July 28, 2004
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Subject: Obama!Dear BuzzFlash,
Anyone who missed Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention just missed seeing a future president of the United States. Hopefully he will be our first black president! What a speech!
Subject: DISSING HIS OWN BROTHER!
Yee gads! Did anyone see that weird Michael Reagan tuesday night talking to the even weirder Sean Hannity? He was saying horrid things about Ron Reagan, even said Ron Reagan refused to go anywhere with Nancy, he said when it comes to Ron, Nancy can see no wrong. It was just awful!
Subject: Fox News' O'Reilly web page rewrites reality in mere hours: edits "shove it" story via deletion
You may have heard about Teresa Heinz-Kerry's "shove it" comment to a reporter. Unfortunately, Fox News viewers have been given a "Bizzaro World" version of what was said.
Below is the unchanged, directly quoted transcript from Bill O'Reilly's Fox News web page. If you know the story, you'll see that it skips, without notice, the fact that the reporter claimed she said unAmerican "ACTIVITIES," when she had actually said unAmerican "TRAITS."
EXTRA CREDIT - See if you can spot the skip from her quote, bypassing the reporter's question, to her denial (hint: it's right after the first paragraph) :
"…(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
TERESA HEINZ KERRY, WIFE OF JOHN KERRY: We need to do well in Pennsylvania. We need to turn back some of the creeping un-Pennsylvanian and sometimes un-American traits that are coming into some of our politics.
I didn't say that. I did not say that.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm just asking you...
T. KERRY: Why are you putting those words in my mouth?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you say something about un-American?
T. KERRY: No, I didn't say that. I did not say ... or un-American. Those are your words. Understandable. You said something I didn't say. Now shove it.
(END VIDEO CLIP)"
There is no quotation of the reporter's question, not even an ellipsis to note something is missing between her quote and her denial. But I saw the video, and I heard the reporter claim she said "unAmerican activities."
If this is not intentional deception by Fox News or O'Reilly himself, then the KGB was a sincere, blameless instrument of public service. Also, I am Santa Claus, and the Bush administration's incompetence regarding national security is charmingly human.
Not only was Teresa's "I did not say that" factually true, it was even less than 16 words, and didn't even result in any casualties.
PS - the "unidentified male" was known by the media to be Colin McNickle, editorial page editor of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, within minutes of the "event." So there was no reason to claim it was some "unidentified" person.
Subject: George Bush wants to poison you and your babies
What other conclusion can one come to when you read articles like these? Try showing these to your Bush supporting family and friends and ask how can he be considered a good Christian when he wants to let us all get poisoned in the name of corporate profits?
"Pollution levels up under Bush" (Baton Rouge Morning Advocate)
Released into the air mostly from smokestacks at coal-fired power plants, mercury finds its way into rivers, lakes and the ocean through rain runoff. It then enters the food chain in fish.
At high levels, the heavy metal can cause neurological and developmental disorders. Fetuses, babies and small children are most at risk of its harmful effects.
The EPA estimates one out of every six women of childbearing age has an increased risk of having a baby with neurological impairment from exposure to methyl-mercury in utero.
Environmental issues rarely help decide elections, but with the presidency on the line this year we think President Bush ought to explain why his administration chose to roll back federal environmental laws designed to protect people against pollution-related disease.
Federal policy put in place before Bush took office mandated the reduction of coal-fired power plant pollution by 90 percent by 2008. The Bush administration's rule calls for a 70 percent reduction in power plant mercury pollution by 2018.
Hightower came into international prominence last year when she published a study on 200 of her own patients in the Environmental Health Perspectives, a journal of the National Institutes of Health.
She correlated fish consumption with elevated mercury in her patients, and saw a range of symptoms classic to mercury poisoning, including fatigue, headache, decreased memory, muscle pain, hair loss, decreased concentration and joint pain.
