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Subject: Not So Fast, George!
If there is one thing that becomes more obvious by the day it is, George
Bush, and the Republicans have way too much power! They will continue
to push the envelope whether the American people agree with their policy
or not! This extreme imbalance of power is destroying the very foundation
of our Democracy. Howard Dean started a huge grassroots movement. This
movement must move as one now to return sovereignty to the people and
protect our rights. Every day we hear and read about the angst of millions
of Americans. The time for just talk is over, now action must be taken
to preserve what we hold dear, our future depends on it!
On January 6 Representative John Conyers plans a challenge. We must
flood our Congressmen en masse with letters or calls urging them to
support Conyers and sign on the challenge with Conyers. If we do not
stand in solidarity in asking them NOT to certify votes in states where
the election results are in question, we will lose one step in the people
taking back control of their own government. George Bush and his cohorts
are heady with power, but working together we are a large majority that
will tell him we will be proactive in demanding change and protecting
our civil rights!
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editorial presupposes that Kerry Lost! I don't think so!
Analyzing the election is so much more difficult than usual because
Kerry won the majority of the voters. I believe as surely as I sit here
that Kerry beat Bush handily. Probably by 4 to 6 points. I am sure that
he won Ohio, Florida, New Mexico and perhaps Colorado, North Carolina
and he won some states by bigger margins than what showed up.
Therefore, second guessing his campaign becomes very tricky. Just like
second guessing Gore's campaign was rather futile since he was right
because he won.
The only possible response to this election is to refuse to allow another
election to be conducted with voting machines....PERIOD. Paper or nothing.......
If it takes a day or two to count the votes then so be it.
Every other country uses paper ballots and so should we. All voting
machines should be destroyed before another election. If this entails
thuggery, so be it. Never again!!!!! Let Diebold and ES and others rot
in their own corruption. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER AGAIN.
Kerry ran a very good campaign. Bush was a pathetic candidate and the
campaign just did the best it could with what it had. The bottom line
was that Bush LOST but he won the voter fraud war. Kerry could have
defined Bush 16 ways from Sunday and the fraud would still have elected
BUSH. IT DIDN'T MATTER WHAT KERRY DID. THE FIX WAS IN! READ THESE WORDS
AGAIN.........THE FIX WAS IN.
They had about 20 different fixes. Before, during, and after the vote.
Not one fix by itself gave Bush the election, so in hindsight, when
one fix was discovered, it could be dismissed as not vital to outcome.
But when taken together, the fix was in, the election was stolen and
fools try and blame Kerry for not running an effective campaign.
Let's face the facts. Kerry won. Bush lost. But it does not matter.
Bush is the President and we will never win again unless we fix the
WAY we vote!!!!!!! Paper or nothing. Destroy the machines NOW!!!!!
We can not expect the republicans to give up the way they won. In actuality,
even local elections will be stolen in a big way. Don't count on elections
again if machines are there to be fixed. Find out where the machines
are stored and destroy them. No long lines again. Just set up a new
booth. A shower curtain and a table and one is good to go.
Congrats to the mention in the SCLM (so-called liberal Media, Eric
Alterman rocks!). One thing though, I'd write them and object to
being in the same sentence, and behind that slime ball matt drudge!!
That SOB isn't fit to clean your crapper, let alone mentioned before
you! Keep up the good work.
Be seeing you.
Millman request for radio spots
Mr. Greg Foster
I have read within BuzzFlash.com that your New York station
WGY will not air the seven 30-second "Paid Radio Moments"
that Robert Millman paid for in advance and submitted. I have
heard each spot, and I am wondering if this is true.
If it is true, I respectfully ask . . . if the soldiers fighting
in Iraq are not fighting for exactly this freedom of speech,
for what are they fighting?
Laguna Beach, CA
This article is extremely frightening!
Plan Sought For Terror Suspects (Washington Post)
These people in the CIA/DoD are CRAZY! They want to hold
Iraqis indefinitely because they don't have enough evidence
on the people to take to court, to prosecute. It used to be
that 'lack of evidence' caused people to be released from
prison. Not any more - this is FuriousGeorge world.
...the Defense Department...plans to ask Congress...to
hold detainees who are unlikely to ever go through a military
tribunal for lack of evidence.... the CIA has been scurrying...to
find secure locations abroad where it could detain and interrogate
captives without risk of discovery, and without having to
give them access to legal proceedings.
...a senior administration official involved in the discussions,
who said the current detention system has strained relations
between the United States and other countries. "Now
we can take a breath."
What has changed in the world community's attitude toward
torture to allow them to 'take a breath'?
And continue to torture, the CIA/DoD will.
One approach used by the CIA has been to transfer captives
it picks up abroad to third countries willing to hold them
indefinitely and without public proceedings. ...Egypt, Jordan
"The details about the system may need to remain secret..."
They are upfront with their intent to violate all human rights,
but top-secret in their execution [literally] of the process.
And make no mistake, this is just a trial run - once implemented,
American citizens, dissenters, will be next.
This is beyond disgusting!!!
Subject: How to Build a Terrorist Factory in Just Four Years
. . .
