October 20, 2004
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
The opinions expressed in the Mailbag are not necessarily those of BuzzFlash. Read the BuzzFlash FAQ for info on submitting to the Mailbag.
THIS IS PART 2 OF THE OCTOBER 20, 2004 BUZZFLASH MAILBAG. CLICK HERE FOR PART 1.
Subject: The Big Gun
When oh when are we going to fire the August 6 PDB bullet? How could any American believe Bush made us safer from terrorists if they knew the Prez's reaction to this memo? Nothing and 3 more weeks of vacation. But...
On September TENTH, his administration asked the OMB to slash counter-terrorism funds highlighting Bush's priority and attention to the August 6 memorandum. This is a big deal and almost everyone I know is totally unaware of it.
The August 6 PDB was a mere blip on the regular non-cable nightly news and people need to know. Get the word out.
Subject: Why I won't drink the Kool-Aid for GW Bush on November 2nd
While reading Ron Suskind's article in the NY Times Sunday, I could not help but think that I have seen George W. Bush before, or at least his faith-based leadership style...at the Branch Davidian complex outside Waco and at the People's Temple in Guyana.
David Koresh. Jim Jones. George W. Bush. Faith-based, apocalyptic visionaries. Secretive cult leaders. Infallible to a fault where they deny they've ever made any mistakes. God and self-proclaimed messengers for God don't make mistakes, I've heard. Stubborn. Willful. Incapable of handling anyone daring to disagree with them, to question them, and their apocalyptic vision for the world.
The only difference between the three of them that I can see is that Koresh and Jones only had several hundred to several thousand followers while George W. Bush, the self-anointed one, has millions of followers willing to fall on their sword for him...or drink some spiked Kool-Aid for him.
So, on November 2nd, drink the Kool-Aid for George W. Bush. Drink it. Get your children to drink the poisoned Kool-Aid with you. The religious insanity that led to the horror in Waco and in Guyana is what George W. Bush is advocating for America and the world. Armageddon. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Drink the Kool-Aid. Drink it. The Bush administration demands that you drink it. God demands that you drink it.
But don't ask me to drink the Kool-Aid with you on November 2nd. I have my faith, but I belong to the "reality-based community." I will not drink the Kool-Aid for any religious kook like George W. Bush and his cult following. I have faith in reality, not in the religious "instincts" of George W. Bush. From what I have observed in Bush's over 3 1/2 years of rule is...his religious "instincts" stink, like rotting, bloated flesh under a hot Guyana sun...or a hot Iraqi sun.
This is the real choice on November 2nd. Between reality and deranged religious fantasy. And it's your choice. Drink the Kool-Aid offered by George W. Bush and his religious minions or fling the Kool-Aid back into their smirking, self-righteous faces. Vote to retain the Kool-Aid in the White House for four more years or vote to remove the deadly Kool-Aid from our government and flush out the befouled White House with the sweet, crystal-clear waters of reality...and religion-free democratic governance. It's your choice.
I've already decided that I can't, I won't, drink the Kool-Aid for George W. Bush on November 2nd.
Subject: request for answers to the "Bush wired" issue
I am very concerned that a very important issue is disappearing from the media's attention before a plausible answer has been supplied.
I find it very believable that President Bush was wearing a communication device during the first Presidential Debate and during his sole press conference months ago, as has been raised in the media over the last week. If this is true, this is one of the most blatant abuses of the public trust and indicative of the tendency of the the current administration to engage in very deceptive practices (certainly consistent with the underhanded way they took our country to war). It also puts a glaring spotlight on President Bush's lack of command of the issues.
The reports by the end of this past weekend presented no satisfactory answer. The administration's attempt to laugh it off (as occurred during "Meet the Press" with Tim Russert) only make me believe it's more likely to be true.
Please continue to aggressively pursue the truth - this matter has profound implications for helping us decide who is the better candidate to lead our country.
Subject: Oh, the repugnant republican values...
