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Subject: Why did they let him get away?
On bin Laden resurfacing:
All these years.
All these years we could have hunted that man down for the 3000 murders
We could have hunted him down at Tora Bora. But our leaders were too
busy planning to invade another country with no ability to harm us.
Even after Tora Bora, we could have spent the next years chasing him
relentlessly and bringing HIM to justice. But the President was "not
that concerned about him."
All these years. Wasted.
Now he's STILL there, taunting us. Will President Bush's response to
this new message be to invade Iran? Or Syria? Or Mexico?
Bush promised to bring bin Laden to justice. But he's still out there.
If, after all these years, President Bush magically produced bin Laden
on a silver platter this November 2, 2004, it would STILL be too late.
This President can never be forgiven for abdicating his responsibilities
to all the Americans who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
Subject: Something to think about (Lifted from democraticunderground.com)
John Doe, a known murderer, kills your entire family. But first, imagine
he had sent you a letter, stating he was going to kill your family.
You report the threat to the chief of police who... promptly goes on
vacation and assigns no one to investigate.
Imagine you find your family murdered, and the entire hideous crime
is caught on a security camera, which reveals the murderer to be, none
other than John Doe.
Imagine the chief of police vowing on television, for the cameras, to
bring your family's killer to justice.
But instead of pursuing their killer, he focuses all of his attention
on catching shoplifters at the local WalMart.
Imagine the police chief is running for re-election, and on the eve
of the election, John Doe appears at your door, taunting you because
he has gone unpunished.
QUESTION: Do you vote to re-elect the chief of police?
Subject: So many things to keep up with
These people are legion...they have made this (s)election their life.
You just have to wonder at the energy involved in this crusade of theirs
and think how much good could be accomplished if they channeled it into
real compassion, the financial kind, which is all so many in our society
need to give them a leg up and on the road to being proud citizens.
But no...it has to be acceptance of the boot heel on your neck or nothing
according to these frauds. Compassion be damned.
Now we are trusting Repuglican mailing lists as "proof" that
someone should be kept from voting. How do we know they didn't intentionally
screw up their mailings in order to claim "foul" to disqualify
35,000 people? They supposedly used a postal master list....how accurate
was that list? How well did they follow it? They should not be allowed
to be the arbiter of who gets to vote based on mail that came back undeliverable.
Maybe they are coordinated with the Florida postal officials who CANNOT
FIND 58,000 ballots one week out from the (s)election! People could
have moved in the last year or six months and not felt the need to contact
the post office, but they might still have registered to vote at their
new home. I find it so ironic that you can't VOTE outside your precinct,
but you can CHALLENGE (read intimidate) outside your precinct...jeeeez....they
can come from far and wide to stop you from voting, or making that provisional
ballot count. What's wrong with this picture?
I agree about not having Limbaugh on for 11/2, but we also need to write
to FAUX "News" about, at the very least, not having Bush's
first cousin calling the race for him in the middle of the night and
having all the other stations that have been doing this for years falling
right in line behind him again this time.
"Socialize the cost, privatize the profits" is the Bush Repuglican
mantra, and once again we are picking up the tab for them. The cost
of this "war" on a tactic, prescription drugs in the new Medicare
plan, Social Security privatization. Just like King George the Lesser's
eminent domain trick to build his baseball stadium and have the unwilling
taxpayers pick up the tab. Just like Neil Bush in the Silverado Savings
and Loan scam, Jebbie's million dollar loan in Florida he failed to
pay... we pick up the tab and the Bush family gets richer.
I watch C-Span every morning and I used to think that it was pretty
unbiased and allowed everyone a voice. Recently however, it occurs to
me that they sound more like a White House polling company with some
of the absurd, tortured phrasing of the questions and the sticking to
the topic no matter what. Like they have to get the answer from a certain
amount of people to determine how they are going to spin a certain policy
decision. The way they have (unlike in the past) a different exchange
for the Kerry callers, as if to identify them (scary?) for future mailings
(or worse?) and the way they now seem to question callers for Kerry
about their positions (which throws them off their point and eats up
their time) but let Bush supporters ramble on with statements that they
know have been proven false. What's up with that? More Repuglican guests
than Democrats, more "problems" with Kerry callers and then
when they lose them they go to another Bush supporter instead of another
Kerry one. How is that balanced? I see bias everywhere lately, it is
the new norm. So very depressing. I keep letting them know, but so far
So now we have it! We don't need a draft even if Bush is selected again...we
can just edit-in troops!! Need more soldiers in the field...just photo-shop
them in! Perhaps that way we'll be allowed to see the pictures of their
coffins when they come back.
I am so sick of hearing how "together" we were after 9/11,
said wistfully, almost as if they wish we could have more of them to
keep us all "together" again.
Does it scare anyone else that we are depending on Bush for "flu"
vaccine while the P.N.A.C. has a section that states that biological
warfare that can "target" specific genotypes could be "a
politically (!) useful tool" ? How about Asians, or Hispanic or
Blacks, or Gallic genotypes? Let's target people who are not to our
liking....like the African continent...our new source of oil after Iraq.
I have ranted enough...I will continue to write letters and make phone
calls to try to stem this never ending onslaught of zealots to see that
John F. Kerry is truly ELECTED by a landslide that these "win by
any means" folks have never seen.
Thank random chance for the birth of you BuzzFlash owners...you are
really a light in the dark and someday you will be written about in
the same reverent terms as Howard Dean who gave the Democrats back their
voice after the Great Suppression of voices after 9/11.
North Kingstown, RI
Subject: George Bush lacks the will to protect the American people
against Osama bin Laden
I am sending this letter to every news media person I can:
George Bush does not have the will to protect the American people against
Osama bin Laden. It has been three years since 9/11 and this mass murderer
is still on the loose, waiting for an opportunity to become a serial
killer mass murderer.
