September 23, 2004
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
Subject: The folly of refusing to face facts
I am really disturbed by the rash of articles telling Democrats it is going to be okay, Bush is destined to lose because of history, the polls are skewed, Gore won the popular vote, etc., etc. This is counterproductive and won't help us win. The only thing that counts is who is sworn in Jan 05.
The bottom line is that the Kerry campaign has slipped, and it is up to us to get off our duffs and change that dynamic. We have to help Kerry. The game is on, the Bushies have the ball, we are a few points behind and we must get the ball back and play aggressive offense. Close doesn't count in elections. The only thing that matters is making sure we get enough votes, in spite of an unfair media, skewed polls, rigged voting machines, a biased Supreme Court and corruption in some important states. We have to figure out how to win even in a worst case scenario.
Please don't read these articles and say, "whew, it's all going to be okay." It may feel good, but it won't help us win. The best way to win is to assume the worst outcome and work like hell to stop it. Letting up can be the difference between winning and losing. Don't relax, don't assume it will be okay. Assume the worst and work like hell to change it.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The poorest excuse for a leader
As each day passes, I become more and more convinced that the American people are not capable of electing the right person to occupy the White House.To even give someone the opportunity to run for the highest office in the land who is not articulate, truthful, compassionate or even with some semblance of intelligence has resulted in this nation going backward for nearly four years now. Someone who has been a failure all of his life, and cares nothing for the majority of the American people. Throw in the fact that Bush was an irresponsible individual who continually abused drugs until middle-aged and has taken this country into an unjustified and illegal war which will likely cost this country untold thousands of casualties and several hundred billions of dollars which will likely cause the US to follow the fate of the Soviet Union, and for anyone to even have the audacity to suggest that he serve a second term in office is ludicrous at best. His preemptive strike doctrine is the equivalent of the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.
The following is from the Sep. 19, 2004 edition of The Dallas Morning News.
In a rare bit of public self-assessment, Bush acknowledged a "few flaws" two weeks ago at the Republican National Convention. "People sometimes have to correct my English," he explained. And since then, there have been some real doozies to cement his case.
Subject: Bush does Osama's bidding
Osama is campaigning for Bush, I am sure, one way or the other (directly or indirectly) and I wouldn't be surprised if some interesting money is coming from him through other Saudis to Bush. After all, Osama wants Bush to win, so he can do Osama's bidding, and start more wars, which will encourage more militant Islamist recruits to hate Americans. Osama probably all but has a Bush/Cheney displayed.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bill Schneider says he knows Al Qaeda doesn't like George Bush!
No transcript available yet, but about 6:30 pm tonight (Sunday) Bill Schneider, commenting on Dennis Hastert shamelessly implying that Al Qaeda wanted Kerry to be president, indicated (paraphrased) "well I know one thing, Al Qaeda doesn't like George Bush."
He went on to dutifully lay out the scenario that the Bush administration is asking Americans to buy hook line and sinker - that if Al Qaeda attacks before the election it will be an indication that Al Qaeda wanted Kerry to win. Even as Schneider said that he thinks it would have the opposite effect of ELECTING Bush in the U.S. (as most EVERYONE I've heard speculate honestly thinks it would), he was still arguing that defeating Bush would be their intention. Couldn't ELECTING Bush be their intention?????
general feedback link for CNN Sunday
Link to feedback on Mr. Schneider
Most people should simply write CNN and tell them that this is unacceptable speculation by a journalist who has ABSOLUTELY no way on knowing what Al Qaeda wants or doesn't want. Please DO NOT make your letters hostile or partisan - that makes them easy to dismiss us. Simply state the facts rationally- this is IRRESPONSIBLE behavior on Schneider's part. OR it is bias - neither is acceptable. Make your letters firm. Mr. Schneider's statement makes CNN look bad, it makes them look untrustworthy and it makes them look biased.
Subject: An email from Hibbing Minnesota to John Kerry
I emailed the Kerry camp and here is the mail I sent them. In my heart this is what must be done for Kerry to win in November.
