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Subject: Alberto Gonzales
Senator Schumer is now undecided whether or not he will vote
for Gonzales, and he's not the only Senator getting squirmy
about Alberto. We really need to use the same tactics -- email,
letters, and phone calls -- to put some serious pressure on
EVERY member of the Senate to let them know that the American
people do not want Gonzales confirmed as Attorney General. Alberto
himself gave them plenty of cover: he refused to answer questions.
His responses were eerily reminiscent of Condi Rice's answers
to questions of the 9/11 Commission members last year. Come
on, get busy and write those letters. Let's take our country
sours on nominee after answers (Newsday)
[BuzzFlash Note: Here's contact information: http://judiciary.senate.gov/members.cfm.]
Subject: Re: Armstrong Williams
After reading David Corn's piece on his web site, I have to
wonder if Armstrong Williams will come to his senses and do
what David Brock has done: expose the neoconservatives for the
media manipulators they truly are. For people like Linda Chavez
to chide Williams for accepting a quarter of a million dollars
and for Williams to be as quietly contrite as Corn's piece implied,
I can only hope that Armstrong WIlliams will wake up and think,
"Hey, wait a second. Is it possible that this *could* be
racially motivated?" Listen: you never know. I personally
hate thinking and feeling that things can be racially motivated
these days; but, the older I get, the more I tend to believe
that there are more covert racists out there than ever before.
And, those covert racists just may be neoconservatives. Think
about the Ohio vote count in 2004 and the Florida vote count
in 2000. Are these just coincidences?
Subject: Watch Dan Rather Evening News
I just tuned into G. Gordon Liddy show as I was driving home.
He is encouraging all the rethugalikes to boycott CBS because
they will continue to employ Dan Rather. Now why is Dan Rather
such a big deal and Bushwipes (could be new name for toilet
paper) is still the smirking, tittie-baby innocence hands-off
prince of power? WE ALL HAVE TO WATCH CBS NEWS WITH DAN RATHER
and bring his ratings back up to show these neo's a thing or
two! Also during the inauguration, besides not turning on the
boob-tube or radio, i will not buy gas, groceries etc. to show
Carolina in Md.
Subject: The Right Is Wrong Again
For all of their piousness, the Right just doesn't get it. Their
new tactic for making the prisoner torture scandal go away is
to say that it wasn't really torture.
Man oh Man. A rose by any name is still a rose. Torture by any
other name is still torture.
The Washington Times, Jan. 11, '05, belittles the idea that
"prisoners forced to sit for extended periods of time in
cramped areas, being draped with an Israeli flag or having a
wet blanket wrapped around the head to simulate the sensation
of drowning" should be called torture. In the article "The
Peter Principles: Torture logic" published by the Washington
Times, the author, Peter Roff, goes so far as to suggest that
the government was right in using such tactics.
Jonah Goldberg in a Tallahassee Democrat article suggests that
the things that went on at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib Prison
were "something a bit shy of torture."
Specifically, "even being 'waterboarded' - where a detainee's
face is surrounded with a wet blanket and he's made to feel
like he's drowning isn't torture either." To validify his
point Mr. Goldberg says, "Our own cadets at the Air Force
Academy have been water-boarded in training." He obviously
forgets the point that the Air Force Academy uses this as an
example in an attempt to prepare cadets for torture.
Mr. Goldberg continues his moral pragmatism by justifying this
position by saying that al-Qaida are not "signatories"
of the Geneva Convention.
The Right Is Wrong Again.
The quibbling over the meaning of torture and the validity of
its use is morally reprehensible in and of itself. Torture is
The Right has lost its moral compass. They have wrapped themselves
in the flag and left their conscience in the dirt below it.
You can't be a little bit pregnant. Date rape is still rape.
This country is surely on the wrong course when its leaders
and their supporters suggest that torture, in any form, is acceptable.
Allowing this rhetoric to be blathered around as acceptable
lowers our resistance to the immorality of the concept. It is
an insidious attack on America's values. These fascist ideas
have to be stopped dead in their deadly tracks.
It begins with you the reader. The next time you hear someone
justifying torture or suggesting that the things that happened
at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib Prison were not torture, stand
up and disagree. Your silence on this matter is deafening.
Next time someone at the water cooler says such things are not
torture and that they deserved it anyway, say "you're wrong."
That's how we stop this at the grass roots -- at the foot of
Subject: Write FOX News now and ask when they're going to fire
execs and pundits for swift boat fabrications...
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Enough is enough
I'm sad to say that I share the sentiments of a couple of mailbag
writers. I've been trying hard to find something redeeming about
it, but I've just plain had it with the democratic party. I'm
so disgusted with it. The party doesn't deserve another penny
of my money or a second of my time. I'm through with it. All
that work for it and it didn't deserve any of it.
All Kerry did was make sure the nomination didn't go to someone
who might have actually had some fight in him and exposed Bush
for the little fraud he is. Kerry was nothing but a spoiler.
