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What is the issue? Security breach...homosexual...prostitute...hypocrisy
in the White House. All these issues
pale to the importance of the erosion
of basic principles that this country
was founded upon...one of the most important
being an INDEPENDENT PRESS. White House
perversion is eroding our freedoms and
spitting on the Constitution. This is
what we should be focusing on.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Isn't This Interesting :):)
Repugs are screaming it wasn't right
for Weade to tape Bush in secret, he
thought he was talking to a friend :):):):)
But when that hog Linda Tripp taped
Monica for months while pretending to
be her friend, the Repugs defended her
to the bitter end! :):)
Do I smell hypocrite? :):):):)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush's softer face
Europe is mostly incredulous, seeing Bush and most of America as
"delusional." The so-called 'softer face' is not going
over well -- not when Bush makes remarks to the effect that there
shouldn't be a schism between "idealistic America" and
Subject: Gannon/Guckert press credentials
Who authorized the Guckert White House press credentials under the
Was it known to the White House official who authorized these credentials,
daily for two years, that Guckert was using an alias?
If the Gannon false name was known, who authorized its use and why?
If the Gannon false name was not known, who allowed an imposter
access to the White House in these days of "enhanced"
What kind of identification is required for an applicant for a daily
White House Press Pass?
Is it a criminal offense to use a false name on a request for White
House press credentials?
If not, what kind of justification is required for approval?
And, if official approval is needed, and was given, who gave it?
Is a criminal complaint justified here? And is there a Judge Sirica
who will insist on answers?
Subject: Your stories on Gannon
I just want to thank you for attacking the Jeff Gannon issue. It
is truly amazing how the entire mainstream media is playing along
as if this was not as important as you know it is.
Thanks, on behalf of the people who care!
Subject: Ambiguity is a positive?
Don't you just love listening to Bush talk about diplomacy and hearing
Condi say, "Today, at this moment, we aren't going to attack
Iraq?" There might be a plan, but it is just a diplomatic tool.
It may be veiled, but never consider it an idle threat. When we
do attack, she will say, "That was then, this is now."
Of course we will attack, unless they lay down, play dead and hand
over the keys to their oil ministry because it is the new policy
of the USA. Attack first, bury the collateral damage and call them
terrorists if they aren't just happy as clams at their losses and
their occupation, is our new motto.
Condi says, "major military operations are over," interpretation
"mission accomplished, dos" or is it "tres or quatro."
I have lost count. "Mission Accomplished" on the carrier
in 2003, blast Falujah, among others, into oblivion in 2004. Go
ahead Condi tell the people of Falujah and the soldiers doing the
attacking that it wasn't a major military operation.
Explain why the number of US dead has mulitiplied like easter bunnies
since Bush did his GI Joe impersonation. Go ahead, bring on that
peace, Bush administration.
But, will any major network report any protests on Bush's trip?
There are still protests, right? Condi's trip was a raging success,
so they say, while she lied through the gap in her teeth and now
the second phase of the charm is on. Just because she shook your
hand doesn't mean she won't ask you to sacrifice your children for
the Bush family values.
Oh, why not let the snakes do the charming this time. Let Bush say,
"diplomacy first" one more time and I may puke. Diplomacy
means "either you are with us or you are with the terrorists."
Same song second verse, could get better, but it's going to get
Nothing has changed, except for what the Today Show (this morning)
called "ambiguity" in the Bush approach, supposedly, to
keep Iran from knowing what we are doing. Iran knows what we are
doing. We are building an oil empire in the Middle East and we will
get it come hell or "shock and awe."
Last time around they all repeated the same mantra, but this time
they can say, Cheney said that, but we wanted to be ambiguous because
ambiguity is the linchpin on the wheel of democracy and diplomacy.
Some of us think "ambiguity" is the same as "bait
and switch" and dishonest to the max.
I hope there are protests out the wazoo. I hope the Europeans aren't
even slightly ambiguous and just tell the Bushes to get the hell
out of Dodge and pay for their own messes. Shove those carpet-bagging,
charming vipers back into their flying basket and send them home.
One suggestion for the people of Iran; keep calm and don't let them
goad you into attacking because that is what the charmers want.
They don't need it to justify invading, but it will make convincing
the populace easier. The more kids they get killed the harder it
Even if some of the Christians are uneasy about war, they can be
brought around if the Bushes promise to attack the gays, women and
the unbelievers here at home. Avoid the rush and the draft, come
out of the closet today, tell them before they ask, but I suspect
that they will even need gays to finish this one.
