September 2, 2004
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Subject: Say What?!
So now, let me get this straight! Bush has claimed he has the (illegal, unconstitutional, unAmerican) right to indefinitely detain ANYONE HE WANTS, American citizens included, without trial, charges or due process of LAW until the "war on terror" is over. Then, oops! His handlers turned their heads for one second and his mouth overloaded his brain again. NOW, he states that the war on terror is "unwinnable" (his words!)? What the hell? Where the f*** is the media on THIS one? They should be jumping all over this. Are they all stupid, or just cowards? Reminds me of Italy's press under Berlusconi! Better not make the faux prince look bad or their gravy train might dry up.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Purple Hearts and Filled Teeth
I can hardly believe how disgusted I was by the story about the GOP handing out Band-Aids printed with purple hearts. (I didn't think they were capable of stooping any lower than they already had with the Swift Boat Liars. Silly me!) But why don't we (meaning OUR side) design a set of Air Force Wings with a tooth, preferably a molar -- set with a big silver filling -- in the middle? It seems only fitting that Bush, having served so valiantly in the National Guard, should have a tribute to HIS sacrifices (hey, I heard the dentist say he hardly cried at all), as well.
Subject: PEOPLE, AGES 18 TO 64, SOUGHT FOR NAT'L GUARD (Valencia)
Forwarded by a BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Kerry - Right in '71; Right in '04
John Kerry knew then what the people involved wouldn't admit for another 24 years. When he spoke then he spoke of a leadership that was a failure. He spoke of a leadership that had cost American lives based on lies (Gulf of Tonkin).
Today John Kerry talks about another war that is being fought as a war of choice. A war that didn't have to be fought and cost American lives. A war that was built on the lies of another administration that manipulated information to fit their preconceived desires.
John McCain told CBS's "The Early Show" that television ads accusing Kerry of lying about his military service in Vietnam were "dishonest and dishonorable." But, he added, "what John Kerry did after the war is very legitimate political discussion." Kerry was a leader of Vietnam veterans who opposed the war.
As we can see from Robert McNamara's statements in 1995, John Kerry was right. He was right then. He is right now.
J. M. Ivler
Subject: mocking purple heart--I made some phone calls
FYI, I called two GOP Congressional offices, "Duke" Cunningham and "Buck" McKeon to express my shock at seeing the Purple Heart disparaged. Interestingly enough, their aides were completely argumentative with me after I told them who I was, that I worked in Germany, home of the 1ID, which was deployed to Iraq, and that I was shocked to see Candy Crowley interviewing GOP delegates who were making a mockery of the Purple Heart. I said that the Wuerzburg Army Hospital takes in our less severely wounded from Landstuhl, and that those wounded had been awarded Purple Hearts by General Bell three weeks ago. Was President Bush suggesting that these soldiers didn't deserve their Purple Hearts? The aides in each office argued with me, and yelled at me! I could not believe that they were talking over me and interrupting! They were extremely aggressive and unprofessional.
aide refused to say that McKeon would or should denounce such behavior,
dismissing the notion out of hand. She was not shocked by the
delegates' behavior at all, despite my telling her that I was living
overseas on a military base which had troops deployed to Iraq. She
just couldn't see what the problem was.
I told him I couldn't believe that he would be argumentative with me over such a sensitive issue, considering that I had told him I worked on a military base that was the home of a division that was currently deployed to Iraq, and that the base had a hospital that took in our injured.
Was Congressman Cunningham telling me that our injured didn't deserve the Purple Heart, that their wounds were too slight? The aide said that the Congressman was busy working on issues to "help our soldiers" and didn't have time for this discussion!
I asked him if Congressman Cunningham would be denouncing the delegates' behavior. The aide said only one delegate was involved, so it wasn't necessary. I said it was NOT one individual! It was several delegates!
