July 22, 2004
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Now I understand! It was really Iran that was involved with the terrorist attack on 9/11. When George W. Bush accused Iraq of being involved in the 9/11 attack and misled the nation to take us to war, he was just confused. After all, there's only a one-letter difference between Iraq and Iran, and they're both over there in that Middle East area (I mean geography - yuk). Anyone could get them mixed up.
We regret the mix-up Iraq. Now that we've killed thousands of your civilians, destroyed your infrastructure, and left you in a civil war, we'll move on to your neighbor. Sorry about the mess.
Subject: Lincoln Star Journal (Nebraska) letter to the editor
I thought you might enjoy this letter to the editor of the main newspaper in Lincoln, Nebraska. I don't know Mr. Sullivan but I like the way he thinks:
Subject: On Second Thought . . . I'm Taking It All Back . . .
Of course during the last three and a half years, I've passed from just being pissed to more of a riotous rage. Just now, thinking about Daschle's speech again . . . even though he is giving it to the Senate, everything that is wrong with this Country today . . . and for many years to come . . . everything that Daschle mentioned has either been done by Bush or made worse by Bush, so why in the F&#$%*g hell is he telling Bush . . . "Mr. President, we can do this, and we should do it together.
Well, yes, we should be doing it together, Doing Right by America, but does Daschle expect Bush to stay in another four years so he can participate? And, after all of the death and destruction by Bush and this administration, why bother even asking?
Why is there never any confrontation from Daschle . . . why does he have a speech that is truly about what should be done in America, knowing that Bush has caused so much pain here at home and abroad . . . strong speech, weak ending. Ruins the whole damn thing.
Is this the way the Republicans treat the Democrats? Hell no. I don't care if they were in or out of session, Cheney was very clear in his thoughts towards the Democrats and Americans. No respect whatsoever. The very fact that Cheney and Bush can control every aspect of this government is in itself a criminal act.
They will never respect any of the Democrats until the Democrats demand their respect. And, I don't see that in Daschle's speech. Actually, truth be told, if Bush were to Do Right by America, he would be in handcuffs awaiting trial and taking responsibility for the criminality in the office that he so willingly accepted from the Supreme Court.
When will the Democrats (DLC) realize that you cannot be bipartisan with criminals? In a perfect world, wouldn't it be great? But, we have criminals running this government and everyone knows it by now. ( The Dems know) When will the dawning come? I am still waiting. As long as there are no stops put on this administration, they will keep running away with our Country and our government. You don't make friends when you put the cuffs on criminals.
These are common criminals dressed in $3,000 suits . . . why does that always make a difference. They are worse than any of those who are in our criminal system now. Putting it simply . . . mass murderers, ultra grand theft and the obstruction of justice. The only problem is . . . as stupid as it is, Bush controls his own investigations.
Just an opinion,
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Subject: Daschle's Speech
Well, like I said, I should learn to keep my mouth shut. Somehow, I got it in my head that Daschle was speaking to the Democrats next week and just now, I was on the site again and saw that this was a speech to the Senate. :) I still think it should be said to the Democrats because, to me, everything in the speech was what I believe should be the platform of the Democratic Party.
And, if it were, and this phrase was to be used over and over again, Bush would be working for a change and approving more ads than we could count on TV. I also believe that many people would be voting who haven't voted in years.
So, I guess I should apologize for making Daschle a eunuch. :) But, this is a speech to unify the people Democrats and Republicans who believe in America and care about our reputation around the world and those who really care about the people who never are heard of, but are those who really make this Country what it is . . . of course, those who agree with the Bush and his Right Wingnuts will never view America through Democratic eyes.
I’m an American. I am not a religious American, however, which immediately makes me suspect in the county infamous for the hanging chads. I’m also a writer, not a profession typically branded as conservative. And yet, there’s hope for me. I’m white, a mother, married for 21 years, and live in the suburbs.
Do I qualify as a member of the Bush Brigade?