Please make it hard for the Bushes in Europe. "We the people,
in order to form a more perfect union" aren't allowed anywhere
near them, even if our kid is killed in Iraq, we have to be thankful
or we can't even go into his presence. Maybe if a military stud
is needed for propaganda duty, he might be invited in.
I think Laura is going to try to convince all the little drug dealing
"gang bangers" to join up. The pay isn't as good, but
you don't have to have a license or pay for your own weapon. However,
you may have to steal to armor your vehicle.
Subject: Hillary Speaks--huh?
Sixty-five civilians and one American soldier were killed in one
day in Iraq. Despite this fact, Hillary Clinton says this is proof
that the insurgents are losing their war, and everything is going
fine for the United States. Has Hillary been snorting something,
or is she joining with Zell Miller and Joe Lieberman in the rush
to become Republican Lite. Geffen had it right, this is not who
we want as President!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Taking care of our soldiers?
Here we go again and they are going to say that it wasn't the war
so they don't have to stand by what they promised. Here you go Kelly
Ogle (CBS), this is my 2 cents. Here you go Kevin Ogle (NBC), this
is my rant. Here you go George W. Bush, this is my President's Day
greeting. I have sent the link for the Salon story.
Today, I am having flashbacks after reading what is happening at
Walter Reed and elsewhere. Many of you know my story, so it will
be short. I volunteered with the Red Cross at the VA in Houston
during Vietnam and couldn't take it.
Today, I can see Philip, the very attractive guy who was paralyzed
from the neck down. We were there to play bingo with them, with
toiletries and writing materials as prizes. Philip's wife had left
him, he wanted me to hold his hand even if he couldn't feel it and
then he wanted me to kiss the only area he could feel, his face
and lips. Well, I couldn't because I wasn't about to encourage something
that I knew I couldn't deal with. I cried all the way home, every
week until I thought I was going to lose it. I feel guilty for quitting
to this day.
I hear Rick, my high school ex-boyfriend who came back and called
me several times a month, for several years screaming like Ron Kovic
in "Born on the Fourth of July." He sent letters, from
Vietnam, to his girlfriend and mom like he was at summer camp, but
mine came with talks of suicide. If they didn't get him he would
do it himself. After he got home he would call and when he stopped
talking, in the middle of the night, I didn't know if he had killed
himself or finally fallen asleep.
He was a college grad draftee and drove for a Major, who was like
the brother he never had at home, until the Major, and the chopper
he was in, got blown into oblivion before his eyes. Then he drove
troop trucks and talked of having guys "dusted off" during
shelling and not being able to go back and get them or stop for
the guys along the road who were wounded and begging for help. Blaming
himself for what politicians forced on them. You have no friggin
idea until you experience it first hand. Nothing ever changes. This
guy has two sons who are both draft age and I am scared to call
to check on him.
Charles Whitman on that tower in Austin. My friend Leonard was in
a barber shop near campus that day when a bullet came through the
window, maybe he should write about that experience. No one in the
shop was hit. Kent State. How many Vets are on street corners today?
Read this! Report this, you Bush enablers!
Mental problems? The pentagon will blame it on their mothers, their
fathers, their girlfriends, the bosa nova, but won't put the blame
where it belongs, on themselves, George W. Bush, Congress and the
money-loving oil men. George W. Bush needs to cancel his tax cuts
and fix these kids.
He needs to do it today or we will be having more Edmond Post Office
Massacres or Murrah Building Bombings. Don't let them ruin more
the walls of Ward 54 (Salon.com)
Subject: Mail A Shoe To Double U!
This is something that has appeared at the Daily Kos and the Smirking
Chimp. I saw it this morning and found it very funny.
I think it would be perfect for BuzzFlash to advertise, too. Simple
and to the point.
Hitting people with shoes is, of course, the now-famous Arab insult
and could not be a more appropriate means of conveying the utter
disdain many Americans share regarding "W" and his pack
of GOP liars and pirates. Since we cannot hit them - and hitting
is prohibitied by the so-called "Patriot Act," mailing
shoes as a statement is clearly the next best thing.
E-mailing pix of shoes as well as faxing them are excellent ways
to join in as well.
Subject: 'Secret Tapes' Have The Stamp Of Rove?
Am I the only one that suspects that these 'Secret Tapes' are just
another plant by Rove? It seems there is no real news story here,
yet it's a great way to keep Bush in the news. It also creates this
false sense of 'Breaking News.' I've read before where Bush had
made similar comments about smoking pot. Big deal. It certainly
sets up a situation where the tapes are this great discovery. Shhh!
Don't tell anyone what they reveal. Then! Surprise. Surprise. Surprise.
