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.
Subject: How to break a man
From watching Shrubya from the time he was governor of Texas to being
appointed President of the United States, I've come to the same conclusions
millions already have.
He is self-centered.
He thinks ideologically.
He is unable to admit to mistakes.
His is vain.
He absolutely loathes criticism of himself.
He shirks responsibility by blaming others.
These qualities alone are more than enough to break this man.
When the election results start coming in November 2, 2004 and John
Kerry gets his 270 electoral votes, you will see the beginnings of Shrubya's
You see, early in life, Shrubya has had no trouble dealing with failure.
He knew that Poppy and Friends would always be there to dust him off
and save him. Failed business ventures and a lackadaisical run for political
office to impress his father never bothered him, obviously.
But now we are dealing with a man absolutely convinced he should still
be president for a second term and is absolutely convinced America will
see it the same way.
Get the popcorn out because you are going to see a very beaten-down,
confused, and angry man when Shrubya gives his concession speech.
In the aftermath, don't get too caught up in John Kerry's victory.
People like Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Boortz, Savage, Coulter, and
Medved all made their careers demonizing the last Democratic president.
Media outlets like FOX have become outrageously transparent in their
coverage of politics and who they favor. Politicians like DeLay, Frist,
Hastert, Gingrich, and Santorum thrive on vilifying political opponents.
We sat on our collective asses for eight years while all the guilty
parties worked feverishly to destroy a president while glorifying another.
By our inaction for those eight years, we let them take power.
It is time to take that power back and keep it in the American peoples'
Subject: Letter to the Editor - Republican Tactics might backfire!
The Republican tactic to suppress the vote of Democrats in swing states
might backfire on them and cost them more votes than they gain. The
Republicans are making an all out effort in key states to keep Democrats
from voting. In Ohio for example, Republicans are sending "election
challengers" to polling places to slow down the voting process
intimidate voters in Democratic areas only. They are challenging the
thickness of paper required for voter registration. The have used
Republican owned companies to sign up Democrats and then destroy the
registrations. Republican impersonating election officials have called
Democratic voters to give them wrong information about where their
polling place is.
Although these tactics will succeed in reducing the Democratic vote
it might offend Republicans and Independents who feel that it is wrong
to cheat to win. Some people have a basic sense of fairness and honesty
believing that everyone who is eligible to vote should be allowed
to exercise their constitutional rights to vote in free and fair elections.
These people might be turn off by cheating and vote against the Republican
So the question is - will the Republicans gain or lose from this.
Clearly they think cheating works. But I wonder, now that they are
being watched closely, if the same tactics that got Bush elected in
2000 will work again in 2004.
I'm Marc Perkel - And I approved this message!
San Francisco, CA
Subject: Voter Bill of Rights/MoveOn's election protection card
1. I linked to your "Voter Bill of Rights" in your Voter
Info Compendium, and it only had Arizona's. The link to Voter Bill
of Rights for the states where there is the greatest risk is: http://www.lawyerscomm.org/ep04/ep0920/vbr.html
2. Yesterday you featured a link to MoveOn's EP-card. It incorrectly
states that 866.OUR.VOTE is only for serious legal voting problems,
the equivalent of calling 911. It is for all voters with any problems
at the polls. I've contacted MoveOn to alert them that their card
contains incorrect information.
A volunteer attorney for the Election Protection Coalition
Subject: Bad News Dogs Bush As Election Nears
Contained within this article it angers me when Rudi Guiliani who
has been stumping for Bush said this, “said the troops in Iraq, not
Bush, bore the responsibility for searching for the explosives.” He
on to say on national TV this statement, “"No matter how you
try to blame it on the president, the actual responsibility for it
really would be for the troops that were there. Did they search carefully
didn't they search carefully enough?" Giuliani said on NBC's
"Today" program. Oh sure, blame the troops and again it
shows how those that support this idiot will not hold him accountable
for one damn thing. I
am sick when everyone else has been blamed in these past four years
except the man who is deserving of all the blame.
Also stated in this article is this paragraph, “A new survey of deaths
in Iraqi households estimates that as many as 100,000 more people
may have died throughout the country in the 18 months since the U.S.-led
invasion than would be expected based on the death rate before the
To Interim Prime Minister Allawi, how can you stand by and side with
a man responsible for the murder of 100,000 of your citizens? Many
who were women and children.
