February 27, 2004
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Subj: What Next?
Now that Bush may call McDonalds a manufacturing plant, will he make the re-tired men who give you a cart at Wal-Mart become part of the Teamsters and Transportation department?
Subj: official white house greetings
Just a reminder to all those newly wed gay couples.
Commemorate your special day with an official White House greeting.
That's right, official recognition of your nuptials from dubya himself. (United States citizens only please.)
Haven't tied the knot yet? Why not invite the President, First Lady or the V.P.(real president) when you do.
Congratulations and have a great day.
Subj: Constitutional Definition of Marriage
Obviously, the campaign for the presidency is on, full force. President Bush wants to "unite" the nation by dividing an already divided electorate, in his sponsorship of an amendment to the Constitution that "protects" marriage. He seems to be deliberately ignoring an essential division, namely the absolute separation of state and church.
The trouble with a constitutional definition of "marriage" is that the term is heavily loaded with religious connotations. Through the centuries, religious bodies of many kinds have set standards that fit their respective creeds, and only people who subscribe to those creeds can be married in the religious sense. In countries where church and state are one, religious and civil rights are one. On the other hand, in nations like ours, where church and state are separate, a religious body, though presumably it can guarantee divine protection and heavenly bliss, cannot guarantee civil rights. That remains the province of the state.
In this country, the state protects our civil rights but does not have the authority to make saints or sinners of us. Churches make their own regulations in such matters.
If indeed we must have a definition of marriage, that definition should read "a union recognized by a specific religious body". Civil marriage should be defined as "a domestic partnership in which the civil rights of both partners are guaranteed and protected by the state."
Such definitions won't please everybody. People who want the church to recognize the partnership of a same-gender couple will have to find some religious body that will admit them to divine protection and the joys of heaven, without state intervention. On the other hand, the church people won't like it that same-gender partnerships have the full protection of the state in matters that relate to the rights of US citizens.
Admittedly, it's an election year, and almost anything goes, but let's recognize the Bush ploy for what it is. Civil rights and religious rights are separate, and should remain so.
Subj: Hastert and Greenspan
These two men have played right into the hands of this "pants on fired" president. However, the people out here are not so happy with either....and certainly not the pseudo president.
This could really mean trouble for this administration. Can anyone not see right through what they are doing?
They will not stop this needless war...which is the main reason for the horrid deficit, nor will they take back the richest of Americans tax cut..(much of the money going to no bid contracts..e.g. Halliburton). They have overcharged American soldiers for food, that from what I have read, they cannot even stand to eat!
So they will stick it to my kids and your kids...to have to wait until they are seventy or so to even retire with social security!
If and this is a big IF....they want to fix social security...and they will do none of the above....then they should start charging social security tax on everyone up to a million dollars in salary. That has always been awful anyway....those of us who make 80-90 thousand has to pay all.....but, then the rich do not have to pay past that...so that is a lot of a tax break already!
More disgusted, if possible.......Shirley St.Louis
Subj: Howard Stern & Clear Channel
I'm not a regular listener to the Howard Stern radio show, but tuned in earlier this week and was shocked to hear him bashing George W. Bush. This was surprising to me, since the last time I listened to him, he seemed very pro-Bush and pro-war in Iraq. Stern criticized Bush's priorities, his views on gay marriage, and said some things like "We've got to get rid of this guy," "one term and out, just like his father, the losers," and referred to him as a "little monkey" or something similar.
The very next day (today) I opened the paper to find that Clear Channel has suspended him, citing vulgarity and offensiveness. Well he's been offensive and vulgar for many, many years, but I believe that it was his recent criticism of Bush that led to his removal from the Clear Channel network, just as they fired several radio personalities that dared to criticize the fiasco in Iraq.
A BuzzFlash Reader
I am a married, middle-aged, heterosexual, white male with children and am currently working on a doctoral degree in adult, continuing education. Although I cannot say that same sex couples have ever interfered with any of my heterosexual considerations or relations, I am a believer in empirically sound research. To date, I am unaware of the existence of bias-free, longitudinal research showing same sex marriage as the greatest threat to marriage as it now stands. To amend our Constitution, certainly, we must have absolutely clear and convincing evidence of a real and definable danger to the citizenry of the United States of America. While I am no Constitutional expert, I am no less concerned about the majority using the Constitution as a platform to bar a minority group from any privilege bestowed, without question, upon the majority. With all due respect, I expect no less from those who represent us.
Tad A. Vogl, M.S.Ed.
Subj: 94 coal-fired power plants planned across 36 states
If anyone still has any doubts why the Bush administration is so against mercury pollution controls -- just look at what will be generating massive increases in mercury pollution in the near future -
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Stealth Tax
It's time to start informing people about the Alternative Minimum Tax that Bush never talks about. It eats away his tax cuts for the middle class and and helps, you guessed it, the super rich. I don't think enough people realize what's going to happen to their taxes in the next 5-7 years. The flaws of the AMT can be blamed on both parties, but Bush and his economists made a statement after the first round of cuts that they'd deal with it later(meaning let the next guy worry about it). Here's where that info comes from.
Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich -- and Cheat Everybody Else.- David Cay Johnston
Subj: Thinking Inside the Box
New campaign slogan for GeeDubya and his cronies:
A worthy slogan for our one sided, one note ruling party that stops at nothing to institute its monolithic point of view, and wants to crush all initiative and vision in the country.
-A BuzzFlash Reader
Why does he call them Pretty? Is it a Texas thing?
Is there somebody in Texas that can tell us if it is OK for a man to call another man who is only casually known to him “pretty”? According to Canada’s Globe and Mail, Bush famously called an assistant of Prime Minister Martin “pretty”:
He always seems to do this to generate a laugh, much to the embarrassment of the young man involved. From January of 2004 http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/01/20040121-2.html :
And in January of 2003 http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/02/20030220-2.html :
He did it again yesterday. From remarks by the president in a conversation on the economy Isco Industries, Louisville, Kentucky: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/02/20040226-3.html
So what is the deal with Texas etiquette? Is this OK?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Bill Frist
I am so pissed right now i needed to write you. I don't now if you are watching cspan but if not let me tell you what's going on. The senate is debating this piece of crap gun bill, you know the one that lets off gun makers? Bill fng Frist is proposing to amend the bill to include making voters rights act permanent....in this bill!!!! This is an outrage, how dare he sully voters rights by attempting to extort the democrats into voting on this bill. If Bill Frist really gave a shit regarding voters rights why not do it on it's own merits? Now when any democrat votes against this, the smirking chimp is now free to say that the democrats don't wont to protect your right to vote.
I have already emailed by senators. Please spread the word, this is just so wrong!!
Thanks, sorry for going on and on
Subj: Republicans Destroyed Social Security
Allan Greenspan has just confirmed what many people have already known for years - that the Republicans are out to destroy Social Security. We can't touch the big tax breaks for the super rich - says Greenspan. So the next generation of Americans should be preparing to eat dog food when they turn 65. There is no doubt now that 4 more years of Bush and Republicans will end Social Security. America is a nation in decline and denial. It may be already too late to stop the bleeding.
Subj: Do Democrats Have Any Fight in Them?
"The only thing needed for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing."
So Hastert doesn't think extending the 9/11 commission's deadline is a good idea because it will turn into a "political football". Really?
Could just ONE democrat (house or senate) ask Hastert what personal benefit he gets from dishonoring murdered Americans.
Could just ONE democrat get some footage from Walter Reed and play it in a political ad? Show some maimed soldiers with the tagline saying "Maybe a president should be a little more hesitant before he sacrifices the lives of US soldiers."
Last I checked, they don't put congressmen in prison for fighting back. Why on earth are you putting up with this crap? You aren't scoring any points with the American people by enabling an administration that is hurting the country.
Subj: Howard Stern
Why hasn't anyone commented that Stern, who has become increasingly vocal in his recent disappointment with the Bush administration, was knocked off in SWING STATES? Isn't it a little curious that 2 days after Stern told listeners to buy Al Franken's book that he was kicked out of Pennsylvania and Florida?
Isn't it strange how semantics become a factor when you are trying to express your ideas to someone. The use of words and how they are interpreted is more often than not the reason so many of us have problems communicating. I used the words ego and vanity in my letter to General Clark, and someone took offense and accused me of an over-active imagination and off the planet. Perhaps my imagination is over active, and perhaps I am a little off the planet because I want to believe that unity, goodness and cooperation could prevail in this world, and especially in the world of politics. I meant no disrespect to General Clark in the use of the words ego and vanity, and if he is not overly consumed with ego and vanity he probably understood that. We all have egos and are a little vain, but the extent to which we allow that ego an vanity to control our thoughts and actions determines the kind of person we are. I was a supporter of General Clark and would have voted for him had he been chosen as our candidate.
JESUS GOD! DID YOU SEE IT? CROSSFIRE SHOWED BUSH IN A DEBATE IN 2000 WHERE LARRY KING ASK HIM ABOUT SAME SEX MARRIAGE, BUSH GETS ALL DEFENSIVE AND SAYS THAT ISSUE SHOULD BE DECIDED BY THE STATES!!!!! HMMM WHAT A FLIP FLOPPER!
:):) by the way, didn't he also say in 2000 he would not touch soc. sec.!!!!!
Subj: Bush and Vietnam
Okay. So now the story is that Bush wanted to go to Vietnam--they just wouldn't take him. And Tom DeLay wanted to go to Vietnam--but all those minorities got in ahead and deprived him of the chance.
I'm a woman so I was not subject to the draft during the Vietnam war. But I was "draft age" and I have very clear memories of the war years.
At the time I knew a whole lot of people who didn't want to go to Vietnam but were forced to go by our government. Some of these people lost limbs; some lost their lives. All lost their innocence.
