July 23, 2004
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Subject: My 10-year Old Daughter's Question
I had to relate this story to you because it was so disturbing to me. I just got back from visiting the Holocaust Museum in St Pet Fl, and got to the exhibit where they showed the different badges that the Nazi's made the Jews wear. I had my 10-year old daughter with me and she asked me: "Dad...is this what Bush will do to people who vote against him or do not agree with him?". She was serious and sounded very scared. For only being 10 she is well aware of what the Bush administration has done to our country, because I have her watch C-SPAN, and CNN, along with the BBC and International News. I tried to reassure her that it won't happen, but for her to even think about asking this question is extremely disturbing. I told her that I believe people are finally starting to wake-up and see through the lies, and decepitions of this administration, and that hopefully he will be defeated in November.
James D Sandy (Chief Yeoman, Retired USN)
Subject: President Clinton's Book
Have just finished reading, "My Life", and, I must say it was a very enjoyable reading. I have never believed the lies the other side has spewed for years, and, am so glad this company published President Clinton's memoirs.
I have believed that since Mr. Clinton beat big daddy bush, in 1992, that clan has a vendetta against President Clinton, for denying the White House to that nasty, evil bunch for a second term. From then on, and, I guess it will be forever, they will do what evil things they can think of to demean he and his family. I myself, however, think that he is the best president we have had in a long, long time, and I have seen many in my lifetime. I hope God rewards him again, and again.
As far as this 9/11 commission report, I think it is tainted, simply because of bush and dick. They did not want to testify under oath, so why testify at all? So, they could lie, and would not commit perjury?Old bush couldn't go in alone. Why? People with common sense can look right through them. They are definitely a class one act of liars, ( this administration.) They really have to be put out of the White House. They have certainly dishonored it.
Subject: Dennis Miller
Miller is a crafty GOP lapdog. I remember during the primaries when he trashed up Wesley Clark up and down. Then he said he wouldn't make fun of Kerry because, out of respect, he didn't want to make fun of Viet Nam veterans. Yet, he wanted to trash up Clark, who was, of course, a decorated Viet Nam veteran. Now that Kerry is the nominee, he trashes up Kerry. Dennis has been planning to use his sick humor to reinstall Bush all along.
[BuzzFlash Note: Miller should have stuck to telling jokes about Super Big Gulps ("You can park a jet ski in that thing") and square-dancing ("B.F. Skinner hoe-down"). He used to be funny. Now, he's just a hack.]
Subject: ANOTHER MUST READ BUSH BOOK
Hi everybody - I just finished reading "Bush on the Couch" written by Justin Frank, M.D., A Washington psychiatrist. It's pretty scary (like all Bush books are,) and it needs to be read by as many people as possible!!! and advertised. The author is concerned that he is going to have to go into the "witness protection program." Well, now I'm going to read Jim Hightower's book. Good luck, keep up the great work. BuzzFlash is the first website I check out every morning.
Subject: The book "What is the matter with Kansas?
Dear BuzzFlash Readers,
I highly recommend the book "What's the matter with Kansas?" by Thomas Frank. It is one of the best books I have read in the last few years and it explains very clearly the reason for the decline of the democratic party and the rise of the numbers of middle class voters who vote for republicans against their own economic interests and the future of their children.
Subject: Not Doing Anything About it Until Next Year?
Bush didn't want the commission in the first place. Bush didn't want to provide certain documents. Bush didn't want Condoleezza Rice to testify in public and under oath. Bush didn't want to testify in public and under oath himself.
Now, the Republican-led Congress does not want to pursue action on the report until next year?
Excuse me but its like this folks: Every single one of you screwed up - Democrats and Republicans alike. Democrats haven't had a problem in stating the obvious - we failed you. Republicans have steadfastly taken the tact of pointing fingers in any direction other than themselves as well. Over 3000 people died in one single day and the President dawdled for 7 minutes until his handlers could figure out what to do.
The best the majority leaders can tell us is that they are going to wait to do anything? The best the majority leaders can do now is struggle to find a way to preserve their collective asses?
It has been nearly three years gone now and you've known ever since then what the problems (http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/fullreport911.pdf ) were that led up to the greatest tragedy America has ever faced.
The minority is already asking to keep government in session to address the findings and the survivors' families are intending to lobby for the same.
It all boils down to this: A President is sitting in the oval office and knows his days there are numbered.
He and his enablers are far more concerned with circling the wagons.
He and his enablers are far more concerned with the next 100 days.
He and his enablers are far more concerned with trying to find a way to fight their way out of this calamity.
Prove me wrong.
Subject: Condi Rice on News Hour -7/22/04
Condi Rice is a very attractive woman, and she smiled prettily throughout her interview with Margaret Warner. I couldn't help but think of a remark by George Carlin: "Anyone who smiles constantly while talking to you, is trying to sell you something that doesn't work".
Subject: Armed Forces Recruiting
From the recent "press" it seems that the Armed Forces is hard up for recruits. Also, didn't the Bush administration suggest at one time that they wanted to run the country like a business? I have a suggestion. Why not offer a deal to soldiers similar to what private contractors are getting or have gotten in the past? How about $80K/year tax free? It seems fair, no?
[BuzzFlash Note: The real laugh are military recruiters using a carrot of "choice base assignments." Yeah, right. If there are any new recruits out there who think they'll find themselves anywhere except behind an M-16 in Iraq or Afghanistan, they might want to also consider buying this bridge I've got in Brooklyn. It's cheaper than occupying two countries.]
