October 25, 2004
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Fw: General Mills' Position Regarding Sinclair Broadcast Group
Check out this smarmy and condescending missive from General Mills. They are equating Sinclair's use of public airwaves to launch smears against John Kerry as "free speech." What about my free speech? Since I don't own TV stations that reach 24% of the U.S., General Mills seems to be telling me to "F*** off!" I don't know about anyone else, but I'm exercising my "free speech" by boycotting General Mills.
Subject: Bush's ad using the wolves
Women know better than to fall for a sheep in wolf's clothing. And they don't fall for stalkers either. Bush and Cheney can leave their wolf costumes at home this Halloween.
A BuzzFlash Woman
Subject: 911 cia reports being DeLayed
Links are below. We started this petition to ask media to get more coverage on the stalled CIA reports on 911. We hope to get mainstream coverage by emailing them en mass. We have sent a bunch of emails and continue to do so. We would like any help you can give. It's an important issue. Here are our reasons for the effort.
1. We have a right to know the truth about the 911 tragedy and who is to blame for the intelligence failures, especially since the Bush administration is campaigning on "stronger on terror."
2. The lack of openness by Bush administration about this issue shows a lack of leadership and failure to take responsibility, much like his answer to the 3 mistakes you've made question in the presidential debates.
3. Bush administration is proposing intelligence reforms before the report is released. Why not get answers before you change things?
4. We have a right to full disclosure before elections, so people can make truly informed decisions at the voting booths.
LA Times article: http://forum.johnkerry.com...
P.S. This petition is yours to use. It's not about who started it, it's about helping to finish Bush.
Subject: Improvised Explosive Realities - behind Bush campaign lines
1. Pat Robertson . . . who knows why he says anything he says? In this case, though, maybe he's tired of some of his own flock thinking of Bush as being the American with the closest walk with God, so he shows Bush as being more delusional than spiritually connected - a case of Elmer Gantry Envy, I'd call it. Also, Robertson is a former Marine. Yes, I know he's Semper Nuts, but maybe Semper Fi loyalty to at-risk jarheads in Iraq is trying to assert itself.
2. With Pat Robertson's miraculous end-time campaign revelation, the Republicans' Mary Cheney-related flopflip on the incredible okayness of gayness, and George Tenet's Iraq-war-is-wrong comment, it seems like someone's strategically lobbing Improvised Explosive Realities behind Republican campaign lines, hitting their supply lines and logistics bases where it hurts most.
It's really hilarious to see so many Executive Branch bigwigs popping up like Whack-A-Moles to try to put out the fires, and then to see the flames only rage higher and hotter with every contradiction of Reverend Hurricane himself and of a still-respected George Tenet. And watching these same grande appointees twist themselves inside out to try to defend the gay sin but not the gay sinner - with all the monumental hypocrisy that attends - well it's almost too side-splitting to muse over for very long.
Add the undeniable fact of most Americans' revulsion toward the Iraqi disaster (Rove expected Iraq to be a huge plus for Bush), and you have a Bush campaign being overwhelmed from behind, while its major front also loses ground. Maybe Gore Vidal's 2002 prediction will come true after all, that George Bush will prove to be the most unpopular president in the history of the United States.
Subject: ABC News
What is up with ABC? I just watched their Friday evening coverage of the campaign and I could not believe the pro Bush coverage. They even promoted Bush and his interview with Charles Gibson on Good Morning America that will be aired Monday morning. I have heard Karl Rove speak of October surprises for John Kerry but I did not expect it to be ABC news. I have contacted the network and my local affiliate and expressed my concerns but I am sure my views will not be taken seriously. Please look into this matter. I believe their broadcast tonight was more pro Bush than even the republican propaganda network also know as Fox News. Is there a Karl Rove connection with ABC?
Subject: Sinclair Broadcasting
Sinclair Broadcasting aired its program here in St. Louis. I must admit, I wanted to see what they were going to show.