This from TruthOut . . . US
Plans Lifetime Detentions With No Trial (Washington
This is so, Not the US, or as I want to believe who we are,
but to me, what this article represents is that, the facts
are about how the Bush administration has captured people
without proof of being terrorists, only because of their paranoia
or the added idea that they want the US citizens to think
they are doing something against terrorism and they have shown
absolutely no respect or pain of conscience about what they
do to any living human being. Even the dead are not respected
by the Bush administration.
I am guessing that the Bush administration probably knows
that under "normal" procedures they could never
prove guilt against any of these prisoners, but what they
also know, after ruining careers or health of these people
imprisoned away from their friends and families for years
for no reason . . . that released, they have grown to hate
the US and want revenge. Revenge will be doing anything they
can to strike back at the US or US citizens.
The most vulnerable people that will pay for the consequences
of the Bush administration and its failures are those same
people who are already paying a heavy price for the lies by
the Bush administration . . . our military and innocent Iraqis
who are paying with their lives, businesses, homes, towns,
now as I speak because of the terrorist factory that the Bush
administration has had great success in building in Iraq.
And in the future, any US citizen who tries to visit any Country
. . . such a visit could possibly be a dangerous situation
because of the hate that the Bush administration has conjured
up in people with the use of unlawful and murderous actions
towards people around the world.
We train terrorists and now we manufacture them. These detainees
have had years taken out of their lives for nothing and we
weren't popular before they were imprisoned and we proved
to them by these unlawful acts that we deserve their hate.
But that hate will not be demonstrated against the real perpetrators
of these crimes because we, the citizens, protect these people,
instead of prosecuting them.
I wonder why US citizens have allowed this administration
to get away with murder under a banner of morals. The real
criminals are on the outside of these prisons looking in.
your appearance in Investor's Business Daily! (Maybe you
could "go public?" lol)
Keep on keeping on--you're going great!
Mary Noel Keough
P.S. I wish a writer would take the words of Jesus and compare
them to the actions of the Administration, especially the
"I was in prison, and you...," "I was hungry,
and you...," "I was alone, and you...," etc.
THEN, I'd like to see a headlined article that's called something
more clever than "The Immoral Values Mandate," or
"The Immoral Values White House." You know, point
to the many values in the words of Jesus: Sermon on the Mount,
the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus, and this one spoken
by John the Baptist in the Book of Luke: "You brood of
snakes! Who warned you to flee God's coming judgment? 8 Prove
by the way you live that you have really turned from your
sins and turned to God. Don't just say, `We're safe-we're
the descendants of Abraham.' That proves nothing. God can
change these stones here into children of Abraham. 9 Even
now the ax of God's judgment is poised, ready to sever your
roots. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will
be chopped down and thrown into the fire." 10 The crowd
asked, "What should we do?" 11 John replied, "If
you have two coats, give one to the poor. If you have food,
share it with those who are hungry." (I'm not a great
writer, but I'm a good proofreader. :))
Dear Senator Corzine and Senate Democrats;
We know that the current situation in Washington is insufferable,
and we thank you for your efforts, however, we are disappointed
out here in the Heartland. Stop wringing your hands and stand
up for us.
If you want our money for your campaign committee over the
next two years, then we want a signature for Rep. John Conyers
and the Congressional Black Caucus. We want one from EACH
No signature? NO CHECKS.
The unfortunate result of the failure of Senate Democrats
to object to the wholesale theft of the 2000 presidential
election has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands
of people around the world at the hands of an illegal and
Minority Democrats across the country have experienced illegal
name purges, ARMED "INVESTIGATORS" visited elderly
black voting activists in Florida in their own homes "inquiring"
about their activities. In Ohio, black voters had to wait
6 - 10 hours in the pouring rain to vote while more than a
dozen voting machines sat locked in the state elections offices.
We will NOT stand silently by this time. It isn't about turning
the result at the top, although it should be turned. Rather,
we support the Voting Rights Act of 1965 or we don't. We want
to see EVERY DEMOCRATIC SENATOR signed on to Rep. Conyers'
We Democrats in the field WILL hold the Senate accountable
for leaving the Congressional Black Caucus and the American
People to the whims of political ambitions all around. Progressive
primary challengers will be fielded.
This message is being sent to Democratic list serves and organizations
around the country, and this is but one of the organized efforts
for this action. We are desperate in our desire to be heard,
sir, and for your prompt and affirmative response. Do our
Democratic Senators value our freedom less than Ukraine?
I urge each person receiving this message to copy it into
the webform below for Tom Daschle Web Form: daschle.senate.gov/webform.html
We stand or fall together.
Martha F. Sterling
Golden Bath, Maine
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Subject: Two wrongs
In her December 30th email, a Ms. Kathy Gustafson of Brookings,
...The Congressional Budget Office estimates the cost
of the war in Iraq at $9 billion per month. That's $30 million
per day. Roughly what Dubya has pledged to help the victims
of the tsunami ($35 million as of this writing). Isn't math
fun? $30 million a day to kill 100,000 Iraqis; $35 million
to aid survivors of a natural disaster that killed 100,000...
