August 31, 2004
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Subject: Gop Showcases Bush's LeadershipI just read this Washington Post article banner: "GOP Will Showcase Bush's Leadership"
I have a suggestion for them, a picture of the fast swirling water in a toilet...
That say it all!
A picture is worth a thousand words...
Another Texas not for Bush...
Keep Up The Good Work BuzzFlash...
Subject: My heart was in NYC
My daughter, who is 4 months away from her 39th birthday, told me last week that her earliest memories of me are dancing with her to rock & roll music and watching me paint Vietnam war protest signs in my attic.
Today I witnessed a protest event in New York City that is unparalleled in my memory which includes not only Vietnam war protests but peaceful Civil rights protests. Let me say that never, in my 58 years, have I been as proud as I was at the organization, dedication and determination to have a peaceful protest, as I was today with the protesters in NYC.
Thank God for this group of mostly young Americans who care enough to take a stand against this war. We love our Iraqi Troops. In fact we love them so much that we want to spare them and all of today's generation of young adults the devastation and despair that so many of us felt during the Vietnam War.
We are nearly at 1,000 deaths in Iraq. In Vietnam we lost 158,000 young Americans and countless innocent Vietnamese. How many children grew up without their daddy's love, how many of today's protesters lost their Grandfathers in a swamp or a rice patty in Vietnam? Maybe, just maybe, the courage of these demonstrators will serve as the catalyst that ends this immoral occupation of Iraq and spares the lives of another generation of America's finest.
Thank you BuzzFlash for being there for all of us with memories long enough to remember the horror of Vietnam and for being one of voices of reason that relentlessly cries out to America to awaken from it's slumber of denial.
There is no substitute for courage especially courage of conviction.
Thank You to everyone who protested today in NYC. My body was in Tennessee, but my heart was in New York City
with Affection and Pride
Subject: Swamp Bob Dole with e-mail during convention
Buzz Flash Readers:
Bob Dole said that John Kerry shed no blood in Vietnam. He agrees with the Swiftie cowards who say John Kerry's wounds were self-inflicted.
Remember, this is the same Bob Dole who said as a presidential candidate in 1996 that smoking a cigarette is no more dangerous than drinking milk. Katie Couric reamed him out about that.
Let the nasty Dole know that you are irate about his comments. Swamp him with e-mail at this address:
Subject: Did you see this . . .
about the Hamilton County Prosecutor and chairman of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Southwest Ohio:
See more at:
Subject: Republican Convention
I know why the Democrats demonstrated today, but I don't know why the Republicans will be cheering this week. Will they be cheering : the incompetency of this President? the deaths he has caused from an unjust war? the rise in poverty? the rich getting richer? corporate corruption? Listen to the cheers this week and wonder why.
Pete A. from PA
PS : I also wonder why the "liberal media" keep saying the military controversy began at the Democratic Convention. They forgot what the Republicans and the media did to Max Cleland. They also forgot that silly incident that took place on May 1, 2003, while all the networks covered it.
Subject: Need to produce a DVD about Novak's Scandal
Is there any way you can get in touch with the producer of "Uncovered" and "Outfoxed"?
It would be great if he could work with Joe Wilson and make The Republicans in Congress and The Media look like a bunch of jerks (keeping my works kind).
Wilson and John Dean touched on the scandal, but more has to be done to implicate Rove or Libby. The "4th Estate" sure as hell won't go after "one of their own".
Have them put out a new DVD on how fast Republicans and The Media went after Clinton, to the point of trying to Impeach Him For Sex, yet they are MUTE about going after Novak, for over a year, after Valerie Plame was outed from the CIA. That not only ended her career, but it put her life in danger and it put any of her contact's lives in danger.
It's time to start some campaign against the 4th estate who are all "Bush Ass Lickers"
These are current laws on the books against the likes of Robert Novak, Karl Rove and or Scooter Libby. There are http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/casecode/usco...
Now we hear that there was a mole in the Pentagon, who was pretty close to Rumsfeld, from Israel.
If you remember by reader contribution, I said that Sibel Edmonds said in her 2002 "60 Minutes" interview that there were moles in the FBI, State Dept and Pentagon.
Sounds like Edmonds knew what she was talking about.
The 'liberal' press gave Cheney lots and lots of coverage when he chided Kerry for using "sensitive" to describe our need to negotiate with allies.
