to friends who are either veterans or currently in the military service.
Support Linda Ronstadt. I bought "Canciones de mi padre." There are many other wonderful CD's to choose from. Go to http://www.elektra.com/lindaronstadt/music/ and see where you can order CDs to support Linda Ronstadt. This is the first time I have ordered her music. I am so proud.
Subject: Daschle's speech
"...we're not doing right by America when we hand over millions to a lucky few who already have so much, while ignoring the real needs of those who are working so hard and so honestly." How I wish these words were finally taken seriously by those whom we elected as our representatives. Will there ever be a time in America when this happens? Good speech. Thanks for posting it, Buzz.
Subject: Our country is on the line
So the hypocrites censured Corrine Browne's justifiable remarks, huh?
Well let's analyze this a little. The reason for censure was Browne's accusation of "stealing." Evidently, there was another congress in history just like the one we have now who said you cannot accuse a house member of stealing. Hmmm. What if an accusation of stealing is the slam-dunk, godly truth!!!?
Once a neighbor of mine, whose house was burglarized, told me that she felt so violated by the theft. That word "violated" surfaces every day of the week for me when I monitor the actions of Bush and his cronies. Americans are being "violated" every day that this administration is in office. Yes, absolutely...they are thieves. The republican congress steals from us every day through their legislation. A whole crowd of Bush republican cronies began with stealing the 2000 election. A majority republican supreme court stole our votes. Since then, the Bush crowd has stolen our jobs, social security surplus, our environmental protections, the lives of our military sons and daughters, our national security, our future. They have stolen our right to free speech and many of our constitutional protections. We are nearly certain that our votes were stolen in some of the congressional elections. They have stolen the good reputation of America in the world and they have stolen America's peace of mind.
And then our pResident claims that God acts through him. He could be right. But what you have to understand is that Bush does have a god, and that god is MONEY. Yes, the GOD OF MONEY definitely acts through this fraudulent BEING. I use the term "being" because I do not classify Bush as a man. A man is a thinking, caring and reasonable creature. Bush is a malignant heretic with blood all over his hands. 'Nuff said there. But getting back to stealing, this man has stolen the unity of the American people. He has stolen our pride, our self esteem, our faith in government. And worse, he has stolen the very spirit, the very fiber of America.
I can understand how the Canadians and other nations must view us, but they need to understand that US citizens have been cowered into apathy by this crafty crowd. With all branches of government controlled by the offenders, add a complicit news media and there is extreme fear of retaliation among Americans should they lash out. That atmosphere in America was specifically manufactured by the Bush cronies. When we saw the injustices beginning, we surely thought the democrats would put up a fight, but they did not do it. They permitted republicans to get a strangle-hold on us by ignoring their assaults and turning the other cheek. It began, as Michael Moore movie depicted, on the floor of the congress when the black caucus asked for the signature of just one senator in their objection to the stealing of the election. Not one democratic senator would step forward. Result? Instant apathy among Americans! The people lost round one and it set the tone for the biggest raid on America this country has ever seen. Adding insult to injury, the democrats continued to perform like Featherweights in a Heavyweight boxing match. We expected Rocky and got Barney Fife. The picture was very clear...the republicans had set the stage...they control and will stoop to subterranean lows to maintain that control. Likewise, the few decent republicans are scared to death of this crowd with the exception of Rep. Jim Jeffords. And it certainly appears that John McCain has been castrated by the Bush butchers. I am totally embarrassed for John McCain prostituting himself for the benefit of this illicit administration. The praise McCain showered on Cheney when he introduced him to a republican function last week made my stomach turn. All I could think was, "You two-faced SOB!"
Who will pick up the sword? The few democrats who tried were verbally shot down. Anyone who has dared to speak out against Bush atrocities is thrown to the cable networks for a verbal hanging. Speaking out against Bush can get you fired. Wearing an anti-Bush T-shirt can get you arrested and led away in hand-cuffs...you can also be told to leave shopping areas. Entertainers who speak out are boycotted, fired and or thrown to the cable news wolves for a thorough bad-mouth chastising.
You don't need me to tell you all of this...you have been living it too. It's like a horrible nightmare that goes on relentlessly...a nightmare in which we are helpless to wake. Every day when we hear polls sited, if Kerry is 4 points ahead of Bush, the news anchor says that Kerry is leading Bush by 4 points in such-and-such state. Then he/she quickly adds that considering the margin of error, the numbers indicate they are neck and neck. Oddly enough, if Bush is leading Kerry by 4 points, the anchor pleasantly states that Bush has pulled ahead of Kerry! Why is it that the majority of people we run into complain about Bush but the polls say that everyone is going to vote for him? Are the pollsters lying to us too? I certainly hope they are lying to us because things just don't add up.