I did not and do not know any healthy, fit male of draft age who "wanted" to go to Vietnam and was deprived of the chance.
Does anyone else?
Frankly, this stuff they are trying to pass off as the truth just disgusts me.
A Loyal BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: I must, reluctantly, stop donating to the Democrats.
I just called my local Democratic party and said,"bad, bad Dems. No more donations for parties whose leadership is owned by the Republican party."
Actually, I was very nice; I simply explained that I could not take this Democratic Party seriously with Daschle at the helm.
I had been contributing to the Dems from time to time; I will no longer do so until they represent me.
Not the NRA.
Daschle ought to be taken on a tour through an inner-city hospital. Make him assist a trauma team in the emergency room. Let him take care of a young person with three tubes in his chest connected to bottles that are emptied several times a day. The pus has to be measured; samples are sent for evaluation by the lab.
I've had the pleasure of doing these things routinely--very, very ugly indeed.
When the Democratic Party gets serious about taking a stand for people who aren't CEOs, I will resume contributing.
I suggest that everyone who is concerned about this lack of leadership in the Democratic party might consider this as a response.
Michael J. Fowler
Subj: Republicans being investigated in Texas
Headlines Austin American-Statesman today "Campaign inquiry engulfs Capitol"; also headlines on Dallas Morning News ca same story. They should be squirming now. Subhead on Statesman article "Travis prosecutors make subpoenas public: DeLay aide added to lawsuit." ...'The demands for information stretch from Austin lobbyists to the Republican National Committee to officials with Texans for a Republican Majority, including the daughter of U. S. Majority Leader, Tom DeLay."
Sybil Chapman, Rockdale, TX
Subj: hastert, the white house, 9/11 and the truth
regarding your current headline:
there is a very good reason they don't want the truth to come out. mountains of evidence point to their own complicity...however timid americans everywhere continue to shut their eyes and hope for the best. too bad.
Subj: A DISCONNECTED DUBYA FIDDLES WHILE THE COUNTRY BURNS
Here's proof that Dumbya is delusional and totally disconnected from the american people:
Unemployment is at an all time high, he has squandered the surplus and bestowed future generations with a trillion dollar deficit, jobs are sent overseas, our young men and women are losing their lives for a war that was highly unnecessary and the reasons given for attacking Iraq have been disproved one by one, our seniors are losing many medicare benefits, social security is now being threatened, many children have been left behind with funding cut for many programs, overtime has been cut for many hardworking folk, and much more.....!
Instead of addressing these problems, he avoids these issues and talks about:
We have a TOTALLY DISCONNECTED MISLEADER in the White House, and it so obvious that he has failed this country with his words of mass deception, and should be impeached for taking this country down a destructive path. We have not scratched the surface yet, and I predict that after the Bush regime has been kicked out of office, the nation will be in a state of shock after all their crimes and misdemeanors are brought to light.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Letter to Laura B. - Re: "Eternal Damnation"
I read your letter on BuzzFlash (Feb. 26th) and had to drop you a line or two.
Like you, I am a Christian, but I am equally disgusted with the policies of the President who apparently "has God's ear" to justify putting three million people out of work, poisoning the drinking water, ensuring our children get left behind in education, tax cuts for the wealthy while the poor bear up under the burden. I am also a teacher by profession, so I guess I made Rod Paige's list of "terrorists", too.
I, too, have Christian friends who are planning to vote for Bush because he's claiming he's a Christian. When I ask them to line up Bush's actions with what the Bible actually says (love one another, think more of others than yourself, help the poor, the elderly, share your resources ("blessings") etc., they clam up and say something like,"Well, at least he's against Gay Marriage.."
I evaluate Bush's actions against what the Bible states and what Jesus taught. Nowhere in the Bible does it speak to discrimination of any kind, and although it does speak to homosexuals, if gays choose not to receive it, then that's their choice. However, I'm more concerned about education, the environment, tax burdens which you and I and others are expected to bear so the wealthy can be comfortable, plus the fact that this president lied to take us into an unnecessary war, and on an almost daily basis, his lies continue to be exposed, while our country is going bankrupt, financially and morally.
Where does the Bible say it's okay to lie, when in fact, it states the exact opposite, and calls Satan the "father of a lie"?
Where is it okay to say that gay marriage is a sin, but divorce and adultery aren't sins? Isn't all of it sin, including lying, cheating, stealing, murdering and coveting?
Where is it Christian to oppress those who cannot afford any more oppression?
Who made the Republicans God Almighty?
In the grand scheme of things, I think we American citizens have a good deal more to be concerned about than gay marriage. While the hard Christian right really needs to meet the right Christians, right now, they are salivating at all the attention on gay marriage - which is Rove's plan to distract all of us from the real issues, like we have an idiot in the White House, surrounded by a type of gangsters that even La Cosa Nostra would not claim. Hang in there; I appreciated your letter.