They backed off their original story. I along with millions of others, who saw the story from the L.A. Times the weekend of the 11th saw the same article that Sinclair was going to force their stations to air the "complete" story of Stolen Honor. We are not that Stupid. That many pairs of eye did not see the same thing.
We all know that the heat was on, and they backed off the story because of the revenue they were losing, the advertisers, and the heat was just too much. In their haste, they put together some lame story that amounted to much of nothing.
I will say there were two men who were Vietnam Vets who served with John Kerry who spoke up for the Senator. There were others who said what happened 30 years ago needed to be let go and it was in the past.
The narrator kept saying they asked Sen. Kerry to come on the program to respond to the charges. Would you? No one wants to rehash old wounds. Not only that, the parts that were shown were taken out of context. Furthermore, The DNC did send them a letter (from democrats.org during the week after it was announced they were going to air this) requesting equal time of their choosing the content. To my knowledge and from their website, it does not seem to be any response.
Sinclair did show positive things about Sen. Kerry from the gentleman who made Going Upriver. However, Mr. Sherwood, who produced Stolen Honor, was completely negative.
When any mention of President Bush was made in this film, documentary or whatever it was supposed to be, the only mention was that he fulfilled his duty in the Texas Air National Guard. Not one negative word. They probably spent a total of about 5-7 minutes on him.
I am not sure what the purpose was of showing this. It may have been just to show that they wouldn't bow down to the pressures of the people. I don't know. It wasn't worth the air time.
I do know that I have read on other websites that employees of Sinclair state that they plan to continue to show this over and over. Who knows?
Senator Kerry served this country honorably. He did what he thought was right at the time. His actions did not cause the war to go on longer. They did not cause the POW's to be kept longer. Our gov't caused that. Lay the blame where it needs to be. Just like today. The culpability lies at the top.
Sinclair has chosen to abuse the power of the airwaves if for nothing else than to garner ratings and publicity, and to be a mouthpiece for the Bush Administration. In that, they probably succeeded. But at what cost? This country is more divided than ever. Can we ever heal the rift? We have allowed corporate America to rule how we think and feel, instead of thinking for ourselves.
It's time we think for ourselves. We don't need to live in fear. We don't need to live in the past. We need hope for the future. We need a stronger America. Help is on the way. That hope is in John Kerry
Anita in St. Louis
Subject: QUOTE...OF THE LAST 4 YRS...
Subject: I don't think he is sick or has had a stroke
I think he was given progressively larger doses of some sort of tranquilizer. After what happened in Oregon and places where protesters have managed to get on motorcade routes.
Bush cannot tolerate opposition on anything and they know it. He seems to be getting more addled all the time, but it is because the opposition is getting stronger.
Subject: Comparing records
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: fair elections
I don't believe that the republicans really want a democratic country. They have been saying for years that they want to control all three branches of government, Rush Limbaugh has been saying for years that a democrat should not be elected to anything not even dogcatcher. Now they are destroying voter registrations and slanting the polls, knowing full well that some people will vote for the likely winner. This is the version of democracy that republicans want and we have to fight it every step of the way.
A Faithful BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Encourage Everyone, Republicans and Democrats, to just not vote for Bush
If Bush and Kerry both have 10 votes and someone switches from Bush to Kerry then the vote becomes 11 to 9 (Kerry v Bush). Which is great, but if that person only chooses only to not vote for Bush then the result is a 10 to 9 vote. This is also good.
This is a very important point. Because I believe there are a lot of people who are Republican leaning and yet unhappy with Bush. And I also think we sometimes forget we can skip the Presidential part of the ballot, but complete the rest of the ballot.
I think we should all go out and encourage all of our Republican friends to just not vote for Bush.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Right-Wing Hoax Debunked - Vaccine Manufacturers ALREADY Protected by Tort Reform
Right-wingers are all a-twitter about a new claim that John Edwards is personally responsible for the flu vaccine shortage. The claim is that Edwards represented a client in the late 80's who sued a vaccine manufacturer for millions, causing U.S. manufacturers to stop producing vaccine. The problem is, since 1988, vaccine manufacturers have been protected under the Federal guvmint's "Vaccine Injury Compensation Program."
