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Dear Fellow Buzzers,
I just read a wonderful letter to the editor in the Philadelphia
Inquirer, and I think we need a groundswell movement. The writer
suggested that, as we are in a time of war and we are all being
asked to sacrifice and support our troops, we should demand that
the Inaugural balls be cancelled. Perhaps the money could be better
spent on armor for our fighting men and women. The writer also
pointed out that our pResident quoted FDR in one of his speeches
asking for sacrifice ( I can't bear to listen to him), and that
FDR cancelled inaugurations in 1941 and 1945 in respect for our
troops. Let's get this one started!
| Inaugural Ball Cancel this bash during a time of war (Philadelphia
Subject: What Does the GOP Really Stand For?
Let's Review...The GOP wants government off our backs, but they
want to take over the job of teaching your kids about sex.
The GOP accuses the Democrats of not supporting our troops, yet
shoves them into war with no protection from attacks.
The GOP claims to have a more diverse cabinet, but all the brains
are exactly the same.
The GOP claims to have the morality franchise, yet corporate crime,
murder, military deaths, voter fraud and abortions have increased
dramatically under their rule.
The GOP claims to be the party to trust with homeland security,
but they can't find anyone without a rap sheet to run that department.
The GOP claims to be fiscally conservative, but they've plowed
through a huge surplus, ran it into a record deficit and they
still want to borrow to pay for things like Social Security and
a historically inept war.
The GOP claims to be compassionate, but their idea of a helping
hand is to recruit more poor and elderly people into fighting
that inept war.
Ready to take it to the streets yet? If not - when?
A BuzzFlash Reader,
Subject: Response to "The Colors of Christmas 2004"
I'm sorry to have to admit that "Jeffrey" (below) is
my first cousin. You have to read his diatribe in response to my
op-ed piece to understand why Bush won the election.
I received this e-mail from your brother [Jeffrey] this morning
in response to my op-ed piece (attached) named: The Colors of
Christmas 2004. I could never understand how Bush got elected
with his record of lies and deceit. After reading Jeffrey's
diatribe (below), I think I am starting to understand why. With
idiots like this in the voting booths of America, this country
is in real trouble. Jeffrey, although he didn't say it directly,
would have Bush "nuke" the entire Middle East and
execute anyone that even looks like a Muslim. After all, he
says they are all Satan's minions. This is absolutely sick thinking.
I'm glad he wrote this because now I can forward it to my liberal
friends and let them see first-hand what we are up against.
Now, one only has to substitute the word: "Muslim"
with the word: "homosexual" and you can see how he
would "deal" with gay Americans. I could pick apart
Jeffrey's diatribe piece by piece and write a five page essay
but I think you get the point. For example, doesn't Jeffrey
remember that Hitler was a Christian (Lutheran, I think)? How
many hundreds of thousands of innocent people were murdered
in the Christian Crusades in past history? I thought Jeffrey
was smarter than this but I guess not. Maybe you could teach
him some history when you see him.
I don't know about Bush's war as hundreds of thousands killed
in Saddam's wars and thousands in the evil Bin Laden war. If
Islam is a real religion it must make Satan dance for joy at
the centuries of killing and maiming and always looking for
someone to kill over the centuries. Dr. Geisler wrote a book
on Islam and was the only one really available at the time of
the 9/11 attacks. History has shown that the only way to stop
Islam's killing spree is to take it to them and totally stop
them now. Mohammed's philosophy of convert or be killed says
we must be Muslim or die. I say it is time to expose Islam for
what it really is and send it to Hell where it came from. If
the Middle East wants the U.S. to stop influencing their culture
then they need to mind their own business because I promise
before America changes its way of life we will change theirs
first. Bin Laden, Hitler, Stalin, Saddam and Ayatollah Khomeini
all were angels of Satan and must be destroyed off the face
of the earth. So I feel hurray for President Bush to eliminate
Satan and its Islamic angels forever because I will not change
my religion or freedom for the Taliban. You can join the Taliban
but I will never do it because it is the purist form of evil
ever to visit the Earth. Christmas will live long after Saddam
is burning in Hell.
Colors of Christmas 2004 Red
Red: The color of the blood of thousands of maimed and killed
American boys and girls from Bush's War. The color of the blood
of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women, boys
and girls, victims of "collateral damage" in Bush's
Green: The color of hard-earned American tax dollars filling
the coffers and bank accounts of Halliburton and Carlyle Group
executives, investors and contractors as benefactors of Bush's
War. Merry Christmas George, Dick, Donald, Condoleezza, Karl,
John, the Whitehouse Staff, the GOP, Republicans and all who
voted for Bush this November. The colors of Red and Green this
holiday season fit you well.
Michael W. Prah
North Hollywood, CA
Subject: Who Is Really Calling The Shots?
Harry Reid is a member of the LDS church. That church supports
the Republican agenda. If the church has a position on an issue
that is contrary to the Democrats' position, what will Harry do?
Why is Harry flattered because he received a call from George
Bush? I really wonder whose side he is on? I thought Daschle was
a pussy, but this guy Reid may even be dangerous.
The most important thing now is the elections for Congress in
two years. The Democrats need to have a platform they can run
on, and they need to bash Bush and the Republicans to win. An
effort should be started now to win those elections. If Howard
Dean gets to be Chairman of The Democratic Party, there is hope.
If another insider gets it we might as well give up.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: America on Code Blue (as sent to the NY Times)
Dear Mr Keller,
My wife and I are not able to look to the NY Times for much of
our news now because you are not carrying the news we need and
care about. Your non-coverage of our fraudulent 2004 election
and again, its stolen results scream at us. That is why we must
seek alternate sources. We are also finding many within our circle
in the same circumstance.
