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March 11, 2002
I am certain that all the planned military action on terrorism can be stopped in a matter of minutes! All we have to do is put in place a measure sending Bush, Cheney, and every Joint Chief of Staff on a plane to Afghanistan. We will inform them that any and all military actions they dream up will require for them to be on the front lines of battle fighting hand in hand with our young men. Assure them that there will be no more hiding in elementary schools next to military bases! Wanna bet that before we could get their pompous bloated heads through the door of Air Force One, they'd have a peaceful response to the terrorism issue AND their pressing need to send troops around the world to guard pipelines? (Oops, I meant to say "fight terra" not guard pipelines.)
and Cheney's military history in Vietnam - actually, lack of history in
Vietnam - is a dead giveaway as to how they would handle the situations
they are generating right now. Their trigger happy responses would peter
out in a minute if they knew they were jeopardizing their precious privileged
There's no chance for a cease fire with Greens. Nader knew exactly what he was doing. Your call for a cease fire is only a recycling of numerous Nader lies. Are you aware that Nader is invested in Occidental and numerous other companies he claims he hates through Fidelity Investments? Are you aware that Nader's tv ad campaign with its totally false attacks on Al Gore in October 2000 airing in crucial battleground states Nader originally said he would not campaign in was paid for by the republican leadership council which is a wing of the republican national committee? Amazing how republican money corrupted Nader.
Nader's no progressive. He was AWOL from both the women's and civil rights movements and opposed the efforts of his own employees to unionize to fight for better pay and working conditions. He stated publicly that these issues were not priorities for his 2000 campaign. Nader's silence on Bush's theft of the election also speaks volumes. It's time for Naderites to take their heads out of the sand and face the truth that Nader is a bold faced liar who used them for his own egotistical, selfish purposes. It's women, minorities, working people and the environment who are paying the price for Bush's theft of the election and white male, multimillionaire Ralph Nader who still refuses to join the green party, couldn't care less.
curious as to who the "other than listed nations" are? The article
says at least 7 nations. Five of those don't have nuclear, biological
or chemical weapons, nor the means to deliver them. I believe Bush has
really gone nuts. If some poor camel herder has a plan for destroying
the Golden Gate bridge, he's a terrorist. If we have contingency plans
to wipe out 7 backward nations, we're preserving freedom.
honey... you know I'd rather walk on my lips than to criticize you...
but you need help, girl!
This is supposed to be a book review?? --- I nearly heaved my cookies having to wade through her psychotic, aimless, disjointed, disconnected, irrational, myopic, and just plain idiotic ranting. In this confusing and bewildering tirade, Ms. Coulter has demonstrated that she's so anal retentive that she shouldn't sit down for fear of sucking up the furniture.
Much to my dismay... fully ONE HALF of the opinion piece is nothing but unfinished and discarded paragraphs off the cutting room floor from her many other pieces. These pearls of wisdom that Coulter so gleefully shares with us consist of nothing more than more (and more and more) of harping on Bill Clinton, Lewinsky, the definition of sex, and blaming the Florida fiasco on Clinton (yes! believe it! She blames the Florida election on Clinton.) The more I read, the more I realized how crazy it was. It was like riding a psychotic horse toward a burning stable.
I marvel at how she manages to jump tracks, and illogically insert (without segue or explanation) a bit of innuendo that in appreciation of the heroic work the military, police and fire departments have done since 9/11 we should give them a break and give them a little leeway in permitting sexual discrimination. Clearly, Ms. Coulter is so confused she don't know whether to scratch her watch or wind her butt.
In her warped defense of our 9/11 heroes, she does an admirable job in attempting to revamp the hackneyed and worn out old "it's-unpatriotic-to-criticize-the-president-while-we're-at-war" mantra. --- Ann... sweetie darling, are you listening? Oh, for goodness sake get down off that crucifix, someone needs the wood!
FINALLY, she gets around to talking about Posner's book. Her words were nothing more than a kaleidoscope of random thoughts, punctuated with hate and bitterness. --- Clearly, she was typing (or dictating) at the very moment her medication was starting to kick-in... or maybe it was beginning to wear off... it's hard to tell. In any case... she was probably smoking everything in sight, except for her shoes.