This weekend Duhhbya said the debacle in Iraq is a "a catastrophic success." As John Edwards retorted, "He's half right. It was catastrophic to rush to war without a plan to win the peace," Will the 'liberal" press give Duhhbya's inadvertent truth, any coverage at all?
And the 'liberal' press screeched about the anarchists coming to New York to protest the RNC. By Sunday approximately 300 persons were arrested. Will that same 'liberal' press note that almost all of those arrests were of people riding bicycles?
Subject: Thanks Moron!
george bush said "the world changed on 9-11 and since then we have changed the world." YEA......THE WHOLE WORLD HATES US NOW! NOW WE HAVE A LOT MORE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BRING DOWN THIS COUNTRY THANKS TO THAT MORON!
I hope those protesters that are carrying those coffins follow G.Bush to every city that he holds a rally until election day. This is a powerful statement. Coffins displayed by protesters reminds the American people what they really dislike about G.Bush and D.Cheney. The Swift Boat ads can't compete with that because their gripe was 35 years ago. Iraq war is happening now.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: What an insufferable pair of twits!The Bushes, I will miss them, not.
"Had we to do it over again, we would look at the consequences of catastrophic success, being so successful so fast that an enemy that should have surrendered or been done in escaped and lived to fight another day," Bush said.What are the consequences of catastrophic success? Better yet, what the hell is a catastrophic success? Let's put it another way, Bush's war is successively catastrophic. He has accomplished a successive (uninterrupted sequence) of catastrophes (incidences of sudden and widespread disaster). Being a disastrous or catastrophic success is an oxymoron, isn't it? It is the opposite of triumphant failure or something like that. Then there is this sweet little exchange between Time Magazine and Laura.
She thinks they are all unfair, but continually extending the guard duty in Iraq, without benefits is, what? Fair, or possibly a gift? Maybe we could send the guard in Iraq to Alabama or the White House to sort mail so they can do what their commander-in-chief failed to report for in exchange for getting shot at?
"Oh, I really think anything is fair as long as it isn't happening to my husband." Millions of terrible ads, Laura? Prove it you mindless twit? Your husband manufactured a war out of whole cloth and thousands, including nearly 1,000 Americans, who aren't related to you, are DEAD.
Nothing that has been said about her husband is as bad as he really is. Laura dear, you are married to a profiteering warmonger and that is putting it delicately.
Subject: Greenspan -- Social Security
There is a relatively simple fix for social security, just eliminate the income cutoff. Currently you are taxed only on the first $87,000 of income. This cap should be removed.
Subject: Bush and the Guard
There is immense confusion in the public's mind between the National Guard and the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. Please stop boosting Bush by referring to his service in "the National Guard," or "the Guard."
The Texas Air National Guard, during the Vietnam era, was a way to avoid Vietnam, and that's why the list was so long. If you have occasion to get that word out, it might clarify some things. Not surprisingly, the inept Democrats are making a terrible mess out of things, and - also not surprisingly - the Republicans are smartly taking advantage of it, making it appear that Kerry, et al, look down on the National Guard - definitely not a popular opinion, considering the sacrifices demanded today of the National Guard.
From the Handbook of Texas, the Bible on Texas:
"During the Vietnam War the federal government did not call up many army or air national guard units. *No Texas Air Guard units were mobilized*, although the air guard mobilized 9,343 nationwide."
Keep up the good work. And I'd appreciate it if you do not use my name - I don't care for hate mail, and these folks are scary.Sherry
I sent this letter to the editor in response to this Morning Call article:
In, "Let's have Bush and Kerry debate military service", the author says, " no disgruntled military veterans...are writing books about Bush's Alabama National Guard service, because no one recalls seeing Bush serve..."
It does seem to be true that nobody from the military remembers George W. Bush from his stay in Alabama in the 1970's.
But apparently he was there and he was memorable, because members of the political campaign that Mr. Bush worked on in Alabama saw enough of George to give him a nickname. They called him, "The Texas Soufflé", because he looked good on the outside but was full of hot air. They still remember him.
As for John Kerry, everyday more evidence is uncovered and more eyewitnesses come forward to testify to the courage and honesty of John Kerry. They served with him. They remember him. They stand with him now.
What they remember of John Kerry is a man who served honorably and who deserved every medal awarded him.
Meanwhile, I suspect the truth about his missing time in the National Guard is something we'll never get from George Bush. He refuses to give straight answers about it and the media let him get away with it.
