July 23, 2004
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Subject: The NY Times -- where making shit up is good enough for its editors
I can never decide who is worse at the New York Times -- Nagourney or Wilgoren. Wilgoren's more viscerally nasty, but Nagourney is more likely to just kind of make stuff up. Sam Seder was talking about this on the air a little awhile ago.
Quoth the Nagourney: Actual Nagourney NYT excerpt -- "In Iraq, the transfer of sovereignty has led to some reduction in American casualties." [see Bush Plans No Rest in Next Month; 2nd Term Agenda Near (NY Times)].
BUT that statement was outright LIE by that NYT 'reporter.' There were more casualties during the month of July thus far than there were in June. [And there are still ten days left in the month of July] The New York Times -- where making shit up is good enough for the editors.
Subject: Sandy Berger another friend of President Clinton
When a patriot as fine, and loyal to America as Sandy Berger, who made sure, Americans were safe when we celebrated the 2000 New Year, can be demonized, by the repugs who wrap themselves in the American Flag, this is politics at it's worse. But there is no surprise at how low down and dirty the repugs can get. As low as anyone can go, what ever that is.
Subject: Re: Jenna's Behavior Toward Reporters
To borrow Jay Leno's famous comment to Hugh Grant: What the hell was she thinking? Well, take a look at that photo again, and understand that this is how Jenna's father, his cohorts, and all the repugs really feel about all the rest of us citizens. Jenna's just reflecting that feeling, sitting there in her limo, looking out at the peons.
Doesn't the photo look a bit different to you now? A true reflection of dear old dad's and the entire band of repug thugs' attitudes. Paper trails for voting machines? Nyahhh, we're in control! Fire rumsfeld for being incompetent? Nyahhh, I'll do what I want. Give you my military records? Nyahhh, I know something you don't know!
What an immature thing for her to do. She honestly should know better, but the fact that she doesn't makes you wonder. But hey, I'm glad that poppa decided to drag those girls (kicking and screaming, I'm sure) into his campaign. I think they'll end up helping a lot, but not yet sure who they'll be helping.
Subject: The DNC, and My 18th Birthday
What follows is a short 300-word piece about the DNC and what John Kerry's election means to me. I appreciate you taking the time to read this. If it interests you enough, I would also appreciate a publication of any kind. Thank you.
Subject: Progressive Radio
Progressive Radio finally in MIAMI -- 940 AM -- for those of us with a two digit IQ.
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Subject: What Would Jesus Do?
The upcoming national election will seal the fate of our nation's leadership for the next four years. As I see it, the policies of the Bush administration are foreign to the ideals I have been taught and believe in! I was thinking today about "what Jesus would do" if he were running our country. I started writing an article to that effect, but broke off to search the Internet to see if anyone had already written something on that topic. I found an excellent article, "What Would Jesus Do?" by Ernest Partridge at http://gadfly.igc.org/liberal/WWJD.htm . It was written in 2002, but is timely nevertheless. Great food for thought if applied to the policies and actions of the Bush Administration, including the war in Iraq.
What Would Jesus Do? Here's my own list of questions written before reading the Partridge article:
What Would Jesus Do? What are your questions? Add your own questions, there are a thousand others. This is a time for all of us to examine our hearts and our values, along with the fruits of our own actions and those of our leaders. Then stand up and be counted with your vote in November!
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Subject: 30's-Style Cartoon About Bush's Economic Failures
The expanded version of the fully-animated commercial my friend Tom and I created for MoveOn.org's "Bush in 30 Seconds" contest is now online. Originally planned to be only a couple minutes long, the full-length version is now a seven-minute look at the hard times living under Bush's economy. You can get more information and download it here:
The completed short is an appropriate juxtaposition of Bush's economy with a depression-era style that I think is appropriate when describing the first presidency since Hoover to preside over a job loss. I hope you like it.
Subject: Re: Check out Bush-Hitler: Hypnotizing The Masses
The comparisons between Bush and Hitler infuriate Bush's base. There are many similarities between the two. Hitler's propaganda machine stirred up public opinion against the countries he invaded without justification. The same thing happened with the Iraq war.
The FOX network and the majority of TV and newspapers in the US are spreading Repub propaganda. How many times did members of the regime claim Iraq had WMD? Many.