Many of her middle- and high-income clientele -- CEOs of companies, physicians and artists -- were eating generous amounts of fish, the high-end tuna and swordfish steaks, Chilean sea bass and Alaskan halibut. Many ate canned tuna more than twice a week or fed it to their children.
The average mercury level for women in the study was 10 times that of the levels gathered from blood samples of the general population by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Formerly well, fit and generally skeptical about people who complained of ambiguous illness, he began feeling ill. He started out sluggish and lethargic,
then had bouts of memory loss. He had to take detailed notes of conversations.
"I had tremors so badly that I could hardly drive, and, worst of all, suffered from anxiety and panic attacks.''
Five doctors in five different fields couldn't find anything wrong, ruling out cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, lupus and Parkinson's disease. Some recommended seeing a psychologist.
Lie-Nielsen read about Hightower's study in The Chronicle last November. He was shocked. The symptoms described by her patients mirrored his own. When Lie-Nielsen had himself tested, lab results showed very highly elevated levels of mercury in his hair and in his urine. The mercury level in his urine equaled or exceeded twice the maximum expected level.
He changed his diet. After a couple of months, he noticed that his energy was returning. "My memory was returning, and I could handle myself a lot better. More importantly, the anxiety began to recede. Now I'm feeling pretty close to normal.''
Subject: The Raw Deal
I was reading an online convention journal written by a woman from Virginia Beach, Virginia. The following is part of what she shared after attending the Democratic Women's Caucus meeting:
"We also heard from Linda and Loretta Chavez, the only two sisters ever to serve in Congress together. Loretta, who is from California, said she and her sister regularly visit Walter Reed Hospital, where they found service people injured in the war in Iraq who were being charged $8 a day for their meals while in the hospital. She said they had submitted a bill to Congress, so they wouldn't be charged for food while recovering from injuries they got while defending all of us."
Now we already know that returning wounded were forced to wait months for treatment, that they could not received treatment near their homes and families but had to spend months sometimes halfway across the country instead, and now we find out that they are charged for meals? No, I can't eat on $8 a day, but that's not the point. Why are they being charged at all? I'm just outraged at the mistreatment of our veterans.
Subject: IRAQ - BUSH BROKE IT, IT IS HIS!
Today's terrible news that over 50 civilians had died in a bomb blast in Iraq was so sad, and I don't know what the Bush administration wishes to avoid in the media, the DNC convention, or the awful tragedy in Iraq.
People seems to forget that THIS IS BUSH'S WAR - HE BROKE IT AND IT IS HIS. The democrats should repeat this mantra wherever they are.
Bush and the repuglicans are trying to distance themselves from Iraq and the bloody mess over there, and we should at every opportunity remind the nation how they were misled, and that George Bush is responsible for all the mistakes we are paying for.
I watched Joe Lieberman on Don Imus this morning, and was just appalled how "republican" he is. I really don't know why he does not cross over and join that lot. I am glad (so are many others) that he is not our democratic candidate.
Oh yes, the convention is so uplifting and so interesting. We have got so many great talented speakers, and they come from all kinds of backgrounds and colors. I am so proud of the democrats. They have come a long way and seem so united and focused on their goal - to kick Bush/Cheney, the corporate darlings, out of the white house.
Thanks for keeping us updated.
Subject: Holy Crap!
I am so taken aback by your :Ruth Lopez Orlando, FL / A BuzzFlash READER CONTRIBUTION "Note to Tom Brokaw: Why I get my hard news from Jon Stewart"
...Not that I only get my news from Jon Stewart. No. I still watch C-SPAN while surfing you guys, read and network with friends. I'll position myself at the Fahrenheit 9/11 opening or drive 30 miles, one way, to see "Control Room" at a tiny independent theater. It's a struggle, but I feel I'm a bit more informed and not horrified by the few crumbs the 9/11 commission threw us. I almost feel psychic when Jennings throws us a bone. (Ham bone, four o'clock with zero marrow - sucked dry) Yeah, I'll go to extremes to fill the massive voids in media rather than be lied to for free. We need more Ruth Lopez's and Jon Stewart's in this world. And we wouldn't know about them without the "Buzz"...I don't like to kiss ass too often but you deserve it. So drop the drawers, I'm puckering up!
