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Subject: Bush's War
We all know of the importance of the use of language and sound bites
in this recent campaign. So we must start using the same tactics.
I suggest that all of us (Democrats, Liberals, ABBs, etc.) start
calling the alleged "War on Terrorism," as the neocons
want to call it, "Bush's War."
Can you imagine if all our Democratic representatives started
calling the Iraq war: "Bush's War" in Congress (on the
record) and in the media? As the downward spiral continues there,
lots of people will sit up and take notice of what is actually going
on. Just a thought.
Michael W. Prah
North Hollywood, CA
You have saved my sanity.
I am a 72 year old grandmother living in a RED STATE with four draft
age grandchildren. I do not own or wear a tin bonnet.
My 88 year old mother both approves and endorses this message.
We campaigned and voted for John Kerry. My thoughts and feelings
about our country below:
Americans, we have been duped. We first recognized we had
been (past tense) duped in 2000. Evidence indicates it started
even earlier. Now it is an ongoing process. For we now
have been infected with "dupitis." Beginning with 2000, the
"dupitis virus" spread. All that the administration needed
to do was give us an explanation that makes no sense and then everything
fades into the background.
The first symptom of dupitis was the 2000 election.
The 911 attack on the World Trade Center was the next dupe.
Now, even 3 years later, there has been no investigation? The administration
story line and news media spin is all we really have to go on? HUH?
We are in a war currently because of another dupe. A lie.
They have even admitted to that one, and say it's okay, because
Saddam was a bad man. What about the other 10,000 people killed
in the process, including our own?
Remember the "bulge"? After weeks of questions, denials, explanations
and fabrications the secret service finally said it was a bullet
proof vest, only to retract that statement on the back page 2 weeks
later. Gone, evidence be damned...including NASA.
Let us move on to the 2004 election. There is no rhyme nor
reason to the numbers and calculations in the recent election. Not
to mention disenfranchisement of voters. Are we to believe the impossible
because "they" say so? "They" meaning the administration and the
media spin? Or are we supposed to believe it was a miracle, because
Christians prayed and changed all those votes to George? Was it
another Jesus turning water into wine story? Kerry votes turned
into Bush votes.
The plot thickens. What about Kerry, everyone is asking?
Was he a straw man that would easily topple over to the will of
the Republicans? Was Kerry a super duper? Would he concede
even if he won? If everything fades into the background as
in "voter fraud 2000, 911 investigation, the reason for the war
in Iraq, the bulge, and voter fraud 2004," I will be forced
to believe that he was part of the plan. I will hang on to
every element of hope until it becomes obvious.
The old adage says, "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice,
shame on me," for allowing it to happen. When a person has
shown you who they are--believe them. George has shown us
who he was a long time ago. If nothing changes, nothing changes.
The duping continues.
Subject: Note about a story...
The Toronto Star story about "What did Fallujah do to Deserve
This" may well be answered by a very insightful article by
Pan Hu of Asia Times.
Quite literally, in keeping with "Dubya-ism," Fallujah
was a calculated gamble.
The story is from 16 November, and is titled "Overwhelming
Force." The article is a balance to Pepe Escobar's scorching
column titled, "Masters
of War." These stories are at atimes.com
under the heading "War and Terror" in the left-hand
Though I question certain of Hu's conclusions, and certainly see
the parallels to certain Vietnam policies, I have to admit that
if this gamble works (which I doubt it will), then the risk was
worth the horrific price. The flaw in Hu's argument is that much
of the attack was hate and revenge driven, fueled with well documented,
indeed headlined, stories of religious triumphalism and a rather
murderous evangelical zeal.
This is where we may fall down.
Again we turn to Asia times, and the one-of-a-kind column, "Ask
Spengler." ( I don't know of any other service that has anything
Throughout 2004, Spengler wrote several deep articles about Islam
which I find are very accurate, mainly by asking Muslim students
I have met at the University here.
I would refer you to "Islam: Religion or Political Ideology"
(August 10, 2004); "Why Islam Baffles America" (April
16, 2004); and "Does Islam have a Prayer"(May 18, 2004).
After wading through all that, you might wonder what in the world
do we expect to accomplish? You would be right to wonder that
too. We may have already doomed our efforts by making Islam the
bogeyman. This is like attacking a shadow that moves around. There
is a clash of ideas, beyond civilizations, at work. This statement
can be easily spun to mean different things to different audiences,
but our "Ideas," and the Iraqis' "Ideas" concerning
democracy, leadership, and national identity are quite different.
Buzz, we will need a political and diplomatic solution to Iraq
beyond the military but are certainly trapped in the need for
a military presence to insure the political and diplomatic process
will work. It's a vicious circle.
And to think this entire, I mean the entire mess, was all started
on the basis of a personal grudge, towering lies, and a thirst
for revenge against all things Arabic/Muslim, we have gambled
both the future of the Iraqis and our own nation on a hunch that
great displays of force and horror will win out in Iraq.
Ummm, Buzz, we've tried that before, and it didn't work out very
well. But, here we go again, hold on, turbulence ahead!
Thanks for BuzzFlash!! An essential!
Steve in Syracuse
Subject: Bon Voyage, William Safire
The editorial writer, in his ordinary incarnation, simply translates
banal and usually borrowed ideas into conventional phrases, as
well settled by usage as those of a deed to real estate. Take
away this outfit of rubber-stamps, and he is over his depth, and
making heavy weather of it. No one ever heard of him saying anything
really new; it would puzzle and irritate his customers.
-- H. L. Mencken
Never was there a more ordinary incarnation of the editorial
writer than William Safire. A master of the banal and borrowed,
in 27 years he never failed to satisfy an appetite for the obvious.
If only Robert Novak would follow him into richly-deserved oblivion.
Albert Clark, NY
Subject: It's the filter!
