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Subject: Security, security, security
Hearing about the Third World Dictator style security measures
at the Coronation of Sir George [Push] forces memories of Jimmy
Carter and Rosalyn walking most of the Inaugural parade route
after Carter’s election. Of course, the Clintons walked across
the Memorial Bridge from the Lincoln Memorial to Arlington,
Virginia on their way to the Bell Ringing Ceremony that kicked
off the Clinton/Gore Inaugural and walked down Pennsylvania
Avenue, shaking hands with the huge, welcoming crowds. Some
of the parade participants were called up to the reviewing stand
to shake hands and talk with President Clinton and Hillary.
That was back when Presidents were duly elected by the people.
The Bushites have drafted police officers from many states in
the US to help protect him. Fifty-four officers from Cincinnati’s
finest have been selected to help out in addition to many other
cities. I guess when a president strong-arms the people the
way Bush has, there is good reason to fear US citizens, let
alone the world.
The monumental security designed for the Inauguration is very
telling on President Push.
Subject: "not perfect"
Does anyone see the irony in the fact that "the elections
are not perfect" in Iraq but, no matter what, they will
continue as planned, but Social Security is "not perfect,"
so Bush plans on completely changing it? Just like the prescription
drug plan bill that Republicans lauded as "not perfect
but the best we can do now." When it seems to bolster their
position, "not perfect" is good enough, but when they
have an agenda, then "not perfect" MUST be "reformed.".
Of course the "media" never even points out that fact,
because they are too dumb or dishonest.
Subject: The CBS debacle...
A main point to the CBS Guard story debacle is that everything
points to a Republican set-up.
When confronted by CBS, the White House played their verbal
patty-cake of obfuscation.
They didn't deny the allegations, but instead used banal yet
effective legalese to hang the noose tight around the feckless
necks at CBS.
Even those who follow news closely are basically unaware of
the Administration's machination. This angle has barely been
reported, save for the last couple of paragraphs in a salon.com
What's up with that? Or did I miss an earlier story. Again.
Miriam A. Schaeffer
Subject: With Bush, "Follow the Money"
As Deep Throat told Bob Woodward 30 years ago during Watergate:
"Follow the money."
As with any Bush proposal, "follow the money" is good
advice. This will lead you to his true reason for messing with
Social Security. Privatizing is all about allowing Wall Street
to skim huge profits out of the "security" accounts
of poor and middle class Americans. Then there is the massive
Wall Street bubble that will be created when all this money
floods into the market. This will drive up the price of stock,
so all the rich fat-cats will see their portfolios sky-rocket,
while all the poor and middle class investors will pay top dollar
for stocks. The fat-cats will sell and leave all the poor and
middle class investors holding the bag with overpriced stock.
(And don't think for a second that George Bush won't make sure
all his rich buddies are fully invested just before the bubble
This is just another example of why Bush is trying to destroy
Social Security. Everything he does is about money. Everything
he does is about funneling more money to his rich buddies.
His tax cuts were a huge kickback to America's wealthiest people,
with 33% going to the top 1%, and 70% of Bush tax cuts going
to the upper 20%.
The Iraq war was all about taking over a country sitting on
one of the world's largest oil reserves. And then there was
the huge benefit to defense related industries like Halliburton
and the Carlyle Group.
The Medicare drug bill was all about protecting pharmaceutical
companies' already massive profits. How else do you explain
the legislation forbidding Medicare from using its huge buying
power to bargain for lower drug prices?
And Social Security privatizing is one more example of Bush
pursuing a plan which is all about funneling more money to his
Finally, ask yourself why, after the election, Bush and company
dropped the gay-marriage amendment like a hot potato? The answer
is simple: First there was no money in pursuing the gay-marriage
amendment, second this was just the "bait" to get
people to vote for Bush. His real agenda was stuff like privatizing
Social Security, which is all about money. Follow the money
and you will be educated into why Bush is lying so vehemently
about the fake crisis of Social Security.
www.talkingpointsmemo.com is the place for the true story
on Social Security.
Subject: Annual Opportunity to remind us of Rev. King Jr.'s
"Greatest Purveyor of Violence" outcry teaching
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday is progressives' annual
public consciousness raising opportunity to use King's anguished
cry that our nation "is the greatest purveyor of violence
in the world today!"
Let's not miss this opportunity to use King's outcry, for which
he paid with his life, on the occasion of his birthday holiday
at time in which a right wing administration, and liberals as
well, through corporate mass media, seek to convince us that
the violence coming at us is the 'greater' violence that justifies
The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today [is]
my own government. ...[F]or the sake of the hundreds of thousands
trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent. -- Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr., Riverside Church, New York City, April
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from Birmingham
Jail," Why We Can't Wait, 1963
Some additional historical quotes helpful in our present dilemma.
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary
act. -- George Orwell
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the
people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do
anything about it. -- Albert Einstein
All you have to do is tell the people they are being attacked,
and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing
the country to danger. It works the same in any country. --
Fascism should rightly be called corporatism as it is a merge
of state and corporate power. -- Benito Mussolini
War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe,
as something that is not what it seems to the majority of
people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about.
