May 28, 2004
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Subject: Congressman John "Glock" Hostettler
Look at what Indiana Congressman John "Glock" Hostettler has been up to:
Looks like the Republicans may find a way around that pesky Loving vs. Virginia yet.
Let us start calling them what they are, NEWBYCONS. The political philosophy espoused (he just reads what is put in front of him, he has no desire to have an understanding)through W by the American Enterprise Inst. did not exist 10 yrs. ago. These ignorant masses who think they are conservatives, yet can be led in any convoluted direction are newbys and they, like all of us in "Merica" have been conned.
By the way I do not live in a motherland , fatherland, or a homeland. I live in the United States Of America.
Subject: Here's a Headline
Hey, I think you guys missed the real headline from this (Kerry surges ahead in 12 crucial swing states as Bush poll ratings plummet 5/27) article. Highlight John Zogby (who the righties like) says Kerry will win the election. Here's the quote from the article:
Here's a quote from me:
Subject: Terror threats show Bush's failure
The Bush administration is jacking up the terror alerts and telling us an attack from Al Queda is almost certain in the coming months. Obviously, they hope to garner support for Bush in hopes people will turn to him to protect us.
I'm waiting, probably in vain, for the news media, or perhaps it will have to be Kerry, to point out this anticipated attack is from bin Laden. Had Bush gone after him and not gone into Iraq, perhaps this wouldn't be such a threat now. Bush promised to get him "dead or alive" and failed. This failure is now coming back to bite us. IF anyone points out that issue, maybe people will realize Bush isn't the anti-terror war president he claims to be.
Subject: Nixon vs. Bush
This Bush trick of covering up bad news with other bad news, is not unusual for repugs.
Remember Nixon? He had us worried about one thing after another, every time something bad was in the news(when the media use to be fairly honest)about him.
Don't get me wrong! Bush beats Nixon in this game. Nixon was a piker compared to Bush. I thought I would I would never say this about Nixon, but here goes, *Nixon had a little class.*
Subject: I can't live in fear
The Bush poll numbers are plummeting, and since this is and always has been a politic-driven campaign, there was an urgent need for something to occupy the minds of the flock. I can see Rove's mind spinning now -- "What say we promulgate the threat of a big attack by al-Qaeda sometime, somewhere. Nothing specific -- about what, where, when, time, type of attack, etc., -- just enough to stir up the fears of the sheep about a terrorist attack and get their minds off the events in Iraq and that none of us know what the hell we are doing."
Well, it's not going to work on this old man, Mr. Bush & Co., for I made a decision many years ago that I cannot, and will not live in fear. Since making that decision over fifteen years ago I have never locked my apartment, day or night, except when I go out of town. And each night my automobile is parked at the curb and it, also, is never locked or protected by alarms. During all this time my apartment has never been burgled or ransacked, nor has my auto been damaged -- except for the one time when someone took about three bucks in change from the change box. On several occasions automobiles parked on either side of mine had windows broken out, batteries stolen, and were vandalized.
I am not recommending this for everyone for I feel you must truly believe in, and can abide with my philosophy -- you usually get what you are looking for. When my wife and I go to bed each night we sleep instead of worrying about if we will be killed during the night, or the car will be ransacked or stolen.
So, don't try to scare me, John Jesus Ashcroft, because I'm not buying your alarmist warnings. I have a better chance of being killed by a falling meteor than of dying from a terrorist's attack. I have more important things to do (working for the defeat of Bush and his cronies) than I do for mewling and fretting about the possibility of being killed by a terrorist.
I have no doubt that attacks will be made and that people will die. I will regret it. But my worrying about it will not prevent it. I will attempt to be alert, I cannot worry about things over which I have no control. And I still sleep at night!
I usually sign my full name and give my city of residence to these posts to you, but I am not a complete idiot! After all, I am in the phonebook and there are those who are willing to "let their fingers do the walking."