Well, maybe I can squeak by, but only if I meet the other criteria, and you know what we’re talking about here. To NOT be suspect, to be welcomed into the Bush camp, I must:
- Watch Fox News
- Be pro Iraq, pro war, and wrap my house in duct tape at every terrorist alert
- Embrace the likes of Frist, the Grand Inquisitor of the Senate
- Talk about family values
- Hate Hilary Clinton
- Have a flag flapping from my car
- Consider Bush to be a sexy cowboy instead of a raving psychopathic liar
- Live in fear
- Not worry about the 40 million Americans without health insurance
- Not concern myself with the national debt that my daughter’s grandchildren will still be paying off in 40 years
- Support troops by keeping them in Iraq
- Embrace a corrupt government
- Vote Republican in November
- Believe that God whispers in Dubya’s ear, so that makes it all OK
- Believe that Halliburton and outsourcing are good for the U.S soul
- Sell my own soul
- NOT see Fahrenheit 911
- Be deliriously happy that Bush refunded $400 of my taxes
- NOT worry about the eradication of my civil rights
- NOT condemn members of the Congress who are selling out
- Believe I live in the greatest democracy in the world
- Ignore that stem cell research might help my father, who has Parkinson’s
- Believe that the media is doing their job
- Believe that Cheney isn’t calling the shots
- Condemn anyone –ANYONE –who says we’re headed for a dictatorship if Bush wins in November
And that’s my short list. So excuse me. But I’m pissed. And I’m scared. And if Bush wins, I’m going to be looking for a new country to call home.
Subject: Linda Ronstadt Vegas Remarks
From the "Whaddya Wanna Bet?" file:
It's becoming clear that the Vegas flap over Linda Ronstadt's onstage remarks about Michael Moore were more of a flutter, and nowhere near the "bedlam" described by the hotel management. It's also known that Ronstadt has been making similar remarks at every one of her shows of late, as part of her "Desperado" intro.
So: what do you want to bet that, having known or learned that Ronstadt's Moore remarks could be expected, some GOP operative organized a little group of "protesters" to be present in the Aladdin showroom for that performance who, on cue, would go vocally postal, thus giving the impression of spur-of-the-moment citizen outrage (much like those GOP congressional staffers who posed as similarly outraged citizens during the Florida recount debacle)?
Just speculation, you understand, but, given the track record of Republican party antics.....
[BuzzFlash Note: You weren't the only one who considered this.]
Subject: Rowdies planted at Las Vegas concert?
The idea that the rowdies who broke up Linda Ronstadt's concert in Las Vegas were planted isn't too far fetched. Remember Florida? Remember the gang that descended on the election and mixed things up? Same gang or copy cats?
This occurred to some of us after we read where Linda has been praising Michael Moore's flick at all her concerts. A thought.
A Devoted BuzzFlash Fan
Subject: right wingers force homegrown liberal radio show off SW NM station
Keep up the good work! You're my major news source. Intolerance is rearing its ugly head here in my own backyard. Check out
[BuzzFlash Note: What is it with Bush-Stepford citizens and their inability to ponder anything but lockstep support? Do they really have so little faith in their ideology that they can't tolerate even the slightest of objection? One might get the impression that the right-wing conservative Republican is going the way of the dinosaur and we're watching the last struggle and gasp as their entire breed sinks into the La GOPa tar pits of racism, exclusion and greed. In the not too distant future, we look forward to taking our grandchildren to the Museum of Intolerance's Conservative Ideology display to show them how bad things can get when the idiots take control and the liberals do nothing to stop it.]
Subject: Three Questions for Bush and Cheney
To the Editor,
I have Three Questions:
1. Why is Halliburton an oil corporation making and serving meals to the soldiers in Iraq?
2. What happened to the traditional cooks in the service that cost hundreds of millions of dollars less than Halliburton, and they don’t charge for meals they don’t serve?
3. What is the difference between a profiteer and a racketeer?
Subject: Administration hit the 'Axis of Evil' Trifecta before they even took office...
Remember George Bush's "Axis of Evil", Iran, Iraq, and Libya? They must have been so evil and so bad that the bright lights of the Bush administration must have been on to them for years. But it turns out that members of the Bush Administration had already hit the "Trifecta" of "providing aid to the enemy" by trading with those companies in the years directly before George Bush took power.
"While Cheney is on record criticizing U.S. sanctions against Iran when he was CEO of Halliburton between October 1995 and August 2000, the company has denied violating U.S. laws, contending that foreign subsidiaries employing no U.S. nationals are allowed to conduct business with states on the State Department's terrorism-supporting list, such as Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, Cuba, Syria and, until recently, Iraq.