Bush said Mission Accomplished but Osama is still free and we are diverted
to Iraq according to Bush’s plan, a stupid plan by a dangerously incompetent
George Bush cannot protect us against terrorism. He tried to stop a
videotape of Osama bin Laden. Other than interfering with a free press,
the bulwark of democracy, he ought to be fighting against the real OBL
and not his image. George Bush thinks controlling the press is okay
because he controls the American press.
John Kerry is going to go after the right guy, OBL, and stop this
humiliation of the American people and the bought and paid for press
of George Bush.
George Bush controls the American press by using it. He gets his spot
and then he or his people say whatever they want no matter what they
are asked by the interviewer. George Bush has destroyed one of democracy’s
greatest weapons for defense against tyranny and terrorism, a free press.
Don’t let George Bush do it again to us by doing it to you!
Subject: New Tape IS Rovian October Surprise
How short is public memory? The latest tape from Osama Bin Laden has
received ample airtime on the cable news networks, repeating on CNN
about every half hour or so. Yet I remember a Bush administration that
pled with news networks shortly after 9/11 not to air any video from
Bin Laden. Their rationale was that he could be using the news channels
to pass messages and directions to his sleeper cells here in America.
I guess that fear is forgotten as long as Karl Rove sniffs any potential
Bush bounce from the tape.
Subject: Interesting side note...Why did OBL not mention us attacking
Iraq...cause he was happy we did him a favor
Just wondering. Why did Osama Bin Laden not mention, in his gripes about
the USA, that he was angry about our attacking Iraq? OBL was glad we
took out Saddam as Saddam was a thorn in OBL's side. They were enemies,
not cohorts. Proves again that Bush attacked a country, Iraq, that had
no links with OBL.
Subject: Letter to the Editor - Osama and the Election
It's hard to tell how Osama bin Laden will affect the election since
his October surprise appearance just 4 days before the polls open. Osama
apparently wants to affect the election - but in what way?
The conventional wisdom is that Osama helps Bush because in the past
whenever there have been terror alerts Bush's numbers have gone up,
and Osama is the ultimate boogie man. On the other hand - the very fact
that Osama has surfaced and is looking fit and healthy is a stark reminder
that Bush failed to capture and kill him like he promised to. And -
I hate to agree with Osama on this - but if Bush had ordered fighter
jets into the air instead of doing the photo op reading "My Pet
Goat" to kids - then those planes might have been intercepted before
they could hit us.
So Osama hurts Bush because he exists and speaks and reminds us that
Bush has failed to get him.
Perhaps we can guess who Osama wants to win by figuring out who will
benefit him the most? Does Osama want Bush or Kerry to win? It's been
3 years since 9/11 and Osama is not only free - but he's well dressed
and looking fit and trim. Looks like he's doing very well under Bush.
America is bogged down in an unrelated war and has become a symbol of
fund raising for the terrorists. High oil prices are making the bin
Laden family very rich. From that it would seem that he would want to
Furthermore - Osama says that neither Bush or Kerry can keep America
safe and that if we don't attack him - he won't attack us. It's like
he's trying to make a deal. Bush has been playing down Osama in the
last two years saying, "truly am not that concerned about him."
Perhaps the reason America hasn't been attacked is because Bush made
a deal? I would think Osama would want a president who was not concerned
So - what is Osama's hidden message? Perhaps he wants you to vote for
Nader? Who can tell?
I'm Marc Perkel - And I approved this message!
San Francisco, CA
Subject: Spinning Polls
It occurred to me this morning that from here on out we should completely
ignore everything we hear about who's ahead in what state and by how
Republicans clearly value power above all else, so what's to stop them
from spinning the numbers in these last few days to influence whether
people vote, but without even resorting to the unseemly tactics of voter
challenges and the like?
For example, I'm in Ohio. I'm a single mom with a job and a daughter
who's involved in sports. My days are always busy. So let's say I hear
on the news Monday night that Kerry's stretched his lead in Ohio by
a good, though not insurmountable, margin. In the hectic pace that is
my day, might I think, "Geez, I'm so busy. How am I going to find
time to vote? Do I even need to? After all, I heard Kerry has this state
pretty much wrapped up."
By contrast, my Bush-supporting counterpart thinks, "Holy cow!
Even if little Brittney is late for soccer, I've GOT to get to the polls!
We could lose this thing!"
We Kerry supporters need to keep thinking that our own vote is the decisive
one, and we need to remind all our like-minded friends and family members
of the same thing, no matter what they might be hearing on CNN.
Subject: 8 more Marines dead, FOR WHAT?
Eight more US Marines were killed in Iraq, probably with a car bomb
from the explosives the Bush administration failed to protect after
Millions of Americans are asking: WHY ARE OUR BEST PEOPLE BEING KILLED
IN IRAQ? These soldiers and support people are nothing but targets in
a shooting gallery.
It didn't have to be this way. The UN inspections were working and they
would have discovered that Iraq did not have WMDs. Instead over 1,100
US soldiers are dead with no end in sight. 7,000 to 29,000 US soldiers
have been maimed and injured in this war. Possibly as many as 100,000
Iraqis have been killed.
So we ask Mr. Bush: FOR WHAT? Saddam did not have WMDs. Saddam did not
connection to 9/11. Saddam did not have terrorists in his country. So
why are our young soldiers being slaughtered on the battlefield in a
misguided war of incompetence?
If Bill Clinton could be impeached for lying about sex, there must be
grounds for impeachment in this deadly serious case of incompetence
in Iraq. Somebody is accountable and that is the person at the top.
Bush must pay for his gross negligence and wanton disregard for human
Subject: Another Coalition of the Willing
The United States has yet again found a coalition of the willing, but
this time not even the UK is among the willing. This coalition forms
annually to support the US embargo against Cuba. And this year the coalition
includes: Israel, Palau and the Marshall Islands. While the four votes
is somewhat larger than in some earlier years (one year the US received
only two votes), earlier supporters of the US position have included
more states sufficiently large that their locations could be determined
without resorting to the use of a magnifying glass. The final vote was
179-4, in favor of the condemnation of the embargo.