Boy, they played us like violins, didn't they? Got me to go
out there and politic for someone that I wasn't even too impressed
with. After Dean was knocked out of the race by network propagandists
and manipulation of public opinion via manipulated audio, Bush's
victory was assured. The party doesn't have any fight left in
it. It doesn't deserve Howard Dean. There's no use trying to
change the party. It's beyond repair. It's too bought off by
deep corporate pockets and too part of the good ol' rich boy's
club in Washington. Anyone who goes into the party with intentions
of changing it will just be corrupted or drummed out if incorruptible.
With just a very few exceptions (thanks Barbara Boxer for at
least having the guts to say that Ohio voters were defrauded
by the republicans), the Washington democrats are a bunch of
spineless opportunists who are more concerned for their own
little self-important jobs than for standing up for democracy,
justice, what's right, or even the people who put them there.
All that talk about making our vote count, "don't waste
it on a third party." I couldn't have wasted my vote more
if I'd voted for Elmer Fudd. I wish I would have voted for Nader.
The Greens could teach the democrats a thing or two about taking
a stand. Even when the democrats win, they just stand silently
by wringing their hands while the republicans steamroll over
them and steal their victory with corrupt tactics that would
make the Godfather proud.
God, it's so sad to watch. The republicans have their bluff
in on the democrats and know exactly what to do and say to keep
the democrats silent and submissive like a bunch of battered
wives. The republicans have figured out that if they make the
network owners richer with huge tax cuts and giveaways, the
news rooms will bend public opinion in republican favor and
protect the republicans from the consequences of their lies.
The Washington democrats think they're members of some ultra-exclusive
country club. I'm changing my party registration. The democratic
party that I believed in doesn't exist anymore. It's been taken
over by republicans and wimps. There is only one party in Washington.
That's a fact. And it now has one less member.
Subject: Re: Armstrong Williams
Williams case blurs the line between news, propaganda and advertising
The White House claims that the Armstrong Williams payola scam
was an isolated case. When asked at Monday's White House press
briefing about how many other reporters were on the White House
payroll, Scott McClellan said, "I'm not aware of any others
that are under contract other than the one that's been reported
on in the media."
This unique, single, individual, solitary, sole, lone, isolated,
distinct, one of a kind, certainly not exactly like any other
incident, should dispel, once and for all, the lies and propaganda
about an echo chamber at the White House.
McClellan went on to question William's judgement in releasing
the information. Williams, for his part, apologized for his
poor judgement but then let slip that there were others on the
payroll. And, displaying true free enterprise spirit, Williams
says he's going to keep the money. Maybe he'll donate some of
it for disaster relief?
A reader in Canada
Subject: Excerpts from Dan
Froomkin's Jan 11th WP column:
Bender writes in the Boston Globe:
The man who insisted that President Bush make the claim that
Saddam Hussein was seeking uranium for nuclear weapons in
Africa is poised to assume a top State Department job that
would make him the lead US arms negotiator with Iran and North
Korea, according to administration officials.
Robert G. Joseph, a special assistant for national security
to President Bush until a few months ago, is on the short
list to become undersecretary of state for arms control and
international security, the nation's senior diplomat in charge
of negotiating arms control treaties, said the officials,
who spoke on the condition they not be named.
And about Bush's latest push for asbestos lawsuit relief,
It's time for yet another Halliburton story -- but not the
one you may be expecting. This isn't about the endlessly scrutinized
Iraq contracting business of the big energy services company
that Dick Cheney ran before he became vice president. And it's
not about Halliburton's profit-boosting accounting change during
Cheney's regime, or the scandals and problems currently affecting
some of the firm's far-flung projects.
Instead, let's talk about Halliburton's well-executed $5 billion
escape from its asbestos problems, most of which Cheney created
when he orchestrated Halliburton's purchase of Dresser Industries
in 1998. Few people connect this problem with Cheney, but they
should, given that he was in charge at the time and got a raise
as a result of buying Dresser.
My question is, is anyone surprised?
Subject: MY LEFT CHEEK!
CBS has my complete confidence regarding the recent brouhaha
around the documents submitted that show that the now President
Bush received preferential treatment when he sought to join
the Guard in Texas. This horrible piece of history occurred
at a time when thousands of young men and women were dying for
their country in Vietnam and in other areas around the world
My take is this, albeit cynical, but, after less than five years
and two stolen elections in America, you have to be somewhat
cavalier and toss out some zingers, just to maintain a little
balance. My example that follows will show why I think CBS ran
that story before the election in such a hurry and at such great
risk to its reputation, as they say, "without the proper
Let's say that the police have evidence of a serial killer who
preys on young girls, pre-high school girls in patent leather
shoes and hair bows to match their dresses, and this killer
has thrown half a dozen bodies of his victims in ditches around
the countryside. The police know who he is but cannot connect
the dots to lock him up and throw away the key. With all the
loopholes in the law, and the advantage of time passing and
witnesses scared or lost, the cases become weak and hard to
control, evidence is missing, reports are stale, more murders
occur that are not the work of this same man, so the police
resources are stretched and a hard fought battle to nail this
guy seems lost.
