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Subject: Reason for Optimism
There's reason to be optimistic about the future of the Democratic
party and electoral victories. Consider the following, all taken
from Senator Boxer's statement on her objection to Ohio's electoral
Why in Franklin County did election officials only use 2,798
machines when they said they needed 5,000? Why did they hold
back 68 machines in warehouses? Why were 42 of those machines
in predominantly African-American districts? Why did, in Columbus
area [which is in Franklin County] alone, an estimated 5,000
to 10,000 voters leave polling places, out of frustration, without
having voted? How many more never bothered to vote after they
heard about this?
Why is it when 638 people voted at a precinct in Franklin County,
a voting machine awarded 4,258 extra votes to George Bush. Thankfully,
they fixed it -- but how many other votes did the computers
Why did Franklin County officials reduce the number of electronic
voting machines in downtown precincts, while adding them in
the suburbs? This also led to long lines.
Ready for the good news? Kerry won Franklin County, which was
that blue spot right smack in the middle of the big, red Ohio
map that viewers saw on election night. Franklin County is also
my home and I remember feeling optimistic about Kerry's chances
as we got near November 2, mainly because of what I saw around
me: the events, house parties, fundraisers, signs, bumper stickers,
and most of all the palpable excitement, made me believe we
really would unseat Bush.
Turns out I was both wrong and right. Wrong about who would
occupy the White House for the next four years, but right about
what was happening at the local level. Here in Franklin County
we actually defeated the republicans and all their sickening,
There's hope in this story. And a lesson. And a mantra for
the future: Remember Franklin County.
As White House counsel, Gonzales played a key role in crafting a
spurious legal backdrop for the unconscionable humiliation and abuse
visited upon terror war detainees in U.S. custody in Iraq and at the
Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
nagging question of torture (Newsday)
This is quite interesting considering the Buscists are contemplating
reinvigourating the Salvadorian Death Squads as we read and write. America
January 10, 2005
Salvador-style 'death squads' to be deployed by US against Iraq militants
We knew that when Negroponte went to Iraq, he would bring some of
his fondest memories from the Latin American campaigns with him to the
Middle East. Negroponte was, of course, Ambassador to Honduras during
Ronnie's turn at the White House buckboard reins.
Now, we know that the Buscists have crowed long and loud about how Hussein
was such a brutal fellow and how he killed many of his own people (far
fewer in decades than the Buscists have in months). But, now we get
to have the state-controlled hit squads going through Iraq much like
Hussein's groups did, but, now, against the remnants of the Ba'athists.
How things have changed!
Grand Forks, North Dakota, US of A
Subject: Barbara Boxer
To Whom It May Concern -
As an avid reader of BuzzFlash over the last few years and as a Democrat
from California I was disappointed with your coverage of Senator Boxer
and her stand against the status quo in Washington. The historical aspects
of her choice aside (the first time since 1877) the fact that a Democrat
finally stood up and declared that not only was she a Democrat, proud
of it, and that there are real problems with elections in this country
seems to have been lost on you.
I realize that you had a banner headline for most of the 6th of January,
but where are more editorials? Why is the banner today about the 7th
part of a series of editorials you are running until the inauguration
(which by the way are great) and not about her? The banner should be
all about Senator Boxer and her stand against the powers that be in
Washington. At least through the weekend.
What she did was give the Democrats the only chance they are going to
have for the next two years to shape the agenda in Washington. It was
our two hours of power in the halls of the Capitol and all you could
do is give it one day of coverage? More to the point, what she did is
what you have wanted Democrats in Washington to do for years. That is,
to stand up to the Republicans. Now here is one who does just what you
want and you only give it a cursory one day headline? That does not
make sense. I realize that today it is three stories down on the left
side of the column. Where else is she today? Where is the banner headline?
To conclude let me say that I love your site and visit it several times
a day. It serves a good purpose and needs to continue. The lack of Boxer
coverage notwithstanding you are doing a great job!
California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
Subject: Personal party at white house
I am so mad. To think that we have to pay for the bash at the
white house for the bushes. Don't tell me we won't be billed
for it. That bunch keeps on keeping on, and both pickle faces
(i am including lardy, I mean laura) get in front of the cameras
and sneer at us real americans, to continue to show they can
do what they want, and, no one can do a thing about it. They
continue to break the law, change the law, and insert new laws
to accommodate their evil ways. I cannot tolerate them. To think
we have to pay for their personal party. I want to see the bill
they present to the taxpayers for that big bash. Talk about
Subject: venomous letters
If I were to receive that letter, or e-mail, I would post it
faster than that little student's
head could turn. I'd post it in the halls, and on the internet,
and I'd make certain that
anyone who needed to know, would know about it. It is a threat
and more. And the
little punk who wrote it is afraid to show his face. It is the
professor who should be
suing for this kind of attack.
Things like this just make me want to throw up. If the war is
so almighty good, then let
these bullies go fight in it. If it is good enough for my son,
daughter, niece or nephew to
fight in and be killed, then it is good enough for those people
who say they really support killing to volunteer for.
I, along with many thousands of others, risked our lives, names,
souls so that this student
could threaten someone for stating his opinion? Let these vocal
supporters of Bush go
take that same risk. I dare them. They hide under the cover
of threats. They are the real cowards. They are the ones who
have no respect for civil liberties - except for theirs.
Subject: Am I Being Narrow Minded . . . or Maybe I Have Just
Blown a Fuse . . .
We do live in a crazy mixed up assbackwards time, when we have
to send "thank yous" to Democrats who stand up for
Democracy because by doing so, they are putting their careers
on the cutting edge.
So, I did send a thank you to Barbara Boxer . . . but, what
should we send to all of those Democratic Senators who have
been in DC long enough to care more about what their "friends"
in the Republican Party think than about the OBVIOUS criminal
action in Ohio that will, again like Florida, go without punishment.
And, they can all go out to dinner in DC and laugh it up with
all of those extremely funny Republicans and just charge it
to expenses. And, we get angry when people say they see no difference
from a Democrat or a Republican in DC.