Luckily for the coalition, votes in the General Assembly are not binding
unless, of course, the US is on the winning team.
Subject: Osama bin Laden Tape is NOT Great News for Bush
Shame on the media for suggesting that the tape is good news for Bush.
Osama bin Laden is still out there. Doesn't that suggest that the Bush
administration failed to find him? Osama bin Laden attacked the United
States, not Iraq. Doesn't it point out that the Bush administration
took it's eye off the REAL threat to the US and that he is still alive
and well and able to attack again?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: bin laden is back
You know, I watched a bit of the new bin Laden tape on Thursday night
and I'm not surprised at seeing our nemesis rise up just before the
election. I think it would have been a major missed opportunity for
this guy to stay silent just prior to the election, so I am
wishing that this is the only message we get from him.
But it makes you wonder about the American electorate -- here's our
sworn enemy, someone who's taken this country into a totally different
world of military, economic, political and social hardship, and he's
still poking us in the eye. It's like he needs to keep reminding us
that he's still out there, and in a way, he does. This is why I'm upset
(to a certain degree) with all those people out there who blindly support
the administration in it's War on Terror.
Our enemy is still out there, making a point of keeping in touch with
us. Why? Why, is he still here among the living? Why didn't Bush and
the rest continue going after him? Bush has admitted that he isn't concerned
about bin Laden, and then when reminded of his statement, denied it.
So I don't know if he's really concerned about bin Laden or not. Politically,
Bush has to maintain that he's still going after him; militarily, he
can't since it appears that we don't have the resources to do so, so
Bush has to make noises like we are. We haven't had him in our sights
for quite a while and I don't see that happening in the near future.
The War on Terror is a failure; we've lost it at this point. Do you
think we can maintain the tempo we've established in Iraq for an extended
period of time? I don't think so, but I'm willing to listen to what
you have to say to convince me otherwise, and then you can
explain how we're going to fix our Guard and Reserve forces who are
almost broken now.
Bush screwed up by shifting our aim from bin Laden to Hussein, and Bush's
attitude from the very beginning of his administration is to not admit
any mistakes. If you think he's going to go after bin Laden now, which
would be an admission that he screwed up by
going after Hussein, you've been a registered member of the GOP for
a long time, I bet.
So, the way I see it, bin Laden poked George Bush in the eye and is
trying to start something. Bush would like to respond militarily to
show that he's still got "stuff" and to make a political statement
-- but he can't. And we've got many thousands of voters out
there who will back Bush and his policies, even though they suspect
that he's really hosed this country, because if they were to back Kerry
they would be admitting that Bush was wrong about something.
Pig-headed, that's what this administration and its supporters are --
We have lost the War on Terror because we're too stubborn to admit that
we didn't know what we were (and are) doing.
Subject: Hold off reacting??
Please offer comment in your coverage to the offensive quote by the
"You would think there would be maybe 12 hours to let the American
people absorb this," said Dan Bartlett, the White House communications
Laden Video Adds Fuel to the Partisan Fire (LATimes, 30 Oct
Delay our reaction?? How can the public, especially John Kerry, stay
our intense outrage?
The electorate is reminded daily of Bush's inept war planning and the
resulting human loss:
Iraqi Forces Fire on Civilian Vehicles South of Baghdad, Killing or
Wounding Dozens (AP 30 Oct 2004)
US Military Fatalities: 1,100+
US Military Wounded: 7,532+
Estimate 100,000 Iraqi Deaths (AP 28 Oct 2004)
Brain injuries high among Iraq casualties (Army News Service,
Nov. 24, 2003)
Reporter saw insurgents loot Qaqaa arms depot (IHT, 29 Oct 2004)
...All of this because of Bush's colossal mistake and incompetence
as our leader. When Bin Laden appears on our TV screens, we are reminded
Bin Laden is alive, Bush confused the real enemy with Iraq, and, more
shocking, Bush really didn't care about the true enemy: "I don't
know. I don't really think about him very much. I'm not that concerned."
And, now he has the audacity to call for a cessation of public criticism!
Mary C. Wright
Subject: Hey from Seeds of Doubt
A huge debt of gratitude to you for all you have done to keep us informed
and sane these past 4 years. When Bush goes down you can certainly take
a big piece of the credit.
Check out www.seedsofdoubt.com
- a gathering of political photo-toons and other anti-Bush distractions.
All the best,
Subject: Osama's Terror tape, GOP response
If a "senior GOP strategist" has the gall to call Osama bin
Laden’s latest terror tape "a little gift" to George W. Bush,
what does he call 9/11? An unprecedented charitable contribution to
Statements like this, read in the context of divisive Republican policies
over the last four years, raise a serious question: are George Bush's
supporters more interested in fighting the war on terrorism, or in exploiting
terror for partisan gain?
Subject: Bin Laden tape "A Gift"?
To the Media:
I'm outraged. How can you not be reporting the GOP and administration's
sick and vile exploitation of the most recent video from the worst mass
murderer in our nation's history, Osama Bin Laden? Bush/Cheney campaign
When will we start calling this cynical campaign onto the carpet for
playing politics with national security. They simply cannot be trusted
to have the people's interest at heart.
To the media:
As an American, that will be voting on this election, I can
not believe that the Republicans will be making this type of comment
in reference to the Bin Laden tape (comments below). I am disgusted
that they see this as a "GIFT" and not as a clear signal of their
failure to capture or kill this mass murderer. How dare they try to
influence our vote by promoting fear among us for political
gain. I wonder how the families of the 9/11 victims and of
the dead soldiers feel when they see this man on T. V. and not
behind bars or dead, and instead they hear this "game of fear"
put on by the current administration. When will they act and
capture or kill this murderer? I demand coverage on this story.
