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Subject: "A Badge of Honor"
I think you should start a weekly "Badge of Honor" tribute.
(I was thinking the opposite of your GOP hypocrite spot.) This tribute
could honor those people that Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh slam.
Since their attacks and lies are absurd, I think we should treat
them as such...absurd buffoons. We tend to get caught up in their
"hate mongering," why not respond with humor and satire?
If the progressives think they are ridiculous, maybe it will catch
on. If Bill O'Reilly gets in the picture, you could give them an
additional "falafel badge of honor." You could point out
to the recipients that they have finally "made it to prime-time"...being
demonized by Ann and Rush, and that their actions must be worthy
of taking a second look at if they got those two so lathered up.
(You could also include ideas such as global warming, treaties,
Geneva convention rules, etc.; anything to point out how juvenile
and misleading these two can be.)
Subject: George "Double-ya" doubles his Florida Rural
President Miracle has summoned the ghost of Billy Sunday and channeled
a "doubling" in the rural Vote in Florida. To demonstrate
the prodigious nature of this feat, I point to 15 Counties in rural
Florida where "Double-ya" nearly matched, did match or
exceeded not only his raw vote total in 2000, but the combined vote
total of himself and Al Gore as well.
Things to point out:
1) 41% of Florida's registered voters classify themselves as Democrats.
2) John Kerry carried 87% of the Democratic vote in Florida.
3) John Kerry was running ahead of "Double-ya" in several
Florida Election Eve Polls while Al Gore was perceived as running
a few percentage points behind Bush in 2000.
Now to the counties. I will list in order the following: 1) the
name of the county; 2) percent of registered voters in that county
who label themselves Democrats; 3) that county's Bush + Gore combined
vote totals in 2000; 4) the Bush raw vote total in 2004; and 5)
the 2004 Bush/Kerry result in that county expressed in % terms.
1) Washington County 2) 67% Dem 3) 7,779 4) 7,367 5) Bush 71% Kerry
1) Union County 2) 75.5% Dem 3) 3,725 4) 3,396 5) Bush 71% Kerry
1) Santa Rosa County 2) 28.1% Dem 3) 49,043 4) 51,952 5) Bush 77%
1) Okaloosa County 2) 24.7% Dem 3) 69,067 4) 69,320 5) Bush 78%
1) Nassau County (touch screen) 2) 36.8% Dem 3) 23,356 4) 23,762
5) Bush 73% Kerry 26%
1) Levy County 2) 59.7% Dem 3) 12,263 4) 10,408 5) Bush 63% Kerry
1) Lafayette County 2) 82.8% Dem 3) 2,457 4) 2,460 5) Bush 74%
1) Holmes County 2) 72.7% Dem 3) 7,139 4) 6,410 5) Bush 77% Kerry
1) Gulf County 2) 67.1% Dem 3) 5,935 4) 4,797 5) Bush 66 % Kerry
1) Columbia County 2) 56.5% Dem 3) 18,011 4) 16, 753 5) Bush 67%
1) Dixie County 2) 77.5% Dem 3) 4,523 4) 4,433 5) Bush 69% Kerry
1) Clay County 2) 25.6% Dem 3) 56, 375 4) 61 , 813 5) Bush 76%
1) Bay County 2) 39.2 % Dem 3) 47,587 4) 53,305 5) Bush 71 % Kerry
1) Bradford County 2) 61.4% Dem 3) 8,485 4) 7,533 5) Bush 70 %
1) Baker County 2) 69.3% Dem 3) 8,002 4) 7,738 5) Bush 78% Kerry
All counties listed above, except Nassau, used Optical Scanners.
To clarify these stats, I reiterate the following: # 3) is Bush
+ Gore votes in each listed county for Election 2000, while #4)
represents just the total Bush vote in that same county in Election
[BuzzFlash Note: Sincere thanks for your ongoing detailed scrutiny.
Now who can and will put all the details of the puzzle together?]
Subject: 1,005 dead since "Bring 'em on" Bush taunt
Since July 2, 2003, when President Bush whipped out his undersized
weenie and taunted the Iraqi insurgents with the ill conceived phrase
"bring 'em on!", 1,005 US soldiers have been killed in
Iraq. God knows how many more soldiers were seriously wounded during
this time frame.
Talk about STUPID! You never give the opposing team something to
put on the locker room wall! It is totally obvious this stupid bully
never was in combat!