Her math of course is wrong - $9 Billion per month is $300
million a day. Bush's math was wrong as well, and we're now
giving $350 million instead of $35 million so the math still
works the same - it's still about 26 hours of spending in
Incidentally, it takes 72 minutes to spend $15 million in
Iraq, the amount Bush initially pledged. Not that the cash
is all we're losing in Iraq.
A BuzzFlash Reader
My new year's prediction: Jeb Bush's trip to Asia to assess
the damage is his first u.s. presidential campaign visit and
the United States will significantly rise to the occasion
and give ample aid to help Jeb's image.
Subject: George Bush thinks that Saddam's way, Stalin's way, and Hitler's way
is the ONLY way to combat terrorism...
Saddam is Evil.. He made Iraqis disappear... Under Saddam,
Iraqis never knew when they might be pulled into custody and
never see their families again. It's part of what made Saddam
a bad guy. Under Stalin, "enemies of the state"
were imprisoned in the gulag with no meaningful legal recourse
and the chance of being held for life. Hitler built concentration
camps where people were imprisoned entirely outside of any
legal system at all. Stalin and Hitler were generally considered
bad guys, partly because of these actions.
George Bush has no problem with keeping people in prison for
life outside of any legal system. George Bush thinks that
Jesus would keep people in prison forever without a chance
to ever have their day in court. George Bush thinks that America's
values are the same values as dictators.
The Pentagon and the CIA have asked the White House to
decide on a more permanent approach for potentially lifetime
detentions, including for hundreds of people now in military
and CIA custody whom the government does not have enough
evidence to charge in courts.
Plan Sought For Terror Suspects (Washington Post)
George Bush is a dangerous idiot...no one who considers themselves
to be a patriotic American can help but be ashamed that this
clown represents us and insults the memory of all those Americans,
past AND present, who give their lives to save Americas values
of "Liberty" and "Justice for All."
Subject: what happened with this story
can you find out and write a column on what happened with
a bunch of long time diplomats and military people who came
out to say bush was doing a bad job in iraq? it hardly got
reported during the campaign and then died....why? some were
lifelong republicans. perhaps they could be a new lobbying
group. we sure need people that are willing to speak out.
how did bush squish all these stories?
Subject: CBS Memos
I will believe until my dying day that Dan Rather and CBS
were set up. I am VERY suspicious of the so-called blogs that
"discovered" the memos were "forged."
Subject: president speaks French?
You know, the -- what you're beginning to see is a typical
response from America. First of all, we provide immediate
cash relief, to the tune of about $35 billion [sic]. And
then there will be an assessment of the damage, so that
the relief is -- the next tranche of relief will be spent
wisely. That's what's happening now. I just got off the
phone with the President of Sri Lanka, she asked for help
to assess the damage. In other words, not only did they
want immediate help, but they wanted help to assess damage
so that we can better direct resources. And so our government
is fully prepared to continue to provide assistance and
Subject: Comments on CNN
Thought you might be interested in a note I sent to CNN tonight...had
enough of their so-called "in depth" reporting.
Here’s the complimentary part of this e-mail - you’re better
Unfortunately that’s the best I can say. Your "tough"
interviewers like Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Paula Zahn,
and Larry King ask softball questions - which is bad enough,
but then they never follow up with anything that draws out
a real answer. What’s happened to journalistic exploration?
You repeat endlessly the video and stories that you have
on file, all day long, but when you have guests on, some
of whom have gone to significant trouble to appear, creating
interesting and maybe even controversial discussions, you
conveniently run out of time. "That’s all the time
we have" seems to be your favorite expression. How
the hell can you be out of time???? - you broadcast 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week. Time is the one thing you have - and
that becomes painfully obvious when you never miss or delay
The "most trusted name in news" might actually
inspire some trust if it really produced news, going after
stories in depth, and not cutting off informative guests
to ensure you sell us the next bar of soap or bowl of cereal
Robert M. Gowe
Subject: life time detention?
they can never allow the Moussaoui
case to go forward.
it might reveal that Bush knew about his detention, and his
intentions, weeks before 9/11
imagine, Bush could be called to testify!?
Subject: Just got off the phone for Secretary of State
for Wisconsin, Doug LaFollette. It appears that only on two
occasions recently have Secretary of States been party chair
for the Presidential Candidate. Do you know who they were?
You guessed it! Katherine Harris in Florida and Blackwell
in Ohio. Will the Secretary of States come out with a resolution
opposing this conflict of interest and ethical lapse? Don't
count on it. It is more of an afternoon tea party then a believer
in democracy and the willingness to stand up for it.
So it is up to the people, again, if they still believe in
democracy. Either by initiative or a bill in the legislature
to be signed by their state's governor, to prohibit Secretary
of States [throw in attorney generals while we are at it],
to be Chairperson of their party's presidential nominee.
P.S. I am not too hopeful regarding the American voter. Look
what happened when the US Supreme Court stopped the vote and
got to vote twice, once in the election, and again in the
decision that had Bush selected as US pResident in the White
House. Then Congress was asleep at the switch and gave Bush
the power to go to war with Iraq. Where was the American public
then? How many people will die because the majority of American
citizens can be conned, and think they are helpless after
they have been f...!
Subject: We must all become the Sheriffs of America ...