As I have said before, if that lame document that Congress signed
giving Bush authority to act on his own . . . is enough to keep
him from paying for the crime of lying this Country into a war
and killing over 100,000 people . . . how then, can we ever
expect anything from any Democrat in DC?
I'm to the point where nothing makes any sense any more. Debating
about this vote while Kerry took off for Iraq, not counting
his giving in to Bush the day after the election, he made us
all look like conspiracy fools and we actually got no coverage.
How can we punish the guilty when our candidate doesn't want
the office enough to care about the honesty of the votes? He
should give back that 15 million bucks, plus interest because
of his "lack of interest."
Killing innocent people doesn't mean anything any more; votes
don't mean anything any more, why don't we just open up all
of the prisons and allow everyone out because to be fair, crime
does pay and isn't punished by this government. And, I'm more
scared of the Bush government and their crimes, than I am of
anybody in our US prisons.
Just a pissed off thought,
As we continue to find more dead bodies, it just means we have
a very successful tsunami. Does that sound like Bush speaking?
carolina in md.
(you know the more killed in Iraq, shows we're succeeding)
Subject: Cat-Killer Frist's
Quote of the Day
Actually, all too believable.
A young woman down the street from me committed suicide by burning
her house down. It was the most devastating fire I'd ever witnessed.
While the neighbors all stood dumbfounded, horrified and depressed,
the newsmen came in. The cameraman got the anchor live in front
of the raging fire as firemen battled to keep the fire from
spreading to nearby trees. After the shoot, the two HIGH-FIVED
each other and started chortling and gabbing. They saw me looking
over at them in stunned silence and apologized, saying they
didn't mean for it to look as if they were celebrating and added,
"We know someone died."
But, in fact, everyone's lives are just backdrops to all these
people in power.
Did you see the Globe article? By Derrick Jackson, I believe.
"In Iraq, we were the tsunami."
Subject: Staples still loves Sinclair
Here’s a letter I received from them.
Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. Our media buying
process with Sinclair Broadcasting stations has recently been
misrepresented by an organization with no affiliation to Staples.
Staples regularly drops and adds specific programs from our
media buying schedule, as we evaluate and adjust how to best
reach our customers. We do not let political agendas drive
our media buying decisions.
Staples does not support any political party. We advertise
with a variety of media outlets, but do not necessarily share
the same views of these organizations or what they report.
As we have done for a number of years, Staples will continue
to advertise on Sinclair Broadcasting stations.
Again, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.
Subject: Contact Armstrong Williams and Tell Him You Want Your
Subject: Share Your Thoughts Concerning the Direction of the
Democratic Party (as sent to http://standupdemocrats.org/ideas/index.php)
To Whom It May Concern,
As Democrats, we must not be afraid to fight for our principles
and stand up for the poor and the powerless that are being left
behind by ineffective leadership at the top levels of our party.
We must grow a spine and never waver. We must put the D back
in Democrat. We must stop the move to the right by this party,
or the core members who are the base will leave it. The bloodletting
in our party must come to an end if we are to save this party.
As someone who fights for our ideals when I see my ideals are
no longer being represented by our party it angers me and makes
me at times want to throw up my hands and walk away. But, then
I think of those people who are very poor and powerless and
I stay in fighting the good fight. But many like me NEED AND
DEMAND leaders that will support us. We take great umbrage at
not being listened to.
Once you have lost the base, the base will no longer be there
to help in the future.
We also need to rid ourselves from the likes of Al From, Senator
Joe Lieberman, Terry McAuliffe and start replacing them with
real progressive leaders such as Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich.
Both Gov. Dean and Congressman Kucinich rallied the base, fired
them up and their efforts were squandered by the DNC and the
DLC. During the presidential primaries and by reading the AFSCME
magazine Public Employee, candidates like Reverend Al Sharpton
were connecting the dots in how to unseat Pres. Bush. I have
more respect for Reverend Sharpton due to his presidential bid.
Given a choice between listening to him or say Joe Lieberman,
I would listen to Al Sharpton.
We must come roaring back stating there is absolutely nothing
wrong with being liberal. Liberals like me are Americans too
and must have a say in our party and our government. To shun
us and silence us will be the nail in the coffin of our party.
You want us to stay in the game and continue to fight, then
you must start giving us all reason in order to do so.
Quite frankly, it is my belief why we lost the presidential
campaign, failed at retaking the house and senate is because
voters saw no real difference between the parties. What we needed
was many more anti war candidates and anti U.S.A. Patriot Act
A WELLSTONIAN, GORE AND DEAN DEMOCRAT
Subject: Armstrong Williams on Crossfire
Robert Novak talks to Armstrong and tries to help him out by
saying that Williams isn't bound by journalistic ethics. Now
what's your excuse Robert?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Senator Barbara Boxer
I hope you will support this cause.
In case some of you do not have Senator Barbara Boxer's email
address (her web site address, that is), here it is. I just
sent her a "heartfelt thank you" for standing up for
Democracy and fair elections. I, personally, think it would
be great if her office got flooded with "thank you"
emails. Perhaps several of us will do this and share her email
address with "others" that might do so also. Maybe
even her "office" will be able to get some mainstream
media attention to cover her great response from the masses.
Subject: I applaud Barbara Boxer...and the black caucus
The other senators....including Boxer...made beautiful speeches.
I always admire Obama, but, why did they make those flowery
speeches...then vote with the republicans?
Will wonders never cease...at this rate...we might just as
well give up every liberty we thought we ever had. We are such
a minority now, anyway...unless someone grows a spine in 4 years...we
will just keep going down this broken road!!!
We are going to have an Attorney General who lies through his
teeth...has not one shred of decency...does not care about anyone
but himself. Does anyone wonder why thousands are coming into
the country every day...taking jobs...the state of California
and Arizona might just as well chuck it all, I think Texas is
open for anything...they let Dubya live there...a few illegal
aliens are surely not any worse.
I have nothing against aliens...we are all aliens unless we
were born of the American Indian...but, we have worked our collective
asses off...to get a paycheck...and they are getting those things
for free. They are starting a program here in St. Louis, I read
the other day, where the state will no longer provide a translator
for Drivers License testing. If the person does not understand
the language...they must hire the translator themselves or just
not get a license to drive.