For reference, fully 80% of US deaths in Iraq have occurred after
Bush taunted the insurgents with "bring 'em on."
90% of US deaths in Iraq occurred after the "mission accomplished"
60% of US deaths occurred after Saddam was captured.
Of course this matters little in Bush's Rambo-movie world. It is
easy to taunt the enemy from behind a wall of secret service protection,
especially when the soldiers you are sacrificing are from the lower
and middle class, just like Vietnam.
He would not be so arrogant and stupid if his two daughters were
in Iraq right now. It is easy to be a posturing macho bully when
you are putting someone else's kids in harm's way. All this blowhard
macho posturing reminds me of a grade school bully, more than the
"strong leader" he pretends to be. These certainly aren't
the statements of a mature adult who understands the complexity
of the world.
Hopefully next time he will think more before he speaks, especially
considering US forces are outnumbered 185 to 1 in Iraq. "Walk
softly and carry a big stick" should be amended to "Talk
softly and carry a big stick."
Subject: Hype, Hypocrisy and Hoodlums Running Our Government
. . .
I am referring to the Tom DeLay Deal, where if he is convicted
as a felon, then he still keeps his job. How many felons do we
have working for Bush today? Just curious, because as we remember
in the past that felons in Florida were not allowed to even vote.
Suddenly, their names were gone or on another list. Shouldn't
all felons be treated equally instead of constantly changing the
laws to allow the complicity and criminality of the Republicans?
This is what we Democrats get for not pressing charges against
Republicans for crimes committed 30 years ago, 20 years ago and
ten years ago. We have those same people in this government today.
When do we stop allowing the criminals to run the government .
. . when all of the leaders are either convicted felons or the
never to be prosecuted felons? Must I name names?
I think it is well past the time that we have two sets of rules,
one for Republicans and their Loyals and another set of rules
for the rest of us. If we don't send these bastards to jail, they
will keep coming up again and again . . . look at Katherine Harris
and our Supreme Court, among others. We have jails full of poor
people put in jail for much less, and yet, we are to accept leaders
that are felons . . . well, why not, we have a president who was
fraudulently appointed and then fraudulently elected twice, who
lied to start a war that is killing people daily.
Why don't people see the pattern here? These are not small crimes
against our people and our government. As we can see, since no
one gets punished, the crime does pay and keeps on paying. Take
a good look at the people Bush the elder pardoned when he was
in the White House. Pardoned so they couldn't testify against
him. Crime has sure paid off for those people.
When are we going to put a stop to the criminals, who are not
in hiding, but hold very responsible jobs in this government?
Just askin . . .
[BuzzFlash Note: The rules change affects indicted,
not convicted, House leaders. SeeTalking
Points memo for speculation on DeLay continuing to serve
even when convicted.]
Subject: Letter To President Bush
Dear President Bush:
Congratulations on your victory over all us Non-evangelicals. Actually,
we're a bit ticked off here in California, so we're leaving you. California
will now be its own country. And we're taking all the Blue States
with us. In case you are not aware, that includes Hawaii, Oregon,
Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, all of the North
East States, and the urban half of Ohio.
We spoke to God, and she agrees that this split will be beneficial
to almost everybody, and especially to us in the new country of California.
In fact, God is so excited about it, she's going to shift the whole
country at 4:30 pm EST this Friday. Therefore, please let everyone
know they need to be back in their states by then. God is going to
give us the Pacific Ocean and Hollywood. In addition, we're getting
(Sorry, that's just how it goes.)
But God is letting you have the KKK and country music (except the
Just so we're clear, the country of California will be pro-choice,
pro-gay marriage, and antiwar. Speaking of war, we're going to need
all Blue States citizens back from Iraq. If you need people to fight
in Fallujah, just ask your evangelical voters. They have tons of kids
they're willing to send to their deaths for absolutely no purpose.
And they don't care if you don't show pictures of their kids' caskets
So, you get Texas and all the former slave states, and we get the
Governator and stem cell research. (We would love you to take Britney
Spears off our hands, though. She IS from the south, right?)
Since we get New York, you'll have to come up with your own late night
TV shows because we get MTV, Letterman, The Daily Show, and Conan
O'Brien. You get...well, why don't you ask your people at Fox News
to come up with something entertaining? (Maybe you should just watch
Crossfire. That's a really funny show.)