Subject: 9-11 Commission Report
Ok folks, if you believe what the 9-11 Commission Report tells us about those 7 minutes Bush sat in that Florida classroom AFTER Andrew Card whispered to him "A second plane hit the second tower. America is under attack." he wasn't just sitting there shitting his pants wondering what the hell he was supposed to be doing. He was "projecting strength and calm until he could better understand what was happening." The report claims that the pResident told the commission "his instinct was to project calm, not to have the country see an excited reaction at a moment of crisis." To that I say bullshit, I've seen the video, he was crapping his pants, waiting for Crashcart Dick to start pulling his strings!
To the woman who posted the reply from Slimfast regarding Whoopi, I got the exact same canned response and I'm willing to bet so did everyone else who emailed them!
Sue the Bleeding
Heart (and damn proud of it)
Subject: My opinion about the 9/11 Commission findings
In a press conference announcing the release of the 9/11 Commission Report, Thomas Kean said that, above and beyond all the failures associated with the sloth, incompetence, and miscommunication by people running the government that led up those horrible attacks, a "lack of imagination" permitted the disaster to occur. Yet, Governor Kean did not disclose if there were any individuals currently in charge who could be faulted with having no imagination. All the blame appears to be assigned to faceless institutions: Congress, the Intelligence Community, the White House (Clinton's apparently just as much as Bush's). I would like to comment on the idea that a "lack of imagination" was the most important affect that led to the worst-ever attacks on American soil:
We should believe that it did not take the incompetence of a glaringly inept president who chose to engage in wood-cutting photo ops during a month-long vacation prior to September 11, when red-flag reports and significant intelligence communiques warned of an impending killer attack against the United States. It took a lack of imagination.
We should believe that it did not take an 8-year-long religious devotion to the destruction of a popular Democratic president by radical right-wing ideologues in the US Congress and the Intelligence community, leading to massive institutional distraction and diversion of resources from American national security interests, which in turn allowed the 9/11 attacks to occur. It took a lack of imagination.
We should believe that it did not take a mainstream media owned and controlled by greedy, tax cut-hungry, deregulation-lusting Republican contributors and cronies, and populated at the front lines by unqualified pretty-faced babies seemingly recently graduated from matchbook journalism school, to fail to inform the American people about the gathering threat from not only evil terrorists but also from wrong-headed, craven government officials. It took a lack of imagination.
We should believe that it did not take a hypnotized, brainwashed populace, unable and unwilling to look beyond the sensationalistic game show mass-media reporting of shark attacks and celebrity disappearance cases, to create a sleepy, apathetic public environment tailor-made for the permission of devastating surprise terrorist attacks on the central processing units of American military, economic, and government power. It took a lack of imagination.
In my unprofessional opinion, a "lack of imagination" produces boring Hollywood movies, bad comic strips, and uninspired architecture. But in order for terrorists to be able to easily hijack jet planes in broad daylight and crash them into skyscrapers and important government buildings, something far more significant than a "lack of imagination" must have been in play. Instead, I blame unqualified, destructive, self-serving ideological political leadership, an irresponsible news media, and an easily-distracted citizenry, for unconsciously conspiring to create the conditions that led to the 9/11 tragedy. The leadership must be changed, the news media must be reorganized, and the American people must be awakened to confront the realities of 21st Century responsibilities. Lack of imagination had nothing to do with it.
Subject: CNN.com - O'Connor disgusted by federal sentencing case - Jul 22, 2004
Gee. That's really terrible. Sandra Day O'Connor was "disgusted" by a Supreme Court ruling. I guess that will now put her squarely in the court with over half of her own nation after her majority decision in Bush v Gore in 2000.
Subject: I want to nominate the Protest Warriors as GOP Hypocrites of the week
I want to nominate the "Protest warriors" as the GOP Hypocrites of the week and I'll go so far as to say they are the GOP Hypocrites of the year!
While I am disgusted by the breed of human known as the "Chickenhawk" I know that many of them are either too old or physically unable to serve our nation. (Or in many cases punked out when they had the opportunity to do so..DO you hear me Sean Hannity?)
However nothing is more loathsome then a healthy young person of age to serve their nation in combat but REFUSES TO DO SO yet is willing to protest people who re AGAINST the war!
That just reeks! Want this war? Show some guts and participate!
Subject: "Inkling" Bulletin
Just something to add to the bulletin you had with Bush's quote about moving heaven and earth if he had an inkling. According to the 9/11 Commission's report (on pages 260-262 -- page 261 is an inset box)...
Not exactly moving heaven and earth is it? Although as I recall, Bush was quoted that Barney liked to dig for armadillos on the Crawford ranch during August, so I guess some earth moved.
Subject: 9/11 Hearings
Does anyone besides me, think the 9/11 hearings are Ca Ca?
The one thing that stood out...was, this morning when the main "supervisor" was on c-span...and he said that they "found' nothing to convince them that any arabs or kin of binladin flew out of this country on 9/13!
Okay, first, Powell admitted it happened on a "Meet the Press" segment...I saw it! Furthermore, Michael Moore had 12 lawyers fact checking his movie....and a $10,000 reward for anyone who could prove that there was a lie in this movie.
You know, I tend to believe Mike!!
How about you all.....they soft pedaled everything in this hearing..and they are all guilty of it!
Subject: Bush misquotes the Bible
"To whom much has been given, much is owed." –George W. Bush, July 20, 2004.
So, Bush purports to quote Luke: "From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required."
Not only does Bush not know how to quote scripture, he manages to mangle it, intentionally or otherwise, to mean that he should get more than he already has.
Freudian slip or lazy brain, I don’t know. I just know that even the devil can quote -- or misquote -- scripture for his own benefit.