If anyone out there ever figures out why Bush has got everyone
in this country bamboozled, please inform me. I just cannot
Shirley ............St. Louis
PS: I hope the idiot makes no progress in Social Security
reform...or, tort reform. No one seems to want that, anyway...and
from what I have read in the papers, they all agree that Insurance
Companies and doctors are the problem...I would love to think
someone is gonna kick his ass!!!!
Subject: FORGET IT!
John Kerry may have written his own political obituary with
a pathetic letter to his supporters saying that he won't back
a protest by African-American House members against voting fraud
in Ohio. I poured my heart and soul into campaigning for the
kerry edwards ticket! i gave money, money and more money! If
he is smart he will not even attempt to run again! i don't know
a democrat now who would vote for him!
diane in miami
Subject: How can she do it?
I was just watching coverage of the tsunami on Dateline and
heard some incredibly strange things. A woman, an American,
saying she was on a beach in Thailand and there was no shortage
of water or food, it was wonderful and tourists need to come
to help the economy.
What kind of person can talk of enough food and water and toss
frisbees around a beach when thousands, within a short distance,
have died, many are injured, homeless, in danger of disease
and not getting enough food or water?
How could anyone do what she was doing? I don't have a problem
with going there and spending your money, but how do you ignore
all the suffering? It reminds me of a program we used to do
at church. You invite a group over for dinner. You serve a complete
steak dinner to one guest and the rest get rice and water. We
found that the person with the dinner couldn't eat it without
I find it particularly callous that anyone could enjoy themselves
surrounded by so much suffering. There is no way I could do
Subject: A New Party
Fellow BuzzFlash Patriots,
I think I could probably speak for many of my fellow BuzzFlash
friends when I say I have finally had it, am finished, and am
completely and totally disgusted with the "Democrat"
Like many of you, I gave my hard-earned money to that Benedict
Arnold John Kerry. Like so many of you, I have protested, marched,
emailed, called and faxed on so many issues these past four
years: the war, the vote, civil rights, abortion rights, health
care education the environment and on and on and on. Hell, I
even started a Civil Liberties Defense Group in my home town
to ask the city council to pass a resolution against the Patriot
Act! Did they? Hell, no! Too many corrupt, bought-and-paid-for
Repugnicans and even one National Guardsman who is now in Iraq
(I wonder if he's changed his tune?).
My final phone call to a Democrat was to Barbara Boxer. And
she came through for me. Thank you Barbara. You will have my
vote for the rest of your career because you have more balls
than the entire Senate put together, and that is a hell of a
lot of balls! But to listen and watch the rest of your "colleagues?"
Forget it. Just forget it.
It's obvious by now that the Democratic Party as a whole is
either a completely terrified quivering shivering mess of invertebrates,
or Repugnicans in Democrat clothing.
Never never NEVER AGAIN will a Democrat get my money, my time,
my hopes or my dreams (with the exception of Barbara, of course).
I hope she doesn't let us down.
Our only hope, my friends, is in a New Party. Take the most
progressive Dems, like Barbara Boxer, Dennis Kucinich, Howard
Dean and anyone else who has proven, with their vote or their
actions, that they care more about Americans than their own
careers, and mix them with the best Progressives Greens we've
got. There are A LOT of alternatives out there.
Look at how the Greens spearheaded the Ohio vote protest. THANK
YOU GREENS!! For that, they have earned my respect and my future
The only way to change the dictatorship we are living under
is for a Revolution. The Democratic Party died yesterday, January
Today, the day after only ONE Democratic Senator added her voice
to the debate, I QUIT the Democratic Party.
From now on, only the most anti-war, pro-labor, pro-women, pro-environment,
radical leftist advocating hard-working underdogs...the Independent
American spirits...will get my energy and my vote!!
Let's start right here on BuzzFlash, my friends! Shirley, you
can be our Eleanor Roosevelt-like elder stateswoman (I know
you're not that old, dear, but you are so wise). And Buzz...you
are our Paul Revere, our Benjamin Franklin, our John Adams,
our Martin Luther King, our Ghandi and our Mark Twain. I can
be a cheerleader/marketing/promotions person, and all the wonderful
writers like G Will Hunting and Barbara in NYC and the Liberal
Christian can rouse the rabble. And my gosh the brilliant Paul
Krugman, Maureen Farrell and the many other guest authors and
commentators like P.M. Carpenter and the wonderful Angry Liberal
and the marvelous TruthOut.org and so many others...we've got
a veritable think tank on our hands, everybody!
WHY NOT US? WHY **CAN'T** WE lead this country and the world
to a better place?
Is this totally naive of me?
Heck, THAT'S WHAT THE INTERNET IS FOR!
Buzz, you are the broadsheet of the Revolution.
Let's do it. I'm sick of being afraid and depressed and worried
about my child's future and war and destruction and the melting
polar ice cap.
We can change the world. We just have to shout and scream and
kick louder and harder than those despicable Repugnicans. They
are just Evil. We can conquer them!
elaine in Petaluma
Subject: Can the Democrats spell Vichy?
The Senate Democrats truly ARE French. Unfortunately, they are
Vichy collaborators not Free French fighters.
Yeah, they certainly came out fighting! NOT! The Congressional
session has only just started and the dems have rolled over
and played collaborator on what may well be two of the most
important issues they'll take on.
First, on the Ohio vote protest. Only Boxer voted for it. Not
Kennedy. Not Byrd. Not Kerry. Or Dorgan or Gephardt or Lieberman.
What a pathetic joke. We HAD one senator untainted by a vote
of collaboration. Obama didn't vote to give the president permission
to make war at will or to fund it. Now he's tarnished along
with all the rest. Come on, people! Just because the republicans
will prevail in the end vote doesn't mean you have to go on
record as supporting them. All the more reason to keep your
record intact. Vote against, against, against. Let them dig
the holes and bury themselves. When the worm turns, and it will,
the voters will look to candidates who didn't contribute to
Second, Alberto Gonzales. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't
Joseph Biden rip Donald Rumsfeld a new hole over the Abu Ghraib
torture? And wasn't it Biden who threatened Ashcroft with a
contempt charge? But Gonzales, the man who greenlighted the
atrocity and called the Geneva Convention "quaint"
is allowed to skate on all his evasions and outright lies. His
record in Texas alone should have blacklisted him.
