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  • Erik Mermagen
    It s not really bullshit. It s kind of important. The election in this country nears and I must respond to those who s reason has been clouded by lies. The
    Message 1 of 9 , Oct 28, 2004
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      It's not really bullshit. It's kind of important. The election in this
      country nears and I must respond to those who's reason has been clouded
      by lies. The results of this election will effect more than the people
      here in America. To say the least.



      Terror, like ecstasy, tends to magnify perceptions. Just as affection
      becomes adoration in the physical act of love, so too does vigilance
      sometimes become morbid obsession in the face of spectacular violence.
      To be effective, this normal function of survival must also be
      temporary. It is now more than two years since our own national
      incident of spectacular violence, however, and although the United
      States remains obsessed, it is not unfair, or even insensitive, to
      begin considering the events of September 11 from a more detached
      perspective.

      In 2001, terrorists killed 2,978 people in the United States,
      including the five killed by anthrax. In that same year, according to
      the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease killed 700,142 Americans
      and cancer 553,768; various accidents claimed 101,537 lives, suicide
      30,622, and homicide, not including the attacks, another 17,330. As
      President Bush pointed out in January, no one has been killed by
      terrorists on American soil since then. Neither, according to the FBI,
      was anyone killed here by terrorists in 2000. In 1999, the number was
      one. In 1998, it was three. In 1997, zero. Even using 2001 as a
      baseline, the actuarial tables would suggest that our concern about
      terror mortality ought to be on the order of our concern about fatal
      workplace injuries (5,431 deaths) or drowning (3,247). To recognize
      this is not to dishonor the loss to the families of those people
      killed by terrorists, but neither should their anguish eclipse that of
      the families of children who died in their infancy that year (27,801).
      Every death has its horrors.

      Anti-terrorism nevertheless has become the animating principle of
      nearly every aspect of American public policy. We have launched two
      major military engagements in its name. It informs how we fund
      scientific research, whose steel or textiles we buy, who may enter or
      leave the country, and how we sort our mail. It has shaped the
      structure of the Justice Department and the fates of 180,000
      government employees now in the service of the Department of Homeland
      Security. Nearly every presidential speech touches on terrorism, and,
      according to the White House, we can look forward to spending at least
      $50 billion per year on �homeland defense� until the end of time.

      * * *

      Is all this necessary? One of the remarkable things about September 11
      is that there was no follow-up�no shopping malls were firebombed, no
      bridges destroyed, no power plants assaulted. This is, no doubt, partly
      the result of our post-2001 obsession with preventing just such
      disasters. We must at least consider the possibility, however, that
      this also represents a lack of wherewithal on the part of would-be
      terrorists. Although there may be no shortage of those angry enough to
      commit an act of violence against the United States, few among them
      possess the training, the financing, or the sheer ambition necessary
      to execute an operation as elaborate as that of September 11. The
      nineteen who have already done so are dead, and in the two and a half
      years that they have enjoyed their martyrdom and their virgins, few
      have stepped forward to join them. In the United States, none have.

      This may be because it is very hard to kill thousands of people at
      once. It turns out, for example, that the radioactive �dirty bombs� of
      Jose Padilla�s fantasies are in fact �not very effective as a means of
      causing fatalities,� according to Richard Meserve, who is the chairman
      of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Smallpox was eradicated
      from nature in 1978, is impossible to manufacture, and�if terrorists
      did somehow get hold of what little of the virus remains in Russian and
      U.S. hands�is exceedingly difficult to spread. It is safe to assume
      that many aspiring terrorists have killed only themselves, with
      prematurely dispersed sarin or perhaps an all-too-successful anthrax
      experiment. And contrary to their designation as �weapons of mass
      destruction,� anthrax and sarin, as well as mustard gas, VX, tabun, and
      a host of other high-tech horrors, are more accurately called simply
      �weapons.� Aum Shinrikyo�which had 65,000 members worldwide, $1.4
      billion in assets, and a secret weapons lab run by scientists recruited
      from Japan�s best universities, and spent years underground during
      which no investigative body knew of them, much less was seeking
      them�managed to kill sixteen people in a Tokyo subway station. A boy
      with a machine gun could have done worse.

