July 27, 2004
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Subject: mrs. kerry
she should have decked the bastard, i would have! you right wing tv people conveniently leave out the fact that that reporter has tortured mrs. kerry to death! i guess it would have been ok if she had told him to go f himself or if she had called him an ass hole. you tv people don't even TRY to hide your right wing bias anymore!
Heinz Kerry's rebuke of writer causes a stir (Boston Globe)
disgusted in south carolina!
Subject: Teresa's 12 Minutes of Fame
Well, I will give ABC "one point" for setting the scene for the confrontation between Teresa and the Pittsburgh reporter. The following is ABC's report:
Democratic National Convention: Teresa Heinz Kerry
NOTE: You will note that the reporter's words were inaudible as he first posed his question to Teresa. Interesting that, considering that when he repeated "unamerican" several times it was clearly audible. Frankly, I believe it set her up.
Subject: cautionary tale
I am becoming more and more concerned about all the pundits' handwringing about the Democrats' supposed penchant for "Bush bashing," and how they need to "tone it down" in order to play in Peoria. Granted, Democrats for obvious reasons want to present a professional, all-American clean cut image to the rest of the country; we certainly don't want to get into the gutter with the Rush Limbaugh/Sean Hannity/Bill O'Reilly hordes of the right.
By the same token, why is it that we are always the ones who are being told to tone it down, while the other guys are given free rein to get as down and dirty as they please? We played it down in the Fall of 2002, as Bush was getting ready to march the country off to war. John Kerry and John Edwards are now saddled with their pro-war votes of October 2002, simply because Daschle and Company were so fearful of looking "anti-American."
We continue to let the other guys lay down the ground rules and set the agenda. Bush deserves to be critiqued during this week's convention; he's got it coming. I trust that Democrats will do this in a way that still maintains decorum, but by golly, I still hope they get some strong shots in there. This remains a free country, let's not forget that fact. Michael Moore has shown that America, and the entire world, are ready for the truth to be told. Bush has benefited from this "Emperor's clothes," hear-no-evil see-no-evil philosophy, and it's high time for us to choose to speak our minds.
Subject: it's about time!
It's about time someone lashed back at right wing terrorists masquerading as reporters! I'm proud of Theresa Kerry!Shorty in Memphis
Subject: Possible story link, keep up the good workI'm in the media, and you are an invaluable resource to me -- here's an interesting story about evil Wal-Mart vs. progressive Costco.
Rivalry between Wal-Mart, Costco also extends to national politics (boston.com/business)
Keep up the excellent job!
[BuzzFlash Note: Thanks. Costco chief executive Jim Sinegal sounds to us like a good guy.]
Subject: John Edwards Didn't Run and Hide on September 11th Like Bush
Watch the Repugs and their rightist media allies turn this into proof about how "irresponsible" Edwards is. It's amazing how the Democrats and mass media have let Bush off so easily when he was running around like a chicken without a head, flying hither and thither around the country after he found out about 9-11 and stopped reading MY PET GOAT. The media is so vile and useless now that it is so utterly dominated by naked corporate interests. Yesterday I heard some loon on the local Clear Channel GOP propaganda outlet screaming how the Iraqi security forces had found 2 nuclear missiles. His "sources" had seen them with their own eyes. Is it any wonder that large percentages of Americans think Bush did find WMDs and that Saddam and bin-Laden plotted 9-11 together!
Subject: bush falls down again
Truth is better than fiction ain't it?
Bush fell down again, this time not caused by a pretzel or a Segway, but by his old nemesis -- the bicycle.
I hope everyone remembers the last time Bush's ranch said no to the cyclist-in-chief traversing the property. That time, the White House said Bush skidded out on mud from a previous night's rainstorm. Well, that all seemed perfectly natural (bicycles can indeed skid out on mud) but if you had checked weather.com, and checked out the weather for Crawford, you would have found it hadn't rained for at least 8 days prior to that accident.
I wonder what the explanation will be for the trip this time. Yesterday was 90 and sunny in Texas. Is another rainstorm to blame?
In fact, it hasn't rained there all month, so we'll just have to see.
Thanks for everything BuzzFlash! Keep up the great work!
Bush travels rugged path with latest hobby (Denver Post)
Subject: Clinton's Speech was so great!
For those of you out there who are speculating that Clinton's speech will overshadow Kerry's speech -- well -- you may be right. Clinton gave a hell of a speech. I don't think there's any way Kerry is going to top that. But if he does -- Bush doesn't stand a chance. Oh how I miss Clinton and the peace and prosperity we used to have. America has fallen down and we must get back up. Clinton has inspired me to do whatever I can to get rid of Bush.