Perhaps the dems need to look a bit further back in French history.
Or will they say, "Let them eat cake."
Subject: For the mailbag
First of all, thank you for BuzzFlash. I found out about it
about six months ago, and while I don't remember how I heard
about it, I'm glad I did. It's a valuable resource, and I've
learned a lot of things from it.
Concerning Thursday's vote, I applaud Sen. Boxer and Reps.
Conyers and Tubbs Jones for their courage. I'm sorry they ended
up standing alone in the final outcome. But I never expected
to be able to reverse the outcome of the election. It was about
calling attention to the numerous discrepancies, inconsistencies
and acts of fraud that marred the vote in Ohio, because that's
the best chance of avoiding a repeat of that episode. More people
know about it now.
I'm from Illinois, and while I would have liked for Durbin
and Obama to have voted with Boxer, I'm not down on them. I
saw an earlier letter from Colorado, who said of Ken Salazar,
"I am certain he will vote with the dems more than 75 percent
of the time...The party needs all kinds of dems: liberals, moderates,
progressives..." I agree, and I'm not going to abandon
Durbin and Obama because of this vote. They take the same position
I would almost all of the time. I feel fortunate to have them
representing me, as I do in having Lane Evans as my Congressman.
I applaud him for his vote and his role in this process.
As for Ric Keller's inanity, "Get over it": get over
yourself, Ric! Real Americans do not "get over" the
presidency being stolen, twice in a row, no less.
And as for what direction the Democrats should take: may I
use a military analogy? Generals fight wars; diplomats negotiate
settlements. This is the time for the Dems to stop playing diplomat
and start playing general.
Subject: Armstrong Williams ....
$240,000 to promote the Bush No Child Left Behind Farce .....
Doesn't surprise me .... this same pundit is still spewing
the Saddam's Iraq and Osama's Al Qaeda 911 Link. Wonder how
much he gets paid for that one? Gotta be worth at least
a couple hundred thousand ..... ya think?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: I teach BuzzFlash
I teach history, theology, and current events at an Illinois
high school. I just wanted to write and let you know how refreshing
it is to read your editorials and search your site.
Many of the editorials and news stories that I read to my
classes, I print off from your web site. Your BuzzFlash
editorials are so thought provoking that my classes are sometimes
speechless after I read them. Other times, especially the
students with right wing parents go berserk and can't believe
that I read something like that in class.
I only make $20,000 per year (take home $15,000) so it is
literally impossible to donate any of my money to your site.
Whenever I do acquire a higher paying job, you can be sure
that you will have a small donor on a regular basis.
Thanks for the massive intellectual curiosity - keep it up.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Top Moonie may get top U.S. trade job, WaPo reports
One of the most powerful Rev. Moon operatives may be tapped
to replace Zoellick at the U.S. Trade Representative's office,
opening who knows what doors for the extremist Washington Times
owner and international billionaire Moon.
movement VIP under consideration for top U.S. trade job
Announces Zoellick as Deputy to Rice (Washington Post)
Subject: Letter to Bill Frist
Your report about the AP quote from Bill Frist prompted me to
do some research on the event and I was so inspired to send
him the following letter:
Dear [recipient name was inserted here],
My family and I read the AP report of your trip to the devastated
region. We were horrified that you and your colleagues tied
up government choppers that were scheduled to deliver goods
to the victims. And, even worse, you used the tragedy as a photo
op; making sure that pics of you had adequate representation
of the "devastation" behind you. How reprehensible
was your behavior? And, you, a doctor who should know how to
deal with human suffering with dignity, and respect. I can just
imagine the image you and your entourage made to those poor
suffering people as you swept past them in all your glory...again
the perfect picture of the ugly American. Congratulations Mr.
Frist. You have outdone yourself once again. Perhaps you feared
catching HIV from their tears?
The Carroll Family, Syracuse, NY
Thank you for keeping us informed. We remain diligently committed
to keeping this administration from making the gains that it
envisions. Keep the drum beating.
dawn m carroll
Subject: Seems you underestimate the enemy
Your 8 January Editorial "Confederacy
of Dunces" hits the spot. However, seems you underestimate
the determination of these murderous thugs. They will kill and
destroy whatever is necessary. They will not be stopped.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Republicans in Kentucky
Yesterday, the Republican controlled Kentucky senate seated
a woman that the courts ruled ineligible to serve in the state
senate because of the constitution's residency requirement.
I'm sending two links. The first is to the story that appeared
in the Courier-Journal this morning. The other is to a search
page that should give you some background on the story.
Keep up the good work. I'd send you some money if I had any
Senate seats Stephenson (1/8/05, Louisville
IF Fritz Stern is right, and the tools of Hitler's propaganda
are being hidden in plain sight --and-- IF an administration
that does not recognize a law when it sees one proceeds to affect
its greedy agenda with force at home --and-- IF one day we wake
up and FEMA is at our door to "escort" us to a camp
--and-- IF the poor (remember them?) become us will the other
nations of the world invade the USA to protect us citizens from
ourselves ? will they stand by and shrug their shoulders? will
Subject: Need some working definitions, so here's a start
It seems to me that we need to reshape the discussion. Many
more people need to know what the bosses (I can't call them
leaders) are about. For that, we could start with some definitions,
and get them better understood.