It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense
of the masses. -- Major General Smedley Butler, USMC
Subject: idea for inauguration cartoon
How about a corporate-sponsored inauguration theme, perhaps
the presidential limo done up in NASCAR style emblazoned with
all the corporate logos?
Here's the donor list: http://www.inaugural05.com/donors/
Mike Malloy is going
off because Scripps-Howard
reported today (1/13/05) that parade performers have been
told (ordered) not to look to Bush when they parade past. No
sudden movements, etc. Now, his question is what will happen
to the jugglers? LMSAO!
"Are you going to stare him into a puddle of protoplasm?"
"Don't you dare look at the king. He will not tolerate
Now Malloy has a point. The paranoid-in-chief has truly flipped
Subject: Fun With Numbers
Say the Iraq war cost is at $150 Billion.
The population of the US is now approx. 295 Million.
The current cost of the war is $508 for every man woman and
child in the US.
The average household size is 3.14.
So the cost is $1,595 for every family in America.
Since this war was not defensive and totally optional it is
Therefore, Bush’s supporters are as responsible as he is for
If we assume, that 51% of the families voted for Bush just as
in the popular vote, 80% voter turn out, and 20% of people register
to vote, then:
$1,595 X 0.51 X .8 X 0.2 = $19,500
The bill for every Bush voter would be $19,500 for their war.
I wonder how happy Bush supporters would be if they had to foot
the bill for his little adventure?
[BuzzFlash Note: Jeff has sent us a correction; see 1/17/05
Subject: I'm Suspicious When . . .
Another article in the Village Voice too good to pass up because
it talks about the infighting going on between the Bush administration
and the Heritage Foundation and McCain and Rumsfeld . . . but,
when The Heritage Foundation starts admonishing Bush in the
open, then I get suspicious of what is really going on and are
they trying to get media attention in order to take away notice
from something else in the media (WMD perhaps?)... I just don't
see the Republicans allowing any cracks to form in their organization,
especially right before Bush's big ball. I believe most of these
so-called fights are just games played out for the sake of the
public and no more.
Meanwhile, the Heritage Foundation, the prominent right-wing
think tank, likened Bush to Clinton, suggesting that the current
president was just another big-spending liberal.
What is insane is for the Heritage Foundation to mention Clinton's
name with big spending, (and people call them a 'think tank')
which is just more plundering of the truth and something these
tight conservative minds all love to do, but President Clinton
was the one who had to take a large debt by Bush the Elder and
turn it around to a surplus and then Bush the Infantile turns
that surplus into the highest debt the US has ever had, and
I expect our Congress to keep repeating the real facts, so that
these remarks by Conservatives are not accepted as truth to
a "non-reading" public as "common knowledge."
This is what Democrats have allowed the Republicans to do to
the word "Liberal," and who always spends our Nation's
money and who always blames everyone else, even when they are
in power...the Republicans, that's who.
Not only does it sound ridiculous to keep hearing the word "liberal"
being bashed by these raiders of our economy, but to infer that
Clinton was a big spending Liberal is pure taradiddle. And,
this should be pointed out every time this administration or
anyone connected to them tells these out and out brainwashing
The truth is, and the thing that infuriates Conservatives about
Liberals is, that Liberals spend money on the poor and Liberals
don't give big tax breaks to the wealthy. This is all it's ever
been about. Conservatives are not really conservative...only
when it comes to spending money on anyone other than themselves.
The poor, in a Conservative's mind, are bottom feeders and don't
deserve anything...even if it's on the bottom of this society
and no one else wants it.
To me, Conservatives with this kind of thinking are the true
bottom feeders of our society, in my mind, because any wealthy
society that does not care for its people remains primitive,
unimaginative, and a non-progressive nation. Our next Einstein
or Hawking could be from a very poor family in the US and without
the proper nurturing of the mind...it would be, not only a waste
for that individual, but a waste for our Nation. It's not in
the greenbacks, it's in the genes. We have seen what a "C"
student with power can do. Let's set our sights much higher
in the future for the benefit of our Nation and I'm sure the
world will thank us, too.
Just a thought,
Subject: What the heck? ProgressForAmerica.com ???
I awoke this morning to find a HUGELY expensive commercial running
at around 7AM on CNN, promoting the President's privatization
of Social Security.
Now either our taxpayer's dollars are paying for this outrage,
or this is another big business lobbying effort by the people
who will benefit from the privatization of Social Security,
and folks, "it ain't us citizens."
Their website, "Progress For America" describes itself
as a "grassroots organization." Yeah? Since when?
How about some media coverage on this travesty.
Subject: When you report on demonstrations protesting inauguration
When you report on protests during the inauguration, how about
including our protest in New Orleans on January 20?? We have
at least 3,000 people coming from all over the U.S. It will
be a Jazz Funeral for Democracy, www.jazzfuneralfordemocracy.com.