He argued with me for four minutes and would have done so much longer, I sensed in hopes that I would hang up on him. I finally said that I was shocked that he would go head-to-head with me over the GOP's mocking our soldiers during a time of war, that if anything, this issue should have been something we could both readily agree to abhor! I asked him, over his objections, when the GOP was going to move on to the discussion of more substantive issues, like an exit strategy. With all the crosstalk, I had to end the call with, "I'll let my co-workers on base know how the congressman feels about this. Have a good day."
The GOP is mean and no longer capable of civil discourse! It is truly frightening. Usually, congressional aides are required to take down the message and politely say, "I'll pass it on to the Congressperson. Thanks for calling." But GOP aides must have received marching orders not to tolerate an opposing view and to argue a point to the death. And to what end? If to alienate and belittle, their combative halitosis cut a wide swath through DoD offices this morning 'round the water cooler.
Then I called some RNC people, or tried to. Here are the results:
Keith Hensley, Asst to COO: Voice mail. I left a message of outrage.
Karen Keller, Deputy CEO: "Karen Keller will not be checking her voice mail from now on." Who can blame her?
Jim DiEleuterio, Bigshot consultant:number: Line repeatedly busy. Chickenshit.
Lauren Kane, CEO's office: Got her to answer. I told her who I was, that I worked on an army base in Germany, the division was deployed, couldn't believe what I was seeing on CNN, that delegates were making a mockery of the Purple Heart. Would President Bush denounce this behavior? Longggg pause...for 20 seconds. Finally, I hear Lauren ask someone, "What time is it?" and then someone says, "You'd better hang up." And she did. Perhaps her phone indicated that I really was overseas?
Mark Pfeifle, Dir. of Communications: Voice mail, so I left my message...gave my background and said that since Mark was the Communications Director, I hoped he would be communicating to President Bush my displeasure with the GOP delegates and to advise the president that making a mockery of the Purple Heart was an insult to our soldiers.
Lenny Alcivar, Main Spokesman: Voice mail. I left a message, saying that since he was the Main Spokesman, I hoped he would speak to President Bush about denouncing the delegates' belittling of the Purple Heart and our soldiers, which was taking place on the convention floor.
Then I called the WH. Someone with a southern accent was genuinely upset by the delegates' behavior (I sensed she knew someone in the military) and said that although operators weren't supposed to comment, she was outraged as well. She hadn't even heard about the incident until I'd told her. The operator said, "I hope you won't hold this against the president. This isn't how he feels." I said that I begged to differ, that there wasn't a single person outside of Colin Powell with any real military experience in the WH, and frankly, that lack of military understanding was showing up on the GOP Convention floor. We wished each other a good day, and she said she'd pass on my message, a reminder of how the Grand Old Party used to be.
Subject: MSNBC.com Article
Why isn't anyone screaming about this? This was one of the Bush Administration's claimed successes in the war on terror.
U.S. wants terror convictions quashed (MSNBC.com)
U.S. seeks to throw out terror convictions (AP/USA Today)
Subject: I'm Ecstatic.....
Thanks in part to BF, LePore was defeated....one DOWN and many many more to go!!!!!! Wunderbar!!!
LePore loses reelection bid in Palm Beach County (Miami Herald)
Subject: Update on Wisconsin Push Polling
Inspired by your link to the Milwaukee Journal story on push polling regarding the Swiftboat ads, I went to the Moore Information website and looked around.
The links are at my website, listed below. I have also screen captured the page in case they catch on and decide to take it down.
Subject: Bush's NEGATIVE Bounce: He DROPS 3% During Convention!
Bush's NEGATIVE Bounce: He DROPS 3% During Convention! After 3 days of fawning media coverage for the Republican convention, an astonishing thing is happening - Bush is actually DROPPING in the polls! Just before the convention, Bush led 48%-45% in the Rasmussen's daily tracking poll. By Wednesday, Bush's lead had disappeared, with a 47%-47% tie! It looks like all the nasty attacks on Kerry are backfiring. And Americans aren't stupid - they recognize a "compassion" farce when they see one. As Bush famously said, "fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again."