The articles and editorials you have recently posted chronicling
the theft of the election are chilling indeed. Even worse is the
mainstream media's nonchalant attitude toward voter irregularities,
and the possibility of large scale voter fraud.
Our beloved Dem party is self destructing. It is not for want
of a powerful message, not because we have weak candidates, and
not even due to lack of money; it is the filter!. As long as we
depend on the corporate media to fairly interpret current events,
scrutinize Bush and the Republicans, and present alternative viewpoints,
we are doomed.
If the Dem. Party and the progressive movement is to survive (and
let's face it, we're on life support!), WE MUST HAVE our own media
outlets to compete with Fox News, and all the Fox wannabees on
CNN, MSNBC, and the networks. In the meantime (in my humble opinion),
the focus of our attention should be on (1) developing new ways
to get our message out, and (2) on putting pressure on the current
For example, why do DEMS put up with MSNBC and CNBC having rightwing
propaganda programs (like Scarborough Country, Dennis Miller,
and Republican kissups like Hardball)? We (the 48% of the voting
public) potentially have the clout to affect changes at these
networks if we have the will and the organization to do it. I
firmly believe we could effectively put pressure on MSNBC and
CNBC through organized boycotts. These two networks' ratings are
pretty weak now. If they were to lose a majority of their Dem
viewers, they would think twice about employing the likes of Scarborough,
Progressives must unite and must act now. The internet is certainly
the place to begin, but it is not the place to end. We have to
reach the masses, and we need both television and radio to do
Thank you BuzzFlash. Your service to our cause and to America
cannot be underestimated.
Dan Van Neste
[BuzzFlash Note: ...we're hoping you mean overestimated?]
A very thoughtful and well-reasoned editorial, laying out your
points and supporting them well. The most haunting line is the
plaint of the Iraqi father looking at one of his two hospitalized
sons: "Look at that child. Does that child look like Zarqawi?"
In the same spirit, I would say: Look at our government. Does
it look like the government of a democracy?
Subject: Bev Harris has first-hand evidence of trashed voting
results in FL
Harris in Volusia County Florida right now... (democraticunderground.com11/16/04)
She was in a 2hr meeting with the Supervisor of Elections this
with members of a new group, the Florida Fair Elections Coalition.
After the meeting, our founder came back to the office with
bags of trash
from the SOE because they found tapes from the op-scan machines
away that do not match the posted election results. Take a wild
guess at who's favor the *extra* votes were in?
They went back to another meeting to show what was found. I'll
post more when I know more. If you haven't already, please check
and donate if you can. Bev is fantastic!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The Next
Ms. Farrell's article really brought home everything I'm feeling
right now after the disastrous reelection of that buffoon. A few
of my friends have said they are moving, some to Canada and another
to Puerto Vallarta….I wish I could afford to move right now…I
am very afraid of what the future holds…Being from California,
I feel we were punished and ignored for these past 4 years because
we are a "blue" state…I shudder to think of the coming
repercussions for again having voted the way we did. I don't even
think having a republican governor is going to help us either…Arnold
has snubbed the right wing by going ahead with embryonic stem
I will continue to read your articles at BuzzFlash because, although
they paint a very dismal picture of America of the next four years
and beyond, you do make me feel that I'm not going crazy and there
are many out there that feel the way I do. Thank you.
San Francisco, CA
[BuzzFlash Note: Of course, misery loves company, and many of
us are miserable about the election. Thanks for stayin' with us...]
Like many of your readers, I was stunned and angry and shocked
by the results of this past election. I volunteered for the first
time in my life (I am 43) because I felt that this was the most
important election of my life. I spent 12 hours on election day
knocking on doors to try to get out the vote. I went home and
watched the returns begin to roll in, first with excitement, then
with growing horror as I realized that John Kerry was going to
For the first week, I was angry with nothing to do with the raw
emotions. Then, as I did after the tragedy of 9/11, I began the
slow process of educating myself. I read about the problems across
the country, and I read other people's reactions to the apparent
another election. I found a lot of anger and frustration. But
I also found something else. I stumbled on a book by Paul Loeb
(ran across it from a link on BuzzFlash!): The Impossible Will
Take A Little While. I also picked up Howard Zinn's book: Voices
of a People's History of the United States. I started to read.
And I found hope.
And I started to think of all the little things I could do to
keep myself sane.
I started a weblog (www.howlingbeast.blogspot.com); I wrote to
my republican senator telling her that she also represented me,
and that I had a few things to say. I am gradually getting back
into surfing the 6 to 10 news sources I look at regularly to get
away from the systemic bias of the network news. I found some
wonderful new websites:
www.sorryeverybody.com for one. I started listening to more music.
I started getting back into my life.
I am lucky. I have a healthy family, a stable job, and good friends.
The next four years will likely not be terrible for me. But it
will be for a lot of people. And I can stand up and say no, even
if the jingoists shout me down. I can do what I can to shine light
on the lies and deceit that come almost daily from this administration.
I will do what I can. I want to be able to look my 9 year old
in the eye and tell her I tried, and sometimes that's all you
Thank you for your website. Thank you for helping to shine the
light of truth into the dark world. You have been a lifeline at
times, and I know I am not the only one out here that appreciates
Keep the faith; it's only four years, and there IS more good in
the world than evil.
Dr. Brett A. Fox
Subject: Glitch in Utah
From the Utah bureau of the Associated Press on Nov. 13. Story
not carried nationally:
SALT LAKE CITY (AP)-- Officials have discovered that an election
day programming glitch in Utah County prevented card readers
from registering 33,000 ballots -- amounting to about one in
The votes have been re-tabulated, and the lost ballots didn't
change the outcome of any races, but some officials
are shaking their heads over how the error could've happened
in the first place.