Subject: GW Bush "honorable" discharge
I served willingly - even heroically (Silver Star) in WW II, but I was not at all happy at being recalled for Korea. Ran into all too many people looking for a military career as an easy way to a comfortable retirement with little risk and little effort; Korea certainly was no democracy - hardly worth "making the world safe".
I made little effort to conceal this attitude with the result that in '53, I received a General Discharge under Honorable Conditions, something usually referred to as an Honorable Discharge for brevity's sake. It occurs to me, that, given Dubya's wild conduct at the time, he was treated the same way, hence the "lost" records (a General Discharge) that wouldn't look good in public. Look closely!!
Subject: Flip Flop or Scary bastard
So Bush sent North Korea 50,000 tons of food over the weekend while everyone was thumbing through the 9/11 Commission report.
Did you catch that? Talk about Flip Flop! From the we don't negotiate with terrorists war president.
Subject: Open Proposition To Ralph Nader
It is quite true that Ralph Nader has in the past worked tirelessly to protect the rights of all American Consumers. However, his present stance and trying to get on ballots throughout the country can only hurt his own causes and help re-elect George W. Bush. This MUST NOT HAPPEN!
I believe I have a solution to this potential problem. I believe that the Democratic Party should address Mr. Nader and propose the following proposition:
Should Ralph Nader officially renounce his candidacy and the Democratic Party return to the White House, John Kerry will agree to create a NEW CABINET LEVEL POSITION called The Department For Consumers' Rights and Ralph Nader will be offered a CABINET POSITION as the chief of this new department.
Such a Department is surely needed to represent all American consumers and if Ralph Nader's true passion is to fight for all American consumers' rights, he should jump at the chance of being given a powerful, meaningful voice to represent all American consumers' rights.
If you agree with this proposition, I hope EVERYONE who reads this writes to EVERY Democratic/Liberal association to propose this idea to John Kerry and the Democratic Party BEFORE Ralph Nader undermines Mr. Kerry's opportunity to undo the crimes of the Bush Administration.
Subject: Comment on Minorities
Hi. I just came across your website and I subscribed to your email alerts. I'm enjoying them so far!
My comment is about minorities. I'm glad that the Democratic National Convention this year seems to be representing gay people and people of other races pretty well and letting them have their say at convention. Examples are Barak Obama of Illinois, and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to hear Barak Obama, a very articulate senator from my state, due to a party I attended with friends.
I have thus far enjoyed the convention coverage very much. However, there is one thing which I think is missing. There never seems to be any coverage of people with disabilities, of which I am one.
I read in an email that Marca Bristo, formerly of the National Council on Disabilities and now with Access Living here in Chicago, was supposed to speak at the start of convention. But I didn't hear her on any of the networks. I really hope this doesn't mean that she was bumped off the program altogether.
The term "disabled," in my opinion, should not be used to describe a human being. It is much more suitable when describing things such as a vehicle which has broken down and therefore is not working, or something on a computer such as a button which has been pressed and can no longer function.
In addition, the term "handicap" is very antiquated and should not be used. Just in case nobody knows, "handicap" originally was used to denote a beggar who just wandered the streets, cup in hand, begging for money.
The two scenarios which I have just described are not for us. We are not broken down vehicles on the side of a street, nor are we little icons or buttons on a computer screen which no longer serve a purpose because of already being activated. We are in fact very capable people, we just happen to do things differently because of learning challenges, visual and/or hearing challenges, etc. We are not begging for money, we are begging for the right to prove ourselves in society.
To this end, politicians need to stop ignoring us, the press needs to stop ignoring us, and the media needs to stop ignoring us. Not to get too verbose but in order for people such as myself to succeed in the real world, our voices need to be heard loud and clear on issues such as employment and housing. Not only that, but action needs to be taken so that these things in life are readily achievable by us.