      Real nuclear weapons, of course, are a different matter, but they also
      are incredibly hard to make. Libya recently gave up on the project.
      North Korea has been at it since the late sixties and may now have as
      many as two. As for the much-feared loose Russian nukes, Aum
      Shinrikyo, with all its money, tried just after the Berlin Wall fell to
      buy one and failed. This is why Al Qaeda, despite all its
      well-financed malice, used planes. It was the best they could do.

      In the unlikely event that a terrorist organization did manage to
      steal or, more likely, build a nuclear weapon, smuggle it into the
      United States, and detonate it near a major population center, the
      predicted casualty rate starts at 10,000 and climbs, in some
      estimates, to as high as 250,000. This would be a singular crime. But
      it would be a horror not unlike many that this nation has faced before
      and many that this nation will face again, terrorists or no terrorists.
      The country would go on, just as it did after the influenza epidemic of
      1918 (600,000 deaths) or during the current AIDS epidemic (500,000
      deaths and counting). Attorney General John Ashcroft has called
      terrorists �those who would destroy America,� but a successful nuclear
      attack would not destroy America. It would not even come close.

      * * *

      In this coming election, as in every other, genuine differences of
      opinion will inform much of the political debate. A tax cut in a time
      of recession might make sense to you, or it might not. Perhaps we
      should build a moon colony instead of funding public schools.
      Reasonable people may differ. Terror, though, will not be argued on
      logic or ideology or even self-interest. It will be argued on the
      basis of emotion. It is an emotion.

      Moreover, it is a seductive emotion. Our current obsession with
      terrorism is premised on the fiction of an unlimited downside, which
      speaks darkly to the American psyche just as did the unlimited upside
      imagined during the Internet bubble. Indeed, this hysteria can be seen
      as a mirror image of the bubble, a run on terror. Whereas before we
      believed without basis that we could all be illimitably wealthy with
      no work, we now believe without basis that we will die in incalculable
      numbers with no warning or determinable motivation. Both views are
      childish, but the Internet bubble at least did not require calling out
      the National Guard.

      Contrary to the administration�s claims, the War on Terror is not �a
      challenge as formidable as any ever faced by our nation.� It is not
      the Cold War, in which our enemy did in fact have the ability to
      destroy the Earth. Nor is it the Second World War (405,399 dead
      Americans), nor the First (116,516). It certainly is not the Civil War,
      still the deadliest conflict in American history (364,511 dead on the
      Union side, and an estimated 258,000 dead in the South) and one that
      specifically threatened to end the American experiment. It is not even
      a war in the �moral equivalent of war� sense of Lyndon Johnson�s War on
      Poverty. Fighting it does not make us a better people. It is much
      closer to the War on Drugs�a comic-book name for a fantasy crusade. We
      can no more rid the world of terror than we can rid it of alienation.
      This may sound like a splitting of linguistic hairs, but we made a
      similar category error in Vietnam by calling a U.S. invasion a
      Vietnamese �civil war.� That misidentification cost 58,200 American
      lives.

      As opposed to terror, murder, at the hands of Al Qaeda or anyone else,
      is a very real threat. But it is not a supreme threat, and by calling
      it what it is we can recognize that it does not require the wholesale
      reorganization of the American way of life. The prevention of murder
      does not require the suspension of habeas corpus, nor does it call for
      the distribution of national identity cards, nor does it require the
      fingerprinting of Brazilian tourists. Preventing murder certainly does
      not require war, which of course is quite murderous in and of itself.
      What preventing murder requires is patient police work.

      In New York City we have a program called Comstat, in which police
      carefully track various crime statistics, detect anomalies, and
      marshal their forces appropriately. It works. There were 596 murders
      here in 2003, down from 2,245 in 1990. This sort of effort lacks
      election-year grandeur, however, which may partially explain why the
      Department of Homeland Security does not bother to track the number of
      Americans killed by terrorists. (The FBI tracks terror fatalities
      within the United States and the State Department tracks the same
      abroad, but each uses a different definition of terrorism and neither
      has domestic numbers beyond 2001.) Similarly, there is no
      comprehensive watch list of likely terror operatives. What we have
      instead is a sophisticated public-relations system, the color-coded
      �Homeland Security Advisory System,� that works to terrify Americans
      without the grisly work of actual terrorism.