Subject: Re: GOP Hypocrite of the Week: Dennis MillerI have read it...he is a typical turncoat jerk. He is not funny, he is not even sensible...nor is he sane. I know that is a little over the top, but this man has tried everything on television and has never been a hit...he will try anything now!
Subject: ABC Evening NewsIs it just my imagination or is the ABC Evening News becoming more like Fox? Did anyone catch the hatchet job on the DNC...fat cats, crooks, Sam D. trying to catch someone in a lie, new polls show Kerry falling behind, etc, etc. on tonight's news? I've noticed a gentle approach to Bush and really negative coverage of Democratic stories for the past few weeks.
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Subject: wouldn't it be more truthful?
All these Republicans keep saying Kerry is just not likable, they said the same about Gore who got the most votes. Since the polls show Bush and Kerry neck and neck, wouldn't it be more truthful to say Republicans don't like Kerry and Democrats clearly hate Bush?karen
Subject: Campaign tag
Hey, Dem's, this year: It's the Stupid's economy.
Subject: Tell Teresa WE LOVE HER!!!!! -- Pass this on to TERESA -- Please.
Dear Teresa: It's about time someone stood up for accuracy in reporting. Go Girl Go!!!!!!!!! We Love YOU--
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Subject: phones for all Buzzers to call
Here are the phone numbers to call and complain about Colin McNickle:
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Main Number: (412) 320-7914
The Tribune-Review: Main Number: (724) 834-1151; Toll Free: 1-800-433-3045
I would suggest that you ask him to write an article on the "good manners" of one of the twins of the occupier of the White House.
We can also suggest that he go and "CHENEY" himself.
I already called. I believe that if they hear from many of us, they would think twice about publishing or broadcasting unfavorable things about Democrats. Look what happened after our Democrat leaders kept their mouth shut after the election fiasco in Florida. It is OUR duty to raise hell, in view of the lack of courage of those that are supposed to represent us.
I guess that when Cheney said the obscenity on the floor of the House it was just...another "YOUTHFUL INDISCRETION," which are so common among Republicans.
A Loyal Buzzer
Anyone out there, other than me, who is more proud of your party tonight than at any time in the past four years? I actually shed tears....
When you hear nothing for four years but negativity, it is hard...whether it comes fromthe news, or people you know. But, no one dare say anything to me after this night about who is the best party!!! The pride of seeing the Clintons...Chelsea was just a gangly teenager with fuzzy hair, tonight, a long blonde-haired beauty, who would not think of sticking her tongue out at anyone!! A brilliant little lady, who has 8 years of college under her belt, and has a 6-figure job. Bill and Hill did okay with that girl!!
And, then there is the Big Dog, himself...does he ever not say the right thing?
Unfortunately, he cannot run again. Some woman said, after they recessed, that she overheard a representative from Ohio say to another person,"God, it is a shame he cannot run again!" I wonder if anyone out there is seeing the mess we are in now, compared to the world he left for us! I know people who will not even look at him...they still stick up their noses at him... I also know a man who does the same, but cannot sit down and watch his own president make a speech!!! How does that grab you? There is a visceral weirdness...and hatred from the Wrongwing party, which if you watch closely, is mostly Jealousy...one of the seven deadly sins...and in the case of dyed in the wool republicans nowadays....it is the most deadly I have ever seen!
I cannot wait for the next two nights, now.
What an experience...an entire evening of peaceful beauty. The tribute to the 9/11 victims was beyond compare. A 16-yr.-old member of the youth symphony...playing in beautiful harmony....Amazing Grace???
Just let them try to call us Unpatriotic!!!! They wouldn't dare!Shirley............St.Louis
Subject: Carolyn's inspiring letter
I just read the letter from Carolyn in Tennessee. You Go Girl !!!
I live in the Chicago, IL, area, and I have driven to Milwaukee, WI, off and on to volunteer first for John Edwards, now for Kerry and Edwards. Illinois is not in doubt for Kerry, but Wisconsin is now thought of as a "swing state." That's why I'm going there instead of staying home. This past Saturday I was in Milwaukee at the rally where John Edwards spoke. It was inspirational!! I saw license plates from Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and of course, Wisconsin. There were people from all over the state and all over Milwaukee looking for answers. I believe they found their answers in King Park that day.
I encourage everyone who has the opportunity and can get there, to go to the nearest democratic office in the nearest swing state (if you aren't already living in one) and work for Kerry and Edwards. Go on a Saturday or Sunday if you work. Go on a weekday if you can. We need to do everything we can to act together for a positive change in America.
When Kerry was shaking hands at the Red Sox game they had Bush supporters there shoving their signs in his face and screaming at him.
When Bush appears anywhere they have anyone who isn't a republican removed or arrested.
