November 23, 2004
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: See Ukraine election
Subject: St. Louis Move-on group is trying to organize a boycott
of the STL Post Dispatch—Goodbye democracy. Hello fascism.
We are writing them letters warning them that we are canceling
our subscriptions come Wed. morning, if they continue to refuse
to focus on the most important story to unfold in
Subject: Bush "Victory Dance" in Ohio: A Case of Premature
And think of all the votes stolen by the willful, malicious and illegal decision to apportion to African American Communities in Columbus and Cleveland an insufficient number of voting machines to accommodate the throng of voters that election officials knew were coming. This is Jim Crow Politics and a Violation of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Kerry lawyers should be acquiring the evidence--and there's a ton of it--to substantiate these allegations in Court.
The Remedy: A new election in Franklin and Cuyahoga Counties. The days of the Poll Tax are over. The suburbs of Cleveland had more than enough voting machines while blacks in the same County had to wait hours to cast a ballot.
There is also the issue of absentee voters not receiving their ballots on time--if they received them at all. This pernicious behavior is on par with E-Voting fraud. Take this all the way to the Supreme Court. Let those bastards defend Jim Crow--and steal another election for the Unelected President of the United States.
Subject: DO NOT CONCEDE THIS ELECTION!!! PLEASE
Subject: Do not get Daschled again
In danger of falling into the very same trap his predecessor did:
Bush/Cheney stalled just long enough to never have to face Senate Hearings or a single subpoena...after Paul Wellstone and Max Cleland were out of their way.
Was Paul Wellstone Murdered? (alternet, 10/28/02)
If you want to win an election, just control the voting machines (Online Journal, 1/21/03)
Matt in Michigan
Your copy of "Outfoxed" sent to me...had gone by the wayside...I cannot explain it except that after Bush was installed in 2000, I never, ever would watch it again... Oh, yeah, I heard all the STUFF...the fight with Bill O'Reilly and Al Franken on the book review that night, and thought to myself...he has not changed. The trial that he and Roger Ailes tried to bring against Franken...and lost...I also remember his promise to the audience, that if Bush did not find WMDs...he would publicly denounce him. Of course, another lie...I didn't watch his explanation of that lie...but I am quite sure it was just more of the same.
But this movie...put me over the edge...and I no longer wondered about Fox Phony News. I laughed until I thought I would die...with all the "Shut Ups"!!! and the "Some people say." That way they do not have to even try to reveal a source...just "some people." The buzz words that they start with...and carry all through the other shows...the dimwits I remembered from the morning show...Oh, such embarrassments. The way Roger Ailes tried to impress people with their Liberal reporters...like Alan Colmes...the poor uninformed creature who has to put up with Hannity every night...that is such a pity. I suppose it is part of the plan! He also mentioned such people as Greta Van Susteren...and a couple of others who cannot for one minute out talk any show host...including the greatest sellout in American History...Geraldo Rivera. People...this show has not gotten better...it has gotten worse!!!
I was reading in the paper today...about them at a deadlock in the government about passing bills...and I just thought...you guys go at it now...if you pass nothing, it is not one democrat's fault. They have no one to blame but themselves...it is hardly likely that they will try to blame it on a minority in the house or the senate. Just keep on makin' Government mistakes...ruin the country...even more...and then try to pick up the pieces. What a situation...what a crime!!!
Subject: If only those hunters had been armed to defend themselves...
This is not funny: it is horrible, of course. Good goin' so far with that assault ban thing expiring, huh?
[BuzzFlash Note: In this tragedy, a sixth person died in the hospital.]
Subject: Clarification on a BuzzFlash Statement on DRAFT - IMPORTANT
I think you all would be better served publishing material on both
the "poverty draft" and the "back door draft"
of formerly retired service people. Some 4000 have been called up
recently, and more than 2000 have refused to report or requested
exemption. Also, they plan to expand this back door draft to another
15,000 formerly retired personnel.
Re: Can You Feel the Draft? Officers See Need For Bigger Iraq Force. U.S. Assessments Cite Tenacious Resistance, But Everything is Just Rosy, According to Bush. 11/22
We should only draft the kids of registered republicans and make sure none of the kids of republican politicians slide under the door, like Bush did!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The fighting Republicans
Funny....they cannot even get along with each other...which is gonna make it very funny when Bush really wants to pass something...He has a short fuse anyway...so it's gonna get interesting, folks...hang on...for the ride.!!!!
