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Subject: The heck with Zarqawi--let's get the "general"
"We never expected them to be there. We're
not after Zarqawi. We're after insurgents in general," Natonski
The general sounds like Bush with his, "To tell you the truth,
I don't think much about Osama bin Laden...."
And of course:
"After troops uproot the insurgents, contractors are supposed
to swarm into Fallujah to cart away rubble, repair buildings, and
fix the city's utilities..."
I guess this is our war plan:
1. Tell the people they're safer under government control.
2. Tell the residents to evacuate or face the consequences.
3. Bomb and blast their homes while they're away so when they come
back there's only rubble.
4. Enter city. Kill anything that moves.
5. Send in contractors ("Four more years of contracts!!!!!")
6. Now about that pesky Zarqawi... later, guys. We gotta finish
Shock n' Awe against our enemies in general first.
Maybe it was the pictures of the doctors and patients on the floor
at Fallujah hospital, wrists tied, soldiers pointing guns at their
head (that'll teach you to stop talking about civilian deaths and
getting people in America all upset). Maybe it was the video of
the American soldier going back to finish off a wounded insurgent
in the alley:
(Aren't you supposed to capture them, not kill them, in that situation?)
How can our military call this a victory?
Yeah, we got 'em. We got the "insurgents in general."
Oh and maybe some Iraqis who see us as occupiers but, hey, we warned
'em to get out first. How are we supposed to tell the difference?
When in doubt---shoot.
A Buzzflash Reader
Subject: "I truly believe," said Laura Bush fervently,
"that Iraq is becoming a democracy."
And it was as if, because she truly believes it, it must be true.
Houston, we have a problem.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: EPA Will Use Poor Kids as Guinea Pigs to Test Toxic Chemicals
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced plans to launch
an outrageous new study in which participating low income families
will have their children exposed to toxic pesticides over the course
of two years. For taking part in these studies, each family will receive
$970, a free video camera, a T-shirt, and a framed certificate of
appreciation. The study entitled CHEERS (Children's Environmental
Exposure Research Study) will look at how chemicals can be ingested,
inhaled or absorbed by children ranging from babies to 3 years old.
Please take a moment to follow this link and join tens of thousands
of citizens in petitioning the EPA to terminate this study prior to
its proposed launch in early 2005.
More information, related newspaper headlines and petition here:
Subject: Guilford County NC 2003 purchase of ES&S software-20
year old technology
We had problems in at least 2 of our counties in North Carolina.
The Unity Tabulating Software is used in the "central tabulator"
and has limited memory storage. Evidently it uses 20 year old technology,
although our Guilford County purchased it in 2003.
Guilford county misreported the public voting totals, with winners
becoming losers, vice versa, 22,000 votes shifted from one presidential
candidate to other.
According to the "Dear George" letter from ES&S to the
director of the Guilford County Dept of Elections,
"One challenge we did face was the incorrect information contained
in preliminary and unofficial returns for certain contests in the
Guilford Count "One Stop" precinct used to collect totals
for early voting. As you know, this occurred because exceptional voter
participation generated a number of ballots and votes cast that exceeded
the capacity of single precinct vote counters accepting this amount
of data in the Election Reporting Manager results reporting software.
This limitation in the results reporting software was previously documented
and known to ES&S. To clarify further, the limitation has nothing
to do with the Votronic tabulation systems. No votes were lost. All
ballot data and vote counts were correctly captured and reported by
the Votronic touch screen tabulation systems.
We regret any confusion the discrepancy in early vote totals has caused.
We would like to explain in further technical detail what caused this
issue, should you or others at the county have questions. The 32,767
capacity limitation at a single precinct level is a function of the
design and definition of the results database used by ERM. The data
storage element used to record votes at the precinct level is a two
byte binary field. 32,767 is 2 to the 15th power, which is the maximum
number held by a two byte word (16 bits) in memory, where the most
significant bit is reserved as the gin bit (a plus or minus indicator).
Additionally, ERM precinct count level data is stored in a binary
computer format known as twos's complement. Data on ERM results reports
are printed as the absolute value of the two's complement of the associated
data in the ERM database. This means that once the 32,767 limitation
is reached, additional incremental tallies of vote results would not
be printed correctly (32,768 through 65, 536 would actually be represented
as 65,536 to 32,768)"
Herr Arnold wants the US constitution amended so he can be the
next person to take over the White House...a guy from a Nazi family...who
better to represent the Republican Party?
[BuzzFlash Note: Anyone leaning towards liking Arnold's politics must
view "Pumping Iron," which reveals him as the calculating
maneuverer he has long been...oh, and a charmer, too.]
Subject: War Crime in Falluja
I think you've already reported about the fact that the US army turned
back all male Fallujans aged between 15 to 50, and sent them back into
the combat zone again, as they were trying to escape the nearing attack.
While the doubtfulness of this conduct should be clear to everyone,
because it's a precondemnation of every Fallujan as being a terrorist,
it didn't come out so clearly in the hitherto reports that this also
a clear and unambiguous war crime according to the Geneva Conventions.
This little and barely heeded article of this New York Times article
puts this quite clearly:
"Citing several articles of the Geneva Conventions, the experts
recognized laws of war require military forces to protect civilians
refugees and forbid returning them to a combat zone."
Lawyers See Possibility of a War Crime (NY Times)
It matches also...with the appointment of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney
General, because we all know his attitude towards the Geneva Conventions.
I'd be thankful if you would add this article to your headlines.
Thanks and keep on the good work.
Subject: Barnacle encrusted DNC
The DNC wouldn't know what to do with a victory even if the Republicans
had accidentally set the voting machines opposite of what they intended.
Imagine if we hadn't been on the lookout for vote theft/destruction?
At least THIS time they knew we'd be watching. What a field day they
would have had. Both of the past two elections probably were 70/30 Dems.
Inauguration? Wear black. I wouldn't go anywhere near the place. Boycott
it. All the D.C. service workers should call in with the flu. Bush flu.
Well I don't get it. Bush is supposed to have done such a good job
on terrorism and Osama. The mastermind behind the deaths of 3000 of
our own is running around making videos, they don't have a clue on
the anthrax terrorist...Maybe we could find him if we drained Lake
Superior. Bush says the violence will increase in Iraq now...Hellooo,
the violence has been increasing since we fired the first shot in
Iraq (a country that was not bothering us in any way). Now out of
that has come the creation of thousands of new terrorists who hate
our guts. I don't get how anyone with even half a brain could think
Bush has done anything but a horrible job!
