February 23, 2004
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Subj: Billy Tauzin
I heard about this weeks ago and was outraged. I wonder why no one but BuzzFlash is making a big deal out of this story. This is the kind of thing all of America should be aware of. Not only do people like this suck up our taxpayer money, employed as a Senator or Congressman. They use their position, at our expense, as a springboard toward bigger and better things. That whole concept is bad enough, but in the case of Mr. Tauzin, he used every bit of his power, position and energy, while employed by the citizens of the U.S. to not only benefit himself financially, but to get a "sweetheart deal" for his new employer.He did all of this and literally screwed the very people he was duty bound to represent. Where is the outrage??????
New tag line: The Chickenhawks Lie and Our Troops Die
Subj: Take notice
Take notice of the article in Esquire by right wing bow tie wearing pundit Tucker Carlson on his experiences in Iraq. He writes about how he saw more private security than military. That made me wonder, when we count casualties, are we including the deaths of the mercenaries? I doubt it. The cost us from 150 to 250 k per year. How many are there and what are we paying for them overall? Who controls them and who slaps them down when the commit acts that would result in "discipline" if committed by traditional military? Where are their loyalties? The are not all Americans and from his article, it does not sound like they are all necessarily from countries making up the "coalition of the willing". Are the vast number of private military "security" the reason the Pentagon is so resistant to bringing in more soldiers to get the country under control? This might well be the biggest outsourcing effort ever undertaken by our Government.
Principled American Leadership
Subj: Letter to the Editor - Nader is Republican Stooge
Ralph Nader - who managed to split the anti-republican vote and get Bush selected as president is running again for the same reason. Nader gives Republicans a chance to donate twice in this year's election. They can give once to Bush - and once to Nader to draw people away from the Democratic nominee. When Nader posts his contributions I'll bet you'll see that the majority of his big contributors will be the same people who are also big contributors to Bush. Nader knows he can't possibly win. The only thing Nader can accomplish is to make sure Bush wins. Nader is very dishonest.
Isn't it funny how Bush keeps talking about the importance of making the tax cuts permanent because that money should be returned to taxpayers to spend; yet he hasn't hesitated to use our money to travel all over the country to deliver the same lame scripted speeches to invited audiences and then gone directly to fundraisers?
Has anyone kept track of how many trips he has made during his three years in office?
How much did it cost us to send him to the Daytona 500?
Then there is Cheney. He came to PA in December to hunt pheasants at the Scaife estate. ( These birds were released in a field just for his benefit. I think he killed about 70. What a sportsman! Wonder if he also shoots fish in a barrel.) Next week Cheney is coming to PA again to raise money for Tim Murphy's (R.-House) re-election.
By the way, Ann Coulter's slanderous articles appear regularly in Scaife's newspapers. Unfortunately. Scaife has bought up every newspaper in our county, and made inroads into surrounding counties also; therefore people only get conservative views and too many of them are being influenced.
Thank goodness for BuzzFlash!
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Subj: CBC fifth estate 'Conspiracy Theories'
Last month, I watched an excellent CBC 'Fifth Estate' expose on the Bush families ties to the Bin Ladens. I waited to hear American reaction to it...and waited....and waited...well, you see my point. It was thought provoking, well researched and fair, and I have never seen anything even approaching it on any news outlet in your country. How would one go about lobbying for this program to be shown on US network TV? I'm sure CBC would be pleased to make it available. Check it out at...
Subject: Pre-emptive Media Blitz
Whether you agree with George Bush's policies or not, it would be remiss not to admit that the GOP has a convincing 30 second TV sound bite campaign opportunity. It starts out with candidate Bush saying how he is a guy who knows how to work with others to get things done. Then it rolls through the big name legislation that was passed in his first term:
It winds up with Bush saying much has been accomplished, but we still have a lot of work to do. Then closes with a plea to help him continue to address Americas problems by giving him four more years to finish the job he already started (this closing will work for his war on terror ads too).
The opposition cannot wait to be put in a position where they have to react to such an advertisement. To avoid the momentum such a blitz could create, the Dems should start an early campaign that starts out with Bush saying he's a guy who gets things done. Then go to the same sound bites only with the effects of Bush has done has caused:
Continue with a statement indicating that the only thing worse than no legislation is bad or loosely enforced legislation. Then conclude with something like - Yup George Bush is someone who gets things done, but now we need (our candidate) to fix things and get our country back on the right track.