Politicians, some of them blind themselves, need to stop judging us all the time and just recognize diversity.
Go Kerry and Edwards!!
Jake A. Joehl
Subject: Right in One, Ms. Lopez!
I can't tell you how strongly I feel about Ruth Lopez's wonderful commentary. I watch the Daily Show to get my news too, I am 46 years old, mother of two kids, and ex-newspaper layout editor and housewife. There IS no where else to go. Please tell her for me how much I appreciated her wonderful editorial. I was in the middle of writing something very similar myself to the local papers. (Now I have to start over.)
Thanks for the good work. Keep it going.
Subject: Barack Obama
What a speech from Barack Obama at the convention Tuesday night!! I kept thinking about Abraham Lincoln and his Cooper Union speech. Abe had been, up to the day he gave that speech, a little-known lawyer from Illinois. Cooper Union made him a national figure. I think the same thing was going on last night with Barack Obama: How many people - other than Buzzers and people from Illinois - knew who he was before he spoke last night? Last night he blew the crowd away - very much as Lincoln did at Cooper Union - and now everybody will know who he is. Lincoln went on to become President of the United States, and one of the pundits (I watched PBS's coverage) said the thought that kept coming to him was, "Here's the first black President."
You go, Obama!
Subject: What EXACTLY did McNickle ask THK?
I just sent an email to Mr. McNickle at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, asking for his exact question to Ms. Kerry. (You know which one I mean, the one that we can’t hear on the videotape because of the ambient noise, and because the video begins in the middle of his question.)
Here is all he is willing to say in his own article on the matter: “…this editor asked what she meant by ‘un-American activity.’"
I think that leaves a lot of wiggle room, that he could have asked practically anything as long as the phrase ‘un-American activity”is in the question. Call me crazy, but with their obvious right-wing slant, I’m not really prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt about this, and you’d think all the good reporters out there would have asked already, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. If his exact question was so innocuous, why hasn’t it been exactly quoted?
I don’t expect a reply, at least nothing satisfactory. I’d like to ask you to post this in the letters section to encourage your other readers to do the same, and perhaps we’ll be able to see how genuine and honest his question was. His email address is email@example.com.
To quote BuzzFlash, “just asking”.
Subject: The Whole World is Watching
Wore one of my Vote for Kerry buttons to a solo supper at a neighborhood bistro, last week. In a lively discussion with the waiter, I learned he had taken his 12 year old son to Fahrenheit 9/11, and how proud he was that his son had 'got it.' Later, as the staff was preparing to close, seven well turned out women in their late 30's and early 40's entered. They had no reservations, but the bistro had been 'highly recommended by a friend,' While hardly typical, in a town where tourism is our lifeblood, I guessed them to be conventioneers. And, because they were so perfectly coiffed and outfitted, probably Republicans.
After they had ordered, I took the opportunity to make my way to the men's room and walked close by their table. I extended a "Good evening, ladies, and welcome to New Orleans," to which they smiled and thanked me demur-Ely. I detected no reaction to my Kerry button, which all but confirmed my suspicion about their political affiliation.
On my return, the prettiest of the group surprised me. "Love your button," she gushed. "Where did you get it?" I explained from the Internet, and inquired where they were from. "Toronto, Canada," was their cautious reply. I thanked them effusively for their government's anti war stance and said if, by some catastrophe, the Bush cartel stole another four years, I'd be looking to emigrate.
After a significant pause, a woman who had not previously spoken, said "This is one election we wish the whole world could vote in." "Hear, hear!" seconded her friends.
I found myself profoundly moved by this simple declaration and have been thinking about it ever since. If every democratic nation on earth could vote in the November Presidential election, is there the slightest doubt who the winner would be?
Thanks, BuzzFlash, for your Herculean work. Your consistent, considered links to real news has kept me reasonably sane over the past two years.
Holloway, Senior, Veteran