Subject: Political Actuaries . . . Loyalties for Royalties . . .
They did the math. People can't make up their minds about our stolen
election. In my opinion, the people who put in the "fix,"
had plenty of time to do the math, since nothing was done in the order
of punishment for Florida in 2000. But, if the whole truth were known,
this has probably been a project in the works for over ten years. What
should we call these people . . . Political Actuaries?
In order to "steal" an election without people believing it,
it would have to be spread over the whole United States and done on
a percentage basis according to how much and where, using different
methods . . . computers only being one method. As we have read, there
were many methods, probably used as "backup methods." Take
a few votes away here and there over multiple cities and it all adds
up. Time and money consuming to prove.
And, for all of those people who hate liberals and the name, enjoy yourselves
because your names will be linked to the genocide in Iraq and all of
the other crimes against humanity that the Bush administration has and
will come up with. We hear from the Bush Loyals coming out in droves
talking about how God picked Bush. No, YOU picked Bush.
It really "pains" me to think that I am living in a Country
that people vote for a man who orders a genocide in a Country that we
invaded and attacked because of a deliberate "lie." And, orders
our military to "bring it on" conveniently after the election
(we Dems didn't miss that).
Now, the US holds back medical care, food, water, everything against
the Geneva Conventions (and Bush has broken with the Geneva Conventions
many times already -- how many deaths and incidents of abuse will it
take for him to be brought up for war crimes) . . . To all of you Bush
Republican and Right Wing Religious Loyals, remember, this was never
a real war about the US being attacked.
Just wait Bush Loyals, because the world and the worm will turn. We
have a war criminal running this Country and a bunch of Right Wing Republican
so-called religious Bush Loyals who don't know the difference between
liberation and genocide . . . or the difference between Jesus Christ's
teachings and morally corrupt power and greed. Everyone who supports
Bush gets money in their pocket or political power and privilege or
all three. Citizens, Corporations and Churches.
We may have the most corrupt government in history . . . but nothing
lasts forever. We could be the most "broke government" in
US history within a very short time. And, I don't mean just money. Some
things that get smashed, don't get fixed. Bodies and governments and
I think I'll throw in morality, too.
Welcome to the real Bush world. Your moral world of choice . . . Loyalties
Proud to be a Liberal
the cover of newsweek says neither bush nor Kerry revealed how difficult
the war would really be!...Didn't the rethuglican sheeple and the fake
press install the rethuglican war criminal? I guess that they're trying
to get the buck to go away again, if it really stopped there would be
trials and executions all around, I could only hope.
Subject: President Gropinator - never, never
for President Gropinator are About to Appear. We are Not Making This
The "elect Arnold" movement is a fool's errand campaign (led
by the rumored light loafer David Drier) to get him ready for an 08
These people are forgetting the Frankenstein they created. The foaming
right wing will demand even more red meat next time out.
I predict the suave but dangerous former Va Gov. Allen or someone like
him will be the pick - especially if Bush needs to pick a new VP. The
"liberals" in the repub party better get off the crack pipe
dreams because their monster must be fed or it will devour them - which
may lead to a happy ending for 49% of us!
Subject: Great Breakdown of Results in North Carolina
To corroborate this gentleman's assertions of vote hacking, I point
to the 5pm exit Poll in North Carolina which showed the race 53% Bush,
46% Kerry - exactly in line with late polling in that state and -as
he mentioned- the early and absentee voting which usually tracks closely
with final results. (An earlier exit poll that day showed the race,
Cheney may be the Wizard of Oz behind this operation because North
Carolina's Edwards mentioned HALLIBURTON during their debate. This issue
drives Cheney into fits of madness. Also if you are to believe the AP
election results posted, Bush 56%-43%, you must believe that the presence
of Favorite son John Edwards did not add one net vote to the ticket.
In 2000, George W. Bush defeated Al Gore by the exact same result,
56 % -43 %. A favorite son on a vice presidential ticket usually adds
an additional 3 - 5% support in his home state.
Best Guess: The Real Vote Tally in the Tarheel State: Bush 52% Kerry/Edwards
47 %. The vote hacking operation seems to take off 3% from Kerry and
add 3% to Bush in targeted states. Not all states were targeted.
Speaking of Vote "anomalies," the Exit Polls from Nebraska
placed Dubya on 62.5 %. He received 67% of the vote. What's the significance?
The Senator from Nebraska, Mr. Hagel, has a financial interest in one
of these vote tablulation machine companies. Remember Chuck, he's the
fellow who beat Neb. Gov. Ben Nelson by a solid margin in 1996. Chuck
overcame a double digit deficit to roar to victory in that year's most
shocking upset. He's also got a presidential domain site registered
for his likely bid in '08. I'm sure the Bushies liked seeing that big
fat 67 % on the Scoreboard the night of 2 November. Bush wanted and
got a popular vote victory and every little bit helps.
Subject: Where's the Hope?
Why doesn't someone produce a Conservative Sinner Book? You could have
O'Reilly (pervert), Rush (drug addict and liar), Neil Bush (adulterer),
ex-mayor Giuliani (adulterer), Arnold the Gropinator, Novac (bearing
false witness) Falwell (Moonie, family values man?) and Savior of Falwell's
ministry, and many others. After all, most people never know these people
except the view they want them to see.
Do we not need to expose the evil? It's time we went evil on evil.
We can't win GOOD vs. evil. Attacking before an election time is our
only hope. If not, God help us, get ready for President Arnold. WHEN
did we become a nation where intelligence, common sense, and "for
the good of all the people" became a nation of only the "RIGHT"
people who believe the RIGHT way and are led by a RIGHT President? I
thought a President was to serve ALL the people. I hate to say this;
but after voting for 42 years I do not feel I have a President.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Time to make conservative a bad word
Only mass stupidity/psychosis can explain how "conservative"
has become a synonym for "moral."
The "conservative" platform amounts to raping and pillaging.