As the election draws closer, we must be more active than we have ever been. If we have never been active...it is time to start. We need to attend rallies, join protests, voice our opinions and vote. If you fear your vote may somehow go astray, call your election board and request an absentee ballot and vote in advance of any disruptive and contrived trouble. Our country is on the line and if Bush gets in again, we will never wake from the nightmare...a nightmare that we are all living in hell.
I'm glad you're covering Brown censorship story. Criticizing NBC is always good, but they were the ONLY net who covered the incident at all, so we can thank them for that. Also, Brown can't be E-mailed (I tried last week), so your link only leads to her postal addresses.
Below is a message I wrote last week about the incident.
I would like to suggest that each of you purchase a copy of Uncovered, Outfoxed or Orwell Rolls in his Grave and donate them to your public library. This is especially important for those who live in conservative areas.
Subject: Tongue lashingsThe photos of a Bush daughter sticking out her tongue at the American people from the shelter of her limousine tells us all we need to know about how those two have been raised. Nothing like white trash with money to scare the bejesus out of us.
Or, was this another LICK BUSH invitation??
Remember: The first Massachusetts liberals were the Minutemen!
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Subject: Nasty e-mail sent to my favorite News Media
I wanted to drop you a line and say how much I enjoy BuzzFlash! You guys have a super great web site!! I visit it three or four times a day! I wanted to send you a copy of a e-mail I just sent to some of my favorite jerk-wad news media friends. Here goes:
What do you think, BuzzFlash? Will this get their attention? I doubt it, I bet they get nasty e-mails all the time, knowing the lousy job they do! Well, thanks for the use of your soapbox and I will catch you later,
Don from Texas
Subject: MEDIA COMMITTING MORAL TREASON
Dear Republican Media and Republican Corporations: Who's unpatriotic -- people with free speech or people who obstruct it?
Subject: Bush's St. Louis visit
Maybe it's the heat, I don't know, but I'm sick of seeing Bush and Cheney in Missouri. I took a friend yesterday to see F 9/11. She has no democratic friends but me and I wanted to see it a second time. I came home, turned on the TV to find gwb back in St. Louis again. People were lining up to get into the stadium and were passing out from the heat. gwb's people were probably taking too long checking everyone out to make sure they were 100% republican.
Today the news people are falling all over themselves talking about one of the twins sticking her tongue out at reporters. The reporters have all commented how the girls are ONLY 22 and love to joke around, and isn't it just soooo cute. (Sounds like a talking point to me). PLEEEASE! Maybe it's just me but I think that's the kind of behavior that would be cute in John Edwards' two little kids -- certainly not a 22 year old. Maybe it's because they are upset at being hauled around the country as photo ops. Maybe they think if they act up enough they'll be left at home. . . Maybe that was a good idea after all.A. Travis Collinsville, Il.
Subject: Jon Stewart wins award for best news & info program
...you have to hand it to the Television Critics Association for naming Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" the year's best news and information program. That happened during the 20th annual TCA Awards ceremony over the weekend.
Sent by Jackie N.
Subject: Bush Misspeak
I heard Bernie Ward of KGO radio SF say last night that Bush gave a speech before a group of right-to-lifers in which he said, at least 12 times, feces instead of fetus. I believe it was in Tampa, Florida, in June (maybe the 17th). Have you heard anything about this. I can't find it in print. Thanks.
Subject: Re article: Jr. FL Senator Worried About Voting TechnologyThis article, posted on Buzz, just shows you how much republicans truly don't want to address the concerns about electronic voting and audit trails. What infuriates me the most about this is FL secretary of state Glenda Hood's attitude. In a "terse response" to Sen. Bill Nelson's letter requesting she reverse her decision on reexamining the voting technology, she accuses Nelson of grandstanding. She could at least put up a front and cordially thank him for his concerns. But no, this republican axe-wielding broom-riding jeb-appointee Katherine Harris clone gives him attitude instead, and shows she has no time for the concerns of the good citizens of this state. She proudly wears her partisanship on her sleeve. I'm heartened that the article also notes that the Southern Christian Leadership Conference has called for jebbie to replace Hood with a nonpartisan election chief. FL citizens should all demand Hood's resignation and replacement with a nonpartisan person. I've written to both senators, my congressman, and to Hood herself, though I restrained myself and didn't call her a Katherine Harris clone. This state government is SOOOO dirty. When I read quotes from Hood, I want to go take a shower.
