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Subject: marching in the streets
I agree totally with the BuzzFlash reader who says that only taking
to the streets will make a difference.
1. due to an almost total blackout of coverage by the mainstream
press, most people don't even know about the fraud charges in Ohio.
when i mention it to friends, the reaction is usually..."really?
how come i haven't heard about it?"
2. the wimp dems are pussyfooting around the issue. in another
colossal misread of their base, they speak of a report due out next
spring. a replay of the kerry/swift boat thing---the only thing
worse than kicking a person when they're down is the person not
fighting back. the dems seem resigned to having elections stolen
from them. we want action NOW! don't they get it? people want strong
decisive leadership! they re-elected a retard who is strong and
wrong over a colorless ditherer.
3. the dems speak of 2008. looks like some congressional repubs
are already starting to act independently to save us from bush's
excesses. without any passionate leadership, the dems will solidify
their also-ran status. we need leadership, not losership. stop talking
about core values--take a stand and fight for them!
4. there are 55 million + pissed-off people in this country. whoever
harnesses this anger and enforces their solidarity deserves their
loyalty and support. simple theme: we protest the election and bush's
policies. let the world see what we saw in ukraine. anti-war people
managed to turn out millions for simultaneous demonstrations all
over the world. putting off protest because of the "war on
terror" is hogwash. the war on terror and the war on drugs--will
both go on forever and never be won.
5. we need a nationwide demonstration before the inauguration in
major cities around the country. and sympathy demonstrations overseas.
the dems couldn't even manage to attend the Conyer hearings.
A BuzzFlash Reader
YOU ARE MISSING A VERY IMPORTANT POINT:
When Rumsfeld said, " . . . you go to war with the army you
have - not the army you wish you had . . . " Bob Woodward (Plan
of Attack) and/or Ron Suskind in his book on Paul O'Neill
[The Price of Loyalty] quoted a lot on how Rumsfeld made Tommy
Franks and the Pentagon guys work their tails off putting together
our US Army et al. exactly "Rumsfeld's" way (very technological
and very few soldiers compared to the old ways - like Tommy Franks
and the military staff advocated).
The important point is that 'OUR' current army is exactly what Rumsfeld
So, if there are ANY problems with the soldiers - numbers, training,
equipment - they are directly Rumsfeld's responsibilty.
THEY ARE EXACTLY THE ARMY HE WISHED FOR!
Subject: Stolen Election? We Wonít Put Up With Another "Florida
Never before in American history have there been as many claims
of voting irregularities and abuses of voter rights as in this past
election. While the mainstream media is full of stories about the
fraudulent election in the Ukraine, once again they have been amazingly
silent about the worst voting failure in our history. This is understandable,
when you look at who controls the media outlet in America: large
Slowly, through a tremendous grass roots effort from the Internet
and concerned voters, the truth is inching into the media. Keith
Olbermannís reporting on MSNBC has produced accurate reports, and
recently C-Span broadcast a forum led by Representative Conyers,
Jesse Jackson and others in which testimonials of voter intimidation,
obstruction, and disenfranchisement were presented, as well as concerns
about voting irregularities and voting machine suspicions. An investigation
has been launched by the Government Account[ability] Office, and
the Kerry campaign has endorsed the Ohio recount. Cliff Arnebeck
and Jon Bonifaz have filed litigation on the statistical anomalies
in Ohio. People for the American Way has a lawsuit in the court
of appeals in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. And William Moss has filed
a lawsuit against Kenneth Blackwell based on nefarious activity
on the part of an election official.
Reminiscent of election 2000, which most Democrats believe was stolen
by Jeb Bush, Katherine Harris, Tom DeLayís organized protesters,
and the conservative U.S. Supreme Court, this most recent election
is proving to be an even worse failure. You can bet that if the
Democrats had won under these same suspicious and deplorable conditions,
Tom DeLay, Karl Rove, and their minions would have blown onto the
scene like the perfect storm, with every major news media at their
disposal--front page headlines on a daily basis.
The U.S. government has invested over $44 million in challenging
the results of the Serbian election and an estimated $14 million
into challenging the recent Ukrainian election. But Kenneth Blackwell
and the Republicans are complaining the investigation of this election
is too expensive and unnecessary. There is no more important area
in which to spend our tax dollars than on ensuring our democracy
through transparent, free, and honest elections for all citizens.
A bill introduced by Rush Holt into Congress that would require
a voter verified paper ballot or receipt by all electronic voting
machines was systematically fought by Dennis Hastert and Tom DeLay,
who would not even allow it to come up for a vote for the past two
years. So for about one third of the 2004 electorate, the Republican
controlled Congress made sure that there would be no possible audit
of the vote. This in itself warrants suspicion.
Indisputable facts are not required to investigate this election.
There is reasonable proof of widespread suspicious activity: a break-in
at the Kerry/Edwards Headquarters in Ohio; non-auditable, no paper
trail Republican-backed voting and tabulating machines; election
tapes with signatures found in dumpsters in Florida; 600,000 to
1 odds against the exit poll discrepancies; reams of evidence of
anomalous voting patterns; thousands of testimonials of voter suppression
and chicanery; over and under counts of votes; partisan election
officials; and the list goes on.
Like the Ukrainians, the American public should be protesting in
the streets and demanding a full investigation of this past election.
We will not be deceived by fraudsters any more. Our democracy is
Subject: wimpy democrats
There is a definite tone on the tv, in other media , etc. etc. that
democrats are losers and they (the democrats) are going along with
it just like lemmings. When are we going to wake up and stop letting
the Republicans define who we are and also the media? If there are
56 million people who voted for us, how does that make us losers?
It is up to those who have the opportunity to speak publicly to
put a hold on speaking of all our faults and show who we are positively.
Let's get with it and stop wandering around with our tail between
our legs. We have less than two years to elect some congressmen
and maybe a few senators to speak for us.
Get over the loser junk and start behaving as winners. The Republicans
defined John Kerry before he defined himself and now we are allowing
them to do the same to loyal democrats, progressives, etc. etc.