[BuzzFlash Note: On Thursday, Bush is up to 49% in this poll. It will be interesting to see how Friday's jobs report will affect those numbers.]
Subject: Purple Heart Bandages
I have diligently read the Los Angeles Times for the last two days looking for some reference to the Purple Heart Bandages being handed out and worn by delegates at the Republican National Convention. No such luck. I am a veteran, served in peace time and never received a Purple Heart, but I am outraged by these smear tactics of the Repuglicans. Even Bob Dole and John McCain have allowed these smears on the service of all veterans to be perpetrated. Is there no limit to the dirty tricks that Karl Rove and his dirty tricksters will use to smear the reputation of an opponent in order to win? I hope that every veteran, draftee or enlistee, will see this smear for what it is and vote accordingly.
Subject: It's Hamster Against Hamster in U.S. Election (Reuters/Yahoo)
That says it all! "She knows her Place."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Support your candidate
As an American, you have an obligation to support your presidential candidate (Bush or Kerry). So, every day until Election Day, when you drive, show who you will vote for: If you support John Kerry, please drive with your headlights on during the day. If you support George W. Bush, please drive with your headlights off at night.
Subject: The Repug Convention
I listened to Ahnuld speak at the Repug convention last night and laughed out loud at the irony of this steroid hulk speaking for the party that's made fun of the way John Kerry talks. Comedy Central must be losing viewers to this Convention because it's hysterical.
And is it just me or does Ahnuld sound like a computerized German answering machine voice?
"Heddo...dares na won at hum to tack yor call. Leaf yor mussage at da sond of da bip an we will cull you bach." Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
And Ahnuld's "girlie men" line was a real throwaway for those of us who actually are GIRLS. Someone needs to tell Ahnuld that women comprise more than 50% of the population. Apparently Ahnuld hasn't noticed the other 99.9% of us who aren't voluptuous babes, we're probably invisible to the Gropinator, maybe his cyborg eye's broken.
I can't wait to tune in tonight to see what else I can find to laugh at. This is more fun than watching a monkey play in a toilet.
See Ya Buzz...
Carolyn in Tennessee
Subject: Republican "Moderates"
The showcasing of Republican "moderates," Giuliani, Ahnold, Pataki at the RNC: GOP moderates are the tail on the Republican elephant and they serve the function of a tail -- to conceal the elephant's less appealing aspect.
Subject: The RNC
Arnold said the Dem Convention should have been called True Lies to great applause by the crowd. Well here is what I believe we should name the Rep Convention, Terminator.
Terminate your overtime
Terminate your Social Security
Terminate your Health care
Terminate your Free Speech
Terminate all tolerance
Terminate EVERYONE who does not agree
There are several more items to be listed, but, you get the idea.
Subject: Only Pharisees Need Apply
After watching "Orwell Rolls in His Grave" and "Out Foxed" it occurs to me that even if Jesus Christ Himself ran for President on the Democratic ticket, FOX News and the rest of the Media, especially the right-wingers, would attack Him mercilessly.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: A CHRISTMAS STORY
When I watch the antics of Karl Rove and George Bush, I can't help but think about the 1988 movie, A Christmas Story. Ralphie and his brother are constantly harassed by Scott Farkas, the red haired, yellow eyed, neighborhood bully and his toadie, Grover Dill. They gave new meaning to the phrase, "Say Uncle." The whole neighborhood was scared of them. Karl Rove, through his actions, is Scott Farkas and Bush is Grover Dill, the toadie. Ironically, both Karl and George act like children...mean children. They take what isn't theirs and those who object are beaten up by the two thugs. In the movie, Ralphie takes all he can take and one day, nearly massacres Farkas. At the sight of this, Dill the toadie runs away. Moral of the analogy? I can only hope that Kerry, who has displayed the personality of Ralphie, is also at the end of his rope. If Kerry verbally jumps Rove, Bush the toadie will no doubt run away too.