Approximately $3 Trillion of the $7 Trillion of our national
debt was piled up by Presidents Reagan, Bush I and Bush II.
Reagan had to mire us in debt during the 1980s in order to
fund his tax breaks for the nation's wealthiest. Bush II has
added to our national debt by giving even more tax breaks
to America's wealthiest.
Look at it this way: Bush gives tax cuts to the wealthy but
does not cut the amount he spends. America is spending more
than it is taking in in taxes. What happens in YOUR house
when you spend more than you take in? You go into debt. The
difference between you and Bush, though, is that when he wanted
to give even more tax cuts to the wealthy elite, and in order
to hide from the American people the extent to which he was
mismanaging our economy, Bush simply took the money from the
Social Security trust fund. He left some I.O.U.s in the "box"
to acknowledge what he had done -- but now he has a problem:
he cannot pay back what he "borrowed."
So, what is his solution? He tells us Social Security is going
broke and must be destroyed.
The nearest metaphor I can find is this. You have spent more
than you earn each year and have borrowed to the hilt from
your neighborhood bank. Now the moment has come for you to
start paying back what you owe the bank, but you still don't
have sufficient funds to do so, because you keep sending money
to your rich Uncle and Aunt (in hopes they will mention you
in their will). What can you do? If you are George W. Bush,
you simply blow up the bank.
Bush owes Social Security more than he can pay back, because
(in the expectation they will fund his ideological battles)
he keeps giving his rich corporate "aunts" and "uncles"
extra tax breaks -- so he is now planning to blow up Social
Bush is amassing a War Chest to fund an advertising blitz
that will hypnotize Americans into believing him when he says
Social Security is in crisis. There is no similar effort possible
among Social Security's defenders because most of those who
need and rely on Social Security cannot afford to donate huge
sums to sponsor ads telling the truth: that Social Security
is NOT in crisis nor is it going broke. On the other hand,
the Wall Street investment houses will gather in billions,
if not trillions, of dollars in profits from fees and commissions,
so are more than eager to spread Bush's deceitful message.
It is up to all of us to inform ourselves and become the Sheriffs
of America, and not allow Bush to get away with this horrendous
A Loyal BuzzFlasher
Subject: An old pattern revisited!
The "PATTERN" is repeated once again! Bush’s guiding
principle is supposed to be Compassionate Conservatism! Today
in his speech he actually referred to the "swift response"
by the government to the Tsunami tragedy! Bush’s quick reaction
is doubtful, since his pattern is to either ignore or oppose
a situation for a few days. When criticism and pressure brings
the situation to public attention, then, and then only, ACT!
In fact, overcompensate by giving 5 speeches in 6 days as
witnessed in the present Asian circumstance, and then the
old Bush stand-by, "claim it as your own!"
The response now is all things "Bush," including
H.W. Bush, Jeb Bush, and President Clinton thrown in for good
measure! If we look to the past we see the "Pattern"
repeated many times, a couple days to respond to the 9/11
world trade center tragedy, fighting homeland security while
it was a Democrat idea, and opposing the 9/11 investigation
These are only a few, out of many, where there was opposition
from the Bush Administration until public pressure was applied
and criticism began! The United States has always been ready
to help others, yet the Bush delay in the present appears
to be less about what is in the interest of the victims, and
more about what is in the interest of his "image"
of being compassionate! We, as Americans, are asked to make
a personal donation; George hasn’t had time yet to make his
own personal donation!
In Paul Waldman’s book "Fraud," he quotes longtime
journalist, Marvin Kalb, as saying, "The White House
very wisely and very effectively created a message system
that made it seem as if the Bush Administration walked on
water, and the media went along for the walk."
Of course we could be thankful, folks, instead of sending
Jeb to Asia, Bush could have sent Jeb Bush, Katherine Harris,
and Kenneth Blackwell, as a committee, to help out in the
Subject: Conservative die-hardism: Highest Debt (Prison)
in US History . . .
While reading one of your articles from the Washington Post
today, I noticed on the same page their daily "political
question." Today's question was a "no brainer"
for either Bush. How many clemency orders has President Bush
ordered since taking office?
31 You Are Correct
President Bush has granted 31 clemency petitions (pardons
and commuted sentences) since taking office. Former president
Bill Clinton granted 456 clemency orders in his two terms
in office (176 in his final days in office); former president
George H.W. Bush granted 77; and former president Franklin
D. Roosevelt ordered 3,687 in four terms.
If the question had added a multiple choice of "O,"
I would have chosen that, since 37 seems such a large number
for Bush . . . now I am just left wondering how many of those
pardons and commuted sentences were for friends and family
members? We know who his father let off the hook . . . those
who could testify against him. Just a thought,
Subject: Do the math
Tsunami Victims aren't voters. In September of 2004, President
Bush gave Floridians a total of 12.2 Billion dollars in disaster
relief...13 people died in the combined onslaught of hurricanes.