Let me suggest one: Neocon: A power-hungry person who favors
unilateral aggression, especially against weak nations; imprisonment
without counsel, charge or communication; torture; the indiscriminate
murder of innocent civilians, especially women and children;
and lying to cover it all up. A pal of crooked executives everywhere,
and a person with a complete disregard for accepted standards
of behavior, respect, law and treaty. A thug willing to take
advantage of another person in any way, legal or illegal, based
on avarice, ignorance or vengeance. A massive polluter with
no regard for other people's health, safety or well-being. A
person who would help a crooked business steal grandma's money,
dump grandma in the street, and then gloat about it. Generally,
a completely self-centered imperialist, who believes that if
you have money, you should get all sorts of government support,
paid for by people who work for their money. A person to whom
ethics is something to pretend and talk hugely about while robbing
and defiling everything he is involved with. And a person for
whom the "truth" is whatever propaganda is convenient
at the moment. Frequently, a person who hides shameful behavior
behind a religious front. One who shirks accountability for
unscrupulous actions, but takes credit for the good work of
I'm sure there are many other terms that need a good definition,
and this one is just a skeleton of the whole topic. But I thought
we have to start somewhere. It might even become a contest.
A BuzzFlash supporter
TVNL Editor's Comments:
There is a lot of noise regarding the "pundit" who
was paid by the Bush administration to push the no child left
behind program. Of course, this is a blatant violation of journalistic
ethics (a phrase that has become an oxymoron recently), but
do you know that there is a better example of this violation
at, you guessed it….FOX News! William Kristol is a regular face
on FOX, most notably on Brit Hume's show.
FOX touts Kristol as the editor of the Weekly Standard, which
is true. But a more notable credit that FOX has never mentioned
to their viewers is that Kristol is the chairman, let me repeat
that…CHAIRMAN...of the Project for a New American Century (PNAC).
In other words Kristol is one of the authors of the neocon agenda
and he is propped up in front of a "news" watching
audience as a pundit/journalist who is simply sharing his views
on the events of the day. In other words, he is a shill.
FYI there were 10 PNAC members in the Bush administration.
Several have left like Richard Perle and John Bolton (just announced).
But many remain in place, in essence running the show; like
Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz. Kristol is the CHARIMAN of their
organization. Think about it!
Subject: RE: A Rose is a Rose?
I do understand that the Bush administration is characterized
by a high and noble rank of morality - no lying or knowledge
But, this Armstrong Williams matter gives me cause for doubt.
If the charges are true, it seems there just might be an element
of 'corruption' in Mr. Williams' actions on behalf of this administration.
Is that labeling on my part a trifle too harsh?
Subject: Here's what I think...
I don't happen to think that someone with a plastic Jesus statue
on the dashboard of his car is any more religious, moral, ethical,
or decent than I am simply because he advertises his religiosity
with a plastic statue and I don't.
I don't think when we all arrive at The Pearly Gates the first
question to us will be to inquire how many plastic Jesus or
Mary statues we were able to fit on the dashboard of our car.
I also don't think someone with an American flag flying from
his car is any more patriotic, law-abiding, more loving of our
country than I am, or more respectful of our flag.
I don't think attaching a yellow Support Our Troops "ribbon"
to one's car is persuasive that the car's owner is any more
supportive of our troops than I am (he has probably enriched
the manufacturers of that "ribbon" more than he has
aided our troops), and I certainly do not think the car's owner
could be any more appreciative of the sacrifice our troops make
on our behalf or have greater sympathy than I do for those who
are killed or wounded in military service.
I don't happen to think parading one's religiousness, patriotism
or "moral values" around in public for all to admire
is inclined to prove anything more than a person's penchant
for self-promotion, along with a sorry need for admiration.
I think real patriotism would require us all to make every effort
to see to it that our country lives up to its ideals, and I
think any religion worth anything should lead its followers
to want to be better, kinder, fairer, more compassionate people.
A Loyal BuzzFlasher
I'm grateful for BuzzFlash to exist, I'm pleased to read it!
Here's some ideas of mine:
For me, Mr. Bush seems to be the personalisation of a majority
of semi- or under- educated, self-concerned and isolationistic
US citizens, who repeat the propaganda they are being fed to
themselves as soul food for their own satisfaction. So as he
appears to be one of them, and apparently taking care of their
worries, everything he does must be alright and in line with
their expectations. And why should a population bother with
other people's problems, if there are enough of one's own. (-
created by themselves, since they wanted this leader -)
The plutocrats have chosen the right person to deceive his own
kin in mentality – to exploit the nation and then move on to
the next big challenge – whatever or wherever that will be.
To make more money and destruction.
That one, who has the U.S. as friend, has no need for another
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS
Question: Who is the favorite singer of Armstrong Williams?
Answer: Johnny CASH of course!
Thanks so much for your website.
Subject: Bush Deceives the American Public AGAIN, with BIG
Tax Deduction Plan
Here's a good example as to how Karl Rove has a fantastic brain.
Certainly George Bush's pea brain isn't good enough to come
up with this one.
And, as usual, it looks good in the headlines and is sure to
buy a lot of votes from the ignorant electorate.
Bush, in his generous manner, has pushed the congress to allow
all donations to the tsunami relief fund to be declared as a
donation on this year's tax returns for the year 2004.
Wow, that is great, isn't it? What a nice guy.
Well, in a sense it is a good offer, but who is really going
to get the benefits, and reap the BIG dollars from it.
Certainly not the average, hard working guy on the street, the
middle class and even the lower class, all of which really had
feelings about the suffering in the stricken areas. They dug
into their pockets and came up with twenty bucks here, and fifty
bucks there, and maybe even a hundred or two, and they
donated it...BECAUSE THEY CARE, THEY REALLY CARE.
But the ones who WILL benefit, greatly, from Bush's alleged
generosity, are the corporations, the multi millionaires, and
the ultra wealthy, who all gave in big bundles and will now
see it all come back to them in the form of HUGE tax deductions
Do you think that the majority of them gave those big bucks
because they cared about the suffering, and the death and destruction?
Hell no, they are the big dollar backers of Bush and the Neo
Con party, and, they get paybacks for ever dollar they give,
so why not a big tax deduction?
I, for one, seriously doubt that they gave one thin dime because
they care about the victims.
In fact, I wouldn't doubt that they were told, BEFORE THEY
DONATED, that Bush was going to do something to make sure they
got it all back, or most of it back, in the form of an immediate
tax deduction on this year's filing.
So, once again they have deceived the public, with this big
hullabaloo about how Mister Nice Guy president wants to thank
all the people who donated by letting them claim it on their
tax return this year.