Subject: [As sent to Chris Matthews, MSNBC] Tom DeLay under Ethics Committee investigation
Hey Chris, don't you even know this? DeLay is not at the RNC because he's in trouble for ethical violations and campaign finance crimes (the investigation is currently postponed, but not cancelled yet). True to form, the last thing Republicans want is any public scrutiny. It's sad that you and your colleagues are so obliging to them.
Come on, man. Where are the "hardball" questions when it comes to Republican problems? Want more?
Is all this okay with you? Apparently, you and MSNBC think it's not worth mentioning.
What the hell does it take to get fired in the Bush administration? What does it take for the media to come out and say anything is actually wrong? Seriously, would they have to murder a cute, white American girl on live TV to get in trouble? If the mountain of apparent crimes and blatant, inexcusable failures we have seen so far aren't enough to even fire anyone important, what is?
[BuzzFlash Note: Here's more on DeLay...Ex-Amarilloan talks of politics, DeLay.]
I attended the Shot Show last FEB in the Las Vegas Convention Center. It is the annual exhibition for vendors put on by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. It was 529,000 square feet of exhibitor space. Attendance is tens of thousands of retailers, range operators, gunsmiths, media, etc. At times the aisles are so crammed with people that it almost resembles those news clips of the mob in department stores with wedding gown sales.
While treading a crowded aisle, I noticed a guy in a US Army class A dress uniform approaching me. The military uniform seemed out of place, and caught the eye for that reason. The man wearing it seemed a trifle old and in poor physical shape to be an active duty service member. As an experienced psychiatric nurse, I instantly recognized the red face with a hint of yellow that is the mark of blown capillaries and liver damage that comes from a life of alcoholism. The beginnings of disgust started to creep across my brain.
As he got closer I could see the stripes of a SFC on his sleeve. A lifer! My old distrust of almost everyone with a rank higher than E-5 from my own time in service was remembered. Then we finally passed close enough so I could see more than just a face and a sleeve in the crowd. My former disgust changed to sympathy in an instant. What could cause this change? How was this man different from just another of thousands of alcoholic lifers? He wore a pale blue ribbon around his neck. Here was an actual living, breathing Medal of Honor recipient. Amazing how a simple bit of ribbon and metal could in an instant change my attitude of disgust for somebody killing themselves with a bottle, to one of sympathy for a man who had presumably lived the unspeakable and came through it alive. I guess he was entitled to self medicate himself with whatever works to dull the memories and nightmares. He would no doubt live a longer and healthier life if he chose group therapy over a bottle, but I guess he has more than earned the right to make that decision for himself.
This man's sacrifice is a sharp contrast to the Air National Guard deserter that infests the White House. Like the mafia wiseguys that think obeying the law is for suckers, the current regime thinks military service is for suckers. Why else would the tradition of no first strike have been violated? Whatever happened to the America that did not start wars, but only finished them? Why else would a candidate who is a combat veteran be ridiculed for it by his opponent the deserter? WHY ELSE WOULD REPUBLICAN CONVENTION ATTENDEES SPIT ON EVERYONE WHO EVER WORE THIS NATION'S UNIFORM BY CYNICALLY WEARING BANDAIDS WITH PURPLE HEARTS PRINTED ON THEM?!? If such an incredible act of disrespect does not show the world the true republican agenda, I do not know what else would.
Subject: Re: Greg Palast
That article was just FAB about" Madame Butterfly."...I hope the DEMS send in their legal team as Kerry promised to watch her like a hawk come Nov 2.....when I heard her anti NY protester remark last night on local t.v....that was the icing on the cake....she's in bed with the Republicans no question about that....and SHE has a lot of blood on her hands today due to that Butterfly ballot.