      Many desired activities, from shopping to watching television, have
      been cited as examples of what we must do, or else �the terrorists
      will have won.� This is debatable. What is not debatable is that if the
      American people are terrified the terrorists have won. And, in this
      regard, they will have been working with the full cooperation of the
      current administration.
      On Oct 28, 2004, at 1:13 PM, suntrax wrote:

      >
      > Am not happy with all this non-kiting b.sh.... but these are good
      > enough to
      > pass on - for those who have not seen them go to
      > http://www.jibjab.com/
      > click on "This Land" or "DC" they are very humorous - even to a.South
      > African!
      >
      >
      > Best regards
      >
      > Brian
      >
      > (========o]></
      >
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      > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      >
      > Brian Wilson
      > Suntrax
      > Tel/fax 27 (0)21 5560044
      > cell; 0824656696
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      > Cape Town
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      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "Erik Mermagen" <mermagen@...>
      > To: <kitesurf@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2004 6:26 PM
      > Subject: Re: [ksurf] Famous Kiteboarders - Part 1
      >
      >
      >
      > What terrorists are hoping he'll win? Certainly not Bin Laden. Somebody
      > might actually start looking for him if Kerry wins.
      >
      > Do you care that Bush is a proven LIAR?
      > Governor George W. Bush admitted that he was convicted in 1976 for
      > drunk driving; he had previously told reporters that he had not been
      > arrested after 1968. (since then, all public records relating to him
      > prior to his becoming president have "disappeared".)
      >
      >
      > Lawyers at the Environmental Protection Agency announced that they were
      > dropping lawsuits against 50 power plants for violating the Clean Air
      > Act, because newly weakened enforcement rules have undermined the
      > cases; the Bush Administration previously had promised that the
      > lawsuits would continue after the rules change.
      >
      > After a heavy lobbying campaign by the electric industry, President
      > George W. Bush broke a campaign promise and decided not to regulate
      > carbon dioxide emissions.
      >
      > I could spend the rest of my life documenting his lies. I think I'll
      > vote instead.
      >
      > You think Kerry is a "flip-floppa"? Why? Because you have been told to.
      > (By liars.)
      > John Kerry never voted to go to war with Iraq. He voted to give Bush
      > the power to declare war with Iraq AS A LAST RESORT. IF AND ONLY IF
      > after further investigation it was determined that all the information
      > they had was correct. (It was never investigated further because that
      > would have been against the Bush regime's plot to open Iraq up as a
      > Mecca for Corporate Greed.) And after all other avenues had been
      > explored. (No other avenues were ever explored. If anyone in the
      > Department of Defense suggested that there were other options, they
      > were immediately replaced.)
      >
      > John Kerry never voted against money for our troops. He voted against
      > the bill that allowed a blank check for 186 BILLION DOLLARS of
      > taxpayers money to be given away to Bush's friends without the chance
      > of asking how it was spent. Halliburton charged the military (which
      > happens to be using my money and yours to pay its bills.) $100,000,000
      > for meals for our troops which it never delivered. They also
      > overcharged them for gasoline to the tune of $67,000,000. Halliburton
      > agreed that it might give a small fraction of the money back once it's
      > contract expires. SURE THEY WILL. (They claim it is a simple contract
      > dispute. And as such, they have done nothing wrong and if our military
      > wants their money back they can bloody well take them to court.)
      > According to the contract that Halliburton signed, there can be no
      > criminal charges filed.
      > These are only 2 examples that have made the headlines. Do you really
      > think it is limited to this. Kerry voted against this bill that allows
      > this to happen because it stated that there can be no investigation
      > into how the money is spent because it would threaten "National
      > Security". I don't know about you, but instead of lining the pockets of
      > Halliburton's CEOs, it seems to me that maybe a little bit of this
      > money should have been spent on body armor so these kids moms didn't
      > have to buy it on ebay and mail it to their hopefully not yet dead
      > children. And what happens to the kids that come home maimed? Bush cut
      > the funding for veterans hospitals. He cut the funding for the
      > healthcare of their families. (If they lost their arms or legs they
      > can't do their job. Now he is done with them.)
      >
      > I realize that many of us do not have time to investigate and find out
      > what the facts actually are. Most people rely on corporate owned media
      > outlets to get their information. When is the last time you heard of a
      > corporation doing anything for any reason other than to further their
      > own best interests? If you think Bush's friends in Corporate America
      > aren't trying to further their own self serving goals thru the media...
      >
      > Please, look at the facts. Not at what the corporate spin doctors tell
      > you. If you care about the future of this great country, you know what
      > you have to do.
      > Regards,
      > Erik Mermagen
      >
      > At least Kerry can probably read. Here's a picture of the idiot that
      > you want to trust with the future of this country.
      > http://www.theBuzzOven.com/bush2.jpg
      >
      > On Oct 28, 2004, at 5:29 AM, LA2WNDSRF@... wrote:
      >
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> In a message dated 10/27/2004 12:14:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
      >> flkitesurfer@... writes:
      >>
      >> AS POLITICAL RHETORIC OR DOGMA only some information on a fellow, as
      >> it
      >> happens world famous, "boardhead."
      >>
      >> Does any of this make him a great prospect for the Presidency? You
      >> got me,
      >> I'm still on the fence on that one. That's for each of us to decide
      >> and
      >> based upon a LOT more information than is provided here.
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> And here I thought he was ONLY A GOOSE HUNTER.
      >> Gee, his hunting outfit was soooo clean, and
      >> his picture showed he was the only one NOT
      >> carrying a 'freshly' shot goose. Which probably pleased his buddies
      >> over at the Animal Rights/ACLU home.
      >> I wonder what he ate that night or the next?
      >>
      >> But he can windsurf and kitesurf. Wow?
      >>
      >> Cut And Run Kerry, no wonder the terrorists
      >> are hoping he'll win.
      >> Scott
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >>
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    • Joseph Ruger
      Erik, greetings from Tainan As an American expat, I hear you loud and clear. Not being exposed to all the TV ads in the states helps me keep a mind of my own.
      Message 2 of 9 , Oct 28, 2004
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        Erik, greetings from Tainan