We wish you all the best in the next four years and we hope, really
hope, you find those missing weapons of mass destruction. Seriously.
Subject: National Review Online
I keep e-mailing the National Review and have yet to receive an answer
to this question: As staunch supporters of the war in Iraq, how many
of its writers are eligible to join the armed forces? If any of them
are eligible, when are they going to do the "right" thing
and enlist so that they can join the fight in Iraq? If they are eligible
and haven't enlisted in a fight they so strongly believe in, how do
they justify it?
Anybody notice that the wounded insurgent ... shot by a Marine in
Fallujah is now being widely referred to as an 'enemy combatant'?
See for example ABC. It will be interesting to see if this is a rhetorical
shift that will culminate in the designation of the Fallujah insurgents
as 'illegal combatant,' and thus not protected by the Geneva Conventions.
Forwarded, from post by Scott in Iraq Update November 17
Subject: Bummed About Election?
A closing message from an election battle ground state:
"Just stop it!" is something that you might say to an overly
exuberant puppy that continues to jump on visitors. The dilemma is
whether to offend the guest by swatting the puppy on the nose, or
ignore the antics and hope it will stop.
After participating in an intensive election ground war, literally
scouring for votes in Wisconsin, we were able to eke out a slim victory
for John Kerry. This was solely possible because of the complete disgust
that many in Wisconsin have for the war, not for the love of John
Kerry's policies. After the national defeat I expected to see a bit
of party self-reflection and a sea change towards a better approach.
I was reading Sam Hurwitt's article in the East Bay Express about
activism at Berkeley hoping to see a glimmer of higher wisdom and
understanding. Instead, I came away with the anguish of seeing so
much good enthusiasm and effort completely wasted. Although the virtues
of "joyous veganism" may inspire a select group at Berkeley,
the message is at best incomprehensible in the battle ground states.
I thought to myself, "Please just stop it! Don't encourage them.
Perhaps they'll find something better to focus their energy on."
I mulled the article around in my mind. "Such a waste to worry
about animal rights when prisoners are being tortured and civilians
are being killed with our tax money," I pondered. "But alas,
these activists are harmless?" Forget about it.
The next day, I see a long AP article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
about a PETA campaign condemning hook and line fishing. "MY GOD!
What have they done?" I trembled. Was not John Kerry the candidate
of gay sex, gun bans and killing unborn babies to nearly half of Wisconsin
voters? And now, by proxy, the next Democratic candidate will be the
candidate who wants to abolish fishing! "Not fishing, a veritable
religion in this water abundant state! Oh the humanity!" I gasped.
Forgive them, they know not what they do.
There are so many important issues to devote precious time, energy,
and money in these days of the second Bush term. If we cannot find
an issue that a solid 50% or 60% already agree with, perhaps we should
listen more to reason than the heart's desires. There was a time,
long ago, when the Republicans were known as the party of bigotry,
exploiting workers, poverty and corruption, but they learned. So I
say, "Just stop it!" or the voters are going to swat us
Supporters Move to Protect His Spot (AP/Yahoo)
I hope people see these Republicans for what they really are. This
is shameful. President Bill Clinton did nothing and look what they
did to him. The Republicans that vote for this that represent blue
districts should be thrown out of office. Tom DeLay should go to jail.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Kill one man and you are a murderer. Kill millions and you are
a conqueror. Kill all and you are a God. --Jean Rostand
Subject: Gnats on an Elephant
The idea that an illegally elected regime (who is making the CIA and
FBI and all other investigative organizations political) can be brought
down or even annoyed by "Investigative Journalists" or even
"Bloggers" is laughable.
I appreciate you opening the eyes of the world to this bunch of war
criminals, but the days of Deep Throat and Watergate Tapes and so
[on] are over.
I think it's time to just come to terms with the fact that we're
all in very, very, very big trouble.
Having been born and raised in the south I am dumbfounded as to why
the democrats and news people didn't zero in on the bush administration
being the most secretive since Nixon. The southern red neck is down
right paranoid of the government. But you have to use words like,
"Bush has gone out of his way to make sure YOU the American people
never find out what he and his people are doing behind your backs!"
Lines like that sell in the south. I'm surprised Edwards didn't do
Subject: Re Boycott Mainstream Press Nationwide
We have no mainstream press in Oklahoma. Well, the Tulsa World isn't
quite as bad as the Daily Oklahoman or as we call it "the Daily
Disappointment," the Jokelahoman.