The right-wing propaganda machine is viciously attacking Samuel Berger, a real hero in the Clinton administration, just as they have attacked anyone who has revealed their mistakes and blunders over the past several months. Respected individuals, some are Republicans.
Hitler was an unqualified nobody who became leader of a radical right-wing militant organization called the NAZI Party which came to power at a turbulent time in Germany, and he became dictator. Bush came to power through vote fraud in Florida where his brother is governor and the state government is controlled by a lopsided Repub majority. Also, a Repub majority in the USSC declared him the winner by stopping a vote recount.
Bush has been called the least qualified candidate for president in this nation's history. His supporters include corporations and the wealthy, radical right-wing militant and white supremacist groups, the Christian Right, the defense industry, the NRA, and other radical right-wing organizations. The radical right-wing will likely do anything to stay in power.
Since his ascent to power in the US, Bush has become a de facto dictator, disregarding the UN on Iraq, implementing a preemptory strike doctrine such as the Japanese attack on this country which brought the US into WWII. Bush abolished treaties and refused to participate in peace negotiations in the Middle East and elsewhere. The Bush regime and the Repub majority in Congress have proven time and time again they will abuse their power. Many legal and constitutional experts have declared Bush's attack on Iraq as illegal and a violation of the UN charter of which the US is a member. Even Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan quit the League of Nations to carry out their military aggressions.
The war against Iraq has committed the US military to a quagmire of civil war in Iraq with no end in sight, depleting this country's resources, killing and wounding many thousands of US military and Iraqis, at the same time allowing terrorism to spread and become ever more of a danger to the US. Which country will he decide to attack next?
For over 50 years this country fought against the USSR's attempt to spread communism around the world. Now Bush has proclaimed his intention to spread democracy to other countries by the use of force. He will fail as surely as the USSR failed, and the US will likely suffer the same downfall as the citizens of the Soviet Union unless we get rid of the internal threat and take back our country in November. To do that, the rubber stamp Repub majority in Congress must be returned to the minority party where they belong. RB
Bush-Hitler: Hypnotizing The Masses (Information Clearing House)
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Subject: Why?Two questions that no one will answer for me: (1) Why didn't the White House want a commission to investigate the "whys" of 9-11? (2) Condoleeza Rice admitted that the Bush administration was warned of possible airplane hi-jackings. Why didn't the government warn major airlines to be on the alert for suspicious behaviors?
p.s. I made up some flyers and have been passing them out urging neighbors, friends, any and everybody, etc. to go and see Fahrenheit 9-11 again and again.
Subject: Republican Modus OperandiBuzzFlash,
From reading your site, I gather many of us recognized the fact . . . since Linda Ronstadt had been known to dedicate her last song to Michael Moore and ask people to see his movie . . . that it sounds so Bush Republican and it did instantly remind me of Florida.
Also, the criminal, in-your-face type actions used by these people are the same tracks of many other incidents that have happened since the Bush Republicans took over the White House. These are not the usual actions a person will find in the public while being entertained. Most people have more respect for those around them and the entertainer. Republicans who are hell bent on their own agenda have shown time and time again, they respect no one.
I would like to know the identities of the thugs who think they won because they acted like thugs. And shame on the Aladdin because they were intimidated by these thugs and consequently, reacted like many of our US citizens who refuse to believe that Bush could ever, ever do anything wrong. So, they brutalized the messenger.
Republicans have been known to spare no one. People have been arrested for just wearing T-shirts that were against Republican Bush. Leaks that have ruined careers and years of work tracking terrorists and if Bush had nothing to do with these leaks, then why does he prevent Congress from finding out about the leaks.
White House refuses to cooperate with any or all investigations, including 911. They feign then fix.
Anthrax killer still running around enjoying life. If Bush has no knowledge of who it could be, then why hasn't he done something about this killer?
Every time someone has a different opinion than the Bush White House, they are character assassinated with the same old in-your-face type violence until they get their way. Jobs are lost, voices in Congress muffled or stripped from the record.
I have heard it said that if you are held up by a robber with a gun . . . usually he only wants your money and you are not in danger of being killed. But, if you are held up by someone wielding a gun and he wants to take you somewhere . . . more than likely you will be killed. To survive, you either run or fight for your life.
This Nation has been taken to places we have never gone to before by the Bush administration with the use of our military, and their actions are killing our Country and our citizens.
It is time to take a stand and fight. Many lives depend on it.