I had planned on voting absentee ballot again in Nov, now I'm not sure.....
We have two "serious problems" with the Democratic party, leading into the most important election in the history of our country. Two issues that need addressing ASAP!!
The first thing, but not necessarily the most important, is getting Kerry energized and focused on what it takes to excite the electorate. He has to get out there and speak with authority and conviction and completely destroy bush with bush's own reprehensible record. He has social issues - too numerous to mention - environmental issues, foreign policy, taxes, Medicare, and so on and so on. On each and every issue Kerry has a wealth of ammunition to portray this guy for what he is. People who aren't "informed" will be just as afraid of bush once they are, via Kerry's passionate oratory, and artful presentation of the facts. Bush IS the dumbest President we've ever had. He's made more blunders than any previous President. I say, get fired up, Mr. Kerry, DEMAND attention and respect. Make the reporters run TO you first because your message is so direct, hard hitting, true, and delivered with equal parts optimism and passion!
The second thing is - Let's give our platform a name! The republicans managed to make "conservative" a household name while shamelessly deceiving part of America into believing conservatism equals family values and some sort of superior morality....and in the meantime, they made liberal a curse word. The fact is, the majority of America comes down on the liberal side of social issues almost every time.
So, if the majority of Americans embraces the liberal perspective on these important issues, then why not just associate the two? It's very simple. Make "liberal" the good name. Associate childcare with liberalism, prescription drug legislation that is senior friendly with liberalism, pro-choice with liberalism, after school programs with liberalism, community policing, rape intervention/support programs, education, special education, protecting separation of church and state...etc, etc.
Then we get into foreign policy - Associate coalition building with liberalism. Associate subtle diplomacy and a forceful presence with liberalism, etc,etc.
At the same time we do the above, we must saddle conservatism with the wicked saddle they alone have sewn. We need someone to step forward and point to the ELEPHANT in the middle of the room. And once it's pointed out that the elephant represents divisiveness and hate, a deterioration of our liberties, Christian fundamentalism, reduction in our living standards, corporate advocacy at the expense of the working class, deterioration of our nation's self image and the contrasting bravado of the neo-cons, burgeoning deficit, high unemployment, 1.8 million jobs lost..We need to explain to the American people who brought us here!!
The above must be done with finesse and rigidity. It must be the goal of the Democratic party and all who share their vision of replacing bush and his neo-con followers/leaders. We have to have a name for our incredible vision and direction and that name is a natural - LIBERALISM/LIBERAL. Say it loud and say it proud!!! I'M A LIBERAL.
Subject: 2 more months to go......time for Kerry to ATTACK
When will John Kerry, Edwards, or their representatives begin to vigorously attack Bush's non-record of achievement? When will they really get the message out that they voted for the war based on the president's assertion that there was no alternative? When will they say to the public that there is a difference between the war or terror and the war on Iraq? If they ARE doing this, then it is done pretty quietly. If Kerry is serious about winning this thing, he needs to get on the ball. Surely by now he knows that the Bushies and Karl Rove will never fight fair.(Plus they have the media cowed.......Katie Couric was rather insulting in the portion of her interview that I saw with Michael Moore this a.m. When Moore asked her to go to the convention with him, she mockingly replied that she had some socks to sort.)
Still Praying for Victory in November!
D. Turner Atlanta
P.S. Another question:Why does the convention hall in N.Y. appear half empty?
Subject: Arnold at the RNC
Am I the only one who thought Gov. Schwarzenegger's speech was laughable as a defense of the war and George W. Bush? Allow me to transcribe a portion:
So, yeah, it's not too bad there in Iraq. All you need to set you straight are some costly artificial limbs and a few months of therapy and you can be right back there in the trenches fighting alongside your buddies. Also, seriously, what are the odds that this story is even vaguely true? If you were so screwed up from war that you knew you needed therapy, then really, would you be going back?