Utah County Democratic Party Chairman Vaughn Cook was incredulous
Friday when he learned about the blunder.
"Thirty-three thousand votes?" Cook asked. "That's
something we'll have to pay attention to as the Democratic Party
... strives to create an environment where there is more political
balance in Utah County. Subsequent elections could be a lot
tighter, and 33,000 votes would be much more significant to
Utah County elections coordinator Kristen Swensen said the machines
worked correctly, but were programmed wrongly.
"It was just off by one letter," she said.
The recount means that when the official canvass is made Monday
in Utah County, President Bush will have vacuumed up 123,752
votes in the state's second most populous county instead of
the 95,039 initially reported. Democratic nominee John
Kerry picked up 16,641 votes -- up nearly 5,000 from his original
In the governor's race, Republican Jon Huntsman Jr.'s total
in the county swelled from 73,635 to 103,618, while Democrat
Scott Matheson Jr.'s votes increased from 32,579 to 37,566.
Losing Republican congressional challenger John Swallow closed
the gap against Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, a bit with the recount,
but not nearly enough to make a difference. Swallow picked up
an extra 5,817 votes to Matheson's additional 825 votes in Utah
But Matheson beat Swallow by about 40,000 votes in the rest
of his sprawling district, which includes just a sliver of Utah
State Elections Director Amy Naccarato said Utah County's problem
was brought to her attention the day after the election when
someone noticed that the total votes in the presidential race
from that county amounted to 33,000 less than the total number
of ballots cast.
That discrepancy -- called the "undervote"
-- exists in every race because voters pick and choose their
contests, leaving some blank.
But the magnitude of the Utah County vote was out of line with
anything that normally would be expected, Naccarato said. She
said no other county had anything approaching that scale of
Utah County commissioners are scheduled to certify the re-tabulated
[BuzzFlash Note: We added the bold face for emphasis...unbelievable!]
Subject: The Daily Show?
Usually the daily show, sadly, stands out as the only reasonable
news source on television. However, they haven’t even mentioned
that there is going to be a recount in Ohio… kind of odd considering
their election coverage was titled “Prelude to a Recount” and
now they’re getting it, but not cracking any jokes about it. Seems
like the fact that Cobb only received 24 votes in all of Ohio
and he’s the one raising money for a recount… could be made funny.
now, 12:10 a.m. on BBC World [11/17/04], Dr. James Zogby was being
interviewed for a few minutes about Condi Rice and he wasn't nice
about her at all. In fact, he felt, essentially, she was
just a mouthpiece for Bush. It was only a few minutes, and the
tone was neutral, but the words were NOT neutral at all toward
her! Thought you all might like to know, for your info.
Now they have brilliant Dem. Jane Hartman (sp), who I like a lot
talking about the CIA.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: United States of Canada
I am seriously for the blue states becoming Canadian. I am a blue
state man living in a red state. Also for years I have thought
of a more radical Issue. First there would be the eastern states
of America. Then southern states of America. How can I go about
starting on getting this on the ballot? The blue states becoming
Canadian, that is. I am serious! If could move to Canada I would
be there tomorrow.
When will the killing of Iraqis balance the dead at the World
Trade Center in the scales of Bush's malice? Will it take a million
dead or ten million dead? Will there be a few million dead Iranians
and Syrians included for good measure? And when America and their
leader are satisfied with the megatons of flesh and the rivers
of blood destroyed through their vengeance, what then? Will Bush
then have the power to stop it?
Subject: The Rats
Oh boy, is the news full of it today [11/15/04].
I turned on the news and got an earful of the "rats deserting
a sinking ship." I have lost track of all the resignations
at the higher level of our administration. There are so many,
it is hard to keep count. The one bright spot is that the captain
(mr. B) always goes down with his ship. HAAAA!!!! Our illustrious
leader will get in the only lifeboat and kick out all the women
and children to save his own sorry-assed neck!
And then I got on the computer and read the London Times article
about the "enemy combatants" being flown to countries
that condone torture, to be tortured. Then we have the "purge"
(KGB style) of the CIA of all the "liberal Democrats."
Business as usual in Bushland. I hope each of us who speaks our
minds about the mindless enjoy Egypt, Jordan, et al.
We must continue the fight to save democracy!!!! I still urge
each and every person to check out http://www.eci.gov.in/EVM/EVM_7.htm
and pressure all our congressmen, legislators and election boards
to do the same. It is too late for this year, but we might be
able to stop a "Saddam style election" - 100% victory
- in 2008 for Bush (whether it be W or Jeb). Just watch, it is
coming unless we act now and keep the pressure on.
I feel privileged to be in a Blue area (about 5 southern counties)
in a Red state (Texas) which brings up another point. This area
of Texas debunks the Rovian theory that Hispanics switched to
Bush. The Blue areas in Texas are about 85% Hispanic, so let Rove
put that in his Hash Pipe and smoke it!!!!
KEEP THE FAITH, BABY!!!!
Jerry in Weslaco, Texas
Subject: News Coverage
So, let me get this straight. While the U.S. television networks
censor images from Iraq, the Arab-run Al Jazeera network shows
them in their entirety. Just who are the true believers in "free
speech" and "freedom of the press" anyway?
I'm confused. I thought it was supposed to be us! ABC, CBS,
NBC, CNN and the FOX NEWS Channel all say the images are "too
graphic to broadcast." Maybe they are "too graphic to
commit." Did they ever think of that? What is it about THE
TRUTH that they are so afraid of?
Are they afraid that if America knew the truth about what was
going on in Iraq, they'd rise up and send the Bush administration
and these pseudo networks straight to Hell where they belong?
Long live free speech. Long live America. Down with George Bush
and his corporate fascists.