Fed up democrat
Subject: Question about timing
To the BuzzFlash Mailbag:
My question about Clint Curtis' release of his testimony about writing
the vote switching software has to do with the timing of his coming
forward AFTER the election is over. Why did he not come forward BEFORE
the election when something might have been done to investigate and
stop the fraud that he alleges? Has he been asked about this?
In the AP photographs from Bushís visit to Camp Pendleton President
Bush stepped up to the podium at Camp Pendleton wearing a spiffy
new military style jacket, measuring up to the sartorial elegance
of Musharraf of Pakistan or Hussein of Iraq. The jacket was so carefully
tailored that there could be no wrinkles in the back that would
bring about the suggestion that he wears poorly made clothes or
worse. As a matter of fact, I have never seen a more elegant casual
military jacket worn by any military officer. When our presidents
in the past have visited military bases, they appear to have been
loaned a jacket by the unit being visited. Mr. Bushís jacket, on
the other hand, must have cost almost as much as a ceramic flak
jacket would have cost.
Sigrid R-P. Smith
North Haven, CT
Subject: "You go to war with the Army you have" not the
one you want
Wait a minute the last time I checked Rummy did not go to war at
all. Last time I heard he lived and worked in Washington DC. This
is the same bullshit we heard during Vietnam -- the "loneliness
of command" and how hard it was to send our "boys"
[should be corrected: men and women] into battle. A Washington politico
visiting the staging area miles from the front is not the same as
being a grunt when the shooting starts.
Georgie-boy said "bring it on" like a drunken, rich frat-boy,
but the only shot he ever heard was a "shot glass" dropped
on the Officer's Club bar floor during happy hour.
I wonder how quickly Georgie-boy would have gone in if the twins
wore green instead of the designer clothes they now sport.
My hat is off and my heart goes out to the the brave men and women
who are experiencing this horror on a daily basis -- not to the
assholes who sent them there and now sit safely in Washington spouting
BULLSHIT like the quote above.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Our republic passed into the annals of history, 8 December 2004, at
3:13 p.m. Autopsy results showed that the country had been severely
compromised by citizen apathy and ignorance for decades; however,
the final death blow was administered in November 2000 by corporate
felons and their camp followers.
The corpus deictic was contained in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism
Prevention Act of 2004 (http://www.c-span.org/pdf/s2845confrept.pdf
disguised as a partial cure for the country's insecurity ills. A national
identification card will now be required under Section 7212 of the
act empowering the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and the Department
of Homeland Security to adopt and impose "standards for common
machine-readable identity information to be included on each driver's
license or personal identification card, including defined minimum
data elements," i.e., a digital photograph or "other unique
identifier" (read: fingerprint and possibly the DNA sample that
can be obtained secretly during that procedure; iris scan, etc.).
The perpetrators hoped to inflict more pain on the nation by "the
key reform that the Republicans want, which is we want to override
the states on the whole issue of license procedures on automobiles."
(Senator Christopher Shays (R-CT) on Lou Dobbs "Tonight,"
Fortunately the patient did not survive to suffer further abuse and
succumbed quietly with little public notice.
Rest in peace, America. We loved you well.
At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what
means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic
military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!
All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the
treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest;
with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a
drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial
of a thousand years.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I
answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It
cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves
be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live
through all time, or die by suicide. -- Abraham Lincoln
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: From Box cutters to Laser Guns
And the Death Rays! Don't Forget the Death Rays!
Just imagine the chaos they can do with the Vulcan Nerve Pinch.
We must go after their star command on Tatooine.
Check out the last line.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials are concerned that terrorists
could try to down aircraft by blinding pilots with laser beams
during landing approaches.
A memo sent to law enforcement agencies recently by the FBI and
the Homeland Security Department says there is evidence that terrorists
have explored using lasers as weapons.
"Although lasers are not proven methods of attack like improvised
explosive devices and hijackings, terrorist groups overseas have
expressed interest in using these devices against human sight,"
the memo said.
"In certain circumstances, if laser weapons adversely affect
the eyesight of both pilot and co-pilot during a non-instrument
approach, there is a risk of airliner crash," the agencies
The federal authorities said there is no specific intelligence
indicating al-Qaida or other groups might use lasers in the United
Says Terrorists Could Use Lasers (AP/CNN/Netscape News)
Subject: Listen to Moses, goddamnit!!
So, the White House has been urging the Supreme Court to allow the
placement of the Ten Commandments in courts and schools and what
not. This isn't anything new. Many opportunistic politicians have
been pushing for this for years (even though half of them can't
even list the 10 commandments).
Honestly, I'm all for it. Seriously, I'm not trying to be sarcastic
or anything. I think, for the most part, the 10 Commandments are
pretty solid rules to follow. Although I had a thought...
Is it me, or are the people who push so hard for 10 Commandments
are the ones who seem to follow them the least? I mean, if EVERYONE
in the world began following the 10 Commandments, these people and
their politicians would be FUCKED!!
No killing!? SHIT! Then who will take care of those gosh darn infidels?
And what about all the black people and gays?!?!
No lying!? How are we gonna convince the general public that all
that killing is a good idea and exactly what God wants!
No adultery!?! What else will Cletus do when he's drunk, I mean,
other than beat his wife?
No graven images!?! All the Christian Book stores would GO OUT OF
Honor the Sabbath!? But what if you just NEEEEED to go to the Wal-Mart
to buy more graven images?!
No STEALING!?! Not even rich white guys!?
NO COVETING YOUR NEIGHBOR'S GOODS!?! Then said rich, white guys
wouldn't want to STEAL anything...not to mention our economy would
And so on and so on...
So, yes, I say we let them have their way and display the 10 Commandments
in courthouses, schools, and public bathrooms...as long as they
promise that they'll start actually OBEYING them from now on.
Wouldn't want to be hypocrites, right?
Subject: Dandy Don R. is scrambling to escape the blitz of questions.