This is a no-fault protection program that places restrictions on lawsuits and is funded by a surcharge on all vaccines. Snopes, the famous internet urban legend debunkers, provides further details about the "Edwards caused the vaccine shortage" nonsense. You can get the whole story at www.snopes.com....
Whether you hear the right-wing claim that Edwards is personally responsible for the flu vaccine shortage, or, more simply, their false claim that tort liability has caused the shortage, neither is true.
Subject: Bush in OregonNews you won't get from CNN: Oregon newscasts (I heard it on KVAL-TV, Eugene) are reporting today that the Bush campaign has all but pulled out of Oregon and have cut TV ad funds in half after a poll shows Kerry leading by 5% and pulling away. In Multnomah County, Oregon's most populous (Portland), the Kerry lead is 44%. The reason for the Kerry surge is unemployment. Oregon has almost (since Bush took office) been near the top nationally in people out of work, and getting re-trained, as Bush suggests, is just not the answer.
Subject: "swing" states
Great site! Keep up the great work!
I just wanted to write to get everyone thinking about the latest manipulation the Republicans are doing in the press. They are trying to label states like New Jersey and Hawaii as swing states, even though we all know Kerry will carry them by 15 or so points. They do this in order to give an impression that Bush is doing better than he actually is. Notice that states like Virginia, where Kerry has been within 3% points in recent polls, are considered "safe" states for Bush, but states like Hawaii (story on AP today), where Kerry's smallest lead in polls has been 8% points, are considered 'swing' states.
In fact, the same thing goes for states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington, which are reasonably safe states for Kerry, but the media talks as if Bush can win any of them.
Subject: 4-Alarm Alert!! Hart Inter-Civic's eSlate voting machines malfunctioning in favour of Bush/Cheney!
Dear BuzzFlash and everybody else I can find to CC this message to,
This comes from an Austin, Texas former City Council member. If this is true, then every precinct using a Hart Inter-Civic's eSlate voting machine should be immediately put out of service.
a faithful BuzzFlash reader who fears for the future of our country
[BuzzFlash Note: Information about election problems can be reported on and researched at: http://www.dkosopedia.com/index.php/Voter_Registration_Fraud_Clearinghouse. A link there to http://www.votersunite.org/electionproblems.asp shows the same problem you have alerted us to. The Austin Chronicle has a news report on it, too.]
Subject: The New International Thought Police
In George W. Bush's speech in Pennsylvania yesterday, he rolled out his old "Saddam had the desire to reconstruct a WMD program" saw. He also said that knowing what he knows today, he would still have attacked Iraq. And the attendees at the speech gave him a standing ovation. So now we know what the title of the Bush Administration really is. It is: "The New International Thought Police." And their motto? "If we determine that you desire WMD, we'll invade you!" I have a proposal: Mr. Bush and company should be required to send their own kids to Iraq, and to the next set of wars, first.
Donald L. Feinberg
Subject: Please investigate this example of voter intimidation in Florida
FLA asks voters to bring ID & old voter's registration to poll
FDLE Commissioner Guy Tunnell is now investigating alleged registration fraud by ACORN, an organization that mobilizes poor voters. Of course, he is not the least bit specific as to who or where these violations occurred. This is a pure intimidation tactic.
In some cases, persons who believed they were signing petitions later found out that their signatures or possible forged signatures were used to complete a fraudulent voter registration. In other instances, it appears that workers hired to obtain legitimate voter registrations filled in the information on the registration forms that should have been completed by the registrants. On several occasions, workers appear to have signed multiple voter registrations themselves using information obtained during the registration drive. In many of the situations complained about, the workers were being paid on the basis of each registration form submitted.