I have been trying to get people to boycott the Disappointment for
about a decade. If you have to read what the opposition is saying,
go to the library. They even tried to give me a free subscription
because I was a victim of the 1999 Big Tornado. I wasn't damaged a
lot, but they started just leaving me a copy.
I called them several times to complain and finally I told them as
soon as I got all the rubbish out of my yard, they start throwing
trash in it again and my cat doesn't need that much kitty litter.
Subject: A letter to the New York Times concerning their attacking
I just want to share with your readers the letter I sent the New
York Times about their fine reporting. The media really needs to hear
what you think of the swell job they are doing. It's good so they
can tell their sponsors all the people who won't be reading their
Dear New York Times,
I would suggest that the greatest service that the New York Times
could do in covering the potential recount efforts in Ohio is to
get out of the way and let somebody follow the story because I know
you won't. Haven't you guys already done enough?
By your own count you know that the guy who should have been in
the White House in 2000 wasn't, and then you hid your own finding
under a misleading headline.
I mean without your fine reporting from Judith Miller, I wouldn't
know that Saddam Hussein is armed to the teeth with weapons of mass
destruction. Also how would I have known about why it was so important
to invade Iraq without the journalistic excellence of Tom Friedman,
that along with his wonderful expose on outsourcing (could you please
outsource his job), which taught me why it was so important that
1,200 mostly disadvantaged Americans had to die. I'm so glad that
he wasn't hurt when he led the troops into Iraq around Basra.
So you see when it comes to credibility you folks really have
none. It is truly a shame when ordinary people have to become the
journalists, because they're really not trained for it, but when
you live in a country that has no media in which to find "all
the news that is fit to print" somebody has to do it.
Once again I expect that you will continue to spout platitudes
that sound like they are on my side, while staying silent on the
main issues which lead to the country that I grew up in slipping
further and further away from anything I can recognize.
OK, so now we see the rats, some of them, jumping off the sinking
Ship of State--at least some are. But that will not put their consciences
to ease. They have aided and enabled this criminal in his quest for
grandeur and treasure for four years. And that goes multiple for Powell
who gave, knowingly, false testimony so the bushco mob could make
an illegal invasion of a defenseless Iraq.
And Condi, who could not know anything from all the reports she was
reading (maybe reading), including the infamous PDB of early August,
but she could guess that 'maybe someone in the bowels knew,' and for
this incompetence get a promotion. Better to find that 'someone in
the bowels,' and give the Sec of State to him (her).
And we now see a newcomer to replace Ashcroft, the bushco mobs' mouthpiece
and torture advocate, Gonzales. It was so delightful to see Gonzales
give bush-the-pres a kiss on his right arm before mouthing his acceptance
in such a humble way. What? Next we will see kisses on the hand of
bush by all his cabal-inate? Where have we seen that before?
Subject: Bush's war
I just read the letter saying our Democratic elected leaders should
join the Republicans calling this Bush's war. I think this is what
we all should do, but the big problem with our leaders is, a lot of
them voted for the invasion of Iraq knowing full we he was lying about
the whole thing. Thanks.
Subject: Back to the Gulf
Well Fellow Buzzers I am once again off to the Persian Gulf.
My job is that of an engineer onboard a US flagged ship, contracted
by the Government to bring our Boys over to that quagmire. This will
be my 5th trip this year. So hopefully I'll be writing again in around
75 days. Later.
Subject: Wake up America!
If the best qualities of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham
Lincoln were embodied in one magnificent candidate to run against
George W. Bush, he still would have lost. This should be a wake up
call to Hillary, Dean, Kerry and the rest of you hopeful Democrats,
forget about 2006 and 2008. It won't matter, so long as the electronic
voting machines are in the hands of Conservative partisans. If they
continue to control the election process, no Democrat will ever stand
a chance in a major election. Was the election stolen again? The evidence
seems overwhelming, yet go and prove it. As the Republicans stay in
power, it will get worse since there are no more checks and balances.
The Republican spin has been mind boggling. Such nuggets as, "it
was the moral issue," "the young vote didn't show up,"
though statistics suggest the opposite is true. Every kinky theory
has been explored, ad infinitum, but the fact Kerry was picked to
win in a landslide by the once respected exit polls, seems to be buried
with the 2000 election debacle. Florida in 2000, now Ohio and other
select states cannot have a trusted exit poll. But, lo and behold,
the polls were wrong by a large margin only where the electronic voting
machines were placed to do their dirty deeds. The lack of the main
stream reporting on this fact is nothing short of disgusting and bordering
on fascist-like censorship.
