October 26, 2004
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Lead is wrong, but you should see why...
Your header... "Not a single terrorist has been prosecuted in the three years since officials gave the military the authority to detain foreign suspects indefinitely. Ashcroft and Bush are FAILURES. Their War on "Terrr" is a FAILURE." .....is wrong!
There WAS one conviction this administration got under the new laws for fighting terrorism via the "Patriot Act."
Would you believe a 14 year old boy from Maine? (With this administration, of course you would.)
Well, it's true! The full force of the Patriot Act came down on Patrick Vorce in 2002. What did he do? Vorce set fire to a boathouse in Kennebunk, Maine. Because the boathouse contained a boat engine belonging to the former President, Ashcroft's thugs went after him and prosecuted him - as a terrorist! The judge, George Singal, then broke federal sentencing guidelines and sent the then 15-year old boy to a Federal MAXIMUM SECURITY prison in Pennsylvania, 600 miles away from home and family, with no provision for his schooling! (Under federal law, juveniles are supposed to be tried in local juvenile courts and incarcerated in local facilities. Patrick is the only juvenile from New England or from New York, Ohio or Pennsylvania, in the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons.)
Finally, the First Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed that this is silly and ordered him sent to a juvenile facility in Maine, but I'm not sure that is the end of the story.
Patrick Vorce comes home (Maine Life)
Teen in boatyard arson gets review (St. Petersburg Times)
[BuzzFlash Note: We're not sure if this qualifies, but maybe it's the best the Bush Administration can do.]
Subject: Headline if Kerry wins
If John Kerry and John Edwards win on November 2, then I think a good BuzzFlash headline would be:
"The Nightmare is Over!"
Subject: Re: Today's Top 5 Headlines on BuzzFlash.com
Subject: Cleveland Plain Dealer ACTION ALERT
Editor and Publisher is reporting that the Cleveland Plain Dealer's nine-person editorial board decided to endorse Kerry, but that Publisher Alex Machaskee has ordered them to endorse Bush.
Some at the paper are pushing for, at least, a dissenting pro-Kerry column.
The responsible thing to do in this situation, rather than letting an insane corporate agenda overrule the considered opinion of a bunch of conservatives for whom Bush is too much to take, would be to print a Kerry endorsement anyway and/or resign.
Express your opinion concisely and politely to the Plain Dealer at
(800) 688-4802 or
Editor, The Plain Dealer
[BuzzFlash Note: Here's how it was resolved: Cleveland 'Plain Dealer' Decides to Not Decide.]
Subject: what we are allowed to see
Here is a message I sent to Reuters through its site's feedback form:
A loyal BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Idaho Statesman endorses KerryIn Idaho, one of the most notoriously Republican states in the U.S., the capital city newspaper in Boise, endorses Kerry for President. The Idaho Statesman editorial board says they have lost faith in GWB.
Subject: Re: Sunday's Top 5 Headlines on BuzzFlash.com
Hey, fellow patriotic Americans,
Today's (Sunday, October 24, 2004) edition of The Detroit News, for the only time since the war years of the 1940s, did not endorse a Republican for president. The editorial says the paper has always endorsed Republicans, with the one exception noted above, but that this year it can't do so. Now, The Detroit News is among the most "conservative" (read, "reactionary") papers anywhere in the country. It is surely the most reactionary of Michigan's major dailies.
Surprisingly, The News faults Bush for his mishandling of domestic and foreign matters and scolds him for his stubbornness. Of course, it doesn't say anything good about John Kerry but the editorial will no doubt cause doubts in the minds of those few thinking Republicans left in the Water-Winderland of Meeeshagun. It's a good day to be alive.
Thank you for listing all the endorsements for Kerry/Edwards. I think I knew some of them, but in 2000, normally those who would have backed the democratic ticket...many times did not! We were made to think, 1998 and 1999, that Clinton was the slime of the earth...and that he alone invented Adultery...at the same time Gore invented the Internet.
What a bunch of losers!!
I think by now we all know that Bush did not win that election. Gore lost it!! He and Joe Lieberman tried to distance themselves from the heathen Bill Clinton...to their loss. Lieberman has never admitted that...he is a republican in Democratic clothing. He will never admit he is wrong...just like every republican I have ever met. (Gore has.)
There are days I feel very confident that we will win this time...other times, I get real down in the dumps about it...because the poll numbers are so close..........but, there will be a watch for improprieties...more than ever...everyone has said they do not think we will know on Nov.3rd...who is the president...so, the count is going to take a while...we will have an idea...but nothing for sure....and that is good!
Bush is in a fog...he is being of course led by his backers...and they are beneath contempt...they would try to do anything...but, unless they have some kind of miracle they can pull out of their hat...it will not work.