And he is now suggesting voters bring an OLD REGISTRATION CARD and VALID PICTURE ID to the polling place! How many poor people actually could produce both documents? How many with outstanding warrants would stay away from the poll in fear of being arrested?
This guy is KNOWN for his intimidation of African-Americans when he was a sheriff:
This is the outcome of our failed attempt to get justice for the same tactics in the 2000 election in Florida. We never got enough of the public at large to care.
Subject: Countering the Bush-Shirts
The only response to "Big G.O.P. Bid to Challenge Voters at Polls in Key State" is to have our own people there to 1) challenge the credentials of the Bush-Shirts each time they approach voters, making sure that they are in full compliance with whatever laws might apply (and in the process minimizing the time they have for contact they have with voters), 2) telling voters what their rights are, and providing them with any legal forms they'll require the Bush Shirts to fill out and sign.
I don't know law, but I'd think there must be some provision somewhere protecting voters from intimidation, and in that case, injunctions should be sought.
P.S. That idea someone posted of charging the Republican Party with RICO Civil Rights Violations sounds like a good idea.
Subject: SANTORUM'S SNAKE OIL (Med-mal)
SANTORUM'S SNAKE OIL: In 1999, Rick Santorum testified in his wife's $500,000 medical malpractice case against a chiropractor. Mrs. Santorum claimed she suffered back injuries caused by her chiropractor and said her injuries hurt her husband's re-election campaign. Although her medical costs totaled $18,800, she also sought "pain and suffering" and anticipated future medical costs. When all was said and done, she got $350,000, although a judge eventually reduced the award to $175,000. Just a few years prior, Santorum said: "While we may have people, individuals, who hit the jackpot and win the lottery in some cases, that is not exactly what our legal system should be designed to do."
Subject: Bush's physical
Bush's avoidance of his august physical is a fascinating article. Why is no one else covering this? Aren't there some basic requirements for a president -- and for a commander in chief -- and isn't a physical one of them? It would seem that such a requirement would be built into the system as a weak and ill leader would put the country at risk. Does anyone know what the laws are? And how do we get more attention on this issue?
You guys do a great job. Keep up the good work!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush's Presenile Dementia
Several medical experts have noted that during his Presidency George W. Bush has displayed several of the classic symptoms of presenile dementia including a decline in speaking skills and a confused memory. The most recent manifestation of this occurred at Wednesday's debate.
John Kerry pointed out that when President Bush was asked "Where's Osama bin Laden?" he said, "I don't know. I don't really think about him very much. I'm not that concerned." Mr. Bush responded, "Gosh, I don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. That's kind of one of those e-x-a-g-g-e-r-a-t-i-o-n-s." In fact the President said almost exactly that.
At a March 13, 2002 press conference, Bush said, "So I don't know where he [Osama Bin Laden] is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him...I truly am not that concerned about him."
The most promising hope for limiting the progress of this condition is through embryonic stem cell research; the very research Bush himself has spoken against and imposed restrictions upon. Unless Kerry is elected and the research restrictions lifted, Bush might be condemned by his own actions. Sophocles and O. Henry would have appreciated the exquisite irony.
Robert R. Regl
Subject: Liz Cheney, out of turn again
I didn't need to watch much of the Today Show again because Lester Holt and Campbell Brown let Liz talk over the top Kerry supporter again. It isn't enough that if you are a US citizen you can't even go to a presidential campaign speech unless you are willing to have your children die for Liz, she gets to yap on endlessly. The segment ended with Liz talking over the other woman because her opinion is the only one that matters.
Mary isn't allowed to speak at all for fear of enraging the Christian right so they let Liz, the lip, prevent anyone from voicing an opinion she doesn't care for.
The Cheney and Bush girls are going to inherit a fortune from their parents sending other people's daughters to fight for them. You could at least tell Liz to give someone else a turn.
I believe in equal rights for males and females so if the draft comes the girls can't expect not to be drafted because the sweet comes with the bitter, but they will not get mine. My child will not fight to preserve the Cheney girls' and Bush girls' right to party. I will go to jail to prevent mine from fighting another war for Bush profit.