Now, trying to solidify their ill-gotten gains, the neo-cons are saying
Michael Moore, Barbra Streisand, Alec Baldwin, the Dixie Chicks, Linda
Rondstadt and the rest of those Hollywood elitists turned off many
voters and the Democrats should distance themselves from those unpatriotic
bastards. This smells of a new Karl Rove scheme. We must never forget
how energized the Democratic base became with the help of Michael
Moore and the overwhelming majority of the entertainment field. Those
are the real patriots whose main goal is to protect the true American
values from the fascist-like element that seeks to destroy all that
was good and pure about the great American experiment. Should the
Democrats distance themselves from these patriots, it will only weaken
the Democratic base immeasurably, and another of Karl Rove's evil
schemes will have won.
You have to control the media in order to turn a coward (who went
AWOL in time of war and AWOL the day of the most horrific foreign
act of violence on United States soil) into some kind of hero. Then,
to be able to twist speeches and events to make a true American hero,
who has proven his bravery beyond a doubt, into some kind of traitor.
It is appalling. They even have the people who are fighting to keep
our young men and women safe, having to declare their support of the
troops every time they bring up an issue in support of our troops.
Meanwhile these greedy, oil driven war mongers, whose lies have gotten
more than a thousand Americans killed and thousands more wounded,
wrap themselves in the flag and somehow convince their misguided loyalists,
they are making America safer. Regardless of what country they are
killed in, Americans being killed almost on a daily basis, does not
add up to a safer America. That is why, if you take away the dirty
tricks and electronic voting machines, George W. Bush got whipped
soundly. Most Americans are aware of the evil this Administration
is spreading. The investigations that are so sorely needed are probably
destined to wind up in limbo for many years. They will be buried with
the Presidential and Gubernatorial papers of the two Bushes, the Presidential
papers of Ronald Reagan and don't forget Cheney's energy task force
and Ken Lay. The unparalleled and disgusting secrecy goes on and on.
Why aren't our Democratic leaders screaming from the rooftops about
all the election violations that are coming to light? Their acquiescence
is a mystery. If the main stream media is silencing them, they should
shout it every time they appear on C-Span or at a lecture or anywhere
there is a camera or microphone. The truth will get out if repeated
loud and often enough. Just ask Karl Rove how he gets his followers
to believe his insidious lies. Repetition, repetition and then more
repetition. We have to stop making and listening to hypothetical excuses
of what went wrong. The election was stolen, pure and simple. Until
something is done to stop the dirty tricks and more importantly, put
an end to electronic voting that can't be traced, the Democrats will
never win another major election. There can be only one reason the
Conservatives fought so hard against a paper trail and that is, they
intend to steal elections and they most certainly do.
Subject: So it was over in Fallujah, but not over.
I woke up to the news today and they were saying, "They said
it was virtually over in Fallujah, but now it isn't over and they
are adding days."
Same song, second verse, could get better, but it is going to get
Subject: BUSH, CHIRAC, AND IRAQ
Open Letter to Elizabeth Bumiller, Reporter, New York Times
"Decisive" victory? The last time I checked, it was the
lowest margin of victory of any sitting President since Woodrow Wilson.
And he was a much superior President.
And why should Chirac hurry to congratulate Bush, anyway? Bush hasn't
done much good for France or the world lately. In fact, you could
rightfully call him the "Axis of Weasel." A rich preppie
draft-dodger who has managed to sell tax cuts for the wealthy, while
at the same time sending poor boys to die in Iraq for democracy and
oil (oh, and 9/11 and those pesky missing weapons of mass destruction,
too.) Neat trick, built on a house of lies.
And anyone, such as yourself or Judith Miller, who blindly, slavishly
sucks up to Bush and his neocon minions, is equally guilty of promulgating
this ugly, immoral administration's war agenda. If you don't tell
the truth, they'll sell their lies through you.
Please use your intelligence to dig under the surface and Question
Authority, rather than repeating their "inside" party lines
or lies. Otherwise, you will end up like Condi Rice, the Smiling,
Lying Cobra. Selling her eternal soul for a little more power with
Stay strong. stay skeptical. Be a true, investigative journalist rather
than a stenographer for this Administration's agenda.
