October 6, 2004
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: "Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire"
The Media Education Foundation just came out with this documentary in the past couple of weeks. I saw it for the first time last night on DVD. It is by far the most compelling, and comprehensive, film I've ever seen.
I cannot urge you strongly enough to get your hands on a copy and watch it before the election. This film will not receive wide distribution; I do not believe it is available in stores. This is the administration's dirty little secret that the media are reporting only in bits and pieces, and it is critically important that the American public is informed before it is too late. I am counting on you.
Subject: Here Is Why Kerry Forgot Poland!!!!!!!!!!
Subject: all of us at work want to know
Subject: Get Shorty on Tuesday Night
OK, we all know that Kerry won last night.
Here's another take: The thing that scared me the most was that after watching that debacle for Bush I listened to the commentators on CNN say that Bush did what he had to do. There was no criticism of a man who couldn't speak extemporaneously, who did nothing, absolutely nothing, to delineate his position aside from saying that he has never wavered from his position on Iraq.
He said nothing about his policies or the consequences of them for Iraq or for the American people. He said nothing about how he intended to end this war, he didn't do anything other than portray himself as someone who, once he makes up his mind, never changes it as conditions might dictate.In short, the media talking heads were prepared to show Bush as an effective debater while anyone watching this nonsense at home had to know better.
Those who got their info on the debates from Imus or Hannity (who I didn't listen to; I refuse to subject my "beautiful mind" as Barbara Bush would say about American casualties, to that asshole) or who read transcripts in the papers would believe that last night had been a true debate. It wasn't as we all know. But the "liberal media" refuse to tell the American people that the emperor has no clothes. They talk about his ability to stay on message even when that meant parroting old cliches, like listening to Rove's Greatest Hits from the past two years.
In the end it was nothing more than the tried and true Bush Family campaign tactic: attack the other guy personally, never make any promises that you can be tied down to, say you have a plan when none really exists, and make your opponent look like someone who can't make up his mind or who espouses something like, oh, I don't know, something radical like the separation of powers, or the progressive income tax, or a living wage, or universal health care, or increased veteran's benefits, or less children living in poverty in the richest country in the developed world, you know, things you'd want for yourself if you could afford it.
And, thanks to Grandpa Prescott's World War II liaisons, and the money from Reverend Moon and the murderers in Saudi Arabia, the Bushes can afford it.
The conventional wisdom crowd is getting ready to give this guy another play and I don't like it one bit. Although undecideds moved more towards Kerry after last night, Rove and his minions have time to remake Bush's image and the next debate will be markedly more confrontational. If Kerry doesn't adapt and come right for Bush's throat the first time he's attacked, I think last night's victory could be a moot point. Red meat Americans like it when the president appears to be mucho macho; it fits with their images of themselves.
Although I wonder how many of them would accept the fact that George Bush lied his way to the presidency (like his father and Reagan lied their ways there) and has continued to lie day after day after day while forcing these poor schmucks to pay for everything the rich are now reaping.
But, they also like a good crash during the NASCAR events, and maybe seeing Bush get bloodied by Kerry would buy Kerry some cojones credits with the great undecided white male vote.
The debate on Tuesday should prove interesting. If I were John Edwards, I'd break all the fucking rules, start attacking Cheney's ties to Halliburton and the bribery charges against the company in Nigeria which occurred while Cheney was CEO and I wouldn't stop...that's my advice.
Subject: Fox feed coverage of debate
Why has there not been any story or recognition of outrage regarding the way Fox News filmed the debate? At first I thought they had just raised Bush and his podium up in order to make him look equal in height. I figured they could rationalize that by wanting to fill the screen. But on closer look, they actually zoomed in more on Bush than Kerry, making Bush's stature appear larger. Additionally, they adjusted the colors to make Kerry appear grayer and his flesh tones greener, and Bush's flesh tone appeared rosier and his hair less gray. You can tell by the difference in the blue to purplish blue of the background.
This reminded me of the first interview Kerry and Edwards did with Fox after Kerry selected Edwards as his running mate. The lighting they used on the two men could not have been more unflattering. I have never in my life seen such an unflattering light used in any interview on any set at any time! And then they adjusted it to make it worse. It was obviously way beyond what would have been accident bad lighting.
Why are these people allowed to get away with something like that? Why do the rest of the media allow it?