Florida, a wealthy state that refuses to pay state taxes and
contribute to their own disasters, got bailed out by President
Now I was pissed and actually sitting in the Senate chamber
when the Congress gave this humongous amount to Florida. It
was the same day that the Senate voted down a 15 billion dollar
Homeland Security package that would have been paid for by
raising taxes on the top 2% of taxpayers (a little thing called
pay as you go--invented by the Republicans in the Clinton
administration and promptly abandoned under Bush). Another
Senator suggested using some of the 22 Billion sitting in
an account un-used for Iraqi reconstruction. We break it,
we buy it!
So let me say something to the media. Yes 350 million is paltry
when compared to the Jeb Bush Florida relief (wonder whose
pockets it wound up in?) and secondly, there is 22 Billion
sitting in an account for Iraq. Maybe, someone could use that
for all the poor victims in Asia. Oh, I forgot? They don't
By the way, I am American and value life. If 13 people died
due to the Florida hurricanes, that was nearly 1 BILLION dollar
per death in Florida. 146,000 probably uninsured people were
killed in Asia. So each of those deaths was worth (2 billion
total worldwide donations) about $15,000.
This is just to show you the absurdity of Bush spending. When
he is trying to bail out his brother and his rich Florida
buddies--his generosity knows no bounds.
A BuzzFlash Reader
1/3/05 "Do Ka-Ka " article
This article is really what it's all about...when I was a
little kid, really little, I was ahead of my time when I realized
that the only way I could protect myself from bullies was
to do whatever it took to not get the shit kicked out of me.
So I became a "dirty fighter" because I poked eyes,
kicked balls and bit anything I could get at and I went 4
for 4 and nobody bothered me anymore.
Just like the article says, the Democratic party should do
the same thing I did...it would seem to be an easy thing to
do, given the amount of targets the jackasses present. I realize
the "major media" should be dealt with the same
way...that's the biggest bully.
A BuzzFlash Reader
A Lewis story on Alberto Gonzales
Why is it never mentioned that Gonzales' law firm was also
Enron's law firm? Enron in effect stole billions of dollars
from California consumers, employees' pensions, taxpayers,
and stockholders. Did Gonzales help them commit crimes? I
don't know. No one will ever even mention the connection.
Arroyo Grande, CA
[BuzzFlash Note: Some interesting peaks into Gonzales' background:
Subject: Mary Frances Berry Is Not My Hero
Mary Frances Berry was described on BuzzFlash this way: "Mary
Frances Berry, A Fearless Warrior for Civil Rights."
Unfortunately, BuzzFlash got it wrong--or someone forgot to
put up the rest of the headline--it should have read more
like this: Mary Frances Berry, Tried to Steal Pacifica Radio--Didn't
Succeed, Thank Goodness."
[BuzzFlash Note: That headline was from the National Newspaper
Publishers Association story by George E. Curry.]
Subject: National Anti-War Boycott
I wanted to share this email with you since I know you have
thousands of readers just aching to take a stand on Inauguration
Finally a boycott to hit 'em where it hurts!
Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is "Not
One Damn Dime Day" in America. It doesn't really matter
that everyone will be out spending what they didn't the
next day -- a point or two will have been made: Since our
religious leaders will not speak out against the war in
Iraq, and since our political leaders don't have the moral
courage to oppose it:
On "Not One Damn Dime Day" those who oppose what
is happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour
national boycott of all forms of consumer spending. During
"Not One Damn Dime Day" please don't spend money.
Not one damn dime for gasoline. Not one damn dime for necessities
or for impulse purchases. Not one damn dime for anything
for 24 hours.
On "Not One Damn Dime Day," please boycott Walmart,
KMart and Target. Please don't go to the mall or the local
convenience store. Please don't buy any fast food (or any
groceries at all for that matter). For 24 hours, please
do what you can to shut the retail economy down. The object
is simple. Remind the people in power that the war in Iraq
is immoral and illegal; that they are responsible for starting
it and that it is their responsibility to stop it.
"Not One Damn Dime Day" is to remind them, too,
that they work for the people of the United States of America,
not for the international corporations and K Street lobbyists
who represent the corporations and funnel cash into American
"Not One Damn Dime Day" is about supporting the
troops. The politicians put the troops in harm's way. Now
1,200+ brave young Americans and (some estimated) 100,000
Iraqis have died. The politicians owe our troops a plan
-- a way to come home.
There's no rally to attend. No marching to do. No left or
right wing agenda to rant about. On "Not One Damn Dime
Day" you take action by doing nothing. You open your
mouth by keeping your wallet closed. For 24 hours, nothing
gets spent, not one damn dime, to remind our religious leaders
and our politicians of their moral responsibility to end
the war in Iraq and give America back to the people.
Subject: response to your
I enjoy your web site, I surf it often and find many interesting
and informative articles and today I am responding to the
editorial regarding the Dems and the media.
Ever since election day it has interested me to hear the different
groups and individuals assessing what the Dems did wrong,
why they lost, that is a major assumption.
With the evidence of tampering now well documented, I think
that is overridingly the most important, the only important
question at this point.
Without free and fair elections, we have nothing. There is
really no point in running campaigns, because there is no
reason or need for improvement.
We need to get the election process cleaned up, and when it
is at a point where we can trust the validity of the outcome,
then and only then will it be appropriate to talk about message
and what to do to win.