They steal from the poor to give to the rich. Their Foreign policy is
predatory and myopic. Their profiteering phony war amounts to one massive
war crime that will haunt the US for years. They play the economy like
a Ponzi scheme. And poison the environment so that 545,000 Americans
die prematurely from environmental cancers and respiratory illnesses
And if the "conservatives" win five Senate seats in 2006
they will reach their stated goal to "wipe liberals off the face
of the Earth" by having a lock on a one-party totalitarian regime.
How is that "moral" or "conservative"?
They've been demonizing liberals long enough, yes we need to make "conservative"
a dirty word. Although sooner, rather than later, the conservatives'
own Machiavellian results will pile so high, and emit such a ferocious
stink, that even the blind folks in the Midwest will be able to identify
Subject: Please God, Help Me To Never Be Moral
Before the main thrust of the latest Fallujah invasion began, after
the election of the war president, we bombed their hospital and destroyed
the medical supplies.
strikes raze Falluja hospital (BBC)
Those who can are fleeing the city where electricity and water have
been turned off. Military age males, from 15 to 60 however, are not
permitted to leave, even though they are non-combatants. Bodies of
women and children are lying in the streets. There are already more
than 100,000 people killed in Iraq, a country that posed no threat,
had no WMD, and no connection to 9-11, al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden.
We are now using white phosphorous rounds. These munitions put up
a wall of fire that cannot be extinguished with water. It literally
melts the skin.
Using White Phosphorus Rounds on Fallujah (dailykos.com/San
Here in our great nation, police in Miami-Dade used a 50,000 volt
Taser on a six year old boy to prevent him from hurting himself with
a shard of glass he was holding. If the police can't subdue a 55 pound
first grader without using a Taser, how will they protect us from
In another incident, a Taser was used on a 12 year old girl apprehended
for playing hooky when she attempted to run. The 15 year veteran policeman
claimed he fired his Taser at her "for my safety along with the
girl's safety." No one asked how his safety was threatened by
the dangerous hooky player when she was running away from him.
What's even more disturbing is the result of an AOL poll that showed
48% of 263,292 people don't think the use of Tasers on children should
In January of 2005, the EPA, is going to begin a study of the effects
of toxic pesticides on children, babies to 3 years old, from low income
families. The study is being funded to the tune of $2 million from
the American Chemical Council, whose members include Dow, Exxon and
Monsanto. The name of the study is inappropriately called CHEERS,
Children's Environmental Exposure Research Study. As a reward for
sacrificing their children, these families will be given $970, a video
camera, T-shirt and a framed certificate of appreciation.
USE POOR KIDS AS GUINEA PIGS IN NEW STUDY ON PESTICIDES
What would the EPA put on the T-shirt, "My child was exposed
to harmful chemicals and all I got was this lousy T-shirt"? Or
how about, "Children: They're cheaper than lab rats"?
This election was supposedly won on the issue of "moral values."
Apparently, being saved from the spectre of gay marriage is the only
moral issue that our government and half the people in America are
concerned with. Genocide and child abuse get a green light and thumbs
I pray, I never become that moral.
Boulder City, NV
Subject: Re: Let's show our dissatisfaction...
There is a talk radio announcer in Atlanta (WAOK, 1380 am) who will
be leading a march on the State Capitol and the Georgia Secretary
of State's Office to protest Georgia's use of Diebold voting machines
and the fact that we have no paper trail to verify votes in Georgia.
Those who live in and around Atlanta should plan on participating.
Also, shouldn't other cities with people who are just as dissatisfied
conduct similar marches? "Count the Vote.org" is assisting.
Something should be done before the 2006 elections.
If Kerry has any of our money (that we sent to his campaign), shouldn't
it go towards helping us with these protests? (Just asking)
Subject: Creationists deserve creationism
There's a movement afoot by those who somehow managed to miss living
through the 20th century to take us back to the 19th in the area of
civil rights, economics, and war, not to mention the rule of early
Victorian self-serving hypocritical religion. In fact, they seem to
want to go right back to the good of days of the Spanish Inquisition.
Well, they want to live in the 15th century? Great, let them.
They sternly warn us that "evolution" is just a theory?
Fine. They don't have to believe in evolution. But they also need
to stop using electricity -- electrons and electromagnetic forces
are just a theory, based on all kinds of little bitty invisible things
not even hinted at
in the Bible. In fact, that means they need to stop using not only
computers and the internet, but electric lights, telephones, television,
all aspects of modern medicine -- since all those drugs were concocted
on the basis of complex biochemical theories, not to
mention the theory of light on which diagnostic microscopes are based,
and weird unBiblical things like electron microscopes and magnetic
resonance imaging and nuclear radiation, which are used in diagnosis
and treatment of so-called "diseases" like cancer -- a disease
which these people obviously don't believe in anyhow, since they're
happy to undo the environmental protections that were put in place
to keep more modern people from getting cancer.
They need to stop sending mail, which gets shunted mysteriously around
the planet using vehicles that are suspiciously unlike horses, camels,
and donkeys. For sure, they need to stop driving cars-- not only do
cars require electricity to work, but they're also crammed with absurd
theories concocted by some guy named Isaac Newton, who came up with
notions not only about gravity and light (used in microscopes) but
so-called "laws" of "physics," ideas like "for
every action there is an equal and opposite reaction," without
which an internal combustion engine could not exist.
In fact, they'll have to go back to fighting the wars they love so
much with Biblical weapons like slingshots, because modern weapons
are all based on theories about chemical interactions, the molecular
qualities of depleted uranium, and those pesky Newtonian theories
about force again. As for putting nuclear weapons in space, why,
forget rockets -- can't use 'em, Newtonian theories again; and subatomic
particles are obviously blasphemous.
And the earth would spring back into much better shape if all those
who disbelieve in those theoretical chemical reactions destroying
the ozone layer, as well as building up carbon dioxide to theoretically
cause global warming, had to stop producing all the pollutants that
are feeding those reactions.
Yes, I think this would be perfectly fair. Let the people who base
their science on the Bible stick with Bible science in all ways, and
we will have a safer world. You can kill a guy by hitting him on the
head with a rock, but it's really, really difficult to destroy the
planet without the theories of modern science. Those should only be
wielded by people who are capable of understanding them, and more
importantly, their consequences.
Subject: Why I am not moving to Canada
"Are we moving to Canada?" my fiancée asked me.