Calling a terror tape that threatens Americans with mass death
a "GIFT" is outrageous and extremely offensive.
We want people to think 'terrorism' for the last four days,"
said a Bush-Cheney campaign official. "And anything that raises the
issue in people's minds is good for us."
A senior GOP strategist added, "anything that makes people nervous
about their personal safety helps Bush."
He called it "a little gift," saying it helps the
President but doesn't guarantee his reelection.
Thank you for your time,
Subject: Osama Tape NO GIFT
Today a Bush campaign spokesman said that the recent tape from Osama
Bin Laden was a "gift" to the Bush campaign.
I'm disgusted that the Bush campaign would refer to the televised reappearance
of the murderer of over 3,000 Americans as a "gift."
This was no gift and the Bush campaign should RETRACT this statement
immediately, and you should ask them to do so.
Reasonable minds can differ about whether President Bush has prosecuted
the war on terror intelligently. But all of us must agree that to refer
to a videotape from Osama Bin Laden as a "gift" is immoral,
unethical, and a slap in the face to the survivors of those who were
Subject: An old saw: be careful what you wish for
In W's case, a second term might not be nearly as desirable as he's
currently thinking. That's because so many of us are wise to his lies
and have found the courage to say so. I do anticipate that both he,
and the US of A, will have a mighty bumpy ride should the unthinkable
Pamela of the Poconos
Subject: OBL tape "a gift"
As I'm sure your aware, a senior BC04 strategist has called the latest
OBL tape "a little gift." That seemed kinda crass, and a little
repulsive -- 8 marines died today and
the administration is happy that Public Enemy #1 is still causing trouble.
This would have been a big issue had Kerry said it, same as it is when
Bush/Cheney said it.
I'm sure you'll follow up on it.
Subject: Vote war, vote deficit,vote pollution, vote Bush!
The MOTTO of signs I have put in my town is this (and you are welcome
Banner it at BuzzFlash): VOTE WAR, VOTE DEFICIT, VOTE POLLUTION, VOTE
Only a few more days before we can (hopefully) take a deep breath of
Subject: A Vote for Bush...
For the past month or so I have been repeating a mantra to myself, just
wishing that I could say each time I knocked on a door, or write, each
time I saw a bush-cheney sign in a window or on a lawn. But after yesterday,
I have said it in the store, at the library, and on the phone. I am
going to put a sign in my window and a sticker on my car with my own
personal slogan. It is:
"A Vote for Bush is a Vote for the Terrorists"
Remember when BushCo was using this against Kerry? So far I have had
few negative responses.
Subject: Bases in Iraq
During the debates Sen Kerry mentioned 15 airbases were under construction
in Iraq and Mr Bush's expression was "horrified" that Sen
Kerry mentioned it. Is it true? And if so, why don't we hear more about
it? 15 bases in Iraq and how many being closed down in USA. I know many
closed in CA and more planned for closure. You mentioned in today's
BUZZFLASH Alert bases being constructed to protect Saudis--therefore
Subject: The Bin Laden Tape
The bushies say they don't want to give a television platform to terrorists.
This is the explanation for why they tried so hard to stop Al Jazeera
from broadcasting the latest video production from the apparently fit
as a fiddle cave-dweller Osama bin Laden, who apparently understands
the spirit of Halloween and decided to come back to haunt dubya. Yet
the same bushies desperately WANTED to get ABC News to air the odd,
somewhat fishy-smelling and unauthenticated video from "Assam the
American" ranting that blood will run in our streets, yeah yeah.
In fact, they wanted it so much that they leaked the story to Matt Drudge
and even gave him a transcript (says ABC News). The bin Laden tape is
truly embarrassing to bush, as Osama taunts him for his seven minutes
of inaction in the Florida schoolroom, so it's obvious why they didn't
want this one to air. Don't you just love the hypocrisy? And not one
media outlet has noticed it to report on this "policy?"
Subject: Oh him again . . . Ho Hum !
I just don't get it. These ads out in Florida and another video regarding
Osama bin Laden should be a boost to Kerry. They are a reminder that
Bush attacked another country while allowing bin Laden to escape Afghanistan.
I still remember reading about our military being told to cease fire
and in the distance they could hear helicopters and knew that the Taliban
were being lifted out of the country into Pakistan.
When I heard about the latest Osama tape, it was all I could do to keep
from yawning. If people would just judge Bush on his record . . . how
could they even wonder who in the hell they were going to vote for?
We have got to change our voting system. It is time our Country is run
by a majority instead of a minority in this Country. People who are
hesitant and still can't make up their mind if they want a perpetual
war on other countries...perpetual war on our environment...perpetual
war on all of our past policies concerning all Americans.
Seeing Osama in the headlines again should be a reminder that Bush cannot
and will not tend to his duties in the White House. Why is this such
a surprise? And, why do people think Bush is ever going to go after
Osama bin Laden? He is a friend of the family. They financed his failures
in business. Bush is "Loyal." The Saudis were the young men
in the pictures from 911. Bush allowed over 100 members of that family
to leave without talking to the FBI when no other planes were allowed
Why are people so bent out of shape when it comes to crime in this Country
and yet, they don't seem to mind it when the US invades another Country
and to this date, has killed 100,000 people, which is the latest number
coming out and the most believable. If we are such a Christian nation
as we like to brag about, would someone please explain to me why people
have not kicked Bush out of office before now... and instead, still
support him or are wondering if they should support him in this election.
To vote for Bush is a confirmation that Americans want more of what
we have had for the past four years of the Bush administration. The
surprise is the people who still back Bush after all he has done to
this Country and those people who still don't know who to vote for.
A sickening, sick surprise.