We're allowing a man who really did serve honorably to be slandered and trashed by supporters of a man whose only memorable claim from this time was to be known as a French dish of little substance who didn't show up for duty.
Subject: No info on power?
Find out more about the FCC not telling Americans where and when power outages occur. There goes the Internet, or is it the elections and the touchscreen machines???? What are these people up to now; whatever it is it appears the plan is still on GO.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: New Group: My Pet Goat Veterinarians for the Truth
All I have to say is the Dems should define Bush by repeating the Mantra:
MY PET GOAT
MY PET GOAT
MY PET GOAT
I'm gonna start a new organization called:
"My Pet Goat Veterinarians for the Truth"
The Repugs are trying to spin bush as a LEADER...
Why not talk about his leadership on the day of 9-1-1.
This is fair game since they are EXPLOITING 9-1-1
Re: My Pet
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: NYC Protests
The protests were a great success. The number of marchers was well into six figures. The arrests reported by the NYPD all took place away from the demonstration route. I saw no violence and none of the people the media has described by anarchists. The weather was beautiful and so was our spirit.
No more years!
Subject: Bumper Sticker
I'd seen this while playing a game on the web. The guy said this is Wisconsin's most wanted bumper sticker:
''VOTE THE SON OF A BUSH OUT" !
I like it.
A Loyal Buzz Fan Forever!
Subject: Foxnews.com Poll
Did the president keep his campaign promises of 4 years ago: both that he is a uniter and supports "compassionate conservatism?"
Only 3% !!! say yes, and these are foxnews viewers, LOL.
Subject: Bias on AOL
Someone should take a look at bias at AOL...
On the first day of the Democratic convention the AOL coverage headline was "Can Kerry catch up?" even though he was ahead in every national poll and every electoral college analysis
On the first day of the GOP convention it's "Echoes of 9-11 at convention" with a picture of George Bush with his arm around a fireman
On the second day of the Democratic convention there was a picture of Kerry with Kennedy and the headline "Undeniably liberal: Are Democrats out of the mainstream?" Somehow tomorrow I'm not accepting to see a picture of Bush with Falwell accompanied by a similar headline.
Subject: the literally unbelievable AP
Here's my latest outpouring of outrage at the AP:
In Tom Raum's story, "McCain: Kerry Fair Game for Questioning," the writer states:
"A group calling itself Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, made up of men who served on the same vessels as Kerry in Vietnam, has been running harshly critical ads questioning the Massachusetts senator's leadership qualities and claiming he embellished his record to receive military awards."
WRONG! As has been repeatedly proved, the SBVfT vets DID NOT "serve on the same vessels as Kerry in Vietnam." They served on the same KIND of vessels as Kerry but not on Kerry's vessels. To say otherwise is to libelously continue the group's slander against the candidate.
Please correct this egregious and outrageous error!
A media-discouraged BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Media barrier: Have the media read Page 260 of the 9/11 report?
System Was Blinking Red"
The 9/11 Commissioners have said that they prepared the report and provided the information to the American people. It is up to them to read it and draw their own conclusions. It is sounding like many politicians and news people have not done so, based on statements they make and questions they ask. Can we break through the media barrier?
"So I think there's just a remarkable difference for the American people between the president and what he has to offer, and his opposition in terms of their clarity, their consistency and their steady hand."
Marc Racicot, Bush Campaign Chairman, CNN, August 27, 2004
"We need someone who is going to understand that we have to remain firm against terrorists."
Rudy Giuliani, Former New York Mayor, CNN, August 27, 2004
"....when you look at these polls and the so-called internals, some critical questions, like who would be a strong and decisive leader? George Bush has opened up a 20-point lead on that question. On who is honest and trustworthy, Bush has a large lead. "
Judy Woodruff, CNN, August 27, 2004
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Subject: Where was George?
So where was he in that year or so of 'failure to report for duty'? Where was george? We heard from the media, endlessly-how likable a guy he is. So where are those who had a drink with him, got loaded with him, toyed with him? Surely there are thousands of them in 'bama. Who could forget drinking, 30 years ago, with the future pRes? Where are the eyewitness's-you know those are folks who knew a guy who knew a guy who heard from a guy who sat in a bar with george?