Subject: Re: Today's Top 5 Headlines on BuzzFlash.com
I am proud of Michael Moore. He is fighting with the Republicans on their scale where it's nothing they can do but make cheap shots at the Kerry/Edwards campaign. So far their cheap shots haven't worked. With the amount of money that Kerry is receiving it is obvious most Americans want G.Bush and D.Cheney out of office.
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Subject: Re: Iran and "Intelligence" failures
I think the timing of the Bush II empire's interest in Iran is very interesting. Wasn't it Iran that Ahmed Chalabi was spying for? Maybe Bush II empire will put him back on the payroll.
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Subject: Who You Stickin' Your Tongue Out At?
Now that Jenna Bush has been photographed sticking her tongue out at us, how long will we have to wait for a picture of her or Barbara (the younger one, I mean) mooning us? I for one would pay good money for that.
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P.S.: I'm not Larry Flynt.
Good ole W loves convincing people he's an average guy. He has been able to accomplish this by carefully cultivating and shaping his image. By now, everyone must be aware of the Bush team's staged photo-ops of him working on his ranch in Crawford. The footage of George chainsawing brush is priceless. Did they really expect us to believe that W, who had wealthy friends and business acquaintances bail him out of every failed business venture, is a blue-collar working man? Maybe it wasn't just the image of him working with a chainsaw. Perhaps we were supposed to be convinced by his attire. You know, the cowboy boots, the cowboy hat, the big belt buckle and jeans. Oh wait! I forgot to mention his big pick-up truck. My favorite regular guy moments come when W is down at the ranch and television reporters are forced to give their news updates in front of that barn and tractor.
Briefly examining his political appointments, however, reveals his policies favor big business, not regular people.
Remember the Medicare prescription drug bill? It turns out that the administrator of the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services, Thomas Scully, talked with pharmaceutical companies about employment while the bill was being written. Understand why Medicare can't negotiate for lower drug prices?
Speaking of pharmaceuticals, before becoming chief counsel at the FDA, Daniel E. Troy represented major drug companies. Troy and the FDA announced that it's their responsibility to put side-effect warnings on drugs. Consequently, lawsuits against pharmaceutical corporations in state courts were invalidated.
Interior Department Secretary Gale Norton and Deputy Secretary J. Stephen Griles, both lobbied for coal, oil, gas and mining companies. Since their arrival, the Interior Department has announced it will no longer deny mining permits even when the possibility of "irreparable harm" exists. Additionally, the department reduced its ability to enforce protections for water and pollution cleanup standards. Companies also have been permitted to mine without adequate funds to clean areas they've damaged.
Last December, an EPA report about mercury emissions from power plants was altered to play down the threat. The EPA official in charge of air pollution is Jeffrey Holmstead, a former attorney at Latham & Watkins that represents utility companies. It just so happens, at least 12 paragraphs in the mercury report are identical or remarkably similar to proposals given by Latham & Watkins.
It's obvious who W really cares about protecting.
Subject: socksIf they persist in demeaning Sandy Berger by saying he stuffed top secret documents in his socks, maybe it is time to remind them about Dubya possibly stuffing socks in his flight suit.
Subject: Jenna comes by it honestly
This morning (July 22) I was so delighted with the picture of Jenna sticking her tongue out at reporters. Such a charming young lady!
Then, by coincidence, my copy of Bush on the Couch, by Justin A Franklin, MD, arrived and I couldn't wait to start reading it. And what to my wondering eyes should appear (on page 26) but this account of a performance by her dad:
I sure wish you could provide a link to that picture!
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Subject: By now I'm convinced that America is fatefully ignorant
And I hate to say so. I was not involuntarily born here, I chose to come here. From a VERY democratic country in Western Europe. And I've paid taxes here for 20 years, and don't even know if I'll get my Social Security (that *I* have paid into) should I choose to move back to the old country at any time.
So, half my life in one country, half my life in another country. I think I can opine....
What REALLY is upsetting me in reading the news in the US is that everybody thinks that the US is the beacon of democracy and freedom. And that this is the false vision the government projects to us. I've got news for you, the US is laughable when it comes to democracy and freedom. And yet we project that vision upon other countries, to the extent that we go to "war" with them to liberate them and make them "free" and "democratic."