Even so... her review of Posner's words are incoherent and predictable as she trots out a the favorite villain that's proved so useful to myopic right-wing zealots... your friend and mine... the "liberal media". Ann? Do you have any control over how creepy you allow yourself to get?
The only memorable (and half-way clever) line from Coulter's hack job is her reference to Alan Funt's "Candid Camera" television show. --- I suspect that by now, Coulter has finished washing down the last of her Lithium with the last of her Absolute... so I'll bet she won't mind (or even be cognizant of) me borrowing and paraphrasing her words when I say that I too find myself wanting to scream the question: "IS ANYONE ELSE WATCHING THIS?!"
Where are the sane people?! Does anyone else understand or care what's going on?! --- This is it, I've found it, I'm in hell.
As my fellow movie buffs can probably tell by now... I hate to borrow quotes... but Charlton Heston (groan) said it best in his portrayal of Colonel George Taylor in the original "Planet of the Apes" when he uttered those famous and most appropriate words "It's a mad house! A mad house!"
-- Allen Walden
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Thanks for the link to
but I'm confused by your summary...
"Oil companies might pass on Arctic drilling in order to pass energy bill 3/10"
Where does "... in order to pass energy bill" come from? Isn't that the politician's baggage?
Something like... "Major oil companies might pass on Arctic drilling because it is NOT ECONOMICALLY VIABLE" would be more accurate.
The article says that the major oil companies are not eager to explore the Arctic Refuge for oil, because it's not attractive (oil-wise), fears of litigation from enviro groups, and possible closure by a future President/Congress.
(Also says that smaller oil companies might be willing to take the risks involved with the Refuge.)
For a detailed explanation (remember Enron), see link at:
"False Profits: The Business Case Against Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Read USPIRG's new study that determines the Refuge contains no economically recoverable oil and that if drilling did occur it could lead to substantial financial risks for oil companies and their shareholders."
There's also excellent coverage of the Refuge oil issue, "Murkowski Watch", etc. at:
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color me naive, i guess
at the bottom of the new york times best seller list
is this disclaimer....
reflect sales, for the week ending March 2, at almost 4,000 bookstores
plus wholesalers serving 50,000 other retailers (gift shops, department
stores, news stands, supermarkets), statistically weighted to represent
all such outlets nationwide. A dagger (+) indicates that some bookstores
report receiving bulk orders. "
except for the two business books, all the books with daggers are about right wing politics.
notice whose political book has no dagger
and now, some blasts from the past
notice the sizable number of books published by regnery
America - Now that I have picked myself up from floor and managed to compose
D.M.Reid (New Zealand)
You do a fantastic service to America, the progressive movement and the world. BUT the column by Barry Crimmins (www.barrycrimmins.com/GreenPeace.html) should not stand on Buzzflash without comment.
Barry Cummins is going to "cut" Democrats "some slack"?
What Ralph Nader said during the campaign was worse than a mistake -- it was a lie. He knew the difference between Gore and Bush -- a dangerous difference. And he cynically insisted there was no difference -- whenever the media lights were turned on.
Al Gore did not run "an inept campaign" as soothing as that would be to the Naderites conscience.
Al Gore WON. And not by a few measly votes. But by tens of thousands of votes -- in FLA. Gore WON FLA decisively. If you read the U.S. Civil Rights Commission Report the proof is all there. Gore WON. Gore won the popular vote in the country -- despite the obstacles. Gore won FLA, but the election was stolen by fraud and the media has participated in the cover-up.
Gore prevailed even though Clinton had just been *impeached* and gone through a Senate trial after years of persecution aimed at him, his staff and his VP.
Gore prevailed despite the fact that he was outspent by hundreds of millions of dollars when you add it *all* up. Both Nader and the media propagated a fallacy that Gore and Bush had the same amount of money. Bush even made an outrageous claim (a lie) in the debates that Gore outspent him (which the media did not challenge).