Subject: The Diddly Awards from Mother Jones . . .
There were five Republicans up for this award, but this quote really
strikes a nerve with me knowing what we are doing in Iraq today.
The Flightless Eagle Award is awarded to the right-wing congressional
candidate least likely to soar. The nominees are...
...Tom Coburn (U.S. Senate, Oklahoma) had previously distinguished
his hard-right positions by asserting: "If I wanted to buy
a bazooka to use in a very restricted way, to do something, I ought
to be able to do that." This year he combined two hot-button
issues into a surefire winner: "I favor the death penalty for
abortionists and other people who take life."
Now there is a real moralistic Christian view towards others . .
. What does it say for the Christian Conservative Republican Bush
administration that lied us into a war and so far has taken over 100,000
lives, and that count was before the attack on Fallujah?
Just wonderin . . .
PS. The winner was Vernon Robinson and what his ads said were even
more unbelievable and worth the read. I don't know where I am living
but it has to be a parallel universe . . . tell me it is. I want to
go home . . . now.
Subject: The March
I was there. Constitution Ave., Pennsylvania Ave., and every street
leading into The Ellipse was solid pedestrians. The entire Ellipse
all the way to the Washington Monument was elbow to elbow people.
Early newspaper estimates of the crowd were 2-3 million.
Park police estimated the crowd at well over a million, as did the
Pentagon. In the ensuing days, the estimate was lowered, lowered,
lowered, until you get the pitiful figure you quote in your BuzzFlash
headline, now the "official figure," genned up over a
period of weeks.
Traffic was backed up all the way to Baltimore north, and to Quantico
south the night before the march, not to mention the substantial turnout
from people living in the area. There were probably 100000 from Georgetown
alone, going to the march on foot (as if
there were any other way to get there!). Hell, there were 250000 people
at the march who lived within blocks of the Mall. The city was in
crisis, without adequate shelter or even food for the people who came.
Restaurants had waiting lines of hours and ran out of
supplies and closed. Indeed, only 2 million or so made it to the march,
while as many were unable to reach it, trapped far away on Connecticut
or Florida, or even stuck in traffic miles from Washington.
It was big. 250000? You, have been had! Whodathunk BuzzFlash would
be yet another propaganda victim!! 250000 people isn't even a big
crowd around the Washington monument.
"On November 15th,
1969, 250,000 War Protesters Staged Peaceful Rally In Washington to
Protest Vietnam War. Isn't It That Time Again? 11/16"
Please rephrase that to something more realistic:
On November 15th, 1969, nearly 2,000,000 War Protesters Staged Peaceful
Rally In Washington to Protest Vietnam War. Isn't It That Time Again?
Of course, I agree entirely with the sentiment.
[BuzzFlash Note: We borrowed the archived
NY Times headline...silly us!]
Subject: words to live by....
There is such an enormous gap between our words and deeds! Everyone talks about
freedom, democracy, justice, human rights, and peace; but at the
same time, everyone, more or less, consciously or unconsciously,
serves those values and ideals only to the extent necessary to defend
and serve his own interests, and those of his group or his state.
Who should break this vicious circle? Responsibility cannot be preached:
it can only be borne, and the only possible place to begin is with
oneself. -- Vaclav Havel
A BuzzFlash Reader
I'm already wanting to protect myself from the depressing symbolism
of another Bush (AKA Killer) inauguration. Anyone have any ideas on
what to do on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005 to counteract the pain of four
Jean in PA
Subject: Margaret Hassan's kidnapping...
Margaret Hassan's apparent murder may well go down into History as
one of America's darkest moments.
There is all indication (denial by many Muslim groups as being involved),
that the timing involved in the kidnapping of Margaret (just pre-election,
pre-Fallujah) reeks of a second "Berg" episode. Berg's video
was apparently established by many on the net (much professional input)
as a 'front' and 'fraud.' Could Hassan's episode be similar?
The atrocity of the act serves great purpose to further inflame the
radicals who are behind this illegal war. If this country is found
in the future to have sanctioned such despicable acts of crime we
will be looked upon by those in the future as a "lost and wandering"
people, not to mention the ignorance that will be so blatantly obvious.
It's all getting overwhelming, the insanity of it all...we can only
hope now that the rest of the planet will do what is required.