NPR just had the quotes from Rumsfeld where he said it wasn't a
question of money or of desire it was a question of physics because
it isn't physically possible to create more armor and armored vehicles.
They are working at capacity.
Then they had the CEO's of the companies that make armored Humvees
and the one that makes armor kits for bodies and vehicles and both
said they could be making twice as many, but the Pentagon hasn't
asked them to.
Then what could the problem be, Bush says they should have all their
needs met, Rumsfeld says he would if the companies could do it,
they say they could, the Dems in congress say they would vote for
the appropriations? Must be the Republican leadership.
To Lisa Carroll...N. Bend, Oregon.......The home office of Wal-Mart
Arkansas. I would imagine that everything comes out of there...it
is very close to the border of Missouri, southwest Missouri...Northwest
Arkansas, ergo, the confusion of the state. It is the main office
of Wal-Mart. Should be very easy to find the exact address...or
e-mail address...Just google Wal-Mart.
As many of you know....four of the richest people in the United
States are Waltons,
direct descendants of Sam Walton...two women and two men. One woman
to a man with the last name of Laurie...you may have been reading
about the scandal of
the Missouri University sports arena...Columbia, Mo...being named
for Paige Laurie, the
daughter...who went to both Stanford and USC...but never attended
to any of her work. She paid another person to do all her work...the
girl who did it admitted that every time the girl gave her a $20...she
thought of it as lunch for the next week. Both were committing a
crime...and it took about fifteen minutes to get the name changed
from Paige Sports Arena...to Mizzou Sports Arena, supposedly (just
going by what I have read in the paper) and it has been a big story
in Missouri...Paige paid this girl about $20,000 over the time she
was in college. Incidentally, Paige is a beautiful blonde...not
important....she has the money to buy beauty. (Mr. Laurie is also
a part owner of the St. Louis Blues hockey team.
This story has been making the rounds in all of America...they
have been doing shows
on it...talk shows...for a week or two. I understand, just to get
the name of the Arena changed, it is financially astronomical...most
likely taxpayers may have to pick up some of the tab...and that
No one can understand why the girl who did the work for Paige...waited
until she graduated to bring all this out in the open... We think
that it could be that the girl tried to
blackmail Paige...knowing who she was...and that did not work...so
she brought it out...(that is just a thought making the rounds...nothing
is proven yet)
We have a niece and nephew who are department managers with Wal-Mart.
(They travel all over the world.) I know nothing about salary...but
full timers have good health benefits...and a profit-sharing plan.
I would think they are the average salary pace, as anything that
is not union scale (most of the employees are part timers...likely
ones with spouses who have health benefits...maybe ones who only
want to work part time).
P.S.: As a little footnote, though....Sam Walton was a heavy smoker...and
when he finally
got rich (the first store in Bentonville was like a 7-11...) he
spent most of his time in
Las Vegas...eventually..died, I think of lung cancer, in his mid
Subject: Some Suggestions for the Democratic Party
Since the Democrat leadership is trying decide who will lead the
party into the future Iíd like to offer a few suggestions:
1. We need a person who isnít afraid to tell it like it is!!!! No
more sugar coating so that we donít offend the offensive warmongers,
homophobes, racists and the so-called Christian conservative. Anyone
who can read knows that Jesus Christ wasnít a conservative; he was
a bleeding heart, peace loving, tree hugging, all inclusive, forgiving
and humble person; someone who Arnold might call a, "girlie
2. We need a person who recognizes that our government is controlled
by corporations and isnít afraid to take back our government and
return it to the people.
3. We need a person who isnít beholding to the fanatical religious
right, a person who understands that God gave us a free will expecting
us to use it. Someone who understands that we are on the verge of
losing our free will because weíve allowed charlatans like Jerry
Falwell and Pat Robertson to get their tentacles into the highest
levels of our government so that they can tell us how to think,
how to believe and how to live.
4 . We need a person who understands that all civil law should be
derived from one basic common sense law, "Do unto others as
you would have them do unto you."
5. We need a person who isnít afraid to elevate the poor and the
helpless to the status of the first among us instead of the least
6. We need a person who understands the saying, "There are
none so blind as those who WILL NOT see"; a person who has
shed the mantle of the connected insider, the crony capitalist,
the legislative hoodwinker; a person whose eyes are wide open to
the truth, because then and only then can we take this country back.
Carolyn in Tennessee
Subject: World leaders and military uniforms
A recent AP photo that was in BuzzFlash and on the cover of the
New York Times for Dec. 8 showed Bush wearing some bizarre military-esque
uniform while he stood in the midst of real soldiers. I remembered
how Bush has donned military-style uniforms on a number of occasions--most
famously when he landed on an aircraft carrier and declared "Mission
It makes me uncomfortable to see our civilian commander in chief
in a military-style uniform. I wonder why our president wants to
wear military clothing, since I was taught that our military must
always clearly be under civilian leadership in order to preserve
democracy. It seems to me that a president wearing a uniform would
tend to blur the distinction between military and civilian leadership.
Since I felt a bit queasy about the photo, I decided to do a Google
images search under the names of a number of world leaders, to see
if I could find pictures of them in military uniform while they
held the position of civilian leaders.
People who did NOT (as far as I could see) seem to have appeared
in uniform while in office: Abe Lincoln, FDR, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon
Johnson, Gerald Ford, Tony Blair, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan,
People who do appear in uniform while holding office: Ado lf Hitler,
Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Manuel Noriega.
Gee--guess where Bush fits in?
A Loyal BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Rummy & armor
Thought youíd be interested in this. The AZ Republic reports that
an AZ company that supplies the army with ceramic-based armor kits
for Humvees is only producing at 50% capacity and is waiting for
more orders. It even has a quote from AZ Republican M. Salmon stating
this. Rummy Ė liar, liar, pants on fire.