The rest of the article will get you both upset and where your stomach
will just churn. We cannot have four more years of this crap!
News Dogs Bush As Election Nears (AP/Yahoo)
Subject: it is not a bulge, it is cheating!
Stop calling it a bulge. It sounds stupid or hyper-masculine. It
was cheating during the debate. It is proof that Bush is not the President,
but a wired puppet.
Subject: Aide to Bush: Get out the straps and whips
Our resident bully receives advice from an aide:
"I'd encourage the president to be very aggressive, and it
would be to his political advantage to lay the strap to Kerry,"
Khachigian said. Specifically, Bush should step up his denunciations
of Kerry for whipping up the missing-explosives affair, Khachigian
News Dogs Bush As Election Nears (AP/Yahoo)
A Buzzflash Reader
Subject: obl just punched Bush in the NOSE
Yeah, we got an Oct. surprise...we saw Bin Laden stand up and take
leadership of the Arab world....
CHILLING and HISTORIC....HE IS DECLARING VICTORY.
Now we will really see uprisings in the M.E. I fear.....burrrrrrrr...
Subject: Zogby on John Stewart
Did anyone catch John Zogby of Zogby Poll fame on Jon Stewart Thursday
night? Jon asked him who would win the election and Zogby replied firmly
and without hesitation, "John Kerry." He went on to say that
Bush was polling really, really bad numbers when you really took a look
Subject: bin laden tape
this just shows the failure of the Bush administration.... a slap
in the face of the drugstore cowboy. msnbc reported gov knew
of tape a day earlier...why else would they bury it on a Friday?
A BuzzFlash Reader
The democrats should make a commercial with George Bush saying he
is not concerned about bin laden and then on a split screen showing
bin laden's new tape!
Randi, Renee and Liz
Subject: Karl Rove
So how do we stop him? He leaves his mark but never his prints. This
is bad for democracy in the worst way. Aren't there ways to catch
him in his own trap? Is anybody even trying?
Dallas, Texas (Deep in the heart and scum of Bush/Rove territory)
Subject: Karl Rove's cheesy "al Qaeda" tape
How convenient an American english accented al Qaeda terrorist just
happens to make a "blood flowing in American streets" tape
days before the election. He seemed pretty wussy for a terrorist.
Looked more like a Friend-of-Karl with his geeky glasses and designer-perfect
terrorist outfit. Pointing his one finger in the air reminded me of
the cheese-heads at a football game.
Hey terrorist did you forget your cheese-head foam finger under Karl's
bed? Was this Karl's low-budget October Surprise...a cheese-y geeky
terrorist? Is Karl having a melt-down? Are we safer, or less safe?
Subject: Re: Bush Seeks Limit to Suits Over Voting Rights
The little Nero thinks he can walk over citizen's rights because he
has the power of a dictator. The main problem with this country now
is the administration's abuse of power, and they want to be able to
act with immunity of impunity. Expect more abuse of power.
RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE
Bush Seeks Limit to Suits Over Voting Rights
Administration lawyers argue that only the Justice Department, not
the voters, may sue to enforce provisions in the Help America Vote
Act. (LA Times)
Subject: Great Quote
When I opened my email this morning I discovered a wonderful quote
sent to many of us in TX who support David Van OS, one of the finest
Democrats in the country who is running for the Texas Supreme Court.
I thought I would share it with all my fellow BuzzFlash readers. I continue
to wonder what our Founding Fathers, who are invoked by the Right so
much, would feel about those who do. I suspect that they would be as
truly appalled by the revisionist political history that they espouse
as we are.
As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow
that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community
are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope
ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.
-- George Washington
When John Kerry wins next week, he will have beaten not only Bush
but more importantly Karl Rove as well as the major media. Liberation
comes on Tuesday- keep the faith.
Peggy in Texas
Subject: Faith Based?
The headline in yesterday's Bloomington Herald Times said that Middle
Way House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, that serves
several counties here in Indiana lost a $300,000.00 grant from the
Department of Justice to provide legal services to those victims.
