July 19, 2005
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Subject: "Convicted of a Crime ..."?
I'm not sure about how many stooges W hired on from his Dad's Administration, but a few of them were convicted of an Iran-Contra crime, eh? (Yeah they were pardoned by Pappy, but ...)
Please correct me if I'm wrong but what about-
John Poindexter (convicted; served Bush II as director of the DARPA Information Awareness Office)
Elliot Abrams (indicted; pleaded guilty to lesser charges; served as Bush II's deputy national security advisor)
[See "Summary of Prosecutions" here.]
I just read Joe Wilson's posting. I have a question. The document purporting to show that Niger was selling yellow cake to Iraq is now known to be a forgery. Who forged the document? Is anyone looking into this? What does Joe Wilson think as to who forged it? Thanks.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Guilt, Shame and Arrogance, Karl Rove And Co.
I caught a sound byte the other day on the Jon Stewart Show. President Bush was stating that people shouldn't prejudge media reports on an ongoing investigation. Both he and Karl Rove had the same expression on their faces as if they shared a special arrogant secret.
I've seen this same arrogance before. Last election day before the polls closed the president and Laura Bush were talking in front of the cameras. They were smiling at each other and looked so relaxed, it was as if they already knew they had won the election. Later at the inauguration, standing together as a family (Laura and the girls with the President), I could see the shame written all over their faces and their body language. They all knew that they did not deserve to be our country's first family.
I'm sorry for all of us that we are somehow stuck in this nightmare of an administration and I pray that someday we can be free of all of them.
Subject: Why Does Bush Hate Us?
Why does Bush hate us? Why, for our freedom, of course.
Don't worry, he's working on changing that.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Rovegate RNC Spin
Re CNN, Fox, MSNBC "news" on Rovegate:
In Russian, "Pravda" means "truth" and "Izvestia" means "news." These are the two major newspapers in Russia. In the days of Stalin, Russians would say there's no truth in the news and no news in the truth.
I think of this often when I see these news outlets parrot RNC spin as news. The sycophancy is nauseating. Evidently these "news" outlets regard themselves as extensions of the White House.
A BuzzFlash Reader
I think ALL of us keeping up with Rove and his band of merry outlaws should ALWAYS refer to this case as TRAITORGATE. Rove should have taught us by now that WORDS MATTER. The one thing this is about is TREASON. So let's call it by its true name. Plamegate, Rovegate, Novak leaks are all a little confusing to someone not keeping up.
I think it should always be called TRAITORGATE.
Thanks. Keep up the good work.
I hate to be picky, but your headline "Production Imagining Saddam as Richard III Riles Shakespeareans" doesn't accurately reflect the the story it links to.
The Richard III Society are not "Shakespeareans"; they're fans of the historical person Richard Plantagenet, Duke of Gloucester (Richard III)--not Shakespeare's play "Richard III." On the contrary, so-called "Ricardians" don't like Will's portrayal of Richard, which remains faithful to the so-called "Tudor myth" about Gloucester. If anything, they're "anti-Shakespeareans."
Will's portrayal of Richard actually does resemble Saddam a bit. However, the murderous Richard of the play is even more like George W. Bush. See, especially, Act II Scene 7, where Gloucester, at the urging of Buckingham (Richard's Rove) holds a prayer book and stands "'tween two clergymen" in order to appear pious to the Lord Mayor of London.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: An Old Question Resurfaces
In his weekend article and interviews, the Time magazine reporter has made it clear that despite the disinformation coming from the White House, it was Karl Rove and Lewis Libby who told him that Valerie Plame was a CIA agent.
And so, we are driven back to the question we so often have to ask about Republican presidents: What did the President know, and when did he know it?
That’s three presidents out of their last four. And the odd man out only had one term to make it a clean sweep. Nixon won the big prize, Reagan should have and Bush-1 had the handicap. Looks like we may have another winner now.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Colorado Congressman Threatens Islamic Holy Sites (AP)
In response to a hypothetical question asking how the U.S. should respond if terrorists struck U.S. cities with nuclear weapons, U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo of Colorado answered that we could then take out their "holy sites" including Mecca. Later he and his spokesman tried to back pedal away from these statements by saying he was just "throwing out some ideas" about a hypothetical question.
His spokesman speculated that such a strike would hit something "near and dear" to the extremists and deter them from committing acts of terrorism. He couldn't be more wrong. Such an act would provoke an outright holy war and draw in thousands upon thousands of moderate Muslims into the Jihad. Are some of our congressman so clueless as to actually think this would be a good idea? And if they do, do they actually think it's a good idea to openly speculate about such things to the public?
One must wonder how this helps further the "winning of hearts and minds" so often recited by the Bush administration. If we want our political leaders to act responsibly when it comes to making statements that affect U.S. security, we need to publish such thoughtless comments and politically punish those who make them. We cannot allow such treacherous statements that endanger our security to go by without a challenge and a political fallout. Enraging Muslims by threatening their holy sites is not a way to secure America.
Subject: Office Pool - How Will They Get Rove and Libby out of Limelight?
One thing the republicans have learned to do well since Nixon and Reagan is to cut their losses.