U.S. Navy Veteran
i just saw that debra norville show. how god damned pathetic
is it we are back door drafting men who are almost 50 years
old with pins in their legs and many other problems that come
what happened to (we will have an all volunteer army) as bush
said while campaigning?
50 year old men fighting in court to keep from going to iraq
does not sound like an all volunteer army to me!
HOW ABOUT DRAFTING SOME REPUBLICANS?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Fallujah in ruins, and the troops move on
Dear Friends -
Tonight we mourn the innocent dead and wounded of Fallujah. And
we are not at all alone. The rest of the world watches in dismay,
and half of this nation's people mourn as well - at least those
who get more objective news than FOX is presenting.
Tonight KPFK, one of the few more informative news sources, is
quoting eyewitnesses fleeing Fallujah, describing cluster bombs
burning the living flesh of civilians, countless war crimes against
civilians, US soldiers dumping bodies into the Euphrates, and
at least 1,600 Iraqis confirmed dead, with that being just the
tip of the casualty iceberg. As the symbol of resistance smolders
in deathly silence, the actual resistance continues elsewhere
in Iraq and US forces move on to new battles.
This article contains even more vivid and disturbing accounts
of what is really happening in Fallujah and elsewhere in Iraq:
Eating Bodies in the Streets of Fallujah (seattle.indymedia.org)
But should we just get used to our empire being on the rampage,
especially if Condi Rice is taking over Powell's position as Secretary
We can hope that Bush surrounding himself with his most intimate
buddies and yes-wo)men will precipitate and accelerate an incestuous
implosion of his policies that will bring the entire Bush Bunch
to justice for war crimes of the highest order. But how many will
die until this happens? And how many more if this doesn't happen?
As the voter fraud examination takes on official dimensions, we
can hope for Kerry to un-secede and pursue the presidency that
is rightfully his.
But if this doesn't pan out, we will need to get into the political
trenches for the longer haul and make sure that the mid-term elections
in 2006 bring enough Democrats back into Congress to make impeachment
proceedings a true possibility. This may be our only chance to
bring this juggernaut to a halt.
Be well -
Subject: people of faith
In her column entitled "Slapping the Other Cheek" in
the New York Times this morning, Maureen Dowd wrote about the
"Christian avengers and inquisitors, hearts hard as marble,"
who, she says, seem like a "vengeful mob – revved up by rectitude
– running around with torches and hatchets after heathens and
pagans and infidels." In support of her thesis, she quotes
from a letter from Bob Jones III, president of the fundamentalist
college of the same name, to the president saying, "Christ
has allowed you to be his servant" so he could "leave
an imprint for righteousness," by appointing conservative
judges and approving legislation "defined by biblical norm.
In your re-election, God has graciously granted America -- though
she doesn't deserve it -- a reprieve from the agenda of paganism.
Put your agenda on the front burner and let it boil. You owe the
liberals nothing. They despise you because they despise your Christ."
She went on to quote other leading Evangelicals who have said
similar things since the election.
After reading this, I have decided it is time for us Biblical
Christians to take Christ back from right-wing demagogues who
lust for power and violate the teachings and example of our beloved
Jesus in their rush to justify their hatred. It seems altogether
possible to me that the Anti-Christ promised in the Revelation
of John may well be embedded in the Religious Right and the Neo-Conservative
movement of our time.
As a born-again, Evangelical Christian, I am deeply disturbed
by what I am hearing these days. The biggest weakness that true
Biblical Christians face today is that we firmly believe Christ
called us to love others – even our enemies -- and to be tolerant
of the attitudes of others and that has always prevented us from
identifying anyone as a heretic. However, the situation has grown
so fearful that it is time for people of faith to speak out boldly
The Religious Right and the Neo-Conservatives do not seem to be
reading the same Bible as we are. Their emphasis on hatred and
intolerance and fear is so contrary to Biblical faith that it
is time they be identified for what they are – heretics, persons
who believe in ideas that are contrary to the teachings of Jesus.
The truly frightening thing in all of this is that, because of
the lack of understanding of Biblical faith in the secular press
and because of a reverence for the political skill of the Neo-Conservatives,
the Religious Right has been defined as the voice of all Christianity
even though they clearly stand outside the mainstream of the faithful.
And, the most disturbing thing about all of this to me, personally,
is that their fearless attack on both the tenants of the Christian
faith and on what has always been holy and good about the United
States are forcing me to become intolerant of them and to hate,
at least, their besmirching of Christ’s teachings.
The primary reason I and most other Biblical Christians voted
against the current administration in last week’s election was
because of their blatant immorality -- not because (as the press
has erroneously indicated) they somehow stood for Christian values.
There is next to nothing in either their style of operation or
their specific actions that makes them seem anything but Anti-Christian
I call on all persons who truly believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior
to stand firmly against these evil forces that are taking over
both our church and our nation.
May you enjoy all of the grace, peace, and love that God wishes
for you, RONN
Forwarded by a BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: "Can't believe ya" Rice top US diplomat!?!?!
Oh well, why not? The president's cabinet reflects his life experience.
Spectacular rewards follow spectacular failures. God forgive the
president, and God help us all.
Rice Named Top U.S. Diplomat (AP/Yahoo)
Ann Arbor, MI
Subject: election fraud
As an american ex-patriot who has been living in France for 8
years, I am happy to have discovered BuzzFlash as my link to what
is really going on in the U.S. After the election, for the first
time since I have been in France, I realised that while I do not
miss living in the US, it will always be "my" country
and at this moment, I cry for her. I feel frustration at being
far away and not on the ground to fight for democracy. But your
site inspires me to take whatever small steps I can for the future
of the country and that includes sending the following letter
to the N Y Times.
The New York Times
17 November 2004
Growing up in New York City in the 1960s and 1970s, I felt fortunate
to live in such a dynamic, international city and was proud
to be able to claim the New York Times as my hometown paper.