They reveal very little that we didn' t already know. What is one
to conclude? Well if these 'Secret Tapes' have been uncovered and
show no dirty laundry, it's just further proof of what a great guy
Draft-dodging, pot-smoking Bush Jr. really is!
Subject: Monthly Subscribers
My husband and I just decided that since we have cancelled our fact
challenged newspapers (LA Times, NY Times) we ought to pay you guys
what we paid them each month. We both have you as our home page
and you are our main source of real news. As was said in an excellent
Guardian article I read on BuzzFlash, the weblogs have stepped in
to fill the vacuum created by the right wing control of the media.
The Gannon/Guckert story is a prime example of the importance of
the WWWeb. This story was discovered and uncovered by diligent bloggers
who have NO "sources" and no access like all of those
White House Press Corps zombies who have failed to tell this story
for fear of ouster from the daily propaganda feed. All the facts
about Jimmy/Jeff were found online and published online way ahead
of any scrutiny by Newspapers or TV news, which is clearly terrified
of this story. NO mention was made of Guckert on Meet the Press
while my husband and I happily read the latest updates on BuzzFlash.
Here is another angle. Guckert supposedly owes $20,000 in back taxes.
What about his income from his years as a prostitute? Was that declared
income? If not, he owes even more in income tax. Better make sure
he pays into Social Security too! Also, Bobby Eberle says Guckert
was a "volunteer" reporter for Talon (also no income there,
where does he get his money?) Yet Shawn Hannity referred to him
as the Washington Bureau Chief of Talon News when he interviewed
him on his radio show. Volunteer Bureau Chief, I'm sure there is
one of those at every other legitimate news agency, too.
The obvious fact is that the average BuzzFlash reader has figured
out the questions that need to be asked which the professional journalists
from major news organizations can't seem to get to. Which is exactly
why we depend on you guys to follow these stories. This one stinks
like rotten fish. When will we finally uncover the Gay White House
Skull and Boners club? Jimmy/Jeff, Karl, Scotty McC, Ken Mehlman,
David Dreier and W himself.
"Yer Scott sure has a purty mouth, purtier than MY Scott."
Keep digging and.....
Subject: Democrats And Spine
Democrats don't grow spines. The best they manage is to take them
out on short-term loan.
Subject: Daytona 500 Commercial
Remember when the Repubs were bragging about having NASCAR dads
in their corner? There was a thinly-disguised comment in one of
the ads showing a Bush look-alike sounding like he didn't know anything
at all about voting irregularities--hope somebody else saw it, too.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Anne Coulter on C-span's Wash. Journal
I forced myself to watch the entire hour of the blonde, skinny
idiot...I had not watched her on anything since 2000...almost hated
her...or maybe even worse. She is not as confident as she once was,
when she was on the Geraldo show so many times, and made such horrific,
nasty...disgusting remarks about Bill Clinton. She wanted to know
from each caller...if the were pro bush...and were for the Iraq
war, and just nastily brushed them off...when they weren't. But,
her mouth stayed fairly clean and she has developed a really annoying
laugh...a very nervous laugh...it was almost sad. I think she has
taken so much lately...from sensible democrats...that she cannot
defend herself anymore. It was most uncomfortable and almost embarrassing.
The hour went fast...a lot faster than I thought it would because
of my dislike for the girl.
And, please don't think this was anything to see...it was not!
But when she got up, from her seat...her skirt was up to her rear...seriously...I
have seen mini skirts on 18 year olds, even now...none are as totally
unflattering as that! She is skinny...I do not care what anyone
thinks....she is without shape...and she is proud of it...and has
no intent of changing it. She cares nothing about fashion...she
just wants men to notice her...or maybe it is women she want to
notice...who in the world could tell!? It was a trip down memory
lane...that did my heart good...because the girl/man/child is totally
Subject: Negroponte Endorsed by Chalabi
This morning on ABC’s This Week, Ahmed Chalabi - neo-con darling
and suspected Iranian spy - gives John Negroponte’s nomination the
Ambassador Negroponte is back in Washington with a new job,
and I congratulate him. He’s going to be national director of
intelligence. And I think he’s eminently suited for that job.
In other news, Chalabi is back in regular contact with U.S. officials
in Iraq. According to Chalabi:
Dialogue has resumed with the United States representative
in Iraq, diplomatic representative, and it is an ongoing process
now. It was restored after the election.