... or the transparency of Bill O'Reilly. The pathetic sex conversations revealed by his former colleague present him as a primitive, sex-obsessed and sexually immature, creepy, narcissistic maniac. Which is not a stretch, is it, since on TV he is a primitive, thick-skulled, creepy, narcissistic jerk. I wonder how many people have already bought his "O'Reilly Factor for Kids," subtitled (the supreme irony!) as "A Survival Guide for America's Families." Hope it comes with a money back guarantee. It never fails to amaze me: Scratch any rabid republican and you find an immature pervert. Someone should do a study of republican sex behaviors. (I suspect it would read like a textbook in sexual pathology.)
Subject: Regarding the headline:The Krugman, Of Course, Bush Will Bring Back the Draft. Who's He Kidding? As BuzzFlash Has Said, It Will be Really Something to See The Pink Butted College Republican, Beer Swilling Brownshirts Having Their Yellow Behinds Hauled Off to the Front Lines.
Unfortunately, I believe if Bush wins, the deferment rules for any draft will be severely tilted in favor of just those same college republicans, and the vast majority of those drafted will be poor men of color.
Do you really think a re-energized, "mandate"-powered Bush Reich would draft their own?
Subject: Hitting Sinclair Where it Really Counts
We all know the story: Sinclair Broadcasting wants to air an anti-Kerry documentary, "Stolen Honor."
What Sinclair Broadcasting seems to have overlooked is that folks who don't tolerate this sort of crappage are hitting them right where it hurts the most: Sinclair's pocketbook.
Already, Sinclair's stock fell 53 percent and now a growing number of advertisers are yanking their advertisements off the network.
Subject: Bush and the Shortage of Flu Vaccine
President Bush told us that the fault for the potentially catastrophic lack of 48 million shots of this year's flu vaccine lies with a manufacturer in England. (As in "England," a "foreign" country.) What Bush failed to say was that the Liverpool maker of the contaminated supplies is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chiron, an American corporation based in California. And that Chiron is currently being investigated by the SEC for fraudulent misrepresentations and violations of securities laws.
However, Bush said that his administration is "working" with Canada about sending some of its own flu vaccine down over the border to help us out. Ironic, isn't it? This is the same president who has been telling us that it's not "safe" to import prescription drugs from Canada. But now, their "flu vaccine" seems to be just fine. Wait until he finds out that some of Canada's flu vaccine comes from France.
Subject: Break-in at Democratic Headquarters in *OHIO*
A recent posting cited the Toledo Blade article ("Thieves hit Democratic Party offices; computers containing sensitive data removed") about a burglary at the Democratic Headquarters in Toledo. It's important to note that those headquarters (and the Toledo Blade) are in Toledo, Ohio, an incredibly important region in this election. The outcry *should* have been heard across the country!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Reader Comments
Yahoo News is running a story, "Poll: Bush Doubles Support Among Blacks," on the same page where Scary Cheney is trying to again scare Americans about U.S. cities being bombed (only if they bomb U.S. cities themselves): Cheney: Terrorists May Bomb U.S. Cities (AP/Yahoo).
Okay, as a Black Woman in this country, I cannot name five (5) people of color who support this ego-maniac. I know hundreds of blacks, African-Americans (since I am related to them). He has disenfranchised us, dismissed us, disrespected us, disengaged us, dissed us period.
I only know 3 who do support him. That would be Condi, Colin, and Alan Keyes.
What has he done in our Black communities to help us? Not a damn thing.
No child left behind? He left all of them behind.
What a crock. People wake up!!! Stop watching the crooked news. They are only trying to keep you watching, and they lie, lie, lie.
Hold them accountable for their lies.
Get out and vote... Get out and vote.... GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anita in St. Louis
Subject: Florida Senate Race Debate: Castor vs. Martinez
Democrat Betty Castor and Republican Mel Martinez faced off in debate Monday night...
Fresh off a campaign so defamatory of his opponent Bill McCollum during the Republican primaries that the St. Petersburg Times took back his endorsement there, Martinez continued these Rovian tactics against Betty Castor... So Castor shot back forcefully... The debate moderator asked both candidates if they would stop running ads on the Sami Al Arian issue if the other agreed to do the same. Castor agreed; Martinez balked.
When asked if they would have voted for the war in Iraq knowing what they know now--that there were no weapons of mass destruction there--Castor said "no"; Martinez said "yes."