The DOJ stated the grant was not detailed enough although it was actually
a more detailed version of the one submitted and approved last year.
That makes me wonder if this grant was denied on faith based grounds.
Middle Way House, which was founded in the 1970s, is a strongly feminist
organization. I also know that conservatives in my home town have
blocked the creation of a domestic violence shelter on the grounds
that such shelters "break up families." I'm wondering if
the real reason Middle Way House didn't get the grant is because it
doesn't counsel wifely submission like many neo-con "faith based"
groups do. I guess the faith based part is faith that the abuser won't
beat the abusee to death.
Subject: Azzam the American, our October surprise
Just in time for Halloween (and elections), Karl Rove Productions
has released the tape of Azzam the American, who, with his face conveniently
covered, shakes his finger to the camera and tells us that we are
going to die. And he speaks in perfect American English, just so the
undecided Joe, who has contemplated voting for Kerry, will pee in
his pants and choose Bush on Tuesday.
Boo-hooo! The only thing that's missing are menacing bats and rotting
pumpkins in the background.
The tape with the scary Azzam is, well, laughable. And so is its timing.
But our astute media has promoted this latest Rovian achievement all
over the main news -- never mind that the tape is not authenticated
(remember Rathergate?), looks much different than what we have been
getting so far from Bin Laden and the other one, and it surfaces at
the time when Bush is in hot water over the horrendous missing explosives
The more things change, the more they stay the same...
But at least I'll go trick-or-treating on Sunday dressed as Azzam.
Karl, thanks for the idea.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit
atrocities. -- Voltaire
What is it men cannot be made to believe! -- Thomas Jefferson
Subject: Please Read!!
I heard Walter Cronkite say tonight on Larry King Live that he wouldn't
be surprised if Rove was behind the bin Laden tape!
Of COURSE Rove is behind the bin laden tape. I am surprised that anyone
anywhere would think otherwise. He said, "We have a couple of
surprises for Kerry." Osama is campaigning for Bush too.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Letter to the Editor - What does bin Laden statement
With just 4 days till the election bin Laden is addressing Americans.
What does this mean? What it means that no one can argue with is that
bin Laden is alive - he's free - and he got away with 9-11.
When bin Laden attacked America Bush said he was going to get him.
Bush said we are going to "smoke him out." Obviously Bush
has failed. Bush has tried to downplay the importance of bin Laden saying,
“I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run.”
He described bin as “marginalized” and said, “I just don’t spend that
much time on him.”
Clearly Bush is a failure and he just doesn't get it. Bush doesn't get
it that bin Laden has not been "marginalized" and the fact
that bin Laden is making statements reflects Bush's failure to protect
We need a president who will actually get bin Laden. John Kerry is
reporting for duty and I think he'll get the job done where Bush has
I'm Marc Perkel - And I approved this message!
San Francisco, CA.
Subject: Osama at Tora Bora
Has the news media forgotten the Washington Post report from April 2002
"U.S. Concludes Bin Laden Escaped at Tora Bora Fight: Failure to
Send Troops in Pursuit Termed Major Error"?
Why is the Bush administration allowed to get away with the lie that
there was no way of knowing if Osama was there, when they've said so
themselves and admitted their own failure? Is this version of history
no longer "operative" in the White House?
Read the first two paragraphs of the WaPost article:
The Bush administration has concluded that Osama bin Laden was present
during the battle for Tora Bora late last year and that failure to
commit U.S. ground troops to hunt him was its gravest error in the
war against al Qaeda, according to civilian and military officials
with first-hand knowledge.
Intelligence officials have assembled what they believe to be decisive
evidence, from contemporary and subsequent interrogations and intercepted
communications, that bin Laden began the battle of Tora Bora inside
the cave complex along Afghanistan's mountainous eastern border. Though
there remains a remote chance that he died there, the intelligence
community is persuaded that bin Laden slipped away in the first 10
days of December.
And why aren't we accepting Kerry's truthful statement that the job
of capturing Osama was outsourced to corrupt local warlords while Tommy
Franks fiddled in Tampa? From the fourth paragraph....