As you know, there have been voting glitches here, voting fraud
there, voting suppression elsewhere and other problems too numerous
to mention here. Comments by you have shown that a problem here,
another there, etc is not enough to overturn the last election,
so why cover it? Supposedly. We believe you have another reason
for non-coverage having to do with Bush himself.
Just as the composite of voters can make up a majority that decides
our direction, so can the composite of problems for which you
are not reporting. That is the underlying nature of your omission.
This, to us, is the greatest cause of our concern.
We see America facing a crisis of our democracy heretofore unknown.
Great numbers of Americans have no clue of the imminent democratic
demise of our country because you have fallen down on your job
of keeping them informed.
The death of our democracy occurred on November 2, 2004. We have
a code blue situation in which the crash cart with a skeleton
crew is trying to revive it. This makes the chance of survival
almost zero if others who are supposed to be helping, donít come
to its aid. Where are you? Of what are you afraid?
It appears to us that, so long as you persist in the denial of
reports so critical to our entire nation, there is no point in
reading the so-called eminent NYT.
Ron and Sue Habegger
Subject: Criminals Yes, but They Remain Free and Given a Pass in
DC . . .
Why are Americans made to put up with this insanity . . . when Bush
and his cabal and Halliburton have been stealing the US taxpayers
blind, and our military can't use equipment left by other units in
order to be safe because they are under equipped to begin with and
they get jail sentences and court-martialed? Where were their attorneys,
I can't believe people allowed this regime to do this and then a company
has the audacity to fire this guy?
I'm surprised that Rummy and Bush don't have our military wearing
corporate suits on the battlefield . . . they have stripped them of
everything safe and reasonable. Why would anyone in the military vote
for these bastards? Why? Where do we have to go to get justice for
the real crimes of this administration? Where?
They are about nothing but punishment and death for everyone except
the Republican elite. Congress voted to give Bush authority, (the
headlines in my paper on September 15, 2001, says "The Senate
grants the president the authority to retaliate against the attackers,
while Congress approves $40 billion in funding") Does this say
that Bush should invade Iraq? No. It doesn't give him anything at
all, really. And look at our figures of debt today. If this
was the "authority" that I keep hearing about . . . Bush
has stretched that "authority" so thin, it has smattered
into over 100,000 pieces of dead human flesh with more added every
day and has become the largest debt in US history.
Why can't they (Congress) vote to take that authority out of Bush's
criminal hands? If you give somebody the "authority" to
pack a gun and they go out and kill a town full of people, rob and
pilfer all of the stores . . . does anyone out there think that we
couldn't, wouldn't or shouldn't take that gun away from that killer
as fast as we could disarm him, especially since he turns very paranoid
and starts threatening the "family."
Regardless of what these Bush pseudo cowboys think, they have no right
to mistreat anyone who has been sent out on missions unequipped for
the Bush administration's illegal war . . . not discounting the fact
that they, themselves, (Bush and Rummy) have never seen or been frightened
on a battlefield. Talk about morality. We see the disgusting results
of Bush morality every day and I am convinced that there will be no
justice until Bush and his administration are arrested and shackled
for their war crimes. We are witnessing the punishment of the innocent
while the real perpetrators (Bush Administration) walk free.
court-martialed for theft; they say they did what they had to do
Subject: Re:" DEMS. shaking up the primary system"
Does the above mean that we WON'T have a KERRY type be lead candidate
for Pres again? Hallelujah praise the Lord-believe it when I see it
though-we are after all dealing
with the 'asleep at the wheel" Dems. Hopefully DEAN will replace
McAuliffe...that might get the job done PRONTO.
Subject: Wiretapping and getting in the face of nonproliferation
Here's a letter I sent to my Senators on the swarmy leakage of wiretap
activity on the head of the UN watchdog agency on nuclear weapons
proliferation. I encourage other Buzzers to go to the news item link,
and join me by writing their own Senators.
Herewith is a link to an article in the Washington Post, wherein
tapping of the IAEA Director's phone conversations on nonproliferation
efforts with Iran (and presumably others) is disclosed:
Leader's Phone Tapped (washingtonpost.com)
Apparently, Dr. Mohamed El Baradei's devotion to truth on the Iraq
WMD issues leading up to the U.S. invasion have provided a continuing
irritation to the Bush Administration. The rule here appears to
be: "Never hold a grudge -- get even."
I find the public flaunting of wiretapping that would be illegal
if done on a U.S. citizen (see U.S. Constitution) to be remarkably
arrogant and stupid.
In confirmation hearings for Mr. Gonzales at Justice and Dr. Rice
at State, I hope you will raise questions about the public flaunting
of invasive wiretapping of an international process meant to protect
us from the proverbial mushroom cloud in Los Angeles. I would be
interested in their explanation of why this maladroit and irritating
behavior is likely to improve our security, and broaden support
among the 35 nations that make up the IAEA.
So far as I can tell, any action which would make nuclear proliferation
more likely in the U.S. has been taken already or apparently selected
as core policy by this administration. We must turn away from this
John F. Williford
Subject: Now is the time to contest the election
...Conyers wants a million emails. in the next 4 weeks this is doable.
we had 12,000 submissions on our issue page to ask if Kerry should
join the recount. he is now finally taking initiative with the request
to examine the no votes.
our one click resource is ready to ask "Should the US Congress
contest the 2004 presidential election as to the Ohio electors?"
it automatically looks up your members of Congress and sends them
your personal message. we've already had a thousand submissions on
the newest issue page at http://www.thepen.us/contest.html.