Then, in a lucky twist, this sociopathic killer is speeding
down a slick rainy highway, and crashes into a guardrail and
kicks back onto the road and into the path of an approaching
Sheriff's vehicle. The officer is badly injured and soon dies;
and being a valued and much loved employee for the county, his
buddies and the judicial system in that area are P.O.'d about
this senseless accident, caused by a felon without a license
on the run. Still, they are unable to bring him up on charges
of murder, but get him sentenced to 7 to 10 years for manslaughter.
When he is finally put away, his cell mates rough him up and
he dies shortly thereafter of injuries he received in prison.
Case closed, murderer dead, not a plan, but a happenstance,
however, the law officials and judges are happy that he is gone
to the great beyond, um...down yonder!
Well, CBS knows, as we all know, that Bush, Jr. and JEB Bush
in Florida fixed election 2000 with a purged felon list, as
well as some lost ballots and voter intimidation, as well as
bringing in an army of lawyers to Florida to stop the recount.
This dog-and-pony show was a lot of smoke and mirrors about
chads and butterfly ballots, while the purged felon list didn't
come up very strong on the radar screen until the Right-wing
Supreme Court had given the election to Bush!
We didn't get to nail Bush as a deserter or a vote stealer in
2000, and in 2002 midterm elections, Bush Jr. raised so much
money and lied so much better than in 2000, and JEB used the
same felon list to get re-selected as Governor of Florida, that
we had to choke down a second stolen election by these New World
Order Oil Cartel thugs. Then, knowing full well that OHIO would
possibly be the "Florida" of 2004 regarding voter
fraud, the Bush team stole the election using a variety of dirty
tricks, none so devious as the rigging of the touch screen voting
machines to take a Kerry vote and give it to Bush. A little
here, a little there, a missing machine, a broken machine, a
big fix and a big win and mandate for Dubya!
So, as some of this history was turning to bile in our mouths
and we stood flopped jawed, looking down the pike at more coming
our way, perhaps CBS thought, "Hey, we know he cheated
to get into the guard, all well documented for years, but if
we can stir it up again, maybe we can save this next election
on November 2, 2004." Sadly, it looks like Karl Rove, the
puppet meister, the man truly behind the curtain, may have rigged
the entire scandal from the Kinko's in Texas to the CBS studios,
and it seems that he was at the committee meetings this week,
leading the band that denounced all things CBS as heads rolled
CBS was trying to get Bush (The dynasty's latest offering, Jeb
slated to be next!)....they were trying to nail Bush on a lesser
crime which would result in Kerry being elected and maybe, just
maybe, we could have less war, a little peace, some confidence
in our future and the safety of Social Security and Medicare,
and not feel like we were goose steppin' to a neocon plan that
leaves most of the people, too many children, the sick, the
elderly, the mentally challenged, the young, the people of color...their
plan leaves us in the dirt. CBS tried to push through a quick
fix. I, for one, am sorry it didn't take hold and drown this
Administration in just one of its huge lies.
As the GOP has the bit in its teeth, these right-wing nuts are
bound to make many more huge mistakes. We can only hope that
it happens soon, and that in midterm elections 2006, we can
get a Democratic majority in Congress and start to impeach these
As for their moral majority, I say, "No way, no day are
these thugs Christians!" Born-again Christians? Oh, pooh,
Christians, they are no such thing, ...oh, yeah, "Christians....my
Subject: Muqtada Al Sadr - Iraq Newspaper guy
Whatever happened to him?
Subject: Kerry Pollster 2 Days before election: We are going
to Lose, Bush will get 51.6%
2 days before the election, Pollster Mark Mellman wrote that
Kerry, his man, was going to lose the two-party percentage breakdown
51.6% to 48.4%. The two-party breakdown was 51.6 - 48.4%.
HMMM. I've never heard a pollster predicting the imminent demise
of his candidate - even if he believes it privately. He cited
an expert model which - gee whiz bang - was spot on.
He seemed to be repeating Karl Rove's talking points on why
Bush won - 2 days before Bush "won." Americans never
kick out a leader during time of war? That would be a revelation
to LBJ, Woodrow Wilson and Harry Truman - all three forced into
involuntary retirement to avoid facing a humiliating re-election
defeat. Presiding over disastrous wars, like World War I, Korea,
Vietnam and Iraq, is not usually the ticket to victory. He also
said that Bush's job approval rating on handling of the economy
was 39% - this, too, was cited as a big plus because Pa Bush
had an even lower rating.
The actions and words of Kerry, his pollster, his labor "supporters,"
bespeak of a two year long charade - with a pre-ordained conclusion,
accepted by all parties and candidates involved.
Mellman refers to Bush as a "strong candidate." Did
he and Kerry vote for him on Election Day?