Leutisha - loyal BuzzFlash reader, a true Christian and a proud Liberal
Subj: Howard Stern
Curious to hear what Howard Stern had to say this morning after hearing about his removal from 6 Clear Channel markets, I tuned in to his show which originates here in New York. He was saying some anti-Bush stuff which makes me think that the reason that Clear Channel banned him was not the morality thing, but that his negative talk about their beloved president. After all, they originally signed him on full well knowing of (and exploiting) his over-the- top vulgarity. However, this turn of events may have bright side. This morning, a caller from Pittsburgh was so angered by Clear Channel's actions was absolutely outraged by Clear Channel's actions. He had, he said, voted for Bush in 2000, but no longer supports him or the Republican agenda. He saw the move by Clear Channel as a result of this agenda that really hit home. Doesn't seem like such a big thing not to be able to listen to America's favorite shock jock, not like losing your job to outsourcing or anything. Yet for guys like this, and I'm sure there are many, this is a real wake-up call that could well energize them to action.
Subj: Steps for Peace
Thanks for the putting in the link about Steps for Peace on 2/26: Many, Many Miles Later, "Steps For Peace" Comes To An End On Sunday
On Tuesday, February 24, 2004, we were privileged to have two of the walkers - Jonathan and Amy - at our Tuesday peace vigil here in Sacramento. After the vigil a group of us got together so we could hear Jonathan and Amy's stories and ask questions. I appreciate the time and sacrifice made by all Steps for Peace walkers.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: CLAIM vs. FACT: Bush on Manufacturing Jobs
"I told Secretary Don Evans of the Commerce Department, I want him to appoint an assistant secretary to focus on the needs of manufacturers, to make sure our manufacturing job base is strong and vibrant.We have a responsibility that when somebody hurts, government has got to move."
- President Bush's Labor Day pledge, 9/1/03
In the five months since this declaration, President Bush has yet to appoint an assistant secretary for manufacturing, while another 260,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
Subj: Bush Says Security, Prosperity at Stake in Election?
So, GW Shrub says "security" and "prosperity" are at stake this election?
I had to re-visit this topic because I'm surprised nobody said it, even our beloved Shirley...
What Shrubya was really saying is this: "If ya'll don't re-elect me, my job security is at stake and the prosperity of all the big businesses and millionaires I've done favors for will be in jeopardy. Please! I'm beggin' ya! They're gonna hang me out to dry on the 9-11 thing! They're gonna whip me like a dog over Iraq. They're gonna make me a prison bee-yatch over the economy and jobs! HELP! Daddy! Mommy!"
No longer hiding behind the moniker, "A BuzzFlash Reader" cuz them loony Republicans don't scare me anymore,
Subj: National Service/The Draft
I just sent this to the House Democrats and Senator Hollings:
REGARDING S.89/HR 163:
I've just become aware of the legislation that Sen. Hollings and Rep. Rangel have sponsored (S. 89/HR 163). Although I have always supported the idea of a national service commitment in exchange for college assistance or simply for the good of the country, I am alarmed that this legislation could be misused by the Bush administration to reinstate a draft, supporting their policy of pre-emptive war. Since the bill was dated January, 2003, I assume it was introduced before we became aware of how badly the administration would misrepresent the case for war. Please remove it from consideration or rework it so that the reinstatement of the draft cannot be slipped under the radar of the American people or blamed on the Democrats.
I am a loyal and active Democrat and have worked as a campaign supporter and activist since I was 15 years old and protested the Registration for the Draft. I really hope I don't need to hit the streets on the draft. Please reconsider this bill. Too many lives, both American and foreign, are at risk from an administration that has shown that it does not respect international law or the lives of its Armed Forces.
<I don't know if you can link two stories at the same time, but today's WJLA/AP story fails to note that "The President and CEO of Riggs Bank is W's [George W. Bush's] uncle, Jonathan Bush. Riggs Bank was the bank that Princess Haifa [of Saudi Arabia] used to send money to San Diego that ended up in the hands of two of the hijackers." (see second link)>
< The checks from Princess Haifa were drawn on Riggs Bank in Washington D.C. One of the chief officers of Riggs Bank is Jonathan Bush, an uncle of President George W. Bush.>
A BuzzFlash Reader
Wow. Alan Greenspan has just handed the Democrats a major campaign issue on a silver platter (unless Tom Daschle seizes the opportunity to say that Greenspan is right, we have to cut Social Security benefits -- ha ha, just joking). So, Greenspan says that the deficit is so gigantic that Social Security and Medicare must be chopped. What? And then, in the same breath, he says that Bush's tax cuts for the rich must be made permanent? O.K., I want to make sure I'm getting this right: First, get yourself a President who blows off a balanced budget handed to him by his predecessor by pushing gargantuan tax cuts for multi-millionaires; second, lose massive inflows to the federal treasury as a result; three, start a war in the Middle East that is going to drain the treasury precipitously; and four -- cure the problem by taking Social Security and Medicare benefits away from working Americans who earned a statutory entitlement by working hard for their entire lifetimes. Now, there's a plan for you. Brilliant, huh? Now wonder guys like Greenspan are considered to be economic geniuses. Geez, if Kerry and Edwards can't take this slow wobbly softball and bang it out over the center field fence, then they might as well throw in the towel right now.