...we believe personal messages will have much more impact than form
letter type petitions. the site does the legwork of finding all the
right input forms and submits to them all at once, a savings of ten
minutes or more of digging and pasting for the average person. in
this way we aim to maximize the number of people who will speak out.
are you with we the people?
Subject: Request that Progressives call for Consumer Strike
My wish is that all progressives would call for a massive consumer
strike to express our unwillingness to cooperate with this corrupt
system. The war in Iraq is so evil, how can we go about as if everything
is normal. There is no way to verify our votes thanks to our gutless
politicians. It appears that we have lost our ability to effect change
at the polls. So why not go on strike, a consumer strike. Give up
all purchases except what is needed and go to local noncorporate sources
for that. I'm doing this myself, but it won't matter much unless others
Subject: "Buy Blue" Campaign
The "Buy Blue" campaign hopefully will go global. When I
needed a new PC and discovered that Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and
Dell backed Bush....I choose Apple because Steve Jobs backed Kerry.
The corporations and contributors that back Bush are affirming genocide,
illegal war, inhumanity, mass murder, torture, war profiteering and
the destruction of American democracy...and are thus as evil to me
as is Bush Inc. Let's all spread the word. "Buy Blue."
Subject: Understanding The 2004 Election in Three Easy Steps
Step back for a moment from the slugging it out on the ground in Ohio
to look at the big picture nationally.
1. Diebold software was used to count something like half the 2004
votes across the USA (votes from touch screen, optical scanner and
other types of machines, as well as absentee ballots). This Diebold
software is totally mickey mouse and ridiculously easy to hack. To
see for yourself, go to computer security expert Chuck Herrinís web
and let him show you in a few easy steps how to download Dieboldís
GEMS software to your own PC and hack its results. I, who have spent
some 30 years in the computing profession, went through this exercise
and confirm that yes this software is a joke. For starters, it all
sits on a not-password-protected Microsoft Access database. Ask your
local computer geek how secure that would be. Security specialist
Herrin says it fails utterly to meet basic norms commonly accepted
throughout the industry. Some of its design features even appear to
be intended to facilitate tampering.
2. The arguments raised by Dr. Steven F. Freeman of the University
regarding discrepancies between the exit polls and the actual votes
in 10 of 11 swing states cannot be dismissed lightly. Exit polls were
considered reliable enough, before the 2004 election and since, to
underpin serious challenges that overturned elections in places like
Georgia and the Ukraine. Freemanís analysis reveals that, based on
the accuracy normally ascribed to exit polls, there is virtually no
chance of them being as far off from the actual vote count as they
were in those ten states, with Bush gaining actual votes in every
instance. (The actual odds Freeman comes up with, looking at only
three states, is 662,000-to-one against.) Somewhere, either in the
exit poll numbers or in the vote counts, an explanation for these
discrepancies must be found. Freeman has ruled out pure chance.
With no real evidence or explanation how it would work, Republican
pollster Dick Morris hypothesized a liberal media conspiracy to fix
the exit polls so that the networks would declare Kerry a winner and
hence discourage potential Bush voters in the West from going to the
polls. Maybe there was a conspiracy to fix the exit polls.
On the other hand, maybe there was a conspiracy to fix the vote.
3. Iíll just quote the rest from Herrinís web site and sign off.
Check this out - No less than 5 people (Cooper, Lee, Graye, Elder,
and Dean - http://www.blackboxvoting.org/bbv_chapter-8.pdf
) involved with the management and development of Diebold's systems
are convicted felons, including Senior Vice President Jeff Dean,
and topping the list are his twenty-three counts of felony Theft
in the First Degree. According to the findings of fact in case no.
89-1-04034-1 (Washington State, King County District Court):
"Defendantís thefts occurred over a 2 1/2 year period of time,
there were multiple incidents, more than the standard range can
account for, the actual monetary loss was substantially greater
than typical for the offense, the crimes and their cover-up involved
a high degree of sophistication and planning in the use and alteration
of records in the computerized accounting system that defendant
maintained for the victim, and the defendant used his position of
trust and fiduciary responsibility as a computer systems and accounting
consultant for the victim to facilitate the commission of the offenses."
To sum up, he was convicted of 23 felony counts of theft from by
- get this - planting back doors in his software and using a "high
degree of sophistication" to evade detection. The reason for
the embezzlement? He needed the money because "he was embezzling
in order to pay blackmail over a fight he was involved in, in which
a person died." A little more:
BlackBoxVoting.org's associate director Andy Stephenson obtained
the court records of Jeffrey Dean which noted that the King County,
Washington prosecutor was after him for over $500,000 in restitution.
"So now we have someone who's admitted that he's been blackmailed
over killing someone, who pleaded guilty to 23 counts of embezzlement,
who is given the position of senior programmer of the (Diebold)
GEMS central tabulator system that counts approximately 50 percent
of the votes in the (Bush-Kerry) election, in 30 states, both paper
ballot and touch screen," said Stephenson.
In addition, Dean told prosecutors (whose offices were on the ninth
floor of the King County courthouse) that he was unemployed, when
in fact he was working for Diebold who afforded him with 24-hour
access to Diebold's King County, Washington GEMS central tabulator,
according to Stephenson. (Dean worked on the GEMS tabulator on the
fifth floor of the same King County courthouse!)
Presidency has been HACKED, hacker covert op in place via Diebold
machines (Portland Independent Media Center)
Do you trust computer systems designed by this man? Is trust important
in electronic voting systems?