Subject: Bush threats
Just for the heck of it, I looked up "Bush threatens"
on Google. Bush threatens to veto patients' rights bill -- Bush
threatens stem cell veto -- Bush threatens destruction of democrat
party -- Bush threatens social security -- Bush threatens social
security with new pressure -- Bush threatens ISO certification
on Taliban -- Bush threatens Iraq with nukes -- Bush threatens
America in verbal gaffe -- Bush threatens to thwart high-speed
rail -- Bush threatens to attack Fallujah -- Bush threatens
military action against North Korea -- Bush threatens mankind,
says Caldicott -- Bush threatens dockers right to strike --
Bush threatens to use troops against West Coast dock workers
-- Bush threatens wolf recovery -- Bush threatens veto over
NASA money -- Bush threatens to veto spending bill Bush threatens
veto over international abortion funding -- Bush threatens world
climate -- Bush threatens Palestinian aid cutoff -- Bush threatens
key leader in Philippine Liberation struggle -- Bush threatens
separation of church and state.....
'Course, sometimes those things run in families: Jeb Bush trashes
Ortega, threatens Nicaragua -- Barbara Bush threatens lives
of presidential candidates
Hmmm...anyone detect a pattern here? Might be interesting to
look up "Bush promises" and see what promises he's
actually kept. Hey, instead of those billboards that have popped
up recently declaring Bush our (gag, gag) "Leader,"
perhaps we should put up a few admitting what he is, first and
foremost----a big BULLY.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: What do missile defense, imported drugs and mad cow
disease have in common?
Flying under the radar and not reported on in the media is the
connection between these three disparate issues. Last month
Dim Bulb made a trip to Canada for discussions with the new
Prime Minister. Voila! According to insiders in Canada, Bush
applied some serious pressure on the PM. The results of his
1. Canada will stop drug exports to the U.S. unless the patient
sees a Canadian doctor to obtain the prescriptions.
2. Canada will now allow the U.S. to base missile defense installations
in Canada (remember, this system is an abject failure on all
levels and a serious financial boondoggle), even though the
Canadian public is diametrically opposed and the previous administration
3. And America will now import -- for the first time since the
first case of Mad Cow Disease was reported a year ago, and the
third case was just quietly confirmed and reported a week ago
-- Canadian beef.
Gee, that's wonderful news. Canada gets missile defense it doesn't
want, and we get tainted beef (unlabeled as to country of origin,
of course) and are now going to have to make a trip to Canada
and pay for a doctor's visit there to obtain low-cost drugs.
That means the cost incentive for importing drugs from Canada
will be gone.
I hate to be a spoil sport, but is the government willing to
help us pay the increase in drug costs when we are forced into
treatment for the variant of Creutsfeld-Jacob syndrome that
we'll acquire from eating tainted Canadian beef? My second question
is, is this what Dubya meant, when questioned during a campaign
stop, when he might have an answer as to how we might resolve
the drug import question in December?
It's time to ask the infamous question: Are you for us or against
us, Dubya? Duh.
Subject: George Bush is giving the spread of Democracy a bad
George Bush would like to frame the arguments against his Middle
Eastern wars and policies as being pro or anti-democracy.
In the interview, Bush also discussed his commitment to
bringing democracy to the Middle East.
"I understand there are many who say, 'Bush is wrong,'''
he said. "I assume I'm right. It's exciting to be part
of stimulating a debate of such significance," he went
on. "It really is the philosophical argument of the age."
I am all for democracies in the Middle East and all
over the world and I believe someday it will probably happen.
The problem I (and MANY others) have with George Bush is that
I don't believe he has the basic competence and depth of understanding
to accomplish anything except creating more and more of a mess
in the Middle East. Doing nothing in the Middle East is preferable
to going in with half-baked plans that consciously ignore actual
facts and consciously ignore the actual outcomes of previous plans.
I am really pissed that George Bush is giving the spread of democracy
such a bad name.
A BuzzFlash Reader and Big
Moderate Democrats have been searching for an alternative
to Dean for the chairmanship, concerned that the former governor
would lead the party in a more liberal direction. Some senior
Democrats have approached current chairman Terry McAuliffe
about staying in the job. (AP/Seattle PI)
Moderate Democrats . . . hardly, in my estimation are they
"moderate" as I feel certain, this is the DLC talking.
And, get this, they are afraid of Dean leading us into a more
"liberal" direction. That is who we are! We are Liberals
and Progressives, not Republican Lites. The US, so far, under
the present Democratic Party leadership is nothing more than
a caretaker for the Republican Party. Picking up the pieces
that the Republicans don't want. Oh, and staying very friendly
and the Republicans can always count on the Democrats to be
very nice, even when they are being kicked in the ass and laughed
at by Republicans.
I like Dean, but for those so-called moderates (DLC) to call
Dean a Liberal, even Dean won't call himself that, but with
everything the DLC has done to this Party and many of our so-called
Democratic members of Congress . . . this Democratic Party is
on its Death Bed. It's no Joke. The right decisions need to
be made or we will have a One Party System in this Country and
it won't be Democratic. Believe me. Many today, after falling
for Kerry's act . . . will never trust the DNC because of the
DLC. I remember before that famous Iowa caucus, that Kerry was
at the bottom of every wish list on the web as a candidate.
I still would like to know what happened in Iowa. Kerry lived
up to my every expectation and more.
If you can't get the support of your base, drop the hell out.
Then the candidate was "forced" upon the base of the
Democratic Party and they worked their asses off. And, don't
forget about Kucinich who was my favorite Democrat and a real
Liberal out of all of these people. Kerry, to me, was a vote
against Bush as with Clinton's first run was, for me, also a
vote against that Bush.