Children were shot with pepper spray in Oregon because their parents were yelling "3 more weeks" across the street from people who were yelling "4 more years" at the presidential motorcade. Mothers of dead US service men have been arrested. Three school teachers were tossed out of a Bush rally for shirts that said, "protect our civil rights." They said nothing about Bush.
I won't be watching the Today Show and I won't be giving Katie's children's book to anyone because there is not one single anchor that cares about anyone else's children. I may go broke, but I am going to begin to send a thank you note to the Bush's, Cheney's and the Today Show every time a US soldier dies for their war and it belongs to the Today Show, they bought it and they own it.
Subject:Bush talks tough
Bush is gambling that his tough talk on terror and war will win the election. But what does he have to back that up with? Are we safer with Bush? I think not. It takes more than just force to win a war - it takes direction. In football for example, it's more than just making a touchdown. If you run in the wrong direction - the other team scores the points. In Iraq, we managed to defeat one of the few nations who were not controlled by Islamic Fundamentalists. Now that we captured Saddam, the people we "liberated" are rising up against us to try to get liberated again. Bush has made the enemy stronger and America weaker because he is running in the wrong direction.
The bottom line is - Bush is incompetent. He attacked the wrong enemy. Bin Laden is still free and Bush isn't pursuing him. Bush is just not smart enough to be president. It's time to get rid of the draft dodger and get a real military man in there to pick up the pieces and try to fix all of Bush's mistakes. We need to get back to reality-based thinking and put America back on the right track.
I'm Marc Perkel - And I approved this message!
SIDE NOTE: For those who haven't seen it - I have posted Fahrenheit 9/11 on my web site. I bought 100mb of bandwidth for the next 2 weeks to distribute it. Sp if you want to watch it - here's the link. It's Windows Media Format - 40mb. As you might guess - the image quality is less than what you would find on DVD or in the theaters.
If you are on a slow connection or can't do Windows format - I have the audio in MP3 format at this address:
I am relying on Michael Moore's public statements that he wants this passed around the Internet - so I'm doing that. Since the Republicans own the news media - this might help even the score. I encourage everyone to view or listen to the film and discuss if it's true or not.
SIDE NOTE 2: The election is tied and now it's down to who can do the most cheating. Much of America now uses highly insecure voting machines that can and will be tampered with. It's just a matter of who and where. As a result there are going to be a LOT of stories about who tampered with what and there are going to be two kinds of reporters covering these issues - those who understand electronic voting technology - and those who don't. My question for you is - do you want to be someone who understands it? So - getting to the point. Here is a video that is a tutorial for reporters to understand the technology behind the "black box." Do you know what a buffer overflow is? Do you understand the concept of the attack surface? Do you know how elections can be rigged? If you don't - you don't want to wait till election day to figure it out. So - here's the link. http://www.archive.org/stream/VoterGate/votergate_film_256kb.mp4
Additionally - if you have any questions about these issues I recommend you contact the Electronic Frontier Foundation for more information. The EFF (http://www.eff.org) is a high tech civil liberties organization and a very good source of information on both the technologies and the law.
Subject: Suggestion: VIDEO will make them HONESTReally. This is a suggestion for voter fraud prevention at the polls
We the people, armed with video cameras at polling areas nationwide could help to clean up dirty Republican acts of voter larceny.
I am a professional videographer and I know how easily the presence of a video camera can render most people honest.
One or two people with any size video camera could be stationed at each polling place.
If an incident arises turn on the camera and point, just like Michael Moore's crew.
Get the word out, BuzzFlash!
I know this idea will work!
C-Span was Biased after Third Presidential Debate
C-Span usually alternates between supporters of Bush and supporters of Kerry when they take phone calls. (If only talk radio could be so balanced!) But after Bush lost the third debate there would often be two Bush callers for every Kerry caller. I tried calling the Kerry line several times, so I know there was no lack of Kerry callers. I e-mailed C-Span about this but all I got back was an automated message telling me they get too many e-mails to answer them all.