I am gonna be sitting here, laughing, and Tom DeLay is the Architect
of this entire thing.
All this makes me think of a lazy mailman we had at a place where
I worked in the 1990s. He would bind up our mail in a huge bundle...and
on Saturday...I would always have to make a run back...because right
in the middle he would put 8-9 pieces of mail
The Republican run houses are gonna be a giggle one after another for this president. Good luck with your right wing mess, guys!! They all think this is a game and we, the taxpayers, are not even watching...this has gone much too far, and is going to have to take years to straighten out!
Subject: I've finally figured it out!!
Subject: A no-confidence vote, not a mandate
Subject: Red and blue states
Take a closer look at the vote distribution, and you will see not
blocks of red and blue, but lots of purple. In other words, there
are spirited progressives in every part of this country, and it's
not their fault that they are momentarily outnumbered by their brain-dead
neighbors. By the way, my congressional district is one of the few
in the country that was able to unseat an incumbent Republican (Max
Burns) and replace him with an exciting young Democrat, John Barrow,
who comes from the best of the southern Democratic tradition (that
is, nothing like Zig-Zag Zell).
Subject: GOP wants to snoop on your tax returns
Subject: College Republican military recruitment drive...
See Need For Bigger Iraq Force (Washington Post)
Subject: Pot, Meet Kettle
The opening paragraph got me going:
Let's see, who's failing to investigate allegations of fraud and abuse in presidential elections? But then, this:
It's an old tradition in Europe, taking to the streets in protest, and I guess Americans are just too lazy to do that. Seems we'd rather sit in front of the TV and whine.
Seriously, maybe this is what it will take. If we believe so strongly that this election was stolen, we have to force ourselves to be heard. We've done it before -- during Vietnam, and hey, we did it during the republican convention. I watched as an estimated quarter million people paraded through Manhattan in peaceful protest. I just wonder why we're not doing it now. Doesn't the absolute complete total hypocrisy of this article make you angry? That this administration will straight-faced say things like this about another country, when exactly the same thing happened here? Look at the percentage difference in their vote -- it's almost the same as ours. It's enough to make them take to the streets for what they believe in. Can we do the same?
Subject: Send In The Clowns . . . Please
Subject: Associated Press Damage Control
the military apparently felt they needed to add some 'context' by supplying AP with the unattributed, unsupported claim that 'Marines shot and killed an insurgent yesterday who opened fire on a patrol after pretending to be dead,' then linking that to the first story.
Iraq's election set for Jan. 30 (AP/London Free Press)
Iraq sets date for elections as violence sweeps through Sunni Muslim regions (Shaw/Canadian Press)
Election date set as violence rises (AP/Jordan Times)
Do these guys just print a statement like this out of the blue...and
who wrote this piece?
What happened to our Election, the powers that be altered and dinged with the touch screen Machines, just enough to intrigue the checkers, and keep them busy watching the voting, in the mean time when all the votes were sent to the State house, where they are to be tallied. They are tallied on a regular every day type PC Computer, no guards no special inspections.
Everyone should know that a standard PC is easy pickings for a hacker, a good hacker is not even bothered by Fire walls or other safety type software, SO, while the vote checkers think they are keeping everyone honest in the Polling Places, The hacker or hackers are busy modifying the final tally to reflect the winners. The hackers only have to alter tallies in 52 computers while the checkers are watching thousands, and the worst part is we probably never will find out who did it, as hackers do not leave calling cards. Keep up the GREAT WORK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Subject: PM Carpenter
Normally I would agree with Mr. Carpenter's analysis/prediction of Republican imperial hubris being the precursor to their downfall...but these aren't normal times. The difference? They're immune to public opinion, because they've just proven that they can steal elections on a national scale. With a solid enough minority masquerading as a majority (of people who actually bother to vote, anyway), they obviously feel that they answer to no one. And the truth is, they're right about that, as the "election" just past has shown.
That's why public opinion won't stop this runaway freight train to hell. My first reaction, perhaps like Mr. Carpenter, was "give 'em enough rope." This was quickly followed by the realization that this time, they've stolen the rope, and the danger is that they will not only hang themselves separately, but hang all of us together.
You want a clear, simple message for the Democratic party? Try this: Count Paper Ballots. I suspect even some red-staters are not totally comfortable with faith-based elections, they just like the results so far. But with control of the public work of democracy now in private hands - bloody red hands - we can't expect fear of electoral backlash to act as a check on the fascists. Short of armed insurrection, we can't expect them to change course - and in that case, it would be to clamp down even harder. (But hey, at least they'd have to bring the troops home.)