Yeah, right, its gonna make a big difference for Mister Middle
class and his 25 dollar donation, isn't it?
But it sure will help out those million dollar donors, all the
way to the bank.
And, as usual, the American public will be brainwashed into
believing that Bush did it for them.
What a scum bucket this Bush really is, or perhaps he is just
too stupid to see it, and does exactly what PRESIDENT ROVE tells
him to do.
Some of us are smart enough to see through the lies, and deception.
Subject: Boxer rebellion
Thanks for suggesting we all thank Boxer et al., for their courage
Wouldn't it be cool to put our thanks into a fund for the Congressional
Black Caucus, perhaps set for vote fraud investigation, in Boxer's
I’m trying to find out how this might be done; will get back
L. Lynn LeSueur
Subject: You guys rock!
I just wanted to say that I've been reading your site for a
while now, and honestly, if it wasn't for BuzzFlash and other
progressive media sites, I don't know what I would do. Sometimes
the sheer arrogance, ignorance and hypocrisy of the current
administration sends me into utter despair, and I wonder if
we'll ever get our country back. Thanks to sites like yours,
I know I'm not alone, and knowing that there are others out
there who feel as I do gives me hope for the future.
I bought several premiums today, and plan to buy more in the
future to support your work (and after I watch them, I think
I'll loan them to my Republican in-laws *evil grin*). Keep fighting
the good fight!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Is there any longer doubt that we, the people of the United
States, are in the maw of virulent Fascists, To hell with this
comfortable namby pamby phrase Neo-cons. They are bloody Fascists
steering this country to eternal war and social destruction.
All I ask is a Progressive Party with strong leadership. Gov
Dean? Someone to redeem the promise of the New Deal. A true
After the Kerry Collapse count me out as a member of the Democratic
A. Leslie Palmer
Mill Valley, Ca
Subject: i sent this to rnc
what kind of message are you sending the world by having an
expensive inaugural celebration on january 20th, at the same
time confirming an attorney general who wrote torture memos?
think about it. we preempt iraq and all the intel was wrong.
people are getting killed (innocent iraqis and our soldiers).
today we again, dropped a bomb on the wrong house. are you nuts?
we look like terrorists of the world. we look shallow and empty.
helping with the earthquake victims doesn't stop the murders
in sudan or the aids in africa. there is too much pain in the
world to have anything other than a swearing in on january 20th.
anything else is tacky and shows no empathy and is completely
los angeles, ca
Regarding the news article Gonzales
picks up support
from Colorado's Salazar, other key Hispanics
. . .
Reading this article prompted me to think about several things
. . . I feel that Gonzales was in the plan of the Bush administration
for some time. This is his pay off. I was disappointed to see
that once again, a Democrat has helped to uphold the facade of
the Bush administration. Feeling that the Gonzales appointment
was not something pulled out of the blue, then the Bush administration
may have been watching Colorado and thinking that Salazar, as
a Democrat, would be much more helpful to them in the future than
Coors, who was just another sanctimonious Republican. They already
have plenty of those.
I too, was on the email list of Salazar and I really thought that
conservative Colorado would go for Coors and was surprised, and
pleased when they didn't and I thought this might be the beginning
of the awakening of America. But now, I wonder if Salazar had
any Republican help. Gonzales will help the Hispanic community
in the same way Clarence Thomas has helped the Black community.
And, Republicans will help the minority communities the same way
they have always helped the poor by giving to the wealthy....Republicans,
such as Bush, have never held any respect for those who cross
the Party line in order to help them. When that person is no longer
of any use to the Republicans, they are refuse to them. Remember
For years, we hear the DLC and the DNC and their consultants constantly
telling Democrats they need to lean further and further towards
the "Center," which actually has proven to be more "Right
of Center" for those who like directions about the leaning
up against the Republican Party. When a Democrat is running against
a Republican in office, the Republican always wins. After the
loss, what does the Democrat leadership think should be done the
next time? . . . Get closer! But, even though this is what the
Democratic leadership keeps believing . . . it is the opposite,
the Democrats have been helping the Republicans win all along.
As in any case, where the Republicans should be put on the defensive,
they use a Democrat to help blur the issues and Democrats just
love to help out. It's the nature of the beast. Think of the family
dog. Salazar introduces Gonzales and makes Gonzales look acceptable
to the unknowing public because of the association of a Democrat
who also is a Hispanic. It is the association with the Democrats
that make those Republicans look good, not the other way around.
What Party has taken care of the American people and had control
of the government for most of the last Century? If our Democratic
Congress keeps giving Bush the silence of approval . . . the public
will follow. Maybe people aren't informed and they look to see
where the crowd is going . . . they follow the crowd. It's not
that the Democrat candidates don't morph enough into a Republican
. . . it's that the Republican changes the face of that Democrat
from cozy to cozen and confuses the public. The public never sees
the difference in the two Party Platforms and the difference is
vast . . . from one pole to the other pole. Democratic candidates
that cross party lines without a strong message, come out looking
Anyone who believes that Gonzales will "toe the line"
when it comes to law and the abuse of law, just because he says
so . . . is a fool. We have a leader in the White House who lied
us into a war that killed over 100,000 people. A leader who doesn't
give a damn about how our military is dying in Iraq or how Iraqis
are dying in Iraq. He is thinking about his next war. Afghanistan
has been blasted back to 10,000 years ago. They are never mentioned.
Iraq is never mentioned. Nothing strange about this because most
criminals don't talk publicly about their crimes.
Strict party lines need to be drawn. It's important that the public
knows what a Democrat is and what a Democrat is not and the public
should also be made to recognize the many faces of the Bush Republican
Party. Bipartisan politics today is . . . for Republican esteem
and entertainment. Democrats need, instead, to tell them (the
Republicans) to take a walk.
Just a thought,
Salazar baffles on Gonzales (Denver Post)
Subject: Kid Rock
"I just read Kid Rock's sexually explicit lyrics and
feel ashamed and dirty for even looking at his songs,"
he told WorldNetDaily.com. "If this sex-crazed animal,
whose favorite word is the F-word, is allowed to sing at Bush's
inauguration this will send a clear message to pro-family
Americans that the Republican Party has taken them for a ride
and ditched them in the gutter."