The most uplifting thing...was the Nashville Tennessean's endorsement. My daughter lived there in 2000...and I think they might have endorsed Bush...and I am quite sure that the Nashvillians (country music) are into the whole patriotic thing.
I did hear a Dan Rather interview with Toby Keith one night...(not my favorite country singer) but a basher at the time of the Dixie Chicks...(Nashville's loss). Rather asked him how he felt about the war in Iraq...and he said that he really backed the troops and in that vein...he had to back his president. But, he said, plainly...that if that man does not find WMD in that country...he is going to have a lot of explaining to do.
Now, coming from him...maybe that does not mean a lot...but, a lot of people I know...feel like that. I think they know by now they were lied to...on a large scale...and they are embarrassed for him and their backing of him.
Subject: trouble with votes in Arizona
Among other things, I went outside to find that my Kerry/Edwards sign had been stolen. I live on a busy corner, and some Bushies didn't like it. I went to Dem HQ to get ten more signs, since there are ten days left before the election. I expect them to steal it daily, so I am ready to put a new one out every time they steal. I heard from Dem HQ that people were expecting disenfranchisement with voting on Nov 2, here in AZ, and there were reports of problems already. Beware and help us Turn Arizona Blue.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush, the CIA, and the Geneva Conventions
I would guess that you've seen this information, and plan to feature it ... but I thought I'd forward the information, just in case. Now it's being reported: our (s)elected officials, including and especially John "I lost an election to a dead man" Ashcroft, don't care about human rights nor the Geneva Conventions, else they'd not pass around secret memos like the one reported (again) today:
Memo OKd secret transfer of detainees: Experts say U.S. violated Geneva Conventions (Washington Post/SF Chronicle)
Senators concerned about report CIA secretly removed detainees from Iraq (AP/SF Chronicle)
and yesterday: CIA secretly removes detainees from Iraq (AP/SF Chronicle)
not to mention earlier reports filed a more than 2 weeks ago: Officer says CIA attempted to avoid Geneva rules in Iraq: Key interrogator says military didn't register all detainees (NY Times/SF Chronicle)
Forget defeating Bush & Co in this election; I really want to know when he will be impeached and charged as a war criminal? Thanx, ya'll.
Subject: How can we protest this Ohio election takeover?
I am a great reader of your e-mails and thank you! I have contributed to Move On and to many Democratic campaigns and am just out of funds!
How can we protest this Ohio story:
I hope I can figure out who to call and e-mail. The Elections Boards in Ohio? The GOP? Congress?
Thanks again for all your great work,
Subject: Paul Wellstone
I know there's a lot going on with the election just a week away. But everyone should really take a minute to remember Sen. Paul Wellstone, who died two years ago today (October 25, 2002). We all lost a passionate and fearless advocate when he died. Here's a link with a nice tribute (and a link at the bottom to the Wellstone Action Center).
Subject: missing explosives
Keeping weapons out of terrorists' hands was allegedly one of the main reasons for our invasion of Iraq. I'm sorry but this main tenet of the Bush strategy is now kaput. Apparently these 380 tons of explosives were better secured before the war than after. You don't "lose" explosives in a war zone and say you're keeping Americans (especially our soldiers!) safer.
And let's not forget that in the very first debate, the President mocked Sen. Kerry's goals to better secure bridges, power plants, containers here at home. It'd generate too much of a "tax gap" he ridiculed. Why does this administration has such a problem with the basics?
Subject: Republicans who love to smear Senator Kerry's heroic war service
Dick Cheney: did not serve. Numerous strategic deferments.
Dennis Hastert: did not serve.
Tom DeLay: did not serve.
Roy Blunt: did not serve.
Bill Frist: did not serve.
Mitch McConnell: did not serve.
Rick Santorum: did not serve.
Trent Lott: did not serve.
John Ashcroft: did not serve. Seven deferments to teach business.
Jeb Bush: did not serve.
Karl Rove: did not serve.
Saxby Chambliss: did not serve. "Bad knee." The man who attacked Max Cleland's patriotism.
Paul Wolfowitz: did not serve.
Vin Weber: did not serve.
Richard Perle: did not serve.
Douglas Feith: did not serve.
Eliot Abrams: did not serve.
Richard Shelby: did not serve.
Jon Kyl: did not serve.
Tim Hutchison: did not serve.
Christopher Cox: did not serve.
Newt Gingrich: did not serve.
Don Rumsfeld: served in Navy (1954-57) as flight instructor.
George W. Bush: failed to complete his six-year National Guard; failed to show up for required medical exam, AWOL duty.
Ronald Reagan: due to poor eyesight, served in a non-combat role making movies.