Subject: Democrats oppose Gonzales? Theatre, pure theatre...
'Democrats likely to grill Gonzalez. But will they actually
block him?' (NY Times)
IMHO, no, they'll just put on a show for their potential donors
and supporting constituency with no real intention to actually
block him. It's all theatre, very little else anymore. Professional,
career politicians, wholly owned by multi-nationals, are in
charge of everything, and ONLY money talks anymore. They put
their political careers ahead of our freedoms, our health
and safety, ahead of decency and respect for the law, ahead
of morality, ahead of everything. It isn't just the republicans
who are guilty of this. The democrats are right there amongst
them, thinking of little else than what'll get them that donation,
that vote, another term in office.
The two-party system is like a cozy little self-perpetuating
clique that tries to convince the peasants that there are
two different parties with separate and distinct philosophies
to choose from, while the same big-money multi-national corporate
interests are behind both and playing the peasants like a
fiddle. They're so good at it, they can sell us a George W.
Bush for God's sake, and DAMNED IT!, half of us are convinced
that he's sent directly from God! Go figure!
Hell, as we've already proven to ourselves so shamefully,
we'll forsake our friends, our family, even our celebrities-gasp!-(and
they're our usual Gods, don't forget) if any so much as utter
a criticism of our president-on-a-mission-from-GOD. We are
fed the illusion that we have a voice and are listened to
by our elected representatives, while I look around and see
so clearly just how untrue that is. It's nice to believe it
since it gives one some sense of control over one's destiny,
but to do so is to allow oneself to be manipulated.
I'm sorry to say that I've been very, very disappointed with
the democrats. Especially their deafening silence on the alleged,
and many would say apparent and obvious, vote fraud and disenfranchisement
committed by republicans in Ohio, Florida and elsewhere. The
facts are coming in. The testimony and affidavits are being
compiled. There's a good case to be made, if only someone
in a position to do something about it had some balls. People
should be going to prison for some of the things that were
done to give the presidency to GWB. But, when did this right-wing
government ever let facts clutter up the landscape?
It looks like Kerry probably won the election, but he's not
even indignant about the theft. So, why should I care? The
democrats will not get another dime from me until they start
showing me something. If I'm feeling this way, I know that
a whole lot of others are, also.
Listening to them on the talk shows, it's like watching a
bunch of profiteers mentally spending their big haul before
they even get it. They seem to believe that they're now guaranteed
an endless source of money because of the record high level
of money raised by small donors and grass roots efforts for
the democratic presidential campaign this go-around. They
seem to think it's evidence of things to come. Well, it ain't
guaranteed for the next time, and if they don't quit acting
like republicans and wimps, they'll be just as surprised by
the record low level of money that trickles in over the next
I'm beginning to think that Kerry's biggest purpose, the real
purpose of whomever or whatever was behind his run, was to
make sure a third party didn't become viable amid the disenchantment
that progressives were expressing throughout the political
contest. Why else would he not fight when there is much gathering
evidence that the election very well may have been stolen
from him by a bunch of crooks within government and without?
I'm no longer holding my breath, hoping for this nightmare
to end. It's only going to get worse, before it gets even
worse. A coup has taken place. The foxes have been allowed
to take watch over the hen house, and they're not even trying
to hide the feathers hanging out of their mouths anymore.
They're looking at us defiantly and grinning. Too many conflicts
of interest that go unquestioned by the (corporate owned)
press. The mainstream press deserves our contempt for the
way they manipulate public opinion by refusing to cover the
truth or even mention what should be headline news. Take the
vote fraud story in Ohio for an example. They shamelessly
criticise election fraud in other countries while refusing
to mention the fraud that took place in our own.
Oh well, just give the peasants their 'Fear Facto,' 'Desperate
Housewives' and all the other mindless, unimaginative crap
they're fed, and they'll be obliviously happy in their own
little world, paying no attention to the wrecking ball that
is being leveled at social security, environmental protection
laws, civil liberties, morality, decency, etc... To hell with
health, safety, liberty. There's money to be made!
Today's editorial is so absolutely on-target. At a time when
every pseudo-political-expert TV talking-head is opining about
"values" and "message" and "Where
do the Democrats go from here?" this was the first time
that anyone has simply hit the nail on the head about why
we lost again. As unpleasant as it may feel for us to contemplate
this, we simply have no choice but to play the game as dirty
(and as well) as the Republicans do. We've got to stop trusting
that truth will out and that the majority of the citizenry
will recognize the wisdom of voting Democratic. We need to
motivate voters on the same raw level of powerful subconscious
emotion that Atwater and Rove have utilized so effectively.
New York, NY
Subject: What Would Rove Do?
E.J. Dionne recently recommended Dems ask themselves "What
Would Bush Do?"
critics must learn lessons from such a bad year (Seattle
On that theme, what exactly would Karl Rove do with news
that a Democratic Congress decided to trash ethical standards;
and that because their chief cash-supplier and his partners
are facing various legal threats?
Here's what we on the side of America will do.
We will bemoan, itemize, and document the mind-boggling disaster
that is George Bush & Company. We will rail at their destruction
of our nation. We will have full catalogs of their legion
of lies--what is it? 4 years times 365 days times x-number
of lies per day--
Generally we'll just dither around, waiting to be taken wherever
we're supposed to go.