Valley firm disputes Rumsfeld, is ready to supply Army armor
Subject: Hometown Protection
Since I couldn't wait any longer for federal money to help protect
parts of my little hometown from potential terrorism, I decided
to take matters into my own hands a couple years ago. I understand
with the war on terror that so savagely attacked the Fatherland
in 2001, our Federalist Government has been slow to dispense funds
due to their monetary support of our troops overseas, so I developed
a "plan" to keep "my little town" safe from
At first the residents were against it, saying things like, "It'll
never happen here, we'll never be attacked," and, "Why
worry about us? There's nothing but the dead and dying in my little
town." But as time went on and more and more reports came from
the news media, particularly Fox and CNN, and the White House about
the POSSIBILITY of an attack, they started to see things my way.
Now the only way to protect the people in my little town was to
get some money. To do that we raised some taxes on some things.
Knowing that the people would object (at first) to paying for protection
from a perceived almost nonexistent enemy, we used parts of some
obscure laws to reappropriate money from real estate taxes, school
taxes, donations to charities, and even some church coffers were
tapped. Needless to say, we got all the money we needed. But it
would be nice if the Fatherland pays us back, which I'm sure they
With the money in hand, we put our plan into effect, and I'm pleased
to say that we're definitely safer now than any time in the past.
There are no more random attacks by wolves. There hasn't been a
Rhino attack since we instituted random house searches. No one can
even remember any polar bear threat since we started phone taps.
Not so much as one tiger has threatened anyone since we removed
questionable books from the town library. Some people thought they
saw elephants congregating near some municipal buildings, but our
Little Town Security Team investigated and found that it was just
a "moderate" group of elephants that posed no immediate
threat. However, we're keeping watch on them because you never know
when a moderate group of elephants could cause problems for the
rest of the people in my little town.
Yes sir. With our vigilance, there hasn't been an attack in over
three years. I'm sure it's due to our preparation and dedication
and the sacrifices of the people in my little town. Because of the
precautions we undertook, today we are definitely safer than we
were 3 years ago and we're becoming safer.
Of course, all this protection comes with a price. Some of the
younger folk don't understand why we still need protection since
nothing's happened in 3 years. They must be made to realize their
freedom doesn't come free or cheap; that we need to continue to
protect them from whatever terroristic threats may occur in the
future and that will cost more and more.
In fact, some here have discussed the necessity of going out around
the perimeter of my little town and looking for any possible threats
to our welfare. It seems to make sense to eliminate any problems
before they occur. This is why we need more money from the Fatherland.
If we're going to head off any attacks from neighboring towns or
villages that aren't as protected as we, that haven't taken these
threats as seriously as we, then we'll have to have more money for
more intel concerning these beasts (there's no other way to describe
It's possible that some other towns may want us to help protect
them. That way those towns could get on with their own lifestyles
while we maintain their protection. I'm sure the residents of my
little town won't mind kicking in a few extra dollars to help these
However, due to the voluntary shortage of people patrolling our
borders, we're thinking of having a few of the businesses in my
little town provide some of their manpower in assisting us. It would
only be for a weekend a month and maybe a couple weeks during the
summer. The businesses would be given a tax incentive, of course.
Our legal rep. is working on the brief.
In conclusion, if this idea worked for my little town, I see no
reason it can't work all over this great god fearing Fatherland
Remember, it's for the people's own good. I'll certainly continue
protecting them until I get relief from Washington. We do seem to
be having a small problem with rats, though!
protector of my little town, with thanks to Simon and Garfunkel
Subject: The same old pattern
The same old pattern, time after time, hasnít anyone noticed?? This
time, it is about one-third of our military force not being protected
in Iraq. Are they your sons and daughters?!
The Goodwill Ambassador from "old Europe," Donald Rumsfeld,
gets pinned as one of our soldiers plays pin the tail on the "ass"
and a negative question is actually reported by the press! Rumsfeld
arrogantly tells his audience thatís the way things are, suck it
up! Then come the excuses. Never mind just an "Excuse President,"
this is an "Excuse Administration"! May I inquire whatever
happened to "proper prior planning prevents piss poor performance"
or "look before you leap"?? As usual Iíve heard the very
old standby espoused by Republicans, "It's all Clinton's fault"!
Thatís really reaching, since four years have passed! The Military
and/or the Pentagon had plenty of time to correct the problems.
In his best "the buck gets passed here" mode, Mr. Bush
agrees with the soldier! He puts on a good "public face"
for us. We get the point usually made by the "Excuse President"
and it's true to his pattern. He does not make mistakes and is never
accountable but isn't he an agreeable guy!?
It's the third quarter of this pattern, and here comes "Defense"
out into the media field! Generals, Republican Congressmen, the
"Excuse" Cabinet members all talking damage control, CYA,
and the old line, "Itís hard work, but we are making progress."
Havenít we seen this pattern in the "annual" flu season,
where a shortage never was checked on beforehand? What about missing
explosives, a video showed us the truth about neglecting what was
right under our noses. We are now embroiled in a Voting Debacle,
that has remained a problem for four years since the last election.
Why was a paper verification held up, why werenít other voting problems
corrected? We knew about them, and ignored the problem once again!
Do the hard questions, of who held up what corrections and why,
go unsolved one more time? This is not only neglectful, but dishonest!
The bottom line is, are Americans ready to open their eyes at last,
and see these existing problems,or will the pattern of "Ineptness"
continue without correction!??!
Subject: Conyers wants a million emails, let's give them to him
the latest issue page on The People's Email Network asks if Congress
should contest the election based on vote fraud and suppression
in Ohio. the form looks up all your members of Congress and sends
each of them your personal message with one click.
by making the process as easy as possible a goal of a couple million
emails sent is very realistic between now and the time Congress
must confront this. let us work together to make this a reality.
Subject: Spc. Robert Loria
I just got off the phone with Senator Hillary Clinton's office regarding
Army Spc. Robert Loria. What I found out has left me teary eyed
and elated. Senator Clinton intervened and I was informed that Mr.