Let me tell you about free and democratic elections: Multiple parties (from a stock of usually more than ten) form coalitions regarding platforms. These are voted on (NOT voted on the people, but their platforms) via referendums, held on Sundays, so people can come and cast a traceable paper vote without it being hardship on their families.
Let me tell you about free speech: People can say whatever they want, write whatever they want, watch whatever they want, do whatever they want, and if it's silly the other people just laugh.
Let me tell you about military: Kept to a minimum, and used for humanitarian purposes mainly.
Let me tell you about healthcare: It's a given, it's free and their taxes are not higher than ours.
Let me tell you about education: It's free, through university, and their taxes are not higher than ours.
I could go on.
And this is a country that does NOT brag about freedom and democracy and wants to export its brand of it to other countries.Yet it somehow seems to have so much more than we do.
I feel cheated.....and not least because I have lived in a real democracy. But also because I'm being lied to, daily. And because I KNOW that most people in America don't know what real freedom and democracy means.
Subject: Slimfast and the Bush Family
A quick note to Dolores, in Ohio. I got the same answer back from Slimfast with one difference. Mine did not mention freedom of speech. So, I thought I had better write to them again and point out the matter of freedom of speech. I wonder how many people wrote to them and mentioned freedom of speech?
I told them that I had used their products for several years (the truth, of course) and that since they felt free to drop Whoopi, I felt I must drop Slimfast. I also told them that if actions like theirs ended at sometime with our not being able to speak our minds, we would be in serious trouble. I have not heard back on this second missive.
And, Kay. What to do with the junk mail you get from George and Laura or Barbara Bush... if you are not up for target practice with darts, try this. When Barbara contacts me from some sort of Care America, I fill in the blanks with the information that I am a Democrat and I resent receiving these things. Then I send it back in their postage paid envelope. I leave my name on it so that they know who is sending it back. I have done this four or five times, on their 37 cents, and the dingbats still send them to me.
Thank you, BuzzFlash, for keeping us in on what is going on in this country.
Subject: Slim-fast gets it both barrels
I, too, received a response from Slim-fast, but from a different person:
Well, as they say...don't pee all over my shoes, hand me an umbrella and tell me it's raining. I don't give up easy. I got my poison pen out and replied to their ridiculous Stand-by Statement:
Subject: Kerry Leads Bush Big Time!
A BuzzFlash reader asked: "Why is it that when Kerry is leading Bush by 4 points the news media always cites that the margin of error makes them dead even but when Bush may lead Kerry by 4 points the news media says Bush has pulled ahead of Kerry"?
The answer is simple : As long as the news media can create the illusion that Bush and Kerry are close it will be easier for the public to buy into when they tamper with the voting machines and give the bush a close win. But if the true margin of Kerry's huge lead were cited up to election time the public will not buy a Bush close win. The strategy is brilliant, but unfortunately this dumbed down electorate will buy it.
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Subject: Did this really happen?
This is a good story, but I've no way to verify it. Anyone know if it really happened?
Bush & John
Of course the speech writer meant John 3:16, but nobody in the Bush camp was familiar enough with scripture to catch the error. And do you know what John 16:3 says? John 16:3 says; "And they will do this because they have not known the Father nor Me."
K.S. Hestir[BuzzFlash Note: Apparently, the wingers have tried to put this verbal glitch on Gore, but Cal Thomas seems to be the source for it being a Bushism.]
The Sandy Berger thing is going to die out like an old flame. Everyone knows by now that all archive original documents are on microfilm. He could not have taken anything but copies, and he was to testify before the 911 commission...even though they decided to take a looooooooonnnnnngggggg time! So, if the witnesses saw him stuffing them in his drawers, socks, pant pockets, up his nose, every pocket in his jacket...no matter...they will never be able to prove it!
They want a little diversion from what is coming out...even though everyone is so bored with the damned thing by now, who would bother to even read it!?
They also think that it might help with a nice smear on Kerry, since Berger was his unofficial security adviser! Kill two birds with one stone...two democratic birds...Clinton was the cause...and Berger is part of it all.
Well, isn't that the way they played the game when Clinton was president?
That is the way I remember it!
Please God, help us get rid of this lying bunch in the White House...please!!