Prairie du Chien, WI
Subject: Red-State Bashing vs Election Fraud
A good friend just forwarded me a colorfully-worded tirade about "red
states." I had seen it before, and felt exactly in tune with
it when I first read it. I think I'd even forwarded it on once or
But I've since thought about it a lot, and now I feel differently.
Because if I believe all those states really went red, then I'm believing
exactly what the Republicans want me to believe - that the majority
of Americans voted for Bush.
And I just don't believe that. There were so many people standing
in line for so many hours; I am unable to seriously entertain the
notion that most of them endured that wait in order to cast a ballot
reflecting satisfaction with the incumbent. There are too many patterns
- very obvious patterns - in the discrepancies between the exit polls
final results. Patterns of almost exact mirror-image reversals cannot
logically be of random origin. There were too many reports of difficulties
in registering and voting; I could go on and on.
So I figure that I can believe one of two things. I can believe that
most people voted for Bush and all those states actually went red,
or I can believe that there was election fraud. I can't believe both
of those things, because they contradict each other. I have no real
choice but to believe the latter; not merely because I'm disappointed
outcome, but because there is so much evidence pointing toward it,
and so little
evidence pointing toward the former.
Which brings me back again to the "red state/blue state"
issue. If I believe there was fraud, then it follows that I must also
believe those states (or at least most of them) weren't actually red.
But if I continue the red-state bashing, even in jest, it plays right
into the Republicans' hands because it indicates that I accept their
doctored version of the results. And I damn sure don't do that.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: auditing the election
We can't recount the vote on touch screen machines, but if we act
quickly it should be possible to determine if the machines are working
properly. It may well be too late for this year's election, but what
if, ideally before the polls open but on site at the precinct, or
after the polls are closed and the tapes run, the election board consisting
of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, would test the machine
by casting 10 votes for each and every candidate. If the Republican
gets 11 votes and the Democrat 9, or if the Libertarian or Green or
whatever minority candidate gets 11 and the Democrats 9, then the
machine is misaligned. As the voters in Ohio claimed who continually
pressed Kerry and saw their vote credited to Bush. The same thing
goes for the optical scanners, which we use in the district where
I worked as a Judge here in Cass County ND. 2285 votes were cast and
the machine totaled them, but what if they shaved a few from each
contest? Our county auditor had to have the ballots reprinted twice
because of miswording on a measure and a wrong coding. These measures
should be made law for future elections, or I fear that we had our
last honest election, in 1996.
Jim Lee, Fargo ND.
PS: I think we need a constitutional amendment that only two members
of a family can be elected president.
Subject: Re: Bush's
Guernica: The Executioner's Song, A BuzzFlash Editorial
I still think Americans (at least half) need PICTURES of suffering
children, wounded soldiers without arms, legs, eyes, torture, whatever...
and their dead soldiers in their face, because they just don't seem
to GET it.
Why should they be sheltered from reality when hundreds of thousands
are LIVING and DYING in it?? The children and women (and men, of course)
in Fallujah and Baghdad and Mosul are forced to see what happens when
a bomb hits and human beings are ripped into shreds, when a person
is shot, when blood flows....they can't change the channel or surf
Why do Americans think it's "the right thing to do" to collaborate
with the war criminals - WHOEVER they are, the President, Rumsfeld,
the soldiers - and allow people to believe that war is something clean,
you go in, say hands up, and walk away a hero??
Every day now reports of deaths are being posted on the DoD website,
one at a time, maybe two, but you all wait for THEM to tell you a
number, even if the numbers are wrong.... why is that?? who do you
protect, or is it that you're afraid to lose your thousands of readers
if you deal with death and horror in war?? SO much cleaner to talk
about a stolen election.... about which nobody gives a damn.... while
Bush is making dangerous and long lasting appointments at a pace that
makes one's head spin....and laughing his ass off at the way you guys
are following a scent that the Democrats have no interest in even
A BuzzFlash Reader
IT'S THE MEDIA STUPID, is on the mark.
Since President Clinton was in office, I realized it was the media.
Everyone listen up!
IT'S THE MEDIA STUPID!
So what do we do about this private owned media? I have no idea, but
if there are any ideas out there in Buzz Land, let's hear them.
Air America is a great start. A God send. We need more airways, with
speakers like Randy Rhodes, and Mike Malloy, etc. etc.
Re your story posted yesterday...
It reminded me of this black day:
conceals Picasso's “Guernica” for Powell's presentation