A BuzzFlash devoted reader
Subject: "Letters to the Editor", Arlington TX
To Stephanie in Arlington TX: you wrote that your local paper prints ONLY the pro-Bush letters to the editor. You can bet that it's not that they don't RECEIVE any anti-Bush mail, they just refuse to PRINT them.
Perhaps it's time you wrote to the OWNER of the paper, and the "editor" as well, letting them know that you will cease to SUPPORT their town rag forthwith until such time as it sees fit to print FAIR AND BALANCED "letters to the editor", i.e.: give equal time to BOTH sides of the ranting!!!
NEXT: I concur with a recent Canadian letter to BuzzFlash touting the merits of a vacation in Canada, namely in "Beautiful British Columbia". It's safe, clean, & Yellow Orange & Red TERROR ALERT FREE up here, so I too extend the same warm welcome to our U.S. friends: come on up for the summer, eh! While gas won't be any cheaper (that sort of nasty price-gouging & fixing has a bad habit of reaching it's tentacles up here too, unfortunately...), and there ARE plenty of Muslims and "dark-skinned" people from all sorts of developing nations living here, since we don't have a habit of arresting and holding them with no charges on suspicion of terrorism under the guise of protecting the public wielding the "PATRIOT ACT" bat, they're all actually a pretty friendly bunch too... BTW: you won't have to resort to wearing a "Canada Flag" on your back-pack or hat when you're here in order to protect yourselves from potential harm, either... (We'd recognize you as Americans by your funny accents anyway!)
Subject: US war spending
The cauldron of death and maiming engineered by the Bush Administration in Iraq and elsewhere is so hostile to civilization generally that I have tried continually to see another side to the story. What follows is one of my 'parallels'. It is based on US Department of Defense-reported expenditure data.
The May 06 2001 NY Times Magazine reported on World Health Organization data for several diseases that could be eliminated if the right resources were provided. I have created a comparative analysis that shows everyone of these diseases could be eliminated for anything from a few hours of DoD budget 'time' to a maximum of less than a month [for blinding trachoma]. This is based on reported war spending at the time of $1 billion/month [DoD data] - I believe the spending is much higher now.
Here is a tally, translated into what good might be done instead; that is to say, diseases that could be eliminated from the world.
Subject: This BuzzFlash reader has a real plan
Once again, one of your readers ("Terrorist Attacks" in the 5/27/04 Mailbag) in has written something I myself was thinking. I have been most disturbed by those in the government and media who have dropped hints of martial law, scrapping the Constitution, and even calling off the election. My own belief is that such talk is treasonous--in gross violation of the oath to defend the Constitution many of them took. That sacred document should be the last thing to go, not the first.
My greatest concern is that if a dirty radioactive bomb should go off in a heartland city (my bet for the greatest psychological impact on fading red-state America), we will not know for sure who did it. It could have been Arabs, or, just as likely, desperate Republicans trying to raise their poll numbers to save the country from the real enemy--the Democrats.
So I urge everyone to read the following letter from a BuzzFlash reader; it lays out a simple plan for preemption with crystal clarity.
RA in LA
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Subject: Tearing Down Abu Ghraib Prison
Bush wants to waste taxpayers money by tearing down Abu Ghraib Prison because of the US torture scandal and build a new prison at our expense. I find it amazing that Bush thinks that rape, torture, and murder problem can be solved by tearing down a building. If that kind of reasoning made sense them maybe we should tear down the White House to solve the national debt.
Re: Terror alert
Nice try Buzz Flash readers, but as we have learned from the 8.6.01 PDB and the Rice testimony to the 9.11 commission, our intelligence groups are powerless to stop any transgressions against us, unless full details are provided: Who, what, when, where. Preferably neatly typed, double spaced and in single syllable words just in case our commander in chief deems it important enough to look over between the front and back nines.
amused in NY
Subject: Laurel & Hardy
Looking at the messy and volatile state of things in the world today, thanks to George Bush, I'm reminded of the early film comedy team of Laurel & Hardy. Their classic film plots were always the same. The two incompetents would get themselves hopelessly intertwined into situations from which they could not easily escape, and Oliver Hardy would always put the blame on Stan Laurel with his trademark comment "Well Stan, that's another nice mess you've gotten us into".