In the fight for Tora Bora, corrupt local militias did not live up
to promises to seal off the mountain redoubt, and some colluded in
the escape of fleeing al Qaeda fighters. Franks did not perceive the
setbacks soon enough, some officials said, because he ran the war
from Tampa with no commander on the scene above the rank of lieutenant
colonel. The first Americans did not arrive until three days into
the fighting. "No one had the big picture," one defense
And finally, why won't the media call Bush's claim that he never said
he wasn't concerned about capturing Osama for what it is: a bald-faced
There is no excuse for failing to remind and report to America the full
truth when it pertains to this mass murderer and our failure to capture
him. Why haven't we heard more about this?
Subject: Bush's October Surprise Has Probably Arrived
I’m usually repulsed by conspiracy theories but I’m fearing that the
“Osama tape” was Bush’s October surprise. It was totally uncharacteristic
of that SOB Osama’s previous tapes and conveniently appeared on the
wires at the not-have-it-investigated time of Friday afternoon. I’m
quite worried it was a Bush Co. plant pimped to Al Jazeera. If I’m right,
just watch the spin play out over the weekend news cycle. I hope I’m
wrong...this is one instance I’d gladly eat some crow.
My head is spinning with all the spin...and the missing weapons...and
the fact that Bin Laden is still alive...how many rightwingnuts have
told me that he has not been seen
since Tora Bora....he is dead...that is what they all told me.
How in God's name could this help Bush. I am sure he had a hand in
it, if he thought it would help...and you...everyone knows a rightwingnut...who
as they are...that Iraq had something to do with 911...and Saddam did
too! So, no one
was really concerned about Bin Laden...How can anyone have a solid thought???
so confusing to me...but, I am quite sure...this is a plan...some kind
of a plan!
To Tom in the 10/29 mailbag....that blogger who said that Kerry had
as much chance
of winning the presidency as the Red Sox winning the World Series??
That is hilarious, I wonder what he is thinking right now! Who would
have thought it...the Cards had the
best Major League record...and Bush does not, so, without crooks...in
his administration he has no chance! (we hope...and I did say, without
the crooks in his administration)! At least I hope...one never ever
knows. No wonder elections are so close to Halloween...they are so weird!!
(It was hard to lose the Series....but as I said, worth it to get the
idiots who make remarks like that.)
Subject: Networks Cannot Handle The Truth
Hi BuzzFlash Readers,
I wrote the following to the CEO's of various Television Networks:
I just heard on Air America with Randi Rhodes that all of your networks
are NOT allowing www.OpTruth.Org to air their organization's ad with
Iraq Veteran Robert Acosta. Ironically, you DID ALLOW a 30 year old
Vietnam War ad and story to air their ANTI KERRY info from John O'Neill,
who has been going after Kerry since Nixon was in office!!!!!
As an avid WATCHER of most of your channels, I am spreading the word
LOUD AND CLEAR about this TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS I CAN.
The www.OpTruth.org Ad, WHICH YOU WILL NOT ALLOW, shows an American
soldier, Robert Acosta, sitting on a stool. He then says...
I was called to serve in Iraq, because the government said there
were WMD, but they weren't there. They said that Iraq had something
to do with 9/11, but the connection wasn't there. They told us that
we would win the war and be home soon, but we're still there. So
when people ask me where my arm went, I try to think of the right
words, but they're not there.
Face it. With either Bush or Kerry winning, there will be a draft
coming, with more Robert Acosta casualties. This hits ALL OF YOUR
AUDIENCES head on, as to what they will be facing after the election.
I'M NOT ASKING YOU, I'M ORDERING YOU to let www.OpTruth.org Advertise
on your networks!!!!!
Or, are all of you CEO's acting like The President at the end of the
movie "Clear and Present Danger," when Harrison Ford tells
the President in the Oval Office - "You Can't Handle The Truth"!!
Windsor Locks, CT
Subject: Help Is On The Way!!
Listen, then watch: Whatever these goons over-sentimentalize [Christianity,
education, security at home and abroad, democracy], they tear asunder.
Including free-&-fair elections.