Subj: Define AWOL Deserter
I looked up the definition of awol and deserter and both of them fit GWBush. I also checked out his time from suspension ,to his sentencing at P.U.L.L. a center for underprivileged children .Professionals United For Leadership after GW and his brother Marvin partied it up before GW was to go to Harvard. check it out in Washingtonpost.com
Re: "Nader Advisers Tell Fox News That His Is Running. As We Said All Along, Nader Has Gone To The Evil Republican Empire. His Candidacy, We Predict, Will Be Supported, Behind The Scenes, By The Rove/RNC Strategists with Money and Other Stuff."
I understand your concern about Nader's candidacy for president, but your paranoid vitriol against him is misplaced. He has not "gone over to the evil Republican empire." Believe it or not, there is a lot to gripe about with the Democrats, even for those who want the Democratic candidate beat Bush. Please stop using Bush's "with us or against us" philosophy in characterizing Nader's campaign. Your tone grates heavily on the nerves of at least one person who voted for Nader in 2000, and who is planning on voting for the Democrat--whomever that might be--in 2004. Your continued Nader bashing could very well alienate former Nader voters otherwise inclined to vote Democratic to decline to do so this year. Be respectful to this honorable human being who has dedicated his life to protecting consumers from the abuses of large corporations. Welcome his points of view. At the end of the day, this approach will win you far more former Nader votes than your current hysterical rantings against him will.
Subj: Rick Perry
I am an old Texas gal who divorced my ex in Austin. Becky Beaver is the lawyer a gal gets when she is expecting to put up a fight. She has a reputation as a fighter. In Texas, that means get down in the mud, no holds barred. If Ms. Perry retains Ms. Beaver, we can expect this to get interesting.
Subj: hannity, limbaugh and drudge
What an absolute thrill to hear that AT&T have dropped Drudge. I long ago would not buy any product that was advertised on Limbaugh...unfortunately, he is the only one I can get now. And believe it, whomever said it, that their bashing and octave of voice has absolutely gone through the roof. When I am listening to Limbaugh....sometimes he reads something that is favorable to the dems. and he starts laughing and he is silent for a long time, and I think he maybe died...but not! Eventually, he will come back and laughing so hard, he pretends that what we are saying is so dimwitted, that he just absolutely is in tears from laughing.
I have likely gotten more laughs from the drug addicted, dimwit than from any comedian even though, they are much more attuned to anyone's feelings.
TRAVIS....good luck with your trip to the land of JEB....And, in regards to the ABB pin...I finally could not find one, so I bought a black wrist band (appropriate, I thought) and the letters that you find in any May Co. retail outlet now...and made it. I bought the letters ABB and they slide right on the band...People ask questions....and it is sort of fun...cause almost everyone I know...all family members except about 3 out of 100...are rabid republicans. I just grin!!!
Carolyn Ball...what a great article.. I have a feeling that the republicans are getting scared...they should. We have not heard real SENSE out of any one of them,....even gray haired Babs...that was an awful remark...if you have had a relative come back to this country in a body bag...the mother of the President, It is hard to believe!!!
The fright of when I read the exerpts from the book by B. Miller, I have heard those same remarks from members of my family.
When someone you love....looks you straight in the eye and tells you that "that man" Bill Clinton, "should have been hung"...for what he did. I told the guy, perhaps we should hang a couple of ministers that I know....he tried to explain..."Well, its not so much what he did, it was doing it in the"Peoples House"....I will ask all of you, the same thing I asked this idiot.....:We pay for the white house, but how many of you have been invited there to stay overnight...or for tea or beer and a pretzel.....He sort of disregarded that! Anytime, you best a republican...they will look away, and ignore a nonanswerable!!!
And, as is stated by one of these readers....funny, all throught the lambasting, debasing, bashing.....his poll numbers never went down...they are still higher than Bush's have ever been!
Subj: politics, what else?
Once again, I'm reading, in a number of sources, complaints about John Kerry being "stiff," or "lacking humor," or whatever. I'd like to elect a PRESIDENT, not a stand-up comic. I see Kerry as "stable," which is an important attribute in a leader, and one that Goober conspicuously lacks. I'd also like to have a President who's smarter than I am, which Goober most definitely is not (that's not saying much; Goober is less intelligent than most of the country).