It is hard to trust after we have seen years and years of giving
elections away to Republicans with manners and style and also
a smile, and still we won't win without paper ballots and hand
counting. We are not just jostling against Republican candidates,
we are jostling against crime in the voting system and crime
has been allowed to metastasize all through our government these
last four years, along with the silence of many of our Democratic
members in Congress who are also members of the DLC.
Why will anyone back the DNC or the DLC when they refuse to
help us to get fair elections or stand up against Republican
Imperialism? I'm not trying to put a damper on this, but, to
me, it's the negative things that kill you and it's the negative
of a situation that needs to be considered very strongly. The
positive is always easy to accept. I don't trust the DLC or
DNC anymore. Yes, Dean would be great as a leader, I believe,
but with the DLC breathing down his neck, or playing possum,
it could also be the last breath of this Party. To me, DNC new
leadership is too easy of a move to be helpful because they
waited too late. We need "shock treatments." Why?
So people will believe in the changes made in the Party.
I wish Dean would start another organization to get away from
the dirt that has been thrown in the face of the Democratic
Party leadership for over ten years. Then, I think those who
quit the Party many years ago and quit voting will believe that
the Democratic Party is under new leadership. An example: We
have, and probably many towns do, a restaurant building in a
fairly decent area, but ever since the first one failed years
and years ago, there has never been another successful business
in that building for some odd reason. Democrats have been failing
in elections for over ten years!
It's the reputation, and I know the DLC multimillionaires are
running this party and as far as I am concerned, they can keep
their money. I have said before, I'd rather take a chance of
going down in flames with a real Democrat than another Republican
Lite candidate because with a Republican Lite, that's a sure
thing of getting burned. Stepping into an organization that
has done whatever the DLC wanted done . . . and they brutally
insisted, i.e., Kerry as the candidate and those consultants,
I read, got 8 million bucks for their advice, and here I am
giving mine for free :) . . . personally, I would love to leave
the DLC and the DNC in the dust, but then I don't have any power
. . . not even voting power today . . .
Too mad to be glad about this news. I think the Democratic Party
needs a surgical operation to cut out the malignancy that has
drained it of all of the energy and life that it once had, and
Dean could do this, but can he do it side by side with the DLC
in attendance? I don't think so. I still say the "base"
needs to move. Let the DNC and the DLC fall where they may.
Proud to be a Liberal because that is what America and the
Democratic Party is all about, the inclusion of everyone . .
. everyone is important . . . not so with Conservative Republicans.
Just take a look at their platform and what they have done as
leaders along with the silence from most of our Democratic members
in Congress. The last thing I ever want is for someone to mistake
me for a Republican Lite. I won't be bought by the DLC one more
time. I have my pride. :)
Just a thought,
I have been reading quite a bit of the administration's spin
on Social Security and the budget deficit. It occurs to me that
any true "public servant" with a vast personal fortune
would refuse a salary until the fiscal picture improves. Dick
Cheney just got a raise, so I guess that won't happen any time
Can anyone tell me why the president's expenses are tax exempt
and the vice-president's are not? [see footnotes]
Salaries of the President, Vice President, and
Other U.S. Officials, 2004 (per year)
|Majority and Minority Leaders
|Speaker of the House
|Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme
|Assoc. Justice, U.S. Supreme
1. Plus $50,000 non-taxable expense allowance to assist in
defraying expenses relating to or resulting from the discharge
of his official duties.
2. Plus $10,000 taxable expense allowance.
Source: Office of Personnel Management. Web: www.opm.gov/.
Editorial "Father Dearest'
In your editorial you wrote:
Perhaps that's why Andrew Card, Bush's Chief of Staff, told
a group of Bush Maine supporters last summer that George regards
the citizens of America as 10-year-olds (we are not making this
up) who need to be led. The irony that Bush may be the 10-year-old
defying the law of majority rule that comes with democracy did
not go unnoticed by BuzzFlash.
But the sad part is, we, as a people, are acting like ten year
olds, at least the majority are. The rest of us are acting like
compliant parents or guardians who are just letting the child
run wild and lead us around.
And who to lead ten year olds, but a ten year old?
You also write:
Pray for America to survive this president.
Well America won't survive, at least not in any form recognizable
to us. Nature has a way of taking care of such incompetence.
If you have a drug addict, there is very little you can do for
him, till he reaches bottom. Then maybe, maybe he will realize
he needs help.
Subject: YEAH HOWARD DEAN!!
Dean's running for chair of the DNC. HOPE HE WINS. Let's hear
that scream again, and again, Howard!
carolina in md.
Subject: What Would Jesus Do about Paying for the Inaugural
Balls? Ask Kerry to Foot the Bill
Dear BuzzFlash Readers/Supporters:
Greetings from the Christian Progressive Liberal.