Asked about Florida Amendment 3 capping lawyer fees in malpractice suits, Castor replied:
While Martinez said he agreed with the sentiment of the Bush statement:
This despite the fact that Martinez is a former president of the Florida trial lawyer association.
Asked about Amendment 5 raising the minimum wage in Florida from $5.15 to $6.15 an hour, Castor favored it; Martinez opposed it. However, Martinez does continue to advocate tax breaks for those earning over 200K per year.
Concerning abortion, Castor said she wanted it to be safe, legal, and rare. Martinez was ridiculous on the abortion issue. He wants it made illegal in all cases, including rape and incest, but doesn't want to prosecute either the doctor or woman involved. He then went on to make it clear that he supports in vitro fertilization, but opposes using the extra embryonic stem cells created (that would be discarded anyway) to attempt to cure diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's.
Castor said she endorses dilation and extraction procedures in order to save the life of the mother. Martinez opposes this. Martinez said he favors parental notification of their child's intent to have an abortion. Castor did too, with the provision that courts can intervene when the parents are abusive.
Based on her life experience, Castor laid out this vision for America:
Martinez supports his version of the American dream where wages are low, corporations can destroy people's lives with limited impunity, and the rich pay low taxes.
Which one should you vote for?
I get pissed off, you decide.
Four years ago, George W. Bush campaigned as being "a Uniter, not a Divider." However, he's seen to driving a wedge into the heart of our nation. The hostility between our elected leaders; with our one-time international allies; and between neighbors and family members of opposing political parties is ridiculous.
Four years ago the President told us he was a "Compassionate Conservative."
But he's sent over 1,000 of our troops to early graves and not one funeral has the President attended. And while the Pentagon lists casualty reports at 7,000, those are combat casualties. Add another 17,000 soldiers injured and maimed during routine activities. As for the Iraqi innocents, it's hard to calculate their dead. The BBC reports between 10,000 and 37,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed, many of those are children.
A vote for George W. Bush is a vote for four more years of division, death and destruction. And choosing not to vote is also a vote for more of the same.
Facts may be checked at these sites:
Jennifer Lee Gross
Subject: Florida Elections Already in Shambles (Sun-Sentinel)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush would accept an Iranian style Islamic Fundamentalist State in Iraq
If Kerry doesn't jump all over Bush on this remark, then I will once again sigh in exasperation.
re: Bush: I would accept Islamic Iraq (BBC)
Wasn't the possibility of a democratically elected Islamic Fundamentalist government in Iraq considered to be the worst-case outcome to the war? Bush's minions assured us that would never happen. Now Bush says, "If that is what the people choose, that is what they choose. ...I would be disappointed, but democracy is democracy..." Hello!! "DISAPPOINTED"?!!! Our soldiers are dying so we can create another Iran, and Bush says it would merely be Disappointing!!
Please write a letter to your local newspapers and tell them what you think of this.
FYI: This was on NPR and the BBC this morning [10/19]. As of 9 AM EST, there was nothing about it on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, or Fox. Talk about wimps in the media...
Subject: Election Protection 2004 -- Important Contacts
I sent the following letter to the editor of my local paper, The Bellingham Herald, and it was published on October 14, 2004. I think this subject is of such great importance, that perhaps you could remind your readers about 866-OUR VOTE and www.lawyerscommittee.org mentioned in my letter. Thanks.
Subject: From today's LA Times (10/19)
I have just read on the internet about all of the trashing of democrat voter registrations and of all of the other rotten things going on (Kerry/ Edwards name left off of the ballot somewhere in Ohio) and of the no paper trail with the voting machines, and of how they can be fixed......and I found myself having startling thoughts.........You know.....If this election is stolen like the one in 2000.....could this possibly start our own war, here in America.......A revolution!!!!!....I can't perceive Americans standing for a another debacle like the one in 2000........You know ....."fool me once"..........?????
Very startling thoughts ....believe me...........
Subject: Sinclair pulling Stolen Honor and airing some other partisan slop?
I just contacted WLFL and WRDC in Raleigh-Durham, NC -- two of Sinclair's channels here, and the representative told me that the public has been "misinformed" and that plans had never solidified to actually air 'Stolen Honor.' That instead they are airing a "news story" called "A POW's story" about "politics, pressure and the media," which is being "put together" by "NewsCentral" in Baltimore. It is supposed to air here on Friday, Oct 22nd at 8-9pm EST. They said that this is true of all of Sinclair's channels.