Which is more American?
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Subject: Don't frighten the children
If bush was so concerned with not frightening the children he was reading to on 9/11 that he continued to read for 7 minutes after being told a second plane had hit the World Trade Center, as stated here -- Bush stayed calm when told of attacks (Cleveland Plain Dealer/AP) -- why then did he hold his press conference announcing that terrorist attacks had occurredin front of the kids, a few minutes later?
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Subject: Candy the cow crowley
Last night candy the cow crowley attacked Kerry and his record, his purple hearts I thought I was watching Faux news. Is she shilling for bush or not ? I thought that reporters were supposed to be objective and not objectionable. I e-mailed CNN and complained about her piece. Bill Hemmer on the morning show also attacked Kerry as the most liberal democrat on the ticket.We are fighting the media as well as the republiecans.
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Subject: Mangled Promises
The Republicans had their first Democratic Convention press conference from the war room they set up in Boston.
Taking part in the pre-emptive strike were Chairman Ed Gillespie, Gov. Bill Owens (CO), Rep. Harry Bonilla (MA) and Lt. Gov. Kerry Headey (MA). The theme was to point out any differences in the promises made by John Kerry and John Edwards now as compared to those made during the primary process.
GOP Runs War Room Near Convention Site (yahoo.com/AP)
This prompted me to go back and review the tapes of George Bush's 2000 campaign promises, and sure enough he mangled the word on the prompter. Here are a few examples of what he was supposed to say, with what he said in parentheses:
- I'm a dispassionate (compassionate) conservative
- I'm a performer (reformer) with real nuts (results)
- We will have a bumbled (humble) foreign policy
- I will restore horror (honor) and indignation (dignity) to the White House- I'm a deformer (reformer) with results
- I'm a untie-er (uniter), not a deviser (divider)
- I'm not into nation billing (building)
- It's the pimp's (people's) money, not the government's
See, it all makes sense once you figure out what Bush was really trying to tell us.YT Cai
Subject: The intellectual depth of the Democratic Party
"Strength and wisdom are not opposing values." Those words, spoken by President Clinton and squarely aimed at pResident Bush, were the highlight of the first day of the Democratic Convention. And mind you, there was no shortage of intelligent utterings coming from the Convention this evening. Vice President Al Gore, former President Jimmy Carter, Hillary Clinton and, of course, "I love you Bill and I always will Clinton" all delivered brilliant, inspiring speeches, and all without the malapropisms of you-know-who. But when you consider the intellectual depth of the Democratic Party, that should come as no surprise.
I was deeply moved by President Carter's words. A genuine proponent of peace and justice, and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, one could feel his despair when he spoke of the missed and blundered opportunities for peace and justice that litter Bush's presidency. When he spoke of the importance of this election, how it represents the very soul of the nation, his words embraced my heart and mind with their urgency.
Listening to Al Gore speak stirred up emotions and longing for what might have been. I will never get over the blatant theft of the 2000 elections. I will never forgive the Supreme Court for the hell they unleashed on this country and this planet when they elevated that deceitful, evil excuse of a human being to the office of the presidency. I know I'm not alone when I wonder how different our world would be today if Mr. Gore had not been prevented from taking his rightful place as the 43rd president of the United States of America. I'm certain that if we had a President Gore residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, we wouldn't be bogged down in an illegal and immoral war in Iraq. I know this to be true, because with Mr. Gore, strength and wisdom are not opposing values.
Keep up the good work at the Convention BuzzFlash. You make us proud.
Subject: RE: Clinton's Speech at DNC
Feathermerchant here, up in Peabody MA. Read your review of Monday night's speeches and you were spot on.
Don't know if you were able to catch Brokaw signing off on NBC after Big Dog's speech, but the 7 million dollar newsreader was true to the valueless vapidity of the talking head brigade.
In a Sunday article in the Boston Phoenix (THE RIGHT WING AND THE NETWORK NEWSCASTS), Blowkaw related how he insulates himself in order to avoid undue influences and remain pure of heart.
But then during Monday night's coverage of the DNC by NBC, Brokaw and Russert were signing off. Russert was attempting to make as many last minute points as possible, then tossed the ball to the Senior Pundanalyst. Brokaw (soggy-brained, soon to be retired non-successor to Cronkite's mantle that he is) demonstrated that he had seen the latest "shovelful of the day" that is being bruited about by the Mandarins of the Media as insightful political analysis, to wit; Bill and Hillary Clinton are secretly NOT supporting Kerry/Edwards in order to set up Hillary for a Presidential run in 2008. Depending on how gullible the "journalist" is, this "story" can take the form of anything from Bill Clinton purposely stealing thunder from Kerry to outright sabotage by Bill and Hillary.