        As an American expat, I hear you loud and clear. Not
        being exposed to all the TV ads in the states helps me
        keep a mind of my own. No repeated suggestions and
        false information trying to brainwash me over here in
        sunny southern Taiwan.
        But we do get some lovely wind to go with the spacious
        beaches all down the west coast. I was tempted to
        respond to a remark made in this forum about the
        hopelessness of either candidate, but I went to the
        beach instead. My absentee ballot has been marked,
        Kerry, and sent. Now all I care to do is put the whole
        thing out of my mind, so as not to be driven mad by
        people who actually think Bush is a great guy, and
        enjoy this life and all that are in it. Keeping a
        positive outlook and being thankful for all the good
        things in life is what I want to keep in mind. A visit
        to Taiwan might be what you need to put on a happy
        face. Welcome any time
        Cheers
        Joe Ruger --- Erik Mermagen <mermagen@...>
        wrote:
        >
        > 58,000 Absentee Ballots Missing in Florida
        > U.S. Postal Service investigators were trying to
        > find thousands of
        > absentee ballots
        > that should have been delivered to voters in one of
        > the most populous
        > counties.
        >
        > Wear a pro-Kerry t-shirt, get arrested and lose your
        > job.
        > On July 4, Jeff and Nicole Rank went to hear George
        > W. Bush speak in
        > Charleston, West Virginia. Tickets in hand, they
        > found seats ten or 15
        > rows from the stage. There they sat, quietly,
        > wearing t-shirts that
        > read love america, hate bush and regime change
        > starts at home.
        > Forty-five minutes before the president took the
        > podium, event staffers
        > approached the couple and said, "You need to either
        > take those shirts
        > off or leave." According to The San Antonio
        > Express-News, Jeff Rank
        > replied, "People around us have Bush-Cheney
        > t-shirts, pro-Bush
        > t-shirts. Why can't we express our views?" The
        > staffers left, but a few
        > minutes later, two police officers arrived and told
        > the couple to
        > "cover up, take them [the t-shirts] off or leave
        > completely." The Ranks
        > refused, at which point they were handcuffed,
        > expelled from the event,
        > and briefly thrown in prison. With the Ranks safely
        > off the premises,
        > Bush addressed the crowd, declaring that "on the
        > Fourth of July, we
        > confirm our love of freedom, the freedom for people
        > to speak their
        > minds, the freedom for people to worship as they so
        > choose. Free
        > thought and free expression, that's what we
        > believe." Two days later,
        > the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Nicole
        > Rank's employer, told
        > her that, as a result of the incident, she was being
        > dismissed from her
        > assignment in West Virginia....
        >
        > How could ANYONE trust this group to lead our great
        > nation?!!
        >
        > On Oct 28, 2004, at 12:26 PM, Erik Mermagen wrote:
        >
        > >
        > > What terrorists are hoping he'll win? Certainly
        > not Bin Laden. Somebody
        > > might actually start looking for him if Kerry
        > wins.
        > >
        > > Do you care that Bush is a proven LIAR?
        > > Governor George W. Bush admitted that he was
        > convicted in 1976 for
        > > drunk driving; he had previously told reporters
        > that he had not been
        > > arrested after 1968. (since then, all public
        > records relating to him
        > > prior to his becoming president have
        > "disappeared".)
        > >
        > >
        > > Lawyers at the Environmental Protection Agency
        > announced that they were
        > > dropping lawsuits against 50 power plants for
        > violating the Clean Air
        > > Act, because newly weakened enforcement rules have
        > undermined the
        > > cases; the Bush Administration previously had
        > promised that the
        > > lawsuits would continue after the rules change.
        > >
        > > After a heavy lobbying campaign by the electric
        > industry, President
        > > George W. Bush broke a campaign promise and
        > decided not to regulate
        > > carbon dioxide emissions.
        > >
        > > I could spend the rest of my life documenting his
        > lies. I think I'll
        > > vote instead.
        > >
        > > You think Kerry is a "flip-floppa"? Why? Because