Tom in Hibbing Minnesota
Subject: Our security president
We all should ask repeatedly: on whose watch did the Twin Towers and Pentagon attacks occur? Bush was our president and he and his staff did not heed the warnings from the outgoing administration and did nothing to protect us!
Subject: GOP Against Liberty and Justice for AllThe recent AP news piece titled "GOP Mailing Warns Liberals Will Ban Bibles" reports that Republicans are sending out fliers implying that they are the only "side" which supports traditional American values and culture.
It has now become quite obvious that the current GOP leadership is dividing our nation under their very narrow concept of God. The great thing about the U.S. is that for all these years, Americans have stood strong and united under the broad concept of religious freedom. Now, through their platform of fear and suspicion, the RNC has openly shown that they are dead-set against the most precious of all traditional American values, which is to be united in a culture of liberty.Now is the time to reject the GOP's narrow platform of lies. Preserve a traditional and strong United States and vote for liberty and justice for all.
So that we may remain one nation under God.
Subject: incurable idiots
I agree with P.M. Carpenter that right wingers cannot be cured. However, we can and must OUTNUMBER them at the polls. Just look at the NYC march...500,000 people against Bush versus a handful of supporters. End of story.
A Loyal Reader
Subject: National Guard MemosI am just thinking aloud. Perhaps the reason Buckhead Blogger knows that so quickly and so positively that the memos are not the originals is because he or the White House have/have seen them. What do you think?
Subject: Forged Data - A Matter of PrioritiesThis reader's comment 09-20-2004:
George W. Bush offered the world the contents of a forged document to make his case for attacking Iraq. Where were all the right-wing forgery "experts" then? Did anyone in our government or in the mainstream media feel compelled to determine the origin of that document which contained errors obvious even upon casual perusal? No!It is sad to consider that 1,000 more American service people might be alive today if as much attention had been focused on the validity of the bogus Niger yellow cake papers as has been devoted to disproving the documents which reflect negatively upon Bush's service - or lack thereof - in the Texas Air National Guard.
Kerry's Iraq speech today seemed a little more hard-hitting, but I am continually amazed that he is willing to call the cockroach in chief's Iraq war a "mistake." It was NOT a mistake! IT WAS ON PURPOSE!
American Heritage Dictionary defines "mistake" as "an unintentional error, especially in a legal procedure or form that does not indicate bad faith and commonly warrants excuse or relief by court."
I make a mistake when I transpose two numbers in my check book and end up with an erroneous balance. If I go into a bank with an automatic weapon and demand all the money in unmarked bills, I HAVE NOT MADE A MISTAKE! I HAVE COMMITTED A CRIME!
Geez, let's just call things what they are.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Oxley Upset in the Making?
The Lima (Ohio) News has just released a poll finding Democratic challenger Ben Konop trailing House Financial Services Committee Chairman Mike Oxley by only six points in the congressional district's largest and most Republican county. The poll's margin of error is 5 points with 15% of those polled still undecided. The Lima News quotes an OSU political science professor saying that Konop's quirky campaign may actually be helping Kerry!
Subject: CNN and Blitzer
Just watched Wolf Blitzer reporting with unabashed glee the news story of CBS and the Bush NG memos. It looked as though Blitzer just fulfilled a net cyber-sex experience.
He and Jeff Greenberg or whomever just made some great statements about those of us "in our pajamas" in front of our computers. Basically he said that these people on the internet keep better track of stories than reporters...duh! Sure. Now that the story goes against Kerry. But where were Blitzer and Co. for the last 9 months when all us Computer PJers were telling him and his ilk about dubya's bull? They didn't want to hear it then but now it's ok.
Here's a guy (?) who owes his job and Fame? to George Senior and the Gulf War. A nondescript third rate news reader got the opportunity to do stories from Kuwait because many others wouldn't go. And what a job he did, I guess. Just like Katie Couric. Both got jobs, not because of talent or skill, but because they were there. Other reporters did a better job but didn't get network positions.
Blitzer actually orgasmed on the quote attributed to Rather about "If your mother says she loves you, get a second opinion." Blitzer said that, in all fairness, about the Fox report in 1999 of Bush's alleged drunk driving charges. But Wolf never checked those out.