Bob Dornan: Enlisted after fighting was over in Korea.
Phil Gramm: did not serve.
Dana Rohrabacher: did not serve.
John M. McHugh: did not serve.
JC Watts: did not serve.
Jack Kemp: did not serve. "Knee problem," continued in NFL for 8 years.
Dan Quayle: Journalism unit of the Indiana National Guard.
Rudy Giuliani: did not serve.
George Pataki: did not serve.
Spencer Abraham: did not serve.
John Engler: did not serve.
Lindsey Graham: National Guard lawyer.
Arnold Schwarzenegger: AWOL from Austrian army base.
Sean Hannity: did not serve.
Rush Limbaugh: did not serve because of cyst on his behind
Bill O'Reilly: did not serve, but sued for dirty talk...
Michael Savage: did not serve.
George Will: did not serve.
Chris Matthews: did not serve.
Paul Gigot: did not serve.
Bill Bennett: did not serve.
Pat Buchanan: did not serve.
John Wayne: did not serve.
Bill Kristol: did not serve.
Kenneth Starr: did not serve.
Antonin Scalia: did not serve.
Clarence Thomas: did not serve.
Ralph Reed: did not serve.
Michael Medved: did not serve.
Charlie Daniels: did not serve.
Ted Nugent: did not serve.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Greetings from Germany
I sent this to a few of the Cleveland Plain Dealer editors. I figured it was worth a shot in case the publisher holds his ground and countermands their decision to endorse Kerry. Ohio ranks 7th nationwide in the casualty count in Iraq. These editors have printed enough obituaries (39 to date) to know that they don't want to continue in the current direction.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: The list--impressive, and moving--is too long to reprint here.]
Subject: Anthrax investigation
I think it would be a great idea to run some stories on the failure of the Bush administration to bring the terrorist anthrax killer to justice. Shrub has not mentioned any plan to do anything about home-grown terrorism and the anthrax killer would certainly be the poster boy for a do-nothing approach.
Subject: Cheney's Prediction for Election
I guess that's how they're rigging the electronic voting machines to tally up the votes.
San Mateo, CA
Subject: Absentee Ballots
Someone wrote in warning about the use of 60¢ postage on the envelopes. This is true, however, the party getting the absentee ballot should know this as when the ballot is sent to you, along with it are included the instructions to absentee voters! I guess most people don't read the instructions!
Be SURE ALL AREAS OF THE OUTSIDE OF THE ENVELOPE ARE FILLED OUT AND IT IS SIGNED OR ELSE IT WILL NOT BE COUNTED!!!!
A Loyal Buzz Fan Forever!
PS I'm on the flight path for Offutt Air Force Base where the pResident will be landing this afternoon to go to a rally in Council Bluffs, Ia.......When it flies over my house, I'll be sure to give a middle finger salute! Makes me want to puke just thinking of that slimy, pencil necked, awol, beady-eyed, smirk faced retard flying over MY house!
Subject: Billings Gazette Endorsement
As a regular reader, I really appreciate the job you guys do at BuzzFlash. This is especially true given that I live in Montana, perhaps the reddest of the red states. Speaking of which, I do not think you fully appreciate the significance of the Billings Gazette's endorsement of Kerry. Billings is perhaps the most Republican town in this overwhelmingly Republican state and the Gazette, while retaining a degree of journalistic integrity, is a conservative newspaper-- there really are not any "liberal" papers in the state. The area is so Republican that Democratic candidates for statewide or national office sometimes make only token appearances there, even though it is the largest city in the state. For the Gazette to endorse Kerry is huge. Fortunately for my sanity, I live in Missoula (in western Montana), which is one of the few progressive pockets in the state (though our local newspaper is an arch-conservative Lee newspaper).
Richard A. Sattler
Subject: Everyone can do something to help
My dad (who got me hooked on BuzzFlash) asked me to pass this along, with the link for the pictures:
Even though I'm deaf and would not have an easy time trying to go campaigning door to door, I figured out my own way of helping. Click on the link for the pics:
I've been riding this trike everyday for about a month and a half now.
Started out by coincidence on 9-11. I ride on a busy highway (192) which
is a main tourist corridor to Disney World. I ride either 7 1/2 miles
or 15 miles if I can manage 2 trips some days. This is not really an
easy feat for me as I also have peripheral neuropathy in my legs. They
are numb from the knee down. However, I just felt like I needed to do
something. Desperate times call for drastic measures. If these repugs.
steal this election again, I
I'm also a die-hard Yankees fan, having lived in NY for the 1st 45 years of my life, but I think it's time we see some winners from Mass. First the Red Sox win the World Series, then John Kerry wins the presidency and brings back the respect that this country has lost under dubyas ........... I can't even think of the appropriate word. It's not leadership, that's for sure. He says being president is hard work!!! Well over 500 vacation days in 4 years! More vacation than most people will have in their lifetime of busting their ass everyday. Hopefully and with the help of the real "God," bush will shortly be on a permanent vacation back in Crawford.