Do you know anything about this?
[BuzzFlash Note: Here's one interpretation...Sinclair NOT Backing Down! (Daily Kos).]
Subject: Bush's reality (sent to mass media outlets)
Ron Suskind's article in the New York Times magazine, mentions a White House "insider" who remarks about their "reality" versus the "reality" of Bush's opponents and others who are not insiders.
Paul Krugman mentions in his opinion today that Bush's anti Draft position is based on denial of reality.
As many of us "Bush watchers" have observed, the president seems to purposefully insulate himself from any direct criticism. I offer the fact of his infrequent "news conferences," that when held requires reporters to submit questions in advance, so he and his staff can prepare his answers. Further, the president now speaks only to groups who have purchased a ticket, or been provided one from supporters. The "news" covers these events, distributing TV pictures of the president in front of only supporters which gives the viewer and the president [the impression] that most of us support him. Not only is this inaccurate and a distortion of news events, it has the effect of misleading the president, of giving him an inaccurate picture of reality.
During my career as a Rehabilitation Counselor, I learned that one definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result." For the media and others in this country to support the continued war in Iraq, while expecting a different result than what we're now getting, is insanity. Surely everyone in a position of responsibility has not gone insane.
We need those people to come forward, like Mr.[Jon] Lieberman, who spoke out against Sinclair Broadcast Group this week and got fired for his trouble. But as he said, he can sleep at night now.
If reporters and journalists start doing their jobs with honesty, integrity and political objectivity, and their employers fire them, I will lead the effort to establish an organization to support them until they get another job.
However, if enough of them do this, the strength in their numbers should prevent their bosses from firing them.
Thank you for considering my comments.
Subject: It worked once.... let's do it again!
Dear Fellow Buzzers:
It is really encouraging to see how effective calls to activism from readers actually result in action being taken (case in point: letters to advertisers on Sinclair stations). Here's a bigger issue: Bush's mental incapacity and possible neurological disability to govern.
What if each of BuzzFlash's millions of readers began bombarding local and national newspapers and TV news stations with the demand to investigate why Bush hasn't taken his annual physical and to address the suspicions that his health may be a problem?
If it worked for the Sinclair issue---it just might turn around this election. People need to know: has he had a stroke? And what accounts for the physical anomalies noted during the third debate (drool on his chin, lopsided facial features, incoherence...).
How nice of BuzzFlash to provide a ready list of newspapers and columnists links at the bottom of its web site!!! Let's get writing, people!!!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Wolf Blitzer makes me nauseous
I turned on CNN just in time to see a segment of Wolf Blitzer called "Campaign Projections." Before commercial, Blitzer promo'd the segment saying when they come back the guests will be Joe Lockhart, Kerry's campaign senior advisor, and Bush campaign manager, Ken Mehlman. When they came back, Ken Mehlman was on alone, as Blitzer threw him softball questions about the flu vaccine shortage which Mehlman answered with all the republican talking points without any serious questioning by Blitzer. The main point of Mehlman's answers was the blame rests firmly on Kerry, Edwards and the wealthy trial lawyers.
After about 5 minutes of Mehlman getting to spew all his Kerry bashing and GOP talking points without opposition, Blitzer says, let's bring in Joe Lockhart to this conversation. Of course Lockhart spent his short amount of time with both Blitzer and Mehlman to defend against.
Wolf Blitzer gets worse everyday.
CNN...the most trusted name in news? Give me a break.
Subject: Bush doubles support among blacks (AP/MSNBC)
Wow! We knew he had Clarence Thomas already.... so that must make....
Who's the other one? Condi maybe. Powell?
John L. Johnson
Subject: Fake Polls
I agree with Zogby who has posted on his website: The various right-wing polls, i.e. Harris, Gallup, are giving an unrealistic advantage to Bush so as to cover up the theft of the impending Presidential election. With that in mind, perhaps these right-wing polls ARE accurate, because they do factor in the following suppression strategies:
-30% electronic voting, no paper trails
-10% destruction of voter registrations
-05% on-site intimidation
-03% moving polls to inconvenient locations
-07% psyching-out voters with fake Bush-ahead polls
Thanks for listening to my rant. . .