They were the first words out of Helen's mouth after George W. Bush's
re-election. She looked crushed. My father's family came to America
centuries ago to escape religious persecution in England (they were
Quakers). My mother's family came to America one hundred years ago
to escape religious persecution in Eastern Europe (they were Jews).
They prayed for the separation of Church and State. Bush's “faith-based”
initiatives would have made them nervous, as it does me.
When Bush's supporters explain the Patriot Act's roll-backs in
civil liberties with "In trying times like these, we must make
sacrifices for security," it sounds just like totalitarian
America's economy and jobs are the envy of the world. Bush's enormous
budget deficit may soon cause the economy to go into a tail-spin.
I wonder if I should change my savings into Euros. I wonder if I
want to be here when the country collapses.
America's education system is the best in the world. No Child Left
Behind is ruining it, turning our system into everything I hate
about foreign systems, making it all about testing and memorization
rather than learning and thinking.
I always worried that my blue passport would make me a target
while abroad. Worldwide rage at Bush's policies makes me much more
a target now. I am tired of foreign acquaintances demanding I account
for the war in Iraq.
Bush is destroying America's natural beauty, polluting our air
and our water. It would be better to be Canadian.
"We can't leave," Helen continues, breaking my thoughts.
"I love America." So do I.
I love Washington, the Adamses, Jackson, Lincoln, the Roosevelts,
Wilson, Kennedy and even that paranoid, crafty Richard Nixon. I
love Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr (and they hated each other).
I love Edison, Einstein, Feynman and that old buffoon, Benjamin
Franklin. I love Yale, Harvard, Swarthmore, Oberlin, Stanford and
the University of Kansas. I love the Yankees and the Royals. I love
the Jayhawks and the Yeomen.
I love “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” the Declaration
of Independence, the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address and “I
Have a Dream.” I love Hawthorne, Hemingway and Vonnegut. I love
jazz and blues and gospel. I love rock and hip hop and swing.
I love hamburgers and steak. I love French fries and onion rings.
I love Tex-Mex. I love Chicago-style pizza and barbeque. I love
salads made of nothing but iceberg lettuce.
I love the Badlands and the Grand Canyon. I love the Rockies and
the plains of the Dakotas. I love the Catskills and the Outer Banks.
I love the Great Lakes. I love the redwoods and that stupid vine
killing all the trees in the South.
I love the Sears Tower, the Empire State Building and the Lincoln
I love the Vietnam Memorial. I love my home, and my home is America.
"What are we going to do?" Helen asks me. I will keep
America. I will not have my home taken from me.
No Child Left Behind may be ruining the schools, but I can volunteer
and tutor. I can teach. The president may want more pollutants in
our water, but I can buy locally-grown organic food to protect the
Corporations may want to tear up my land, but I can donate money
to groups buying up land to protect it. I can visit national parks.
I cannot make the government spend less, but I can buy bonds to
stave off collapse. I can invest in responsible businesses. I can
work hard and do my part in the economy.
I can volunteer in soup kitchens. I can adopt a highway. I can
join the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps.
I can express my opinion. I can try to win others over to my side.
I can vote again. I can write to my senators and representatives.
I can write to my school board. I can write to my governor. I can
write to you.
This is my country. I won't let anyone – not even the president
and 51% of other voters – take it away from me.
Joshua K. Hartshorne
Mount Pleasant, MI
Subject: Post Election Focus Group
I watched a post-election focus group of Ohio voters on CSpan. When
asked why they thought the Ohio vote went to the Reps, two answers
stood out: (Dems could learn something here.)
1. Republicans were out in greater numbers and better ORGANIZED.
Ex: Reps got GOP voter guide cards. Dems got nothing.
Ex: One woman told of her son getting home late from work &
hadn't yet voted. The phone rang, she answered. A Rep organizer
asked for her son BY NAME. Told him they knew he hadn't voted &
it wasn't too late, & Bush was with him. His mother is a Dem,
and nobody called her & was keeping tabs on her.
2. Church involvement. One woman said she & her aunt couldn't
attend church the Sunday before the election because the church
was busy getting the vote out for Bush. (Over the line on separation
of Church/State -- founding fathers would be rolling in their graves.)
I know some if the churches in SD Country were passing out literature
on Fed and State candidates. (Christian Coalition type pamphlets)
Religious organizations & churches have every right to give
RELIGIOUS guidance of their flocks on certain topics. But, it seems
to me, if churches are going to be involved in partisan political
activity, that they should lose their tax exempt status. What do
Subject: Election Fraud
Fraud investigations underway in Florida, New Mexico, Georgia, Arizona,
and Nevada (some statewide and some in particular counties:
In New Mexico, Judge tosses out all provisional ballots of Democrats
and keeps all provisional ballots of Republicans:
Voting Irregularities in North Carolina:
Security Bugs in Diebold Voting Machines:
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Dr. W. David Hager to head the FDA's Reproductive Health
Drugs Advisory Committee!
I am aghast at Bush's selection of Dr. W. David Hager to head the
FDA's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee.
President Bush has announced his plan to select Dr. W. David Hager
to head up the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Reproductive
Health Drugs Advisory Committee. The committee has not met for more
than two years, during which time its charter lapsed. As a result,
the Bush Administration is tasked with filling all eleven positions
with new members. This position does not require Congressional approval.
The FDA's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee makes crucial
decisions on matters relating to drugs used in the practice of obstetrics,
gynecology and related specialties, including hormone therapy, contraception,
treatment for infertility, and medical alternatives to surgical
procedures for sterilization and pregnancy termination.
Dr. Hager is the author of "As Jesus Cared for Women: Restoring
Women Then and Now." The book blends biblical accounts of Christ
healing Women with case studies from Hager's practice. His views
of reproductive health care are far outside the mainstream for reproductive
technology. Dr. Hager is a practicing OB/GYN who describes himself
as "pro-life" and refuses to prescribe contraceptives
to unmarried women. In the book Dr. Hager wrote with his wife, entitled
"Stress and the Woman's Body," he suggests that women
who suffer from premenstrual syndrome should seek help from reading
the bible and praying.