Subject: George and Laura Bush photo and request for donation
Enjoy your site very much. It is the first place I go to in the morning.
I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion as to what to do with those pesky mailings from the RNC, containing a photo of dubya and his shadow Laura. I would like to send the envelope back to them since they have to pay for the postage anyway. This is the second one I have gotten, and they are claiming we liberals are attacking their poor man, and they need a donation to help defeat the terrible left.I have no money to give them since we are retired and I would find better places to put it than to give it to them. Well if anyone has some good suggestions as to what to do with this garbage let me know. Thanks for BuzzFlash. Great site.
[BuzzFlash Note: Here's a suggestion of what to do with those unwanted pics of George and Laura -- they make for fun targets on dart boards and public urinals.]
Subject: Berger as told by CNN
John King, Kelli Arena, Bob Franken and Pam Benson report on CNN that "Law enforcement sources said archive staff members told FBI agents they saw Berger placing items in his jacket and pants, and one archive staffer told agents that Berger also placed something in his socks." Why this oddly oblique description of Berger's alleged wrongdoing by eyewitnesses? What are the "items" he put in his pockets? His glasses? a pen? If witnesses actually saw him place documents in his pockets, the only things he is accused of wrongly removing, why don't they say so? Why don't any CNN reporters ask? He "placed something in his socks." Again, if it was a document, why not say so? If it was nothing identifiable, what are we to make of "placed"? If he pulled up a slumping sock, is this the sort of action the alleged witness would describe as a placing something unidentifiable in his socks? Who knows? Certainly not John King, Kelli Arena, Bob Franken and Pam Benson, who nevertheless pass along this highly contrived and prejudicial description of Berger's actions. It's sad that this sort of sloppy transcription of press releases is the best four CNN reporters can do.
Subject: Right NowHi Gang!
A special thank you to Van Halen and the song "Right Now."
Subject: Charming, I'm sure.
Buzz, not that I'd consider adventures of Bush's offspring to be of newsmaking importance, but I was surprised to see the 'oh-how-delightful' spin on Jenna's tongue-sticking episode in our media:
Jenna Bush Cracks Up Media With Gesture (Yahoo, AP)
Just imagine for a moment that Chelsea Clinton would stick her tongue at the press (which I suspect she'd never do, even though, no doubt, she must have been tempted at times to express her feelings in this and perhaps more forceful gestures). Do you suppose the "media" would "crack up" or that we would see the same spin? I don't think so. Instead, we would hear about her bad manners, contempt, etc., all the result of "poor parenting." But Jenna misbehaves in a way that even the Edwards' toddler would not dare in the public eye, and our media "crack up"... Just as we are informed that the 900th American soldier has died in Iraq. Seems the level of retardation in our journalists has dropped from severe to abysmal.
Subject: the story is the media.....
i have watched both msnbc and cnn over the past 48 hours and both networks appear to be working feverishly to convince us we should to come to the conclusion mr. berger deserves nothing less than to be stripped naked, all fours tide to the ground next to a fire-ant hill and sprinkle sugar on him in the hot sun. but then i see david gergen say the people in the archives deny saying they ever said he stuffed anything in his socks and underwear. he also asks what would be his motive? since these were copies and not originals. the 9-11 commission had all the papers. mr. gergen, if i'm not mistaken is a republican. I BELIEVE THE STORY TO COME OUT OF THIS MAY VERY WELL BE THE SLIMY MEDIA, cable news is more tabloidish but a reputable newspaper should delve into this and get the truth. mr. gergen said he also doubts any charges will ever come of this. he (a republican) said he questions the timing. i heard someone on cnn say they got three phone calls from white house aids telling them to point out different things. yes, i think a good investigative reporter with a good newspaper could have quite a story! if, after the election, ashcroft drops the charges,where will mr. berger go to get his reputation back? could it be the corporate owned media wanted a close race to get people to watch but then started getting scared kerry might actually win? oops can't have that.katie johnson
Subject: Fw: Slim-Fast responseDear Buzz:
Just received a reply to my email to Slim-Fast. Here it is. It doesn't sound like they care what we think. They will when they begin to show losses in the sales of Slim-Fast.
Thank you for contacting us to share your comments about our relationship with Ms. Goldberg.
not too long ago a woman on cnn had reported a lie about david letterman, later she retracted the lie and blamed it on her staff. she said they got calls from the white house giving them the information. does cnn ever check things before it is put out for people to believe?