Subject: Kerik's ties to mob
"Nanny problem" my ass.
the Disclosure About Kerik's Nanny, More Questions Were Lurking
A BuzzFlash Reader
Am I the only one out here who finds it down right scary that the
bush administration says they thoroughly vetted this Kerik guy and
found nothing? I mean all this stuff coming out now are things we
could have paid one of those on line companies fifty bucks to find
out! :):):) and apparently the affairs were fairly public knowledge.
Now I know why the bush people haven't found Osama or the anthrax
terrorist! :):):) oh yes, those republican family values. :):):)
Subject: christ almighty!
jesus god! all these people all over tv saying bernard kerik is such
a great hero, it's a shame all this stuff had to come out, he could
have been a great head of security. christ almighty! are you tv people
nuts? so if all these things were just kept secret he would be a great
man? so i guess ted bundy would have been a great man if only he could
have kept those killings a secret!
shorty in memphis
Subject: Lying, Presidents
Came across the old quote from http://www.angelfire.com/ca3/jphuck/Book5Ch.17.html
But the conservative media were quick to label President Clinton
a liar, although his lies were about private matters. "I'd
like to be able to tell my children, 'You should tell the truth,'"
Stuart Taylor Jr. of the National Journal said on Meet the Press.
"I'd like to be able to tell them, 'You should respect the
President.' And I'd like to be able to tell them both things at
the same time."
Chris Matthews charged, "Clinton lies knowing that you know
he's lying. It's brutal and it subjugates the person who's being
lied to. I resent deeply being constantly lied to."
George Will went so far as to insist that Clinton's "calculated,
sustained lying has involved an extraordinarily corrupting assault
on language, which is the uniquely human capacity that makes persuasion,
and hence popular government, possible." (The Nation, November
Apparently, since 2001, Mr Matthews just loves to be lied to, and
Mr Will has decided that when all his allies lie, it's positively
wonderful for popular government. So fickle in their convictions,
these and their ilk.
Subject: Gary Webb
I spoke with Gary several times as he was working on his piece about
the CIA and LA, my editor and I had just finished a piece in the American
Bar Association Journal about the trial of a "drug lord"
from Bogota, "The Abello Conspiracy"...and we were being
hit hard and heavy by DOJ and others...We warned Gary that nothing
in his life would be safe ever again...even in death the L.A. Times
had to take one last shot, Rest in Piece, Gary ...he did the right
thing, unlike others who are making a hell of a lot more money wearing
the journalistic hot pants, high heels and standing on neo-con street
corners shouting...me next! Sad day, sad day.
Reporter Gary Webb Who Linked CIA to Crack Sales Found Dead of Apparent
Suicide (Democracy Now)
Richard L. Fricker
Subject: We're Watching YOU! Cover the Election Irregularities Right
On Monday, at least three very important stories are going to break
regarding potential 2004 Presidential election irregularities/fraud.
How you handle these stories will be critical, both for the American
people, and very possibly your organization. These stories are too
big. It will be impossible to "keep a lid on them." The
news organizations that take the initiative, and report on them, will
be far ahead of any that donít.
Here are the stories:
1 - Representative John Conyers will be conducting a second forum
on the Ohio election questions. This time it will be held on Monday,
December 13th, in Columbus, Ohio.
Excerpt from the press advisory: "Rep. John Conyers, Jr, and
other Representatives along with Rev. Jesse Jackson will be holding
a congressional forum in Columbus concerning
new evidence of election irregularities and fraud in Ohio and to discuss
legislative and other responses to the problems."
(more links below)
2 - COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Democrat John Kerry is asking county elections
officials to allow his witnesses to visually inspect the 92,000 ballots
cast in Ohio in which no vote for president was recorded, a Kerry
lawyer said Sunday night. The request is one of 11 items that Kerry
is asking for as part of the recount that Ohio's 88 county boards
of election will begin this week, according to a letter sent to the
boards over the weekend.
Also, in an interview with Laura Flanders on Air America on Sunday,
it was stated: this investigation will involve enough votes "to
possibly change the outcome." Although this is not the current
position of the Kerry camp. (The interview should be available online
3 Ė Alliance [for Democracy] Co-Chair Cliff Arnebeck to File "Contest
of Election" Lawsuit in Ohio Supreme Court will be filed at 9
am, Monday December 13th. Conyers is sending a letter requesting injunctive
relief of the Ohio electors - ie that they either step aside or vote
provisionally pending the outcome of the case. The case will be filed
amid much media attention and should be a front page story in major
newspapers across the country on Monday. It is now representing 40
Will you be among the media that gives these stories the coverage
Link to watch the Conyers Forum online (click on House Forum on Ohio
Election Voting Procedures (12/08/04):
Or paste the direct link below into the Address window of your Internet
Judiciary Democratic Forum - Preserving Democracy - What Went Wrong
in Ohio - December 8, 2004 [Transcripts]
From Selma to Ohio: A Report from the Conyers Hearing
Rep. Conyers et al.: 34 Election-Related Questions for Kenneth Blackwell
(Ohio Secretary of State) Submitted 12-2, still no response.
Link to over 100 under-reported election irregularities/potential
fraud stories (11-2 to present):
Subject: Bush and the Kerik choice--not a mystery
Everybody seems to be surprised that the White House (Bush) knew all
these strange things about Kerik and decided to proceed with his nomination
anyway. But this is not all that much different from this Administration's
past actions, especially with regard to the war in Iraq. When the
Iraq war first turned into a devastating mess, we all wondered how
the Bush administration could be so lax about planning, and so incurious
about possibilities that any thoughtful person would take into account.