Donald P. Russo, Bethlehem, Pa.
Subj: Bill Bennett's Dominatrix--does it get any better?
Despite all the gay marriage talk in the news, our National Scold Bill Bennett has been rather silent these days. Could it have anything to do with all the talk on the Internet about his secret life as a leather gimp who visits a dominatrix in Vegas? Please follow up on this, because this is the conservative scandal to end all conservative scandals and Bennett has done much more than Rick Perry could have ever dreamed of doing to screw up this country and make people miserable.
Keep up the great work!
-A loyal reader.
Maybe the reason for instigating the mess in Haiti, and then sending in the Marines is just an excuse to move US troops near Cuba. Maybe these idiots are really planning an attack on Cuba. Just a thought.
Subj: Looking at the Candidates
When the democrats are in front of the camera, the long training they've received for the press shows clearly.....carefully measured movements, positions, expressions. Very polished tense-less demeanors while talking about issues that the public is immensely concerned about; needing to show passion for the subject....even if they don't personally have that passion.
Mr. Nader is quite different. He is obviously ready for action, confrontation, debate on the issues. He is very eager to solve the problems of this country, not just eager to become President. He shows a great knowledge of the issues and is full of possible solutions. He knows the history of problems, having watched for five decades the corporateers gain almost total control of the American political scene. He has studied and written about our problems his entire career. He doesn't have a staff that prepares him for speeches with talking points and areas to touch on softly. He's geared up and ready to fight.
This is the man that we need.
Re: Deficit and Jobs
The Republicans are perfectly right in declaring that deficits don't matter--they're not the ones who'll have to pay them off, so to them deficits indeed don't matter.
Likewise, Bush is perfectly right in declaring that jobs are being created--for people overseas, that is. It's a wonderful life.
Bottom line for the US alleged in-action in Haiti (though in reality we're in control of it all) is that we want the place to collapse into chaos so we can move in, establish a base, and then launch "regime change" in Cuba and other countries in South America.
Isis Douglas, Boulder, Colorado
Subj: Clear Channel and Indecency
CLEAR CHANNEL AND INDECENCY
Watching what's-his-name from Clear Channel testify before the Senate committee today was a hoot! He stated that in 24 hours of broadcasting on public and cable stations more than 675 hours of "indecent" programming was aired. Wow, that's one hell of a lot of horny people! (The devil made me say that.) Clearly, there is money in it since sponsors pay for the programming. If the programming weren't popular, sure to raise ratings and expose the sponsor's products to more potential buyers, the advertisers wouldn't pay for the time/space. To say what's-his-name was being a bit disingenuous goes without saying. Would he have us believe that he has just learned of this intemperate practice by the media, including his own stations? Betcha, betcha, betcha, the largest numbers of those viewers/listeners of this indecent, obscene programming are the same individuals who abhor gay marriage, but sneak off with the latest adulterer of the day; the same ones with multiple marriages under their belts; the same one who preach abstinence instead of sex education and birth control; the same ones who pretend racial equity all the while funding hate groups.
What saps we are, eh. This is the same gentleman that ran merrily to the bank with armloads of cash when Michael Powell and cronies opted to further consolidate the media and to allow corporations to increase the numbers of stations they own by a large margin. Now that's obscenity!
Subj: Nader Bashing
I read BuzzFlash several times a week and have done since Bush got into the White House I appreciate the links BuzzFlash provides to news sources I would not have the time to look up on my own.
One headline, though, particularly bothers me:
"Bush lied and soldiers died" especially today as I see that there are headlines bashing Nader for running for president. I suppose I would feel less offended by the Nader bashing if you placed this along side the "Bush lied" headline- "and Kerry and Edwards voted for Bush's lies so what's the difference?"
I really don't think I can once again waste my vote for a democratic candidate who does not represent anything I believe in. I voted for Gore in 2000 knowing he was not a real liberal candidate and knowing his running mate Joe Lieberman was a warmonger and a moralistic prig.
The Democrats are once again offering us crap for candidates in the form of Kerry and Edwards. They kicked out Dean and ignore Kucinich a real liberal who I will vote for no matter who Terry McAuliffe anoints.
The Student Government Association at the University of Kentucky has passed a resolution against the Patriot Act. Access the Kentucky Kernel at the University of Kentucky, published in Thursday, Feb. 26, edition. First resolution of its kind in Kentucky.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: WaPo - Edwards, Kerry Were Barely Solvent Last Month
If Kerry has such broad support among the base, where are the flood of donations he will need to keep from being steamrolled by the Bush blitz? Why aren't millions and millions of dollars pouring in every week? Are people waiting for someone else to do it? Democracy as a spectator sport? What?