Loria's debt has been eliminated, the U.S. Army has given him advance
pay and a travel voucher to fly home for the holidays. As soon as
Senator Clinton became aware of Mr. Loria's plight, she went into
action. I'm sure there were others who played a part in assisting
Mr. Loria; but the point is, when we ordinary citizens care enough
to take action we will realize results. Thank you BuzzFlash for
keeping us informed and providing the necessary information and
contacts so that we are able to take some action. I truly don't
know what we'd do without you.
Subject: rumsfeld on armor
Rumsfeld's remarks about armoring Humvees, and other news items
about our soldiers' equipment - or, more usually, lack of same -
reminds me of WWII. You may remember that German soldiers attacking
the Soviet Union were never issued winter uniforms. Hitler assumed
they wouldn't need them, because the campaign wouldn't last that
long. Now the
U.S.A. has neglected to armor our soldiers' vehicles in Iraq because
the chickenhawks didn't think armor would be needed!!!! And Republicans
say comparing the Bush Administration to Hitler's Reich is in bad
Excuse me while I go vomit.
(a red-state Democrat)
Subject: The Buzz
George seems to love to play "dress up" like dictators
of the past and present.
Stay In The Day!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: taking to the streets
I have to agree with the citizen from LA who feels it is time to
start getting active by way of actual demonstrations and protest
of this radical, deceptive, corrupt and dangerous administration.
I for one concur on the idea of Jan 20th, inauguration day as a
day of peaceful demonstration all across America to protest the
war in Iraq, the terrible state of the economy and the dis-enlightening
of America by this neo-con administration, and let's not forget
the theft of the last two elections. Can we get a ground swell going
for this idea?? Can we demonstrate in the time-honored American
tradition?? BuzzFlash is the perfect place to get the energy flowing.
What do you say, people??
Richard from Michigan
Subject: An Open Letter to Bill O'Reilly, December 10, 2004
I listened to your Radio Factor broadcast today. You talked for a
time about Bill Moyers' claim that certain news outlets are de facto
propaganda arms of the Republican National Committee. You scoffed
at this idea, saying that you had never seen anyone (in your profession,
presumably) get anything from the RNC. I have a story to tell you
regarding this subject.
It all started on September 8, 2004. That was the night that the now-infamous
story regarding President Bush's service in the Texas Air National
Guard ran on 60 Minutes II. I am a frequent listener to several conservative
talk shows, and in the days following CBS' broadcast, these programs
were full of criticisms of the 60 Minutes segment. One of the claims
made repeatedly by Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity in the days immediately
afterward was that former Texas Lt. Governor Ben Barnes had, in the
60 Minutes broadcast, contradicted sworn testimony he had made in
1999 regarding Bush's entry into the TANG. In the days that followed,
this claim eventually made its way onto television talk shows, particularly
MSNBC's Scarborough Country and Hardball, via conservative commentator
With all the furor over questionable documents, I didn't pay much
attention to this other controversy, until I read something on a web
magazine called DailyHowler.com. In the Sept. 21 edition of The Daily
Howler, I saw that Ben Barnes had, in fact, provided exactly the same
story on 60 Minutes that he had told under oath in 1999. The Washington
Post quote provided shows this:
George Lardner, Washington Post(9/28/99): 'Former speaker of
the Texas House of Representatives Ben Barnes said under oath
today that he recommended George W. Bush for a pilot's slot in
the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War at the behest
of a Houston businessman close to the Bush family. Testifying
in a deposition for a lawsuit that has stirred up allegations
of preferential treatment for Bush, now the governor of Texas
seeking the Republican presidential nomination, Barnes said he
relayed that information to a top Bush campaign official, Don
Evans, more than a year ago.
In a statement issued after his deposition, Barnes said he assured
Evans that neither Bush's father, former president George Bush,
who was a Republican congressman from Houston when George W. entered
the Guard in 1968, "nor any other member of the Bush family"
asked Barnes for help.'
What Hannity, Limbaugh, and Buchanan were saying was completely
false! This is where the story gets juicy. As luck would have it,
none other than Ed Gillespie, chairman of the RNC, appeared on The
Steve Brown Show, a local radio talk show here in Omaha, on September
22, the day after this revelation. I phoned in to the radio show and
asked Mr. Gillespie why people were telling this lie that Barnes had
contradicted his testimony. Gillespie said he wasn't aware of any
Republicans saying this, and couldn't understand why anyone would.
When I got home that night, I began searching for the source of this
lie. After numerous web searches, I had not found a single article,
even from right wing news sources, that made this claim. And Ed Gillespie
was right. To my knowledge, not a single Republican politician has
ever made the claim in public. Here's the punch line: The only thing
I did find was an email, sent out to Bush supporters and distributed
on right wing websites...
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004 7:07 p.m. EDT
To: Bush-Cheney '04 Grassroots Team
From: Ed Gillespie, Republican National Committee Chairman
Subject: Brace Yourselves
In response to President Bush's Agenda for America's Future and
a critique of his policies and Senate record, Senator Kerry's
campaign is implementing a strategy of vicious personal attacks
against the President and Vice President.
(part of letter deleted to save space)
And tonight on CBS, longtime Democratic operative Ben Barnes Ė
a friend of, major contributor to and Nantucket neighbor of Senator
Kerry's and vice chair of the Kerry Campaign Ė will repudiate
his statement under oath that he had no contact with the Bush
family concerning the President's National Guard service. (Anyone
surprised that Barnes would contradict a statement he made under
oath probably doesn't know his long history of political scandal
and financial misdealings.)
So brace yourselves. Any mention of John Kerry's votes for higher
taxes and against vital weapons programs will be met with the
worst kind of personal attacks. Such desperation is unbecoming
of American Presidential politics, and Senator Kerry will pay
a price for it at the polls as we stay focused on policies to
continue growing our economy and winning the War on Terror.
Bill, I was just wondering...The next time you see your buddy Sean
Hannity over at Fox, could you ask him where he got the idea that
Ben Barnes had repudiated his 1999 testimony? If he didn't get it
from Ed Gillespie, just where did it come from? I'd really like to
know the answer to that one. As a fellow seeker of truth, I'm sure
you'd like to find out, too.