I don't know what brand of incense this moron is burning (along
with who knows what) but the "F-Word" and sex-craziness
and licentious partying are a Bush family tradition. Does anyone
recall that the current WH resident had Ozzy Odd-Born (and I
was seeing Odd-Born back in the early 1970s while he was with
Black Sabbath) at some official dinner early on in 2001-02?
The "pro-family Americans" have deluded themselves
to think that there is any other "family" in the Bush's
interests than the Bush Family. As the VP basically told everyone,
"Go F-word yourselves!"
For the Bushes, Black Sabbath rocks, everyday, every way ...
Grand Forks, North Dakota, US of A
[BuzzFlash Note: A quick Google search suggests Kid Rock hasn't
been confirmed by the inaugural committee. However, it looks
like he met GWB when he (Kid Rock) was stoned...]
Subject: Bush's Approval Rating Falls in AP Poll
Dear Buzz and readers,
Think about it. Exit polls showed Bush losing to Kerry. Now,
polls show Bush's popularity at an all-time low for returning
encumbent.... And yet he WON the election? Low numbers before,
low numbers after ---
Lucky he got a surge of approval for the few hours necessary
to 'win' the election.
But then, Bush is a lucky guy. Ain't he?
Bush's Approval Rating Falls in AP Poll (AP/Seattle
Subject: SUV debate
I'm really sick of getting trashed for being a SUV owner around
here (BuzzFlash). Some of us are actually responsible people
who choose that vehicle for logical reasons. My trade-off was
that I reduced the amount of driving I do personally. We use
the SUV for work, recreation, hauling people around, like during
the election when the local campaign needed volunteers to drive
out of state volunteers. I carpool all the time for shopping
and things like that.
My point is that we're not all idiots. You do have to learn
how to drive it safely, something I highly recommend for any
vehicle. You do have to take into consideration the impact it
has on the environment and try to compensate by driving less.
There are minuses to having one, obviously, but it isn't as
if owning one makes you suddenly retarded as some of your linked
articles would suggest. Over 90% of our driving is on busy highways.
It's not like we use it in an urban area to pop over to the
coffee house daily. These highways are filled with morons driving
zippy, little cars that like to dart in and out of lanes. Many
spots have almost no shoulder. If I'm going to get hit at 55
mph I'd really rather be in my big assed SUV than a little Ford
All this bashing of a group of people that I happen to be a
part of seems as divisive as much as some of what has come out
of this last election.
Subject: Look at the WORDS they use
The words our military (and this administration) use to describe
events in Iraq are very telling. Our military recently obliterated
"the wrong" Iraqi house. The owner of the house and
an AP photographer at the scene (eye witnesses!) said the blast
killed 14 people, 7 of whom were children. Our military's "report"
claims only 5 were killed, and issued a statement regretting
"the loss of "possibly innocent lives" in the
strike. POSSIBLY INNOCENT? Seven Iraqi children are POSSIBLY
INNOCENT? Does our military now consider all Iraqi citizens
"guilty" unless proven otherwise? (When in doubt,
bomb first, then sort it out and hope nobody notices?)
Kill 8 Iraqis After Convoy Bombed (AP/Yahoo)
The article acknowledges: "The discrepancy between the
death counts could not be reconciled." Well, neither could
the statistical anomalies in the exit poll numbers in our recent
presidential election, but hey---things "happen" (or
as Rumsfeld chirps, "get untidy").
Also, notice the wording in this article (and elsewhere) re:
the upcoming Iraqi elections. "The United States has insisted
that the vote go ahead on Jan. 30." The US "has insisted."
In an interview last week--I can't remember if it was a top
brass in the field, a retired armchair general or some pundit
from a conservative think tank--they all seem to use the same
phrases anymore--but he pontificated, repeatedly in his upbeat
spin-a-log.... "WE WANT (the elections to go ahead on time)....
WE WANT (democracy to take root in Iraq) .... WE WANT (a free
Iraq).... WE WANT ... WE WANT ... WE WANT....
That, to me, says it all. Imagine what would happen if the elections
did take place--and some radical cleric faction gets the majority
of votes. And tells the US to get out, go away, you've done
enough damage. Well now, that means the permanent military bases
already constructed and being constructed will have been for
naught. What if the Iraqis decide to take care of reconstructing
their damaged cities with the unemployed engineers and workers
they have, and tell Halliburton and Bechtel to get lost? (Oh
no, "we" don't want that!)
When are "we" going to start listening--instead of
giving orders? Has the military mindset completely taken taken
over in foreign policy? Frightening.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: baby steps...
Little by little, one small victory at a time, we can make ourselves
heard, and have some say in what happens in our country and
local communities. I used to buy my veggies from this guy when
I lived in Vermont. He inspired me to attend local council meetings.
Way to go, David!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Foreign Media
I think you should just print news from foreign outlets. Our
entire media is corporate owned and operated, we've got nothing
on the BBC or the CBC. You get better news overseas and from
Canada than in the United States of Corporations.
[BuzzFlash Note: Check out the BuzzFlash feature, World
Media Watch, by Gloria Lalumia, which
Subject: Death Squads
Death squads?? How insane does it have to get before it dawns
on the mutton heads in the White House, that more violence will
only breed greater hatred for America. This war is the downfall
of America in the world and Bush is the man responsible for
that downfall. His place in the history books is well secured
as the worst president ever to lead our country. A clown and
his disciples...ever creating gallows humor that if it were
not so real/surreal, would make the basis of a whopping good
tale of adventure for a spooky night. Scary!!
where is Barbara? i miss reading her BuzzFlash minute
Helen in NC
[BuzzFlash Note: She's back today.
She had a holiday break, then a computer break.]
Subject: Election Mishaps - Even in ole' Kain-tuck
Kentucky has long been known (to Kentuckians, at least) as having
questionable politics - whether Republican or Democrats....although
I am a Democrat and the state was Democratic (some Republican
pockets) until the Republican Revolution upset our political
But...just to set the record straight, we've still got corruption
- and it's almost totally the Republicans.