As an editor and contributing author of "The Reproduction Revolution:
A Christian Appraisal of Sexuality Reproductive Technologies and
the Family," Dr. Hager appears to have endorsed the medically
inaccurate assertion that the common birth control pill is an abortifacient
-- a substance that causes pregnancy to end prematurely and causes
I am concerned that Dr. Hager's strong religious beliefs may color
his assessment of technologies that are necessary to protect women's
lives and preserve and promote women's health. Hager's track record
of using religious beliefs to guide his medical decision-making
makes him a dangerous and inappropriate candidate to serve as chair
of this committee.
Critical drug public policy and research must not be held hostage
by religious politics. Members of this important panel should be
appointed on the basis of science and medicine, rather than politics
and religion. American women deserve no less.
Mary C. Wright
Subject: Why the Plain Dealer covers up for the Vote Stealer?
Answer: The unholy alliance between GW. Bush and Cleveland Plain
Dealer Publisher, Alex Machaskee. Scroll down to paragraph with
the subhead "Breathless Coverage." This should disabuse
anyone of this infantile notion of a wall of separation between
the Publisher and working journos at the Cleveland Plain Dealer
(or anywhere else).
Why did PD so heavily promote this event? It was, in reality,
a campaign stop for George W. Bush, the preferred candidate of the
Plain Dealer's publisher, the rabidly partisan Alex Machaskee.
Now the Plain Dealer and officials at the Cuyahoga County Board
of Elections are desperate to explain away those 92,000 "over
votes" in white bread suburbs surrounding heavily African American
Cleveland. The PD reporter firsts cites the unusual way the Board
counts votes. The over vote phenomenon happens in every election,
we were told. The bloggers are ridiculed as imbeciles ready to scream
Conspiracy Theory at a drop of the hat.
Well this "counting" excuse disappeared, and was replaced
by "the computer glitch" theory. The same Plain Dealer
reporter wrote both stories--and both excuses, in consecutive days.
The Washington Post is gloating at the apparent infamy those moronic
Internet fantasists brought about on themselves.
Subject: Ohio election results, from their official source
Although cynical about the whole mess, I've been suspicious of some
of the allegations of election fraud that have ricocheted around
the net. I just got an unsolicited forward from "Walt.p"
<Walt.firstname.lastname@example.org>, whom I don't know and which sounded HIGHLY
suspicious, implying massive voter irregularities in one of Ohio's
DON'T believe these kinds of allegations!
Instead, check them out for yourself. On your own, check their OFFICIAL
results (it's actually very easy):
1. Go to their http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/BOE/results/currentresults1.htm
2. Cut-and-paste into a spreadsheet, the "Registered Voters"
counts for each of their 1,458 precincts for their 1,005,807 registered
3. Then scroll down in that same web-page, and copy the "Ballots
Cast" counts for each of the same 1,458 precincts. Paste it
into a spreadsheet column, next to the "Registered Voters."
4. Compare the number of registered voters to the number of ballots
cast (easiest way is to subtract the registered-voters cell-number
for each precinct, from the ballots-cast cell-number -- a trivial
of spreadsheet calculation).
5. Scan that column of differences. Every place you see a negative
number, it means that precinct had MORE BALLOTS CAST, THAN IT HAD
Although the website periodically paints new results (presumably
as they update the data based on final ballot audits), here were
Out of 189,633, there were 262,661 ballots cast. That's 73,028 more
ballots cast, than there were voters registered. 38.51% more, to
Note that that's a percentage of REGISTERED voters; not a much HIGHER
percentage of the much LOWER number of ACTUAL voters!
Don't believe me! Check it for yourself!
But I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation for having 39% more
ballots cast, than there were voters registered. Isn't there?
Subject: mailbag entry
While our country and the Democrats were sleeping, the Republicans
have managed to rig elections, buy all media outlets (at least what
they report on), and fill the majority of the House, Senate, State
Houses, and the Presidency. This is not a case of bad luck, Ladies
and Gentlemen, this is a widespread systematic take over of the
United States of America. If Frist succeeds in removing the filibuster,
the notion of a one party takeover completely succeeds. A One Party
Democratic government does not exist, as the new name would be dictatorship
How loud are the warning bells ringing? Our very democracy, our
very way of life and existence is being systemically destroyed.
It is true – we need to stop whining. What we need to do is to gear
up and fight back for our United States. What do we do? I don’t
know. I/we have been thrown into a mess that was fixed back in the
late 1700’s and 1800’s. I think we need to unite the 55 million
true Americans and wage a 'take back America' war. A universal petition
system needs to be established. Find out who all the 55 million
people are that follow the democratic form of government and collectively
restore our government.
And, not to speak for all Americans, I thought our democracy was
for 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness'; for a healthy
environment, schools, health care, safety and security; for freedom
of religion or no religion; for world peace and tranquility.
The warning bells are ringing people…
Subject: Dem Leaders from Red States
Yes, I can tell you why Democratic leaders are chosen from Red States.
It's because the Democrats actually (and mistakenly) believe they
must move to the far right (which they call the Center) and pretend
to be neo con fascist jerks. It's beyond them to realize that this
country only selects REAL neo con fascist jerks.
Any other questions?
Have a great day. And thanks for your site. I buy stuff when I can.
I'm shocked I tell you! Shocked!
Wasn't Condoleezza Rice the one trying to scare us with that mushroom
cloud talk? I'm not surprised, she once referred to Bush as her
About that shooting of the unarmed insurgent...Don't act so shocked,
so shocked I tell you :) :) The only reason we know about this one
is because the marine was dumb enough to do it in front of a reporter!
Subject: teenage girls--we burned them.
The last time we mixed politics and religion in this country,we
took women and teenage girls and burned them at the stake...we thought
they were witches. I don't have anything against God, it's his fan
club that scares me!
Subject: To the mailbag
In the background I hear Chris Matthews telling America that Condi
Rice is going out to represent us as Secretary of State. So we begin
to sink even lower than we have in the past four years with another
bald-faced liar from the "Cabinet" pretending to bring
peace from the USA. Meanwhile the CIA is in shambles, the troops
are dying and killing, the Justice Department has a new leader with
a history of flaunting the Geneva Conventions and we, the BLUE Americans
start to really see the right wing for the insidious plague it is...violating
every cell of our enlightenment with religiosity, the social virus
that has been the downfall of so many societies in human history.
The rise and fall of the American dream.