Gore prevailed even though the corporately controlled media was shilling for its overlords at every opportunity by propping up Bush, ridiculing Gore, and giving Nader plenty of air time to make up for his absence from the debates (far more than they gave Buchanan who in political terms was just as credible as Nader).
Gore prevailed in spite of the treachery of the Nader attack from the left (Clinton had Perot in both elections to pull from the right) which forced him to spend far more time in MN, ORE, WA and WI than he should have needed to at the end of the campaign -- in those final days he needed to spend more time in MO or TN (and knew it). Either MO or TN would have canceled out the theft of FLA. (And BTW why was Nader in FLA in the last few days of the campaign? That was a disgraceful act-- for a progressive-- in the final days of an election so close.)
For the sake of the country and the world, Democrats and Naderites have to unite. But do not propagate lies and fallacies. Gore WON and the country was robbed of its rightful leadership. And on every issue from the environment, the economy and world peace to campaign finance reform, human rights and religious tolerance, the country and the world would be far healthier and safer today if the will of the people (including the overwhelming majority of the African American people of Florida) had been carried out.
-- grow up. If you understand the electoral college, if you understand
media monopoly, if you understand the devolution of the U.S. political
scene over the last thirty years, you know what to do...Nader is not the
reason Bush is in the WH, nor is Gore the reason Bush is in the WH. The
reason Bush is in the WH is that a crime of historical proportions was
committed in FLA, and sanctified by a equally outrageous USSC decision.
Afterward, the whole abomination was given a thin veneer of plausibility
by a corporate media whitewash. Organize, educate and get out the vote
for 2002 and 2004 and vote for
WE outnumber them. But the electoral college demands progressive candidates squeeze into a straightjacket for the race. WE outnumber them. But the media monopoly's corporate bias demands progressive candidates squeeze into a straightjacket for the race. WE outnumber them. But the corruption of the political process by big money demands progressive candidates squeeze into a straightjacket for the race. WE outnumber them. But WE need the centrist vote to win in America under the current circumstances.
This was reported first on BuzzFlash - now finally CNN does a story - only WHO got the contract was conveniently left out....we know it was Brown & Root.
cells to be built for Afghan war detainees
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I just heard this from the 10 & 11.00PM (EST) news via the BBC short-wave (~4.00 GMT). A high ranking IRANIAN General of the Revolutionary Guards has been captured in Western Afghanistan along with some of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Now I bet they'll claim he was on some sort of diplomatic mission, but I ask you, other than ex-pat's and jihad 'volunteers' from a dozen different countries, who else is shooting at us out there, and shouldn't we know this and have some sort of planning to meet this aggression or at least abate or stop it from happening? And how is it that our troopers keep on meeting up with their reinforcements if we truly control the battlefield? Yeah, the battle was won months ago, and LBJ was still looking for that light at the end of the tunnel until the end of his days.
DeLay apparently fired back at Kerry for his remarks. Of course, he brings up Vietnam and bashes liberals...DeLay is most definitely a prime example of a chickenhawk.....
Subj: Is there a madman in the White House?????????????
of letter to New York Times and International Herald Tribune
Nuclear war....could this be a dispatch from the now defunct Office of Disinformation? Bush is so obviously stupid. Don't think Russia, China, North Korea, Syria and Lybia will stand back and be outdone by 19-20 year olds from Saudi Arabia?
L.A. Times story "U.S. Works Up Plan for Using Nuclear Arms"
* Lee Roskin
This morning (3/9), I was sipping tea and watching CNN when Tom Delay came on to speak about wonderful GW. He was asked about Kerry's mild rebuke of him and he came out with the most outrageous comments I think he should be censored.
He said that Kerry fought in Vietnam and came back to protest against it and it was people like him that gave aid to the enemy and undercut our soldiers over there and that people like him caused us to lose the war. Then he said that if GW had been president we would have won that war. I think I have lived long enough to be totally disgusted by the revisionist history of Vietnam by people who ducked and hid.
If I find a transcript of this, I will send you the link.