Subject: Bush's Ear piece
I have a suggestion for President Kerry next time he debates Bush (I hope someone from the Kerry administration is reading this!). After the debate is over and Kerry graciously walks over to shake George's hand, President Kerry should oh-so-amicably put his arm around Bush's shoulder and gently pat-pat-pat that little ear-piece receiver Bush will be wearing under his jacket. This will "send a message" to Bush that not only did President Kerry win the debate with his knowledge of the issues, his confident delivery and his very obvious Presidential manner, but he BEAT Bush with the equivalent of one hand tied behind his back! It will also serve to psyche out the little cheater, who MAY, just maybe, lose a little sleep that night (doubtful).
elaine in Petaluma
Subject: Looking Forward to VP Debate
I think the Vice Presidential debate Tuesday evening will be even more of an interesting contest than the Bush - Kerry debate. The incumbent, Vice President Cheney, is a seasoned politician who has had a lifelong career in government and as CEO of Halliburton. In the 2000 VP debate Cheney stomped Senator Joe Lieberman into the ground. His opponent, John Edwards, has less political experience. But he has come from nowhere to national contender in record time. Edwards is considered a legendary trial lawyer. He has won cases for victims where no lawyer has won before. To be a lawyer of that caliber, you have to be very sharp - think fast - and be able to get the jury to vote your way. This is a match up of a reigning champion against a highly talented hotshot newcomer and I think it will be a much more exciting event to watch than the presidential debate was, where one party was clearly smarter than the other. The presidential debate might be more important - but I think the VP debate will be more interesting. I'm looking forward to watching it. I'm Marc Perkel - And I approved this message!
Subject: URGENT! Louisiana overseas voters - required fax form
Please warn overseas voters from Louisiana that if they decide to fax their voted ballot back, the instructions in the Voting Assistance Guide appear to be incorrect, so they may need to check with their election registrar's office first.
I rang my parish voting registrar's office to make sure I had their correct fax number to put on the fax transmittal sheet (from Appendix C of the Voter Assistance Guide, downloaded from www.fvap.gov.). I was told that I must fax a Louisiana form as well as the transmittal sheet from the Voter Assistance Guide. The Louisiana form isn't included in the Guide or mentioned in the instructions. (I was also told to mail the original ballot after faxing it, which isn't clear in the Guide instructions.)
Both forms apparently ask for the same information - mainly that I acknowledge that by faxing my ballot, I am waiving my right to a secret ballot. I explained that the transmittal sheet from the Guide already has that statement, along with a place for a signature and date, but the officer didn't know what would happen if I didn't include the Louisiana form as well.
I asked if a ballot would be counted if a person followed the instructions as given in the voting guide, without phoning first, and therefore not knowing about the Louisiana form. The reply was that it would be up to the board of election supervisors to decide. So better safe than sorry - Louisiana overseas voters should make sure they have all the required forms before faxing their ballot back.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush uses an earpiece
Bush has been caught using an earpiece before, but no one has thought it to be a big deal. It should be during the debates. Do a Google on "Bush earpiece" and take a look at the websites and also the entries in "Groups." I found the following at: http://theleftist.blog-city.com/
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On your 4 million September smash!!! You may have never thought it could happen....but I did!
[BuzzFlash Note: And thanks for your part!]
Subject: That attempted robbery in Ohio HAS been stopped
Just so you know... Blackwell has reluctantly accepted all types of paper now. My registration went through after a fair delay. It should be noted that he tried desperately to get into the Bush administration in 2000 and is apparently doing his best to get in now... but any paper is cool now.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Nader PA petition
I am a volunteer for the Nader petition hearing.
Today, the RNC has sent attorneys to help the Nader folks.
If you would like to see this for yourself, the hearings begin again at 9:30 tomorrow morning [Tuesday] at Columbus Blvd and Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia.
Subject: "The Unauthorized Biography of Dick Cheney"
That's on Canadian Broadcasting Company (public funded).
If you can, catch it on cable in the U.S.
Subject: When is a Bribe Not a Bribe?
For the life of me I had always assumed that if a Congressman was offered a BRIBE to vote for any legislation that this would be considered a criminal offense. Guess this doesn't apply to Republicans when you consider that yesterday on Meet the Press, the right wing loony running for the Oklahoma Senate seat stated very clearly on two occasions that he was offered a BRIBE by a Congressional committee. And now a day later and not one peep from Fox news about a bribe...what gives?