Yes, things will get worse - much worse. And without recourse to
an actual choice, as opposed to an elaborate and very expensive
theatrical production, I fear things won't be getting better, since
even what semblance of a means to change things we once had - the
ballot box, our actual physical democracy - has been lost to us
Subject: Pro anything to get elected
TIME TO CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION SO THIS GROPENATOR CAN LEAD THE NATION WITH .....THIS LOGIC.... Conan the Environmentalist Governor Groping Austrian Beefcake is promising to boost hydrogen as an alternative fuel source in California - a laudable goal. Perhaps, though, he could start by practicing what he preaches. Arnie turned up at a photo-op last week driving a hydrogen-powered Hummer, which he proceeded to fill at a special pump in front of a crowd of enthusiastic photographers. Unfortunately the makers of the Hummer admitted later that it not been retrofitted but built specially for the occasion and, could only travel 50 miles before needing to be refueled. And, uh, no hydrogen actually came out of the pump that Arnold was photographed using, it was just a prop. Finally, after the press had put their cameras and notebooks away, the Gropenator left in a regular gasoline-powered Hummer that gets 15 miles to the gallon. Oh well, at least he looked good for the cameras.
Green Hummer for Schwarzenegger? (MSNBC)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: sick of this
I am so sick and tired of hearing and reading about how and what
Democrats did or did not do to win this election. HEY! Lets call
a spade a spade and get down to the crux of the matter. The Repugs
stole this election just like they did the last one, and this country
A Loyal Buzz Fan Forever!
Subject: Yes! - Boycott Corporate Christmas!
Make a pact with family and friends to limit gift-giving to one
present per person - and all gifts are to be home-made - thus the
giver puts his/her heart, imagination and creativity into the gift.
Or if store-bought, a gift only from a small, locally-owned store
[stay out of
Or better, as Loyal Reader suggested, give a gift card saying that the money usually spent on the person's presents has been donated in his/her name to a worthy cause [e.g., Oxfam for their Iraqi children's program, or Seva for their Native American programs].
If Buzzers did this, we would make an impact, a statement. Return
year-end gift-giving to its spiritual origins. And have fun doing
it! "Pretty shiny things" come in many different packages.
Subject: Bush finds "Field of Dreams" in IA
Bush, the former managing general partner of the Texas Rangers, clearly had some ghostly apparitions in the Hawkeye State throwing curveballs for his baseball team on Election Day 2004. Why?
In 2000, Gore defeated Bush 638,517 to 634,373. During the '04 Iowa Caucuses, angry Democrats nearly doubled their participation in the Caucus over 2000, eager to find a replacement for Bush. In 2004, new Democratic registration outpaced the Republicans 45,058 to 6,478 votes. Not all of these folks voted, but it certainly gave Kerry a nice cushion going into Election Day.
Kerry would also not have to face the irritant of Ralph Nader. His '04 showing was a mere 5,000 votes, down 24,000 votes from '00, when he nearly cost Gore the state.
IA, although rural, has voted for Gore ('00), Clinton ('92 & '96) and Dukakis ('88 by 8%). Another nice cushion. Also, the state is pacifist in nature. Conservative Republican Sen. Charles Grassley was the only Republican in 1991 who voted against the 1st Persian Gulf War resolution.
They now approve of what is going on Iraq? Freed of the Nader threat, buoyed by an energized party base, and enjoying a huge net gain in voter registration for his party were all major factors boding well for a Kerry Iowa victory (in the vicinity of 2 - 3 .5%).
What happens? Bush defeats Kerry, 745,980 (50%) to 732,764 (49%). The exit polls showed Kerry either tied or up 2%, depending on which wave of polling you read. The Des Moines Register published an Election Eve poll showing Kerry ahead of Bush 48-45%, an ominous sign for an incumbent. Kerry was leading in early voting 53% - 41%. The paper noted that Kerry's strength was increasing beyond 3% margin in the latter days of their polling.
This state is a microcosm of so many states. The numbers don't add up. There is a secret Bush caucus hiding in the IA cornfields, throwing spitballs into the wheels of Representative Democracy.
does anyone know who the person was who wrote the title for the presidential daily briefing osama determined to attack united states? someone had to come up with it, it didn't just jump on the page by itself.