        > you have been told to.
        > > (By liars.)
        > > John Kerry never voted to go to war with Iraq. He
        > voted to give Bush
        > > the power to declare war with Iraq AS A LAST
        > RESORT. IF AND ONLY IF
        > > after further investigation it was determined that
        > all the information
        > > they had was correct. (It was never investigated
        > further because that
        > > would have been against the Bush regime's plot to
        > open Iraq up as a
        > > Mecca for Corporate Greed.) And after all other
        > avenues had been
        > > explored. (No other avenues were ever explored. If
        > anyone in the
        > > Department of Defense suggested that there were
        > other options, they
        > > were immediately replaced.)
        > >
        > > John Kerry never voted against money for our
        > troops. He voted against
        > > the bill that allowed a blank check for 186
        > BILLION DOLLARS of
        > > taxpayers money to be given away to Bush's friends
        > without the chance
        > > of asking how it was spent. Halliburton charged
        > the military (which
        > > happens to be using my money and yours to pay its
        > bills.) $100,000,000
        > > for meals for our troops which it never delivered.
        > They also
        > > overcharged them for gasoline to the tune of
        > $67,000,000. Halliburton
        > > agreed that it might give a small fraction of the
        > money back once it's
        > > contract expires. SURE THEY WILL. (They claim it
        > is a simple contract
        > > dispute. And as such, they have done nothing wrong
        > and if our military
        > > wants their money back they can bloody well take
        > them to court.)
        > > According to the contract that Halliburton signed,
        > there can be no
        > > criminal charges filed.
        > > These are only 2 examples that have made the
        > headlines. Do you really
        > > think it is limited to this. Kerry voted against
        > this bill that allows
        > > this to happen because it stated that there can be
        > no investigation
        > > into how the money is spent because it would
        > threaten "National
        > > Security". I don't know about you, but instead of
        > lining the pockets of
        > > Halliburton's CEOs, it seems to me that maybe a
        > little bit of this
        > > money should have been spent on body armor so
        > these kids moms didn't
        > > have to buy it on ebay and mail it to their
        > hopefully not yet dead
        > > children. And what happens to the kids that come
        > home maimed? Bush cut
        > > the funding for veterans hospitals. He cut the
        > funding for the
        > > healthcare of their families. (If they lost their
        > arms or legs they
        > > can't do their job. Now he is done with them.)
        > >
        > > I realize that many of us do not have time to
        > investigate and find out
        > > what the facts actually are. Most people rely on
        > corporate owned media
        > > outlets to get their information. When is the last
        > time you heard of a
        > > corporation doing anything for any reason other
        > than to further their
        > > own best interests? If you think Bush's friends in
        > Corporate America
        > > aren't trying to further their own self serving
        > goals thru the media...
        > >
        > > Please, look at the facts. Not at what the
        > corporate spin doctors tell
        > > you. If you care about the future of this great
        > country, you know what
        > > you have to do.
        > > Regards,
        > > Erik Mermagen
        > >
        > > At least Kerry can probably read. Here's a picture
        > of the idiot that
        > > you want to trust with the future of this country.
        > > http://www.theBuzzOven.com/bush2.jpg
        > >
        > > On Oct 28, 2004, at 5:29 AM, LA2WNDSRF@...
        > wrote:
        > >
        > >>
        > >>
        > >>
        > >> In a message dated 10/27/2004 12:14:59 PM Pacific
        > Daylight Time,
        > >> flkitesurfer@... writes:
        > >>
        > >> AS POLITICAL RHETORIC OR DOGMA only some
        > information on a fellow, as
        >
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      • loco
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          ----- Original Message -----
          From: "Joseph Ruger" <tainanjoseph@...>
          To: <kitesurf@yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Friday, October 29, 2004 4:37 PM
          Subject: Re: [ksurf] Famous Kiteboarders - Part 1