You know what they say: never let a little espionage get between
Judd C. Legum
Subject: BLOGILANTE JUSTICE
Well, well, well, even though the WP, the NYT, and the major broadcast
networks are working feverishly to bury Propagannon/Gannongate,
AND shills like Howie Kurtz do their best to paper over it, the
rest of the world is paying close attention. I did a Yahoo News
search this morning, and VOILA! Stories popped up from Sydney, India,
Scotland, the UK, to name just a few, and loads of cities in the
U.S. from Anniston, AL, to San Francisco, CA, to Syracuse, NY, to
Pittsburgh, PA, to Myrtle Beach, SC, and on and on and on.
Jon Stewart's bit is a classic! It will still be hysterically funny
ten years from now. Definitely Emmy calibur. And of course, Keith
Olbermann is doing his thing -- quite well. After years of wallowing
in sports, he's really hitting his stride. I'd love to see his ascerbic
wit more as host of a talk show. Now Bill Maher is doing his thing,
and wasn't Robin Williams a scream? He even had the former Secretary
of HHS (Tommy Thompson) in stitches, pretty tough to do when he's
there to praise El Busho, but seedy old Tommy could bearly contain
himself. Leslie Stahl added some gravitas and had even more questions
on the national security aspects of it all. Fab-u-luscious.
But perhaps the best all-round summary of the scandal found so far
is that written by Wayne Madsen for Online Journal. He even adds
some details about Jim/Jeff's other activist activities. And leave
it to Wayne to tie all this in with past [sotto voce] "indiscretions."
And those past "indiscretions" are even more interesting
when taken together with the taped remarks attributed to El Busho
in Wead's interview in The New York Times on Sunday, February 20th,
wherein he quotes our fearless leader as saying he doesn't believe
in bashing gays! Hmmm. Curiously interesting in light of what follows
threatens to expose a huge GOP pedophile and male prostitution ring
Now Jim/Jeff is threatening to sue David Brock for libel/slander.
But one thing I have yet to see discussed at any length is this:
Bobby Eberle claims that Jim/Jeff was a "volunteer" for
Talon News. So if Jim/Jeff was an unpaid volunteer, being as how
volunteer means volunteer (no pay), how did the man support himself?
Where did he get his money to buy bread and beer, you know?
More jaw-dropping yet, "Nashville Brook" dropped this
little tidbit in a thread at Democratic Underground:
In case you didn't know, there's been plenty of evidence over
the years that George himself enjoys a little man love. Kitty
Kelley wrote in her last book The Family, of Bush's homosexual
relationship, since about puberty, with Victor Ashe (long-time
Mayor of Knoxville -- and Repub-hottie). When some in Congress
began smelling around in this in 2003, Ashe retired as Knoxville
Mayor and was appointed by George W. Bush as the U.S. Ambassador
to Poland ("don't forget Poland" as Bush implored during
the first debate).
Oh, my, my, my, it does my old heart good to watch these crooks
and liars squirm! Could it be that our uber-macho "Commander-in-Chief"
is actually our "Commander-in-Drag?" Is that good ol'
boy a bit light in his cowboy boots? Are the pudgy-cheeked twins,
Rove and McClellan, truly glowing and rosy cheeked for a reason
other than a successful campaign season? Well, the cat's out of
the bag now, the newsies are digging for all they're worth, and
as they say in the news business: "More at 11."
Subject: Social Security
When was the last time anyone saw Bush do anything for the working
people? If you make less than 250,000, that means us. No one seems
to know, when asked, what happens to matching of SS contributions
when the employees put the 75 percent into Wall Street. It looks
pretty simple to me. The so called 4 percent is actually 75 and
will not be matched, resulting in an immediate 4% tax cut for corporations
and 2% more when they break SS with this plan, which is the whole
I would suggest that a fair idea for SS would be to tax approximately
80% of all earned income. They could tax all income 100% through
the year then return 20% of the ss tax with the regular tax return.
This would tax everyone the same instead of as now the lower paid
workers pay on 100% and better paid, much less. The money returned
would give the economy a shot in the arm each year. Also, a percentage
of this money could be placed in some type of annuity etc. at the
I really feel that this Bush plan, which we can't seem to get
any details on is another step on the republican road to turn us
into a divided, third world country. Thank you for being such a
good thorn in the side of a bloated elephant.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Poor Gannon
What do you bet he ends up as a "suicide," blamed on the (leftist)
bloggers. Hounding him to death. Maybe "Valerie Plame" will be burried
with him. Poor dude. Dumb military meat.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Once again, the media missed the point
Since the story about the tapes recorded in 1998 by "longtime
Bush family adviser" and "friend" Doug Wead, whose
duties included counseling both GW and GHW on how to position themselves
with the Christian right, broke at the end of last week, the mainstream
(rightstream) media have focused almost exclusively on Dubya's almost
explicit admission that he had, indeed, used pot. (Anybody out there
surprised? As a baby boomer myself, I know of hardly anyone who
DIDN'T try pot at least once. Hardly a big deal in moral/ethical
terms. And not worth all the column inches devoted to it.)