Subject: Did the Feds disrupt a terror plot that never existed? Not OUR BUSHIES! NEVER!
Let's have a look at how the media played it, and how Bush used it for all it was worth (and it was worth something precious: votes)
how hard is it to disrupt a plan that doesn't exist??
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Voter intimidation begins early in Florida (simplyappallingblogspot.com)
Duval County-Jacksonville is up to more shenanigans. They designated one polling site for the 4th largest county in the state. The Supervisor of Elections resigned the day that early voting began. And now a private investigator is videotaping early voters at the only voting site in the city.
I have provided the contact information for the PI firm...[firstname.lastname@example.org
We're going to win this one!
Subject: Ohio Secretary of State Strikes Again!
From WTOL.com in Toledo, Ohio...
Subject: Bush Relatives Against Bush - This is great!!!!!!! You Gotta See It!!
Check out this web site of Bush relatives against Bush
Subject: (Sent to ABCNEWS.com)
Yesterday I saw an advertisement on cable TV about the upcoming "interview" of George W. Bush by Charlie Gibson. I write to express my outrage that this plainly political appearance one week before the election is obviously calculated to convey a positive image of Bush for the purpose of affecting the election. Notwithstanding that the advertisement itself reveals that the "interview" will be adulatory and non-confrontational (which is the only kind of interview Bush will tolerate), I saw no equivalent advertisement for an interview with John Kerry. Although equal time requirements no longer exist, I trust that equal time will be given to Sen. Kerry in a similarly staged "interview" with Mr. Gibson.
Subject: The flu will get you
I find it totally ludicrous that a country that has enough nuclear bombs to destroy the earth 5000 times cannot come up with enough flu vaccine to supply the needs of the people for one year. We have spent $145,000,000,000 on the war in Iraq because terrorists killed three thousand people, not all of whom were Americans. The flu kills 36,000 people every year and the best we can do is spend $283,000,000 on flu research. Something is wrong with this picture.
Subject: 9-11 mother's letter to Bush
The families of the victims of 9/11 are still searching for the truth...A big piece of the truth is being kept from the American Public by the CIA, on orders from the White House, until after the election. Why is that?
These families have become extremely well versed in matters leading up to the tragedy, and they have become most vocal in all gatherings of citizens standing up for truth and against this unfounded war. Here is one mother's plea to George Bush. It could be any one of us saying these things and asking these questions, had our child been in the towers that day, for we too would seek for answers and the more we found out, the more we, too, would ask 'Why?'
Far worse than the truth is the not knowing, having the truth withheld.
Why not call your senator(s), representative(s), and ask them to continue their demand that the report be released immediately. It has been sitting since June. We have had enough secrecy and lies and misinformation. Care about this mother's grief and our nation's tremendous
Subject: New ad suggestion
Since "W" believes he has been chosen by God to rule, why doesn't someone do an ad showing him leading the world to Armageddon? We need to show the world just how scary these right-wing evangelicals (Bush, Robertson, Falwell, etc.) really are. I see mushroom clouds and total destruction if he steals another term. He had no shame when he had no mandate, imagine how bold and destructive he will be if he actually wins.
Watched Washington Journal on C-SPAN this morning. Guest was Brad Maaske with documentary called WMD about how bad Saddam Hussein was to the people of Iraq.
Of course, most of this was old news about 15 years old and our government knew it at the time. There was nothing about the current torture of the Iraqi people.
I looked up his name and found he was with The Iraqi Truth Project. I googled on BuzzFlash and couldn't find anything re this man's connections. What does BuzzFlash know about him? Does he have ties to Bush? Or is he just honest pawn in oil game?
mary in Idaho
[BuzzFlash Note: We're not familiar with the movie or Brad Maaske. If a reader is, we'll post it here.]
Subject: Flu shots
Is there a list available of which members of Congress did take the flu shot and which members did not?
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