Anyone who sees me on 192, just wave, give me the thumbs up, or smile cause I can't hear any car horns. Once in a while I can hear some of the sand boxes if they blast their air horns right next to me. That's all I need for inspiration to keep my legs moving.
Thanks again Buzz, for 1 of the greatest sites on the internet.
Defchuck in Winter Garden
Subject: Why George W. Bush "KNEW" Saddam had weapons of mass destruction...
Because his dad sold them to him....
(Apologies to Will Durst)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Depleted Uranium Safe?
Here's the text of some Army propaganda being sent out to the troops. It's "Support the Troops" the Bush way in the most insidious way possible.
The article states that a study, costing $6 million dollars, was conducted by the Batelle Institute and that it found that the problems associated with breathing microscopic particles of depleted uranium (DU) are negligible.
Here's the article:
Yeah, negligible like breathing microscopic particles of asbestos that causes mesothelioma when they become imbedded in the pulmonary system.
It isn't surprising to see Batelle Institute carrying out this study. Batelle is affiliated with Ft. Detrick, Md. and the Army's biological weapons testing program. As a matter of fact, in 2001, shortly after the obscenity of the attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon, there was the nationwide anthrax scare. Remember that? When the offices of Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy were sent letters with weapons grade anthrax and the government tried to get people to open their mail wearing surgical gloves and face masks? Batelle was involved in that.
This was followed by the smallpox scare and the propaganda that there was not enough smallpox vaccine for the population.
Know who ramped up to provide the smallpox vaccine? Batelle, that's who.
Subject: Can't get over it
GET OVER IT
The Republicans couldn't say "GET OVER IT" enough after they literally stole the 2000 Presidential election. Now, with the 2004 election days away, there is another systematic effort to suppress the Democratic vote and steal another election. It is so brazenly apparent and rampant it almost defies logic why it can't be controlled and stopped. The Republican dirty tricks outnumber the Democratic dirty tricksters by monumental numbers, yet their mantra always is, "we both do it." That has been the Republican modis operandi for years. When they say "we both do it," you can be sure it is a one-sided effort of dirty tricks by the Republican party. From disenfranchising and intimidating selected ethnic groups or trying to suppress the paper trail, the Republicans are winning, hands down. The only logical reason for not wanting a paper trail is, you intend to steal the election. Since the Conservatives have assumed their dubious ill-gotten power, our sacred voting system has become a debacle and a shambles. Americans have to wake up before all rights are lost. "GET OVER IT?" We are truly experiencing deja vu all over again.
Subject: Please examine Republican voter fraud: Sproul & Associates (as sent to CBS)
Only One of the major political parties -- and not the other -- has funded systematic efforts to disenfranchise and scam voter registrants across the country. I do not see any coverage of the shenanigans of Sproul & Associates registration fraud.
IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? Those of you who saw Ed Gillespie and Terry McAuliffe's appearance on Meet the Press yesterday will have noticed that, even in the course of a series of questions about possible voting shenanigans, Tim Russert never bothered to ask Gillespie a single direct question about Sproul & Associates; McAuliffe had to bring it up himself, and Russert never followed up with any further questioning on the matter.
This despite yet another new revelation of canvassing abuse -- this one targeted at students -- that was at least in part carried out by Sproul's outfits in Oregon and Pennsylvania, as reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Friday:
Project America Votes was a name used by canvassers for Sproul & Associates, an Arizona-based consultant under contract with the Republican National Committee. Nathan Sproul, the firm's owner, yesterday denied that his workers had used petitions to bait students into party switches.
"This is clearly the Democratic plan to make these baseless allegations," said Heather Layman, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee. Layman said she was speaking on behalf of Sproul. She said no Sproul workers were involved in such tactics in Oregon or Pennsylvania.
Sproul's role in ostensibly nonpartisan voter registration drives have triggered official investigations in several states, with canvassers alleging they had been told to refuse to register Democrats or to discard Democratic registration forms, leaving voters who thought they had registered off the rolls.
What will it take to get some comprehensive and focused coverage of this story, which places the RNC at the center of attention? This week we'll be seeing another, more serious test of the media's priorities and backbone in giving a profoundly important story the attention it deserves, sans easy campaign-season "he-said/she-said" balance. However they cover the Iraqi explosives scandal, the fact remains that the average citizen likely has no idea at this late date that one of the major political parties -- and not the other -- has funded systematic efforts to disenfranchise and scam voter registrants across the country.
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