Subject: the doctored troop photo rises from the dead
they may have been busted for using the photo-shopped troop photo on
the bush site, but like frankenstein's monster it's come back to life
in a GOP banner ad
Subject: It's Halloween and the Bushes are scary.
Besides saying the Osama tape is "a gift" to Bush. A kind
of a 527 for Bush. The same idiot GOP guy said that "anything that
makes people nervous about their personal safety is good for Bush."
If the idea is to scare people into voting Republican they should get
an A for best use of scare tactics in an election.
To bad they get an F for working and playing well with others. The F
stands for F--- Off world and we don't care if we get you into a nuclear
WW III in order to keep the warmongering neocons in power.
Subject: GOP calls Osama tape "a little gift"
He called it "a little gift," saying it helps the President
but doesn't guarantee his reelection.
And that little gift Bush received and ignored on August 6, 2001 meant
over 3000 lives. I hope he is properly grateful to Osama and doesn't
offend him by ignoring this message.
Dubya, make sure and tell him thank you for the campaign aid since we
all know Osama wants Bush to win because Bush always plays into the
hands of the terrorists. He can't help himself. He escalated the war
in Iraq last week in hopes Osama wouldn't like it and attack. I wish
he were only bent on going after the Bushes.
A gift, and Bush said he had hit the trifecta after 9/11.
tape as boost for Prez (NY Daily News)
Subject: Why are Bush's people happy about the Osama tape?
The New York Daily News reported today that officials or strategists
at the Bush campaign were calling the new Osama tape "good for
us" and "a little gift."
I can't understand why anyone at Bush's campaign would be happy about
the tape. Its appearance serves mainly to remind us of a gigantic failure
of the Bush administration: its failure to capture or kill the man who
masterminded the murder of 3000 Americans.
Rather than having a president who focused on capturing Bin Laden, we
have a president who stated in 2002 that he was "not that concerned
about" Osama Bin Laden, and then focused on a disastrous invasion
of Iraq rather than finishing the job against Osama's terror network.
Would the Bush people also regard a terrorist attack as being "a
little gift" for them?
New York City
Subject: Bush and bin Laden
Bush did more than fail to get his man. The Taliban offered bin Laden
up twice, the second time unconditionally. Bush spurned the offers,
as he did to Saddam's offer of a face-to-face over WMD's. How does that
square with his assertion that every avenue short of war was pursued?
Subject: Could they get any more disgusting?
You rightly ask if they could get any more disgusting, saying Osama's
threat is a "gift."
No, they could not. What next? They'll praise an actual hit on our people?
It's hard to believe we have an ounce of outrage left, after four years,
but somehow they always manage to spark more.
btw, I don't think the national media caught it but my son and I held
up an 18 foot banner today at the Red Sox victory parade that read:
"One Curse Down, One to Go. Re-Defeat Bush Nov. 2"
MOST people loved it. I'll try to find somewhere prominent to hang it
Subject: Where is America's common sense?
Here we are, Bin Laden back on TV, lost explosive material, and now
up another 70 billion, and the republicans want to re-elect a President
who did NOT go after Bin Laden who took down the World Trade Center.
I just can't believe the American people are that dumb.
Subject: My Sole Protest Today In Front of GOP Headquarters.
After the video of Osama bin Laden appeared yesterday, I found my anger
at the Bush administration grow as all of you know as well as those
who do support both he and his policies. How was I going to effectively
deal with my anger was the question I had in me last night into this
morning. It was then I found poster board and markers and made up signs
stating, “Dead or Alive” Osama is Alive, Bush!” and on the flip side
“Bush, No Osama? Go Away!” It was then, I decided to go down to a Republican
campaign headquarters located in Miller Place, NY and picket them as
a sole protester to their candidate. I walked alongside of a road known
as 25A which is one of Long Island’s busiest roads.
I felt many feelings as I did this. I felt empowered where I felt that
I was making a difference to let those who have forgotten Bush’s empty
promise to capture Osama “Dead or Alive” and remind them just days before
this election. As I walked and saw open windows of vehicles passing
by, I chanted, “Justice for 9/11...Kick Bush Out!” I was
greeted by numerous cars honking in both agreement with me as well as
disagreement. Others opened up their windows to give me the thumbs up
and I received many smiles. One guy approached me in his car and we
had a real shouting match going and he said that this verbatim, “Liberalism
is a mental defect” to that I added, “No, liberalism comes from the
root word liberty which means true freedom and said if anyone had a
mental defect it was he for believing in George W. Bush.” Man did that
feel great. He blamed Clinton for everything we were going through right
now and I stated, “I am so sick and tired of you Republicans blaming
Clinton for every little thing and demand accountability by Bush himself
for his failures!”
I also felt fear as a group of men came out of Republican campaign headquarters
and looked over at me, most likely wishing that I was not there and
if they could, would make sure that I did not have my first amendment
rights. This may be an over reacting feeling to their presence as they
looked over at me, but we all know how much freedom of
speech has been confronted in these past four years.
It was at one point, I saw a woman approaching me and my eyes not being
what they once were could not make out who and low and behold, it was
my older sister who is Republican and was working inside of that campaign
headquarters. When she saw my sign, she said, that she had faith that
Bush would get him and that there must be reasons we do not know why
he has alluded capture. I told her how close Bush was at one point,
but pulled the necessary troops away and deployed them to Iraq. I then
stated how we went after the wrong man in Saddam Hussein and where over
one thousand of our soldiers are now dead and where Halliburton with
its no bid contract was serving dirty food to our soldiers, and she
then stated, “they probably did not mean to do so.” I am so sick of
blind ignorance in this country. Fact after fact I threw at her and
where she could not answer it back. Later on as she was leaving, we
both came to a truce where she even offered me a ride home, but I was
not ready to go home. I asked if she were going to tell our other Republican
siblings of my day’s activities, and she said yes. Oh goody! I can almost
hear their reactions, “Poor deluded Mary.” No, they are the one’s I
feel who are deluded by following such an idiot!