For me, the Times represented the best in intelligent, inquiring
I was, therefore, most dismayed by the paper's "coverage"
of events leading up to the invasion of Iraq: your unexamined
acceptance of the Bush administration's arguments for war, and
your dismissal or disregard for opposing viewpoints. Your "mea
culpa" was long in coming and of meager consolation in
light of the terrible situation in which we find ourselves in
Iraq and in light of all that we now know about the deceptions
of the administration in this matter.
Still, I hoped that this acknowledgement signaled a return
to the high standards of journalistic excellence for which the
Times was once known. Unfortunately, I have been most disappointed
and concerned by your lack of coverage - if not outright dismissal
("Vote Fraud Theories, Spread by Blogs, Quickly Buried"
November 12) - of the possibility of widespread fraud in the
The concern that "something is rotten in the state"
of Ohio, in Florida, and in other states as far as this election
is concerned is a matter of grave importance for the future
of democracy and should not be lightly discounted. With recounts
about to take place in New Hampshire and Ohio, I hope that the
Times will have the courage to examine this most important issue.
Subject: goss consolidation of power
I was reading this article this morning and something kept gnawing
at me. Here is Porter Goss, in his new capacity as director, sending
out missives admonishing those who remain at the CIA that they
must support the Bush administration. Over and above this transparent
attempt at consolidating power, something struck me as very familiar
about this behavior. As the article progresses there are numerous
quotations from Mr. Goss and it was striking the way he was framing
intelligence as a "business" in describing the "product"
that he wished to produce.
New C.I.A. Chief Tells Workers to Back Administration
Policies (NY Times)
Where have I seen this before? Then it dawned on me... Rupert
Murdoch and Fox news! Does anyone else find this more than a little
disturbing? I can see it now... new slogan for the CIA (or soon
to be renamed FIN, for Fox Intelligence Network), "Fair and
Balanced... We Present, You Invade!" How soon will it be
before Mr. Goss begins developing the new "domestic intelligence
product"? Will the Gulfstream 5 and 737 begin making domestic
flights for profit?
Well, I sort of feel like terrorism is alive and well in America,
at least for 49% of the population! What is a civil disobedient
to do about this?
Just as I was about to click on the link for Canadian immigration,
another thought occurred to me that might present a solution.
It came, as these things often do, as a form of mental judo when
you reframe the problem in the solution. In this case, I feel
like we should take a cue from the enemy and utilize a "whisper
campaign" made famous by Karl Rove and Bush Sr.
I hereby propose that Fox news and the CIA are one and the same
and indiscernible. Think about it. It was recently in the news
that Rupert Murdoch is considering pulling the base of Fox news
out of Australia and transplanting it to New York City. Some people
have said that there have been a number of clandestine meetings
between Mr. Goss and Mr. Murdoch in anticipation of the move.
It is rumored that a number of things were discussed along the
lines of shared resources, such as Psy-Ops, as well as future
collaborations for economic benefits and market inroads. High
level sources quoted anonymously state that the CIA agent under
the guise as a roving Fox news reporter would represent excellent
cover and a benefit for both agencies.
It doesn't matter if this is true or not. If we all say it loudly
and often enough it will become true! I dare say that there are
a multitude of factoids floating around out there on the Internet
just waiting to be congealed around this issue and provide overwhelming
credibility! And... Oh my God... what if this really is true and
I've broken the story of the century!? I've never ridden in a
Seriously, think about it. If we succeed in pulling this off we
will essentially kill two birds with one stone. If every Fox news
reporter or collaborator is viewed as a CIA agent, what happens
to their credibility? No one will ever talk openly to these bozos
again! If they don't cease and desist "investigative reporting"
in numerous hotspots throughout the world I dare say the death
toll of journalists which is already appalling will climb markedly.
Conversely every broadcast from Fox begins to be viewed as the
Psy-Op that it really is! Hopefully, Porter Goss and the CIA,
in turn, will realize the danger in pursuing "fair and balanced"
intelligence before Osama bin Laden ships a Russian nuclear firecracker
to the Bush coronation in Washington, DC in January.*
*(I feel it necessary to state here that the above comments are
merely satire and in no way represent any knowledge of any plot
to harm the President or the United States of America. God Bless
the USA. Thank-you.)
A BuzzFlash Reader, at
Subject: The Silence about the voting "irregularities"
I'm just wondering...where are all of the usual voices of dissent
when it comes to the election "irregularities" during
the 2004 election? Jimmy Carter, Michael Moore, MoveOn.org, Democratic
Party leadership...? Why the silence? Has it come to the point
where all the mainstream media has to do any more is mention the
theory" to get the activists and critics to cower in fear?
One of those pseudo-intellectual know-it-all pundits the other
day on TV said, "no serious person, at this point, would
claim that the 2004 election was stolen or that there was fraud."
Oh, really now? Says who?
Where was the serious analysis? Please point me to the answers
that pass a smell test. Who has even tried to take a close look
at the "irregularities" and answer the most basic questions
to a serious person's satisfaction besides blackboxvoting....?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: watch out for Rummy and foreign policy
Dear Sir or Madam,
I know you probably have like 1000 emails, but I had one request
and that is to keep in touch with our foreign policy and present
Keep track of what Donald Rumsfeld is up to with other countries.
What is he doing down in Latin America with the Panama Canal?
I haven't heard anything about him in the news since the Abu Ghraib
scandal. I feel strongly that in Bush's second term, Rumsfeld
will be assuming the combined roles of Secretary of Defense, Secretary
of State, and Dick Cheney. I don't trust this guy. Remember that
he thinks it is perfectly fine to torture
other human beings. What would our savior Yahshua HaMashiach (also
known as Jesus
Christ) say about that?