As a Christian, I'm bugged by the fact that GeeDubya, in the
midst of a war he started and a global catastrophe that should
not be wished upon anyone, is insisting upon facilitating lavish
and outrageous inaugural balls next week. When the tsunami hit
in the Indian Ocean, many other countries around the world demonstrated
the sensitivity, compassion and empathy towards the victims
by either scaling back their New Year's celebrations in respect
and honor, or using their celebrations as an opportunity to
demonstrate compassion, care and concern by raising money to
pay for disaster relief.
But what does the President of the United States do? First,
he has to be shamed into ponying up more money by the United
Nations, and then he's so pissed about it, the Administration
has revived their attacks on Kofi Annan.
Second, he decides to proceed with wasting $50 million of our
tax dollars on lavish inaugural balls. And, to add insult to
injury, he's going to stick the bill with people who can ill
afford to pay - the good citizens of Washington, DC. Talk about
taxation without representation! Even Roosevelt had the sensitivity
to scale back his celebrations during a time of economic depression
and, then, with the onslaught of World War II.
So, a Christian who truly practices what he or she preaches
would have to ask: "What Would Jesus Do?" I think
Jesus would be heading to Sri Lanka and not leaving until the
devastation has been healed and people restored to health and
But, then again, this is George W. Bush we're talking about.
And while Karl Rove has fooled 51% of the people of this country
that Bush is God incarnate, we who know better are not fooled
and in fact, we're embarrassed that this sock-puppet idiot is
President of the United States. For the infliction of this jackass
upon us for the next four years, and possibly his equally fool
brother (the Florida Governor) in 2008, Senator John Kerry needs
to foot the tab being foisted on the DC taxpayers, if for no
other reason, his cowardly concession and his outright lie to
the people who supported and reluctantly voted for him.
Let's flood Kerry's web site with emails and demand he use that
$50 million dollar war chest that he wouldn't use to pay for
a lawsuit in Ohio to pick up the tab for Bush's inaugural balls
next week. It's the least he can do, seeing that his failure
to support Barbara Boxer and Stephanie Tubbs Jones cost him
any shot at the Oval Office in 2008. He should not be allowed
to insult the American people in such fashion.
Getting Burned for Bush's Party (Milloy/Washington Post)
My name is Leutisha Stills. I am the Christian Progressive
Liberal and I approved this message!
Subject: Armstrong Williams
The point of Armstrong Williams is to convince other blacks
that the Republican Party is the place to be. And that is true.
The place to be IS with the Republicans especially when they
know they can bring anyone into the fold and sell out an entire
race for a couple hundred thousand dollars.
Subject: Payola at the White House
So this incident with Armstrong is an isolated incident, huh?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this "Isolated Incidence
Subject: Jan 20 should be a sick out day
Everyone should stay home from work that day. This would serve
1. It would show that our democracy is sick and needs help.
2. It would show the collective economic power of those who
still believe in a broad middle class and real, not token, democracy.
We need to think bigger and not just do things we can pat ourselves
on the back for.
Frankly, as much as I admired Sen. Boxer and the congressmen
who stood up in protest, it barely caused a ripple. We were
at best a horsefly on the republicans' ass.
Some of our other ideas for economic boycotts will be equally
ineffective if we don't make them impossible to ignore.
Future protests should be like the bonus march on Washington
or Tienamen Square. Don't just show up with signs, shout for
a few hours and leave--STAY PUT. Keep a continuous presence
until something gets done.
Show up in chains like slaves on a plantation to show where
Bush is taking us back to.
Do SOMETHING that makes an impact, that is more than a gesture.
Subject: Soc Sec
Re: Social Security "reform" - My father was a Republican
but he taught me to help old ladies across the streetand not
rob in the process. I remember after WWII the number of old
and widowed women who were barely getting by, and social security
was all that kept them alive.
Subject: Medals of Freedom all around
It's too bad that CBS hadn't signed up on the president's side
during the election because right now they'd be in line for
their Medal of freedom. How long until Armstrong gets one? It
is absolutely crazy you can get fired for screwing up on a news
story but nothing will happen if you invade the wrong country.
What still hasn't been answered is why are we there. And what
do we say to the 100,000 Iraqis we've killed, as well as the
parents of our own people? Oooooops! Medals of Freedom all around.
I guess the media missed that one, too.
Maybe the white house will give CBS a place on air force one
rather than making them fly coach.
(another liberal who doesn't believe a word the liberal media
P.S. I think if you look real close at the torture pictures
at the Baghdad prison, you'll see Dan Rather in the background
with his arms crossed. The media is doing a wonderful job for
the American people and in no way do I think that they are the
Subject: Re: Dean for DNC
Please BF, don't let the head honchos derail DEAN once again...he
SHOULD get the position - we want a guy who will stand up and
be counted, unlike KERRY/McAuliffe!!!!