Howard Zinn will be the featured speaker, and the NOPD is cooperating.
There will even be inauguration "balls" after the
funeral march. Sounds more fun than the actual inauguration,
huh? I understand there will be another "Funeral for Democracy"
in Portsmouth, NH, but don't know too much about that one.
Thanks, a faithful reader.
Ann in Louisiana
[BuzzFlash Note: For protests nationwide, see: http://meetup.radicaldesigns.org/...]
OMFG!! I'm going out of my head with all of this horrible,
horrible knowledge... I can barely get out of bed. It is so
deeply, deeply disturbing that my psyche feels torn in half.
I just cannot believe this is happening. Ignorance is bliss.
And apparently that's part of the grand evil plan, because we
are a nation of evil, characterless ignoramuses. I can barely
breathe the weight is so enormous.
Abu Ghraib MPs told to laugh at naked Iraqis: witness
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: "The inauguration is a great festival of democracy...celebrating
Bush regrets some of his famous phrases...since we all know
that they're not his (how? just read how he REALLY misuses the
language, even in the most simple phrases...the man is an idiot...remember
the book by Jerzy Kosinski "Being There," with Peter
Sellers playing Chaunce Gardner who "mouths Chauncey mouthing
complete inanities and successive hearers.........all adding
their own gloss to what he's said, hearing what they wish to
hear...") we have to assume he will have to fire the people
who actually thought these things up.
Admits Misgivings About Famed Phrases (AP/The
How does this man get through the day, being a moron and having
to pretend to have one or two brain cells? Must be strenuous
as hell, or is he too dumb to even notice?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Just wondering...
In all the mess that has gone on from the get go since 9/11,
I've been wondering about this all along. When the Shrub and
everyone else starts screaming and blaming the three lettered
agencies, and you know which ones I'm talking about, gave him
faulty intelligence about 9/11...well...why aren't people looking
at it a different way? Apparently they DID get it right! Remember
the August 6th PDA?? Well? It stated Osama Bin Laden determined
to strike inside the U.S. using airplanes. THAT TO ME, WAS NOT
FAULTY INTELLIGENCE!! IT HAPPENED!!!!
So, why is everyone blaming faulty intelligence?? The 9/11
Commission, that I remember, NEVER put the blame on the pResident.
Why is that? Are they all a bunch of chicken shits??
A Loyal BuzzFan Forever!
ps...Sorry if this question has been answered, I must have
missed it. :)
Subject: Comment-A BuzzFlash Reader
You have a terrifically informative newsletter. I have one
more reason for BuzzFlash why Bush invaded Iraq. It is because
Iraq/Saddam is the only country/leader that the oil conglomerate
could not buy. They appear to own all the other leaders/countries
and they were after Iraq. Bush and the conglomerate are out
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush's Coronation next Thursday
"I do solemnly swear to uphold the Constitution".....
NOW LET'S PARTY!!!!
Nine inaugural balls. Nine!!!!!
Have they no shame?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The Complaining Will Get Louder
Love the letters from BuzzFlash, and your articles are great.
I would not miss a day of reading it all! From A Ripple, Into
A Wave, The Voice Of The People Will Be Heard!
The spirit and power of the American people will be on display
on Inauguration Day, Jan 20th. Many Americans will show they
are not ready to embrace defeat, or go along with the destructive
polices of George W. Bush and his Administration. Despite going
through an obstacle course of waiting and red tape, they are
expected to be out in large numbers. Our nation must protect
our right to express our beliefs, as it is a long cherished
American Tradition! Americans will be represented right across
the political spectrum; all pressing for changes to what they
believe has become a sham of a Democracy under George Bush!
Together they will unite in an Anti-Bush Movement with the intention
of starting a ripple that will turn into a wave of protest across
American citizens will rally against the unscrupulous deceit
of George Bush and the Republican Political Machine, considered
"fair game" because of the contempt they express for
our welfare and our rights. The voice of the people will be
Subject: Men in Black III - Mourning the Presidential Inauguration
Hello Again to BuzzFlash and to all BuzzFlash readers,
I am certain that many of you have written in with this very
thought, however I plan to wear black attire on Thursday, January
20, 2005, the day of our 55th Presidential Inauguration.
With apologies to actors Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, we
can name this dark, dreaded event "Men in Black III"
- yet another day of mourning in our country's long national
I encourage all like-minded people to do the same as a symbol
of solidarity. In advance, my deepest condolences to all.
GK, a Fervently Loyal, Devoted and Proud (but deeply depressed)
Liberal BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: This is the official site: Marie Antoinette has selected
her designer gown
Hooray for the First Lady! In Iraq 20-year-old kids bleed, kill,
and are being killed. Whilst back in the Royal Court, Marie
Antoinette has chosen her designer wardrobe for her royal balls.
Drawn into this debacle by nonstop waves of serial lying, the
Bush administration has a message for the troops: " Let
them Eat Lead for breakfast, DU for Lunch and in honor of the
Commander in Thief: A plastic Turkey for supper."