I think that portion of Arnold's speech should be read by everyone. It's an odd mix of the brutal realities of war buoyed by action movie dialogue.
Subject: what is kerry waiting for?
hello, i was just wondering what Kerry is waiting for? why is he letting bush and company bad mouth him without stepping up and saying a few truths about him (bush)? i know he said in his speech that he wanted not to slam him but this is just ridiculous! a man who went into combat has to hear it from a WIMP that had daddy save his ass. every time i hear another bash on Kerry's record it makes me sick! are republicans living in a bubble? what good has this man done in 4 years? NOTHING! we have lived with war for 4 years and if he stays we will live with it for another 4! please pay attention and get everyone you know out to vote on Nov. 2nd. this is the MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION WE HAVE EVER FACED AND WE MUST GET HIM OUT OF OFFICE! for all our sakes and especially the troops who don't want to be there and want to come home ALIVE! thank you BuzzFlash for all the GOOD that you do.
Subject: He's only 12!
We are not rich but do pretty good. My nephew lost his job working for Levi. The plant moved to Mexico. It has been hard on his whole family. My nephew has been staying with me.
My grandson and nephew were lying on the floor watching Arnold Schwarzenegger until he called my nephew's father a girlie man. I wish Schwarzenegger could have seen that child's face. He lost the admiration of two young boys who almost worshipped him. Power does ugly things to people.
Subject: OCTOBER SURPRISE
In the 9/1 mailbag, a Buzzer called attention to Kristol's comment that McCain will run with Bush after Cheney announces his resignation. I agree that it will happen. In fact, I sent my prediction of it to BuzzFlash 10 days ago. I will be surprised if it DOESN'T happen. We are all waiting for the traditional October Surprise from the republicans. I think we are looking at it every day when we see McCain prostituting himself for Bush. McCain is supposed to be a man of principles. What could make a man of principles do such an about face? Answer: The promise of becoming the VP in 2005 and a run for President in 2008. You know what they say... if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, etc. It's as clear as a "bolt out of the blue."
Subject: Thank you Buzz!!
Dear Buzz and your wonderful staff:
Congratulations on hitting the 4 million mark! As a loyal BuzzFlash reader of almost four years, I'd like to publicly thank you for providing the Truth on a daily basis, mixed in with your always witty and sometimes downright hilarious "headlines," the interviews with incredible authors and other brave souls challenging the status quo, and your hard hitting commentaries, exposes of the GOP Hypocrites, and your amazing ability to break major stories MONTHS before the "mainstream" media condescends to notice them.
I wonder how many of the three million readers you've gathered in the past year are "swing" voters, undecided, or "moderates" who have decided to turn off Fox News, CNN and all the other Media Corpse???
Is there any way for you to do a survey on your site? If it's true that approximately 2 million registered voters have been targeted by the Bush campaign as "swing" voters, then perhaps BuzzFlash is not necessarily "singing to the choir" as has been suggested. Maybe Buzz has reached those voters!
Are there any former Bush supporters who are now BuzzFlash readers out there?? Stand up and identify yourselves!!
elaine in Petaluma
PS: "Thank You" to the 250,000+ New Yorkers who are marching for freedom and justice!
Subject: A couple of thoughts on the Pug Convention
I noticed pro-life protesters in NY pictured carrying signs that read, "Abortion stops a beating heart"! I immediately thought to myself, "So does war"! Many beating hearts, thousands of beating hearts. Pugs are hypocrites! Also, some Pug from NY proudly announced on the opening day of their convention that the "Eyes of the World will be on them"! LOL! I highly doubt it! I say the Pugs shouldn't flatter themselves so! The pictures shown on CNN.com and other Internet news sites, makes the Pug Convention look more like a Tent Revival than a political function!
Subject: A tiny peek into Cheney's energy task force?
Greetings form Helena, Montana. The capital of the state that gave you the "Freemen," Ted Kaczynski, and Marc Racicot!!!! May the invisible cloud being save us all!