We must continue to speak out and to fight with all we are to defeat
this attempt to subvert and control the real America. Don't sit
back and think it will all get better...it won't...unless we all
stay active and refuse to be like the prisoners at Abu Ghraib..
GOD bless America and its true moral values
Subject: Have reason to believe otherwise
I have no doubt that the Bushies and Republican party can and did
steal the election again. And I also see them getting away with
it again. They have spent a lot more time and money developing their
contacts and their corporate sponsors to swing the vote... If not
We need to start doing some of the same things pertaining to getting
our contacts together, getting someone who is able to mirror our
conviction as a head of the D.N.C., and somewhere in the "Things
to do List" get real election reform.
If we the people fear another 4 years of the Bushes, then we have
to really start holding the [Congress] members' feet to the fire.
Hold them accountable for their actions, along with their votes.
Make them answer for their actions and not just spin. If they participated
in something unlawful, they should know that they will be brought
up on charges by not just their fellow members but local, state,
and federal courts. And if they can not uphold their oath that they
took to uphold the Constitution, instead of changing and trashing
it, then they should be impeached. They should understand America's
core values are just as important if not more important then someone's
The vote is still out in many areas when you take into account that
the 2006 and 2008 elections are around the corner. Let all the members
on the Hill know that their future is not only in their hands but
ours, too. We want not only real election reform, for the people
can and will be heard, but the people's concerns and well-being
put ahead of personal gains and party's strength.
I realize that after Nov. 2nd everyone is tired, burned out, and
frustrated. But now is not the time to rest; they are not. After
seeing the replacement that Bush is offering for the A.G. and Sec.
of State, the example of where we are going is now written on the
wall for those who couldn't and/or wouldn't believe it before.
So let's roll up our sleeves, take a deep breath, and start changing
the course of our country. Let's let the core values of America
be the litmus test for the politicians, the head of the D.N.C.,
local, state and Congress. If we start by these changes in the up
coming elections 2008 will be in grasp.
New Orleans, La.
Subject: Dr. Rice
Thanks for all y'all have done. I have used your site for my primary
source of news since about February 2003. I have no answer for the
current state of affairs, but try to swing back by holding our local
(Birmingham, AL) media accountable through frequent emails. Here's
a recent letter responding to our local media's school-girl giddiness
possibility of Condoleezza Rice being nominated to a cabinet position
(more recently, Sec of State). Thanks again.
I was disappointed with your one-sided coverage Wednesday, November
2004, concerning the possible nomination of Dr. Condoleezza Rice
position of either Secretary of State or Defense. As Senator Sessions
alluded to, Dr. Rice undoubtedly has matured and learned many
while serving in the “vortex of pressure” the past few years.
Her tenure as
National Security Advisor has not been an unqualified success,
Concerning the possibility of Iraq having a nuclear weapons program,
made several devastating errors. We all remember President Bush
us in the 2003 State of the Union Address that Saddam had sought
"significant quantities of uranium from Africa." When
it was discovered (after the war began) that this assertion was
based on poorly forged documents and that the CIA knew the intelligence
supporting the uranium story was weak, Dr. Rice went on your station
(Meet the Press, June 8, 2003) and stated, "...no one knew
at the time in our circles...that there were doubts and suspicions
that this might be a forgery."
When Mr. Russert reminded her on a subsequent show three months
that the CIA had already removed the uranium assertion from the
October 2002 Cincinnati speech, and that the CIA had written several
to Dr. Rice, Dr. Rice's assistant Stephen Hadley, the president's
chief speechwriters Michael Gerson, and that George Tenet himself
spoken to Mr. Hadley about the unsubstantiated uranium information,
Rice made a startling confession: "…people didn’t remember.
To review, Dr. Rice forgot whether the nation we were about to
had the capacity to make nuclear weapons, the most ominous threat
which we went to war -- if we believe her own confession from
your network. To believe this, however, we must also believe that
she failed to review
the strength of the uranium intelligence prior to going on MTP,
for the purpose
of discussing the forged documents. Unfortunately, her credibility
is questionable on other aspects of Iraq's nuclear potential as
Aluminum tubes for uranium enrichment/nuclear weapons production
mentioned by President Bush in the 2003 State of the Union Address.
President Cheney called them "irrefutable evidence,"
and Dr. Rice stated
that the tubes were "only really suited for nuclear weapons
guess what? They were only really suitable for conventional rockets
centrifuges) according to most of the experts in the US. According
to a recent NY Times investigation (How the White House Used Disputed
Intelligence), most of the US specialists knew the true use of
even prior to 9-11-2001. There was debate between the intelligence
agencies, but nobody let us here in Alabama in on that information.
And what did the UN inspectors decide once they evaluated the
tubes? That the tubes
"would not be suitable for manufacturing centrifuges."
In the prelude to this war, Dr. Rice demonstrated an inability
to accurately discern the threat posed by Saddam Hussein (poor
memory) or an inability to
accurately report the magnitude of the threat to our citizens
(misled). Prior to her being confirmed to any further cabinet
posts she first must be held accountable for her grievous errors
that have led to thousands of US soldier deaths and injuries.
As he seems to be one of her supporters, Senator Sessions also
must answer for her inadequacies. And you have a responsibility
not only to inform your audience of her record, but also to question
her supporters in regards to her qualifications. Unfortunately
you failed to do either.
Thank you for your time.
Scott A. Grumley
P.S. I encourage you to visit the Meet the Press web site, where
the transcripts from previous shows can be read.
Subject: Fraud in Ohio? Dynamite stats
OK, I'm not a statistician or anything, but these stats look like
pure dynamite to me!
If these figures compiled by Professor Teed Rockwell of the Philosophy
Dept. of Sonoma State University are indeed accurate, and taken
from official Ohio govt. sources, then I can think of no other explanation
Surely provisional ballots do not play a role in these figures,
93,000 extra votes is shit-load of over voting. That's not far from
the margin Bushbaby "won" by.
And this is all from ONE county in Ohio. Jesus!
This needs much more thorough investigating.
Subject: Fascism in America
I am so ashamed; ashamed to be an American, ashamed my country would
cast even one vote for a blatantly fascist cabal (yes, fascist cabal,
look it up), ashamed at our collective acquiescence to the erosion
of our civil rights, the near total subservience of the media, ashamed
at our flouting of the U.N. and Geneva Conventions, ashamed of our
unabashed, naked aggression, and ashamed at our unquestioning willingness
to accept it all in the name of national security.