Then it turned out that Bush had indeed known about the possible results
in Iraq. He just chose to ignore the history, the culture, the plans,
the details, the warnings. The same thing is true about his tax cuts,
and how they have led to an irresponsible federal deficit. He was
warned this would happen, and he went ahead and did what he wanted
anyway. Bush always knows exactly what he wants and frankly, he just
doesn't give a damn about anything else, including any possible consequences.
Besides, he got Iraq and irresponsible tax cuts past a supine Congress.
Why would he think Kerik's nomination was any different?
A Loyal BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Even the unemployed love Dear old George
I don't understand Ken Blackwell. He won't let anyone look at the
those pesky polling books. Discrepancies? Nah. Everbody Loves Dubya.
Particularly the unemployed. Particularly in Ohio--where Dubya created
so many of them during his tenure as skipper of the USS Disaster.
In Montgomery Co. the unemployment rate--the phony official number--
rose from 3.7% to 6.3% between 2000 and the end of 2003. Result: Dubyaman
increased his share of the vote from 39%-49%. In Ottawa County, the
unemployment rate rose from 5.8% to 8.5%. Hooray, yelled the voters,
Bush increased his share of the vote by 2% ..... Putnam County saw
their rate of unemployment nearly double (3.3%-6.3%) in three years
and awarded El Presidente a whopping 76% share of the vote.... In
both Mahoning (Youngstown) and Lucas (Toledo) Counties, the rate of
unemployment stood at 7.8% in Jan. 2004, increases of 2.6% and 3%
respectively from '00. What happens? Bush exceeds his percent of the
vote by 1% from '04.
One can only imagine the landslide that would have buried Kerry had
the economy gone into Great Depression, The Sequel. Politics has really
changed. The new equation for success: Near Depression + No New Jobs
created in four years + skyrocketing federal budget and trade deficits
+ a disastrous war based on lies = Re-election for the nation's stupidest
Subject: Comment: "Pentagon
wants to build permanent prison at Guantanamo. Is the terror war permanent
Answer: Yes, yes of course it is permanent. Nuisance though it may
be, as Kerry pointed out, there will be occasional blips of severe
violence as the W on T continues to be a useful and profitable boogeyman
for the ultra right wing for the remainder of my lifetime and yours.
Two predictions: Kellogg Brown & Root will get the Gitmo construction
contract and the permanent facility will include an execution chamber.
Subject: Time, Newsweek
Is it me? I noticed Saturday that the covers of Time and Newsweek
are both dedicated to stories about the birth of Christ. Is this their
usual Christmas fare, or is this a signal that Time and Newsweek have
made an editorial decision to pander to the moral values voters?
And since when is a moral values vote automatically Republican? My
vote was based on moral values, too. I voted to get rid of the criminal
Bush regime--that's about as moral as you can get. If someone had
included me in an exit poll, I might have said moral values, too.
But it wouldn't have meant what the pundits think it means.
A casual stroll through a mental asylum shows that faith proves
nothing. -- Friedrich Nietzche
Subject: what Bush backers (and even some Kerry voters) say
Move on! Get over it! Bush won! How do we know? Because there's no
way fraud and suppression could have resulted in a 3 1/2 million-vote
victory. We have to trust our officials. That's the way it goes. Better
luck next time. Stop whining, 'cause nuthin's gonna change.
Imagine a police department telling you something like that, when
you reported your bank account being embezzled. These thugs could
give a damn. Winning is everything, at any cost. As long as they retain
ultimate power. Well, they ain't the ultimate power. Their highly-selective
democracy is a house of cards that truth will blow away. It's hard
to believe, isn't it? They seem sooo powerful. And we are expected
Fortunately for us, some people didn't knuckle under to the powers
Don't Let Secretary
of State Blackwell's Actions Penalize Ohio Voters (BuzzFlash/John
Conyers to Gov. Taft)
Electors Vote Despite Challenge (AP/Yahoo)
Subject: Fwd: Misleader.org - It's Time to Move On
Just what the Bush Administration would want for people to "Move
On." We will never go anywhere by moving on. Our Democracy will
I hate to read letters such as this one.
Misleader.org--It's Time to Move On
We could go on filling your in-box every day... documenting the
mis-leadership, the half truths and the outright lies.
But for now, MoveOn will be consolidating its campaigns and content
at our main site, and focusing on the development of strategic message
initiatives and a positive vision for progressives. We'll work on
the top issues MoveOn members have identified - media reform, election
reform, and the war in Iraq - as well as all of the other issues,
from the environment to the Supreme Court that you care about.
...Together, we'll fight the first big "mislead" of the
new Bush presidency - that this election, with the smallest margin
of victory for an incumbent since Woodrow Wilson in 1916, is NOT
a mandate for anything other than a bolder role for progressives
in the political life of our country.
Subject: Bush didn't make a mistake on Kerik
Bush didn't make a mistake in not investigating, Kerik or Giuliani should
have done better. I wonder if Giuliani and Kerik double-dated during
their affairs. Giuliani had his living at Gracie mansion, didn't he?
Subject: Move To The Center--What Does It Mean?
The Senate Minority Leader, the Governor of Michigan, and others have
urged The Democratic Party to move to the center? Why aren't these people
called upon to explain exactly what they mean? In other words, what
specific Democratic themes do they wish to change? Are they not comfortable
with a clean environment, with aid to education, with healthcare for
all, with holding drug costs down, with keeping Social Security as it
is, with cutting the deficit by raising taxes on the rich, and by advocating
a responsible policy in Iraq?
Do the centrists want even more access to Government by big corporations?