Subject: Moore as Scapegoat
In a January 11th E-mail, J.R. Kinnard, discussed how Michael
Moore has become the prime target of the right wing. Interestingly,
there are at least as many articulate Republicans critical of
the Bush administration as "Liberals." A few books
that are just as damning and factual as "Fahrenheit 911"
that were written by Republicans:
Paul O' Neill, "The Price of Loyalty"
David Brock, "The Republican Noise Machine"
John W. Dean, "Worse Than Watergate"
Kevin Philips, "American Dynasty"
Richard A. Clarke, "Against All Enemies"
Ed Schultz, "Straight Talk From the Heartland"
Pat Buchanan, "Where the Right Went Wrong"
Joseph Wilson, "The Politics of Truth"
So why aren't these authors attacked as vigorously as Michael
Moore? Because that would be off-message. The noise machine's
biggest success has been to brainwash a generation into believing
that all evil is caused by "Liberals" just as some
Germans were at one time convinced that all evil was caused
by Jews. Moore is the ideal target because they can attack him
as a "Liberal," not just a messenger of unpleasant
Subject: hypocrite of the week candidate
Please do a little research so that you can include the buffoons
in the Kentucky State Senate who just voted to reward a state
senate seat to a woman who admittedly lived in Indiana during
the required 6-year residency period prior to the election.
Senate President David Williams makes a great Hypocrite of the
Week candidate! During the Clinton administration the Republicans
loved the term "rule of law" -- too bad it no longer
matters! It must only apply when sex is involved!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Fake liberals' and Conservatives' fallback position:
It's all just a big mistake
There wasn't any vote fraud. Sure, it looks suspicious, but
it's all one big series of "glitches" that all happened
to benefit Mr. Bush.
This load of manure is being issued forth from fake liberals
at The Nation magazine and their brothers in the art of dishing
out government propaganda - the psychotically neoconservative
National Review. The black folks had to wait in those 5 hour
lines because the Election officials just didn't have any idea
that scores of African Americans were queuing up in droves in
a vain attempt to dislodge the King from his throne. Did they
bother to look at those massive registration increases recorded
in their counties? Elections, after all, are their business.
What about those people whose voting screens showed the incorrect
candidate selected? Are they all liars? Or perhaps it was just
a quirk of misfortune for Kerry that his voters, not the Bush
voters, had their votes recorded for Bush or other candidates.
Isn't it amazing that all those exit polls just happen to
be wrong? More bad luck. Huh? Actually, we don't have to rely
on anecdotal evidence to verify the accounts of people in Fl.
who voted for Kerry and whose screen lighted up to Bush or other
obscure candidates. We know that folks who intended to vote
for Kerry got screwed - big time.
Here is the data. Here are the votes for the obscure Independent
Socialist presidential candidate Walt Brown in touch screen
counties who contracted with the company, ES&S. Alongside
those results are the vote tallies for Mr. Brown in "optical
scan" counties or combinations of counties representing
a similar population density.
1) Broward 1,100 (touch screen)/ Duval & Orange 90 (op
2) Pasco 292 (touch screen) / Seminole 12 (op scan)
3) Lee 243 (touch screen) / Polk 34 (op scan)
4) Charlotte 115 (touch screen) / Hernando 18 (op scan)
5) Lake 193 (touch screen) / Leon 14 ( op scan)
6) Collier 129 (touch screen) / Alachua & Gadsden 17 (op
7) Martin 124 (touch screen) / Bay 12 (op scan)
8) Sumter 57 (touch screen) / Putnam 5 ( op scan)
9) Nassau 59 (touch screen) / Calhoun and Columbia (op scan)
What explanation for this curious phenomenon, National Review
& Nation? Socialists won't vote unless provided with touch
screen voting machines? People in touch screen counties like
the name Brown? Touch screen voting is a key plank in the Socialist
party manifesto? They are boycotting op scan counties in protest?
I quote from an account of a voter as related to one election
watchdog group representative. This citizen votes in Sunrise,
Florida (Broward County) - the folks that are accused of being
liars by Nation and NR: "Machine changed, candidate he
was voting for (3rd machine from right, precinct 17 M) Kerry
highlighted, on review saw Brown (?) for president. Asked poll
worker for help. Voted successfully 2nd time."
Some citizens, most likely the elderly, failed to notice this
"glitch," thus the exponential increase in vote for
I know people like to talk about sex, but let's talk about
These issues butter our breads, and we must continue hitting
hard at the GOP.
Subject: He's back. Newt, the toot.
Not that I wouldn't consider a philanderer in the Oval Office
an improvement over a liar who gets a kick out of sending kids
into harm's way, so he can dress up and declare victory every
few months, but not that philanderer.
I guess the republicans have breached his contract with America.
We need a guy who has women demanding reparations for breach
of marital contract and those seeking to take him to the cleaners
on a new marital contract. The revolving threshold of Gingrich
Who needs covenant marriage anyway? A couple of more ex-wives
and they can start a Gingrich Ex-Wives Club, they already have
enough for a bowling team, if Mrs. Gingrich number one is still
in remission. They can challenge the Limbaugh Ex-Wives Club.
Limbaugh is ahead, I think, because he already has another one
lined up and negotiating.
You have to admit they certainly haven't given up on trying.
They just keep finding these women who won't sleep with them
because of their values and their need to protect their future
with covenant marriage to guys with money.
There can't possibly be that many women who really like these
guys. Will Newt have a first lady or a first mistress? Will
she be older or younger than the average age of his ex-wives?
It would make an interesting sit-com.