The Republicans are beginning to mount their usual campaign of hypocrisy and slander. I ran across probably the best phrase to describe their tactics, in a book called "Lincoln's Virtues: an Ethical Biography," by William Lee Miller (it's a great book, by the way; without making any comparison between Abe's time and ours, it demolishes the Republicans' claim to be the "party of Lincoln"). Miller describes the debate over the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 as one of "vituperative extravagance." Besides being perfectly descriptive, this is a phrase that Goober could never pronounce in a million years.
Did I mention earlier that I'd like to elect a President who can speak English? I'm sure any of the Democrats running for President could not only SAY "vituperative extravagance," but would know what it means.
Keep up the good work, Buzz! Up, democracy!
Subj: Andy Rooney on Pat Robertson
The following is an extract of Andy's article in today's newspaper.
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Re: Bush's jobs promise
Sooner or later, the majority of the American people will come to realize that they have been misled numerous times by Repub administrations in the past, and we are witnessing a repeat of their ‘voodoo economics’once again.
George Bush campaigned on the promise that he would pattern his administration after that of his hero Ronald Reagan. His father called Reagan’s fiscal policies ‘voodoo economics,’when campaigning against Reagan. His father was absolutely right, and was a better president than Reagan. Reagan’s irresponsible fiscal leadership even had responsible conservatives criticizing Reagan during his second term. And his ‘voodoo economics’caused this country great harm. This should tell everyone something about George Bush’s concern which is only to satisfy the wishes of his rich and powerful supporters -- a man whose many mistakes and blunders are doing even more harm to this country than his hero managed in two terms in office.
Star Tribune, Minneapolis, on Bush’s jobs promise:
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Subj: Hypocrite of the Week... I nominate Nader
All right, I admit it: I voted for Nader in 1996 and, yes, in 2000...but only because I knew that Gore had my state locked up anyway. (Clinton had disappointed me with Nafta and Welfare reform and lack of progress in health care... little did I know what lay in store!!!) Nonetheless I wish I hadn't, because now I know that, in my small way, I contributed to that man's monomaniacal ego. Back in the rosy days of peace and a solid economy and a president who, though not perfect, was intelligent and articulate and SANE, well, I was a naive idiot.
But now I would like to nominate Nader for Hypocrite of the Week, because it's become obvious that he does NOT care about the fate of our nation, but only in the "purity" of his cause. He's sticking to his guns even though they are pointed at the heads of those he claims to represent: all Americans. Seems that the Achilles heel of the liberal left is our penchant for being RIGHT, even if it means working against our own best interest. Guys like Nader think that it's better to be right and get nowhere than to compromise and get halfway to your goal. It's a kind of moral absolutism that the other side is more famous for.
I'm hoping that if he really does run, *no one* will vote for him -- or at least only a statistically insignificant number. But can we spare even the single vote he'll no doubt cast for himself?
Really!! A vote for Nader is a vote for Bush. I'm off to print up the tee shirts right now.
Hang tight, brothers and sisters.
Marg in New York
I have a circle of friends that I've been trying to get the message out about bush. Since I don't want to offend any (some might be republican), or I don't want to bombard them with too much information (people are busy--they can't research stuff on the internet all day long like I can), I've been sending them stuff that we all should be able to agree on - light stuff.
Now, I want to step it up. My goal was to compile lots of info and gleen points from many different sources and write one piece and send. This would educate my friends a little on what's going on, saving them the time of researching and reading for hours and hours like I do.
In that light, I want to commend you on the pieces you have done "indignities endured by u.s. military" these are perfect for my purpose and probably a lot of others in my position. We want to get the word out, but everybody's time is limited. Your "indignities" has done the work for me. I can send this out to my friends with a statement something like "this is how bush and his administration supports our military".
I sincerely wish and pray that you would do this same type of analysis for a host of other issues - so we can get the truth out about what's really going on easily, quickly, and in one piece that will give all the facts, examples, proof, and the truth. We have to do it because the media certainly is not.