Do they want more corporate welfare, do they want to privatize Social
Security? What in the hell do they mean by 'moving to the center'? Shouldn't
we insist on some answers?
Don't they realize that when Kerry moved to the center he had nothing
to talk about, and lost his base? He didn't lose because of 'red states,'
he lost because he lost his base. He couldn't even carry the senior
vote, because he was afraid to attack the drug companies. People lost
their jobs through outsourcing, but Kerry had no real plan so he lost
the blue collar vote. The campaign waged was better suited to a moderate
Republican (if there is such a thing anymore) than it was to a Democratic
base. Any more of this centrist talk and we need a new party.
Subject: Juan Cole
What has suddenly become of Juan Cole? His web site has not been answering
for several days.
Did the SLAP suite get to his ISP?
Cancel the coronation Dubya and use that money for equipment for our
troops. How many Humvees would that armor?
One time do the right thing and forget about your quirky little photo
Subject: the recovery
It is gonna take a long time for me. I heard from my cousin's wife
last week, and I had told her that I was so shocked with the election
results...that I sort of went into my shell and grieved for a while.
She told me that Jim (her husband, my cousin) had a condition much
like me...only it stayed with him longer! He ran for the state house
in Missouri. He found out how nasty politics are at the state level...which
is really awful...to find out that way. He was a four term congressman
before this year...he finally decided to go back and try...thinking
he had something to offer...but, he lost!
I may have already written about the man who superimposed his voice
on a local radio station, talking to the phony man about his raising
taxes higher than ever when he was in the Missouri house! It was lies...all
lies! He found out the hard way!!
I feel like this election...to me...is like trying to get over losing
a loved one...a much loved loved one! You start out with shock...almost
unbelievable shock! I really thought with the exit polls we were going
to win...but, in the back of my mind...I was very frightened. A queasy
feeling. Then you are let down...depressed...I did not turn to pills...but,
I let my husband know that it was going to take a long time to get
over this. (He voted Bush...in fact, we displayed two yard signs...mine
for Kerry on the left side of the lawn...his on the right side of
the lawn.) We sort of thought it was funny...but, after the fact...it
was not funny! You must understand,this is a man who has always preached
that if the government would just keep their hands off the social
security money...like they are supposed to...it would be fine...now,
he is thinking that maybe it would not be so bad for younger people
to invest...typical Republican!!!
Then you go through the rage thing...mad at everyone. I watch everything
about the recount...hoping...just hoping that at least Kerry and Edwards
will try...at least try!! And then, you realize that the rage has
changed you...very much...you get mad at the candidates...because
they are too NICE...too easily led to the right!! It makes me so mad
that I even displayed that yard sign...for nothing...absolutely nothing.
The recovery...is going to take a long time...until 2008 at least.
If the right wing finds a way to win every time...we have totally
lost! If they could steal two elections...what is to stop them from
reigning over this country for the rest of my life...and that is not
one thing to look forward to!
So, I have started...at least I think I have. I got my first letter
from Terry McAuliffe, wanting money...and I wrote a letter back that
made me feel better. I promised that whomever the democratic candidate
was, in 2008, I would go to the polls and vote for him...or her! In
the meantime...until I could get an iron clad guarantee that they
would fight for the right to have an equal amount of poll watchers
and vote counters...in on states in question...I would never spend
another dollar...nor work for another candidate. What is with the
Ohio office that would not allow anyone in during the counting because
of a terrorist alert!?? Please!!!! When we get paper receipts...on
everything (and we all watched the voter recount being stopped in
Miami Dade...with the bus load of Tom DeLay crooks (2000)...until
we can stand up to that...until we can get a candidate that stands
up for what we want...I do not work for anyone!!!! I will do my duty
and vote...but no working.
This war in Iraq is so horrible...I cannot stand anything I hear
from there...Even the soldier's question to Rumsfeld...got a days
play on the news outlets...now Scott Peterson is going to take over
for a month...go figure! And the payoff is last!
This country is in the worst shape I have seen it in my lifetime...in
debt up to our eyeballs...no jobs...lousy economy...a war for nothing
but power and to "show them"...we are making multiple amputees
of our young people who are even lucky enough to live. Every child
who is born into this country today...comes in with a $7000 debt on
his or her shoulders. And, the dead...they are bravely dying for their
country...so they are told, when the parents...or spouse gets the
flag...I have been there! And, the budget.....what budget!!?? Can
no one see this but us?
Subject: Sent to Joe Scarborough (MSNBC) Re "Bill Moyers' retirement
I have to thank you for your article about Bill Moyers. You made
him look good. I always thought he was a stodgy overly philosophical
intellectual, but you pointed out that he's got experience, class,
perspective, and conviction. I did a little research, and his career
contributions are really admirable. You on the other hand appear to
be a genius in your own pinkie-deep mind.
You'd be right to fear citizens being able to hear journalism of
substance, and make up their own minds about it. You're desperate
to feed out what you want them to think, and only deliver a tactical
sliver of a statistic to try to support it. Example: "Bush received
more votes than any other political candidate in United States history."
Because he ran in two elections. Adding up votes for Gore and Kerry,
he probably got more votes against him than any other political candidate
in United States history. The reasons are found in the unusual dynamic
of the two most recent elections, though you'd conveniently failed
to mention it. These are the qualities of a hack.
As for your overly-rehearsed PBS bashing, it only comes off as the
same old script from neocon shill central casting. That liberal empire
also produced Washington Week in Review and the McLaughlin Group,
though most neocons prefer to gloss over that and portray "Sesame
Street" as a subversive liberal uberweapon designed to erode
the foundations of our society one preschool at a time. PBS is your
political adversary? That's really sad.