So, I walked for one hour more bringing the sum total to my sole protest
to three hours right in front of their headquarters. Did I change any
people’s minds as they traveled that busy road? Who knows? But, I felt
the need to push it right back in their faces.
Do I feel better right now? Yes I do, because it meant fighting the
very thing we all have been fighting for these past four years. But,
yes, there is still that anger left inside of me that Americans can
fall prey to ignorance and accept that. Did I care what others thought
of me since even sole demonstrations are not normally seen in this modern
day? No, I did not. After all, St. Joan of Arc was thought to be the
radical of her day and if she did it, so can I. Perhaps, she worked
right along side of me today giving me the strength to do what I needed
Subject: bin laden tape
In the next two days, Kerry should state emphatically and straight to
the public as he has all along, "I have once again seen the terrorist
OBL putting on an odious and despicable show on the latest video whose
timing is obviously calculated. Mr. Bush blustered shortly after 9/11
about how he would hunt OBL down, but he couldn't catch OBL despite
hundreds of billions spent in the war on terror, and it is unlikely
that four more years of Bush's mismanagement of the nation will result
in OBL's capture. Especially since Mr. Bush said he doesn't worry about
OBL anymore. And by the way, Mr. Bush denied in our debate ever saying
that and accused me of making it up. Mr. Bush has also been in denial
about the cost of the war and his other programs and has forestalled
public investigation of 9/11. The truth is that Al Qaeda politically
endorsed Bush in March because it feared John Kerry's justice for terrorists.
They knew I would go after OBL and Bush won't. Maybe it's time for Mr.
Bush to fully explain his historical business ties to the Saudis and
the Bin Laden's. It's time to make OBL accountable for terrorism and
Bush accountable for not bringing him to justice."
A Buzz Reader
In spite of the washed out frame of mind that I am in, because of
all of the tripe on TV (aka Dubya)... Tonite I must tell you about
the most pleasurable evening I've had in such a long long time......
WHY YOU ASK????? Well, I will tell you why......I got to listen to
the "BIG DOG" talk tonite from New Mexico. Picture it.....No Notes,
No stuttering, No teleprompter, No object sticking out under his coat....and
No smirk!!!!!......Just great speaking with great points, one by one
covering all that WE THE PEOPLE believe in.......and one of the nicest
things about it all was....... TERESA HEINZ (went and checked the
ketchup bottle in my fridge to make sure I spelled her name right)
KERRY.......and the wonderful introduction she gave him. This NEXT
first lady is tops in my book........I just wanted someone to hear
about this pleasant episode that I had tonight, and so I decided
that it should be you BUZZ. Thanks for listening....
Subject: Mess O'Potamia
The mistakes President Bush has made in Iraq keep piling up, day after
bloody day. Now, because 380 tons of dangerous explosives have gone
missing from an unsecured munitions dump aptly named Al-Qaqaa, Bush
is once again in deep doo-doo.
It's time to flush this guy.
Subject: can't access official campaign site for bush from France
Keep up the good work.
I am an American citizen living in France, and I can't access the
official Bush campaign site from here. I've tried from work, from
home, at other people's houses. Do you know why that would be? Is
it any country outside of the United States or just countries, like
France, deemed to be not friendly to the regime?
I get the following message: "You are not authorized to view
this page. You might not have permission to view this directory or
page using the credentials you supplied. "
I wonder if expats in other places have the same experience. Why would
they bar international users from accessing their site? I can access
Kerry's just fine.
I find that a bit disturbing.
Subject: Saddam bin Laden
Does the recently released Saddam tape mean we need a new round of
John & John can guarantee their
As I recall there were polls in the
final days of the Clinton era that reportedly showed that President
Clinton could have been reelected by 67% of the country, were it possible
for him to run a third time.
In our history there have been other
presidents who, after serving as president, then served as Secretary
of State. There is no one in America better able to serve in this
If John Kerry were to ask Bill Clinton
in a public campaign appearance, if he would be willing to serve his
country once again in the capacity of Secretary of State, I'm guessing
there is 67% of the voters out there that would really, really like
to see that.
If that were to happen today, what
do you think the polls would show Tomorrow?
In the future any candidate starting a
campaign should visit every Barber Shop and make their case to us,
the Barbers who can campaign very effectively for them.
A Barber in Renton, Wa.
Subject: Frontline: The Choice
I want to second the fine letter urging everyone to watch the re-broadcast
of this program on Monday night. If possible, try to get someone "undecided"
to watch it with you. If you know someone who is a decent, thinking
person who is planning to vote Republican, encourage them to watch
it first. It is not an attack on Bush, but is
old-fashioned good journalism and is objective and balanced.
Of course, Senator Kerry looks like the better choice for anyone
who loves this country and democracy. PBS may be leaning to the right,
as others have reported on this site, but so far they still have balance
and intelligence. Public broadcasting is absolutely vital for us out
here in the boonies, and its loss is another threat we fear from a
Holding our breath in Idaho!
Subject: Best. Comeback. Ever.
Posted on Democratic Underground this morning, by "Wife of a Wes
I was reading the newspaper while standing in line and the lady behind me
said, "He's getting crazy again, huh?" Now, let me preface
by saying that not only was OBL on the cover, but so were Bush and
Kerry. Of course I said, "Who, Bush? He's always been crazy."
She looked at me in shock and said, "No, Saddam!" The man
in front of me turned around and stared at her like she was an alien.
Right then and there I KNEW he was one of us, and she was voting for
the dark side. I said, "Ma'am, that is Osama Bin Laden, not Saddam
Hussein. Osama Bin Laden, who orchestrated the 9/11 attack on America
is still free. Saddam Hussein, who did not, is in jail." The
man in front of me smiled, so knowing I had back-up, I proceeded.