I say to George Bush, "Well Mr. President, it's a nice mess you've gotten us into!
Subject: Saint Giuliani
Watching the testimony of former Mayor Giuliani, a bona fide hero, granted, of 9/11, but since that time a nauseating darling of worshipful Republicans even unto his elevation to near sainthood, I recalled that long before the nightmare day of September 2001 it was well revealed that the phones carried by the NY Fire Department were utterly defective, unreliable. This during Giuliani’s watch, when nothing was done to correct this glaring deficiency. But of course no blame there, just worship. It’s not unlike the smirking Rumsfeld so nobly declaring that he accepts responsibility for the degradation of our military’s reputation and then...of course, nothing. Off he goes, still smirking, to be declared “superb”by that other smirker, our simian Mr. Bush. At least the ancient Romans had vomitoria to use as needed.
Subject: The Terrorist Excuse
The Bush administration has a long history of keeping Americans with opposing views away from their events. They set up "free speech zones" at Bush rallies to corral demonstrators, tear up the tickets of those "liberals" who try to get into their "public" events, and do anything they can think of to make sure no dissenting voices are seen by T.V. cameras and other media eyes.
But keeping demonstrators away from the big convention in New York City was a problem. Scare tactics and denying parade permits didn't seem to be working. Then... joila! The answer... simply declare the Republican Convention a "suspected terrorist site". Who needs verifiable evidence? We didn't need it to invade Iraq. And why not throw in the G-8 summit as well? We know that's a prime site for demonstrators. And just to make sure we're not labeled "partisan" we'll throw in the Democratic Convention as well. Brilliant! Now we can declare martial law or do whatever we want to do to keep pesky demonstrators away from our events. Who cares about free speech, freedom of assembly, or "a government of, by, and for the people" when we can control the country without any interference from the American people?
"In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people".
Subject: Iraq was not Osama's goal
On "Hardball" last night, Chris Matthews and his guest, Robert Baer, came close to predicting that al Qaeda would try to launch a new attack on the U.S., designed to induce four more years of Bush. After all, Bush's war in Iraq has been such a wonderful recruitment tool for terrorist groups.
We know that Iraq had no role in 9/11. But, also, 9/11 had no role in Iraq. It was not al Qaeda's purpose to push the U.S. into a war with Saddam Hussein.
I think even those who see the futility of Bush tend to be fooled by that criminal's lies. Remember one thing: the war in Iraq was _Bush's_ goal. Bush was going to launch an invasion of Iraq anyway, so he could strut on the deck of the Abraham Lincoln and look like an action hero doll. Bush used 9/11 as an excuse and also as a way to make his own achievements of "retribution" look more like those of a comic book superhero.
I believe that, as we saw with Spain, al Qaeda aims to get "infidels" out of the Middle East. Indeed, 9/11 may have achieved a goal of getting U.S. troops out of Saudi Arabia. Strategically, this makes a kind of wicked sense. Osama and cohorts are nothing if not patient. They don't need to deviate from their long range plans just to get four years of recruitment opportunities -- recruitment opportunities, mind you, that involve the opposite of driving the U.S. and its friends out of the Middle East. Even if Osama and friends have a goal of worldwide domination, they'd be more likely to try to establish a strong foundation in the Middle East, rather than to try and take on the United States in a death battle. Best to stick to plans of getting the U.S. and all its "Western" friends out of the Middle East, and out of support for Israel.
Bush, on the other hand, would try to establish permanent military control of the Middle East's oil fields.
-- Barry Schwartz
Subject: NPR responds to FAIR study
A quick follow-up to the new FAIR study on NPR's biased guestlist:
NPR ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin has written a response in which he finds that the study "seems about right to me with a couple of exceptions." Dvorkin's column is available at http://www.npr.org/features/columns/column.php?columnId=2781901
FAIR's study can be found at http://www.fair.org/extra/0405/npr-study.html. FAIR analysts are available for comment.