So much for investigative reporting. But when a competitor has a problem, kick him when he's down.
As to CNN's fair reporting, they did a great job of Kerry bashing by the swift boat dips but don't ask about Bush's Service. Some fairness.
Fox has been misreporting and reporting dis-information for quite a while but Wolf hasn't said a word about them.
CNN - the most trusted name in news. Bullshit. You've got to report news to be trusted, not just parrot administration dogma.
Bye Bye CNN,
Subject: What if "memogate" was about Kerry's service?
I'm 100% sure everyone would be yelling about the substance of the memos, and completely brushing aside the forgery / authentication issues.
You have several witnesses claiming the substance is true. If it were Kerry they were talking about, I'm sure old Buckhead would be blogging away that it's the substance that counts, not the authenticity.
And that's not even mentioning what a free ride old Buckhead is getting for the most part.
Those double standards are just soooooo amazing.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: That supposedly "fake" memo
Regarding the guest commentary by James C. Moore on President Bush's National Guard service and the controversy surrounding the CBS memo, I found this passage interesting...
"One skeptic has suggested that the use of the term 'billet' in one of the documents is telling because it is an Army and not an Air Force term."
That's interesting to me because I've only heard the term "billet" on
one other occasion in my life, and I always associated it with
that occasion. In 1967, I was 11 years old and my family moved
to the state of Washington when my father was transferred to a
military base there. When we arrived, we were put
Subject: Was Bush derelict or were TANG commanders derelict ? ? ?Hi,
Like your weblog.I think I'll write a letter to the TX Air National Guard pointing out the obvious. From all indications, either Bush was derelict in his duties...or his commanders were derelict in their duties. I have a hard time believing his commanders were the ones who were negligent and derelict. It must have been Bush. And if Bush's commanders weren't incompetent political hacks, then they did follow Air Force regulations, which means disciplinary documents at one time did exist, but went missing from Bush's service file. Mrs. Knox confirms this, but she is being attacked as a feeble-minded 86-year-old woman. Maybe more documents that refute the Bush family cover-up and monstrous lies will come out on Friday per the judge's orders to the Pentagon. But with Rumsfeld in charge at the Pentagon, I doubt it.
Also, I served in the regular Air Force from 1971 to 1975. There were two Air Force types...the career guys (called "lifers") and the short-timers (like myself). The "lifers" were strict by-the-book types. They lived and breathed the Air Force regulations. If you did well there was an Air Force Reg that covered this, and if you screwed up, there was an Air Force Reg that covered that. All military branches are set-up the same way.So, Lt. John F. Kerry did well and received a bunch of medals per Navy Regulations. However, Lt. George W. Bush screwed up and should have received written reprimands from his commanding officers. Where are they? Were Bush's commanding officers that derelict in their duties? I doubt it. They were Air Force career guys looking forward to retirement. Ah, there's the rub. High-placed friends of the Bush family could have threatened the retirement plans of Georgie's commanding officers. That is why Colonel Killian kept a duplicate set of records in his desk. So he would have had some documentary evidence to show someone in case things got really nasty.
But what if he also kept another duplicate set that neither his secretary nor his immediate family knew about? I would have. Just in case something happened to the duplicate files (let's say, late at night) in the desk. If I had been Colonel Killian and faced with the pressure coming from the friends of George Sr. in the Pentagon, I would have had another duplicate set available. But I would have given them to a trusted friend for safekeeping. Maybe on Friday, after the official judicial order to the Pentagon is fulfilled, we will learn more.Finally, an observation about two incidents that happened on the same day last week. At a Kerry rally, a little girl loses her pro-Bush sign. At a Laura Bush campaign stop, a grieving mom whose son was killed in Iraq is arrested, hauled off in handcuffs and charged with "defiant" trespassing. So which is easier to replace? A little girl's sign so she will stop crying...or a grieving mother's son killed in Iraq?
Note: the father of the little girl has pulled this same stunt (and gotten media coverage) for three presidential campaigns in a row. And of course, this plays well on the right-wing talk shows who have apparently booked him to give his "side" of the story. But I would love to see them have the grieving mother as a guest, too, to give listeners a chance to hear what true grief is. I'm not holding my breath.