"You and I are voting side by side today, Ma'am. I wouldn't dream
of telling you how to exercise your rights as an American citizen,
but in good conscience, I must say one thing: Your confusion frightens
and concerns me. Remember who attacked us when you place your vote.
Osama is still alive, and looking quite healthy, while over 1100 of
our sons and daughters died to capture a man we had all along. Saddam
is not Osama, and George Bush
is not Jesus."
Elaine in Oregon
Subject: You made a difference
However things turn out on Tuesday, I think you have helped change the
political climate for the better. You have earned the right to be proud
of your role, and I'm sure tens of thousands of other loyal BuzzFlash
readers would join me in thanking you for your efforts to bring back
the sort of America we can be proud of. Thank-you.
Albert Clark, NY
[BuzzFlash Note: Our READERS are making a HUGE difference. Thanks back
at you! We're in this together.]
Subject: Giuliani on Meet the Press...arghhhhh!
Rudy Giuliani has just told Tim Russert that when he made the remark
a few days ago blaming the troops for not finding the now missing explosives,
he really wasn't saying that the troops were to blame; he really was
saying John Kerry said the troops were to blame and wanted to now be
clear about that.
And of course, Russert didn't challenge him.
Subject: Letter to the Editor - Osama's Hidden Message
Many people are speculating about if the Osama bin Laden tape has a
hidden message in it. What is bin Laden trying to do?
Bin Laden is telling America that he won the battle against Bush. He
is showing that he is alive, he is healthy, he is strong, that he is
confident, that he is in control, that he is still a threat, and that
he isn't afraid of George Bush. He mocks President Bush for reading
"My Pet Goat" giving him more time to kill Americans. He is
confirming Bush's statement that
Bush is truly not that concerned about him.
Bin Laden is asserting that he is powerful and that Bush doesn't scare
him. His message is - Bush has failed and that Bush is a weak leader.
And the sad thing is - Osama is correct.
I'm Marc Perkel - And I approved this message!
San Francisco, CA.
Subject: Powell: Bush failed in Iraq
believes U.S. is losing Iraq war (Salon.com/truthout.org)
Secretary of State Colin Powell has privately confided to friends
in recent weeks that the Iraqi insurgents are winning the war, according
to Newsweek. The insurgents have succeeded in infiltrating Iraqi forces
"from top to bottom," a senior Iraqi official tells Newsweek
in tomorrow’s issue of the magazine, "from decision making to
the lower levels."
This is a particularly troubling development for the U.S. military,
as it prepares to launch an all-out assault on the insurgent strongholds
of Fallujah and Ramadi, since U.S. Marines were counting on the newly
trained Iraqi forces to assist in the assault. Newsweek reports that
"American military trainers have been frantically trying to assemble
sufficient Iraqi troops" to fight alongside them and that they
are "praying that the soldiers perform better than last April,
when two battalions of poorly trained Iraqi Army soldiers refused
If the Fallujah offensive fails, Newsweek grimly predicts, "then
the American president will find himself in a deepening quagmire on
Michael Moore to Have 1,200 Cameras at Polling Places in Florida and
Ohio. Seems to me that everyone with a video camera who can take off
work for a few hours on Tuesday should do the same throughout the country.
Republican efforts to suppress the Democratic vote are said to be widespread
and organized. Having someone at the polling place with a movie camera
would, if not to act as a deterrent, at least provide irrefutable evidence.
(Take someone big with you. People don't like to be photographed breaking
Joyce in Arizona
Subject: Dish Network
I urge everyone who subscribes to Dish Network to call and let them
know how obnoxious and offensive we find their partisan decision to
show the film Stolen Honor the night before the election. Their number
is 1-800-333-3474. Their menu makes it difficult to get to a person,
but you can do so by selecting "programming" and then selecting
to talk to a representative.
When I called, I expressed my displeasure that they were showing this
pack of lies at all and asked if they also planned to show Fahrenheit
9-11 simply to be fair to both sides. The response was, of course, no.
I also told them that I had long since been aware that no behavior was
beneath republicans in their quest to win, but that I was disappointed
that Dish Network had chosen to help disseminate these lies about Kerry.
I will be in the near future switching back over to a large dish system,
and my programming will absolutely not come from Superstar or any company
in any way affiliated with Dish Network.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: "Send in Tom Brokaw!"
Did anyone see Tom Brokaw's "special" interviews with the
two candidates tonight?! They were "special" all right...after
a condescending and accusatory-toned interview with a surprised yet
smiling John Kerry, where tough question followed tough question and
tough follow-up, not only did Brokaw never follow up with Bush...he
let Bush change the question into the question Bush wanted to answer...then
Bush would answer that question! I could not believe it.
Did anyone else see what I saw? If Brokaw were the least bit concerned
about how he looked, you would have thought that would stay on the editing
room floor, yet there it was.
It was the most embarrassing excuse for "journalism" I have
ever witnessed. Edward R. Murrow is spinning and spitting right now.
If poor Walter Cronkite saw it he probably expired on the spot.
I am sure, however, that Jack Welch was very pleased.
Afterward, if you will, please imagine Tom and Jack in a large echoing
room, exchanging dialogue from a terribly funny old Bill Hicks bit about
satan being "rewarded" by his enslaved minions... "Send
in Tom Brokaw!"
John L. Johnson
Subject: in America
On the Larry King interview with Walter Cronkite, Cronkite predicted
that "we're probably not going to know (the election result) until
very probably early spring."
In order to get a handle on American tactics for trying to control
a vote, the best example is the recent election in Venezuela, where
the American oil companies and the Venezuelan elite who rake in big
bucks from the oil, went head to head against Chavez and the legion
of Peons in that country. Chavez had been passing down the oil revenues
to his people so that their lifestyles improve. The greedy elite and
oil barons wanted him out.