I am haunted by something I read recently. When asked why she and
others had done nothing as Hitler wreaked his deadly havoc, an elderly
German woman replied, "We didn't notice anything until it was
too late." My blood runs cold...
Patricia Mack Newton
Subject: Take a stand
It's time to take a stand against the swindlers and thieves who
have stolen our birthright while we were sleeping. Stand up with
the unsung heroes who have been fighting for many years for the
inalienable rights bequeathed upon us in the Bill of Rights. Put
your money where your mouth is and join or contribute to the American
Civil Liberties Union. The cost of membership is less than the cost
to fill the gas tank of a hummer or dinner for your family at MacDonalds.
Join today in celebration of Thanksgiving. Give yourself an early
If your gut makes you suspect the election was stolen, if gloating
right-wingers give you heartburn, if you are reminded of jabba-the-hut
when you see Jerry Falwell on CNN calling you the enemy of God,
trust your gut and go with it now, you don't have time to wait.
Get yourself a copy of the Constitution of the United States and
read it and memorize it, commit it to your heart and guard it with
Until you are really determined to let nobody take it away from
you, swindlers and con agents will snatch it from under your nose.
Take a stand and join the one group that is committed to fight for
your rights whether you join or not. Join the ACLU. Be a card-carrying
member and be proud of it.
A BuzzFlash Reader
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the good fight with donations...]
Several months ago, Larry Flynt spoke at a Borders bookstore in
Manhattan to promote his new book. I attended and there was a small
but very intense group there listening to him. During the discussion,
he mentioned BuzzFlash.com as pretty much his main daily news source
for unfiltered truth. I checked it out and since then have been
frequently reading the articles on your site to get a reality-check.
You guys are amazing for the work you do consolidating the truth
into one easy to access spot. It's so depressing watching the regular
and cable news and how totally skewed and out of touch with reality
it is. It's good to know there is BuzzFlash out there. I feel less
Subject: state dept
Here's something rather disturbing:
With the announcement that Condi Rice, one of the worst choices
possible, will be Sec'y of State, I started thinking about that
office. A few minutes of research turned up something very interesting
and very revealing and very depressing.
This is the State Department Mission statement when Albright was
This is the current mission statement:
The difference in tone is startling. Under Albright, it was all
about diplomacy and working with other nations. The tone was one
of reaching out to work with others. It worked from the premise
that the normal situation is peace and getting along with other
Now, it's all sturm und drang about drawing lines in the sand and
even includes this bizarre, uberhawk bit:
We will strive to strengthen traditional alliances and build
new relationships to achieve a peace that brings security, but when
necessary, we will act alone to face the challenges, provide assistance,
and seize the opportunities of this era.
"seize the opportunities..." Sure! For Halliburton and
Big Ag and the other corporate interests that are running this administration
and systematically looting the US and parts abroad.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: And how about this part...: "Globalization
is compressing distances and creating new opportunities for economic
Subject: missed point
Lots of good articles on what to do or what happened, but here is
a sad reality. Many people in this nation do not mind being ruled
by an authority. As long as they can have their Wal-mart, McDonalds
and cable television. I live in the redneck region. These folks
just want simple lives. They spend more on a new pick-up than they
spend on a house. That is the reality. They are threatened by change
because they settled for less all these years. If they are content
then why change it for them? Here is a new slogan,"We will
keep your life simple," or "We will respect your values."
It is better than saying, "All the cheap beer you can drink,"
or Free Nascar and pickup trucks, Walmart every 100 yards. Enlightened
thought has died here in rural America.
Subject: Bush Turning Ohio into an Urban Legend?
There are many myths that have been spun by the Bushistas over the
last four years. OBL was behind 9/11. Iraq had WMD. Iraq is a Great
Success Story. George W. Bush is an avid reader. The junta, after
their second successful Coup attempt, have been spinning their triumph
in Ohio with a phalanx of disinformation not known since those terrible
months before this horrible war. Bushista Ohio Chairman Bob Bennett,
like a good Politburo apparatchik, made the following statement:
" ...Bush picked up 144% more votes in the 57 smallest counties
(in Ohio) ....The "whole game" was the last 96 hours."
Bush picked up 144% more votes in the 57 smallest counties , mostly
because of Rove's brilliant ground game in the last 96 hours? I
guess that's why the polls couldn't find the Rural Surge. It occurred
so late in the game. YEP! Bennett is right about the vote gains.
The 96 hour theory, however, strains credulity. As for this much-vaunted
"Ground Game..." According to the campaign, Bush volunteers
as of Nov. 1 had knocked on 349,032 doors in the entire state of
Ohio during the fall campaign. Impressive. Huh? How many people
were not at home, just receiving a packet of literature. 25%? 30%?
We know that 85% of Ohioans had made up their minds long before
this effort was underway. How many minds are changed by a knock
on the door - after work? How many are pissed off at the unwanted
intrusion? How many votes does the distribution of pamphlets create?
349,032 doors knocked has little effect in a state where 5.4 million
Unlike Gore in 2000, Kerry was a constant presence in Ohio. He
was running ads non-stop and Country boy John Edwards made the rural
circuit as well.
We hear the excuse that the Gay Constitutional Amendment angered
blacks, causing alleged defections [from] Kerry in Ohio & Florida.
More revisionist history. An ABC poll of likely Ohio voters showed
the initiative was the most important issue for a whopping 4% of
the Ohio electorate. The balloting in Cleveland shows that no such
Black Bush surge took place there.
It didn't happen in Miami, Fla. either. Just rural blacks became
hypnotized in these two battleground states by raging homophobia.
Yep! Isn't it passing strange that 144% more rural voters showed
up to vote for Bush in 2004 over 2000? All of these Ohio farmers
and denizens of small towns who shunned Bush in 2000 joined him
in '04. The rural vote skyrocketed from 12% to 25% of the state's
support and 90% of the increase were Bushites!
Surely, his share of the Ohio's rural vote would have rocketed
from 60% in 2000 to upwards of 75 -85% in '04. It's simple mathematics.