Subject: CNN Quickvote of Ironic Whoredom
Believe it or not, CNN queried yesterday:
"Was it wrong for a soldier to ask Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld a reporter's question?"
Maybe CNN is pissed that a mere soldier broke the big story of
the day. Maybe they don't like being one-upped. Not that they
didn't have the chance... I guess the part of this question CNN let
remain unasked is:
"Is it MORE wrong that an American soldier HAD to ask Don
Rumsfeld a 'reporter's question' since no so-called REPORTERS
would do it, a thousand dead bodies into this war?!?!?"
CNN, you should be ashamed. How ironic you would ask such a question.
You suck. Bigtime. Sleep well, "reporters." I doubt that
this should wake you up.
John L. Johnson
[BuzzFlash Note: Not to mention that an "embedded" reporter
(not CNN's) had to give the soldiers questions, because Rumsfeld
wouldn't take questions from reporters....
The lockdown of the Conyers Hearings by the NYT and other mainstream
media is the latest breach forcing millions of readers toward the
breaking point. Please, do not foolishly assume that the violation
and suppression of voters' rights in the polls gives license to
suppress such news in the media. This will not stand.
St. Paul, MN
Subject: Mark Crispin Miller in BuzzFlash (as sent to the NY Times)
Now, this being a democratic republic (or so we've all been taught),
you'd think that that the Conyers' charges (vote fraud in Ohio)
-- and the hearing -- would get a lot of coverage in the press.
And yet the New York Times, our nation's "newspaper of record,"
did not even mention it, much less cover it. The hearings were on
Wednesday. There was no word of it in Thursday's paper, nor any
word, belatedly, in Friday's.
Peter of Lone Tree continues: Why am I not surprised? Are you
trying to suppress the news even more than FOX? You can read the
entire article at:
Do the Republicans own you guys too?
Peter Ryan Harty
Lone Tree, Iowa
Subject: The way to lose the right to a free press
I hope a few journalists read this letter. I want to let them know
that the way to lose the right to a free press is to fail to exercise
that right and that responsibility. Ignoring the story of the election
and the voting irregularities is being negligent in reporting on
the election. Exercising the right to a free press is not just publishing
a few pages with print and advertisements on them. Itís the words,
the concepts, the news. Itís not just appearing on a TV show under
the heading of NEWS. Itís what is said. Itís a question of ethics.
Itís a question of courage. Itís a question of telling the truth
to the public.
Itís what makes our United States of America work. Itís what gives
meaning to the Constitution of the United States of America.
Make us proud. We canít do our part as citizens unless you do your
Buzz, you are a true journalist.
Subject: Failing your Journalistic Obligations (as sent to the
Sadly, the NY Times is no longer the source of "All The News
That's Fit to Print." Like your coverage of the 2000 Election
and the Iraq War, your refusal to cover the controversy in Ohio
not only betrays your readers, but your obligation to the country.
Anyone who watched the Conyers hearing on the Ohio vote (on C-Span)
was provided with more than enough evidence that the Ohio result
was clearly rigged.
Tragically, you appear more than happy to provide coverage of the
fraud in Ukraine, but the one in your own back yard is ignored.
Like the rest of the Corporate Media, the NY Times leaves me wondering
why we don't send our 1st Amendment to England. At least they try
to use it and try to cover the stories of the day. You and the rest
of your ilk have become nothing more than mouth pieces of the white
house. There appears to be very little evidence in your coverage
of any attempt to hold them accountable for their actions. If the
Clinton administration had behaved as badly as the Bush Administration,
you would have been all over them--like flies on manure. It's sad
really, as aside from your obligation to provide the information
that the electorate needs and deserves--you have shattered my idealism
of the role of Journalism in this Once Great Country.
San Francisco, CA
Just had to write and thank Barb in Athens GA for her kind words
and great idea. It was all I could do to stop myself from using
coronation when writing to Bush. I guess we are all thinking alike
so there is either a lot of crazies here or we are right. My daughter
and I have been signing our letters Blue Mothers In Red, so your
signature was very interesting to me.
We have a county in MT where the vote ended in a tie between a
democratic woman and a right wing repub. I have been watching it
since the election and Dec 8 the Missoulian in an editorial let
out the information that they were counting 7 votes for the repub
when the voters had actually voted for two people, which should
have gotten the ballots tossed out resulting in a democratic win,
but I see today that she has been turned away by two courts with
no word said about the spoiled ballots. Looks like the example being
set nationally is catching on well.
One more comment and I will shut up. The latest flap about Christ
and Christmas, Just another Karl Rove smokescreen designed to divide
the country more and keep their shenanigans out of the public eye.
A house divided, just what they want. Divide and conquer.
Subject: here's my letter
After scanning today's edition of BuzzFlash, I agreed it was important
to write the N. Y Times. Thank you for what you do. Here's my letter:
The New York Times has been the "Home" page on my computer
for some years now. I recall first subscribing in college -- at
one of my early professors' insistence, and learning to trust you
since then to cover important governmental issues. I've gotten very
comfortable going to my computer with my cup of coffee first thing
in the a.m. to see what is going on in the world. But you won't
be my home page anymore, a least not for a while.
The integrity of the presidential election is one of the most important
issues to me and most everybody I know right now. Like so many other
people, in my gut I can't reconcile the exit polling and the bizarre
change that occurred from the time I went to bed on election night
until the time I woke up. Then I watch in total shock as my normal
avenues for enlightenment lightly question the exit polls themselves--historically
used to monitor the integrity of an election-- and provide no coverage
whatsoever to the very serious efforts that are afoot to ascertain
what happened in Ohio. The complete lack of coverage in the mainstream
press is deafening, and makes me even more suspicious that there's
"something rotten in Denmark."