For months leading up to the election, there was constant propaganda
flowing against Chavez. The election ballots were so difficult to read
that Chavez had to run a campaign so that his people would understand
that if they wanted Chavez returned to office, they had to vote "no"
for Chavez! The people had to get up at sunrise, in order to get to
the voting stations on time. There was intimidation at the voting stations
and LONG line ups. Carter reported that the people of Venezuela stood
for many hours in the hot sun, in order to vote. As it was, there was
still discrepancy about how much Chavez won by (58% was reported). In
other words, it took an overwhelming majority win to keep Chavez in
This kind of maneuvering is now going on in America. And it will take
some patience and courage to stand in those lines and vote. It is going
to take a lot of investigation of computer fraud to keep it on the up
and up. A large majority vote will help stop this march towards fascism
The other technique which has been mentioned is that FEMA will be conducting
a "security exercise" on voting day. This involves people
who are dressed in anti-biological clothing with flares, waving people
in specific directions. That matter of FEMA conducting an exercise on
voting day has to be dealt with at the highest levels immediately. The
public has the right to know if this form of intimidation is going to
be used on voting day. People should get out to vote. Take whatever
time is required in order to vote.
It should be a fascinating look at fascist methodology, taking place
right before your eyes! Time to watch your own government at work.
Subject: Shocked, I am Shocked!
I was at a meeting the other day when we decided to send packages to
our military for Christmas! I was shocked to hear one of the items needed
by our military is toilet paper? Toilet paper, toilet paper? I'm so
angry...why of all things toilet paper? This is the pits. This is a
slap in the face toward our military. This administration has the nerve
to say Kerry does not support the military? They have to be completely
Voters should be ticked, really ticked! Where is Congress and the Senate
asking for an accountability of money spent on the war? Why with all
the money being spent on this stupid war cannot we provide our military
with the basic everyday needs? This is an outrage! All this while Shrub
probably sits on a cushioned toilet in the WH with plenty of TP.
Geez Louise, something has to give. The only answer is to vote for
Kerry/Edwards. It is time to give dignity back to the military. I am
so angry and frustrated now, just in total shock! Toilet paper of all
things. Just cannot voice my anger enough right now. I am angry and
Subject: Barbara's world warning
A quote from Barbara:
What will the repercussions be when the world figures out just how
incompetent the Bush administration has been? How will people all
around the world feel when they realize Bush did not secure 380 TONS
of highly explosive munitions that is now in the hands of terrorists?
Barbara, the world figured out long ago that Bush is incompetent.
As an American living in Switzerland for 14 years, I am keeping an eye
on America from a world viewpoint. Guess what? The world doesn't buy
Businessmen who should be ecstatic for the windfall from the corrupt
frat-boy think that he was involved in 9-11 from the get-go. His lies
don't fly without the spin-dry cycle of the world media. The problem
is that the world is wondering what the hell the Americans are doing
to keep their heads in of the tumble-dry. Every American except one
has said that we must vote for Kerry, even if we have some hesitancy.
(My favorite was Kucinich,
then Dean, then Clark, but I'm willing to follow the voice of reason.)
And guess what, I just learned that this evening she (the one American
Bush supporter) will not vote because she can't decide. I'm taking that
as a victory because a non-vote for Bush is one less vote for the Beast.
Swiss people ask me how I think the election will turn out, and I answer:
Kerry will win, and Bush will not lose!
Please, don't humour the Beast with signs of go back to Crawford. We
are talking prison. At least for aggravated assaulted on hurting our
Get out your video cameras, you will need them. l never liked Eminem,
but I respect his courage to demonstrate that it has come to the point
that he has to say what he has said. I support his viewpoint. America,
can I support yours? Is BuzzFlash a flash in the pan? Prove me wrong.
Get out the VOTE!
Get out your cameras. Document everything.
Oh, by the way, do you think that the OBL video was another invention
by the Rove? Attack the opponent's strengths, and let the opponent attack
the weaknesses of the idiot but find a way to turn it into a strength.
It worked for Dan Rather. OBL must be a piece of cake.
What kind of world can I look forward to on December 14th?
Larry, a diehard BuzzFlash contributor
Subject: Re: Whatever the Results of the Election, BuzzFlash will
I will be first in line to vote for the Senator. I cannot wait to see
egg on G. Bush's face on Wednesday morning. J. Kerry will unite everybody.
With G. Bush it is more of the same.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Why is this bunker still standing? The site was identified by the UN
and IAEA as bunker for the most dangerous explosives, but it looks to
be in perfect condition to me. Not a bump or scratch on iT? I thought
we had run out of targets??
Subject: Important letter from a soldier in Iraq
The text below is not my writing. It is a letter from a soldier from
New Hampshire, currently serving in Iraq. It was published in the Concord
Monitor. I'm asking everyone on my list in the media to please seriously
consider this heartfelt writing when you blast your electioneering in
the next three days. (What? Do you really think that I think you're
Tell your friends. Better, you think about it. Think about facing yourself
on Wednesday morning. If Sprague can't "contact" you, then
some piece of your personality in serious difficulty.
A Matter of Survival
By George Sprague
Concord Monitor | Letter
Thursday 28 October 2004
When I was home in New Hampshire on leave last month, a lot of people
approached me to tell what a good job we're doing here in Iraq.
I appreciate the support, but I don't need the media or those people
to tell me what I see every day. We are not getting the job done.
People ask me, "How's it going over there?" Cities have
been overrun and are in a state of lawlessness. My job brings me into
the streets. I see these things as they happen. They aren't just headlines
for me. All we are doing here is treading water, and at this rate
we can't keep afloat much
longer. I'm just a simple man, but I can see that everything this
administration has done with Iraq has been dead wrong.
We appreciate your support, but we can't see those yellow ribbons
from here. I ask that you let your vote show your support. I don't
know what you go to bed thinking, but I go to bed wondering not how
many more years of this administration I can handle but how many more
days I might survive.
Donald L. Feinberg
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