What would Karl Rove do?
First of all, he would take the gifts given to him that day
by his opponents. Embellishing on them, he would give them
to his various "properties": on the radio, on TV,
in print, and in Government. On days with no gifts given by
the opposition, he will manufacture one. Rove understands
it's A) the message and B) the repetition--thus more exposure,
and wider acceptance. So, all day long, everyday, until the
next thing, you would hear the Rovian message-of-the-moment.
In the scenario above, all America would hear something like
this, for days, on channel after channel after...
"These people have just made America the first nation
in all of human history to officially support the appearance
of corruption in government. Even dictators have more sense
"Why do they want to hide what they're doing from the
America people? This is what this is all about. They don't
want anyone blowing their cozy little--hah-little!--scams!
These people get millions under the table and then write
laws giving billions of YOUR MONEY to their friends. Why
else would you allow people facing criminal charges to continue
in key public positions, unless you're getting a cut? Nothing
else makes sense."
"This is just part of their pattern. War profiteering,
no-bid contracts, fantasy weapons boondoggles, welfare to
their constituents--they don't care about honest government.
They care about getting your money so they can buy more
power so they can get more of your money. Are you going
to let them rob you blind and then get away with it?"
In reality, it's the Republicans who are in charge. And
their record of fraud and theft goes far beyond this issue,
covering their past actions and their future plans. (Think Social
Security, for instance.) We need to say "Why would someone
lower the standards unless they planned to engage in shady business?
These people are planning to pull a bunch of major cons, people.
Just look at the pattern [info here]..."
And the like.
Sadly, we won't do that. Visible, audible, progressives will
ride their individual hobby-horses, and the public will never
get this message coming from Democratic leadership. In the
tradition of Daschle and Gephardt we can expect some Dem to
offer compromises on ethics, and on other things like Gonzales.
These "compromises" will give the Republicans 95%
of what they want. Of course, ever thereafter, when charges
of corruption and low standards are raised, Rovians will simply
chant "What? You signed on to this!" Rendering yet
another series of moral if not legal crimes untouchable.
I know it's impossible for Progressives to present a unified
approach forever, given their very diversity. But could we,
all of us, just try hammering on a powerful and effective
point for a week or two to see what happens?
Is it obvious to anyone but me that Bush I and Clinton
were brought in by Bush II not to primarily raise funds
for Asian relief but to salvage W's image in a hurry after
his horrendous performance (or lack thereof) in the week
following the tsunami?
I didn't even know if I could believe that at first, but
there was Bush I with Bubba on Larry King using the Rove-made
message points. To a question about going ahead with the inaugural,
Bush I not only said that the tragedy should have no
effect on the celebration, he added the additional, unasked
for answer that "when people say the president was late in
responding, I just say that isn't true at all," or something
to that effect.
So there it was. W the anti-statesman hiding behind the
statesmanship of two ex-presidents. That's the thing with
W, even in the wake of what ranks as one of the worst natural
disasters in modern history, it's still all about him. What
a heartless, gutless freak.
Aliso Viejo, CA
Subject: Reading Rove
Reading Karl Rove is as easy as reading My Pet Goat. He's
a political animal with the moral values of a goat. Rove's
selection of George I and Clinton to raise funds for tsunami
relief has got to be a big inside joke at the WH. Co-opt Clinton's
early reaction and neutralize it with Bush's do-nothing (worthwhile
Bush's condolences at this point are even more devalued than
the American dollar. They're obviously insincere as evidenced
by his response to the question: "Any New Year's resolutions?"
- " I'm going to work on trimming my waistline, you see
I like to lead by example." Even for someone with Bush's
record for "bringing up the rear," this is an abysmal
new low. Count yourself lucky Mr. Bush that American Guardsmen
are not following your example. If they were they'd all be
safely stateside tossing back brewskis.
Bush's vacations at the ranch seem to always precipitate a
big disaster somewhere in the world, usually Iraq. But this
time even God couldn't pry Bush off the golf course. It'll
take a lot more than thousands of dead poor people to get
his attention - this is the man who sat reading a children's
book while the country was actually under attack. He floats
like a butterfly from time-off at Camp David to yet another
vacation at the ranch. As he has said in the past: "He
is constantly thinking about new ways to damage our country."
Think, there's got to be something that's still working in
the government that we can break, what about Social Security?
Hey that's a good one!
It takes a master of deceit to keep the American people convinced
that this moron is presidential material. Karl Rove is that
master. He can clean up Bush's screw-ups faster than an illegal
nanny can change a baby's nappy. He's got the American people
so suckered that they are practically begging him to take
my job, take my son, take my retirement money, beat me with
an effing stick.
This is America's descent into the maelstrom. Every year of
Bush subtracts 50 years of American progress. At this rate
we'll all be pilgrims by the 2008. It can only be hoped that
the so-called 'religious right' will finally be satisfied.
Throw another faggot on the fire and burn us some witches.
But it's not the "lie-about" republicans that really
get my steam up - it's the "lay-about" democrats.