Our administration is full of hypocrites. The one with any humility
and belief in human rights resigned yesterday.
a Republican from the blue state of Pennsylvania
Subject: Imperial Hubris
After reading Anonymous' book, "Imperial Hubris-Why The
West Is Losing The War On Terror," I've got even worse misgivings
for this country. Time magazine just released a story about weapons
of mass destruction being smuggled into the States via the Mexican
border and how easy it would be to do just that. The American
public may hear John
Ashcroft promise that "we are now safe from terrorists,"
but after a nuclear, or biological, device is set off at Disneyland
or downtown Los Angeles, what will they believe? Our borders are
as thin and weak as possible, just watch Lou Dobbs on CNN every
night. If you read this book by an expert on our enemy, you'll
see just how determined they are to kill as many Americans as
they can. It doesn't look good.
Subject: Political Hackers take Florida, Ohio by Storm
I've heard no one mention a little detail embedded in the Exit
Polling data in the pivotal states of Florida and Ohio. Did you
know that John F. Kerry ( President without Portfolio) thrashed
Bush among political independents in both states (59%-40% in Ohio
and 57%-41 in Florida)?
This is not a small voting bloc. They comprise 25% of the electorate
in the Buckeye State and 23% of the electorate in the Sunshine
State. Yet Bush carried Ohio 51%-49% and Florida 52%- 47%. But
a reasonable person could counter that Kerry was ruined by mass
defections in his Democratic Base. Right? Not Really. Kerry received
90% of the Democratic Vote in Ohio, 86% in Florida. Sounds like
winning formula to me and to the exit pollsters - until the results
started coming in.
In order to square their results with the raw returns, the %
of the Democratic and independent vote statewide in these two
states were pared down, down, down by the Boys at Exit Central.
It's the ONLY explanation. The GOP share of the vote was artificially
inflated to 40% and 41% of the total votes cast in Ohio and Florida,
In Ohio, we first heard that the 92,000 overvote controversy
was the result of a most odd form of accounting where results
are mixed between varying precincts. Well, with Kerry lawyers
ready to land in Ohio, a new explanation is now given by the Cuyahoga
County Elections Board. The old "Computer Glitch" caused
the 140% turnouts in the white bread townships and villages surrounding
the City of Cleveland. Which explanation is it guys? Computer
Screw ups or Enron Vote accounting?
Shifting alibis are the stock in trade of people who have been
caught with their mitts in the cookie jar. In Fla., it's no secret
that optical vote scanning machines were hacked in rural, heavily
Democratic Counties, resulting in Bush increasing his total raw
vote count in these jurisdictions by 35- 50% from his 2000 showing.
Increases in Kerry's raw vote in these counties rarely exceeds
the percent increase in Voter participation throughout the State.
In Ohio the same Mo is apparent. There are too many counties
- nearly twenty- showing Bush winning 70-75% of the vote. In a
heavily leaning GOP state, it would not seem so fishy, but Ohio
is a battleground state. As was the case in Florida, aggregate
Bush/Cheney raw vote totals make enormous gains in rural Ohio
from 2000, while Kerry's raw vote totals are stuck in the mud,The
Gore Zone. Put in other words, The New Voters in Florida and Ohio
all seem to land in the Bush column. Little wonder the Exit Polls
were so screwed up.
All Rovian explanations for this -- rural surge, the Black surge,
the Hispanic surge, the 18-29 year old surge-- are directly contradicted
by scores of polls, and the Exit Poll taken on Election Day. It's
becoming clearer by the day that these "Surges" were
"electrical" in origin. John Zogby, Lou Harris, Stan
Greenberg, Warren Mitofsky and Opinion Dynamics, the most accurate
pollsters in 2000, didn't become morons over night. And where
is Moveon. org and ACT? These "democratic govt" groups
are strangely quiet these days. HMMM.
Subject: Religious fundamentalism
I'd like to take this opportunity to extend a very special and
heartfelt "Howdy" to all my good 'ol Bubbas and Bubbettes
way down South there in the land of cotton! Greetings from a stereotypical
pin head Yankee Librul. Can we talk? It seems certain prominent
mouthpieces for the Republican Party (Zell Miller and Charles
Krauthammer, among others) are spreadin' calumnious rumors about
us, alleging that we consider y'all to be backward, narrow minded,
Bible thumpin' bumpkins. I can only speak for myself to this issue,
of course, and this egg-headed Librul categorically denies any
At the same time, and by the same token, I think y'all might be
willing to acknowledge that there is a somewhat higher concentration,
or prevalence, if you will, of Christian fundamentalism in the
South than in other regions of the country. Now, I'm gonna be
entirely up front and above board at this point. I have very serious
qualms with any form of religious fundamentalism, be it Christian,
Islamic, or what have you. So, what exactly is the nature of my
unease, you ask? Well, I'll tell you.
The most troubling proclivity that I have observed in fundamentalist
Christians is their absolute certainty that they themselves are
"saved," but, at the same time, their stubborn suspicion
that others are not as worthy in the eyes of God. This attitude
of mind smacks of a smug, self-righteousness of the kind that
Jesus frowned upon and, indeed, even roundly condemned on several
occasions and in no uncertain terms. It's an attitude of superiority,
an in your face attitude, pridefully saying that "I'm better
than you," like the tax collector, (or was it the Pharisee?),
thanking God that he was not like other men. This "true believer"
mentality can easily lead, I fear, to a fanatical world view which
ostracizes and persecutes those who are perceived as "not
saved." Clearly, such a holier than thou attitude is of the
very essence of what Jesus conceived as sin - the very sin which
he most consistently condemned, in fact - the sin of hypocritical,
self-righteous pride. So, when I see fundamentalist "Christians"
proudly wearing their religion upon their sleeves, while, at the
same time, obstinately ignoring the central theme of the Gospel
of Jesus, then, yes, I shall make it my mission to puncture that
puffed up pride. I might even suggest that these "Christians"
are cognitively challenged, just to get under their skin a little
bit. So, does that mean, then, that I really believe that these
"Christians" are cognitively challenged? Not at all.