Subj: Regarding recent budget warnings...
Hmmm... let me get this straight. We should cut social security because we've given five digit tax breaks to people picking out the color of their new Hummers?
This is only the most recent re-writing of an English drinking song that, in its various guises, has inspired countless others to do who knows what before Francis Scott Key got his hooks in it. Part of this exercise involved maintaining his original rhyme scheme throughout all four stanzas:
Oh say can you see the assault from the right: what we've grown to expect falling prey to their scheming? Simply put, unconcerned by the tired and poor's plight, they take to the airwaves well-coiffed and smiles beaming. With complete lack of care, they will crank up a scare to explain to us all why the surplus ain't there. As retirement approaches, you'll have to be brave, 'cause you failed to invest from cradle to grave.
You were warned by Al Gore future payments were steep but that "lock box" idea triggered snoring and dozes. Now that share of each paycheck has gone to a creep who, when out of his boardroom, in a wing chair reposes. The cigar's ash will gleam, cognac flows in a stream as they dash off donations to Bush and his team. For the poor huddled masses unable to save, maybe dog food will do, as their hunger they stave.
We were told that compassion was what was in store but instead we are treated to corporate collusion. After gutting health care, who'd have thought there'd be more? Now the bill's coming due for the tax cuts' illusion. You pitiful knave, will you now rant and rave as the rogues, unelected, attempt to enslave? Oh where are the thousands of dollars you gave for the pension whose safety you'll soon come to crave?
Will you please have the spine to present your demand that the crackpots whose plans are destroying the nation will be tossed to the streets and forced to disband 'midst the cheering inspired by a common elation? Reduce them to dust! They betrayed grudging trust with their greed; it's for unfettered power they lust. May the principles with which we're known to behave let our star-spangled banner, in honor, to wave.
For comparison's sake: http://www.bcpl.net/~etowner/anthem.html
--One more concerned reader
Subj: Why now?
I feel like I am missing something..something really horrible.
Of course I could be letting my paranoia go on overload, but it seems too strange that bush and his band of thieves would bring up 2 highly controversial topics such as Social Security and gay marriage in the same week unless they are providing cover for something else.
I guess I can understand the gay marriage thing. He had to respond to shore up his base. But why bring up Social Security now if not to hide something else?
Hope you guys are watching for the Friday night dump.
Subj: 1999 hijacker info useless
the name and phone number Rush has been slamming Clinton for, turns out was useless...also, there is a link to a long read about our new Americanized theocracy. It is coming. Moon did it.
americanized theocracy, odd how they can write this whole thing with 56 footnotes and not mention the moonster, the grand theocrat who empowered these freaks.
"In March 1986, I was on a speaking tour in Iowa and received a copy of the following memo [Pat] Robertson had distributed to the Iowa Republican County Caucus titled, "How to Participate in a Political Party." It read:
"Rule the world for God. Give the impression that you are there to work for the party, not push an ideology.
"Hide your strength. Don’t flaunt your Christianity.
"Christians need to take leadership positions. Party officers control political parties and so it is very important that mature Christians have a majority of leadership positions whenever possible, God willing."
For some time now I've been puzzled with why George Bush gets the support he does from some of the public. Lying to get us into war, seriously damaging our reputation around the world, 500 billion dollar budget deficits, 450 billion dollar trade deficit, American jobs moving to foreign countries, a "uniter" who may be the greatest divider in our history, all cause me to wonder why people support this kind of thing. Very, very puzzling indeed!
Well, last night while watching the History Channel it hit me like a bolt of lightning. The episode was about WWll in Europe and it told of the difference between our tanks and the German tanks. We fielded a Sherman tank while the Germans fielded Panthers and Tigers. The Shermans had a small gun and not a lot of armor, while the German tanks were the opposite, large guns and thick armor. An American tank commander told how they would shoot at a German tank and hit it, only to watch the shell bounce off the German tank, Boing! And that's when it came to me, the enlightenment; The German/Sherman Syndrome! The Bush sycophants suffer from the German/Sherman Syndrome in that nothing negative about Bush penetrates their mind. Deficits? Boing, they bounce right off! Lies? Boing! Halliburton? Boing! No weapons of mass destruction? Boing! No jobs? Boing! ENRON? Boing! "Captain, they're impenetrable!"
I suppose if you used a very large piece of construction machinery, or perhaps a bunker buster bomb, you may be able to force a slight opening in their minds, perhaps enough to let a little light shine in, and maybe then you can slip an inconvenient (to them) fact in there, one they can't escape, like the following: During Bush's campaign against Gore, he said the vast majority of his tax cut goes to people at the bottom. According to Citizens for Tax Justice 41 percent of the tax cut goes to those in the top 1 percent, while only 7 percent of the cut goes to the bottom 60 percent. Put it this way; Suppose the school district has 100 employees and you paid $100.00 in taxes; $41.00 of your taxes would go to the ONE person at the top while the bottom 60 people would have to split $7.00, which translates into .11cents each. So, he lied.....again. Boing!