When Congressional hearings like the one just held by representative
Conyers are virtually ignored; when charges against Congressman
Feeney are not even given a sentence; when scandalous situations
occur under the direction of state election officials (both Florida
in 2000 and in Ohio in 2004) who are actually on Bush's re-election
team; and when a topic that is so very important to so many (49%
of the country at least) is virtually ignored in favor of the election
in the Ukraine...all I can say is shame on you. I obviously can
no longer count on the New York Times to keep me informed. I'm just
so darned disappointed in you.
We need to stop calling them "religious right" or "conservative
Christians" or "evangelicals." We need to call them
what they are: Fundamentalists. This is a name they conjured themselves,
but abandoned when the press began using it as a pejorative to describe
Muslims with similar viewpoints. We are in a religious war - at
home and abroad - and we cannot win it until we understand it for
what it is. Fundamentalists do not compromise on their beliefs -
they cannot. And we won't stand a chance until we understand them
for what they are. Part of that understanding comes from calling
them what they are - not what the want us to think they are.
Father, Like Son. FCC's Michael Powell is a Big Fat Liar. Tells
Congress of Soaring Public Outrage, When 99.8% of Complaints Filed
by ONE Religious Right Group
Lowell in Ohio
Subject: e-mail to NYT
Dear NYT News Department:
1 in 5 Americans--not conspiracy theorists, Americans--don't believe
the election 2004 results are accurate. Why is this not worthy of
being reported in the NY Times? I'm a grandmother of five. When
blatant voter suppression, such as too few machines in Democratic
counties in OH, trashing of Democratic registrations in NV, statistical
anomalies in South FL, etc, is not reported in and INVESTIGATED
by the newspaper of record for the entire country, I get worried
about my grandchildren's future.
I do not understand why, given the amount of power and money at
stake in the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, it is inconceivable
to think those in power wouldn't take steps to "fix" an
election? There is no single smoking gun. There are dozens of things
that went wrong or kept people from voting that added together may
have changed the outcome.
The very foundation of our democracy is at risk, if for no other
reason than that 20% of us question our election results. The only
way to solve this problem is to get the facts out--including ALL
the data from the exit polling company, internal looks at the source
codes for machines, etc. PROVE nothing went wrong. Nothing less
than total transparency in the election process will be good enough.
I can no longer take these things on faith, I'm sorry to say.
Diana G. Burke
Subject: FOX hypes stories to claim "Christmas Under Siege"
In case you missed the reference in Sam Parry's article, "Election
2004's Myths & Mysteries," [on Consortium News] to
Christians being told that liberals are at war with them, I submit
that this is now the linchpin of the right-wing strategy.
Just as the Germans were told in the 1920s and 1930s that Jews were
destroying their culture and their racial purity, American Christians
are being kept in a whipped-up fury that the "liberal elites"
are trying to take away their Bibles and to remove all mention of
God and Jesus in any public location.
And what do you think the right-wing shills mean when they say or
imply "liberal elites"?
stories to claim "Christmas Under Siege" (Media
FOX News is aggressively hyping several small controversies involving
public holiday displays that don't explicitly mention Christmas
in order to depict a widespread and sinister "attack on Christmas"
by "secular progressives." Led by hosts Bill O'Reilly
and Sean Hannity, FOX News anchors have returned continually to
several minor stories whose theme is the purported marginalization
or persecution of Christians. A closer examination of each of
these stories reveals that they hardly constitute an anti-Christmas
Beginning on December 3, O'Reilly began a recurring segment on
The O'Reilly Factor called "Christmas Under Siege."
O'Reilly's December 7 "Talking Points Memo" included
a litany of anecdotes that appear to show an epidemic of anti-Christmas
fervor sweeping the nation:
O'REILLY: All over the country, Christmas is taking flak. In Denver
this past weekend, no religious floats were permitted in the holiday
parade there. In New York City, Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg unveiled
the "holiday tree," and no Christian Christmas symbols
are allowed in the public schools. Federated Department Stores
-- that's Macy's -- have done away with the Christmas greeting
Moments later, O'Reilly revealed that this "siege" on
Christmas is part of a sinister campaign by "secular progressives"
to advance a radical agendaÖ
Posted to the web on Friday December 10, 2004 at 1:00 PM EST
Philosophical question: If a Bush commits a crime and no one hears
about it, has a crime really been committed?
Subject: The Conyers hearings (as sent to the NY Times)
You may not realize that Rep John Conyers held public hearings this
week on accounts of voting fraud and irregularities in Ohio. I caught
some of it on C-Span, and the testimony was compelling. It seems
clear that fraud, widespread and systematic fraud, may have falsely
handed the state's electoral votes to George Bush.
You might want to look into it. It could be one of the biggest stories
of the year. Could even bring you a Pulitzer. Maybe if you had somebody,
a reporter say, who lived and worked in Washington D.C. you'd hear
about this stuff in a timely manner.
If you're going to keep calling yourself the newspaper of record,
you can't just wait around for tips from regular people like me.
Especially when politicians are possibly trying to hold onto power
by stealing elections.
Los Angeles, CA
Subject: Everything humanly possible? I don't think so.
Two years into a war and we are still unable to produce the armored
Humvees needed by our troops? Mr. Rumsfeld assures us -- and the
troops -- that it is not a question of money but one of physics.
Evidently he believes that we are doing the very best we possibly
can, but I recall that two years deep into World War II our industrial
complex was turning out aircraft by the thousands, a feat thought
to be impossible at the war's onset. Today, with all the advances
in production techniques, we can only produce 450 Humvees?
Armor Holdings of Jacksonville told the Army last month it could
add armor to as many as 550 trucks a month, up from 450. "We're
prepared to build 50 to 100 vehicles more per month," he said.
And then a spokesman for ArmorWorks in Tempe, Ariz., said his company
will finish a $30 million contract with the Pentagon this month
to make 1,500 armor kits for Humvees. "We are at 50% capacity,
and we could do a lot more," he said. "They (Pentagon)
are aware of it."
No, Mr. Rumsfeld, I do not believe that it is a matter of physics.