Subject: Where is OUR apology?!
Yes, but where is the apology I want to hear? Every day Fox substitutes "journalism" for parroting the White House line by reading administration press releases and leaks... maybe Bill O'Lielly and Brit Hume could just close their programs with an apology for that every day. That would be a step in the right direction...
John L. Johnson
Subject: Senator Kerry on Letterman 9/20...Terrific!
In case you missed it, Senator Kerry was really excellent on Letterman. Really handsome, and at turns and as appropriate, he was funny, serious, straightforward, glib, and factual without being pedantic. Dave hit him some hard balls and he hit them right back. He was complementary of Dave's shows after 911 which were really spot on, you could see Dave was touched and surprised.
I LOVE John Kerry. It is so refreshing to have an intelligent, articulate, attractive, decent, informed genuine article who looks and acts the part of a President without it being an act. Someone America can be proud of--instead of the Daily Bush-Rove Freakshow that makes you wince or rage at every single obnoxious, blitheringly stupid, arrogant, FUBAR all-the-way step.
Senator Kerry will make an excellent President. If the people of this country are too blind to see the difference between a lying, thieving, snake oil salesman and a real statesman....then this country is truly done for.
He mentioned the back and forth on the debate format, i.e. sitting v. standing. Guess the little Bush-weasel doesn't want to have Kerry standing and thus towering over him in every regard.
Senator Kerry.....you are the best of the best....and a real doll too! Love you. Love the hair. Love the pink ties.
Subject: Why hasn't the State Dept ordered all non-military Americans out of Iraq?Of course, we know why the State Dept has not done so, but Americans have been ordered out of countries for less than random kidnappings and beheadings.
How long will this go on before the Bush Administration tells Americans to leave Iraq?Love your site,
Subject: (as sent to various media outlets)jesus christ! i had no idea you tv people were so vicious! throw a little blood in the water and you people circle a bloody dan rather like sharks circling a dead bloody whale! even that cute deborah norville looked ugly tonight. by the way, is anyone demanding someone look into the white house connection to the swift boat ads? didn't bush's lawyer resign over it? fox news tells blatant lies all the time and no one seems to care. msnbc seems to be doing everything they can to bring down cbs. hoping to pick up some veiwers? :):):)
Subject: An encouraging word about TANG storyDear Mr. Rather,
You went where our cowardly press corpse refuses to go. It took guts. The truth will ultimately bear your story out. So hang tough and keep the faith. Don't let the little weasel off the hook!
All the best,Chuck Van Wey
Subject: CBS' Apology
Here's a note I sent this morning to CBS News:
The journalistic principle of publicly apologizing for reporting, as fact, misinformation intentionally fed to CBS News is worthy.
By this same principle, do you now intend to publicly apologize for having reported, as fact, misinformation intentionally fed to you 18 months ago about Iraqi weapons?
Subject: OMG! They're starting to believe their own lies
Rumsfeld mixes up US foes Saddam and Bin Laden (Reuters)
Subject: ? how strangehow very strange. i saw on the news that part of the rules bush or kerry or both insisted on for the debates are no touching and no questions between each other. who insisted on those and why? can't they even shake hands? isn't that kind of silly? and what about the no questions to each other? isn't it called a DEBATE? also why do they get the questions in advance? what is the point of even having them?
shorty in memphis tn
Subject: Tom DeLay
Tom DeLay is currently one of the most unpopular people in Texas (outside his own district). The redistricting travesty has alienated many Republicans from supporting Rick Perry, and DeLay is pretty universally loathed. At recent rallies in his home district, protestors out-numbered attendees two or three to one, and there were hundreds of meals left over.
I do not know why the people in Washington cower before him. When I saw Dick Gephardt at the local union hall, he almost seemed surprised when everyone booed as soon as he mentioned DeLay. My father thinks DeLay suffered brain damage from all the pesticides he used in his former occupation as an exterminator.
Just thought you'd like to know.
Subject: LOL! Bush at the UN ...