Have you ever heard of a fellow named Michael Economides? (Google his name for more info.) Well neither had I until this morning. Here in Helena we have a nauseatingly steady diet of right wing AM radio from sunrise to sunset. At 9:00 a.m. our local station picks up the feed from a station in Billings, MT, that broadcasts statewide. The host of this show is a man named David Berg, a former Republican Party big wig. His guest this morning was Professor Economides who during the course of the interview admitted that he was one of the people advising Cheney's energy task force! The bulk of the interview was the standard right wing bashing of environmentalists, Bill Clinton (his national monument designations are controversial, to say the least, here in Montana) and liberal thought in general. I found his comments on Venezuela and Hugo Chavez disturbing and somewhat menacing though.
It could be a whole lot of nothing or a small preview of where Bush & Co. will take us next.
Anyway here's the link to the archive page for his show. It's listed as 'Berg in the morning' from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Click on the corresponding Wednesday link. They cycle the archive weekly so if you don't listen to it by next Tuesday night it will be replaced.
Thanks for your time,
Subject: The Really Great News Out of Florida
What a great and glorious day in South Florida. Even with hurricane Frances breathing down our necks it is a good day for Democrats. Madame Butterfly is defeated and I think that bodes well for a Democratic win in Florida. It shows the level of anger against the 2000 election being stolen from us. Turnout for primaries is never too good and in view of this, I think her defeat is a loud clear message to the Republicans.
Subject: Sen. Kerry, take your gloves off!
I keep hoping John Kerry will get in touch with his inner warrior and let him roar -- this is THE time. We know that GOP-ers are a rough and ruthless bunch: they do not experience doubts and consider "sensitive" to be an insult. So it's time to give them the well deserved kick in the ass -- the only currency they respect and understand. A positive campaign is good and admirable when your opponent plays fair. Here, obviously, it is not the case.
The Bushies viciously slimed Kerry on one of his strongest and noblest points, his voluntary service in Vietnam. They will continue this strategy just because it works -- it takes the attention away from the fundamental failure of Bush as the country's leader. All the hours spent discussing Kerry's war records are not spent on pointing out the multitudes of Bush's fiascos.
Kerry needs to refute and dismiss the slimy charges, and then to turn around and treat the Bushmen to a dose of their own medicine. Positive shmositive. Tell how Bush is failing his "war on terror" -- the cornerstone of his usurped glory. Show that his decisions have made us less safe -- bring up facts, numbers and informed experts' opinions. Keep at it -- do not be afraid of strong words and opinions. Show how Bush's compassionate conservatism in the domestic policy is the equivalent of catastrophic success in Iraq. To think of it, Bush called his attack on Iraq "the ultimate expression of compassionate 'conservativism'" (yes) in the last Newsweek article.
There you go: we kill Iraqis compassionately and compassionately destroy their country. Same principle applies on the domestic front -- see raising poverty, unemployment, education woes, ruined environment, lack of health care, corporate greed and plundering.
The list goes on and on and on -- Sen. Kerry, keep it handy and keep talking about the catastrophic success of Bush's presidency. It's time to take your gloves off -- and keep'em off. Baring your teeth wouldn't hurt either. Yes, they are the most crooked bunch of liars we have seen in a long time -- you know it and we know it. The truth is on our side, do not be afraid to use it!
Wow Buzz. 4,000,000 and still growing. I'm glad you're going to be around for a long time. Whatever happens in November, we need you. Did you ever see The Producers? Well, you're "my little blue blanket." If they take you away, I'll get hysterical.
I just stepped across the street and looked in the window of the Bush paraphernalia store they've set up. They have a button that says "Don't be an Economic Girlie-Man - Vote Bush in 2004." Some people quote Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King - the repukes quote Ahhnuld. Spare me. I burst out laughing in their faces.
Let's hear it for Economic Girlie-Men.
Barbara in NYC