However, in chasing the red herring -- "did he or didn't he
admit to drug use?" -- the media folks are ignoring a much
more significant -- and scarier -- point: that Dubya openly and
cynically speaks of his plans to pander to the Christian right's
gullibility to gain the presidency in 2000. Doug Wead stresses the
need to "signal early and signal often," using "code
words" that evangelicals will understand and connect to. Dubya
is obviously listening hard.
Of course we all remember his statement, "I believe that God
wants me to be president" -- but I, for one, wasn't aware that
he first announced it to the Texas legislature at the start of his
second term as governor.
Ruminating on Wead's tape two years later about how to frame his
history of alcohol and drug abuse to the evangelical base, he observes,
"What you need to say time and time again is not talk about
the details of your transgressions, but talk about what I have learned.
I've sinned and I've learned...This [approach] "is part of
When will the Christian right wake up and realize that they, too,
are being used? Even before the tape story broke, evangelicals were
beginning to realize that all the "faith-based initiatives"
Bush keeps promising are -- except for "abstinence only"
sex non-education programs -- nearly as underfunded as the rest
of our domestic programs. Of course if the rumblings get loud and
persistent enough, he'll throw them a loaf or a fish.
But, meanwhile, the Christian right is being used and conned along
with everyone else who can't see what's happening to our country
under our noses.
Barb in Athens
GA Blue soul in Red state
Subject: Secretly Taped Talks, Glimpses of Future President
It never fails to amaze how much adverse publicity keeps being uncovered
almost daily about this administration. Never has this country experienced
such a continual outpouring of negative and derogatory information
which indicates a total lack of character, ability or leadership.
Secretly Taped Talks, Glimpses of Future President: Author, Former
Aide to Bush's Father, Disclosed Tapes' Existence
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK, The New York Times WASHINGTON, (Feb.
20) - As George W. Bush was first moving onto the national political
stage, he often turned for advice to an old friend who secretly
taped some of their private conversations, creating a rare record
of the future president as a politician and a personality.
In the last several weeks, that friend, Doug Wead, an author and
former aide to Mr. Bush's father, disclosed the tapes' existence
to a reporter and played about a dozen of them.
About: Another Bush Hoax?
If you listen to the tape bush is saying it would not be good
for a president to be using weed. These were supposed to be made
prior to the 2000 election, but if you listen closely you will note
they were made after the election and were released to make bush
look good, it's just another attemp to control the image of bush.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: We are skeptical, too, but what evidence is there?
I just wanted to comment on the fact that this story about Bush
smoking marijuana is just a ploy to push the male hooker/reporter
story off the news cycle -- and it's working. I'm talking about
Tapes Not Meant to Harm, Writer Says Ex-Bush Adviser Contends He
Recorded Their Conversations for 'Historic' Purposes (The
I believe this is a full "Code Red" Republican reaction to the
revelation that a male hooker was somehow cleared for White House
press briefings and had inside information on some of the biggest
stories (Valerie Plame, the invasion of Iraq, etc) BEFORE the MSM.
Rove and company were desperate to stomp that fire before it turned
into a President-consuming inferno. So what do they do? They set
their own "firebreak" that grabs media attention and diverts it
away from hooker-to-the-rich-and-famous James Gannon (Jeff Guckert).
I think everyone knows W smoked weed when he was younger. Note
that the tapes don't reveal him talking about doing cocaine, which
would be a confirmation of a rumor that has dogged W for years.
So, this "revelation" is not going to hurt W at all -- unlike the
gay hooker/reporter story. And sure enough, it's working. Now, CNN
is running the "President smoked weed in his misspent youth" story
constantly, and it has pushed the Gannon/Guckert story completely
off the news cycle.
Once again, the complicit rubes in the American media are all too
happy to help the Bush administration cover up.
Please keep swinging the hammer, BuzzFlash. You are one of our
last, best hopes.
Subject: the presidency of Mr. Magoo
I don't know if you linked this but it does suggest a great nickname
for dubya: "Magoo." I don't think things "work out,"
though, after everything seems to fall down around him. He, like
Mr. Magoo, leaves chaos in his wake, oblivious to what his careless
actions have wrought:
Watch: Why Bush is 'feeling pretty spunky' these days (Houston
"I have always believed in the Mr. Magoo factor with Bush,"
said Marshall Wittmann, a senior fellow at the Democratic Leadership
Council and former aide to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. "Everything
seems to be falling down around him, but he always seems to get
by and things work out."