Subject: Re: Republicans and sex article
You just do not understand. What the Republicans are doing is
pure research so they preach against sex with authority. (%-))
I intend to "just say NO" to the coronation of the
President. I just wish MANY would refuse to watch it on tv thereby
sending a message……………it just isn’t important to those of us
working our tails off to put food on the table and medicine
in the body.
Subject: Carville's request for $ for the DNC
I have been somewhat disheartened and haven't felt much like
writing anything. However, today I received a membership card
for the democratic party and a request for money.
Here is my reply:
Dear James Carville,
Thanks for my new membership card.
If Howard Dean becomes the next chairman of the Democratic
Party you may send me a new one and I will contribute to the
Otherwise I will most likely be changing my party affiliation.
I feel very strongly that the party is going in the wrong
direction and that we were led down the garden path in the
In addition I was very disappointed in the showing among our
elected Democrats in the Congress in the latest election fiasco
Where was everybody?
I hope that I will be hearing from you again after Howard
Suzanne H. Edwards
Subject: Final Verdict: No WMDs
Every day there are fresh lies and fresh confirmation of the
lies coming out of DC...I can tell you it is so hurtful to us
families that more people aren't standing up to bring our children
home from the lie and quaqmire that is Iraq...I feel like I
should have a daily column called: Who lied today?
Bush told us that Iraq had WMDS and they were getting ready
to use them on us at any minute. Condi Rice told us that we
should attack Iraq immediately...and don't let the "smoking
gun" be a "mushroom cloud." Rumsfeld and Powell
showed us where the weapons were buried...Guess what? THEY DIDN'T
HAVE ANY WMDS AND THEY WEREN'T GOING TO HAVE THEM FOR AT LEAST
A DECADE. The United States was in no threat from Iraq...and
Osama Bin Laden is free to plot against our troops in Iraq and
against the innocent Iraqi people and Al Qaeda grows stronger
every day because of our Administration's reckless, ignorant,
and arrogant policies in Iraq.
Would it have hurt the Bushies and the rest of the war mongers
to wait a few months to confirm that Iraq HAD NO WEAPONS OF
MASS DESTRUCTION before they pre-emptively attacked, invaded,
and occupied a country that posed no credible threat to the
USA? Would Casey, 1358 other brave Americans and thousands and
thousands of Iraqis still be alive?...I think so and that is
another stab in my heart and in my back.
Please write to your Congress Person and your Senators to stand
up and do what is right...Barbara Boxer did it for the Ohio
debacle...yes it is important that we have transparent and credible
elections...BUT IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME
FROM THIS NEEDLESS WAR. It is so important to support our troops
by getting them the hell out of there...let Iraqis rebuild their
own country...with money and supplies that we give them...bring
the war profiteers home, too, and let the Iraqis have their
for Banned Arms In Iraq Ended Last Month (Washington
Love and Peace
Subject: Social Security
For people like me, in my 50s, it is crucial that we save Social
Security so that we can live independent lives in our older
years. And if you in your 20s don't believe that Social Security
will be available to you, just remember--if you fight for it
now, it will be. If you let Bush bankrupt it, it will not.
During the Reagan years there was a similar attempt by Republicans
to play on the fears of 20- and 30- somethings. I remember that
well. Then, they weren't allowed to get rid of Social Security,
or take money away from it to "fix it." Instead, they
put more money into it, and now, unless Bush totally screws
things up, there will be enough for those of us who were young
in the eighties. With moderate changes, and a little more fiscal
responsibility on the part of this spend-like-a-drunken-sailor
president and his successors, Social Security will be there
for all of us for more years than people born today will be
I've sent the following letter to my representatives. I urge
all who agree with me to send similar letters to yours.
I am 53 years old and I have been working and contributing
to Social Security for almost 40 years. Now President Bush
is scaring me to death telling me that he wants to cut my
future Social Security payments in order to give 20-year-olds
the chance to "invest" some of the money that would
have gone to pay for my retirement. Bush says that he will
preserve benefits for those already receiving them and close
to receiving them. But what does that do for people my age?
I have supported those in my parents' and grandparents' generation
willingly with my FICA payments. I am proud to have seen them
independent in their golden years. Why should I not have the
same full benefit that has been promised to me?
I have planned my life so that anticipated Social Security
is a part of my old age financial plan. I have also invested
some of my money in the stock market and other places.
The Bush recession and the lowering of our wages, layoffs
in the family, and the stock-market decline of the last few
years have meant that I have less than I originally anticipated
in savings. Who is to say that this will not happen with so-called
personal accounts that Bush wants to use instead of partial
Social Security, when younger workers come to the age of retirement?
A better way to make sure Social Security is solvent would
be to work with Congress to end Bush's budget-busting plans,
control spending and pay down the deficit. Raising taxes on
those who can afford it makes more sense than taking away
Social Security from those who cannot.
Please make sure that Bush does not break the government's
promise to people like me. Please make sure that no money
is taken from Social Security Insurance. If you want to encourage
investment by younger workers, give them what you have given
to us--tax free chances to save and to invest, and the cushion
provided by an Old Age National Pension Plan that has worked
for 70 years--Social Security.