Bravo! for Senator Patrick Leahy: Articulate, Knowledgeable, Unwilling to be bullied by racists and r-w slander machine... v the Judge Pickering nomination.
Sen. Leahy's statement details his item by item case AGAINST the nomination of Judge Charles W. Pickering for the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the appeals Circuit being just one step below the U.S. Supreme Court, and the nomination, as Sen. Leahy notes, a "promotion" from Pickering's current position.
As Sen. Leahy writes, Pickering's record reveals biases, reversals, and the interjection of Mr. Pickering's opinion into rulings that are not supported by law. Mr. Pickering wears his agenda on his sleeve - an agenda that is openly hostile to large portions of American society. In short, Mr. Pickering believes that his views and opinions are more important than laws, and for this reason the U.S. Senate has every right to withhold assent and confirmation from Mr. Pickering's nomination.
The political and news attacks that will follow will only serve to document that Mr. Pickering's nomination can be considered "a uniting, not dividing" nomination only in the most myopic, self-pitying terms.
Here is info re the dropping of Bill Moyers' NOW by thirty PBS stations. I wonder if you can locate a news story on this, if not would you post this in mailbag. I was unaware till getting this email that this was happening. Bill Moyers journalism is too important to let this go unnoticed.
Just one more: Why is Bill Moyers so important anyway? Why should it
[BuzzFlash Note: In Friday's Mailbag, there was a mention of some PBS stations that either dropped the program or never ran it to begin with, and a list of contact email addresses and phone numbers to call to request it back on.]
Excerpt: Sen. Orrin Hatch (news), R-Utah, coupled his request for a delay with a withering attack on "extreme left Washington special interest groups" that he said were conducting a "lynching" designed to keep Bush's judicial nominees from gaining approval.
No Senator Hatch, you're wrong, it is not a lynching. A "lynching" is what the rabid and hateful right-wingers did to our last elected president, Bill Clinton! That was a public and immoral "lynching" of our president and of our country, that lasted for more than eight years. Even now, many of the same "lynchers" try to smear Clinton, for the sole purpose of distracting us from the boy prince now squatting in the White House.
The vast majority of Americans want only experienced and qualified individuals to sit on OUR courts. We expect that their records be impeccable, and they not have any extreme political views either on the right or the left. We expect that they do not have a history of being on the wrong side of our civil rights or our constitutional rights. We also expect that their integrity and honesty are beyond reproach.
Sadly, Judge Pickering clearly is not that person.
A simple question for you, as you have better resources to look things up, than I.
In reference to:
Wasn't the Republican Party up in arms about President Clinton doing fundraising while we had troops "in harms way?" Or was it something else? We all know how much they used any contorted excuse to whine.
Thanks, and keep up the good work!!!!!
[BuzzFlash Note: That's why Republican are the Grand HYPOCRISY Party (GHP).]
Bruni was on the Today show this morning on Thursday,March 7, 2002. This is a link to excerpts from his new book: http://www.msnbc.com/news/720190.asp.
showing that Bush is a prankster and rapscallion, now Bruni asserts that
In the first instance, Bush is crying because Bin Laden ruined his presidency, (or Bush ruined it himself), in the second instance, he probably probably posed 500 times before, probably at some bar. Bruni insisted that the fireman's pose was not scripted.
So now we can believe that George Bush is serious; he's a changed man. If you have time, you might be able to see the video.
I also found this link you might enjoy about Frank Bruni:
I'm also wondering if anyone has heard more about the Pelosi documentary. I bet they won't dare say a word about Pelosi's documentary, now that Bruni showed Bush as a prankster.
I also heard that Bush wants to draft young people now, both men and women? Is that true?
[BuzzFlash Note: It's been stated in the press that the WH was going to pan the Pelosi movie, but thought it would bring it more attention than they wanted. Richard Roeper's column on it is a pretty good read. If we remember correctly, the idea to reinstate the draft came from a Congressman and then disappeared into the political ether of Bush's War on Sanity. We were not able to locate any recent mention of it.]
Don't do anything to put John Ascroft out of work because he sure won't make it as a song writer or singer!
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