Whenever there is a lightning rod that captures public attention and risks negative consequences, they manage to remove it from media coverage. They know (and we know) that the public has the attention span and memory of a flea. How many people even remember the top TV shows of a year ago? And the concern is not the diehards who read BuzzFlash, for example, but the much larger number of people who casually follow the news.
They dropped Newt out of sight very fast when he became a problem, and Ashcroft. The public 'negatives' on these people had just gotten too high. Some of the Pentagon neocons were similarly removed because they had become radioactive.
In fact these people never really leave the organization, they are just re-positioned in a way that makes the media think they are gone and gets them out of the news.
It sort of clears the palate for their agenda.
The office pool should be about how they'll drop Rove, and Libby, out of the press.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: One wager here, for quickly rolling out a Supreme Court nominee. And as another reader has pointed out, there's suddenly the Saddam trial story.]
Subject: It Has Begun--and On NPR, of All Places
I was listening to NPR here in Colorado this morning. And what was the lead story in their daily news? Not Rove. Not anything about what Bush said about firing anyone who leaked info on Plame. Nope. It was about the first charges against Saddam Hussein. Yes, their lead story was about the supposed "slam dunk" that the prosecutors will have with his revenge killing after a failed assassination attempt against him. It went on to say that the court appearance and proceedings won't even happen for at least 3 months.
So why are we hearing about charges that won't even be heard in a courtroom for at least 90 days from now? Simple. Even NPR is fed disinformation and propaganda. The machine has begun its smoke and mirrors--it's pay no attention to the man behind that curtain.
A few days ago I headed a missive with "Another blip on the radar screen" and a few other readers responded. The blip is faint and will be getting fainter. I hate to be that pessimistic, but the reality is ...
A BuzzFlash Reader
I'm often on your site, a sometimes hyperventilating, but often vital, counterpoint to the Orwellian mess the American people are in today. (I even link to you from my web page.) I must voice an objection, however, to your advice to quit debating the facts on the PlameGate affair and just reduce the effort to conflate "Rove" and "treason" for the repeat-a-lie-five-times-and-it-becomes-truth effect.
This asserting vs. fact-checking in the media is a problem, and it is being effectively used against the American people. Read this excellent analysis of this from Jay Rosen on the "rollback" of the press at:
Michael J. Petro
Subject: Bhagavad Gita …. “I Am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds!”
The War in Iraq is a quagmire no matter how Bush and the Republicans spin it. Under George W. Bush and because of his invasion of Iraq more terrorism, not only in Iraq, but in the world, is seen in a blow-back against the policies of Bush and Blair! Our soldiers’ deaths total 1767 now! In one week in Iraq, 170 people were killed in suicide bombings alone!
Even in Iraq, where shocking killings have become part of daily life, some acts are so profoundly violent that the country seems to pause, trying to fathom what happened. The New York Times reported in the same article, “The surge of suicide attacks torturing the capital has seemingly confounded Iraqi and American forces, which have focused their Baghdad security efforts on stopping the bombers. Attacks are often undetectable until the last seconds before detonation, especially in the case of moving car bombs, and nearby civilians can slow the reaction of security forces.” The deadliest attack came Saturday evening in the small town of Al-Musayyib, 60 kilometers south of the capital, where at least 71 were killed and 150 wounded.
Read this article and form your own opinion - the death is a fact!
You see, since May, Dr. Salihee, had been reporting on the similarities between the death squads used in El Salvador to obliterate their “insurgency” and the US military’s creation of the “Wolf Brigade” that has been unleashed to eliminate the Iraqi “insurgency.” Our government calls it "Operation Lightening.”
A humanitarian discussion took place between Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman and independent journalist the “no-spin” independent journalist Dahr Jamail! The eye-opening video is well worth listening to, as Mr. Jamail reveals on-the-scene reports and information you will NEVER hear from Bush or the MSM!
Has Bush made Orwell’s 1984 a reality? “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face-forever!”
THE ILLUSION CONTINUES!
Robert King Merton wrote these words in “The Self–Fulfilling Prophecy" in 1948:
P.S. ... in no way do I consider Bush a "prophet"! That happens only in his own mind, whereas I would spell it "Profit!"
Subject: Dick Cheney Is the Source Judith Miller Is Protecting by going to Jail
Karl Rove and Scooter Libby have already given releases to every journalist to talk about their conversations, and have already been named -- repeatedly. David Brooks and every other right wing "journalist" has been lying, saying Joseph Wilson wasn't sent by the Vice President's office to Niger -- although that's what we've been told for two years now.
By the time it's over, if the true details are ever released, it will be shown that Judy Miller was a paid shill -- just like others were for the Dept. of Education -- only she received money and "tips" from Dick Cheney's office. What else has she been publishing on the front page of the NYTimes for the past 5 years but Cheney's peddled lies?
And why else would she sit in a jail cell? Must be protecting a linchpin that's not publicly out there -- yet.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: We hope to have answers "by the time it's all over," as you say.]
Subject: Rove and Treason
I agree that Democrats should "take one from the Rove play book" and just mention "Rove" and "Treason" together as often as possible.
And here's another one, now that Bush has changed his mind about what it will take to get somone involved in this affair fired from the White house. Say "Bush" and "Flip-flop" together as often and as loudly as possible.
Flip Bush Now,
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