          >
          > Erik, greetings from Tainan
          >
          > As an American expat, I hear you loud and clear. Not
          > being exposed to all the TV ads in the states helps me
          > keep a mind of my own. No repeated suggestions and
          > false information trying to brainwash me over here in
          > sunny southern Taiwan.
          > But we do get some lovely wind to go with the spacious
          > beaches all down the west coast. I was tempted to
          > respond to a remark made in this forum about the
          > hopelessness of either candidate, but I went to the
          > beach instead. My absentee ballot has been marked,
          > Kerry, and sent. Now all I care to do is put the whole
          > thing out of my mind, so as not to be driven mad by
          > people who actually think Bush is a great guy, and
          > enjoy this life and all that are in it. Keeping a
          > positive outlook and being thankful for all the good
          > things in life is what I want to keep in mind. A visit
          > to Taiwan might be what you need to put on a happy
          > face. Welcome any time
          > Cheers
          > Joe Ruger --- Erik Mermagen <mermagen@...>
          > wrote:
          > >
          > > 58,000 Absentee Ballots Missing in Florida
          > > U.S. Postal Service investigators were trying to
          > > find thousands of
          > > absentee ballots
          > > that should have been delivered to voters in one of
          > > the most populous
          > > counties.
          > >
          > > Wear a pro-Kerry t-shirt, get arrested and lose your
          > > job.
          > > On July 4, Jeff and Nicole Rank went to hear George
          > > W. Bush speak in
          > > Charleston, West Virginia. Tickets in hand, they
          > > found seats ten or 15
          > > rows from the stage. There they sat, quietly,
          > > wearing t-shirts that
          > > read love america, hate bush and regime change
          > > starts at home.
          > > Forty-five minutes before the president took the
          > > podium, event staffers
          > > approached the couple and said, "You need to either
          > > take those shirts
          > > off or leave." According to The San Antonio
          > > Express-News, Jeff Rank
          > > replied, "People around us have Bush-Cheney
          > > t-shirts, pro-Bush
          > > t-shirts. Why can't we express our views?" The
          > > staffers left, but a few
          > > minutes later, two police officers arrived and told
          > > the couple to
          > > "cover up, take them [the t-shirts] off or leave
          > > completely." The Ranks
          > > refused, at which point they were handcuffed,
          > > expelled from the event,
          > > and briefly thrown in prison. With the Ranks safely
          > > off the premises,
          > > Bush addressed the crowd, declaring that "on the
          > > Fourth of July, we
          > > confirm our love of freedom, the freedom for people
          > > to speak their
          > > minds, the freedom for people to worship as they so
          > > choose. Free
          > > thought and free expression, that's what we
          > > believe." Two days later,
          > > the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Nicole
          > > Rank's employer, told
          > > her that, as a result of the incident, she was being
          > > dismissed from her
          > > assignment in West Virginia....
          > >
          > > How could ANYONE trust this group to lead our great
          > > nation?!!
          > >
          > > On Oct 28, 2004, at 12:26 PM, Erik Mermagen wrote:
          > >
          > > >
          > > > What terrorists are hoping he'll win? Certainly
          > > not Bin Laden. Somebody
          > > > might actually start looking for him if Kerry
          > > wins.
          > > >
          > > > Do you care that Bush is a proven LIAR?
          > > > Governor George W. Bush admitted that he was
          > > convicted in 1976 for
          > > > drunk driving; he had previously told reporters
          > > that he had not been
          > > > arrested after 1968. (since then, all public
          > > records relating to him
          > > > prior to his becoming president have
          > > "disappeared".)
          > > >
          > > >
          > > > Lawyers at the Environmental Protection Agency
          > > announced that they were
          > > > dropping lawsuits against 50 power plants for
          > > violating the Clean Air
          > > > Act, because newly weakened enforcement rules have
          > > undermined the
          > > > cases; the Bush Administration previously had
          > > promised that the
          > > > lawsuits would continue after the rules change.
          > > >
          > > > After a heavy lobbying campaign by the electric
          > > industry, President
          > > > George W. Bush broke a campaign promise and
          > > decided not to regulate
          > > > carbon dioxide emissions.