Monitors are flooding in from countries small and large around the
world to monitor OUR elections - to monitor and protect us from voter
fraud because they know our government is not only not protecting our
right to vote, but ferociously seeking to destroy it. America, the beacon
of democracy with 200+ years of elections, now, again, has an unmitigated
fiasco on its hands. These goons have reduced our proud, powerful and
country to a backward banana republic misled by a bumbling dictator
and his corrupt cronies who kill and maim at will, who disappear people
in the nefarious tradition of all tyrants, who use brutal force to mask
their striking incompetency.
This goon-squad has turned us into a laughing-stock. But this is still
America! And we don't take kindly to tin-horn tyrants. We get pissed
at being dorked around by those unfit for service. Check it out. Hundreds
of thousands in the streets on February 15, 2003 protesting their illegal
and immoral invasion and occupation of Iraq. Hundreds of thousands on
New York streets protesting the Rethuglican convention.
And now tens and hundreds of thousands on the streets of Pittsburgh
and Madison cheering on Kerry and Edwards. A sea of supporters as far
as the camera can see. Kerry on stage with the heavyweight stars of
today - Big Dog and The Boss to name a few. The tide turns to tsunami
with unprecedented voter registration.
The spirit is up, the resolution strong. We will take back America
and return it to its prideful place as leader in this wonderful world.
We will stop the brazen barbaric slaughter and instill peace and prosperity
to this united world. We will again protect Grandmother Earth who protects
us all. We can do better. Help is on the way! Kerry/Edwards
in a Landslide next Tuesday!!
Subject: OBL video - A NYCer's view
As a New Yorker, I am pretty goddamn angry that the Republicans are
basically celebrating the fact that the mastermind of 9/11 has once
again threatened America. Shame on the media for pushing this story
of "Great news for Bush!" that is leading half of our polarized
nation to celebrate the fact America has been threatened.
These people have no sense of shame or decency.
Subject: "I Pledge Allegiance to ... George W Bush"
Just when you think things couldn't get any crazier...
The following just appeared on Slate (quoted here in part). In Port
St. Lucie, Florida, the following just happened at a Bush campaign rally:
"I want you to stand, raise your right hands," and recite
"the Bush Pledge" said Florida State Sen. Ken Pruitt. The
assembled mass of about 2,000 in this Treasure Coast town about an
hour north of West Palm Beach dutifully rose, arms aloft, and repeated
after Pruitt: "I care about freedom and liberty. I care about
my family. I care about my country. Because I care, I promise to work
hard to re-elect, re-elect George W. Bush as president
of the United States."
Now, the Bush-Cheney campaign does require the people who attend its
events to sign loyalty oaths, but this is in another league altogether
-- the audience had to stand and utter one. Yes indeed. If you don't
support us, you are the enemy.
So the brownshirts are now emulating the adoration of the Nazis to Hitler.
And people love it!
Donald L. Feinberg
Subject: October surprise
(1) Kerry's performance.
(2) 380 tons of high explosives Cheney said had gone missing BEFORE
(3) Today's proof (photos) showing that Cheney was mistaken and the
explosives were there one week following the occupation.
(4) NASA scientist's report that Bush was apparently lying about there
not being a teleprompting device under his suit jacket.
(5) Yesterday's heartbreaking report that at least (a conservative number)
100K civilians in Iraq have been killed since the occupation. I would
suppose there are more than ten times as many wounded.
(6) Iran's formal political endorsement of Bush last week.
(7) Bin Laden's emphatic lack of endorsement of Bush (Aljazeera tape,
today) along with a promise of terrorism on our home front soon.
Laden: U.S. Can Avoid Another Attack (AP/Yahoo)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Somebody please help me!!!!!
I am totally disgusted with this Republican Cheerleader Poodle Rush
Limbaugh!!! I listened to the Tom Joyner Live Sky show in Florida and
heard ex-president Bill Clinton speak live via the telephone. Go to
and listen to Friday's broadcast. Will somebody please go against Mr.Limbaugh
on these issues???? And on this man's web site, Mr. Limbaugh is spreading
his lies that the Terrorists are actually supporting Mr. Kerry!
I already voted for (soon to be) President Kerry man via absentee and
I'm a Texas resident!
Subject: a quote
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of
the next generation. -- James Freeman Clarke, Sermon
A BuzzFlash Reader