But I should warn you, if you are successful in avoiding the 'Boing' effect and actually penetrate their armor plated minds with this little tidbit, I'm sure their response will be their current mantra; "Hillary did it!"
Subj: Rumsfeld at it again
So what color is the sky over the Bush administration? So here is a routine news dispatch from the BBC. Donald Rumsfeld in Afghanistan saying he doesn't know when or where Osama Bin Laden might be captured. So far so good. The he drops this little talking point : "Mr Rumsfeld, on his sixth visit to Afghanistan, told journalists that he had no indication that the Taleban posed a military threat." Not only that at his side Hamid Karzai puts it more bluntly according to the Beeb: "We do not see a resurgence of the Taleban," the president said, "the Taleban as a movement does not exist any more."
Now, I suppose it is hard to characterize such statements as lies, but they do seem to show a rather tenuous grip on reality. In fact on the very page carrying this news item the BBC has a link entitled "Resurgent Taleban." The link leads to a background story (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/1549285.stm) by Rahimullah Yusufzai, BBC correspondent in Peshawar from December 16, 2003. Here is the first line of his report: "Recent months have seen the re-emergence of the hardline Islamic Taleban movement as a fighting force in Afghani stan.."
Now maybe Rummy and our placeholder in Kabul don't put much faith in the BBC since all the Andrew Gilligan flap, and maybe they also missed the article in the Times of London of December 12, 2003 by Catherine Philip in Kandahar (http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=1332) which contained this paragraph: "Two years after they fell from power, the Taleban are back, rearmed with guns and a determination to stop the march of development and democracy in an attempt to win back the hearts and minds they once controlled."
A January 16, 2004 dispatch from the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3402813.stm) reported that the US Envoy, William Taylor warned that unless the international community stepped up donations the Taliban would be back. In the same report, UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, stated that 5,000 to 10,000 troops would be needed to restore order in the southern part of Afghanistan. Taylor according to the BBC disputed the numbers of troops needed, but "he admitted increasing attacks by Taleban forces in that part of Afghanistan demanded a greater international military presence."
Whooops, there I go quoting that BBC again. Well certainly Rumsfeld reads the Washington Times (even if the rest of us can't stomach it...). Their story from December 21, 2003 (http://www.washtimes.com/world/20031220-101746-6513r.htm) is headlined, of course, "U.S. faces resurgent Taliban."
Do these guys think no one checks this stuff out? Do they think no one cares? Do they even know the difference between the truth and their fantasy-land?
Subj: Gay bashing and WMD'S
Shirley...in St. Louis hit the nail on the head. Dubya isn't really that concerned about "gay marriages". It's just another deceptive right - wing ploy intended to raise Bush's poll numbers. After all, Dick Cheney's daughter is gay. It's what I refer to as an on-going "WMD".....Weapon of Mass Deception". (Forgive me, but like Shirley, I too, have to turn away when the open mouthed kissing occurs between gays). But Bush and company will not be able to use gay rights' issues to deter me from campaigning against him. The Weapons of Mass Destruction are still missing, but the weapons of mass deception keep coming!!
Subj: Electoral Reform
Hello fellow Buzzers,
After reading Darren Raye's excellent proposal to facilitate third party inclusion in the electoral process I just had to respond.
In British Columbia something exciting is happening called the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform. I would encourage anyone interested in alternatives to two party politics to go to this link www.citizensassembly.bc.ca Scroll down to What is the Citizen's Assembly, click on MORE.
160 randomly selected citizens are evaluating our current electoral system and comparing it to other systems such as proportional representation, currently in place in New Zealand. If they decide B.C. should change to a new system, it will go to a referendum at the next provincial election.
Third party politics is a dilemma voters everywhere have to grapple with at election time. Do you vote for the candidate you really believe in, or hold your nose and vote for the second choice candidate because you know your man/woman doesn't have a hope in hell of winning? Idealism versus pragmatism.
I don't consider myself religious, but I am praying for your country come November 2nd.
A Canadian BuzzFlash Reader
I have a suggestion to make in order to reduce our debt. Instead of decreasing the benefits of Social Security, which apparently the lawmakers have forgotten that we the contemporary slaves (a/k/a taxpayers) have PAID for, I propose that the lawmakers as proof of their love for our beloved country reduce their salaries to 1/4 of what they are currently earning, that they WAIVE all their benefits, specially their pension and health care; they will refrain from traveling all over at taxpayers' expense; stop the PORK even if it cost them votes; all their "little gifts" received from lobbyists will be sold at auction and the proceeds used to reduce the debt; and finally STOP providing security to the oil companies in the middle east - military personnel should only be used for the defense of our soil.