[BuzzFlash Note: An interesting question....J. Cofer Black told the 9/11 Commission on 4/13/04, "This particular employee, who is home based in the Directorate of Intelligence, was serving in the Counterterrorism Center."]
Subject: Talking To the FOX
Once more FOX has turned reality on its head when attempting to describe Bush's rude behavior at recent dinner in Chile as brave and bold. When a scuffle ensued regarding the admission of Bush's bodyguard to a private dining room, Bush reportedly reached over and grabbed the bodyguard by the lapels and pushed him into the room. He was so "brave" he wouldn't attend a small dinner party without a bodyguard behind his chair.
Likely it was a culturally based combination of respect for the office (for which we should be very grateful, considering the bruising methods practiced by the Bush administration) and shock at his crude behavior that stunned the Chileans into capitulating.
This sort of incident leaves bad feelings in its wake that may well haunt us in days to come. The record of strained relationships this administration has created are the harvest of bullying and stupidly boorish behavior. Bush travels with extraordinary and burdensome security. More than that of any other President. It seems to me, that behavior is more reflective of fear than courage.
We all know what happened on 9-11. First Bush froze, then he fled. Dick Cheney was doing what little was done to secure the country while Bush was playing hide and seek. Congress had to shame him into returning to Washington.
We all know what Bush did during the Viet Nam war; got a cushy billet flying outdated jets that guaranteed he'd never be sent into battle.
Bush acts tough when he thinks he has an overwhelming advantage. The old fashioned name for that sort of behavior is bullying.
The Chileans, having suffered under bullies in the past had no trouble recognizing another. The citizens of Chile let Bush know they understand who and what he is. They took to the streets in an unprecedented way.
Bullies are universally hated and invite resistance. Bush should take heed, not liberties.
Subject: What Really Matters
Subject: A Plan?
poll protests escalate (BBC)
'George W. Bush: Our leader' Clear Channel political public service
billboard graces Orlando freeway
Subject: Another good idea from Canada!
I like to think of myself as a moderate, thoughtful human being...able to put anger into perspective and able to communicate with anyone on just about any subject. I am proud of my hard-fought maturity and so I enter into my 62nd year as a peaceful man, enjoying my life in this wonderful country of America.
And then...I turn on the TV and I see George Bush speaking his outrageous lies with that smirky arrogant look on his face and I........................!!!!
Please don't get me started...my anger is so profound I might lose perspective and be unable to communicate with anyone!! Even my wife (the strong one in the family) is frightened of Bush and his minions. I can promise you this... We will not go down without a fight. Our blessed country means too much to us.
Growing old gracefully in Michigan
Richard from Michigan
Subject: Right Wing Permissiveness
Subject: John Kerry
Y'all are the best web site on the internet, bar none. I can't make it through the day without giving you a visit or two or three... I do have to take exception to some of the headlines you've put up lately that seem to insinuate that John Kerry wasn't a good enough candidate. I don't buy that.
I started out in this election as a big supporter of Howard Dean; I went to meet ups and gave money. Initially once Dean's star began to fade--after the media hit on him--I threw my support to Edwards (who had been my second choice all along). As it became inevitable that Kerry was going to get the nomination, I did some studying up on him and grew to respect him in ways that I haven't respected any presidential nominee in my brief voting career (started in 1996 with Clinton and voted for Gore in 2000).
I think John Kerry is a man of integrity and great honesty, especially in comparison to many of the other hacks we have running this country today. I voted for Gore reluctantly in 2000 (almost voted for Nader at the last moment), but I respect him more now and am glad that I voted for him in retrospect. I voted for Clinton despite disagreements on various issues (welfare reform and NAFTA come to mind), because I liked him as a person and I trusted him to make the right decisions mostly. I respected his intelligence as well.
I voted for John Kerry because I liked him and thought he was truly the most qualified person for the job. I don't think any of the other potential Democratic nominees--with the exception of Edwards--would have done any better. We were running against a demagogue, a truly evil man, if you ask me, and a cabal of power hungry amoral bastards out to get the job no matter what. Looking back, I can't imagine Howard Dean carrying any state outside of the bluest of the blues on each coast. I would love to have the man as president, but...
Can you imagine the distortions of Wesley Clark's military record? Can you imagine milquetoast Gephardt up against Bush? Or Bush-lite Lieberman? Al Sharpton? You gotta love him, but come on... Kerry was the best choice we had this year, no doubt and he came so close.