Subject: The Ever Opportunistic Bush . . . Humpty Dumpty . . .BuzzFlash,
The Republican campaign should be easy to follow because, whatever direction the wind happens to blow, there goes Bush. Sitting on the fence or a wall? As Bush is exploiting the latest polls that show people are becoming disillusioned with the war that he caused in Iraq, he suddenly becomes "the peace president."
His opportunistic approach also brings opportunities to the Democrats. Bush provides the best information about Bush. If anyone thinks that Bush will ever be a "peace president" then they need to be reminded of his about-face with just about every thought that has come out of his mouth. Bush is and always will be at war with someone. Chickenhawk . . . Warhawk . . . a hawk is a hawk! It is his nature as long as he can be backed up with a powerful military. He will be at war with the world just as his policies are at war around the world and here at home.
This statement of his is so gratifying to me to see because it is a beacon that this coward will backtrack if given enough reason. Fighting is the only thing thugs understand and we are up against thugs in this administration. Bush can be put down and stood in a corner if enough Democrats will just step up.
Frankly, I think the word should be "the piece president." Bush has taken a good portion of what America is about, out of the minds and hearts of those around the world who used to revere us and replaced it with their disdain . . . he has taken pieces of hearts out of families because of the death or maiming of a family member in the wars that Bush has caused due to his lies and the lies of his administration.
Bush has taken pieces out of our Constitution that he disagrees with and completely shredded them . . . Free Speech comes to mind. Many of these pieces cannot be replaced, but Bush can be replaced. Bush must be replaced to bring about true peace. It will be a long time just trying to put many of these pieces back together that Bush and this administration have destroyed. The sooner we start, the better for all.
Subject: BOYCOTT THE ALADDIN
Tell them to apologize to Linda Ronstadt and to invite Michael Moore to show his film in Las Vegas for free, as he has offered o do.
The guy who yanked Ronstadt off-stage is President Bill Timmins, Alladin Resort and Casino, 3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109, Phone 702-785-5555.
Did you see the articles in the Chron about Linda Ronstadt being kicked out of the Alladin Casino after she praised Michael Moore on stage? They didn't even let her go back to her room.
Las Vegas casino boots singer Linda Ronstadt after performance (San Francisco Chronicle/AP)
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[BuzzFlash Note: Here's what Ronstadt's saying... Reports of casino incident not accurate, Ronstadt says (Tucson Citizen)]
Subject: Boycott the Aladdin. . .The reaction of the owner of the Aladdin Hotel/Casino to Linda Ronstadt's song dedication to Michael Moore is just the latest unacceptable overreaction by right-wing fanatics to our right of free speech. I just wrote the following E mail to their reservations department:
For anyone wanting to join this boycott and/or express your opinion to them, the E-address is: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks as always for the great site!
Subject: Sandy Berger
Doesn't it seem odd that those who work in the archives supposedly saw Sandy Berger stuffing papers and notes into his pockets, pants, and socks, and yet no one at all questioned him, or stopped him as he was leaving...just waited until later, and tattled on him? Doesn't make me feel good about the security of our most secret documents.
Subject: To The Duhhhbya Girls
This from the Globe and Mail:
To the Bush GirlsA BuzzFlash Reader
This is a website started by two 13-year-old girls in Columbia, MO. It was emailed to me by a friend who lives in Columbia. I am very impressed by what these girls have done. It would be great if you could link it on the site for a few days. Thanks for your time and keep up the good work!Shayne Black
With all of the talk about the various misdeeds of the Bush II empire, to my knowledge, no one has addressed how to prevent W from pardoning all of the crooks within and associated with his administration. I'm not sure how to block it, but they should not be given a get out of jail free card.
A loyal BuzzFlash reader
Subject: News coverage of war in Iraq
Dear Fellow BuzzFlash Readers:
I would like some input on something that has been bothering me for the last couple of weeks. It seems that every time I try to watch the news, I am hearing less and less about the war in Iraq. As the wife of a solider who will be sent there this September, I try to find out what I can about the situation there. I find this trend quite disturbing since the only conclusion I can come to is that because it is getting so close to election day, the Republican owned media outlets don't want to report anything that might make "fearless leader" look bad. Apparently, the only stories that qualify as news these days are anything that concerns Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant, or Scott Peterson. Is the media force-feeding us this mindless drivel or do they just think that the American public is really that stupid? I would appreciate any assistance in this matter. I feel so frustrated and helpless that I have all but given up on tv news, relying only on BuzzFlash and the Daily Show.
Thanks for Listening,
p.s. I used to get my news from NBC.
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