Subj: Bush, Cheney limit testimony to 9-11 panel
Subj: another White House break-in
Subj: A Cultural War
February 27, 2004
An open letter to Matt Lauer,
There were a lot of people accusing Clinton of a cultural war in 1996 when he signed the Defense of Marriage Act, but Matt and the rest of the media were on Clinton and the media giants side.
Who cared what the gay community thought? Now when it is coming down on the side of gays, Matt and the media as usual come down to defend the Bush's. What a hypocritical lie, Matt? Rosey O'Donnell was very vocal against DOMA, but you guys weren't on the side of civil rights for gays, as usual.
Matt, keep it up if you actually believe your marriage will be destroyed or harmed in any way by gays getting married. The gay community slammed Clinton at the time and you know it, it is just that no one cared if you deny a certain group the right to persue happiness.
Conservatives always have the advantage because they own the stations and the Bushes. The gays have forced Bush to do something he probably wouldn't have cared about had he not needed his base, but as usual Bush is going to LIE.
Whether you believe homosexuality is a sin or not it doesn't harm the rest of the country and should not be in the Constitution or state Constitutions. Laws are there to protect us from people or corporations that harm us. Gays getting married harms no one. These people prefer to scare gay kids into suicide by discriminating against them.
Karen Webb, Moore, Ok.
Subj: Things we must do
Dear fellow (Buzz) Flashers,
This is just a reminder to all of you out there of things we can do to help stop the madness. If we all commit to making the effort, I truly think that we can effect change. We must all think carefully about every single purchase that we make ( which is not very difficult during times of economic hardship.) My family has committed what little cash we do have to supporting our small, local shopkeepers.
My point being that altho we're buying less, we've made the commitment to spend a little more to support our neighbors. It will take a conscience effort but I urge you all to avoid the seduction of a bargain from the mega companies. Our country is divided. There are 130 million of us that are mad as hell and we must not take it any more!
Support your neighbor!
A BuzzFlash Patriot
(P.s. don't forget to support your local food pantry as the list of hungry neighbors is growing)
APPEALING TO FLORIDA'S CUBAN VOTE
"President Bush tightened U.S. restrictions on travel to Cuba on Thursday, saying that Fidel Castro's government has taken steps to destabilize relations with the United States over the past year. " Bush signed an order to expand the government's authority to prevent the unauthorized departure of ships from U.S. waters bound for Cuba. He said U.S. authorities would be empowered to inspect any vessel in the territorial waters of the United States and take other steps if necessary."
Interestingly enough, the article boldly goes on to state:
"Bush's move is likely to be welcomed by anti-Castro forces in the United States, particularly in Florida, a key state in Bush's re-election strategy."
I guess Dubya's political advisers don't read the Miami newspapers closely. If they had, they would surely have seen the article in last Sunday's Miami Herald entitled "A New War of Words With Cuba Is Likely." Some excerpts include the following:
"As sure as election years bring stump speeches and confetti-strewn conventions, history has shown they also breed heightened tensions between Washington and Havana as presidents and candidates ratchet up the rhetoric in a race for Cuban-American voters.
"President Bush knows well the power of that voting bloc, which helped him declare victory in Florida by a razor-thing margin in the 2000 election.
"In recent months, the Bush administration has taken up a range of get-tough initiatives...even denying visas to all but one of the Grammy-nominated musicians on the island...amid a surge in American food sales to Cuba, which totaled $256.9 million in 2003, an 80 percent increase over the previous year.
"Cuban officials call the heightened tensions 'very dangerous' for Cuba and accuse Bush of pandering to Cuban exiles for Florida's 27 electoral college votes.
"As far as we are from November, the decisions this administration has taken indicate there can be many things still to come," said Miguel Alvarez, adviser to the president of Cuba's parliament.
"Ironically, Havana's negative view is shared by Bush critics in the Cuban-American community who say the president has only made cosmetic policy changes on Cuba, not substantive ones. 'I think this administration created tremendously heightened expectations, and many of its core constituency feel the expectations have not been met,' said Cuban American National Foundation Executive Director Joe Garcia."
The Miami Herald, Sunday, February 22, 2004
I guess Dubya's folks feel they have the Cuban vote locked up. Think again, Bucko. Yes, they feel strongly about the conditions back home in Cuba, but they're generally on the low end of the wage scale and suffer the consequences of layoffs due to outsourcing; the cutbacks in indigent medical care programs, including a waiting list of 80,000 children to be enrolled in a now-frozen low-cost medical insurance program; seriously underfunded, overcrowded schools -- brother Jeb still refuses to cut class size to 25 students per room even though the voters mandated it with a 70% majority vote in 2002; overwhelming personal debt; and all the other fallout from the Bush economy. The Cuban-American voters have the same message: It's the economy, stupid!
Subj: McNugget-sized reader commentary
Dear friends at BuzzFlash,
When you check out this Hill item about the President to delivering his Republican Convention acceptance speech from the WTC site, keep in mind that old adage that the criminal always returns to the scene of the crime...http://www.thehill.com/under_dome/022604.aspx
otherwise noted, all original