I'm just tryin' to challenge them - cognitively. I'm merely tryin'
to bring 'em back down to earth. Tryin' to provoke them to think
in new and different ways. Tryin' to save their immortal souls,
as it were. Bottom line, I'm simply tryin' to do God's work. I
actually hold out some hope for their eventual redemption and
salvation. Which is more than we can say for Miller and Krauthammer
and their ilk. Miller and Krauthammer, no matter what they might
tell you, see fundamentalist Christians as hopelessly cognitively
challenged. Which is to say they have nothing but absolute contempt
for fundamentalist Christians.
Miller and Krauthammer and their ilk think that they can always
find a new straw man to exploit the fears and prejudices of fundamentalist
Christians which will distract these same fundamentalist Christians
from recognizing their real interests. The latest straw man of
choice would be, of course, "gays." (Or would that be
straw girlie-man?) Unhappily, Miller and Krauthammer et al., it
must be pointed out, represent no less than the reincarnated voice
of the white aristocracy of the old South. That is to say, they
are an incarnation of the Devil, the Devil whispering blasphemous
temptation into the ears of these lost sheep. The old propaganda
line whispered by the Devil was; "It's okay to feel the way
you do about black people, and don't let those egg-head Northern
Libruls tell you otherwise!" The new propaganda line is;
"It's okay to be homophobic, and don't let those egg-head
Northern Libruls tell you otherwise!"
Of course, Miller and Krauthammer et al. will say, no doubt, that
my attitude toward fundamentalist Christians is disdainfully condescending,
because I am implying that fundamentalist Christians are too stupid
to figure out what their real interests are. Not true. I have
an abiding faith that fundamentalist Christians will one day see
the light and clearly discern, once and for all, both the will
of God and where their real interests lie. Does this mean that
I think that I have a better understanding of the will of God
than fundamentalist Christians do? Yes. But fundamentalist Christians
think that they have a better understanding of the will of God
than I do. So we're even.
The difference between Miller and Krauthammer et al. and me with
regard to fundamentalist Christians is that I am genuinely concerned
for the immortal souls of this heretical sect of the Church. Perhaps
I can best illustrate the distinction with an example taken from
my own personal experience. My Daddy, God rest his soul, who was
himself a preacher, by the way, was an unapologetic practitioner
of the philosophy of "tough love." Whenever he thought
I did wrong, he would say to me, point blank; "Boy, are you
not right bright?!" Now, these were hard words to hear, no
doubt. And I heard them often, too. But as I've grown older, I've
come to realize that he was right. Sometimes right, at least.
Not always, of course. But that's another story. Anyway, so, why
the harsh words, you ask? Could it be that I needed such blunt
language to penetrate my thick skull? Maybe so. The one thing
that I have no question about now is that he had my best interests
at heart, even if he might have been sometimes wrong in how he
tried to advance that end.
Miller and Krauthammer et al., on the other hand, contemptuously
and condescendingly believe that they will be able to pull the
wool over the eyes of fundamentalist Christians 'til Hell freezes
over. In other words, they really do think fundamentalist Christians
are not right bright, and, additionally, when it comes to the
best interests of these fundamentalist Christians, this consideration
is far from the hearts of Miller and Krauthammer et al. (if indeed
they even have hearts to begin with). They see fundamentalist
Christians as pawns to be used to make political points and political
hay, pawns to be used in the service of furthering the odious
reverse Robin Hood agenda of the Republican Party. The only thing
Miller and Krauthammer are interested in is lining their own pockets,
and they've had a pretty good run these last four years, thanks
in no small part to Christian fundamentalists. Yes siree Bob they
did very well for themselves, as did the Pat Robertsons and the
Jerry Falwells of this world. But did any of this great windfall
bonanza from Heaven that befell all of these "Compassionate
Conservatives" trickle down to the hoi polloi? ( I'm not
talkin' the preachers here, I'm talkin' about their sheep, a.k.a.,
the salt of the Earth, a.k.a., your average, run of the mill member
of these fundamentalist congregations. How did their standard
of living fare in this glorious economic expansion? I shall leave
you hanging with that pregnant thought.)
As has become my custom, I conclude with a scripture; Matt. 7:
15. "Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's
clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves." Thank you. God
bless you. And God bless America!
G. Will Hunter
Subject: We need to start public education NOW
My 50 something brother-in-law in Ohio voted this year for the
first time in his life. Seems he saw the ad by the Swift Boat
Veterans for Truth and got himself all riled up about John Kerry
throwing away his war medals. Prior to this election, he couldn't
name the Vice President.
If the Democratic 527s want to do something to help take back
the country, they need to start running public education ads NOW.
I will contribute and am sure millions of other outraged Democrats
will join in. Each ad should take on an issue, e.g. global warming,
and state at the end what the Bush administration has or has not
done to address the problem. I think this would be effective outside
of an active political campaign. I think it would build a base
of concern for the next election that would deflect the negative
ads the GOP runs against Democratic candidates.
We particularly need to target Walmart as a driving force behind
companies moving abroad and work to convince consumers to boycott
We need to tell the real life stories of people dealing with poverty
and the lack of health insurance.
We need to expose Big Pharma and educate people as to how they
are being manipulated to take dangerous drugs they don't need.
We need to help the ignorant understand civil liberties issues
and our movement toward becoming a police state. ETC. ETC.
We need to avoid sensationalizing and politicizing these issues
and go for a neutral, factual tone. We MUST educate the ignorant.
It is our only hope.