I just heard him say that democracy means "good
government" rooted in "transparency" and
I am not amazed. It is just another tragicomic
moment in the history of our nation under the
rule of this
Where are those Cheney energy memos, btw? As BuzzFlash likes to say, just asking.
A BuzzFlash Reader
George Bush just said John Kerry said the world is better off with Saddam in power. When and where did John Kerry say that? How does Bush get away with never having press conferences, and the White House never having daily briefings?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Are we safe yet?
This from Rumsfeld's address at the Natl. Press Club (via recent Newsweek):
"Saddam Hussein, if he's alive, is spending a whale of a lot of time trying to not get caught. And we've not seen him on a video since 2001."
OK. So W cannot tell Abu from Abul and Rummy confuses Saddam with Osama -- and we are told these duds are keeping us safe?! They cannot tell their head from their ass, but we should trust them because they are steady and have resolve...
Yep, they are steady in their arrogance and show resolve in refusing to learn.
Are we feeling safe yet?
Subject: Bush at United Nations
When I watched George Bush speak in front of the United Nations today one thought kept going through my head: "Who the Hell does he think he is?" He was not speaking to school children. He was speaking to world leaders...many of whom have been around a lot longer than he has. How dare he lecture them!
Many great nations have gone down because of this type of arrogance. I hope the United States will not be one of them.
Subject: slogan: IT'S THE DRAFT, STUPID!!!Everyone is searching for the topic that will reach across party lines, to convince the most people that Bush must go. This is the emotional button to push...and a catchy bumper sticker, too!
IT'S THE DRAFT, STUPID!!!!It is an issue that crosses all party lines. ALL MOTHERS will have a gut-wrenching reaction to this threat. It has been mentioned; it should be SHOUTED from the rooftops.
IT'S THE DRAFT, STUPID!!!!(Plus, I think it's a very catchy slogan.)
and......It is TRUE!!!BUSH WILL DRAFT OUR CHILDREN IF HE WINS. We had better believe it. This IS the issue that matters more to EVERYONE than party allegiance, the economy, civil rights, womens' rights, foreign affairs, outsourcing jobs....zzzzzzzzzz....
WAKE 'EM UP! GET THEIR BLOOD PUMPING!IT'S THE DRAFT, STUPID!!!!
Nothing will reach more American families than...THE DRAFT, THE DRAFT, THE DRAFT......
I believe this should be THE ISSUE for the rest of the campaign.Just keep repeating it, over and over and over...to everyone you know. I am going to have bumper stickers made up and give them to my friends. Everyone should.
Thanks for listening,
Subject: November 2: A Vote for Darkness. Or a Vote for Light.
Legendary journalist Helen Thomas has covered the White House since 1960. She declared President Kennedy the best president in US history and George Bush the worst. As an ardent student of history I agree.
From the January morning in 1961 as a little grade school kid listening to JFK's Inaugural speech in a classroom, what he said has been a North Star in my life.
I joined the President's Council for Youth Fitness and began a lifelong habit of rigorous sportif. I followed Jackie's example and learned to speak French, paint watercolors, jump horses, care about individual contribution to history, beauty and art. Following the example of both the Kennedys I relished a thirst for knowledge, civic life, and even wrote an ebook about the 2004 presidential race giving it spiritual and historical context. Billions of people around the globe since the 1960s and far into the future will find their own pole star in the Kennedys.
What I loved most about Jack and Jackie was their inherent humanity and spiritual generosity to which the entire world responded and was drawn.
In Paris two million citizens packed the
streets, waved American flags and screamed "Vive
le President! Vive l'Amerique! Vive Jackie"!
It was so thrilling. Even the sangfroid French
President and press were dazzled. In Berlin
and Frankfurt over a million citizens in
both cities came out and cheered
The Kennedys lit a light of hope at the top of the world. George Bush and his cabal will be judged by history for their essential darkness. Darkness is what they are, and is what they can only bring to the globe in increasing measure.
Abe Lincoln said that we will go meanly down or be lit for centuries by what we do when everything is at stake. On November 2 the choice is a simple one. A vote for darkness. Or a vote for John Kerry, a man of light. America, as every Golden Age, has been great for one essential reason: Light.
Suzanne St. Jeanne
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