Subject: Condi and her Sunday Lies
As usual, Condisleaza Lies was sent out to do damage control on Sunday. Her boss was a miserable failure against Senator Kerry at the debates, and she was lying through her teeth. For instance, in response to a newspaper article that stated that the Bush administration had known (a year before) that those aluminum tubes were supposed to be for regular artillery weapons and NOT for nuclear weapons, she said that she had been aware that they were being debated. My question is if something so vitally important had to be debated, then you cannot mislead the nation saying that they were meant for nuclear weapons. At least the nation and the world should know that there was some doubt about it.
As for the statement she made that the president had shown the people that he was a strong leader during the debates - what a laugh! All I saw during the first debate was a strong, intelligent, presidential looking leader, JOHN KERRY, and a blathering, irritated moron, who kept whining that being a president was hard work.
We need to send this idiot back to that village in Texas!
When Gallup, which always favors Bush, has the polls at a "tie," you know Kerry is creaming Bush.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Jesus God!
I have never seen anything like it! Dick Cheney and Condi Rice are like the little boy who kicks his puppy right in front of you -- then denies he kicked the puppy right in front of you and continues on to tell you there is no puppy there in the first place and you are the crazy one!
Subject: Bush: "Hard Work"
Dear BuzzFlash readers:
Awwwww....come on already. Don't you know what hard work all those fund-raisers are!!!!!!
Mary in Indiana
Subject: an honest question
I'm not being facetious -- far from it. I have an honest and urgent question that was posed to me by a relative visiting from Europe: Who are the people who still support Bush in those damn polls here? I was not able to come up with any reasonable answer. So I polled around.
After an extended discussion, my immediate and not-so family has agreed that all Bush supporters must be patented morons. While I'm inclined to agree in general, I also doubt that a half or so of the American population is that dumb. In any case, this was not the answer to present to my relative, who, by the way, kept on asking: Is it some sort of a disease? Something in the water? Air? Soil? Your food? (All possible, given Bush's record on the environment.) Because it can't be the oft-repeated, nonsensical mantra on the leader's 'steady resolve' that has mesmerized people into such mindless obedience -- can it?
I don't know what to say. The relative is genuinely perplexed (as am I) and insists that someone like Bush would never have a chance to run for any office, even a municipal dog catcher's (much less dream about being re-'elected'), in his country. While I clearly see his point, I'm out of explanations to offer. Please help.
Your Faithful Buzzer
Subject: 8 nurses want to know
Eight curious nurses want to know.....
We were talking about gore getting a half million more votes than Bush in 2000 and started wondering if there is a list somewhere of all the countries in the world in which the guy with the most votes still may not win?
Shorty in Memphis
ps. :):) Laura Bush is not a medical expert and should not play one on tv. :):):)
1. Matt Drudge is gay, how can he support Bush when even gay Republicans won't endorse him?
2. The first promise the Bush administration made in 2000 was that they would fix the problems with voting machines. Why hasn't anyone called them on their failure?
3. Why don't news shows call the Bush administration on all the economic predictions they forecasted that fell short? There is tons of footage of several Bush administration members on C-SPAN and the news talk shows predicting what would happen and on each prediction they either lied, held back info from the public or were just plain wrong. This is important information that Americans need to review before they vote. Why wont the press do their job?
4. Did everyone forget about Arthur Anderson and Enron? Cheney did an ad for Arthur Anderson about their accounting "techniques" and Enron funded Bush more than anyone else. Americans need to be reminded of all the Bush dealings from 2000 until now.
5. Did everyone forget about the list of strange things said by the Bush administration? Trust me, when you list them all together you get an accurate account of what this administration stands for. For instance, their sec. of education called the teachers union "terrorists." ...I wonder if any teachers died on 9/11? How can they get away with that? And that's only one quote from one administration official. There are 4 years of headlines to be uncovered that need to be shown to the American public to remind them what they are voting on.
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Subject: Deserving of a Pat on the Back . . .
Bush, going from "being wired to being wired." After taking a look at the picture of Bush's back submitted by one of your readers . . . unless Bush is suffering from a large growth on his spine . . . it does appear that he was wearing something under his suit coat.
If it wasn't a water pack (snicker) on Bush's back . . . well, geez, I thought we had better equipment than that for wiring people today. Haven't the Republicans learned anything since the ole Nixon days of wiretapping . . .
If that big bulge on Bush's back is a wire-pack, what do we have to do to have a square-shooting, uninhibited, up front debate with Republican candidates . . . pat everyone down before the debates or just go for the "naked truth"?
Just askin . . . :)
Subject: NY Times Article
Hey -- In an editorial on the Court being back in sessions, the Times offers these two concluding paragraphs:
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