Do a piece on "no child left behind - education" -- budget -- economy -- 911 -- propaganda -- environment -- national security -- corruption -- hypocrisy -- cronyism -- nepotism -- judges -- attack on our constitution -- attack on our bill of rights -- attack on our children -- attack on our poor -- attack on labor -- jobs -- the media -- bush, protected from free speech -- iraq -- medicare and medicare rx -- class driven society under bush -- bush-ruling by executive order? -- bush, subverting congress and the people -- media control -- the real state of the union -- the truth about the tax cuts -- conservatism, liberalism, radial right, democrats. I'm sure there are more issues and subjects, but these are ones I hope to write up and send out to my friends.
The idea here is to give people some basic info with the facts. Once they become informed, there's no way they'll vote for bush. Let's face it, most people don't know what's really going on, and they don't have the time to find out. We have to do the work for them; we have to do the research; we have to put the info together, and give it to them - friend to friend. Friends are more apt to read things they get from friends.
I'm sending this as a suggestion - we need a streamlined news analysis on these things, like "indignities". This would help those of us out here that are trying to get the word out. BuzzFlash can do it - you have such wonderful writers.
Thanks for all you do!
Subj: Kerry v Bush
A generation ago Kerry was facing the reality and horrors of war and speaking out of conviction while Bush was playing a chicken hawk and being arrested for drunk driving.!
Subj: Bush based derision and compassion
Bush said many times he was going to unite all people.
Bush spoke like the saint he is not.
Bush has left millions of people behind economically.
Bush has contempt for truth.
Bush lied and many soldiers have died and continue to
Bush wants children to learn.
Bush cannot run a compassionate conservative push to keep the job Antonin "The Fixer" Scalia handed to him. Bush has to spend all of the $150,000,000 and millions more given him by his anti American way corporate donors and his peers in the Church of Money to have a chance.
I fret but do not sweat about November.
The power of mental persuasion being sent across our land will overcome the great money god worshippers in Our White House.
Tom Koop in Hibbing Minnesota > ! The Times They Are A Changin!
Subj: more from that trash Saxby Chambliss
Of all Republicans in the Senate, Saxby Chambliss is the most indecent piece of trash there is. Now he's doing Karl Rove's smear job and attacking another decorated veteran. It's time we progressives start to shine the bright light of day on Chambliss on a national level. He is the epitome of what is wrong with the Bush administration and the current leadership of the Republican party, and is perhaps as repulsive as Tom Delay.
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Subj: Where are the stories about gay families, stable relationships, etc.??
I have 2 male homosexual friends who have been in relationships lasting longer than just about ALL of my heterosexual - male and female - friends. Both couples have been together for over 15 years, both own a house together, all have been extremely caring of their aging parents and none is promiscuous, as if that were a criteria for anything anyway.... presumably there are thousands of couples like this in stable relationships living all over the world, a number with children who are happy and healthy, but we never hear or read about them.
Where is the "progressive" media with stories about this?
YOU are the ones who help opinions forms - you can take people's fear from this gay marriage thing away.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Kerry's Winter Soldier investigation
The Republican propaganda machine has made much of denigrating the Winter Soldier investigation, quoting the book by Guenter Lewy's 1978 book, America in Vietnam, and then extrapolating that ALL the stories of atrocities were mere fiction. But Lewy also wrote, for instance, that if a US soldier killed a civilian, the incident was unlikely to be reported as a war crime: "It was far more likely that the platoon leader, under pressure for body count and not anxious to demonstrate the absence of good fire discipline in his unit, would report the incident as `1 VC suspect shot while evading.'"
Also the Veterans Against the Vietnam War at the time would have had good reason to be suspicious of Naval investigators and unwilling to speak to them, despite their assertions veterans would not be prosecuted.
Lewy also branded Martin Luther King's claim of disproportionate black casualties as "false" because blacks accounted for only 12 percent of the combat deaths in the entire Vietnam War, he erred. At the time King made his speech stating the blacks were sent " to fight and to die in extraordinarily high proportions," the 9 percent of soldiers who were black were suffering 17 percent of combat deaths.
Subj: Justice Will Prevail
Just thought I'd write you a note to say you should watch what you say on your radio show because they seem to come back and bite you. Although, after seeing what stories the Sun prints, I consider the source. Why don't you see what's on the front page of the Enquirer and the like too, since all you can drum up is fantasy news.