Well Kerry's share of the rural vote increased from Al Gore's margin
by 4%, up from Gore's 36% in 2000.
What about the pious Christians, they must have made the polling
stations sizzle with non-stop activity. Right? In 2000, 58% of the
voting population were self-described Protestants, 26% Catholics.
In '04, Protestants comprised 57% of the vote, Catholics 26%. In
2000 17% percent of the electorate attended church more than once
a week. This year only 14% made that claim. In 2004, those attending
church on a weekly basis represented 26% of the Ohio electorate,
down 2% from four years ago. Among all Ohio Christians, Bush improved
his % of the vote 2.7% while Kerry did 1% less than Gore.
This religious gap, however, was covered by people of other religions
(Jews, Moslems) and self described Atheists (10% of vote) who favored
Kerry over Bush by overwhelming margins.
The bottom line is this: How did George W. Bush receive this massive
increase in the rural vote when they seemed to like him no better
than '00 when he was running against Gore, an opponent who had conceded
the state before Labor Day? Why doesn't the huge spike in rural
turnout result in a huge spike in the % of the vote who attend church
at least once a week? That number is down to 40% (-5% from 2000).
I thought this was a values election, a rural election. This anomalous
turnout model is surprisingly suspicious to the one found in Fla.
Like it was written up in a consultant's playbook.
I was just reading the article by Maureen Farrell - The
Next Big Thing - November 16, 2004 I was continuing a thought
that I had about how anyone who is NOT a neo-conservative could
possibly take back control. I clicked on the graphic of the map
that showed the blue states and Canada as "Northern United States,"
and the "supposed red states" as Jesus land, and I was thinking
how even red states have a lot of NON Neo-conservatives in them-
it's not like they are completely red states, usually. I was thinking
if worst came to worst, all of the sane people could ban together
and migrate into the states that had the closest elections, you
know the states that have the largest amount of electoral votes
already, we could abandon certain states that are mostly red (like
oklahoma where I live-yuck!), and move into the other states that
are barely red states, and if all the votes were counted, and
counted correctly those states might have actually turned out
to be a little more "blue" anyway.
If we were really dedicated to our cause of getting back some
control of the government, it would be a complicated, but a cool
thing for all of us to do- to consolidate our numbers and our
efforts. I know people wouldn't do it, but it would be cool if
we all did it, and then demanded the changes we wanted. I don't
know, perhaps it is idealistic and dumb, but I think it would
Oklahoma City, Ok
Subject: Busheviks & the Neo-Communist Party of the USA
Remember what it was like in the Soviet Union? The central government:
Wrote billions in hot checks like a teenage drug addict.
Left their children saddled with trillions in national debt.
Shoveled billions in welfare to big national companies.
Established an imperial world order.
In the name of “freedom” and “national security,” occupied weaker
states, exploiting their natural resources and installing friendly
Savaged the air, water and land to extract natural resources with
Trashed health and safety rules to assure “maximum productivity.”
Savaged the constitution in the name of “freedom” and “national
Running the executive branch in a cloak of secrecy.
Persecuting people in secret tribunals with no due process.
Spying on its own citizens and secretly searching their homes
Imprisoning people incommunicado for limitless periods.
Kept a faraway gulag for an untold number of people deemed “security
Favored a privileged minority at the expense of the rest of the
Appointed radical ideologues to the courts who would do the bidding
of those in power.
Rigged the elections while claiming the “People’s will,”
Forced the government into the citizens’ bedrooms and private
Forced the government into the doctors’ offices and dictating
to mothers whether they can have a child or not.
Relentlessly suppressed labor unions and reducing them to token
paper tigers to give a patina of “balance.”
Usurping local and regional sovereignty with overarching federal
Sound familiar? Folks, these are NOT conservative values! But
this is what the Republican Party under Bush has become. In history,
a group that becomes so radical in its policies often comes around
full circle and becomes just like the group they despise. Welcome
to the Busheviks and the Neo-Communist Party of the USA!
Subject: Just saying thanks
Thank you BuzzFlash for everything you do. Thank you for putting
the FACTS behind the news stories that are a mere blip on the
evening news. Thank you for giving a voice to the TRUTH that Americans
are being denied in their local newspapers. Thank you for the
town square soap box that gives life to change.
I had promised myself even before the election, that I would put
whatever happened behind me and get on with my life. I would stop
reading BuzzFlash for 3 or 4 hours a day, cancel one of my newspaper
subscriptions, and turn off the TV news box. Well 2 out of 3 ain't
bad they say.
I figure if BuzzFlash can keep on doing what it does so well,
I too must continue my part within my own community to get people
involved and caring about their country again. Oh, and there was
the woman at work, too. It was Nov. 3rd, I arrived to work sullen
and feeling dejected, everyone else was compassionate of the way
they knew I would be feeling. All was going well until SHE got
in my face. "How bout that man Bush, he ROCKS," she
said 3 inches from my face. "Kerry's a loser, and he SUCKS."
It hit me like a ton of bricks. I wanted to cry. But mostly I
wanted to punch her in the face.
Now this is a woman who, I'd bet ya lunch, doesn't even know who
the vice president is. She lives with her BASTARD CHILD and its
father WHO WORKS and makes GOOD MONEY, yet in her wallet has a
FREE STATE MEDICAL CARD, a FOOD STAMP CARD and gets FREE DAY CARE
!!!!! Oh, and is contemplating having a LESBIAN AFFAIR!!!!
Now I don't know if someone like her can be "educated"
to the truth and facts of life, so I have decided it is my job
to keep others from becoming just like her. So, thank you BuzzFlash
for providing me the tools to do my public service.
A BuzzFlash Fan
Subject: Maureen Farrell's latest essay: The
Next Big Thing
As a fan of Maureen Farrell, this essay is her most corruscatingly
brilliant. Hopefully it will be widely distributed on the web.
One comment. She quotes NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman as
saying we will be out of Iraq in a year. It's difficult not to
find Friedman likable, even though he is so often, earnestly wrong.
Those 14 US military bases built in Iraq by Brown and Root were
designed, and designated, as permanent in 1997, Tom. Friedman
has written how his wife tells him he is wrong and yet he blithely
blunders forth. Tom, a hint. When your wife speaks. Listen. Hard.
Sounds to me like she's the one in the family with the crystal