July 27, 2004
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Subject: Jimmy Carter
Loved Pres. Jimmy Carter's speech, as well as Gore and Clinton's. I watched Jim Lehrer try to tear Carter apart post speech. Jim was his usual leering, smirking self but Jimmy Carter is a real statesman and never backed down. He skewered Jim on a spit and I loved each and every moment of it (just wish I had it on tape.) Thanks for the great blogging here on BuzzFlash.
Sandra Boynton in Florida
Subject: Bush is no Lance Armstrong
Here's hoping your readership noticed that President Bush just flopped -- literally -- in a shameless effort to associate himself with cyclist Lance Armstrong's great victory in the Tour de France.
According to AP's "exclusive" report, Bush was riding a Trek bike, the brand Lance Armstrong uses. After Bush flew over his handlebars, landed on his back, and lay motionless "for a few minutes," President Bush said that "he was leading the 'peleton." a reference to the main pack of cyclists in a bike race such as the Tour.
AP even gave Bush an assist, gratuitously comparing his effort to Armstrong's: "Over an 18-mile ride that lasted an hour and 20 minutes, he burns about 1,200 calories and his heart rate reaches 168 beats per minute. That's nearly four times his resting rate and in the same range as Lance Armstrong's when the six-time Tour de France winner is pedaling hard."
My fingers worked as fast on this message as Ellen Goodman's, but that doesn't make me a journalist.
Subject: What you can do on a mere $100 or less a month
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Subject: BuzzFlash is following the crowd!!
TO ME, Jimmy Carter's speech was THE speech of the night!! NO ONE who believes "by his works shall ye know him" can question Jimmy Carter's integrity and concern for people. To me, BuzzFlash is following the crowd by focusing on Clinton and ignoring Carter's much more relevant speech.
He talked about truth and honor, and his dedication to Christian works points out the contrast between his Christianity and that of George Bush. His very presence highlighted the phoniness of Bush's honesty and honor -- his character! Jimmy Carter's righteousness and Christianity, unlike Bush's is NOT based on lies and deception.
Clinton's speech was "fun," but, because Jimmy Carter's speech EXPOSED the phoniness of Bush's supposedly "hallmark" honor, honesty and Christianity, Carter's speech was the important one. His speech pointed out that no real leader, and certainly no honorable leader would LIE and MISLEAD as a matter of course to accomplish his goals. Carter pointed out that when there is not TRUTH there cannot be trust. And he left no doubt that under Bush there had been neither truth nor honor. HE, a 7 year navy man, even alluded to Bush being Awol -- a clear indication he doesn't think not showing up for at least 3 months of duty was an acceptable way for an honorable man to act!!
Below is part of his speech. A transcript of his entire speech can be accessed from USA Today.
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Subject: The Convention
The Big Dog brought it all home last night at the convention. I had chill bumps as I watched him on TV, as he walked in and the music began to play. It was familiar and warm and wonderful. As much as I admire the man, I had forgotten how he made me feel when I would hear him speak as our President... proud to be an American and proud of what we stand for. I do miss that.
Now, at work, on my home page on my computer, MSN has a headline saying Kerry is losing ground to Bush. BULLSHIT!! BULLSHIT!! BULLSHIT!! Not true.
Not for one minute and they cannot or will not ever make me believe it. The Dems have the ability to make us feel good again, and people need that. I have faith that the American people aren't absolutely soulless robots (well, not ALL of them).
I loved it when Bill Clinton made a smart-ass reference to how the Repubs had been mean to him. I laughed out loud. Of course, the evil ones have their convention coming up soon. Can't wait to see what junk they try to pull out of their butts to do all they can to try and make themselves look good. They have their work cut out for them.
Go Big Dog and Go John Kerry, and go Buzz.
So glad you are attending "THE" Convention.
Danielle in the panhandle.
Gary- Did you know there was an uproar on Stossel's fibbing about one of the programs he presented about a year or so ago? Democrats have a big problem that they should have seen coming but were not paying attention (fear?)--- the news media is controlled by the Repugs....As long as Powell's son is at its head, the news media will do the Bush-Cheney bidding. Our voices have been stifled. We need to get Soros and others to buy up access. To Teresa Kerry: Go Girl! Give them hell! Can we start a movement 'give us back freedom of speech'?
RR, Columbia, Md.
Subject: Regarding Ann Coulter
First off, just let me say I love you guys- But, this letter is not about love- it's about that rapidly aging shrill harpy Ann Coulter.
Once again she seems to be thrusting herself to forefront - I personally feel that the only reason she ever gained any amount of fame is because of her supposed good looks. There are plenty of right wing ranters out there, but Ann was one of the first of the "Leggy Blonde" right wing women to gain prominence. To this day, whenever there is a personality piece about MS Coulter those are the words used to describe her.
It seems many commentators who have taken her to task - such as Al Franken- have dwelt on the fact that she seems mentally unbalanced. While this may be true , I would love to see her own tactics thrown back at her. After all she never hesitates to attack the looks or physical anomalies of any of her foes. I personally feel that turn about is fair play. She has obviously used her supposed "sex appeal" to get ahead in life. One of the best ways to trivialize her, in my opinion, is that whenever she is written about adjectives such as "rapidly aging" , "onetime beauty" etc. would do more to her hurt her both personally and professionally than calling her crazy - she's used to that. But, if first the "fringe" voices start describing her in these ways we all know that the mainstream will eventually start picking up on it.
I think if she is perceived as just another old ugly Republican, her voice such as it is will be greatly diminished.
Just a thought
Subject: Coulter's USA Today "column"
I wrote this email to senior editor Joe Strupp at Editor & Publisher regarding his article on Coulter's convention column being dropped by USA Today:
I also wrote to USA Today and told them I thought they did the right thing to drop Coulter. The word "unbelievable" is so inadequate to describe her column. I've never understood her lunatic rantings anyway, but this, THIS ... oh, what's the use, I don't have any more time for Coulter, I should be doing more important things, like putting nail polish on chickens' toenails.