The mistake that the Democrats--all of them--make is that they believe the American public is essentially rational and well informed, etc., and that's baloney! I live in one of the most conservative states in the union (where an amendment to take segregationist language out of our constitution failed!, and it's also one of the poorest states. I know countless people who walk around not knowing where their health care is going to come from, who live paycheck to paycheck, but who are concerned about the socialization of medicine! Several decades of mind-numbing television, irrational religious beliefs (and I say this as a regular church goer), mindless consumerism, etc. have destroyed the ability of large segments of our population to vote rationally...or to even think rationally...
I don't know what the solution is, but I feel like the only way
to get people to face reality is a massive crisis. With these nuts
in office right now, brace yourselves... We'll be back... In the
meantime, don't criticize John Kerry for losing this election...
Subject: For the love of Democracy
Subject: Media Wimps
Subject: 2004 election
Subject: The Hard Right Knows
Subject: Framing the Republicans
Rev. David Heckenlively
Subject: Is Buzh chasing the dragon?
Farmers in Columbia can’t afford to grow coffee because the big
four corporations that set the price won’t pay them enough to pay
the corporations that have privatized their water rights to water
the plants, much less feed their family or flush a toilet. There’s
only one crop left that will pay the bills …
Subject: Arlen Specter
Subject: An accounting long overdue!
Our Government has not been functioning smoothly, and in many areas
it is near chaos. Consider the Iraq War, fiscal irresponsibility
has led to a Huge deficit, a Trade Deficit, that will eventually
cause us to pay higher interest rates (according to our financial
wizard Mr. Greenspan) and Iraq war costs that amount to about 6
billion a month. It certainly hasn’t been paid for by Iraqi oil,
like we were once promised. Iraq has become another "state"
that deprives our United States of funds for education health, environment
and other matters vital to our well-being.
Once in our history we had the backbone to fight for what is just and equitable! We are living in a changing world, our future and our world respect depends on it!
Subject: An idea to help "frame" the debate
Subject: about your
Subject: Democrat message framing
Subject: Ukraine knows fraud
Subject: If you look at the latest casualties, many were wounded
& died in Germany
Subject: Unadjusted Exit Polls were Correct
1) If you adjust the projected 2004 election outcome by allocating the 85% of the Nader defectors (2.4% of the vote) to Kerry and allocating 85% of the '00 Buchanan vote to Bush as well as factor in "first time voters" (11% of the 2004 vote) your projected outcome: Kerry 51.0% Bush 47.6% .....
2) A president never does better than his approval rating. Zogby puts the Bush approval rating on 48%, disapproval 52%. This strongly suggests a final outcome of Kerry 51% Bush 48%......
3) Incumbents receive, on average, about 12% of the undecided vote. On Election Day the Bush poll standing composite average stood at 47.3% with an undecided vote at 4%. This formula leads to a final result, Kerry 51% Bush 47.8%......
4) The unadjusted Network Polling, as mentioned earlier, showed Kerry winning the popular vote 51%-48%......
5) An analysis of Early voting and absentee balloting conducted by ABC News showed Bush running 2% behind his 50%-50% major party standoff with Gore. Factoring in third parties, you come up with the projected final result: Kerry 51.3% Bush 47.5%...
6) Since 1952, Incumbent Presidents--on average--receive 1.5% less than their final Gallup horse race projection. Bush was projected by Gallup to receive 49% of the popular vote. This argues for a final popular vote tally of Kerry 51.3% Bush 47.5%..... Where does Bush get the additional 3%?
a) Independents favored Kerry by landslide proportions.
b)Hispanics did not give Bush 44% of the vote, a fairy tale that has been completely discredited by many analysts.
c)The Democrats had a huge advantage in signing up new registrants, particularly in the battleground states.
d) New Voters favored Kerry by 11%--according to the "adjusted" US national exit poll.
e) Kerry did 4% better than Gore among rural voters. Rural Voters comprised a smaller portion of the electorate in '04 than '00.
f) Kerry crushed Bush among the African American voting populace in a manner simi liar to the beating he received from Gore.
g) The portion of the US Electorate that attended church at least once a week favored Bush by a slightly higher margin than '00, but these voters comprised a smaller portion of the electorate in '04 over '00.
Conclusion: The evening exit poll was correct and the vote was fixed.
Subject: Ukrainian elections
Subject: Welcome to Bizarro World!
BTW, did you catch the arms akimbo on the Bush Unzipped photo?
Maybe he really is just a chimp who can't be taught to dress himself.
Bush himself is the missing link of proof of...um, de-evolution?
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