Bill Moyers was a special assistant to president Lyndon Johnson,
not some shadowy operative for a left-wing conspiracy. He was the
administration's representative for the press corps, which was actually
a pretty miserable job at a time when the White House press corps
had a pair of brass ones. He's been in the forefront of network news,
he's researched and written many substantive, quality accounts of
Now read your stuff. You're still whining high school. Grow up.
A free press doesn't mean it has to be cowed and stupid. "Op/Ed"
doesn't mean there's any valid role in journalism for bantering ignorance.
Quite the opposite. The point is not to use it to destroy philosophical
opponents, but to get the facts and draw conclusions based on them
whether they are uncomfortable conclusions or not. That's the stuff
of experts; qualified journalists. This requires dedication, courage
and class, and a lot of time and perspective. This guy's a pillar
of journalism, he's been around since the Johnson era. Have you got
nothing better to do with your blog?
There's frankly a point of diminishing returns when trying to explain
reasonable concepts to a mentality like yours. Left-wing, right-wing,
whatever; if you're all mouth, no ears and no mind, and as hopelessly,
paranoically entrenched as you seem to be, you're probably better
off in some business other than what is supposed to be a free press.
Bill Moyers happens to be sharing his extensive historical perspective
to a public that could sincerely use it. After the events of the last
four years, that you evidently find him so threatening reflects quite
a bit about you.
The election was very close, again. The nation is extremely divided,
again. And we're in the same ugly, protracted war with the quickly-evaporating
goal of liberation. The reasons for all this warrant courageous exploration,
a search for context which could accurately be described as patriotic,
and there appears to be a marked lack of it lately. So may I constructively
suggest you make better use of your time than shooting qualified messengers.
Subject: Not yet time to move on (as sent to Move On)
I think your organization can go a long way to helping reach one of
your stated goals, i.e., media reform. The press in this country,
with a few isolated exceptions, is asleep at the wheel. I am sure
you are privy to the daily published reports put on the internet by
BuzzFlash.com. The site includes news items from around the U.S. and
around the world, in addition to reader submissions and original essays
and investigative journalism reports. I think you should take a look
at the letter posted yesterday by Mark Crispin Miller about the abject
failure of the New York Times to cover the news, focusing on the failure
of the newspaper of record to report on Rep. Conyers' current hearings
in Ohio on the election fraud, failures and improprieties that tipped
the election in that State to Bush.
It is time to run an actual newspaper to compete with the Times and
the other journals that have abdicated their responsibility to the
people of this country. You have proven yourselves to be absolutely
expert at fund-raising and I would like to ask you to consider financing
a daily newspaper to be published and distributed nationwide and sold
at a fair price, a paper that will include the kinds of articles posted
at BuzzFlash. In fact, it might appropriately be a print version of
BuzzFlash. I think moveon.org is uniquely situated to finance and
publish such a newspaper. It would put the mainstream press' feet
to the fire. I believe it would quickly become self-sustaining, even
with minimal advertising, since overhead such as direct payments to
journalists would be minimized. As a former newspaperman, current
lawyer and activist who is not ready to move on from the theft of
the last election, with adequate financing I would be willing to take
on responsibility for getting this project off the ground. I know
others would be happy to commit themselves as well.
Real news. Real paper.
Please let me have your thoughts on this matter.
Subject: DOUBLE thanks to Suellen and Malgoska -- and another "crazy"
The one thing I've felt was missing from the Buzz mailbag was reader
response and reinforcement to one another. I've now received encouragement
and a brilliant suggestion (from Malgoska on sending the WEARERS of
the inaugural elite (gold-plated, no doubt) armor to Iraq along with
the armor itself. A MUCH better idea than my original concept. But
that's what teamwork is all about. Too bad our present "leaders"
are too busy trying to annihilate the other side to be bothered with
compromises that produce viable -- for ALL of us -- solutions.)
Anyway, having read all the hand-wringing tales (from Republicans
and "moderate" Democrats alike) to the tune of "Social
Security is on life support...uh oh...flatline...bring on the defibrillator
paddles!" I've come up with another wild suggestion. We already
know (!!!) that Bush & Co. want to make Tax Cuts for the Rich
a permanent fixture (maybe via a Constitutional amendment, if that's
what it takes, right?). We also know how vastly that "kindness"
will add to the deficit, right? (Yeah, he says it will be cut in half
-- but he's not up for re-election. He can tell us that righteous
Christians will be raptured up to Heaven after shedding their clothes
and flying naked -- hey, where is Michael Powell when we really need
him? Hissy fits over a split-second glimpse of Janet Jackson's (gasp)
breast, but not a peep over all those bare-butt naked "saved"
ones flying over our heads?
Anyway, here's my suggestion on "fixing" Social Security.
In exchange for their tax cuts, the "Haves and the Have Mores"
agree to donate THEIR Social Security benefits -- remember, EVERYONE
who pays into the system is eligible to collect benefits upon retirement
-- into a pool (NOT administered by Bush & Co., I hope) to be
distributed to Americans who really NEED the benefits. Of course,
it wouldn't solve the whole problem, but it would help. (By the way,
I once emailed Paul Krugman -- who doesn't respond to emails beyond
an automated message -- with the suggestion that tax cuts for corporations
-- which Bush & Co. swear will bring about a magical increase
in hiring, yet to be seen -- be tied to a provision that the recipients
of the tax cuts will provide X numbers of new jobs, with benefits,
for those who need them.