Subject: Republicans Steal Ohio, Dems Mum, Media Scum
More info on the Great Ohio Grand Theft Larceny: How the Midwest
was Won (actually stolen).
1) Apart from the uncounted 150,000 votes in heavily Democratic
precincts in Ohio, there is the issue of 50-80,000 unaccounted
for absentee ballots. Many voters claim that they either received
no ballot or were sent one after Election Day. Those post-election
ballots received by Board officials after Nov. 2 will not be counted:
2) From the Cleveland Plain Dealer: Shifting explanations on
those 92,672 discarded votes allegedly cast in the affluent suburbs
of Cleveland: Provisional
ballots gave Kerry fleeting hope (11/4/04 Plain Dealer).
3) Also from The Plain Dealer: Voters in Columbus are suing
their Election Board for failing to enter new registrants onto
voters' rolls and failing to report voters' changes in address
4) In the Cincinnati area, Hamilton County Board of Elections
voluntarily exercised their option to purge 150,000 voters who
had not voted in the past two federal elections. A move, not required
by Ohio law, clearly intended to blunt dormant voters who they
feared were angry at Lord Bush.
5) A deliberate strategy of not providing African-American precincts
in Cleveland and Columbus with sufficient numbers of voting machines
to accommodate the expected tidal wave of turnout. Many chose
not to wait in 5 hour long voting lines.
6) According to the Columbus Dispatch and WKVO Radio, people
impersonating Board of Election Workers called Ohio voters and
directed them to incorrect polling sites.
7) DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe revealed that 250,000 flyers
were sent to voters, mostly minorities, falsely informing them
that their registration status was now invalid, no need to attempt
to vote, folks.
Subject: Kiss foreign policy good-bye
Does George W. Bush kiss all his cabinet nominees?
I have been trying to do a little research and can’t locate much,
but I don’t recall that George W. Bush kissed Christine Todd Whitman,
Elaine Chao, Ann Veneman, Gale Norton or Mary Matalin, for that
matter, at their nominations? If anyone can help me out with this,
I would appreciate it.
Which brings to mind, why did he kiss Condi Rice when he nominated
her for Secretary of State? I am pretty sure he didn't kiss Colin
Powell, but maybe he will kiss him good-bye. It has been suggested
that maybe something is going on between them, but I don’t think
so. It wasn’t like a passionate lip lock. It was a, "you
have been a good girl, Daddy’s proud of you for obfuscating above
and beyond the call of duty."
On Channel 4 this morning they said that Condi showed she could
do the job because of the way she handled herself with the 9/11
Commission. That is the same sequence used in Fahrenheit 911.
The one where she does her usual Bush duty by not answering any
questions, but using all the questioner's time blaming anyone
except her boss.
My personal favorite is when she says the title of the August
6 PDB wasn’t specific enough, "Bin Laden determined to Attack
in US" or something to that effect. It was historical. Why
would you give the president a history lesson in his daily briefing
The woman can talk for hours without saying a damned thing.
Separation of powers is a problem for foreign policy. --
Condi Rice, March 2000, Houston, TX
You can be confident there won’t be any separation of powers
with foreign policy now, since we have all those new Republicans
in congress to agree with any invasion Bush might think profitable.
We need a common enemy to unite us. --Condi Rice, March
Well, she is correct there. Bush has certainly united most of
us on the left.
After she was nominated she jumped right in and lied like a bed-sheet
about what successful and wonderful things are happening in Iraq.
Maybe Bush is just a kisser by nature; we all know that Condi
is a butt-kisser extraordinaire.
There have been fewer than 10 women cabinet members and I wonder
if they all got a kiss at their nomination. I am pretty sure none
of the men have gotten kissed.
Where is/was the leadership of the Democratic Party on these E-Voting
machines? One gets the inescapable impression that they are engaged
now in some kind of a "rear guard" action, some colossal
"CYA" operation, if you will. Sadly, it looks like,
once again, they were not assertive enough, they didn't ask enough
tough questions early on, or maybe they just didn't do their homework
- whatever the case, we are now reaping the whirlwind. So, instead
of raising Holy Hell from the rooftops about these electronic
"instruments of the Devil," which is the response called
for under the circumstances, they want to sweep the whole thing
under the rug, because they got caught with their pants down and
are em bare assed about it.
Well, I'm sorry, but that just won't do. We can't sweep these
E-Voting machines under the rug, just to save some people in high
places a little embarrassment. This is about saving our Democracy.
Hello? We cannot accept these E-Voting machines! Wake up. We must
insist on a system which protects the integrity of our electoral
process! Why is this such a difficult concept for some people
to get their heads around, Buzz?
And as far as this last election goes, we should be fighting
like crazed maniacs to find out what happened with these aforementioned
damnable machines. But instead, our fearless leaders are as quiet
as little mice. The silence, in fact, is deafening. Well, Buzz,
I got just one thing to say now to the "leadership"
of my Party, and it is offered in the spirit of "tough love."
Pull your heads out of your lazy, defeatist em bare assed asses,
and do your duty!
G. Will Hunter
Subject: Boycott Mainstream Press Nationwide
I'm a regular visitor to your site, and have also purchased many
of your premiums. I am contacting all the liberal groups I can
to try and attempt a nationwide boycott of ALL the mainstream
press newspapers for 1-2 weeks straight. If we could pull this
off, it would certainly impact these newspapers' financial situations.
The reason for the boycott of course is the continuation of self
censorship for this administration, as well as conservative bias.
As of today, I haven't seen or heard of one newspaper that is
reporting on the voter fraud issue. How else can we fight back
if we don't regain the support of the newspapers? The people have
the power, we just have to learn how to use it. Will you help
me in this endeavor with advice, contacts, publicity, etc?
I just can't stand to stand by and watch our nation go down the
Please help if able, anything at all will be appreciated!