Subject: GWB's Evil Brother
Jeb Bush is actually working here in Florida. He is so busy trying to steal another election for GWB that one could almost feel sorry for him(not!) Not only does he plan to remove the requirement of having a witness signature on absentee ballots, but he is pushing his plan to remove the accreditation requirement for his voucher funded school programs. Voucher programs here in Florida have been a fiasco. There has been one scandal after another. The whole thing is a scam to funnel money into private bank accounts. Anyone can open one of these schools, hire all his family members and then abscond with the money. So far, not one of the culprits has been prosecuted. One woman here in Fort Pierce, simply moved from the east coast to the west coast(money in tow) and vanished into the sunset. There are very good reasons for schools and teachers to be accredited. Would you want a doctor from and unaccredited medical school to treat you?
Subject, German video of Bush just before he declared war.
This is how people around the world see W......Really bad. Also is everyone listening to airamericaradio.com You can also reach it through wlib.com They are already getting great ratings, especially now that they have gotten rid of the Repuglicans that were trying to take them down from within, at the beginning. Got better ratings than Rush and Hannity in N.Y. I keep mine on 24/7. We really need to get their ratings up so they can spread around the country. Please everyone this is important and the info. is great. Make sure you tell your friends.
Subject: QUOTE OF THE DAY
Subject: $226 Mil in Govt advt - held back till bombing started - paved the way for war
Revealed today on Antiwar.com, the Dept. of Homeland Security delayed launching $226 million in advertising (2003's total) that paved the way for war until a month before the bombs fell on Baghdad. Veiled by a fig leaf of public health preparedness, the campaign -- four times larger than its biggest non-government, non-state security competitor for donated time and space -- featured Tom Ridge instructing the public that every family in the land is at risk of attack, and that every American needs to be engaged in supporting the coming war on terrorism. Though Americans were at risk throughout 2002 and needed to hear the portion of the campaign that didn't pander to Mars -- that is, the standard public health doctrine -- the ads were delayed for 17 months after 9/11.
It's part of a shift by the nation's broadcasters from donating advertising time and space to such traditional nonprofits as cancer awareness and the United Negro College Fund to blanketing the airwaves with free ads for government security agencies that last year dwarfed what's traditionally thought of as public service campaigns.
Article found at: http://www.antiwar.com/forbes/?articleid=2679
Any links, comment, dissemination welcome.
Thanks a bunch,
Re: "US Troop Deaths in Iraq Reach 800"
The media consistently under-reports casualty totals. Based on official Centcom and DOD casualty announcements, we passed the 800 mark on Tuesday, not Thursday. The site that most reliably and painstakingly tracks official Centcom and DOD casualty reports is http://lunaville.org/warcasualties/Summary.aspx
They do what the government does not, i.e., keep a running tally of the casualties reported in official news releases.
Albert Clark, NY
Subject: thwarting the October surprise
why does everyone seem to think that another terrorist attack in America is what the Bush team wants and needs? It might benefit them, but it's still a gamble. The only sure-fire way to benefit Bush is to have someone STOP THE ATTACK, to rescue us from the bad guys.
See, if an attack happens here, America will panic a little bit (which is a benefit to Bush). But it still leaves them open to criticism for NOT DOING ENOUGH TO STOP IT.
However, if they were to stage an attack that would be conveniently thwarted by our government, they would be heroes.
I am almost certain that if these 3 conditions are met, Bush will take the election again:
1. rescuing us from an attack
2. Bin Laden's capture (yes, we might already have him)
3. electronic voting (the election only needs to be close for the continued vote manipulation to throw the election to Bush)
These men think like military strategists (or at least they try). To them, this election is war. Everyone who is against them is an enemy. And they will do whatever it takes to win. If that means allowing a terrorist to slip through our security and blowing up our children, they will do it.
Do we realize what we're up against?