Nor do I believe that all the armor in the world would make every
vehicle completely safe. And I certainly do not believe you have
to fight a war with the army you have. But our service personnel
are fighting this war with the army you wanted -- smaller, leaner,
meaner, much more expensive, and -- unfortunately -- all too often
ill-trained and ill-equipped. The army with which we went to war
is exactly the one that you and Paul Wolfowitz designed. Consequently
I believe the result we are now seeing is the ultimate fulfillment
of the old Peter Principle --"everyone gets promoted to his
highest level of incompetence."
I know our troops deserve better.
Subject: NYT's Withholding of Information Regarding United States
Vote Fraud / News Reporting Integrity
I am shocked by the shameful and certainly deliberate omission in
your newspaper of any mention of John Conyers' commission regarding
vote fraud in Ohio. Although you could find plenty of space to elaborate
about the situation in Ukraine 5000 miles away, your venerable paper,
touted as a beacon of truth, has neglected to be forthcoming on
what is probably the biggest story of the century. Have you not
heard about Feeney in Florida? Do you know who Jesse Jackson is?
Do civil rights and voting fraud ring a bell? What a disappointment
your paper has become. Shame on all of you.
I guess you mistakenly hope that readers don't recognize withholding
as lying, but you're wrong. That's an old Stalinist trick. In case
you people haven't noticed, there's a new source out there called
the internet where readers can find out what is actually going on.
Don't wonder where you readership went.
Prue Face, in Richmond, VA
Subject: Bushies Can't Even Vet Their Nominee, What About Intelligence?
The BUSH Administration has sold its case for itself on two pillars:
1) That it can make the country more "secure" than anybody
else, and 2) that anybody connected with 9-11 is clothed in heroism.
Bernard KERIK embodies both pillars as much as BUSH and shows the
pillars are made of sand. This Administration can't even VET their
own nominee for Homeland Security, so how can they claim to collect
and evaluate INTELLIGENCE? Not to mention that the Administration
has a history, not only of misinterpreting, but very probably of
knowingly mis-SHAPING intelligence.
More than likely, the non-vetting was not just sloppiness, it was
hubris: Thinking they could do anything and get away with it. And
yet millions of voters have bought the goods.
As for the heroism, the pickings are slim. KERIK just happened to
be there, stepping out of the shower, when the planes hit, and then
he walked up some streets through some powder. As for his would-be
boss, there was a cheerleading megaphone atop a pile of dead bodies,
after a few days when the people wondered where at all their leader
Subject: Harry Reid
If you weren't aware of it, Harry Reid is a hard core Mormon (so
is John Ensign, Nevada's Republican senator) and wouldn't be elected
from a right wing state like Nevada without the support of the Mormon
church, which covers a large part of Nevada's population. The church's
philosophy is similar to Nino Scalia's. In other words, Harry is
a Democrat in name only. It is going to be a long four years.
Subject: Re:" Silencing the Vote."...
Having watched C-Span last night and the pathetic Conyers who was
soooo uptight and wouldn't let anyone speak, I'm not surprised the
Dem. party is in such tatters. It was like a party given by your
Aunt Matilda, everyone attended but no one wanted to be there !!!!
I never saw such 'gum flapping and a poor show of going through
the motions in my life. ...very sad indeed. The worst part, it's
futile...and Bush is in again for another 4 yrs...business as usual.
The MEDIA are far too busy covering Scott Peterson's sentencing...not
a peep from them about the Ohio debacle...all cowering in their
Subject: Blackwell confession!
According to the Associated Press article below, "Ohio's Republican
Secretary of State, Kenneth Blackwell, has conceded that a recount
would likely alter the vote tally somewhat." Yes, this is a clear
and convincing confession that he knows the results are wrong, wrong,
wrong! What the hell does "somewhat" mean? Was it the 20
percent of provisional ballots? What about the voters who were turned
away because of long lines? Ohio is the greatest scandal of the year!
Persist About Election Results (Associated Press/The Guardian,
As the Electoral College prepares to certify President Bush's
re-election on Monday, concerns persist about the integrity of
the nation's voting system - particularly in Ohio, where details
continue to emerge of technology failures, voter confusion and
overcrowded polling stations in minority and poor neighborhoods....
Ohio's Republican Secretary of State,
Kenneth Blackwell, has conceded that a recount would likely alter
the vote tally somewhat. But he adamantly dismisses allegations
"This was an election where
you have some glitches but none of these glitches were of a conspiratorial
nature and none of them would overturn or change the election results,''
Blackwell said last week when he certified the results....
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Framing: "Social Uncertainty"
Suggested Frames and memes:
Bush wants to take away "Social Security" and replace
it with "Social Uncertainty."
The Republicans are led by the "Cult of Crackpot Con-Artists,"
or "Cult of Crackpot Millionaires," "Cult of Rich
Their radical cleric allies lead the "Stone-Throwing Christians"
who fall into the "Viper" and "Hypocrit" sects.
The "Christiban." "Satan's Front-Men" forming
a partnership with Mammon.
All of them are "not personally acquainted with Reality."
"Fact-Challenged Republicans." "Reality-Challenged
Republicans." "Utter contempt for reality."
Words for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Scalia, etc.: Megalomaniac, Lunatic,
Vain, Pompous, Deluded, Narcissistic, Deaf, Blind, Willfully Stupid.
"It's all about them." Bush's supporters have taken to
calling him "Führer," but in English (for example,
the Clearchannel Billboards).
No matter what a Republican leader says, what he really wants is
for your labor to come cheap. They want a desperate, servile, work-force.
Nothing else explains their deliberate failures in creating jobs,
protecting the domestic economy, planning for the future, managing
expenses, acknowledging reality...
Repeat: Failure, failure, failure, failed. Miserable failures, in
When a Bushiter says "Reform," he means he wants to give
your money to his friends. He's hopeful that he can steal your rights
at the same time.
For BushCo, the sole reason for your existence is to be a cash cow
and a breeder of soldiers. If they can con you into admiring them,
that's a real hoot.
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