Neither political party is recognizable for what it was pre-bush.
While the republicans are cheating at chess, the democrats
seem determined to play checkers. Do they really think their
constituencies are going to be satisfied with long winded,
useless postmortems on this never ending series of government
failures? Just like the corporate media that we're getting
screwed by, they occasionally ask the right questions, but
are content with inadequate answers - or even no answer at
all. And they never - ever follow up on anything. It's sound-bite
city in Washington, DC.
Karl Rove can't be that smart. If he were his machinations
wouldn't be as obvious as they are, or as predictable as they
are. So what the hell is actually going on here? Over to you
Ralph Nader. Americans will have to listen sooner - or later.
Subject: where is our surplus?
Someone asked where did all the money go. Well, the republicans
have been spending money hand over fist. Bush flies back and
forth across the country almost daily, and we foot the bill.
They protect him as if he were god incarnate, and we foot
the bill. They cut taxes for anyone who is rich or richer.
They really cut taxes for the richest. They rebuilt the vice
president's residence from below ground all the way up, and
we foot the bill. They start an expensive war, and we foot
the bill. They visit England and wreck one of the royal palaces,
and I bet we foot the bill on that one, too. They rig elections
and the public pays for that, too. And have you heard how
expensively the White House was decorated for the holidays,
the news said 41 trees, I think the clintons only put up 3
or so. Remember how the republicans screamed bloody murder
when Hillary Clinton hung homemade ornaments sent from all
over the country on the White House tree? Republicans spend
like American royalty and talk as if they are poor relatives.
A faithful reader
Subject: bush and relief effort
When shrub said that the government is sending 350 million
but to look at the American people as the most generous givers
I thought, isn't that 350 million OUR MONEY? He likes to claim
it's our money when it suits his purposes. Now it's the government
sending its money. Social security is OUR MONEY, too. Oh,
and by the way, the giant debt that shrub is creating is OUR
MONEY, as well.
Subject: Bush Administration Pressures Canada to Eliminate
Bush sure didn't waste any time, did he? Nobody can say I
didn't try to warn them that this would happen. Pay-offs to
drug companies sure came quick.
I hope every single person who voted for Bush was ordering
their prescription drugs from Canada so they will get what
they deserve for being so stupid and gullible.
Administration Pressures Canada to Eliminate Drug Importation,
Says CIPA: Canadian Government Relents and Moves to Halt Mail-Order
Trade (CIPA/PR Newswire/Yahoo)
Subject: Why my tenure as a Democrat is waning
From headlines like the one below, to seeing President Clinton
with Bush and Bush Jr (the one who wanted MORE MONICA, MORE
SLUT, MORE SLEEZE), I hate the democrats more and more each
day. I cannot stand with a group that won't stand up for themselves.
Imagine, Kerry in Iraq on January 6th of ALL DAYS! I can imagine
his response, SUPPORT THE TROOPS. Yeah, Support the troops
expose them to the fraud of BUSHCO. They are fighting for
a nation to usher in democracy when our democracy is in question.
Iraq trip, Kerry to skip election finale (Boston Herald)
Subject: There he goes again!!
Drudge is running this story from ITAR-TASS, credited to
al- Bayane, which is reminiscent of his endless links to stories
which used to proclaim Bin-Laden to be either captured or
very, very nearly captured.
If the Drudge and other Bush propagandist "news"
sources start pushing these wildly speculative "stories,"
I fear that the Bushies are up to their old pre-election trick
of dangling the carrot of good news before they whack us with
the stick of reality. Lately, this kind of shadow journalism
precedes a Bushite bombshell, so get ready!!!
[BuzzFlash Note: Link to unconfirmed story: Abu
Musab al-Zarqawi reportedly arrested in Iraq (China
Subject: Up front where it counts (as sent to NY Times)
Mr. Okrent, et al:
A couple weeks ago I sent a note carping over why the NYT
hadn't been covering the Ohio/Florida election "trouble."
Your assistant (his name slips me) was good enough to respond
linking me to several NYT articles, and exposing me for what
I am not: a full-time NYT reader.
The frustrating question of coverage then morphed into: why
hadn't MSM been on top of this apparently enormous story (at
least as important as Watergate, Whitewater and the blow job)
given that the premier NYT had taken a lead and been so open
This morning in one lowly paragraph in their commentary of
the day www.buzzflash.com provided this neophyte activist
In all fairness, the NYT apparently allows its columnists
freedom in choosing their material, including Paul Krugman,
Bob Herbert, and Frank Rich. But remember, it's the front
page headlines and stories that have an impact in Washington,
So now do I get it?
1. Where an article is placed determines its importance to
2. When an issue warrants an investigation, and is given
an investigation, it becomes incalculably more impactful to
readers than extraordinary opinion pieces written by well-respected
writers but placed somewhere other than on the front page.
3.That the NYT (and other MSM) editors apparently believe,
or are compelled to believe, that the election "troubles"
going back to 2000 have never reached the level of, say, the
blow job (assuming maybe dangerously that it did make the
NYT front page); and they (the "troubles") don't
demand a serial investigatory report.
Can you yet see why we have a legitimate reason to carp?
St. Paul, MN