My patriotic credo for this year: Separation of Church and State AND Corporation
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Another Cover Up!!
The local NBC TV station had a tease about the local news tonight concerning one individual outside Minute Maid park last night for the Astros vs Cardinals game. As to be expected, of the 50,000 plus fans attending the game, many of them came with signs and posters to hold up, but of all these people in the vicinity of the stadium guess why only ONE of the 50,000 was arrested and ticketed by the police?
If you guessed that his sign had President Bush's name on it you would be correct!! But now the mystery...Channel 2 kept using this story as their promotional tease touting the exclusive video they had of the police arresting this individual. Finally, 5:30 arrived and they featured the story and the following interview with a police official admitting it had been a mistake for the police to arrest and ticket the man with the notation on the ticket that he had used Bush's name as the reason they had arrested him. But now the mystery...go to the link listed below for Channel 2 (Houston, Texas) and see if you can find any link to this story that was so important to use it as a tease...but not have it linked to their website along with the news that Bush is ahead in TEXAS by 23 points.
Subject: Sinclair Exec needs Job
I'd like to see you guys lobby the major networks to immediately hire the courageous guy that Sinclair just fired for speaking up against their Nazi propaganda agenda.
How about it?
Subject: Feeling the Draft
I couldn't agree more with Mr. Krugman's analysis. The recent votes by congress to shoot down draft related bills was an obvious smoke screen to protect George W. Bush. The reality is that a new conscription bill could be passed and on the president's desk for signature, in as little as 2 days. After Bush's signature, Selective Service regulations require them to deliver the first drafted kids in less than 193 days. With all the bogus rationales for war in Iraq and all the deceit on the domestic front, Bush's rejections of reality no longer passes the sniff test. No, what Bush says on this subject is akin to what comes from the back end of male cattle.
Subject: Masters of Spin
The Republicans have to be congratulated on their ability to spin. While Kerry clearly won at least two of the three debates, and quite possibly won all three, the media has been able to reduce all three debates to a comment on whether being gay is a choice or if you are just born that way. John Kerry responded by using Dick Cheney's daughter as an example and he used it in a very positive manner. Now this is all that the cable networks have to talk about. On Fox they talk as if Kerry outed some teenage kid. Mary Cheney is openly gay and her Dad, Dick Cheney, has talked about this while on the campaign trail. What really bothers me about the whole thing is, when Alan Keyes, a Republican running for Senate in Illinois, said Cheney's daughter was a "selfish hedonist" and living in sin, you did not hear a peep out of the Cheneys. The Cheneys are playing politics with their grown daughter.
Just think, in the last debate President Bush lied about saying he never said that he just wasn't that worried about Bin Laden. The talking heads of the media only talk about John Kerry using Dick Cheney's daughter as an example of 'bad taste,' when, in fact it represented love and respect for the Cheney family.
When President Bush was asked about the shortage of flu vaccine, he said it was due to the makers being afraid they would be sued -- wrong again. The flu vaccine only has a shelf life of one year -- last year they had to throw out over a million doses. Then Bush said he was going to try and get the flu vaccine from Canada, but in the last debate he more or less said the drugs from Canada could kill you.
I have not heard any coverage of this, only the coverage of John Kerry's positive comment about Cheney's daughter.
Who says that we have a liberal media?
First thing in the morning I go to your site and get the real news. Every news channel on tv is so full of it that I decided to be very selective what I watch. I am not an American citizen so my English isn't all that good. I feel so sad that so many people not well informed and want to vote for bush. Are they so blind and ignorant not to see what happen to this country if he gets reselected? I urge everybody, please, don't make this mistake again and have bush our so called leader. His administration is the perfect propaganda machine and people do not read between the lines. If anybody has Dishnet or Direct tv satellite then go to Link TV, they have excellent coverage which cable channels won't show.
Dishnet: channel 9410
Direct TV: 365 but I'm not sure. They also have a website: linktv.com
Thank you for your website and I am so glad that I can log on every day.
|BACK TO TOP|