Thanks, Suellen, Malgoska, and the Buzz for listening while I vent
and launch my wild suggestions.
Barb in Athens, GA
(Blue soul in Red state)
Subject: Put on your hats
What can I say...the Kobe Bryant case has dissipated...professional
sports is looking into steroid use...Scott Peterson has been sentenced.
By the way, how much can the media say about the Peterson sentence?
ē Sentence is death
ē He remained silent throughout his trial
ē The jury had a hard time with its decision
It is not that I have no compassion for Laciís family, but the three
points above are the facts on the sentence, and the media is milking
it for all itís worth. This is our media today. In the meantime, investigations,
law suits and the Conyers hearings in Columbus, OH, go unreported.
The silence is deafening. If we are accused of wearing tinfoil hats,
it is befitting that the media be seen in their dunce caps!
Subject: Stark County Ohio Board of Elections Visit
I am the Stark County recount co-coordinator for the Cobb/Green party
On Monday 12/13 I spoke with Jeff Matthews the director of the Stark
Cty OH B of E. During our conversation he made a comment that I found
He said that the recount situation is very fluid. He is receiving
new directives and rule interpretations from Secy of State Ken Blackwell
on a daily basis. He is concerned that since some Ohio counties have
already begun their recount, that the changing guidelines from the
Secy of State will result in "inconsistencies in the recount
This is exactly the same argument that the US Supreme Court used to
justify halting the Florida recount in 2000!
WHY are the recounts in the 88 Ohio counties starting at different
times? Is this a deliberate strategic move on the part of Ken Blackwell
to lay the groundwork for invalidating the entire recount process?
He also told me that the B of E will NOT permit anyone other than
B of E employees to examine the provisional ballots that were disallowed.
He cited HAVA-302-a5a as justification for this refusal.
He also claimed that over or under voted ballots cannot be separated
out from the bulk of ballots by any automatic process using the tabulating
machines. (I am returning to the B of E office today to try to verify
this claim.) This would mean that the Democratic Party's plan to examine
the 92,000 under voted ballots could not take place unless a manual
recount of ALL of the votes is ordered. The 3% manual recount WILL
have a chance to examine under voted ballots.
I will keep you informed as the recount process unfolds here in Canton
Stark County Cobb/Green Recount Co-coordinator
Subject: My Comments
It was hilarious to read about Kerik that he realized his nanny is
illegal. What a blow to the Bush Admin. How can you trust this guy
to run the NYPD, leave alone, the entire U.S? He will be allowing
the world to enter U.S., soon.
His pick by Rudy Giuliani only shows how incompetent these thugs are.
It is a shame that we have thugs wearing suits in the white house.
The ohio's stolen election hearings will eventually stop the future
stealing. Kerry/Edwards should be tough this time because Kerry won
Subject: R. I. Republicans
Did you read the story about the R. I. Repubs who were elected to
the city council and were sworn in secretly? They went to the 1st
council meeting and sat at the council table while the other incoming
council members (read Democrats) sat in the audience waiting to be
sworn in. The new Repub council members made a motion that caused
people to be fired. The Dems protested to no avail. The new Repubs
also nominated themselves for certain positions.
Wow! Republican hubris is spreading its tentacles to the northeast
now. I thought it could be contained in the red states. Guess not!
Where has democracy gone?
[BuzzFlash Note: Is this the story...? Council
purges Foster officials: Six department heads are fired in the first
meeting under a new, Republican majority. (Providence Journal)]
Subject: Lowell in Ohio, Dec. 13 mailbag
I agree with Lowell in Ohio that the word "Christian" should
not be applied to the extreme religious right wing. All Christians
are getting a bad name from this, and as a believer, I am disturbed
But "fundamentalist" doesn't really cut it either. There
are three fundamentals to the Christian religion: the Incarnation
(Jesus Christ is God in the flesh), the Atonement (Jesus died on the
cross for our sins), and the Resurrection (Jesus rose from the dead
the third day after he died). How often do you hear Tom DeLay talking
about those things?
The religious right wing is more appropriately called Pharisees,
in my opinion. The Pharisees were the religious right of Jesus' time.
They were very scrupulous about obeying every little detail of the
Law of Moses (and there's a lot of detail in there). Nothing wrong
with that. But they assumed that their extreme "righteousness"
made them better than everyone else, and proceeded to condemn anyone
who wasn't as scrupulous as they were (Jesus took a lot of flak from
them, as you might imagine). Jesus called them "hypocrites,"
which was about the only name-calling he ever did.
The name applies, it seems to me. Tom DeLay, Pharisee. John Ashcroft,
Pharisee. George Bush, Pharisee. I could go on and on....
Keep up the good work, Buzz and all Buzzers!
Emporia, KS (red-state Democrat and Presbyterian)
Tomorrow (14th) is my birthday (62nd) and in all these years I have
never doubted the future of the United States of America. Such a wonderful
land of freedom and opportunity I have lived in. A noble country...protector
of freedom and democracy around the world. A people blessed with creative
genius, unrivaled enthusiasm and an honest and dedicated work ethic.
To be taken over by a right wing, self-righteous, morally deceptive
group of men and women who wrap themselves in the Flag and use sexual,
intellectual and spiritual repression to gain absolute control over
the populace, is perhaps our greatest failing. We are in the middle
of a war...enlightenment v/ the dark ages, and we must each of us speak
now while we still can and take action to de-throne these purveyors
of untruth and non compassion who threaten to throw the entire world
into a state of unstoppable chaos. I am getting older but I will not
go down to the sound of chain locks closing around my heart. Long live
Richard from Michigan