Democrat Virginia Woodward ran for the 37th District seat in
the state Senate and was opposed by Republican Dana Seum Stephenson
(whose father is already in the Kentucky legislature). The peculiar
thing about this is that Stephenson received the most votes,
but was not a legal resident of Kentucky.
Woodward went to court to challenge Stephenson's residency and
a judge ruled Stephenson had not lived in Kentucky for the required
six years before the election and ordered that her votes not
The State Board of Elections certified Woodward the winner,
and she took an oath of office on January 1.
Stephenson asked the Senate, which is dominated by her fellow
Republicans, to decide who should be declared the winner and
take the seat.
She lived in Indiana, including filing income taxes, voting
there and registering her car and getting a driver's license
Of course, accordingly, a vote was taken and the Republicans,
who control the state government, put her in office. It is being
suggested that Woodward take the case further.
Senator Bob Leeper, a Republican from Paducah, complained about
the partisan situation that has existed for these last few years
(this, perhaps, being the straw that broke the camel's back)
and has stated he will resign. Governor Ernie Fletcher has asked
him to reconsider so they will not have to call for another
election in that District.
Ho-hum....not as bad as Texas restructuring...but it's the best
Kentucky can do in following Texas' lead!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Election coverage
I'd like to share with your readers my response to the big media
corporations that wouldn't know a news story if they fell over
it. They too need to know what's going on in the country as
it's got to be tough living inside an environment without real
Dear Disney, Viacom, Fox, G&E, Time-Warner and other
corporation purveyors of public opinion
I assume you're still in business. I'm not sure if you have
any access to the news but I just wanted to let you know that
there was a challenge to the presidential election. The first
one in over one hundred years. Oh by the way how did that election
in Ukraine go? I think I heard something about fraud. Just keep
your ace crackerjack reporters on the job. You've certainly
got nice little news departments but I'd cut back on the investigative
departments. After all the White House wouldn't mind writing
your copy for you. At least that's what my friend Armstrong
Subject: RE: Carolyn Goodman (Mother of Andrew Goodman)
In 1994 when my son was in high school, he spent the summer
working for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. The Foundation was
established that year by Carolyn Goodman, the mother of Andrew
to commemorate the 30 year anniversary of the murder of her
son, Michael Schwerner, and James Chaney in Philadelphia, Mississippi,
where they were working to register African-American voters.
(Andrew Goodman was an alumni of the high school that my son
One day Dylan was asked to deliver some papers to Carolyn Goodman.
She invited him into her apartment on a hot August day to have
lemonade and to talk. On that day my son met a woman of extraordinary
courage and grace. It was a memorable afternoon for him.
Now I read that Edgar Ray Killin, a 79 year old man, has, finally,
been arrested for the murders. Killin was head of the KKK in
Neshoba County, Mississippi. The extraordinary thing is that
Killin was a preacher, a religious man, at the time of the murders.
As I think about the events of the past 4 years and in the
last two presidential elections when so many African-Americans
have been disenfranchised from voting, it is hard not to be
pessimistic about the sacrifices that so many people made to
ensure the right of all Americans to vote.
I can't help but wonder whether Edgar Ray Killin was one of
those "values" voters who cast his vote for George
I can't help but wonder why the disenfranchisement of African-Americans
has been so unimportant to John Kerry, Al Gore, and all those
in Congress who are our elected officials and work for us.
I can't help but wonder why the richest country in the world
can't have a uniform system of voting where every vote can be
And I can't help but wonder why millions of voters followed
their basest instincts of fear and prejudice when they voted
for a president who has demolished our credibility in the international
community, is destroying the economy and environment and is
taking away civil liberties (including voting rights) in an
But I do know that although there are few enough heroes in
life, one of mine is an 89 year old woman who is living in the
same Upper West Side apartment where she raised her son, Andrew.
KKK member charged in 1964 deaths (AP/London
New York, New York
Subject: Journalist paid 1/4 million for Gov propaganda
The United States government paid a journalist $240,000 to present
fake news stories promoting President Bush's deeply flawed No
Child Left Behind legislation (which Bush refuses to properly
Now the journalist, Armstrong Williams, won't give the money
back! Remember this is OUR MONEY. The government paid this guy
to spew propaganda to unfairly influence us to support highly
questionable legislation. This is right out of communist Russia!
Everyone should ask themselves why everything Bush pushes has
to be backed up with a propaganda campaign? Do you think maybe
everything that comes out of his mouth is so full of holes that
the only way to "sell" the programs is to lie with
And it begs the question: how many more "journalists"
are being given payola to flood the airwaves and newspapers
with tax paid government propaganda?
Mike Reinholz Seattle, WA
Subject: the Kerrys visit the Schwarzeneggers
While Americans who took the election seriously were in Ohio,
Florida and New Mexico (just to name a few places) fighting for
democracy against time, arrogance, apathy, and criminal intent;
at computers working to compile, catalog, and disseminate evidence
of election fraud while the big-bucks media ignored, suppressed
and belittled that same evidence (except as it occurred in Ukraine);
writing letters and making phone calls to editors, reporters,
members of Congress...all those people whose job it is to give
a damn about fair and free elections in this country, from the
San Francisco Chronicle...
P.S.: In other news of historic holiday parties, John Kerry
and Teresa Heinz Kerry were at Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria
Shriver's Christmas do in Sun Valley. The former candidate,
largely AWOL post-election, was seen in intense conversation
with Dennis Miller. (Perhaps it was something like, "Sometimes
you're up, sometimes you're down. ... I pick myself up and start
over again.'' "The tuna tartare is to die over, but do
you think it's safe to eat raw fish in Idaho?'')
Subject: The Final Solution
Over the past few days I have heard several prominent Repugs
refer to their plan for fixing Social Security as "The
final solution." It seems to me that the last time I heard
that phrase used so often was when the Nazis were talking about
their plan to rid Europe of all Jews. Looks like Grover Norquist
has the same plan for Social Security that the Nazis had for
the Jews. Extermination.