Subject: Concern About Your Bumper Sticker
Just wanted to say that I, for one, am uncomfortable with the new Kerry bumper sticker you're offering. By parroting the Bush/Cheney war campaign slogan, "These Colors Don't Run", this Kerry bumper sticker sounds like good ol' Bush-talk, and will alienate many libertarians and democrats, not to mention all of us who would vote for Kerry just to put an end to that kind of blind macho bravado.
"These colors don't run"? Well maybe the white and the blue don't run, but all-American red sure does. Red blood continues to be spilled on battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq, with so many good young lives (theirs AND ours!), snuffed out in order to help pudgy middle aged white Republican politicos make a killing (figuratively and literally)...and take it, without one pang of guilt, to the bank.
If you want a truly effective bumper sticker, try one that speaks to the reality of what the Bush wars have done to us by promising a change of course if Kerry wins:
"Restore American Pride: Kerry 2004"
"Restore American Values: Kerry 2004"
I give this advice on the assumption that Kerry will, in the end, dare to break with the Bush war mentality. If he won't, then don't bother, it doesn't matter anyway.
Subject: Our Man Kerry
I watched Al Gore's speech two days ago and it was right on the mark. So, is it any wonder that Republicans are outraged?
In the words of Jack Nicholson "they can't handle the truth" and the truth is exactly what President Gore, uh..oh, I mean Al Gore delivered.
Al Gore laid out an indictment of the Bush Administration so stinging that I found myself clapping while Al was yelling and sweating. Al's words were exactly what I've longed to hear from someone of his stature.
A word to Republicans, you better sit up and take notice because we're not your Mama's Democrats. We're mad as hell and we won't take it anymore.
Our man, John Kerry, will not retreat from the Bush lies. Our man, John Kerry, will not recoil in fear at the attacks against him. Our man, John Kerry, is here, he has no fear, GET USED TO IT!
WE'RE TAKING BACK OUR COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Subject: Why no news about the RELEASE of more prisoners? were all innocent??
Why, oh why does the United States Media protect wrongdoing by the government? If they keep releasing all these people, they must all have been inappropriately jailed....
where's the story?? Isn't there a single newspaper or media outlet in this country with ethics left?????????? Or with enough guts to say that we are behaving lawlessly in Iraq??
Isn't anyone going to say to this Administration YES, WE DID COMMIT WAR CRIMES as Amnesty claims??
Do we ALL have to be guilty with this President and the neo cons??????????????
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Terror Shmerror
Last night, Tom Ridge was a guest on Charlie Rose. I wonder how many of you saw his performance (that's what it was)? I cannot open Rose's webpage, so I don't know if there is a transcript; but if there is one, reading it should be instructive to those who have not seen the program.
In short, Ridge admitted -- though not directly -- that this current " terror alert" is a big baloney (surprise, surprise). To describe it, he used the term "review" of long-available information with respect to the possible threats! A review... Imagine that. A public review of vague, unsubstantiated and quite possibly meaningless chatter they have been accumulating for a long time (his own admission again).
The pictures of those "terrorists" are also part of the "review," presented to the public in hope (or so he stated) that doing so may speed up their arrests. Ridge went to great lengths to avoid saying directly that none of these people seem to be in any way implicated in any specific dangerous activity; but again he pretty much admitted so along the lines of his "I-Love-The-President-He-Can-Do-No-Wrong" act.
It was surreal -- and nauseating. More so, since Charlie "See-No-Evil" Rose failed, as usual, to ask any real questions.
The breathtaking duplicity of Bush & Co.'s actions was on full display there in both what Ridge did say and what he didn't.
Subject: How does Bush do it?
He can't speak his own language, yet somehow he manages to be fluent in talking out of both sides of his mouth:
maybe i'm just not real smart, but if bush is so much more likable than kerry is, why are they neck and neck in some polls and others kerry is beating him? it seems to me since bush has had three and a half years to sell himself, don't those numbers sort of mean they like kerry even though they really don't know him very well?
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