If you continue spewing lies about President-elect John Kerry, who knows, maybe someone (like Larry Flynt possibly) who wants to see justice done, might dig up some dirt on you (although they wouldn't have to dig far, now would they). And we all know, you can dish it out but you can't take it (as seems to be the motto for all Republicans). What's the honor in getting paid to spread lies - a fat paycheck? Tch, tch, what a sad character that makes.
There's a lot of people who want justice in this once fair nation of ours, so I think it's best that you do some research before you start spouting untruths on your radio show. Of course, if you were interested in the facts and justice, you wouldn't be a republican now, would you?
Why Kerry should sue the Sun http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1151093,00.html
Signed: When Will Democracy Mean More than Your Paycheck?
Subj: Spottie the Dog
Of all the news in the world the death of the first dawg, Spot, seems most ironic. Faux News reported more information about Spot than we really need to know. Faux then barely mentions the death of soldiers in Iraq. Bush will most likely take a day to mourn the loss of the pup but still not attend a funeral for our fallen troops.
A BuzzFlash Reader in Colorado
This nut has got to go!! Is Cuba an "imminent threat" now? Is DeLay able to declare war?
Subj: An open letter to Ralph Nader
Your decision to run for president is one of the most wanton examples of hubris and imagined self-importance in recent memory. You claim you are an exemplar of democracy - but you are aiding and abetting an administration that has sent our democracy far off course and that, if given a second term, will institutionalize its cronyism, duplicity, secrecy, anti-libertarianism, and worse. You are running, alright - running the risk of being responsible for denying women the right to choose, for the rape of the environment, for the effective disenfranchisement of millions of Americans denied their pursuit of happiness by hateful economic policies, for the deaths of American troops and foreign innocents at the hands of a foreign policy that is based on empire-building, and worse. Shame on you, Mr. Nader. Shame on you.
I am a student at Antioch College who has been a supporter of your website for some time. First I want to tell you how much I enjoy getting news that has the neo con taint removed. I am taking a class on the 1st Amendment and John Ashcroft, and the ramifications of the USA PATRIOT Act are historical. The Sedition Act, the Espionage Act and the Smith Act are past incarnations of this bill. The lessons we learned from that continue to haunt us, and we are making the same mistake once more.
Second, I want to tell you how dismayed I was to see the link to the Nader article recently. We are democrats, who supposedly support democracy in all of its forms. But how can we claim to be democratic if we try to deny a candidate a chance to run in elections? I have deliberated about what to say to you on this for a couple of days now, and I have decided that the only way that we can beat GWB is by doing what we are doing right now. He is beating himself, and Americans are realizing it more and more. I am a social activist, and the only candidate who did not vote for the USA PATRIOT ACT, the war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan (which was a swift " victory"), and reducing the Pentagon budget is Dennis Kucinich.
John Kerry voted for all of these, and while I agree that four more years of W will almost ensure a capitalist/fascist society for the corporations and by the corporations, it is unfortunate that the candidate who will be lined up to beat W voted for all of his missteps. That person is John Kerry, who is campaigning for special interests, (albeit less than our incumbent) and I am swallowing a hard pill voting for him.
Ralph Nader has done some wonderful things, and it is time for us democrats to stop blaming him for the results of 2000. You should blame Justice Rehnquist, Scalia and others for the results of the elections. Gore won, Katherine Harris then won. Jeb Bush won. But not Bush, and it is not because of Nader running that our current CIC is screwing our country up. By not placing full blame where it belongs, you are letting the memory of that fade.
Here is a link I may have gotten off of this site, but I cannot remember, but it deserves posting again.
Subj: Saxby Chambliss
Saxby Chambliss discussing intelligence is like Osama bin Laden discussing nonviolence. Kerry should publish a list of the loud-mouthed, tough-talking, warmongering Chickenhawks with their lame reasons for running and hiding from service during Vietnam. It's easy to talk tough when it's someone else's kids they're sending to be killed or maimed.
As someone who has been through a defense contractor war, Kerry has a far better idea of how to really take care of the troops than strutting, do-nothing fakers like Bush and Chambliss. As President, Kerry will appoint a Secretary of Defense who actually cares if our soldiers have the equipment and training they need for survival in this mess of a war. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and that insignificant little pissant Chambliss only care about their defense contractor and oil buddies. I still to this day do not understand how any military person could vote for a low-life snake like Chambliss, who had the unmitigated gall to question Max Cleland's patriotism.
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