So Brokaw, who -- like most network anchors, could read a page out of the phone book as if it were the Dead Sea Scrolls -- came up with the "original" observation that after (tonight's) performance by Bill Clinton, John Kerry had his work cut out for him. He only had (according to Brokaw) a few days before he got to Boston in which to come up with something that would take the spotlight off Clinton and enable him (Kerry) to take back control of his campaign, get it back on track. (I'm paraphrasing here, I didn't tape it, but I feel I've got the gist of Brokaw's remarks.
Sadly for "Big Tom," this train may have already left the station without him (and is on its way back to the car barn). Anyone who saw Sen. Clinton's speech, as well as that of her husband, must agree that regardless of any personal hopes or agenda that they may harbor, they are definitely on board the Kerry/Edwards train, at least for this election cycle. Even such reliable Repub Talking Points repeaters as Bill Kristol and conventional wisdom mirrors like Tim Russert as much as said so.
up the good work,
Subject: Isn't that cool? Our president has a $3,000 bicycle; how the 'have mores" live
AP: Mountain Biking New Pastime for Bush (The Guardian/AP)
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Subject: "Free speech zones"
Isn't it funny that, for several years now, protesters of the president have been relegated to "free speech zones" well out of sight and ear shot of the president, but now, only once Democrats seek to contain protesters for legitimate security concerns, the evil liberal media decides to cover the issue?
SUBJECT: Which one of these quotes is made up?
is not the root of all evil in politics. In fact, money is
the lifeblood of politics." --
b) "I believe in the division of labor. You send us to Congress; we pass laws under which you make money...and out of your profits, you further contribute to our campaign funds to send us back again to pass more laws to enable you to make more money." -- Senator Boies Penrose (R-PA), 1896
c) "You know, Enron had made contributions to a lot of people around Washington, D.C. And if they came to this administration looking for help, they didn't find any." -- President George W. Bush, 2002
d) "Mr. Chairman, the drug companies are now free, after getting taxpayers' money to develop their product, to gouge those very same people 10, 20 times the cost of their own product. They charge that to the American people who are paying for their research.... This is welfare for the rich, for the corporations." -- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), 1996e) "You're either on the outside or the inside, and the only thing that can get you on the inside is money." -- Former Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL), 2003
Surprise, surprise, surprise, they're all actual, documented statements. Hooray, for our illustrious elected representatives.
(quotes from: Is That a Politician in Your Pocket? by Micah Sifry & Nancy Watzman)
Subject: Something I didn't know aboutBill Clinton -- in his speech last night told me something I didn't know. I knew that Bush was stealing our Social Security to fund tax cuts for the rich. But I didn't know Bush was borrowing money from the Chinese to fund tax cuts for the rich. Who would have ever thought America would see the day when the greatest democracy was funded by borrowing money from the Communists?
PS: ok you right wing Bush supporters journalists -- which story is more important? Teresa Kerry telling a reporter to "Shove It" or Bush funding tax cuts for the rich by borrowing money from the communists?
Subject: Maneuverings and ManipulationsJim Lehrer [PBS] spoke his mind about the big three networks refusing to air the presidential conventions in the link below.
Mr. Lehrer is correct. But I think there is more to it than the big three are letting on: Bush, as president has the Bully Pulpit. He never lacks for air-time or press. Kerry/Edwards have to fight for every second of exposure the networks allow. Nice setup for Bush, huh? Big three networks = Corporations. Corporations = Bush. It is in both their interests to give Kerry/Edwards as little exposure as possible. That is exactly why the networks decided not to cover the conventions. We get excerpts of democratic speakers and later, a summary of what they said. The summaries are [according to ABC, CBS and NBC.] How convenient! And then network news has the audacity to say that people feel they don't know Kerry. That catch-phrase is being used often to make voters believe it and the networks are doing their best to keep it that way. My perspective is that the big three networks are censoring the democratic convention in a round-about way so that no one can point a finger at them. They say that they will not cover the republicans either. But they will cover everything outside the RNC convention but Bush on the crapper in order to get his political messages across.
Cable is covering the convention in their traditional way.... Panels of 3 negative republicans and one lonely democrat to defend. And there are the sidebar subjects...all negative stuff some jerk reporter has been sent out to collect on the street, or more to the point, the gutter. The network presidents and cable heads should be in cells next to Ken Lay for these atrocities and the sooner the better.
Subject: Fox Family Values
I see that Fox network has a new reality series: Trading Spouses. Now there's a family value for you. Brought to you by those fair-and-balanced folks who have made "values" their number 1 issue.
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Subject: the Star-Spangled Banner...OutFoxed
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