A recent report on CBS News's "60 Minutes," however, provided evidence that the Halliburton subsidiary in Dubai was in fact sharing office space, as well as phone and fax lines, with Kellogg, Brown & Root, an American subsidiary of Halliburton, fueling suspicion that Halliburton was violating the law. The Dubai subsidiary opened an office in Tehran in February 2000. "
Investigated For Iran Deals'
Rumsfeld, the US defense secretary, sat on the board of a company which
three years ago sold two light water nuclear reactors to North Korea
- a country he now regards as part of the "axis of evil" and
which has been targeted for regime change by Washington because of its
efforts to build nuclear weapons." From: 'The two faces of Rumsfeld'
"Halliburton Co., the oil company that was headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, signed contracts with Iraq worth $73 million through two subsidiaries while he was at its helm, the Washington Post reported.
During last year's presidential campaign, Cheney said Halliburton did business with Libya and Iran through foreign subsidiaries, but maintained he had imposed a "firm policy" against trading with Iraq.
"Iraq's different," the Post quoted him as saying.
executives and confidential U.N. records showed, however, that Halliburton
held stakes in two companies that signed contracts to sell more than
$73 million in oil production equipment and spare parts to Iraq while
Cheney was chairman and chief executive officer, the Post reported." From:
'Halliburton Iraq ties more than Cheney said'
Wow, the moral clarity of these guys is a blinding beacon of righteousness. I think I'd better put on my sunglasses to fight this glare of patriotic fervor.
a BuzzFlash Reader and Big Time Patriot
Subject: DROP THE DUBYA !!
I forward this to BuzzFlash last January, and on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, I thought it would be appropriate to forward it again:
Hello again to BuzzFlash and to all BuzzFlash readers,
This weekend, while watching Meet the Press, I listened to Tim Russert and a panel discussion that turned to the use of the Internet as a campaign tool. As it continued I heard the following exchange (partially excerpted from the MTP transcripts):
Mr. Russert: "One of the things that we will find out is - just how truly effective is the Internet in this presidential race? Johns Hopkins University has already been studying it. Look at this: "The Use Of Blogs In The 2004 Presidential Election," a study by Johns Hopkins University . . . and here to help us is Chuck Todd of National Journals Hotline. What is a blog?"
Mr. Todd: "The actual term itself, by the way, is short for Web-log. And, you know, you drop the W and you get the blog."
Well . . . this got me thinking . . . and then it hit me! HEY! I've got a new slogan!! It's:
DROP THE DUBYA !!!!!
I can't think of anything more inspiring!
Let's all SPREAD THE WORD and shout from the highest mountain . . . DROP THE DUBYA !!!!!
GK, a Fervently Loyal, Devoted and Proud Liberal BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: lets unite and NEVER appear on Fox for interviews!
Why don't we just get a website started and i know you at BuzzFlash can do this if anybody can... It will unite all progressive free thinkers to allign and agree never ever to appear on FOX news for any interviews or comments.. This is the ONLY way this will affect FOX directly.. What do you think?
Subject: Tax Cut Extensions
The headline reads: Bush Quashes GOP Deal on Tax Cuts' Life. The article goes on to tell us that last Tuesday congressional GOP leaders agreed to a modest two-year extension of an expanded 10 percent income tax bracket, a tax break for married couples and a $1,000-per-child tax credit. Congress passed those tax cuts last year, and they will expire at the end of 2004 unless Congress acts.
These are the middle-class tax cuts.
We are then told that Bush, himself, called the GOP tax writers yesterday urging them to kill the deal. "Urging" ... right. Opting instead to go for a longer, five year extension of this boon to the middle class when Congress resumes in September.
Then we’re told by a Democrat that the poor middle class may get nothing (So, what’s new?) if Bush is not able to push through his permanent tax cut package for the rich. And "an un-named senior administration official" warns against a Democratic filibuster which would make them be seen by the general populace as being "on the wrong side of family tax relief." (Right. Just looking out for us, huh?)
"The White House's forceful actions left congressional Republicans scratching their heads." ???