          > > >
          > > > I could spend the rest of my life documenting his
          > > lies. I think I'll
          > > > vote instead.
          > > >
          > > > You think Kerry is a "flip-floppa"? Why? Because
          > > you have been told to.
          > > > (By liars.)
          > > > John Kerry never voted to go to war with Iraq. He
          > > voted to give Bush
          > > > the power to declare war with Iraq AS A LAST
          > > RESORT. IF AND ONLY IF
          > > > after further investigation it was determined that
          > > all the information
          > > > they had was correct. (It was never investigated
          > > further because that
          > > > would have been against the Bush regime's plot to
          > > open Iraq up as a
          > > > Mecca for Corporate Greed.) And after all other
          > > avenues had been
          > > > explored. (No other avenues were ever explored. If
          > > anyone in the
          > > > Department of Defense suggested that there were
          > > other options, they
          > > > were immediately replaced.)
          > > >
          > > > John Kerry never voted against money for our
          > > troops. He voted against
          > > > the bill that allowed a blank check for 186
          > > BILLION DOLLARS of
          > > > taxpayers money to be given away to Bush's friends
          > > without the chance
          > > > of asking how it was spent. Halliburton charged
          > > the military (which
          > > > happens to be using my money and yours to pay its
          > > bills.) $100,000,000
          > > > for meals for our troops which it never delivered.
          > > They also
          > > > overcharged them for gasoline to the tune of
          > > $67,000,000. Halliburton
          > > > agreed that it might give a small fraction of the
          > > money back once it's
          > > > contract expires. SURE THEY WILL. (They claim it
          > > is a simple contract
          > > > dispute. And as such, they have done nothing wrong
          > > and if our military
          > > > wants their money back they can bloody well take
          > > them to court.)
          > > > According to the contract that Halliburton signed,
          > > there can be no
          > > > criminal charges filed.
          > > > These are only 2 examples that have made the
          > > headlines. Do you really
          > > > think it is limited to this. Kerry voted against
          > > this bill that allows
          > > > this to happen because it stated that there can be
          > > no investigation
          > > > into how the money is spent because it would
          > > threaten "National
          > > > Security". I don't know about you, but instead of
          > > lining the pockets of
          > > > Halliburton's CEOs, it seems to me that maybe a
          > > little bit of this
          > > > money should have been spent on body armor so
          > > these kids moms didn't
          > > > have to buy it on ebay and mail it to their
          > > hopefully not yet dead
          > > > children. And what happens to the kids that come
          > > home maimed? Bush cut
          > > > the funding for veterans hospitals. He cut the
          > > funding for the
          > > > healthcare of their families. (If they lost their
          > > arms or legs they
          > > > can't do their job. Now he is done with them.)
          > > >
          > > > I realize that many of us do not have time to
          > > investigate and find out
          > > > what the facts actually are. Most people rely on
          > > corporate owned media
          > > > outlets to get their information. When is the last
          > > time you heard of a
          > > > corporation doing anything for any reason other
          > > than to further their
          > > > own best interests? If you think Bush's friends in
          > > Corporate America
          > > > aren't trying to further their own self serving
          > > goals thru the media...
          > > >
          > > > Please, look at the facts. Not at what the
          > > corporate spin doctors tell
          > > > you. If you care about the future of this great
          > > country, you know what
          > > > you have to do.
          > > > Regards,
          > > > Erik Mermagen
          > > >
          > > > At least Kerry can probably read. Here's a picture
          > > of the idiot that
          > > > you want to trust with the future of this country.
          > > > http://www.theBuzzOven.com/bush2.jpg
          > > >
          > > > On Oct 28, 2004, at 5:29 AM, LA2WNDSRF@...
          > > wrote:
          > > >
          > > >>
          > > >>
          > > >>
          > > >> In a message dated 10/27/2004 12:14:59 PM Pacific
          > > Daylight Time,
          > > >> flkitesurfer@... writes:
          > > >>
          > > >> AS POLITICAL RHETORIC OR DOGMA only some
          > > information on a fellow, as
          > >
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