To Kay, Oklahoma...during the time that Clinton was being taken to the woodshed everyday, ate nineties, not a day went by that I did not get mail from the rightwingnut organizations for donations! Even my husband, who is republican, said, "Do they ever check to see how anyone votes?" I usually tore them up, but after a while when they started coming more and more, I started using their prepaid envelopes (they had to pay) and sent back scathing letters to them, calling them names, every one I could without getting handcuffed and sent to jail. Finally, after about ten of those, with them paying the postage, I never heard from them again...it was worth it!!!
Delores Dryden...I got the same form letter from the slimfast people...and I answered it, just to get on their nerves...the fact that they did deny her free speech amendment is there for everyone to see, and I told them so. Why should anyone lose their job just because they had the nerve to say something about someone at a private party?? I am not believing it...not for a minute!
Travis...you did the exact thing I was supposed to do today...take a democratic friend to see fahrenheit 9/11. Like you, I want to see it again, too...much of it is too involved to absorb in one sitting (had to postpone until next week).
Kathy...that, while I likely believe that you heard right...is scary...there is quite a difference in feces and fetus...although...I remember well, in the beginning of this Bush presidency, before everyone got onto him...I remember him saying something when he was in the Redwood Forest about something back in history...when the"Calvary" had to come in and save the innocents. "Not Cavalry...Calvary!!! Unfortunately, I was the only one who heard it...
Jeez...that village in Texas must really be missing their idiot by now!!!
I think there is something in the air now, regarding the Linda Ronstadt incident. She says it happened much differently...and there are a number of explanations. The demonstrators who were supposed to have trashed the Aladdin could have been plants...knew of her show...knew that she might recommend Fahrenheit 9/11...much like the scary bunch who came into Miami to stop the recount....they scared the hell out of me! Knowing, after reading everything I have today about it, that the people buying the Aladdin out were the "Hard Rock" people...I would imagine there would be problems. They are much more progressive!!!
These rightwingnuts have gotten a tiger by the tale in Michael Moore...he is not scared...he will not waver...he will not falter, and he will not fail! Where have I heard those words before?
Uh Oh, no uranium from Niger, if he is not with geedubya, he is with the terrorists??
PS: Good to have Bonnie Raitt on our side, too...I saw her in person for the first time in 2002, and it was great!!!
Subject: This is too good not to pass along
[BuzzFlash Note: Apparently, this is an internet rumor with no factual support. Funny, but not true.]
Subject: Bill MaherWow...On the Larry King Show on Thursday night, comedian/philosopher Bill Maher ripped into Bush with a vigor that I have just never seen on national TV. It was a truly beautiful sight to behold. Granted, in the past Bill Maher has not always been a totally reliable friend to Democrats. But boy oh boy did he let Dimson have it on Thursday night. Anyone who didn't have an opportunity to see it should dial up a friend who may have made a videotape.
Donald P. Russo
Subject: Media Study
You should add a link to this on BuzzFlash.com, it's a media study. FOX news is advertising it on their website so you know a ton of Repukes will take it. We need to get some Dems to take it by advertising it on our web sites.
BuzzFlash Note: We wonder who is backing this "study."
Subject: The Pakistan connection
Have you read this article in the Guardian Unlimited? It seems to me that if this is true there is something more rotten in Washington DC and the White House than we have been privy to up to now.
Subject: 9/11 COMMISSION
I'm sitting here watching the news and everyone is making their point on how there were intelligence failures and information not being shared. It was also told that during the Clinton admn. there were four separate warnings and during the Bush admn. there were six warnings for the eight months he was in office.
My question is why aren't heads rolling? Everyone is tip toeing around like they're walking on egg shells! I know it isn't all Clinton's fault, even though stuff happened during his term, but it seems like everyone is forgetting the PDBs that Bush & co. had that SPECIFICALLY warned of hijacking of airplanes and flying them into buildings!! If the roles were reversed, the Repugs would be screaming from the top of their lungs, and yet, as Reagan used to say, "Here we go again." Why is everyone sooooo afraid of this administration?? This happened on Bush's watch, and with the PDBs, HE'S the one who should be held accountable!
And this commission comes out saying that "we" (collectively) didn't know that people would want to kill us. Oh Pleeeeze give me a break!!! Saying it looks like it's imminent that we will likely be attacked again. What? The slimy, pencil neck, beady-eyed retard keeps saying that he's the peace pResident and we're winning the war on terror!
God I hate this administration! They're worthless as tits on a boarhog! Just worthless! I'm so sick of it!! Come on Nov 2nd! A Loyal Buzz Fan Forever!!
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