What?..... I’m just a housewife living in Arizona –and I can see through this ploy.
Bush wanted this issue brought up now ... just so that he could take it away and hold it out as a ‘carrot’for us dumb asses to chase after come September!
"Bush is confident that the gambit will work."
We don’t want those tax cuts for the already rich made permanent! Bush is holding the middle-class tax cuts hostage –but they are only a pittance compared with what his buddies would be getting!
Are our Democratic Congressional people really naive enough to fall for this "gambit"?
I certainly hope not.
Subject: Ruling Family
They are the ruling class, they can stick their tongue out at you now, they don't need you! ... just business money counts with the bush ruling family.
Subject: Solution to Electronic Voting Machines
Here's a solution to the Electronic Voting machine problem -- let everyone insist, INSIST, on getting a paper receipt. Of course they won't be set up to give receipts, but let everyone refuse to leave or step away from the machine without one. Let them arrest the first person who does this, and the second, and the five hundredth, and the five hundred thousandth, and the ten millionth. Let the protest overwhelm the system and deny them the option of claiming to have had an election, when we know it will be a sham. We have the power to prevent them from holding a sham election, and we should, we MUST, exercise that power while we still possess it. If this sham election is allowed to proceed, it will spell the end of honest voting in America. We have the power to prevent them from getting away with it the first time they try it, but we may not have that option the second time around.
- Peter Novak
Subject: Berger...and "jennabushtonguegate"
Is everyone aware out there that the Berger document thing happened in Oct. of 2003? I almost croaked when someone had the honesty to come out with that, they could not understand why they hadn't screamed about it before now....considering that is so bad now! Jaybus Christ....does anyone believe the lengths these rightwingnuts will go to? Not Me!!! (this is a diversion to take our minds off the 911 report!)
And, I have in my paper this morning, the original of Jennatonguegate....It is even more adorable in a paper!
This happened in the very right wing county across the river from me....St. Charles County....must have given him a resounding reception...but, on the way back to the airport....some protestors might have gotten a little too near...so Jenna thought she could just be a sweetheart....with her poison tongue....har har!!
There are times, folks, I really wonder what the hell kind of country Bush has turned us in to....if it weren't so scary....it would be funny!
I e-mailed a letter to the Aladdin....but, just to make sure, I will also call them!
I am a real troublemaker.....!
PS....and, in case no one knows, all documents are kept on microfilm, so the only thing anyone can take out of there is copies. His attorney said last night, the one person who said they saw him stuffing them in his socks.....he would like to talk to that man!...That man...the leak heard round the world, is likely hiding somewhere right now....just like most rightwingnuts do!!
I'm thinking the current spate of attacks, and the widespread publicity of the attacks, on entertainers (Whoopi, Linda Ronstadt, Dixie Chicks et al.) sounds just like the McCarthyism of the Fifties when Hollywood was the big target of government scare tactics. Isn't that the way it starts--scare public figures first, hurt their ability to do their work and prevent them from speaking out freely?
Have you heard anyone comparing the current scare tactics to the Fifties McCarthyism?
REPUBLICANS HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO; AFTER ALL, THEY CAN RUN ON THEIR RECORD
The latest bit of devil's play by the GOP faithful is to flood Democratic Underground's forum with hate mail. By disguising themselves as Dems, they plan an orchestrated campaign to bring the site down. See the following comments:
Perhaps we should suggest to them that they might find it more rewarding to volunteer their time at shelters for abused women, a food bank, a crisis hot line. A**holes!
Taxpayers are picking up the tab for mercenaries, who make up to $200,000 a year. We hire these former U.S. military personnel, trained at our expense, as private contractors. Retired brass have the connections from their former "job" to get these lucrative contracts. At the same time low-paid reservists are being required to make extended stays in Iraq, and retired Army psychiatrists over age 65 are being ordered back to the military. Why aren't the mercenary organization members ordered back to the military, at regular military pay? I know it can't have anything to do with money, or connections, or privilege of any type, so why isn't this obvious money-saving step taken?
Subject: 9/11 Commission Report
Here are my opening odds on how many pages of the 9/11 Commission Report that President Bush will read:
What do you think, how many pages will President Bush read? Or is it even important that he read it at all?