John Kerry has too many to count eyewitness's (or should we call the earwitness's), on a day Kerry participated on a mission with about 50 others, who had nothing better to do than watch Kerry intently, then on return to base they spread the word as widely as possible that
'There was no gunfire, Kerry would get medals, Kerry would later speak against the war, that Kerry would later run for the presidency as a Democrat'. Hundreds who heard remembered that for 30 years! Wow, the power of hate is indeed strong. Sadly, for george, the power of his 'hail fellow, well met' is too fleeting.
So, where was george? Not in Texas, not in 'bama' no where. My guess is South America. Involved in activities he was not proud of so he will not talk of. Any earwitness's around?
Subject: Hail Caesar! Madison Square Garden; Capital of Inhumanity.
The GOP Convention is the hyperkinetic culmination of billions of dollars. Twenty-five years worth of organized lies from the likes of the Heritage Foundation, Richard Scaife, Coulter-Rove-Rush-Savage. Greed that reaches beyond the next galaxy. Inhumanity to shock and awe the Huns. All coming together to worship a spiritually bankrupt, treasonous moral cipher who is vile in every possible way there is to be vile. Who makes me feel like the projectile-green-vomit girl in the Exorcist at the sight of his reprehensibly inane, psychotic visage.
I'd like to flee to a fragrant mountain-top and quaff fresh air. For now I'll be content with the hope the NYC protesters bring, and work like a monk on speed for the next 62 days to get Kerry-Edwards elected.
On November 3rd I'll either be drinking champagne or packing my bags for Europe. I literally cannot stomach four more years.
Thanks to Buzz for the oasis in the desert,
"Outfoxed" arrived in my mailbox this A.M. I let my dirty dishes, and laundry wait, and sat down and watched one of the best documentaries I've ever viewed.
My initial reaction was to share it with friends, and family, but decided instead to tell them how to support BuzzFlash, by buying it as a premium themselves. They can purchase a great dvd, as I did.
I plan to watch "Uncovered" tonight, and be spared the constant TV coverage of their convention.
The "chickenhawk" cards are great....I can't wait to play poker with some of my conservative friends, and family, and use them.
BuzzFlash, keep up with your outstanding work.
[BuzzFlash Note: The more informed we all are, the more easily we'll be able to educate the ignorant and rid ourselves of those who thrive on the ignorance of others.]
Subject: Late breaking alert: Watch the Confetti?
I am at the library because my new computer just crashed. Because I'm a self-destructive person, I turned on ABC in Oklahoma City where the news was about to sign off.
The guy said the GOP Convention won't end until Thursday night, but on Thursday I needed to pay attention to the confetti because some California company had digitally place either George, Laura or Dick's picture on the confetti.
I called a couple of people and my favorite editor's wife suggested they may have meant balloons, so I tried to confirm the story.
First I called KOCO news and was told that the guy had left and this guy didn't watch the news or know anything about it, I guess. I don't blame him.
Then I called the Oklahoma Republican Party and got a reasonably intelligent woman who seemed to think it rather silly, but hadn't heard. She gave me the number or the Washington offices for the GOP convention (202-863-8500) where I reached a recording with all kinds of selections.
I chose #7 because planning was in the title. I reached another recording that told me to call the New York offices of the GOP Convention. (212-356-2004)
This woman was so excited, I thought she might wet herself. She said everyone was down registering people and she hadn't heard. Then she added, "But won't it be exciting to wait and find out."
Wait and find out what, if over 2000 un-named secret delegates will be trampling on the images of George, Laura and Dick or will they not allow an image to touch the ground and fill decorative, commemorative urns, so they can worship the remains of the Bush administration.
Can anyone verify this story? My computer is down and I need to know.
Karen Webb, Moore, Ok.
[BuzzFlash Note: This article closes with this paragraph: "At the convention's conclusion on Thursday, hundreds of pounds of confetti bearing images of Bush and Cheney and their wives will be dropped along with 120,000 balloons and streamers during the convention's closing minutes." I think I may puke.]
Subject: Great American Shout Out at George Bush on Thursday
This ain't spam. I'm curious to see how many people can get in on this.
George Bush will be accepting his party's nomination for President this Thursday at 10 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time.
Just prior to starting his acceptance speech, there is a plan for all interested people to join in a Shout Out.
The Shout Out will end before Bush speaks his first word so that he may also be heard. See here for details:
If you plan to participate, remember that the Shout Out will commence just prior to 10 P.M. E.D.T. Thursday, and to adjust the time to your location, or watch the Convention for the 'cue' to start.
Or listen to Al Franken on Air America Radio for more details. http://www.airamericaradio.com